Sunday, December 30, 2007

Acouchi's Christmas

On Christmas morning, Acouchi decided to sleep in. After much coaxing, she finally came out into the living room to open her stocking.

She got a new brush, a dangly-toy, cat-nip two balls to spray cat-nip on, and the best present of all...


a laser pointer!!!

A movie of Acouchi playing with the laser pointer can be found here.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

No LOST, No HEROS. Stupid Writers.

By LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer


LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Lost" will return next month after an absence of eight months, but fans of the TV drama may still feel deprived because of the Hollywood writers strike.

The series, like other dramas and comedies, faces the possibility of a season cut short by the strike, now in its sixth week. Eight episodes of "Lost" have been completed for the series' return Jan. 31 _ half the number originally planned, ABC said Friday.

Whether the entire 16-episode order for 2008 can be filled depends on the duration of the contract dispute between studios and the Writers Guild of America. The strike has sidelined production on dozens of scripted shows, and networks are running out of new episodes.

Prospects for a deal were hurt when talks collapsed Dec. 7. No new negotiations were scheduled.

"Lost" viewers can expect at least a mini-cliffhanger ending, no matter how long the season, the network said.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Happy Birthday, Drek!!

Thank you for the snow, Bradley.

Happy December to all!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Sunday my amazing husband figured out how to put Christmas lights outside. He decorated the bush in front of our house. It looks amazing. I put up our Christmas tree (otherwise known as Acouchi's favorite food) and started setting up my vast collection of Nativities. Drek the turned his attention to indoor Christmas lights. Our house in now entirely decked.
Also, tonight is the much anticipated TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA CONCERT!! So excited.

Monday, November 26, 2007

On the Subject of Shoes

It is no secret that I despise shoes. Perhaps a little less known is that even more than I despise shoes, I despise shoe shopping. Because of this, I only buy new shoes when the pair I ave are falling apart to the point where they leave a trail of debris wherever I walk. The last pair of shoes I bought were for working at the bakery. I bought them in August of 2005. Two years before that, I had bought a pair of sneakers to wear in the winter.
When I went to Mexico last Christmas, I took the old pair of sneakers, as the Bakery shoes were even more beat up than the sneakers. While working on a house of special needs children, my sneaker broke. Completely. I couldn't very well work barefoot, so Padre Jamie took me to a giant garbage bag filled with shoes that had been donated to the house. I picked out some very nice, almost brand new sneakers. I love those shoes. They are my Mexico shoes, and I even wore them when I went back to Mexico on my Honeymoon.
Last week my boss announced that my Mexico shoes (which I always wear to work) were now banned from the store because they were too beat up. This lead to Drek and I doing what I despise most. Spending money on items I don't want. Even worse, spending money on SHOES. Which I hate anyway. However, Drek is amazingly good at shoe shopping and managed to find a nice pair of comfortable, non-expensive shoes. He even bought them for me.
So I now have new shoes. They are not flip-flops, but I will wear them anyway.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Here, Faint into My Arms"

Yesterday I biked to work. This not unusual, I have done it many times before. I felt fine before I left, I felt fine while on the bike, yet as soon as I got inside the building I felt very nauseous and light headed. I headed for the bathroom. About halfway across the room I crumpled.
It was really weird. I went pale as a ghost and I couldn't stand up without wanting to throw up/faint again. I laid down on a bed and my co-worker talked to me until I felt better. Weird.

This morning Drek drove me to work. I began doing my work, but about 15 minutes into my day my nose started spurting blood. I don't get nose bleeds very often, but when I do get them it's usually because I've hit my nose or something, not for no apparent reason. Also, usually it just bleeds a little, not to the point where I lock myself in the bathroom for ten minutes trying to get it to stop. Weird.

I told Drek he needs to take out a life insurance policy on me. He says I'm being dramatic.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Sighting of a Non-Pregnant Girl in My Church Buidling.

In October, my visiting teaching companion became unreachable. She didn't answer her phone and wouldn't return my calls. Her husband said she was sick. I went visiting teaching without her. In November, I set up appointments and called my companion. Again, she did not answer her phone. I cancelled the appointments, thinking it was only the first week of the month, we could get together later. The next day, my companion left a message on my phone explaining that she hadn't told anyone in the ward yet, but "we're pregnant." (Why "we"? Like your husband is really going through anything remotely similar to being pregnant. Please.) She was very sick, but has new medication so she should be better. The next Sunday I met her husband at church, who was quite surprised that I knew his wife was *he looks around nervously and then moves his hand over his belly to imitate a bump* (What is wrong with these people?) he told me that the medication was not working, and his wife would not be leaving the house for at least the next month.
I was very frustrated. I already dislike visiting teaching, partly because I have no idea what I'm doing, and I hate parading around pretending like I want to be friends with these girls, but also because I have neither the time, nor the energy to fight everybody to do something I don't like doing. I told Drek I gave up on visiting teaching.
In Relief society I randomly took a visiting teaching sheet, even though I already had one. To my surprise I discovered that I had two companions. I asked the president about it. She said it was temporary, but she was new and they had no where else to put her. I was delighted. Maybe she wasn't pregnant!! Alas, no one knew what she looked like or if she had come to church that day, but I did have her phone number. I called her after church and left a message. The next day she return my call (She actually returned my call. no one in this ward has ever returned my call!!). She said she would teach the lessons if I set up the appointments. I called the girls and left messages on Monday. I called them again on Saturday. They were not in church today. I decided that it might be better to just give them a handout. I went home after church and printed off a Thanksgiving appropriate conference talk.
My new companion called me to ask if I had made any appointments (She was actually following up!!). I told her my plan, and she said she would love to come along. (As in, she was willing to go, almost like she wanted go) I went to pick her up and she had made thanksgiving cookies to go along with the handout (She made COOKIES!!). We visited each apartment (none of the girls were available) and left the message, the cookies and note. Afterwards she said she would set up the appointments in December if I would teach the lesson. She also added that she wanted visit them the first or second week and asked if that was ok with me. I was so happy, I almost couldn't answer.
Oh, and she's not pregnant.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Christmas Has Come Early!!

My dad decided to get a family package of Leopard. He gave me mine as a gift. MacLappy has been changed from a Panther to a Leopard. It is fantastic. The movie factor alone is so worth it.

My mom wanted to put Leopard on her computer, but wanted to wipe out the hard drive first. So she put my files on a external hard drive and gifted me the way-cool 320 GB external machinery of doom!! Oh, how I love it.

Also, I received a package from Arkansas. Most unexpectedly, tucked inside was a pair of Mgloves; Or, Glottins. Whatever. They are my new favorite thing. They go all the way up to my elbows, and have fingers cut off half way, and then a mitten you can pull over them. They are basically, the best thing ever, I wear them most everywhere now. They make a noise. They say "hpohmf" and I love them.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Please Silence Your Cell Phones

I am about to watch the last episode of 24, season one. It is entitled, "11:00"
Thank you
*1 hour later*
Stupid addictive 24. Now I have to watch Season 2. There were no answers in that ending!!! And what is the point of Special Features if there are no bloopers?! :( I wanted to see Jack fall off the pier.

I Should Never Have Watched Dante's Peak

Wednesday morning Drek and I ventured up an unknown mountain with some shady directions in hopes of finding the famed natural hot springs. The hike up was gorgeous. The closer we got to the hot springs the more blue the water became. First it looked green, then white, and finally up at the springs the water was amazingly blue.





As it turns out, there are several little "hot tubs" you can choose from. We picked the warmest. At first I was very nervous, but the spring didn't seem to get any warmer, and we weren't on a volcano to begin with. Finally I decided that only naked couples boil to death in sulphur springs. And we had bathing suits on.

It was a great trip. We (and Bob too, I think) and a a great time.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Let's talk about Marriage

Sleeping next to someone is highly addictive. Once you sleep next to someone, it becomes extremely difficult to sleep alone. Luckily, that is what Acouchi is for.

Yesterday, a women came into the store who had five children. Four of them were around the same age, all of them teenagers. The fifth child, was one year old. "Quite the happy surprise" She had said. She was buying a massage chair for her family's game room, because every year for Christmas she and her husband ( of 20+ years) buy a big present for the whole family, instead of lots of individual presents. She was a delightful women, who adored her kids and adored her husband. You could tell because she loved to tell stories about them.

Also yesterday, I had women come into the store who had been married for 20+ years. She wanted a pillow, and didn't care how much it cost. She had wanted this pillow for a while now, and was finally getting because "I have my husband's credit card and I need to buy everything I want now because I'm leaving him next week."
On that same note, a while ago, I had a couple come in (a older man and a young, blond girl) and look at massage chairs. They jokes around a lot, making comments about porn movies and giggling about the vibration on the chairs. He finally announced that he wanted one for their house. While he was paying for it, I discovered that the man was married, but not to her.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Loneleeeeeeeee, I'm so Loneleeeeeeee...


Has anyone seen this movie besides me? It is hilarious. I mean, the plot is ok, but the slugs throughout the movie are a riot. They sing. It kills me.

Drek is off on an adventure this weekend. I am home by myself. It is ok. have the slugs to sing to me.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Also

The NaNoWrMo website is a piece of crap. I am only putting this here because I am very angry with this website. You'd think with millions of writers/geeks around the world participating in NaNoWriMo, they'd make a non-crappy website.
How do they expect me to update my word count (2168) if the website is alway down/under repair.undergoing maintenance/forgotten my password for the 4th time?? Gah!!!!
I

My First Charity Dinner

Growing up in the church, in regards to prom dresses (or any dress for that matter) you are told to pose the question: Would you wear that dress if you knew President Hinckley would see you in it?
Now, all my dresses have been modest, so I guess I mostly got the point of that question. However, it becomes a whole new ballgame when you are shopping for a dress that President Hinckley WILL see you in. The question is not just: is it is modest? but: is it suggestive? It is form fitting? Is it slinky? Can you see my ankles? Can you see my elbows?
I have less than thirty minutes to find a dress that is not too formal, not too casual, not too eye-catching, but very pretty. I need a dress that is long enough, high enough, and has sleeves. I need a dress that does not show curves, but I still look good in. I need a dress that is modest, but not a Granny dress. Nothing ostentatious, but I need to look like I have money. In short: I need a miracle.
Luckily, I found such a dress. I will admit, at first I was terrified of the black lace, but it was either that, or a neckline that did not go up to my neck. Not only was this dress all of the above, but it was also little black dress (which every girl needs) and a size 4. I win.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Ready...Go!!

Happy NaNoWriMo everyone!

Goals:

1)No computer games AT ALL for the month of November. All time that would be used to play computer games/surf the web is now time for writing.

2)Re-write pages lost in death of MacLappy

3)Write like a crazy fiend

Plans are already in pace to have a NaNoWrimo meeting tonight at our house. Drek has invited his writing group. I was informed of this at 8:00 this morning. Ah well, I can always say cleaning has been postponed until December too. :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween

No Halloween costume this year. Will attempt again next year.
Drek dressed up as a Hawaiian.
Acouchi Dressed up as Shadow Cat.



Non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated Howie's Root Beer + Dry ice = Very fun drink.

So, very, drunk.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Events

Monday night was dedicated to a Halloween party for siblings. This came about when I discovered the Drek's younger siblings had not ever seen Nightmare Before Christmas (gasp). So I planned a a Halloween party. Some dressed up, all painted pumpkins, and we ate yummy spaghetti brains and fruit punch blood from skull goblets.





Drek made the most delicious Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that I have ever tasted. Oh!!! They were so good. It was around that time I discovered I had no way to play the movie. Rissy came to my rescue. We carted all the children over to her house, where we watched the movie on her way cool plasma screen. It was quite a good party.

As a side note, today I got home from visiting teaching to find that my husband had cooked dinner. This was not the only shocking thing, he informed me that his mother had called a few minutes ago, to tell him that his younger brother was getting married in a few minutes, up at the house, and we could come if we wanted. So, up we went. Mostly to return left-behind costumes and pumpkins, but also to show support to Drek's parents.

If you didn't care about getting married, but you were going to get married just so you could get some more help from your parents (who do not approve of you living with your girlfriend) why would you get married on October 30? Why not wait one day and get married on Halloween? That would be so much cooler.

Friday, October 26, 2007

My husband is Amazing.

The other day Drek decided it was "I love Child Day". He brought me a bouquet of flowers and took me shopping for chocolate. We decided to be daring and try a Lindt white-chocolate coconut.

Oh.

My.

Gosh!!!

The stuff was amazing. Possibly, the best merge of chocolate and coconut ever. Delicious.

Yesterday I stayed late at work. When I got off I was tired and cranky. Drek decided that we needed to to restaurant. He finally got out of me what I was craving and we went to this delicious Mexican restaurant. While there, I decided it was much too cold, so when we ordered we got boxes. We took our food and went to blockbuster, where Drek rented the first two discs of 24 season one. I had been wanting to get into a new series that I could watch all at once. we took our DVDs and yummy food home, curled up in bed and stayed up late snuggling, drinking Mexican Hot chocolate and debating if the show was pro-Republican or Democrat.

And that is why my husband is amazing.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Babies a go-go

My cousin's baby finally arrived. It was named Ryan Alexander. Ryan, for who knows why, and Alexander, because it is a family name.

Kratizling discovered that their expected baby is a boy. They are thinking of naming it Alexander Van. Alexander because it starts with "A" (and will go well with a girl's name when they have a girl) and Van because it is a family name.

I found out that my friend and his wife are expecting a baby. It is due in April. They want it to be a boy. They want to name it Alexander. Just Alexander, no middle name. I do not know why.

Drek and I went to the temple to do sealings. While waiting,a young couple came and sat next to us. The girl was obviously pregnant, and the fleeting thought came to mind "They would fit right in to our ward, being young and pregnant." A few minutes later the boy leaned over to Drek and whispered: "Hey, aren't you guys in our ward?" and, indeed, after further discusion, we discovered we were.

I'll bet they are naming their baby Alexander.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Allen Tudyk says the newly-released “Serenity : Special Edition“ DVD has been selling so hot, that there’s talk in doing another movie.

“They had to put [the new DVD] out because they’ve been selling out of the other one [the DVD that isn't the 'Collectors Edition'] and so Universal’s like ‘So, let’s do another one’", he says, adding "And now… there’s now a chance there’s going to be another movie”.

Do they dress like the Amish?

Today we had the rep. from Inada (THE massage chair company, as in, the company who invented the massage chair, and who still leads the massage chair industry) come and visit our store. He was there to teach us all about his chairs, why they are so great, and how to sell them. He was a fairly young guy, maybe late twenties, Caucasian, smartly dressed, and seemingly very intelligent. This guy makes a has been visiting all the stores across America and teaching the sales people how to sell an Inada chair. He flew in that morning and was scheduled to fly out that afternoon.

He brought us all Krispy Kreame dounuts and was very quick-witted. He made the early morning meeting quite endurable. After his presentation, he was talking to us about how well the chairs sell in our store. A co-worker of mine was explaining the region statistics. He was saying that even though the chairs sell like crazy in California, it is rare to sell one here. He explained that in this region, the population is very frugal. They have large families and $7,000 is more than they spend on a car. Here, he explained, in the LDS community...this is where the rep. interrupted.

"The what?"

Pause

"LDS? uh..."

"Mormon." I interjected.

"This is a Mormon community." My co-worker explained.

"Here?" The rep exclaimed, surprised. He glanced around quickly. I think he was hoping to catch a glimpse of the much fabled "Mormons."

I had to giggle to myself. With the Missionary Mall right next door, Deseret Book behind us, boarded by Dressed in White, The Distribution Center and the Sister Missionary Mall, I think he just might be able to sight a Mormon.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rest in Peace, Flappie

Becasue my computer just didn't feel like my computer, last night I decided to download a new widjet to my mac. I downloaded Flappie, who is much like the little Nanopets that were so popular all those years ago. Flappie needs food, care, and he will show you current weather conditions in your area. He floats there and if you take care of him, he will evolve into something. I loved my Flappie immedidiety, and after I shut down my computer for the night, I felt better about my Mac.

And then my Mac died. Again. And all my music that I HAD JUST PUT BACK ON IT, all the videos that took all night to dowload, and, of course, Flappie, was instantly lost. Again.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day Off to-do-List

My day off my job is not my day off from work. I find I am more exhausted on my day off, then any other day. For today:
  • Ridiculous mound of laundry
  • Go into work and move both massive and heavy boxes
  • Massage little girl in neighborhood
  • Massage Drek's visiting Grandma
  • Go Picture Frame shopping
  • Paint shelves

The painting of the shelves was my first project. They needed to be painted because, as newlyweds, we had no furniture, so we used hand-me-down bookshelves from my mother. My mother bought the shelves at a yard sale, some ten years ago, and I think they has been handed down before that. I think this because through the chips in the paint you can see that the shelves were originally painted white, then yellow, then red, and finally, cream. The shelves were dirty, chipped, and in desperate need of shaping up. Before I started they looked like this:

After hauling the books off, carrying the shelves outside, and painting them with two coats of paint, the front yard looked like this:


I then hauled them back inside restocked them, and now they look like this:




Hooray!! And then the rest of my day began. I am now very tired, but our shelves look so good.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Mac store replaced my laptop. It is not the same. It is the shell of MacLappy, with no soul. It breaks my heart to use this souless computer. I am thinking of selling it. Anyone interested in buying a just refurnished, still under warranty macbook? I'll even through in a video ipod.
Work is going very well. My boss gave a raise, and the much promised bonus will go into effect in November. I love my co workers (all two of them) and I love what I d. Today I sold a chair that had a $100 stiff on it. My boss wasn't in, but when he called he promised me that tomorrow he would hand me a 100 dollar bill. Hooray!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

MacLappy is Dead

Pictures of Portland, Cortez and everything else
1000+ song
All my videos
3 seasons of LOST
All my writings
All my wedding pictures
Krazeizling's wedding slide show
My songless wedding slide show
Frets on Fire

Gone.

Forever.

Monday, September 10, 2007

For those getting married in the near future:

DO NOT REGISTER AT TARGET!!!

I got an email reply to my letter. It basically said, congrats on getting married, we stick by our return policy. too bad for you.

On the other hand, Bed Bath and Beyond is a fantastic place to register. They are very VERY nice (and will give you cash for items returned on your registry).

Target is terrible, and, even worse, stands by its terrible-ness.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Chocolate attacks and thought on death

Drek left me for a canyoeering adventure. He will be back tonight. I am so excited to see him. I have missed my husband. If possible, I think Acouchi misses him even more than I do. She keeps looking me at me and asking where he went, and when he will be back to play with her. Poor baby.

At work I was suddenly attacked by irresistible chocolate cravings. Not just any normal chocolate cravings either, I was being attacked by the giant deathly imported chocolate cravings. I used my lunch break to run to Walmart (which is so much higher on my list than Target) and browse the chocolate section. I decided on a bag of mixed Lindt chocolate and a milk chocolate Dove bar. It was exactly what I needed, and it helped me with my missing Drek.

Yesterday I went with Rissy to help walk her horse, Peety. Peety is the most spoiled horse I have ever heard of. His diet is not cooking, it is chemistry. He gets half a cup of this, half a cup of that, one cup this, half a container that, two squirts this, one squirt that. one forth of a cup light olive oil, one half cup virgin olive oil, a bag of Chinese herbs...it is insane. But he is a beautiful horse. He’s white and quite majestic. I love helping excises him and feed him. I love talking to him and rubbing his velvet nose. It is amazing.

Today I must clean like a fiend to have the house presentable by the time Drek gets home. It is also my dad’s birthday, so I will be going out to eat with the family. I am quite excited.

My new career plan is progressing nicely, with any luck I will be working from home by October. This means that Drek and I can actually celebrate Halloween, and we can go someplace for Thanksgiving, instead of me having to work the day before and the day after. And goodness knows I am NOT cooking any sort of thanksgiving dinner myself.
Huzzah!

On a completely different note, this morning My mother woke me up with a phone call. She wanted to know if I wanted to go a viewing. A few days ago, a friend that I had gone to all six years of elementary school with was killed in a car crash coming home from a family reunion. She and her husband had been married for a year and one month. They were both killed instantly.
I hadn’t planned on going to the viewing, but strangely, I did want to go. I hadn’t even talked with the girl since elementary school, even though we had gone to high school together, but I had known her back then, and I did know her family.
It was very strange, seeing so many people from my childhood. There was no one else there from my (our) age group. I think they stayed away because when the adults looked at you, you couldn’t help but think that they were thinking “why couldn’t it have been her, instead of my daughter?” She was only a month older than me.
The general idea seemed t be "thank goodness they died together, now they are together in death" but isn't that worse for the families? Now they have no one to hold on to. On the other hand, there is no one to remind them of the loss.
I wonder if they are happy they died together.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Work and more work

Tuesday I worked for eleven hours.

Way to early in the morning, I had to be over at BYU to steal college student’s money. Let me explain, I am a cashier in the text book department of the university. BYU pays me to sell books that students don’t want, for classes they don’t want to take, with money they don’t have. And the whole time I’m thinking: This is amazing!! What a brilliant scam!! It’s not even illegal!! These kids have to buy these books no matter what the cost or how much they don’t care about the content in the book. For instance, Chemistry 101 is a general class. Everyone must take chemistry (unless they opt with an equal credit but anyways). The Chemistry text book that the students must have is $119.00 There is an optional textbook students can purchase for $59.00. Also required, is something called an iclicker, which will allow students to take the quizs. iclickers are $35.35. So these students are shelling out money even if they have no interest in learning chemistry, or taking chemistry quizzes. They have no choice. The avergae bill was around $200. The most was $800. the second worst was $600. Both of those were for one individual's books, for one semester. Ouch.

After my shift ended there, I went to my fulltime job, and worked for six hours. I also got my paycheck and relized my boss has no intention of giving me the pay raise he promised, or of giving me the bonus “all” employees earn when the store does really well in a month. In fact, he’s just keeping me around becasue he dosn’t have to pay me hardly anything. This was a very disheartening relization, however, I did rethink my options, and a new career move is in progress thanks to my wonderful and brilliant husband.

Wednesday was more work on in the textbook department, and then it was off to Walmart, to work out a gift card issue. I had returned items to Walmart in exchange for a $90 gift card, but when I went to use the gift card the cashier informed me there was only $15 on it. She even double checked for me. So I had called Walmart, and they informed me to come in to customer service. I finally made it in yesterday, and spent an hour with the guy, trying to work it out. Finally, after searching the entirety of the Walmart computer database (which still runs on DOS by the way) he informed me that I either needed a receipt or the gift card for him to do anything. I FINALLY found the card and presented it to him. he scanned it to put the money on it and, lo and behold, it already had the money on it. All that and it turns out that the cashier just didn’t know how to use a gift card.

Friday, August 31, 2007

I Am Sending This Tomorrow!!

Tagret,
I am writing this letter because I am hoping you can restore my faith in Target. I believe registering at any store should be a positive experience for the customer, because they are bringing money into the store, however, registering at Target was anything but positive.
In April, I signed up for your bridal registry at the Orem, UT Target. My fiance and I arrived at the store, and after wasting half an hour in the Customer Service line, were informed that “The kiosks are broken and we don’t know how to fix them.” We asked if they had a time frame of when they would be working again, and the only answer was “Just try back later, sorry.” A week later we did go back to the same store, and found the kiosks were working. We registered for our upcoming wedding, and left.
In July I returned to the Orem, UT Target to return a cartload of gifts. Again, I waited in line for over half an hour. When I was finally being helped, the girl asked if I had my printout. When I informed I did not, she told me that I needed to print out my list on the kiosk, and then get back in line. I did so, and spent another fifteen minutes in line. When I was finally being helped again, she asked to see my drivers licence. I had left this in the car, so she told me I needed to go get my licence, and then get back in line. By this time I was highly irritated, but did as she instructed. Finally the girl took my items and began scanning them. When she was done, she handed me a receipt and said I had one hour to spend MY money, and I could only purchase items in a certain section of the store. I was very confused, as Bed Bath and Beyond had put my returned gifts on a gift card that never expired, and I could buy anything in the store. I asked the girl why this was and she shrugged and said “the things weren’t on your registry. Which, of course, I knew. If I had been given gifts off my registry I would not be returning them.
I went to the designated area I was allowed to shop in and was disappointed to find that I did not need anything from that section of the store. I had been married two weeks, and we were in desperate need of food, sandwich bags and tinfoil, but none of these products were available for me to spend MY money on.
I want you to know that I am extremely disappointed with Target, and unless something can be done to rectify this situation, I will not ever set foot in a Target store again and I will recommend that others do not either. I have many friends who are also getting married, and would like to be able to recommend Target as a place to register, but right now, my opinion is dead set against it. I will recommend Bed Bath and Beyond, which went far beyond the extra mile with my bridal registry, and Wal-Mart, which took all of the gifts I was going to return to Target, but did not because of the horrible experience I had. Wal Mart gave me a gift card that never expires, and I can buy anything in the store.
I am so upset with the service and the policies of your store. I took all the gift cards that I was given to target and sold them so I would not have to go back. Before this experience, I much preferred Target over Wal Mart, but now it seams Target has sunk to new lows and Wal Mart has stepped up to be the hero.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

9 down, 20 more to go

A little over eight months ago I told myself I was not allowed to buy new pants unless the new pants were a size 4.
Yesterday I had to go shopping to buy "professional" clothes. My boss said I needed to dress like the Nordstrom girls, so I had no choice but to buy myself new pants. Oh, but what a sweet delight when the pants that fit oh-so-perfect were not a size 4, but a size 4 petite. My wedding dress was a size 4, but the problem in the past has not been my waist, but the enormous bump under the waist that prevented me from getting size 4 pants. It was quite a pleasant surprise when I realized I had shrunk enough to meet my goal.

Another life goal completed. Hooray.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Why I Love Being Married

I was quite panicked to be married. So panicked, in fact, that I hyperventilated in the Celestial room right before I was sealed. Why was I afraid? Oh, the usual. Because 50% marriages fail, because I was young, because I still has some issues/baggage, because I was afraid of commitment, afraid of being stuck, because it was so permanent and such a life changing thing, and because we always fear the unknown.

After being married over a month, I wonder why I was so panicked. I love being married.
I love having my best friend around all the time. I love falling asleep snuggled up next to someone. I love waking up next to someone, I love eating breakfast with someone, I love making dinner for someone, I love knowing that the someone will always be there, and not having to worry about getting too close or what will happen if/when they leave.

I think it makes all the difference who you are married to. I happen to be married to the best husband in the entire world. It is so much fun to come home and find the trash taken out and a big kiss waiting for you. It is so much fun to stick love notes in his lunch, and find a love note stuck in the door.

I know we're still in the "honeymoon" stage, but I think I am going to say in this stage for a very long time. Maybe until eternity.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Acouchi and MacLappy


See? Even cats like Macs better
I am opening my blog back up. All comments have been disabled, so don't try. I will post pictures, but no guarantees I will write any stories. I KNOW I'm a bad writer, I never said anything different. No one is forcing you to read this.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The most quoted non member in General Conference

Drek and I attended church for the first time as a married couple. We attend our new ward, a married student ward, which meets dreadfully early for a Sunday. The most amusing quip was given today from the pulpit:

"I wanted to share something out of a book I've just read, it's a small book, I don't know if any of you have heard of it. It's called the Screwtape Letters by a man called C.S. Lewis."

Wow. Either this man was sorely mistaken about the audience he was addressing, or we have stumbled into the most illiterate, ignorant, intelligent group of Mormons known to exist.

Friday, July 20, 2007

12 more hours...

Drek and I finally broke into a house and stole a bed. It is now set up in our house and it is no great to sleep on a bed and not the floor. Unfortunately, I will not be able to enjoy this for a while as tonight there will be no sleeping tonight(7th Harry Potter book eeeeeeeee!!!!) and Drek and I leave tomorrow for his family reunion.

I am currently reading the 6th Harry Potter book. I have done nothing else today. well, maybe a little bit of work, as that is where I am right now, but work is slow today and I have taken full advantage of that.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

07-07-07

Thus beings a very long entry:

The night before I was to be married, my sister and mother threw me a bachelorette party. My aunts and cousins were there, along with my bridesmaids, two who had arrived the day before and one who arrived during the party. The party was wonderful.
My sister majored in Rec Management so you knew before hand the games were going to be great, and my mother did the decorations so of course they were fantastic.
The party was Mexican themed (because that’s were Ben and I were going on our honeymoon). I wore a Mexican wedding dress and a little chilie-pepper crown.
We had horse races (with Mexican horses, or crate paper) and used beans to bet on the winner. We had Margaritas and lots of chips and Salsa. We played a hilarious mad-lib game that my sister created and then my aunt taught us a winking game (because you have to know how to flirt when you are married.) We even played a little bit of Pass the Sign before the boys came back from playing Frisbee. The finale was a Piniata that was filled with lotions and candy. The game was that however many hits it took for me to break open the Piñata, was how many children I had. I got up to 27 before Ben took over (and his hits counted -1) so we ended up 6.

Kris and Kara stayed the night with me in my room. We talked for a long time and tried to come up with a song to play in the background during the slideshow of Ben and I. We went through a bunch of songs before we gave up and decided to watch “music and Lyrics” which ended up being hilarious, and we all decided that “POP goes my heart” was definitely the song. If only we had a way to play it…
We got to sleep around 2am, which I thought was extremely reasonable.

The next day I had to wake up early. I specifically scheduled the wedding at 4pm so I could sleep in, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Ben’s brother had turned 8 a few days before, and his parents had scheduled his baptism for that morning at 9am. Ben was the one who was going to baptize him.
Megan picked me up and drove me over to the church. Through the whole baptism I was texting three of the bridesmaids, mostly little cracks about “POP goes my Heart” and “I’m sleeping with a clown above my head.” Put the baptism was wonderful, and the testimonies were particularly touching.

Megan picked me up and had breakfast and a special treat waiting for me. It was then off to the hair appointment! On the way I started freaking out about the wedding and “what was I doing?” and so on and so forth. Megan had to deal with me being very bi-polar for the rest of the morning. She handled it very well. I had a wonderful time getting my hair done. The girl who did it is a very good friend of mine and the three of us talked until she finished. She finished 45 minutes early, so Megan and I went to the mall so Megan could rescue me once again from a crisis.

We got home precisely on time, and the girl who was doing my make-up was already there. I quickly changed into my dress and Kara and I decorated Acouchi with wedding ribbons.




Then it was make-up time! She did an amazing job, even though Ben showed up early and we had to shoo him out of the room.

Then Ben and I were off to the temple. We arrived 15 minutes early and then I discovered a flaw in my plan:
I had arranged Ben to drive me up there 1) so we would be there on time, and 2) so I one of us would not be at the temple, waiting for the other to show up, fretting if they were not coming.
This worked, except now we were at the temple, waiting for our parents to show, fretting that they would be very late. As it turns out, my parents were only 10 minutes late, and his parents were only 15 minutes late.

It wasn’t what I expected. I thought you got the Bride’s dressing room all to yourself, but that is untrue. You have to share it with the other brides who are getting married. In my case, there were three other brides while I was getting ready. It was very crowded. I had expected a lot of time for Ben and I to be by ourselves for a while beforehand, also untrue. We were told to wait until situations became available, which only ended up being three minutes. I did, however, manage to hyperventilate during that time.
We did get to meet with the sealer, who told us that our sealing had moved from the smallest room, to the next smallest room, because we had too many people.
All I can say is some people are DANG lucky I was apathetic by that point, and that they had another room available, I would have marched in and asked certain people to leave.

Once we were at the alter, it was perfect. Ben looked so handsome, and the room was so pretty (although too big, and it was quite tacky that so many chairs were empty, curse plans being ruined by other people!!) and then we were married. Ben and I both looked expectantly at the sealer, waiting for hime to say something like “you may now kiss the bride.” He laughed and asked what we were waiting for “do you need permission?” well, yes actually, His bishop banned us from kissing over three months ago and we were hoping a sealer’s authority would override a bishop’s authority so, yes; We did need permission.

I went back to change. By this time, the room was all mine. Once I got to look around, I realized how stunning the bride’s room is.

And then we came out, and I was handed my bouquet, and out amazing photographer was there, and the families were waiting outside for us and taking pictures like crazy. And my beautiful bridesmaids were there, all dresses up and looking amazing and…wait. I was only counting three bridesmaids. Where was the forth? Where was Kris?
But, no time for that! Pictures ensued. More pictures, and more pictures. It could not be delayed further, bridesmaid pictures were taken with one missing (that’s ok, there will be more pictures at the party later).



Soon, Me and Ben and the photographer were the only ones left. Which was good, because a storm was moving in, and fast. We finished just in time and scurried back to the car before we blew away.

Safe in our car, driving out of the temple parking lot, it started to rain. Luckily, the storm did not follow us home. By the time we reached the park there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the sun was shining brightly.

The park was decorated beautifully. The tables were decorated in the wedding colors, there was an archway decorated with red roses,

and the cake!! The cake was amazing!! I had wanted a pretty cupcake cake, but My mother-in-law out did herself. Not only was it stunningly beautiful, it was so delicious to eat!!


There were millions of pictures taken, by this time Ben’s Groomsman were there wearing the Groomsman T-shirts, and My beautiful bridesmaids had changed into jeans and their Bridesmaid T-shirts.

Following pictures and a slight mishap with my party dress being left at the house and the bathroom doors being locked, but this was taken of in record speed and soon I was ready for fun!

The food was delicious (all vegetarian). But I didn’t eat very much because I was so excited to see all my family and I had things to take care of. This is when the problem arose: there was still no sign of Kris.
It became very apparent to me that she was not coming. This did not cause me much concern as Kris is like that, and I wasn’t surprised, and I lover anyway, no matter what, and it was the happiest day of my life so far and nothing could have really fazed me unless someone had told me that rather than just not showing up, she had been seriously hurt or killed.
The problem was that my other bridesmaids did not know Kris as well as I did, and they were panicked because they though I thought the day was ruined. Afterall, your best friend not showing up to be the bridesmaid at your wedding is supposed to be a disaster.
This made me concerned, because I did not want my bridesmaids to be concerned. Unfortunately, my brain was so scattered, that I saw this as a huge problem, but I couldn’t think of a way to tell them that is was OK. I decided to bribes was the way to go.
I took them aside and gave them the presents I had been so excited for them to open. It seemed to work ok.


Then came the speeches, the cutting of the amazing cake, and more pictures. My uncle has already unloaded his cannon, and the small cousins were happily launching marshmallows into the meadow. Well, actually, the small cousins had been shoved aside by the male cousins/uncles, who seemed to be more excited about the cannon than the children.



Too soon, it was time to go. I through the bouquet (and my favorite cousin caught it!) and Ben and I drove off in our Oreo-decorated car.

*all pictures provided by my favorite cousin, Kara*

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

4 Days

Ah. This is where the panic sets in.

Krisface, would you just get here already so we can go laser tagging?

Monday, July 02, 2007

5 Days

Squee!! I'm so excited it's hard to do ANYTHING!! Last night I didn't actually get to sleep until 1:00am.

Everything is pretty much done. My dress in finished (and beautiful) and now it's just a matter of time. Well, that and cleaning out my car, my room, and Acouchi's room and moving in to the new apartment, but mostly it's just waiting.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kitties Part II

Bells' babies are finlly old enough to take to the Shelter. Campurnicus is adorable. He is a very smart and curious cat. The twins are not so aware of their surroundings, they just wrestle all day. Joining the passle was a stray baby kitty, who is a long-haired cat. She is named FlufflyPuff. She is very scared of humans, compared to the other kitties who love nothing more to be hugged and held and petted. Everyone should go to their local animal shelter and adopt a kitty.

I need to find a cut outfit for Acouchi to wear the day I get married. I was thinking of just putting white bows in her hair, but now I think having her in a flower girl dress would be adorable. Where would I find such a thing?

Also, 10 more days!! And as a small warning, there will be a Jack and Jill shower on Tuesday, July 3 from 7-9pm. FYI, a Jack and Jill shower is a party where both boys and girls can come and celebrate a wedding. It will be be very casual, and there will be free food. Everyone should come.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

11 Days

Saturday was AMAZING!! It was nothing like I expected, but so much better. Hopefully we're going back today. I'm so excited!

Sunday was hilarious. I teach Sunbeams (the 3-4 yr olds in Sunday School) and it was out turn to teach all the kids (ages 5-8) during Sharing Time. So, all my little kids were up in front of the microphone, telling all they knew about baptism. It was so cute!! Actually, it was more than that. They did a great job. Then we opened the font and all the kids got to see where they would be baptized. Then we played this really cute game my co-teacher came up with. It was a hit.

Later that Day Drek and I went up to his parents house, where we played Settlers of Zarahemla with his siblings. I was going to win (for sure, no matter what) on my turn. Drek happened to go right before me, and decided he was tired of the game, so he cheated and ended the game. Grrrr. Just so everyone knows, I was SO going to win.

Drek is officially moved in to our little apartment. I'm almost moved in. Hooray!!

People will start showing up for the wedding next Thursday. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I want to see my cousin!! Krisface will be down sometime that day too. Ah!! About to explode from excitement!!

Rumour has it laser tag sometime this week? So ready for that! Last Monday Drek and I took our dads (and families) laser tagging for Father's day. It was a blast. I actually did pretty well! I'm excited to play again.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

18 more days

Let's see...Invitaions, reservations, rings, hair and makup, apartment, marriage licence, photophrapher, cake, food, bridesmaid gifts and shirts, plans, tickets, all done! Things left to do: Wedding dress and a suit for the Groom. Don't those things usually get done first?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Post one-hundred-one: Long Ramblings

For the last two days, the only songs I have been listening to are "Remember When It Rained" By Josh Groban and "umbrella" by Rihanna. Not that I have a thing for rain right now or anything, the songs are just SO GOOD!! I can't STOP listening to them. They're the kind of song that just sings to your soul. Oh. So good.

Ever since I hurt my foot I have not been exercising. I haven't been walking around, and I have been tired all the time. Yesterday I woke up exhausted (again) and decided I needed to exercise or I would die. That afternoon I did a bunch of yard work and mowed the lawn. It made me feel better and gave me a small boost of energy. I used that energy to hike the Y.

I up with friends just as the sun was beginning to set. The hike is only supposed to take 45 minutes, but took much longer because we found numbered, colored boxes all the way up with little riddles inside. It gave the answer to a previous riddle and then asked a new one. At first we thought it was a guy doing in for his girlfriend, and the last question would be "will you marry me?" but as it turns out, it was an activity for a singles ward. The point was to rescue some watermelon. Which I guess that failed at, because I am sure those watermelons ended up being brutally butchered.

It was great fun, although I really hurt my foot. I feel much better today though. Much better.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Crutches

I hate crutches!! My palms are so bruised they hurt worse than my foot does! I've gone into Maceys twice already (and I want to keep going back) becase they let me drive around on the little electric cart. It is a blast to drive.

I can't carry anything, including my purse, because it throws my balance off and I will fall. Yeasterday was the Employee Create n Take. I have been looking forward to it for over a month. The company gave us the paper and supplies we needed, and then showed us how to make five different, darling cards. I put the bag with my cards on my purse, but somone else had to carry it out to the car. On the way they fell out of my purse and I didn't notice. My beautiful cards are all lost and gone. :(

The good news is that my foot is healing really fast. I should be off of crutches by Monday!

Monday, June 04, 2007

How to Entertain Yourself in a Hospital Emergency Room

1- Read boring magazines
2- Update blog using Drek's laptop and the hospital free wireless
3- Send Drek out to the car to grab "Pirates Dice" (thanks again Xirax!)
4- Explain to passing hospital workers that this IS the game from Pirates II, not Pirate Yahtzee. Pirates DO NOT play Yahtzee
5- Blow up plastic gloves
6- Bat the blown up plastic glove between two people.
7- Pay a full on version of Calvin Ball using the blown up plastic glove.
8- Draw a face on the Blown up plastic glove
9- On the other side of the blown up plastic glove, write "release me". attach the blown up plastic glove to a 16 inch Q-tip and wave it out into the hallway.
10- Form a line where the back person is on a rolly chair and the front person in a wheel chair and roll around the room (and the hallway).
11- Upon discovering that the wheelchair handles are removable, write an S.O.S. note and stuff it inside the wheelchair handle.
13- Switch rapidly between laughing hysterically and almost having a panic attack because you've been in this room for so freaking long!
14- Recruit the janitor (who happens to be an old friend) into talking the nurses into releasing you
15- Become more daring in wheeling aforementioned line out into hallway and waving the aforementioned "release me" blown up plastic glove.
16- Discuss ways to stage a break out
17- Announce loudly that you are going to stage a break out
18- Stage a break out.

After 4 hours, it was determined that my foot is not broken, but "you were assessed in a triage situation so please contact your primary care physician"

Gah!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Brodcasting live, from the hostpital...

Picture this:

It's a beautiful day outside, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the Quark social is in full swing. Natrally, a game of Ultimate frisbee breaks out. I'm in the end zone. The frisbee is thrown to me. I start running. So does black-shirt-guy. we get to the frisbee at the same time, we both grab it, we both are NOT letting go. Suddenly, I am on the ground(frisbee still in hand, thank you very much) and my foot is KILLING me. No problem, I'll just walk it off. Well, the more I walk, the worse it gets. I sit down for a while but when I try to walk on it again it hurts even more. I finally make it home. My mother decideds to take me to the emergency room. My foot has been X-rayed and we are now waiting for the doctor to show up and deliver the news. Oh, the anticipation.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Alpine Goodness

Just call me Ezra James Sharkington

ok, so...Vacation pictures!


The famous Alpine Slide. It is basically a cement ditch running down a mountain. you ride down this dith on a plastic sled with wheels. what could be more fun?






I'll tell you what can be more fun...

The Alpine COASTER!!

It's a roller coaser down a mountain. it's remarkable smooth. oh the joy!!





It was mostly great. The moose thought so too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I can't lift my arms higher than my shoulders

My dad is fine. He has a major infection, but nothing antibiotics can't cure.

My sister is also fine. No letter. Tony will also be fine, as apparently you have spend 16 + hours a day for 6 months with someone who has TB in order for you to catch it.

Krisface left on Saturday. :( I was not there to say goodbye. I miss her already.

My family did end up going to the Condo. We had a blast. I will post pictures and details in my next blog.

On Sunday Drek and I drove down south to go Canyoneering with some of his friends. We spent 13 hours on Monday hiking, climbing, rappelling, swimming and something where you wander around, having no idea where you are going or how to get there, using no trail, and scratching yourself to death on branches and rocks. They called this "bushwhacking". I had a blast!! But now, I am more sore than I have ever been in my life. Ouch.

Friday, May 25, 2007

You told me this would be a happy day.

How today was supposed to go:

Wake up, got to work, say good-bye to be bestest friend Kris, go home from work, go on vacation!!

But no.

Stayed up much to late because of the excitement of Pirates. it's very worth seeing by the way.

My little sister should be getting a letter from the public school system today, telling her if she has been exposed to a public school student with TB. If she has, she cannot go to EFY, she cannot go anywhere, and my niece will not be allowed over for a very long time.

Krisface is also stressed because her house is not "move ready." They are not leaving today, maybe.

I am at work, and my mother calls to say my dad is in the hospital. He has exploding appendix.

Not that I'm stressing or anything...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

This week in review. . .

Monday was movie night. Drek finally got me to watch Sgt. bilko, which was so much better than I thought it was going to be.

Tuesday was Kratizling's good-bye party. We had a great time playing laser tag, and then went to Red Robin for a delicious dinner. Ah, Red Robin, so many memories.

Wednesday was the 2-hr season finale of LOST!!! And oh what a great finale it was. Drek and I went over to Kratizling's house for a delicious crab and shrip alfredo pizza and to watch the show together. We were joind by Panda and Bamboo, two newly adopted kitties. They were both darling, until Bamboo decided he wanted attention and would not stop meowing during the show.

Today is, of course, Pirate day. Drek and I have tickets to go see At World's End at 8:00 tonight. I am so excited. Arrr.

Friday I will be off to another city, where I will come back only breifly on Sunday, and then flee South to go on my first Canyoneering adventure. That will be on Monday.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dedication

Working under my boss today was extremely frustrating. So I dedicate this picture to Bradley.




and this one to my boss

Sunday, May 13, 2007

60 days, 15 hours, 49 minutes

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix/trailer2/

Saturday, May 12, 2007

On Thursday I forgot to put my ring back on after I got out of the shower. I left the house without it. It bothered me all day. It wasn't just a little annoying, having the ring gone, it was grating. I kept checking my finger with my thumb and then panicking because I thought it had fallen off. All. Day. Long. Remind me never to do that again.

Today I am a bridesmaid in Megan's wedding. I spent all of yesterday afternoon and most of the night with her. Wedding stuff is insane. Why doesn't everyone just get married on a boat? All the cool people do.

I'm supposed to wear these stiletto heals to walk down the isle. The problem is I have a hard time with heels. Example : last time I wore heels I fell flat on my face walking from the Jury box to the witness stand. Pathetic. Megan promised to give be the strongest groomsmen to escort me down the isle. The idea is that then if I fall, it will be his fault.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Kitty!

Acouchi woke me up this morning by biting my chin. I think she remembers what happened last year around this time and is hungry for blood.

Bells had babies!! They are adorable! There are four little kitties; three girls and one boy. They were born three days ago.


After much deliberation, I have decided how I feel about having a reception:



So there will be no reception. There will be a BBQ with fireworks, and a waterfight. This is how I feel now:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bridesmaids

Life is moving along. Things are falling into place for the wedding.
It occurred to me that all but one of my bridesmaids are far away. This is fine, but makes the dresses part difficult. Thank goodness we live in an age of picture-messages, IM, email and long distance phone calls.
Even more amazing, all of them are going to extremes to accommodate me. Rissy will be in Japan up until the day before the reception. It has been her life long dream to go, (she's leaving next week) and she's coming home early just for me. Not only that, but she rearranged her entire plan to come back early and had to pay hundreds of dollars in fees to switch her plane tickets. Kara will be at Yale until a few days before (I think, I'm not sure when she's coming, actually, I'm just glad she's coming. I'm so excited to see her!). She is a grad student and is supposed to be doing research in a lab when she comes out. She was going to use her time off of work to drive her best friend across the country, but now has to worry about coming here.
Krisface will be back from who-knows-where who-knows-when. She might even bring hubby-what's-his-face with her, but that is uncertain.
Megan will actually be here. Mostly. She's leaving to go on her honeymoon, but will be back a month before my wedding. I am a bridesmaid in her wedding (in May) and she has had to adjust us talking about her weeding plans, to listening to me talk about my wedding plans. Not only that, but being apart of two weddings in two months has to be stressful.
But they are all wonderful and I am very glad they all agreed to be my bridesmaids.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

So . . . Very. . . Tired

Krisling and I have developed our own language which consists mainly of kitty pictures. Examples forthcoming.
I am so sick. I have decided having mono this time will not be fun like it was last time (but this time, I am not contagious).
Saturday is Haunted house day!! Everyone should come. We're going up SLC for the very last day Rocky Point is open.
Drek and I are reading Dr. Doolittle. Or rather, he is reading it to me while I am sick. It is very nice to be read to.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

1 hour, 11 minutes

The Quark social today was a lot of fun. There was a great turnout, everyone had a good time, and the highlight of the afternoon was Cardassin's arm's suddenly spewing blood. That and Krisling's mad goalie skills.
My plan was to spend the rest of the driving up and down the freeway, hoping to run into a drunk driver, or rather, having the drunk driver run into me, but instead i went home and slept for three hours. Oh yes, I have Mono again. Joy. I was so tired yesterday at work that I came home and decided to take a ten minute nap. That was at 5:00pm. I woke up at 9:00am the next day.
Drek came home early today. He had gone canyoneering down in South. It was good to see him.

Monday, April 02, 2007

My Brain Now Goes Every-which-way

I shall start this blog by saying Conference was amazing. Also, I have the most wonderful boyfriend in the world.

I've decided that I should stop worring about how old I'm going to be and enjoy the last few precious days of youth I have left. I would never wish to go back before I was eighteen, being that old was just no fun. But eighteen and nineteen were good ages to be, and I especially lke being 20. Besides, I think my wonderful boyfriend wouldn't have dated me if I was nineteen.

In conclusion, Linkin Park has a new album coming out. It is amazing.

Monday, March 26, 2007

As I Remember It

Around 5:30 Drek comes to my door. He has with him three red roses. "The best part of my day is seeing you."
Our first stop it a Frisbee golf course. We had a lot of fun, it was a beautiful afternoon and I did much better than our previous game. When that was finished he hands me three more roses. "The funnest part of my day is playing games with you."
Next we go out to dinner, which was wonderful. Afterward I got three more roses.
He told me he had looked up another geocache. He had already programed the coordinates into his GPS. when we drove up the canyon he handed it to me. The title was my name, the description was "I love you."
He also said this geocache was an Easter geocache.
We hiked up the mountainside until we came to a bunch of rocks. Instead of looking for the geocache we went for a short walk where he asked me what three things I wanted most in life.
Around 8:00 went back to the rocks. I searched one side he searched the other but it was getting very dark. He finally came over to my side and found it right away. It was in a peanut butter jar (a perfect Claire and Charlie peanut butter jar). Inside was the Easter grass and lots of plastic eggs. The things with geochaches is there are a lot of items inside and you pick the one you want.
Inside the eggs were little pieces of paper with things written on them like "become a professional puppy-killer" and "move to Alaska". things I would never want to do. "You have to pick one." he says. "or, I may have another option. It will take a long long time. It will take a lot of effort. But we are perfect for it." And he hands me an egg with a ring inside.
Oh yes, and I got three more roses.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Let the whole world know
that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong,
let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay,
It's (Liberation) day

Hooray! Two years today! and oddly enough, the past has repeated its self. hmmm. . .
Anyway,
Dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory at 7:00, games at my house at 8:30. Everyone is invited.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Life Continues On

-I am so ready to be done with training. It's not really that bad, I'd just like to get through the work day without having to listen to a conversation about lesbians and sex with pillows. It would also be nice to make it through a work day without hearing the F word half a dozen times.
-I want to run away to Texas. My Grandma is encouraging this. I hope it works out.
-My diet is now almost complete. I am no longer allergic to cheese, milk, chocolate, or preservitives. Tomorrow we shall find out about corn.
-Movies!!!!

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/oceans13/

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix/

http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/blpirates3trailer.htm

Also, the guy from Flight of the Conchords (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5tmnBeNv18) is in a new movie:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/miramax/eaglevsshark/
It's very exciting.

Countdown to Day O'Doom: 18 days, 1 hour, 43 minutes

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Invitation

I'm thinking about having a St. Patrick's day party next saturday, the 17th, maybe 6-ish. There would be dinner and some form of games. would anyone be interested in coming?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

One Month to the Day of Doom

I have a life list of goals. This list was supposed to be compleated by April 8, 2007 a.k.a. my 21st birthday.
I'm so not going to make it.
Not only that, but 21 is just old. I don't want to be 21! I like telling people I'm 20, it sounds nice. I've always hated birthdays, but this one looms more dreaded.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Óglaigh na hÉireann

Of course I want more!!

This miliatry organization's first demonstation went something like this:
Weapons were supplied by Germany under the auspices of a leading human rights campaigner - including over 20,000 rifles and 10 machine guns. However, the plot was discovered and the weapons were lost when the ship carrying them was scuttled to prevent the arms from falling into the hands of the ememy.
When the Rising broke out, the Volunteer leader found out about the plot at the last minute and issued countermanding orders to Volunteer units around the country. As a result, less than 2000 Volunteers out of 12,000 turned out. The plan was to seize a compact area and launch simultaneous Risings around the country. In the event, the rising consisted of a week's street fighting in the capital after which the rebels surrendered. The enemy used overwhelming force, including over 16,000 troops, artillery and a naval gunboat, to put down the rebellion. Over half the 500 or so killed were civilians caught in the crossfire.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

If You Act Like It's Summer, It Will Be Summer.

Yesterday Drek and I went a snow hike. It was very peaceful. We saw lots of dear and somewhere around a thousand wild turkeys.
After the hike we decided to sit in an outdoor hot tub and eat ice cream. It really wasn't as cold as I thought it would be. That is until I had to get out of the hot tub and walk around barefoot and wet on snow.
Later we went out to dinner with Krateizling to Red Lobster. It was delicious. And very warm after being so cold.

Countdown to St. Patrick's day: 13 days, 6 hours, 38 minutes
Countdown to Day O'Doom: 35 days, 6 hours, 37 minutes

Friday, March 02, 2007

Not-So-Quick Update

I went to San Diego. On the flight to Las Vegas I stared at the guy sitting in front of me, pretty much the whole time, trying to figure out if he was someone I knew. At the Las Vegas airport he came up to me. He was!! It turned out we were both going to San Diego so we sat next to each other and watched an edited version of "Little Miss Sunshine" on my laptop. It made the flight bearable anyway.
I stayed in California for three days. The first day I got to take the train up to Anaheim and a Taxi to Disney land.


I know it's blurry. This is a pidgon inside the Train Station. As in "Zim. There's a pidgon on your head. You have head pidgons. Leave before you infect the other children."


Waiting at the Train Station

The kids were great. We were exhausted by the end of the day. Posh Spice cut in front of us in line. I only know it was her because the people behind us completely freaked out. Even after I told the kids who she was they didn't understand. They had never heard of the Spice Girls.
Day two was a Mardi Gras party were I had a very strange green drink. It was supposed to be "the Disneyland version because this is a family friendly party." It was still strange. I wrote my story for the ESSC that night. Maybe that will explain why it was so weird. The story, not the drink.
Day three we took a hike in the canyons. It was beautiful. Later that day was my flight home.

The next weekend Drek and I went drove to Las Vegas.



The drive was fantastic, so much better than flying. We stayed with my Aunt and Uncle. They were so wonderful to us. We visited the Casinos, watched the fountain show at the Belagio and visited the LDS temple. The temple was the only place we took pictures.






That night we went on the thrill rides on the Stratosphere. It was amazing. we had so much fun. Another life goal completed. On Sunday we went with my Aunt and Uncle to their Methodist church. That was amazing. The songs were wonderful and I even got to do Communion because the "wine" was just grape juice. We drove home that day. It was a wonderful trip.

I didn't watch the Oscars. It was a sad habit anyway. Time to give it up.

Krisling got me a job at her work. I'm so excited to start!! It means I'll have to quit my Nannying job, but that is a good thing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

And More Games!!

Ok, if you know the answer to this one, post the answer and a question of your own. Keep that going. This is fun.

A notorious site for suicide, the official suicide count ended in 1995 when the number approached 1,000. There were 34 confirmed bridge jump suicides in 2006. Currently, it is said that a person jumps off this site every 15 days.
As of 2006, only 26 people are known to have survived the jump. There is only one known person to have jumped from twice. She survived the first jump in early 1988, but died in her second attempt later that year.

And yes, I am making these harder.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Game Continues

These are shorter. Good luck.
As the man said, Google=cheating

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The Legenda Aurea of Jacobus de Voragine gives the very brief vita of This Saint refusing to deny Christ before the Emperor Claudius in the year 280. Before his head was cut off, he restored sight and hearing to the daughter of his jailer. Later works say that he sent the same girl a love note on his final day.

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These "spirits of the night," are called so becase of their large, reflective eyes.
They are found naturally only on the island of Madagascar and some smaller surrounding islands, including the Comoros (where it is likely they were introduced by humans). In the television show Seinfeld, the character of Newman is decribed as having climbing abilities rivaling those of a ring-tailed creatures.
Zoboomafoo, an educational PBS Kids television program features a Verreaux's Sifaka who is also the show's namesake.
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This man was pressed into Navel service and later became a slave to the "slaves in Africa." After being rescued he became a succesful slave trader and a strong Christian. Later he became a minister and an abolitionist. Among his greatest contributions to history was in 1785 encouraging Wilberforce, the newly-converted Member of Parliament for Hull, to stay in Parliament and "serve God where he was", rather than enter the ministry. Wilberforce heeded the ex-slaveship captain's advice, and spent the next five decades successfully working for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Still Broken

My best friend growing up got married yesterday.
Weird.

Today was also the "welcome home centered sacrament meeting" of a friend of mine from high school. I was planning on going up until I was about to walk out the door. I suddenly realized that there was a slight possibility that BWM would be there too. The thought terrified me. I tried to tell myself that he probably wasn't even in Provo, or had no idea that our friend was even back from his mission, or that he's probably dropped all affiliation with the church, but it didn't work. I shut my front door and went back into my room. I just couldn't go.

On a happier note: I'm going to Disneyland!!

Countdown to Disneyland: 5 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes
Countdown to Oscars: 13 days, 20 hours, 3 minutes
Countdown to Day o'Doom: 55 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Part 2

Let's try this one again:

This fictional Character holds a terrible secret. She is a double agent working for MVD, and worked with Bond because she was under orders to see that he did not escape Le Chiffre. (Her kidnapping was staged in order to lure Bond into Le Chiffre's clutches.) Prior to her meeting Bond, she had been romantically involved with an RAF operative. This man had been captured by SMERSH, and revealed information about her under torture. Hence, SMERSH was using this operative to blackmail her into helping them. After the death of Le Chiffre, she is initially hopeful that she and Bond can start a new life, but realizes this is impossible when she notices a SMERSH operative, Gettler, tracking her and Bond's movements. Consumed with guilt and certain that SMERSH will find and kill both of them, she commits suicide, leaving a note admitting her treachery and pledging her love to Bond.

Fleming created a cocktail recipe in the novel that Bond names after Her. The "_______ martini" became very popular after the novel's publication, and gave rise to the famous "shaken, not stirred" catchphrase immortalized in the Bond films. The actual name for the drink (as well as its complete recipe) is uttered on screen for the first time in the 2006 adaptation of Casino Royale.
According to the novel, she was so named by her parents because she was born on a stormy evening.
her full name is a pun on West Berlin. Like her namesake, the city of Berlin, her loyalties are split down the middle.

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Arguably one of the most famous amusment parks in the world, more than 515 million guests, among them presidents, royalty, and other heads of state, have traveled to this park from around the world since the attraction first opened to guests on July 17, 1955.

The Dedication is as such:
"To all who come to this happy place – welcome. ___________ is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. _____________ is dedicated to the ideals, dreams and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."


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This is a weapon found predominently in Okinawa (there is evidence of similar weapons in India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia). They are often believed to have originated as an agricultural tool used to measure stalks, plow fields, plant rice, or to hold cart wheels in place, though the evidence for this is limited. Another belief, perhaps not as widely held, is that they were modeled after the San-Ku-Chu. Its basic form is that of an unsharpened dagger, with two long, unsharpened projections (tsuba) attached to the handle. The very end of the handle is called the knuckle. They are constructed in a variety of forms. Some are smooth, while others have an octagonal middle prong. The tsuba are traditionally symmetrical, however, the Manji design developed by Taira Shinken employs oppositely facing tsuba.

It is the weapon of choice for many fictional characters:
Marvel comics superheroine Elektra Natchios, and her filmic counterpart played by Jennifer Garner in Daredevil and Elektra.
In The Mummy Returns, the heroine Evie/Nefertiri (Rachel Weisz) and the villainess Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez) do battle with golden _____ referred to as "trident swords" so as to dispel the anachronism of ______ as ancient Egyptian weapons.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) uses them in The Matrix Reloaded during the Chateau Fight, against the Merovingian's Exile henchmen.

Three months

Today I am officially old enough to serve an LDS mission.

I've never really had a deep desire to me a missionary and I'm pretty sure I would be horrible at it, but I have always wanted to serve a humanitarian mission. I've always wanted to go to Africa with UNICEF or something like that.

I got a second job. Now I work about ten hours a day. I took the job not for the money (although it is a good side benefit) but to keep myself busy. It's not working. Apparently I still have too much free time.

I keep thinking that I'm stuck here. Time is ticking away and I can't do anything about it. I'm useless and I can't change. I have to do something. Maybe I will go to Africa, maybe I will put in my papers for a procelyting mission. At least I'd be doing something. At least I'd be useful.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Jeopardy

The evening star, especially Venus.
Archaic Evening.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical.
a. a religious service in the late afternoon or the evening.
b. the sixth of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, occurring in the late afternoon or the evening.
c. Roman Catholic Church. a part of the office to be said in the evening by those in major orders, frequently made a public ceremony in the afternoons or evenings of Sundays.

According to the novel by Ian Fleming, she was so named by her parents because she was born on a stormy evening.
it is also an ancient name for the planet Venus, suggesting that the character is the embodiment of love.
Also a pun on West Berlin. Like her namesake, the city of Berlin, her loyalties are split down the middle.

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In Homer's Iliad he is described as of great stature and colossal frame, the tallest and strongest of all the Achaeans, second only to his cousin Achilles in skill-at-arms, and the 'bulwark of the Achaeans'. He was trained by the centaur Chiron (who had also trained his father, Telamon, and Achilles' father Peleus), at the same time as Achilles. Aside from Achilles, he is the most valuable warrior in Agamemnon's army, though he is not as intelligent as Nestor, Idomeneus, or, of course, Odysseus. He commands his army wielding a great axe and a huge shield made of seven ox-hides with a layer of bronze. He is not wounded in any of the battles described in the Iliad, and he is the only principal character on either side who does not receive personal assistance from any of the gods who take part in the battles. 'As such, he embodies the virtues of hard work and perseverance.'

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In this battle of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. A small force led by King Leonidas of Sparta blocked the only road through which the massive army of Xerxes I could pass. After three days of battle a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks, revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines. Dismissing the rest of the army, King Leonidas stayed behind with 300 Spartans and 700 Thespian volunteers. Though they knew it meant their own deaths, they held their position and secured the retreat of the other Greek forces. The Persians succeeded in taking the pass but sustained heavy losses, extremely disproportionate to those of the Greeks. The fierce resistance of the Spartan-led army offered Athens the invaluable time to prepare for a naval battle that would come to determine the outcome of the war[1]. Subsequent Greek victory in the Battle of Salamis left much of the Persian navy destroyed. Xerxes was forced to flee to Asia and left his army in Greece under Mardonius, who was to meet the Greeks in battle for one last time. The Spartans and other Greek allies assembled at full strength and decisively defeated the Persians in the Battle of Plataea, putting thus an end to the Greco-Persian War, along with Persian expansion into Europe.

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Founded in 1492 by. . . um. . . demons this government bureau's purpose is to hunt down aliens

Monday, January 22, 2007

Random Facts

I now live my life in a perpetual state of hunger.

My awsomely-cool Guitar Hero game on my laptop has the song "Trogdor" by Strongbad. Macs could not get any cooler.

There are no Apartments for rent in Lehi.

The Academy Award Nominations are announced tomorrow.

This morning it was one degree. That is much too cold. Every time I go out in this weather, I get a headache, Thus, I wish I were in Tahiti.

I miss living with Krisling.