Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve

In case you were one of the 5 people I know that WASN'T in on the secret...I got Mike a beagle puppy for Christmas. Its very hard to keep something that cute a secret, but Mike being in Salt Lake for 4 straight days at drill helped. I gave her to him Christmas Eve at my family's annual party. We have a big dinner and a talent show, everyone has to do something (read a poem/story, play an instrument, sing, dance, draw a picture, do a trick, etc.) even if it isn't all that Christmas related. I got my niece Megan to help me with a magic trick to suprise Mike with the dog.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi guys,

This time of year there are so many charities trying to help and asking for donations. I know everyone tries to help out where they can and I don't want to make anyone feel obligated.

Mike is at drill in Salt Lake City right now, doing the Toys for Tots drive with his USMC unit, Fox Company. Remember, Christmas is only a week away. He told me this morning that they dont' have nearly enough toys to go around this year. There are more families in need and fewer people in a position to help out.

If you want to help you can go to www.toysfortots.org to find the drop-off location nearest you. You can also make monetary donations on that website as well. Remember they are asking for NEW, unwrapped toys for children. Simple, sturdy toys like dolls, cars, balls, etc. are best.

If you are in the Northern Utah area, I am driving down to Salt Lake tomorrow after work(thursday, Dec. 18) to drop off donations from people in my office. If you would like to send something down with me, email or call me today. I have a few cash donations and I am going toy shopping tonight.


~~ALSO~~


They have received several donated guitars. These guitars are brand new and all of them are Fender brand, accoustic and electric. The Marines will be auctioning the instruments off to raise money to buy more toys, so that hopefully they will be able to give something to every kid on their list. If you are interesting, you can call the drill center at 801.583.7318 I believe that Sgt. Cabaza is the person to speak to.

If you can't donate this year, I understand, but please pass the word on to someone who might be able to help.

Thanks,
Suzanne

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Uh,

Would you spend $62 on this? Or this?

Merry Christmas

5am

Its 5am and I can't sleep...again. I went through a phase in high school and college where I just couldn't stay asleep, I'd get by on 6 or 8 hours of sleep for the whole week. And then, for whatever reason, I started sleeping again.

I don't think I've had a decent night's sleep since I bought this house. Its not just the house, but everything. Getting married and having another person in the bed has been hard too, he moves and I wake up. I can't stay asleep when he's not in the bed with me, and I have a hard time falling asleep when he is there.

Then I'm wide awake staring at the ceiling and of course my silly female mind starts worrying...about everything. It is absolutely useless to worry, but I do it anyway and it keeps me awake.

I've tried Tylenol PM, I've tried unisom...they both turn me into a zombie the next day. I've tried tea-free chamomile teas. I've tried warm milk. I've tried reading, doing the dishes, surfing the internet (which only wakes you up more and keeps you from blinking so your eyes dry out), meditating, praying (which as least helps me stop worrying), exercising, cleaning, watching TV. And nothing really works.

I feel like I could cope better with the stress and problems in my life if I could only get a solid 8 hours and wake up actually feeling rested and relaxed. Anyone have any tips?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dumb Dares for the Office

"Ask a colleague if they'd mind writing a letter recommending you for their current job."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

*sigh*

Mike just found out today that they want him to report for drill next week on the 17th thru the 19th. They will be doing Toys for Tots in the Salt Lake City area. I'm glad he'll be doing something to help the community, I just wish they could have given him more than a weeks notice.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Learn to Bellydance!


Christmas

Things I like about Christmas:

  • Lights
  • Baking
  • Family time
  • Friend time
  • Music (in moderation)
  • Food
  • Holiday movies
  • Inspirational stories
  • Volunteer work
  • Generosity

Things I don't like about Christmas

  • Guilt
  • Stress
  • Financial pinch
  • Greed
  • Emotional blackmail
  • Having to be PC
  • Obligation gifts
  • Commercialism
  • Non-stop christmas music starting in November
  • Hypocrisy

Its been a very long time since I've gotten excited about Christmas and this year its even worse. I don't want to deal with it. Honestly if we skipped Christmas I wouldn't mind one bit. I prefer to celebrate the Savior's birth when it actually happened (in the spring) and his life and mission at Easter. Leave the fire feasts to the pagans who know how to celebrate them properly.

You know what I want for Christmas? A house that doesn't fall apart, a family that doesn't bicker, a healthy husband, a truck that doesn't beak down, no debt, no bills, no stress, a job that pays more than 20k a year, non-trashy neighbors, weight loss, no BS, and world peace. So Santa, get going on that list.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Christmas Lights

So Mike and I have this brand spankin' new 7ft tall, pre-lit, slim artificial christmas tree to go in the little corner of our living room.

I took it out of the box. I read the instructions. I plugged everything in to make sure that the lights all worked...and they did. I set it up. I fluffed the freaking thing. I decorated it. I go to plug the lights back in and - Half of the top section have died.

Mike has tried to fix it but the lights just won't work. The tree has a 2 year warranty on it, so we could take it back to the store. But that means I would have to un-decorate it, take it apart, pack it back in the box, go back to the store, and deal with the hassle of exchanging it for another tree that will probably not work when I get it home.

Mike is voting that we take it back, I am voting that we leave it where it is and put a little strand up at the top to fill in the dark spot.

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

HLT Christmas Party

So last night was the annual Hickman Land Title Co. Christmas party. This year it was held at the Logan Golf and Country Club at the mouth of Logan Canyon. Mike and I were the last ones there (yes it was my fault, I'm perpetually late), but we made it just as they were starting to serve dinner...so just in time.

After dinner we hosted our annual White Elephant Gift Pass-Around. We've been doing this as long as I can remember. Here's the thing, some people really don't understand the concept of "White Elephant". This year there were more nice presents than ever before...seriously people a White Elephant should be something strange, cheap, and completely useless. Not a bag of candy,or a hot chocolate mix or some cute christmas mugs or gift cards (ok if the gift card has been used and stamped void, then that would be funny). A White Elephant should probably be picked up at the nearest thrift store and should be something like what my husband got (see photo below)



Yes folks, brown glass grapes...classic White Elephant. I got a box of brand new golfballs, NOT A WHITE ELEPHANT. Below is one of the white elephant gifts that Mike and I brought. It was purchased for $1 in Unique Boutique thrift shop in Burnsville, MN.





The pround new owners of this one-of-a-kind, hand-made beauty are unfortunately NOT named Larry and Shelley.



My brother likes to put a couple of really nice gifts in the pass-around to spice things up. This year he did 2 ipods. My 70+ aunt got one and had no idea what it was, she'll probably just give it to one of her grandkids. Someone else put in $100 bills and someone else did gift cards to a local sports grill. Seriously?!? I would rather have a Peter Petrie egg separator any day of the week.



Anyway at the end my dad gave a nice speech.



And then we gave him a group gift from the office. USU Aggie gear...in there was a blanket. There were a few blankets in the white elephant exchange as well. So my dad says "Since I have a blanket now too we can all sleep together". Whaaaaa? No dad, that didn't come out right. It was funny and he was a good sport when we explained how that sounded. And everyone went home happy.

Monday, December 01, 2008

BLAH!

I'm having severe anger management issues today. Everything is on my nerves, and no, I'm NOT PMSing, not even close. Its apparently National Act Like A Complete Moron Day, so feel free to harass everyone around you and make them as miserable as I am.

If I hear one more grown woman rave about that stupid teenage vampire movie I swear to SHEP that I will drain their bodies of blood myself so they can see how it feels.

A nap, a brownie, and some quiet time will help...hopefully.

Friday, November 28, 2008

He put the lam in the Ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong


My nephew Josh was in Logan High School's production of "Grease". He sang, he danced, he hand jived...I'm so proud, just like Linda Richman, I'm all Verklempt...talk amongst yourselves.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Motorcycle for sale! - SOLD!



Silver, 2000 Yamaha V-Star 650cc Custom for sale. Located in Logan, UT, local pickup only. Includes sadlebags, pictured above. In good working conditioned and just serviced.. $3,000 OBO. Contact me at nachista@yahoo.com for more details.

Dumb Dares for the Office

"Post a sign-up sheet for 'Cube Fu' training lessons where you will demonstrate the deadly art of using ordinary office supplies to defend your workplace."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dumb Dares for the Office

T.G.I...Extreme Dare Friday!
"Get someone you don't know very well to scratch and itch you can't reach on your back. Repeat "lower" every few seconds until they become uncomfortable enough to cease scratching."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dumb Dares For The Office

"For the next hour, refer to female colleagues as 'mademoiselle' and male colleagues as 'monsieur'."

Sunday

Sunday we babysat my brother's kids for a couple hours while he went to pick up his wife from her scuba dive test. The baby, Elayna, kept trying to ride molly and talk to the chinchillas. Gretchyn played for hours with a spyrograph set we get from the DI. Cardon spent the whole time watching movies and playing with Mike's Mr. Potatohead set. And Mike taught Walter how to play Age of Empires on the computer and we didn't see him downstairs until his parents came to pick him up.

I made Beouf Bourgingon and the kids loved it, suprisingly. For dessert we made deep fried tempura bananas and served them with vanilla ice cream.



Saturday, November 08, 2008

Saturday

So its saturday and I want to avoid cleaning the house, what to do...

I want to bake bread, but the oven is broken. So I'm going to make the dough here and then bake the loaves either in my sister's oven or my mom's oven (whoever is home or left their door unlocked is the lucky recipient of my company and bread). I think I want to do a rustic garlic bread filled with grilled diced onions and cheddar cheese, or maybe spinach and feta.

It it turns out, photos will be posted here.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Caden







This is my sister's son Caden (I stole these photos from her blog), he is so stinking cute I can't stand it.

Friday - Halloween

Friday I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and put a nightgown on Molly and made her be my big bad wolf dressed up as grandma.



I took her to work and the little kids that came trick-or-treating downtown LOVED her! Several of the kids were more interested in my dog than the toys and candy we were giving out. I didn't get a photo of my costume, but here are the photos of the other folks who dressed up in our Logan and Layton offices (South Jordan and Jackson were lame and didn't dress up).




I left work a little early to go to my mom's annual family halloween party. My aunts and uncles and their kids and their kids kids all come. The little kids play games in the car barn and get treats, that way if their parents don't want them trick-or-treating they have had their fun and their candy. I helped my aunt and my cousins make navajo tacos so I couldn't take any photo, I got this from my sister.



I also jacked these photos from my little sister's blog, if the rest of my family had blogs I'd steal photos of their kids and post them on mine too, but they don't (hint hint).





95% of my sister's gypsy costume came from my closet and I'm trying desperately not to be annoyed that she looks tall and skinny and all the clothes actually fit her. I've popped buttons off the blouse she is wearing and it is actually LOOSE on her. *sigh* oh well.

Thursday

Last Thursday my sister and I took her kids and my brother's 3 oldest kids to the L'il Goblins haunted house at the Boys and Girls Club of Cache Valley. Our tour guide through the spook alley was dressed like Abby from NCIS.



The weekend update

This last Friday was Halloween, in case the fact escaped you. Thursday night My sister and I took her kids and our brother's kids to a L'il Goblins haunted house at the boys and girls club of Logan. Our guide through the spook alley was dressed as Abbey from NCIS and I loved her costume.





I dressed as little red riding hood and I put molly in a nightgown and she went as the big bad wolf dressed as grandma. Most of our office hours on Friday passing out toys and candy to the trick-or-treaters that come downtown. Molly was a hit, several kids ignored the candy and went straight for the dog, and Molly loved the attention. I didn't get any photos of me, but I did get one of Molly. We also have photos of the closing side of our office dressed up like the crew from Gilligan's Island, and we have photos of the costumes from our Layton office. South Jordan and Jackson were lame and didn't dress up.





My mom hosted her annual Halloween party for our extended family. All my cousins' kids can come and play games out in the car barn and get candy if they don't want to go trick-or-treating, and the grownups get a chance to visit. I jacked this photo from my sister's blog, I was busy helping my aunt and my cousins make Navajo tacos and didn't take any photos.



And I also stole these photos of my sister's kids from her blog. I'd post photos of my other nieces and nephews if their parents had blogs too (hint hint).





90% of my sister's gypsy costume in that photo came out of my closet, she looked good and I'm annoyed because I can't fit into any of it any more.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jewelry

Ok I can't find my digital camera and had to take these photos with my whimpy camera phone.

Here are some options I've found for jewelry to go with the dress for the ball.

My mom dug this antique evening bag out of her closet. I'd never seen it before but she said it belonged to her mother. I think its perfect.





Above is the silver/crystal tone jewelry I was thinking about. the pin at the top would go in the hair. Missive can you spot the j. peterman piece?







This is the gold/garnet toned group of jewelry that I was thinking about. Everything is vintage except the gold bracelet. I REALLY love my grandmother's earrings so I'm leaning towards this look more, but I'm not crazy about anything else in the group.

I may have to make a strategic shoping strike at the mall *yuck* and see if I can't find some inexpensive costume jewelry that would suit the earrings better. Maybe just a simple garnet colored ribbon tied around my neck and wrist. I don't know. I've decided against gloves, as long as the scratches (from cutting down the wood pile) on my hands and wrists go away.

Dumb Dares For The Office

Monday, October 27th, 2008

"Kiss everyone on both cheeks when you greet them"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Class of 1940

My father graduated from Logan High School in 1940. He is now 86 and most of his classmates have graduated, so to speak, from this life. He sought out those still living and invited them to his home for a dinner party. He figured it was best not to wait another 5 years for the reunion or they might not make it.

The following photos are the remaing class members of LHS '40 and their spouses. It was a pleasure to help my parents with this evening and it was amazing to see and listen to these wonderful people.