2009 – The End

My sister-in-law, Emily, did this on her blog and tagged all of her friends and family. This what I did in 2009.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I did a half marathon, which I never thought I’d do. I lost 26 lbs after I stopped training for the marathon (go figure), and I bought my first home. Yay me.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My New Years resolutions were to get in shape, do a half marathon, lose weight, buy a house, and floss more…so yes, I actually kept them!

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

I have no idea since I’m recovering from a kidney infection. I hope I don’t spend it in bed.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, I lost my good friend, Jeneane, to Lou Gehrig’s disease in May.

5. What countries did you visit?

Dude, I don’t even know if I left the state of Utah. Oh wait, I took a quick jaunt through Idaho up at Bear Lake this summer.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Nothing. 2009 was a pretty damn good year.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 16th – I did the impossible called the Ogden Half Marathon
June 20th – my baby’s 1st birthday
November 25th – I moved into my first home

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Half marathon, improved lung capacity, my new home, 8 adoption placements, the continued health and happiness of my children and marriage

9. What was your biggest failure?

This was not a year of failures for me. Only long worked for triumphs.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I was sidelined by bronchitis a couple of times and now this dang kidney infection. I injured my knee lifting too much weight, but it healed quickly and the PA said I have young, healthy knees.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Um hello, my house!

12. Where did most of your money go?

Um hello, my house!

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Anything by Lady Gaga. This was HER year. “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Nothing. This was the year I actually started doing things. I ate salad for crimety’s sake!

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stressed out over situations I had no power or control over. Gossiping. I’m bad at that. Complaining.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

“Community” is definitely my new favorite. I was surprised and touched by MTV’s “16 and Pregnant.” Especially the amazing Catelynn and Tyler.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate is a strong word. I would say there are people I dislike more now than I did last year. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that I trust them less.

18. What was the best book you read?

“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls. It’s a memoir of her youth and I’ve never felt more grateful for my boring, stable childhood.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I really like a couple of Lady Gaga songs, but other than that, I’m liking all the new stuff from all my old favorite musicians.

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

Definitely “UP”. I was crying within the first 15 minutes. And, the wonderful, amazing, glorious “Princess and the Frog.” I’ve never cried so hard for a lightning bug!

21. What did you do on your birthday?

I got to tell one of my longer waiting adoptive couples that a birthmom had picked them, so that was awesome. I went to dinner at the Olive Garden with my fam to celebrate mine and my bro-in-law’s birthday. We had a fabulous meal of OG breadsticks and Strawberry Sicilianos.

22. What kept you sane?

The hubs is my #1 rock of sanity. He’s my anti-depressant. Exercise and yoga. The sweet smiles from my baby and the funny and tender moments with my kids.

23. Who did you miss?

My mother. Always and forever.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

I would have to say that I didn’t meet this person in 2009, but definitely my friendship with my co-worker, Kari, blossomed over the year and I consider her a very good friend now. We talk about everything. She’s the only person who could make me do a half marathon.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

I can do hard things.


Kidney Infections suck

For the past 2 days I have been cooped up in my bedroom recuperating from a kidney infection. I get them semi-regularly, even though I haven’t had one in a couple of years. One of the many doctors I’ve seen about it thinks I have urine reflux or whatever. All I know is, they’re very painful. This one hasn’t been as bad as ones I’ve had in the past. At least I don’t have a fever with this one.

Truth be told, I’m getting a little cabin feverish. It’s a good thing I love my bedroom suite and I finally have a TV in my bedroom. There was a “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit” marathon on Sunday and that was awesome. It’s one of my favorite shows. Well, I better stop writing because the pain meds are kicking in. Just to recap, kidney infections suck, they’re painful, and I’m tired of being stuck in bed.

Christmas Memories

To me, Christmas will always be about watching my Mom make kleiner for hours and hours, and hanging around waiting for scraps of dough. It’s about watching “White Christmas” while decorating the Christmas tree.

My first Christmas – my sister Amanda was 6, my Mom was 33

It’s about going to my Great Aunt Beth’s house in Honeyville on Christmas Eve, playing with my cousins, having a gift exchange, singing Christmas carols.

My Mom, with my brother Victor, and Great Aunt Beth (my Dad’s in the background)
It’s about Christmas morning and my parents having us line up by age (later it was by height) to go open our Christmas presents. It’s about a stocking full of nuts I could never eat and giving them to my Dad. It’s about having aebelskeivers for breakfast every Christmas morning. It’s about Christmas dinner at my Grandparent’s house eating Danish banquet soup with pumperknickle bread, Danish dessert, and kleiner. It’s about a 2 week vacation from school, snow on the ground, and end-of-the year specials on TV. It’s about celebrating the birth of my Savior and reading Luke 2 on Christmas morning.
What are your Christmas memories?

Dear Stomach,

Why do you hate me? I’ve tried to avoid the Christmas treats, while still letting myself indulge with some self-restraint. I’ve tried to eat healthy meals with good nutritional value. And yet, you turn against me. Whatever I did, I’m sorry. Please stop waging war on me. I love you. You and I usually have a very good life together. I eat and you digest for me. I will do whatever you need so that you can forgive me and return back to normal. Thank you.
Your trusty human

Girl Interrupted

Dear Brittany,

To your funny and awkward performance in “Clueless.” You won our hearts with your portrayal of Tai, who went from geek to chic, an ultimate fish-out-of-water.

To your heart-breakingly real and honest performance of Daisy in “Girl Interrupted.” Where you shocked us all with your breath-takingly truthful portrayal of a mentally unstable girl driven to her illness through the molestation from her father.
To your funny, best-friend performance of Fay in “Riding in Cars with Boys.” You out-shone your co-stars with your warmth, goofiness, and charm.
I can’t help but think the world lost a great talent. It is truly such a waste. Brittany Murphy, dead at 32. Rest in Peace.


In this post I mentioned that I love the Tuna Helper called, Tuna Tetrazzini. Yesterday the hubs and I were out buying our lumps of coal for the children and my sister told us to go to Big Lots. Best. Idea. Ever. We wouldn’t have been able to afford Christmas this year without them! Another surprise at Big Lots is that I found Tuna Tetrazzini! Oh happy day! Now I don’t have to sacrifice my soul and integrity for some tuna and noodles seasoned to perfection.

I’m sick

I feel like a crap sandwich with a side of apple sauce. I haven’t been sick in a long time. Actually that’s not true. I was sick for most of August and couldn’t work out. This is a cold, though, and not bronchitis. Which means I can actually breath. I’m kind of scared because I visited a client last week that had a cold and now she’s in the ICU with swine flu. I don’t think I have it because that would be a really slow acting virus. She’s okay, thank goodness, and the ICU is mostly preventative. I blame myself. It’s not like I don’t know that I have bad asthma and I spent 3 days in a row outside in the cold. But the Christmas lights were so pretty!

Today my two oldest kids and I had two cavities filled a piece. My kids are really weird because they like going to the dentist and they like going to the doctor. Yesterday they got their second dose of the swine flu vaccine and they bragged about how brave they were. My dentist commented today on how much braver my kids are than some adults. My dentist is really good though. He numbs up your gums with a topical analgesic before he gives you your shots. Besides the horrible taste, I barely knew what he was doing. One of my cavities wasn’t deep enough to warrant a shot on that side of my mouth. I’ve never had a tooth drilled into and not even felt pain before without some numbing medication. Oh yeah, I’m tough.