Friday, November 28, 2008
Even though life has thrown a lot of twists and turns my way I feel that I need to express my gratitude, since it is Thanksgiving and all. I am so grateful for my family, I don't even have words to express my love for each one of them. I miss seeing them so very much. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I'm so very grateful for the friends I have made down here thus far, cause there are some in particular that have been such a blessing in my life. I'm grateful for the whole Evans family that have helped me feel like I do have family close by, it has helped me so much. I'm grateful for all my friends and I look at their pictures everyday (along with those of my family) and look at the smiles and our faces, and how happiness just radiates from those pictures and savor so many fond and wonderful memories. When life gets rough, I look at how happy I look in those pictures and know it's in me to get through. I have great friends and I love them dearly. I am so very blessed for the gospel in my life. Words cannot express how I feel about the gospel and my Savior and Heavenly Father. Ya know when you just have those days when it seems like everything is crumbling around you....well, since being down here it has seemed to be a more regular theme in my life. Yesterday was one of those glorious days and so I went and read my mission journal, and some talks from the church website and ensign. In my mission journal one of my dear investigators wrote and bore one of the most beautiful testimonies I have ever read and it just reminded me how amazing this gospel is, not just for me, but for so many others. When she wrote it she hadn't even been baptized yet but had felt so much allready that she knew it was true and had an amazing testimony. I read about specific days when it was so hard to serve and have faith to continue on but as I would read on I would see just how much the Savior was helping me out day by day. I'm so grateful for so many of my experiences that I have gone through, it has made me who I am, and is continuing to mold and shape me, which turns out to be a pretty painful experience at times. The Atonement is what I am most grateful for in my life, for the fact that without it I don't know where I would be, or what I would be doing. I have purpose and meaning in my life and I know the church is true and has blessed my life and changed me forever. I think I am very ungrateful at times and just felt that I needed to express my gratitude outloud for some of these specific things since Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, which I really need to be more often. This last sunday it was obviously the main theme and I really knew I needed to be better at it(oh and PS I finally got a calling in my ward, Relief Society teacher, little bit of a change from teaching primary, but I still plan on using lots of candy =-)! I really do have so many amazing and wonderful blessings in my life and I know I need to be more grateful for them, not just on good ol' Turkey Day! I know I could go on and express so many things I'm grateful for, but this post is allready getting a little on the rambling side so I will end it here. I love you all so much and am grateful for you all. I'm so grateful for this time of year and the reminders it brings into my life of how many blessing I've been given. Know I think fo somany of you so often and am grateful for the part you play in my life. I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner. I hope to see as many of you as possible when I finally get to go home in a couple weeks, but until then I will try to post some pictures and keep you updated. Nursing school is a little boring to keep you updated on but I did score a 93% on my last test, so things are going good, just busy!! Well, love you all!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
P.S. Those sunglasses I'm wearing are from my mission and are totally broken and hanging on their last legs so I broke down and went and bought a new pair inbetween the sealing and the luncheon but they are still hanging in my car, I couldn't throw them away, total memorabilla(not sure how to spell that word).
He didn't want a cake so he got moon pies, which are pretty much huge, glorified oreos, which are pretty yummy. Here we are playing a pretty intense game of battleship which I of course won and then he was teased by the other nieces and nephews that he lost to a girl, poor little guy!!
Here we are having a little cuddle time in the recliner!
Such a kissable, little, bony face!! Isn't he so cute!
Hangin with the nieces and nephews is my fav!!
So that was pretty much my week at home, hanging with the fam and seeing friends. I don't have any pictures, but I did go and visit my little friends on the 5th floor and many of them weren't there, but some were and boy do I miss you guys!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!
So, I will have another picture or two of this but this morning I did this thing for the nursing program called "The Flu Shoot Out." I think they do this since so many retired folk live down here. We gather at a huge parking lot and people just pull up and we give them there flu vaccinations in their cars, they don't even have to get out, roadside service. It was pretty fun. I did it out in Hurricane, which until this morning I had never had the privilege of visiting that cute little town. So here are a couple of us holding our syringes ready to shoot!! =-) It was kind of weird to finally be doing something nurses really do, even though it's just giving shots it was almost like it made me realize that I'm moving down the path and even getting somewhere doing it! Oh it makes me so happy to be able to post pictures again, I felt like my blog was getting so boring. Not that it's the most exciting thing ever, but I always enjoy pictures. I am finally settled in my apartment, bed, dresser, bookcase, and all(thanks to my daddy, he's the best). It's a great feeling. Next post I'll try to get a picture of my cute room and apartment for you all to see. Just so all my friends and fam know I spent hours updating all my picture frames and pictures in my room today since all my pics are like 5 years or more outdated. Now all my pictures are mainly from the past year. I'm keeping busy with school and work. We pretty much have a test every week for nursing which means constant studying that makes my head want to explode sometimes. I've had some ups and downs in the past couple weeks that have been pretty trying, but overall I'm chugging along and doing well. I miss you all so much and am excited to keep posting!!! Love you all!
Friday, October 10, 2008
So my momma is down this weekend playing softball in the senior world games. I went to their first game today and they are rockin!! Their team name is baby boomers and they are so great to watch. I will hopefully be able to make it to a couple of their games tomorrow.
School is going well. I scored the highest in the class on the cardiovascular test a week ago, I was so proud of myself. So far I have been doing really well and getting A's on my tests and quizzes. I gave a shot for the first time today and I was a little scared. I was so shakey at first, but luckily my lab partner wasn't scared and told me she trusted me completely....atleast one of us did. After I did it though, it seemed like no big deal. We were even lucky enough to give each other shots in the butt....I still have my little circle band-aid on. =-) I tried to find a picture of some syringes and post them but I'm still a little blogging retarded so I don't know how to get the random pictures of things off the internet, so any of you blogging experts, and many of my wonderful friends out there are, please feel free to give me tips on how to get pics from the internet onto my blog.
Ok, well, that's enough random updates for all of you. Once I get my room settled and organized I will post some pictures of it. So sorry that my blog has been so boring lately!! GO BABY BOOMERS( that ones for my momma, the rockin softball player)!!!!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
St. George is still the same old St. George. I'm getting to know people in my ward and the people in my nursing class a little bit better. This last week has thrown a number of struggles my way, one after another. It feels like anything bad that could happen is happening. I've come to realize how hard it is to deal with these kinds of things when you have no close friends or family near by. It is definitely trying me and because there is always something to learn from everything we go through I know I must be getting a great deal of something out of it all. I feel very lonely and I think I say a prayer in my head every couple minutes, which I'm pretty sure it's what is keeping me afloat. All will work out in the end, things always do. Sorry for probably the most boring post I have ever posted but I just wanted anyone reading to know that I'm alive and kicking and thinking of many of you. I will try to post more and things that are more interesting.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Subject: Moving to St. George...?
May 30th: Just moved to St. George. Now this is a town that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! It is beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.
June 14th: Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshiper.
June 30th: Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing the lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
July 10th: The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. However, getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.
July 15th: Fell asleep by the community pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body). What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.
July 20th: I missed Lomita (my cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the hot car at noon, Lomita had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the upholstery. The car now smells like baked cat. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.
July 25th: The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts. I'm gonna kill the next guy that says; but it's a dry heat! Yeah, so's a freakin' oven!
July 30th: Been sleeping outside on the patio for 3 nights now. $425,000 house and I can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
Aug. 4th: It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature all the way down to 85. I hate this stupid town.
Aug. 8th: If another wise person cracks, 'Hot enough for you today?'I'm going to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!
Aug. 9th: Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and when I sat on the seats in the car, I thought my butt was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs. Now my car smells like burnt hair and baked cat.
Aug 10th:The weather report might as well be a darn recording. Hot and sunny Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do much for 2 months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this damn desert? Water rationing will be next, so my $1700 worth of cactus will just dry up and blow over. Even the cactus can't live in this heat.
Aug. 14th: Welcome to HELL! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack the window and blew the windshield out of the car. The installer came to fix it and said, Hot enough for you today? My sister had to spend $1500 to bail me out
My sister informed me that they only have enough to bail me out of jail once so I need to make it count when I do it. Everyon says that fall here is great, and my same question to them over and over again is when in the heck will fall come cause it's still hitting the 100's. When I read this I was laughing so hard I was almost crying cause it just seemed so true.
Next, right along with heat is politics. Things sure are heating up when it comes to politics these days. As elections get closer and closer people get more up in arms about the elections. I have come to find myself a little fiesty about the whole thing. I'm not trying to turn this into some political blog. I strongly feel that everyone has their own right to believe what they may and vote for who they want, including myself. I feel very strongly about some things and worry for the future of America at times when I see what we have in the political group. A friend of mine sent these comparisons to me and I found it interesting to be able to see them laid out before my eyes. I just hope that people are voting for the right reasons. Be informed and know who you are voting for and what they are really going to do for America. Vote responsibly (ya know like drink responsibly, know what you are doing before you do it....do I sound like a parent...?) I know that not all politicians will do all that they say they will, but atleast be informed. I'm not even totally informed. I admit myself that I don't know a lot and probably am missing lots of pieces of each situation.
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE COMPARISON TALKING POINTS ISSUE
JOHN McCAIN BARACK OBAMA
Favors new drilling offshore US? Yes No (first answer McCain second answer Obama)
Will appoint judges who interpret the law not make it Yes No
Served in the US Armed Forces Yes No
Amount of time served in the US Senate 22 YEARS 173 DAYS
Will institute a socialized national health care plan No Yes
Supports abortion throughout the pregnancy No Yes
Would pull troops out of Iraq immediately No Yes
Supports gun ownership rights Yes No
Supports homosexual marriage No Yes
Proposed programs will mean a huge tax increase No Yes
Voted against making English the official language No Yes
Voted to give Social Security benefits to illegals No Yes
CAPITAL GAINS TAX
MCCAIN-0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.
OBAMA-28% on profit from ALL home sales. (How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.)
MCCAIN-15% (no change)
OBAMA-39.6% - (How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.')
MCCAIN -(no changes)Single making 30K - tax $4,500 Single making 50K - tax $12,500 Single making 75K - tax $18,750 Married making 60K- tax $9,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250
OBAMA -(reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!
MCCAIN- 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)
OBAMA-Restore the inheritance tax Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.
NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet. New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already) New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity) New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!
You can verify the above at the following web sites:
http: //elections.foxnews.com/?s=proposed+taxes http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/politics/articles/mccain_obama_offer_different_visions_on_taxes.html
So I know there are so many political issues and as you can all tell I'm not a huge fan of Obama, and honestly never have been. A poll was taken when President Clinton was elected with women of why they voted for him and 40% of women voted for him because they thought he was good looking.....come on now, seriously! So I've been getting a little worried with all of Obama's "it's time for a change" that people aren't looking deeper at what he plans to do and people just want all these changes he keeps talking about. And seriously, look at the time spent in politics, that really worries me. Well, enough of my ranting. I love all of you no matter what you vote so I hope no one gets all mad about it, I just felt with elections coming up it's important to know what's going on.
As an update, I haven't seen as many of my pets around lately. My black widow spider has been hiding away lately and I've killed the ants off with some very powerful Raid! It's obviously still too hot down here for my likings. School is going ok, I passed my first test with an A. I start clincals and labs in just a couple weeks. Well, I better sign off for now! I will post as often as I can and when I can think of fun things to post.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Well, overall, all is well down in the desert. It's still to stinking hot to stand. I do have a couple pets in my temporary home to keep me company. One is a black widow on my front porch, which terrifies me to no end. Then the lizards that are all over that cause me to have a heart attack everytime I walk out the door because all I hear is a scamper in the bushes and think it's someone jumping out to attack me. Then I have the friendly ant infestation in the kitchen, which raid has helped to eliminate. And finally, the friendly cocharoaches that hang out on my front porch as a welcoming commitee when I come home, ore leave, isn't it so sweet? So many wonderful pets for me to enjoy. I and thought I would want a dog.....
School is going well. Not to chaotic....yet! Once labs and clincals all hit at once my brain will be very tired. For now, it's just a little here and there. I know this is a random blog with random thoughts, but thats what you get when I'm trying to stay awake. Any helpful hints for pulling nights from you experienced folk would be helpful. Sorry no pics again. I haven't taken much since I've been down here but the sunsets are beautiful from the view of my backyard. I'll have to post some of that. Well, babbling has helped slightly to keep me awake and the false code blue that was just called gave me a little jolt of adrenaline. I'm signing off for now, excuse any bad grammar or miss spellings, I can't think very straight and my brain function is on the lower end.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
My friend Stephanie came in town from Oregon to do a play that she is in about Nephi. We all met for lunch so here we are at the Pizza Factory. On the left is Stephani with little Sage, then me holding Inara(hope I spelled that right), Kelsey's newest addition. Then Kels, and Sarah with little Michael. Aren't my friends so beautiful, they are the best in the world, I love you guys!!
sweet cow towel. You need to blow this picture up because lets be honest, he is so freaking adorable I just want to hug the picture. He just turned a year old this month. Oh he's so cute!!
Again, isn't he just so cute, just look at him!!
A little close up of us!
Oh, I just want to squeeze him to death.......
Me and my sista....isn't she so cute!!!
Us with Trevin and Jess!
The girls, Neece, momma, and me!
Well, this will be the last post from good old Orem. I will try really hard to post regularly while I'm down there. Everyone please stay in touch! I will be up regularly. Sorry so many pics lately, I just had a lot of people I wanted to get on my post. I love you all so dearly....make comments, email me, call, any of the above. Yea, for a new adventure.....St. George, here I come!!
Emily and Brannick
All of us ready to head out! My pack is monstrous, I took Emily out with it atleast once, the first little bit of walking Emily and Brannick kept laughing at how big my pack was....it just shows how tough I am....right...?
Ok, so this picture will forever make me laugh. On the way up Brannick was talking about his nice fishing poles and Jeremy was saying he's to scared to bring his nice ones up here in case they were to break. Emily was out for a nice fish, had a nice cast and noticed, wait, something is wrong here....she started reeling in her pole and noticed whole top of the pole had flown off into the lake. Her face was priceless, she felt so horrible, but I couldn't stop laughing. So here she is with half a pole.
Emily with her blinding head lamp and roasting marshmallows, a must when camping!
I was freezing cold, so I went for the old stylish sock and sandal look!
Here we are eating the brook trout and cutthroat they caught for breakfast, it was sooooo delicious!!!
Emily posing in front of Weir Lake.
Emily and Brannick!
Jeremy and Brannick.
Emily and I!
This is a view of one of the first lakes we went by, Long Lake. It was so beautiful up there, it's just amazing to see it. We passed a whole bunch of different lakes and we also lost the trail and did a little off roading if you will. Brannick was determined to go swimming, but none of us were willing to get in. Overall, this was a great trip. I was sick all night and most of the morning though unfortunately, I threw up and felt like death had come over me. By the time we hiked back out though I had gotten it out of my system. It was a good trip, and loved the beauty of it and the feel of being in the outdoors.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
For those of you who haven't noticed the newest trend, Amy is sporting it here, the tucking of her scrub pants into her croc, only the cool people do it.
My last day was a blast, we had cake, and fun for all. I'll just post some of my fav pics with my fav people!!!
Me and Amy!!
Me and Angel! Emily, Jamie, and Chelsey getting excited for my cake!
Me and my cake!
Chelsey was very excited to lick the knife!
Good shot, I was hungry!
My cake cut up and being enjoyed!
Most of you allready know who this is, LINDY!!
Just a little note, my camera was taken and used without my knowledge of what was being done with it, these next pictures may be a little gross for some of you, but please know that no one was hurt or really drinking what you think they may be drinking.....
I'm not going to lie, I'm not even sure what to write for these.....
My peeps at work, throwing the gang signs and supposedly working inbetween it all!
Me and Melissa!!
Me and Cory!
Me and Jamie Ann Young!!
How cute all my little cute friends are! Well, my last day was sad! I will mainly miss all the people that I got to work with, but no worries, I'm coming back! You all rock and will miss the fun times, and even some of the not so fun times! All I have to say though is when the Green Gang is in town, don't mess!!! Love you all! Thanks for a great last day!