Friday, August 28, 2009

The Other Love...

Ok, Carl likes to spoil me big time. I like being spoiled. The most recent major spoilage was this:

That's a Nikon D40, baby. It's a babe. I love it. I've tried to use it as much as I can, and so far I've only taken random pictures at home, my sister-in-law's wedding, and my brother-in-law, Chris', + his fiancee, Katie's engagement pics. I am pleased.

The camera has become my other love. Of course, it will never be more than my love for Carl :) (it comes close... haha)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


It's the truth, I am terrible at updating the blog. I think I'll put the blame on school, which yes, I just finished the second semester in the nursing program and I am on my way to relaxing and reuniting with my honey :)

Perhaps while in Texas, I'll make this a little fancier and more updated.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Apparently I'm That Short.

Ok, so I already posted this on a facebook note, but I had a lot of fun writing and researching it, so now it's on here! Love to all!

Alright, this is a note for clarification:

I am 4'11".

Yeah, not that exciting actually, but it sure is a great topic for people to argue their "knowledge" on requirements for getting a handicap parking permit.

Since I have received my driver's license at the age of 16, I have had several people talk to me each month, whether stranger or acquaintance, about how I am either legally a midget or that I can at least get a handicap parking permit. Of course, I usually say,

"Actually, midget isn't actually a proper name- most prefer 'little person.' Plus, I am anatomically proportionate- I don't have a larger head or short extremities." (short extremities is called dysplasia, btw)

Then they tell me, "No, I'm pretty sure that you can get a handicap pass"

me: "No, I'm actually very sure that I don't qualify because I am not considered disabled in any way"

person: "Well, you're 4'11" and anyone under 5'0" is considered a midget, so that qualifies you. Anyway, my friend's great aunt's niece's 2nd cousin's step-son's best friend's daughter has a handicap pass and she's under 5'0" ."

me: "Um, ok. I'll look into that."

Aside from that conversation, I often have people come up to me in classes or social settings ask me how tall I am, express their surprise, and tell me that they have an friend, relative, co-worker, or some relationship to a fellow 4'11er". Maybe I should start asking how tall these people are and tell them that I know someone their height too.

I think that I'm ok with people asking how tall I am- people's curiosity get the best of them and I suppose I am sort of an outlier when it comes to height, but what bothers me is when someone tells me something I know is not true. In all my years of being under 5'0" and almost always being smaller than my peers, I have never had any physician or any health professional tell me that I qualify for a handicap pass. I am healthy: I can run a mile in less than 10 minutes, I don't get out breath walking 200 ft or less, and all of my extremities have not posed any immobility challenges. Where all these people who've come up to me got that notion that I am disabled, I have no idea. Probably from some friend's friend who saw a little person come out of a vehicle that had a handicap placard. What bothers me even more is that people are suggesting that I look into getting a handicap pass so that I can get the closer parking spaces at school or the grocery store. Is that not one of the most selfish things you've ever heard? Why in the world do I want to park closer in a spot specifically for people who have real problems like not being able to walk without keeling over? Yeah, I agree, it's very rude.

Just in case disbelief still resides with you, here are some official sources about handicap parking permits in the states I've lived in:

Disabled Parking Permit and Placard
295.5. A "disabled person" is any of the following:
(a) Any person who has lost, or has lost the use of, one or more lower extremities or both hands, or who has significant limitation in the use of lower extremities, or who has diagnosed disease or disorder which substantially impairs or interferes with mobility, or who is so severely disabled as to be unable to move without the aid of an assistant device.
(b) Any person who is blind to the extent that the person's central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye, with corrective lenses, as measured by the Snellen test, or visual acuity that is greater than 20/200, but with a limitation in the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle not greater than 20 degrees.
(c) Any person who suffers from lung disease to the extent of any of the following:
(1) The person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second when measured by spirometry is less than one liter.
(2) The person's arterial oxygen tension (pO2) is less than 60 mm/Hg on room air while the person is at rest.
(d) Any person who is impaired by cardiovascular disease to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or class IV based upon standards accepted by the American Heart Association.
Added Ch. 554, Stats. 1989. Effective January 1, 1990.

Disabled Parking Placard
Are You Eligible?
A disabled person includes any person who is unable to walk 200 feet or more
unassisted by another person or without the aid of a walker, crutches, braces,
prosthetic device or a wheelchair; or without great difficulty or discomfort due to any of
the following impairment types: neurologic, orthopedic, respiratory, cardiac, arthritic,
blindness, or the loss of function or absence of a limb or limbs.

Conditions for Special Parking Placards or Registration Plates:
Has lung disease to such an extent that forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or arterial oxygen tension (pO2) is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
Has cardiovascular disease limitations classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to the standards set by the American Heart Association.
Is unable to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
Is unable to walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, or other assistance device.
Requires a wheelchair for mobility.
Has lost an arm, hand, foot, or leg. See Note (D) “Certification Under Maryland Law.”
Has lost the use of an arm, hand, foot, or leg.
Has a permanent disability that adversely impacts the ambulatory ability of the applicant and which is so severe that the person would endure a hardship or be subject to a risk or injury if the privileges accorded a person from whom a vehicle is specially registered were denied.
Has a permanent impairment of both eyes so that: 1) The central vision acuity is 20/200 or less in the better eye, with corrective glasses, or 2) There is a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye. See Note (C) “Certification Under Maryland Law”.
Temporary Placard (red)
Disability is not permanent but would substantially impair the person’s mobility or limit or impair the person’s ability to walk for at least three weeks, and is so severe that the person would endure a hardship or be subject to risk of injury if the Temporary Placard were denied.

Well, there's some light reading :) 

Monday, March 2, 2009

Day(s) of Love!

I know I might have some feelings of guilt after this entry because I have tests in Sociology and Pathophysiology this week, both which have not had any time dedicated to them for study. Carl and I have had spring fever since we've been married- we want OUT! Seriously, I would drop out of school if I didn't already spend 3 years of time, classes, and money on schooling. I just want to play. and so does Carl. 

Perhaps I can't stand school because Carl and I will be split up this summer due to it! The nursing program is year round and since Carl makes the bling so that we can afford to be married and go to school, he will be in Dallas, TX working for Pinnacle Security again. Terrible, terrible things you do for love... BUT there is a way we will be staying connected and that is through other people's love. Yes, that's right, WEDDINGS!

Between April and July, we have a wedding to attend each month!

First, on April 11th, my dear friend Dustan Millward, whom I've known for several years, is getting married to a beautiful gal named Jenessa. They are great together and I'm so excited for them! Dustan is awesome because he helped teach me about LDS church and baptized me when I decided to join the Church! I don't know if Carl and I will actually go to their sealing at the Boise temple, but we'll definitely go to their reception to support and cheer them on for reaching such a wonderful step in life.
totally stole this from facebook.. so cute!

Next, we have Devin Moore- he is Carl's best friend, room mate for several semesters, and his best man from our wedding! Carl was also Devin's trainer on their mission to Malaga, Spain back in the day.  So, he will be sealed to Karina, a darling lady, on May 21st in the Salt Lake temple. They are a perfect couple. We are so happy for them and can't wait to see them tie the knot! 
Karina Stratton
ok, so I'm stealing ALL the pics from facebook. they're adorable!

Ok, this one is exciting because my best friend Kimberly Harrison is the story! Kim and I have known each other since our freshman year of high school (unless you count the dance class we took together in 4th grade..)! We've been through thick and thin, communicated all the while she traveled the world, AND she introduced the gospel to me! I love her to pieces and I am absolutely stoked for her to get married to this amazing dude, Jason. She wrote him through out his whole mission and they are such good friends, I couldn't think of anyone better who deserves Kim.  On the 26th of June, they will be sealed in the most awesome and holy temple (j/k! kind of.. :)- the Oakland temple! ok so that is a little biased since Carl and I were sealed there (and Carl's parents too!), but what the heck, it's also an excuse to visit the wonderful land of California. Carl and I are again so happy to see another great couple married.

they are so stinking happy :)

Last, my beautiful sister-in-law, Catie, is getting married!! She is so sweet in every way! Catie is Carl's older sister and she is a hoot! I think she is so funny, talented, and lovely. By the way, to give some insight on how nice and amazing she is, Catie moved her wedding date one week down in order to make sure I could be there AND save us a couple hundred dollars in flights. I don't know anyone who would be that selfless concerning their own wedding. SO Catie will be marrying this handsome (and also funny!) guy named Brandon on July 26th. We love him and think they are a fantastic pair. Can't wait!

yay!!!! we love them!!! wonderful couple 

I love that Carl and I get to unite once a month at weddings. What a great time and place, right?? I mean it's not sad like a funeral or just some ordinary trip. It's true, we'll probably be spending well over a $1000 in flights, but I am proud of all these people we know taking this brave step of marriage- all who have been married understand that it takes some degree of bravery and courage for that committment, but the hard times and struggles are all worth it when it means you are getting married to very person you love and adore most :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009



Alright, now that I've made the blog into something I feel is more attractive and pleasing to the eye, I think I've convinced myself to use it again! Again, probably only I will be posting, but that's ok :)

I feel very tech-savvy now that I've edited my own HTML.

Well, I hope that I blog better now that the blog is pretty :)