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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fun Saturday after a long week

After working over 50 hours this past week, I wanted to have fun on Saturday. Luckily, I succeeded. On Saturday morning, I drove up to Salt Lake to see Ryan. We had lunch at Litza's Pizza. We then went to see Thriller, an amazing dance performance by the Odyssey Dance Company. It was at Kingsbury Hall and it was as good as last year. My favorite dances were "Curse of the Mummy," "Jason Jam," "Salem's Mass," and "River of Blood Dance." I would recommend the performance to anyone over the age of 12. Since it had been so long since we've seen each other, Ryan and I caught up. Afterwards, I drove to my parent's house for a Halloween party. I was horribly late and everyone had almost finished eating. Mom made a great meal of hamburgers, French fries, and rootbeer floats. For dessert, Sidney and Mom had made "dirt" cups. With chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo Cookies, and gummie worms, who could ask for more? Next came the games: eating donuts off strings, pin the nose on the pumpkin, and the candy toss. As I have said before, I love being with my family. I am sad that I was late and missed taking pictures of all the kids in their costumes. Hopefully my father and siblings will post their pictures of the event.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A week without Jeff

One week ago was by former boss' last day of work. No one could blame Jeff for leaving after he told us of the new salary, benefits, and opportunities at his new job. We had eight days after we found out about it to prepare. So last Wednesday, we had a goodbye party with some excellent food and we gave him a gift certificate to Harley Davidson. He has driven a Harley for years and we wanted him to get something he really wanted. Erin, a member of HR, also made him a book with all of our pictures in it. This week has been pretty crazy. Susan has stepped up into Jeff's role. The day before Jeff left, we found out that Joee was leaving. Since then, the rest of the HR team has had to pull together and fill in. As of tonight, Wednesday, I have worked 31 hours this week. It is a lot of work but I feel like I am getting a lot accomplished. I thought I would include some pictures from the goodbye party for Jeff.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The roommates

Aren't we cute? This was take up Provo Canyon this last Sunday.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Snow in the mountains

On my arrival to work last week, I took a moment to look around. I noticed that there was snow on the mountains to the northeast of my building. I love nature, even though I don't often get the chance to go up into the mountains. It was so lovely that I probably spent five full minutes enjoying the view before I went into my office building.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Shopping with Lauren

On Saturday night, while Dad was at the Priesthood session of General Conference, Mom, Lauren, Jen, and I went for a car ride and went shopping. At Bowmans, there are some very cute children's shopping carts. I had to take some pictures. She was so funny; occasionally stopping to try to take something off the shelf and put it in her cart.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Conference Weekend

This past weekend was the General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For those of you who don't live in Utah, General Conference is held twice a year and is where members hear from the church leaders. After watching the Saturday morning session with Sarah and Happy, I went to work for a little while. I then went home and was greeted by Jen, Lauren, Mom, and Dad. We had a great dinner and it was great to see them. We went grocery shopping and Lauren had a great time pushing a little cart around. I stayed up way too late. When I awoke, Sidney, Jeremy, Wyatt, Britnie, Josh, Brooke, and Tanner had arrived. It was great to see everyone and I got some good pictures. I was really tired and wasn't very exciting on Sunday afternoon. After such a long week of work, I think my body and mind just crashed. I got home by 9pm and mentally prepared myself for another new hire orientation on Monday.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

General Relief Society Session

I attended the General Relief Society Session on Saturday night. Granted, most people wouldn't find it the coolest way to spend a Saturday night, but I thought it was great. Sister Beck, the President, spoke first. She discussed being strong in our faith, our family, and providing relief to others. After a song, the 2nd counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency spoke about the two reasons the Relief Society was founded: to relieve the poor and to save souls. One way we can do this is through visiting teaching. I must admit that I do not always do my visiting teaching, but I am recommitting to 100% for October. Barbara Thompson, the 2nd counselor, was especially helpful for me. As a single woman in the church, Sister Thompson discussed how we can support families despite not having children of our own. The final speaker of the night was Pres. Thomas S. Monson. He honored the women of the church and discussed three goals: studying diligently, praying earnestly, and serving willingly. One thing that Pres. Monson said that really stuck with me is this: "pray for the abilities equal to your tasks instead of tasks that are equal to your abilities."
After the session, our stake provided a light dinner and we walked around looking at the art. A few weeks before the session, the Stake RS presidency asked for us to bring art to share. Sarah took some paintings and I took two skirts, a book I had made, and a box I had painted. I love Sarah's paintings. She decided to take her swirly painting, her brown, green, and white striped painting, and her streaked painting. One of the coolest pieces of art there was made by a member of my singles ward. Amy Pectol had drawn a wonderful picture of Mary and Christ. I have included a picture of it in this blog entry.