Friday, January 30, 2009

Musings as of now..

I have so much to blog about but I don't want to write tons of posts, rather, I am avoiding some altogether, so I'm just going to post my thoughts as of recently..

I'm surprised at the high demand of loans these days! It's ridiculous! I cannot remember a time where I was working on more loans alone now than I have in my entire time being in banking. And I love every minute of it.

I'm typically more conservative and "Republican" if you must label, but I am excited about President Obama in office for history sake and I am very hopeful for him.

My Guatemala trip is finally coming along and I think I have a set date! Details to come!

I'm highly impressed with Primary these days! It's been Ward Conference times in our Stake and has required me visiting all of the wards and speaking at some and the children are outstanding! They are smart, funny, and so happy!

I am still in YW's as the Asst Camp Director and this year will be a blast! I've realized I've been going to Camp since I was 12, minus two years (I had to miss last years, but I was still the leader!). I'm slightly disappointed in the attitude of the girls these days and how it's not "important" or "cool" anymore. Some of my greatest lessons were learned at Girls Camp!

I learned that praying out loud on a long drive home can heal a broken heart.

I am addicted to Wii-Fit Boxing. I can see myself enjoying boxing for the rest of my life!

I am SO grateful Jon and I are still friends who talk everyday. He is so important to me.

I took my "Placement" test at SLCC a few weeks ago and I'm embarrassed to say I scored a 105 in English, a 103 in Reading Comprehension and a 39 in Math. How pathetic!

I am sick and tired of the snow and cold.

My current, favorite past-time is hanging out with my Mom on Monday's eating chocolate ice cream and watching The Bachelor.

I've decided that parents who disrespect people in front of children, teaches them that back talking and insulting is ok and it repeats the process. No wonder society is awful these days.

I will skydive this year. I went indoor skydiving a while back and had so much fun with that, it's time for the real deal.

I work with the BEST people ever. Always have.

I feel like a loner these days!

"I'm 80% happy for them and like.. 20% jealous"

I secretly want to be a mail-woman because they walk all day (love it) and the money is awesome!

I really, really miss my brother, but I'm SO happy he's doing well and we still "talk" every week even if it's via an email.

I'm anxiously waiting for what I'm secretly calling "My Great News!"

Anyways, I'll get around to actually blogging soon enough when life picks back up again, until then...

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Curse of my Veh -...W!!!

I know the most of you who follow my blog know I drive a 2000 VW Passat. Yeah, they're cute right? friends, the are the little minions of the underworld... I'll give the cars some credit, they are cute, and they tend to get good gas mileage. That's where it stops. For me at least.

I bought this car in October of 2006 as a lemon. Terrible. And by some calendar events, I couldn't exchange the car. Fortunately, the dealership I bought it through was FANTASTIC and paid for everything that could and did go wrong. I was really impressed, as I still am. But I have had nothing but problems with it since the very beginning! The first week I had it, there was a leak of radiator fluid in my car. When that was fixed, my electrical of my dashboard went out. When that was fixed, my odometer was reset (it says I only have 30K on it, when really it's now over 100K!). When everything was hunky dory and fixed, I was ecstatic! Then TWO DAYS LATER, my car died in the middle of an intersection exiting I-215. That was fixed by the dealership for free (I think it was transmission??). By then I think my entire car was restored and I didn't have a problem with it until the next year when I needed to register it. Any and all shops weren't able to get an emissions reading on it because the wiring was done wrong from the previous owner! I had to get that fixed just to get a stupid emissions test! Finally it passed and I registered my car.

6 months go by....I'm driving on I-80 West towards Tooele with Shelley and we hear a shattering noise. She immediately asks, "What was that?!" I calmly look in my rearview mirror and see a large object bouning on the freeway breaking with each bounce. I turned to Shelley and said, "My right headlight." Yes, the WHOLE SOCKET OF MY HEADLIGHT! It literally fell out on the freeway! Bulb, reflecters and all. Because it is a VW and any thing wrong messes with the electrical system of the car, my back lights go out and I'm light-less. $192.00 later, it is fixed and I'm great!!!

Ah...this year's registration comes along a few months ago.... My car has squeeks and tweaks and I took it to Cutrubus in Layton (Fabulous! If you drive a VW, take it there! They're great!). My turbo plug was ruined. It cost me over $500.00 to fix that and I still have $400 of work left to do. I had to pay to get my turbo fixed, just to, again, get my car to pass emissions. I then have to buy new tires to pass safety. It finally passes and I'm good to go (until I get the remaining work done!).

Well, my friends, I write this to fill you in on the drama because I had another incident yesterday. I'm on my way to work, minding my own business and singing at the top of my lungs to the radio, when I hit something. I look in my side mirror and see what I've hit. I couldn't tell and it seemed like one of those half ice snow balls you hit on roads, so I pushed the thought away. It wasn't until I exited and put on my left blinker and heard that possessed blinker noise that I realized what it was. I'd lost my RIGHT light now! Same thing. On the freeway, and out it comes. Bulb, reflecter and all.

By now you're probably wondering why in the world I haven't sold this car yet! Well, I'm what lenders call "upside down" in it. With my odometer being off, and the work that still needs to be done, I'd have to sell it for almost $3000.00 less than what I owe! I'd only wished I'd been a loan officer BEFORE I bought this car, so next time you're looking to purchase a car, give me a call to find out if you'll EVER be upside down!

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

A wise member told me that the secret to accomplishing New Year's Resolutions is to see them everyday. I figured since he's successful, wealthy, and happy, I should believe him, so I will post them publicly here and strive for them everyday:

1. Go back to school
2. Get back to my high school weight by April/May and keep it off!
3. Take two vacations.... One to Guatemala in six months Lidia!
4. Build a large savings account back up!

There you have it! I have a bunch of smaller ones, but these are the biggies I want to accomplish!!