So I wake up BEFORE my alarm goes off this morning. SIGH. Actually I usually do...but I wake up early enough most mornings that I still have a good hour or so of sleep yet to cherish. Kind of nice I think. This morning I woke up only about a minute before my alarm clock rudely went off to remind me that I am not allowed to hide under my covers, but instead must get up and be responsible.
Maybe I kept sleeping because of the pumpkin orange moon that was hanging up in the sky. Really pretty.
I have a feeling that the orange moon is because we are back in inversion-mode here. Doesn't bother me at all health-wise but I do miss seeing some of the mountains.
So my 11 year old niece, Kiley, drew me last night while I was at my mom's. I know my hair isn't white blonde like it was growing up...but I never realized how dark it was now! ; ) Pencil colored hair--cool! I like the wind-swept bangs and mostly the teeth! Very fun!
At night I tend to give my eyes a rest and wear my glasses...for those who didn't know I wear glasses/contacts. Kiley is a sweet little girl. And I think she did a great job drawing me.
Yes, I have to say I am loving our weather right now. I get to work with out slipping and sliding and the afternoon is all sunny and pretty shining on the snow that is on the lawns. Beautiful blue sky!
Sorry though to friends who are getting ice rain in their part of the country! I feel badly for them.
So do you think it is creative to wear two different socks at the same time? I hear it is...and also a great excuse when you are at the end of your clean laundry...not that I am wearing mis-matched socks today nor at the end of my clean laundry. But I just wanted to let you know what I was thinking about. Aren't you glad you now know what I am thinking about? ; )
Happy Tuesday! Glad it was just a little rainy on the way to work today. Woohoo!
Yes, this is my windshield at 6am this morning...no, i don't have an oval windshield... I was just lazy and didn't draw the shape of my windshield. The two orange circles represent the back of a car. Now let me ask you, can YOU see the lines on the road? Me neither! I stay in the slow lane and make my way slowly to work. Though I was surprised that I got to work in 35 minutes! Usually takes me 30 minutes on dry roads. Driving snow like this tends to make me a little nervous but I chose to just get out there and deal with it. I tried to think of quiet and calm like my boss and friend Paula says that she does in falling snow. Though I did grip my steering wheel I have to say. Still not a fan of the snow on the roads but I made it safe and sound to work. Yes!
I need to think positively that we need the moisture and that these storms are taking away the smog from the air. Yay! I still hope though that it isn't snowing on my commute home this afternoon.
Eat your fruits and veggies. I promise you won't turn purple! Well maybe you will if you eat strictly ALL purple fruits and veggies...I am thinking of an eggplant for the purple vegetable.
So it's Friday. Sigh. I like Fridays. Don't get me wrong. But this is the first Friday in about 3 months that I have had to work. I had so many vacation hours that I had to use them or lose them. It was SO nice to have all those Fridays off. Back to reality I guess.
So happy Friday! And I hope something exciting happens for all of us. Just for fun. (And try not to fall asleep at your desk like I feel like I want to right now.)
By the way, I felt like I should have had a fog horn this morning. Goodness.
Yay for Thursday! Just a good day. Nothing spectacular about the day. And nothing really new to report. I like this little sketch I did. Just a kid...thinking. It's good to get our thinker thinking, I think. ("Think" is a funny word if you say it enough.) Anyway I like the style of this kid that I drew. A little whimsical to me. And I like the colors.
...but sometimes do you feel that hungry? I do. Sometimes. But wouldn't it be fun to chew on a house? Maybe not. I doubt it would taste that good. Maybe test it out sometime and go lick the side of your house just to see what you think. Let me know how that goes.
So, having the privilege of working at the Mt Timp Temple on Thursday nights, I am able to interact with such amazing people on my temple shift. One of the many is this sweet sister named Velma. Velma told me back in November that her cute husband, Richard, used to make all the family birthday cards. He would load in photos of the kids or grandkids into a card format and each birthday was fun and personal for each family member. He, sadly, had a lot of health issues at the beginning of 2009 that continued through the year and back in May (I think) he passed away. I always told him that he had to get better and come back to work on our shift. Just such a sweet man. We all miss him so much. I used to tease him that he needed to eat more vegetables. It was just fun to see them both there at the temple each Thursday.
So Velma told me of her dilemma that she was basically computer illiterate. She asked me if I could put something together for her to give her kids and grandkids to keep the tradition going. So I asked if I could take her picture to use. So this is what I came up with. Just a generic card for her to get printed. I did a full color version too...which she wants to use...but it wasn't my favorite. Just not enough contrast. I liked this version...so this is the version I posted. Anyway, it was no big deal to do it for her. I am just glad that I can help her out. She and her husband are such sweet and kind people. And I know that Richard is at the temple with us on Thursday nights. She has an amazing angel watching over her. Richard, I hope you like the drawing of your sweet wife.
This past decade has flown by it seems. Many big things happened within this decade:
1) A sister of mine, Deb, got married just before the decade. And a little while back I gained 2 new nieces and a new nephew from Ethiopia. They fit right into our family and we feel so blessed.
2) And at the beginning of the decade another sister, Karen, got married. (It was a strange time...feeling so happy for them but also feeling at a loss too realizing that their lives were progressing with their eternal companions but I felt like I had, in a way, lost my two best friends and that my life was just at a standstill.) I have since realized that my life is still progressing, and I have not lost my two best friends, but just in a different way than I had not planned. But it is all good. And I am growing so much. Karen and her husband had 3 adorable boys. What fun they have brought into our family.
3) I lost a job (laid off) I worked at Novell (9 years ago)...which was such a hard thing to have to let go of for me. It totally turned my life upside down. I had to start over in a way with my career. The hardest part was having to leave some very close friends of mine. I keep in touch but in some ways it has never been the same for me. I was very lucky to have that situation. Very dear friends to me.
4) Sadly realizing that my heart was in a place I thought someone else's heart was and finding that his wasn't (another extremely difficult time...probably the hardest situation and mix of emotions I have gone through...but I also know that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me and I have grown because of it and become stronger). And I have realized since that this guy was not right for me. Time made me realize that. So it is all good but also still a little hard on my heart. The saddest is that we aren't even friends anymore. (We used to talk ALL the time.)
5) Having the opportunity to be humbled for 2 years as I learned that I could make it on my own for 2 years without a job. I learned many lessons and realized many things. And did a lot of freelance.
6) Opening up an amazing world of being an ordinance worker at Mt Timpanogos Temple. I have learned so much there and it has truly humbled me and reminds me weekly of all that I need to improve on. For how much I have to improve each day, I am grateful that I am allowed to serve there every Thursday night. Plus I have been lucky enough to know some truly amazing co-workers there. They teach me new things every week.
7) Being able to work at Thanksgiving Point for 2 years. I got to work with such fun people. Mark, Johnj, and Fer. Along with other great people. What a fun time.
8) And then 5 years ago having the opportunity to grow even more at Stampin' Up where I have been challenged even more so and have been able to expand my drawing and design skills. And have gotten to meet and get to know such amazing people. It took me a good year to get into the swing of things there and to finally fit in there with the way they create stamp sets there but I am learning more and more each day there. I am thankful for kind and caring friends who work there.
9) I also had a huge shock in my life this past year with losing my brother Jason. But as earlier posts indicate, I am doing okay and I know he is doing okay. But it has been a very hard past 9 months. His disease was a really hard thing on our family...daily. But losing him was the hardest. I know in some ways that I have changed because of it. 3 more months till we get to do his temple work. I KNOW he will be there.
10) I have also had many great little things happen this past 10 years:
I just paid off my car. (Yay!)
I have learned a lot of lessons through different experiences.
I am slowly turning into the person I hope to be someday...(this is ongoing and I have a feeling it will take forever ; )
And the fact that I know that my family and friends are always here for me.
Thankyou, Decade! Thanks for teaching me so many lessons in my life. I didn't like some of them at the time...lots of tears have been shed...but I also know that it is the plan for me. Onward to a new decade. Full of great possibilities in my life.