Ticking Clocks

Boy, time sure seems to by flying by. In a good way, I suppose. It's hard to believe that's Matt's wedding was nearly two weeks ago and that Thanksgiving is just a week away. Our lives have been super busy, but productive, so I don't have much to complain about. My TV Pledge drive begins in a week as well, and I've been swamped at work preparing for that. Hopefully it will be a successful drive despite the down economy and I'll be able to meet my final revenue goals for the year. I just finished preparing my end of the year letters as well, so we'll see how the donors respond to those. I'll keep my fingers crossed! Just one month left (before it starts all over again, of course). That's another thing that's crazy - I'll have been in my job for 1 year in a couple weeks and at BYU Broadcasting for two years. Time sure flies.

Last weekend I went up to the Wings' cabin on Friday night with my mother and sisters-in-law (and a few others) to scrapbook. I've never really scrapbooked before, and I had a good time. I'm not the worlds "artsyist" person, but I guess maybe that's because I've never really tried anything. Scrapbooking reminded me a little bit of cross-stitch because there are so many tools and gizmos to make everything very precise - it takes a lot of the "artsyness" out of it and makes it more logical and geometric, which works for me.

Saturday was Scott's birthday party so Geoff and I shopped for his gift and then went to the bowling alley for a fun evening of bowling and free soda (I drank enough to float a small ship - we'll see if the bowling alley regrets that free drink policy for parties!). After that we went back to Scott and Tissa's for "cake" (lemon poppyseed muffins), ice cream, gifts, and a movie. It was a good night.

Sunday was the primary program. And if I thought it was hard to get the 4-year olds to sit still for 2 hours, add a 3rd hour and you've got an exhausted Geoff and Amanda at the end of the day. The program was nice, though, and Geoff said is part perfectly. Haha. He also stuck it out with one of our sunbeams who nearly refused to say that part he had so wonderfully memorized, and eventually whispered into the microphone.

I've also made it my new goal to try two new recipies a week in an effort to expand my cooking repertoire. It's been fun! I made sundried tomato pesto and artichoke chicken last night and will be making spaghetti squash later this week (I've make spaghetti squash before, but this recipe sounds amazing!).

Anyway, this weekend we've got yet another birthday party and lots to do. But my parents will be here in less than a week, so there's a light at the end of the tunnel!



Well, Gee and I had the pleasure of flying out to California this weekend for my brother's wedding. (Let me clarify, the wedding was a pleasure, the flying was a nightmare - delayed an hour and a half BOTH DIRECTIONS). The wedding was fantastic, Lindsay looked amazing, Matt was so handsome and they both were so happy. My mom put together an amazing luncheon (homemade gourmet pizzas named after the newlyweds and their home towns - i.e. the Lindsay had spinach, artichoke hearts, gourmet cheese, homemade sauce, the Matt was an all meat pizza, the Santa Rosa had local cheeses, a sauce made from locally grown tomatoes...etc...), a make-your-own italian soda bar (which was a hit!), a salad bar, and dessert. It was beautiful and a lot of work. But so worth it.
The reception was lovely as well. It was outdoors (a brave move on November 8th), and there was a moment or two of rain, but it subsided quickly and the whole evening was lovely. I'm sorry for any of you who didn't get to see the first dance. It was quite a treat. Geoff looked terribly handsome in his chocolate colored tux, although the shoes looked a bit like something edible from Willie Wonka's Chocolate factory.

It was a great chance to see some of my extended family who I haven't seen in quite awhile. I come from such a great family and it is so nice to be reminded of my roots from time to time. Mostly what I was reminded of this weekend is how much I love my husband. He is the perfect man for me and I could not imagine being married to anyone else. We were married in the same temple as my brother just over a year ago and it was the very best day of my life and I am so glad, lucky, and happy that we made that choice.
Congrats Matt and Lindsay Gamblin!



I got this idea from my cousin. Below is a mirror and in it is reflected all the things that make me happy and represent just a small piece (or in some cases a very large piece) of who I am.

I encourage you to do the same.


I Voted.

Although the whole experience was somewhat of a disaster, I was able to vote.

You go, too.

Hopefully your experience will be much better than mine.

Happy Election Day!