Saturday, September 29, 2007

AH... The Classics

This week during one of my frightfully boring moments at work, I searched online for classic books that I hear about all the time but have never read. This was sparked by someone making reference to Gone With The Wind in a conversation and me having no idea what they were talking about. So for about the fourth time in my life I went and got a library card... I seem to loose them alot. I checked out two books, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. At the checkout the librarian said (in a very librarian voice), "Ah, the Classsics." I giggled and told her I had a list of about 36 to read so I would be back. If anyone has any classics they think I should add to my list feel free to let me know.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Return Of Kita!!!

I don't consider myself a dog person, I never have. I mean, I like them… especially when they are at other people's houses. To me the "Cons" of owning a dog outweigh the "Pro's" A few include but are not limited to: The expense, the smell, the clean-up, the time commitment, worrying about them running away, having them bite small children (I have seen this happen on more than one occasion), taking them to the doctor, having them constantly wanting to eat your food, and of course the licking…
However all of those negative thoughts were thrown out the window when I met Kita. She is my sister's dog, and for some reason I love that little Chihuahua so much I don't even care that she licks my nose, and begs for my food…. I just love her. For the past few years she has lived with my sister, but recently my sister got a new job and apartment where dogs are not allowed. Now Kita has returned back to us and I'm so glad that she's there, I get excited to come home now because that goofy little dog jumps up and down when I walk in the door. It makes me feel special. This morning though she looked so sad, I can tell she misses Beth (my sister) and where she used to live. I have been trying to think about ways to cheer her up today… perhaps I will take her for a walk by the river. She loves the smell of dead fish, I figure we might be able to find a few she can play with. It's silly right? How in the world did I fall in love with a dog? I mean she has a personality, I feel like I know her… she is part of my family. It's amazing how love can make all the "cons" disappear, and I'm not just talking dogs now… I have been memorizing scriptures about charity this week, they are great to have stored in the brain, whenever I start thinking a negative thought about something or someone I quote the scripture in my mind and it has this amazing power to help me look at things differently.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Thought for the Day

This is something I read today at lunch, it has caused me to reflect on many things going on with me. Instead of telling you all the things that have been running through my mind, I'll share with you the story and you can see what it makes you think of.

This is a story told by Abraham Lincoln of a farmer who loved a large shade tree that stood near his home: "It was a majestic-looking tree, and apparently perfect in every part- tall, straight… One morning, while at work in his garden, {the farmer} saw a squirrel run up the tree into a hole, and thought the tree might be hollow. He proceeded to examine it carefully and, much to his surprise, he found that the stately tree that he had valued for it's beauty and grandeur to be the pride and protection of his little farm was hollow from top to bottom. Only a rim of sound wood remained, barely sufficient to support its weight. What was he to do? If he cut it down, it would do great damage with it's great length and spreading branches. If he let it remain his family was in constant danger. In a storm it might fall, or the wind might blow it down, and his house and children be crushed by it. What should he do? As he turned away, he said sadly: "I wish I had never seen that squirrel."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

On a Lighter Note

Thank goodness for vacations!!!!!!!!!! In just two short weeks I will be basking on the sunny shores of.... Utah? Ok so it's not like a tropical getaway, but I think it was Brigham Young who said, "This is the place" (The first time he saw it.) I'm going to my mission reunion, to see my wonderful president and his wife and hug all my old companions. I also get to spend time with Sara, just like the good old times in La Crosse... could it get any better? ACTUALLY IT CAN!!! After three magical days in Utah I will be wisked away to "The Land of Enchantment" otherwise known as New Mexico. I am going to the national hot air balloon fiesta, and to see the people that I love from my mission. I am sooooo looking forward to it, because sometimes you just need to escape.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I know, I haven't posted anything for awhile. Sorry to all of you who periodically stop in here. It's an interesting thing about having a job where I sit and stare at a computer all day... I have lost almost all desire to be at the computer when I am at home. I say almost because, let's face it I still love Blogging. Today I looked up random facts about bananas on the interernet, ahhh the joys of the great information superhighway. So I thought I would share some with you and advise you to go eat a banana!

  • Bananas are America's #1 fruit.

  • Bananas are great for athletic and fitness activity because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise.
  • Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

  • In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.

  • The average American consumes over 28 pounds of bananas each year.

  • The phrase 'going bananas' was first recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary, and is linked to the fruit's 'comic' connections with monkeys.
  • Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

  • Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Coroporate World

Top Ten Things To Do When you have NOTHING to do at work

10. Write pointless e-mail to your friends
9. Balance your checkbook
8. Highlight things
7. Write numbers on post-it notes
6. Read over your companies Web site page, pretend like you are really interested in learning more about it
5. Listen to all the different ring tones on your phone, choose the one that makes you the happiest.
4. Apply lotion to your hands over and over again
3. Go to the bathroom
2. Take off your shoes and rub your feet on the carpet
1. Make a top ten list of things to do when you have nothing to do at work

For some reason I have this new obsession with top ten lists. I created this one the other day when I literally had NOTHING to day at work from 11:30 to 4:30... I felt like I was grounded to my cube or something. I am told things will pick up after month end, man I hope so!!!!!