Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Yesterday Judy went up to Phoenix for her follow-up appt. It went well, and they said that she will need to go in for her second surgery on January 6th for her left leg, and then after she recovers from that they will do surgery on her abdomen. No fun... They don't have a date for the abdomen surgery yet, I think most of it will depend on how quickly she recovers from the one on her leg.

Anywho, Justin and Judy got back to Tucson around the same time that I was getting off work, but they had to run a few errands... I had to finish my Christmas shopping too, so it worked out well. Judy started feeling sick so Justin took her home and then ran out to get a few more things.

When I got home, Justin opened the door and told me that he would have to guide me through the house with my eyes closed since he didn't get a chance to put everything away yet. I hadn't been feeling well so I just sat on the bed and tried to feel better. After a while he came in and told me that I could go out if I needed to, so I grabbed my shoes and purse so I could put them away, and opened the door. I noticed that half of the entertainment center was missing and that we had a new TV! I was shocked... I was upset at first since we had already talked about it and how we didn't have the money for one. He gets a raise in January so he didn't seem concerned about the money at all... He refuses to use it towards my Christmas money, so that's an extra hundred dollars that we weren't planning on around Christmas. He had only spent $100 on it since the student he bought it from was moving back home and had to get rid of it fast. It's a nice TV though, and he got a good deal on it.

He wanted to surprise me with it, and well, it worked. I was very, very, surprised.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

kidney stones... good grief!

So in my last post I mentioned that Justin's surgery is this Thursday for his kidney stones. Well, he went in for his pre-op appt yesterday thinking it was just going to be paperwork and whatnot, and they send him to Radiology Limited to get an x-ray. After he gets there they tell him he needs a catscan and then they were going to make him go to Oro Valley for this. He has already missed a lot of work for this and they want him to go waaay out of his way for a catscan that could easily be done right there where he is at? Doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, he tells them that they would have to just do it at a later time because they had just wasted his time and they won't be able to get him in until December 29th for that.

This means that I had to change my time-off... Again. (Originally I had te entire week of Christmas off, but since Justin couldn't get that whole week off I switched it to Thursday and Friday of this week so we could have time off together, and then it turned into surgery dates.) Margaret doesn't really like it when we change time-off and I feel really bad, but I tell her what is going on and that the soonest he would be able to go in for surgery would be January 8th. She let me switch my days off so I would work the rest of this week and be off January 8th and 9th. Those are the last days I can use this comp time before the next semester starts.

We crossed our fingers in hoping that those dates would work out for the surgery, and it turns out that his doctor will be on vacation that entire week. So now I am stuck with two days off that I would prefer to be earlier on so that I can finish getting the house ready for the holidays. The next available appt will be the the 22nd of January since they are already booked the 15th. So the soonest he will be able to be seen would be the 22nd of January and I feel horrible since I don't want him to have to wait that long.

I talked to Margaret again to let her know that the plan has once again changed and that I will no longer be off for his surgery those two days and she tells me to change my schedule back to being off this Thursday and Friday since I have to take the time off or else it will just be time wasted. This means that I will have to dig into my sick time when he actually goes in for his surgery...

Now the question remains... When is this surgery going to happen?

Good Grief!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

it's been a while...

It's been a while, a LONG WHILE since my last blog... So I figured I would write to hopefully get myself back in the habit. (:

I can't believe that Christmas is only a week away! Time has really flown by this year... We don't have any big plans for the holidays, but Judy is staying with us right now, and my mother will be coming down for Christmas from St. George so it will be nice to have extra company!

Judy got back from the hospital last week and is recovering from her surgery. She is staying over at our place so that we can keep an eye on her and get things for her so she can rest. She is very independant though and tries to do things herself that she really doesn't need to be doing in her recovery stage. We try to tell her to just rest and walk around a little with our help but she still gets up in the dark of the night to get things that Justin or I could help her with. We try to explain to her that that is the whole reason she is staying with us, and that we are there to help her and that we don't want her to get hurt or make her recovery any longer, so hopefully she will heed our advise and call us for help instead of trying to do things on her own when it is pitch black.

Justin is going into surgery on Thursday to have one of his kidney stones removed... (yay! only two more to go after that!!!) It shouldn't be too much fun, and he will need to take it easy like Judy this weekend, so I will get to play Mom and take care of both of them. (:

Hmmm... As for me, I have been up to nothing but work and trying to unpack from our move. Oh, and I read Twilight!!! It was AMAZING! I can't believe I waited that long to read it... So now I am DYING to read the other three. It's really killing me! Especially after reading the teaser to New Moon at the end of Twilight. I finally saw the movie this past weekend, and I must admit, they did a good job, but the book was still WAAAY better! hehe...

Work has been really slow lately since it is finals week and everyone is going home for the holidays... I survived an entire semester here at Campus Health, and I am loving it. Well, aside from the fact that you can sometimes feel the sick breathing on you when you are checking them in. hehe... I am very grateful that I haven't gotten sick (aside from the occasional sore throat) from working here yet.

The move went well, and if anyone needs the new address let me know, and I can get it to you! We had someone come out and help us finish the landscaping (we took care of most of it in one Saturday and then realized that we would need more help since the weed whacker we bought was kinda cheap and we had buffle grass that wouldn't budge). Anyways, they told us that we had a bad termite problem that we didn't know about until the day before we moved out of the house. The landlords (which are VERY unprofessional, and I will get into that later...) should have been keeping up with that and with our spider infestation. (yes, it was no longer just a problem, it was much, much worse) We had seen countless black widows in our garage and refused to park in it until it was taken care of, since that isn't very safe... We had seen waaay too many wolf spiders and baby wolf spiders for my liking, not to mention brown recluses, weaving orb spiders, and many others that we couldn't identify. As for the termite problem, just to give an idea as to how bad it was, we had a tunnel coming out of our bedroom wall about 7 feet off of the ground that Justin put a toothpick in and sealed with glue (this was before we knew it was termites). When we were actually moving, we moved one of our boxes that we never unpacked from the previous move and saw dirt on the floor beneath it. There were little holes at the bottom of the box and it was clearly eaten through, and once everything was emptied out, we realized they had eaten even more of the box than we had thought, but stopped at a red folder for some reason. Oh, and my personal favorite... In our computer room behind where we had one of our desks, we saw a little hole near the baseboard and there is a weed growing through it now... How that happened is beyond me.

We moved out on the first. The landlords have stood Justin up for the inspection twice now without telling him that they wouldn't show up... We have called them countless times and left messages so that we can get it taken care of and get our deposit back, and the month is halfway over now. Justin has done some research and found out that we can potentially get double our deposit back at this point. Which is good since they have wronged us in so many ways that I haven't even mentioned. I am just glad to be out of that house and one step closer to getting our own home so we don't have to worry about renting.

Well, I better get going since work is almost over... Take care everyone and I will try to write more often!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Catching up some...

I haven't posted anything in a while, so I am going to try to play catch up... In my last post I told you that I got the job at the U of A, and I started that last week. Everyone is very welcoming, helpful, and friendly. There is still a lot to learn but it doesn't seem too difficult, and it is a lot of fun. I found out that they have an amazing tuition reduction program, so I am in the process of applying for Spring semester! Justin said he is going to try to take a class or two that semester as well!

♬ I will be joining the faculty/staff choir that meets on Mondays & Thursdays from 12-1 starting September 4th, so that will keep me entertained on my lunches! ♫ ♪

♥ Justin took me to Disneyland for my 21st birthday, and I will have pictures up either later today or tomorrow... It was magical!!! ♥

Saturday, July 19, 2008

University of Arizona

I got the position at U of A!!! I start right after my trip on August 11th... :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Random Quiz...

1. WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? 5:15 AM... we had inventory at work



4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW? 24, The Office, CSI, Hannah Montana... hehe

5. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? nothing... I know, I'm bad.



8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD? too many to pick from! you know better than to ask me that question...

9. WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? a pearly white 2001 Chrysler Sebring LXI

10. FAVORITE SANDWICH? Monte Cristo at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland!!!!!!


12. FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? anything comfortable

13. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Bora Bora, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Scotland, England, Disneyland...

14. FAVORITE ICE CREAM? I love all ice cream :)


16. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETIRE TO? Cali ♥ I love the beach!

17. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? My 21st, and it hasn't even happened yet! We are going to Disneyland!!!! If it has to be one that has already happened, I would have to say... hmm, I don't know! There have been too many good ones, and I remember each of them very well.


19. FURTHEST PLACE YOU ARE SENDING THIS TO? uhm... blogspot???????

20. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT? yeah, but I am not very good at it...

21. PERSON YOU MISS THE MOST? Justin, he is at work right now... It's hard enough not seeing him during the day while we are at work, I don't even want to imagine how hard it will be when he is gone for 3 weeks in Maryland!


23. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? 8-7-87 yayuh!

24. ARE YOU A MORNING OR NIGHT PERSON? neither. I used to be more of a night owl, and I guess I still kinda am, but not nearly as much as before...

25. WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE? 8 & a half to 9

26. PETS? a fish that thinks he is a dog... We call him Twitch :)

27. ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? I will be leaving for Disneyland in 21 days... :)

28. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? it depends on what age you ask me at... I wanted to be a marine biologist, a teacher, a singer, an actress, a mom, and so much more! Like I said, it really just depends on when you asked me...

29. HOW ARE YOU TODAY? sleepy, but fantabulous...

30. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? pixi stix, peeps, and anything chocolate!!!

31. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? *White Lilies* & *Dendrobium Orchids stem dyed blue*

32. WHAT IS A DAY ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? 8-7-08... We are going to Disneyland!!! :)

33. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME? Marissa Nicole (Booth) Hassie

34. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Poetically Pathetic by Amber Pacific

35. LAST THING YOU ATE? wedding cake

36. DO YOU WISH ON STARS? of course!!!


38. HOW IS THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW? There are clouds all around Tucson, but none over it. I think that they are going to gang up on Tucson and have a big thunderstorm party a little later this afternoon...

39. FAVORITE SOFT DRINK? Sprite mixed with blue lemonade koolaid... ♥


41. SIBLINGS? Gavin (pretty much 19), McCall 12, Abby 10

42. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR? September 7th... Our sealing anniversary :)

43. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD? my imagination!!!

44. SUMMER OR WINTER? depends... I like Tucson winters but I wish that we got at least one week of snow, because I like snow when it isn't bitter cold outside... and I like summer everywhere for the most part. I have gotten used to the unusually hot Tucson summers, and they are not always as dry as people make them out to be because monsoon season tends to make it a little more humid...

45. HUGS OR KISSES? both ♥

46. COFFEE OR TEA? no thank you.



49. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? the other day... I saw a spider



52. DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? you bet... Justin is living proof!

53. FAVORITE SMELL? Justin when he is wearing Acqua Di Gio or Armani Code ♥

54. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? SPIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

55. SALTY OR SWEET? depends on my mood... right now? sweet.


57. HOW MANY YEARS AT YOUR CURRENT JOB? 2 months. before that 2 years...


59. HOW MANY TOWNS HAVE YOU LIVED IN? Provo, North Ogden, Appleton, Tucson, Provo, Rexburg, Tucson... so 5



MOVIE: Surf's Up, Beauty & the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings

ACTOR: Johnny Depp

ACTRESS: Kiera Knightley

MUSICAL: Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables


BAND: don't really have one... I like all kinds of music

COLOR: blue

ANIMAL: penguin

VACATION: all of them...

HOLIDAY: Christmas


FOOD: it's a toss-up between Hawaiian Haystacks and Cheesy Chicken


JOB: stay at home mom ♥

CAR: silver or black jetta :)

PLACE TO HAVE A VACATION HOME: on the beach in Cali

63. BIGGEST REGRET: not having more than two bagels earlier... I am kinda hungry!

64. FIRST LOVE: Justin Hassie

65. FIRST RIDE YOU GO ON AT DISNEYLAND: usually it's Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean... I don't know why, but we almost always head to Adventureland first

66. FIRST CAR: a green Chrysler Cirrus

67. FIRST DRINK: milk

68. BRAVEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE: killed a spider by myself!!! :) (it was ant size...)

69. CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE: rolled around in water puddles for dignity and high fives at Youth Conference...

70. TELL US A SECRET: I am almost certain that I got the receptionist position at the University of Arizona and that I start in two weeks!!! I will know more tomorrow after they do my reference checks... :) Keep ya posted!

♥ Our First Anniversary ♥

Yesterday was our first anniversary as a married couple! Justin has to work from 7-2 so I stayed home and ran errands until he got off... We finally got the 6 disposable cameras that were on each of the tables at the reception developed. All of the pictures were grainy, but there were some that still looked good. Here are a few of them...

Once he got home from work we went to see Wall E (which was very good by the way) and then we went to dinner at P.F. Changs (which was also very good!) and exchanged gifts there... I got him Armani Code (really nice cologne), a $40 gift card to Sticks-N-Strings (a music store that sells guitars, drums, etc..), seasons 2 & 3 of The Office, Andromeda Strain, and some really yummy gum. He gave me Enchanted, 101 Dalmations, and an ablsolutely gorgeous star necklace!!! (: It was a wonderful anniversary! ♥

Saturday, July 5, 2008


I got home from work around 5:30ish and Justin was taking a nap, so I figured I would let him sleep. It's been an hour and a half already and he is still out so he must really need his sleep! Well, since he is out I thought I would write a blog to help kill time. Not about anything in particular, just about whatever comes to mind. Right now I am watching E.T. since I haven't seen it in a long time... So I think I will finish doing that even though it is almost over.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The chase after close...

My manager & I were closing tonight and when we were locking up, we heard some yelling coming from the desert area that is off to the side of our store, but behind the shopping center. Then we saw a red truck that was chasing this woman and almost running her over. He would get out of the truck and try to chase her, then get back in the truck. We called the police and once the guy saw us he drove off, but kept circling the block. The girl kept hiding in bushes and behind things so that he couldn't see her. Finally they police got there and tried to find the girl, but she had already run off. My manager went to the actual parking lot to see if maybe he was over there, and sure enough he was in the main parking lot waiting for us to leave so that he could go back and chase after her. Once he saw the police he sped off and they tried to chase after him, but I don't think they got out of the parking lot in time to actually catch up to him. They hadn't found the girl, or the guy and the truck by the time they let us go home. Hopefully she is okay...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

busy week...

So much for finishing my blogs the other day. Now you get the short version...
The rest of my weekend went as follows:

Thursday: DaNay arrived, went to In-N-Out
Friday: hiking, Eegees, Lake Patagonia, massage
Saturday: worked, went shopping with DaNay
Sunday: took Justin to the hospital, stayed at home while he got better
Monday: DaNay left :(
Tuesday: worked

Monday, June 23, 2008

Spiders... I hate spiders...

I am going to write a few separate blogs today... I wanted to write them earlier this weekend but with all that has been going on I haven't really had a chance to do that. So the first one will be about spiders...

I know, I know... I am writing about something that I am really really afraid of, and that probably doesn't make any sense, but I just had to write about this.

So Justin & I were cleaning up for when DaNay got here. He opened the closet to get something and I was in the kitchen. All of the sudden he tells me to not to move. Well, 99.9% of the time when he says that he is trying to tell me that there is a spider without telling me that there is a spider. So I know he sees a spider and I freak out. I grabbed a paper towel and threw it at him so he could kill it. He said that he would need A LOT more and to just throw him the whole roll. So I did, and was confused since he never needs the whole roll to kill a spider. He told me that he thought it was a small tarantula, and my response to that was that I knew he wouldn't be able to squish a tarantula even if he had a whole roll of paper towels. Not unless he wanted to ruin the carpet and be able to feel it crunch... Then he has the idea of maybe sucking it up in the vacuum. I run in and jump on the couch, so I can make sure it doesn't escape. Well, it feel down into one of the boxes that was in our closet so Justin had to examine every shoe that was in the closet and everything in the boxes so we could get it. Meanwhile, I was still making sure that it wasn't making a getaway... We finally find it underneath his skateboard and it darts out into the open and just stops. That's when we realized that it wasn't a tarantula, it was a SAND DOLLAR SIZED BROWN RECLUSE!

Now a few days before this, I saw a sand dollar sized spider when I got home from work, screamed bloody murder, and almost ran back into my car and locked myself inside till Justin came out. I tried calling him to get him to come out since it was blocking my way to the door, but he was making breaded pork chops and his hand were covered in everything so he didn't answer. Finally the spider ran into the rocks and I ran into the house crying... Anywho, I am hoping that it was the same spider so that I don't randomly encounter another huge spider!

So back to the brown recluse... It is just sitting there and Justin tries to get it with a metal pole thing, but it darts and I am freaking out. Justin tells me to go into the other room so I book it into the bedroom and jump on the bed. At this point I am in tears and then he tells me to come back into the room. I guess that it had ran underneath the couch and Justin wanted me to watch the edge of the couch so I could let him know if it tries to run away. Then Justin decides he is going to flip the couch over so he can see it. The second he does that, the spider runs the wrong way and the edge of the couch with the wood catches a few of his legs, so it can't move unless they are broken off. So now that the spider can't move he gets the pole and gets it. I didn't believe that it was dead so I told him to take it outside to make sure that it was dead.

So yeah, I am really scared of them!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Friday, June 13, 2008


I can't sleep so I am going to write about my feet... They are pretty much the reason that I am unable to sleep right now, so I figured that if I write about them, maybe they will stop hurting and I will be able to sleep. I know it doesn't make very much sense to you, but when you are tired and in pain, it makes more sense...

On Thursday I had a foot appointment to check up on my bunions and talk about potential surgery. Justin came with me so he could ask all the smart questions that I always forget to ask. Since he is going to Maryland for 3 weeks for training, we thought that maybe I would be able to have surgery right before the trip then go with him and just hang out at the hotel since there would be nothing for me to do other than help him study anyway. We thought that would be the perfect plan so I could still be with him since recovery would take 6 weeks or so. But the doctor said no since he would have to follow up at least once a week to see how my foot is doing and to make sure it is not infected. So I have to stay home. (I am going to miss him more than he knows!)

So we were trying to figure out when we would be able to get it done... I can't have it done before he leaves because August is going to be crazy! We are going to Disneyland for my birthday, we have to move because our lease will be up, and he starts his training here. I can't do it any sooner than August because I can't go on an LOA while I am in my 90 days. We can't afford to have me miss that much work financially right now either. So, I will have to wait till I can receive vacation time which won't be till after my 90 days. But then he will have started his training, and I can't get it done while he is in training because he won't be able to help take care of me at all... So we have to wait till he is completely done with training and that won't be until the end of October or the beginning of November. But then work might not let me off because of the holidays... But that would mean that I would have to wait till at least January and by then my feet will be a lot worse. Especially since I am on them 40 hours a week in uncomfortable shoes. I got them a size bigger than normal so that I could still wear my inserts with them. I then realized that they were too tight on the tops of my feet with them in there so I can't wear them with the inserts. So I can't wear the inserts at all, which is not helping my feet; my shoes are too big, so they are chaffing the tops of my feet and my heels; and standing on my feet as opposed to sitting 8 hours a day is killing them enough as it is! So now my bunions are sore and swollen. I miss my Etnies!!!

When I actually have the surgery it will have to be one foot at a time because recovery would be a lot harder if I can't be on either of my feet at all... It will be really weird when one foot is still flexible, and the other is fused at the joint. I will really miss being able to move my feet the way I can right now, but I will really be glad that I won't be in pain. It's times like this when I wish I wasn't as flexible, but at the same time, I am really glad that I am. I will miss my flexible feet that mold to whatever they are standing on.

Friday, June 6, 2008

GEICO & Disneyland

We are going to Disneyland for my birthday and had our budget all planned out so that we could make that possible. Then Justin heard that for every person that calls GEICO to get a quote that mentions his promo code, we will get $15... You do not have to actually buy anything, just get the quote. If we can get 65 people to call, our entire trip (including gas) will be paid for!

Just call 1-800-342-9070
Don't forget to mention the promo code!!! 128545

Remember, 15 minutes could save you 15%...

It's so easy, a caveman could do it!!!

Training in Douglas???

When I was at work yesterday I recieved a phone call from the district trainer. She finally has the hours to train me, but wants me to go to Douglas, AZ for a week... CATO would pay for my hotel and they would reimberse me for the drive and food. Sounds all fine and dandy, but I don't have the money for gas to drive 2 hours away, Justin doesn't trust my car driving that far, and I have a foot appt on Thursday that I can't miss. Not to mention that I would miss Justin terribly! I would only be gone a week, and that is nothing compared to the 3 weeks he will be in Maryland for his training, but I would still miss him... Anywho, they are going to have to reschedule since I can't do it next week.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


How did the word blog actually come to be?

Some may ponder that question and figure it out on their own after a while. Others may ponder that question and never come to a solution. There are also those people that don't even have to think about it... They just know. Then there is me who just took five seconds to look on Wikipedia. It says that blog is actually short for 'web log'.

So now we know, and knowing is half the battle!