Monday, November 19, 2007

if you don't know me by now... will know me better by the end of this post! Hold on tight as we embark on 7 things you may not know about the elusive Wendy Wilson.

1. At the mere age of 2, my right thumb got smashed in the houseboat door at Lake Powell. Leading to an early exit from the family vacation and leaving me with a maimed finger for life. (See photos below of LEFTY v. RIGHTY) (You will notice that my right thumbnail is markedly longer and pinched near the top.) (Maybe the pics don't show it very well...)

2. A few years later (I was maybe 5 or 6?) I became upset at my good friend Amylee Wilson (no relation) and threw a brick at her while we were swinging on the now condemned Wilson swing-set.
No worries though, it didn't actually hit her (sealing my fate of not becoming a softball player) and I DID run really fast to the cheers of my adoring brothers (sealing my fate of becoming a runner) (I was obviously a crowd favorite from a young age) (and humble about it too) and hid under my bed.

3. I actually enjoy writing in cursive. I know, it's sick.

4. I wouldn't consider myself a very superstitious person but I do think 4-leaf clovers are super lucky. I used to spend nearly every recess in 5th and 6th grade looking for 4-leaf clovers on the seemingly mutant hill behind Windridge Elementary that produced an inordinate amount of them. I averaged at least 2 every recess and sometimes more like 4 or 5!

5. My brothers and I have a yearly contest to see who can gain the most weight on Thanksgiving and I hold the all-time record of 7.5 pounds!!! I have witnesses. We even have rules about weighing in and you get in trouble if you so much as move the scale from it's original position. I dare anyone reading this to try and beat that! Hey, hey, hey-is that Fat Albert?

6. My 15 minutes of fame includes meeting Andrei Kirilenko in Russia, of all places. I went to Russia during the summer of 2003 for the equivalent of a high school athlete summer olympics. Utah vs. Moscow. Ya, they may have kicked our trash but it was a blast!
I'll post the pic of he and I when I get in scanned in!

7. I nearly kissed my high school principal my senior year. Ok, so it was part of an assembly and it was a joke (OBVIOUSLY) but it got a good gasp out of the crowd. (I'll spare you from a pic of this one...)

Ok, I couldn't stop at just 7 because I kept thinking of things...

8. Someone asked me recently what I excel at. The only thing I could come up with was making paper snowflakes. That may sound really lame but you'll think again when you see my masterpieces! I'll scan some in to show ya'll how it's done. I'm open to giving lessons :)

9. And to end with the BIG one...I enjoy public speaking. I really and truly do. I used to get an adrenaline rush when I taught Relief Society in my previous ward and not from nerves but rather from serious excitement. Sorry for anyone with a weak stomach, I should have warned you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

11 great things money can’t buy:

I found this list in a health newsletter I receive at work. Good stuff.
1. Spending time with friends, new or old.
2. Laughing so hard your side hurts.
3. No lines at the supermarket.
4. A good conversation.
5. Finding money in your coat from last winter.
6. Knowing that somebody misses you.
7. Waking up and realizing you still have a couple of hours left to sleep.
8. Accidentally hearing someone say something nice about you.
9. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
10. Getting a hug from someone you care about.
11. Knowing that you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Today is awesome! I must have woken up on the right side of the bed or something (Which is a good thing because as it sits now, if I were to roll off the other side of my bed I would hit a wall. A literal one.). Why such a great day?

A) I woke up earlier than normal (partially because I went to bed at a decent time last night) and had plenty of time to do a little religious study, get ready, had a good breakfast, and got to work earlier than usual.

B) Our clients are being so proactive/awesome today in calling me back and being happy to talk to me.

C) I read an article about wisdom teeth which basically said I’m evolutionary and therefore more desirable for marriage because I managed to not grow wisdom teeth.

D) My business cards finally arrived although one of the boxes ended up at the Roy Branch. But, that turned into a good thing when an old friend (whom I worked with at Main) called to tell me and we formulated the plan of giving them out for Halloween. Nothing says "Trick-or-Treat" like a random business card!

E) I found an incredible web resource for "my line of work" (that wasn't meant to sound risque although it undoubtedly does).

F) I'm going to the Temple after work.

Things I laughed about today:
My neighbor's cat walked across the hood of my car and up my windshield with muddy paws right through my direct line of vision.
I accidentally typed a stuttering status on Facebook.
I got scared again by my neighbor's dog that always barks at me in the exact same place every single day.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

can you say workers comp?

I still hurt. Yesterday, my department (mortgage) had an all day retreat at Layton Park. The theme was "Recipe for Success" so they had put together a cookbook with recipes we submitted, we all got matching aprons, we had a team chili cook-off (all they gave us was a picture of the chili we were supposed to make and we had to guess what ingredients/how much to put in), we played the Price is Right (I know, that has very little to do with recipes), etc.

The painful part was a game we played at the beginning of the day. We were split up into teams and each team was given 50 strips of paper with different words (people, places, things). They would read a question and we had to find the right answer and run to a line of chairs about 15 meters away. Each of the chairs had a point value from 1 to 8 and the goal was to get the most points. I'm sure you can see where the pain came into play. I can be too competitive for my own good at times. I took out several people to get to the chair with a higher point value. My boss (the senior executive over the mortgage department) full-on tackled me at one point and the chair didn't fair so well. In fact, I don't really think you can call something a chair when it is no longer sit-onable. He claimed he only saw me out of the corner of his eye and thought I was someone else who was wearing a shirt the same color as me and also has dark hair. I tried not to take offense for being mistaken for a 40 year old man. I broke a nail in the process of being tackled and almost got a black eye. I'm bummed about the "almost" part. Later, I jammed my left pointer finger quite thoroughly. Needless to say, everyone learned not to mess with me pretty quickly. I battled over one chair for about 2 minutes at one point until the guy (who just happened to be the one I was mistaken as being earlier) thought I was going to let him have it. Little did he know that when he moved I would pull the chair out from under him and claim the 8 points.

The best part of the day was winning an electric griddle in a drawing, and being paid to beat up on senior management. It's all in a days work! I love my job.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

ahhh the wonders of nature

I'm in love with the Mt. Ogden Exercise Trails above WSU. I ran there a lot in high school, thanks to Coach Fletcher who ran at WSU in his glory days, and I never get sick of running there. My neighborhood doesn't make for the best running, so I count myself blessed to have this treasure within a short drive of my apartment. There are several different places to run on the trails making it easy to put in serious mileage if I want. I never find the trails overcrowded but I have experienced the occasional entertainment of a golf attempt gone awry. There is one spot on the upper trail that has become "Wendy's special place." The trail bends around the mountain and there is a bench overlooking the Mount Ogden Golf Course with a breathtaking view of the golf links and all of Ogden. Just before sunset is the best with the sun skimming the tops of the trees surrounding M.O.G.C.

Yesterday provided an especially eventful jaunt in nature during my run at the trails. I chanced upon a cottontail hopping across the trail (Dad assured me it was "Budgee Budgee" himself) AND I was stung by a bee. Or a wasp. Whatever it was, it was huge and meant business. I screamed. I'll admit it.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

here am i

This is me as "Mortgage Network Coordinator"/career girl extraordinaire. I think it looks good on me. What about you?

Monday, August 27, 2007

my first day of NO school

Shouldn't I be worrying about reading syllabi, purchasing textbooks, organizing folders and reading the inevitable overload of chapters that accompany the first day back to school? Actually, no. I shouldn't. That's what college degrees are for. MAN, I LOVE THIS FEELING! Not "like." Not "admire." "Love passionately and want to rub it in to everyone's face that did go back to school today?" Why yes. I think that's more like it.

I'm still waiting for that beautiful piece of paper exclaiming my Bachelor's Degree baring college graduateness (aka majesty) to arrive in the mail [hopefully I can find that diploma cover].

I will cherish this jubilancy until I begin my Master's Degree. In fact, I should probably be looking into that...but first I better make sure "jubilancy" is a real word.

Monday, August 6, 2007

this blog brought to you in part by....

This probably hits about a "7" on the random scale. Especially considering it is my first blog entry. The photo shown above was graciously furnished by upon my very own Simpsonization. That's me in front of the Kwik -E- Mart in none other than Springfield. I may be a little overdressed for the occasion but I'm guessing I was on a lunch break when this photo was taken. Should I be worried that I don't remember this photo being taken?.........