Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We quickly retreated to the car because we were FREEZING! It was so cold! We returned to my house where we shared the story with my family and spent the rest of the evening enjoying each others company. It was so wonderful!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In an effort to not disturb my co-workers I tried to do the quiet sneeze. You know the kind. The kind where you tightly press your lips together, forcing most of the pressure out of your nose, decreasing noise but not really making your nose feel all that great.
Well the monster of the sneeze came. I tried for the quiet sneeze and FAILED. Instead of a tightly pressed upper lip both of my lips went a flapping which ended up making a REALLY LOUD spitting noise. Yeah that is right a spitting noise. Like when you play with a baby and you vibrate your lips to make the baby smile [I have come to the conclusion that the baby smiles not because of the sound but because WE look like complete idiots when we do it] anywho…I totally made this noise when I sneezed and it was loud and subsequently spit went everywhere. Don’t worry I was alone in my cubicle so I only showered my desk and surrounding office supplies. It’s my cubicle. It’s my spit. No big deal.
The part that was a big deal was the fact that not only did a make my whole office jump at the sound but I sounded like an idiot who didn’t know how to sneeze. I am sure everyone was wondering why my sneeze had malfunctioned. Answer: attempting to do the quiet sneeze. Lesson Learned: You sound much less like an idiot when you just let em fly!
In talking about these things and S.O. sharing his thoughts on how he is going to make these decisions and me putting in my two bits [like I always do] I came to the realization that S.O. and I make decisions differently. Shocker huh?
I know it sounds silly but it hadn’t ever really crossed my mind that someone might go about making a decision the same way I do. When you start to get to know another person much more intimately you begin to notice these differences. Differences that you never would have noticed if you hadn’t been having that “deep conversation.”
I am learning that I need to be better about NOT pushing my thoughts and my processes on others. They have their own process and I am sure they would tell me that it has been working great for them for years! Just because an individual goes about making decisions differently doesn’t mean that those decisions aren’t good ones.
I completely trust S.O. to make wise decisions and I realized that when I push my process onto him I am sending the message that I don’t trust him doing it his way. Which is totally false.
First step recognition. Second step change. I am moving onto step two.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Many times when people call they ask "Is this so and so?" and many times this is the response that I hear "This is her/him."
This is not correct grammar. My mom took the liberty of drilling this into my head. Every time I answered the phone using "This is her" she would say "This is she." At first it sounded so weird! It wasn't natural. After many times of getting it wrong and subsequently having my mom correct me I finally started to catch on and started saying it right.
Now I cringe when people say it wrong. It sounds so "hill billy." No offense to anyone who uses the "This is her/him" answer. Don't worry you can still change your grammatically incorrect ways.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Myth #1 Now that you work full time and have begun your "career" you're instantly made of money. It actually is quite the opposite. In my case I have less money than when I was in school. Your income increases but your expenses double. Graduates are still in the "have to think twice about whether you can afford going to the cheap movie theater" boat.
Myth #2 You have oodles of time to do all those things that you kept saying you would do once you got out of school. There isn't a working person that believes this because it isn't true. Most of the time you don't leave the office until after 5:00 putting you home around 6:00, once you have had dinner and sufficiently unwound from the day it is at least 8:00. If you are like me then you are lucky if you have energy to do anything else and you are ready to go to bed by 9:00. So your oodles of time consist of the weekend. Sound familiar? That is right it is just like when you were in school except when I was in school I had more time during the week to do things. Oh and by the time you get off work everything is closed anyway!
Myth #3 Your job will be everything that you ever dreamed of. If your like me you have great visions of being a professional, working in the field and making a difference. As much as I am sure that this is true at SOME POINT in your career it doesn't always occur right off the bat. Most of the time your job is not very glamorous and sometimes going to work isn't fun.
I hope that I haven't shattered too many dreams but this is reality people. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of great things about being done with school (particularly no homework or tests) and I really am happy, I just wish someone would have warned me that I was going to be just as broke as I was before, I wouldn't have any extra time, and that I wasn't going to be ruling the board room. Be informed. Share the truth.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. Sleeping in. I do get a lot of happiness out of just plain sleeping but getting to sleep longer then what you normally do is probably one of the best feelings ever! I never want to get to the point where my body won’t let me sleep in because boy would I be missing out on such satisfaction.
2. Drinking sugary milk after a bowl of sugary cereal such as Fruit Loops. This is just plain tasty. Nice cold milk with and extra dose of sugar. If the cereal was Fruit Loops then your milk will probably be a pretty color too!
3. New pair of shoes. Pretty much I have a fetish and obsession with shoes. I wish that my budget supported this obsession a little better. Needless to say a pair of new shoes can make me one happy girl for weeks! Every time I wear them it makes the day just that much better.
4. 5:00 p.m. Who doesn’t like this hour? This hour means you are free! Done for the day! Now instead of sitting on your butt at work doing things that you are forced to do you can sit on your butt at home and do things that you want to do! Like blog for instance : )
5. Mail. What normal person doesn’t like to get something in the mail? I love it because it proves that someone thought of you long enough to write something, put it in an envelope, address it, put a stamp on it, and then walk it to the mail box. I love knowing people thought about me.
6. Carmex. This has got to be the most addictive but wonderful substance on the planet! My lips crave it (probably because there is something in it that makes you need it and nothing else). I love the way it feels and the way it looks (not a big fan of the taste factor but nothing can be perfect). Love my carmex.
7. Phone call from a friend. This is another one of those “someone thought of you” moments. They thought about you long enough to feel moved to call you AND be willing to take the time to talk. I love it when you get a phone call and it is a good friend that you are just plain excited to hear their voice.
8. Hot showers. These just feel good. So relaxing. I love feeling clean, fresh and warm!
9. Clean sheets. Oh how I love this. My favorite ritual is to wash my sheets, dry with TWO dryer sheets for extra softness and good smell. Once the sheets are clean I take a hot shower. Then clean me climbs into my clean sheets and I just inhale the freshness and it feels SO good!
10. Chocolate. Now of course I saved the best for last. This goodness is so wonderful and makes me so happy! There is nothing like a little bit of chocolate to make me feel better or simply to have some just for the sake of indulgence.
What are the simple pleasures in your life that make you happy?
I worked at the counseling center on the BYU-Idaho campus while I was in school and one of the most common things that people would come in for was for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Not lying this was a really prevalent disorder in Rexburg because of the lack of sunshine during the winter months which basically begins the end of October until the beginning of April.
I think that I suffered from SAD. The depression I felt in the winter was crazy! I literally craved sunshine! My body just needs it. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t seeing a counselor or taking drugs but there was a definite damper on things because of the lack of sunshine.
Now that I live in Provo I am amazed that the sun still shines even when it is winter time! I wake up in the morning and on my drive to work I still have to pull out my sunglasses. It is such a weird sensation to put your sunglasses on when it is cold outside. Who woulda thought you would still have need of sunglasses in the winter.
The point, I LOVE that I can still see the sun in the winter even when my most recent winter experiences have taught me otherwise.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I got a random text message from, now get this...from a past boyfriends trainer from the mission. Yeah I know crazy connection but nonetheless we know each other and he texted me.
He said "Hey Marisa! How are you? It's been a long time, and I just thought about ya : )"
Are you thinking what I am thinking...because if you are then you know that this is headed right to the asking out question. You can totally tell.
Anywho...we proceeded to have small talk back and forth over text messaging and then came "the question."
He said "What are you doing tomorrow night?"
This is the part where I panic because I know he is going to ask me to do something, obviously, but I am VERY much dating someone and I have no desire to go out, even if it is just as friends. Unfortunately I totally am torn on what response to give.
My thoughts: "Well I can't just tell him that I am dating someone because that is being pretty presumptuous in assuming that he is asking me out because he is interested." At the same time we aren't good friends so this isn't like old pals catching up. I am 99.99% sure that he is interest. If I lie and say I am busy then I may have to deal with the whole thing later. I will also probably have to explain that I am dating someone and I am sure he will wonder why I didn't just tell him that in the first place."
I thought about it. Talked to my mom (she is the source of all wisdom and I pretty much consult her on everything difficult in my life.) Thought about it some more and this is what I said...
"You know I am actually dating someone pretty seriously and I know it sounds lame but I think he might be really bothered if I went. Sorry." (Totally put the blame on S.O. but it was the only way to make me not feel like I was hurting his feelings. Hope you're ok with that S.O.)
Overall I think I handled it pretty well. I was truthful but I didn't have to say "I don't want to go out with you." His response was classic. He said...
"Ha ha ha! Well it's not a date!! (Of course it would be a date that is what a date is, two people that go out together. But go ahead and tell yourself that if it makes you feel better) But I understand... (now he is trying to soften the blow of him basically telling me that it was an absurd idea that I would think he wanted to take me out on a date! How did I ever get such an idea!?) I mean I am pretty attractive...it might be complicated if you started to fall in love, I guess I understand : )" (Now he is building back his self esteem because I totally shot him down. I am proud of the boy. Picking himself up by his bootstraps and not an ounce of confidence lost...or so he lets on)
I most definitely chuckled to myself. I tried to give back some of the confidence that he didn't ever lose because he wasn't asking me out so how could he couldn't possibly have just gotten shot down? I said this...
"Yeah that would be bad news if I started to fall in love with you. Thanks for being understanding."
The fact that he didn't text me back just confirms the fact that he indeed WAS asking me out because if he wasn't he would have been able to muster a "Well it was good to chat with you." or something like that but I got nothin.
My advice for these situations...tell the truth. Things always work out better when you do plus an interesting dialogue might come of it.
Friday, December 5, 2008
We were chatting at our office pot luck lunch about our different needs when it comes to alone time, unwinding from work etc. I expressed that I most definitely need my alone time. It doesn’t matter who it is but if I haven’t had a sufficient amount of alone time I don’t want to be around you. That is just the plain simple truth of it.
This leads me to the dichotomy I experience when I am invited to a social event. Most likely my initial reaction is that I don't want to go, I want some alone time. This mostly occurs when it is going to be a bit out of my comfort zone (doing something I don't normally do, going with people I don't know very well, I am intimidated by the people that are going, etc.) This is when the dichotomy occurs because I realize that I am being anti social and that I really should go out. I also know that I usually end up having a good time and that it is totally worth my while. This however does not make the decision easy. I am literally fighting against my natural response to want to sit at home in my jammies and spend some quality time with my lap top to get myself to go out and socialize like a "normal" 21 year old.
So after going back and forth and agonizing over the decision for probably a couple hours I finally make a decision. Most times it ends up being the jammies and quality lap top time but occasionally I break out of the comfort zone and do something social. Usually I come back feeling so proud of myself and really having had a good time. You would think that this would help diminish the dichotomy from occurring in the future but it doesn't and I go through the whole process every time I get a social invite. Is this weird? Am I the only one out there who sometimes struggles to be the "social butterfly?"
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I am not particularly bothered by people seeing me sweat or get all red (because I do both when I work out) but it is more the fact that I am in public and with being in public comes certain rules that should be followed. On that note many of the people at the gym do not follow these rules of public conduct and frankly it makes being at the gym a not so pleasant experience.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1. I was mentioned on Holly's blog and that is BIG! This girl has a following and she is probably one of the best bloggers I know. So the fact that she said MY name on HER blog pretty much made my day...no my week...no pretty much my whole blogging life.
2. I don't understand why everyone thinks I am such a Grinch for refusing to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. I started playing Christmas music (because it is after Thanksgiving) and I keep getting comments like this "Oh so now it is ok to listen to Christmas music." Yeah, NOW it is ok. It is just my little way of giving Thanksgiving the proper attention that it deserves after that I am ALL about the Christmas music. I'm not a Christmas music hater I'm a Christmas music lover.
3. Totally worked on my budget the other day and I am BLOWN away by how quickly my money goes. You would think I would have more savings by now but I don't and really I am wondering where all my money keeps going. I think someone is eating it...
4. Apparently there are still pirates out on the open waters. After reading this article I wasn't all that excited to go hop on a ship anytime soon.
5. Got up at 6:00 a.m. ...yeah that is right 6:00 A.M. to work out. Miracle. Yes.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I pin pointed what it is that turns me from bad cook to horrible cook and that is cooking for others. As soon as I am cooking for someone else all cooking skills go out of the window. I get nervous like I always did before my piano recitals (hated piano recitals and probably could have vomited every time I had one). I am somewhat of a perfectionist and that doesn't help with the low cooking self esteem. I am determined to get better though. It is just going to take practice and some willing and forgiving eaters who will endure what could be some really frightening attempts at meals so that I can overcome my cooking inabilities.
P.S. I come from a family of really good cooks my hope is that they all started out like me and that maybe there is still some hope for me.
Thanksgiving was so nice. We had Thanksgiving here at our house. It was the Garrett's year so we had the grandparents and 4 out of the 6 of my dad's siblings with us as well. Also a wonderful addition to the crowd was S.O. who I happily introduced to all of my dad's family (I think we just have one more aunt & uncle to go on my dad's side). Also S.O. was introduced to my mom's dad, who had previously called and arranged to be sure to come when he could meet S.O. That's right, an interogation was going to go down.
[I love when my family is protective of me. I have had both grandparents express that they must approve of S.O. and make sure that he is good enough for me. I also have wonderful neighbors who also feel the same. It makes me feel so loved.]
After finding out what S.O. is studying and what he ultimately wants to do my grandpa told me that he approved. I officially have approval from both grandpa's so I am good to go! I wasn't worried. S.O. is very impressive and an amazing young man. Who wouldn't be impressed?
T-day went well without too many embarrassing moments until both of my grandpa's talking about beer. This had to be the funniest thing but completely out of the ordinary. I was amazed how far they went with joking about having a few beers in the fridge. Finally my dad cut in and said something like "Alright you two not in this house!" LOL! I thought it was the cutest thing to watch both of my grandpas chuckle and smile at the reaction they had gotten out of their antics. I have such a great family!
S.O. and I also spent some time with his family. This included a lively game of Catch Phrase in which the girls whomped on the boys for both games. We also played a compatibility game with S.O.'s married brother and sister. With three couples total S.O. and I came in second (with a little bit of cheating. I know I know cheating is wrong but give us a break we were already at a disadvantage because we were the only ones not married. We had to even the playing field a little bit.) Both S.O. and I agreed that it was a stupid game and was all pure luck and had nothing to do with compatibility. It was good times though. I really do love S.O.'s family.
Overall the big T-day was wonderful and couldn't have been more perfect. I am a very blessed and I had a lot of gratitude for these blessings this Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Needless to say I was concerned about not being with him and of course and even bigger concern of who was I going to sit by in RS! [his mom serves in the nursery and his visiting married sister was missing in action. So I was left to fend for myself]. Luckily the sweetest sister ever came up to us and asked if I would like to sit by her in RS. I thankfully accepted. Before I knew it I was surrounded by some of the cutest old ladies ever.
[It is amazing how as soon as you can't have something or use something you need it more than ever! I experienced this today. I normally don't have to use the bathroom all that much during the day but as soon as I knew I couldn't go if I needed to I felt like there was absolutely no way I was going to make it to 5:00. Don't worry, I made it...but it was not easy.]
All in all I had an increased appreciation and gratitude for running water and how convenient it makes our lives.
Here is a recap for the last few days.
21st-Grateful for weekends! So thankful that we have a few days to recoup and get a little break from work.
22nd- Thankful for comfy clothes...more specifically jammies. There is nothing better than after being in a dress all day long to get into comfy clothes that completely cater to lounging.
23rd-Thankful for pictures. How wonderful is it that we can capture moments in time so that we can later go back and revisit those memories. Love being able to learn of others lives through pictures and also take a trip down memory lane through the wonderful memories in my own life.
So much to be grateful for!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
S.O. sent me a little package which I received yesterday and it was such a lovely surprise. In my package was a beautifully written and sweet letter (love letter #8) [we send each other love letters because we are doing the long distance thing. You know flirt long distance style. We number them because when the first love letter was sent it was titled “Love Letter #1.” and have just kind of stuck with it since then. Now it is my turn to send love letter #9. How can I make it special?]. Also in the package was a Caramello. This boy really knows me! He knows of my deep love for chocolate and he sent this candy bar in hopes of satisfying my chocolate craving that comes so frequently.
I love packages. I love letters [especially love letters]. I love chocolate and I love S.O. I am one lucky girl!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Poor little Thanksgiving gets overlooked every single year! The moment the Halloween decorations come down the Christmas lights go up. What about the cornucopia? When does it get its moment of glory? I honestly LOVE Christmas, I really do, but I think that it just like all the other holiday's should wait its turn.
So in order to support Thanksgiving and give it the attention it deserves I refuse to listen to Christmas music before the Thanksgiving feast has commenced.
Now that being said...I fell to temptation today. I was reading one of my favorite blogs Seriously So Blessed and her playlist began playing "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey. I would like to remind you that I did not search out this music, it was thrust upon me. I am completely positive that this must have been of the devil because there is NO WAY I could resist listening to my favorite Christmas song! I succumbed to the enticing sounds and listened to the whole song...
I know. I am ashamed. But don't fear I have recommitted to my no Christmas music before Thanksgiving policy and will do my very best to uphold this standard all the way until November 25th after which Christmas music is FULLY permitted.
I was anticipating that it was going to be cold. It is November for heavens sake. I put my thermals on under my pants, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, coat, hat, scarf, gloves, the works. I was ready! Well about 3 minutes into our walk I was sweating bullets and REALLY regretting the thermals. The only good thing about all my clothing preparation was that it was very useful as padding for my bum on the hard bleachers.
S.O. had to take off a little early to take the shuttle back to Rexburg : ( and so I enjoyed a little walk back to my apt. on my own. Not going to lie it was much more enjoyable doing it with someone especially a special someone. The game was fun and I am looking forward to going to more BYU sporting events. It is lots of fun! Here are a few pics taken at the game.
S.O. and Robert (fellow BYU-Idahoian who was on S.O.'s team for the competition)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I really would love to hear those things you are grateful for during this lovely month of November. So for those of you who actually READ my blog step up your commitment and mak a comment and share what you are grateful. It really isn't much to ask.
DAVIS 20 ALTA 7
My brother had a high school football playoff game on Friday and because I had to work I wasn't able to attend. So being so glad that my mom thought to tell me the final score I texted her back and said "Yeah! Oh man I am so excited!" I wanted to tell my brother congrats on a big win and the chance to continue on in the playoffs. I was about to ask my mom if my brother was there so I could tell him congrats through her, but I didn't. That was my first mistake. I thought why do that when I can just text my bro directly on his own phone. So I text him this "CONGRATULATIONS! Dude I am so excited you won! That is so sweet! Who will you play next?" This was my second mistake. Like 5 minutes later I get this text from my mom.
DAVIS 20 ALTA 14
My heart sank. The game wasn't over! I had already sent the congratulations text and the game wasn't over! I text my mom saying "Oh boy. I thought the text you sent me earlier was the final score. I will really be hoping they win now. Keep me posted." I later got a phone call from my mom saying. "You better figure out a way to get that text back."
Unfortunately Davis had lost by 1 point! I was so bummed out and felt even worse that my brother had a congratulations text waiting for him and how much that was going to stink to read when it wasn't true. I tried to smooth things over with my brother by explaining that I text him what I did because of my mom's lack of clarity in texting and that I had gotten confused. I told him I was sorry that Davis had lost but that I still thought he was awesome! He will be ok.
I learned a valuable lesson about texting. Even when you are trying to use it for good sometimes it can come back to bite you in the toosh, and hard. Never assume you know what someone means by their text. Don't send the congratulations text before you KNOW that it is actually in order.
P.S. The mistake was totally MY fault but it was just easier to smooth things over with my bro by saying it was my mom's lack of specificity that caused me to get confused. My mom rocks and I LOVE that she texts my brother and I. She is so good to try and communicate with us the way we are communicating these days. Love you mom! By the way she is getting good at texting...even if I interpret them wrong. LOL!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I went back to the water cooler to fill up my water bottle. I began filling up my water bottle and looked up and out of the window. Outside of the window there was one of those big security trucks that carry loads of money around in them. What happened next is flat out proof that women’s minds go a million miles an hour.
Within in a couple of seconds I had envisioned some “bad guy” coming and breaking into this truck, stealing money and then making a break for it through our building and running right passed me, possibly threatening me with a gun or something (yeah I thought about all that in a matter of seconds)
Meanwhile I am still filling up my water bottle. So as the water cooler always does it makes a gulping noise as the water gets lower and I jumped.
That’s right the gulping water cooler scared me. My heart even skipped a beat or two! I immediately looked up to make sure no one else was around to see me get scared by an inanimate object. Luckily no one was. I think it scared me because of the previous thoughts I was having...that is my guess.
Don’t worry though I don’t think it will turn into a phobia of the water cooler.
1. Family and that they are always there for you
2. Relief Society and the sweet sisterhood that is there
3. Apt. that has heat
4. My freedom and to be an American
I would love to hear what you are grateful for each day as I go along. I have a really big pet peeve...and that is that Thanksgiving always gets looked over and everyone goes straight to Christmas. Well not me I am going to give Thanksgiving the attention that it rightly deserves!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
First I got to eat stew and scones, the Garrett family traditional Halloween meal, on Friday night with S.O. who came down for the weekend (obviously that being one of the main components of why the weekend was so great). We enjoyed dinner together and then proceeded to check out what I decided to refer to as "The Pumpkin Patch." The Pumpkin Patch was really just a house in West Layton that had close to 100 carved pumpkins. Now these aren't just your cut two triangles for they eyes, one for the nose, and a crescent moon for the mouth. There were carvings with Sean Connery's face, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, and of course your standard spooky ghosts and ghouls. They were so cool looking! Some of the pumpkins were hard to tell right at first what they were and it turned into a fun game to try and see who could figure it out first. The rest of the night consisted of chatting by the fire with the parents and playing two versions of Speed. The first being S.O.'s version which I only lost by a hair and second my version which I pretty much whomped on S.O.
Saturday morning I spent time with my family and just enjoyed being home. I went running which just about killed me. I couldn't decide if it was the elevation difference from Kaysville to Provo or if it was the fact that I hadn't exercised in two days and ate a bunch of crap the day before...I am thinking it was the elevation. Later in the afternoon S.O., his two cute younger brothers, and I all went up Farmington Canyon on four wheelers. It was so much fun! We started at close to 70 degrees weather at the bottom of the mountain and by the time we got to the top it was at least in the 40's. Talk about cold! It was definitely worth it for the view once we got to the top. I had fun driving and riding and just plain being outdoors. Below are some pictures from the four wheeler excursion.
After showering for the second time (I was basically covered in a thin film of dirt over my entire body and a significant amount of dirt was embedded in my hair once we were back down the mountain) I headed to S.O.'s house for dinner with his family. S.O. gave me the low down on voting and what to expect. We went through each of the decisions I had to make and by the end I felt a little more at ease about the whole voting thing. The best part of the night had to have been our walk through the park. We talked, swung on the swings, played on the playground toys, and even played in the leaves. I am calling it my "could have been in a movie" night. For real if someone would have been recording it we could have totally made a chick flick and been a HUGE hit! Well at least in my mind : ) Later back at S.O.'s house the power went out because there was a thunder storm. That was kind of cool too. We just sat in his living room and talked by the light of an old fashioned lamp. It was so great!
Sunday S.O. came to church with me and met a bunch of the wardies and of course was a huge hit and everyone approved of him. I was so proud! I loved taking him around and introducing him to everyone. I sure do have a great guy who I am VERY fond of. I really just plain enjoyed the weekend so much and was so sad when Monday rolled around. I had a Monday with a vengeance but I think that it was all worth it for the great weekend that I had...yeah definitely worth it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The bad began when I got to work. Don't get me wrong I love my job but I have had a really light work load as of late, I mean we're talking REALLY light, to the point that it is almost non existent. So the problem comes when I sit for 8 hours a day trying to feel like reading online trade publications is work enough to have earned my salary. Needless to say I feel somewhat bad/guilty about this.
I have been wanting to talk to my supervisor about the possibility of me getting on some accounts sometime in the near future, so I finally got brave and...sent an e-mail. I know...I know...I am a total chicken but I really didn't want to come off as a complainer/whiner I just wanted to know where things were at as far as getting me a little more consistent work. You know if someone needs a reminder that I exist then I would really like that reminder to be made. My supervisor is so great and really is doing all he can to help me out. Unfortunately much of what needs to be decided is out of his hands, so that was slightly disappointing but I think that it will get better soon...I hope.
I left work feeling somewhat discouraged and just feeling like the day had given me a beating AND I had a zit growing (you know growing zits just have a way of dampening your day, especially when you feel like you should be out of that "stage"). I got home and shortly after i arrived one of the owners who was doing clean checks (who was supposed to come yesterday but didn't have a key to get in, yeah go figure on that one) came and breezed through our apt hardly looking at anything (I'm glad we cleaned so much, jeez) and then passed us. So that was good. I also got new blinds, which now open and close, which is also nice.
I went on a run to try and relieve some stress. It was beautiful. It was so nice out and I really enjoyed my solidarity and just letting my mind go. So I am running along feeling better and better with each step and then... wha bam!... I look up and guess what I see? A black cat. I just started laughing! My bad day had just been topped off with a sighting of a black cat. Wonderful. I don't claim to be superstitious but this was just too funny that I happened upon a black cat on what I would consider a not so great day. I guess I can plan on having a few more bad days in the future. Lucky me... or I guess not so lucky me!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
For awhile now I have been pondering about the special people that each of us have come into our lives. Some enter only to exit after a short time, others come, exit, and return at later time and still others enter your life and will be there forever. No matter how they come or how they leave each touches our lives and impacts us in one way or another.
I have been taught so many great lessons by the amazing people that I have been so lucky to encounter. I have people that I have experienced grand adventures with, bonded, shared and really lived and when the adventure ended our constant contact ended but no matter how long you are apart when reunited that bond instantly returns. I have people who have guided, supported, and advised me through the many ups and downs of life. They are people that I will forever look up to and admire for the very person that they are. I have people in my life who simply know me, inside and out, top to bottom. They can "read me like a book" and always know exactly what I need in the moment I need it.
The more I have thought about it the more I have realized that each of these people were tailored to fulfill a specific role in my life and they have helped to make me who I am and who I will be. Each have added more depth and character to who I am. What a beautiful thing it is to have each of these people make their mark on our life.
Thanks to all the very special people in my life! I love you and appreciate all you do for me.
Friday, October 24, 2008
P.S. I think it get's funnier every time I read it. Look at their faces...classic! Oh and one more thing the cartoonist Mark Anderson said this about the cartoon he said "I don’t know why, but the word 'apparently' makes this caption work. Seriously. Try taking it out and it’s nowhere near as funny."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Not to paint an ugly picture in your head but it needs to be done. The girl was wearing what should have been a shirt...and it wasn't a very long shirt I might add...and this shirt was all she was wearing. That's right ladies and gentleman she had no pants on and her supposed "dress" was not covering much. It doesn't end there the top didn't have much to it either and I wondered if it was going to fall off the front of her. Needless to say this girl was barely covering herself, she put a sweater over this shirt/wanna be dress like that was going to make it any better. I walked out of the store amazed and just kept wondering how she could possibly feel comfortable in what she was wearing not mention keep warm!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
My excuse...I was preparing to go to Idaho and then I was in Idaho and then I was catching up after being in Idaho. So basically it is Idaho's fault that my blog hasn't been updated in way too long. But I am here to give the latest!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Big macho kid: "You should lift those a little slower; it will work your stomach a lot more."
(Said with the tone of voice that say's he thinks he is all that and totally knows what he is talking about when in all reality he probably really didn’t. S.O. was convinced that it was just a tactic to start up a conversation, and I agree)
Girl: “Oh yeah. Thanks.”
Big macho kid: “That’s a cool bracelet. Did you make it?”
Girl: “No, it’s from Guatemala.”
(And then the bomb... and the best part of this WHOLE story and what made it totally worth S.O. eves dropping on the conversation)
Girl: “My missionary sent it to me.”
As you can imagine the conversation came to an abrupt end…I wonder why? LOL! I absolutely love this because I think it happens so much at BYU-Idaho and only boys at BYU-Idaho and probably BYU get shot down by the classic “missionary” comments.
It had to be the most adorable thing until about 10 minutes later when it began to get slightly annoying. Everywhere she walked there was a little squeak squeak squeak like the noise little kid’s squeaky toys make. Her parents commented on the fact that they love that they can always know exactly where she is and when she is on the move!
Not going to lie I think it would be kind of fun to wear an adult version of these. I wonder how long it would take before someone hurt me??
Here is a pic of a pair of these squeaky shoes that are very similar to the ones that my co-workers daughter was wearing. Check them out at this Web site. Who knows maybe they do special orders for adults!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
S.O. posed a great question through a lovely Facebook message to me, asking me what I thought his name meant. This got me curious so I looked up his name and subsequently mine as well. I have known for awhile now what mine means but I think I looked it up again in hopes that it had changed somehow because I really think my name meaning is LAME!
So for all you who just can't contain your curiosity anymore. My name means... of the sea.
Stupid. I know.
I have come to terms with it and have just decided to forget about the meaning of my name and concentrate on the fact that it is a totally AWESOME name and to be quite honest I am pretty fond of it. What does your name mean?
Friday, October 10, 2008
To start I am going to take a hot shower, use a clean towel that has that wonderful clean towel smell, shave, moisturize, and then paint my toenails (let's be honest they are in desperate need). All while in some comfy pj's I might add. Then I will probably eat a bowl of cereal as I enjoy a great chick flick. I wonder what I'll watch??
Simple plans for Friday night but oh so wonderful plans!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
While walking to the JSMB we ran into a friend of S.O's. In the process of our chat with this friend a couple with one of those huge umbrella’s that soccer mom’s prop up at soccer games that shade the entire sideline comes walking through the crowd. What happened next had to be the funniest thing I have ever seen! The man and his wife were briskly walking and most definitely not paying attention to where their ginormous umbrella was landing. As they walked by S.O's friend the umbrella hooked around his head and he had to duck to keep from getting drug along with the couple! I couldn’t believe that this clueless couple had just about taken off this kid’s head! Funniest part about it was that they did it to someone else about 5 seconds later! Lesson to be learned here, watch where you’re hooking your umbrella or else you might find you have some additional passengers.