GRADUATION!! (Grad School)

Friday, June 27

Not very helpful...........

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K Hamilton
(Book 2 in the Anita Blake series)
Harold Gaynor's house sat in the middle of intense green lawn and the graceful sweep of trees.
Of course my nightmares were a lot less interesting four years ago.
I am an animator. I am the Executioner. But now I know I'm something else. The one thing Grandmother Flores feared most. I am a necromancer. The dead are my specialty.
So yeah....that doesn't' help any more then the back cover.

You Try:

Grab the book closest to you.
Copy the first sentence of this book.
Copy the sentence dead center of this book
Copy the last lines of this book
Does this make sense to you as a brief description of this book?
Is it any worse/better than the synopses on the back cover?

Thursday, June 26

BTT # 7

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What, in your opinion, is the definition of a “reader.” A person who indiscriminately reads everything in sight? A person who reads BOOKS? A person who reads, period, no matter what it is? … Or, more specific? Like the specific person who’s reading something you wrote?
Not my favorite question...but an easy answer:

A reader is some one who reads for enjoyment. Whatever they choose to read is up to them, but I would consider "a reader" as someone doing it for fun.

Tuesday, June 24

Mash Game: Cuz I am 12.....

Behold... My Future

I will marry Ernie.

After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Scotland in our fabulous Shack.

We will have 3 kid(s) together.

Our family will zoom around in a Blue Tacoma.

I will spend my days as a Teacher, and live happily ever after.

whats your future

I guess I will have to give up my dislike of having an odd number of children.....Ya Think?

So Soon?

The year is half over for heaven's sake!

Kate: FYI....Christmas is 6 months from tomorrow.
Me: gee thanks
I needed that

Sunday, June 22

I've got a dealer....

And he knows me too well.

While out and about this weekend, Code Monkey found a bottle of grenadine at a store which he refuses to release the name of. He tells me that if I knew the name I could cut out the middle man.....namely him.

I am so looking forward to a future of homemade Shirley Temples and my all time favorite....the Roy Rogers, a.k.a. Cherry coke. Lol!

Am I a true geek or what?

By the By...Has anyone ever heard of a Naked Navel? I had not but it looks like something I am totally gonna try. See being a teetotaler is not all boring. ;p

Saturday, June 21

I Got My Tickets.....

I know I am a bit crazy....but the tickets went on sale today.

I am now the happy holder of 4 tickets! So August 1st I will be happily ensconsed in the Nokia theater listening to Stephanie Meyer and Justin Furstenfeld(of Blue October). From there we will head on over to a midnight release party for Breaking Dawn.

The current count is 11 women with a possibility of more.... There will be carpools and hotel rooms and a rocking time. I can hardly wait.

On another note.....just after I got my tickets, my aunt called to tell me she will be in town next week. I am so excited. She is bringing a co-worker that has never been here before, so we will be hitting all of my favorite memorials......any one up for a walk around the sites one night next week? GIve me a holler and you can play with us. :)

Thursday, June 19

BTT # 6

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Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . .

What is it about them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they sweep you off to a new, distant place? What is it about those books and authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good books and authors do not?

This is is the writing style. It can be a book about anything, but if the author is able to transport me to another place or time then I will read almost everything that author has written. They have to capture my attention and hold it...make me forget my umbrella on the train because I am too caught up in the words.

Wednesday, June 18

Out of the closet she comes....

Take a deep breath mom, it's not that closet and it's not about me....

A few weeks ago, after months of discussion, my BFF told me she was finally ready for other people to learn that she had a blog. To help with that I promised make her blog available on my blog roll. To be followed, after a few weeks, with a posting that would direct traffic my favorite post of hers. With out further adieu I direct your attention to Compulsive Procrastination

While her post is explaining "The Deal", I figure a bit of further explanation might be in order.

"The Deal" came into existence due to the mentioned conversation with Megatha, who hates to clean her house. I promised that if she she found me the "man of my dreams", who fit all of my requirements, AND he was willing to marry me, then I would move in next store and clean her house every day for the rest of my life. There was also the implied benefit that if I moved in next door she would have immediate access to my rather extensive library. This would also save me on shipping costs. Word got around, mostly because the whole idea makes me laugh, and now various friends have been offered "the Deal", along with my Dad, my sisters, and my grandmother (cuz she's cool like that).

And to make my BFF chuckle:
Remember..........It's not just having the mace; it also requires finding a place to keep the Mace. ;)

Tuesday, June 17

For Those in the Know....

Today is the day!

I am very keep me in your prayers. :)

Friday, June 13


So I have been home for 3 days now. I figure I should write about my vacation. Amy even sent me pictures that can be posted. Lol!

Coming home is always hard on me. For about a week, I struggle with bouts of meloncholy. In the last 3 years I have learned to pack my schedule the first week after a trip to see my family. I know that living here is better for me. I love my life here. I love my job, my friends, the theater, all the fun I can have. But that doesn't make up for living a continent away from my family. I always miss them more just after I leave them. I miss the nights spent laughing and joking. The days sitting talking with the kids racing around the yard. The knowledge that I am missing important events in the lives of Goose, Wog, and Cricket makes my heart hurt. So that is why I put off writing about it.......

But Amy sent me I guess I have to post now.

The trip was laid back and casual......Sarah picked me up at the airport on Tuesday night and we just chatted until after midnight. We finally went to bed...or to read. Lol! Like me Sarah begins and ends her day with a book. I am not sure if she has always been like this but she is now, which was perfectly fine with me. I was perfectly content to wake up and read for a few hours with no distractions. The days were lazy, I think we watched 5 movies...or was it 6? I can't remember. Lol!

Wednesday was filled with running around. Sarah and I shopped. I got these great new tennis shoes at her recommendation. I love them!! I got to meet Baby A.J. and spend some time with Tallie. There were phone calls and emails through out the day, everyone called to wish me a happy birthday.
Wednesday night, Sarah, Meg, and I dusted off an old birthday tradition and went to Los Hermanos in Provo. We used to go there every year to celebrate our birthdays. It was fun to sit and laugh and talk. The waiters even came out and sung to Meg's delight and my embarrassment. It was again proven that I am eclectic.....I mean Classy. Right Meg?

Thursday was a lazy day, there was a movie or 2, we stopped by and saw my family. I picked up the tower of sugar sent by my dad. Some of the best cakes and cookies ever made!! I can't believe how big the boys are getting. Goose is almost as tall as I am. Wog and Cricket surpassed me a while ago. Tallie cut my hair. Dinner at Meg's where the conversation focused on an important discussion on the length of daisy dukes shorts and The hotness of Sean William Scott.

Friday, Sarah had a small mishap that required a Dr, a specialist, and some x-rays. I can't remember what I did that night....does anyone know? Sarah when you wake up from the anesthesia you want to call me and remind me? Lol!

Saturday was the TM day. We went up to SLC to see Gardiner Village. I had never been there before and the shops were great. I also had an AMAZING idea for our family ornaments. Mom and I are currently working on the idea for this Christmas. I can hardly wait!!

Afterwards we met up with Meg, Amy, Amy, and Jen for dinner. These women are all members of my favorite group the Twilight Moms. As a matter of fact I will be traveling to Forks with all of them come September. There was a lot of laughter through out dinner. After saying goodbye to Jen we headed over to B and N to pick up the latest book for book club. Then we all trekked up to Kim's (another TM) house and spent the evening just chatting. There we were supplied with well it was soda, but the photo op was too good to pass up. lol!

(Thanks Amy!!)

Sunday was a day just me and my family.....and let me tell you there are lots of them. We went to church and then everyone gathered at mom and dad's for dinner and junk food. Good night nurse, there were cookies and cakes and cupcakes, and chocolate fountains with suitable dipping items. Just so you know there was both white and milk chocolate so everyone could have what they wanted. Lol! That doesn't include the bigger then your head burgers, the sloppy joes, the corn on the cob, and pasta salad to feed a small army....LOL!
Our family is all about the food. Lol! There were presents and chatting, babies were passed around. Kids played in the yard and it was just a fun time to be together. The night ended with an impromptu concert from Wog, Cricket, and Goose. Each shared songs on their instrument of choice. I am so proud of all of their accomplishments. I am excited for Christmas when we are all together again.

Monday was another lazy day, sarah picked me up around noon and we did something.....Again...I can't remember what...but then we headed to Meg's for a final dinner and chatting. There was lots of chatting until Sarah finally gave in to the fact that she had to go back to work in the morning and headed home. Meg and I got online and played and read until It was time for bed, knowing it was my last night there. Tuesday Meg took me to the airport and I came home, where I was greeted by Code Monkey.....with an all - day sucker. How nice is that? ;)

That's my trip....nothing amazing or spectacular. Just good times with good friends and family.

Thursday, June 12


My boss brought in the photos from when she brought her son into the office. I couldn't help but post this one that I took right after I had put him to sleep.

Pretty adorable isn't he....

Rocking out to the smooth sounds of.........

So now I am just being lazy.......I didn't take my laptop home because I wanted to read last night....sorry to those that want an update. to tide you over:

My Band:

I Tag:
Steph, Boo, Kate, Patience, and AmyO

In the Band Meme Rules:
1. Go to Wikipedia - The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
2. Click Random Quotes The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
3. Visit Flickr- The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result.

BTT #4 & 5

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#4 Have your book-tastes changed over the years?
More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?

My tastes haven't really changes over the years, but they have expanded. I still love the books I read as a kid. The Anne of Green Gables series has a special place in my heart and on my book shelves as do the Non fiction WWII books that I read. But over the years I have learned to read all the other types of books that are out there.

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A combo of two suggestions by: Heidi and by litlove

#5 Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (ot, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion?

Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?

I have been a member of quite a few book clubs. All have worked a bit differently; a couple chose books by democratic vote, a few had a specific person designated to pick the next novel, and some the members took turns picking the book. I really hate being forced to read a book. I hate when someone tells me that I will love something. I guess it is my contrary nature, but usually my first thought is "You have no idea what I think or feel so how would you know what type of book I would like". Lol! I really can be a jerk sometimes. Knowing there is a group reading it with me adds pressure which I don't like. But I love having other people to discuss the book with. So I continue to be a part of book clubs. I am currently a part of 4 different groups so I just pick the books I want to read and ignore the rest. Lol!

Wednesday, June 11

I'm Back....

......and there is no rest for the wicked.

I know everyone is just itching for a new post describing my week in Utah, unfortunately I swamped just trying to catch up.

Once I get through the 800 unread emails and 735 unread blogs I'll try to write something.

Tuesday, June 3

Music Memories.......

This one looked fun so I thought I would give it a try. Thanks nichtszusagen.

Unfortunately, I am out of time and patience. So I will have to finish my senior year another time. I have to leave for the airport in less then 30 minutes. Sorry I gave up my extra time so I could put my bosses 6 month old baby to sleep.

Music Meme:

Look at these Billboard charts for the five calendar years you were in high school.
Choose the song(s) that was your
a) fave then
b) fave now
c) worst overall.

Click on the titles to be directed to the YouTube Videos.

1993 (The Start of Freshman year, good ol’ Lakeridge!)
A)I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)» Proclaimers
B)I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)» Meat Loaf
C)Have I Told You Lately» Rod Stewart

1994 (The end of Freshman and start of the big bad High school Orem High!
A)Whatta Man » Salt-N-Pepa
B)I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)» Meat Loaf
C)The Sign » Ace Of Base (sorry Meg, this still gets to me every time. Lol!)

1995 (End of Sophmore Year and Start of Junior Year…I met Meg!)
A)Gangsta's Paradise » Coolio
B)Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) » Monica
C)Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? » Bryan Adams

1996 (end of Junior year and the Start of the END)
A)It's All Coming Back To Me Now » Celine Dion
B)Ironic » Alanis Morissette
C)Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)

1997 (The end of it all…..I am heading off to….life. Lol!)

Oh well......Another time

Monday, June 2


A friend of mine had requested to see the book we made my mother for Mother's day so it was brought into the office. Every time I pull it out, there are 3 or 4 people that see it and want to ooohhh and aaawww over it. I must say my big sister did an amazing job!

Anyway, today someone approached the desk where I was working and saw it. She asked to look through it and I spouted the general spiel to answer her questions (this is the book we made for my mom for mother's day, we did it at Blurb, we spent such and such....blah blah blah...).

Anyway, after she was done she flipped back to the front cover and asked which one was me. Most people can pick me out rather easily, so I chuckled as I pointed myself out. Not thinking anything of it......then she said: "obviously, this was taken a long time ago."

I wasn't sure how to take that comment, I'm still not sure. I finally jsut said it was the last time we were all together, 2 and a half years ago. So no, not that long ago.
Conversation ended; she went on her merry way.

But I think I have been insulted. Yes it was over 2 years ago. Yes I have gained back every ounce I lost that first year. But really, did you have to point it out so bluntly?

I guess it is time to take my exercising seriously. *sigh*