Said Gentleman Gray

Remember that seventh grader I used to mentor who keeps popping back into my life, I want to help her and her family of five by providing a Thanksgiving dinner for them. I just would need a couple of side dishes and hopefully enough to buy them a pre-cooked turkey so they don’t have to worry about cooking it. I will deliver everything the night before Thanksgiving, so let me know if you are interested in helping!

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Veteran's Day

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My dad created this video for Veteran’s Day in memory of my great-grandfather Roy Swainhart who served in WWI.

I also want to share my appreciation for those who have served and fought for our freedom. I am so grateful for the soldiers who have been willing to put their lives on the line for each one of us. Thank you veterans and soldiers, you’re in my thoughts today.

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Too Early for Christmas?

In the past, I would question those who decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies was fine, but decorating was a no-go. But now, I am obsessed. I broke out my N’sync Christmas Album this week (which in my opinion, is the best Christmas CD ever made), and it let to a chain of events.

N’Sync Christmas to Pandora Christmas Station. Pandora Christmas Station to Eggnog flavored lipgloss and scented candles. Eggnog flavored lipgloss and scented candles to watching Elf. Watching Elf to buying Christmas decorations. Buying Christmas decorations to setting up Christmas decorations. Setting up Christmas decorations to setting up my little fiberoptic and tacky (yet mesmerizing) Christmas tree. Setting up my little fiberoptic and tacky Christmas tree to pulling out the full size Christmas tree.

Fortunately I stopped there. I didn’t want to put the tree up without T.J. since it’s our first married Christmas. But I still had to stop the madness. If anyone visits my house they are going to think I am psychotic! But I couldn’t help myself. One thing led to another, and now our place is a winter wonderland.

 

 

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Christmas Cookie Exchange

I am thinking about throwing a Christmas Cookie Exchange with a friend of mine and I am trying to figure out the details. I don’t want to make tons of beautiful cookies and have them be exchanged and replaced by some Oreos or something. Oreos are great, but they’re not quite cookie exchange material. But how to I tell people that? How do I ensure that I invite people who understand this!? I wanted to invite my whole relief society because it would be a fun get-together and nice way to meet more people.

Any suggestions? Should I make invitations instead of an open event? I guess it has to be open now that I blogged about it, but let’s be honest… the majority of the hits I get on this site are from my Mom and Hannah. So, Mom and Hannah (which clearly you’d still be invited even though you’re not in my RS, don’t worry) and anyone else out there, what should I do?

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Hello, Cincinnati!

Last weekend T.J. and I were going to buy our tickets to Cincinnati for Christmas break. T.J. has to leave before New Years so he can get back to work and we decided I would stay until the 3rd of January since I don’t get to go home very often. Well, T.J.’s ticket was rounding out to be about $500. That is ridiculous. No student has that type of money to spend. That’s like 2 car payments, or ten phone payments, or 3 months of groceries. Way too much.

We didn’t want to have to buy the ticket right then but we also knew it was quite a risk not to buy T.J.’s ticket because the price could keep increasing or we might not be able to be on the same flights for Christmas (which isn’t a huge deal, but it would be nice). So anyway, we felt really strongly that we should just wait to buy his ticket and pray that by our next paycheck we could afford to buy his ticket and that the price wouldn’t increase too much.

One day later after buying my ticket, we got a message from T.J.’s parents saying that they would like to get T.J.’s ticket with his dad’s sky miles (he racks up a lot each week because of his work). I was amazed. First of all, I am so grateful for in-laws who are willing to do that for us, especially when the tickets mean we won’t be spending the holidays with them. Also, we didn’t have to stress out about the situation at all because our answer to our prayers came SO fast. And three, what a blessing it is that we listened to the prompting to wait to buy T.J.’s ticket.

T.J.’s dad got the ticket for us last night, completely free.

Incredible.

Thanks so much, Kelly and Mark! You have no idea how grateful we are for you all!

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My Top 10 Scary Movies (not in order)

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  1. The Orphanage. I saw it on campus at the International Cinema so they edited out the bad stuff. But this thriller really gets your heart pumping with a well-written plot and twist ending. Just wait until the woman plays the “knock 1 2 3” game. Oh man. (P.S. it’s on Netflix Instant Play).
  2. The Ring. I will never see this one again. Too satanic. Too scary.
  3. The Ring 2. I watched this with a bunch of girls a few years ago really late at night. I don’t remember much because I kept falling asleep. But I do remember a bunch of deer attacking them. Horrifying.
  4. Lady in White. Old movie. You wouldn’t think it would be this scary, but I couldn’t have the blinds open for weeks. There are like three stories throughout the movie, but the ending is by far the scariest part.

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  1. The Others. I love this movie. Nicole Kidman does a great job and I’ll never forget my friend Mikey Tensmeyer quoting the children at the end. When the door slams and the piano starts to play, I always lose it!
  2. Skeleton Key. I think you know already how I feel about this one.
  3. The Birds. It didn’t scare me during the movie. It scared me the next time I saw a bunch of birds. And every time since.
  4. The Invasion. This is more of a thriller. Once again, Nicole Kidman is incredible.
  5. 1408. When this first came out, Blair and I saw it 3 times in the theater.
  6. What Lies Beneath. When the neighbor see them through the window all of a sudden, you might have a heart attack.
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Jack-o-lanterns

We threw a Halloween party last Saturday night and it was a complete success. Throughout the night, we had about 20 or 25 people come through dressed as Mimes, Devils, Victorians, Princesses, Marios, Luigis, Care Bears, Russian Ice Skaters, Zoo Keepers, Nerds, Lumberjacks, and Leopards. We carved pumpkins, dipped apples in caramel, ate lots of food, strolled down a runway for a costume contest, and watched Halloweentown and Harry Potter.

I’ve got a lot more pictures on their way, but for now, here are photos of T.J.’s and my Jack-o-lanterns!

Moving on to Christmas

Apparently we have skipped Halloween and just moved on to the rest of the Holiday season because there was snow on the ground this morning. Also, I park near the bell tower on campus and when I was walking to work, the bells were chiming (which I actually find rather annoying, except when they play Harry Potter or when it’s Christmas), and so today it just added to the ambiance of it all. AND I made a coffee cake this morning to bring to work, and so with the smell of cinnamon in the air, snow on the ground, and bells in the background… it really is making me believe Christmas break is right around the corner!

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Halloweentown

IT’S COMING!

Tomorrow is our Halloween party. You should come. It will be a lot of fun. Most of the decorations are already up. I’m planning to make a lot of cute desserts, including some spiders cookies and caramel apples. We’ve got Halloweentown AND Halloweentown 2, two great classics from the Disney channel. We will carve pumpkins (please bring your own), roast marshmallows, and have a costume contest.

Consider it a dress rehearsal for Halloween. Be there at 7 and stay until midnight. You won’t regret it.

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Bob, Troll, Mrs. Doubtfire, Diamond, Jolly Green Giant…?

I love Halloween. I can’t wait for our party this weekend, but I am having the hardest time trying to figure out what costumes to wear to each of the parties we have in the next few weeks. Maybe you can give me some ideas and tell me which of the following is your favorite:

  • Troll (like the plastic dolls with a diamond belly)- tan shirt, diamond belly button, bright color shorts, spray paint my hair and make it stick straight up

  • Forever 21 mannequin- ankle boots, leggings, lots of layers, all of my jewelry, huge bow in my hair, really poofy hair and stand like a mannequin all night

  • Butterfly- make my own wings, paint my face, green tights?
  • Jolly Green Giant- I have green tights…?
  • Pocahontas- Hannah’s old outfit
  • Flower- make huge petals and put around my neck, once again, wear green tights?
  • Lion- golden outfit, face painted by T.J., and poof my hair really big
  • Bob from What about Bob- cutoffs, shirt that says “Don’t hassle me, I’m local”, loafers, and goldfish hanging around my neck in a jar, life jacket

  • Elephant- wear all gray and make trunk out of tubing
  • Leopard- wear all leopard print clothing, including my leopard print stilettos
  • Pac Woman- yellow outfit, red boots, red gloves, red bow
  • Rumplestiltskin- once again, another outfit with green tights
  • Mrs. Doubtfire- find outfit from D.I.

  • Diamond- wear all sparkles and glitter. lots of jewelry? have T.J. buy me hundreds of diamond rings and diamond lotion?

So what do you think? What are your favorites? Let me know!!!