Sunday, November 13, 2011

This Week

This week was pretty awesome. I scored some SWEET couponing deals. Got $105.00 worth of groceries for $38.00...GAFLARGINBARGIN!! :) (for you, Erin)

Brad and I also got to spend some lovely time at the beach. We love living so close!!

Happy weekend everyone!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Baby Got Back

So Miami. This place is interesting. I am greeted by new, different, exciting, annoying, odd, ridiculous, and unimaginable things on a daily basis. Maybe it's because I have been living in the bubble of Provo, UT, for so long, but I really don't think even Virginia can compare to the craziness of Miami. I was expecting to feel a little out of place when we first moved here, but even with those expectations things surprise me every single DAY.

Yesterday, for example. I decided to go to 7-11 during my break because I was craving some DP. I pay for my drink, and as I am putting away my card/wallet, a black guys comes up to the register and buys two cigars. (everyone here smokes. Whatever.) I end up holding the door open for him since we are leaving about the same time. I then proceed to get one of the stares I get daily. I usually assume that this stare is because I am glaringly tall. I tower over most people in Miami, and I get told on a daily basis, "Wow, you are so tall!" (Weird, I didn't know that??) Utah was filled with tall people. It spoiled me.

Yesterday, however, was a different story. This stare was more in-depth. The man proceeded to say to me, "Wow, you are tall." (...long pause, as if thinking how to put this best...) "You, know, you don't see many tall, thick (uses hand-cupping motion, as if holding a butt), white girls. hehe!"

Umm...thanks?? Haha. I had forgotten that this happens. Comments(/compliments??) like that don't really happen in Utah. Now, growing up in Virginia for a large part of my life got me used to people admiring a large backside, (which both Katie and I were so luckily endowed with) but this was just another level. Thank you middle-aged black man, for pointing out my tallness, my bootyliciousness, and my whiteness, all three of which make me an odd bird here in Miami. Thanks for showing me once again that Miami is in a world of its own.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bragging Rights

I decided that since I am married to Bradley, I have full bragging rights about his awesomeness. As you all know, Brad and I are living in Miami for the next year or so while he completes his Master's of Biomedical Science at Barry University. The point of this program is to heighten his GPA so that we have greater odds of getting into dental school on the next go-around. The whole program is aimed for people trying to get into medical/dental school, so it is nice for him to have people to study with that are shooting for similar goals.

This past week Brad had (GASP) two tests AND a quiz, and this week he has THREE tests. It has been a little crazy lately, but after this week he has a break from tests until finals. I am so proud of Brad because he got 100% on his last quiz and 94% on BOTH of his last tests!! That means that he has straight A's except for one class (he has an 89%), and all he needs is an 88% on one of the remaining tests and he will have an A! Brad has been studying SO HARD. Day and night he sits and listens to his recorded lectures and goes over mountains of notes. Although sometimes I wish we could spend more time together, I know his hard work is paying off. A friend in the same program who is taking the 18-month route instead of the 12-month route had EIGHT dental school interviews this time around, mostly because of his improved GPA and DAT after studying at Barry. At this rate, Brad is sure to get some interviews next year, and I am so proud of his hard work! Love you Brad!

***This just in. Brad got a 96% on the "ridiculously hard test" he took yesterday!! He is awesome :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011


As most of you may know, I FINALLY got a job a few weeks back (yay!). Now that I have officially been a working woman for a few weeks, I really feel like I need to be a grown up (weird). I go to work from 9-5 every day, which can be difficult, but I am definitely really lucky. When I graduated from BYU, I never thought I would actually be able to work in book publishing. But here in I am, living in Miami, working at Scribe where I am working with books from publishers like Random House, Palgrave-Micmillan, etc. Big publishers like that hire us to do their copy editing, typesetting, html conversion, and e-book creation. Basically they decide what books they want to publish and we do most of the work behind the publishing process.

Right now all I do is convert regular book documents into html e-book documents, but after my three-month training/probation period, I can take the editing test and become a more full-time copy editor! It is just such a dream come true to be able to work with books and to know what kinds of new ideas authors are having. I am excited to start editing more so I can really read each story and get to know the characters. I know I am so lucky to even have a job right now, but the fact that I have a job in the field that I love makes me even luckier.

I have also begun the game of (somewhat) extreme couponing. It is so addicting!! I am not good enough to get everything for free all the time, but I have gotten pretty good at least saving fifty percent on the my grocery bill. It is actually pretty fun, and I like being able to get the things I need for a steal! The best deals so far have been on things like make-up and toiletries. If you pay attention, you can get that stuff for almost nothing!

Anyways, I promise to be better at the blog in the near future. I need to keep you all up to date on our crazy life in Miami! (literally the foreign country of the U.S. At least I have a foreign-sounding last name now! I fit in way better. haha)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Big Move

So I haven't posted in a long time because I am really lazy. That is really my only excuse ha. We have been trying to get out apartment together and buy furniture, but it is definitely a challenge! This post will be I guess a little bit of a collage of what has been going on in our lives for the last while.

Before we left for Florida, we had a last rendezvous with all of my editing friends. I have been through a lot with these girls, and it was fun to get together one last time before we all went our separate ways. For those in the fam, Melissa (far left) is actually Melanie Mullis' sister! Small world. But we all had a lot of fun together.

From left to right: Melissa, Sarah, Callie, and Me!

Our drive across the country was definitely interesting--and LONG! Being a foodie myself, I was excited to drive through the South and eat some seriously good food along the way.

I found out that I will probably never feel the need to live in the state of New Mexico. There is seriously NOTHING there. We drove right through the whole state. We stopped one night in Albuquerque and decided to get some burritos at this little place we heard was good that was across from our hotel. The burritos were seriously SO SPICY!! I literally could not eat mine, and I even got a breakfast burrito! It sounded harmless, but little did I know that neither Brad or I could eat half of the food because of the spicy chiles. In Texas we stopped at a BBQ place called Lon's, which was DELICIOUS. We had some BBQ turkey and brisket, and Brad and I really enjoyed it. We were able to stop in San Antonio to see Jeff and Kathy, but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures. It was fun to see them though and check out their cute new house :)

After New Mexico and Texas we drove through Louisiana and Mississippi, which Brad LOVED. There were swamps and lagoons and water all through our drive, and he just couldn't get enough of it. We stopped at a place down in Mississippi called The Blow Fly Inn. It's food was featured on Food Networks Diner's, Drive-In's, and Dives. Brad had some crab cakes and I had a seafood pasta filled with shrimp, sausage, and CRAWDADS. It was actually really good, and we had a good time trying some local cuisine. The rest of our drive was basically through Florida, and by this point we just wanted to get home.

Florida was basically a full days' drive since Miami is ALL THE WAY AT THE BOTTOM, but we are excited to be here. I have to say that we are definitely the minority living here! There are so many different types of people and so many different languages being spoken it is hard to keep up! Even our ward is mostly filled with Haitians, and I think our ward is like the only non-Spanish speaking ward in the stake. At stake conference we even all sang one of the songs in Spanish! It was definitely been an interesting ride thus far. Far cry from living in Utah and going to school at BYU. However, there are actually a good number of young couples from BYU in our ward that are at Brad's school for his program or in the podiatry program, so that is good. We hope to get to know them better.

Other than that, we are just trying our hardest to get settled into our apartment and adjust to life at the beach! Not too bad, all things considering. We do miss our friends and family in Provo though, that is for sure. And of course my parents had to move all the way out to the west coast the same time we were moving back to the east coast, but we hope to visit them soon!!

Oh, and of course a big CONGRATS to all of my pregnant SILs! We are so excited to have more nieces and nephews on both the Jurgensmeier and the Bell side!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

So I have been really bad about posting lately because of my computer. My battery really sucks and needs to stay plugged in all the time; however, the cord is also messed up and needs to be tweaked in just the right way for it to work. I use Brad's computer most of the time, and his CD-rom is broken and can't download my photo updating material. So anyways, I don't use my computer that often, but we are hoping to get a new battery or something soon so this can be fixed. I still have to update on the Harry Potter finale, our trip to Lake Powell, and our trip across the country!

In the meantime, go to this url and check out our videos of our new apartment and our walk to the beach. It is not the nicest, newest place, (it is expensive to live here!) but you can't beat the location! It should be fun living so close to the beach and living in such a diverse area!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Rupert Fourth

This year, Brad and I were lucky enough to spend the Fourth of July in Rupert! We had a great day filled with patriotic events. First, we woke up early to go to a little program about Veterans and independence at the church, followed by some delicious donuts and drinks. After that we made our way to town to watch the Rupert Independence Day Parade! What great fun it was. We had some awesome seats right in front of city hall (a Jurgensmeier tradition) and we enjoyed watching the floats, cars, veterans, horses, and tractors go by! (and BOY where there some big tractors!!

After the parade, we headed home to grill up some burgers outside! It was a delicious American meal, courtesy of Brad. Then we spent some time playing cards with some family friends and headed over to Burley to see Transformers 3, which was AWESOME!!! We of course ended the evening watching some amazing fireworks over the river. It was a great day! Happy Fourth everyone!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Arches National Park

This past weekend, Brad and I went on a camping trip with our friends Stephen and Chase. Stephen is moving to California in a few weeks, so this trip was kind of our last hurrah! We decided to go to Arches National Park, and we had a great time! It was pretty hot on our seven-mile trek, but it was definitely worth it in the end. Enjoy the photo evidence!

The boys excited about our Dutch Oven dinner! Man, this dinner was delicious! Potatos, bacon, pepperoni, cheese, onion, green pepper, carrots, and all types of seasoning! Unfortunately, it ended up taking about THREE HOURS to cook so we didn't eat until about 10 pm. Yay for camping!

These next few photos are of the view from our campsite along the Colorado River. Look at all that red rock!

The first stop on our seven-mile hike: Tunnel Arch.
Pine Tree Arch, plus Brad standing on the Pine Tree Ledge

Brad's new career: Red Rock Pizza; based off of this photo, we will create an award-winning pizza restaurant where we will bake pizza in red rock ovens. Everyone who visits Arches will see this and be reminded of our restaurant. Winning.

Landscape Arch: If you look on the right side of this picture, you can see a big pile of rocks underneath the arch. This was a large piece of the arch that fell off in 1991. People were actually there when the piece fell off, and someone even got a picture of it! It was pretty cool.
We enjoyed a lot of incredible views! Ignore my grossness: it's hard to stay cute when it's 100+ degrees outside!
This next pic is one of all of us in front of Partition Arch. This arch has this large piece...

Then this smaller piece you can sit/stand in! It was pretty cool looking, but a little scary to balance!

Next up, Navajo Arch. This one was kind of hidden, but Brad and I found a few fun play spots on the way there!

And now for the final three (because quite frankly, this post is too long): Double O Arch, Black Arch, and Delicate Arch (the famous one on the license plates)

Double O was kinda cool because it is two arches on top of each other. Black Arch was just a small one off in the distance. The hike to Delicate Arch was a completely different one from the seven-mile hike we went on to see the other arches. Plus, it was pretty steep, three miles, and really, really HOT by about noon. So we decided to just see it from the Delicate Arch lookout point. It is still pretty nifty!

So in a rather large nutshell, that was our weekend. Oh, but we can't forget what we saw along the way.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just so you know...

So Brad and I decided that we are moving to good ol' Rupert, Idaho for the rest of the summer. Since we are starting graduate school in the fall and I have yet to find a job we thought it would be a good idea and save some money and spend some time in Rupert (and obviously come visit everyone in Boise!! Who wants to let us stay with them?? :).

For graduate school we are trying to decide between two post-bacc programs that will hopefully help Brad get into dental school. They are both one year long and are geared toward pre-med and pre-dental students. One school is San Francisco State University, located in the heart of San Francisco. (cool, huh?). This would be an awesome place to live, close to family and such, but would only offer a health certificate at the end.

The other school is called Barry University and is located in North Miami, Florida. All the way across the country! Obviously Florida would be a cool place to live for a year or two, plus Brad would receive a Masters in Biomedical Science upon graduation after a year. However, we would be very far away from a lot of family!

We are praying and talking and trying to make the right decision, but either way I know it will be great. What do you guys think, Miami or San Fran???