Monday, March 19, 2012

A game of hot and cold

Current story of my life:

I'm at home. I get hot.

I go check the thermostat.

"Happy 83 degrees!" it says.

And I'm like, "Psh," and I turn the a/c on and set it to 75.

Fast forward a few hours, maybe a day, maybe two:

I'm at home. I get cold.

I go check the thermostat.

"Happy 68 degrees!" it says.

And I'm like, "Psh," and I turn the heater on and set it to 75.


Now, I know it's staying set to 75, because it tells me when I look at it ( set temp and actual temp) but it just keeps getting hotter or colder than that naturally.

I thought March would bring an end to this foolishness, since by March we're usually on the steady climb towards the surface of the sun, and I can just leave the a/c on and let it blow cool air on me and suck up all my money. But then today decided it was going to be wet and freezing and very un-Arizona-in-March-ish. So, in the name of not letting my children freeze (since they are weirdos and don't like being covered with blankets when they sleep), I just turned my heater on. Again.

And now that "just turned on the heater" smell can lull me to sleep. Blegh.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Seven months

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I know I'm biased and everything...but this baby is gorgeous. 

AND she's a good sleeper. 

AND I would love her to pieces even if she wasn't a good sleeper. 

BUT it helps. 

Friday, March 2, 2012


Remember how I mentioned that Dallin was in charge of organizing a huge web developer conference in Chandler last weekend?

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Well, I guess I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about it...which probably will involve a tiny bit of bragging about my amazing husband.

If you aren't familiar with WordPress, it is basically a web software that can be used and customized to make websites and blogs. You'd probably be surprised at how many websites use WordPress. It's a really big deal.

WordCamps are events that focus on helping people learn how to use WordPress, or how to use it more effectively. Again - a really big deal. They are held annually all around the world, but one of the largest (if not THE largest) is in Phoenix. You can basically plan on having 500+ attendees. And my husband was in charge of organizing it this year.

The things I can think of off the top of my head that he had to do:

-raise a whole lot of sponsor money
-build and maintain a website for the camp
-find and recruit talented speakers (enough for 3 days worth of classes)
-secure locations for the classes and parties
-design and produce t-shirts, sweatshirts, name badges, and a whole lot of signage for the event
-develop and lead a marketing campaign to get the word out so people would actually come
-recruit volunteers to help out with day-of registration and presentation set-up/take-down
-negotiate a deal with a local hotel to give out-of-towners an attractive option
-organize at least 3 big social events
-find reliable people to help with all of this, and manage them as needed

He would probably laugh at all of the things that list doesn't cover, but let's just say he was working on this camp for 4 months, and the past month or so has basically been dedicated to it. This has meant a lot of late nights and packed days, since he had to do all of this on top of running his company. It was also all purely volunteer work, so he didn't get paid for any of it.

Anyway, the whole thing turned out SO well. Not that there weren't any hitches...because there definitely were. But Dallin seriously did such a good job at making the whole event really amazing. I never cease to be in awe of that man of mine.

So, I guess I just wanted to publicly say how proud I am of you, Dallin. You pulled it off...and you looked good while you did it. #stud.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

35 Things 2012: February Update

Happy March! No, seriously, HAPPY MARCH. Not only did February bring 29 fizz-free days, it also brought a whole lotta stress in the form of a huge conference that Dallin has been organizing for the past 4 months. Crazy times.

So, I kept up with my recurring things this month (Ensign, clutter desk, 4 blog posts), and got a few other things done, too. Check it:

11. Clean out junk drawers in kitchen. Huge transformation, here. I didn't get any before pictures, but now...


They are SO much better. I'm particularly proud of my use of baby food containers to hold little tiny things.

26. Don't drink soda for one month. You'd better believe it. I didn't get the headache I got last year, but there were definitely major cravings happening. 

30. Read 32 books. I read 2 this month:

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. So good. 4.5 stars. Minus half a star for being just a little too "artsy" at times.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. Also very good. A little slow moving, but very emotionally charged and inspirational. 4 stars.

33. Color my hair. Yep, totally did this. I was thinking all along that I was going to go darker, but the girl doing it for me talked me into getting a mix of highlights and lowlights that ultimately makes my hair look lighter. I just tried to get a decent picture of it and honestly couldn't do it, so you'll have to wait on that.

And there you have it!

Things I Love - week 4

Wrapping up the "Things I Love" for February:



22. Flowers. I love flowers, especially in my home. Fresh is preferred, obviously, but unfortunately I'm just not awesome enough to have fresh flowers in my house all the time. These fakies keep me happy, though.

23. Sunny days. As a native Arizonan, I think I'm supposed to love the rain. But I don't; I love the sun! Bright, sunshiny days are the best.

24. Weddings. I love all weddings, but I might prefer my own just a little bit.

25. Home. A good friend made this for us a couple Christmases ago. It is missing a very important person now, but I still love it, so it's still on display in our home. Anyway, I love my home.

26. ASU. It's where both my degrees are from, and where I leave my heart on the goal line (or, more often, the 3 yard line) every fall.

27. America! I love my country. And yes, I voted. For the "present" as Maddy would say. And then she'd sing "Happy Birthday to You." President=present=birthday. Get it?

28. Christmas. THE best holiday.

29. Words, as represented by this amazing quote. Not too long ago, Dallin and I had a conversation about things we are passionate about. One of the first things that came to my mind was words. I love reading. I love writing. I love listening to powerful speeches and talks. I love meaningful quotes. I love the fact that words can mean different things to different people, and that taking the time to find exactly the right word can make all the difference in what you want to say. It seriously amazes me. Words are powerful, people!

All right, kids, I think that about wraps it up. Thanks for sticking with me. Maybe you learned a thing or two about me.  Maybe you already knew all this. Either way, it was fun to do. Peace out.