Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Random things about me...

ok... i was tagged by my friend maryruth to list 5 random things about me...

so here is my list! (kevin helped me with this list...)

1. my biggest pet peeve in the whole world is twisted phone cords! i have been known to untwist cords at stores, schools and offices! this also includes any cord that may have the opportunity to get twisted! seriously... how hard is it to un-twist it!!!??

2. i love watching "Days of our Lives"! i have been watching it regularly for about a year! i "dvr" it every day and watch it when i get home! i even have the theme song as the ringer on my phone!!!!

3. i have all of my clothes in my closet hanging by color... and they are in the same order as the rainbow! red orange yellow green blue purple (grey, white, brown and black)

4. i am very particular in which the toilet paper is placed on the roller thingy... i HAVE to have it rolling off of the top. NOT from the bottom! why? i have no idea, i just know that is the way it has to be. i have never changed the direction at someone else's home, but i have been known to change it in hotels and definitely at home! it could be in the middle of the night and i am half asleep... and i will switch it to the way i like it.

5. i really love to sleep and i like to give myself a little bit of a warning that it is time to get up! i will ususally set my alarm about 30 minutes before i really need to get up. that gives me the opportunity to hit the snooze button a few times before i have to get up. somehow i feel like i have cheated the system and got to sleep a little bit longer than i was supposed to! i do feel bad for kevin, because he gets to wake up every 9 minutes for 30-45 minutes until i get up! oops!

ok... that is it! 5 random things about me...

now it is your turn.... tell me something random about you...


Monday, January 29, 2007

kevin's blog!

ok... so my cute husband started his own "gaming" blog! he is a big kid and loves video games! if you do too, or know someone who does... send them on over to kevins blog!

check it out...

fun fun fun!

i love saturdays!

ok... so i love saturday! i look forward all week to the weekend. i really do! i can't wait until friday because i know that saturday is coming next!

so let's chat about this last saturday! i have to say that it was probably one of the best that i have had in a long time!

i made a skirt!

ok, now you are probably asking yourself... "does jennie sew?"

not usually, matter of fact, i haven't made a clothing item since in was in jr. high! not that is scary! sew... here is the story... ( pun was intended!) hee hee

i am sick of my church clothes! i am in desperate need of some new church clothes. i love skirts and have some cool ones, but i think the rule is that if you wear them 4 weeks in a row, they loose their "coolness". pretty sure that was the rule.

well, in search of new dresses/skirts, i found NOTHING! so i decided.. what the heck! it really can't be that hard to make a skirt! right?

so off i go to wal-mart to buy some material. i don't want to get anything to fancy or expensive, cuz.. remember- i haven't sewn clothing since JR. HIGH! i am talking total 80's!

since i was in the fabric department i figured i could look and see if they had a skirt pattern that i might like... they did! and i got it! i guess it wouldn't hurt!

ok.. washed the material, cut out the tissue pattern, laid it out and cut the fabric! holy moly! i was going to do it! i even had purchased thread to match and elastic for the waist! am i a pro or what?!!?

i am on my way! i didn't even run into to many problems! it is cute and fits! what a bonus!!!

my next trick..... a pair of pants!!

ok. so i had just finished my lovely skirt and my best friend, ann, calls. she wants to know if i am frustrated with my skirt yet.. do i want to take it down to salt lake so my mom could finish (she is a professional seamstress and all...) i said noway! i was done!

she was very impressed!!! but they were still going to slc and wanted to know if i wanted to come! sure enough! i rarely turn down an adventure with annie and julie!

so off we go... shopping galore! we had so much fun! shopping, eating, shopping, shopping and eating some more!

what a fun day we had! i love saturdays!

tell me... what are your favorite things to do on a saturday?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

American Idol!!!!

oh how i love american idol! i am so excited that it is on again!
this is my 4th year watching it from the very beginning! i think that this is such a funny time to watch it!
i have only a few comments about the auditions:
1. how do these people not know that they cannot sing?!
2. why do families/friends lie to them and tell them that they are great?! - that reminds me, if i EVER audition for something like that... please tell me that i am not that great of a singer!!!!
3. don't be mad at the judges! what is the saying?... don't kill the messenger... SOMEONE had to tell these poor people what is up!
4. i am so glad that i get to vote! i vote each year... maybe not each week, but pretty often! my vote makes the difference you know....
5. do you really think that if you wear a stupid costume that you are going to be the next american idol? i don't think that any of the a.i. winners EVER wore a costume to their original audition!
ok... tell me what you think...
are you watching?
do you vote?
do you have a favorite yet?
inquiring minds want to know...

Monday, January 22, 2007

Jokes for the Week!

ok... so at work we are always snacking on laffy taffy's. ( not me... but others... wink wink... cuz i am working out every day... ) and we are always sharing the corny jokes on the wrapper!

i heard some real doosies lately, so i wanted to share! i like the idea so much that i think i am going to make it a usual monday posting...

ok... joke #1 -answers will be at the end of the post-

what is green and sings?


what has 10 letters and starts with gas?


what does a bee sit on?


what starts with "t", has "tea" in it and ends with "t"?

did you guess?

did you get them right?

are you laughing yet?

ok... the answers....

#1 elvis parsley

#2 automobile

#3 his "bee-hind"

#4 a teapot!

now, that was fun! see ya next monday for more jokes!


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

the Daffodil Principle

This is so true! We are all challenged by time and obligations--this is very thought provoking. I got this message in an email from my mom and i had to share... it is my new motto...

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say,

"Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over."

I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead

"I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren."Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."

"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her. "But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this." "Carolyn," I said sternly, "Please turn around."

"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, " Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.

That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world ."It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had though t of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?" Use the Daffodil Principle.

Stop waiting....

Until your car or home is paid off

Until you get a new car or home

Until your kids leave the house

Until you go back to school

Until you finish school

Until you clean the house

Until you organize the garage

Until you clean off your desk

Until you lose 10 lbs.

Until you gain 10 lbs.

Until you get married

Until you get a divorce

Until you have kids

Until the kids go to school

Until you retire Until summer

Until spring Until winter

Until fall Until you die...

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Monday, January 15, 2007

i am doing it!!!

ok... so day 15 of the new year and i am doing it!!! 15 down 350 to go!!!

today i worked out, read my scriptures and am putting away stuff!

i am listening to chris daughtry right now! i fell in love with him and his voice last year on american idol. (which the new season starts tomorrow, by the way!) he is incredibly talented and good looking to boot! kevin was the great husband he is and gave me this cd for christmas! i love it!

chris is a bit of a rocker, and i am a country music lover, but i am really really enjoying his cd.

you should check it out!

anyway.. i am feeling good about me, chris and life today and wanted to share... :0)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

New Year's Resolutions!

ok.. so i realize it is a little late to be chatting about new year's resolutions, but i wanted to post them and hold myself accountable for the one's that i have set this year.

i taught a lesson to the young women's group (age 12-18 for my church) on 12/30. it was about making goals and i thought it was very appropriate for the new year.

i have set 5 goals/resolutions for myself and i need everyone's help to accomplish them!

in years past i have set goals and quickly forgot what they were and why i set them. this year i vowed that it would be diffent! i will do it! all of them!

ok... here they are... my goals for 2007!

1. read the scriptures every day.

2. work out on a regular basis

3. work on my personal progress (this is a goal and values oriented program for the girls 12-18 in my church.) as a leader, i too, can participate

4. keep in better touch with my family and friends ie: blog, letters, emails, b'day cards etc.

5. get organized and keep it that way... my home and my personal life as well.

so there you have it! i am going to be a better person this year. i just know it!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Sam!!!

today is my little brother's birthday!
i sure love him!
sambob billybob sam has always loved animals! nice kitty!
this is one of my favorite pictures of sam! i can see the light in his eyes! what a handsome man he is! he is probally one of the funniest people i have ever met. he is always joking, dancing or just being silly! i love that. he and i are great friends and i really value our friendship!
this was taken last christmas, but i love it! my mom, sam and i! "we are a happy family!"
today is your day little brother! have fun! relax and read a good book!
happy 28th birthday!
you rock!
i love you... jen

Thursday, January 04, 2007

i hate being sick!!!

this week i have had a cold that has slowly taken over my life! i can't sleep, nothing sounds good to eat, my head hurts and i have been coughing a bit!


i have to work graveyard shifts for the next two nights! what am i going to do?!!?? i just woke up from a "NyQuil" sleep. and i am considering taking another dose to sleep some more... how else am i going to be able to stay up all night and work!!!

geez! i just wanted to share my frustration! thanks for listening/reading!


Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy 2007!

Happy New Year!