Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Let's Get Physical!

I love the show What Not to Wear on TLC. I asked Jaren if he would nominate me and my friend Ashlie to be on it. He said no. Then I got an idea. Jaren has been wanting me to exercise with him, so we made a deal: if I lose a bunch of weight and none of my clothes fit me any more, he will nominate me for What Not to Wear!
Lately I've noticed that I've put on a few pounds (I only have one pair of pants that fit and all my shirts make me look like I'm pregnant...someone actually asked the other day). Jaren suggested again that we go running. Well, for anyone who doesn't know, I don't run. So, he suggested riding the bike while he ran. That would be fine except that he runs at 5:30 in the morning with his mission friends and I, a. don't want to wake up that early, and b. don't want to be the retard on the bike. I have this fear that originated in middle school, of exercising in front of boys. I realized that I'm even afraid to do it in front of Jaren. My solutions was to call my friend Ashlie, who I feel I don't get enough time with and who also wants to lose some poundage. We set up a time to exercise three times a week and I bought an old VHS tape that has a lady with an extremely high cut leotard on the front (the title is something like "Get the Guts to Flex Your Butt on Camera" or at least that's what it should be). Anyway, our first workout is today and I'm excited. Any tips on better videos? ( I also have a winsor pilates tape, but last time I used that, I lost what little butt I had and had to sit around for a month just to get it back).

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Just in case Colin reads the post entitled "The Weekend" (which might ignite a spark of anger in him to begin with) and soon after discovers that apparently I have been skipping classes, I would like all to know that I do no such thing . . . not exactly.
I am taking Chemistry 105 and I never ditch that class, unless it's for a very good reason like being in St. George. And seriously, it was 70ยบ most of the time. Wonderful. On top of the Chem 105 class I'm auditing Chem 106 so I can get a look at what I'm getting myself into next semester. To audit means that you just go to class and do basically whatever the heck you want because you don't get a grade. So I'm not really sure what the purpose is. I just wanted to see what kind of curve-balls they would be throwing at me. So yes, it's true, the Chem 106 class that I'm auditing does get neglected and I don't feel pressured to go, so I sometimes skip out. There are just higher priorities! I'd put Kristin above Chemistry any day:) Now that's a compliment!

The Weekend

I know dad will probably get mad that I used the term "the weekend," but I decided it was appropriate because ours lasted from saturday to wednesday morning. You see, we had monday off thanks to President's day and tuesday was monday's classes. Since I only have one class on monday and Jaren only has classes that he regularly skips, we decided to stretch out the weekend. So, we went down to St. George to visit Jaren's family. I had a paper that was due on friday, but there was no way I could get it done before class, so I decided to finish it on Saturday and send it to the teacher that day. When I got to St. George, I discovered that Jaren's parents don't have Word, so I ended up having to wait until tuesday when the public library opened. The policy on late work for this class is 10% off every day it's late. I was screwed. I finished it tuesday (actually rewriting it and forming a completely new thesis) and emailed it to my teacher and then today, wednesday, I took a hard copy to her and explained my plight as to why it was so incredibly late. She ended up only taking of 10% (which is what she would have taken off if I had handed it in to her on friday after class, since after class is late). I was SO relieved. However, she did tell me that my paper had to be really good. I'm glad I didn't stick to the first one about how I didn't watch TV for an entire month (except Home Improvement because that was family time) just to earn a box of Berry Berry Kix which dad promptly ate claiming he was "saving" me. Anyways, back to our weekend. Jaren did 4 burials and I watched 5 movies. We also honed our skills on the song "Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson on Guitar Hero III playing it at least 12 times in a row around midnight last night. It was a great weekend.

P.S. Jaren's mom had a little bit of an old bag of Berry Berry Kix in the pantry which I finished up tuesday morning for breakfast. It was stale and wasn't nearly as good as Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries, but I felt I needed to have that bowl I missed out on in my childhood.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Just to let everyone know, we would really appreciate it if you left your name in your comment if you leave one so we know who's looking at our blog, and stuff. Thanks!

Kristin is pretty

She's strikingly beautiful and she's got smarts on top of that! Well who could ask for a better wife? And seriously, Kristin is really really pretty in this Nauvoo picture.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Our House

Hello, my name is Jaren and I would like to introduce you to our house, which is more like a home, which is a humble basement apartment.  I just barely hit my head on the door frame again so I felt (really felt) inspired (and pained) to introduce you to OUR HOUSE, in the middle of our street.
We've lived here since September 1st.  We moved in right before school started and right after we got married.  It's really quite nice, the only problem is whoever built it wasn't thinking about future generations and taller people that would need more head room to walk through a door frame. Bless their hearts.  So I guess that's about it.  I feel much better now and I think I'll take off my shoes to give me a little bit more room vertically.  It's about all I can do.


I just realized that, apparently, I begin all of my posts with "So,..." That's all.

Last Names and Formatting

So, I just finished meticulously (although randomly) choosing the colors for the various aspects of the blog and while I was doing this, I discovered that I can also alter the size of the text in one part of the blog without affecting the other parts (hence the gi-normous title "The Hafens"). It's interesting how the bigger a word gets, the weirder it looks, or the more times you see it in a row, the weirder it looks. For instance, have you ever written your name in Word and then previewed it in all the fonts in the formatting window? I have, and by around "haettenschweiler" you're starting to question the accuracy of your knowledge of how your name is spelled. And so it is with giant blog titles. I was seriously sounding out the name just to make sure it was right.

Our blog

So, I finally decided to start a blog because we have so much to tell everyone and pictures to show, plus, I have a lot of free time at work so, hopefully, I can keep it updated regularly. I really hope I can figure out how to link stuff and do all that cool stuff. Maybe I'll ask for Alli's help. Anyway, here's our first post!