Tuesday, February 26

Gingersnaps - the recipe.

Grandma Lewis Molasses Cookies
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 c. sugar

1 egg
1/4 c. molasses
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking soda
2 1/2 c. flour

Roll into balls of dough (as small or large as you wish) in sugar, bake on cookie sheet.
375 degrees, 8-10 min.

Get Snappy.

Four Snappy Things:

1. Gingersnaps:
In a moment of stupidity I made a promise to my students yesterday that I'd make them gingersnaps... there they are! We were playing a song called "Cactus and Molasses" and nobody knew what molasses was. A teacher of high intelligence would simply answer the question, but Tally had to go off on her favorite cookies made with molasses. Um, when you tell 5th/6th graders that - they ASK FOR COOKIES. At least they made the house smell good (the cookies, not the kids).

2. Snappy Second Graders:
I have to say my favorite part of getting to Provost Elementary at 7:00 in the morning is having all the time in the world to examine the 2nd grade art projects displayed in the hall. This week's display is "What do I look like now?" and "What will I look like in 100 years?" I had to take snapshots of my favorite. A little dismal, wouldn't you say? I guess I'll leave it to all of you to determine what you think is being depicted in the picture!

3. Reinterpretations of Snappy Snapshots:
We seem to be collecting wedding invitations and photos in our condo, like every other mid-twenties couple. I couldn't fit all of the beautiful couples in this photo! My family at home likes to deface pictures with Magnetic Poetry (the face edition), and gave a set to us as a wedding gift. There's some good defacings, but I had to snap some pictures of the best from today. All of these people are really extremely good-looking in real life - I swear. Keep sending the pictures! We love fresh canvases!
Turner Refrigerator Greatest Hits:

4. Snappy Musicians
Finally, in case you feel you wasted your time reading this post and are sick of the word "snappy", check out our favorite artist on YouTube. Tally's retarded and can't figure out how to post a YouTube video, so... point and click?

Saturday, February 23

A Day in the Great Salt Lake

Yesterday Taylor and I spent the day in Salt Lake, home sweet home. Taylor was called in to meet with the firm he worked at last summer (Hirschi Christensen), so I wandered around Salt Lake testing out my camera. How charming is Salt Lake?! It's amazing how much more you notice when you've got a camera around your neck. Who knew how beautiful yellow snow could be (see right)? I still have no idea how to work the camera, so I'm working on a trial and error basis. Click on them if you want better detail/size.

Anyway, we got a job offer! Hooray! We have an option!

We celebrated by having some frozen yogurt at Spoon Me (Pinkberry knock-off) and went to the Turner household to tell Lorenzo (and Taylor's parents) the good news. An hour and a half of conversation ensued, discussing other possibilities open to us right now and making decisions. One of those options included another year of school back east for Taylor to get a L.L.M. degree (masters of law). I don't think Taylor was very excited about that one! :)

We should know what the heck we're doing in early March (when Taylor has to submit his Bar Exam application - that test is going to end up costing us like $2000!). Currently we're still waiting on some firms. Who knows. We'll keep you posted on the decision we make. I think the possibility of living off an actual salary seems just too good to be true right now. I'm shocked that my part-time school teaching has kept us nicely afloat. As for where we end up, I say anywhere but Provo (did I say that out loud?!).

Wednesday, February 20

A Conversion Story

Once upon a time Tally was a University of Utah fan.
She was a U of U cheerleader for Halloween (and not to be scary).
Tally's parents both went to the U.
Tally's sister is at the U, and her brother refuses to apply elsewhere.
Her dad is a member of the Crimson Club.
Her family has season tickets to U of U football.
Her sister's brand new car HAD to be bright red. BRIGHT red.
Her cousin ran for Student Body President at the U, and took second.
She wore red in some form to every BYU game when there as a grad student.

Then Tally married Taylor.

Taylor's grandpa was Vice President of BYU.
Taylor's grandmother's house is almost all white and blue inside.
The front door is BYU blue.

All of Taylor's grandparents are BYU fans. Hard core.
Taylor's parents both graduated from to BYU.
Both of Taylor's siblings are at the Y.
Taylor's grandmother regularly contacts BYU coaches and gives advice on plays.
Taylor's family sang the cougar fight song this past Christmas Eve...
Yes. Christmas Eve.

When Tally told Taylor's grandmother she was a U fan, his grandmother said,
"I wouldn't cheer for the U even if your brother was on the team!"

Needless to say, Tally has had a change of heart.
Though she still wears red in some form to the game
(whether earrings or shoes),
her loyalty has shifted to the Cougar Blue.

And tonight brought a VICTORY!
The Oldroyd Family Christmas Card (2005)

Monday, February 18

Happy Presidents Day!

How well do you know your Presidents of the United States?

I made this quiz for our FHE tonight - feel free to steal it. The pictures aren't clues, so don't panic if Harry Truman isn't the answer to one of these!

1. When he and his family moved to Washington to live in the White House, they got lost in the woods north of the city for several hours. Tally is a descendant of this President.

2. This man’s epitaph never mentions that he was President: "Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia.”

3. The second president to die in office. Died as a result of celebrating out in the heat on the 4th of July at the Washington Monument. His body was recently dug up because some believed he was poisoned, a theory proved to be false.

4. Nicknamed "Elegant Arthur" because of his fashion sense.

5. The first president to use electricity in the White House. After he got an electrical shock, his family often refused to touch the light switches and sometimes would go to bed with the lights on.

6. The first president to have earned a Ph.D. During his presidency a flock of sheep was raised on the White House lawn. The wool was used to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I.

7. Had the largest feet of any president - size 14!

8. Played football at West Point and was injured trying to tackle Olympic and NFL star Jim Thorpe.

9. Youngest elected President, and youngest to die in office.

10. First President to be a Rhodes Scholar.

11. Oldest person ever elected President.

12. Once worked as a fashion model.

13. First President to visit all 50 states and the first President to visit China.

14. First American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

15. Served his entire Presidency without the use of his legs.

16. This President had no formal education - his wife taught him math, reading, and writing.

17. Before his election he failed as: a business man - as a storekeeper, failed as a farmer - he despised this work, failed in his first attempt to obtain political office, he failed when he sought the office of speaker, he failed in his first attempt to go to Congress, he failed when he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office, he failed when he ran for the United States Senate and he failed when friends sought for him the nomination for the vice-presidency in 1856.

18. The President with the most children - 15 of them!

19. Shortest and lightest President at 5'4" and 100 pounds.

20. The only President who never married. When the Prince of Wales came to visit and stay at the White House, he brought so many guests that this President had to sleep out in the hall.

Anyway, do something patriotic today - like defacing a John McCain picture or watching this absolutely horrible Hillary video... I swear they can't be serious!

1. John Adams 2. Thomas Jefferson 3. Zachary Taylor 4. Chester Arthur 5. Benjamin Harrison 6. Woodrow Wilson 7. Warren Harding 8. Dwight D. Eisenhower 9. JFK 10. Clinton 11. Reagan 12. Gerald Ford 13. Nixon 14. Teddy Roosevelt 15. FDR 16. Andrew Johnson 17. Lincoln 18. John Tyler 19. James Madison 20. James Buchanan

Wednesday, February 13

Happy Heart Day!

Okay, I've been tagged with the Valentine thingamajig. I've hesitated a lot to do this for fear of being unoriginal - so many of my friends have already done this! But Taylor deserves it and hopefully doesn't despise this post by the time I'm done!

How long have you been together?
Our first date was March 11, 2006. Taylor considers that to be when we were together, but I was dating around at the time (oops), so I would consider the starting date as being the day he held my hand (first for both of us nerds - only took 8 dates!) - April 21, 2006.

How old is he?

How old are you?
I'm a lady (24).

Who eats more?

What first attracted you to your spouse?
I thought he was cute (eyes! eyelashes!), but he was so quiet he came off as someone so mysterious! I could immediately tell that he was really bright and was really grounded. When I saw his hyper side I was sold. Not many people see that side!

Who said "I love you" first?
I bought Taylor a book in England by one of my favorite illustrators that gives funny definitions of what love is. When I got home from England I wrote "I love you Taylor" in the back, wrapped it, and gave it to him later that summer. I told him he couldn't open it until I said he could! At the end of the summer we were both finally in the same country (and city!), and he said it first. I immediately followed, and told him he could finally open his present.

Who is taller?
Taylor! That was one of my criteria - have to be bigger than you, able to lift you, smarter than you, and smell good!

Who sings better?
Taylor has all the vocal experience! Put a guitar in his hands, and I just melt.

Who is smarter?
One of us is finishing law school, and the other was a music major. You decide.

Who does the laundry?
I do mostly, but countless times I've come home to find the laundry basket empty. I'm a bit OCD with ironing EVERYTHING (honestly - pillowcases, sheets, jeans, t-shirts) and having to have all the towels folded the same way.

Who does the dishes?
Taylor will insist on doing them all but I always feel guilty, sneak in a lot of help, and get in trouble.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
Me, so that if someone came into our room at night I could protect Taylor.

Who pays the bills?
Technically Tally earns the money, but we divide up the bill-paying at the beginning of the month so each of us get our own little responsibilities.

Who mows the lawn?
Taylor did when we had one this summer! Those were the days...

Who cooks dinner?
I do most of the time, but Taylor is a chef. Our favorite night of the week is New Recipe Night, something we started when we first got married. It's a blast - everyone should do it!

Who is more stubborn?
Me. Taylor doesn't have a stubborn bone in his body.

Who kissed who first?
Both. The first kiss for both of us - which made it a little interesting, awkward, and funny. I was flying to London the next morning, he was headed to Moscow - we both knew it was coming!

Who asked who out?
Taylor and I had known of each other for a while and had different mutual friends try to set us up, but we had never met. Finally his roommate and my friend Drew got my number, gave it to Taylor, and he called and asked me out. We went cross-country skiing with Drew and Liz up at Sundance. Perfect!

Who proposed?
Taylor totally surprised me... I did not see it coming. We had talked about marriage for the first time 6 days earlier, and the subject hadn't come up again. He took me on a hike at 7:00 in the morning, and proposed at the top of the hike when we were inside a cloud. It was so simple and sincere - could not have been more perfect.

Who is more sensitive?
Taylor's skin is a little thicker than mine - I haven't seen him cry, but he is so sensitive to whatever I'm going through and knows just how to handle my various moods!

Who has more friends?
It's about equal, though I think Taylor's friends are better at keeping in touch than I am with my own!

Who has more siblings?
We're both the oldest of three.

Who wears the pants in the relationship?
It's pretty equal, but I'm always more willing to go with Taylor's wisdom and decisions than my own!

Happy Valentine's day, everyone! If I could I'd send you all cookies with personalized cards, but alas we're on a budget here in Provo. Maybe next year! :)

Tuesday, February 12

Fuzzy Pictures

The picture quality isn't working out so well on this bloggage... I'm still learning how to work a Mac with photos. Clicking on the picture gives you better quality. Happy Tuesday!

I Love My Job.

Yes, I love my job. Who wouldn't love goofing off with 5th & 6th graders all day, teaching them how to play "Hot Cross Buns" and, by their request "My Heart Will Go On" (yes, I cringed when they begged... BEGGED). Above is the Morningside Elementary 5th grade orchestra... on a calm day.

But in the spirit of Valentine's Week (believe me, in elementary school it's a whole week thing), I have to share a love story from the sixth grade at Rolling Meadows Elementary.

This is Damian (well, he only answers to "Violin Hero").
Damian is in 6th grade.
Damian is in love.
Damian is going to ask out his true love on Valentine's Day.
Damian revealed his plan yesterday during our orchestra rehearsal.

Monday I was testing the kids on their pass-off song, to earn their Valentine treat. In the middle of testing Damian revealed to me that he was asking out his special someone on Valentine's Day and needed some help. He came prepared with an empty white ring box from Morgan Jewelers.

"Mrs. Turner, I'm buying her 14k gold ruby earrings - do you think she'll like them?"
"Damian, how are you paying for ruby earrings?"
"They're on sale at Kmart this week for $10 - usually $15."
"Wow! Real rubies for $10?"
"They're on sale, Mrs. Turner - they're usually more expensive."

Having already endured 4 orchestra classes, I decided to devote
the rest of class to helping Damian prepare his "proposal." The class having convinced him that he needed to cry in order to be taken seriously, he spent 2 somber minutes trying to make himself tear up (see picture). I stopped teasing him when I realized that he was really serious about making himself cry. We went through several dress rehearsals, as Damian practiced stopping the class and getting down on one knee.

"Damian, aren't you worried that you'll get in trouble?"
"I don't care - like, Mr. B might kick me out - bus she'll know I think she's hot." Good thing he bought a card with a devil on the cover - and inside it says "Be My Hottie."
Just to let you know that even in the 6th grade, true love really does exist. :)

Sunday, February 10

Post-It Notes and Anecdotes

So basically I'm in charge of this section of the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA) at BYU, the largest collection of viola music and memorabilia in the world. Yes, nerdy. So once upon a time this man named Maurice W. Riley decided to write the history of the viola, and spent 15 years researching and writing - resulting in The History of the Viola in 2 volumes. When Mr. Riley passed away he had everything in his office sent to the PIVA archive at BYU (imagine 27 huge cardboard boxes filled with files, music, and scraps of research). It sat around for 10 years until Tally came to BYU and the library had found a willing slave.

I started the 500 hour project 2 years ago, and finished my hours when I graduated, but there is still so much to be done! This Saturday a stroke of guilt brought me back to my little office in the HBLL (Harold B. Lee Library) on campus, and I spent all day archiving his research. Over the past 2 years I have established quite a collection of post-it notes, that now take up almost the entire 9x15 wall!

But it turned out to be a beautiful day in Provo and the Turner duo spent the rest of the night eating carrot puff (carrot souffle that tastes like pumpkin pie) and seeing the movie August Rush. We definitely got our $2.50 worth ("One student, one adult").

After selecting some prime seats the theater started to fill. A mid-40s couple approached us and took the 2 seats to my left. The woman went to sit, and SQUISH. Yes, she was too large for the seat and much of her was spilling over and below the armrest into my lap. After struggling to get out of the seat and murmuring to her husband that the seats at theaters are too small these days, her slender husband took the seat next to me and she sat next to the aisle. I thought movie theater seats were getting bigger! It's like how they had to increase the depth of the water at the It's A Small World ride at Disneyland because people are getting too obese.

Taylor wasn't sold with the movie - he chuckled through most of the film! Kerri Russell is supposedly this Juilliard-alum professional cellist in the movie. Supposedly. I was fascinated with how she was able to get this incredible vibrato without moving her arm, and play Bach in the wrong part of the bow with perfect articulation. Taylor's guitar expertise had him mocking Freddie Highmore's superior technique. By the end we were laughing a little too much for our neighbors. I didn't know it was a fantasy film.

Other weekend highlights:

Oldroyd family dinner at The Blind Dog in Park City (our favorite restaurant)
Lobster Bisque, Cheese Fondue, Dreamloaf!
Gorgeous weather
- AND -
My dad gave me a new camera - his Nikon D70 that he was going to sell on eBay!
Mine has been broken for ages, and basically I have the best dad in the world.
Now I can take quality pictures!
As Taylor would say, it's sweetical.

Friday, February 8

Less Than a Week...

Lorenzo The Dog (full name) turned 4 last week, and I chose to play around with PhotoShop and make this into a Valentines Day card for Taylor's parents. Lorenzo is the Turner family's labradoodle, and absolutely the coolest dog in Salt Lake City. Hopefully Taylor's parents get a kick out of it.
Less than a week 'til Valentines Day! Time to get going on cookies and cards!

Tuesday, February 5

One More Thing...

I'm sorry, but I love this picture and forgot to share it.

Paper Chains & Automobiles

We're all about school here in the Turner digs. Taylor is fighting off senioritis his last semester of law school by submitting a paper about religious freedom and rights in Kazahkstan, hopefully to be published in the BYU Law Review. It's due at 5:00 tonight, so needless to say it's been an eventful weekend ("eventful" meaning I finished a book and started two). I've had a blast putting miles on my car, and conveniently every single snowstorm has come on a Monday or Wednesday - the two days I drive around Salt Lake all-day. :)

Due to the excessive writing, driving, editing, studying and lack of decor in the second bedroom, I made a paper chain countdown for Taylor out of all our paper scraps laying around. 44 days left of school - PERIOD! Then comes FREEDOM (and employment?).

After making his paper chain I could help but want my own. Yes, teachers count down the days just as much as students do - if not, more so! After linking over 70 links it got depressingly long, and in the spirit of optimism I did all that I could to make it look shorter.

Anyway, I can't believe I even wrote that much about a paper chain. I promise I like my job - it has its perks, aside from driving like 500+ miles a week. So enjoy:

Funny/Disturbing Stories From Six Months of Teaching:
- 5th grader grinds up Altoids and passes them out, telling kids it's crystal meth. (?!)
- A teary 5th grader declares the name of her violin to be "Milky Cheese"
- 6th grader will only answer to the name "Violin Hero." Honestly... he won't respond!
- After 6 months, 3 students claim they haven't had enough time to buy the method book.
- When asked to name the Great Lakes (we're playing a song about Lake Huron)...
"Great Salt Lake!" "Pacific Ocean! Indian Ocean! Uh... Atlantica Ocean!" "Mississippi!"

Have a great week, everyone. Hooray for President Monson, President Eyring, and President Uchtdorf!