Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More chicken, please

I try not to get too preachy or political on our blog (that's Jordan's facebook timeline's job. Haha), but I am pretty bothered by this whole boycott Chic-Fil-A bid'ness.

As most of you know, Dan Cathy of Chick-Fil-A made a statement where he expressed his opinion and beliefs about marriage:

[Cathy's remarks earlier this week to a Baptist website, in which he affirmed the Atlanta-based company's belief in "the biblical definition of the family unit," went viral Wednesday. Supporters and opponents of gay unions immediately weighed in.
"We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles," Cathy told the Baptist Press.]

Now there are several groups (including the Muppets) that are encouraging a boycott on the restaurant, saying that it is disrespectful and hateful. Whaaaat?

My own views about gay marriage are not so black and white, and I applaud those who DO have a firm belief or stance on the matter. Good for you! But I am SICK of people adding the words "hate" or "prejudice"  to anything that has a different opinion. If the restaurant said "We will not serve gays", then YEAH, that would be awful and prejudice. But for one person to have a different opinion is fine and dandy to me.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I was totally against those who boycotted JC Penny after they made Ellen DeGeneres their new "mascot", so to speak.  Ridiculous!

So, today we decided that for lunch we are going to hit up Chick-Fil-A to support them. Not so much to support their view  of marriage, but mainly to support the fact that people are entitled to respectful opinions that are different from others. I invite others to do the same.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Which Jo Said It?

Hello and welcome to the first (and probably only) round of "Which Jo Said It?"; the game where you read a quote and have to decide whether it was Jordan or I who said the phrase within the last 3 days. The winner gets props, and loser gets our take-home prize: shame.

Let us begin!

1. "Don't be mad, but I bought some really expensive shampoo today. It's one I've wanted for a really long time!"

2. "Wanna watch the Bachelorette? *after the other Jo declines* "Well, you don't have to watch it but I want to!"

The answer to both of these is the ever so manly Jordan! HA!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bring on May...

(Note, this was written three months ago, but I wanted it on my blog so I could remember it. Sorry for the confusion)

Wow. Blogger got all fancy on me.

This month has zoomed by. Pretty crazy. Jordan and I have been super busy this month. We half-jokingly tell each other "I'll see you this weekend" when one of us leaves the house because it feels as though our schedules just are NOT colliding well.

 Jordan gets up at 4:00 am so he can be on time for his surgery rotation that starts at 5:00 am (yuck). This leads him to get home around 5:00 pm and go to bed around 8:00. Meanwhile, I have taken on a temporary second job at work which makes me have to stay late most days. On Wednesdays, I have mutual so I just work until 7, head straight to church, and then come home at 8:30 to find poor Jordan asleep on the couch. This is usually the case on Thursday too, as I have had some auxiliary training and RS activities. The GOOD news is Jordan never has to go to work on weekends with this rotation, where on his last rotation, he had to work at least one weekend day for four weeks straight.

Like I had mentioned before, I have been doing a second job for my agency. It was originally an agreement for 6 hours a week for 5 weeks...but has morphed into 7-8 hours a week for 6 weeks. Blah. The job itself is not so bad, but it sure makes for long days. I'm usually the first one in my office, which creeps me out a little (since I usually come into work early as well for the job). Luckily, I am getting paid separately for this gig, and Jordan agreed that since this was a bonus job, the money is MY money to play with...I certainly didn't argue with that. So far, I have purchased a Silhouette cutting machine *cue the angelic chorus*. I am so excited! I've wanted one for about 18 months and finally feel justified in buying it. I also can't decide if I want to get a camcorder or a fancy camera with the rest of the money. Any ideas/suggestions??

Another cool thing about this month was our trip to Oklahoma City last weekend to see Cake in concert! I have liked that band for a long time. Jordan and I made a day of it. We ate cupcakes in honor of the band, and walked around the botanical garden in OKC. The concert was pretty awesome too.

So, yeah. April had some nice moments as well, I s'pose. I'm just looking forward to getting some vacation time!! In May, Jordan and I will celebrate our THREE year anniversary (say whaaaat?) by going to Dallas (at least that is the current plan). In June, my sister and her family are coming to visit and Jordan will get two weeks off! Can't wait!

Grandpa T

Yikes! I didn't realize that it had been 2 months since my last post! Oops.

The past 2 months have been pretty eventful for us!  I'll do my best to catch up.

In May, my paternal grandfather passed away. He had been in hospice care for a while, so his death was not unexpected. However, it was still very sad. Grandpa's passing meant that I no longer have any living grandparents. It also meant that I would never get to visit his and grandma's house again. That house was a fun part of my childhood. I'll never forget the fake hardwood carpet, the orange hide-a-bed couch, the candy duck, the wallpaper, Marj's huge knitted cube, grandma's spoon and Precious Moments statuette collections, and their clock and always gonged every hour. It meant the end of our bi-annual Thanksgiving in Boise with my dad's entire family (we've been doing that since 1990).

Most of all, it is sad to no longer see my grandpa in this life. He was a great man. He loved God and his family. Grandpa always smiled and was very generous. He was not one to say "I love you" out loud, but I never cared because he showed he loved us in so many ways. He gave very tight hugs each time I saw him and would be attentive to any of my stories that I would tell him. Growing up, every time we said good-bye, he would always say, "You be a good girl". I always liked hearing that. I remember one time when I was about 20, he simply said, "You are so good!" That's a simple but sweet memory I have of him.

Jordan and I were able to fly to Utah and attend my grandfather's funeral. It was wonderful to see my cousins, aunts and uncles, and siblings. I was also happy to visit my grandparent's house for a final good-bye.

Grandma and Grandpa's candy duck

 Dad and his sisters (and cousin)

My family, minus the spouses

My dad's cousin and husband, my parents, and the Jo's

We love you, Grandpa! We are happy you are reunited with loved ones; especially Grandma and Ozzie (their beloved and faithful dog who died last year).