Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wasting Time!

SOOOO, I'm doing this because if I don't do SOMETHING I will fall asleep and never make it home after this ETERNAL nightshift! I swear I've done this questionare in a million different forms..but here goes:

How long have you been married? Almost exactly 2 incredibly wonderful years..just had a great trip to San Fran to prove it (I'll post the pics some day!)

How old is your spouse? 31 (almost 32..but people would never guess it, he looks pretty dang young.)

Who eats more? Well, you would think Jeff, but this is a tricky one to answer..because I think I eat more FREQUENTLY..which could ultimately equal more food....?

Who said I love you first? It was a joint thing, honest. We were both very hesitant to put ourselves out there..but I had the urge to say it for months before I did!

Who is taller? Oh, definately J..I can almost match him with some of my heels, though.

Who sings better? I don't think I've ever heard Jeff ever try to sing seriously...he's always joking around.

Who is smarter? We're both experts in different together we make one Einstein.

Who controls the T.V. remote? Jeff, and I really couldn't care less.

Whose temper is worse? I'm definitely the moodiest of us, and J is SO patient with me! But we have this great understanding of each other where we can tell if the other is starting to get rubbed the wrong way, so we can walk away from it for a while...sounds corny (and annoying, I'm sure, but it's true!)

Who does the laundry? Joint effort. I think J is actually more persnikity about seperating whites and colors..haha :)

Who does the dishes? Once again, joint effort..but we have an agreement that if 1 person cooks the other usually does the dishes..but I always do pots..J hates'em.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Jeffrey Scott Newman

Who cooks dinner? Now the real question here is who cooks the BEST dinners? And that answer is Jeff, hands down! He is chef extraoridinare (did I spell that right?) Honestly guys, he makes the most amazing meals!

Who is more stubborn? We're both pretty stubborn, but I think I win here.

Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? I think it's me..I have a terrible guilt complex and I can't stand to hurt/upset the people I love.

Who has more friends? Does it really matter? I'm married to my BEST friend, and that's all that's important!

Who has more siblings? poor, poor parents..haha

Who wears the pants in the family? It's a give and take, depending on the situation..but we never make decisions without talking to the other person!

OK, so when ya'll get bored, do this survey!

Monday, May 26, 2008


I was asked tonight by a patient if my job makes me live in fear. This isn't the first time I've been asked this question..or at least a similar one, by patients or their families. And I have to admit that some days every mole is cancerous, every bruise is hiding leukemia. But I didn't want to say this to my patient..her reality is rough enough right now and she doesn't need to deal with my problems. But I hate being fake and shallow, and I wanted to give her and honest answer. So off the top of my head all I could think of was 'No. It makes me live in love.' And that was good enough for her. So she rolled over and went back to sleep (it's 2 AM, no one should be up right now!). And I walked out of her room. But now as I'm sitting down to chart, her question comes back..and my answer. I'd just said what first came to my mind. But the more I think about's true. I'm constantly reminding myself that no matter what I do, I may not be able to prevent the people I love, or myself, from some day facing cancer, or a car accident, or any other terrible, life changing event. And so, with that continuously in my thoughts, I've decided I don't ever want to miss a chance to say I love you. To snuggle and hug and talk..and laugh. I don't want to waste time bickering over things that don't matter (laundry, dishes, missed phone calls, etc). I'm always reading the newspaper and shaking my head at how sad the stories are..always thinking 'I'm so glad it's not me.' It's always someone else. But one day, you are the someone else. And I think that that is one of the greatest blessings of my job: every day I come here..I walk away more determined to live my life in love! I know it sounds corny, and I know when I read this a few days from now I'll wonder what I was thinking. But it's true :) So, to all my family and friends..I don't tell you this enough: I LOVE YOU!

Saturday, May 17, 2008


We went out to dinner tonight with family to celebrate Jeff's V.P. title FINALLY coming through!  He works so hard and really deserves this :)  I love you, Sweetie, thanks for everything you do for me and us...I am a lucky, lucky girl!

Bryan (bro-in-law) , Bill & Joanne (J's parents) Heather (J's sister) & J & our cute little niece, Lexi (who is now going to be a big sister...CONGRATS Heather & Bryan!!!)

He looks tired (and red)...we were outside working on our gardens at my parents all day (thanks Mom & Dad, for the garden space!)..I hope it all grows :)

Lexi LOVED her mom's spaghetti!  She's got such a spit-fire personality!

BTW, we went to Stoneground, this great little restaurant in SLC...the food is AMAZING!  I highly recommend it if you're looking for something other than your run-of-the-mill Chili's or Applebees..but I'll warn you now: when they say some of the dishes are spicy, they ain't lyin'!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


As some of you may not know, smells are a big deal to me! (Jeff knows this quite well) Especially at home..I'm obsessed with making sure our little home smells good at all times..I hate cooking all things malodorous (bacon, fish, greasy things that require frying) because the stank sticks in the house (AND my hair, for that matter) and it reminds me of every abode I ever went into as a child that was grungy, poorly cared for and all together 'yucky'..I can't stand it! It makes my skin crawl. ANYHOW, the point of my whole story: Saturday Jeff made an absolutely scrumptious meal of Horseradish Encrusted was SO yummy! However, the downside, as you all can guess by now, is that the smell stuck around. And then we realized it was sticking around much longer than we expected! We took out the garbage, I put orange peels and baking soda down our garbage disposal, washed every towel in the place...the smell persisted..not in a 'puke your guts out' kind of way. But in a PERSISTENT way! Well, today, my friends, I have victory! I've wiped every cupboard and Lysol'd every coutertop..and I think I win! The smell has been evicted! If not, I'm sure you'll hear about it :)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Green Thumbs!

I am extremely pleased with us (Jeff and I)..because we did some gardening yesterday! And after the digging and weeding, our yard (when I say yard, I mean small square of dirt..haha) actually looks like it could have some potential! We haven't really felt the need to do much with our back 'nook' as of lately because we're really hoping to sell our townhouse, and the yard looks clean and presentable. But yesterday, Jeff decided we should have fun with what we've got while we're here...he's always been the one 'botanically inclined' out of the two of us (he cooks, he gardens...what in the world do I do??:) SO, we researched some heat resistant plants, (our back yard tends to get quite warm in the summer, I mean, it IS the desert here, people!) went and got said heat resistant plants, and PLANTED them! (And yes, I helped!) Since I'm so pleased with our work I took some pics. I know they're nothing incredible, but I'm happy! Have a look-see!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Happy Anniversary To Us :)

It is amazingly gorgeous here...we're in this really neat cottage in this cute little town, Point Reyes, SOOO relaxing!

Friday, May 2, 2008

It's about time!

I have a dark secret to admit: I haven't painted my toenails since October of 2007!  Yup, that's right...6 months without new paint...a whole half a year!!  So in the months following October, the cute little Halloween themed pedicure I'd gotten slowly peeled off into oblivion.  The skull and crossbones were still present for Christmas (that's mildly morbid, now that I think about it), but come February I took initiative and scraped'em off..leaving just smudges of orange (I'm surprised the polish lasted as long as it did..tough stuff!)  And that, too, finally got clipped off.  So, see, I didn't neglect my foot hygiene..they still looked presentable, if not mildly knobby (I'm a little concerned I have Hobbit-esque foot tendencies, even though I know it's probably because of my running shoes).  Every once in a while I'd look down at my nekked toenails and think 'gee, my feet would be much sexier with some paint on'em'  but that's as far as it would get.  Then yesterday I realized I'm going on vacation to a sunny, beach-y place..and wouldn't it be nice if my feet looked festive?  I raced upstairs to dig out my nail polishes...but they'd all dried up and seperated!  NO!!  So today I was a women a mission: NAIL POLISH!  My sole purpose in going to Target was to find a cute color.  Granted, I also came away with new mascara, cheap sunglasses, a blue shower pouf....haha :)  But I also got nail polish: Speedy Hot Tamale! (the name just SOUNDS sassy!)  And as proof (because most of you will never see my toes) I took a pic!  (and just so you all know, that smudge on the 2nd toe of my left foot isn't's a scab from when I dropped a glass pan on my foot earlier this week.)