Monday, November 9, 2009


Member how I told you about this?

Well...want to see a desperate foolio on the woman who holds the #1 spot of the New York Times Bestseller List's, blog? Click on the link and scroll down to the bottom picture. She's right smack in the front looking...desperate. You can't miss her.


Friday, October 30, 2009


Some people might not call this a costume (just ask the Sophomore Tyler) but I beg to differ. Can't you tell from the picture I am FANATICAL?
Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 25, 2009

What the...

So, I am a resource teacher... Special Ed, if you will. I know most of you are picturing disabled children like, Down Syndrome, or blind, or the like, but that is not the case. The majority of my students are everyday normal kids who have fallen behind. Occasionally I get a Napoleon Dynamite type, and boy are those my favs!

Let's visit an experience I had today with one of them, and let's call him Tommy.

I had on Wednesday visited with Tommy and his mother during Parent-Teacher conferences, and on Thursday just happened to see the two of them again while going to a meeting. Quite the coincidence, but nothing too exciting.

So, today... Tommy was late for class. He came in a little hurried and sat down at his desk. I was working on my computer when Tommy stood up and said, "Mrs. Young...Mrs. Young!", very urgently. I quickly turned around to address him when a huge grin came over his face. I was confused. "Yes Tommy? What do you need?" was all I could think to say. He then, very shyly said, "uhm, my mom really liked your shirt you were wearing at Parent-Teacher Conferences."

To which I laughed a little inside and thanked him for the complement.

This response was not satisfying Tommy. He was acting as if I needed to finish my sentence and move on.

*Crickets chirping*

He then finally said, "Well, my mom would like to know where you got your shirt so she can buy it."

WHAT? HUH? The same mom that had taken TWO treats from my treat bowl (while mind you, both of her sons knew it was only appropriate to take ONE) would like to know where I bought my shirt? This is bizarre.

"Well, I got that shirt at a store called Ralph Lauren."

"Write it down please. My mom told me I have to have you write it down on a piece of paper." was Tommy's reply.

....Is this really happening?

I take out my post-it-notes and write RALPH LAUREN and go to hand the paper to him when he says, "And also, write down where you got the one you were wearing yesterday....she liked that one too."

I love my job.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


My life feels calm
I can hear the crickets
I can breathe
I have time to burn things in my crock-pot (HOW IN THE WORLD DOES THIS HAPPEN 3 TIMES IN A ROW?)
I can read my book club book
I can enjoy the fall
I can relax

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Doug came to NY

Craig's little brother Doug came to visit Craig in August, and it was so much fun getting with him. These pictures explain it all.

Here we start with a Nathan's hot dog at Coney Island:

(Don't mind the scragglemuffin in the blue hat. I was trying to blend in with the crowd o.k.)

Next was on to Shake Shack. Yes, we loved that place.
And what is a NYC visit without Magnolia's Banana Pudding? Here we are sitting on the tables outside of the Lincoln Center and the Temple enjoying our fix.

More Rents

On our way out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Battery Park: Had to snatch this photo for my nephew Ron who is completely obsessed with Spiderman.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hold. the. phone.

Pioneer Woman is coming to King's English...yay.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The rents do NYC

Here are a few pictures of the adventures we have had so far:

The view from the top of the New York Athletic Club. (Miles and I stayed there last year so we just took my parents up there this year.)

On our way back to the apartment, we ran in to a super exhausted subway performer.

Inside the MET

On top of the tour bus.. in the rain

Eating at a Moroccan restaurant. It was so delicious!

Tonight, my parents are going to David Letterman, so be sure to watch.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Life in New York has been quite relaxed in the last few weeks. Last week I walked around the Upper West side with Natalia (but pronounced Natalie..I know, I was confused too). We found the garden where Meg Ryan realizes it is Tom Hanks she has been writing to online in You've Got Mail.

Later that night we met up with our husbands and dined at the FIRST pizza place in America, Lombardi's. It was good pizza, but does not compare to Orem's own Pizzeria 712. If you haven't made it down there yet, you are missing out.

Other than that, I haven't been doing anything picture worthy, but here is a list of a few things to take note of:

*Wo Hop was not as good the second time. Miles visited this popular Chinese place in China Town with people from work, but when we went back it was no good. I don't know if it was the
couple of homeless Asians with death promising-hacking coughs, or the cockroaches we almost smashed walking along the sidewalk, but the food just did NOT do it for either of us. We had to walk through Little Italy to cleanse ourselves of our creepy experience.

*Jogging. I LOVE being in New York. I know this may come as a shock to some, but I feel so much more safe jogging/walking around my neighborhood here in New York, than I do my neighborhood in Orem. I live right near two busy streets in Utah county, and no one walks/jogs. So I feel strange doing it there. Plus it doesn't help to have had this experience. Here, I live right near Riverside Park. It has beautiful views of the Hudson and tons of little ones with their nanny's and such at parks. I LOVE it.

*Shakespeare in the Park. It is a free show every night here during the summer in Central Park. I've heard that this is so fantastic, it is worth the wait all morning for free tickets. This summer Anne Hathaway and others are preforming Twelfth Night. I went yesterday to see if I could get tickets, where I learned that it was the opening night, so they weren't giving away any tickets for the showing. It was a beautiful day yesterday so I wasn't discouraged at all about making the trip down to the park because it was so warm and sunny. I sat and read my book and watched all the cute kids play, I was seriously in Heaven..... well, until I got home and realized I was FRIED. I seriously have a problem. Is there some type of AA meeting for women who love to abuse their skin no matter how horribly they get burned?

I am seriously loving my time here in New York. I am so lucky.

Monday, June 15, 2009

new adventure

My cousin Craig is out here working and we have relied on him to help us with food recommendations. We know that we can always count on the food being cheap, which gets Miles all hot, so it is perfect!

He suggested this pizza place just down a few blocks from our apartment. I don't know what the name of the place is, but the charge $2.50 for a HUGE slice of cheese pizza. It is delicious. When we we went with Craig, he had already finished his slice before we even sat down with ours, so he bummed .25 cents off of us and went back for round two. WOWZA!

This is a pic of the time Miles and I went back just the two of us, and this is the extent of our photography ability:
We were trying to get the pizza and both of us in the shot. Just didn't work out all that well.

This one however did. I'm so lucky.


Time seriously flies out here. Last weekend my dearest Camille {one of my dearest and oldest (not in age, but in time) friends, who knows probably more embarrassing things about me than I'd like to admit, and also got married last summer and I haven't even seen her since.} came out with her sister and I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with her.

This is us outside of Magnolia Bakery. This has become one of my diet staples, unfortunately. (That might explain why all of my pictures look like I am pregnant..I assure you I am not.)

And this was the next day when we all met for s'mores. ummm hmmm.

Thanks for letting me tag-a-long Camille!

Monday, June 8, 2009

An NYC Weekend

Saturday started out with a walk through Columbia to get to our subway stop. It was graduation on Saturday and so they had tons of little parties and lots of balloons.

We then waited in the subway for literally 1/2 an hour. Now that may not seem like a long time, but ugh... it is so sweaty and gross down there, that half an hour is way to long to be waiting. I guess on the weekends they do all sorts of construction, so you never know when the subways are going to be functioning. So we hoped in a taxi (since my cousin Craig and his friends were waiting for us at dinner) and took it to the next subway stop.. waited... and of course, our subway line showed up (which means if we would have just waited longer, it would have eventually shown up) YAY!

So we made it to the Shake Shack and ate our delicious meal.

After dinner we decided to walk around Times Square. This was probably a bad idea considering it was Saturday night. There were SOO many people down there, but I guess you have to do that at least once!
This picture below ended up being super cool because of the reflection on the van, but there was a sad reason it was there. A few of these cars had been parked outside our building all day long, and we had a bunch of NYPD Blue guys walking around our neighborhood all day. The reason they were there turned out to be a sad one, but not any real crime, so don't worry mom. :)

Anywho, our lives here in New York is pretty fabulous. We are excited that we get to be here all summer long!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

5th Ave and Times Square

Okay, I am not creative. Not really at all. Plus I was all alone and was trying to look like I knew what I was doing (i.e. not a tourist, because.. ya know, I live here now) so these pictures are not cutsie.. ootsie or tootsie... just point and shoot.

My day:

Just a stroll through Columbia's campus (notice all the kiddo's on the left)

A subway tour down to Times Square...and the Naked Cowboy! (I think he stuffs..)

Marta's recommendation:

ooh ooh good. The cake on this thing was fantasmic!

St. Patrick's Cathedral along 5th Ave (you know this is where JFK and Jackie were married..)

After shopping at Bloomingdales, H&M, Tiffany's, FAO's, Anthropologie and such on 5th Avenue, I walked through Columbus Circle and saw this homeless man doing "magic".

A view of Columbus Circle.

Miles and John (Miles friend who lives here) met some strange looking boy with bangs at the local Pinkberry to finish up the night!

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Well, we didn't get out and do too much today. I'll let these pictures explain why:

We did however, get invited over to our friends the Nelson's for some excellent Indian food and brownies! I made sure to take a picture of us on the subway... very awesome. ha.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

We made it!

Here is our new home for the next 3 months. No, I am kidding, but this is across the street! This is Columbia's campus and we live literally across the street from this place.

It is good to know that there is a lot of security around. :)

Here is a view of our front room. Complete with a doggie bed.

All in all our place is really great. There are a few strange things here and there (including an 8x10 picture of the female owner 9 months pregnant exposing her naked belly, along with old socks and underwear left in the dresser drawers.) but nothing we can't chuck into a box and hide for a bit.

So far today we have done some exploring, ate lunch at a little place down the street, and plan to clean this place (think dog hair and dust).

p.s. For those of you who don't know why we are in NYC, Miles is working here for the summer at a law firm. So far so good!

Spring Break

This year for Spring Break, Miles and I went down to St. George and visited Zion's National Park. These pictures are of Angel's Landing once we made it to the top!
It was a fun hike, with tons and tons of people. Some parts were scary so I wouldn't recommend the hike for kids younger than 10. The weather was a little chilly but perfect for hiking. Miles of course ran into some people he knew, but it was fun to have a vacation, just the two of us.

Britney Spears Concert

Andrea and I went to the Britney Spears concert a few months back, and although Britney was no fun (wouldn't even acknowledge all of her fans) we still had a Blast-o-Rama!

Britney in her strange outfits being dragged across the stage.

Andrea's friend a co-worker Stephen really wanted this picture. So we did it. It turned out to be one excellent pose... I'd say.
The only real way we could tell what was going on down there.
The Pussy Cat Dolls (really great).
At dinner before the show... YAY!

Valentine's Day '09

Now that I have uploaded that picture, it is obvious that the quality is horrible. Oh well. Here we are before driving up to Cucina Toscana in SLC.During dinner. It was super yummy. And yes, Miles and I matched our outfits on purpose. :)