Thursday, July 31, 2008

My attempt at intellectualism...


There has been a lot of talk in the media about doing away with private club requirements in Utah. If you want a drink at a club, not only are you paying for your drink but you’re also required to purchase a membership before you can even order a drink. These memberships generally expire after 6 months or a year. I have heard the argument that this negatively impacts tourism for our dear state because visitors are forced to pay a fee to drink at a club they might not even visit again before their membership expires.

The argument that these laws hurt the tourism industry here in Utah is weak at best. Lets take a look at the top tourist sites in Utah (according to the Deseret News, 2003):

1. LDS Temple Square, 5 million to 7 million visitors*

2. Salt Lake City Main Library, 3.077 million**

3. Zion National Park, 2.5 million

4. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 1.8 million.

5. (tie) Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, 1.1 million*

5. (tie) Lagoon Amusement Park, 1.1 million

7. Bryce Canyon National Park, 904,000

8. Wasatch Mountain State Park, 800,000

9. LDS Family History Research Centers, 794,000

10. Arches National Park, 758,000

11. Hogle Zoo, 718,000

The top tourist attraction in Utah is Temple Square. The majority of tourists coming to visit this site are LDS and are therefore probably unlikely to have a few beers after their visit to Temple Square.

Another reason people come to Utah is to visit the beautiful national parks. I can’t say what percentage of people visiting the parks will also be frequenting the local bar scene. I would suspect the campers and hikers are more likely to purchase their own alcohol from a liquor store or just abstain all together.

That said, I don’t see an overwhelmingly good reason not to do away with the private club fees. I don’t think they discourage people from consuming alcohol. They simply make it more expensive to drink at any establishment forced to charge these fees. They mostly inconvenience the people who live here and frequent the clubs.

I don’t understand why any LDS person or church leaders would be against doing away with these laws. Indifference I can understand, but blatant opposition seems silly. Yes, our gospel teaches that alcohol is bad for the mind and body and should not be consumed by those who share our faith. This does not mean that the LDS church believes you shouldn’t have the free agency to drink. It simply means that if you are a baptized member of our faith you have made covenants with God that you will not consume alcohol.

I guess I just don’t understand why lawmakers are meeting with LDS officials regarding this issue. I guess it just doesn’t seem like a big enough deal to me. Although it’s hard for me to grasp why government officials would be meeting with church officials for any reason other than issues relating directly to the LDS church and their business. If someone has a good argument for this please explain…

Of course you never know how much of what the media says is true, including weather or not church leaders are meeting with government officials, and why, and what is/isn’t said. I know a lot of what you see on the news is the media trying to create hype and drama which may or may not be reality. I watched a lady interviewed on the news say how she was against changing the private club laws because it would make alcohol more accessible to minors. PULEASE. That is probably one of the most ignorant statements I’ve ever heard. Of course the caption under her name read “Mary so-and-so, LDS.” Thanks for making Mary So-and-so the official spokesperson for the LDS people, Channel 13!

Anyways, that’s my two cents.

Love, Your Ignorant Mormon Friend

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Marathon


Last weekend Zach ran in the Deseret Morning News Marathon. He has been training for months and months and it all culminated in this nearly 6-hour event (I'd say a great time for a guy with the build of a wrestler and the schedule of a student/full-time business man) which left him almost unable to walk. I just want to let you all know how proud I am of this man I call "hubby". He truly is a remarkable guy. He strives daily to better himself in all aspects of his life and has proven over and over again just how possible it is to find a man who is a hopeless romantic AND a fearless spider-killer. He's a wonderful man and will make a great daddy.

Here's to you, Z!

I love ya, baby!

<3>

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New hair

The top 10 perks of short hair:

1. It's much cooler, temperature-wise
2. It's much cooler, awesome-wise
3. It emphasizes the eyes
4. The dirtier it is the cuter it is
5. The time it takes to get ready is almost cut in half
6. Second-day hair always looks better than first day hair
7. Third-day hair always looks better than second day hair
8. Hubby thinks it's super sexy
9. It can be worn sleek or sassy
10. It makes me feel good

.<3.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Baby updates

Pregnancy lately has equaled lots of pain. A few months ago I was horribly ill and ever since then I've been unable to shake the cough. Sometimes it has caused me to double over hacking. A couple weeks ago my side started to hurt every time I would cough. It got so bad that at night I almost couldn't lie on my right side to sleep (which doesn't leave me many sleeping options since I'm already not supposed to be on my back and I am unable to lay on my stomach).

On Sunday I was at my folks eating dinner and went into the kitchen to get a drink. I started coughing REALLY hard and suddenly I felt a pop in my side and I was doubled over in pain. I started crying and had to sit on the couch. I got the number for the doctor on call at my OB's office and asked him what he thought. He said I probably tore a ligament in my side and to just rest and apply heat. Zach came and picked me up to take me home and everytime he went over a bump I would cry out in pain. He helped me into the house and I spent the evening in our new recliner with a heating pad on my side.

Today I feel a LOT better. I can actually get up without help but it still hurts. It hurts to couch, sneeze and laugh. I am also only able to sleep on my right side which, as I mentioned, is not fun. But luckily I have sick time left at work so I didn't have to go in today. Resting at home is always more rejuvinating.

I felt good enough to go to my breastfeeding class at the hospital tonight. I couldn't believe how many ladies brought their husbands! The thought of bringing Zach did not even cross my mind. It was actually a really good class but I can't imagine what the guys got out of it (except for an excuse to see lots of boobies in the video, even though they weren't very attractive boobies). Anyhoo, I feel a lot better prepared now for what to expect as I begin my journey into the wonderful world of breastfeeding. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reminiscing

Remember LiveJournal? Mine is rather sad. Not because of what it is but because of where I was at that time in my life. It was my "blog" from high school to marriage and a little beyond. It was so crazy to go back and read the whole thing and remember all the crazy thoughts and the crazy things I did when I was young and rebellious. I remember feeling so depressed all of the time and yet SO happy a lot of the time. I guess it was more adrenaline then actual happiness but still, some really good memories.

Back then I pretty much flew by the seat of my pants. I was passionate about some things, including writing and mostly the friendships I had with people. Some of them were REALLY great and some of them were REALLY destructive. I broke some hearts and had mine broken as well. I really regret some of the things I did to a few of the guys I dated. Mostly one... I really hurt people for selfish reasons and that's something I'll never truly forgive myself for, no matter how many excuses I had.

I hope Frankleberries never has to go through some of the things I went through as a teenager but at the time same time they made me who I am today. For me, at least, there are things I did as a wreckless kid that I will never tell my children about but I think they will help me be a better parent.

I think a lot of times it's easy to author your blog or your MySpace or even your journal to portray yourself in a way you'd like others to view you, not necessarily the way you are. I think I definitely do that occasionally and reading my LiveJournal was at times a little too real for me. But it's good to be able to look back and see how far you've come.

Here's a little excerpt from my LiveJournal that I'm glad I wrote:

i am more content with myself now than i have ever been. i've been dealing with the anxiety of living, rather than just ignoring it or covering it up with meaningless addictions or following every little compulsion. and the funny thing is that dealing makes it go away. confronting the things you don't like about yourself, that is dealing with the anxiety. i guess i've just been better at trusting my destiny, taking things as they come while at the same time determining the direction i want to go, and consequentially the things i need to do.

I'm one of those crazy girls that has had a journal since I was six years old. I've got about a dozen paper journals and then I've got my LiveJournal. After LiveJournal (which really caused my paper-journaling to take a beating) I stopped writing for a LONG time. I am usually only inspired to journal when I'm going through a REALLY hard time and then I look back on some of those entries and wish I hadn't written them at all. But sometimes reading old journals really inspires me to start up again.

So I'm recommitting myself to paper-journaling. If there's one thing I've learned since my days of wreckles abandonment it's how to follow-through. So here I go. Wish me luck!


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Our favorite kid (at least until September)


This is Issac, our favorite baby ever (at least until September). I've never met a more friendly, smiley kid. It gives me great hopes for Frankleberries. Issac belongs to Melissa and Anthony, the greatest neighbors anyone could ask for. Last night we bar-b-q'd in the backyard and it was delicious.


Here's Issac using Tyke as a pillow. It's great that Tyke get so much exposure to babies. I think it will make transitioning to #4 much easier.


And here's one of Issac giving him kisses. Issac has two dogs of his own and he loves to climb on and kiss the puppies. ADORABLE!

Glasses

For the past 2 years I've owned two pairs of glasses and both are missing an arm. I couldn't wear them without constantly readjusting the tippiness and I'd become a slave to the contacts. So I finally decided I couldn't take it anymore and I needed some new glasses. After a quick trip to the Walmart Optical Center for a new RX I hopped online and set out on a quest for cheap glasses I could still wear in public.

Luckily I came accross GlassyEyes, a blog dedicated strictly to purchasing glasses online. After browsing the suggested sites I decided to order form Eye Buy Direct and I have been pleasantly surprised with the results.


My order only took five days to arrive and I didn't have to pay for express shipping!


And here they are, in all their $29 glory (that price included shipping).


What do you think? I am very pleased!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Our registry...

Last week Zach and I registered at Babys R Us. I don't know how many people actually register for baby showers these days. I guess we're using it more like our personal shopping list rather than actually expecting people to get us things from it.

Anyways, here it is. Baby stuff is ex-PEN-sive!

Preggo update


Dang shorty, I am feeling large and in charge these days. I've got less than a couple of months to go but usually when I point this out to people they can't believe I've still got that long (although my friends still tell me I'm not that big... thanks guys!).

Not a lot has changed. I'm just getting more and more uncomfortable but I'm still not to the point where I just want him out right this instant, although I'm sure I'll feel that way at some point. Last night I had a BH conraction in the middle of the night. I woke up to a slight pain in my abdomen and when I felt my belly it was rock hard. Crazy! It only lasted for a couple of minutes. I'm sure REAL contractions will be a lot more painful.

He still moves like crazy just about all day while I'm at work. And he still lets me sleep at night. I hope he's still on this schedule when he is born so we can get some sleep.

And the BIG news is I put in my notice at work. I went back and forth for a long time about weather I wanted to go back to work part-time after Frankleberries gets here. But I finally came to the conclusion that I'd rather err on the side of being home with my baby at least for the first 6 months of his life and I didn't want to leave my work hanging if I decided to quit during my maternity leave. I figure if I decided to go back to work I will be able to either do nails or at least find another awesome job. And my boss even said if I wanted to come back later and there was a job available that they'd hire me back in a heartbeat.

I've really enjoyed working at UMAFS. It's an amazing company. I think sometimes I've taken it for granted because there's so many perks to being an employee there. I get the perfect balance of recognition for my work and freedom. Not to mention all of the perks. As long as you do your job and provide great service to clients you can't go wrong.

I know I'll be good at being a home-maker. I just worry about getting lazy or feeling like I'm not contributing monetarily. I guess that's really a decision about attitude rather than facts.

Love, typey-mc-perggersons (Zach just called me that)

Silly Z



I sure do love this man...