Sunday, January 28, 2007

Tonight's sky...

was beautiful! Darek was the coolest and drove me to the river then waited in the car while my little hands froze taking a million pictures. The river was frozen all the way across and it looked pretty amazing. I'll post more when I have a chance, but for now, here's tonight's sunset...



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Friday, January 26, 2007

My new addiction...

Thanks to Tiff, I have a new addiction! She did a post about swap-bot and showed the ATC's (Artist's Trading Cards) that she had made to swap. I was curious so I checked it out and next thing you know I had may own account and was signing up for swaps like a mad woman!

These creations are pretty amateur but I made a postcard for a swapper who collects snowmen and a book mark for a swapper who loves bats.



The back of the postcard, not a good photo

Bat Bookmark

Darek reminded me to make sure I put my fancy shmancy trademark on each item. I know, so cheesy!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Amberli 101

So, I made my 100 things list a little while ago but didn't post it because I wasn't sure who would take the time to read it, but I always enjoy reading those of other's so here it is...

1. I am a spaz, maybe even a little ADD hyperactive
2. I love to laugh
3. I laugh at myself all of the time
4. I cry often, happy tears and sad tears
5. I have a tender heart
6. I sometimes dream in Italian
7. I love rodeos (like the bull riding kind, not just like my car)

8. I love and miss California
9. I love flip flops and wear them in the snow
10. I think of Brinegar when I accidentally make myself gag while brushing my teeth because of the time he kept gagging when we played "Chubby Bunny"
11. My siblings are hilarious
12. My mother’s laugh is one of my favorite sounds
13. I am a health food junkie with a mad sweet tooth
14. I love taking walks, especially with my dad
15. Exercise is important to me, I could run forever...
16. I struggle sometimes
17. I am excited to someday be a mother
18. I miss Italy everyday
19. I have courage
20. I have always been a flirt
21. I am a social butterfly
22. I am an insomniac and I love naps, but I never take them
23. I love reading good books
24. I love photography
25. I want to travel the world
26. I say “dude” way too much
27. I have always wanted to be an actress
28. I want to run marathons all my life
29. I love getting mail
30. I love sunrises and sunsets
31. I wish I had a home on the beach
32. I love to snowboard
33. I like to make other people laugh

33. I take better care of other people then I do of myself
34. I am a peacemaker
35. I get a little ADD because I think about too many things at one time
36. I served a mission in Italy and LOVED it
37. I studied abroad in the Holy Land and found myself
38. I have had my heart broken
39. I love to write
40. I ate peanut butter cinnamon sugar toast for dinner tonight
41. I love fireworks and can’t help but say “ooo” and “ahhh”
42. I make cookies just so I can eat the dough and don't really care if I ever get around to baking the dough
43. I love Elvis, love him!
44. I am a strong person
45. I have regrets
46. I was Homecoming Queen
47. I am a patient person
48. I am super low maintainence, maybe to a fault
49. I love my husband
50. I miss my college roommates and our crazy times (can you say wheelchair, food fight, prank calls?)
51. I sing in my car, in the shower, while I’m snowboarding, everywhere
52. I dance around my apartment every night while getting ready for bed
53. My third toe is longer than all the others
54. My house has been broken into and precious things have been stolen from me
55. I am patriotic and am often moved to tears
56. I am grateful for my blessings and love the gospel
57. I love to see movies
58. I had an awesome childhood
59. I laugh at my jokes more than anyone else
60. Darek is my best friend
61. I do jigsaw puzzles and love card games
62. I recently killed 2 of my 5 plants
63. I love kittens
64. I had 112 pet mice when I was a kid
65. I hate answering my cell phone, and usually don’t
66. I write in my journal at least every week and more often when things are tough
67. I love General Conference
68. I am dramatic and I feel deeply
69. I used to sing and dance and act and perform and I miss it like mad
70. I love the red brick sidewalks of Boston
71. I went ice skating with Darek on our first date
72. Darek and I fell in love long before our first date
73. I think of old friends daily
74. I wish I were better at keeping in touch
75. I am a very spiritual person with a strong testimony
76. I love gala apples
77. When I stop eating ice cream it is only because I have run out
78. I love the ocean
79. I use way too much Blistex
80. Music makes me happy and I ALWAYS have a song in my head, even when I sleep
81. I am a deep thinker
82. I made up a knock knock joke as a kid that went:

"knock, knock,"
"who's there?"
"Lion"
"Lion, who?"
"I'm lyin' I rang the doorbell!"
and thought I was so funny
83. I wish I knew more about politics and the world, but the news often breaks my heart
84. I wish I had paid better attention in my history classes
85. I love other cultures
86. I wish people would not be so mean to other people
87. I worry about what kind of world our kids will grow up in
88. I am smart, but I want to be wise
89. I give the benefit of the doubt to others
90. I miss running in Provo Canyon
91. I floss daily and hate litter
92. I love to teach and speak in church
93. I was sixth grade vice principal
94. I have ridden a camel and climbed Mount Sinai
95. I wish I played soccer
96. I love my nieces and nephews
97. I have always wanted a silver Rodeo like the one I now have
98. I spent my childhood summers on my grandpa’s dairy farm
99. I daydream
100. I seek peace

101. I did two #33's hee hee

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Last night's sunset

I left work last night a couple minutes early and was happy to be able to see the sunset. I'm so happy that the days are getting longer.

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We finally got a little bit of snow yesterday morning.
It was mostly gone today but it was fun while it lasted!


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The snow on my car window...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Treasure Hunt


I ran into Good Will for 30 seconds yesterday and walked out with this treasure, a copper tea kettle. I love it in my kitchen. I have been collecting more antiques and things that I can add to my wannabe Tuscan kitchen decor. Just wanted to share my good find! Posted by Picasa
So happy for my parents!

My parents moved to SLC a couple years ago and bought a beautiful condo three blocks south of the temple. Before moving in they renovated everything but the old school 70's kitchen. After dealing with the white paneled cupboards for 2+ years they gave themselves a Christmas gift this year and redid their whole kitchen. It looks so pretty I just thought I'd share! Nice job mom and dad! I hope the wait was worth it!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Candlepin Bowling!

We drove to Stoughton today to pick up the deal of a lifetime from a nice old man with a shaggy beard and a long ponytail. "The deal of a lifetime" of course refers to the two sets of candle pin bowling balls discovered by Earl Hicky (a.k.a. Logan) online and eagerly acquired ASAP by Derelique and Logan, fellow candlepin bowling buddies! Kate and I couldn't help but laugh when the boys walked out of the nice guys house as excited and as giddy as a couple of school girls. Needless to say we headed straight to Sacco's for a night of excitement and adventure, only a few detours on the way (such as a quick stop at a sporting goods store so Darek could really join the ranks of hardcore candlepinners by buying his own bowling shoes. Logan, of course already has his own pair...these boys...)


Darek immediately felt connected to the purple balls, while Logan quickly dibbed the black and white bag. They both seemed pretty stoked about their treasures! Please note Darek's wannabe Addidas bowling shoes.


The best part was when the guy behind the counter automatically assumed that these boys had their own shoes and didn't want to insult them by asking them if they needed any. I mean, anyone who shows up with their own balls must have their own shoes, right? These boys will soon be locals at good old Sacco's. I laughed again when the guys next to us, not knowing any better, started using the green and purple balls, until Darek let him know (ahem) "those are my balls!"
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Check that form. This guy must have his own candle pin bowling balls!!!
Again, a stellar example of form, another expert!

Please look closely, can you see Logan in this picture?

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Team Wangchung
vs. Team McCoy


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The rainbow of bowling balls...
The bags, the shoes, the whole getup! It was a sight to behold!

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So excited...


As if eating dinner at Border Cafe wasn't exciting enough, especially after my meal was taken off the bill because it had prepared incorrectly (still yummy though, I didn't mind the mix up, which made the free meal even better!) but while I was observing the very large artistic bear bottles painted on the wall, rather tacky in my opinion, I was so excited to discover my name (not so excited that it was on a bear bottle...) that I had to take a picture, in the middle of the restraunt, disturbing many people with the bright flash, but happy to get the picture nonetheless! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Just an FYI...it's going to be 19 degrees tomorrow...I may not survive...
I miss my family, and vacation, and the warm weather we had last week, and...

I am terribly pathetic, looking through the Christmas photos as if I can relive vacation. Getting back to work has been hectic. I had a strange realization today while I did a phone screening for work. I sat there talking to this person about all kinds of horrific pain and terrible suffering as if I were talking about the weather. My supervisor reminded me recently that social workers suffer from secondary trauma more than any other profession because we are constantly reliving people's traumatic experiences with them as we try to help them through it. I am always able to help the person in the moment, stay calm, give support, etc. But I have a harder time later on dealing with the after effects in my own life. It's a tricky business. It makes me miss life when I wasn't dealing with so much crisis and heartache. It does however, also make me feel grateful for my blessings!

So here are some more photos of our Christmas break, as if I haven't posted enough! But sometime you just gotta reflect upon what you have and not let life get you down!

Kisses from Ali, and some kind of crazy face from John! Kirstin granting us peace!


Sadly, Ruthie wasn't super into getting her photo taken here, but still gotta love those blue eyes!


Again, an uninterested photo companion, but darling nonetheless!


I missed our other niece and nephew who spent Christmas in CA. I can't believe these little people are growing up so fast and we are missin out!
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Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Sadly I was unable to take the holiday off to commemorate Martin Luther King, but would still like to express my admiration for the man today.

A few years ago I read his I Have a Dream speech in my diversity class and I was moved to tears by his powerful words. I'm including part of it here for you to read and a LINK if you would like to read all of it!

Enjoy!

"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Lost and Rarely Found...

The recurring phenomenon of lost items in my life has moved me to the deep contemplation that inspires meaningless posts...that being said, I must express to you the utter confusion that results each day when I search for something that I swear I had in my hand five minutes ago, usually something I use on a daily basis that should always be where I remember leaving it. Such items always include:

***Please feel free to skip ahead to #4 for the point, as this is an unnecessarily LONG post***

1. My Blistex! I mean really! It should be illegal the amount of that crap I apply to my lips on a daily basis. I can't sit through a movie without it, I can't sleep through the night without it. I should have a tube of that stuff permanently attached to my lips for crying out loud. And yet, this precious item, something I can't make it 2 hours without...constantly missing. How often I find myself asking Darek, "Have you seen my Blistex?" The weird thing is that if I'm away from my house, without a doubt, right pocket = Blistex. I consciously ask myself as I walk out the door, "Do I have my Blistex?" and will run back in to get it if needed. I will often wear certain clothing just so I have a right pocket to put it in! It's my habit of carrying it from room to room with me while I'm at home that causes me such heartache. I'll leave it in random places like the bathroom closet, the couch arm, and kitchen window sill. I've gotten to the point that I have five tubes at a time, all in helpful locations so I never have to go without...heaven forbid!

2. My keys. Not that I ever actually lose them. I always know exactly where they are. They are safely in my Mary Poppins bag, which is likely saying safely in the Bermuda Triangle. An utter black hole! How much time a day do I spend cursing my keys as I dig through my bag, and usually freezing on the porch as well?

3. My nail file, the item that has inspired this post. I can not find it, I've been looking for days. And my sad little nails are paying the price. Intuitively you'd think it would be in my make-up bag where I think I left it, or in my purse because I often need it during the day and usually have it with me. At the very least it should be in the bathroom closet with the rest of my toiletries...but no, it's MIA, and will perhaps need to be replaced rather than found!

4. My mind! This is by far what I lose the most, with little luck of ever fully recovering it. As you may know, I am a therapist. This means that people pay me to help them restore and/or maintain their sanity! Sadly, this oftem means at the expense of my own! I'm onlyhalf kidding here, being a therapist is a big job and the longer I am workng in my field the more I am finding that its tough to stay sane. I enjoy helping people and that's the pay off, I just gotta work on not going crazy.

People often comment to me that they feel self-conscious around me because they think I'm analyzing them. I admit that it has become so automatic for me to think in an exploratory, solution-seeking manner that sometimes it is tough to switch gears. But let me tell you, more often then not, I'm not analyzing your level of sanity...I am in fact just trying my hardest to hold onto me own!
Announcing the grand coronation

of Nerd Boy the Second! As if my joy yesterday wasn't enough at discovering old friends that have been floating around the blogging world unbeknownst to me, I have today been informed that my brother, alias "Rudy," too has joined the ranks and I'm stoked because this kid is hilarious. So, I just wanted to warmly welcome him and share with him our motto that has kept us bloggers so tightly knit and that is...BLOG ON Nerd Boy, BLOG ON!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Since I am feeling especially appreciative of my apartment I decided to respond to Amy F's inquiry about what makes us happy around our houses...here goes...

I love this mosaic plate that I made a few years ago. It greets me when I walk into my apartment and today it makes me especially happy because I just hung it back up when I took the Christmas star down that had been occupying its spot for the last month.



My new bag, it's white and I think I love it! Plus it's on my colorful rug, which I definitely love! This bag is like Mary Poppins' bag, it holds everything and that's pretty great!


This trunk. It's pretty much the best street treasure I have ever obtained. Street treasures are plentiful here in Cambridge, so many people moving in and out all of the time and people just leave stuff on the sidewalk for their neighbors to take home and love...like me and this trunk. It's old and cool and I'm pretty sure it would cost me lots of dollars if I found it in an antique store! I lucked out!

Side note: I also love the picture of the lighthouse atop the trunk that I took in Maine, and the sad little plant in the background that has survived despite my abuse (I killed two of my five plants recently, mostly because we were out of town for so long)

The hard wood floor is also a favorite!


I was happy to find my six decks of Harley Davidson cards because I want to teach Darek how to play Canasta. I love playing card games but really only do it when I am visiting family. We played Canasta the last night we were in Salt Lake and I remembered not only how to play it (because I forget everytime between visits) but that I LOVE it! Not to mention my affinity for Harley Davidsons...


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So productive...

So I decided to stay home today and get things done around the house. I feel so productive and wanted to log my progress! Here are some pre-productivity pictures and the post pictures that make me feel so happy.

We've been home for a week and I hadn't unpacked yet. Darek was smart and did his a while ago. In any case, here's what was created in our room as I started unpacking.


Happily our room is now clean and as comfy and cozy as ever!


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Ok, this pre-productivity picture shows that 18 days after Christmas my decorations are still up!


Post picture: Nice clean apartment! Back to normal!


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Pre Productivity Photo

This is a sadly embarrassing photo, but in any case here's my pre kitchen picture! My advice: wash dishes as you go or get a dishwasher!


Post photo: Ahhh...nice clean dishes. I am an expert at stacking these puppies!


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ALAS WE ARE REUNITED!!!

I woke up this morning ready to be so productive, go to the gym, clean, etc. etc...and then I went back to bed! Just wanted to sleep for a few extra minutes, thought I'd go to the next aerobics class! A few extra minutes turned into two extra hours!!! So anyway, needless to say I woke up refeshed and rested and ready to have a productive day (I have discovered that jet lag and post holiday recovery lasts as long as you haven't completely unpacked...so I guess I'll unpack finally, only a WEEK later!) OK, so I'm getting sidetracked...which is what has been happening all morning and has been keeping from the productive morning which is now going to have to be a productive afternoon...

OK, so I had to get online real quick to check something and I was SO STOKED to get a comment on my blog from long lost friend TIFFANY!!!!! Attention all old Provo roommates, I have been lead to the blogs of Tiffany, Shauna and Amy G. I was so happy to find them and to discover that they are all doing well! Please feel free to check out their blogs and if anyone out there knows where I could find any other old Provo locals please let me know!

Friday, January 12, 2007


I'd like to say a little HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister-in-law. Sadly, I haven't seen her since our last computer got stolen so I had NO photos of her to post to wish her a special happy birthday! But you can check out her blog and wish her a little happy b-day too if you'd like!

I've been singing the primary happy birthday song since last Sunday when I sang it at church so to wish my sister-in-law a very happy birthday here it goes...

Happy Happy Birthday Lisa (name change) dear!
Happy days will come to you all year!
If I had a wish then it would be...
A Happy Happy Birthday to you from me...and Darek!


And here's a yummy piece of cyber cake to help you with the anti-sugar, get back on track, detox! I hope you have a really great day. I love that you have started a blog. It has been fun to keep in touch better! Have such a happy year and I hope all your little wishes come true! For you and for all of us!
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