Thursday, January 31, 2008

Daily Mumps

Need a good laugh? Check out the Daily Mumps. It hasn't been active for a long time but there's plenty to go through. I recommend 5 a day for a good chuckle.

Here are some of my favorites:



Love, ali

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


So I've decided to delete my MySpace. Here are my top 5 reasons:

1. I don't have any cool pictures of myself taking a hit from a huge beer bong
2. I keep getting friend requests from 16-year boys in a band called Awesome Face or Tears for Suicide
3. I don't know how to make a cool slide show containing only pictures where I look good when in real life we all know I don't look like that every second
4. Do I really want people I knew in high school trying to track me down to know I still have a MySpace?
5. My little brother, who is 7 years younger than me, has already grown out of it

I guess in some ways a blog can also be the same type of self-appreciating bullcrap. But at least I write about my dog a lot. And once I have a baby you can all read about how cool my baby is too.


Love, Ali

Monday, January 28, 2008

Telling the fam...

On Sunday my mom made a big dinner for the family and my BF Danielle. Zach and I had decided to tell them at this dinner since next Sunday we'll be breaking the news to his fam. So we sit down to dinner without a game plan on how to do it. We wanted my Uncle Joe to call in the middle of dinner and tell everyone that way since at every family event since the day we've been married my Uncle Joe always makes a point to congratulate us on our new addition. It's kind of a big family joke now.

Anyways, Marshall starts talking about the new baby hampsters which were born last week and I say "Well, speaking of babies..." and Mitch goes "Are you pregnant?" and then everyone started laughing and congratulating us. Danielle and Mattie both started bawling! I knew Danielle would (she's such a sap) but I really didn't expect Mattie to cry! It was precious.

So after that whole escapade my mom called just about everyone in the fam to let them know. My cousin called me about 10 mins after I left the house and we had a happy conversation. She's pretty excited for me. We're the same age and kind of grew up together. So after such a joyous occasion I hear her gasp and she informs me that she's watching TV and the news just broke that President Hinkley has died. Talk about contrast. One of the happiest moments ever turned to one of the saddest moments ever in a flash. President Hinckly was my prophet. He's the only prophet I really know, the only prophet whom I ever heard speaking to me personally. My initial reaction to his death was to be happy for him that he's with his beloved wife. I can't imagine life without Zach and would be so devestated to have to live without him. When Sister Hinckley died the Prophet's sorrow was palpable. I am certain there was a joyous reunion in heaven and that they ran into each others arms. But it just won't be the same without him. I know the Lord will call another to lead in his stead but I will always have a tender spot in my heart for President Hinckley.

Love, ali

PS. At work today they let us go at 4:00 just to beat the traffic after the crazy snow storm. I love my job!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Kidney Stones and Chicken Wings

WOW. It's been a crazy week. Zach had to go to the ER on Monday for kidney stones and again on Thursday when they decided to admit him. He then had surgery on Friday to remove the stones that weren't going to pass on their own and left stints in the ureter of both kidneys. He has to get those taken out on Thursday. SCARRY. Zach was really brave throughout the whole thing. I would have been bawling like a baby.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we both had work off. It also snowed like crazy this morning. I think we had at least 10 inches. Zach somehow willed himself off of he couch and out to snowblow the walks only to find out that our Super-Neighbor, Anthony, had already shoveled away most of the snow.

I think now would also be a good spot to chronicle the terror that arises in my dog from the mere sight of the snow-blower. Whenever he's outside while Zach is using it he places himself at the furthest possible point from the snow-blower whiles staying on the property. At one point I went to leave for the store. After I backed out of the driveway and began driving down the street I noticed Tyke running along side the car. I took him back home and after a couple more tries he finally got the idea that he couldn't come along. I think he thought I was protecting him from the monster of the snow and wanted nothing more than to be saved from it's white jaws.

Pregnancy is more of the same. By that I mean more sleeping, more nausea and more huger. Today I didn't even think about lunch until 1:00 and I was STARVING. I was shaking all over and craving, of all things, chicken wings. So I finished up at Walmart and drove up 21st looking for a Pizza Hut. I ended up settling for Quiznos but as I walked up to the store the two employees out front smoking told me they'd closed early due to lack of employees. WTF????? THERE'S TWO OF YOU OUT HERE POLUTING THE AIR!! How many Quiznos employees does it take to make a hungry pregnant woman a sandwich?? Sounds like a bad joke to me.

Luckily there was a Little Ceasars next door and when I told the lady at the desk of my desperate situation she put some wings in the over for me and I had them within 6 minutes. I've never felt a desperation like this with hunger before. Pregnancy is a wild ride. Those Quiznos employees are just lucky I was past the point of "raging hunger" and had moved onto "frantic hunger" which doesn't allow time for a hissy fit.

Love, ali

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Curse the curse of the kidney stones...

Zach had a really bad kidney stone episode this weekend. He got pretty bad on Saturday and Sunday night but Monday afternoon it came on full-throttle and I took him to the ER. I felt SO bad for him. He is really sick today from all of he medication. I almost feel worse for him today then at the hospital. I think mostly because I can empathize with wanting to barf all of the time.

Speaking of barfing, morning sickness is hitting me like a sack of bricks. I don't generally get sick until mid-morning and lasts until late into the evening. GEH.

In other news, I got a new camera!It's a digital SLR with automatic/manual focus and is compatible with our other Nikon lens. In English that mean IT ROCKS. I am really excited about it. I think it should take my scrapbooking to the next level.

Speaking of scrapbooking, I've got a goal to catch up on all of my scrapbooking before baby comes. I have this little fantasy of scrapbooking the last picture of myself before I give birth and being all caught up and ready to start the homage to Two Lines. I did a page the other night and forgot how much I've missed it. My mom gave me a bunch of scrapbooking stuff for Christmas and there is some awesome stuff in there.

In other news, I found out that in February I'm going to Chicago for work. EXCITING! I looked up pregnancy and flying and aparently there's no real risk during the first and second trimester. I'll be travelling with Wendy and Chalon. It should be interesting. I really like those ladies but I don't know how well they'll get along. We'll be visiting our guys at Envestnet and seeing how their operation is set up. I'm actually pretty excited as it will help me understand our relationship with them a lot more. I'm also curious to see what Justin and Jeremy look like. We got a Christmas card from Fidelity with a picture of the staff so my curiosity about what Yoichi looks like. But Envestnet didn't even send us a card. I've got a little picture in my head of what I think they look like so it will be funny to see. I had a picture of Yoichi being this really good looking Chinese guy but that wasn't really the case (no offense). I guess that shouldn't be my biggest excitement about Chicago but it is!

I'm also excited to see the city. I know Wendy has been before so hopefully she'll have some cool things for us to do. But I know I will miss Zach terribly. Also, I hate sleeping alone. I don't think I'll have to share a hotel room with Chalon or Wendy but I honestly wouldn't mind if we did. I'll be scared! LOL But seriously, it will be interesting to see how I survive being alone in a hotel room at night.

Alright, time for beddy bye.

Say good night, Two Lines! (meep meep!)

Love, ali

Thursday, January 10, 2008


I made an appointment with my mom's OB. I don't have a regular OB since I always get my yearly pap from Planned Parenthood. I had made an appointment with with Melissa's OB But they wouldn't do an appointment until 10 weeks but I felt a lot less comfortable with the lady at the office. She didn't really seem concerned about getting me in earlier or really about even answering my questions. I just felt really uneasy so I talked to my mom and luckily Dr. Terry was taking new patients. Their office didn't schedule an appointment until 10 weeks either but I liked the lady I talked to more and my mom really said she likes the office ladies and nurses. She also likes him and I've actually met him before and remember liking him. I think he'll be good. I guess I'm just being paranoid or impatient or something.

I don't know how Zach is going to keep him mouth shut until 12 weeks. I have a feeling he'll cave at 8 weeks. He really wants to tell his family and he's way excited. I am excited too and I don't really have any worries about miscarrying or anything. I guess I just like having this little secret with my hubby and my mom. SPECIAL.

Symptoms are pretty much the same. I get crampy periodically throughout the day. I've been trying not to drink Diet Coke but I always forget! I've just heard aspertame is bad for the baby. I have also been trying to drink more water. But that is kind of sucky because I already have to pee about every 15 minutes with all of the hormones and everything. But I think all and all I've had it very easy so far.

Love, ali

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Lost dog found

When we got home from work last night this guy was curled up under the tree in our backyard where the snow had melted away. He was pretty shy and wouldn't come to either of us. He slipped out the front yard but Zach was convinced he could coax him. We followed him in the truck for a few blocks and Zach finally managed to get close enough to pet him and slip a leash around his neck. We took him home and asked some neighbors but noone knew who he was. He was totally at home in our living room and was very hungry. He also warmed right up to Zach.

I finally called animal control who took him to the shelter. After they left I put up a couple of ads on Craigslist and KSL and within 20 minutes his owner, Holly, called. She was crying and kept thanking me over and over for finding him. She went to the shelter today and got him out. She called tonight to let us know they'd gotten him and he was doing well. She thanked me again and again and offered to babysit our dog if we ever got out of town or something. VERY SWEET.

I married the most wonderful guy. Most people would have given up after the dog left their property but Zach really wanted to help. He knew that if Tyke were in the same situation that we'd be praying some good samaratin would take the time to find him and get him back to us. Zach goes above and beyond to do the right thing. He's very conscientious about how his actions will affect me and our little family. I feel so lucky every day hearing about other people's spouses that I married Zach. Way to go honey!

Pregnancy is still about the same. I'm still a little crampy each day. A new thing I have noticed, however, is my mood. I get very irritated esspecially at work. I've been trying to pay special attention to changing my attitude when I start getting stressed because I know my bodies going through some pretty insane hormonal changes right now. Tomorrow I am getting off early at 1:00 to go to Nic's birthday lunch at Gardiner Village. That is something I am looking forward to.

Nighty night.

Love, ali

Saturday, January 5, 2008


So I caved in the other day and told my mom. She is so excited! Zach, on the other hand, was pretty pissed that I told her. We'd decided we weren't going to tell anyone until week 10-12. I kind of told her on a whim. I felt really bad when I told him. I wasn't even thinking of him having a bad reaction. But he's okay now.

I've been a little crampy the past couple of weeks. But I know that's normal. I've gotten nautious a couple of times but nothing bad yet. I hope it doesn't get worse but I'm almost sure it will. I'm not really letting myself think about the possibility of a miscarriage mostly because I have no reason to. It's not going to happen so why worry? And even if something did happen I just know that was God's plan just then.

The other night I was at a restaurant with Magen. I took her out for her birthday. At one point I went to the bathroom and when I came out I almost ran into a little girl who was coming in. I reached around the corner to push the door open for her and as it was closing my finger slipped right into the crack where the door hinges with the wall. It completely ripped my whole nail off including my natural nail. It hurt SOOOOO bad. I was in shock. I went into the bathroom and rinsed it off and then wrapped a paper towel around it. Then it started to kill. I went to the table and told Magen. She found me some Tylenol. Then I started shaking and I felt nautious, like I was going to pass out. That only lasted for about 10 minutes. I almost left but I was really glad I stayed. She is such a sweet girl. We had a good chat. Her and Kevin bought a huge house in Bluffdale and are both working really good jobs. She invites me to a lot of things but most of the time they go bar hopping and I'm not really into that.

My finger is okay today. It still hurts but mostly because of the bruising. Melissa, my neighbor who is a nurse, came over and looked at it. She said there's nothing much I can do. But it will take a long time for my nail to grow back. She's so sweet. She's wrapped it for me the last two days. I love her so much!

Love, ali

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


I love my dog. It's a very simple kind of love. He's always there for me, even after a scolding or a few days with out a walk. He always does the "happy dance" for at least 10 minutes every day when I get home from work. He's always there for a snuggle when I hit the couch to watch the tube. He's always good for an adventure, esspecially if it involves a trip to Arctic Circle for a courtesy cone. He appreciates the simple things in life and in turn I appreciate him.

Thank you, God, for sending Tyke to our home.

Love, ali

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Ringing in the New Year

New Years 2008 was fun. We went over to the Hansen's and hung out with the kids and played the games. The Hansen's got a Wii for Christmas and it is FUN. We also played Apples to Apples with Grandma Thomas. Funny stuff. We also banged pots and pans at midnight. That's a little Tate tradition that the cousins have really taken a liking to.

I made an appointment with an OBGYN for February 11th. They said they want your first appointment to be about 10 weeks. Right now I am in my fifth week.

I still don't feel very pregnant symptoms-wise. My belly has been a tiny bit achey the last couple of days but nothing major and all of the books and websites I've been to say it's normal. I can tell I've gained a little weight this month but I've been steadily gaining weight ever since I went off the pill. I've maintained a steady 135 for the past few years and in the past 6 months or so I've climbed to 145. SUCKY. But oh well. I can't get depressed about it because it's bound to happen. I just have to focus my ravenging hunger on healthy snacks. I bought some fruit and veggies at the store this weekend. I also made chicken and rice soup for dinner and it is mighty tasty as well as veggie-full.

The only person I've told so far is my neighbor, Melissa, and her husband Anthony. I wasn't going to tell anyone but it's been hard to hold it in. Not only is Melissa a nurse but she also just gave birth to baby Issac in October so she's got tons of insights and experience. She doesn't have any ties to my family and most of my friends so I know she won't tell anyone. She was so excited when I told her! She's one of the only ones who knows we've been trying and she always teases Zach about it. The day after I told her she brought me a photo album from Target with Winnie the Pooh on it. It's so cute! She also gave me a fabulous book to borrow called What to Expect When You're Expecting. It gives you a little report week-by-week and even tells you how big the baby is and what's happening in it's development. FUN!

I can't believe it's really happening. I just keep praying that Baby will be born happy and healthy and that I won't have any complications.

I'm so excited to be a mommy. Zach and I were talking last night about how if we'd have gotten pregnant right away after marriage we wouldn't have been ready. But now we really do feel ready. I never thought I would really get to this point of actual baby hunger but here I am. I guess it's hard to see beyond your own little perception at times.

Here's wishing you a fabulous New Years!

Love, Ali