Monday, May 25, 2015

#MicroblogMonday: Unfinished Projects

This weekend, I decided to finish up some craft projects that have been laying around for...years.


I'm pretty sure I made the bookmarks over 5 years ago. All I needed to do was add ribbon.

I actually forgot about these notepads. I'm getting ready to make them with the young girls of my church group. I was gathering supplies to see what I had and what I needed to order when I found these. Again, all they needed was ribbon.
It felt nice to finish up these long forgotten projects. I also made a few cards and crocheted along the edges of a baby blanket (another unfinished project). It's nice that school isn't so busy this semester so I can find time to create.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

#MicroblogMonday: Sage and the lighting storm

Last week, we had a huge hail storm pass through during the night. We didn't hear any thunder, but our room let up several times from lighting. Sage is terrified of thunder and lighting. When the hail storm started, she started pacing the room and nudging her nose up on the bed to get our attention. We'd tell her to lie down, which she would, but only for a second.

Josh says the rule should be no pets on the bed. Sage obeys this rule, but the cats don't. But when the first bolt of lighting lit up our room, Sage jumped on the bed and landed, curled up, right next to me. I pushed her back on the floor, but she jumped up again when the next bolt lit up the room.

She jumped in bed with us three times. The last time, I considered letting her stay there. But it looked like Zipper was about to recover from the dog getting in bed and it looked like he was about to strike. Zipper is convinced he's bigger than the dog and will put her in her place when he feels its necessary. But when she catches him off guard, it always takes him a minute to take in the situation. But once he does, he always strikes. I didn't want a cat/dog fight in our bed, so I pushed her off the bed again, but then laid with her on the floor for a few minutes until she settled down.

The next morning, I wanted to recreate the moment and take a picture, but she refused to jump up. I guess she's only willing to break the rule when she is scared.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Work Field Trip

Last week, I was able to go on a work field trip.

Our first stop was the Desperado Coal Mine. We weren't allowed to take our camera's with us, so I only have a picture of my mine outfit, hard hat and disposable coveralls.

 
When we first got there, I was pretty nervous. But once we headed down, I forgot all about that. It was really cool so I was bummed I couldn't take pictures. Its literally like a small city down there. We drove down in a truck. Then we would get out and walk around to see a few different things. 

We got to see where they were adding supports to a new section. Then we saw a huge machine that was remote controlled. (I don't remember what it was called.) The last stop, in the mine was the long wall. Its this HUGE machine that cuts the coal from the wall, which in turn falls onto a belt that runs it to the end of the tunnel. 

After that, we traded groups and went on the land tour part. We toured the building where they clean the coal. Then we followed the miles long belt to where it eventually ends up at the train depot, where it is then shipped to the power plant.

After our tour was finished, we headed to the Deseret Bonanza Power Plant. We happen to go on a day when the plant was offline. One of the ladies had been there on a day it was running and she said each time was pretty cool. When the plant is running, its neat to see everything in action. But when its offline, its cool to see the inside of everything and really connect how it all works. 

I think the coolest part was looking inside the boiler. (Its one of those things that you can't quite comprehend the size of when its running.) I felt like a tiny bug on a football field. We also got to see a ton of other stuff, but of course, I can't remember what any of it was called. 

One thing had thousands of tubes in it that are about 2 inches wide. When the plant is offline, they have to clean ALL of those. They use these plastic plug looking things. Someone has to start one in each of the holes and then another person uses a gun to fire them through to the end. It was pretty cool to watch, but I bet that would be a job that got boring very quickly. And they were wearing full body suits because its a job that gets you soaking wet.

By the time we got to the plant, my phone was dead, so I didn't get any pictures there either. But a coworker was nice enough to share this one of us on the roof with the smoke stack behind us. 

I love my job, but it was nice to get away from the office for a day and see how our power is generated.

Savannah's Day

This year, Savannah's Day was pretty laid back. We've been out of town for it the last several years, but I had a few things I wanted to be home for on Saturday. Josh picked out two cards. A romantic one from him and then a cute one from him and the fur-babies, which included an iTunes gift card.
 
He also let me pick out a few charms for my Pandora bracelet and a new necklace.
To top it off, he joined me at church that day. Afterwards, we went home and enjoyed a lazy afternoon of Mario Party. It was the perfect day.

Mother's Day 2015

This year, we did a Huckleberry Gift basket for Mother's Day. It included Huckleberry Pancake Mix, Huckleberry Muffin Mix and Huckleberry Jam. We made one for Josh's mom and one for Susan. I wasn't sure my mom would enjoy it as much, so I got her a gift card to buy garden plants instead (which she said was perfect).

Monday, May 11, 2015

#MicroblogMonday: Card Shopping

Josh says one of the funniest places is the card aisle right before a major "woman" holiday, aka Valentines's Day and Mother's Day. Just a bunch of men, who look completely lost and have no idea how to pick a card. (He's been buying me cards for years, so he's pretty good at it.)

He said this year was the funniest so far. There were several men there, but one man kept mumbling to himself, "she's not MY mother, I don't understand why I have to get her a card." "I got MY mom a card, I don't know why she thinks she needs one also." "Let the KIDS get her a card." "She's not MY mother," was the phrase Josh heard several times. I'm sure the guy was getting a wife for his card.

I think that's why I love getting a card from Josh. Its never expected, but instead, usually a surprise. I love that he has to take time out of his day to go to the store and find the perfect card for me. I feel so blessed to have him in my life.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

#MicroblogMonday

*Its been a super busy day today. So today's #MicroblogMonday post is in bullet form.

*Josh let me pick out my Savannah's Day present on Saturday. I can't wait to get it next Sunday.

*My official grade isn't posted yet, but I'm pretty sure I got a B in my math class. I'm so excited that I not only passed, but that my grade was higher than a C!

*I've been super stressed over the HOA (Home Owner's Association). Last year, I was told the sprinkler system timer didn't work and it was never looked at because they didn't want to pay any money to fix it. Turns out Allred's Landscaping will do a free consult. To top it off, when he came, he found that it had been programed to never water. All he had to do was reset the timer.

*I no longer cuss lawyers. I had to hire one for the HOA to get some account brought current. I am still shocked at the results. Amazing.

*Summer semester starts next week, so I only get one week off. I'm going to take at least one class, but still haven't decided if I'll take two classes. Guess its time to decide.

*I played the piano for the first time in 6 years yesterday. I felt like I did horrible, but everyone said I did well. I think they are all good liars, but I'll take it. When I asked who sold me out as a piano player, I was told it was several people. I should have known I'd never be able to hide.




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Books Read in 2015

"The Highwayman of Tanglewood" by Marcia Lynn McClure
"A Game of Thrones" (A Song of Fire & Ice Series, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin
"A Clash of Kings" (A Song of Fire & Ice Series, Book 2) by George R. R. Martin
"The Pirate Ruse" by Marcia Lynn McClure

Monday, April 27, 2015

#MicroblogMonday: Sleep On It

This weekend, we decided to start shopping around for a new truck. We were in the city and just wanted to look around and get an idea of what we wanted and the cost, but we knew we wouldn't be coming home with a new truck that day.

We drove to one dealership, but literally couldn't find any parking. Josh got mad and said we weren't staying if they couldn't make a parking spot for potential customers. (Over the years, he has gotten very picky about how he expects a business to treat their customers.)

We did a Google search and ended up at a different dealership. I guess I'm just used to my small town because I thought we would walk around the lot and if something caught our eye, we'd go inside and ask about it. We weren't 10 steps away from our car before a salesman came sprinting across the lot to greet us.

I knew we were in for a long day, but I don't think Josh had any idea how a car salesman can be. Its probably because I used to sell real estate and I've never forgotten how pushy my boss could be. We told the guy what we were looking for. He then tried to talk Josh out of what he wanted and into something else. (Big mistake, don't ever try to change Josh's mind.)

We did agree to go inside and let him check the online inventory and see if he could find something for us. While we waited, another salesman came over and again tried to talk Josh out of what he wanted, which is a standard transmission vs. automatic.

In our small town, when we test drive a car, they let us take it home for the night. But when we test drove one at this dealership, we made a small loop down the freeway, with the salesman in the back seat telling us exactly where to go. If we had bought that truck, it would have been the ONLY time it drove on the freeway. Josh would much rather drive on terrain he knows he'll use it in, like dirt roads.

Then we went back to the dealership. Again, Josh stated he wanted a standard transmission. I think they could tell we were about to leave, so they checked with their other lots and found a few. But they were out of our price range. I told them we would have to go home and sleep on it before we could decide. They asked me what it would take to get us out the door, that day, with a new truck. I told them, nothing, we always sleep on big decisions like this.

I have decided that is the one phrase a salesperson does NOT want to hear. They could not take no for an answer. Finally, I threw a number at them that was half the cost on the paper. I knew it was unrealistic, but I needed them to understand that for me to not sleep on it was also unrealistic.

Did it work? No. They brought in a 3rd salesman. His job was to talk us into a lease, even though we had already said we weren't interested in a lease.

Finally, at last we thought we were through. We told them we would go home and sleep on it and decide in a day or two. We got out to our car and were deciding where to go eat lunch when we noticed a FOURTH salesman had followed us to our car! That was the last straw. We were polite, but we will not be going back.

Honestly, I was surprised at how long Josh stayed there. But in the end, he didn't realize that we had been there for hours. I figured since it was his truck, I would follow his lead. I only jumped in when it got down to finances and they couldn't accept our need to think on it for a few days.

But Josh must really want a new truck because we stopped at another place on the way home. But he was more upfront with that salesman. He told him exactly what he wanted and they did have one. We told that salesman the same thing, that we needed to sleep on it. He did ask us once if there was anyway to make a deal that day. We told him no and he accepted that answer. So we'll defiantly keep them in mind.

I guess it boggles my mind that so many people can jump into a decision like that so quickly. We never make a big purchase until we think about it for a few days. Normally, I would have crunched some numbers before hand, but Josh took me by surprise when he said he wanted to look at trucks. I had a ball park figure in my head, but I knew I couldn't commit to something until I really looked at our budget. We haven't had a car loan for over a year now, so I've been using the extra money for tuition. It's going to be hard to give that up.

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