Friday, October 31, 2008

And the rain came tumbling down...

Yesterday they layed off 30 people where Adam works. That's about 40 percent of the company.
Today they cut everybody's hours. No one can get more than 32 hours a week.
And if things don't pick up there will be another round of lay offs in a couple of months.
If things still don't pick up they might cut benefits.

We put in an offer on a little fixer-upper house yesterday. Now I don't know if we'll still be able to afford it. Especially because we'll have to put some new flooring in at least a couple of rooms before we move in. Ideally we would like to replace most of the flooring in the house, since it's a foreclosure and it's pretty hammered. But it's not looking ike we'll be able to afford that. luckily even if they accept our offer we still have ten days to back out. So we will have to do some major praying and budgeting to see if buying a house is still even possible. Adam is talking about looking for a part time job, but I would hate that. When would I see him if he was working two jobs? ugh.
Wish us luck, everybody.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

aimless cogitation

Item the first:
NaNoWriMo starts in approximately three days! I'm very excited. If you've never heard of NaNoWriMo here's the quick and dirty explanation: A bunch of crazy people get together and support each other in trying to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Yes, we're all insane. Or will be by the end of the November. I've attempted NaNo noveling twice in the past, and I've never hit the 50,000 word mark. But third time is the charm. I have a word count widget over to the right. I'm supposed to write 1667 words per day in order to stay on track.

Numero dos:
House hunting sucks. I mean it really, really, really, really sucks.

Item number C:
Ashlie and I have started an online book club! You should join, if you haven't already. It's going to be fun. the book club blog is located at
I know, it's a long web address. But all of the short and clever ones were taken.

Also: I have a clogged milk duct and I've been feverish and achy the last couple of days. I'm afraid that this will turn into mastitis. Crappy.

Ramble Ramble: Adam was told that lay offs were going to happen at his job today. Does that sentence even make sense? I can't even tell. My brain is buzzing.
He said he felt sick to his stomach when he went to bed last night. He's not in the running for this round of lay offs, since he's in a leadership position, but he's losing three members of his team. And who knows who will be next if there's another round of lay offs later. I'm worried that the company is failing. Plus, the owner was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, and I don't know whether the company can stay on its feet if he's gone. I'm not sure what we'd do if Adam lost his job, there is nowhere in St. George that would pay him what he's making now. I mean, I'm sure we would cope, I would have to find a night job and we'd cut back on a lot of things, but... does that mean we should stop looking for a house? Sucky, sucky. And I love being a stay at home mom. I would hate to lose that. I guess we could always move to Fillmore and live in his parent's basement and he could work at the mushroom plant or the cheese factory. Yay.

lastly: the 'l' key on my computer is broken, and I have to copy-paste every 'l' that I type. It's getting really irritating.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I was tagged by Ashlie and have to answer the following questions using only one word:

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Where is your significant other? work
3. Your hair color? varies
4. Your mother? busy

5. Your father? tired
6. Your favorite thing? kids
7. Your dream last night? psychedelic

8. Your dream/goal? happiness
9. The room you're in? cluttered
10. Your hobby? art
11. Your fear? needles
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
13. Where were you last night? couch
14. What you're not? energized
15. One of your wish list items? house
16. Where you grew up?
17. The last thing you did? shower

18. What you are wearing? clothes
19. Your TV? cartoons
20. Your pet? fish
21. Your computer? on

22. Your mood? blah
23. Missing someone? Hubby
24. Your car? Dirty

25. Something you're not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Robert's
27. Your summer? short

28. Love someone? many
29. Your favorite color? b
30. Last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? yesterday

I'm supposed to tag 7 other peop
le... but I don't know 7 people that will do it. So. If you read this and you're interested, go ahead.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I just wanted to give my blog a new look for the week leading up to Halloween, but it turned out to be a big pain in the butt to change things. Now I have to re-add all of my widgets. Crappy. Oh well. Happy Halloween, everybody.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My day so far:

"Don't lick your brother."

"Get your foot out of your mouth!"

"Ryker is not a pillow."

"You're not supposed to eat paper."

"If you and Shadow Sienna don't stop fighting you're both going to go sit in time out!" ( ...I never thought I'd have to discipline an imaginary friend.)

Wow. Today is going to be so great.

Monday, October 20, 2008

I should really be folding the laundry...

Well first off here's a cute tag that I stole from Heather:

Hubby Tag

1. Where did you meet your husband? In my home ward. We were literally shoved together by his sister-in-law, Dusty.
2. How long did you date before you married? one year.
3. How long have you been married? Four years
4. What does he do that surprises you? Changes diapers and scrubs toilets.
5. What is your favorite feature on him? Pretty blue eyes
6. What is your favorite quality he has? Kindhearted and genuine
7. Does he have a nickname for you? Babe
8. What is his favorite food? Mashed potatoes
9. What is his favorite sport? Soccer (or 'Footie' as he calls it)
10. When and where was your first kiss? In the parking lot of the singles ward where I went to visit him. (Tiff, remember when I made you go with me so I wouldn't feel so stupid?)
11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Relax together after the kids are asleep
12. Do you have any children? 1 boy and 1 girl
13. Does he have any hidden talents? He's very good at building things
14. How old is he? 27
15. Who said I love you first? He did, it was so adorable
16. What is his favorite music? Alternative rock.
17. What do you admire most about him? His sincerity
18. What is his favorite color? blue
19. Will he read this? Probably not
20. Who do you tag? Whoever reads this

And then a short update:
Ryker's b
lessing was on Oct. 12th and we had a lot of family and friends come to visit. It was great to see everybody!The luncheon went well, we had tons of food. Ryker just barely fit in his little tux. He's 2 months old now and weighs about 13 lbs. What a little chunk! I hope he slows down soon, he's getting really heavy!

We forgot about taking family pictures until almost everyone was gone, so we only got pictures with one set of grandparents. And, as usual, we can't seem to take a picture where everyone is looking at the camera at the same time:

Also, some of you may have heard that my great grandfather went in to surgery on the 12th. We were afraid he might not make it through the surgery, but he seems to be doing well and is up walking around now. I know that great grandma and grandpa are very old and tired, but I can't help hoping that Ryker and Anicka have a chance to know their great great grandparents.

...anyway. That's all for now, because I really should be folding laundry.

Ciao, everybody.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


well, I've been tagged. So here goes:

8 TV shows that I love to watch:

1. Prison Break
2. The Office
3. Gi
lmore Girls
4. Scrubs
So you Think you can Dance
6. That 70's Show
7. Nightly News with Brian Williams
8. Friends reruns

8 Favorite Restaurants:

1. Iggy's
2. Basi
3. Applebee's
4. Jimmy John's
5. The Go
lden Spoon (not really a restaurant, it's a frozen yogurt place)
6. Bajio
7. The Bumb
leberry Inn (just for the pies!)
8. Blue Sky

8 Things that Happened Yesterday:

1. Adam stayed home from work
2. I had a rea
lly good day
3. We ate at Durango's with Dusty's family
4. I washed dishes
5. I p
layed 'kitties' with Anicka
6. I started a new book
7. I p
layed a word game on Facebook
8. Anicka slept in

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to:

1. NaNoWriMo
2. The weekend
3. Making Ha
lloween decorations
4. Finding costumes for Halloween
5. Halloween!
6. Thanksgiving!
7. Christmas!
meeting my weight loss goal

8 Things On My Wish List:

1. a house
2. more patience
3. a babysitter that
lives closer to us
4. a raise for Adam
5. an end to this economic crisis
6. more time
7. a rea
lly great plot for NaNoWriMo
8. more sleep

8 People I Tag:
I... don't have eight peop
le to tag. So if you happen to read this and want to do it, go ahead.

Annnd, hopefu
lly I'll have time to write a real entry tomorrow!

Friday, October 10, 2008


So Ryker's blessing is this Sunday, and I'm just a little bit stressed. Why? I don't know. I've got everything planned, I've given everyone food assignments for the potluck lunch, we've purchased all of the deli meat and cheese... I'm pretty sure I've got everything covered. All that's left for me to do is make some rice krispie treats and a pasta salad. Easy, easy. So why do I have to drive myself crazy worrying about everything? I hope Ryker's blessing tux fits. I hope there isn't another gathering at the park that afternoon. I hope everyone gets along. I hope Ryker isn't fussy during sacrament meeting. I hope everyone brings what I've asked them to bring. I hope we have enough food. Seriously! Every time there's an event like this my stomach ties itself in knots because I'm so worried about stupid, stupid things. Ugh.

Other things I plan to do this weekend:
-Clean my apartment
-Give Adam a haircut
-Give Anicka a haircut
-Get a haircut
-Dye my hair
-Watch Moulin Rouge with Crystal and Evie
-Go to Kaycee and Sienna's party
- Go on a date (sans kids) with my husband

And, on a totally unrelated note: Anicka has an imaginary friend. It kind of weirds me out. Her friend is named Shadow Sienna. She only calls her 'Shadow Sienna' for my benefit, though, because I get confused sometimes wondering whether she's talking about her imaginary friend or her aunt.
When we were going to the store the other day:
"Is Sienna coming with us, momma?"
"No, Sienna is at home, sweetie."
"No, mom. Not Sienna. Shadow Sienna."
Anicka is constantly chatting with Shadow Sienna. Sometimes she even does Sienna's part of the conversation out loud as well, in a high, soft imaginary-friend- voice. She asks for extra candy so that Sienna can have one ("sorry, but you and Sienna will just have to share"), she berates me for sitting on top of Sienna, she gets indignant when I don't seem to realize that Sienna is trying to have a conversation with me, annnd she's started to blame things on her little friend, too. "I didn't color on your papers, Sienna did it!"
Wow. I mean really, wow.
It's actually pretty funny.