From Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale

People disappear when they die. Their voices, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living mempry of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continut to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humour, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.

--Diane Setterfield

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME

My mom got me an awesome birthday and Christmas gift. A Dyson Vaccum!

She was not able to drive up, but she wired me the money and Scott and I bought the vacuum here. I was so excited because my birthday was on Black Friday this year. I looked up all the shops I could think of to see if they would have a big sale on the one we wanted. Sears was the only place that showed the DC25animal AND said they had it in stock at the mall.
We got up early, well early-ish, and drove out to Southlake to check Sharper Image. I had forgotten to check their website.

They were closed, are closed. They even had a 'for rent' sign in the window. So no sale there. While we were in Southlake we checked out Home Depot and Lowes. Both stores were not as busy as I thought they would be. They also both had Dyson's, but not the DC25 animal. So we went across the street to Kohl's. They were packed! The line wraped through the store half way around the back. It was difficult to even GET to the vacuums. Once again they only had 'other' Dysons.

We left Southlake and stopped by the Sear's Outlet, but they only had big appliances. Finally we went to the mall and found the DC25 animal right away. They even had a floor sample that I tried out for about 2 seconds before telling the sales man "I'm sold". Even though the store was crowded there was a register right next to the vacuums and we didn't even have to wait. Our sales guy rung us up and the vacuum was on sale so I had enough money in hand for it. Then I got another suprise.

Because we bought a Dyson, I also got a $50 gift card! Woo hoo!

When we got home, the missionaries were waiting at our place to say hi. We had a nice chat and when they left Scott got to work gettting the vacuum set up.

Then I started. The floor was disgusting, but hard to capture in a picture. However you can see the before and after on the couch.

And you can see after just vacumming the nursery, how much cat hair there is to clean up from our kitties.And you can see how well my new toy worked. We practically filled the trash can.

Thanks mom, this was a great gift!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanks Aunt Joyce!

My lovely Aunt Joyce sent me these adorable Beatrix Potter plates. Lucky for me I have just the place for them, on the wall with the clock. I plan to put the changing table in this corner, and the plates will be so cute above it.

Baby gifts - a thank you to our friends -

In my little sewing area:a beautiful dress from Devanie.
Gorgeous! Thanks, Dev!!

new couches!

Our good friends the Cases gave us these couches. I am so excited to have leather, overstuffed, couches. Right in time for a baby.

Never mind the messy sitting room... it's been cleaned up since then. Kinda. :P

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Still going good...

Today was a pretty good day. I was so busy that I didn't take a lunch, but an office mate, Scott, provided pizza. I was still fed, I just worked through my lunch hour.

It was really nice, I prefer to be busy doing things. And i got most everything done that was on my little list.

However, *snicker* I do have a funny story from today.

My boss called me into his office to help with a "tedious" project. He gets an audit report each month. The report is an audit of what changes are made in one of the programs we use as a company. It shows who made what change. Each month he has to sign off and date each page of the report. This month's report was between 582 and 600 pages. Jeff had me go through the pages and put a sticky note on every page that someone else had already gone through and marked as having been processed by someone at corporate. He was funny to sit there for over an hour and listen to. He grumbled that this whole procedure is such a waste of time and company resources etc. Why should he sign off on someone else's work? He has no way to verify that they made correct corrections, etc. This is such a waste of time. On and on and on. I chimed in after I had to get a third package of sticky notes. 51.2% of the pages were done by corporate. I know we counted.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This weekend has been pretty good...

This week several people have said that I look bigger, so it didn't surprise me to learn that I had gained about 6 lbs in two weeks. That's a big jump from gaining 2 lbs every 3 weeks... and now I know where those stretch marks are coming from. :) ( I only have a few on the very bottom of my belly) Someone also said my hair looks darker, she asked if I dyed it... huh.

We had a Dr. appointment and after waiting and waiting for an appearance, Dr. Maxey came in singing about how he was leaving later for Disney World. I told him I know someone who works there, someone who currently has long red hair. We discussed the possibility of Rachel (soon to be Rachel Snyder, congrats!!) being Ariel and I said I'd have Ariel say hi to his little girl, Kennedy. Oh, shoot I should probably do that! BRB!

Okay, I've sent an e-mail... Hope that helps... :/

So we were talking and all the while he had the heart monitor on Jaedyn. She is doing well. We go back in two weeks and do a sonogram to see how big she is and how much fluid she has...
Scott was asking about inducing early and Dr. Maxey didn't think it was a good idea, but he said if there was a medical reason why we should he'd feel better about it.

The deal is that our insurance will change from really good, with almost no co-pay and no deductible to 90/10 at the first of the year. I think that is a really stupid reason to induce, just to not pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in hospital bills. But with our budget the way it is... it would be nice if SHE happened to WANT to come before the first of the year. So we brought it up just so we are informed and have all our options laid out before us.
I'm healthy, she's healthy. Why risk NICU time? We'd probably end up paying just as much for NICU as for a regular healthy birth. Ah the dilemmas of our time!

Thursday I found out my Mom's dad is / has gone into surgery for a triple bypass. It is pretty bad. One valve is 99% blocked! A sister in our ward had a baby that was not doing so well, and my little cousin-once-removed was also born with several complications. My sister has also been battling a stomach bug for months. Sunday we had a great lesson from our Home Teachers on Prayer and we decided to focus our prayers on others. It sure seems like there are a lot of people out there that need our prayers. Much more than I need prayers focused on me.

I had a performance evaluation at work on Friday. I totally stressed out about it because the last eval. I had, my boss had me in tears, and it was a really bad experience. I bawled about it Thursday night. Friday I almost had a wad of tissues in hand as I walked into Jeff's office. But I forgot them on the way out the door that morning and so had to face my evaluation empty handed. Yikes! And I was late!
Getting up in the mornings is hard, really hard; and I usually don't make it into the office on time. But Friday I got there with time to spare, and as I was in charge of a birthday celebration set up, I was working on that when Jeff sought me out and asked if we had a meeting scheduled. Whoops! Things were NOT looking good and I'm sure I looked pretty scared. We went to his office and I promptly apologized for losing track of time and he said something to the effect of, 'Hey, that's NOT a big deal. You see how often I'M late to things.'
The rest of the eval. was a breeze! He is very happy with the work I do and the opportunities for improvement he noted (as Scott so cleverly saw) were not so much things for me to work on my work performance. They were ways I could facilitate others getting their work done. So. Could I help him put together a task chart for all the managers? Could I help him manage the unexpected 'emergency' items that come up? Can I get there on time for our Wednesday morning meetings? He likes the notes I take and feels bad when he forgets to wait for me. Really it's not hard stuff and I was able to say 'Sure, have you used this application in our e-mail system that is a task tracker? No?, well I have full access your calendar and I can input the tasks for you and you can mark them off when they are complete.' He seemed really grateful. I was on such a high as I left the office. No tears and my only bitter thought was, 'Dude, Jeff, can you go down and teach our HR manager how to do these performance evaluations? 'Cauz, seriously, yours was infinitely better than hers.' I have really, honestly, been blessed with a multitude of the best bosses ever! I think back on the different jobs I've had and for the most part they have been enjoyable and I have liked working for the people I work for. I've written posts dedicated to thanking individual bosses for how great they are. I go on and on about how much I liked working with them to co-workers.
I think it's gotten to the point that if I start to talk about working with UAMC, or Raf, or the Browns, people have begun to roll their eyes and chant along with me how much I loved them and how I'd totally go back in a heartbeat if I could. :)

Funny story from this morning: I LOVE the family I nannied for in Salt Lake. They are the awesomest and coolest. It's a running joke betwixt Scott and myself that if I really want something, if I really think it's a cool item, it is because the Brown's had it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? so if they had a electric teapot from Williams Sanoma, then I must have the same kind. A sit on the stove and whistle, tea pot will never do! and I NEED to get this kind of oatmeal, because it's the kind that the Borwn's got, and my memory is that their oatmeal was better than any oatmeal I'd ever had. Scott conceded that they had fine taste, so he cannot argue with the 'but the Brown's had it' logic. So Oatmeal. simple right? I went out and bought the brand they had and it was still as divine as I remembered it being. Then a week or so ago I saw the same brand at Walmart (score!) and bought it again. But there was a slight difference, I bought the tin of oatmeal not the box. When I got to work I was dismayed to see I could not just stick it in the microwave or use the hot water form the coffee machine. NOR could I OPEN the thing. It was sealed like a paint can!! So today I decided to pull out the oatmeal and finally used it. I had Scott pry it open and (gasp) it was chopped oats! not rolled oats! but I figured that it would be just as good so I started to cook them up. And then I read the directions. (note to self, this is a dumb way to go about cooking!) The directions said to boil them until they got porridge-y and THEN simmer the oatmeal for 30(!!) minutes! How did I miss that!
About 20 minutes later the oatmeal was sticking to the bottom of the pot and I had to take it off. Scott liked it well enough,but I am thinking I'll go back and get the box kind... After all the Brown's had the box kind...

Last night Scott and I went to the closest movie theater around and saw Twilight. I had made tentative plans to see it as a double date with some friends and to see it with a group of girlfriends. But It was just a regular date night for me and my husband. I'm glad it was just us. Not that I didn't want to see it with everyone else, but it was so NICE to just go out the two of us and do something. We used to live glued to the hip and now we don't get to go out just the two of us much.
We got there just in time to get the remaining seats, which happened to be on the front row. Then the manager came in and said that the projector was having issues and we were being moved to another theater. All the kids jumped up and dashed for the exit.
I was amazed at the number of teeny-bopper boys there were. Not on dates, just there is groups. Scott reminded me that boys join Home Ec. for the same reason that they would come to this movie. ohh, yeah... I had totally forgotten about that! However I was amazed at these kids. When the manager came in they were back talking him, too softly for him to hear of course, but they were totally just spouting off phrases. They obviously had no idea what they were saying. They didn't even make sense! It was a sobering moment for me. Poor kids. I really think they had NO idea what they were saying.
In the new theater we had seats in the lower middle of the room, where all the handicapped spaces are. It was perfect. RIGHT in the middle, not too far front and no neighbors!
The movie was good, obviously not as good as the book, but I think they did a great job of making it a movie. Scott was moved by the music and was very quiet the rest of the night. He missed his sister.
I am actually just as happy about the timing of the movie release as anything else about it. The original release date was Megan's birthday, the one year and one day anniversary of her death. I wanted to be supportive of Scott's grief, but I also REALLY wanted to just go see the movie with out feeling guilty about enjoying myself. So the movie came out a week before my birthday, we saw it as my birthday present and there is no guilt! How awesome is that!?!

Yup, it's beena pretty good weekend so far!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

hairy, scary

it's my eyebrows... they are a mess. I'm actually amazed that people can look at me, sitting right next to me at church or work, and not wince or laugh or make a face.

Lucky for the world I have a plan! Linda Pham is an esticician form a spa that Scott managed a few years ago. She does the BEST eyebrow waxes ever. So I've told Scott that I want to get that done, soon. I'm thinking that a manicure or pedicure would be nice... but my eyebrows would make such a difference, I mihgt opt for just them.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Scott and I are getting a new (to us) car!

We actually already have it, but they guys are making it run, which is an important part of 'having' a car.

Cash had a Corvaire (sp?) that was gathering dust and gave it to us. The deal was that if we got the parts and got it running we could keep it. So we have. And Cash, Mike and Scott are putting it all together.

When it's running I'll use it to get back and forth to work and Scott will take Sheilah, our little red car, to do the trek to Frisco each day. This way he will be able to work close to full time at the chiropractors and, hopefully, make enough that I don't have to go back to work after Jaedyn Olivia is born!!


Sunday, Sunday

We had a really great Sunday this week...
It was ward conference and when we got home our Home Teachers came over and gave a really great lesson on prayer. It was from Elder Bednar's Conference talk. When the Home Teachers left, I pulled out the Ensign and read the talk. Then I was flipping through and found that most of the talks from ward conference were based on talks from General Conference. That might not be news to anyone else, but they were not announced as "this is my talk taken from Elder so-and-so's talk" and because we didn't sit down and watch all the sessions, some of the talks were new as I read them yesterday. It was pretty cool.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy holiday pictures...

I woke up after having a weird dream that involved having our picture taken and decided we should do a little photo shoot. So with the help of some household appliances (read the shower curtain and heat lamps from Scott's tools) I set up a studio this morning and we took pictures. They are FAR from perfect, but it was fun. ... and ... we can pass them off as our Holiday family picture thing.

And one from Halloween...