Saturday, November 29, 2008

Donkey Basketball

When I grow up, I want to have an entire donkey basketball herd - enough for both teams - and a place to have all my family and friends come play. I can't wait!

Dillon introduced me to this site. I love it.

Settling In

My blog is at its final resting place - will be a home page to access my main blog, running log, works blog, and anything else I come up with, but it's nothing yet. So update your bookmarks and visit often!

Also, I will be experimenting with colors and templates, so don't freak out if it's awful. It just means that I got sick of playing with it before I found something that looked nice. Unless it's like that for multiple days/weeks. That just means that we have completely differing tastes.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wow, I have a lot to be thankful for.

At the top of my "Things I am Thankful For" list is my family. I got to spend Thanksgiving with most of my immediate family and their families today, and it was great.

Sheri and Rob invited us to come to their house for the day. Shirlene (Rob and Bill's step-mom) helped Sheri in getting everything ready for our wonderful feast. The food was great and there was tons of it.Nolan and Heather were able to stop by for a few hours too.
Everyone got so nice and full a nap was in order.
It didn't take long for the kids to liven back up and attack Uncle Rob/Dad though.
Yeah, there's a full-grown man under that pile of kids.
Rob was finally able to break away and retreat into the corner. I have some crazy nieces and nephews. I love my big, crazy family so much!
I hope you all had as good of a day as I did.

5k with Nae

This morning for me was kicked off at 6am with getting ready (putting on clothes) and heading over to my friend from work, Renae's, house.

We ran the Utah Human Race this morning. It was for a great cause and a nice start to the holiday. As you may know, I have been training for a while now, but I have had so many 'hiccups' in the process that I wasn't nearly as prepared as I wanted to be.

I totally slowed Nae down, but she was awesome. She would go on ahead of me - not too far anyway - and when she did she'd either run backwards until I caught up or she would run back to me. I felt bad for slowing her up so much, but she insisted we were in it together. We ran the whole way. Nae probably actually ran 4 miles with all the bad tracking for me. :-) I wouldn't have done nearly as well as I did if it wasn't for her. She so motivated me. I haven't run that far straight since I lived in Weiser, so it was an incredible thing for me.

Thanks Nae for being such a great friend and not being (or showing it anyway :-P) irritated with me for 'crampin' yo style.'

We also saw Laura and Rusty there too. I work with Laura as well. She is 5 months or so pregnant and they passed us before we even crossed the start line and we never saw them again. They are more seasoned running than we are (more like, than I am).

What a great way to start out Turkey Day.

Friday, November 21, 2008

cents ≠ sense

It's 37° in West Jordan right now. On my way home from the movies, I saw a guy in his Porsche Carrera with the top down. 'What a jackass,' I thought. 'I bet he thinks all the people who are staring at him (because they think he's crazy with his T-shirt on and cartop down) think he's so cool... What a jackass.'

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Great to be Overweight

My BMI has finally dropped from the "obese" range to the "overweight" range. Yay! Sad, I know, but I couldn't be more happy. When I started, I was almost in the obesity class II which some sources call "very obese." I thought my initial weight loss goal had me down to normal range, but it doesn't. I need to add 20 lbs to my goal to get into normal range. I think I will tackle my first goal of 44 lbs (only 16 more to go) and then lose 20 more.

Monday, November 17, 2008

We're Back and Better Than Ever

I discovered this thing last year, and they've added more options this year. It's too fun.
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

I wonder what's next...

Dillon has officially divorced himself from our blog. I didn't think I still wanted to blog if I couldn't have a "family" blog, but I now think I do... will forward to my blog at least until I find it a permanent home, so don't change your bookmark just yet. I will let you know when it's at its final resting place. I have other plans for my address, so it will be moving at least once more. Other than the address change(s), Dillon's infrequent posts no longer occurring, and a few perspective changes in the blog home page, you shouldn't notice any changes.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm Rick James B!@$#

I love Chappelle's Show. It makes me laugh so hard. Charlie Murphy's stories about he and Rick James are some of my fav. Dave plays Rick James of the day. It kills me. Dillon and I quote this all the time. These aren't for the faint of heart. The F word is bleeped out, but the N word isn't; go figure... If you're like me, enjoy.

One of the best scenes from the best movie EVER.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Why did Snoop Dogg have an umbrella?

Fo' drizzle!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Noli told me this super funny joke! :-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

If you like your freedom and you know it, hug a vet

We owe our country to our vets. We need to be sure that they are getting all the benefits they deserve for their sacrifices. Even those who come home "whole in body" need services to acclimate. And for those who aren't that lucky need even more. Awareness is a good first step, and, to be honest, I don't know what the next step is. We give our vets a lot more of what they need than we used to, but there are still things that need to be done. For now, be aware, be thankful, and be ready to act when opportunities arise.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Light as a Feather

Ha! Not quite, but in all my extreme humility I failed to mention that I won both prizes in my work's Biggest Loser contest. I lost the most inches and weight % than anyone else. I was super stoked. The purse was nice and hefty, just in time for our Weiser visit too. As trite as it sounds, the money took second to the excitement I felt with how much weight I lost.

We started the second Biggest Loser contest on Friday. I lost 4 lbs in the almost three weeks off we had, but now it's time to kick it into high gear again. We are doing things a little differently this time to ensure that not only one person gets a prize. The top three weight losers will win prizes. We aren't doing any inches this time at all. This will make weighing-in a lot faster, and since there wasn't much of a difference between weight and inches places for each person, we aren't really losing any accuracy either.

Also, since we are doing percentages and I am lighter to start, I don't have to lose as many lbs to get the same percentage lost as last time. Since I am not running out of lbs to lose yet, it's all good!

My inspiration?
hee hee... And yes, I will celebrate my goal with some way-too-tight, pink pants and fake tan!

Friday, November 07, 2008


It's been 5 hours and I have eaten other things since, yet every time I burp, I have flash-back tastes of the horrible lunch I ate. These "flash-backs" are just as bad as the initial.

Nolan helped us out today by taking me to work and back while we had some work done on the car. To thank him for his services I wanted to take him out to lunch. He mentioned that he noticed a diner that looked good on the way to the car place, so we thought we'd try it.
It's called Vertical Diner. The sign on the door as we walked in said something like, "Great food with low prices," and it was a small place with the word 'diner' in the name. I was very excited to eat at what I concluded to be a cheap, quaint, greasy-spoon of a place.

As we entered, we were greeted with pungent, seemingly tastey smells. 'This is going to be good,' I thought. The decor was very subdued with all black tables, chairs and booths. The walls were neutral with tasteful art here and there. It even had a Ma-and-Pop feel with the bar/counter and "Please seat yourself" sign.

We got our menus and found a seat. We were both thinking the biscuits and gravy looked good. I got mine with sausage and Nolan got his with sausage and hash-browns. When they came out they looked pretty good. The gravy looked a bit yellowy to me, but I wasn't concerned. I cut open my sausage and took a bite. Odd texture and taste. I cut another piece and held my fork up close to my eye to examine what I had ordered. 'This isn't sausage!' I thought to myself. Nolan was coming to the same realizations on his own with his dish.

We were both pretty peeved that everything in the menu had regular names and had no indication of NO MEAT ANYWHERE. Our reading skills have both been known to be lacking at times, but I am convinced that it was never 'posted.'

After our late discovery, the water with no ice, Pure Sea Salt on the table, and the fact that the only soda they served was Blue Sky made a lot more sense.

The place was way too yippie for me, and I was bitter that my carnivorous appetite would not be curbed while there. Not being a vegetarian, I couldn't tell you if it was good for vegetarian food or not, but I will tell you that it was like eating tofu with TONS of spices that I am still tasting. I mean really, my "sausage" had rice in it. What's that about?

I Want One

How cool would it be to have a pygmy hippo around the house? Once it grows up, you could ride it!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

A New Hope for Mankind

All political beliefs aside, I could not be more happy that Barack Obama will be our president. I quite honestly thought America was too bigoted to vote in a black president for that fact alone. I am plessantly surprised in humanity. I am not niave enough to conclude that America doesn't have problems with racism, but we are leaps and bounds ahead of where I thought we were. God bless America.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

What did you do today?

Did you?

Saturday, November 01, 2008

A New Baby in the Family

My dear cousin, Carol and her husband, Brad have welcomed a new addition to the Whiting and Hawkins families. Jesse Alan Whiting was born on October 29, 2008. Congratulations Brad and Carol! We love you.


I was so excited to find out, and then I forgot to tell everyone. I am getting another NEPHEW! Yay! He's due to grace us with his presence in February. I can't wait!