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Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Year // New York

I successfully surprised McKay with a trip to NYC Christmas night! I've been planning this since August and I can't believe we're finally here - and that it stayed a surprise all the way til the airport. That story is forthcoming. For now, I just want to highlight the past two days.

We arrived in NYC about 6:30 Saturday morning. We found our way to the apartment where we are staying and took a nice long nap. By 1:00 we were ready to play! We grabbed deli sandwiches at the little market across the street. We saw break-dancers at Grand Central station. We went shopping on Madison avenue and ate some of the best sushi imaginable.

It was pouring rain that day and we arrived home soaking, and exhausted. We climbed into bed early and watched a movie . . . but by about midnight we weren't tired and instead of sleeping we googled a 24 hour drug store and headed out on the town again. We loaded up on late-night snacks and a few forgotten necessities. Back home we ate too much and then stumbled to bed. It was a fun day!

Today we slept in and then spent the day experiencing Times Square and Central Park. It was a sunny, clear day. We got candied nuts and hot dogs from street carts. We ate enormous pastrami sandwiches from Roxy deli in the heart of NYC. We saw the Manhattan temple, which is right across the street from Juilliard. We stopped in at a mall that had a bunch of hanging stars that played a light show with music. Cool. We grabbed some cocoa from a high end grocery store called The Food Emporium. It was a pretty legit store! I'd like to buy a few fine cheeses from that place. It gets dark pretty early here, so by 6 or 7 I feel like it's midnight! It's only 8 pm here but we're home for the evening, ready to relax.

Tomorrow we see Lion King on Broadway!

Here are some pictures from today.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hear ye hear ye

If silence is golden, I prefer poverty.

I love listening to things - music, podcasts, news, conference. But what's filling my ears all depends on when and why and where I am. Here's what I'm listening to . . .

1-When I'm running: Coldplay and "You're the Voice" from Hotrod if it's short. 60-minutes podcast if I'm aiming long.
2- On an early Tuesday morning, driving to piano lessons: morning edition from NPR news.
3- When I'm doing the dishes: Norah Jones and Jack Johnson after a busy day. Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson between classes.
4- On a Friday afternoon, in the car, one more thing to do before the weekend starts: I'm channel surfing the radio - and hating my i-pod-connector-less life! I'm sick of the news, and I'm feeling peppy. Chances are I find one or two good songs for every 20 minutes in the car.
5- While doing my hair, groggy in the early morning: A general conference talk, compliments of iTunes.
6-At 2 pm on a Wednesday: Something classical in my car - I typically don't like NPR's two o' clock program, Fresh Air.
7- When I'm driving home, tired, on a weeknight: Jazz on 90.1 FM.
8- On a rainy Saturday afternoon: the chillest thing I can find.
9- Before church on Sunday: Motab or BYU Singers.
10- Right now: a movie - with a crazy soundtrack.

What's on your playlist?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autumn Sketches

I love November. Red, orange, cinnamon, scarves, pumpkin, sweaters, cocoa, stuffing. Falling leaves. Falling in love.

Grey clouds gather. And gathered they brood. Brooding, they darken and swirl and dance. Dancing they tremble and crack open wide, dumping their contents on holiday shoppers.

Snow in the forecast for this weekend!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pretty Treat

Thanks for the strawberries and cottage cheese, McKay! Great husband.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I was driving in my car the other day, noticing how my once sparkling white teeth had been dimmed by months of drinking Diet Coke (thanks a lot, McKay). And I realized that I didn't care that much.

I never drank diet coke before I met McKay. In fact, I hated it. But now it's like a part of our relationship! We buy it by the case when it's on sale and store it between the fridge and stove, a tower of various diet coke flavors. Lime, Cherry, Vanilla, Caffeine Free, Caffeine full

Anyway, this little realization in the car got me thinking about other trade-offs in my life, and I did one of my favorite things; starting making a list! And here it the beginning of it:

I would trade dazzling white teeth for Diet Coke
I would trade a couple hours of sleep for a few extra rounds of cards with McKay
I would trade a perfect body for a some white grains and ice cream and fun every now and then
I would trade straight A's for spontaneous weekends with no homework

There's my first few. What are yours?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy Fallidays

McKay and I have invented a new tradition: Fallidays!

Because we love the fall, and we love celebrating, and you can't really celebrate Halloween the whole month of October we created Fallidays. This celebration begins on October 1st and ends on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. At that point we'll put up the Christmas paraphernalia and switch over to Holiday mode!

The first tradition of Fallidays is square crepes - or Screpes if you prefer - for breakfast on Conference weekend.

We've also enjoyed pumpkin steamers, Postum malts, the Thomas Family Talent Show, a newly commissioned Fallidays song and pumpkin pancakes as part of our Fall celebration.

We're loving the tradition so far!