Mormon Women: What I really do.

Lately I have had a lot of questions about what Mormon women do. So I thought I would share.

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What do you really do?

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Power of Positive Thinking

Hello all! I had such a great weekend, and I hope all of you did too. This weekend I had so many good thoughts running through my head as my hubby and I hiked and climbed and played with our new RC cars, that I thought I would share some good thoughts with everyone.

About a month ago I was listening to a Marriage ‘Tele-retreat’ put on by The Dating Divas (P.S you should totally check out their website it is one of my faves). The first speaker was Hillary Weeks, a Christian music artist and motivational speaker. She talked about the power of positive thinking and introduced her new project billionclicks.org. You have to go and listen to her story it is so funny and insightful and it really inspired me to join her in spreading a billion ‘clicks’ around the world.

So here’s the deal, you need one of these little clickers (available on their website), mine is pink because I’m crazy for pink.

These are just simple sports counters or people counters or whatever else people use them for.

Now all you have to do is carry your little clicker around with you and every time you have a positive/uplifting/funny/happy thought you click your little clicker. Then at the end of each Day/week/month/whatever you log onto the billionclicks.org website and enter how many clicks you had. My first day clicking I had 201 clicks and I was blown away, I couldn’t believe that 201 times that day I had a good thought.

I have so much fun clicking with my little pink clicker and carrying it around with me on its little pink wrist band that I couldn’t help but share it with my friends here.

It really is amazing that when you are paying attention to all the good things you think about during the day that it actually lifts your spirits and it also has a profound effect on the people around you. My hubby will actually come up and click my clicker every time he sees me smile or every time I tell him a joke. Not only that, but, when I started clicking and counting my good thoughts I could tell that it had an effect on him too. He would see that I was in a good mood that would put him in a good mood (besides who doesn’t love when their spouse has good thoughts?)

Some Ideas for Clicking

  • When exercising
  • While cleaning
  • When listening to toddlers having a temper tantrum
  • When you’re really tired but you HAVE to finish this one term paper
  • When you are so happy you can’t imagine having a bad thought (Man I need a few of these days)
  • When you don’t feel like going to the gym
  • When you don’t feel like going anywhere
  • When you know your husband is totally wrong but you know he won’t believe you if you tell him
  • When you are watching “101 Dalmatians” for the 101st time

These of course are just a few of my favorite times for clicking.

I would love to hear if any of you have joined this movement so make sure you leave a comment or like me on face book.

Thanks for reading!

Random Pictures of Life

Whew, now that finals are over I can finally get back to my blog.

I thought I would start off this week with a peek into what my life was like last week.

My week started off like this, Hubby and I got breakfast at our local McDonald’s (It’s not the best breakfast but it was the only one open when we left the house that morning)

This is what the school looked like when I got there, yes it was too early for anyone to be there but me.

A long day of classes in this incredibly stimulating environment.

Most people don’t like the industrial feel of UVU’s architecture but I think it is important to remember the industrial beginnings. plus it’s pretty.

And then it was the weekend. On weekdays we are up too early to see the sun coming through the window, so I really enjoyed waking up to some natural light.

After which we got what I like to call an all-weekend drink, I never finish mine but I like to bring out my hillbilly side every once in a while.

Then I had the privilege of mailing my FAFSA application, I like to think of it as my own personal government bailout.

It has been windy and rainy and cold so I indulged in a warm tea in my favorite mug.

After which we finished off the weekend with some yard work at the in-laws, where we found a robins nest.

Ah, what a wonderful weekend.

See ya’ll next time.

 

A Blog Epiphany

I just had a blog Epiphany! I am super organized in almost every part of my life except my blog! So I thought it was high time I sit down and have a good old-fashioned talk with myself and ask myself where I wanted this whole blog thing to go.

I want people to be inspired by my blog the same way I am inspired by others’ blogs.

What am I going to do about it?

I’m gonna get organized.

How am I gonna do that?

A schedule.

Monday= Meckaniky Monday. if any of you have read my very first blog post you would know that my husband is a mechanic and I am constantly learning new things from him about cars and I figure it’s about time I share my knowledge with everyone.

Wednesday= Something Crafty whether it is sewing or a yummy dinner or decorating or just a little craft I would like to share my cool crafts with everyone and hopefully get back into my crafty side (I’ve been on a craft sabbatical since I got married)

Friday= The Friday Journal. This is where I will give you a the low down on my week and hopefully something inspirational.

Saturday/Sunday= Whatever, Whenever Weekend. I will do the occasional saturday or sunday post with some interesting and random content/pictures.

I’m also looking to soup up my blog with some new fonts/pictures/guest post/ideas so keep viewing to see the evolution.

-Jane

Gourmet In a Can

This is what Doc and I had for dinner last night and as I put it on the plate I thought about how fancy it looked. A lot of it had to do with the new plates my brother and sister-in-law gave us the other day. And I started thinking about making meals that are cheap and easy but look nice. So I thought I’d share my recipe.

First are the ingredients (This recipe is for two so you may need to increase the serving sizes)

2 Chicken Breast

2 Cups uncooked rice

1 Can Cream-of-Chicken soup

1 Can Green Beans (the French Cut beans look fancier)

1 Green Onion, Chopped

Directions;

Cook chicken breast on medium high heat. Meanwhile add 2 Cups uncooked rice with 4 cups water. Once boiling cover with lid and turn to medium heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. In a sauce pan empty the can of Cream-Of-Chicken soup, then fill the can half way with water and add to the soup, whisk together and heat on medium. Empty can of green beans in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave until warm. sprinkle chopped Green Onion on the top.

This is probably one of my favorite meals because it is fast and easy and it still looks nice and it is fairly healthy its only 308 calories for the whole meal and it is really filling with the rice and the chicken on the same plate.

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Married with Roommates

So this past week my husband learned that his best friend was being kicked out of his current living quarters to make room for another tenant. So of course being the ever-loving and wonderfully charitable man that he is. He told this friend that he could move into our spare bedroom (you know the one that I put all of our random possessions in, affectionately call ‘the island of misfit toys’). So my initial thought was “Heck NO!” I mean we just moved away from his parents house so we could have our privacy and now he wants to bring another GUY to live in our house INDEFINITELY But, he kept telling me “it’s the right thing to do” so of course I caved and he is moving in as soon as we get approval from our landlord.

And I had to break down and tell my mother (bracing myself for the storm of disapproval) not that I was necessarily scared…. I mean my mom was always the cool mom that let us do whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral. But she does have a way of letting us know of her ever-so-humble-opinion (which I guess is where I get my voice from) and lets just say I am all nervous again. I know K is a good guy, he’s clean, friendly, he has the same values as Doc and I so we know he wont have strange girls sleeping over, and he really has had a hard time lately. So in the end I think this will be a good thing. after all he’ll pay a third of the rent and utilities and possibly let me borrow his car (Doc and I are still sharing hence the awesome chance to save up for a car) every once in a while so we actually have food around to eat. So I’ve decided to be okay with this and just roll with the punches, not excited by any means but okay.

On a side note, the manager at our apartment complex asked me to apply for the assistant manager position. Which means I don’t have to go job hunting after the school year is over (which is in 21 days…. but who’s counting).

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Tweet

This morning in English class there was a somewhat-heated debate about a recent “tweet” by a member of the student government. In which he posted some song lyrics that were frankly insensitive to the female population here at Utah Valley University. So during English I got online and tried to find out as much as I could about what happened and what was written. The tweet that they found most discriminating were these

Now it is true that all of these are offensive, I am personally offended by these. However, I think the students are blowing this way out of purportion. I have never personnally met this kid but from what I here from most people is that he is a good guy.

I think that thre are some things that he should think twice about before he posts. But maybe there are other things to spend our time on (like I dunno, finals that are coming up in three weeks) as well as our funding.

Also I think that the faculty members that have decided to join this “club,”(or whatever they call themselves) need to step away. there is no reason that ANY teachers need to get involved with such a petty and childish ordeal. If the students want to waste their time going after this kid, fine, but the professors need to remain ambiguous. it is unfair that they should gang up on a student like that. after all these people are supposed to be our mentours to shelter us into this new and unknown world, not show us how to take a person and wring out every single bit of dignity they have. In fact I am more insulted that a profesor would jump into something so petty and gang up on this poor kid, than I am about the tweets.

I mean, am I wrong about any of this?  Feel free to tell me if I’m wrong.