Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I made this dip today in my crockpot and it turned out really yummy! So I decided to post the recipe for all of you :)
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Saturday, November 28, 2009
- Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing--for intro to lit class
- Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle
- Tony Hillerman's Skeleton Man
- Western Wind--poetry for Intro to Lit class
- Statistical Techniques in business and economics--for Stats class
- Macroeconomics--for Macro class
- News papers and articles about Parking at Universities--for Business Writing class
The range of books is definitely due to school.
The second and third books are entertainment books not required for school. The Glass Castle I got from a friend that was reading it at work so I asked her if I could read it after she was done. The back of the book says,
It is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.
The back of Skeleton Man says,
Former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is coming out of retirement to help exonerate a slow, simple kid accused of robbing a trading post. Billy Tuve claims he received the diamond he tried to pawn from a mysterious old man in the canyon, and his story has attracted the dangerous attention of strangers to the Navajo lands--one more interested in a severed limb than in the fortune it was handcuffed to; another willing to murder to keep lost secrets hidden. But nature herself may prove the deadliest adversary, as Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee follow a puzzle--and a killer--down into the dark realm of Skeleton Man.
I really like both of these books and have read a Tony Hillerman book before. He is a very entertaining writing in the criminal investigation along with Native American writing. Shakespeare is very interesting but definitely rewarding to read. He really has a way with his words--you know what I mean if you have read his literature before. Then there is poetry for Lit class; I'm struggling with actually enjoying it but I think my understanding of it is slowing coming to.
The next books are not so entertaining but are very interesting :) Stats is enjoyable to me because it has to do with a lot of math--which I like. Macroeconomics is not my favorite but has to be learned. And I have a paper due on Parking Permits at Universities so I'm reading about that.
My mom has been reading a lot also. I hope to read the books she has read when I have my summer break from school. I never read very often in my earlier years but I am really enjoying it lately. Give it a try! :) and if you have any suggestions on books you have read or are reading, I would love to hear about them.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I took the first two pictures at TommorrowLand in the Future House. It's a place where they have the latest in technology and inventions. The first level is a depiction of a house that has a lot of neat technology--flat screen control panel for your house to control temperature, lighting, music, etc. for each individual room and also other neat things throughout the house. The second level is just games---x-box games, interactive games (a projection of the screen on the floor is the actual game), and kiosks with information on upcoming new technology. We also went to a show about ASIMO the most advanced humanoid robot created by honda. This robot was really neat. It can go up and down stairs, balance on one foot, and actually run! (while running the robot has both feet off the ground!)
Lincoln and his mommy :) They couldn't get a perfect picture so we had to keep taking them over and over. One would close their eyes or the other wouldn't be looking. Crazy people. But we finally got a good one. cheeeeese....
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In case you haven't noticed our sidebar...Disneyland! I'm so excited! We leave November 13 although our anniversary date isn't till November 15. Should be a blast just like it has been the last two times we have went. Can't wait to see Lincoln get a picture with his princess crush, Sleeping Beauty!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
This unit is like the ones you see in the actual craft stores...There is a way of building these yourselves but I couldn't find it online. Does anyone know how?
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We have read "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien and are now reading "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. I really like this class. We learn a lot of analytical/literature stuff. I wanted to post this post to tell everyone to try and read some kind of literature. "Life of Pi" is a fiction novel so literature doesn't mean boring. :) My class feels like a book club...which I'm really loving. I would also like to mention that I have never been a reader. Never! I usually read enough to get by. This class has really broadened out my viewpoint on reading. It really is enjoying! ha ha I can finish a book in little time. My words per minute have increased drastically and also my vocabulary has upgraded. There are a lot of plusses to reading more often. Who would have thought.
If you would like to get a feeling for what we talk about in class, we have a class blog (another fun assignment for my class) http://www.uvu2200.blogspot.com/ This is where the class posts their feelings about the book. After I'm done with this class I think it would be really fun to set up a blog for a group of friends to comment...like a book club online! How 21st century of us!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Also today I did my laundry at Bobbie's and played with Kaylin. I have taught her to put on lipgloss which is really nice because she doesn't eat it now. This picture is really cute. I took it today...she put her purse over her shoulder and put my shoes on. She is such a girly girl: shoes, lipgloss, purses, cute clothes, shopping! Kaylin already loves them all!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I didn't get internet at my house because I didn't see any value to paying another bill when I can just use the internet at school (or bobbie's or evy's). My thoughts began to change after I attended school. With going to school full-time and working around 30 hours a week, I finally gave into the Internet bug. ha ha
My neighbors in apartment 2 have wireless internet and Brit actually happens to be in my Macroeconomics class so I asked him if I could have their password and pay half the bill :) That way we both get internet but won't be paying the whole bill! Sounded like a good trade off. Now the stress of getting homework submitted on time is not part of my busy schedule. Yay! and don't worry bobbie and evy...I will still come visit! I don't have a washer and dryer yet or a place to set up quilts. :)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
After taking down our info the officer leaves and not but five minutes after he does. The former bagger and his buddy (also a former bagger) return to the store to get a drink. I notify my manager and she calls the officer back to our store. The officer then arrests the two in line at the checkout! The next day we see on the police report that the kid is charged with using counterfeit and his friend is charged with possession. Very crazy story...caused alot of gossip at work.
The story doesn't end there...
A little over a week goes by, so that story is old news to me, right? Wrong, I get a call from the Utah County police, they need to stop by my house to drop off my subpoena! I was very frustrated and nervous all at the same time. WHY ME! but as you have all read, I was the one who interacted with the defendant and took the counterfeit bill.
This morning was the court date. I showed up at 10 a.m. As I'm pulling into the court building I see the kid and his family getting out of their car! wow was I intimidated. Not sure what to expect and hoping they don't hate me! I enter the court room and it's his family, another family, a few lawyers, a few officers, two inmates handcuffed and in striped uniforms, and ME :) after awhile of sitting there, a lawyer pulls the kid outside. Another lawyer comes over to me to tell me that they are making him an offer and that if he takes it, I won't have to testify, but if he does, I will. So I'm thinking to myself, Please just take it! (haha) Well it turns out that he did take the offer and I was free to go!
He was charged with a theft crime (taking the cigarettes) because he kept claiming that he had no idea that it was counterfeit. So no felony and no jail time, just a little marking on his record for theft. Moral of the story: if using a counterfeit...make sure you don't know it is :) (You get my sarcasm?)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
On Wednesday the 12th Jenny, Wendy, and I went to Timanogas Caves. They are a few of my friends from work. We all love rocks and geology so we decided to go hiking together up to these caves. It is really neat and we had alot of fun. Hiking was tough but a good workout! We saw blue birds, chipmunks, squirrels, lizard, and bugs. The caves were really pretty. In one cave the tour guide turned off the lights and shined a lazer into me and Wendy's diamond rings and it made a reflection that sparkled all over the roof of the cave. Way fun :) Here are a few pictures of inside the cave. The second one shows the heart of timp cave.
I finally finished Lincoln's quilt! I really love it. I just picked out fabric that had to do with his interests...basketball, golf, ...and then added some camo and just a solid brown to calm done all the other busy fabric.
I spent a day at Aunt Evie's to finish Lincoln's quilt and tie a quilt. While I was still on a quilting "high" I decided to go to my mom's and spend a day quilting! ha ha We had a good time hanging out and tieing quilts. I really like to do it but it's all about taking the time to actually go do it. Kind of like making cards, scrapbooking, shopping....ha ha I just wish we had another day added to our week to just play :)
I start school on Thursday the 27th! I'm signed up for five classes this time so I hope I can keep up with all the homework and reading! (along with going to work). My life is about to get really busy. I think I'm ready !?...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Lincoln got called out to a fire a few days before I was to go in and get this done so my mom pitched in to come and help me out! Emily also was a good sport and helped with driving me home after and running in to get my meds. Thanks Em! (She also brought me a Jamocha shake from Arby's...which is my all time favorite shake!)
Going into the "Oral surgeons" office was pretty scary for me...I had butterflies in my stomach! and after reading the side effects (including DEATH), I was so ready to walk out! :) It is one thing when I went in for my appendix..where there is sudden pain, not much time to think about it, and morphine pumping through your veins :)...to having two weeks to think about it, no good morphine, everyone elses stories, and a long list of scary side effects! I'm totally fine with the all-of-a-sudden surgery! ha ha
So the doctor had me pee before the surgery which was a good thing because I didn't end up going to the bathroom till late that night and not until my mom told me that I should probably go. Ha ha Thanks mom! You could tell I wasn't quite all there :)
I pretty much slept for about three days straight. I had the resting and relaxing down just fine. Sleep for 3-4 hours...wake up for 15 minutes to eat applesauce, pudding, yogurt, or a milkshake...and then off to sleep I went. I only took one nap yesterday and haven't taken one yet today (I'm doing laundry at Bobbie's) but I'm sure starting to get tired.
My swelling isn't too bad. Just little chipmunk cheeks. The pain was really bad the first day. When I was awake I would just sit there with tears rolling down my cheeks. It was not fun at all! My mom will probably laugh when I tell you this part...she took really good care of me! bringing me liquids and reminding me when to take my meds :) She did give me dry gauze once, which brought big tears to my eyes and had me rinse on the first day, which we found out later that we didn't need to do. (that made me cry too) (ha ha I just had to type that mom, it was pretty funny after the fact!)
All in all I have been doing pretty good. Quit bleeding the first day. I upgraded from applesauce to saltine crackers and mac n' cheese! Yay for me! When my mom was staying with me there was an Olive Garden commercial that kept coming on and I told her that once I can chew, I am eating at Olive Garden! No Rocks! I really bad want real food :) I have been watching the food network channel and thinking of all the things that I'm going to eat when I can finally chew! My mom says it's self-inflicted torture. ha ha I just want to eat!
To get my mind off of food I decided to make some cards...here they are...
I put this picture up because I was so excited for my mom to get her sidewalk done! The boys did this Saturday night and finished it up on Sunday. I can't wait for her to get grass now!
One more crazy thing to tell you guys about...on Saturday before my mom was getting ready to leave, my mom, me and Evy were sitting on the couch talking and all of a sudden there was a very loud bang and a huge flash of light! We thought our apartment buildings got hit by lightning...after a few minutes we walked outside to look around and the tree across the street had been the object that got hit. The lightning had hit the tree and blasted the bark all over the road! Very scary! Watch out for Spanish Fork lightning...it'll getcha!