Showing posts from May, 2007

Palooza Fest!

Happy Birthday to Jules!!

answering the homeless question

I apologize to those who feared I was still homeless.No worries! I am being well taken care of!

My sister (and husband and 3 kids) all packed up and moved to Vegas on Sunday.It was one very long and crazy weekend getting that all taken care of. I’m not going to mention how much I will miss my nephews or how cute they were when they said goodbye, cause then I’d just start crying, and I don’t have time for that right now!(But I will mention that Dallin asked a couple of times if he can call me and ask me to come play at his house whenever he wants.)Natalie got out the door and on her way Sunday afternoon, and I went off to my temporary abode in South Provo.My good guy friend Cary came to my rescue late last week and found me a place to stay.Cary and I go WAY back. He and I have been friends since our very first day of college 14 years ago.Knowing I’d have him as my first friend here was one of the comforting parts of making the big leap to move here. Anyway, I mentioned my problem to him…

answering the homeless question

To quickly and briefly answer my state of homelessness qustion

Happy 3 Day Weekend to You All

my day at work

On the list of ways my job now is different than before- there's this cat. I spent the day in a vet clinic. Cool, huh?

breaking my little heart!

Last night amidst all the packing and cleaning of Natalie's house, I picked up my little Dallin and gave him a big hug and said, "I'm going to miss you so much when you go to Las Vegas!"
He screwed up his little face in confusion (as only Dallin can do) and said, "But you're coming with us?!" (which comes out closer to "but yer coming wif us?" in his Foghorn Leghorn accent)
"Nope, I'm not going with you. I'm moving into my own house where Adam lives."
"No! I want you to live with me!"
"Nope, I have to live in my house. But I'll miss you so much!"
Very upset, looking like tears are imminent, "But who will tell me Pete and Alouicious stories?!"

He got extra story and snuggle time last night!

And then...

Every morning Porter (the king of all seat and food stealing, after all your seat is always more comfortable and the food you are eating is superior to what is in his bowl, right?) comes down and ste…

men suck and i do have my reasons

last night a guy actually attempted to have a "what are we talk" with me. i do NOT do what are we talks. especially when we are nothing.
i woke up convinced today would be a better day and then...
by lunch time i had been lied to by a guy. because he was too much of an idiot to just be direct and honest with me.
by 3 pm i had made a man blush several shades of red.
by 5 pm i had very likely been seriously mislead by a guy. he's getting some benefit of the doubt, at least until i get a real explanation, but really, the damage is done and i'm heart broken over it. more than i had expected to be.
before dinner i took porter out for a car ride and vented my frustrations to him. he waited a second and said, "love you?" and then he insisted on giving me a kiss when i dropped him off (and took his brother out for a car ride).
at dinner time the brother picked up my shirt, poked his finger into my belly and declared, "you make baby in there?"
I was prett…

Natalie Goes to Ikea

I'll save my thoughts about Utah going absolutely crazy over a freaking Ikea opening for later. (hello- traffic closures, round the clock news coverage??)

But until then, does anyone else recognize the girl in this picture??

It's not yet confirmed, but I do believe that would be my sister. I'm not sure who she is with, but whoever it is is holding Porter. (Natalie isn't answering the phone, so I can't get this confirmed.)

there won't be no sleep tonight, no sleep tonight

If you don't recognize the lyrics in the blog title for tonight, then you aren't listening to a great band called "The Faders." I highly recommend them.

But on to my point.

Something has been eating at me for a while now, and I realize I won't be sleeping tonight until I get it off my chest.

The thing? My lfie is not as happily and gloriously perfect as possibly some readers of the blog have come to interpret.

But before I go on, let me make it clear, I am choosing happiness right now, and therefore, I am happy.

But let it be known, I'm nearly at my wit's end. The last few months have not exactly been a walk in the park. I haven't had a real paycheck since February. Nothing says stress like financial stress, now does it? Not to mention the whole pick up and move across the country in a move you never in a million years would have seen coming. Or leaving your home town and only one person (my cousin, and thank you Tami, you rock) bothering to see …

last idol review!

It's my last Idol review for at least 7 months I guess. What can I say? Blake rocked and I think it was the best he ever did. But like the judges said, that final song (the "idol" song that will be on the radio within the next few days) just wasn't for him. Jordin turned in her best performance ever as well. And she was incredible on the Idol song. Who will win? I have no idea. But I predict the closest Idol competition ever on this one.

repeat viewer

I can't begin to tell you how many times I can watch the above video, and listen to the below song. I think I've listened to the below song about 100 times in the last week. I *heart* Michael Buble. Consider this my apology for the New Kids On the Block video.

seriously, i have the worst crush ever on this man and this song!! nothing makes me happier!

in spite of the lack of grass and trees, utah also has pollen

Utah may be seriously lacking in the greenery department, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have serious pollen. Today when I got to church, there was quite literally an inch of pollen built up on the steps. I should have taken a picture!

I didn't have to see the piles of pollen though. I knew it was going to be sky high pollen counts when I woke up this morning and my head felt like a bowling ball. 9 hours with a massive headache!! Finally I sent my sister to get me my favorite cold and allergy medicine to make it all better. I took it, it started to kick in, and BOOM! Porter head butted me. I have a lovely swollen eye right now and some hints of purple around my right temple.

(The adventures of the single aunt attempting to live peacefully with her nephews may never truly end!)

Oh, and a fun sidenote (speaking of church today). I think I'm probably not the only person who does this. I've been looking and hoping for the link to back home. Someone with my connection to…

Officially the worst thing about the 90's

when bands became cartoons. and we hadn't yet discovered we don't like certain saddams. (make it about 5 minutes in to figure out what i mean)

2 weeks down and life to go

I'm 2 weeks into my new Utah life, and things are feeling good. I'm getting into the groove at work, feeling more familiar with my surroundings and, well, adjusting. It's all good so far.
One of my favorite parts about living at Natalie's house has been attending my nephews' soccer games. Yesterday we pulled a divide and conquer. Nats went to Tell's 9:45 game and I went to Dallin's 10 am game on the other side of town. It really cracks me up to watch Dallin play soccer. It's a full contact sport! Dallin scored a goal and kicked general butt as usual. Tell played his last game and had his team party. He was awarded a medal and a certificate for MVP. He hasn't taken off his medal yet!! So cute! He is giving a talk today in church and I have a feeling he'll be wearing it proudly there too. I'm sure he'll even find a way to conveniently mention it as well.
If my camera phone ever decides to cooperate I'll put up pictures of the…

office with a view

As seen from my desk. If you look closely you can see my car in the parking lot, and the glare from the overhead light in the picture. I can stare out my window for hours on end I've discovered. For those unfamiliar with Provo-Orem, that is Mt Timpanogos (Timp) with barely any snow on it for the summer and little Mount Baldy (all green and barely seen with the crappy cell phone camera). There's only a few weeks where Utah is this green. I'm glad I made it here in time to see it. Give it another month and it will be all brown and burned out, just to be followed by a few weeks of fall, and several (SEVERAL) months of snow.

funny (at least to me)

As I've said before, it will take me a little adjusting to get used to the commonly heard Mormon phrases at work. For instance, today in a staff meeting someone made a joke about using the company copier "to copy off 300 ward lists," and someone else pointed out that a color flyer was found for a single adult family home evening. It still makes me laugh to hear church words used so normally and publicly. I also liked hearing someone say, "what's that rule when you're a missionary? keep 3 feet away? it's like that with x-rays too." Cracked me up.
How long do you have to live in Utah before you get used to that stuff?

things i learned today

When taking 3 little boys to the Party Store you can learn a lot about their personalities.
Porter went up and down every aisle and found every single ball and/or shiny object, and HAD to have it- NOW. He's also not afraid to dive right out of the basket/buggy thing head first. And doesn't cry on impact if he can still reach the Spiderman nerf ball.
Dallin managed to find every single gross or disgusting toy that is meant to squish, splurt or just be gross. And fell in love with it.
Tell can get excited about every single random object in a party store, even if it has absolutely no purpose at all. Including light up hula hoops.

Other things I learned-
3 little boys who haven't seen their dad in nearly 3 weeks will act out in new and inventive ways. Up to and including brushing their teeth with toilet bowl water.
When extracting a 2 yr old from a playground, always make sure the kicking feet end of the child is pointing away from you, or risk losing a kidney or two. If thi…

Idol Wild

YEAH!!!! Melinda went home! I'm surprised I am wrong, but couldn't be happier!

Idol Chatter

Okay, so I'm a little late getting to see last night's Idol. But I just watched it in time to post my review before the East Coast gets the results.
Jordin- She rocked. I loved her. But I think she'll be going home tonight because, well, someone has to.
Blake- He was incredible on his Maroon 5 song. Definitely his vibe, and I can't wait to buy his CD some day.
Melinda was Melinda. Technically flawless, decent on stage, but still does nothing to excite me.
Who do I think wins overall? Blake.
Stop and think people! Do we want another Fantasia or Taylor Hicks to win? Two people who won but went on to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING with their winning status? Melinda will go on to nothing. Blake will be a superstar in a short period of time. And Jordin is going to tear up Broadway in a big way!

I swear I wouldn't make a list, but this one is different, really.

Each day I am more and more aware of how very different my life is now from the life I knew just a few short months ago. And I'm not just talking about having a new job. Forgive me for something so incredibly shallow, but today I became acutely aware of my skin. While typing at work I started to become very aware of how dry my hands are. So I put on lotion. Within the hour I noticed I was ashy again. So I put on more lotion. I'm still ashy. The cycle repeats a dozen more times. Five minutes ago I put on some extra strength, feels like Vaseline, massive moisturizing cream on my hands, and then thought, "yuck, this will make it hard to type with my hands all greased up." But no, I walked the 3 feet from the bathroom to the desk and realize, that sure enough, I'm ashy already again.
Do you remember that really dumb lotion commercial from years ago where the girl writes the word "dry" on her dry skin? I just did that on my shins.
It's little th…

Natalie's New Vegas House


1 week down, life to go!

Well, I've survived my first week, and I think I like it. I'm exhausted and still working on figuring out which end is up. I'm still staying at my sister's house and will be for 2 more weeks probably. The sofa bed is treating me well, but I do miss having my own closet. But getting greeted exuberantly by Porter every evening makes up for the lack of back support in the mattress.
I've posted a few pictures of the house I will move into sooner or later below. As you can see, I've gone a little country. Views of silos, emu's, llamas and horses. And just beyond the silo- Walmart. I'll be paying for the whole house what I was paying for 1 room back home.
My job really is great and is definitely worth moving out here for. I love the people and the work has been really interesting so far. It's a lot more writing than I had expected and I won't be doing trade shows after all. I will be attending them, but not planning them. My first one, iron…

my new house


my new view


i've gone country y'all

Back of the new house

happy birthday nana!


dallin and nana

Self portrait

rainbow for nana


why would you ruin a perfectly good thing??

Have you heard about this? I keep seeing billboards for it and it's seriously bothering me. I do not approve!
Diet Coke Plus- they've added vitamins and minerals to my drink. It's no longer a guilty pleasure. And therefore, it may not be worth it to me anymore.

other news and details

There's so much going on right now that I feel like I can barely keep up with it in my head, let alone share interesting parts on the blog. So here's the bullet points on some of it.

Natalie sold her house this week (but hasn't yet found a house in Vegas to move to).My cousin Matthew is getting married in SLC this weekend. I'm excited to see family members.I'm on another self imposed dating embargo for 2 months roughly. I need to focus on the new job, the new house and my new life before getting confused and wrapped up in certain relationships again.I'm *this* close to finishing writing my novel. I have taken exhaustion to a whole new level!

oh and the new job is good too

After having horrible dreams about snakes all night long and finally just waking up and staying up at 5 am, I had a good first day at work. It's crazy busy and very exciting. A lot of energy and motion going on. To say I am overwhelmed would be an understatement.

Favorite quotes of the day-

"Did you know kinkajous can get root canals?"
"Do I care that this could be used for diagnosing warthog dental injuries?"

Idling on Idol

This week I watched Idol with my favorite snuggle partner, Porter (the 2 yr old). I think his actions throughout the show summed it up well.
First, it was Barry Gibbs/Bee Gees week, so all the music pretty much sucked.
Melinda was on first. Porter moved about the room unaware that someone was trying to get attention and only looked up for the last big note. He didn't applaud.
Blake- Porter climbed on the bed and watched with a smile on his face, and did eventually dance to the beat boxing. But he and I both agreed with Randy that not every song needs a beat box soundtrack to it.
LaKisha- surprisingly Porter sat and listened to the entire thing and clapped at the end. But he also applauded for Simon's criticisms, so it's hard to say what he was thinking.
And then my girl Jordin came on. Porter was on his feet and singing with her the whole time. And gave her a standing ovation. I felt the same way.
Melinda came back for round 2. Porter chose to dive off the bed rather…

and it begins

the real reason i moved to utah begins in the morning. it feels like the night before the first day of school. i've laid out my clothes and prepared my lunch for tomorrow. (in my head i've just added, "all by myself," but i'm not sure why) and safely secured all preparations several feet out of porter's grasp. (the kid has incredible climbing abilities)
i'm nervous and excited and all that stuff obviously. more than anything i am just ready for life to get rolling here. i've been in limbo for so long and it's just killing me. i just want things to start happening!
life with the nephews has been fun and interesting. dallin is my snuggle partner and loves to climb in bed with me and ask for a story. so i've been making up "pete and alowicious" stories for him. pete is a little boy that looks just like dallin and has an invisible dragon named alowicious that is afraid to go inside houses. (because obviously if he sneezes he migh…

overwhelming and exhausting

To put it mildly, I'm overwhelmed and completely exhausted. I hope I can catch up on sleep a little bit before my job starts on Tuesday. I got to see the house I'll be living in yesterday. It's very cute and most definitely not in Mapleton. Not even close actually. It is most certainly in Springville. And as for the description "it is surrounded by farm land..." Well, sort of. Utah (especially Utah County) is not zoned as nicely as Virginia. So there's a big old horse farm on 2 sides of the duplex. A gigantic neighborhood stretching off the third way. And well, the view from the fourth side is of a strip mall and Wal-Mart.
I keep telling myself I won't make a list of ways Utah is different from Virginia. I have to accept this place as home and not focus on the differences. But well, this story is so deserving of mocking that I have to share it.
I ran into the W*Mart to pick up a few items. While some people (aka my sister) had described Sprin…

a sad sad day in stars hollow

Only 2 more weeks left for one of the best TV series ever. Gilmore Girls will not be back next season. Apparently the 2 stars could not be bought for an 8th season. I feel betrayed by Rory. I expected Lorelai to flake out some day, but Rory? She's the dependable loyal one!!

made it

exactly 34 hours of driving later, i made it!
it's always interesting to see that some of the pictures i sent from my phone didn't make it via mobile blogger. odd.
the trip was mostly uneventful. not one car or traffic problem. iowa was foggy and boring. nebraska was overcast and boring. and it snowed the entire way across wyoming. it is also my humble opinion that wyoming has the nastiest truck stops, but other than that, it was very pretty (what i could see through the snow white-out conditions). i had started the day in illinois in lovely warm sunny weather, so i was wearing flip flops and capri pants. you can only imagine the looks i got in laramie as i pumped gas standing in 2 inches of snow shivering my butt off.
but i'm in utah. time for the new life to start!

snow in freaking wyoming


200 miles to the bladder


5/8ths there


300 miles to the tank

1244 miles down

so bored




5/4/2007-- Best Day of the Whole Year!

It's that special day. The one day a year when we get to say those magic words!!


help combat car boredom

Help me combat car boredom while I drive solo across the country!!

Anytime after 8 pm Wednesday until about 7 am Friday I am welcoming phone calls. 2 am potty break? Call me. 4 am baby feedings? Call me. 3 pm Diet Coke break? I'll be offended if you don't think of me!

Also, text messages are encouraged and warmly welcomed. Just nothing too funny or I might drive off the side of the road.

The itinerary (completely subject to change on a whim):
I'm taking the I-80 route

8 pm- leave Fredneck
7 am- wave at Indianapolis
3 pm- sleep through Des Moines
take a nap somewhere in there
1 am- snore in Cheyenne
7 am- arrive in Utah
To be honest, I expect I'll actually be running a good 6 hours later than this schedule implies once I stop and take naps along the way.

So if you need someone to take a picture of a big ball of yarn for you, or pick some corn in Nebraska, I'm your girl. I'm taking orders and suggestions now!

(if you need my phone number, find a really smart and cle…

don't worry! i didn't forget you!

Time for our weekly Idol fix.

Where to start?? It was Bon Jovi night, and as anyone with half a brain that has ever spent a few passing hours in my presence knows, I LOVE BON JOVI. So to hear their various renditions of some of my all time favorite tunes was pretty much killing me. But on with it.

Phil-"Blaze of Glory" Up to this moment in time I have always liked Phil, but have not fallen in love with him. I am now officially in luv with Phil. (and I think it is so cute how he searches the crowd shamelessly to smile at his wife)

Jordin- "Livin on a Prayer" Girlfriend let me down! But I've figured out why she sucked so bad. She's too young! She knows punk, she knows grunge and she thinks she has witnessed metal in her short life span. But hair bands were before she was born (oh man, i did not just say that). And that is why she had no idea how to rock out this song tonight. I'm calling it for Jordin this week. She's going bye bye.


i just had a happy thought

veronica mars is back on tonight! YEAH!!!!

its finally hit me

It has finally hit me that I am leaving tomorrow. Somewhere after my lunch with cousin Tami today it just hit me. My whole family is moving to different places right now. Natalie to Vegas. Scott to the military. Steph graduates. And Mom and Dad have the house for sale and are moving somewhere sooner or later. It just hit, I probably won't ever come home to where I think of as home again.
I went for a drive through the area I consider to be "my home." And just let myself cry through the whole drive. I'm excited for my move, but I haven't had a chance to really stop and get scared about all the changes yet. Well, that's changed now. It's hit and I'm terrified.
To add insult to injury, when I got home I had to pack the roof carrier by myself. To give you a mental picture, remember I'm only 5'3" and the carrier is sitting on a 6 ft car. And the carrier doesn't stay propped up. And I have a bad shoulder I have trouble raising…