Monday, December 31, 2007

Jeremiah tried to look creepy...it didn't work

Jeremiah grew a beard over Christmas and it was cute...but it kind of made him look like a dad. So in typical boy style he realized that facial hair is actually a toy, and so he decided to shave the beard so that he looks as creepy as possible.
The problem is that it didn't work and he's actually more handsome.

Do you love the earth?


If you don't, you'll fall in love when you watch Planet Earth. And if you're already in love, you'll fall even more in love. The cinematography is breath taking.

I've been watching it with Jeremiah and have loved every minute.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Being a grown up means...

...feeling impossibly intense pain as I watch someone I love suffer.
....facing decisions so difficult that no one has the answers.
....having enough experience to know that this too shall pass and that I am capable of doing hard things.

Today I am grateful for perspective and the ability to love.

What are you grateful for?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A confession

I am now one of the fanatically obsessed readers of the Twilight series. I'm hesitant to announce it on the World Wide Web as I never know who has access to this information and will either A) think less of me or B) publicly mock me for liking a teenage vampire romance, but I'm throwing caution to the wind in hopes that my shameless promotion will encourage hesitant potential readers to just try it.

I love the characters, the story line, the high school flashbacks and everything. They're so good that I bought all three and will re-read them; I never do that (re-read that is...I own WAY too many books that I'll never read again).

So be brave, ask to borrow a copy of Twilight (be honest with yourself, you know SOMEONE that is as fanatical as I am) and fall in love with Edward, Jacob and Bella. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I hate it when a vacation ends

I love my job, I really do, but I just hate going back to work at the end of a vacation. I go through periods of needing to be productive any time I'm not working (I think it's a withdrawal symptom), but I still just hate forced productivity after I've been idle for a long time.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

ClearPlay is as great as you'd hope


I bought a ClearPlay DVD player for friends for Christmas, and I can report that it really does work. Both the unit and the monthly fee are reasonably priced, the installation and user interface are user friendly, all in all a great product.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sometimes I'm a nice boss

This year's Christmas present for my managers:
Includes:
fuzzy blanket
2 mugs
2 packets hot chocolate
The Body Shop candle
Josh Groban Christmas cd
Max Brenner chocolate
Ferrero Rocher

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nothing says happy holidays like cheap baked goods

Since when do cheap baked goods communicate "happy holidays?" Daily my office receives at least 2 beautifully wrapped packages labeled "perishable" which contain any number of inexpensive, sugary treats. Some are better than others, but none are so good you want to eat more than a bite. Recently we received a collection of these tins, most filled with lemon flavored confections. They were each a little tasty, but their presentation left a lot to be desired.
If anyone has procastinated sending baked goods to my office, please consider sending Danish butter cookies. I like the pretzel shaped ones much more than I like lemon baked goods in tins.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

79 minutes of my life wasted by Wal-Mart

Anyone who knows me well knows that I don't prefer Wal-Mart. I feel about Wal-Mart the same way I feel about thrift stores: I'm glad they exist to bless the lives of folks who need access to less expensive essential items, but I feel stressed out & in need of a shower every time I enter. Only exception: Wal-Mart in Ontario, OR. For some reason going to Wal-Mart while at the Farmers feels enjoyable. I also think Wal-Mart will eventually cause issues for our economy, but I won't go there now.

That all being said, today my opinion of Wal-Mart sank to a new low as I spent a total of 79 minutes on hold with 7 different Wal-Mart stores. I'll do the math for you, that's an average of 11.2 minutes on hold with each store. I know it's a busy time of year, but didn't they expect the increased volume of customers & calls?

You may be wondering why I A) was calling Wal-Mart and B) let myself waste 79 minutes on hold. I was assigned the task of fulfilling the wishes of a 3 year old boy who wants either one of these:

Do we have a problem?

Usually when security measures are added to processes I encounter in my daily life I can see their purpose and can imagine the type of behavior/person that necessitates the heightened security. However today I posted a comment on my blog and found this:
Is there a comment posting problem in the world that I don't know about? Is mass posting a marketing tool? Or it it used for more ominous purposes?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Oatmeal, anyone?

I admit, oatmeal is not the most delicious breakfast food, but every once in a while I go through phases where I eat it every day. In preparation for such a phase, I recently bought this:
I think this oatmeal changed my life. I love it. The texture is better than traditional oatmeal, the flavor is less chemical-y and it's organic...who doesn't like that?

It also comes in the following flavors:

The one downside to my new, delicious discovery is that each packet is made of plastic. Yes, plastic, not the paper packet traditionally used by our friends at Quaker. I searched the box for some explanation for this unexpected, and seemingly foolish deviation (hello, if someone is eating organic oatmeal there's a good chance they care a LITTLE about the environment), but found nothing.

If you'd like more information, go to the grocery store and buy it (let me know what you think), or visit: http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/qo_ourProducts/simpleharvest/index.cfm

Thursday, December 13, 2007

NYC

I went to New York 2 weeks ago with my roommates. We had a great time and I keep meaning to blog about everything we did. I can't seem to remember to get the list of our adventures from Mary, our tour guide, so instead I'll just show you a few pictures to whet your appetite. Just know we saw lots of fun things, learned about the hazards of staying in a less than enjoyable hotel, and felt the magic of New York at Christmas.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

$98.95 cute?

Recently I've been thinking that I'd like a pair of rain/snow/hunting boots. Not because I'm particularly outdoorsy, in fact I generally prefer being inside, but because I think they're cute. My roommate recommended Hunters so I let Zappos introduce me to what they have to offer and I found these:


What do you think? $98.95 cute? Should I try red or go with something more practical, like black?

If you need more information, visit http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/26278628/c/585.html.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

How is this possible?

This morning I pulled my laptop into bed with me and started my weekly blog catch-up session. That's when I got a phone call informing me that there was a blizzard over night in Salt Lake and requesting the snow status in Provo. I opened my blinds and this is what greeted me:
I returned to my phone call and reported that while there wasn't snow on the ground, it was beginning to fall. That's when I got to Esther's blog (sorry that I don't know how to add a hyperlink here...) and found that she had THIS outside her window:
Now I understand the difference between Salt Lake and Provo, BUT ESTHER LIVES MAYBE 3 MINUTES FROM ME! I love Utah for it's ever changing weather situation, but seriously, how is this possible?