Friday, December 31, 2010

Tribute to the Gnome Home

2010 was a pretty alright year, it was definitely no 2009, but it was alright. The biggest accomplishment of the year was finally going on a plane. One of the best things that happened was Cruise, it was so weird and miserable at times, but I still look back on it with such fond memories. The worst thing that happened in 2010 was the Gnome Home being dissolved, losing 3 of the main gnomes really hurt us bad, but Juje and I and sometimes Mara were able to keep it going pretty good. Now, Juje and Mara are leaving, and the wondrous times of the gnome home are no more.

These are some of my most favorite times: (I don't know why it's weird spacing)
The Dinner topics of conversations
Nose goes for the prayer
Late night conversations

Bird funerals (RIP dexter/daxter)
Debates about man thighs and skull crushing abilities
The countdown to Britney
Book of Mormon read-a-thon
Juje moving in

Havasupai meeting (minutes)
Sleepy cowboys
Willy serenading us
Summer of the blondes
the love sac

Dance parties
Meter solutions
Fight Night Friday
Mara's wild party
Juje and Riana's dedication to the garden
Tanning on the roof
Neighbor Helen

Canadian Thanksgiving’s
Trash time after ward prayer

The gnome-napping

Spice Girls music video
Sorcery Night

Scaring each other with George

Lots of Good times below

And these were times that just happened in the house, don't even get me started on gnomes on location!

RIP Gnome Home.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowy Things

This morning I woke up to a lot of snow, I had a final at 7:30 and I wasn't even mad about it. The snow was such a great surprise for some reason. It was beautiful, there weren't many people awake by that time so it hadn't been tampered with yet. It was just a huge white blanket over all of Logan, and walking through campus has been wonderful.

Things have been way cool lately. The gnomes and I went to Cabin last weekend and it was just what I needed. I loved being with old friends, eating rubbish and watching movies in the cozy cabin. Rummikub is so much better than I remember, and snowball fights are so much more tiring than I ever remember, even when you are in a 5 foot radius of all your opponents. I love playing in the snow, I need to do it more, it's always more fun than I think it will be.
Stole this from Ky. Something weird happens to me in the snow and I look like a boy. The snow was the most packable snow I've ever experienced and I could make stands in the blink of an eye. Other great things that happened this weekend were: driving with kylee, golf balls with faces on them, nuts, me and nat rocking sequence, game juje, sledding, shawshank, listening to weird-o music, and lots of laughing. My only regret is not making Riana get on the rafters again.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

La Cognata Time

JSYK you might get bored reading this unless your last name is LaCognata.

We made a quick trip to California this weekend to go to my Grandma's funeral. It was an insane trip and reminded of the good ole' days of road trips with the LaCognata's. Even though we're all grown up now, it was no different. Thankfully, we flew to California and avoided our inevitable break down, that happens no matter what car we take.

Those trips were so miserable at the time and I do not know what Peg and John were thinking taking four kids and dog in a sketchy van to California. I'm real glad they did though, because the memories are the best. If we weren't broken down, Lindsay was puking, or I was smearing candy all over my face. One year, on our way to Bear Lake, our misfortune started real early. We were pulling out of Vista Drive and realized that the back of the van did not get closed tightly. All our stuff (that took us hours of strategic packing to fit everything) was the road. The sleeping bags were rolling down the street and almost made it down the hill. We pulled over and all scrambled in between cars to get our stuff, and after that bad omen, we thought it was still a good idea to go. About a half hour later, in Centerville, Lindsay was already car sick. That's right, nothing but freeway, but she couldn't take it and threw up all over. It was usually about a four hour drive to Bear Lake. Perhaps, this is why we can relate so well to the Griswold's. But anyway...

The LaCognata's were airborne for the first time, and it was so great. Peg and John had to take an early flight on the way there, and it's a good thing because they were able to prepare us for everything. John called us multiple times to make sure that we were going to make the flight. The second time he called I pretended we were just waking up and he did not think it was very funny. He made a call to tell us that there was snow on the way to airport and to leave earlier than we had planned. This gave us two and half hours to kill instead of just two. We roamed around and made fun of people, we saw the McAllister's running to catch their plane and wished them luck, we ate an early lunch, and accepted a magazine from a lady during the announcement that said not to accept anything from strangers. We are so bad at "airporting". John then called us to tell us that they landed, and to warn us about the "low-key" airport at Long Beach. "It's not like SL or LAX, I just wanted to warn you. You walk right off the plane onto the tarmac." I told him we'd be ready, and we were.

Once we got to California, and reunited with some long lost family members, me, mike and linz concluded that we are doomed to craziness. It just comes with the name.

It was a fun little trip with a million inside jokes. I always knew we had a lot of inside jokes as a family, but I didn't realize how fast we can accumulate them. We got some good ones this trip that will probably last for a long time.

I love my family, they are so great. It was good to hang out without kids for a little while and re-get to know each other.

This is us at the funeral.
I'm so grateful for my Grandma LaCognata. She had an awesome name that I used to brag about in Elementary and made my friends memorize: Donna-Zetta Gibson Fox Lawver LaCognata. She gave me the name LaCognata. She raised my dad, she gave him his tendency to worry, but also his capacity to love and quirky sense of humor. I'm so excited for her and that she can finally be reunited with her husband after living for over 40 years without him.

I can't wait for Thanksgiving to see everyone and play with a million babies.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Brag City

I have been on top of the world this week. Watch out, I may be a bragger-blogger for a minute. I have written 20 total pages of papers this week. I was thinking the quality was probably horrible, I did not have time to go back and revise and/or edit so I had no idea what I was even writing most the time. I was just cranking papers out. Today I got one of them back (I love when teachers are fast at grading) and my teacher said you get the gold star, this was probably the best paper in the bunch. He is a great teacher and because he expects so much it makes me write better. I felt ten feet tall. It was a great ending to such a busy week. I realize that everyone is probably thinking, she had the best paper in the bunch, who are the chumps in her class? But I promise I write like a scholar in the real world. When I blog, I pretty much just barf up all my weird thoughts onto the computer screen.

I have also been so good at work. Yesterday I won $25 because I am awesome at making people pay back their loans. In the work meeting, I had so much to say and my boss kept talking about how great all my feedback was. He came back to my desk after the meeting and asked my opinion on a bunch of new policies and kept saying, "yeah, that's what I thought too". May not sound like a big deal to you, but just take my word for it, it really is.

I don't know what happened to me this week but I really love the way I feel. I think this must have been how it felt to be chosen to work in the ALL store at Highland Elementary.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

phoens, i mean phones

For some reason, I have an issue with phones. Every one I touch gets ruined. Currently my phone is having a lot of issues. They're just little problems, nothing way essential, just annoying that they don't work. For example, it can't make noise. I found that out the hard way when my alarm was silent and it tried waking me up with just a lit up phone-strangely enough it woke me up. Also, the down arrow doesn't work so I have to go up to get to everything, it's really hard to get to some things. I can't hear anyone when they call, so it's all one sided conversations. And the last and probably most annoying feature is that the delete key doesn't work, so texts can get really confusing. Here are a few real life examples: "Just let me know when its i mean you are dyn i mean done." and "Thanks sipter, i mean sipter, i mean sister." I think it's really funny to say "i mean" more than twice in a text and they've been getting me laughing pretty good, mostly because the recipients must be so confused. It's harder than it seems, you try not deleting ever. One good thing is that my texting accuracy is really improving though.

If you know of a very durable long lasting phone, let me know. I think it's time for my next victim.

Friday, October 29, 2010

2 posts in one DAY!!

Being a skeleton was more fun than I thought it would be. Juje and I were the life of the party, Juje is actually still being the life of the party, I had to leave because my I was much too tired.

Halfy Halloween

Half Birthday today. I love this day. I love it when people humor me and say things like "Halfy Birthday!" That got me real good.

Yesterday Kylee and I discussed Halloween costumes over text.
ky: I think I'll be bob marley
me: how are you going to make that slutty?
ky: good point, maybe i'll be boob marley
me: your mom will love that

I can't wait to see that costume.

I've already watched this weeks Modern Family three times and I can't get enough. I love it.

Also, the gnomes and I carved pumpkins last night and it was so much fun. We watched Nightmare before Christmas and sung the ridiculous songs. It made me miss Mckay and her insane carving skills. She'd stay up all night and we'd find her in the morning covered in pumpkin guts and newspaper sleeping, and a perfect pumpkin next to her.

I love Halloween. It's going to be a good weekend. Juje and I are going to a black light dance party tonight and being the skelton's off of this awesome video. I think we'll be a big hit.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Midterms and Creeps

Everyone always freaks out around midterms, there's so many projects and insane tests. I've never understood it. I just thought people were overreacting-which they were, but still I didn't see how the week of midterms was any different from any other week. I've never had a real "midterm" experience...until this week. I've been stressed to the max, and I feel bad for people who have always had real midterms. It was a crazy week, but I just finished my last midterm for the week and it feels great.

It's also homecoming this week, which means a lot of dance. We performed in the Mr USU pageant. I had to be a bi and a zombie all in one night, it was rough. I'm not sure what it means when I'm better at being a creep than a bi, but I'm fine with it.
Here's the whole group. I think most of us like being creeps better.

I can't wait for the Howl, I love scaring sluts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thankful Season.

I love Canadian thanksgiving, it reminds me to be thankful before the real Thanksgiving, so I can really make it count for American Thanksgiving.
I am so grateful for my friends, and the crazy Orton's who all act like it's not a big deal to come to Willard to pick up some friends. I'm also grateful for Juje's yams, best I've ever had, and for cottage cheese/Jello mixtures, and most of all for Willy's wonderful serenading. I'm also glad my car was at least able to make it back to Logan yesterday, now I can take good care of her.

And I'm also very thankful for this song lately.

That's all.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Party, Karamu, Fiesta, Forever

Fall is the best. It's finally October, I wait for this month all year and I love every single day of it. Corn mazes, haunted stuff, pumpkin cookies/pancakes, scary movies, caramel apples, carving pumpkins, fall hikes, running in the leaves, crisp air, jacket weather, Halloween. I love that crazy holiday, and I love people who get so into it. I can't wait to see the Orton sisters try and outdo each other, and watch Riana run 13 miles in a peacock costume, and the Cogs become the full cast of Aladdin (I really hope John will consider being Jafar).

I've been too busy and/or lazy to blog about the happenings in t
he last month. But it was a really good month. Natalie got married and left me to be the only original gnome still residing in the gnome home. That makes me feel like a real loser, but not enough to make me leave...yet.

Her wedding was wonderful, the Woodbury's really pulled it off. It was not only beautiful, but very entertaining. We all performed a brilliantly choreographed dance to "I Like It" by Enrique, and I haven't been able to get the song out of my head ever since. The dance was so good that we were encore-ed back on to the dance floor at the end of the night. It was such a party, the night ended with a miniature dance party with some of the elect of the wedding party, we danced to Miley, and Lady Gaga. Mckay is intense when she dances Gaga style, and a lot of the grandparents and Matt's family seemed rather disturbed. I can't wait to go to the sophisticated wedding in Matt-land.
Besides the wedding, Hurricane was great. It was the first time I didn't get sick
from the fall out, it was nice to be there and be healthy. The Gifford's were a real treat, Janna helped Juje prepare for any circumstance or distractions she could have at the wedding, and Lols said she was trying to come down with something.

We stayed in a house with maximum security, time frames, and cupped cockroaches-sorry we missed the fumigation! We almost got pulled over by a sign, and harassed some locals at the D. It was such a great weekend, I loved reconnecting with the gnomes. No one will ever appreciate me the way they do, and vice versa. I can't wait to be lifelong friends with them and go on boating/cabin trips with the Innes's(that a hard last name to make plural), and have girl getaway weekends sponsored by our rich husbands.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

HAGS (had a great summer)

I've been thinking about quitting this whole blogging thing, I'm really not cut out for it. But then I went back through a bunch of old posts and it reminded me why I did it in the first place, I'm really glad to have all those good times documented. So, for now, I will continue on in the madness.

Summer happened and it was pretty cool. Not as cool as '09 :Live Summer, but nothing will ever compare to that. School has been starting up all over Logan, and I feel so bad for the little suckers in their cute new school clothes. Then I realized that I start next week, and I don't even have new school clothes, so really, I'm the sucker. I miss school clothes and the "back to school" Fashion Show we used to have at Kylee's house. We'd eat popcorn and judge everyone's outfits and it was so much fun. I usually only lasted the first couple rounds (1st and 2nd day of school) before I ran out, but I still loved it. I miss that.

Anyway, some cool things that I don't want to forget about this summer will now be listed...
-New roommate, Anneleise and her antics
-Working the pools with Riana
-Taco Tuesday-so much better during the summer
-Floating Cutler (a not-so-fast moving stream that is most enjoyable at night)
-Anneleise almost losing her car in Cutler
-Biathlon with Brandon
-Highland Fling
-Sports days at the LaCognata's
-Baby photo shoots and family ties
-Weird get togethers at the Orton's
-Tennis Tournament (1st place, nbd)
-Picking raspberries at the Malouf's
-Getting way good at Volleyball
That's all I can think of right now...and in case you don't believe me, here's some proof.

Funnel Cake in Long Beach at a messed up place.

4th of July, it was 2 degrees. Nate wanted to be the flag, and he got pretty close.

Fireworks in a sketchy town where we almost got r-ed.

Biathlon with Brandon, we were very excited to finish.

Willy was really on one.

He's wondering where his twin is

Photo shoots with 4 babies and Averi, not the best idea, but I do love this picture.

Cousin reunion '10. Still missing like 42 cousins in this picture.

See ya Summer.

Friday, July 2, 2010

no one told me

I went on my first plane ride this week. Unfortunately I got there with plenty of time to spare and didn't get to reenact Home Alone. Next time, I guess.

But as for the plane ride itself, it was majestic. No one told me how beautiful it is to be above the clouds. All I heard was that the planes aren't as smooth riding as they look on the movies and that it's really loud and that you always have to sit next to fat people. But no one told me about the clouds! I was all smiles staring out my window. No one told me that planes go so fast that you go through time warps, I was honestly only on the plane for 20 minutes, max. My ipod can prove it, I only got through a few of the songs on my aviation play list. I love flying. For some reason I couldn't stop thinking of the Wright Bros while I was flying, I know they were watching me and were proud to see someone so appreciative of their genius invention.

Then I hopped off the plane at LAX and got lost in a matter of seconds. I followed some people down to where I thought my uncle would be waiting for me, but he wasn't there. There at the bottom of the escalator was Nate, cutie pie holding a sign that read "LaCognata". It was precious and made me smile like an idiot the whole way down the escalator.

California is great and my cousins are way too smart for their own good. I've learned so many new words already. They must think I'm a real idiot, today Connor asked me, "do you know who the Lakers are?" Just because I don't know how to use fancy words in every day conversation doesn't mean I can't watch basketball.

I've let them play way too many video games and I feel like I'm ruining their genius little brains and destroying any potential they have. And if the video games don't do it, the sunburn I gave 'em today will give em skin cancer for sure. I'm going to be a horrible mother.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Powell Pals

It's been far too long since I went to Lake Powell. I was worried I would never go again and that I definitely would never has as much fun as I did with the good ole' Rovigs and company. We had some good times down there. I often dream about going again and would go with almost anyone who invited me, probably even if it was Wanda Barzee. (kya, 2010)
But thankfully the Utley family invited me instead. They are very welcoming and had no problem bringing a couple of strangers to their family reunion. I felt like a part of the family almost instantly, after the initial hateful judging looks we got as we rolled up. We were all best friends by the end. As soon as we got out of our denimstuff and into our swimsuits the fun literally never stopped.

We ate way too many punch bags.
We formed a weird club, weird because Riana was the president. We all just followed her around and did whatever she wanted.
We had book club that lasted about 3 minutes before we were all either hot, asleep or bored.
And Riana and I kayaked to some cliffs and got real good and sore. Later we became bioracers and kayaked bodies across the lake, Cary and I won. I am such a good bioracer.
We played a lot of scrabble and used way too many fake 2-letter words. And watched an anti-climatic lunar eclipse. Thanks to Pat and the fam. It's risky to go on trips with strangers, but I learned that strangers aren't as bad as my parents used to tell me. Strangers don't always mean danger.