Why I Love My Job

It's mostly because of my c-workers. I've been super blessed to have some amazing co-workers. We got some newbies at the beginning of the year, and while that can always be a little scary getting new people and seeing how they fit in, but Cole and Kim fit in. We all get along, and have a great time.

If you remember last year around this time, we did {this} for our boss. Yesterday was his birthday, so we wanted to do something to his office as a 'prank' since he took the day off. On the credenza behind his desk he has pictures of his family and individual pictures of his kids. There are six kids, and six employees, so we facebook stalked each other and printed off pictures from our facebook pages to replace the pictures of his kids. We wondered how long it would take him to notice.

This morning at our meeting, he had received a candy bouquet that was put on his desk, so he picked it up and moved it right in front of the pictures. We looked at each other in anticipation of his reaction. He didn't even notice. He turned right back around and we all started laughing. It wasn't until after the meeting and Cole and Caleb had gone home that we heard him start laughing, He got a good kick out of it, and it was fun for us to do.

(My cute picture that replaced his cute kid's)

We really have a great time, and I love my co-workers. They are the absolute best!

And this happened yesterday. One of the guys I did a loan for brought in some pizza to say thanks for doing a great job. It was awesome. People are so nice. It's great to feel appreciated!

Thursday Three | 07.31.14

    • Don't tell anyone, but I'm kind of nervous for tomorrow. Believe it or not, it will be the first time I have to be at the hospital for more than just a routine appointment. #rightheartcatheterization
    • I think I wrote this last time, but I'm exhausted...physically, mentally, emotionally.
    • I still haven't touched my scrapbook supplies, well, except to move them. #ireallyneedto #whatiswrongwithme
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        I Got Nothing...

        Once upon a time life was somewhat exciting, and by somewhat I mean slightly more than the non-existent excitement currently happening at this time.

        I mean, seriously. I can watch 2-3 episodes of Psych, and not blink an eye. It's a complete waste of time, but I can't help it. Nothing else seems to excite me. I even started the series over. That's how terrible this addiction is. 
        Work seems to go by without me noticing as well. I know that I am extremely busy (seriously, I have at least 50 loans in my que, even though maybe 10 of them have actually been completed.) It's kind of insane. I just go to work and kind of go through the motions and before I know it, it's time to go home and I can't remember anything I did. Until I get home and try to sleep and then I remember every little thing I did or forgot to do. It's sad. But I like it, and I think I'm doing okay with it. I received an email the other day from our corporate sales dude telling me I'm doing well. That's always awesome to hear.

        Seriously, I can't even come up with any other clever things to write. Not even kidding. This is all I've got.


        Thursday Three | 07.24.14

          • I love days off in the middle of the week. It should happen more often!
          • My thought process goes like this: should I be productive or watch three episodes of Psych? I'm sure you can guess what usually wins...
          • Summer is almost over, and that's a major bummer.
              Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


              More July

              Well, the time since my last post seems to have flown by, without really doing a whole lot. We got or car fixed, luckily, and it only cost about $300, so that could have definitely been worse.

              I had a few appointments that week that I'll post about over on my Scleroderma blog. My stomach has been feeling better, so that's been nice toi not have to worry about that as much.

              Thursday the 10th we had our Relief Society activity. We did a salad/dessert recipe exchange, and had a decent turnout. Anything more than Melanie and me is usually a success. We had some really yummy desserts and salads, and had some great conversation. One of these days we will get a massive turnout, and we won't know what to do with it.

              We headed up to Star Valley again just for a relaxing weekend. Like normal, the weather was wonderful, and we had a good relaxing time.

              It has been so dang hot lately. It's so not fun! I am definitely not a fan of the heat. I think I'd much rathere have numb fingers and toes than sweaty armpits. Luckily we'lve found some ways to cool down, in the form of Coldstone ice cream, and Sonic slushies. The best part of hot summer days.

              A few of my recent obsessions: My new Samsung Note 8.0 that I got for my birthday.

              This Special K cereal.

              Psych! I'm almost done with all the seasons on Netflix, and I'm really sad. I love comedies.

              Paper scrapbooking supplies. I've become a serious hoarder!

              Work has been good. Super busy when it comes to loans. I think right now I have at least 10 loans that I've contacted people about and am waiting to hear back, and that's not mentioning the other 10 that are just sitting there. It's good though. It keeps me busy. It's only slightly frustrating when you have to wait for stuff, then they want the loans done right away. Kind of gives me a slight heart attack because I don't want to put off my other duties, but I kind of have to. I really do enjoy the loans. Just been struggling a bit with reality lately. At least we got to try Fizz 'N Fryz last Friday. I just had this drink, but it was really yummy, and I can't wait to try their fries.

              And just some summertime happiness from the last couple of days.

              Sorry if you follow me on instagram, and are re-seeing all these pictures. I just really don't have much of an exciting life!


              28 by 29 | Date Night 1

              16 // Have 12 planned date nights with the hubby 

              That equals one real(ish) date per month. We don't ever really go on dates. We just do our thing week after week. I want to actually have something planned so it's like we are actually going on a date, not just being our usual coupley selves.

              Since July was slowly coming to an end and I hadn't really come up with anything to do, I ran across the above image on Pinterest, and decided that's what we'd do for our first date. On July 17, I sent Greg that image in a text and said, "You, me, tomorrow night?"

              Strangely, he agreed. He even went shopping for the pizza toppings while I was at work. And he put the bread dough in. We have a bread maker, so don't expect any fancy recipe for the dough. It was quite basic, and I'm sure Pinterest has even better recipes anyway!

              We both had the idea to make individual pizzas, so we heated up the oven and started rolling out the dough. About 30 seconds into it, we saw a spark, then a fire in our oven. The bottom element was burning out, literally burning. It was kind of funny. We had to get out our toaster oven to finish making them. They still turned out delicious.

               {Greg's is on top, mine are on the bottom}

              Once they were done, we ate and watched, "I, Frankenstein" which was a lot better than I imagined it would be. Seeing previews I thought it looked super cheesy, but it really was quite good, and a different twist on the Frankenstein story.

              Now, it really wasn't much more than what we normally do, but making a point to call it a date, and putting away our phones, ipad, and tablets for those few hours made it all the more special. Now I just need to come up with 11 more date ideas. What do you have?


              Thursday Three | 07.17.14

                • I love summer, but it is too dang hot. I need it to be like 70 or so. Not a fan of sweating at all!
                • I still haven't cleaned up my scrapbook stuff. It's all over my couch. I also have issues using all the pretty things I've got.
                • I've eaten more bowls of Special K cereal in the last two weeks than in my entire life. #addicted
                    Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


                    Thursday Three | 07.10.14

                    • Had an echo done today. I do have a heart.
                    • I get angry when people complain about lame things, but I have to remind myself that to them it might be as though they were diagnosed with a chronic illness #ifthatmakessense #itmadesenseinmyhead 
                    • I want a job that pays me good money and I get to do whatever I want.
                      Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


                      My Birthday & Such

                      July 2 was my 28th birthday. I don't know why I was so excited for it, I just was. Even though I don't love turning older, I figure, I feel like an 80 year old, so I guess my age doesn't matter too much. I had to work, which in reality, wasn't too awful. I was sung to by Steve, which was a highlight of my life, and it was just a chill day.

                      I wore one of my new skirts...

                      And took my first selfie as a 28 year old, that I actually quite like, even if my smile is weird. But I think that's just the new normal, so whatevs.

                      Greg made me shrimp and crab for dinner, which was super delicious, and a variety of cheesecakes. He is the greatest!

                      Topped off with another epic birthday card, he always finds the best ones.

                      Then it was over. My birthday present will be arriving Thursday, and I can't wait!

                      Here I am post work on the 3rd. We got to wear jeans, and I'm so happy to say I finally fit into the ones that my sister-in-law Adrienne let me borrow, As I'm supposed to be gaining weight, however, who knows how long I'll get to enjoy them.

                      I got off early from work, and went to a Dr. Appointment, then we went to Sam's Club, where are car broke down. It wouldn't start. We sat there for about 10 minutes before deciding to walk home. It's only about a mile, but in 90+ weather? It's not exactly the most fun.

                      I had the rest of the weekend off for the 4th of July. Since Logan is weird, they shot off their fireworks on the 3rd, so Greg and I went outside for a while to watch. Then we kind of slept in on the 4th, and his parents came down to take a look at the car. After much tinkering, they decided it was probably the fuel pump, and there wouldn't be any getting to it that day, so we packed up and headed to Star Valley so that we could bring one of their cars back. It was a long couple of days, but I'm grateful that they were willing to drive down and back and let us borrow their car.

                      Greg enjoys teasing his little sister Annie, quite a bit.

                      This is the house we would like to buy.

                      Happy birthday to me, and Happy 4th to you!


                      28 by 29 | Conference Talks 1

                      11 // Read a General Conference talk each week

                      Part of my goal for the 28 by 29 project is to improve myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. One way I'd like to do the last one is to read a General Conference talk each week. I can get the last 87 Conference issues of the Ensign on my phone and kindle, so it's easy access. I didn't want to be too particular on what I read, I just wanted it to be kind of random, so I use random.org to choose the issue, then the talk. Since technically my 28 by 29 started on a Wednesday, I'm going to use Sunday as my day to read the talks, and post my thoughts on Monday.

                      The talk I chose this week is from April 2011, by Larry M. Gibson, called, "Sacred Keys of the Aaronic Priesthood."

                      He speaks about the responsibility of holding the Aaronic Priesthood keys, and how he worked with a young Deacon president to learn his responsibilities. He has this young man go to the scriptures to find the answer, and then to pray about what he needs to do. One part I really liked was when Elder Gibson says, "Go to the scriptures and discover for ourselves what our duties are." I think can apply to both men and women in any callings we have. Yes, the priesthood responsibilities are more spelled out, but in any calling, if we have questions, if we turn to the Lord with real intent, we will learn what our duties are.

                      It goes on to explain that one of the responsibilities is to invite all to come unto Christ, and one way to do such is to serve others. I love that he quote President Monson saying, "The priesthood is not really so much a gift as it is a commission to serve, a privilege to lift, and an opportunity to bless the lives of others." As there is so much controversy as to whether or not women should have the priesthood, I think the quote speaks quite directly to women, as we are known to be more charitable, and to serve. We don't need to hold the priesthood to serve others, but we can use the blessings of the priesthood to serve.

                      Elder Gibson goes on to say, "Service is the very foundation of the priesthood—service to others as exemplified by the Savior." Without service, including service of women, the priesthood would not function the way our Heavenly Father intended it to.

                      When I first chose this talk, I thought, "Oh great. A talk about the priesthood. How will this apply to me?" But as I read through, yes it was more intended for men, but I was able to see and notice how the priesthood blesses me in my life, and how I, as a woman, can use the blessings of the priesthood, service being one of them!


                      First July Post

                      July is already here. I meant to do this post a while ago, but I didn't. So here goes.

                      June 25 we had our branch work bbq party thing. It was actually not too bad. It was just like work, only slightly more casual. I seriously love my job, because of my awesome co-workers. They are the absolute best. We have a lot of fun together, and get along really well. We literally just sat around and talked and laughed. Then my butt started hurting, so we left. It was a good night though.

                      This has been the summer of moths. There was one night Greg killed over 30 moths in our house. See, they wake him up, while I can usually just sleep right on through. Here is a picture of me in bed while Greg is out slaying the moths.

                      Sunday, June 29, was World Scleroderma Awareness Day, and since teal is the color for Scleroderma, I asked Greg if he'd wear his teal tie, which he did, and I wore my skirt that is like 3 sizes too big. We definitely rocked teal though.

                      This time of year is my favorite...when these beautiful flowers are in bloom. We bought some yellow ones this year, so I'm excited to see them bloom next summer.

                      And since we had a coupon that expired June 30,we went and got Arctic Circle shakes. I got cookie dough, of course. There is only one time of year in which I would NOT get cookie dough, and that is.......

                      HUCKLEBERRY DAYS! And guess what months they come in....JULY & AUGUST! I'm only slightly excited!

                      PS. I'll do an updated July post eventually. Stay tuned!
                      © GREG & BRE AULLMAN
                      Maira Gall