Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My friends are the BEST! (& other rambings)

Above is my darling Brother Ben, who is a JAG in the Airforce holding the world's cutest niece....


  1. First, let me apologize about my lack of blog entries lately....our internet access isn't working from our home, and "Blogspot" is not on the "Official St. Mark's Hospital List of Approved websites." I DO get all responses you send to my blog at my work email: erika.helme@mountainstarhealth.com (maybe ORG?) So while in my office I can see what you all have written!
  2. So, I am doing Katie Darling's X-mas cards, as well as her younger sister Lauren's. I am having a blast doing them. Katie and Stephenson came over to my house and looked at the cards I had started on & loved it.
*Plug #2: I LOVE making cards and would be more than willing to create some random cards (b-days, thank yous, congrats, good luck, just because, etc) as well as any holiday cards you want. I realize I sound desperate, but things are going really well and I am super busy, but I just like to remind you all that you can pick up an awesome card that is cheaper than any grocery store card....and it is made with all my L.O.V.E.

3. Now, about Friends being the best ever......
  • Katie let me know that you guys switched GNO to a different day JUST FOR ME.*blush* Seriously, I have been wanting to come for soooooo long, and I love you all for arranging things so i can come. I cannot wait to see everyone!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm Thankful for...

So, I have been inspired to make a daily list of 5 things that happened that day that I am thankful for, no matter how trivial they may seem. I think it helps put my life in perspective. So here goes day Numero Uno:
1. My big office with floor to ceiling windows that allowed me to look out over the entire valley, which is FULL of sunshine today
2. The huge smile that came across my face when I walked into my office and the first thing I saw was my desktop wallpaper of my sweet little Josie in her Bee Costume
3. Getting to sleep in and be late to work because I felt like it


4. My friend Jenny called and on my caller ID it said, "Beverly Hills"...that made me excited!!!
5. I discovered the pedicure device that let's you "shave" off the yucky dead skin off your heals and I LOVE it!!! So now I have baby soft heels!!(Kinda Gross....I know, but I AM thankful for it!!)



Saturday, November 10, 2007

Happy Birthday to ME!




So, I am officially an adult now, I have decided. At 25, you're still in that half way point where you can be considered a "young adult", but I think at 26, it's closer to 30, and then when you are 30, it's downhill from there. No, just kidding. I actually cannot wait to be in my 30s'.......*sigh*.....
Today I woke up and went to get a massage. When I came home, Jason had a HUGE bouquet of flowers sitting in vase. After I trimmed his beard in my pink bath robe and hot pink crocs in our backyard, Jace and I met up with Kirsten at Walmart because I always know I can expect a good time and leave in a wonderful mood.
I checked Josie's blog, because I was ordered to do that, and saw that they have posted a sweet cake they made in honor of my birthday, even though they are a zillion miles away.....I LOVE THE CAKE!!! I wish I could eat it!
Tonight we are going to see the ballet west production of the 3 Musketeers. I got hooked up with sweet seats, and Jason had planned to take me to the Utah Football game, but we are going to the ballet instead, and my hubby is such a good sport that he hasn't said a word about it except that, "It will be a great time." Yay. And I have had so many birthday wishes from friends and family. I love you all!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Dave Ramsey Addict


I freaking LOVE Dave Ramsey, the "financial guru." (and I have to admit he is a good looking older guy??? Right???) I cannot get enough of him, seriously. I make it a priority to read his books and listen to him on AM 570 as often as I can. My favorite quote from him is, "If you cannot pay for it in cash, you don't need it." And my favorite thing is when people call in once they are Debt free, and they have this tradition where Dave has the caller yell as loud as possible, "I'M DEBT FREE!!!" Maybe you should start listening to hear me call in one day and yell that......
I know, I know....I have serious issues when it comes to talk radio, but this guy is a miracle worker. Am I the only one who knows about this awesome guy???

Monday, November 5, 2007

Teeth Suck!




"there is always someone worse off than you..."
( p.s. Man, I love those grills!!!)


For those of you that don't know, I should be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the "Youngest person to have 500 medical/vision/dental problems." Hmmm....anyone know how I go ahead and do that? Oh, and puhleeeeze comment if you are in the same boat as I as far as dental troubles so I can feel less like an alien freak.

Anyhow, Besides having over like, 30 cavities, 6 crowns, and more root canals than I can shake a stick at, things were going OK. My crown that was put on for the THIRD time (yes, that is 3 crowns at about $1000 a pop.....) fell off AGAIN. Honestly. So my only options are to:
  • Go through a horrible, painful, yucky surgery ( involving an implant and yet another porcelain veneer) that most people either: *Never have to do OR they don't have to even THINK about it until they are 80 or 90*
  • Try yet another crown (yep.....4th f-ing crown, $1000 gone from my savings) and cross our fingers that it really really will cooperate and hold for good.

First of all, I tell my dentist,
ERIKA: "Hey. Val. Honestly. What makes you think that the 4th time around is going to be "THE" time the crown will stay on? Aren't we kinda delaying the inevitable?"
VAL: "Isn't everything we do in life just delaying the inevitable?"
ERIKA: No words. Just anger. And rolling eyes.

Why-oh-why do I have to be plagued with one health crisis after another???? Let's be real. I have had MORE than my fair share of crap. I think I need a break. From life. For about 2 years, so I can save up enough $$ to take care of the "inevitable" teeth issues I will have each year. Below are the lovely veneers I hope to one day get.....after I take up a third job and sell stuff on Craigslist......(wonderful idea erika!)