Monday, April 13, 2015

I'm supposed to be working on final projects...

...so naturally I decide to post on the old blog.
Forget the bulletin board sign, this time of the semester I could sure use a self-regulation robot who zaps me every time I start doing anything but studying.  And that includes video games. And blogging.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A week in the south

Every time I visit Louisiana I remember things I forgot and I learn new things.

Highlights of this trip included:
Being there when Corey's parents remarried (I even got to be one of the legal witnesses! Never done that before!!)
Seeing gigantic trees ----- oh my goodness.  They don't even fit in the photos they are so huge, but also so beautiful, awe inspiring. And the Spanish moss hanging down just takes the cake.  Note the people in the first photo for perspective.

Hanging out with the fam, including meeting a new cutie pie niece A.C.
Going on runs in the beautiful country neighborhood with tons of trees (and shade)
Not doing homework (although I have been avoiding it, so that's not good either)
Leaving the house without a coat or scarf!
Eating me some good southern eats (boudin balls-they pronounce it boo-dan down here, gumbo, and more)
Plantation sight seeing (ok, and more trees) - this is Houmas House plantation which was a sugar cane plantation and a section of the house was built in 1774 and people still live there today. Interesting fact- most of the plantations in this specific region were owned by blacks who had slaves, but this plantation owner purchased the plantation and freed the slaves and then hired any that still wanted to work for him, all about a year before the Civil War started.
Touring LSU campus (this is Corey's mom with my nephew waiting for the bell tower to ring)
Successfully giving a talk in church with Corey (the highlight of that for me is that it went well and is over, haha; he's sad it's over)
Helping out to play the piano in the 7-child Primary
Enjoying the glorious weather
Taking naps
Lots of Fritos chips.  I don't know why they are my current junk food of choice, but they surely are tasty in all their greasy caloric wonder.
Also, I forgot to get a photo of the gutters, but let me tell you they put Utah gutters to shame, and they're not even called gutters they are called ditches because they are that big and intense!! Corey even used to play mud football in them sometimes.
Thanksgiving dinner and college football.  I've never really had that experience before, it was definitely a first, and on top of that LSU won the game. (not that I watched much of it)
Successfully making Janel's amazing sweet potato casserole for the first time! source here (with some slight modifications)

So long, Luzey-anna.  Til next time!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Update

You know you haven't blogged in a long time when the url of your blog doesn't automatically pop up when you start typing it.  Haha.

Oscillating fans.  What is it about them that is so comforting, that takes me back years and years?

Also, since when has Betsy been a nickname for Elizabeth?  Just learned that one today.

My big news is I've been accepted to graduate school!  Super exciting!!  I'm studying School Psychology starting in September. Luckily it doesn't require me to make huge life changes like moving across the country or anything....but I'll certainly miss the regular paychecks since I'll be quitting my job!  The end goal is to work as a school psychologist in an elementary school after I'm done with the 3-year program.  It feels great to be moving forward, I'm excited to be a student again, and best of all I know it's what God wants me to be doing right now.  That, my friends, brings a satisfaction that runs deep and sustains me through hard times.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Words & Spelling

This week I learned two new things about words:

1 - It's not spelled tempermental, but rather temperamental.  Wha??? Since when?!!

2 - The phrase is not "First come, first serve" as I always thought, but rather "first come, first served".  I learned this one from my Primary secretary.  It makes sense, but how come I never knew that!

Glad to know I'm still learning after college, even if the more I learn the more I realize I don't know...sign of a lifelong learner I guess?  Karl G. Maeser would be prowd.  I mean proud.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

A Visitor

When I just woke up from my usual Sunday afternoon nap after some wonderful church meetings today, I spotted a little creature next to my bed.  Hello, pillbug.  I'd much rather be greeted by a cute little rolly-polly than the frequent visitors we normally have (think hairy brown spider, ant, centipede).  Those normally die a quick death of smashing and squishing, which is why I literally keep a roll of toilet paper next to my bed.

You can imagine my pleasure at an intruder that's actually a cute thing and doesn't transform me into a crazy killer.  I didn't even reach for the shoe or toilet paper as I bent down to grab it...s lifeless body.  Nice.  A dead pillbug.  Its stiff body certainly wasn't cute anymore.  It's a good thing I'm not superstitious because I'm sure waking up to find a dead animal at your bedside isn't a good omen.  Even so, I'll take a dead roly poly over a lot of other creatures that want to share my abode with me.

On to another week!

Parting Question: What do you do to avoid digression or stagnancy during the week?  How do you succeed in remembering your Sabbath commitments to be better throughout the week?

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Purse List


The other day I came home from work and made some comment about how my purse was so heavy and I just had to clean it out cause it had so much junk in it.  Then I promptly lay down on the bed to take a nap. 

Well, while I was lying down Corey took my purse and totally emptied it for me.  And this is what he found:

29 bobby pins
13 dainty mints
$178 not in wallet (believe me, I don't usually carry around this much cash!!!)
variety of candy (mostly tootsie rolls, fruit snacks, etc)
12 pens, pencils, markers, etc.
9 bands (8 hair/1 rubber)
4 crystal lites 
opened salt packet
very thick wallet
lots of tissue
hand sanitizer
craisins
cold medicine and ibuprofen
2 lip glosses, 1 mascara
lots of scrap paper
2 water bottles
coupons
2 paper clips
bracelet
lots of earrings

All in one "little" purse!  Now, I could explain to you why I have each item in the bag, and there is a (usually valid) reason for each thing.  But honestly, what a lot of baggage and rubbish to be lugging around!  Not to mention how it's hard to find things when they are swimming in the bottom of a bag (namely keys and cell phone).  My cousin Kristin says she doesn't use purses because things just get too lost in them...she sure is right.  What in the world am I going to do one day when I have a diaper bag that is 3 times the size of this purse?!   I'm sunk.  Good thing I don't have to worry about that for a while yet.  For now I'll just work on lugging around less junk in my life, both literally and figuratively.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Snippets

- My mom is amazing. Yesterday she came and helped me clean the house and do yardwork for almost SIX HOURS. Good thing Dad is away on a business trip so he didn't miss her too much.

- I finished Thoughts of a Grasshopper by Louise Plummer this week. It's a cute collection of short stories, experiences, etc by an LDS author. I loved the chapter on journal writing and may use it in the future if I ever am teaching a class on keeping a journal. It was a funny, quick read. It also made me want to write on my blog more. Hence, one reason you are reading this post.

- I learned how to use my pressure cooker. I am now a major follower of pressure cookers! Thanks, Mom, for helping me make the jump into awesomeness.

- We have a cat. Kind of. We're borrowing her from my sister Janel, and trying to get her potty/litter-trained. We decided to name her Mademoiselle and call her "Miss Maddie" for short, but most of the time just call her kitty. I am getting used to having a real pet (fish and frogs and annoying bunnies and stray cats named Gink don't count) for the first time in my life. Let's just say, it is an incredibly huge adjustment.

- I found out I'm allergic to collophony. Colla-what? (Sounds like a knock-knock joke.) Basically, it comes from the sap of certain trees and is the stuff in rosin (for string instrument bows). It shouldn't affect me too much in my life. Like, at all. But it's random, and it's a snippet, and that's what this blog is.

- It's been almost one year since I graduated from BYU. I cannot express adequately on this blog how much I miss being in school. I know, all the students out there are thinking, "You're crazy." And I don't miss all the (and there was plenty of it in my school career) cramming for and taking finals, staying up laaaaate to write papers, and all that jazz. But I miss the continual increasing of my intellectual abilities, the formal learning environment, the incredible atmosphere of campus. I miss learning from professors who had so much to offer me. (Particularly in my religion, language, and humanities classes.) I miss seeing hundreds of people every day. It was a fantastic place to run into old friends and catch up for a minute or two on what was going on in their life. But, alas, my life has moved on, and I'm grateful to have a job and an income now! (albeit small income.) But whenever I have occasion to be on campus, I feel pretty homesick. I want to go back and get a Master's degree sometime, but I don't know what to get it in. And it seems pretty silly to get a Master's just to be in school. So for now, I work. And dream of school.

- Last night I dreamed that I went to the Sunday church services of an LDS ward in Eastern Utah by a big forest, and after the meetings the bishopI got called to be the Relief Society President. I said, "Are you sure?" to the bishop, and he said yes, and so I accepted the calling. It wasn't until I was driving the 3-4 hours home that I realized 1) I didn't even live in the ward boundaries and 2) It was a singles ward and I was married.

- I rarely exercise these days. When I start feeling antsy and want to go exercise, I know it's been waaay too long. Then I see a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg ... and the exercise thought promptly jumps ship.

- I went to a mosque last week! It brought back so many memories of Jerusalem and my experience there three years ago. Heather was kind enough to let me tag along on her class field trip to Salt Lake. It was wonderful - it always is for me, if I'm in the right mindset - to be able to observe others worshiping in the way they know how. We can gain so much truth from other faiths if we but open our eyes to see the good and truth they possess. And, I really, really love Muslims. Really. They are fabulous, wonderful people. Along with going to the mosque, we went to an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant in Salt Lake. It was there that I tasted goat for the first time in my life. It was nasty.

- There are flowers blooming outside the front door. One positive of living in a basement is that when flowers are planted in the ground, they are just about eye-level. So you can't miss 'em! Purple, yellow, and pink. A bright spot to my day. The daffodils are coming up and the crocus are out as well. And last week I cleared away the tomato cages (and dead tomato plants) from last summer/fall that have almost become permanent fixtures in our (not-so-trashy-anymore) yard.

- Insomnia stinks.

- Growing up in the Wilson house, it was a major no-no to put any sort of screw, nail, push pin, or thumb tack in the walls. Therefore, I have, as an adult, been petrified to hang picture frames. Mom came to the rescue again, pounding away with gusto and confidence, and we finally have wedding photos on the walls.

- The oven has been "preheating" on broil for the past hour, at least, because I was going to make a cheese sandwich but haven't gotten around to it. Don't tell the landlord. He's out of town on a business trip, so we're good. :)

- People have been so kind lately. I'm so thankful for the little things, and the big things that people do. I am thankful that Heavenly Father - and others - are so patient with me. (Including my husband, my parents, my siblings, my in-laws, my tenants, my visiting teachees, my friends in Primary, my blog readers, my ward friends and friends in general, and my extended relatives.) I have many weaknesses, and I also have many strengths. I know that faithfulness in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not make us immune from struggles and hard times; but it more fully allows and equips us to not only withstand the trials, but to become purified through them. I recently read this quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, as quoted in a talk entitled "Enduring Well" by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.
“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable” (“Lindbergh Nightmare,” Time, 5 Feb. 1973, 35).
- General Conference is in just 7 days. Corey sometimes likes to do a "media fast" the week before conference to get in the zone (no facebook, espn, surfing, TV, radio, secular music, etc; only email and other necessary technology). I'm looking forward to feeling (hopefully) the Holy Ghost more strongly in my life, and desiring a deeper testimony of Jesus Christ and of living prophets. I love to pray that everyone participating in Conference will be blessed and inspired as they prepare their talks.

- I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I am proud of it.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

happenings


Tonight we used a birthday gift card and went and got some tasty Chili's food for dinner. Thanks Mommie! (Corey's adorable grandma)

Corey is (brace yourselves, readers!!) READING HARRY POTTER!!!! An exact quote from five seconds ago, "Agggh this book is making me sick!!! I'm not going to sleep tonight, I've gotta read." OH BABY!!! Finally he's jumping on the bandwagon. Funny thing though, he couldn't sleep last night (he has had insomnia lately), and was tossing and turning at 6am when I finally woke up and realized he hadn't gone to sleep the whole night. Desperate, I grabbed Harry Potter and started reading it out loud. And guess who was asleep by the middle of the 2nd chapter? hahahaha and now he's hooked (already on p. 167). :) I'm so pleased. Also, to show he is a Harry Potter book fan, he watched part of the movie online but stopped because it was so insulting to the book. Also, he started singing the Harry Potter theme song in Solfege. (Think: Mi la do ti la mi re ti, la do ti si li mi....) I love my husband!!

And to top off the weekend, he's gonna do an awesome jeopardy singing time in Primary tomorrow so all the women can meet together during 3rd hour. What a hunk. (Thanks Janel for the genius singing time tips!) And no, the Harry Potter theme (Hedwig's Theme) isn't on the docket...although with Corey, you never do know for sure until it's happening. :)

Click here for the genius lesson plan. (not sure if it will work, I'm trying linking it to a google doc)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Spoiled Milk

Spoiled milk is good as a substitute for buttermilk (and sometimes even regular milk) in a lot of recipes, including pancakes and muffins and buttermilk syrup. Especially if you're poor. Just in case you're wondering, though, it doesn't work too well as a substitute for regular milk when making a white sauce.

In spite of the obvious[to me]-bitter-taste-and-funky-aftertaste, Corey liked the stroganoff! (I didn't tell him I used spoiled milk, and tried to cover the bitterness with onions, green bell peppers, and cajun spices.) All in all, I'm grateful I have such a low-maintenance husband who will eat pretty much anything I put on the table (and that Cajun never makes a fuss, even when it's blander than bland).

I haven't disturbed the stroganoff leftovers which are, hopefully, molding in the fridge (along with a few other things we didn't get around to eating before they were past their prime. Although, in my opinion, the stroganoff was past its prime the moment I decided to use the rotten milk...). It's a trick we've learned well: if you're not too hot about a food item, just leave it in the fridge (or "forget about it") long enough for it to sprout stuff, and then you are perfectly justified in tossing the spoils. It eases both of our consciences. Somewhat.

Unfortunately, though, sometimes the It's Moldy! Where's the Trash? excuse doesn't work. We are the current owners of two butternut squash that have been sitting there for three months, and no sign of fuzzies or unnatural sprouts.

Then again, maybe it's just a chance for me to practice my patience.

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's Opera Time Again!

This is what I posted on facebook today.
Come see/hear Corey in the opera ON THE 15TH (TOMORROW), 19TH, or 21st!, 7pm in the HFAC on BYU campus. He's one of the 3 wise men, so you'd be wise to come (har har).

Prices
Adults:
10/15: $10. (CHEAPEST NIGHT)
10/19: $14 (if BYU Alumni/Senior Citizen) or $11 (if student).
10/21: $14 (if BYU Alumni/Senior Citizen) or $12 (if student).
Children age 4-11:
10/15: $5
10/19 & 10/21: $6

"To celebrate Menotti's 100th anniversary, these two family-friendly operas are the perfect way to introduce children to the wonders of live opera performance."

I'm so proud of Corey for all his hard work and dedication to the opera. It's paying off as he was cast in a bigger role this time. Huzzah!! and also huzzah for the beautiful weather and fall colors!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Summer 2011

I might be returning to the blogging world but then I realize I don't have much I feel like saying in this moment. So I'll post a few pictures.
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Corey and I made dinner using our new(ly acquired, thanks to Rich for moving haha) grill. Yum! Grilled chicken, turkeyburger, & zucchini; fresh tomatoes and chives


Our garden grew. :)


We went and saw Mary Poppins at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake. What a treat!!!! We both loved it. [My first time in C.T.]

My husband is good looking (and I can't get the underline off or get it to center!!! gotta love Blogger)

I painted a house (with a cousin's help)
this is the vanna white before picture...haven't gotten around to taking an after yet but I promise it does look better

we hiked the y (4 of the 8 sisters represented here) (+ a nephew)

Corey and Micah rode in a hot air balloon for the first time


Girls' afternoon out during the Wilson reunion (my personal favorite activity of the whole thing)
all 7 girls and 1 mama pictured

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Random

I want to write a blog post and postpone the inevitable bedtime routine, but I don't really have much to say. So here's a list.

- The job search continues.

- Yesterday I did a batch (some people call it a "load") of laundry. Jeans were on the docket. I washed 7 pairs of jeans, and only 6 pairs were mine. Remind me why I think I need new jeans?

- Does anyone have a phone - an old school, plug in the phone jack, non-cellular, land line phone - that I can have? I'm trying out a thing called magicjack which requires an actual phone. I could probably buy one at DI, which is what I might do if no one coughs one up (or I could probably make a find if I hit up a yardsale or two come Saturday).

- Corey and I might be moving into another basement apartment just a few steps away from our current one. More on that later.

- The Brigham City Utah Temple had the statue of angel Moroni placed on top yesterday. The photos of the temple look gorgeous and are inspiring. You can learn more/see photos here.

- I'm still writing thank you cards for our wedding. Ridiculous, I know. Embarrassing, even more so. Ah me. Part of me hopes people can't do the math in their head and realize we've been married just short of 20 months. It may be tacky, but at least they are getting a thank you note, right? And even though we're nearing the two year mark, I still AM very grateful! And, I've become more grateful for everyone's service to us as I've been writing them.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Random

The house next door has a swamp cooler attached to the side of the house, about 15-20 feet away from the window in our kitchen/dining area

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Our windows are almost always open for ventilation

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It sounds like we live next to a river. :D

Monday, July 04, 2011

Catching Up: May and June

Happy Fourth of July!

Here are some of the things that have been going on.

Corey has been very busy with school. He is taking a killer schedule this term (9 credits during a summer term = 18 credits during a regular fall/winter semester). He even skipped the parade this morning and did homework and took a practice test during it! That boy is dedicated to school this term.

I graduated (need to post photos) am still unemployed and looking for a full-time job. If you happen to know of anywhere that is hiring full-time in Provo/Orem area or even Utah County, please let me know! Or if you have any suggestions / recommendations / connections, I'd be very grateful for them. At this point in time I am not attached to getting something in my field (speech pathology), although it would be nice.

Now for the photo catch-up.

Opera! Corey did a fabulous job. The director and other high-up people seemed very pleased with his performance. We hope there are bigger roles coming in the future! (I'll definitely keep you informed.)

(My thoughts: Getcher hand off of my man!! just kidding the two couples - Corey and me, and Laura (girl pictured) and her husband - have a great relationship that made it much less awkward that our spouses had to kiss each other!)



Corey's birthday!! It was a chill birthday, in part due to the opera being the following week. We went to the temple, a voice recital of some friends, and spent some time at my family's. I didn't take too many pictures during the day (oops), but here are two...of food...from the celebration (can you tell what my mind's on?? Sorry Corey!!!). Corey's family was good enough to each send me memories of Corey that I read out loud during our traditional "sunshine moment."

Janel made beignets (another of Corey's favorite, French pastry) - fancy scones with powdered sugar... heaven.

I made raspberry trifle (Corey's favorite), including real pudding. (It's the first time I've ever attempted non-instant/box pudding. I'm a major major fan of the taste, not so much of the nutritional facts of the 3 egg yolks. But so delicious!!)

We spent the night at the Williams' (a couple of times). One time was when we went to a Bells on Temple Square concert. Very cool. We also ran into one of our friends who is serving on Temple Square! Anyway, these next 4 photos are all very similar, but I just love them all! So there you are. Me with the Williams' kiddos. Notice Eliza actually smiling in the third one! A true miracle, right?




I went downstairs to get ready for bed and couldn't find Corey anywhere. I finally opened the door to the garage, and here's what I saw:

Yes, that furry blob on his shoulders is the Williams' new kitty. Corey wishes it were the Bennetts' new kitty. Corey adores her. (And I daresay she adores him.) Since she's an outdoor cat only (supposedly), he seriously considered dragging the futon into the garage and sleeping in the garage with her. (But was only deterred because Janel and Mark had sprayed pesticide or something and the fumes were pretty strong in the garage.) Can you tell I'm married to a true animal lover?

On the way home from the Williams', Corey and I went to the Draper temple! I have only ever been outside, during Kristen's wedding. (I was in Jerusalem during the open house). It is BEAUTIFUL inside. Especially the celestial room (my personal favorite). We did an endowment session. I'm so grateful to be able to perform that essential service for others who have passed on to the next life.


Baby Brooke!
My sister Becca had Brooke on June 12. She had some breathing complications the first couple of days, so these pictures were taken when we visited her in the Newborn ICU at the hospital. Way to go Becca!!! Brooke is beautiful.

What a natural.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

His fame continues to build...watch the byu devotional!

First of all, thanks to EVERYONE who supported us (Corey) with the opera last week!!! I'll post pictures soon.

Secondly, Corey is singing a vocal solo in the BYU Devotional this coming Tuesday! Watch it on byutv on Tuesday at 11:05am Mountain Time. (I'm pretty sure you have to create a user name and password if you watch it online.) Or, if you want to hear him live and in person, hit up the DeJong Concert Hall in the HFAC on campus. Don't miss it! He'll be singing "I Stand All Amazed" during the first ten minutes or so (and I'll be accompanying)!

boy is he loving all this stage time he's getting... let's all make sure it doesn't go to his head... :)