Sunday, November 2, 2008

Here are the rules: You answer the questions below and at the end of the post you tag 4 people. Then go to their blog and comment to them that they have been tagged.
What is your husband's name? Matthew John Baker
How long have you been married? 18+ years
How long did you date? We started dating Friday, January 13. I met his parents at General Conference in April, went down to AZ in July, then he came back up to Utah to propose in October. We got married in May. So...18 months?
Who eats sweets? Only when under stress.
Who said "I Love You" first? I don't remember. I do know he kissed me first.
Who is taller? 6'2" vs 5'6". Matt wins.
Who can sing best? Definitely Matt. He used to have a beautiful tenor. Then puberty hit.
Who is smarter? He will claim it is me, but I think it depends on the subject. He really know the scriptures well! Now that is the smart that counts.
Who does the laundry? Sarah. What? Isn't that why we have kids?
Who pays the bills? We take turns by the year. This year is my turn.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? The right and left don't matter. All I ask is to be closest to the bathroom.
Who cooks dinner? Mostly me. He likes to cook, but doesn't get around to it often. Plus, with the complements he gives me, why should I give that up?
Who drives? Matt drives his car. I drive mine. Except when I don't want to.
Who is the first to admit they are wrong? Matt. I can be a real idiot.
Who kissed who first? He kissed me first. He claims I kissed him, but I was there, and he kissed me first. Definitely. No question. Without a doubt.
Who asked who out first? Matt asked me to go to the movies with his siblings and cousins. Shae paid for me, because Matt forgot to ask Chuck, who bought Matt's ticket, to get one for me.
Who wears the pants? That is a dumb question. I have pants, he has pants ...
How did you meet? The first time I saw him was when we were both volunteering at the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Georgia. He doesn't remember meeting me until the next day at my companion's birthday party. He claim that he definitely remembers the red dress I wore!
Now I'm supposed to tag 4 people. I tag Mom, Hillory, Holly, and Rhiannon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tag! Here's the drill (This one's kind of interesting...)1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.
The rules are as follows: List 3 Joys, 3 Fears, 3 Goals, 3 Current Obsessions/Collections, and 3 Random Surprising Facts About Yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

Three Joys
1. Matthew
2. Sarah
3. Temple Blessings

Three Fears
1. Snakes
2. Failure
3. Judgements

Three goals
1. Learn to run
2. Finish my book
3. Build an "off the grid" Victorian

Three current obsessions/collections
1. Agent Pendergast
2. Laundry Soap
3. Disney Pins-vintage and villians

Three random surprising facts about me
1. I'm really good with knives
2. I have deep seated prejudices
3. I really wish I was a shape shifter

Tag, you're it!
I tag:
1. Lauren
2. Holly
3. Rhiannon
4. Dad
5. Stacey
We just finished a week or so with 5 of Matt's students from AZ. It was a lot of fun and it was a lot of work. It is amazing to remember the maturity differences from Frosh/Soph to Jr/Sr/Grad. I had to spend an entire day reclaiming my computer from the clutches of MySpace, etc.
Tomorrow we start in with a new batch of visitors. We have 6 girls and their leader from Ashburn, VA who are part of a youth conference/pageant tour, the Von Kampens from Mesa, and Susan, Seini, and Iolani. Yeah, you would think that I would have spaced these things out better, but communication is sometimes a problem. I told the Von Kampens they were welcome, then told the ward that I might be able to host some girls for the youth group, but could they call me first to confirm? No call came, just an assignment. Matt claims he told me the dates for Susan and Seini, but I don't think so. Anyhooo. Here we are, setting up all the airbeds, and hoping for the best.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Okay, summer has officially gotten in the way of my blogging. I have no idea how much or little I did in June after the 9th, because that was when we started having visitors. I do know that I went to Girls Camp with Sarah as a 4th year at the beginning of July, and managed to gain about 10 lbs. It really bums me out because the food was terrible. 4th years have to plan their menu and then cook it. They really needed help, but not much you can do once you are out in the wilderness. The first night it rained so we didn't eat our undercooked potatoes and cold salad until 9 PM. It didn't get a lot better after that.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Most of you know this by now, but ...
WOOHOO! We are moving to Syracuse!!!!!

There is so much to do, and about half of it is paperwork! How could that be possible? I don't know if it would have been easier to stay in Mesa and let the moving company do the whole thing or not, because we still have to decide what stuff stays in Palmyra, and what stuff goes to Syracuse. But, the moving company is picking up Matt's office, then headed to Mesa to pick up the items from the shed that we left behind for some reason . . .

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Note to self: Next time you fly anywhere, wear decent shoes and pedometer.
Why, you may ask, has this just occurred to me?
Yesterday I flew back to Phoenix for a meeting with Primavera. I landed in Philidelphia with an hour to spare, but the furthest gate from where I was. I am not kidding. We landed at F36 and my Phoenix flight was leaving from A26. Yes, I rode the shuttle bus from F10 to A1, so technically that was only the length of two terminals that I walked, but as I got to A26, I wondered, "How far did I just walk?" I had chosen to leave the pedometer at home, so I didn't know.
I also regreted wearing my usual travel shoes. They are great for airline travel because they slip on and off for security, and they are slightly room if (ha! WHEN!) my feet swell. But, they are not great for long distance treks.
When I got to A26 there was nothing decent to eat. I got all picky and started back up the terminal to find something and ended up at the food court between the B and C terminal. Then, I had to trek back to A26, which had actually been changed to A24, but no big deal.
So, how far did I walk in the hour or so that I was actually on my feet?

Monday, May 26, 2008

Yesterday we went to our Home Teacher's farm instead of him coming to our house. Sarah and I got to ride the horse Tater Tot. (His show name is Amber War Bonnet.) Sarah could not stop smiling, and despite my fear of horses, she did well too.
We also got to feed the chickens. There were about 100 of them and they smelled just as bad as I remember. Matt went into one of the coops to see how the egg gathering setup was set up and a chicken above his head got spooked. Yep, you guessed it, chicken poop. I laughed so hard I almost cried, but then couldn't breathe properly in the car on the way home. Man, does that stuff stink. I sent Matt to the shower, but ended up taking one too because I felt like the smell had gotten in my hair and pores. Eeww!
Did I remember the camera to take pictures of the horse and the poop? Nope. Talked about it before leaving, but then forgot. Sorry fans.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Take this test!
Who else has what it takes to be the star of the show? While you can occasionally fly off the handle just a little or take things a bit too far, you're usually good as goblin blood. It's not that you look for trouble — it just ends up finding you.

It seems like you should be pretty full of yourself, but you keep it all in check. In fact, a little birdie told us (well, it was actually an owl) that you're not always the most confident person, but you believe in yourself when it really matters. You might not have the wand or spell books quite yet, but you've got the support of your friends until you visit Diagon Alley.

I know there are two of these tests. Sarah took the one that ended up being Harry, I ended up with Ginny Weasly. Not bad, not really bad. I was hoping for a Professor of some sort.
Take this test!
You rarely need Polyjuice potion because you're usually happy just being you! While you might not make the biggest splash or cause drama, you slowly and steadily win over lots of people who think you're pretty darn wonderful. While you can be a little shy and self-conscious at times (especially around a crush), you're probably considered to be a BFF by more than just one person.

Luckily, your talents aren't just the magic kind. You're also kind and smart and just great to be around. Looks like you'll have a very charmed life indeed!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

After talking to Hillory I realized that each flower had meaning and wasn't just pretty. So, I took the test again to see if I could read the description and post it in the comments. (Eventually I did this.) Unfortunately, I could not remember my answers, so I just answered the way I felt tonight. This actually seems to describe me better. Hmmm.

"Your artistic expression tends to show up in flamboyant bursts. When you are feeling creative, it consumes your every thought and action. But just as quickly as the muse shows up, it leaves you and you are back to your relatively normal self."

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!
I just thought I would brag about my beautiful little girl and how she made my Mother's Day perfect. Saturday Matt and Sarah took me to Lori's Secret Garden. That is the new restaurant in the old Garlock House. They have painted the enterior all kinds of shades of purple. Yummy food!
They woke me up today with breakfast in bed (Crunchy Granola Rasin Bran) and a homemade card. Sarah also gave me a freshwater pearl necklace and matching earings. They have a pink tint to them and I think they are perfect.
The ward gave us Dove chocolates and the Relief Society meeting included brunch.
My phone was dead and I didn't know it, so I missed the call from Scott, but he got in touch with Matt and sent a message. He is very thoughtful to his part time mom.
I slept for a good long time this afternoon after driving Matt to Buffalo (after I got home, not while driving back) and got to spend the evening with Sarah.
It was a great day, and I hope all of your Mother's Days were good too!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I am not sure if I have just been lazy or too busy to write. We haven't had much new happen to us, but Spring has arrived in Palmyra and for the first time in my life I have tulips and dafodils actually blooming. It is an exciting moment for me, as I am known to have a black thumb. I took a picture with my phone, but don't have any idea how to upload it, so you all will have to wait.
Matt and I are doing well, still working on the two state living arrangement. Sarah loves having a park next door and being able to play with all 101 invisible dalmatians over there.
Updated pictures coming soon!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Which Lost Character Are You?

You are Locke. A mystery within a mystery. You're a fountain of backgammon trivia and an expert with knives. You might like pina coladas and definitely like getting caught in the rain. You prefer keeping to yourself mostly, but you'll tell your secrets to the right person. Are you evil? Your accompanying soundtrack sure is sinister.
Take this quiz!

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

7 things you may not know about me
1. I used to think horses were the most wonderful creatures on earth. Above cats even. Now, after having grown and learned more, I am afraid of them. They are freakishly large for domestic animals and more often than not, don't want to be ridden.
2. I consider this the age of electronic leashes. No one can just "escape" anymore, because we all take our cell phones, laptops, and GPS systems with us, even on vacation.
3. I hallucinate on a regular basis. Don't worry. I enjoy it. My favorite bumper sticker says, "I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute."
4. I laugh more than the average person. Look up the statistics. Children laugh over 100 times a day. Teenager's drop to 1 per day, and adults are often less than that. Make it a goal to laugh outloud today.
5. My favorite flavor of sparkling water is black cherry. Sparkling water is my new substitute for soda. I made some goofball resolution back at the beginning of January.
6. I am a kinestetic listener. That basically means I want a color coded map when you give me directions, I notice the textures as well as the colors people are wearing, and I have a tendancy to get in other peoples "space" when I am talking to them.
7. I think most support groups are hooey. Get over yourself and move on.

Here are some pics from Christmas morning and then later after the ice storm. We had such a relaxing vacation that I forgot to blog for a month.