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I've been paying with Isis all summer and I love it!  Isis is a free app you can get on your phone and use if your phone is equipped with NFC. You can see if your phone qualifies here. It first was only available in Utah and Texas but has recently become available nationwide. 

Basically when you hook up your credit or debit card, you can pay with the Isis app. Handy not to have to carry a wallet around, just a phone! In order to promote the app, Isis has teamed up with places in Utah such as restaurants, a movie theater, a grocery store and more to give $1 deals. Isis is paying these places the difference so the companies arent losing anything by participating. 

Here are some of the deals Tony & I have enjoyed using a lot and these promotions are good (in Utah) until the end of the year.

- $1 medium pizza with a topping from Wasatch Pizza. You can order more than one at a time but have to scan  your phone for each transaction separately. Tony ordered 30 pizzas once for a study group at BYU, I ordered 10 for a mutual night activity, we ordered about 20 pizzas to give to the homeless. We have eaten so much of this pizza that we have had to take a break for awhile. It's pretty tasty though and for $1? Cant beat it. 

- $1 Jamba Juice (or free ones too!) It was nice when they had the free and $1 promo going on at the same time. I'd go in to a Jamba Juice to get a free one for myself and then $1 for one that Tony could have.  Recently I've had a bad cold and have gotten a couple of the cold buster Jambas and I honestly believe they have helped me recover a bit faster by getting all the extra vitamins in me.

- $1 Barbacoa burrito or salad bowl. Another place where they let you order as many items as you want, you just have to pay for each food item separately. We have gotten some tasty food here and one burrito can last me for lunch for 3 days because they are so big.

- $1 milk at Whole Foods. The milk is Winder Farms and sells for $4.79 at Whole Foods. This store is trickier to get multiple of the same item at because their machines, when you pay, do not like duplicate transactions. They have to ring one milk up for $1 and some change which is ok because it's still cheaper than almost $5 for a gallon of milk! 2%, 1%, fat's been great getting milk for this amazing price just by paying with Isis. 

- Toasters - $1 meal. This is a sandwich shop in SLC and when I worked at White Label Marketing, Toasters was literally downstairs just one or two businesses over. $1 for a $6-8 meal. Sandwich, chips and a drink. I would often get Tony a sandwich when I got off work to bring home for him. I got my coworker food a few times. So fun! I miss working so close to a Toasters.

Some other places that have the $1 deals that I have yet to use are:

$1 Large popcorn, $1 candy, $1 large drink at Megaplex Movie Theaters
$1 16 oz drink at beans & Brew
$1 bottled drinks, $1 Icee Fun cup at Lagoon
$1 burger combo from JCW's
$1 green smoothie from Roxberry

Where can YOU pay? Check out this link to see just what stores around you let you pay with Isis. In the app you can download coupons to use locally as well. 

What dollar deals are around you?

I was craving kabobs from Texas Roadhouse on Saturday evening but by the time we were able to go, it was after 11pm and they were closed. I mentioned it to Tony on Monday that we should go share a kabob for dinner and to my surprise, he agreed. 

We got in and seated without too much of a wait. We scarfed down our four hot buttery rolls and waited. And waited.  I was very thirsty. Servers were walking past us, serving tables, cleaning up tables and we waited. Finally we got the attention of our server, Clay and he was so apologetic that we had been sitting waiting so long to order. I knew exactly what we wanted; kabob with meat done medium well on a bed of rice with a side of mashed potatoes. Brown gravy on the side. I wasn't expecting him to say, "What else can I get you? It's on me. How about some blooming onions?" I was so taken aback. He kept trying to make it up to us!  

Turns out the couple before us had sat there forever, for so long after they paid their bill that eventually Clay just kind of tuned them out because they were done needing anything from him. He didn't notice the people changed when we sat down and it took him awhile to notice. He felt so bad!

We ended up with an appetizer (cheese fries - our favorite), extra potatoes & gravy for Tony and a strawberry lemonade for me and then he brought me a virgin Shirley Temple drink with not one but two cherries. Hip hop hooray! Then he brought me a couple to go cups and a bag for all our food. And a whole to go box of extra rolls. He definitely went above and beyond for us.

It definitely paid off to be patient and not get upset and rude to anyone about having to wait so long to be able to order our food. Ended up being a great night at Texas Roadhouse!

This last week has been a busy one despite the fact I got sick Monday night when I got home from a VIP night at Zupas. Sad day! Just a cold but I couldnt seem to kick it. Had to go to work every day and I tried to email people instead of calling, which semi-worked. I was trying not to use my voice because it sounded so stuffy.  I had to cancel going to the mutual activity on Tuesday, roasting marshmallows (yum) and hotdogs (ick) ...we also had potential tickets to a movie screening but I didnt get off work in time to go claim them. Sad day! I ended up just staying at home not doing much which felt weird.

Wednesday the only thing I had going that i need to do was to participate in a focus group online about travel. It went from about 630-745pm and it was fun to get to know the other people in the group and collaborate with them. Being the only girl was kind of interesting. One guy was really intriguing, maybe about my age and he has traveled all over the world! He has lived off the grid for 6 months in CA. It would be cool to follow his adventures. 

Thursday I was still battling a really stuffy nose, a manly voice and little bit of a sore throat - mainly in the morning. I was taking OnGuard (DoTERRA) , putting Vicks on the bottom of my feet and on my chest and throat and taking some Echinacea. I had a Paparazzi Jewelry party planned for that evening and that day at work 2 people canceled coming and so did a couple other friends. Made me pretty sad because I tried to get the word out but it's just a really busy time of year for people. I get that, but if its something I really want to do or a friend I really want to support - I dont care how busy I am. I will do all I can to arrange things so I can stop by. Esp if its a come and go event - like what I was hosting. Kind of a bummer when other people dont feel the same way. I had 2 friends show up -thank you thank you! and a great friend who ordered a necklace when I posted a little collage on Instagram. I swore I was never going to do this again, its too hard to get people to come to anything I try to set up...Pinterest parties included.

Friday I met up after work with Laura, Rocky & his sister Rossmary at the expo center in Sandy for the "What A Woman Wants" show. They have these shows pretty often but I always end up going even though a majority of the same vendors are there. Rossmary had never been before and was really intrigued by it all once she got there. She got her hair braided, hair chalk in her hair and airbrush makeup done on her face. I got a henna tattoo on my hand which I was pretty stoked about. Stayed for a couple hours and called it good. I picked up Tony and we went to Holladay, to El Chihuahua to meet up with my friend Kylee from Las Vegas. I felt bad being all stuffy and with a yucky voice but it was really cool to see her and meet some of her friends.

Saturday! Oh Saturday! I was soo glad to get off work and have a lot of hours to do whatever I wanted to for my weekend. Tony & I helped my friend Emily get her table out of a storage unit in SLC and we took it up to her place in Layton. Got home and I felt awful. I ended up sleeping all afternoon while Tony went to study at BYU. I finally woke up and met up with a friend at Tai Pan Trading for the Waffle Love truck. Stopped by JC Pennys, 2 Michaels stores, Jamba Juice where I 'paid with Isis' and got a free Jamba, cold booster/blaster one and they messed up my drink by making too much? so I got a larger size than anticipated. That was cool! Came home and Tony was back but still doing homework. We ended up going to Walmart after midnight to get ingredients for feeding the missionaries dinner on Sunday. Then Sunday morning they called and canceled on us. Too bad they did because the food Tony made was super delicious. They missed out!

Now it's Sunday night and I just finished watching the American Music Awards a couple hours ago - it was good, I liked the performances by Luke Bryan , Macklemore and Florida Georgia Line & Nelly. I finally opened my laptop which I have not done for the past few days - rare thing for me! I'm behind on so many things but it was easier to lay on the bed next to Tony with my ipod touch in my hand , trying to keep up to speed on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and reading emails but not responding to anyone.  

How do you battle being sick with a cold? How was your week and weekend, do anything fun? Tell me in the comments below!

First, just wanted to let whoever is reading this know that I posted about going to Glen Canyon Dam in Page AZ on mine and Tony's travel blog so if you want to check that out and see a ton of nice pictures...go do that! I need to be better about posting on the travel blog....I need to post more of the Page trip and there are a few other trips (including Labor Day weekend in Idaho with Tony's family!) that I still need to blog about. Need...want...I def. want to! and need, because I dont want to leave anything, esp big things - undocumented.

I went to a blogger event tonight that happens once a month called Connective Circle. It's a series of workshops and social events and they are always really good & I usually learn a lot. Most of the time they are held on a Tuesday night which doesnt always work (I often pick it over going to YW's though...cough) but this time they had it on Wednesday which was nice because it's usually a night of the week I dont have anything going on (lies - usually I do). It's not free to go but it is worth the money. I will blog more in detail about at Stacie's Place - uhh the other Stacie's Place. 

For now, I will grace you with a picture from tonight that Aimee took for me.
Everyone loves a hat that can hold chips and salsa for you (kinda like in Despicable Me 2).

So last week I started a brand new job after being let go from my previous job, had a couple weeks off to chillax and send out resumes. It was a nice break. In the past all my jobs have been found on Craigslist, but this job I got was actually on KSL. 

I felt like I totally bombed the interview (in a bad way) and left feeling like whatever was going to happen would happen, I did the best I could. There were 3 people in the room for the interview and that makes me even more nervous than I already am at interviews! So I was really surprised when I got a call a couple hours later saying they wanted to hire me. I was pretty shocked! 

November 4th was my first day at this company called Symbiot, but most of our customers know us by Integrated or Pipeline. Basically I do customer service for companies who need things done at their business or location. We are a "maintenance management company." For example, servicing cell phone towers if there are weeds or broken locks, sending out snow plows for jobs on the east coast, repairing pot holes at a daycare playground area, etc. These are some of the things I have done or learned about already.

The first week was training in the classroom and some shadowing. There were 2 others being trained besides me. Yesterday was my first day out on the floor at my own desk with my own Outlook email and phone. I was really nervous about how things would go but it actually went a lot better than I thought it would. Hooray! I kept finishing the work I was given and had to ask for more. Got a high five from Amber (who trained me) and words about how well I was doing from my boss Aliesha, over Skype. This made me feel pretty good. I hope the rest of the week goes just as well.

I am usually not a fan of being on the phone but figured I would give this job a shot. I prefer doing the same job every day, working on my own. In this job it's something new and different every day and I'm on a team with 6 other people. Say what?! I've never been on a team before but so far it has been good. I hope it remains a positive experience. There are all girls and just 1 guy on my team. Everyone seems nice and genuine and ready to help me with any questions, which I am so grateful for.

- health insurance after 3 months
- opportunity for bonuses
- Friday breakfasts every week
- celebrating birthdays once a month (can you tell I like food?)
- close to my house & I dont have to drive on the freeway to work anymore :)
- my hours are pretty good
- opportunity to get paid vacation

- no hats (I cry...for reals...)
- no soft pants (in the winter I'm all about the soft pants..they keep me warmer than jeans!)
- no wifi password yet :-/
- no paycheck yet. I sure am anxious for it...6 more days!

Well, looks like the pros outweigh the cons. Even being on the phone hasnt been too horrible. Fingers crossed this is a job I can keep for a long time. Kinda tired of bouncing from job to job.

Do you like starting a new job? What are some pros and cons you have experienced? Comment below and let me know - I want to hear!

How crazy is this...I started this blog - with just one post - back in 2006! I forgot allll about it until my friend Aim brought it to my attention today that she had been thinking about me and my blogs and after doing some searching online, found this domain and it belonged to me! Wheee! Yay! I had totally forgotten about ever starting this blog but I sure am happy it's been found. I have so many blogs and I am going to use this one to tie them all together. I will also use this as a place to type and post whatever  is on my mind or that I want to share. Usually I would post my thoughts and feelings on a private blog but I think I will bring some of that here with whoever wants to read it. So stay tuned, I'm excited to organize everything!

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I have quite a few blogs and I just feel like I need to tie them all into one place so this is where I decided that is going to happen. I'll still be blogging on my other blogs but I will link all my posts to this blog so you can easily find them. We'll see how it goes!

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