Lobster-Giving 2014


In reality is there anything better than spending an uninterrupted 4 days off with family and friends? I work for an awesome company and we were able to have Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, which was bliss. I feel like you don’t want an update about Thanksgiving, because I’d say turkey gobble turkey family gobble sleepy.

Instead I decided to write up two lists. What we enjoyed and didn’t enjoy.

ENJOY

+ This year we had a relatively small Thanksgiving with my immediate family and my grandma. Since this was the case my mom went all out and bought fresh LIVE lobsters from Maine for our dinner. We were savages, we killed the lobsters and then ate them. It was a very untraditional Thanksgiving; Pulling apart lobsters and laughing at the mess it created. It was delicious.

+ My parents just bought an older Motorhome that they’re taking down to Mexico this year. After we ate dinner, we all hopped in the motorhome and drove around for an hour or so. We even drove down to the gas station and filled up with candy. It was fun to sit in the motorhome and tell stories without any TV or phones (we left in such a hurry most of us forgot our phones… and shoes!). I was grateful for this since I won’t be heading down to Mexico with them this year.

+We weren’t able to make it to Jared’s family Thanksgiving, so we went over for Sunday night dinner. I love hanging out with my niece and nephew. We played uno and twister. Plus they gave us our annual hand crafted ornaments for our tree and Elsie decided she loved sitting on Jareds shoulders, which was too funny. I love those kiddos.

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LESS ENJOYABLE

+ Jared ended up with a gnarly migraine on Thanksgiving, so we went home, shut off all the lights and laid in bed for way too long.

+ For some reason our dogs were super stinky this weekend. I promise, we don’t allow them to have human food, but these dogs were lighting up our house all weekend. We almost gave them to the gypsies (an old threat my mom used to use when we were bad kids.)

Overall, we had a really wonderful, really long weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well.

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Dear Mom

When I login to this good ol’ blog of mine, the first button I usually click is the “comments”. There is nothing more validating then seeing that people are reading what you’re taking the time to write. Back in the hay day of blogging I used to have so many comments, that I would have a hard time responding, now I usually only get comments from my mom. So this post is dedicated to my mom, the one who always comments.

Dear Mom,

Hello (It’s me, Miki.) Your favorite daughter, probably favorite child, but no need to get the boys’ panties in a bunch. Since you always comment on my blog, I wanted to write this post and thank you for a handful of thing I appreciate that you do/did for me.

+ Thank you for babysitting my extremely spoiled dogs whenever I ask.

+ Back in high school, I used to nap everyday after school. Thanks for allowing that and not making me play sports, I suck at them anyway. True happiness is found in naps.

+ Also, after naps you watched Reba and Judge Judy with me, thanks for spending some solid lounge times with me.

+ There have been a lot of times when I brought home animals; birds, iguanas, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, and I’m sure even more. I know you’re not a huge fan of animals, but you still let me fill up the tub and let my iguanas take a swim and I really appreciate that. My life isn’t complete without animals.

+ One time we thought my car was stolen, my little brother actually forgot to pull it off the streets and it was towed, but you paid to get that out of the impound lot. Thank you.

+ Thanks for sharing your clothes and shoes with me, even though, I wasn’t the best care taker. I’m getting better and I still like sharing clothing.

+ Thanks for always cooking food that I like, I had no idea I was picky until I moved out of the house. Funny how that works.

Mom, thanks for commenting on my blog. You’re the best.

I love you more than there is sand in Lake Powell!

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The Goodnight

There is this band called, The Goodnight. The Goodnight is one of my favorite bands. A few years ago, The Goodnight came to SLC and played a show, that Jared’s band opened for, which was the first time I’d ever heard them. Most of the time with smaller venues, they’ll have 2 or 3 local bands open for the headliners. Over the next two years, Jared’s band ended up opening for them 2 or 3 more times. Jared and I both have always loved and identified with The Goodnight’s music, so we’ve been to each show they’ve played in Salt Lake.

The Goodnight just released a new album, called Owlbum (does it get any cuter?). The first stop for their tour was in gorgeous Salt Lake City. So, on Monday we set out to keep our tradition alive. They were headlining and the show started at 8, Jared and I didn’t show up to the bar till about 9:30 trying to avoid some of the wait time. It felt like there were a million bands that played before The Goodnight and while they were playing, I kept seeing members of The Goodnight walking around the bar. I’ve never known what I would do if I met a celebrity. The one time I sat next to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in a restaurant Park City, the security was pretty tight and they clearly didn’t want to hang out (rude!) so I wasn’t faced with the decision if I should talk to them or not. The Goodnight, on the other hand, they were walking around, getting drinks and talking to people. I wanted to run up and ask them to come over to my house and serenade me to sleep, but I thought that would be too much. I resorted to just lingering in the back playing pool and creepily watching them, keeping tabs on where they were.

Finally The Goodnight took the stage and everyone gravitated right to the front. Jared and I were less than 10 feet from the stage. Shows like that send me into a wonderful reminiscent state. I remember every good things that ever happened to me, I remember all the reasons I love Jared, I start to think about how I want to be passionate and follow my heart. When musicians truly care for their craft, the shows are remarkable. I watched Dan (the lead singer) most of the show. I watched him connect with Jud (the guitarist) and smile when he saw the audience. I think one of the things I love most about Jared is watching him play guitar on stage, that’s his element. I can recognize the bliss he’s feeling. I saw that same reaction with The Goodnight, pure happiness.

After the show was over, it was close to 1am. Jared and I both wake up around 7am for work, so we were pretty exhausted and knew Tuesday was going to be hard, but we stuck around to buy a CD and shirt. As we got to the merchandise table, Dan, the lead singer was there. I had butterflies and didn’t know what to say. He shook our hands, asked our names and in return, we praised the band and expressed how much we love their music. After a minute, Dan looked at Jared and told him he looked familiar. Which then sent Jared to Cloud 9, Dan recognized him from the shows they had played together 5-6 years ago. With that, Jared handed me his camera and told me to take a photo of the two of them. I was still to star struck to ask for a photo myself, next time though. I’ll get one.

 

What do you think?

Interstellar Movie Review

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Lately, our Sundays have been extremely lazy. We stay in our pajamas most of the day, we eat junk food, drip cheese from our nachos on ourselves and closely watch our Fantasy Football leagues while Redzone plays all day long.

Yesterday, my Fantasy Football team was losing and I wasn’t wanting to sit around and take that beating. I decided to convince Jared to go out to the movies. I looked up showtimes near me and saw “Interstellar.”. Jared is obsessed with anything and everything Space. His eyes glaze over in an intense stare whenever he’s watching “How the Universe Was Made” or “Cosmos”. Jared took no convincing, we bought tickets 30 seconds later.

Now, I hadn’t even seen the trailer for Interstellar before buying the tickets. All I knew is it was about space. I didn’t know which actors were in it or what the plot was. I wrongly assumed it would be similar to Gravity. Don’t get me wrong here, I enjoyed Gravity, but now when I see it on HBO I scroll right past with the “been there – seen that” mentality.

Interstellar is 2 hours 59 minutes long. I wasn’t antsy or bored for 1 second during that whole time. In my opinion, what made it so incredible was the plot and way it explained space theories. A lot of the times when Jared listens to a podcast or watched a movie on Space, I zone out, because I can’t follow. It can be so over my head. Interstellar was intriguing, engaging and understandable. It talked through the theories that made the movie interesting while keeping you engaged in a tear-jerking plot. Seriously though, bring some tissues or use your sleeve like I did.

As always Matthew McConaughey gives a dreamy performance. Anne Hathaway is not one of my favorite actors, not even top 50, but the girl delivered! As I see it, there isn’t one reason for you to NOT see this movie. Go on, get out of here!

Have you seen Interstellar? Did you like it as much as I did?

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Distraction of a Camera

Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? If not, I highly suggest watching it. It’s one of those tricky movies. I didn’t think it would be that great, I even fell asleep the first time I watched it, but the second time when I watched it at a decent hour, I loved it. I tend to be attracted to movies that have life lessons hidden behind an intriguing story line and wonderful writing (see also: Big Fish). This past month has been a mix of really HIGH highs and really LOW lows. My little brother came home from serving an LDS mission, we’ve been adjusting to life with him home. Many things have changed in two years and it’s been fun to have Christiaan home to experience life with us, again. My Grandpa Loveless passed away after a quick, terrible fight with cancer and we’ve also been going through an adjustment period of life without grandpa. Family gatherings and making sure my grandma is doing well has been a high priority. Jared was out of town last week and my other grandpa, Grandpa Bob, had a stroke. My Grandpa Bob’s MRI came back and it seems he’s going to be alright. Jared’s back home, which always helps especially during these manic times in my life, where I just need the right person by my side helping me prioritize and giving me a rare unconditional love while I’m a blubbering mess.

While all of this has been happening, I keep remembering a quote from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, where Walter asks this dude why he isn’t taking a photo of a rare animal and his response was “If I like a moment, I mean me, personally. I don’t like to have the distraction of a camera. I just want to stay in it. Right there… right here.” That’s a powerful statement. I am a social media obsessed girl. I love sharing my life, I find a lot of joy in tweeting, instagramming, blogging, snap chatting, getting on Facebook and event the occasional Pinning session. This month has presented so many wonderful, peaceful, hard memories and I’ve found the best way for me to take it all in is to get rid of the distraction. Forget about scheduling posts and photographing everything, forget about all those distractions and just live in the moment.

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