Monday, December 29, 2008

Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

MyHeritage: Celebrity Collage - Free family tree - Ancestors

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Movies

We just got out of the movie "the spirit" which was strange.

1. It was rated PG. Maybe its that I don't go to movies very often, but it seemed that the abount of amunition in the flick would warrant at least a PG-13

2. The one review I read of it gave it a half of a star (out of four or five stars, I don't remember (but does it matter?)) so I don't think I was expecting much, and thought it wasdefinately better than a half-star review. And the reviewer said it was confusing, but after a bit it really wasn't. Maybe they were high.

3. Eva Mendez's butt shows up nude. Now, she has a nice rear, but the funny part was the sigh from the man behind us. It was hi-flippin-larious

4. You should watch it.
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merrwii Christmas

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

dood, funny commercial

so, theres a commercial out there of twins that are shopping for a jetta (or passat), and i cant find it on the clickyweb, so, i hope you see it on tv. man, its funny.

Monday, December 22, 2008

the things i forgot to put on my christmas list

1. this necklace
2. this car
3. this shirt

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Desk accessories

My boss, the owner, has an office upstairs here, and his son's girlfriend likes to go up there to use the interwebs. Every now and then she and I will sit up there and chat while she emails, and on my boss' desk is a gold business card holder with this gold mess on it that I adore, and can't help but touch when I'm standing there talking to her (wow, it didn't seem creepy til I typed it). So, this one day the boss' son was up there too, and I told him that when he takes over the business I have dibs on that card holder ("sure, woody, whatever you want" was his response). Anyhoo, today while I was up there going over the 2009 schedule that I was doing I said to the boss, "when you're dead levi said I get to have that card holder" and guess what? He replied "woody, if you want it, its yours. Here." And then gave it to me. Look:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Christmas tree lane

So, I've had the stomach flu since friday. Georgia got it wednesday, woody got it saturday early. For some reason I still feel gross, but was in need of fresh air, so we decided to go down christmas tree lane tonight (well, that and if we had to watch finding nemo a third time today (or 8th time this weekend) we would die). One of the displays in a yard is of a rather large snow man, made of three huge tumble weeds painted white and stacked as if they were huge snowballs. Now, that is just plain clever. Also, it reminded me of college. My roommate, sam, was from new jersey, and although very smart, just about died the first time she saw a tumble weed. She had thought they were these fake, made-for-old-westerns, props, and hadn't imagined that they were real things. So, I didn't really give her a hard time about it, seeing as how I was much more naive than she in seemingly everything except tumble weeds, but always found it hilarious. Actually, on those dry, windy days where they build up on the sides of roads I still laugh a bit at her expense. So, there's my story.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

midnight sun link

here is a link to the authors explanation of the midnight sun story, and here is a link to the pdf of the partial draft of the book. swear, its the best of all of the twilight books, totally worth reading on the computer.

enjoy!!!!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Done

I finished the fourth- and last - of the twilight books this week. the second book was my least favorite, but the series was thoroughly enjoyable. Its funny though, my favorite was the fifth book, the unfinished one. The author started writing the first book from the perspective of Edward, one of the two main characters, and about halfway through was having it proofed by some friends, one of whom posted the 264 page story on the clickyweb. The author was (rightfully) furious and decided to post the unedited version on her site for all to read, not sure that she would end up finishing this fifth story (which I hopehopehope she does). Anyway, I'll post a link to the fifth book, and encourage you to check it out, as it really is the best one of all of them.
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Skirts

So, I was scheduled to work a graveside service yesterday at 11am, and the gentleman that was going to work it with me was going to meet me at the funeral home at 930 so we could load up all the flowers and casket and such and be at the graveside all set up by 10. So, it was freezing cold and I had received 4 calls the night before (of people that passed away) so I knew there was going to be a lot of paperwork to do after the service, which didn't bother me, I was just a bit bothered by the weather. Well, I had a brilliant idea that the guy working in the office that day should go on the service with the other guy leaving me to work on the new cases. I called the owner, who was thrilled that I thought of staying in the office (I pointed out that I wouldn't have time to call the new families before the service and the office worker would end up having to call me during the service to get info on stuff, which would be less than ideal) and so I didn't have to work out in the cold.

Now, that not-so-short story leads me to why I titled the post 'skirts'. The men that I work with all wear suits to work. I, for the most part, own skirt suits, or dresses, but own a few pant suits that I like. A while back I asked my manager about wearing pants and he said it would be fine, so I have worn them a coupla times. Well, last week he and the owner told me that I need to not wear pants any more. The thing is though, I'm sure its not they that have an issue with my attire, its the office manager, an older (mennonite) lady with whom I have had disagreements. Not disagreements that she knows about, but she has obviously disaproved of me a time or two - my manager has told me. So, yeah, I can't wear pants anymore, which sucks becaous long underwear doesn't look that good under a skirt and I freeze all day long.

Also, this gal, the office lady, she never wears pants, but also never has to work a service outside, nor does she work in the freezing cold prep room. So, its a bit of a pain to keep trying to kill her with kindness, especially when its so cold.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

a bit of reading

here is a link to my friend, carrie. if you have extra time you should read what she has to say. her posts are some of my favorites.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

bored at work

for having had such a busy week, i sure have been bored today.

my coworker, ben, and i were chatting just a bit ago and he was telling me about the greatest worst movie ever made, the room, released in 2006 (i think), and how they are doing showings of it in la, and these crowds of people show up and yell at the screen and throw things at it, and it seems that a good time is had by all. just for a bit of reading, here is a review of the movie, and even though its long, it is definitely worth reading every last word. really a riot.

so, i guess twilight is off the hook as the worst movie ever, which makes me feel less guilty about needing to see it again.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

hey, sara

what did you learn about at work today?

really?

i think im gonna have nightmares

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

long day

i wrote this yesterday afternoon:

Okay, I just had THE LONGEST day. Ever. It is 320 in the afternoon and I am just now sitting down for lunch. I decided I deserved me n eds. I am not going to go into details, it would just piss me off, but my job was soooo fracking hard today.

Also, I haven't posted about the twilight movie yet. A group of us (6 of which were over the age of 20, can you believe?) went on saturday. Worst. Movie. Ever.

Now, that being said, I plan to go again (they're just so *pretty*), so let me know if you're interested. The acting is horrible, the worst in the history of the world, the story sucks and doesn't follow the book at all, and the effects aren't any good (I wanted *sparkly* vampires, but he just kinda glowed a bit). anyhoo, so yeah, it sucked. but, after reading the book it was nice to put faces to names, and let me restate, they are BEAUTIFUL faces.

i burned the twilight soundtrack at some friends house, and have been listening to it, and had fun picking out where the songs should go, which didnt work well considering that the movie didnt follow the book, and i was disapointed that the song i picked out for my favorite scene (the baseball scene) wasnt right. lame. actually, that scene is a lot of the reason i want to go back to see it again. its just fun.

so, thats really it, i cant wait for thursday, uncle skip and aunt sharon are gonna be here, as well as other relatives that i dont have blog links for.

lastly, ill leave you with the bomb.com song from the soundtrack, by a band called blue foundation, its really great:

I’ll seek you out,
Slay you alive
One more word and you won’t survive
And I’m not scared of your stolen power
I see right through you any hour

I won’t soothe your pain
I won’t ease your strain
You’ll be waiting in vain
I got nothing for you to gain

I’m taking it slow
Feeding my flame
Shuffling the cards of your game
And just in time
In the right place
Suddenly I will play my ace

I won’t soothe your pain
I won’t ease your strain
You’ll be waiting in vain
I got nothing for you to gain

Eyes on fire
Your spine is ablaze
Felling any foe with my gaze

And just in time
In the right place
Steadily emerging with grace

Felling any foe with my gaze
Steadily emerging with grace
Felling any foe with my gaze
Steadily emerging with grace

Friday, November 21, 2008

*screams loudly out of boredom*

ive been in OSHA training for 2.5 hours now. i could die!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

thats where i stashed the chandelier

argh. the office. i never get their jokes. EVER. that show makes me feel like a moron.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

haircut

let the compliments begin!

power suit

the day of the election i wore an outfit that was almost the same as palin's. i wore it again today, and took a photo. it looks less blue in my photo, imagine it bluer.

thats almost like being famous, right?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

saturday, 4 pm, edwards

im buying tickets tonight, let me know if you want to see twilight with a bunch of tweens.

Monday, November 17, 2008

for anna, since you are in love:

i told you youd get sucked in

lyrics are below



I should never think
What's in your heart
What's in our home
It's all I want

You'll learn to hate me
But you still call me baby
Oh love
So call me by my name

And save your soul
Save your soul
Before you're too far gone
Before nothing can be done

I'll try to decide when
She'll lie in the end
I ain't got no fight in me
In this whole damn world
So you hold off
She said hold on
It's one thing that I know

Once I put my coat on
I coming out of this all wrong
She standing outside, holding me
Saying oh please
I'm in love
I'm in love

Girl save your soul
Go on save your soul
Before it's too far gone
And before nothing can be done

Cause without me
You got it all
So hold on
Without me you got it all
So hold on
Without me you got it all
Without me you got it all
So hold on
Without me you got it all
Without me you got it all
So hold on

Friday, November 14, 2008

pure lolz

im hanging out with a teenager tonight. guess what the topic of conversation is???

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

decorations

amber bought me a poster. i put it up in the prep room at work:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

wowser

at least 1 hurt at SF mall to see 'twilight' star. from the chronicle.

comic tuesday

xkcd was good this monday:

Monday, November 10, 2008

im obsessed

okay, i wont leave the twilight stuff up for long, but the books have absolutely consumed me. i even found a fan site that has fonts from the book that i downloaded (now if i just had something to use them for...a funeral folder maybe?). anyway the site is here and the fonts are here. anyway, i wish i could find a blogger background, but oh well...

fresh and easy

theres a new store going in right by the funeral home, and they give away money to charitable organizations when they open! they dont yet have the fresno store listed, but as soon as they do im nominating, but i dont know who im gonna nominate yet. anyway, how cool is that?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

photos

my co-worker, ben (the fay wrays) said his wife, danielle, is a photographer. anna and i decided we would try her out. here is a link to a few photos of eden and georgia:
http://danimacattack.blogspot.com/2008/11/georgia-and-eden-are-so-cute.html

enjoy!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

its hard to believe

but 2 years ago i gave birth to this little girl:

happy birthday, g!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

embalming by myself

my co workers like to throw m&ms at each other, and here is a photo of one that was caught by ben, thrown by bob:

also, i embalmed a case on my very own today, without help!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is a photo of the oilcloth apron that i made to wear in the prep room:

pick-me-up

yesterday jaime and i were embalming and a song came on the radio. im sharing it here with you, as its a song that i ALWAYS love, but tend to forget about. anyhoo, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day

I keep checking the map

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/president/

In the words of Bob, my coworker, "these are exciting days"
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Monday, November 03, 2008

I'm trying this out

I'm trying to figure out how to mobile blog. Did this work?
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warning: language

so, i really dislike bill maher, but every now and then hes funny. the other night was one of those nights, and here are his new rules (i supscribe to them on mt ipod, and was just gonna tell yall to get it there, but its funnier with the photos). warning about the language, and he gets a bit hateful about palin, but just enjoy:

Friday, October 31, 2008

look at me!!

one of my coworkers brought in a mask today and she let me try it on. looks good, imho:

Happy Halloween!!!



its my favorite non-present getting holiday!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

my work space

here are some photos of my desk (they can all be connected, i took them in order):
this first one is the left side of my desk. the window opens (thank god) and looks over the parking lot and across the street. the files are the cases i am currently working on, and then my phone, my calendar, by cute magentic message board and bulliten strips, my colored pen set (you have NO idea how boring black and white is to look at all day), and my stapler:
then theres my cup-o-tools, lotion (behind the cup), a note pad, envelopes, and a small set of drawers with stamps, labels, push-pins, etc inside, and tape and paper clips on top, a lamp that doesnt get used and my printer:
here you see the in boxes for myself and two other employees, a calendar (not mine, i share), and my computer. that is the end of my space. notice the chaos that begins there:
and keeps going until the end of the desk:

stone masonry at its finest


its the headstone of mr. russell j. larsen

interesting

go here and vote

for dad


(its from your favorite daughter)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

masis ararat cemetery

there is a cemetery her in fresno out on belmont, ararat cemetery, that is an armenian cemetery. its the one that william saroyan is buried in, and is an old cemetery as far as valley cemeteries go. anyhoo, just behind it is a cemetery called masis ararat, and its a small, newer armenian cemetery owned by the same board as the old one. i dont like it as much because its boring being so small, and the headstones are all flat. but i had a service at it this morning, and levi and i got there a bit early, so i walked around and read the headstones (one of my favorite things to do, and a good place to find interesting names for children and pets). in the middle of the cemetery is a section for upright monuments and benches, and i was looking at this one:

and i thought to myself, 'i went to school with a guy named hovig' and it turns out it was the same guy (working at the funeral home that services most of the armenian funerals i just asked about him when we got back). so that was strange.

then, in the center of the center part of benches and monuments is this tall tower of granite with an eagle attacking a snake (i think) and a plaque that talks about the armenian genocide, which i was unaware of (for the most part). anyway, the wiki on it was very interesting.


also, i learned how to write my name in armenian.

quick question for guys:
do you get as pissed when girls leave the toilet seat down as i do when you leave the toilet seat up? cuz im pissed.

and a sidenote:
i have a note pad at work that is pink and has a picture of pam on the office. across the top it reads 'dunder mifflin, this is pam' and i am WAITING for the opportunity to say that when i answer the mortuary phone.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

kern county adventures

we went to bakersfield this past weekend to get the last of our stuff out of the garage so that it is usable for the renters. anyway, we were walking in wasco to kill time and i went into one of those '99 cents and more' shops where they sell everything you can imagine (i LOVELOVELOVE those stores) and i was looking at the kids toys. anyhoo, i came across this doll (its about a foot tall, which doesnt matter at all, wev):

um, what? fashion ketchup? what is that?

okay, then on sunday as we were leaving the neighborhood in bakos where our house is there were all these people with signs on the corners. they were no on prop 8 people. anyway, i took their photo:

Friday, October 24, 2008

random friday post

1. holy trinity armenian church downtown had a bbq lunch today, and my boss bought us all lunches. shish-kebabs, pilaf, salad, dolmades, bread, and baklava. it was very yum.

2. i was pinning a boutonniere on a guy yesterday for a funeral and he says 'you sure are pretty, ms woody' (i was wearing my name tag). i was so shocked that i laughed at the guy and im sure seemed rude. i did manage to say 'uh, thanks' before i turned around and walked away.
3. meh, its funny enough:

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

wow

i think im in love with edward cullen. lol.

i started reading a book, twilight, that was loaned to me by some friends. ive always been a fan of fantasy, and have been absoultely captivated by the story. also, the movie comes out in november. please watch the trailer, but make sure you read the book before you see the movie. actually, im glad i started the book before i saw the trailer even.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

a couple of things

1. this video is of a song by sarah slean, the next artist on the list of albums i want


2.someone that used to work where i work and is still in the industry has been saying stuff about me to other people in the industry that makes it seem like the only reason i have a job at all is that im young, female, and attractive. anyhoo, it pissed me off to no end when i heard about it, and had a talk with the powers that be at my place of employment. nothings gonna happen yet, and im hoping the guy thats saying all that stuff stops, because really he scares me quite a bit, but i feel better having talked to my bosses about it. i sure was in a rotton mood though the other day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

politics for kids

i get a great magazine, wondertime. its a parenting magazine, and really the best one ive ever read. anyway, i got the november issue today, and its full of great election stuff. first, theres an article on how to talk about elections, for young kids and older kids, that clearly explains the political parties, talks about why there are different people running for different positions, and why we only elect presidents every four years even if theyre doing a crap job.

another short article is about voting, and taking your kids to vote with you, and has a blank, downloadable ballot for voting on home issues.

also, not election related, they had an article on strikes, and it was pretty good, too.

anyway, i like the magazine.

and she pops excellent up in waynes world

THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED, fyi:

the title is part of this song that i heard this morning and now its stuck in my head.

anyway, i took g to courtneys this morning and was a little early so i drove by my old biology teachers house. i didnt stop there or anything, and he still has 'impeach them both' painted on his front window. anyway, what i noticed driving around the neighborhood (mckinley/olive/college/san pablo) was that there are sure a lot of obama yard signs (as well as quite a few proposition signs and local election signs). maybe its that i dont remember too far back, but i really dont remember there being that many yard signs in the past. i had one for bush back in the day, but im fairly certian that it was the only political sign in the whole neighborhood. could this be an indicator that there will be a decent amount of voter turnout??? or do i just not remember very well? anyway, i was kinda excited (even if they were obama signs).

so, i started to think a bit about politics, and humans, and america, and prop 8, and planned parenthood, and i could probably go on and on. now, i think we have come a long way as a country, and i dont want to sound like i think we havent, and i have no doubt that we could be less tolerant than we are now, but i want to discuss the tolerance that we havent yet achieved. i was thinking about prop 8, and i cant quite decide why im on the fence about it. for some reason it makes me uneasy, and i cant decide if its because i feel guilty for not being totally against prop 8, or if its that i dont quite understand the proposition (are they going to teach kids about gay marriage the way they do hetero marriage, which i didnt know they were teaching in the first place), or what. the semi-conclusion i came to though, is that i get angry that they are teaching the wrong damn thing. why arent we passing a proposition that teaches tolerance instead of differences? why are we wanting these kids to grow up learning that gay couples and straight couples are different but they can get married, instead of teaching these kids that people that love each other get married? does that make even a little sense or am i just vomiting words?

anyway, i have quite a bit more about tolerance, but i have work to do and i need to go calm down.

Monday, October 13, 2008

voting

now, most of you wont read this article, but it was really good. it was in last months parents magazine and is about why moms should vote. its a bit of a pain to read the whole article, you kinda have to navigate through ads and stuff, but it really had some decent stuff in it. anyhoo, if you feel like reading it, go ahead.

Friday, October 10, 2008

im not mad anymore

because i got my very own name tag. look:

Monday, October 06, 2008

new music

woody bought me two cds yesterday. the first one i rihanna, and i super love it. she even sings one of the songs with maroon 5. enjoy:

the other cd is duffy, who is awesome and i highly recommend her.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

bones

is such a good show

shell urn

i was telling my dad about this urn that we just got in that is an actual melo shell. i guess these animals live in the ocean and are harvested for food, and the shells are just crushed and i have no idea what happens to them then. well, this guy that thought up this urn idea goes to taiwan or wherever and picks out the ones he likes to have made into urns. they use toothpaste to hand polish them. i guess theres this toothpaste company somewhere in asia that cant use the beginning of the batch (too watery) or the end of the batch (too thick), so they sell it to the urn folks and they polish the inside and outside of the shells with it. then the shells are each taken to a wood carver guy and a bottom is made out of jiminia wood (the fastest growing hard wood). the cool part is that its all done by feel. they feel the opening of the shell and carve it on this wood. anyhoo, here are some photos:



Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ive been organizing




and this is my very own cart for making people pretty:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

list

1. went to piemontes today to pick up lunch. got a domestic proscuitto (wha?) sandwich without tomatoes and 1/2 pound of sicilian olives. and yes, i smell wonderfully.

2. billy, the owner of yost, asked me to be full time with them. aparently they think i do a good job and think i could really fit well into everyday life.

3. we found someone to take care of g during the days while we are at work, courtney. yes, jd's courteny. g has been there for 2 weeks now and is liking it. and she is willing to watch her full time.

4. the embalmer, jaime, let us borrow season 1 of dexter. man, it is good. weve watched 4 episodes so far, and cant wait to watch the rest. really, i recomend it for netflixing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

blah, i hate microsoft excel

i was working on making a phone list today at work. about 40 names on the list, with a number and prices, so why is it 35,000 pages long? i have noooooooo idea, and aparently microsoft help sucks and cannot tell me how to make my spreadsheet one simple page long. it insists on giving me 34,999 plank cell pages. nice

Thursday, September 11, 2008

work is great

so, im finishing up my third week at the new job. this is what has happened so far, and the folks i work with:

the initial interview was by tom, my manager. i had met him before, at his wifes antique shop where my mom goes quite often, but was nervous anyway. turns out he is a really nice guy (some of the guys woody works with have worked for him before and apparently he never yells at employees...crazy). so, that interview went well, and i was scheduled for another, this time with him and the owner, and then with the gal that runs the front desk, and is sort of the one you want on your side. the owner really liked me (his name is billy), as did the office gal (office manager?), and so i got the job. so, ive been working my arse off, but really liking it. the funeral home also has a cremation society (a place to get a super cheap cremation of you arent looking for a service), and i have already met with three families. this weekend is my first weekend on call, and it looks like im actually gonna be in charge. if we have a death i am the one notified by the answering service and i send out the people to pick up the deceased and then in the morning i call them and set up a time to meet with them. i also call the embalmer on call to embalm any cases that come in and need to be embalmed. anyway, its a bt nervous, but i think ill be okay (i think my supervisor, tom, is nervous too).

so these are the folks i work with:
billy: the owner. really nice guy, but likes things a certain way. hes relaxed, about 60 (maybe not quite that old), and likes frequent trips to cabo wabo each week, but is also happy at dog house grill or the elbow room. he has done his best to let me know that they are all glad ive come on board with them, and tries to stay out of everyones hair, while still keeping tabs on everything that is happening. seems to really like funeral service and the folks that work for him.

tom: my manager. very calm, explains everything very well and wants to learn new things. he reminds me of the huband in 'sleeping with the enemy' but just in the way he looks. he is a really great boss, and i am super lucky that he is so nice.

levi: billys son. super into football, but not jock-ish. works in the back, getting bodies dressed and casketed, and ready for me to make-up, and also works services with me. very appreciative and mellow. has long (like mid-back length) red hair, and a super cool girlfriend. his grandma (billy's mom) lives next door (and she always asks how i am doing), and his girlfriend goes to visit her a lot.

louis: does tons of stuff. he dresses and caskets bodies, as well as looks after the building. he is also an awesome landscape guy, and is super helpful.

elaine: runs the office. i am slowly learning how to do things her way, and luckily she is patient and wants me to tell her how i am used to things happening.

bob: the bookkeeper. he also makes arrangements with families and is a pastor of a small church in fresno (i think maybe pentecostal-ish), so he does services for families that dont have a pastor that they regularly are in contact with.

ben: an office guy. her runs the website and does death certificate work, as well a a bunch of other stuff on the computer.

jaime: the main embalmer. her cases look awesome, and so far she seems super willing to teach me how to embalm. she even brought me a sucker (okay, two) the other day. i am really hoping to learn a lot form her, but not enough to take her job. i just am not the kind of person that could handle being in the back room all the time.

there are also a bunch of part timers, and they are great, but i cant be botheres to list them all. anyway, it is going super, and i love love love my job.

so, thats it.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

voter education

I was fairly certain that I was only going to vote for McCain if he ran with Jindal. Now, that isn't to say that I would vote for Obama (or Hillary had she been the Democratic choice), I just figured I'd sit out this election. Well, it turns out I just can't do that. I keep thinking about how important it is to vote, and have a political opinion, and I decided that I needed to get some knowledge about Senator McCain, Governor Palin, and the whole lot of Repubs. So, this weekend I started my research. I have not yet done much to educate myself about Palin, but I am sure I'll get to her. For now I've just been reading up on McCain and Obama, and I've tried to be fairly objective and open minded (I know that sounds like I'm trying to be open-minded for Obama, but I have to force myself to do that with McCain as well, as he has some qualities that I will have to learn to live with), so as not to miss something important about either candidate.

Now, for a lot of the issues I agree with McCain's stance. He is pro-life except in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother, which is great, and seems to be looking toward the overturning of Roe v Wade. I won't go into a ton of details here, as I am fairly certain most of my readers are not fans of pro-life stuff, which is fine, but I am in agreement with McCain on the abortion issue. He is a bit lame though in his stand on sex ed and conception issues, which is a drag, but until I run for the presidency I don't expect a Republican to be a staunch supporter of those issues.

McCain is definitely aware of global warming and environmental issues from what I've read, and is a supporter of off-shore drilling and self-relaince for future energy, but his thoughts on how to get there leave a lot to be desired. His goals don't seem as clear or as bold as Obama's, but he is a proponent of nuclear energy, which is nice.

With health care McCain is proposing a credit. Now, I have to admit, I'm not as concerned with health care as I should be, and so this one holds less weight with me, but still, I am much more in favor of the tax credit than I am with the idea of federal involvement in health care that Obama is proposing. It is ridiculous in my opinion, to think that employers should be forced to pay health care or fund a national health care plan. It is expensive and shouldn't be put on the shoulders of american business.

Okay, now to the hardest of all issues: Iraq. I have very strong feelings about war, and it has always been the part of the Republican policies that I just can't seem to agree with. while I understand and agree that Iraq needs help to get to a self-governing place, there are too many people dying, and too much money being spent, and no clear answer as to when we can get out. It looks like McCain wants to have most of our troops out by 2013, but that's soooooo far away.

So, that's what I've got so far. Also, I'd like to say this: while I am a Republican, and I like to support my party, there is no reason that the Republican blogging community should be such jerks about Michelle Obama. They have been mean, slanderous and downright infuriating in things they've written about her and it shows a tremendous lack of professionalism, not to mention a lack of human decency. Michelle is not running, Barack is, and it is not right to make her seem like anything other than a woman supporting her husband. The Democrats haven't been even close to that harsh on Cindy, and a lot can be said for that. Anyway, its just a side note.

Friday, August 29, 2008

well, she's no jindal

but i suppose she'll have to do

Monday, August 25, 2008

work and a video

here is a video that some kids made with ken:


also, i started my first day today. im full time for the first month and once thats over ill be there three days a week. here is a photo of a paper hanginf at my desk, lol:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

do me a favor

go to www.plannedperfection.net and let me know which page has the best body font. the pages are still under construction, so dont be too picky, but we would appreciate the input.

also, i go in to yost and webb tomorrow to find out how much they want me to work and how much they want to pay me.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

interviews

okay, i have a second interview monday afternoon at yost and webb. with the owner, if hes available, and the manager that interviewed me before.

ive never had to actually interview for a job before, so this is a bit nervous. so, wish me luck.

also, i cant be bothered with typing the whole visalia mess, my car is now in fresno, thanks to amber, and id like to thank dad and courtney for their assistance over the phone on thursday.

also, here is a song that ive been liking that was in a gm commercial:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

stranded

went to visalia today to hang out with amber. left at 4 (she had a hair appt at 5 in fresno, so she wasnt around), only to have my car over heat before i got out of visalia. didnt get home til 9 tonight. ill give the long version tomorrow.

Monday, August 11, 2008

olympic fever

its funny how life works sometimes. i mean, i usually feel like a young person, and dont tend to notice much that the people around me keep getting younger and younger (well, except for a rare trip to a mall or some such place, where i cant help but run into one of those emo kids that are just plain annoying, and WAY too young to be out shopping without their mommies), but the olympics being on have sort of made me feel a bit older recently. i mean, i take a look at the young gymnast girls and they are so young and yet so good at their sport, or see the beach volleyball team and think, 'those chicks are my age, and they are awesome', and i just feel OLD.

anyway, all this talk is really beside the point, and just a bit of vanity, when what i really wanted to write about was jaime hipp, one of the goalies on the us water polo team. she was a year behind me in school, and we played water polo together at edison high. if i remember correctly, she played my sophomore year (her freshman year), because her brother had been playing (he was goalie as well, at 6'4" or somethng like that, making it the perfect position for him), and im sure she had watched a game or two of his. my freshman year i didnt play polo, but was on the volleyball team (one of my families favorite games), but didnt ever really love it, and so after swim season my freshman year i decided to be on the brand new club polo team for fresno with some of my swim-mates. who knows, lord knows i cant remember, but jaime might have played on that club team as well. anyhoo, she was very tall for a young high schooler, and i think she was put in a goalie early on in her polo career.

so, i was watching the us water polo game against china today (a pretty good match if you get the chance to watch it) and they cut to the bench sitters of the us team, and there i see jaime hipp, cheering on her teammates. i rewind, and play back, and yep, its her. i call my sister, anna (who was in jaimes graduating class) and she was watching too, and said it was her. see, jaime rode the bus with us to tenaya from edison, and we would walk home together (she grew up a few blocks further down the street from us), and neither anna nor i knew that she was in the olympics (although both of our parents said that they knew, that it had been in the paper).

well, now i feel old, which is fine, but its a bit closer to home this time. i mean, shes in the olympics. that is so cool.

eek!! its been so long!!!

so, i got a bit of flack the other night for not having updated my blog lately. we went over to the neighbors for the opening ceremony of the olympics and aparently i have fans who have been disappointed by my lack of posting. but see, i dont check my computer a lot when im not at work, and i have been super busy with packing and looking for a job in the fresno area, so have been neglecting my blogging. i apologize.

anyway, i made baklava the other day and it turned out really well. it was very yummy.

also, last week when we were in fresno i got a call from the manager at yost and webb, a funeral home on tulare and s (i think) in downtown fresno, and he wanted me to come in for an interview. so, today at three i went in and interviewed, and an hour and a half later we were done. he was very nice and seemed to be very impressed with me. i told him that i didnt want to embalm, and also that i am not very good at it, and he said that they didnt need an embalmer. every thing that he was looking for in a new employee was everything that i am looking to do in a funeral home, so hopefully i will get a job there. then, for dinner tonight my dad took us to dog house grill and the owner and his son were there at the bar and i went up and introduced myself (actually woody recognized the son, and i wouldnt have gone up to him if i knew that it was his dad that was there with him). once he introduced me to his dad i got nervous and apologized for having tattoos showing (even though i wasnt interviewing i thought i didnt want the first impression the owner had of me to be one about my tattoos) and he said it was fine, and lifted his shirt sleeve to show his many arm tattoos. lol

also, i worked out this morning. my parents church has a work out class three times a week, and even though i knew it was a really tough class physically i decided to go anyway. we started with a run, then stretched out a bit, then did circuits (is that what theyre called?) where you go from station to station for a minute or so each. there was jump rope, stations with weights for various exercises, and ones with nothing but a floor mat for doing lumberjacks or ab stuff. anyway, it was frikkin hard, and i was tired, but am not sore, and am looking forward to going again.

Friday, August 01, 2008

last day

its our last day at work!!! yippee!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

look what i drove today

roxannes cadillac. all the way to shafter.

Monday, July 28, 2008

whats going on

we are swamped at work this week and georgias babysitter is at camp, so weve been in a bit of a pickle with child care. today g is at the neighbors house until 1, and i will pick her up then and drag her into the bakersfield office to hopefully get some stuff done. tonight, sometime, roxanne is going to be here and will spend the night with us, and from what i hear will be looking after g tomorrow. tomorrow evening i will drive g up to visalia and meet my dad there and he will take her to fresno for the rest of the week. wednesday is bekahs birthday (send her a text), so she has the day off and will be watching g then, and anna is going to watch her on thursday, and friday my dad will be off and can watch her then. whew.

then i guess woody and i will try to make it up to fresno, and stay. now, im not totally sure about that, but he is going to try to schedule interviews for monday and tuesday of next week at funeral homes around. so, thats the scoop so far.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

yippee!!!!!

1. having dinner with uncle skip and aunt sharon at wool growers tonight.

2. my in-laws hired woodys replacement.

3. i signed papers on the house were renting in fresno. its on harvard, just west of chestnut (north of clinton), down the street from annas house.

yay!!!!!!!!!!


ps, has anyone noticed that on google maps you can look at actual footage of one's journey? you can even look at the front of houses. CRAZY!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

i went shopping, and only spent $27

cute white skirt #1
detail of cute white skirt #1
cute jacket
cute white and yellow skirt
cute white skirt #2
cute blue skirt
cute white skirt #3

also, i got a cute brown cardigan.

randomness

here is a cool video of some ooblek (cornstarch and water) on top of a cookie sheet on top of a subwoofer. my neighbors showed it to me.


also, i got a text today from brian to check out this blog. pretty cool stuff.

also, here is a song i heard. not a fan of kanye, but isnt that the coldplay guy?


thats it for now.

i am loving this song

who is ingrid michaelson anyway?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

now, im not a borat fan...

but this is just hi-flippin-larious.

Monday, July 21, 2008

lame end to a day

so, woody worked late tonight and georgia and i invited ourselves over to jenny (also, super cute photo of young, skinny me from back in the day posted on her site recently) and phils house for dinner to hang out and have the kids play with each other. good times, and freaking amazing food (jenny made this bacon, potato, onion, green bean dish that was TO DIE FOR). so, we head back about 8ish, and get a call from woody just as we were getting to our neighborhood and asks if i had noticed the pool earlier. i said that i had, and why, to which he said 'was all of out furniture in it then?' um...what? (1. does he think i would not call him immediately if it had been, lol, and 2. what furniture? i was thinking my dining table, etc) so, he says that he just went to get in the pool and saw all of the patio furniture, my bike (can you believe???), and some of the planters as well as the overhead light from the patio all in the pool. by this time we are pulling into the driveway and i go look at what happened. i suppose i should have taken a photo, but i didnt, so wev. turns out none of the neighbors were home to see anyone get into the yard (the gate is always unlocked, so it wouldnt really be difficult to get in, although josh, the across-the-street neighbor with the cool old truck brought over a lock for us to use until i go buy one) and the police wont file a report if there is no permanent damage done. anyhoo, i wonder if they had to stop because woody came home, as they left planters that were much closer to the pool, as well as the barbecue grill and the large table and wheelbarrow. so, yeah, im tired now, those chairs are HEAVY when theyre all soaked with water.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

how softball saved the world

Sometimes I get in these moods where I feel like humanity is going to hell, and quickly. I've never been big on negativity, but I also understand that everyone is different and entitled to their own opinions and personality traits, even if they are detestable in my opinion. So, anyway, these moods I get in, I don't know if they are started from events or what, but they make me a little depressed, and all I seem to be capable of seeing are people not getting along and being not only generally intolerant of one another, but being downright jackholes to one another. And, while I'm on a bit of a rant (I guess) I'm really tired of seemingly open-minded people being the opposite of open-minded when they encounter someone with an opposing viewpoint. Wev, I have GOT to stop watching meet the press...

So, I've been in this hopeless for humanity mood lately, and tonight we (my sisters, mom, woody and I) were watching the espys and they had the award for the best moment, and the softball girls were up for it, so their story was aired to us all (if by some chance we live under a rock and pay no attention whatsoever to sports). And you know what: I'm out of my crap mood. Not everyone is a jerk, and not everyone wants the rest of the world to fail, not even their opponents.

So, thanks ladies, for restoring my belief that people are, or at least can be, good to each other.

Friday, July 18, 2008

what a way to go

i had to drive down to visalia today for a cremation, they have an awesome retort that cremates a body in an hour, and luckily the owner of the mortuary was just back from a funeral service in which they used their old cadillac hearse that has been modified, which i have never seen, only heard about. so, i took some photos:
detail of the paint job on the back half (dillard is part of the funeral home's name)
here it is fully lowered (the owner said the priest from todays service, who got a ride in it from the church to the gravesite, was throughly impressed)
the inside passenger door
the steering wheel, notice the silver skull on the shifting stick
inside the front, notice the speakers (it sounded awesome)
mr dillard dusting it off (he insisted on it being dusted if i was going to take photos, lol)
the front (i cant remember the year of the car)
a shot of the inside back
a close up of one of the front wheels
the back, matching skulls on the license plate frame
the inside back taken from the passengers seat
and a super cute skull as the lock thing


anyhoo, good times.