Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Pops!

It's my Dad's birthday today.
I love my Dad for the following reasons...
1. He's so gangsta...he even has P.Diddy pajamas...Holla!
2. He is me which is fun when we put stuff up too high for anyone to reach.
3. He has an amazing eclectic taste in music that he thankfully passed on to me.
4. He's a very dedicated and hard worker which is an example to us kids
5. He is SO FUNNY...seriously...he's such a crack up- another trait he passed on to me...obviously.
6. He is very strong spiritually. He loves the gospel. He loves his Father in Heaven. He is always ready to teach us doctrine we didn't know or understand and he has a way of explaining it that makes perfect sense. He bears his testimony frequently and we could never question his faith because it is unshakable.
7. He has worked very hard to keep us where we are and as comfortable as we can be through these hard times. I know how much he wants to be able to provide for us and tries as hard as he can.
So Happy Birthday Dad!
I hope it's amazing and wonderful and filled with lemon cake goodness and happy times!
We love you!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Big Trouble In Little China

Recently I have seen some truly amazing of them was called "Hot Rod"... could I have not seen this movie sooner? My bestest Jen told me about this movie and told me it was basically a documentary of the time we have spent together. After watching it I have to say Mazel Tov to Jen for getting that one exactly right. It was completely brilliant...from the casting to the dialog to the soundtrack (basically all Europe songs...I mean what could get better right?) Here's just a little tid bit....

So after watching that I was could it get any better right? Well then I saw this movie...

I was a little hesitant at first because it wasn't a movie that I ever saw promoted in any way but sometimes I have discovered that those kinds of movies are the best kinds of movies. This one was no different. The beginning was a little slow but honestly it was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Fun and so beautiful. I actually cried while watching it. I would definitely check it out if I were you!

And if you are just looking for a great feel good all over classic movie I would go with

I mean c'mon...have you ever seen Kurt Russel look so hot?
Happy Viewing!

Someone Better Do Something About That Monkey

The other night at work was an interesting one filled with one exciting event or another. My first exciting event happened when one of my patients started getting a bit...shall we say...forgetful? at around 11:30 pm. She was in there talking to "people" that weren't there. So I went in to check on her when she started is how the conversation progressed...
*"Hey (fill in blank name here) is everything ok?"
~"Someone better do something about that monkey"
* "What monkey?"
~"That monkey over there by the window"
...clearly we all know there is no said monkey by the window...
*"I don't see a monkey over by your window"
~"Well he's there and somebody better do something about it"
at this point I figure I will completely play into her monkey's really easier than trying to convince her otherwise...
*"Oh that monkey! Yeah he's nice though he won't hurt're in the hospital and you are safe I'll be back to check on you in a little while...try and get some sleep"
30 minutes pass...I am casually walking past the room and now the patient is talking very angrily and waving her arms
*"What's going on?"
~"There's this darn monkey in my bed and he's growling at me"
*"Oh really?"
~"Yes you shut up and get this monkey out of my bed!"
she's getting feisty now
*"Honey...I don't know how to get that monkey out of your bed..."
~"Well you better find someone who does!"
*"Ok I'll see what I can do..."
3 minutes pass and I re enter the room as the greatest invisible monkey catcher of all time...
*"Hi there (fill in the blank name) I heard you have a monkey problem? I'm here to take care of that for you..."
pretend to catch invisible monkey
*"Ok we've got him...I'm going to put him in this cage and we'll take care of him"
~"Well who does that monkey belong to?"
*"I'm not sure ma'am but we'll find out"
~"Yeah you better find out who is letting their monkey run around loose..where are you taking him?"
*"Well we'll probably take him to the zoo and then find out he belongs to ok?"
~"Yeah all right."

No more complaints of monkeys for the rest of the night. Who knew that catching invisible monkeys was in my job description...let alone something I would be so incredibly good at???
During that shift I also had a true blue celebrity as a patient and had another patient try to escape the floor in her birthday suit.
And no I don't work on the psych unit.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Utah or Indy?

So as most people know my family has been pretty heavily considering moving back to Utah...and by heavily considering I mean most likely are. At first I was fully prepared to stay here in Indy. My job is here....oh wait...yeah that's about all that is here. I have a few straggling friends here but some of them (ok one of them...and really the only one that counts) is married, has a baby, and lives a few hours away (shout out to Jen and the entire city of Mishawaka) although she lives here I don't see her as much as I would like. In Utah my whole Dad's side of the family lives there and many of my friends live out there...but in true Vanessa fashion I decided to make a pro/con list to help me make my decision.
Indiana Pros




My job
Colts Football

Crazy Rednecks


(I'm really glad I got my boyfriend to cooperate for this photo)
living close to amazing cities like

Indiana Cons

Crazy Rednecks

Utah Pros...



many activities for people in my same age group
closer to the ocean
Grandma Sycamore's bread...mmm delicious

nice breezy cool summer nights
Gateway Mall (the shopping center made by the hands of angels I'm pretty sure)
Park City...home of Robert Redford, The Sundance Film Festival and the Cirque Lodge where celebrities (or just Lindsay Lohan) go to rehab...

Living next to amazing cities like SAN FRANCISCO, SALT LAKE CITY, LAS VEGAS, LOS ANGELES
Utah Cons...
The Utah "Poof"...a hairstyle I've never been good at

no guaranteed job right away
too many of the same types of people
David Archuleta

So as you can see I have some big decision making a head of me...any suggestions?

He Wore An Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny... and white striped mankini???

Last week on The Bachelorette my dear buddy Ed broke these little babies out

....remind you of anyone? Like maybe the coolest guy on earth...maybe a guy who wears tight jeans and tiny shorts while FIGHTING CRIME..someone who is SO incredibly cool he is only known by one name...

Magnum (P.I. that is)

Oh Ed if I wasn't in love with you before you sure sealed the deal with those. Next week Jillian picks her's between Kiptyn and Ed...who receives the final rose???

I'm very literally on the edge of my seat.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Great Hair Debate...

Ok guys here's the deal...I am going to change my hair color. I'm going back to the blonde for a bit- at least through the summer and I'm trying to figure out what kind of blonde to go for. So I'm going to show you some pics and add a poll on the side of my blog (if I can figure out how...) and then have you guys vote ok? And I'm serious I need some help here or I'll be asking the Magic 8 ball and after the great Zack Morris fiasco of 1994...I'm not so trusting.
So here we go...
Blonde #1

Blonde #2

Blonde #3

Blonde #4

Vote vote vote!!!
And as far as cut goes I'm thinking this style...

with some of these sassy bangs...

any thoughts???

Ding Dong the Douche is Dead!

Wes is FINALLY gone....
maybe I have some trust in Jillian again after all???
Only time will tell.

p.s that's a pitchfork on the right...if you couldn't tell by my amazing skills of an artist.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Fond Farewell

Today was the memorial service for Michael Jackson. I thought it was completely beautiful and touching. Some highlights for me were...
Maya Angelou wrote a poem for MJ and it was phenomenal some of my favorite part of it...

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.

We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.

His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.

And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.

We are missing Michael.

But we do know we had him, and we are the world.

Then Brooke Shields spoke saying how they were very good friends and bonded over the fact they both had to grow up fast but when they were together they were just two little kids having fun and laughing. She compared Michael Jackson to "The Little Prince" using a passage from the book...

"What moves me so deeply about this sleeping little prince is his loyalty to a flower--the image of a rose shining within him like a flame within a lamp, even when he's asleep... And I realized he was even more fragile than I thought. Lamps must be protected. A gust of wind can blow them out. Here is my secret. It is very simple: One sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes."

She closed by saying MJ always saw things with his heart. It was incredibly heartfelt and moving.
The musical tributes were amazing as well. Mariah Carey singing "I'll Be There", Jermaine Jackson singing "Smile" and my personal favorite Usher sang "Gone Too Soon"

All in all it was a beautiful and fitting tribute. Hopefully Michael and his family can now rest in peace. I will admit that I bawled. You could just feel the sincerity in the feelings expressed and his daughter spoke and broke everyone's hearts. I think people forgot he was a father as well.
Beautiful. He will be greatly missed by many including me.
Long live the King of Pop. The greatest entertainer to ever live. (In my humble opinion)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

America The Beautiful...and the wet.

Happy Independence Day from good ol' Fishers IN...

Ok so maybe that's an exaggeration...but it really was not ideal weather for firework watching. It was a bit of a let down for me because 4th of July is my favorite holiday...sorry Christmas...but maybe you should have fireworks and then I would like you best. But anyway...
This is the first year I think that while watching fireworks you needed one of three things (if not all)...
1. umbrella
2. hoodie
3. poncho

seriously...we were cold...and wet.
This was the first year that my dad wasn't here for a holiday so it was kind of weird. Luckily Mark Starnes was generous enough to stand in for my dad because his wife was out of town too...
We went to watch fireworks and ended up watching a lot of them from the car. Then practically witnessed Stadium of Fire in my own neighborhood (so screw you Connor Prairie....) I mean seriously guys...aren't those fireworks supposed to be illegal?
Even though it was strange to be freezing cold in was still fun.
Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday! Unlike this mannequin who is demonstrating the dangers of home fireworks...

I am so grateful to be living in the country where we can enjoy our freedom. One of my favorite quotes is..."Land of the free because of the brave"...thank you to everyone who serves our country. We are blessed to have such self sacrificing people in the world.
I'm proud to be an American.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I miss somebody right now.
I like drinks with a lot of ice.
I've never lived in another country.
I have several hobbies.
I can't watch scary movies.
I wear glasses or contact lenses.
I love to play video games.
I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.
I’m TOTALLY smart.
I’m paranoid sometimes.
I need money right now.
I LOVE pink lemonade .
I talk really, really fast.
I want my long hair back
I couldn’t survive without Caller ID.
I like the way I look. Most days.
I have a lot of mood swings.
I have a hidden talent.
Sometimes people think I'm mean. But really I'm just protective.
I’m always hyper no matter how much sugar I have.
I have a lot of friends.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants or scrubs.
I love to shop.
Enjoy window shopping.
I don’t hate anyone.
I’m a pretty good dancer.
I have a cell phone.
I believe in God.
I watch MTV on a daily basis.
I love finally knowing what I want to do for the rest of my life
I want to have children in the future.
I have a lot to learn.
I am sometimes shy around the opposite sex.
I LOVE Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it.
I am happy at this moment.
I’m obsessed with guys.
I love school.
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I’ve ever met.
I am comfortable with who I am right now.
I walk barefoot wherever i can.
I love sea turtles.
I spend ridiculous money on makeup (and I don't even like wearing it)
I plan on achieving a major goal/dream.

I worked at Papa Murphys Take N Bake Pizza.
I hate office jobs.
I love indie movies.
I think water rules.
I want to live in Boston.
I want to live in Nashville.
I want to live in as many different cities as possible.
I usually like covers better than originals.
I can pick up things with my toes.
I can’t whistle.
I still have every journal I’ve ever written in.
I talk in my sleep.
I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions.
Climbing trees is a brilliant past-time.
I can’t stand at LEAST one person that I work with.
Pink makes me happy
I am a caffeine junkie.
I love my friends.
I've always wanted to be Audrey Hepburn.
I believe in love stories and fairy tales.
I believe in being fearless but sometimes I'm not.
I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical the better.
I only clean my room when necessary.
Fabulous is my favorite word.
I am an adrenaline junkie.
I love being happy.
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