Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

I have never, ever been shopping on Black Friday. I have never had any desire to. There is no deal so good that I want to compete with insane crowds, lines and potential fights that occur every single year at every single store. So I was less than thrilled when I realized I would have to work Black Friday at Walmart.

Normally when I get to work we are assigned a department (so far I have worked exclusively in infants) and then we stock for 8 hours. Nothing too exciting. There is always something to do but it is all pretty easy if not physically exhausting. Last night we showed up and everyone was assigned special jobs. My job was to tape off the grocery aisles with labels of each electronic gadget that was going to be down that aisle. Than we did some stocking, mostly in toys. Other than it seemed like all of the managers were on completely different pages and everyone thought something different was happening, it was fairly calm. Once I got back from my lunch (3:30 am) we had to start guarding blitz items. Since we are open 24/7, we had all of the specials wrapped in black plastic and everything was guarded by employees so customers wouldn't take them early. I was put in apparel with these fleece lined hoodies. They were really nice and apparently REALLY popular. I was lucky though, because everyone waiting for them were really pleasant and so nice to everyone and I think it worked out that all of those standing in line got what they wanted even though there was almost nothing left after the first rush. I am sure it was a little more crazy over where the electronics were being sold but I couldn't see it from where I was. I somehow survived working with the crowds before getting off at 7 am. It is going to be busy from now on but at least that part is over.

On a sort of seperate note, there were these really cute fleece hoodies with Disney characters on them for toddlers for $4. I had seen them a week before since I work in infants and I really wanted this one with Minnie on it for Keira. We weren't allowed to shop until after we got off so I figured by the time I got off they would be gone. I decided when I got off to go walk by where they were and see if by chance any were left. They had the exact one I wanted in the size I needed left when I got there! I was so excited and Keira has been wearing it all day. I was going to give it to her for Christmas but it was too cute. I had to see her in it. So that is my first Black Friday purchase ever. I hope to be sleeping in my bed next year. :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

50 Things

Some of the cousins have been posting this about themselves. Lets see how I do. I just did 50 though because it is late and I don't want to think that hard. Maybe I will add 50 more later.

1. I hate the color orange and Rick loves it so guess what color our room is? Never say men don't get a say in how their house is decorated.

2. I love to watch sitcoms. Most of my favorite shows are sitcoms. 30 Rock, Friends, Big Bang Theory, The Office, How I Met Your Mother... the list keeps going and going.

3. I used to HATE Walmart but working there is actually starting to make me like it. Weird.

4. I was Salutatorian (#2) in my high school graduating class so I gave a speech at graduation.

5. Rick and I were looking for something we could do together so we learned how to play Magic the Gathering. I love to play it!

6. I started watching Food Network at BYU-I because I never cooked real food for myself so I liked to pretend I would get to eat what they were making. I still watch it constantly but can probably count on one hand the amount of recipes that I have actually made off of there.

7. Rick and I went to our senior prom as friends. That is the ONLY high school dance I ever went to and don't regret that decision for a second.

8. My first calling in church was primary pianist at age 11.

9. One of my favorite video games is The Sims 2. I could (and have) played it for hours on end.

10. I have only been stung by bees on the foot. I used to run around barefoot outside constantly and was constantly stepping on bees.

11. I came up with Keira's name while staring at my movie collection. I saw Pirates of the Caribbean, thought Keira Knightly and knew that was the name we should name Keira.

12. I have been to DisneyWorld and Disneyland in the same year.

13. I want to go back to DisneyWorld sooooo bad.

14. I have a spoon collection from all over the United States and some other parts of the world but I haven't been to most of the places I have spoons for.

15. I can't stand the color pink but love to dress my girls in it.

16. I have extremely tight muscles and even had to wear corrective footwear for it as a child. I still can't touch my toes even at my limberest of times.

17. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

18. I am so proud that my sister is on a mission in Argentina and sometimes a little jealous that she has had this opportunity.

19. I just joined my ward choir. I have never sung in a choir other than elementary school. I always play the piano for them. It is going to be an interesting experience.

20. During my lunches at work at 2:30 in the morning, I read my book by the parking lot lights and it works great!

21. I have always liked the name Pierce for a boy, but then I married someone with the last name Pierce so that name has gone out the window. Oh well.

22. I was ASB secretary my senior year of high school. The school administration asked me three days before the election if I would run because no one else had thrown their hat in the ring. So I ran unopposed. It was a nail biter of an election.

23. I was the only member of the church in my class in my school for most of high school.

24. Rick and I got married on the first anniversary of our first kiss.

25. Rick and I got married during one of the worst snow storms that Washington has seen in years.

26. I can't swim.

27. I have had gestational diabetes twice. I still want more kids.

28. I am more afraid of the epidural needle than the pain of childbirth so I have had both of my children naturally.

29. Rick has a half sister that I have never met (and he has only met twice). I wish I was able to get to know the only sister in law I will ever have but that may never happen.

30. I miss teaching piano lessons. I wish I could find some students!

31. I voted for Barrack Obama.

32. I hate clothes shopping. I hate spending money on clothes and I hate buying clothes. It just seems like a waste of money to me.

33. We drove to Yakima to adopt our dog. We saw her online and knew she was the dog we were suppose to get.

34. I can't wait for the new Harry Potter movie to come out.

35. I have never read the Twilight books and could really care less.

36. I had the same math teacher for all four years of high school (she was also my chemistry teacher).

37. I have been in the back lots of Disneyland. It is really grungy and gross and you are NOT allowed to take any pictures. Funny stuff.

38. Rick and I were sealed in the Seattle Temple one year after we were married.

39. I wear flip flops 98% of the time regardless of the weather.

40. I had my ears pierced when I was 11 but the last time I wore earring was to my wedding. I don't think they are pierced anymore.

41. I hate to camp but I went to all 6 years of girls camp and wouldn't have changed any of it for the world.

42. Andrea and I got in a huge fight at camp one year that everyone in the stake heard and talked about for the rest of the day. Oops.

43. I refuse to turn the heat on until it hits freezing consistantly. If you don't like the cold, put on a sweater.

44. I love James Bond movies.

45. It seems like everyone around me has those ear stretchers these days. It really makes my ears hurt when I see them.

46. I love any carbonated beverage.

47. I converted almost all of my light bulbs to energy savers. I really want to replace everything in the house with "green" equivilents I just need some money to do it...

48. My kids are exactly 25 months and one day apart.

49. My master bathroom is bigger than my kitchen (no joke).

50. I hope one day Rick and I get to go on a couple's mission.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Whistle While You Work

I somehow have survived my first two nights of work. I am working from 10pm to 7 am five days a week. This is usually the exact time that I am in bed so you can imagine how screwed up I am right now. I am trying to stay on schedule even during my nights off, but my bed is calling my name. I just have to stay busy!

Who out there feels the need to go shopping at 2 in the morning? I don't understand this at all. Even if I am not asleep I don't really like to leave the house past 8 unless I am already out. I just don't feel motivated. I guess I can understand if that is the only time you have to shop but what about those people bringing in their kids? Shouldn't they be in bed? My children are in bed by 8 and 9. Even if they weren't I wouldn't be dragging them around town in the middle of the night. I just don't get it.

I have been working the infant department the last three days. Such a dangerous place. Usually if I am just shopping I run in and grab diapers or wipes and go right back out. I don't linger because I know I could be tempted to buy a cute outfit or something. Now imagine working and stocking all of the baby stuff for 8 hours. The temptation is HUGE! I have held off so far but I really want to get some of the cute clothes and toys. Plus it really ticks me off that they have plastic BPA free baby bottles in the stores now, when they didn't 3 months ago when I was buying them for Elaina. I ended up getting glass ones, which I do like, but I would have preferred the plastic. They are much lighter although harder to keep clean. They do have BPA free sippy cups now so I am switching out all of our sippy cups slowly. Keira got brand new Dora cups and LOVES them. She is such a fan.

This is probably the last time I should blog at 1 in the morning. I am rambling. I am just not a night person and this schedule is not my idea of a fun time. I hope that after Christmas we feel better about our finances and I can quit with good conscience. Perhaps I can finally get some piano students. We have a pretty big primary. There must be someone who needs lessons. I will have to keep my ears open.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Calling

I have been in my new ward since the end of July. I understand that they didn't give me a calling right away because I had a baby a whole four days after the first Sunday we went to the ward. The ward has been great though. The relief society president called me a half hour after I had Elaina asking if I had had the baby yet and if they could help with anything. Do you think she felt prompted to call? They sent us meals that weekend even though almost none of them had met me the week before. They have been a great ward ever since. We haven't felt so involved with a ward in a long time and we have lots of experience with new wards!

Anyway, yesterday I finally got a calling. Rick got his the week before. He is going to be the 11 year old boyscout leader. I am going to be the primary music leader. I am a little freaked out because I have never done this calling before. The first time I was the primary pianist I was 11 and I have been it many times since then including subbing on a regular basis. I don't know how I am going to be creative and keep the kids' attention. So if anyone knows any good places with good ideas or if you have had this calling and have some ideas that have worked for you I am completely open. Next Sunday we are having a special relief society that all of the woman are going to so I won't have to start then. I have two weeks to get it together. My middle name is Procrastinator so this should be interesting.