Thursday, May 29, 2008

tell me how i'm s'possed to breath with no air...(no NYC air)


60 reasons I cannot wait till the day I can say I am a real New Yorker...2 years and I'm there!

I don't know what it is about this city. I just can't get enough. The plan is to move there in 2 years when I am done with school. It won't be forever, just a year-ish. So...you know what that means? I will be expecting lots of visitors!

1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.
2. You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.
3. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
4. Hookers and the homeless are invisible.
5. The subway makes sense.
6. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
7. You've considered stabbing someone just for saying "The Big Apple".
8. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.
9. You call an 8' x 10' plot of patchy grass a yard.
10. You consider Westchester "upstate".
11. You think Central Park is "nature."
12. You see nothing odd about the speed of an auctioneer's speaking.
13. You're paying $1,200 for a studio the size of a walk-in closet and you think it’s a "steal."
14. You've been to New Jersey twice and got hopelessly lost both times.
15. You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the U.S. pay in rent.
16. You haven't seen more than twelve stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.
17. You go to dinner at 9 and head out to the clubs when most Americans are heading to bed.
18. Your closet is filled with black clothes.
19. You haven't heard the sound of true absolute silence since the 80s, and when you did, it terrified you.
20. You take fashion seriously.
21. Being truly alone makes you nervous.
22. You have 27 different menus next to your telephone.
23. Going to Brooklyn is considered a "road trip."
24. America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.
25. You've gotten jaywalking down to an art form.
26. You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.
27. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.
28. $50 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.
29. You have a minimum of five "worst cab ride ever" stories.
30.You don't notice sirens anymore.
31. You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.
32. Your doorman is Russian, your grocer is Korean your deli man is Israeli, your building super is Italian, your laundry guy is Chinese, your favorite bartender is Irish, your favorite diner owner is Greek, the watchseller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was Pakistani, your newsstand guy is Indian and your favorite falafel guy is Egyptian.
33. You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
34. You secretly envy cabbies for their driving skills.
35. You think $7.00 to cross a bridge is a fair price.
36. Your door has more than three locks.
37. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
38. You run when you see a flashing "Do Not Walk" sign at the intersection.
39. You're 35 years old and don't have a driver's license.
40. You ride in a subway car with no air conditioning just because there are seats available.
41. You're willing to take in strange people as roommates simply to help pay the rent.
42. There is no North and South...
43. It's uptown or downtown.
44. When you're away from home, you miss "real" pizza and "real" bagels.
45. You know the differences between all the different Ray's Pizzas.
46. You're not in the least bit interested in going to Times Square on New Year's Eve.
47. You know how to fold the New York Times in half, vertically, so that you can read it on the subway or bus without knocking off other passenger's hats.
48. Someone bumps into you, and you check for your wallet.....
49. You cringe at hearing people pronounce Houston St. like the city in Texas
50. Film crews on your block annoy you, not excite you.
51. Rather than waiting safely on the sidewalk to cross the street, you wait inches away from speeding traffic waiting to cut through it.
52. Your local news is national news.
53. You walk a mile in 13 minutes and think that everything should be open 24/7.
54. You think you know better than everyone else in the world...when in reality...well...you do.
55. Yellow light means speed up.
56. Red light means speed up because you know have that 1 second pause until the other light turns green.
57. You order your dinner and have it delivered.. from the place across the street.
58. You cross the street on a green light, and if you get hit by a car you blame the driver for "not watching where they're going."
59. You can tell a gunshot from a firecracker and not get scared, but when you go to the burbs you get scared of hearing a cricket.
60. You know the light above the skyscrapers are the closest thing we have to stars.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Twilight


We went to my cabin this weekend for Memorial Day. I thought Friday that I should get Twilight and start to read it since we would be driving and I wouldn't have anything to do for four hours. And since I am one of the very few people who have not joined the masses and read it yet. I have heard so much about this book, it is the best book ever pretty much is what I heard. So I went to Deseret Book and bought it.

I started reading it on Friday and still was not sure why people say they would stay home for two days and read it...people say you just can't put it down...
When I finished the book on Sunday I realized it had happened to me! It was THAT good! I loved it! The characters, the story line, her detailed descriptions, everything. I sort of felt like I was there, I sort of wished I was there!

So, Monday I went and bought New Moon. I guess the Twilight series really is that good.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Battle of the Davids...


It's true, I like to watch American Idol. I don't go crazy for it. I don't plan my life around it or cancel plans to watch it. I don't even record it, but if I am home I will watch it.

I think this is the first season that the final 2 are both really good. I am excited to see who wins. No matter who wins tonight, they are both going to make it big.

I know everyone loves David Archuleta because he is from Utah, but I don't care where he is from, he is better. Don't get me wrong, I love David Cook too. He has had some really good nights. And, they are both darling so who cares who wins right?! But, if the winner was based on last nights show alone, Archuleta would be the winner. It is going to be a close one I have a feeling. I am excited to see what happens!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I love to see the temple


I took my brothers family pictures Saturday at Temple Square. It is so beautiful out there right now. I love all the bright colorful flowers.The kids were pretty good, we got some fun pictures. The best part of the event was Lincoln singing 'I love to see the temple' the whole way out there. Luke and Lincoln are such cute little boys! I love them!
All day I thought how much I wish that I could make photography a career. It's so much fun! But it is more work than it seems. So for now I will just do it for fun! Look at those faces, how can it not be fun?!

Monday, May 19, 2008

...why?


Why? That was the question I was asking myself all weekend.
Why would I wake up at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning to go all the way to Ogden and run a half marathon. Why? Especially considering the fact that I was very very unprepared for this? Why do I have bad hips that really have put a damper on my training? Why would anyone want to to pay to do this? Who knows, but it is over and done now and I am way glad I did it! The course was awesome, I beat my Moab time, and I got a medal! What more could I want? So worth it!

{Liz and I after the race}

Friday, May 16, 2008

Come with me to the Emerald City...


This is old news, but WICKED is coming to Salt Lake!
Not till April 2009...but I am so excited!
I have seen this musical twice in New York and will be seeing it at least once in Salt Lake,
if not more.
I can't get enough! If you have not seen it, you should really try and get some tickets.
Worth every dollar!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Race for the Cure


Saturday May 10th was the 2008 Race for the Cure.
Always a bittersweet event.

All 5 kids in my family did it this year. 3 sister in laws. 9 grandkids.
There were 74 people on our team Bell'in Rosa.

17,000+ people participated.

I am so glad this is always the day before Mother's Day.
Thanks to everyone who joined us, it was a great day!
There is no better way to honor women everywhere.

Especially my mommy.
I love her.
I miss her everyday.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Good times...

I was on the SLCC Institute Council for two years. Last weekend we had a big reunion BBQ for everyone from the past five years. It was a ton of fun! At times (a lot of times!) I complained about this calling. I loved my first year on, it was the second year that was a struggle.

Looking back now I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to be on these councils. I learned a lot and met some really great people. How many institute teachers do you know that stay up with all the kids till one or two in the morning at a retreat and don't even think twice about it?

I met two of my very best friends my first year on council. We met and bonded that first night at the 'Passing the Buck' dinner and we have been friends ever since! People thought we had been best friends our whole lives! I love them and I am so thankful for them and all the do for me. It's funny how people are placed in our paths just at the right moment. Jenny and Danelle are two of those people. They were right there, right when I needed them.

Thanks! I love you guys!!!


{Danelle, me and Jenny}

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Water Aerobics...


Too funny...
My sister in law Meridith and I went to a water aerobics class last night at the Bountiful Rec Center. It was a riot! We laughed a lot and worked out a bit. It was just so funny that we were there. It was your typical water aerobics class...but good for them for getting out there and exercising! Swimming might be all I can do soon with my 85 year old grandma hip! Hopefully the doctor tomorrow can fix that!

None the less, we had fun, and I will probably go again soon.
Come join us!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Missing Italy...

This weekend was the one year mark from the day I left for Italy last year...May 10th to be exact.
I miss it!
I am always missing Italy really, but maybe a little more that day.

I had some really good times in Italy.
I met some great people.
I saw a lot.
I learned a lot.
I grew a lot.
I am so lucky and thankful for the opportunity I had to go.

I would not trade it for anything!


For dinner Saturday night I went with my sister and my brother and his family to Settabello and had some delicious Italian pizza.
This pizza is exactly like the pizza you get in Naples Italy. Exactly.

After Settabello we went and got gelato at Bellissimo Gelato in Bountiful. Another almost exact replica of what you get in Italy. Sure, it's 4 dollars for a small amount, but it is totally worth it!

I love Italy.

Part of my heart will always be there.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Flowers



I LOVE fresh flowers. I have loved them since I was a very little girl and I will always love them. I think it started when I was little and I used to go to my great grandpa Tolman's house and choose a flower or two from his amazing garden.

Some say they would rather have chocolate or clothes or even money than flowers because real flowers eventually die, but I always love to get a fresh bouquet of flowers. More than anything almost!

The other day a delivery of beautiful flowers from my favorite place came to work for me. Everyone I work with thought 1 of 2 things...first, that they had forgotten my birthday and second, that I had a boyfriend they didn't know about.

Unfortunatly, neither of those were true!

My sister sent me a beautiful bouquet of purple and orange flowers, my VERY favorite colors! They are beautiful.

Thanks Kristy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

ProVo...





Kate moved to Provo.
Kayla and I went to visit her.
We had some good adventures...

Finger puppets
Being '18 Norths' lost
Provo Mall
P.F. Changs
You Tube
Horse face

Good times.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Spring Cleaning




I finally cleaned my room! It was time to de-clutter and de-junk my bedroom. I took the day off of work the day after NY and cleaned and re-decorated my room. It's so nice now! I love when it is perfectly clean. I got a new bedspread, a new antique lamp, painted my bookshelf bright orange and painted and hung a bunch of picture frames.


I also got 4 painting from Italy framed and hung them all up. Some might say I have too many paintings hanging in one room, but I say you can never have too many painting! Actually, it's true...it is a lot, but I just can't take any down!

Friday, May 2, 2008

{Birthday Shout Out}


My niece Abby has a birthday on Sunday.
Happy Birthday Abs! I love you!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Really?


Snow on May 1st?
I think something is wrong.

Better be gone soon.
I have 2 races coming up.
May 10th and May 17th
I will not be happy if there is snow.