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Saturday, September 8th, 2012
4:47 pm
I feel like everyone I most care about has said something unkind about my husband. And it really hurts my feelings that the people I care about can't see him like I do. But I suppose if everyone saw him like I do, they would all want to marry him. I know he has faults, but he also has so so much that you guys don't seem to see. He's affectionate. He's honest. He's hard-working. He's funny- even if just to me. He's my knight is shining armour. My superman. And I feel sorry for those of you who don't know him and understand him like I do.

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, especially since a lot of you have been trying to be more accepting of him. It just makes me sad that people have to TRY to like him and accept him when it just came easily and naturally to me. I just wish it came easily and naturally for the people I care about to care about the the love of my life.

Hannah, this is not directed at you. I just got to thinking after you left

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
9:10 am
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Edge of Night by Carol Warburton
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Before the Dawn by Carol Warburton
Downsiders by Neal Shusterman
Just Ella by Margaret Petterson Haddix

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Monday, July 9th, 2012
3:56 pm - My favorite books Thusfar
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Goosegirl by Shannon Hale
Once Upon A Marigold by Jean Farris
The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Hearts in Hiding by Besty Brannon Green
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
10:33 pm
I have a couple friends with Blogs, like whole sites devoted to their families. I was thinking of doing one. Now, My friend from college, Sheri Knutson, named her blog The Nutty Knutsons and my friend Alli Kogelshatz named her's Keeping Up With The Kogels- in case you didn't know, there was a Reality TV show called Keeping Up With The Kardassians. Anyhow, I was trying to think of what I would name my blog. I want something clever, but I'm having trouble coming up with anything good.

This is what I came up with: Between a Bastian and a Hard Place, Bastians of a Feather, The Bastian's Knees, Climb on the Bastian-Wagon, The Bastian Stops Here, and Bastians in the Belfry.

As you can tell, I'm not very clever. Anyone have any ideas?

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
7:27 pm - The Hunger Games
The reason I reveiwed The Threee Musketeers was because it was SO bad I had to vent about it. I am reveiwing The Hunger Games because my mother asked me to. So this is going to not be about my opinion. This is a recomendation to my mother.

First of all, my opinion is that it is well acted, directed well and written well. It left me anxious to see the next movie.

Now to my recomendation: It was written well for what it was. It was the story of a society that is built around forcing children to slaughter each other for the entertainment of the masses. You have a brave, sassy and compassionate female lead. You have the boy who is in love with her. You have them fighting together to survive this cruel society. Despite that, the drama of it all, the fact that you see young people not only battling for their lives but some even enjoying killing others, and the fact that you learn to care about some of these kids only to see horrible things happen to them- I just don't see it boding well for you. This movie would only depress you, Mom. I really don't think you'd like it.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2012
11:52 am - Three Musketeers
I am going to write a review of the new Three Musketeers. If anyone disagrees, that's fine. This is an expression of my opinion.

Let's start with the positive, shall we? The character Planchet was really funny. Every other character, I couldn't connect with at all. They were either shallow, corny, stereotypical or acted very poorly.

I have never read the book, so I really don't know much about the actual storyline. I can say that Dinsey's The Three Musketeers and The Musketeer were completely different storylines. Not even in the same ballpark. I sort of assumed they both took creative licence in very different directions. If that is so, then this movie is very nearly a rip-off of the Disney version without the good actors, clever lines, and good directing. The swordplay was laughably unrealistic. The love stories didn't make a lot of sense. The characters were not loveable and barely had any depth to them. The graphics were also laughable. The king was funny only because of how much of a little twirp he was.

Richelieu hardly felt like a villain to me. He had such a soft voice and demeanor. I would have prefered they switched his actor with the one who played Aremis- the former preist Musketeer- who seemed dark, broody, and creepy. D'Artagnan was played by a guy who seemed to have no acting excperience, as was the Queen. And D'Artagnan's wig could not have been more horrendous.

Oh, I almost forgot the riddiculous throw-ins of state-of-art security systems. Granted, the Queen's necklace was not surrounded by lazer-sensors. Instead it was surrounded by lines of razor-sharp wire through which Milady deWinter had to agily flip while wearing just her courset and garder belt. My question, how is the queen ever able to get to her necklace through all the razor-sharp wires? I guess may, she goes in with a pair of scissors and as soon as she places her necklace back for safe-keeping, some servant re-strings the wire.

Did I mention that two lines were almost direct quotes from The Princess Bride?

My last comment is to Orlando Bloom: What were you thinking? Not only was it a stupid movie which I am shocked they bothered to even make, but he didn't even get first billing. He played Duke Buckingham in four scenes outshined (if you can call it that) by about ten nobodies. It seems to me that they spent all their money on getting Orlando in the movie and didn't have enough left for a decent director, graphics, actors, or writers.

And that's my opinion. I hope I didn't offend anyone. I'm going to stick to the Disney version which will never be outdone.

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Monday, April 16th, 2012
3:38 pm - My Birthday
Ok, let's see. Let's start with Justin's day off. Justin's day off before my birthday, we picked up taco bell and cold stone. And watched Gattica.

On my actual birthday, it was Justin's first evening off after getting paid so we went grocery shopping. Oddly, I like grocery shopping, especially if I have Justin with me. Anyway, we bought me a movie , Adjustment Bureau (sp?), and Justin got me a mini frozen cheesecake. We had Cafe Rio and watched my new movie.

It wasn't anything huge, but I like things simple. Spending time with my husband is the best gift.

We may be changing interent services. Centurylink keeps shutting off our internet because they say we have a virus. Then we have to search and destroy the virus before they will turn out internet back on. It's getting really annoying.

Tristan has this tendancy to be awake during the one part of the day that Dorian naps. It's hard on me. With Tristan waking me every three hours at night, I need a nap during the day. The boys just can't nap at the same time so I can. Grr! TRsitan just now fell asleep and Dorian will probably be up in a half hour. I don't know if it will be worth is to try to nap now, especially since I usually take twenty minutes to fall asleep.

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Saturday, March 17th, 2012
10:08 pm

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4:59 pm
My parents stayed here a few days. Honestly, I was a bit worried about my mother and my husband being in the same house that long. But things were actually really good. I got to watch movies with my mother, something we haven't done in a long time. She gave me a break from Dorian. I was a little sad to see them go.

Now is the test. Justin is back at work. April and my mom aren't here. See how well I handle both boys by myself. I think it will be ok. I mean, mostly, Tristan just sleeps. The real problem is when Tristan is feeding and Dorian starts acting out.

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012
9:46 pm
The worst thing about having a cold while I'm pregnant, everytime I cough or sneeze, I nearly wet myself. Not pleasant.

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Monday, February 27th, 2012
9:50 am
We got all excited because I had a couple painful cramps yesterday. But then they stopped. Oh, well. It's funny to want to be in pain.

I am so tired. I didn't sleep much. I am desperate for my naptime, but that's two hours away. I'm trying to figure out what to do with myself for two hours.

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012
11:41 am
I don't have much to say other than I haven't gone into labor yet.

So I went on a walk yesterday. I ate spicey food two days in a row. And. . . Let's just say other methods were used. Nothing so far. I did have a little bit of contrating yesterday, but not a great deal. How can I be 2cm and have hardly any contractions? Last time I was at 2cm, I gave birth the same day. I'm getting really tired of being pregnant and I want to see little Tristan.

Last night, I went to bed leaving quite a few dishes in the sink. I woke up in the middle of the night to wash them because I didn't want to go into labor and have to go to the hospital leaving dirty dishes in my sink. I've started sleeping with a towel under me just in case my water breaks. Am I being Obsessive compulsive? Oh, yeah! But what else have I go tot do with my time but obsess.

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
8:07 pm
We have the friendliest ward in the world. I mean, on sunday, everyone was nice and saying hi. But we've had the Elder's Quorum presidency, the Relief Society presidency, the nursery president and just a random ward couple come to our house to welcome us to the ward. They are all so nice. I like when people are nice. I bet we're going to get a lot of help when I deliver. These people are so nice.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
12:14 pm
The other day, Justin decided he wanted another dog. My response, "Are you insane?" We looked on ksl for free dogs just because Justin begged. We kept going over the same exact arguments, each one of us not at all being able to see the other person's point of veiw. Finally, Justin caved and said that he didn't have to have another dog. Thank goodness!

Justin helped the Wimmers trim their fruit trees on Saturday. If I haven't mentioned the Wimmers before, they share a back fence with us. They have a large feild with animals and a small orchard and a ton of kids. Amy Wimmer, the mom, works with Justin. One of Amy's older daughters just had a baby and has a little girl around Dorian's age. The ones at home are: Domia and Mara (both teenagers, though I don't know their exact ages), Peter (age 14), Neeva (around 11), Marik (9), and Ephraim (5). I know she has a at least two older daughters, maybe three. Anyway, they're a really nice family.

I forced Justin to watch Breaking Dawn Part One last night. It began really slow- just like the book- and there was too much sex in it. But as it went on, it got more interesting. By the end, even Justin wanted to hurry and see the next movie.

Since yesterday, after our nap, I've been feeling like Tristan dropped. I feel heavier and like my center of gravity is lower.

I had an OBGYN appointment today. She said that I'm 2 cm dialated and Tristan is head-down. Things are getting close. I'm both excited and terrified. I did have some blood when I got home, but I'm pretty sure that, like the last post, it's just from her checking my dialation. Though I never remember bleeding when I was pregnant with Dorian. And that OB was a man with much bigger hands. I kind of hope I don't go into labor tonight. Justin works tonight. Thursday would be a good day to go into labor. Or Sunday would be better. But it's not my choice. I'll just have to wait and see what Tristan wants to do.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
5:00 pm - Today
Ever since my spotting and cramping yesterday, I have been obsessing over having everything ready just in case Tristan comes early. This morning I put together the crib and bassonet and finished organizing Tristan's room.

I believe everything is ready, but I keep looking for more I can do t make things ready.

I think you're right, Mom. I may be nesting.

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4:41 pm - My Funny Valentine
So I woke up Valentines morning with a giagantic headache after not sleeping too well. This whole pregnancy thing is making it hard for me to sleep at night. I went to make Justin his dinner for him to take to work, but what I was going to make, we were missing a key ingredient. So I had to rustle through everything to find something I could make.

I had an OBGYN, during which the doctor was late. When I got there, the receptionist said that the doctor wasn't even in yet. They took me back to a room and told me to take off my pants because they had to do a Group B Strep screening down there. So I sat there for almost a half hour covered in one of those thin hospital sheets waiting for the doctor. The weird thing was, I thought I kept hearing her voice pass by my room. I was beginning to think they forgot I was in there. She finally came in and spent a whole of five minutes with me an went on her way. (FYI: She isn't normally like that. She's normally very attentive. I'm guessing she had a bad morning, too.)

Not long after I came home, Dorian fell asleep all by himself on the couch. So Justin and I snuck upstairs for a quick nap before he had to go to work. We got a call every ten minutes from telemarketers. Justin got ready to go to work and I was hoping to get back to sleep, but as soon as Justin left, Dorian woke up.

I took Dorian for a walk around the block. It was warm, which was really nice. But I started cramping halfway through the walk. It wasn't a strenuous walk. That made me wonder What if I went into labor now? So I worked more on cleaning up Trsitan's room and packed my hospital bag. I also wrote up instruction for caring for Dorian to give to the RS prez. I remember the last time I wrote up instructions for caring for Dorian, it was three pages long- front and back. This time, it was barely one side of a page. There's not much to it. You feed him when he asks for it. Let him outside to play. Put on Tangled for him to watch. Put him to bed with his teddy bear. I have to say, he has gotten easier. Just watch him around the kitchen mostly.

I went to the bathroom and found that I was spotting a bit. I kinda freaked out. I kept going online and finding out what it meant. The first thing I found was onset of labor. But I kept looking just in case. And I found a woman who was around my weeks who said she had a little spotting and her doctor said that it ws because of the culture they had taken the day before. I did have the GBS test today down there. That calmed me down.

I decided to adjust the infant car seat (since it was on it's biggest adjustment from before Dorian grew out of it) and put in the car ready.

Justin called home and had to vent because he had a horrible day. I felt bad for him.

Finally, the day was over. I took a shower in the dark to relax. Read a book in bed, then went to sleep. Justin woke me when he got home and asked me to come downstairs. On the counter was a purple potted flower and a container of fresh strawberries. He said he couldn't let Valentines go without doing something. We ate strawberries and talked a while before going to sleep. I went to bed happy.

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Monday, February 13th, 2012
2:50 pm
The other day, I was really emotional about nothing and instead of taking it personally, Justin just held me as long as I needed him to. It was so nice.

The next day he brought me home a love letter three pages long. It was so sweet I cried.

I really do have the sweetest husband in the world. I know he isn't perfect, but he's my everything. I am so blessed to have him in my life.

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10:15 am
Went to the ward for the first time. I know, we should have gone last week, but we were tired out from moving. Anyway, everyone was very welcoming and pleasant. It is quite a small ward. The lessons were good. I just didn't see very many people my age. They were mostly middle-aged and up. Justin apparently likes hanging out with older people. He says they make him act more mature- that'll be a nice change. Ha ha! I like people who are my age, people I have things in common with. There is a little girl Dorian's age who lives just two houses down from us. The Relief Society president said she would give me her cell phone number and I can call her day or night when the baby comes and she'll watch Dorian until April can drive up.

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Saturday, February 11th, 2012
7:00 pm
Missed a spot. . . for about ten years. I went to clean the toilets and found that up under the rim of the upstairs toilet was so crusty, I had to take a butterknife to it. I scrubbed it with steel wool afterward. I got most of it, but it was difficult. There were hardwater stains that I couldn't get off with anything.

Justin signed up for 18 hours of overtime next week since they didn't offer any this past week and Justin had taken so much time off for moving the week before. We have to pay my bill from my Salt Lake OBGYN, pay Dorian's emergency room bill (the bleach incident), and re-register both the cars. Grr!

Oh, Justin has decided to go off sugar, since it reacts badly with his digestive system. Only fruits for sweets. He's done it about three days. I'm proud, but I feel it may be too extreme to keep up.

Things I should be doing right now but don't want to: Mopping the floor, organizing Tristan's room, folding whites. . . I think that's it. Oh, I do have to iron Justin a white shirt for tomorrow. I could also do a load of clothes if I wanted.

current mood: lazy

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Friday, February 10th, 2012
9:40 pm
I did my best to organize the garage. The people just left so much junk in there. I put everything that we will be getting rid of in a corner by the front. Another corner with a shelf is where I stored all our boxes that need to be stored, like christmas stuff and such. I finally got the other boxes unpacked. There are a few boxes still in Tristan's room that I either need to unpack or store. Tristan's room really needs to be organized. I also need to hang up all our pictures. But things are definately looking better.

Tired. But very pleased that I got so much done today.

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