Archive for 06.08

four years

I can't remember what life is like without Cody. We have so much fun together, every day is new and different. It's been a challenge, keeping things happy and healthy and moving along, but the payment I've received for my minimal efforts in our relationship far exceed the cost to myself. I'm forever thankful for the blessing of having such a wonderful husband and friend!


We got a flat tire in Snow Canyon, driving back from visiting an animal shelter on our first Valentine's day. I tried to swerve to miss a big rock in the middle of the curvy road and instead accidentally hit it. What a happy way to spend our romantic evening together, and to spend the last $100 in our bank account to get it fixed. I remember some cowboy stopping, not to help us, but to look at us like we were idiots for hitting the rock in the first place and then driving off. It's still one of my favorite Valentine's Day memories, trying to fix our flat tire together on a cold, scary canyon highway.

Being sealed for time and all eternity in the Bountiful LDS temple. I still remember giggling in front of all our friends and family during the ceremony, then blushing because I'd giggled at a very serious moment.

Getting in our first (and I think it was our only) fight, me storming about and fuming while Cody quietly listened. I stomped off to my sister's house, realizing once I'd walked over there that she was probably having a nice night with her new husband and I shouldn't interrupt them with my pettiness. I walked home, repentant and ready to apologize. I'm usually the one in the wrong--but when I'm not I totally rub it in Cody's face. :P He likes me sassy and annoying like that.

These four years have been awesome beyond words. I love you, Cody!


I'm at my wits end. Is sleep so hard to be had? Babies, cats, computers, plants, dogs, trolls, eyes, giants, boulevards, and vampires can all sleep fine, why not me? I can be many of those things on occasion. You'd think the sleeping ability would creep into my blood from being a vampire troll baby every other week.

But no.

Lately I've been waking up early, around 4-6, no matter when I go to bed. I go to bed at 10, I wake up at 4. Last night I was so exhausted I went to bed at 9:15, promptly fell asleep, and trapped Cody with my heavy head on his chest. He said he couldn't get me to move for an hour! I slept so very well until 1:45 until Truffle woke me by growling at nothing. Fruitlessly I tried going back to sleep for an hour. I gave up and decided to play on the Internet until a decent hour to leave the house...I went and cleaned Cody's office at 4:30, came home at 6:30, and tried to go to sleep again for an hour and a half. Nope.

Perhaps I should try using a 2-by-4 to knock myself out? Sleeping pills? Duct tape my eyes closed?!

I'm really frustrated, but I know this will all work out if I give it time and patience. Right now I just feel like this:

so you thought I could dance?

False. I cannot dance.

Anyway, I love that show on Fox, "So You Think You Can Dance". There are so many very talented dancers on that show, I love to see the personalities and skill shine in their solos. Cody and I watch avidly every week. No, we don't need potatoes; they grow on our couch.

A couple of Sundays ago after church Cody and I were just chillin' at home, minding our business, when suddenly this piercing shriek of an alarm almost burst our eardrums. We put on our pants (well, Cody did, I was already dressed), grabbed our keys, cell phones, and Truffle. We ran outside and enjoyed the warm, sunny day. Forty minutes later the fire department showed up, hunted down the little girl that pulled the alarm, and thankfully remembered to turn off the blasted alarm on their way out. Here's what resulted from the time we spent outside:

and I thought fast food couldn't get easier

New Wearable Feedbags Let Americans Eat More, Move Less

What a great idea! I think I'll swing by Taco Bell later for a good ol' slurry bag. Mmm.

And yes, I realize that neither this video nor my Korean beef outrage below count as Ruthie and Cody updates. I'll update again soon! :)

korean beef protests

I've been talking to my friend Yongsoo from Seoul, Korea lately...and they're having some huge rallies and protests against the import of US beef. Korea signed a deal that the US could send them beef that the US can't even use for pet food! People in the US eat cows that are younger than 20 months old because only 1% of mad cow disease cases occur in that young of cow, whereas 99% of mad cow disease occurs in cows that are 30 months of age and older (the US deal allows us to sell the Koreans older cows.) Koreans use the tail and spine of the cow for many of their dishes, so mad cow disease is an even bigger deal to them than it would be to Americans who don't normally use the tail or spine of the cow.

As if this wasn't enough to make me frustrated, what infuriates me is that when 140,000 Korean people gathered yesterday to protest this policy, policemen beat civilians. There are video clips online of the horrific beatings, and Yongsoo told me about one video he watched where a policeman stomped on a woman's unprotected head. I don't know about you, but that gets my blood boiling. The Korean media is avoiding talk of the protests and beatings.

Hopefully, on Korea's independence day on Friday (June 6th) the 200,000 people that gather to protest again will not be treated in such a horrific fashion. Hopefully the Korean government will pay attention to the message that the protesters are sending. Let's all hope for the best!

Photo taken by Yongsoo Bahk. I'm asking his permission use it. I tried to verify my information, but there aren't any news reports of this latest protest on CNN or the BBC yet, so if needed, I will revise after I get the chance to verify.
Edit: here's a link to a NY Times article about the protests, it's not about the ones I mentioned in particular, but it'll do. :D Thanks, Yongsoo, for the link!