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