Monday, October 31, 2011

October Quotes

"Have you ever given someone a puppy?" -Anna
"Is that like a whale booty call?" -Anna
"Jacob Marshmallow is a person not a marshmallow!" -Kara Prestwich
"I don't even hate that!!" -Anna
"Did you buy this hippie bread??" -Anna

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sometimes I Ruin Birthday Parties

Last year for Anna's birthday she turned 21 and her roommates decided to throw her a surprise party. Since her birthday is at the end of August, her roommates had just moved in and knew nothing about her. They asked me and her roommate from the summer what she liked. It was suggested that since Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was one of her favorite movies we could use that as a theme.

Her new roommates planned a cake that looked like pancakes which is a scene from the movie. They made it in a neighbor's apartment and I was supposed to have Anna elsewhere for the set up. We went to her old roommate Stephanie's apartment and watched The Proposal, a very funny movie.

One of the funny things about planning this party was that her new roommates did not know anybody in the ward, and specifically any of Anna's friends. There were a few people from her FHE group invited, neighbors, and anybody who happened to stop by so at least the last minute party worked.

After the movie ended we went back to the apartment, and everyone yelled surprise! Anna was not expecting it at all and it was great. The cake turned out a little weird though. Her roommates asked if she knew what it was and she was completely stumped!

I don't care enough to actually crop out the weird legs and vase.

See, it was a little bit too chocolate colored, and the butter was bright yellow, so not so much.

Everyone ate cake, and had snacks and it was really fun. We also had music playing and people were talking and all that jazz. When everyone was finished eating and mostly talking I announced that there were games in the living room that we could all play.

And that's the point where I am a ruiner. Every guest, besides the roommates left. There were lots of excuses given out, "I have lots of homework..." (at that point it was the weekend before school, so homework really? Although that one we might have exaggerated during each telling of this story). "I have to meet a friend. Sorry!"

The real culprit of everyone leaving that nobody cared to admit? To quote Ever After, "I'm only here for the food."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sometimes Our Car Tries to Kill Us and Other Stories

Anna and I have inherited a car this year! Yes, that sounds all good and dandy but it has really been a little ridiculous.... This one time, tonight, our car tried to kill us! However it does not start there, it started in August.

First, our car looks like this:
So now you can picture us driving our 1990 (older than me!) white Dodge Caravan around. And yes, it doesn't have a back door on the driver's side, we're that cool.

Back in August, we were driving down to South Jordan to go to Johnny Carino's. Anna usually drives on the freeway because it makes me antsy and I never want to go 60 or the 70 mph that most people usually go, I would go 45 all the time if I could.

We made it from Provo all the way to Ikea, and we were getting off of the freeway. The car was perfect on the freeway, but as we got off and were at a stop light we felt it shaking a little. This was also when the car was named. I was sitting there thinking she (yes she was already a girl) needed a name, and that she was super old and shaking but still holding out, so I decided that the car should be named Minerva, after Professor McGonagall of course. Simultaneously, I mentioned to Anna that I had named her and the car would not speed up after the stop light. We yelled a little, and quickly turned off the engine which luckily seemed to work.

The same technique followed each stop light, we would freak out, turn off the engine and the go again. It was kind of ridiculous, it happened over and over for like 4 or 5 lights. There was once in there where we managed to make it to the next light without the car being restarted but it kept going on like that. Eventually we pulled into the Target parking lot and were picked up by our grandparents so we could go to dinner. It stayed in the lot during dinner, and then seemed to work after. The diagnosis? It had accidentally gone into 2nd gear and started overheating, however we had no idea since the temperature gauge is broken!

We got our car back the next week with nothing wrong. The third Monday we went to a member of our bishopric's house for FHE. Anna drove our van, and everything was great! It worked the 30 minutes there and back, no problem. The problem was the Friday I tried to take the car out, it was completely dead. Anna had specifically checked to make sure the lights were off and so we're still puzzled about that one. They are pretty obvious when they're on, especially since we got back at like 9:30 or 10. Luckily our FHE dad was able to jump start the car and we could drive it like normal.

Two weeks ago, we were driving to different friend's houses when we noticed that one of the tires was losing air. That meant we had to go get it looked at. Luckily it was just a nuisance and not a huge problem, we were able to drive it to a tire shop and get it looked at in about half an hour.

This month our car had to go in for inspection. It went in this past Thursday and apparently there were a few things that had to be fixed before it could pass. There was a gas leak in our car, and we could tell, it smelled very bad when we drove more than 5 miles. The mechanics said that if the leak was not fixed our car could have caught on fire, which would have been an interesting experience to say the least.

Now this is the good part. Today we went to the recycling maze for FHE. It was pretty fun, a huge maze that we went through a couple times, then we decided to go through it as a race and then eventually as freeze tag. It was lots of fun but sadly we had to leave.

One of the cars (er couple in a truck...) left their other passenger (how awkward to be the third wheel!!) so we had an extra person in the car. Kaitlyn decided it was a good idea to sit in the trunk as her seat. The first time it was shut, it hit her head because there is only like 6 inches with the seat pushed back as far as it was.

After that everyone settled into the car, and I started the car, even though I didn't really want to drive. I pulled the car out of park, and instead of the breaks working, they didn't. We started rolling backwards, and luckily it was really slowly and everyone started freaking out. A few people yelled at me, telling me to brake, but then they realized I had my foot on the brake pedal.

I was kind of freaked out but also I was just trying to be calm and assess the situation. I wasn't sure what I should do but I knew we were in a parking lot with few people around so not much could happen. We were pretty close to the curb so I just waited for us to hit it and stop. It was actually really interesting, we were going like 7 mph but everyone was yelling and scared for their lives.

There was another car that was about to leave but they started watching as we were rolling down the parking lot. Everyone was so freaked out for us, and our van. We restarted the car a couple times and the brakes worked each time so it must have just been that time. They figured we were safe getting home, and that's when I told them that the car was inspected last week. Everyone kind of laughed and a couple people said something about having little faith in our government with cars like Minerva on the road.

Before we left, I forced Kaitlyn out of the trunk. If we were going to crash it would probably be bad in the trunk, she would hit her head because of the little space. At least she can now cross that off her bucket list, she has definitely always wanted to be in a car with broken brakes while sitting in the trunk....

We left the parking lot, and that's when more weird stuff happened. I got a phone call from a food science friend, and everyone was yelling and stuff and then Anna was backseat driving. So it was a great combination, Anna was yelling at me so I was yelling at her, and then other people were yelling to be louder than us.

When we tried to get into the Brittany parking lot it was full, both the lot behind our building and the one across the street. We had to do a 7 million point turn at the other Brittany because there were a ton of cars, plus I could not see anything because I was driving an excessively full van with already dark tinted windows. This is when yelling about my driving started. We left the lot and then various passengers in the car were yelling to tell us where to park, and so I got confused. There is a bright blue house on our street that people told me to park at, except I thought they meant in front of the front door but they meant the side door, so I went the wrong direction and we had to do a u-turn in the middle of the street.

We decided Kaitlyn and Hannah had to be dropped off so we didn't even use the parking spot. We went to campus and to their apartment, and found a spot on the street in front of the Brittany. We have had some really interesting times with our car in the short 2 months we have had her. Anna thinks she will last awhile longer, but I am under the impression that she could go down in smoke at any moment. We'll see who is right in the next year I'm sure.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sometimes I Play Dress-up or Something Else Entirely

This always starts with me going to my grandma's house. Anna and I go each fourth Sunday for a family dinner with our extended family in South Jordan. Usually everyone talks for the whole time, but there are times when I wander and find the weird things around the house... And that also doesn't make sense because we always seem to find weirder and weirder things, why haven't we discovered them all?

If you can't tell from the pictures, I often create a lot of... laughter at family dinners. But that's okay right?

So without further ado, my weird collection of "dress-up" clothes, if you can even call it that....

September '09
Maleficent! Notice the weird flower print on the left, I didn't try it on at that point but you'll see later...

February '10
Weird sparkly dress with necklace that was indeed worn during the 80's. I wore this last Halloween as a 80's prom queen.

October '10
I am indeed wearing a little kids flamingo costume that was much too small, hence you only see the top half of my body and the head is not all the way on. Now, I'm not entirely sure why my family has a flamingo costume, nobody seems to remember who wore it.

There are also some hilarious pictures of Kara wearing this outfit here if you are friends with me on facebook, or maybe you can see anyways, I'm not sure. I'm not even sure if anyone else reads this!

October '10
Same day as the last, and this is the dress from before, and it is a little big and doesn't entirely fit. It was my grandma's dress in High School that she remade into a play dress for little kids, that we remade into a skirt for me!

 October '10
At least I think this was October. I definitely did not fit this outfit, I'm pretty sure I had to pull and tug just to get it over my calves. PS-the tights I'm wearing totally make this outfit.

January '11
Not exactly dress-up, but I specifically posed with this... slanket? Fake snuggie? Something, and it definitely looks weird!

August '11
Again, not dress-up but definitely worth putting up... This was a pair of maternity pants. Now these were huge even for maternity clothes, plus they were stretchy, so of course we decided to put it on! Yes maternity clothes are supposed to be made for two (awww) but I'm not thinking this was right...

It seems like every time we do weird things, they just get ever so much weirder. So maybe that means there will be more exciting (strange) pictures in the future.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sometimes I Mess with People's Minds

Over the summer when I babysat Audrey, Anna and I would try to mess with her mind. See it's very easy to do so with a three year old so we took advantage of that.

One time after swimming, Audrey wanted a snack. Audrey eats way too much for her size. She has food envy where anytime anyone else is eating she has to eat what they are eating, and she's been this way since she was a baby. Since she is a bit large for her size, her family makes her eat better snacks.

Audrey asked for fruit snacks to eat but we were pushing her to eat actual fruit. I tried to use her food envy to get her to eat some of my orange, but she complained that the orange was too big for her, and she wanted a clementine instead. I bugged her a few times to eat it but she wouldn't do it. Then I told Audrey to close her eyes, and put out her hand. She was nervous and I could tell she knew what was coming but did it anyways. When she did it, I put a piece of the orange in her hand. Then she opened her eyes again and told me no! And threw it back into my lap. I tried to convince her to close her eyes again but she couldn't be fooled!! So I ate that orange all by myself.

Another time at the pool, Audrey tried to make me do princess dancing. It was almost exactly how it sounds, I would hold her and we would slow dance in the pool like how the princesses do with their princes which was oh so much fun.

Usually we would just stand there and dance but she would occasionally demand that we should have music. Audrey enlisted Anna as our singer, and told her to sing a Cinderella song. Anna started singing "So This is Love" which is in Cinderella, but Audrey did not think it was from Cinderella and told her to sing a different one. The other Cinderella songs are not really danceable, so Anna started singing "Belle Notte" instead. We danced for all of the song that we actually knew the words to. As soon as we finished Audrey told us, "That's from Lady and the Tramp!!" Sadly we could not convince her that it was Cinderella the next time we did princess dancing, she knew we had tried to fool her.

Princess dancing became a routine game at the pool, because it sure beat out Mermaid Hair Salon (I just love when 3 year olds try to do my hair!!). She knew exactly what to do when she was Cinderella. Towards the end of the song, she moved her hands from my waist and took her hand out of mine and wrapped them around my neck and she put her head on my shoulder.

Basically, Audrey is the epitome of a princess. She knows all the stories and sometimes she thinks she is one. She told us about how she needed a wedding veil because all princesses have one, and it was not just a suggestion, it was basically a demand. So I made her a veil.

Audrey in her veil, plus a random crown.

Audrey in her veil at the pool!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sometimes I Throw Food when I get Excited

One time I had a fun size packet of Skittles. I was sitting on the computer at home just facebooking probably. As I was looking at the different things online, something excited me and I threw my hands up in the air. Yes, usually I have weird reactions when I hear good news or anything fun and it has actually increased more since coming to college, specifically living with Kara. Well, throwing my hands in the air meant that I also threw my skittles into the air. As it was happening, I realized how silly it was of me to throw it in the air, and I just sat there watching the rainbow candy fall down. It even looked awesome in the air.

A similar incident happened my freshman year. Kara gave me a packet of M&M's and I opened it and started to eat it. Halfway through the packet, I again became excited, but this time it was because Kara was giving me another packet. Because I don't think sometimes, instead of putting the packet down to catch the second, I held it in my palm. I am really bad at catching things usually, and this was no exception. A little bit too enthusiastically, I threw my hands to where I thought the bag was headed. I threw the whole bag of M&M's in the air that I already had, and completely missed the bag Kara threw at me. It was pretty sad, but at least I picked up the unopened one from off the ground and could still eat it.

Incidentally, this same thing happened hours after I posted this. Anna and I were making some Mexican food and it called for chicken broth in the rice. I got the water boiling but when I went to put the chicken bullion into the water it exploded out and overflowed onto the floor and ground. I had only put in half the bullion, and in my stupidity, I threw the rest of the bullion still in the teaspoon on the ground when I of course threw my hands in the air.

I probably did it to myself for writing this.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sometimes I Only Eat One Type of Food

During my freshman year of college I had this phase that I went through that my roommates (Kara) teased me about for awhile. It involved me only eating wraps for like two weeks. Granted they were different types, sometimes I had turkey, other times chicken with different veggies inside. But seriously, I ate wraps for two meals a day for two weeks.

Recently, I have had a similar situation but with paninis. They are delicious! I have had them at least three times a week, ever since coming to college this year. It doesn't really matter what is in them, just that they are crunchy, golden and warm with melted cheese. I could just live off of them, and so I have started to, as they are currently my go to food. Even though it is exactly a sandwich (except with a fancy garlic bread we buy) it tastes 10 times better!! We've looked at recipes and they just all sound amazing.... Someone help me!