Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mrs. Claus at Halloween

When you wait until THE last minute to plan a Halloween costume, and you are already comfortably in fat pants and a robe...what do you wear for the night of goblins, ghouls, and nutcases?

You piece together an ensemble that you lovingly refer to as...

A DOWN AND OUT MRS. CLAUS!!! (Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom!)

Note: If I had given this more thought, I would have worn a white wig and used ornaments for earrings. I also would have worn a jingle bell necklace. But as I said, LAST MINUTE costume. Notice the Christmas ribbon in my hair and makeshift cotton ball snowman brooch. I also would have given myself a bootie, but as it is this is a flat-bottomed Mrs. Claus.

Here is a video of Down and Out Mrs. Claus's dance moves.

When Jared filmed this video he said, "There will be no music added to this. Your snapping and jingly earrings are enough." Enough for what I might ask?!

Also, as I was walking out to attend a party, he said, "I was wondering if I should be worried about you walking out alone in the dark, but NO ONE would want to touch you in that."

A fat picture. I told Jared, "I am supposed to be a skinny girl in a fat costume, not a chubby girl in a robe." The double chin in this picture does little to support this concept.

He admits to making this as unflattering as possible. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Puppies Bath in 4K

These puppies are the product of the coolest dog, Harley. My friend Valerie is the owner of Harley and the 12 puppies who participated in this video. So fun and so glad we could capture this chapter in their young doggie lives.

Enjoy and please share it if you like it!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Seria clan in Utah

My family (sadly sans Britt and Joel) came in town the past few weeks. We were all cramped for a good chunk of that time in our tiny one-bedroom apartment. But we Serias are accustomed to tight squeezes. There would be 8-10 of us living in a 2 bedroom house with one bathroom and no laundry machines or dishwasher for entire summers in Greece. Needless to say we are used to it. Here are a few highlights:


A delight to us as usual and getting so big! Here are a few photos snapped by his Uncle Jared while Roran eats a peanut butter and Winnie the Pooh (honey) sandwich.

The Rest of Us

We all decided to use Biore strips. Derek and Jared won for best results. Dad for grossest results. Also, everyone here has some pretty rockin' expressions. Some sultry, some awkward (a.k.a mom's face).

L-R: Me, popsy/dad/Jeff, Jared, mom/Iris, Derek, Karissa

Hike the Y

Mom, Karissa, Roran, and I hiked up Y Mountain with my friend's dog Harley. We had to carry Roran up and down a good portion of it, but he did a good job. He is such a little trooper.

Roran, Karissa, Iris, Me, Harley (my friend's dog)

Roran and Karissa

Tangled in 3D with grandpa
Need I say more?

TX Reunion

Julie and Chris Cole are the TX glue out here in Utah. They are so good about keeping all of us in touch. They hosted a fabulous get together where we all ate to will dropped and visited into the wee evening hours. They are such incredible friends.

Me/Krista, Me, Sarah, Krista
mom, me, Sarah, Krista, Julie

Visit to Logan

We visited Logan, UT to see my uncle Dave and aunt Doris. We met up with my cousins Luke and Megan. We also met Derek's lady friend Stephanie. She's a doll and we all had a nice time eating, chatting, and watching shows. Such fun. It's lovely up there.

Visit to Burley

We visited my grandma Joy and grandpa Max Covington in Burley, Idaho. This is the first time I've been to their new home (even though they've lived there for years now). It's a lovely place and it was great to catch up with them, listen to their stories, and see the amazing photo albums my grandma has put together of her family. She is such a family historian!

Roran and Derek build a 1000 piece puzzle.

Roran trying to ge the chair to collapse.

Mother/daughter Date

Mom and I went to SLC to Welsh singer Catherine Jenkins perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was a beautiful concert and Catherine Jenkins has both a winning voice and personality. I had never heard of her before, but she definitely merits the international praise she's received. It is always fun getting a mommy/daughter date too!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Human Stories

I found this video incredibly inspiring. Watch it once to listen to it and read the subtitles, then watch it again to look at the images. If you are like me, watch it a third time and pause each picture to really soak it all in.

Isn't it so wonderful that each human being is capable of feeling so much, doing so much, and yet, we are all so small? We are like billions of little sand particles in the the hourglass of human existence.

It amazes me to ponder that concept—how mankind is both insignificant and invaluable. This is true for the individual and for the collective whole. I suppose if nothing else, that our own minute but giant contribution to the Human Story is what unites us all.

There's my philosophy for the day. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Remember the Eclipse?

Jared and I looked at it through our camera to get a good view without blinding ourselves. Here we are:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My guy

On June 1, 2012, I celebrated five years of marriage to my guy. 

Can I just tell you? Jared is wonderful.

The longer I've been married to him, the more I love him. The more I see how well we fit together. He's patient with me, he makes me feel at ease, he calms me when the "Amanda" storm inevitably wails, and loves me in a way no one else can. We are not perfect people, but together we fit—like two craggily pieces of an odd but lovely puzzle. 

I love you Jared. Thanks for being my guy!

Note: This post is very late in coming because we were out of town for a while.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reading to Bob and chatting with Maxine

My last three visits to the nursing home, I visit with a number of residents. The two folks that I visit primarily in these hours are Maxine and Bob B.

Bob B.

Bob suffers from Parkinson's disease. He loves to visit, but I sometimes have to guess what he is trying to say so he doesn't have to expend energy talking. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and asks me to read the Book of Mormon to him. One day I spend just talking with him. He shows me pictures, I show him some photos on my phone, and then the next day I come back with my iPad in tow ready to show him one of our short documentaries and read to him from 2nd Nephi.

Bob is a sweet man and I look forward to reading to him again. He gets a bit teary as I read to him. I imagine his tears come from having little opportunity to read scriptures since his vision is not very good and also that the messages of the scriptures inspire him. They certainly inspire me.


Maxine is a woman who I visit with somewhat often. She is also mormon but got in the habit of smoking in her thirties or forties. She suffers from bad asthma now. She loves to talk and so do I, which means we spend about an hour together talking about life and what not.

Last time I happen upon her as she is painting her nails a pearly pink color. She tells me about her kids and the little boy she lost when he was just two-years-old. There is a photo of him buried beneath a few mother's day gifts. I dig it out for her so she can show me. Its frame is made of giant fake diamonds you get at Michaels and the photo is old and slightly scratched courtesy of one of her other children many years ago, but the little face in the picture is sweet and happy.

It's amazing. Even forty+ years later, the pain still haunts her. "You never quite get over it," she says to me. "Nor should you," I reply.