Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mom and Dad's House and Weddings

Well there's another wedding in the family. We'll be having a wedding dinner at Mom and Dad's newly constructed home in two days. I was out there last night and thought I would take pictures to document how quickly the house will take shape.

Allison does any of this look familiar to you?






Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Roommate Rant

One of the reasons that I don't post very often is because I feel like I have a lot of negativity and you know people don't want to hear about negative things. But I just need to get some venting off of my chest. And who knows that's what this blog could turn into. I always have good stories!

I am 32, still single and trying to be a fiscally responsible individual. What that translates to is A LOT OF ROOMMATES! Close to 45 to be exact. That is way too many roommates, individuals, personalities, drama and bathroom sharing for one girl to put up with. I purchased a home a year and a half ago and to help out with the mortgage I have 2 roommates. It's a 1900 square foot, 4-bedroom home, so there should be plenty of room for all of us. I currently spend most of my time at home (which isn't very much) locked up in my room to avoid my roommates.

So here are my questions about roommates:
  • Why do people not understand what the word clean means?
  • Why is it necessary to have a chore chart when everyone in that house is over 30 years old? That's right 30 year olds and chore chart. So moms out there if you've got good ideas for a chore chart let me know.
  • Why do I always attract the really needy people? Just on a side note, I think it's the same reason that I attract weirdo guys, which is probably why I'm still not married. So if anyone can seriously answer that question I will do something extremely nice for you, extremely nice.
  • How does someone not know to clean the dryer vent out when you use the dryer?
  • How does someone not know how to mow a lawn?
  • Why can't people do things on their own instead of waiting for me to do something. Come on people, I am not your mother!
  • How can someone manage to watch TV for 4 hours straight every night and not go insane?
  • Am I an abnormally clean freak?
  • Why when you open the pantry door and don't have any room to put another thing do you either buy more stuff and try to fit it in or not have the capability to clean it out?
  • What is the phobia about emptying a dishwasher?
  • What is the need to fill every single corner of space in the kitchen with crap?
  • Why when you've actually vacuumed up a spill in the carpet, do you leave the vacuum sitting right in the middle of the floor? For how many days? I'm waiting to see how long it will take.
Fact: The majority of these questions have come from events that have happened this week and yes it is only Wednesday.

Now I realize that I am probably a little weary and have probably run out of patience with roommates, but, honestly can you blame me? We're all over the age of 30, and I've had more than 40 of them!

Hmmm, that kind of felt good. Beware you might be getting more ranting from me in the near future. Have a fantastic night!

Fall in the Rockies

Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons. Alright I guess there is something that I love about each season, summer nights, how quiet and peaceful it is when it snows, the smell and freshness of spring. I love the colors of fall and how it starts to cool off and give some relief from the heat of summer.

Luckily I got the chance to go golfing at Wasatch Mtn golf course in Midway. We (and some of my coworkers) went in September and caught the leaves just perfect. We had a couple deer run across the fairways. It was a great day. Of course I could have golfed better but what else is new. Maybe I should take some lessons. Oh yeah, I know why I don't take lessons, they are expensive!

Here are some pics from the day. I'm not in any of them but you get to see some pretty colors.


This is Jeremy and Chris from my office. If any of you have heard me talk about work, I'm sure you've heard stories about them. Now you can put a face with the stories.

Ok this one is a little blurry. I took it from the golf cart while we were driving. It was a great day.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

They Lost!

I can't believe BYU lost. And not only was it a loss but it was big loss. I could barely sit through the game and I only watched the second half. I got home late from the gym and forgot to record the game before I headed out to a meeting. What a depressing night. I hate that we can never have a perfect season. Not that we need to have a perfect season but it just seems like we always do this to ourselves. We become complacent and wham. I am by no means a football expert and so hope no one will critique my commentary on the BYU football team (not that anyone really reads this blog anyway).

But I just have to say I was really enjoying this season and I am very sad about tonight's game against TCU. And on that note, I'm taking my mom's advice, having a little treat and going to bed.

Good night all!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

BYU Football

It seems that I am so busy these days that I hardly have time to really enjoy anything, that is until BYU Football rolls around. This season is turning out to be a great season. It's nice to see them play well without so many errors plaguing us all of the time. The games are fantastic to go to. I go with a big group of people. More specifically, Jennie, Camille, DJ and Tyler. It's a great tradition that I hope to continue for as long as I'm living in Utah. Really it's kind of ridiculous for a grown woman to get chills when a bunch of boys run out onto the football field and do the Haka, esepcially the Haka. But I guess that's BYU football for me!

Here are some pics from this season. Go Cougs!

Camille, Jennie, DJ and me

Jennie, Camille, and me

Me and Jennie

You can't really tell but the players run around the stadium and give everyone fives. It's fantastic.

Here's some of the group we go with.

Crooked Carpet and Beautiful Stairs

This is looking out the north upstairs bedroom to the south.

This is standing from the dormer window looking back into the bonus room.

These are the stairs and that's Paco up at the top.

Mom and Dad's Kitchen





These are pictures of the kitchen. You can see some of the batten board (sp?) and the cupboards and the counter tops.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Update

Ok that's enough pics for now. I'll maybe upload some later. Things are going well and super busy as always. Young Women's is keeping me busy and challenged. Work is really busy. We are in the middle of doing a rebranding that's keeping me on my toes. I'm applying to graduate school for my MBA (because I don't have enough to do). I've been to a couple of information sessions and have almost all of my application done for Westminster. I've got some new pics to upload, not for Mom and Dad's house but stuff that I've been doing.

More Pics






In order the pictures are: Mom and Dad's bedroom as seen from their bathroom, the old chest that Mom had turned into a vanity, the den, the front room and then a view of the kitchen.

Mom and Dad's House





Ok I don't know how to post pictures and work with them on the blog and I am too tired and lazy to try and figure it out tonight. These are pictures of Mom and Dad's house. There will be more.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Staying Busy

I don't know which side of the family I get this from. But I have a hard time doing nothing. I seem to always pack my time full of things to do. Which is why my posts don't happen very often. But it's good, I feel like I really am getting the most out of life and taking advantage of this time in my life where I have disposable time.

I got home from girls camp Friday afternoon and had most everything cleaned up, thanks to so many people helping out, I was able to take Friday afternoon off and relax a little.

The next Saturday morning one of my branch managers had entered the credit union in her chamber's parade. Up and at them bright and early. We took a truck and hung banners all over it, filled the back with water fighting materials and lots of coolers full of water. We had a great time soaking the residents of the city of South Salt Lake!

After that I ran out to my brother's to help him and his family move their stuff into a storage unit, until they're able to move into their newly purchased home. Then I gave my brother and his wife the night off and watched their kids so they could have some down time.

Sunday I taught the Laurels class and then ran out to a 30's to 40's singles BBQ. Here's the amazing part: They were normal people!! Isn't that fantastic?

Monday brought on a whole new work week with catching up on everything I had gotten behind on while I was camping. Monday night my friend Tenille and I went to the new UVUphoria celebration and listened to Josh Gracin, someone else who's name I can't remember and Joe Nichols. I'm now beginning to see why I am so tired.


This is Tenille and me at the Josh Gracin concert.
The next night was the band practice with the videos that I posted below, Wednesday was Young Women's and then Friday I headed out of town to spend the 4th of July weekend with my sister and her family in Denver (that will be another post).

I got back from Denver Monday morning just in time to make it to work and start all over again. I have been somewhere every night this week. So tonight I am enjoying the evening off. I went to the gym, I watered my yard. Sometimes it is nice to sit. I could have gone to Jackson Hole this weekend to run the river, but I will be gone the next two weekends in a row, I kind of thought I should give myself some down time before I have some type of breakdown. My friends and family don't like it when those things happen. :)

Girls Camp from a Leader's Perspective



I recently returned from girls camp as the camp director. I'm really the assistant but the actual director was scheduled to have surgery during the week of camp. She was a huge help getting everything ready, but I was the lucky one to be in charge when we got up there.

I went to girls camp every year I could growing up and the memories I have from those camps contrast starkly from what memories I have from being a leader at camp. I only hope and pray that the girls had a spiritual experience and walked away from camp feeling a little closer to Heavenly Father.

The preparation meetings for girls camp start in February and I'm sure the stake starts getting ready months before that. It is a serious production from picking a theme and creating activities for the girls to go along with the theme, to leadership training for the older girls, to planning overnight hikes, to planning and doing all the food prep for the girls and making sure all the girls have done everything they need to to get ready for camp and don't forget about getting the girls certified. Just so you know, the leaders are exhausted by the time they get to camp and then the fun begins!

This year's camp was more adventurous than I think most are supposed to be, especially for me. I want everyone to keep in mind that I am not a mother. I don't have to take care of or worry about anyone else. I have never been a mother so I don't have any practice with that sort of stuff. Sure I have lots of nieces and nephews, but they all have parents and I haven't done many overnighters with them without their parents around.

So the first night was a little stressful. I think most of my girls were just as exhausted as I was, one had not slept in over 24 hours, another had only gotten a few hours of sleep the night before. So at 10:30 imagine my surprise when all the girls were in their tents being quiet, half of them already asleep. I thought this is a good sign. Oh silly, silly girl that I am.

At 4:00 am (mind you that with not being a parent also comes the luxury of enjoying lots of sleep) I hear one of the girls walking towards my tent. I am very wide awake at this point, waiting for them to play a practical joke on me. BTW - I don't do very good with practical jokes, especially when I'm tired. So they zip open and come into the outside little porch thing of our tent. Apparently one of the girls in her tent was having some major pains and wants me. I'm kind of hoping that the YW's president who is in the tent with me and is the mother of two young children would take charge. To make a very long story short after going back and forth about what to do for 45 minutes with the phrase continually being repeated "I'm not a mom, I don't know what to do." I decided to go get the stake nurse. At 5:00 in the morning that is an interesting task considering I had no idea who she was and what ward she was in, and everyone else didn't know much more than me. So after waking up everyone in the stake campsite and two ward campsites, I finally find the stake nurse.

She comes in and promptly diagnoses an appendicitis! Phone calls are made to the parents and our wonderful priesthood holder rushes her down the hospital. It turned out to be a kidney stone, thankfully. But I have to say, I'm not so sure about parenthood. I don't know how you people do it and how you all don't have ulcers by now! :)

The rest of the week went pretty good until we got to the last night. Then I had another girl get the 100 proof deet insect repellent in her eye. After trying to treat it at camp and a persisting stinging feeling, I'm sending another girl down the mountain to the emergency room.

I'm not sure but I think that's a pretty good way to get released from your calling, don't you? What parents are going to send their girls to camp if they all are sent home to the emergency room?

The picture at the top is of the last day. It's a small group. We only started with 10 girls and ended with 8. Thankfully we all made it down the mountain safe and sound and both emergency room girls are doing just fine!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Singing in an Alternative Band?

The more and more of life I experience, I am always amazed at where it takes me.

I love music and I love to sing. I especially love any type of music that's acoustic, as is evidenced by my last post. One of the reasons why I like country is because I can sing along and I can sing along loud. I have been known to make sing a long cd's that I can belt to while driving alone in my car.

About three months ago, this guy, Loftin, who lives in my neighborhood and is in my ward stopped by and asked if I would want to sing in his band. I just laughed. I have never done anything like this before. He said that he had heard me sing in church and new I would do just fine. I just thought that this kid is crazy but if he's asking I might as well. I love music and this would be a great way to stretch myself.

So then I asked him what kind of music they play. He said that at this point they were covering a bunch of bands like: Cranberries, Audioslave, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys and anything else alternative. I of course had never heard of most of these bands let alone knowing any of their songs! Loftin has been great. That same night he left me a book full of lyrics for most of the songs the band is covering. Now I walk around with my little iPod shuffle listening to the music as much as I can.

Learning a song to sing in a band is so much different than just listening to good music and singing along in my car. I now listen to all kinds of music differently. I listen for all the different parts, when each part comes in, the different harmonies and rhythms. Everyone in the band is so talented. I am so grateful for their patience with me while I try to figure everything out. I am constantly amazed at the talent that is in that little room. And I can't figure out if their talent helps or intimidates me. Every time I think about it or tell someone about it, I just laugh.

So Tyler, the drummer, decided it would be fun to record it. I think I sound horrible. I'm still trying to find my right voice for this kind of music. But I thought I would post some clips of the videos we took. Keep in mind I've only practiced with band no more than 6 or 7 times so we still have a lot of work. But I thought if I'm embarassing myself in front of 3 very talented musicians then why not in front of my friends! If you want you can let me know what you think, but I think you should only put nice comments in the comment field (Daniel!).




Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ryan Shupe & Banjo Boy

My favorite band ever is Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. They are extremely talented musicians with amazing harmony, inspiring and clever lyrics and great music. I can listen to their music over and over. I hardly ever get sick of it. My favorite is their concerts. They are so much fun. I love going to their concerts.

Last night was their annual concert at the Sandy Amphitheater. Jennie and I went. It was a little chilly as you can tell by the many layers in our picture. They've made a new album and last night was the release of their album "Last Man Standing". If you go to shupe.net and click on the jukebox link you can listen to all of their music for free. And once I figure out how I'm going to upload some of my favorites songs so you can listen to them and learn to love them just like I do!

On a personal note. I have a big fat crush on Banjo Boy, just like half the girls in the state. He is an extremely talented musician and very cute! Here's a picture with him. I would love to be able to hear him sing everyday, he has incredible voice.

Alright enough of my obsession for Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. But I had a great time last night and I love their music.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"I Wonder Why?" - A Conversation with a 4-Year Old

Children are my favorite and to me they are so refreshing. I know my perception may be a little different because I don't spend 24 hours a day surrounded by children, but they are definitely precious.

Tonight I was at the church putting together a dessert for Young Women. Yes, bribing the young women to come to church does go against my philosophy but every once in a while it's ok. So back to the story. 4-year old Hyrum comes walking by the kitchen door. I promptly offer him some brownies and says it should be ok and that his dad wouldn't mind him stopping to eat some brownies. So while Hyrum is eating his brownie and eyeing the strawberries on the counter, the conversation goes as follows:

Hyrum: I wonder why it is taking so long for my birthday to come. I don't think it's ever going to come. I've been waiting so long. I wonder why it's not coming.

Heather: Do you know what day your birthday is on?

Hyrum: Yes I do, it's on June 24th.

Heather: Well that's not very long at all. You only have 3 more Sundays and then it will be your birthday. How old will you be?

Hyrum: I will turn 5 because I'm already 4. I wonder why I've been 4 for so long? I wonder if I will ever be 5 because I've been 4 for so long. I wonder why I feel like I've been 4 forever.

Don't you just love little children?

I went to visit my friend Kristel and her two little newborn twins. She had a boy and a girl. Lily and Cooper. They were four or five weeks early and have only been home from the hospital for a couple of weeks. Kristel is a trooper and so is Nate (her husband). The little babies are so cute and so precious. Here's a picture of them and me. Of course you can't see them very well because I didn't want the picture too close to try and hide the dark circles under my eyes. :) Will I ever find a mascara that doesn't fade and sit under my eyes, making me look like a druggie?

An Update


May was an extremely busy month for me. I was only in town for half of the month and playing catch up for the rest of the month. I decided I am not a very good traveler or packer. Apparently my philosophy on packing is wait until the very last minute (like midnight before the morning you leave) and then throw as many outfits, shoes, books and massive hair care products (yes I did bring a full size blow dryer with diffuser)as I can into one suitcase and just pray I don't have to pay the $80 overweight fee at the airport.

My second trip I went to Southern California where I stayed in Newport Beach for a conference and then drove out to visit Carly and her family in Temecula. My conference was great, but who wants to hear about boring work stuff. The view outside my room was fantastic. It was a beautiful country club golf course and just beyond the course was the ocean. I can definitely see what the draw is for so many people wanting to live in southern California.

Visiting with Carly and her family was great. I have to give major props to Carly and everything that she does. She is a proud mother of three beautiful children with the oldest turning four and the wife of a full time working husband who is currently getting his MBA. Carly's day starts about 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning and never really ends with nighttime feedings still going on. Aren't her kids beautiful? They are so much fun to. I finally got Sterling comfortable enough that he let me hold him and play with him while I was there. I am definitely going to have to stay longer the next time I visit so I can have some more Sterling time!

Once I got back from California my body started rebelling. I have been sleeping 8 or 9 hours a night and still taking 2 and 3 hour naps. Not to mention the massive fever blister I got on my cheek. What I would like to know is why right on the cheek? Why couldn't it at least be on my neck or something, then it might have at least looked like a hicky and I could pretend like I was getting some action! Sorry no pictures to share with that one.

Serioulsy?!

I know I haven't posted in a very long time. So this wouldn't exactly be the ideal post to start my blog, but seriously!

What is it about me that attracts all the weirdos in this life? It's almost like I have a flashing sign over my head that says if you have issues and are screwed up in any way, I'm the girl for you. Maybe there is this secret society of moron guys where they share gullible girl's phone numbers back and forth.

I just have one question: Since when is it ok to get in touch with an ex-girlfriend (who has asked you not to contact her and who you were pretty serious with at one point in time)once you are engaged? Seriously!

I know I sound a little bitter but sometimes life never stops to amaze me with what I get thrown at me. Ok, enough venting for now. I'll write another post about what's been going on in my life.