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


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 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.


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.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Would you spend $62 on this? Or this?

Merry Christmas


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


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!


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 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 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


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.