Monday, November 15, 2010

Let Us Be Thankful

I laid in bed this morning as the alarm was going off thinking of a really good excuse to call in with to say I wasn't coming to work.  I just didn't want to face "it" today.  I did get up in just barely enough time to get ready and be out the door fast.  Thank goodness for Sunday leftovers - they make lunch prep really easy as do breakfast shakes.

Within a half hour of arriving - I knew I should have stayed home.  I started to have more computer problems which made my work next to impossible to do.  Between the times of having to reboot my computer, I was able to accomplish some things.  The ICS person that I was working with decided to re-image my computer.  I now have Windows 7 which definitely has a learning curve.  We just need to move a few more things over from the old hard drive in the morning and then it will be finished.  So by the end of the day things started to pick up until I went to authorize the days work and found that our new-new guy still doesn't get it.  A lot of his work will have to be redone.  So now I get to spend a day with him which means another day of my work put on hold.   How does that song go..."Got Me Under Pressure"  Yeah thats the one.  I think I need a hot tub - anybody got one?  I also found out the managers are authorizing overtime until the end of the year.  So much coming in - not enough staff to handle it.

I came home later than planned today because of my late discovery at work - ate a quick dinner and jumped right in to working on getting the house company ready as well as ready for the owner and insurance inspector to arrive at 10 tomorrow morning to have a look around.  I honestly wonder if things will ever slow down.  I have a few things left to do before bedtime - so I will wrap up my comments today with a quote I found on someone's blog.  I think it sums today up perfectly.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” -Buddha

Ta Ta for now  Photobucket

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Silent Sunday

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I am tired and bummed out

I am not sure what happened to my Utes again- Wynn has lost all self confidence and we can't seem to move the ball.  I am not sure I agree with some of the choices the coaches are making, but I won't give up!  Go Utes!  10-2 won't be so bad...
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I don't think I can do another week of overtime - I am so tired.  You show up to work by 8 and leave the office by 10.  It is so hard to turn down the extra hours when it is offerred, it is good money and helps contribute to the "will we survive the holidays" fund.  We will see how things go this week.  I have to prep for family visitors arriving on Thursday, Time Out for Women on Friday and Saturday, we need to juice the grapes sometime in between and make the house company ready.  Gotta pull out my Wonder Woman suit - that should help give me the boost I need. (maybe just some good sleep and regular hours)

Thanks to Ralph and his super sleuthing skills he found my box of missing decorations and I was able to get the Halloween decorations down and my Thanksgiving stuff up.  I love Fall.  The vibrant warm colors, the cooler weather, all the holidays that start happening.  Just makes me happy.  I know that is two weeks it will all come down and be replace with Christmas stuff, but remembering what Thanksgiving is all about - even for only a few weeks makes it worth it.

I gotta go finish sharing time for tomorrow - We are playing spin the bottle - topic Service.  Should be fun.  I also need to hit the hay - can't stop yawning
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

There are no words....

that can describe what happened at RES.  OH wait - there are...BUTT KICKIN!  I am not sure what team showed up to play against the horned frogs, but it wasn't the team I normally watch.  We couldn't complete a pass, hand off, or hang on to the ball to save our lives.  There was so much hype over the game and then to have it end the way it did was heart breaking and almost comical at the end as we continued to play like we have never seen or played the game before.  Oh well...we learn from it and move on to South Bend IN to play Notre Dame.  Go UTES!

So I rented a couple of movies to watch last night - Iron Man 2 and Letters to Juliet.  Ralph didn't finish his presidency meeting until much later than he anticipated. We only got through Iron Man 2 - thoroughly enjoyed it. Iron Man rocks and so does Pepper Potts!  But don't forget Scarlett Johansens character.  She double rocked!  I think it will be one we eventually add to our collection.

**SPOILERS**I watched Letters to Juliet when I got home from the football game as it had to be returned tonight before 9:00.  It was good - Vanessa Redgrave is just beautiful  A class act.  My soft romantic brain got sucked in and I loved the scene when the character Claire comes to check on Sophie after a rough day of searching for Lorenzo.  She offers to brush Sophie's hair and says “One of the great joys in life is having one's hair brushed"- tears were sitting on the edge of my eyelids by the end of the scene.  I even made Ralph sit down watch as I replayed the scene.   The ending was a bit cheesy - but loved the happy ending.  I think the real love affair took place between Claire and Sophie.  What a sweet relationship that was.  I needed that after todays fiasco.

For breakfast this morning I really wanted some French Toast - Ralph suggested that pumpin french toast would be a good idea.  So I tried it.  It turned out exactly as I had imagined it would taste.  It will be one we add to our recipe pile of keepers.  I don't have a picture of the finished product, but it looks a lot like regular french toast.  Here is the recipe:
3 eggs
1/4 C milk
1/4 C cream
1/4 C pureed pumpkin
2 T brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamon
8 to 10 sliced of bread.

Mix the custard ingredients together.  Soak bread in custard mixture and cook.  These would be good stuffed with cream cheese.  This could also be adjusted to make a good bread pudding.    Use your imagination and enjoy it.

Ta Ta for now

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cause I got a golden ticket!

It is finally Smiley from

Ok my ticket is not really gold, but none the less I am excited.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir does a Chrismtas Concert every year - 4 days during December.  There are 21200 seats in the conference center and would you believe it, it "sells" out every year.  You put your name in a lottery for the tickets and I got some.  YAY!
Smiley from millan.netThis concert is one of my favorite things to do.  You are in the middle of an incredibly busy season and it provides an opportunity for me to stop and enjoy the Christmas lights, and the spirit of the season.  David Archuletta is the guest performer this year.  He wouldn't be my first pick, by I enjoy listening to his Christmas music.  I am looking forward to it!

Football game tomorrow - Wahoo I can hardly wait.  ESPN Gameday will be broadcasting from the stadium.  The crazy fans are sleeping out over night so they can be there in the morning.  The school is hoping to have 10,000 fans there to join in the ESPN gameday celebration.  It is also the U's blackout game.  Normally this particular game is in the evening so my black sweatshirt works just fine.   Well the game is at 1:30 and it is supposed to be 68 F  I can't sit in the NEZ with the sun beating down on me in a sweatshrit.  I need a Utah black t-shirt.  Guess I will have to forgo my walk up the canyon for a walk to the sports store.  Go Utes!!!
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Well - as my Mum would say - I need to "hunker" down and get to work - lots to do!Photobucket

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I am a Pooper Scooper

Aside from Riley's - most of that action seems to be happening at work.  Yesterday, in a conversation I was having with my boss -we figured out that our GSC team is really just cleaning up other people messes, picking up the pieces left from the software rollout.  Therefore the title of my post.  Phew - today is my last day of really long hours.

As I was working last night I happened to stop by a coworkers desk and saw this quote from Gordon B. Hinkley - "By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are only thinking of ourselves."  Is it a bad thing to think about ourselves?  Is it bad to complain?  I don't think so...but if you let it consume you then yes. 

Book Review
Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton

The book was found in his files and was published after Crichton's death.  If you want a quick read book about pirates this is it.  The story takes place in the late 1600's in Jamaica.  The story has battles, witches, a moor, a jew, a kracken, gore, cheating, & revenge.  Sounds a little bit like a Johnny Depp movie.  I can see why Crichton didn't publish it - it doesn't even come close to most of his other stories - but a fun read still the same.

I am looking forward to the weekend and spending time with my boys - even if it involves picking up poop.Smiley from

Ta Ta for now.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

10 Things

on my mind...
1.  Work - still working long shifts
2.  Stamp club on the 13th - fun ideas - just gotta sit down and design
3.  Ralph and Riley - I miss them when I work long hours
4.  TCU vs Utah
5.  I miss my stamps - no time to play.
6.  Plans for Thanksgiving week - don't over plan - there is just too much I want to do.
7.  Harry Potter Movie - gotta get tickets
8.  Primary stuff - activity to put together
9.  Oh so looking forward to spending time with family
10. I need sleep

   Ta Ta for now