Monday, November 29, 2010


I want to just recap my Thanksgiving holiday with a few highlights.

1. Snow. I like driving in the snow. Mostly. And this snow got me to leave work early on Wednesday and drive to Idaho. The drive was nice, a bit slow (there & back) and I thought I had a huge talent for driving in the snow...until I got stuck in my parent's driveway. How lame is that? Made me laugh though.

2. Lisps - I love them. And I love that my family does them, too. My 9 year old niece wrote me a note and signed it "love, Grath" (Grace)

3. Watching movies as soon as you wake up. Every one's a little greasy, but it's the best.

4. Having a grandma that is 95 and can still joke. Incredible woman.

5. Missionaries. My nephew, Will, leaves for his mission on Wednesday, so we had a party for him on Thursday night. So much fun. He gave a great little presentation on Belgium/the Netherlands and his sister made a video of him, and then we gave advice/thoughts. He's going to be a stellar missionary. And even that he's able to go right now is a miracle (he broke his arm and had some bad stuff happen to his arm about 2 months ago and is fully healed). This time of year makes me remember the last bit of my mission - which I cherish. It makes me miss my other nephews that are out right now. It reminds me of how grateful I am for the Gospel that gives me direction and clarity and full happiness.

6. Stellar family in general. They make me laugh. They help me feel safe and secure. And even though we're not smart (driving to American Falls even though church was cancelled just to say good-bye), they're still a good time. My cute nephew Mitch texted me before I left "be safe and say a prayer before you leave." Made me a grateful way. I learned that my really good friend's mom passed away on Sunday...breaks my heart. I am grateful for the eternal nature of families and the capacity we have to make them ours for that eternity. And grateful for the atonement that heals our hearts, and comforts us when things are less than ideal.

I'll stop there. It was a good weekend and I'm grateful that I had a few days off from work...even though I still wish I wasn't here :0)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sister Time

This last weekend, my sister Suzanne came to town to visit. She is a riot. As soon as we start talking, we do this stupid voice that lasts the entire time. We don't use it with anyone else. It just happens. I had a slight vision of us sitting around when we're older using this voice, and our children would be so confused with the oddity of it all.

She's my "therapist", so I took Friday afternoon off and had some therapy time. It was sleep therapy. We're getting old, and slept the entire afternoon!

I love that everything turns into a comedy fest and an adventure whenever she's around. And yes, she's my hero. That's probably why I look like her and sound like her. In fact, I do remember in the 3rd grade, we were supposed to dress like our hero. I wore her spandex shorts, sweatshirt and mickey mouse watch. I thought I was pretty cool, because she is cool.

She even made me lunch and paid for a lot of my food. She is so generous.

I firmly declare that everyone is a better person for having Suzanne in your life, even if it's just for a second, it will leave a positive lasting effect. :0)

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Life is all about networking, right?

Well, I've come to the conclusion that in the search for the perfect job, someone is going to have to help me out.

Here's the sitch:

I want to be a north in the summer, live south in the winter.
I want to have fun at work, ala, not waiting for 5:00 for the fun to start, not living for the weekends, etc. I do enjoy all the activities I participate in, but at least 8 hours every day fall under the non-enjoyment time. Not a fan. That's a lot of time.

And while I'm here, I want a Toyota Tacoma. Or at least to date a boy with a Toyota Tacoma.

Or maybe compromise the both: Find a sugar-daddy with said truck and be his appointment scheduler, and activities director, a personal assistant. Hmmm.

Does anyone know any old men?