Saturday, May 31, 2008

Some Really Cool Things

that I found on Megan's friend Katherine's blog:



Inventive urban furniture--aka, furniture disguised as other furniture

Book decor--aka, books for people who don't actually want to read them

Beautiful libraries--aka, the basis for a pilgrimage that I, like Katherine, will one day make

Friday, May 30, 2008

Thank You, Lindsey

Mike is in love with this song and obsessed with music videos so I don't know how I haven't seen this one until now, but it is amazing. I'm not really into the Youtube thing so I didn't recognize a lot of the things in the video, but some I did (the girls with the weird boxes on their heads, all your pork and beans are belong to us, the crazy pageant girl, is it South Carolina? Anyway, yeah, and the drummer at the end with the lightsabers! Amazing!). So here you go.



Also, here's something I thought was pretty great. Like I said, I didn't even know what half the things in that video were about, but I saw this article that has every Youtube clip they reference. Check it out. Weezer understands how to work Youtube

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quote (and made up word) of the Day



"Well, ok, so we went from kind of butch to slut-tastic."
-Stacy (who else?)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Battery Video Followup

http://www.snopes.com/photos/humor/batteryhack.asp

Unfortunately my friends... this is not a true story.

I wish I could say that we checked Snopes before dismantling the battery, saw that it was a hoax, and decided to take it apart anyway because we're just that adventurous and curious... but I can't.

As Mike was tearing apart the battery, he asked me to get online and look up what you're supposed to do if you get acid on your skin. (This should have been a warning right here.) So while I was online I thought hey, I bet Snopes has something about this! So I checked. And it did.

Anyway. Here are our pictures from the endeavor. Please, folks--don't try this at home.





Something Interesting...

video

Well we haven't tried this yet--we bought the 6V battery, but Mike's at work right now and I'm going to wait until he gets home to try it. But I don't see why it wouldn't be true, in which case you all need to see this video.

Monday, May 26, 2008

TLC Has Betrayed Me

I don't have a job yet, right? So I have a pretty routine morning schedule. Every day I get up, I hang out for a little bit, and then I watch the Nanny at 9 and What Not to Wear at 10. Well, today I was in the living room, minding my own business, and at 10:00 I went to channel 44 expecting to see Clinton and Stacy... and they weren't there! Stupid Jon & Kate Plus 8 was on, and what's worse, I checked the schedule and they are on for the ENTIRE DAY! I'm not even kidding. 8 am to 9 pm--13 hours straight of that darn show. (I didn't bother to check before or after those times, so it may very well be longer.) I feel betrayed. That is all.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I just woke Mike up to tell him to go to bed and he started talking to me in an Australian accent about a girl named Mikey and a cigar! And he was smiling the whole time and I couldn't tell what he was saying besides those phrases but then he stopped and opened his eyes and it was like he'd just woken up! So freakin funny I couldn't even believe it! I just had to share.

Date Night Review

I also considered calling this the Friday Night Review. Either way it sounds like the cheesy name of a bad talk show.

Anyway. Tonight I had an interview at the Hampton Inn in Provo. Yes, tonight. It went really well, so we'll see if they offer me the job. And then we'll see if I take it, because it's not perfect. But one thing in its favor is that of all the approximately 19,000 jobs I've applied for in the last two weeks, this is the only one that's contacted me.

K. So then Mike and I went to the Happy Sumo in the Riverwoods. Fan-freaking-tastic. I'd never been there before but mmmm boy was it good! I loved the atmosphere, and in fact I told Mike before we got our food that even if I didn't like it, I was pretty sure I liked that restaurant a lot just because of the atmosphere. Super... chic feeling. I don't know how else to describe it. Anyway, I liked it a lot, and the food was fantastic! Mike got the buffalo something roll, which was sushi with no fish (yummy), and I got a teriyaki tori something, and they were both reallllly good. And then we had a custard thing with berries on it and plum (plum!) ice cream for dessert and it was also soooo good. I'm pretty sure it's on our list of favorite restaurants now. Excellent dining experience, and you should all try it. Five thumbs and two stars up.

And finally... Indiana Jones and the whatever it is about the Crystal Skull. Horrendous movie. Do not go see it until it's in the dollar theaters or unless you have coupons, because you will regret it. Some of the worst acting I've seen in a movie that didn't have Nicolas Cage or Keanu Reeves in it. And seriously--when did Harrison Ford get to be such a bad actor? He's one of the worst in the movie! Shia LaBeouf isn't as good as he usually is, either, and Cate Blanchett... ugh! Her performance is as bad as her hair. Which is unbelievable. Also, typical much-too-long action scenes and some serious grossness in this one, not to mention a TON of suspend-your-belief moments (and by moments I mean entire twenty to thirty minute long scenes). Awful, awful movie. Still kind of fun to watch because it's the fourth Indiana Jones, but other than that... oy.

Anyway. Mike has fallen asleep on my shoulder as I have been typing this, so I think we'll call it a night. Seeeeee you later.

Friday, May 23, 2008

My Brother Got His Mission Call!

My brother Daniel got his mission call and he is going to . . . Athens, Greece! Just thought I'd share. :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hear Ye, Hear Ye...

I am hereby formally requesting that people start UPDATING THEIR BLOGS again, as soon as possible if you don't mind. I am unemployed and spend hours every day job hunting online, and no one writes anything new (except Lindsey and thank you)! This is unacceptable. Pleeeeeeease, people. Give me something to do.

:)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

something I saw on Liz's blog

"TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.And we were OK.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
Leno
: 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'"
-AUTHOR TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS



The thing I don't understand about this is that whoever the author of this is, he doesn't seem to go anywhere with his tirade. The whole time I was reading, I thought this was going to turn into something about how today's generation is lazy and disrespectful and takes things for granted and all that--but he doesn't! So then I thought ok, well, maybe he's just writing to write about how great those generations were, not necessarily in comparison with anything else. But then why the Leno quote at the end? It doesn't fit, it doesn't relate to anything else, it's randomly tacked on for... what reason?

Anyway, the whole thing is silly. Just because people got away with doing all kinds of stupid things before, that doesn't mean that they were better for it. And I would just like to point out that those generations, the ones he was glorifying for their troubles, are the ones who created the civilization we have today. They invented our technology, they had the children, they brought it all into being. So what is that guy going on about?

Christine pointed out that he might just be talking about how people can't get along without their cell phones, computers, etc. I think this is actually very likely true, and if that is what he is really whining about, then I only have one thing to say.

Our world is completely different now (thanks to his generation), and the fact that he grew up without a cell phone means nothing because they weren't available to him and everyone else in the entire world didn't have one. Yeah, our entire country is run on this technology, which his generation invented. So really, should we be surprised that people are obsessed with it?

Now that's really all.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

NKOTB

Just a thought based on Lindsey's post...

New Kids on the Block is definitely one 90s train I missed. I missed out on a lot of pop culture from back then because I didn't have any older siblings to introduce me to it, and because my mom was pretty conservative about the stuff she let us watch/listen to. (No Saved by the Bell for us.)

So anyway. I watched the video on Lindsey's blog of NKOTB performing "Tonight" again, and it was not very impressive. They just kinda bounced around the whole time, kicked their feet every few minutes, and I swear 90% of the song's lyrics consists of one word repeated over and over.

And the other song... well, that one did have dancing, which was special, but the only other thing I would like to say about it is were the skanky girls dancing behind them really necessary? I mean... it's a reunion tour, right? So everyone who's there is kind of a devoted fan? And we're talking mostly middle aged women. So why the dancers? Is that really the way to appeal to this demographic? Just wondering.

Anyway, hope I didn't anger any closet NKOTB fans. I have nothing against them, but really, they're an 80s/90s boy band. It's just too easy to make fun of.

183

Also, this is my 183rd post. I didn't realize I was this close to 200, but apparently I am so it's a good thing Megan started talking about hers and made me think about it. So I shall be doing my 200th soon as well, and since I didn't actually do anything for my 100th this will have to be good. I'm probably stealing Megan's High Fidelity idea, or using it in combination with something else. We'll see. I just thought I'd mention it so you can all begin preparing.

Movies

Call me a cynic, but I don't think this trailer is very promising. I think the actors for Bella and Edward were chosen really well (which I wasn't sure about at first) but... well, if that trailer reflects the feel of the movie, I just don't think I'm going to like it much. We'll see.


In other news, Mike and I saw Prince Caspian last night with Dan and Candice, and it was really good. I wasn't actually as awed by this one as I was by the first, but I do think they did it really well. Some thoughts:
-Prince Caspian is very attractive, even (especially?) with that hair.
-The guy who plays the king of the Talmarines, Sergio Castellitto, is perfect for his role. I was thinking it throughout the
movie, every time he came up in a scene. He is a really, really good villain. And also, random interesting tidbit of information: He's the guy in Mostly Martha. I looked him up on IMDB and he's only been in Italian movies, which I thought was really cool.
-Reepicheep's voice is Eddie Izzard. That was funny. We were all looking at each other going, who IS that? So Dan busted out his crazy phone and looked it up.
-Susan never annoyed me in the books as much as she does in the movies. That's all I'm saying about that.
-Well, I liked it. Really good. I didn't come out raving about it, but it was good. And now I want to read the books again because I can't remember anything that happens after this.

Live Free or Die Hard is a really good movie. We bought it for Candice for her birthday and then we were jealous so we bought it for ourselves, too. Also, in Die Hard (the first one), Bruce Willis is like 15 years old. Holy crap. Also Alan Rickman is in it and he is super good. (I saw it on TV. Lots of bleeps.)

In case you're interested, Demetri Martin is a really funny guy (also he looks exactly like Joel Crane). Lindsey already knows this--she and I were introduced to him at the same time by Curt, when she was here visiting last... November, I think. Then I kinda forgot about him, but a guy that Mike and I used to work with at
Toys R Us gave us the DVD for the wedding, and it is HILARIOUS. Mike has fallen in love with it and has already seen it six times (we've only had it for two weeks). So that's pretty amazing. Anyway, a warning: there's some language and a couple dirty bits, so he might not be for you if you rate yourself above a 7 on the 1-10 prudery scale. But for what it's worth, we watched it with Liz and Sherman (who are a bit higher on that scale than Mike and I are) and they really liked it. However there were a few parts where I could definitely tell they felt awkward, so you should ask Liz what her final word is if you're not quite sure.

The end.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Krissie.

Hello everyone. It happens that I think Krissie Ostlund is hilarious, and so I have taken something from her blog to show you. Please--enjoy.


Dear people conveying their dogs in strollers,

Stop it.

At first we thought you had a baby in there, as is often the case when people are pushing strollers through parks. But then, we noticed your baby was an extraordinarily active little thing. In fact, your baby seemed to be kicking and punching at the weird stroller enclosure, perhaps even throwing its tiny body against the mesh. My goodness! Do you need help?! What is wrong with your baby?

Oh. We see now. Your baby is, in fact, a Labrador Retriever. That’s rather disquieting. Perhaps it’s one of those dogs with some sort of unfortunate injury? The kind of sweet little dog that needs wheels on its hindquarters to walk? Well, that’s understandable then, I mean…

But wait. Your dog just jumped out of the stroller and began bounding around the park. He’s rather fat, but otherwise perfectly able bodied. So what the heck, nutter?

Are you unable to control your dog on the city streets with a mere leash, though you’re now allowing that same dog to gad about amongst small children? You’re aware that the phrase “he’s my baby,” when applied to animals, is meant as a joke? Or do you also plan to breast-feed?

In conclusion, let your dog run. That’s what dogs do. If you want to put something in a stroller, get an iguana.

Sincerely,
Krissie Ostlund

Monday, May 12, 2008

The King... Has Returned.

Movie reference anyone?

Okay friends. It is finally time for an official post, and here we go.

First, what is with all the yogurts for digestive health? Who decided that yogurts are the best medium for regulating your system? Just wondering. I saw a commercial for a new one today.

I have to complain for just a second about Mike's job. He applied for it because it said it was a full-time job, but the first like three months of the job he barely got 20-30 hours a week. Now it's gone the other direction and turned into ten-hour days every day. I'll be honest, this doesn't make me super happy. He has to wake up at 5 and doesn't get home until almost that time in the evening. Grr.

Okay griping over. On to the wedding!

Well most of you were there, so you know how the reception went. Let me just say that it was a fantastic day for me and I'm even sad now that it's over. It was so much stress and work leading up to it, but we got to the day of and it was so smooth, so easy, and so much fun! Our families had time to just hang out and get to know each other, which was so exciting to me. Mike and I got to relax in between the wedding and the reception while everyone else started setting up. We took pictures and our photographer was amazing (stephanie mcbride photography, in case you're interested), and then people started coming!

We didn't have a line, but we did greet everyone who came, and then everyone got to just walk around and visit and eat ice cream (which I never tried) and cake (which I also never tried). That is the one thing that was a little sad--all day the only things I ate were two bites of a banana and half a slice of pizza. I tried, but I couldn't eat; and then when we left the reception I discovered that I was RAVENOUS.

Also, speaking of after the reception. Most of you don't know, so now I'll tell you: My dad's side of the family has a tradition for weddings, where after the reception the bride and groom go back to the house and we open our presents with all the family there. So we left the reception and just drove around Orem and Provo while our family cleaned up and moved all the presents over to Mike's parents' house, and then Talia texted me and told us to come back. (Sorry for everyone we tricked. :P) My uncle Alan and his wife Lisa went and got Panda Express for everyone, which I, sadly, couldn't eat. Also at this point I was exhausted because I'd gotten burned standing in the sun all afternoon, so I pretty much didn't move off the couch until we finished opening the presents.

Anyway that was a great time, I've always loved that tradition in my family and the whole day was just so much fun. I had packed for the honeymoon that morning before the wedding, so we had to go back to the apartment to get all the things I'd forgotten--toothbrush, hair gel, shoes, etc. We didn't want to drive to St. George that night, so we stayed in a hotel in Orem and drove down the next day. The original plan was a cabin in Park City for three days and then the Anniversary Inn in Logan for two, but the cabin was snowed in so Mike's aunt and uncle volunteered their timeshare condo in St. George and got it all set up for us. It was so great of them and we really appreciated it. Beautiful warm sun in St. George vs. three feet of snow in Park City... I definitely like what we ended up with. :)

SO. On our honeymoon. We stayed in a great condo, which made lots of weird noises in the vents and had a horrible mattress, but was really a super nice place. We watched What Not to Wear, SpongeBob, and Animal Planet. We ate out, including a ridiculously expensive steak house with dead animals all over the walls, and we bought some groceries and cooked at home sometimes too. We went to a Trafalga-type place and did go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, and the arcade. We were going to go to Vegas one day, but we decided we didn't really care to. Anyway, we basically just spent a few days together without any other worries and it was really nice.

We came back on Thursday and found that some wedding elves (Megan, Jennie, and Lindsey) had cleaned and decorated our apartment with whatever they could find. They gave us a Bucket o' Memories and those things were spread out throughout the apartment, including a High School Musical beatbox that played "Getcha Head in the Game" when Mike lay down on the bed and put his head on the pillow, under which they had hidden it. Fun times. :) It was just really great to come home to, and of course I took pictures of everything.

What else? Liz and Sherman (who are now engaged, by the way) came over on Friday night and I used my crockpot for the first time! The recipe was kind of a Mexican chicken thing and it was sooo good. It smelled and tasted amazing and I can't wait to try it out again!

side note: I think Norma Jean is my favorite 10 Years Younger ever. She is a really cute person, not annoying at all, and she actually looks AMAZING, she's gorgeous! Best one ever. She's 40 years old, at the beginning they guessed that she was 50, and at the end they guessed 25. Biggest transformation I've ever seen on one of these shows.


side note 2: on America's Next Top model they have to walk down the runway with COCKROACHES ON LEASHES just walkin around on their bodies. I might die.

Anyway I think that's all, if only because I've been working on this blog for like two hours and now I need to start job hunting. :) I'm going to add some more pictures but for some reason my computer isn't recognizing the internet and I have to use Mike's, and he doesn't have the pictures on his computer. So there you have it! I am done.