Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Everybody!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas! I am up way to late but that's okay. I don't have any munchkins to wake me up. I got to pick out several of my Christmas pressents yesterday, so Zorro didn't bother to wrap them, but that doesn't mean that I am not going to stick them under the tree. My mom is supposed to fly back from Portland today. We will see how that works out. It's my understanding that there is a nasty storm still raging in Portland, and well here it's winter in Wyoming/Utah and her flight is supposed to arrive durring the time our coming storm is raging it's hardest. We shall see what happens. My hubby got me the Cricut Expressions I have the manual out of the box so I can figure out how to use it. I will probably read it in a little bit while I bake the apple pie. I just pulled 2 loaves of bread out of the oven (more than slightly deformed) they were the frozen variety, and had a little mishap while defrosting. They should still taste good anyway. I also baked some Banana bread muffins, using my Mom's Aunt Carol's recipe. It's the best I have ever tasted. I decided to switch it up this time and put in mini-chocolate chips instead of nuts. I often use half wheat flour/half white flour it works really well and gives the bread a deeper flavor. I always add vanilla and an extra banana (if I have it.)

Well I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas. As one of my favorite t.v. pastors says..."May you be blessed in your goings out and your comings in." I know it's paraphrased from the Bible somewhere but it is such a beautiful and simple blessing, I love it.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Planes, snow, tears, frustration and sadness!

I posted a while back that my brother would be flying in from Portland for Christmas. He was supposed to arive on Friday, but if you've watched the news at all you know that Portland has been covered in snow for the last week. Well on Friday they got a new storm and we got their old one. Everything was fine when I left for Salt Lake to pick him up from the airport. Well okay it was snowing and the wind was blowing but, as far as the information on the flight everything was "On Time" well that means that his flight should have left 30 minutes before I did. It didn't. My poor brother has huge issues with PTS having served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Due to the Army's hurry up and wait way of doing things he also has huge issues with planes. After being on the plane for as long as he could handle with no information, and sitting next to a lady who (apparently) smelled as if someone forgot to change her diaper before she got on the plane, he go up and got off. I don't blame him. I was talking to him on the phone several times until he couldn't handle it anymore and I couldn't calm him down because at that point I was slinding (in several directions) on Parleys Summit and trying desperately not to be pushed into the median. At the end of the trip to Salt Lake I was sobbing on the phone to my mom, my friend Kori, and co-worker Zach begging Zach to take my 7am shift the next day because there was NO Way I was getting on Parleys again that day. Thank you Zach! Thank you Kori for letting me stay the night at your house, as well.

Well, after all of that I got on the phone and called Southwest and called to see if anything could be done about the ticket. Many thanks to Cindy operator number 66. She listened to what I had to say didn't even ask for any details she offered another plane and when I said that there wasn't anyway we would able to get him anywhere near a plane she gave us a credit that is good for anyone. On Sunday my Mom used it to fly out to see him for a couple days. Poor kid he was worried that we were mad at him and all sorts of other junk. I told Mom when she was making the arrangements that she'd better make sure that she spent Christmas with him. She decided that she would spend Christmas morning with Andrew and the afternoon with us.

Sadly, our fish Calli that I posted a couple pictures of a month or so ago has died. She died yesterday morning. Poor fishy, has had trouble before when we cleaned the fish tank, with not getting enough oxygen. The fish tank with a fish tank that big needs to be cleaned at least once a week and unfortunately the bubbler was off for just too long. Calli was still alive but just never recovered. We will miss Calli.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merry Christmas from Louie!

Mom brought home a big box to mail some Christmas gifts for my Aunt and Uncle in Texas, tonight. My cats being the cute little buggers they are immeadiately tried to investigate. Unfortunately, Minerva didn't stay in the box long enough for me to get a picture of her as well. But any way Louie wishes you a Merry, Merry Christmas from his box to yours!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

I Love the snow

I love snow, and it has finally started snowing and sticking here. I am so happy, as long as I am in the house. I really hate being cold! Oh well, the thing that I really hate is the migration of the de-icer. I guess that we use to much de-icer (I say we, but really I don't put it down very often) and so we track it in the house, which would be fine if it stayed by the door where we leave our shoes. But it does not, somehow it's all over the living room, down the stairs, in the hallway, everywhere, including (probably) the bathroom. I guess it's time to get out the vacumn, and leave it by the front door. Of course, that will make for some really attractive Christmas morning pictures. Speaking of which for the first at this job I have both Christmas and Christmas Eve off! I am really happy about that, too. Andrew (my brother) is flying in from Portland on Friday and he's staying for a whole month! I love my brother, so I am looking forward to this. Since he will be here durring the time of my Dad's birthday, we are planning to go to see him that weekend too. Well, I need to get in the shower and get ready for work. I don't want to but, I must be responsible and well I like having a paycheck, so off to work I go. Have a good day, or week or whatever until I talk/type to you again.


How many have you read?

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

I bolded the books that I have read...

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4. The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye -JDSalinger

19. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - my favorite book of all time!

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - I seriously love Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34. Emma - Jane Austen

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41. Animal Farm - George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47. Far From The Maddening Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50. Atonement - Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52. Dune - Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72. Dracula - Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses - James Joyce

76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal - Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession - AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte's Web - EB White

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince – Antoine de St. Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94. Watership Down - Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

By my count I have read at least 13 of these how many have you read? I am a little iffy on Lord of the Flies, I know this was read to me in class, but I don't know if we finished it.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Last night!

I have been doing the night audit for 9 days straight and all I can say is thank goodness that I have tomorrow and Wednesday off! I am the back-up auditor, and he decided to go to visit his parents for the week of Thanksgiving. Which I don't really mind so much usually, but usually I do get days off too. Not this time, it's the second year that he's gone on vacation for Thanksgiving, which isn't so bad, (double time for holiday pay is very nice) but that means that for the last 2 years, I haven't been able to cook the turkey. My mom and I have an agreement that we switch years on who gets to cook the turkey. Well I guess there is always next year, maybe. ;)

I am no where near prepared for the craft fair on Saturday, but I hope to fix that on my days off this week. But only time will tell. I will post what I get done and let everyone know how it works out.

Talk you soon!


Monday, November 24, 2008

Just a little update

In my last post I told you about falling down the stairs. Well I called the advice nurse for the VA and she told me to go ahead and get seen at the emergency room. So my mom and I drove down to Salt Lake and went to the emergency room. The wait wasn't as bad as it sometimes is, thankfully! The doctor wanted to have me get into a gown but when he pulled the gown out there was some really wierd snaps that we couldn't figure out so instead, we went with a sheet, it was kind of funny really. The verdict is that I pulled/bruised some muscles in my thigh but I didn't rip anything or break any bones (I didn't think I had broke anything.) So he gave me some prescriptions for anti-inflamitories, pain killers and muscle relaxers. I am at work trying desperately not to fall asleep. The doctor offered me a work excuse, but I am the back up night auditor, and the regular night auditor went on vaction this morning so there wasn't any point. We just don't have anybody trained/willing to take over, and truth be told, I don't mind. Eight days of night auditor pay will be very welcome to pay for new toys from the new Idea Book which will be coming out soon, and for Christmas pressents. I think I know what I am getting everyone but my husband for Christmas. I just don't know what to get Zorro, maybe a gift certificate to NewEgg, or another computer supply store. Have a great day, and be careful on the stairs!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Twilight Movie

My mom and I went to see Twilight yesterday with several friends. It was great. We (mom and I) decided that we wanted to see it again so with a short break for dinner, and to purchase an ace bandage since I was a klutz(more on that in a second)we went back to see it again. The first time we saw it at The District in Salt Lake the second time we saw it at The Jordan Landing theater. There is a huge difference and I found myself distracted and almost bored at the second theater. They still had the air conditioner on there was less the 30 people in that showing but the air was set at like 55-60 degrees, and it was stinking cold! Also the screens are dim I was really disappointed. I now remember that it was really dim the last time I watched a movie there. There is a scene where you can see the clouds rolling in and forming, but on that screen it just looked like a pretty picture because there was no definition and the contrast was way too low.

For those of you who know me, you know that I have foot problems. Well becuase of those my right ankle is really pretty weak. In the last 4 years I have managed to fall down the stairs probably about 10 times. My ankle will just suddenly turn under (it almost seems to fold) and I will be sliding down the stairs. It's really not very fun, but it's only been bad enough for me to need crutches once, but I always need to brace my ankle for a couple of days. Last night I fell down the stairs in the movie theater before the movie even started. It was awesome, at the time the only thing that hurt was my ankle, so we just planned on stopping to get an ace bandage after the movie got out. Which we did, and I kept it wrapped up all night long. Well after we got home and I had relaxed for a while I realized that I have managed to pull something in my left leg when I fell. It just plain hurts. around my knee, in my thigh and in my hip.

Oh well, life is an adventure. Have you seen Twilight yet, did you do anything goofy while you were there? Drop me a little note and tell me what you think!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Craft Fair

So Nicole called me tonight to see if I wanted to take a table at a craft fair. I tld her I would so now I have to figure out what I am doing and order accordingly. Any suggestions? I am currently thinking some notecards, and Christmas cards, notebooks, daily planners and post-it note holders. Also since I crochet pretty well I think I will do some dishclothes, potholders, and dish towels. I also have some stamps that I either have duplicates or, bought but don't use I will probably have those available as well.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's been a while

So I was told my Nicole today that I need to update my blog (the or esle was not specifically noted but...) so look Nicole I updated aren't you so very proud of me? Hee hee, sorry I have been busy finishing and sending out swaps and I have to redo a second one that managed to get lost in the mail. I got my Christmas card swap back they were all beautifully done I was so happy. Sometimes you get a couple of things in a swap that aren't what you were hoping for and you end up very disappointed. Not this time. I have even managed to sign, and partially address them. Yay! go me!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I have I already have one of my mom's Christmas pressents and I just purchased a couple of things for my brother. My brother Andrew is very talented he has taught himself to play the guitar in the last couple of years, and loves to draw. He draws mainly anime, but he is very good at it. Does anyone know where I could get a book or dvd on drawing anime or maybe even comic books? I think he would enjoy finding something like that under the Christmas tree. I still haven't even got a clue as to what to get my husband for Christmas. It will have to be something he won't think of because he has a habit of telling me not to get something for him. We haven't even been shopping recently so I can't use my usual tricks of watching him browse to figure out what he would like. Maybe I will get him a magazine subscription, just for the heck of it. Anyone have any suggestions for a 30 something husband who likes to tinker with cars, and computers?

Oh well maybe next time I update I will have my new markers and some artwork to share. I hope this is a long enough update for you Nicole! Just kidding you know I love you and your munchkins too.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

I wasn't tagged but I wanted to play too...

What is your husbands name? Zorran Kolic (Known to most as Zorro)

How long have you been married? 7 years

How long did you date? About 4 months

How old is he? 38

Who eats more sweets? Zorran, I buy the most sweets but he is the one who eats most of them.

Who said I love you first? Honestly I don't remember.

Who is taller? He is all day every day

Who can sing the best? Me, I love to sing, and get compliments often.

Who is smarter? Now why would you want to start that fight? He often thinks he is but I would say that we are pretty evenly matched.

Who does the laundry? Actually we do our own, if one of us needs something done we'll ask the other but usually we do our own.

Who pays the bills? He does.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? I do

Who mows the lawn? Neither of us, we're not allowed, we both have back problems. The neighbor boys 2 doors down do.

Who cooks dinner? I do, but our schedules conflict quite a lot so it's very rare that we are both home at the same time for dinner.

Who drives? It just depends on whose car we're taking, and how tired we are, if we are taking his car always him, and only him, but if we take mine, we'll trade off.

Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? I do, but for the most part we just get over it, and move on.

Who kissed who first? Umm, I know that either of us kissed first, because we were talking about it, so I would say it was a mutual decision.

Who asked who out first? He asked me

Who wears the pants? Umm, we were both in the Army so we both wear the pants.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My fish, and Louie one of my spoiled kitties

I live with my husband and mom, so I guess our pets aren't just mine, but I just have to share becuase I have to say that I enjoy how people react the first time they see our fish. Callie, is short for calico I think you can see which one she is, the other is Mister Phischer. The funny thing is that Mom bought these two about 4 years ago the were $3 specials from Wal-Mart. Hee hee hee, are you shocked yet? I live in Wyoming and a lot of people's first response to talk about "pan-fryers." Ha ha. Callie is bigger than our biggest frying pan. She's between 18 and 20 inches I think.

Louie is our big black cat, or as Zorro likes to call him our "Puma." Louie, who's full name is Louis Du Pont Du Lac, (my brother named him) is named for a character in a book. What book? Interview with a Vampire. Actually both of our cats are named after fictional book characters, Minnie, is truely Professor Minerva McGonagal. Tee hee hee, do you know what book that's from? Ahh come you can guess. I don't have any pictures today of Miss Minevere as mom likes to call her lately, she's a little shy. I will post a picture or two of her soon. Today Louie was on my lap acting like the little ham that he is, I swear sometimes I think he thinks he's a dog the way he lays!

More swap cards and 2 afghans.

I have been working on one afghan for over a year now. It was commissioned by one of my coworkers who has been very paitent with me, but I was intimidated by how big she wanted it. Queen sized, I hae only ever done throw and baby blankies before so I guess you could say I allowed myself to be overwhelmed. I have since made a large blankie that is on my own bed still not queen sized but in the end neither is Sheila's. It's just short of 5 feet, I know this because I am 5 feet 2 inches and it comes to right about my nose from the floor. She is going to visit an aunt that she hasn't seen in several years and since her aunt paid for the plane ticket she asked me to finish the afghan where it was and then use any extra yarn to make a throw for her. That I was able to do so here it is finshed, washed and tied with ribbon. Sheila's is the blue and chocolate colored afghan. The other one I started for my cousin Lenny, (I posted the afghan that he's getting earlier) but as my Mom pointed out, my Aunt and Uncle commissioned it, and my Uncle Reed absolutely abhors yellow, it wasn't a good choice. I started it with those colors in an attempt to avoid ordering yarn from Joann's which takes a ridiculous amount of time for delivery, in fact my yarn spent 5 days in a city that's less than 90 miles from here, but that's a story for another day.

These cards I completed about a week ago and promised to share them with you. I am not completely happy with the Aspen one, but those corduroy brads are very big (and expensive) so I can't really replace them and I don't really want to buy another set of them. I really like the giftcard card I got the idea from Nona but adapted it so as not to use so much paper.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

PSA #1 and 2

So I have to do my part. Hee Hee Hee. Did you appreciate your Boss today? I did, but by the time I got there to give Sandra her gift she had already done the payroll and left for a 2 week vacation. So I guess she'll get it when she gets back. Alright that's number 1.

On to PSA number 2. For all you lovely ladies out there have you checked your bra size latey. 80% of us are wearing the wrong sized bra. I have heard the statistics before, but really thought I was wearing the right bra. Lately however I realized that there was an excess of material at the top of my bra cups. Today while Zorran and I were out I decided to get sized imagine my suprise that I was wearing a cup size too big, AND a width size too big. Apparently not only is it Breast Cancer Awareness month it's also (unofficially) check your bra size as well. I saw several advertisements for free sizing. Lane Bryant is offering free sizing specifically this weekend, but they do it all the time as far as I can tell. So I guess while I am doing my bit. Don't forget your self breast exams ladies!

Okay on to some fun stuff. I finally downloaded the pictures of the baby afghan that I made for my cousin Lenny. Also is a picture of the gift and card for my boss.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Yay! More accomplished.

Yay! I managed to get another 2 swap card sets done tonight. I haven't had a chance to take pictures of them yet as I am still at work but I will get them up soon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Somethings I have been working on.

I have crazily signed up for 5 or 6 swap spots on the Close To My Heart bullentin boards, here are a couple of the cards I have finished. I also finished the baby blanket for my cousin Lenny's new son. I will post of picture of that soon.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My newest toy.

Well I have finally done it. I am typing this update from my brand new laptop. I am so excited. I have a desktop that is 5 years old, and have desperately been needing a laptop, or a new desktop. Today Zorran and I went to Ogden and picked up a laptop for me. It's a Sony Vaio, and it's kind of purplely blue. I love it! I was going to get a Gateway that was red but they didn't have it in stock so I decided to go with the Sony.

Do you have a new toy? I would love to hear about it.


Monday, September 8, 2008

I played today!

Well I guess technically it was yesterday but anyway I have some cards to share with you. I signed up on the Close To My Heart Bulletin Boards for a challenge this week that involves me making a card everyday for 5 days, with just a couple of prompts. So here are my newest creations.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hello is this Margret?

Sorry one last picture I guess you can only load 5 pictures to one post so here is the last one.

It's me again....(Margret)

Have you ever heard of Ray Stevens? His songs are so funny I love them. I was suprised that one of my co-workers had never heard of him before. I was listening, (okay singing along to the Mississippi Squirel Revival) and he just kept giving me the wierdest look. Oh well, are you ready to be shocked? I took pictures, and I am going to load them with this post the first two are my thank you cards for a swap that I am in. The last four are from my unit meeting last Saturday. My Upline and her Upline are awesome Hi Nicole, RaNae! (waving) Silly me anyway I hope you like them. The first one I really like but I am not so sure if it isn't too simple you know what I mean? The only guidelines are layers, and some embleshiment.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I actually played with my new toys!

yay,I have been pretty productive in the last couple of days, I have designed and completed 22 cards. I don't have any pictures as of yet but I will soon. If you replied to my post about addictions, send me an email at with your address in it and I will get a card to you in the mail.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

I've got it! In my hot little hands!

I have the last book of the Twilight series. I love it, so far the book has been really good. And now I must go back to my book Breaking Dawn!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I'm a fruit how about you?

You Are a Strawberry
You are friendly, outgoing, and well liked by many people.
You are popular, but there's nothing you ordinary or average about you.

You a very interesting person, and you have many facets to your personality.
Sometimes you feel very conflicted. Your different sides of your personality pull at you.

You are a very sensual and passionate person. You are fiery... you can't help it.
In general, you keep your passionate side under wraps. You are only wild in private.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ah...addictions, we all have them

Some worse than others. I have in the last couple of years developed an addiction to Hallmark christmas ornaments. I can't help it, I picked up the new 2008 catalog today and all I can do is drool they are so cute. I love Snoopy ornaments and a few others snowmen, and santa clauses' to name a few. I already have the catalog marked with what I am going to buy for me, and ones that my family members will like as well. So what is your addiction? Scrapbooking supplies, pictures, napkins, sugar packets? Leave me a note a let me know. Maybe I will send you a little card.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Yay! So Happy!

I just got back from the dentist, and have spent the last couple of years with some embarassing holes in my teeth. I got three of them filled today I an I can't even beging to tell you how happy that makes me. I just keep smiling. I have a couple more holes to get filled and then I am done. I just can't beleive how happy I am right now.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I just want to take a moment to brag about my boss.

I truely am blessed with a wonderful boss. On Monday morning somebody walked away from my work area (near the timeclock) with my i-pod. I told my boss about it and she promised to look into it and ask around. She asked everybody she talked to about it, but nobody seemed to know anything about it. I asked around as well. This morning when she came in just before I left she asked me if I had found it. I told her that I haven't. She told me that she felt bad about it and wanted to give me some money to go towards a new one. I can't believe it! She told me it partialy because I am a good worker and never complain when she messes with my schedule, and I am always willing to help when and where she needs me. She handed me more than enough to purchase a new one. I can't tell you how loved and appreciated I am feeling right now. I am going to make her some cards and write her a thank you note.

It's truely amazing how kindness suprises you when you least expect it!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Catching up

I didn't realize how long it's been since I last posted. Shame on me! Ah well. several things have happened lately. One of the most important is that I am no longer recallable (is that a word?) All first enlistments in the military carry a mandatory 8 years. This can be active duty for the full 8 years or a 4/4 split of active and inactive, or any mixture of the two. Saturday the 21st was my last day in my inactive recallable status. I am free. Well I realize that I have always been free, but to know that no matter how desperate the Army gets they can no longer call me back to duty is a relief that I can not express.

Don't get me wrong I enjoyed my years of service, and learned many things. Being in the Army was a blessing in my life. I met many good friends and became a better more driven person. I have the Army to thank for my husband. We met when we were stationed together at Fort Campbell, KY. Of course the fact that he was also my brother's roommate also helped. I urge anyone who thinks that they need a change a way to be a better person to consider the military. Any branch. I joined for many reasons, but the most important at that point in my life was to learn discipline. I have learned what I needed and have seen more of this country than I would have if I hade not joined. I am proud to have served my country and will never reget my choice.

On another note, my work schedule is going to be changing. The current night auditor is leaving and I will be taking over the audit position full time. I don't mind it at all. It's slightly better pay, and I love the night shift anyway. You don't have to deal with a lot of people on that shift most everybody else is asleep while you work. It's wonderful.

Zoryana is doing beautifully, she is eating on her own and is over a month old now. They are working on getting her to weigh just a little bit more and then she will get to go home for a while. Here's a recent picture of her. I am so glad to see her in baby clothes. What a little sweetpea!

Friday, June 6, 2008

New toys!

Today I got some new toys in the mail. They weren't even supposed to be here until Monday. I am so happy but of course I am at work and cannot play with them right now. I got three of the fairy stamps from Bella's and three sentiments. I will try to play with them when I get home tonight, but we shall see. I get off at 2am tonight and have to be back at work at 3pm tomorrow. Ugg. Can't be helped unfortunately, the hotel is so short staffed right now it is ridiculous. Hopefully I will have somethings to show soon. Leslie

Monday, May 26, 2008

Today we remember and thank all soldiers

Today is Mememorial Day. Please join me in saying a small prayer for all of our soldiers, whether you agree with the war we fight or not, our soldiers deserve all the support they can get. I have a favorite quote it is from Robert Schuller Sr. He says it durring his broadcasts every week. I beleive it goes "May the Lord bless you and keep you in your comings in and your goings out." It just hits something with me. My brother, husband and I all served in the Army and we were all stationed at Fort Campbell, KY durring the Septemeber 11th, 2001 attacks. I sent my husband and brother to both Afghanistan and Iraq, it never gets easier being alone worrying for your soldier, so I ask as a friend, if you know someone whose soldier is gone right now, please invite them over for dinner or something help take their minds off of everything for a while. God Bless everyone. Blessings to my friends who served, and are still serving, LT. Spencer Beaty, SPC Michelle Thomas, SGT Marshal Thomas, SPC Andrew Hood, SPC Zorran Kolic, SPC Kyle Begay, SFC Johnson, 1SG Johnson, SPC Davida (?), SPC Ana Gonzalez, SPC Tonya (?) and my other friends and famliy from Fort Campbell, and Fort Jackson.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Little Pumpkin!

Zoryana is doing better and there are new pictures of her on the website so I thought I would share another one with you all. Thank you for your prayers and support they are greatly appreicated! Here is a picture of her with all of the tube out of her face. YAY! She is almost 2 weeks old.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I am an Auntie again!

Zorran's sister Donna had a beautiful little girl this week. She is named for her Uncle Zorro. Zoryana was born with her stomach attached to her throat, or in her throat. She has already gone thru two surgeries. She is doing well, and the problems weren't as bad as they were thought to be, thankfully! Here is a picture of the little munchkin. Unfortunately we are in Wyoming and they are in New York so I don't get to spoil her and hug her and love her. But I already told Uncle Zorro that I am going to have to go buy some yarn and make this little sweetie a blankie! I will be back a again soon, this time with pictures of some cards hopefully. Leslie

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I just want to say Happy Mother's Day to all my friends and everyone who visits here today! Love, Leslie

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I have a great family

Yesterday was my birthday. My sweet husband set his alarm clock and got up at midnight to call me at work to tell me happy birthday. What a sweetie! My mom told me what she was getting me but hadn't ordered yet, (a really cute quilt, and sham set for my bed) and then when she came home last night she had a beautiful peace rose bush for me and a hydrangea plant. I love peace roses and hydrangea's so this made my day! My hubby is giving me money to use to buy a laptop as my computer is almost 5 years old now and very outdated. I have such a wonderful family.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I went to the Utah Valley Womens Expo

My mom and I went to the expo yesterday mainly to go to the Close to My Heart warehouse sale. That was crazy, but not as crazy as it was on Friday apparently. I found a lot of stuff, and bought mostly for friends, but now I find I have buyers remorse. Oh well, I will just offer the stuff I got to my fellow consultants and see if anyone wants what I don't.

I found a really awesome headband that I love at one of the booths, (I knew they were going to b there and went looking for them.) The headband is made by Pink Bench you put them on your head, tie them on, and they stay, they don't have elastic, and they are made of cloth so there is no pressure, and they don't hurt! Love 'em!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Yay! They're done and in the mail!

I finished my card swaps (I even replaced the card my mom stole) and I put them in the mail yesterday. I am so glad. I even have a vauge idea as to what I am going to do for the remaining 2 card swaps. I still have to do the July and August, but they aren't due until June 25th, so I have some time.

I went to Ranae's house on Saturday (my uplines upline) and had a blast. She had 5 projects set up for us. Four cards each one using the new Stamps of the month from the new Summer Idea Book. Each project used one of the new paper packs too. It was so much fun.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I am getting some new toys!

So I did it, I went to and ordered some dew drops! I love dew drops I think they are so cute. I probably should have just got one or two jars but I couldn't help myself, I order four or five. The total was still under $25, and truthfully, I know I will use them a lot. I can't wait to get them, I keep checking my email to see if they have shipped yet, and I only ordered them last night! Oh well, I will post projects soon.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Well....That'll teach me!

That will teach me to try to be organized, and keep things where I can find them. I had my stack of finished swap cards sitting on the table next to the front door so that when I finish the second set, I could grab them and take them to the post office. Today is a friend of my families birthday, and my mom took one of my swap cards to give as a birthday card. D'OH! Darn it all anyway! Oh, well I love my mom, I have enough paper to make another one, and on the bright side the teenager who received it said it was really cute. Oh the joys of trying to be somewhat organized. The sad thing about this is, I have a drawer full of premade cards in my craft room and my mom knows it. She just forgot where it was and she was in a hurry and they were there. Oh well life goes on.

On a side note apparently I am not the only Burt I know. My very good friend Nicole is a Burt to, so since I am in such good company I think I will try to think positively, but really the only song I really remember is Rubber Duckie your the one, you make bath time lots of fun Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of you!

Well I was going to say that's all but I just had another thought, for all of you who are Twilight fiends (like I am) I have recently discovered fanfiction. What a truely awesome artform. Fanfiction is when someone gets an idea to add on or change what happens in a book, and they write the story and share it with the world. Stephenie Meyer's website has links to several, my favorites so far are the Topaz and Debussy and Twilight Archives They are truely awesome, the Topaz and Debussy does have some smut stories so if your younger ones are interested I would recommend the Twilight Archives as an alternative.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

I am

You Are Bert
Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you lovable - even if you don't love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others
I think I just might cry, I always thought that Bert was one of the more pathetic charatcers on Seasme Street. Oh Dear!

Friday, March 28, 2008

So Happy!

I have a three day weekend this weekend. I found out yesterday, to bad I don't have any money, and didn't know last week. But I am so happy because 1.) I didn't ask for it, 2.) I have been working crazy shifts lately and I am tired, and 3.) I need sometime to play in my craft room which at this point is very scarey looking indeed. I work tonight from 4pm to 2am and then I have until 10pm Tuesday night before I have to work again, so almost 4 days really. Everyone say it with me YAY!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I found it!

I finally found my Freindships Blessings stamps set! Yay! I love that set, I need to make some cards with it I think. Ahh, it's the simple things in life sometimes. I hope everyone had a great and Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Okay here are my answers...

1. I have heard Vice President Cheneyspeak once, and President Bush (current) speak twice. I have also met former Secretary of the Army Thomas White and former Chief of Staff of the Army General Eric Shinseki.

2. I love ankle socks! (Thanks Nicole!) My feet and ankles are super sensitive and at this point in my life I can't stand long socks. The presure from the elastic is actually painful.

3. I want to return to school, I love to learn...I am terrified of going back to college...I don't know why.

4. I hate snakes!...but when I was younger I used to have recurring dream that we had a pet rattlesnake that we would let out every once and a while to raom the house...It still gives my the shudders.

5. I love washing's justa that I hate to fold them and put them away.

6. I have been to 2 Backstreet Boys concerts. I still love them. I own all of their albums released in the U.S. My brother got a pyrotechnic cap for me from a concert he worked once.

7. I daydream all the time. (It's one of my favorite passtimes.) I make up storylines and entertain myself with them a lot. Mostly, I daydream when I should be going to sleep. I have only really shared my daydreams/storylines with 2 bestfriends from college Melly and Kitty.

Okay so the rules are...

Link to the person who tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.

Share 7 random/and or wierd facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.

Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here are the 7 who I chose to tag:

I have been tagged!

Nicole got me! So I am thinking about what I am going to share, and I will post that again soon I think I have it. Since I don't really know anybody, to tag I am going to tag some random people from a post on the CTMH bulletin boards. If I tagged you (for the most part) that's where I found you...just in case you were curious. Talk to you again soon! Leslie

Friday, March 14, 2008

My favorite layout so far

I took these pictures on the drive home from Las Vegas last weekend. I love this canyon. This is my first time playing with a file folder, and hidden journalling. I really like this layout. I am not particularly fond of Taffy but it seems to be a good match with Silhouette, so I will probably be pairing them together again soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A few of my current favorite things...

I am currently obbessed with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga series. I can't help it I love the books. I even have all of the books on c.d. and loaded onto my iPod so that I can listen to then when ever I want to. I can listen to the stories and then do something else, (like the dishes or cook dinner.) I love to crochet, my very favorite yarn is called Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand. It is so soft and lovely to work with. I love my Cuttlebug, I keep getting more and more of the embossing folders and cutting dies. And who could forget...I love my new Bare Minerals makeup, I even convinced my Mom to try it and now she loves it too. Yay. Today is a very good day. Here's wishing everyone else a happy day!

Monday, March 10, 2008

I love this picture!

Photobucket Sometimes I miss Arizona so much. Everyone thinks of Arizona as a desert wasteland but there is so much more to it than that. The beauty is everywhere, the high desert with the pinetree forrests, the red rocks of Sedona, the twisting curvy mountain roads of Jerome, with the whole of the world laid out before you. It is all so beautiful to me. I took this picture from a car moving 65 miles an hour down the road. Arizona has so many beautiful canyons, this particular one is along I-15 in the little bit of Arizona you drive thru going between Utah and Nevada on your way to Las Vegas.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Have you seen my.....?

Stamp set? I can't find my Friendships Blessings stamp set anywhere. I have no idea when I lost saw it either. Darn it! If you see it will you let me know? Please, pretty please?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

So excited!

Two weeks ago I decided that I would go ahead and try the Bare Minerals makeup. It just landed on my doorstep 20 minutes ago. I just put it on, it's awesome. I am so happy with it. It was so easy, and my face looks so much better. I just can't tell you. I have such huge problems with acne, it's connected to a different health problem of mine. For my face to look so clear it's amazing, now I am kicking myself for not ordering the eyeshadow to go with it. Oh well I guess that is just the next thing on the agenda. I am so happy!

Friday, February 22, 2008


I woke up this morning with such a bad migraine. I haven't had one so bad in years. Sick to my stomach, tearful (niether of which is a normal symptom for me,) painful to blink, or look at anything for that matter. I tried all of my normal cures, three advil, I took a shower, had something to eat (and immeadiately wished I hadn't) nothing. I ended up making my husband drive me all the way to Salt Lake to the VA hospital. I am feeling so much better now, but wow the pain this morning was so intense.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

So I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

I don't even know why, I decided to do this. I have seen a lot of the other ladies from Close to My Heart's blogs, and thought that could be fun. but now that I have it I don't know what to do with it or even why I have it at this point.