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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Off to Phoenix

See you in the New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Family Pets

So after thinking about the pets we've owned, It might be fun to try and remember them all....the good and the bad...and the very bad. Help me with any of the ones I miss...

(This won't be in chronological order either)

Charmie- Guinea Pig
Ernie and Bert- Hermit crabs. (that was their names, right?)
Ethel- chicken
Fred- rooster
Ducky- baby duck
Quail
Wilbur- pig (am i making up that name?...i think we called him that)
Catfish- white cat
Buttons- white cat
Cassie- orange cat with boosh
Boosh- cat with cassie that got ran over
Sunny- another orange cat
Smoky- gray cat with sunny
Pumpkin- satan reincarnated as a cat
Sassy- cat i found in the garage
Chauncey- cat in the running for fattest alive
Jay-Z Asian cat
Annie- the first beagle
Mandy- was she that black lab mix something or other?
Bama- dog roll tide
Gator- dog still rooting for tim tebow
Jackson- yellow dog
Sparky- the dog that would keep me trapped on the swing set, yelling for help.
Boone- sheep dog
Emma- the second beagle, turkey killer, had 9 puppies
Rosie- fat beagle puppy that we eventually gave away
Little Bit- beagle puppy that got taken away after the great turkey killing
Hunter- the wonder dog

I know I'm missing some....

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hunter

Since I was a little kid, our family has had more pets than I can keep track of. Chicken, quail, guinnea pig, duck, fish, hermit crabs, pig, and of course, dogs and cats. We had so many dogs, probably 15? Who knows, all I remember is that we had tons and I loved every single one. There was always one big problem.....they never seemed to love me the same way. Haha. Okay, actually they just loved to run away. It didn't matter how much attention I tried to give them, they always ran away. One time, our beagle (I should say our second beagle), somehow escaped into the front yard. I tried to get her to come back, but she refused. I went into the house, got a piece of fried chicken out of the fridge, and waved it in front of me. She STILL wouldn't come. Can you believe that? It's true. Here I am, calling this dog, holding a piece of chicken, and she still refused to come to me. That just sums up how many of our dogs were. Eventually, they would run away, (or be taken away by the dog police for attacking our neighbors turkeys...)

Then one day, my dad showed up with Hunter. A beautiful yellow lab, about 5 years old. He saved him from the pound. I think I was 14 or 15 years old.

When he first got to our house, my dad had changed his name to Jake. When my mom got home she said, "He's been hunter all his life, that's what he knows, so that's what we should call him"
Hunter was unlike any dog I had ever owned. For starters, my mom actually let him in the house. He loved being in the house. He used to sleep under the computer desk, or sleep in his favorite spot- on the floor by the couch....right next to my dad. Hunter was amazing. He knew every trick and command. Most of our dogs could sit or speak, but Hunter could do so much more. I always felt like he could understand what I was saying. I could just look at him, and he knew what I wanted him to do. He was well behaved, he was gentle....never growled at anyone. (Except B.J....ask my dad)

And that's how Hunter got the name "The Wonder Dog". He was perfect.
We got Hunter around the time when I was the only child left in the house. Hunter was my friend....and a best friend at that. I never call my pets by their real name. Usually I called hunter one of these names: Hunty, Hunty grunt, blontee, dantee, ashanti, shanti....the list goes on and on. Haha. On the weekends, I would sleep out in the front room where he was allowed to be. He would lay down on the floor next to me and I would be on the couch. It never failed though....after laying there for about 10 minutes, he would sit up and just stare at me. I would look at him and just say, "okaaaaay". Instantly, he would crawl up onto the couch and lay on me. He didn't realize what a big dog he was. He would sprawl out, all 75 pounds of him, completely across my body. He would just lay there, content, so happy to be there. I would be barely breathing at this point, but still, I didn't mind.

I always wanted a dog to call mine. Just mine, a dog that listened only to me, and did everything with me. I thought Hunter would be that dog for me. And in many ways, he was. Hunter always listened to me and wanted to be with me. But if my dad was in the room, it was another story. Hunter was and will always be my dads dog. He loved my dad so much. That dog would do anything to be with him. If my dad was doing anything around the house, there was hunter. If he went hunting, there was hunter. If he was watching t.v., there was hunter. When I was younger I used to think of it as a competition. I would try to get hunter to like me more, but it never worked. Hunter knew that it was my dad who saved him, and he was gonna stick with him for the rest of his life....and he has. He is as loyal as they come. Now, I don't mind being runner up. Hunter has been a great friend to my dad....they are like two peas in a pod.


Hunter was the first dog we owned that I felt truly loved us back. My dad could actually do work in the front yard, and Hunter would just lay on the front porch and watch. At times, he would escape from the back yard, but It was just to wander around. We would drive around until we found him, open the car door and say "get it". He would happily jump in. Except......he never listened to my sister. To this day, he listens to everyone except for her. It's kind of funny.

I was sad when I had to leave for college and for my 2 year mission for my church, because I was afraid Hunter wouldn't remember me. But he did. Even after moving all the way across the country, he was still excited to see me when I got home.
So here we are today. A long time since Hunter, our Wonder dog came into our lives and literally became a part of our family. He's 15 years old....pretty old for a pure bred lab of his size. He's blind, deaf, and has tumors all over his body. In just the last month, Hunter's health has decreased considerably. We were actually surprised at how fast he has weakened. We've decided that it's time to have him put down. He's too strong willed to go in his sleep, much too strong to give up on his family. It's one of those things that you always think about, but never really believe the day will come. After all, I've never had a pet long enough to even have to deal with this. Mom, dad, and I went to the vet tonight. Even as he sat there for those last few moments in pain, he was content....because he was with the people he loved.

I wanted to write this so that I would never forget my friend. Although I know, that I don't need a little blog post to remember him. He will always be a part of our family. He will always be my friend. He will always be my wonder dog, and I know I'll see him again.....someday.

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's snowing!!

Ahhhh, the first real snow of the year. Next thing you know I'll be falling on the sidewalk.

PS: Judge Judy is an Alabama fan. (In my head) At least she would know how to show some respect. Unlike some of you...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Redemption!!!!

ALABAMA 32 FLORIDA 13
Dec 5, 2009

This goes out to all my friends, family members (yes, sadly even some of them are non-believers), enemies, frenemies, haters, fans, everyone....We told you so.
Not only did we win the SEC Championship....We dominated. We took on the big and tough, high and mighty, undefeated Florida Gators, and took care of business. They are at the top of the Nation in defense, and we humbled them. I know there's lots of you who are now recognizing our talent....but we've known it all along. Some games are good, others are great, some you just have to survive.....but in the end, it's all about winning. And that's what we did. So remember this!!!
WE WON!!!!! I called it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Observation of the day

I'm just wondering what is wrong with some people? I saw this guy walking to school today....let me paint the picture for you:

30 degree weather
Scarf
Big, warm jacket
sandals
.......
SANDALS!!

What in the world? I just don't understand why people wear the things they do. I'm not talking about the price of their clothes, I'm just talking about the odd choices. I love it when I can just wear shorts and flip flops....but it's winter weather right now. Why would you wear half winter clothes and then half summer clothes. Let's go over how most mammal bodies work. In cold weather, your body will spend a lot of energy trying to keep your core warm. (where your vital organs are) That's why your hands and feet get cold first. So WHY would you wear sandals in the winter time??!! Your feet are gonna be numb by the time you get to class. It's just bizarre.
Also, the most annoying kid in our major was wearing no shoes in class today...only socks.....ugghh.

In conclusion, I need a job. I'm looking, but it's not going well. Stressful. One more week til I graduate.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Vacation common sense

We're back from Arizona....I'm sure you've seen the pictures by now. It was a blast. What could be better than being on vacation with fun people you love?....being on vacation with fun people you love + ME!!!! Because everyone knows that I am FUNny. Hi....yikes. Moving on.
It was awesome.....and we're going back for Christmas!!! I'll have people tell me horror stories about their in-laws and i always say, "what are you talking about, mine are great." So thanks to the Hatch's for showing us a fun time. We can't wait for almost 2 more whole weeks of fun in the sun. We'll be there a couple days before Christmas and all the way till a week after. I'm excited.

On another note....quote of the day from my friend, Judge Judy.

"If it doesn't make sense, it isn't true"

I find myself saying that to people all the time...especially recently. Do you ever meet those people who constantly make things up? Dare I say, compulsive liars? This quote is what I want to tell them over and over again. But then again, compulsive liars wouldn't get it anyways...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Healthy thinking...

I can't wait for Thanksgiving break. It's only a day or two away now. One of the biggest things I'm grateful for?...my health.
You've heard me say, on this blog even, that I never get sick. It's something I really am proud to say. I always tell myself, "I am too busy to get sick". It just takes to much energy to mope around, do nothing, and feel awful. I've got no time for that. I really believe it's because I try to be a positive person when it comes to my health. Your mind, and attitude, determine a lot of how your body acts.

Think healthy = Be healthy.

Do any of you know people who are constantly getting sick? I do....and they are annnnnnooyyying. It seems to be the same people who are always getting sick....or should I say, "sick". It might sound harsh, but when they say they're sick again, i just think, "get away from me, I don't need any of that". I guess you could say, I think they bring it on themselves. Plus, when you constantly say you're sick, it's like you're crying wolf. When I [rarely, ever] do get sick, you better believe it's for real, because otherwise I just keep going about my day.

So remember, think well, be well.

Kathy Griffin

For those who don't know, we went to see comedian Kathy Griffin last night in Salt Lake City. This is our second time seeing her live. She was soooo funny. If you want to know about some of the things she talked about, just ask me about any of these topics:

- Oprah
- Carrie Prejean
- Paula Abdul
- Jon and Kate
- Sharon Stone
- Maggie Griffin

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Halloween

I forgot to post pictures of my Halloween work party. Here is my disgusting costume. In case you can't tell, my theme was white trash/brett michaels love child. Enjoy


Yes...that's long blond hair in a ponytail....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Politics.....[Insert dramatic music]

Sooooo, everyone always says you should never discuss politics with people....which is exactly why I like to. In general, I pretty much say whatever is on my mind to anyone who wants to listen. At school, I get a lot of the "did you just say that" looks. I mean, there are so many people who tell me, "I was thinking that but I would never say it"....I figure, why not just say it? Basically I'm an open book. Ask me my opinion, and you'll get an ear full, and I probably don't care who it offends. I guess that's the reason I don't mind talking about politics, or any other subject for that matter...

Here's the deal, I used to always claim I was a republican....I would tell you how much I couldn't stand democrats and how they're all crazy. Now, things are a little different. I say now, but I guess I really mean for a long while. First off, even though I just used the words, I don't like people saying they are either "republican" or "democrat". Those words don't mean anything. I like saying conservative or liberal....or something that describes a political belief. Now for the big reveal....I know you've all been waiting....what do I consider myself now???
....who knows......I don't.

I've discovered that my party is officially.....the one you are not. Most of you know I'm really opinionated. I've found that my political beliefs are all over the place. I've been around so many right wing conservatives that I just can't stand it. So if anyone starts talking about how conservative they are, I defend the left, and explain how wrong they are. Then I'll watch CNN and hear all this left wing propaganda and say, "that's ridiculous, and here's why...."
People get so crazy now a days when it comes to politics. I don't think anyones really got it right. Now I just tell people, which ever party you are, I'm the other. Or, I tell people I belong to the Judge Judy party, b/c I'll pretty much do anything she tells me to.

There you have it....I'm not a conservative, I'm not a liberal.....I'm just whatever....and I'm funny.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Neat. Clean. but not single

Since Jess is sick....I've been cleaning and sterilizing our apartment like crazy. If our apartment smells like Lysol, forgive me. The poor cat is probably going to get some kind of respiratory disease from all the fumes. At any rate, I've been cleaning a lot lately, but it still doesn't seem to be enough for my liking. So while Jess is sick, don't be afraid of our house....it is definitely clean and flu free.
The end.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Talk about surviving

Wow....I think I almost peed my pants watching the last 3 minutes of the Alabama game. Phewww, we made it.
Okay, here's the deal. We have got to start picking up our offense again. At the beginning of the season, McElroy was doing so well. Now, he's disappeared. It's so frustrating to see our team get into the red zone, time and time again, and then settle for a field goal. If we want to build confidence in ourselves, we have got to pick it up.
Now for my time to disagree with a lot of the reports out there right now. The media is so fickle. One minute, they love us and hate florida. Now, it's all about Florida and Texas and we are the questionable one. Ughhh. Bottom line: we won.
Nick Saban described it best:
"You talk about how fragile a season is," "You're controlling a game, even though you may say it's winning ugly. We're still ahead 12-3 and totally controlling the game with 3 minutes, 29 seconds and the ball. That's how fragile a season can be. You make one mistake and you have to go overcome it. I hope that there's a lot of lessons our team can learn from this."

While the score was not high, and while it wasn't a blow out, if you watched the entire game, you'll remember that we were winning pretty easily. They only had 3 points as of the 4th quarter. We had stopped them from even getting a field goal on several long drives. Then, everything went wrong. Fumble-touchdown-onside kick.....every single thing that could go wrong, did. But we held on, and that's what matters.
So remember that AP people. They keep saying, "Alabama can't play like that if they want to beat Florida"....um, after their Tennessee and Arkansas game the press were saying the exact same thing about Florida. Typical. Roll Tide.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

For Your Entertainment

I can't stop laughing about this video.


Self explanatory


"Don't scare a black man"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Drag me to where?....

Recently we rented a movie from netflix called Drag me to Hell. ..calm down, it's not as bad as it sounds, it's even PG-13. It's a very cool horror movie. See, this movie came out in theaters this summer, and as usual, I dragged (wink) jess with me to see it. She made it halfway and then got too scared, so we left. When I found out it was being released on DVD I was thinking, cool, now I can finish it. I'm kind of rambling right now, but this will all make sense in a minute. So we start watching the movie while our friend Sarah was over. It's going along...the girls are kind of scared, but not as much as usual, b/c movies just aren't as scary at home.

At a certain point in this movie, it becomes apparent that the main girls cat is going to die. No need for me to go into details, but lets just say, you know the cat is gonna die. Right when this is revealed, Sarah looks at me and goes, "tell me that cat doesn't die...i hate it when animals die in movies." Having seen that part in the movie already in the theaters, I smile and say "don't worry, it's done very tastefully." The reason I said that is b/c the movie portrays it in a funny way, and you actually don't see the cat die.

So the scene comes where the girl is gonna kill the cat. (sorry if this is morbid...hopefully you'll see the humor in a minute) Sarah starts saying "oh no, oh no oh no"....again, I reassure her, "it's fine, it's tasteful". All of a sudden, the killing starts......okay, here's how it played out in the theater....

-The girl starts walking around the house with a knife saying, "here kitty kitty, here kitty kitty"...then, it cuts to a scene of her covering the cat with dirt in the backyard. Basically, you know she killed the cat, but you don't see anything else.-

Here is what happened on the DVD that we were watching. The girl begins stabbing the cat off screen. All you can see is her face and her arm with the knife, repeatedly stabbing. You begin to see tons of blood all over the knife, her face, etc. Sorry I'm being more graphic than I would normally here, but the level of violence is the reason this story is so funny. (also, it's hard to explain, but this scene was done in a funny, exaggerated kind of way, if that makes sense). But yes, there is blood everywhere, then you see her dumping the cat in a hole and covering it with dirt.
.....I'm gonna let you have a minute to take that whole scene in... :)

This all happened as if it were slow motion to me. Sarah covers her mouth and starts screaming and kind of laughing. I'm shocked and laughing, not knowing what to do, b/c I wasn't expecting it. She looks over, laughing, and goes "that was tasteful???!!" I felt soooo bad, but it was hilarious. Then I looked at the netflix package it came in....we were watching the directors cut version, not the theatrical version. yeah.....yikes. In the end, it was extremely funny and we all laughed. Again, I hope you get the humor out of this story and not the grossness. Although, it was gross, and it still was funny. So much for tasteful...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vault Moment...

So, one of my good friends at work and I are always having fun at work. We both like to watch reality shows, and we're both obviously funny. We always say that our soils lab could be a reality show. Basically I still think my life could be one, but our lab would be great too. There are so many characters working in the lab, each with their own personalities. We would have episodes such as, who's talking about who, who never comes to work, who always messes things up around the lab, who annoys us all the time...etc. It would just be hilarious. You all know that reality shows usually have a "confessional". That's the place where the people on the show go and talk directly to the camera about what is going on. It's the place where the people get to tell you what they were thinking while things were going on. We decided that on our show, that place would be called "the vault".
Anytime something happens in the lab that is funny, annoying, crazy, etc., or anytime we say something that is dumb or embarrassing, my friend and I will say, "I just had a vault moment"....meaning: this would be a time that they would show me in the vault, talking about what was going on. You would be surprised how many vault moments you can have in a day. It's very entertaining. So try it. Try and count, in a single day, how many vault moments you have. That is all.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

SEC blog

Maybe I should be a writer for foxsports.com Why not, they have people like Lisa Horne over there, so I figure I'm just as qualified. Yesterday was a good day for us....and for the SEC in general. Now Florida is ranked #1, and Alabama is #2. Here's to not messing things up....

Our conference is doing really well this year....as it does every year. Rankings are fun for bragging rights, but really, they don't show the real picture. There are now only 4 teams from the SEC in the top 25. Questionable. First off, everyone dogged Mississippi for being ranked #4 earlier in the season. They lost to South Carolina, which is actually a really good, ranked team right now. (and an SEC team). Then we have LSU. They were also ranked #4 as of last night....now they've dropped down, once again, by an SEC team. (Florida by the way). Then we have Georgia. Now, Georgia hasn't been the best this year, I'll admit that, but it's wrong to say that they are terrible because they lost to Tennessee. This is the same Tennessee that Florida struggled against. They are a solid team.

This brings me to the same point that is made every year. This is why all SEC fans claim to have the toughest conference. No, all the teams don't deserve to be in the top 10, but they are all capable of beating the best teams on any given day. There isn't a week that goes by that I think Alabama is absolutely going to win. They have the talent to win, but you just never know. Auburn just lost to Arkansas, and Auburn has been great this whole season. You never know.

Last note: lots of sports writers are quick to call teams overrated simply because they lose one game. (Some are). However, you must look at their entire season so far before you can claim that. Mississippi is a good team, they just got beat by better teams. The same can go for many other teams this year.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Horsing around during the summer

Here are some really late pictures from this summer. Once a month we had a "career enhancement" day, where all of us from work went and did something fun. On this particular day we went to the Lavender Farm and rode horses, and then went to a local pond. Let me remind you, this was during the summer, and it was bloody HOT. We couldn't ride the horses for too long b/c it was so hot. Here you go...



Me on the rope swing

Pretending to fall off my horse
These horses are really big. Much bigger than most horses you would ride at any other place. (my co-workers wife worked at the farm so we got to ride the big horses) See the purple lavender fields in the background?




Victoria and I had to go get our horses and put the bridals on. We were extremely nervous b/c neither of us had ever done it. They just said, "go get your horses". It was one of the coolest moments of my life. We were laughing the whole time.

Here we are after we got our horses. These were 2 regular sized horses. I was switched to one of the bigger ones later one. (They needed the small ones for the shorter people)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fun pictures with Jess and Hunter

Here are some cool pictures of us taken by our friend, Sarah. Enjoy





Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thoughts of the day

According to a story on Yahoo.com, bad driving is now an "epidemic" in the U.S. I'm almost positive that most of these bad driving cases came straight out of Provo, UT. Just on the way home from school today, 2 different cars pulled right out in front of me while I was driving. I had to slam on my brakes and honk at the second one. Of course, the morons driving just give that blank stare as if they'd done nothing wrong. Mind you, I don't live very far from school. It's not like there was much time for people to even be able to pull out in front of me. People are just terrible drivers in Utah. The end.

On a Kanye West note: how could he be so mean to Taylor Swift? She is just a young, 19 year old girl. She didn't know, that when you are in New York, and a black man approaches you, you quickly divert your eyes and move to the other side of the stage. Then you shout, MY AWARD, MY CHOICE!!!
...hahahaha, I love chelsea handler. (which is where that came from)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Whoops again

Last night we had dinner at my parents house to celebrate a few family birthdays. It was a lot of fun. I love playing with all my nieces and nephews. (Especially since littly Lily has stopped thinking I'm an alien creature out to kill her). She actually likes to play with me now and lets me hold her.....a big improvement from a few months ago, when just me looking at her caused her to cry.
Anyways, we were around the table discussing Ellen Degeneres as the new host of American Idol. So mom starts talking about the old Ellen show, and how it was such a big deal when she came out on national t.v....which it was at the time. I said, "yeah, but you know, everyone already knew she was gay. I mean, she always would wear those button up denim shirts, you know the kind...."
Just then, I look over at my mom in one of those slow motion moments where you realize wow, i just opened my big mouth....yeah, she was wearing a button up demin shirt. We all died laughing. It was extremely funny, and 100% not planned. I felt bad b/c I wasn't trying to say that everyone who wears those shirts is gay. Certainly not....that's just how I remember Ellen from that show. It was a funny reference. Plus, mom looked very young and hip in her shirt. :)
Annnnyways, it was quite the funny moment. Then again, I'm always funny, remember?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Note

I don't mind blog stalkers...but listen up. DO NOT comment on my blog if I do not know you. Especially if you are a Boise State Fan. I either don't know you, or I don't want to know you. Don't be deranged and comment on my blog. Get a job. (Although I know my life is much better than yours.)

PS: I HATE BOISE STATE. Your field is disgusting, nobody else in the country likes you, and you are just jealous that you couldn't get into a better school.

Football thoughts of the week

Okay, okay, I have to say something. Now, this only applies to this weeks situation, so I reserve the right to change my opinion about this later. But for now, here goes. THIS...is my problem with non-BCS teams.

Boise state....where do I begin. Boise state does not belong in the top 5. They only made it there because other teams lost. So what, if the top 4 teams lose in the next two weeks, should Boise State be #1????? Let's say Florida loses to Georgia this year. (everyone else staying the same just for this scenario). That would probably knock Florida down to around 8-10. The problem is, Boise state doesn't play anyone as good as Georgia this year. How would it be fair to put them above Florida, who IS playing much harder teams than even Georgia this year? (Yes yes, I know some might argue that Oregon could be considered good, or that Georgia isn't that good, but that's beside the point).

I suppose this rant is just the same as it is every year. If you don't play anyone good, week after week, then you shouldn't move up in the rankings so much. Because now there could be problems. Alabama has a string of difficult games ahead of them....including a potential run in with Florida in the SEC Championship again. Boise State does not. See what I mean? How good is it to go undefeated if you don't play anyone tough?

Lastly, here is something you never see on my blog: Kudos to BYU this season. I don't know their reasonings for scheduling the games they did this year, but at least they scheduled some difficult non-conference games to make up for the rest of the games in their notoriously weak conference. (Again, it's up for discussion as to how good Oklahoma, Tulane, and Fl. State are). But still, that's exactly what the non BCS schools should be doing. THAT....would earn respect from all the other schools. When the hardest team left on your schedule is Hawaii (cough cough Boise state), then you won't get any credit from me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How old am I?

Let me just say this, there are some weird people at BYU. I can't tell you how many people just stare at me when I'm walking down the sidewalk. It's so bizarre. Then there are those people who ask so many obnoxious questions in class. One of those people is in my evening class. He's known in our major as the annoying guy who never shuts up. Picture this: in class, he's usually bare foot, or wearing those gross sandals that have all the straps all over them. He's got that awful Hoover High School hair cut- the one where if you want to get it out of your eyes, you don't actually touch it, you just flip your head back until the hair goes just above your eyes. Ughhh, he's soooo annoying.
Anyways, back to the class. I have this teacher who of thinks he's smarter than he really is. (you've heard about him on Jess's blog) For some reason, he seems to think we're all really young children. For example: one time he literally says a joke from Seinfeld and then goes, "do you guys even know the show Seinfeld, it was really popular in the 90's".


Hello???? I'm 25!

And who does he think he's talking to? I was raised on Seinfeld, I own all the DVD's. I know each episode front to back, and can absolutely remember it better than he ever wishes he could. Then today, he mentions Gene Simmons and says, " Oh, do you guys even know who that is?" Seriously? I'm not 5 years old. Yes, I know who he is. For some reason, i think this teacher believes we were all born in 1995, and have been sleeping under some sort of television/music rock. It's.....kind of out of control. Okay, that's my rant for now.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nothing new

This past weekend was a good one for football. Alabama won easily and are now 3rd in the polls. USC made it's yearly bumble and are out of the top 10, and thanks to BYU, I don't have to deal with Oklahoma. The SEC has 4 teams in the top 7. That's pretty impressive right? I mean sure, it won't last, but for now... it's a good thing. Couldn't be better. This is where our hard games begin though. Now that football season is going well, it's time to name some of the other best things of fall:

1. Cooler weather. I'm sick of it being so hot all the time.
2. Thanksgiving and Christmas.
3. Kathy Griffin coming to SLC in November
4. T.V. shows are all new

Speaking of Kathy Griffin, if you haven't read her book yet....you should. She's funny. She's allllmost as funny as me. But then again, no one is quite that funny.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Are you tidding me?...

I've been silent for the past couple days, but now I'm speaking out. Yes, this is about the Serena issue.

If you're living in the dark ages and you haven't heard: Serena was playing in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open, serving to stay in the match. On a second serve at 15-30, a lineswoman called a foot fault resulting in a double fault. (a foot fault is one of the silliest calls in tennis) This gave Clijsters 2 match points, so obviously serena was angry. She walked over to the lineswoman and began yelling at her. This resulted in her getting a point penalty. (if you get into trouble twice in a match you lose a point. She had been warned earlier for breaking her racquet) The penalty point came on match point, so she lost the match because of this incident.

This thing has gotten blown WAY out of proportion. First off, it's irritating that she lost to kim clijsters in the first place. She had been playing so well the whole tournament, and that went out the door as soon as the match started. As for the "unsportsmanlike conduct"....that was bologna.
1. Who calls a foot fault on such a critical point? Who!!??? (turns out the lineswoman was wrong...there was no foot fault) NOBODY seems to even care about that.
2. So she yelled a little bit....you couldn't even hear her. Players yell at the line people all the time and nothing happens to them. CBS had to slow it down and replay it over and over again until we finally got what she was saying from reading her lips. So why blame her?
3. To me, it just didn't warrant a point penalty.
So now the issue is over.....NOT. Now, reporters are going on and on about this "controversial" match. Where is the controversy? It's not like Serena was winning. It was just a bad point. Everyone is going on and on about how awful it was. No....the tv people made it awful. That's what happens to celebrities. Who hasn't wanted to shove a ball down someones throat? (which is one of the things Serena said to the woman.) I can think of a few right now. (be warned everyone). :)
The point is, everyone needs to move on. Today after Serena and Venus won the doubles title, the crowd started booing this reported who just wouldn't drop the issue. Venus leaned over and said, "i think they want you to MOVE ON". Then they all cheered.



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Official Book Club Selection

I'm reading. Yes, it's true. Jess used her papparazzi skills and snapped a shot of me last night. As many of you know, I don't care for books. The last book I think i voluntarily read, for fun, was "The Lost World" when i was in 8th grade. But, when some of my favorite people write books, I read them. So yesterday we went and got Kathy Griffin and Serena Williams new books. Both are autobiographies. Kathy's book is called "Official Book Club Selection: A memoire according to Kathy Griffin." She called it this b/c she wants it to become the newest book on Oprahs bookclub. I'm halfway through Kathy's and it is very funny. So there you have it. I'm reading. And speaking of Serena, she is now in the semi finals at the U.S. Open. It's been a great 2 weeks for her so far.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fall [Sports] is in the air

I love the fall season, b/c that's when college football starts. And, I get 2 weeks of tennis during the U.S. Open. Serena is in the 4th round and Venus will be playing tonight to get there too. And of course, Alabama plays their opening game on saturday. Can't beat that.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Welcome back to school

Here is a transcript from what my reality show, the juji project, would be like:

This is an actual conversation from my first day of school. I enter the office of my boss to get my school job back and this is the first thing I hear...

Boss: well you look ugly today.

Me: what??? (kind of laughing) my shirt? you don't like it?"

Boss: "the shirt, the shoes, the shorts, just the whole thing"

Me: "Ouch, my wife picked out this shirt for me, I like it"

Boss: "well, I would get rid of all of it"

Me: "thanks.....(awkward laughter)"

don't worry, i like my boss. But this is definitely typical. ahhhhh, who doesn't like going back to school.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Birfday

Yesterday was my birthday. I'm 25 now. Old
I'm pretty good at finding out things that are going on. (Example: I figured out my Christmas present from Jess last year, and It wasn't something I had asked for)
So this past week, I've been getting the impression that something was going on. I didn't know exactly what it was, but I had an idea that there was going to be a party of some sort. I thought it would be a surprise something at the brick oven. So yesterday, Jeff and Darci came over b/c they were going to go to the Brick Oven with us. Before we could go, Darci and Jess said they needed to go to Sams Club, and Jeff and I went to Gamestop to look at PS3's.
Blah blah blah, time went by.....finally Jeff and I get back to the apartment to get the girls. I walk up to the door, open it and hear: SURPRISE!!!
Literally, there were about 18 people in the apartment. All I saw were faces. I could barely recognize anyone at first, as it was very overwhelming. I was like, whoa. It was really fun, and it actually did surprise me. (although I still say that I knew something was going on)
We had brick oven pizza and had a really fun time. So thanks Jess for the party.. It was cool.

Friday, August 28, 2009

THE smell

Most people who know me will tell you I'm a little OCD. Okay, a lot OCD. (Obsessive Compulsive in case you're not getting it). It's true. Sometimes I tell Jess that I don't think she really believes me when I say it. The other day I cleaned the house and about 2 hours later I looked around and said, "this place is disgusting, I really need to clean it". Jess just looked at me and was like, "you're joking". I wasn't.
I can't explain it, but to me, the house was still just not right. That's how I explain my OCD-ness to people. If I'm obssessing about something, it's usually because it doesn't "feel right".
Here are my biggest OCD things:

1. (and this is a true #1) Touching my hair. DON'T do it. Whenever people touch my hair, I HAVE to touch it again. People think it's because I want it to look a certain way...it's not. It just doesn't feel right when other people touch it. So yes, if you touch my hair, you'll see me touch it right away, sometimes not even knowing that I'm doing it.
2. Cleanliness. Nothing is ever clean enough for me. I've learned to get over this a little bit (b/c of living with roommates, and a beautiful wife). You should see my febreeze collection.
3. Being on time/first. I get that OCD anxiety everytime I'm not first at something or on time to things.

This list could go on longer, but I'll stop here. And now for the reason of this post. For some reason, the closet that our garbage can is in smells disgusting! Gross, nasty, sick....It's not the garbage, it's the closet. Jess cleaned the entire thing out yesterday, wiped down the walls with clorox wipes, cleaned the carpet, cleaned the garbage can, and it still kind of smells. I'm just putting this out there, b/c it embarrasses me everytime someone opens that door to throw something away. (thus making my OCD worse, b/c I don't want people to thing I'm dirty....b/c I AM NOT) I'm thinking of putting an air freshener in there.
Anyways, this was a lot of rambling, but there you go. The end.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A glimpse into Provo...

More proof that Provo is filled with....different.....people:

Top Netflix favorites for Provo, UT:

Sense and Sensibility
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Pride and Predudice
VeggieTales
Brian Regan stand up comedy

I know....no need to comment, it's freakish. What is wrong with these people? hahaha

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sometimes...

...I forget to remember that my vision isn't as good as other people, and before I know it, I'm walking down the grocery store isle staring at people, thinking that they can't see me, just because I can't see them. Awkward


...I think I'm funny....Other times, I'm sure of it.


...I can't understand why people Looooove The Office, and not 30 Rock. I don't get it. Actually, I do. [Insert rude joke about society]

Annnnndd star wipe--------

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Double trouble

This past week was a little stressful. I survived. The problem started on wednesday when I got a call from a co-worker just as I got to work. (she was about to walk up to school)
Co-worker: you drive a black CRV right?
Me: Yes
Co-worker: well i think you're getting a ticket.

Yeah....apparently my registration had expired....since January!!
Let me just say this though: nobody has noticed. Nobody. I never got a reminder card, I got towed and the tow guy didn't notice, and I took the car in 3 times to Jiffy Lube and they never noticed!! How can they blame me for not remembering???
By the time I got to my car after work, I had 2 tickets on my car for this same problem. Here's the kicker: randomly my car got a chip in the winshield this summer, which has turned into a huge crack. That means it wouldn't have passed safety and emissions. See the issue?
Thankfully, I have great parents (especially bear, who can take care of anything car related), and we got everything fixed on friday. New winshield, safety and emissions, and new registration. Pheww.

Side note: We recently got Netflix, and I am addicted. It's great---and cheap.
I've been watching episodes of 30 Rock online. It's really cool.
Also, check out the review blog and go see District 9....it was awesome. The end.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Holy Rattlesnake....

...my exact words when I walked out of my tent and almost stepped into this guy:...





He was giant!


We also practiced some gymnastics while camping:

And Austin and I had a work out session that nearly killed me:
These pics are from last month. New camping pictures coming soon.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Still no pictures

My summer job has been very eventful this year...unfortunately the pictures that show all of these interesting things are still unavailable to me. For now, here's a list of many of the things I've been doing:

-Camping for 4 weeks
-Stepped over 4 rattlesnakes
-Horseback riding
-Rope swinging into a pond
-Swam across an entire lake (almost killed myself in the process)
-Hiked over countless acres of hills
-Fell 3 times completely to the ground in front of co-workers. Embarrassing...
-Archery tournaments
-Races in the mountains

There will be pictures of a lot of this, but I have no idea when those will come. In other news, I need to start eating better again. For a couple months, I was doing really good. I was even exercising daily. But, since we started camping, I've gotten off my routine. To make things worse, i've been supplied with easy cheese, slim jims, and fruit snacks while camping. (all provided for free) It's time to cut out all the crap again, and start eating better. ANNND, the exercise has to start again too. Here's to this fall....

Sunday, July 19, 2009

More to come, I promise

So I have a couple cool work stories, but I'm STILL waiting on the pictures. My co-workers are being sllllooowww about getting them to me. So I'm hoping that after this week (yes, camping till thursday....), I'll have the pictures and stories.
------------Snake pictures to come-------------

See you thursday

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Lessons from Seinfeld

Ahh yes, another life lesson I could have passed if I had just listened to Seinfeld. In a classic episode, George gets upset with Jerry when he discovers that Jerry has asked Elaine to pick up his mail while he's away from home. Jerry quickly gets George on the phone and exclaims, "George, I have a very important job for you! You have to flush my toilet twice a day...you must exercise the gaskets George, this is very important!!"
As we were gone, i kept thinking, "maybe we should have someone flush our toilet"...but then I quickly brushed those thoughts aside. I shouldn't have.
Right when we got home I flushed the toilet, and yes, it began to leak. Water was all over the floor. The gaskets must have dried up and cracked.
Luckily, we have VERY good friends (and handy friends) who came over quickly, with supplies from Home Depot, to fix this problem. Life Savers. So, crisis avoided. Next time you go on vacation, listen to Jerry, and exercise your gaskets!. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Week update with your host, me.

So I'm back from another camping week of work. A lot has gone on, there's so much to say. First off, I have a pretty cool story, but it involves pictures which i don't have yet so I'll just save it. Let me say this though, i haven't been able to watch any tennis all week long. So picture me, up in the mountains, texting every chance I get, "who won this match" "who's winning now". I get so anxious not knowing. The people I work with know this and they'll say, 'what's your anxiety level now?" It's kind of funny. The good news from all of this?....
Serena and Venus are playing in the Wimbledon final for the second year in a row (and 4th time in a wimbledon final). This year, I'm hoping that serena wins, but if venus wins, that's good too. And don't worry, even though we're going to Phoenix tomorrow, I'll still be watching down there.
Work was definitely hard this week. Two days in a row we had 98 degree weather (you read that right) with no cloud cover. It felt like we were literally cooking ourselves. Also, the bugs at our camp site were out of control. I have over 40 bites on one leg alone. Everyone yells at me and tells me to wear pants, but that's just not gonna happen. I get too hot and uncomfortable. Anyways, it usually takes me a day or two to get over the scratching.
In conclusion, I can't wait to go to Phoenix to play, watch tennis, see Beyonce', and relax. See you next week....

Friday, June 26, 2009

SageSTEPPE Experience

You can all thank me later for posting so much. I'm just entertaining the world. Here are some pictures from my summer job:

While camping this week, we would have archery tournaments after work.

Me dominating....not really.Trying to climb a steep hill. We kept falling back down.Out in the desert

Hard at work, watching for rattlesnakes (96 degrees with no clouds...ughhh)


Everyone's a critic...especially me.

Okay, okay, summer is on it's way and the summer blockbusters are coming out in full force. I've discussed this before, but it's time to start things up again. Before I start, a few things:
-I love movies
-I believe movies, like any form of art or entertainment, should be exceptional in all aspects
-It is okay to be critical of movies, just like you should be critical of the food you eat, the people you associate with, and the things you do in life.
-Some movie critics may be awful, but many are excellent. (that's why they became famous critics) Their opinion does matter, even if sometimes we don't agree with them.
-You can call a movie terrible, and still like the movie. Just admit that it's a terrible movie.
-It is weird to say you enjoy every movie you watch. That's just not possible. If you do, I might (will) question your opinions on anything and everything in life.
Sooooo, here I go. Most blockbuster movies are terrible. It's funny really. I think the directors know it, but they know how much money they will be making so they don't care. Night at the Museum 2, Terminator Salvation, and of course, Transformers 2. These are just a few of the movies out this summer that live up to the blockbuster disaster category. All have made (or will make), millions of dollars. But as one critic so perfectly wrote: (speaking of transformers)
"I know it's popular. So is junk food, and they both poison your insides and rot your brain."
Transformers will no doubt be a success, but we should expect more from our movies. One critic called it possibly the worst movie of the decade.
Here are some other quotes from critics:
"A 150-minute simulation of life in a garbage disposal."
"...a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments."
"...it will give most people a throbbing case of metal overload."
Anyways, if you want to read two full reviews from Roger Ebert or Peter Travers from Rolling Stone Magazine, go here or here.
And just to be fair, click here to see a favorable review. (Although this guy basically says it's just like the first movie, but BETTER!!! oooooohhhh.)
There's my two cents. The end.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

It's all over the news by now. Michael Jackson died. Sad.
When i was really little i called him my idol. He was the coolest. He's had some controversy in his life, but I stand by him. He's weird, but his music is the best. What you might not know is that we share something. (Not skin color, b/c I'm darker than he is). No, we share a birthday, August 29th. Poor Michael, he was gonna be back on top of the music business. Oh well.

In other news, I just got back from a week of camping and work. I have so many scratches and bug bites...it's crazy. I fell again and have some nice cuts on my hand and arm. We had fun though. I'll post some pictures of the adventure soon. Anyways, that is all.

Almost.

I forgot, Wimbledon has started!!!! Serena plays tomorrow in the 3rd round. I'll be up around 6 or earlier to watch it live. Thank goodness it's the weekend. The end.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Snake Bite!!!

Work has been pretty dangerous lately. On wednesday we saw two snakes on one site alone. Me being the brave snake handler I am, had to pick them both up and play with them. This is the result:


As you can see, the snake took a nice bite out of my hand. The story goes on and on....it's really quite boring. Turns out the snake was poisonous, so I had to lie still for a while so my co-workers could call 911.....then came the life flight, the hospital....it was a nightmare. Luckily, i survived, and all is well.

Okay okay, maybe I'm stretching the truth a little. We did see snakes on the site, but I certainly didn't get near them. Really, I'm just clumsy and while standing on some cut down trees, I fell over. Like...all the way over, completely onto my back. These snake-bite-looking stab wounds were the result. I fell quite gracefully. Since I wear shorts everyday I got scratched up a lot. This day was exceptionally bad. You should see my legs. Anyways, you better believe that when I'm the one to come across the snakes, I go the other way. The end.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A piece of advice from your favorite Judge

I'm sitting on the couch watching Judge Judy with tiddy. It's raining outside and we're just waiting for Jess to get home from work. I'm happy. So Judge Judy just gave this lady some really good advice that she's been saying for years:
Never ever ever loan anybody money with the expectation to get it back. The minute you loan someone money, you become the bad guy. Because "those who have little will think ill of those who have a lot and who dare to ask for the money back". She says to never loan money to friends, family, strangers, anybody! "Think of it as a gift that would be a surprise to get back"
It's completely true. When you loan someone money, they are so grateful and happy. But the second you start asking for that money back, they can get angry and act like somehow they were entitled to the money all along. Then they begin to think you are selfish and rude for asking for it back. If you bring up the money, they can get awkward and aggitated. It's true, when you loan money, you become the bad one.
Anyways, Judge Judy just went off on a lady about this again and I always love when she does. So I thought I'd share the good advice.

Side note: Many people are responsible and don't have problems paying people back. But still, in general.....don't do it. Tiddy agrees.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What's goin' on

This has been a pretty good week. EXCEPT......sadly, no...tragically, Serena lost a hard fought match in the French Open. Try not to make the mistake that you can discuss this with me, unless you are expressing your deepest sympathys. I will cut you. I'm being surprisingly serious. However, Roger is still in the mix and I'm really pulling for him this year. This is his best chance, so cross your fingers.

In work news, the other day a thunderstorm rolled in. Did I have a rain jacket? Duhhhh, no. So It started pouring on us. Reeeaaallly hard. Then I started yelling, owww, this rain is hurting! Oh wait, it was hailing on us too. Quite the adventure. Besides that, summer is moving along.

PS: Skin is all cleared up. I think I was mis-diagnosed.....and i might file charges. Okay, I don't think that's possible, but still. The end

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The French Open...and you thought I forgot.

Today starts week 2 of the French Open, one of the 4 Grand Slams of the year. If you will remember, Serena won the Australian Open earlier in the year. She plays tomorrow in her 4th round match. Hopefully I'm not jinxing her by posting this. The biggest news is that Nadal lost today!!! He's never lost a match at the French Open in the 4 years he's played in it. Finally, Federer has a chance to win. This could turn out very exciting. Too bad I'm at work all day so I never get to see any matches.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I work hard for the money

Work has been going well the past week. It's been really nice to be able to come home everynight. On thursday we're having a "career enhancement day". Basically it's a day where we get paid but we don't really work. For this months day we're going to the migratory bird refuge in Brigham City. Yeah, birds....boring, BUT, we're gonna go out to eat while we're up there, so i'm like yeaaahhhh!!!!

So, things I like about my job:
Being outside all day
Looking at cool plants
Free tanning
Being a supervisor
Being awesome...duh, it's me

Things I don't like:
Black widows
Snakes of any kind
Lightning
Annoying people

Finally, did anyone else watch the "to catch a predator" marathon last sunday? I did....and it was awesome. Cause you know, if I'm watching one, we're watching them all. Oh herb....
The End

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pleva....part II

So here's the deal...
I never get sick...I pride myself in never getting sick. However, this week has not been good. The entire week I've just felt wierd. Headaches, weakness, aches, hot/cold flashes...just overall tiredness. Coming home from a long day of work and experiencing those symptoms has not been fun. I really didn't know what it was, but i'm feeling better now. Then a few days ago I got these two sores on my inner lip. So that has been a pain. But now to what this blog is really about...(besides the fact that my body is apparently falling apart)

2 days ago I noticed these red dots on my chest. Today, it's pretty much all over my chest and a little on my stomach. Jess thought that I should go to the doctor, which I obviously didn't want to do. Most of you will remember my 2 year ordeal with a rare skin disease called Pleva several years ago. B/c of that time, i was dreading going to see a doctor for this. Multiple dermatologists couldn't even diagnose pleva, and the regular doctors had no clue, so why should this time be any different. So tonight, we went to urgent care, they took my blood pressure (perfect as usual), and I went in to see the doctor. After looking at me for a few seconds (hopefully you can tell how skeptical i am of his diagnosis), he told me what he thinks it is. He said it's Pityriasis rosea. Oh, did i mention that the first word in Pleva is Pityriasis?.......yeaaaaahhhhhh.
He goes, "do you know what causes it"....i didn't even have to wait for an answer. I rolled my eyes and said "nobody knows right?" Of course. Just like Pleva, this condition has no known cause, or cure. It just goes away on it's own in 6-12 weeks. If you click on the Pityriasis rosea link, you'll notice that although it hasn't been proven, many people who get this experience aches and weakness just before they get the rash. Hmmmmm....remember how this whole past week I've felt weak and achy? Perhaps this is the reason why. I don't know. So, if this is even what it is (which I really don't know) I just have to wait it out. I'm so sick of getting these bizarre problems. Why can't I just get a normal disease? I'm so healthy, but when I do get something, my body likes to make it a challenge.
I always say that when I die, it's going to be from some new disease that they name after me.
I HATE SKIN PROBLEMS. Nobody ever knows how to fix them. So for now, I'm just angry that I have to deal with this again. Hopefully, it's just some small problem that will go away quickly. That's all for now.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

this and that

So now that i finished my second week of work....i should probably get around to writing about it. Work has been good, but this week i have been feeling awful. I feel okay when i'm actually at work, but when i get home, it feels like i've been punched in the face. The only thing i can think of is dehydration, but i've been drinking lots of water so who knows. Work has been fun. It is a lot like last year. We won't be camping until june so it's nice to come home everyday. Plus, i only work monday through thursday. I am the supervisor, along with another guy, which is cool. We get paid more, and we're in charge when our boss is gone.
Well, i have a headache now and i'm trying to watch the season finale of the office and 30 Rock....sooo, that's all for now.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1st week of work

It's late and I'm too tired to write now, but maybe tomorrow i'll let you know how my first week of work went...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

1 Year


Happy 1 Year Anniversary Jess

May 3, 2008

Friday, April 24, 2009

The limp in action...

So you've heard for a while now how tiddy sometimes limps around. We've even taken him to the vet about it, but nothing seems to be wrong. The only thing we can think of is that he sleeps on it funny, or he's hurt it from jumping down off of his cat bed. Either way, I think he's faking. He randomly limps around like this sometimes, and it's usually right after he's been curled up somewhere. So here it is, the infamous limp...brought to you by....tiddy.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Things to learn from Britney...

First off, can I just say how cool it was to get the seats we did? I don't think that has been appreciated enough. We were literally sitting in the highest section of the place, looking down at the small ant people and saying, "how can we get down there?" 5 minutes later, we were looking up at our old, crappy seats. Old seats= $70 total New Seats=~$700
Anyways, here are some things I noticed/observed/learned from the concert:

-Life is weird. If we had decided to stay in our seats, or get a drink AND popcorn, or even drive/walk a little slower or faster on the way, or not missed the parking lot the first time and have to drive around the block, we would NOT have run into the old friend who gave us the free tickets. Bizarre.
-I was expecting Britney to look a little...you know, large and run down. On the contrary, she actually looked very good. We were very impressed.
-She lip synched everything perfectly everytime she was right next to us. I made sure to keep watch.
-Circus folk are freaks....clowns, jugglers.....scary
-Circus folk are talented...the ring/rope,curtain people are really cool. I wish i could do that stuff
-Music at concerts (this being my first huge concert) is extremely loud. Really loud. Ear numbing loud.....but sounds very good.
-People in Hollywood look other worldly. Britney and the Pussycat dolls looked like...well, dolls. They don't look like real people look. It's kind of crazy.
-The lead singer of the pussycat dolls sings a lot better than britney. (and that's live vs. recorded)
-I thought about running up on stage more than once.....
-It was fun, the end.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Day 1 Outfit

Red collar: Wal*Mart
Ha ha ha....
The End
PS: don't judge him for his ghetto collar. :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ughhh, the drama...

I HATE group projects...have I mentioned that before? Haha, of course I have. Well here's the story. So remember a few blogs ago where I mentioned the girl who never helps out in our group? Last week we turned in our group project which I worked really hard on. (actually so did jess and she's not even in the class....that's not the point). Everyone in the group contributed except for this girl. She literally did nothing but help with the group edit. She never volunteered for anything, she never did anything on her own, nothing. So when It came time for the confidential group evaluations I marked her as "unacceptable" on several categories including "quality of work". I mean, how could I give her a good evaluation when she didn't do anything?
So this morning I get an email from my teacher. It was sent to all of the group members except for the girl. Basically it said that several of us had given her "unacceptable" ratings and that she wanted to know if she should alter the girls grade b/c of it, and exactly why we gave her those ratings.
So I wrote the teacher and explained that while i felt bad for giving her those ratings, that's what I felt she deserved b/c she really hadn't done anything. No harm, thought it was over.....
it wasn't.
I get home from work today and guess who i have an email from?? Yep, the girl in our group. Awesome....
She basically emailed all of us and told us that she had been informed that several people in the group had given her bad ratings and she wanted to know why blah blah blah. I couldn't believe it. Couldn't the teacher wait to tell her until much later if even at all. Or couldn't she tell us that we needed to tell the girl ourselves? Please someone tell me the meaning of "confidential" evaluations if you don't keep it confidential??? I mean good grief, if i had known she would have found out what we gave her I would have never rated her poorly in the first place. It is such an awkward situation. Even though she bugs me I've always been nice to this girl...now she's gonna think, wow what a jerk. Now I have to go to class tomorrow and sit next to her. Annnd, we have 1 more group project to do. Why why why. I hate it when things like this happen. Why have confidential evaluations if you just go and tell the people what they got rated??? Arrrrrrhhrhrhhhrhhrhrh

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our day at the surgery center

We just got back from Jess' procedure at the surgery center and I've got an update. First off, Jess was extremely sweet and funny when she was waking up from the medicine. When I got to the recovery room she was still out of it and she was hiccupping (sp?) a lot. The nurse said people usually hiccup a lot, or cry for no reason. So it was a good thing she was just hiccupping. She finally opened her eyes after a few minutes and said, "is it over". The next 15 minutes or so involved her opening her eyes, asking questions, and then asking the same questions minutes later, as if she had never asked them before. It was reaaaallly funny and adorable. So our conversations went like this:

Jess: what did they find out?
Me: well, blah blah blah...explain the whole thing.
10 seconds later, jess looks over again
Jess: what did they find out?
Me (smiling): well, blah blah blah...explain entire thing again.
10 seconds later, jess looks over again
Jess: what did they see?
Me (trying not to laugh): well, blah blah blah, tell everything again.

Once I thought she was really awake enough I decided to quiz her. She said she was aware of things but she still seemed loopy.

Me: what is one of your dogs name?
Jess: we don't have a dog.
Me: your dogs at home.
Jess: emma....
Me: and the other one?
Jess:....poncho.
Me: who's your favorite person on the Bad Girls Club?
Jess: (eyes closed again at this point)......amber....
Me: yep, you're awake.

Honestly, it was funny and sweet. Then, every 5 minutes or so her automatic blood pressure machine thing would go off and it would scare her everytime. She would get this frantic look on her face, look down at her arm, and I would have to say, "it's just taking your blood pressure". Then she would be fine. I liked being there taking care of her. She wasn't grumpy at all, the perfect patient.
Sooooo, the Dr. did not find any ulcers. Jess has gastritis and is not allowed to take any ibuprofin until this is gone. I read online that caffeine can cause problems too so I'm cutting her off the Mt. Dew. (you can imagine which one she's more upset about). They took a biopsy of her small intestine to see if there is anything else going on. We'll know by next week. Now she's just resting on the couch. :) The End

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesssss


"Happy Birthday Jess!!!! Don't forget to smile with your eyes all day long. Also, if you need a ride today I can pick you up in my tut-tut, hut-hut...hooptie. Anyways, stay fierce and always remember how important I am."
Love,
Tyra



Yes, I moved my Judge Judy post down so Tyra could say happy birthday....that's true love. :)
Happy Birthday love,
Juji

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Finally, my big news!!!


I know you've all been waiting in anticipation for this important post that I've been promising. Don't worry, you will not be disappointed. This is quite possibly the most important blog anyone has ever written. Today, it finally came in the mail....my autographed Judge Judy picture. As you may or may not know, I've been watching Judge Judy since I was younger. It's one of my favorite shows. On occasion I'll email the show, just to say what I think of it (and to try and get free tickets). Usually I get no response. The past couple times I actually did get a response from the staff. It was just a standard "thank you for emailing us" response. Then, a week or two ago I got a different email back. They said the usual thank you, but then said, If you send us your address we'll send you an autographed picture! So that's what i've been waiting so patiently (or not) for. The big question was, "is it going to actually be signed by Judge Judy, or will it be some standard signature that they have reprinted over and over. Well....here is the answer:


Note: these were taken on my phone camera b/c jess's camera dies the minute you turn it on. So hopefully the quality is good enough.

Here is the envelope it came in...very official.



The whole picture is bigger than this....this is the closeup on the actual writing. Yes, it is her real signature. If you can't read it, it says: "Josh, my best, Judge Judy"

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Who likes group projects?...

So my big story hasn't happened yet...so this is not it. No, this is about my english class again. Once again, we're doing another group project and I have the same group members. Some of them are helpful, but so many just don't seem to care. Last time we did a project there were a few problems. There is this girl in our group, she's young and very immature. (and not the funny kind of immature...no, the annoying, shouldn't be allowed to live on their own kind of immature). She thinks she's so important and special though, as if she is the only person in the world who matters. Everything is about her and it drives me nuts. For our last project, we were supposed to print our finished projects in color. She came in the day before it was due with a black and white, jank looking finished project. Her response when we questioned why it wasn't in color? "I didn't have a color printer". I couldn't believe the nerve. This girl just thinks the world must revolve around her, and doesn't care about all the work we had put into the project FOR HER and her grade! This is a classic case of people thinking they are the boss of the world. Anyways, life lesson: don't be rude...be grateful for the things people do for you, and don't expect everyone to cater to your every need. I can't stand spoiled brats. I'm sure y'all can relate...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wait a minute

I should have a good story coming soon...be ready. Actually, you probably won't care too much but I needed a new post.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Speaking of sleeping

Everynight tiddy sleeps next to me. Like right next to me, cuddled up. It's funny. Yes, he loves Jess a lot, but for some reason (we all know the reason), he sleeps right up next to me. Sometimes this causes problems.

Problem
1. There is always a risk that I could roll over on him. (it has happened)
2. In the middle of the night I can't tell if it's him next to me, or jess' arm under the sheets.

Every morning I have to get up around 5 or so and feed him. He sits on my chest and meows quietly until I wake up. Then he eats and gets back in bed. Well this morning my alarm went off and as I sometimes do, I held it in my hand, pushed the snooze, and kept sleeping. I held it in my hand so that when the alarm kept going off i could silence it quickly. So in one hand I've got my alarm, and my other hand is on the cat, who is back laying beside me.
All of a sudden, my snooze alarm started going off. Obviously I was a litle tired and out of it still b/c i woke up and instead of squeezing the snooze button i was squeezing the cats head. It was kind of funny. He didn't seem to mind. Also, the other day I woke up in the middle of the night and for no reason at all, i was pinching the cat. Wierd huh?....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The funniest part...

of sunny throwing up all over our carpet?...Jackson being two feet away playing playstation not even realizing it had happened. After she was moved and threw up again in the kitchen, jackson finally walked over and said, "whats wrong with sunny?" It was funny.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just an observation...

Lately I've seen a lot of blogs complaining about the weather and how they wish it were spring. Plus, many of my friends and class mates have been saying similar things. Does anyone else realize it's been one of the warmest February's in Utah's history? Notice how all the snow has pretty much melted and it's been shorts weather the past week? Now I know it's supposed to snow tonight but good grief....just an observation.
The end.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Job Opportunities

I've realized that most of the T.V. I watch reflects dream jobs I would actually really like to have. Here are a few examples of things I love to watch on T.V.

I love Money 2---> Actually this could apply to any reality tv show. I have always wanted to be on a reality show and sometimes think of my life as if I'm on tv. I'm just that funny. Although Mok would agree that a reality show of mom and dad moving across the country would be better. I'd be a side character and then break out as the star and get my own show.

Judge Judy---> You might think I'd say judge or lawyer....no, I just want to work on the show...lighting, producing, camera man...whatever. Either that or I just need to start suing people more often.

Tennis---> I really wish I was a talented superstar at tennis. I'd make tons of money having fun, plus, I'd be friends with Serena

Snapped---> This is a "wife snaps and kills husband" courtroom/reality show. Does that make sense? Anyways, I've seen almost every single episode and I love it. I always think I would love being a Crime Scene Investigator, or a detective of some sort. I love watching them find out the clues that lead to the murder. Very interesting to me.

30 Rock---> I always wanted to work on a tv show. Either acting in one, or behind the scenes. I just think it looks like fun.

The end

In actual job news, I did get a new summer job. I'll be working for one of my professors and his grad student. I'm not exactly sure what I'll be doing, but it will be similar to my range crew job the past two summers. The cool thing is they asked me to be a supervisor b/c of my plant id skills/work experience...I must be doing something right around here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Go Green

Click here to find out the newest way to go green.....you won't be disappointed.
Enjoy

PS: This blog was made long before Jess said she was going to make her blog today. And furthermore, this IS a real way to go green. So there

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dear Jeff and Darci...

Thank you for introducing me to Noodles and Company's Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken. I am addicted and that is a good thing.
Sincerely,
Me

Monday, February 9, 2009

People these days...

So in my "Living with Plants" class (not nearly as fun as it might sound), our teacher requires us to meet with an assigned study group three times a semester (once before each test). We get points for meeting with the group for a specific time, studying our notes, and then emailing our TA and letting him know what we did. Side note: assigned group studying???? What are we, 5?. It's quite ridiculous. Anyways, last week I finally decided to email the two girls in my group. I've never met them and I only know their names and emails because they have been provided on the class website. I emailed both of them and said how i was sorry i had waited this long to get a hold of them (even though I'm not really sorry, they didn't try to get a hold of me), and I told them how we needed to get together before mondays class review (that's today). And I told them what times I could meet, where I could meet etc... No response. Actually, one of the emails came back undeliverable. You would think if this dumb girl saw that the email listed for her is wrong, then she would have tried to contact us first. No, that would require brain cells. But I digress...not very far. The second girl didn't respond. So yesterday, after checking my email all weekend long, I emailed the girl again, once again politely saying, "I still haven't heard from you, yada yada yada" I told her times that I could meet in the morning and in the afternoon before class, as this assignment is supposed to be done before class time today.
So today, at 10:30 in the morning I finally get a response. This is all she said:
"Hi Josh,
I work this morning until 1 and then have class at 2. I won't be able to meet this morning. Sorry. "

Can you believe the nerve??? She waits this long just to tell me she can't meet? She didn't suggest another time to meet, talking with the teacher about giving us extra time, nothing. Some peoples kids....So, I promptly emailed the TA explaining the entire situation and how I had studied on my own and that the girls "obviously had no interest in helping". Hopefully he'll just give me credit for working on my own. People at this school are unbelievable sometimes. Uggghhh

Also, I passed a guy in the hall wearing a bath robe over his clothes, and duct tape on his shoes...I just ignored him and thought, there goes another bizarre human being. Must be in the water...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Double fault, miss williams. (venus)

So Tennis is finally over and I can start getting more sleep. Serena ended up winning of course. It took less than an hour and almost became the worse loss in an Australian open final for the other girl. (6-0 6-3). I was very happy. Both the mens and womens finals were in primetime this year in Australia. However, Australia is 16 hours ahead of us so the finals started at 1:30 in the morning. Being the true fan that I am, I of course stayed up for both. The womens final went fast so I got to bed at 3 on Saturday morning. The mens final was a different story. It went on for 5 hours and I finally fell asleep after the third set. I missed the end, but it was after 4 in the morning when I went to sleep. I couldn't stay awake. Obviously you can see my devotion. I support Serena Williams more than I do Alabama football....and you've seen how much I obsess over that. So anyways, heres to another Grand Slam. Next up, the always annoying French Open. (June). Sorry if you're french, but they are so rude during that tournament. It's the only one where the people actually don't cheer for serena very much. Ughh, the french. The end.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Almost perfect

Sooo, Serena and Venus won the Australian Open doubles title...again. That's their 8th grand slam doubles title. Tonight (actually at 1:30 in the morning), Serena will be in the singles final going for her 10th grand slam title. You can bet I'll be watching it. And then tomorrow night at the same time, Roger Federer will go for his 14th title against the disgusting Nadal. The tournament couldn't have gone better for me...now everyone just has to win. Cross your fingers.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Update

After a close call last night, Serena is still going strong...in singles and doubles. Woo

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Random trivia

See how many random, true facts you know:
(I found these stats on truefacts.org.com/net:http//random)

Who is the greatest tennis player ever?.......Serena Williams
Who is the queen of hip/hop soul?.....Mary J. Blige
Who is the worst tennis player ever?.....Justine Henin
Most genuine actress?....Meryl Streep
Most bumbled inauguration oath?....Barack Obama
Funniest person alive?.....Kathy Griffin
Contributed the most to mankind?.....Tyra Banks (I think that was a misprint....)

Thats all they had listed. Maybe you can find some others?.. Enjoy

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I am always right

The title of this blog has no reference to this post....but it's true anyways. Just refer to the previous post. Annnyways, everyone better be getting ready for the Australian Open to start...the first Grand Slam of the year. I love the Grand Slams...2 weeks of tennis. The cat loves it too. Now on to the real point of this post. Soooo, remember how jess was a TA last semester? You remember, the teacher who was really rude to her, and she had all the problems with? More specifically, the one she told was arrogant and rude? Well...he's one of my teachers this semester....what a predicament.
When I signed up for this class, it was going to be taught by a teacher I had already had before. 2 days before school started they changed it on me. So this is great. I'm sure when he heard my last name for the first time he though...where have I heard that name before. Hahaha. Oh well, hopefully he won't hold it against me. I mean, i agree with Jess...he is obnoxious. We'll see...

Friday, January 9, 2009

What?

I love Utah. The state I mean. Actually I don't mean that b/c i'm being funny. It's just funny that people (mostly from this state, except for the occasional psycho from espn...ie lisa horne) actually think Utah has a right to the national title. Florida won the National Championship. I just think it's funny that people think Utah should have a share. Just doesn't work that way. Florida is clearly the best team overall. Remember the SEC Championship when they beat Alabama, #1 at the time? Well, that qualified them for the National Title...which they won, easily. There is no plus-1 system, where Florida would now have to play Utah. Undefeated only means something in the BCS conferences. Besides, if the SEC didn't have a championship game, then this would all be different wouldn't it? Same thing for the Big 12. Maybe even for the mountain west...who knows, every game is different. Sorry Utah, maybe next year....more specifically, maybe not. This is all rhetorical anyways.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Funny

Verrrry interesting. Ha ha ha