Sunday, December 28, 2008

We've moved!

We have officially moved from California and are now living in Georgia! So we are no longer going to Alaska! David is still in Texas for the next couple of weeks and I am staying with my in laws until David has finished all his training. I have finished my bachelors degree and will be looking for a job in the Atlanta area. We are looking forward to buying our first house later this year. I will be retaking the PCAT in a couple of weeks and applying to the Pharmacy school at the University of Auburn in Auburn, Alabama. This year is going to be a great year with so many new things to look forward to! My older brother ,Wes, is getting married May 1st in the Toronto, Ontario temple, 4 years and 1 day after David and I were married. I'm excited for him and can't wait to have a sister in law! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

David earns Amateur Radio Technician Class

I passed my element 2 FCC amateur radio test this morning, and will be receiving my Technician's class call sign from the FCC in a week or two.

I took the test in Midland at the clubhouse of the Midland Amateur Radio Club. I will be attempting the element 3 test for General class next month.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rights and Entitlements

I found these two very interesting postings on the internet and thought I would share them. It annoys me that so many people in this country think that they have a right to everything (a house, a job, a car, health insurance). You don't have a right to those things, but you can obtain those things through hard work and good planning. So go ahead and read these postings.

Posting about health care.

Posting about rights.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Why I support Prop 8

Although I am only a permanent resident and I can't vote, if I could vote I would vote YES on Proposition 8 in California. Many people here are against prop 8 and claim that by voting yes on prop 8 we will be taking away fundamental rights of gays and lesbians. Voters would not be taking away any rights of gays and lesbians, they already have the same rights as married men and women. I think this link says everything that I would say and Californians should vote YES on Prop 8. To me the part that makes the most sense is the biology aspect of it. A female can not reproduce without a male (or his sperm) and so it just makes sense that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that those precious children have every right to be brought up in a home with a mother and a father, not a mom and a mom or a dad and a dad. It makes me sad to think that teachers are supporting this measure because per California law children are to be taught about marriage in school. Marriage is a religious institution not a government institution. Non-supporters are saying that if I parents doesn't want their child to be taught about these things in school then they can pull them out of class for the day. I don't think that teachers should be the ones teaching children about marriage, I think it should be mommy and daddy that should be teaching these children about marriage (another reason why I want my children to go to private school or something similar). Just read the article, it's really well written.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


In case you didn't know I work at Jamba Juice as a shift manager. I was hired in April and got promoted to Shift Manager (or as they call it lead) in July. I think I do an awesome job being a lead. I always get everything done that I'm supposed to get done, the customers are happy, the employees are happy and my manager is happy. I even got a raise last week. I really like my job because it's fun and I know that my manager really cares about me. The only thing I hate about my job is the store owner. We get along ok. He's really weird socially. He almost never smiles, and when he does it's weird. When he's in a good mood everything is awesome. When he's in a bad mood you better watch out our you'll get yelled at for the stupidest things. But he always seems to be in a bad mood, especially when the store manager isn't at the store (when she is taking her time off). Like today. He "yelled" at me because there were 3 people in line. 2 of which were together (apparently they were trying to decide what they wanted), then the other person in line just got there. The store owner walks out to the lobby and tells the guy he can go ahead of them. So he goes to do that and the other two finally decide what they want so the guy just walks out of the store. While the beginning of this is happening I was in the back checking one of my employees off the register (I have to input the information on the computer). There is a screen in the back office so that you can see what's going on out front while you are in the back. I enter the front of the store about the time I see the owner talking to the guy. He asks me who else is on register, so I get the other employee to go on his register but while that happens the guy walks out the door and the owner is pissed. It's not my fault the guy can't wait 10 secs for someone to take his order, he clearly didn't want Jamba Juice that badly. So the owner proceeds to tell me that I should have seen this and should have told the guy on register to take the other guys order, and he also "yells" at the guy on register for not taking his order first.

Another incident: I need to explain something first before I go into the details. The employees have to count their registers before they are put on a register out front. We had machines that automatically count the change and cash for you based on the weight. Well both the machines that they had broke so all employees have to count the change out by hand and it takes them about 20 mins. My manager took all the change out of the cash drawers and put it into baggies and marked the amount in each baggie, apparently I was not supposed to use these baggies but the rolls instead. This incident happened about 30 mins after the first. All the computer screens for the registers froze, so I had to get the owner to come out and fix it. When he is finished fixing it he is walking back to his office and notices a plastic ziploc bag sitting on the counter where employees count their registers. He brings it out front and asks me what it is. So I tell him that it was for the change that an employee had in his register. He told me that now it's going to be a hassle because the next person that counts the register will have to count $5 in nickles and that I wasn't supposed to use the change in the baggies. So it's my fault that he is such a cheapo that he can't order a change counter when we keep having problems with the old ones and now both of them are broken? He even told me that the new one was going to be here until next week! If it's such a big deal then why didn't he have it overnighted!

I know he's the owner and that whatever he says goes but he doesn't have to be such a jerk to people. Honestly if we didn't have the manager we do and I wasn't moving I would find another job where they appreciate me more. I got a raise last week b/c my manager things I'm doing an awesome job. She said she was really impressed with me and she's really happy with the way I do my job. If he keeps it up he's going to lose all the really great employees and all the crappy ones will be left. We already have barely enough leads to cover all the shifts. I'm so glad I'm leaving in December, so for now I'll just grin and bear it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Capstone Project

In order to graduate from California State University Monterey Bay (where I am currently attending) I have to do a Capstone project... which is essentially a really big graduation project. It's kind of lame that they make you do it but right now I'm having a little fun with it. I'm currently taking a Genetics and Advanced Cell Molecular Biology class. Last semester I took Biochemistry. The nice thing about taking these hard classes is that I have a really good understanding of Biology and how all these tine tiny molecules make up you as a person. It just amazes me that all these really complex reactions and such are going on in our body all at the same time millions and millions of times and that all of these components come together so beautifully to form you! I don't/ can't understand how any scientist wouldn't believe in a higher being. The chances of all of these things coming together on their own is really 1 in a trillion billion million (i.e 1 in never). For my capstone project I'm going to be writing a 20+ page paper on drugs. I know it sounds boring but there is this really cool website I found from the University of Utah that explains the basics of what I am writing my paper on. It just amazes me that scientists have the technology to make drugs that will have very very minimal to no side effects based on a persons DNA. So here's the link
, go check it out and give me some feedback on it because I want to here what people who have less biological knowledge then I do think about the topic. That way I can try to incorporate that in my paper. My paper is supposed to be geared towards the general population.

So I just found out that I don't have to write a 20 page paper but I have to read a lot of research papers and do a power point presentation and then present it to two professors on a poster! So much easier, but I still have to do research!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


So I figured some of you might be going "PCAT? what's that?". The PCAT is the Pharmacy College Admissions Test. The tests basically weed out those people (i.e. me at the moment) who wouldn't be a good candidate for Pharmacy school. I'm graduating this semester and I am trying to get all my applications in for Pharmacy school which doesn't start until next Fall. One of the requirements is to take the PCAT. I wish they would just look at my grades because my Math and Science GPA is awesome! We'll see what happens. I'm trying to come up with alternative plans in case I don't get in. Maybe I will take a year off and work and take the test again and apply again (which might be the better option since as of right now I have no clue where we will be living). I don't know I'll figure it out sooner or later. Well it's off to bed for me so I can get up at 5:30am and go to work!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


On a sad note I got my PCAT scores back today and I did awful! Your score is based on how well you did compared to everyone else that took the test the same day as you. I blame it on all the Asians that were taking the test that day, haha, just kidding. My scores were as follows:

Section Scaled Score/Percentile
Verbal Ability 406/58
Biology 399/45
Reading Comprehension 407/57
Quantitative Ability 386/19
Chemistry 401/47
Composite 400/43

I did horrible in the Math section and I knew it because we had 40 mins to answer 40 questions that were pretty much all Calculus questions (which take forever to do!). I ended up guessing on a lot of answers because I ran out of time (guessing doesn't hurt your score). But on a happier note I did really well in the Writing Sections:

Conventions of Language 3.0/2.90
Problem Solving 3.5/2.87

I believe the scores for writing were out of 5 with a 5 being the heighest possible score. I did better then the mean so I think I did pretty awesome on the writing portion! Now I just have to retake the test in January and hope for better scores overall. Otherwise I am going to have to postpone Pharmacy school until the next year (2010) and in the mean time take a class or something to prepare myself better! Wish me luck!


I know I'm boring but I wanted to write about the cookware I would love to have! David and I have talked about using our Christmas money this year on buying a nice set of pots and pans. So I have been browsing the internet looking for pans that I think would last me until I die. So far I really like All-Clad's Copper Core. They are really expensive though, but so worth it. Here's a picture of them:

I found a 28 piece set (I know it sounds like a lot but most of that is the lids, see picture!), at Williams-Sonoma (one of my favorite stores, I can hear what David is thinking, uh-oh!), but it's $4,000!!! At least our future generations will be getting a nice set of pots and pans! I'm expensive!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sarah's First Post

Since David has started posting to the blog I decided it was my turn! Right now I am in my last semester of University and as of today I have exactly 3 months left until I graduate! I can't wait to be all done with my undergrad stuff and be able to start pharmacy school. As you can read by David's posts he just graduate from DLI and is on his way to Texas for some training. My brother Jeff is living with me in Monterey, CA , so I'm not completely alone. In January we will be moving to Fort Richardson, Alaska. I'm kind of nervous/excited about this new journey in our life. Since there are no pharmacy school's in Alaska I will be applying to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, they are the only institution that has an accredited distance pharmacy education program. So since I will be doing online classes I will have lots of free time to raise a child! Yep, David and I will be starting our family in the next few years. I'm really excited for the future and all it has to offer us. Now it's time for me to go to bed because I have to get up early and go to work! (I work at Jamba Juice!) (Oh and I just got my greencard, finally!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Out of Monterey

I left Monterey this morning after saying goodbye to Sarah at about 5:40 and arrived to Blythe around 3pm. I took a little different route than I had planned. My first change was taking CA-198 through Coalinga instead of CA-46 via Paso Robles. I just felt like I should take it, plus I had never been on 198 past the intersection with CA-25. 198 is much more interesting and beautiful (also winding and dangerous) than the straight and boring 46.
This picture is from approximately the CA-198's summit east of the San Andreas. I stopped to take a last look back on the central coast before I headed into the central valley.

The central valley is boring, and today the visibility was especially bad. I do not know if it is pollution, dust, or both; but, the drive between the Coalinga and the grapevine was especially dirty, dusty, and dingy.
although you can not see them, there is a large mountain range behind the haze in the right half of the picture.

I was grateful to get to the grapevine and out of the central valley.
I took a wrong fork in on the Pasadena freeway and ended up at St John Ave & Del Mar Blvd. Not a big deal, but when I took the horribly designed ramp onto I-605 I almost got run over by a tracker trailer.

Friday, September 12, 2008

David graduates the Arabic Basic Course

David at the graduation ceremony from the Arabic Basic Course class AD01107 of the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, CA.