Sunday, November 25, 2007

Food, Family, Fun and a COUGAR VICTORY!

Some of our cute nieces and nephews!

I love Thanksgiving! I love hanging out all day, watching football, snacking, talking and cooking. It is the epitome of a happy day. Steve and I were so lucky this year to have the chance to spend the holiday with family. We went to his sister's cabin in Ogden Valley where we stayed with Steve's sister and brother and their families. Steve's parents were also able to come to Utah for the weekend...a rare treat. Although we were missing a few of the Burden clan, we were grateful to hear from them either on Thanksgiving Day or the following day.

Thanksgiving is always a huge feast, but with Steve's sister in charge, this is an understatement. We were literally baking and cooking from 8:00 on Wednesday evening to 3:00 Thursday afternoon. Luckily we took some breaks to watch football and movies (including my favorite...Hairspray!).

Sadly Steven and I had some car troubles, but thanks to the grace of my parents we were able to get my Honda fixed by Friday evening so we could leave on Saturday for the big football game. As Steve and I were getting ready to leave that morning, I had the blonde moment of all blonde moments...I flushed my cell phone down the toilet. Thanks to Steve and his brother Dan's "handimanship" we were able to remove the toilet (yes, the whole thing had to come up) and found my phone in the last turn of the toilet pipe. If it had made it around that final would have been lost forever. After much drying, the phone is back in it just needs to be sanitized!!!

After that fiasco, Steve and I were on our way back to Provo. We made it just in time to see the start of the big BYU vs. Utah football game. This is the biggest game of the year and always causes some (totally necessary) stress. After three low scoring, nail biting quarters, BYU pulled it out in the end with a clutch touchdown. My throat is still scratching from the strain I put on it for 3 hours yesterday!

What a great weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I Was Bored

Two names you go by:
1. Mrs. Burden/Teacher (I hate being called teacher! I always make my students call me by my name before I respond!)
2. Danielle

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. Jeans
2. Purple Shirt

Two Things You Would Want (or have) in a Relationship:
1. Laughter
2. Unconditional Love

Two of Your Favorite Things to do:
1. Hang out with Steve
2. Read

Two Things You Want Very Badly at the Moment:
1. One month of free rent
2. A shopping spree at Ikea

Two pets you had/have:
1. A goldfish named Pearl
2. The cutest dog named Mercedes/Sadie

Two people who will fill this out:
1. Courtney???
2. Meredith???

Two things you did last night:
1. Worked on my teacher work sample
2. Watched TV

Two Things you ate last night:
1. Cheese
2. Bologna (the Oscar Meyer variety)

Two people you last talked to:
1. Steve
2. Mom

Two things you're doing/did today:
1. Rearranged my furniture
2. Dishes

Two longest car rides:
1. Blaine, WA to Provo, UT
2. Texas to Utah

Two favorite holidays:
1. Christmas
2. Valentine's Day
3. I love them all!

Two favorite beverages:
1. Dr. Pepper
2. Berry Lemonade (when real berries are used)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I Have Been Tagged

Sadly, I too have been tagged. Here are the 7 things about me not everyone will know:
1. I love reading cookbooks. I read them for fun. Often I read them like a magazine or a favorite book. I usually read them on Sunday evenings when there's not much to do and the apartment is quiet. I also love watching cooking shows. I do love to cook but I don't have the time or money to cook like I would like to.
2. I am afraid of spiders. I don't just dislike them...I fear them! They make me want to curl up and die (if they are the big hairy kind). I am at the point now where I can kill small ones on my own, but if I see big ones I am in trouble.
3. I am a clinical hypochondriac. I always think I have something. If I ever read about or hear about a disease or illness I am certain I have it. I have gotten better about this since high school. I believe this is because I no longer live near all of my dad's medical/psychiatric books. (I never thought I had a psychiatric problem, I looked at this one to diagnose everyone else!)
4. I had a tumor in my bone when I was in high school and I had to have it surgically removed. This one is tied to number 3 because my parents just thought I had shin splints or I was over reacting. I felt awesome the day I finally got an x-ray on my leg and there was a lima bean sized spot in my bone. The doctor who reviewed the x-ray told me (in front of both of my parents) that I must be in a lot of pain, and that I had a big growth in my bone! It wasn't cancerous and we still are not sure what it was.
5. I love music. I listen to music all the time. It doesn't really matter what it is as long as I can sing or hum along. I am able to learn anything if it is put to music. I also am very touched by music. If every sacrament meeting were put to music, I would be in heaven. I even had a dream one time that was a was awesome!
6. I sometimes talk in my sleep. My husband claims that I have whole conversations in my sleep but I want proof of that before I believe it.
7. I am a home body. I love going home and hanging out with my family. This also applies to my home here in Provo. I love spending time at home with Steve, even if we're not doing anything. I have been blessed with such a wonderful family, I almost always will choose spending time with them over time with any one else.

Now that I have this out of the way I will tag....Annie and Leslee!

Friday, November 2, 2007


I have been thinking a lot about time lately. It seems like time is everything. It is something everyone could use more of yet we can never get more than we have. Every year and every event in my life seems to move more and more quickly. It seems like not long ago I was moving to Idaho to begin 8th grade. And it seems like just yesterday that I graduated from high school, when in reality it was just the day before yesterday that I applied for college graduation. I don't know if time is actually/literally moving faster, or if it is just that my life is getting more and more busy with less down time. To those of you older and wiser, I am just wondering if life ever slows down or if it actually speeds up.