Tuesday, March 30, 2010
So I pulled out the long old receipt.
I paid full price for 27 things including---
and so on---
The most I saved on one item was $20.00--I bought a griddle--the kind you cook pancakes on-
But that was only about a 50% savings--On some items I saved more than that--I box of $3.98-- I paid $.98--so that was a bigger savings, just not in dollars--anyway...
I "spent" $335.23
and paid $260.71
I saved $75.52
which actually is only about 23%....I normally strive to save 35-40%...but hit right around 30%.
Yes--huge grocery bill for me!
But to justify--I bought
Steak--$10.00 (i ruined the last steak with too much seasonings--)
Ham--$18.00 (I got a great deal--so I bought alot)
Canning Jars--$22.00 (never on sale that I have seen)
A window cleaner tool--$15.00
make-up/2 pair of Tweezers $10.00
And that right there is about $100.00
So then throw is some food--some cleaning supplies and it adds up SO FAST!
I am not a big coupon person--since they are not easy to get here and our computer drinks ink-I don't save hardly anything on printing coupons (unless they are really good).
BUT maybe I will try to make a game and see how much I can save. I would make my sister proud!
Have a lovely time---I am not sure when I will post again---crazy week and weekend ahead of us!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I know this is a little personal and I would have HATED my mom if she Blogged about this, but at the same time--maybe my experience can help someone else.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I guess the cow's name is Amy Larson?
Amy Larson---The Cow
Yes a little overweight, had two children -- breastfeeding is cow like--but mostly
I live in the country.
The "trying to be happy girl next door"
this girl looks WAY more athletic than I EVER was!
The bad hair day--hiding behind something some days--
I REALLY don't think this guy was actually named Amy Larson--
YES! This showed up so I HAD to include it!! The music/theater in me!
This also represents the things I have given up in order to have the life I have now-
(Who am I? --I'm Jean Valjean---24601!!)
the happy to be who I am--even if I wear librarian glasses--
These are who I see....
Almost all pictures DO not
make me look glamours on purpose--
I want to show YOU the REAL ME!
Not in any specific order!
A Loving Mom--I thought this was a picture of me and Pepper--too tired to
find a picture of Pepper and me -- sorry! So much for a loving mom!
Trying to be
1. a crafty mom
2. A hot mom!
The nerd in me says that Arpon are hot--the realist in me laughs!!
3. A domestic Diva!
4. A good friend--this was SO fun Annie and everyone--thanks again!
I try to do fun things with the girls--this was sleeping in a
tent with Sedona in the back yard. Pepper was still too young.
This looks kind of like a passport picture!
This is me, no make-up and my hair not even combed--so you know--a normal day!
Trying to be a good wife.
This is The Real Amy Larson.
Thomas Doran Whitaker
Age 60, our loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, Brother-inlaw, Uncle, Bishop, Friend, and Husband passed away on September 26th, 2009 due to injuries sustained in a bicycle accident on June 15th, 2009.
Born February 22, 1949 in Logan, Utah to Thomas W. Whitaker and Marjorie Rath Whitaker. The oldest of six children, raised in Washington. He served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas. Doran married the love of his life, Joye Ann Fischio Whitaker on August 20th, 1975 in Salt Lake City and spent 34 years of marriage together. They look forward to many more in heaven.
He had many interests, talents, and virtues. He loved every moment of life, and was an eternal optimist. He enjoyed the outdoors, puzzles of all kinds, reading books, writing sonnets, and riding his bicycle. He had a beautiful singing voice, and was friend to everyone he met.
Our Doran was a loving, patient, spiritual giant who served others in whatever capacity he could. He taught his children the important values of life: hard work, dedication, education, and treating a spouse property. (this was a mistake!! Properly! not property! Geeze--for $1000.00 you think they could get it RIGHT!)
He spent his life serving the church. He lived every aspect of life extraordinarily. He was partners with Phil and Diane Nolen, who befriended and employed him at Nolen & Company for 27 years, where he was Vice-President.
Doran is survived by his mother, wife, two sons, two daughters, and their spouses: Marjorie Rath Whitaker, Joye Ann Fischio Whitaker, wife, Thomas A. "Tandy" (Steffani) Whitaker, Brad (Angela) McFadden, Lucas (Amy) Larson, and Jonathan Whitaker; 8 grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services, Wednesday, September 30th, 11 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1939 E. Easter Ave., Littleton, CO. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 29th, 6-8 pm, at the church and an hour prior to services. Internment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I am sure I have stated this many times before--but I love how true it is.
Afte the funeral Lucas said--"I think that is the first funeral where everything they said about the person was true!"
what the audience DIDN'T know--what that my Uncle Dan can ROCK the piano---so as the audience was getting squirmy in their seats -- his playing was so uncomfortable to watch-and listen-to Uncle Dan play Chopsticks--slowly he started getting a little better and a little more rockin' right before their eyes--by the time the song ended I am sure Uncle Danny had pushed the piano bench away and was rocking the whole piano standing up. I love hearing him play--I haven't ever seen him play with sheet music, but he is awesome at that jazzy boogie-woogie style! Like the song Great Balls of Fire style.
Inspired by the lack of piano players in our ward (and sometime the difficulty to find a piano player to play for me at times) I have taken up piano.
I am going to brag a bit. I am better than I thought I was, and I figured out all I really need is practice, and lots of it. But just as I am typing here without looking, very quickly---I know I can get that good at the piano. It will take a long time and I will have to practice a lot, but it can and will happen!
I would like to sign up for our Primary Talent show in April, but I am not sure I am ready for that or not ! :)
I am not sure if I have mentioned this yet--I get facebook and Blogging mixed up sometimes--pathetic I know!
I did NOT get the job at the library.
I am SUPER DISAPPOINTED, but I am also SO GLAD!
Pepper had a fever between the time I applied and found out I didn't make it. It was almost as if Heavenly Father was saying---see---you can't take that job, your kids still need you here, to take care of them! I am sorry that Pepper had to get sick to have me figure that out (again).
I have so many idea's I would like to see the Library do...BUT I also figured out that I don't have to work at the library to make great things happen for them. There use to be a program called "friends of the library"--and their job was to improve, fundraisers, and overall help the library. I would LOVE to be active (ok truth be told--I would love to be the president, but you can't elect yourself--that is a dictatorship!) in a program like that again.
I found out a few things in the interview like---
2. They want to move forward with technology, they just don't have the manpower to do it. I love the library ladies, but they don't have those skills--so maybe I could volunteer a few hours a month updating info. on their webpage--and do fun things like that.
3. They don't have the man power (energy) and money to do clubs, events, and other exciting things like that! Why not get a group of people who enjoy doing those things and do it for them! I volunteer!
This is the list of items I would like to see happen at the library (maybe some of them have not happened because of the above mentioned items)
1. Tuesday Night Activities
A. Family Night
B. Book Club
C. Craft Night/Knitting
D. Holiday/Theme Party/Small business helps/Men's night (fishing, hunting, ect)
2. Link with Centauri (the local high school) & Sanford
3. MP3/I-pod Book Downloads
4. More movies
5. Update Non-fiction Section
6. Calendar of Events
7. Other Check outs (circuit cartage)
8. Expand Spanish Section
9. More Teen programs
A. Be Published
B. Digital photo’s
C. Meet a local Author
D. Storytelling 101
E. Learn English/Spanish
F. Job Fair
G.Really there are endless possibilities
11. After school program 2 times a month
12. More resources for schools
13. Better Storage (own their own building would help!)
14. Better Book Search system
I would LOVE any more suggestions--like I said I am NOT going to act on this right away--but I want to be armed and ready when I meet the board to propose this.
PS: how cool would THIS be for the Children's section--Have little "rooms" which hold different book categories---Picture Books, Fiction, non-fiction---OK NOT realistic for our budget--but still SUPER COOL! You would have NO problem getting kids to go to the library!
Why do we celebrate with eggs and chicks and rabbits at Easter--why not pictures and statues of Christ.
PS: why is it called Easter? I will have to look that up...
When I looked around I saw that most Easter religious decorating dealt with crosses and such.
Not such a big fan of that stuff. I would like to remember the awakening of Christ and not the death...so maybe these things make us feel uplifted, fresh, revived, and "awakened" to the joys of life....
So maybe New Years Resolutions should be renewed at Easter time. Maybe this is a great time to have another Jump Start!
So what would I want to jump start in my life?
My sleeping pattern
My exercise routine (which means do one)
My Eating pattern/menu
My Energy Level
Hum...maybe the first three deal directly with my last one? Ya think?
I am reading a book right now where each of main characters (about 4 of them) all choose a word to focus on for the year. One chooses gratitude, one faith, and so on---
what word would I do?
I have NO IDEA!
Word hunting---I would love to hear what word YOU would choose for this "awakening" time of the year.
Maybe Healing. I have lots of places in my personal life that need healed--or maybe strengthened. YEP that is the word---Strengthen --
my relationship with husband
my relationship with kids
my family as a whole
my self as a whole person
(Since this IS THE EASTER SEASON--what better goal than to strengthen our religious/spiritual self!)
my relationship with Heavenly Father & Christ
A little much for me, but cute concept!
Without the feathers, with real (blown out eggs) and no funny costumes--
this could be really cute!
These are darling! not sure where to place them, but cute!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This side looks about the same. small bags and trash bag are give aways--so that corner will look better.
These are all boxes I need to go through and organize what is inside them
(this is the pile I started on--you'll understand when you read to the end)
This is all give/sell away---anyone interested?
Mostly this is Christmas stuff--the thing is--I don't like most of my Christmas stuff--so I will be going through it and giving/tossing it soon!
Image the wall to the right and the back wall stacked with boxes (mostly Christmas was in here)
SO actually two scary rooms is now down to only 2 rooms
1. Keep the door closed--but not scary
2. Still scary, but walk through-able and workable!
PLUS--since i took these pictures I have started to go through boxes and got ride of 10 boxes! Can you believe it--ok--all honestly--not 10 big ones--only 3 big one, but 7 small ones should count as 2 big ones right?
Now the goal: Finish going through each of the boxes and sorting them (yes I have a box that is "i have no idea!"-as in I have no idea a. what it is--ask Lucas b. where to put it, but I want it)
Long Term Goal: I have literally hundreds on magazines in one of my silo's--just sitting there (yes I should ebay them since they are all worth something I am sure--) --I want to clear those all out--and then put shelves up on that side of the silo--find some mouse proof boxes--gotta love the country and but my holiday boxes out there.
GOAL TIME: END OF OCTOBER.
But that is so far away!! Actually with the bug problem our town has we loose about a month and a half of really quality outside late spring/early summer work. Then the garden/yard/garage take up the rest of summer/early fall--so maybe I can find some time to stop being a wimp and actually do it!!
Ok enough--I know---
Monday, March 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The kitchen area (watch your head!) Also on the floor is my flannel board with a flannel house on it. I have big plans to teach my girls alot of neat things using that flannel board!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Most of those items in the middle (mostly the baby stuff) is give away.
This is what happens when you don't use a room for anything and just throw stuff in it to "deal with later".
I have put all the stuff from the rooms downstairs that I didn't know what to do with....the stuff that I bought and didn't put away right away...the craft stuff...the baby stuff my girls have outgrown...and everything else I didn't know what to do with!!
yes this is ALL one room--what potential this room has--what could it be? I music room? a workout room? an extra bedroom? All of the above? This will be where some of our indoor storage goes for a while, but maybe someday the garage and silos will be fit for storage--those are future projects.
I started to tackle this room a while ago, but then my dad's accident happened and the room only got worse!!
Looking from the craft room into the scary room Looking from the craft room to the balcany
From the stairs (opposite of the craft room) looking in
Monday, March 15, 2010
This is what I found..
Patrick was kidnapped at the age of about 16 from his home town in England. They took him to Ireland and made him a slave.
While in Ireland he had a dream about a boat that would take him back home to England. He awoke and ranaway from his slave life and found the very boat that had been in his dream.
He returned home and said he would never to go Ireland again. BUT....a few years later he had another dream. He felt God was telling him to return to Ireland and teach the people about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. So he went back to Ireland.
In order to help people understand the nature of the Godhead one day--he bent down and picked up a shamrock. The three leafs each represent a member of the Godhead. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.
(this part I made up)--and the reason a four-leaf clover is lucky is because it represents someone who has "found" or come unto Christ. Therefore placing yourself as a friend to the Godhead. AND mostly the shamrock leaves are in a heart like shape to help show the love all three members of the Godhead have for us!
And that is the rest of the story!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Lucas and I got in a little tiff before I left so that never makes a person feel confident or good about themselves--I arrived a little early (and one of the board members was a little late) so it gave me time to calm down.
Then I was invited in---4 board members, each with paper and pen poised and ready to write! Marie (the Library Director was present, but she is kind of like a silent partner) Across the table they were sitting at was a smaller table and a lone chair. I take my "place of honor" and try to smile and make eye contact with each one of them.
Then the dreaded interview process began. Actually I was nervous, but pretty laid back--very strange combination.
first the normal- "Tell us a little about your self?" question.
Then questions like "how do you feel about working weekends and evenings?"
"Would you be willing to travel to overnight conferences?"
"do you feel like you are committed to the library and this job"
"how well do you work with children and teen-agers?
"how do you feel about working with volunteers?"
"Are you good at budgeting?"
OK--I will stop with the boring details.
I totally BLEW some of the questions--and got some PERFECT!
The one I really Blew: How do you feel about overnight conferences? I stumbled over my words as I said "well, I don't really like the idea, but I know they are needed. I know you wouldn't send me to any that were frivolous...but I wouldn't really look forward to them...but I know they are needed so--Yes, I would go to them." (my mouth went dry and my eyes watered as I said this--don't know what is up with my eyes watering when I get nervous sometimes! Frustrating!)
Lots of smiles, nodding, and eye contact through out the interveiw---all good signs I think.
Then it was my turn to ask questions...
1. Where would the BOARD like to see the library accomplish in the future?
all good answers --things like -
-expand on the computer/Internet side of the library (Good-I already said I know how to run a website and navigate the Internet!)
-Own our own building--the county owns the building right now! (I didn't know that or would have mentioned that before!)
-expand to other locations--(I stated something like--Help the community grown stronger together, and bring programs available to them ONLY through the library!)
-Bring resources (mini-classes) to the library.
and some other great points that I had mentioned some in the interview! I am kicking myself for not bring my life of things I would like to see the library have happen.
I would give myself a B+ if I was in school. Like I said I messed up (but spoke honestly) on some questions.
Now the waiting game..I also asked them when we would know--they said "as soon as we know we will let YOU know."
I will keep everyone posted!