Thursday, May 31, 2007


I was just playing on my friend Google and found an old high school friend. By old, I'm meaning that I haven't spoken to him since we graduated high school... most likely.I rarely end-up on other people's blogs though. I think that might be because I have so many blogs that I'm already checking. I'm always amazed by people I've never met who link to me (but I love it, I really do). I wonder how they find me (I know most of them are from 2P's).Anyway, it's interesting to go out and search for people... see what people have done with their lives. It's almost like a high school reunion in the privacy of your own home. Of course, since my high school reunions are almost alway during marching band season, I never get to go {sigh}... maybe someday. :) Do you guys lurk on blogs of people who you "knew" in a previous life? There are a fair number of people I'd like to know what they're doing -- namely Margaret and Alison -- two other high school friends I have completely lost track of.... seriously, I'm gonna go find them. Off to catch my friend Google again....

5 freaking hours

That's right, FIVE HOURS OF SWIMSUIT shopping last night -- no less, it was after a trip to the A's game with both boys (who mostly wanted to beg me to get them a treat rather then watch the game -- it was cold, and we ended-up going home early, but I still thougt it was fun -- looking back -- didn't think it was so fun during the whine-fest). So, now I'll give the review of swimsuit stores that I shopped at:
A) Mervyns -- they didn't have a SINGLE plus-size swimsuit in the bunch. By plus-size I mean I found one 16 top -- that was it. Hoewver, they have a LOT of cute tops for the smaller girls... and they're the cheapest that I found. I did find some size 18 bottoms, that was it.
C) Kohl's -- I finally found a rack of larger suits here. I found a couple that I put on hold but I still went shopping elsewhere. I didn't end-up buying from them, but they had a decent selection. I did end-up getting a cover-up here. They had a nice selection of knit cover-ups (I wanted a terry cloth one, but I never found one I liked).
D) JCPenny -- JCPenny apparently thinks that those who are above a size 14 are cows -- because that's what all the larger swimsuits look like. I mean, REALLY SAD looking swimsuits. Didn't find a decent cover-up here either. They had a fair number of gauzy-looking ones. But that was NOT what I wanted.
E) Macy's -- this particular macy's doesn't carry swimwear. It's a decent-sized macy's... not the 2nd biggest one west of the mississippi -- which, yes, is 2 minutes from my work, but if you're gonna shop swimwear there -- call beforehand.
F) Sears -- they do carry Lands End there -- I think it'd be nice to at least try-on at Sears, and get an idea of their sizing and then order them online (they seem to be the same price at Sears as they are online). However, they only had up to size 14 in Lands End, so that didn't help me much. I found mine in the women's section. They had the largest number of fuller-sized swimsuits and they weren't meant for cows -- just larger versions of the smaller suits -- which is all a fat girl wants... OK? Bad for cover-ups though.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on swimwear for the day. Frankly, I'm glad the whole day is over... it was a fight to the bitter end, yes it was.
BTW, total cost for my suit was around 47 bucks -- that was for the top and the bottom. I have found that a lot of places are carrying the tankinis as pairs. I think it's a bit nicer to be able to buy one sized top and another sized bottom, but this way worked out fine.
ETA: I apparently left my letter B in one of the changing rooms.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Today is Conner's big A's game for school. They do it as part of some homerun reader program. Anyway, this will be the first time I, or the boys will have gone to a baseball game, so it should be fun. I am not a big fan of driving though, so we'll see how that goes.
Peeps, it's time to buy a new swimsuit -- I just realized that my current choice of swimsuits were bought more then 6 years ago... and I think it's time for a change. PLUS, I HATE having to pull it off when when the urge to use the little girls room happens and then get it back on. So, I think I'm going the tankini route.
I am hoping to slip away to Mervyn's tonight, childless, to see what there is to be bought. Does anyone have tips, a reason NOT to buy a tankini? Condolences?
Oh, and on a brighter note the garden is beginning to grow us some vegetables. I'm thinking it's time to have some snap peas with our sweet and sour pork tonight.
Go team.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The View

So, Rosie's off. Hip-hip horray. I hate the View though. I hate how Barbara didn't acknowledge that Rosie was eating Elizabeth EVERY day on that show, and for once Elizabeth tries to fight back and Rosie FA-REAKS out on her own. I wish Elizabeth would leave. She deserves to stay home with her kiddos. Everyone says that Rosie will have a great career now, I sure hope not. I will most likely put my dollar where my thoughts are when people chose to sponsor a show she does.....
On a stupid-er note... I think I deleted a message that was on our machine when we got back... so if you called, and I haven't called you back, I'm REALLY sorry. I'm fairly sure it was CK wanting to do a book deal... oh well. :)

Happy Weekend

Well, I'm sure you were all totally sad my blog wasn't updated for DAYS on end, but we were at the Jazz Jubilee in Sacramento.

We had a really great time. Although it's hard to keep 2 little boys entertained during about 5 or more concerts concecutively during 2 days time the parents are really helpful (as you can see of the shot of one of the most FAVORITE band parents doing stickers with spencer). Anyway, the group's really great and it's fun music to sit and listen to. We listened to a lot of music (including a washboard group), went to the railroad museum, swam, made a visit to the Jelly Belly Museum and shopped. Sadly, the calorie counting went out the window for the weekend, but I'm back on the wagon today.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Trashy Meeting

Some of you might have seen how the hospitals around here have been throwing medical waste into the regular landfill. Which, I think we can all agree -- is disgusting. They've been finding syringes and air canisters and well, I'll just stop there for those of you with feeble stomaches.

So, we had this mandatory meeting about our waste management. I couldnt' help by chuckle at some of it. Perhaps my mind is twisted (k, my mind is twisted) but when a large black man is talking about where I can dispose of my maxi pads... I just have to laugh. Really. Especially due to the fact that they paid me just about 60 bucks to go to that meeting. But, I guess it's costing the hospital millions, so that's no good for anyone.

So, my maxi pads can go in the trash, but if I take them off someone else -- I should red bag it -- fyi. :)

Weekend update:
First off, apparently our gas cap was at fault for our check engine light... and how much could a gas cap cost, you might ask? 92 bucks. That's how much. In parts and LABOR... who knew you could get screwed by screwing. :)
I also have a new layout on inspired scrapbooking. It's one of those with LOTS of pictures on it. I'm fairly proud. :) Oh, and I sewed on it. Check me out.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Spencer's World

It's so cute, kinda makes me even smile.
And that's taking quite a lot today since I just arm-crawled under the bunkbeds to get out a library book.

Not sure that link works for everyone, you might be able to try this:

Full Warranty

So, our van's under a full 1 year warranty. Which, a girl would think covers most everything -- except for maybe windshield wipers, oil changes -- I get that kind of stuff. So, our check engine light comes on. I thought it might be the gas cap, so I tightened that but it still didn't go off (they said it should go off within a day or 2 if the gas cap is the issue). So, this morning we dragged ourselves out of bed early to take the car in... only to be told that our warranty covers repairs but it doesn't cover the diagnostics.
So, they'll fix it -- but we have to pay for them to find-out what's wrong.
What's up with that?
AND, how much ARE the diagnostics? Why, funny you should ask... 125 bucks.
So, I'm guessing we'll find-out this whole thing is "nothing" but in the book it says they'll void our warranty if we drive with the check engine on for a prolonged period of time.
Uh huh....
Catch 22.
I'm hoping this is all just a big mis-understanding and we'll have it all figured out by this afternoon.
P.S. I worked last night, can you sense I'm a little tired and bitter. Did I mention I went to an hour-long meeting about trash? That's a post for another time.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Look at me all guest design-er-y

You know, I've turned down many a design team. It's not particularly my "thang" but when my friend Lara came a knockin' with a great idea I couldn't resist.
So, I'm a guest designer over at Inspired Scrapbooking, and although I have only done one layout so far, I promise more before the month's end.
Why, why did I accept such an offer?
Well, let me tell you. I love the eye candy. I'm not talking men, I'm talkig patterns, colors, textures, etc. I love the go down the isles of stationary stores or fabric stores and just take it all in. It's inspiring, and even though I have a house full of white walls, I do like color in the other items in my house, as well as my scrapbook pages. Anyway, what Lara's gonna do is pick some cool stuff (each month will have a new theme, this month's theme is greeting cards, which is perfect since we all probably got at least one for mother's day), post it and then post hers (and her fine guest designers) take on the item, and how they were inspired by it. There've been a lot of cool groups on 2P's doing a similar thing, but I hate finding the links to it -- so this is nice.
Anyway, sometimes I get stuck in a rut in my life and being inspired by other things totally helps. Go check it out. I just did a layout about my purse.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Tonight was Conner's "Classroom Celebration" -- first they had a little ceremony to honor all the PTA volunteers. I really felt bad that I don't volunteer more, but I realize that this season is to stay home with Spencer more, spend the time I have with him (along with volunteering a bit in Conner's classroom). You just do what you can.

Then, it was off to Conner's classroom. You know, I haven't said enough nice stuff about his teacher this year. She is honestly perfect for him. Conner turned into a little Mrs. Ross last year. He spouted everything she said, he did just whe she told him to do. He was a Kindergarten robot, but boy has he changed this year. He is thinking on his own, making his own decisions, taking himself where he wants to go, with correct guidance, of course. It's amazing to see a teacher who loves her job SO much. She was talking about how hard it is to graduate kids every year from her class, and it's just nice to see a teacher take my kids as hard as I do. I mean, you might remember last year how SAD I was to be leaving kindergarten. Anyway, I can mumble on about her more towards the end of the year, but I love Miss Dodson and she was the absolute perfect teacher for Conner this year. He'll be looping with her next year along with the other 1st graders in his class. It's very fun to have someone who cares about your child so much. It's truly one of the biggest blessings in my life.

It's so funny, as summer starts to edge-up on us. I get so sad. My shows have season finales, it's a time for our family to spend lots and lots of time together, but it's out of our normal routine. I enjoy summer, it's a time for me to get out, pretend like I'm a career woman for about 4 weeks. But, it does seem like the year should start and end in September doesn't it? Anyway, I think it's the season finales of the shows. We'll have finales of school and then we're all "off" for a bit. Well, as off as you can be with 2 little boys.


Spencer, this morning while playing with his action figures dujour:
"I am Buzz Lightyear, I come in beef!:
Maybe that's why they like In and Out So...

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Jolly Holiday

I had a DElightful birthday. From girls night on Friday (and being able to balance my checkbook in peace), to roaming the yard sale alone on Saturday AM. Then, my friend Ginger took me to lunch at this great restaurant. They're building a new one in Campbell by the Chicken Coop. I'm thinking next girls night we need to try this place!
The boys made it home safely, and on Saturday night Drew and I went out with some friends. We had a great time. Always love to go out with friends, and we don't do it as a couple as often as we should.
Then, on Sunday the boys gave me my presents (Conner gave me a kitchen scale so I could more accurately measure the items I'm eating -- which is nice since he tells me how fat I am. Spencer gave me a utensil thing to put by the stove (our current one is SADLY out-dated). Drew gave me a gift card to Kohls (the gift that will keep on giving), church was good, and then my friend Janna made me dinner and a cake.
Just a birthday to remind me how lucky I am, how many dear friends I have and that I'm a very blessed 31 year old.
Of course, now it's Monday and all the fun is done, and I'm left cleaning my sink. It's always hard to come back to reality.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

2 Hour Bag

So, it turns-out the Amy Butler bag is only a 2 hour bag, which isn't bad for a first attempt. That's even cutting out the pattern, and cutting out the fabric, and a bit of figuring-out the pattern as I went.

I think it's pretty cute, what do you think? I have 2 more sets of fabric to do next. Me like it... but I'd like to figure how to put a closure on it. Thinking about a velcro tab nex time... or something.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


It's my birthday and I'm special too. :)
I used to be VERY secretive about my birthday, but then I think it was Shannon who would tell EVERYONE she met that it's her birthday. I think that's kinda fun. So, although I didn't tell everyone I've met so far that it's my birthday... I haven't been secretive about it.
Here's the BEST part of the whole birthday thing... I'm ALONE. That's right, Drew took the boys to the Father's and Son's camping trip and I've been able to have girls night, clean up a bit, do yardwork and just enjoy myself. Even though I got-up at 7 am to do yardwork it was so nice to do it on my schedule and not have to be yelling at the kids. {sigh}
Who knew a person's favorite thing would be to be alone?
I just went to our block sale. It totally rocks. If anyone's nearby you should come on by. I just spent 7 bucks and my kids are gonna LOVE me... plus I got a new viewfinder so they can play those things together. Let's see, a new coat for Spencer, some books, a fireman's outfit for the dress-up bin. I think that's about it.
The big 3-1 my friends, and I feel like this birthday does seem to be a little more painful then the big 3-0. However, it's hard to feel badly about your life when you are as blessed as I am.
Now, it's off to Joann's, I went to Hancock Fabric last night, and got a couple of pieces of fabric, but I'd like to see what else is out there. After all, I've gotta use my alone time wisely. :)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Genious mom, genious child

I am thinking of going to Joann's and getting some fabric to make the CUTEST Amy Butler bag. Isn't it adorable? I want a bag out of a very cute fabric, and I've hard that her patterns are great and I bought one before spring break and I'm just excited to use it. Has anyone done one of her patterns yet?
Anyway, back to Spencer. We do a lesson every day, this includes some flash cards, some workbooks and this particular day we got to build an airplane from a pattern. He LOVES the lesson time my friends. Most likely because I heap on him giant amounts of attention and love. It also involves a very small number of jelly beans when he's been epecially good at concentrating. Anyway, I want to put more pictures on my blog because I think it makes it more intersting, and I'd like to take more pictures of our family in general, so here's a recent favorite.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Do you think that make-up companies put some sort of epethelial-absorbed prozac in their cosmetics because I have NONE on today and I am READY TO KILL this afternoon.
But, then I heard this little clip.
You can get it from the blog dooce.
It's a funny blog, although sometimes anti-Mormon.

When I'm in Jail... you'll know why

I don't know where my brain is lately. Well, yes I do -- it's with the allergy god. He's totally taken over my brain, apparently.
Yesterday I'm loading groceries into my cart at Costco and I hear Spencer scream, he's drifting into the parking lot... I'm just letting him float away... thankfully, no one was nearby (except the woman at me looking like I was unfit to parent).
Today I'm at Target, Spencer is AGAIN in the shopping cart, and I just push it into the little escalator for carts that SPECIFICALLY says not to put your kids on. Spencer starts screaming I realize what I've done, but I hold his hand the whole way down and it all turns out fine.
But seriously, people -- CPS is gonna start wondering after a while.
But, until my brain re-immerges after allergy season -- no more shopping carts, obviously.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My husband the wannabe

So, my husband has started a blog. I'm not sure if it's kosher to give out the address, or not -- but he has started one. I am expecting a lot of loving me posts on there in the next few days... since my big birthday's coming up.
Anyway, he wants a header, and music... stuff it's taken me YEARS to get... and here I am right at his disposal. :) He's a lucky man....
On a sadder note, my allergies are going INSANE!!!! So are Conner's. It looks like a couple of the pollen counts in our area are "Very high" right now -- anyway, makes me want to not garden.

Monday, May 14, 2007

SICK of it

This morning I saw something about Scientology on the today show and how their church is mad about how people make fun of them.
Well, frankly -- when Tom Cruise goes on the today show and calls Matt Lauer (Matt, Matt) glib... I would expect to get a little flack. I do think their church runs out into the press to get the limelight a lot though, and many of their members are "stars", however, regardless no one should make fun of someone's "church" (is Scientology actually a church, religion -- not really sure. Anyway,that's not what the blog is about.
Is anyone ELSE SICK of hearing that Mit Romney just can't be elected because he's a Mormon? They still act like we're some cult with ritualistic followers, it's just insane. I mean, I would guess that most Americans know a Mormon, and most likely they're some of their favorite neighbors who invest a lot of time in their kids, their family and their community, and regardless of how our religion is different, isn't that who you want to be president anyway?
Alright, stepping off soapbox now. Have a great day everyone, bask in your post-mother's day bliss. :)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mothers day

A very happy mothers day to all the moms out there.
We had a great mothers day in room one, Ms. Dodson had set-up a multi-media presentation full of love and surprises. :) Here's just a bit of what we enjoyed

In case you can't tell, Conner said "Mom I love you because you are in my family, you let me play zeeks, you let me be in Ponderosa. You help me stay healthy. Happy Mothers day!"
It's all there, really. :)
This little video is a reminder that it's not about Kay Jewlers, or expensive presents (although I am very excited about my William Sonoma hot pads and cookie scoop) but it is about your kids loving you, perhaps peeking, for a moment, into all you do for them. And, this is my attempt at telling my mom thanks... since this video took me about an hour and a half to do. Not sure why. Don't want to talk about it... LOVE YOU MOM!!!!! Especially your happy smiling face (as compared to, you stayed out HOW late with Amos Coletti face). :)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Me and my Groin

So, I woke-up this AM and I could NOT move my leg. It'd been giving me pain all night long when I tried to turn, but I figure when I woke-up and stretched it out I'd be fine.
I wasn't fine.
I couldn't sit down.
And, frankly -- sitting down is the first thing I do every morning, at least since I had kids.... if you know what I mean.
So, it was me, some ibuprophen, and my heating bad on my bed for 30 minutes, and by then I could just BARELY move it.
Now, I may have overdone it a bit yesterday. I worked-out for 40 minutes, did a baby photo session (which is mostly in a squat position) and then went-out and sprayed for weeds after I got the kids in bed (which also involves a bit of squatting) but I don't think it's any more then usual.
The thing that hurt the most was rotating my leg to the outside.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Lucky, LUCKY me -- I probably won't miss any workouts since it'll heal by the time I get-up at 6 am on Monday.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Aint he sweet (especially in English).

This is going to be a shocker

but there is SOMEONE in our house who had Korean as my 2nd language through internet explorer. Has anyone else ever had that?
Anyway, that someone is totally fired, as is the Korean on the internet explorer.
You are welcome for this brief dialogue into my stupidity. :)

Uhh huh

For a while there my blog went Russian.


Blogger's all in Korean.
As if the rest of my life wasn't multi-cultural enough!

A New Favorite Show

Has anyone seen John and Kate plus 8? I'm not sure if that link will work -- it's on TLC, and it's the story of a couple who has 2 six year olds (twins) and 6 2 year olds (sextuplets). They had problems conceiving the natural way and fertility treatments got them to this point. I mean, I love the whole big family aspect. I enjoy seeing how they make ends eat (Kate's a BIG grocery shopper -- using sales and coupons to keep her family going -- she's got me back using coupons again).
However, what I like most of all is that relationship between John and Kate. I enjoy seeing that couples have ginormous fights and that's just the way it is, it doesn't mean that we don't love each other or that we should get divorced, it just means that we're under pressure. John and Kate are under more then your usual pressure and they apparently don't mind fighting a bit on camera. Then, they have them give commentary to the moments that the TV show caught and those are hilarious. Anyway, I even made Drew watch it last time because I find myself as a Kate. The mom that wants control of EVERYTHING and barking orders to her husband. I only have two kids (sigh).
Anyway, watch it, very funny, and you'll learn a lot about yourself as well.
Just realized their family has their own website.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Big Black Bug

I just came home from work.
There was a GINORMOUS black bug that ran under the door when I went to get into the house.
I threw the mop bucket on it. Somehow I think it got away.
I want to crawl out of my skin right now.
I swear it's like 2 inches long.
On another note, the gals at work have been having their babies early and with problems as of late. What's up with that? I wish all my peeps the best. Love you gals.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

This Blog is getting FAR too serious

So, I thought I'd answer one of those little surveys and get all of you off my back for another year. :)


2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I get tear sting a lot, although actual tears rolling down my face is rare. I think the last tear sting was probably at a commercial... sad, but true. Not sure which one, but i do get a little reminicent at many of them.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Haha... I actually use to write my a's like the way you type them, but I decided the little swoop on top was making it look young, so I switched to a regular A.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I could care less, I became very happy when I Realized 5 slices usually only has 50 carlories though.


6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Who woudln't want to be friends with me? Don't answer that.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Ummmm.....yeah. :)

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes, and I'm bitter about it -- I wish they wouldn't taken them out my sophmore year of high school when had I strep like 8 times.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Nope. That's Drew's job. We're all about separation of powers in this family.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I don't know since I've turned into a Oatmeal girl as of late.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES or JUST TAKE THEM OFF? Take-off. It's a bad habit, I wish I'd just untie.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Depends on the situation. Physically, I am definitely growing new muscles.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Cold Stone Cake Batter. Yummm... I also like the new American Idole Take the Cake Flavor -- only 140 calories for a scoop. SA-WEET.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Eyes... also if they have any tatoos or drug marks. :)

15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR RED OR PINK? Red. We are the anti-pink household, although I don't mind it as a color in general.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Body shape. and, if we're going beyond the physical apperance, I'd say my ability to all the sudden FREAK-OUT about little things. And, when I say freak-out I'm talking throwing stuff.... FREAK-OUT.

17. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Brick Oven. Ok, kidding (sorta)... umm.... definitely grandparents. Sad to see them go.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Umm... useless question since this isn't an email....

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Red, they're super cute.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Toast and some yogurt, I'm getting tired of the oatmeal breakfast, anyone have any ideas of another healthy low-cal breakfast that fills a gal up?

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Spencer singing his "I need a push" song.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red, maybe teal... really, if there was rainbow crayon I'd probably be that.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Cinnamon.


25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Kinda... she's alright. Sorta. OK, I love her more then Cake Batter Ice cream... ALRIGHT, FINE -- you GOT IT OUT OF ME.

27. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? My children sleeping. :) Or, my children playing sports -- but I am also fond of them sleeping.

28. HAIR COLOR? Dark brown.

29. EYE COLOR? Blue

30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes. except on days I'm sick or I work. Then it's back to my glasses.

31. FAVORITE FOOD? Fettucine Alfredo.

32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings, by far.

33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? I honestly have not a clue. WAIT, maybe it was the Swiss Family Robinson, the kids LOVEd it -- and before that it was the Pippi Longstocking movie.


35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Umm... sixes, although I do kind of like winter around here, unless it decides to be monsoon season.

36. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs, usually.

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Brownie sundae. Yum.



40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? I can't really get into books lately, too tired to actually pay attention when I have down time, but I am reading the conference edition of the Ensign.

41.WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? We don't have one (sniff, sniff).

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? DVR'd ER and something else... let's see, can't remember... sorry.

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Happy kid sounds (but not annoyingly happy kid sounds -- it's a fine line)



46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Umm... I can deliver a baby. Does that count? I can even do it in Spanish.

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Provo, Utah



50. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? California (sly, I know)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Truth About the Mormon Woman

They talked a bit on that documentary about the Mormon woman. I get what they're saying. There's a LOT of presure to be a Mormon wife. There's a lot of cooking skills "required" and home-making skills. I remember having an entire 1.5 hour activity on wrapping presents once when I was in Young Women. I mean, honestly -- couldn't the time have been better spent on a lecture on how to study, or picking a career... instead it was on wrapping presents. I doubt that many young women are having that particular lesson any time soon.... and I'm glad to see that our church has progressed. BTW, I feel a terrible shame every time I don't use double-sized tape to wrap my presents, or leave a raw end showing... I think of that particular leader EVERY time. She didn't mention that one day your kids would have GINORMOUS presents to wrap and you'd just be happy to even get the paper around them, little loan care about a raw edge, but I digress.... (come to think of it, a lesson on that would've been helpful -- "Proper Body Mechanics of Wrapping your Husband's new Stereo System and then Hiding it in the Garage").

Anyway, I whole-heartedly am aware that I get caught-up in the frenzy every now and then too... I feel like my house needs to be spotless 24 hours a day (honestly, I have no idea why -- no one comes to visit us, I do know that I enjoy a clean, uncluttered home very much though), I need to have my dinner thought of by 10 am the morning of... just so I can make sure I have everything, I should have more children (which is in direct dessention to having my house clean 24 hours a day)..... And honestly, it's all good stuff, it's how I survive.... my life runs better when I do this stuff... but I can see how someone might need Prozac to get through a day like that. I even felt it with my scrapbook pages... although are my thoughts related to publication, and a competition to be a great scrapbooker, or are they because I just want to fit in with the group I've chosen. Like, I want to fit-in with my Mormon peeps. Is the pressure competition, or a drive that was instilled when we were only 12?

Anyway, why do you think we feel the pressure, and do you have any idea why there is such a high prozac useage in Utah?

Sunday, May 06, 2007

My Thoughts on The Mormons

Did anyone watch the documentary on the Mormons? I did. I watched all 4 hours on Friday night (Drew was at some orchestra thing). Frankly, the first half, was fairly creepy... and the 2nd half was all that I figured it would be.
Personally, I thought it was fairly even-handed. I mean, sure they got some things wrong (like the woman saying the pioneers lived amongst red rock and must've thought they were in hell already). But, I think they were fairly positive on other ends. Our church has a past, like most other churches. I obviously wish they wouldn't have spent so much time on the Mountain Meadow's massacre. It's just part of our past (and frankly, I'd like to leave it there). I really appreciated how it showed we are a tight-knit bunch, because that's true.
Honestly, the only thing I can tell people who aren't LDS is the fact that this church brings every good thing in my life. There isn't a priciple that I have lived which has brought sorrow to us. Every single one has brought joy. That's not to say that there's not sorrow along the way, but all of the things that the church asks of its member I receive many more blessings from. And honestly, that is a great deal of why I know it's true. I don't think it's true, I don't hope it's true... I know it. And, once you know it, all the other little things do seem to fall into the past.
Does anyone have comments, questions about the movie?


You know, I think I'm coming back into my own of scrapbooking. I'm not trying to be somone else, but I'm trying to do pages that myself and my family enjoy... and most of all, that I enjoy doing. I'm using more embellishments, I'm spending more time crafting the page... and as Conner said when he saw this one... "yeaaahh!!!! I like the buttons!"

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Some happy little News

So, this morning was weigh-in and measurement day. It's not usually a happy day, but I do have a little bit of happy news. Now, the body measurements have been a month since they were done, and on my waist I lost 3 inches, hips I lost half an inch, I gained 1.25 inches on my chest (? -- I think that my chest is probably the hardest place for me to measure... I'm guessing that it's pretty much the same), lost .5 on my calf, gained on my bicep (?) and the royal bummer is my scale is saying that I have almost 3% MORE body fat. That's not the happy news, but I won't particularly go into how I feel about my scale's body fat function. However it did tell me that I lost almost a pound last week. Well, actually 1.2 pounds for a sucky ground total of 4.2 pounds in a month and 2.5 inches, not the best figures -- but I'll take what I can get. :)
It's definitely making me feel better about all the painful calorie counting. Becky, I am still considering weight watchers... I am thinking that might make the calorie counting easier, but so far my little internet thing is working for me.
Go team.
WAIT, hold the presses, after further evaluation from the initial time I was weighed in the doctor's office (that started my whole calorie counting thing) til' now I've apparently lost 6.4 pounds. Which isn't too shabby at all for a month. I'd hoped to lose 8 per month -- but honestly if I drop below the big 200 line this next month, you'll totally be seeing a happy dance.
BTW, Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!! Hence the new slideshow. And yes, I'm fancy.

Friday, May 04, 2007

When a day starts-out like crap

Do you have those days where evreything's fine and then it just spirals downward like an F-18 er? Today's one of those.
Conner got up a tad later then he ususally does (it was still 7 am, but still -- that's a little late for him), and he still had to vacuum because I didn't have him do it yesterday (hand slap for me) and then I remembered the bake sale, and Conner couldn't find his jacket, and that's when the crap REALLY hit the fan. I think we're all well-aware of how I to lose things.
I just want to know what you guys do when your kids lose things.
It was raining, it was his rain jacket that he'd lost and we couldn't find it anywhere. I did some lamaze breathing and just told him he needs to find it because we're not buying him another one until next year. He does have another coat that can withstand rain if absolutely necessary.
But, since then the day's just towards the ground. I am hoping that nap time will help to pull-up the nose, metaphorically speaking.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

My Little Stinkbug

So, basic premise of this recital, all the bugs are at a picnic and they're having a gay old time, they sing songs and feel the love til' the stinkbugs come. Then, they all hate the stinkbugs, they then hurt the stinkbugs feelings, and they sing a song about how they can get down but things will change. And then they all feel the love together.
Conner plays the tricky role of both a stinkbug AND a firefly. you can see his costume change when he turns his firefly headband to the back... it's a pretty delicate role reversal, but he seems to take it with ease. We weren't in the best place to catch Conner but you've juts gotta know these first graders can SING. And sing LOUD. It was great, can't get enough of Conner's teacher for helping to put this all together. We love Miss Dodson with all our hearts. She is a rockstar. As much as I thought no one would be better then Mrs. Ross last year. I was sadly mistaken, Conner has had a great year so far.

A Forced Commenter

Sometimes I read blogs and I can't help myself but type away at how inane the post was.
So, I'd just like to mention that I love those posts on my own blog, I like re-thinking the way I'm thinking by seeing it through someone else's eyes.
Anyway, I just read this post:
Now, this isn't a great blog to read, but being that I'm a fairly conservative women I must admit I like a peek into their crazy on-the-edge-of-excommunication-lives (and I'm not saying that all the posts are that way -- nor do I read all the posts, just when I'm uber bored, or really wanting to avoid cleaning). I wouldn't recommend reading the blog to anyone - -but since this post doesn't deal with the church, but a ring I thought I'd just tell you how CRAZY these women are.
They have lots of posts about taking their garments off (btw, for my non-LDS friends, Garments are sacred underwear that we are able to wear once we go through the temple, and it reminds us of covenants that we make in the temple -- aka, promises we've made to god -- most of them just to be a good person, nothing crazy -- although, I will admit when I write sacred underwear I do get a little giggle in the back of my throat, but I digress -- I love my garments, they truly make me feel protected and whole).
ANYWAY, these women have a few posts on how they're not wearing their garments anymore and this particular post is about a woman who isn't going to wear her ring anymore, and THEN it hit me. Yes, sometimes I take my ring off -- if I'm going to knead bread, if I'm doing CRAZY dirty yard work, if I'm going someplace where it's going to be very cold and wet and I'm afraid it will slip off. But, once those activities are done, I put it back on. I enjoy wearing my ring, and it's the ONLY piece of jewlery that I wear most days. I like to think of Drew as my one little fancy thing in my life. :)
BUT, then it clued me in. Sometimes I take my garments off. If I'm going to sweat, if I'm having some post-partum hemorraging issues, but once that time is done they're right back on, and I took them off to preserve them (like I do my ring). These women take their ring off to show that they're their own woman, and they're doing the same thing with their G's.
So, I find that most of life is bound in our intentions on our actions. I was feeling guilty after readng their posts for ever taking the G's off (besides to shower, I'm totally fine with that part). I mean, will I somehow slip onto their path of self-destruction.
Doubtful... especially if it involes clots.
And yes, I am guessing this is more then most of you wanted to hear. BUT, back to the topic of the post, I commented for the first time on that blog to show these women how CRA-ZY they are. And I wonder if this woman is making a point of the non-garment wearing by the post, or if it is truly how she feels. I'll never know.
Unless, of course, she comes and comments on THIS post.

A Moment...

Today I dropped Conner off right by the school today and as I saw him walking in with his entirely black outfit, I almost cried.
No, not because my 6 year old has turned to goth.
Because my six year old is a stinkbug in his first grade play today. I guess it's a concert, not a play.
All the sudden my mind went wandering back to myself in a pink leotard and tights, with a pink tutu, pretty much thinking I was the belle of the ball, er... circus.
In my first grade class we had a circus. I was a tight rope walker, I coveted the spot of the jump-ropers but I wasn't coordinated enough (and thus we see my weight loss battle already coming to a head). Anyway, it is still one of my most cheirshed memories of my life, and now my son is having his first grade "moment" and how life is all one giant cycle and we can only hope we do as good with our kids as our parents tried with us.
Anyway, I had a little tear sting going on while I was fighting to leave the parking lot.
Definitely reminded me why I scrapbook, and why I have kids, and why life is just grand.

A Footnote on Modesty

I appreciated what Emily had to say on my modesty dialogue. I agree that I shouldn't be so darned judgemental on what others are wearing... and beLEIEVE me, there's a lot sluttier stuff to wear out there then a tight shirt.
I just think that because it's happening under the guise of "this is modest" it bugs me.
You know ho I hate a faker.
Almost as much as I hate staying for overtime at work.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Sad Truth

About my weight loss, that is. I just realized that I have been working out at LEAST 3 times a week (most often more) since school started, and I haven't lost a single pound.
What does one learn from such devastating news?
1) It's not all about working out. Regardless of what Denise Austin and the trainers at My Workout tell me, it's NOT about that. I do think that I've gotten sick less often, I am gainig muscle I didn't have before... but losing weight is not about working out.
2) There are hidden calories. Calorie counting has given me a little swift kick in the butt... I eat too much fat, I don't eat a lot of calories in general, but I do eat too much fat.
3) A freakin' lot of it is genetics. You'd think after 9 months of working out a person could at least get out of the obsese weight range, but I'm not -- I'm not even close. I still have another 50 pounds before I let that door shut.
Soo..... I'm gonna keep on calorie counting, and shockingly, I will keep working out. I do think it has benefits even if it's not a slim, trim figure. BTW, as of last month (I haven't measured yet this month) there have been no inches lost. Nada. Again, I journey on.


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