Lot 48: September 2016

September 28, 2016

hot tub hopping at hotels

in high school, there wasn't much to do on weekends.  you know i'm from a small town.  the most popular activity to do on weekends was sneak into hotels and go hot tubbing.

some hotels were easier to get into than others.  some were difficult.  the trick was to not walk in in your swimsuit.  thats suspicious.  then get in the hotel, change clothes and pray that somebody was in the swimming area and you could just knock on the door and yell "hey!  i don't have my key! can you let me in?"  or, the best way, really, was to find a hotel that had an outdoor pool with a fence that we could hop.

the times I did this was very calm we just had someone let us in. but one time when my best friend went it was crazy.   pretty sure that what we were doing was illegal. isn't that trespassing? anywhoos, one time when my best friend we went hot tub hopping she and her friends and half of our high school class had jumped the fence to get in. im not sure how, but the manager found out that they were in the pool and not guests of the hotel. he came in and yelled at everyone to get out or he was going to call the cops.

as teenagers are really really smart and rational, they ran and all jumped into this truck that one of the kids were driving. the manager followed and was running behind the truck yelling "i got your license plate im going to call the cops!! i don't know if he actually did or not but it was all very exiting and i was super disappointed that i missed out on such a story!

this was a pretty pointless post. but you know how i like to share stories and then ask you to share one back. so what is your craziest high school experience??

i have another one to tell, and it's really awesome. prepare yourself. 

September 26, 2016

3 fictional characters that describe me

you've probably seen this question floating around social media for the past few days, and i wanted to jump in and answer that question because it is such a fun question! 

katniss everdeen - i've always thought of myself as a fighter.  a protector.  i think we all have a little or a lot of katniss in us.  i would do what she did.  i would volunteer myself to save my sister.  i would fight back and start a revolution.  i would want to save everyone and create a better world.  actually, that isn't something i would want to do, that is something that i already want to do.  she is so strong and so tough.  i think we all love this character because we all want to as strong and as tough as her.  

lorelai gilmore - one thing that lorelai is before anything else is independent.  she is self sufficient, doesn't want help and hates to ask for help, and is a force of nature.  if lorelai wants something to happen, she makes it happen.  and i do too.  she's funny and always on and witty.  she doesn't like to talk about difficult things, she doesn't like to open up and keeps her heart close to her chest.  wait.  am i talking about lorelai or me?  oh, right.  same thing. 

laura diamond - i am so sad this show got canceled!  i've talked before about how much i love the mysteries of laura and can't believe it got canceled right as.......... i'm not going to ruin it for you if you haven't seen it.  i love laura.  she barrels through other people and ignores rules to make things happen.  i love in one of the episodes when they are doing a performance review of her and they say that under "reason for getting a warrant" or reason for doing this or that to a suspect, she cites her gut.  ha! but, barreling through other people and ignoring rules is something about me that i don't really think is a good thing.  ignoring rules and barreling through other people to get things done doesn't serve me well.  i think it rarely serves other people well in the long run. also, she is so stubborn just like me (heaven help me if any of my children are as stubborn as me. i will tear my hair out.) and is creative and smart in how she handles problems.  that is a quality that i would like more. 

okay now you have to tell me what 3 fictional characters describe you!  tell me tell me!  i anxiously await your comments. 

September 16, 2016

i'm running out of ways to title a friday roundup post...

in a way, i can't believe its friday, and in a way i feel like this week dragged forever.  its hard to come back from vacation! its hard to go back to work!

bet lets catch up, shall we?

whenever i go to a theme park, i always get a lollipop like this one.  every time.  sometimes they are flavorless, and sometimes they are explosive!  the one i got from  disneyland did not disappoint.  i delayed eating it though because then it felt like the vacation was really over!  i just had the best time with my family at the beach, it went by way too quickly!

i am so in love with this picture of taran on our family vacation.  my little niece, capri, who is about 1 1/2 (look at her little hat! she is so squishy i'm so in love with her.  i want to nibble on her thighs.) just loved smashing sand castles.  her siblings and cousins kept getting mad at her because she kept smashing theirs.  taran saw how happy it made her, so he got buckets and filled them with wet sand and popped them upside down.  then she had her own castles to smash!  she would laugh and giggle and get this huge grin on her face.  she would reach out her chubby little arm and just smash the sand castle to pieces!  then she would look at taran like "what are you doing? why aren't you getting me more sand?" it was so adorable.  and even more adorable was how sweet taran was with her.  my sister even instagram posted about it.  i can't wait to see taran be a daddy someday.

i work downtown, right across the street from a very large outdoor mall.  some days my team and i walk across the street for an ice cream break or to get traffalatas at godiva.  i love these little field trips, they are so yummy and fun and are the perfect way to take a break during the work day.  i had never had a truffelata before, but i am so glad i got one the other day!  i got strawberry creme and had a taste of my coworker's pumpkin spice one and they were both so good!  but especially mine.  i also love this picture.  you can tell a lot about me by looking at this picture.  you learn i have a sweet tooth.  you know i like my bling bling (that's a new wedding ring i got on sale because i can never have too many rings).  you can tell i am self conscious about my freckles because this is obviously a snap and i used the pretty filter.  that one is my favorite (and the one with the butterfly halo, obviously) because it smooths out my skin and make me look like i'm wearing foundation.  and i hate wearing foundation.  you can tell wherever i work has high security because i have a work badge around my neck.  you can also see the faintest silver chain of a necklace that holds something very, very dear to my heart, which is why its on a long chain so it can be on top of my heart.  and why i wear it under my clothes because i don't want people asking me about it, this necklace holds incredible emotional weight. you can tell i spend a lot of time getting my eyelashes perfect each morning as i think they are one of my most beautiful features.  funny how if you really look at something, you can learn so much?

we alternate years doing holidays with my family and tarans family.  its our year to spend thanksgiving with taran's family and Christmas with mine.  taran's family isn't really doing anything for thanksgiving this year.  so i proposed another option: go to new york city for thanksgiving!  i can't wait!  we will be there 5 days and i am bursting with excitement!  i have been wanting to go for so many years; i haven't been since i was 11!  so please, comment with your recommendations and tips!  i really am soooo excited and love that little by little, taran and i chip away at our travel bucket list.  (i actually wrote a travel bucket list but i can't find it!) i am so looking forward to crossing this one off!

and fall is in the air and its getting colder here and its WONERFUL! my favorite season is right around the corner!  and it will be so much fun to begin the holiday season in NYC! happy friday!  havea good weekend!  that was a lot of !!!!!! 

September 15, 2016

best tv characters of all time

i spoke about the worst tv characters of all time, now its time to talk about some of the best tv characters of all time.  because there are a lot, but here are some of my favorites.

mindy from the mindy project.  seriously, show of hands, who doesn't want to be best friends with mindy?  everyone in the room?  i thought so.  she is an adult who acts like a kid and its amazing.  and so hilarious.  one of my favorite things about her is her independence.  when danny is dragging his feet about moving in together, mindy says "i'm fine if your mother moves here or i do.  but just let me know.  because i'll be fine if you don't want to be with me."  and she is right.  she can be on her own.  that's my favorite thing about her.

phil from modern family.  he is so much fun!  he is so quirky and always thinks of fun things to do. out of the entire family, i would want to be friends with phil the most.  cam would be too much for me, i think, but phil would be so fun to hang out with!  i love his sweetness, that he always asks the question "what if?" and is always proposing fun things to do.  italian accent night?  putting on tuxedos and test driving rolls royces?  how fun!! 

ohhhhh. lucille from  arrested development.  so dysfunctional, so hilarious.  her crusties are legendary.  i miss that show so much. 
lucille: get me a vodka rocks.
michael: mom, its 9 in the morning. 
lucille: and a piece of toast.
one of my favorite episodes when she goes off her post partum depression pills 30+ years after she has buster and she just get progressively meaner snarkier, more awesome and more hilarious throughout the day. 

titus! i can't believe i almost forgot him! titus from the unbreakable kimmy schmidt.  you know tina fey's comedy? her humor?  her 30 rock humor?  well in this show (if you haven't seen it what are you doing with your life??!) that humor mostly falls on titus.  and its fantastic.  soooo overdramatic, so theatrical.  i love all his one liners and he is my favorite part about the show.

and how could i write a post about the best tv characters and not include the dean from community?  he is the one of the best parts of (i'm not exaggerating) the greatest comedy of my time.  my favorite are his outfits.  that episode where they show a montage of all his outfits i was laughing so hard i was crying.  he is so oblivious, so clueless, such a bad dean.  he is just plain hilarious.  but his outfits.  man, his outfits.  they are the best part of the show.

who are you favorite characters from television?

September 13, 2016

newport beach and disneyland! + vlog (?)

starting last wednesday, i was at newport beach with my family!! we try to take a family vacation every summer, even now when we all have husbands and babies.  my sister who lives in arizona was unable to come, but the rest of us gathered in newport beach for a few days!  there were 9 adults and 6 babies.  my parents rented a house and everyone but taran and i stayed there (there wasn't enough room.)  this post is kind of all over the place, so forgive me.  i tried to do it in order, but the two videos are snapchat stories from the trip.  i thought that was the best way to share what we had done.  so watch this first. 

Newport Beach!! from Lauren Packer on Vimeo.

our airbnb was just 5 blocks from my family's rental house, and we were so close to the beach!  i was surprised at myself in how little interest i had for laying on the beach and chillin'.  ive been having a hard time relaxing lately.  but i loved playing with my sweet niecephews and watched each of their imaginations take flight as they built sandcastles and ran screaming into the ocean and throwing balls in the ocean and catching them as the waves washed them back up.   

i did a instagram post on the picture above, which you should check out here.  i spread a message!

mylittlest, capri, only wanted to smash sandcastles. taran would go fill a bucket with wet sand and then drop it upside down by her feet. she would then immediately lean forward and smash the thing with her adorable chubby arms. she was wearing this pink swimsuit with a little hat and oh my gosh i love her. she is so squishy. i am obsessed with her.

then the boys decided it was time to dig as much and as deep as they could! they loved it. we teased them that we were going to put one of them in there when they were done!

when it was time for the kids' lunch, taran and i went back to our room and showered. we were beached out! sand was everywhere! i wanted to go get a treat so we went to sprinkles, as you see in the video. the above concotion is what i got and it was heaven. it was a lemon meringue cupcake with strawberry sorbet. they cut the cupcake in half and put the ice cream in the middle.

i am not kidding you or exaggerating when i say it was the most delicious thing i had ever eaten. i nearly cried when it was gone.  the rest of the day was spent running some errands for my sisters and mom and more beaching followed by tacos.  we were so excited to tell the kids in the morning that we were taking them to disneyland!  my sisters had decided to not tell the kids until the morning of, otherwise they wouldn't sleep or stop talking about it or really, function.  because they are kids and hello its disneyland.  watch the video first.

Disneyland!! from Lauren Packer on Vimeo.

as you can see in the video, my sisters decorated the living room disney style and thats how they told them in the morning. this was one of the main reasons why we decided to go on family vacation: i was not going to miss those faces as they experienced disneyland for the first time.  one of my favorite parts of the video is near the beginning when we finally met up with my family and lincoln ran over to me and said "aunt lauren!  we saw pluto!" and then skips away.  these were priceless moments. 
sorry if some of the below photos were in the video.

not gonna lie, i kind of always wanted a picture with me and my prince in front of this castle. so glad we finally got one!

they thought it was pretty cool to play in that toontown car!

oh my gosh, this was one of my favorite parts of the day. my sister had brought my niece london's princess dress with her and london put it on before she met aladdin and jasmine. unfortunately, aladdin and jasmine took their break right as the kids were next, but the genie stayed. he was so cute with london. you know they can't talk, but he mimed that her dress was pretty and he kissed her hand and she giggled and jumped up and down and twirled. it was sooo cute. 

i just loved it when they let me hold their hands.  they usually never let me, but i think since they understood this was a new place and we stressed so much that they needed to stick with us and not get separated from us (my sister had the genius idea to write our phone numbers on the kids's arms.  we told them if they got lost, to find a nice lady with kids and show her the number and the lady would call us and we would come find them.  brilliant, jessica.  because like kids are going to remember our phone numbers in that excitement.) they let me hold their hands every once in a while.  even eli, my big 6 year old who thinks he is too cool to hold anybody's hand! another priceless moment. 

i am really, really not into star wars at all.  but i gotta say, when we went on the star tours ride, i had fun!  i think it was the first time i liked star wars ever! 

when all the kids met mickey and went up to hug him. london ran to him and wrapped her arms around her legs. it was so adorable.
what a sweetheart, huh?

i loved this jungle cruise.  it was so much fun!  and i had never been on it before or even really knew it existed! 

this is a really bad picture but was by far my favorite moment of the entire trip.  this was when we were in the tiki room and my phone was about to die.  once the music started playing, the kids let loose!  all of them were jumping up and down, london was twirling, they were all in the center of the room dancing it up when a cast member had to tell them to go back to their seats.  it was so funny.  another priceless moment. 

we watched the parade at sunset and the kids had wide eyes and waved to all the characters and yelled out to them and london did more twirling.  this is a trip i will never forget.

yes, that was $12, and yes, it was worth every bite. the ears were marshmallows!

a few more things i have to comment on regarding the cuteness and adorableness of my niecephews. i was impressed at how brave they were! eli and lincoln, the two oldest, were the only ones tall enough to ride indiana jones. we didn't take lincoln and me, taran and my sister took eli. i really didn't know how he was going to react. but he did so well! when he got back to his cousins, he told them alll about it and it made lincoln want to go too! and what was even more shocking, was that lincoln loved it too! i really didn't think he would like it. they were all so brave!

towards the end of disneyland, the reality of going home in the morning set in and the post vacation blues set in. i didn't want to leave! it was such a great and memorable trip! we were so sad to go home! but! we decided to go to NYC over thanksgiving, so send your recommendations my way if you please!

i got realllly tired during our 3 hour layover in san fransisco and really wanted to sleep, so i got creative. ha! but seriously, once on the plane from san fran to salt lake, i slept the entire time. which i never do. i don't even remember taking off! i just put my head on taran's shoulder and was out.

thanks for reading and letting me share this amazing vacation with you!

September 12, 2016

which shows and movies make me sob

im copying juliette and am sharing the shows and/or movies where i just cry hysterically.  some of these are old but classics.  **spoilers are in this post.  but really if you haven't seen these movies this many years later, i really don't know what to say.**

moulin rouge.  how can you not cry at this movie?! its so sad!  they love each other so much and he wants to give her everything in the world and get her out of her terrible life and then she dies?! its so sad!  this is the movie that taran cries at too.  then he holds me close and says "don't ever ever die!  please don't die!!"  its really adorable but really sad.  

a walk to remember.  i'm guessing you're seeing a theme here.  just any kind of love that is so deep and rich but the lovers are torn apart by death gets me.  but i think it gets everyone.  what i love about this is how different they are but they work.  this movie makes me sob harder than anything on here.  it takes me like, a week to recover.  

reign.  i love this tv show but once again, forbidden love.  love that is complicated and sad and things that keep getting in their way.  one thing i can't do is watch two characters who are meant to be together be torn apart.  reign has that allll over the place so i had to stop watching after season 1.  i couldn't emotionally handle it.  how lame am i??  but i do know what happens in the later seasons and mary how could you be so stupid i'm so mad at you.  wedges that drive two lovers apart or when one character is being really stupid, i just can't handle.  i think i cried most episodes in season 1. 

titanic.  you know on friends when chandler says to joey "you cry every time you watch titanic" and joey says "those two only had each other!" its true!! this is another one it takes me weeks to recover from.  man is it a long movie, and the last time i watched it was 6 years ago because i cried for so many days afterwards i thought i am never doing that again.  like i said, lovers who are torn apart gets me every time. 

the hunger games.  what is there even to say about this?? i know that you yourself can think of dozens of times you could cry throughout all 4 movies.  and when i read the books, i was a mess.  i get really connected to well written characters.  but i love that this is a movie i cry at that isn't about love.  its about freedom, empowerment, revolution.  like les miserables.  which also makes me cry.  and katniss is who every girl wants to be.  brave, bad a** and tough.  

how to be single.  it might seem strange that this movie which is a comedy makes me cry so hard.  but i saw this movie one of the lowest points of my life and it makes me sob every time i watch it.  okay, this is embarassing, i'm crying just thinking about it.  being independent without the need of a man's love and being on my own is something i struggled with for a long time.  in marriage, its easy to lose yourself in your couple life and its even easier to lose who you are.  you spend so much time being a wife, taking care of your husband, putting his needs before yours, that it is dangerously easy to lose sight of who you are.  and who you want to be.  taran and i have been together for 3 1/2 years, and it was about a year ago that i found myself again in our relationship.  being strong and being able to be on your own and live a happy life is a valuable trait that you should never ever lose.  this movie has such a powerful message, that you need to know who you are in order to be with someone.  you need to know how to love yourself.  real talk, and i don't really talk about this because its too painful, but the monday after i quit my 911 dispatcher job i woke up with no job and nowhere to go.  i had never been so lost.  i worked so hard to become a dispatcher and i had grand plans for myself in the career of law enforcement.  all my dreams, everything i thought i was, was shattered.  dispatch broke me in more ways than i ever expected.  so when i woke up, alone, lost and scared, i forced myself to get out of the house and i took myself to a movie.  i sobbed the entire way through this movie and just kept thinking yes!  yes!  this is exactly what i need to hear right now!! its now one of my favorite movies.  the message is so powerful that if you are lost or have trouble loving yourself like i was, this will definitely bring tears. 

what shows and movies make you cry?

September 8, 2016

when disneyworld was delayed a day and a half

hello hello!  in case you missed it, i'm currently in california for family vacation this week!! we are staying and playing in newport beach and today we are going to disneyland! i am not the biggest fan of disneyland (there aren't enough scary roller coasters!) but i am not going to miss being there as my niecephews experience disneyland for the first time!! 

in honor of this disney filled day, i thought i would tell a story of when i was 7 and we were trying to go to disneyworld.  

we had a time share in orlando growing up, so we went to disneyworld a lot growing up.  there was one time in particular that really stands out.  the last time i went to disneyworld was for a business trip and i really didn't get to play hardly at all because i was working! but i can't wait to go back with taran again to get the full experience! 

anyway, we had a layover in the dallas airport and were flying on american airlines.  when we it was time to board the plane to orlando, we were notified that america airlines had overbooked the flight.  they were offering free airline miles to those who were willing to give up our seats.  my parents thought this was a great idea!  "we can rent a car and explore dallas for five hours until the next flight and go visit grandma and grandpa in michigan with the miles!" but i was 7, so i was not happy about it.  i wanted to get to disneyworld!  

i do remember loving exploring downtown dallas, that was fun.  when we got back to the airport, we were notified they had overbooked the flight again and were offering more air miles to those who gave up their seats.  this would mean we would have to stay the night.  cue lauren tantrum.  for a 7 year old, there was a lot getting in my way of getting to mickey and minnie and all the fun disneyworld had to offer me!  we gave up our seats and my dad went along to orlando so we didn't lose our car rental.  i remember very vividly watching the plane take off and thinking "i should be on that plane! mickeeeeyyyy!!" i guess part of the problem why there were no seats was there was the daytona 500 happening that week in orlando, so a lot of people were trying to get there.

in the middle of my tantrum, my sister sat me down and tried to explain to me what airline miles meant and that because we had so many of them now, we could go anywhere, not just to visit grandpa and grandma but maybe to europe!  i thought that was pretty cool, so i calmed down.  a little.

we were put up in a hotel in the airport and had to wake at the crack of dawn for our flight.  yet again, they had overbooked!! but we were not budging! we finally got to disneyworld two days late and went to planet hollywood that night, happy to finally be in orlando.  we talked about where we were going to go with all our miles! in the end, we decided on paris and london.  we went the following summer and so it was definitely worth it.  i was still pissed that i had missed out on a full day of disneyworld, though.  

but it was a good thing!  we never could have afforded to fly to europe all six of us, the airline miles made that happen.  but its hard for a 7 year old to understand that!  i still can't go to the dallas airport, i get really panicky i am going to be stuck there for days if i have a layover there.

be sure to follow me on instagram and snapchat (handle lulupacker14 on both) to follow me on all the fun adventures of today!! and to disneyland i go! 

September 7, 2016

best celebrity snapchats

thanks to helene for the awesome stock image! i added everything but the flower!
today we are off to newport beach for family vacation!! it's crazy, there are 9 adults and 6 babies its going to be crazy, just like every other family vacation!  we will miss the sister right above me as she can't make it from arizona with her husband in school.  my family rented a house but there is no room taran and i so we rented an airbnb AND there is no room for us in the two cars we have so we had to rent a car too! #rude.  we will spent the whole day traveling as we have a long layover in san fran but wow this is a lot of unnecessary information!  anyway! 

to get you through your humpday (btubs this is the best week! no work on monday! and barely any work today with traveling! i only really worked one day this week!) here are some really awesome snapchats of celebs to follow that are hilarious and wonderful.  

//eva longoria baston.  she kind of has a nasaly voice, but i still love her.  she seems so sweet and warm.  and she loooves the bee filter.  its her favorite.  she is such a warm person, i just want to come over to her house for dinner and then snuggle up on the couch next to her and watch her shows with her. and she is so nice.  

//kate hudson.  kate is as wonderful and adorable as you expect her to be.  she loves the fast forward filter and the flower crown and always posts just day to day things that she makes hilarious.  one of the most real and hilarious snapchats of any celebrity.  

//gina rodriguez.  this has got to be my favorite snapchat ever.  i get so excited when she has a new story.  she is sooo funny and as jane the virgin is one of my favorite shows, i love seeing the set of the show and her vlogs.

//chrissy teigen.  really, she mostly posts food.  pictures of food, eating food and her adorable baby.

//josh peck.  he does this hilarious thing where he pretends to be a girl and gives advice on boyfriends.  its quite hilarious.   

//demi lovato.  she mostly posts things of her dogs.  but occassionally you get those snaps where she is out walking in gorgeous scenery of her tour.  she is still fun to follow.

//jenna dewan tatum.  she posts a lot about her adorable daughter, who is the cutest.  

//maroon 5.  i am so freaking excited to see them in october.  but i really hope that they don't cancel the show because i know behanti is due sept 20.  they just rescheduled a bunch of tour stops because of the birth, but it doesn't make sense they didn't reschedule the oct 6 show here in salt lake city.  but i just love following backstage anything with them because they are my favorite and i love them.

//tori kelly.  i loooove her.   she has the voice of an angel and i wish i could sing like her.  what i love about her snapchat is how similar it is to an everyday girl's.  like she posts cute things she finds and just everyday stuff.  she is very relatable.  

//kardashian snapchats.  being the avid fan i am, i was obviously following all of them.  but all they post are there workouts and them making duck faces at the camera, so i had to stop.  after kanye's famous video came out, i lost any respect i had for the family and am kind of sick of them now.  but if you want to follow their workouts (which you really can only do if you have a crazy gym membership) then by all means! follow! i have no respect for kim, especially after the famous/taylor swift situation, but i did like her snapchat.  she posted cute things with north. khloe kourtney kim kylie (duck faces for daaaaayyyzz) kendall.

this post has a lot of really great celeb snapchats too if you are looking for more! 

who are your favorite celeb snapchats?  i think next up i will do my favorite celeb instagrams! but snapchat is way more fun. 

September 6, 2016

the ABC game: husband edition

last week i posted the abc game and it was a lot of fun!  i like answering questions about myself, but who doesn't?  since its been a while since i have seen a "boys behind the blog" linkup, i thought i would use these questions on taran.  because he is fun to get to know! 

any responses of mine to his answers will be in pink.  his responses will not be in quotation marks. 

^^i love this picture of him. he was 25 in this picture when he was giving service in his words "the land of the navajos" and were building huts and houses and giving them clothes.  they were there for three days.^^

a - age: 31. i feel young!  i feel alive!  i still feel like i'm in my 20s.  i always looked at 31 year olds and thought they were so adult and mature but i don't really feel mature or adult.  i still feel like a young man.
b - biggest fear: being alone.  losing you.  not having a family. 
c - current time:  9:08 pm.
d - drink you last had.  orange juice. he literally drinks orange juice with everything.  things that should not be paired with orange juice, he drinks.  like orange juice with pasta or orange juice with steak.  the pairings are wrong! 
e - every day starts with... exercise on the stationary bike. i exercise for 20 - 25 minutes four times a week.
f - favorite song.  don't really have one. but a favorite song right now, i don't know why, its kind of a girly one, but i really like stitches by shawn mendes.  its really catch. 
g - ghosts, are they real?  yes.  i think ghosts are the devil's angels haunting us.
h - hometown. west jordan, utah.

i - in love with:  lauren christine packer!  that's it, that's all i love. 
j - jealous of:  people who think of devices that are really simple and get them to market and i'm like "why didn't i think of that?"
k - killed someone?  nooooo....
l - last time you cried? our wedding day. 
m - middle name: michael. after my dad.
n - number of siblings:  4. two girls, two boys.  i'm in the middle.
p - person you last called.  the university of utah billing department.
q - question you're always asked: how do i use solidworks?! why does this program break so much! what do i do?? solve the problems in my life! just today a guy called and said "ive been trying to figure out for 3 hours and im like yeah do this this this and it literally took me 5 seconds.  and the guy said sometimes i really hate you guys.  i am always nervous to call because afterwards i always feel stupid." taran is a bio medical engineer and works for a company that sells a 3d CAD software called "solid works."  it is a very, very complicated program and his job is to help people who bought the software and have questions about how to use it.  because it is really, really complicated.  this is how he gets his consulting side business sustainable, because people call in and say "i don't know how to make this but i have this idea!!" so then taran builds it for them.  i'm so proud of him.  

^^the above picture is when he was serving a mission for the LDS church.  he was 19 and spent two years in england preaching the gospel.  he looks like a baby here!^^

r - reason to smile.  lauren christine packer! my only reason to smile ever and all day long.  i swear, guys, i'm not telling him to say these sweet things.
s - song last sang.  heathens by twenty one pilots.  i sang it on the way to work this morning.  i think i actually like this song more than stitches actually.
t - time you woke up.  7 am.  i usually wake up earlier than that but we have been going to bed kind of late. 
u - underwear color.  white.
v - vacation destination.  newport beach, california. we are going there for family vacation tomorrow and we are really excited!   i really can't wait to go to NYC with you over thanksgiving, too.  its going to be so much fun. we hope that will happen.  cross your fingers and toes! 
w - worst habit.  biting my nails and i filling in my writing.  if i write a number 0 i have to fill it in.  its like i redact my own writing.  
x - xrays you've had.  pinkie when i broke it in three places when i was 15.  i got it playing flag football. 
y - your favorite food.  mangoes is my favorite fruit, my favorite dinner is steak and mashed potatoes.  and french fries. will you be pairing that steak with orange juice?
z - zodiac sign.  i want to say cancer because that is the only one i know.  i don't really believe or follow that stuff.  and i don't even know what those are.  he is a capricorn. 

wasn't that fun?  this game is fun! now you should play this game with your husband! 

September 2, 2016


THANK GOODNESS ITS FRIDAY.  next week i get to go to newport beach for half the week AND i have monday off for labor day.  so i practically get a whole week off!  it is going to rock so hard.
1. you probably saw on snapchat or instagram that i tried to go see fitz and the tantrums last night.  i forgot how much i hate concerts.  it was 3 hours into the concert and they still hadn't gone on.  they were playing at something called "the twilight concert" and no, it has nothing to do with the books, its just these great concerts in the park.  they used to be free, but cost a few bucks now.  i was really excited to go see fitz and the tantrums and had been looking forward to them for months.  but here's the thing about twilight concerts.  everybody stands.  everyone is drinking beer (which i hate the smell of) and i am very claustrophobic.  i thought fitz was about to came out but then this band ive never even heard of called trombone shorty came out and played and played and played and more people gathered and people got drunker and i just lost it.  i couldn't breathe.  literally.  there were too many people.  and i was too mad that fitz hadn't come out yet.  i was furious and was having so much trouble breathing, we left.  i'm so mad about it.  this is why i hate concerts!  you have to wait HOURS to see the band actually play!! ugh! AND even though i don't love concerts, coldplay was here in town wednesday night and i didn't know about it until the day of, so i couldn't go!   they were playing at the big arena downtown which is not nearly as bad as the twilight concert and i was so mad i couldn't go!   just lots of anger over here.  everyone was posting videos of the concert on social media and i'm like "why are you trying to torture me?!?!" 
2. today my best friend who moved up here for pharmacy school has her white coat ceremony!  so prepare yourself for some serious snaps and instagrams because i am so proud of her! and i just love that i can call her now and say "want to go do this or that" because she lives here!  we haven't been able to do that in 8 years!

3.  its finally september which means fall is right around the corner!! i really am not a fan of summer and fall is my absolute favorite!  i can't wait for scarves, booties, pumpkin smells and halloween!! it's my absolute favorite time of the year!!! and then its winter! my second favorite time of the year!! 
4.  i can't wait to experience disneyland with my nieces and nephews next week.  i love seeing things through their eyes and they are going to flip. out.  
5.  anybody else still play that horrible "fun fun fun fun friday friday friday" song in their head on fridays?  no? just me?  awesome.