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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 299

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for a lot. Right now I'm really thankful that everyone from my dad's side of the family is all here and together. It's been too long since this has happened and it might not ever happen again, but for some reason, it felt like we never stopped these gatherings. It felt just like old times and I felt so at home. I love my grandma and aunts and uncles and cousins SO much. I am just so happy having everyone together. It was really special. I have a lot of other things that I am thankful for as well, but I have been compiling a list that I will post soon.

More and more my pictures are getting featured on different Instagram accounts. I have had a couple of my hammock pictures be featured to help advertise for the hammock that I have. I know... I should be getting paid or get a free hammock or something. However... it's all about exposure in the instagram world. Maybe one day I will get something out of it. For now I feel happy that people are admiring my photography. It makes me a more confident photographer.

Monday I took my lunch break and went to Sodalicious and then to my Grandma's house to hang out with my Grandma and Lisa and her family. I of course brought a Sodalicious for Lisa... because I am a great cousin. :) I just hung out there for a couple of hours and chatted. It was a lot of fun.

That night I drove up to Park City to hang out with Lisa again and her family at the cabin that they are staying at. Lisa was the first one here... so I thought it would be better to get one on one time and hang out with her that night because once everyone else got here, it would just be crazy. It was a late night because it's a long drive, but I'm glad I went. It was nice. I don't get enough time with my cousins.

Also... my car racks came in the mail and Tuesday my dad installed them for me. He is the best and saved me a ton of money by him doing it instead of having a dealership do it. I'm super excited to get either a paddle board or a kayak. Probably a paddle board, let's be real. I will be shopping around for a good deal for the next 4 months until it gets warm again and I will actually want it.

Wednesday Lori and Jamie were both finally here... so I just hung out over there as soon as I left work... which was early. They shut the company down at noon, but I was supposed to have the day off anyway, but ended up having to come in for a couple of hours to make sure there wasn't anything pressing and to help do some more training with the new girl.

Have a mentioned how much training is not my favorite?? I don't have patience for it. I would be a terrible teacher. I hate repeating myself over and over again and I hate even more when I am trying to teach how to do something and look behind just to see her on the phone and not paying attention. Ugh. I will be doing it all next week as well. Hopefully it gets easier. This little holiday break from work has been great though.

So I have just been hanging out with my family and playing with nieces and nephews and seeing cousins. It's great. I love it. I love it probably because I have the best family ever. :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Photo of the Week 297

Picture I snapped of the Payson Temple while taking Lauren's family photo's. It sure is a beautiful temple.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So Long, Farewell

A few weeks ago, all of the guys in this picture got let go from Novell/ Micro focus. It was heart breaking for the rest of us. Minus Sarah (to the left of me) we have all been together for 7 years... and they were all together long before I joined the team. The guys had all been working there 15 or so years. I still don't understand the reason they were let go and I probably never will. I know that it was a mistake on their part and we are all going to have to suffer from that mistake for a while.

They were given until the end of the month to clear things up and do a knowledge transfer to the people that are staying and taking on their stuff. So... their lay off's haven't seemed real, until today when Paul came to give me a hug goodbye. It was bitter sweet and I had to hold back the tears.

Thankfully Paul already has another job lined up and Andy is close to having another job lined up and Ron was asked to sign on for another 6 months and then after that who knows.... I feel better knowing they are taken care of and hopefully they are better off.

After many years of working together, you really do become a little family. So before we had to separate as co-workers, we got together one morning for breakfast while Kristy was in town from Colorado. That is what the picture below is from. I also initiated getting together for a pot luck at Stirling's house since Stirling has decided to leave the company with all of these changes being made. I wanted to end on a happy note. One last activity all together. I'm going to miss our team activities... a lot. We had a good time and it just seemed like such a better note to leave on than doing nothing at all.

After 7 years of spending all day every day with a small group of people, you experience a lot together, you learn a lot about them and you end up caring a lot about them. So I wanted to do a tribute to each one of them on my blog... even Ron (although I will still be seeing him for the next 6 months and maybe even longer... who knows).

Andy (left)- I had my interview with Andy and he was my boss up until I was moved to a new team. Andy is an interesting character. I rarely saw him mad or in a bad mood. He was typically upbeat and laughing. We both had a love for traveling and would spend lots of time talking about where we had been and where we want to go. I could talk to Andy about anything. He is a great listener and understanding and typically had great advice for me as well. He really helped me out when my engagement fell apart and was the one that suggested counseling and that was the best thing I did for myself. He always put up with being the one teased and made fun of by the team with a smile. Such a great guy to work with and I will miss seeing him around.

Ron (middle) - He's the manager over Contracts. In the years that I have been working with him, I have seen him get back surgery, Lasik eye surgery, and in and out of braces. It's like he is a new man... but I already don't remember what he was like before all of that. He is our story teller. He somehow has the craziest life stories and hilarious stories as well and he loves to tell them. A lot of his sentences start with "Have I ever told you the story of ___" Ron and Andy were BFF. Ron LOVED making fun of Andy. I feel like Andy was the route of  90% of Ron's jokes... and we all (including Andy) thought they were hilarious. Ron is always happy and positive and laughing about something. He is fun to have a conversation with. Work is fun with Ron around and I'm glad that he will at least be around for another 6 months.

Paul (right) - Is probably one of the most friendly people you will ever meet. I feel like this Canadian knows everyone at work and everyone know's him. He was always coming back with treats because everyone knows him and would invite him to partake in their team treats or share from their own personal stash. He loves sharing pictures and stories about his cute family. He helped me out with my car a couple of times. He is a handy man.  I will miss asking him how he is doing and him saying "I'm old and cranky" with a big smile on his face. I love that he would memorize poetry to read to his wife on Valentines day. Every Winter he tries to convince me that this is my year to learn how to ski. He loves the Winter more than anyone I know. Whenever I told him he was too early in the morning to be eating chocolate or cake he would tell me... It's breakfast chocolate or breakfast cake. He took me on a motorcycle ride a couple of times and one was up the canyon which was great fun. I have worked with Paul the most over the years because I cover his area. I'm going to miss working with him a lot.

Such a positive and fun group of guys. They were almost always pleasant to be around, could open up and talk to any of them about anything, they were always so excited for me to go on my trips and would set up meetings at work just to hear about them and see pictures. All great, stank up guys. I have been truly blessed to have them as co-workers and am going to miss them. A lot. My work family will never be the same. It was really great while it lasted. I'll never forget this time of my life, working with the. What amazing examples they are to me and everyone around them. Great guys. They will be missed.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Westover Family

My cousin Lauren asked me if I would take a few pictures of her family in front of the Payson Temple yesterday. Of course I told her I would. I had never done family pictures in front of a temple before, so I wasn't sure how I would do it. Also when we got there, we realized they closed the grounds on Sunday....

We took some in front of the temple... but while I was driving in I saw some grassy weeds that I thought would look cool with the temple further away and with the mountains in the back. Thankfully they were willing to do whatever I told them. I'm glad because those one are my favorite. What a cute family.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Philippines & Bali Video

It's only taken me 6 months... but hey, I finished the video of my last trip. Just in time before I go on another one. It is kind of fun though. Totally get to re-live the trip again. I hope this video makes you want to go to the Philippines. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sodalicious with Sierra

On Wednesday, Sierra turned 10! She is in the double digits now. So crazy how fast my nieces and nephews are growing up. I had the privilege of being able to take Sierra out on her actual birthday since she didn't have any plans on that night. I picked her up and chatted on the way to and from Sodalicious. She is such a sweetheart and is growing up to be a beautiful young woman. 

At Sodalicious, like everyone else, she had a hard time deciding what flavors she wanted to mix. She ended up picking... Lemonade with raspberry and passion fruit. It was pretty good. Plus she liked it and that is all that matters. I told the people at Sodalicous that it was her birthday, so everyone there came out to say Happy Birthday to her and they wrote Happy Birthday on her cup. 

It was a fun little outing with my adorable niece. Love you Sierra Bug! So happy you are a part of the family. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Yesterday I had a pot luck with the co-workers. I signed myself up for a main dish. So... I did what I always do. I went to my Pinterest board to see what I had pinned and had not tried yet. I found this casserole from Six Sisters Stuff. Seemed pretty easy and looked good, so I gave it a go. It was just that.... easy and good. Also, everyone liked it, so I will call it a Pinterest success. If you want to give it a try sometime, here is the recipe.

Chicken Zucchini Casserole
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
  • 6 ounce package of boxed stuffing mix (I used Stove Top)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 4 cups of zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken, cubed
  • 10.75 ounces Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  1. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing mix and melted butter. Set aside ½ cup of the mixture for the topping. In a large bowl add the zucchini, chicken, soup, onion and sour cream to the remaining stuffing. Place the zucchini mix into at greased 9x13 
  2. glass pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle reserved ½ cup stuffing mix on top and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.