Friday, March 22, 2013

That Jeep Is Out To Get Me

The other day, I had a girls night out with my little sister Emily.  

You know when you have a hankering for a car.  And you just need to get it out of your system?  She decided that she had enough of the "mom" car and got herself a red jeep wrangler.  Now, don't let this picture fool you.  It has HUGE tires that makes it kind of hard for a rambunctious redblooded american woman with no problem getting in and out of cars gimp like me to get in and out of.  Lets just say, by the end of the night, which is 9 times later (yes, I said 9, stay with me here), I was praying to the step stool gods to miraculously have one right where I needed it.  But alas, no such luck.  

The first stop of our travels was at a little Korean restaurant in Provo, Utah.  It was called Spicy Corea.  I have never had Korean food before, so she ordered for us.  We got the bibimbap.  At first, when she said they put an over easy egg on the top, I was, no way.  But I put my big girl panties on, and decided to try it.  LOVED IT.  When it came out sizzling in the stone bowl, she told me to stir it all together so the rice wouldn't burn on the bottom and it cooked the egg.   Will definitely go back sometime.

After struggling to get back into the jeep from hell, we were off to the Provo City Library.   We arrive at the library, and take 3 (yes 3) different elevators trying to get to the 3rd floor.  Apparently, the elevator doesn't go to the third floor.  Errrr

Kathy Reichs and her son Brendon, were promoting their new book series.
We got seats on the second row.  (didn't help the quality of my pictures, but oh well).  I couldn't stop looking at her thinking, "I wish I had your money".   A tenured professor, a forensic anthropologist, called in to crime scenes (but only the ones that interest her now), author of the Tempe Brennen books, and co-producer and co-writer for the very popular TV series Bones.  Which has been picked up for their 9th season.  Yippy Ya-hooey.

This is her son.  He is a recovering attorney.  Very funny guy.

This was during the question and answer period.  See how she so nicely wanted to answer my question.  She was saying, "ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me".  hahahaha.  I kid.  

And no, I wasn't one of the lucky ones that had a sticker under my chair that would have gotten me a free book.  Dang.  Wasn't in the cards for that day.

We didn't stay for the book signing, because, well, I didn't want to buy a book, I like to do the ebooks anyway.  I tell Emily I really need ice cream.   What does this mean.  I HAVE TO CLIMB IN THE BLASTED JEEP AGAIN.  Help me.

Now, we could have gone to a really expensive ice cream place.  But no, I wanted a big twist cone.  We drove over to Macey's Grocery Store.  You can get 4 sizes of cones there.  Small .59 cents, medium .99 cents, large $1.59, and jumbo $1.99.   And boy did we beat the rush.  It was the happening place for ice cream that night.  (plus, Utah is the ice cream capital of the world, in case you hadn't heard)
We went with the medium.  Look at all that creamy goodness.  We also got us a cup of ice water, because, I don't know about you, I need water after ice cream.  We sat there and talked about stupid laws that the State Of Utah was trying to pass.  I won't go into it, but needless to say, we have some real yokels in the legislature.  Just sayin.

We finish the ice cream.  I am dreading the walk to the jeep.  I couldn't do it.  I promise. I tried for about 4 minutes to grab the freaking roll bar and pull myself up.  We were laughing hysterically.  Not to mention, the car parked in front of us was pulling out so they got to witness it, and then when another car pulled in they sat there awhile to watch.  So.....embarrassed.

When we finally arrive back to her house, and I roll out of the jeep, she goes for the big hug, thanks for going with me.  What does she do?  Pours her ice water all over me.  

Oh Good Times.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Life Of A Dazee

It's time once again for you all to find out those useless pieces of information about myself that you know and love.  If you need someone to blame it on this time, it would be 
Angel with Singed Wing Angel's Pad.  She had these questions, said for us to use them.  Because she is cool like that, and doesn't get her panties all in a wad if someone does.

Read um and weep kids.

1.  What Were You Doing 10 Years Ago
Hmmmm, lets see.  10 years ago, I was 45.  I was working at the place that I "hated", loving every minute of it.  I had just become a grandma for the first time.  Yup, lots of things going on at that time in my life.  NOT.

2.  What Are 5 Things On Your To-Do List
a.  Get a job.
b.  Write a children's book
c.  Spend more time with people that make me laugh
d.  Meet my boyfriend, Shemar Moore, in person
e.  Have I mentioned, get a job?

3.  What Are 5 Snacks You Enjoy The Most
a.  Soft Lemon Cookies From Smith's (Kroger)  oh my....
b.  Yogurt Breakfast Bars
c.  Coffee Ice Cream
d.  Cool Mint Oreo's
e.  Carmel Frappe from McDonalds

4.  Names Some Things You Would Do If You Were A Millionaire
a.  Buy each of my kids their own home, mortgage free
b.  Go on a bunch of different cruises, but ummm, not on Carnival, cuz, yeah, they've been in the news too much lately
c.  Visit historical sites in the United States
d.  Visit blogging friends in the US, Canada, and England

5.  Places I Have Lived
Logan, Utah
San Jose, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Las Vegas, Nevada
Different Cities in Salt Lake County, Utah

6.  Some Bad Habits I Have
a.  Swearing
b.  Road Rage
c.  Many, many more that I just can't think about right now.  :)

7.  Jobs I Have Had
a.  Flow Solder in the HP Calculator Factory.  Oh yeah, top of the line there.  Loved it.  After the boards got put together with all the diodes and stuff, they would "pass over the hot solder" to  make them all stay in place.
b.  Secretary at a Purse Manufacturer.  I was young and skinny.  It was owned and operated by men from another country.  Can I just say, when I had to go into the back where they were making the purses, the men worker's would "stand at attention", and not by standing up out of their chair, if you catch my drift.  Yikes
c.  Receptionist
d.  Purchasing Agent
c.  Office Manager

Now it's your turn to play along.  Go for it.  Don't be scared.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Can I Just Say, W.O.W.

By The Way

I am alive and well.  Apparently, that saying of "things always happen in three's" is a correct statement.  Who would've thunk.

September 2012
My brother is life flighted to a hospital in Idaho Falls from Yellowstone.  He has varisies in his throat that have ruptured.  I head to Idaho to be there for him and his wife.

December 2012
Mom needs a hip revision surgery.  I spend the next 3 months in and out of a care facility/hospitals, 4 weeks with no hip, 1 hip revision, and 2 slipped out of sockets with her.  Learned all about patients rights and how to be a good physical therapist.

March 2013
Get a frantic phone call from my cwauson April.  Her four year old daughter has just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Go up to the hospital in Twin Falls and spend the weekend with her.  Have her give me my shots, so that when it is time for her to start giving them to her daughter it won't be so scary.  

I did get her out of the hospital for one night.  My awesome baby brother got us a room at a hotel with his sky miles.  Her husband stayed overnight with Alyssa.  April had gone on about 36 hours with little or no sleep.  Now, you all know, when we are together, we do a lot of giggling and laughing.  Took her out to eat.  I'm surprised we didn't get asked to leave the restaurant.  I mean, really.  We needed to just let everything else go that night and laugh.  Which we did.  Stomach hurting laughter.   Got back to the room, she plopped on the bed, said give me 10 minutes, and was out for the rest of the night.  

What else is going on?  Well, since there are jobs, but no one is in the mood to hire me, I decided to volunteer at Primary Children's Outpatient Services in the Riverton Hospital by my house.  I LOVE IT.  I work the front desk and tell people where to go.    In a nice way.  Geez, as if I would be mean to those little tykes.