Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Cure for the Pedi-Cure.

I haven't blogged in almost a week because, well, NOTHING has happened. The majority of my last week had been spent engorged in the first book I have read it 5 years. Other than Harry Potter, that is. I don't know if its even the choice of book, as it is the excitement of enjoying reading again. Its fabulous!

SO....my boss does trade with a local day spa. She got a few gift certificates, and so she gave me one to use as I wanted. I decided to get a pedicure with the money, because I love pedicures. Since the certificate was for $90, I figured I could invite Kels and Kristin to go. But when I called to schedule an appointment, the lady informed me that it was $60, and that it would last 1 1/2 hours. I had NO idea how a pedicure could last an hour and a half.

So, I went solo, and I was actually nervous to go, because I didn't know what to expect. Were they going to pour hot wax over my legs or make me sit in a mudbath for an hour???

The first hour was absolutely amazing. They were very attentive and put on the most amazing wax stuff with hot towels....it was like sweet candy. Sorry, it was that good.

But when the lady put on the base coat and left me for 15 minutes, and then put on another coat, 15 minutes, etc.... I got a little anxious.

To make an amazingly LONG, tiring, boring, 150-pages of my book, uncomfortable chair, where-did-the-lady-go story short: I was there a total of 2 hrs. 30 minutes.

HOLY CRAP.

As I left all I could think was "I'm not cut out for this". I was exhausted and mad, the opposite of how you should feel after leaving a day spa. Not to gripe, but half of it was the time, and I can't help but admit that I am just not the day spa type.

That'll do for the next few years.....

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Littles.

I knew I loved my nephews, but until last night, I didn't realize how truly addicted to them I am.

I was sitting at home watching some Biggest Loser with Derek, when Kelsy called to let me know Ozzie was coming over to my mom's house. Next thing I knew I was in my car driving like a madman to my mom's house. I got there at 7:30 hoping to be home by 8:00. When Oz wasn't there by 9:00 I was getting stressed and emotional, but couldn't leave before I saw the little guy (who isn't so little anymore). I thought to myself, "What's wrong with me?!?! I am obsessed! He's probably going to be grumpy anyway, I better leave."

But I couldn't get myself to go....and I'm glad I didn't. Here is what showed up:



I have always hated children. I can only say that, because it is the truth. I couldn't stand them. The few times I babysat as a child, the mom would come home to me dead asleep on the couch while their children played with a variety of dangerous things in the corner. I have had many a bad experience babysitting.

I never thought I would have kids. Other parents would explain that when you have a kid you finally realize what unconditional love is like. After my nephews were born, I realized a little bit of that. I would do anything for these kids, and they can't even talk. It's funny to me that you can learn so much from someone who doesn't even know how to eat yet.

Being an aunt is one of the greatest things in my life. I love the littles!





Monday, September 22, 2008

What a Week!

Last week was absolutely crazy. Saturday night we went to the Cheesecake Factory for Krick's birthday, and everyone there could physically see that I had burned myself out. Saturday was what really did me in.

I got up at 4:30 am for work, because I had a wedding cake and three other cakes to do. Not to mention all the other orders we had...so I knew it was going to be a long day. This was the first wedding cake that I was going to do solely by myself (a.k.a. without Derek's expertise)....so I worked my butt off all morning and can definitely say that when I left work I was feeling really accomplished.

Some pics of the crazy day:






THEN.....We had to go running after work, because as I have noticed, if you miss one day, it's hard to stay on schedule. So Derek and I went running....But there was one thing that made it all worth it:

Because I have been staying on task with running, I thought I would treat myself to my first pair of running shoes!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

7 Minutes =).

After a VERY stressful week that is only half-way over, I only have two words for you: BY GOLLY.

In the past few days I have spent shloads of money, hours and hours of work, and out done myself with stress just to end up with this measly photograph:


(There should have been others, but this was the only one I got)

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to help out with Enrichment night with my old ward. I said yes, because she wanted me to show them how to decorate cupcakes, and well...I love cupcakes(Duh.) So, Monday I started buying stuff for the event. Tuesday I kept buying things and then started making the cupcake batter. But Wednesday, after I had continued to buy things, spent five hours making the cupcakes, frosting, and preparing everything, stressing about how much money I had blown and how scared I was to teach all of these people that are far older and wiser than me, got to the church late and THEN realized I had forgotten all the pastry bags --- I was on the verge of tears.

Apparently, I enjoy being overly honest. Anyways....

......Exactly here is when I realized there are two very crucial people in my life.

First. Just then my mom showed up, and after her help cooling me down and telling me I was being stupid, I felt a lot better. I got up there, stuttered the entire presentation, but nonetheless completed it, and then actually enjoyed teaching everyone and seeing them decorate cupcakes. It was a good time.

But I was still exhausted and stressed on the way home because I knew the apartment was the messiest I had ever left it. It was 10:00 as well and I had to get up at six the next morning. I was in a bad mood.

Until I walked in and saw the place spotless and Derek in the hallway standing there, cute as usual. It was so relieving to know I could just go to bed......

There are some people that just know you, know when you need a nudge or when you really just need a hand. Although yesterday shouldn't have been stressful, it really turned out to be. Sometimes I forget that there are people that truly care about me.... but I saw it yesterday and I really appreciated it. Thanks mom and Derek for making a crazy day into a livable one. You guys are the bomb.edu/gov

Friday, September 12, 2008

One Recipe You Just Have to Know.

First of all, I am overwhelmed at the moment by how much I love my family. These people are way too fun. I was just reading Kelsy's blog, and it once again reminded me how lucky I am to have such great people around.

So....Last night I tried a recipe I got online a few months ago...and it turned out amazing, just like the several other times I made it. While devouring it, I thought to myself, "This recipe is definitely something to blog about."



(Now, this isn't a picture of the food we made, but it looks close enough. I'm not a very good food photographer, and I had to get your mouth watering.)


The recipe is for Sesame Chicken, but I'll simplify this and give you the breading recipe. Just cut up some chicken breast, marinate it in this mixture, and then deep fry it. This breading is so delicious, you can eat the chicken just like that, or it is also really good deep fried and then drizzled with a sesame or teriyaki sauce. Then serve it on some rice: MMM!!!

Marinade for 2 Chicken Breasts:

1 Tb Soy Sauce
A Few drops Sesame Oil (So mom won't be using this recipe)
2 Tb Flour
2 Tb Cornstarch
2 Tb Water
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vegetable Oil

I highly recommend it if you like Sesame Chicken. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

8 Mile.

I don't know what happened. Part of it was working at a cupcake store. Part of it was the embarrassment of seeing people I haven't seen in years, wondering if they still recognize me. Most of it was that day I ate half a bag of beef jerky, 6 pieces of bacon, cheese toast, cup-a-noodle, all the left over candy in the candy jar, and a snickers ice cream bar. That was the tipper.

I, Hilary, have been inspired to run lately. Listen to me! Those of you who have even brought up the subject with me, know that I hate to run. Many people have tried to convert me to their running religion, but I have stood my ground. So what happened? Three weeks ago, I sat up off the couch, let the potato chip crumbs run to the floor... and proclaimed that it was FINALLY...time to get running.

Derek and I have been running three times a week, a mile each time. We run the whole mile, so for me -- this is a major success! Derek keeps saying he is shocked I have stayed motivated to do this for three weeks, but a lot of it is the entertainment of having Derek next to me, knowing that he's working just as hard as I am.

To date: We have run 8 miles total. I am officially proud of myself for getting out of my unhealthy slump and maybe even on my way to losing a few lbs.

To Derek: Thanks for doing this with me, and motivating me too! Yay us.

Monday, September 8, 2008

No Blues-berry.

My mom asked me to pick Kelsy up from her Orthodontist appointment today -- she finally got her braces! Well...on the way home we decided she was definitely not feeling up to going to school. But, she was feeling good enough to come over and make some blueberry cupcakes with me. I tried a recipe for Sprinkle's cupcakes' frosting...and it was so scrumptious, Kels and I really loved it!

It's simple, but still really good. Here is the recipe:

1 cup soft butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

1. In a bowl combine butter and sugar. Beat till blended and fluffy.
2.Add the milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

YUM!!

Kelsy lookin' good in the new braces!


Blueberry cupcakes, delish..





Friday, September 5, 2008

Question:

Are my googly-eyes getting googlier?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Introducing baby Dez!

Derek's sister Mary recently had a baby, and by recent, I mean last Sunday. We got a call at 9:00 a.m. that he had finally come, so we ran down to see him -- he is seriously SO cute. Derek and I decided that although he looks cute in pictures, he really does look even cuter in person.

He's the first grandson on both sides, which makes it all the more exciting. And even better, he's 1/4 Japanese, which of course is the best part. Here are some pics of baby Desmond:

Dez pretending to be an Eskimo.


Derek, the proud uncle.....


Derek's mom, Donna, couldn't get enough of him....


Me and Desmond, he looks bored, yet still cute.


P.S. Babies rock.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How To: Totally Depress Yourself.



Kelsy demanded a new blog, and as you can see, I ALWAYS do what Kelsy tells me to do, lest I suffer the consequences.

P.S. I am eating the most STUPENDOUS Xtreme Airhead right now. OH.

Okay, so this week, Derek and I have been on a serious streak of watching totally depressing movies. This wasn't the plan, but we watched all the somewhat appealing movies we could find, and that was the result.

Here were the movies:


Eastern Promises: This was the least depressing of the depressing movies, which is sad to say because it was still really depressing.Viggo Mortensen plays a guy in the Russian Mafia -- it was done so well but the ending cut it a little short. Still, I think it was worth watching.

Atonement: Kiera Knightly and some other guy that I like but who knows his name. This movie made The Pursuit of Happiness look like a happy movie. Nothing good came of it. I'm glad we watched it though.

The Counterfeiters: We heard this had won the Academy Award for best foreign film last year, so we watched it. BOY did it deserve it. It was about a group of counterfeiters in the Holocaust, who were actually treated somewhat well. I loved the storyline, the characters, and even the subtitles weren't a problem. I really think anyone who loves movies should see this one. Just remember: Very depressing.

And lastly, Mean Creek: This is a movie about a group of teenagers that play a prank on a bully, and it goes terribly wrong. Pretty sure it was too depressing for my taste, not to mention the movie wasn't done very well either.


To sum up: After many tears, fights, and depression- Derek and I are ready for a few weeks of comedies. Any recommendations??