Monday, August 27, 2007

I've Been Tagged

1. Who is your man? Bradlee B. Duncan
2. How long have you been together? We've almost been married for 4 years!!
3. How long did you date? We started dating in 2000 during our Senior year in HS...give or take 2 years for his mission...and then 10 months after he got home.
4. How old is your man? 25, almost 26
5. Who eats more? Definitely Brad. I don't know where he puts all that food.
6. Who said "I Love You" first? Brad did. I laughed. And then I could tell that he was serious. I was so shocked that he said it like it was no big deal. Because it was a big deal to me. Like the biggest deal of my life.
7. Who is taller? Brad is taller by nearly a foot.
8. Who sings better? We both are pretty bad.
9. Who is smarter? I am constantly trying to prove to Brad that I really am smart because I always do stupid things. It's a vicious cycle.
10. Who has the worst temper? If Brad has a temper I've never seen it. I'm constantly testing the waters though. So I guess that leaves me with the worst temper. Bummer dude.
11. Who does the laundry? We both do. He will start a load, and I have to change it because he always puts the wrong things in the dryer. And he does ALL the ironing. I am the worlds worst iron-er, not because I do a bad job, but because it takes me SO long.
12. Who takes out the garbage? He probably takes it out more than I do, but that's mostly because I'm always asking him to.
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Brad does. But he usually encroaches over to my side.
14. Who pays the bills? I pay one bill, he pays most of the rest. He manages the budget and let's me know how much money we don't have. It's a really good system.
15. Who is better with the computer? Brad is better, hands down. Everything I know comes from him. Or else he just does it for me, because it's easier that way.
16. Who mows the lawn? Fortunately for the species of "grass" in general we don't have a yard. If we did I'm sure we would kill it immediately. Someday we will be responsible enough to manage having a yard. And maybe even a house for that matter. And then maybe even kids??? Well, actually that's pushing it a bit. We better just start with the yard.
17. Who cooks dinner? I cook dinner, he does the dishes. Again, it's a really good system because I like making the mess, not cleaning it up. And he likes eating the food, not preparing it. When Brad does cook dinner we have Wendy's.
18. Who drives when you are together? Brad. No question. But when I do drive luckily he doesn't critique me. Why would I drive when he can? He drives, I work the music scene.
19. Who pays when you go out? Brad. Wow...Brad does a lot. I'm really just tagging along for the ride, aren't I?
20. Who is most stubborn? Me! Finally something that I do. And very well at that.
21. Who is the first to admit their wrong? Brad. Dang it! I suck.
22. Who's parents do you see the most? We see Brad's family 90% more than we see my family.
23. Who kissed who first? I believe he went in for the kill, but it wasn't much of a hunt (if you know what I mean, nudge nudge).
24. Who asked who out? I took him to a school dance first, but after that he did most of the asking.
25. Who proposed? Brad proposed at dinner one night. I ordered the Creme Brulee for dessert and got a diamond instead. Not bad.
26. Who is more sensitive? Me by a long shot. I can be a little...emotional at times. I admit I cry in sad commercials. What's the big deal? I'm bringing "sensitive" back.
27. Who has more friends? We actually have the same friends, but I keep in contact with them more.
28. Who has more siblings? I am the youngest of 6 and he is the oldest of 4. Technically, we not even supposed to get along. So much for statistics!
29. Who wears the pants in the family? Hmmm, I'm stubborn and emotional and he does everything else. I think it's sufficient to say that I wear the pants. Poor Brad. I need to work on being a better wife!
30. I tag Rachel, Lisa, and Lacy! You're IT. Have fun!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wish it were my mine...Rehabilitated Dishware

Every so often I come across the brilliant idea of someone else, an idea so simple yet so clever, and I kick myself for not thinking of it first. This is one of those ideas. Rehabilitated Dishware is pure genius! The designer scouts out old plates from thrift stores, applies a new design, and then refinishes them as a set. Hello. And I'm all about sustainability and reusing/recycling stuff. Truth is, I only WISH like little girls always wish for a pony when they blow out their birthday candles that I could be that creative. Do not fret...someday I'm going to come up with an idea that will blow your minds [insert evil laugh here]. However, (sigh) as cool as these plates might be they are indeed ridiculously expensive, which is typically the problem with most things I want.

Blog Helps

Just as the rest of my blogger friends, I'm learning as I go here. Many people have asked how I changed my header, fonts etc. Really you just have to play around a lot with your own blog template {be superficially nice, coo at it like a baby, pat it gently on the head, and give it lots of candy} to get to know it on a personal level. That being said, it can still be frustrating at times to make your blog unique. I have found useful help on Blogger Tips and Tricks and Blogger for Dummies. These sites also have other links to additional blog help sites. Just click on the Label you are needing help with, such as Music or Headers and they give you step by step help. Also, Urban Fonts is a great place to download free fonts, and seriously they have gazillions of fonts that you can use for more than just your blog. And just in case you are wondering, gazillions is totally a word.

Happy Blogging! AND......Happy Friday!

Monday, August 13, 2007


Yes, that's dentist talk for "toothache" or inflammation of the tooth pulp. No matter how nasty or funny it sounds, it's no fun. Gina had a toothache so she made an appointment last Thursday to see the dentist. Well, like most dentists, he was booked out more than a week. She took what she could get. Friday night the tooth hurt a little worse, but nothing unbearable. Saturday evening and night however was a different story. The throbbing started and Gina woke up in the middle of the night crying in pain. Of course that woke me up and we took some of the "orange candy" advil that we had. It didn't do much and needless to say, Gina didn't get much sleep. The worst part is that the next day was Sunday and she had sharing time to do. She managed to get through sharing time but couldn't handle it anymore. We went home and she took some more candy ibuprofen. After church, we talked to Dr. Kyle Curtis, a dentist in our ward. He was so nice that he invited us right over for dinner on the premise that if Gina didn't feel well then that meant that I would be fending for myself for dinner (never a good thing). He knew that and talked up his wife's cooking so I couldn't resist (and it sure was delicious!). We headed over there and he looked at Gina's tooth and decided that she would definitely need a root canal and that we should go straight to an endodontist tomorrow (Monday) morning. He was nice enough to call in a prescription for some heavier duty pain meds and an antibiotic, so that helped take the edge off for Gina a bit. She still didn't get much sleep Sunday night and I couldn't tell if she was loopy from the meds or if she was loopy from the pain, but I had never seen her like that! :-)

Today we headed to the endodontist for the root canal and $1000 later, we were on our way home with Gina and our wallet relieved. She's feeling a little better now and the numbness is wearing off, so here's an action shot taken a few minutes ago:

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I wanna this bike

Prepare for awesomeness.

If I didn't live at the top of a super steep hill I would totally get groceries in this bad boy. "I want that." There's even more sweet bikes here. Look out, Lady of Dutchness is on the way...

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Gilgal Gardens

Gilgal Gardens is an historic sculpture garden created by Thomas B. Child starting in 1945. The Garden showcases 12 original sculptural arrangements and many stones engraved with scripture mixed with philosophical texts.
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Of the most notable sculptures is The Sphinx. And yes, that is Joseph Smith's face carved into this huge quartzite stone. Obviously, this was my favorite piece. It's really bizarre and I think everyone should see the Joseph Smith Sphinx at least once in your lifetime.
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The garden, which is free (and also why we were there), has plenty of beautiful flowers around.
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The whole gist of the garden is one man's physical expression of the truths he has found in his life long spiritual quest. I absolutely love that weird and eclectic stuff like this exists in SL, which is part of the reason I love living here. Below is part of The Monument to the Priesthood.
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Other's that we liked...

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