Tuesday, March 28, 2006

my plan

so, this is what im going to do. i am going to try to get all of my 'im gonna have a baby' blah blah blah out right now, so that i can spare you all of the stuff you dont want to hear about later. not that i dont think you all are interested, but i dont want to blog about it and all (well, that much anyway). so, other than letting you know when the due date is whenever i find that out, you are welcome to ask me questions, but i dont plan on listing the number of times ive puked (3) or the number of jars of pickles i have eaten this week (1.75).

so, this is what you all should know (i have been doing some on-line reading):

some women suffer from non-food cravings which can include ice, dirt, detergent, ashes, paint chips, the list goes on, and it is called pica. strangest thing i have ever heard about. if you get a chance to read the article, read about 10 or so of the comments. weird...

babys get cute clothes.
this makes me want a boy.

this doesnt make me want a girl, but its cute.








moms clothes, not so cute. whats with the elastic waist bands? sooooooooooooo ugly

and, lastly, here are a few names. maybe you can find the one i like, but i doubt it.

so, i think that might be it.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

but i had to...








Pure Nerd
82 % Nerd, 17% Geek, 8% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

Congratulations!


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality

America/Politics

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You scored higher than 93% on nerdiness





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You scored higher than 12% on geekosity





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Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Friday, March 24, 2006

were having a baby

this is what our baby looks like. the black circle in the middle is my uterus. at the bottom of that black circle is a grey lump. the grey lump is a baby.

i do not know how far along i am. the doctor does not know either. in about 3 weeks i am supposed to have another ultrasound to see if it has a heartbeat (which it should). at that time we will know more about when it is coming out to meet everyone. the best guess my doc has is mid november.

im pretty sick. i have not kept food down since yesterday, except a giant pickle (the ones in the huge jar at the liquor store) that i ate at noon. also, i am pretty cranky, but i think thats because i am so hungry, but maybe its the hormones.

we werent going to tell everyone, but someone spilled the beans at work, so everyone knows around these parts, and we would like to share this with our friends, so now you know.

ps. i think it is a boy. woody thinks its a girl.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

i'm my favorite beer!!!








Boddingtons

(33% dark & bitter, 33% working class, 66% genuine)



Boddingtons is a slightly ritzy, but truly tasty, beer. In case you don't know, each can has this little contraption inside that fizzes when you open it to give the beer a delicious creamy head.

Now, being a good girl, I will make no claims about the creaminess of your head. But I will suggest that, based on the results of your test, you have a light, friendly disposition, and I consider the bouyant fizz of a Boddingtons to be the beery analogue of that. Your test also indicates you have refined tastes, and Boddingtons is my favorite beer. If you've never had one, get one sometime soon.







My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
















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You scored higher than 5% on dark





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You scored higher than 4% on workingclass





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You scored higher than 34% on genuine
Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Monday, March 20, 2006

s-e-r-v-i-c-e !

some background:
okay, there is this thing in funeral service called pre-need. it is more of a sales job, and is not something woody nor i deal much with, as most of our time is taken up with what we call 'at-need' funeral service. in pre-need, the goal is to sign people up for their funeral at your firm, and hopefully fund their wishes in some sort of investment (insurance, trust accounts, a bank account, etc.). then the funeral home keeps those wishes on file until the time of death of the person, at which time we get the file out and go by what they wanted back when they wrote the pre-need. when a pre-need is fully funded the surviving family members cannot change the wishes of the decedent after they die, but they can be changed before death (in the past families would change a fully funded traditional burial (expensive) to a direct cremation (inexpensive) to get the difference back from whatever the money was held in).

more background:
the mortuary that woody and i work at most of the time in bakersfield was just purchased by his mother in october of 2004. it was built in the 20s and was family owned until 1996 (i think) when the family that owned it sold to a large corperation. the corperation also owned 2 other mortuaries in kern county. well, some time before we purchased it, the corperation decided that kern county wasnt making the money that they thought it should and came to my mother-in-law to see if she wanted the 3. so, she bought 2 of them (both of which were owned by the same family before the corperation). anyhew, most of the staff that were working at the mortuaries before the sale decided to leave after we took over, including one funeral director that had the same name (and a third generation of the family that owned the mortuaries in the past) as the mortuary itself, which we didnt want to change since it has such good name recognition. this guy went to work at a mortuary/cemetery not far from us, and in the beginning of the take-over, a handful of his families loyals switched their pre-needs to where he is currently working.

real story:
so, i got a phone call about a week or two ago from a lady whose mother-in-law has a prearrangement on file with us. i looked up her name in our file and sure enough, a fully funded pre-need. i tell her daughter-in-law that we have it here in the mortuary and she proceeds to tell me that they are wanting to switch it to another mortuary in town, the one where the director went to work after we took over. i told her that it wasnt going to be a problem, and that it was good of her to do this all now, since it cannot be done after the death of her mother-in-law, who is in her 90s. i also let her know that i was going to have to call the company that the money was invested in some 10 years ago to see what they would need from us in order to switch the funds to the other mortuary. she said that was fine and thanked me for my time and i said i would call her back.
so, i call the company, california master trust, and they say that the funds have grown almost $1000 since '96. they also told me that the money cannot be changed to this other mortuary because they are not members of the master trust (i really dont understand that, but whatever). she did say, however, that they could cash out the policy and take the cash over to the other mortuary and start a new policy, but they would loose the guarntee that they have with us (if the policy doesnt grow enough to cover our price increases, which it hardly ever does, we discount down our prices to match what the policy will pay).
so, i call back the daughter-in-law and tell her all of this. but i also let her know that i understand how important it is to have someone you know and trust take care of your family in the time of a death, and that it might be worth it for the family to come up with the extra money so that they can use the other mortuary (they grew up with the guy that now works there). this really impressed her. she even said so, to which i replied something like 'it is something we count on, peoples trust, and when my grandpa started his mortuaries in shafter and wasco he counted on it to. he still works funerals for people that he knows well because of how important his job and the job we do now in his footsteps is.' i really meant it, too. so she talks with me some more about grandpa and funeral service and stuff, and at the end of the conversation, when i told her to come in and get the paperwork that the mastertrust company needs from her mother-in-law, she said that maybe they didnt need to switch after all (mostly, i am guessing, because of the money they would save). and that i was a nice girl for telling her all of that information.

so, maybe they will switch, or maybe not. but either way, i have won. she now has a good view of me, and of the company, which i have a feeling might have been tarnished by the person at the other mortuary. and woody and i are starting to see that the way we handle ourselves and the way we do business is being noticed. so yay!

Friday, March 17, 2006

hey good lookin

what a babe!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

a job for adam, and some tile

i got the newest issue of american bungalow yeaterday when i went to barnes and noble. i cant seem to get enough of it. the whole magazine is about bungalow houses and all things arts and crafts. mostly i think i buy it for the ads, there are ads for everything i could ever want for my house, and its cool to see other people that are restoring their bungalows. its all so earthy.
so, this made me think. i think that adam, who seems to worry about the direction of his career, should look at some of these ads. he could totally make it as a high-end arts and crafts furniture maker and put ads in this mag.
also, it made me think that i wish i knew how to tile my kitchen floor. i doubt i would have time (or money) to it anyway. but ever since we got my new dishwasher and had to cut through the tile to get it in, i have been thinking that retiling the kitchen is the next big thing to do. i never liked the tile anyway, it doesnt fit the house, and was installed improperly so that now the tile looks dirty and stained, so im happy about cutting into it. i just wish i could do it all myself. so, i guess my countertops are going to wait...

the last honest pizza

i miss round table pizza. see, my mom worked for round table for 13 years, part of which i was alive. when i was little my mom would sometimes bring home a pizza late at night and we would get to have it for breakfast the next morning. so good.
so anyway, they have this veggie pizza with a garlicy-ranchy sauce that i love. and i want one of those so badly. they are great. but, alas, the closest round table is in porterville.
so i had poached eggs on an english muffin instead.

Monday, March 13, 2006

sick

so, i had every intention of putting up a couple of interesting posts this weekend, but i am very sick. woody and i were on call this weekend, so had to stay in kern county, which made me think i would get some blogging time. but alas, both he and i are sick as dogs. so please bear with me and they will come in the next few days.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

happy birthday

i just wanted to take a moment to wish my granny a happy 87th birthday.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

vegas, baby

here are some pics of vegas. jay, becky, woody and i all went. we stayed at the four queens downtown. friday night we hung out downtown and then went to the strip to go to gillys (in who knows what casino). it was fun, beckys friend uli came out to hang for a bit. they had topless bull riding at the end of the night. very strange. saturday we hung out during the day, woody and jay were in a poker tournament at bininions. they had fun, woody lasted a long time, i think he finished 15th. maybe dont ask him about it, it was due to a dealers mistake that he was knocked out. saturday night we went to a lounge called the peppermill near the stardust. we also had dinner there. very strange: they serve 10 egg omlettes. it is the standard size they serve, not just a special. interestingly, all of their portions are equally as big. then we went to the bellagio to watch the water show. very cool. then we went back downtown were the drinks are cheap and the entertainment free. fun times had by all. also: i love video poker. i think they should install them at the bar at azul.

here are some pics:
woody looking so cute




i have no idea


jay and becky at the peppermill lounge (note the nice outfits)


group of ladies that jay talked to. i think they were having an anniversary party or something.


strange couple that was dancing downtown. crazy.

hopefully jay will post some more pics. he used a real camera.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

spring

so, i have been working in shafter lately, and on the way there i pass a lot of almond trees (there is a nice pic of them on dana's site). well, they are all pretty and in bloom, but i noticed that in some fields there are different colors of blossoms. there are three rows of white and then a row of pink, then three rows of white and a row of pink(and so forth). what is going on here? are they different types of almonds (i dont really like almonds, so i have never paid attention to this), different sexes (and which is which, and why waste time planting so many males, unless they are able to produce almonds, and why the ratio of 3:1), do they have different owners (this seems to prove how little i know about farming, is a field owned by one person or what), or os ot just for the looks?

also, the bee boxes that are put out each season are neat, but who grows the bees and puts them there? i always assumed that farmers rent the bee boxes from another company, one that likely makes honey, but dont actually know. i thought about calling dana, but am lazy and dont feel like chatting.