Married with Roommates

So this past week my husband learned that his best friend was being kicked out of his current living quarters to make room for another tenant. So of course being the ever-loving and wonderfully charitable man that he is. He told this friend that he could move into our spare bedroom (you know the one that I put all of our random possessions in, affectionately call ‘the island of misfit toys’). So my initial thought was “Heck NO!” I mean we just moved away from his parents house so we could have our privacy and now he wants to bring another GUY to live in our house INDEFINITELY But, he kept telling me “it’s the right thing to do” so of course I caved and he is moving in as soon as we get approval from our landlord.

And I had to break down and tell my mother (bracing myself for the storm of disapproval) not that I was necessarily scared…. I mean my mom was always the cool mom that let us do whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral. But she does have a way of letting us know of her ever-so-humble-opinion (which I guess is where I get my voice from) and lets just say I am all nervous again. I know K is a good guy, he’s clean, friendly, he has the same values as Doc and I so we know he wont have strange girls sleeping over, and he really has had a hard time lately. So in the end I think this will be a good thing. after all he’ll pay a third of the rent and utilities and possibly let me borrow his car (Doc and I are still sharing hence the awesome chance to save up for a car) every once in a while so we actually have food around to eat. So I’ve decided to be okay with this and just roll with the punches, not excited by any means but okay.

On a side note, the manager at our apartment complex asked me to apply for the assistant manager position. Which means I don’t have to go job hunting after the school year is over (which is in 21 days…. but who’s counting).

Thanks for reading,

Jane

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Holi, Color Festival

Next week my hubby and I are planning on attending the Holi/Color Festival in Spanish Fork Ut.

My brother went last year and had a lot of fun, plus we have been seeing a lot of pictures from last year on facebook. So I decided we should go. And like everything else I did my research on everything that goes on and the history and traditions behind the celebration. So here is a little bit of what I found in case anyone out there is thinking about joining in the fun.

Holi is a religiouse holiday celebrated by Hindus (and appearantly Harry Kerishnas, because the festival is actually at the karishna temple.)

The main day, Holi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other.  They light Bonfires the day before the festival, this is known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). After the burning, holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered.

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. This year it’s March, 24th.

In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Also, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects polite behavior, as a result the festival is loud and rambunctious and from what I hear there are a lot of body surfers.

Every year, thousands of Hindus (and non-Hindus, such as myself) participate in the festival Holi. The festival is celebrated for many reasons. First, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating many events in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating.

So now that I knew a little bit about why is was celebrated, I looked around for some cool pictures and I kept seeing pictures of fires and wondered why in the world that had to do with sprind and color.

and I was wondering what in the world this had to do with the color festival.

Hindu legends say, tell about a brutal King named Hiranyakashyapa. This demon king Hiranyakashyapa was very cruel and thus forcefully suppressed all this subjects and make them his devotees. He tried to eliminate the existence of God from the earth and establish his own supremacy everywhere. All the citizens of his kingdom were forced to pray to Hiranyakashyapa and not to Vishnu. However his own son, Prahalad, never abided by his Kingdoms rule. He tried every way to stop Prahalad from worshipping Vishnu but the little devotee never stopped praying his almighty.

Out of frustration and anger, the demon king then decided to kill his son. Despite all his efforts, Prahalad remained safe by the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Finally, Hiranyakashyapa decided to take help of his cruel demon sister Holika. Holika was blessed with a drape which protected her from burning into fire. The demon princess Holika sat with young Prahalad in a huge bowl of fire wearing the drape over her body. But this time, due to heavy wind the drape came over young Prahalada, saving him from burning and as a result Holika was burnt in fire and thus died on the spot.

I have always been interested in learning about different religions and thier traditions and holidays.

I am so escited to attend the festival!

I would love to know more, if anyone out there knows more about these traditions please comment.

Thanks for reading.

Life in emoticons

Today has been pretty sucky and my emotions have been up and down. So I though to best illistrate my feelings I should use my facvorite emoticons.

4:30 am = o_O (only half awake and too tired to take a shower)

5:00 am = 😦 (time to wake up and in seriouse back pain)

6:00 am = :-/ (at school not to bad way tired)

8:23 am = >:-( (unhappy, someone stole the topic I was going to use for my paper so my professor made me change it.)

10:00 am = :’-( (I got another ‘D’ on homework and just about cired)

10:30 am = 😀 (super happy becaus I got a ‘B’ for the first time in this class)

10:51 am = >:-( + :’-( (I asked my professor for some help getting my grade up, his response was to try harder.)

11:00 am = :-/ (skip my public speaking course to run to the library)

11:15 am = :-! (I forgot my wallet so I don’t have my drivers license or student ID card)

12:00 am = 😛 (Totally fried and it’s only noon)

This has been an incredibly long day. and I still have papers to write one class to attend.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Jane

Baby Dream Book

Recently I was checking my e-mail and found a note from a website that I had used to help keep me organized while I was planning my wedding (theknot.com), It said “Congradulations! You’ve been married for 6 months! Now we would like to introduce you to our sister site thebump.com dedicated to all things pregnancy. I laughed out loud when I saw this (and I thought my fellow mormons were pushy when it comes to having kids).

But after a while of thinking and a few days of talking with my husband we decided that in fact it was time to add a little guy (or girl) to our little family. Besides now that I’m not working I have a TON of free time. So because… well…. because I am me I have started to obsess.

Yesterday Afternoon I went over to my mother’s house for some hot cocoa after sledding and found a box of my things that my grandmother had put together for me. I found the binder I used while planning my wedding, I went back and forth on it but in the end I brought it home. My mother had mentioned that even though it had “brideacess.com” plastered all over it I could cover it in fabric and reuse it for something else.

I loved this ideas because I was so attached to this binder and you could tell it had been well loved becuase it was dirty and the spine was ripping off. So after she left and my husband passed out on the floor I decided I am going to make it into my very own “Baby Dream” book.

I havn’t started just yet but I have an old t-shirt that has lip gloss stains all over it that I plan to use to cover the binder. I’ll post pictures when it is all done. Plus it has “Made With Love” on the front that I think is perfect for this occasion.

So hopefully this weekend I will be able to get an internet connection at my apartment this weekend so I can post when I’m at home too.

Thanks for reading.

Moving Day

It finally happened!! My hubby and I have moved out of my in-laws basement and have rented an apartment all by ourselves. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time. although moving was a hassle (that I am not excited to repeat) I love my new apartment. I have almost finished unpacking I just have to find somewhere to put all of the stuff I have randomly stuffed in my bedroom.

I have a couple of tips for those of you that are considering moving anytime in the near future.

#1. Start packing early as to avoid a last-minute odds and ends box of which I have a few that still need sorting out.

#2. one thing I did that I loved was labeling all the boxes with the contents and which room it went in so that when my helpers could put the box right where it belonged and I didn’t have to do much rearranging.

#3. organize the kitchen first. This way you can go grocery shopping and put everything away with ease.

#4. bribe brothers and cousins with big muscles to help you carry in the big stuff (especially if you live on the third floor)

#5. borrow vans and trucks if you can to cut down on rental costs. My in-laws have a truck and my mother has a mini-van so between our three cars we were able to make one trip to and from.

#6. Buy doughnuts for the help. trust me they will be happier.

These are some things I wish I had done and a few things that I think I did pretty well.

Now today after Doc picks me up from school we have to go to the bank and find quarters so that I can do some laundry.

Thanks for reading.

Jane

Super Bowl Party

This week has been crazy busy because we found an apartment and are working on moving in a little bit at a time before our “big move” this saturday. So I havn’t had a chance to show off the super bowl party pictures that I took of my amazing creativity.

This is the cake that I made. I made a simple cream cheese frosting in black, white and green and just spread it on the cake. I know the numbers are a little out of order. I put my husband’s name on one goal line and my father-in-law’s name on the other goal line because we were technically celebrating thier birthdays.

My mother-in-law and I put together this incredible spread (if I don’t say so myself) we made up a lot of the recipes for dips and things because both of us forgot to go shopping and  we didn’t have a lot of the things that we needed. But everything turned out deliciouse and we have left overs to eat as well.

I think this is my most clever of all. When Hubby and I went to the party store to pick up a ton of decorations he saw this chocolate football and just wanted it. so we bough it. I had no idea what I was going to do with it . It  was too big to put on the cake and to fragile to just sit on the table (not to mention that would be boring). So right before the party I had a gread Idea. I just grabbed a cup and stuffed two green napkins (to represent some kind of grass) in it and set the football on top. It turned out fabulouse! I call this my big win.

This room was perfect for my party because it was full of antique sports memorabillia. so I just added a few streamers to the cieling and in the middle was a plastic blow up football. I put this up the night before and it stayed all night. however it kept falling down and eventually right in the middle of the game the football and several streamers fell down on top of the guests, so next time I will wait till the day of.

I also grabbed some camp chairs to make it seem more “outdoorsy” and they are way more comfy to sit in than metal folding chairs.

Well that’s all for now.

Jane

Higher Standards

It’s no mystery to my family and close friends that one of my favorite movies of all time is “Easy A”. In this movie Olive (played by Emma Stone, who is also one of my favorite actresses) is a clean-cut high school student, she isn’t a nerd by she isn’t popular either. her best friend invites her to go camping with her weird hippie family, so to get out of it she says she has a date. When the weekend is over and her fiend comes after her for lying she tells her that she had sex with the boy she went out with. This rumor spreads around the school and soon everyone knows and either likes her or hates her. One day she calls another girl in her class a t***

Which leads me to one of my favorite scenes in the movie

not that, that really had anything to do with what I’m actually saying it’s just funny. For those of you who haven’t seen it you definitely should. I am constantly fascinated by the way our society functions. When a man has sex with hundreds of women, he becomes a “Playa” which is a good thing and his societal status doesn’t change much. One the other hand if a woman has sex with even five or six different men she is instantly a slut and is looked down upon untill her geographical location changes and erases her past.

I was talking about this with a friend of mine who said that it was unfair that we thought of women this way (although she admitted to thinking this way herself). But I have a different opinion. First of all I think there always has to be a double standard with males and females, because, well, we’re different (Before all of my feminist readers burn me at the stake listen to the rest of my argument). Second, I find it flattering that women are held to a higher standard than men.

People assume that women should act more lady like and they are more respected when they do so. Most people would say “Why should we have to work harder than men do, to gain respect” I believe that women are seen as a higher power in this world so when they make mistakes it is more obvious and so people jump on that more, where as we simply expect bad results from men.

So for my closing argument I think it is a good thing that we, as women need to work harder to gain and keep respect because then we will deserve all that we do get.

And for a little bit of closing funny, I recently discovered nicepeter on youtube and thought I would share….. cause it’s funny.

Jane