Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Thankful For....

I have so many things to be thankful for this Thankgiving season. SO many things! I truly am incredibly blessed - but sometimes don't we all need a season like this to help us remember how blessed we truly are?
Here are a few things I am thankful for (these are in no particular order):

Even though I said that these are in to particular order, when I think of things I am thankful for, my amazing husband is always the first thing I think of. I am so lucky to have met him, to have fallen in love with him, to have him fall in love with me, and to be married to him for time and eternity. He is my very best friend. Thank you for being mine honey!

Well, the next thing that comes to my mind is my family. I have incredible parents who have always loved me and supported me no matter what. I have a fantastic brother and sister who make me laugh all the time (love you guys!). And I have wonderful in-laws! Not many people can say that they actually like their in-laws, but I am happy to say that I love mine - brothers, sisters and parents-in-law! Not to mention my sweet little nieces and nephews and cousins who I am in love with!

Of course my family overlaps into this section. I have so many great friends. Whether I have known you 10 years or whether we just met, thank you for being my friend. Please know that I love you!

**Work & School**
I love being back in school (even though I sometimes complain about math) and I wouldn't be able to be back in school if it weren't for Jon working so hard at his new job. While we sometimes struggle financially, we are able to keep a'float because Jon works his hiney off! We recognize how blessed we are to have a job, especially during the holiday season!

**The Church**
I can't imagine my life without without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I came way to close to finding out during my dating days when I pretty seriously dated a guy who was not a member of the church. Now I look back and I am grateful every day that I chose not to continue that relationship - my life would have been so much different, and not different in a good way. This wraps back around to how grateful I am for Jon! He has such a strong testimony!

**White Fudge Oreos**
More popularly known as "Christmas Oreos" at my house. These Oreos only come out around the holiday season and they bring happiness wherever they go. Tis the season when the Christmas Oreos come out!

**Sweater Season**
It's finally chilly outside and I can start breaking out my sweaters! "It's the most wonderful time of the year"

I'm not just talking about the talents that I have - though I am grateful for the talents that I have - but I am also talking about the talents of people around me! I love being inspired by what everyone around me is able to do! Thank you for sharing your talents with me! I hope I am sharing mine with you!

**The Thanksgiving Parade**
I love Thanksgiving! I love the food, the family time, and I love, love the parade!!! It is without a doubt my favorite parade of the entire year (that includes the Rose Bowl, which I also love)! I hope to one day actually be in New York for the parade, but for now I am more then content to sit on a warm couch with the smell of a cooking turkey wafting through the house and hot chocolate in my hand......aaaaahhh......And then Santa comes down the parade route and brings with him the Christmas Season!!! Woo Hoo!!

I love blogs! I love being able to keep up with everything that my friends are up to through blogs. It's hard sometimes to keep in touch with friends you move away from, but through blogs I have been able to keep friendships that are very dear to me. What a brilliant invention!

Oh my goodness, I have a million more things I could add to this list, and maybe I will before Thanksgiving is over, but for now I need to make some pies for Thanksgiving - it's tomorrow ya know!

Happy, Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grand Theft Auto? Me?

Let me tell you what happened on Thursday night:

6:15pm - Ran around trying to pick up the house because Jon's parents were planning on coming to stay with us.

6:30pm - Left for class (public speaking)

7:00pm - Arrive at CGCC

7:05pm - Get a Diet Dr. Pepper from the machine that has a place where you can swipe a card. You don't even need cash!

7:10pm - Public Speaking begins, complete with impromptu speeches. I was glad I wore make up.

9:35pm - Finish my quiz and get to leave class early. Yipee!!

9:40pm - Talk to Jon and find out that neither of us have eaten. Decide to stop at Subway

9:50pm - Have my yummy sub sandwich in hand. Walk out to the car. Realize I locked the keys in the car. Call Jon to rescue me.

10:00pm - I'm freezing! Jon shows up with a wire hanger and together we start trying to unlock the car.

NOTE:: Here it is important to mention that we are in a crowded parking lot. There are people everywhere. And the car is right under a street light. Everyone can see us. And, the car that is locked is not a very fancy car - at least, all around us there are way fancier cars.

10:30pm - Suddenly two police cars pull up from either side of the parking lot and park around us to block us in - light blazing. I wave at them. An officer gets out of the car, shines his flashlight on us, and explains that he had gotten a call that someone was breaking into a car.

10:35pm - We explain that we just locked the keys in the car, and it is confirmed that we would be the worst car thieves ever because not only is it a poor environment for car stealing, we are really having major troubles getting this car unlocked. The police officer tells the other officer that he can leave.

10:45pm - Jon's parents arrive at our house and sit outside until we call them and tell them that the door to the house is unlocked (in anticipation of their arrival) so they can go in and go to bed.

11:00pm - Between Jon, the Officer and Me we still haven't had any luck, and we have tried all sorts of tricks! It is getting pretty cold. I find a Superman hoodie in the trunk of the other car.

11:45pm - A Good Samaritan comes out of Native New Yorker and explains that he is a member of the "anti-theft association of America" (or something like that......) so he knows all the tricks. He pulls out some tools and all 3 guys get to work.

11:55pm - They are able to pry the door open wide enough for Jon to hook the keys (which were sitting right on the passenger seat) and pull them out. Door is unlocked! Hurray!!

12:00pm - I say thank you to these nice guys who spent their time helping us. I drive our car while Jon drives the car that got locked.

12:10pm - I am finally home (finally went to the bathroom, I had to go really bad the whole time - probably TMI, but it's true) and I'm waiting for Jon.

12:20pm - Jon comes in the back door and tells me that the car he was driving is stuck at the mailboxes (around the block) because he went to check the mail on his way home. We get back in the car and head to the mailboxes.

12:25pm - Jump the car.

12:30pm - We are both home. Jon's parents are in bed. We finally we get to enjoy our delicious sub sandwich. Yes, it was a little soggy and less toasty then it would have been had we eaten it at 9:45pm, but after all of that work, it was a really great sandwich!

12:45pm - Bedtime!

I am so grateful for a wonderful husband who is willing to come and rescue me (and not even get upset with me for absentmindedly leaving the keys in the car), for a nice police officer who stayed with us until we had gotten the keys, and for a good samaritan who was willing to postpone his bedtime to help us out.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Malori Reviews All Sorts of Stuff

WARNING - this post is going to be very long. I had a lot of reviews to catch up on, and now that I have figured out my picture problem, I am excited to post about them. Feel free to stop reading at time.

My little sister got a pair of Toms shoes when she was in Florida. She told me all about them on the phone and when she came back to Arizona, she showed them to me, and let me borrow them - and they are seriously the most comfortable shoes ever!!! So, I finally was able to get a pair a while ago, and I am so happy - I wear them practically every day!
These shoes sort of mold to your feet and it feels like you are wearing comfortable slippers everywhere you go - but they are cute too! Bonus!
But wait, there's more!
For every pair of shoes sold, Toms gives a pair of shoes to children in Africa who need them. Their motto is "one for one" - one pair of shoes sold equals one pair of shoes given.
The children's lives are blessed so much by these shoes. Not only are their feet protected from cuts and scratches that can get dirt in them and get infected, but the schools there require that the children wear shoes, and if they don't have them, they can't attend. Simply by giving them a pair of shoes, they are able to have protection and have a better chance at getting educated. It's a really great cause.
There are so many different styles of Toms. Mine are "slate" - just a sort of chalkboard black color because I wanted them to be able to match most of my clothes - but they have everything from burlap to glitter!
You seriously need to check them out - you will not regret it! Just visit

Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix. Need I say more? This is like a party in a box! Without a doubt my favorite kind of cake is funfetti cake. When I was growing up I always said that I wanted my wedding cake to be made out of funfetti cake, so, my wonderful little sis who made my beautiful cake made the top layer funfetti for me!
Everytime I make a funfetti cake I get so excited! All of the great colors spread throughout makes me feel like I am celebrating even when I am eating it alone in my house on a typical Wednesday afternoon.
The cool thing is that the colors never run together to make a giant greenish looking blob in your cake like you would expect it to - each little sprinkle maintains it's individual color while still getting soft inside so you don't feel like you are eating a crunchy cake.
AND...this cake tastes like regular white cake - which happens to be my 2nd favorite kind of cake right after funfetti cake!
How could this get any better? Well let me tell you - Funfetti Frosting!

You still reading??

I have had a facebook account for a long time now, but have only been an addict since we moved in to this new house on campus and have the free internet. Before that, I thought that facebook was kind of a nuisance. Why would people spend so much time checking it? Why would people want to publicize everything that they do all day every day?
Since then my feeling have changed. Sure, I still feel like I am sometimes wasting my time when I sit in front of it re-clicking the "home" button to see if anybody has said anything new in the past 10 seconds, but I really see the value of facebook now.
I am a social person. I really like people. I like to think that I make friends pretty easily, and I like to keep up with the friends that I have. I am not, however, a person with a lot of time on her hands (I know that's hard to believe after I admit to re-clicking the "home" button over and over again). This is also the case for a lot of my friends.
I love being able to get on facebook and see what everyone is up to - look at pictures of their families, read about what is going on in their lives, and see what they are interested in now-a-days. I feel like even though I am far away from some of them, I am still able to celebrate successes with them, or lend support when they need it, and I feel that reciprocated.
Facebook also allows me to socialize on my own time. This means that I don't have to try and set up a schedule with other people - I can get on in the middle of the night and post and comment and you can get on whenever you have time and post and respond.
How convenient!
Now, a lot of people have really compelling arguments as to why facebook isn't a good thing - and I have to say that I agree with some of the points - but, I really like facebook and I plan to continue using facebook, and if you are on facebook and we aren't friends - find me!

My family told me about this show called "Eureka" on the SyFy Channel, so when I found the first season on my handy-dandy instant Netflix (seriously, how did I live without this??) I decided to check it out.
What can I say? This show is so fun! It is about a town called Eureka that was set up by the government to house all of these really brilliant people - like super-genius type people. Well, they bring in this sheriff who is really good at his job, and chock-full of common sense and street smarts, but he is certainly no genius. So he and his daughter are trying to live in this town and he is trying to take care of all of these problems that come up from different experiments and other things that go on in the town.
It may sound kinda lame when I just tell you about it like that, but trust me, it is not lame! This show is good clean fun. It never really gets to heavy, it never gets dirty or has bad language - it's just a really fun show. And, the sheriff is a really great character - charismatic, handsome, clever - in a way he sort of reminds me of Captain Mal for you fellow Browcoats out there.
If you get some time and are looking for a fun family show to check out - give this one a shot. It is certainly on my list of favorite shows - right up there with "Firefly" and "LOST"

If you are still reading, I'm impressed!

Just because I didn't post about the election before it happened doesn't mean you are getting off so easily. Of course I have to put in my two-cents about how I feel about the election....but don't worry, I will be incredibly brief.
Basically, I am very proud of our country for taking a stand against a government that had stopped listening to it's people. Hopefully this will give our voices a chance to be heard.
I was a little bit irritated at Mr. Obama when he gave his post-election speech in that he simply would not admit that the people were speaking out against his policies over the past 2 years, but maybe the new direction the House has taken will help convince him of that.
I was excited to see Jan Brewer win. Do I think she is a perfect candidate? No. But who is? She has a lot of rough edges that could use a little bit of smoothing - but the fact of the matter is that she has taken this immigration issue to a whole new level and it has become a personal fight for her. I think that is important in this critical time for our state as we watch while our federal government sues our state government. We need someone who is going to stand her ground, and as it has become a personal fight for her, I believe that she is the one who can do it.
And finally I just want to applaud our state for voting down medical marijuana. Good for us!

Another fun little thing my little sis and little bro introduced me to is "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog". With the help of Netflix I was able to watch this fun little internet show starring Neil Patrick Harris and (our own Captain Mal) Nathan Fillion. Neil Patrick Harris plays Dr. Horrible, a not-so-bad villain who is desperate to make his mark on the world. Nathan Fillion plays the egotistical Captain Hammer, the "hero" who is Dr. Horrible's nemesis.
The music is great and the whole thing is completely hilarious!


It was completely hilarious until the end - I could not believe that they just killed Penny like that! Here I was enjoying this sort-of light-hearted sing-a-long (a lot of hyphens in that last sentence huh?) and then WHAM! out-of-the-blue Penny has this shard of death ray sticking out of her chest! I was so not ready for that!


It was a good time. I suggest you watch it, I liked it. Of course I like anything with Nathan Fillion in it, and when you add the talented Neil Patrick Harris, I am a fan!

I love Diet Dr. Pepper. I know it's not good for me. I know the caffeine is bad and I know that just because it is "diet" doesn't mean that it is any better for me - in fact it's worse.
I like the way diet tastes. I really enjoy a Diet Dr. Pepper, and I will continue to enjoy Diet Dr. Pepper - at least for the rest of 2010.
I am contemplating making it a New Years Resolution to stop drinking it - but I don't know if I'm ready for that yet.
I just really, really like it.
I'll keep you posted on my New Years decision.

Whoa, you're still with me? You must be dedicated!

Last, but certainly not least, Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition came out recently. You can bet that I pre-ordered mine at the Disney Store, so I now own a shiny, new, blu ray copy of Beauty and Beast, and let me tell you, it makes a huge difference!
You see, Beauty and the Beast has always been my all-time favorite Disney cartoon of all time, ever! I love it so much that I can literally quote every word through the entire movie (yup, that gets annoying really quick, so I try to only do it if I am watching it alone - but I can't help singing the songs no matter who is around) and I always said that I was Belle when we were talking about who was which princess.
I have the VHS version in my closet right now, and I am here to tell you that blu ray makes a HUGE difference! The movie is so bright, so clear, and so vivid! They took some of the pictures and cut them out so there is more dimension to the movie, and they even added some animation and computer stuff (like really great rain in the scene where Gaston and the Beast are fighting on the roof) to enhance the experience!
Basically, it is AMAZING!!!! I love every darn minute of it!
Please watch the new Diamond Edition of Beauty and the Beast, and if you can't get your hands on it, please feel free to come over to my house and watch it with me - I am happy to watch it as many times as I need to! (Just don't get annoyed if I sing along to the songs!)

You finally made it to the end!! Thanks for reading this entire thing! Now, let me know what you think about these fun topics!

Monday, November 8, 2010


It has been 2 months to the day since I posted. I promise we didn't fall off the face of the earth. We have actually done some pretty fun things, the problem is that I have forgotten to bring my camera to those fun things and haven't remembered to remind my mom to send me pictures of some of the fun things, so I have been trying to wait until I had pictures. But, it's almost Thanksgiving, meaning more holiday things are going to happen, so I need to post about these fun things before it's too late!

So, let me start out with our most exciting news: JON PASSED THE BAR EXAM!!!!! Yay!!!! He found out at the beginning of October. He saw it posted on the internet and he called me from work with the news - and I cried because I was so proud of him and just so happy! It was great because, for those of you who know Jon, he is very humble about things. He doesn't like to toot his own horn and he tries to play down his accomplishments, but you could see the pride and excitement in his eyes when he got home and was telling me all about it! I could not be more happy for my genius husband!

Oh yeah, he also got a job! It's a law clerk position until all of his paperwork goes through for him to be admitted to the Arizona Bar and become an actual attorney. It's with a big firm in Phoenix so it's pretty fancy. And, it's really nice to have a job - after living for even just a couple of months without one, we recognize what a blessing it is! The down side is that it is a pretty long commute (a little over an hour both ways in rush hour traffic) and some of the people above him are a little difficult - but Jon is such a nice and easy-going guy, it is really hard not to get along with him. He is really learning a lot about the kind of law he is working on and he is gaining a lot of experience - and bringing home a paycheck - so we are really content right now.

I have been going to school. Sometimes I complain (about one class in particular) but the truth is that I am loving being back in school! It is so exciting to learn things and be in a classroom. It's even exciting to have homework! The one thing I am learning is that teachers think that they are right about more than just their subject. I have a couple of teachers who think that they can spout off about their political, and life views as though it is fact and we are all supposed to take their word for it because "they are the teacher". Well, that may work on some of the high school kids that are in my classes (I'm at community college for a little while till I finish some classes - so some of the kids are still in high school) but it sort of irritates me. I want to raise my hand and say, "what does this have to do with Public Speaking?" but of course I don't.....that would be rude. By the way, I really like my Public Speaking class.

In other news, I turned 23 at the beginning of October. I want to say thank you to everyone who called, sent text messages, or commented on my facebook. I didn't realize I was so loved! You are all so wonderful!
For my Birthday, my family came down to celebrate with me. We had a BLAST!! My dad (who always makes special birthday breakfasts for us) got up early and made me some biscuits and gravy with granny potato hashbrowns (my great granny bottles potatoes, and they are the best when they are shredded up for hashbrowns) - Oh my goodness, it was so darn good!!!! It is seriously my favorite breakfast! Thanks Daddy!!!
Then we all got ready and we went to a place called "As You Wish!" I don't know if you have heard of it, but if you haven't, it is a place where you can paint ceramic stuff (plates, cups, little statue things) and then they burn it in a kiln and then you have a fancy, one-of-a-kind thing. It was so fun! We all got mugs, except for my dad who found a little box that he really liked, and we painted them. Turns out we are quite an artistic bunch! I didn't realize how talented we all are! Each of us added our own personality and everything looked amazing! It was fun to sit around a table and laugh and joke and paint and just enjoy each other's company.
Then my parents took us to Joe's Crab Shack where I got some king crab legs. All I have to say is YUMMY!!! There is nothing like crab legs!
Of course we had to go to the mall to pick up some Mrs. Field's mini chocolate chip cookies because that is what I wanted instead of a birthday cake. They are so darn good!
It was an awesome Birthday, but it didn't stop there........
On Sunday (my Birthday was on Saturday) we watched General Conference. Jon was able to hook the computer up to the TV, so we could actually watch it on our TV instead of all gathering around a little computer screen. He is so handy. Between sessions my mom made me my traditional lasagna dinner. My mom makes the best lasagna of anybody ever - no contest! And every year she makes it for my birthday! This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember, and a very tasty one at that! And Laney made me a yummy chocolate cake. Am I spoiled or what!?
It was an awesome Birthday!

The other super fun thing that has happened since I last posted was Halloween. Normally, I am kind of a Halloween Scrooge. I don't really like decorating for Halloween, I don't like scary movies or scary I am not a huge fan. But this year we went up to Snowflake. We had gone to the Willis Pumpkin Patch and picked out our favorite pumpkins and we were excited to carve them. Last year we did an amazing job - so amazing in fact, that people in my mom's neighborhood were telling her how great they were and how they couldn't wait to see what we came up with this year. Let me tell you, they were pretty great. As soon as I get pictures, I will post them because I realize how badly I am teasing you!
Then we had dinner (Mom's bacon and egg linguini - yum, yum!) with my Uncle Sam and Aunt Reah, followed by a Rock Band tournament while the trick-or-treaters came. It was so fun!

Since Halloween I have had a head cold. That is not fun. But my sweet husband is so good to me. He has taken great care of me and I am happy to say that I am 100% recovered! Now I have to get back to doing all the stuff I didn't do while I was all stuffed a big homework project that is due on Wednesday....

Well, that is our life in a nutshell up to this point.

I promise to do better at taking pictures and at posting!