Wednesday, December 31, 2008

mission impossible?

really the basis of this entry started in november. i walked in to work about a week before thanksgiving and the girl i share an office with was chuckling to herself. her mother-in-law had called the night before requesting "3, maybe 4, no 5 ought to do it" butterball turkey breasts. i suppose this should be prefaced. the mother-in-law lives in california. to comply with the request, it would require a suitcase full of frozen poultry. as we chatted over this concept we laughed to the point of tears. not going to lie, the concept of turkeys going though the x-ray machine nearly knocked us off our chairs. luckily for her, the local grocers-ALL OF THEM-we not stocked to supply the needed poultry and her mission failed.
two weeks later i went with a friend of mine to drop her brother off at the airport. at that point i witnessed him stuff a bag of food from mcdonalds into his hoodie to try and sneak it in through airport security. i thought that was amusing to begin with. then the roommate told me that the day before he had snuck an entire pizza into a movie theater. now THAT, i would like to see.
i've pretty much given up on driving home. the drive nearly kills me every time, so i've taken up flying...with gas prices as they have been, the price is actually competitive. flying home for christmas i sat next to a woman that made me think of the past two stories. her final destination was houston for christmas part 2 with her daughter. she shared with me the fact that her suitcase was currently housing a ham, swedish meatballs, and five cans of stephens hot cocoa. wow. she wins. no contest. i have yet to decide whether or not i want to play the game, but apparently i have quite the load to live down...
the things we do for food.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

i'm convinced...

i'm supposed to fly home on christmas day. i've decided that i'm taking my laptop with me. really-it wasn't the original plan, but i'm now COMPLETELY CONVINCED that i will spend my ENTIRE HOLIDAY in an airport. this could definitely become the GREATEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!! we'll see how it goes...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

i'm amused...

1) my fingernails are currently red.
2) i have a bruise on my right knee that will probably become infected, necessitating amputation of the connected appendage.
3) i got a penguin mug for christmas-solidifying the psuedo-reality of the iconic usage of penguins at christmas-time.
4) my last three trips to the north end of the valley have been on horrific weather days. by all standards, i should probably be dead. okay, maybe not dead. perhaps...car-less?
5) i should be exhausted at this exact moment, but just had some homemade hot cocoa and have enough choco-caffiene in my system to buzz me until morning. i find that mildly depressing.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Elves.

While I was growing up, there were elves at my house. They did random acts of service during the year, but they tended to appear more at Christmas time. Earlier this week, I walked out after work find see my car covered with inches (literal inches) of snow. It was on my short day, and really I didn't have a lot of pressing things that had to be done, so I turned on my car to warm it up and cleaned off my car and 3-4 other cars of fellow employees who were going to be there later than I was. It was my warm-fuzzy for the day. I thought it was just kind of fun. Friday was a snowy story day and so that night, I walked out-late and mildly stressed because I had to drive through the storm to pick up a friend for the weekend-to find that elves had struck my car and that it had been cleaned off before the snow froze on to the car and the windshield. I was so grateful. Thank you to who ever it was. It made my night a lot more enjoyable.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

just in time for christmas...

october 31 my car registration expired. being the upstanding citizen that i am, i sent in my renewal paperwork on 2-3 weeks before hand-in my mind, giving the state of nebraska PLENTY of time to process the registration AND get the stickers to me in utah. october 27. happy day in my life. the stickers arrived at my house in nebraska. october 28. dad put the stickers in the mail giving them 3 days to travel across the country. 5 days later i got really concerned. 7 days later i had my mother talk to the DMV to see what could be done. 12 days later, the second set of stickers arrived. life is currently happy. i am legally driving my car. today, 51 days after the day they were originally sent, the first set arrived. better late than never, right?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I don't understand...

Now don't get me wrong here. I love penguins. One of my favorite "claims to fame" is the fact that penguins live in my mission, but I do have one question. When did the penguin become a Christmas icon? Last time I checked, they were not there with the shepherds and sheep, nor were they with the camels and wisemen. Last time I watched PLANET EARTH or MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, Antartica was the typical place for penguins. That places them geographically NO WHERE near the reindeer, elves, and North Pole. Yet...the latest trend in Christmas decorations has penguins in santa hats, wrapped in lights, holding candy canes, etc...anyone care to explain this one to me?
PS "because they're cute" is an unacceptable answer.

Monday, December 15, 2008

I've once again reached that point in my blog where I'm waiting for someone else to update it. I get the feeling that the waiting is going to be in vain unless I do something about it. I just don't know where to start...
*Muppet's Christmas Carol and homemade Egg Nog
*Ode to Bojangles-a night full of epoxy and jumper cables
*Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert
*Breakfast at VILLAGE INN at 11:30pm. HEAVENLY PUMPKIN PANCAKES!!!
*Stephen's Hot Cocoa. The one thing that can improve it is a good sugar cookie.
*Half-Day at work and half-day with the nephew.
*6:30AM temple shift Saturday
*FOOD! obscene amounts...but it tastes so GOOD!
*12:12am/pm 12-12-2008
*More Muppet's Christmas Carol
*Pizzeria 7 12 and the 50% tip.
*Christmas boxes and Carmel Corn
*The irony of the snowfall. ONE DAY LATE!!!
Oh the joys of a great week in December. Take it for what it's worth...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

weak sauce.

this is what i am. i was talking one of the drug reps at work today. (remember, i work in a doctor's office. i am not a dealer.) i hadn't seen him in a few months, but that was to be expected-last time i saw him, he told me he was going to have rotator cuff surgery the next week and wouldn't be back for a month or so. he told me today that 10 days after his surgery he took off for nepal and hiked to the base camp. WHAT!?! are you kidding me? he hiked with a ski pole to ward of yaks-all while wrapped up in braces and styrofoam blocks. my roommate told me i was hardcore last summer because i hiked 1-2 times a week. i had to cancel my last hike because of a COLD!!! i respectfully relinquish my title of "hardcore". i have entered the world of weaksauce...