Monday, February 23, 2009

Crazy About Decals

This week will be spent moving into our new apartment. Since our new place is on the same block as our current residence most of the move will be gradual as we take a few boxes over everyday. While I am at work I can't help but think about organizing and decorating the new apartment. The two criteria are: 1. I don't want to spend a lot of money and 2. I don't want it to be time consuming since we will only be here until next Fall.

I am seriously considering doing a wall decal because they are great and most of them are easy to remove when needed. These are a couple that I think are cute. If you can't tell I tend to gravitate toward a nature theme.

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Just Finished...

I think everyone knows that my days at work are mainly spent watching movies from Netflix or TV episodes on but I am determined to do more reading since I have the time. I desperately wish I was that person that loved reading classic literature but I am not. Maybe someday I will read so many classic books that they will become my favorites but not today. I just finished reading Confessions of a Shopaholic and I am very pleased. It is a quick and fun read and I wanted to read it before I see the movie. Whoever hasn't seen it yet and wants to let me know, it'll be a date.

My next read is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I found it based on the "Customers who bought this item also bought" feature on Amazon after I read The Glass Castle. I read The Glass Castle last year and I really really enjoyed it so hopefully Amazon shoppers won't lead me astray with Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Chris and I watched Rabbit-Proof Fence last night and we both really liked it. I love Netflixs!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Back From Vacation

I can't believe how lame I am, I didn't take any pictures while I was in Utah! I thought, "I will take pictures with all the friends I see," but I couldn't remember to actually do that when I was visiting friends. Oh well, it was a great weekend.

We stayed with our friends Spencer and Andrea, thanks again guys and we loved meeting Jameson. Saturday we had breakfast and lunch with different friends and had a blast. Late Saturday afternoon we went to the Jordan River temple. Chris and I were both amazed at how packed that temple was. There are so many temples in Utah and still this place was hopping. Come on southern California, get your act together.

For our Valentine's day dinner we went to Noodles & Company, I love this place. I used to eat there all the time when I worked at Nordstrom but we don't have one in LA. We like Noodles so much we went there a 2nd time on Monday. Yummy!

We also spent a lovely evening with my grandma, aunt, uncle, and cousin in Salt Lake City. Being in their house always reminds me of coming up almost every winter as a kid to go skiing or snowboarding and we would make igloos in their backyard.

It was a really wonderful trip. I am sad I didn't get to see everyone I wanted but I know we will be in Utah again.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Celebrity Siting

I was at the mall tonight and I saw Adam Sandler. I am never one to stare or ask a celebrity for an autograph but I have to admit it is really sweet seeing them in real life. I have to do a double-take when I see them; I see them but my mind doesn't really register who it is for a couple seconds.

Utah, Here We Come!

Friday night we are flying to Utah just to spend the weekend visiting friends and family. I am pretty much the only one of my college friends that doesn't live in Utah anymore (I know there are a precious few that have escaped like me) while most of Chris's friends have already moved away. Essentially, this trip is for me; yay! I can't wait to see everyone and I am trying my hardest to make sure I do get to see everyone.

While I am thrilled to see all my friends and family, I am not as thrilled about the weather forecast. Cold, cold, and cold. Tonight my mission is to find some gloves for the trip but that might prove to be impossible since I am in LA. If I fail I will have to think of some ingenious way to keep my hands warm...or just buy gloves in Utah.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Finally She Gets the Boot!

Rarely do I wish for someone to get kicked off The Biggest Loser. In fact, I am usually crying no matter who gets voted off. But for weeks I have been wishing for Joelle to get voted off. The girl just doesn't care enough or try enough and it is so frustrating to know that so many people would have done anything to be on the show and she takes it for granted. I feel especially bad for her teammate, Carla. Carla is hard-working, enthusiastic, and motivated and it was sad to see her go just because her teammate is lame. After losing 0 lbs. this week Joelle and Carla were voted off The Ranch and as a result, they didn't speak to each other for months.
Hasta la vista Joelle.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Silver Lining

We have been virtually unaffected by the terrible economy...until yesterday when Chris was informed that everyone in his office is required to take 2 months of unpaid time off. If the situation doesn't improve after 6 months then the layoffs will begin.

This makes me think how grateful I am:
  • for my job.
  • that we have enough money saved to handle this.

I am still nervous and concerned but I know we are prepared. I was also bummed about the thought of not getting this great apartment we found on Saturday. I have spent a lot of time the last few weeks finding vacancies and making appointments to look at them. I have been thoroughly unimpressed until Saturday, when we found this great apartment on the same block we already live on. The apartment isn't any bigger than our current place but it is significantly nicer and is only $55 more per month! Given the current circumstance I didn't know if we would still take the apartment but after some discussion we still feel good about moving.

HERE IS THE SILVER LIVING: Chris will actually study for the GMAT. I have been bugging Chris about this for months and this time off will actually give him the chance to study for and take the GMAT. Two months is more than enough time so I am hoping he will also accomplish a lot of his application processes for business school during that time.