Friday, November 28, 2008

black friday secret

you dont actually have to wake up early to get 'doorbuster deals'
i was there at 1pm and they still rang up with the doorbusting price!
thank you very much secret sales.
thanks for the fun mom.
im sorry i cant wake up at 4am like you to fight crazy people for sales.
9am is more my speed. thats doorbusting for me!!
i dont know if i can shop for 12 hours like you.

Monday, November 24, 2008

dear god,

its me again...for the millionth time today.
as i sit here and come to you my heart is literally breaking in my chest.
my friend miss natalie love isnt getting better.
it looks like you are preparing to take her soon.
the doctors said she has two days...but only you know for sure.
please let her son get home first to see her and say goodbye.
please dont let her be in pain.
please comfort her family and friends.
i know you have a plan but it just doesn't seem fair.
i know life isnt always fair but you are, even if we can't see it.
please help us get through this...
i know you will.
but please remind us when it gets harder.
we will need that.
thank you.

donate blood on thanksgiving and get a free pie!

...and from my other online newsroom:

Giving Blood is Easy as Pie for Red Cross Blood Donors
Give thanks this Thanksgiving by giving blood and receive a free pie

OMAHA, Neb. (November 21, 2008) – Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for giving thanks with family and friends. In the spirit of the season, the Red Cross is thanking its blood donors by offering all presenting donors a complimentary pie at participating special blood drives on Thanksgiving Day. Bakers Supermarkets has donated the pies.

While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays. Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to see family and friends.

“Every two seconds someone in America will need blood,” said Patricia Rubens, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “That is why the American Red Cross needs healthy and eligible donors to donate regularly – especially during the holidays.”

Recipients of blood products are not able to take a holiday from needing lifesaving blood. They are in constant need of a healthy supply. Please make the time to give blood this holiday season and change a life.

Upcoming Thanksgiving Blood Donation Opportunities
Thursday, November 27 – Three Omaha metro Bakers locations:
• 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• 17370 Lakeside Hills Plaza **Official location for Thanksgiving day media interviews
• 13250 West Maple St
• 3614 Twin Creek, Bellevue

**Please try and schedule interviews in advance with Danelle as this is a very busy event. **

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17-years-old, or 16-years-old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

send holiday messages to the troops!

Holiday Heroes
from my online newsroom please help if you can:

“Holiday Mail for Heroes” to Deliver One Million Greetings to Service Members and Families
American Red Cross, Pitney Bowes to Screen, Sort, Deliver Cards Before Holidays

OMAHA, Neb., November 17, 2008— The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to send holiday cards to members of the military and their families in the United States and around the world. From Tuesday, November 11 until Wednesday, December 10, the public is invited to send holiday cards with their message of thanks and cheer to a special post office box. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases, veteran’s hospitals and military hospitals during the holidays.

In Omaha, the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross was chosen to be one of the 16 states to distribute and sort through thousands of holiday greetings. The Heartland Chapter will be hosting a card sorting party on December 6th at Bellevue East High School, 1401 High School Dr., from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed, anyone interested in helping can contact Michelle Pridell at (402) 294-5032.

Last year, the effort garnered more than 600,000 cards for wounded service men and women. With the expansion of the program the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes hope to collect more than one million cards and holiday greetings. “Holiday Mail For Heroes” continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces.

“From the front lines to the home front, for more than 125 years, the American Red Cross has provided care and assistance to service members, their families and Veterans,” said Tina Price, CEO of the Heartland Chapter. “This is way for every member of the public to lift the spirits of military members, their families and veterans during this holiday season. It’s as easy as signing your name.”

Last year, the Heartland Chapter provided emergency communications services to 803 military families to help them reach their loved ones serving overseas. In addition to these messages, the Red Cross also provides access to financial assistance through the military aid societies, confidential counseling services and valuable referrals.

“Pitney Bowes is proud to be working with the American Red Cross again to help Americans extend their well wishes and gratitude to the heroes who serve and protect our country,” said Jon Love, President of Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. “Last year’s program was a huge success and we look forward to working with the public to reach even more wounded service members and their families this holiday season to show appreciation and support.”

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 10. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. To help speed the sorting process and delivery of cards and notes before the holidays, mailers are encouraged to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any other inserts. For a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices, please visit Cards are also available to print out from the website, along with messages from Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet Members Dr. Phil McGraw and Nancy O’Dell, co-anchor of Access Hollywood.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

About Pitney Bowes Inc.:
Pitney Bowes is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Our 36,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $6.4 billion. More information is available at


Thursday, November 20, 2008

card carrying member

i am now trained in cpr, aed and first aid!
i have my cards to prove it.
next stop disaster relief training!

dear god,

thank you for my dear friend josh.
he may be joel's best friend but he is my friend too.
i am so proud of him.
you know why.
he knows why.
i know why.
he is an amazing guy and you have amazing plans for him.
please use him and bless him beyond belief.
please open doors to him to bless others with his story.
please bless joel and his musical endeavors.
please help joel and i to be an encouragement to him and him to us.
thank you for him and his amazing faith of action.

god please also watch over my friend natalie l.
please send your angels to surround her in peace and comfort.
please give her the peace of your understanding.
thank you for her amazing encouragement over the years.
please bless her as she has blessed so many others.
please be with the doctors and caregivers to give her the best care possible and guide her treatments. please ease her pain and show her your love.
i love this lady god. please heal her.

and lord please look over jaimi and her sister corie's babies in their bellies.
please bless them and keep them safe and help them to grow and come out all healthy and strong.

and please bless my uncle rex.
grant him peace and knowledge of treatments.
watch over his family and help them to become closer even though they are miles away. please heal him.

joels grandma jan also needs some blessings lord.
please grant her a speedy recovery from her recent surgeries and help grandpa to take good care of her.

and jesus please look over my stephanie horak of the new orleans police department. bless her courage and surround her with your most powerful angels. let her be a shining light in that city where there is so much darkness. please bless her little blue socks off for serving you and your call.

dear lord please prepare natalie p. and her family for an adoption of a child if its your will. please let this happen in your time and when they are ready.

lord there are too many people to name that need your hope and grace today and everyday. please bless my family and friends as they bless me. please heal the hurting and help me to be a better witness of your grace and love. give me your words,and reveal your fingerprints to me. open my eyes to see you in the settled dust. help me to slow down and really see what matters. give me the strength to step up and be bold for you. please bless my work and let it glorify you. please bless my marriage and let joel and i fall more in love with each other and you.

thank you. i love you.

...dear friends,
please post your prayers below if you would like. i would like to lift you up if i can. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

dream came true...

last night i went to bed with a smile on my face, a fierce ringing in my ears and 5 dancing dreamboats from my 1989 dreams dancing in my head.
last night a dream 17 years in the making came true.
i got to literally hangin tough with the new kids on the block.
one word: amazing.

seriously. i didnt know what to expect but it was amazing!!
i was one of the 8,000 screaming 20 something women at the qwest center last night. most of the night was just surreal. it didnt seem like it could actually be happening. i had dreamed of that moment since 1989. becky and i just kept looking at each other saying this is so crazy! one of my favorite moments is when donny said, "who'da thought on a random wednesday night in 2008 that we could all get back together and have such a good time? who woulda believed it?"

i was very impressed that the kids, not so new anymore, could dance dance dance all night long and still rock it. they seriously danced and changed clothes every song and it was amazing. that's all i can say amazing. i do have to add that when danny was break dancing i did fear that 39 year olds should take caution while dancing and break dancing was definitely risky at that age but amazing.

well i did. i was there to believe the gloriousness. i went to my moms to dig for my nkotb giant buttons on monday night and actually found them. one joey and one jordan. i of course brought my jordan button since he was my favorite. i was surprised to see how many others and found theirs too along with their old shirts and hats.

i got free tickets from bam, thanks bam, and he joked that nobody else would want them and i could have them. the seats were in the nosebleed but we snuck down to the side of the stage after lady gaga and natasha bedingfield. they were great seats. we could see behind the scenes and see them come on and off the stage.

some videos from the awesomeness:

thanks for the amazing night boys!

Monday, November 10, 2008

happy 17th bithday felix!

17 years and still kicking!
sorry i didnt make you a party hat this year-
but i have put you through enough torture over the years.
...the sardine cake was a nice touch i tought.
happy birthday feefee.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

like christmas day...

today is like a nikon christmas.
i finally took the plunge and bought new camera gear...
but not just any camera and flash
the nikon d90 and nikon speedlight sb-600
i of course came home and immediately went on a snapping rampage.
here are some unedited photos from my new goodies.

photo story:
how to make mac n cheese

Friday, November 07, 2008

congrats mr city councilman

congrats randy on being elected into the louisville city council this week! we are proud of you papa wrench!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

notes from the polls...

this official election worker is now off duty.
i worked from 7am-8:30pm today at the election and it was quiet the experience.
$6 an hour and priceless memories.
sure it was a long day. sure my feet are killing me from literally running around all day...
but i made new friends today...
i thanked around 1000 wonderful omahans for voting and i felt completely tied into something that was bigger than myself.
the whole u.s. was a buzz today and i am proud to have been part of such an historic election.
congrats barack.
i look forward to seeing some changes.

Scooters coffee break

Pumpkin spice iced late' 20% off since I voted!
30 min dinner break and then back to the madness. Its actually been slower then I thought it would be...
Hopefully it will pick ip tonight!