Friday, November 25, 2011

blue ornaments everywhere

Today, I am thankful for books organized by color, and Aaron's discovery of ornament hooks in the ornament boxes. 
I am thankful for leftover orange rolls and candied nuts from Thursday's feast. 
I am thankful for Skype and Facetime so we could feel like we shared Thanksgiving with our families 2,000 miles away.
I am thankful for good people in our branch and the opportunity to give a talk in church about...what else...gratitude on Sunday.
I am grateful for the Pandora Christmas music station.

Mostly though, I am thankful for people: Aaron, family, friends, and God.

Happy [late] Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

this is not cool graphic design

I dislike it when people switch up the color of text randomly, and also the font size:

Red words read: ADMIT IT Floor Lava couches Survive


Also dislike: Keep Calm and [insert anything you want here] posters. I like the original, and I even liked the "Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake" the first time I saw it. But after seeing about a million versions of this on Pinterest ("Keep Calm and Love Cows" really?!), I hate it.

The end.

jumped the gun

Merry Thanksgiving!
We got invited to one of the other young couple's houses in our branch, so we we'll be partying it up tomorrow afternoon! 

(Those are atom ornaments, a wedding gift from one of our favorite chemistry professors at BYU. )

Monday, November 21, 2011

on repeat:

"Anchor" by Mindy Gledhill
(inspired by this post)

What are you listening to lately? (besides Christmas music, right? except Amanda :) )

Sunday, November 20, 2011

confession: i started listening to christmas music today.

Aaron and I are staying in Philly for Thanksgiving. We're making ourselves dinner on Thursday, and I'm sure it will be quite the adventure. Any suggestions for what to make? Aaron's already requested banana cream pie (and I'll be using the recipe Amanda recently posted...excellent timing, friend), and I am requesting mashed potatoes. Rolls + turkey breast (cannot handle entire turkey) + green beans + gravy +...?

This just occurred to me: we will finally get to use that gravy boat we own but broke the handle off during the move!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Friday, November 18, 2011

pinterest gems

Here are some classic ridiculous pinterest images I've found lately. Enjoy.

Dress up your ugly thermostat by calling a ton of attention to it via pseudo-vintage frame!!!!

Flat screen wall-mounted TVs are just not beautiful enough on their own without a frame!!!!
|Frame EVERYTHING!!!| (I tried to frame that text.)

I'm not entirely sure if this photo was supposed to be a joke. I'm going to hope it's a joke.
Shirtless dad covered in naked babies is creepy.

Monday, November 14, 2011

mac and cheese please

I'm pretty sure someone should start a blog highlighting things found on Pinterest that are just out there enough to really weird me out. (Like painting and monogramming your knife block. That is a crafter gone way too far. What's next? Vinyl lettering your funky lime green Kitchenaid?)

Found today:

"How to make your own Velveeta without all the gross chemicals: colby, gelatin, milk."

[picture of grilled cheese sandwich disgustingly oozing cheese]

Why not use the colby cheese as is?! Why bother adulterating it with gelatin? Me being weirded out by this probably has to do with my hatred of Velveeta. One time, Aaron made the shells and cheddar boxed Velveeta for me, and while I was touched by the gesture, I could not finish that meal. I will eat Kraft macaroni and cheese from the blue box without qualms, but that Velveeta crap, no way.

So why would someone take a dang chunk of colby cheese and try to replicate that?!
Am I crazy or do you hate processed cheese product too?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

christmas wishing

christmas wishing

This was an experiment by me, using the share on Blogger option from Polyvore. Sort of cool? Except I don't like all the labels it stuck on this post. "Steven by Steve Madden"? When am I ever going to use that label again? And "fashion". Guys, this is a post about FASHION. Just look at those last (2?) season boots and little blue stud earrings. I am at the height of fashion.

Steven by Steve Madden wrap boots
$149 -

Rose stud earrings

Ikea Kajsa Träd
$7 -

Ikea Hemnes
$180 -

Sunday, November 6, 2011

i ate plutonium

This Saturday a bunch of chemists and I got together and baked the periodic table. That's 118 cookies guys! And you know what's really awesome? We were able to pipe the lettering for every element except the Uux ones from memory.

I think someone should just give us our PhDs now.

(By the way, Mindy Kaling's book was really good! I read it all in one sitting yesterday afternoon and couldn't stop laughing. It was just the thing to cheer me up after my disastrous organometallics test.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

amazon prime, i miss you.

Based solely on the back cover, I really want to read Mindy Kaling's new book.
"The author as child star of the TLC series Androgynous Kids and Puppets, the less-successful predecessor of Toddlers and Tiaras."

That picture. Oh man.