Friday, February 24, 2017

Food 4 Thought Friday

A little feast without the calories!! 

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Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:
Breakfast ~ Did your week go as planned? 
The first part of the week did go as expected, but the last half of the week just seemed to fall apart.

Lunch ~ What happened this week that was unexpected?
Austin Taylor was killed when his car hit ice and he collided with a semi.  I know Austin’s family very well and this news was devastating.  My heart hurts so much for his cute wife, Marissa, and their 2 ½ little girls.

Dinner ~  What is your go to meal when company is over or when you have to take a meal to someone?
Since I rarely cook, this is a hard question.  When company comes we often order pizza, or if I’m lucky and if the company is my friend, Cyn, or my son-in-law, Zane, they cook for us!  For New Year’s Cyn made us chimichangas that were AWESOME!  For the same reason, I rarely take meals to anyone.

Midnight Snack ~ What are you doing this weekend? 
Spending time with Kim (I can’t seem to get enough of that lately), paying bills, and finishing taxes.

Recipe for the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for the week?)

I’m struggling bad again with the winter blues, so I love this quote:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Week in Review 2/19/17

Friday - Clinicals
Saturday - Kim and Shandra D oug & Lori - I worked at home, Bad emotional day.  Didn't leave the house.
Sunday Sick

Friday, February 17, 2017

Food 4 Thought Friday

A little feast without the calories!! 

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Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:

Breakfast ~ Do you like to use (and receive) gift cards?   

Yes I do, it always feels like I have some “free” money.  However, I don’t like it much when I end up with cards that have just a little money on them. I end up carrying them around for ages and forget to use them.

Lunch ~ What is something you learned this week?

As a teacher I find that I am always learning something – usually it is due to a question that a student asks that I can’t answer!  I can’t think of anything specific that I learned this week.

Dinner ~  What is something most people know you hate?
Driving in the snow and bad weather.  I could handle winter if I never had to leave my house, but every time I get in the car I panic!
Midnight Snack ~ What is something most people know you love? 

Chocolate and Dr. Pepper.  I actually gave up Dr. Pepper for six whole months!  But I caved when my winter blues hit.  

Recipe for the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for the week?)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week in Review 2/12/17 - 35th Anniversary

My first thought is to start this post with the words to a song by the incredibly talented duo of Simon and Garfunkel.

However as I was researching the lyrics I realized that I had messed up the words in my head and it really wasn't what I wanted to say.

In my version the lyrics are:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to visit you again.

Yes, it is here again, the dreaded winter depression and anxiety, and it is really bad this year.  I just want to climb into a hole and not come out until I feel normal again.  I feel like every year I struggle with this and always complain, and I don't want to sound whiny, but it is very real, and it is hard.  Today Nancy Moyle gave a fabulous talk of ways she is dealing with depression and anxiety that she suffers with each winter.  It was so good, and she is doing well with it.  It is funny, I have no problem understanding things that can make it better, she had some great suggestions, but they just don't seem to fit with my struggles (probably because my self-esteem is so low right now).  During this dark time I listen to others speak about prayer and talking with God, I remember that I have said thousands of prayers - and I have had answers, but right now I honestly feel like I can't remember how to say a prayer or to talk with my Heavenly Father, especially about me and my depression.  I try, every day I try, but my prayers just feel like I am all jumbled up and not making any sense.  I am grateful for many things, and I tell God how grateful I am, but as soon as I try to say anything else my thoughts get confuddled and I just end up apologizing over and over again for my lack of . . . pretty much everything.  I did ask Nancy to send me the references on the talks she shared today, maybe it will help a little.

 Enough of that.  35 years ago today Kim and I were married!  What a wonderful anniversary to share!  35 years of being married to one of the kindest and most fun men in the entire world.  He has such a kind heart and he sets a great example for me on putting others before self.  He loves to do things to make me laugh - and I love to laugh with him!

 We decided this year that we wanted to celebrate simply and just spend some time together.  With our crazy work schedules and helping out with the grandkids we seldom get to just spend time alone together.  It was great.  Friday night we played some "getting to know you better" type games that made us think and talk.  We laid on the couch and watched a movie together.  Saturday we spent the morning at Kalel's gymnastic meet.

We then went to Costa Vida for lunch and then came home and spent the rest of the day together.  We took a nap, played some more games, watched Pete's Dragon and Around the World in 80 Days while we snuggled.  It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary!  Just spending time with the one I love.

Wish I looked like this when I was getting a massage!
With my depression as well as work stress my shoulders and neck have been so tight that I have literally been tied in knots!  I have also been fighting severe headaches.  I finally got smart and decided that I needed to take care of me.  So I booked myself a massage at the college with one of the students.  The instructor insisted that I get an 80 minute massage because I was so tight.  She booked me with one of more experienced students and I started my day off on Friday with a little piece of heaven!  The entire time she was kneading the knots out of my neck and shoulders I kept asking myself over and over why I didn't do this more often.  The price is great, and it feels SO GOOD!  I believe that I really needed to give myself that gift.  I felt so relaxed the rest of the morning, I almost felt as though I could float.  Unfortunately by the afternoon I had started to tighten up again, so I think that I should go again very soon!

Last week Marilyn invited me to get a pedicure with her because she had a gift certificate.  Of course I jumped at the chance!  Unfortunately they somehow misplaced our reservations so we booked one for this week and they gave it to us for 1/2 price.  So Friday afternoon, I rushed after faculty meeting to meet Marilyn.  Again we had students, but they did great!  It was a great day for me to get pampered top to bottom!

I am cherishing any time that I can spend with Marilyn because I know that the time is soon coming when she will be living thousands of miles away.

Thursday was my mom's birthday.  I can't believe that she has been gone for 5 years.  I sure hope that she is happy right now.  I miss talking with her before she got sick.  I really don't visit dad often enough, I know that I should, but I still don't.  He is getting so forgetful that I don't know how much longer he can live alone.  Honestly sometimes I just try to ignore the problem because I don't know how to deal with it, but that isn't right.  The other day I stopped by, he was in his bedroom watching TV.  I asked him what he was doing and he said, "Watching a basketball game".  I looked and saw that the TV had a snow scene picture which faded to another scenery picture, and then another.  I said, "I thought you were watching a basketball game" and he said that he was.  When I pointed out that it was just pictures of scenery on the screen he couldn't explain it.  I took the remote and changed the channel to a game, but then I realized that everyone was talking in Spanish.  I changed the channel to see if we were just on a Spanish channel - nope, every channel was in Spanish.  I asked dad if he had noticed and he replied that he had not noticed, he said that he doesn't hear too well anyway.  I finally figured out how to change the language back to English for him.  I'm so glad that he doesn't seem to stress out about too many things.

This morning Kim and I stopped by (the Medical Guardian had a report of a fall that I had to check out, false alarm), and he started talking about the fact that he had gone to the church to pay something, he couldn't remember what, and it didn't work out.  He continued without stopping telling us about a vacuum that was in his living room but he didn't remember who to give it back to.  Then in the same breath told us about his bladder problems and that he had gone to the church to pay something, but he couldn't remember what and he didn't know who to give the vacuum to, but he fixed it and it was an expensive one, but his bladder . . . . and on and on.  He circled through the same jumbled conversations at least 5 times.  It is like his mind gets into a loop and can't get out.  I'm really worried that he is going to need a lot more help than we can give, especially since all of us girls are so busy and selfish with our time.  I know that since I am the oldest and have the medical background I should make recommendations to the rest of the family, but honestly I just don't know what to do, so I just freeze up and do nothing.  What a lousy daughter!  Oops, there I go getting down on myself, sorry.

I followed up with my new heart doctor and he recommended with that my strain of Long QT that it would be a good idea to never go swimming anymore because my strain is known for causing death - especially during swimming.  I love swimming, and I just got some waterproof earphones so I could listen to music while I swim.  In the past I have pretty much ignored the fact that I have Long QT since I was over 40 by the time that I was diagnosed.  I exercised as I pleased and even taken medications that were expressly contraindicated in Long QT patients.  However, while talking with the doctor this week it struck me that I actually have a time bomb ticking inside of me and that a twin bomb had already gone off and killed my son.  The risk of it going off in me is real!  I'm not afraid of dying (much) but I sure don't like the idea of Kim having to take over all of the household and family things, and I don't want my girls to not have a mom and my grand kids to miss out on being with their grandma.  For the first time I acknowledged that I honestly needed to be careful.  He prescribed me Beta blockers that are supposed to help, but the stress test showed that I definitely had elongation with exercise.  My sister (who also has Long QT) told me that I am being paranoid and that I should find a doctor who wouldn't scare me so much.  I don't know, I think I will not swim for now.

My wonderful husband who makes me happy

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Food 4 Thought Catch Up

We have been off the grid for awhile, so here is the last three - enjoy!
A little feast without the calories!! 

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Food 4 Thought Friday 


Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:
Friday the 13th 
Breakfast ~ Are you superstitious? What things are you superstitious about? 
Kim – Not really, it is what it is
Audrey – Not really
Lunch ~ Have you ever had something bad happen to you on Friday the 13th?
Kim – Not that I know of
Audrey – Not that I can think of, in fact I know several people who have had great things happen on that day, so I enjoy it.
Dinner ~  Do you think luck plays a part in your life? Are you generally lucky or unlucky?
Kim – Sure, about 50/50
Audrey – Yes, I think so.  A lot of things happen for a reason, but somethings are just luck

Midnight Snack ~ Do you have a lucky number?  Do you carry anything to bring you luck? 
Kim – No, I carry a lot of things, but not for luck.
Audrey – I don’t really have a lucky number, but I like 7.  I don’t carry anything for luck, but I do always carry lotion.

Recipe for the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for the week?)

Kim –  Wish I was more lucky
Audrey – . . . .

Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:
Breakfast ~ What is your current preoccupation? 
Kim – Breathing, it seems like it is important - maybe
Audrey – Anything and everything

Lunch ~ What do you know a thing or two about?
Kim –  Wood – it comes from trees
Audrey – Having babies

Dinner ~  What is in your fridge right now?
Kim –  Food and air
Audrey – Leftovers

Midnight Snack ~ What is one of your useful failures? 
Kim –  What are failures?
Audrey – Ummm?

Recipe for the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for the week?)

Kim –  Birdie, birdie in the sky, dropped a poopie in my eye – now you know why I’m glad that cows don’t fly.
Audrey –  This too will pass - hopefully

Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:
Breakfast ~ What is your most precious heirloom? 
Kim –  My grandpa’s saddle
Audrey – My scrapbooks and those my mother did.  Even if some of them are from the time she wasn’t very cognizant, I still treasure them.

Lunch ~ What book are you currently reading?
Kim –  I know what I should be reading, but not
Audrey – The Guardian by Dee Henderson

Dinner ~  What is on your list of things to buy?
Kim –  A lottery ticket
Audrey – Milk – that is always on my list

Midnight Snack ~ When and where is your next getaway? 
Kim –  My wife hasn’t told me yet, until she does I’ll be waiting in my lounge chair watching Blue Bloods
Audrey – Las Vegas in March!

Recipe for the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for the week?)

Kim – I didn’t think about this until Audrey wrote hers down, but happy anniversary to my wife.  Good luck honey in the coming years.
Audrey – Enjoy our 35th anniversary.  Looking forward to some quality (or just fun) time with my honey.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Week in Review 1/1/17 Happy New Year!

The Week after Christmas

Monday - Kim and I helped Marilyn clean their new house in Mantua.  They will be renting it for the next few months.  Mont is leaving soon to head to Dallas, but Marilyn and Marshall will be here until July when she finishes her internship.  Their "new" house is 100 years old and has some great character, but it needed some serious cleaning.  Unfortunately Mont was really sick and couldn't join us.  We took a break for lunch and had burgers at the new Mantua store which is only four houses away from their house.  The burgers were GREAT!  We will definitely eat there again!.

Tuesday - Shandra and Jason rode with us and Tasha and Zane met us in Salt Lake for dinner at Applebees before we headed to the Desert Start to watch "Nutcraker, Men in Tights".  I was hoping the the guys would enjoy the play, and they did!  It was really funny and everyone absolutely loved it!  I'm so glad.  The grandkids were at the other parents and none of us had to work the next day, so after we got home we stayed up late and played games.  I just love that our family likes to play games!  It is the best!

Wednesday - Lazy Day!  We all stayed in our PJ's all day and watched movies and played more games.  It has become a tradition to watch The Librarian trilogy during the Christmas holidays, so we watched that as well as several episodes of the Librarian tv drama.  Nice day!

Thursday - For Christmas Tasha gave Ash a certificate for a massage and Thursday morning was the day.  It was Ash's first massage ever, and she loved it, of course!  We played 4 Pics on the tv for a bit and then Tasha and Zane took off for his folks house.  Oh how I am going to miss them when they return home!  After they left I took a nap - and woke 4 hours later!  Wow, I must have needed that!

Friday - morning I picked up Tasha and we drove to Cyn's house so that they could visit.  I just love the way Cyn is so good to me and also to my girls.  They just love her as much as I do! We played Pirates of the Caribbean Life and had a great visit.  I then dropped Tasha off and said good-by to her and Zane - I HATE THAT!

 We came home and took the kids to see the movie, Moana.  It was a great movie!  The entire time she was on the beach I felt the beach calling out to me, saying, "Audrey, this is where you belong!"  It really felts like home to me . . hmmm I wonder if I could convince Kim of that?

Saturday - We spent Saturday getting ready for and having our New Year's Eve party.  We had tons and tons of food, games, and fun!  Cyn, Tori, and Travis drove up and the Parrishes. Braeggers, and Lotts joined us.

We are so fortunate to have such great friends to help us celebrate the new year.  We had a fantastic time and laughed and laughed (at least the gals did - they guys sat in the other room and did some bonding).  However, I can tell we are getting old because within 5 minutes after midnight all of the guests left!  Time for bed. 

Tasha and Zane had flights out of Provo Saturday morning, but they were delayed several times due to fog.  Unfortunately they ended up having to stay in Provo over night.  We felt so bad that they had to spend New Year's Eve alone in a city where they didn't know anyone.  They were able to fly out the next day and made it home safe and sound.

Sunday - One of the speakers in church quoted Patrick Kearon of the Seventy from the October 2010 conference.  I loved it, so I'm printing it here.
 " Brethren, we find healing and relief only when we bring ourselves to the feet of the Great Physician, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We must lay down our weapons of rebellion (and we each know what they are). We must lay down our sin, vanity, and pride. We must give up our desires to follow the world and to be respected and lauded by the world. We must cease fighting against God and instead give our whole hearts to Him, holding nothing back. Then He can heal us. Then He can cleanse us from the venomous sting of sin."

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Week in Review 12/25/2016 Christmas

I started the week off by working at the Murray campus planning labs for the upcoming semester.  Not only I am going to be teaching a new class (Maternal/Newborn/Pediatrics), I will be teaching the accompanying lab as well as the fundamental labs.  Teaching labs is more difficult for me than classroom lectures so I spent the morning getting help and advice from Carrie and Tanjia who have taught the labs in the past.  Tanjia was kind enough to build awesome posters for the Maternal/Newborn lab that will be really helpful.
That afternoon the faculty met at Mimi's Cafe for our Christmas lunch and gift exchange.  Sally joined us.  The food was fantastic and the company was wonderful.  The gifts were simple but heartfelt and personal.  I'm so fortunate to work with this great group!
Audrey, Sally, Sue, Carrie, Dennis, Lisa, Tanjia, Dustin
While I was at lunch Tasha called and asked if I could stop by Hunzeker's house and pick her and Zane up to stay at our house for a couple of days.  I was so excited that I had a hard time staying until the end of dinner!  It had been over six months since I have seen them and I was quite anxious.

Our reunion was just as good as I had hoped!  The hugs were strong and long!  We drove straight to Kalel's gymnastic practice and he was thrilled to see them.  He thought it was so cool that they came to watch him.  After gymnastics Shandra and Jason brought the kids over and we played a couple of games.  We played "Sneaks" (it is like spoons) and "Eye to Eye".   I had to work the next day and Kalel had school so we didn't stay up too late, but I'll admit that I was smiling all night.

Tuesday morning Kim had a doctor's appointment to get the results of the MRI of his shoulder.  Tasha went with him while Zane did some work.  Just as we feared Kim was told that he had two tears in his rotator cuff and a one at the attachment site of the bicep.  The doctor said that there was no hurry, but that Kim would definitely benefit from surgery.  Kim has been in quite a bit of pain, so I'm thinking that he will have the surgery soon after the holidays.  Poor Kim.

Here is a pic of the MRI, but I don't know how to read it!
Tuesday night was another fun night with the whole family.  Kim, Jason, and Tasha had competition on who could eat pumpkin cookies loaded with whip cream the fastest.  Jason was the uncontested winner.  It was hilarious!

Ash and Tristan came over and while the boys and Rae ran around the adults played a game of "Redneck Life".  That game is a crack-up!

It is played like the regular game of Life, you have to buy a house, a car, get married, and have kids.  However there are some major differences:

  • Everyone roles the dice to see what their new redneck name is (my name was Betty Fay, Kim's was Jimmy John)
  • You start off with no money and gradually accrue debt throughout the game (which you hopefully can pay off) 
  • You not only get married, you have to get divorced and remarried and then roll a die to see how many red-headed step-children you will adopt - and all red-headed step-children are named Darrell.
  • Throughout the game you have incidents which cause you to loose teeth
    • Floss for the first time - loose 2 teeth
    • Get in a fight - loose a tooth
    • Open a beer can with your mouth - loose a tooth
    • Hit the windshield in your truck when you run into a deer - loose 2 teeth
  • At the end of the game if you are not in debt you can buy back teeth (I'm assuming they are false teeth) and the winner is the player with the most teeth.

The adults all had a great time, but Kalel wanted to play "the picture drawing game".  He meant "Telestrations" but we assumed he was talking about "Pictionary"  and got it set up before he corrected us.  We talked him into playing Pictionary even though we were a little nervous that it would be over his head.  We shouldn't have worried.  There were only a couple of words that he didn't know and we found that he was quite creative in drawing so that his team could guess.  It ended up to be a pretty close match.


I spent the next day working again.  I was able to get much of my syllabuses, assignments, and other paper work into the computer, which is great because I don't want to have to work during the Christmas Holiday.  Neither Kim nor Shandra have to work and with Tasha and Zane here I don't want to work either!  Tasha and Zane borrowed our car so spend the next couple of days with Zane's family.

That night I begged Shandra to help me paint carvings and she graciously agreed.  With the two of us working we were able to pretty much get everything done.  The biggest project was gifts for Shandra's visiting teachers.  Months ago Shandra had asked Kim to make carvings for them and they turned out fantastic!

This is for Jen Packer's family

This is for Heather Lindsey's family
If you look close you can see little missionary badges on Matt and Emily
Shandra reported that both Jen and Heather got teary-eyed when they received their gifts.  I think that they really appreciated them because both of them later thanked both Kim and I several times.  I'm so happy that they liked them - and I'm so happy that Shandra did a lot of the painting for them since it was her gift.

Thursday we had an office party at my campus.  We took goofy pictures, but for some reason the one of me didn't turn out. We had a yummy potluck lunch and then we played a matching game with gift cards and if you found a match you got to keep the card.  I won a gift card for Olive Garden.  We then had a fun gift exchange.  I ended up with a package of batteries with a sign that said, "no toys included".   After the party the campus pretty much emptied out so I headed home.  The campus will be closed until January 3.  I brought a little work home, but I probably won't do much because I am looking forward to some serious vacation fun!

Friday evening Tasha and Zane were back and we went over to visit the Parrishes and their friends, the Robertsons.

It was snowy, but very wet snow that eventually turned into rain.  In fact they predicted a huge snow storm, but it only rained all day Saturday.  I was glad that it was only raining because we spent Christmas Eve at Roxane's house and I didn't want to drive in snow.

We had such a good time on Christmas Eve!  Rox hosted the event and as usual she created a very festive atmosphere.  We each had the cutest place cards made with candy canes.  

The guys took over the kitchen to finish cooking the feast (aren't we gals lucky?  I think so!)

Everyone made it to the festivities this year (except JoCee had to leave early).  We had a very tasty turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.  

After dinner it was time for games.  First we played Christmas Family Feud
Then we played Right, Left, Center.  Kim was the big winner on our table.

After games it was time for the Nativity Story, one of my favorite parts of the night.  Several years ago I took over the role of narrator from mom.  We always read the story from Luke 2 about Christ's birth from mom's very old, large bible.  The kids hold up images to go along with the story like a puppet show.  This year I didn't end up with any pictures.  😢

The gift exchange was next, the moment the kids always look forward to.

Here are more random pics of the party:
We were all sad when the party ended.  The rain was just starting to turn to snow as we were leaving so the drive home wasn't too bad, just a little slick in the hills.

Home again, it was time to open one gift.  Kalel asked me a few weeks ago why the only present under the tree for family members was always Christmas PJ's.  I asked him how he knew they were PJ's and he said, "because it is always the tradition".  Smart boy!  It is the tradition, one that everyone seems to love because whenever I even hint at doing something different the idea gets immediately vetoed!  This year I merged a couple of cute images from the internet onto shirts and just bought bottoms for each of us.  I may be biased, but I think that they are pretty cute!

This year Shandra and her family decided to stay at her house and have Santa come there for the very first time.  Kalel was very upset about that at first, but by the time he got to open his presents he was perfectly happy.  

It snowed all night and we woke up to a VERY white Christmas!  In fact it snowed all day long on Christmas.  We got over 8 inches.
I stole this picture off the internet since I didn't take one
Kim and I got up early and went to church.  Some people don't like it when Christmas falls on Sunday because it messes with their Christmas schedules, but I like it.  To me it seems like the perfect place to be - the whole reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the most appropriate place to do that is in His house.  I love singing the carols with the choir and congregation and listening to the talks. The choir sang "Stars Were Gleaming" and "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", Janzen Packer and Johnny Hepworth spoke. I'm so glad that we went.  

After church Shandra brought her family over and Tasha and Zane joined us to open our presents.  I tried to keep it simple this year, but I don't think I did a very good job.  I just love to get gifts for my family!  I do think that everyone was happy with their gifts.  The main gift was tickets for the all of the adults to "Nutcracker Men in Tights" at the Desert Star playhouse.  We will be going on Tuesday and it should be great fun!
After opening our gifts we made our annual trek to the Parrish home wearing boots and heavy coats. The Robertsons made us their famous Rocky Mountain French Toast - YUMMY!  We didn't stay long because they hadn't opened their gifts yet, but it was a very important visit since it will likely be our last Christmas morning with them.  (Too sad to deal with in this post 😕)

 We then headed down to the Olsen's house where we were greeted with yet another marvelous breakfast treat - ebelskivers and sausage by Kristann and candy by Mickel.  We truly get spoiled!  

After a good visit it was time for Kalel to go with his dad for a few days and for Rae to go to with her mom.  Tasha and Zane left to spend the next few days with Zane's family.  Kim and I decided to head home and take a long winter's nap.  Awww, Sunday, Christmas naps are the best!  It was a little lonely that evening, but Kim and I snuggled up and watched sappy Christmas movies.  In my opinion, it was a perfectly wonderful Christmas.

Having my family all together to celebrate Christmas