Car Woes

So, before I bought my car I noticed the a/c go out during a test drive. We told the people that we wouldn’t buy it until they fixed it. Next time we came, it was “fixed,” and we bought my car. A month later the a/c started going out. Slowly the speeds and the fan died. It wasn’t too bad in the summer since I didn’t drive that much and I could get some cool air when on the freeway. Flash forward to the winter AKA the Cold Death of Coldness. So, I drove to Salt Lake and back every day. I have had almost no heat (except when cruising at higher speeds and when I had the defroster on from some reason). So last week the defroster stopped working and I was getting almost no heat. I couldn’t take it anymore so I finally took my car to the shop to get fixed. I found out that I needed a new blower motor and a new blower resistor (the thing that makes the air go different speeds). Sigh….
So $478 dollars later, my heater works again! I no longer freeze on my way to work, tap my leg to keep warm, or try to ooze out any heat. The poop thing, of course, was the price it took to get my heater going. They charged us twice as much for parts as needed. Next time we will be avoiding Tunex and going somewhere else. The only good thing is the work has a six-month warranty. So, hopefully all be well and I will stay warm.

Awwwwwww Comfort

Soft and squishy Like
Sleeping on a cloud
How I love my mattress pad!

So, yes, Austin and I got a new mattress topper. It finally finished decompressing and we put it on our bed last night. (The edges didn’t finish all the way but it had been 2 ½ days and I didn’t want to wait anymore, besides we don’t sleep on the edges anyway and the edges aren’t even on our bed really.) It was heavenly… It was like sleeping on cloud or resting on a marshmallow. All joint pain and tension immediately ceased. Austin and I have been talking about it all day today. We can’t wait to go to bed just so we can lie on it. The mattress topper consists of 2 inches of memory foam that is zipped into 2 inches of a microfiber quilted top. The whole thing has a connector piece that tucks into the mattress. It’s absolutely wonderful! It was worth all the money! I hope to be having much sweeter dreams from now on.



So I’ve decided to do what Austin does and summarize my poll results. Apparently, the majority of you would pay off debt and/or buy a house if you had a million dollars. The next two highest answers were “invest it” and “shopping spree!” Nobody would give half a million dollars as a tip and nobody thinks that having a million dollars doesn’t matter since you can’t take it with you.

So my new poll is up. Please vote. Leave comments here if you'd like to discuss your superpowers.

On Facebook I am TLee (formerly Ice Girl from planet Frosty) and my current strength is electrokinesis. My arch nemesis was Polarito (AKA Austin) until we got tired of stealing each other's XP.



I just heard that Heath Ledger died. Though I didn't know him personally, I liked him as an actor. It's quite a tragedy to die so young. He was only 28. Only four years older than me. . . Hearing news like this always reminds me that death can come at any time to anyone. I'm not afraid of death, but I rather hope I live much longer than 28.

Thanks: Two

Okay, I have procrastinated long enough. Here are my thank-yous part two! I’d like to generally thank Austin’s family for accepting me into their family. From the very first minute I was treated like family and that meant a lot to me. It was the first time that I met another person’s family and I felt like I belonged.

Thank you Mark & Alice for raising such a wonderful guy for me to marry. Thank you Mark for being such an example of generosity. Thank you both for helping us out financially and for flying us out to Houston. It means a great deal to the both of us. Thank you Mark for your great sense of humor. Thank you Alice for being a wonderful mother-in-law. I’m so glad that I got a second Mom and another friend instead of a Monster Mother-in-Law. Thank you both for the cards you send us throughout the year.

Thank you Ammon & Lynette for the influence you’ve had on Austin’s life. I know he looks to you as two of his closest friends. I wish we lived closer because I know we would get along famously. Thank you Lynette for writing your blog and giving me something to do at work. :) I’m glad that I’ve gotten to know you better that way. And thank you (and Ammon) for your comments on my blog. They are always appreciated.

Thank you Carly & Wesley for being two more adorable people for me to love. I’m so happy to have another niece and nephew to spoil. I only wish you weren’t so far away so I could spend more time with you.

Thank you Andrew & Alex for being wonderful younger brothers to Austin. He misses you both so much. We are excited to visit again. Thank you Andrew for teaching me how to play Kingdom Hearts. It was fun. Thank you Andrew also for your comments on mine and Austin’s blog. Thank you Alex for your sweet spirit and tender heart.

Thank you Nana & Grandpa for making me feel loved and a part of the family. Thank you for your financial support and advice. Thank you for the dinners and for the time you have shared with us. Thank you for the emails and for the cards and gifts and for the rides to the airport and for teaching me Shangai.

Thank you Grandma & Grandpa Beckstrom for also accepting me into the family. Thank you for our couch. Thank you for the gifts and for the cards you’ve sent. Thank you letting us stay in your home two years ago. Thank you for all the help and service and love you’ve shown Austin and me.

Thank you Uncle Paul & Aunt Mary Ellen (Grandma 3) for inviting us over and for feeding us many Sunday dinners. Thank you for being a supportive influence in Austin's life.

I’d like to thank all of Austin’s aunts, uncles, and cousins for their love and kindness and support they’ve shown us. Thanks Craig for letting Austin live with you briefly. Thanks Brett & Charlotte for playing games with us and for helping us move. Thanks Carissa & Rylan & Charlotte for coming to Austin’s surprise party. Thanks Uncle Jim & family for feeding us and playing with us and talking with us. Thanks Aunt Kerri & family for recently spending time with us and for coming out for our wedding. Thanks also for letting us borrow sandcastle stuff when we were in California. Thank you Jan & family for being wonderful and supportive people. Thank you Justin for finally accepting me (and for stopping calling me Trixie) and for being one of Austin's closest friends. He misses you. Thank you Kathryn for marrying Justin and for mellowing him out. Thank you both for being such good friends to Austin and me. Thanks Uncle David & family for spending time with us during visits. Thanks Uncle Mark & family for playing cards with us and for having good-natured senses of humor. Thanks Uncle Steve & family for spending time with us.

Okay, that is it for now. To be continued…


Thanks: One

Many people have complained that I haven’t updated in a while. (Yes, apparently 8 days is the equivalent of an eternity.) Anyway, since I didn’t really have much to write about (since I’m not in the mood to work on The Tracie & Austin story right now) and nothing is really happening in my life, I decided I would write something unique. I have decided that I would take the time to thank all the people in my life. So without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are my thank yous:

(This is going to be a two-part entry since it’s getting ridiculously long…I’ll post part 2 tomorrow)

The first two people I want to thank are my Father in Heaven and my Savior. I thank Heavenly Father for giving me a body and sending me to Earth to a wonderful family where I was born into the covenant. I also thank Heavenly Father for His gospel and for sending His Son. I’m thankful for the beautiful world that I live in with all of its wondrous creations. I’m thankful for my family and for all the blessings I’ve been blessed with. I’m thankful for the Holy Ghost and for the scriptures and for the Restoration. I’m thankful for my Savior that He atoned for my sins and set an example for me to live up to. I’m grateful for the promise of the Resurrection and for the temple. Thank you Heavenly Father and Jesus for all you have done for me and have given me, for giving me help when I’ve needed it and for just being there.

Okay, I said it wasn’t going to be in any particular order. And it won’t be. After these first few entries.

The next people I want to thank are my parents. Thank you, Mom, for giving birth to me. Thanks for listening to my ramblings and for putting up with my incessant chatter. Thanks for all the great advice and for making me feel better on all the bad days. Thank you for cleaning my room and for your help with my homework when I needed it. Thanks for teaching me how to clean. Thanks for taking me shopping and helping me get ready for dates. Thanks for being one of my best friends. Thank you, Dad, for being an example of endurance and sacrifice. Thanks for teaching me to be “anxiously engaged.” Thanks for holding me when I was sad or scared. Thank you for the priesthood blessings when I was sick or anxious or depressed. Thanks for helping me buy my first car. Thanks for the helping me with my financial and work-related problems. Thanks for never letting me be too old to be your little girl. Thank you Mom and Dad for raising me in the gospel. Thanks for always being great parents. Thank you for all your support. And mostly, thank you for the unconditional love you’ve always shown me.

Next I want to thank my husband, Austin. Thank you, Austin, for marrying me and for being my husband. Thank you for understanding me and taking care of me. Thank you for making me feel like the most important thing in the whole world. Thank you for making me feel beautiful for respecting me. Thank you for your kindness and your generosity. Thank you for being my best friend. Thank you for taking me to the temple. Thank you for your trust and your faith in me. Thank you for your support. Thank you for the sacrifices you make for our family. Thank you for making me sandwiches and for bringing me socks and for opening my door and for playing along and for always making me feel special. Thank you for loving me more than anyone.

Okay, the rest are now not in any particular order. :)

I want to thank Heather for being the kindest, kookiest, kraftiest older sister a girl could hope for. You’ve been a great example to me and I’ve loved getting to know you better and better over the years. Thanks for helping me with my sign language homework. Thanks for doing my hair when I was little and telling me about the “facts of life.”

Thank you, Troy, for being a wise older brother. Thank you for caring about what’s going on in my life and for helping me with my FAFSA and tax-related questions. Thanks for the phone calls and for your support over the years.

Thanks Tyler for being involved in my life. Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to watch your kids. It was a great experience for me. Thanks for the advice you’ve given me and mettling because you really do care. Thanks for teaching me how to stick up for myself.

Thank you Trent for being a protective brother. You always defended me when I was little and always made my 5-year-old self feel safe. Thanks for trusting me to listen as you shared your feelings and troubles when I got older. Thanks for letting me help you with your papers. It was that experience that made me believe that I really could be an editor. Thanks for being a friend.

A big thank-you to all my brothers for taking me out on “dates” when I was younger. It always made me feel special, and I loved spending time with you.

Thank you, HayLee, for being my little sister. Thank you for being my very best friend growing up, for being the person that I could always play with and talk to. Thank you for the memories of a happy childhood. Thank you for always being someone I could trust. Thank you for the many times you have done and cut my hair. You really do have a gift. Thank you for loving me and supporting me when I need it.

Thank you, Taylor, for being my little brother. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for cheering me up when I was sad. Thank you for listening. Thank you for giving me one more person to love. Thank you for letting me dress you up when you were younger and going to the store when I didn’t want to go alone.

Thank you, Ryan, for marrying Heather. Heather really needed someone like you. Thank you for loving her and for treating her the way she deserves to be treated. Thank you for supporting my decision to marry Austin. Thank you for being a good dad and for being a fun person to talk to and spend time with.

Thank you, Jen, for being my soul sister. Thank you for understanding my sense of humor. Thank you for your friendship and for your support. There have been many times when a phone call from you is just what I needed to get through my day. Thank you for understanding me. Thank you for understanding that though we are different, that is okay and we can appreciate our differences.

Thank you, Cheryl, for loving Tyler. Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for bringing three wonderful boys into the world and for being such a good mom to them. Thank you as well for letting me watch your children. Not only did I get to know my nephews better, I got to develop a better relationship with you. Thank you for being a source of support for me and a good example on how to get things done.

Thank you, Jess, for marrying Trent. Thank you for being my friend. You are one of a few people in the world that I can communicate with without saying a word. Thank you for laughing at my jokes and for spending time with me. Thank you for listening to me and for giving me good advice.

Thank you, Justin, for loving HayLee and for being a longtime family friend and for being a part of the family. Thank you for your advice on real estate and renting. Thank you for getting along with my husband and for being a fun person to hang and joke around with.

Thank you Seth for being a good helper to your parents.
Thank you Cade for your sweet spirit.
Thank you Tyson for being so fun to play with and for making me feel better on bad days.
Thank you Preston for being so sweet and cuddly.
Thank you Mason for making me laugh.
Thank you Matthew for letting me read you stories and for being so silly.
Thank you Eric for your sweet smile.
Thank you to all my nephews on my side for being such great nephews!

Thank you Maddie for talking to me on the phone and letting me know what’s going on in your life.
Thank you Leah for loving my husband and for being such a sweet, kind girl.
Thank you to all my nieces on my side for being such great nieces!

This is the end of part one. Stay tuned for part two coming soon to a blog near you...



Happy New Year everyone! I know you've missed me. . . You haven't heard from me since last year! (cue groans.)

Yes, well. I think I'm humorous. I am currently at home sick. Lovely. Actually I'm pretty stoked about it. (Not being sick, but being at home.) My boss told me to go home. So I'm currently "working" from home. (I don't have anything to do.) I like being at home and leaving early meant I didn't have to deal with rush hour traffic on the way home. Yay! And now I can get paid to write blog entries in my underwear while dealing with my massive sneeze attacks.

Anyway, I wanted to write down my resolutions for the New Year. (I won't talk about New Year's Eve since Austin already covered that.) So here they are, my resolutions for 2008:

1. I resolve to get in shape this year. (Austin: "what shape? like pear-shape? diamond? perhaps parallelogram?") My shape of choice is to get back to the weight I was happy at and also be healthy and active once more. I have an approximate range of pounds I would like to lose, but I'll keep this information to myself.
2. I resolve to read the scriptures more regularly.
3. I resolve to go to the temple once a month.

I think that's pretty much it. I'd also like to work on spending time on creative goals, such as working on my novel and stuff like that.

Man, this cold is killing me. I'll write more when I feel better.