Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My Dad.

So some of you have met my dad, some of you may even be related to my dad, but I just wanted to share a little insight in to the man he really is. Just this last week he turned in his offical letter of intent to resign in 4 years. The process has begun and after 20 years his company is very successful, its a strang feeling to think he wont be part of it any more. I think it will always be his, and we have other family working for them, but still, strange. One of the people in his company sent him this email after thier meeting...

I know you are not in the practice of hearing many thank yous. But I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for what you have done for so many others and especially for me and my family. The last 14 months or so have been a great blessing to me. Thank you for the opportunity you have provided for me at Sunrise .

If there was a parable of a Garden it would go something like this:
Some people plant gardens with plans to personally consume every Pea, piece of corn and zucchini (if possible) themselves.

A special few plant gardens with others in mind. They gain enjoyment from watching others benefit from the crops they grew with their own hands. It must be hard sometimes to watch some come to the garden and freely benefit and keep asking for more -with little understanding that somebody had to start the garden, plant and weed the garden, invest in the garden-and it all took time and effort---and it all wasn’t easy.

Some gardeners use up all the resources of their garden themselves and walk away with nothing left. Not even an empty corn husk.

But a few gardeners leave the garden, freshly planted, weeded and promising to bare even more abundantly on into the future.

Thank you for being one of those kinds of gardeners!
Three of the greatest lessons I learned from my dad are to "Be a Man" "Take care of business" and to "Finish Strong." Well, he's not done yet. :) I appreciate his wisdom and his love and Im very proud that he is one of "those kinds of gardeners."

Friday, October 26, 2007


HE BLOGGED!!! And no, honey, this is not a husband bashing network. :) And yes, I do love you. (the post beneath this one is from him in retaliation for the dead fern post... keep reading :) He's mocking me, thats why he used that picture... HAHA honey.)

A message from Suzette

Hi, my name is Suzette and I just wanted to let the world know how much I love my husband. I know that I have been posting lots of things that some people may consider to be "shmack," but I wanted to let all of my friends on this secret underground blogging/husband bashing network that he really is not that bad of a guy. He may not be the most talented gardener on the face of the planet and he may think that he can leave me home while he goes fishing sometimes. Even though he makes excuses for not helping out around the house and is sometimes not very sensitive to my need to buy new furniture, I know that he loves me. Even though he is spending all of the money that I make and has thrown us into debt for what he calls "medical education," I guess I don't have it ALL that bad. I guess I will just have to be patient with all of his shortcomings for a while as he tries to become the man he knows I deserve [even though he has a long way to go ;-)]

For you for you dead love fern.

So you all remember the movie How to Loose a Guy in 10 Day... Matthew (yes, we're on a first name basis) was responsible for killing thier love fern... Well, Christopher is no better. And if he wants to defend himself he'll actually have to BLOG! This is a picture of his dying birthday present which was a mature bonsai tree. We have this saying that sometimes when I buy him presents they are for him for me. Meaning I buy them for him, but I will benifit or want it to. Well this year for his birthday I tried really hard to get him something that truly was for him for him and not for him for me. Something that he wanted and I really didnt care about at all. So I hunted for months, high and low for the perfect thing, a bonsai tree. And I finally found a perfect one. Mature enough to appreciate and he would just have to maintain. And lets just say it wasnt cheap. So he's had it since July and he KILLED IT. We jokingly have refered to it as our love fern, and it has gone the way of all love ferns. He transplanted it here in our outdoor pot to try to revive it. However, in his defense, I will say he killed it by drowning it. So atleast he was trying, he just over loved it. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Smores Anyone?

Yes, southern California is once again on fire. There are over 16 fires just in souther cali, 1200 homes burned, 1,000,000 people evacuated to different high schools or the Qualcomm stadium. And thankfully some lessons were learned during Katrina and stadium stays have been much nicer and thier needs are being taken care of. There was one lady who lived through Katrina, moved to Texas and was hit by Rita, and then moved out here, just a few months ago, and her home burned down. Talk about bad luck. She was on the news this morning.

This first picture is the house next door to my friend Hetty that works here in our office. She's been on alert for evacuation for a few days now but they havent had to leave. THey havent been getting any sleep because they've been getting up to check to see the progress. Poor thing is home today resting because she hasnt gotten any sleep. Which brings us to the air quality. The smoke is terrible, even though the closest fire to us is on the other side of the city, depending on which direction the wind decides to blow, we have been bombarded with smoke, which doesnt make for good anything. Its hard to sleep, its been extra hot, but we cant open the windows because then we really cant sleep. When I wake up every morning there is always a spectacular sunrise (and sunset) because of the smoke, and anyone living is Utah is probably enjoying the same. Growing up, I always enjoyed the Cali fires because it just looked awesome for our sunsets... Thats bad I know. So this was the sun this morning. Its hard to take a real picture of the sun, so in real life the pink is much brighter, but this is the best I could do. When I get to my car its just covered in ash, like a thick frost. But the good news is the building I work in has a closed air system, so no smoke or ash inside. I can atleast work and not die. Christopher just told me to pretend like we were camping, because everything smells like smoke. Honey, its just not the same. ;) So anyways... Theres the update.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Phew, what a weekend!

So this weekend was a very long but great one. Lets start at the beginning, Christopher came back from fishing and finished his rotation. He brought these home and said this is what he learned in psychiatry :)

Then we had family start flying in for the BIG EVENT!!! LINDSEY'S WEDDING!!! YEAH!!!!! Friday was the day and they were married in the Newport Beach temple.

It was a beautiful day, better then we have seen in a while. The sky was completely clear and it was pretty warm. Perfect. The sealing was great, an old family friend was able to seal them, which was a nice personal touch. Then afterwards we took pics of course, but Lindsey really wanted pics at the beach, and what a good idea that was because it was a beautiful day at the beach as well. Usually its kind of misty, but it was so clear you could Catalina Island. Also we went to the beach that is painted on the walls of the Garden room in this temple, so it was extra appropriate.

Afterwards we went to the Pacific Club for the receoption where the reception was held. It was absolutely beautiful as well. Her colors were a very soft pink and gold. They had flowers like crazy everywhere and candles galore. Each of the center pieces were enourmous and have more then 150 roses in each and who knows how many of those there were, but seriously, flowers everywhere. We had a dinner and Christopher and Ashley were able to do the toast and tribute to her. I've attached the video, its in two parts though, and I ran out of space for the end mushy part, it cuts off right after Ashley starts crying :)

The whole day was just great, but then to top off the weekend, the entire extended family all went to Wicked again! What a great show!!! Dottie and Sue wore the same shirt, it was kind of funny. I love going up there and walking along the stars and looking at them... Jimmy Stewart and Barry Manilow and Billy Joel, and Andrew Loyd Webber, and all the casts of SNL... Its fun! So if you ever come and visit me, we can go up there. Anways, back to reality, school, and work. I'll post about the fires here in Cali later. We all spontaneously combusted. ;)

Friday, October 12, 2007

What are the odds?

Yesterday during work my coworker and I both had run ins with a certain student who has decided to procrastinate her medical school application and is a poor applicant in the first place. One of her professors had sent us a letter of recommendation for her but we hadnt recieved it yet. She called both of us and told us how we were not doing our jobs blah blah blah... the things in the mail and she's not getting in anyways. But thats not the point. So I tell her that she needs to watch her attitude and put her in her place pretty much. So then after a stressful day I decided to go get a pedicure. And I sit down and am just begining to relax when the girl sitting across from me starts talking on the phone about her med school applications... I perk up a little because I figured she was probably one of my students, and for the next 45 minutes I hear her relate her side of the story to whoever was on the other end of that phone call, but it was the SAME DANG STUDENT. She was saying how pissed off she still was and how she was so stressed out she just had to leave work early and go get a pedicure cry cry cry. I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD to myself of course. She didnt know who I was since we've only ever communicated on the phone or email. I just thought it was so halarious. WHAT ARE THE ODDS, that in this city full of nail salones and with how quick they are that we would be be sitting there and she still talking about it. !!! Lets just say, I'll do my job, but Im doing no favors! She may find this blog and read it, it wouldnt surprise me now. And if she does, now she knows. HAHA

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Christopher Fishing?

SO if you know us at all you will know that I am the fisherman in our little twosome. One day when we were dating we went to Lake Powell, and its not uncommon for me to have 2 or 3 poles in the water at a time. Well, he was feeling neglected and was trying to be all emotional and needy and I was talking and paying attention to him and every 7-10 minutes I'd go check my lines. Well, this upset him and he asked me to just put down the fishing pole for a minute so I could pay full attention to him. (He was right, my brain was on the end of that hook). Ever since then, when he is feeling like Im not paying very much attention, he will ask me to put down my pole. :) So... To my HUGE surprise Christopher asked that in these 2 weeks he has between rotations that he and his dad go FISHING! I was shocked. I didnt know that my father in law really like it either. So they flew out yesterday to go to Henrys Lake in Idaho with my mother in laws Father, Jack Parson, to thier cabin to fish for a week. Henrys is beautiful and Im officially jealous, but I have to give in. I went to Powell without him this year. So I guess its only fair. This pic of the cover of the Utah FIshing Proclamation has Jack on the cover. Yes, he's an avid fisher. But the funny thing is Utah chose this pic to go on the cover, even though he caught this fish at Henry's in IDAHO! HAHA. No one should know that, but someone who picked up the cover recognized the background as Henrys and it was all over in the news that this fish wasnt caught in Utah. It was a little scandal but really funny all the same. Now Jack can say he's been on the cover of a magazine. :) So yeah, Im home all alone all week and I wonder what I will be doing.... ;) Working of course!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Like my new toy???

This is what happens when you nag just enough :) In my job I have taken everything from a very slow and labor intensive process to an easy electronic one, but part of that meant I needed a scanner. So for a year I have had to either go to a different building or go upstairs and bother the people there... well, after all that suffering and just enough nagging I now have my own new beautiful machine. Isnt it pretty? I would have been happy with a little desk scanner, but this...This is right outside my door and I dont have to walk anywhere. And it does all sorts of other stuff too. Haha, lets just see how lazy I can get! The big blue thing on the back serves no purpose other then to remind us that we are in California, because it looks like a surf board. Yeah!!! I like new toys.