Tuesday, June 30, 2009

2 letters make the difference in a day

I was talking to Libby yesterday on Facebook and she mentioned that James saw my picture and started saying hi. A few minutes later I received a video of James and then later one of James and Miles.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Suprise Suprise

I am a member of the Provo Towne Centere Club. (they send me surveys about products and I take them and in return I get points that if I ever get enough add up to a gift card or something)- its kinda like sky miles in the way that you have to do more than humanly possible to get the rewards. And usually I get disqualified from taking the survey, b/c I don't have kids at home, or I don't smoke, or am not male. If you want to sign up click on the PTC link above and then to Emails & Cance to Win. Now I think it is because I am a member, because I have not taken enough surveys to qualify.Well I come back from lunch and there is an email :

Provo Towne Centre

Hi Abby,

Shopping for Dad this week? Need a perfect gift for your special Grad? Or maybe it’s time to treat yourself!

Start your Shopping at Provo Towne Centre with


exclusively for Club Members!

Just print this email and bring it to the Customer Service
between June 17-23, 2009.

Limited number of cards are available, so hurry in while supplies last!

Customer Service Hours are:
Monday - Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For more details and sales at your favorite stores, visit provotownecentre.com

I'm thinking ok what do I have to do b/c they are not just going to give me $10. Well I print it out and because I work maybe 2 min from the mall I hope right over after work walk in and show her my email and ask what I have to do to receive the gift card. She replies 'it's a promo, show me your license.' After about 1 minute or so of her filling out paperwork so I can't come in again and get another card she hands me with $10.00 on it. Now what do I spend it on???? There are a pair of earrings at Express that are $20.00 and I just dont spend that much on earrings because I know I will lose them, its just a matter of time. They dont have an Express store at my mall, they do at University Mall but its not a GGP mall. The closest GGP mall that has an Express is in Fashion Place Mall in Murray, which by the time I drove up there I would have spent the $10 I would have saved on the earrings on gas. Who am I kidding it will probably go towards shoes! haha. All in all it was a great suprise!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fun Easy Summer Dessert

So I made these last night for a ward FHE bbq, and they were a hit! They are super easy. I made them to the recipe but on half I added white chocolate. One hint I will give you is when cutting the brownies into small squares use a serving spatula instead of a knife, your squares will actually turn out. I also looked several places for the longer toothpicks but I found a 75 pack of plastic toothpicks like this, but in crayola eight pack colors. I think I made about 70 or so desserts using 1 box of brownies in a 9x13 pan and I think 4 bananas and 1 1/2 containers of strawberries. I used 1/2 of a giant Hershey's chocolate bar. I found the recipe at littlewindowshoppe. I forgot to take a picture, but they pretty much look like the picture from the blog, just imagine some with added white chocolate.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

PoH day 2

Its quite apparent we are in a recession. Last night I was able to go though 10 houses in 3 hours. Yes, they were in the south end of the county, not the most expensive homes. But last time in 6 homes I took 30 odd pics, this time only 22. Tonight I am off to alpine/highland, so here's hoping. I was told some of the rules about homeowners not being able to stay in their homes during the parade are being bent and the homes are not as luxurious as previous years. Also every time I would exit a home (they have vendors in the garages) I would be asked 'so you got to come alone?' ugh yeah. 'wow that must be nice no kids, people slowing you up...' why is it that if you look over 18 in UT county you must be married with kids? I know its trendy but .... anyhow....

Oh I forgot to add this to the previous post, as I was returning from viewing the fist home I realized I had left my keys in my car. My car is psycho and locks the doors immediately after you shut the door- darn automatic locks. So I had to call the police and have them come and let me back in, guess I was just too excited to go and look at homes. Luckily I was in Orem and the po-po come and do it for free.

More pics have been added just click on 'here' from the previous post.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's that time again

Last night I went to about 6 homes, wasn't all that impressed some homes I couldn't get out fast enough. There was one home that I loved, but it was also because of the builder, Hatfield Homes. I just love their homes each year, its probably because they have such a southern/colonial feel to them. From the second you see the house you feel warm and invited, you step into the house and you can feel the warmth of a home. Its amazing. Most of their homes are located in the same subdivision in Lindon. I like it because the homes don't look like every other home in Utah. When I build my house I think I'll go through them or at least pick their designers brain. If you want to take a look at the 38 pics I did take at the homes I visited last night click here (its picasa). I will update with new pictures soon. I do apologize, I am no photographer.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Yesterday was Lagoon Day for teachers and students(tickets were 1/2 price- 25.00 for the day). Thankfully Cindy, my roommate is a teacher, so we got to go!!! I took a vacation day because I was about to pull all my hair out. Taking a 5 1/2 week 4 credit class was not the brightest thing I have done. We got to the park around nine and hit just about every ride. There were a few lines, but nothing too bad and the weather was perfect. We met up with some of the other teachers at Cindy's school and as we walked around the park or waited in line, some of them mentioned that there used to be this and that, but now its this, kinda stuff. Like there used to be paddle boats in the lake (i would call it a pond) or the White Coaster that is made out of wood, and was at one point painted white has been there since the 1920s. It was a great look into the past, to see how far we have come. From the simple technology of a wooden coaster, and the Carousel to the new air brushed painted rides that defy gravity.

As we were walking through the park and I was enjoying a day off in the middle of the week I kept thinking I am in the wrong major. For someone who lives for summer, the pools, the outside birthdays, water fights, water parks, practically anything outdoors, why did I choose a major that its busiest time is summer??? As I contemplated this I remember that I LOVE my major, I cant see myself sitting at a desk for the rest of my life and I don't know if I could handle 30 different personalities raised 30 different ways stuck in a classroom for 8 hours and then having to go home and continue working and preparing - just because the bell rings, it doesn't mean the work day is over, and for the pay- I don't know but I think teachers get the raw end of the deal, yes they get the summer off if they choose but the pay stinks!!! but then again I could be the shop(woodworking) / home education (cooking, sewing) teacher... humm.