Saturday, February 1, 2014

Birthdays, prison, and dark chocolate.

 Having a January birthday is both awesome and not awesome. Awesome: presents two months in a row! Not awesome: not getting presents for 10 months afterward.
Awesome: Greg and I both have January birthdays. Double awesome: combined birthday outings!
This year for our combined birthday weekend, we went to San Francisco. I had only been once before, and Greg had never been. We walked for miles (and miles and miles), saw Alcatraz (Azkaban, anyone?) and ate fish and chips.
On the ferry to Alcatraz after Greg got checked out by a gay couple. He's taken, dudes.
Look at this guy. So 25.

Golden Gate Bridge

Exercise yard. Apparently inmates like baseball, handball and cigarettes.

I did not like the cell blocks. Claustrophobia and dirty toilets.

Prison life did not suit Greg.

The audio tour was super cool. We saw where and how escape attempts happened, what daily life in Alcatraz looked like, and why we never want to go to prison.

We like outside.

We kept an eye out for Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and missiles.

After Alcatraz, we went for a walk along the Embarcadero. We stopped into the Musee Mechanique to see the old arcade games and machines.

Greg arm-wrestled the creepy machine

Dat concentration


Ghirardelli and an espresso dark chocolate sundae. I think this is what heaven looks like.

After a long day of walking, audio tours, contemplating prison escape attempts, arm-wrestling, walking, fish and chips, sourdough bread, seagulls, walking, and fun, we went home. We said we shouldn't lay down, but we did anyway. We promptly fell asleep for 2 hours and missed dinner. That is what real adventure looks like.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Greg has been hating his hair for quite some time now. Today, he was weighing the various pros and cons to getting a haircut, versus taking matters into his own hands. After much deliberation, and a trip to another town to go to wal-mart, I shaved Greg's head.


This is the clipper kit we got at Wal-Mart for $15. Effective and cheap.


Used the #4 guard, so his hair is about 1/2 an inch long. Not short enough for Gregory.

Intermediate Mohawk.

He needed the attitude to go with the hair.

Aaaaaannnnddddd.... Here he is! Bald and beautiful!

Isn't he a cutie?

This is the hair that came off of that shaved noggin. See the long parts? Yeah, they're like 3 inches long...

I thought it kind of looked like a Guinea pig.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy (post) Halloween!

Happy Belated Halloween!

People who know me know that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love seeing little kids in costumes, handing out candy, and getting dressed up myself!

Since we moved here just a few months ago, I was concerned that we wouldn't be able to make friends fast enough to celebrate Halloween as it deserves to be celebrated. Luckily, we did, and Halloween season (since it's waaayy too much fun to squish into one night) was excellent. Here is a little synopsis:

Express-appropriate Halloween outfit. :)

Delicious Oreo-cool whip Graveyard!

Our inspiration
Carl Fredrickson and Kevin! I shed feathers all night.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall in Davis

Alrighty, people. This is the part of the blog post that I apologize for being a terrible blogger. Busy, moving, excuses, blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, moving on.

Most of you know that Greg and I recently moved to Davis, California so Greg could begin his Ph.D in Microbiology at UC Davis. If you didn't know, now you do. This means Greg is in school a lot, working a lot, and handling SIV-infected monkey blood. Right now, he's working on a project involving HIV and its monkey counterpart SIV. If you want to know more about it, you'll have to ask him. When he talks about it I can pick out things like "RNA," "DNA," and "gloves." But, really, it's cool stuff.

Moving to Davis has had its good parts and its not-so-good parts. I'll make you a list.

New adorable apartment!
Trips to Target!
The Davis Farmers Market!
Our own internet connection we don't share with anyone else!

Greg is gone a lot
Moving is expensive
Allison still working retail

Now, don't get me wrong, Davis is a great little town; moving just comes with its own set of issues and stresses. Since I've had a bit of time to myself, here is another list (I'm just in a list-writing mood) of things that I have been up to since moving here.

1. Building and painting Ikea furniture. The kitchen in our new apartment is quite small and has little cabinet space. In order to fit food in the kitchen, we had to find a shelf system to keep things on. I painted this one myself, and I'm pretty proud of it.

 2. Decorating. Please excuse the boxes in the bottom of this picture. It was taken while we were still in the unpacking phase. Now there is a cute spider plan on top of the bookshelf, and the boxes are empty.

3. Working at Express. I transferred to an Express store in the area so I could keep my thriving retail career alive! (or so I didn't die of boredom before I could find a teaching job.) Look at those perfect half-Windsor knots I tied!
 4. Farmers Market! Davis is situated in a very agricultural area, which means access to lots of fresh fruits and veggies! Greg and I have had fun trying new things.
Unfortunately moldy pomegranate. I was sad. Luckily, I had another one.

PERSIMMON! I had never tried a persimmon until yesterday. It was surprisingly yummy.
 5. Getting ready for the holidays! Starting with the most-fun holiday of them all: Halloween! Anyone who knows me knows that I love love love Halloween. I love getting dressed up, I love candy, and I love scaring small children. Even though things are going to be different this year, I wasn't going to pass up the chance to decorate for my favorite holiday. Also, I may have an obsession with mini-pumpkins. I may have a dozen...

Baby pumpkins on the bookshelf!

Baby pumpkins on my Czechoslovakian table!

Pumpkin spice kisses. Surprisingly delicious. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I have been a terrible blogger (blog-writer? bloggist?) the last few months. So I don't overwhelm you with a wall of text, I will give you a picture-based update of what has been going on in my life.

1. We graduated from BYU! Both Bowden and Burnett families (except my sister. not bitter) made the trip to Utah to hear our names read in super-long ceremonies, and watch us walk across a stage while wearing a stupid hat. It was great.

We are so graduated!

2. Greg and I went to Washington DC for two weddings. The first wedding we attended was for the adorable Mr. and Mrs. Johnson (Devin and Emma). The second was for Mr. and Mrs. Pringle (James and Lauren). Both were adorable, chic, and oh, so fun.3.
Mr. Devin and Mrs. Emma Johnson

Mr. James and Mrs. Lauren Pringle
James and his (adorable) best man
3. I took Greg on his first trip to downtown DC. We went to the Smithsonian, saw the Lincoln Memorial, looked at the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and ate Magnum ice cream bars. We also went to the Udvar-Haazy Air and Space Museum.

Air and Space Museum
WWII Memorial
White House!

4. Gregory and I moved to San Diego to hang out with my family for the summer. So far, it's been great not paying rent, spending time with my siblings, loving the sunshine.

5. Emily graduated from high school! Yay! She'll head up to BYU in the fall to begin her freshman year.

6. Thanks to Emily's completion of her mandatory public education, my Grandparents from VA came to visit. That meant boat trouble, Ghirardelli, arguments about BananaGrams. Also, Seaport Village.

Hats for the Races!

 7. Three words: Del Mar Fair. This means funnel cake, nausea-inducing rides, and REO Speed wagon.
Cuddling Cows

8. 4th of July trip to Kenwood! The Keeler extended family took a trip up to the greater San Francisco area, and down memory lane. We ate. A lot.

9. Small-town 4th of July parade!

I like to think of this kid as a baby Captain America

10. Spent lots of time at the pool.

 11. Fireworks!

I learned how to make gifs :)

12. We went into the city of San Francisco for a fun adventure day! We went to the Biological Sciences museum, over the Golden Gate Bridge, down to Pier 39, and ate at Fisherman's Wharf.



Pier 39


13. A trip to San Francisco wouldn't be complete without a trip to Ghirardelli Square.

Espresso Chip brownie Sundae

Man, my sister is cute.

14. Also also, Lombard Street. Thanks to the two-hour wait to drive down stupid Lombard Street, I had to use the grossest port-a-potty in the history of forever.

15. This past weekend, Dad, Robby, Greg, and I went to the firing range. I learned how to shoot a .22 pistol and a .38 special revolver. Pretty sweet.

I am now confident I could seriously wound a home intruder.