Thursday, April 24, 2008

Do you smile often?

What is your salad dressing of choice?
Fat Free Ranch...I like the taste better

What is your favorite fast food restaurant food item?
Lately...Burgerville - Tillamook Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant food item?
PF Changs - Lettuce Wraps

Where is your favorite pizza from?
Garlic Jims - Chicken, Bacon, Ranch

What do you like to put on your toast?
butter, strawberry jam

What is your wallpaper on your computer?
wedding picture of me and the hubby - big smooch

What color of cell phone do you have?
blue and grey

Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
weird question...teeth I guess, and endometriosis in my surgery

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
probably moving a chair from the living room to the family room by myself

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
yes, a few times...I used to get hit in the head a lot playing sports

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
no way

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I just got to change my name and I'm pretty fond of it now :)

What color do you like to wear?
Lately, purple, teal and I wear a lot of black at work

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
No way, that would probably kill me...I'm a big wuss

What is in your left pocket?

Is Napolean Dynamite a good movie?
Yes, so dumb that it's funny...and it sticks with you, great quotes

Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
a little of both

Do you sit or stand in the shower?
both, sit in the beginning then stand once I have woken up enough

Could you live with roommates?
Did for many years, loved it. I have a crush on my new roomie :)

How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
too many! I need a new pair of brown ones though, they broke!

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
car accident a few years ago, rear-ender...NOT my fault! Crazy lady was walking on the freeway and caused a big car pile-up

What do you want to be when you grow up?
haha, still working on that, happy with a family and a doing something that I love

Last Friend/s you talked to?
Cassie, Jackie

Last person who called you?
Kathy, my mother-in-law

Last person you hugged?
Ry, my body pillow tonight though...hehe

I like the snow, but I LOVE the sunshine of summertime

Definitely Christmas, no contest...and I'm a big fan of birthdays

Day of the week:
Friday, because I know I have a few days of rest ahead

probably September, my birthday and a bunch of family members birthdays fall in that month...except I am looking forward to July this year when I get to meet my new nephew!

orchids, I love all tropical showers

Missing someone?
My family, as always, and some friends that I don't get to see very often

A little irritable and annoyed that I STILL have a headache

Listening to?
Pandora Radio on my computer - Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Taylor Swift and Kate Voegle mix...random

Gossip Girl...guilty pleasure, then One Tree Hill tonight - double feature!

Worrying about something?
more just wanting to feel better, wanting things to go my way sometime soon

First place you went this morning?
shower, then work

What can you not wait to do?
in life? - lots of things, have a family, see Ry as a Dad, move up in my career
this weekend? - See my family :) and play with my nieces
this summer? - hopefully take a week off, would love to paint the trim on our house and get our yard figured out, take some weekend trips with Ry to the beach, get a tan somehow :)

What's the last movie you saw?
Juno, with was cute

Do you smile often?
As much as possible...they are contagious :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Are you kidding me....

The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. This was written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War II.

"Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees"

1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently
(this cracks me young, married women are full of pep!)
2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy (apparently all older women are cranky-this is hilarious)
3. General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters (wow-that's all I have to say)
4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination - one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job (what exactly are femaily weaknesses??)
5. Stress at the outset the importance of time the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.
6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they'll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves (I STRONGLY dislike this one. I can't believe it would be assumed that women need male instruction in order to get through the day....I love my husband, but I could manage just fine without men if I had to :))
7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.
8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day. (I laughed for more than a few minutes about this. Why are our hands so dirty? I DON'T do lipstick so I would be in trouble...haha)
9. Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can't shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency (yah...never ridicule a woman or we won't get any work done :))
10. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl's husband or father may swear vociferously, she'll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.
11. Get enough size variety in operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy.

This was passed around at my job today and we all got a kick out of it all day long...saying that we needed to go tidy our hair and wash our hands every half hour - oh how far we've come...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Meet the Browns

I was thinking about my family tonight and I realized that I talk a lot about my nieces and family back home on here, but it has been a while since I gave an update on the Brown Family in Oregon and Hawaii. So, here's the scoop...

Jimmy & Kathy (my in-laws) are still working very hard, with only a few more years until retirement! Woohoo! They love being grandparents and wish they could have grandchildren that lived closer to home. Therefore, we have been informed that we are never to move out of the state of Oregon. That is a conversation that will be dealt with later...hopefully :) They live in Tigard, OR and are looking forward to the summer months to host many back porch BBQ's with Jimmy and Ryan's famous BBQ. One thing I love about them is that they are both very invested in their jobs, yet still seem to find time to be anywhere that any of us would ever need them...which I have always admired about them and my parents as well.

Jordan (my brother-in-law) is 21 and is a junior in college. He recently moved into Ryan's old room in his old house downtown :) How cute is that? He plays football for PSU, just like Ry did, and he is getting ready to start Spring Football in a few weeks. We are all really proud of him because he has been putting on some weight to stick up for himself on the field! He is still taking care of his knee (tore his ACL last season) and will hopefully be ready to go in the fall. I love the relationship between Jordan and Ryan. Ry is really close with his siblings, just as I am, and he loves giving Jordo all of his brotherly advice.

Megan and Joe Lokis (my sister and brother-in-law) who were recently married in Vegas in January, live in Hillsboro, about 7 miles from our house, in a really nice home they bought last fall. We started our tradition of weekly dinners (we only made it one week in a row so far, but at least it's a step in the right direction) and I am really excited and hopeful that we will continue to spend more time with them. Megan and Joe don't have any kids yet, but they do have an adorable bulldog puppy named Apollo who has quite the wardrobe.

Taylor (my other sister in-law) is my age and lives in Hawaii with her fiance and their daughter Kaley. They are expecting baby #2 in August and just found out this week that it will be another girl! Tay is a nursing student on Kawaii and loves her life on the island. They are able to come visit a few times a year and we always have a really great time with them. Kaley is the sweetest little girl, and we can't wait to meet our other new niece!

I consider myself very lucky that my new family has been very accepting and supportive of me. They made it so easy for me to fit in with them and I will be forever grateful that they have welcomed me as a member of their family.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mother Knows Best

I did it. I took my mom's advice, took the plunge and started exercising again. I grew up an extremely active girl and even after I finished running in college, I continued to work out in some capacity until I started going through some health problems. To be honest, before today, I don't think I had been running in almost a year.

I have been fighting major fatigue that I can't seem to get a hold of and I was talking to my mom about what to do. She suggested some kind of exercise in order to give me more energy. The last thing I had on my mind after being exhausted at the end of the day was working out, but I decided to give it a try. One of my co-workers has started working out in the afternoon on campus - taking a little break around 3pm and hitting the treadmill. Today I decided to tag along. One completely empty gym, a borrowed Ipod and a machine that I had almost forgot how to use (the treadmill) - turned into the best part of my day. I told myself I didn't want to overdue it, so I stretched, walked for 10 min, ran for 10 min. and then did 2 min. intervals between running and walking for another 10 minutes, cooled down, stretched again and headed back to the office. I was pretty dang proud of myself :)

Mom was right. It felt SO good to break a sweat (as gross as that sounds). I had forgot what it felt like to be an athlete, something I never really saw happening to myself. So, I'm hoping to make this something I can keep up with on a somewhat regular basis!