Cravings Galore

By now, you all should know that I am pregnant (and therefore, crazy). Hopefully you have also noticed one of the newest features on our blog: “krissy’s craving of the week.” Well this week’s is a little too complicated to simply post a photo… so here’s my story:

It all started just a few weeks ago when I was brushing my teeth, getting ready for bed. Now I realize that tooth brushing is an odd detail to include, and I only include it because it was an odd time to suddenly, desperately, want lemonade. I would generally consider lemonade a summertime, mid-day sort of beverage. But here I was, brushing my teeth in the middle of winter, wishing for lemonade.

And so it began.

Last week, the next craving surfaced: potato salad. Luckily, it was only a few days before my mom was coming up for a visit. So, I buttered her up and convinced her to bring me some potato salad (because Mom’s potato salad is better than any other and this was not a craving that could be satisfied with mediocre potato salad). She brought it and it was just as good as I hoped. Since Dave doesn’t like it, I got to eat it straight from the bowl with a nice big glass of lemonade to wash it down.

This week, I was hit by a hankering for fried chicken. I’m not talking just any fried chicken… I’m talking the super-greasy kind you buy at the grocery store deli. Mmm… just thinking about that crunchy, greasy, deliciously artery-clogging chicken makes me want to head for KFC right now.

Well, when this most recent craving emerged, I realized that I’m not just craving random foods. No, I’m craving Spring – fried chicken, potato salad, and lemonade… sunshine, flip-flops, and picnics. What’s next? Popsicles? Let’s hope so…

I don’t care if it’s February! I don’t care if it is snowing. I don’t care if I can see my breath. Dang it! It is Spring! I will wear my short sleeves, capris, and sandals and I will enjoy every minute of it (no matter how cold I get). And as soon as the lawn thaws, you’re all invited over for a picnic!


A Very Star Wars Birthday: Classic Trilogy Edition

Last year, Kristen made the mistake of asking me if I could come up with "a few" Star Wars-themed birthday quotes that she could use to decorate her co-worker's office with. I quickly got online with my friend Ben, who shares my affinity for quoting Star Wars, and we proceeded to brainstorm.

Needless to say, Kristen was a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of quotes we came up with, but they ended up being a big hit with her co-worker. I made sure to save the list, and a few days ago I stumbled back upon it. Well, now I have the perfect outlet for such things. The classic trilogy edition makes its debut first, with the prequel trilogy edition to follow shortly. Feel free to add your own quotes in the comments.

Luke: Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru, it's time for birthday cake...Uncle Owen? Aunt Beru?

Darth Vader: And now your highness, we will discuss the location of my hidden birthday presents.

Obi Wan: I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in a chorus of happy birthday, then were suddenly silenced.

C3PO: Artoo says that the chances of having a happy birthday are 725 to 1. Actually, Artoo has been known to make mistakes...from time to time...oh dear, oh dear...

Han Solo: Even scruffy looking nerf herders deserve a happy birthday.

General Veers: My Lord, I've reached the birthday presents. The wrapping will be off in moments, you may start your celebrating.

Yoda: All his life has he looked away, to his birthday, to the horizon.

Boba Fett: Put the presents in the cargo hold.

Jabba: This birthday boy is my kind of scum...fearless and inventive.

Yoda: Told you about your surprise party, did he?
Luke: Yes.
Yoda: Unexpected this is, and unfortunate.

Ewok: Yub nub, mesa yub nub.

Luke: Never. I'll never open my presents before my birthday. You've failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.


Vote Worthy

Even with some shady voting going on for Scarc Mott, Worthington Fitzsimmons Barton, Esquire was the clear favorite. 8 people can't be wrong, so it looks like we have our baby name. Unless we happen to think of something better between now and May 14th, but what are the chances of that? Here is a little glimpse at a grown-up Worthington in the future, which looks a lot like the past. Fashion trends are so cyclical after all.

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The Name Game

I have to say, it is kind of disappointing that since the U2 polls ended, we are no longer drawing 10+ comments per post. That must mean we need a new poll! This time, you, the loyal readers of the Dave & Kristen Show, get to help us decide what to name our baby. It was difficult, but we have narrowed it down to five choices:

1. Slagathor Gargamel Barton
Imagine the fun we could have with our very own evil genius.

2. Worthington Fitzsimmons Barton, Esquire
Destined to be the protagonist in a period romance.

3. Guy Manley Barton
Maybe we are trying to overcompensate, I don't know.

4. Bumpus Bartholomew Barton
He would be a swarm of killer B's all by himself.

5. Scarc Mott Barton
Scott & Marc, this one's for you.


Sweetheart Tag

This is kind of cheesy, but Caitlin tagged me, so I guess I have to do it. This probably should have been posted for Valentine's Day, but better late than never. As for the rest of you, check at the bottom of the post to see if you got tagged by me!

What is his name? Most people call him Dave. I call him whatever pops into my head when addressing him.

How long have you been together? I’m no good at math. We started dating in September 2003 and it is now February 2008. Wowza! That’s 4.5 years!

How long did you date? We dated for about 4 months before getting engaged, then were engaged for about 4 months.

How old is he? REALLY old. I mean, 27.

Who eats more? It depends on the day, my mood, the current risk of heartburn, and what food is available. I would say generally I eat more. But I’m eating for two. I definitely eat more jello than he does.

Who said I love you first? Dave did (shocking, I know)!

Who's taller? Well it’s a pretty close call…if I had to guess, I’d guess Dave.

Who can sing better? Dave sings like an angel.

Who is smarter? Currently, Dave. Generally, me. Pregnancy makes a person dumb.

Who does the laundry? The washing machine mostly. Sometimes I start it, sometimes Dave starts it. Usually if I start it, I forget all about it and Dave has to move stuff to the dryer. But I do all the ironing. I think that deserves more credit than starting the washing machine.

Who pays the bills? Usually Dave because I forget things and if I was in charge, we would have all our utilities shut off.

Who sleeps on the right side? Smidgen, Mervis (my body pillow), and I do. It gets crowded over there, but Dave won’t relinquish any of “his half.”

Who mows the lawn? The Community Association.

Who cooks dinner? Mostly Dave because he gets home so much earlier than me. I try to help out when I can, but preparing food is not the most enjoyable activity for me at this point… unless it’s jello.

Who drives? Dave. I have too much road rage.

Who is more stubborn? Depends on the issue. If it's about going to see chick flicks, then Dave is more stubborn (to a ridiculous degree). If it’s keeping our bedroom tidy, I am more stubborn.

Who kissed who first? Well, it was sort of a two-person thing.

Who asked who out first? Dave asked me.

Who proposed? Dave, of course.

Who has more friends? It seems like I have my friends, but then Dave’s friends are OUR friends (because we hang out with them a lot more often). So I think that would mean I have the most.

Who is more sensitive? HA! Anyone who would ask such a question must not know my husband. I’ll put it this way: Dave is incapable of producing tears. I make up for it.

Who has more siblings? Dave. He has one brother and two sisters. I have two brothers.

Who wears the pants? We both wear pants…especially during the winter when it’s freakin’ cold.

Heather and Melissa: Consider yourselves tagged!


Two Years in the Making

For Christmas 2005, my parents gave me a sewing machine and the pattern and fabric to make a rag quilt. I started working on the quilt right away and made a lot of progress. But, I soon got distracted/discouraged and set it aside. Since then, I have used my sewing machine to make several skirts, mend some of Dave's shirts, and create pillow shams for our throw pillows.

Last weekend in our attempts to get our house organized so that we'll have room for Smidgen and all of Smidgen's stuff, I came across my sewing stuff and the mostly-finished quilt. I was amazed at how close I was to finishing it when I gave up. I decided that since storage space is at a premium in our tiny abode, there just wasn't enough room to store two bags full of quilt parts and batting. So I decided that the quilt had to be finished before Smidgen's birthday.

On Friday, I had a day off, so I spent the day sewing. Two long years later, it only took me 3-4 hours to finish it up.


Welcome to Daybreak

A few weeks ago there was a perfect sky as I was driving home from work. I just happened to have my camera with me, so I took a quick detour over to Oquirrh Lake to take some photos. Here are some of my favorite shots.


A Mighty Wind

We got a generous helping of wind to go with our snow last night. It ended up leaving us with some cool looking snow drifts on the back patio, and a very convenient pathway around the car this morning.


It's Cowboy By An Edge

We have a winner! The results:

1. Cowboy Edge - 6 votes
Cowboy Edge found himself the only not staring at the sun as he came from behind for the upset win.

2. (TIE) Achtung Edge & Modern Edge - 5 votes each
After jumping out to an early lead, these two ended up stuck in a moment they couldn't get out of. Apparently they never learned that if you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel.

4. Fledgling Edge - 4 votes
This boy tried hard to be a man, but as Cowboy, Achtung, and Modern walked away, he was content to merely follow.

5. (TIE) Amish Edge & I hate them all - 2 votes each
As the voters' love turned to rust, Amish Edge was beaten and blown by the wind, and trampled into dust.

Once again, thanks to everyone who participated. Be sure to watch for more polls in the future.



Thanks to the strong response I got from Bonology, I decided to do a poll for The Edge as well. It was a little harder to come up with good images and quotes for The Edge, so sorry Adam and Larry, you are out of luck.

Fledgling Edge

Facial Hair: None
Clothes: T-shirt, Vest
Headwear: None (but desperately needed)
Hobby: Figuring out what someone named The Edge sounds like.

"Could you pass the salt, The Edge?"

Amish Edge

Facial Hair: 5 o' clock shadow
Clothes: Sport Coat, Bolo Tie
Headwear: Fedora
Hobby: Playing the guitar with so much delay, some riffs still haven't caught up to us

"Okay Edge, play the blues."

Achtung Edge

Facial Hair: Goatee
Clothes: Sequined Pants, Wife Beater
Headwear: Beanie
Hobby: Chopping down the Joshua Tree

"Don't project, don't connect, protect, don't expect, suggest."

Cowboy Edge

Facial Hair: Fu Manchu
Clothes: Mr. The Edge Shirt, Boots
Headwear: Cowboy Hat
Hobby: Trying not to sound like The Edge

"That's Mr. The Edge to you."

Modern Edge

Facial Hair: Goatee
Clothes: T-shirt, Jeans
Headwear: Beanie
Hobby: Dismantling atomic bombs

"Beneath the noise, below the din, I hear your voice, it's whispering."


Some Bonos Are Better Than Others

We have a winner! Here is the final tally:

1. "The Fly" Bono - 7 votes
Proof that ambition bites the nails of success,"The Fly" shined liked a burning star falling from the sky.

2. Muscle Bono - 6 votes
A true dark horse, Muscle Bono showed that he was more than just a fancy shirt. He reached, but couldn't quite grab it.

3. Pirate Bono - 5 votes
His face red like a rose on a thorn bush, Pirate Bono still hasn't found was he was looking for.

4. (TIE) Mullet Bono & I hate them all - 3 votes each
Mullet Bono can't believe the news today. Still, not a bad showing for someone with a mullet.

6. Modern Bono - 2 votes
It is clearly not a beautiful day for Modern Bono. He is probably attempting to squeeze into his old leather pants as we speak.

Thanks to everyone who participated.