Tuesday, April 22, 2008

happy earth day!

just a small reminder to myself & others that we can make a difference in this world by doing small & simple things. now, i'm not the best at this, at all. and though i like to blame some of that on the fact that i live in a city that does not promote or encourage recycling in the simplest of ways, i could still do more.

so, here's a few things i'm trying to do to make the world a better place (as cheesy as that sounds):

  • you know all of those plastic bags from grocery shopping that pile up because you don't want to throw them out & think you'll use all of them one day but you don't so you end up just throwing most of them away? macey's has a place to bring all of those unwanted bags in their stores so that they can be recycled. how great is that? no more plastic bags roaming your kitchen and all of that plastic waste gets reduced & recycled.
  • we have a paper recycle bin at work, and sometimes, i'm too lazy to get up and actually take the paper at my desk the whole 20 feet over to the blue bin; thus, the recyclable paper gets trashed under my desk. i'm going to try better (even still with the broken foot) to get up & discard of all the paper i use in this office the best way. i know on campus & i'm sure in other offices they have similar recycled papers bins. take note of them & resolve to use them.
  • i found this website in real simple (i love this magazine!) (and also don't typically get rid of them because of how much i love them, but i resolve now to make sure i recycle them when i do) called catalog choice. remember the time when you bought your dad that really awesome monogrammed brander for his steaks from williams-sonoma for christmas a couple of years ago & how now you get their catalogs in the mail (including ones from their sister-companies) & it's really annoying because you don't want to order anything from an expensive kitchen catalog & it's nice to look at but then it goes directly into the trash? well, sign up for free at catalog choice, and you can elect to stop receiving all those annoying catalogs. catalog choice will contact the seller & request for them to stop sending you their catalogs. how great is that?! now you won't receive annoying catalogs from places you've never heard of but somehow got your information & (best of all) it cuts down on waste. simple. and real.

just a few things i know i can do and everyone can do, really. (yes, that wasn't a complete sentence. and i don't care. and yes i didn't use much punctuation in my bullets & had run-on sentences. and i still don't care.) celebrate the beautiful earth we have today & everyday. take a walk, climb a tree, or whatever suits your fancy. me? well, i'm still broken...but i'll do my best to do something that i can do.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

on this episode of "as nama gimps"...

diagnosis: bone contusion on the head of my 4th metatarsal.

prognosis: a couple of more weeks on crutches, physical therapy, & up to two more months for complete healing.

plus side: my arms look well-toned & hot, & work. comp. gets to pay for all of my treatment.

down side: my life is still in reduction mode.

one more plus side: despite the life reduction, i get to go to the symphony tonight. woot.

Monday, April 14, 2008

life reduction

well, seeing as my life has been reduced to sitting with my foot elevated & iced trying all sorts of things to keep myself entertained, i decided to finally give in to rachel's tag. because, what else would i do? i apologize that my life isn't the least bit exciting right now, and i have a feeling that some answers will be repeated, especially as related to my foot. sorry.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? brittani
2. What were you doing at 0800? processing applications & plans at work. with my foot elevated on my computer tower underneath my desk with a zip-lock bag of ice resting comfortably on it.
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? reading the news on cnn.com
4. What happened to you in 2006? i graduated from college with my bachelor's, went through the temple, got my first real job, and did not die.
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? "it makes me want to go outside & frolic, but...i can't."
6. How many beverages did you have today? um, just water. 2 bottles so far.
7. What color is your hairbrush? my flat one is blue/green-ish, and my round brush is metallicy silver.
8. What was the last thing you paid for? fried ice cream from los hermanos. yum!
9. Where were you last night? at home, foot elevated & iced.
10. What color is your front door? white.
11. Where do you keep your change? in my bright pink change purse. or at the bottom of my bright yellow purse.
12. What’s the weather like today? so beautiful! how i wish i wasn't gimpy right now. :(
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? either chocolate chip cookie dough or mint chocolate chip.
14. What excites you? odd subjects, such as human anatomy & physiology, primates, random science articles, papua new guinea, italy, ancient history & mythology, a good book, tropical skittles, utah spring & summer, shoes, the mandolin, great music, and dr. pepper.
15. Do you want to cut your hair? not right now. give me about a month a half, and my answer will be yes.
16. Are you over the age of 25? not over or under.
17. Do you talk a lot? sometimes. depends on who it's to. i do talk a lot to myself, though. all the time.
18. Do you watch the O.C.? nope. i watched part of one episode once years ago with a guy who was hooked on it, and he tried explaining to me who was who, who was backstabbing who, who was cheating on who, etc.
19. Do you know anyone named Steven? yes. but it's spelled with a 'ph' and an 'a.'
20. Do you make up your own words? i enjoy putting -ish or -ness or various other suffixes onto words to create "new" words.
21. Are you a jealous person? i try not to, but i can be. if everyone around me would stop living amazing lives, maybe it wouldn't be an issue. selfish!
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. ann-maire
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter 'K'. kat
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? brittani
25. What does the last text message you received say? "Congratulations. Hope it goes well."
26. Do you chew on your straw? i don't think i do. and no straws are here to testify. so, no. i don't.
27. Do you have curly hair? no. wavy.
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? home. to sit with my foot elevated & iced.
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? your mom
30. What was the last thing you ate? a handful of regular skittles
31. Will you get married in the future? i hope so...i better.
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? "dan in real life," a movie advertised all wrong. it had hilarious one-liners, both enduring & amusing characters, and made you cry a little bit. beautiful.
33. Is there anyone you like right now? perhaps.
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? saturday.
35. Are you currently depressed? well, maybe a little bit. since my life activities consist of sitting around with my foot elevated & iced. no, not depressed. bored, that's what i am.
36. Did you cry today? not yet.
37. Why did you answer and post this? i think i've made that clear.
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey. look, if you want to do this, do it. i won't make you.

Monday, April 07, 2008

in need of inspiration

"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future - to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities.

"God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe."

(Jeffrey R. Holland, "Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast," CES Fireside, Sept. 12, 2004, 2-3)

found it.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

april, you fool!

i'm back at work today, and i realized soon after i sat down at my desk ready to catch up on all the work piled all around me that it is april.

really? huh.

and, of course, in my office, despair.com brings new life to every month. or new death, depending on my mood. and with everything that's been going on with my foot, i just had to laugh at april's demotivator: it is so bad. and long. and i do not want to climb up that mountain. dang. where's my walking stick?!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

i'm sick and tired of being sick and tired

i'm sitting at home, my foot elevated and iced, and now with a possible infection forming somewhere in my throat/ear...since when did turning 25 mean that i really am old? i mean, sure, i'm "old" by some social standards, but shoot! 25?! this should be the prime of my life, and i should be out and about in the world, making a living, enjoying life...instead, i'm sickly, possibly broken, and probably infected...gah!

just wake me up when all of this is over. when i can drive again, do normal things like grocery shop and go to the movies, and, in general, do more than just sit here, foot elevated and iced, feeling tired, bored and lonely.

oh, and just to further complicate things, my foot may be broken, says a former-physical-therapist-current-EMT who was working on my foot last night. great. just great.