Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A Girl You Should Date
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Cream Cheese Chicken and Vegetable Soup
*Note: this recipe calls for already cooked chicken. I cooked the chicken in a pot of water on the stove while cooking the veggies.
*Serves 4 (LARGE portions)
2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup diced carrots (about 2 regular carrots or a handful of baby carrots
3 cups chicken broth
2-3 potatoes, peeled and finely diced (I like to leave the peels on red potatoes, if using them)
1 cup milk (1% is my milk of choice)
4 tablespoons flour
1 (8 oz. package) regular or light cream cheese
2-3 (about 1 pound) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
DIRECTIONS:In a large pot, melt the butter and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, until the veggies are slightly tender and the onions are translucent. Add the chicken broth and potatoes. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. In a liquid measuring cup, vigorously whisk the flour and milk together until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the soup, stirring quickly, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until the soup begins to thicken slightly. Stir often to ensure the soup doesn’t burn. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave until it is very soft/melty. I like it really, really soft so it doesn’t leave lumps in the soup. Add the cream cheese to the soup in small tablespoon-size pieces. Let the pieces sit in the soup and warm through then whisk or stir the soup until the cream cheese melts and mixes in well. Add the cooked chicken and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
Things to note for next time:
- i would put more cream cheese... i couldn't really taste it and i think it would really add to it to be able to pick out the taste of cream cheese. maybe.
- served it in a bread bowl (sourdough) with cheddar cheese to melt atop the soup. D.E.L.I.S.H.
- no celery. but i don't really like celery.
- closer to 2 potatoes. i did 3 and it was too many/too much.
- served 4 people in bread bowls, then 3 people for leftovers the next day.
- i did like a tablespoon of diced onion and it was the PERFECT amount.
- soup was even BETTER reheated for lunch the next day!!!!
All in all? 1 cooking success under my belt. stacy vs. the kitchen
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Josh and the kids didn't come to church. :[ We are working hard and keeping the faith !!! We are going fishing with Ricky today and so I am pumped about that.
Thank you so much cousin Jeni for writting, it means so much to me. To answer your question: Yes, we do get a lot of opportunities to serve in the area I am in. Things like helping build a barn, chopping fire wood, helping people move, paint etc. Its really great ! I am happy to hear your family is doing well, thank you SO MUCH for your prayers. Love you !!!
Sister Wright !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for writting me as well !!! HAHAHHAA I died laughing when you said you call me "Elder exclamation point" Its so true !!! Then when you pointed out that my Maa does the same thing I again was reminded how much I am like my Maa. Not that thats bad ! ;] But thank you so much, it really touched my heart. Thank you for your love and support.
This is for the unbelievers. Stacy did pick me up before ... It blew my mind and I thought she would have permanent back problems from then on ! She is as strong as an OX !!! HAHHAA
I love serving my God !!!! The mission is the best thing I have ever done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love you Maa, miss you a ton. Tell Stace that I got her letter on Saturday.
"Elder Bentley's dad sent me a post card since Elder Bentley has been getting so many. HAHA That was really cool of him and I look forward to trying one of his milkshakes someday!"
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Dear Professor Lawrence,
I hope you are well. I'm writing to you regarding WH Freeman's first edition majors intro biology text, How Life Works.
We are very interested in getting your feedback on how close we are to meeting the goals of our mission statement in 1) our table of contents and 2) our chapter manuscripts. If you teach the following content in your majors intro biology course, would you be able to participate in an online review for us?
Chapter 37: Animal Movement: Muscles and Skeleton
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so i responded:
Dear Ms. Brodman,
I received this email in error as I have never been a professor of biology anywhere but in my dreams.
Monday, August 29, 2011
i got this text message gem from my sister last night:
R: Charlie keeps standing on my head and saying, "Stop it, mama...."
He is standing on my head. what could i POSSIBLY be doing to annoy?!
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!! kids say the darndest things.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
they're going to cram that free-floating sucker back into alignment with my other bones by utilizing a metal screw, now available at a home depot near you.
places you will find me whilst on disability:
2. rachel's house
3. tristen's house
places you will not find me:
1. the gym
2. driving a stick shift
3. the gym
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
11:30 pm. Yes, PM. Night time. well into night time.
i went on a 38 mile canoe trip on the swanson river. it was amazing. i also almost got attacked by a mother moose who viewed me as a threat to her little guy who was stuck in a mud hole. don't worry, we were stuck on rocks and she was literally seconds away from jumping into the water and ending our careers in canoe-ing... and living.
okay so these moose weren't the threatened mum, but they WERE at a wildlife preserve which was awesome. I'd say i saw about 7ish "wild" moose just along the road and such. they were pretty rad. and much larger than i would have guessed. some other animals we stumbled across:
musk ox... there was one named stacy. she and i are BFF.
some of the "cool food" i tried:
reindeer dog. deep fried halibut (YUM). deep fried clams that i, myself, assisted in digging for. moose burger. VERY fresh alaskan clam chowder.
so much more. if you should desire to see more pictures, check out my fb. there are lots on there. i intend to post more entries with more pictures.
HUGE HUGE HUGE THANKS to Brittini and her family for hosting me and making it happen for me!!!! you guys are the BEST!!!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
it. is. awesome.
i think i love it so much because it reminds me of my sister-in-law and my sister. their lives make my life result in a serious case of the giggles. honestly, the things that moms have to deal with... it's a jungle out there!
i recommend you take a looksie at this blog and laugh; she is hysterical!
consider this a tribute to the mums out there.
Friday, May 20, 2011
(more) sincerely (than you know),
a frustrated co-ed
p.s. no one in my family appreciates your "rejection of financial aid" letters. stop sending them.
Monday, March 21, 2011
1. chopped all my hair off
2. sent 2 boys on missions (spence + tyty)
3. got additional callings in church
4. went to south africa
5. went bungee jumping on the world's highest bungee jump
6. expanded my book collection. a lot.
7. drank 3 times my weight in lemonade
8. participated in 2 weddings
9. saw off 3 moving best friends
10. visited britt in texas
11. read 19 books
12. facebook stalked religiously
13. visited many family and friends
14. fixed my own gas tank door thingy
15. frequented the zoo and WAP
16. purchased more shoes. way more.
17. graduated with 3 associates degrees
18. attended several baby and bridal showers, including that of my newest niece...
19. frequented chick fil a
20. attended University of Arizona for a semester
21. changed my hair color more times than i can count
22. purchased an iPhone
goal for 23? make it to 24. year siezed.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
this is my adopted family... jeffy, cho, chichi, and garbear
workin' the 80s.
HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to those who came and an even BIGGER thanks to those who helped execute it... it was seriously my most memorable birthdays EVER!!!!!!!!! :D i love you all!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
indiana jones theme song when my dad or brothers call
star wars theme song for alarms and alerts
imperial march when work or pres. clegg call (aka the two places that will ask me to do something i probably won't want to do)
neil diamond whenever my sister or close female friends call
and ramble on by led zepp for everyone else.
feel free to call me. i may not answer, but i'm listening.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
That Relief Society lesson helped me see myself, and others, in a way I never had before.
I will never forget a particular Relief Society lesson I heard in a young single adult ward. At the start of the lesson there was a blank chart on a white board with two columns. The first column was labeled “Similarities” and the second “Differences.” The teacher began by asking us to list the similarities between a married Relief Society sister and a single Relief Society sister. There was an almost audible groan and a collective mind freeze. One sister started with a hint of sarcasm, stating: “Well, we are all female.” And that seemed to neatly summarize how we all felt on the subject.
But the teacher persisted. Gradually hearts opened and the list of similarities began to grow: hopes, fears, strengths, weaknesses, responsibilities, talents, the gospel, covenants, faith, courage, potential, pain, sorrows, fatigue, and personal need of the Atonement.
The list continued until the teacher had to ask us to move onto listing our differences. Of course, everyone immediately called out: “husband!”
But then there was a stunned silence. Surely there had to be more than that. The list included a few feeble attempts at finding differences—things like “we may or may not have children” or “we have different responsibilities.” Most of us, though, were simply stunned by the fact that what we thought would be the short list ended up being the long list, and what we thought would be the long list was actually the short list.
Until that lesson, I had not realized how different I had let myself believe I was from other sisters in the gospel simply because they are married and I am not. This simple activity instilled in me a bond of unity with my sisters. I saw with new eyes. I realized that even in a world where people are often prone to focus on what makes us different from each other, sisters in the gospel do have a lot in common. We need not act based on fear of rejection or the assumption that we have nothing to offer each other. Seeing how alike we truly are has helped me feel confident to stand as an equal with my sisters in the gospel.
But the exercise reached even further still. Not only did it build a bridge between married sisters and me but also between all of God’s children and me. That we are all His children is our common heritage. Our differences lie only in the details and packaging of our lives. Satan and his work thrive by enhancing our differences—teaching us that we cannot relate to one another. But the similarities among Heavenly Father’s sons and daughters are so great that if we choose to focus on them instead of on our differences, unity is bound to increase (see Moses 7:18).
I will always be grateful for that lesson that helped me see others with new eyes, focused my vision on similarities, and brought me to a more understanding state of mind and heart.
For additional reading, see Jan Underwood, “Seeing beyond the Category: Reflections on a Single Life,” Ensign, Mar. 1984, 27.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
the ONLY reason i purchased it is because i thought the cover just looked SO CUTE! what happened next totally surprised me: i couldn't put it down! it is a little embarrassing to admit but it is like the shopaholic meets murder mysteries! it is SO wonderful! so i decided to do some research on the author and found out that this book is number SEVEN of SEVEN! so i of course bought all of them and read them in 3 weeks and LOVED THEM ALL!!!!!!!! so anyone who is looking for an easy/fun read, GET IN THERE!!!! (but start with number one)