August 29, 2008

My Needs: By Google

*RANDOM ALERT!* My cousin Crystal had a fun game on her blog, so I thought I would try it out! First, go to google and type in your name, followed by the word "needs". Now, list the first 10 things that come up. Here is mine.

1-Kami needs: advice for finding peace within

2-Kami needs: a clan

3-Kami needs: a tissue

4-Kami needs: a tribute

5-Kami needs: Kami time

6-Kami needs: bee sting remedies

7-Kami needs: yoga for children with special needs

8-Kami needs: to get some more traffic (huh?)

9-Kami needs: donations (yes please!)

10-Kami needs: total nutrition

This is totally random, but I thought it was pretty funny. I would love donations and a tribute, please! And some "Kami time" would be great too!

This is my idea of "Kami time"

August 13, 2008

Our Bed-tastrophe

So, Neil and I just moved to a rental house down by Logan High. The whole moving process was really uneventful, except for... our bed did NOT transport well! We bought a brand new pillowtop bed from Simmons about a year ago. When we moved the bed on Monday, we tipped it over to put it all back together and it was LUMPY! And not just sorta lumpy, but ridiculously lumpy. So, we call the place where we bought the mattress and they tell us to tip it back over on its side and shake it to get the foam pad in the pillowtop to lay flat again. We do that two or three times and it is WAY worse. Neil's mom said it looked like we had several bodies hidden in the mattress. We even wondered if Neil's little brother had crawled inside. Anyway, long story short- the salesman from the furniture store came to our house and had to unstitch each side of our mattress and straighten the memory foam out from the inside and then stitch it back up. What a mess! And, don't worry- we didn't find any bodies OR Tom hiding in there! So, word of caution- if you are moving a pillowtop bed, make sure you wrap it up somehow so the pillowtop doesn't shift around. The Simmons factory said that at no point during manufacturing is the pillowtop foam pad ever attached. Pictures below- they really say the whole story.
How many bodies do YOU think we stuffed in there?
Image from the inside of the mattress- I guess the memory foam just kept folding in on itself.
Ragnar, our salesman (and friend)- what a great guy for fixing this for us! At no charge!
Finished, fixed bed- now I can sleep in my new place tonight! Yay!

August 12, 2008

Best Friend's Wedding

Neil's best friend, Brian, got married on Saturday! He and Andrea got married in the Salt Lake Temple on Saturday afternoon, with a luncheon at Em's in Salt Lake a couple of hours before. The day and weather was beautiful and Neil and I are so happy for Brian- he looked so happy throughout the day. Yay for Brian! Now Neil isn't the only one of his friends who is married. :) Below are some pictures from the day.
During the luncheon
The boys
Hanging out on temple grounds- the flowers were so pretty!
Kendon "Noche of Ethiopia" Knowles, Brian "Gorilla" Hebdon, and Neil "Squeeler" Essig

Brian & Andrea Hebdon

August 7, 2008

The Joys of Painting

So, during this last week, MaryAnn and I and my mom have all been painting the house that Neil and I are moving into next week. We finally finished everything yesterday! We painted the living room and the kitchen and the hallway, and also the inside of all the kitchen cabinets. And, to clarify, my mom didn't paint (except for the inside of the cabinets), because, as she puts it, "I don't paint." And this is usually said with a pained look on her face as she imagines actually painting. Anyway, the walls were just white, but here are the final results! I'm excited to move in now- a new coat of paint can really do wonders. MaryAnn did SO much work and I wanted to say thanks to her for all her hard work!

August 5, 2008

Oh My Twilight

So, anyone who knows me at all, knows that I am an extreme bookworm. If there was a book-reading sport on ESPN, I think I might be an actual champion. I love to read, and like most other female readers on the planet, I LOVE the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. On August 2, her final book of the series came out and I decided to go get the book at midnight with my amazing cousins and sisters-in-law. (Joann, Carly, Leslie, Lindsey, and Alli.) Needless to say, there were lots of weird people wandering about, but that only made it more interesting. They had a debate over Edward vs. Jacob, (can I pick both?) and they also had a creative t-shirt contest. The girls below won for their precise rendition of the book covers. Joann and Carly and I also tried to make predictions for what would happen in the book, but we were SO off. Good job, Ms. Meyer! We waited around Borders long enough to decided that it was way too unorganized for us to get our books in a timely manner, so we sent some runners to Wal-Mart to try their luck there. They called us back at 12:01 and said that the books were bought and paid for. The rest of us took off from Borders and met the others at Wal-Mart. It was fun to see the stuff going on at Borders, but it was even better to have my book without waiting in line. Anyway, I pirated these pictures from Leslie's blog, but this is proof that I really am nuts enough to go get a book at midnight and read all night long. I think I would have finished it in the morning sometime, but I had to referee a soccer game at 8:00 am. Brutal. Anyway, my opinion on the new book- AMAZING and now I just want to re-read the series again. Yay for Twilight! Is the movie here yet?

August 4, 2008

And the Oscar goes to...

Neil is apparently a great actor. Who knew? Let me explain- last week, Neil and I refereed a local youth soccer tournament. Every year, they have a scrimmage on Friday night where it is the Coaches vs. the Referees. It is a super fun idea and all the kids show up to cheer on their coaches and boo at the refs (like we're not used to that already), and there is a trophy involved and everything. Needless to say, the referees won! (Mostly because you have to be in shape to ref and you don't have to be to coach. Enough said.) Anyway, back to the whole Neil-being-an-actor part. During the second half, Neil goes dribbling in the box, where he is clipped/tripped by a player on the other team. Neil immediately falls to the ground, where he begins to hold his head and moaning. There was some serious concern on my part (and some anger, too- no one hurts my husband). I thought for sure that he was seriously hurt. I mean, the noises that he was making and the writhing convulsions his body was going through really made me think we had a life-crippling injury on our hands. My concern eased when he finally gets up and hobbles off the field. Our team takes the penalty kick and we miss (karma stepped in at that point, I think). Later, I talk to Neil after the game to make sure he was okay and he admitted with a huge grin on his face that he DOVE. For those who don't know what "diving" in soccer is, it is where you basically fake an injury in order to get a free kick for your team. The actual definition in the rule book is "attempting to deceive the referee by feigning an injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)." And boy, did Neil simulate. I believed him and so did a lot of other people, because he had a ton of people ask him after the game if his head was okay. I didn't know Neil had this acting gene in him, so I would like to present him with the Oscar of the Year for Simulating an Injury in Soccer. Congrats, Neil! Proud of you! :)