Proud big sis

She made it!!! My little sister Jenni and her bestie Kaity Read tried out for cheer at the new Desert Hills Highschool.... and made it! I'm so proud of them! I simply couldn't leave Kaity out, she has been like another little sister to me since I can remember. These girls have always loved cheer, some of you may remember them from the cheer clinics they attended year after year. Jenni has been on allstars for quite a while and has gotten really good. She's so cute! What can I say? I'm just a proud big(well older) sister. Go Thunder!

They're such nerds!


Not as easy as you might think

One word. First word that comes to mind. No explaining.

1. Where is your cell phone? lap
2. Your hair? messy
3. Work? plethora
4. Your father? difficult
5. Your favorite thing? bed
6. Your dream last night? nonexistant
7. Your favorite drink? changes
8. Your dream car? Range
9. The room you're in? Large
10. Your fears? many
11. What do you want to be in 10 years? happy
12. Who did you hang out with last night? hobbes
13. What you're not good at? alot
14. Muffin? banana
15. One of your wish list items? $$$$
16. Where you grew up? scattered
17. Last thing you did? type
18. What are you wearing? jeans
19. What aren't you wearing? skirt
20. Your pet? hobbers
21. Your computer? Fabulous
22. Your life? crazy
23. Your mood? anxious
24. Missing? Family
25. What are you thinking about right now? taxes
26. Your car/truck? dirty
27. Your summer? fun
28. Your relationship status? married
29. Your favorite color? changes
30. When is the last time you really laughed with meaning? earlier
31. Last time you cried? jon
32. School? lame
33. Least favorite weather? cold
34. Soup? any
35. Movie? please

Anyone else feel up to the task?

Pineapple and Oranges.... did NOT throw up. Need to remember those. First things i've been able to keep down thus far.
Jenn tries out for cheer today @ 4!! SO SO SO excited for her, hopefully she'll make it. She's been on allstars a total of 4 years! Highschool will be so fun for her. She's awesome, I wish I was there. But NO Kendra had to have her baby shower tomorrow. WTF?!?!?! Ruin tryouts and easter. Stuck here in Salt Lake, so not happy.


Thought this was interesting...


I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.


Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor.

An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS.

Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends.

I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import Middle Eastern oil.

Companies that import Middle Eastern oil:

Shell........................... 205,742,000 barrels

Chevron/Texaco......... 144,332,000 barrels

Exxon /Mobil............... 130,082,000 barrels

Marathon/Speedway... 117,740,000 barrels

Amoco............................62,231,000 barrels

Citgo gas is from South America, from a Dictator who hates Americans. If you do the math at $30/barrel, these exports amount to over $18 BILLION! (Oil is now $90 - $100 a barrel. Don’t buy from CITGO).

Companies that DO NOT import Middle Eastern oil:

Sunoco..................0 barrels

Conoco.. ................0 barrels

Sinclair.................0 barrels

B P/Phillips............0 barrels

Hess.......................0 barrels

ARC0....................0 barrels

If you go to Sunoco.com, you will get a list of the station locations near you.

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.


My Pregnancy Quest

I have found the best website for preggie gals!
Call me vain, superficial, whatev but I refuse to gain un-necessary weight with this pregnancy! Unlike others I cannot just drop weight by thinking about it, it takes work. Good thing i've always enjoyed being active and working out. Although I will never be one of those die hard mommy's who run marathon's @ 7 months knocked up! While google-ing random things about pregnancy health and exercise I ran across THIS BLOG. It's Kim(Telford)Guyton's pregnancy quest/journal. Does anyone remember her from highschool? Her blog sent me to the babyfit website and I am newly inspired. I feel like the biggest complainer lately. I have been so sick and all I do is throwup and sleep. I'm sick of this lifestyle, it's so not me! Anyway enough ranting for now. Just thought I would share some newfound knowledge with ya!



Sorry, this pic isn't that great. I took it after the tests had been sitting there for a couple days. I was going to wait to post this for awhile, but word got out (jon is so excited he cannot keep his mouth shut) and I was afraid of running into someone and having them think that I am either

a. terminally ill


b. bulimic

It's official, I am pregnant. We were NOT trying and so I freaked at first! Condoms do NOT work (please heed the warning on the back of the box, you too could be one of the very small percentage) I swear it's like Friends when Ross knocks Rachel up. I feel bad saying that because I know there are people out there who try and try. I guess this was our time though, and we're SO EXCITED!! We found out last week and I am almost 2 months! So weird still. Our estimated due date is Nov. 6th! Another thing we kinda freaked about, from the last week in October to the first week in December we have 6 birthdays in our families, including mine and Jon's! Then Christmas... oh we're gonna be broke joke's!

Morning sickness has started with a vengeance! Ooooh, it's no good. I'm so sick all the time. I can't eat, and when I do it doesn't stay down. Kendra was the same way. Thanks to Nichole for all the helpful advise on what foods help and what not. She's been a BIG help, along with Rachael. I feel like I have the stomach flu all the time but the books say that's good because it means your body is accepting the baby. Other than that i've been feeling pretty normal, the bathroom and I have become best friends between throwing up and I pee like every 5 seconds! We'll be excited no matter what it is, however Jon is already praying for a boy (literally every night).

Any advice is freely welcomed (please), this is the first time I have ever been preggers so I still feel so lost, despite all the books/info from the internet I read. My first doctor's appointment isn't until April 21st!! I'll be 13 weeks. However the ob/gyn (she is my mother and sisters in law dr.) wasn't accepting new patients. Thanks to who I know I got in though. I am on a cancellation list though, so hopefully i'll get in sooner so she can prescribe something for this sickness!


Since I love my little black (not really) friend

Thanks Karamea... I think she is the only one who ever "tags" me.

Five things on my to do list:
1- Take Jordi to the airport tonight. She's going to Disneyland/Palm Springs for a week! (So not fair)
2- Hair Appt. tomorrow (so excited to see Nichole_
3- Wendover this weekend (oh yeah, we're so crazy!)
4- Help Macy pick out paint for her new pad
5- Talk to the bishop about releasing me from being the Primary Secretary! Is it SO bad that I hate it?? I have NO idea what I am doing (hello, I was never even in Primary before this calling, AND it's my first church calling). Plus the rest of the presidency is like 20+ years older than me and have been doing this for years.

Five places I have lived:
1- Sacramento/Fair Oaks, California (back in the days my parents would grow marijuana and have me water it. I was only a child, I didn't know what it was!)
2- Bloomington, Utah. Forever!
3- Fresno/Folsom/Rocklin, California.
4- Back to STG, UT - living alone at my dad's until Kendra and JJ moved in with their twacked out friends with a baby and a pitbull! Hell no! So I moved in with mom and Jenni and Mo until...
5- The North Pole, SLC, UT. Since 2006. I can't beleive it's been that long.

Five jobs I have had:(mind you this isn't even half of them!)
1- The SHAC/City Pool
2- Chili's
3- St.George Day Spa
4- Contempo Tile
5- Christian Roberts Mortgage

Five favorite snacks:
1- Grapes, especially frozen during the summer.
2- Pineapple
3- Jamba Juice ALL fruit smoothies. Ok pretty much ANY fruit! I just love it!
4- Almond m&m's (for sure Karamea)
5- chips & salsa

Five things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1- TRAVEL!!!!! Everywhere, anywhere!
2- Buy a house, or two, or three. You know different locals
3- Pay off debt/loans.
4- Donate, donate, donate. Especially to the humane society.
5- A new car for me and everyone I know. Because who doesn't want a new car?

Five things I miss:
1- Living in STG, weird huh?
2- My dad, he lives in Oklahoma now.
3- My mom and sisters, I really wish they were closer.
4- Friends all over the place

So I tag, Camille, Tara and Jin-Hee!