Sunday, June 12, 2011

Phone dump

Very often I use my cell phone to jot down ideas or thoughts either via word or picture. I realized that I had quite a few random/funny thoughts that I should probably record somewhere. I'll start with a funny experience that happened while were cleaning the church for a ward activity.

Location: Old Ninth Ward building, chapel
Task: Scrubbing off the scuff marks off the pews
Experience: I volunteered to help clean the chapel using generic "magic erasers" to get the scuff marks and crayon streaks off the pews. We quickly realized that it takes a fair amount of elbow grease to cut through the gunk and that action makes a squeaking noise. As I was working on the back of a pew, sitting on the floor and scrubbing as hard as I could, I heard someone enter the chapel. Next thing I knew there was a little boy who exclaimed, "I thought you were a dog! I was wondering how one got in the church!" Apparently the combination of the noise and my alleged dog colored hair would make a kid think a dog had made its way into the chapel.
You probably had to be there.

Location: Our new place!
James spent my first week of working for the Lyric (and his free week before meeting with his graduate adviser) moving our stuff from our old apartment to our new one. I helped to move stuff after I finished working each day. I took these pictures as we were moving the smaller stuff over, before the furniture.

Our entry way/dining area:
Our bedroom (with a VIEW!)

A laundry room, probably the BEST thing about our new place:
Our bathroom:

Our kitchen: No couch or yellow cabinets here!
Our living room:
James had a band practice with his friends. They are playing my brother's wedding reception so they figured they should probably practice. A bit.James would probably like me to point out that he isn't playing his own kit (he doesn't like a lot of the bands mentioned on the stickers. He also traded places with the lead guitarist to sing a few songs.

My husband is the absolute cutest.

Next batch: Costume shop
Experience: A few projects that were particularly challenging
#1 sewing satin ribbons on silk charmeuse
The almost finished product:

Challenge #2: Bias cut chiffon that is flatlined with shiny polyester:
Challenge #3 Coloring in the grid on a sweater vest.

There you have it! Three weeks worth of stuff!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Names, names, names

While in the costume shop today we had a lengthy conversation about baby names. None of us are pregnant but our shop manager just had a baby (her name is Pearl) and several of the other girls have recently attended baby showers. The main core of our conversation was the following question:

Is it worse to have a made up name or an old fashioned name?

If my boss's daughter's name is any indication, our answer was in favor of old fashioned names. Our collective thought was that it's easier in the long run with an old fashioned name. My friend Jared likes to use the example of "Grandma Tiffany" because it just sounds kind of off.

Anyway, this led me to mention a cutest baby contest held by the Standard Examiner back in 2009. The thing that stuck out to me was the amount of crazy names. Crazy names made weird by their spelling:
Nevaeh (yeah, it's 'heaven' spelled backwards)
Krew/Kru/Crew (anyway you spell it, it's still not a great name choice)

Others were mixture names, as if the parents couldn't decide:
Ayzlee (okay, I don't know WHAT Ayz could be a diminutive of...)

And another group was...just confusing.
Donoran Ray
Jae (Her picture looks like she realized she was not only given a boy name but one with weird spelling)
Atreyu (just to prove it, because I wouldn't believe it)
Jorey Joy

My lovely sister, Hil, blogged about stuff like this a while ago on her blog.

Well, with all that said, I hope that when the time comes that we have kids that we don't fall prey to any of these rules. Although, if we DO decide to go nuts and name our kids names that are bizarre hybrids of our own names I can rest easy because my friend Caroline has already thought of some for us: Jansay, Limes and Saymes. It's pretty awful.

And what do YOU think about all of this?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Post #200!

Today is a wonderful day because this guy is 28!
Happy Birthday to the best husband ever! I love you James!

As usual, this is going to be another hodge podge of pictures and quasi-updates. This past weekend we went down to my parent's house for our nephew's blessing. Here's a picture of Grandma feeding the cutie:
The day before the blessing, the aunts threw a bridal shower for Jordan's fiancee, Lindsey. I made cupcakes and I had Avery taste test one before we went. I think they were good...
Speaking of said upcoming wedding, I "found" a dress. Actually, I got fed up after a couple of shopping trips so James and I went to Bernina and now I have this:
I really love the pattern, I just hope the cotton doesn't wrinkle too badly. I guess I'll see!

Last up, we moved this past week and with the move brings changes. Changes in the grocery store we'll frequent. Apparently Macey's has some pretty weird candy products on clearance. James couldn't resist trying it:

I have to say it was DISGUSTING! We both figured out that straight out of the tube it tasted like fluoride but without any of the benefits. The packaging was hilarious. The fact that it says things like, "Congratulations! You are about to enjoy..." and "Eat it slow, enjoy it more!" should have been red flags as to the disgust of it all.

You've been warned ;)