Another home owner mishap ...

Remember how I spilled paint onto my carpet after owning my home for only 30 minutes? Yeah, that was fun.

Two nights later, we had another mishap.

When my grandfather passed away two years ago, I was gifted the most adorable bedroom set. Vintage and my grandmother inherited it from her aunt, so it is easily 100+ years old.  Unfortunately, the bed didn't take the move very well.

During my second sleep in the new home, I was awakened to falling off my bed. The head board leg gave way and the side board fell apart. :( While I practically fell off my bed. Practically.

I contacted several woodsworkman {this is sooo a word, trust me} and they might be able to fix it. Sigh. But so far, no definitive. Sooooo. I bought a new bedroom set.

But in the mean time, my room is a disaster and I am sleeping on a mattress and box springs on the floor. THEN I can show you my bedroom. Wait. Strike that out. As soon as I get the new bedroom set and get rid of those hideous green walls, THEN I can show you my bedroom. BUT!!! Again, this is all better than spilling paint onto the carpet of the living room floor of a home you've only owned for 30 minutes. ;)

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Sneak Peak! | Living Room

Guys, I have remembered to take out the garbage can to the side of the road three Tuesdays out of three. This is to say, although I spilled paint on my carpet within 30 minutes of owning my new home, I am still an awesome home owner!

Things are sllloooowly coming together in the house. So slowly that the living room is the only room in the entire house that is put together. :)

Technically, the little end table by the couch still needs to be painted white and will be gone for about two weeks to the furniture hospital for cosmetic surgery. That's the same problem with the kitchen. The bar stools, dining table and chairs need a little face lift too {some sanding and painting}. But I will take what I can get for now! Place a little check mark next to the living room and on to the kitchen! :)

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Remember that one time that I BOUGHT MY FIRST HOUSE?

Oh, you probably don't because I never told you about it. Because I didn't have internet at my apartment for the last month and to my knowledge, I still don't have it at MY.HOUSE.


I am a legit, bonefide HOME.OWNER.

And if you can keep this between you and me, I am going to tell you a little secret ... I am the WORST HOME OWNER EVER.

"Why?" you might ask.

Well, I will tell you.

It might just be that within the first 30 minutes of being a home owner, I spilled PAINT on my carpet! This may or may not be true, based on whether you can keep it a secret.

But what the heck? It is true.

No worries, though! My devoted sister was with me when I did it. And not only is she devoted to me, but she is devoted to clean homes and paint-free carpet. While I had to dash off to a meeting for work, she sat on the floor of my brand new home and dabbed the carpet over and over and over again until paint no longer dabbed onto the towel.

So, this post is either about the fact that I am the worst home owner ever or my sister is the best sister ever.  And with that, I am off. Fingers crossed to internet soon! :)

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Criminal Minds Style Torture

Hello, world.

It's been a minute since I have posted, hasn't it? Let's blame that on: going to Disneyland, getting really sick, working like crazy, buying a house* and being tortured, like Criminal Minds style torture. No lie.

When my severe autoimmune symptoms returned, I had doctor visit after doctor visit and test after test. This is nothing new. Except one of the tests was new. And, my, oh my!!

It's called a nerve conduction study. And what it entails ... is being electrocuted {yes, electrocuted} and having a needle being inserted up and down my arm and neck {yes, needle pokes not just in my arm, but MY NECK}.

I am pretty confident this has to be an episode of Criminal Minds. If not, I am highly considering writing it in as a suggestion.

And just for YOUR viewing pleasure, here are some photos of the grand experience. :)

The good news is, I don't have Multiple Sclerosis or any nerve damage. But the bad new is, they still have no idea what is wrong with me.

And with that, I am off. But I shall TRULY try to write more frequently. And I think I will have more to write about very shortly because ... * YES, I SAID I BOUGHT A HOUSE.

But for now, peace out, peeps! :)
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101 Most Shocking Moments of 2015

Well, 365 days have finally come and gone and it is that time again!

As always, remember these tidbits about the list:

A. For anonymity purposes I sometimes refer to a person simply as he or she. Thus, not all the he's or she's are the same person. As well as, some things are very, very vague. 

B. I tried to put each moment in its proper order, with the absolute most shocking moment as number one and so on ... But it gets really complicated ... and boring. So, top 10 are typically concrete, but I make no promises. The further back it goes, the less in order they are. 

C. I had a really difficult time not putting exclamation points at the end of all of these. :) Shocking moments deserve exclamation points, however, over-used exclamation points defeat the purpose of an exclamation point in the first place. :)

D. You should see how many YOU are in or apply to you and let me know!

And now, without further adieu ...
101. Elizabeth Smart had a baby and the media didn't find out about it until three months later.

99. Utah State's football arena, Romney Stadium, was renamed Maverick Stadium.

96. Elder Perry passed away one day after we were told he had terminal cancer. 

95. I realized that we, as a nation, missed out on the celebrity name, HillBilly, for Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

94. The Wichita State mascot. Ironically, it is called the "Shocker". 

93. Unemployment made me pay them back because of THEIR mistake.

92. Unemployment accused me of frauding them (I did not!!!). 

91. How small my tax return was. :(

90. That Chevy didn't think their new model of the Suburban looked exactly like a hearse

88. Exploding Head Syndrome. It's a thing. And I have it. :(

87. How ridiculous that behavior plan was. 

86. How many people think "I's" is a word. 

85. President Monson's health. 

84. People think Bill Cosby is innocent.

83. Bruce Jenner, one of the manliest men to ever live, became Caitlyn. 

81. I saw Star Wars and I liked it. 

80. How many days Star Wars was trending on Twitter

79. How Disneyland turned Tomorrow Land into a Star Wars themed land. 

78. I started watching Dancing with the Stars.

77. I was kind of obsessed with Dancing with the Stars. #teamcrikey

76. The black/blue white/gold dress debacle. 

75. The Amber Alert went off in my car - while the radio was OFF.

74. I reposted a Minion meme on Facebook. Ha.

73. The mouse that crawled out of a garbage can in a classroom at one of the local schools. 

72. My car was towed in from a spot that absolutely had no signs indicating I could not park there.

71. Mama's surgery

70. I left my key in my car, in the ignition, with the car running while at a restaurant for the entire dinner.

68. Mom thought Sebastian was a killer cat. 

67. The Q-Fever scare of 2015. :)

66. How easy it was to find a bridesmaid dress for Claire's wedding. 

65. Taco cat spelled backwards is taco cat.

64. His actions. 

63. The text rampage. 

62. I saw a headstone (in person) that has a woman in a bikini on it. She is deceased, her husband is still alive. That is how he chose to memorialize his wife. Ha. 

61. I was actually touched by Kobe Bryant's retirement letter. 

60. The first quart of the Las Vegas Bowl 

59. The first time I "favorited" something on Twitter and the heart did a color burst!! LOVE IT. 

58. How much I love BB8.

57. Twitter still doesn't have an edit button. 

56. Alex Boye didn't win America's Got Talent. 

55. The Mantua police department saved a woman from drowning in the lake - which means they did something other than give a speeding ticket. 

54. How many people on Facebook fall for ANY "repost this" post. 

53. I ordered a t-shirt in July and as of 1-17-16 I still haven't received it. 

52. After probably 10 years, I ran into my dear, dear high school cross country coach. 

50. How I cannot handle the relationships between Riley, Lucas and Maya on Girl Meets World. I NEED Riley and Lucas to be a couple one day. NEED. 

49. She confided in him over her.

48. My nephews and I named the new high school in Cache Valley and chose the school colors. 

47. Utah State beat Boise 52-26. The last time Boise had 50+ points scored on them was in 1998. 

46. David Collette quit two days prior to the USU basketball season starting.

45. How dramatic he is. 

44. I missed the Boise State vs. Utah State football game. 

43. When a post about being kind went viral on FB, I got hate email from stranger. Ironic, no? :)

42. The crazy lady in St. George. 

41. How horrific the movie Lone Survivor is, and I saw the edited version even.

40. My computer just shut off and I couldn't turn it back on. I started crying because I missed Steve and I knew he could have fixed it. I say out loud, "Steve, I don't know how to fix this without you!" And suddenly the computer turned back on and works just fine.

37. Stew actually followed through with it. 

36. Girl Meets World had an episode about believing in God.

35. The time autocorrect changed, "I want to see your response!" to "I want to see your rectum." Nice.

32. He just didn't show up to work. 

30. Utah State basketball played a pre-season game against Duke.

29. Steve's neighbor, also named Steve, passed away 42 weeks to the day that our Steve passed away. :(

27. Donald Trump was is leading the Republican polls?????

26. Kylee's four-wheeler accident. 

25. Gasoline prices were $2.00.

24. Gasoline prices went as low as $1.69.

23. The amazing birthday party the boy threw for me.

20. My septum was deteriorating.

19. He just couldn't forgive me. 

18. She refused to report unethical and illegal conduct. 

17. My severe autoimmune disorder symptoms came back. :(

16. My septum is now made out of my ear {gag}.

14. How so many people don't care and/or justify what Planned Parenthood does. 

13. Waking up to glass shattering in the middle of the night and thinking someone is breaking into your home.

12. The day I couldn't recognize Claire at the gym. Hahaha. 

11. Their blatant lies. 

9. They were early to an event.  

7. The letter we received that Steve didn't exist. 

5. Steve never lived in 2015. 

4.. Steve's 39th birthday was celebrated without him here. 

3. He lost hope. 

2. He chose her over another her.

1. He said goodbye.


2015 Blog Review

As the year comes to an end, I thought it would be fun to provide a year in review of the blog to point out some of the blog highlights from the last year. First and foremost, I wrote 41 posts this year, the lowest production of posts from me ever. I intetionally only wrote once a week my first year of blogging and still wrote nine more posts that this year. Yikes. :)


- I did my annual 101 Most Shocking Moments of 2014 list. This always seems to be a crowd pleaser.

- I hosted a Black & White party, which caused mucho mas controvery. So much so, that I had to have a follow up post to clarify.


-  I wrote about my NEW CAR! While I am thrilled to have my new car, it was a bit of a bummer because I wasn't planning on getting one. Ha.

- I also shared a little bit about why it has been so hard to write.


- March marked the one year anniversary since I was first diagnosed with autoimmune failure. I gave a quick look at what autoimmune failure has looked like for the first year I have had it.

- I also wrote about a commical experience in fourth-grade when a classmate bit herself and blamed it on me and how I had to set her and the principal straight. ;)


- While late to the game, I finally posted about what it is really like to be a Mormon woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After some controversy in the media regarding Mormon women in the past couple of years, I wanted everyone to know the truth from my three plus decades of experience.

- After 17 years of being the head basketball coach at Utah State University, Stew Morrill retired and I wrote him an open letter of what his time at USU meant to me.

- I shared some insight on what grief looks like six months later.


- I received a horrific Facebook message judging my grief and my relationship with my beloved, deceased brother-in-law, Steve. I had a message for that stranger. And I wrote about it on my blog.

- I wanted to post about the unbelievable detrioation of my nose, but it was over shadowed by my gall-bladder.


- "You're too young to have a colonoscopy!" THANKS, I THOUGHT SO TOO. But, I thought wrong. But, hey! I don't have cancer!

- You finally got to hear about the detrioation of my septum. ;) You lucky son of a gun! ;)


-  I literally wrote twice. Once about throwing a frisbee {no lie!} and a second time about an empty seat in our family.


- August brought my MOST POPULAR BLOG POST EVER ... You can read it here. :)


- After a gruesome recovery from my nose surgery and the year anniversary of Steve's death, September saw one single blog post. It was about my new job and a fun new nickname. ;)


- I wished you a very frightening Happy Halloween. ;)

- I tried to convey why I have continued to struggle to try and write.


- I wrote probably one of my most well-received blog posts of all time, talking about one of my greatest heartaches, outside of our loss of Steve.

- The first Thornley wedding in 18 years!!!!!!! And then a few more of these !!!!!!!!!!!


- More work shenanigans.

- And the severe autoimmune pain has returned after a 19-month hiatus. :(

Please share one or two of YOUR most memorable posts of 2015 and I will find my way over to your blog to check it out! :)

I got this idea from the wonderful Aubrey Zaruba, but missed out on their link up, so I am over here on my own, as if I had the cheese touch. ;)


Guess who's back. Back again.

That title is totes to that Eminem song. You know the one, right? I went to go search the title of it, certain it was "Guess Who's Back", "Guess Who's Back, Back Again" or at least, "Shady's Back". However, it must be said, if you thought the same as me, you'd be entirely wrong. Apparently it is called. "Without Me."


This post isn't about Slim Shady nor Eminem.

It's about autoimmune failure {isn't always though??}.

While I have had crazy symptoms from the onset in March 2014, I have never had the return of the March 2014 symptoms. Ya know, the severe, excruciating pain in my body? Well, it's back. Back again. But don't worry, you don't need to tell a friend.

Fortunately, it's only in my right arm this time around {opposed to my entire body}. Unfortunately, it decided to make its grand appearance at Disneyland {Oh hey! I just went to Disneyland!} and continue during my Christmas break. Apparently my two surgeries during my summer break wasn't enough medical fun during my time off from work. :)

Here are my biggest gripes {besides the pain and the fact that no medical professional has an idea what is going on with me}in order of difficulty:

1. Drying off after a shower. Have you ever tried to dry off with one arm? I dare you to try it. Really. Let me know how it goes.

2. I can't seem to dress myself. Don't worry, Weedus {my roommate} has been a champ in helping me.

3. Pants. I have sworn off all pants except leggings through Christmas break. Please don't judge me. Just know it hurts too much to tuck my underclothing in and pull up the pantelones {that's Spanish for pants, I apologize for getting all bilingual on you}.

So, that's how my life is shaping up lately. How about yours??? :)

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