Saturday, November 13, 2010
So, Mucinex D has ruined my life. It cleared up my sinuses for eight hours (NOT 12, as promised), made me completely stoned for a busy Friday night at work, and now it's 4:41 in the morning and after lying in bed for five hours without being able to breathe or sleep, I've surrendered to Hot Pockets, 30 Rock, and writing all of this.
(On a related note, I am totally on Alec Baldwin's side. Kim Basinger is crazy.)
I really like my job. I like working hard and getting the instant gratification of cash. I like that people actually want me to come up and talk to them, as opposed to when I was a missionary or when I did door-to-door sales. I like watching the savings pile and pile. We have a goal of graduating debt-free. I like that I'll have a significant impact on us reaching that goal.
Someone asked the other day when Scott and I see each other. He goes to school full-time and I work full-time-- at different times of the day. But it's like even when we're apart I feel like Scott is with me. We text every remotely interesting thing that happens to us (for example, a car exploded in his school's parking lot. EXPLODED). The few precious hours late at night we have together to snack and watch TV make my heart melt. I know people who don't believe in marriage. Maybe they've never had a glimpse of this-- this is the good stuff in life.
On the show they're eating pizza. I want pizza.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
First we went to a "haunted" corn maze called the Trail of Doom. When i was a kid you actually had to figure out how to get out of the corn maze, and you would always get disoriented because some guy in a hockey mask was chasing you around with a chainsaw. It was awesome. Unfortunately they don't allow that anymore. Now they only have one path that's roped off, so you can't get lost. They put a lot more effort into it now though, so it was still a lot of fun.
The night before Halloween we got together with Brent and Natalie and carved pumpkins. We had a lot of fun doing it and I think they turned out really well.
Siobhan went with the classic pumpkin, mine was an attempt to do the face of Frank the Rabbit from the movie Donnie Darko (great movie). On Halloween we went back to Brent and Natalie's for an awesome dinner, passed out candy, went home and watched Frankenstein until two in the morning, then called it a night.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
It's funny because it's racist. So Siobhan and I have hopefully found a renewed motivation to write on our blog regularly again; we want to include this in a hardbound photo book that we are going to make for our one year anniversary. When I logged in today I found several drafts of old blog posts that I've written over the past few months that never made it on here. Now that nobody reads any of this anymore, I'm glad that we have found another excuse to write drafts of posts that will never make it on here.
A few days ago we celebrated our 6 month anniversary. Not that we'll ever celebrate anniversaries biannually again, but this being our first year of marriage we couldn't help ourselves. And we've been looking for an excuse to learn how to make sushi. Despite being told that it was really hard to make good sushi your first time, we managed to make something good and edible:
Bam, sushi. The California roll (the one with the rice on the outside) was fairly difficult. The rice sticks to everything, so you have to be really careful when handling and cutting it. Other than that, it's not too bad. We had fun making it, too. Our next challenge is to do it tempura.
Later that evening we bought our favorite candy and watched Shutter Island. Great movie. Got us psyched for Halloween. On a side note, we love Halloween. In fact we are going to a haunted corn maze tonight, it's going to be awesome!
That was our 6 month anniversary! Here's us making/enjoying the sushi:
Monday, August 30, 2010
My parents are getting divorced. I won't say it never crossed my mind that it could happen. But I never really thought it would. I definitely didn't think it would happen the same year I got married.
For the most part, I think it's the best decision for them in their circumstances. But part of me (which I've been in denial about for the past couple of months) doesn't want this to happen. I want us to be happy again-- all of us.
I don't know what else to say about that.
I bought a car when I was 18 and for the past year it's been sitting in the driveway. My dad fixed it up and now we will be reunited. I'm flying to Kansas City this Sunday night and driving back to Knoxville with it early the next morning.
The best part about it is that it will end our chronic arguments about whether mopeds or motorcycles are better second forms of transportation.
(See, trying to avoid divorce at all costs.)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
So, it's been a while since we've blogged. The only news is that we drove three days from Rexburg to Knoxville, are living in Scott's parents' basement (this is much better than it sounds), went on vacation with the fam to Hilton Head, working and saving money, I'm pregnant.
Anyway, I don't have much, so here is a picture:
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I stole this from my sister-in-law's sister, whom I've never met. Because I'm a stalker.
1. What are your middle names? His is Douglas-- he hates it. I don't have one (apparently my parents thought Siobhan was torture enough) but I'm thinking of changing mine to Douglas so that Scott doesn't feel so bad.
2. How long have you been together? Dating since May of 09, married since April 2010. So, 14 months total, 3 months as murrieds.
3. How long did you know each other before you started dating? Uhh like a few weeks. But Scott wanted me pretty much instantly. (Even though he didn't know how to pronounce my name for like a month.)
5. Who made the first move? Well, I sent the aforementioned flirty text. But he initiated the first smooch.
4. Who asked who out? Well, we kept saying we wanted to "hang out" under the pretense of swapping music, but I really made the move when he told me he lost his flash drive and I said, "Dang... I was really looking forward to hanging out with you..." We ended up watching Arrested Development and he put his arm around me. *sigh*
6. How old are each of you? I'm 24 (as of June), Scott will be 23 as of July... so right now I'm the cougar with the 22-year-old husband.
7. Did you go to the same school? Right now, since we're both still in school, yes.
8. Are you from the same home town? Not even close. He's from Tennessee and I'm from Kansas. God had to bring us both to Seattle to get us to meet.
9. Who is the smartest? Scott wins more games but I read more books. It's hard to tell.
10. Who majored in what? He's graphic design, I'm professional writing. We plan on being starving artists.
11. Who is the most sensitive? I think I'm more sensitive to life's knocks but we're both pretty sensitive when it comes to each other.
12. Where do you eat out most as a couple? Cheap Mexican places around town. The teriyaki trailer. And if we really feel like a special evening, the local Thai restaurant.
13. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? We went together to visit my family last February in Kansas City.
14. Who has the worst temper? Eh, we're both pretty fiery.
15. How many children do you want? Siobhan = 4 Scott = 2. (But it will be 4.)
16. Who does the cooking? Me mostly but often Scott helps and sometimes he cooks for us.
17. Who is more social? Probably me, I need people around.
18. Who is the neat-freak? I get more stressed out about things being clean normally but Scott is always really good about making the place look nice if we're going to have company.
19. Who is the most stubborn? Ooh both.
20. Who wakes up earlier? Depends. Usually me, out of necessity.
21. Where was your first date? Our first real, real date was at a Thai restaurant in Seattle on the beach. It was beautiful.
22. Who has the bigger family? Scott's.
23. Do you get flowers often? Often, no. BUT. One day while Scott was at work I texted him to let him know I was having a crap day and was super grumpy so that he wouldn't be caught off-guard to come home to a total beast, and he showed up after work with a bouquet of flowers and my favorite ice cream (Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby!).
24. How do you spend the holidays? With family.
25. Who is more jealous? Definitely me! I'm married to a super model.
26. How long did it take to get serious? We spent every second together from the start but didn't tell each other we loved each other till July, and then didn't talk about marriage until October.
27. Who eats more? Scott. His stomach is 50% larger than mine.
28. What do you do for a living? School. Which is not a job. Scott works at a call center.
29. Who does/did the laundry? We take turns.
30. Who’s better with the computer? Scott.
31. Who drives when you are together? Scott because I, erm, lost my license... (I really did, I hated the picture so I took it out of my wallet and lost it. All because of vanity...)
32. What is "your" song? "Stand Inside Your Love" by Smashing Pumpkins. It was both of our favorite SP songs and no one either of us had dated ever appreciated its beauty until we met each other!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Siobhan: Okay, number one. "Your friends start making very obvious comments."
Scott: Well, people keep saying stuff like, "Where's your wife, Siobhan..." That could count.
Siobhan: Yeah, maybe. Number two: "You find yourself making or receiving a daily call, often right before bedtime." Well sometimes I call if I'm like, at the grocery store and need to find out if we're out of eggs...
Scott: Yeah I wouldn't call you right before bed, I'd just roll over and talk to you. I don't think that's what it means.
Siobhan: All right, forget that one. Number three: "Unplanned, you find you have developed pet names for each other."
Scott: Like "Mrs. Barnes"...
Siobhan: Yeah, where did that come from?
Scott: Read the last one.
Siobhan: Number four: "Pats on the back become arm and hand intertwinings."
Scott: I think a pat on the bottom has a much more significant effect than that.
Siobhan: Yeah but that's not what it's asking.
Scott: I guess... I guess we're just friends then.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Pictures from Siobhan's birthday and the weekend Siobhan's dad came to visit!
In other news...
- Rexburg has an obnoxious extreme in temperatures. Scott handles this just fine but Siobhan is cursed with voluminous sweating which makes her kind of crabby.
- We received some sad news recently but it made us appreciate each other and the Gospel very much.
- We're preparing our trip to Knoxville in 3 weeks!!! Tips for how to stay sane during a three day road trip?
- An Indian man died of a heart attack when he saw his own cremation receipt by accident.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I've realized two things:
1. I have to write while my favorite sitcoms are on in the background or I get too morose. (And if I opt for music, it has to be Bob Dylan.)
2. I relish distraction.
Today's distraction: my dad is coming tomorrow. To stay with us. For the entire weekend. We've cleared our our second bedroom and acquired a blow-up mattress and I'm convinced that if I cook him fantastic meals all weekend he'll think I'm adult and mature enough to handle the responsibilities of marriage (which has previously been up for debate).
So here's what I'm thinking:
Saturday Morning: Breakfast Burritos
Boiled potatoes, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, sauteed onions and green peppers, and scrambled eggs all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Green chili salsa optional (although he'll take it because he's a New Mexican). Yum!!
Saturday Picnic Lunch: Panini Sandwiches with Herbed Potato Salad and fresh fruit.
I'm thinking steak sandwiches with grilled veggies and mozzarella cheese.
Sunday Morning: French Toast
...with strawberries and a creamy brown sugar topping!
Okay, so most likely this will all end up a disaster-- the mattress will explode (I hope not; it's borrowed), he'll notice that we're paying too much for rent, and my meals will be awful and burnt and taste bad (because I've never made them before). And we'll have this moment where he says "I'll always be your dad and you'll always need me" and I'll say "I know, you should have been cooking this whole time" (because he's terrific at it) and then we'll all go out for ice cream.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
To be honest, this isn't what I thought marriage would be like. It's better than what I thought marriage would be like. It's like having the best of childhood and adulthood all at once. For example, yesterday we rode a carousel.And then later, when we wanted hamburgers, since we're adults, we made them ourselves.
Isn't that a beautiful hamburger? I remember when I was a kid, whenever I wanted hamburgers we'd end up having like stroganoff, but whenever I wasn't into it, we'd have hamburgers.
Now I get to decide.
Because I can cook. Sort of.
School's going well. I'm learning a lot. For example, the other day I learned that you're supposed to say you feel nauseated instead of nauseous because if you say you feel nauseous you're saying that you make other people want to puke. Which is funny.
And work is going well for Scott. The other day he called a guy with a thick Southern accent who put the phone down randomly and Scott heard him muttering to himself, "C'mon man, I don't care 'bout you or nuttin' yous got tuh say, Ima just lay that phone rightcher n letchew talk tuh yurself..."
And, in gloriously wonderful news, my dad is coming to visit. Yep, my dad. He's going to fly to Salt Lake, rent a car, and drive four hours to Rexburg for the weekend before my birthday. I've never been in a social situation that involved my dad without my mom, and definitely not that was in any sort of visiting format, but I'm determined to show him what a grown-up I am by having a clean apartment and cooking us good meals. I'm also desperately searching for some way to entertain him while he's here; Rexburg isn't exactly a happening place for 45-year-old men. Wish us luck.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The strange white blob next to the TV is a tall paper lamp. It's cool, I wish it had shown up in the picture better.
There's another white blob in the corner over there. We tried to get a picture of that lamp because we like it a lot, but it didn't turn out much better...
That's all! Except for this, this is us on the day we took the pictures:
Hope you enjoyed.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Like I woke up for class with a sore throat and during the course of class sunk lower and lower onto my desk with misery. By the time I made it home I had a fever.
I've been sitting on the couch watching The Office all day. Obviously I'm grumpy about it. I hate being sick. I just want to sleep until it's over.
Scott's been great though-- he made me soup and cuddled with me at the risk of his own health.
We've been married almost a month. As in, tomorrow it will be a month. I suppose that means we should probably post pictures of our apartment (the decoration of which we are very proud of) and of recent activities that we actually photo-documented.
Marriage is terrific. School has been hard to focus on though; I think it's because I'm taking classes and Scott isn't and he doesn't work till later in the day so it's like I got a new puppy and I just want to go home and play with it all day. Not that grammar and global climate change aren't fascinating.
We typically do things like go rock climbing (once), play frisbee at the park (once), play Monopoly (once-- Scott creamed me, my pride has never been so hurt)... Okay so we're trying to get out more but mostly we just watch movies. But it's nice. I could do anything with Scott. (Aw.)
Last weekend we went with some friends to this ice cave... except it sort of became a geology expedition to find hidden caves/ shooting things.It was fun, except that I -HATE-GUNS. I had never shot one before, and I thought, Okay, maybe this will be fun. No. And my husband and future sons will hate me for it, but no guns. They can wait until I've passed from this world and am glaring at them from the other side.
That night I had a dream that I shot a girl in the face. She was a bad guy, but still. Okay probably also all the ultra-violent movies I've been watching aren't helping either. I want a Clear Play DVD player.
All right, that's probably enough from the cynical sick girl. The ol' better half will post pictures soon.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Well, blogger is deciding not to allow me to add these without much difficulty, I'll continue in another post...
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
This is really happening.
Someone asked me when I knew. You know, when I was sure. The only moment I can remember having a spiritual experience about it was in October. I mean, I knew I loved him in July; I think I even knew there was something different about this relationship back then (although I was afraid of the implications).
But in October when I met his family... Here I was, already head over heels for this guy, and then I meet these people who I instantly fall in love with. And I remember praying, Can I keep this one? Can this be it? This is everything I've ever wanted.
I was sure, in myself, that I wanted Scott-- the whole package (we'd seen enough of each other's flaws to know what the "whole package" meant). But, I haven't had the best judgment about guys in the past so I wanted God's opinion of the whole thing.
I remember begging for clarity that weekend and feeling so frustrated and feeling that if there was one time when I really needed a clear answer about something, this was it.
And then came this one moment where all of these things were brought to my memory-- time and time again where somehow, we were able to stay together. Miracles. And the distinct impression: I've brought you, and kept you, together.
This is evidence of God's infinite love, and that he's involved when we let him, pulling the strings. I feel like this is a gift we can't ever treat lightly.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
(*note - Siobhan and I are taking turns with these... I'll start.)
AWKWARD - Siobhan. Today she was walking toward someone on campus and awkwardly danced back and forth with them trying to guess who was going which direction. (For a solid thirty seconds, Siobhan adds.)
BORING - Scott's life has to be. This is what I've ascertained he does all day: He wakes up-- at some mysterious time, sometimes he won't return my texts until like 2pm but claims it's because he left his phone in his jacket. Then he [plays guitar? makes pictures of us look better by photoshopping them? stalks all of his friends on facebook?] until I'm done with class, and if he doesn't have to work [at a call center, emphasis on boring], he comes over to my apartment and sits around with me and my roommates until midnight.
CALLIPYGIAN - Because Siobhan has a fantastic heiny.
This definitely applies to Scott.
ELEPHANTIASIS - Seriously, her heiny is that good.
FERDINAND - I keep trying to convince him to let us name our kids things like Ferdinand or Felix and he keeps giving me weird looks.
GALLAGHER - She's mentioned to me several times in the past couple of days that if we ever have a son she wants to name him this. Even more than Ferdinand. (Gallagher would be awesome!!! -Siobhan)
HORKLEY'S - It's this gas station, and it has $.50 movie rentals, and last semester we rented one EVERY-SINGLE-NIGHT-- that's like $3.50 a week! (says the perpetual cheapskate) Thankfully, Scott's parents gave their kids like a thousand of their old movies for Christmas, so now we're set. Suitcase full of movies.
ILLITERATE - Siobhan. Her post just now about Horkley's ends in a fragment. English major...pff....
KNOXVILLE - We will be living there in the fall!
LUCK - Is the only explanation I have for getting to marry my best friend. I never thought I could click so well with someone. I made this dumb list of all the qualities I wanted in a husband and I keep it in my wallet (ahem) and anyway, Scott hits everything on the list.
MONTH - Only one more until we get married!
NERVOUS - I'm nervous that I won't be a good wife. I'm not really sure what that means. But it sounds like something I could possibly mess up, so I'm nervous about it.
OKAY - I think we're calling it quits. We started watching Hot Rod and are too distracted now.
Anywhooo... thanks for tuning in.
Friday, March 12, 2010
On a brighter side, these past few weeks we've been able to enjoy some of the "funner" sides of planning our wedding. After visiting Siobhan's parents in Kansas City, we flew back to Salt Lake City and began searching for a suit, shoes, and wedding colors. What we thought would be a stressful and long day turned out to be a lot of fun, and we seemed to find everything fairly easily... but that's probably just the difference between making preparations in SLC rather than Rexburg.
The next weekend we drove to Idaho Falls to register at Target. When we got there, customer service gave us a scanning gun and we quickly started darting around the store, scanning everything in sight. We were about as excited as this guy...
I would have to say that was one of the funner parts of our engagement, until we realized we were getting married far away from the majority of our family and friends and we weren't having a reception, which may result in very little wedding gifts. We remain optimistic though. In fact, just this last week we got word from my parents that the first of our wedding gifts has already started arriving! I think it hit us both then that our wedding is next month.
Aside form our wedding planning, life has been very good to us. We met again with the couple whose apartment we are taking over, and they informed us that much of their furniture will be left behind for us when they move! We have also been able to find a lot of decent furniture and household items that were either incredibly cheap or free, one of which was given to us by Mom and Dad Barnes. In actuality, they surprised us with a really nice gift for Siobhan:
I don't think they realize how much of a convenience it has been for her to have this. So far it's saved her many trips to the library.
So all-in-all it's been a nice, fairly stress-free, exciting past few weeks.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Until last weekend.
We flew to Kansas City for a short few days. It was Scott's first time there. He was really excited.
He and my family totally hit it off. I mean come on, who doesn't love Scott?
The most pivotal moment, though, was when our cat Polgara (who doesn't like anyone besides my dad) and Scott had a total bonding moment. It was miraculous. (Ironically, he hates cats. Shh, don't tell my mom.)Everyone got along really great.
All in all, it was a successful weekend that we very dutifully remembered to capture on film.
Monday, February 8, 2010
It's a cozy two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. If we're lucky, we'll even get to keep the hamster! In actuality, the tenants who are currently living there were gracious enough to offer us some furniture (nothing is for sure, but it looks like they won't be taking much of it with them). We're very excited about it (see picture below).
We really feel like we've had our prayers answered and have still been blessed with much, much more. Over the past month it's been a real struggle to find an apartment for only 4 months over the summer, and not only did we find one, but it may even come with a couch, entertainment center, coffee table, bookshelf, dining set, and bed! For FREE!! Again though, none of that is for sure, but we still feel like we have been very fortunate to gain so much in such a short amount of time. The only thing that could have made this week better was the Colts winning the Superbowl. We take what we can get though.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We are getting married soon. By soon I mean in 68 days. We're trying to start to build a life together as practically and optimistically as possible. This mainly consists of acquiring stuff at miraculously low prices. I can't decide if I'm more thrilled by the $50 bed or the free couch. We've been very blessed and taken care of by loving Heavenly as well as earthly parents.
I like good stories. In fact, I love good stories. In fact, I need good stories. I told God on my mission that I really really really wanted a good "how we met" story.
Now, I have been seriously trying to get to know God for about four years and this is one of the things I have figured out about Him so far: He has a great sense of humor.
Did Scott and I anticipate finding true love while selling pest control in the Pacific northwest for a summer? Was there any other way of bringing a Kansan and a Tennessean who were, frankly, made for each other into the same general area of the country? Apparently not.
I don't know if Scott agrees with me on this one but I think that if we had both been a little more in-tune and a little less afraid, we would have gotten to this point months ago. Made-for-each-other. I asked Scott to help me brainstorm the reasons why. The conclusion: we are both weird, and in exactly the same weird way. And we love each other's weirdnesses and this has caused us to love our own weirdnesses and what's better than loving someone who helps you love yourself? I know there are no such things as soul mates, but Scott is my soul mate.
In conclusion, this is just the beginning in more ways that we can imagine. We hope to not be lazy in documenting it.
Siobhan (and Scott)