Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Christmas is officially over!

Dallas and I took down the Christmas decorations last night! (Monday is our new Saturday since I am working the next 5 Saturdays in a row and Dallas is going to be out of town for the next few weekends. Thankfully Dallas doesn't have class on Mondays so we actually get to see each other occasionally.)
We decided that since the decorations didn't get put up until right before christmas that they deserved to be up a little bit longer. We wanted to make Christmas last a little longer. We were going to make sure that we took at least the christmas tree down before we sold the truck, but that didn't happen. So, for the last week we have been stuck with a christmas tree without a way to get rid of it. There was no way I was putting in my new car...

Instead we waited until it was the night before the trash man came then snuck it out the back door and threw it in the dumpster. Shh don't tell, I heard the trash man come this morning and take it away so everything is okay...

This was one of the best Christmas vacations ever. Dallas took the two weeks off with me (or didn't have work, whatever you prefer)! We just played for two weeks straight with family and friends. It was fun spending time with everyone.

-We went on various hikes, discovering some great places for relaxation, I can't believe I've lived in the valley for 6 going on 7 years and I never knew about these awesome places. Dallas has lived here his entire life and he didn't know about them so I don't feel too bad.
- Had some really wonderful talks and learned more about each other. (I didn't think there was much left to learn, it was great:)
- Celebrated our 4th anniversary (WOW!) the week before...then on the actual day I forgot what day it was...I still can't believe it! (Dallas forgot a little too, so I'm not in the doghouse.) He bought me some really amazing flowers that are supposed to survive better without a lot of attention or sunlight. (Plants seem to die around our house)

Life is great, sometimes surreal. Can't believe I'm in love and married to such an amazing man.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


2009 Looking Back.... (Stolen from Laurie Jane)

What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
D:Started graduate school!
N:Delivered babies!!

Did you keep your new years' resolutions?
D: What new year's resolutions?
N: Don't remember...some maybe...mostly no.

What are some of your resolutions for 2010?
D: Learn something profession related everyday!
N: Survive and Graduate from PA school.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
D: Mindy my sister did to Ginormica aka Nellie.
N: Christy my sister did to skinny mini :)Love you Anna

Did anyone close to you die?
D & N: NO

What countries did you visit?
D: Just the good 'ol US of A
N: Nope no time for that kind of silliness.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
D: Steady employment.......................
N: A degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
D: August 29th, the day of my first Triathlon in Bear Lake, Utah/Idahoish
N: Last day of class. (Sometime in May I think)

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
D: Olympic Triathlon, got sixth place...in my age group.
N: Surviving my first 5 rotations and passing (barely) all my exams. whew.

What was your biggest failure?
D: What's that?
N: Answering questions like; If the patient presents with this, what is it?....and this....and this....and this...and this (As I sit miserably racking my brain for anything that might sound a little intelligent and thinking, "am I really supposed to know this???")

Did you suffer illness or injury?
D: Shin splints...ouch.
N: I broke my arm...just a little bit.

What was the best thing you bought?
D & N: New Car, at least for us!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
D: Barack Obama and the entire GOP.
N: Kanye West (Such a dork...even Obama thinks so.) ---Is it sad that I don't know how to spell the Presidents name but I can spell Cholechodolithiasis??

Where did most of your money go?
D: Mortgage.
N: Tuition.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
D: Natalie.
N: Having time to exercise, hike, bike and run:)

What song will always remind you of 2009?
D: New Divide by Linkin Park... cus (high pitch) I like it?
N: Breakfast at Tiffany's...Don't ask.

Compared to this time last year, are you: much happier, richer, nicer?
D: Happier, poorer, nicer (questionable..ask my family)
N: Happier..poorer..nicer(you'll have to ask Dallas)

What do you wish you'd done more of?
D: Studied.
N: Study and Played more (maybe I wish I would have just found more time)

What do you wish you'd done less of?
D: Goofing off on the internet, reading the news.
N: Watch lame TV shows (maybe that's where my lost time went)

How did you spend Christmas?
D & N: With family, my cute, adorable Nephews and niece, brothers and sisters, husband and parents.

Did you fall in love in 2009?
D: I'm already in love, DuH!
N: Yes, I fall more in love with Dallas everyday.

What was your favorite TV program?
D: Comes and Goes
N: I refuse to make favorites at this time.

What was the best book you read this year?
D: The entire Dune series...all 15 of them. (Thanks Natalie:)
N: Book..that's funny...who has time to read. (I actually laughed out loud at this question)

What did you want and get?
D: IPOD touch (That pretty much sums up all my wants)
N: A new (automatic) car.

What were your favorite films of this year?
D: Blindside.
N: Blindside and the Proposal.

What were your least favorite films of this year?
D: Fantastic Mr. Fox
N: Fantastic Mr. Fox, All about Steve

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
D: Age 25, Ipod touch, can't remember.
N: Age 24, On rotation then drove to the valley for Dinner with my friend's at the Cheesecake factory...then a movie:)

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
D: I didn't have to work this year, it was great, I wouldn't change a thing.
N: Not being away from Dallas for almost 18 weeks of the year

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
D: You really can wear shorts everywhere and all year long.
N: Professional wear: Dress pants and a white coat, I tried white pants...Dallas decided he didn't like them so he shrunk them...never mind my bad.

What kept you sane?
D: Natalie.
N: Dallas and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Who did you miss?
D: Natalie, we spent a lot of time apart:(
N: Dallas, my house, my friends.

Who was the best new person (people) you met?
D: Dr. Bennett and Scott, I worked with them at ASU.
N: All the wonderful people at all my rotations. The most meaningful, Dr. Alhaderi (Kyson's Cardiologist)

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
D: Don't embarrass Natalie in front of my entire extended family...She doesn't like that.
N: Don't reach out to catch yourself if you fall off your bike. Just take the fall.

What are you most excited for in 2010?
D: Trying to find something to be excited about...more triathlons and Natalie's Graduation.
N: Hands down, Graduation, at the same time kinda scared.

What are you least excited for in 2010?
D: Nothing... 2010 is going to rock...except I couldn't figure out anything to be excited about either.
N: Surgery rotation...ugh.