Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26

Today, I'm thankful for:

Family. Especially my uber cute nieces and nephews. :)

Kagan: for everything that he is. There's not one thing about him that I'm not thankful for.

Funny websites.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25

Today, I'm thankful for:


That I have so much to be grateful for.

That I feel no shame in having a Christmas tree up now, and will be putting up the rest of my Christmas decorations soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24

Today, I'm grateful for:

New canisters in my kitchen for storage. Yay for having a real kitchen!

For our awesome Christmas tree (we do have it up, but only because we don't have room for it anywhere else. It has lights on it, but I refuse to turn them on until after tomorrow's Thanksgiving festivities).

That I found out how to fix my fish tank filter and that our fish are happy and clean again.

Empty Country Time Lemonade jars.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23

Today, I'm thankful for:

The fact that I am safe (even though there was nothing to worry about with the "blizzard").

For a husband who just lets me cry.


Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22

Today, I'm thankful for:


"We need to be more grateful. It's one of the marks of strong character, to have a feeling of thanksgiving and gratitude for blessings that are ours. We need more of that spirit in our homes, in our daily associations, in church, everywhere. It's so easy to cultivate the spirit of appreciation."

-Ezra Taft Benson

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 21

Today, I'm thankful for:

Snow, but not the snow we had today. Not the wind blowing, nearly hail kind of snow. I like the nice snow that falls peacefully and makes you think of Santa.

That I was able to finish preparing for a test sooner than I expected.

Pianos that are in tune. Also, metronomes.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November 20

Today, I'm thankful for:

My husband! All 24 years of him (which we celebrated today!). He is wonderful and inspiring and makes me happier than any description.

Getting home, and taking your shoes off at the end of the day.

Electric razors.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19

Today, I'm thankful for:

Power outages.

Easy-ish tests. Especially when they only take you 45 minutes and you planned for over an hour.

A clean house and a husband who is more than willing to clean it with me.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18

Today, I'm thankful for:

The fact that my husband and I walk in sync. I heard once on the radio (courtesy of John Tesh's Tips for a Better Life) that couples who are happy walk in sync. It's always something I've thought about, and I notice it every time we walk together. :)

That I will soon be done with all these bloody tests and then I get to go home.

Little Debbie's snacks.

Growing up

I really, truly, sincerely hope that I don't turn into one of those moms who loses all senses of grammar and spelling once I start having kids.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17

Today, I'm thankful for:

Easy finals. They come so rarely, but it's such a happy day when they do.

People who take their own food into fast food restaurants to eat.

The new layout of my blog (also if anyone knows how to make my image on the top be centered...your help would be greatly appreciated).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 16

Today, I'm thankful for:

Wedding pictures!! (see them all here)

Warm clothes.

Not studying and watching YouTube videos with friends instead.

Normal post?

I love people who type really hard.

I'm sitting in the Wilk (supposed to be studying, as is normal this week, but I'm not, as is normal this week) on my computer, and there's a guy next to me on his computer. He's writing a paper. Also, I think they've reinforced his keys with steel guards underneath. Because, if they haven't, I'm sure his hard drive is suffering some major blunt force trauma.

I think it's really important, even if you're part of a large, successful company, for people to look over the images and ads you send out to the public.

For example, Kagan and I were driving the other day and I saw a sign that left me feeling used and stereotyped. It was a billboard, made by a housing company, and the point of the ad was to get people to want to buy houses in their subdivisions. The text of the ad said, "We're like, everywhere, and stuff. Whatever." I think the purpose of the ad was to tell the consumer, "Hey, you should buy our houses, because anywhere you want to live, we're there! We have awesome houses! We can relate to the younger generation! BUY OUR HOUSES PLEASE." But instead, it said, "Hey, you up coming generation of lazy texters and disrespecters, we can be just as disrespectful as you. We'll insult your intelligence by assuming that all of you are apathetic bums. You don't even know what buying a house entails, and that's why we're going to rip you off, and you won't even see it coming. Oh yeah, and buy our houses. We guess." I don't know about you other "Generation Y's/Millennials" out there, but I found this extremely offensive.

I think what bugs me about it more than anything is that a company that sells HOUSES (especially in Utah) targets the 'young family' audience--people recently married, maybe with 1 or 2 kids, looking to buy their first house and settle down. Generally, those people are at least fairly responsible adults. They're not looking to be targeted into the apathetic teenager category anymore. And this ad does just that--demotes those people back down to the apathetic teenager category. I don't know about the (probably) hundreds of thousands of people who see that ad, but it made me not want to ever buy a house from that company. Just based on that one billboard.

Ok. I'm done with that example. Lets try another one. Check out this picture:

The description for this shirt is "V-neck tee with gathering detail at neckline and shoulder seam."

I'm not going to tell you what company I saw this at because I do like this company's clothing in general, but seriously? Based on your picture, there is NO WAY the consumer would have been able to tell that there was gathering detail at the neckline and the shoulder seam. If you look really closely at the right side, you can see some of the said gathering on the sleeve. I just wish they'd had someone look at that picture and say, "So, you've got a girl in a white shirt with a white background. Not the best option for showing people the detail on your clothing." That's all it would have taken. But instead, I have no idea what the front of the shirt actually looks like.

I'm sure that you're probably thinking that maybe they only sell that shirt in white, or that maybe they only had a white background, etc. Even if they did only have a white background for her to stand in front of (which isn't true, most of their pictures don't have a white background), this shirt came in 6 different colors.

Sometimes this stuff makes me think I should pursue a career in advertising. But then I realize that I'm only good at finding the ads that are sucky, and not good at thinking up good ads. Oh well. Back to zookeeping for me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15

Today, I'm thankful for:


Facial expressions.

Sleeping in.

Photoshop class (and the weird people there).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November 14

Today, I'm thankful for:

An easy calling, and one that I can do with my husband.


That I don't have to take the bus to get places (yet...).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 13

Today, I'm thankful for:

Tucanos. Yum...

Kagan getting a new razor so he can shave again.

A clean house.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 12

Today, I'm thankful for:

The fact that Becky appreciates my every day blog posts. :)

That I have a good job(s).

Paints and paintbrushes.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11

Today, I'm thankful for:

Goldfish (the wholesome snack that smiles back until you bite their heads off).

Holiday decorations that are appropriate for the most current holiday (like Thanksgiving decorations rather than Christmas decorations).


Sleep talking.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10

Today, I', thankful for:


Conservation Biology (not the class, but the action).


Finishing classes before the semester ends.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9

Today, I'm thankful for:

Bad days, but only because they make the good days so much better.

Candy corn.

Smash burger.

The extremely enthusiastic guy who works at FedEx, because he always makes it so much more enjoyable to go there.

That my goldfish know how to beg for food in a way that they know will make me feed them.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8

Today, I'm thankful for:

Internet (but not so much the fact that my life can fall apart without it).

That I had such great pictures taken of my wedding.

Costa Vida leftovers. YUM!!!

Viral Video Film School

America's Next Top Model.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 7

Today, I'm thankful for:

People who know how to use grammar.

That I'm not pregnant, and that some people are.

My husband, who can cook wonderfully (and much better than I can).

Cross stitching!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November 6

Today, I'm thankful for:

4 laundry baskets full of clean clothes.


Family :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 5

Today, I'm grateful for:

Going out to Costa Vida for dinner.

When work goes fast.

Typos that make funny words when you don't mean them to.

Crunchy leaves to step on.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 4

Today, I'm grateful for:

No homework Thursday!!

Having just enough lemon juice for fish tacos.

Having just enough flour for cookies.

Finding out what betta fish look like when they fight.

This sentence, taken directly from a textbook about mating betta fish: "At this point the female must make a hasty retreat or risk severe harassment from the randy male." Basically, the fact that my textbook used the word randy.

This blog, shared by my one and only.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3

Today, I'm grateful for:

My wonderful husband. I never could have dreamed of marrying anyone better.

That we get to go to Coeur d'Alene for Thanksgiving!! I get to see most of my immediate family! Also, Kagan will get to see the lighting of the trees and Coeur d'Alene when it's got all the Christmas lights and excited.

Candy corn.

Thanksgiving decorations.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 2

Today, I'm grateful for:

Not having any more tests this week.

Clean underwear (and a washing machine that provides it).

That my hand still has feeling after about 8 full pages of writing for my Con Bio test.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1

Today, I'm grateful for:

Spare tires, which bring my husband home safely.

Being able to borrow a calculator from work for a test, and then doing the math in my head during the test.

Class being canceled.

Billy Joel. Enough said.