November 17, 2014


Accessories, accessories!
We've got your hats, boots, and gloves.
For all your fun in winter wear
Old Navy has it.. .something....

I started work at Old Navy right after I graduated high school.
I worked at ZCMI my senior year until the transition to Meier & Frank and things kinda went downhill...

I had been unemployed from about April -June and started Old Navy in late June.
I worked at about 6 locations for ON back in the day but mostly in the Salt Lake Valley or in Logan, UT.

I loved that job- I did mostly the logistics and operations for the shipments and preparing the floor for new displays.  LOVED IT.  So much I even had the SKU numbers memorized for the baby department for a while (I have a thing with numbers...).

I can't remember what year it was (and I won't disclose cause I look younger than I am) but it was Black Friday while I was working in Logan, UT.

Every store that year had an employee "audition" to be the store Elf.
No one auditioned in our store so my manager begged me last minute (as in "will you be the elf cause the district manager wants to know right now and he's outside the office door") to be the Elf.
Little did I know I had to tell the DM how I auditioned.
I vaguely remembered a song from the previous year for the ON ad's.
Hence my lines from above!
Can't remember the last line, can't find it in Google.  Your loss?  :)
(note, I am not featured on the CD from that year :))

Well the Elf's job was to watch the checkout lines- if they all got too long, and all registers are open, to entertain the people waiting.
I would wheel a ladder to the front, stand up on it and sing, play games (with prizes like coupons off), and just be a complete goofball.  Of course in a Santa hat.

Part of the job was to greet people on Black Friday when the store opened.
It was some awful hour, like 4am or 5am.
I'm a morning person so it was fine.
But still VERY dark outside and if any of you know Logan, UT in the winter BITTER cold.

I'm talking your windshield is frozen over on the INSIDE of the car, doors frozen shut, 5 degrees out but the canyon winds make it about -15 degrees.

Anyway...  My job with greeting was to hand out breakfast bars to the folks.
They were really good too- like apple crisp, banana bread, just super good.

I'm standing at the front,  in front of a table of their famous Performance Fleece shirts, and my manager goes to unlock the door.

People didn't come is as fast as I thought.
It was steady but not crowded.
Ha!  I shouldn't have thought that.
Within 15 seconds HOARDS of people are crowding in.
I'm trying to hand each person a breakfast bar.
I start falling backwards.  Luckily I had an assistant of sorts (gotta mention here my good buddies who were possibly there- Miquelle, Jessica, Than, Amanda, and many others!)
She held me up but then people were reaching into my bag to grab their bars.
I stand up and yell "if anyone wants the breakfast bar they will wait for me to hand it to them!"
I may be a petite gal but I am stubborn and fierce!
Then people obeyed.

And all this for $1 fleece scarves.

I still can't stand the smell or feel of their fleece.

So with this story in mind please remember as you shop next week that us workers- we're as excited as you are but we're also kinda scared.  Be nice and courteous or you might get the SMACK DOWN of a redhead. :)

*this is not a sponsored post though it should be for all the experience I had at ON back in the day!

November 10, 2014

Trying to Get Ahead

We are moving in about 12 days.  EEK!
So I went ahead and got our Christmas cards ordered and all addresses collected so I don't lose it all upon unpacking.

Here is our card this year:

Wish us luck in the insane, crazy, and blown up next couple weeks :)

November 6, 2014

Pucker Up

Food trucks have become all the rage here in Utah (I assume in every other state as well).

It's almost a competition in our office to see who has been to the better ones or the most.

This week we have had two trucks come to our office buildings.

The first was Waffle Luv.  Amazing liege waffles, the thickest sweetest whipped cream, fresh berries, and on and on!  REALLY rich and sends you into a sugar coma after but worth it.
I get the only one I am not allergic to- waffle, cream, and raspberries.  Amazing.

Then today we were surprised that Chow Truck came across the street.
My co-worker Rachel bragged that it was amazing rice bowl with a few different meats or veggies.
Got out there- no rice to be found.
Asian tacos, salads, and sliders.
I tried the coconut-lemon grass chicken and also the calamari.
The chicken was okay, not my favorite.  The calamari was really good.

HOWEVER the best was these little lemon slices on the calamari.
Thinly sliced lemons, grilled with salt, laying on top you would think as a garnishment.
I decided to try one- the best little snack I think I've ever had!  I was even tempted to eat the rind, it was so good.

They also had some fancy chips they called Asian Spiced Root Chips that Rachel said are good.
I'll have to try them next time

One of my favorite food trucks ever was Green Apple Juice Co.
Based out of a little farmer's market store in the area my dad grew up in it's an amazing fresh juice and smoothie truck (with some food as well).  I always like to get a juice with fresh beet juice with anything else.  

Utah really has an amazing food scene that so few people know about.
On our honeymoon we were in Palm Springs in the middle of November (when only old people were there.  Which made it kind of fun!) people we met were so surprised we were from Utah and willing to eat sushi and other "odd" food items.

I hope to convert a lot of people to the food scene in Utah.
It's amazing!

October 24, 2014

Free Time is like... Wait, what's that?

Last night was an example of what I needed.
My dear neighbor watched LT for the day since my mom (and anyone in the house with mom) is sick.
When I picked up LT we ended up chatting for almost 2 hours.
I haven't just "chatted" with anyone outside of work in forever.

Then her boy and LT were running through the leaves, looking for bugs, hiding behind cars, and more while we talked.  It was actually very relaxing to do so!

Then of course Cabe calls/texts and asks where I am.
I didn't know when he'd be home (he got home after 10pm the night before) so I just took my time.

It was a very nice night, LT got to bed somewhat on time, and I feel more energized today mentally because of it.

So what's free time?
It's like adult nap time, vacation, etc when you work full time and can't afford time away.
It's... rare and like a dream!

October 22, 2014

I am a working mom

I struggle a lot with seeing SAHM's, moms who work from home, moms who work part-time, women who aren't moms yet that stay home and don't work, empty nesters, etc. struggling with my lifestyle.

My lifestyle choice?
To be a full time working mom while my husband goes to school full time.
No, he isn't working while he goes to school.  He is usually on campus 8am-8pm most days.

I have my degree, have a good job that provides, and I choose to support him through school.

How many blogs do you read that have a full time working mom putting her husband through school?
I can't find any and I really wish I could to see their survival techniques!

So I will try to post from time-to-time how I am surviving or just breathing to get by.

Not a lot of people understand my position.

Someone inviting me to go do an evening activity- when I know Cabe will be home and can watch Little Turbo.
But I haven't seen my LT all day, I usually see him for about 2-3 hours a day.
yes, 95% of the time I am going to turn someone down because I want to be with my family that I rarely see.

I do let my church callings slide a little because the nights I get home at 6:30, have an activity at 7, that's not enough time to make a decent dinner.  I am going to skip the activity so I can make dinner and put my child to bed.

I may duck out of Sunday School sometimes early so I can watch LT singing in nursery.
I may sometimes let him stay up a bit late because I just want to play with him.

But these times are too short and I will not miss out on anything with my husband and child because of outside sources.

October 14, 2014

I Shoulda Been (Weekend of Coulda Been's)

Friday was a rough day- couldn't have been cause it was my first full Friday working in a month, right?
I just didn't feel right- stomach and back ache.  And overall ache.
So I spent most of the weekend with this achiness but not feeling completely sick.

We still did family pictures on Saturday and I put on a brave face (despite not wanting/taking the time to get the Target brand of spanx to help me with my dress).

I had a flip out at Cabe that I couldn't do the pictures cause it was too many layers to wear (it was like 65 degrees outside).
Then he had a flip out that his arms looked too big in his shirt (mmm, muscles but he's trying to tone down).

And Little Turbo looked adorable, had a great nap, but then saw the playground where we were and didn't cooperate.

We're moving soon.
The house blew up.
New hand me downs from SIL for Little Turbo all over the couches.

So it was the weekend of Shoulda/Coulda Beens but I don't regret it today.
While I am at work, and Cabe is home on fall break, I actually feel AMAZING in comparison to the weekend and am getting a lot done at work.

So without touch up here are a few favorites from Saturday...
Poor Cabe felt so bad.  I am used to gripping Simon when he trips so I just lay him down softly on the grass.  It was hilarious though!

Our cheesy boy who was so upset to do pictures suddenly pulled us in for a cute shot (where he looks JUST LIKE DAD at that age)

Loves holding our hands

Cute little dimples!

I think this is the best shot we got.

Loving the fall in Utah this year.  So bright with colors, lasting longer, cool weather.

If only I had the week off with Cabe for fall break....

October 6, 2014

Where am I now... Taking Stock

Taking Stock:

Making: a list of everything we can sell/donate/keep/store for the move
Cooking: Pizza night is Tuesday night. All other nights are staring into the cupboard with no ideas night
Drinking: Propel Berry. It's free from work. And I don't have to clean a cup to drink it.
Reading:  Blogs. When I have a spare moment I am reading The Butterfly Box series
Wanting: to be home and not at work so I can get packing!
Looking: for a hotel in downtown SLC for the Cabe's fall break
Playing: blocks with the Little Turbo
Wasting: time building a blog for my sister
Wishing: Cabe was close to graduation so I could house hunt more seriously
Enjoying: every little change that comes with a 2 year old's imagination
Waiting: for 5pm and the drive home
Liking: my Halloween decor in my cubicle
Wondering: what we can do downtown during the fall break
Loving: that the whole family went to the Ranch for conference weekend
Hoping: that it doesn't snow until after Halloween
Marveling: at how much STUFF we have
Needing: to clean out the laundry room. it's a BIG laundry room.
Smelling: in my dreams- oranges and rain
Wearing: my cute eyelet lace shirt
Following: the email train from my sister and us chatting about our STUFF
Noticing: that it's after 4pm- suh-weet!
Knowing: I need to start eating healthier. Drat the cafeteria having a Skor bar!
Thinking: about the jetted tub in our new place...
Feeling: anxious and excited! I love cleaning
Bookmarking: family picture ideas
Opening: my Halloween decor despite the pending move
Giggling: When the 2 year old decides to talk on the phone, at 11pm, super hyper. That was fun.
Feeling: happy cause Cabe's test went well this morning and he's doing SO good at school this semester.

life is actually really good now despite moving to a smaller place soon.
But a humbling experience will be worth it!

We are moving into the basement of this house (ignore the ramp on the porch- MIL broke her ankle and had to use a scooter the last couple months)
Most of the inside is under construction right now but the basement has two new rooms and a new bathroom. We are very grateful!