Thursday, December 31, 2009
I'd rather be a princess anyway.
We decided to fix my car instead of buying a new one. 2-grand is much less than 14-grand.
Monday, December 28, 2009
For the moment, an update:
-Christmas was wonderful! Spent lots of time with family and had a great time! Ate too much.
-We are moving out of our sweet, little apartment and moving in with my sweet Grandpa. Grandpa lives at my aunt and uncle's house and they are now serving a mission in England wahoo! yay for Brits! so we are here to help look after Grandpa and the house.
-My hubby got another dental school interview WAHOO! at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. We are again crossing our fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes that all will go well.
-My faithful little piece of crap has finally died. It's a car, people, in case you were wondering. It's going to cost us $1500 to fix it and after pouring so much money into this dang thing, we're calling it quits. We need something more reliable so we're looking for something else.
Sigh. So much is going on and I can't even show you! Yet. As soon as I get a new cord thingy, I'll upload oodles and boodles of pictures and backtrack to update on this crazy month!
Monday, December 7, 2009
To Luke and Leia.
Obtained during my bout of Star Wars Freak. I'm not giving them away, just handing them off to good friend Rogue for safe keeping.
... and my dance trophies.
I got them for getting 1st place at a dance competition in 2001. It was a rare competition that gave every dancer a trophy instead of just one per class or even per studio. But after being advised by both good friend Rogue and my hubby, I've decided to keep them. Someday I'll show my kids that I used to be good at something. Sorta. It really wasn't that hard getting first place, especially when one of our dance numbers was the only one in its category. Automatic 1st place. he he he. Shiny trophy.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Another shot of Lake George. Kinda looks like Scotland, doesn't it? Breathtaking scenery.
I LOVE NEW YORK!!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
We found out yesterday that my husband has been put on a waiting list at the dental school he REALLY wants to go to.
I keep hearing "this is good news!" and "at least you heard something!"
But I'm also thinking.... my husband is many times more brilliant, wonderful, hard-working, and kind than all those other posers out there! How dare you not accept him into your school on the spot??? How dare you put him on a waiting list?? What is it about my husband that you crazy people seem to think is so inadequate?
I'm a little biased.
I'm wading in the middle of a serious emotional swamp right now. A lot is going on and we're clinging with our fingertips to the cliff's edge, trying to get to the top of all our hopes and dreams. Wanting to start a family, trying to further Bret's education, struggling to further my career... all these things we REALLY want for Christmas and all are things Santa Claus can't bring.
But we are also very blessed. Extremely blessed. Abundantly blessed. So even though at times I feel like I'm ready to blow apart at the seams, I know that somehow, someday, everything will finally come together.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here I'm standing on top of the Hill Cumorah where the church has build an amazing memorial for the events that occured here. The statue is of Moroni calling the world to hear the message of the true gospel. His promise in Moroni 10:4 is set into the side of the pedistal where I'm standing.
Here is the place where Joseph Smith lived with his family when he recieved the first vision. The Sacred Grove where that miraculous event occured is behind the home.
This is a picture inside what is called the "Frame Home" because Alvin Smith started to build it. When he passed away, he had only gotten the frame of the house built. The smith family later finished it. Here is a picture of some of the original wood.
The main street of Palmyra.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I know this won't help my chances for success.
But it was so nice to watch the stupid thing burn.
Some of you may gasp. Some of you may be thinking, Wait! Don't you want to keep it for posterity when your book is finally published and becomes a huge hit and you can wave the infernal letter in the misguided faces of the people who were dumb enough to tell you 'no'?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Here's an example of the adorable houses typical to Buffalo, NY
We went to Niagra falls. It was beautiful but FREEZING!! It hailed on us.
Pretty colors at Niagra Falls
Here's me and Bret enjoying authentic Buffalo Wings. They were yummy!!
Next post: Palmyra, one of my favorite parts of the trip!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Me and my pumpkin.
YUM! no, I didn't really eat it. Not even roasted seeds.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I tried to replace an old shirt I loved by taking it apart and sewing a new one using the pieces.
The seams are popping and my b**bs don't fit. heh heh
I started a painting WEEKS ago of Westminster Bridge and the houses of Parliament.
This is all I got.
See the pretty reflection on the water? No, that's not my incredible painting talent. That's a camera flash on wet paint. And the angles are off in this one. I fixed it, but I don't have much more done.
I'm into chapter thirteen in my novel entitled "Chasm" and I'm starting the pre-writes on a new novel that will be a modern retelling of Phantom of the Opera. With all these ideas swimming around in my cranium, you'd think that all sorts of magnificent, heart-stopping prose would come spilling everywhere like a glass of water on the Larsen family dinner table.
Nope. Zero motivation.
I'm suffering from what I like to call Creative Constipation.
The ideas are there, waiting to come, wanting to come, but I.... just.... can't.... get.... them.... OUT!
I've fallen in a rut and I can't get out. Do I need a vacation? A massage? More sleep? Less distraction? Maybe all of the above? My own creative pepto-bysmal?
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'm proud to say I took the pictures myself. I'm nowhere near as talented as the beautiful Miss Jen from Green Apple Images, but I think these are a couple of little beauties.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I'm so going to lay on the beach, work on my writing, read Austenland and Hunger Games, hang out with the fam, and FORGET about work for an entire glorious week. (I busted my rear for three days making sure the good ole dental office was stocked to bursting, sparkling clean, and organized to the point of OCD so the girl who's filling in my spot as chief bottom-dweller and spit sucker aka the dental assistant, will have an easier time.
I told Dr. Boss to call me if there are any problems. I think I'll do what Isla Fisher did on "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and give the work number a "do NOT answer this call!" ringtone and then go give myself a beach sand pedicure.
P.S. Alyssa really looks like Rita Skeeter with your reading glasses on, Mom.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Coolness that is.
Here's a slide show I made. Now you get to see just how silly and wonderful these people really are!
I have so much love for the young women in my ward. I have had the privilege of serving as Laurel Advisor for the past year and a half and I absolutely adore it! These girls lift me up and bring so much joy to my life!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
When the Renaissance Festival is in town, about nine, if you go every Saturday and on President's Day. I'd never go that many times though. I'm not that crazy, nor that wealthy.
The Renaissance Festival, or Ren Fair for short, is my "Princess for a Day" day. True, I'm twenty-seven years old and should therefore have outgrown playing dress-up, but ooh, I can't help it! It's just so fun to walk through the medieval-themed village, smile and curtsey, speak in an English accent and pretend I know what I'm talking about, and hear people refer to me as "my lady." Before I got married, I'd amuse myself by following the super-cute "Prince James" around the fair and bat my eyelashes at him.
Here's a picture of me and my friend Shalyse at the fair (Prince James, sadly, not pictured) with a group of people sharing in the revelry of playing pretend.
Shalyse and I made our costumes out of bed-sheets. No pattern!!
But my favorite part of the day is at the end, after the canon fires for the close of the park. About half a dozen musicians gather at the heart of the fair, armed only with drums, and pound out a catchy beat for people to dance to.
The Fair runs from February to March and it never comes fast enough. Next year, I'm dressing up as Ann Boleyn only I'll still have my head I hope. I'm already geared up to hear the song "Greensleeves" sung to me many times.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
It's a beautiful thing.
Only problem? If I were to REALLY meet J.K. Rowling someday, no one would believe me because they'd think I just photoshopped the picture.
Oh well... doesn't stop me from having a little fun.
Here's me riding Shadowfax, my unicorn.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Blown radiator hose. Pretty ugly. According to the man at Pep Boys, this hose was "older than Moses" and something or other.
So we're going to go fix it now.
Pep Boys man also concerned I may break a nail. Hmph.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Prophet Alma.
Sorry, I don't have a picture. I don't know what he looks like.
He started out the vilest of sinners, then found redemption through his father's teachings of Jesus Christ. After sore repentance and sweet forgiveness, he dedicated his entire life to bringing more souls to the knowledge of our Savior.
So many of the words of Alma have been an inspiration to me, as well as his . example of faith, humility, and dedication.
Alma is definitely one of my heroes.
Okay, Nephi and Moroni too.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I have a couple of those. I've decided to do a series of posts dedicated to my heroes. This first one is dedicated to Hero's Ultimate Heroes.
The third in the Ultimate Heroes come in a pair. Here's to you Mom and Dad. You are my Heroes because you survived raising me. And because you're both awesome.
If you didn't make the Ultimate Heroes list, better luck next time. Just kidding. I love you all.