Saturday, September 29, 2007

Woo HOO!

Good Job ME!!!
In the last 8 days I have hauled my butt to the gym 5 times! 5 freakin times!

Right now I am currently addicted to a certain elliptical machine. There are a few problems though.
#1 it is at the front of the gym and the whole time I am on the machine I am jamming out to whatever is blasting in my ears. (Lately my pick up the pace song is Kanye West's Stronger) When the beat goes up.. I go faster. In about 3 seconds I will go from going about 4.5 miles to 9.6 miles an hour. And all the while I am wondering if all the skinny people on the treadmills behind me are staring and thinking "wtf is that chick doing??" Did I mention the WHOLE time I mouth the words to the song. At least I don't sing in the gym shower... hehe.

#2 there are two sections separated by a walkway that the cardio machines are located in and there are 8 or 10 TV's suspended from the ceiling. You can plug your headphones into the machine and watch whatever inspires you... Because I hate the treadmill and stair climber I stay on one side and always end up getting to watched the dubbed history channel. On Tuesday this posed a problem because I was not done with my work out and the Biggest Loser came on. It was on the opposite side of the room though so I couldn't read the captioning, my little plug in was broke so I had no audio and it was killing me knowing it was on and couldn't watch it!! Thank God I remember Tivo was taping it at home. I zoned into the scenes of the history channel and broke land speed records home to see my show!

The chronicles of Me at 24 Hour Fitness... hehe. and the good times just keep coming! :)

In other news... it was snowing today. Yes.. SNOWING! How depressing....

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

With a Heavy Heart.

I have been having a really hard time trying to figure out what direction to take this blog post in because I know what I want to talk about but ...
I will just keep it short and sweet.

Everyone has a person that challenged them in high school. A Bully, if you will..
When I look back on my memories I think of two people that were on the top of that list.
One, in my grade, I got the chance to see a couple years out of high school. I went back to my hometown and was in a cafe that I was eating at with a friend. He came out.. acting very happy to see me, hugged me and asked how I had been doing. It really took me off guard. At that point I held no ill will for him because we all have issues.

Fast forward to a couple years after that I attended a small get together of fellow classmates. (My graduating class was 32.. so when more than two of us get together it is a big deal :) ) This person was there again. It was very apparent from the previous time I had seen him and this current time that life had handed him a few difficult situation but he really seemed to be putting things back together. I was able to talk with him like and adult, hear how he was doing, and realized that he is just a person and High School was High School.

One Year later, to the week he died. He took his own life. I felt horrible. I was so happy I had the chance to see a good side of him and let that situation pass.. but let me tell you.. having a class reunion over a death is not a fun situation in the least.

Today I received a call. From the person that pretty much keeps in touch with everyone.
Another schoolmate.. dead. He was not in my class... but our school was so small that it really didn't matter. Everyone knew everyone else. Good and bad, for better or worse. Truth be told, For the most part I didn't have great opinions of this person. He did date one of my best friends for a couple of years. He brought honor to our small little school with State Wrestling titles, and our math teacher could always be easily distracted by trying to imitate "the Jackson Bussell" walk. His sister was in my class. I really respected their family. When I got the call today I realized I really had no ill will towards him, I hoped that he wasn't really the bully I saw him to be and how tragic such a young death is. I have thought of his family and "the good ol days" many times and it is just kind of stuck in my head.

My heart hurts for my small little hometown community that has now spread out some but still so close in so many ways. This will effect many and bring many tears.

Rest in Peace, Jackson.

Monday, September 24, 2007

When did that happen??

In looking at pictures from the last couple of times I have taken pictures with people (ie going out the other night) I see I have developed a double freakin chin!

Now.. I have always battled with my weight, however I don't think I have ever had a DOUBLE CHIN!??!

And yes.. I have been doing things about it. I have modified my eating habits significantly and I have been frequenting the gym. Now.. this double chin needs to go.

To keep me more accountable you all may be reading more about my struggle to keep me accountable. Something has got to work!
I really want one of those Body Buggs! I saw them advertised in my gym a few months ago and started reading up and it is a cool little gadget! I just wish they were not so expensive! You would think the makers of this fun little gadget would realize that those of us trying to be healthy and lose weight already spend a fortune on food (health food that is)

So.. whomever is my secret santa this year.. or Santa himself.. I would be happy to accept a BodyBugg :) hehe...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Joy and Jenn's Excellent Adventure..

The above picture is a tribute to my dear friend Miss Chasey! I miss ya girl!
We took this pic JUST for you!!! :) :) (Of course no one can do this better than you and I can drunk on a Vegas hotel room floor!)

Well.. last night was my once in about every 6 months trip to the club (aka.. private club for members) with my dear friend and roomie, Joy.

Anyhow.. a few drinks and almost a full night of dancing later... I ended up on the floor with some lady on top of my head cause a fight broke out and the guy the was dancing me thought it would be a good idea to try to keep ahold of me as everyone was falling. That was a little scary to say the least.

When It was all said and done Joy and I helped a gentleman home that she met named Travis and even drove his car home for him. Haha.. (and yes we were both sober to drive)

For all of my friends that notice I sign when I have had a drink or two... I have finally figured out why! In a loud atmosphere I can't understand anyone cause I can't hear them.. There is no volume to sign language!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My happy links for the day... Brought to you by the Letter Y (for yay!) and the number 9 (cause I said so.. no specific reason. :) )

Can you say FREAKIN' HILARIOUS?!?!? Be patient, it loads slow but SOOO worth it!

Its like Weight Watchers.. but free! Neato!

Microwaves have never been soooo fun! I really wanna try the soap and the lights:)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

and here is a small public service announcement..

(just in case you missed this one on my myspace page..)

When calling a place of business LISTEN to their greeting. Let me recap a little conversation for you:
Me: XYZ Auto body and Glass, this Is Jennifer.
them: HUH?
Me: Hello! This is XYZ Auto Body and Glass, my name is Jenn, how can I help you today?
Them: Yes... I need to transfer money to my daughter's account.
Me: I'm sorry?
Them: What?
Me: Sir did you just say you would like to transfer money to your daugher's account? Do you mean you are calling to pay a bill?
Them: No.. I want you to take money from my account and put it into my daughter's bank account.
Me: Sir, I am sorry but I don't think you have reached the place you intended to call.
Them: Why the Hell not?
Me: Sir.. you have reached XYZ AUTO BODY AND GLASS.
Them: So you can't do a money transfer?
Me: No sir, though if I could help you I would be happy to, but I can't. I'm sorry.
Them: You mean this isn't ABC Bank?
Me: No sir, it isn't.
Them: Oh.. well you can't help me. *click*

Um.. ya think?


Did someone say BIGGEST LOSER?!?!?!

So.. my most favorite show is on tonight. It premiered last week! THE.BIGGEST.LOSER. its great.. I watch.. feel inspired for an hour or two.. realize I am destined to be a cow(like a mini cow maybe.. not a big BIG cow, not that there is anything wrong with that either...)... and go on until the next week. Vicious cycle, I know.. hehe.

So.. anyone else watch? what do you think of this season so far?
Jillian is back! Back in black to be exact! (Look at that! I am a poetic genius!!)
Bob is the BEST (as he always is) and Kim looks a bit tougher this season.

I can't wait.. in an hour and 20 minutes I get to watch.. already bouncing off the walls here people!

Monday, September 17, 2007

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Please tell me you are joking...

A customer called to complain about her windshield. An elderly lady, she has had it in for just about a week and it is horribly pitted. So the questioning began...
Had she:
Recently driven behind an uncovered dump truck?
Sprayed with gravel from another vehicle while driving?
Car hit by a windstorm?
Parked on the street over night?
When did she first notice damage?
etc, etc, etc...

We have still gotten no where. So we offered to have an installer come out and take a look and her windshield and see what seems to be the problem. She is insisting the glass must be replaced.. "it is cheap glass!" " Glass should last longer than a week!" "I have taken my car to the car wash, it has been cleaned and still looks horrible!"

Finally it was agreed an installer (our most experienced) would come to her home the next day so as not to cause her an inconvenience.

The installer arrives, walks up to her windshield.
"Mrs Customer.. if I am not mistaken, you told our office that you recently had your car washed, is that right?"
"Yes.. just the other day I took it to Supersonic, they washed it inside and out and do such a fine job!"
"Well ma'am, next time, you may ask them to use something other than a terry cloth towel to clean the inside of your windshield"

He grabbed a can of glass cleaner and a towel and proceeded to clean off all the lint from the terry cloth towel, and wouldn't you know it?!?!?!?!? Clear as crystal!


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Vibrant Views!

Yesterday, my best friend and I ventured out of the house with her brand new angel. We decided the Farmer's Market in downtown Salt Lake would be a great place to go. So I got up early on a Saturday *please restrain yourself from falling over in shock* and we drove over. Ericka slept through the whole thing in her stroller! But she still got plenty of attention of the "ohh.. ahh.. cute!!" "Look how little she is" and "how old is she?!?!" I love that new little niece of mine! The weather was perfect, it wasn't too hot and it was just what I needed!

I love going to places like this where people's creativity is on blatant display. It inspires me. Of course their were lots of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jams, etc... Journals made of old book covers, homemade soaps, jewelry could easily be found every few steps. I was in heaven.

While meandering I came across a local artist. I saw her artwork from yards away and was drawn to it. I had to pick up a card. These were all done by local artist Leslie Killinger. You can see her artwork on her site HERE. I think I may be investing in artwork soon. It just makes me so happy just to look at it.

Being out and about inspired creativity yesterday. I came home and turned Garden State on, camped out on the couch and crocheted! I finished an entire scarf last night. I think I need to take up knitting though.. it just looks intriguing. :)

Today should be a fun filled day of laundry, organizing and cleaning out the car. You can count on the fact that while I may be struggling through the horrible tasks of such.. aka the evils of the week.. I am going to track down some great music to listen to in the process. Thank god for ipod! :)

Have a great week everyone!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

yes.. people are THAT brilliant

As many of you may or may not know.. I work in the automotive industry. Specifically.... automotive glass for the most part.

One customer that had her windshield replaced last week called yesterday. It seemed as though her glass (windshield) was entirely pitted. She was quite upset that she just obtained this new windshield last week and it was already pitted so we asked her the typical questions... have you been driving behind a gravel truck recently? Sprayed with rocks from the road? parked your car on the street over night? etc

No, she says.. none of those things.

I send an installer out to inspect the problem.

Installer "Miracle, I just took at this lady's windshield"

Me: "Ok.. so what is going on with it"

Installer: "You are never going to believe it" (laughing)

Me: "what now? Are we going to have to replace it? Is it defective? What is going on?"

Installer: "Her glasses were dirty."

Me: "WHAT!??!"

Installer: "Yup her glasses were dirty, but she thought it was the windshield"

Me: (laughing so hard I couldn't talk)

Still laughing...


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dance Magic Dance!

Blast from the past... hehehe..
And I will admit it.. I used to have a crush on the Goblin King ...What was I thinking? LOL!

I love this clip!!

One of my all time fave movie moments... this movie just inspires me. If you haven't watched Garden State... GO! NOW!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

I am on a book spree! is such a dangerous place. When I am bored and craving a good book... there I go!

With the click of a button I can have all sorts of books on my doorstep for whatever suits my fancy that day...

I finished the Twilight series by Stephanie Myer
I passed it onto a friend who polished off the books in about two weeks.
I was at the spa, getting a pedicure with said friend and look over at a lady reading a book. I only saw one word on her page, asked what she was reading... sure enough.. Twilight! I hear it has outsold Harry Potter! That is awesome!

Now.. downstairs.. waiting for my reading pleasure is Angela's Ashes. Has anyone else read this? What did you think?

On order I have:
Hip Tranquil Chick by Kimberly Wilson
Journal to the Self by Kathleen Adams
Girl Seeks Bliss by Nicole Beland

I guess I am on a self discovery kick lately. Anyone else have some "Must Reads" to suggest? I am all ears....

In other news... One of my best friends had her baby Tuesday. What an overwhelming thing and what a little miracle this little girl is! It was a schedule C section.. so we had half the day to do as we please. We started off by breakfast at IHOP (she had to stop eating at 9am) that only succeeded in turning her hubby all shades of green while his sister talked about her C section just a few months ago. Poor guy! And of course... this baby couldn't come into the world without mommy and auntie Jenn having the cutest feet ever! I thought the poor asian lady at the nail place was going to have a fit when we walked in. She asked my friend when she was having the baby and was told "TODAY!" She told my friend she should just go have the baby! hehe...

Well..I am off to enjoy a long hot bath complete with Enya and bath salts followed by a wonderfully relaxing slumber. Love and hugs to all!