Tuesday, April 29, 2008

At&t Giveth and At&t Taketh away

As some of you know, I have had my eye on the Sony Ericksson W580i cell phone from At&t. I fell in love with this little phone months ago but, alas, we could not afford it, even at its sale price of $50. But I knew that soon we would be able to afford it, so I did not give up hope. And like clock-work, we received our first tax return! After ok-ing with Nik that, yes, I really could buy the new phone. I headed down to the Spring store nearest me and walked right up to the place where the display was last time....and it was gone! No more phone! Not that easily deterred, I started looking around and found that the phone was not on sale anymore. The cheapest I could get it for was $129! Now, as reasonable as that may be for a phone, it is not reasonable for me. I was heartbroken. I would never get my phone now!

Feeling slightly hopeless, I decided to check online to see if there were any deals worth looking at. Surprisingly, no one was selling anything of worth in the classifieds, but I did find something on the At&t website. A refurbished Sony Ericksson W580i, black, for $19.99. Sweet! I followed all procedures and ordered it over the phone. Total: $21.57. SWEET! Screw Spring!

My brand new, used phone arrived yesterday afternoon to much excitement. As I was on my way to work, I couldn't look at it till after dinner. It is so cool! But I had to activate it before I could really do anything. So I followed the directions on the booklet on how to do it over the Internet. To no avail. Being very anxious to use my phone, I just called the 800 number. After a 20 minute conversation with a nice lady named Monique, we figured out that some how the SIM cards got mixed up and one had been shut off, but it was the wrong one, so my new phone won't work. I will find out tonight if I have to send it back or if there is anything I can do on my end. Oh well. I will have my new phone soon.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Way Behind

So all this stuff with Jeff has got me behind on my posting. Also, our website is down for a while, so I don't have a place to put up my pictures, so that makes it hard to post at work, which is where I usually post. But I am going to attempt to post, with out pictures.

St. George

The weekend of the 12th we went down to St. George to celebrate my mom's 50th bithday. It was a great weekend and a great party. So many family members came! It was really great. It was good for me to see how many actually came because I was the one planning it and it was a devil of a thing to plan. I am just glad that we weren't keeping it a secret from mom. We had the shindig at a great park that had a great play ground for the kids. And Nik.

Sunday we took a trip to Zion National Park to see the sights. Nik planned to do some out door painting and I was hankering for some picture taking. We drove around for a while and went on a "short" hike to an Outlook. It was a really great hike and not too strenuous. We drove a little more and found a place for Nik to paint and for us to eat lunch. After eating Dad and I took a "walk" to take some pictures. It was a beautiful place to talke pictures too. I was trying to get the hang of depth of field on my new camera, and some of them worked out. I got some good ones anyway. I will tell you though, I paid for that "walk" the next day. I could hardly move. I walked like I was pregnant because my legs would move properly. And the dive home the next day was a plesant experience, I tell you what.

Speaking of the drive home, Nik and I stopped in Beaver for dinner and gas, and just as we were getting in the car to get back on the road a guy from the tire store on attached to the gas station knocked on our window and pointed out that my back tires were on the verge of blowing. We agreed to let him put the car on up to take a better look (trust me, I was warry too. I didn't want to get scammed, but I also didn't want a blow out. My spare would not get us back to Salt Lake) and he showed us where the tires were worn down to the buffer. It was a little scary. We had just had the tires rotated, so the wear that was showing on the insides of the back tires was created on the outside on the front. Fearing that we would not make it back to SLC on these tires we deliberated and decided that I would need new tires soon anyway, and that we might as well get them here, and not risk getting stranded on I-15. I was still a little wary, but we went a head and did it.

The funny thing is, we had been complaining that my car would shake vilolently when we approached 82mph (not that we would EVER go over the 75mph speed limit). And as soon as we were back on the road with the new tires, nothing. No shaking, no matter how fast I was going. Yay! Nik commented that even though we forgot to say a prayer before we left St. George, we did pray that we would arrive at our destinations in safety before we left home. Maybe this was the only way we would make it safely. The car runs great now!



Yesterday Nik and I both had the day off and decided to make the most of it. Besides going to Costco, and having family night with Noah, we finally hung our curtains in the bedroom! I mean, Nik hung the curtains in the bedroom. I watched. Then took a nap. Its hard work watching someone do something that manly. They look amazing! I am been wanting curtains in the bedroom to help block the light in the morning. While it is easier to wake up when it is light outside, and I usually have to get up around 7 am, I don't ALWAYS have to, and its those days I curse the heavens for it getting lighter earlier. And I look back on fond memories of the sun making its way into our eyes at 5 in the morning during the summer, and I wanted to nip that in the bud before it nipped me. I win! Great, great curtains.


Short Movie Review

In the last couple weeks Nik and I have seen a couple movies. The first was "21". The story of the MIT card counters. I loved this movie. I will admit that it was a little slow in places, but I loved the cinamatography and the characters. Especailly Jim Sturgess, who played the main character. You may remember him in such films as "Across the Universe" (if you don't remember him in that movie, you need to see that movie) and, well, that is probably it. Oh! Wait, it says he was in "The Other Boleyn Girl", but I didn't see that one. He's cute. Very cute. Kevin Spacey was in it too and he was amazing. But he can really do no wrong in my eyes. I love Kevin Spacey. If you are not familiar with the story of the MIT card counters, it is worth a look into. It is a good story made better when you know it is true. I have seen many a documentary about these kids, and the theatrical version is a good second. I give it a B.

The second movie we saw just last night, "Juno". Now this movie I LOVED!! It was a little weird, it had a strange sense of humor, but I love strange humor. We heard a lot about the sucky sound track, but I actually liked it. I think I liked it because it added to the just-offness of the story. For those of you who do not know this movie, it is about a 16 year old girl (Ellen Page, or Kitty Pride from X-Men 3) who gets pregnant and decides to adopt out the baby. The story evolves as her Dad and Step-Mom, Best girl-friend, best guy-friend (also the father), and the adoptive parents-to-be become involved in her and her pregnancy. It has a good ending. I give it an A-. I want to see it again just for all the great lines. I think a couple of my favorites are: "I think this is the most awesome discarded living room set I have ever seen." and "Thats right, doctors are sadists that like to watch the lesser people scream." If I got that last one wrong Lou, please correct it. It was a great line!

Ok, thats all for now. Sorry it was so long!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Quick Update

Some of you may remember that Jeff has been sick. Well, there is more. But first, here is how it started. He may not be happy with me for tell you all this stuff, but oh well, he's sick, what's he going to do about it?

A week ago Sunday Jeff started to get sick. Stomach flu. Yuk. He was really sick Monday and Tuesday and on Tuesday mom took him to the Doctor (I hope that date is right) and the Doc confirmed, its the Flu, but its a really bad strain and he will be sick for a while.

He was still sick Wednesday, but mostly from intense pain. Mom and Dad started checking for rebound pain and home and Jeff said there was none. He was filling better enough on Friday to come down to St. George with us for the celebration, but didn't do much else. He missed out on Zion, and breakfast with Grandma Dumas, but he did come to the movie. He spent most of the weekend in Grandma Mitchell's recliner.

We all came home on Monday and he seemed at least as good as he had been all weekend, but mom said she would get him another appointment for Tuesday.

He woke up early Tuesday morning sick again, he couldn't even keep water down. This was worrying, so mom took him to Granger Medical and they suggested Primary Children's. So up they headed.

Late afternoon yesterday they did and CT Scan that revealed a burst appendix and a bowl obstruction, and something else, but I can't remember what it was. He was put on the schedual for the next available surgery time that night. Around 7:00pm.

As of last night at 11:00pm-ish Jeff had successfully come out of an appendectomy surgery.

As of this afternoon, he was running a fever that they can not get down, and he still can't eat or drink anything till he body gets up and running again. But he want's to play his DS. So Nik and I will be bringing him our charger, so he can at least have some fun while he is stuck in bed. They had him walking around a couple times today, he didn't like that much. They think he could be in the hospital for about a week.

Ok, there it is. If anyone has any other questions, or would like to go see him in his invalid state, feel free to give myself or my mother a call. Please keep him in your prayers.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Poll Results

This was a close one. It looks like most people would rather be golfing or reading a good book. Maybe at the same time. Personally, I am not a big golf fan, but I know quite a few people who like the sport, so I guess that is a reasonable use of time. I like the reading a book idea, but if I really had to choose, I would rather be shopping. But I want to have the money to support the habit. Which I don't right now. Oh well.

Thanks for participating in the poll, and stay tuned, Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


5 years ago I was ... getting ready to graduate high school, killing time after the AP tests, hanging out with my friends all the time, Working at Bath and Body Works, registering for SLCC.

5 months ago I was ... Helping Lou get her house in order for the baby, doing minor Christmas shopping, struggling with being out of a job, spending too much time at my moms house, helping Nik register for school.

5 hours ago I was ... sleeping, yep, that's about it.

5 minutes ago I was ... helping members, calling the Call Center, counting cash, thinking about the girl scout cookies I am going to order, talking to a friend at work about the GS cookies.

5 things on my 'to do' list today: lots of laundry (I probably have 5 loads to do), Taxes, maybe shopping, turn in Nik's paintings to the Art show at school, order the GS cookies.

5 recent pieces of mail I've received: Haven't checked the mail in days....GQ magazine (for me), Entertainment Weekly (for me), Coupons, Bank statements, credit card offers.

5 things I would do if I became a billionaire: Buy a house, a new car (maybe three), pay off parents house (maybe by a new one), same for Grandparents, donate a bunch.

5 of my bad habits: popping zits (I know, you wanted to know that), chipping off my finger nail polish, never doing the dishes, never putting clean laundry away, vacuuming.

5 good memories: Any time at Grandma Great's house, when we went to Disney Land (Splash Mountain to be specific), my 21st Birthday party, my wedding in the Temple, any time I get to hold the baby!

5 films I watch over and over again: The American President (I watched it last night..."Good, cause if that was an 'undecided', we need to work on our people skills"), She's The Man, Batman Forever, Any Harry Potter movie, Gilmore Girls (isn't a movie, but I watch it all the time).

5 places I've lived: Only 5? Oak Harbor WA, LaVerkin, U of U Student Housing, Em's Basement, current semi-trash appartment

5 songs I love: Hum Halleluiah (Fall Out Boy), Love Song (Sarah Berellis), There's a Good Reason These Tables are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Figured it Out Yet (Panic! At The Disco), Love Today (Mika), Push (Matchbox 20).

5 jobs I've had: Jr. Zoo Keeper, Checker/bagger, fake receptionist, real receptionist, barista in training (and now teller)

5 things most people don't know about me: I can't whistle, I love to do the laundry, I love the smell of foam (like Nerf foam), etc.

5 things in my virtual shopping bags: Black MacBook Pro with green carrying case, pink Sony Erickson slide phone (soon to be a reality), new 400+ thread count sheets that won't rip when we adjust them, Matching front-load washer and dryer, Spring work wardrobe from Kohls.

5 books I love to death: Midnight in the Garden Of Good And Evil, Angels and Demons, The "Full" series, The "Gem" series, The Nanny Diaries.

5 things that are out of place around my house: Everything is out of place! I haven't cleaned in weeks!

5 films I want to see: The New Batman, Wall E, Mrs Pettigrew, Kung Fu Panda, Indianna Jones.

5 things I love to eat: Ice cream, smothered flank steak, mac and cheese, cold cereal, pop corn.

5 destinations I'm dying to see: Europe, Oak Harbor, New York, Greece, Chile

5 scents I love: Nik, my bed, my Grandparent's house, my Grandpa's roses, clean clothes

5 people (who are not blood relations or in-laws) who have had a positive impact on my life: Talina, Ben, Mrs. Kelsey, Hal, Bishop Loertscher