Sunday, May 31, 2009

Texting Conversation

Lu: :( save me!!!
Me: From what?
Lu: From dying of boredem
Me: I think you'll survive. LOL
Lu: I dunno i'm running out of air and i don't think I'll live much longer!!
Me: Uh huh. Yeah. Well, I'll pick up your bored body on the way out.
Lu: You're willing to let your ungrateful daughter die?!?! How could you?!
Me: Because I'm cool like that.
Lu: Nope! You're just a mean mom
Me: You know it! :)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Heads UP

My neighbors down the road seemed to have a bit of a problem the other day:

Notice the size of the car and the house next to the tree... yes, it was really that big. And that's not the amazing part:

Yes, that's a LIMB of the main tree that came crashing down. And, yes, that's a full-size telephone pole in the photo next to the tall, tall tree...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Where I Went On Memorial Day

We needed some landscaping rocks (I love being able to relocate pieces of our beautiful mountains to be displayed in our yard!), so I got a permit from the BLM to go gather rocks from West Mountain near us. We spent a few hours on Memorial Day loading up the trailer and truck with views like this around us:

Beautiful day, beautiful views, beautiful weather... what more could you ask for?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts


It's Tuesday already? Where did the rest of the week go? Two posts ago, I was tossing out Random Thoughts... which means I either had a week of boringness, or a week of busyness.

One of the problems with having a Monday holiday is that you spend the rest of the week trying to figure out what day it is. Your week equilibrium gets knocked out of whack.

What is it in our minds that tells us that it is weird if "old people" have a dirty sense of humor? Is it that whole "my parents NEVER have sex" mentality? :)

The governor of Utah, John Huntsman, accepted an Obama-nomination (ha! I love how those sound together…) to be the new ambassador to China. Awesome pick, if you ask me, since Gov. Huntsman knows Mandarin already. And since he’s a savvy businessman, he’ll be very, very smart where business relations are concerned. (And then I fully expect him to run for President in 2016.)(You saw it here first!)

I want a live-in maid, like Alice on “The Brady Bunch”. She would be at home all the time, except one night a week when she would go bowling with Sam. All meals prepared, house kept spotless…

I won a lottery ticket over at Sprite’s Keeper. Since I live in a no-gambling state, I’ve never had a scratch ticket before. When the ticket arrived, I felt particularly sinful as I scratched the stuff off to see if I was a winner. And Utah influence ruled—I was not a winner. Sniff. (Now I know where the phrase “scratch and sniff” comes from.)

And now I have to get back to a workday I'd rather not have... Tuesdays after holiday weekends are always awful. Sigh.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts


I must be doing something right in the parenting department if my teenager says to me, “You’re looking particularly nerdy this morning.” My transgression? Wearing socks that cover my ankles. I’ve warned my daughter that someday she, too, will be Completely Uncool to her children. She doesn’t believe me. But then again, when I was 16, I vowed that my kids would never think I was out of style or old. Ha! Her turn is coming…

Middle School is hell on earth.

The older I’ve gotten, the more life has taught me. I think that’s called “wisdom”. Now I just need to put more of that hard-earned experience into action on a daily basis.

I wish I had some pics of some of the girls in my high school who had these most amazing bangs... they stood straight up from their foreheads. We used to call them "surf's up!" bangs. And it was just the bangs-- the rest of the top of the hair was flat. I thought it was weird even in the era of big hair.

When Ron and I announced to the kids that we had eloped, Violet (then 8) said, “But… you’re a beautiful swan! And he’s a hairy moose. Swans and moose don’t breed!”

Monday, May 18, 2009


Yesterday's lesson at church: forgiveness.

Some lessons you hear over and over again at church-- and I think those are the ones we need to pay attention to the most. Forgiveness is definitely one of those.

Things I've learned about forgiveness over the years:
  • It's not about them. It's about you.
  • If you cannot forgive someone else, how can you expect the atonement to work for you?
  • Most people on this earth are reasonable people. If you are wronged in some way, it was most likely by a reasonable person. So ask yourself-- why would a reasonable person do this? After all, we've done our fair share of hurting others without meaning to.
  • Forgiveness is a process. Plant the seed, and nurture the growth within you.
  • Forgiving is not necessarily forgetting. As a friend of mine once stated, "I choose not to be around that person so they will not have the opportunity to sin against me again." :) You can forgive, yet still protect yourself from further harm.
  • We judge others based on their actions towards us. We judge ourselves based on our intent. We need to give others the benefit of the doubt and assume that their good intentions didn't work out the way they had planned.
This was a good lesson, given at a time I desperately needed to hear it again to work through some issues with my ex-husband. Even though he committed suicide almost 3 years ago, I can still forgive him for the aftermath he left me to deal with. It is time to really work on letting it go.

I am tenderly watering the seed that was planted yesterday.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Texting Conversation

Me: What's your favorite animal? :)
Ron: i would have to go with a dog, some breeds more than others, and only the ones that don't keep me awake at night.

15 minutes later....

Ron: Now that i have had a little more time to think i will have to say you are. ;)

Friday, May 15, 2009


Sign posted at an area hospital:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Texting Conversations

Kayla: My neck hurts
Me: Mine, too. Maybe we have the Swine Flu!
Kayla: Its the giraffe flu


Lu: I just had my first kiss ^_^
Me: Whoohoo! Was it nice? :)
Lu: It was slobbery ^_^
Me: He'll learn. He's new at it, too. :)
Lu: No because he was going for a cheek but i kissed him on the lips. Then he kind of ran away ^_^
Me: Scaring him off, eh? :)
Lu: Lol yeah. Then he ran off and told the closest friend near him and he ran off to tell vicki and by tomorow I'll be the new gossip of the school ^_^
Me: How many demerits do you think you'll get for that? LOL

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts


I love to respond personally to people’s comments, but so many of you haven’t set your account up properly so I can do that. Read my earlier post on how to fix this, please? I don’t want to seem like I’m ignoring you!

Once I got to ride on a plane that had capacity for 12 people. There was one seat on each side of the plane, with an aisle so little you had to sashay sideways down the teensy corridor to get to your seat. And then you spent the whole flight with your head sideways because the ceiling curved around your head starting just above shoulder level. The co-pilot handed out earplugs to the passengers, which did not block out anywhere near enough of the noise. I was deaf for 2 days after getting off that plane.

I’ve never diagrammed a sentence.

As a kid, I had a basement bedroom. I wanted a fireman’s pole from the family room to the basement SO BADLY.

I used to have really bad eyes, like legally blind bad eyes. I got Lasik a few years back, and now I get to participate in the daily miracle of waking up and being able to *see*.

I've been busy this weekend. My best friend delivered her sweet baby girl, and named me the godmother. Wow. And she sure is a cutie! I was honored to be her doula, and watch the miracle of birth once again.

My girls made me breakfast on Mother's Day... at 5:00pm. :)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts


I always get a kick out of adults that feel the need to announce that they’re going to use the restroom. I think it’s a learned behavior from when they were little kids. It starts with the parent(s) repeatedly asking, “Do you need to use the potty?” and morphs into the kid doing his own announcing of, “I have to go potty!” I guess some people never outgrow certain things.

Learning not to give a flying rat's ass about what others think of you is VERY freeing.

Two days of banging my head against the desk talking to vendor tech support ended with ME fixing THEIR problem. So, so, so SO frustrating! It’s your product, folks, why don’t you know how to fix it?!?

Not too long ago, I made a trip to the local whack job survivalist bulk food store to buy a mondo bag of steel cut oats. While I was browsing around the shelves of #10 cans, filled with food supply goodness, I noticed one can emblazoned with the words, “Flavored Like Ham Chunks”. This sat right next door to its close cousin, “Flavored Like Chicken Chunks”. Gosh, that whetted the appetite right then and there!

I find it strange that when Influenza B ran rampant around here, nobody cared. Now, with a flu that’s not as virulent starting the rounds, people are FREAKED. OUT. They’ve closed down schools, people are wearing masks, and paranoia runs amok. Why didn’t they close down the schools when over half of the kids and teachers at my daughter’s high school were out sick with the seasonal flu? But they sure will now that ONE teen might have swine flu symptoms… Give me a break.

Life is made of moments. You have to treasure each one as you get it, and then put it gently down to move on to the next one.

Monday, May 04, 2009

I Want These SO Bad!

Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornaments

But the kids whined that they'd like to have friends over sometime...

Someday, dear neighbor.... someday.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Heard Today

People used to say, "We'll get a black president when pigs fly."

Well, swine flu.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. It's Friday, so it's time for the fill-ins I so bravely agreed to accept from Grant last week.

2. Who the flem figgins ate the last of the snargle %$#@! ice cream. I was saving that for me to eat after you all went to bed!

3. Adjustment on the roadster for time travel with another gizmo because of the botheration with the flux capacitor not withstanding. Great Scott!

4. I need to bungee jump off a hot air balloon and stockpile 5 years worth of TVP before the Giant Atomic Chickens™ destroy the world in accordance with glorious Satanic prophecy. But not because I believe in doomsday predictions, because that would just be silly.

5. Bunny: _____ (Note - this is a picture fill-in. Let me know if you are short on pictures of hot Asian women).

Well, Grant... I searched and searched, and found the perfect Asian bunny:

Awwwwww! So CUTE!