Friday, June 10, 2016

Summertime Mom

I want to be a summertime mom
I want to spend my days at the beach with the kiddos
Have a season pass to a local water park
Zoo Days, Museum Days, Picnics on the Grass
Cooking classes, soccer classes, half day camps
Hours at the pool
Reading chapter books out loud
Exploring the area on long road trips

Visiting Grandma
Going to the mountains
I want to be a summertime mom

I'm not a summertime mom
I drop my daughter off at day camp
I send my son to preschool
I sit in front of a computer
I miss my kids all day long

I am lucky to have a job
I am lucky to have a REALLY good job
I am lucky to have a job I like
I am blessed
I know I am blessed
But I still want to be a summertime mom

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How to Kill IT at Your High School Reunion

I was not popular in high school.  I was not unpopular.  I was not attractive, I was slightly overweight, was not athletic, I was fairly bright, but no real intellectual, I was involved in a few clubs and had maybe 3 close friends, but wasn’t really bullied. I ate lunch by myself every day in the 7th grade.

I left my 10 year reunion thinking “man, that was incredibly awkward and boring” you end up running into people that you have no history with and trying to have a conversation with them.  I didn’t want to go to my 20 year reunion however, there were a number of people I did want to see- so I went to the reunion with a plan- and it worked:  I walked away knowing I had more fun than anyone else there- I killed it. Here’s how:

3 Questions
You don’t care what that guy from Algebra does for a living- so why ask? What you want is an interesting conversation with an old acquaintance that may last 8 minutes.  Ask a mundane question, you get mundane answers.  I had 3 questions I asked everyone:

1- What is the best thing you’ve had to eat in the past 20 years?
I heard fabulous stories of food adventures around the globe- I saw pictures of food I had never heard of- people asked me if they could think about it- and then found me later to tell me their stories.  The best part: my best food story is very pedestrian so I did zero talking.

2- Have you ever been on a reality tv show?
In a graduating class of 500 who graduated right before shows like ‘Elimindate and Singled Out” aired I knew there had to be some reality tv stars.  I found out that Hustler had a reality show that never got aired – after I heard that story I referred to that classmate as “Hustler” for the rest of the night.  I learned that there was actually a reality show producer in my graduating class.  Better yet, I had never been on a reality tv show so I was a great listener

3- Have you ever been in jail?
That was the surprise hit question.  My friend’s husband had this amazing story about being thrown in a Slovakian prison.  I found out that the family who first took me toilet papering was in the mob.   I have never been in jail so it gave me a great opportunity again to listen.

When listening to someone tell you an incredibly interesting story- it’s easy to be a great conversationalist- I just had to be quiet and ask interesting questions.   

Two last pieces of advice on killing it:  If there was someone who wronged you- forgive them.  You’d hate to be judged on how you acted when you were 16 when you’re 38.   If you can’t forgive them, avoid them.  2- The real key to being happy at the reunion- don’t try to impress anyone- we wouldn’t worry what people thought of us if we knew how seldom they did.

So if you’re on the fence about going to your reunion- go, and  kill it.

That's Me with my friend Jason-  who also Killed It at the reunion- because he takes himself very seriously. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Having It All

Watching House of Cards (which I only watched 1 season of and fast forwarded a LOT) , I turn to my husband and say “I’m Kevin Spacey”  not in the thirsting for power, killing and manipulating people to get what I want way- but his skills in strategy and spin are eerily similar to my own.  With out giving this explanation to my husband he quickly agreed- he married Francis Underwood.

There are a number of careers my particular skill sets would have excelled in- and each time I started down those roads the spirit quietly whispered “But will this make you happy?”

If you knew me personally this may surprise you, some mistakenly assume that I have chosen career over my children.  I chose this career because of my children.

Three months after my daughter was born, I quit my job because of an ethical disagreement with my employer (Kim Davis- this is what grown ups do when the job description includes something they personally disagree with- they quit) I tried the stay at home mom thing- for 2 weeks -when I was faced with a choice:  Either I give my daughter parents with a great marriage and a happy employed mommy or I give my daughter a depressed stay at home mom and parents whose relationship is strained at best.

However, just because returning to work was going to make my home life better didn't mean that my career was to come first- my career was merely to be an enhancement of my family- an element of my life- not the focus.  My career is one of many colors used in a painting- not the subject.  

I’ve been offered promotions which I have declined.  I've had VP level opportunities in really exciting fields- also said no.  The question always came back- what will make me happy?

My husband has been in similar situations- we've learned that saying no to career opportunities, while counter-intuitive in today's world- has been an immense blessing in our lives.  As a general rule: Women can't have it all no more than men can have it all. (Unless you're Ivanka Trump or Mitt Romney- those would be the only two people who appear to have had it all)

I do love the thrill of closing a big deal- and the self-esteem boost that accompanies a paycheck. My absolute favorite part of each day? Holding my 6 year old's hand and walking her to school.  Second favorite part: snuggles at bedtime. 

As my skills have gotten refined overtime- instead of leveraging those skills for more income or prestige- I’ve leveraged them for more family time.

I have a Peanuts Cartoon on my desk which reads “Do you ever think about the future Linus?” 

“Oh yes, all the time”

Charlie: “What do you think you’d like to be when you grow up?”

Linus: “Outrageously Happy”

I am incredibly blessed - and by many standards I have it all, specifically because I didn't want it all. I certainly have something Francis Underwood never will: Happiness.

Afterward: I am keenly aware that this is an extremely privileged post- by having the ability to choose happiness versus a promotion is a benefit allotted to the 1% of the world.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If I change one thing about the LDS church..

Since it's hyper popular right now to talk about changing the LDS church- I feel  the urgency to weigh in on an incredibly important element being left out of the conversation.  Affecting every member weekly, it's insensitive to families with young children, over worked leaders and teachers, and detracts from the family. If we were to change this one element of the LDS church- we could redirect millions of dollars, no exaggeration- millions of dollars to humanitarian aid and increase church attendance and participation dramatically.   Further more there is absolutely NO SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT for this insensitive practice.

Every General Conference I hope and I tweet that this is the conference we will set things right.  I watch the twitter feed during Priesthood session praying that there they will make this life changing announcement.

The 3 hour block.  When the LDS church changes to the 2.5 hour block (for I know someday they will switch to the 2.5 hour block- because I know the 2.5 hour block is true) it will permit the standard LDS meeting hall to accommodate 4 congregations instead of the traditional 3.  In case of exponential unplanned growth in an area it could even accommodate 5 congregations.

Increase the number of congregations in a building = decrease the number of buildings needed and utility bills on those buildings = more money for humanitarian aid.  It is fairly clear that the church cares more about those extra 15 minutes of class than feeding the poor and clothing the naked. 

Decrease each meeting by 10 minutes- give a 5 minute transition period and you'll get:

1- More visitors- easier to stomach 2.5 hours than 3
2- Happier parents of young children- In what world is getting a 18 month old to sit still and be quiet and listen to someone just talk for 60 minutes reasonable?
3- Less talks off topic- your talking time is condensed so you get to the point
4- Happier Primary Leaders and Primary Kids-  the last 10 minutes is again the hardest.
5- Less Off Topic Comments in Class- "That's a great question/ comment and I'd love to discuss that further but due to time we're going to need to focus on the topic at hand"
6- More time with your family on Sundays for church leaders- would an extra half an hour make a difference in a bishop, executive secretary, or primary president's life each Sunday?  You bet.

Because I believe so strongly in the 2.5 hour block I'm going to orchestrate a 2.5 hour block walk out. On the 1st Sunday of every month (because it's fast Sunday and dude, we're hungry)  Once your ward hits the 2.5 hour mark everyone walk out of church.

I'm also going to start a group called 150 NOW!  We'll be at General Conference with posters. We will get our message to Salt Lake City! We will be heard!  Down with the tyranny and selfishness of the 3 hour block!!!!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mothers Devaluing Motherhood

"Back when we were in MBA school"

First thought: "I didn't know you had your MBA"
Next thoughts: "That seems like something she would have casually mentioned- I mean getting your MBA while your husband is getting his and having 3 kids is quite the feat. Why would she wait so long to causally mention that?"

I realized she meant- while her HUSBAND was in MBA school.

I've heard this before: While we were in dental school, while we were in med school.. we were in law school etc.  It's in the same vein of 'we're pregnant'.  No dude- you're not pregnant- your wife is, don't try to take ownership of her pain. You can say 'we're expecting a baby' but you most certainly are not pregnant. Believe me you'll get sympathy enough by just mentioning you have a pregnant wife.

The same goes for women that feel compelled to attach themselves to their husband's academic or career achievements.  That's 100% his. Raising 3 kids while your husband is in MBA school is an achievement.  Own that achievement.  Your husband's degree though is no more yours than it is your husband's parents. Your achievements are yours. Yes, a couple is a team- however when LeBron makes a shot- the Heat all benefit- but it's still LeBron's shot- it's his record.

Women, your role is impressive, valuable and own it. By attaching yourselves to your husbands achievements it shows insecurity and not only that- it devalues what you do.

I have a good friend who's husband is an anesthesiologist.  The woman raised 5 young boys while her husband was deployed in Iraq.  I don't think it's ever crossed her mind to say "when we were in medical school" because she knows that what she has accomplished and does each day has so much more value than medical school, there's no need to lay claim to her spouse's achievements.

The first step to society fully appreciating the value of stay at home moms is for women to fully know that value themselves.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

What to Expect at a Mormon Wedding Reception

It's wedding season HOORAY- and You just received an invitation to an wedding reception for two people
getting married in a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Mormons)  Unless you are also Mormon, once you opened the envelope you had the proceeding thoughts:

1. Why did they send me a picture of themselves?

2. What am I suppose to do with this picture?

3. Why am I not invited to the wedding too?

4. What is a Mormon reception like? Do I need to wear special socks or something?

5. Wait, can you even have a wedding reception without alcohol?  

6. Why did they tell me where they're registered at on the invitation?

I will answer all the above and a bit more for you as I am an LDS wedding PRO. The longer you are LDS and single the more weddings you will go to. I was single a REALLY long time in Mormon years.

1- Why did they send me a picture of themselves?

So when you show up you'll know who the bride and groom are. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) have  large and wide religious community, to prevent accidentally offending  anyone they invite a lot of people.  A good number in attendance will just know the parents- or last saw the bride when she was six. The tradition of sending photos of the bride and groom with the invite started pre-facebook. 

Now that facebook is around this really serves as a way for the bride and groom to show people who have blocked their status updates how good they look. 
Yep- that's our announcement photo. 
2- What am I suppose to do with this picture? 

Here are things you are not suppose to do with the picture: 
1- Do not attach it to the present
2- Do not use it to create a custom pillow or plate with their faces on it. 

What I do with the pictures and every invitation I receive- I put them in an photo album that also doubles as a coffee table book- so when visitors are over they flip through and then we end up playing the "oh you know so and so" game.  This only works if you are also Mormon- if you are not Mormon, go ahead and recycle it. 
"Oh my gosh! I grew up with Jennifer! Ooh this invite's fabulous! He clearly married up!"  

3- Why am I not invited to the wedding?

Most people attending the reception will not have attended the wedding- and it's not just because you're not Mormon- most likely if you were Mormon- you still wouldn't have been invited.  Don't take it personally. That's all I'm going to tell you because this is a great question to ask some LDS person at the reception when you're trying to make small talk. 
Not all these people saw the wedding- they just hung outside to take pictures. 

4.  What is a Mormon reception like? varies.  For the most part picture a real estate open house, but add some more people...some harp music... those cream puffs from Costco with some chocolate fudge drizzled over the top.   Don't get me wrong, the absolute most phenomenal dare I say epic (and I don't use that word lightly) party I have ever attended was an LDS wedding.  My philosophy is, keep your expectations low- and that way they can be exceeded.  (Side note- best to go a little hungry, don't plan on them serving dinner- they may, but most likely not, go hungry, have plans to eat afterwards and if you get dinner- bonus!) 

5. Can you even have a wedding reception without alcohol?

Not the kind most are accustomed to.  I've been to a number that had dancing and most Mormons have moves like Kevin Bacon having to figure out how to dance without alcohol in our systems- so the wedding reception can be a lot a fun, but again- plan on a real estate open house and then be pleasantly surprised. 

No alcohol required!

6. Why did they tell me where to buy their presents on the invitation?

I'm guessing it reads "Bed Bath and Beyond and Target" 

Yeah- I don't know- especially since all Mormons register at Bed Bath and Beyond and Target. It's probably not the best idea to invite someone to come to a party and then in the next breath conveying where a gift should be purchased but just chalk it up to a mistake someone once made and continues to be duplicated.  I'd say 80% of LDS invitations come with that line imprinted at the bottom. 

All in all- it's a very normal experience- people are nice and most importantly two people decided that they really want to spend the rest of their lives together- and no matter what faith you are- that's something to celebrate. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

It's one of those 10 commandments that almost everyone believes in but we the majority of society also ignores (see using the name of God in vain).  It's also subject to personal revelation what is keeping the Sabbath day holy to one- staying at home with family and playing board games- is a direct violation of the Lords commandments to another because you took 5 too many steps.

As a Mormon there are varying degrees of keeping the Sabbath- we generally do not do anything that forces others to work- unless of course a child is sick or you're missing an egg for the brownie mix you've already mixed up.  The Sabbath day is a big ol' bunch of gray which consists of 'it's between you and the Lord' ie- flying on Sunday- I know LDS prophets and apostles fly on Sunday- is it ok because they're prophets and about the Lords work or is it ok because it's not a constant practice and thus keeping the spirit of the law? It doesn't really matter- I don't judge.

Then there's the vacation clause  and 'one and done'.  I'll admit as a very religious Seminary graduate and BYU student it never crossed my mind in the month I was backpacking Europe to find a meeting house- we spent Sundays in Cathedrals, and even at Dachau- the German Concentration Camp Museum.  Did we break the Sabbath?  According to a lot of LDS people we did- but thank heaven they're not the ones to stand in judgement of me at the last day.  Between me and my Lord- we're good.

One and done is popular when visiting friends and family- and given that there is no where where Jesus stated "worship for 3 hours solid while sitting in a hardback chair while trying to wrangle a 10 month old from eating the shoelaces of a fellow Christian" I'm cool.

When single keeping the Sabbath day holy was also combined with trying to find a mate. Church being a combination of religion and social posturing was a challenge- and rarely would I have called it 'spiritual'- which as many would be quick to point out, was probably my fault.  Then a friend asked me if I wanted to run a marathon on Sunday. My first marathon- in Las Vegas none the less, on Sunday.  Considering that the alternative to running 26.2 miles was sleeping till 10, going for a walk on the beach and then 3 hours of this dance of religion, fashion and poor flirting- I said yes.

That 26.2 mile Sunday was one of the most religious experiences I've had.  It was a life lesson which many marathoners are quickly to discuss- but did I feel like I was being judged by God for running on Sunday? No.

Fast forward 6 years and I'm at mile 3 of the Walt Disney World Marathon, on a Sunday again. I notice my iPhone is missing from my arm band. My iPhone- my connection to work and the world. I literally spent 23.2 miles of running combined with prayer- oh yes, I prayed while running for 4 hours- and the prayer went like this "Dear Lord, I promise if you help me find my cell phone I will never run on a Sunday again"...and my cell phone was found, returned and in very usable condition.

Which brings me to why I'm writing this post-WHY THE HELL ARE ALL MARATHONS ON SUNDAY!?!?! Man that really really stinks. Really stinks.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Get The Government Out Of Marriage

Why is it when a priest, bishop, whomever preforms a religious ceremony it has legal ramifications?
How is it a member of the clergy has legal power to bind two people together in the eyes of the state?

Isn't that kind of messed up?
It's like if you get baptized and got your drivers licence. 

Government should not recognize marriage, any marriage. 

Now if 2 or 3 or 8 people want to come together and create a union of sorts which spells out death benefits, insurance benefits so on and so forth- it's a legal contract created by lawyers or government officials.  

If religious leaders want their members to obtain such a document between two consenting adults before they perform the religious ceremony of a marriage- then so be it.

I wrote this post when Prop 8 was first being debated,A Rose By Any Other Name and while I stand by my logic in the post, my opinion has 'evolved' or since I'm a conservative 'flip flopped'.   Government has no business being in marriage.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Trading Up

My 4 year old daughter who had been an absolute delight for the majority of our stay in California, decided that the day we went to Disneyland was the day she was going to be the very worst version of herself- go figure.  We had the typical Disneyland meltdowns over things of zero significance.  There with my sister and her fiance- they both said "and this is why we're using as much birth control as possible."  As I watched them at Disneyland I remembered when Brent and I didn't have kids, and how easy it was.  A part of me, a very small part of me missed that time- but then I looked at this guy: 

and I realized I traded up. 

I see pictures of family members and friends wakeboarding on facebook.  I use to spend my summers wakeboarding - I miss it dearly, and at times I find myself in the middle of a small pity party because it's been so long. I may not get to wakeboard- but I get to go swimming with the cutest 4 year old and 5 month old in the world- I traded up. 

I use to live on the beach- waking up at 5 am to run with sound of the waves to pace myself- now I live in Texas so that we can support our family and run on a treadmill to the sound of the baby monitor in case my little one wakes.  Yep, I traded up. 

The same goes for snowboarding,  going out at night, and fun vacations.  

I miss traveling dearly and when trying to plan a vacation- it's challenging to find something that suits the ages of all those in my family.  I know that someday we will be able to go on adventurous international  vacations again- and when that day comes I'll also be missing the little girl that wanted snuggles from her mommy at night, and all she wanted to do is to be just like her mom.  I'm going to be missing that little boy who's face breaks out in the biggest smile ever when he sees his mom.  That's what I traded snowboarding and travel in for- and I traded up. 

And last night as I watched the Bachelorette (hate that show, will explain in another post why I watch it) I looked at these people trying desperately to find what I have.  They live in a mansion, they go on insane vacations, they have great bodies- but what they really want is to be lying in bed with their spouse in a semi-clean house and hearing their 5 month old baby giggling to himself at 3 am.   I am living the dream. 

Oh yes, my life right now is lacking the adventure and spontaneity I became accustomed to before I had kids- but there is no doubt about it. I traded up. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Why I Want My Kids To Go to a Terrible High School

I was told yesterday that they're considering redistricting our neighborhood so my kids would end up going to a much better high school A much more competitive high school.  A High School parents specifically move to this community for.  My response "Aw hell"

Scenario:  A university has 2 applicants from 2 different High Schools.  They are absolutely identical in extra circular   SAT's and essays are both exceptional.  However one has a 3.98 GPA and the other a 3.75, which one is going to get accepted?

Same scenario- except this time they have the same GPA, however one was ranked in the top 2% of their class and the other in the top 10%- which one is going to get accepted?

In answering either scenario did you think:  Well what high school did they go to? 

Didn't think so.  Universities don't care what High School you went to- just what your grades were. If you go to a competitive High School it's harder to get those high scores.  If you go to a mediocre high school- much easier.   

It seems to me we should want our kids to go to the best elementary school and Jr high but once they hit high school age- get an apartment on the wrong side of town, your kids will be grateful you did- especially if you are planning on buying a beach house instead of paying for your kid's tuition.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Baby Shower Give Aways

While pregnant I sing baby songs to myself.  Not like lullabies- but like "Hey baby, hey baby, hey! (girls say, boys say)"  So for my sister's shower we burned CD's- named them "BABY" and we did not include the play list. So when the listener popped it in the CD player they were surprised.   I thought I'd share with the world (or really- just my 6 readers) my baby shower CD of awesomeness play-list.

Baby Love - The Supremes
Ice, Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
There Goes My Baby- The Drifters 
Baby, Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
Come Back Baby- Ray Charles

Hit Me Baby One More Time- (Travis Cover of Brittney) 
Baby –(the Reliant K cover of Justin Bieber)
Be My Baby (be my little baby) - 1963 - The Ronettes
Don't Call Me Baby - 2000 - Madison Avenue
Here Comes My Baby - 1967 - The Tremeloes
Hey Baby (hey baby, hey baby, hey) – 2002 – No Doubt
Baby, Baby - Amy Grant

 (It''s a non-political, non-religious, not pro-Texas post! Does this blog even do fluff pieces? - oh yea, more fluff coming your way!)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Judge Not

Here's the dilemma: Someone is passing judgement on you. In turn it's impossible to not turn the judgement back on them.  We don't like being judged by someone who knows nothing about our circumstances but because they are judging us- we judge them right back- calling them judgemental (and self-righteous and arrogant or whatever)

A week or so ago- I figured out how to not judge someone that was judging me. It felt light a huge weight was just lifted off my shoulders. 

In church (you knew it was going to start that way didn't you) a woman gave a talk about how women need to not work and stay at home.  Commence eye roll.  I thought 'How am I going to have a conversation with this woman?  She'll just be someone I'll politely try to avoid."  She then expressed gratitude that every once in a while her husband helps out with the chores.   That was the moment - she doesn't know.  She doesn't there are women out there that have husbands that do all the cooking- that do a large portion of the cleaning and even more importantly - spend daily quality time with the kids.  I saw this woman married to a man who 'occasionally' helped out- and this is her normal.  Not only is this her normal- she thinks this is every one's normal.  

Of course! If you assume every woman is married to a man who doesn't share in household duties and child rearing- of course you think women need to stay home! Who else is going to meet those needs if not a stay at home mom.  If I was in her circumstances I very well could think the same thing too! 

If you're blessed with talents of house making - cooking, cleaning and crafting- not understanding that other women don't have those talents and worse- have other talents that need to be magnified- like a propensity for biochemistry; one could think that women working was a waste. She doesn't know the depression that accompanies an individual when God given talents and passions are ignored. 

She didn't know that some of us were not given the emotional fortitude to be home full time- and if we were our marriages would be destroyed- because we'd be lunatics.  She didn't know that for some- we're making the choice between giving a child a happy home, parents with a great marriage or a stay at home mom. 

Everything shifted for me in that moment.  I looked at this woman not with pity- because I'm sure she enjoys the life she chose.  I wasn't remotely defensive.  I thought "she doesn't understand that we're not all like her"  in that moment- every passive aggressive comment I had received, from family members, associates, strangers was seen in a new light.  These people thought their lives were the norm, not realizing every individual, every marriage is different. Of course- if every marriage and every family was like theirs- of course their way would be the right way to do things. 

My new thought when someone is passing judgement- to refrain from judging that person back is to realize that if I was in their circumstances I'd probably think the same thing too. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm No Feminist

I work and have always worked in male dominated industries.
My husband does 90% of the cooking and 40% of the cleaning.
I paid for my own education.
I majored in a male dominated field.
I've always made the choices I felt were right for me and my family- regardless of social norms.
I am NO feminist.

I thought I was, but I was mistaken.  I thought feminism was about empowering women to do what they want, to be who they want to be- but the world you and I live in does not define feminism as such.

Feminism means you want your neighbors to pay for your birth control and abortions.
Women's rights means taxing your neighbors to pay for your birth control and abortions.

Can you be a feminist and a housewife? Only if you support abortion. (and even then 1/2 of the other feminists don't want you)

I thought being a feminist meant you didn't need the help of a man, nor the government to achieve what you wanted to achieve in this life- that you could indeed do it on your own. Sadly, that's not what feminism is either.

Not sure what I am, but over the past 4 years I've certainly learned what I'm not- and that's a feminist.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Texas Liberals

I gave up California, the once love of my life- because it was too liberal. I admit it, I like to earn money. I like to keep the money I earn.

I said "San Diego, Laguana Beach, Seal Beach, LA and Santa Barbra- liberals, they're yours"

And I moved to Texas.

What I do not understand is why there are liberals in Texas- when they could be surrounded by 'their own' in much more fabulous places- like San Diego, like New York City- why hotter than hell Texas?

You know why there are liberals in Texas? Because there are jobs in Texas. There is money in Texas. There is a lower cost of living in Texas.  And why oh why are there jobs, and money and a low cost of living? Because of conservative principles.

Liberals in Texas maintain a level of disdain for the very conservative principles and people that are the driving force behind their lively hood.  At least California liberals are forced to pay the taxes and deal with the jobless numbers that accompany their philosophies.

This article puts it perfectly:  Texas vs. California

So Texas is Germany to California's Greece through the redistribution of federal tax dollars. Fine. Just don't move to Texas bringing your failed economy policies with you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Zofran, Psych and Why Mormons Proselytize

True friends will see you make a bad choice and then smack you repeatedly on the side of the head until you make a good choice.  A real friend finds something you'd love and then nags you to the point of annoyance to try this something that they know you will love but you're too stubborn to try.  

During my first pregnancy I went through 7 months of pure hell- 7 months of debilitating nausea.My misery put on 80 lbs, and it took me 4 years to decide to do it again. I would have done anything to get rid of that feeling- ANYTHING (this is part of the reason why I, unlike our president, am pro-medical marijuana use). 10 weeks into the current pregnancy a woman I sat next to at church said "Why are you not on Zofran?" She then went into the beauty of Zofran. She did not stop there, she would not let me get out of my chair until I told her that I was going to contact my OB right after church and request the medication.

That's me- after I broke 200lbs because no one told me about Zofran.

I could write a sonnet to Zofran.  I'm going to compose a thank you note to the manufacturer of Zofran.    Those that knew about Zofran and did not share this knowledge- are dead to me. Unfriended, not speaking, out of my life- I'm giving you the black spot not my friend any more. 

If you are pregnant and nauseous- in the name that is all good and wonderful in this world- get some Zofran. 

Psych. This show is written excursively for me- and I didn't find it until season 5.  Psych kicked out Arrested Development for its slot as BEST SHOW IN THE ENTIRE WORLD (sorry Gob- but they put Kristy Swanson and Count Chocula in their vampire episode) I had friends that watched and enjoyed Psych, and did not say anything to me about what a wonderful show this was.  Those friends are no friends at all- to have a show that could make me laugh so hard go 5 seasons and not mention it to me? Selfish, evil human beings. 

Not too subtly you've probably figured out what this has to do with Mormons.  Mormons as a general rule are happy people. Mormons contribute a good deal of what makes them happy to the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I know when I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I know when I follow the words of the living prophet- I am happy. That's why the majority of Mormons believe, and that's why they share the gospel with their friends, neighbors and strangers.  It's not some trick to brainwash the world, or need for additional tithing funds- but something we like so much, we feel compelled to share it with others.  If I'm going to tell every pregnant woman I see to take Zophran, and I'm going to tell every child of the 80's to watch Psych, I should probably also let them know about a religion that has made my day to day living enriched and happy.  So next time you see two white shirts and ties at your door- think of them as two guys telling you about a really great local restaurant they love, and not some guys trying to convert you to their faith. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Constitutional Right to Abort a Baby Because It's Female, But Not To Buy a 20 oz Soda.

Two big stories this week- one carried by the mainstream media- one blatantly and irresponsibly ignored-

First Mayor Bloomberg moves to ban 20 oz sodas.  To go into the stupidity of this law is useless. I don't even drink soda, I think soda is toxic, and I still think this is a new level of stupid.

Second- the big story this week that no one heard, networks decided this wasn't terribly newsworthy, as opposed to the 20 oz soda- the House tried to pass a bill prohibiting gender selective abortions- and it got shot down.  This wasn't some trick to ban abortions- it was to ban killing female babies prior to birth strictly because they are female.  This was on the cusp of some videos being released showing Planned Parenthood advising women on how to abort their babies if they are indeed female. Aside from this being absolutely appalling, my tax dollars are funding this.  Oh, and President Obama supports taxpayer funding of gender specific abortions

This my liberal friends is why conservatives want to de-fund planned parenthood.  Not to deny women mammograms, nor deny rape and incest victims abortions,  but because each morning I wake up and go to work, and a chunk of the money I earn funds late-term abortions and gender specific abortions. 

Granted, gender specific abortions are not currently running rampant- however there is substantial evidence  that they are indeed occurring, how many baby girls need to die before we as a country decide we are not going to engage in eugenics? If just one baby girl is killed because she's a girl- and we paid for it- isn't that enough? 

 In what world does a 20 oz soda get more media coverage than a tax payer funded institution facilitating female gendercide? In what world is it not o.k. to put 20oz of soda in my mouth, but it is o.k. to kill he female baby growing within me strictly because it's female?  This is the United States of America the far left has created for us, and it's our new reality. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crazy Things Mormons Believe

To make things easy for everyone that thinks Mormons are a bunch nutcases: here's the top 10 Crazy things Mormons believe: Brace yourself for a shock- the Senate Majority leader, yes Harry Reid- one of the most powerful individuals in the world- is a practicing Mormon and believes all of the below.

10. A man built a ship- put two of every animal on that ship, the entire earth was flooded, all humanity and animal life were destroyed except for those on the boat.

9. A woman was turned to a pillar of salt. PILLAR of Salt people.

8. God had his prophet swallowed by a fish, and then regurgitated by said fish and lived.

7. A man had ridiculous strength because he never cut his hair.

6. The sea has been split in half- and thousands of people walked across the sea on dry ground.

5. There once was a staff that if you would just look at it, it would heal you.

4. At one time the first born of every family that did not put blood over their door was killed.

3. Man has walked on water.

2. Mr. Ed existed, but he wasn't a horse- he was a donkey.

1.  A Virgin gave birth to the Son of God.

Makes some gold plates, not drinking coffee, and a lot of food storage look pretty mild doesn't it?

*Update: Even Stepphen Colbert Agrees

Friday, January 21, 2011

An IQ test



And you'll get:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I don't want Rockin' Abs and other goals I don't have

I have a friend who has a 6 pack- her abs are awesome. She eats raw food and works out about 3 hours a day.

I have no desire to ever have a 6 pack or even a 2 pack.

You see, I LIKE chocolate chip cookies on a Sunday evening- and then Monday morning for breakfast.

So it's settled, I will never have rockin' abs because I'd rather have cookies and 2 extra hours in my day.

I will also never have nice nails for more than a week every 3 months. $34 a month for nail care? Let me whip out my handy dandy calculator- that's $408 a year, for 20 years? I could have a car! Every time I see a well manicured hand I think "Shoot, I should really get my nails done, and she may have nice hands but in 20 years I'll be able to afford a Toyota Corala with 120,000 miles on it."

Speaking of nice cars- I really don't want to drive a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche or Audi. So luxury car- that's a total non-goal. If I could have any car in the world it would be my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee which I was forced to give up practically at gunpoint. ANY CAR in the world and I'd like that one back please.

So back to the abs. It's kind of nice saying "you've got great abs, and I admire the work sacrifice and dedication involved and I can say with all the conviction in my heart and soul- no thank you" I'd like to find some more goals I don't want. Sure is easier than executing on the ones I do.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Christmas Morning Project

I'm posting this because whenever I've mentioned it to someone they say "That's a great idea!" I believe that everyone wants to give service to others, what is lacking are the opportunities presented to us.

I was a very selfish teenager- more than one Christmas came and went where I was not as grateful as I should have been. One of our goals for our family is to do service on Christmas day. There is three reasons for this 1- To remember the Savior Jesus Christ and the life of service he lead 2- To open our children's eyes to the world around them and help them to recognize their many blessings 3- To keep them from being spoiled and ungrateful. Besides, it just feels like the right thing to do.

So how do you take a 2 year old to do service? Who could a toddler possibly serve?

My cousin shared a touching story about when she visited an elderly woman with her new baby, and the woman wanted so dearly to just hold the baby. Hesitant to do so, my cousin shared her little girl with this blind elderly woman and the woman began to cry tears of joy.

My grandmother is in a retirement community, when we walk in the door every single person lights up when they see Sam. They love just looking at her smile and say very nice things about how pretty she is. My grandmother lives no where near us, but there is a nursing home down the street, so Christmas day we're going to take Sam and a few other kids to visit the elderly that may not get visitors on Christmas.

Trying to think of what I could give those who's years have passed them and may be forgotten, the best thing I could think of was to spend time with a child on Christmas.

I called the nursing home activities director and they are happy to have any visitors on Christmas.

I share this only because in this time where we blog about gifts to give our neighbors and friends in order to share ideas- I thought I'd blog about service to render on Christmas.

If you have any other ideas as to how to render service on Christmas, please share.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Instead of potatoes, here's some mush

This time last year the husband had been laid off, I had a miserable job and we were in Utah.

We decided it was time to make the dream a reality and move to Texas, grapes of wrath style. (Instead of fleeing the dust bowl we were fleeing the impact of congresses banking legislation) There were two things we knew: we were suppose to move to Texas, and it was not going to be easy. Most thought we were crazy.

To move, one of us needed job offer. I had an interview in San Diego, my flight took me through Las Vegas, where the flight was delayed indefinitely- I had to get THIS job and I had to interview on THIS day. I rented a car in Las Vegas and drove the rest of the way in the storm for the interview.

Once the job offer was extended, we had 2 weeks to move all of our earthly possessions to a city we had spent no more than 3 days in. My daughter and I flew to Dallas while Brent drove our cars down, twice in 3 days. The first trip hauling a uhaul through apocalypse snow- without the assistance of the right mirror because his wife has deep personal issues with the right side mirror of the car (any car really- ask my mom).

Our first apartment while close to downtown, was far away from any reputable childcare facility with a vacancy. We enrolled our daughter in a wonderful preschool, which added an hour to our commute each morning and night, but it was worth it.

After our 3 month lease was up, we moved apartments- which is when our daughter decided to tell us that regardless of our inability to sell some property in Utah we needed to buy a house. This message was conveyed through her crying in the middle of the night, and refusing to sleep unless being held. When you live in an apartment where you can hear your neighbors poop, letting her cry it out isn't an option. 2 weeks with no sleep for mom and dad motivated us to looking into buying a house, though we were sure we wouldn't be able to borrow much.

Surprisingly we qualified for a loan (it's scary how much debt people can still get into) and we found a great home. Not surprisingly our house closed the same week that our UT property sold, the same week my little sister came home from a mission, and the same week that I had sales training out of state. Brent again had to move with out my help, and in 2 days.

We're now settled in a wonderful home, with the best preschool ever near by, close to good friends. We both have jobs (Brent has changed jobs since the move), which continue to present issues and trials- but we're here, we're in Texas, we have jobs and we're happy. In addition our move has impacted and benefited others in ways we couldn't have predicted, or foreseen.

Here's the mushy part of the post: today I'm grateful for a God that hears and answers prayers. I'm grateful that Brent got laid off and we were permitted to have this adventure. Grateful for a God that guided us in our move to Texas, and loved us enough to give us the knowledge that this is where we're suppose to be, but getting here wouldn't be easy- we'd have to work for it. And of course, I'm grateful for Texas.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Not a REAL doctor

It was accounting 102. I was addressing my instructor because I disagreed with a grade. I referred to her as 'Mrs.' and she said "Call me Dr., I worked hard for that title and I think I earned it."

What happens lady if we are in public- I call you doctor and a guy falls down with a heart attack- and his wife turns to you and says, " You're a doctor- save my husband!"

And what do you say? "I'm a different kind of doctor"
She says, "I don't care what kind of doctor you are just save my husband"
You say what? "I'm a doctor of accounting. I have a PHD"
And she says, "So you're not a real doctor?"
And you say, "No I'm not a physician, but I earned my doctorate, so I am referred to as doctor. It was a lot of time and work so I've earned the title of doctor."

And then the man is dead.

You know, I am not a Barbra Boxer fan. A woman that's been in Washington for as long as she has should be able to tout some serious accomplishments- aside from the ability to get elected. That combined with my 19 year old experience is why I LOVE this ad.

(Once my brother finishes his PhD I will refer to him as doctor in public mostly to watch complete strangers to ask him about their flem filled coughs and night sweats.)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Why the young are liberals and the old are conservatives

I worked with a kid in his early 20's. Lived in SF, your typical young liberalish 'open minded' 20 something. He worked in sales support for years, went above and beyond the call of duty to get the break into becoming a sales rep. His first year as a sales rep he put in upwards of 60 hours a week to make some real money. A year later his hard work paid off, the hours on airplanes, the years putting up as sales support, and he closed some big deals.

When he received his first big commission check, over 50% of his money went to the government. In his own words, "I instantly became a fiscal conservative"

He perfectly manifested why the young are liberals- because they have yet to bear the financial burden of fiscally irresponsible policies- and the reason the old are conservatives, they're sick of paying taxes.

Monday, August 9, 2010

'You can all go to hell. I'm going to Texas'

You know those super obnoxious Texans that won't shut up about how great Texas is?
Yes, I'm one of them.

I grew up in San Diego California. The place where it's 72 degrees year round, quite possibly the most perfect climate on the planet. You could see the beach from my high school classrooms. I'd ditch school to drive my jeep CJ 5 up and down the coast. I dream every night about running on the beach. The beach is my first love. When it comes to material possesions, my main goal in life is to have a house on the beach. But I'm a Texan.

I love Texas.

I love that people put their state flag on bumper stickers, watercoolers, notebooks, t-shirts and state that they are a Texan will unapologetic pride. Unapologetic pride in who you are and where you live, it's hard to find in Americans but it runs ample in Texas.

It's over 100 degrees outside, with NO beach, but Texas feels like home.

"Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation
in every sense of the word" - Author John Steinbeck

"I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world,
the best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is
a fortune to any man to come here" - Alamo hero Davey Crockett

"Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas" - Senator William Blakley

"I love Texas because Texas is future-oriented, because Texans think anything
is possible. Texans think big" Senator Phil Gramm

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Problem With Not Being Easily Offended

We tend to be viewed as 'insensitive' to others.

We wouldn't be offended by it, so why would someone else?

Things that we would consider as a natural part of every day conversation others misinterpret as an attack. Typically it will take someone a few months of knowing us to realize- 'that's just who they are'

Not being easily offended, or caring what others think is a liberating quality- but it can also limit one's inner circle of friends to individuals that have really good self-esteem, are very thick skinned, or are extremely forgiving. I think I'm ok with that.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Buy a Beach House Instead of Paying Your Kid's Tuition

Often the topic of saving for our child's college education comes up in conversation (bizarre, I know, but it does- with complete strangers) here's the earth shattering news, hold your breath- it's coming- I'm not paying for my daughter's schooling, she's paying for that herself.

When this statement is made I'm received with the same shock I would have received had I declared I was shipping my 18 month old off to Siberia. The idea that a child should work for and hence value their education is foreign.

I find interesting the volumes of successful people that scrimped, saved and scratched their way to financial prosperity that turn around and deny their children of the same experiences. Out of love our children we want to give them everything, but in doing so we rob them of the some of the most valuable and rare lessons children can learn- how to work, how to save, how to decide that there is something you want and to go through physical pain and self denial to EARN it.

(Yes, this is me- I was indeed, a dancing banana)

I didn't sweat in a banana suit all summer so that I could turn around and not have my children work, I worked hard so I could have security and move towards my dream- a house on the beach. And hopefully, with the lessons my children learn by working, saving and sacrificing, they will be able to buy their own beach houses.

There's a level of self esteem that is achieved only through working and self-sacrifice, knowing that you can make it just fine on your own. If we don't teach that lesson to our kids prior to college, or in college- when are they going to learn it?

After getting over the initial shock that a middle class American family doesn't believe in saving for their kid's college we receive a 'Good For You!'. I have yet to hear a person speak to the benefits of parents picking up the full tab for their child's education. If you know of some- I'm open to them, but until I'm convinced- we're saving for a beach house.

(Disclaimer: If your parents paid for your education I do not think you're a spoiled brat that has no concept of work, some of us were not lucky enough to be born with the work gene, you were- congratulations. If you're successful at sports or academics this again obviously doesn't apply to you because if you were really good then you got a scholarship and if you weren't really good and just played for fun- well, you had your reward so then yes this does apply to you, you should have gotten a job and paid for your school because you were a b-rated athlete, come to think about it unless you're the best at athletics what's the point? People that train their lives and then don't make it to the Olympics- talk about an investment with no payout. Why don't they ever show THOSE stories during the Olympic games- the hundreds of people that gave it their best and it wasn't good enough so they had to go into medical equipment sales because that's the only place an ex-athlete can get a job, and their real dreams were never fulfilled and unlike the rest of us who sit back and think 'well I never gave it my all so maybe I could have achieved' these people actually gave it their all and failed, which must really suck, unless they found a new dream- that is the story I'd like to see during the Olympic games- people who wanted to be Olympic athletes, failed and then realized their true calling and joy through selling sports equipment or creating nonprofit children's camps, whichever . And if you never went to college, I don't think you're lazy either, more CEO's come from the school of hard knocks than Harvard so you're're cool)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How Much Should I Pay My Babysitter?

How much I pay my babysitter is a physical manifestation of just how much I value my child's life and happiness. I value the person who will be responsible for calling 911 more than I value my waitress. I know we're not suppose to be prideful, however I take pride in what I pay my babysitters. It's due to being an undervalued babysitter in my youth.

I once was asked to go on 'vacation' with a family. (Vacation being an Amway seminar in Arizona) I spent 90% of my time trapped in a hotel room watching kids. After the 'vacation' was over the family didn't pay me, as the thought taking me on 'vacation' was payment enough.

This was 50% my fault and 50% the fault of my father. Yes, I blame my dad for my being an underpaid babysitter. My dad is a great salesman. He should have passed on his knowledge as to how to properly sell your product, that being: You tell people what you charge before you give them the product. You don't give someone a service and then gratefully take what ever they deem right to give to you.

This mentality of taking whatever someone thinks you're worth with out demanding what you think you're worth is a bad road to go down at the age of 12. If we teach our daughters when asked to babysit to tell people upfront what they charge for their services, in lieu of just taking what they're given- it sends a simple and powerful message to this young girl. It's a small means of empowerment to young women. Teaching a girl to evaluate what she's worth, put a price on it, and have the courage to ask for it, not settling for what someone else thinks they're worth and just taking it.

So, how does one pay a babysitter?

Ask the babysitter what she charges. If she says "whatever you want to pay me" start negotiating. Can I pay you in cookies? How's $1 an hour? Make her tell you what she wants to be paid. If she doesn't give a price, tell her she's not going to get paid at all. Most will under quote- so what ever she says, pay her more. Call it a tip.

She'll build self-esteem and be more attentive to the children, because it will be viewed as a real job. Hopefully someday we'll all take more pride in what we pay our care givers, than in what we paid for our jewelery.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Not The Little Mermaid!

Advertising works. The strongest form of advertising, product placement. Just as product placement worked for Reese's Pieces, it also works for morals, values, and social norms. I believe that the acceptance of homosexuality is largely due to the introduction of homosexuality into media, starting small with the Lesbian Wedding on Friends, to Will and Grace, now most sitcoms now have the loveable homosexual sidekick.

This is why I flipped out over The Little Mermaid coming into my home.

Maybe flipped out is strong, but that DVD went right back into the netflix envelope from which it came. Brent's rational for ordering it: "I thought Samantha would like the songs." Oh, but the songs are about disobeying your parents, giving up your talents, ignoring your family and responsibility, sacrificing everything for a boy, and in your defiance living happily ever after, and all at the age of 16.

I've previously blogged about how Disney Princesses are the root of all evil, so recently a good friend forwarded this to me, which perfectly says why I am against everything princess and you'll never again find the Little Mermaid in my home.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The American Flag disrespectful to Americans?

There are so many things wrong with the Live Oak Highschool incident it's hard to know where to begin.

The key to my frustration is this mentality:
"I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day," Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. "We don't deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July."

If you're an American, how can the American flag ever be considered disrespectful?

Should all of the Americans that are now living in England get royally offended if the British dare to wave their flag on the Fourth of July?

It's hard to empathise with a group that wants our healthcare and educational system free of charge but then finds the flag of the country that is footing the bill 'disrespectful'.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ponzi Schemes Worse Than Rape?

Bernie Madoff got sentenced to 150 years in prison for stealing money.

John Albert Gardner was given 6 years for molesting and beating a 13 year old.

Who would you rather have living next door?

We live in a society where it is a greater crime to steal money than destroy lives.

In what reality does 6 years in prison make up for a young girl being traumatized for the rest of her life? Not only that, a young girl who was only alive because she was able to escape?

Let's ignore for A SECOND that John Gardner just admitted to the murders of two beautiful girls- Chelsea King, and Amber Dubois- and stick with a 13 year old girl's life was destroyed and our society thinks that the punishment for that should be less than that of theft. Steal money from rich people, big time in prison-destroy a little girls life- slap on the hand.

Sure, now that the guy has actually murdered someone, let's put him in prison but gee, it was just sexual assault and the beating of a 13 year old- that's not as bad as a Ponzi scheme. The national media coverage is virtually zero, even now that he has pleaded guilty.

Those that are responsible for releasing these predators back into society need to be held accountable- the DA, the panel who gives these people parole- at the very least jobs need to be lost and at the most- they need to be tried.

Let the Bernie Madoffs of the world being back on the street in order to make room for John Garnders- on their FIRST OFFENSE. Release the drug users (not dealers) and fill our prisons with rapists and murders.

It's a sad but true statement that in our 'civilized society' money is far more important than lives.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Death and April 15th

When deciding how much you have with held from your paycheck each year ask one question:

When you die do you want to owe the government or do you want the government to owe you?

Here's a previous post explaining why it is in your best interest to OWE taxes in April- that's right, if you're getting a return- you failed.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

'Blinkers indicate weakness'

There's a lot we've learned from this two week move to Dallas, namely- take more than 2 weeks to move.

We decided to get a POD to put everything that we'd move into our house, and got a uhaul trailer for everything in our apartment. We learned that when the wife says "That's not going to be enough space" She's right, because she knows exactly how much stuff you own.

On the bright side, we did the calculation of what it would cost to get an additional unit, so we made sure that the cost to replace all items given away would be less than that cost, so we felt like we came out a head- but it was still hard to give away our trashcan. Brent loved that can.

Also learned that if you happen to snap off the passenger mirror of the vehicle that will be towing the a fore mentioned U-Haul, 4 days prior to the move, you should take the vehicle to the dealership service department and not a body shop. Long story short, this will force you to tow a u-haul through a snow and windstorm for 20 hours staying entirely in the right lane due to your temporary mirror not having warmers and being rendered completely useless.

We decided to get an apartment close to work, then figure out where we want to buy.

We thought this was smart, this was stupid.

We SHOULD have looked for an apartment close to CHILD CARE. Kory silly Kory assumed she'd be able to find decent childcare anywhere, not so. Decent Childcare has a waiting list- especially if your child is under 18 months. Luckily we had some friends in town that knew of some EXCELLENT childcare. Draw back of EXCELLENT childcare- Holly Mackerel it's expensive! Bonus of excellent childcare, expensive means that there's an opening. Luckily there was space available in one that is located 7 miles in the opposite direction of our commute, in a nicer part of town, with better apartments.

Texas drivers are insane. INFREAKINSANE. LA drivers have NOTHING on Dallas. When talking to someone about how no one here uses their blinkers they smiled and said, "In Dallas, using your blinker indicates weakness"

I have a feeling we have a lot more learning coming our way.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Why I'm glad I did NOT have children earlier

While going on and on about how wonderful my little girl is my mom asked, "Now don't you wish you started having children earlier?" My answer "Not in the slightest"

Which at first glance may sound strange- why wouldn't you want the best thing that ever happened to you to happen sooner than it did?

Because I wouldn't have appreciated it had it come sooner to the degree that I appreciate it now.

I sat next to a man on a plane who's wife after 14 years of marriage decided she didn't want to be married anymore. She felt like she had missed out on life and needed to leave her 3 children, go to bars, travel and 'live life'. Those of us that waited to get married, and have children will never have the 'what if?' thoughts. I never wonder what life is like living on the beach and being completely self centered because I got to live it, and now I know for myself that I have the better part. The biggest benefit from having that selfish lifestyle in my early 20's is that I know it's worthless in my 30's.

Let me put this another way: I worked for Stryker. Stryker is a very reputable company, pharma reps, medical reps, pretty much everyone wants to work for Stryker.
While I was at Stryker I worked with a guy who had a very coveted job- and by sheer luck he got it straight out of college. When I talked to him I could sense that he fully did not appreciate the opportunity presented him. So much so that after having the job for only 6 months he decided to go back to school to get his MBA, because he missed the fun days of college.

Many men with MBAs would have done anything for his job, but because he had not experienced the workforce, because the exceptional job had come too early- he did not appreciate it and threw it away. I've talked to him since and after a number of people he respected in his MBA program told him he was a moron for leaving Stryker, he now deeply regrets his decision- but there's no going back.

I am a better wife and mother because I've experienced 11 years in a singles ward, I've dated hundreds of guys, been to foreign places. I can never take my husband for granted because I still have nightmares about being single.

I stare into my little girl's eyes and there is an appreciation for her that I would not have had at 19, 23 or even 26. The best thing that ever happened to me happened at the ripe age of 32- and I wouldn't have it any other way.

(Dear women who have made different choices than myself, The above post is not an attack on your life choices. The post is not to tell you I'm better than you. This post is not about you- it's about me, because this is my blog. )

Monday, January 11, 2010

If 5'4" Brunettes From San Diego were Terrorists

If suddenly a group of 5'4" brunettes that had spent a good portion of their life in San Diego started bombing airplanes, how would I feel if airport security pulled me out of the line to do any extra security check each time I went through?

More over, how would I feel if they didn't pull me aside to do a security check but delayed an African for an extra security check?

Every time they'd pull me over in security I'd thank them. Because hell, I don't want to die in a plane crash either and if it was a known FACT that only brunettes from San Diego were terrorising the skies I'd want every single one of my kind getting the pat down. If I knew I had to plan to be at the airport an extra 45 minute early because of the color of my hair and place of my origin- I'd be just fine with that.

Moreover, if I saw security letting me go through, but taking someone who obviously did NOT fit the profile aside, I'd be ticked. Really ticked.

I'm having a hard time understanding why Arabs and Muslims that love America and do not want their planes to go down in flames take issue with profiling for additional screening.

If the roles were reversed, I'd be happy to take the extra 15 minutes in security to ensure that those 5'4" brunettes were caught and that the skies were safe to fly.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lesson from 11th grade required reading

The Grapes of Wrath. Hated it.

I did retain something from that 11th grade required reading- the unemployed moved to where there was work, they didn't just sit around hoping the work would come to them.

So, we're contemplating a move, brace yourself, it's NOT to Southern California ( the 10% 'just because' tax solidified that we will indeed never return to the promised land). As a good friend put it, I'm moving "where the 80's went to die."- Dallas, Texas.

People like to tell me how much they hate Dallas, but once Texas secedes from the union, and we make Ron Paul our King - they'll be singing a different tune.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And the Lazy Shall Inherit the Earth...

After calculating how much we're saving in childcare expenses, saving in taxes, and getting in unemployment- if Brent returns to a job making EXACTLY what he was making-our NET additional take home is only an additional $1200 A MONTH.

Granted going back to work means we'd be able to contribute more to charity, employ two people, and of course, increase government revenue by paying more taxes - but with the tax laws being what they are, and unemployment being as generous as it is, why would anyone be eager to return to the workforce for a mere $1200 a month?

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Most Annoying Ad on TV

Why is USPS advertising?
Am I the only one that sees this as grossly wrong?

A GOVERNMENT program, that has countless issues, is losing loads of money is using tax payer dollars to advertise itself.

Here's a thought- if no one is using a government service- why not get rid of it?

The USPS gets subsidized by our taxes, FedEx and UPS don't.
GM got subsidized by our taxes, Ford didn't. (Did you SEE last months earnings?)

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a pattern here. The government should never enter the free market with services subsidized with the taxes of their competitors.

The USPS commercials really aren't that bad- but knowing that my taxes help payed for it annoys the hell out of me.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Robbing Peter to Pay Pelosi

Can someone explain why groups, entities or businesses that "need" government funding, and then are granted dollars out of the pockets of hard working Americans are then permitted to turn around and give money to political figures, lobbyists, or campaigns in hopes of them granting MORE funds to said organization?

It's a terrible cycle. A business, group, union needs money so they SPEND money petitioning congressmen, senators, throw fundraisers, GIVE money to campaigns, or lobby for reform that would give them taxpayer dollars- the government then takes money from the tax payers to give to these groups, who in return a portion back to their peeps in government, who take more from the taxpayers to give to said groups, who give back some to their government peeps, who take more from the taxpayers....

If any entity gets money from the US Government in the form of a subsidy, grant, or otherwise they should there forward be restricted in contributing anything, ANYTHING to any government party, person, function, proposition, reform- regardless of party.

Sure members of that organization can do what they want, but the organization itself must be banned from all political activity while receiving tax payer dollars.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Audacity of Hos

I've been trying to figure out a way to get my liberal friends opinions on our unbiased media's coverage of ACORN...

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