Saturday, August 16, 2008

Anniversary Dinner

James and I went to Red Lobster for our anniversary dinner. We're really celebrating our anniversary next weekend in Park City. We'll have more pics after that, but for now here are pics from Red Lobster.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tribute to my husband :)

My friend Jenni Elyse tagged me on her blog and since James had his birthday last Monday and our 4 year anniversary is on Wednesday I thought I'd do this tribute to him.
  1. What is his name? James Richard Meyer. His middle name is his Dad's name.
  2. Who eats more? He does
  3. Who said “I love you” first? Him, he accidentally said it over the phone, and I went through the roof!
  4. Who is taller? James
  5. Who is smarter? Both of us have ways that we are smarter than the other in different aspects and different subjects
  6. Who is more sensitive? Definitely, me!
  7. Who does the laundry? Both, I love my man he helps with laundry all the time :)
  8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? We like to switch, but right now him.
  9. Who pays the bills? Again both of us. We like to think of our marriage as a joint effort.
  10. Who cooks more? Me, but I love it when he cooks some of his specialties, which are high in fat, but so yummy.
  11. Who is more stubborn? Me
  12. Who is the first to admit when they’re wrong? This is a hard one. Both of us have had our turns.
  13. Who has more siblings? James, but it's sad he only has one brother and I have no siblings. We definitely want lots of kids to make up for it.
  14. Who wears the pants in the family? Again, I think it's a combo between both of us.
  15. What do you like to do together? Play computer games, do chores, write songs, watch movies, go on dates, laugh, etc
  16. Who eats more sweets? Depends. Sometimes I get in moods where I hate sweets and other times I'm a chocoholic.
  17. Guilty pleasures? Right now he loves Sim City 4 and would stay up 24/7 playing it if he could.
  18. How did you meet? We met in music 101 my freshman year at BYU. We were the first two to arrive to our class and made small talk. It took us over a month though to actually go on our first date.
  19. Who proposed? James proposed on the lawn of the Mt. Timpanogos temple. He had told me it would be a while and we'd probably have to have a Winter wedding, but then surprised me by proposing the next day! I was so excited!
  20. What is his best feature? Oh the list goes on and on. His hair(including in goatee), smile, eyes, body, I love my husband!
  21. What is his best quality? Again, the list could go on and on. His confidence, he never gives up when things get tough, his positive attitude, his spirituality, his sense of humor
I love James and I'm so glad that we've spent the last 4 years together. We've spent time crying together, laughing, being grumpy, being happy, working hard, and relaxing. Mostly things have been great, but going through all the hard times has also made us the great couple that we are today. I'm grateful that all of our good times have greatly outweighed the hard and stressful times. I love my husband so much and I'm so glad to celebrate our 4 year anniversary!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

To The Extreme!

Here at the Meyer household, we like to do things to the extreme. Here's what I mean...
On Saturday the 9th, I biked 16 miles, we had lunch with some friends at Tucanos, we used our free passes to Thanksgiving Point to see the Gardens, Farm Country, the IMAX 3D Cinema, and the Dinosaur Museum. Then, Meagan stopped by a wedding reception, and we finished off the evening hanging out with our good friends Mark and Talara, and we did dinner with them at Asuka.

Today (Sunday the 10th) we went to our 3-hour church block, went to Trevan and Heather Richin's baby blessing, then we went to a "farewell" sacrement meeting for Sheree, one of Meagan's friends. In total, that's 5 hours of church, 7 sacrament meeting talks, 9 hymns, and 3 sacraments. Wow. Later on tonight we're headed to a fireside.

This is a quick glimpse into how we do things at the Meyer household! ;)

Enjoy these pictures of Thanksgiving Point!

James' Birthday/Omniture Party

James turned 27 on August 4th. The whole weekend before was spent in celebration of him. Omniture even had their annual summer party during all the festivities. On Thursday night I couldn't keep James' presents secret anymore, so he went ahead and opened them. I got him Volume 1 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which included 4 different episodes and also gave him a BYU bathmat.

We left work early on Friday to go camping! It's a tradition that we always go camping for James' birthday. This year we went to Balsam campground in Hobble Creek Canyon. It's the last campsite before the right fork of the canyon ends. It was nice because there wasn't much traffic and only a few other families there.

We had yummy tin foil dinners with buffalo burger patties, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, minced onion, and lots of seasonings. They were so yummy!

After we got back from camping, Saturday evening Omniture had their annual party which was called "Carnivale". They rented out the electric park at Thanksgiving Point and had dinner catered in of hotdogs and hamburgers. It was like a mini state fair. There was a full-size ferris wheel and a ride called the "Tornado" that spun around. James and I loved the "Tornado". There were also stands with unlimited free sodas, snow cones, cotton candy, churros, popcorn, and candy. They had lots of little blow up rides and games for the little kids, including a cow train. At night we all got some free "swag". They gave out omniture blankets to all the employees so people could sit on them during the concert and fireworks. A local band called "Party of Five" came and played a bunch of cover songs. They were actually really good. The fireworks were the best. Omniture went all out and paid for a 30 minute firework show. We're talking competition for the Stadium of Fire. It was REALLY good. Here are pics from the night.

On Monday on James' actual birthday we went to his parent's for dinner and presents. James' mom made her famous lasagna, which is one of his favorite meals that she makes. James got the movie Harry Potter 4 and the Blue Planet DVD series from the BBC. They are amazing movies. He also got this very interesting game from his Aunt called Split the Ward. It's a pretty funny card game. I made fun of James, because he asked for a Strawberry cake and so he got a girlie pink cake. It fits well with his manly pink bag that I wrapped his presents in on Thursday night.

Friday, August 8, 2008

San Francisco

The last week of July, Omniture paid for me to attend the Cooper University Visual Design course. It was a two-day seminar where I learned a ton about how visual design fits in to Cooper's interaction design methods, and how to effectively use visual design to communicate with a software user. Really fascinating stuff for sure.
Cooper University is named after Alan Cooper, who is the pioneer in the interaction design field (sometimes called "user experience design"). He is the inventor of visual basic and he sold this to Microsoft back in the Windows 3.0 days. In fact, Alan Cooper is really the one who invented the GUI operating system. So basically, he knows his stuff. Omniture actually uses his methods to design our web-based software applications. Okay - enough words, time for pictures.

This is the Hotel Monaco where I stayed. It's a "pet friendly" hotel, so lots of people had their dogs and cats - some of the rooms even have fish in them!

Omniture flew me out a day early so I could "play." I took a cable car to Pier 39 and saw some pretty cool things (and some pretty weird people). Of course, as soon as I saw the Hard Rock Cafe, I knew this was going to be a good trip. Needless to say, I came home with a HRC t-shirt.

They have sea lions at Pier 39. This one posed for me.

This is the whole reason I came - Cooper University.

Yeah, Alan Cooper and I go back a long way. At least back as far as July 28th, that is. He's actually a really fun guy to talk to. Lots of experience, lots of opinions, and a great sense of humor!

This is the view from the Cooper headquarters in San Francisco. Having a booming design consulting business definitely has its perks.

Overall it was an awesome trip. Tons of fun and a great learning experience. There is still way more to do that I didn't have a chance to do during this trip. I guess Omniture will just have to send me back there for another design course!