Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day: The Sixth...

Day 6 - a funny (and true) story...

Last Monday (President's Day), Brienne and I decided we needed an adventure.  The only thing on the plan was a trip to The Wood Connection...but that would come later.  First we needed lunch...

We ended up at Ichiro Buffet, just for giggles.  It was awkward at first, but we decided to give it a go.  There was a nice looking salad bar and a few veggie rolls...and a WHOLE bunch of random mochi.  I drank my tea, Brie her Pepsi while eating everything with chopsticks.  It only got better when... 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' came blaring on the radio.  I snotted wasabi!  Not to be stereotypical or anything, but 1) It WAS an English song and 2) we WERE in a Japanese

I did a bit of looking and found some FUNNY reviews about Ichiro at Urban Spoon.  PLEASE check them out!

After lunch and a very intimidating bill paying experience, Brie suggested a trip to VINH Long, our local Asian market.  I've been told repeatedly that I shouldn't go alone-or without a man-but we were feeling brave...and I was out of Sriracha (a kick booty, amazing, hot, chili-garlic sauce that I put on EVERYTHING!) and I was feeling adventurous (and brave) so we decided to go for it...

The first thing that hit me was a very scary smell...a big time sensory overload that was full of spices, pickled somethings, and fish.  To keep from gagging (I *was* being a tad over-sensitive...) I kept repeating, "It smells like the Dutch smells like the Dutch smells like the Dutch store..." (Which, incidentally smells funky to me too, but I tough it out, you know, because of the chocolate, gouda and cassis...)  Anyway, I grabbed a basket and headed down the spice isle.  We found curry spice, soy sauce, my sriracha, other stuff I couldn't make out, and lots and LOTS of this:

Was IS that? You're wondering?  Why, it's just your typical bag of DRIED TUNA FLAKES.  Yep.  Dried tuna flakes.  It was sitting there along with this:

(Yes, that says "Prepared Rolled Squid" up there...) and some random bags of dehydrated mini shrimp with their tiny eyes attached still...

Further down the isle, we found lots of odd, pasty, muted (and some hot pink) colored jars.  Most of the labels were in Chinese and Japanese but a few were in English.  Enjoy and don't gag:


That seriously was enough to do me in.  Gagging happened.  Dry heaving happened.  And yes.  I threw up in my mouth.

We hurried a bit faster after that...and kept finding surprises around every corner...

Preserved turnips.  Yep...

Vegetarian Chop-Suey in a can...
(They also had "Fried Gluten-Mock Pork" in a can.  I bought that...)

Random Mochi Balls...

And SOOOOO Scary Kewpie Mayonnaise.  It jiggled when I poked the bag...

We found some good stuff too, though.  I picked up some soy bean pudding, some dried yam snacks, awesome rice bowls, and we made a friend with the lady at the cash register.  She had drawn-on eyebrows that looked very...quizzical.  She told me the fried gluten was good with rice...and left us with a sage caution:

"No text and driving.  You  go to jail TWO day!"
(Yes.  "2 day!")
Much Love,

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day: The Fifth...

Yeah...yesterday was Day 5.  Day 5 didn't happen, because as it turns out, I actually had plans...
So, today gets to be Day 5 AND 6...  Hang on... ;)

Day 5 - what you have learned in the past month...

  • That portion sizes matter...and that 29 is a magic number.
  • How to figure out a minor pentatonic chord.
  • The beginning of 'Free as a Bird'.
  • How to read The Circle of Fifths.
  • I drink a lot more water while sucking on a Camelbak
  • Spending $35 every two weeks on nails is worth it.
  • To say what you feel...regardless of the outcome.
  • (Don't hurt anyone's feelings when you say what you feel.)
  • What you eat does matter...and that you can reverse the bad with a few weeks of the good.
  • Most doctors know what they're talking about.
  • Friends are the cheapest form of therapy.
  • My hair looks much better when it's ALL black.
  • Putting stroganoff in your ears results in a trip to the doctors...(NOT me...a kid at school...)
  • Trusting others? EASY.
  • Trusting MYSELF? So, so hard. (Especially when it turns out not the way you knew it would.)
  • Doing yoga and pilates before bed relaxes my back and helps me sleep.
  • So does melatonin...
  • I miss Postum.
  • And...I REALLY need a vacation.
:) Much Love,


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day: The Fourth...

Day 4 - The reason you believe you are still alive today...

Today is a tough one.  Not fun and clever and quick.  I actually tried to make it that way...and it just felt wrong.

As a member of the LDS faith, I believe that we are all sent to this earth for a purpose.  Each one of us has an individual job to do while here.  I know that I chose my path: good and bad along with the challenges.  I also know that I have "spiritual contracts" to fulfill.  I am part of God's plan-and God has a plan for me...

It's my job to figure out what that is...
(With the help of daily prayer, scripture reading, and church attendance...I get to step it up...)

I believe that the events leading up to this point in my life have been for a specific purpose and have & are preparing me for what's to come.  I feel like I was asked to forgo certain things in my life to serve and be there for other little souls. 

I don't know when, but I know that I am meant to be a wife and mother...and that together we have a great, important, life changing work to do.  I don't know what this is or how I am to be a part of it...but I know something big is going to happen...

THAT is why I am where I am.  Doing what I'm doing.  Getting ready...

Much Love,


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day: The Third...

Today is Day 3.  3 is my most favorite of all the numbers.  Happy and special and magical and mine...and today's post fits it perfectly:

Day 3 - something that makes you feel better...

How about a few somethings?

These boys

These boys,

This album...and movie,

EVERYTHING that's on this,

Playing this,

And making stuff with this.

Much Love,

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day: The Second...

Day2 - What would be found in your purse...

I loved this one.  My purse seriously is a bottomless pit.  Right now you'd find:

  • 3 kinds of gum
  • 1 tin of cinnamon Altoids
  • 6 different kinds of lip gloss or balm-mostly Stilla and Burts Bees
  • 1 yellow wallet I got at Urban Outfitters...but not the one in Gateway...the one in San Francisco...
  • 1 pair of Ray Bans
  • 1 bag of 15 gemstones
  • 1 ZZ Top key chain
  • 1 pick holder and about 8 guitar picks
  • 1 bag of pillies and makeup and hand sanitizer
  • 3 flashlights
  • 1 camera
  • 3 printed coupons: some for Wood Connection-others for soy milk...
  • 1 tag that reads: "To Grandma; Love Santa" that I found in a parking lot
This really is pretty tame...once I found a slotted spoon and a gelato cup in there... 

;) Much Love,


**PS...that amazing Fossil bag up there is NOT mine.  Yes.  Very sad.  I have a white Calvin Klein one that I really like...but that up there is the one that I REEEEEAAAALLLLY want... 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day: The First...

Today is Day 1 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge and the day that I get to share...

Day 1 - Your hopes, dreams, and plans for the next 365...

How lovely and happy is this?! 

To figure out what I need for an ARL and...actually get it.
To reach 130!
To play guitar like this man:

To figure out if I'm really on the right path...and to correct it if I'm not
Read, read, read!
Make something wonderful every month
Take more mini vacations
Have more Alone Days...
To road trip with Brie
...and plan our June '12 trip with Court and Colette
To spend some time really exploring SLC
And a few others I should probably keep to myself... ;)
See you tomorrow...

Much Love,


Fave song of the day...


Much Love,


Sunday, February 20, 2011

30 Days...

30 day blog challenge:

One of my happy, gorgeous, tall, fabulous, creative, fun, amazing friends had this posted on her blog awhile back.  I, being so awesome, just found it.  (SORRY KELS!!!) I absolutely LOVE this idea!  You know, my dear? THIS just may be the ticket...a nice self-exploration journey will totally fix it.  RIGHT?!?!  :)

Anyway, it's been so fun to read through her answers...and it really got me thinking.  SO...I've decided to make the commitment here and now to update






Yeah, it's going to be a tough challenge...but, let's stick it through together...  ;)

Here's what's on the list:

Day 1 - your hopes, dreams, and plans for the next 365 days

Day2 - What would be found in your purse

Day3 - something that makes you feel better

Day4 - The reason you believe you are still alive today

Day5 - what you have learned in the past month

Day6 - a funny (and true) story

Day7 - have you ever thought about giving up on life? when and why?

Day8 - A picture of you and your friends

Day9 - Something you have to forgive yourself for

Day10 - top ten pet peeves

Day11 - a favorite book

Day12 - someone you didn't want to let go, but just drifted

Day13 - a picture of someone/something that has had the biggest impact on you

Day14 - put your ipod on shuffle and write ten songs that pop up

Day15 - a travel story

Day16 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

Day17 - a hobby

Day18 - someone or something you definitely could live without

Day19 - A picture of something that makes you happy

Day20 - a favorite recipe

Day21 - a book you've read that changed your views on something

Day22 - what makes you different from everyone else

Day23 - a child I love

Day24 - what's the best thing going for you right now

Day25 - something you bought recently

Day26 - something you have to forgive someone else for

Day27 - a favorite quote

Day28 - what did you do today

Day29 - your dream house

Day30 - 5 things about you no one really knows

Bet you can't wait for tomorrow... ;)

Much Love,


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heartsick... not too strong a word.  I miss The Netherlands and Belgium so much it actually hurts.  I miss the people I met while there.  I miss the way my name sounds when a "Dutchie" says it.  I miss the long walks through parks and driving through narrow one ways.  I miss the open vastness and the windmills in the distance.  I miss watching the sun set on land-not behind a mountain.  I miss the food...especially the cereal I had in Amsterdam and the pannekoeken I had in Appeldoorn.  I miss the culture.  I miss everything we had in common-and feeling like I was really supposed to be exactly where I was. 

I miss what that time in my life meant-and why I was there.

I honestly feel like I was born in the wrong place...and that maybe...just maybe I'll be lucky enough to call Holland home one day.

Much Love,


Friday, February 11, 2011

I heart...

With V-Day around the corner, I thought I'd share another list of my current obsessions... 

Crash Kings. Yes, again.  Their songs are linked to some extra powerful emotions.  Each one throws me back to another time and place-and even the ones that remind me of some super painful times, I'm still absolutely in love.

Salon Dante and my most wonderful, happy, gorgeous nail lady, Kari.  She does amazing, mesmerizing work and I'm thrilled to spend an hour with her every 2 weeks.  Seriously, my nails have never looked better.  I go in for an acrylic overlay on my original nails, and keep them filed short, so I can still play my guitar.  I love them!  It was a little bit of a transition (like anything new, the nails were a bit heavier and I kept bumping them...) but now I'm doing really well.  Go to Salon Dante...and ask for the jonna.  You'll love it! :)

Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga.  I seriously love this book.  Tara's routines are amazing...and very problem specific.  They are easy to learn and I don't feel pressured to stay with or in a pose if it's uncomfortable or if my legs just aren't cooperating.  Is it weird to feel validated and accepted by a book? 

Gnomeo & Juliet.  I'm so looking forward to this movie! (I get to go tomorrow night with two of my favorite people!!!)  Three things:  1) I love Romeo and Juliet, 2) I love Elton John, 3) and I have a weird fascination with gnomes.  Perfect.  Sign me up.  :)

The Tudors...  A terrible habit.  Especially with THESE guys...I love them...

I so love this scent.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  I smell happy and girly and fancy and naughty...  One spray (though I usually end up spraying 3 or 4) makes me smile. 

The Bare Minerals make-up is so amazing.  I love the way it makes my skin feel.  And look.  I love the way the brushes feel.  I love that I don't look overly done up.  I look natural.  I glow. I am addicted.


I am seriously grateful for:

The gospel and the BoM on my iPod
My brother-and his gorgeous, happy, creative, happy, bubbly wife
My amazing, supportive, strong, loving, talented parents (and grandparents!)
My friends that I can't live without...and who so love me back
My Jack and Abby
The Beatles
Mustard Yellow and Gray
Christmas lights around my window
My happy, glowing room
My sewing machine
The Craft Room
Room 14
June 7th
James Franco & Jason Schwartzman

And so much more...

Much Love,