Tuesday, May 24, 2011

day 4: a dream of yours (Sundays Post)

Okay here is Sundays post! A dream of mine?
I love books. And I love writing. My favorite class in High School was probably creative writing.  I guess one of my dreams would be to one day write a book and have it published.

I also wish I could sing. If I could have anyones voice its a tie between Carrie Underwood and Jessie James (if you dont know who she is look her up).

I'd be happy with any musical talent really. But alas I have none. :( O well in the next life maybe!

day 3: pet peeves

So I missed posting the last couple days because I have been sick in bed! So Im playing catch up, but what else is new? I always get behind. So this was suppose to be Saturdays post so here it is now!

Pet Peeves. Hmmmm..... I absolutely cant stand it when people slurp their food, its SO annoying. And rude! I just hate it when people are loud eaters in general. I dont need to hear you chewing your food. Its nasty.

Guys who wear too much cologne. seriously I shouldn't be able to smell you from the next room. I dont care that it smells like abercrombie, its still too much!

Mean people. Whats the point? I could go on about this for a while. But really? Does trashing someone on your blog or facebook really make you feel like that much better of a person. It doesn't matter that you aren't using names. We all know who you're talking about. If I can figure it out Im sure the person you are making fun of can too. Its such wasted energy to sit there and be nice to their face and then turn around and make fun of them for the whole world to see. Especially when the targeted person has never done anything wrong. Thats what really gets me. I. Just. Don't. Get. It. If that's what it takes to make you feel good about yourself, then maybe you need to reevaluate your life. No one is perfect by any means. We've all said things about others we shouldn't have but some NEVER STOP.
Thats it I'll stop now. I could go on and on and on tho.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Favorite Part of the Day 5/20/11

Today after work Jackie and I went to Joy Luck for lunch, if you have never been they have the BEST fried cheese wontons and egg drop soup EVER! Yum. I constantly crave it! I ordered the sweet n sour shrimp. Also delicious!
After that we went over to Genx because I needed a tan shirt to layer with another shirt I had bought months ago and Genx is super cheap! Well not only did I get the tan shirt but I got 7 other shirts too. Yeah I got just a tad bit carried away. But hey their cheap so its okay right? I mean it ended up only being about 4.75 a shirt.  I love that store!

day 2: your favorite movie

I love love love movies. So I cant pick just one. If I absolutely had to pick only one I guess I'd go with A Walk To Remember, because its the one that I probably watch the most! So here are my top 5 favorites in random order, I could go on forever about movies I love but I'll stop at 5!

1. A Walk To Remember

 2. Crossroads

 3. Step Up


5.Simply Irresistible

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Favorite part of my day 5-19-11

So if you hang around me and my friend Jackie long enough you will come to find that we both tend to randomly quote lines from youtube videos. Most the time its one specific youtube video. Have you ever seen Marcel The Shell With Shoe On? If you haven't you should watch it. Its definitely one of those that is so ridiculous that its hilarious! And very few people ever know what we're talking about when we quote so they just think we're crazy(we kinda are) and try to figure out whats going on. So anyways this morning I woke up to a text from our friend Ashley Marie asking about said video."What is the name of that you tube video you and Jackie quote with the sunburn comment?". Totally made me laugh. Because really we do quote it all the time! So here it is for all of you to enjoy now too.


I'm always running out of things to say on my blog. I need to find more little daily challenge posts to do? Anyone know of any? I also feel like so often lately things are so negative, so each day (at least that's what I'm going to shoot for) I'm going to blog about my favorite thing that happened during the day. No matter how small or insignificant it maybe. You have to look for the good things sometimes to realize they're right? Not everything is bad. If you look around you there is always someone a lot worse off then you are, no matter how horrible and unfair you think things are. It could be worse. Promise. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to try and find the good in everyday. I bet if we all sit and think there's more happiness in our lives than we realize there is. Happiness is a choice! So its something that made me laugh or smile or touched me in anyway Im going to blog about it. Im trying to keep my blog and my life as clean from negativity as possible.

I also need some ideas for my other blog so if you have any let me know. Its all about music. :)

day 1: recent picture of yourself and 5 interesting facts about you

A recent picture of myself? Well  I don't have any of just me. Its rare that I do. I hate being in pictures by myself. So here is one of my and my niece that is recent.

Interesting facts about me.(Ive been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to think of something and I cant think of things that people dont already know)
1.I LOVE LOVE LOVE country music. Its actually a slight obsession
2.My fingers are double jointed, they used to be more so but still kinda are
3.I love to crochet 
4.I love spsorts, but hockey is my! Yes hockey!
5. I love reading, I own a lot of books, ALOT. like over 500. and yes I have read them all. some more than once!

30 day post challenge

Something else I snagged from someones blog. My friend Rachel posted this one a while ago and it seemed like lots of fun! feel free to steal it!

day 1: recent picture of yourself and 5 interesting facts about you

day 2: your favorite movie

day 3: pet peeves

day 4: a dream of yours

day 5: your parents

day 6: your celebrity crush

day 7: an animal you'd love to keep as a pet

day 8: a hobby of yours

day 9: a place you love

day 10: a person you love

day 11: favorite tv shows

day 12: photo of you taken ten years ago

day 13: something you're afraid of

day 14: your makeup bag

day 15: your family

day 16: something you're looking forward to

day 17: favorite book

day 18: what makes you different from everyone else

day 19: something you bought recently

day 20: what did i wear today??

day 21: your friends

day 22: a place you've traveled to

day 23: favorite recipe

day 24: favorite photo

day 25: your house and your favorite rooms in it

day 26: a habit you wish you didn't have

day 27: a picture of you last year and a picture of you now

day 28: something that stresses you out

day 29: favorite vacation

day 30: photo of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days

Test : How do others see you

So my friend Sarah posted this fun little test on her blog and I decided to snag it, hopefully she doesn't mind!
Anyways you should all check it out and see what score you get It takes just a minute to do and the answers are kinda fun! . I got a 41, so my result was "Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting, someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding, someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out."

1. When do you feel your best...
A) in the morning
B) during the afternoon and early evening
C) late at night

2. You usually walk....
A) fairly fast, with long steps
B) fairly fast, with little steps
C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
D) less fast, head down
E) very slowly

3. When talking to people you...
A) stand with your arms folded
B) have your hands clasped
C) have one or both your hands on your hips
D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with..
A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
B) your legs crossed
C) your legs stretched out or straight
D) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...
A) big appreciated laugh
B) a laugh, but not a loud one
C) a quiet chuckle
D) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...
A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted...
A) welcome the break
B) feel extremely irritated
C) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most....
A) Red or orange
B) black
C) yellow or light blue
D) green
E) dark blue or purple
F) white
G) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are.....
A) stretched out on your back
B) stretched out face down on your stomach
C) on your side, slightly curled
D) with your head on one arm
E) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...
A) falling
B) fighting or struggling
C) searching for something or somebody
D) flying or floating
E) you usually have dreamless sleep
F) your dreams are always pleasant


1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e ) 1
10 (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1
Now add up the total number of points.
OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should "handle with care." You're seen as vain, self-centered, and extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.
51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality, a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once, someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.
41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting, someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding, someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.
31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you, realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.
21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.
UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions and who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're boring. Only those who know you well, know that you aren't.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just some random happenings!

So Ive been horrible at posting on this blog lately. HORRIBLE. Seriously. I just have nothing important to say.... Not that, that has ever stopped me before. I tend to ramble on about pointless things anyways no matter how insignificant they just may be (if you follow me on twitter you know this to be true there too). I need to something intersting in my life to happen, on a consistent basis, so I can blog. Lately I just work, and go home and watch tv. Half the time Im just to tired to do anything and the other half there just inst anything to do. So I guess i will fill you in on the couple intersting things that have happened lately. Im writing this at work so I dont have access to any of my pictures so they will come later!

So Monday, My friend Heather and I got the chance to meet Hunter Hayes. If you read my other blog I actually posted a story about him over a week ago, totally unaware that he'd soon be coming to Salt Lake on his current radio tour! You can read that story HERE.
Anyways I only recently discovered Hunter but I am a huge fan!  He's an amazing artist and such a nice and down to earth guy! I was pretty stoaked to get to meet him!

Thats the most exciting thing that has happened lately. That I can think of anyways. I haven't even won any concert tickets lately! Weird right? Maybe I'm losing my touch because I definitely have been trying my hardest!

So I found these quotes today and I love them. I love quotes in general and collect them. They're written down in all sorts of random note books and hung up in my room.

Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.
     - Norman Vincent Peale -
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.
     - Author unknown -
Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
     - Dale Carnegie - 

Anyways that is all for now!  

Friday, May 13, 2011

Author Interview: Kathi Oram Peterson

Kathi Oram Peterson is one of my favorite others and I had so much fun interviewing her! She is such a sweet lady and very talented writer!  I read her first book The Forgotten Warrior in one night! I couldn't put it down! Be sure to go get her books and follow her on her blog here.
I Hope you all enjoy reading this interview as much as I did! 

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
As you probably know I love to write books. In books I can travel the world, have a black belt in karate, meet ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, ride a horse high in the Tetons, and bravely track down a killer. Away from my stories though, I love just hanging out with my family watching movies, shopping, or playing golf. I have a little Yorkie named Elizabeth Bennett (yes, I love Jane Austen and her book, Pride and Prejudice), but we call her Lizzie. She's my little buddy.

2.What inspired you to become a writer?
I've always loved reading stories, but it wasn't until after I had my first child that I seriously thought of writing a book. I'd read all the books that I had and all of my mother's when she told me I should try and write a novel of my own. That started me on a very long, long journey to publication, but finally I made it.

3. What do you do when you aren't writing your latest book?
I love going to the movies. A good movie pulls you into the story, much like a novel, and for two hours you can forget all your troubles and either laugh, cry, or become scared to death. I also enjoy golfing with my husband. Don't tell him, but I have more fun driving the cart around the course than actually swinging my club. 

4.  How long does it take you to write a book?
There's a lot that goes into writing a novel. The rough draft takes several months, but then I like to let the book sit for a while. After a month or so I'll go back and re-read it, editing and filling in  holes as I go. After that I have some close writer friends read the book for me. They have a good eye for places that may need more clarification. Once they are finished, I will then send it to my editor. Depending on the book this may take six months to a year.

5.What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? 
It never ceases to amaze me how my characters will take over the story. And you pretty much have to let them. That doesn't mean I don't outline and have a good idea of where the story needs to go, but I try to be flexible so I can be true to my characters.  

6. How many books have you written?
I have several novels that haven't been published yet. I'm always hopeful that I can fix them. After May I will have four published novels. Do you have a favorite? Of course. It's always the one that was just released. :) Actually I love each one of my books. I've lived their stories right along with them. I've cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed. I think every author leaves part of themselves in each book.

7. Who is one (or some) of your favorite author(s) and why? 
There are so many. I have been very fortunate to know many talented authors, some are very good friends. But one author that I met briefly whose stories were a great influence on me was Mary Higgins Clark.

8. Do you have any suggestions for other writers who hope to one day publish their book?
The best advice I could give them is to believe in themselves. Look at each rejection as a stepping stone that will make your writing stronger. I have a file folder full of rejections. I look at them with pride for they helped me grow and learn.

9. Do you have a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
I have the best fans. I love hearing from them. I do remember one young woman who wrote to me about The Forgotten Warrior. She told me that reading my book inspired her to read the Book of Mormon. For me, that was the highest compliment ever.

10. Growing up did you ever want to be anything other than an author? 
I wanted to be a mother. My family comes first with me. But other than that, I've always wanted to be a writer.

11. What makes this book so different from your others? 
The Forgotten Warrior and The Stone Traveler were both young adult time travels. I loved writing those books. An Angel on Main Street was a little Christmas story that I had to write because it reminded me of my hometown. River Whispers is a romantic suspense, which is totally different from my other novels.

12. Tell me about this book.
I got the idea for this book coming home from a fishing trip with my sister. She asked me what I was going to write about next. Thinking over where we'd just been I told her, "A woman who while fishing finds a dead man in the willows." The idea took off from there. I absolutely love the main character, Regi Bernard. She's a woman who speaks her mind and has a hard time controlling her temper, but underneath she has a tender heart. Here's the book trailer for River Whispers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtd3yR8OeDE

13. What can we look forward to seeing next from you?
Last month I turned in the sequel to The Forgotten Warrior. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my publisher will buy it, but if they don't I'm determined to find that book a home, so stay tuned about that. I just finished the rough draft of a book with the working title Raven Spirit. It's another romantic suspense and takes place in Alaska. Right now, I'm working on a YA time travel with the working title Chasing the Star. I thought this would be a two book story, but I've decided to make it one book. It takes a sister and brother back in time. The girl finds herself with a Roman soldier and the boy finds himself with a shepherd family. I'm very hopeful you'll see more of my novels.

Thanks Kathi! This was fun! Hope you all enjoyed this!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Blog

Sp I started a new blog for all of my music adventures and reviews. If you ever have any suggestions of someone I should review let me know! Click HERE for the new blog! Thanks!

MRI Results

We got my MRI results on Friday and they weren't good..... They were less than good! The tumor has grown significantly, my airway is now severely obstructed when 3 years ago it was only slightly obstructed. I have two aneurysms on my left carotid artery. One if which is really major and not in a good position and is already tearing. I was suppose to see a doctor today to see if he can do anything but after he looked over my results and scans his office called yesterday afternoon and canceled the appointment and said that there is nothing he can do.

The MRI itself tho was a hassle. They didnt want to run all the scans that the doctor had ordered saying "They were unnecessary and its just overkill to do that many." And that "you can just come back if you need more." Since when do the radiologists and techs get to decide what is necessary? So they only did 2 of them, took out my IV and said they were done. Lucky my mom was there and told them that they had no choice and they were doing all scans requested they took me back hooked up another IV (which is seriously the worst part about these things for me, I HATE HATE HATE needles with a passion, they're the worst things ever to me) They then ran the last 3 scans. If they hadn't done these they wouldnt have found the aneurysms.

So thats about all the results I have for now. We're working on some other doctors to see, but really in my case they never really know anything and since my case is so rare its pretty much all just experimental because they don't ever have anything to compare it to.