Wednesday, April 30, 2008
my interest piqued as i had to wait through other contestants' songs performances to hear who would do my song. don't worry about my gagging reflex...that got fully taken care of when brooke did that monkees song. seriously? i hate that song anyway and she looked SO awkward. she slightly redeemed herself with the much more characteristic second song, but she still drives me crazy when she does that weird lip thing and interrupts the judges.
david cook was fantastic as always...he even seems like he's getting a bit humble. or maybe not. maybe he's just a pasty good actor, but i love love him. syesha, not bad. dreads, awful. it just seems like he's already checked out. i mean, for real, the wrong words when you're singing for neil diamond?? (who seemed like a super nice person, by the way.)
and then there was little archie, who ended up doing my song. i guess he did a good job, but when you've screamed and danced to the words of neil diamond's "america" as many times as i have, it's tough to compare. david a. is so cute but really, he's a little too musical theater for me. overall, a decent night.
although we must mention the hilarious screw up by paula abdul. brandon and i watched the show 2 hours later than live TV thanks to DVR and actually rewound it when she started blabbering about the second song, thinking we'd encountered a glitch and missed the next round of songs. LOL! nope, turns out she's just a crazy lady.
ryan seacrest is a morning show DJ here in LA (not sure if he's syndicated elsewhere) and today he discussed how screwed up the whole night was, from the judges' last minute notetaking to paula's little mix up to a crew member who threw up backstage, all over the stairs the contestants use. so the whole set smelled like puke and they had to change everyone's set up. love it!
oh and p.s. -- i got an email at 3:45 today saying if i could make it to CBS studios by 5:15, i could get a ticket to tonight's AI taping (i'm on the ticket waiting list). i slightly freaked out and then realized i didn't have a car and couldn't get to hollywood in time. CRAP.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
thankful for finding the five-day-old candy i left for myself in my desk drawer at work.
thankful to finally be home after a PSYCHO day at work.
thankful to be caught up on my google reader.
thankful for free tickets to rascal flatts and taylor swift this weekend.
thankful for a husband who loves me and actually remembered to take out the trash this morning without a reminder!!! (this is big for us.)
thankful for an upcoming visit from ms. brittany lee karford rogers.
thankful for new pasadena friends, old LA friends and an in-the-works housewarming pool party to mingle the two.
thankful for finishing one of my europe travel books...on to the next!
thankful that the crazies on the train so far have steered clear of me, though i do enjoy overhearing their insane conversations (why do insane people like to scream obscenities so much? it's like they all have tourettes or something)
thankful i have to wake up early AGAIN tomorrow to work out ANOTHER kink in the never-ending drama of pasadena parking permits...NOT.
thankful for a house that's finally in order.
thankful for $3.99 tulips at TJs that brighten up my whole apartment.
thankful for email pen pals that brighten my day.
thankful for blog comments :)
p.s. in case you were wondering, i've never made it more than 15 minutes through what about bob. that guy has ISSUES and it makes me crazy. (that's where the title of this post comes from, in case you also hate that movie.)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
just thought i'd keep you all entertained while i procrastinate the apt post :)
A- Attached or single: attached, according to this ring on my finger
B- Best Friend: i refer to a lot of people as "best friends" -- especially britt, erica, my sis, my mom, kel
C- Cake or Pie: mmm cake for sure. especially in the form of a cup.
D- Day of Choice: usually thurs because survivor and the office are on, and i take the night off from the gym
E- Essential Item: chapstick, granola bars, computer with internet capabilities, DVR
F- Favorite Color: hot pink
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: mmm sour worms. but really if i could choose, it'd be jelly bellys.
H- Hometown: rancho cucamonga
I -Indulgence(s): cookies, home decorating, paper goods, blogging
J- January or July: july -- my bday, brandon's bday and my fave holiday (4th of july) -- we have some rockin celebrations that month
K-Kids: none yet thank you for asking...we're still arguing over decent names
L-Life is incomplete without: family, the Gospel, cookies, things to look forward to, sunshine and walks with brandon
M- Marriage Date: october 20 2006
N- Number of Siblings: 2.5 - rachel, grant, roxy (and soon to be a bro in law, jesse)
O- Oranges or Apples: oranges are barf. fuji apples are awesome
P- Phobias or Fears: somebody jumping me while i'm doing laundry...lol. also i have major anxiety about going down a flight of stairs quickly, might have something to do with the lack of depth perception but it freaks me out. and i don't know if this counts as a phobia but i'm super insecure.
Q- Quote(s): to paraphrase: pray like everything depends on the Lord, then get up and go to work like it all depends on you - gordon b. hinckley
R- Reason To Smile: it's the weekend!
S- Season: summer all the way
T- Tag Five: angela, megan, kelly, caryn, rachel and anyone else (except natalie who did NOT tag me :( boo)
U- Unknown Fact About Me: hmm...in high school i dated this great kid who went on to have a punk band and sang songs about our break up. they made like 3 cds and toured the world. we used to stalk him in rancho, and in college when he came to town he'd put me on the guest list and i got into shows for free. the band has since broken up but i still feel bad about how all that turned out. and that, kids, is why you don't date before you're 16.
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: boo neither...unless you count eating them as oppressive...i love meat in almost any form
W- Worst Habit: being bratty to my husband
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: neither, never had em unless you count the dentist's x-rays
Y- Your Favorite Food: lately brinner. all time: cafe rio pork salad.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"do you have a battery?"
the girl next to me, who had already been on her elliptical for 36 minutes, asked me a simple question. i'm not really into verbally communicating at the gym (in bev hills our gym had its own girls-only workout room which i LOVED...i never had to talk to anyone) but i answered her with a negative and a smile.
"oh, well, my walkman died and i hate working out without music."
i smiled and nodded again. and turned on my ipod (translation = no more talking)
"oh my gosh that's so TINY! how does it even work? i don't know much about those things because i'm not high tech."
smile and nod. i even took the ipod out of its case to show her just how tiny it is.
"well you're lucky you can listen to music. HEY -- is there another hole in there for me to plug my headphones in, so i can listen too?"
uh...no. "No, sorry." i opened the newsweek, started reading. she inquired about the cover (referring to how environmentally-minded the presidential candidates are) and i actually had to explain what "green" means. then my ipod died. NICE. she was excited that now i had to exercise in silence as well. unless you don't count it as silence because she was still talking. finally she quieted down and i went back to sweating in peace.
five minutes later. "don't you think the 20s are a tough age? i mean, you're not a teenager, but you're not really an adult either. i don't like it. was it hard for you too?"
me: "how old are you?"
me: "me too."
"you ARE??" i'm not sure exactly how old she expected me to be. i considered telling her that i had a full time job and have been married for a year and half -- at only 23! -- to see what kind of frenzy that would throw her into, but decided to hold back.
then miraculously she decided to leave. i went back to working out, until i got a tap on the shoulder.
"hey, the front desk had a battery. AND i found TWO PENNIES on the floor! i just wanted to tell you." she giggled and walked away.
and i thought LA had all the crazies.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
i told you it was purple.
yesterday we spent the whole day here:
it was 85 degrees, for those of you still digging out of the arctic tundra. we ate chinese food and played rummy and i even got a resemblance of a tan line. glorious.
one of my favorite things about living here (aside from the AMAZING dishwasher -- which ironically we only run maybe twice a week, usually when i run out of spoons; two people just don't merit that many dirty dishes unless i decide to bake, like tonight's chocolate peanut butter cookies of which i've already eaten four -- and the quite efficient air conditioning; who knew i was living so deprived for so long?) is this little space:
yes, i had a washer/dryer at the old place but it was 25 cents more expensive than these and there was only one. lugging my dirty clothes 20 feet away sure beats spending the night at the laundromat down the street.
pictures of the interior are coming soon (i know you're all dying to see...), as soon as we put up some of our new ikea purchases.
today was our first day in the pasadena ward (i will admit i had a slight panic attack when we pulled into the parking lot -- it was like all of the sudden i realized OMG I'M THE NEW GIRL AND I KNOW NO ONE HERE WHAT WAS I THINKING. sometimes my shy side acts up and tries to take over my otherwise stable psyche). and can i just say how refreshing it is to be in a ward with multiple enrichment activites PER MONTH -- you know, as opposed to per quarter, if i got lucky, in the old ward -- and to know that we're all striving for the same things. i met some very nice people and am quite looking forward to settling in.
those are 1/2 of my cool shelves :) now do you see why i was struggling? that closet is TINY and i'm still not sure i'm making the best use of space available. but i built shelves by myself and really that's all that matters.finally, finally this weekend i got everything put away. well, almost -- unless you count that we haven't finished hanging shelves, mirrors, pictures etc. but i consider the fact that i got rid of all my boxes to be quite an accomplishment.
brandon got home from san francisco at 10 p.m. on friday. i let him sleep till 10 a.m. on saturday (mostly so i could experiment with how long it takes to walk to the new gym from my house...10 minutes people! i so love our new location) and then told him it was time to get up, that i'd been waiting for him to come home and help me ALL WEEK. i rushed him through the obligatory bowl of cereal and then put him right to work, organizing and hanging things.
i had to get a little creative, but we have spared ourselves the chore of securing a storage unit in the garage or lugging stuff to my parents' attic for safe-keeping. let's just say that the christmas season will call for quite the scavenger hunt in the payzant-wells household -- i shoved things in every nook and cranny we've got in this closet-deprived apartment. i now have holiday decorations in the linen closet, under our bed (the christmas tree barely fit :), below the kitchen sink, in my closet next to my sweatshirts and snow pants.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
i always said i wanted to grow up and marry a doctor or a fireman or someone who would be gone for a few days at a time in regular intervals because i definitely value my alone time, so it amuses me that now i'm one of those clingy girls who gets sad when she has to be by herself. but it's different when you're used to grocery shopping and going to the gym and perusing target with someone and then all of the sudden you have to do these things by yourself. not to mention that i live in a still-slightly-unfamiliar neighborhood and that i'm so scared of our complex that i only made it 10 minutes on the treadmill last night in our onsite gym before i freaked out and went home.
but i will be okay. last night, for example, i went to kickboxing. i had a semi-healthy dinner (turkey hot dog, green beans and wheat thins -- i'm trying really hard to avoid cereal dinners although we all know that's my favorite thing EVER and i've already had it once this week). i went to target, purchased some new shelves that i have wanted, and started to assemble them.
i was going to include a picture of the shelves from target.com but my brain is too tired to remember their exact name. just know that they're white and metal and you have to assemble them. this is usually a brandon job but since he is always gone i have to take matters into my own hands. i got 1/6th of the way through it and then got tired and watched american idol. but i built it and that's all that matters!
yes and then i watched A.I. i thought michael johns did a good job, i don't know what was up with the judges. and i agree that david cook needed a little reality check before his head blows up because he's so freaking amazing. and brooke...seriously? that girl is starting to really bug me. but then i read this on MSN today:
Brooke White had been sailing along until winding up in the bottom three a week ago. White is the most predictable of the finalists, in that she always sounds perfectly nice and pleasant without doing anything truly memorable. Disliking her is akin to kicking puppies or heckling little kids playing soccer, but where she's fallen off in recent weeks is that she's not doing much to get people passionately in her corner.
LOL that's exactly how i feel too. she's just too nice to hate.
so tonight it's yoga, the rest of the shelves, and probably cereal. and nothing else because brandon also took the computer (!!!!) so i have no connection to the outside world :( more blogging comin at ya from GH after-hours, soon.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
so this weekend i spent eight hours watching the general conference of my church. this happens every six months and i LOVE it. no matter what is going on in my life, at least one speaker always seems like he's speaking right to me. it's so uplifting and inspiring and makes me just want to be better. i'm so grateful to be able to hear the word of God through living prophets.
not to mention that i was always a little unhealthily enamored with president hinckley, but i'm happy to report that president monson is just as amazing and wonderful. yay for conference!
Friday, April 4, 2008
some of our AWESOME friends came to help us finish packing up and load the truck. thanks guys, you were amazing!
my parents, jeremiah, courtney & curtis and tomas & allison used their big muscles to move all our heavy crap.
once we got to pasadena, it was just brandon, me and my parents -- and a HUGE moving truck full of heavy stuff. then we got the brilliant idea to hire people. we picked up two day laborers from the pasadena u-haul stop and it was the best thing i've ever done. period. LOL. certain family members of mine have shared their dismay that we'd do that, but they were awesome workers. i literally don't know how we would have done it without them.
we got the truck unloaded in an hour...and now, eight days later, i STILL have boxes in my living room and bedroom that need to be unpacked. it's really hard to get settled in when you can only devote one hour a night after work to unpacking. not to mention i have very important other priorities in life like american idol and date nights with the fujikawas. i have high hopes for this week though -- maybe i can finish as a single woman for three days when brandon goes to san francisco.
more blogs to come...as long as our internet gets hooked up so i can stop stealing from our new neighbors ;)
anyway, to get to the point of my story -- we loved it there. i was lucky enough to work with the teenage girls for the past six months and LOVED it. on sunday, all the girls threw me a going away party complete with cookies, lemonade and a card that they all signed. i think leaving them was the saddest part of moving...i'm not going to lie, no amount of dots cupcakes or whole foods bakery items will take their place. no matter how much i already love our new house :)
all the young women on my last day
my friend whitney (aka my new brittany, who just found out she's having a BABY! yay!) and i worked specifically with the 12 and 13 year olds. here's us and our girls: whit, jael, michelle, adreana, me and yoo jin
this isn't from my last sunday but it was so cute, i had to post it. a couple saturdays ago we worked at the cannery and then took food to a homeless shelter as a service project -- this is a picture of some of our awesome girls (and jamal on the right -- he wasn't supposed to be there, don't be confused :)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
while i think that was a relatively decent attempt at foolery (or maybe i just liked it because they gave me my own candy bar, which added a delicious and hated 220 calories and 11 grams of fat to my daily intake), i have to say that the best april fools joke of 2008 goes to the brilliant peeps at google. i actually fell for this for about six minutes.