Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Extended Education

So it's not a secret. I've been a little under the weather the last few weeks. It gave me a little time to make some new friends. Basically, my new best friend is really small, and white and makes a really big difference in a girls life.

This post might be a little odd, so bare with me.

This post is yes, about Nasal Spray. It literally was amazing how one minute I would be choking,

starving for breath, dying

unable to breath. And then you spray this little piece of amazing into your nostrils....hopefully in a private, desolate location cause its kinda awkward to do, and BLAM you can breath. So I did a little research. I'm a nerd. I love to learn. So I'm going to share what I learned with you. This is how this little bottle works:

"If your nose is stopped up, these medicines will let you breathe again. They do this because they include an agent that constricts the blood vessels in your nose. When you're ill, these vessels become bloated and swollen. When this happens mucus starts flowing freely, and this combination makes it hard to breathe. When the nasal spray constricts the blood vessels, it sends a signal to the nasal membranes to stop producing all that extra mucus and the pathway to clear breathing is unobstructed."

Breath easy y'all.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Swiss Army Romance

Dear Chris Carrabba,

I was In the Venue on Tuesday, and I saw you from a distance. Don't take this the wrong way, but you are....

extremely attractive....
So attractive in fact that I didn't mind that it was only 5 degrees outside and we had to park six or so blocks away.

So attractive I actually made it through the complete total train wreck of the Steve guy that opened right before you. I try to never talk bad about people, but this boy was terrible.
You might not know this, so don't let it get to your head, but you have an amazing talent for singing. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that you sang all the songs on the Swiss Army Romance record

as well as some of my favorites... Stolen being the number one of the night.
I would marry you, yes.
(Did I just say that?)
Thank you for coming to Salt Lake City and putting on an AMAZING show.


Your devoted Fanny

(Don't take that the wrong way, my nick name is Fanny)

P.S. Just because we have such an open relationship, where we tell each other how we really feel about things... You probably have every right to be jealous when you find out I'm going to see Joshua Radin in March.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Great Divorce

First Official Meeting....

Tonight was the first meeting of our official book club.

We are going to read this fabulous book to the left and report back on it in a month. We could possibly eat small cucumber sandwiches and wear funny hats....that's still up in the air.

I'm also happy to report we gave people titles.

Melanie: President

Tiffany: Vice President of Operations

Kathryn: Quality Assurance (you know helping us censure out inappropriate material in our novels.. well and mostly helping me stop from saying
inappropriate things. she did this successfully twice tonight)

Nick: Secretary. He's really excited about this role.

John: Treasurer. He actually has a better attitude than Nick.

On a side note. I'm not sure how many of you have heard about John Goddard.
He's an amazing man, and one of my new role-models. When he was 15 (its about almost 11 years too late for me to start out that young), he wrote a list of 127 things he wanted to do in this life. He's actually almost accomplished all of them. Some of the items are so fascinating. It's inspired me to actually finish creating my bucket list and seriously start checking off items. I'm attaching a link to his life list: http://www.johngoddard.info/life_list.htm

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

MisHaP #1 of 2011

Warning: Cement is slippery

So...let's say I've started my triathlon training again. Nothing some weight lifting, cycling and a little of those precious swimming laps wont whip into shape.
Yesterday was Tuesday.
Tuesday is lap swimming day. I got a new swimming suit for Christmas so I had to put it to good use. I thought it was really random that no one was in the pool when I got it. I also thought it was really weird the water was so cold

After noticing for like the 20th time, after the 20th lap that people would come in and out of the pool room but no one got in the pool, I wondered if maybe I had forgot to wear my swimming suit. I wasn't wearing my contact so it took me a really long time to realize that there was a sign posted by the pool. It read:
Sorry for the inconvenience, maintenance currently being done to pool


Thursday, December 30, 2010

BBC Top Books

The BBC apparently says most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Apparently I'm not as big of a book worm as I originally thought I've only finished 26/100. That's a solid F. I guess I know what one of my new years resolutions is....

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen YES
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien YES
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte LOVED IT! Read it many times
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling YES
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee YES
7 Wuthering Heights
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell HATED IT
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES
11 Little Women - Louisa M. Alcott- LOVED IT!
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare SOME OF THEM
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier LOVED IT!
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien YES
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger DOES THE MOVIE COUNT?
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell DIDN'T FINISH
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams STARTED IT
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck SAW THE MOVIE
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol SAW THE MOVIE
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame YES
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens LOVED IT!
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen OF COURSE
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen BEST JANE AUSTEN EVER!!!
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis YES
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne OF COURSE
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell YES
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown YES
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery DEFINITELY
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood O
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan SAW THE MOVIE
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert X
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen OF COURSE!
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck THE GIANT REMINDED ME OF MY FAMILY W/ PETS
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas STARTED IT SAW THE MOVIE
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett SO SO MANY TIMES
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath LOVED IT!
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker STARTED IT
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White CLASSIC!
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad LOVED IT!!!
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Exupery IN FRENCH
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas LOVED IT!
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare ODDLY, NO
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo STARTED IT

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Celebrations

Its been a really l o n g time since my last post. Since I'm taking a huge leap and taking more than one day off of work, I finally have some times to get to the creative side of life. We had a fun little evening the other night when my family discovered what the application "Photo Booth" on my mac does.

We had a little chuckle on this one..... something about resembling those little house elves from Harry Potter.

I told them

to look




"DeWitt Gang"

Merry Christmas from the deWitts!

PS. We got to talk to Nicki yesterday. Not that we are counting down but she comes home on February 22nd. She sounded so happy and told us we were being to trunky, she has a lot of work she wants to do. Which makes sense since we was just called to be a trainer for the 3rd time, and is now learning sign language for her last transfer!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ode to Home Depot

dedicated to sarah, and the rogers, and all those who doubt, with hopes that they too one day will appreciate the beauty of HD....

mock me if you dare, but i love Home Depot. within those walls

are endless possibilities...

you can buy wood to make decks and chairs, rocking chairs,

the wood smells amazing too.

i love to walk past the door section

and open all the doors, its like opening the door to a new opportunity.

in the garden center, you can find seeds.

seeds bloom into things.

nails, and screws and hard cement glue hold the minds creations together.

and really...can anyone actually count the number of paint choices?