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Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Here are the rules: Post these rules on your blog. List: 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, & 3 random surprising facts about yourself.

Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog!

3 Joys
1. Being near Target and Taco Bell
2. Jackson
3. Feeling peace

3 Fears
1. Bugs
2. Knives/guns
3. The Dark

3 Goals
1. Focus on the present
2. Get a part time job
3. Find a house

3 current obsessions/collections
1. Myspace
2. Pins/buttons (the ones that emo kids put all over their stuff). I have tons!!
3. Target

3 Random surprising things about Muah!
1. I have the biggest boobs ever. Oh wait, that's not surprising.
2. If I don't have floss, I use my own hair to get stuff out of my teeth.
3. I have an irrational fear of getting hit in the face with a sports ball.


I am tagging:

Beka
Julie
Audrey
Savanna
Kristi

Tagging

Friday, July 25, 2008
I got tagged by Beka.

Here are the rules:
Link to the person who tagged me.


Mention the rules.


Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself.


Tag 6 other bloggers linking to them.


Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.



Here are my answers!


I really like when it rains, but mostly because it cleans my windshield when I'm driving.

Reality TV is my favorite thing to watch. I love the craziness of other peoples lives.

The smell of Pine Sol is fantastic. I wish they made a perfume out of it.

I hate spiders and bugs and things that fly and crawl but I will not kill/smash/flush them.

Old people generally drive me CRAZY! I get angry at them. Awful right?

I don't always turn off the water when I brush my teeth.



I am going to tag:



Terina

Jaime

Holdaway

Janell
Jenny

Janell

I'm not linking them because it's too hard. They are <------- over there (on the side of my blog).

-205

Thursday, July 24, 2008
WHy do people choose to divulge all their secrets to the online world? I do it too, I am just curious. Geez. So much has happened.

I'm starting to feel the swelling in my feet. Swankles here I come. That's the term David and i came up with. Swollen Ankles. A lot of people call them cankles but I like my word better. I do hate this keyboard though. I'm at my mama's house. They keyboard sticks. I'm just not going to correct any falsities caused by it. It's too annoying.

Pregnancy. No one even knows what it's like. Oh wait, that was a joke. Unless you have been pregnant or are right now, don't talk to me. I hate feeling fat and gross. Especially right now. IT's too stressful of a time to worry about double chins and "fat pants" as Jaime would call them. I try not to be bothered by the fact that I know people judge me. I know, I Know. Right now my sister would say "what other people think of you is not your business." It's funny though, I know my family is secretly talking about how big I am cause they do it about other people. I think after thinking about this, I'm gonna stop talking about peoples size and focus more on their.... shoes. I was so wonderful about this at one time in my life. I wonder what happened. I just have to change.

Oh yeah, we made it to AZ. I swear this trip was the hardest of my life. Again, putting away my exaggeration, it really was. David was miserable, & so was I. It made for a very interesting trip. If you have never traveled with the Nickles, you need to in order to understand what I am talking about. Not that it was bad, just very eventful. My favorite moment of the whole trip was the last night. We were stuck in ABQ for many reasons. We sat in the parking lot of a hospital as we tried to come up with a plan. I swear I texted my mom 5 different times with 5 different plans. Eventually she told me she had to go to bed and wished me luck. lol. Really funny.

We are recouperating here in Paulden. As we drove into town I said to David "Paulden never looked so good." It's true. I am loving my moms cooking, the nice unhumid weather, and the company of my parents.

It's never been so hard for David and I. Of course I am not alone when I say that money is tough. It's real tough. I've never had this kind of stress about it though. We actually don't have any money. What we do have is a negative balance (see blog Title). I wish I had some money to pay in tithing because it seems we are always blessed after we pay. Maybe I'll get the coins from my ashtray. So as I write, we are trying to come up with ways to make a little money to get us started in Phoenix. Pray that I get a job okay?

I love everyone.

The Move-ish

Sunday, July 20, 2008
So we are on our way to PHX. It's nuts. I don't really have anything exciting to report except that I hate everyone. I know right? What an attitude. The first day of driving was long and arduous. I don't know how to spell that word but it's the one I want to use. Jackson was awful. Can't blame him. Being stuck in a car seat for 10 hours with hardly any sleep... eh not so fun. We made it to some place. I can't remember the name. Jackson didn't sleep much that night either. David has to be the one to calm him down. Have i mentioned that he loves his dad? Anyway, then we drove on to Nauvoo. I remember it being more humid than PA but not this humid. I swear it's 100 percent humidity here. I tried to look up the weather and take a screen shot but I don't want to save a dumb picture on Abe and Janells computer (they have been gracious enough to let me use it). Anyway, it's only 80 %, What am I saying? ONLY... Okay. So I think I might be crazy. I just did some comparison shopping for weather and it says that Lock Haven is at 100% humidity. Maybe it's cause its only 67 degrees there. I don't know. Ugh. All i know is that whenever I'm outside here in Nauvoo, I'm miserable. Miserably hot and sweaty and gross.

I remember that last time we were here in Nauvoo. It was fun. Better than this time. I'll tell more later since everyone is just getting here.

Okay, so anyway. The last time i was here, I was with David and his family before his mission. It was super fun. Him and I made out a lot unbeknownst to his family. Or maybe they weren't as clueless as I think. :) It was a fabulous trip. We grew so close on that trip. David was the first live endowment to go through the newly constructed Nauvoo temple. How cool is that? He is a legend here.

This trip has obviously been a lot less eventful. We were lucky enough to go see the Nauvoo pageant which his family was in. It was SOOO super fun to watch. Ross was so great. I don't usually get to see him that animated. Jolyne, Adam and Jacob all did really well too. I loved it. I didn't love Jackson wandering everywhere. David wasn't able to see much since he is the preferred parent for Jackson. lol. It was still okay. Oh yeah, I found it to be extra hilarious that they had every Coke product available EXCEPT for the ones with caffeine. And don't you worry, I made a special trip to the snack stand just to find that out. I know right? I'm awful.

That's really all that has happened. I spend most of the day in the hotel today sleeping and making secret trips (okay trip) to Sonic. I haven't seen one since being in AZ. Anyway, I'm much happier now that I have some sleep behind me.

I kind of wish there was a magical drug or spell I could put on myself and my spouse to make communication better. I actually wish I was Harry Potter. He can fly on a broom AND do spells. That would be the ultimate combination. Imagine cleaning your kitchen one day and then deciding to fly away just cause you could, on the broomstick in your hand! Love it. Anyway, off the topic. I basically just hope things work out. Yup. Wish us luck.

The Outsider

Monday, July 14, 2008
I read these peoples blogs and yet they don't even know me. I feel like the girl who sits on the swings and watches as everyone else plays soccer (that really happened... several times, in 5th grade). There is this whole established click within the ring of blogs that I read. I should probably branch out. It makes sense that it is that way because i found one blog, and she had links to another and so I have limited myself to that community. I am ready to step out. I am ready to move on. I'm tired of being the outsider who is not involved. It doesn't matter how many comments I leave, they won't accept me. And that's fine. I'll find those who will. Of course I am exaggerating a little bit (I do that at times), but still. It's my feelings and I'll write what I want to.

On the other hand, moving is going well. Packing I should say. Megan G. is the master. She has helped out so much. I feel like I work so hard all day and yet I don't see a lot of progress. Oh yeah, I am slightly frustrated with el hubby. I know he has been working hard but I don't see the progress. I am the type of person that has to SEE stuff done to believe it. I don't think he has packed one box. He is right in saying that I have a certain way of doing things. It's true. That doesn't mean he can't pack a box. That's also doesn't mean I won't go through it and repack it. Still... lol. I'm funny. My thinking doesn't make sense. I can blame that on the pregnancy right?

I'm going to miss the people here in PA SO much. I made this list at church as I sat in the parking lot with my sleeping chicken nugget. I listed all the things I would miss about PA. I did NOT list the people because that would take a lot more paper than I had room to write on. I am going to miss the entire church branch. They have been fabulous to our little family. They threw us a party tonight and it was great. People showed up with snacks and love and smiles. I love them. So much. I'm going to miss all the well-knowns of Lock Haven. The Bellefonte Ave walker who yelled at me for looking at her. I'm scared of her now. I shield my face whenever I see her because I don't want the wrath. I'm going to miss all of my Fairview friends. I already miss Radioman (Dave). He died and I am sad. I'm going to miss my next door neighbor Santa. She is wonderful. Who's gonna tell me to move my car so I don't get tickets? I guess I won't have to in Phoenix. I'm going to miss the old man who walks briskly up and down the street every day with his sweet demeanor and genuine smile. What about Bad and Janells crazy neighbor who honks when he sees you? And Kip. Our very own neighbor who EVERYDAY since we have been here, has had a bandana around his ankle. The one who works at a museum and has "Da Vinci Code" experiences almost every day. He hasn't been shot at though. That's what he said. Well thank goodness. I should probably go find out his real name. And Brian who works at Subway. We're friends now. What about the sisters from Leo's who are always so excited to see Jackson? They have known me through every stage of my pregnancy. Ahh.... these people are so wonderful and have contributed so much to my experiences here.

What about all my friends? I don't think I could spend enough time talking about these ones. John and Alyssa were here the exact first day we moved in. Alyssa carried all the heavy boxes for me. We sat with them and played the guitar on our empty cushined couches, ate pizza and relaxed. On moving in day. Is that possible? What a memory. They've been there for us through everything. They are the type of friends that you will know forever regardless of where you are, or how much you talk. I LOVE that so much. Aaron and Jenny. These ones make me a little emotional mostly because our recent time together has been a little non-existent. Not at the fault of anyone. Jenny has been the bestest friend anyone could ask for. She became more like a sister to me than anything. I think I spent more time with her than David sometimes :-). Abe and Janell. Ugh. They are amazing. That's all there is to say about them. They have been amazingly charitable to us. I feel like we can count on them for anything. I can't stand the thought of leaving them. I never thought it would be this hard. I have grown closer to Janell than I realized. I am going to miss walking down the street to her house just to hang out. What about the barbeques and mall trips? What about hanging out as a family? They are the best family I have ever had. I mean that too. Jackson LOVES his cousins so much (especially Avery :-)). I thought maybe I would go crazy living so close to in-laws, but I'm going to go crazy without them. For some reason, Janell gets me. I don't even have to say anything and she understands. We look like sisters and I think we actually may be. Seperated at birth? It's funny that a little over a year ago Janell and I joked about her moving here from AZ to play with the ducks in the river. Now, I'm leaving those ducks behind for her to take care of.

There are so many more people I haven't even mentioned and I love them so much. Unfortunately I am exhausted from my hard day at work, and sad from my relfections. I am however, very happy for the adventures to come.

My Cleaner

Thursday, July 10, 2008
Jackson has discovered the joy of baby wipes. I'm kind of excited about it though. I use them pretty often to wipe up silly stuff. It's so much easier to pull one out and wipe down the table, his face, or even the T.V. instead of using a washrag. I know. Judge me for polluting the environment. It's totally worth my sanity and the non-laundering of an extra item. Anyway, the reason I am excited is because he now tries to help out. He has been cleaning the T.V. all night. It's kept him busy and I am hoping it will turn into something useful. A kid who likes chores? Is it possible? He wipes the carpet, our legs, and whatever else he can. It's actually super cute.

Our life/yard sale is going well. It was only the first day today and we made some bucks. We are richies. Oh wait. Wish us luck tomorrow. I hope we don't get anymore professional yard salers. They annoy me. And talk me out of money. For example, we had this lady talk me down from a dollar to $.50. Are you kidding me? Of course I didn't say no. I didn't have the time in my head to rationalize. The thoughts of getting rid of stuff overpower my desire for money. I think I am going to change that for tomorrow. And then on Saturday I'll go back to the getting rid of stuff frame of mind. Yeah. That's what I am gonna do.

It’s Closing Time

Wednesday, July 9, 2008
David, Jackson, Baby Girl and I are moving to AZ. Yes, it's true. Isn't it always like this? It just happens. Don't worry, we are doing it in a week and a half. We decided yesterday. This is how it was with the move to PA except that we did it in two weeks. lol. This time, we are selling everything we own and are pioneering across the U.S.. THe reason being is that it would cost $1200 alone to rent a U-Haul. Then we figured an extra $1200 in gas not including gas for the car which would be about $250. If you ask me, that's a lot. So instead, David's parents have graciously offered to help us. They are in Nauvoo for the pageant and brought a trailer with them. There is limited room which is why we are only taking the necessities. At first I was freaking out but then I thought about all the fun I am going to have at Ikea. Not really. I'll probably be shopping on craigslist. Which is not sad considering there are many items in superb condition I've already looked at buying. I've also listed lots of our own stuff on Craigslist. I love it. Why do I feel like this is the most boring blog ever?
 
I've considered changing the names in my post. You know how many fellow bloggers have ficticious names for their children and spouses? Well, I thought about this last night and came up with good ones for them but, as usual, I have forgotten. Ugh. Does anyone have ideas? I think maybe I'll start from here on out as soon as I get good names for everyone.
 
If you need something for your house, let me know because we are probably getting rid of that same thing. Except that I won't give it away for free, it'll come with a price.  We've got good stuff. You can't have my recliner though. That's going.
 

Phoenix, AZ here we come. I don't know that I am excited about the heat and the traffic and being around my crazy family, but it will at least be a good experience. I'm definately excited about the opportunities there. It's amazing how a change of attitude can change a whole outlook. I'm not letting my anxiety get the best of me. Please send your positive energy our way. I'll return the favor. :-) 

Across the Country

David, Jackson, Baby Girl and I are moving to AZ. Yes, it's true. Isn't it always like this? It just happens. Don't worry, we are doing it in a week and a half. We decided yesterday. This is how it was with the move to PA except that we did it in two weeks. lol. This time, we are selling everything we own and are pioneering across the U.S.. THe reason being is that it would cost $1200 alone to rent a U-Haul. Then we figured an extra $1200 in gas not including gas for the car which would be about $250. If you ask me, that's a lot. So instead, David's parents have graciously offered to help us. They are in Nauvoo for the pageant and brought a trailer with them. There is limited room which is why we are only taking the necessities. At first I was freaking out but then I thought about all the fun I am going to have at Ikea. Not really. I'll probably be shopping on craigslist. Which is not sad considering there are many items in superb condition I've already looked at buying. I've also listed lots of our own stuff on Craigslist. I love it. Why do I feel like this is the most boring blog ever?

I've considered changing the names in my post. You know how many fellow bloggers have ficticious names for their children and spouses? Well, I thought about this last night and came up with good ones for them but, as usual, I have forgotten. Ugh. Does anyone have ideas? I think maybe I'll start from here on out as soon as I get good names for everyone.

If you need something for your house, let me know because we are probably getting rid of that same thing. Except that I won't give it away for free, it'll come with a price. We've got good stuff. You can't have my recliner though. That's going.

Phoenix, AZ here we come. I don't know that I am excited about the heat and the traffic and being around my crazy family, but it will at least be a good experience. I'm definately excited about the opportunities there. It's amazing how a change of attitude can change a whole outlook. I'm not letting my anxiety get the best of me. Please send your positive energy our way. I'll return the favor. :-)

The Quatro

Friday, July 4, 2008
I remember spending the fourth with all my family. Back in the days when we lived in Utah, it was a big deal. Probably one of my favorite holidays (back then). It began early with hotcakes (or an egg McMuffin if you were my sister or mom) from McDonalds. Then it was on to the spot on the corner. The one in front of the funeral home. It was there that we waited for the parade to begin, but not before playing tag in the yard of the funeral home. I remember feeling a little creeped out by the fact that dead people's spirits could be haunting us as we played. I loved those times. The parade was always exciting but it was the stuff leading up to it that was more fun. The Utah family was/is so good about doing things together. There were always get-togethers for special events. My favorites were the ones where we met for potlucks at the park. I'm pretty sure there didn't have to be something special for those. Maybe I just remember wrong. I loved the park with the yellow merry-go-round. They got rid of it eventually. Probably some lawsuit or something. Anyway, after the parade in the morning, we had to wait it out until the night time for fireworks. I don't actually remember a lot about that part, but I'm sure it was good.

Those feelings came back to me for a little while today as I watched fireworks with Abe and Janell and the kids and Janell's parents. There was generations of people there. Not as in a lot of people, but there were the grandparents, their children, and then their children's children. And us, the aunt and uncle. It hasn't really been that way since I can remember. Just the feeling of togetherness and stuff. I can't really explain it well but it was a good feeling. I liked feeling the belonging.

Happy Fourth to everyone everywhere even though it's 15 minutes until it's over.

P.S. We were at one of the "best shows in the nation". The display of fireworks at Penn State is apparently one of the bestest. Everyone should move here.

Now AND Laters

Thursday, July 3, 2008
I love that candy. Which friend of mine calls them Now Or Laters. It's Jaime I think .Funny girl. Anyway, I'm kind of upset because I spent all this time on my blog and I couldn't even get it to be what I wanted. How annoying right? Yes. I spent several hours tweaking the header and it just wouldn't work. And now I am in a bad mood.

I was a good mother and took Jackson to the park today. We only lasted about 10 minutes because it started to rain. However, it was still a good time. The stinkin grocery stores were full of people today. I drove all around town to find an empty one and had no such luck. Everyone in the world is a procrastinator. The 4th is tomorrow so everyone is going the day before to get their buns. and hot gods. I can't spell that word. Hot dotgs. Hot dogs. Why won't my fingers find the correct letters? I don't know. Now I'm starting to feel crazy because I keep messing up a lot. I should stop focusing on my typing.

It upsets me a lot that I write super good blogs in my head at night. I should just get up and write them then and there. Usually, my husband is playing with his sexy companion. That's what I call his minion or whatever from World of Warcraft. She is this skinny, half dressed elf or something that follows him around (in the game, not in real life), and stuns the guys with her beauty. Fabulous huh?

Anyway, I go now. I'm going to work on my blog somemore. New word. Somemore. I want S'mores.