Friday, October 16, 2009

A Few Tips...

After a somewhat ruff week with patients I decided to give my blog readers some do's and don't about getting on the good side of your dental office's scheduling coordinator.

1. When leaving a message don't talk for ten minutes about why you need to cancel the appointment and what day and time would work for you to reschedule. Just say this is so and so and I have an appointment on this day and time that I need to reschedule. When I call you back you can discuss the details with me. Also, don't speed through your phone number, I don't want to have to listen to your ten minute long message four times just to get all the digits in your phone number.

2. When I ask you if there is a day or time that works best for you don't in turn ask me what do you have available then when I offer you the next available say, "oh, I can't do that day." That's why I asked you what day would work for you to start with.

3. When I call you two days before your appointment because I did research and learned that your insurance had changed with out even talking to you and you say that you will bring in the information at your appointment, don't get mad when I tell you we don't accept that insurance. That's why I went out of my way to call you way in advance. It's your fault you didn't tell me then.

4. When you are asking me questions about your insurance, since that's my job to understand your insurance, don't tell me I'm wrong. I just got off the phone with your insurance company and that is what they told me. I'm sorry that you don't understand your insurance plan or don't like it but don't get mad at me for it.

5. Remember that I am not your BFF. I don't need to know every detail of your life. When you need to cancel an appointment last minute because you are sick just tell me so. I don't need to hear how you have spent the entire night on the toilet with explosive diarrhea, or you have the worst period of your life and can't get out of bed. I also don't need to hear about how you finally broke down and gave your husband that BJ he's been asking for.

6. NEVER EVER EVER reach over and take a pen or pencil out of my pencil cup, or step behind the front counter. This is my personal space and please do not invade it.

7. When I am trying to schedule you an appointment or go over insurance information with you and the Dr. or office manager walks by don't interrupt me to just chat with them about your life. I am a busy women and there are two people standing behind you that need help. I can't just sit there and listen to you two talk about your trip to Maui nor do I want to. I will move on and help someone else.

8. Last of all remember that I am the gate keeper. I am the one you have to get through to get the appointment time you want or in last minute. If you are nice to me I will remember that when you call in pain or your insurance is ending and you need in right away. I will also remember that you were a total brat and make you wait two weeks to get in.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Oh Beautiful Freeway

For the past few months they have been repaving the span of I5 from Lynnwood to Everett. I've been very impatient during this process cussing and yelling every time I stopped on the freeway when the made everyone merge into one lane or my car lurched on and off the bumpy cut up road.

Last Friday I was driving home around midnight and I was struck by the beauty of the new freeway. The road was dark black and all the new lane markings bright white. The turtles were lit up from my headlights and shined bright. I almost felt like I was driving on a plane's runway.

I would just like to apologize to all the construction workers that I have cursed at the last few months. Thank you for making my drive home a little more pleasant with the quiet and pretty road. Now if the construction workers on Broadway could just hurry up and finish already, I'll be a really happy girl.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jury Duty

I got my first ever jury duty summons yesterday. I'm kind of sad to have to try to get out of it. My employer would be lost with out me for a week (his words not mine) and I can't afford to only get paid $10 a day for a week. It's too bad they didn't request me for the week my office is closed anyways. I think it would be interesting to serve on a jury. I also truly believe that being able to have a trial by jury is one of the most important rights this country offers and if everyone always found ways out of it then we wouldn't have that right.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Funny Stuff

Me: We could see you Tuesday, the 24th at 11:30

Patient: Tuesday, the 24th. What day is that?

Me: Tuesday, the 24th.

Patient: yes, but what day is that?

Me: The day of the week is Tuesday. The date is the 24th.

Patient: oh, so it's a Tuesday?

Me: Yes, Tuesday the 24th is a Tuesday.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I'm So Over This Buying A House Thing

So we found out Thursday night that the house was appraised at about $15,000 less than we offered on it which means we can't get approved for a loan for the full amount. Now we have to go back and renegotiate the price with the builder and there is a chance the whole thing could fall through. So lame! Supposedly we should know more about what's going on by Tuesday.

The house is supposed to be done in a few weeks but given all the hullabaloo it looks like we won't be closing until well into October now (if the whole thing doesn't fall through that is). Oh the drama of it all. I'm so over it and can't wait to not be in limbo anymore whatever the outcome may be.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Eat, Pray, Love

I just read in People magazine that they are filming Eat, Pray, Love. I'm not really sure how I feel about this. Especially with Julia Roberts as the main character. This book is in my top five favorites and I don't really think Julia Roberts is right for this role. I also think that there is no way the movie could touch me as much as the book did. I know I'll probably end up seeing so I hope it doesn't ruin the book for me.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

House Pictures

I haven't posted any pictures of the house lately so here are a few. Right now they think we should close by September 30th. These pictures are pretty old. The outside has siding on it now and all the "stuff" is in the walls. They start sheet rocking on Tuesday.

White Sox Game

Russ' birthday was on Wednesday so we went to the Mariner's game because they were playing the White Sox which is his team. He got us amazing seats first row in left field just passed third base. We got there early to watch batting practice and I managed to get an Alex Rios (who just got traded to the White Sox) to sign a baseball for me. The game ended up going into 14 innings because of a tied score of zero and the White Sox ended up losing but it was still fun.
Russ took the picture just as I walked away. You can see my hair on the very far left side of the picture.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Should The Past Be The Past?

Lately I've been craving a connection to my past. A time before being the rape victim, before losing all my friends at the start of high school, before my parent's divorce, a time when I had faith to fall back on. Maybe it's just a simpler time that I crave. I don't know if it's healthy or not to be chasing a memory of my childhood but I am jumping in head first.

I went on facebook and contacted a few people that stood out in my mind from that time. I want to talk to them and maybe reconnect on the times that we were close. Heather my best friend from elementary school contacted me back and we are making arrangements to meet up. I couldn't be more excited.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bunco Night

Tonight is Bunco night and I am so excited. I don't know what I ever did before I had Bunco night. I love this group of women and look forward to going every month. If you don't have a Bunco group you should find one. It's that fun.

I'm Bored

I am sitting at work with absolutely nothing to do. That is all.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Old Couple At Subway

Russ and I went to Subway for lunch yesterday. An older couple walked in just in front of us. I thought they were so cute but not in the normal old couple walking down the street holding hands kind of way. They were just normal.

The lady found a seat while the man went up to order. He got a foot long sandwich for them to share but instead of having them cut it in half he had them cut it so one side was a little bigger than the other. Russ commented to me that is how we would be because I usually can't eat a full six inch sandwich.

When we go out to eat Russ always sits on the same side of the table as me. When we were first dating I thought it was really weird but now its weird if he doesn't. I noticed that this old couple did the same thing only they were on the opposite side as us so we were facing them. While we were eating we couldn't stop watching them and commenting about them. Again, they weren't being all lovey dovey and they weren't bickering, they were just being normal.

The tables were turned when Russ wanted to eat one of my cookies. I made him take part of two different ones so I could have the really chocolaty parts. Russ looked over at the couple and they were talking about us! I wish I knew what they were saying.

Something that to most people would seem so insignificant but to me it was just a really nice moment. Sometimes I wonder about me and Russ. We aren't as passionate as most couples. There is not a lot of bickering or fighting between us which usually signifies passion. We also aren't the lovey dovey touching each other all the time type. We just are us and apparently that was enough for this couple to last a long time and that gives me hope.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I Love My Husband

I keep an ongoing list on my phone's notebook app off all the books I want to read. Whenever somebody mentions a good book or I read about one in a magazine or whatever I add it to the list so the next time I go to the bookstore I can remember what it was I wanted to read.

About a month ago Russ found the list and emailed it to himself without my knowing. One day he just showed up with one of the books on the list. I was so excited not only because he did a wonderful thing for me but because I can't make a decision to save my life and the deciding of what book to read next was already done for me.

The book was "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" which is a collection of essays. There wasn't the pull of the story to keep me reading nonstop and I just finished it Friday night. Saturday rolls around and Russ gives me another book! I really wasn't expecting it at all. I guess he bought them at the same time and was waiting for me to finish the first one before giving me the second. This one is "The Time Traveler's Wife" and I am in love with it already only 150 pages in. Thank you Aimee for the suggestion it truly is a wonderful story and I can't wait to see how it ends.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer Rain

Is there anything better than summer rain? I think it may be my favorite thing in the whole world. I was just sitting on the couch watching TV with the windows and doors open because it was so hot outside. Out of nowhere I noticed that familiar rain smell. I looked outside and the sky was dark but no rain. About half an hour later I started to hear the rain coming down and it made me smile. Something so simple and yet it makes me so happy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Taco Bell

I decided to go to Taco Bell for lunch today. When I got up to the window the lady went to ask if I wanted any hot sauce then cut herself off and said "mild, right." I don't know if she remembered me, my car, my usual order of two bean burritos no onions, or she was psychic but she definitely knew what kind of sauce I like. Maybe this means I go there way too much and need to cut back on my once a week (sometimes twice) visits...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Social Anxiety

Sometime around sophmore year of high school I started to develop severe social anxiety. As I get older my anxiety gets worse and worse. When I am in a large group of people I tend to just find a spot out of the way of everyone and not say a word. I'm sure most people interpret my behavior to be anti-social or bitchy but really I'm just trying to breathe and not cry.
For Fourth of July Russ' co-worker invited us over to his house for a barbeque. In the weeks leading up the event I kept telling myself that we wouldn't end up going so I had nothing to worry about. The morning of we were running errands and I told myself that we wouldn't have time to make it over to his house. We stopped by the house on the way down there because Russ forgot something. I ran downstairs to my bathroom and burst into tears. All I could think about was that I didn't know a single person there and Russ would be socializing with everyone and leave all alone. I heard Russ coming down the stairs so I threw on my sunglasses and tried to act normal. Unfortunately, when we were talking I couldn't stop sniffling and he figured me out. He told me not to go but I knew that I have to work to overcome this crazy fear of mine so off we went. Pretty much the whole time I sat in the same seat and only spoke when spoken too. I'm sure everyone probably thought I was weird or bratty but I did it.
I even was able to go to a party at Russ' friend's house Saturday. I got teary eyed a few times but never actually cried. Major improvement! Again, I wasn't the most social person in the room but I managed to get through it.

The House

We got a call last week that wood was going to be delivered on Thursday to start building the house. I convinced Russ Thursday night to go up and see how much they had gotten done. They actually did a lot and had the entire floor framed. Everyone kept asking me if I was excited that we had bought a house and I had to admit that I really wasn't. None of it was real yet. Now that they have started I can't wait for it to be done. I think about it night and day. I think I've looked at the floor plan on Regent Homes website a bajillion times to remind myself what it will look like. Russ got an email today to set up an appointment to go over colors and whatnot. I think once we do that it will become really real. Yay for new houses!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Russ Is A Genius

Yup, that's my delicious blizzard treat sitting on the table. I decided to go to dinner at Dairy Queen tonight because it was so hot inside our house. Russ got a chicken basket and I got a blizzard (don't judge, you know you wish you could have ice cream for dinner). After sitting down and eating for a few minutes I noticed that on Russ' drink cup it said that blizzards are so thick that they defy gravity. That some employees will even serve them upside down sometimes. So I asked Russ if he ever did that when he worked there. He said no that it took too much time to do that. I said "oh yeah so much time to do this" and tipped my cup sideways and explained that the ice cream was too melted by now to hold it completely upside down. He took the cup from me and tipped it upside down and said "no, see" and just as he was about to tip it back up, splat. I started laughing uncontrollably. I made like Chandler and Rachel on the episode of Friends where they eat the cheesecake that fell on the floor and ate the rest of my blizzard straight from the table.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm A Homeowner...Kind Of

We started looking into buying a house back in February. The first house we looked at was in Lake Stevens. It was a beautiful townhouse that was a short sale. We offered a little more than they were asking but the sellers real estate agent showed them our offer second even though ours was first. They ended up going with the other offer and since we were "second" we didn't even have a chance to counter or anything.

Several houses later we looked at house on Lake Stevens that was newly built. I loved it but Russ had some reservations. There was no yard instead you had about ten feet between the back of the house and the house behind you. We countered back and forth a few times with the builder and when we finally came to an agreement it turned out that it was kind of like a short sale where it needed bank approval. They assured us that it would only take three days. Two weeks later we decided to start looking again.

We headed up to Marysville and looked at several more houses. We found one that hasn't been built yet but were able to go through the model home that is the exact same floor plan. I fell in love. The kitchen was amazing. The master bedroom had french doors that open into a huge room. The master bath had a soaking tub with separate shower! My entire life I've dreamed of having a tub like that. There wasn't a single detail about the house that I didn't like. The only downfall I could see was that it's twenty minutes north of where I am now in Everett. Russ' only concern was that there wasn't a yard. We decided that those reasons weren't enough to not get the house. So we made our third offer and countered back and forth a few times and now it is ours...

...kind of. The house still has to be built and we don't actually close until it's done so that means it will "officially" be ours around the beginning of October. Sorry to keep everyone in the dark about this but I didn't want to really discuss it until it was official.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


This last week my doctor was away on vacation so the office was closed. I had a wonderful time of doing nothing. I took this opportunity to treat myself to some "me" time. I slept in every day, worked out on my Wii Fit, watched a lot of HGTV and sat around and did a lot of self reflection. I didn't want to go out and be with people or talk on the phone. I wanted to really be selfish and just think about myself and do what I wanted to do and it was amazing! I was having so much fun with it all when Russ wanted to go to a card show today I told him to go alone and I stayed home and watched movies all day by myself.

Now that the weekend is winding down I guess its time to go back to my normal day to day life. I'll have to return to work on Monday and go back to my routine of taking care of patients. I love my job but it can be very tiring being "fake LeAnn" as Russ calls it. When I'm at work (and a lot of times just dealing with people in general) I have to always be "on." Always having a smile on my face and speaking in a calm soothing yet happy voice. Listening to every one's stories like they are the most interesting things I've heard in all my life. Laughing at their stupid jokes and nodding along in sympathy to what ever it is that is going wrong in their lives.

I'm a peacemaker by nature and so it's in my personality to do whatever it takes to make everyone else happy. Don't get me wrong the same things that I complain about are the things that I also love. I do like to hear about my patient that was an army nurse in World War II. I love to hear about the guy that takes soccer balls down to South America. The kid that just graduated high school and is going to Italy to learn to cook. It's just that it can be tiring always trying to please everyone all the time. So it was a much needed staycation to just be alone and relax and be able to be my true self nonstop for a whole week.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I mentioned a few posts ago how when I start reading a book I become consumed by it. I have to restrict myself to only one book a month because even after I finish the book I can't stop thinking about the characters and their lives. If I get too many story lines in my head at once I would never be able to get anything done. I also usually try to start and finish a book in the same day because I especially can't focus at work when all I can think about is how the book is going to end. Unfortunately, I started reading "Firefly Lane" yesterday and because its almost 500 pages only got three quarters of the way through it. I tried to go to bed at eleven last night but couldn't sleep (in case you haven't caught on yet, its because I was thinking about the book). I got out of bed at 12:15 and went up stairs so I could keep reading. Finally at 2:00 in the morning I forced myself to put the book down and try to sleep. Today I am super bratty and have no patience for my patients. I don't know if its the lack of sleep or my feelings from the book carrying over into my normal life.
The book starts out with two pages of the current day where the women are no longer friends and then jumps back to the 70's when they met and continues on through the 80's, 90's, and then 2000's. I am almost to the current day and I have a need to know what happens that sends a thirty year friendship down the drain.
I'm usually not a fiction reader, I prefer real life stories like memoirs, but for some reason I picked this book up and I'm glad I did. It is set in Seattle which I love because I feel like I'm special because I know all the places that are referenced. Even though its fiction its very true to life about the relationship between friends. How over time they grow apart and then grow back together again.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

National Nurse's Day

Tomorrow being National Nurse's Day I would like to give a shout out to my sister Lauren. She is an Army Nurse and I like to think of her as a modern day Florence Nightingale. She is an amazing, compassionate, patient nurse. She served in Iraq and not only took care of wounded soldiers but was constantly coming up with ways to boost everyone's moral. She is now back in Georgia and teaching her nursing skills to others. She is just as good at teaching as she is at nursing. I love her very much and am so so so proud of her.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

1.) How can it be that "LOST" is the best show of this generation and not one person I work with and not one patient today watched the episode last night? I came to work today bubbling with a need to discuss all that unfolded and no one to talk to. I tried to satisfy my craving by reading the blogs but its not the same as a face to face discussion where you can feed off the other person.

When I read a book I become consumed by the book and can't stop reading until I'm done with it. At the times that I can't be reading it (like when working). I think about the characters and wonder what will happen next and what the characters are doing right now. That's how I am with LOST and I can't say that I'm like that with any other show. I know some people have issues with the fantasy aspect of the story line but it doesn't bother me. For some reason in my mind its totally plausible that there would be a crazy weird smoke monster on a crazy weird island. I really believe that it could happen. Same thing with the whole time travel thing. I love that they constantly keep you guessing and reveal just enough to satisfy you but still keep you on your toes. I will truly be sad when it comes to an end next season.
2.) I was in the drive through at Taco Bell today and the mini-van in front of me had to open the driver side door to place her order. This was mildly amusing to me. Then when she pulled up to the window, the passenger opened up the left side sliding door and got out to get the food. This was very amusing to me.

3.) I think ring back songs or whatever they are called (when you call someone instead of hearing a ringing noise you hear a song) is the best idea ever. When I call patients I get to know there personality better just by listening to what song they chose.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pet Peeve of the Day

If you are at a doctors office or really just anywhere where there is a counter between you and the person you are doing business with, please, please, please do not ever lean over the counter and take a pen out of their pen holder. This is my personal space and my personal pens. If you need one ask me and I would be happy to offer you one of the office pens. Or better yet how about you use the one sitting right next to you on the counter? I am very picky when it comes to what pens I use and I don't like other people using them. I even hide them from my coworkers. It's kind of like the scene in "Serendipity" where John Cusak's character is at Macy's or something and tries to walk behind the counter. I totally felt for the the store clerk in that scene.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Russ found my diamond! It was stuck in the couch cushion. He said he knew it had to be there because I'm always on the couch watching TV (ha*ha*ha, funny guy, huh?). Now all I have to do is find a jewler to put it back in the ring.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Devastating News...

I lost a diamond from my wedding ring. I went to the park for lunch and was sitting in my car eating when I noticed it. I have a simple white gold band with diamonds going around in the middle on the top half of the band. It's the last diamond in the row. I don't know when it happened or where the diamond went. I immediately called Russ and let him know that my ring was broken but he didn't seem too upset about it. He said that we would just take it to a jewelry store and have it fixed. I called my sister Lauren and she said that I should use this as an excuse to get a new ring. Maybe I'm being a little bratty and selfish about the situation but I want my ring. The ring that Russ proposed to me with (because he didn't know there was a difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring), the ring he put on my finger the day that we were married. The ring that Russ picked out for me all by himself because it's what he thought I would like and he was right. I guess I'll have to come to terms with it and just replace the diamond but a little piece of me will always know that it's an impostor....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

That Sucks Day

Just call me a walking calender of weird holidays. Today is That Sucks Day. On April 15th the Titanic Sank, President Lincoln was pronounced dead and of course Taxes are due. A lot of suckiness going on today. I've overheard a few people say today that something sucked and I was quick to let them know that it was because officially today does suck.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thank You Lawyers

Today is National Be Nice To Lawyers Day. In honor of the day I would like to give a shout out to my brother in law Joe who is indeed a lawyer. There are probably a billion jokes that make fun of lawyers and a lot of people hate the profession but really what would life be like with out them? Plus, President Obama went to law school and it seems like most people like him....

Monday, April 6, 2009

My Stalker

I've decided that I have a stalker and his name is God. It seems like ever since I went to visit my sister Lauren about a month ago when she went to the Temple for the first time, there has been at least one sign a week from him. Mainly in the form of missionaries. I see them everywhere lately. Walking down the street by my work as I drive home at night. Knocking on my friend Heather's door when I'm there visiting. Even today when I was at the park at lunch time there was a group of them playing volleyball or something. There's been other things here and there, an article in USA Today, a newsletter from the Everett First Ward Relief Society, so on and so on; but the main focal point has been missionaries. I told Heavenly Father a while ago that when I was ready I would sit down with the Elders and take the discussions. I decided that when I was ready they would magically show up at my house. I guess Heavenly Father is letting me know that it's almost time or something...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm A Fitness Junkie

...Wii Fit that is. We were at Target on Saturday and they had one in stock so we snatched it up and I've been addicted every since. I've spent at least an hour every night playing with it. I figure it may not be the best work outs for real fitness people (I don't think they have any 13 mile runs, Lauren) but it sure does kick my butt every night. I have come to realize that my balance issues are not just in my head they are for real and I have the stats now to prove it. It even asked me if I trip when walking which I always do! I figure if nothing else being active while playing games is better than sitting on the couch playing games, right?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cut You So Good, You Gonna Wish I No Cut You So Good

*I would like to start out by stating that I know the quote is actually "Cut you so bad, you gonna wish I no cut you so bad." However, I started saying it the wrong way so much that by the time I learned I was saying it wrong it was already ingrained in my head.
Yesterday I went downstairs to talk to Russ. I saw that sitting on his desk was his pocket knife opened up. I told him should not leave it open because he could accidentally stab himself. He told me that the knife was so dull that it would be impossible for someone to cut him with it. I picked it up and pretended to "cut him so good" with it when he moved his hand and I accidentally stabbed his knuckle. It started bleeding pretty good. He said it wasn't that bad and it would stop in a second and he kept working on his computer but it didn't stop. Every time I looked down there was a bigger pool of blood on the back of his hand. Finally he went and washed it off and cleaned it out. I felt so bad! How many wives can say that actually stabbed there husbands?!?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I've Joined the 21st Century

Well, that's what Heather says anyways. That's right people, plain and simple LeAnn has got herself an IPhone. Russ surprised me with it for Valentine's Day. I had a range of emotions when he handed it to me. First was "oh my gosh it is so fricken expensive" then when I realized he had signed a contract and there was no returning it I turned to cautious excitement. I was still a little afraid of my high tech gadget. The next day I felt like the coolest person in the world but was a little ashamed still about how expensive it was. Monday I only told one person at work that I had it. I didn't want people to judge me and say, "she says they don't have money and then went and bought herself an IPhone" (trust me, people at my work would totally judge). Finally today I am proud of the fact that I have such a super cool toy and am telling the world about it on my blog. I have to say it really is the coolest thing ever. I love that like the commercial says there really is an app for everything!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I usually give credit to my dad for my personality traits. He gave me the patience I need to deal with patients yelling at me about their bills. The logical mind to see both sides of the issue and the wisdom to figure out the right thing to do. It wasn't until today however that I realized that my mom gave me one of the most important traits.

In most things I'm a slob who wants to do the least amount of work possible to get by. Except at work. At work everything is in order and I expect myself to be perfect. I was informed today that I forgot the lock the front door of the office last night. Vic wasn't that upset, nothing was stolen and we do have a security alarm if somebody had tried to get in. I however, was a wreck. I couldn't believe that I could make such a big mistake. I've been carrying around this guilt all day trying to figure out how I could be so careless and beating myself up. I'm sure most people would look at this and think that its a bad trait to have. Trying to be perfect can only lead to disappointment, right? Wrong! How can you ever be the best you can possibly be without striving for perfection.

I would like to thank my mom for pushing me to be something great from a very young age. When I was like three or four she started to get me to learn to read because she knew that I could if I tried hard enough. She set the ground work from an early age that I should aim for perfection. I know that part of what makes me good at my job (ok, except forgetting to lock the door) is that I have a strong work ethic.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Next month I am going to Georgia to visit my sister Lauren. I am super excited and can't wait, I'm practically counting down the days until I leave. I've always been close to Lauren and I grew up thinking that we would always be close. Emotionally we are still very close but physically we are across the country from each other. I thought that we would live close enough to each other that we would randomly drop by each other's homes. I know we still have time to live near each other, we are still fairly young. Every once in a while though, when she is having a bad day say, I want to be near her and give her a big hug and bring her chocolate covered gummy bears and it breaks my heart a little knowing that I can't do that.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What Woud You Do?

This show is on ABC on Tuesday nights. They have actors in situations that are morally wrong and see how people react. I tear up almost every time I watch this show. I love to watch all the situations and think about would I really speak up if I saw someone short changing a blind person? Would I be one of the ones speaking down to a customer who doesn't speak English well? I think it's a great show and everyone should watch it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration + Starbucks = Fun

I would just like to say that I loved getting my Starbucks cup yesterday. Not only because Vic bought it for me so it was free but because of the cute sleeve. I tried to find a picture of it online to post but couldn't find one. It's got a red and blue stripe (the middle is brown but I think it is supposed to be white). They all had quotes from different president's inauguration speeches. Mine was from President Lincoln back in 1865. It was a little eerie that something from 150 years ago could still be so relevant today.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My Great Husband

I am very much not a morning person. For the most part I get out of bed ten minutes before I'm supposed to leave the house for work. This does not leave any time for extra activities. I get up, throw on some clothes, put my hair in a ponytail, brush my teeth, throw on some eyeliner and mascara and run out the door. The past couple of mornings have been pretty cold and there has been frost on all the cars. Yesterday Russ called me after he left the house to warn me that it was icy outside. I ran out of the house five minutes late and he had already scraped my windows for me!

Today when I left the bedroom I thought I smelled coffee but Russ doesn't drink it so I assumed it was just his body spray. I ran out the door and he had once again scraped my windows for me. I called him to thank him for doing it today and yesterday (horrible wife that I am I never thanked him yesterday) and he asked if I had gotten my coffee. He made coffee just for me and I didn't even know. He left it in the kitchen which I never go into in the mornings cause I don't have time. My heart melted a little.

He is constantly doing little things like that for me and I tend to take them for granted a lot. It's a little late but I think I'm going to make my New Year's resolution to be to appreciate my husband a little more and to try and do little nice things for him more often.

Monday, January 19, 2009


I have three main fears: 1. Spiders 2. Aliens 3. Social Situations. When I was really little (probably somewhere between three and five) I was spending the night at my Aunt Karen's house. I don't remember what the movie was but it was about these little green alien guys. In the movie the alien's were nice but in one scene a lady opens the curtains to look out her bedroom window that was on the second story and an alien is looking back at her hanging in mid air. That did it, from then on I have been terrified of aliens. So why, you might ask, am I watching a show called UFO Hunter's? I couldn't really give you a good answer. Maybe because Russ likes it or maybe because I think it will help me get over my fear. We watched three episodes on Saturday night and I have been scared to be alone in the house ever since. It did not help me get over my fear it only intensified it. Bleh.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


In my younger days my family members jokingly referred to me as LieAnn. If you couldn't figure it out from the nickname I was a lie-aholic. I would lie about everything and anything for no reason. I can't tell you why I did it. I don't know if I was scared of the truth or just thought it was fun but it's a part of my life I look back on and wish I could change.

As I grew up I realized that it is so silly to lie. The old adage that it's easier to remember the truth than a web of lies is very true. Slowly but surely I learned to admit when I made a mistake instead of thowing up some lie about why I did it or even that I didn't do it at all. I learned that its ok to not have an answer for something and its better to admit that I don't know than make up something silly and false.

I think once you've been through something major (in my case a decade of lying) and you see somebody else going through the same thing you have one of two reactions. You either sympathize with them. Hey you've been there before and felt that same weakness. Or you have no patience for them. You've been there before and were able to change and become a better person.

I've been dealing with a liar at work over the last few months and I'm at my wits end. I want to tell this person that they are being silly. There is no need to lie, it's ok to be wrong or make a mistake or not know an answer. I go through phases where I just laugh it off but some days I can't help but try to catch her in her web of lies and make her look silly. Unfortunately, bringing the lying to her attention is not an option for me so I try to lean more towards the laughing it off.