A Girl Should Be Two Things: Classy & Fabulous. - Coco Chanel


Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Binding

I had been wanting to try book binding for a while. You know... I like learning new things and how cool is it to make your own book? I got together with my crafty friends Sara and Melodie who also wanted to make books.

It took several sessions. Turns out book binding is quite the process, at least the way we did it. It's a good thing I decided to do two books at the same time because I don't know if I ever want to make another book again. Unless I find an easier way to do it. Although I told John I would make him one.... mmmm we will see.

ANWYAY... I love the paper that I chose for my book covers. I also really like how Melodie and Sara's turned out as well.

Here is Melodie's that she made for her sign in book for her wedding.

And Sara's which I am sure she has sewn together by now :)

And my two that I made. I think my map one is extra awesome.

I sewed them the only way I could find a youtube video for. I may re-sew them AND I would actually like to put leather on the spine. I like that look. For now... they are done though. Yeah for learning something new!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I love being a brunette. Don't know how I'm the only one in my family that ended up that way... but I'm glad. So many fun little variations I can try on my hair and Nicole (my good friend and hair dresser) and I have explored a lot of them with my hair.

My ombre is gone... I'm actually a little surprised that not very many people have noticed that there is anything different with my hair. I do... but it is my hair. I loved the ombre,  but it was time for something new. I now am back to all brown, I love the colors... with the small carmel highlights. My hair is healthy and feels great now that all the dead stuff has been cut off. Also love the layers.

I LOVE it. Thanks Nicole for always making my hair look good.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Flake

Time for a little venting session.

One of my biggest pet peeves has always been people that are flakey. I hate making plans for things and then getting really excited about it (as I always do) and then getting let down at the last minute. My friend Monica and I planned a trip to Moab and invited a bunch of people and everyone flaked out... we were so annoyed, this is when we decided that the eleventh commandment should be Though Shalt Not Flake. I have referred to it ever since.

It has happened to me so many times.... I should be used to it, it shouldn't bother me so much. Why am I venting about it now? Well... I got double flaked on this weekend so I am VERY irritated.

Flake number 1. A guy that I have not seen in about a year and haven't even heard from in a while texts me Thursday night telling me he is in town and would like to see me. I tell him it would be fun to see him and that I could Friday night after hanging out with my friend. I told him that was the only time I could because I had another friend coming into town the next day that I had planned to hang out with. He says ok, he would be with family and then we could hang out after that. Friday night.... I wait to hear from him. I don't. I sit at home a lone waiting when I could have made other plans. This morning he texts me and says he is sorry and that he thought I didn't sound like I really wanted to get together. REALLY? That is why I told you I was excited to see you and told you when I was free and made plans for that.

Flake number 2. Also a friend from out of town. He was in town last weekend as well, but I was out of town most of the weekend and he was in Salt Lake the entire time so he told me it would be easier and he would have more time if we hung out the next weekend (this weekend). He was coming back. He asked me if I had plans... I said not yet and he told me not to make any because we were going to hang out. So... I didn't. All day today I didn't hear from him. I wondered if he was still coming. Should I make other plans? I text him to find out. He was driving, on his way. I go about my day cleaning and being productive. I get a text from him around 6:30 asking me what I was up to. I had just gotten out of the shower. He told me he was in Salt Lake and he and his brother were going to see a movie and told me I could come if I wanted. I thought he was coming to Provo and was going to hang out with me... guess not. Even if I wanted to go to the movie, there was no way I could get ready and eat dinner and drive up to Salt Lake and be there in time for the movie... which is what I told him. He said we would get together after the movie. So I get ready and I wait.... and wait.... at 11 he text me and said... well the movie was long and now it's late. Sorry we suck at getting together. Umm... no. YOU suck at getting together. I was ready both weekend's to get together.

Here's my thing. Just be real with me. If you are not going to make the effort to make plans happen with me, don't make the plans. I am a woman of my word. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it. If I don't think I will or don't know if I will, I don't commit. Simple as that. Why is that so hard for people.  Don't tell me... hey, I'm in town let's get together and then don't text me the day we were supposed to get together. Don't say, hey, don't make plans because we are doing something... and then go do something with someone else instead. Frankly it's rude. Maybe people don't look at it that way, other things came up. I get that emergencies happen, and I feel those are excusable, but both of these were not the case. So why is it rude? Because while you just went off and did something else that came up, I was sitting at home waiting when I could have been doing something else with someone else. When people flake on me, to means it means they don't really care about me or my time or my feelings. To me it says... opps, it would have been cool to hang out with you I guess but you're not really a priority.

So where does that leave me this weekend? Kind of mad. Mad because not only did I get flaked out on once, but twice. Two people that I had not seen in a long time and was kind of excited to see. Mad because it was a weekend of me sitting at home by myself waiting on people that bailed on me last minute instead of doing something fun with other people. It also makes me hate men (just temporarily) because of all the ways they continue to disappoint me. I will get over that because I know not all men are like this.

I'm sure this will not be the last time I get irritated and disappointed by flaky people... I don't think the more it happens the less I will get annoyed or get used to it or ever think it is acceptable. When I get irritated, I blog it out. It makes me feel better. Now that I have blogged it out... I will sleep it off. I will feel better in the morning. If/when these guys come around again.... I will be nice, but I won't be putting them as a priority. THAT you can count on.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flashback Friday 163

Flashing back to December 1997. My birthday party. I have always had great friends. I'm thankful for that. I'm still in touch with the majority of these girls. At least see updates on all of them on facebook. Amazing how 17 years later most of us are still good friends.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 216

This week has been really beautiful. The perfect Spring weather. I have even read a book out on the grass at work for my lunch break a couple of times just so that I can spend time outside during the day. However, with Spring also come allergies. I don't get them super bad... but today I have been sneezing and rubbing my eyes a lot. I don't like that. I know many others have it a lot worse than me... for those that do, I'm sorry. It stinks.

This last weekend was General Conference. Quinette, Allison and I felt like we got judged by many people when we told them we were going to Moab during General Conference. I mean... we were back by Saturday night so we only missed one day. Plus that, General Conference is important to me and I realize they are recorded and put online very quickly after they are aired. When I got back Saturday night I watched Saturday mornings session and Sunday morning I was woken up by some text messages so I watched Saturday afternoon before Sunday morning session started. So... I was caught up before Sunday's sessions even started. Thanks for all the judgement though people! ha ha. Anyway... it was great. One of the talks by one of the quorum of the 70 even talked about the delicate arch... which we were there. We were just living Conference, no big deal. ha ha. Really though, so many great talks. I loved President Uchtdorf's talk about being positive and happy no matter what situation you are in. I feel like I have really been trying to do that, so I appreciated that talk. Also loved Elder Bednar's talk the burdens we bear and that we are no and never need to be a lone. The Savior is always there. Also loved Elder Oak's talk in Priesthood session about Women and the Priesthood which actually reminded me a lot of a lesson President Sandburg gave to our relief society. It was very plain and simple and well put and easy to understand and I love that Elder Oaks hits the hard topics with understanding and directness. Anyway. It was all great. It always is. This conference I was very thankful for my apple tv which made it SO much easier for me to watch conference than it has been for me since I got rid of cable.

Monday I got my hair done. Nicole is so good. No matter what she does to my hair, I love it. It was a change for me... but not many people have noticed. To me it seems much shorter and darker... my ombre is gone which is what I wanted. I loved having the ombre... but I felt like I did it long enough that it was time for a change. I wanted a little bit darker hair again. I love the color. Nicole is good at what she does. We always have so much chatting and catching up as well. I'm glad we have stayed friends over the years and kept in touch. She is a great friend. AND she makes me look good. :)

Friday mu co-workers took us out to lunch. We went to Wild Mustang... which I had been to before. It's good. I got the salad since I am being good on my diet again. However, then my co-workers had gift cards for each of us to get a free pie. Oh man. They have good pie there. So I got a slice of the sour cream lemon pie. It's SOOOO good. It was my one cheat this week.

Don't hate. I have been doing really good besides that. I have been doing my runs, I have been doing core work outs. Going to bed a little earlier, sticking strict to my diet (besides that slice of pie ... worth it!) and I'm feeling really good actually. I can stick this out until the end of the month, and then I'm done with the diet... just maintaining after that. Hopefully still going to lose, but it will just be without the diet food. I'm excited for that. I'm also excited to be doing well right now too though. I got this.

I just found out that Nickel Creek had a new CD... it's been YEARS since that has happened, I thought they were done. So glad that wasn't true because I love them. I'm bummed because they are coming to SLC on tour, but I will just be getting back in town that night and can't go. BUMMER!!! Oh well.

I have continued to go tanning. I have not gotten burnt again since that last time... which is good. Don't want that again. I don't know if anyone else can tell, but I can tell I'm getting more color in my skin. It's nice to not feel so pasty white. I have already cancelled my membership though. I only wanted to go for a month and I'm sticking to that. So I have until the end of this month and then I'm done. I'm ok with that. Don't worry mom... I don't think I will get cancer from one month at the tanning beds.

Wednesday I got my first leg wax. I figured getting my arm pits waxed would hurt... doesn't really. You know what hurts more? Around the ankles. Feels like little needles. It's still not that bad though. It's been really nice to not have to shave. I have also discovered in trying to grow my hair out to have it waxed... that I really don't grow that much hair, which is nice. Hopefully it will be even less now. I am going to do it one more time in a couple of weeks.

When I went in for my wax, I hear my name. I turn to see who it was. Mr. Emotional Basket Case. I'm not going to lie. I was surprised to see him. I had to pretend like I didn't ignore his last text to me. Oh hey! How are you? ha ha He asked me what I was doing there. Umm... hunting elephants? Umm I have an appointment. What I wondered is what he was doing there, it was pretty far from where he lived. Thankfully we didn't have to talk much before it was his turn to get his hair cut. Do you ever hang out with people you used to like and think... I'm kind of embarrassed that I liked this person? Yeah... I get that whenever I'm around him. I mean, don't get me wrong... he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, but yeah.

My good friend Ben invited me to dinner group yesterday because it was his turn to cook and he was making a salad and he thought of me. He is such a good friend. We have some good chats too. We are gchat buddies and have had some good discussions. I love hanging out with him and Liz and think they make such a great couple. I really appreciate good friends in my life.

My crab died over the weekend. I was bummed. He was a cool little guy. Probably a good thing I didn't name him and get attached. Good news is, I still have my shrimp and I do believe he is doing his job and eating the weeks in the tank. Hopefully this is the start of good to come with my tank. I would still love help from my cousin... but who knows if I will get that or not.

I'm still doing my Spanish lessons on my phone. I have done several lessons and feel I am getting better even though I am slow. It's coming back... slowly. However, I know if I tried to even listen to a conversation in Spanish I would be lost and fail to communicate. Maybe if I was talking to a child I could do it. ha ha. SO SAD! I wish it came easy to me. At least I'm trying.

It has been super slow and at work... and really empty. Everyone is on spring break. Today was just me and my co-worker Ron and we both felt like it was the slowest day in the world... except the last half hour when I got super slammed with a bunch of consulting work. I hate it when I am given a bunch of stuff right before I'm supposed to go home when I was waiting around all day for work. Thanks a lot guys!

I finished watching all the seasons of Hoarding. Can you believe it? I don't know how I watch all of that. It was gross. However, now I want to clean my house and go through my stuff and get rid of stuff. Ha ha. Now I have started watching "The Glades".  It's another murder solving show... but a little more light hearted than "The Killing" and every episode it is solved by the end of the episode. So far I like it, but I liked "The Killing" better. This one is 3 seasons long. Not sure what I will watch after this one is done.

I finally started working on my Southeast Asia video. I have done all the Vietnam video's and traveling there part.. in the middle of Cambodia. Hopefully I will finish it quickly so that I can start working on my book of that trip before I get too behind. I give myself so many projects. I like it when it's all done, but it's hard to get myself to want to actually work on them. Especially after several months after a trip... you lose a little motivation. At least I do.

Everything is starting to turn green and the trees are starting to bloom. I LOVE it when the earth comes alive again. I love spring. I love wearing flip flops again. I took a walk today and just stared at all the blooming trees and smelled the flowers (not the white ones though, those ones stink) and just loved it. So thankful it's spring.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fisher Towers

Moab is a beautiful place. There is a reason why it is one of the top places to see in the west. All the red rock... it makes for a beautiful scene. I hadn't been in 9 years, but when I went 9 years ago, my good friend Monica took me on the Fisher Towers hike. I remember loving it, so I wanted to go again and take Allison and Quinette who had both never been before. SO glad we did.

First of all, it was a great hike because it wasn't very crowded. It isn't part of Arches National Park, so it is less crowded AND free! Can't beat that. Spring is a beautiful time to hike there. We saw a lot more flowers and greenery than you would any other time of year.

The trail takes you up and down and through the mountain... it is an awesome trail.

And the end of the trail provides you an amazing view of Moab and the Colorado river. I just couldn't get enough of it.

The hike took us a few hours, but I felt like it was a very pleasant hike. Uphill, but nothing unbearable. I loved it. I think we all did. I just love these girls and so glad that they are up for all the adventures that I want to do. Love having adventure buddies.