Friday, August 29, 2008


Its that time again! The time where I like to tell you/show you all the amazing things I've done. Im sure that time comes more often than it should. But I'm really proud of myself over this. Look at what I built.

This is the last update on my house you will get until it is done. I need some shock value, don't I?! It probably would have been more shocking if it went from an empty lot to finished house, but I'm so excited!

Listen to what I have. I have a roof. I have siding. Unpainted, but I still have it. I have 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and an unfinished basement. I have a driveway, stairs and a walk way. I have a husband cutting underlayment in the background. You can't see them, but I have two old mini tractors sitting in my yard. I'll tell you what else I have. A bunch of cigarette butts around my floor. I have lots of half empty coke cans around my house. And I also have had a husband with a nail sticking out of his wrist. But I will take these things. I will take not having a Saturday for 9 months. I will take the butts and empty cans. And as long as it is not MY wrist, I will take the nail, too.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

How to Survive an Earthquake

I got an email that I found interesting, and probably pretty important. That is if we would like to survive an intense earthquake. Maybe this is a interesting topic for me because I'm from california, which according to USGS is the #2 top earthquake state (Alaska is #1), or because I just finished framing a house where we spent half the time putting in strapping and studs and bolts to prevent earthquake damage. Or maybe I was just intrigued because of all the times I was told to "duck and cover" and then was tested for that in an earthquake drill. But here it is:

This information is from Doug Copp who is am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI).

"The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under their desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under something.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the "triangle of life". The larger the object, the stronger, and the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television,

count the "triangles" you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building. They are everywhere.

1) Most everyone who simply "ducks and covers" when buildings collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different "moment of frequency" (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper. Spread the word to everyone YOU care about and save someone's life!"

I don't know about you, but I feel cheated. Cheated out of life. What if there was a massive earthquake in elementary school and I ducked and covered like I was taught and I was CRUSHED!? And no. After 18 years of growing up in CA, I was never in a bad earthquake.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Anime Eyes

Have you ever wanted eyes like this:

Well have no fear! You can! All it takes is a new pair of contacts. Apparently, they are kind of a hit in Japan. Check of the results on these new contacts.

Neuralmodulation Therapy

I've seen some weird things in my life, and you'd think that anything with the word "neuro" wouldn't surprise me, after my neurological "issue," but this was good. My first introduction to neuromodulation therapy came from my Aunt Lindsey, who told me that it's a doctor who "talks to your hand," and that "its definitely worth seeing," as she had gone with my Mom to her neuromodulation therapy appointment. So, today, I went with my Mom to her appointment to check it out. I asked the doctor to "show me what you've got" and the appointment got underway.

Here is the process. The patient puts their arm up on the table, kind of like they're ready to arm wrestle the doctor, and the doctor put his or her (in the case, his) hand over the patients fist (I tried to find a picture but I couldn't; I should have just asked the Dr. to smile!). Then, the doctor opens this extensive, huge binder to a certain page and starts to read from it SUPER fast and kind of under his breath. So sometimes you just get a certain word, like "restore" or "amygadala" or "allegry." Then, apparently (I wouldn't know- I couldn't heard nor understand it!), the doctor asks a question like "do we see cellular restoration?" and then he pulls down on the patients hand. But keep in mind that NO one hears the question nor knows how to answer it. If the hand has some give and goes down a little bit, then the answer is "yes." If not, then it's "no." And this goes on and the doctor figures out what the problem is, and in some cases, cures that issue. And every few minutes the doctor turns the patient around and uses this little gadget to "stimulate" the fluids in the spine, so a more proper reading can be found. I found a picture of this! This is not my Mom, in case you didn't know, and this is not her doctor either. But here is the spinal fluid stimulator.

Yeah, fun stuff. I'm not too sure about that. But my Mom swears by it. Maybe there is some truth?

While we're on this topic, let me tell you about "cranial sacral massage." My Mom wanted me to try this just a little after I left the hospital. After much convincing and pleading, I agreed to give it a try. I figured "hey, at least there is a massage involved." How wrong was I. No massaging, just a hand placed right by your body. Now I have a picture of this that google images helped me with!

Clearly, not me nor my doctor. And they sense some energy that your body is giving off. She told me all the ways she could help me, but I just never went back. I told my Mom no.

Holistic medicine I just can't seem to wrap my head around. Is it because my head isn't quite right, or is that part of my cognition normal?!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Well you want unicorns? Well WE GOT UNICORNS! Eddie's work (Rubberball) knew Eddie wanted a unicorn themed birthday party, so they obliged. Note that I, Bree, am a horrible wife who couldn't even get her husband unicorns for his party, kind of like ponies. But his work did the best they could for him.

I'm sure he wanted this as a pet:

But that would be a little extreme, and don't tell him this, kind of impossible. But he has dreams of being a uniquestrian.

Here are all his coworkers ready to party.

With horns taped to their foreheads.

And here was his cake. The Costco chocolate cake with a "cake topper."

Clearly, he liked his unicorn a little too much.

And then they went "glow in the dark" miniature golfing. A work excursion.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Today is Eddie's big day -- he is 30. What a wonderful day for your 30th birthday -- I guess if you have to turn 30 it might as well be on a cool date, like 8/8/08. But the thing is, Eddie is going to be 60 and still look 30 and hes going to have the wife who looks like an old hag by then. Plus... is that boy young at heart or what?!

"I'm so excited I just can't hold it in!"

That's like a greeting card. Thats the little quote that is inside of it (Alison, I learned that trick from you!). But at the same time, he is shy about letting people know of his excitement. And I bet shy that I'm showing my beloved readers a picture of him on the toilet. But you could find that picture on the internet anyways.

Well Eddie I love you. And I will be with you even after I turn 30 too.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Kendall Got Married

Kendall Green got married. He's my cousin. He got married to Mallory on Saturday. I'm so happy for them!

Both Kendall and Mallory looked great. You'll have to trust me that the bride was beautiful because I only took one picture. And it was of Kendall's sister, Jordan, and my other cousin Karli and I. They both moved to New York and I miss them sooo much. We had such good times freshman year in the dorms together. Jordy and I were roommates and Karli lived in King Henry so she could come over all the time for spend-thies and what not. We had the BEST time going to all the Provo parties! So I was so excited for them both to come to Utah for the wedding. I love you both Jordy and Kar!

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Eddie and I preformed an amazing feat. Hopefully the first of two so I'll let you know how the second one goes. We moved out of Harmony Square! To my parents house (they live up the hill in Provo). I've been dreading moving out of there for the two years we lived there, and yes, it was as bad as they say. There was WAY too much cleaning for my liking.

So, here is where we now live:

When we move into our new house we're going to feel so deprived. Now we how we have a TV in our room and we have a shower the size of our old house. We have a theater/music room. And we have a house cleaner once a week. But we are loving our own house that we're building more and more every day and when we can move in our own place we will be trilled!