Jords & Mads

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Category: what a weekend

spring rolls and storage wars

This weekend felt perfectly balanced between entertainment and R&R. The aching brain feeling I had by Friday, combined with unusually sore leg muscles, indicated I spent too much time last week studying and climbing stairs.

Luckily, tasty food and a good movie can cure anything.

Spring rolls - via

On Friday night, Jords and I splurged a bit at Thaifoon, a delicious “Taste of Asia” restaurant in Gateway. We ordered spring rolls, crispy coconut shrimp AND jasmine fried rice with chicken and pork. Even though we could only stuff ourselves with about half the meal, every bite was delicious. And still delicious for dinner last night. And for lunch today. Leftovers are practically heaven-sent in our busy, college kids’ perspectives.

After dinner, we definitely watched some “Storage Wars: Texas” and laughed a lot.


Here's an oldie, since we managed to spend more than four hours together without taking a picture.

On Saturday, I had a breakfast/shopping date with my bestie Kaila. We ate at IHOP (an ancient tradition) and bought the same polka dotted skirt. The matching thing seems to be a pattern. Observe:

Little freshies with matching scarves -- looks like we haven't changed much

After spending some much-needed time with Kaila (we hadn’t seen each other in at least three months and it might be that long again or longer!), I went to a darling baby shower for my sister-in-law and brand new niece! Such fun to spend time with fam.

Meanwhile, Jords was busy fleshing out his acting portfolio with a role as a Japanese game show host. He’s a natural. I so wish I had a picture of this one, for me and for you.

Saturday night, we hit the gym (just for a little bit) and rented a red box. Jords suggested The Help, which I somehow managed to not see in theaters (a total shame), and it was amazing! I probably gagged for ten full minutes surrounding the “terrible awful” part, but it was so good I loved it anyway. I don’t know how I’m so behind on movies, we’re usually pretty on top of those.

Goes to show how busy we are, I guess.


We were incredibly lazy

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this weekend, but we still managed to do some stuff like pick up pizza and start a new TV series … like I said, incredibly lazy. It was a catch-up-on-sleep, finish-homework-before-Thanksgiving kind of weekend. Anyway, here’s ten things we loved:

  1. Brick Oven pizza & Miss Congeniality for date night (my turn to choose the Netflix)
  2. Brick Oven rootbeer (so good it gets its own line)
  3. Seeing Mel while she’s in town (it’s hard to share her with her in-laws)
  4. Moving our mattress into the living room for more comfortable TV-time
  5. Working on homework under the covers
  6. Eating fast food (a rarity for us lately)
  7. Chicken pot pie — a recent Sunday tradition
  8. Finding the perfect amount of flour in our favorite chocolate-and-peanut-butter chip cookies
  9. Late night grocery shopping
  10. Catching up on sleep (does this contradict #9?)

Catching up on thankful for’s:
Quirks (They make things interesting, but mostly they start with “q.”)
Rice — we ate rice for dinner at least three times a week all summer. (Delicious, but I’m so grateful for our meal plan now.)
Snow — in absolutely tiny-but-lovely quantities at Temple Square during Christmas or when I’m sledding.
Tower of the Americas in San An — where Jords and I became engaged. It’s kind of gorgeous and definitely delicious.

Photo here

A list

of “productive” things to do when I’m avoiding homework:

Cook. Or bake, or eat. I used to cook for just me all the time — why does it seem pointless now to make anything but Mac & Cheese when Jords isn’t home?  (Except we are completely out of milk, so looks like it’s Ramen for me.)

Clean. Organize, straighten, deep-clean, dust; the possibilities are endless and time-consuming. Our apartment’s more of a disaster than I think we’ve ever seen it — I guess that’s what we get for doing research papers (books everywhere), art projects (magnet boards and glue in the way), laundry (too awful to talk about), and not dishes (but we made a yummy peanut butter treat!) all in the same week that we both had work and lots of school.

Hit the gym. Or play Kinect sports. Or try to jog outside in the freezing cold air. I’ve been lacking in workout time (I miss you, Si!) since I started my new job so I got myself out of bed this morning with the determination to fit some exercise in.  Easily one of my favorite ways to start the day. (After cuddling, of course.)

Nap. Ranging anywhere from five minutes to a couple of hours, this is possibly my favorite and most flexible option. Weekends are especially good for catching up on sleep, right? I love when Jords calls me on his way home from work (in the middle of the afternoon, usually about 4pm) and says, “Oh sorry, did I wake you?” when I answer.  I need to develop a better non-groggy voice.

Read. Books, blogs, news. I recently checked out my first for-fun book from the BYU library — Matched, by Ally Condie. Reading is good for the brain and therefore counts as productive, right? Even if it’s young adult literature? And has nothing to do with my schoolwork?

Edit. Okay, this may be equivalent to doing homework. However, I’m doing a mini copy editing internship this semester for an academic journal, and I really love it — sometimes even cures writer’s block.

Laundry. Collecting, washing, drying, ironing, hanging, folding — Honestly, I’d probably pick homework over this one.  Luckily, Jords did laundry for us this week, or else it’d be all over the floor. (Oh wait, it’s still piled on the floor, but at least it’s clean.)

Blog. And here we are — I’m cold and I can’t focus on my research paper right now, so where do I turn? To some extra blankets, Ramen noodles, and my laptop. Love it.

Happy Saturday!  I wish you all tons of fun “productive” activities for the weekend.

10 things

we loved about this weekend:

  1. sleeping in (slash catching up on the week’s missed sleep)
  2. 2pm church (usually we love 10am, but the break for stake conference was nice)
  3. spinach lasagna rolls for dinner (pinterest recipe)
  4. shopping trips (see previous post)
  5. lots of Psych episodes (although we’ll be sad to finish season 5)
  6. date night (Brick Oven pizza & the movie Paycheck)
  7. visiting my bestie and her family in Salt Lake (while Jords did an awesome interview for a project)
  8. going on a double date with bestie for froyo (fun AND delish)
  9. seeing my lovely grandma for a few minutes (she made us the cutest pillow!)
  10. aaaand sleeping in (sometimes you just really need to catch up, ya know?)
We loved the chance to chill and relax this weekend, and also to do lotsa fun things.