Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This Our Hymn of Grateful Praise

Glen took me to "Harry Potter". I'm no longer jealous. I'm a happy girl. Thank you, honey!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Come Fly With Me

I admit it: I suffered from intense jealousy the last couple of days. Wouldn't you if your friends were doing this?

Luna Lovegood, Rita Skeeter, and Dobby the House Elf
(yes, these are MY friends!!!)

I know that I have made no secret of my nerdiness on this blog, much less my love for Harry Potter. With the VERY final film having come out yesterday and several of my close friends attending midnight or even this-weekend showings, I am having trouble suppressing my envy.

Don't get me wrong, though. Glen does a fantastic job of making up for my disappointment. Last night after making curry at home (mmmm...), we headed to Sundance for the full moon lift ride.

All right, this could be taken anywhere, but it was, in fact, on the lift.

We had excellent timing, as well, because about ten minutes into the ride (on the way up), the moon came out from behind the mountains, and it was peaceful and beautiful seeing it rise in the sky for the next half hour. What an enjoyable and satisfying date night. Thank you, sweetheart.

But you and I both know we're still going to Harry Potter before it hits the dollar theater.


"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Can't See Me Loving Nobody But You

Wow! We've made it an entire month! I guess that means we're in this for life (and beyond). Things are going pretty well so far, so I think I'll keep my fella. We're definitely making adjustments and learning new things about each other as we actually live together and all that, but I feel like the transition has been going pretty dang smoothly. (let's hope glen feels the same.)

In "honor" of our month-iversary (not really; it just happened to fall on the same day), I finally got the piano out of my old place. It was kind of strange walking into the old apartment (especially since no one was home) and remembering that I had also forgotten my aprons when I first moved out, but you move on. Anyway, now we finally can actually play and sing in our own place ... and bug our loud neighbors in the process, hooray!

When I arrived home, I saw that my sweet hubby had vacuumed for me, but what surprisingly escaped my notice on the first walk through the kitchen was the vase of flowers he'd bought for me. What a wonderful guy.

We spent some time figuring out where to hang pictures and the like once the piano was in and settled, and while we're still not done yet, we're further along than we were, and it's actually starting to look like a home.

Glen's panoramic shot of our living room so far
The two pictures at either ends were wedding presents!
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and loving as we've gotten started! We're excited to share more!


"Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event." -Oscar Wilde

Friday, July 8, 2011

Catch a Wave

Bear with me as I go backwards in time.

For the honeymoon, Glen and I headed to Lincoln City, where we stayed at a condo that was right on the beach. Fabulous. One night when the tide was high, I turned all the lights off; from my perspective, I couldn't even see the beach, just the water as it crashed along. So. Cool.

The weather was a tad chilly, which wasn't a big surprise, but we did take a stroll each morning along the beach, where Glen was introduced the frigid cold Pacific. I'm not sure exactly how he felt about his toes going numb as we walked along, but he was a good sport. He was pretty excited to build sandcastles and find perfect skipping rocks (too bad the ocean is not the place to actually skip rocks).

 Wooden post on beach = crane stance

Seeing as how Oregon is my neck of the woods, Glen got to experience a taste of a couple of Jensen traditions: Mo's and Read's. I will readily admit that Mo's is not the greatest of seafood restaurants, but it's got personality and history, so no trip to the Oregon Coast is quite complete without a visit. And we're still working our way through the salt water taffy we bought at Read's ... mainly because we're trying to make a quality product last. :)

 Glen's creation

Other than that, we really spent the honeymoon relaxing. A little while before, we had begun reading Lord of the Rings together, so we finished Fellowship while at the beach, as well as reading a couple of books on our own. We also took advantage of the hot tub on the deck, which provided us with an opportunity to actually use our swimsuits and see the beautiful beach at the same time. Thank you, hot tub.

 Our view of the beach from the hot tub. Awesome.

And if ever you're in Lincoln City looking for a good place to get a yummy pizza, try Humble Pie. It's dinky. But the pizza is excellent.

Successful honeymoon. And I'd like to thank my body for not getting sick until after it was over.

 Awww, they're playing footsies


"I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." -Rita Rudner

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Coming to America

An unexpected blessing occured at work last week: we got a four-day weekend for the 4th of July! Wow! There's kind of a floater holiday that the company puts in random places, and this year it was last weekend. Made for an interesting time of it, though, as I scrambled to figure out something to do with my extra day while my hubby was still at work. But all in all, a good weekend.

I went up to SLC to visit Esther and Asher on my extra day off, and it was fun to spend some time with my gal pal. I came back to a very warm home, but the a/c problem that started up the day before was resolved, and my sweet hubby took me out for Thai food and a cheap movie for a nice date night (and to take advantage of free a/c in other locations).

 Our tattoos at "Freedom Days"

We hit the Freedom Festival on Saturday, which was crowded and hot, but pretty fun. We had fortunate timing and were able to hear a bagpipe group at the Colonial Days area, which Glen really enjoyed. (okay, i did, too, but his glee was manifest more clearly.) We got out of there before I melted completely, though, and got to relax and eat a bit before walking over to his grandparents' place, which is just behind LaVell Edwards Stadium. So after spending some good time chatting with family members I hadn't met yet, we had prime seats for watching the Stadium of Fire fireworks. Gotta love 'em. (although i hope i don't hear that song any more this year. no offense, katy perry.)

On Monday, after a morning of chores and a gift-card trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, we picked up Glen's sister and mom and headed to Springville for a Layton family afternoon. His grandparents are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year (wow!!!) and so this weekend was the "reunion/celebration", which was fun. Naturally, there was good food (including our lil' smokies .... scrumptious), and I had a good time getting to know more of Glen's family and trying to remember who was who. Glen was excited to bring his balloons to make balloon animals for his cousins, who were excited to get them (and pop them).

 The "60" for Glen's g-parents

 Glen's nieces sure enjoy their balloon animals

Happy birthday, America! I'm sure glad you're where I live.


"The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children." -King Edward VIII