6 to 8 black men

Have you ever heard of David Sedaris? My lovely sister Nicole told me about the funniest story told by him I will probably ever listen to. I had completely forgotten about it until Cisco asked me about it the other day. I listened to it again on YouTube and was crying. Tears were flowing down my cheeks. My abs hurt. I looked ridiculous sitting alone in my house crying and laughing. Mac had no idea what was going on. Here is the link to listen to this story. It is 15 minutes long so listen to it when you have a break but I promise you will not regret it. Just get through the whole thing. Especially the segment on the Dutch version of St. Nicholas. 



Working on a Tan

It is getting cold!!! I am not the only one around here who is not happy. I don't go tanning anymore. And I haven't since high school. But someone else in our house likes to work on their tan. And it isn't Cisco. Remember how Mac hates cold rainy weather as I mentioned in this post

In the summer he is such a punk. He runs to the door and jumps up and down as if he has never had to pee so bad in his entire life. The second I open the door, this is what happens...

"oh... suddenly I don't have to pee after all. I think I will just lay here for a while."

One day he also got sick of his appearance and decided he needed a change in his look. He chose to go with coloring his fur purple. A little extreme if you ask me. 
He managed this look by chewing the end off of a purple liquid ink pen and getting it all over his paw. He was very careful not to get a drop on his mouth though. Not sure how he managed that one. He wasn't quite as careful with the carpet but we managed to get all the ink out thankfully. 

He is so obsessed with his appearance. 


My Weaknesses

Just like every other women who watched the General Relief Society Broadcast, I LOVED Elder Uchtdorf's talk. It was such a good reminder of so many things I needed to hear. My favorite part of the talk was this lovely quote: 
"We spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does."

Oh how true it is. So I decided to write an entire blog on my weaknesses that I tend to compare to others. 

1. I don't live in a fancy condo or own a house. We are renting my parent's basement apartment and we love it here. It is such a nice apartment and we love the neighborhood.  The one down side to this apartment is the lack of a living room. We have a kitchen and a bedroom. It's fine for just the two of us but makes it hard to want to invite people over to do something. Along the same note...

2. I do not have a cute apartment. This was a funny realization the other day. I have cute elements in my house, but I have some not so cute elements which make the overall look quite ugly. 
Prime example: My couch. At one point it had a couch cover on it. The couch cover was more awful than the Indian-style print underneath so I took it off. The pillows that came with the couch have lost all their shape. The stuffing has congealed into lumps. This doesn't help since they were ugly to begin with. 
We also have a cute white comforter, but it is too hot so we don't sleep with it on the bed and lets not lie, I don't make the bed every day. So it doesn't cover our very cute yellow quilt, but that very cute yellow quilt is completely mismatched with the rest of our room. 

3. I am not working full time. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in April and should have found a full time job to help make lots of money for our family. Cisco is working full time, in school full time, and volunteering several hours a week. This is probably my hardest weakness to deal with. I don't have kids right now to take care of and I hate Cisco having such a huge load. I would like to be able to work an 8-5 job but that isn't realistic with my health issues so I have to recognize my success that I have a job that provides me with a few hours. 

4. I don't like to cook. I'm pretty sure when I was little I loved the Food Network so much I wanted to be a chef.  Glad that didn't pan out.It feels like a major success when I cook dinner on a regular basis. So many people talk about all these amazing recipes they have just tried and every time I save the recipe and know I will never look at it again unless it has 5 ingredients and they are ingredients i regularly have on hand. They are fun to look at though...

5. Since I don't work every day, some days I don't have a reason to get ready and dressed for the day. On more than one occasion I have been in pajamas or sweats until 4 or 5 in the afternoon.  

6. Cisco and I don't know how to go to bed before midnight. I always get so jealous when people say they go to bed at 10pm. That would be so great! We say it has something to do with the fact that Cisco has night classes, but that is only part of it. We are just night owls. We usually walk Mac after 10, our favorite Food Network shows are on after 10, and we usually start our homework after 10 (and by we I mean Cisco starts his homework nice and late). 

7. I don't exercise. I am working on this thanks to this amazing DVD. I learned about this from my Personal Training Strategies class from Dr. George and I loved that class. I loved my major. Exercise and Wellness was so interesting and I know I needed to take those classes to improve my own health. I get envious when I hear about people running marathons and hiking and biking. I don't know if those are things I will ever be able to accomplish but I am proud of myself for working out a few times these past 2 weeks. It was so funny to be an Exercise and Wellness major and know that I could count one one hand the number of times I had actually worked out in the past year. 

8. This year I have had random acne. Seriously?? I thought high school was supposed to be the bad years. My skin is on the mend but the past year I have had acne worse than those awesome high school days. So not fair. 

9. I have some cute clothes. Not that many cute outfits. Oh how my wardrobe would be completely different if I had some money. Or the talent to walk into a store like TJ Maxx or Ross and find the gems in there that other people seem to find. I don't know how people do it. I need everything lain out for me. Even Forever 21 is a little overwhelming. 

10. I can't give up my ice cream in an attempt to eat healthier. It is just way too good. See previous post and you will realize that I love ice cream enough to write an entire blog post about it. 

My successes? 
I love Cisco. We have fun. We make a good team. He picks up my slack and I pick up his slack. 

We have a really cute dog. He is a punk sometimes but he is also so cute.
ps. Notice the nasty pillows he is sleeping one. They are the same pillows mentioned above... Mac blends right in to them. He is so spoiled on this throne of pillows. 
I do tend to compare my weaknesses to other peoples strengths but I have so many strengths that other people don't have. Way to go me.