Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Husband... the Engineer

For the past few months we have been having some lighting issues in the bathroom.
There are two lights by our bathroom mirror but one never turns on.
We decided to put 2 light bulbs on the left to give off more light.
Unfortunately, that resulted in left eye blindness.
There was just WAY too much light coming from one direction.
Alas, we lived in these conditions for a few months.
Last night, I was sitting at the dinner table when I saw lights turning on and off in the bathroom.
Eventually, I went into the bathroom to see what was going on.
Paul was absolutely beaming as he exclaimed,
"I figured it out!"
Lo and behold, 
Paul made a contraption out of floss and a toothbrush holder to make the light on the right work.
A close up
I love being married to an engineer...

Friday, September 23, 2011


Libby likes surprises.  I like surprises.  I figure that makes for a pretty good combination.  She is tricky when she does it.  For example, she told me that she was going to buy something, but forbade me from looking at my email until she gave me the all clear.  Well, she is lucky she married me because, by the time the package was shipped, I had completely forgotten about it.

I got home from work one evening and Libby was busy doing some housework.  She asked me to check the mail (which means open the door to the upstairs, seeing if any mail had been thrown down the stairs.  When grandma throws down the mail she yells, "Air mail!!" and lets it fly.)  There was, precariously placed on the stairs, a package, wrapped in the Sunday Comics.
I couldn't believe that I completely forgot about that thing that Libby told me specifically not to look for in my email.  I knew she was up to something fishy.  I was very excited when the box was finally opened.

The first time I played this game was over Christmas break, while visiting my siblings in Texas.  This was the best game.  Smallworld is like Lord of the Rings meets Risk (not to be confused with LOTR Risk)
Not this one...
At that point, I decided that I needed to surprise Libby with something.  She is super busy with school.  Making her a meal is a great stress reliever for her.  So that's what I did.
I left work a little early and started making everything.  The menu: Tater tot casserole (with a side of tater tots), green salad, and fruit (pears with 1 grape) with lemonade to drink.  Everything was set and ready when she got home from school.
Libby's surprised face
I like surprising her.  She liked this surprise so much that she took her own picture of it.
It was delicious.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Peanut Butter - Banana Smoothies

Need to take a break from studying to grab a snack?
I vote you try this smoothie.
Paul and I tried out this recipe that my sister gave to me.
It was pretty yummy and it's not entirely bad for you.

1/2 cup milk
1 small ripe banana 
(If you double the recipe, one large banana would suffice)
1/4 cup Jif® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread
2 tablespoons honey
(We substituted chocolate syrup... be generous)
6 ice cubes
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Combine milk, banana, peanut butter, honey/chocolate syrup and ice cubes in blender container. Cover and process until smooth.
Makes enough for one smoothie. Add whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

An Early Morning Laugh

As many of you know, I am in the nursing program.
This means many early mornings and long drives to SLC.
I am one of those people that laughs a lot when exhausted.
That's why I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this billboard: 

Haha! Can I get an Amen?