Friday, December 19, 2008


Ha ha, the University is shutting down because of the huge blizzard we are having. YESSSSSSS I am going to go home and clean my house. It is gross because I normally clean on Saturday but last Saturday there was a blizzard and Neil and I just watched tv alllll day and I didn't want to do anything else. It was great, but our house is gross. Hooray!

Seven Years Ago

Seven years ago today I went to the MTC. That makes me feel old. Seven years is a long time! Exactly one year later I was transferring out of my second area away from my PSYCHO companion. I was sooo happy to get away from her. To this day I am still afraid of her. A few months ago she sent me an invite to join some kind of social networking site and it said she lived in SLC, WHAT?! She is supposed to be in Auckland, far far away from me. Now every time I go to SL I am scared that I will run into her. What were you doing seven years ago today?

One more story about being old. Two nights ago I went to my cousin Heathers wedding, it was great, I was at the refreshment table and there was a little girl there all dressed up, I could tell she was part of the wedding party I asked her "Are you Bretts little sister?" she said "no, I am Heathers little sister." What?! I said, "woops, I am your cousin" ha ha, I just could not beleive that I did not know who she was! I have like 100 cousins though... speaking of having a lot of kids, the Duggars just had their 18th child. That poor woman! That is a lot of childbirth. All of the kids have a name that starts with J. Why would you pick that letter? I think that A, or B would have been a lot easier. Then then wouldn't have had to make up names like Jinger, I think it's supposed to be pronounced Ginger, but I bet everyone calls her Jinger (rhymes with ringer). Sad.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Today I am feeling really bored at work, and irritated. I need it to be Christmas break, NOW! The other day I was in charge of our work Christmas party. We had a nice lunch and people brought white elephant gifts. It turned out pretty good. Except I felt bad for one guy who actually put some thought into a funny gift and ended up with crap, well not literally. He got a bag with an old crappy can opener and some paper clips in it. Obviously someone forgot to bring a present and threw that stuff in a bag. How rude, seriously, if you forgot then too bad for you, you don't get a gift, blah, go have a cry about it.

A few nights ago I was wrapping presents for Rachel to send to her. Neil and I had bought some earrings for her on Friday night. On Monday I could not find them anywhere. I looked and looked. Finally I asked Neil if he had any idea where they could be. I told him they were in the Wal mart bag on the counter. He got a funny look on his face and put his shoes on. I said "Oh my word, did they get thrown away? Are they in the dumpster?!" He said "I think so, I will go look" I said "Honey, do not do that, they were not that expensive!" He went out and about 20 min. later he came back in with the earings. What a great guy! On top of that he got his grades and found out that he got a 4.0 this semester, woo hoo! Way to go! That is all.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Merry Christmas Survey

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I like to wrap things really early so I can admire them under the tree for a long time. Otherwise I just feel like it was a waste of time.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Growing up we always got a real tree, but only because they are like 5 bucks if you cut them down yourself. Now we have a fake one because we can't afford to buy a real one from a tree lot, except for one time when Rachel and I got one at a tree lot for like $75 bucks, thanks dad:)

3. When do you put up the tree? Right after Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving coming so late this year I would have put everything up way earlier, but it was all in St. George.

4. When do you take the tree down? After New Years. Except once in college I had a real tree and I wanted to keep it up all year and decorate it for every season. It only lasted until Valentines, I cried the day I took it down....I wanted the season to last all year round..

5. Do you like eggnog? No, but I drink it to be polite to the eggnog lovers because I have found that you either love it or hate it, and if you love it you want to push it on all of the haters. I do like to share in peoples joy.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmmmm Probably my cabbage patch doll, her name was Anita, she had red hair. Even as a child I thought that was weird because isn't the name Anita geared more toward Hispanic people? I would also like to thank Santa for putting a diet coke in my stocking the last few years.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad. He needs and wants nothing. Since he started running it is easier to think of running themed gifts, thanks for getting a hobby dad!

8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom, as kids she always had a list of things she needed or wanted and she is good about dropping hints about what she might like.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. My mom gave me a willow tree nativity a few years ago, I love it! I also have a nativity in a coconut from Hawaii and an African Nativity that Neil bought me last year, I put it up at work. I should also mention that I covet my sister-in-laws snow man nativity every time I see it. What is cuter than a little snowman baby Jesus?

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither. Maybe one day I will send out a Christmas letter, but right now I am still working on Wedding thank you notes.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? This is not the worst gift, but it was funny. When I was about 10 Andrea drew my name for Christmas. All month a huge box with my name on it sat under the tree. I was so excited to open it Christmas morning. Guess what it was? Two huge cans of alphabet soup. I cried. But now I know that she really thought I would love two big cans of my favorite soup. So in retrospect, very very thoughtful:)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
The Muppet Christmas Carol

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? July

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Only White Elephant gifts

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My moms hersheys kiss cookies...I can't remember their proper name.

16. Lights on the tree? yes, and pre-lit is better!

17. Favorite Christmas songs? All of them, except "Simply having a wonderful Christmas time" it annoys me. I also heard a version of "The little drummer boy" once that was seriously inappropriate but funny.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to St. George to get out of the cold for a week, yay! I am so glad that both of our families live there.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes, but I won't bore you by reciting all of them.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither. Angels are creepy, maybe next year I will buy a star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The shrill arrangements of otherwise nice Christmas songs.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Theme? Seriously? My favorite ornaments are the ones that my Grandma has made for me (and the 85 other grandkids) in her ceramics shop every year since I was like 4.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I am usually not hungry for dinner because I eat junk all morning while we open presents.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I don't really need or want for anything since I was so spoiled at my wedding in May, ha! Seriously though, thanks everyone. Neil knows that I always love clothes:)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holly Jolly Missionaries

How cute is our little Rachel? She sent me this cute Christmas card and I wanted to share. I thought you all would want to send her a Christmas card/letter/package. If you would like her address (not the mission office that is posted to the right) leave a comment and I will email it to you. I was going to just post her address on here but this blog is not private and I watch too many true crime shows to be brave enough to do that.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not kidding

I saw this guy in the parking garage elevator last night. Okay, so it was not really this guy, but a freshman trying to be this guy. He was wearing a button up shirt, a zip up hoody and an overcoat, all unbuttoned with his chestage hanging out..... It just looked weird, and cold.
Maybe he really thinks he is a vampire? I wish that elevator was not so slow!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Saved by the Bells

The other night Neil and I went to a Bell Choir concert at the Logan Tabernacle. You may remember that in High School I was in a Bell Choir. Literally we rang hand bells and played beautiful music, my director now directs "The Bells on Temple Square", good times. The bell choir was sponsored by the Presbyterian church and their Pastor did intros on all of the songs and said some really nice things. My favorite was when he taught us that when he said "Amen?" we should reply "Amen!" I think the Mormons should do that too. Anyway Some of the people in our high school bell choir were kind of "different"I always tell Neil about it and we have a good laugh, especially when I told him that Becky and Jeff actually met in Bell Choir. On Saturdaywe went to Becky and Jeffs to visit for a minute before we went to the cousin party. We told them that we went to a bell choir concert and Neil comes out with "Yeah, it was really good, but some of the people were so nerdy, there was this husband and wife that were both in it, I can't belive you would marry someone you met in the bell choir!" So at this point Jeff has this look on his face like "oh my word, should we tell him that that's where we met? What do I do?" It was priceless, Becky started laughing and then we told Jeff that Neil knew that they had met in the bell choir and he looked really relived, ha ha. It was reallly funny. My family still does not quite get Neils sense of humor. Oh well, it's all good Amen? .......

Nothing really important

All day today I thought it was Thursday, until a few minutes ago. What a disappointment! Good thing I found out or tomorrow I would have thought it was Friday and worn jeans and got in trouble for it. I am drinking my candy cane ho cho, muy bueno! Totally worth the hard work to get it, I am so blessed. It is making me hot though so I took off my zip up sweater. I don't know if Neil noticed or not but when we left the house this morning I was not wearing anything under my zip up sweater. I knew that at work under my desk there was a bag from Old Navy with a new white shirt in it that I keep forgetting to bring home. I figured I would get to work and put my shirt on. We got to campus at 7:30 because Neil had a final. So I was the first one here. I went in my cubicle and unzipped my sweater and found my new shirt under my desk, then I started to panick that someone might walk by my cubicle window and see me, so my arm got all stuck and I thought for sure I was caught! Don't worry, no free show for anyone here! I was all dressed and ready to go before my boss got here, whew! Also he said that next semester when Neil has a 7:30 class Tues and Thurs I can work 7:30-4:30, sweeeet!
For a good laugh check out this blog

Since drinking my hot chocolate I am really feeling warm. I have a space heater next to me under my desk that I want to turn off but I am afraid to because every time I do my co-worker hears in turn off and comes in and asks if she can borrow it. Since it technically belongs to the office I have to give it to her. Then later I get cold again and ask for it back. It was mine first, MINE MINE MINE, get your own space heater! The End.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Random thing #1 I think there is something wrong with the copy machine/printer at my office. Maybe we should have bought a new copy machine, instead of chairs with our $4000 dollar surplus....(if you did not watch the office last week you are officially not laughing right now). There have been people gathered around it all day poking and prodding it. Good thing I have my own printer, ha!

Random thing #2 When you were in college didn't you know what the course numbers were for your classes. Example "Hello, I am a student, I am in the classes Hist 3520 and Math 1050" Not hard right? If you did not know you might feel bad about what I am about to say. It just amazes me how many students call to set up a time to take a test in our orifice and have NO idea what class they are in.
Student: I would like to take a test sometime this week
Me: Okay what day
Student: Um, whatever
Me: Pick one
Student: Okay, Thursday
Me: What time
Student: Um, whenever
Me: (in my head, okay how about 6 am before are even open, mwah haa haa) just pick a time!
Student: okay, how about 4:00
Me: Okay, what class are you in (so we can pull the test out before they get there)
Student: I think it's like a Health class
Me: Um, what is the course number
Student: I have no idea, I would have to look it up, it's like health education or something...I would have to get on my computer and look.
Me: I can wait
Student: I am in my car
Me: Call

This is how many of my conversations go during the day. What the heck? How do you not know what class you are registered for? SERIOUSLY!

Random thing #3- The cousin party on Saturday night was great fun. I am so glad that Neil and I double teamed everyone and got the hot chocolate, suckas!! ha ha! But seriously, thanks for hosting it Brooke and Shawn:)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

First Things First

First things first- How can you not feel happy when you look down at your plate and see your Italian dressing smiling at you?
(I added the hat, no dad, I still will not eat the ends of the pickle, gross!).

Here is our Thanksgiving dinner group, I don't know why it turned out blurry...

Zoey, the Underbite Dog. I am not a fan of dogs, but she really is cute and I let her sit on my lap while we watched a movie later that night...

This is our house all decorated for Christmas:) Thanks for making the cute stockings mom!

We found lots of cute ornaments at Tai Pan

I can't belive how gross our walls look in pictures! Do they look that gross in real life? Anyone...anyone?

Yes, I somehow cut the top of the tree off and we put it on a stool so it would be a little bit taller.

Even Lars, the bendy wooden guy wants to get in on the fun, thanks for the hat Mandy!
This is a nativity in a coconut we bought at PCC when we were in Hawaii

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

And a good time was had by all...

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving.
Highlights Include
*Being in sunny St. George for 4 whole days!
* Zoey the under bite puppy
* Being with all four of our parents at Thanksgiving dinner
*Playing guitar hero
*waiting in line to get into Target at 5:00 am Friday morning. I do not go to Wal-mart, I have heard too many horror stories, people at Target are NICE, plus it's my favorite store.
*Dad getting kissed by Marie Osmond (story to come)
*watching Twilight (this is Neils highlight, he liked it more then I did) what was up with the white powder on everyone's faces? My highlight was sneaking food into the theater.
*Going to bed early every night
*Having the Browns come back from Fillmore early so I could see the kids
*Having Liza run right past me into Neils waiting arms (she knows we are suppposed to be her parents!)
*Buying Christmas ornaments at Tai Pan (we put up our tree and it is so cute, I know, our first Christmas "so special")
*Free decorations for every holiday from Lindsay via Krumpets, AWESOME! Thanks for cleaning out your warehouse Krumpets!!
*Lindsay buying Diet Coke and bringing to to Thanksgiving dinner just for me:)
*Mom spending all morning on Sunday making me cute Christmas stockings to match the cute tree skirt she made me earlier in the week
*The un-politically correct comment made in Sunday School at church, oh those funny Mormons.
I am sure there are more but my lunch break is almost over. Thanks for a great time everyone!