Saturday, November 5, 2011

Um, what?

I just had an experience that was so incredibly strange, I don't know what to do except write a blog post about it.

This morning we took some of the youth at church to Peppersauce cave. I just parked at the church and got a ride up there. After the activity I drove one of the girls home and then pulled over to check the oil on our car. (it leaks oil so the light is ALWAYS dinging--agh!) Anyway, I popped the hood and what did I see staring back at me with the most terrified expression?


So of course I screamed because I thought it was dead for sure. And then when I realized it was alive but not jumping out I worried that its legs were probably melted to the inside car parts. I didn't want to get too close for fear of rabies so I started searching for a stick or something to gently pry/nudge it out of our engine. But in the end, as I approached stick-in-hand, it just hopped out on its own and ran into the nearby park.

(the orange circle is where it was hiding when I opened the hood)

My best guess is that it got inside the engine to stay warm when I left the car parked at the church.

Soooooo then, did that rabbit really ride 10 miles inside my car engine from the church to that park?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My baby

Time to meet the newest addition to the Ricks family:

What is that? Can't tell?
Okay, how about now?
THAT. Is a lion-headed bunny. Her name is Lily. We got her from a friend who was moving. And I love her. She is litter-box trained and everything. The only hard thing is that rabbits are natural "prey" animals, so she is absolutely terrified of me. And all I want to do is snuggle with her ALLL day. Because I love her.
Time for a close-up. She is sooooo perty!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

year 1

So we had our anniversary last Sunday (22nd) but we were busy making preparations to go backpacking to Havasupai so I didn't get to post.

Anyways, being married is cool. This photo is a representation of all the happy joyful lovey-dovey times of wonderfulness we've had in the last year.

Since getting married I think we've learned a lot of funny little things about life and each other. Aside from the fact that I talk in my sleep Joseph learned that I will love him more if he watches a girly movie with me than one of his action/explosion movies. I learned that Joseph makes the most fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches EVER. Joseph learned that I can be kind of an electricity nazi. I learned that Joseph never turns the oven off after he uses it (ok, not never, but like 9 times out of 10--who does that??).

Something I suspected before but definitely learned in marriage: Joseph is always right. Not that he has to be right, he just is. Joseph is also ALWAYS cheerful. I learned that Joseph never gets angry. He doesn't even get upset. However, Joseph learned that I get upset. And grumpy. Pretty frequently over lame things. Like electricity.

Nonetheless, being married has been pretty awesome. By residing in closer proximity to Joseph on a daily basis I have discovered that he is even cooler than I thought when I married him. Sometimes despite my best efforts he has been nothing but patient and loving and nice to me and just an overall total sweetheart. I love him bunches.

**end mushy-gushy stuff here**

For our anniversary present to ourselves we decided to take up camping/backpacking as a hobby and bought some sweet gear:

We decided to test-drive everything in our living room the week before our trip.

Happy anniversary to us! :)

Friday, April 15, 2011


Like I've said before... I love my job most days.

Tuesday was NOT one of those days.
But today was. When I got in to work this morning the computer program we use was down. It wasn't working for 2&1/2 hours. And, consequently, neither was I ;)
ALSO: Today was our site's annual "Stress-free day". Catered lunch. Massages. Acupuncture. Games. Did I mention no appointments with clients the WHOLE afternoon? It was a good end to a not-so-great week, and a great start for a pretty cool weekend.

I did good despite my intense needle phobia
(Minute to win it and Wii games)
Now if we could just get them to do this monthly instead of once a year...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blues Clues: pt cruiser edition

Over the last 4 months or so we've had about 6 separate "incidents of irritation" with the car. Nothing major but, needless to say, last week when the car started being shaky for all speeds in excess of 10mph... I was more than putting off taking it baaaack to the mechanic again. In addition to the shaking I noticed that we were getting HORRIBLE gas mileage too. Like dropping from 26 mpg to 17 mpg. Shaking I can handle. But sucking all the expensive gas out of the tank?! I put on my detective hat and solved blues clues.

high speeds + shaky car + bad gas mileage = ???

Now, at the risk of being a stereotypical "I-have-no-idea-how-to-work-a-car" female I will reveal to you the problem:

Yup. Flat tire.
(Side note: this is a picture of our other flat tire from a few months ago... only 2 more to go baby!)
So to recap: I was driving our car 10 miles of freeway to/from work every day, for like 8 days, on a flat tire.
I wish I could say this was a one-time thing, but I am notoriously bad at car care. I'll never forget the dumbfounded look of my father when I (in high school) told him I had been driving my car with the oil light on for a whole month. Apparently that destroys your engine.
And do you know what else (besides a flat tire) will give you really bad gas mileage? Driving with the parking break on.
But I digress...

Sunday, March 20, 2011


This time of year means, among many other things, annual spring sinus infection for me. Yay.

Up until now, Joseph has been the only one allowed the pleasure of witnessing "the white mustache".

Everyone else outside of my blog readership will just have to witness the regular "red mustache" of my sore under-nose.

PS: See that shirt I'm wearing? It's the reason I don't allow myself to go to the Gap outlet anymore. It's one of my addictions. Every time I find it on sale I buy it in another color. I have it in coral (as you can see above), purple (here and here), striped purple (<--also see our engagement photos), white, green, and light pink. No más.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Sometimes I hate my job and think what would it be like to work in a place where I don't get yelled at and treated like dirt by crazy people those who are mentally ill...

But most times I love my job. Usually when I feel like I've helped people who couldn't help themselves. Or when my clients tell me I'm an angel. But most of all when awesome stuff like this comes up...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Feb 28, 2010

Exactly one year ago...

It was a rainy Sunday evening and we just got out of a fireside hearing Pres. & Sis. Gilliland of the Mesa Temple presidency speak. Joseph asked if I wanted to go for a drive and talk.

"About what?"
"Um... the fireside."
"Oh, okay!"

So we drove out to Tucson Mountain Park. [which happened to be the same place Joseph first told me he loved me] It had been raining all day but stopped just before we got out of the car and started walking. Joseph started talking about how much he liked dating me--nothing out of the ordinary, he has always been good about trying to make me feel appreciated--and then he gave me a hug. And his heart was POUNDING. And my mind was thinking... Nooooooooooooooooo!

And then he knelt down on one knee.

And I turned away from him and hid my face with my hands.

"Paige... Paige... ... ... ... Paige, please turn around."

"Paige... pleeeease? Please turn around."

"Pleeeease Paige?"

Then he asked me to marry him.

And I said nothing.

Finally he asked... "Well, what do you say?"

"What do you want me to say??"
"Well not that."
"Oh, right. Um..." And then I said yes.

As we walked back to the car... "Did that really just happen?" "Yeah, I guess so." "Cool."

And thus marked the end of a tumultuous boyfriend/girlfriend thing and the beginning of a pretty freakin cool committed relationship.

PS: for those who are wondering... I took a bite of the marshmallow and it was disGUSTing! It was not at ALL like an oversized lucky charms marshmallow. It was a bunch of little marshmallow bits smushed together. Tasted like dust. Blehh

Monday, February 14, 2011

My valentine...

...knows just what I like:

Homemade card
tons of chocolate
mexican chili powder candy

not pictured: the twix I'd already eaten & the flowers he sent to me at work :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lucky lucky

I poured myself a bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast this morning and found inside...

a gigantic marshmallow! [upper left... the one on the bottom right is just an optical illusion]

I would probably have eaten it already if it had come in any color except mold green. But it looked too unappealing so now Joseph & I are left to debate whether we should eat it or not. Stay tuned people. Things are gettin crazy around here.

PS: In an unrelated note, I regret cutting my hair now. Ok, regret is a strong word. I did like it. But I'm bored with short hair and I want the long stuff back now.