He doesn't let me win when we wrestle. But I usually win anyway because I'm so incredibly strong.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
He doesn't let me win when we wrestle. But I usually win anyway because I'm so incredibly strong.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Everyone asked when we'd get married.
And dated. And laughed.
Everyone kept asking.
We loved each other. (Probably me first. I fall, Jeremy "grows".)
We dated some more.
We told people to mind their own business when they kept asking.
We still laughed.
We went to Seattle.
We went to Chicago.
He got down on one knee.
I got all flustered.
He asked me to marry him!
I said YES!
And now my finger is sparkly and we are engaged and I cannot wait to be with him forever!
Details later. When I have time. Which could be MUCH later.
Friday, November 27, 2009
September (Birthday Month #26!)
-Spent Labor Day weekend at a cabin in Oakley with Jeremy's family. Slept out under the stars with the squirrels (or chipmunks?) and tested out our new cots (awesome).
-MeKelle's wedding in Park City. Congrats Kelle. And you looked B-E-A-utiful.
-California trip. Turned 26 while on a midnight run on the beach with Nick. Couldn't think of a more perfect way to get older. Spent my birthday day at the gym, boogie boarding, playing at the beach, eating lots of greasy food, shopping, went to the Asher Roth/Taking Back Sunday/Weezer/Blink 182 concert in Irvine (thanks for the birthday concert Nick!), met up with Brandon for a late dinner in Newport afterward. Drove home with Nick the next day (peace out USMC!), stopped at the Nevada border to ride the huge rollercoaster at Buffalo Bill's, and had to do a buffet stop in Mesquite. Great trip.
-Lots of birthday breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with the best friends ever.
-Jungle Fever birthday party!
-Trip to Austin to spend some time with Jennifer (who I need to see much more often) and Houston to see Brooke and Brad! Jeremy took a test for school there and I got to play with Brooke (who I still miss ever day!) and enjoy time in my birthstate. We ran the Race for the Cure and running at a lower altitude makes me feel like the best athlete ever (which is far from true).
-Worked. A lot.
-Mississippi! Took a last minute surprise trip to Mississippi with my mom, Chrissi and little Ali so the baby could meet all her southern cousins before Chrissi went back to work. Spent time with family I haven't seen in 12 1/2 years and loved it. Lots of driving from Memphis, across the whole state of Mississippi, and back. Great girls' trip, and Ali was a good little traveler.
-Shooting. I hate guns. Always have. Jeremy even bought some dummy bullets so I could learn to load his gun and get comfortable with it, which I refused to do. But on Halloween morning I went shooting with Jer and 3 of his friends and actually really liked it. Still don't want to be around guns in a confined space, but loved shooting them out in the middle of nowhere.
-A little college football and tailgating. Go Utes!
-Happy Birthday Daddy! Still looking hot at 61!
-Happy Anniversary to the raddest parents ever! I think it's 29 years. Still the best Barbie and Ken ever.
-Thanksgiving! Jeremy and I had a double-header and hit both family dinners. Lots of turkey and good food, lots of quality family time, lots to be thankful for.
My list of things I am thankful for is huge, so here is an edited version.
~Jeremy, who I love more than he knows, for being the best addition to my life, for taking care of me, for making me laugh every day, for giving me so much to look forward to.
~My awesome family, for being an amazing support system, putting up with me, loving me no matter what, for being my friends.
~The best friends in the world, all of them, who I am lucky to have and have loved spending time with a lot of you the last couple weeks.
~Jer's family, for making me feel like family from day one, for letting me take a lot of Jeremy's time away from you, and for everything you do for me.
~A job I love, a place to live, a car that runs (most of the time), warm showers, boots, space heaters, candy, my day planner, sunshine, hot chocolate.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Could YOUR sister do that? I didn't think so.
More on my sweet niece later, when I have time to upload all of her b-e-a-utiful pictures.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This is how most conversations about my job go:
Someone asks where I work
Me: Primary Children's Hospital
Them: Oh how fun! Do you love it? What do you do there?
Me: LOVE it. I'm a tech on the Immunocompromised Unit.
Them: What's that?
Me: I work with the cancer kids.
Them: (expression changes from a smile to disturbed) Ooohhh, doesn't that suck? Isn't that really sad? I couldn't do that.
I understand people not getting it. And I know people think it's weird that I've always wanted to be involved with Pediatric Oncology. I know it will be hard sometimes and I'm sure I'll have some bad days, but my motivation to work in that particular field has always been the amazing spirit of that type of kids. I've worked with adult patients for the past 5 years and I have heard them complain about EVERYTHING. And now I work with these awesome little kids who go through hell and can still smile about it. They're fun and cute and happy (most of the time) and I'm blown away by their attitudes.
My first experience with one of these kids was when I was 10. We had just moved into our house in Tremonton and our little 5 year old neighbor across the street had leukemia. Looking back, I don't think I realized what that meant, I just knew she was sick. But she was an amazing little girl and I loved her. I felt like she was my little sister. She was the happiest little girl. I remember hearing her talk about her "line", watching her take meds, that there would be times when she wasn't allowed to go outside, but I never realized how sick she was. My mom and I took Christmas cookies to her family on Christmas Eve and her mom told us she was sick again and it wouldn't be a good night to see her. She died a couple days later. I won't go into the details of the effect that experience had on me, I'll just say that it sparked the interest in what I'm doing now and I'm so glad I'm finally doing it. If everyone was lucky enough to spend time with someone like her or the kids I get to hang out with everyday, no one would ever question why I want to do this.
I made a list of things I want to remember when I have a hard day there, which I know will have to happen every now and then.
May I always remember:
Every patient is someone's child, sibling, friend.
Who I'm working for and why that's important.
I know the amazing spirit inside each of those kids even on the days it's hard to see.
I'm a link to the outside world when they can't be there and a smile is important.
I worked hard to get here, it's important to me, and the experiences that made me want it.
To have empathy for the kids and their families.
How overwhelmed and terrified I was the first few days, and how much scarier it must be to be on the other side.
How it feels to be the student when I'm so used to being the teacher.
This is my job and I see these things every day, but for the families this is scary territory and their world is turned upside down.
And may I never become desensitized to pain, sickness, or death.
I'm happy about this job and I love it so far. Wish me luck.
Monday, August 31, 2009
And I'm too exhausted to write anything about any of it. But I will soon. Hopefully. Especially about the cute baby and my kick ass sister. Watch for it.
Monday, August 17, 2009
A- Ashley (duh), Adventures, Animals, Accelerating
B- Beach, Babies, Barbecues, Boating, Basketball, Bare feet, Books, Blankets
C- Christmas, Cotton Candy, Campfires, Chocolate, Cuddling, Candy, Cereal
D- Dashboard Confessional, Dresses, Daisies, Dancing
E- Elephants, Exercise, Extremes
F- Family, Friends, Flying, Fun, Flowers, Food, Freebies, Flip-flops, Four-leaf Clovers, Fruit
G- Golf Carts, Gym, Giraffes, Gum, Girlfriends
H- Hot Summer Days, Home, Hoodies, Hikes, Hats, Hawaii
I- Ice Cream, Invitations, Icicles, Islands
J- Jeremy, Jeans, Jewelry, Jamba Juice
K- Kissing, Kids, Kickboxing
L- Love, Life, Laughter, Lakes
M- Music, Mountains, Makeup, Movies
N- Nighttime, Notes, Naps
O- Ocean, Outdoors
P- Photos, Pools, Phone Calls, Patriotism
Q- Quite Moments, Questions
R- Road Trips, Running, Rain, Red Bull, Reading, Relaxing, Rainbows
S- Stars, Snshine, Shoes, Smores, Shopping, Saturdays, Sour Patch Kids
T- Thunderstorms, Travel, Trucks, Tall people
U- Underwear, Ugly ducklings
V- Victory, Vacations, Velocity
W- Wakeboarding, Writing, Water
X- X-rays (because I like to look at them and try to figure out what's broken)
Y- Yoga, Yogurt
Z- Zebras, Zoo
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Jeremy's family has dinner together every Sunday and since I can't drive to Tremonton every week, this is where I get my weekly "home-cooked meal". Tonight we did the dinner in Little Cottonwood Canyon. We had tin foil dinners and smores, then sat around and chatted. The weather was perfect. Everything is still so green and it was gorgeous. I forget how good it feels to be out there and I always think I need to do this more often. I'll work on it.
The bravest squirrel I have ever seen made himself comfortable in our campsite. He got daring enough to take food right out of our hands. This is probably why he was also the fattest squirrel I have ever seen.
I've been singing that song that you're supposed to do in rounds since we left. "I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills..." I know it sounds cheesy, but being out in nature like that really does make me reflect and appreciate things more. So glad we went, I loved it. Anyone want to go camping?
I went to Raging Waters for the first time today with all my promo friends. We had such a blast. I'm not sure whose brilliant idea it was for all of us to bring an animal floaty, but we did and they were a big hit. We spent more time in the little kid splash park than any adult should be allowed, got kicked out of the wave pool and the lazy river, and four of us were bleeding by the end of the day. It took me three attempts to get down the tall water slide (one failed attempt when I tripped and faceplanted onto the the slide, another when my mat folded in half) but I made it. By far, best day I've had at a water park.
And then it was a new day. I woke up this morning, fixed the battery issue, and started having a good day. I spent the day at Raging Waters with my friends and the evening in the mountains with Jeremy's family. Jer and I went for a little walk and it gave me a minute to think about things. Being out in this beautiful place with someone I really care about made me focus a little less on things like the battery and a little more on how lucky I am.
I have a family that I can talk to openly about anything and everything, and I have fun with them. I get to spend my free time with someone that loves me and would do anything for me. I have friends that make me laugh all the time. I have a job that is fun and exciting and doesn't even feel like work, where I basically get paid to have fun with my friends, and another job where I get to see people improve their lives every day. I live in a beautiful place, and I've never had to want for anything. And for me to complain about anything would make me an ungrateful brat.
A few years ago my mom was on a big positive thinking kick. We were constantly hearing about the Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking. I got a little sick of it, mostly because I was more into the negative thinking at the time, and tried to ignore it when the subject came up. My mother has ways of sneaking things into your head when you're not paying attention and somehow she did it with this. One day I realized that there might actually be something to this law she kept talking about and decided to try it out. With a lot of help from my parents and a little EFT (which will be a whole post in itself one day, but look it up) I was able to get to a place where the positive thinking came easier than the negative. I had to work on it and make an effort every day, but I quickly became a much happier person. My life has been different since and I know that the way you think makes such a difference. If you look for bad, you'll find it. And if you look for good, you'll find more of it than you were expecting. I try to remind myself every day to focus on the positive and let the little annoyances go. Sometimes I still need a boost and I got one today.
As for the Law of Attraction... I'm still waiting for my million dollars to materialize, but I'll try to be patient.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Oh, and PEED on. Not just a little urine on my shoe. No, I was REALLY peed on. From the knees down, my scrubs and shoes were covered.
Gotta love one-on-ones with a brain injury patient. Gotta love my job.
Friday, June 12, 2009
My parents... Who are always ready to help me with anything, even moving, which my dad REALLY loves, for loving me even when I make it hard to, for calling just to say hi and see how my day is, and for all the little things they do and think I don't notice. I do, I'm just not good at saying thank you all the time, so thanks.
The Thuesons...For letting me take over their basement for a couple weeks until my new place is ready and acting happy that I'm there, for feeding me every Sunday, and for making me feel like family from the first day I met them.
Jeremy...For also helping me move or doing whatever annoying thing I ask of him, listening to me complain about the topic of the day, making time for me even though he doesn't have enough time for his own stuff as it is, and for making me laugh every day.
Chrissi and Nick... Who both have way more important things going on in their lives, but still always ask how I'm doing first. I wish I had realized how awesome these two are when we were all still living at home. I'm lucky to have them and I love them.
My friends...Because they are amazing. I don't know what I would do without the girls in my life. There are so many different groups of them and they all bring out a different part of me that might never make an appearance otherwise. I have the best friends in the world, old and new, and they bring a lot of smiles into my life. My BR girls, "the girls", Urban girls, work friends, HV5... love them all.
Monday, April 20, 2009
with Paris, Kristy, Patty and Liliana
with Autumn, Jessica and Valerie.
This show was at the Gallivan Center and featured a lot of the bands that play at Desert Rocks in Moab. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on before and during the show- fire dancers, arial ballet, crazy face paint, music. Interesting show.
Lunatic Fringe Show
with Patty, Julia and Jessica
This was a benefit show and I'm sure it was an awesome one to watch. There were different elements involved (Earth, wind, fire, water), intense costumes and makeup, and lots of crazy impressive dancing. That picture with all the garbage is actually the dress I was wearing and attempting to "roller skate" in. It didn't turn out quite how it was supposed to but still looked cool. Patty, Julia and Jess were all "Fire Girls" and I was "Daughter of Mother Earth" signifying the rebirth of the Earth.
SLCC Raw Couture Show- "Fashions Through the Decades"
SLCC Fashion Institute does a fashion show every spring as a final project for the Design classes and Fashion Show Production classes. I think this is the 8th year I've done this show. It's one of my favorites because of the girls in it. I've worked with them forever and they are amazing, both on the runway and off. The bridal ensemble in this show was gorgeous. The pink dress... All I will say about that is that it required a lot of tape. The 80s stuff was great because it's what I grew up in. And thank you to my parents, who are there every year in the front row.
Brighton Bikini Bash and Skiathong
Easily the most unusual show I have ever done, which is actually saying a lot, this was a blast. Brighton had a beach party to end the season and we had to do a beachwear fashion show. The runway was made out of snow and surrounded by pool lounge chairs. We wore suits by Rusty and Nappi and sported stuff from Etnies, Smith, Skull Candy, Natural Light, Thirty Two, Burton, and a few others. It was actually pretty warm and a lot of fun. And yes, Jessica and I are hula hooping on a snow runway in swimsuits and flip-flops. I love my life.
1. Indian food. Delicious. I forget how much I like it until I eat it again. Jeremy and I went to Bombay House on Saturday with some friends and it was fantastic. My #1 recommendation is India House on 80 something and State. It looks like a total dive but the food and the service is amazing.
2. The gym. It only happens every so often that I get back to this gym addiction. Right now is one of those times so I'm trying to take full advantage of it before the novelty wears off. If I had the time, I would spend a couple hours there everyday. Once I start seeing results I'm hooked. I'm crossing my fingers that I can keep this up.
3. Natturday at Brighton. Swimsuits in the snow sounds like a terrible idea, but it was a blast. The weather decided to cooperate and it turned out to be a pretty warm day. We did a fashion show on a runway made of snow in bikinis and flip-flops. Sounds cold but it actually wasn't too bad and it was so much fun. Good food, good times.
4. The SUN! This should actually be #1. I am beyond thrilled about the rise in temperature over the last few days.
5. Spray tan parties. In preparation for the bikini day, some of my work friends and I got spray tans. I went with two of the funnest girls I know and we spent a couple hours spraying and drying in a gogo dancer's kitchen. We thought dancing, leaping, singing would speed up the drying process. Most entertaining evening of the month. I guess you had to be there, otherwise it just sounds weird. And a plug for Maristy... She is an awesome airbrusher. If you're a fair maiden such as myself, go see her. You'll be a hot bronzed goddess in no time.
6. Lose It! App on my iPhone. This app keeps track of your calories, sets your limits for whatever your goals are, figures in exercise, and makes my life simple as far as anything food related goes. I'm hooked. Best. App. Ever.
7. Silly string. Except when the can is almost empty and it starts spraying little tiny pieces that are impossible to get out of your hair.
8. Tax returns. Even though I won't get to do anything fun with it because it will go directly to school. At least it's an investment.
9. My dad on Facebook. My family all uses Facebook to chat with Nick. Phone calls are hard but he can get online almost every day. It's been great to talk to him so much. My mom uses her account to keep track of all her "Marine family" and to talk to Nick. I know my dad uses her account to chat with Nick, but I didn't think he had his own. Today I logged on and had a friend request from... my DAD! It made my day. I know he is anti Facebook, Myspace, blogging, pretty much anything that displays your whole life for the entire world to see, but it looks like he has cracked. And even if it's for the sole purpose of chatting with Nick while he's in Iraq, I am stoked that we are now Facebook friends.
Monday, April 6, 2009
1. If you want to start eating healthier, I do not recommend trying to do it around Easter. The best candy comes out at Easter time. I'm trying to keep track of what I eat. It's been good and bad. Good because I know what I'm putting in my body and how much I should be exercising to compensate for it. Bad because I feel guilty adding the Cadbury Eggs and delicious Gummi Bunnies to my food log. Whoever invented calories in on my bad list. In my next life, all things candy will be calorie free.
2. If your dress weighs 15 pounds and is covered in 3 bags of spray painted garbage, and you have 12 pounds of bamboo and flowers pinned to your head, don't attempt to roller skate. You would think that would be a given. Tell that to the people who asked me to perform a roller skating maneuver on a runway that was 4 feet wide (my dress was easily 6 feet wide) in 13 seconds. Did I mention there were 3 stairs involved? Somehow we somewhat pulled it off, but it was definitely not the scene that the brains behind this operation had in mind. In case you didn't already add this up...
Huge dress+garbage+head dress+narrow runway+roller skates= D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R
3. I wish I could tell you that I had learned any factual information on Aspartame. I can't. We don't do diet drinks in my family, or anything with artificial sweetener. There was a big debate on Sunday about the pros and cons of both sides of this argument. Jeremy found a 100 page article on the issue but hasn't had time to read it yet. I'll let you all know what we find out. I will say that for me personally, I feel like I'm doing something bad every time I drink something diet. I might as well be hiding in the corner giving myself a ridiculous haircut.
4. Running is the best way to start my day. Unfortunately, in my neighborhood there is no way to avoid running uphill at some point. Uphill should never be done at the end of a 4 mile run. I already learned this last year but I was reminded today. I'm sure it will be burned into my memory for a while since I won't be able to move tomorrow. It's going to be a painful day but workout soreness is one of my favorite feelings.
5. There are people you can live with and some that you can't live without. It's important to know the difference. I'm learning.
Hopefully I'll have good news to report on my next post. Cross your fingers, even though you don't know what you're crossing them for. Much appreciated.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This is my March 2009 in a nutshell. Or a snowball, which seems more appropriate given the weather conditions of late...
Friends, family, shamrocks, dinners, fashion shows, baby showers, birthdays, snow, kiteboards, dancing, space heaters, books, Eggo waffles, Girl Scout cookies, goodbyes, babies, pictures, running, spring wardrobe change (prematurely).
And the best things I have been told or overheard lately-
**I don't want a drink because they make me pee my pants. And when I pee my pants you get mad at me. Don't make me get a drink because then it will make me pee and then you will get mad and then I will get sad and then you will feel bad. That drink will make everyone sad, Dad.
-This sounds like Dr. Seuss. It was a little boy in Smith's. I had to leave the aisle so he wouldn't see me laughing.
**That's impressive. You have a perfectly symmetrical breast.
**F***in Edward won't bite her neck and it pisses me off.
-This was a text and is much funnier when you know the source.
**Ashley's like a freakin boy scout. Always be prepared.
**I want my little paw in your big paw.
-Another little kid to her mom. Pretty precious.
Happy birthday to Brittany, Tandra, and Jeff A.!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Happy Birthday to my hot Mama!
My sweet mother turned 60 on March 14, though she looks MUCH younger. My cute dad got a cake that said "60 is the new 40" and in their case, that's the truth.
In her sixty years, my mom found a pretty rad guy to marry (love my Daddy too!), has had 6 kids, 2 stepdaughters, 12 grandkids (lucky number 13 is due in September, along with the first great-grandbaby), and taken care of a ridiculous amount of pets, moved all over, modeled, done hair, sold a lot of stuff, made endless amounts of phone calls, helped a lot of people drop the bad stuff and get happy, made breakfast every morning for 2-20 people, taken way too many trips to school to deliver what Nick and I forgot at home, been PTA president, a cheer/football/basketball/wrestling mom, done more loads of laundry than any one person ever should, and been an all around awesome lady.
I think raising me alone would have added a lot of years to her, not to mention all her other kids, along with everyone else's she took a part in raising, but she wears those years well. I hope I'm that hot at 60!
Love you Mommy! Happy happy birthday!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
1. My parents heard from Nick. He hasn't showered since he got to Iraq. That's something like 35 days. In the desert. Not good.
2. I lost my voice. Once I get sick it takes me FOREVER to get better. I'm going on 3 weeks of off and on sickness of all different kinds. The current ailment is a scratchy throat and no voice. Technically, I can talk a little, but it sounds strange enough that Jeremy is calling me a little church mouse. I don't know exactly what that means, but I don't think I want to be one.
I used to love losing my voice. I would scream for the duration of football and basketball games trying to get hoarse. And I was a LOUD cheerleader. It's been a long time since I haven't been able to talk and it turns out, I don't like sounding like this anymore. My patients and coworkers don't like it either. I don't do well not talking. Time for my voice to come back home.
And 3. I'm going to be an AUNT! Again. But this time it's Chrissi having a baby so it feels different. She officially broke the news on her blog yesterday so I guess now I'm allowed to talk about it. I'm so excited for her. She'll be so cute pregnant. Chrissi and Hootie will be great parents and with both sets of grandparents living so close, that baby is going to be spoiled rotten. She is due on September 7th, but I'm hoping the baby will decide to come two days late so it's birthday will be 09/09/09. We'll see.
That's all for March so far. The old "In like a lion, out like a lamb" saying seems to be true this year because right now it is snowing like crazy. Hopefully this will be the last big snow of the year. I'm ready for spring.