Saturday, June 30, 2007


Happy birthday brigham.
I hope your double- chocolate stuffed pancakes with strawberry cream were worth the calories. but hey, not every day is your birthday at IHOP right?
We hope the rest of your day was just as sweet

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Where is Dad camping in case I want to go up there for a day or more? HERE. Saundra wanted to go back to our old camp spot this year and since she's lucky and is getting her ENTIRE FAMILY to come (Kert from Colorado, Steven is taking his vacation, etc. etc) I acquiesced. If you want to contact us while there, I'll try to drive to the edge of the hill where I get a cell signal each day and check my voicemail. 801-376-4419 is my cell number. I'm going up today, Mom is coming up Sunday or Monday. Be back on 7th or 8th (just before your mother's birthday). ATVs and sleeping quarters/foams/etc are waiting for those that come. I plan on killing a lot of bugs with my zapper!

Monday, June 25, 2007

MountainStar - I must have missed something. I didn't see these pictures until today. Brett with his arm around a bunch of different girls. Nothing new there.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

So we thought it would be fun to squeeze in a little camping trip before Brigham started his residency on the 22nd. Monday we packed up and headed to Bandolier National Monument-- about 2 hours from our place. We enjoyed feeling very camperish as we arrived, set up our tent, and ate lunch. At nap time we started getting our first hints that maybe things were not going to be as pleasant as we'd planned. Jacob cried and cried and refused to nap, so we eventually gave up and decided to go for a hike to see the cool Indian ruins there. Jacob enjoyed the first 10 minutes or so in the backpack, and then decided that he hated it. He screamed bloody murder after that-- no matter what we did. Then Benjamin tripped on the path and scraped up his knee. So then we had two screaming kids and people looking at us like we were abusive. We eventually abandoned the hike and went to McDonalds in Los Alamos for ice-cream. That went well enough. We had fun roasting hot dogs for dinner, but soon thereafter had to put Jacob to bed. Of course he didn't like the idea... To make a long story short, after enduring Jacob crying several times and trying to sleep on a half-inflated air bed with our bums touching the ground (our new one is too big to fit inside the tent fully inflated), we decided to have compassion on our fellow campers and leave. So we pulled everything down and headed home at midnight. I felt bad about giving up, but seeing the mess that Jacob was the next morning, I'm not sure it was the wrong decision! Oh-- we did take our black light with us, but unfortunately we found no scorpions. I think it will be awhile before I get the urge to go camping again!

You can see pictures of our brief ordeal by clicking on our photo link. Also check out the pictures of what Jacob was up to before church this morning. Arrrgh!

Friday, June 22, 2007



Today was a momentous occasion: today kiera got to

have a plaque on Grandpa G placed in her crib. There is a video of it on youtube. Check it out.
So I went to the doctor and the doctor said......be like a monkey and stretch that shoulder by jumping on the bed. Got my stitches out this AM. Don't miss 'em. My Orthopedist (that sounds like I'm doing name dropping at a cocktail party) said that why someone gets adhesive capsulitis like mine is totally unknown. Now all the guck is cleaned out and he's ripped the adhesiveness all I can do is to excercise and stretch it......and it may still come back and I may still lose range of motion. I'm going to physical tortur....er...therapy three times a week, but our insurance will only pay for 20 visits/year (and I've already been 11 times). I have a pulley rigged up in my office I can reach up and pull my arm out multiple times a day. I use door frames and most anything else to stretch my arm. I still only have about 30% of rotation ability even after the surgery. At least now when I do something stupid (like try to spin a Bocci ball?) the pain of all the sins of mankind doesn't attack my shoulder. He said in 4 more weeks he'll probably give me another cortizone shot. Anyway, enough junk, I'm going camping in 5 more days!!!!! That's what's important!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I was just finishing making dinner when there was a knock on my door. I opened it to find a lady and her daughter on my doorstep looking confused:
"I take it Ruth doesn't live here anymore."
"No, sorry-- she doesn't"
"that would explain why she hasn't answered her phone for months. I've been calling and calling her"
"yes, we moved in here in march"
[looking behind me at the picture of Christ on our piano]... "hey, are you LDS?"
"yes, are you?"
"yes. I was Ruth's visiting teacher and I've been trying to get ahold of her forever!"
"....than.....you guys must be in my ward"
"oh, well.......yes.......but we don't really go. We need to come back I know. I keep meaning to......"
(speaking to her daugher) "ok, well I direct the music in primary so maybe I'll see you sometime k?"
"ok"

RANDOM! Why would someone be so persistant about doing their visiting teaching when they are inactive in the church?
Also of interest: so this Ruth person who lived her before us was LDS. Well the person who lived here before her was also inactive LDS and happens to live across the street from us now. strange
www.youtube.com/cambrienelson
Anyone want to make $100.00 per day? So, Grandpa is going downhill. His physical therapist left off coming a week ago because he didn't feel it was needed anymore. We are still taking him on walks (it takes about 35 minutes to walk to our house, past about 6-7 other houses and back again because he has to stop and rest about every 5 minutes.) He says that he is still doing his physical therapy exercises (but do we trust him when he says he took his meds when we can see that he didn't?) At anyrate, we have figured out that we cannot take him up to reservation ridge with us, as there aren't any level places to take him walking, and if he doesn't go walking for a week, as quickly as he is loosing his strength, I don't think he would be able to regain his mobility. Yesterday, he fell. Luckily, he was inside at the time and he fell sideways on to his chair, so he was not hurt. I am trying to get his physical therapist to start coming again. There really isn't a reason why he shouldn't be able to. Just got to get his Dr to authorize it.
So, what we need is someone to come in for 3-4 days. Make sure he gets breakfast with his morning meal. Either call him(and tell him to take his pill with a bananna, or take him some fresh fruit to have his lunch pill with, take him on a walk, and fix his dinner and make sure he takes his dinnertime pills with it. And then , perhaps, check on him around 7 to see if he is ok. I don't think it will work with the boys work schedules...but I thought I would ask. We have checked with Trinity Mission. It would cost 150 dollars a day for them to take him, and you have to do SO much to get it approved, I don't think we would be able to do it in time, and he would hate it anyway, as he wants to be here. If you boys can't do it...I will ask some neighbors.
This would be somewhere in the zone of June 28-July 7 while we do reservation ridge. Obviously, I won't be able to be up there, except for the time that someone else has Jack here. Kim is ready to put him into a care center permanently, so we don't have to deal with this always. Jack is very trying for Kim anyway, and Saundra just says, her whole family is coming to Reservation Ridge, and she won't be bothered with her dad at all that week (even though, part of that time, is supposed to be hers according to our agreed upon system that she will take him every 2nd weekend) I understand this is her vacation/and family reunion. But it is Kims vacation time also, and he NEEDS a break from his dad. This is part of why I wasn't keen on the idea of taking him in the first place. But it is what everyone thought needed to happen.

On the Bright side! Kim is doing better every day with his shoulder! And for the first time in about 6 months the last two mornings he has slept until 5-6 am!!! The shoulder isn't as sore, and his C-Pap machine for his sleep Apnea is really helping him to sleep better. He has graduated to sleeping with 7 pillows (so he can sleep on an angle instead of flat...which is helping him to not have hip pain and shoulder pain....so life is getting better for Kim! This is a much needed blessing in his life. So I am excited for him. Life is miserable when you are exhausted all the time and in much pain all the time too.
Words of Wisdom from Pa time: Click THIS to learn why I don't change my ink cartridges when my printer tells me I'm out of ink. Oh...and why aren't you reading the reviews, wish list, or fun pages? Huh? Speaking of which...do you want to be able to know when stuff is posted to ANY of these blog pages without having to go look? It's easy. Use iGoogle as your home page (see the Groneman Reviews blog). Near the top right is an "Add stuff" link.....go there. Search for "reader" and you will find the Google reader. Click the "Add it now" button. Now go to your iGoogle page and find the reader gadget. At the top, in the colored section it says "Google Reader"...click on that. In the left columm, about in the middle, there's a BROWSE link (right next to the ADD SUBSCRIPTION link). Click on that BROWSE link. There is now a section called "Stay Close to Friends and Family". In the box next to "Username", put: groneman-family. Now repeat the process for all of our blogs: groneman-reviews, groneman (that's the fun page), and gronemanwish. That's it. Now when anyone posts an entry on any of those pages, it will show up on your iGoogle page. (Not comments, just main posts). Yer welcome. Then when someone posts, make a comment...it lets them know you're alive and you've read what they posted. Most people don't like to hear nothing back when they post something. I'm yer pa...and I lecture you from time to time...get used to it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Happy summer solstice! It's a bit early (Wikipedia says it won't happen until 18:06 UTC [1:06 PM Mountain time for us'ns in that timezone]), but I'll probably be busy then. Rumor has it that as of that time, CK will be on the downhill side of her last year in her 20's. Wow.

Speaking of Christa, I had wanted to spend my summer solstice with the Dastrups, but my work messed up so I wasn't able to. I was able to meet them for about 10 minutes at a mall. Benjamin had all sorts of new tricks he showed me, like how he could climb over the back of a bench. Jacob was preoccupied by one of the car-shaped strollers that malls tend to have. I informed CK that we need more video of the little guys.

By the way, what's the proper way to type out "us'ns"? (That's redneck speak for "us ones", which in turn is redneck speak for "us"). I tried "us 'nes" and "us 'n's" but neither looked right... not that the one I used does look right....

Sunday, June 17, 2007




We went to the beach again and this time Kiera had fun. Infact, she spent most of the time there squeeling with delight. She liked the waves and the noise, the people and the breeze. It was way cute.
We went boogie boarding and the water was warm and the waves were great. It is so much fun!!! While I was getting in the water I looked behind Steve (who was already in the water )and saw fins sticking up out of the water about 40 yards away from him. I freaked out because it looked like a shark. However, it ended up being 5 dolphins who played for a while in the water really close by and then left. Pretty cool. I'm glad Steve wasn't eaten by a shark.
Yes, Kiera is getting chunky. Food is her favorite pass-time.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DAD!!! We want you to give yourself a big hug from all of us here in Albuquerque. We love you so much and are thankful that you are our dad! We hope you can enjoy that bocci ball set today! Also-- happy Father's Day to Brigham and Steve-- two other terrific (if somewhat less experienced) dads!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

While I was out traveling this past week, I had a bathroom mirror that had a corner such that I could see myself from the side. Now, I know I've been able to see myself from the side before, because I've seen myself in cornered mirrors before. But I was shocked to find out I have ... a "Microsoft nose"!

I'm a bit distressed by this. You see, a "Microsoft nose" is the type of nose had by most of the nerdy computer science people who can't work Linux, and spend most of their time playing computer games. They're the people who pretend they're computer experts, and spend enough time on them that they should be, but really don't know a whole lot. They can't use Macs or Linux, hence it's the Microsoft Nose. It's the nose where the snout angles up at the end. Most normal people don't have this type of nose. An abnormally high percentage of the group I just described do have this nose. And I have this nose!!! Aaa!!!

How embarassing....




Greetings from California. I'm just here to write and tell you how much fun I am having here. In the group of friends I am currently in, there is certainly no lack of excitement. It seems like there is something going on every night of the week and the nights where there isn't anything planned, we usually change that. Since I've been here, i've been hiking, mini golfing (2ce), gone to a few singles dances, had a how to host a murder party, been to a bbq, been to a few parties at peoples houses that are in our ward, etc. etc. It's been really fun. In fact, it's been so fun and I love it here so much, I've decided to stay here to go to school. I've been doing some research and I've found out that in-state tuition in Ut is more expensive than out of state tuition here at most colleges. At one college I found, I could save about $1500 per semester by going there. So I've decided that since I don't have a scholarship anymore and since I have to pay my own tuition, I'm going to stay here. In aug, I'm moving into an apt. with a few girls in my ward that I've become friends with. I'm excited. oh and just FYI, the pic that looks like i'm proposing to the guy, whereas, at the time the picture was taken, we weren't dating yet, his name is Christopher Betts and we're a "thing" now. And NO we havn't kissed yet for all you people who I know will ask me (*cough cough*christa and brigham*). We've only been "an item" for about a week and a half and I tell you all this so noone can accuse me of not telling them anything. So there you go....now you know. Anyways, that's about all the news in my life for now. I am going to the beach tonight with my friends and we're having a bonfire so I'll have to write about that later after the fact. Ciao my family.
Two days ago I was running out in the wilderness (sagebrush for literally miles and miles and miles!) at the end of our street, and I saw lots of interesting things-- lizards, jack rabbits, an enormous caterpiller, shotgun shells, etc... But the thing that made me stop in my tracks was a different set of tracks-- some HUGE cat tracks in the sand. I put my hand down in them to see how big they were, and one track went from the bottom of my palm to my knuckle of my middle finger. I just about turned around and went back into civilization then, but I decided that they probably belonged to some huge great dane or something. Then yesterday we went back to the zoo (which is a fantastic zoo, by the way-- much better than Baltimore's) and went to this cat exhibit. It turns out that there are jaguars here in New Mexico, and that the last one was sighted in February. Yikes!
Yep. I'm in.

And very surprised about it too.

Of course, if I don't pass my drug screening and background check, I'm not in. Pray for me.

Friday, June 15, 2007

IT IS TIME FOR THE FAMILY TO VOTE!!!!
So, there is a letter here from the UVSC Nursing Dept for Brett. I tried calling him, but his voice mail took the message! So HOW MANY OF YOU THINK THAT I SHOULD OPEN IT ANYWAY?????? :) :) :) I MEAN, IT IS TORTURE TO HAVE IT SITTING THERE, UNOPENED, JUST LOOKING AT ME!!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I got a surprise in my email today from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science! Look who it is! It's BENJAMIN! Wow. How fun. His picture came all the way from New Mexico to my computer in Utah!

And now an update about my shoulder for anyone that cares. I went back to the surgeon and he showed me all the things he did. He said the surgery shows I have classic adhesive capsulitis (sp?) and that there was some thingy in my shoulder that was partially torn away from the bone but not all the way so was borderline needing to be fixed so he didn't as he thinks it will heal faster that way. I don't get my stitches out for another week :-( but start intensive physical therapy tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

FYI-- Kiera and I will be in Utah from August 9th-August 19th
Steve and buff arrive in Utah (via car) on the 10th. Buff will stay only a few days, but steve will be leaving with Kiera and I on the 19th.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I just got home from my first day at work. It's been a year and a half since I worked last and it was tough to go back and leave my little Kiera. Kiera did ok with her daddy though and I'm glad (prayers work). I am the charge nurse at a nursing home with 60+ patients which is a little crazy to me especially because I have complete charge of the facility when I work in the evenings but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. I work in an ugly run-down nursing home next door to Steve's VA hospital that is 7th day adventist (therefore everyone is vegetarian). It should be an interesting job
A pic of me with my pain pump. Sorry to ruin your lunch. :-) Yer mom told most of the story. I found that if I put my keyboard just right on my lap I can type ok. I remember being taken into the operating room and having to move myself off the rolling bed onto the operating table. The next thing I remember is waking up to horrible pain in my shoulder! OweeeOweeeOwee! I guess I was quite a wimp. Once it started feeling a little better, they sent me home (dunno how long that was....my brain wasn't tracking time). Once home, I slept in the blue chair for the rest of the day/night. I just took another percoset and naproxin so if I doz.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday, June 11, 2007




So, I am sure you are all wondering how Kim's procedure went with the shoulder. The Dr said that everything went well, but from Kim's point of view, it has been a rude awakening to the world of REAL PAIN. Yes, he got a tasting of that at Christmastime with his back injury, but this has been worse. And the thing is, before the surgery even started the anestheseologist gave him a block that was supposed to numb the entire shoulder area for 36 hours after the procedure. But it didn't work. And,during the surgery they inserted what is called a "pain pump" that is also supposed to really help with pain, but that didn't work either. Well, maybe it was helping some...cause maybe it would have been worse still without it, but Kim was in excruciating pain when he came to so they loaded him up with lots of different narcotics, which weren't working either. They finally gave him Perocet, which lessened it enough to get him dressed and take him home...so now I am supposed to keep him well drugged on schedule,around the clock, so that we don't get back into the severe pain stuff again. And the Phenergan is helping him to sleep since I gave him that...so Heaven be praised for Phenergan! Anyway. I heard it was going to be a nasty procedure, so I am not shocked, but Kim is sure of one thing: The pain pump is working...it is pumping lots of pain into there!
Brigham is always wishing he had results of these procedures, so here it is for anyone else who wants to see. The first pictures are the inside of the shoulder joint. Dr Ritchie said that none of that red/pink inflamed looking stuff should be there and that it was proof that Kim has been in alot of pain. That was NOT news to me. Anything so painful that you only get 3-4 hours sleep at night, with serious pain reducers in place, is serious pain. He said that the (rotator cuff) looked fine, at least it was not loose as they can be if that is the cause of the problem. The Dr ground down a "spur" and used that little grinder you can see in the picture to clean up the whole joint, opening it up significantly. The DR said that he didn't find any calcium buildup (calcification???) anywhere. I think that is what he said. Kim will not be able to work for the next 3 days, and then friday, he will start with physical therapy "in earnest". So now you know. This is giving me problems trying to get the pictures loaded...stay tuned...maybe I will figure it out again.


(pictutures have nothing to do with this comment-- they are just cute so I

thought I'd share).

We had a skunk wandering around our backyard last night. Steve went out and was chasing it with a flashlight (much to my dismay). Buff was still out with her friends so I called her to warn her about it for when she got home. She says she didn't see it, but she smelled it. I'm glad he sprayed in someone else's yard and not mine!!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Jacob has a new word!! "Cow!" It's really cute to hear him say it, but I don't know if it is actually a true word because I don't know that he knows what it means. But it sure is darling to hear him say it! And with Moo around, he probably hears it enough to have it be a real word!

Today we went to our new ward for the first time. Jacob was thrilled to have new toys in nursery and had no problem adjusting. The great thing is that his nursery leader actually worked with children with special needs before having children of her own! Benjamin was very reluctant to go to his new class, but afterwards he said that the kids in his class were "super nice" and that he had made a new friend. He didn't know his name, but when Brigham asked if he could tell us what he looks like, he said, "Yes! He had on a really great shirt!" We will work on finding out his name next week... We were pleased with the overall experience-- people were very friendly with Brigham and myself as well.

We continue to love living in this great big palace! We feel very spoiled! We hope you will all come and check it out for yourselves soon!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

You'll all be relieved to know that we are 33% safer from spiders in the Nelson residence due to the fact that I, Cambrie, took moving tape to all of our screens. Yes, it may be a bit red-neck, but we have tape all around our poor-fitting screens so they are all taped to the windowsill so spiders cannot enter. At least I didn't use duct tape-- actually, I'm using duct tape as a remedy for the warts on my feet. Thought ya'll might like to know.


A SATURDAY TRIP TO FOREST LAKE - Today Marilyn, Chad, Saundra, Randy & Myself took our ATVs up to Forest Lake which is up American Fork Canyon.....just a hop, skip, and a jump from our house. We had fun. The road was rough getting up but it was worth it. While we were at the lake we saw a moose across the lake so we had to go investigate. The moose wasn't scared of us a bit. This was the inaugural run of my new baby...the Suzuki Eiger 400 4x4 and it performed flawlessly. I rode it up. Mom rode it down. You can click on THIS LINK to see some of our pictures.
Marilyn said... It was a fun trip. There are alot more people up there than I thought there would be...unlike Marysvale..but the scenery was great, and the new 4 wheeler could spoil us in a hurry! We got it because Kim needs a bigger machine so he doesn't kill our 250's, but while he was at it we got an automatic transmission for me (on the same machine, guys!). Kim says that he likes to shift, but after riding it up to Forest Lake, he is a convert of an automatic transmission. Boy, it sure made my trip ALot better on the way down! Gives you alot more confidence.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Click Dastrup picture link for pictures of our house. Warning: it is rather messy as we are not fully unpacked yet.
Yer dad is going in for surgery on his shoulder Monday morning sometime. They are hoping to regain some of his mobility lost with his frozen shoulder, and maybe get a better idea of any problems that maybe be causing it... He will start physical therapy afterwards. If you can believe it, this will be his first trip to a surgical center for himself. (LIES! LIES! I had my nose worked on once!) In the past, they have all been for me. Not as good a record as Pres Hinckleys never being a patient in a hospital until he was 96...but still a record a whole lot better than mine!
Greetings to all from New Mexico! It's fun to be here, and we are looking forward to visits from all of you! Today we went to the zoo and got a membership there that also gets us into the aquarium and the botanical gardens. We added a guest membership to it, so when you come visit, someone can get in for free! (And the others only have to pay $7 each... everything is so much cheaper here!) We only explored about 1/3 of the zoo, but it was fun! I will post pictures of the house soon, and you can finally see Brigham's graduation pictures now with the link on the left. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

So there I was a couple of days ago, getting home from work. I went into my bedroom and saw a little orange paper on my bed telling me that I had a package in the office. I picked up a box from the Nelson residence, filled with stickers, candy, a mostly empty bag of cookie crisp, a ziplock bag of trix (Not trix, but something similar), a 2003 BYU magnetic football schedule, a magnetic old institute schedule, a brand-new hand mixer, some mixes, two water guns, a water/air/oil spinny-wheel-toy-thing from our childhood, and many other various items that likely have been hanging around with Cambrie for who knows how long.

To the party responsible, that was a lot of fun. Thanks for the trinkets and the laugh, and the use of two totally awesome new water pistols.



Here are some of our pictures we had taken today. Kiera was alot more cooperative this time.
News: I got a part time job working at a nursing home. I start on tuesday. Kiera will have to get used to Buff or Steve putting her to bed.
I did a CPR challenge course today where basically I pay the money to take the test to prove I know my stuff and don't have to take the class again. It was the silliest test though-- most of the answers were "call 911" but the funny thing is: I am 911. I kept pointing this out to the guy who was overseeing my test and trying to verify that I had the correct test and was going to get the correct certification but he assured me it was correct. So I guess if I'm ever working as a nurse in a hospital and my patient's heart stops, I'll just call 911 : )
My Baby - Just picked up one of THESE. Now we have 3 so one or more kids can ride with us.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I am having compassion for the Dastrups as they are traveling for 10 hours or so in the car with 2 little guys who will want to know if they are there yet after the first 10 minutes. Reminds me of the one day we did in Belgium to Garmish Germany ...11 hours of driving with 5 kids. Not fun. We should have a moment of silence and prayer for the Dastrups, who, in all of their busies of moving forgot to bring along the car adaptor for the DVD player, and thus, Baby Einstein can't help them either. Truely a day of mourning for the Dastrup clan. I thought we should lend our support in this time of need.

We hope that the move on the N.Mexico end is smooth so that they can rejoin our conversations on the Blog and put on new pictures, for all of us to enjoy, of their new spacious place!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Mountain Property Gate Code - In case you need to get through the gate (upper gate this year) when we aren't with you, here's the gate codes for the year:
May 1415
June 9265
July 3589
August 7932
September 3846
October 2643
Anyone recognize a familiar pattern here? Mmmmm...I sure love pumpkin pie!
Hey! Who's Going? Check the Groneman Family Calendar (along with the reviews page, the joke page, and the wishlist page). Our annual Jack Groneman reunion will, again, be held at Reservation Ridge. This year, on Saundra's wish, we're going to our old camp (if it's available). We *WILL* have ATVs available to ride..in fact, this year we should have 3 and we'll be trading off with Saundra/Randy so everyone will be able to ride. I'll be there over 2 weekends (including Brigham's Birthday....we'll have a moment of silence for you) and the full week in between so you can come up for a day, or for a few days or the entire time. Of course we'll have our electric fly swatters so there will never be a dull moment. Bring a friend if you want. You in?

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Dastrup Visit To UTAH! Click Here

Friday, June 01, 2007

You wouldn't think that you would have to worry about getting scammed at the grocery store, but you do. If it was not for the fact that Buff was with me today at the store, the checker would have scammed me out of $36.00 As the checker was scanning my items I made my cost prediction to Buff. Then, when she was done I paid with credit card

Total: $103.00 (press yes or no)

I pressed yes and as my big long receipt was printing Breanna said "whoa whoa whoa-- wait a second, how did it suddenly get to be $121? No kidding-sure-enough the checker had punched in that I bought 4 of my most expensive item (instead of 1) in the seconds after I had pressed the yes button and it had added it on in the time between yes and my receipt printing. I got a refund and came home upset about it and got on the blog to tell the world about it. I had written the first paragraph of this when I decided to consult my receipt for actual numbers to put on the blog.
Upon further scrutiny of my receipt, I discovered that I had been charged for a whole slew of things that I never bought: cabbage, to-fu, etc.. So I went back to the store to get a refund. The manager watched the video and it turns out that my Hispanic checker didn't charge the Hispanic customer in front of me for her groceries: they just got added on to my bill. Whether or not she did it on purpose is debatable, but considering the other incident in the last seconds of my transaction, I think she did both on purpose.
Lesson to us all: check your receipts to make sure you only pay for what you bought.