Saturday, April 30, 2011

Text messages that make a bride smile


To Daniel: Ooh. That looks perfect. Thanks for doing the research. :)

From Daniel: Trying to knock out what I can so as to share the work burden. This is going to have to be a team effort, and we can’t very well be equally yoked if you do all the hard work and I just rubber-stamp everything. Think it’s also a pretty good way to demonstrate that I’m hardcore committed to making this happen (which I am). We’ll get it done…and perhaps you’ll get to see my work ethic to some small extent ;)

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Wedding registries really aren’t my favorite tasks. I don’t expect anyone to give me presents; however, at my sister’s encouragement, I have decided to be accommodating. Here’s the email correspondence that transpired that made me chuckle:

From: me
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:10 PM
To: Daniel

During my lunch break, I checked out Bed, Bath, and Beyond’s wedding registry. I just went through and put some things on it. I’d like to sit down with you sometime and talk about the items. Feel free to check it out and add anything you’d like.

From: Daniel
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:25 PM
To: me

In taking a look at the BB&B registry, I noted that we’ve requested 40 Indulgence by Isotonic Side Sleeper/Queen Pillows.  We could get rid of the mattress on my bed entirely and just layer the pillows on the box spring  ;)  Thank you for requesting a bread maker, by the way  :D

From: me
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:28 PM
To: Daniel

Princess and the Pea - dog

From: Daniel
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:30 PM
To: me

Hahaha, so that’s what you’re envisioning, eh?  The pea is a nice touch, but I really like how there’s a dog under there  :D

From: me
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:32 PM
To: Daniel

Sorry…wrong picture:

princess and the pea - cat

From: Daniel 
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:34 PM
To: me

That’s more your speed, I think.  I love how the cat is on the bed, yet the poor pooch is relegated to being under the bed!  It’s a cat’s world, I guess  :)

Please submit any tips on teaching a husband how to like cats and a wife how to check for extra zeros in the comment section below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New nomenclature

Members of the LDS church are encouraged to hold FHE (Family Home Evening) on Monday nights to teach their children the gospel, strengthen relationships, and enjoy quality time together. My mom did a stellar job of adjusting the structure of FHE to meet the needs of our family. When I was young I remember giving lessons using a flannel board and colorful felt cut outs and playing Cootie Bug for the activity.

FHE is a beautiful tradition that brings families together, but what are young single adults supposed to do on Monday nights? Well, the Bishop can organize groups of single members to meet together. These have been called FHE groups, but I’ve always thought it a bit strange since these friends of mine aren’t my real family.

I was quite pleased when I read in the new handbook that the name has been changed for single adults. They are not to be referred to as families, but home evening groups. It has been my personal mission to spread the news of the more appropriate name to those in my ward: HE groups, not FHE groups. However, my friend had a good point. He felt like HE was missing a letter and that he would prefer to call it HED for Home Evening Dinner Groups.

I like his idea and would propose the following changes to the handbook:

Home Evening Dinner Groups

Priesthood leaders may organize one or more home evening dinner groups for young single adults who do not eat with their parents and do not feed children in their homes. If possible, priesthood leaders appoint a young single adult priesthood holder to cook for each group. In stakes with few young single adults, stake leaders may organize home evening dinner groups that cross ward boundaries. Home evening dinner group chefs are accountable to assigned priesthood leaders. These groups are not referred to as families.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Definition: engaged

en·gaged /ɛnˈgeɪdʒd/


1. busy or occupied; involved: deeply engaged in conversation.

2. pledged to be married; betrothed: an engaged couple.

3. under engagement; pledged: an engaged contractor.

4. entered into conflict with: desperately engaged armies.

5. Mechanics .


           b.(of wheels) in gear with each other.

6.Architecture (of a distinct member) built so as to be truly or seemingly attached in part to the structure before which it stands: an engaged column.

7. Jocelyn and Daniel


My sweetheart and I are getting married! After my choir performance Saturday, Daniel took me for a walk around the Washington DC temple grounds. While we were admiring the majesty of the building and contemplating the symbols of the spires, Daniel dropped to his knee and asked me to be his wife. He presented me with a beautiful place holder ring for me to wear while he waits for the real engagement ring to arrive.

Daniel and I will be keeping a wedding website updated with information about the wedding. Thanks to Jack for his infinite resources and sagacity in creating the webpage.

Jocelyn & Daniel

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia

I made this, along with roasted vegetables for the gang (Jack, Tamara, Andrea, & Lupita) over our spring break in Phoenix.


Photo: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia via

YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet)



1 tablespoon olive oil

4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking spray


1. Preheat broiler.

2. Rub oil evenly over fish. Combine cumin, salt, garlic powder, and peppers; sprinkle over fish. Arrange fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or desired degree of doneness.

Cooking Light

Friday, April 15, 2011

The art of minding my own business

Mind your own business

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Mind your own business" is a common English saying which asks for a respect of other people's privacy. It can mean that a person should stop meddling in what does not concern that person, stop attending to personal affairs of others instead of your own, etc.



o there I was just minding my own business…


  • When I invited myself and two friends over to Daniel’s for dinner (I brought a cheesecake, of course).
  • When I told his roommate I wouldn’t mind if Daniel asked me on a date.
  • When I invited Daniel to Sunday dinners with my roommates and friends.
  • When I turned down his roommate’s offer for a date by asking, “Why hasn’t Daniel asked me on a date?”
  • When I threw a New Year’s Eve party at my friend’s house in order to spend some time with Daniel.
  • When I started attending his Home Evening Group so I could have “face time” with Daniel.
  • When his close friend asked me on a Friday night date and I spent the entire evening talking about Daniel’s amazing attributes.
  • When I insisted his roommate encourage Daniel to ask me out (there may have been an IM conversation that involved ALL CAPS).
  • When I skunked him at Scrabble.
  • When we were sitting ages apart on the couch (yes, distance can be measured in time), talking about the Bishop’s recent invitation for the girls in the ward to flirt more and how some boys have difficulty interpreting girls’ actions, and I scooted right next to him, and said, “Does this help?”
  • When I told him that if he’s going to hold the door for me, he ought to hold my hand, too.
  • When I sent him a ransom note indicating that if he ever wants to see his arrowroot starch again, he better a) let me use his printer, b) teach me how to make a pie crust, or c) invite me to sit by him at church. (This sounds like the influence of Okapi.)
  • When I asked him how he felt about holding hands at church.
  • When I told him that I wanted to date him and be his girlfriend.
  • When I fell in love.


As Brent would say, “Hmmm…”