your blog is better than my blog

sometimes when i read others' blogs, i feel a little sad because i feel like mine could be so much cooler. but i do my best--- i really do. i guess i am just a "square" just as our little title suggests. i have become such a "we" and "our" person. well, it's because i love my husband and i've learned the importance of the team thing.
i only wish i could say clever things on my blog like, "You can't be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit." Ok... I realize that quote wasn't really applicable but I only hope that someday I will have such a quick wit as Carrie Bradshaw did... who is in fact a fictional character :P

i can always start from the beginning i guess

things i like about life:
-my husband
-girl talk
-trader joe's (namely, the foggy bottom location)
-learning to knit
-relearning to tie-dye
-contemplating the future and life post GRE, LSAT and grad school applications
-primary children
-tv shows on dvd
-people who are funny
-cuddle time

things i like about dc:
-trader joe's
-georgetown cupcake
-discovering new restuarants
-discovering new bakeries and dessert places
-hearing sirens 10 times a day and wondering if it's President Obama's motorcade
-pretty pictures
-taking photos
-the metro
(photo: courtesy of dcist.com)
-watching people
-walking by the white house, no biggie
-people who "just don't care"
-people who give up their seat in the train
-nice people
-wondering when we'll go to kotobuki sushi again
-wanting to be a 30 day champion at mr. yogato
-in the morning, taking the 17th street exit of farragut west. in the evening, entering at 18th street
-discovering yet another smithsonian museum
-the monuments/memorials


our cute, crowded inauguration celebrations

the inaugural weekend of our new president, Barack Obama, was very well attended, not just by many out-of-towners but by our friends and family.
Ben's parents and brother came--- as well as Ben's two cousins (the family gathering included, Ben's sister who lives in the area). our friends, Kevin, Si and Tony all came as well. our inaug weekend began on sunday afternoon when Ben and I went into the district and pushed through the crowds for the free concert. everyone was there, even u2. many celebrities spoke and some sang, my top three were probably u2, mary j. blige & garth brooks--- not because they are necessarily my favorite artists but because of the songs they sang. i was feeling a lot of u.s.american pride and a lot of love for people and my country.

concert at the Lincoln memorial

monday we enjoyed the museums, memorials and monuments and the hoards of people. S, T and I might've been spotted waving on msnbc, since they had a news booth on the national mall.


tuesday brought some sunshine. we heard there were buses taking people straight into the district, which seemed like the wisest option since the trains would be packed and walking would've been unpleasant in multiple ways. we all split up once we got to the mall, since all our tickets were in different sections. all of us survived the ridiculously unorganized lines and gates entering the blue, purple and silver sections. Ben and I didn't actually make it into the purple section, instead we sat on cold marble somewhere in between the purple and silver sections.
Linda and Katie were brilliant and made red beanies for all of us, with blue & white pompoms. (it was because of this, we were spotted on the abc podcast of Obama's speech, with our "where's waldo" hats.) IT WAS SO COLD.

I was loving Ben's hair...
and their cute matchy hair :)
we were... kinda close :)
brrrrrr. marble is cold on my bum
a few people came
the front of the capitol where the Obamas and Bidens waved as the Bush heli left

i know many do not share my same feelings for our 44th president, Barack H Obama and I have no intention of offending anyone. but... i am very happy and excited to be a part of the new era of leadership that has come to be. i truly believe President Obama when he talks about how we must all work together in order to revitalize our country and economy. i also agree with many things he plans to do, especially concerning certain foreign matters. i think that President Obama is a man with a healthy set of values and morals and he loves his family. these things are important to me--- in my own life. no one truly knows what the future will bring, but i have HOPE that things will go well for our people and our country if we all work together. we must turn over a new leaf and keep our new year's resolutions. save money. keep healthy. develop good habits to help maintain our planet. help those who cannot otherwise help themselves. love everyone.


sometimes i miss my long hair

recently, one of my best friends cut off a whole lot of her hair and donated it. it got me thinking... and i was telling my friends about how...
when i got my hair cut, in may, i was totally traumatized. the biggest problem, which shouldn't have been a problem, was the fact that i let an italian man cut my hair--- who had cut it once before and done a really good job.
the difference was: this time i didn't have a native italian speaker with me, translating. it was my husband and i trying to piece what we knew together to form some sort of style i would like done to my hair. my hair was the longest it had ever been. and when the stylists were finished with me, i felt ugly and emotional. and well... there was nothing i could do about it.

half way--- when the braid had been cut off

being that it was our honeymoon, my husband was very kind and never once said i looked bad. the relieving thing was, i got to donate my hair. i always heard of people doing it and i would think it was so amazing someone could give up all that hair. so, i didn't donate my hair out of initial good will, but out of utmost happiness that losing my hair: wasn't a total loss.

now, almost seven months later, my hair is the length i originally wanted it to be, when i got it cut. linds (my friend who just cut her hair) was saying how hair represents femininity, et cetera. maybe that's why i felt so robbed--- robbed of my femininity?
i feel sad sometimes when i look at old pictures (especially wedding photos)... but i am also very glad for the experience :P
http://www.locksoflove.org/this is what shock and dismay looks like


st. george open house (long overdue)

ben and i got our st. george open house photos over thanksgiving, but for some reason i waited until now to post a few highlights! thanks again mom and dad for letting us use your wonderful home to host the final P family wedding celebration! it was a big hit and it meant a lot to us.
i do love little san george.

a nice provo rendition
recent honeymoon experts
sunny june in sunny san george
our lovely pairs of parents
all 'd' p fam... (except: we missed you, eric...)
at least the kids were honest about how they felt
surrounded by a sea of gorgeous green
rico suaves at their best
thanks so much gma and royce for coming! we love you!
cousin hugs
never better
oh... a candy BAR...
probably contemplating all that i learned in this cute little place :)

thanks again, everyone for all you did for us!! you made it all possible.


sister time

last week, when i was still in utah, i got to have some sister time. ben and i drove to salt lake city to kristen's house to have yummy curry made by shayna and to talk about our 2009 hopes and dreams and also our dismays. ben and i were able to spend some time with the little ones, probably some of two favorite blondes in the whole world :)
on a side note, kristen really described her children perfectly in her christmas letter. i got the letter just after i got home from utah and it made me a little teary eyed.

i guess i feel a closeness to my sisters and nieces and nephews and my all-emcompassing family that i haven't felt... maybe ever. one learns to love and appreciate people more when time together is limited, i feel. i think my sisters are pretty.
and i know that even though i may not be as smart, beautiful or talented as they are: i am grateful for the friendship and sisterhood i have with them. they have really set the standard high in my eyes and i will do my utmost to prove my coolness :)
even though ben and i have lived where we do for about 7 months, it seems like ages since we were in utah. the weird thing is, ben and i never actually lived together in utah. we.ird.

i love my sisters (and i miss you!!). and i'm so glad we were able to at least spend some moments together. i hope we can get together when the cherry blossoms are in bloom :)

p.s. kristen, we have an extra bedroom whenever you need any extra space ;)