WANTS & NEEDS

March 20th, 2009
I saw this on a friend's blog and decided to have a little mindless fun. If you want to do it too: Go to Google, type your first name followed by needs (for example, I typed "Jana needs") and then list the first 10 hits you get. Do the same for wants ("Jana wants"). Here's what I got followed by commentary by yours truly.

JANA NEEDS

1. jana needs creative pursuits in stamping (isn't stamping amazing?)
2. (the last thing) jana needs is more trouble - especially man trouble (i have no trouble with my man)
3. jana needs a home (who doesn't!)
4. jana needs a 30-minute block of time to set up her equipment and do a sound check with the sound engineer at least 90 minutes before the program ( this would have been nice back in the day. the funny thing is, this jana also has the last name of heller)
5. jana needs a bang trim (if i actually had bangs, i would definitely need a trim)
6. Jana needs to find that peace and soften her anger towards her Father (not really, i love you dad)
7. jana needs to get her a!# back to new york (i added the exclamations, i didn't want a cuss word on my blog)
8. Jana needs a 1600 loan to buy some new office furniture and a computer
9. JANA needs at least version 1.4 of Java®. (now if only i knew how to use it)
10. Jana needs to read some books on assertiveness to increase her skills (i think steven would say i have this one covered)


JANA WANTS

Jana wants to replace those two directors, and add five new seats, giving they 7 of 14 directors and voting control of the board.
2. Jana wants more shares?
3. Jana want less drama and more fun. (who doesn't?)
4. Jana wants to discuss budget concerns. (not really)
5. Jana wants to share her Potts family photo with this list
6. jana wants to attend training course about NABL in Kolkata, West Bangal, India. (i actually would like to visit india)
7. Jana wants to marry the tallest man in California. (well since i am already married, i don't think this would work and besides steven is the perfect height for me.)
8. Jana wants to marry fattest man in Utah, whoever he might be.(i thought this was really funny)
9. Jana wants to try Old Town Alehouse
10. JANA wants to recruit highly qualified board members to increase the long-term value of the company for stockholders. (who knew their was an actual company named JANA?)

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WANTS & NEEDS

March 20th, 2009
I saw this on a friend's blog and decided to have a little mindless fun. If you want to do it too: Go to Google, type your first name followed by needs (for example, I typed "Jana needs") and then list the first 10 hits you get. Do the same for wants ("Jana wants"). Here's what I got followed by commentary by yours truly.

JANA NEEDS

1. jana needs creative pursuits in stamping (isn't stamping amazing?)
2. (the last thing) jana needs is more trouble - especially man trouble (i have no trouble with my man)
3. jana needs a home (who doesn't!)
4. jana needs a 30-minute block of time to set up her equipment and do a sound check with the sound engineer at least 90 minutes before the program ( this would have been nice back in the day. the funny thing is, this jana also has the last name of heller)
5. jana needs a bang trim (if i actually had bangs, i would definitely need a trim)
6. Jana needs to find that peace and soften her anger towards her Father (not really, i love you dad)
7. jana needs to get her a!# back to new york (i added the exclamations, i didn't want a cuss word on my blog)
8. Jana needs a 1600 loan to buy some new office furniture and a computer
9. JANA needs at least version 1.4 of Java®. (now if only i knew how to use it)
10. Jana needs to read some books on assertiveness to increase her skills (i think steven would say i have this one covered)


JANA WANTS

Jana wants to replace those two directors, and add five new seats, giving they 7 of 14 directors and voting control of the board.
2. Jana wants more shares?
3. Jana want less drama and more fun. (who doesn't?)
4. Jana wants to discuss budget concerns. (not really)
5. Jana wants to share her Potts family photo with this list
6. jana wants to attend training course about NABL in Kolkata, West Bangal, India. (i actually would like to visit india)
7. Jana wants to marry the tallest man in California. (well since i am already married, i don't think this would work and besides steven is the perfect height for me.)
8. Jana wants to marry fattest man in Utah, whoever he might be.(i thought this was really funny)
9. Jana wants to try Old Town Alehouse
10. JANA wants to recruit highly qualified board members to increase the long-term value of the company for stockholders. (who knew their was an actual company named JANA?)

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hair cut time

March 18th, 2009
so asher's hair was getting a little bit out of control so i decided to get it cut. i thought he would be a little scared so i took him to one of those kid places and he got to sit in a plane. this didn't help at all and to top it off, the girl couldn't speak english and had no idea what i was telling her to do to his hair. in the end i had to take him home and cut some more myself and it's still not right. i should have just shaved it off like we did jackson's hair(see last picture) but steven seems to like it.

here with his little afro.

he honestly had the thickest and softest curls ever. the only problem was that they were starting to get knotty when he would sleep but here it was in it's full glory.

mid haircut.

post haircut and full of gel and hairspray.

jackson got a buzz on sunday before church. isn't it weird how cutting a child's hair can make them look soooo much older? by the way he is wearing a bandaide because while he was spinning in the kitchen he fell and hit his head on the sharp corner of the bench for their little table. he came to me crying and holding his head and i was sure that it was going to start gushing but fortunately when he moved his hand it was just a minor flesh wound that this yellow bandaide covered well.

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things i DON’T need to do before i die

March 17th, 2009

so, a comedian just recently came out with a list of all the things he doesn’t need to do before he dies. an anti-bucket list of sorts (i won’t tell you what he called it, but it rhymes with “bucket”). so i started thinking about all the things that i have no desire to do. admittedly, i may end up doing some of the things on this list, but i really feel no obligation to do any of them. while this list may get revised/added to, here’s a start:

  • write a letter to all those that i’ve offended
  • learn to sculpt
  • memorize the periodic table
  • build a house with my own two hands
  • own a chimp
  • run a marathon
  • live on a farm
  • go skydiving
  • learn how to change the oil in my car
  • watch pride and prejudice
  • learn a second language
  • travel to all 50 states

i know there’s some more stuff that should go on this list but this is all i can think of right now. try creating your own “anti-bucket” list.

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happy birthday to me

March 9th, 2009
so i would like to start off by saying thank you to my mom for buying me a plane ticket to huntington beach for my birthday. i haven't seen my friends in almost 4 years. we used to hang out all of the time and i miss each one of them dearly. i was really sad that i didn't get to see julie due to illness but, i know i will see her this summer. i arrived into LAX at 10pm on my actual birthday and kim and tracy picked me up. i was still a little doped up from my anxiety flying medication but i was really excited to see them. the first stop was "in and out" for a little grilled cheese and some fries with extra salt(can't eat them any other way.) then we dropped off tracy and went to kim's and surprise...

kim's wonderful husband seth, made a little birthday creation for me. it was awesome! thanks again seth and kim for everything you did this weekend from buying me food to taking me to the movies and the swap meet it couldn't have been a better weekend.

kim and her beautiful kiddos ben and london.

the next morning we met my life long friend kelly and her four kids at the bagel shop for breakfast. it was soo good to see her, catch up on her life and meet her youngest children for the first time.

next we made it to kim harvey's and this is cute picture of her and her bunny. we were able to sit in the sun in her backyard and talk and laugh, it was soo nice outside(the perfect temperature.) it was so good to see you kim and we missed having you at dinner!

next we went to visit ruth. she cut and colored my hair and caught me up on everything going on around her house. ruth is awesome, i met her like 14 years ago and every time we see each other (no matter how long it has been) it seems like it has been no time at all. i think that is what i love about my friends, we have known each other for so long that we don't let living 2 states away change that.

ruth also made me an awesome feather headband just like the one she is wearing here. i love it, thanks ruth!

kayley, alison, tracy & tarah

ok so saturday night all of my friends, minus julie, met at buca de beppo's for dinner. it was a blast. we talked about almost everything you can think of from children, to hair to well i don't think i have to mention the rest.

kayley, alison, tracy, tarah, kim, me and kelly

i just thought this was a good picture of kim and tarah.

after dinner we headed for pinkberry's and then starbucks so we could sit around and talk. we probably stayed there for 2 hours talking laughing. i had the greatest time ladies. i miss each and every one of you all of the time and i feel so blessed to have been able to spend time with you this weekend. thank you for being there, i had such an amazing birthday.

lastly but definitely not least, this is benny boy. he is only 1 day older than asher and he (well him and london) saved me from missing my kids too much. in the mornings i would go sit on the couch and watch cartoons with him and london and he would scoot immediately over and cuddly up next to me. london was always there to give me a kiss and a hug and tell me she loves me which made me feel like i wasn't too far away from my own family. thank you braithwaite family for sharing your home and family with me. i will love you always!

until next summer my friends, i promise we will visit you then. i can't wait for you to meet my family.

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death of an iphone

February 25th, 2009

this kid might look cute and innocent but tonight he pulled a chair over to the kitchen counter and put my iphone in my cup of water. i didn't even see him do it i just walked over to get a drink and surprise! there was my phone. the only reason i know it was him was i saw him pulling the chair over, i just didn't even think this was a possibility. watch your phones people, children are dangerous.

i love my child but i don't like him very much right now! i don't have very many nice things that are all mine and it is really frustrating to think that my phone (which i love) might be ruined.

steven had me dry it off and then put it in a bowl of rubbing alcohol. it is now currently drying in an airtight baggie and is surrounded in rice to hopefully absorb the water. he says i need to leave it there for at least two days before i check to see if it is working. i will let you know.


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valentines day 2.5

February 15th, 2009

here are just a few more pictures from the waterworks gardens outing…

p.s. – much thanks to ruth for the photoshop help.

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valentines day 2

February 15th, 2009

i know that jana has already posted her valentines day wrap up, but i thought i’d throw mine in as well (read hers first below, for reference). it was cool to be able to go on a walk as a family. it seems like with work and school and all of the different things that we have going on in our household, that we don’t have much time to just have FUN together. the renton waterworks gardens were pretty cool (though i bet it would be a little nicer in the summer) but, more than anything, it was just nice to get out of the house. the kids were able to run around and not worry about being too loud.

to jana: you’re by far the hardest working member of this family. i can’t even begin to fathom how you do all the things you do. my life would be a WRECK without you in it. you’re the bestest! I LOVE YOU!!!

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valentines day

February 14th, 2009
so today for valentines day we decided to go on a walk as a family. steven found this place called waterworks gardens and we went to check it out. it was this long path that winds between all of these ponds with water reeds and other plants sticking up from them. it was kind of a weird place but we had fun exploring. steven took a bunch of pictures and i thought i would post a bunch because i think they came out pretty good. unfortunately our stake decided to have a stake valentines dance on valentines day and steven (he is the ward activities chair) had to go work at it so i decided to stay home. i didn't want to spend money to have a babysitter so i could either sit by myself while he worked or to sit in the kitchen. we will have to pick some other night that we can do something fun. i know we don't sound like the most romantic people but we will make up for it another day.
i love you steven. thank you for knowing how to make me laugh even when things are rough. you are the best husband and i couldn't ask for anything more. thank you for always loving me and never pointing out my faults. you have a way of making me feel like i am a perfect wife even though i make plenty of mistakes. thank you for working so hard for our family. you are the best husband, i love you!









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new music: country break-up song

February 8th, 2009

so, i’ve been listening to some alt. country stuff lately and have kind of been getting into it. for those of you who are crying “heretic!”, don’t worry it’s not that kind of country. just some good poppy stuff. anyway, i’ve decided i want to try my hand at writing a country tune, so here’s the result. i figured it had to be about something sad, so don’t take this as a reflection of my marriage or anything. anyway, here you go…

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heller family tunes, music of the week, steven's side project