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'Twas the Day After Christmas

Here I am back at work. Cold, dark, tired, and sad. Presents have been opened, food has been eaten, oh yes, Christmas is over. Don't get me wrong. Christmas was good. I just hate being back at work today. I couldn't sleep again last night. And now I'm here at work with nothing to do (and no management in sight) and my lights are almost off (and blinking annoyingly) and it is freezing cold. I wish I would have had today off as well.

Anyway... here's a rundown on my short Christmas break:

Austin and I finished the last little shopping we had left to do over Friday and Saturday and just relaxed. Sunday we went over to my parent's for the McNeil "Bring a Special Thing and Share Memories and Eat Treats" night. That was fun. It was good to see some extended family and hear them share some thoughts. We were to bring an object that was special to us and explain why. I brought my guitar that my dad had given me, and Austin brought his painting he had done in Italy. …

This Is What Happens When I'm Bored at Work

Here are my answers to Seth's survey.
Do you have any pets?Nope.
What color shirt are you wearing?Purplish
Name three things that are close to you:Water bottle, twisted-up paperclip, and post-its
What is the last book you read? Neverwhere
What's your favorite sport? Basketball
Do you enjoy sleeping late?Yes, I sure do.
What's the weather like right now?Cold and dark
Who tells the best jokes? Austin
What was the last thing you dreamed about?You know, I can’t really remember right now. I’ve been so tired lately. I usually have really cool dreams.
Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?Of course I drive. I drive 80 miles every day. It took me two hours to get home yesterday. I have never gotten in an accident (unless you count the time I tapped the car in front of me, which I don’t) or gotten pulled over.
Do you believe in karma?Sure. What comes around goes around.
Do you believe in luck? Yes, I do.
Do you like your eggs scrambled or sunny side up?Scrambled, very dry, or over-hard…

The Tracie & Austin Story -- Part Four

Hot off the presses! Part four of the Tracie/Austin story: (two parts to go)
Lingering Feelings
Austin and I had only been dating for about two weeks when Trent and Jessica got married. I knew Devon was going to be there. He was, after all, one of Jessica’s best friends. It was very, very difficult for me to see him. I tried not to cry and held back tears. I was feeling so many different things. For one thing, after I had gone to talk to him, he said that we could be friends. So, several weeks after talking to him I wrote him an email, and he never wrote back. I was obviously a little mad when I saw him at the wedding. So I casually asked him why he hadn’t written back, and he said that he didn’t use that email address anymore. Well, how in the heck was I supposed to know that?!?Part of me was relieved he wasn’t avoiding me on purpose, but it made it harder for me to be mad at him anymore since I now knew he hadn’t deliberately not written back. Anyway, I kept my cool and chatted casual…

Christmas, Christmas

Okay, I got this from Amanda. I’m also going to combine it with the Christmas quiz that Jen sent around.1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both, though I do like getting gift bags so I can reuse them later.
2. Real tree or artificial?Artificial, and prelit. I really don’t understand why you’d still want a real tree these days. It’s more practical, economic, clean, and reusable.
3. When do you put up the tree? After Thanksgiving sometime.
4. When do you take the tree down? Probably after New Year’s.
5. Do you like eggnog? Nope
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Keyboard that I really, really wanted
7. Do you have a Nativity scene? Not yet
8. Hardest person to buy for? My dad. Good thing I don’t have to anymore since I’m just going to donate to my parents’ mission fund from now on for gifts.
9. Easiest person to buy for? Austin is actually pretty easy to shop for.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Don’t really know. Most gifts have been pretty good.
11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? I…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

How tender are thy branches! Da-da-da-da, da diddly do, da-da-da-da, bah liddly do.....How tender are thy branches!

Yes, those are the only words I know. So our Christmas tree is finally up & trimmed! (It's been up for a week or so, but it has shiny red and gold ornaments on it now!)

It's so pretty! It's my first tree, and I'm so proud. I'm going to take pictures. Unfortunately, I can't post them since I still don't have a card-reader or a cord connecting my camera to the computer. If anyone want to get me that for Christmas, you're welcome to. Then you'd see pics more often.

Anyway... today was my first performance review at WGU. I was a bit nervous, but everything turned out well. My managers actually rated me better than I did myself. I got "exceeds expectations" in every category! They said I was doing well, and they expected me to accelerate rapidly and eventually be a senior editor and leader. They also addressed my concerns…

More Tracieness

This is for those people who can’t get enough of the wonderful wackiness that is Tracie, and those that are bored and need something to do and wish Tracie would blog more dang it!I read Amanda’s list, and thought “hey, why not?”Some people might already know these, but tough biscuits.Read it anyway and enjoy.WARNING: This is very long, but enjoy anyway.75 Random Bits of Tracie:1.My favorite color is green and has been for several years now.As recently as a couple of years ago, my mom thought it was red for some reason.(I was 8 the last time red was my favorite color.)Other favorite colors I have had include red and hot pink.(This, again, was when I was younger.When I was about 12 I LOATHED the color pink.Around 18 or so I fell back in love with pink.)2.Nicknames I have had over the years (some are extinct): Trace (I actually hated Trace until I was about 16 and then I started liking it for some reason), TLee, TJ, Teej, Monkey, Pumpkin, Princess, Pwincess, TMAC, Doodle Queen, Tray (don…

Post -Thanksgiving

After reading Heather's post, I am also moping. I'm really glad I got an opportunity to say goodbye to Heather and to Leah, but am sad that I didn't get to say goodbye to Ryan or the boys. I'm also sad that I didn't have more time to spend with the Powell family. It really was too short. But there will be other times. Austin and I would like to visit again. (I'm sure that will make Leah happy.)

I'm really glad that Austin and I decided to go to Arizona. It was worth the long trip. I only wish we could've spent more time together. Things are always crazy around holidays.

I loved your home Heather. It gave me a lot of ideas on how I want to decorate. It helped me figure out a little more what my own personal style is. I love the decoration we made. It looks supercute on my entertainment center.

I am SO excited for Christmas this year! Austin and I bought our very first tree. We couldn't afford one last year. (All the cheap ones disappear…

The Tracie & Austin Story -- Part Three

The saga continues:

“Just Friends”As December was beginning I found myself getting excited to go to work.I told myself it was silly since I didn’t like Austin “that way.”I convinced myself I liked the attention and that’s why I was getting butterflies.We were spending so much time together it’s as if we were dating, but we were “just friends.”This was fine with me since I was going on a mission.I had decided after the breakup with Devon that’s what I was going to do.The following April I would turn 21 and I would go.In fact that semester I even took a Mission Prep course at BYU, which was a fabulous class by the way.But the sexual tension was mounting.One night Austin and I rented The Tempest, another Shakespeare “classic.”It was the silliest movie I had ever seen.It was set in the South during the Civil War and it was just plain bizarre.(“Careful Prosper!” “You make me fly like an eagle!”)Austin and I had started cuddling at this point in our relationship, but hadn’t kissed.See, this …

Tagged, again

Don't worry! The rest of the Tracie & Austin Story is still forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Just got tagged by Ammon and I must comply. The game is easy. There are only three rules:
The rules are posted at the beginning.Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves.At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog for the rules/detailsWell, I've done this before, but Ammon tagged me. So let's see if I can think of 6 things that I didn't include last time.

1. I'm an excellent speller. I participated in spelling bees from fifth to eighth grade. I took sixth in 5th grade (and I didn't even study!), second in 6th grade (I should've and would've won if it weren't for my nervousness and stage fright), third in 7th, and like fifth in 8th. The sad thing is I never earned a trophy. :( I really should&#…

The Tracie & Austin Story -- Part Two

Awkward BeginningsI must make mention of the fact that after Austin actually talked to me he did get discussed by me and my best friend, Heidi.Heidi and I were in the same religion class, and though we were in college, we still passed notes.I wrote to Heidi about Austin and how he was usually the type of guy I’d go for, but I wasn’t going to in this case for various reasons.(My breakup with Devon had affected who I wanted to date.)Heidi remarked that I shouldn’t discount the idea that Austin might be something.Anyway, since I was depressed with my breakup, I tried to make more friends.I did this by trying to make more friends at work.So I decided to throw a work party at my house.I invited everyone, gave them instructions, got cute, and waited….Right on time Austin showed up carrying two generic bottles of soda.We waited…and waited…and realized nobody else was coming!Awkward!I texted Heidi about Austin being the only person to show up.She didn’t immediately reply.So, when I heard my p…

The Tracie & Austin Story -- Part One

Here is the long-awaited entry.
I thought it might be good if I put down Austin and I’s story of how the two of us became a “we.”This is not a short story, so you have been warned.This will be told entirely from my perspective.If Austin wants to tell his side of the story he’ll have to write it himself.I will be completely honest, holding nothing back (except those details I choose to.)B.A. (Before Austin)It is necessary to begin my story not with Austin himself, but a little bit before.Before I even knew there was an Austin Beckstrom in the world, I was in a relationship with Devon.Devon was the first guy I had dated since the disastrous conclusion of my relationship with Jonathan.(Man, I lucked out on that one.The greatest heartbreak of my life turned out to be the greatest blessing.)After Jonathan dumped me, I became utterly depressed for about a year.A little bit before Devon came into my life I had no job and no life.I wasn’t dating; I was barely existing.My life consisted of waki…

Head Over Feet

No, this isn't the Tracie & Austin story. That's still to come. I did start writing it, but it's going to be big. BIG I tell you!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a brief moment from yesterday. I was driving home from work (Sigh...still isn't the funnest thing) and listening to Alanis Morisette's "Head Over Feet." I love this song. The song perfectly addresses my feelings from when Austin and I were dating. So listening to it again I was struck with a profound and deep feeling of how much I really, truly love Austin. Tears almost came to my eyes and goosebumps covered my flesh. I love you, Austin! You really did win me over. :)


I had no choice but to hear you
You stated your case time and again
I thought about it

You treat me like I'm a princess
I'm not used to liking that
You ask how my day was

You've already won me over in spite of me
Don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet
Don't be surprised if I love you for all…


I just wanted to update briefly and say that I am the proud owner of my first pair of boots! They aren't the uncomfortable, flashy, modern-looking ones. But they are SO comfortable! It's like walking on feathers! I love my new boots! They also have insulation in them to keep my footsies toasty.

Heads up! Major blog entry on Austin and me's story coming soon! Watch for it!

My First Real Job

So here I am, finally, posting about my new job. For those that don't know I am an editor at Western Governor's University up in Murray. It's an online university that measures student success by using assessments. They have two types of assessment: objective and performance. Objective assessments are objective test questions (multiple-choice, matching). Performance tasks are more involved. The students are given tasks to do (usually writing an essay or doing a project). The way the university works is that they have subject-matter experts determine what a person would need to know first-day-on-the-job in a given field. They then write competency statements (such as "the graduate will know how to do....") and then write objectives that would fulfill the competency requirements. Then all objective and performance assessments have given objectives that test questions directly align to.

My job is to edit these objective and performance assessments to first…

My Hubby & Me

I'm finally updating. This is from Lynette who tagged me. Don't miss out on my soon-to-come update on my new job!

What is his name? Austin
How long have you been together? 15 months
How long did you date? 18 months
How old is he? 25
Who eats more? Austin. Though I eat more chocolate.
Who said I love you first? Austin. He told me he loved me when we weren't even "officially" dating yet. Needless to say it freaked me out a little bit.
Who is taller? Austin
Who sings better? Probably me, though Austin has a very nice as well. :)
Who is smarter? We are both very intelligent and we both have areas of expertise.
Whose temper is worse? Austin's
Who does the laundry? I usually wash, Austin usually folds, and we both usually put away.
Who does the dishes? We both do, but I usually do them a little more frequently.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Depends on how you look at the bed. If you're facing the bed, Austin is on the right side.
Who pays the bills? …

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

Today was my last day with the boys. I made pudding paint for them again and we colored and had puppet shows and they rode around on their scooters and I went and got lunch for them at Wendys. I got all emotional as I was leaving, and I was teary-eyed driving home. I didn't anticipate feeling as sad as I did. I'm going to miss them so much. Of course I'll still see them, but it won't be as frequent. I'm so glad Tyler and Cheryl gave me this opportunity. Not only was it a blessing as I needed a job while I was in-between jobs, but it was also so great to spend so much time with my nephews. They don't get my name mixed up anymore. I feel I know them so much better and that they know me so much better now. I hope they enjoyed their time with me as much as I've enjoyed spending time with them.

Highlights of the summer with the boys: pushing them on the swings, doing exercises in the mornings, playing "army," having the boys help me carry my …

Why Say Anything Nice, When You Can Say Nothing at All?

Hello. Just wanted to briefly update. I did end up going to the interview in Orem. I didn't feel it was right, so I turned it down. I'm keeping the job up in Murray. I start next Monday. Hooray! I'm really nervous about starting a new, "real" job. I haven't worked full-time in a while, but I'm sure I'll adjust within a couple of weeks. I'll be happier being extra busy then I was being extra bored. I know it'll be such a good thing for Austin and I, and not just the monetary part. (Though that part will be awesome!) I'm nervous about being an editor. I know it's what I learned to do and what I loved to do, but everywhere you go it's different. I'm worried that I won't measure up to their expectations. What if it's difficult? What if I'm lousy at it? What if it's boring? I'm mostly worried about not being good at it and not being able to do what they want me to do. I'm sure once I get th…

Yes! Yes! Thank You! And the crowd goes wild!

So great news! I got the job in Murray! Woo-hoo! They offered $13/hr with benefits. I did talk to them about the wage. I'll get an annual raise automatically, but they also do performance reviews twice a year where they discuss raises. There is also opportunities for advancement from Tier One to Tier Two, which most likely comes with a pay raise. So yeah. I'm excited! I start in two weeks! I don't have to wear business dress, which is great because I don't own anything like that, except the outfit I just barely bought to interview in. So now I won't have to fork out money for new clothes, except I will after I start making some money! I'm looking forward to work as an editor. I'm not looking forward to the commute or having to get up at 7, but I'll adjust. It'll be good to be busy again and have something to do. And it'll be good to have money. I'm going to miss my boys horribly. I've become rather attached to my nephews…

I'm such a fool for you

Do you have to, do you have to, do you have to let it linger? interview was today. It went pretty well, I think. I really hope I get it. I don't know exactly how much I'll make..prolly between 12-15. The only downside is it's in Murray, which means an hour and a half commute everyday, if not more for traffic. The good news is I'll get to do a lot of editing, make friends, and make good money. Also, they have something called "flex-time" which means I set my own schedule. I just need to get 8 hours in anytime between 7:30am and 9:30pm. They also try to do an editor "work from home" day like once a week. That would be helpful. So if I get it I think I'll work from 8 to 4 and not take a lunch. I'll just eat at my desk. That way I'll beat traffic and still be home before Austin so I'll have time to make dinner and we can eat at 6. Then we can work out from 6 to 7 and go to bed at 10:30.

It'll definitely be a di…


Yay! Good news! I finally got another job interview! The call came this morning at 8:30am. I was still sleeping (my alarm was due to go off soon.) I was in the middle of a sound sleep when my phone started ringing extremely loudly (did I mention my ringtone is extremely loud?) startling me awake. Lately I've been rushing to answer every phone call in the hopes that it will be someone wanting to set up an interview. In my startled state I knocked the phone off my nightstand under the bed where I frantically tried to recover it before it stopped ringing. Let me tell you the adrenalines was fun. I finally managed to answer it and I tried to respond as if I was fully awake and my brain was fully functional. Turns out it was a guy from Western Something University, an online university that had posted a job for an editor on craigslist. I mostly successfully handled myself and got an interview set up for next week. I was excited about this job because it's an actual full…


I finally found out that I did NOT get the Covenant job. I'm pretty sad about it. I really wanted it. They took long enough to get back to us. I will, however, still be able to do some freelance work for them. They sent me some information to get started on that. Now I just need to find another job. I've been looking, but haven't found anything promising. I hope I will find a job soon.

Austin and I went to the dentist today. HayLee cleaned my teeth. I like getting my teeth cleaned; it feels so nice. Austin has cavities. He's going back tomorrow to get them taken care of as our insurance expires on Friday. I had no cavities. When we get our new insurance (in 3 months) I'll go back to the dentist to get my 3 wisdom teeth out. Yay.

Is This the Miracle I've Been Dreaming Of?

So Sorry. Disney songs in my head. So, good news. Austin found a new job just like I knew he would. He starts a week from Monday, which is extremely fortunate as this was to be his last week at QualitySmith. This means that he will not have any days of unemployment. We're grateful that the company gave them two weeks notice before they were ultimately laid off.

His new job is at a place called MarketPartner. They help out new companies that are just starting out with their marketing, brochures, websites, and the like. Austin will be a CSR (Customer Service Representative.) He will not have to be doing sales. They have salespeople for that. He will be checking up on customers for renewals and upsales. He'll be making at least what he was at the old place. He has a higher starting base, which is good, but we'll see how he does on his bonuses and stuff. The place also has benefits too which start after 90 days. They may not be as good a…