Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Season of Giving

Most of you know that I have a deep love for animals and I donate monthly to the American Humane, which not only helps animals in need but children as well. If you find it in your hearts this season to give to a charity, here is one I highly suggest. Here is one of the many stories that shows where you're donations go to.

Left to Die in a Ditch
A man in Tennessee was heading back to his car after a day of fishing when he heard whimpers coming from a muddy ditch in the woods. A small, terrified beagle was trapped. She had been brutally shot and was desperately trying to pull herself up the steep wall of the ditch, her back legs dragging uselessly behind her.

The fisherman took pity on the little dog and brought her home. She spent three days living beneath the man’s parked car, clinging to life. When he realized the beagle wasn’t going to recuperate on her own, the man contacted a local animal rescue group. One of the group’s workers arrived and was amazed when the traumatized dog emerged -- in terrible pain, but so grateful for help she covered the worker with “kisses” as only a dog can.

Was Emma a ‘Lost Cause’?
The brave little beagle, named Emma by the shelter workers, still had a long way to go. Two gunshots had left both of her hind legs paralyzed. She had also lost control of her bladder and bowels. How would the shelter afford Emma’s vet bills and scooter -- a special dog wheelchair designed to help her get around with ease -- on its shoestring budget?

That’s when American Humane stepped in. Thanks to American Humane through donors, they have provided vital support through the
Second Chance Fund to help cover Emma’s medical expenses and ready her for adoption.

Incredibly, Emma found a new home with a “forever mom” named Sheila, whose sweet disposition matched Emma’s. Sheila consulted with a canine rehabilitation center, brought Emma to physical therapy twice a week and even converted her own pool to a water therapy center for Emma. This spirited, fun-loving little dog -- expected to never get around without her scooter again -- is now able to walk a mile every day on her own!

Please give what you can to bring hope and success to other children and animals looking for a second chance, who still have tremendous love to share with new families.

click here to find out more and to donate

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

8 Things

I was tagged by Celeste with this one.

8 Favorite T.V. Shows
(I'll put them alphabetically)
~ American Idol
~ Biggest Loser
~ Dancing with the Stars
~ Fringe
~ The Colbert Report
~ The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
~ The Simpsons
~ Transformers Animated

8 Favorite Restaurants
~ Café Rio
~ Iggy’s
~ Johnny Carino’s
~ Market Street Grill
~ Mimi’s Café
~ Red Lobster
~ Thaifoon

8 things that happened yesterday
I don't live that exciting of a life but here's what I can think of
~ Went to work
~ Played MSN games while at work
~ Replaced car tires
~ Watched Dancing with the Stars
~ Paid doctor bills
~ Had dinner with the folks
~ Bought some DVDs
~ Did some research on colleges/universities

8 Things to Look Forward to
~ A day off from all jobs
~ Any time spent with friends
~ Becoming debt free
~ Getting back into a shape other than round
~ Getting my helicopter pilot’s license
~ My trip to Australia
~ My trip to England
~ Purchasing my Camaro

8 Things I Love About Fall
~ Cooling temperatures
~ Halloween
~ Las Vegas is almost the perfect time to go.
~ New season of Dancing with the Stars
~ Possibly starting school myself
~ Seeing kids get excited about going back to school
~ The color of the leaves
~ The crispness in the air

8 Things On My Wish List
~ 2010 Camaro
~ Conquer depression
~ Get married
~ Go scuba diving with great white sharks
~ Have a degree that I can actually use
~ Have children
~ Own my own home
~ Take my dream vacation to Bora Bora

8 People that I tag
Here are some people I'd like to see do a tagged game
~ Adam Murray
~ Bobbie Mauss
~ Brandi Miller
~ Gabrini Mayhew
~ James Hofheins
~ Jennifer Lake
~ Lori Compton
~ Rob Church

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Flat and The Inflated

Yesterday I thought was going to be a good day, everything started out right. I got some good sleep the night before and I got to go home from work early. Well, going home early turned out to be not that great. I was driving down the road, almost to the freeway as someone decided not to strap down their stuff correctly, so I got a undercarriage full of junk and ended up with one tire totally destroyed and two more needed to be replaced. Thank goodness I know how to change a tire because I wasn't going to get help from anyone that passed me and this included two police vehicles. I have yet to meet up with anyone that gets more flats than me. Big-O Tires know me very well and I'll be meeting up with them again today.

Saturday was overall a great day. After doing my shift at work I went home got onto the computer and saw that a couple of my buddies from the UK were on. As I started to chat with them they invited to guest host with them on their Transformers Podcast. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous at first but I had a great time doing it. Thank you to David, Andy and Paul for letting me play with them. So needless to say I got my ego a bit inflated with the opportunity give give the views a fangirl in subject that's mostly filled with boys and men. Moonbase 2 is the world's 2nd largest Transformers podcast so who knows who heard me out there, but if you'd like to check it out and hear me in all my Transformer geekiness you can download it on iTunes or download it from this link. Let me know what y'all think.

Quirky Quote: It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips

Miller-Hays Wedding

This past Saturday I got to attend the reception of my friend Brandi. I love weddings, I think it's a great way to celebrate with family and friends and this reception did just that. I got to meet up with some old friends that I haven't seen in so long and it was great catching up with y'all. Brandi, you looked amazing and you were just gleaming with happiness. Congratulations Brandi and Jason on your marriage! I'm so very happy for you :-D

Friday, November 7, 2008

The House Bunny
Rated PG-13
94 Minutes
Nicole’s Rating: B

Another girl’s night dollar show that was well worth it! This movie was one of those we went to because it was the only one we haven’t seen and we ended up having a good time.

A Playboy Bunny, Shelly, has been kicked out of the Playboy mansion the day after her 27th birthday, because she’ getting old and someone younger will be replacing her. This is leaving her homeless and has her trying to start over with life. She finds a sorority that needs a house mother and the good times start. Shelly turns the dorky, socially awkward girls into the hottest things on campus.

This movie really did surprise me. Yes it sounds like your typical nerd to beauty queen show, but this one actually sent out some good messages. I thought that Shelly would be your typical dumb blonde that doesn’t know much about the real world, but she ends up showing us that she just has a different way of thinking, very caring and is actually very motivated to help others.

Watching this movie, I can tell the sexes will watch it for different reasons. The men will get a load of eye-candy as Playboy centerfolds make appearances and women will love the storyline for a chick flick. I’d suggest this mostly for a girls night as most women will relate to at least one of girls depicted in the show and the witty one-liners will keep you laughing.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dr. Phobos and Radio Free Xangaka

Hey everybody! I just want to give a quick promotion to my friend Michael who does some DJing on an Internet radio station. Mike goes by Dr. Phobos on Radio Free Xangaka, which basically plays anything and everything from Pop, Rap, Classical, Jazz even Comedy bits. So while you're at your computer check it out.

Plus if you're interested in trying out DJing they're hiring!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama Wins!

Well election day is over with and we have a new President-Elect. Congratulations to Barack Obama on his win, now go out and show us the changes you've campaigned about.

As most of you know, I honestly didn't care who won, but I'm very grateful to be able to take part in this historical event. Now that the election is over I stand by the choice of the people and will fully support the new Commander-In-Chief and I hope that the rest of the nation, as well as the rest of the world, will do so as well.

Things I've Done

This is mostly for myself. I found the list on Bob and Lindy's blog and I had to give it a shot, just so I know that back in the day I did have some interesting stuff happen in my life.

(Just copy and paste this to your blog and bold the ones that you HAVE done.)
1. Started your own blog (hum...that's where this list is at)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (well, High School and College Band)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (yep, I'm a sucker)
7. Been to Disneyland (when I was four. I can hardly remember it)
8. Climbed a mountain (living in Wyoming and Utah it comes easy)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables (does trying count?!?)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill (I call them mental health days)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (living in Wyoming helps)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (one of my favorite experiences)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (I love playing in the mud)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (I was seller of the year one time)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (I can't unfortunately)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (I still have all my My Little Ponies)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (not very well though)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury (I'm weird, but I really want to though)
91. Met someone famous (several celebrities when I volunteered for the 2002 Olympics, Stephen Speilberg and Jon Bon Jovi being one of my favorites.)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (I live in the Salt Lake City area, so that helps)
97. Been involved in a law suit (a few)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vote For None?

This weekend while at work, I was listening to a podcast called Common Sense with Dan Carlin and he said some things that struck me, as if he was talking just to me. I've already voted for this year's election, but I struggled to make my decision on the Presidential and V.P. choice. So when it came down to it I literally flipped a coin. McCain was heads and Obama was tails. I will not reveal the outcome though. In this podcast, he mentioned that we put another choice on the ballot. The choice "None of the Above".

Listen to the first half of the podcast (about 20 minutes) where he speaks of this new idea. It's very informative.

Click here to listen:

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Downer

So just to recap my Halloween, it was a major downer. I knew I was going to spend most of the day at work and I knew this year was going to be the 2nd year where I didn't get to dress up, so I was ready for that. What I wasn't ready for was having to hear that one of our employees here at The Document Group was going to be terminated. I loved having her around, especially with being the only two women in an office full of men. So J.J. if you're reading this, I wish you the best and hope to see you soon at the Post Office.

After working some overtime, I headed home as fast I as could to get ready for the Trick-or-Treaters. I honestly looked forward to this. I love seeing kids in the costumes and even adults with how creative they are with theirs. Well, there was a group of girls (I'd say 10 years old) who came running to the door and they were out of breath. I said "Wow! You must be in a hurry to get to as many houses as possible". They said "No, there's some boys in clown masks chasing us". Argghhh...why do people has to spoil a good time?!? So I found the boys (easily at least High School age), went out to talk to them and they took off. I hope they didn't go harassing any more people. Around 9:30pm I went to bed so I could get up at 3:30am to start off another work day. So to say, it wasn't the most enjoyable Halloween ever. Maybe next year I'll make up for it :-D