Friday, January 30, 2009

Dear Rude Customer I have occasionally,

Ok, I know the customer is always right, but I think good manners are always in order. So, just a few pointers:
  • When you're greeted by a sales clerk, you know, they say "Hi, how are you?" It's ok, really, to smile and say "Hi" right back. Just looking at them with a blank expression on your face? Not so polite.
  • When that same clerk asks you "How did you enjoy the exhibit?"--saying "No thanks, I'm just looking" isn't really an appropriate response.

--Just saying, that's all.

Help a sister out! (Tammy, did you use that title already-like last week?)

My friend G, over at Back and Then has got this big test coming up on February 2nd. If she passes, it would be so awesome. It would greatly help to improve life for her and her sister.
Read a little from this post here.

So, since this is so important to her, I want to do what I can to help. The thing is she lives in France, so it's hard for me to go help her study for the test, or supply her with the answers on the big day. LOL

But, I figure, since she's going to be fasting about it this Sunday, then I can too.
What I'm wondering is, would any of you be kind enough to add her to your prayers this week? If you feel like adding her to your fast on Sunday, that would be way awesome, and I know she'd really appreciate it too.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I can't even think of a cute title, I'm that unmotivated

So, I'm so lazy these days. I just can't find the motivation to get anything done. I kid you not. I wake up at 7:30 or 7:40, get the girls out the door and off to school then bring the boys back home, and that's about it. I usually get a load or two of laundry done. Yesterday I did get the floor vacuumed for the first time in about a week and a half I think.

But that's pretty much the extent of my productivity. My house is just piling up. And I can't find the energy or enthusiasm to do anything about it. Is it just because it's winter do you think?

I'm not even doing a good job of catching up with my blog reading. I'll sit down to the computer and check a couple blogs, leave a few comments, and then it's off to the next little bit of nonsense to not get done. I tell myself that as soon as the boys go down for their nap,then I'm going to get a lot done, but it just doesn't happen. I'll get my shower in, and then--nada. A snack, computer for a few minutes, and then--they're awake and I didn't get a ding dang dong thing done.
Could somebody please send me some sort of something to take care of this little problem? Oh, I think that's called meth, and it's illegal in all 50 states. Oh well.
On a brighter note, isn't this little guy adorable?
My sweet friend PM made him for me and sent him to me for a birthday present. I keep calling it a him, but I think I'm going to name him Penelope.

He makes me smile everytime I look at him ...'er... her.

Hey, thanks for all the awesome comments on yesterday's post. I enjoyed reading every single one of them. I didn't realize that Dtv touched off a nerve in so many other people too. LOL

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Strange Thoughts I sometimes have

OK, call me strange. I'll admit to that. I sometimes have really wacko thoughts about things. So, I thought I'd start a new category/label whatever you want to call it, where I can journal some of my odd thoughts.
So, here's the one I had today:

What if this switch to DTV that is supposed to occur by February of this year, which has now apparently been postponed til later in the year is like the mark of the beast?
It just seems strange to me that some wierd digital box hook up thing has to be regulated by the government. That there is this big deal over it. Why is this switch to dtv even necessary? I know I'm pretty uninformed about lots of things Maybe someone can explain it.

You see how the media is getting more and more liberal everyday--is this some subtle, obscure way to make sure we're all tuned in to them so we can be slowly brainwashed?

So, what do you think. Am I totally nuts or what?
Just today's strange thought, brought to you by....

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lucky You!!

Heather has a really fun sort of giveaway/tag going on. So, I'm playing along. Check it out!

Lucky you!

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done this year. {might be a little while}
4. You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story. It may be poetry or an article on properly cleaning your face before a masque. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me!
*Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!*

Monday, January 26, 2009

In loving memory

We lost a dear sweet brother in our ward yesterday.
Brother Coleman was our Home Teacher, and he also blessed Justin for us.
Such a wonderful, wonderful man.
We will miss you Al.

Too funny not to share....

Over the past few months, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunately, my wife is like most women - she loved to browse.
Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Wal-Mart:
Dear Mrs.WALSH ,
Over the past several months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. WALSH are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.
1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they weren't looking.
2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.
4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away.'
5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.
6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.
8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'
9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ' Mission Impossible' theme.
12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.
13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through yelled, 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'
14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed, 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'
And last, but not least...
15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here!'

Sunday, January 25, 2009

matters of the heart

I saw this on another Mikki's blog, and had to share it with you.
I love this.

There are some very important issues at stake right now in the pro-life and pro-choice movements. There's a bill, "The Freedom of Choice Act" that President Obama has promised to pass that will greatly affect the lives of thousands, if not millions of unborn babies.
If you are pro-life, then please go to this site,, and sign the petition to President Obama. And then, please pray that he might have a change of heart.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

You are my sunshine.....

Tigger is spreading a little sunshine.....
Go check out her blog quick, and enter her giveaway, you only have til the 25th!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

You paid how much for that trash can????????

Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!! Saw this on the Today Show this morning.
What is wrong with these guys?

$1.22 million to revamp office
When John Thain became Merrill Lynch’s CEO in early 2008, he hired Michael S. Smith Design to revamp his office suite, spending approximately $1.22 million according to documents.
The following is a list of the items in his suite:
— Area Rug: $87,784
— Mahogany Pedestal Table: $25,713
— 19th Century Credenza: $68,179
— Pendant Light Furniture: $19,751
— 4 Pairs of Curtains: $28,091
— Pair of Guest Chairs: $87,784
— George IV Chair: $18,468
— 6 Wall Sconces: $2,741
— Parchment Waste Can: $1,405
— Roman Shade Fabric: $10,967
— Roman Shades: $7,315
— Coffee Table: $5,852
— Commode on Legs: $35,115

Geez! Is it any wonder the economy is in the tank?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

3 to the 7

I think I might be gearing up for a mid-life crisis.
Turning 30 didn't bug me in the least. It was just another birthday for me, but turning 37 is kind of freaking me out. I'm now 3 years away from the big 4-0! Isn't that the age when you get the "over the hill" birthday party with all the black balloons and stuff? I can remember back in like 1984, thinking to myself that in the year 2000, I'd be 28, and man that was old!!
Now please forgive me if I've offended anyone reading my blog over the age of 40, I surely don't mean to. I think you're all awesome, and much younger at heart than me.
I think my problem is that I feel old.
My hubby got me this fun BrainAge game for the Nintendo DS that I wanted, it's supposed to help exercise your brain. Man-oh-man!!! After the inital test on that puppy, it say's I have the brain age of an 80 year old!!!!!!!!!!!!
I believe it too, my brain has completely gone flabby. Seriously, my mom remembers things better than I do.
And don't even get me started on the aches and pains I'm already feeling.
I think today is going to actually mark my New Year, and I'm making some new resolutions.
I'm going to play that BrainAge game until it tells me I've got the brain age of a thirty year old. It tells you the ideal brain age is twenty, but I'm not too sure about that. I was a total nincompoop at the age of twenty. Thirty gives you a little life experience under your belt.
And I'm going to get my big ol' behind out of bed a half hour earlier five days a week, and get a little e.x.e.r.c.i.s.e. . And, I'm going to make better food choices. I'm going to whip this tired and worn out body back into the proper shape for a young, vibrant, 37 year old mother of four still young kids. So there mid life crisis! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

Ok, sorry. I may be losing a few more of the few marbles I have left.

A big shout-out to sweet Shauna, she sent me some sweet mail for my birthday. Sweet, sweet, sweet lady. Please go give her some love for me. She can use a few extra hugs right now.

I've had a wonderful week. Had my mom and mother in law in town over the weekend. It was great to have them here. My mom gave me five fabulous crafting/decorating books. Loving them. Jon's mom gave me moola for a pedicure. Can't wait!! And my sweet Ashley made me some cute, cute, cute beaded jewelry. I need to take a picture.

Anywho, hope you all have a great Thursday.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Oh. My. Gosh!!!! (Wordful Wednesday)

So, I was looking through pictures the other day for Haley's birthday post. (I began my sentence with "so" again, did you notice?) I came across this lovely picture of myself at the apex of my pregnancy with the boys. All I can say is......
Whoa baby!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Birthday HaleyBop!!

Happy Birthday to my HaleyBop!!! Haley, haley, haley bop! Haley Bop!

Haley is one of the most stubborn, hard headed people I know. She knows what she wants, and if she doesn't get it, believe me--you hear about it. Well, actually, the whole block will hear about it, she's that loud!

Haley was my hardest childbirth. Back labor--no fun let me tell you. Thank goodness for drugs! But, she was worth all the pain.

She can also be one of the sweetest people too. She is so loving with her little brothers--a little rough sometimes, but she surely loves them. Not a night goes by that she doesn't insist upon goodnight kisses and hugs from them.

She's scared of the garage, and the laundry room, and loud noises. As my hubby likes to say, she's a girly tomboy. She's really very tender hearted. It doesn't take much to offend her. It also doesn't take much to make her feel better either. A simple apology and a hug will usually do the job.

She will NOT wear pink, or any girly clothing styles. She loves Spiderman, Ben 10, Cars, video games, and likes Barbie dolls. But, she'll only play with her sisters Barbies, she doesn't want any of her own.

Haley gives awesome hugs. She has to sit by me whenever I'm sitting somewhere. Doesn't matter that noone else ever gets to sit by mommy, Haley always has dibs on that spot.

I can't believe my Haley is already seven years old. Where has the time gone?

I love you my sweet Haley!! Hope you have a great Birthday!!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My First Blog Interview

Shimmy Mom took part in this fun little interview sort of tag, and now I get to play too.

Shimmy is awesome. She homeschools her kids, dances, and shimmy's through life. Her son is having surgery today on his hand, so keep him in your prayers ok?

So here are Shimmy's questions for me...
1. How was having TWINS after already having some kids one at a time?
--Well, the labor part was completely different since I had a c-section. I was scared about that, and it was quite an experience in and of itself. One I don't want to ever have again. Should I ever get prego again, (which will take a miracle by the way) I would prefer the old fashioned way. The other part, you know actually raising them, has been fun and crazy all at the same time. It's definitely a little more trying at times, especially at the beginning when you have double everything to deal with. I often had the thought that one would have been a breeze, and that way back when, when I actually only had one at a time, I was a wus. (sorry, I couldn't think of any other way to put it) But, really, that's not true. I don't think it matters if you have one or two, when one baby is crying and inconsolable, you're pulling your hair out regardless. Having two older children, I think has also been quite helpful. They're both always ready to play with or cuddle their little brothers. I think twins are just doable. I can't imagine doing more than that.

2. What is your greatest accomplishment?
--Gosh, this is one of those I just don't know the answer to. I'd say my family, but like Shimmy said, they're really not my accomplishment, and I think I have a long ways to go with them anyway. They're all wonderful and fabulous, but until I am able to return my kids to my Heavenly Father, my work is not close to being done. (And, I really need to do better with them).
I think perhaps, next month, when I go to the Temple, that will be my greatest accomplishment. This is something I've really never thought I would accomplish. For some reason, I've always thought myself unworthy of this goal. I think I still do a little bit. So, it gives me great joy to think that I might actually achieve this. (good grief! I'm crying now. )

3. Where would you go on your dream vacation? --I think a European vacation. I'd love to see Ireland, and Norway, Austria and Switzerland. Of course, I also really like to just go to the mountains and just be. My mother-in-law's ex girlfriend has a cabin up at Lake Arrowhead, and we've had the opportunity to go there a few times for a few days away. It was bliss. I'd do that in a heartbeat again.

4. Have you always lived in the state you live in now? If not where have you lived?
--Oh no. We really got around when I was growing up. My dad was in the Army, so it only seemed like we would live in one place for maybe three years at the most. Lets see, I was born in Colorado Springs, CO. , we moved from there to Germany, then North Carolina, to Utah for a short little bit, back to Germany and then back to Utah. We stayed in Utah for about six years then we moved to California. We lived there I guess for the longest period of time, about eleven years before I moved here to Vegas with my hubby.

5. What is your favorite hymn?
-- Gosh, I have a couple, and it's so hard to narrow it down to just one. I love "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief", and "If you Could Hie to Kolob", but I think my favorite is "I Stand All Amazed". It brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it.

OK, dou want to play along and get interviewed too?
Here's the directions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

There, that was fun (for me anyway--well, except the crying part).

Now, I'd better get off the computer and get my backside in gear. My mom and mother-in-law will be here in two days for a fun little visit. Yikes, my house is a wreck!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

how many ways can I cook ramen noodles anyway?

So, I have to leave for work at 2:30, Tuesday thru Saturday. This means that Jon and the kids are pretty much on their own for dinner. This means that, usually it's....



for dinner.

Now, not to discount the exceptional nutritional value of Ramen Noodles, or frozen dinners but; I really would like to do a little better by mi familia.

So, I'm thinking of maybe making Monday's my big cooking for the week day. Try to put together some pre-prepared meals for my family that Jon can maybe just pop in the oven and reheat, or just throw into a skillet, and ta-da'! Dinner.
So, (I begin most of my sentences with "So"--have ya' noticed?) I'm in need of some suggestions. Does anybody have any great freezer meal recipes, or just really simple, really quick meal recipes that I can try out? Oh yeah, it also needs to be something that a couple finicky kids would actually eat too. I know, that's really asking a lot, but I'm verging on desperation here.
Oh, and slow cooker recipes would work too.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Bluelight Special

So, we met at Kmart, where we both worked. It took him a while to work up the nerve to ask me out. That, and he was waiting for a paycheck.
Our first date lasted 12 hours!!!!! We did so much that day. He picked me Kmart and we went to Burger King for lunch, then to the mini putput. We played miniature golf, bumper boats, and race cars. After that, we took in a movie..."Unchained Heart" and we went bowling. We ended up with McDonalds if I remember right, at around 11:00 that night. I guess we just hit it off.

We went on more dates.....
We became "an item".....
He broke up with me.....
He got jealous when he saw me talking to other guys, and we made up.....

Finally, after a couple of years of dating, and yes, living together, he finally asked me to marry him. Wrote it in lipstick on the bathroom mirror, then waited for me to come home from work.

Of course, I said "yes".
Our wedding.
January 11th, 1997
At "The Chapel of the Fountain"
at Circus Circus
in Las Vegas
classy, no?
I laughed during our vows, at the part where the official asked if I would honor and "obey". We have it on video tape. I think I was just nervous. Then, when we were done, he asked me my last name. I said...."Mortensen". He looks at Jon, and said: "You need to teach her her name."
The rest, as they say, is history.

Happy Anniversary to my sweetie!
The one who still makes me smile and laugh.
The one who answers my phone calls with the phrase: "Yes, my love?"
The father of my beautiful children.
The one who always tells me I'm beautiful.
The one who thinks the same thoughts I do, at the same time.
My better half.
I love you!

Friday, January 9, 2009

I need something....

Such cute, little delightful boys....
One of these drawers is now broken, we can't get those darn door stoppers on these drawers, hence the tape.
They've mastered pulling the tape off the drawers though.
And they love the dishwasher too.
Doesn't matter if it's loaded or not, they like to play with the buttons and knobs, and turn it on. Or open the door and climb up on it. Heaven forbid it's loaded with breakables and sharp knives.
Hence the tape.

I've given some serious thought to trying a different use with the tape........





Image from
But, I'm sure someone would have to report me to CPS.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

random randomness

Ok, so Sher tagged me like, three weeks ago, so I'm finally getting around to it now.

I'm supposed to list sixteen random things about myself, and then tag sixteen people. So, here goes.....

  1. I love the new year. I don't know if it's because it's always in January, and that's my birth month and my anniversary month, or if it's just the sense of renewal that comes with it. Actually, I think it is the sense of renewal. I love the idea of a fresh start. This is when I do my "spring cleaning".

  2. I love the radio station Air 1. It's a great Christian music station. I listen to it right now more than any other music. It's what I tune in to on my way to work every day.

  3. So ya'all probably know my thing with In-n-out. But, I do like food from other places too. I love a good stromboli from Carmine's Italian Restaurant. MMmmmm, so good. I like them with pepperoni, olives, and onions.

  4. I also love the capastrami sandwich from Cappriotti's (not sure I spelled that right). Oh my goodness, to die for!! They do wonderful things with pastrami, coleslaw, provolone, and Thousand Island dressing, all heated up and served on a sub roll. Oh my goodness, I could go for one right now.

  5. OK, speaking of In-n-out, did you know they only take visa and mastercard, not american express? Of course, cash too. I didn't have cash on me last night, at 11:00, or my debit card. All I had was an American Express gift card, so it really stank, when I waited in the drive-thru for ten minutes, anticipating with great delight the burger I was about to consume--only to be foiled in my plans when the clerk said "sorry, we only take visa and mastercard"!! I can't even begin to tell how disappointed I was.

  6. My favorite all time movie is "It's a Wonderful Life". I can't believe I didn't even get to watch it this holiday season. Good thing I have it on dvd. I need to go put that in the player this week.

  7. I don't know what my "talent" is. I mean, I know there's a bunch of things I do ok with--crafting, sewing, yada, yada. But, I can't think of anything that I am "great" at.

  8. Boy, this is tougher than it should be.

  9. I want a sewing machine for my birthday. I wonder if that's a possibility, since I just got the digital camera. I'll have to make Jon's birthday present really good in order to swing this one.

  10. Haley's birthday is two days before mine, which means birthday party, which means there won't be any money left for my sewing machine. :o( Oh well. :o)

  11. I've done between two and three load of laundry every day this week, and there's probably still eight loads left. Does someone have entirely too many clothes or what?

  12. I've started writing something. Mostly on my lunch breaks at work, and in quiet moments at home (read, in the bathroom). Wondering if I'll actually finish this one.

  13. My Christmas village is still up, waiting for me to take it down. It's on the plant shelf, way up high in the living room. Everything else is down and put away, but I'm lacking the motivation for this one. Hope it's not still up for next Christmas.

  14. almost there, hmmm, I need to make a dentist appointment for everyone in the family. I personally haven't been to one for a very long time. Not looking forward to that.

  15. I've spent too much time on the computer already this morning. The house is getting messier by the moment. It's amazing how much destruction can be wrought by two little tiny people. (and of course, none of this mess could be mine!!)

  16. I may have uttered a swear word or two last night when I found out about the whole American Express thing at In n Out.

Whew, there you have it. Now, to tag some people. I'm not even sure sixteen people read my blog anymore, I've been so out of the loop. But, here goes: Shauna, Kristina P.(I know you love the tags), Laura, Nicole B., Lene, Merrianne, Shabby Princess, Amy J., Annjilla, Tammy, Dolly, Lisa Loo, Shimmy Mom, Jessica, Back and then, and Robin.

Ok, so blogger is messing with me right now, and it wouldn't save after I did all the linking. So, I'll try to link all those up later. Sorry. I've just got to get to that mountain of laundry.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Let them eat cake!

Kate over at "Our Red House" gave me this little award.
It's the "Marie Antoinette Keeping it Real Award". As Kate said on her blog, " I'm not quite sure of the history of this award, but it seems to be for someone who blogs, honestly, 'warts and all'."

Thanks Kate!! I guess showing off my severely lacking housekeeping skills is good for something after all. :oP
I guess I ought to award some people too.
I would have awarded sweet Merrianne, but she got rid of her blog yesterday! :o(
She is on Facebook though, so maybe I can give it to her anyway. (That's her facebook link if you click on her name).
I'm also awarding:
Honestly, I think all of ya'all are keeping it real, so feel free to award yourself with it if you'd like.
(Marie did have her head removed for serving cake though, or something like that-LOL
I think I need to go read "A Tale of Two Cities" again. )

Watch out for tomorrow's post. I have an old tag I need to take care of--sixteen random things about myself--yikes.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

things that make ya' go hmmmmm

How is it, that in two weeks with both hubby and my "big" girls home---I got absolutely nothing accomplished around my house? And yet, after one day with them all back to school and work, and only the two little monkeys around (who are by the way, not the least bit helpful at cleaning) I got more accomplished?

Exhibit A:

this table has looked like this, or worse for the better part of a month


Exhibit B:


Again, the kitchen island hasn't seen the light of day for a month, at least.


You know, I should probably just say to heck with all those other resolutions I made, and just make it my goal to keep these two surfaces clear, and looking like this for the whole year.
Somehow, I think that would be harder than all those other resolutions combined.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Well, I meant to post this yesterday, but life got in the way. LOL

Here is my long, long list of New Years Resolutions.

OK, I usually break them down into categories too, so here goes:


  • I want to lose 30 pounds this year. Short of that, I 'd like to at least make a better effort at eating better and getting more physical activity.

  • I want to tackle my scrapbooking. I can't tell you how much (many?) supplies I have, plus piles and piles of pictures I want to organize.


  • Draw closer to the Lord, through better personal prayer and scripture study.

  • Do better on my calling. I'm one of the VT Zone Leaders, and lately I haven't been making my monthly phone calls. Also, obviously I'm a VT, and that only got done once last year. I need to do much better at this.

  • Get my Patriarchal blessing. I just need to make the appointment and get it done.

  • THE TEMPLE---I've got my recommend, yay!! This actually should be a done deal in February. Mom should be ready by then, and my uncle and aunt want to come down and be a part of it, and that's when they can make it.

  • Keeping the Sabbath holy. I'll admit it, I break the Sabbath more often than I should. I know sometimes it can't be helped. But even when I'm good about not popping into the grocery store for something I feel like I need, I'm not good at keeping the Sabbath well. The tv is usually blaring, I'm yelling at the kids, or whatever. It's usually not very spiritually uplifting in my home on Sunday's. I'd like to really work on this.


  • FHE--I've done much better on this one in the past year, but I'm still falling short of having it every Monday night. So, I want to work more on this one.

  • Quality time. Now that I'm back to working full time, the time we have to spend together is more precious than ever. I need to make a conscious effort to put aside all the other stuff, and just focus on family on my days off.


  • Save money. Jon and I are the worst at this. But, we are hoping to go to the bank in the next few weeks and open two checking accounts. One for Christmas only, and the other for general savings. Then, we'll have the money automatically deposited from our checks each payday.

  • Stop using my credit card. I'm so bad on this one. I'd really like to pay it off, but usually I just charge up whatever available credit there is on it (and there ain't much to begin with). So, I think I'm going to duct tape it up and freeze it or something so I can't use it. Jon's too (he's as a bad as me on this one), I'll hide them both somewhere and hopefully forget about them.


  • Food storage. I have a long way to go on this one. I'd like to at least get our 3 month supply taken care of over the next couple of months.

  • Organization. Oh my gosh. My house is such a disaster. I know, I have a good excuse, but sometimes I think I rely upon that excuse a little too much. I'm going to try and set up some weekly routines for myself, and hopefully that will help me get back into the groove.

  • Ok, here's my home wish list, I'd like tile in the kitchen and dining room and new carpet in the living room and hallway. Don't think this'll happen this year, but it would be nice. I'd also like to get the back yard done. At least some grass planted and maybe some kind of patio put in. Again, probably not gonna' happen this year, but maybe I can start taking some baby steps towards this one. We are going to re-paint the interior this year. Got to get the orange terra-cotta color off the dining room, living room and kitchen walls. We're thinking taupe, or beige--whatever you want to call it. I like the terra-cotta color we've got, but sometimes it's just too much. We are going to paint the kids/guest bath a light blue or aqua, the laundry room I still need to decide on, my room-I'm thinking a buttery color and probably the same in my bathroom.

I think that's it for now. It's way more than I'll accomplish this year, but it gives me something to aim for right?

OK, now completely off topic.

Look what I got.

Mynew digital camera. Thanks Honey!!!

It's either a late Christmas present or an early birthday present. I like to think of it as a late Christmas present.....That way, I can still get more birthday presents!!!

I'm looking forward to learning all about it.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Well, hopefully, we got our little bug fixed. Who knows though. I'm a little leery of doing anything on the computer right now. But, you can't live in fear right?
Jon re-booted the whole computer, so we lost all the emails in the inbox that I hadn't gotten around to reading yet. I'm actually not too disappointed about that, mostly it was junkmail. It also wiped out pretty much everything we store on the computer. So glad I had him save all the pictures to disc before-hand. I also had him print out all the email addresses first too.
During our little crisis, Jon suggested that we just get rid of the internet for the year, and save a few bucks. I can't even begin to tell you how much that idea distressed me. What about my blog? What about all my blogging buddies? No way!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, I am very hopeful this fix sticks. Cause if things go nutty again, I'm pretty sure he'll take his bb gun to the computer, or his dad's .22 .

So, with any luck, I'll be on later today, posting all my New Years resolutions. There's a lot of them, let me tell you. I really need to narrow my list down to something more manageable.

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start!!