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Friday, June 27, 2008

Registering

I was originally anti-registering, but I have been told that it is easier to shop for people when they register, so Russ and I went to Target to register today. If I had to compare it to something, I believe I would compare it to shopping with a small child. Okay, okay, maybe not QUITE like that, but let's just say that some men hate shopping and apparently Russ is not one of them. We went through the kitchen stuff (which was heaven for me) and decided we really couldn't do much bedroom or bathroom without deciding on colors and stuff. So we headed over to Russ's side of the store. I left him alone for 10 minutes while I went to get a few things for my current apartment. When I came back, he had registered for items including, but not limited to:
- 3 coolers
- a tent
- a GPS
- air matress
- golf clubs (??)
- basketball
- football
- volleyball
- grill
...and he was heading over to the Play Station 3s. He had a very guilty look on his face as he scanned that one. Yes, all of that coming from the man who preaches, "Give up what we want today so that we can have a better tomorrow! We have to decide between our wants and needs." Apparently we need the Play Station to watch Blue Ray discs *cough*Carters*cough*...but we don't have any Blue Rays. :P

Then I suggested we just run over and look at shirts, and Russ had lots of fun pointing at random shirts with the gun. "What about THAT shirt" or "THAT one". He was having a grand old time. Finally, we went to the check out counter and I looked over to see him registering for packs of gum....

...yep. All in all, I must say I am marrying a funny man and we are going to have lots of fun. Tomorrow, we conquer Bed, Bath, and Beyond...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Russ and Surprises

Sometimes, we girls need to be careful what we wish for. For example, I told Russ that I like romantic and cheesy surprises. Since that time, when he tries to surprise me, he actually usually makes me mad and THEN surprised/happy because he likes to surprise me by acting like he forgets things and then it turns out not only did he remember, he went the extra mile. Let me explain...

Like on April Fools Day. Every morning we called each other at 8:30 and shared the best scripture we read in our personal scripture study. Well, I called him on April Fool's Day and he was all groggy and was like, "Oh no! I forgot to wake up!" For some reason, this irritated me a little bit because I was frustrated that he slept so much and I am such a morning person. Then he told me to come out in the lobby. He had woken up extra early to take a shower and then got dressed in my favorite of his outfits and did his hair and he just looked great. Then he walked over to Chipman lobby to surprise me. So, it was really cute, but also fairly frustrating at first.

Now I would like to present exhibit two: coming home from Jerusalem. I was supposed to have a 6 hour layover in Chicago, but there was an earlier flight so I put myself on standby for that one. WELL through a serious of miracles, answers to prayers, and the misfortune of some family who didn't get to the gate on time, I got on the flight! So my plane was supposed to come in at 8:10. I called Russ and told him the flight would be in at 8:00. He tends to run late sometimes and I had been daydreaming about seeing him as soon as I got through security and so I really wanted him to be there early.

So we land in Salt Lake and I called Russ and told him that we were on the runway taxing and he told me he was about 20 minutes away. I was completely heartbroken. The flight was already 20 minutes late, and I had told him to be there 30 minutes before. So the four other engaged people from my program RAN off the plane to go see their fiances, and I just kind of sat back and let other people get off, thinking that perhaps if I stalled long enough, Russ would be there by the time I got to security. It took everything I had not to cry. I was SO mad at him!!!! I hadn't seen him in 7 weeks, I had gotten all dolled up in the Chicago airport for him, AND I was cranky/tired from flying for over 24 hours.

Then as I slowly sauntered towards security, I saw him. I just shook my head. I should have known he would do something like that. He was standing there with a rose and a sign (like people have when they pick up strangers) that said "Adri Carson (Lee)". I just walked over to him and gave him the biggest hug ever (thanks for the warning CJ - he really WAS taller than I remembered). I just started crying and saying, "I WAS SO MAD AT YOU! I WAS SO MAD AT YOU!!!!" He just laughed.

He told me he had driven 100 on the freeway to be sure and get there by 8:00 (on the way home, he promised Heavenly Father he'd dive 65 on cruise control :D). AND THE SURPRISE WASN'T OVER YET! There were roses in the car and THEN when we got to my apartment, my bed was made and there was a chocolate bar on my pillow. And, my favorite part was the balloons he got. He just tried to get a bunch so one said, "I'm a girl!" and another said, "It's a boy!" It was so cute! He even got me yogurt and milk and cereal to eat for breakfast because he ended up having to go into work for a while on Friday morning and he wanted to make sure I had breakfast.

In conclusion, I love Russ. He is amazing. His surprises are amazing too, even if they always seem to make me mad first. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jerusalem Observations

I wanted to write some things about Jerusalem that people wouldn't know unless they lived here. I won't call them "facts" though because I am not sure if they are. They are simply weird things that might be interesting that most tourists don't see:

1. About once a week the entire area around the Jerusalem Center smells like smoke. One time we saw a dumpster on fire so that they could pile more trash on top of the ashes of the old trash. This explains the smoke and tells you how dirty the streets of Jerusalem are.



2. Bread is sacred. If people drop bread on the ground (or cookies or even a crust of bread), someone else will come along and put it up on something so it is above the ground. I walked around today and actually saw this. Even in the nastiest of circumstances (because they litter a lot even though I have seen lots of trash cans around), pieces of old bread will be put up on a chair or tree stump so that some animal or other person can come and eat it.



3. Shopping is crazy. Things do not have prices. Even with taxis (called...phonetically..."share-roots") you have to barter for a good price. Most of the time people really scam the Americans (because it works) and if you get the shop keeper to actually give you your set price, you probably could have gone lower. It is pretty stressful and I try to avoid it all together. The key is walking away (thank you Russ Lee for telling me that)...you will ALWAYS get your price if you are willing to walk away. Also, the shops in the Old City are lining a sidewalk that is about 6 feet wide. It is very bustling and crowded. I am still scared when I go in there because most of the men look sketchy and pickpocketing is a big problem.



4. Mailing things is very expensive. There are customs to send things out of Israel. Even stamps cost about 2 dollars. My package I sent to myself cost 100 dollars to ship! And when I got a package from my parents, it had been completely opened and rummaged through.



5. The locals really can spot BYU students. Somehow they'll look at us and say, "Mormons?" and most shopkeepers really do give Mormons a better deal than most tourists because we are honest people and we dress modestly. We may not be able to openly talk about our religion, but we really are making a good impression on the people here.

6. The Dead Sea is really cool. Floating is an amazing experience that I think everyone should have. I imagine it is how astronauts feel. However, what they DON'T tell you is that it BURNS. I am not just talking about cuts. Somehow the salt gets into places you don't really think about and burns like nothing you've ever felt before. Some of the girls couldn't handle it. The guys were okay. (Use your imaginations) Despite that, the Dead Sea was still one of the coolest parts of the trip.



7. The Old Testament really is a lot more interesting when you can picture the places in your head that you are reading about. I still think the Book of Mormon is a lot easier to understand, though.


David and Goliath sling :)

8. I wish Russ were here, but I am still having an amazing time.