31 December 2008

Snow dino!

This dino is pretty cool! He was built at a house down the street from me. The Dad of the family that built it was outside as Holli and I were driving past today so we stopped and he took a picture for us. He said they are adding green eyes to him soon!

27 December 2008

26 December 2008

Crazy Eights

Clayton tagged me so here goes!

CrAzY EiGhTs

8 Shows I Watch:
(And by watch I mean, buy and watch on DVD)
-Grey's Anatomy
-Private Practice
-Ugly Betty
-Desperate Housewives
-CSI: Las Vegas
-The Office

8 Places I like to Eat
-Cafe Rio
-PF Chang's
-Noodles & Company
-Mom & Dad's he he
-Holli's bean dip
-Mi Ranchito

8 Things on my Wishlist
-To not have migraines
-Tonka to be 100% litter box trained
-For it to be March so I can go on my Disneyland trip!
-For it to be April so I can meet my little nephew
-To learn to knit
-For Marley to not eat Tonka when they meet (maybe tomorrow!)
-Warm weather...I HATE snow/cold/wind..even on Christmas.
-To be tan again

8 Tags:
-Sunni Archibald
-Holli Ridley
-Madi Love
-Jayni Brenchley
-Chelsea Dabling
-Julie Hatch
-Erin Simnitt

25 December 2008


This has been me for the last month. I have had a migraine that WILL NOT go away. Seriously. 3 doctor visits, 1 shot of staydol/phenergan, 4 missed days of work, countless Zomig, countless Lortab and it's still here. Ugh. I'd like to try the Botox injections in my neck, I've heard good things about them helping with migraines. Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas, or experience with these? Oh PS Merry Christmas everyone.

21 December 2008

Storing Tonka's Stuff

Tonk's collection of stuff has outgrown the basket I had so I've been looking for an alternative for a few days. I decided on two of these over-the-door shoe holders at Walgreens for $5 and they work perfectly! I can't say that the idea was mine, Amy actually uses one in her pantry for food and stuff, so thanks Amy! I've also been looking for something to store his food in. Look at the cute jar I found at Walmart for $12 today! Yay!

20 December 2008

Tonka and Marley

They've never met, yet they've got so much in common...


18 December 2008

Holy mother of destruction

I came home to this today...

All because this little guy got out of his cage. Isn't he an angel?

16 December 2008


So I, (along with several co-workers) recently switched to the AT&T cell phone network from Verizon after the long awaited arrival of the new iPhone 3g. I had heard a few negative comments in regards to the AT&T network- dropping calls and being static-y (sp?) but I went into the new network with an open mind and a very happy heart having my new iPhone. Most of the negativity was coming from the direction of one of my bosses, Jeremy Hanks. But I told him repeatedly that a network could not be THAT bad, and maybe his problems were user-error ☺. But alas, I have been proven wrong, and I am writing this post for two reasons. First, to publicly say that my boss, Jeremy Hanks, was correct with his AT&T frustrations. Jer, you were right all along. I should have listened to you. And second, to vent all of my anger and frustration with AT&T over the last month.

So, I, me, Meagen Ridley, set up the business account for my work. We had several employees that wanted to get their hands on iPhones 3g's and I put into motion our plan to move everyone from our original Verizon business account (approx. 15 voice lines) to the new AT&T account. I was and am the only “authorized user” on this said AT&T account. So, I moved over 5 total lines at this time. Things were moving smoothly. Then I called the AT&T customer support/care line one day to move over an additional line from Verizon (like I had done 3 times prior to) and was told that I was not an authorized user on the account and that they would have to contact this person in order to get me authorized. Umm, okay? Well, I know I am the ONLY person authorized on the account. I told them this and the rep said they would call the mystery user (since it was against the rules to tell me the exact name) and that he/she would need to call them before I could do anything further. Ok, fine, I’ll play their silly little game, thinking that they would end up calling me. But they didn’t and who ever they called didn’t return the favor. So I called again a few days later. The same thing, and here is where my frustration starts to grow. So, this second time around I give them every possible name of higher ranking employees at Doba, knowing full well there is no possible way any name other than my own on the account. Nope, none of them were listed as the authorized users. So I told the rep that I would just go to an AT&T store to get it straightened out and hung up.

Well, today I went to my local AT&T location and was told that I was the only authorized user on the account, but I was not the authorized “order-placer” and that’s why I was having all of the problems. WHAT!? How can I set up the account, set up new lines, transfer numbers to and from and now I can’t do anything with the account? According to the service rep, AT&T had recently changed their processes and I would need to contact the small business rep to get my name on the account. So we did that, right then and there. But, according to the small business rep, it will take approximately one week in order to get my name on the account. WHAT?! ONE WEEK? Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous! I'm the ONLY user! I have done everything there is to do on a cell phone small business account and now I can do NOTHING. I’ve wasted two phone calls and a trip (in the first big snow storm of the season I might add) to the AT&T store and I am still were I started over a month ago. UGH.

I don’t know how anyone uses this service. Even if they were to solve their customer service problems, it does nothing to fix their network issues. I have experienced numerous dropped calls in the last 3 months and I can barely hear the other end while driving and talking. I never had problems with anything while on the Verizon service. I will never recommend AT&T to anyone. Sure, you can have a cool iPhone, but it’s not worth their pain in the ass customer service or crap network. Go with Verizon. Their network and customer service is far superior. Here’s waiting until 2010 when I can return to Verizon without a cancellation fee. But the $175 may be worth my sanity if these problems don’t get resolved ASAP.

13 December 2008

Grumpier Old Men

I love the Grumpy Old Men movies. This is one of my favorite scenes. It's from the 2nd movie.

11 December 2008

More Tonka and an update

I know that I have been consumed with Tonka lately. It seems like he is all I talk about with other people and he's been the subject of my last few blog posts too. Come on though! Look at those ears! How could I not be obsessed? He's totally adorable. So here's a slide show of the Tonka-tot. But, since I don't care for those blogs that talk about nothing but children, I will try to contain my love for my Tonka monster and give everyone a small update too.

So an update. Well the last few weeks I've worked from home part time making hand bound books. We customized them with our company logos and gave one to each employee as a gift. I'll take a picture of the exact book one day and post it. I thought they were really cool and it was nice to take a break from being in the office. However, in the spirit of spending less money we dramatically cut back on our Christmas expenditures this year. Which meant a lot more work on my part. But you won't hear any complaints from me (he he I know my boss reads my blog..hi Blaine!). I love being busy at work and planning and organizing parties is really fun for me! With the help of my good friend and co-worker, Jayni, it all came together and I think we had a good Christmas party. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of that either. And both of us brought our cameras. Bummer.

I've started Christmas shopping and I've ordered or know what I am getting everyone on my list. I can't believe the big holiday is only two weeks away. Eek!

Holli was made front desk supervisor at the hotel and along with her boss, is throwing all of the front desk agents a small party. I offered my condo as a location. With a little furniture moving I think it will be a great spot for the party of 6-7 people. Her and I will be decorating tomorrow night and Saturday morning for it. Maybe we'll remember pictures at this party.

Madi and Brady had an ultrasound on Monday and they found out the baby is a boy! I'm going to have a nephew in about 5 months! Cool! I've already got ideas for a little baby boy book in my head. I'll probably work on that during Christmas. I'm going to try to teach myself to knit (again) during Christmas too. Amy recommended a few tutorials on YouTube that helped her figure it out on her own. Do you think I have enough links in this blog post?

Lastly, someone moved into the condo below mine. A few of you heard my drama with the couple who used to live there. Hopefully, there isn't any with the new tenants. Although, the more I talk to (or try not to talk to) the other tenants around me, the more I think I live in the middle of crazyville. One unit thinks my name is Heather (a fine name, but not mine). They did give me a giant bag of Twizzlers and a cute card for Christmas. So they can call me anything they like if candy is involved! Another is occupied by a pack rat who told me herself she has a big problem throwing things away and had to have the entire neighborhood help in cleaning out her two bedrooms to have new carpet installed. Help for two bedrooms? Okay? And another gave me attitude about the swamp cooler vent being dirty when he was shutting off the water for the winter. Umm okay, sorry my house isn't up to your squeeky clean standards. But to be honest, you live on the bottom unit and always have the blinds open on your little deck thing. I can see right into your kitchen/dining room when I come and go. You're standards clearly aren't that high buddy.

Well that's the update, I hope you enjoyed. :)

09 December 2008

Puppy Book / Holli's Book

Apparently I didn't make enough of these books for work over the last month, so I made another for myself this weekend. And one for Holli too.

03 December 2008

Puppy School

Last night was Tonka's first day of puppy school! So you know I put him in his cute little sweater! Haha. I wanted him to look nice for his first day. :) It was actually the second lesson in this course of classes. We started a week late, but were able to get a really quick catch up lesson a few days before.

It was his first time around other dogs and he was pretty scared. He sat most of the class behind my purse or in my lap, but other than that he did pretty well. He learned how to walk on a leash without yanking it and to lie down. In his private lesson last week he learned to sit and to watch me as I give him a command. Anyway, here are some pictures! He looks really long in them, but I think it was the way I was holding him. He's 4.8lbs and still got all his puppy wrinkles!

27 November 2008

Twilight Soundtrack

So I don't usually get into buying soundtracks to movies. I'll just find whatever songs I like and get those. But I really liked a few of the songs in the Twilight movie and ended up buying the soundtrack last night. It's really good. And OMG Rob Pattinson's voice. Please can I marry it? Because I am totally 100% in LOVE with it. Oh, Rob Pattinson plays Edward for all of you Twilight retards out there. Twitards. Ha. Oh and Happy Thanksgiving.

25 November 2008

23 November 2008


So Twilight review. The evening was soo much fun! My Mom, Holli, Emily, and I drove up to SLC at 9:00PM for our 12:01AM showing. We made shirts and it was so fun! We were prepared to wait outside with coats, blankets, and mittens, but they theater ended up letting our showing in right as we walked up to the end of the line. So no waiting out in the cold for us thank goodness! We brought Uno for entertainment and we found these big long coffin looking things and took some pictures. The wait didn't seem too long even thought it was 3 hours. Holli almost went WWF Smackdown on some girls that butted in front of us in line. Ha ha, which was also entertaining.

On to the movie. Well, sadly I was very disappointed with it. It was rushed and there was no character development. I felt like they tried to make it too comedic. Granted, it could have been the audience I was with. But there was just too much laughing. It was a serious book, and the movie just wasn't. In the book, Edward is this perfect guy. He's smooth and sweet, and just the picture of perfection. But in the movie, Edward was clumsy, weird, and quiet frankly, creepy. The scene where they are in the forest and he shows his skin in the sun. Hello? Modern technology and graphics and whatever and that's the best they could do? Get real. I feel bad for anyone that saw/sees the movie without reading the book. They will think we are all freaks for loving the books so much. Maybe my expectations were too high. But even though I didn't care for the movie I will buy the DVD when it comes out because well I'm a Twilight freak. :)

21 November 2008


This is Tonka! I bought him yesterday and I am totally in love with him. He's a miniature daschund and is 9 weeks old today. He's a little smaller than a football right now and will be about 10 lbs fully grown.

17 November 2008

Yeah, it's with the ammo

I went to Cabelas this weekend because I needed "buckshot" to use as weights for a craft project. So I walk into the store and I head to the gun counter for direction. I proceed to tell the clerk that I do not hunt, I do not fish (except for this one time), and I do not shoot things, but that I was looking for buckshot. He quickly tells me it's with the ammo and walks away. Yeah, thanks. That was helpful.

16 November 2008

Naomi & Sam

If this doesn't make you want to watch Private Practice. I don't know what will. Mmmm I love Taye Diggs.

13 November 2008

What if this is as good as it gets?

I'm not really in a good place today. I did not sleep last night due to not feeling very safe after a bad dream and an incident early in the evening. Let me explain..

Last night I went to Walgreen's around 9:30pm. As I was checking out a young guy walked into the store that made me feel rather uncomfortable. I know it's pretty judgmental on my part, but he just seemed like a punk up to no good. His head was shaved, he wore big baggy pants and a hoodie with the hood up. I didn't feel safe when he walked by. He bought something small and was soon standing behind me in line. He kind of invaded my space in line making me even more uncomfortable. So I paid for my items and walked to my car. I unlocked it and got in and as I did so a car pulled up to the doors of the store and picked up the young guy.  I sat in my car for a few minutes hoping they would pull out of the parking lot and leave. When they didn't I left the parking lot and took a different way home, watching my rear view mirror making sure they weren't behind me. I know it was nothing and they didn't follow me, not that they had any reason to. So I get home, lock up, and go to bed, everything is fine but I still felt a little weird about that guy. 

I had some trouble falling asleep even with the hefty sleeping pill I take each night. I did drift to sleep though but was woken up due to a bad dream around 1:00AM. I can't remember what the dream was about, I only know it woke me up and I was frightened. As I lay there trying to fall back to sleep I heard a noise that scared me enough to grab my phone and put on my glasses to go investigate all the corners of my house to make sure everything was okay. Everything was fine, I got a drink, and got back into my bed. As I sat there, my phone still in hand I thought to myself who would I have called? Yes, I know that if the noise had been something serious, I would have immediately called the police. But it was just one of those things where I just wanted to talk to SOMEONE. I didn't need anyone to come over or anything. I just wanted someone to make sure I was okay and tell me I was fine. And then it just hit me, is this it? Is this how it's always going to be for me? I get scared in the middle of the night and I just have to tough it out? Seriously? I want someone to be laying next to me when I wake up scared, but I don't have that. Or a boyfriend that I can call and say I'm freaked out. I don't have that either. Nothing. As I continued to sit there I was reminded of the scene in the movie As Good As It Gets when Jack Nicholson walks out of the psychiatrists office and says to the other patients in the lobby "What if this is as good as it gets?" What if this is as good as it's going to get for me? :(

I don't want people to think I am ungrateful. Because I am not. I have been blessed in many ways. I have an amazing family. I have a wonderful job that allows me to be independent. I pay for everything on my own. I have a 2 bedroom condo all to myself. I have my own car. And I have the ability to do any kind of fun things I want. I am very independent, but people seem to confuse my independence with me PREFERRING to be alone. I don't prefer to be alone. I want to share my life with someone. I just don't have that person. I just wish I had more in my life. I want less independence. I want to share a life with someone. I don't want to be married right now, I just want someone. I want someone to share things with. I want someone to ask how my day was, and actually care about what's going on with my job or my life or my anything. I guess I'm just feeling sorry for myself and I need these thoughts out of my head. 

12 November 2008


Check out my cute new soup bowl! I got it at Harmon's for $1.25. Woo.

11 November 2008

I tried

I tried. I really did. I held out as long as I could. But they broke me. And now I can't control it. They are here and I must eat them.

08 November 2008

New Book

I learned how to make a new book! Thanks for teaching me Amy!

1 Year

Happy blogiversary to me! I started my blog one year ago today. I read through a few of my first posts and it's weird how even though it's been a year, most everything is still exactly the same. And the few things that did change, I don't feel went in a better direction. So here's to another stagnant year.

05 November 2008


I am really disliking the design on my blog. But every time I sit down to change/fix it I totally lose all interest. I have blogger boredom.

04 November 2008



Fandango quit hating me and I got my tickets! WOO!

03 November 2008

Random Rhonda

So everything in this post is totally random FYI. I started out last weekend wanting to paint my spare bedroom/office...my spoffice...haha new word! (I told you this would be a random post). Somehow that morphed (who says morphed?) into redoing my bedroom. Here are the before and afters. My camera is broken so I had to use my iPhone camera, which doesn't produce high quality photos. Obviously. But I promise it's really cute and I love it. I got a new duvet, new curtains, and some new shelves (which is actually a towel rack for a bathroom, but I think they really work).

 (I don't know why it's all yellowy. My walls are white. Notice the two bright spots on the window where the blinds are broken. White trash. Nice.)



Today is my Mom's birthday! YAY! Happy birthday Mom!! I love you! Read her blog because it's cool. And read the birthday post Holli did for her because it's funny.
I hope my Mom has an awesome birthday!

Additions to the Things That Must Go List-
  1. When they make movies out of books and then reprint the books and the movie characters are the artwork on the book cover i.e Twilight. This bugs!
  2. Buying curtains at Target, realizing they don't attach with loops, returning them to Target, figuring out a way to make them work, and then leaving after purchasing the exact same curtains you just returned.
  3. My crappy shoulder
  4. The movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. This movie sucked and we left after an hour.
  5. The claustrophobic-y feeling turtlenecks give me.
  6. Wearing heels to IKEA.
  7. Static - on the radio, on my clothes, it all must go.
As mentioned above, I've messed up my shoulder again somehow. The worst is changing the gears in my car, so I've been shifting with my left hand instead of my right. Ha, I look like a moron doing it, but whatever, my shoulder hurts. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. If I end up needing to have surgery on it again, I might jump off a bridge. Seriously. And Holli said she won't help me do my hair when I'm in a sling so I would have to rock the 80's side pony tail. HOT.

Madi and Brady moved to California last week and I miss them! And they took Coors. I miss him. Which means I want a puppy again. A dauchtson to be exact. Actually I want two. With big fat bellies! So big they drag on the ground. :) Marley is too big for me to pick up and cuddle. Maybe I just need a baby. HAHA! NOT! I need a puppy.

I'm going to redo my blog. I hate the blue and I'm thinking of going back to the white. I just need a new picture for the top.

Twilight comes out in 19 days!! I'm so excited I could pee my pants! I tried to buy tickets for the midnight showing, but Fandango wouldn't let me. I'm not sure if that is because they are already sold out, or Fandango hates me. Boo.

Lastly, tomorrow is election day! Everyone vote!

29 October 2008


I love this scene in Weeds and the song that plays while she pours gas all over the house. Not the one at the very end of the clip. The song I like is Keepsake by State Radio. LOVE.

24 October 2008

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