Monday, November 26, 2007

big mouth, bigger foot...

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” ~Mark Twain

Truer words have never been spoken. Did Mark Twain have me in mind when he wrote this...sometimes I think so! I tell everyone that I have a big mouth and an even bigger foot. If it is dumb and can be said, I will in fact, say it. I was just having this conversation with a group of girls and we were talking about the times we had to insert the proverbial foot into the mouth. I let them tell their stories and yes, they were all pretty embarassing and really funny. Then, it was my turn. I went through my list and without a doubt, unfortunately for me, I came off with the BIGGEST MOUTH award. For enjoyment at my expense, here are just a FEW examples:

-I worked with a guy whose wife was pregnant while I worked there. She was a petite person before but with pregnancy gained a TON of weight. She had the baby and a few months later I quit. I didn't see her for about a year and a half but I ran into her at Swiss Days. When I saw her she looked like she could EASILY be 7 or more months pregnant. So, having never made this fatal error before, the first thing I said to her when I saw her was "oh my goodness, you're pregnant"! As if that weren't bad enough - I RUBBED HER STOMACH! She looked at me and told me she wasn't pregnant. How do you recover from that?? I said a few things and left as quickly as I could.

-I went to school for Interior Design. On occasion, people who know this will call me and have me come over to look at a room and offer my advice. There is a really uptight couple (for lack of a better word) that sings with my dad in the Tabernacle Choir. They invited my family over for dinner one night and while I was there asked if I would give them some advice on a couple of their rooms. They had recently moved in and done some remodeling projects. They took me downstairs and were showing me around. I was under the impression that NO remodeling had been done in the basement. They took me into one room that was painted BRIGHT Pepto-Bismol pink. And not just one shade but TWO - we're talking every single wall and available space in the room was covered in pink! They open the door and the very first words out of my mouth were "THAT'S NOT EVEN A GOOD PINK" to which the man said "we just painted this room last week, it's her favorite color". Again, how do you recover from that???

-In High School I had a good friend whose brother and new wife were hit head on by a semi-truck and killed on the way back from their honeymoon. I knew this and sent a card. I hadn't seen my friend at school in a while and wanted to call and tell him I was thinking of him. So one day after school I called his house. Nobody answered the phone and the answering machine came on - not the digital kind but the old kind that records the message onto a tape and everyone within a mile can hear the message when you play it back. So the machine beeps and without really thinking about what I am saying, I leave my message: "Hey so and so, what's up - ARE YOU DEAD??? I was just calling to see if things were ok, call me when you have a chance." My friend never said anything about my message - thank heavens!

must see movies...

A few weeks ago Preston and I wrote a list of must see Christmas movies. Okay, maybe some of them aren't "must see" but they are decent Christmas movies none the less. Here is the list we came up with...did we miss any???

-The Santa Clause I
-The Santa Clause II
-Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
-National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
-Frosty the Snowman
-Mr. Kruegers Christmas
-It's a Wonderful Life
-Mickey's Christmas Carol
-Polar Express
-White Christmas
-Miracle on 34th Street
-Christmas Story
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas (old one)
-Skipping Christmas
-The Night They Saved Christmas
-Night Before Christmas
-Bishop's Wife
-Holiday Inn
-Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
-The Snowman
-Elf

Sunday, November 18, 2007

blog hopping...

Would you believe that I have never been "blog hopping" before tonight. I suppose it could be that Preston refused to play one more game of Monopoly with me or that I was bored and didn't want to go to bed at 7:30 - but whatever the reason, I successfully wasted 2 hours of my life. Not all was lost however, I came away from my blog hopping experience knowing 3 things to be true:

FACT #1: You can find a lot of people you knew in High School by going from one blog to another. It is also nice to see that so many people have gone along and done about the same things that you have. It's fun to see what everyone has chosen to do since High School.

FACT #2: I have no friends. I visit other people's blogs and see a list of 50 friends and family links. I seriously doubt I could even make up that many. It also made me realize there are a LOT of people I haven't kept in touch with!

FACT #3: There are a lot of cute people out there and I'm not one of them! Meaning, while I was blog hopping I was reading about birthday parties, halloween parties and get togethers that these people have thrown and MAN ALIVE they went all out. Not only that, their houses were cute, their kids were cute and somehow, they have managed NOT to gain 40 pounds since High School.

Wow, this sounds like a pity post...don't feel sorry for me, I don't! While other people are cute and skinny and successful, I realized there is a lot I just don't care about anymore. I'm so happy with where I'm at (afterall, I've gotten to eat a LOT of good food for one thing). I'm thrilled with who I chose to marry, I couldn't have a better daughter and I couldn't have a better life if I tried!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

donny osmond...

I stole this from a friend because I thought it was SO HILARIOUS! If you didn't like Donny before, this will certainly help!


Friday, November 9, 2007

venting green frusterations...

I'm so sick of hearing about global climate change, global warming, fossil fuel emissions and carbon footprints that I could scream. What makes it worse is the large companies that actually pretend to care about all of this crap! So to voice my frusterations I sent an editorial comment to the Deseret News. I highly doubt it will be published, so I've posted it here for your reading enjoyment :)

This week NBC has gone “green” to highlight the global climate change concerns – which are a total farce as far as I’m concerned. They sent their anchors around the world to broadcast from the North Pole, Antarctica and Ecuador. How many carbon fuel emissions must that have produced? At least they can afford to buy carbon offsets. But what struck me as the most ironic part of the weeks worth of “green broadcasting” was today when the Today Show showed a live shot of the 85 foot Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, freshly cut from Connecticut, being wheeled down the street by an 18 wheeler and into the plaza. At least they hand cut the tree this year!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

finally halloween pictures...

These took me forever to post but I'm finally getting them up. We did several things on or around Halloween so these are just a mix of everything we did to celebrate the event!

Annie's pre-school class went on a field trip to Hee Haw farms. I felt bad becuase it was the first really COLD morning that we had. It's a good thing kids are immune to temperature because she still had fun.

Usually we carve our pumpkins just a little bit too early so by Halloween they are looking a little droopy. We were so busy we didn't get around to carving our pumpkins until the day before Halloween...here is how they turned out. Annies is the littlest one, then mine, then Preston's.


I have always wanted to go to an adult Halloween party. I like dressing up and I like the holiday but it seems like it is always just for kids. Luckily, we got invited to an adults only Halloween party at my cousins house and it was a blast. Hopefully this becomes a yearly tradition.

Preston and I went as a 70's couple. It was the only thing I could find that would fit me...

Part of the group that was there. There were some pretty funny costumes...We played this game where you chose someone in your group and wrapped them up like a mummy and then made up a mummy rap (sounds lame right). It was so hilarious. By the way, Preston is the mummy...


We played another game where each team got several costume accessories and you had to dress a member up and the other team had to try to guess who it was in the costume. Sounds ok - but it was so fun we played 3 or 4 times...


Annie has completely forgotten how to smile for the camera (I should put one of the other 20 pictures I had to take to get a decent one). But she made a wonderful Cinderella and looked forward to wearing her dress for MONTHS before Halloween. She said "mom, do you think everyone is going to be so happy about my dress"?

Our ward had a trunk-or-treating - which I've never done before and Annie loved it! She also LOVED having her Grandma Lisa there to go with her...Preston enjoyed every second of trunk-or-treating too. I think his exact words were "this is lame, when can we leave..."