Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Kevin picked up my parents this morning at the airport. Everyone picked me up at work, and after one long trip to Wal-Mart, we were able to enjoy a nice ham and potatoes dinner at home with them. It's nice to have my family here, but it can be stressful playing the hostess. Hopefully the weather forecasts for a blizzard will be wrong and we will be able to travel to North Ogden to see the Cooks for Christmas...

Have a very merry happy safe Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Favorite Things

So, we don't post much on this blog because, in reality, our lives are incredibly boring (no, seriously). I mean, we're happy with our lives, but to describe them would be boring to y'all.

So, I blog about shopping. Seriously. If you haven't stopped by my other blog and added it to your list of blogs to check, you should. I really try to post about relevant, incredible stuff. Sometimes I even give stuff away, like right now. Head on over to my blog, My Favorite Things, and follow the instructions on this post to enter my Winter Weekend Giveaway (I know, I'm so clever).

My blog is so awesome that my friend Becky asked me to be a guest blogger on her blog, Project Domestication. Check out that post with some great last-minute holiday gift ideas here.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Through the Grapevine

Sarah and I have discussed grape-flavored things at length. Grape soda is inevitably the last flavor left. As a child, grape-flavored candy sat in the Halloween candy pile long after everything else had been eaten. I resorted to grape only when my body went into sugar withdrawal.

So who eats this stuff? We know you're out there, oh closeted grape-flavored candy eaters! It is time to be heard! It is time to proudly stand up and say, "I enjoy that artificial flavor that passes itself off as grape." That way, we know who to blame.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Me and my new baby

Our lives are boring, but our friends Emma and Adam just had an adorable baby girl. We finally got to see and hold her and she is SO CUTE. I started to tear up within the first minute I held her. She is just so fresh from Heaven and I can't believe Emma is a Mom. Emma and I have been through a lot together over the years (I caught the bouquet at her wedding) and she is practically my sister. It was wonderful to see the beautiful baby girl she brought into this world. She (Bonnie) slept like a baby (wonder why) and is just so tiny and cute and wonderful. Emma looks great of course and you can't even tell she just had a baby inside of her a few days ago. Check out their blog for more pictures (the link is to the left).



Sarah Ann and Bonnie Rose

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ummm

It has been three weeks since I last posted. Wow. Our lives are really really boring apparently.

Update:

We're still alive.
Kevin still works at the library and still goes to BYU.
I love my new job; I am less stressed and I make more money now.

And I'm hungry.

The end.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

hilarity and politics



Thanks, PostSecret!

We also find all of the SNL mock Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates hilarious as well.

my favorite quotes:

"Let me tell you.... about a time... when i was 8 or 9.... when i was abducted by aliens"
- SNL obama

"wait, there's not a talent portion?" - SNL sarah palin

"it's about time. let me repeat that: time " - SNL joe biden
and of course

"joe the plumber lives in a box under my bed"
- SNL mccain played by the ever-hilarious darrel hammond
who also played Clinton and Gore on SNL (lockbox?)



On a more serious note, I hope that those of you who live in battleground states realize how important your vote is. (It's ok, I still like you even if you vote Obama.)

If you live in California, I don't think any of us really understand how important your vote is when it comes to Proposition 8. Marriage isn't just a civil union; in many religions, it's a sacrament. Do we want the government interfering in our religions? Any of them? Do we want the judicial branch overturning votes of the people? (Don't we live in a democracy?) Do we want our children to be taught in school that marriage is between two consenting adults? I don't.

The outrageous thing is that in 2000 61% of Californians voted to preserve a traditional definition of marriage. 4 judges were able to overturn that. How do you overturn a vote? Like I said, don't we live in a democracy?

In case you're wondering, voting No on Prop 8 wouldn't give same-sex couples more "rights" like being able to visit each other in the hospital or whatever. Those rights are protected already.

Obviously, I support Proposition 8; if you want to learn more, visit preservingmarriage.org and whatisprop8.com.

He says it better. Kudos to my friends and family who are working so tirelessly to make a difference in their state. I only recently realized that the outcome of this election in another state could affect MY life, and MY future and MY country so much.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Birthday Presents

I've always had really great birthdays. My first date was on my 14th birthday. With an October birthday, I usually get to celebrate on Columbus day or sometimes the same day as homecoming. I usually get great weather, and I was always in school so I get lots of "happy birthdays" sung to me. Two years ago Kevin got me 2 seasons of The Office, and one of my favorite snacks. It was then that I suspected he liked me more than a little. I still remember that crazy night my freshman year when we celebrated my birthday; I borrowed Keriann's coat that I'm pretty sure she ended up returning. We went bowling and we went to the dollar theater and I think we played sardines at like 2 a.m. @ Deseret Towers...

Anyway, today has been no different. I had an interview scheduled with a local store that caters to soon-to-be missionaries (men and women). i still really wanted the position with Down East, but felt I should go on the interview since I hadn't heard for sure. The interview went okay considering I had to wait 30 minutes for the interview to start and I could tell the guy wasn't the best interviewer in the world. I left the interview, checked my voice mail and called Down East back to find out that I got the job as the kiosk manager!

I could not be happier. This is something I really wanted and it felt really right. The timing is even perfect. After the good news, Kevin took me out to lunch and to Costco to buy me one of my birthday presents. And next week I get to spend a week with my family! I am seriously the luckiest girl in the world and can't believe how much my Heavenly Father has blessed me. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes during the past couple of months that I've been looking for a job. Couldn't have done it without you!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wishin' and Hopin'

I know that Down East talked to at least one of my references. I finally inquired today after not hearing back for almost a week; sounds like I should hear back either way by tomorrow. Hopefully it will be a good birthday present this year!

My sweet Kevin finally asked for some time off for my birthday. He didn't even ask off for his own birthday. I'm still deciding where to go when he takes me out for my birthday lunch. Any suggestions? I'm thinking the Spaghetti Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, or Chili's... But maybe if I get the job we'll head up to SLC for some Texas Roadhouse or even Cheesecake Factory to celebrate!

I totally cannot concentrate right now because I am so anxious to hear back. If it isn't good news, it will definitely be ok. I have an interview with another company scheduled for tomorrow, but I really hope I get this position with Down East. Here's hoping!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Second interview

Today I had a second interview over the phone with Down East Basics. I think it went well considering I didn't know I was going to have one until I got the call. I really really hope I get the job, but if not, I know I'll be okay.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I have a job interview tomorrow (Wednesday) so wish me luck!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

NOW I remember why the dollar theater only costs a dollar...

So we finally went and saw Ironman at the dollar theater (Kevin had already seen the movie, but he wanted to see it again).

Top 10 reasons why the Dollar Theatre will only cost you a dollar yet still manages to stay in business

10. Sticky floors. Stickier than the usual sticky-theater-floor.
9. Velvet-upholstered seats that have been in need of a good steam-cleaning since the 90s.
8. The tickets are printed on receipt paper so there's a good chance you'll accidentally throw them out when you clean out your wallet.
7. The theater can't afford a ticket-taker so you wonder how many people actually paid to see the movie you are watching.
6. The fire alarm goes off intermittently before the movie even starts, but it's so quiet that it stops before anybody really figures out what's happening.
5. You avoid sitting in the seat that is completely ripped and end up sitting in the seat that is missing the top of the armrest. You end up with a bruised left elbow.
4. Stale, oversalted popcorn. At $4 it's still a rip-off but not as badly as the regular-priced theaters.
3. There's only one trailer. And unfortunately that trailer is for Twilight.
2. The top of the screen is dark and you can't really tell what's happening in that part of the screen.

And the number 1 reason why the Dollar Theatre will only cost you a dollar yet still manages to stay in business is...

1. You miss the post-credits ending because they turn the movie off and close the curtains after about 40 seconds of credits.



Still, even I liked the movie. Who knew Jeff Bridges could be so evil and who knew Robert Downey Jr. could be so good at playing... himself.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

First Anniversary

Today is our first wedding anniversary. It's hard to believe we've been married an entire year! We still feel like newlyweds and are so excited to spend the rest of our lives together. We've had a busy year; we've grown a lot closer together and made some pretty big decisions. I've been pestering Kevin with "Do you remember?" questions about the week we got married and our honeymoon. I'm pretty sure it was all a blur to him so I have to keep reminding him.

I know I gush about Kevin enough all year round, but I really am so grateful for him. He is the best husband and I can't believe I'm lucky enough to be his wife. Is he perfect? Of course not. But somehow, he's perfect for me! So often when we're watching TV or just talking in bed, we'll both make the same joke at the same time. Whether it's buying a car, finding a new apartment or shopping for groceries, we're usually on the same page. When we're not, I win. How cool is that? Seriously, though, he's so chill and so funny and hard-working and wonderful and hilarious.


And don't we look cute together?




Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

We had a great Labor Day weekend!

I had a lovely visit with my friend Annette and her two darling little girls on Saturday afternoon. It was so nice to see her again; it's been a long time! I could tell she is a great Mom just from the couple of hours I was able to see her. She is so fun and so sweet; I miss hearing her quote all of those plays and movies all the time!

The highlight had to be our late-Saturday-night trip to Smith's (riiight). We were the only ones not wearing BYU Blue shirts and I forgot how crowded the Utah grocery stores are on Sat night. Kevin let me buy a bag of Red Vines so it was all good (they lasted until Sunday night so there).

Sunday was fairly relaxing; we had a very interesting lesson about our Church's 12-step Addiction Recovery program (they adapted AA's program with permission). Our church offers group meetings to addicts and family members. I was moved by the personal stories of the missionaries who strive to help others overcome addiction and heartache. I think this is an inspired program and I couldn't help but wish this program had been around when my Grandfather joined the church in the 1970s (he was an alcoholic before he joined). I was reminded that Satan is trying so hard to torture our families and keep us from reaching our eternal goals. During our lesson, I was shocked to find out that 20% of BYU male students are addicted to pornography. If that is not proof that Satan is trying to enter our homes and hearts than I do not know what is. At any rate, I'm glad that I have no need of the program but I'm so glad it's there; who knows when someone I love will need help with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling or anything that keeps them away from the love of their family and Heavenly Father.

Monday was nice; Nate and Mary came down for a visit! Nate, Kevin and Ayden (3) went to Cabela's while Mary, Hailey (1 1/2) and I went to the mall. I found a ladies' sized Cinderella shirt at the Disney Store. Score! We ate dinner at Goodwood and had a great time. It's funny to watch the kids eat and interact with each other and of course we always laugh a lot with Nate and Mary.

Kevin starts school tomorrow early at 9 a.m., poor kid. I'm still looking for a job and have sent in a few applications. I'm still not sure what direction I want to go in, but I'm sure I will find the right job at the right time... now if I just knew what those were!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bye, Katie!

We've got Little Miss Katie moved into her place with almost all of her stuff. We really enjoyed having her around for a little bit; I liked having a roommate that helped cook and clean...

Last Friday we made crepes and it was pretty fun.


I have scary devil eyes in this picture but I'm too lazy to fix it.

Yummmmmmmm.


This We played lots of games, watched lots of Burn Notice on DVD and ate A LOT of food. I got Katie to try and like salmon and some other foods she was skeptical of. Thanks, Katie!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back to School

Today I was at Target to pick up a few things and I couldn't help but notice the plethora of mother-daughter pairs picking up sheets, towels, alarm clocks and other "first apartment/dorm" items. I saw lots of overloaded carts following young women with a list and pen in hand. It's a different atmosphere from the Target I usually shop at; Moms with babies, women by themselves, the occasional couple registering for gifts. It was also interesting to note that I didn't see a single young male on one of these shopping trips. This might be because most males are fine if they have a computer, a pillow, blanket and toothbrush to their name. It could be for another reason, but who knows.
Today took me back to six years ago at this time: I was 17 and I had just left Pacific, Missouri (population: 4,500) for Brigham Young University (student population: 28,000). I was about to live on my own in a new state and attend a new school where I didn't know anyone. While it was a little scary, it was mostly fun and exciting.

I remember talking to my freshman roommate Kara before we met up at college; we both planned to have blue comforters (good thing we would coordinate!), discussed that we both liked Nelly and that I didn't have a problem with her liking the Yankees. I remember that Wal-Mart trip once we got to Utah where I bought hangers, peanut butter and other necessities. I learned a lot that year; there were a few things I bought on those back-to-school shopping trips that I didn't end up needing. But it's better safe to be sorry, right? At least if you're a girl...




Sarah, Emma and Kara enjoying some Haagen-Daas bought w/Dining Plus




Kara, Biggie (Mark Bigelow, BYU Bball team) and Sarah after a BYU Basketball game

Kara, Sarah and Emily at a BYU Football Game

Rambo-Chan (Kara) and me

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sister Sister

Sarah's sister Katie is back in Provo - yay! She is staying with us until she can move in to her apartment, so we have had a fun time with her. We've played Sorry!, Rummikub, made Crepes, some yum-o Chili Mac and of course Nacho Chicken on Sunday. My lil sis is turning out to be a pretty cool adult and now that we get along (what sisters get along when they are teenagers?) it's very fun to hang out together.

Monday, August 18, 2008

2nd Weekend with the Cooks

The other Cook family blogs have been updated today, so I figure it is our turn as well. We had another fun-filled weekend up in North Ogden. Despite thae fact that I asked if we could go to Jake's Over the Top every 15 minutes, we did not get to go :(.

We had a blast at Emily's 8th Birthday Party on Friday night and her baptism on Saturday morning. Kevin and I were both able to participate; I was asked to be the chorister (surprise!) and Kevin was able to stand in the circle when Emily received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I'm so lucky to have a husband who bears the Melchizedek priesthood and is able to participate in those sacred ordinances.

Jon (and Ashley) beat us in Trivial Pursuit: 80s edition: hey, we were born in 1984! We played many rounds of apples to apples (Ashley's absolute favorite game; the only way to guarantee winning her hand is to play a card that says Princess on it somewhere!) Only one person asked us when we were going to start having kids, and we watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal (that one was a close race, though, and was actually pretty exciting). Our nieces and nephews are lovable, exhausting, entertaining and hilarious.




Kevin and Ethan




Emily and Alexis attacking Kevin




Jared making a mess of the meal as usual



Aunt Ashley holding Hailey


Grandma holding Emily's SECOND birthday cake. Teresa, my birthday is in October and I would also like a barbie birthday cake with delicious cream cheese frosting. Thank you :).

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Weekend with the Cooks

Last weekend Kevin's brother Nate got married. I'm excited that Mary is officially my SIL and happy that we were able to attend this joyous occasion. This event was the first time that I've ever been with the Cooks all at once. Sara's family was in London when Kevin and I got married, so this was a fun reunion of sorts. My camera died halfway through the weekend, so I don't have many pictures.






Kevin and I watched Ayden and Hailey during the wedding and Friday night for the bride and groom. Unfortunately, Hailey (age 1) slept through the entire ceremony, AND we never got a picture of her cute little sleeping face. The food was great (Sarah's Spinach Salad was served, so you can't go wrong there), the dancing was fun, the place looked great and Joanie's cake tasted amazing!









Saturday we tried to sleep in, went to Jake's Over the Top for some great burgers, fries and ice cream with the other Cook siblings, spent some time at Kevin's mother's house. I went shopping with my other SIL Heather while Kevin took a beating from his nieces and nephews at the park. We ended the night by watching Drillbit Taylor with the newlyweds; I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie was pretty funny and wasn't as geared to 13-year-old boys as I thought it was going to be.




Sunday we were able to attend the blessing of our niece, Oriah Taylor Cook. She is so cute and so tiny! She fell right to sleep when I held her; aren't sleeping babies perfect babies? Kevin was able to stand in the circle for the blessing and I was able to eat cheerios during sacrament because I sat next to little kids! I also got to take my first trip to the Barker's fish farm in North Ogden.

All in all, it was a pretty fun if exhausting weekend that reminded us we're just not ready to be parents just yet. You have to keep your eye on those little suckers! We'll head back up this weekend for Emily's baptism, and hopefully this time I will remember to charge my camera!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Our St. Louis trip - 4th of July weekend

Now that we've been back for almost a month, it's time to write about our wonderful trip to my homeland (St. Louis, not Germany). It was Kevin's THIRD trip to St. Louis, and it wasn't long enough. It didn't really seem like a vacation, but it felt so good to not have to go to work, to sleep in a little, and to be out of Utah.


We left in the car about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, and drove straight through. We took turns driving and napping (wait, we alternated who slept and who napped...). We ate lots of junk food in the car, we saw lots of flat land in Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. We paid lots of money to gas up our car, but luckily thanks to empty roads at night and cruise control we got GREAT gas mileage. My parents thought it was a dangerous idea, but we LOVED driving through the night; the roads were pretty clear, we didn't have to stop much and the person who wasn't driving could sleep pretty easily in the dark. Once the sun came up, however, we were annoyed by truckers, slow drivers, and of course, ROAD CONSTRUCTION. Overall the driving part wasn't too bad; I didn't get lost until we got to Missouri! I accidentally drove into Kansas when trying to circumvent Kansas City, and without mountains to act as my compass, I accidentally went North instead of South when we were about 15 minutes away from our destination. It all worked out and we made the trip from Provo to St. Louis in about 19 hours total.


We stayed with my Aunt Cindy and cousin Miranda; they were kind enough to stay behind from the trip to the lake to spend some time with us. It was great to catch up on family gossip and have some fun girl time. We dragged Kevin to the mall on Thursday - luckily we met up with my parents and Katie and had lunch at CPK (yum!) so Kevin could go to the movie store with Dad. We had a great time going to all the girlie stores like Sephora, Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body works. I usually drag Kevin shopping with me or I go by myself, so it was really nice to have people to go with!


We spent some time with the Heitman clan on Thursday night; I love my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. I really miss being far apart from them here in Utah! Even though Miranda accidentally gouged a hole in my shin with her toenail, it was pretty fun (I love you girl, but there's a scar now). Some of the family went to TGIF for lunch the next day; this was where Emma painted our fingernails at the table. She painted mine and Katie's with straight sparkle nail polish. She was actually pretty good for a five-year-old. The trip to the zoo was pretty funny. We watched a giraffe pee on another giraffe's head and watched monkeys pick each other's bottoms. Typical zoo entertainment. The best entertainment would have to be my cousins:








I'm not sure how Emma got a hold of him, but it was pretty funny. I guess Logan likes to run away. I think eventually my Dad got to take a turn trying to keep up with him.

My mother's favorite thing to do for 4th of July is to go downtown and see the fireworks at the Arch. Unfortunately, due to flooding, we couldn't get very close to the action and the show just wasn't that great compared to our past experiences. It was still nice just to be there, and it made Mom very happy to have us all in our matching shirts:





The highlight of the trip came the day we left: Ruth Ann Kraemer, or Grandma Ruth Ann, was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 30 years after meeting the missionaries and going to church off an on, she has finally decided to take that leap of faith. I couldn't be more proud of her; I know her decision wasn't easy but I know she will always be so grateful that she did. Of course my sweet mother volunteered her entire family to help out :). Mom, Grandma's oldest daughter, gave the baptism talk. I gave the talk on the Holy Ghost, I was the pianist and I accompanied Katie during her beautiful vocal solo. Kevin gave one of the prayers and my father also participated. Grandma was baptized in the Washington chapel, the same building that Dad, Katie and I were baptized in!





It was great to see Jonathon Roberts again; he officiated at our ring ceremony, attended our sealing and was one of the missionaries that brought the "good news" to my family back in the 1970s. I wish more people had the courage and faith that my sweet grandmother has. Hopefully I'll be able to take another trip out in a year and we can drag her to the temple! (Joke...)

On the drive home we ended up stopping overnight in Nebraska, nabbed the last room available in the Lincoln area it seemed like and ended up staying in a suite. Those AmericInn hotels are really nice and not that expensive.


Well, that was long and I bet none of you are still reading, but that's ok because I wouldn't be either :). It was a fun trip and I'm just glad our marriage survived! (another joke...)

Contest - YOUR Favorite Things

Hopefully you read my other blog. If not, here's a good time to start. I'm having a contest - and a drawing for FREE stuff! Check it out - it ends August 6th!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Birthday Boy

We had a low-key celebration for Kevin's b-day. I was the first one to wish him a happy birthday at 12:01 Sunday night, and we both stayed up late reading in bed (one of Kevin's favorite things to do). I suprised him with cupcakes at work. Apparently, a co-worker of his bought him a cake for his birthday, but I arrived shortly after that was scarfed down so I had perfect timing. I just used a yellow cake mix and made chocolate cream cheese frosting (sorry, forgot to take pictures before they all got eaten, too). Gave him his presents: A DVD of Star Wars: A New Hope, and a shelf for his shoes that I put together and in the closet with shoes organized on it before he got home. We went to Red Robin for dinner (forgot our camera) and I made him his favorite dessert:



banana cream pie! Visit my other blog for the how-to. Kevin isn't crazy about birthdays, but I think I spoiled him just enough so he'll start liking them!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kevin!

My dear, sweet Kevin turns the ripe, old age of 24 today. I'm glad he's older and wiser than me, even if it's only by a couple of months. I can't believe the last couple of years have gone by so quickly - and I can't believe I've only known him that long. He is truly my best friend and always will be.


Happy Birthday, babe!

Friday, July 25, 2008

HGTV watch out

We moved into our new apartment in April, but we've been gradually setting up and decorating our new place. What started out as a huge pile of boxes in the living room is starting to look and feel like a home. Thanks to a few of my mother's finds, a recent trip to Wal-Mart and well, having lots of extra time on my hands, I finally finished... the bathroom!


TA DA! Tiny, yes? I actually love that our vanity/sink combo is outside the bathroom, so that I can put on makeup while Kevin is showering, or whatever. Even though that means we have a very tiny bathroom, it works.

I adore this shower curtain. I bought it a couple of years ago at Wal-Mart. It's black and white and features little drawings of global landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Leaning tower of Pisa, and a kangaroo (I don't get it either, but it's a landmark in Sydney apparently.


My genius mother spotted these at some craft store, knew they would match my shower curtain PERFECTLY and bought them for me. What a nice lady!



See? Perfect match!!

The finishing touches were my white bathroom scale from IKEA (I think cost me about $5), my favorite candles (bought 50% off from B&BW for $10 total), a metal tray from Wal-Mart (less than $3) and some cute stones from Michael's (also less than $3). So for about $20 you can really make a difference to a small room. Even Kevin said, "I love our bathroom. It looks great. Now I have something to look at when I pee." Thanks... at least he noticed!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Much belated.. Happy Mother's and Father's Day!!

I found my card reader - yay! So now you are going to start seeing random pictures from the last few months as well as start seeing more pictures on our posts. For now we'll just show you what we got each other for Mother's and Father's Day this year:




Here's my Mother's Day present from Kevin: a tanzanite and diamond necklace. Isn't it pretty?


He also got me a DVD of Enchanted and a beautiful bouqet of flowers.




What did I get Kevin? A tie, what else? This kid has more than 100 ties but he can never have enough. Usually he doesn't like the ties I like, but this one was a winner - and it even matched his new green shirt. Doesn't he look so cute? I'm pretty sure I also took him to Red Robin for Father's Day, even though we do that almost every weekend.

We're so grateful for our parents and everything they've done for us. For mother's day I got my mom a black bra from Victoria's Secret and for Father's Day I found Dad Season 1 of M*A*S*H at Costco. We got Kevin's mom some flowers and we're still waiting to hear what restaurant she wants to be taken to (hint, hint).

Friday, July 18, 2008

So long, farewell, I wish I knew how to spell goodbye in German...

I promise there are good reasons for our long blogging absence. Yes the standard "we've been really busy", does apply. We took a week long "vacation" (I love them to death, but is visiting family really ever a vacation?) to St. Louis - and yes we drove almost 3,000 miles roundtrip.

But mostly, there's been nothing to blog about. One of my friends complains about her job on her blog, but she is very clever and makes all of her stories very funny and entertaining. We decided to spare all of you reading about our boring lives and frustrating jobs.

But as of yesterday, I am no longer employed by the largest specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products. I love the company and their products and have no complaints about the company as a whole. However, I have never been so unhappy at a job in my life as I have been the last couple of months. When you spend 40 hours a week (or more) someplace where you are unhappy, it starts to affect you. Also, when you're busy working 40 hours a week, it's very hard to find something better! So, I've decided to look for something that will help me use some of the skills I learned in college; hopefully things will go well!

So, I'll be looking for a job, blogging more often, keeping up with the laundry and dishes, eating less takeout food, cooking more often, going to church every Sunday, over the next little while. It's a little scary but mostly liberating. I'm excited for the new adventure around the corner!

-Sarah

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sarah's Five!

The Five Tag

5 years ago: I had just finished my freshman year at BYU, started working at the local GAPkids (my first real job), complaining to my parents about having a curfew again, and bought a cell phone on my OWN plan.

5 Months Ago: I had just been promoted to be a Sales Leader with Victoria's Secret - I now make more money than I ever have before in my life, which feels pretty good.

5 Things on my to-do list : (disclaimer: today is my day off so my to-do list is longer than work, eat, sleep, like it usually is)

1. Clean up the living room some more
2. Clean the kitchen -- dishes!
3. Do the laundry
4. Go to campus with Kevin -- he has the day off, too!
5. Buy a dresser - my underwear is in a big Victoria's Secret bag on the floor and half of my clothes are sitting in a cardboard box. Isn't that so sad?

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Licorice - Twizzlers or Red Vines
2. Chips and Salsa - HAS to be Tostitos chips
3. Popcorn - mostly because both my husband and father make it all the time
4. Pizza Rolls
5. Anything with peanut butter. Oh and Caramel Apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Yum!

5 Things I would do if I were suddenly a billionaire:
1. Pay off all debt
2. Buy a house
3. Start contributing to a Roth IRA fund, in bonds, in CDs, stashing money under my mattress....
4. Take a trip with Kevin to Hawaii
5. Take a trip with the family (whoever wants to go!) to Europe

5 of my BAD habits:
1. Swearing
2. Not parking very well
3. Forgetting to close kitchen cabinet doors
4. Forgetting to unplug my hair irons
5. Being too lazy to brush my teeth at night

5 Places I have lived:
1. Provo, Utah
2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3. Pacific, Missouri

yep, that's not 5. oh well!

5 things people don't know about me:
1. The ringtone I hear when Kevin calls is Depeche Mode's Precious -- which is a song about Divorce.
2. I know I'm not supposed to believe in having a "soulmate" or whatever, but I have no doubt that my Heavenly Father brought Kevin and I together because we are perfect for each other.
3. I got a D in Biology my freshman year of college.
4. I sometimes talk to myself when I'm alone -- although Emma knows this because she caught me once!
5. My favorite vegetable is the cucumber (or water-sacs, according to Muscle Mike).


- Sarah

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Unpacked...

So I found my camera charger (Jenny, I hope you find yours soon!) But alas I lost my camera USB cord months ago and now I can't find the card reader. So pictures are still forthcoming. Sorry. Even though we're unpacked and don't have any boxes on the floor, I still don't feel like we're settled in. I guess that will come with time. We'll get there.

Last Saturday we went and finally got Costco cards. That place is so cool. I think I have found the one place Kevin likes to "shop". Not just buy stuff he needs, but look around and buy something that is cool. We now have an amazing high-tech fan in our living room. Kevin is mesmerized because, well, it comes with a remote and you just can't beat that. It's a tower fan that oscillates, has several speed and variation settings, and yes, it comes with a remote. It also came with a mini-oscillating fan that has kept our bedroom a little cooler at night.

What we REALLY were hoping to find was a way to buy pizza rolls in bulk, but alas, they were not to be found. We consoled ourselves with the trilogy set of Indiana Jones for $35. I bought it because I thought my Dad would love it for Father's Day, but I've decided to watch them instead :). (Don't worry Dad, I'll find you something even better. Remember I'm the daughter who got you the special edition of Diehard for Christmas?)

In other news, Kevin is campaigning to be the Provo City employee of the month (ask him about it), and one of my best friends is having a baby in the fall. Congrats, Emma and Adam!

My Favorite Things

I probably already e-mailed y'all about this, but I've started a new blog featuring my favorite things -- and hopefully you will find these things adorable and affordable. Check it out and spread the word

http://simplyremembermyfavoritethings.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 5, 2008

Still unpacking

Since I still can't find my digital camera battery charger, I still haven't taken pictures. I should have taken a picture that first day we moved in; there were boxes, bags and bubble wrap everywhere! Things have gotten a little better, and we are slowly finding things in the black hole that is our living room.

Mom would be proud, I put up some curtains in our bedroom. Unfortunately I have neither her talent nor enthusiasm for sewing, so I paid $18 for my curtains and rod at Wal-Mart (gotta hate and love that place at the same time). Hopefully those will keep the sun out of our eyes in the morning a little longer. I'm tired of waking up before my alarm goes off.

Even though I cooked the occasional dinner (ok, seldom) at our old place, our new kitchen and newly-unpacked appliances have inspired me to make dinner four times since we moved (not counting the 2 times I made DiGiorno last week). I made my amazing chicken fajitas in my new nonstick skillet, made my infamous chicken cheesy rice casserole (from the back of the campbell's cream of chicken soup can, and this time the rice was fully cooked, katie!), rachael ray's chili mac (yum-o!) and today I made pork chops on the stove top (I prefer the taste when they bake, but who has time for that?)

we also went to our new ward yesterday. it was interesting. it's kind of like a BYU singles ward, but everybody's married. i think they want us to have family home evening with other couples or something. isn't that why i got married - so i didn't have to go to singles wards family home evening? isn't that why i have my own family now? for now kevin makes me go to sunday school and relief society; isn't he so nice? and i make him read the scriptures to me because i'm too tired to at night!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New place!

We moved in this past weekend. We still have boxes everywhere, but we are making unpacking progress. Pictures of our apartment coming soon - here's the complex we live in.



We live in a small building in a big complex for Provo married folks. Kevin loves to come home for lunch since he only has a five-minute walk home and I love that I shaved 2 minutes off my daily commute!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

3...2....1...

We move in exactly three days! Yipee!!

I think now we are up to 12 boxes... our tiny apartment is basically covered in cardboard and sterilite containers.

Today Kevin and I got out of bed early enough to try Kneader's French Toast. So delicious. It's bottomless, but we both struggled to finish one plate of the super-thick, decadent breakfast. If you live in Provo, you've definitely got to head over to Kneader's for breakfast!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

1st and 10

Days until we move: 10

Boxes I've packed: 4 1/2
Boxes Kevin's packed: 1 (So proud of him)

Sarah's tissue-per-day count: reduced to approximately 15.

Thanks for the well wishes, Sarah's feeling much better now (Thanks, NyQuil!)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Cleaning-out-the-fridge Nachos

Jessica's cleaning-out-the-fridge recipes are very creative and you would never be able to tell she was just cleaning out the fridge. They are moving the same week we are, but so far I've only made one such meal. Kevin claimed he wasn't in the mood for nachos, but he helped me finish them off so quickly there wasn't time to take a picture!

Cleaning-out-the-fridge Nachos:

Place desired amount of tortilla chips on a microwave-safe plate.
- You could even make your own by frying cut-up tortillas.
Shred desired amount of cheese and sprinkle on top of chips.
- I usually use cheddar, but we had Colby/Monterey Jack, and that was pretty tasty.
Microwave plate for 20-30 seconds to melt cheese.
Spread desired meat or protein on top of cheese.
- I sauteed one diced chicken breast in a little olive oil, and seasoned with lemon juice, chili powder and lemon pepper. However, you could shred any leftover chicken, cook some ground beef, steak, or whatever you wanted.
- Top with desired toppings. We just used salsa, but I also love diced green peppers, avocado and sour cream.

Countown Continued

Days until the move: 12
Total boxes packed: 3
Number of times Sarah has coughed since Wednesday: 84,359 (+ or - 1,000)
Number of tissues Sarah has used Since Friday: 478 (+ or - 50)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Countdown

Days until we move: 16
Number of Boxes I've packed: 2
Number of Boxes Kevin's packed: 0
Sq. feet of bubble wrap I got from work: 200
Distance we have to move our stuff: 1 mile exactly

Friday, March 14, 2008

Daddy, Daddy!!! It's allowance day!!

In honor of today being pay day for the Cook household, I thought I would share a childhood story. Really it's about my sister but we joke about it ALL the time.

So when we were kids we got a small allowance every other week on Dad's pay day. He was nice enough to usually make sure he had cash in his wallet by the time he got home. One Friday afternoon, my sister burst out of the front door and ran toward our father, who must have been happy at this sweet greeting. "Daddy, Daddy!! ... It's allowance day!" Leave it to little kids to make you feel so good and so insignificant at the same time.


Even though I've been putting in a lot of stressful hours at work lately, I decided when I saw my direct deposit today that it ended up being a good thing! I love my job because it IS so different every day and it definitely challenges me in ways I'm not used to. I just found out who my new Store Manager is, and I was so glad it was her. I was nervous about who they would send us, but Amy is amazing and will fit perfectly with our team.

Besides, if you know me, I LOVE change and thrive on it. I think Kevin has noticed that I like to throw things out (namely his old ratty shirts) and buy new things (ok that list could go on forever). Just like my mother, I love to rearrange furniture, take a different route to work, change the paint color on the walls and generally just change things up.

Monday, March 10, 2008

We're Moving!!

We just signed a contract for our new apartment. We're very excited to move closer to BYU, Kevin's work and start attending a new ward (congregation). We'll be moving from a studio to a spacious (to us) one-bedroom in the Union Square complex in Provo. We'll be moving in at the end of April -- I'm not sure if I can wait that long but I guess we'll see.

One thing that is cool about US is that our friend is the apartment manager there so she can give us the sweet hookup. Actually if it weren't for her we'd probably still be wondering where we were going to live. Thanks, Crystal!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Another unoriginal post

So, I know I'm totally showing my lack of creativity right now, but this week was inventory at work, not to mention my boss quit and they haven't hired anyone to replace her yet. So you get a lame post this week.

I saw that my freshman dorm-mate Annie had posted this on her blog and called it "Hubby Tag", so I decided to do one, too.

What is his name? Kevin Jay Cook

How long have you been married? 6 months.

How long did you date? About a year.

How old is he? Same as me, 23.

Who eats more sweets? Kevin eats more candy but I eat more cookies and treats.

Who said I love you first? Ummm I think Kevin but it was kind of a sneaky way of saying it.

Who is taller? Kevin unless I'm wearing stilettos.

Who can sing better? Sarah (But he's much better than he thinks)

Who is smarter? I think we are pretty equal in intelligence. I wouldn't have married him otherwise!

Who does the laundry? ME!

Who mows the lawn? Yeah if we had one I'm pretty sure I'd make Kevin do it.

Who pays the bills? Yeah me.


Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Right now me because the left side is next to the freezing wall and window. We don't always sleep in the same spot though.

Who cooks dinner? Me and Red Robin.

Who is more stubborn? Good question.

Who kissed who first? He kissed me first FINALLY!

Who asked who out first? Kevin after I sent him my phone number in a note.

Who proposed? Kevin. "How about a fall wedding?"

Who has more siblings? Kevin! He has 6 and I have 1.

Who wears the pants? What kind of question is that we are supposed to be a team.

I tag all the wives out there: Emma, Jessica, Claire, Britt, Emily, Jenny, Annette, Lyndsey, Becky, Lesley, Lauren and anyone I have forgotten.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sarah's responses (Kevin's are below)

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1)Babysitter
2) GapKids Cashier
3) PR Assistant/Office Slave
4) Sales Associate then Sales Leader @ Victoria's Secret (in 3 different states)

Four movies I could watch over and over and over again:
1) Pride and Prejudice
2) Anything from the Bourne series (gotta love Matt Damon)
3) Princess Diaries
4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Four places I have lived:
1) Eureka, Missouri
2) Pacific, Missouri
3) Provo, Utah
4) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Four TV shows I watch:
1) Colbert Report
2) The View (I'm slightly ashamed to admit it
3) Rachael Ray (I'm REALLY ashamed to admit it)
4) The Soup (This show ROCKS --it's on E!)

Four places I have been:
1) Las Vegas
2) Washington D.C.
3) San Francisco
4) Disneyworld

Four people who e-mail me regularly:
1) My mother
2) Victoria's Secret (i love the coupons and sales and all, but do they have to send so dang many?!)
3) My father
4) ummmmm well it used to be all the PR majors but now I just get the occasional PRSSA e-mail

Four of my favorite foods:
1) Domino's thin crust pizza with mushroom and sausage
2) Oreos and Milk
3) Twizzlers
4) Chips and Salsa

Four places I would rather be:
1) a warmer climate
2) a larger living arrangment
3) a better city than provo
4) with you!

Four things I'm looking forward to next year:

1) Hopefully a promotion
2) Hopefully Grandma's baptism
3) 2 nieces or nephews plus 3 cousins born in 2008
4) Kevin starting school full-time again

Tagged?

Kevin sent this to his mother-in-law several weeks after she sent it to him, but I stole it so that he could actually have a voice on "our" blog.

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1) worked as a baler at Deseret Industries with a drug addict and a schizophrenic

2) worked as an automotive parts sorter to make sure people don't die :)

3) worked as a gopher for a guy, where I wrote a Policy & Procedures manual for a new company, helped draw up plans for buildings, helped with taxes, delivered time-sensitive documents, and swept the parking lot, among other things

4) work currently as a clerk/coach at Provo City Library

Four movies I would watch over and over and over and over and over and over and over again:

1) the Star Wars trilogy (the classic, of course)

2) The Princess Bride (my guilty little secret)

3) the Indiana Jones movies

4) a good epic war movie, i.e. Glory or Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan or something along those lines plus a whole lot more--there are some really good movies out there that just get better the more I watch them

so...in my "four movies" I packed in 10....

Four places I have lived:

1) born in Houston, TX

2) Harrisville, UT

3) Crowley, LA

4) Atlanta, GA

Four TV shows I watch:

1) The Colbert Report

2) um....that's about it

Here's four that I would watch if they were still on the air or on at a decent time

1) The Pretender

2) NewsRadio

3) Life

4) Burn Notice

Four places I have been:

1) St. Louis, MO

2) King's Peak, highest point in UT

3) NASA's Johnson Space Center

4) Las Vegas, NV People who email me regularly:

1) Cheryl, a woman who retired from the library. She forwards at least 10 things I don't open each week. I mean, wow.

2) Chase Wallis, the only friend from home I really keep in any sort of regular contact with. And by regular I mean once a month.

3) Sarah and I used to email and g'chat each other like mad, and then we got married. We talk now. It's awkward.

4) The "other" Heitman women.

Four of my favorite foods:

1) popcorn

2) Hawaiian pizza

3) chicken. it rocks.

4) any food someone else makes for me. it just tastes better when it's someone else's labor

Four places I would rather be:

1) my gosh I hate this apartment

2) I think being in space would be amazing

3) the Uinta mountains on a backpacking trip (in summer, of course)

4) Gettysburg

Four friends who I think will respond:

1) um....I'm only sending it to you

2) see above

3) seriously, look at number 1

4) I'm not kidding--I didn't send it to anyone else!

Four things I'm looking forward to this year:

1) leaving this piss-pot apartment

2) being a year closer to being done with school

3) Saturdays

4) NOT having a birthday (I've decided against getting any older)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Congratulations Brittany and Bryan!

Our friends Brittany and Bryan were married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple on Jan 26, 2008. For those of you who were at our wedding, Brittany caught my bouquet and got engaged about a month later.

I was lucky enough to be asked to be a bridesmaid. Brittany was lucky enough to have a sunny, if cold, January wedding day. I'm sure her week-long honeymoon in Hawaii will thaw her out though.

Emma's pictures are much better than mine, but here you go. We had a great time and we're so happy for the newest newlyweds in our circle of friends!!



Now 5 of the 6 "Original Roommates" are married. I think Brianna might catch up shortly after she returns from her mission in San Francisco.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

We will miss him

After reading many tributes to President Hinckley (Emma, sister-in-law, I-follwed-her-PR-footsteps-until-I-graduated, awesome former roommate) and a New York Times article about him, I couldn't help but share my feelings about this great man.




President Hinckley was really the first Prophet I have ever known in my lifetime. He became prophet in 1995 - I was 10 and had just finished elementary school. I have many memories of him and I have felt the spirit witness to me many many many times that he is a true prophet of God and that he was prepared for this role by our Heavenly Father.

I'm going to copy of Sara again, and list my memories of President Hinckley. I know that we have all gained our personal testimonies of the gospel and the role of a prophet in different ways and we must remember those ways if we are to "keep the faith" -- even after President Hinckley is no longer with us.

- President Hinckley came to St. Louis for regional conference shortly after he became prophet. Thousands of Church members came to downtown St. Louis to see a prophet. There were license plates from surrounding states in the parking lot. Many of us had never seen a prophet in person, and I think many in attendance never had the opportunity again.

- When I was still in our Church's Young Women's program, President Hinckley hosted a fireside for young single adults and teenagers in the Church. I can remember the 6 Be's that he gave us - but more importantly I remember the tears streaming down my face as a Prophet of God prayed for me. He prayed to his Heavenly Father on the behalf of the young people of the Church. I can distinctly remember that sacred experience that I had that night sitting in the Stake Center watching President Hinckley via Satellite.

- Attending BYU spoiled me! President Hinckley came to BYU my freshman AND sophomore year because BYU announced a new University President. Each time he waved his cane at the students, gave us encouragement and reminded us how loved we really are. His wit, humor, wisdom and love will forever remain with me.

- A couple of years ago President Hinckely issued the challenge to the members of the church to finish the Book of Mormon by Dec. 23 (that gave us approximately 4 months to complete the BOM in time for Joseph Smith's 200th birthday). The response of the Church was quite amazing to such a simple challenge. Even though I often struggle to read my scriptures every day, I was able to complete the challenge, and I remember the great spirit I felt as I watched President Hinckley speak about the power of the Book of Mormon from Joseph's boyhood home in New York.

- When President Hinckley walks into the room, everyone stands up and becomes quiet. Sometimes you can feel his presence before that happens - the spirit of God was definitely with him. I was so fortunate to be able to see and hear a prophet in person several times during my lifetime. Even though I was not able to see my Savior in person, I know that President Hinckley was one of the most Christ-like people the world has ever seen.

We will miss President Hinckley more than anything. However, we are so happy that he is reunited with his beloved wife, Marjorie. President Hinckley was a true prophet. I know that our next Prophet will also be a true prophet and he will lead the Church in this amazing era. I know that I will have just as many amazing memories of President Monson and I have full faith in him - and that my Heavenly Father will guide him.