Friday, March 31, 2006

Funny Story from Lissa

I really think that this story should remind us to be happy with ourselves and truly try to be happy with what God gave us. We are His children and He loves us how we are. What more could we ask for?

A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near death experience.

Seeing God, she asked, "Is my time up?" God said,

"No, you have another 43 years, two months and eight days to live."

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction and tummy tuck. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well look good.

Following her final cosmetic operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was struck and killed by an ambulance.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 40 years? Why didn't you pull me out of the path of that ambulance?"

God replied, "Girrrl, I didn't even recognize you!!!"

Monday, March 27, 2006

Call for LDS stories...

Hello all.

I am letting you all know that I am writing a series of children's books. This is on a speck basis which means I write the series first and then pitch the idea and then see where it goes. We are going to pitch to Deseret first and take it from there. They are children's books for the church and I am so excited to be writing for this project.

In some of the series we are calling for "readers" to submit their own stories or stories of their family and friends. These submissions will be reviewed and then if your story is chosen, I will contact you with more details. I will have to edit these submissions and remember that this is for children and you don't have to write an elaborate entry. Please keep your entries simple and no longer than 1-1 1/2 pages (even one paragraph will do in some cases). Please include basic principles like kindness, love, forgiveness etc. as well as heroic acts and deeds.

More details will come to those whose entries are chosen. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. Some guidelines are below:

* Do you have a pioneer story to tell? Were your ancestor's pioneers? How are they an example to you? Do you remember a heroic act they did? Please submit a story about your pioneer.

* Did you or someone you know serve a mission? It could be a ward missionary, couple's mission, husband's mission, member missionary experience etc... Please give name, dates served (i.e. 1999-2001) and where served (i.e. Santiago, Chile) Tell me about an event/deed/act of kindness etc. where they served.
(Blessed sick/baptized someone/saved a little boy that was drowning...anything along these lines...)

* Who has done an act of kindness for you? Did they introduce you to the church? Did they help you when you were having a bad day? Did they babysit so you could go to the temple?...

By submitting your stories, you are giving me permission to edit them, shorten them etc. Before anything is published, you will get the chance to review your story within the context of the book and give me the OK and work with me on any changes that you want to see made.

I know that we can all think of something or someone in our lives that we can write about pertaining to this--even ourselves and our own experiences. Please take the time to jot something down and pass it along to your friends. The more stories the better. Again if you have any questions email me or post a comment on this blog.


I love my sissy!!

My sister looks so beautiful in this picture. This is one of my favs of her.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Anybody want to get this for me?

I think that this is a book that women, especially women who are just starting to raise little ones and those who will soon have children should read. I know that the world will just get worse and with that includes girls and women receiving messages from the media and the world hundreds of times a day that beauty only comes through immodesty and surgery. Our testimonies need to be strong and we need to live with that message in our hearts. We need to show our children beauty. And before we can show our children beauty, we really need to become acquainted with what beauty really is ourselves.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

This is what I get to do at work...

Big Momma Lissa

I hope I look this cute pregnant!

$ Saving Tips from AOL


Buy chicken breasts in bulk and freeze individual portions in plastic bags. The meat will keep longer, and you'll have dinner for two ready to go without having to defrost all of the chicken


Calculate which daily commute saves you both time and money. If two different driving routes take the same amount of time, compare mileage to find out which route saves you more on gas


Create a stir-fry to combine all your veggies before they expire. This meal only takes minutes to prepare, and you can add chicken or beef for added protein. You won't waste rapidly expiring produce, and you'll have a quick meal in a pinch.


Gas up your car before you hit the highway. The worst place to get gas is at an interstate exit, where you can expect cost increases of about 20 cents more per gallon. You'll end up overpaying over five dollars for a fill-up!


Buy a grocery gift card in the amount of your allotted monthly food spending. You'll keep track of your spending for the month and save time at the checkout line.


Freeze! Stockpile food in your freezer to save money on your grocery bill. And since a full freezer is actually cheaper to run than an almost empty one, you'll also save on your electricity bill!


Renew your library books and CDs over the phone. You'll save time by not making an extra trip to the library, and avoid needless overdue fees.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Cutie Pie

I can't even believe how cute he is!

Mike does NOT deserve this...

Check out my latest press release picking up some coverage...

For Immediate Release

Amy Rhoads
Provo Labs, Media Relations
801.437.9661 Fax

Provo Labs Launches Utah 2.0 Business Community

Orem, Utah, March 8, 2006 Provo Labs announced today the formation of a free online business community that will serve as a one-stop news source for Utah business and technology professionals, is a collaboration of Utah business and technology professionals from diverse areas of expertise bringing you the most relevant coverage in one convenient site.

“When we decided to make Utah's best source for technology and business news we decided to start by building upon the many great publications already out there,” Blake Snow, Director of Utah Monitor said. “And that's literally what we've done. Utah Monitor aggregates the best of other publications, and adds great original content as well.”

Utah Monitor covers Utah business trends, growing industries, companies and business professionals in the news. This community based site allows and encourages users to comment, contribute and create discussion.


ADD 2—Utah Monitor Launch

“Through frequent, informative articles Utah Monitor provides fresh insight into all of the important local news, events, people, and companies that shape Utah's unique business landscape,” Jordan Gunderson, Editor of Utah Monitor said. “By giving open access to rich and pertinent local content, helps Utah professionals make the informed decisions crucial to individual and collaborative success.” provides a free and easy way for local businesspeople to keep a finger on the pulse of Utah's fast-growing economy.

For additional information on Utah Monitor or how to contribute, please visit, email or call 801.437.9667.

For more information on Provo Labs, please visit


Monday, March 06, 2006

Software For Starving Students

One of my friends at work helps with this S.S.S. project. Go to this site,, and you can download open source software for free. They have something that is just like MWord and it's even compatible so if I sent a document using that software you could open it with word. Dusty and I use two of their programs a lot. Gimp 2 and Inkscape. They are cool free versions of Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Enjoy and tell me what you think. I did this with one of Dusty's photographs. It was way easy and we are going to use it on his website soon. It looks like an oil painting.

What do you think?