Chapter 28: Sushi and Scruples

We made California Rolls Wednesday, which was super fun! I got home as just as Steven finished getting together all the ingredients, so I put together the rolls! Not a skill I had until I dated Steven. Actually, I just remembered how I learned to make sushi! Steven and I were friends, starting to maybe date? It was a confusing time. One day we stopped by his parents house to grab something and it was right at dinner time. His mom, dad and sister were all making themselves sushi and invited us to join. I really hadn't eaten sushi many times at this point, and wasn't sure if I liked it or not, so I was pretty uncomfortable. Steven just dove in though! I stood there awkwardly while everyone was busily making their own rolls. I had NO IDEA how to do it, and Steven must have been so hungry he didn't notice how confused I was. Finally Stevens mom explained what to do, and I set about slowly making a roll. It was pretty terribly constructed, and took me so long I got much less food than the others haha. It was so funny to remember that memory and how awkward and out of place I felt. It feels like a lifetime ago, and like Steven and I are completely different people than we were then! He is so loving and conscious of me. I'm much more blunt and straightforward with him, I just couldn't see that same situation arising these days.  

We had some friends over for a games night Friday night which was really nice. We made a few pizzas, and they brought icecream :) We played our favorite strange party game "scruples" The version we own is from 1986, and it definetly shows its age. Not in looks (its in pristine condition) but in content. The game is great for getting to know people better. You have an answer card in your hand and 5 question cards. You choose the question card to ask anyone playing, but you need them to give the answer that matches what is on the answer card in your hand (yes/no/depends). The questions are things like "if your son became a stripper, would you continue to let him live at home?" "the old lady selling you her house is asking for less than her house is worth, do you tell her?" or "you leave water running while staying at a friends house and flood the bathroom. Do you offer to help pay for repairs?"

It was funny to see what different people were comfortable with and what others weren't! The game doesn't sound nearly as fun as it is when you describe it, but trust me its awesome. I did hooooribly at it, but still had a lot of fun.

I had my first full Saturday off in like a month!

It was my favourite day of the week, because Steven and I got to spend all day together. We didn't do anything very interesting honestly, like we ran errands, went to the doctors office, stuff like that. But It was so nice to spend all day together.

Saturday evening was stake conference. They spoke mostly about how to make the Sabbath day a delight. My Sabbath is far from delightful these days, so That's what we will need to work on over the next weeks. We are toying with the idea of doing these posts Monday night rather than Sunday since we always end up staying up so late Sundays. We will see if this helps over the next few weeks or if we end up just forgetting to post haha. its a pretty real possibility!

Love,

Heather

Chapter 27: Teeth Whitening with Charcoal

Heather and I are still going strong on our resolve to go one month with out eating anything with added or refined sugars. It's been really good in increasing accountability in the things that we eat. We have been more aware of the ingredients that go into our bodies as well as on how creative we need to be with our snacks. Although, the saddest thing has happened...SPICY CHEETOS HAVE SUGAR IN THEM!!!!!!! If you haven't had them before, there are spicy cheetos which up till recently I believed were only available in the US but a friend sent me a picture of those very spicy cheetos in a convenient store 15 minutes from my work. I bought 3 bags. Shortly after getting on the bus with my treasure in hand I pulled them out with an afterthought that I should check to make sure they didn't have added sugar and to my horror they did. I'll have to wait till cheat day. This week Heather has been a champ. She's at the end of production on the movie she's assigned to and is one of the few members of her department who were kept on to put the finishing touches on the last few shots. But with that she's been putting in some crazy hours. She had to work Saturday and perhaps leaving me alone was not the wisest of things. Every now and again you get that urge to do something. A force other than yourself driving you. That happened to me yesterday...with cooking. I texted Heather and 9:30am saying, I want to cook. She thought I was going to make lunch for myself or something of that nature. She was wrong. Instead she came home to a macaroni casserole, a lasagne, a Lebanese garlic sauce and all the ingredients for sushi. Needless to say, LUNCH FOR DAYS!!!!!!!

Have you heard of that new fad of using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth? Look it up, you'll find an insane number of pictures of people who look like they've got mouths of Uruk-hai orcs from Lord of the Rings. Activated charcoal has some incredibly absorbent qualities. There are stories of people taking fatal doses of poison with activated charcoal and surviving because the charcoal absorbs the toxins. It's also good to have around if ever you get food poisoning #lifehack. So the idea with the teeth whitening is you put the charcoal on your toothbrush and brush for 5 minutes and the charcoal is supposed to remove stains from your teeth. Heather and I both tried it and saw a noticeable difference after 2 uses. Only downside though, it tends to leave your gums pretty raw afterwards. 5 minutes is quite long to be brushing anything. Next time we might try the method of brushing and letting the charcoal sit instead of brushing the whole 5 minutes.

We were pretty social this week, like, much more than usual. Heather helped some friends move and had girls night, I had band practice and then we went over to a couple from church's place today for dinner/General Conference. We had a lot of fun. They had invited a ton of people over to their place for dinner before General Conference and they cooked dinner for everyone! It was great food too. We ate way too much. Good food, good people, good General Conference, good week.

Till next week, -Steven