Sunday, December 20, 2009

I can't wait for 2010 to get here!

"New Years" is always kinda bland to me. I don't really get excited about time passing because I am usually discouraged by how little I have actually done with my life. This year however, I have a TOTALLY different attitude. This year has been...horrible. I am absolutely ecstatic about a NEW YEAR! I want to put 2009 up on a book shelf and start anew. Before I tell you about all the amazing goals I have set for the new year, I first want to go back and think about all the great things I did this year. Although it was without a doubt my least favorite year of my life so far, I gained many insights into life's challenges, and received blessings without number! Here we go... lets see what all I can remember...

Dad lost his job but because he wasn't at work, we were able to spend a lot more time with him and talking to him since he was home all the time. I LOVED calling home in the middle of the day and Dad would be the one to answer the phone.

Dad was still unemployed but I was in my capstone class for the PR program. It was an intense class but we were working for a client that was helping highly qualified people find jobs. It was very comforting to know that there were people out there trying their best to help people like my dad and the millions of other people who found themselves unemployed. Also, my group for that class created some long lasting friendships that I will forever be grateful for! LOVED my COMMS 485 group!

This was a tough month because we were trying desperately to pull our project together for my capstone class. WE DID IT though and we did a GREAT job with the help of countless others...especially our amazing professor!

Finally, the end of Winter semester. I hate winter semester and somehow manage to sneak out of them as often as possible. This month was great because I moved home from Provo to spend time with my family before I went to LA!

Mom and dad drove me to Sacramento to start my internship. Great road trip. Dad got a ticket and my mom didn't even get mad. She said "Even though we have no money, and that ticket is going to take all the money we have left, I still love you. YOU ARE MY BOYFRIEND!" haha I loved that. I moved back to LA for the second summer in a row for an internship and it was AMAZING. I made more life-long-friends this month! Emilie, Marianne, Kainoa, KJ, Macie, Eva, Brady and Ashley. I love you guys so much and I am so glad we had such adventures in LA! The beach, It's Thai, driving in traffic with signs, Yogurtland, 21 Choices, alarm salesmen, Disneyland, awkward sacrament meetings, Bon fires, giving rides to people, Michael Jackson's funeral giving us the day off, Gold's Gym, smoothies, polystyrene, fun, fun, fun. Dad also got a great job in June (or was it July?) We were SO happy! We were going to keep the house, Jesse got accepted to Medical school, CALEB was born! Aww... a great summer.

I moved home from LA and got ready to head to BYU for what I thought was my FINAL semester. I walked at graduation! Dad got to see me "graduate" and we had a great time (even though dad was acting totally out of character). Mom and dad and Allie dropped me off in Utah, I moved in with Rachel, Melissa, and Brookey. Three of the funnest girls. I was so sad to leave them so quickly, but I LOVE them! School started and I was DETERMINED to have a GREAT last semester. It lasted a little while.. haha

Mom and dad lost their house because mortgage companies are run my brainless, spineless inbreds. Luckily for us, Bradley, our amazing cousin, let them move into his house in Reno. It's perfect for what we needed at the time. Dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer with only 7 weeks to live. He was happy, confident and fearless throughout the 7 weeks.

A hard month full of unbelievable blessings, wonderful memories, and the worlds greatest friends.

I said goodbye to my Daddy on November 6th. Lucky for him, he is now pain free, no worries about debt, pain, cancer, jobs, the Utes, democrats, Obama, Hillary Clinton or anything else that bugged him. We get to stick around and deal with all of that for him! In all seriousness, it was a very special experience for everyone in my family to experience an untimely death of a loved one. We each grew stronger spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We are never ready to say goodbye to someone we love so much, but really it isn't goodbye. We thank the Lord for allowing us to feel his love everyday and have faith that we will see our dad, husband, grandpa, and friend again someday. I realized this month just how important my dad's friends were to him. He was a great friend and had no enemies. I want to be more like him.

Jesse and Sarah and the kids are home for Christmas. Allie is waiting to hear back from BYU! I adopted a kitten! His name is Mr. Schuester, but that changes daily. I got a job at Dr. Childs office and I LOVE IT! I am working on finishing my pesky online classes, but greatful I don't have to go back to Provo.

As I look back on this year, I can name a million bad things that happened, but it is so much better to think of the great things that happened. Still, I want this year to be over. I am ready for a fresh start, a new direction and a new attitude. This is going to be the BEST year yet! I just know it. I can't wait! It has been a hard year for a lot of people out there! We can do it! Make goals, reward yourself, and just love life!

Someday I will post my goals for 2010, but for right now, I think this is good...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

PRODUCT REVIEW: The NINJA and other blenders

For those of you who are considering laying down some serious cash for a top-of-the-line blender, hold on just one second. I may have found the most amazing blender on the market. THE NINJA! Here is a demo I found on YouTube if you are interested....

I was a skeptic, but this thing is AMAZING. I can make smoothies in seconds and there are absolutely NO chunks of ANYTHING in them. You can make peanut butter! I love it!

I was considering paying over $400.00 for a VitaMix or a Bledtec Blender. I am so glad I did not!

If you decide to buy one, I hughly suggest NOT getting on from the infomercial. You end up paying $120.00 for 1 system, a "free system", and a recipe book. GO TO BED BATH AND BEYOND! You can get it for 39.99 if you have one of their coupons for 20% off one item!!!

It is what I did....LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Friday, December 11, 2009

My man

While all my friends are calling to tell me they are either pregnant or engaged, I decided to find a man of my own! His name is Mr. Schuester. He is perfect.