Sunday, September 21, 2008

Todd's Fun Day at Work

This happened to Todd last month and he finally wrote it down for me so I could include it in our blog.  Enjoy!!

It was the first of August and work was getting to be very busy with the looming tax deadlines approaching quickly.  I got up in the morning and went into work like it was any other day.  The day was going along just fine with me preparing tax returns and dealing with other tax issues for clients.  The time came for lunch and Scott, Troy and I decided to leave for lunch at around 12:20 PM to go to Costa Vida up in Colonial Square here in Bountiful.  We had a normal lunch and then as we returned to the office at around 1:00 PM the fun began.


     As we walked in the door to the office, I saw Gail Anger and Wendy Burnett talking at the front desk.  Gail turned to me and said that I needed to call officer Miller of the Salt Lake City Police Department in regards to possible Anthrax that I sent to Workforce Solutions.  I figured he was just joking because it sounds so ludicrous and we joke around at work all of the time.  I said, “Yea, right.  You’re joking”. He said no he wasn’t joking and he had the number to call written down on a yellow pad of paper. As I was looking at the phone number on the piece of paper, my cell phone started to ring.  As I took it out of my pocket, I saw the phone number on the screen and it happened to coincide with the number on the yellow pad of paper that Gail was holding.  My heart immediately began to beat very quickly and I was getting pretty scared at this point believing that what he had said earlier was really true.  As I answered the phone and said hello, the voice on the other end of the line said, "Hello Mr. McKinley, this is Officer Miller of the Salt Lake City Police Department."  Uh oh, I thought.  He proceeded to ask if I mailed anything to Workforce Services.  Gail Anger had said Workforce Solutions, which is a client of mine.  I had just prepared their payroll reports at zero for the quarter and mailed them directly to the Utah Department of Workforce Services around the 29th of July.  So naturally thinking it was my client, I said that I had not mailed anything to them.  He said that I had mailed it to them and that some lady had opened the envelope I had sent, and a white powder fell out of it.  They thought that it was possibly Anthrax and they had taken every precaution.  They had called in the Salt Lake Police Department, the Fire Department, Hazmat and the FBI. Now I was even more nervous, trying to figure out what in the world he was talking about.  My mind was racing to figure it out.  I kept denying that there was any possible way I could have mailed anything to them.  He said that they had the form with my signature on it and that the envelope came from my office here and read me the address.  I said to him that it was me but I didn't remember ever mailing anything to my client.  I then asked where he was at and when he mentioned that he was downtown at the state offices on 300 South near State Street, I said that I finally understood what was going on and that I had indeed mailed those reports to them.  I realized that they were calling from the Department of Workforce Services and not Workforce Solutions like I had thought. I guaranteed him that it was not Anthrax. What it was, I did not know, but Anthrax it was not.  He then asked if I had eaten any powdered doughnuts at my desk while preparing those reports.  I said that I had not, but then remembered that we had just celebrated Diane’s birthday in our office and that we had a white cake with white frosting on it.  I had been eating a piece at my desk while preparing those reports and didn't even think about it.  I apologized profusely about it and promised him that I would never eat cake with white frosting at my desk again while preparing those reports.  He then took down all of my information for his report.  I had a terrible rest of the day thinking that I had the police department, fire department, Hazmat crews and the FBI all looking for me in regards to white cake frosting that they had thought was possibly Anthrax.  

         I then proceeded to tell everyone about my ordeal.  They all couldn’t stop laughing about it.  I came home from work later that day and went over to help Augie with his wall on the south side of his home.  When I got there, I said to him, “You will never believe what happened to me at work today”.  He said, “I have to tell you what happened downtown today”.  Before I could tell him what happened, he told me about what happened just around the corner from his office at the state offices.  He told me that they were taking off to lunch and noticed police cars, fire engines, FBI guys and even guys in Hazmat suits coming and going from the building with all of their vehicles out in front of the building.  I said to Augie, “I know.  I caused all of that”.  I then told him all about what had happened with my little phone call from Officer Miller of the Salt Lake City Police Department and how they accused me of sending Anthrax in the mail when it was just cake frosting.  What a day!

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Magic of Disney

One of my favorite movies of all time is "Enchanted".  One thing I loved about it is the fact that Giselle, the main character in the movie, is so sweet and nice, and has such a positive outlook on life.  I think we could all learn a lot from her.  She looked for the best in people and wasn't cynical.  I also loved the song, "How Does She Know?" about telling the people that you love how much you DO love them and how important it is to do nice things for them.   How many marriages and relationships would greatly improve if we would all do that?  Can you imagine how happy we would all be?

I've heard some people say that Disney is evil and that parents who call their daughters "princess" and exposing them to movies that are all about "marrying your prince and living happily ever after" is a horrible thing to do for your children because you warp them and make them think that life is all about being beautiful and finding a man to make you happy. What???? I don't get it!   We are all born with a desire to marry and have a family.  Who dreams of marrying a jerk?  Who secretly desires to be ugly?  We all want to be loved and to think we're special and beautiful, don't we?  Whether we watch Disney movies or not, don't we all want to live happily ever after?  My children and I are of royal lineage, so why not treat them like it and call them a princess?  Yes, it's important to be smart and realistic about life, but I don't think there is anything wrong with the great movies that Disney produces.  They make you feel good and are so magical.  How can that be a bad thing?  
As for me, I'll keep enjoying the great movies that Disney puts out about beautiful mermaids, sweet girls who dream of finding their prince charming and escaping their life of being a servant,  and positive examples like Giselle, who can teach us some good life lessons about how to treat the people in our life.   Popcorn anyone?

My Quirks - I've been tagged!

Kellie tagged me for this post, so here I go.....I'm supposed to list 6 quirks that I have:

Quirk #1:  I HAVE to have all of the light switches going the right way.  If a light in my house has 2 switches to it, and the light is off but the switches are up, it drives me crazy and I will go out of my way to turn both switches so they are both down.  Maybe that doesn't even make sense to anybody else, but trust me, it bugs the snot out of me.  Todd just laughs.....The same goes for my new front doors.  The guy installed the lock to be the opposite of my other locks, so the front one is verticle when it's locked, and the others are horizontal.  Aaaaaagh.  

Quirk #2:  I have 2 phones in my house and one of them says "upstairs" and the other says "downstairs".  If I find that the upstairs one is downstairs I have to switch them around.  Weird, I know.....

Quirk #3:  Pictures hung on the wall need to be straight.  One time Todd and I were in a nice hotel and the mirror that was hung by the elevator was crooked.  I walked over there to straighten it out and it was nailed or glued to the wall that way!!!!!!  Who does that?  We can never stay in that hotel again.  :)

Quirk #4:  I smell things.  Ever since I was a little girl I would smell things and smell my fingers after touching things.  I would even grab my mom's feet and smell them.  I'm SO weird!!!

Quirk #5:  I am a counter.  For as long as I can remember I've counted squares, tiles, anything, and then found the middle of the row I'm counting.  If I'm watching a movie and there is a line of people, I'll count how many people are in line and then find the middle.  If I'm sitting in church and I get bored, I'll count the decorative holes in the brick up on the stand, and then find the middle.  I have actually tried really hard not to do that in the last few years just because it seems so OCD, so I don't do it as much, but every once in a while I'll catch myself, "One, two, three, four......"

Quirk #6:  I can't think of the 6th thing, but I'm sure if given enough thought I can come up with a few more........

Okay, I just thought of it (several days later).  In my head I'll think "Oh Geez" A LOT!!  Which is so bizarre, because I don't ever SAY that.  And growing up we were never allowed to say words that were slang for Diety like "Oh my gosh...Gee...etc." so thinking that in my mind is just weird!!  Especially because I think it all of the time.  Oh Geez!!
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