Friday, August 29, 2008

And again...

So, I accidentally pressed enter before I was ready to post on the last one and I can't figure out how to fix it on this computer. Our computer that we usually use is currently at the doctor's, we hope he will return home soon.
What I was going to say in the last post was that I think that some doctors are crazy. As many of you know, I have been struggling with some issues this year and have been to many doctors. So far nothing has worked. So, I finally found a doctor who takes a holistic approach to medicine. I am giving this a run and think it has great potential to finally help me out. But I do think he is a little nuts. Every night I have to take a tablespoon of this:

Gross! Why can't I just take the pills? Well, apparently they take out a bunch of vitamins when they make the pills, so the oil is better. If you ever find yourself needing to swallow a bunch of this I recommend putting it in the fridge first. It is a lot easier to get down when it's cold.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

5 things are too many.

I just explained to Melanee that she already knows the answers to these questions. She already copied the questions into a new blog below though, and she is very persistent. She knows that it takes me a long time to write things. It is something I struggle with.

What I was doing 10 years ago...
1. I lived in Starr Valley, NV.
2. I was not playing soccer.
3. I played basketball when given the opportunity.
4. This was a full year before I met Melanee.
5. This question doesn't merit five separate items.

5 Things on today's "to do" list...

1. The day is waning and there is only one major thing on my list.
2. That thing is to work on a large paper, again I struggle with writing, for my horrible independent study class that I should have finished long ago.
3. Earlier today I went to Park City and saw how a concrete pour was going on a job that I am working on.
4. Then I went to a different job up there and did a safety inspection. Safety First.
5. Get ready for bed.

5 Snacks I enjoy...

1. I like a lot of snacks
2. Sometimes we get donuts at work.
3. I like donuts
4. I also like raspberries. I agree heavily with Melanee on most things.
5. Hamburgers

5 Things I would do if I was a millionaire...

1. I need more details, how many millions?
2. Did I come by it honestly?
3. See the world. Again, good call Melanee.
4. Do good.
5. Build a nice house with raspberry potential.

5 places that I've lived...

1. Not in Idaho
2. Starr Valley, Nevada
3. Provo, Utah
4. Buenos Aires
5. Other part of Provo

This is a wonderful opportunity to say hello to everyone I know, since I know that everyone I know will read this. Until next time. Thank you.

What is being tagged all about anyway?

So, I'm new to this whole blogging thing. But I have officially been tagged. When I first heard about being tagged I told myself that was dumb and I'd never participate. If you have not yet looked up the blog "Seriously so Blessed" then you probably should, then you will understand my hesitation. But what do you do when one of your dearest friends is the tagger? Well, I thought this looked somewhat amusing, so here we go.

What I was doing 10 years ago...
1. I lived in Spring Creek, NV
2. I think I was a sophomore that year, I would have been 14
3. I played soccer that year and tore a bunch of ligaments in my ankle. I spent much of the year watching the very awful bruise finally die away. It was a great battle scar.
4. This is the year I met Ammon.We didn't meet until summer, but we still met...
5. My parents went to Portugal for a vacation, while they were gone I had the girl that was staying with us cut off my hair. It wasn't super short (nothing like right now), but it was a big deal. We must have cut off like 10 inches. When my parents called to check on us halfway through their trip, I confessed to the hair thing (I thought they might be angry). They wouldn't believe that I'd actually cut my hair. What a surprise when they got home!

5 Things on today's "to do" list...

1. Yoga, homework, yoga practice, yoga observation, yoga assisting, and yoga teaching. I love yoga.
2. Rest enough to get my body feeling better (I'm close, but still having some pain). I think it is sad that this is on my list of things to do. This is a great intro to my current life situation.
3. Visit the Health Food Store (I need a good substitute for sugar, it's so hard to cut sugar out of your diet, it is for me anyway).
4. Pick out the next book I'm going to read. I can't decide if I should go long or short.
5. I think I'll attempt making wheat bread today. Obviously my life isn't too demanding at the moment. I was recently offered a job, but decided that until I can feel better, I should probably stick to part time work. Does anyone need a yoga instructor?

5 Snacks I enjoy...

1. Costco fruit leather...yum
2. popcorn
3. SUGAR (but I'm trying to quit, Ammon calls me his hummingbird because of my sugar obsession). For the record, this is usually not just straight sugar but in the form of goodies...usually (M&M cookies are my favorite)
4. Frozen yogurt
5. Raspberries. If I could eat raspberries for every meal, every day I would be a happy girl. I love raspberries, more than sugar even. Some day, Ammon and I are going to own a lot of land, I'm going to cover the entire plot with raspberries. I'll pick whatever I want and then we will open it up to let others come and pick. I don't think I'll even charge per bucket. We will just have a donation bucket to help us keep up the plot. Oh, there will be no end to my raspberry plants.

5 Things I would do if I was a millionaire...

1. Pay off debt from school and for my family. I'd like to build my mom the most incredible kitchen and set my parents up for retirement. My dad would have a beautiful shop where he could just piddle around and build beautiful furniture. This is when they weren't out traveling with us, of course. We would take Ammon's parents to England and go on all the tours. Jane Austin, here we come.
2. Buy an airplane and take classes. Ammon and I would like to fly. Especially if we set my parents up for retirement in North Idaho. We need some way to see them more often.
3. See the world. One of my only desires in life is to set foot on every continent (yes, every one) and see as many places as possible.
4. Obviously that house where I have the raspberries would be a purchase.
5. Oh, is there anything left at this point? We would probably adopt several children from all over the world. Actually, I should probably put this one above buying the airplane. The airplane would be the last purchase. I want a multi-race family.

5 places that I've lived...

1. All over Idaho: Jerome, Twin Falls, Moscow, Shelley, Rexburg
2. Spring Creek, NV: I think we moved 4 times while we were there. One of those was living in a tent for a few months. That was fun.
3. Palo Alto, CA, speaking of fresh raspberries
4. Scenic Provo, UT
5. Ufa, Russia (on the border of Siberia, how cool is that? Nearly as cold as Rexburg.)

5 people I tag

Let me just say that if you are interested in filling this thing out, I would be interested in reading it. Otherwise I don't tag anyone specific. Except maybe Ammon. But the chances of him filling something like this out are very slim.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Here are some pictures of our graduation. I think that I look like a little boy in most of them with the hat on and my new haircut. But I married a very handsome man. Thank you to my dear mother-in-law for getting us these pictures. Now I just need to get some of my family, but since they don't read my blog maybe they won't mind their lack of representation too much.

By this point in the processional we were very hot and miserable. They had us line up on the pavement outside, in the sun, in 100 degree weather wearing dark gowns. It was awful. I actually burned the bottom of my feet. But it was fun to march in. I noticed my parents right off, they were the first people I saw; Ammon's parents were also easy to spot.

It was really windy out (not when we were lining up though), that's why our tassels are everywhere. This is us with Grandma Jaynes. We were so happy she could come.

This is Ammon right after getting his "diploma." He walked with me at my college, so he was only one of three that were getting a BS instead of a BA. They announced me first, then said, "And her husband, Ammon Dahl..." it was kind of funny.

Aren't we cute? I know Ammon is.

And another. My parents are so wonderful. They bought me the most beautiful roses. They were orange, my favorite. I love roses. Thanks Mum and Pa.

Ammon and I with his parents. They were so wonderful to come. We enjoyed having them around. On Saturay after graduation we traveled with my parents, Ammon's parents, and my aunt Harriet down to St. George. We went to the splendid outdoor theatre down there to see Les Miserables. It was fantastic. It was hot, but it was fantastic. Mark and Coralee bought us the most wonderful dinner right before as well. Thank you!

I don't know if you can read this or not, but across the middle of where the "diploma" is, it says "sample." We thought that was pretty amusing.

Once again, we want to say thank you to everyone for coming such a long way to support us and for all of your wonderful gifts. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Things They Say, part 2

We recently had an interesting conversation with our nephew, Isaiah. He is a smart kid, getting ready for his first year of school. His mom will be teaching him. They recently had all their books and supplies for the school year arrive in the mail. Ammon and I were out visiting with the Enoch Dahls and Isaiah was busy showing off all his new supplies (he is very excited for school). He was showing us a map of the world that he had. He was trying to find Utah on the map to show us. His dad hinted that it was by a big lake. He pointed to the large amount of ocean that was pictured on the map and asked if that was the lake. I told him that was a pretty big lake. Then he started telling Ammon that he had to swim the whole thing. Ammon replied that it would be no problem, he could swim from the South to the North pole in a day. Isaiah wondered if he could swim the whole thing without breathing.
Melanee: Yes, Ammon is a very good swimmer.
Isaiah: Can you swim it in 11 hours?
Ammon: Yep, easily.
Isaiah: Can you swim it without goggles.
Melanee: Yes, he doesn't need anything to swim it, he can hold his breath the whole time.
Isaiah: He doesn't need a snorkle mask?
Melanee: Nope, Ammon doesn't need anything to swim it.
Isaiah: He doesn't need anything?
Melanee: Nothing at all.
Isaiah: Does he have a swim suit?
Oh the things these kids say. He cracks me up. I assured him that no matter how far Ammon swims he would be wearing at least a swim suit. So, that settled the matter.

In other news. We graduated! I don't have any pictures yet. I need to secure them from various family members, but I'll post them once I have some. It was so wonderful to have all of our family here for the graduation and to celebrate with a big BBQ on Thursday. We loved to see all of you. Thank you for bringing sooo much food and for the generous gifts that you gave us. It felt like a wedding reception all over again, people give you gifts and want to take your picture. But we had a wonderful time and love our family dearly. You guys are the best!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First Room

Some of you may recall my going on a while back about wanting to re-do my house. Well, I wasn't just drugged. And, I have actually been making progress. I have finished the living room and hope to move on to the kitchen and then the hall. But, I think I'll take a little break. Anyway, here are some before and after pictures.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Plumbing Woes

A few weeks after we moved into our new home we started having problems when we did our laundry. The water would back up and overflow into the house. It was awful. We had several plumbers come and snake the plumbing only to find out that where our lined tied into the main line was where the problem was. This happened to be in the middle of the street outside our house. So, we had to dig up the asphalt and get that replaced.
We have always had really slow drainage in the bathroom, but the rest of the house seemed to be draining fine. Well, 2 years later we started having problems when we did our laundry again. This time we found out that all the pipes were shot and the plumbing needed to be redone. Ammon spent several days on his back in our foot-deep crawl space changing all the plumbing. It's been draining like a dream ever since.
But for the last little while we have been having an undesirable smell rising up from under the house. Ammon was worried that his new plumbing was leaking, so he crawled back under the house a while. Everything was working fine, but in the front left corner of the house the ground was completely wet. We tried to use a fan to dry it out, but it didn't seem to help. So, Ammon started digging. He dug a big hole right next to the house, amongst my roses. Yep, it was definately wet. As luck would have it, Ammon actually found the problem before he had to dig up the entire front yard, but he has had to dig up a lot. Where we turn on our sprinklers was where the problem was. Lots and lots of water. But we have found the problem. It only took two large holes and a lot of time with Ammon's head below ground level. Poor guy.

All I know is that in our next house, I want the plumbing to already be brand new. But, if it isn't, I'm sure glad I'm married to the man I am married to. He can fix anything.