Recently I have been surprised to find out that stuff I thought everybody knew about maybe isn't quite as common of knowledge as I originally believed. Like for example, a friend recently posted on her Facebook status about Seriously So Blessed as though TAMN had just come up with her first post or something--she was telling all her FB friends to check out the awesome new website she had stumbled upon. I was flabbergasted that she was just now being exposed to the hilarity that I thought every LDS gal in Utah Valley had already known about for at least a year. So if I have already raved about some of the following to you in person or you already know about any of this, please forgive me. But here are some of my favorite things:
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I thought everybody had heard about this book until the other week when a well-read friend mentioned that she had just barely heard of the book and hadn't read it yet. It's easily one of my favorite books I've read in a long, long time.
3. Speaking of photos, you know that Paul and I aren't against fixing our images with photo-editing software to bring out colors that get lost due to bad lighting, right? A little saturation or fill-lighting here and there never hurt anybody, so long as you don't go over the top with it. And you don't need to be a photoshop pro to do it. I just use Picasa, which is free to download at http://picasa.google.com/. Once you have the program on your computer, play around with the different functions. I almost always use "I'm feeling lucky", then a little "fill lighting", then sometimes I'll up the "saturation" if the photo really needs it.
Here's the original photo (not bad, right?):
4. Bertolli dinners. Yes they are frozen dinners and I am a slacker for using them, but they are scrumptious. My favorites are the Lemon Penne Shrimp and the Roasted Chicken with Linguine. So yummy and all you do is dump the bag into a pan and heat for about 10 minutes. They actually taste like real food and have vegetables and everything. I watch for them to go on sale at Safeway and then I stock up.