Thursday, November 29, 2012

Public Bathrooms

We're finally settled so I'll blog regularly now.  :)  We've done a lot of traveling over the last week and a half.  The one thing every trip we've ever taken has in common is this:  Public bathrooms.  There is more than one thing that equates to its significance in regards to suckiness.  (Spell check informs me that "suckiness" is not a word, but if it were I imagine that this would be the correct spelling.)

One:  They're usually disgusting.  That's a given and we probably don't need to spend much time on it, but let's do it anyway.  The floors are always yucky and IF they are ever "cleaned", it's with the toilet paper that gets dropped around the rim of the toilet.  The toilets smell and have stains from every bodily fluid one can produce.  The counters are covered in soap, water, and paper towels, and the mirrors look like they were cleaned with hard water.

This is an actual photo not taken by me.
Two:  The appliances.  The sinks, in particular.  They're either rusty and hard to turn on, or it's a race to getting your hands lathered and rinsed in the 3-4 seconds it lasts.

This kind
Three:  I used to always check that there was toilet paper in the stall before actually selecting it, but lately I've gotten out of the habit.  And SO!  After I use the baƱo, I turn to reach for the toilet paper and feel a sudden sense of panic as I silently pray that I won't be disappointed.  Usually my prayer is answered.  Usually.

Public bathrooms suck.  But travelling is awesome and I'm so glad we're finally at our final destination!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Over the last 30 days I have been doing the 30 Day Photo Challenge.  The idea (not mine) was to take a picture a day of the assigned subject so that you can reflect on your gratitude at least once a day.  I AM grateful.  I have a lot to be grateful for.  Doing this has been really therapeutic and uplifting.  Everyone should take the time to ponder on the things that make their lives happier, easier, worth living.  I believe that when we recognize the little blessings, we can handle the bigger challenges that may come our way.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Day 1:  Favorite Food
Cake batter!  Cake batter isn't necessarily my favorite food, but rather anything sweet.  I happened to be making cupcakes that day.  :)
Day 2:  Smile
Beautiful Abby.  I said "Smile as big as you can!"  This is what I got.  Lol!  It made me smile.
Day 3:  Happiness
What makes me happy?  Pretty nails.  :)
Day 4:  Leaves
We went to the temple this day.  SO beautiful.
Day 5:  Morning Sky
Washington sky.  We were actually running late for church that morning so I took a picture as soon as we got home.  Still beautiful and still caused me to ponder my gratitude.
Day 6:  Books
These play such a big part in my day.  I've gotta keep practicing!
Day 7:  Something Funny
Confession:  I didn't take this photo.  But I wanted Ellen as my "Something Funny" because she makes me laugh more than almost anyone in the world (aside from Steven).  She's so happy and kind and just a wonderful person.
Day 8:  Favorite Color
It's white.
Day 9:  Inspiring Person
"I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself"
-- Leslie Knope
Just kidding.  I just really wanted to use that quote.

Day 10:  Nature
The last bit of summer left in the yard.
Day 11:  Something Old
Was there any question that it might be something/someone else?  No.  And I do it with respect!  I didn't take a picture on the actual day 11.  I knew I wanted to use them as the subject but I didn't want to go through the pain of getting them to cooperate.  Anyway, I am grateful for them and their hospitality.
Day 12:  Hands
I took this picture and Steven was all "Why are you doing that?"  I didn't tell him and he kept tickling me like a jerk, so Steven:  This is why, you big bully!
Day 13:  Written Words
For Steven.  Even though you're a tyrannical bully.
Day 14:  Movement
Moving in the wrong direction.  I'm grateful for my country . . . but only the traditional one.
Day 15:  Technology
I couldn't do ANYTHING without my dear friend Milton.  Thank you, Milton.
Day 16:  Animals
I waited a really long time to get this picture.  I'm grateful for all of God's creatures.  Even if they make me wait.

Day 17:  Memories
Larry and Dougy, thank you for being my Washington besties!  Our time there is over, but we'll always have those times to look back on.

Day 18:  Something New
A new favorite ice cream shop, new experiences, and our newest (but not super new) friends.

Day 19:  Best Friend
Steven.  He's definitely my very best friend in the whole wide world.  We laugh and play together, I love all the same things he does (even if it's not the same the other way around), I trust him completely, he's my hero, a great listener, and my favorite person.
Day 20:  Seasonal

So happy we started planning early for the holidays this year.  :)  I CAN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

Day 21: Where You Sleep

I was sleeping here on day 21, but not anymore!  Grateful to not have to sleep on that mattress anymore.  Hopefully that means fewer backaches.
Day 22:  Clothing
This is a jumbled mess, but I'm SO grateful for my clothes!!
Day 23:  In Your Closet
Goodbye closet!  All our clothes were packed away.
Day 24:  Gratitude
Grateful for the Kienzles.  Such good people, and I'm happy to call them my friends.  Thanks for taking us out on the town, guys!!!  (Picture not actually taken on day 24, but it was really close.)
Day 25:  Artwork
Heavenly Father is the greatest artist I know.
Day 26:  Transportation
Our little travel buddy, Lady.
Day 27:  Daily Routine

Brusha brusha brusha
Day 28:  Nighttime
Seattle!  Another one not taken on the right day, but give me a break.  We've been traveling.  And I'm still grateful for everything!!!
Day 29:  Light

Such a beautiful sun!
Day 30:  Self Portrait

Here I sit, blogging away.
I am so grateful for my few but wonderful followers.  Thank you for reading and making the time I spend on the computer every day not a complete waste.  ;)  Have a fabulous holiday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Travels Almost Over

We're done driving for a while!  Finally.  We were in 5 different states yesterday, 2 of which are in the list of top 3 worst states on the planet.  What are the top 3?

1.  Wyoming
2.  Nebraska
3.  Kansas

Ugliest, boringest, stupidest places ever.  Full of nothingness.  But it was all worth it!!!  We're here in Missouri and one step closer to Indiana.

For Thanksgiving my mom is baking a turkey and Steven will be frying one.  Guess which one will be eaten first . . . sorry Mom, as if she read my blog.  (She doesn't.)  They both have to be thawed and there is not much sink space so we had to improvise.

We're bathing them!!!  I'm so excited for tomorrow.  I'm gonna make egg nog and there will be food, food, and more food.  And now I have to go pick up my sister soooo . . . BYYYYE!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Steven and the French

For when you have some time to kill.  Thank you to ItJustGetsStranger for sharing this link.

Well we're down to our last day here in Washington.  We leave in the morning and I'm really excited, but also . . . I'm gonna miss it.  AH!  I can't believe I'm gonna miss it!

I don't want to get sentimental again, so let me share a story about Steven.  A few weeks ago I was doing a little Facebook stalking and came across this picture:

It's a picture of Steven's aunt, cousin, and uncle, all of which have sadly passed away in recent history.  That's not part of the story so don't think I'm making light of the situation. <3

It was the flag that caught my attention.  As you may or may not know, Steven's dad's side of the family is Italian, but does that flag not look French?

Me:  Wait . . . Is somebody in your family French?

Steven:  That's an Italian flag!!! (Apparently the coloring in the photo just got weird from the effects)  How DARE you try to make my family French!!  Of ALL things!!!  I'd rather you call them racist.

Wow.  Sensitive?  Now you know how Steven feels about the French.  I don't even know why!  I've met 2 people from France and I must say they were quite pleasant, good people.

I'm gonna go finish last minute packing things now.  Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Feeling a Little Sentimental

I know I complain a lot, but I'm actually really gonna miss it here.  It was a nice little chapter in our early married life.  Joyce and Larry were so kind to allow us to stay here.  I'm gonna miss watching Ellen every day with Joyce and talking to her, and I'm even gonna miss that big ball of crazy called Larry Tinsley.  I'm gonna miss the girls, especially.  Such stinkin cutie pies!  I cut their hair today.  I got to be the very first person ever to cut Abby's hair!!!  That's special.  :)

Now I'm covered in hair, have just acquired a splitting headache, and am starving.  So I'm gonna go eat and take a shower.  Then I'll watch some Star Trek and keep packing.  PARTY!

Have a great day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Short and One of This Week's Few

I'll be packing this week.  There's a LOT to do so I can't guarantee that I'll be on top of blogging, but just know this:  It's one of the happiest weeks of my life.  I'M GETTIN THE HECK OUTTA HERE!!!!!

But real quick, yesterday was the Primary program and it was great.  The kids made me cry.  The Spirit was strong and it was such a blessing to be a part of it.  Of course, we had to go from being warmed by the Spirit to a room that felt like a Winter Wonderland.  Seriously, I don't know what happened in the Primary room, but it was like ice.  We were FREEZING!!  But all the kids piled in (junior and senior kids) and it warmed up.  Ish.

K I'm gonna go finish packing and stuff.  :)  Hope you're having an awesome day.

Friday, November 9, 2012

WWE is F-A-K-E

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is fake.  We all know this, right?  I'm not ruining it for anyone?  Grow up.  Well, Larry is a huuuuuuge fan and thinks it's 100% legit.  He watches "wrasslin" (that's what he calls it.  I'm not just being stupid) whenever it's on and gets WAY into it.  He yells at the tv, which is fine (I can't throw stones, here), but it's always the same thing!  "You son of a gun!  COWARD!  Cowards like that don't deserve to live, boy!"  Ugh.  I hate it.  And everyone is a coward.  If you're winning or losing, it doesn't matter.  You're a coward.  Sorry superstars of WWE:  Coward.

I am LOVING that belly button tattoo.  MM!  Sexy.  And not ghetto-girly at all.
I keep hitting my head on the stupid headboard!!  UUUUGH!  It's very much in the way.  I only have to deal with it for 8 more days!

To end on a very serious note:  If Steven leaves me here in Washington, just know I did nothing wrong.  I simply called him a lot of names via text (i.e. big lady, Giiiiiirrrl, itty bitty baby girl) and now he's all threatening me.  I have one thing to say:  I AIN'T SCURRED.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Few Random Things

I just got all bent out of shape when I typed the first letter of into the address bar and it didn't automatically fill in so I could push enter.  I am clearly too spoiled by technology.

Guess what?  We're down to one week and 2 days!!!  AHHHH!!  I can't freaking wait.  Except, the fact that Downton Abbey just ended its third season really puts a damper on my excitement.  It's not like I don't have a thousand other shows to watch, but that was my only BBC show.  Oh but I actually just downloaded Call of the Midwife on BBC, thanks to my dear mother-in-law.  I'll start watching that soon and see how I like it.  But I miss the Grantham family!!!  Only 8 episodes every season.  Are you kidding me???

The flowers Steven got me for my birthday are still alive and well.  :)  If anyone was wondering.

I haven't told you about my new friends!

(Not a couple, just friends.)
I got Cinderella (on the right) at the koolest mall we've ever been to, and Steven and I made Larry (on the left) at Build-A-Bear Workshop in a different mall.  Cinderella is really bendy, so that's kool, and Larry has pumpkins on him and a Washington shirt.  We have started a tradition of getting Build-A-Bears from major places we live/go together.  So we have some from Missouri, Utah (cause they don't have one any closer to Rexburg), and now Washington.  We made him with pumpkins because we were here for Halloween, and named him Larry to remember Larry.  That might seem weird since I can't stand that dude, but this lightens my feelings about the whole situation and when Steven suggested it I just HAD to do it.

That's all.  Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Happy Post-Election Day.

Yesterday, early in the day, I was sitting in the living room with Joyce and Larry.  We were watching the news and waiting for more information about how the election was going and Larry says:

Larry:  If that guy gets in the White House we're gonna be in a war in 6 months!

I almost let it go, but I got so tense and irritated that I couldn't.

Me:  WHY?

Larry:  (After a pause)  We just will!

Me:  Why, Larry?

He was quiet for a moment.  Joyce was looking at him for an answer because she knows he's just saying things.  I was very thankful that she didn't defend him.  Because he's an idiot.  That's right.  HE'S the idiot, not me.

Larry:  We're gonna go to war!

Me:  WHY, Larry!  You cannot say that someone will take us to war and then not give a reason for your accusation.

Joyce:  (Nodding)  "That's right."

So he shut up.  He's so unreasonable and stupid.  He believes everything he hears in every political ad.  I would walk by him and he'd say,

"Did you know so-and-so stole money from tax-payers and used it for                 ?!"

"Where did you hear that?"

"They had it on the tv there."

Good grief, Larry, get your information somewhere else, would you please?

Anyway.  I'm in a pretty bad mood because I did not vote for the victor.  Maybe that's a little petty, but the country has just been shot to Hell so I think I'm entitled.  I asked Steven if we could move to Europe.  He said if he had a job, maybe.  So that's what I'm gonna do now:  Job Search.  Have a nice day.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Death and Vlogs

The other night Joyce was coughing in her bedroom.  She does that a lot and it's fine with me; not a bother at all.  However, Steven doesn't feel the same way.  She was hocking up a lung and he apparently was losing his mind.  He then said, not so she could hear:

Steven:  Joyce, stop coughing or die.  Those are your choices!

Oh gosh.  Basically, Steven wants all old people dead.  That's what I took away from this.  Anyone else have another view?  I don't think it's really debatable.  It's pretty obvious.

Ok I'm gonna take the rest of this blog time to endorse a YouTube channel.  Mr.ArturoTrejo.  (WATCH IT.) . . . (Nancy isn't always in such a bad mood.)  He's so FUNNY!!!!  Steven and I watch him a lot.  He's a Mormon dude who just video blogs (vlogs) his way through life.  Just to give you a bit of clarity, his name is NOT Arturo Trejo.  His name is Greg.  And his son's name is not Jose Louis.  It's . . . I don't actually know.  He's just a really funny guy that his poor wife has to put up with.  SO WATCH AND SUBSCRIBE!  Also, he sells t-shirts and Steven bought me one for my birthday.  :) :)  Best husband ever.

If you watched the video then you know why this is funny.  Otherwise, we're no longer friends.
Have a great day!

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Long Story About a Boy Named Dylan

Yesterday we had another practice for the Primary program.  Kids are a little rowdy, we all know that.  We can't expect them to sit completely still and not utter a sound for 3 hours.  However, one child did a lot more than just push the limits.

This boy's name is Dylan.  Dylan was sitting 2 rows behind me and his class didn't have a teacher.  Folks, when you're called to be a teacher to children, you can't just skip out and expect other people to take care of them.  But that happens every time with Primary programs!  The teachers think "okay kool.  I'll leave my 5 kids with all the other classes of (x amount) kids whose teachers have abandoned them as well, and the chorister and Primary president can handle it."  So when Dylan was being obnoxious I simply turned around, smiled, and said "Shh.  We're listening to our friends talk."  Well then it was time to sing.  During the song, he SHOUTED a word, just to be annoying.  I whipped around and said,  "NO."  Maybe it was a little too stern, but it worked and he sang normally.  However, shortly after the song ended, so did the cooperation.  He began being loud and disruptive so I turned around, this time making sure I was patient and smiling, and said again:

Me:  Shh...

Dylan:  Make me!

OH.  NO.

Me:  (Still maintaining my patience enough that I didn't get up and spank his little behind.)  Close your mouth and fold your arms.  It's time to be reverent.

So he shut up for a moment, but THEN . . . he took off his shoes and put his leg up on the back of the pue.  It's not like he was the only kid with his feet on the back of the bench, but this was different.  He was kicking back and chillin like a villain and not caring what was going on.  So I asked him to put his feet down.  What did he do?  He put up his other foot, crossed his ankles, folded his arms, sat back and made himself comfortable -- all the while glaring at me.  HECK to the no.  I got up, grabbed his legs, and put them down on the floor.  (Not in a mean way, but I let him know I wasn't screwing around.)  Well he didn't stop acting up, but THIS time I didn't have to deal with it!  FINALLY someone else stepped in.  Sister Heacock, the Primary president, went over to him, knelt down, and asked him to cool it.  Then he started whining and said, "I HATE how you adults are!"  That kind of made me smile cause it was kind of cute and funny, but at the same time I was just annoyed.

During songs he would jump up and down and do "karate" moves and lean REALLY far forward to try and get my attention.  I ignored it.  Sister Heacock kept asking him to be still.  Nope.  Eventually she threatened to go get his dad.  He was good for like a second.  So that's exactly what she did!  When I saw him leave the chapel with his dad I thought, Heh heh heh.  He's gonna get it.  But he came back with no tears sooo . . . was it really enough?  No.

It kept happening.  HE WOULDN'T STOP!!!  In the end, after one last attempt by Sister Heacock, he had to be taken out of Primary.  Not just asked to leave or escorted out.  He was literally DRAGGED out by 2 women while he kept fighting and saying "IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!"  I don't even know what that means.  He was making fists and getting super tense so I backed up when they came by me because CRAZILY enough I had a dream the night before that we were practicing for the program and a boy kicked me really hard, and also that another boy was super disrespectful.  I thought, Crap it's coming true!  But I didn't get hit.  :)  And he didn't come back.

Luckily, that kid is in Senior Primary so I've never had to be around him until now.  I don't think I could handle it.  But his sister is in my class and she's a little angel!  What happened??

And the whole time this was going on, Steven was on the other side of the bench and didn't notice a thing.  Men!  Am I right?

Friday, November 2, 2012

This started off a lot shorter.

Just a quick and late one today.  I just wanna say that I had the most amazing birthday yesterday.  Steven is such a wonderful man and he always makes special events memorable.  We went to the Space Needle for dinner and it was awesome.  Dinner was fantastic, the sky was clear so the view was spectacular, and I had my best friend and love of my life with me aaaaall night.

He tried really hard to look normal.
Ok one more thing:

Larry got a jury summons today.  I heard him in the kitchen yell "OH NO!"

Me:  What is it?!

Larry:  I got a jury summons!

Me:  Oh that's kool!

Larry:  Well I can't make it?

Me:  (???)  How come?

Larry:  Well I don't know.  Health reasons, I guess.

So basically he's not going to show up.  Then he went off about how getting a jury summons is a scam.  NOBODY GETS SCAMMED MORE THAN LARRY TINSLEY.  Everything is a scam, to him.  He just stared at that letter, chuckled, shook his head, and said, "Dirty rotten crooks."  He always calls people crooks.  He gets a crap ton of catalogs in the mail and if there isn't something he likes inside then it's clearly a scam.  He also compulsively keeps track of expenses.  "But Cassie, keeping track of expenses isn't a bad thing." You're right.  But he is SO obsessed.  Joyce says she would rather they lose track of a few dollars because this consumes him.  It's pretty weird.  I think every other day he's on the phone with some company saying, "Why'd I get charged $x???"  There's pretty much always a good reason (like he bought something!) but he always hangs up with that same chuckle, head shake, and mumble.  He's weird.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's November!

I love The Voice.  I LOVE IT.  Last night I was getting caught up on this week's episodes and Steven was watching it with me, even though he doesn't really care about it.  2 of the male contestants chose Taylor Swift songs, and did a good job.  Steven is a big fan of hers and says really funny, really quick things sometimes that catch me off guard, even though they shouldn't cause I should be used to it by now.

Steven:  What's with all the T-Swift songs??

Me:  Cause she's . . .

Steven:  She's the bomb diggity?  That's right.


Our Halloween wasn't super great.  We had a total of 12 trick-or-treaters, including the Tinsleys' 2 great-granddaughters, and I didn't get to hand out any of the candy because apparently that's Larry's thing.  :(  It was just too rainy for the kids -- or their parents.  Stupid Washington.  But we dressed up anyway, ate tons of candy, and downloaded (but didn't watch) The Witches.  I'll watch it later, I guess.

Steven got me a birthday present, but I can't open it til later.  He was a jerk and left it here to tempt me.  I even told him to take it to work but he wouldn't!  We'll see if I last.  I woke up before 9 today -- and STAYED awake!  So that's just more time to kill til he gets home.

It just sits there.  Taunting me.  But isn't the wrapping BEAUTIFUL!  He did such a good job.  :)