Sunday, January 31, 2010

Things to look forward to

I've been in a little bit of a rut this past week. Winter blahs, tired, forgetful (I completely forgot to go into work one day) this month has felt long.

So I thought it would help to make a list of some things I am looking forward to in the next few weeks:

-my parents are coming into town this week, yay!

-I found this jacket for $20, originally priced at $118. I can't wait to get it in the mail.

-Spring will be coming. Maybe not for a month or two, but it has at least been sunny the last few days.

-My favorite holiday is coming: Valentine's day!

-Hopefully I'll be hearing back from my schools by mid-March

-Jon's birthday is coming in March!

That is my list for now...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Friday

Not much is going on around these parts.
I think we are finally starting to get our routine down. At night I "put Jon to bed" around 8:30 and I go to the gym. Get home and do homework for an hour, shower, and go to bed. He wakes up at 4:30 and goes to work. I wake up around 8am. It seems to give us the most amount of time possible with each other.

Jon is still enjoying his shadowing, but the doctor was out of town this past week. I am enjoying the research I am doing but am struggling to reach my 10 hours a week, there doesn't seem to be enough to do yet.

Graduation feels close at this point. It is a weird feeling, but a good one. I think we are ready to move on to new things. At the same time- we have really learned to like school.

As I said- life is pretty standard right now. That is ok by us.

I am so happy its the weekend. We are looking forward to date night, movies, catching up on homework and sleep, and going to the gym together.

Happy Friday! Hope its a good one!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Anniversary

One year ago (tomorrow) Jon and I got sealed in the Los Angeles temple for time and all eternity. This means that while we had already been married civilly, we made the commitment to be married for eternity. It was a very spiritual day for us and one that we worked hard to get to.
Today we decided to commemorate the day by attending the temple here in Provo. Keeping with tradition- we forgot our temple recommends. Yup, that's right, last year when we got sealed we made it all the way to the SLC airport, ready to fly to LA to go to the temple, and forgot our recommends. (A special shout out to Kendall and Mallory who saved the day!). Anyway, luckily this year our recommends were a mere ten minute drive away. The temple was peaceful and calm and helped us remember where we come from and what our goals on this Earth are.
We are happy that we are together forever.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

On the menu this week...

Jon and I have finally gotten in the good habit of planning our meals. This is working out well for us, causing us to be healthier and in the long run saving money- since we only buy the things we need.

Here are a few new favorites I will definitely be cooking again (and featuring some of my favorite cooking websites / blogs):

Pulled-pork sandwiches- so delicious, so easy, a great one for nights we don't get home at the same time
Stuffed Bell Peppers- new healthy favorite, there is another variation I would like to try next time
Chinese Chicken Fried Rice- this is the best recipe I have found thus far, I loved it

For this week, we will be making some fun things:

1. BBQ chicken pizza with whole-wheat crust
2. Sun-dried tomato pasta salad
and 3. Turkey burgers (I probably wont follow this recipe exactly, and I have never tried it... I'll have to let you know how it goes)

Just so you believe we're still busy: we will also be having some not so exciting things this week. Such as: tacos, soup, etc.

I am enjoying cooking and think I have progressed in the last year and a half. My taste-buds have certainly grown up a little (I know, no one thought they would ever see the day!). I like that Jon is willing to help me and willing to eat whatever I make.

ps- don't forget about dessert! This weekend we are going to try out our new kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment and make mint-chocolate chip ice cream, yum!

Have a great three day weekend everyone!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

1st Week of School

Ah. So we have survived our first week of school. Honestly- nothing excites me more than a well organized syllabus. The details of the next 14 weeks are clearly laid out and you can know what to expect, at least in the academic world, during the upcoming semester. Some things I did not anticipate before seeing my syllabi- difficult and intensive classes. I know- what was I thinking? I anticipated an easier semester, but I was wrong. I will be plenty busy. But that is ok, a lot of the time, just the right amount of "busy" is what sparks my best work at school.

Meanwhile, Jon and I feel blessed that he was able to find a job the FIRST week of school. We started stressing about it a few weeks before school ended, all during finals, all during Christmas break, as soon as we got home... (you get the picture). It is an early morning custodial job, from 5am to 8am, Monday through Friday. If you think we would be unhappy with these hours, you would be wrong- only I was unhappy, and only for a short time. Jon is willing to sacrifice so much for the two of us (I seriously considered telling him not to sacrifice THAT much!) and he really wanted this position since it is the only thing that works with his schedule and that will take him despite him only being here one semester. So, he starts Tuesday and we are trying to get ourselves on a new sleep schedule to allow Jon enough rest.

Also- Jon had his first time shadowing a doctor in his medical shadowing class. He got assigned (for the first half of the semester) to shadow an allergist and asthma specialist. Jon walked away saying, "I would really like to be a doctor." Even if he does not desire to be an allergist, I think this is a great response. He will hopefully get something even more in line with his specialty interests in the second half of the semester.

This week felt like a whirl-wind but now, in the next two weeks, I feel confident the dust will settle. We will adapt to a new routine and struggle to remember what it was like to have two weeks without homework. This will be our last winter semester as ungraduates! We are looking forward to the journey.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bragging Rights

I can't help myself. I am just so proud.

Jon got another 4.0! We are soo happy for him and that he is doing so well.

(I didn't do too shabby either with my 3.94) Best semester yet!

Today is the first day for winter semester. Since we had such a successful fall term it has really motivated us to work hard for our final full semester! It is hard to believe our college experience is coming to a close- we have invested so much time and effort into getting our education. It really has been worth it, we have grown so much. We will see what this semester has in store for us.

Jon will be taking 16 credits and is most looking forward to his medical shadowing course.
I am taking 15 credits and am looking forward to the research I will be doing with war veterans and their wives.

We are soo ready to finish up this semester!!! (please pay no attention to the fact that it hasn't even started yet haha)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

100th Post

This is my 100th post to the blog, a perfect number to roll into the new year.
We are home from our fantastic trip to our... home. We have two homes at this point- our original home in Goleta and our new home in Provo. The Provo one is bound to move but I consider it important that we consider it too a home of our own. Anyway- we are back in Provo.

We had such a lovely trip to California and enjoyed all of the time we had with family and friends. Some of my favorite things included...

1. Reading! Jon and I both are great readers once on vacation, I forgot how wonderful it is to jump into a good read. I might post about my books at a later time- I have some recommendations.

2. Eating at some of our favorite places. Hamburger Habit, the Palace, Blenders... it was so much fun!

3. Reunions! While visiting with my grade/middle/high school girl friends we happened to run into our first grade teacher! It was so coincidental and really made our small reunion perfect.


4. The weather. 'Nuff said.

5. The Van Wickle's trip to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum:


6. Seeing Jon hanging out with his brothers. He sure loves his family and that makes me so happy. I love them too.

7. Driving to the Long Beach airport and loving that ocean view in between Montecito and Ventura. It was breath-taking.

I would say our trip home was well spent and well needed. We are happy to be back to our small home and to be getting ready for our last full semester!

We celebrated our return by making these tonight:


The perfect ending to an excellent Christmas break! Happy New Year!