Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Thursday!

Another Email at work, but I laughed pretty hard. ENJOY.

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions o #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the Person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make great stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.
15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.
22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.
24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.
31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grateful List

I know I have this picture everywhere, but I just love it...
I'd like to tittle this picture... Hotty Pants. The two of us are classic fun havers. It's never ever dual, helps that I adore this kid, and I think the feeling is KINDA mutual.

I thought I should probably do this, I have much to be grateful for.

#1 I am grateful for an awesome supervisor. We put for sale signs on his car this morning (thank you to all who called him for inquiry and helped me pull this prank off). Good times.

#2 The Church History tours. Ceri and Jerry stopped and got to do some touring over there with their kids on their way over to Ohio. I miss them already and was so excited to hear from her. I'm grateful more than anything that the church is so important to my family, and for sisters who put that as a first for their families. I can't wait to hear their little voices tell me about "Adam on diom num" (sounded out?) I love those little voices.

#3 My foot rest at work. I have it good I'm not going to lie. It's a massager at the same time. AH heaven.

#4 My parents mission. I know I over use this, however they have the serious hook up for events at the conference center with the BIG guys (aka apostles)

#5 Michael Jackson's, This is it. I'm sorry to say this, but I love it. Man in the Mirror and Change, some other ROCK out tunes. The perfect music for this stage in life... Dance the night away and BEAT IT to the loser guys who don't have their SHIZ together.

#6 I did my first rinse last night with my nose that did not result in BLOOD!!! OMG I'm so happy! My nose is so perfect shout out to Doctor Anderson, and his Assistant Colby (yep we're on first name basis)

#7 I am SO grateful to my nail lady and her life story. In broken Vietnamese I heard it all from her last night. She is a doll: 36 Married to some one her dad's age and got a nail shop out of him... Done and done. 2 words for the nail lady: Girl POWER! (you go girl)

#8 Socks, my toes are so cold right now! I thought it was summer and wore flip flops to work (casual day) and because of the prank previously explained have been going in and out allot... turns out it's not summer. I'm Freezing. WET. Cold. I would love a pair of those toasty socks I have in my closet.

#9 My sister and Close Friend Both having twins at the same time. How is that for awesome!!! I'm so excited!!! I know I have used this before, but really I'm excited about it.

#10 My awesome-ness. Sounds lame but I did not create my spirit and soul, and I am grateful to have the gifts I have. I think that Heavenly father knows what's up, and although I'm not near perfect I like who and I am, and what I have to work with. I'm grateful for that.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A few of my favorite things...

OK so I love Fire alarms at work. We all just go out side and hang out till they figure out a customer pulled it. But we totally get to go out side and chat. I love it. Nice sunny days are the best, and everything takes the state forever to figure out, so we end up being out side for ever!

I love my crafts! I have been transformed into one of those "old chicks" that has tons of scrap booking stuff but no one to scrap book. SO therefore I make cards. It's one of my favorite things, being crafty that is.

My sister and her babies moved to OHIO this week... One of my favorite things is being out side and by water... My parents house is on the lake. For the farewell party the kids, and the neighbor girl (she is cute!) had a Bonn fire on the lake and roasted chocolate covered Easter egg marshmallow things. SO GOOD! We also roasted other things but I think that was the most memorable. (the rest of the stuff was from the deli and I just put it on the roasting stick to make the kids think I cooked it- worked like a charm)

My other favorite things is this girl. My roommate MALORIE. She is so much like Jesus I learn so much. Plus we are fun. We love our selves and are usually up to no good. I love having a close friend at my same life stage and hang out buddy. Pillow talk is totally normal and texting each other is non stop. Shopping, tanning, tennis, swimming, Nails, boys, what ever it is this girl is DOWN, and it's fun. We miss each other when we aren't together, I just love it.

Another one of my favorites is this room/ apartment. This is my parents Missionary apartment. It's right down street literally less than a block away from temple square. Aside from the steller location... the smell. It smelt like my mission. I went in there and it was like over powering to me. I loved who I was on a mission, therefor I love to be reminded of the mission. It brought back alot of feelings and memories I hadn't thought about for a while.

Another reason why this is one of my favorites is because my parents are over joyed to be serving and doing what they are doing. I truly makes me so happy to see them so thrilled. They are having awesome experiences and I love hearing about them. My dad served before in Australia, but this is my mom's first time and it's so fun to watch.

CUTE huh? They are up and out of the apt by like 6:30. Which on my mission wasn't even allowed, however they do get off at 4 and can watch TV. Fair trade.


More fav's. This would be a picture of the RUMBLE that went down out side my window at work. For any of you who think I'm kidding when i say it's crazy here, I will start documenting the crazyness. Full on rumble 5 police cars, and people going to jail. It's a day in the life and part of the reason why I like it.

My roommate came to go to lunch the other day and she was terrified. cop cars, CSi etc. WEll turns out a guy stabbed his wife out side of our building then had a high speed foot chase with tons of cops... DRAMa.

Sky's beaming face in her awesomely hot prom dress is one of my favorites of all time.

My best Friends. They make me so happy.

Randomly dancing in the street is a good thing too...


Thursday, April 15, 2010

How on Earth

So, I've worked for the State for a "while" Now, and one thing you can gather from working in a political atmosphere is that nothing is settled and regardless of who is in office things will change.
When first hired I was living down town SLC (the avenues, I LOVED IT) but decided to take the job in Provo. So, with 2 weeks to wrap up business in SLC I moved. Everything worked out, and I was so sad to see my awesome amazing apartment that I loved so much, and was really hard to come by in the SLC area. Turns out it was a good move. I made great friends, and Career wise, great move. In prior posts you will read that it was tough, and a struggle. As and Eligibility Worker my nights were filled with memorizing state policy and program guide lines. This worked out cause I was on the rebound from a horrible relationship and terribly miss my bow who I had at that point been with for over a year.
Memorizing State policy was my way out of a really bad life situation. Lets look at some highlights: My trainer who I will adore even after I die. She was an older grumpy Hispanic lady that corrected my Spanish grammar every chance she could, and told me what was wrong with my case management skills. Well, we ended up taking lunches together almost every day, doing temple work together ( she took me to the Manti temple for my first time- breath taking) and our days frequently had a therapy "session" for Cheryl and she saw allot of tears (to be fair I saw allot of her tears).
We played cards together after church on Sunday, and after 7 months of close Friend ship to her I found out she had a son my age, lets just say fireworks. I loved him. He treated me so so good. So kind, and SO handsome, Hispanic, and just cute. He was not an active member, which worked out for me at the time cause I was a fence girl. I hadn't decided what was going on in my head so I justified letting go of a temple marriage because of his Kindness and his STELLAR mom. I think I fell in love with her and he was a HUGE benefit.
He ended up being the first guy to break my heart. LIKE full on tears for a couple weeks. The hardest part was his mom usually cried with me. I didn't cry that much when I called off engagements. I think it's really hard to end things when they are so nice, and so cute and you just don't understand why. I carried on for a while, like a month of tears, but now retrospective it was a very good thing of him to do, and I know it was one of the hardest things he's had to do. (he's now getting married in the temple, active church member!!! I'd like to think I had a small part in his coming back and all the scripture studies weren't pointless)
So then. I felt like something was going to change. I had this feeling that something big was going to happen. Well, my lead worker gave me a priesthood blessing there at work in the Provo office because of my uneasy feeling. Hours later we found out there would be "changes" and I would be having to apply for my job again. What? Yes that's how the state works. I didn't re apply for my job in Eligibility. I decided I wanted to serve people and that my policy knowledge could be used for a greater good, so I looked into the position on the other side of the State Department. I applied for jobs all over the state. I received offers from every office, and every position I applied for. When I interviewed in Ogden, oddly enough I got lost down town and actually ended up walking down an ally (one of which I would never never walk down now) little did I know... Ogden felt right the second I walked in the door. I knew I was moving there, but still wanted to know what the heck was going to happen before I made any final decisions, as far as offers from managers.
The same night I interviewed in Ogden, I got a call from the manager off the office at 8 pm (well after business hours). She stated she would do anything to get me to the Office and asked me what it would take to convince me... DUH. Money. So I got a raise and started a new office, new ward, new friends, new everything. It was hard, but quickly the little miracles started to show. I was dating quite a bit at this point and after my other boy Friend didn't feel ready to settle down for anyone, but I enjoyed male companionship and the "benefits" that comes with not so serious relationships.
In Ogden I have benefited from serving the public in so many ways. I have worked as a community liaison on boards for domestic violent advocacy, I've represented the State at different Educational community meetings, and I've served the x felon community with pride. I Have learned deep and eternal lessons of the atonement, lessons that i could not have learned in any other situation. I've also served and used my Spanish language skills daily, which has blessed my life tremendously.
I have sent 2 of my dearest and best Friends on missions. My life would not be complete with out those kids, Jason and Joshua. The shining sparkle behind their Auntie's eye. I had no idea the pride and happiness that would come from those kiddos doing what I know to be true. I experienced one of the scariest things of life, Our dear Joesph and his seizure. My little heart could not take anything happening to that kid. My parents have turned in mission papers, and retired making my childhood home history. I felt so defined by Bakersfield and my roots there, saying goodbye to my childhood house was almost a crisis. Luckily I have made close and dear Friends here in Ogden, and I've walked the halls of the Ogden Temple. I think this move was a HUGE Success. HUGE.
All this being said and thrown out to the "blog" world, really I just need to process things. I'm getting another feeling in the gut. I hope my gut feelings are real feelings and not me running away from Healthy situations.
I'd like to be bored in my life by staying put for a bit, just cause I think its healthy. On the other hand allot of changes are being made. I've decided I'm ready for a "more serious" relationship (marriage- dare I say the M word) , my sisters moving across country (I want to go!), and work is completely restructuring, and I could very easily get orders to move with out notice, and who knows where they'd send me, doing who knows what.
That being sad, My life is in the hands of a Father I trust 150%, my life is evidence that clearly he knows me, and knows my heart. I am but hot metal in his hands getting worked and molded to what he wants. Lets hope I'm moldable.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Just funny.

SO we found these cheesy shirts at the gas station and with out hesitation we all agreed to buy matching ones and get pictures done. how often do you find people who just like to look dumb with you? True friends. But we had so much fun doing it!

Easter, In Rewind status.

When I was on my mission, I would show people this picture of Christ. Then I would proceed to tell them I was one of the angles on the Right and show them where they were in the picture also.
There was this Cute little boy, Oh my those Hispanic kids are adorable!!! His name is Shemblom and he use to call me "La hermanita Angel" "sister angel" cause I infiltrated his brain to think part of this picture was a self portrait. I laughed allot about it, however on a deeper level I'd like to think I'd have a front row seat to this experience due to my undieing faith. *Something to work towards, no?*

So I'm Mormon. Easter means a couple things for us Mormons. First and foremost, it means Christ has Risen!! How grateful I am to know my Savior, and have him be an entrical part of my life. I am so grateful for that. So grateful. Life is so much easier when you can give all your issues to some one else and not have to fret about them. Especially, some one that loves you unconditionally and will always, unconditional of your short comings. I know this to be true, and as President Hinckley once said, "My gratitude knows no bounds, My Love for my Savior has no end, My God and my Best Friend." He has saved me from my self, and from my short comings and I can not wait to meet him at his feet. I read 3 Nefi where he came to the American Content and read about the experience the people had when he came and I can't help but feel a little longing for home, a little home sick. It seems like no matter what, there's never enough of my Savior in my life, and I am so grateful I feel that.

This picture has been said to be the most correct Of Christ that we have on earth. I'm not sure if this is a Mormon legend or truth, however I know how I feel when I see it. He is my Savior.

After deep thoughts come Fun thoughts! My family also does this thing that is actually Mexican, Cascarones. If you know me at all you know I'm like 7/8 Th's Hispanic... true story. Therefore, we do cascarones. This is my mom and dad's first year (they've always been in Cali for cascarones, dad working as a CPA on the side you know when Tax season and end of year is and plan life around it.)
However, You can clearly see dad adjusted Quickly.

My Poor roommate enjoyed her un birthday on Easter. She is going through the temple, and had some what of a taxing experience when she bought her Garmy's. I think if you have ever made the decision to take a big step towards eternal progression you can Identify with the emotional roller coaster that happens. Tiss true. I am a deep believer in Sister Hinckleys thoughts when she said something like... " We must care for each other, so we can sit in Heaven together." (or something.)
My dear hermana, I deeply care for this girl. Knowing the struggle that comes with making really awesome life choices makes me want to wrap my big relief society arms around her and protect her from the heart ache. I had in my room my Motto in high school, "Every thing is difficult, before it gets easy" Is it not true? Life is so so so hard, then you figure it out, it's fine.
Then my Family. Having had surgery and really hating life in general for a couple weeks. These people are the ones I'm so grateful to have by my side. They have saved me. I don't give my family allot of Credit, some times I don't recognize that being an active family member is an elective not a requirement. I am astounded by what these people do for me. Again, my gratitude knows no bounds. I have a song that I would like to quote, it's by Ziggy Marley (represent!) But truly expresses how I feel.

wanna thank you for the things you've done
I wanna thank you for your generosity
and I'll never be alone,
that's because you are my friend
that's because you are my friend.
Been through thick and thin together
through the ups and downs,
yet we still remain and
I can talk to you forever
I wanna thank you for the day and nights
I wanna thank you for the breath of life with out you I'd be lost
Just as long, just as long as you're my friend
that's because you are my friend, you are my friend

Some times I forget that my family is making a choice to serve me, and it is not a REQUIREMENT for them to do so. It's not their fault I have chosen not to be married yet thus putting allot of burden on their shoulders that would other wise be a spouses, I'm grateful for their patience and love for me. They tend to help pick up pieces, after failed engagements, Work re assignments which means moving with days notice, Medical CRAp, and any thing else you can imagine. These people are golden.

More Cascarones!
Seriously Fun!

My Easter basket. Mal and I decided we wanted baskets. I think it was mutual that we just love shopping for each other, and so fun to give!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

More pictures...

So the twins and I had special time with out MAL. FINALLY. LOl but for real, after a day of family togetherness, I was missing my boys. So we went to a movie (Titans: which I loved and they did not) then we decided 12 am, it's so early why on earth go home? So we drove around a bit, and after a scare of an almost road trip to Eden (thank heavens that didn't happen, fork in eye), we decided it was Mal's Un birthday.
So we found decor... at wal mart (who else is open in Utah conference weekend at 12:30 am) and we found this really funny wedding cake topper... Me and "the boys" chewing our Gum...
Our feet-sies. My shoes are amazingly cute. like to die for cute.
and again the twins.
Oh Jack and the topper... looks all too familiar...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I know it doesn't look like it, but this picture is amist the HELL. My nose is so swollen and actually has cast's in it. Don't let the smile fool you... LIFE SUCKED. My freind Erika and family!!! They met us and ate with us. SO fun, and wow beautiful.
The baby! She laid with me non stop during my recovery. Little miss thang.
The kids slept by me and helped my spirits. They were so Dang cute!!!

Jen came to visit!!!

Blythe is dang cute too... I must say they are turning into quite the young women.
The Best food ever! This was my meal of choice before surgery... Does it get better? I'm grateful for peru just cause the food is awesome. and the party crew eating...
It was Randy's birthday so she sang for us!
This picture is not related at all, I just think I look cute in it :)

and more... of mom and dad's party

The After Party.
The mission display. I'm proud turned out nice. Shot out to Amy, my sis in law. We make a steller Team!

Mom and dad in front of the family picture table.

The center peices! This would be the memory table.

And the drinks table. Again, shout out to AMY. (andrew did the cups)

More Pictures for your Pleasure

Nick and Randy at the store in Cali. Always amazing to me that theirs liquor everywhere, I'm so UTAH now... Kinda lame of me.
Jack and I wrestling over some nasty half raw egg... EWwwww

Zach and I at his work... So fun

Road trip to LOGAN, its Beautiful.