December is definitely the month of sweets, and this month I have had my fair share of visits from the Sugar Plum Fairy. Daddy Dave has had me dipping his all-time famous pretzels, keeping our little home smelling like the holidays. And I recently took on the adventurous task of decorating my very own gingerbread house. Theme - The Animal House: Bug Addition. Very Christmasy, I know. Not my idea, but completely entertaining.
The task ahead...
The Animal House: Bug Addition and
the candy assortment
...and post. Notice the worms crawling
in and out of the shingles and the frog walkway.
Yes. I call that true artistry.
Silent Night, Holy Night... Apparently Auntie Lou and Uncle Jonny have the golden thumb when it comes to putting kids to sleep. In the middle of our intense game of Catch Phrase, these cute little kiddos crawled right into our arms and fell asleep to the sound of our inquiring shouts. Caitlin looks dead, but I assure you she was just sleeping.
December is here, and I finally feel like it's time to start getting into the spirit of the Christmas season. So, the ladies and I took a little break from our busy (or not busy) work schedules, studying for finals, and sleeping in late to deck the halls and paint the town red! And green!
Wednesday night, we went to Odyssey Dance Theatre's production of It's a Wonderful Life at the good ol' Bury! (It's about time my one benefit came in handy). After watching the show, I was so addicted to the story of George Bailey that I went home and YouTubed the entire two and half hour movie - picture me sitting in bed, wide eyed and in awe at 2 o'clock in the morning - it was awesome. I think I was born in the wrong era. Maybe me and Audrey Hepburn were mistaken for each other... Probably.
My Golden Girls...
Thursday night, Sarah and I ventured out to 90th South to check out decorated goodness at the Festival of Trees. However, we really ended up paying to shop for Christmas gifts. Pretty much 99% of our three hours there was spent in the boutique, googley-eyed over the adorable, homemade crafts. Sarah spent her entire (and stolen) $165 paycheck on gifts for her family. Thoughtful... seeing as I spent my entire $25 paycheck on myself. Nonetheless, we enjoyed ourselves while snacking on caramel apples and cruising past the hundreds and hundreds of trees.
Look at that gingerbread man, trying to sneak into our pic...
Yes. A Cullen Christmas. Probably one of my most favorite trees of the night. The only other thing I need is my own personal Robert Pattinson.
The weekend was a party! Here's a recap of what down at 2149:
Parkie Poo made it official and received his endowment Friday night, and the whole dang family got to go - minus me. So, I volunteered to watch my two favorite people in the world while their parents joined in the fun. Caitles, Will, and I made pizza and watched Wall-E... twice! And then Caitlin stole my camera and had her own little photo sesh. She took a picture of everything in my house. And then she came up to me and said, "Will you take a picture of me? I want to say cheese." So this is what the finished product was.
My favorite moment was when we pulled up to my house (which she's never been to) and said "Is this your house? Oh, cuuuuute." Awww, I just love her!
After the kiddos were picked up by their parental units, Me, Sarah, and a couple of our friends took a trip down to see the lights.
Opening night = Crowded!! Whoa... Not recommended. But it was so pretty. Love that place, and love this girl!
Sarah and I got together with a bunch of her high school friends and reenacted our first playdate with each other at Energy Solutions! We partied it up with the Jazz as they sacrificed their winning streak to the Nets... of ALL teams. Seriously.
Last year, Sarah and I went to the Jazz game and had 5th row seats, right behind the basket... We won a whole bunch of garb, made BFF's with the ushers, got our pic taken on the court, post-game, and were on the jumbotron... twice! And this year...
Yes, it's back. Last summer, when the books were getting really popular, I became your typical fanatic, running to the closest Borders and spending $50 on all three books, and I could be found various places around my apartment having a romantic love affair with Edward and Jacob at random times during the day. And with the release of the movie this weekend (saw it twice in 36 hours), that obsession has returned. I have to admit, I never finished Eclipse (the 3rd book - for those of you normal people out there) and I haven't read Breaking Dawn (the 4th). So... I pulled out the books again, and here we go. However, I'm reading it with new eyes this time around because I must admit, I thought that Edward was so freaking inconsistent and Jacob was this dark dream boy. Well, I guess I didn't understand exactly why Edward was the way he was, and now I think that Jacob is annoyingly pushy. So, round 2 has been way more exciting... and doubly oober romantic. Mmmmm, Edward, you melt me.
At the 12:30 am premiere with Amanda. Yes, we had a party, and yes, we made buttons.
Getting pumped... in my soccer mom sweat suit.
And this is what my bed-stand looks like now.
I no longer read just one book at a time. And yeah, the scriptures are on top for a reason.
Rules: post 4th photo from the 4th album and do your best to explain...
...one night, Keith and I decided we would cook dinner for my parents. We came up with the most delicious recipe for 5 Cheese Ziti Al Forno, and made the trek up to SLC to create this amazing meal. While I was busy cooking away, Keith went a little camera crazy, and as I was pulling a sassy pose, the camera took a little tilt south and here you go. The most provocative shot of my modeling career.
Have you ever noticed that making the midnight nugget run to Wendy's is always a gamble? A gamble on the crispiness and/or temperature of your nuggs and fries? I came to this realization tonight as I made my way out of the Wendy's drive-thru. Eager to satiate my craving, I reached my hand into that little white bag and fished around for that tiny yellow carton holding my much anticipated fries. As I clenched two of them between my fingers and whipped them into my mouth, I immediately spit them out simultaneously with an exasperated, "Eeeeewwwwwww!" Instead of those nice, crisp "fresh from greasy fryer" fries, I got the cold, soggy "fresh from the garbage" batch. So, I decided to cut my losses and searched next for that old high school favorite of mine... the chicken nuggets! As my fingers came upon the first nugget in the batch, it felt warm and crisp. This got me excited! Finally, the "Always Fresh" part of Wendy's that I was expecting. But with the same results, I pouted in submission a depressing and disappointed "Ooohhhhhhhh," as the nugg hit my lips no more crisp than its fry counterpart.
If it weren't for the ALWAYS faithful frosty, the night could easily have been a total waste. Thank you, Wendys, for reminding me why it's only on those cold, starving mid-nights that I consider gambling my hard-earned $3.59 on your $.99 Value Menu...
The ladies of 2149 St. Mary's decided to put our carving skills to the test for the ultimate GNO. On a random Shop 'N Go run to pick-up our fat-free yogurt (naturally!), Jane and I ran into the most beautiful pumpkin of the season. Weighing in at a whoppin' 32 lbs at $0.19/lb, this sucker cost us only $6.84. Our activity for the night was an instant no-brainer! If you want to learn how to carve the most perfect Halloween pumpkin, I suggest you follow our fool-proof guidelines...
1. Insert sketchy knife into 3-inch thick pumpkin... carefully!!
2. Cut a "round" hole around stem, creating a very crooked opening...
3. Reveal guts.
4. Artistically carve out your favorite 4 numbers... 2149.
5. Present carving for roommates approval...
6. Light her up and display her outside for everyone to see... (how 'bout them apples, Jackie?)