Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Cheer

It has been really fun preparing for and anticipating this Christmas, since it will be our first Christmas together as old married people. :)

Last week, we got our Christmas boxes mailed out to all of our family so that they could all have them by Thursday. I'm very much used to mailing out one Christmas box. This year, we graduated to four. And carrying four big Christmas boxes into the UPS store on the morning of the first big icy snow of the year all by myself is a feat I am proud to say I conquered.

My work also had our company Christmas party, so we went to that. It didn't turn out to be all too exciting, so we cut out early and drove up to Temple Square in Salt Lake to see the Christmas Lights. It was gorgeous, but since we just sort of decided to go, we weren't really "weather prepared", which means that we were icy people-sicles within minutes. It was lots of fun. However, when we got home and loaded up the pictures that we'd taken, we realized that the flash in David's little digital camera had reached it's final days, so our pictures turned out a little dark. Time for a new one, I guess.

Work for me hasn't been nearly as busy for me this year as it has been during past holiday seasons. It's good & bad. Good: Less stress and craziness. Bad: Less money. It's still keeping me busy, though.

David's job has been giving him more hours over the Christmas break too. And we've been able to successfully share one car for the last couple of months and that has been a really big blessing for us. I think the UTA got involved maybe 4 or 5 times, but for the most part, we're able to coordinate our schedules pretty well. Mostly, David would end up taking the bus from work the the theatre on the evenings that he had performances and wouldn't get off early enough to pick me up from work.

We are really excited for Christmas Day. It means more cooking for David and a nice day off for the both of us again! David is pretty anxious to try making another turkey since the one he made at Thanksgiving turned out so well.

We hope that everyone has a fabulous Christmas and New Year and we can't wait to hear about all of your wonderful holiday adventures!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Brand New Toy

Yes. This is our brand new toy.

My wonderful husband, realizing the need for multiple computers, decided to get me a fabulous new MacBook. Due to the fact that he is in school and uses his laptop for that purpose and the fact that I haven't been able to do too much of my own photography because I usually don't feel like staying after hours at work to post process, we invested in another computer. A really awesome computer. I am thoroughly excited. I've been playing with my new toy all night, which is fine since David is at tech rehearsal tonight for his upcoming show.

It's still kind of surreal, like I'm borrowing it or something, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

No Fun Business

Getting sick is no fun business.

I worked almost 22 hours between last Friday & Saturday; the 2 days after Thanksgiving. Though I can usually handle that & have done so many times before, I think it wanted to do me in this time. I woke up on Sunday not feeling well at all, which resulted in my sweet little husband staying home with me to make me food & take naps with me. Yesterday is when the icky throat feeling started to come on, so I'm hoping that I can ward this off with some extra rest & liquids. I didn't have to go into work until 2pm yesterday & don't have to go in until 3pm today & tomorrow is my day off. I hoping that this combination will work to my advantage.

As hopeful as I am for my getting better soon, I have to repeat similar shifts this Friday & Saturday as well, so we'll see how that goes.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our First Thanksgiving

Everything turned out very nicely today. David did most of the cooking. I did make some sweet potatoes (from scratch; not from that canned business). I also put up our Christmas Tree, which looks pretty good in our opinion. And yes, we did end up eating dinner on a tablecloth on the floor, but it wasn't bad at all.

Here is our tree.
(I promise we aren't too poor for wall decorations!)

(See! Wall decorations!)
And here is David with our Thanksgiving Feast.

And David again... posing with the food.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Wedding Pictures

I finally got the rest of my wedding pictures from the photographer that we hired in the mail today. My mom sent them to us in a box along with some of our wedding gifts that she still had, which included our waffle maker. I'm pretty excited about that one.

Anyway, if you'd like to take a look at the rest of our pictures, here is the link that you can use to find them.

This picture here is a picture of us with some of my cousins. We don't get together very often, so when we do, we like to take an updated picture. I think it turned out pretty well.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Anticipation

We are thoroughly excited for Thanksgiving! David is excited because he gets to cook all day long & I'm excited because I get to finally put up our Christmas Tree & decorations. We're both really excited too because, since we rarely have matching schedules, we actually get to both sleep in that day!

We did our Round One Thanksgiving Food Shopping last Thursday. I had the unfortunate experience one year of being stuck with cranberry jelly rather than cranberry chunks because I waited until a couple of days before Thanksgiving before doing my holiday food shopping, so I vowed to get a jump start on it this time. We got a little 12 lb turkey & lots of other fun foods! I'm particularly excited about the real sweet potatoes that we bought. David's currently on the lookout for a good recipe. Round Two Thanksgiving Food Shopping is coming up soon. As David has been collecting some fun recipes, he's been making a list of all of the food items that we still need to get. That will certainly happen in the next couple of days.

Also, we still don't have a kitchen table or chairs, so we're going to be picnicking it in the living room this year. And we will definitely have to take pictures of that.

I'm pretty excited for this. Our first major holiday as married people. And we'll be eating on the floor. Can't get better than that.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Midnight Movie

Last night, David & I went to the midnight showing of Twilight. We decided that we needed to get there a little early since our previous experience with midnight showings has taught us that all of the crazies get there way too early, making everyone else wait in a ridiculously long line. We got to the theater at 10:30pm & still found a ridiculously long line. They were slowly letting people in to the different theaters that they'd opened up, but it still took us an hour to get in & seated. We did end up with pretty decent seats though, so that was good.

As far as the movie went, I was impressed. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, after having read the book & then seeing the trailer, which didn't match a lot of how I'd envisioned things. But it was actually well done. It did seem like the events went a little fast, but I think that's just because I knew how they were supposed to be in the book & what was missing from each sequence. At any rate, I really enjoyed it.

David was a great sport & came with me. He'd read my copy of Twilight, so he knew what was going on, but my need for this midnight excursion kept us both out until 3am. It wasn't so bad for me since I don't have to go in to work until 2pm today, but poor David had to get up at 9am for class & then has work at 2pm as well. I should make him dinner or do something nice for his loving tolerance of my silly needs.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wedding Picture Sampler

Our sister-in-law, Heidi (who is married to David's brother, Chris), sent us a CD of the pictures that they took at our wedding with their camera so that we could have copies of them. They were really nice & now I'm even more excited to receive the photos from our wedding photographer so that I can see how they turned out as well!

Here is a link if you want to see them!

David & Tiffany's Wedding Pictures

Friday, November 14, 2008

72-Hour Kits

So, I kind of got bit by the 72-Hour Kit bug. Weird? Maybe. It was really fun, though!

Last night, my ward had an Enrichment activity on 72-Hour Kits & they brought supplies so that we could each make a little one for ourselves. Not a whole lot of people showed up, so there were extra supplies & I made one for David as well. They were all food-type items in a large freezer bag, so when I got home, I located some duffel bags, warm clothes & extra random toiletries that I could include. It was really fun to go through everything & see what I could find as well as make a mental note of things that we really needed (like water, for instance).

(And I found a great use for those Harry Potter hats & scarves that we got for Halloween that I knew we'd never really wear again!)

If we got caught in a disaster right now, at least we wouldn't necessarily die. We've still got a long way to go before they are fully functional, though.

If anyone has any good ideas that they've done for their kits, feel free to let me know! :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I guess it's a pretty cool thing to get tagged on your blog. It's happening to all of my friends, so it must be pretty cool. And I want to be cool too, so I guess I should go through with this for the benefit of my social well-being.

I was tagged by Maridyn...

Weird and/or Random Facts:

#1 :: I used to always be very proud of the fact that my last name began with the letter 'A'. Since being recently married, I've transferred rather smoothly to having a last name beginning with the letter 'T'. I always swore that I wouldn't marry someone whose last name wasn't at the beginning of the alphabet because I liked being at the top of lists and such, unless of course it began with the letter 'T' so that I could have a cool alliterate first and last name combination. It apparently worked out for me.

#2 :: When it comes to foods, I'm a texture eater. I can't eat foods that have strange textures to them. I usually won't even try them because they make me want to gag.

#3 :: I drink more skim milk than any person I know. At any given time, we have 1-3 milk jugs (full gallon size) in our refrigerator and I drink almost all of it myself well before the expiration date.

#4 :: I rarely cook. David cooks dinner for us almost every night. He really loves to cook and bake and I really love how domestic he is. :)

#5 :: David introduced me to a fabulous British quiz show called QI. It's hosted by Stephen Fry & is one of the funniest shows that I have ever seen. (If you have a free moment, you should look it up on YouTube.) We've been watching every night for a couple of weeks now.

#6 :: I have one younger brother who got engaged five days before David & I got married. He's getting married next October & I spent part of this evening picking out my bridesmaid's dress online.

#7 :: We just discovered that we actually did in fact have heat in our apartment this whole time. All we had to do was turn our breaker box off then on & voila... heated apartment. We've been living in the cold for a month and a half. Nice, huh?

Okay... so I tag Julina, Sarah, Sara and Lanay. I decided that four people was enough because I can't think of anyone else. So that'll do it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Photo Contest

Every month at work, we have a company-wide photographer's contest. There are about ten or so photographers in the company and each one submits five images in four different categories: Family, Children, Individual & Creative. It's fun to sift through all of the sittings that I've shot from the previous month to find the very best work that I've done. And it's even better when I submit images that actually win one of the categories. Winning two categories is even better. And that's what I did in the October Contest.

I won the Individual Category with the picture of a high school senior girl who was lots of fun! We took her pictures at South Fork Canyon Park, just up the Provo Canyon.

I also won the Creative Category with a composite of a woman who had me take portraits of her in her belly dancing outfits. She was apparently a belly dancing instructor at a nearby studio.

And I must say, this victory has certainly fueled my elitist tendencies in a small way.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Politically Correct

So I went and voted today. Being my day off, I did lots of other things too, like grocery shopping and cleaning. I finally went to vote at about 3:45pm. I went to the place I thought I was supposed to go to vote & after being sent to various adjacent government buildings by various obviously educated government employees, I finally found where I was supposed to be. I had to fill out a provisional ballot since I'd changed my name & address too recently for it to be on their updated voting records. After the lady had me fill out the necessary paperwork, she handed me a paper ballot & told me that I could fill it out now. I asked her if I should fill it out where I was (in front of her, 2 other poll workers & a couple of other people waiting around & filling out provisional paperwork) or if I should go elsewhere. She told me that it didn't matter, but that there was a room with tables in the back for some privacy if I wanted to go there. I decided to stay in the open, public area that I was in. And I grinned about it. :)

The whole forced privacy of the entire voting situation is quite silly to me. Not that I don't think that it is a good idea as an option, of course, but the weight placed on the principle is too overdone. I mean, if you don't want people to know who you voted for, that's fine by me. I, for one, could really care less. If someone wants to know who I'm voting for badly enough to peek at my ballot while I'm filling it out or to ask me about it later, why should that be so taboo? If I cared at all about the privacy of my vote, I would have hovered in a dimly lit corner until I was finished. However, I felt like I made a small, slightly victorious, statement today; that I'm not ashamed of the choices I make when it comes to politics. I didn't waive my ballot in front of anyone's face like an overblown activist, but I sat out in the open & declared my choice with the little bit of voice that I've been given as an American. And that satisfied me.

Oh yea, and I voted for John McCain.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Fun

David & I had a lot of fun on Halloween. After we both got off of work (which we both dressed up for, by the way), we went to Smith's & bought ourselves a really big pumpkin to carve.

This is David looking a little crazy next to our yet-to-be-carved pumpkin.

In the process... I carved out the eyes.

David carving away...

Adding the finishing touch...

Voila! Fancy Pumpkin!

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Also, we didn't get a picture of us together in our costumes, but we took ones of each other individually anyway.

David as Harry Potter

Me as Hermione Granger

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Well, I'm certainly not on the same level as other freakishly obsessive people, but I am excited to see what they have done with this new Twilight film. David & I bought tickets the other day to go to the midnight showing of it. All three showings were already sold out for the Provo Cinemark, so we have to go to American Fork to see it. (That's exactly what we ended up doing with the midnight showing of Dark Knight as well, though.)

I just barely finished Breaking Dawn, but I think I might pick up the first book again just to brush up on my details before we go and see the movie.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Search is Over

I found them. I found the awesome costumes that I was looking for...

David & I are going to be Harry Potter & Hermione Granger for Halloween.

I went to Taylor Maid & got us each the appropriate wand, Gryffindor scarves & hats & black cloaks (because the actual robes were really expensive). David was pretty pleased with my costume selection, so that made me happy. And I'm watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire right now to celebrate my fabulous finds!

Here is where I dressed up our lamp in order to give you a sneak peak of our fantastic outfits. Here is featured the black cloak being held up by its hood, Gryffindor hat and scarf and the Hermione wand. (Harry's wand is darker & shorter.) I'm pretty sure we'll look much snazzier in this than our poor little lamp.

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We also decided that when we go to the midnight showing of the next Harry Potter movie this summer, we could easily dress up like the other freaky people. Woo hoo!

I will post some more pictures of us as soon as we take them. :)

In Search of Halloween Awesomeness

Okay, so my good friend Lisa & I are going shopping in about an hour. David & I are in desperate need of amazing Halloween costumes. I kind of forgot to talk to David about it again today when I took him to work, so I'm hoping that he'll wear whatever I pick out!

Adjusting to Life

As I'm sure most of you know, David & I just got married a month ago. It's been pretty fun so far, though there have definitely been some adjustments in this whole new living situation.

First of all, I think we do the dishes about half as often as we used to. Probably because there are no roommates to complain, but 2 & 3 days' worth of dishes in the sink is still no fun business.

We go to bed a lot earlier now. I think I've been in bed before 11pm more times in this past month than I probably have in the past 5 years. Seriously. Oh, and speaking of sleeping, one of the biggest adjustments I've had to make is sleeping so close to someone else. Before, when I had the luxury of sprawling out like a flying squirrel, I would toss & thrash in my sleep a lot, yet I slept like a brick. I never woke up in the middle of the night. Since getting situated in this new apartment & sharing sleeping space, I've managed to wake up most nights at least 2 or 3 times during the night. I think it's because I'm subconsciously aware of the fact that I could rocket David right out of bed with one swift kick, so I wake up instead, turn over nicely & attempt to fall back asleep (which usually takes about 5 minutes or so). I'm pretty sure I'll get used to it, though.

We still don't have a vacuum cleaner in our apartment, so little crumblies & lints end up everywhere, which I attempt to pick up by hand. I get kind of lazy about that too, though.

We also have a teenie weenie trash can in the kitchen, which calls for a trip to the dumpster at least every other day.

And, as luck would have it, we are now down to one car. David's Blazer is now no longer drivable, so we've been carpooling to work. It's been working out so far, but we are looking into getting a second little clunker just to get us through until we can manage to get something a little bit nicer.

Oh, and we haven't turned on the gas in our apartment yet, so we are in a constant state of 67 degrees, which, with the wind & such, makes it feel quite frosty inside more often than not.

...hmm. Hopefully this doesn't sound like I'm complaining about things, because we are actually having quite a bit of fun. We've met most of our neighbors & they all seem pretty nice. David has stayed on top of his classes even though he missed a week and a half of the semester with the wedding & all. I've been going through all of the hoops of officially changing my last name. I just received my new SS Card today. My name is so long now that they actually had to put my last name on a second line. Also, my new driver's license should be here this week. I'm still getting used to people having no idea how to say or spell my name too.

I'll keep you updated on how everything goes. So far, so good. :)