Wednesday, November 25, 2009


If you can't tell, I spend too much of my time on youtube and find way too many good movies/clips on it to share with you and to keep to watch again later. Sorry for the overload this week :D

Thanksgiving Commercials

Both of these commercials are really good, I almost expected them to say "Brought to you by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" instead of Publix. But still they are both very thoughtful and express completely what we should be feeling at Thanksgiving and everyday of the rest of the year also.

She Drive's Me Crazy

This movie with the Muppets makes me laugh---it's got a lot of hollywood people and Miss Piggy is just funny :D

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you have a wonderful day spending time with family and eating! I'll see you on the other side--probably with much more pounds of food consumed (not just by me :D) and many new purchases!

Empire State of Mind

I DVR'd the American Music Awards on Sunday so that I could watch it later, I skipped over most of it, as I didn't care for the singer, dancing, or for the song itself. But I did really like this song "Empire State of Mind" sung by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (just ignore Alicia's dress)- it's amazing as you see that there are least 8 pianos and how strong her voice is when she sings. I have already watched it several of times and will probably watch it a few more :D

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dream Car!

If anyone was trying to think of something to give me for Christmas, I have something that you can give me, only this SWEET car, what else would I be talking about then the Cupcake Car!

And it's only $25,000 :D

The description of the car is pretty funny...Put on your matching hat, slip under the muffin top of your Cupcake Car, and let the world figure itself out for awhile. Get (or give) the sheer, joyful chaos of a gift that is mind-blowing, triple-dog-dare, double-infinity forever cool. Make the kids or grandkids literally squeal with joy. Bring it to work and buzz the breakroom. Crash parades! Putter about the ‘hood. Ever had a crowd of kids chasing after you just for the crazy gleeful heck of it? (No worries, the top speed is a comfy-safe 7 mph.) What’s it made of? A 24-volt electric motor, a heavy-duty battery, sheet metal, wire, fabric, wood…and mad genius. Launched at Burning ManSM as a cooperative art car project, the Cupcake Car sprang from the fevered mind of Bay Area artist Lisa Pongrace and her less-rules-more-laughs posse of artists and techno geeks. Yours will be tricked out with your favorite topping, so start thinking flavors.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Full of Thanks

As I am sure you have noticed I haven't done very good at doing my daily post of something that I am grateful for and because it is always much harder to try and get caught up with the past I have made a collage of some for which I am grateful. I know that there is much more that I am grateful for and that I am not always the best at expressing my appreciation, whether to my Heavenly Father, family, or friends- but I am.

Today Jenna from That Wife shared the newest movie on the Church's YouTube channel- it is beautiful, I was getting ready to leave this morning and paused to watch it, I was crying. I can watch this over and over and still just feel the spirit pouring over me. The church has even provided it in Spanish---share this and think about it "What are YOU thankful for?"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Job (Nov. 5)

I know that sometimes I complain about having to go to work and dealing with the different customers but in reality I am extremely grateful to have a job at all. I have many friends who are still struggling to find a job and have been searching for many months and they have not been able to find one. Sure my job doesn't take the most brain power but I am so happy to have it and I am especially thankful for the paycheck that I receive twice a month and am able to put a large chunk into savings for school.

Prayer (Nov. 4)

A Child's Prayer

Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer ev’ry child’s prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray.

Heavenly Father, I remember now
Something that Jesus told disciples long ago:
“Suffer the children to come to me.”
Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.

Pray, he is there;
Speak, he is list’ning.
You are his child;
His love now surrounds you.

He hears your prayer;
He loves the children.
Of such is the kingdom,
The kingdom of heav’n.

I am not always the best at taking full advantage of prayer, but I always know that it will be there for me, I will always have this way to communicate with my Heavenly Father and be guided by him. What an amazing gift that we have been given, that we have NOT been sent here to Earth completely alone with no help or chance of succeeding. Heavenly Father wants us to succeed and he has given us many resources in order to do so, prayer is one of them and I am so grateful to have it, to know that he is there and listening to me.

Shelter (Nov. 3)

The last past week we have had terrible storms here, that has been more rain drops then I wish to count, lightning illuminating the sky, thunder rocking the soul, wind pushing you like a kite around the sky, there was even a tornado in Lincoln City, waves splashing buildings on the other side of the road in Depoe Bay, and lightning striking the bridge in Waldport.
With these great storms I have come to appreciate the roof I have over my head, my house may not be the fanciest home in the world and it may not be the dirtiest either, but it offers protection and keeps me safe and warm from the weather storms and also the worldly storms that are going on outside. Whenever I am home there is no doubt that I am loved and am protected.

Friends (Nov. 2)

Friends. Friends are something that have always been very important to me, I strive hard to work on those relationships and to keep them strong. They, like my family are always there and a constant support to me. I love seeing my friends happy and work as hard as I can to do things so that they are happy, I hate to see them sad and will work even more harder to help them not to be. I love having that in return and know that with my friends they will do the same. I am so grateful for the friendships that I have and that I can continue to make more.

Family (Nov. 1)

(As it is the 11th I have to make up for the first of the month)

There are no words to begin to express how thankful I am to have my family, they continually offer words of support, give me hugs when I need one, tell me they love me, lift me up when I am down, make me smile, laugh, cry, and mean so much more than I can explain.

Month of Thanks

Last year my brother and his wife did a grateful chain where everyday they wrote something that they were grateful for on a piece of paper and then made a chain to decorate their Christmas tree with. I wanted to do something along the same lines, except do a different blog post every day for something that I am grateful for, these will be in no particular order, just as I thought of them.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Overcoming Fear

One thing that I have to deal with often as a checker is selling alcohol to people and with that comes the responsibility of deciding whether someone has already been drinking and whether it is really ok to sell them beer. I have always had a great fear of having a confrontation with a customer if I refuse to sell them beer and so sadly when I have seen someone that I though questionable I would escape out of my check stand or let the manager refuse for me.
But last week that changed for me! A customer was walking towards my check stand and was looking a little tipsy, as he put the beer on the belt I picked it up and put it to the side and told him that I was sorry but that I would not be selling to him tonight. He started to mumble in Spanish and Gary (the night manager) walked up and said to him "no cerveza" (no beer) and took it for me and put it away. Gary came back and made sure that the guy was gone, Shanda told me that she would have done the samething and Gary told me that I should never feel nervous about it, there will never be a time when management asks me why I didn't sell someone beer.
Having them support my decision really helped and in the last week I have been able to refuse several people and feel really good about it, the latest was last night when this guy walked up to my check stand, his eyes were barely open and he didn't look like he was walking the most stable. I asked him if he had been drinking already and he mumbled something, so I told him that I would not be selling him beer tonight, he stood there and looked really confused for a minute, mumbled some more and then finally walked out of the store.
A customer who was in the check stand next by said to me, "you are really good at that" I am glad to know that I have overcome a fear and that with doing so I can stop people that could otherwise cause hurt to themselves and others.

What Happened to Beth?

For Halloween at work we were allowed to dress-up, you actually could wear anything that day, a costume or even just comfortable clothes, but of course you know me I had to dress-up :D I had many different ideas of what I wanted to be, a pumpkin head, a witch, "HELLO My Name Is" name tag, a bag of jelly beans, a pushpin, or one of the fairies from Tinkerbell (two of the bakery girls were being others and invited me to do it with them). I had so many ideas and when it came to the night before Halloween I still wasn't sure what I was going to be, I had bought many different things for the different costumes but none of them were really jumping out at me.
I had bought these stripped pink and black tights to wear with my witch costume so I went to try them on and found that they did not fit :( so with the help of Mom I had to quickly figure out a new costume...I first tried the witch costume and then the fairy costume, I ended up going with the fairy (Mom said that I was Tatiana-the queen of the fairies from Midsummer Nights Dream by Shakespeare)
I bought this witches hat at JoAnn's and I absolutely LOVE it, it has little bats and spiders in the hair and is Absolutely Adorable!

My real hair sticking out adds so much to this picture :D
I wore my the witch hat and took some pictures then quickly got ready for the day in my fairy costume---I added so much glitter: on my clothes, skin, and hair, whenever I moved it was shimmery.

I got my wings at JoAnn's also, I thought that they were really pretty and I got so many compliments from customers throughout the day, I can't wait to think of another reason to wear them as they are really pretty.

Mom and I had found these super cute cauldrons and I went to WinCo and bought a bunch of candy and took it to work, I handed it out to almost every child that came through the store. Shanda (one of the other checkers) had a scary mask on so whenever a child would come through her line and start to get scared she would rush to my checkstand and grab the cauldron and take some candy back to help calm their nerves. I had to always be in the checkstand behind her so they wouldn't be too scared.
We had one customer who looked at Shanda and I and said "I aint going to the devil" (Shanda's mask wasn't exactly a happy face) and then came to me. Ahh the funny things that happen.
I was so afraid that it would be hard to work that day and that I would have so many people coming in drunk and trying to buy beer, but strangely I didn't have any problems, I don't even remember selling beer for the last 3 hours or so of my shift. When I drove home it was completely dead, I think that I may have passed 1 or 2 cars. It was the weirdest Halloween ever but so much fun!

Birthday Cake

One of the local radio stations has something called the birthday book, where people can call in and enter their names on their birthday. Every day one persons name is drawn and they are the winner. The owner of the local radio station is a member of our ward and when he first started the radio station he entered our names in the book, I guess my name was still on the list and I WON this year! Among things that I got were...a cake from work (I picked carrot---what other kind is there? :D), a drink (I got a strawberry milkshake) from one of the local coffee shops, a bowl of clam chowder from Georgies (that will be going to Mom as I don't like clam chowder), and a shake from Artic Circle (I got almond fudge and Mom got raspberry cheesecake). It's such fun living in a small town and having things like this!

Paying Less at Payless

Friday was my day off and Mom and I were cleaning in the basement when I got a text from twitter saying 50% off EVERYTHING at Payless today thanks to Oprah! (thanks Jenna at That Wife), now you can't claim something like that without getting my attention, so of course I had to run upstairs to my computer and check it out, all I had to do was print off this coupon and then take it to Payless and I could get 50% off EVERYTHING! How awesome is that? We were already planning on going to town and that encouraged me to want to go to town even more. I found a super cute pair of brown shoes that I am pretty much in LOVE with!, a couple pairs of socks, a pair of gloves, and my Mom bought a couple pair of socks too. Between Mom and I (and another lady that I let jump on the coupon with us) we had over $70 and then ended up only spending $30-something, what an awesome deal! Thanks Oprah and Jenna! Who would ever thought that Oprah would help me when I don't even watch her show :D