Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas time is here

This is our Borris. Short for árboles.

He smells good.

Friday, November 19, 2010

15 inches

So a couple weeks ago Joseph was getting his hair cut and I decided "Hey, I think I want my hair cut too!"

Ok so yes it was WAY impulsive but I regret nothing. I had no idea what I wanted but I feel it turned out to my liking. Plus, I donated it. Win-win-win, right??

And to the nay-sayers who actually told me I should not have cut it...

Um, thanks! But life's too short to have one hair style the whole time ;)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I get a free Redbox code texted the first monday of every month. So Joseph & I skipped off to get a movie for FHE. I was super-tempted to use it on this:

mostly because I love this:

Anyways. We turned around randomly...

and saw that our car had rolled backward about 8 feet because someone forgot to put the parking break on.

I'm not gonna say who...

but it wasn't me :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Eve

We had a ward trunk-or-treat/harvest festival. Candy first then we went inside and played games. OF COURSE we took the opportunity to dress up!

Joseph came as...


And I was...

Giselle! (from Enchanted)

Allison came to visit us in Tucson so today we watched Enchanted (thus my costume--I'm lacking in the creativity department this year) while we made sock puppets... and then made costumes for our sock puppets. I made a puppet for Joseph too (because he was at work).
We used the sock puppets later on to hand out candy to the kiddies at the trunk or treat. Surprisingly, it was a pretty big hit! :)

(you may recognize her from this post... I just made her a halloween costume)



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Date night

Last Friday as I drove home from work I passed one of those parking lot carnivals. I ignored my mother's voice in my head saying "just think how many dirty bottoms have been on those rides!" and called Joseph... "Wanna go on a date?"

Whew. Those rides are scaaaar-eeey. Oh and everything you've ever heard about carnies is true. Everything.

This boy. I am glad gambling is against church rules because I would NEVER take this boy to a casino! He absolutely loves those carnival games.

For this game you had 100 bb's in a gun to shoot out ALL of the red from the star. Joseph was pretty close to winning [left card]. I got a little too impatient to aim for mine...

BUT we did not leave empty handed. Behold our prizes:

Just what we always needed!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Happy birthday to this hunk :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

worst. candy. ever.

And today I finally found where it comes from...

Walgreens: the mecca of gross old-people stuff.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I haz un problem

As I was going through a patient's chart at work I noticed a self-scoring substance abuse worksheet. I didn't think it applied to me... until I looked at my monthly spending report for "restaurants" in September.

Answer true or false for each question and give yourself one point for each true answer.
Do I have a substance Taco Bell abuse problem?

1. My use of alcohol or other drugs Taco Bell has increased over the past year.

2. I have attempted to cut down on how much or how often I drink or use other drugs eat Taco Bell but have not been very consistent.

3. I have lied or minimized to family or friends about how much, or how often I drink or use other drugs eat at Taco Bell.
(To be honest, I knew I was eating there A LOT so I started buying it using my old debit card to keep it from showing up on our joint account as often ...I'm so ashamed)

4. I drink or use other drugs eat Taco Bell even when I have planned not to.

5. In the last year I have said to myself, or others, “I can quit any time,” or, “I don’t have a problem.”

And I know what you're thinking: "Taco Bell?? Gross!" But seriously, ever since they added that "fresco style" option to the menu I am craving it all the time. And, in my defense, fresco crunchy tacos are not all that unhealthy...ish.

Anyways, October is going to be Taco-free month for me. So far I've made it 5 days. Which is fantastic when you see that last month at this time I had already eaten there 3 times. It helps that I am cooking dinner more often too... leftovers for lunch have been helpful in reducing my burrito-lust. But I'm worried about a relapse.

Know of any 12-step programs that can help with my special problem?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Meet Bud

Bud was my cactus. The most handsome in all the land. His favorite activities included watching the cars in our parking lot from the windowsill and being forgotten frequently.

In other words, I killed him :(

This means I am less nurturing than a desert.

So if people ask when Joseph and I are gonna start having kids, I will just reference the aforementioned incident and ask them if they think that would be very responsible at this point.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Joseph has a new love interest.

Her name is Celeste. (previous owner's choice... Joseph is considering a rename)

Anyways. He's been spending a lot of time with her lately.

Just hanging out. Looking up new guitar tabs on the internet together. Jammin' out. She's been a lot more supportive of his dream to drop out of school and become a rockstar than I.

Then we saw Jimmy Eat World last week. That did not help deter Joseph's dream AT ALL.

In fact... It might have actually helped me buy into it too. I guess it wouldn't be so terrible to be married to a rockstar. You know, Celeste, I can kind of see the appeal... Welcome to the family.

But you're still sleeping in the living room.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

being lame: a mathematical representation

[note: this graph represents the number of interesting blog topics and not necessarily the excitingness of each one. So don't worry, I found getting married to be very exciting... I just don't have anything fun to write about after the fact. Also note: graph not to scale!]

So... to fill in for the lack of blogposts that represents that flatline on the right of the graph:

Joseph is teaching early morning seminary for Tucson High School, working 25 hours a week, and going to school full time. And he is the ward mission leader. I am working as a case manager at Cope and... that's it. I also, after 4 months of marriage, finally decided that it was time for me to start cooking dinners this week. [Joseph has been doing it up til now, despite his crazy schedule. I'm a nice wife, aren't I?] And I made some curtains for our bedroom. So that is our life.

I will try to blog more about our random happenings because who wants to hear about how everything is going good and has been for a really long time blah blah blah--booorrr-ring, right? So stay tuned. I'm gonna go make some mischief so I will have something to write about...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fried brain, among other things

So I haven't blogged in awhile... and I even have things of interest in our lives to talk about. But I'll save that for when I have more brain power. For now, a little public service announcement for you:

Check your appliance cords to be sure they are not frayed/have wires exposed before you use them.

I was curling my hair on sunday before church and my curling iron exploded in my hand. Literally. Sparks shooting out, everything. I was absolutely terrified. It gave me a tiiiiiiiny little electric burn/exit wound on my thumb (looks more like a mole).

I knew it would happen some day, I should have been more prepared. That curling iron was the cheapest of the cheap and I've had it for about 7 years (the off button doesn't even work and, as you can see, it's held together with althletic tape) so this event was a long time coming. I guess that could be another PSA for you: quit being so cheap.

Anyways, I'm rambling. This is a blog about a very momentous occasion: my first electric burn. As an adult, that is. [As a kid I had a lot of trial and error experiences with metal objects and electric currents, but those are other stories for another day]

In conclusion, here's a random Tucson pic for you:

Just driving home from work. You know. No big deal.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's my fault

Since we've been married I can count on one hand the number of times I've cooked dinner. I have a number of explanations for this, but the short story is, I'm lazy. It is for this reason that I cannot get upset when Joseph resorts to eating otter pops as complete meals....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Good weekend

Joseph & I went to Utah to hang out with his brothers/sis-in-laws Sam & Janae and Paul & Stephanie. It was lots of fun... so much that I forgot to take pics. No pics = boring blog post. So here's one of when we got back:

While we were off galavanting in the mild 70s weather at a lovely cabin in Heber hiking... playing games... enjoying nature...

Tucson got a nasty spill of hot/muggy weather, the kind that turns pools that radioactive shade of green. Glad we missed it :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I misplaced my license back in April and didn't have time to wait to find it because I needed ID for my new job ASAP. So I paid the $4 and got a new one. They asked "Do you want to keep your old picture or would you like to get a new one?"

Since I look 12 (it's the braces) in my old one and had actually gone through the effort of doing my hair that day I decided, why not? Gimme a new picture! :)

And it was a pretty cute picture, if I do say so myself.

Then in June I needed to get a license with my new married last name on it. So I waited at the DMV for 2 hours, paid the $4 and got a new one. I told them I'd just like to keep the old picture this time. But no. "If you change your name you are required to take a new picture." Which is why I now look like...

a convicted felon on my drivers licence.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The following picture sums up my life:

1. I hate planning a wedding.

2. I have a SUPER COOL job!!!

This sign is actually on the doors leading to the psych ward at one of the hospitals I visited today. (Apparently, most hospitals have a psych ward--lots of mentally unbalanced people in this world)

I miraculously (<--yes miraculously, but that's a whole nother story) got a job as a case manager at a community behavioral health service provider. So far it's really boring (because I'm not trained yet) but sometimes I get to shadow my co-workers when they do in-home visits or go to the hospital. This week I got to witness people yelling, staring at the wall, talking to themselves, hearing voices, everything. It was pretty cool to actually see real-world examples of the the symptoms & diagnoses I studied in school. Sooo cool.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Adventures in food storage

This is a can of green jello aka "lime gelatin dessert":

It is over 40 years old. Yes, 4-0. I found it while we were cleaning out my grandma's cabin. I wanted to see if it was any good because, really, how could that sort of stuff ever go bad??

Let's take a look inside:

Hmmm... not too shabby. A little hard and partially congealed, but other than that... oh and it looks like it's mixed in with dark black sand or something too. But who knows, maybe that's how they did it back in the day. Let's see how she reacts to a little hot water:

Looks good enough. Everything seems to be dissolving A-OK. Except for that mysterious dark sand. It just sinks to the bottom. Weird. Well, now for the real test. Leave it in the fridge.

Viola! It has solidified! [And makes a nice reflective surface] Apparently gelatin does not lose it's ability to gel-i-fy over the years. Hooray! However that dark black sand is still looming on the bottom. Hmmm... Interesting. Anywho, let's see how she tastes...

Just. Kidding. Unfortunately, my Dad won't let me eat it. He thinks the soothing lime smell (hello it's lime flavored!) reminds him too much of detergent and is convinced it's poisonous. So I'm saving it for my engagement party.

No, no, not to serve. To throw. That's right. I wanna have a food fight. Seriously. I highly doubt I'm the only one who has ever watched a bride & groom shove cake in each others faces and thought "why are they the only ones who get to have all the fun?" So I'm gonna wear a Goodwill wedding dress and let people throw poisonous jello and refried beans [and whatever else they wanna bring] at me & Joseph (and each other, obviously). It's gonna be sweet! And salty. And mushy.

May 1st. Save the date.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Date night

So last night for a date we went and registered at Target. Yay.

Yes folks, those are Pokemon cards...

And a giant Star Wars coloring book...

Don't worry. Despite these pictures, Joseph was actually very conservative with his use of the scanning gun. In other words, he didn't scan anything unless I told him to :)

We tried to keep things practical for the most part. But that doesn't mean we didn't have a little fun. I'll be honest, we registered for a lot of candy & a slip n' slide. And those weren't even Joseph's ideas... What? I like candy. A LOT.

It was SUPER tiring and by the end we were definitely ready to go home. But now I can check another thing off the wedding to-do list. Thus far we have invitations and... that's it.

So at this point in my wedding planning process, you are cordially invited to buy us candy at target and show up to an empty backyard on May 21st.

I'm so not cut out for this.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A few reasons I love Joseph

10. Everyone else does!

Joseph is the life of the party. He's kind to everyone he meets and he's always in a good mood. Who wouldn't wanna spend time with him??

9. Piggy back rides

I make him give them to me all the time. Like, daily. And he's sweet enough to oblige without complaint.

8. He is constantly doing nice things for me.

I have to be careful not to abuse his kindess, but he is always asking to help me. He is currently storing half my wardrobe in his closet because I have some... "space constraints" in my present living situation. He's constantly offering to give me a foot massage, make me breakfast, give me a ride to get groceries, [give me a piggy back ride] etc. He tries to go out of his way to do at least one really nice/thoughtful thing for me each day... But usually it's way more than that!

7. Simple tastes :)

He is an excellent cook and doesn't mind my lack of culinary skill. He seems happy enough to have pigs in a blanket, cheese crisps, or Mac n cheese any time. Score.

6. He's always looking out for me

Back when I used to have a job I had to work late sometimes. Joseph would always come visit me, and one time when he couldn't, he brought me hot chocolate to ease my night :)

5. He does whatever I ask him to

Literally. And he'll kill me for posting this picture. But I told him, "hey, try that on I wanna see if it fits you!" and he did. He'd do anything to get a smirk out of me :)

4. He understands women or, in other words,
The "chocolate orange" incident

I never did blog about this but here's how it went down:
I get really really really grumpy sometimes. Crazy PMS hormones or something. This evening I had been in a particularly bad mood and was being rude and grouchy to Joseph all night. Not nice at all. Joseph finally decides to call it a night and then...
[Paige] I am seriously craving a chocolate orange. I want one right now.
[Joseph] But it's 11pm on a school night.
[Paige] Right now.
[Joseph] Would it make you happy?
[Paige] ... ... ...yeeees.
[Joseph] Okay, let me change real quick...
[Paige] No... {I get a sinister look in my eyes and an evil smirk} Wear that.
[Joseph] My superhero pajamas? o...k. Are you sure?
[Paige] Yes. Wear them.
[Joseph] On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy would that make you?
[Paige] 11.7
[Joseph] Ok. Let's go.
He drove me to the store when I should've let him sleep, he ignored the curious staring of strangers at his super PJ's, hunted down the last chocolate orange they had in stock (fyi: they're very hard to find after Christmas), and then loaded our cart full of a lot more chocolate than I thought necessary. (PS: it was necessary) He brought me home and patiently sat with me as I ravenously devoured massive amounts of chocolate and made sure I was happy.

What I learned from this situation: I never knew I could be such a brat! But wow, Joseph handled it perfectly. He is awesome.
What Joseph learned from this situation: Keep chocolate on-hand to cheer up a grumpy-Paige. When the next month rolled around, he was already prepared with 2 king-sized candy bars stashed in his desk haha

3. He's a great friend

Even before we were dating [and during... and after... and again during] he has always been a great friend to me. Wise beyond his years. Great at listening and giving advice. Always there when I need him. Everything you could ever want in a friend.

2. He's just a good person

Joseph has worked hard his whole life to be better. He is ever-striving to improve on his talents so he can use them to benefit others. Joseph gives 110% effort to anything that is remotely important and sets a remarkable example for "the rest of us" lazy people :)

1. And if you wanna know the number one reason I love Joseph, you're just gonna have to visit our blog... :)