Monday, December 21, 2009

The Things You Learn in a Southern Salon


About a week ago I got my hair done. Well, needless to say (at least for those of you who really know me) it was three hours of anxiety.. pure anxiety! Now, I love black women.. they are funny, outgoing and so entertaining. But, I was slightly concerned that this one in particular, Kenya, wouldn't know what to do with this California girl's, long blonde hair. Call me crazy, I was just a little bit nervous. I called my mom, and together we decided that black girls HAVE to be amazing at doing hair.. I mean look at the dos they come up with!

Throughout the course of my stay at the salon, I learned a few things:

1. Kenya designs her own, real hair wigs. If she finds a style she likes in a mag, then she will make it herself. She "specializes" in black hair and is in love with the colors and styles.. But she doesn't usually dye the hair.. she just finds hair and buys it in the right color. By the time I learned this, she was half-way through foiling my hair.. omg.

2. I also learned that all four of her kids have their own TVs and video games. When Kenya says, "Mama Busy..." they know not to bother mama. "They good kids cause they entertain themselves and don't bother their mama."

3. Her boyfriend was stung by a jelly fish in Florida, and right there on that busy white sand beach, in front of everyone she popped a squat and let the pee go right on his sting.

4. Black women tend to have a little more "Fluff" than the average woman. She as well as most the girls in her family pack on the winter pounds. Well, this year she is taking B-12 vitamins and liquid B-12. She is actually losing weight this winter. So, for those of you who are trying to lose weight,  b-12 speeds up your metabolism and really works!! (Her niece who is 16 weighed over 200 lbs.. she's lost 30 lbs in the last 2 months.. just from b-12.)

...A note on the hair-do
1. I asked for 2 inches to be cut off and she cut 5.5.
2. I asked for very natural, blended highlights and I got bright white/yellow chunks with a half an inch root already built into the do.
3. I asked for a nice straight trim and I found two big pieces that were jagged and really a lot longer than the rest of my hair.
4. All this and it wasn't even a cheap job.

Maybe this is what I get for living in the South!

Friday, December 18, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things...


I LOVED it when my husband organized our box of tropical nerds by color and put each color in their own mini bowl. He's so nerdy.. just like me.


I love when my Father-in-law sends us a wonderful 6 person tent for Christmas.. it's super light and we can't wait to camp for real in it. But, for now, my husband decided we needed to set it up in the living room. We're a match made in heaven!


I love hot chocolate in my anthro mug (that my friend Vanessa gave me)... and I love our red, white and blue star shaped mallows.


Sam got up one morning and made wholewheat french toast AND... magelby's syrup! Mmmm.. he is so sweet and amazing. He even colored our two bowls of syrup red and green :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's That Time of Year!






















Christmas is my FAVORITE time of year! This year Christmas is especially exciting. This is our first Christmas as husband and wife. We get to go back and spend the Holidays with our families in Utah and I get to have my first White Christmas ever. November 1st the tree went up. We have Christmas candles, Sam's homemade potpourri (cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, water, etc.) and gifts under the tree. We have been watching ABC family Christmas movies every single night and sipping cocoa with mallows like two times a day. We even have egg nog in the fridge. We hand painted ornaments and we decorated a gingerbread house together. There are at least three radio stations here that play all Christmas all the time.. and we love that!

BTW, I am at work again and today a man from Alabama asked me where I was from... he was wondering where my accent was from.. hmmm...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Our Wedding

September 11th. The perfect day to get married, right?! We thought so. It was one of the most wonderful days of our lives. I couldn't be luckier to be married to Sam. I am incredibly blessed. The day was perfect. Although I had dreamed my whole life of this event happening in San Diego, Salt Lake City was just perfect. We were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). The ceremony was small and beautiful. We partied at both the Little America (lunch after the ceremony) and the Grand America (the reception, complete with the best buffet.. ever). We were surrounded by all of our favorite people which is what you hope for your whole life. The reception was so much fun we didn't want to leave! But, our honeymoon suite was decked with candles and flower petals (thanks to Ash, Sierra, Mike, Chad and whoever else helped) and it was the perfect place to be after a long day of wedding craziness! I still can't thank my parents enough for all they did to make the day perfect.




Our very first Blog post!


So many people have asked us when we will start blogging... so I figure it's about time we get on it. We are happy and married.. yep married. Hard to believe, I know. We live in Alabama. It's a much slower paced and verrry different life here in the South. But we are happy and don't have anything to complain about. I am sitting here at work (I sell combat boots.. don't worry about it).. and my job here has provided me with ample time to read, talk on the phone, snack too much and now.. blog! I am snacking on some pretty weird stuff right now. One of the many reasons I have the best husband everrr... is sometimes he likes to pack me lunches when I come to work. Right now I am snacking on: crackers, peperoni and sliced cheese, just finished an apple.. and in my lunch sack I still have graham crackers and cream cheese frosting, fritos and a mix of spicy red sauce and sour cream to dip them in, a big bag of marshmallows and dry roasted peanuts AND a bag of beef jerky... he also heated some water in the kettle for me so I could bring some ginger snappy and lemon tea with me to work. Don't worry I don't eat everything he packs :)