Monday, September 30, 2013



So I'm on my period and it has been one of the most gnarly periods I've ever had - cramps, moodiness, headaches and bodyaches... the works. I couldn't sleep last night hardly at all. I was so sick and uncomfortable... it was a nightmare. I got up at least 3 times before Sean just got up from bed and came and gave me a good hug. I started crying, of course. We sat on the couch for a minute and then decided some Midol would be nice so we threw on some clothes and ran to walmart and grabbed some meds and a 2 lb bag of redvines (for Sean because he deserved it).

We got home and put on Return of the King and tried to sleep. We tried so hard to fall asleep and then I went and threw up and then Sean had to go to bed or else today would be a disaster for him. I turned off the movie and followed him in. I was so uncomfortable and I had the feeling that I needed a blessing. We both got up again (at this point, it was about 3:30 in the morning) and Sean gave me a blessing and then I gave him the biggest hug I could ever give him and I cried (again) and told him how much I appreciated him.

Guys, I seriously have the BEST husband. I love the bajeebers out of him. He's so dang handsome and nice and sweet and goofy and my best friend.

I'm so excited for this weekend because it's going to be SO fun and I love being able to get away with Sean. We're going to just relax and explore Salt Lake and it's going to be great. I just hope I don't feel gross... at least Aunt Flo won't be in town that weekend. phew.

Anyway, Happy Almost October!
love, Ellen

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


YAY! A few days ago, my work friends and I figured out a better schedule for us and now I have Saturdays free! Hooray! Now I have a night that I can go to a movie or stay up a little later with Sean and then enjoy a morning together besides Sundays (which are okay, but will soon end in January) and have some Mickey-D's breakfast. Mmm... breakfast burrito's.

Speaking of Saturdays, only 2 more until Sean and I have been married a whole year! Some people say the first year of marriage is the one where you learn the most about your partner by fighting and stuff. Not to say that Sean and I never fight, but we've definitely learned more about each other sans bickering (mostly). I think it's just that we feel so comfortable with each other that it doesn't matter that I don't squeeze the toothpaste a certain way or that Sean never picks what we have for dinner, we just know each other's love languages and have learned how to work our problems out without much strife. It's really nice.

In any way, I love him and I'm just really glad he's in my life to take care of me and entertain me.

love, Ellen

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sixties and Down

You know what's a great time of year? When outside has a chill and inside has autumn-y smells. Yum. At work, people have been requesting pumpkin and apple spice cakes left and right. So great!

It's been a little weird because I've been getting pretty cold and Sean's still wearing shorts and tee's. I'm wearing a sweater and long pants and socks and I'm still considering putting on a warm blanket and watching a movie.

I got Sean a really great Anniversary gift! (I accidentally typed Mother's Day before realizing I'm crazy and correcting myself.) I can't wait to give it to him, he's going to love it, but for his own safety, I'm going to keep the identity of it a secret until 2 weeks from tomorrow. Hooray!

Anyway, it had been a while since I posted so I thought I'd just say a little something.
love, Ellen

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Spying and Stupidity

Hi, Guys! Okay, so... Sean showed me a video and it's BRILLIANT. Now, I have no idea why, but it seems like I've been more interested in politics and why people need to care less and listen more. I won't say too much because this video pretty much says it all and with better sound effects.

(Yes it's a link... just click on it. sheesh...)

love, Ellen

Friday, September 13, 2013

Something called Vine

Somehow, I've managed to make all my posts in September start with the letter S and I'm totally digging it, so I'm gonna try and keep it up.

Anyway, I got an email a little while ago asking me to promote a thing for the Property Brothers (who you might already know that I totally love). 

I'm just gonna copy and paste the message because it's a little difficult to paraphrase.

Forget Olympic gold medals and move over Presidential Medals of Honor; there’s a new, truly valuable prize in town.Jonathan and Drew Scott are best known as the stars of several HGTV hit series: “Property Brothers,” “Buying & Selling” and “Brother vs. Brother.” What many don’t know is they also make for an attractive double bobblehead. Now, the Scott Brothers are offering up these autographed, jigglely objets d’art to 10 of their fans who create the best* Vine videos demonstrating or explaining why they, out of all the billions of their fans in the world, most deserve to own these signed treasures.All your readers need to do is create a Vine video and upload it to Twitter using the hashtag #ScottBrosBobble. Jonathan and Drew will be looking for that hashtag and sharing the videos on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr as they decide on the 10 winners.We’d love for your readers to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so please let us know what further information or artwork (including less silly photos) you need for your story. And, thanks!* “Best” will be decided in a completely arbitrary way by Jonathan and Drew Scott themselves and their decisions, no matter how seemingly illogical and capricious, will be final.The contest closes October 1, and winners will be notified shortly after.

Because I don't have Vine (more specifically can't due to my having a Windows 7 phone, same with Instagram and plenty of other apps), I won't be participating, but if you want to, go for it! Here's a picture of the bobble heads (which are pretty neat). 
Good luck!
love, Ellen

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Storms and String Cheese

It's been super rainy here lately and I'm loving it. I love listening to the pitter-patter on the windows and the thunder and I love being able to wear long pants and sweaters without having to bundle up or over heat. And the smell! Mmm... it makes me want to leave the windows open, even though it might get my house wet.

Also, lately, I've been really bad about eating lunch. I get off work either at 11 am or 2 pm and then I come home, take a nap, and completely skip eating. Then, when dinner rolls around, I realize I've only had a handful of donut holes and a string cheese. I think I need to just get a bunch of microwave meals, lunch meat and bread, and whatever else I can just whip together without much thought.

There's a secret that goes along with this, though. I love reading a recipe and then figuring it out myself. I made a marinara sauce about a month ago from scratch with little help from a recipe. I took some fresh tomatoes from our community garden and then a can of diced tomatoes as well as a bunch of basil, some thyme, a pinch of cayenne powder, and some olive oil and it was delicious. A couple days ago, I made shells and cheese by whipping up a roux and then dumped in a bunch of cheese and some salt and pepper and the cooked noodles and that also turned out really well.

I think the problem with it is that I don't have enough faith in my cooking. Sean always says it's good... Who knows.

Anyway, now I'm hungry so I think I'm going to go heat up some leftover shells and cheese (which is weird because I don't like leftovers. We'll see how it goes).

love, Ellen

PS! Check out Sean's new blog! He's writing movie reviews just for you! If there's a movie you think we should see, let me know!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Working in the early morning hours has taken a toll on my sleep schedule. Mostly, I haven't been writing for the past bunch of days because I've been working and napping. The plus side is that I get plenty of donuts.

It has been really overcast here lately and I love it. Rain and the chill are so comfortable. I love to be home and having it be autumn-y outside. The only sad part is that it means winter is on its way. Winter is the worst but the autumn is great. It's going to be weird not going to school this winter, I don't know how I feel about it. I'll probably read some books and do some art and stuff. Who really knows.

Sean and I went to Comic Con on Saturday and it was a mad house! It was fun though, we got to see a bunch of interesting costumes, William Shatner on a golf cart, Soup Nazi, Bofur the Dwarf (as a human) and a creepy princess Leia wearing the scant outfit who recently gave birth (saggy boobs) and had her high school-age son follow her around (it was weird). Next time the Con comes around, Sean and I are definitely taking the Friday off and bringing enough money for stuff. Lesson Learned. However, it was still fun and we did things like

Twerking in front of Gollum

Posing with #10 (cardboard cut out)

And gawking at this Azog.

Anyway, it was great and we're definitely going again. 
love, Ellen

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Something September

Hi, guys.
It's kind of weird not writing under the guise of a blog-a-day... and Ellie showed me this link to a "Blogtember" deal and I might do it. I did this blog's Blog-A-Day May and it was pretty fun and I found a couple new blog friends doing it, but at the same time, I don't know if I want to just be known for doing challenges.

I think I might check the challenge and do a little of it every day but idk if I'll do every day. There's my disclaimer.

Today's prompt is: "Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are."

I was born in the nice part of a city known for being kind of ghetto. From there we moved back and forth from there to another small town on it's way to big city. I think all this moving around is what made me such a grown-up so early on, because I had to learn that figuring out my identity was fairly important in introducing myself to the new classes and situations. 

When I was 9, we finally bought a house in the same school boundaries as our last duplex and that was nice, not having to make new friends from who I went to school with. My parents are still living in that house with my sister who is on her way to college in only one year (wowza) and it's a pretty nice house where I got my own room and shared a bathroom with my dad. 

These people I lived with for 18 years are a looney bunch, but I love them. When Sean and I were visiting yesterday for Labor Day, we hung out in a very green-painted room and watched TV and then had delicious dinner, all the while cracking jokes and cheering on the American Ninja Warriors competing for 1/2 a million dollars. My dad loves cooking and so does my husband, luckily. 

Since February 2012, I has turned to We. Sean has joined the bunch of crazies and I couldn't be more grateful. Ever since we were put in with a big group of 18 mo. to 3 year olds at our church, we've been talking about parenting styles and how we want to raise our kids. I'm never afraid to say my ideas to him because he always agrees and then adds to it in some way. I feel like we're going to be great parents in a few years. 

And that's all, I think.

There was another thing aside from the blogtember thing... 
OH. I'm thinking about selling my artistic abilities for money. I'm not totally sure yet though because it's hard to come up with money for supplies and stuff. I'm thinking of having people send me black and white photos of them (the higher the contrast, the better) and I'll send them that picture in a 11x14" drawing, like the one from my last post unless they want it bigger and then charging some money for labor, shipping, and supplies. So maybe like $4 for supplies, however much shipping is, and then $10 an hour for however long it takes me (promise, I'm honest). 
Let me know what you think and I'll see how well it would do then decide. 

love, Ellen.