19 July 2008

Happy Day!

Amy W8 is one of my favorite-est people in the whole world. For some reason or another though, we can't seem to get together often enough -- even though we live only blocks away from each other.

When Amy and I were able to finally connect and have lunch, it was a happy day! We had soooooo much to talk about; I don't think we stopped talking or took a breath from the time we said hello to the time we said goodbye.

Thanks for such a fun time, Amy! We need to do this again before 2009! LOL.

17 July 2008

My Love Dragon

This is Dustin, one of my favorite people in all the world. When he attended Julie's birthday party last year, he brought a "pumpkin for [his] pumpkin."

One hug from Dustin does wonders for the soul. Add to that his constant sentiments of love, such as "I SOOO love you, Nadele" or "You my love dragon"... it's enough to melt a girl's heart. I miss seeing him every day and receiving the constant boosts to my self-esteem.

Hey, Dustin -- I SOOOOOO love you!

I Am a Saint

It's true what ya'll have been thinking all of these years: I am a Saint.

Er, or, well, actually there is a saint named Adele...and she has a special saint's day on December 24. That's close enough, right?

And I also discovered that there's a place named after me (or something like that) in Canada: Sainte-Adèle.

16 July 2008

Where I Wish I Was Right Now

Speaking of Hawai'i... this is a picture I took of Sunset Beach on the island of Oah'u. It was one of the most spectacular beaches I've ever seen. Tranquil and turquoise, the blue hues seem to go on and on forever. Very picturesque. I can almost hear the soothing sound of the crashing waves on the beach and feel the warm, penetrating rays of sun on my skin.

I think I need a moment....

Loco for Moco

Being best friends with Judy has some definite perks... like going to Hawai'i twice during a six-month period. Granted, I had to pay for my own airfare and other sundries; however, the majority of expenses were paid for while she attended meetings at BYU-Hawai'i. Mahalo nui loa, Judy!
When we visited Oah'u in March, Amy traveled with us. On one of the mornings when Judy was working, Amy and I attempted to find some breakfast. We stumbled upon the Hukilau Cafe in Lai'e. There we sampled some of the finest home-cooking on the island--"ono food, yeah?" as they would say there.
We returned to the Hukilau Cafe again the next morning and were treated like locals: the waitress recognized us Haoles among the sea of brown people and even remembered the drinks we'd ordered from the day before. For the first three times we ate at the Hukilau Cafe, I ordered the famous local dish, Loco Moco, which is essentially two scoops of rice, 2-3 cooked eggs, meat (usually spam or hamburger), all covered in delicious brown gravy. It was yummy -- but soooo filling!
After the third breakfast of Loco Moco, I thought I might never be able to eat it again. But now that I'm writing about it, I'm getting a craving for some ono Loco Moco -- but I'll only eat it once, not three days in a row.

Sprechen Sie Espanol?

For several years now, it's been a goal of mine to renew my Spanish skills. I used to speak Spanish pretty well -- that is, until I learned German in college. And then German usurped my vocabulary and attention. I didn't think much of it at the time because German was so useful in my profession. I simply neatly packed the Spanish I'd aquired into a special storage compartment in my brain, where it has remained quite neglected to this day.

Now that I no longer need German for my day-to-day professional activities, I feel that it's a great time to resurrect my Spanish from that dusty storage closet. To accomplish this task, I purchased a copy of The Book of Mormon and other materials in Spanish. The plan is to study these materials every morning before work and listen to hymns in Spanish during the day; immersion into the language will hopefully increase my fluency.

I was hoping that the five years of Spanish I had prior to learning German would come back easily. It has not. In fact, I find myself conjugating Spanish verbs with German endings and mixing words from English, Spanish, and German together in a sentence. I think I'm more confused than ever before. My brain isn't certain which word to pull from which language--and when. How can I untangle the vernacular mess in my head? Wissen Sie, por favor?

15 July 2008

My New Obsession

I've never been what you might call a "fashionista" or "fashion forward" or anything of the sort. I'm mostly just a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl: comfort before fashion.

But lately I've been feeling the urgency to "pull myself together" more--to wear makeup daily (instead of just on Sundays), to dress nicely and more professionally (no flip flops at the office!), etc. I realize how much better I feel about myself when I do these things...and how different I act when I don't wear makeup and don't care about what I look like.

I like the me I am when I feel beautiful. I can even start to believe that maybe (just maybe) Heavenly Father might actually love me too.

Quite serendipitously, I stumbled upon lia sophia jewelry, a direct sales company touting the slogan "for the love of jewelry." My friend Becky invited me to her lia sophia party. I'd heard about the jewelry before, but I never gave much credence to the company because I thought, how much different can this jewelry be from others I've seen?

Well, there's a night and day difference! And after trying on jewelry for an evening, I fell in love with lia sophia jewelry. I loved the way the simplest necklace and/or earrings could help me feel so polished and "together"--and how beautiful I felt when I saw myself wearing that jewelry!

I hosted my own show recently and fell more in love with the jewelry. I'm afraid I spent too much...but I bought pieces for me and my friends and family. I want them to feel beautiful, too!

14 July 2008

Are You Ready for Some Football?!

I love football, especially BYU football. (Gooooooo, Cougars!) I love BYU football so much that when I heard about the BYU Women's Football Clinic on July 31, I registered at once--and then convinced my friends Amy, Melea, Judy, and Alicia to attend with me. We, along with the other women in attendance, will get to have a tour of the practice facilities, hear from coaches and players (in addition to the coaches attending, Max Hall, Fui Vakapuna, Harvey Unga and Austin Collie will be there as well), and participate in football drills. Talk about getting an insider's look at BYU football. I'm soooo excited!

Along that vein...my friend Jason sent this link to a YouTube video showing a referee dancing to C&C Music Factory's "Everybody Dance Now." I never knew that a referee could get his groove on!

11 July 2008

Running...And Running...And Running...

Running and me...well, let's just say that we aren't very good friends. For years running was synonymous with boredom and injuries to me: I usually got bored after running for five minutes, and I saw that my friends who ran were plagued with injuries. Running didn't seem so good to me.

However, earlier this year I got this zany idea into my head that maybe if I overcame my running aversion, I might be able to resurrect my health and return to the slimmer and trimmer version of myself that I used to like so well.

So, I registered for a running class (I thought if I learned to run properly, perhaps I would actually like it) and purchased new gear... but then I was plagued with migraines, allergies, more migraines, knee problems, and all sorts of crazy things to prevent me from running. I never even made it to my running class once!

All of those obstacles, however, haven't stopped me from continuing to try to run. I'm not very good at it--I get very winded after running for two minutes--but I'm trying to pace myself and run for a bit, walk for a bit, and repeat that until I finish the miles or time I'm trying to run. The overachiever in me thinks this is a "wussy" way of doing it (I really am "go big or go home"), but small and steady may just win the race for me. I'm hoping to participate soon in a 5k...maybe even the July 24th one happening later this month?

Adele Has a Star!

If only my surname was Jergens, this would be perfect! I always knew I deserved one of these.

For those who are curious (like I was) who Adele Jergens is, click here for more about her.