Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ode to snow

You may or may not be wondering why I haven't posted for a while... You see, I had to thaw out.

I am quite done with you. We all knew this wouldn't last, and yet you just keep coming back. You freeze my car doors shut so that I look all ghetto-like crawling in the passengers side to door, you get us stuck in the snow on the way to school (twice), you freeze my toesies, and you just plain suck. When you are around, I am highly prone to emotional impulse buys like manly trucks and cruise tickets.

About a foot in 24 hours!? Really? 

My husband hates you.

And so do I. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Good Reads

Guys. It has only been 2 weeks into the new semester and I feel like I've been in my classes FOR-EV-ER. Easily the hardest semester of my life. (Easily the hardest? Does that make sense? I'm saying it anyway!) The good news is.... (drumroll please).... I'm graduating this semester !!! That's right, after this semester and student teaching in the fall, I will be a real, life sized, certified, bonafide, Art and English teacher(to-be)! Can I get a "whoop whoop" (raising the roof, raising the roof)

That is... If I can survive. Every morning I hit the ground running and drop exhausted into bed every night. But it feels good, and as long as I can ignore the laundry needing to be done, car needing to be cleaned and house needing to be organized, I can keep my cool just fine :)

In one of my English education classes I am supposed to read a young adult literature novel every month until I die (easy right? haha). 
This month: Divergent. Anyone heard of it? I'm not too far in, but like any other futuristic, dystopian novels (which I love), so far so good!

Also, I'm now officially a GoodReads profile owner, so if you are on Good Reads, find me (Valerie Stratford)! It's like the Facebook of book-readers. Every nerd's social dream come true. haha

Monday, January 14, 2013

How cold is too cold?

Rexburg. Short and sweet. 
It is WAY too cold when frost develops on the door nob INSIDE of the house, and you wake up to a power outage.

Then again, it is city wide power outages that postpone classes for 4 hours, which I'm not complaining about. Not gonna lie, when I received the emergency text from the University imploring student to come to the BYU-Idaho conference center for warmth, I felt a tinge like the end of this world was coming. haha But then I crawled back under the covers and all was forgiven... minus the no heat thing.

To my family that lives in Arizona and California, feel the wrath of my jealousy! haha

Momma needs a heated blanket and is gladly accepting donations :)

A happy and warm monday to all!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Frisked and Frisky

So, we went to California for Christmas to visit Ryan's family. It was quite the adventure, and one I won't soon forget. 
We spent Doomsday at six flags, ate the NASTIEST low-carb ice-cream known to mankind,
(I was burping up low-carb cardboard flavor all night! First cone I've ever thrown away.)

had Christmas Eve (12:15 a.m. so technically Christmas day) mourning the loss of Ryan's incredible grandfather (after being a quadriplegic for 23 years mind you) and met many wonderful extended friends and family at his funeral and viewing a week later. 

We attended Ryan's (babe) ex-girlfriends wedding, (who breaks the stereotype of ex-girlfriends by actually being super awesome haha), for our 5 month anniversary.

(Photo cred: Papa Stratford)

Topping it all off with getting frisked in the LAX airport on the way home.

I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that it is still possible to board an airplane without ID! This was especially a relief to me as I stood in the LAX airport at 7am rushing to hop on a plane back to Rexburg for school and work!

The bad news is it is NOT easy. Especially if you happen to have NOTHING else with your name on it.

I realized just as we loaded up the car to leave that my Drivers License was no where to be found. Panicked, I attempted calling the LAX airport for an hour with no prevail.

Here’s the fun part: Got to the airport, said I had no ID. They looked at me like they'd seen a ghost! Then they asked where it was.  If I knew, I would have had it with me! I was pulled aside and waited for a security officer to come. He made a few calls and asked me some questions like where my SS card was registered, and what my address was before I was married (like I remember haha), where I attend school which happens to be BYU-Idaho, basically the most non-terrorist school ever. We can't even wear capris on campus, I'm not about to bering a bomb on a plane! haha. 
They asked if I had any credit cards, and naturally the only one I had had my husbands name on it, so they asked where my husband was.... uhhh.... he left me to catch the flight? (which he did.) but that didn't look very good. I had no billing statements with my name on them (shame on me for not bringing those on my vacation! haha) but DID have a prescription bottle. The only problem was the prescription bottle had my married name, and the flight ticket had my maiden name. Finally I passed the test, and all criminal-like in my sweat pants and hipster glasses, I was escorted through security, patted all up and down in places I don't EVA wanna be touched, and feeling pretty cool, barefoot in LAX, they wiped down everything in my carry on to check for explosives.
 As the officer wiped down some for-married-people's-eyes-only items (mental note to NEVER pack those it a carry-on again) I jokingly said to the officer "I'll bet you learn waaaay more than you want to know about people in this profession! ha. ha. ha." Not even a hint of a smile. 
I guess when people are examining you for terrorist activity, you probably shouldn't be cracking jokes. 

Though the officer looked at every item and dust particle in my bag, and ironically seemed to overlook the only hi-jacking worthy object in there: exacto blades I accidentally packed with some drawing pencils! I certainly was not about to point them out. haha

Long story short. if you don't have ID, you are probably a terrorist. 
Pack ID. 
Pack extra ID. 
Don't lose your ID, and you will get through an airport just fine :) 

In other news, BACHELOR ANYONE?! Call me a girl, but I love it.

I had to put myself in time out for missing the premier, but I watched it online last night and la-la-la-looooved it! Oddly enough though, I haven't found a girl I am really rooting for. When it comes to my Sean-sky, I am very picky and sadly the cutest girl on there is obviously this seasons Beezy. Not too pleased about that. 

And this girl: 

Too much, too much. Not to mention psycho-50-shades-of-grey girl! SO glad she didn't get very far.

 Casey coming back?! 

PLOT-TWISTER! I actually think that I am rooting for her the most! haha Needless to say, you can find me perched in front of the tube every monday night from here on out! 

Happy Thursday all! Here's to girly shows, airport security, and the hardest semester to date.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Taking a Bite out of Life gets a make-over

I don't really know how to say this, so I'm just gonna say it:
I've changed my blog.  You see, for some time Taking a Bite out of Life was begging for a new look. It kept saying "Valerie, I've grown out of this title and I want a fresh appearance!" just like any other self respecting blog, and I would respond, "In due time young padawon, in due time."
Really though, my inner self was thinking:

 I decided I was too busy to do it while in school and with all of the other new years resolutions of change and improvement, so came the blog make-over as well. 

With that being said, Laaaadies and gentlemen,  Taking a Bite out of Life will now be known as Valpo Studio!

 I really hope this doesn't prove horribly confusing, but it was time that I put to rest the title my 18 year old self so wittily concocted and moved to a more centralized name. You may learn more about its new title in the "Start Here" tab at the top of the page. 

In other news, I apologize for being to MIA over the past few weeks. Vacation for some means a break from school and work, whereas for me it means a break from all intelligent life, technology, and any pants without a stretchy waistband! Sadly though, vacation is coming to an end and this girl is back in action. In fact, I am proud to announce that I'm FINALLY an Iphone owner! I feel like such a cool kid :) So follow me on twitter and instagram to your hearts content cause things are about to get craaazy! haha 

I hope everyones vacation has been as relaxing as mine! Hang in there with the changes, and I will too!