Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's a . . .


We're having a boy baby!


I had another ultrasound this morning, and he's definitely a he. It's so clear, it would be awkward to post the ultrasound picture. It caught us off guard--we both thought it was a girl--but we're excited! Matthew, of course, loves the name Shadrach. So far, I like Dean, Grant, Theodore, and Maxwell. Hopefully in the next 19 weeks we can come to an agreement on something.

Also, in anticipation of today's doctor's visit, I have been fantasizing about the doctor telling me I need to gain more weight and ordering me to eat more ice cream, cookies, and chocolate. But the truth I learned today is that I have gained twice as much as I should have since my last visit. Drat.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Notice Anything Different About Us?




That's right! Matthew is a med student and I am a future community college English teacher!

Mother Knows

Sometimes I have a difficult time accepting unsolicited advice from my mom. It's like I'm still trying to prove, after 8 years of living away from home, that I'm independent, bright, capable of functioning on my own. Maybe it's a lingering echo of that phrase all toddlers master: "No! I do it!"

But sometimes, Mom's right. I have two case studies to illustrate.

1. Matthew, as everyone who knows him knows, is an exceptionally smart, hard-working guy. But for whatever reason, by mid-June, we still didn't know whether he was going to get in to medical school. We kept our fingers crossed for Midwestern, where he was on a waiting list. During that time, my mom called more than once to suggest that Matthew just go up to the admissions office and talk to them. Maybe a spot would open and they'd give it to him. I thought it was sort of silly, but I agreed to humor her and mention it to Matthew. Anyway, we went. Matt was in the admissions office for less than 5 minutes. We drove back to Mesa thinking, oh, well. And the next day, he was in.

2. I like to think that I would be a great employee for a variety of employers. And when I got my master's degree last summer, I assumed it was my ticket to a very enjoyable (if low-paying) job in a library, a school, a museum, or an organization involving books in some way. But I think the last time I even had an interview was in February. Mom's advice to me in this situation: You should call the community colleges and see if there are any positions. Sometimes, they might have something they haven't posted online yet. At the time, I thought, oh, Mom. You just don't understand the age of technology. If there was a job, they'd post it. Well, last week in church, somebody heard me say that I had degrees in English and and humanities, and said, "the community colleges need English teachers." "Really?" I said, "I've been checking the job postings and haven't seen anything..." She assured me I should just get in touch with the various department chairpeople. On Thursday I sent my info to three people. Within an hour I had an interview set up. This morning at the interview, the head of the English department at PVCC gave me the job.

So. . . thanks, Mom. Call again soon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

News

In the few minutes of public library internet time I've got today, I'm just going to note some news in our lives.

In the past month and a half,

  • Matthew and Kathryn visited Eagar, where the sun is not so mean.
  • Kathryn picked up a fascination for gardening (it's still theoretical, though), read some books, and edited some others.
  • Matthew's work situation improved a little.
  • Matthew and Kathryn enrolled in an anatomy and physiology class together. Their final is on Friday - hooray!
  • Matthew and Kathryn moved to a lovely condo.
  • Matthew and Kathryn visited Utah, very briefly.
And finally, and most importantly,
  • Matthew got accepted to medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale!
I'm so proud of Matt. He's going to be a great doctor. We have a busy month ahead with another move and all the other preparations, but I'm going to try to savor this pre-med school time.

And one more thing: here come the summer thunderstorms!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Than a Quarter Century

We celebrated Matthew's birthday this weekend with family, friends, lots of good food, and some water.

"Water" was Matt's response when I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday. I found out through some probing that he meant he wanted to play in a river or a lake, so we drove north to Fossil Creek and had a great afternoon of hiking and playing in the water. Matthew loves to jump off of things into water, and he loves to climb on things, so we were happy when we found a spot upstream that provided opportunities for both. Here is Matthew doing what he loves:

video

(After I watched Matthew jump a few times, I thought I might want to do it, so I climbed up, swam over, and clambered down to the edge of the waterfall. Then I stood there for a long time looking down, and finally, I turned around and retraced my steps. I was NOT too afraid to do it. I just decided I didn't want to, that's all.)

For lunch we split a bag of Jalapeno chips. It was a great day, and a great finish to a three-day celebration that included Frisbee, Grandma Crosby's delicious fried chicken, cheesecake, and our nieces Raylin and Lucy trying to learn how to walk. Happy Birthday, Matthew!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Relocated


We don't have regular internet access these days, but I need to post for two reasons:

1) I'm a little embarrassed that my birthday post has been the most current thing on my blog for almost two months. I promise, I'm not trying to brainwash anyone into remembering my birthday next year or anything like that.

2) This morning, it rained, and that is newsworthy. Hallelujah!

P.S. We made it to Arizona. We could be here for four months or for four years.

(Any guesses about what the star with yellow beams shooting out of it is all about?)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Birthday!

We kind of made a week of it, and I'm glad Matthew feels the same way about birthday week as I do, but to keep things simple, I'll just mention the highlights.

Last Tuesday was my Birthday Eve, so Matthew and I had a scrumptious dinner at Zupa's (another thing I'll really miss about Utah), followed by a delicious homemade birthday cake baked by my sister and a viewing of Back to the Future.


Wednesday was the big day, and it was a most beautiful birthday with a bright blue sky. Matt had the day off, so we went for a morning run, had a delicious breakfast of wheat waffles with strawberries and cream (a tradition in the Crosby family), and went cross-country skiing. Then we hung out with the Webelos at a bridge construction site for a little while before heading to Salt Lake City to have dinner with my family.


I ended up with a large pile of chocolate (especially when you figure in Valentine's Day a few days before and the M&Ms Matthew brought home from work for me earlier in the week -- in two unused urinalysis cups), plenty of flowers, some money with which to buy replacements for the unnatural number of my pants that have developed holes in the past few months, and lots of love and good memories. I wish I could have birthday week all the time!

And I must say that I love birthday cards! I know that store-bought cards were written by a Hallmark employee who knows nothing about me, but they still feel heartfelt to me, and the card my parents gave me made me feel good. In fact, I sometimes get a little teary when I read cards like that. I also received cards from both of Matthew's grandparents and a great homemade card from Dave, Jodi, Johnny, Melina, and the babies. Thanks for the love!

Employment

At long last, a couple of Saturdays ago (on Valentine's Day, to be precise), I got a job offer! I will be working as a freelance developmental editor for a publishing company! It's a job I think I'll really like, and it will transfer with us wherever we go!

Then, two days later, I got a tip from a school friend that landed me another job offer! It worked out perfectly as a temporary research gig to keep me busy for a while until the paperwork for the editing job goes though, and the extra money will be just what we need to facilitate our move to Mesa in a few weeks. The project was all about China, and one of its side effects was to give me a really cool spy dream once last week.

It felt really good to be gainfully employed for a week and a half. Now I'm back to unemployment for a while until I'm officially hired on as an editor and my company starts sending me projects, but I am determined to make the most of it. I'm going to read, read, read all those books I've been meaning to get to (I have no idea why I haven't been doing this all along - what's wrong with me?), and I'm going to practice the piano and the guitar, and measure our furniture so we can use our vehicle space efficiently for the move.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bored? Board!


Tuesday was Matthew's day off, and serendipitously, it was also $1o Tuesday at Wolf Mountain. We had been wanting to go snowboarding with Tommy since before Christmas, and we picked a great day to do it. The snow was really good, and Matt and I only paid $33 for the two of us for 8 hours! Wahoo!

This was my first experience with powder, and I could not believe the difference it made. I've been snowboarding a couple of times, but the conditions were icy and rainy. Now I know that powder is preferable. Not only is it a lot of fun to ride on, but it's much more comfortable for beginners (aka: me) when they fall. The one downside of all that fluffy snow, in my limited experience, is it takes a lot more energy to get out of a pile of soft stuff than to simply stand up. It caused a minor problem for me when I fell about 7 times within a minute on a run directly below the lift. After a while I heard a voice from above call down to me, "just stand up and lean back!" Although that is what I had been trying to do for the past 60 seconds, I still appreciated his suggestion, because 1) it was encouraging, in all my exhaustion, to know that somebody was rooting for me, and 2) it gave me the opportunity to imagine what I looked like flopping around from a bird's eye view. Very entertaining.

And three cheers for my husband and my brother for being so patient with me. They did a great job of helping me learn. Tommy in particular was a great snowboarding teacher because he was very meticulous about making his student to the same thing over and over. And I think in spite of my slowness, the boys still got in some good runs and had a fun time. Now I can (sort of) carve, and I still managed to get a great quad workout from riding the heel edge of my board for the first half of the afternoon. Great day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Soups

It's time to share a couple of soup recipes we love. They are both fairly easy to make and scrumptious!

Vegetable Soup
I found this recipe at www.foodnetwork.com (the chef's name is Ellie Krieger), but I tried to find it the other day and couldn't. I changed the recipe a little anyway, so here's my version. I love this soup because the ingredients are so inexpensive, and it's hearty and delicious!

Saute
1/2 cup onion in
1 tablespoon olive oil.
Add:
1/2 cup cup celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots (I like add a little extra)
1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Let the vegetables soften a little. Then add:
2 cups broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans, rinsed (mash half of the beans, and put the rest in whole).
Let the soup simmer for 10 or 15 minutes, then serve with a little grated cheese on top.

Chicken Noodle Soup
This is our variation of a recipe from Betty Crocker's Sunday Dinner Cookbook (thanks, Teresa!)
We've made it several times, and it may just find its way onto tonight's menu. This chicken noodle soup has a different flavor than any other I have tasted. I think the fresh parsley and the nutmeg deserve thanks for that.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 medium green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped carrots

Cook in a saucepan for about 4 minutes, until the carrots are halfway between crisp and tender.
Add:

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
5 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups egg noodles

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. YUM!

Matthew always puts some cheese on his soup. I don't think he eats soup any other way. (He loves me more than soup with cheese melted in it though. He told me so while we were dating.) It is delicious, but some people might argue that soup is better uncheesed, so that its intended flavor comes through. This is not the case with the vegetable soup. Cheese sprinkled on top is part of the recipe, and the snobbiest soup connoisseur will not regret including it.




Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Correction

The discounted ticket price applies to tonight's and tomorrow's performances only. Discount prices range from $7.50 in the balcony to $13 up front.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Shimmering Star in the Theatrical Firmament

I'll be using this post to brag about my exceptionally talented little sister. Carolyn is a very entertaining performer. Her latest success is her performance as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie at BYU. We saw it on Wednesday, and I must say she stole the show. For those of you who have seen the movie, the stage version (and Carolyn's interpretation, especially) of Mrs. Meers is at least 10 times as outrageous as the one in the movie. These pictures from BYU's press release illustrate my point. In fact, if you can imagine Mrs. Meers from the movie, but taller, and with a personality like Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove and a fake Chinese accent, you're getting close to the hilarity of Carolyn's character.

My favorite moment in the show, hands down, was the song "Mammy," sung by Mrs. Meers and the Chinese brothers (in both Chinese and English). It had hilarious vaudeville-style choreography. I'm telling you, I'm thinking of going again just for that number.

If anyone out there is in the area and wants to see the play, I'd suggest buying tickets immediately because they are heavily discounted right now, but the discount could go away anytime (as soon as they feel like they've sold enough tickets, I guess). If you can get them before it's too late, you'll only by paying $11 or $12 instead of $21. The show runs through Jan 31.

And if anyone out there is interested in seeing the lovely Carolyn perform in the future, never fear! I'll keep the blog updated with performances she's involved in in the future. She's played roles including a dancing napkin, an ugly step-sister, a raunchy innkeeper's wife, an elderly murder detective, a mother duck, a roulette table, a popular witch, a Russian secretary ... the list goes on, and everything she does, she does with pizazz. I can't wait to see what role she'll play next!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Year

Last weekend Matthew and I took a break from our colds and from preparing talks and a lesson for church to try out our cross-country skis (thanks Dad Crosby!) at Big Springs Park, a favorite place of mine. When we move, Provo Canyon is going to be high on the list of things I'll miss the most. What makes BSP so great for cross-country skiing is 1) 360 degree beautiful views, 2) the constant but gentle incline all the way up, which means you get 3) a fun cruise all the way back down to the parking lot. I'm still an amateur, which means I'm not good at making quick, sharp turns, which means I sometimes ditch in the snow rather than risk falling into the stream that crosses the trail a few times. We had a blast!


Matt pointed out to me the other day that January 18 (yesterday) is the first anniversary of the day we met. What a year! I always thought I'd need to marry someone I'd known for a couple of years. I don't think I've ever been so happy to be wrong!