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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Crazy things just happen sometimes!

Last night was the first night I got a good nights rest in a LOOONG time! I actually had a dream! It's been so long. Usually I am tossing and turning and getting up to go pee. Last night though, I didn't hardly move! It was great! Let's pray for more nights like that right?

On a different note, I may have gotten a good nights rest, but today has been CrAzY! First, I actually left on time this morning, only to get stuck in the parking lot waiting on the garbage man! He took like 10 or 15 minutes! I was parked in just the right spot that no matter which dumpster he was at, I was trapped! So....I didn't make it to work as early as I would have liked. Then, I am at work, just hanging out and this woman comes in. She is kind of panicked saying "I need to use the phone! I need to call the police!" She is homeless looking, and I didn't feel like I should deny her the phone. So, I let her use it. She calls and is talking to dispatch about how she was assulted at the 7-11 and wants to press charges and get a copy of the video tape. So, I'm thinking this poor woman right? Well, she leaves. And then she comes back. And is even more panicked. She needs to call the police again. She was just assulted by an officer. So, again, feeling I could not deny this woman to be able to use the phone, I let her. She calls again and tells dispatch how she was just assulted by the officer they sent. (With all the assulting going on, I should have known better. She didn't look to have any marks on her.) So, Dave, the owner comes out to the store. I was annoyed at this point and I could tell Dave was too. A police car drives by, Dave goes out and flags them down and the officer comes in saying "Pricillia, hang up the phone." She then says "What is going on? Why? I have the right to use the phone!" The officer says "only if they want you here and they don't want you here." Pricilla brings ME into it ( I guess I was the one who let her use the phone after all) "I asked to use it. Didn't I? You could have said no." Like, somehow I magically went and got the police and told them I didn't want her here...while she sat here in front of me for the whole time. I said, "You did ask, but the owner is the one who got the officer..." Then the officer cut me off saying "You don't need to explain to her. She is leaving." They walked out and he arrested her RIGHT in front of me! I have only ever seen people arrested on COPS! I was shocked. So, I went to apologize to Dave. I said "I am sorry, I really thought something was wrong." He said "Don't worry, you did the right thing. I was just at 7-11 and they had her in cuffs. So, when I saw her in here I flagged the officer cause I figured he was looking for her. Don't worry about it though. She said she needed the police." Pheew!

It was seriously the CrAzIeSt thing ever! What a day and it's only 1130!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

Every morning I watch Good Day Utah and The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. I have my routine. I wake up and make my grits, eat my breakfast and watch then weather. Then I shower, and by the time I am done showering, Mike and Juliet is on and I watch that while I finish getting ready. They do lots of fun stuff. It's kind of mind numbing things, but I love it. This morning though, they did a segment on spanking your children. I was very interested. They had a lady on who proudly admits she spanks her children, a lady who has only spanked her children once and she never did it again and an expert.
The woman who spanks her children was so proud of it. She was also very defensive. She said she spanks her children after she has given them numerous warnings and they still do not listen. She said she does not do time-outs because it just "gives children the opportunity to sit there and think of other things they can do to get into trouble." She only has a 5 and 3 year old...I think she's giving them a little too much credit. She said she can "guarantee" her children do not misbehave at the store and that her children will never grow up and end up in prison. I think she must be able to see the future or something. She also said she NEVER spanks her children out of anger.

The woman who has only spanked her children once is NOT proud of spanking them and admits to crying when she did so. She does time-outs and she talks to her children about what is appropriate behavior and WHY they are in time-out. She believes spanking is an immediate action to something coming from anger or frustration. She didn't get to say much else because the woman who spanks her children kept interrupting her.

The expert said that spanking is something that is done out of anger or frustration. The the spanking mother interrupted and said anger and frustration are NOT the same emotion and they come from different places and spanking your child out of anger is abuse, but spanking them out of frustration is NOT abuse. Then the expert said that research shows, children who are spanked on a daily or weekly basis are more likely to grow up and hit their spouses and children. They are also more likely...wait, spanking mother interrupted again, so the expert did not get to finish.

The spanking mother kept using the example that she lives on a major road. If her children run out to the road, it is an automatic spanking. When her five year old son ACTUALLY ran out into the road, he was spanked with a belt. A FIVE YEAR OLD. The expert finally was fed up with this woman and said, if you live in an area where there is a potential for your children to RUN out to a major road and you don't have a fence or something barricading them from the street if you have to turn your back for one second, you are an irresponsible parent! THANK YOU EXPERT!

As you guys can see, I was very irritated with this woman who spanks their children. She came out very high and mighty, as well as defensive. She even had the nerve to say to the expert, I spank my children when all the crap you say doesn't work. How rude of her!

Now, this brings me to how I feel about spanking and discipline. I am a very big believer in positive discipline. I feel that parents spank their children out of their own anger and frustration. It shows a lack of control on the parents part and a lack of discipline on themselves and their emotions. I can just picture that woman giving her children "numerous warnings" Which include not looking in their direction when she tells them to stop and not telling them what they are doing that they need to stop. It also includes as monotone voice with no authority in it. I am not saying yell at your child. That is just as bad. I am saying, if your child is doing something wrong, you get on their level, look them in the eye and tell them, "You DO NOT do....and give a reason why." Children understand a LOT more then parents give them credit. The woman who spanks her children also said it gives them the opportunity to "think of new ways to get into trouble." First of all, this is a woman who obviously believes everyone is born inherently evil and not good. Second of all, OF COURSE it gives them the opportunity to sit there and taunt you and try to get out of their seat. If you just throw them in time-out and that's it, you are not giving them any discipline at ALL! Most children need to be told WHY they are in time-out. WHY they are in trouble. AND they should also be told what is a better behavior. Putting a child in time-out and walking away is NOT the answer.

Like I said, positive discipline. I believe children should get 2 GOOD warnings. On their level (talking above children belittles them as much as spanking or yelling) , eye contact, "Johnny, this is your first warning. DO NOT throw the toys. That is how you hurt people and your toys." He throws them again. Again, down on their level, eye contact, grab hold of their arm if you have to do something to MAKE them look at you. "K, Johnny, this is your second warning. If you throw toys again, you will sit in time-out." So, lets say he throws it again, you should have a set place where your child sits. Get on their level, look in their eyes and tell them WHY they are in time out. "Johnny, you have to sit here because you would not stop throwing toys. That is how you break your toys and you could hurt someone else. What should you do with your toys?" Talk about it with your child. Then, one minute of time out for every year of their life. Five years, five minutes. Don't just walk away from your child, stay there in the room, you can be doing something else, but make sure your child KNOWS you are watching them. I also believe you should go over what you talked about in the beginning of time-out again once time-out is over. Repetition is key with children. Schedules are key. Being constant is key. Don't just do that sometimes. Do it every time. I can guarantee, a child who knows their parents love them and what their parents expect from them will keep them out of trouble and out of prison.

To the rude woman who spanks her children, I believe the way she does it is abuse, and someone should call Child Services on her. Or make her take a parenting class or SOMETHING!

I would like to know what you guys think as well, so hit me big time baby!

Monday, October 20, 2008

New and Exciting things for Moms and Mom's to be!

My friend and I are thinking of starting up our own little online website/blog of products we make for moms and mom's to be. Some of these items include baby slings and wraps, design burpies and binkie strings with clips, hairbands and bows, onies with ties, tie dye t-shirts and onesies, Hooter Hiders, onesies with ties and other designs for boys and cute designs for girls. We have lots of ideas and think it'll be great to make these things available to us moms! I love slings and baby wraps, but they are expensive to buy! We hope to offer great porducts at inexpensive prices!

Please let me know if you would be interested in these products. Also, any other ideas would be great!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Get Out There and VOTE

I hope everyone goes out on November 4th and votes! I am very excited about this election because I am a first time voter. I hope everyone does their research and votes for who they think will do the best job!

So, Make sure you are registered and get out there and VOTE! November 4th. Mark it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

And here I thought we were immune...

Well, I donno if any of you are very much affected by the slowing economy, we weren't really. We were kinda glad everyone else in the world was having to do the same things we are: scrimp and save. Well, I figured since we're already poor, we wouldn't get to really feel the economic slow down.

I was wrong :(

Friday afternoon, I was laid off my afternoon job. I have been working two jobs since May because I could not find full time work. So, I just made up for it by working two part time jobs. You are looking at the newly part time unemployed Mycah. My bosses said they just couldn't afford to keep me anymore. Major big bummer.

On the brighter side of things, I still have a part time morning job, Andy is working, and we've got a little money saved up. And now I have more time to do those wifey kinds of things, like make good meals and not just cheese quesadillas or "let's go to Arby's, we have coupons" I get to make good food, which is something I love to do! I felt bad for my poor husband who one night last week said, "I would really like a real meal" (I don't want you all thinking I abandon my husband, I am just really, really tired and I don't move around as easily because I get swollen hands and feet. And I did make him so barbeque chicken with rice and veggies on Thursday) I now have more time to get my wifely things done around the house. And Andy won't have to do the Laundry all the time cause now I can get to his parents house during the week and he won't have to do it during the weekend. Another good thing is Andy has his job still, working at the Biology Department at the U, he's part time when there is school and Full time during breaks. Which means this week we won't be missing too much of our money because it's fall break and he's working 8-4 :) It is truly a blessing that this happened now and not later.

So, in the mean time, I will be hittin up Craig's list and WFC for part time jobs that are temporary, since I am 5 1/2 months pregnant...I'm not so sure about anyone who will want to hire me. Hopefully I can find something soon, cause if not, it just won't be worth it to find a job. Our plan was that I was going to keep working until I had Will and we would be saving Andy's paychecks. It's ok though, I am sure we will be able to find something that will bring in the extra cash.

On a happier note: We went to Idaho this weekend (we were able to leave earlier on Friday becuase I got home eariler) Andy's nephew Rickie was baptized and his other nephew Lee was ordained a deacon! It was really exciting! We arrived Friday night around 9ish. I learned how to make Nikki's cinnamon rolls, and they are DELICIOUS! Saturday was the baptism. It was really great. After the baptism, we all went back to Nikki's house...All of us. There was 30 of us. And that's just Andy's parents, his siblings+spouses+kids. And that's leaving out his brother Jake's family who wasn't able to come from Arizona. It was quite the mad house! After we hung out for a little bit(I caught a cat nap in all the ruckus) we went to this place called Leo's. It's like Chuck-e Cheese, but better! They have the best burgers! It's a build your own type place. Andy got a cheese burger with bacon and garlic and added a bunch of other stuff. I got a plain burger and added the good stuff! Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mayo, katchup, mustard and jalepenos, my favorite :) Plus we had fries with, of course, fry sauce! Yum! That night we talked about the big family trip to Disney Land! I am so excited! I have NEVER been and I can't wait to go! We are going in September of 2010. I know, it's far away and we're already planning it...it's not my doing though, I'm not a planner. Needless to say, it has gotten me very excited about going! Sunday we went to Church and Lee was ordained, then we went back to Nikki's and had corned beef and cabbage. It is one of my new favorites! I ask for it everytime we go there! We got home around 9 last night and were very glad to be in our bed!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Restroom...PSH!

Some of you guys and gals will get kick from this, how true this is.
Remember the ability to laugh heals hearts...but lack of tissue causes catastrophes:) When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied.
Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall. You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! The dispenser for=2 0the modern 'seat covers' (invented by someone's Mom, no
doubt) is handy, but empty. You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one, but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mom would turn over in her grave if you put i t on the FLOOR!), yank down your pants, and assume ' The Stance.' In this position your aging, toneless thigh muscles begin to shake. You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the
seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold 'The Stance.' To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser . In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, 'Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!' Your thighs shake more. You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the
one that's still in your purse. (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That would have to do. You crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It's still smaller than your thumbnail. Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work. The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet. 'Occupied!' you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT. It is wet of course. You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life
form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try. You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, 'You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could
get.' By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes. The flush somehow sucks everything down wit h such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too. At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat. You're exhausted. You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks. You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting. You are no longer able to smile politely to them. A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from
your shoe. (Where was that when you NEEDED it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, 'Here, you just might need this.' As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom Annoyed, he asks, 'What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?' This is dedicated to wome n everywhere who deal with a public restrooms (rest??? you've GOT to be kidding!!). It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs. It's so the
other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse and hand you Kleenex under the door!

I thought every woman would enjoy this! Make your husbands/boyfriends/whatever read this!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Called to Serve

I know that song is mostly about Missionary work...you know, going on a mission and all. At least that is what we mostly associate it with, but Andy and I have received new callings in our ward! We are both really excited about them! Andy is the District Leader and I am Enrichment Leader! I am so excited about my calling. Ever since I started Relief Society, I haven't been in Relief Society. I was immediately put in nursery and stayed there. Then when I moved here, Andy and I were made Primary Teachers. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing like primary...but I knew the women in the ward, but boy did I know their kids! haha Well, I have to say, I am so excited to be the enrichment leader! I am excited to get to know all the Sisters in the ward and to plan lots of fun activities and I just can't wait! Hopefully I'll be able to find enough time in my crazy schedule! But I will say, I am very grateful for this calling!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Be prepared...you all know an outlaw!

I'm not sure if everyone read my crazy blog about me driving like a Cullen. And getting a speeding ticket for going 5 over, but it's true. It really did happen. As we all know, I paid my ticket. Didn't fight anything because, well, I just don't have it in me to fight stupidity. Over the weekend I received a letter at my in-laws house...because I still have not changed my address on my license. (Andy said I could just write it on the back...but I'm not so sure about that.) Anywho, this letter was all about my driving...and that I needed to come in for a points hearing, preferably with my parents. HA, bring my parents. Ok, let me just fly them out really quick...even though I am a married woman with a child on the way, I'll see what I can do about it. So, needless to say, I had my hearing yesterday morning at 730, Andy went with me...to be my "parent" haha kidding, they knew he is my husband. So, in 2006 I got 2 tickets on my record. They transfered over to Utah. In Georgia, if you get two tickets within a year, they automatically put a red flag on your record saying you can not get a CDL. Well, that went on my record and it shows up as a suspension. I never apploed for a CDL, I've never in my life wanted to drive a bus. I called the DMV in Georgia to find out this was about, she said they had taken it off. But it followed me to Utah. So, here I am. Sitting in this woman's office for my hearing. Looking at my driving record, which looks HORRIBLE. And she's talking about my suspension in Georgia. So I explained to her about the situation. She called the National DMV whody whaty person and asked her what they could do about getting it removed because it is probably in the national database. After this, she tells me that because of my ticket, I am over the bracket for someone under 21. But since I will be 21 in a few months, and I look like a responisble person, she thinks putting me under suspension for a month is harsh. There is no partial suspension. If she were to take away my lisence, I would be walking from 8th south and main stree to 90th south and west temple everyday for a month. Hoping I make it to my second job in 30 minutes. Plus walking to my doctors appointments...which I don't think my doctor would be too happy about me showing up dehydrated. So, they put me on a years probation. I can't get any tickets between now and next year, or they take my license away indefinately. Super huh? Needless to say, I am very, very glad I still have my license. Lesson learned: Utah has crazy strict laws about drivers under 21. You can get married, fight and die for your country, but you're going to get treated differently with driving. And don't speed on 8th south. There's coppers everywhere.

We were home around 815 and Andy said "our neighbors will think we just went to the temple" And I said "yeah, but really, your wife just got put on a years probation"