30 April 2010
What makes this weather even worse is it makes it difficult to complete my BYU Wellness Challenge. There are six wellness challenges per year, and if you complete the challenge you get cash back on your insurance and a prize! So when they allow your spouse to participate also, we usually come out making bank. The current challenge is walking 8,000 steps per day. I didn't realize how little I move in the day until I did this challenge last year and had to walk the perimeter of campus during my lunch hour in order to get 8,000 steps per day. The snow and hail means I'm going to have to do laps around my department in order to be adequately active.
And the problem with laps around the Wilkinson Student Center lately, is that it's Women's Conference today at BYU. This two day event may possibly bring more women and more money on campus than any other conference in the summer. The halls of the Wilk are completely packed with women from 10:30 Am until even after I'm gone from work. The bathroom situation is bad too! So bad, in fact, that the facilities people have to put up signs like the one below to help the flow of traffic and protect privacy.
I'm pretty sure these signs had to go up after consistent attempts from some bold conference attendees. This is how I imagine it going down... There's ridiculously long lines at the lady's room, and surprisingly the smell from the men's restroom is more appealing. As a conference goer, you are crossing your legs and doing a little dance, and you notice that there hasn't been one male enter the men's room in at least 8 minutes, not to mention no males in sight in the hallways. Why not take a chance?!
In any case, I'm going to attempt some more laps today. It helps to have Scott participating as well, because he is sending me texts every couple of hours that say something like "3842" or "5139"... his step count for that moment. Beating Scott is definitely a good motivator to be more active.
26 April 2010
Here is a picture of Scott with his Big Jud one-pound burger special... which he shared with Steve-O.
Unfortunately for Scott, since we've been married he has become accustomed to sharing my meals and adapting to my tiny stomach. But he was successful in eating HALF of a Big Jud burger. Really, no one should be eating that much beef in one meal. Did you know that Big Jud's even has a FIVE POUND burger challenge? Gag! My quarter pounder was very tasty though!
My most favorite discovery at Big Jud's though, was Maplenut ice cream. Heaven! If you know my family, you know that we are coffee ice cream connoisseurs. We try to find the ice cream with coffee flavoring over actually coffee used in the ice cream. My favorite coffee flavor in ice cream, is like vanilla with a hint of coffee, but sometimes the coffee ice cream you order tastes more like a strong espresso. Well, Maplenut may be my new favorite. It was such a great flavor, reminding me of my vanilla type coffee ice cream, but with a good taste of maple. Scott and I shared a Maplenut shake as part of the Big Jud Meal Deal!
Next to the door at Big Jud's was this vending machine! I LOVE this idea.
I mean, seriously, why aren't there more gum ball machines with mustaches inside?! A whole table of Big Jud's visitors bought these trinkets to take pictures. I'm contemplating a gum ball machine business now.
22 April 2010
This is a picture of Dottie working while she's supposed to be having fun. You can't see that she has a laptop with her.
So I wrote up her story... much more professionally and convincingly than I just did above, and I submitted it to America Deserves a Raise.
Here are the rules:
Round One; Public Voting
It ends July 27, 2010.
Each voter will be permitted to vote for an essay multiple times, as long as your note using any software or American Idol phone tricks
The top 100 people will be chosen from Round One
Round Two: Judging
The criteria - the essay clearly expresses how someone deserves a raise by demonstrating the nominee’s efforts beyond and above his/her peers which are above expectations; the essay expresses how the nominee contributes in a meaningful way and makes a difference in overall work environment and the lives of others; the essay has the ability to inspire others; the essay’s overall impression.
Announcement made August 13, 2010.
Read Dottie's story and vote often at http://www.americadeservesaraise.com/nomination/dottiej
P.S. OH! I totally forgot to mention that every time you vote Advance America will be $1 to job-related charities. So it's a Win-Win-Win situation!
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21 April 2010
Idahoans in the House! This may very well be the last trip to Rexburg until I bring my dear future offspring to the hallowed halls of BYU-I and Edna R. Ricks. So this means I have to get in every last nostalgic bit. We considered stay the night at the Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast (a.k.a. heaven) like we did on our last trip, because it's closing it's doors in the near future. I know! *tear* But we actually decided to stay with Scott's sister Christie instead, because she promised us an amazing breakfast with bacon. That's her trick to get me to say yes to the four hour drive... bribe me with bacon. Right, Christie?
So list of things to do while in Rexburg:
- Attempt a visit with all friends that are in Rexburg (that may take some serious Facebook stalking)
- Watch Scott eat a burger at Big Judds (not sure if I can eat one on my own)
- Millhollow, maybe?
- Paul Mitchell hair cut? (Still considering whether it's worth the risk)
- Take an evening stroll in the gardens of the Y-I with my schnookims... Oooh Shoot!
- Some Rexburgian activity (dunes, water sports, ice caves, night games with the youngin's)
- Play so many card games that Christie's pantry is robbed of sweet treat snackies
- Watch as Christie leaves all the fun at the house to go to class
K... so my list is kind of short. What am I forgetting?
16 April 2010
The trees are blossoming. Some of the blossoms on campus are absolutely ginormous, in fact from a distance I thought they were fake! Who could blame me? The buds are the size of a lotus flower growing on tips of branches outside of the Art building, where I can envision students getting together to make these out of paper. But I assure you that they are real.
During the Fall and Winter semesters, each department at BYU has a day of retreat. The Fall retreat resembles something that I'm used to - team building exercises, motivational speeches, food, and games. This Spring retreat was a little bizarre for my retreat tastes.
When we arrived at the Springhaven Lodge down the winding roads of Hobble Creek Canyon, there was an activity for Out of the Box thinking. On track for my retreat image..... and after we were all creatively contemplating, they told us there was nothing else scheduled for the day except lunch, so we should all enjoy the grounds. Some played basketball, volleyball, pool, or board games, but no one was doing any work. It's not very often that you get paid to do absolutely nothing, but since our department is comprised of mostly psychologists, I imagine they needed a day of from thinking, a time to let their Freudian thoughts slip. I of course was all over the board games, as well as the BBQ lunch and ice cream bar.
Then when it was time to go, I drove back down the canyon, slowly enjoying the warm breeze and beautiful day as I listened to the Pride and Prejudice CD in Scott's car. On my cruise back to Springville I saw four deer, three of which were alive. I ALWAYS see deer along the road, and the funny thing is that Scott never seems them. I tell him I have a sixth sense - "I see dead deer."
And after I got home, I took a nap. Best work day ever!
P.S. I've posted several stories today with pictures, but back dated them in order to be chronologically aligned. I fell behind a bit on recording the pictures in my camera, and lucky for me Blogspot lets you choose the date of your post.
So here is a list to the other stories I've posted today:
Watching BYU v Florida on Campus
April Fools at BYU
BYU Senior Appreciation Night
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Morning
14 April 2010
And that is the crack that broke my tear canals. Then all the thoughts came of all the things I had to do at home, in addition to fixing my now broken windshield. I pulled over on the side of the road and called Scott. He told me to calm down and go to work. I went to work, but was too overwhelmed to think. So I took the afternoon off to fix things.
12 April 2010
09 April 2010
Recently though I took an Event Planning class, using skills from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Googledocs. The class had a wedding theme, but could be applied to any event involving photos and invitations or flyers. We learned how to do some basic photo editing and then how to create invitations for printing. We also did some forms in Googledocs.
For the last class of the series we had to practice some of our new skills in creating an invitation for an event coming up in our lives. I suppose I could have done Scott's graduation, but he's not planning on walking, and I'd rather do something cuter. So I decided to create an invitation for a past event. What could be cuter than my best friend's baby shower for Crew!
So here is what I came up with (infomation is fake):
I had a lot of fun making it, especially since there are so many cute Baby Shower invites to get inspired! The class showed us how we could save hundreds of dollars by doing the invitations ourselves and having them printed. I can just imagine all the fun I'm going to have with these new skills... work events, birthday parties, random parties, announcements, christmas cards. The options are endless!
07 April 2010
Once I was able to move around a little, I wandered downstairs, away from the dark bedroom I had been using. I found that they had a big Saint Bernard type dog, who was female. I knew this because she still had her period in tact, and sometimes I would find her trail on the floor. I thought it was funny, because most dogs in America are spayed. I followed the little red trail down the stairs to the kitchen, where I met Grandma, possibly the cutest woman in France. She was teaching Marie to make homemade chocolate cake. I don't think I tasted any, as my appetite was still a little weak, but I did venture to try Grandma's French Mashed Potatoes. It's amazing how food can have such an impact on your memory, especially when you are starving and everything tastes amazing or in my case, when searching for comforting foods that appealed to my picky digestive system.
These potatoes are like none you've ever tasted before. They are not fluffy, startchy - they are stretchy and cheesy. Oh my! With this memory I have been chasing down the recipe for these potatoes (and one other french pasta recipe, still to be uncovered) for 10 years. Until today! When Annie's Eats posted the recipe on her blog with this picture.
Photo taken from Annie's Eats
Thank you, Annie! I will be making these soon.
01 April 2010
April Fool's Day had pretty much come and gone without any excitement at BYU. I heard of no practical jokes, except for Google of course, and some in our office had become anxious for something, ANYTHING, to happen.
Some of the student specialists in our office were helping me to clear out the employer storage closet. We had asked employers whose boxes had remained in that closet for more than a semester, how they would like us to dispose of their items whether it was shipping it back to them or giving it away to students. Well Raytheon said, give everything away. So we opened up their boxes to find hundreds of recycled items like recycled wood pens and these recycled paper bags.
I asked our front desk manager what she thought we should do with such a huge pile of bags, and she replied that it was April Fools Day and we needed to MAKE something happen with these bags. I really wasn't in this too whole heartedly, but I did assist... a little.
We unfolded the creases on the bags and taped them all together in the front of our office. Then when they least suspected it, we quickly taped the bags up onto the door of a meeting room/adviser office, with two advisers contained within. On the back of the bags we taped a sign that said April Fools.
Yeah... that's it! We still have a truck load of recycled Raytheon paper bags if anyone wants one.
So I took the museum's own fancy smancy Cannon Rebel (score!) and snapped a few shots of the piano in it's surroundings. This is the one they decided to use as the profile pic for the series.
What do you think?