26 December 2007

My Christmas:

I'm in the Phoenix Airport right now. I have to wait a few hours to get on my flight... I'm not sure why they tell you to be here so early. It's ok though, I haven't written on my blog for a long time, so it gives me time to catch up.

I spent Christmas with my brother's family in Mesa. It was such a different Christmas then I'm used to. They have two girls, 2(Ivy) and 4(Laela). They just were so excited to open their Christmas presents. It was cute. They got SO many fun toys to play with. I forgot how fun it was to get so many things you can just play with all day long. These days I get things I need or things that I love, but can't exactly "play" with.

I got an exercise ball and the stretch band, a new set of work out clothes, a coat, His Dark Materials, CANDY GALORE!, and then a bunch of fun stocking stuffers... Make-up, perfume, jewelry, etc.
BUT the BEST THING I got was a Phone Call From Bethany!! We put it on speaker phone and also made it a conference call between all my siblings and parents... (here are me and my oldest brother, Jarom, talking to her on my moms iPhone.)

The nice thing about Christmas this year is that I'm going to get three. I had a mini Christmas with my boyfriend, he got me a stocking, a scarf, hat and gloves and 2 watches. Yes, I was very much spoiled by him. I love him.

On the 27th my family is Salt Lake is going to have another Christmas celebration. They are they family members who I've had Christmas with for the last 7 years and I'm so glad that we're going do to a late Christmas together. (*This picture was added later- It is Oliver, Brooklyn, Ned, Me and Chase on our "christmas eve", which was really the 27th eve. -We are all drinking wassail in our new PJ's.)

I just wish I could spend time with my daddy this Christmas! I'm sure we'll talk, but that isn't enough. I'm pretty sure he'll be visiting soon though!

Well, I am going to wait here for another 6 hours. They overbooked, so I'm going to fly out at 12pm, 7 hours after I got to the airport! I'll fly first class, they gave me $400 towards another flight and $7 for breakfast this morning. I'd say it was a fair trade. I'm glad I have my computer and they have free internet. I also brought The Count of Monte Cristo. I'm excited to finish it. I got it for Christmas 2 years ago, haha... I really need to finish it.

I'm going to go look around for a place to sleep. Or eat. Or read. I wish I had a blanket.

*The BEST "christmas morning" nap I've EVER had! (actually dec. 28th)
(This picture was added after I had written the blog about wanting a blanket.) Right after I finished writing this blog, I went to the Brookstone in the airport and bought this amazing blankie. It's soft, fuzzy on one side and the other(as seen) is gold silk! I now sleep with it always. :)

03 December 2007

My Love:

I don't like to blog about relationships. I think they are too special and personal to just let anyone in on. Also out of respect for whomever I am seeing. Though, because my boyfriend is the only thing I can think about lately, I guess I'm going to be writing about him today... He is perfect. For one, he's gorgeous and has got style. He's so hilarious and random, which makes me happy to be with him. He's spiritual and knowledgeable about the scriptures. He is such a hard worker and so dedicated to what he does. He'll listen to me and be there for me whenever I need him. He randomly writes me adorable texts and calls me just to say hi. He's adventurous and is healthy. He has great manners and is kind.
It's just too bad that everyone can't have a man like him.

Last night he came over for dinner. It was the first time that he'd done that, though he's met most of my family. We had dinner then all watched the First Presidency Christmas Devotional and has dessert.
My family has a Christmas tradition of making paper snowflakes every year and putting them up. After the Devotional we all sat around the table, listening to Amy Grant's Christmas album and cut out the snowflakes. I had so much fun, I think he did too.

I can't wait for Christmas. I've been doing Christmassy stuff everyday. On the radio, we have a few stations that play Christmas 24-7. I always listen to them when I drive. When I'm home I always have Christmas music on too.
I was helping out a neighbor lady, cleaning her house and addressing Christmas cards today and we listened to Christmas music the whole time too. It was so much fun. I just love doing those types of things especially with that music going.

I'm now going to go watch a movie with my family and wrap the caramels we made over the weekend.

*First picture is me and Chase, the night we made the snow flakes.
*The next three pictures are snowflakes I made. I made the I heart U one for Chase.
*The one below is our dining room after we finished decorating it with the flakes.

24 November 2007

My Thanksgiving:

I'll admit that Thanksgiving this year was lame.

Last year my whole family was in town because Bethany was leaving on her mission. It made the week of so much better. I was happy. All my sisters were around. We made lots of chocolates and caramels. We went shopping a lot. we had so much family around- my dad was in town. We kept it within our own family, that was nice. It was sad that Bethany had to leave, but everything else about that time of year was magical and wonderful.

Leading up to thanksgiving this year, we cleaned the house and did yard work beyond belief. It wasn't exciting and you can't wear pumps when you're raking leaves... the heels just put holes in the lawn. We finished cleaning the house. Got ready, well I got ready as half my family was here and we ate dinner. I enjoy the company of my extended family. They are always a lot of fun to hang out with. My table was a great one too, I sat with everyone that I like the most. Dinner was just great. But it didn't seem like a holiday or anything special. I can't seem to figure out why.

The next day, Friday, yesterday... I slept in until 4:30pm! Wow. I woke up a few times throughout the day and at 3:30 I got up and went to my mom's room(she was also sleeping, but she was just having a nap) and got into bed with her and then got up an hour later.
We went to our gym, Ballys and then came home. I just did some at home type boring stuff and then I went to get ice cream with a friend who was in town. I enjoyed my Friday at least.

It's time for me to sneak some leftover turkey and try to go to bed now.

*Picture is me and my cousin Lianna who lives with me. We took this on Thanksgiving, but after the festivities.

19 November 2007

My Humps:

While I was on the elliptical today, 'my humps' came on my iPod clip shuffle. Last summer when I lived in Canada, I was in love with that song. It's a really great song to work out to. Got me going.

I was at the gym for an extra long time today, probably because I put that song on repeat. I know every word in that song now. Ok, last summer I'm pretty sure I also knew every word.
"They treat me really nicely, They buy me all these ices... Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi and NaDanna..."

I love to clean my room to this song. Not only this song, there are many that I love to clean to. When I am going to be cleaning for a long time, I put on a fun dress and pumps. It makes cleaning so much better. Now, probably because of this, I love it when I get to clean.

I haven't been able to figure out if I like working out with or without music. I don't always bring my iPod with me. I actually have two iPods.

I have the clip shuffle- which is great for running. I also have the 80GB Video iPod. I don't usually bring that one- but I think I need to bring it and watch a movie while I'm on the elliptical. I need to put more movies on my iPod though.

Going to the gym has got to be my favourite thing ever. I didn't used to love it so much. This year, 2007, I've really lost a lot of weight. That in itself has motivated me to work out more. Which becomes a cycle... because then I get more toned and want to go even more. This all motivates me to continue to eat healthy.
Speaking of eating... Thanksgiving is this week! I will for sure eat as much as I can and NOT go to the gym that day.

I'm happy and I'm going to go shower.

*The picture is of me at Christmas- I got a new workout outfit. (I added this later, obviously, because as of this date, Christmas hadn't even happened yet!)

15 November 2007

My Addictions:

My year old nephew, Oliver, got me hooked on goldfish crackers- really his mom Brooklyn did. She brought a bag to our Photography class and I made fun of her because she was eating her sons food. I did eat some during the class though and started stealing Olivers fish when I played with him. Soon after this I realized those little guys were delicious and I started snacking on goldfish even when I wasn't with Oliver. I bought a large carton of them and now bring bags of fish to school, work and church with me.
I can't go a day without.

When I was younger my mom would drink V8 on occasion. I thought it was so gross. Boy was I missing out. Earlier this year I started eating a lower amount of calories. A large can of V8 only has 80 calories! Every other drink sold at the bookstore either has carbonation(which I don't drink), ridiculous amounts of calories or aspartame- which forced me to buy a V8. I gaged it down. It gave me so much energy and made me feel great, so I bought another one soon after. Soon enough I was drinking it daily and enjoying every sip.
I finally bought a case of 48.

My Business Writing class is over now and I am going to go home to clean my room.

14 November 2007

My Driving Skills:

I love to drive. Currently the car I drive is a 1990 White Acura Integra. I'm in love with it.

I've become very talented at steering with my knee. I remember my dad always driving with his knee, and I thought it was so amazing. Then Bethany did it too when she would drive. When I started driving myself (at age 18), I tried and did not do it well.

But we all know that practice makes perfect.

Driving with your knees gives you so much freedom in the car. Yesterday was a good example of that. I was on my way to work and I noticed that my nails were worn off on all the tips; it made me look trashy. If I took the time to paint them, I would be late to work so I decided to bring the polish with me... so I could paint my nails as I drove.
I was surprised how easy it was. I only got one strange look (from a hot guy in a truck who could see down into my car). I had to hold the bottle while I was painting them because I didn't want to spill. So it was a bit awkward, but my nails looked great after and they dried fast because it was so cold. This all happened at 7am on the I-15 NB.

Many, if not most, days I do my make-up as I drive to work in the morning. I've mastered that as well, though a month ago I had a little mishap. I was driving down 4th West which is lined with those large orange traffic cones. (4th is under construction- putting in the new TRAX line). I guess I don't know what those orange things are called.
All the sudden I heard a loud bang. I refocused my attention from my mascara to the road and realized I had just knocked my side mirror flat on one of those orange road blockers. Hah. I started laughing out loud, I thought it was so funny... typical ditsy female. I'm sure I'm driving the other drivers crazy.

I'm going to go get ready for the kid Theodore concert that I am going to tonight.

*Picture 1- Me and my car right before I drove to bear lake by myself (to meet up with people there.)
*Picture 2- That same day- during the drive. Also an example of how talented I am while driving... listening to music and taking pictures!
*Picture 3- Me and Post at the Kid Theodore concert. (obviously this was added later.)

08 November 2007

My Job:

I work in the Campus Bookstore and it is extremely entertaining at times.

People constantly "push" when it says "pull" and "pull" when it says "push". It wouldn't be as funny if they didn't look as embarrassed as they do. We have glass doors so I can understand why it's hard... kinda?

A man came in and bought a flashdrive. He came back in and asked how it worked. I told him to plug it into the computer. He then asked me if it needed batteries. I don't know why that came across to me as hilarious... but it sure did. Where on earth would the batteries go?

We sell LDSBC ties in the store. This awkward guy came in and was looking at them. Our ties sell for 22 dollars. He said to me and the girl he was with that the ties were way too expensive. He proceeded to say, "The most expensive tie I've ever bought was 5 Dollars. But that's because it was like, black leather!" Wow. I want to know where he shops.

I am now on my way to work. I hope it's an exciting day today.
*The first picture is me "pulling" instead of pushing at the glass doors that seem to trick everyone.
*The second is me squishing into the little space under the counter
*The third is me with all the LDS BC gear!

25 September 2007

My Blogalicious Brittany Blog:

I was an avid blogger at one point. In December 2004 is when I started. I blogged all through 2005 and 2006 but then lost touch with the blogging world. I think I'll pick it up again. I've done this a few times, trying to create a new blog, I forget about them or I get bored of them because it's new and I have no readers. My first blog became way too popular though. I used to have hundreds of hits each week. (I don't think Blogger has a way for you to be able to check like the msn live blogs do).
I also realized that overtime it wasn't just randoms who read my blog and I had made it much too personal. I'm not sure how my friends would find my blog, but they did. I would write about the boys I was dating and that got me in trouble a few, or a lot, of times. It's strange how I felt comfortable telling all these random people everything about my life. But eventually I made the blog "private" and chose who I wanted to read it- but then the writing dwindled off.

I am going to steer away from the way I used to blog. I saved my blogging for when I was in a bad mood- I guess it was a ventilation system for me. So I had all these people who either didn't know me or just were my acquaintances thinking I was constantly in a bad mood or perhaps they thought I was just an all around negative person, which I am not.

Hopefully by reading this, you'll know that I'm a very happy person.

*This is a picture of me in my yard- one of many in the photo shoot me and Lianna had.