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Month: December 2007

Tres Anos

Tres Anos

We’ve been married three wonderful years today! We celebrated by visiting Micah’s grandmother and then heading out for a night on the town while Mom Heiselt played with Simon. We went to Columbus and went ice skating and out to dinner. Neither of us have been ice skating very much so we were quite pleased that we didn’t fall down and by the end I could skate and talk at the same time.

It was great to look back on our three married years and see how far we’ve come. Just before we were married we made a five year plan, which included a baby and a Master’s degree, so we’re doing pretty well and starting to think about our goals for the next five years.

The picture was taken in Hawaii when I was 8 months pregnant, fyi.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

We flew out to Ohio today for Christmas. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride in the airport today. Long story short: We got to JFK super early, our flight looked like it was on time. It was supposed to take off at 1:40. At 1:30 they finally told us it was delayed an hour. I was upset, Micah went to get me food (we had an early breakfast and nothing to eat at the airport). While he was gone this couple with a baby came and sat down next to us. First thing the husband said when Micah came back: “Are you a graphic designer?” It turns out they had a design class together at BYU and tons of mutual friends. He and his wife and six-week-old had been stuck in JFK since yesterday because their flight to Maine was canceled (they were flying from Salt Lake and had a connection at JFK). It made our delay seem so trivial and it was so nice to have friends to talk to while we waited.

But then our flight got called, so we said goodbye, went to the gate, and were told that there was no room for us on the flight. Funny thing. Nobody told us we had bought standby tickets. We were obviously upset (and we will never fly Delta again if we can avoid it), but the lady who helped us at the ticket counter was great and made it really hard to be angry. Unfortunately, she couldn’t really get us on the next flight, and it was only by a small miracle in which another couple decided to give up their seats to Columbus (they had found a direct flight to LA) right when we were just about to leave the ticket counter, so we got their seats. And we got to spend another hour with our new friends before we all flew away.

So all’s well that ends well. And although it was a long day at JFK after a long night of packing and a long morning of getting the apartment cleaned, we’re here in Ohio with family for Christmas, and that is what’s important.

Oh, and since I’ve been meaning to blog this for a few days, I might as well do it now. My Journalism professor encouraged me to ask the Journalism department if there might be a space for me in the program starting next semester. So I asked and they said yes! I am very excited, especially because I no longer have to write a thesis and I will still be able to finish by next Christmas. We feel so blessed by the way things have worked out and so grateful for all of these opportunities we have.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

We flew out to Ohio today for Christmas. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride in the airport today. Long story short: We got to JFK super early, our flight looked like it was on time. It was supposed to take off at 1:40. At 1:30 they finally told us it was delayed an hour. I was upset, Micah went to get me food (we had an early breakfast and nothing to eat at the airport). While he was gone this couple with a baby came and sat down next to us. First thing the husband said when Micah came back: “Are you a graphic designer?” It turns out they had a design class together at BYU and tons of mutual friends. He and his wife and six-week-old had been stuck in JFK since yesterday because their flight to Maine was canceled (they were flying from Salt Lake and had a connection at JFK). It made our delay seem so trivial and it was so nice to have friends to talk to while we waited.

But then our flight got called, so we said goodbye, went to the gate, and were told that there was no room for us on the flight. Funny thing. Nobody told us we had bought standby tickets. We were obviously upset (and we will never fly Delta again if we can avoid it), but the lady who helped us at the ticket counter was great and made it really hard to be angry. Unfortunately, she couldn’t really get us on the next flight, and it was only by a small miracle in which another couple decided to give up their seats to Columbus (they had found a direct flight to LA) right when we were just about to leave the ticket counter, so we got their seats. And we got to spend another hour with our new friends before we all flew away.

So all’s well that ends well. And although it was a long day at JFK after a long night of packing and a long morning of getting the apartment cleaned, we’re here in Ohio with family for Christmas, and that is what’s important.

Oh, and since I’ve been meaning to blog this for a few days, I might as well do it now. My Journalism professor encouraged me to ask the Journalism department if there might be a space for me in the program starting next semester. So I asked and they said yes! I am very excited, especially because I no longer have to write a thesis and I will still be able to finish by next Christmas. We feel so blessed by the way things have worked out and so grateful for all of these opportunities we have.

CookieFest 2007

CookieFest 2007

The irony of going from “On Eating Well” to “Snack Time!” to “CookieFest 2007” is not lost on me. Perhaps it is a reflection of my ability to plan ahead for Christmas: I start planning thoughtful gifts and fun holiday activities in early November. Then three weeks before Christmas I realize that I haven’t done anything towards fulfilling those plans and switch to something a little quicker and easier. Finally, a week before Christmas I realize I should have mailed things already and to heck with the careful planning, the best I can do is shove empty calories down people’s throats and stifle the guilt I feel for not coming through on my original plan.

If we do nothing else, at least we can make hundreds of cookies in one weekend.
This year the featured cookies are: springerle, chocolate-almond bonbons, chocolate sandwich cookies (with strawberry cream cheese filling), cranberry jumbles, snickerdoodle pinwheels, and peach linzer bars. For those who don’t get to taste, feast your eyes.

12/20 addendum – Here are some more pictures of the process and such:

Snack Time!

Snack Time!

Yesterday I got an e-mail from one of my professors saying that a friend of his who has a consulting business needed some people for a focus group in the afternoon. It sounded like a great way to get a few extra dollars for Christmas, so I signed up.

The focus of the group was salty/savory snacks for time-starved adults, Hispanics (which is a severely “underserved” by the snack food industry), and mothers with kids under 12 years old. We each wrote down a snack idea for one of the groups, passed our papers around to different people who added to them or improved upon them, and pitched our ideas to the rest of the group. Then we broke into three groups and used the ideas we had come up with to create a snack idea (complete with cost, packaging options, distribution channel, etc.) for one of the focus populations.

Before we started pitching our ideas, the consultant told some stories about people and their snack food. One lady said she and her best friend used to skip their math class during their junior year of high school to go home and eat a whole bag of potato chips–a forbidden food in their houses. Another said she and her sister would make houses of saltine crackers in the shag carpet at their house, then let their dogs destroy them and have it all cleaned up by the time their mom got home.
I’m trying to think of my favorite snack-time memories. I loved coming home from school and eating ramen or crackers with cheese before going on my paper route. And eating cereal around the kitchen table late at night with my siblings will be a memory I cherish for years to come, I’m sure. These days I look forward to the times when we have a few minutes after Simon goes to sleep to pop some popcorn on our stove and sit down and relax for a little while before we head to bed ourselves.

Victory Dance

Victory Dance

He scoots . . . .

He scores!

And the victory dance.

Speaking of victory dances, I finished my first semester of grad school today. Now that it is over, it doesn’t feel like it was too bad, but I know, and Micah will confirm, that it didn’t feel that way back in October. Right now I am giddy with relief. And with the fact that Simon is such a good dancer.

Victory Dance

Victory Dance

He scoots . . . .

He scores!

And the victory dance.

Speaking of victory dances, I finished my first semester of grad school today. Now that it is over, it doesn’t feel like it was too bad, but I know, and Micah will confirm, that it didn’t feel that way back in October. Right now I am giddy with relief. And with the fact that Simon is such a good dancer.

Victory Dance

Victory Dance

He scoots . . . .

He scores!

And the victory dance.

Speaking of victory dances, I finished my first semester of grad school today. Now that it is over, it doesn’t feel like it was too bad, but I know, and Micah will confirm, that it didn’t feel that way back in October. Right now I am giddy with relief. And with the fact that Simon is such a good dancer.

Victory Dance

Victory Dance

He scoots . . . .

He scores!

And the victory dance.

Speaking of victory dances, I finished my first semester of grad school today. Now that it is over, it doesn’t feel like it was too bad, but I know, and Micah will confirm, that it didn’t feel that way back in October. Right now I am giddy with relief. And with the fact that Simon is such a good dancer.