Friday, September 16, 2011

Homework Frenzy

So my homework was due yesterday. Like wach month I was writing like crazy to get everything finished up, only this time it was way last minute when I finished. But writing like crazy finally got me out of my weird writing funk. The weird writing funk was probably part of the problem when it cam eto everything being super last minute, but hey it got done.

So on another note Jordyn is cuter than ever. She's 10 months and full of fun. Everything is an adventure to her. There is not crack to small or object to bug. She's fasinated by everything. I love how excited she gets about just crawling around revisiting things she's already seen. Motherhood isn't glamerous, but it's fun. Staying at home with Jordyn is a mixture of feelings for me. I love spending my days with the bright, beautiful girl;but staying at home isn't always my favorite thing. My days run together because it is easier to be distracted by life rather than living it. I'm working on my commitment to a better life rather than an easy one, but it's gonna take trial and error.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Clean House?

Why is it that every time I clean my house no one sees it, but as soon as I leave the dishes from making/eating dinner the night before and entertaining Jordyn has made a huge mess people randomly come over? It happened to me twice last week. I even cleaned my house more than normal last week, and still a ton of people saw it looking crazy. Ugh. Oh well, I suppose that's just life reminding me that I'm still human.

Another random tangent: friends that grow apart. So I'm really bad at "keeping in touch" with people that I couldn't live without while we were in the same place at the same time. I don't know how people do it. I'm not sure how you go about continuing a relationship when you live hundreds of miles apart.

Yet another tangent: I'm reading Beloved, and it's driving me crazy. Toni Morrison is truly an artisan with words. What she writes is beautiful and thick, but I can't seem to keep it down. I don't know what about the story is rubbing me the wrong way, but I have 50 pages or so left and I can't seem to make it through. However, I have 2 more days to get my homework done, so I don't really have a choice but to push through and get it done. I've been stuck running into a wall, and I can't seem to feel my way around it. It's probably because I'm distracted by other things in my life, but still I would love to get back into writing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A newer resolve

Ok, so it has been almost a month since I posted last. I'm becoming a lame blogger again, so I have a newer resolve to be a better blogger. Despite the fact that Jordyn is currently trying to attack my computer and I am fending her off with my leg. Ah, motherhood.

Since we've moved into our new apartment, I've been on a decorating frenzy. For some reason I hate everything, and feel like nothing is cute enough. So room by room, I've been working on where to put the furniture and worrying about the walls and personal affects later. Today Jordyn and I went to the Dollar Store, love that place, and purchased 4 bunches of fake flowers. When we got home I took some scrapbooking paper I already had and lined glass vases with it. Then I put the fake flowers in and seperated them to look a little fuller. Now I know that there are those who say if you like flowers enough to put them in your home NEVER use fake ones, but to those I say if you had my budget and liked flowers you'd buy fake ones too!

Other than that I've been working on filling up my days without spending hours watching T.V. and can I just tell you that it's a lot harder than it sounds. Yesterday I baked bread, cleaned hte house, made some cinnamon bread, made dinner, ran some errands and still had time to watch 4 hours of T.V. Today I ran some more errands, took a nap, visited a friend, and did some more chores, and it looks like I will again have a few hours to watch some tube. I suppose that will come one thing at a time, and hopefully it counts that I'm trying not to be a couch potatoe.

Off to make dinner, and to keep Jordyn from eating my journals!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Crawling Craziness!

Holy cow! Jordyn is everywhere and into everything. At least this is keeping me busy. Other than that I'm just up to school work. Reading and writing. I just started a new story about a mother that shoots and kills her daughter after a super creepy dream I had one night. It was crazy! There was nothing I could do to keep from dying each time I went back to sleep. Oh well, it gave me a story to write.
Cory is starting week 2 of medical school, and I have to say despite all of my complaining it actually hasn't been bad at all. He goes to school at 8 in the morning and gets home as early as 2 pm some days. Mean while Jordyn and I are playing and finding projects around the house to keep us busy. I have loads of keep sake papers that need to be preserved and the story of their significance needs to be written down. And when I don't want to do that or homework I have instruments to practice or emails to send. It would be nice to get out of the house more, but it all comes in time I suppose.
The ward here is really great. Everyone is friendly even though we're only going to be here for 4 years! The people from the ward were bumed to find out that we were only going to be here for 4 years. Cory and I laughed because to us that seems like forever. It will be the longest that we've ever lived in one place. Cory also said that if we moved into a ward in UT and said that we would be there for 4 years they'd make him Elder's Quorum President! Haha, that just goes to show how different places are.
I've got the bug to paint something, so I'll be on the hunt today for something new to paint. Speaking of which I need to start posting the pictures I paint. Just for fun. Well, I'm off to chase my speedy baby. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I can't believe that it's been a month since I posted last. Ahhhhhh! Well, let's start the catch up then shall we?
We're in St. Louis now. We're more or less all unpacked, and Cory is in real medical school classes. We've started started to settle into a routine here. And surprisingly I don't hate life yet. One of our neighbors said that he treated medical school like a job and had a starting and quiting time. Cory thought that was a pretty good idea, so that's what he does. He hasn't been longer than 6:30 coming home. Very impressive for Cory. He's done really well managing his time.
Today some of the stay at home mommies went out for lunch, so I went. It was fun. We went to My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe. I think that the dessert was supposed to be better than actual food. However, I only got a sandwich. It wasn't too bad though. It was fun to get to know some more people that are in the ward.
Other than that we've just been doing the normal. Eating, sleeping, spendind time doing stuff.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

April's Inferno

Dante has nothing on me! Cory starts medical school tomorrow (the fancy white coat ceremony to endear you to the idea of it all) and then whoosh, it's 10 years down the road and we're finally hunting for a real job. I'll be telling Dante a thing or two about the levels of Hades.
I'm really nervous to start this whole adventure, but who knows it could be fun. After all we're met our neighbors (they helped us move all of our junk in; it was much appreciated) and our landlord is pretty chill for being a retired mr. fix-it man. St. Louis is really different from happy valley, but the people seem really friendly for the most part. So all in all it hasn't been too bad the past few days. The family leaves Idaho bound bright and early Monday morning, and then it's back to just me and Jordyn. The only problem is that we don't have a routine here, and I stink at making new ones. Plus she crawls these days.
Other than that, I realized just how good some (or a lot) of distance was from good ole' eastern Tennessee. I'm really gonna miss those beautiful (minue NE) 2,000 miles between me and mi familia. Good to see them, and good to be far from them.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Last Night in Idaho

I feel like that should be a lyric in a song. Well, tomorrow we ship off again to the land down under, o.k. really it's just Provo and there isn't anything actually Australian about it but it is south of Idaho Falls. And, it's 11 o'clock at night. I know that for some that means the night is just starting, but for oldies like me that's quite a late night.

Tomorrow Cory has a physical in Provo, and then shoooo, we're off into the hilly Wyoming and the bland Nebraska with only the computerized voice of out GPS for comfort on our grand adventure. It's really quite lucky that I have only 3 followers seeing as I usually write right before bed, or if I'm in a strange writing/blabbing mood. That way there's only 3 people who know how weird I really am.

Today instead of resting from my labors like I should have I did homework. I'm not crazy about doing homework on Sundays, and I really try and avoid it, but I just felt like I had to work on it if it was going to get done on time. So my blah mood is affecting my writing tonight, I sincerely apologize.

So as far as writing goes I've completed 2 first drafts of 2 different stories, and started doodling with a third one. I also am dying to write a poem about Cory's parent's back door. It's this great old piece of wood that usually has a faded sheet/pillow case covering a small rectangular window. It has loads of personality from the chipping layers of paint to its surrounds in the kitchen. I really want to crank it out in something I'm writing. A poem would rock, but maybe I'll put it in a short story I'm working on.

Speaking of writing, I really need to get better at posting what I'm working on for those out there who care about what I'm working on. I'll try to get on that when we finally settle back down from our grand adventures across the U.S. of A

Well, goodbye Jello Belt, hello Bible Belt!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Packing: Day 3

Well we finished packing and cleaning today. We also took the car in for a fluids check and a large check later we have 2 new tires and clean transmission fluid. We also went to the Owls v Chuckars game tonight in Orem. Owls won., in case you were wondering.

Tomorrow we have a little league pool party, and then we're going up to Idaho for a couple days, then back to Provo on Monday, and off to Tennessee on Tuesday. It sure is coming up fast. But seeing as all of my friends have moved I'm not too sad about moving yet. I'm sure once I get there it will hit me and I'll panic some.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Packing: Day 2

Ugh. I hate packing. But on the plus side it usually means change, and unpacking is like Christmas, only you don't get anything that you don't want because it's already yours and you know what you have.

I am excited to be done packing, and to decorate our new place. In fact I'm excited to know what the new place looks like. Out of all the apartments we've lived in since we were married, and my single's apt at BYU-I for that matter, I didn't get to see until I moved in. I put in a request that I at least get to pick out my first house!

Other than that I completed a translation assignment today. It's a poem about the gods making people from corn. It's creepy cool though. I kind of like it. I'll try to post it later on my other blog.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Packing: Day 1

First I should admit that Cory worked way harder on packing our house today than I did. I cashed out halfway through to work on my homework. I finished The Help and I must say that I enjoyed it (as much as I enjoy most things that are contemporary). It was a tad bit long winded, it should have ended at least 50 pages before it did, but it was written pretty well and paced well to mimic the south. The story wasn't terribly predictable, some part better than other, but overall I say it's worth the read for sure.

Well our house looks like it exploded. Cory thinks that we're half way finished packing, but I don't think that's the case. I think that we've done the skim packing round. What I mean by this is that we've pulled all of the easy packing stuff out and put it in boxes, and the real packing starts tomorrow. But that's how moving works I suppose. So tomorrow we begin packing for reals.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th 2011

We had a great day today. Cory and most of the family went to see the hot air balloons far too early this morning. Following that we went to the Provo parade, had lunch, let Jordyn nap, visited with Haskins, and explored freedom days. I'd say and all it was a lovely day

Camille and I both left the festival with new feather extensions. I have to admit that I love mine. It's simple, like everything else I like, it's skinny and white with brown spots. Camille's are similar.

We also talked to a lady about foster care. We've batted the idea around for a while. I would love to get into foster care, but I suppose we'll just have to see what the cards hold for us later on.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of all the craziness! We start packing, and running a million errands before we leave dear Provo behind forever, or at least until one of our children comes here for college!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Writer's Block

So it's been a few days since I wrote last. Since then we've been playing in Idaho. We went up to camp Little Lemhi tonight to see the camp fire program they do each week for the scouts who are leaving. They had a delightful skit where 2 boys did a rendition of Romeo and Juliet with a Dr. Seuss spin. It was really cute. Then yesterday we went swimming with Karin and part of the kids.

It's been great just being able to hang out with friends and family here in Idaho. I don't think that I'd realized how much I've grown to love Idaho until now. It's been my home for the last 6 years, and despite my best attempts to hate it in the beginning, I really like it here (minus the snow, of course!) I'm glad that I have a piece of Idaho to take with me, and plenty of reason to come visit again and again.

Other than that I've been writing like a crazy person. I've finished 1 short story this week, and I'm working on finishing #2 for the week. I love that I'm really writing. I love that I'm making time for it, and that I've got something to write. I think that was part of the reason I've put it off for so long. I think I was afraid that if I finished the few projects I had that I wouldn't have anything else to write, but I'm happy to report that is not even close to the case. I don't have enough time to write what I have swimming around in my mind. Well, back to writing I go!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Utah again

We drove back to Utah today with only a short pit stop for church in Vegas. The trip went well, but we were all pooped by time we pulled into the driveway at 7:30.

The Dodgers v Angels game was fun. It was really hot, but Dodger fans are fun to be with, even if they're loosing. The food at the field is tasty good, and our host was delightful as usual. In fact, my whole trip was fun this round. I was surprised because last time I was a mess the whole time; even missed Utah which is scary to admit. But this time I loved hanging out with my writing friends, even the crazy ones. The lectures were more down my alley, and I loved Santa Monica beach (as I'm sure you picked up on). I'm looking forward to visiting again.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Today Cory and I sat down to plan out the next 5 weeks of our life, and as stupid as it sounds, I just realized that we're really moving. We only have a number of days left in good ole' Provo before we're gone forever. The wonderful jello belt has been my home since June of 2005, and 6 years later I'm a little sad to leave it. I'm sure that we'll love St. Louis, and I'm sure that we'll make friends in no time, but still I'm a little sad to leave all that has finally become familiar.

Isn't it funny how we excited we get for change until it actually happens? It was the same thing when I moved to Idaho. I was so excited to leave TN and move to a place that had a ton of members, and then when I drove out of TN I cried like a baby for days. I'll miss Idaho, and all of the cute farmers and their cows. I'll miss all of the good friends that I've made out here, and won't be able to see nearly as often as I have.

Well, St. Louis here we come!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Santa Monica and the end of residency

We absolutely loved Santa Monica pier. It was much better that Hollywood and Venice for a number of reasons (sorry if you love either of these places) The streets were much cleaner which was nice. There were a ton of street performers; some crazy, and some talented. We enjoyed watching everything from a man in a wheelchair singing Christmas songs to an older woman salsa dancing to performing parrots.

Now to residency. This time around I had a blast in lovely Culver City at Antioch. I knew more of what to avoid in lectures, so that helped a ton. Writing workshop went a lot smoother, and I was more able to connect with workshop pieces. And of course it helped my Cory and Jordyn came out early so that I didn't have to go as long without my family. I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks before Cory starts medical school when we'll just have time to spend together. Now that residency is over I have load so of work to do, and I can't wait to start working with Kerry. She's such a change from Richard (who is very talented, but Kerry is more what I like). Well, here's to the semester to ensue.

Report on our adventures from yesterday

Well the Jones consider Hollywood to be pretty ghetto, but we're glad that we at least know now. As we walked down Hollywood blvd we saw a man playing the empty soy sauce buckets, a girl wearing a box with an angry face drawn on and "Pixar" written in scratchy letters about chest level, a very nice aspiring rapper who didn't know where Provo, UT was but wanted a "donation" and a handful of people dressed up as various movie characters. But that was it. Cory and I voted the bucket playing man the winner of the Hollywood "Most Interesting" award. Congratulations bucket man!

Out of the dozens upon dozens of stars that have been claimed by names, we knew about 12 of them. Amongst them was Big Bird, Dolly Parton, and Bill Cosby. So I here issue an apology to all the names of stars we walked over without the smallest appreciation for their fame.

Following Hollywood we checked out Venice beach. Jordyn absolutely hated the beach. We let the wave cover her feet, and she screamed. I supposed after considering her size that those big waves could be intimidating, so I tried the sand only to fail again. She clung to me like white on rice. Cory and I enjoyed the beach, but not the sand that follows you home afterward.

Today I have a full day of school, but Cory and Jordyn are checking out the Santa Monica Pier, so I'll have to let you know what they thought of that.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


So Cory and Jordyn made it in safe to LAX. LAX was gheeeettto. I guess that they are remodeling, but it looks way trashy. It was fun to see Jordyn. At first she looked at me like could it really be you? and then she smiled. Last time she totally forgot who I was, so it was nice that it wasn't that way this time.

Today's plan for LA is: lunch at Antioch so that I can show my family off, and then to Hollywood. I think that we're going to get there and make it up as we go, but it should prove to be fun. And then tomorrow I have a full day of school and lectures, but Saturday we have a baseball game! I'm excited to see the Dodgers play.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I can't believe how much fun I've had during this residency. When I first left home I was uber teary. I even burst into tears when I saw a toddler at the gas station in Nevada. But after the first day I was in the groove and having a great time.

Last night we went out as a cohort to the Library Alehouse. It was this cute little restaurant in Santa Monica with a library theme. The food was lovely, I had the all American turkey burger, and our waiter was delightful. The funny part was that our of our dinners was on one bill, and I ended up doing the math! I was off by $17 which I didn't think was too bad seeing as out bill was around $250. Math is really not my thing.

Cory and Jordyn fly into LA tonight, and I can't wait. We're going to go to the beach, maybe even check out Hollywood, and catch a Dodgers game with some friends. I can hardly wait to kiss Jordyn's cute chubby cheeks, and sing "little bunny foo foo".

Residency has also given me loads of things to write about, and a desire to write. I'm glad of it too, seeing as I was in great need of it. The last month, I'm sorry to admit, I haven't written at all. But I got some really good advice from a friend in my cohort that I should start with a small goal each day, say 20 minutes of writing a day. I've also decided that I really need to blog more often seeing as it's great to keep everyone up to date as to what I'm doing as well as practice my writing. So I apologize for the beginning blogs which promise to be rough. So here goes another semester.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Books on my "To Read" list

Get ready! I have a list.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  3. The Road by Cormac MacCarthy
  4. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  5. Tale of Two Cities By Dickens (I'm gonna give it another chance)
  6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  7. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  8. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  9. Utopia by Sir Thomas More
  10. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  11. Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth
  12. Francine Prose
  13. On writing Short stories-Tom Bailey
  14. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  15. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  16. Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  17. Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  18. Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass by Mr. Douglass himself
  19. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  20. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  21. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twaine
  22. A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by Joyce Carol Oats
I'll try and keep you posted on what I've read and what I liked. I'm looking forward to checking some of these classics off my list.

A day in the life of April at residency

So today being Monday marks day 4 of residency here in LA. Today on the schedule is: paper work due during residency, 2 lectures, a meeting with the press I've been working on, and a meeting with my mentor for the term (who is still unknown as of now).

I have nearly successfully made it 4 days without my cute baby Jordyn, and heroic husband Cory. But I must admit I'm relieved that they are flying in on Wednesday!

After I complete today's list I may try and find a grocery store because I'm tried of eating random and bad tasting things for dinner, and then a nice long night of mind-numbing T.V. That's really my secret in making through these things. I think as little as possible as soon as I leave campus.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Books, books, books

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

I've read this once before, and reread it for a book club. It was great to revisit Lewis' best book. It's the tale of Psyche and Cupid retold from one of her sister's point of view. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Greek Myth.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows

It's cute story told in the format of letters. The authors put on top of each letter who the letter is to and from which helps you keep up. The only problem I had with the book is that all of letters sound the same which was a disappointment especially because it is written by two people. Overall it's a great read for anyone.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

It's another cute story of 12 princesses forced to fill their mother's contract with the evil king to dance each night for him until eventually he can trap them there to marry his 12 sons. Luckily they meet a young solider who can help them. It's pretty cheesy, but the writing is decent. It's definitely worth the read if you're up for a cute, easy read.

Sold by Patricia McCormick

This is a bit of a harder read. It's about a young girl from Nepal who is sold unknowingly as a prostitute. Over the course of the story she must choose what she wishes to do with her life. I recommend it, but offer a caution while it's not graphic, it is a hard read.