Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A New Hairdo!

I had to get all dolled up a week or two ago for work- it was a formal party for the end of our festival.  Anywho, I had come home to put on a dress and put my hair up.  Standard ballroomprotocol is some sort of low bun; I began the process.  

I first made a little poof in the front with my "bangs", I did not use a bump it I just went to school in Utah and learned how to make a poof with the best of them.  I was planning to take the tails that had made a poof and do something with them and then pull the rest into a bun.  Figuring that it would be easiest to pull the hair into a bun and then figure out what to do with the tails, I pulled the tails in front and pinned them so they would stay out of my way long enough to make the bun.  After I made the bun I looked in the mirror and realized that the tails kind of looked cool.  I wrapped them all the way around the poof and pinned them in place.  There was a mass of bobby-pins, thus I covered them with a flower.

I think it turned out pretty cool and am excited to try and replicate this hairdo sometime.  I got that it looked like Audrey Hepburn, french, like a little hat, and 40's-esque.  (And yes, I am wearing false eyelashes...again, standard ballroom protocol!)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Christmasy Weekend

Nicholas had asked me for a date last Friday.  I cooked dinner and then we went to Handel's Messiah at some church on I-10.  I had never heard The Messiah all the way through and it was fun to attend that kind of concert again...Nick and I used to go to concerts and symphonies and such all the time when they were super convenient at BYU but now they are a little harder to come by (at least affordable ones!).  After the concert there were refreshments served, so Nick didn't even have to buy me a treat afterwards!  

We rode around uptown to see some Christmas lights.  We found this one little spot and got out and walked around a bit.  There were these big candles in the center of a pointsettia wreath, and we couldn't help but have some fun with them.  I tried to blow them out and Nick thought they set him on fire :)

The next evening was The Marvelous Dancers Christmas party; The Marvelous Dancers is a student organized group of members of the studio.  They had invited Nicholas and me and so we decided to crash the party.  It was fun to attend a dancing event where I wasn't working and thus could actually dance with Nick instead of only students. (Don't worry, I still got a few dances with students in!)  The students had really gone all out and the party was really well done.  We managed to remember to get one picture at the party!

Happy Holidays!  

Darwin Awards

This was forwarded to me by my sister-in-law Erin and I thought it was too funny not to share it with enjoy it knowing that you are not the dumbest one out there!

Yes, it's again that magical time of the year when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.


Here are the glorious winners: 

1. When his 38 - caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up inLong Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked. 

And now, the Honorable Mentions: 

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.
3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard inChicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space...understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from  Harare to Bulawayohad escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer: $15.  (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)

7. Seems an  Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a  New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the purse-snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King inYipsilanti, Michigan , at 5 a.m, flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.


10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Going "Home"

Another thing Nicholas and I did while we were in Utah for Thanksgiving was take a trip down memory lane...I showed him the "house" my dad built with his own hands where I lived until I was 4 years old.  The house isn't there anymore since we sold the land to a developer, but they have built a church now where it used to sit.  It is kind of sad, but at least it is a church that is there are not a Wendys or something. 

The pump house is still standing though and I managed to get a picture of the new church with the pump house so you can see where the church sits (which really only makes since if you knew where our old house sat).  

It was fun to show Nick a little bit about my roots, even if I don't remember them all that well.  The other photo is just of Maple Mountain and the was far too beautiful that day and I couldn't help but snap a bunch of pictures! 

Skiing in Park City

When Nicholas and I were in Utah for Thanksgiving, we took one afternoon to go skiing.  Skiing is something Nick is very passionate about and I feel terrible that I dragged him down to Texas where he can not go anymore.  Thus I made sure that we made a little skiing trip happen.

(Please notice the full moon in the picture above!) I have been skiing enough times you can count them on one hand, however Nicholas has been a great teacher and I have even gone down a black run already (we won't comment if it was on my feet or not!)  We were looking forward to me getting a proper lesson from a real pro, Nick's dad Paul, however he had caught a cold and stayed warm at home.

There wasn't too much snow yet and so there were only a few runs open, but we rented some skis and bundled up and headed out to Park City Mountain Resort.  It came back faster than I was anticipating!  I only lost my ski once!  We really enjoyed skiing together and it was a beautiful, albeit chilly, day for it.  I hope there are many more ski trips in our future!

*One interesting side note- when we were putting our ski boots on in the parking lot a car was coming down and aisle and it slowed down and then stopped right by us.  The driver immediately got out and started running towards was our friend Schmidtty! (Megan)  We hadn't seen her since before we were engaged and it was so fun- and random- to run in to her there!*

Monday, December 7, 2009

Midnight Snack

One night I wanted chips and salsa while we were going to watch an episode of something in our room before bed.  Nick said he would grab the salsa...
It came out a little faster than expected.
The pictures don't do it was a really funny moment in the Vernon household. :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Halloween: Part 2

Gosh, am I really so backed up that I am putting up Christmas decorations and blogging about Halloween?  Oh well.

For my work at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, I had to travel to Las Vegas to compete in an All-Star teaching consisted of a written exam and some teaching simulations.  I had won in the category of "Rookie" (because I haven't been teaching that long) in our studio, district, and area and so I was on to the finals in Vegas.  It was an all-expense paid trip for me and so I convinced Nicholas to get a ticket and come with me.  It was only two weekends after our first anniversary, so we decided we would celebrate over Halloween weekend in Vegas.

Tara was there, working of course, and my mom joined her to be her helper.  We met them at the Luxor hotel- where the event was held- on Friday when we got in.  Then Nick and I were off to explore.  We walked across the highway to get to an In & Out, and it was worth every step!  That evening we went to the show La Reve at the Wynn; Tara had given us "paper" tickets for our first anniversary (which is "paper").  It was an amazing show with ballroom dancing, 
acrobatics, diving, and much more!  We walked along the strip on the way back and did a bit more exploring.

Saturday morning was my big competition- the written part went really well and I didn't miss a question!  The simulation was a bit trickier and I didn't get through all of my thoughts before they told me time was up...nuts!  At least it was over!  Nick and I did a bit more shopping and such that afternoon and then came back to the ballroom for the Saturday evening session.  We had a great dinner and enjoyed a few social dances as well as lots of great competition and a show by a very handsome Italian (and his partner/wife).  They also announced the winners of the All-Star competition...I did not win any big prize money, however I wasn't expecting any at that point!  We were too pooped out to hang around for the staff party, which can get pretty wild, an
d so we retired to our room.
Sunday we slept in a bit and then got ready to check out.  After we ate breakfast, we were going to just drop our bags in Tara's suite and head off to play again, but when we got there we found 
it a much better idea to just turn on the Broncos and relax.  Tara joined us in a bit and we walked down the strip and found some lunch before Nicholas and I headed home.  
It was perhaps an unconventional way to spend 
Halloween, but it was fun and Nick and I had a fun time in Las Vegas together. (Although I was disappointed with H&M this time.)  Viva Las