Wednesday, August 24, 2011

And the School Year Resumes

School started today. And yes, I was dreading it for most of the summer, but I watched this video a couple weeks before it started and I was surprised to feel some excitement to start the year again. I taught all but one of the students interviewed in the film and most of them are pretty great. I hope I really am making a difference in at least one student's life or really teaching someone something that they will be grateful for later. If so, I guess it makes it all worth it. I also make a brief cameo appearance in the film. See if you can catch me!

Here's to another year....

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I Can Make Clothes!

A couple things about me: I love clothes. I hate spending money. You see my dillema already don't you. In this battle between the clothes and the money, Brian will tell you that the money always wins. And he will be right. Sometimes Brian BEGS me to buy clothes. How many husbands do you know that beg their wives to go buy clothes? Probably not many. He finally convinced me to buy a new pair of shoes a couple of weeks ago. I took them back the next day. I was finally tired of never haing anything new, so I decided to try making myself some clothes. I took inspiration from my friend Kati who is like a sewing machine (pun intended) and has made some really cute shirts, dresses, and skirts. I didn't have a pattern, but I did have inspiration from places like Shabby Apple and Downeast. I have now successfuly made a skirt and a patterns and very little sewing ability. I loved this skirt from Shabby Apple, and I had some other ideas of what I wanted in a skirt. I also had some leftover material that I had purchased for pillows, but then it turned out to be just the wrong color from what I wanted. The material cost me 3 dollars. The skirt above cost 52 dollars. Below is the final product:

I also wanted a knit dress that was simple, comfortable, and sort of drapey. I took inspiration from the following dresses from Shabby Apple and Downeast. The dresses from Shabby Apple were close to or over $100 and the one from Downeast was in the $40 range. I bought the material for $10 and the belt for $5.

My version still needs a couple tweaks to make it fit better, but I wore it to church today and figured I might as well take a picture while I had it on. Who knows when I will get around to actually fixing it or blogging about it otherwise. Definitely not quite as cute and certainly not as well tailored (real sewing peolpe would be horrified I'm sure) but I think for the price difference it was worth it. Plus, no matter how bad it looks, I'm still proud of myself for figuring it out on my own.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Antelope Island

I've lived in Utah all my life (excluding one year) and yet I have only been out to Antelope Island once before. I don't remember how old I was. In fact, the only thing I DO remember is eating a buffalo burger which I threw up later that night. Not a great memory. I've also NEVER been swimming in the Great Salt Lake, and only been out to it maybe twice. This last weekend I found out what I was missing, and while thousands of bugs was one thing that I wouldn't have MINDED missing, everything else was pretty great.

We rode our bikes on some of the mountain biking trails out there and were not disappointed. The trails were sandy and sometimes hard to pedal through, but the views were great. We even ran into one of these guys while we were on the trail. Brain was out ahead and the buffalo stopped and glared at him and started to swing his head and paw the ground. Not a great sign.

Brian turned around and came back to the slower folk until the danger had lumbered slowly away.

They aren't kidding when they say you can float in the Great Salt Lake. You can hardly swim because your feet and legs are pushed up to the surface.
Despite the brine shrimp and the SALTY SALTY water, we enjoyed ourselves. The water is warm and you can bob around like a little bouy.

Brian even ate a couple brine shrimp in order to earn five dollars (which translated to papusas back in SLC later that night)

I think one of my favorite things about the whole trip though (besides dutch oven dinner and dessert) was the sunset. It was absolutely gorgeous and my dinky digital camera just cannot do it justice. There was a warm breeze and the crickets were singing as Kati and I watched the sun sink over the water. It was almost as good as being at the ocean. Thanks Kati and Jeff for joining us on another fun adventure!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well it was the weekend of never-ending-birthday and I am grateful for all the people who made number 24 a fun and exciting Birthday. Brian's family took us out to dinner Friday night and then Brian took me up to a bed-and-breakfast up Ogden Canyon. It was nice to get away and feel like we were on vacation. Saturday morning (after jumping Brian's car...again) we made it back home, but in the evening headed up to Park City to Bandit's BBQ and Grill where Annie, Todd, Atticus, Kati, Jeff, and Amanda and Adam were there to greet us. It was fun to be together with everyone, and I was especially glad that Amanda could make it up. Thanks for coming everyone!
Brian and I went up to Oakley afterwards and Annie had baked and decorated this delicious and beautiful cake and Kati had made homemade ice-cream. Can it get any better than that?

They also made me a cute little banner. I'm sad we didn't take a picture at dinner with Amanda, but at least we took one of the three girls before the night was over.

As if all this fun wasn't good enough, on Sunday Brian's family put on a dinner and made some delicious desserts for Christie (my sister-inlaw) and me who happen to have the exact same Birthday! Thanks everyone for the fun, and the presents, and the cards and whatnot. I have WONDERFUL people in my life, and I am glad that I've been able to spend another year with all of you!