Ringing out the New Year!

“They come on you fast, and they leave you fast!” (Captain Ron’s description of a white squall), and also a great description of a one full year. This year seemed to go at a lighting speed. It truly seemed that not that long ago I was sitting at the Zermatt ringing in the new year with “Salisbury Echo”, a rockin’ yodeling/alpine horn group. It also seemed weird to jump on the Wii Fit and have it say “Wow its been a year!” I started my weight loss as a New Years Resolution on January 1st 2009. I met it rather quickly by July. I was down from 218.9lbs to 180lbs. Then I managed to keep off the weight and even get a little lower to 178.5lbs. THEN the Swine Flu struck…. I dropped to 170lbs. During that time of the Swine, I had my first fast food and pop in almost 9 months. It sorta went bad from there. Eating the bad food made me more hungry and it kinda snowballs. I didn’t really gain all that much but did go back up to 186 at one point. I had it set in my mind that once I got to Utah I would be able to work out all the time and eat really healthy. It didn’t really start off good. I did start to eat bad again and more than I should. BUT I joined Golds Gym and have been working out 3-4 times a week and eating healthier. I weighed in today and I am at 177lbs. So I am happy with that. I also started the P90X workout program. It is a weight training system that lasts for 90 days. The results seem to be pretty phenomenal and I can tell its working because yesterday was my first day, and I am super sore. There is a 18 minute video called Ab Ripper that seriously kicks your butt. Because I am happy with my weight my New Year resolution for this year is to lower my BMI by gaining muscle and even gaining more weight back in muscle. I am thinking a BMI of maybe 15-20% and a gain of 10-15lbs of muscle.

Things to Come in 2010:

Audition for Tuachan
Audition for Utah Shakespearean Festival-Sending in my Resume today.
Job
Gym 4-5 times a Week
Healthy Diet
Fun

Sunny with a chance of Sun

Well guess what? It is ALMOST Christmas! Isn’t that kinda insane? I mean it almost seems like this year just began. I am so happy to be down in Southern Utah during the Holidays though. This place seems to be abundant with; Family, Sun, and some more Sun!
That is one thing about Coeur D’ Alene, there is NO sun during the fall/winter season. The clouds come in and settle in for a nice stay. Then on top of that, the area experiences an inversion from the lakes. Snow piles up and a winter wonderland is created, and you can enjoy it (and handle it) until New Years, then you pray for it to melt. Everyone walks around doing a Sun Dance, a variation of a Rain Dance. Although, there are the weirdos that seem to enjoy the long months of snow. Diamond Valley got a big snow storm recently and a good 4 inches of snow blanketed the ground for up to a week. Then like a heaven sent miracle… the clouds parted and the sun emerged with glorious rays that seemed to penetrate the snow with incredible force. Soon the snow was gone… and the temps started hitting the mid 50’s… and life was wonderful. It looks like it is going to be a Yellow Christmas this year (and I don’t mean yellow snow) I am talking 100% genuine, luxurious, glorious, heart-warming, healthy, fantastic, SUN!

"When You Give a Moose a Muffin!"

My Mom and I tended Ty and Sloan’s kids last night, and this morning my Mom had a cool breakfast planned. She had bought the book, “When You Give a Moose a Muffin” and decided to make the boys muffins and then read the book to them. She also got them some “Moose” antlers. Needless to say the boys LOVED it. The story is pretty funny. I remember reading it in Elementary School. The moral of the story is “If you give a moose a muffin, he’ll just want more!”. Although if you ask Boden he will say, “If you give a moose a muffin, he will throw up!”




Whistlin” Dixie!

Well it has now been a couple weeks since I moved down to St. George! So far it has been GREAT! I am loving seeing the sun almost every single day. A rarity in North Idaho during the fall and winter months. I was supposed to transfer from my TJ Maxx store down to the one in St. George. Although, it appears that I am not wanted here. Every time I call or go in to speak with a manager they make up excuses and promise to call me back…. and never do. So I have started applying to different places and began a job hunt. I think its best to start doing something different for awhile. I had been at TJ’s for a year and a half. I am living with Ty and Sloan, who graciously let me have one of their bedrooms in their new home. I love them mucho for that. It really is cool living in the same house as my Brother, Sister, Sister-in-Law, Nephews, and Niece. Its like having the advantages of being a Mexican family… without really being Mexican. I of course am joking!! HA! Tasha, Ty, and I were talking and it occurred to us that we would have never imagined that we would all be living in the same house in Diamond Valley again. It really is neat. That is the best thing about living down here. Family is always near by… and not 1500 miles away. Just the other day I got to go with Ty’s family up to Pine Valley to get a Christmas Tree. It was a blast. It was a quick drive from Ty’s house and then we were there. We went onto a couple of dirt roads and tried to keep an eye out for that perfect tree. Except when you live in Southern Utah juniper trees pop up everywhere. It was funny to listen to Ty and Sloan’s conversation:

Sloan: “These aren’t Christmas trees”

Ty: “What? Yeah they are. Look there are pine trees everywhere!”

Sloan: ” Those aren’t Christmas Trees…. those are Junipers”

Ty: “Pfft. Look at em’!”

Sloan: “They are not. Those are half and half. Half Juniper half Christmas Tree”

We eventually stopped and set out to search for the tree. We finally found one. Now the Christmas Tree/Juniper Tree sits proudly in their living room. Sloan was awesome and thought to bring a big thermos of Hot Chocolate to warm us as we drove home. Good Thinking if you ask me!! Mmmm Mmmmm Good!

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