Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Circles and Squares and Afghans--Grand Finale!

I finished!
Finally.  Oi.

Here you go, Seth--one egg, sunny-side up!
You know, I actually thought this took me a year to do.  I just looked back--I didn't start it until March.  Huh.  Still, it seemed like it took forever!  This is definitely the most labor-intensive crochet project I've done...so far.  Who knows what I'll do next?  Muahaha...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Happy Christmas, Ron!"

[Yes, a side note already: Does anyone else think this is the funniest line in the first Harry Potter movie?  Or even recognize it?  Zach and I make fun of it every time we watch it...]

Whilst caroling for my ward FHE last week, someone started singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  Ok, A) that song was NOT on the approved list, and B) it's reeeeeally long (or so it seemed--it was cold outside).  In rebellion, a friend *cough*Bradley*cough and I made up a Harry Potter version.  We thought it was hilarious--and I still think it is.  So, as a special Christmas treat for you all, I will share it with you.

You all know how the song goes, right?  So, get that going in your head and I'll supply the changes--I'm not writing out the whole song, because that would be ridiculous. 

"On the first day of Christmas Hermione* gave to me: A Phoenix in a holly tree..."
*Or whatever other HP character you want to use.  Bradley really likes Hermione.

Second Day: 2 Wrackspurts / Crumple-Horned Snorkacks (take your pick--we couldn't decide which one we liked better)

Third Day: 3 Deathly Hallows

Fourth Day: 4 Firebolts


Sixth Day: 6 Fizzing Whizbees

Seventh Day: 7 Horcruxes (yes, we know this would not be a good gift, but they had to be in there)

Eigth Day: 8 Owls a-flying

Ninth Day: 9 Quidditch Cups

Tenth Day: 10 Hippogriffs

Eleventh Day: 11 Hogwarts letters (get it? 'Cause you're 11 when you get your letter?)

Twelveth Day: 12 Wands a-waving

Maybe some day we'll make a music video...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkins Single-Style

Rhonda, this one's for you. :)

Last week I was actually social.  (Disregard the fact that I was the only one home and therefore lonely for most of the week--that had absolutely nothing to do with it. *ahem*)  One of my outings involved my ward FHE and pumpkins.  Yay pumpkins!  I will admit, we cheated and used stencils, but we were not feeling creative enough to actually draw out faces.  Ha--I tried once (on a paper towel, not the pumpkin) and it looked pretty bad.  Yeah, anyways...picture time!

 Here's the pumpkin Brad and I carved:

Rhonda, Landon, and Devin* carved another one:
This is Rhonda's worried face, in case you couldn't tell--the only thing between her fingers and the carving knife is a section of pumpkin.  Carve carefully, Landon, carve carefully.

Note the beautiful eyes, freehanded by Landon.

Since we aren't allowed to have fire in the church, we headed over to Landon's house afterward and borrowed some candles.  Here they are all lit up:
Don't they look awesome?

This was the first year that I haven't carved my "own" pumpkin at home, and this one got moldy before Halloween night, so we didn't even have a pumpkin on our wall outside.  Man...the parents and I are getting lame in our old age.  But hey, only 100 days until Zachy gets home!  Yay!

Hope you all had a fun Halloween!

*Or did he?  Maybe he was just out washing "pumpkin dirt" out of his eye.  It's OK, Devin--we all cry sometimes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

This Baby is Too Big...

A bit ago, I tried out a pattern to make a doll purse/cradle.

Look, it's a purse!

Now it's a cradle!
Cute, right?  Well, there was one slight problem: finding a baby to fit inside.

This one wouldn't work, for obvious reasons.

I know it's probably morbid, but this makes me laugh really hard.

Too bad, too--that baby is really cute.  Guess we'll have to go with this one:
Ah...much better.
Good thing Walmart didn't fail us on the second try.


Yes, I know--that title is just the essence of creativity.  But, it is nonetheless descriptive.  I've had this whole week off of work.  (I decided to use some of my vacation time to create my own "October Break".)  It has been fabulous!  I've been getting all sorts of things done.  I will now leave you with a list of random samplings from my week, as well as some pictures.

This week I've:
  • Made a hat for Nephew T
  • Washed my car (Lucy's first bath!  Except then it sounds like a child instead of a car, but you get the point)
  • Made something else that will remain a secret for another, eh, 2 weeks
  • Made up my own pattern (if you really want to call it that) for a crocheted flower
Isn't it cute?
  •  Got some new music
  • Sewed (most of) a skirt
  • Watched a few movies (Penelope, anyone?)
  • And organized my yarn stash
Guys, I think I'm turning into a yarn hoarder.
Yes, that entire basket is full.

These wouldn't fit in the basket.

This was a gift, and it all fits in the original bag so nicely...

My current project--in yet another bag.
Eep!  Soon it won't all fit in my closet!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Sorry guys--I'm really not trying to be a horrible life-updating-blogger.  There's just not much to update about.  Work has been pretty demanding lately.  (Ick.)  I'm at an awkward phase where I don't know how selfish I want to be when it comes to working hours.  For example, do I want to leave at 5:00 (when our office "officially" closes), or stay until who knows when to get things done?  Today, I opted for the latter.  Turns out, who knows when was 7:00.  I don't even want to know how many purchase orders I did.  Well, maybe I do.  Tomorrow.

So...that's really about it.  I have a nice time on the weekends (although last weekend I did have to take some work home with me...).  I'm going on a ward campout this weekend.  That should be fun.  Oh, and I played in a Mesa High orchestra alumni concert last night.  Maybe I'll post on that at some point--it was certainly an adventure.

Until then, I am signing off.  Consider yourselves updated.  :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day Weekend--So Far

Hi people!  Labor Day weekend is only halfway through (ish) and already a lot has happened.  I will attempt to fill you in.

Friday night, most of our family went out to First Friday to visit the Arizona Science Center.  (I love that place!)  We had issues finding a place to eat, so we didn't get to spend a whole lot of time there, but it was an adventure all the same.  I will now show you pictorial evidence of our night.

The Coke machine at Five Guys.  Is this not the coolest drink dispenser ever?

Now I understand why everyone sits at this exhibit and laughs hysterically.

I think we look like pandas.

This is one of my favorite things at the Science Center.  It looses something in picture (versus video) form, but it is still awesome.

I almost had more pictures to take, which brings me to my next story.  As we were walking in downtown Phoenix (is it really downtown?  I have no idea.  It is to me), we saw some statues coming up.  They looked like dancers.  I was just saying to Sarah, "Hey, maybe we should take some pictures with them!" when we got close enough to see that they were all naked.  Yep, a bunch of naked women statues on the sidewalk.  Creepy!  Thanks, Phoenix!  (You can bet we walked down the other side of the street on the way back.  *shudder*)

On the way home from the Science Center, we somehow got on the topic of drinks at Sonic.  My brother-in-law and sister were telling us about some flavors of cream slushes that they really like, so then we were all in the mood to try them (even though we were still really full from dinner--Five Guys gives you a lot of food!).  Behold:

Oceanwater cream slush with cherry add-in

Lime cream slush with blue coconut add-in
Yeah, they look like the same thing (I think the guy taking our order got a little confused...), but they tasted different, I promise.  And they came in shiny silver cups.  Woo!

Yesterday morning, we came to Big Event #2 for the weekend: I got a car!

Isn't it pretty?  I have decided to call it Lucy.  Don't ask me where that came from, because I have no idea.  It's pretty much the same car I've been driving (my mom's is 2 years newer), but blue.  I have broken free of our family's silver Honda tradition!  Ha ha!  It's still a little weird that it's mine (or will be officially once I've paid it off).  I'm super excited, though!

Who knows what the rest of the weekend might bring.  (I have work off tomorrow--huzzah!)  I plan on cleaning out my closet tomorrow--should I be hoping that that is a big adventure or not?  Hmm...

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I'm a bit obsessed with braiding my hair right now.  It probably doesn't look as good as I think it does (after all, I usually braid it myself towards the end of the day because I'm sick of my hair being on my neck).  But, I love it.  Not only does it pull my hair back, it doesn't have the obnoxious back-of-the-head-bump like a pony tail does.  Bliss, my friends.  Bliss.  Now I just need to learn how to French braid.

Hey, does anyone out there know how to French braid?  Can you do it on yourself?  Anyone care to teach me?  (Don't worry, Diana--I'll be talking to you soon.)  

That's all for now.  I just thought you'd all like to know.

Oh, and stay tuned for some exciting news this weekend involving wheels, the color blue, and Glendale.  It shall be an adventure!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mousse Hunt

(Wouldn't it be way more awesome if it was this kind of a moose hunt?
Yeah, I thought so, too.  Sorry--it's not.)

So, last week I ran out of mousse.  When I went to Target to get more, I found that not only were they out of the particular brand I wanted, there didn't even seem to be a spot for it.  Hmm...odd.  (It's not like it's a really special brand or anything.)  I was not wanting to go somewhere else, so I just picked something else that I thought would work.  

What I usually use
What I decided to try out
When I was forced to use the new stuff, I quickly found out one important fact: my hair does not like Tresemme.  At all.  It was the worst bad hair day I've had in a really long time.  Ew.

After work that day, I was determined to get more of my mousse--my hair had spoken and I was powerless to resist.  I headed off to Walmart with my mom, thinking: "They've had this every other time I've gone to Walmart.  No problem."  Ha.  Ha.  Remember how I said it was Walmart?  True to form, they were conveniently out of what I wanted.  So, we tried somewhere else.  And somewhere else.  Finally, one Target, one Fry's (neither of which even had a spot for this mousse--but, of course, they had the shampoo and conditioner.  Does anyone else see a problem with this?), and one Walmart Neighborhood Market later, I finally found it.  At the Walmart Neighborhood Market.  (You better believe I bought two--and seriously considered buying them completely out.)  

*sigh* I guess I'll give Walmart partial kudos for that one.  

And in case you were all wondering (and I know you were), my hair is much happier now.  I'd say we can count the hunt as a success!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hmm...how much do I love my eyes....

So, I went to the eye doctor a couple of weeks ago and was told that I probably should switch contacts to some that let my eyes "breathe" more.  OK, fine, whatever.   I guess keeping my eyes functional is kind-of important.

Guess how much said contacts cost?

TWICE as much as my old ones!!!!  Are you kidding me?!  Argh.  Good thing I only got one box.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fall Apples

Hey, look, 2 posts in one day!

So, I found this pattern the other day and just couldn't resist.  Thank goodness I know of some teachers who I'm sure are just dying for a new wash rag!

Happy start of school everyone!

Welcome to the Space Jam...

In honor of my lovely friend Rhonda's birthday, I will finally post about mine.  Haha.  

So, this year I turned 23.  How did that happen?!?!  I don't feel 23!  When I woke up, I found this outside my bedroom:

 Gotta love those siblings!  There were more hearts and a poster outside on the garage door (and on the steering wheel of the car I drove), but I didn't get a picture before the rain washed them away.  Whoops!

Sadly, I had to go to work.  I guess that made me feel like an actual adult--working on my birthday.  As far as work goes, it actually was a pretty nice day.  I had gone out to lunch the day before, so I didn't do anything fancy for that.  Around 3:00, my mother and sister-in-law showed up at work with a big box of brownies (the Pillsbury ones you get at Sam's Club--my weakness).  It was like the day at school I never got--you know how you always got awesome treats on other people's birthdays in elementary school?  Since mine was in the summer, I had never experienced that first hand.  (Not that I'm complaining--a summer birthday is awesome!)  Let's just say that my cubicle was suddenly very popular...Thanks Mom and Jaimee!

After work, we did the traditional Joe's BBQ/Krispy Kremes run, but family-style this time.  (This is possibly the first year my parents have come along for this--usually it's just me and a sibling or two.)  Want to know something horrible?  Krispy Kremes was out of hats!  I know, scandalous, right?  So, we didn't get to take our traditional eating-a-doughnut-with-the-beautiful-hat-on picture, like this one:
Next year, my friends.

Since my birthday was conveniently on a Friday, I just extended the celebrations over to Saturday.  I had to make up for the 8 or so hours at work, right?  Right.  We had some family time (a.k.a. seeing "Cowboys and Aliens"--not really my first choice...) and that night I had some people over to partake in another time-honored birthday tradition: the watching of a really stupid movie.  Don't ask me why, but this is one of my favorite birthday traditions.  I'm weird.  This year's winner was:
Picture courtesy of Amazon
 Oh yes.  It's stupid, and it has Michael Jordan in it.  (It was my Michael Jordan birthday--#23 and all.)  Perfect!  Again, I forgot to take pictures, so...just take my word on it.  People came.  
Like these ones!

And this one!

And we watched the movie.  And mocked it heartily.  Yep, that about sums it up.

Ooh, ooh, want to see one of the cool presents I got?  (And then I'll be done, I promise.  I forgot to take pictures of all of my other presents--I love them too, though, family and nearly family!)  

It's a holder for my crochet hooks!  And fancy new bamboo hooks!  And it's cute!  I am so excited!  (And such a nerd, I know.)

And so, that was my birthday.  Now I can post about new crochet projects!  Yay! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stickin' it to the...flower?

Look at what I made!

It's a flower pin cushion!  Isn't it cute?  And the best part is: it took less than an hour to do!  It's way easy, I promise!  (Well, if you know how to crochet, that is.  Haha.)  If you would like to make your own, I found the pattern here.  I used just worsted weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft--I'm slightly obsessed with it) and a size F hook (she doesn't specify in the pattern).  Happy...er...hooking!  

Wow--that sounded weird.  Eh, you get the point.

Coming soon--the birthday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yarn-Filled Inspiration

So, I was just poking around here and now I'm feeling all inspired.  If only I had about 20 more hours in the day and an endless supply of yarn...

Just thought you'd like to know. :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Century Mark

Hi people!  So, um...I've turned into a horrible blogger.  Sorry!  Really, nothing else really exciting has happened since I posted last.  This is one of those yes-I'm-still-alive posts.  It's my 100th post, so I probably should share something at least entertaining.  Hmm...

Well, I found out yesterday that one of the guys I work with has the same birthday as me.  I think that's the first ever birthday buddy I've found.  (Don't worry, I already sang the theme from "The Twilight Zone" to him.)  Speaking of which, my birthday is 1 WEEK from today!  Huzzah!  In case any of you don't know (or haven't talked to me in the last...month), I really love my birthday.  And telling everyone that it's coming up.  Seriously, I brought it up the other day with a coworker and some vendors who were setting up a training meeting for potentially that day.  I can't help it...

I plan on having an awesome party to celebrate my birthday, so I'll have to remember to put my camera out and hopefully we can get some good pictures. :)  

I suppose that's all for now.  Dr. Carpenstein out.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Just Kidding!

So, remember how I said that this was going to be our last Top 10 post for a while?  Yeah, we changed our minds.   Yes... yes we did. It was necessary. Would you like to see why?

Get ready for our Top 10 (or so) Favorite....


Did that sound weird? Vain? Funny? Perhaps... but we had FUN!!!!!

So... I'm going on a mission or something in a few days, so I asked the lovely Sarah (sister of Jenny) to take some mission pics. (If you want to see them, I will *hopefully* have them up on the mission blog soon). 

Well, Sarah surprised me with... ME!!!  Haha.  I just happened to be awake...and dressed in coordinating colors...

And so, without further ado:Number 10: Dancing in the Water
Hey look--it's us in our natural state!

Number 9: Pole Swing

Number 8: Twister
Hey, look!  It's a giant Twister board!

Number 7: Stomach (Faces)
Does "Stomach" need an 'e' on the end? Only if you're British...I think...  Christopher Robin gets to be British AND American... Why can't I. Yes... I am laying on my stomache while you are on your stomach. I can accept that.

Number 6: Foot Pop

Number 5: Well helloooo...
Did we feel awkward taking this picture? Yes, yes we did. Thank you SARAH... and by thank you, we mean... 

Number 4: Our favorite colors: Turquoise and Purple
 One for Kailei...

...and one for me!  (Come on, we all know I'm the bigger spaz, so I get the more animated picture.)

Number 3: BUNNIES!! (self explanatory)

Number 2: Take One and Take Two
 Aww....don't we look cute?

...But then something happened! Did I know Jenny was making this face? NOPE! But sadly, she looks WAY cuter in this picture... Why didn't I stick my tongue out too???


Number 1: The normal ones!!! (Yes, they do exist! Like M&Ms and Santa Claus!)

Thank you for letting me join you AGAIN!!! Oh Jenny... I shall miss you! You have no idea of how boring my blog is going to be for the next 18 months...

Well, I think I speak for all when I say good luck Hermana Shelley!  Can't wait to hear all about your adventures in Argentina!