Friday, July 31, 2009

The Future Husband List....

... as dictated by my 14 year old self.
"Qualities of Future Husband:
Honest. Attractive. Loyal. Served a mission. Member of my church. Good Morals. Sweet. Compassionate. Caring. Loving. Unpredictable. "Built." Successful. Has good education. Good smile. Spiritual. My friend. Good father. Gives me flowers/roses. Buys me jewelry. Dedicated. High standards. Good kisser. Treats me good. Likes athletics. Doesn't like dogs. Likes healthy food. Make dating fun. Good hair. Not too hairy. NO UNIBROW. Likes kids. Not neat freak, but not too messy. No piercings. Not gay. Random. Soft hands. Pretty wedding ring. Takes care of me when sick. Does not smoke. Good hygiene. Dresses well. Can keep a cool head. Smells good. Hardworking. Wears Armani cologne."

And added to the back of said list after I started dating (at 16): "Cannot describe as bear/ogre. Not sappy. Taller than me. Self sufficient. Mr Fixit. Good sense of humor. Good laugh. Level headed. Gentleman. Creative. Happy personality. Humble. Strong. No facial moles. Doesn't lie to me."

Ladies and Gentlemen, with the exception of the Armani cologne and being a Mr Fixit (no idea where those ideas came from), you have just read a description of Mr. D. I found this list scrawled in pencil and already fading, from ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO in my basement in Ohio.

It makes me wonder... how on earth did I get so lucky? I must have done something really good....

The List

While going through my old pre-wedding prep binder (yes, I had a binder. I was/still am totally OCD. I had no idea what I was doing, and it is HARD figuring stuff like that out when you have no married friends), I found one of (many) lists. Dated FEBRUARY 2006: "What I want to learn how to do as a wife: 1. Cook from scratch (check) 2. Bake from scratch (check) 3. Make healthy, varied meals (check. too bad for Mr. D I didn't include 'cheap' on that list!) 4. Sew clothing (er.....) 5. Gardening (CHECK!) 6. Scrapbooking (check. They are so expensive, so I only made one, it was for Mr. D's birthday [and truth be told, I don't think he really cared for it], but at least I can say I did it!) 7. Decorate my home beautifully, yet inexpensive (eh. half a check? I'll save that for further deliberation when we actually purchase our first home. I did the best I could with what I had.) 8. Teach the scriptures (????? I have no idea what this was supposed to be...) 9. Quilting (a BIG CHECK, thanks to the quilted moose!) 10. Flower arrangements/centerpieces (check, learning everything I know from Relief Society and L)" So... 7 and a half out of 10 is not bad for only being married 3 years... hopefully I still have many more years to become a better wife and hone in on some sweet skills!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blast From the Past Part 2

Going home... finding photos I never knew I still had. I have always loved this picture with D from my homecoming junior year. I would have taken him as my date if I could have... and probably would have had a better time, too! This is pretty much how I will always remember him, because that was the year I spent the most time with him before I left for college. And who could forget trips to Chile with our "cool" fanny packs?? (from L to R: Dad, Surah, Mom, Me in the blue, and A) And Mr. D's family the year I was born... (I think you can take a wild guess as to which one he is!)

Making his mama proud

Kevs' first interaction with (small children) our neighbor's niece and nephew was a HUGE success... they LOVED him and he was a good sport and played with them while I weeded our fruitful little garden. Sometimes I can't wait to have kids.

Book Review: Seabiscuit

I know this blog is called "Run. Read. Create." which would imply that I actually read, and I am pretty sure that I have only posted one other time about reading. Its not that I don't do much reading, there is just not much that I read that I feel merits a post. Here is one of the exceptions. Seabiscuit was one of the best books I have ever read... and I don't even like horses or horseracing. It was thrilling and amazing and my heart was racing for most of it, as the author really makes you feel like you are actually experiencing each and every race... its one of the best non-fiction works I have ever read. Seriously. And I have done a LOT of reading. NOW GO READ IT.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

9 1/2 week Victory Garden Update... hold on to your knickers!

Or "Look what Kevs found!" After a 2 week hiatus... behold... The Harvest has arrived! My carefully plucked spoils... 3 zucchini (one was 13"!) and 6 tomatoes! I AM BAKING FOUR LOAVES OF ZUCCHINI BREAD AS WE SPEAK.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Big Papi's Grille (!!!!!!)

Its the place where dreams are made. Like my dream of mini coconut and banana flan at 11:30 at night. And, you know, The Big Papi David Ortiz high fived me... or would have if he were there. I loved this restaurant!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

In a nutshell, the weekend since the... sox game. charades. headache. sleep. [Sat] 3 mile run. swimming pool. paw sox game. JON LESTER BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT. (wow my very first bobblehead doll... ever!). mini golf. mint moose tracks ice cream. headache. sleep. [Sun] 8 mile run. church. dog walk brumby and diesel. charades. take two. headache. [Mon] sleep. walk spike with concessa. farmers market. museum of science. mystic india. baby chicks! quincy market (O brownies!). headache. bachelorette. dating in the dark. Big Papi's Grille (??). ...minus the headaches, an amazing vacation. thanks to these amazing peeps right here. thanks papa and mama d. tomorrow we shall be home again home again jiggity jig.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fenway Franks

I love this town.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

You know you are in a fancy restaurant when...

disposable bathroom paper towels proudly display said restaurant's name. Mmm but it was definitely a good meal. I wish I could have taken pictures of the dishes but basically I felt like I was a judge on Iron Chef America. Lovely little works of art. (Oh, and if you're wondering why the empty space to the left of me? Its to eventually photoshop Brady in the pic, who is in California on his mission. We sure did miss him!)

Happy Birthday, DK!!

I miss you... you are all the way in Navoo. Love, your #1 sister, Mrs. D

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


While Mr. D was golfing at Crotched Mountain with Papa D (not pictured) and Little B.... I (re)made some friends who are pretty sweet photographers.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tag... you're it!

Mr. D is away for a day with the boys. In looking through a friends blog, I caught this little questionnaire. Enjoy! 1. Where did you meet your husband? At the Glenwood. 2. How long did you date before you married? A little over 7 months. We don't waste time. :) 3. How long have you been married? 3 years, 2 months and 21 days as of today. 4. What does he do that surprises you? Just a few hours ago he left for New Hampshire and kissed me goodbye not once, not twice, but four times. That is something I usually do! I love that he surprises me every day. 5. What is my favorite feature on him? His boyish, dimpled (and heart-meltingly perfect) smile. 6. What is my favorite quality of his? I don't think there's a single person he's met that does not like him. He has the best personality. 7. Does he have a nickname for you? Not really. 8. What is his favorite food? Either Tex-Mex food or just everything his mother makes. 9. What is his favorite sport? Baseball, but he loves all sports...except NASCAR. 10. When & where was your first kiss? In his Glenwood Apt living room, September '05 11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Everything. Especially mini golf. 12. Do you have any children? Not yet, just a kitten we've raised since birth. 13. Does he have any hidden talents? He has some wicked good dance moves. 14. How old is he? 25. But his granny claims he looks about 21 and I look about 16, which suits me just fine. :) 15. Who said I love you first? I know I thought it first and probably said it first. 16. What is his favorite music? Dave Matthews/Boston/Chicago/Old school Michael Jackson. 17. What do you admire most about him? Everything. 18. What is his favorite color? BYU True Blue. 19. Will he read this? Eventually... Maybe?? 20. Who do you tag? Whoever thinks their man is great!!

I love my family.

And now I miss them terribly. But I love how many pictures my mom makes sure that we take... she's my idol. Like these two gems from last summer's visit to Utah.... In A's house... basically a ski lodge. And our little family with a VERY pregnant Lucy! (she gave birth the next day)

T.C. stands for The Cat.

This cat has been around my Ohio neighborhood longer than I can recall. And she's the only cat I've ever met that is louder than our Kevs. She is SO loud.... or is it just highly opinionated?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ohio Surprises!

After the craziness of the BIG surprise Wednesday night... Mr. D met my high school best friend Kathryn for the FIRST time! Visit to Jack and Benny's with Kan-ya! DK had science day "Camp Invention" this week, making ice cream, roller coasters, and even life forms on planet Zack!, culminating (of course) in a parents day that we attended. AWESOME. And we partook of the greatest ice cream known to mankind... Graeters!! And my dad and DK camped out in the back yard! what great boy scouts!

Ever wonder why my hair is so big?? Thats because its full of secrets...

We surprised my mom by flying to Ohio (one month early) for her 50th birthday. She had no idea. DK cried. It was awesome. More pics to come later.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Well we finally made it over to The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bake Shop in South Provo. If you haven't been, you should make it a point to swing by there. The cupcakes are heavenly. Even the ever-money conscious Mr. D declared the Peanut Butter Cupcake as one of the best he ever had (I had the Red Velvet). Next time I am trying the Va-NIE-lla Squared. Well, off to more adventures. First up... Harry Potter!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

And you thought your summer was lazy

I am starting to get used to seeing this every time I come home.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Documenting my married life through running shoes.

With the exception of a pair of shoes identical to the ones on the far left that I wore from 07-08, these are the running shoes of my 3 year marriage so far. The pair on the left (retired in 2007) probably has around 100 miles, if that. The middle pair I purchased right after my first race last August and has over 500 miles on it (note that I am a terrible example, since running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles or six months, and I went way over on both). And of course, the ones on the right are my beloveds, with about 120 miles on them (I still try to cross-train them on easy runs with the older pairs). 
Including the pair not shown, that is about $350 that Mr. D has spent on this growing habit of mine. And I hope someday he (as well as my parents, still running skeptics) will realize the investment was worthwhile. 
And the real reason for my post (of shame) today...I *gasp* skipped out on my first "planned" race (The Free Family 5 miler I was promoting) this morning because I've had a the worst running week so far in my 10 months of running (neck pain from sleeping on my stomach) and was too afraid that I would have had to run/WALK the race. Am I becoming (running) vain? Probably. But August 20th will mark a full year of running, and (knock on wood) 12 injury-free, nearly monthly races in a row, and as of yet I have been able to fully RUN all those races without a problem, so I didn't want to take any chances today. I did run my 7 miles today (with an hour of yoga with Loriol to assure my full healing) and feel great. Now I've got to find a July race... and I've only got 18 days to do it!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Week 7 Victory Garden Update (and last one for two weeks!)

I have a feeling that by the time we get back from our final summer vacation, my squash plants will have completely dominated the entire garden.
And, thankfully, the Victory Garden Guard is doing much better and is back in his old stomping grounds, all business as usual.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The cutest burgers a pregnant woman could ever eat

Thanks to the Bakerella via the Carters, I have been wanting to do this since Father's Day.
Burgers are brownie "burgers," cupcake "buns," and colored frosting "lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard." Plus, the "french fries" are sugar cookies!!! Thanks to Annie for modeling how cute they are!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

First Commissioned Baby Room Mural a la Mrs. D!

With the assistance of a transparency (scanned off the Seussian bed sheet) and projector, I sketched and painted these life-size characters for Nisha's Baby Room (but she did do Things 1 and 2 all by herself, and I think they turned out pretty awesome!).
Also, does anyone know what the Green Eggs and Ham guy's name is??
Freehanding Seussian Trees
Nisha's Thing 1 and Thing 2!
The most difficult to paint character... El gato in el sombrero.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The $450 Cat.

I took Kevin to the Vet this morning
and threw up in my mouth a little when the Vet started to clean his ear. So gross I can't even get myself to take pictures. The two "blisters" (or so we thought) that had formed on KG's left ear were, in fact, inflamed infections from not one but two cat bite holes... that, and the 5x of throw up he left me (as I am the only one in the house who cleans up such things) in the last 24 hours, were what brought me to the Vet in the first place. The infection had spread to his bloodstream pretty fast (hence the vomiting) so he is on 4 different antibiotics.
$90..... Fall 09 Shots
$150..... July 09 visit and antibiotics
$120..... September 08 Castration
$90..... Fall 08 Shots
=$450 before this year is out. Wow. Thats only Vet visits.
So the Kevs is doing much better. BUT I swear, if he does not stop scratching his ear, I will get him a cone of shame....
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