Busy, Busy Bee

•28 July, 2008: Monday • 1 Comment

So this past week & weekend has been a very busy one for me.

I am feeling much better now, and I want to thank everyone who inquired after my health. I didn’t get much time to rest over the past week and weekend…

Wednesday my baby sister came to spend the night as she was flying out to Washington in the morning to visit with family. We were up late talking, and up early to catch her flight on Thursday.

On Thursday after work, DH & I went to a family gathering for Pioneer Day here in Utah. It’s a state holiday celebrating the day that the Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake valley and began to settle Utah. We went up to DH’s Aunt’s & Uncles place in S. Weber which is up by Ogden. We had a lot of fun, and watched the fireworks put on by the family.

On Friday, we went and saw The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Osmond’s to celebrate Pioneer Day. While all of the music was really good, I felt a little disappointed with the overall selection as a whole. The Osmond’s music was really up-beat and fun, and Mo-tab did more mellow songs. I was rather disappointed that Mack Wilberg the new conductor of Mo-tab didn’t choose songs more compatible with what the Osmond’s would be singing.

Saturday brought house cleaning, a visit from my mom to pick up a camera so she could take pictures for one of my cousin’s chidren’s birthday, and another cousin’s wedding, shopping & friends for dinner. Since I don’t have any children, DH & I don’t really have toys, and our friends have 2 boys. We found out that all of the pillows from our couch were all the toys these boys needed. They took the pillows, stacked them in piles, and then dove (well as much as a 3 and 5 year old can) into the piles. We played x-box golf until around 1:30 in the morning.

Yesterday, my mom came over to bring the camera back, and we ended up watching the entire season of The Next Food Network Star which ended at midnight. We had a lot of good laughs as we watched through all the episodes, and were disapointed when at the end they chose Aaron over Adam. Adam seemed to struggle through the first part of the season, but at the end really redeemed himself, and I felt should have won since he could bring in an aspect to The Food Network and not another ‘Down home with the Neeley’s’.

Glenn Beck ’08 Unelectable Tour

•18 July, 2008: Friday • 1 Comment

Last night DH and I went to watch Glenn Beck’s Unelectable comedy tour live on the big screen. We participated in watching his Houston, TX show broadcast live in 350 theaters through out the US.

I absolutely loved this show, and was very impressed with it. Glenn made sure to make fun of everyone equally, and at times had me laughing so hard that my chest still hurts from all the laughter.

My top 5 favorite parts to the evening were:

5. Hoping for change.
~Glenn sitting on his stool, talked about how we as Americans can always hope for change. In an imitation of either Hero Nakamura from the TV show Heroes or a small child who is constipated, he scrunched up, straining for almost a minute. Yes everyone… lets hope for change… lets leave our future in the hands of the politicians…  

4. Build a Fence
~Glenn in his campaign speech we wish all politicians would give… “I have experience building a fence…”  You get this half of the audience to distract the loonies and this other half.. all of you go to Home Depot and get wood. We can have the fence built in like 20 minutes…

3. About Federal Spending
~Unlike most of our politicians Mr. Beck has experience in paying bills… He also has a wife. Just like in real life where if he overspends his wife will kick his rear… if he were president and the nation overspent, then she would kick all their rears!! He also gave an interesting fact. For every $19 the government makes, it spends $20. And we wonder why we have a deficit.

2. What is a Conservative?
~I loved this part of Glenn’s show. He had a caller ask him to define a Conservative. His response was… A Conservative is someone who believes that you can be as rich as you want… and not be punished. It is a person who also believes that you have the right to fail, and fail miserably.. and then pick yourself up and succeed without asking for help from the government when you fail. It is a person who believes the power to change things lies not in our politicians, but in the normal people who elect the officials. They believe that business is good, and taxes are bad.. There was a whole lot more to this, but this is most of what I remember. The power lies in the People, not the Politicians.

1. What we have came from God. When we forget that is when America gets knocked to the floor, but we never give up fighting… We can be knocked to the floor several times, but we will always get back up. This spoke true of what we as American citizens need to hear. That we take for granted what others die trying to get. Freedom.

Among the other things talked about were immigration (we can’t block everyone from coming in, but we can enforce the rules. We can ask… Do you have a skill, an education, the ability to contribute to America. Yes.. Welcome!)

If a bank is dumb enough to lend John Doe at the car wash with the shamie 1.7 Million to buy a house, they deserve to fail, and its not the government’s place to “save” the bank. If John Doe looses his job because he lost his shamie, and was caught using his old used underwear to dry the cars off, he has a right to request unemployment, but if hes not taken advantage of the freebies we have provided such as a free education, then we should have the right to tell him.. Sorry, but no more freebies. Use what you have first… If you’ve used it, then by all means we can help you get back on your feet, but if being the shamie guy at the car wash is all you can really do because you didn’t take advantage and get an education, why should we pay for it because you lost your shamie?

 Glenn gave probably one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard in my life… “Our power as a nation comes from ‘We the People,’ and truly it doesn’t even really come from there. Power comes from up there, from God, and it is then channeled into us. As long as we follow that path: From there (above), to here (ourselves), to here (the expression of our ideas) we will never go wrong.”

Even as young as I am, I still find it refreshing to have someone who so openly speaks his mind, and says the things that we all want to say.

5 Things not to do in the Morning

•13 July, 2008: Sunday • 1 Comment

Last night I headed to bed with a migraine that I would put at a 12 on a scale of 1 – 10. 1 being the worst headache most people have experienced multiplied by 5, and 10 being well say that same really bad headache times 30… Not my worst by far but still pretty bad.

I took a lortab as I was heading to bed, and it took probably a good 30 to 45 minutes for it to kick in and for me to actually be able to fall asleep.

I came up with a list of things not to try the morning after taking this very strong pain killer… or at least not to attempt until you fully wake up…

  1. Don’t try to restart your computer with the ipod plugged in. I had to go wake DH up to realize my ipod was plugged in and that my computer was trying to boot windows from my Ipod… Awake I would have realized this right off…
  2. Don’t try to log into any website that requires a password… I kept typing my passwords in all caps this morning…
  3. Do not decide to pick up your 80 gig ipod which you can not hold onto yet, and drop it on a mirror…
  4. Do not decide to braid your hair…
  5. Do not try to pay your bills.

Anyways I am finally awake and able to all of these things I was attempting to do this morning without ruining stuff.

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful day.

What a difference a century makes!

•2 July, 2008: Wednesday • Leave a Comment

What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics from 1902:

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven years.

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.

Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:
        1.  Pneumonia and influenza
        2. Tuberculosis
        3. Diarrhea
        4. Heart disease
        5. Stroke

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.

One in ten US adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were available over the counter at
corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the
complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

I went book Shopping!

•1 July, 2008: Tuesday • 2 Comments

So today at lunch, I went over to Barnes & Noble and bought some new books. Now on top of reading The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan which I should finish probably in the next few days since I’m on page 512, I will also be reading The Well of Ascention by Brandon Sanderson and The Last Patriot by Brad Thor.

I am extremely excited about The Well of Ascention which is the second book in the Mistborn Series and I had to wait a month to buy it in paperback because they stopped selling the hardback. I am really interested to see how The Last Patriot turns out. It is a thriller and is supposed to be to the muslims what The Davinci Code was to the Catholics. Glenn Beck said he pretty much read straight through it, and with his ADD if he is able to sit through reading it even with it being a short book, its got to be really good.

Anyway I will let you all know how these books turn out.

Lia’s ramblings

•18 June, 2008: Wednesday • Leave a Comment

On father’s day I wrote about just one of my many fathers growing up.

My mother posted a message on her father on her blog Reflections, about her father. She also included a photograph of my baby sister, and Brother Wolf who I wrote about.

I have yet to watch my DVR’d The Bachelorette, which I apologize for not having done this week as of yet. I should have something up on the show shortly.

I have lowered the cost of my paper kits, and put them all on sale as well. Please take a look as I will leave them on sale through Thursday only.

I am nearly done with reading The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, so a book review will be comming shortly.

Right now its time for work since I have an early meeting today. Love and Hugs to all. I’ll put my quote up in a few hours.

Happy Father’s Day

•15 June, 2008: Sunday • 1 Comment

While I have had no contact with my biological father since I was 10, except for once when I turned 18 to see if he had changed, which he hadn’t, I have been fortunate growing up to have an abundance of fathers. I want to tell you all about one of my most memorable fathers.

Brother Wolf was in his late 70s or early 80s when he became one of my fathers. He would be in his late 80s or early 90s now. I am unsure if he is still living, but if he is I wish him the happiest father’s day ever. Brother Wolf had one leg. The other had been amputated just below the knee some years earlier. This darling old man, for 5 years, woke up at 4:30 am, drove to my family’s house by 5am, and picked up myself or my sisters, whichever needed a ride to a seminary class that started at 6am every morning before we went to school.

My sisters and I attended a school half way across town, so he drove us up to the church by the school, waited an hour for Seminary class to end, and then drove us to school for our early 7am class. He enabled not only myself, but my sisters to all graduate from Seminary, as well as attend a better school than we would have been able to without his assistance.

My family’s car at the time was called Big Birtha. It was a station wagon which started about 10% of the time, and didn’t drive well. Brother Wolf knew this, and would call every Sunday morning, to see if we needed a ride to church.

When my younger sister got married, this darling old man, who we hadn’t seen for 2 years, drove half way across the state to go to her wedding. Someone came down the stairs and told my sister, that this little old man with one leg, could not make it down the stairs. My sister took off from her receiving line to go welcome Brother Wolf, and spent a good amount of time just talking to him.

This old man, one of my fathers, taught me that in life that the most important thing you can give is service to others with out any thought of what you get back from it. He taught me by doing, not by telling. In my life I have tried to pay forward what this kind gentle old man did for me. Anytime someone tells me they need something, if it is within my means to make it happen, it happens.

I wish all fathers out there a very happy father’s day. To my mom, Thank you for being both a father and a mother to me. I love you! Grandpa Happy Father’s day. I love you! To all the men who have been a father to me, Thank you for your service, and I love you all. Happy Father’s Day.