Wednesday, December 5, 2012

For Your Christmas Enjoyment



Coming soon:

My life in the accounting office, and why it's so cool.


Be sure not to miss the next posting!  It will be riveting!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The New Star in Heaven, and Stars Around Town

Living in northern Utah, the center of Mormon culture, it is not unheard of to see Mormon celebrities.  The beauty of it, though, is that they are still normal people!  Just extremely talented normal people.

Over the weekend we drove down to Utah county to see the play "The First Christmas," put on by Liken.  My uncle and 3 of his kids participated in the play as heavenly hosts, choir members, and multiple other roles.  They were all over the place!  It was a really great play, and we felt the Spirit while listening to and watching the performance.



After the play, we went out to the lobby to say hi to all the actors.  They were having a special, so we purchased the movie which was made a few years ago.  The play was based upon the same script and songs.  We got a free CD with it, and chose the soundtrack that goes with David & Goliath.  Dan Beck was in the house, as he plays Gabriel in the play/movie, so I asked him to sign the CD soundtrack (he plays King Saul in David & Goliath).  So fun!  Another little girl who was in the choir asked if we wanted her autograph as well, so we have a few extra on there!

One of the actresses in the play is the same woman who plays the mom on the "R.M."  She was riding back to Salt Lake county with my uncle and his family, so we were able to talk to her.  It was all I (meaning Caleb) could do not to jump up and down with excitement and scream little girl.  She was a pretty normal lady, though, so we tried not to scare her and refrained from freaking out.

Thanks to my family who gave us tickets to all go together and see the play.  You all did great!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Advent Day 1

I am so excited that Christmas will be here in just a few short weeks!  This will be my first Christmas back in the US since 2008, and I am a little sad about not getting to see my family this year.  However, I am not going to let it get me down!

In honor of my wonderful mother's birthday, and it being the first day of December, beginning the countdown 'til Christmas, here is this awesome video that you should watch:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Double the Fun!

Hellooooo!

It's been around two weeks since my last post.  Things haven't been all that crazy, rather dull.

Other than our Thanksgiving plans; that was a blast! The day before Thanksgiving, Caleb and I traveled down to Sandy to visit AJ & Jon's family and Bubsy as well.  We stayed the night and celebrated Thanksgiving with them the next day.  They were so kind to prepare dinner so early in the day.  We ate around 1PM or earlier, so that I could get back to Logan for work at 5PM.

Kaitlin tried her hand at lemon meringue pie, and it was delicious!  AJ cooked her first turkey, and it was great, exactly what I was craving for Thanksgiving.  The rest of the food was tasty, and all the pies were soooo good!  We played a round of Phase 10 on Thanksgiving day as well; everyone was really nice to put up with me that way.  :)

We drove home that afternoon, and I made it with a few minutes to spare to work at Wally's.  I started work at 5, and was scheduled to stay until midnight.  As most of you know, the Black Friday sales started on Thursday this year.  8PM was the time of our first sale.

MASS CHAOS.

I have never been Black Friday shopping, working or otherwise.  It was quite the experience, but luckily everything went smoothly.  Hopefully there are very few Thanksgivings that I have to work in the future, but I am still grateful to have a job.

Friday morning we left for Caleb's parents' house an hour away.  Everyone in the family was present, and we had a lot of fun.  There were a record 24 pies at the table after turkey.  Don't worry, we did not eat them all (PUKE).  Lots of leftovers went to everyone's homes.  We stayed the night with everyone on Friday.  While there the in-laws treated us to the movies: we saw Life of Pi (cool/meh), and Abraham Lincoln (awesome).  Jenny and my father-in-law also humored me with an entire round (2 hours) of Phase 10.

Saturday evening we left and came back to Cache Valley.  I had to be up early in the morning for work.

For the next 3 months(ish) I'll be working in the accounting office at Wally's.  One of the women in there is going to have her baby in a month, so she is training me to replace her while she is on maternity leave.  My shift is now 5AM-2PM, Sunday through Thursday.  Unfortunately, there is no budging on working Sundays until March when I go back out onto the floor :( But I still have a job, so that is good.  And I still get to go to church on Sundays, my ward even.  I'll just have to take a 2-hour lunch instead of 1.

Heads-up, I won't be answering my phone after 8PM  any longer.  At least until March or April.  Though my coworker is threatening not to come back to work after the baby, which could put me in the office for a longer amount of time.  Unfortunately there is no raise with the job; actually it would be a demotion.  I would rather her come back so I can continue to be paid my regular amount!

Over and out!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fabulous!

Who knew?

While cleaning up the front end today for a much-anticipated visit from visiting managers and market people, I came across this item:

You know those Swiss Miss hot chocolate pouches?  The ones with teeny tiny marshmallows that are delicious as well as ridiculous and oddly adorable?  These are those marshmallows!

How exciting!  The possibilities are endless!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Leave the Guy Alone!

Most of you have probably read in the news about the CIA director stepping down this past week, due to an extramarital affair coming out in the public eye.

Why is the media soaking this up so much?!  It's driving me crazy!

As long as his affair didn't cause a national security breach, or he wasn't selling secrets as well, I don't see why this is any of our business.  I can't imagine how painful it already is for his wife; now she has to be reminded of the news everywhere she goes.

I do understand that there is a problem with the FBI investigation, that somewhere along the path the CIA didn't know what was going on.  Maybe there were some national rules broken there or something; I don't know.

So unless that is really the huge problem of the century, I want to stop hearing about this in the news!  Give the guy a break - let him go home and try to fix things in his family.  Since he resigned, he should have plenty of time now to try to make things right, if it's still possible at this point.

Getting off my soapbox.........

Monday, November 5, 2012

Giving Thanks

I'm not one for all the 'thankful' posts on Facebook, but I'll post a few here on my blog:

1.  I'm thankful for the small apartment I have, because it means I have a very small amount to pay in RENT!  It also means I have to keep it very clean because it gets cluttered very easily.

2.  I'm thankful for my job because it means that I can pay for my very small rent.

3.  I'm thankful for my husband because he's super awesome.

4.  I'm thankful for my Hulu Plus account and my sister's Netflix account, because it means I have something to divert my attention while grading papers (another thing I'm grateful to have).

5.  I'm thankful some of my coworkers are still in school, because it means I finally don't have to work until 11 o'clock EVERY single night.  Just every once in a while.

6.  I'm grateful for the skills my mom showed me in sewing and cooking while growing up.  Not that I've been using them much, but you know.  I have them.

7.  I'm grateful my husband loves science and learning; it means I learn lots of things like this:



8.  I'm also thankful for cute and fuzzy animals.


Too-da-loo!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Voting Time!

Here's your reminder to vote this week!

Disregard the final push, where Will Ferrell tells you just who to vote for, but rather listen to the overall message:



Go vote!

Friday, November 2, 2012

What I Do When I'm Not At Work.

Here's my day off today in a snapshot:

1. I unsuccessfully attempted to get ready early inn the morning and get ready for my day.
2. I eventually got up and at it and took my identification card and university time cards up to campus. I hiked my way up there and got in the early voting line in the student center. I waited for one person, then stepped up and was told I had registered to late to vote early. Awesome.
3. Then I walked over to the math building and got my two time cards signed and checked out another book for a new class that I'm grading.
5. I called my mom and expressed my frustrations to her.
6. I took a practice exam for 3 hours to prepare for my upcoming test in 2 weeks. Wish me luck!
7. My husband got home from classes. We left the apartment and drove to Jiffy Lube to get the car's registration renewed. Then the library for some movies, and then to Walmart for groceries. We finished out the adventure with a pizza and went home.
8. I walked on more studying and now we are sitting here with Nacho Libre playing.
Because really, is anything better than this:


Don't answer that.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Concert

We went to Alex Boye's concert here on Friday.  It was a lot of fun!  I expected a good fun show, which is what we got, but I was surprised when most of the songs were religious based.  There was a really good feeling at the concert, which was backed up by the USU Chamber Singers.  It was 2 1/2 hours, and we didn't get out of the concert until after 10 o'clock.

He told stories about many of his songs, how he wrote them, how they got the music videos together, etc.  And he performed "Peponi" live with the music video with the Piano Guys in the background on a big screen!  It was a lot of fun.

Here is one of the songs he performed.  It was beautiful:


Friday, October 19, 2012

Not Political

This video probably swings toward the conservative side more, but I'd say this is just plain funny.  For those of you who haven't seen this yet:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Good Morning!

Before leaving for work this morning, I checked my e-mail.  I was greeted with a message from FedLoan Servicing.

They were kind enough to let me know that they had just received word from my university that I had graduated!  Congratulations!

......and your first payment on your loans is due in 2 1/2 weeks.



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Why I Don't Have a Great Job Yet

A typical job posting on my off-campus job board might go a little something like this:

Wanted:  A detail-oriented person to work in a fast-paced office as our front desk manager.  Must have 5+ years of experience, proficient knowledge of 6 completely different forms of bookkeeping software, and be able to stand on your head for 5 minutes while rubbing your belly and playing the ukelele.  Wage:  7.25 + potential to move up after 18 months.

Wanted:  We would love a loving, professional, sweet caregiver in our home while we attend school.  We have 4 children, ages 1 month, 18 months, 3 years, and 7 years.  Must be CPR certified, have food handlers' permit, own transportation, and be willing to take them to lessons, help them with homework, take them to the bus stop, and prepare all meals and do light housework.  Hours (non-negotiable):  6:45-7:30AM, and 1:15-6:30PM, M-F and some late evenings.  Wage:  $200/month + meal at dinner time.

Wanted:  I need an undraped model, will work 3 weekends for an art project I am currently working on.  Can't pay you, but willing to give a photocopy of my work after it's done.

Any takers?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Facebook Posting and Other Junk

I like Facebook.  Meaning I like to look at other people's (usually my own friends') Facebook profiles.

I can't ever come up with anything good to post on Facebook myself!  3/4 of the time, it is something complaining.  Let's be honest, no one wants to read any of my complaining posts.

Though I have no problem complaining on here.

Like tonight, for instance.  Since I started my current job almost 2 1/2 years ago, I have not once been able to go to the Relief Society broadcast.  I know that I can read it or even listen to it or watch it later, but there is just something about watching it as it is broadcast, with a bunch of other ladies.

I don't have the energy to fight with my coworkers to try to get an earlier shift.  While I may be willing to trade with them when they're in a tight spot, I've never successfully had anyone try to trade to with me when my schedule conflicted.  So, for the 3rd time, I will not watch the broadcast.  Oh, neither will any of my coworkers, because right now I'm the only religiously-active female.

Now for another fun story:  every once in a while, something exciting will happen at work.  Like, someone will point out to me a customer who just happens to be the cousin of a grand-niece of an apostle.  Or a customer will pile her groceries too tightly on the belt, and a bottle of soda will fall off, resulting in cola-drenched customers over half the front end.

Stuff like that.

Yesterday a guy from the FBI came and wanted to talk to me and my supervisor.  He showed me his badge and everything.

He ended up just wanting to see what I knew about a once-employee who was getting some security clearance during his military training.  It was still pretty cool, though.

Other news of the week:  The husband passed his PCAT on Wednesday with an 82 percentile ranking!  This translates to a much more competitive resume as he applies to pharmacy schools this year!

I also officially registered to take another actuarial exam, Exam P/1, which is all about probability.  Woohoo!  Here come 300 study hours!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Top Ten Reasons to be a Statistician

I pulled these from a statistic jokes web page.  For your enjoyment:

1.  Estimating parameters is easier than dealing with real life.

2.  Statisticians are significant.

3.  I always wanted to learn the entire Greek alphabet.

4.  The probability that a statistician major will get a job is >.9999*

5.  If I flunk out I can always transfer to engineering.

6.  We can legally comment on someone's posterior distribution.

7.  You never have to be right - only close.

8.  We're normal and everyone else is skewed.

9.  The regression line looks better than the unemployment line.

10.  No one knows what the heck we do, so we are always right.

Well there you have it!

*as long as you reside outside of Cache Valley, or any other small, tiny town.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ramblings After a Long Break

I'm sitting here at my aunt and uncle's house to stay with their kiddos for the next few days.  I'm slightly weirded out by the fact that it's only 9:40 and they have all been in bed since about 8:45.

I'm just not used to that.

Hmmmm.  Well I know I haven't updated the blog here for more than a month, but most of you probably keep up with me on Facebook, so I don't really need to "catch anybody up".

I went to stake conference this afternoon with the husband.  Everything was fine and dandy until about 30 seconds in when the first speaker was announced, the first counselor in the stake presidency.  The name was recognized, the face was recognized.  The man is my doctor.

Maybe this wouldn't feel uncomfortable for any other women out there, but it feels quite uncomfortable for me.  Luckily I haven't been that sick lately, but this guy knows (unless he doesn't remember) details about me that I wouldn't always share with my closest friends!

Anyway.  I guess it is highly unlikely that this man will ever even meet with me in a religious setting, since Caleb and I don't plan on living in this same apartment past May.  And I don't plan on meeting with this doctor more than one or two more times before May.

Did I tell you I finally went in to see if something can be done for my migraines?  Yep, I did.  My doctor prescribed me with my first migraine medication ever.  After 13 years, I finally have something stronger than Excedrin to help.

Which brings me to a story.  The doctor told me this medication sometimes makes people feel buzzed, or a little extra jittery.  While in the doctor's office, I developed a headache.  I had to work later in the day though, and knew he had called in the prescription.  So I decided to hold off on treating it (no Coke, no Excedrin) until I went in to work and could pick up the prescription, and then really see how it acted against my headache/migraine.

Well, as you can imagine, by the time I reached work the headache had gotten progressively worse.  I had to wait until my first break (2 hours in) to go to the pharmacy, and by this time I was getting to the "I'm going to die soon" stage.  It was a Friday night, so the line was long, and I waited in line my full 20 minutes.  Once I got to the cashier, I was told that the prescription had never been called in and, "sorry, but you'll have to call your doctor and ask him to call it in again."

Doctor's office was already closed for the weekend.  My despair was very apparent, and I tried to hold back the tears.  I took 2 extra minutes on my break as I ran(probably more like tried to walk in a straight line) and purchased a Diet Coke and grabbed some extra strength generic Excedrin.

It was an exciting night.  No worries, though, I got the prescription on Monday.  After 2 hours of severe muscle stress, it wipes away the headache and makes you think, "Did I really even have a migraine?  I must be insane, I feel great!!"

In other news, I looked up Alex Boye's music again the other night.  His music is so great, and I love his confidence in the message he wants to give.

Also his fashion style.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

In a Rut

I'm feeling lost.

I'm looking for work and failing.  There are not very many jobs that aren't retail in this valley.  And I've been turned down 3 times so far in the last month and a half after interviewing.

I'm studying for exams but feeling very inefficient/under-prepared.

I feel like I'm constantly closing at work, which makes it so I don't see Caleb at all (he is gone before I get home from work, and I am gone before he gets up from sleeping).

Getting yelled at by customers is taking a bigger toll lately.  I have little patience for it anymore, it seems, and feel on the verge of tears quite often.  And yet, I'm still grateful to even have a job, since so many don't.

I'm not sure what is going on with some of my friends right now.

I know, I know, I only graduated college 3 months ago; this will seem like nothing in the long run.  But it still stinks really bad right now!

So if you have any job insights that I don't already know, please clue me in!  (I worked at an employment center for a few months, so I know of most any job search engine/job board that is out there already.  I am looking for word-of-mouth type of jobs.)

Thanks very much.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Variety

Although I am not blessed in this valley to have access to free television service (the mountains here are very good at blocking the signal), I have other options for educational entertainment through the internet:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaack!

Oh, hey there!  It's been a while since I posted last; it's been more than a month, in fact.  I got married 3 1/2 weeks ago, and went on a trip to Las Vegas for almost a week.  The husband and I received a lot of really generous gifts from everyone, which we are extremely grateful for.  We live in a tiny studio apartment, and I haven't found a place for everything yet.  So please don't come visit yet.  In fact, even after it's clean you probably won't want to visit, as there isn't anywhere to sit.  So Caleb works overnight at the same company I work for, just a different location.  I sleep while he works, and he goes to sleep when I wake up in the morning.  I usually leave for work before he gets up, and he is often gone for work before I get home from my shift.  It's exciting, really.

I'm still studying for actuarial exams; I'm hoping to take the first one, Probability, again in November.  I'm taking a longer amount of time to study this time around so that I have a greater chance of passing.

Caleb is studying to pass the PCAT exam (entrance to pharmacy school) in September.  If he does well and is competitive enough, we will be done living in this valley in May and moving to another city for pharmacy school.

I'm constantly looking for more and better work.  I just had another interview last Thursday.  I still haven't heard back from them, though.  It's not looking positive, but I'm still looking like crazy.

And there you have it, folks.  Another update from my exciting, work-in-retail-forever life.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beating

The last 2 weeks have given me a beating from the dentist.

This morning I had 2 more cavities filled; I was mostly numb for the first (ouch).

My lip, however, was so numb that whilst eating an hr later I bit through my lip.

Praying that Carmex and mouthwash clean it out and get rid of the sore before I get married in 10 (!) days.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kiki and the Awful, Unreal, Rotten, Really Bad Day

Yeah.

My day actually started out really well.  I got up at 6 this morning to go pick up Caleb at work at 7.  I got to hang out with him until he went to sleep around 8.

My dentist appointment was at 10.  Last year I had to get some cavities filled, and the numbing did not work as well as planned.  I decided to tough it out, but felt like I was going to pass out near the end when he got the high-speed drill and called it quits.  I survived, but have dreaded going back.  Unfortunately for me, even though I floss, brush, and use a fluoride mouth rinse 2 times a day, I still managed to get 6 (yeah, six) cavities in the last 6 months.  Only 4 will be filled due to insurance policies.  So I went to the dentist this morning to get the first 2 of them filled.  I literally almost started crying when he put the drill in my mouth.

Luckily the numbing actually worked this time and I got anxious for nothing.  Two cavities filled, and I get to go back again next week.  The dentist tore the upper front part of my lip while it was numb.  Yay.

I went to work today, and had to close (off at 11 PM).  One of my coworkers is having her last shift tomorrow and so all my coworkers decided to throw her a surprise party/dinner at a local restaurant.  It was oddly enough planned in such a way that I was the only one who had to miss it due to work.  I also was asked to chip in money for a gift that I will never even see be given to her, or see at all.  I had a few cashiers be rude to me, what's new.  I was also apprehensive about going in to work, since yesterday I was pulled in by a manager and told that I needed to stop doing something that "looked" fishy, when in fact I have never stolen a cent in my life, much less from my employer.  So I know that some people in my workplace are making things up about me, and I can't do anything about it, nor will anyone give me a chance to show that I have done nothing wrong.  And I don't get to know who those people are, what with the "open door" policy saying that anyone can tell a manager anything without repercussion.  Unfortunately it doesn't help when it's a false statement.

I was working tonight with someone who doesn't typically supervise, so I had to make sure she was doing things right/not leave her alone.  She does really well though, so I didn't have to be too worried.  The store got incredibly busy around 9 PM and I had to open up every available register to get the lines down.  I also had someone complain to me that our bathrooms are always closed whenever he needs to use them (I explained that unfortunately it was just a sad coincidence for him that they were always closed for cleaning when he needed them, but that we actually don't keep them closed and clean them 24 hours a day).  While this was going on a customer came and told me she had found spilled soap on the ground.  I ran and grabbed paper towels and had her point it out to me.  I found out she had spilled it, and while I was on my knees trying to contain it with the paper towels, another customer went right through it and slipped and fell.  She had had back surgery somewhat recently too and was near tears.  I made sure she was all right, and called a manager up so she could fill out an incident report, because I wanted to make sure she was okay and not hurt at all.  While they came up I continued to clean up the soap and got a maintenance worker to help me and mop it up once all the excess was soaked up.  I got it cleaned up while trying to keep angry customers away from the spill (they were angry that they had to walk 2 feet around it) and made sure cashiers got home and lines got down, and at this time I should have been almost halfway done with my closing duties, which had not even been started.

A manager came up, and grabbed another manager, and then after they helped her they proceeded to chew me out for improperly handling the situation.  I was told I should have called a customer emergency over the radios and not done this or this and done this and this.  After explaining I had misunderstood what the term emergency meant (momma always said if you ain't dead or bleeding, it ain't a emergency), since the customer stood up on her own and told me she was really all right, I apologized, said I was sorry and let them finish.  I went into the back room with the switch-out bags and tried not to cry, as I had been chastised in front of customers, cashiers, managers, and others.  I gathered myself and went back outside to make sure everything was still running smoothly and start the closing job of trading out all the money.  While making sure it all got taken care of, another manager came over and started chewing me out again, saying I shouldn't have cleaned up the spill afterward, that this was going to cost our store $10,000 and because of me they wouldn't have any evidence.  She also told me how if I had said it was an emergency she would have come to me more quickly (I thought she should have enough respect that if I say I need her right away, she should maybe believe me).  After explaining the same thing, and saying I was sorry, she just kept going on and on and telling me with a disappointed voice how wrong I was.

Did I mention that I, with my supervisor, found a cart pusher sitting in his car relaxing while on the clock?  Not only does he still have a job, but he was not even formally disciplined (meaning in writing) for it.

I went back again in the back room and tried not to cry.  Then my coworker and I did our rounds and gathered all the money, booking it like mad women, accomplishing in 55 minutes what normally takes an hour and a half.  Luckily when I got off the clock Caleb was waiting for me; he had walked over to the store to see me before I went to sleep.

To top it all off I lost my nice lip gloss somewhere in the midst of cleaning everything up, and I did not get to take a final break because of all the craziness.  In fact, had I taken my break, I would have missed the accident entirely.  Huh.

Congratulations if you made it to the end of my rampage.  Sorry 'bout that.  I really wanted to vent, and to write this down in my journal would have taken much too long.

I am really tired right now, and tired especially of where I work.  I interviewed at a new place this week.  I don't know how well the interview went, but I think that if I get the job, I will be done here within a month.  I am so ready for that day.

Monday, June 11, 2012

I Need More Friends

Seriously, how did I miss this?  This is only 20 minutes from my house, but where was my invite?!



This is what some crazy kids did last year around the same spot (just 10 minutes further out):

Catch-Up

So I've been MIA for a bit on my blog here, I guess.  I went on my trip to the D.R. and came back, it's been almost a month.  I'm getting married in less than 3 weeks!  I've been trying to finish planning everything, and I've also been trying to get a better (2nd) job on top of everything else.  Just went through the first part of an interview this morning.  Crossing my fingers it works out....

Here we have Kari.  I mustache you a question.....



Dad's first pair of reading glasses.



At the Colonial Zone, in Diego Colon's castle (Christopher Columbus(or Cristobal Colon)'s son).





At the cathedral - hey Laura, this guy is still waiting.....


My yummy Pasion de Caribe drink.



At the church camp in the countryside in Bonao.




Our most attractive picture yet - at Juan Dolio beach.








At Kari and Kayli's invitationals.  This is a competition against anyone on the island who wants to come play.  Kayli is the one who is half a body taller than everyone.


After Caleb went home, here my mom and I are with some neighbors going to the beach at Juan Dolio.  Unfortunately we ran into some rioting which caused a traffic jam on the freeway.  Here we are turning around to get off the freeway.


Juan Dolio again.


I found my first cockroach in the girls' room with my luggage.  Dad came to my rescue thank goodness.


Hmmmmmmmmmmm.  Kari sitting pensively with her brownie.



Have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

On This My 2nd Anniversary

at my place of work, I sit here and ponder

What in the heck am I still doing here?!!!!!

Let the job searching commence.

Thank you.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Paradise

The last week here has been pretty great.  My parents and I flew from Salt Lake to Santo Domingo on Monday night/Tuesday morning, and Caleb followed suit on Tuesday morning.  We picked him up 12 hours after we left the airport.  Activities for this week have included:

Visiting la Cueva de las Maravillas  (stalactite/mite underground cave here).

Playing at Juan Dolio beach.

Going out to the church camp in Bonao.

Seeing the Avengers.

Going to Kari and Kayli's basketball invitationals, and back and forth at Kari's band competition.

Eating at an oceanside cafe, Adrian Tropical.

Going out to the Colonial Zone, to show Caleb the sights.

A bunch of school girls squealing with excitement when they saw Caleb, and asking for a picture with him.

Attending church in Spanish.

Watching embarrassing childhood videos of me.

Caleb leaves tomorrow morning, and I will get to stay until Thursday.  Woot!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Don't Follow My Example.....

I just finished my last exam for my family finance class this morning!

Woohoo!

100 percent, finishing with a 94.5% for the class.

The missing 5.5% were due to 2 questions missed on one assignment, and 2 questions missed on one exam.

Oh yeah, and the fact that I only attended class less than 25% of the time.

Don't follow my example by not going to class ever, but this time it worked out for me!

I am so excited to be done with school!  Just 2 more finals on Monday, and then I am free!.....to look for work and start paying bills and worrying about things like my retirement.

Woot!



*Note, I did not skip all classes this semester, just this family finance class.  It was a watered-down version of the last 3 years of mathematics and business classes I have taken.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Perfect Date

Here's a shout out to my sweet Aunt Laura, whose birthday is today!

You truly did have your birthday on the 'perfect date.'

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happenings

This past weekend I got to go purchase my wedding dress!  Woohoo!

I finished up my actuarial mathematics class on Saturday as well.

I will be graduating in less than 2 weeks!

My parents will be here in just over a week.

I'll be flying back with my parents to the Dominican Republic in 2 weeks.

And Caleb's going to come visit as well, for a couple days!

Then, I'll be getting married in just over 2 months!

Yahoo!

This is about how excited I feel right now:


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Validation

This is a really long clip (16 minutes), but it is well worth your time.  Even if you have seen it before, watch it again.

You can't not smile while watching this.  Just see if you don't feel better and more motivated about everything after viewing.




YOU are awesome.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Taking a Break

From piano lessons.

My student (mentioned a few months ago, around October) still has not practiced more than 2-3 times since I last spoke with y'all.  And when I say 2-3 times, I mean that she has literally opened the books 2 or 3 times.  Not 2 or 3 weeks in a row.  Not 23 times, just 2 or 3 individual times.

The mom has cancelled lessons 2 times in the last 4 weeks.  Which means, unfortunately, that I only get paid half.  Not sure how that policy got turned around, but it is what it is, and I don't like fighting with parents over money.

I think I'm cancelling all of May and through the rest of the summer.  It isn't worth my (or their) time anymore.

Now I just have to decide if I will ask them if they are willing to practice in August or September, and decide if I will try to take on 10-15 students or so, rather than getting a second job after the wedding in June.

Any takers?  Too bad lessons via Skype are not nearly so good. :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Justice

This is where my family is today:


This is where I am today:



Not quite fair, is it?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oh, Dear

Hahaha I thought this was hilarious - definitely a good pick-me-up for a Monday afternoon:


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Engagement

So if you read my blog here, chances are pretty good you already know I got engaged last week.

Woohoo!

Here is the story:

On Friday night, 3/16, Caleb was talking to me and told me some story a mission buddy of his had supposedly told him, about a Leprechaun Godmother (similar to Santa Claus), who came and brought presents to kids in Ireland.  I didn't believe one word of it, but he was pretty convincing.

On Saturday, after work, we went to Kneader's for dinner.  When we left and went back out to my car, the Leprechaun Godmother had left a note on my car!  Written on it was a note with a map, saying that if we followed the map (symbolic of a rainbow), at the end we would find the pot of gold.

So after going to a couple clue spots (his apartment, the student center on campus), we arrived at the Logan temple (cheesy, but adorable still).  Across the street, on a bench, was a pot filled with gold-wrapped chocolates, and a dozen pink roses.  Buried underneath the chocolate was an engagement ring, and Caleb asked me to marry him.

I said yes.

We'll be married and sealed in the Bountiful temple, on June 30th.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mormon Celebrities, Revisited (Again)

Guess who just got called to be on the high council in my stake?



Oh yeah, this guy.  Craig Jessop.

This is so cool! I secretly dream that he will be walking down the halls of our church building (our stake center is the only building for our stake, so it's pretty darn likely I'll see him) as I play the organ, and he will be so inspired that he will dash in the door, and with tears falling down his face, invite me to either a) take music lessons from him, b) invite me to be in an exclusive orchestra he conducts, or c) invite me to be part of the American Festival Chorus he conducts here in Cache.

A girl can dream, right?

All coolness aside, can you imagine how stressed out this guy has got to be?  Head over the Music and Humanities Department here at USU, and former MoTab conductor, as well as any extra obligations he has, and now add high councilman for a single adult stake on top of all that?

Wooo-whee!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

On Spring Break Weddings

Seriously, people.  What are y'all thinking?!

I know some of my readers have gone through with Spring Break weddings of their own.  I apologize if this offends you.  It doesn't lessen the truth found herein, though.

But really - for students in college, a spring break wedding is not always such a great idea!

Think of the lost money on the housing contract, the midterms that are going on not just for the bride and groom, but for everyone else attending the wedding.  Think of the undue stress that is caused while trying to pass exams, do homework, and just go to class!

Also, there is still snow in Utah most years at this time!  Everyone seems surprised each year when it happens.

What the -?  Why is it snowing right now?  It's March already!


          Um, you asked this exact same question a year ago, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before..........
No, it couldn't be!  I specifically remember all snow being gone and sunshine emanating throughout the land as though it were summer last year.


          Uh-huh.

So anyway.  You get the picture.

Cold+stress+school+snow+wedding = CRAZY   (I should know, I am a math major.)

I just know of so many people who get married each year over spring break, or, better yet, during the three-day break for Thanksgiving.

Maybe love really does make people crazy.


Also, cold weather often promotes the wearing of 


THE CAPE




Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


My friends and I have promised each other we will not, under any circumstances, allow the other to wear anything resembling this at her wedding.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Big Happenings

Yeah!  Oreos turned 100 years old today!


This Oreo is NOT 100 years old.  Hopefully.

Kind of exciting, right?

Picture your childhood without Oreos.  Okay, maybe some of you can.  I can't.

I'm proud to say that over the last couple years I have decreased my Oreo intake significantly.  By significantly, I mean that I am craving them all the time and die a little whenever I see a customer at work by a package and not share it with me.  Because I have purchased Oreos probably exactly 3 times in the last 3 years.

I'm staying strong.

I did purchase a package of their "Birthday Cake" Oreos last week, just for fun.  They were pretty good, but I'll probably never buy them again.  Double Stuf would beat them in any good and fair contest.  Just so you know.

Carry on.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Delicious!

I'm still a little kid, it appears.

These fruit snacks are DELICIOUS.


Yep.  They are.

My Walmart here has them for sale at $2.00 a box (10 pouches in each box), and all the ones at our store have a $1 off coupon on them.  So 10 pouches for a dollar.

Pretty awesome.

I'm sure they're not that healthy, but they are delicious.  So there.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Temple Grandin HBO movie

I watched this movie, Temple Grandin, with Caleb last night.


Good movie, I highly recommend it.  It is about Temple Grandin, a woman who grew up (and still lives) with autism.  She is famous for her work in changing the way animals are slaughtered to a more humane, less stressful (on the animals) system.  She noticed patterns in how animals behaved and worked with those patterns.  She learned how to function and make a difference while still dealing with the struggles of autism.

It's an HBO movie, but I imagine you could find it at your library - that's where I got the copy I watched.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Add to the Bucket List!

This is officially on the bucket list for me.





Who wants to join me?!!

Door-to-Door Summer Jobs

Door-to-door salesmen typically stay away from student apartments.  I assume it's because of the lack of money many students seem to have.

Though I do believe most of America seems to have this problem.

Anywho, I opened the door yesterday afternoon to a man wanting to tell me about this great summer job opportunity, selling pest control.

You can imagine my excitement.

He told me where and when the information seminar was that night.  I told him thanks, I'd let my roommates know in case they were looking for work; thankfully I was already employed at the moment.

His response?

"Well, you know, most of these kids here I hear are making only 8, 9 bucks tops an hour.  And if that's where you're at, you are just not going to get ahead in this life."

Gee, I didn't know that working for near-minimum wage to support myself while in school was so looked down upon.

I smiled, thanked him for the information, and closed the door.

Anyone else have stories of offensive door-to-door people?  I don't think offending the people you're talking to is a great way to garner their interest in what you're offering/selling.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine

My "valentine" gave me the best thing a girl like me could ask for today:

Tillamook Mudslide ice cream.

I am one lucky lady.

After having pizza for dinner, we went to the Aggie basketball game, where we played Montana Tech and won 70-58.  Perfect way to end the night.

No picture, I forgot.  Whoops!

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

P.S. I still think it's a bit of a silly holiday, but I will refrain from saying much about it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

I Am A Nerd

Today is February 10, 2012.

Or 2-10-2012

2 times 10 is equal to 20.

2 plus 10 is equal to 12.

Put those together.....

2012

Oh my goodness.

You realize this won't happen again until 3/10/3013.

Just kidding it probably will happen again.  I just don't exactly have the time to compute the probabilities right this second.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

That Feeling

I just finished and turned in via e-mail another homework assignment for my actuarial class.

Ahhh.

This semester I've been placed in a group with three other students who are about as smart as I am.  This is shocking, as I thought I was the only one struggling in the class.  Last semester my group would have the homework already done before I showed up to the group meeting (where we were supposed to work on the homework together).  They would let me know they already had it done and would answer questions later if I had any.  We only turned in one piece of paper for the entire group, so my homework was already done for me.

So this semester I've had to actually do my homework.  And now I understand it!  I just finished an entire Excel file, with 30-some columns and 100-some rows with calculations in each cell, and turned it in as one problem of my homework assignment.  It is so nice to work hard on something all day, get a few pointers from my group members, and be able to finish something, know it is complete and correct, and feel like you have completely earned the A you'll be given.

Ahhhh.  Math class is finally making sense. :)

Less than three months until I walk up to get my diploma!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wish List

I've never really been a shoe person, but I would really like a pair of these:


They're even a socially responsible company!











Ok, now that you all feel warm and fuzzy inside and good about these shoes, someone can please go buy me a pair.

Or,  you can buy the alternative:


Looks the same..........

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What Happened to Polite?

Lately everything and everyone has been getting on my nerves; most of this is my own fault, I believe (I should learn to deal and ignore better).  However, it does seem some certain common courtesies have been lost with my peers:

1.  I got a text message last night, at one in the morning.  I was exhausted from the week of school, so I was out (asleep) at midnight.  I woke up with my phone in my hand, realizing I tried to half read the text while asleep.  The message was about a church committee meeting the committee chair told me I needed to go to, in less than 12 hours from when he sent the text.  First time I found out about the meeting.  Hmmm.

2.  My roommate and her boyfriend regularly stay at our apartment until 2-3 in the morning, in her bedroom.  I wonder if her parents taught her anything at all about the general standards within the Church?  Sometimes I just really want to go drop a For the Strength of Youth pamphlet on her bed or something.  I don't think she has ever been taught what you should and should not do while dating.

3.  Another roommate decided to make breakfast at a ridiculous hour this morning.  This by itself is fine, but is it really necessary to talk loudly while banging pots and pans around and laughing hysterically?  I think not.  The same applies to 3 in the morning.  If you decide to make pancakes and have a party with the neighbors in the middle of the night, please do so quietly.

4.  Yeah I don't have anymore.

Just needed to vent.  Where are these people's mothers?!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Second-Hand Celebrities

You may or may not have heard about the recent "Logan River Rescue."  A car spun off in Logan Canyon into the Logan River a couple weeks ago.  Immediately multiple cars pulled over, passengers jumped out, and they flipped the car right side up and rescued the 4 inside the car.  Everyone survived.

Ellen Degeneres invited all the rescuers, as well as those rescued, onto her show.  Here's the clip:



The man sitting on the top row, 2nd from the right, in the blue shirt, is in my singles ward.

I walked up THE HILL this morning right next to him.  We're not good enough friends that we hang out, just have said hi to each other a couple times in church.

This means I have practically met a real-life celebrity.  Second-hand.  He met Ellen, and I met him.

Good enough.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Figuring Out My Story

Do any of you remember those books called "Choose Your Own Adventure?"  Where you read a few pages, and then when it comes to a key decision, as the reader you get to choose where the story will go.  If you don't like where it's going, you can always back up and see where the other choices would have taken you.  And you can always change your choice.

Wouldn't that be nice in real life?

I have no idea what to do with my life after I graduate in - yikes - less than 3 1/2 months.

Grad school?  MBA?  Master's of Education?  Plain teaching certificate?  Study for all the actuarial exams over the next year?  Or just job search?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I can't make any decisions; it's all stressing me out!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Friday the 13th

My Friday the 13th was fabulous.

I got my promotion at work!  Hello future career! ;)

So I'm kidding about the career part, but it is way nice to finally get the raise I've been working for, however small it may be.

Speaking of work, out of all the crazy customer stories I've posted on here, I've never lost control while at work.  And I never realized that that was not generally normal.

I've covered for cashiers, service desk people, and fellow supervisors when they've lost it and had to go hide in a back office while they either cooled off or cried.

So I figure it was inevitable that after a year and a half of working at this place I would eventually have to have my moment too.

I had a line of customers, and a raging customer walked up in front of everyone, announced, "I am NOT standing in line for something as terrible as this!" and proceeded to slam her Lunchable down on the counter.

A Lunchable.

She screamed, "I'm trying to feed my child and this *(&(#@ you're selling to me is slimy and gross!  I'm getting a new one!"

I said, "Oh, I'm sorry about that; that's completely fine.  Feel free to go grab another one and I can take care of that for you."

"Do I have to come back here?"

I answered, "Yes, I have to give you a receipt and document it, but it won't take more than a couple seconds."

She huffed and puffed and ran off.  I helped a few customers, and while I was with another customer she repeated her earlier ritual:  run in front of everyone and slam her Lunchable on the counter.  She stared and glared and huffed and puffed at me.  I smiled and said I would be with her in just one moment.

After I finished with the current customer, I rang everything up and gave her the paper to sign.  I asked what day she had purchased the food so I could write it down, and she screamed, "I just barely bought it! My child is hungry and crying in the car because of the #@($* you guys sell here!"

Feel free to add any other profanities; they were probably said.  I asked her to calm down and told her I was trying to help her.  She took her food and ran out of the store.  Luckily there was no line at the service desk right then; the other ladies had finished helping everyone.

I turned to my coworker while I was finishing the paperwork I had to fill out for the defective food, and calmly said, "You know, I am getting kind of tired of people yelling at me."  And then I lost it.

I stopped crying within 2 minutes, but it's funny what goes through your mind when that's happening.  As I stood behind the wall where no one could see me, all sorts of things were going through my head:

This is not worth it;  quit your job, you can find something else.


I am so tired of all this.  I am done.


Then I quickly came back to reality and remembered that while this was definitely not the first time I had been yelled at, it was the first time I had cried, ever, at work.  And that means I can keep going.

I'm also going to try to keep this in mind in the future; I pray that I never let my emotions or frustrations get the better of me and cause me to think it's ok to treat others like I get treated every day at work.  I pray I never yell at someone over a Lunchable.  It's ok to feed your kids while you're in the store, as long as you can pay for the item at the register.  Really.

Side note:  Just don't give them bananas - those have to be weighed (you'd be surprised how many people tell me to ring them up for one banana, that they ate one while they were shopping).

After work I got to see my awesome boyfriend and get all sorts of caught up on school work.

So even though I had that incident, it was still a fabulous Friday the 13th.  Did anyone else have any experiences that day they'd like to share?  :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

College Dream Fulfilled

Yes, that's right, people, I am now a TRUE AGGIE.

The tradition here at USU is that on a full moon, at the stroke of midnight, you can become a True Aggie if you are kissed by one who is already a True Aggie, standing on top of the "A" next to Old Main Hill.

So the night of the first day of my last semester I went out and became a True Aggie.

I have proof, but it is rather graphic and may cause viewers to hurl.

So just trust me on this one.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

On Why We Shouldn't Worry What Others Think

Well, to a point at least.  I think a little bit of caring what others think of us is healthy.

Back to the original story:

I was at work two days ago (been there all week, actually).   Immediately upon my arrival at 11 AM, I was informed that one of my co-supervisors had just had a shouting match in a back locked room with a cashier (both against policy - yelling should never occur in that sort of a situation, and no cashier is ever allowed in the cash office; this can result in a coaching and/or losing your job).  I was informed so that I could help keep the two separated and understand where the tension was coming from.

This co-supervisor, Jenna we'll call her, is not well-known for being kind.  She has a quick tongue, and a power problem.  She is quick to tell cashiers what to do, slow to work hard, and quick to correct any and every one.  Luckily, while I tend to be swimming in the middle of the drama, I am generally neither the cause nor the spread-er of drama and/or gossip.  At least I try to keep out of all of it.  So while Jenna was upset at the cashier, she was not angry at me or any other co-supervisors or cashiers, and wanted to tell us all the story.

Yay.

The real point of this story is to say that an hour or so into my shift, I walked past the service desk into the cash office to put some lost item in a locked area.  I passed Jenna on my way in.  After leaving, a cashier at the service desk wanted to inform me that she had just 'defended' me.  I looked quizzically at her, and the other woman there confirmed, "Yes, she just stood up for you, I was here."

Okay.......

I told her thank you, and decided not to ask what it was about.  I assumed it was Jenna saying unkind things about me.  When my co-supervisor Candace came back from her lunch hour, I asked her about it, asking if she knew if Jenna had a problem with me I didn't know of.  I didn't want to cause any problems, but was scared to have Jenna mad at me, because Jenna usually gets her way; that can be bad for me if things were to ever go to management.  A few hours later Candace told me she had decided to just go ask the service desk gals what had happened, and they told her.

It was nothing more than an over-exaggerated case of old women needing something to talk about.  Jenna had never said anything ruder than normal (for her) about me, and I was able to brush it off once I found out there were no hard feelings going on.

And I wasted most of my shift worrying that Jenna might think less of me!

So this is why we shouldn't worry about petty little girl problems like this.

The end.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Serious Dilemma

Have you ever experienced the feeling when you go to leave for the day, not being able to remember if you already put deodorant on?  What do you do?

If you end up putting deodorant on twice, you risk having wayyyyy too much deodorant, having little nasty white stuff on your clothes, and perhaps smelling toooo nice and fragrant.

If you choose not to put on deodorant at this time, you run the risk of not having deodorant on at all.  Then you'd be stinky.

I personally think I will choose to have it on twice.  Nice and fragrant over stinky.

Am I the only one who occasionally has this problem?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year

Sorry I've been a bit MIA the last few weeks.  I just didn't have much to write about, I guess, and didn't feel like typing just to type.

I went to the Dominican Republic last week for Christmas, and had a blast!  I'll post pictures soon, if not today.

Looking back at my goals that I typed out last year, I had 28.  Of those, I accomplished 10.  Not very impressive,  but it is what it is.  Some goals are going back up for this year, such as finishing my Spanish Book of Mormon, and getting my last semester on the honor roll.

I'd like to figure out what to do with my life this year.  I really have no idea what to do after the first week of May.  Who knows?  Hopefully someone will soon.

Here's to the next 366 days...yeah we get one extra day this year!  What will you do with the time?