Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Danny has an internship for this summer!!

He will be working for the information/communication department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We are so excited! It is such a blessing to have this internship.

Danny looked at opportunities here, Dallas, and a little bit in LA. If Dallas had worked out we both would have gone and crashed at my dad's house all summer. That way we would be able to continue paying rent on our place here. Which we really didn't want to lose because we love this house and we would have had to find a place for a semester. If California had an internship Danny would have stayed with his parents and I would have stayed here in Utah. Same idea, to keep this house. I am rather relieved that California didn't happen. I would have been okay, but I sure would miss the guy.

But anyway, with this one, we don't have to worry about any of that! All we have to worry about now is transportation. Yikes! But we know something will work out.

So, that is that. It is kind of fun having our life planned, to an extent, for the next several months but then after those several months we have NO IDEA where will we be or what we will be doing. That is exciting too.


the Bakkers

Friday, November 06, 2009

1 little 2 little 3 little...


I just finished cleaning up my closet, organizing, and putting away summer stuff that does not lend itself to layering. I pulled out my winter clothes and counted..I have 5 cable knit turtle neck sweaters and 3 ribbed turtle neck sweaters.

Alright class, today's question is: What is Cali's favorite winter top???

Turtle neck sweaters!!!!! They are so cozy. So comfy. And so many pretty colors.

It felt strange to be getting out sweaters when it was 60 some odd degrees today. Utah weather has been so loony lately. I don't mind it being warmer longer, it is just weird.

This weekend is the Biggest Sale of them All at JCPenney. Work will be long, and busy.

Let's see, I need to put up Halloween pictures but first I need to get the pictures from my camera to my computer.

I got a text message that my good friend, Anna, had her baby. Huzzah!!! I am excited to see little baby Konneker. I don't think we will be able to go visit them at the hospital though. Stupid Swine Flu freak out.

The BYU bookstore had some good books on sale today. I bought them with birthday money. A few of them I am saving in anticipation of a year from now. I will be missing going to classes terribly. So I bought a book about John and Abigail Adams and a book about how people find happiness 'wrong'.

Not much else to report. Danny is doing well. I am doing well. We are happy.


The Bakkers

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Grateful to have options, but seriously?

Ever since I had the glorious revelation that I will be graduating crazy soon, I have had so many emotions floating around at the same time!! I almost feel like a teenager again! ;)

First dilemma: what do I want to do for my capstone?? I keep weighing the options of: 1) What will I enjoy? 2) What is the most practical? 3) What will help me be more marketable to future employers?
I would enjoy mediating, peer tutoring, or psych. teaching.
They are all practical to an extent. This blends into the next one.

I have no idea what to do with my degree! There is not much to do with a BS in Psychology. Grad. school is not an option unfortunately (which leads to another one of my crazy emotional trains of regret, shame, annoyance with myself, etc.) I would enjoy having a career as an academic adviser, or peer tutor. I would even love to be a professional mediator. (do they even have those?) I just want to feel secure in whatever I choose.

The ideal plan for Danny and I is that someday I will stay at home with our children. This is something I have wanted to be able to do for a while now. I want to be there for our kids and help them with homework and take care of them. However, if something were to happen to Danny (I hate that thought) or if Danny looses his job, etc etc etc. I want to have a good degree and good experience that will help me get a good job to help our family financially.

These thoughts keep dancing through my head while I try to make my decision. I am so terrified that I will choose the wrong thing and then later in life when I try to find a job I won't be able to! It's a lot of pressure!

Also, what do I do immediately after I graduate? Danny doesn't graduate till December. Hopefully we will be leaving Provo after that. I do not know if I will be able to find a good job that will only hire me for a short time. So do I stay at JcPenney? Maybe find another part time job? I don't know.

For as long as I can remember I have been going to school. Elementary school turned to middle school. Middle school turned into High School. High school turned into College. I always knew what I was doing the following semester and the following year. I got married, but still there was school. And now, all of the sudden, I will not have school anymore. I will have my whole life ahead of me. It's like staring into an abyss. I will be a fully fledged adult! Yikes!!!

These ramblings are an insight into my mind right now. I get so excited about graduating. Excited to be done with school and excited to move into the next phase of my life. This is followed by fear though, fear of the unknown. I also feel sad. I do love school. I love to learn and I will miss going to class (as sick and masochistic as that sounds). This is also usually paired with regret for not doing better in school and annoyance with myself for taking so long to realize my strengths and weaknesses and how to follow my strengths instead of other people's opinions.

In other words, my poor brain has had a very tiring week. haha.

I do feel blessed to have all these options and to have been able to attend a university in the first place. I am also so blessed to be married to a wonderful and supportive husband who loves me and will continue to love me no matter what I choose to do. I am also blessed with faith. Faith that Heavenly Father can help guide me.

Whew! See what I mean? So many emotions! I am happy to receive any advice that you people might have! Hint. Hint. ;)

On top of that my allergies are loco. I do take pity on my head.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

April Showers bring Graduation Flowers?

I applied for graduation today!

I will be graduating in April 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, emphasis in Clinical Psychology.

While filling out the graduation form I got so excited and a little emotional which was rather stupid. I was beaming when I turned the form back in. I am pretty sure they thought I was the biggest dork. Who cares though, I am graduating.

I have decided to walk. I wasn't super thrilled to, but most people have told me I will regret not walking later. And I know how much my family wants to see me walk.

On that note, the BYU website says tickets are not needed for the graduation so come one and come all!

As for post grad. plans: Danny doesn't graduate till the following December so we will definitely still be in Provo. I am not going to graduate school. Yes, I know that horribly limits me of what I can do with my major, but due to stupid mistakes I made (and learned from. I should write a book.) I don't have the grades or extra stuff to get accepted to a Master's Program. So I will either settle down with some random job and eventually get a teaching certificate or something awesome like that. I can be the teacher I always wanted to be! Or when Danny and I have kids I will be a full time mommy. I am good with either option.

But right now I am basking in the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Perhaps I could make a paper chain countdown? ;)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Swedish Chef

Sometimes I like to try to talk like this guy...

Yes, the Swedish Chef. My impression of him is terrible.

If I had to pick a favorite Muppet, it would be him I think. Of course after I say that I feel bad that I am neglecting Gonzo, Statler and Waldorf, and Beaker.

Sometimes when I am cooking though, I can't help it. I start talking in a ridiculous Swedish accent and say bork bork.

(If I am not doing that I am probably singing Les Poissons from Little Mermaid.)

All my ramblings about the Swedish Chef is basically my way of saying I have nothing important to update on!

Danny and I are good. School is busy but good. Erick, Danny's bro, visited over the weekend which was lots of fun.

I made some customers very happy at work today. I like it when that happens.

And that is just about it!

Oh, and birthday is on Thursday. Rock on.


The Bakkers

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ponderings about Autumn

This is a picture I found of the Wasatch mountains. It doesn't have the awesome trees but it is an idea of what I look at when I look to the east.

I was walking home today by way of the tennis courts at BYU. Behind the courts there are these big and gorgeous trees. Trees that make me feel like I am actually not living in a desert type environment that maybe I am someplace like the creek by my old house...or Tennessee. Ok, they're not THAT luscious of trees. Anyway.

As I was walking by these trees I noticed two small sunflowers. I don't remember what these flowers are called but they are beautiful. They look just like mini sunflowers. As I looked at these flowers blowing around in the wind, the thought struck me that these are probably some of the last flowers I will see for a very long time. Why you may ask? Because winter is right around the corner. I said a mental goodbye to these flowers which to me represent happiness in a cheesy way. I continued to walk by these trees and I began thinking about how bittersweet autumn is.

Think about it, winter, while snow can be beautiful, pretty much all the trees and flowers are dead/dormant. That is not very happy for someone who adores plant life. Autumn is like nature's way of saying goodbye.

Summer is green and beautiful, but the colors that fall bring in are vibrant, and calming in a way with warm tones of orange, red, and yellow. Nature is saying, "Hey, I know winter can be kind of long so let me go out with a bang! Let me be extra beautiful for you before the world turns white and grey."

So, thank you autumn! It wouldn't be the same if the world went from green straight to white. It is nice to have this transitional period to say goodbye and adjust to life indoors and under blankets. (which I do love blankets).

As I walked the rest of the way home I looked all around me drinking in every last bit of color, every last leaf, and every last petal. I will continue to do this until the snow comes.

Bitter because winter is coming. Sweet because autumn is beautiful.

That is my cheesy, and rather dramatic take on Fall. Like it?

*side note: Obviously, I am an avid appreciator of nature. One reason is that it is beautiful to look at. Another reason is, in a way, observing nature is a way of feeling closer to my Heavenly Father. But that is another post for another time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall in Love with Fall


I love this season. All the colors, so marvelous.


Well, this blog is a year old as of yesterday. So a belated happy birthday to my blog. Maybe this year I will do better at writing interesting posts and more often. We'll see.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drip Drop Drip Drop

I am absolutely loving the weather today!

It rained like crazy for a little bit with some fantastic thunder and then it was cloudy and cool and then it has been a light rain the rest of the day/night.

Danny and I both enjoy rainy weather and clouds. Especially when we start to get fall color, I love the clouds. The bright sunlight washes out the colors and there are some beautiful reddish orange spots of color popping out all over the mountains. Today with the clouds it was simply stunning.

My super awesome aunt, uncle, and cousins are in town. My cousin Hayden goes into the MTC on Wednesday. I can not believe he is old enough for that!! He's 19? A missionary? Already??? Time sure does fly.

I am using headphones to listen to my iPod rather loudly. My Disney playlist is on and I am being an uber dork and rocking out to Disney songs. You know, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, etc. This music is just so good. Most of it has good morals or stories to the music and it makes me feel little kiddish I guess. I finally noticed that The Wonderful Thing about Tigger song actually has a spring noise in the background. I found myself bouncing up and down to it. How could you not?? It's such a bouncy song.

Anyway, I need to stop listening to my music and go to bed but I am having too much fun.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Three posts in one day??

Can this be real? Yes it can! My third post in ONE day! Maybe it is over kill now but something happened at work that I felt like mentioning here.

I have believed for quite a while that if you want to see how inconsiderate, rude, and lazy people can be; work retail. I have so many stories and examples of people at possibly their worst every day I work!

For the most part I feel that I do a very good job at dealing with rudeness with patience and good customer service. But every now and then it is too much and I have to admit, I get frustrated. Noticeably frustrated. Today was one of those days.

Today at work, it was busier than it has been for several weeks. First of all, it is a pet peeve of mine when customers think they are the ONLY ones there. I do my best to help everyone and for the most part people see that it is busy and realize they can not monopolize me. Every now and then someone thinks they deserve all the help. Anyway, this lady and her daughter came in today looking for ties for the daughter's wedding. Of course I help them. Here are some problems with wedding ties that it is important to realize, and relatively common sense, if you are looking for a color that is not in season you WILL have a difficult time finding that color. If you are not willing to be creative or flexible you WILL not find ties. If you procrastinate you WILL not find ties. So these people were looking for SAGE green ties, the spring type sage green, and the wedding is on this Saturday!! I understand that they were stressed but that is absolutely no excuse for how they were talking to me and how rude they were! They were incredibly demanding, incredibly rude, and expected me to stand there while they debated what to do in case they think of a question. Well, I dealt with all that relatively well. But it was busy and a lot of people were needing help that were not getting help. So I am starting to get frustrated.

Well, we go back to the desk and I look up stock on these ties, etc. No luck. She then proceeded to act like it was my fault that we did not have more ties.

When the ties they wanted were coming to a dead end she decided it would be a good time to do a return of these two shirts that we have had in our store for quite some time now. Of course there is a line gathering behind them and people are just getting generally frustrated, including me. Well, she did not have a receipt for these shirts. Our policy is that we can still do the return but they only get the lowest sale price in the past 30 days and it has to go on a merchandise voucher (a gift card basically). I explain this policy to her and she looked annoyed but asked to see the value she would get for the shirts. So I start the process and tell her that she will be getting 21.99 for each shirt. (they are usually on sale for about 24.99 so not a huge difference). Wow. Boy was she annoyed at the 21.99 price!! She insisted that she had bought these shirts for 48.00!! I told her in a professional, but frustrated manner, that I have never seen these shirts full price and even if they were full price the price would only be 45.00. And she gets upset and tells me she will take the shirts back and try to find her receipt. Oh, and she wanted cash back. Ridiculous. Anyway, I say that's fine and give her her shirts back and she leaves.

Well, one of my coworkers over in the Men's dept comes over to me later and asks me what happened with this lady. So I tell him the story. I guess this lady and gone to that desk and complained about me saying that I had called her a liar. I have to admit. I laughed. Is that horrible of me? I did not call her a liar. I IMPLIED she was lying. Which people do. That is why we had to make our return policy stricter. Anywho- my coworker got a kick out of it too.

What really upset me though is later I was helping another customer and trying to explain some things to some complicated questions. Well this lady comes back and butts into the middle of our conversation and demands to know my name even reaching to grab my name badge! So I tell her very briskly that my name is Cali. She storms off. I think she made a complaint about me. I am not really concerned about this. Maybe it is cocky of me. But I have so many compliments and good things said by customers that it is no big deal.

The whole point of this is that all this lady accomplished is looking like a rude word I shouldn't say not only to me but to a few of my coworkers who witnessed the scene and who found out about it. Yes I was in the wrong too because I got frustrated but everyone has a breaking point.

So please pleas please, don't be idiots when you shop. Realize that for the most part the associates want to help you and will do what they can to help you but if it is busy then wait your turn and they can only do things with in store policy. Common courtesy people. Common courtesy.

That is my rant/puplic service announcement for the night. ;)

Hi, I forgot something...

August 25th was our 2 year anniversary!!!

That's right folks, Danny and I have been married for two whole years! We have loved every minute of it.

I love him. I could go on and on and be all mushy but suffice it to say that he is truly wonderful and is perfect for me. I feel blessed every day and I love our small and simple life we have established over the last two years.

Here's to eternity!

I skipped the entire month of August...

Let's see, Let's see. I really should do better at updating the ol' blog.

Danny and I went to Texas in early August. It was a short and sweet trip. I spent a good deal of time swimming which was completely fantastic. I love love love water.

Oh and we went to Six Flags. I had not been to Six Flags for about 4 years. We road most of the big rides and it was not too busy so the lines all went very quickly which was happy for me because I hate lines.

I am sad to say that the shoes I am wearing in this picture died at Six Flags. They had been getting worn around the soles. Considering I have had these shoes for 5-6 years they lived a good long shoe life. And what a place for a shoe to die, right? The hard part of the sole ended up falling off so I was walking around on the cushy part.

My sister-in-law is at Toni and Guy hair school. She cut and highlighted my hair while I was there. I went with a color very close to my natural color because I did not want to mess with the upkeep and it looking funny when it grows out. So, it is just a little brighter and a little redder.

School is back in full swing. Danny is taking his first group of masters level courses. So far he seems to be enjoying them.

I am taking four psychology classes. Two will be challenging but worth it, I hope. The other two will be fun and interesting.

I threw my friend a baby shower this last weekend! I had so much fun planning it and I have to say I think I did a good job considering I have never thrown a baby shower before. Or any kind of shower really. The guests seemed to enjoy themselves and most importantly the mommy-to-be enjoyed herself. I would have to say that my favorite part was decorating the onesies. People came up with some really cute designs!

Danny is currently on his way to Rexburg, ID to drop his brother off at BYU:Idaho. Erick stayed with us for the weekend and it was lots of fun. Hopefully Erick will be able to visit us semi often. Danny and I decided to rent a car to drive him up. Our car is too fragile to drive that far. We figured renting a car would be a good idea because: first, it is sometimes cheapest to fly into SLC airport and then drive the rest of the way to Rexburg. Second: since Erick would be in a car instead of a bus we were able to take him around town down here and get set up with food in bulk from Sam's and some pots/pans, etc. I would love to have gone with them but I have to work today. Labor day.

Oh, so Happy Labor Day everyone!

And that is just about it.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Possessed Car

Yesterday when I drove to work was the first time we drove the car since I left for California. Well, as I was driving to work I felt like I was going kind of fast so I looked down at the speedometer and it's NOT MOVING! I thought, "hmm. That's not right."

Well, on the way home I realized the odometer wasn't working either.

The car sat in the driveway all night.

This morning I was going to work and the speedometer and odometer are working! It's like nothing happened.

I have decided that my car is possessed...or bipolar...or just has an attitude problem.

But to be serious, I am relieved. We weren't sure if it was something we could fix or we would have to take it in for ANOTHER repair. Hooray for blessings!

Oh, and check it out, a post two days in a row! Don't get used to it. :P

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


On Sunday Danny and I got back from California. It was a long, but fun trip. We took a few pictures that I will post at some point. No promises though. We did not take that many pictures. I was too lazy to use the camera and I have not been encouraging Danny to take pictures because I would end up in some of them. I am not happy with the way I look right now, so the less evidence about it, the better.

Danny went to California on Wednesday 17. Erick, his brother, got back from his mission the morning of the 18. I followed on the 20. I could not get earlier in the week off because it was Father's Day.

Anywho- Erick made it safely back and seems to be adjusting ok. Danny loved hanging out with his brother again. Those two are goofy together. It's fun. We spent the majority of the week hanging around the house watching movies and playing Wii. Marsha spent as much time as humanly possible playing with me and following me around. It was cute. She thinks I'm awesome or something.

Monday we went to Seal Beach and ate at Ruby's on the end of the pier. I had a delicious oreo milkshake. We also played in the ocean for a bit. None of us had our suits so it was just sticking our feet in until a big wave got the best of Marsha. She got pretty wet. Oh, and I am happy to report that only the top of my scalp got sunburned!! I was out in the sun for a long time too. Plenty of time to turn me into a lobster. I put on an obscene amount of SPF 70 sunscreen. I was reflecting the sun I think.

Friday night Danny and I went with Bryan, Nicole and Zach (nicole's younger brother) to Santa Monica Pier. That was a blast. Nicole, Danny and I rode the Ferris Wheel and ate a funnel cake. Yummy. It was fun to walk around and see what all the street vendors were selling/doing. There was this one guy that would sculpt your face in clay. Nicole had that done. He did a great job and was really fast.

It was a nice trip but Danny and I were happy to be back in our own home. We're pretty sure Erasmus had no idea we left, but we were happy to see him anyway.

It's July 1! That means summer is about half way over. I am sad to report that I have made horrible progress on my summer reading list. I need to work on that. I also made a few other lists of things I would like to work on, or get in the habit of doing by the end of summer. If I'm lucky I might finally recover the dining chairs!

Other than that not much is going on. I have to go back to work today. Danny gets Friday off for the 4th of July. I have to work on the 4th but at least I get time and a half! Yeehaw!!

Monday, June 08, 2009


I love sunflowers. They are beautiful and bright and cheerful. I also love how tall they can grow and how they look like and tend to face the sun. I'm sure there's some cheesy analogy in there about how Sunflowers are always optimistic and looking to the 'sunny side.' Maybe that is why I love them so much.

I have made something of a personal break through, or maybe personal realization is a better way to describe it. Let me explain:

Last Wednesday I went into work and was told by our HR person that Steven, my manager had been killed in a car crash. I was shocked. The accident had occured on Saturday and he died the next day in the hospital. The HR person was very sweet and gave me a hug and through her own tears asked if I would be okay. I told her that yes, I was fine. Just shocked and sad but I could work. She told me the funeral was Thursday and if I would like to go they would arrange it. I told her I would think about it. Steven was a great person and a wonderful manager butI did not think I needed to go to his funeral. We weren't very close, or family and I do not like funerals..too much sadness. Well, I thought about it and decided I should go.

So, on Thursday several of us from work all carpooled to somewhere near Salt Lake City for the funeral. I am so incredibly glad I decided to attend.

There were so many people there! Family, friends, fellow church members, and coworkers past and present. It was a testament to just how great of a person Steven was that so many people would attend to pay their repsects.

I expected the funeral to be a cry-fest and horribly sad. Steven, after all, was only 42 and left behind a wife and four children ages about 19-8. While of course there were tears and sad feelings, there was a prevaling feeling of comfort and, almost of joy. I did not expect that. Part of it was the enormous amount of yellow flowers. It's hard to be incredibly sad when you're staring at wreaths of bright and beautiful yellow roses. I believe though, that the feelings of joy actually eminated from his wife and children. They, or course, were very sad to lose a beloved husband and father, but at the same time they were calm. They said a small tribute to Steven at the end of the funeral. His wife explained what happened during the accident (he was rear ended waiting for a red light by a large truck going 60mph). She was sad, but shared with us such a strong testimony that she knew she and Steven would be together again and a sense of understanding that it was Steven's time to go. I was amazed. This is where the feeling of joy came from; knowing ultimately that families can be together forever. And even though death is sad, and we will miss those that leave this earth before us, it is only for a little while. In the end families will be reunited and all will be well.

I always have known families can be together forever. I, as many other Latter-day Saint children, sung the primary song about it. But this was the first time I really KNEW it. The first time I really stopped and pondered. During my Grandpa Ken's funeral, and the year before my Great-Grandpa Norm's funeral, I was so concerned about the rest of my family that I never stopped to think about what it all meant to me. During my Grandpa Ken's funeral I was watching my Dad and his siblings, and my Grandma ready to give as comforting a hug as I could manage if need be. There have been other funerals in my family before those but I do not really remember them. I was too young or too oblivious. So this was my first opportunity to ponder the Plan of Salvation and what it really means to me. And what I found is I LOVE IT! :D Profound, right?

One of the floral arrangements was a wreath of sunflowers. And well, I love sunflowers so I looked at this wreath through most of the funeral. And here is the cheesy sunflower analogy: Just as sunflowers grow tall and bright and even resemble the sun (or 'son') we too can grow through our personal trials and look on the sunny side of things because in the end all will be well and we will be with those we love. At this point I could start singing Keep on the Sunny Side, but I will refrain. (you're welcome).

And that is life right now. Danny and I are working. I get to see my Grammy on Wednesday as she drives through Utah with a friend on a trip. We go to California in a little under two weeks. And that's that.

Oh, and our car is back and working well.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Good News


I am so proud of this guy! Danny is, by nature, such a hard and dedicated worker. He is also very smart.

Anyway, this means we will be here for at least another 1.5 years.

Starting in August he will be a Graduate Student.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


So, I'm not good at remembering to write in a journal, I guess this translates to a blog too.

Well, since I last wrote Danny and I finished up our semester. Danny's grades were amazing! That guy is so smart! Three of my grades were good and two were not so good. It was a rough semester. My best grade was an A- in my Adolescent Development class.

Let's see, we finally have seen all the bills from my appendectomy. We were able to pay off the smaller ones as they came. My dad helped with the hospital stay and we are taking care of the rest.

We also finally took the car into a shop. We decided to fix it. And we are praying that nothing else goes wrong with it for a couple years. We thought about getting a nice used car and we have enough for a down payment on it, but not quite enough for the monthly payments after that. Anyway, Lenny should be done on Friday. I am so excited to have our car back. I really miss driving. I actually enjoy driving.

My maternal grandparents were in town over the past couple of days. We had a great time. I showed them around campus and we had lunch at the Cougar Eat. Yesterday we went to Mt. Timpanogos Cave. I was very impressed that my grandparents, who are in their 70s made it up the 1.5 mile hike. It was steep. We did take a few breaks, but Danny and I welcomed them too. ;) The cave was amazing! My grandparents went to the cave 55 years ago when they were courting. We also enjoyed time visiting and playing cards.

Oh ya, we went to California for our friends wedding. It was a lovely wedding. Good visit to California too. We will be back there in June for Erick's homecoming. Danny's brother gets back on June 18th. Unfortunately I will not be there for that. See, I work in Men's Suits still...and Father's day is that Sunday. Fathers day is our second busiest time of the year. I talked to my boss and he was good with me opening the Saturday before and then taking a night flight to California. So Danny will head out sometime before his brother gets in and I will follow a few days later.

I am bummed about his arrangement because I have to go later and miss greeting Erick at the airport. And Danny and I haven't been apart since two years ago actually. I know this sounds pathetic but it has just worked out like that. We haven't spent a night apart since we've been married and while we were dating we only missed a day of seeing each other. I've been kind of fond of being spoiled like that. So I guess for a couple of days I will be single. I don't know what I'll do. Maybe I will eat food Danny doesn't approve of and watch a girly movie. ;)

Yesterday, I managed to cut my heel open. There was a piece of metal hanging off a corner of the trunk that doubles as our coffee table and me, with my natural grace, stepped backwards on it. Of course this was after a cool hike which I came off without incident (except for a bruise on my leg when I ran into a bench), and then I get attacked by my trunk. It is pretty deep and bled a lot. It was slightly funny because Danny was in the kitchen and when I realized what happened I told him to stay in there. Danny doesn't do well with blood and deep cuts and him getting all queasy wasn't going to help anything. ;) But I cleaned it and got the bleeding to stop mostly. Grandma had some tape that I taped it up with so we could go out to eat. No big deal. It just hurts. So I have been hobbling around and trying not to put too much weight on my heel because...ouch.

That is all the excitement going on around here.

Summer is awesome. I've been working and loafing about reading and watching movies. Good times.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A General Update on Life

This is a general update for all those who feel so inclined to read.

We had a good time with my cousin Melissa here despite not really being able to go any where. She was a good sport and walked when we had to go to campus and stuff.

School is starting to wind down. There are only three weeks left and then finals! I can't believe how fast this semester flew by. My grades aren't exactly stellar this time around. It has been a very rough and intense semester for me.
Danny is doing very well though.

Probably the most interesting thing right now is that Danny and I are finally experiencing one of those stressful young married couple financial things! That sounds really bizarre, I know. I thought of that the other day. Danny and I have been extremely lucky. We have not had to deal with too much since we have been married. It has been pretty easy actually. Then, this semester everything is happening at once! Too bad the craziness couldn't spread out over the past 1 1/2 years. haha.

We are still waiting to see exactly what we owe from my surgery. We received the hospital bill pre-insurance coverage and yikes! I am expensive. ;) Danny has a pretty good idea what we will owe but we are still waiting for the final say.

The trick is at the same time we are having serious car problems. We do not know for sure what is going on with the car because we haven't taken it in to a shop yet. We do know that it had been having transmission problems and that most likely it is still major transmission problems. Transmissions are expensive. We also need to figure out how to get the car to the shop. Last time we tried to use the car it couldn't get out of the driveway! I couldn't help it, I laughed. (I am the type of person that laughs in very stressful situations). But we could not get the car over the bump at the end of our driveway! (it is a pretty big bump) So, the front tires got over the bump (car was in backwards) but then we couldn't get the back tires over because we couldn't get enough momentum in the car! It was so ridiculous. Our neighbor and Danny pushed the car back over the bump into the driveway while I steered. And there our car has stayed.

So, the plan is to find out exactly what we owe to the hospital. Then we will figure out the car.

In the mean time friends and visiting teachers have been so nice and giving me rides to work. I will start taking the bus soon. Last weekend I worked some random times though that were too late for the bus to take me home. Oh, and the bus doesn't run on Sundays. I had to work last Sunday. Other than that Danny has continued riding the bike to school and I have been walking. The walking isn't so bad. I just have to plan extra time. Especially when walking to my Clinical Psych class. It takes 40 minutes just to get there! Smiths grocery store is just 5 minutes away so we have been shopping there. Danny prefers Maceys but it is a bit further. What an adventure.

Our friends Matt and Kimi are moving two houses down. I didn't even know the house was for sale! Kimi stopped by to look at it then came over to say hi and told me. They need a bigger place because they are going to have a baby girl over the summer. It is a basement house similar to ours but bigger. It will be fun to live near them again. Matt and Kimi, Anna and Peter, and Danny and I all used to live on the same street when we were all dating each other. So, we just need to get Anna and Peter to move down here too! ;)

Well, that is what is going on right now. Everything else is good. I have a stupid cold right now but that happens. It is just more of a nuisance than anything else.

Hope you guys are all doing well!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

This morning we WERE going to attend the Draper Temple open house but our car had other plans.
Our car, Lenny, has been giving us grief off and on. We got it fixed and it had been going along fine till the last couple of weeks. Lately the whole concept of 'reverse' has been difficult. And this morning we all got up and got all pretty-fied and headed over to our church building for breakfast before the open house. Well, we were about two blocks from the house and the car would not go faster than 10mph!! Yikes! So we put the hazards on and drove on the side of the road. Danny kept pumping the car with gas and finally it went up to normal speed. But we stopped at a stop sign a little later and the same thing happened again. So we got to the church building and had breakfast. We thought about carpooling with someone but most everyone already had full cars or there wasn't enough room for three people. So, here we are, back at home.

We were also going to go to Ikea. I am now deprived of Ikea. Ugh! Stupid car!!!! As you can probably tell I am very annoyed by this whole thing. Especially the loss of Ikea. ;)

I was going to get some magazine holders and a storage box. *sigh*

Yesterday I picked Melissa up from the airport and going there the car worked great! It worked like nothing had been wrong with it. Coming home though it gave me some attitude but nothing major.

So ya, Melissa is here now! Yay! Poor girl. I'm sad for her that we didn't get to go to the open house.

We played Rummy Royal last night...several rounds..I won only once. Of course it was an amazing win and Melissa still had 15 cards left! BAHAHAHA! But she won all the rest and I had no chips left.

We will make meatballs today. Yummy.

Annnnd that is that.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No Percoset for me today!

The pain reliever the hospital prescribed to me was a generic form of percoset. It wiped me out! I would take the stupid thing and be so tired and fuzzy brained and basically useless. It did take care of the pain though, so I guess it did its job. I just did not like being so groggy. I was still having a lot of pain in my shoulder though so I kept taking it. I took it less frequently during the day though and today I did not take any! I did have an IB Profen but that was all. I was so excited because today was the first day in a week that I felt relatively productive.

I woke up and did some homework, went to work, class, and did more homework back home. I haven't been that productive since last Monday. Tuesday even though I wasn't in the hospital yet I was curled up in a ball pretty much the whole day because of the stomach pain.

Anyway, I was very excited about today and thought I would share that with the blog readers...

Oh, I am also blaming my pain reliever for this incredibly scary dream I had the other night. FYI: I very very rarely have scary dreams. I have plenty of weird ones or realistic ones or weiredrealistic ones but hardly ever do I have a scary dream. This one though, I woke up terrified. To sum it up, there was this mysterious black dog type creature, but enormous, prowling around and killing people. Apparently it could read minds too...and control lights. At one point in my dream I was in an empty corridor of a shopping mall and all the lights went out and I could actually feel the breath of this beast on my neck. I woke up still having that tingly sensation on my neck. Ugh. It was so scary. It was the type of dream that if I had been five years old I would have gotten up and crawled into bed with mommy and daddy.

I am very excited for Friday. My cousin Melissa is coming to visit for part of her Spring Break!! Lucky girl goes to Northern Arizona University so she actually gets a Spring Break. She will be hanging out with me and Danny and visiting with some of her other friends that are at BYU. I have not seen Melissa for three years!! Last time I saw her was when I went to Arizona for my Aunt Doris's reception in Christmas 2006. Unfortunately because of band camp up at NAU she wasn't able to make it to my wedding. So it has been forever! Also you must understand that we used to see each other at least once a year for about a week at a time. I would visit Arizona and we would stay with my grandma and grandpa and just play and it was grand. So we are excited. She and Danny will get to meet finally! Melissa is also the cousin that is closest to me in age. I am three years her senior.

Well, I am off to bed. I have class tomorrow. Danny has lots of computer programming plus a business law test tomorrow. I have a test for my adolescent development class that I missed last Tuesday.

Hope all are well!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Appendicitis Adventure

So, I am copying these notes from facebook because I am too lazy to retype everything.

Just for anyone who is curious, here is the story!

Monday afternoon my stomach started to hurt. It was similar to the pain I felt before I had my gallbladder removed. I did not think too much of it. Well, Tuesday I woke up and good grief it hurt!! Pain all over my abdomen. So I spent the majority of the day curled up in a ball watching movies/sleeping or spending quality time in the bathroom. It was pretty pathetic.

On Tuesday I had called my mom for some motherly advice. She suggested keeping an eye on things and in the mean time drinking fluids. She wasn't sure what it could be but said I should consider the hospital if it didn't make improvements by Wed.
Mid afternoonish the pain was so bad and I was being so pathetic that I called Danny and asked him to come home. He did. He is wonderful like that. He also went to the pharmacy to ask about some drugs. They suggested that it could be food poisoning. This made sense so I upped the liquids intake.

I woke up like every hour last night. Such a long night.

This morning I woke up and all the pain seemed to have transferred down to my lower right side. "Oh, crap" I thought. So, I called my Grammy who has much medical knowledge being a retired RN and all that. She said I should go to the hospital ASAP. SO again I called my wonderful husband to come to rescue me. He did. Off to the hospital we went!

I was admitted very quickly into the ER where they ran all the good ol' tests like blood, urine all that fun stuff. Asked me about a million times what was wrong. Well,eventually it was time for the CT scan. They already had a good idea it was appendicitis and sure enough, the CT scan showed a very inflamed appendix.

So the nice dr/nurses came in and told me that I would need surgery but the OR in the hospital was full for the next few hours, but the outpatient center across the parking lot was good to go right now! After they made sure that this was in fact allowed they put me into a wheel chair and pushed me over to the Outpatient center. People were waiting for me there and they told me about the procedure, risks, etc. I signed stuff. And then it was time for surgery!! I guess the surgery went well and they got out my appendix in good time. Apparently it was pretty inflamed and it is good I came in when I did. The recovery room nurse was sooooo nice. When I was coming out of the anesthesia I was so disoriented that I started to cry! I don't even know why. But she was wonderful and helped me to calm down, which I did. I think I asked her like a million questions too. She was so patient with me. I was glad.

Anywho- after the recovery room and staying at the outpatient center for a bit they wheeled me back over to the hospital to spend the night. Yikes! I have never spent the night in a hospital. Danny has been with me the whole time. He just went home real quick for some dinner and to get me my toothbrush and stuff like that. Did I mention how amazing he is???

My Grandma Jean came by to visit which I thought was so incredibly sweet of her. She is pretty sure Grandpa Ken stayed in this room too after one of his many surgeries.

My mom ordered some flowers and balloons from the gift shop here. They're beautiful.

My room has a window too! Cool, right?

My room also has wireless internet. So here I am in the hospital rockin' out to oldies on my ipod (that is what I called the playlist, seriously) and playing on my laptop.

Fortunately my teachers have all been very understanding and I will be able to make up some tests I missed today/yesterday.

And did I mention that all the nurses/doctors have been so wonderful!! They have seriously all just been so nice and friendly. I love it! I am trying to be a very good patient too. I think I am succeeding for the most part. hahaha. I do ask a lot of questions though. I just like to know what is going on and medical stuff is very interesting to me.

Annnnnnd this is turning out way longer than I meant for it to. Ooops! Sorry guys! I just wanted to write this because I thought at least one or two people might be curious and I have already told the story like a million times. :D

Hi friends,

Well, here I am, night number II in the hospital. They informed me this morning that they wanted to keep me here longer because my white blood cell count was still a bit high and I guess my appendix was very close to rupturing so they're just being safe and stuff.

Today has been long. The air they pumped my stomach with all settled in my shoulder so there has been some very excruciating pain to say the least.

Hopefully they will let me go home tomorrow.

I got to eat something resembling food today which was nice. I am on a 'clear liquids' diet. mmm.

I have also been up walking around a bit today which is good.

People are still being nice. Danny has been absolutely amazing.

I am starting to get semi restless though just because I hate having people do EVERYTHING for me. Well, they're not doing EVERYTHING. I don't mind them bringing me stuff especially because getting up is kinda painful. But nurses are constantly coming in to check on me so I am not getting that much rest. But at the same time it is good they are checking on me because they are making sure I haven't gotten sicker, or you know, died.

Oh well. It's just been a crazy day. I do not know what to do about my homework situation. I haven't been able to do any. This not has taken me forever to type because of the way my IV is situated in my arm. It doesn't like me writing or typing much. THe pain meds also make me a little loopy. So I am just worried because I had planned on getting a lot of homework done this weekend. Yikes.

I think I will watch a movie now. :D Thank goodness for my laptop!!

I'm home:
I am very happy to be home. It is so nice to be back on my couch and have the use of my right arm again. *happy sigh* I missed my right arm.

I was so worried that they were going to keep me another day because no one was telling me anything. Ugh.

But the doctor finally came in and asked how I was doing and looked at my incisions and he said I could go home!

I took a shower as soon as I got home so I no longer smell like hospital. Such a nice feeling.

Now I am just chillin' on the couch watching a movie. There is still a good deal of pain so I am taking it easy today.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Where did February Go?

I really do not know where February went. I think it disappeared into a pile of homework and tests.

Danny and I have been busy with school. He has these gross computer projects that eat a lot of time. I have lots of studying and tests and the brain has a lot of parts. That is the idea that I think I will take away from these classes..The brain is complex.

We still find time for movies and nintendo though, so not all is lost! :)

Other than that there is not much going on. I just felt like I needed to throw in an update because it had been awhile.

Back to homework!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Amazing Husband

Today is Danny's 24th birthday.

Currently Danny is talking to his family and putting together a new lego set that he got for his birthday. We had school/work today so we could not just loaf around, sadly. We did go out to dinner to Lon's BBQ. It is pretty good, not quite Spring Creek (this amazingly delicious place in Texas), but it is definitely yummy.
Danny is happy with his birthday. He got Star Wars legos so he is all set.

Danny is such a wonderful and amazing person. I love him so much. I am so incredibly blessed to have him in my life. I could go on and on, but then it would just be mushy and probably bore you people. ;)

So, this is a picture of Danny as a baby. Isn't he just the cutest thing ever???

This is a random picture from our wedding. He is talking to me on the phone. I was calling to tell him that I was just running late and not leaving him. (such a sad thought!!) Anywho- this picture captured the fact that his eyes do in fact sparkle. It is one of the many things I adore about him. Cute? Sappy? I know, but it is true.

In other news, Happy Groundhogs Day! Apparently Phil saw his shadow so it will be another 6 weeks of winter.

In other other news, not much else is going on. School is keeping us busy, but not overwhelmingly so.

We are having a birthday party for Danny on Saturday. I think it will be lots of fun. I will have to remember to take pictures. It will be Star Wars themed.

The Bakkers

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thin Mints, Transmissions, and School...Oh My!!

Let me just start off by saying Dreyers Thin Mint ice cream is delicious! Chunks of thin mints in chocolate ice cream, what more could you want??

The last couple weeks have been interesting. Danny and I are both back in school now. I love my classes, for the most part. Here's a quick run down.

Sensation and Perception- My teacher is way cool. She does a great job. She is a grad student and will graduate with a PhD in April! How cool is that? The class is really interesting too. We have been talking about the visual system. There is so much information to learn but it is so fascinating that it does not seem too rough. Of course, we have not had a test yet, so I may change my mind later.
Masterpieces of English Literature- We are reading some really great stuff! So far we have read Gawain and the Green Knight, excerpts from the Cantebury Tales and The Faerie Queen. We are working on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night right now. SOooooo much reading but I love British literature. Some of the class discussion I am not too keen on. FORTUNATELY my teacher is more down to earth and thinks it is ridiculous to analyze every single detail, unless it is an allegory. I was surprised that we are not reading anything by Dickens. We will be reading all of Pride and Prejudice. I like having an excuse to read Jane Austen during the school semester.
Behavioral Neurobiology- Most likely your first perception from reading that is true. The class is completely fascinating but haaaaaard. There are just so many aspects of the brain! The material is very interesting though. It totally rocks. Yesterday my professor brought a brain to class! It was the brain of a juvenile rhesus monkey. It was small and squishy. He let us hold it after class if we wanted to. The brain is just so fascinating to me. It is this lump of gross squishy grey stuff that looks like play dough or some type of rejected art project that you just can not live without or duplicate. Fascinating.
Adolescent Development- In this class we learn about our changing bodies. Just kidding, that was just one chapter in the book. The rest of it is more cognitive, psychological development rather than biological development. We get to learn why teenagers are so WEIRD!!! hahaha. We have our first test on Tuesday. Yikes!
Clinical Psychology- We get to learn all about different techniques and approaches to treating clients (the p.c. term for patients). So far, so good. It will be interesting to learn about the different orientations. I am semi familiar with Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Rational-emotive Behavior Therapy. Oh, we have to write the coolest paper ever in this class! We choose a ficitonal character, from a movie, book, or song. We then assess this character and figure out what treatment would work best for them and then go through an imaginary session. I can not figure out who to pick! Danny wants me to do Darth Vader (I do have the most material for him. haha.) I was also considering Javert from Les Miserables... So we'll see.

Ok, and this is turning out to be longer than I thought...So for those who are still reading...

Danny and I bought a Wii! Yay! We have Mario Kart which makes me very happy because that is my favorite nintendo game. Do not worry, we are still being responsible and doing our homework and all that type of good stuff.

On Thursday we found out some bad news about our beloved car. It is sick. Very sick. I had noticed that the car didn't have his 'get up and go.' Danny took it to a car place near campus for them to look at it and they refered us to a specialist. (that is the first sign that it is no good). So on Thursday we took it to the specialist and found out that our poor car is sick!! I guess there is some type of 'metallic mud' that is in the transmission and prevents our car from shifting gears (hence the get up and go). So, our car can't go over 40 mph and we are deciding what exactly we want to do. It will be a very expensive fix, more than the car is probably worth, but we can't afford to just go buy a used car that would last us any amount of time. It looks like we will fix it. Fortunately it is something we can afford, it will just be tight. We are planning on contacting a few other places to get prices. The good news is that they guy who looked at it and gave us the quote said that other than the hole goop in the transmission thing, our car is in really good condition for being 17 years old. Yay! We are just praying that we can fix this and then our car will hold out long enough till we can afford a new one.

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering, we bought the Wii BEFORE we found out about the car. And we had a few giftcards that we used towards it. We are financially responsible. Don't worry. :)

That is our life right now. I think I will go play a bit more of Mario Kart. I am actually pretty decent at this game! Not great, but I can hold my own.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Back to School

Danny started school again today. I start up tomorrow. He has classes and work everyday. I have classes on T/Th and a night class on Wed. So far it looks like I will work M/F/Sa. Yee haw!

This semester I will be taking:
Sensation and Perception
Masterpieces of English Literature
Behavioral Neurobiology
Adolescent Development
Clinical Psychology

Should be an interesting semester. I am pretty excited to be in more specific classes for my major. The last two classes listed are for the Clinical psych cluster and the other two psych classes belong to the Behavioral/Cognitive cluster. The Eng. Lit one is for a general education requirement, but it should be pretty awesome.

Danny is taking:
Business Law (the book for this class is really mean looking)
Data Communication
System Design and Implemenation
Enterprise Application Development
ISYS Capstone project

We both are taking 15 credit hours. I haven't taken this many hours in a while. So, we'll see how this goes. Yikes.

Our trip to Texas was wonderful. I got to see a lot of friends and family so I say it was a success. I am also addicted to Mario Kart for Wii. I did not take a lot of pictures so hopefully my parental units will send copies of the ones they took. (hint hint mom and dad). I also got to see my brother. We were not sure if it would work out, but it did. Yay! Who knows the next time I will see him though. Sad day.

We took our Christmas decorations down yesterday. I am always amazed at how bare the house looks after the decorations are down.

Danny and I aren't big on resolutions, but we decided that this year we really need to work on exercising and eating better. We have both gained some fluff that we are not especially fond of. We will work out more nutritious meals and figure out exercise fun stuff. I really needed to do this for myself and I am excited that Danny is willing to help out. So, if yall have any suggestions or ideas or delicious/nutritious recipes and are willing to share, that would be awesome and much appreciated.
Maybe I can make a resolution to do something about our couch...slip cover time!

I think that is about it for now. Get ready to go back to hearing school stories! Aren't you excited?

Thursday, January 01, 2009



Welcome 2009!

Here's wishing all of you the best for the new year!

Danny and I are still in Texas and loving it. Today we are off to see the King Tut exhibit. I am pretty darn excited about that.