There's a First for Everything

Saturday, February 27, 2010

First #1: I peeled my first orange today. I ate it too. In all my 23 years, I have had a detest for oranges. Not orange flavored things, but just oranges themselves. I DESPISE PULP. I hate the sight of watching someone take a big juicy bite out of an orange slice and witness nothing but stringy slim left on the peel. Their chin usually also contains some pulpy remnant. Gross. I hate orange juice for that very reason. But I had a recent encounter with an orange last Monday that changed the way I mentally ate an orange. Our friends served their oranges in rounds rather than slices. It was revolutionary! Just the presentation of that orange looked inviting enough for me to give in to all my years of rejection. So I had an orange round, followed by 6 more. I was hooked! So when I went to the grocery store this weekend, I was sure to pick up some big navel oranges. I came home today and attempted to peel. By the end of my 10 minute peel, my orange looked rather sad with all of its dents and punctures. Jared was kind enough to first laugh at me and then show me the proper way of peeling an orange. Apparently you start at the top and you don't dig your nails down into the heart of the orange but a slight tug at the skin and the thing comes of in one sheet! Remarkable! I just re-discovered myself through an orange. Although I still hold a distain for orange slices and pulp, I can tolerate orange rounds, so please if you invite me to a party where oranges will be served, keep this in mind.

First #2: Jared and I also experienced a first 2 nights ago at a stop light. We were just enjoying a quick kissing session at the red light when we were alerted by the car
behind us that we were overindulging. Apparently the light had turned green, we were still locking lips and holding up a very impatient car behind us. Oddly enough that honk embarrassed us both. What, were we teenagers and we couldn't wait til home? It was weird because that was the first time that had happened to us, EVER, even during dating. To justify ourselves, we just agreed that that light was super short and that our make-out wasn't long at all.

First #3: I got my first smart phone. And I LOVE IT! Jared and I both got
the Tmobile MYTOUCH. I told Jared that I felt the past 2 weeks I have been so organized, and he attributed it to my phone and I kinda have to agree. My phone isn't full of games and other useless apps but rather my apps are banking, check booking, a grocery list app, calorie counter and buddyrunner. Seriously, my life has been revolutionized. The check book keeps track of all my credit card, debit and cash purchases so I always know where the money is going. The grocery list is super cool! Instead of going to 3 different grocery stores with papers in hand, I just have them all on my phone. And there's a barcode scanner so I can go to any store, scan the product and it will show me the prices at other stores to compare. Super handy! Anyways, I hate to say that I'm one of those people that has to have a smartphone, but it has been nifty to have.


Brown Air

Thursday, February 18, 2010

So I was just on Amazon paroozing around when I noticed something very disturbing in the side bar. Amazon is doing this new express checkout called PayPhrase. What is Amazon PayPhrase?
“PayPhrase is an easy-to-remember shortcut to shipping and payment information in your account. Use it for Express Checkout on and across the web.
Why should I use PayPhrase?
Privacy: Shop securely across the web without sharing your credit card
Express Checkout: Speed through checkout without having to sign in
Parental controls: Let teens shop online within limits you set”
- Amazon
To get me started, Amazon created my own PayPhrase for my convenience. However, I really wish it hadn’t.

"Kendra's Brown Air?" Does this not give off a dirty vibe??? Maybe…uh, gassy or unhygienic? The image this phrase creates is just repulsive. No, Amazon, this does not help me at check-out or my better self-image. This phrase does not make me ever want to come close to check out! If I was reminded everytime I checked out that I smelt or was unsanitary, I would not be a happy camper. Jared suggested that maybe Amazon meant to say Kendra's Brown Hair- they just forgot to put the h on air. That's a nice redeeming thought, husband, but no, no. Despite the fact that I can create my own payphrase in place of this wonderful example provided by amazon, I have forever been deterred from this payphrase thing. When I clicked out of Amazon, a window popped up that said: "Kendra's Brown Air" is still available. Claim this PayPhrase or create your own. I have a feeling that that PayPhrase will be available for a lllooong time.

Crest Whitestrips

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jared swears these work. I, on the other hand, always end up with that nasty gel all over my tongue, the strips fall off my teeth and my mouth salivates like a dog. Is there some secret that I’m missing to these? Before I go and spend another $35 for nothing, any vouchers out there? I’d really love to have my whites all pearly, or is it my pearlies all white??

A Welcomed Addition

Monday, February 1, 2010

We LOVE it! I’ve been begging Jared for an iMac for a while. I’ve had an itch to edit some of our adventure videos and burn them to a dvd for quite some time, but our hp laptop wasn’t up for the job. So now, my editing options are endless! I’ve watched 80% of the tutorials, so I feel well-equipped. Be prepared for some major video uploading in the near future!

This past weekend my family came for a quick visit. Friday night we went to the BYU vs UCLA volleyball game. Cougars lost. The next morning we fancied them with Trader Joe’s pumpkin pancakes – MMmmm! We made a quick stop at Venice beach to watch the skateboarders and then the fam headed home. It’s nice living where we are – only 3 hours a way from home makes it easy for the family to visit us or us to visit them yet we still can do our own thing.

Sunday was great! We both LOVE our CTR A class. They are our favorite part of Sunday. Our afternoon was spent reading and playing on the new toy. Is anyone else as in love with the Gospel Principles manual as I am? I’m LOVING it! We topped off the evening with some TollHouse Chocolate Chip Walnut ready-to-bake cookies – our fav! I think we were both shocked to look down and realize that we just ate 12 cookies in 5 minutes. They were the mini’s, so 6 each isn’t bad, right? Plus, it was Sunday – my anything goes day!

TANGENT - This blog post title,“A Welcomed Addition,” holds dual meaning. One, Jared and I welcome the iMac into our home. Secondly, it holds reference to a creepy random BYU boy who asked my BFF Emiley if she wore perfume. She said no. He told her that perfume would be “a welcomed addition.” That’s almost as weird as a text I received from a boy I met on campus. He texted me to see if I was going to a party, which I replied I was. He then shot back the text “I’m going to try to dress to impress you. Do you think I can?” No response was remitted. Where was he going with that? BYU boys are weird but are great for comic relief.