Monday, March 31, 2014

20 Things F.R.I.E.N.D.S Taught Me

Most of you that know me know I love the TV Show F.R.I.E.N.D.S

These are a few of the things I've learned from Friends.  Life's most important lessons I think.

  1. If you're "on a break" don't sleep with some girl from the coffee shop.
  2. If you want to escape a crazy person, tell them you're going to Yemen
  3. If you get stung by a jelly fish, someone will need to pee on you. 
    • and so you know, if he had to, Joey would pee on ANY ONE OF YOU!
  4. The best way to cheer someone up is to put a turkey on your head, with some over sized sunglasses, and dance around.
  5. It is not smelly cat's fault.
  6. If someone you care about writes you a letter, READ THE WHOLE THING, before agreeing.  Even if it is 18 pages FRONT AND BACK!
  7. Every person is entitled to a freebie list.
    • a list of 5 celebrities you could be intimate with if given the opportunity.
  8. Maternity pants are great for when the baby expands, but they are also good later for stealing melons from grocery stores.
  9. There are 7 erogenous zones. (Just ask Monica)
  10. Regina Phalange and Ken Adams are the best alias names.
  11. Too much Ms. Pac-Man will give you "the claw"
  12. The 3 most frightening words can easily be "OH MY GAWD" followed closely by "Chandalah Bing?!"
  13. When a point becomes invalid.  It is a "moo point" like a cow's opinion, it doesn't matter.
  14. Its okay to cry when you watch Titanic because those two only had each other!
  15. Everyone has a lobster.
  16. When you're picking team captains... Bunny Up!
  17. Love happens when you least expect it.
  18. You can change your name to anything you want.  Even Princess Consuela Bananahammock.
  19. Your friends are always there for you.
  20. Thanksgiving is never, ever peaceful, or uneventful. And that is okay.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth weeks book review is on Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Keith read this book first because he saw the trailer for the movie. I had no intention of reading it until one day, he was taking a long time to go somewhere and the book HAPPENED to be sitting on the counter next to me.  I started reading on a Thursday night, and finished it Sunday evening.

I love books like this.  The ones that are impossible to put down.  I read in every spare moment, in the bathtub, while I was cooking dinner, at bed time, waiting at the eye doctor with my mom.  I just read and read.

LOVED every second of it.  The first chapter had me so involved that I couldn't stop reading.

Then it gets REALLY good, there is a little love, a little fighting, and a lot of really great story lines.

When I saw this book, I was like "Oh great, another Hunger Games knock-off, but BOY was I wrong.  This was nothing like the Hunger Games and dare I say, it was even better.

In this post-apocolyptic world, society is divided into five factions.
  • Abnegation (the selfless)
  • Erudite (the knowledge seekers)
  • Dauntless (the brave)
  • Amity (the peacemakers/peacekeepers)
  • Candor (the honest)
Tris is a young Abnegation girl who has reached the age where she must take the Aptitude Test to determine which faction she truly belongs to.  I won't spoil it.

She takes the test, and chooses a faction.  Then she makes some friends, and has to go through initiation.  She finds a boy named Four, and he is awesome ((I told Keith that I have a fiction crush on him) and I actually had a dream about him last night!)  He and she get through a bunch of stuff, and then crap gets real.

I can't tell you anymore because I don't want to spoil it.  So go read this book because I give it a 5/5 stars!

It is so well written, and the way Veronica Roth describes and writes about things, it makes it seem like I am there, and I can actually see and feel everything that happens.

The movie came out on March 21, 2014.  I plan to write a review on the movie as soon as I see it.

I'll let you know, until then... Watch the trailer.

Friday, March 21, 2014

You're Human, so am I

Yesterday, I interviewed for a job that I wanted.  Don't get me wrong, I love my current job, but this job I was interviewing for was a pay raise and a good opportunity.

I felt like I did really well on my interview.

I went home and waited, 3 hours later, I got the call.

I didn't get it.

They chose someone else.

As a human, rejection of any kind is hard.  It is especially hard when you're hormonal, and pregnant, and felt like you did really, really, well in the interview.

So I cried.  Uncontrollably.  My husband hugged me, and tried to make me feel better, but I just needed to cry.

My mom bought me a Snow Shake from the cute new shack in town. And then I was done crying.

I know I did well, and I will do better next time.

Bonus, I get to keep my office, my job, and I get to continue working with the friends I've made at my current job.

I just thought I would share my motto with all of you.  Because its okay to cry.  It's okay to be sad, and have a melt down.  But then, when you're done crying.  You need to pack up your pity party and move on.

Happy Friday all.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Its time for a book review.

I recently read My Story by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart.

When I decided to read this book, I had heard a lot about it.  I remember when Elizabeth Smart got kidnapped, it was all over the local and national news, and it hit especially hard since I live in Utah, and am just a few years younger than Elizabeth.
I started reading and was almost immediately enthralled in the story.  It was captivating.  BUT, this book is not very well written.  In other reviews I've read, the blame is on the Ghost writer Chris Stewart.

There are WAY too many exclamation points, and it is written in a very naive tone.

The story is amazing, and I really enjoyed the book.  The writing style was just not quite my forte`.

The book is also written so that it seems like the entire time, she is trying to convince readers and herself that she doesn't nor did she ever have Stockholm Syndrome (when a kidnap victim feels some sort of affection or attachment to her captors.)  I don't feel like she needed to explain herself so much.  She was a child, she was afraid for her life.  The end.  I felt like she spent most of her time explaining why she did what she did, and that she was acting out of fear, not out of affection.

It did keep me at the edge of my seat.  She has many close encounters where she was ALMOST rescued, but something always stepped in the way.

Elizabeth Smart was a young Mormon girl from Utah who was taken from her bed that she shared with her sister. She was taken in the middle of the night by a man named Brian David Mitchell.  He claimed to be "Emmanuel, prophet of the lord"  He insisted that the lord had commanded him to take Elizabeth to be the first of 7 virgin child brides.  He took her, married her, and abused her for 9 months while his wife, Wanda Barzee helped conceal his secret, and watched the abuse.

They lived in the mountains in a secluded camp above Salt Lake for a while, and then as winter approached, they left Utah for the warmer weather in California.

During this 9 months several people approached Mitchell and inquired as to Elizabeth's identity, but somehow, Mitchell would always get out of it...

Great story. Writing Style... not so much.

Over all, I give this book 2 1/2 out of 5 stars.

I would recommend this book for the story line, but not for the writing style.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

34 Weeks Update... and the baby bump

34 weeks and counting!
That means we only have 4-6 weeks left!  
Things are starting to get REAL!  

(I hope you all sang that line in your best Europe voice)

My shower is this weekend, I am so excited.  My cute Sister-In-Law has planned the whole sha-bang, and I know its going to be awesome.

Looking forward to seeing lots of family! Thats always the best part about showers.

Keith is psyched, as always and continues to prepare for our little boy to join us.

Mazee however, is less excited.  I think she can tell that something is changing, and it is happening soon because she doesn't want anything to do with me.  She only wants Keith.

The other day, I picked her up from my parents house and brought her home.  I got home before Keith, so I just brought her with me.  She spent the hour before Keith got home running through the house looking for him.  Then after she ran through every room, she would go to the door and pout.  Then go look for him again.

I tried to hold her, and coax her to come sit on my lap, but no such luck.  She only wants Keith.

Have any of you had a fur baby, and then a human baby?  How did you help them adjust?

Okay, now onto the baby bump picture!

I feel like he is starting to drop, the bump looks smaller than 2 weeks ago for some reason...
Friday, March 14, 2014

33 Week Update

Went to the Dr. on Thursday and our little sweet pea is growing like a champ, and is right on track with everything.

We are going every 2 weeks now, but our Dr. informed us yesterday that after the next appointment we will start going every week...  EVERY WEEK!!!

Do you know how close that makes us?

Way close.  I'm psyched!

I wanna meet our little guy so bad, My curiosity is getting the best of me.  I just wanna know what/who he looks like, and if he has hair, and whose nose he has etc.

Soon, Kayla, soon.

Meanwhile, here is a picture from our appointment yesterday.  Keith and Jack were playing Dinosaurs :)

I had to screen shot the facebook post so you could all see how sweet my husband is, and how great of a dad he is already.

I haven't taken a baby bump picture this week but I'll be sure to at 34 weeks.  

Keith and I are taking a few more maternity pictures this week.  So stay in touch to see those.

Here is my favorite of the ones Keith took last week.

I'll do a whole post on more maternity pictures after my shower. :)

And a post on my shower.


32 Week Update.. Baby Bump

Can you believe it? 32 Weeks pregnant!  only 5-7 weeks left!

Can't wait to meet my little cutie pie!

Things I'm looking forward to the most:
  • Kissing him!
  • Seeing what he looks like!
  • Cuddling him!
  • Not being pregnant anymore
Things I'm most worried about:
  • Birth
  • I really don't want a c-section (so I'm praying everything goes well)
  • Not knowing what the crap I'm doing and screwing him up.

Guess what?!

Baby bump time...  I feel like a boat...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to clean a microfiber couch

There are probably 100 blog posts on how to clean a microfiber couch...

But this one... is awesome... because it ACTUALLY worked... most things in my life don't work out quite as splendidly as this did.

I did a WHOLE lot of research, because I really loved these microfiber couches, and they were well within our budget.  But these poor dears needed a lot of work.

Just so you can see how much love these needed.  This is the love seat before I cleaned it...

After a whole lot of research, I discovered all couches have cleaning codes.  I didn't know this.  Ours was located under the cushion on one of those "do not remove under penalty of law" tags

This couch was VERY luckily "W" so I decided to use my favorite cleaning supply... DAWN BLUE DISH SOAP!!!

Seriously, this stuff is magical, and SUPER inexpensive.  Dawn blue works the best.  I wouldn't skimp and use the no-name brand, dawn is pretty cheap.

I filled a water-bottle with hot water, and put about a tablespoon of Dawn Blue Dish Soap in it.. (maybe a little more, I get carried away). Then swirled it around to mix it up.

So I soaked the cushions and scrubbed them with a sponge.

Then, I let it dry.  It looked okay, but they were really, really stained.

So I unzipped the covers, and made my husband pry them off (they were kinda tight) and then we threw them in the washer with some gentle Tide detergent (not very much, not even quite half a cap-full)

Then I threw them in the dryer on cool for a few minutes, not enough to get them dry, but just enough to start the process.  Then I made my wonderful hubby squeeze them back onto the cushions.  They were gorgeous.

Here's a before and after:

After one gentle cycle in the washer, I was so pleased with the results!

I started on the couch, same process. I soaked the couch with my dishsoap and water solution.  Then scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed.  Then I borrowed my moms handy-dandy carpet cleaner with an upholstery attachment, and sprayed clean water on it until it was saturated.

Then I used the attachment to suck up the water, AND DIRT (it was way way dirty water).

I sucked it up until little to no water came out of the couch, and then I made sure to go over it one more time to make all the fibers go the same way.

Then we let it dry overnight.

When we woke up, It was so clean, it looked like a new couch!

[insert clean picture of love seat here]

The fabric on the arms was a little stiff, so I vacuumed it with the upholstery attachment on my vacuum.  Now it is soft and new!

Isn't it so pretty?

It makes my living room look much bigger and cozier! (which is what we are aiming for)

I've also learned that regular maintenance really is the key to clean microfiber.  Vacuum your furniture with an upholstery attachment once a week (or at the very least once a month) to avoid ground in dirt and grime.  Clean wet spills immediately, using as little water as possible.

Have you ever cleaned microfiber? How did you do it?


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