Sunday, October 31, 2010


When Bryan and I moved into this studio April 30th, we thought we'd live here for quite a while, since it's such a pain in the butt to move.

But now it's October 31st and we're moving again.  Across town.  To a two bedroom apartment.  We just aren't studio people.  No place to put our stuff, and there's no privacy when you have friends over and need to take a loud poo, and it's really not the most comfortable apartment to have people stay over.

So.  Onto bigger and better.  Our new place is right next to Flat Creek, so we'll hear the water from our bedroom window, which is nice.  The moving is going to suck though.  Yesterday we traveled for 14+ hours - drive to the airport, get on a plane, get off plane, get on another plane, bus to our car, then drive 5.5 hours back to Jackson in the dark (and of course it rained).  I tried to stay awake to keep a look out for deer (there were a ton right off the road) and I was tired that I sort of started hallucinating... I'd close my eyes and immediately start to dream, then open them and not know what was happening.  Very weird.

So today is moving day.  We're still trying to figure out how to move the bed and the couch...  we'll see.  It's just the two of us and we don't have a truck, but we're hoping to borrow one.  And Bryan leaves for Salt Lake tomorrow so it's just me for the next few days (he's back on Thursday).  So I get to clean/organize both apartments while he's gone.

Oh, and I start my new job tomorrow.

Trying to put on a happy face and DEFINITELY putting on some happy music...


Thursday, October 28, 2010

I know....

I know.  I've been terrible at blogging on vacation.  I haven't been able to get a great connection on the internet; it goes in and out a whole lot, and it's a bit of a pain.  But I am here.  I thought I'd have a lot of awesome pictures from vacation, but apparently I lost my camera cord as well as my cell phone cord and my Kindle cord.

I am awesome.

I PROMISE to blog more soon.  Promise.  Cross my heart and all of that.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Great Falls, Montana

The Great Falls that Great Falls, Montana, is named after.
Hello lovelies.  Light posting this week as I'm leaving for Myrtle Beach tomorrow night.  I'm so excited!!  I can't wait to see my family and friends.  I got some great deals on clothes at Old Navy this week (including a pair of $4 pants!!) and I picked up some super cute skirts for me and my sister Stacey today.  I'm thinking bathing suit cover because I don't think I packed any matching tops... did I mention the skirts were $0.58?  Yes, you read that right, 58 CENTS.  Ah-mazing.  Love that store.

I will do my best to post while on vacay, but you know me.  I roll lazy-style.  We'll see.

Love Love Love Love Love.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Cylon Raider putting clubs, available at sporting good stores near you!

I'm so awesome.

So I'm in Great Falls, Montana.  There are bigger stores here, which is sort of fun.  Bryan and I went to Old Navy yesterday and I got a long sleeve tee for $3 and a pair of cargo pants for $4.50.  Pretty BA if I do say so myself.  We also went to Target, where I purchased the above mascara, as my grandmother suggested it to me.  I saw it, threw it in the cart, and checked out.  When I got home I realized it was brown instead of black.  I am awesome.  Because I am so awesome (and cheap) I'm going to use it even though it's not the color I wanted.  Because I already had a difficult time paying $8 for a mascara.  That's a tee and a pair of cargos from Old Navy, doncha know.

Last night we went out to dinner at the Macaroni Grill.  I didn't realize that we'd be eating out every night; I figured the hotel room would have a microwave or a fridge, but it's not a suite style.  So we eat out for lunch and dinner, which I'm just not all that used to.  Macaroni Grill was AMAZING last night.  It was such a treat to go on a nice date, especially since we'd been out to a nice restaurant earlier this month.  I feel so fancy!!  Bryan even said I could get a glass of wine, but I wasn't feeling it.  But how fancy that he offered.  And how fancy that we got an appetizer.

Seriously, these things really are fancy to me.  I'm pretty easy to please.

Today Bry is at training most of the day, so I get to hang around the hotel.  So far I woke up at 9:30, went downstairs to get breakfast, and watched some tv and talked to my mom.  Pretty soon I'm going to walk across the street to Michael's and pick up some knitting needles; my friend Kim is going to teach my mom and my sister Stacey and I how to knit next week!!  I'm so excited.  I love crocheting, and while knitting looks a bit harder, I think it will be fun to learn a new needlecraft.  Like I've said before, I'm in love with grandmotherly pursuits.  I also plan on hitting up the fitness center again today.  Yesterday I ran a mile and a half, did an hour on the stationary bike, and did a half hour on the elliptical.  Eating out is NOT that healthy, so I'm trying to make up for it.

I've mentioned before how unbelievably cheap I am; want some more proof?  The hotel we're staying at has complimentary breakfast, and I made sure to get enough to last me for breakfast AND lunch.

Yes, I am that cheap.

The "eggs" and "sausage" were gross and not real food, so I didn't eat those.  I ate the waffle with peanut butter and honey for breakfast (there was "syrup" but it was mostly high fructose corn syrup and corn solids) along with the cup of coffee.  I'll have the bagel and/or oatmeal for lunch.  Mmmm carbohydrates... are you why I'm so lethargic today?  You are fairly tasty, so I will forgive you.

Since I saved money on lunch I'm pretty sure that it's okay for me to buy another shirt for less than $5.  Or at least this is what I will tell myself.  Bryan gets reimbursed for his meals, but wasn't told exactly HOW much... he doesn't get a regular per diem or anything like that, so we've just been eating on a conservative budget for lunches and then getting a pretty nice dinner.  Last night's meal at Macaroni Grill was about $11 per plate, which is still about $5 less than most dinners in Jackson, so that was pretty decent.  Tonight I think we're going out for pizza or Chili's, I'm not sure which.  (I feel God in this Chili's...)  I'm so glad I got to come along with Bryan on this workcation.  He works, I vacation.  It's been a blast hanging out with him (even the 6 hour car ride went by really fast and was a lot of fun) and I love the fact that we can go out to eat with one another.  We usually only go out to restaurants or get take-out every other week or so (and keep it cheap), so this has been a real treat.  And in 4 days I see my family (minus David, wish he could come to Myrtle too!!).  I'm so excited.  I've told Bryan several times these past few weeks that I feel really blessed and happy with our life.  I know now that moving to Jackson was the right thing to do.  Even though I do not have friends yet, I feel really settled and happy.  I love my town, I'm excited about my job, and I feel like Bryan and I are where we are supposed to be.  It's a lovely feeling, this contentment. 

Last night we talked about life since leaving Humboldt, and what we miss.  We miss the people the most, for sure.  We had awesome friends in HumCo, and I hope we make good friends here.  Last night we texted the Muhlenkamps and told them how much we missed them.  They're the couple we lived with the last month we were in HumCo, and we co-led a Life Group with them.  They are so awesome and fun and we had a blast getting to know each other.  I told them that they should move to Jackson when their contract is up (they're nurses at a hospital in Eureka) and that we should all rent a house together.  Keith and Bryan get along really well and I was getting to know Bethany, which was really fun, as she's awesome.  AND they have the best dog in the world, Hagan, and they got a new puppy (a Great Dane/Mastiff mix) named Morgan since we left.  Bryan and I both agreed that it would be really fun to live with them again, especially if we had a three bedroom house.  Plus, then we wouldn't have to get our own dog necessarily, we'd just 'adopt' theirs.  Bethany texted me back and said that would be a pretty awesome idea.  It will probably never happen, but it's fun to think about.

Alright.  I'm going to seriously get out of bed now and actually do something.  I hope whoever is reading this is having a really awesome day, and enjoying the Fall weather (whatever that may mean in your area).  Lots of love to you.


Sunday, October 17, 2010


So I've sucked at updating lately.  Here's the new stuff:

  • I got a job at the hospital as a medical receptionist.  I'll be working 32 hours a week and I'm super excited about the whole thing.
  • Bryan and I are currently in Great Falls, Montana, where Bryan has training at Wells Fargo.  So far we ate the WORST Mexican food I've ever had, but thankfully our hotel room is really nice.  It's seriously almost as big as our very small apartment.
  • We will be in Myrtle Beach in less than a week, and I'm super duper excited!!!!  I can't wait to see our friends and family.  My cousin's girlfriend/partner is preggo and I made them an incredibly cute baby blanket, if I do say so myself.
  • I got a Kindle.  I'm in love with it.  It's incredibly cool, and I love downloading classics for free.  So. Cool.
  • I had a good talk with a friend who is hopefully getting his marriage back on track, or at least trying to, and that's encouraging.
  • I made about 150 biscottis the other day, and they are all amazing and delicious.
  • I've watched about 15 episodes of Battlestar Galactica this week.  And I'm feel like that's not quite enough...
  • My first day of work is November 1st.  It will be good, but I've really enjoyed my 3 weeks off so far.  Oh yes.
  • That's all.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Battlestar GaCaprica.

I'm a BIG Battlestar Galactica Fan.  I started watching the season again this week since I've been sick and lazy.  I can't tell you how much I love BSG.  It's just so frakking awesome.  It's got the awesome sci-fi that I love, it's got drama and sensuality and humor and scandal... I love it.  And I love that it wasn't just a "boy show"; I know lots of other gals that were just as hooked as I was, because they really went into the relationships and storyline.

I was so sad when it ended.

And then I got Caprica.

So far it doesn't look like Caprica is all that popular with most BSG fans.  It doesn't have the same sci-fi feel to it because it's not set in space, although in the series, space travel has been master for a long time. Here's a plot summary, from SyFy's website:

Set 58 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families - the Graystones and the Adamas - as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of the peaceful 12 Colonies, living in a society close to our own. Entangled in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe, blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics. Caprica will deliver, intrigue, political backbiting and family conflict in television's first science fiction family saga.

Daniel Graystone, a computer genius, is owner of a large computer corporation that is spearheading the development of artificial intelligence. He and his wife Amanda, who's a brilliant surgeon, are both relentless in their scientific pursuits. The Adama clan is helmed by Joseph Adama, a renowned criminal defense attorney and father of future Battlestar commander William Adama. When tragedy strikes both families, lines are drawn that will determine the fate of the human race.

Other BSG fans will recognize the name Adama - as in Admiral William Adama.  Ohhh yes, this is the story of Admiral Adama's father, as well as the Graystones.  It's set on the planet Caprica (one of the twelve worlds), with bits and pieces shown from Geminon and Tauron.  It has a futuristic yet 1950's feel to it.  Caprica is where we find out how the Cylons were created; "Humanity's struggle for survival has a beginning" as the byline goes.  So far the storyline has a lot to do with Caprican society, with a big emphasis on religion. Polytheism is the norm for this civilization (for all of the twelve worlds, save Geminon, to some extent) but monotheist groups are popping up, and many use terrorism as their means of getting across their beliefs.  Politics, religion, family and power are the big themes in the tv show Caprica.

And I love it so far.

(All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again... This is the running theme in the BSG universe)

Any other Battlestar Galactica or Caprica fans out there??

EDIT:  Just saw Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica) on The Big Bang Theory this evening... Hilarious!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Well Hello There!

Jenny from Geek In Heels was awesome enough to let me guest post yesterday since she's a brand new mommy and is taking some much needed time off of blogging.  I wrote about how marriage and babies can affect friendship; you can read about it HERE!

To all of Jenny's readers visiting:  WELCOME!  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the interwebz.  If you're interested in reading a little bit more, I have some semi-recent posts to get you started.

That one time my husband sprayed bear spray in his sleep in our small studio apartment. (Seriously.)

What anxiety is like, for me.  Part One, Two, and Three.

Thoughts on legacy, grandmotherly pursuits.

You will also find, if you peruse this blog, that I am obsessed with good deals.  I LOVE a good deal, seriously.  It makes my day.  You will also find some (incomplete) info on my family, marriage, beliefs, and my love of Jackson, WY on the tabs at the top of the page.

So once again, Welcome Geek in Heels readers!!  Thank you for taking time for little ol' me.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Why I Make a Terrible Homemaker

So I'm still unemployed.  Technically it's only been 11 days, but I still feel like I have a sticker on my forehead that says "UNEMPLOYED."  I'm waiting to hear back from the hospital, where I'm pretty sure they loved me, because they said SUPER awkward stuff in front of me... I think they'd only say that if they planned on working with me.  I think??

When Bryan and I first got married, I was the "breadwinner" who worked about 50 hours a week or so between my two jobs.  We would talk about the time when he had graduated college and would be working full time, and we both brought up the possibility of me working part time, maybe 25-30 hours a week.  We figured that way, the house would have a better chance of NOT looking like a war zone all the time (neither of us are extremely tidy people by a LONG shot).  Then we moved to Jackson Hole where studio apartments are almost $800 a month.  And we decided we wanted to get serious about paying off student loans.

So much for part time work.

In these past 11 days of unemployment, I've realized something about myself:  I probably shouldn't be home all that much (working part time OR unemployed) until we had kids.  Why? 

Because I'm a HUGE SLACKER.

I'm not like my sister Amanda, who has two kiddos and still manages to keep the house incredibly tidy.  No.  I really AM the type of person who wants to sit around the house watching Netflix and eating bon bons (or in my case, biscotti).  I bake, but I hate cleaning up.  I really, really do.  My laundry has been neatly folded in my laundry basket, waiting to be put away, for a WEEK now.  I have no motivation whatever, it's ridiculous.

I think the reason I've been so lazy is that I keep thinking of this time of unemployment as sort of a spring/summer break for me.  Not the sort of spring/summer break I had when I was in college, because I was working then.  Nooo, the sort of spring/summer break that I had before I was 16 and started working.  The kind where I could be increeeedibly lazy, and it was okay.  I was on vacation.

But I'm not actually on vacation.  I'm just super lazy.  And the house is a mess.  And it's 2:15 in the afternoon and I haven't done much at all today besides do a bit of grocery shopping, buy some more yarn and check the mail.  And watch three episodes of Parks & Recreation and eat chocolate chips out of the bag.

This is not a good thing.

I better get a call soon.  I need something to get my butt in gear.  Remember that post like a week and a half ago where I said I was going to work out during my time off?  HA!  NO!!!  I have not.  I'm just as fluffy as ever, possibly worse after all that biscotti and chocolate chips. 

Hopefully when we have kids and I'm home (if we decided to go the SAHM route) I'll be FORCED to do stuff because I'll have a kid, and I'll worry about said kid eating some of the random crap we have out at all times.  "No, sweetie, don't put Mommy's SD card reader in your mouth.  Nope, not those scissors either.  No, not that yarn or the lotion of the windshield wipes either.  No.  Not that either...."

For right now?  I make a terrible homemaker.

Hello Lover

Bryan mentioned the Kindle to me the other day...

And now I'm incredibly intrigued.

Amazon Kindle
Ohhhh yes, you can read books anywhere and everywhere.  There are quite a number of books you can download for free; most books are under $10.  The Kindle weighs less than 9 ounces, which is very cool.  And this new version, which uses Wi-Fi, not 3G, is only $139. 


Bryan totally thinks I should get it.  I do have some birthday money, and I won a $25 gift card for reviewing products online.  So that would pay for a lot of it.  And Bryan thinks it's awesome and techy and he wants me to have it (partially so he can borrow it).

So.  What do you think??  Does anyone have a Kindle that they can give a review on??

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mock Coconut Pie

I made Mock Coconut Pie tonight.  It was really fast and easy, and I like how it turned out.  Bryan was, at first, VERY skeptical.

Because the "mock coconut" is actually spaghetti squash. Yeah.  Bryan didn't like that idea one bit.

In the end though, he decided that it was "all right, pretty good, I think I liked it."  And he told me he owes me a dollar (we bet a dollar he wouldn't hate it).  His suggestion, which was a good one, is that it would have been better if the spaghetti squash was chopped up into small pieces; some of the long stringy pieces grossed him out.

Here's the recipe, courtesy of


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded spaghetti squash (I suggest shredding it quite a bit... wish I had!)
  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat the sugar and eggs together in a mixing bowl until light and frothy. Beat in the butter, lemon juice, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the spaghetti squash. Pour the mixture into the prebaked pie shell. If desired, dust the top with nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. Bake the pie in preheated oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool on a rack before serving. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired. 
 SUPER EASY, right?

Here's a cell phone pic of it half-eaten.  It's not the prettiest thing to look at, but I liked it.

And the best part about it is that the spaghetti squash was only $1.50 at the Harvest Fest last week!!  And it made this pie and two meals.  NOT BAD little spaghetti squash... I'm proud of you.

Haircuts, or one of the weird things I have issues paying over $20 for

Awhile ago I read an article in Marie Claire about a $1,000 haircut, which is just ridiculous.  The article pointed out that you're given flip flops and an extra soft terry cloth robe (which you keep, what a steal, eh??), that you can order sushi, Starbucks, whatevs, and that tips are not accepted (what a saint). 

The article goes on to mention how the hair stylist really knows her stuff:  she spends time looking at the condition of the hair AND the scalp, and she carefully chooses which oils and acids to apply and where.  She creates her own gloss treatment and is all about pampering.  At the end, the haircut looks nice, but it also looks a LOT like haircuts I had in college.


This is the gal who received the $1,000 haircut:

Here's a really bad picture of my haircut from my junior year of college:

Overly excited me, Fall 2005.  Roommates got chopped out because I love them enough to do so.  You're welcome.
Pretty similar hairstyles, except that mine cost $15 and was done by Tina, a wonderful woman originally from Russia - Spasibo, Tina!

So I had a difficult time paying a lot for a haircut. The last time I got a haircut was last Fall in Humboldt.  The boy who cut it was named Tyler and he was the cutest, gayest hair stylist I have ever had.  He kept walking circles around me, picking up bits of my hair and saying things like, "oh my," and "ummm.... hmm.  Okay."  He did NOT like my previous haircut (neither did I).  He took a long time cutting and styling my hair, and it was worth the $35 cut (which is hard for me to say since it was the most expensive cut I have ever gotten).  I still didn't go back to him, because it was hard for me to spend that much on a haircut.

So, once again, I've taken to cutting my own hair.  I've been doing it for almost a year now, and it's not AHHHmazing, but it's not bad.  If you have long, pretty much straight hair, it's not hard, and it will save you cash.  Even if you just trim it in between 'real haircuts,' it's an easy way to save cash.

I do not recommend it for those with curly hair or short hair, however.

Just don't do it.

But I cut mine tonight and I feel like it came out pretty well.  Maybe I'll take a picture tomorrow... although (SPOILER ALERT!!) it pretty much looks like this:

When I cut my hair this April

Saturday, October 9, 2010

At Yeast I Tried

Forgive me for the title.

So apparently I just don't GET yeast.  I tried to make bread again tonight and it just didn't work out right!  It was still good but it was very dense and not beautiful and airy.  Maybe I should have waited longer to mix it in??  I put it in some water with a pinch of sugar and let it sit for at least 7 minutes.  I think the water should have been warmer... 

Anyways, I failed, again.  I just want it to be awesome and delicious!!  And I REALLY want a breadmaker; I think I'd screw up less.

I also made spaghetti squash tonight, and I've decided to make "mock-coconut pie" which is made with spaghetti squash.


The idea both grosses me out and appeals to me, so I'm excited to try it.  I'll probably do it tomorrow while Bryan is out riding his bike/fishing/doing whatever it is that he does.

I'm still sick, so I've been lazy (except for the cooking and baking), and I haven't had any interest in blogging, so I'm sorry for being so boring.  I'm hoping this goes away, and FAST.

Another thing that I'm being impatient about is JOBS.  I turned down three jobs that I just felt weren't what I wanted/needed.  I knew that I had a good chance of getting one of the two jobs I'd interviewed well at; I was told yesterday that I didn't get the job as bank teller.

Wah, wah, whaaaaahhh.


I'm pretty sure I got the hospital position, but I have to wait for them to talk to HR and call me back.  It sounds pretty positive though; they asked me when I could start, told me a few pet projects I'd be working on, that sort of thing.  They mentioned me starting before November, but if I don't hear back from them until the 11th, and they know I'll be out of town from the 21-31st... well, we'll see how that works out.  I really want to go with Bryan to his training in Montana.  He'll be at sessions all day, but I'll have the car and be around lots of shops, and a new place.  Plus, the hotel we'd be staying at has a pool and fitness center, and I really love the idea of spending an hour a day on an elliptical.  I know, some people HATE that sort of exercise and would rather be outside, but I love how I just turn off my brain and go for it.  So that would be cool.

We'll see.  I feel like so many people that I love are experiencing the same thing we have been experiencing for a YEAR now:  the sense of "What next??"

Hopefully the answer will be "Something Awesome!!!"

Friday, October 8, 2010

He's my lobster

I love my husband.  I love how we just sort of get one another.  I did a bunch of dishes yesterday and today (which I should... I'm not working and he is, so the household stuff falls to me), and he dirtied some dishes tonight and immediately said "I'll clean those before bed, I promise!!!!"  He loves me.

I'm feeling crappy sick and I told him I was considering taking a bath, and he says, "I was thinking of playing video games."  I say, "How about I take a bath, you play video games, then we regroup to watch Stargate Universe?" He nods his head yes, like that's an obviously good plan, and doesn't make fun of me.

He loves me.

I go back and forth about being ready to have kids anytime soon.  When I say, "I'm not ready to be a mom" he says "wait a week."  When I say "I want a baby" he says "wait a week."  He never tells me I'm dumb for going back and forth; he just knows it's how I am.

He loves me.

And tonight when I told him "I think we should read a book out loud together, maybe 'The Magician's Nephew' or 'The Great Divorce' by C.S. Lewis," he says "okay" instead of asking me if I'm crazy for wanting to take turns reading a book out loud.

He loves me.

He loves me.

He loves me.

I'm a lucky gal.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I had a lovely 26th birthday.  I woke up while Bryan was getting ready for work and asked him to bring me my laptop... and stayed in bed watching Hulu and reading blogs until almost noon.  FANTASTIC!!  I ate carby/fatty/icecreamy food for lunch, and did a bit of crocheting.  I had an interview at 4pm that went really well - I'd be very surprised if I didn't get this job!!  Then, Bryan took me out to dinner at Thai Me Up, where I had a fancy Thaigarita, Pad Thai (and snuck bites of Bryan's Massaman Curry), and then a fried banana with ice cream and honey for dessert.  Delicious!!!  There were several times that I just thought "Wow.  I love our life."  It was a very chill birthday and perfect in every way.

I got some lovely presents, which was very fun, and my nephew GK talked to me on the phone.  He's soooo cute!!!!  He talked for quite a while, more than he's talked on the phone in a while, according to his mom (my awesome SIL Amanda).  It was so charming!!

Today I am pretty sure I'm sick though, so I took it easy.  I will try to be back to blogging tomorrow; hopefully I'll be feeling better then!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I had a wonderful birthday.  I will blog about it tomorrow, but today, let's just say it was completely lovely.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Old Navy Robbery

That's what they should call it, because I practically STOLE stuff from Old Navy last night, it was so cheap!!

I won a coupon from my cousin's savings blog a few days ago - $50 off $100.  I drove up to Rexburg yesterday morning and met up with my sister-in-law Nicole and my niece Ella and we had a girl's day.  It was fabulous.  We had such a good time talking and shopping, and then we had DELICIOUS burgers at Red Robin.  Seriously, burgers with romaine lettuce, tomato, provolone, bacon and spinach-artichoke dip/spread on a ciabatta bun.  OH. MY. GOSH.

I was hoping to get a lot of work clothes at Old Navy, but none of the dress pants or khakis fit correctly.  I ended up getting a lot of casual clothes as well as some cardigans and tanks that I can dress up for work (wherever that will be).  Check out this haul!  Because I DO like to brag, I'm going to list the prices of the items under the picture - these are the prices AFTER the fancy coupon.

Total:  $51.48


Sunday, October 3, 2010

That Story I Promised You...

So.  I promised an interesting story, and I do have one for you.

Yesterday my friend Kati came into town; she's lived in Jackson forever, and moved away just a year ago for health/work/stuff reasons.  I met her out at the Elk Refuge and we went on a lovely walk, and then walked to the ice cream shop.  Kati came back to our apartment, took a shower, and then consented to sleeping on the couch instead of setting up camp at 11pm (it wasn't hard to twist her arm).  We all went to bed around midnight.  Then everything went to crap.

I woke up to the sound of Bryan coughing at about 1:30pm.  Since his nasty bout with pneumonia last year, I've been easily worried about him, especially after spending several nights staying up late and listening to him breathing.  My first reaction to waking up to the sound of him coughing and flailing was to be afraid... and then I started coughing and flailing.  My eyes were burning, my throat was burning, my nose was burning.  I couldn't breath, I couldn't stop coughing, I had no idea what was happening.  Bryan yelled "run to the bathroom!!!" and I followed him in there, and then turned and ran to the kitchen after I realized that I need water, NOW, because my throat was on fire.  I grabbed Bryan's water bottle, turned the faucet on high and drank and drank and drank, meanwhile, coughing and yelling and crying.

Kati slept through that part, even though I was only 15 feet away from her.

I ran back into the bathroom and said something along the lines of, "What's happening?!  Are we dying?!?" I told him we HAD to get to the ER FAST. I thought we were being attacked by biological weapons, or had been poisoned or something.


In between coughing and throwing up/clearing his throat, Bryan told me that I was experiencing the effects of Bear Spray.

Above:  bear spray being sprayed at a bear, a can of bear spray with safety nozzle, 
a can of bear spray with safety nozzle in its holster.

HOW exactly did bear spray permeate our small studio apartment?  Well, as Bryan simply put it, "I grabbed it from the shelf, took it out of the holster, took off the safety and shot it.  But I was asleep."  

Yes.  As my loyal readers know, Bryan has a history of sleep walking, talking, and do random things.  Last night at approximately 1:30 AM, he decided to save us from an attacking closet door.

He has no idea what he was dreaming about, or why he sprayed the bear spray.  We keep our camping equipment next to the bed on a shelf, and he grabbed it and sprayed it, then started to wake up a bit... THEN put it back in its case, and THEN started to cough and cry and react to it.  As he put it, "I figured out what I had done just a minute before I started coughing."  

So we're both hacking and crying and snotting all over ourselves in the bathroom.  Bryan says "DON'T TOUCH YOUR EYES OR YOUR PRIVATES!!!" which was excellent advice.  He then told me to get in the shower to rinse off the oil.  I didn't need to be told twice; I whipped off my clothes and jumped into the shower.  I told him to come with me but he declined; I think he was too busy trying not to vomit into the sink between coughing and catching his breathe.

I have NEVER experienced anything that awful.  I thought I was going to die, or that I'd never feel okay again.  It was awful.  And it lasted for over a half hour.

Bryan was out of the bathroom by the time my shower was done.  The whole apartment was full of bear spray... which, if I haven't explained, is a specialty pepper spray used on BEARS.  It's something like 50 times more powerful than the pepper spray you use on people, because it's used on BEARS.  It shoots out at 70mph, and it supposed to be used about 20-30 feet away from a BEAR.  It's more effective than BULLETS when used to detour BEARS.  BEARS.  Not people.

This stuff can cause PERMANENT DAMAGE if shot into a person's eye.  It's awful.

So I get out of the shower, throw on a towel, and run out into the living room (one of the two rooms in our studio).  Kati and Bryan are outside on the staircase, Kati sitting on the ground wrapped in her sleeping bag. She explained that Bryan ran out to see if she was okay and, finding her outside, calmly told her, "Yeah, so, I sprayed bear spray in my sleep."  She had woken up coughing and choking and thought it was her heart (she has an internal defibrillator) and then realized it was her lungs that were on fire.  She ran towards the bathroom, and then realized it was WORSE over there, so she ran outside.  She mentioned that she hoped we weren't in the bathroom dying.

So I come looking for her and Bryan in my towel, on a very cold Wyoming night.  I said something along the lines of "OH MY GOSH I FEEL LIKE I'M DYING AND NOW I'M FREEZING!!!!"  I ran inside and grabbed a blanket.  Bryan told us that we needed to drive over to our friend Greg's apartment, and that he would stay and clean up the place, but I was NOT okay with that.  You couldn't BREATHE in the apartment, much less clean.  He grabbed a shirt, pressed it to his nose, ran back in the house and brought me out some clothes to wear.  Of course he grabbed some ill-fitting jeans and a white tee, and no bra, undies, or sweatshirt.  I ran back inside to at least grab a bra and couldn't reach my sweatshirts so I grabbed a pair of sweatpants and ran back outside, changing right there on the stairway.  Bryan got me my fleece, and I convinced him to go with us to Greg's.  

We ran back inside and grabbed cell phones and I grabbed another blanket.  We opened all the windows (this done while holding blankets/shirts to our face because you could not BREATHE in our bedroom, period) and left the apartment.  As we walked to the car I was suddenly struck with how ridiculously funny the situation was; Bryan has walked in his sleep before, as well as done other things, but this was CRAZY.  Who discharges bear spray in their sleep?!  My hubby.  I was laughing so hard I fell down on the ground.  At this point Bryan was just happy I didn't want a divorce or something like that; Kati and Bryan started laughing and it was pretty hilarious.  Kati made a joke about not getting a good night's rest, and Bryan said something like "you're always welcome here."  We drove to Greg's and passed Loaf & Jug (convenience store) and Bryan offered to buy us something to eat or drink.  We got Bare Naked juice and Krispy Kreme donut holes and went to Greg's.  Greg wasn't home, and the water heater had blown, so they had no water at all.  We sat a bit and laughed and then passed out... it took Bryan a LONG time to fall asleep.  Thankfully there were no weapons in range so I wasn't too concerned and slept after a half hour or so.

The next morning we went back to the apartment to change before breakfast.  The windows had been open all night but it was still pretty impossible to breathe in there.  So we went to D.O.G. for breakfast burritos.  Kati went off to write after that, and Bry and I came back to the house.

I had to wash every item of clothing that had been left out, and anything that may have been sprayed in the closet.  We also had to do all the bedding, the pillows, and the towels in the bathroom.  8-10 loads later, I came home and found that Bryan had rented a carpet cleaner and had taken pretty much everything in our apartment outside to air out or to be cleaned.  This stuff gets on EVERYTHING.  It was a LONG process.  Thankfully we can now breathe just fine without the back of our throats feeling like something is trying to crawl its way out of our stomachs.  

That's pretty nice.

All in all it was a terrible, awful, hilarious experience.  One that, as my friend Molly pointed out, we'll be repeating to our grandchildren.

Bryan's dress shirts that I had placed on his bedside shelf, 
promising that I would iron them in the morning, since he did all of the laundry.  
That white one bore the brunt of the spray....
 no, it didn't come with that lovely orange tinge on the sleeves.  It was thrown away.
The lovely orange spot of bear spray on our closet door, just 5 feet from the bed.
Also managed to get a bit on the luggage we bought just three days prior.
In the future we will not keep bear spray or sharp objects near Bryan's side of the bed.  
It's good to know that bear spray actually works... against people, at least.
It's good to know that it's hard to clean this stuff out of anything.  It's powerful.
It's a pretty awesome thing to be able to say "that was the most unpleasant physical experience I ever had, and I lived through it."
Don't trust Bryan when he's sleeping.  He's wily.
Kati probably doesn't want to sleep in our apartment ever again...
It's so much better to find humor in a situation like this than to be pissed.
Bryan is still a stud and I love him.
I'm not a bear.  Don't spray me.

So this is my first

So this is my first time attempting to blog by phone... But i have a very interesting story that I hope to post later

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Harvest Fest

I slept in niiice and late this morning, which felt lovely.  Bryan and I ate lunch, watched a bit of tv, and then he drove to the Buckrail to pick up pay checks and to wash off his car.  He noticed there was a Harvest Fest gone on at Snow King, so he called me up and invited me.

We've been married for three years, and I still get super duper happy when he calls me up and asks me to go out somewhere with him.  Silly, I know.

We ended up getting two HUGE honey crisp apples, a spaghetti squash for only $1.50 (!!!), a handmade stoneware flower pot (only $5!!), some delicious Vidalia Champagne mustard, a free plastic mug from Jackson Whole Grocer, and sampled the beer from Grand Teton Brewing Company.  It was in the mid 70's, sunny, and BEAUTIFUL.  Wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

I'm going to go grocery shopping while Bry starts on laundry.  Sometimes domestic life drives me crazy and I think "I don't WANT to do laundry or get groceries or cook or pick up!!"  Other times it's a reminder of how much I love our life, how I like the routine, how thankful I am that Bryan is willing to be the laundry dude as long as he doesn't have to grocery shop. 

I love our life a lot.

Friday, October 1, 2010


There are those who love perfume, those who hate it, and those who only wear it on special occasions.

I am one of those who love perfume.  I wear perfume every day.  I don't necessarily wear it so other people think I smell good, I wear it because I love how it makes me feel.  In fact, I don't like it when people can smell it on me unless they're standing riiiight next to me, or hugging me.  I want just a waft of prettiness.  Right now, I wear Ralph Lauren Romance on most days.  I thought I'd just wear it on special occasions, but I just straight up love it, so I wear it.  I think it's an especially easy fragrance to wear in the summer, as it's clean and sweet.  
The scent is described as containing the following scents:  fresh rose, ginger, marigold, violet, oakmoss and musk. It's definitely my favorite.

I also wear Victoria's Secret Silk Mandarin Santal body splash... I'd post a picture but they no longer make it, so I couldn't take a pic off their site and I'm just too lazy to steal one from someone else.  I had some sachets with this scent, and I really loved it.  The notes you'll smell are obviously mandarin and sandalwood, but you'll also notice mimosa, honeyed musk and white woods.  Unfortunately, the body splash lasts for about five minutes and then dissipates.  I've never had a body splash with such little staying power!  I use it occasionally when I just want to smell it myself, but don't expect that others will ever smell it.  More than not, I use it as a pillow spray.  I'm a huge fan of sandalwood and woodsy perfumes, so I wish it would have had more staying power... and that they still made it.  

The last perfume I have is Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Sheer Mist.

 I've worn this since high school, so it's sort of my standby fragrance.  I really do like it, but it's a very popular scent, so a lot of gals wear it.  And it's inexpensive, so you're most likely to smell it on people, especially since it's from Victoria's Secret.  This scent is classified as a "floral oriental" and it has the essence of capucine (a flower of some sort), pepper, cactus flower, clementine, camellia, hydrangea, mimosa, vanilla orchid, musk, soft woods, blackberry and white amber.  Wow, that's a long list.  I definitely still keep this perfume around, but it's not my go-to perfume anymore.  

I went on One King's Lane tonight to check out what they had going on, since I had $30 in free credits.  I had been waiting to see if they had something cute that we could use to decorate our soon-to-be apartment with, but lately they've had stuff that we either don't need, or stuff that's pretty pricey.  They had some awesome Sigg bottles, but we both have two aluminum water bottles already.  They had some cute vintage world-globe decorative spheres, but we already have quite a bit of what Bryan calls "knick-knacks."  So I found something that's less for the home and more for me; a brand new fragrance.

Buying a fragrance without smelling it is always a tricky thing to do.  How do you know if you like it?  Luckily, this fragrance was totally free (including shipping; the credit covers that as well) so I figured it wasn't a loss if it wasn't my cup of tea.  The perfume is on sale for $19, down from $38.  The brand is Le Cherche Midi, which apparently means "found moments" or something of the sort.  The idea behind their fragrances is that the fragrance is supposed to represent a moment, or memory.  They have candles, scent cubes (like reed diffusers without the possibility of spilling) and eau de toilette.  And once again, if you sign up here, you'll get $15 credit that's good for 6 months.

I ordered Le Cherche Midi #9, which is described on their website as telling "the story of exotic travels where the pleasures of cashmere throws, silk robes and cognac neat are brought together under a blanket of amber light."  It's also described as being reminiscent of a boudoir where two lovers are "sharing their time together."  Seriously, that's what the gal describing the scent says.  Sounds pretty darn sexy to me.  The scents involved:  lemon meringue, lily of the valley, night blooming jasmine, whipped lavender creme, patchouli, soft amber, sandalwood and vanilla absolute.

It comes in a pretty wood box as well.  I'm definitely hoping that I like it; it sounds very sensual, and I'm hoping the woodsy smells of the patchouli, amber, and sandalwood stand out.  Either way it was free, but I'm really hoping to enjoy it.  I'll let you know.  ;-)

What perfumes to you, my dear readers, where?  Or are you not into perfume at all??  Bryan doesn't wear cologne ever, just aftershave (occasionally) and deodorant.  I like him like that, but I'm still a perfume girl.  What about you?  Any recommendations?

List of whatevs

1.  I had an interview today at the hospital.  I'm pretty sure I've got the job.  I have an interview with one of the doctors on Wednesday.  I'm being considered for two positions, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only person being considered for the one position (the one that I really want, working front desk at the cognitive health center).  Booyah.

2.  I was offered two jobs today, neither of which I want.  I have a hard time saying "no," so I asked if I could have the weekend to think the offers over.  Not sure why, exactly.

3.  I got our new luggage set in the mail today.  4 pieces for 30 bucks plus shipping.  Juuust in time for Myrtle.

4.  Did anyone see last night's 30 Rock or Big Bang Theory?  Hilllllarious!!!!

5.  I really need some work clothes.  I've worn the same outfit to all six interviews that I've been to in the last two weeks.  Seriously.  Need.  Clothes.

6.  Have you had Sun Chips since they changed their bag to the new biodegradable kind?? It's so noisy that it's FUN.  And DELICIOUS.  The chips are delicious, not the bag.  Ew.

7.  Have you seen the movie "Outsourced?"  It has some cliches, but it's a great movie!!  Much better than the new tv show that came out based on the movie, in my opinion.

8.  I miss Molls, and I wish she still lived here so we could hang out at a moment's notice.

9.  Kati just texted me to let me know she'll be in town this weekend, which makes me super duper happy.