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December 24, 2010

Thanksgiving to Christmas

Remember how I got time off work to go home for Christmas? That time off is currently taking place, and I am loving it. The plane that took us from Des Moines was much more fun than the one taking us back, but it makes our visits all the much sweeter.

After Thanksgiving things really picked up for both of us. Scott had a test every two to three days (in one case he had two on the same day) so we had a lot of early mornings and late nights. At work we had a great overtime incentive, and since Scott was working double time I decided to do the same. I picked up extra hours in the evenings and over the weekends - I worked every day from November 29 to December 18 which I admit may have been a little crazy, but I may take first place in the overtime competition and win an extra gift card. Cross your fingers for me! Taking a week off I may have lost the lead.

On Friday (the 18th) afternoon Scott finished his last exam, completing his classes for the semester. When we calculated the number of credits he finished, I think it came out to 26.5. Wow. I am very proud of Scott - I know that I couldn't survive that load and come out with grades as good as Scott did.

At the beginning of the month Scott received his "doctor tools" we ordered a few weeks before. He received his blood pressure cuff, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, and stethoscope. I think I spelled those right...

Scott's new things!

December 3, 2010


While in high school I got sick every Thanksgiving. It was always just a bad cold, but I often lost the full quality of my voice as well. My freshman year I had plans to hang out with a friend but when he called I could barely talk and told him that I was sick. Three years later I found out he thought I was pretending to be sick so I wouldn't have to hang out with him. I'm glad we got that sorted out. :)

Since high school I haven't been sick over Thanksgiving - until this year. For the few weeks preceding Thanksgiving I had a cold that became progressively worse. I was scheduled to work every weekday except for the holiday itself, but by the end of my shift on Tuesday I could barely talk and I was coughing like crazy. Wednesday morning I went to the doctor (The DMU Clinic is super awesome) where the doctor gave me a few prescriptions to prevent a case of full blown bronchitis as well as a note keeping me from work until Monday. To be honest, the note may have been better than the antibiotics. :)

It was a long week and Scott didn't have class either. He studied and I watched Bones, my new favorite show. At the end of the week I put up our Christmas decorations (photos to follow) and I started up the Christmas music, which I love!

For Thanksgiving itself we had a nice meal at DMU with other student families who weren't able to travel home for the holiday. We didn't really know anyone there, but it was nice of the University to provide the meal and we were incredibly grateful since our families are over 1000 miles away.

Scott and I at DMU after our Thanksgiving meal.

Anniversary Card

I like to be crafty, although it's definitely a work in progress. My favorite thing to do is make cards and invitations. This is the card I made for our anniversary. I made it for Scott, although I'm sure that I enjoyed it much more. :)

My materials. I also had plain white paper and light pink paper.
The card! I made patterns and pieced it all together - SO fun!
I didn't have black paper so I used the sharpie.

Meeting the Millers

As I was reading through my past few posts I realized that I left out some very important details! When I wrote a post about our wedding I said, "A few minutes later I met his family" and left it at that. Well, this post is about meeting the Millers (hence the title).

After said DTR, Scott and I went to The Spaghetti Factory at The University Mall to meet with his family for dinner. It was Labor Day Weekend so they were in town for the evening to bring Scott's sister Julie back to BYU for fall semester. The next morning the whole family was heading to Wyoming for a reunion before bringing Scott and Julie back for school to start. Scott and I arrived at the restaurant before everyone else and sat in the entry waiting. I was fairly nervous because all Scott prepped me with was the fact that his dad liked to ask questions. "Some people like it, and some people don't" is what he told me.

After a few minutes the family arrived (I think Julie and her boyfriend (now husband!) Landon) came a few minutes later. Is that right? Hmm. Anyway, Scott and I sat across from his parents (apparently for my interrogation) while Julie, Landon, Janelle, and Melanie all sat at the other end. The highlights from the dinner are as follows:
  • I was never interrogated. The questions from Scott's dad weren't to drill me but to get to know me.
  • I was listened to very carefully. By everyone. That part was probably a tinge intimidating.
  • I said the funniest thing all night, something we all still talk about. Scott and I were quietly discussing our order and he decided on the same thing I had chosen. When the server took our orders, Scott went before me so it looked like I copied him. I told everyone that he copied me, and they loved it. 
  • The Millers are A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Seriously. If you don't know them, you should get to know them. If you do know them, you know what I mean.
Long story short, I love being a Miller and I could not have found a better family to marry into. I fit right in and we all get along so well! Because I love pictures so much, here are some Miller family photos!

Funny Family Photo - July 2010
Family Reuion in Afton, Wyoming - July 2008
Family Photo - August 2008
Beach Dog Cafe in Newport, Oregon (delish!) - June 2010
Newport, Oregon Aquarium - June 2010
Munson Falls Oregon Coast - June 2010
Family Photo on the beach at Depoe Bay, Oregon - June 2010
Funny Family Photo on the beach at Depoe Bay, Oregon - June 2010

November 26, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

Holiday Love Sketch Christmas 5x7 folded card
Shop for elegant Christmas photo cards.
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November 25, 2010

Christmas Cards

The other day I was casually looking over the news feed on Facebook to see the latest status updates from my friends. One status caught my eye quickly - it said something about free photo cards from Shutterfly for bloggers. Naturally, I clicked the link and submitted my application for two reasons:

1. I am a big fan of shopping online for any type of photo gift, and I have never used Shutterfly before.
2. I am also a big fan of free things. :)

In addition to my want to try a new photo site, I really wanted to create Christmas cards this year since we no longer live near family and friends. If you know Scott and I, you know that we don't usually spend money lightly (not to mention that medical school is expensive) so I nixed the idea of Christmas cards.

Before dismissing the idea completely I browsed a few sites and easily chose two favorite Christmas cards:

The What A Year Card 
The Holiday Love Sketch Card
I love them both so I'll have to choose. What do you think? Up until now I have been more of the photo book and photo calendar kind of girl so I'm excited for something new. What about size, design, and color? Also, what photo should I use?

November 23, 2010

Three Years!

On November 17, 2007 Scott and I were married in the Jordan River Utah Latter Day Saint Temple. It was a wonderful day, and I'm very happy about the decision we made to be sealed to each other for eternity.

Scott and didn't officially date for long, but we got to know each other while working together over the summer. We met at the end of May in 2007 and sat next to each other at work for eight hours every day for the following weeks. We had our first "date" mid July and things went pretty well from there. I wanted to keep my options open while we were dating - something I had never done before - so when we had our DTR (determine/define the relationship) I told Scott we shouldn't be exclusive. A few minutes later I met his family.

A few days later Scott and I were out one night and he played his guitar for me - it was a talent I wasn't aware he had and I loved it! After he played and sang my favorite Dashboard Confessional song we just sat and talked. I don't remember anything we talked about except for one thing: setting a date for our wedding. We had never before talked about marriage, but Scott simply said "Gold or white gold?" and without hesitation I answered, "White gold". Then we both kind of looked at each other and realized what we were talking about. We then set a date (which we later changed) and a location (which we later changed). That week we picked out rings together and Scott officially proposed (after talking to my dad).

Not much later we were married and life has been wonderful since! Here are a few of my favorite photos from our wedding day:

Our "Shotgun" Wedding

I have no idea what was going on, but apparently is was pretty good. :)

As of Late

I haven't blogged in a few days, which is sad. Here are some updates!

Scott got another kidney infection which we found was caused by a bout of e coli. Nast. His second round of antibiotics should have knocked it out though, so I think we're in the clear with that. He also just finished another week that involved three tests. It was a really busy week and we both spent lots of hours studying - yes I meant to say we. I'm learning a lot too!

I have had a killer cold for almost two weeks now and it's just getting worse. It started with a runny nose, became a sore throat, then developed into a cough. I now barely have my voice which is problematic when you work in a call center. Yesterday was rough and today was much worse. By the end of my shift customers were asking me to repeat myself and I sure don't blame them. Tonight my cough has gotten much worse and so has my voice. We'll see what the morning brings and maybe head to the doctor. I'm thinking I'm on the way to bronchitis here.

Last week we celebrated our third anniversary! I'll write about that separately because it is well deserving of it's very own post.

Tonight there's a blizzard happening in Utah, and says we'll have snow here tomorrow. It has been cold enough for snow lately, just not many clouds to bring the moisture. This week we'll be getting out our winter coats, gloves and scarves.

With winter as our doorstep, here are some last photos for fall:

I love the fall colors!
Leaf garland sent from the Millers and our little "Give Thanks" Pumpkin.
A homemade leaf garland.

November 5, 2010

Call Me Lisa. Or Rita.

When I answer calls at work, the required greeting includes my name. At least half of the people who repeat my name get it wrong. Most commonly I am called Lisa, although Rita is becoming an often name as well. I laugh every time!

The other day I talked to a customer for an hour on the phone. An average phone call should take about three to four minutes, so an hour is painful. While the customer was arguing the terms of an agreement I had time to think over some better customer service tips for everyone.

Getting Through the Automated System.
Automated phone systems are setup for customers who only need general account information. They actually save lots of time and money for the company as well as customers who are calling. Each system is a little different, but all can connect to to a representative one way or another. Repeatedly enter selections that are not options (such as the pound sign). Press 0. Say you don't know your account number. Etc, etc.

Operating Hours.
Know the operating hours of the location you are calling. Account for time zone differences. If nobody is in the office to take a call, then nobody is in the office to take a call. The automated system won't send you to anyone, it may even just hang up if you enter invalid options.

Some complaints honestly don't make a difference. Painful but true, so choose your battles.

Be Nice:
It is generally no fault of the representative if they can't help you. You have rules at your job, and they have rules at theirs. Also keep in mind that there may be laws and regulations set for the representative to abide by.

Listen and Repeat:
Don't interrupt, and listen carefully. Repeat what you were told (even in your own words) to be sure you understand.

Needed Information.
Have any important information ready. Bills, receipts, checkbook, etc.

Be specific.
Ask for exactly what you want. Ask to have that fee removed (try asking for a one-time fee removal). Ask to speak with a supervisor. Ask, ask and ask.

Let the representative know if they did a good job. If you have time and you appreciate their help, ask for a supervisor to give positive feedback. Why not make their day? On the flip side, you can also offer negative feedback if the representative is truly offensive. Companies need to know which employees are worth having around.


I love Netflix.

If you love movies (heck, if you just like movies) and you have enough time for a movie every week or two, it's worth it.

$8.99 (plus tax, so $9.53 for me) each month for unlimited streaming and one DVD at a time.
No due dates, rental fees, or membership fees.

One word: Spectacular.

Yeah I know I don't work for them or anything, but I love it way to much to not spread the word.

November 2, 2010

Operation: New Recipes

I'm looking for some new recipes. I'd like to try dishes that are vegetarian, gluten free, generally healthy, or just plain delicious. Also, if it's something quick, easy, and tasty then it is up my ally I'm sure!



You can post a comment so others can see, message/comment on facebook, or send me an email. So simple. If you'd like, I'll share a recipe with you in exchange! I have some pretty easy meal type recipes as well as some delicious baked good recipes.

My FAVORITE cookies!

October 31, 2010

All In A Week

Sunday was Halloween! Kind of strange when it falls on a Sunday. Scott spoke in church - he is a great speaker and I enjoy hearing his insights. I think he did a good job of captivating everyone because he presents things very well. He spoke about magnifying callings in the church and how we should first magnify our callings at home as parents and spouses. Great lesson! Primary was a little interesting today as one girl decided she didn't want to be in primary anymore. We had a nice one-on-one chat about making choices that turned out pretty well. We also had our weekly video chat with the Miller family - my Sunday highlight!

Saturday the weather was great! It was a perfect fall day with sunshine and a light breeze. Probably the last good weather day for a while, which is a little sad. I spent some time out and about to visit some sisters from the branch.

Friday we spent time together as we usually do on Friday nights - something I enjoy very much.

Thursday I baked and frosted dozens of cookies. I love to bake! I especially love to bake things for holidays to give to others. I have decided that October through December is my favorite time of year. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and there are holidays! I'd rather celebrate the fall season over the Halloween holiday, but it's fun all the same. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas because it's a reminder to everyone to be thankful and giving. Sometimes we can all use a reminder. :) We also received a package from mom and dad Miller. SO exciting! It included a picture of Scott's sister Melanie, fall decorations for the apartment, and some tasty treats.

Wednesday we went to Costco and got a membership. Yeah! We have been debating this for a very long time and finally came to a conclusion. I felt pretty grown up as it was our first time shopping at Costco without our parents. :) After our excursion I went to our Relief Society quilting night. It was great! I went with my friend TerriLyn and her darling daughters. I was able to learn a bit about piecing and tying quilts. I also got to meet more women from the branch and it was fun to socialize.

Tuesday I worked and Scott went to school. Epic.

Monday Scott took his anatomy final, ending the most heinous week of the semester. He also did a lot of cleaning (which I had neglected) before his body gave in to the illness again.

October 28, 2010

Making Friends = Loving Life Even More

That's the truth.

Most of the friends I have made in Des Moines are people who live in our branch that we met at church. I am so grateful for church! Of course, the religious aspect is the main reason that church is so wonderful - sometimes I am astounded at the things that I can learn from the scriptures - but making friends at church is a definite plus. :)

I have met so many different people who are different ages and at different life stages and I love it all! We have been over to a few other houses for dinner and dessert, had visiting and home teachers stop by, and I've been out with other women from the branch as well.

I would be going crazy if it wasn't for all the great people around us. Thank you to all my new friends in Des Moines, and below are some photos of many friends from back home.

Lunch Group Friends! Nicholas & Coventry, Scott & I, Erin and Liz
Friends I Grew Up With! McKell, Emily, Me, Jayne, Amber and Nicole

Best Friends! Dave and Janice
Lunch Group Friends! Scott, Danny, Liz, Coventry & Nicholas, Erin and Mileah & Todd
High School Friends! Lizzy, Me, Michal & Lindsay, Brandon, Danny, Nicole & Glen

October 25, 2010

The Tale of Two Kidneys

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . ."

The past week or so was really crazy for Scott.

Tuesday - BioChem Final
Thursday - Cell Bio Test 1
Monday - Anatomy Test 2

As if that weren't enough to complete the busiest week of the entire term, Scott got a kidney infection.

Not fun.

Fever. Nights Sweats. Chills. Nausea. Back Pain. Dehydration.
Not to mention the needing to use the restroom every few minutes.

He was getting better each day, but by early evening he would crash again and feel horrible all night. It made studying very difficult. Sunday night our home teacher and friends from the branch stopped by to give him a blessing, which was really great. I love church, I love people, and I love the people at church.

And, here is an unrelated photo for your enjoyment.

Scottie. Summer 2009.


Last Sunday I spoke in church during Sacrament Meeting. It was great! Don't get me wrong, I was crazy nervous (as always when speaking) but I was very excited to speak as well. I wasn't really nervous until it was Sunday morning and for a fleeting moment I thought "I should just call in sick". Then I realized I had just prepared a talk for our branch about commitments and the importance of keeping them. Big news. No calling in sick then. :) Aside from a short introduction about myself and Scott, below is a copy of my talk (as rallied for by friends and family members back home). Enjoy!

Today I have been asked to speak about commitment. To be honest, I had no idea where to start so I polled a few family members and close friends. They all gave their input but I was still left uncertain so I decided to visit where I read through multiple talks for different points and ideas. No one idea stood out, but many caught my eye so I would like to cover a few different bases that are all related to being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I would like to start with a story told by Elder F. Burton Howard of The Seventy.
Elder Howard, his wife and son were going to visit family in another state. After making sandwiches and packing the car they prepared a bed in the back seat for their young son so he could rest during the 10-hour drive. After hours in the car they were beginning to get on each other’s nerves. The preschooler never slept and it was soon after sundown with two hours to go. Elder and sister Howard knew if their little boy would only close his eyes and be quiet for a while, he would fall asleep. They decided to play a game in order to get the boy to sleep and they called it hide-and-seek. The boy would close his eyes and wait for them to say “OK” before finding them crouched down in the passenger seat. After a few times they said, “We have a really good place to hide this time. It will take longer. Close your eyes and we will call you.” The parents let five minutes go by as they drove along in silence. Elder Howard said the tranquility was marvelous. They drove another 15 miles before whispering congratulations to each other on the success of the devious game. Then, from out of the backseat, came the sobbing voice of a heartbroken little boy. “You didn’t call me, and you said you would.” Elder and sister Howard never played that game again.
As members of the church, we make commitments. We commit to serve through callings. We commit to share our time and our energy. We commit to mourn with those who mourn and to comfort those who stand in need of comfort. We make commitments and covenants, but sometimes we don’t follow through. But why don’t we follow through?
Maybe there is something we deem as being more important. Maybe we don’t feel qualified or we don’t want to seem over-enthusiastic. Or maybe we just plain don’t feel well so we push it aside for another day, another week or another month. I know I have used each of those justifications at one time or another, but when I stop to think about it, I wonder what it was that I thought could really be more important than keeping true to a commitment that I have made – especially if it is a covenant made with the Lord.
One of the needs of the church is to have people keep their commitments. We need people who will do what it takes, for as long as it takes, to do what they have agreed to do. It will probably take an extra push from ourselves to keep in mind that following through and keeping commitments is important, but the end result will be well worth it. You will find that service brings joy to the soul. You may also find it easier to call on God in a time of need when you know you have been keeping true to your covenants. When you make a commitment be sure you understand what it entails and what is expected. Strive to understand the covenants you have made in the past or that you may make in the future. We are much more able to follow through with commitments that we understand. Remember that the difficult part is not actually making the promise, but in keeping it.
As members of the church we are the covenant people of the Lord. As said by Elder John A. Widtsoe, “Latter-day Saints are called a covenant people, because, under the authority of the priesthood, they have covenanted with God, by baptism and other ordinances, to obey the requirements of the plan of salvation and to give their strength to the spread of righteousness over the world. They are further called a covenant people because they accept the gospel of Abraham, and therefore claim the blessings of the Lord’s covenant with Abraham.” Not only do we accept the gospel of Abraham and claim the blessings promised to him by the Lord, but we also make our own covenants, and we should keep them.
When we are baptized we covenant with Heavenly Father that we will follow his commandments. In return, he will forgive us when we repent, give us the gift of the Holy Ghost, and allow us to return and live with Him forever. Each Sunday at church we are offered a chance to remember Christ and reflect on our own lives. We are also able to renew our baptismal covenants through partaking of the bread and water of the sacrament.
Although baptism is extremely important, it is not the only step to salvation and eternal life. When we are of age we should attend the temple. At the temple we are able to perform sacred ordinances for the dead and to work toward attaining the blessings of eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.
Temple marriage is a most important commitment and should always be treated as such. Elder Russell M. Nelson said, “Marriage—especially temple marriage—and family ties involve covenant relationships. They cannot be regarded casually. With divorce rates escalating throughout the world today, it is apparent that many spouses are failing to endure to the end of their commitments to each other. . . An enduring marriage results when both husband and wife regard their union as one of the two most important commitments they will ever make.”

It is important to remember that a temple marriage is not just a commitment between husband and wife, but involves a covenant with God as well. If both husband and wife do all that they can to keep Christ close and with one another follow His example, they will be able to continue through mortal life and on to eternal life together. We must learn to emulate Christ and follow His example to help us remember the importance of loving our spouse and our family.

Once we have made our covenants and are well on our way to keeping them, we must strive to endure to the end. Sometimes we feel like the weight of the world is too much, but if we can resist the many temptations of worldly things then we can gain eternal life. Repentance is a key factor when we make a wrong choice. We all must repent at one time or another but it must be done with a pure intent. Simply going through the steps will not suffice. We must truly forsake the sin and feel remorse. Repentance must be done through the Savior. We must humble ourselves and repent when we have done wrong.

Elder F. Burton Howard also said that commitment “involves staying the course, being constant and steadfast. It means keeping the faith and being faithful to the end despite success or failure, doubt or discouragement. It is drawing near to the Lord with all our hearts. It is doing whatever we promise to do with all our might–even when we might not feel like it. . . We will not be safe until we have given our hearts to the Lord–until we have learned to do what we have promised.”

I feel that commitment also requires trust. If we trust in the Lord we can put ourselves in His hands and more easily commit to doing His will. One of my friends from back home wrote this on her blog: “At some time in life, we need to get out of our safe zones. Even if that first step is off a ledge. But don’t worry- it’s better that way. Because you know what the difference between the safe zone and the ledge is? The safe zone has boundaries. You’ll never reach greater heights if you’re afraid to fall.”

Another important thing to remember is that although the responsibility of commitment is ours, the Lord is always there to help and we are not alone. Christ has felt our pains and deepest sorrows, our triumphs and our joys. He can see the light within us even when we cannot see it ourselves. We have been invited to come unto Him – it is never too early and never too late. Strive to be like Him and the better we will become.

I believe these things to be true and I know that we will receive many blessings if we righteously keep our commitments and follow the commandments of God.

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with me while I was preparing! Also, thank you to a counselor from the Branch Presidency for letting me know that my talk was inspiring. :)

October 12, 2010


I know it's not even Halloween yet, but I am SO excited for Christmas. Know why?

I got time off to go home for Christmas!

I know, right? I was told it was next to impossible, but put in a request anyway. Glad I didn't give up because now we get to spend time in Utah and Idaho in December. I can't even tell you how happy I am to be able to see all of our family in just a few months.

Also, my sister Cherish is engaged - looks like the wedding will be in late January so I plan to get back to Utah (or wherever the wedding is) to see the family again for the weekend.

Victory is sweet. Family is sweeter.

Joey and Cherish. Engaged.

Scott Update

Today Scott took his second to last BioChem test and he rocked it! BioChem classes are officially over, but he has one more test before the class is over. As a nice little celebration he took the night off from studying and we spent the evening together. We cleaned our apartment, did the laundry (including our bedsheets - thank heaven), and went out for Wendy's (don't worry, we know we're high class). We topped of the day by watching some tv together. Perfect evening.

Scott and I out fishin' just before we got engaged. :)

October 10, 2010

Carolina In My Mind

A few months ago Scott introduced me to James Taylor and I quickly picked out my favorite song, Carolina In My Mind. All weekend I was singing the chorus while dreaming about Utah as there are lots of things as of late that are reminding me of home the past few weeks.

Organizing all my old pictures (here you can see a few of my girl's camp pictures).

General Conference! Watching conference made me a tinge homesick. Seeing the conference center and thinking of Utah!
This is Scott heading to Priesthood with me on my way to an evening with some families from the branch.
Meet my nephew, Samwise William Eastland born in Utah on Oct 6, 2010.

Got some stuff in the mail from home - this is our long lost comforter! We are SO happy to have it back!

Care package!
Aside from our family photos (both Eastland and Miller) it came with oreos, chocolates and a Halloween shirt for me!
My dad sent the shirt because it says "Boo" which has been my nickname since I was little.

My smiling face and Boo Shirt. :)

October 4, 2010

Last week I...

...realized that I love the smell of fresh laundry. a new pillow for Scott.
...bought a small utility shelf for our kitchen.
...started organizing all my pictures.
...watched countless hours of all things Netflix.
...went to work. Took phone calls. Enjoyed it.
...hand wrote a letter. I know, right?
...cooked dinner almost every night.
...took a hot shower until the hot was gone.
...missed home.
...talked to work friends about being Mormon.
...blogged. As you can see.
...took pictures. Photo below. a cold and drank lots of orange juice. LOTS of orange juice.
...watched (and loved) General Conference.
...helped Scott study (including OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine) which I also love).
...cleaned the bathroom.
...unpacked our fall clothes (is it really October already?)
...had pizza and baked sugar cookies with ladies from the branch. :)

Life is good.

Organizing photos. Don't mind the ugly ones you can see - girl's camp photos are usually hideous.

OMM. What Do You Think?

OMM: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Is (as wikipedia says) "the application of the distinct osteopathic philosophy when diagnosing and treating a patient. OMM takes into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of a patient, and how each aspect could be contributing to the disease state."

Is not chiropractic care, nor is it a massage. I view it as the in-between ground.

Osteopathic physicians do not just massage the skin. They work with things that are deeper than the patient's skin including fascia, organs, bones, vessels, joints and ligaments.

Today Scott had his first OMM practical exam! In preparation he needed some extra study time with a patient. Me! I have come to the conclusion that I love OMM. I have mild scoliosis that causes pain in my back, neck and head daily. The pain decreased significantly with a new mattress and sleeping positions, but the pain was starting to come back. Now? I don't have any pain. Nothing! Some simple techniques and I am as good as new.

What do you think about OMM?

September 30, 2010

Scott's Week

Has consisted of classes and studying. A little eating and sleeping on the side of course, but mainly school (as planned). Last Monday he had a BioChem test. Last Friday he had his first anatomy test. Tomorrow he has another BioChem test.

Scott and I drive together in the mornings and when I get off in the evening I usually pick him up so we can go home and have dinner together before the studying starts again. We have a nice routine.

Today Scott left his phone at home, something that happens once every week or two. It is amazing that it is so difficult for us to survive without cell phones!  I was off early today so I was out running errands (I forgot to get stamps! Sorry Liz! That means your letter will be sent on Monday - maybe Tuesday). I called and text Scott a few times but figured he was in the anatomy lab or the library. Just before seven I got a text that said "Come get me please. No phone. Let's gchat when you get this". He sent me a text from the internet! :)

I logged into my email to Gchat (Google Chat) with Scott and found that I had three emails from Scott:
3:53 pm: No phone, come get me @ 9ish.  Respond when you can please?
4:38 pmNo phone, at school, please respond soon. Scared, Scott
5:32 pm: Save me please!!!

Oh boy. I went straight to DMU to pick up that guy I love. We came home, shared a bag of chips (yes a whole bag) and talked about our day. Now I'm blogging and he is studying. He'll be great tomorrow!

September 27, 2010

Rachel Miller - Wife, Daughter, Optimist, Mormon

Maybe one day I'll get to be the star of one of these videos. It's quite the way to share your beliefs with others and let the world know about "Mormons". :)

Also, I am loving

The past weekend was really great (aside from the giant migraine that hit late Saturday night). Saturday I spent most of the afternoon cleaning and doing laundry while Scott studied away, then Scott and I went out for a bit to get him a new pillow. His was super old and, well, lumpy. So uncomfortable!

Saturday evening was the Boise State game and the General Relief Society Broadcast. Since we don't have cable and the game was on ESPN I dropped Scott at campus on my way to the stake center. Our stake had a dinner beforehand and it was wonderful! I was a few minutes late and found a table with two other women I didn't know. Everything was beyond expectations with the dinner, meeting new friends and watching the broadcast. I can't tell you how much I love listening to President Monson. His words always inspire me and I can hardly wait to read through his talk again. My favorite story was about the woman looking at the neighbor's laundry through her dirty window and thinking the neighbor just didn't know how to properly wash her clothes.

During the broadcast I did feel a little homesick seeing the Conference Center in Salt Lake. I felt so far from home! That's ok though, because I made a few new friends! Spending the night with girls who are just like me (and from Utah) made me feel closer to home! :)

Well, after the broadcast I met Scott on campus to watch the second half of the game. Here are two photos for the day:

Game Day.
Scott can't find his Boise State hoodie.
Panic ensues.
The end result?
Clothes everywhere.
The hoodie prevails.

In the DMU Student Lounge watching the game.
Another highlight of the night was wearing my zebra shoes. 

Customer Service

Working in a customer service call center you get to talk to a lot of people. Younger people, older people, happy people, angry people...the list goes on. Next time you need to call into customer service for something, use these tips:

  • Need a live person but there isn't an option? Press 0. Don't enter anything. Enter random numbers. Say you don't have an account number. Say you need to report your card lost or stolen. These can help you get to a person faster.
  • Keep your cool and don't get too worked up. Representatives may leave notes and you don't want the next person you talk to to start the call thinking you're an angry customer that just can't be helped.
  • Ask for exactly what you want. If you're looking for results, don't beat around the bush. Don't tell the representative about your car breaking down, your dog dying, etc, etc if you're thinking it will help your case. You want a fee removed? Ask. You want to talk to a supervisor? Ask.
  • Listen to the representative and try to understand if they are explaining something. 
  • Have any and all information that may be needed at the ready. Bills, receipts, etc.
Do you have other tips to share? These are from my experience at work so far.

September 26, 2010


Today was my third Sunday teaching the Sunbeams at church. They are adorable! The sunbeams are the children who are three turning four and I have three little girls. How perfect! We have a wonderful time chatting, learning and coloring (of course).

The people I miss most from home are my nieces and nephews - all nine (soon to be ten) - so it's nice to be spending time learning from the minds of children. They really do say the sweetest things! Here is a conversation from last week:

"My mommy gets fat when she has a baby growing in her tummy."
"My mommy is fat because of stress. I just told her to forget the stress!"

I'm sure there will be many more memorable quotes to come. It reminds me of the film "The Mouth of Babes". I need to find a copy of that.

To end off a nice day at church I was set apart for my calling as a Primary Teacher. It is nice to know that callings really are inspired. I have been wanting to teach Sunbeams for ages, and now the time is here!

Our Apartment!

Long time is our apartment! We always welcome visitors. :)

Living Room


Bedroom! Sadly, we don't have a dust ruffle and we left our  nice comforter in Utah.
Bookshelf - holding many of my favorite things (including the "Rachel Doll" from my mom)!

The window shelves by our back door - my favorite part of our apartment!