Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially the publication specialist for the college of science’s alumni magazine! I will be writing, designing and taking photographs for the annual magazine. This totally rocks. I am excited to work with a magazine, learn more about graphic design, interview and get to tell more stories about awesome people, and write write write. Yes freaking yes.

This summer I am taking a Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (maybe), and other graphic design courses at SLCC. So if you see some crazy things on my blog, don’t freak out, I’m just playing around.

Okay, another domestic achievement. On Friday I went through our whole budget and realized our system is just not working out. Especially food. Neither of us like to spend more than 20 minutes cooking, so at the end of the month we are starving and go over budget. So I got on Pinterest and found eight slow cooker freezer recipes, went to the grocery store and bought all of the ingredients. I spent about $80 on the ingredients and it took me two hours to make the meals (I’m a little slow at cooking still). Now I have eight meals that I can just plop into the crock pot and will use for April. Honestly it is so hard to do price matching and couponing right now since we are never home, but I think in April I’m going to start major price matching. My friend told me she spends less than $200 a month for her and her husband. I have a $250 budget, but it’s just not working out. I’m all over Pinterest looking at ways to save money, but every way looks so exhausting. What do you folks do? I want to know!

Another Pinterest achievement. I tried out these chewy cookies that looked oh so good. I realized once I was done with the dough at 9:40pm that you’re supposed to stick them in the fridge for TWO HOURS to chill. I was like heck no I’m not doing that. But it said, “Chilling is mandatory.” Dangit. So at 11:40 Spencer and I got that darn cookie dough out, stuck them in the oven for 10 minutes, and oh. my. gosh. They were delicious. I was dying. They were so good. So, you should try them out. A little high maintenance, but worth it.


I just spent four hours chatting with Ana. She came over to my apartment for the first time, we ate sandwiches and them good ol’ chewy cookies and milk and had a wonderful time. I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is to just sit with someone you know loves you like crazy and say whatever the heck you want. She let me borrow “Life As We Know It” since we didn’t watch any movies. I’m so proud of Ana. She is sewing like crazy and taking a bunch of fashion classes at the community college over the summer and is starting up a website. She makes me so happy. I love that she is doing what she wants to do.

Spencer is off at a jazz game. I thought I’d run over to the Saturday night session of stake conference, but I looked at the time and oopsy, there was only 30 minutes left. I think I’ll watch the chick flick by myself. Or I’ll do some homework. Or I’ll keep looking at our budget and see how we can keep saving money. Haha.

I’m so happy right now. I love my husband, my girlfriends, I’m so excited about my new job, and I’m so happy for blessings. Thank you, God.

How about I write my novel now? Okay, cool.

(P.S. REALLY, if you guys think you’re doing awesome on your food budget, please send me a comment. I’d love to hear from you)

1 Comment

  1. Hurrah, Anne, on the new job! You are so prepared for it. I am SO happy for you.

    G’pa and I looked in the windows of you-know-where to see if you were working there today, but you weren’t there.

    You’re inspiring with the crock pot meals.

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