Thursday, August 21, 2008

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Thursday, August 21, 2008
"Give a colleague an unlabeled prescription bottle filled with mints or candy, and instruct them to withhold the 'pills' no matter how hard you beg."

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Mike is having PRK eye surgery today down at Hoopes Vision. Keep your fingers crossed that all goes well. We will be back in Logan by Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
"Put magazine cutouts of well-known clelbrities in the picture frames at your desk. When asked, admit that they're not really relatives but that they're 'just so darned beautiful.'"

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Yesterday was my sister Kristeen's birthday. Instead of me taking her out to lunch she and her kids took me out to lunch, I'm still not quite sure how that happened. But we went to Kamin Thai here in Logan. It is in the old Cottage restaurant behind the Baugh Motel. I love Kamin, their food and ambiance are great. GO EAT THERE! If you don't know what to get, order the chicken pad thai or cashew nut chicken or Phuket pineapple fried rice. They have been really empty the last couple of times I've gone in and it makes me worried that they might close...so go try it.

Another great place in Logan that I love is in danger of closing...Sweetly Divine Pastries. Sweetly Divine is THE BOMB, GO EAT THERE!!! The pastry chef, Mark, is from Poland and he trained in France. He makes amazing european pastries as well as some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches you will ever have. Try a swan or a fruit tart or Mike's favorite a Napolean. They are big enough to share but so good you'll want one all to yourself. He can do large orders for special occasions and his cream cakes are to die for. He doesn't make traditional wedding cakes, but I ordered 3 different cream cakes (raspberry mousse, strawberry cream, and carmel chocolate) for my wedding and just set them on a 3 tiered cake server. He made me 2 little white mice, one with a pink bow and one with a top hat...as cake toppers, they are white cake raspberry mousse, covered in white chocolate(a specialty of the house but they are only made on certain days).





In other news, I am getting my new dishwasher today! I've got to go meet the guy at my house in half an hour so he can install it and take the other one away. I'm very happy.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
"Apologize to a colleague for something you say you did but really didn't do. When they say, 'but you never did that' reply with, 'Oh, I must've dreamt it. Again.' Then sigh heavily."

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Check out this website I found...

http://www.howmanyofme.com/search/

Kind of interesting.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ok, this really pisses me off...

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/08/13/troops.baggage/index.html

How very AMERICAN of American Airlines. If they need to be compensated for extra baggage fees then they need to submit a bill instead of charging the individual servicemen. And vouchers? WTF?!? These men and women have well over 200 lbs of gear to worry about, not to mention THEY ARE GOING TO WAR!!! Why should they have to worry about plane tickets and id and a stupid voucher for luggage?

The government should have stepped in and taken care of the fees well before those guys ever got to the airport. This is FUBAR and something needs to be done about it.

To write to American Airlines please go to their website www.aa.com and click on "Contact AA" at the top of the screen. Then click on "Customer Relations" on the left side of the screen. Once in Customer Relations click on the link that says "Email AA Customer Relations", then fill out the form (the flight information section doens't need to be filled out).
This happened about 2 miles away from my parents home. This is something you'd expect in my ghetto neighborhood.

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PS - I still can't get the link function to work properly, I've tried it several different ways but it just won't work.

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**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
"Invite a colleague to join you outside for lunch. Then present a bottle of suntan lotion and say, 'It'll be nice to have some help for those hard-to-reach spots!'"

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
"Over the course of a meeting, slowly edge your chair towards the door. Lean out of the chair with a foot pointed to the door for the final few minutes."

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This week we have my niece Gretchyn's birthday on Thursday. On Friday my cousin's daughter, Chelsey, is getting married.

Next week my sister Kristeen has her birthday on Tuesday and on Thursday Mike has his Laser eye surgery. Busy, busy, busy.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

**The following email was sent to me by a friend who knows this personal. This is a very legitimate and worthwhile effort if you choose to help.**

John serves full time for the South Dakota National Guard. He is currently on deployment and commands a forward operations base in Afghanistan. The girls’ school just down the road from the base was burned to the ground by the Taliban day before yesterday. He and his troops are rounding up and erecting tents so the effort to educate can go on (it is regularly 130 degrees) but there is no way to get school supplies. We had the idea that we’d ask people to get an APO box at any post office (it costs 10.95 to mail no matter what the weight), fill it with notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, erasers, etc. (crayons will melt) – anything you can think of that your kids use daily – and send it to him. His troops will deliver the boxes to the school whenever they arrive. He knows the little girls will be so grateful.


In Time just two weeks ago there was a Rory Stewart article telling how the villagers of Konduz built their own school and including a picture of little girls attending; John had just spoken at the opening of a new one and sent pictures on the internet. And of course Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea told of negotiating the first ones. Everyone agrees that the hope is in the children…


John’s address is: Weber, John

ARSIC-N (Army)

Workspace, (Konduz)

CAMP MIKE SPANN (MES)

APO AE 09354



I did it and found that the box is high enough for about 10 notebooks with all the other stuff I found tucked around the end and side.

Thanks for considering—
Ok, little heads up warning about the kiddie rides at the fair. AVOID ANYTHING WITH A TRACK!!! My 3 year old niece rode one of the ones that was on an arm that goes up and down and around and she was fine. Then she tried the little kid roller coaster and towards the end of the ride the whole track shifted and the back cars jumped the track. Kyla is OK, but she hit her chin and it bled like crazy...which of course freaked her out.

I've always been a little suspicious of travelling carnival rides but honestly these looked OK and we thought it was safe. Next time we'll stick to the merry-go-round.
Sam's Club Deal!!!

For all you Sam's Club members, here is an excellent bargain. Cheesecake Factory brand 9" Oreo Cheesecakes for $0.81 a cake...THAT IS 81 CENTS FOR A WHOLE CHEESECAKE!!!

You have to go to www.samsclub.com and search for Oreo Cheesecake, when the link comes up just put in how many you want. If you haven't registered your Sam's Club account on the website you will need to do that first but it only takes a minute. You just tell them how many you want, confirm the order and then pick your and pay for your order at your local store the next day.

This deal is only available for the "click n pull" option. You can't just walk into the store and get them out of the freezer section, you have to use the online option to get the discount.
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The Old Lyric Repertory Company's season is in full swing here in Cache Valley. It is a cheaper alternative to the Utah Festival Opera (yes their initials are UFO, and I believe Michael Ballam IS from another planet...how else could you explain the weird accent and the huge head, hmmmm?). Tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday they are having performances of "Stones in His Pocket", tickets are $10, go here to read about it...

http://www1.usu.edu/lyric/html/more.html

(seriously if anyone out there knows how to make the active links work, please let me know because they won't show up in my posts)
**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
"Target a co-worker who always goes out for lunch. Ten minutes before the end of lunch hour, using a sweater or jacket for a pillow, lie down on the floor and pretend to be taking a nap until they return. If they ask why you chose their cubicle, compliment their decorating taste. ("Yours just seems so cozy and inviting!")"

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The Cache County Fair and Rodeo starts today and runs through Saturday night. Fairgrounds open at 11am, admission and entertainment are free.

If you want to avoid the lines you can buy rodeo and carnival tickets at the County clerks office on Main street in the County offices. They are also selling the official "Tough enough to wear pink" shirts for the rodeo to support breast cancer research.

Don't forget the Junior Livestock auction on Saturday morning. The 4-H and FFA kids who have raised lambs, hogs, and steers will be selling their animals. These kids work hard and put a lot of time, energy, and money into taking care of these animals, please come out and support them by buying an animal. If you don't want the meat from the animal but want to support someone you can "boost" it. That means if you have the winning bid, that you pay only the difference between the pre-set market value of the animal and what you bid (ie, lamb $90 market value, $120 winning bid = you pay $30 and the meat packer takes the meat and pays the $90). If you are into food storage and have the freezer space, this is a great opportunity to get some amazing meat for a great price and help these kids out at the same time. If nothing else the auction is always fun to watch, the Parker family auctioneers always do a great job and we are lucky to have them. Bidder registration begins at 8:30 and the auction starts at 9am. If you are looking for a deal you should probably come about 11am or a little later, the prices are usually pretty high at the start of the auction and then come down with the red and white ribbon animals (don't let the ribbon color fool you, the best tasting beef we ever had was off of a red ribbon red angus steer)

And who can forget the best part of any fair? FAIR FOOD! Funnel cakes, carmel apples, kettlecorn, roasted corn on the cob, filled churros, polish sausages with grilled onions, dutch oven bbq, cotton candy...and the junk list goes on and on. So bad for you but so goooooooood!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sorry for the radio silence. We were trying to get Mike ready for a make up drill and AT at 29 Palms. Wednesday morning he was in a car accident on the way down to the Reserve center in Salt Lake. He is OK, no major damage but he is still feeling a lot of soreness. No one else was involved and the car is fixable. But Mike was not in any kind of shape to go to AT, so he is home now.

So that's where my Wednesday went.

Thursday morning I flew to Minnesota to visit some friends. We ate, we laughed, we talked, we shopped, we went to a movie, we hung out, we put the fear of Princess into the Geek Squad, it was all good. It was a nice vacation from reality.

And now I'm back in Utah.

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**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
"When eating lunch with co-workers, insist that everything they've selected is something that makes you 'gassy'."