If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Aqua and Yellow

While at the zoo last week I spotted a couple in Aqua and Yellow (I wonder if I can get Jared to do that.) Well Julie had the idea to get me in a shot with them. It was funny and then I just started laughing because she was being so funny and really getting into it.

All things yellow

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Something Hilarious!

I dipped some more strawberries and pears in chocolate on Sunday. Later I found that my chocoholic husband had eaten the chocolate off of some of the strawberries. Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess.***

***I have to hide the chocolate that I mostly use to cook with in various places throughout the house so Jared won't get to it.


I've never really been a fan of chicken. It's so boring. I guess it just depends on how you cook it. We're trying to add more meat into our diet since we don't usually eat it. I roasted my first chicken last week. It was so succulent. I consulted several recipes, my friends, mother and father in-law (he's an expert when cooking up a delicious bird.) Anyhow, I was well pleased with the turn out. I even tossed in some apples to the vegetable mix.

Monday, February 18, 2008


Yesterday was another beautiful (yet freezing) sunny day so we headed down the lake to Rapperswil. It was a cute little town. We took a picnic and sat along the lake. While we were exploring the town lots of people were driving around honking their horns and waving the Albanian flag celebrating the independence of Kosovo. They were all over Z├╝rich also.

The town has a small castle and church which we wondered around.

Red Balloon.

Interesting little cemetery outside the church.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Art Blog

Hello all. I have finally created a blog of my art (Jared helped with the sweet layout.) I'll try to update it often with the paintings I've created so far however unfortunately I haven't really painted much since we moved to Switzerland. However, I have many paintings already composed in my head.

here's the link:


Skiing in the Alps part 2.

Yesterday Jared, I and some friends from the ward headed to Flumser Berg to ski. It was a beautiful day. No fresh snow for a week but it was fun to cruise down the groomed slopes. Except for the super steep black diamonds that were pure ice. My heart was pounding since this was only my second time on the slopes this season. I survived though. That's what you get when you do with boys and want to keep up.

I still can't get over the views.

Ok, so here was the super steep slope, the photo just doesn't do it justice.

Kevin and Fabian coming down what they thought might be powder but wasn't.

To get to the mountain you have to go up this steep gondola. It brought back memories of this summer when we were stuck on the Gondola in a downpour and surrounded by a thunder storm.

Here's a little town across the lake only accessible by boats.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Aorta Day

Aorta Day treat. I found strawberries at the store the other day and they were GOOD! Naturally there's always chocolate on hand for occasions like this.

I got flowers. (We didn't have a vase so the blender will have to do.)

Jared got chocolates!


Herded children around...

...the zoo yesterday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Don't Cry Over Spille Cheerios!

Ok, so I really love being here in Switzerland. There are several things that I'm fine living without, TJ's Aussie Red licorice, TJ's natural peanutbutter, my nice cooking tools, that good old California winter weather and unlimited night and weekend minutes on my cell. There is something that I really do miss HONEY NUT CHEERIOS. They are nutritious and always tide me over until lunchtime. I wanted them so bad for my birthday. Well, we found them in Venice. HOORAY! Until, I pulled them out of the bag while unpacking...I had a few on the train home...

...I accidentally pulled the box upside down and the cheerios went everywhere. Normally this would not be an issue, just scoop them up and put them back into the box, right? Wrong, if you've seen our floor lately that ended up not happening.

So I sadly:( swept them up along with all of the other gunk on the floor because I hate sweeping (which I actually found quite soothing this time and should do more often) and I've been talking about needing to mop for a few weeks now (they don't have carpets in Switzerland.) What a clumsy waste of a good thing.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ah Venice

Last Wednesday Jared and I hopped on a night train to celebrate my birthday in Venice for the weekend. I couldn't get over the colors of the buildings and have decided the colors for the rooms in our future home. I found some perfect yellows. Mustard yellow mixed with yellow ochre is something I'm going to try soon in a painting.

It was 50° weather (very warm to us) with a bright blue sky that didn't reveal a cloud the entire time we were there.

We kissed on a Gondola ride, shuffled through confetti leftover from Carnivale the week before, laid in the sun and read, ate delicious food and treats including gelato, searched for the building that was in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," (is this it? I dunno just take a picture just in case) and bought some Murano glass. Jared ran around the city in the morning while I slept in. Italians have a lot to say and are very boisterous about it. They are just happy people with beautiful woman. It was fun to be in such a friendly environment.

Here's Jared getting all cozy for the trip to Venice.

This city had some amazing yellows.

Reflection under bridge from Gondola ride.

I loved seeing the laundry hung out everywhere.

Will you hold my hand for me?

We are smiling because gelato is in our tummy's. (Check out how curly my hair was, Venice baby, Venice.)

View of Venice from St. Marks tower.

St. Marks Dome. We stayed just around the corner.


My Ferrari.

Stay away birds, don't poop on my head.

Jared reading in the sun.


Jared, "Alice you've taken a photo of this yellow building before," me, "No I haven't, it's a different yellow." (The sky was really that blue.)

Can someone say heaven? These shoes were handmade by the owner of the shop who we met. You can see that it has been featured in several magazines.

We had the train out of Venice to ourselves for a few stops. Jared took advantage.

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