Thursday, April 28, 2011

My gwennie girl

Last night as we sat on the couch with Gwennie in the middle, I looked down at her and she was doing the head-bob!  It was the funniest thing.  She was trying so hard not to fall asleep, and she kept slowly drifting off and then waking with a start, over and over.  We laughed so hard.

Geoff's dad went back to Oregon this afternoon.  I've spent this whole evening cleaning and getting everything back in place.  I noticed that Gwennie kept cowering in the corner when I was around, and I kept a wary eye on the floor, looking for evidence.  Then I realized it was because I had a spray bottle of cleaner in my hand, ha.  She always thinks she's done something wrong when we get out the squirt bottle (with water, not cleaner), it's very effective, ha ha.  She's so dang funny.

Drama mama

So today at work, I got really annoyed after a conversation with my boss, who mentioned that I needed to be sure that my trainee was fully trained on this or that - things that I had tried to train her on and sort of did, but then she was out for two weeks for knee surgery or bloody noses or headaches, etc. and I ended up doing stuff myself in order to meet deadlines.  I was annoyed because I gave them my quitting notice mid February, and it took them so long to decide on my replacement, and then they decided to divide this person's time between three different jobs, mine being only one of them.  I don't know what in the world they could've been thinking.  The new software was supposed to help take care of the tax portion, but that hasn't panned out yet.  It may at some point, but just not yet.  And I was mad that he was placing more responsibility for the training on me, when this whole mess is a result of their bad decisions.

Later in the afternoon as we were working on stuff, my trainee started crying.  She's so overwhelmed with trying to maintain her other jobs and do mine, and her main focus is supposed to be on learning my job, however she keeps getting pulled in all different directions by so many other people, it's just too much.  Especially when she's still recovering and isn't feeling well.  I felt so bad for her.  Sure, this all would've been easier if she hadn't missed so much work, but it still would've been impossible and management should've been able to see that or at least have inquired about it.  And so far it's like they just don't want to admit that this isn't quite working out and are trying to force their plan down everyone's throats no matter what.  And everyone's been willing to go with it but it is taking a major toll.  Well, she went to speak with him about everything at the end of the day today, so I guess we'll see what comes of that. 

I really don't want to leave everything in disarray, and I definitely don't want to leave my replacement feeling lost and insecure.  But I also can't help thinking that this isn't my problem, because I gave them plenty of notice, and am even agreeing to stay past my given quit date.  I don't know what else I could do, and I'm ready to be done.


So I have been away from the Facebook world for a little while and so buried in work/coming home and zoning out (basically I've been in a cave) that I haven't been paying attention to the news AT ALL.  I heard little snippets here and there about tornados, but was pretty shocked when Geoff texted me to tell me that our dear friends the Toones are okay.  The tornados have been through their neighborhood (in Alabama)and there's devastation everywhere, but luckily their house is still okay and THEY are okay, although without power and shortly to be without water also.  I only got to talk to her for a minute or two before the phone cut out.  I'll be praying my heart out for their continued safety!  We love you guys!!


This will be my last spring to view the blossoms outside my office window.

We're thinking probably only another week, maybe.

Monday, April 25, 2011


We have Geoff's dad, Mike, staying with us for a week this week.  He flew in last Friday night.  On Saturday we ate our faces off at J-Dawgs, then went to Shirley's bakery, then went to Golden Corral (it is a tradition that Mike insists upon, dang those buffets!)  Sunday we went to church, then my parents had us over for dinner - tortilla soup with yummy cheesy bread! And they gave me and Geoff an Easter basket full of candy too, so nice of them!  At home we just watched TV, read books, and snuggled with Gwennie until bed time.  Today I am working, and Geoff might be taking Mike up to Hill AFB to see the air museum.  So anyway.  I'll probably be working late every day this week and won't see them too much before he goes back home.

We've been talking some more.  I've decided that I'm going to get involved in women's advocacy, somehow.  Whether as a full time job, or just volunteering on the side, there's sure to be many opportunities in NYC.

Friday, April 22, 2011

New jobs and stuff

I just had to write quickly about something that excited me.  A colleague approached me who heard I was moving to New York soon.  He said he used to live in NJ and commute to Manhattan each day where he worked for one of the major credit card companies.  He was CFO of one of their smaller divisions.  And his dad went to Columbia.  I know exactly where he worked because we went to that building twice - it's right next to Ground Zero.  Anyway, he said he would try to get in touch with some of his old colleagues from there (he is a fairly recent transplant - only about six months or so) and see if he could hook me up with something.  He asked about my degree and said, maybe internal audit would be the department for me.  Anyway, it was so nice of him to offer to do that.  I'm trying really hard not to get my hopes up that something will come of it.  But the thought of doing internal audit for a large company - it sounds new and exciting!  It is a pretty exciting revelation that accounting isn't entirely dead to me.  (It's just the taxes that I am tired of!)

Speaking of - we just finished with our training of the new tax software.  A lady was here for three days helping us get set up and teaching us how to use it.  Anyway, she gave me her cell phone number, because she has a lot of clients in New York too (she's not sure of their exact location, but in NY), and they often get phone calls from their clients asking if they know of anyone who knows the tax program that could come work for them.  It was way nice of her.  So yeah.  I have some pretty heavy reservations about going back into tax.  But it's nice to know that's there, just in case.

Gosh now I'm feeling ansty.  Now I just want to get out there and start looking for jobs.  It's hard to do much before we find out about student housing.  I hope we hear soon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Tonight we met some friends at Trafalga. I wasn't expecting much because the last time I was there like ten years ago the place was a dump. But we ended up having so much fun! We mini golfed, did a 3xd theater ride (where the seats move around), ate dippin dots, and played arcade games. We tried to win enough tickets for a stuffed toy for Gwennie, but only had enough to buy some suckers.

This was instead of the bonfire, because of the rain. But it was a blast and even though I was exhausted from work, it was good to blow off some steam.

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Monday, April 18, 2011


The weekend was sooo nice!  Friday night we went to dinner with Brady & Ashley.  We stayed at the restaurant for over two hours, talking.  I think we might do a campfire sometime this week.  I haven't done that since before I was married!  (Normally they are called "bonfire" to me, but where Geoff comes from, a "bonfire" is a two-story high fire built on the beach.  So now I'm calling it "campfire.")

Saturday, we did that jog on the Provo Trail, then I went to SF and visited with Grandma.  That night, Geoff and I made burgers on the grill, and played Rummikub and watched a little TV.

Sunday we went to church, came home and made lunch, took a long, luxurious nap on the couch with Gwennie, and took her to the park to throw the rope around, which she loved. 

It was so nice to just do what we wanted and have some time to relax!  Now I am back at work...  this week is going to be an absolute beast.  We've got the new tax software people coming tomorrow, Weds, and Thurs for training and implementation.  And meanwhile, our month end deadline continues to draw near!  Counting down until next weekend.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Provo River trail

Since the weather is so nice today, we decided to skip the gym and do our exercise on the Provo River Trail.  We did my walk/jog intervals between Center St. and the lake, and then Geoff ran all the way back to get the car and come pick me up, since my thighs felt like jello.  I suck!  But I'm going to do this!  I just have to keep plugging away, and hope it gets me there.

Geoff showered and ran to the store to pick up some needed items and dinner for later today.  I think I will shower and go visit Grandma.  If she's home.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Running / cooking / moving

Worked late again.  Then we went to the gym, then the store, came home and made some dinner, and now I blog while it's in the oven.

Few things I wanted to blog about today:

1) The gym.  I'm officially enrolled in the 5k that my work is participating in on May 28th.  That gives me six weeks to kick it in gear!  I've made little improvements.  I started out walking 5 minutes and jogging 1 (repeat for 30 minutes).  Then I increased it to walking 5 minutes and jogging 2.  Tonight I increased it to walking 4 minutes and jogging 2.  I have a long way to go!  I hope I can be ready in time!

2) Apron Strings.  It's a cookbook that my aunt published last winter, that seems to be doing really well locally.  She was even on one of the daytime TV shows a few days ago to make a chicken slaw or something.  Anyway, I am normally a lousy cook- which is why I never really tried too hard.  But I've used this book several times in the past month, and love it.  There isn't an ingredient in this book that I don't recognize, or a recipe that I couldn't follow.  It's easy!   And the food is yummy too.  If anyone is interested in obtaining said cookbook, let me know and I'll hook you up.  I'm not sure how much they are, I think mine was around $10.

3) Also we're going to cancel Dish Network on Monday.  (One last weekend to enjoy TV).  We're trying to cut down on bills a little bit, and we're already trying to figure out what we're going to take to New York with us and what not.  We're likely going to sell most of our stuff, with the exception of our bed (I LOVE our bed, it's the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in), clothing, and the bookshelves/books.  Still researching it though.  I think that Ikea is going to be our friend once we get out there and have to replenish everything.  :)  Should be fun.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another day

Today I worked late again. And came home and we made more bread.

Dumb bum won't let me take his picture.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I heard this song at the gym today.  It sounds a little like 80's (although the album was released last year).  Never heard of the group, or the song, but I am excited to look up some more of their stuff.  (I Can't Get Enough, by Rooney, above).

I could really use a cookie

If I was ever going to have blood pressure problems, they'd be happening right now.  I badly needed to get away from the office today so I took a lunch break to come home and see Gwennie.  I ended up driving through six - count them six - patches of construction on Geneva road between Lindon and Orem, couple that with all of the slow industrial dump trucks, tractors, backhoes, etc., it took me more than twice the time it normally takes to get home.  So, I am home now, and plotting my route back to work that doesn't involve the freeway or Geneva road. 

I'm so tightly wound because of work lately that I just feel as if the smallest little tick will set me off.  I know that I'm a stress-eater too, so I hope I can control myself.  It's just that it tends to take the edge off, like a good shot of whiskey. (Not that I would know... that was a crack my dentist made once while I was sitting in the chair)  What other ways do other people calm down and relax that don't involve food?  I can think of a few things but none that seem as appealing, or can be done in the space of a few minutes.  What do YOU do to unwind or calm down?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Only a few more weeks, only a few more weeks, only a few more weeks

Friday, April 8, 2011

And now making their debut...

Cali's first homemade bread!

I know they look terrible, but they sure taste good.  I'll have to practice rolling the dough into a smooth ball next time before I stick it in the oven, ha ha.  (Though I'm obviously still proud enough of them to take their picture.)  It is so easy too, even though I failed on my first attempt.  The only ingredients are flour, yeast, salt, sugar, Liquid Lecithin, and water.  Mix and bake.  I think that means it's even a vegan-friendly recipe, because I believe the lecithin is made from vegetable fat, though I'm no expert.

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy dinner and read my book!  Happy weekend!

Home and the Heartland

We got to go see Riverdance last Friday night at Kingsbury Hall.  I am telling you, I will never stop loving it.  I've been listening to the soundtrack for the last eight years, thinking they were never coming back to North America.  I'm a total nerd, but I choked up several times during the first half of the show, I just couldn't believe I was there, watching it live.  It was so beautiful.  So GOOD.  The dancing and stuff is all really cool, but I seriously love the music.  I know every measure, at least of what's on the soundtrack.

There were a few changes since before.  I could've sworn there was a turkish/russian type number which is no longer there, and the Heartland number was only music and no singing (sad cuz I like that song), and there were a few new numbers that I didn't recognize and aren't on my album, but were really good.  And the song from the third track had some piano added that really brightened it up.  Anyway, I hope it's not another eight years before they come back, but when they do, I'll definitely be there.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I'may yingday

I feel like I'm being crushed a little more each day that I'm still here.  Seriously, chest pressure and tight throat and all that.  I hope I don't explode before this is over.  Sorry about my constant complaining.  You didn't think I was going to go out without some major whining did you? ha ha not really.

A few more weeks.  My trainee didn't come to work today.  I'm going ahead without her.  She'll just have to figure stuff out on her own next quarter.  We are extremely short on time and there are too many demands to not be coming to work.  Even if you had a bloody nose in the morning.

Oh if I could just be done right now.

Okay well, hopefully there'll be a little positivity coming soon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Happy dog

Geoff has had this picture as his phone wallpaper for forever now.  I finally asked him to email it to me so I could post it.  I love it cuz it's so her.  What a cutie.

The house across the street from my office window put a GIANT banner on their front lawn today that said "HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS - Thank you for the gift of your life."  And there were lots of balloons on it.  Interesting people, they are.  I wish I had remembered to take a picture before I left!  Passersby were taking pictures of it all day.