Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday, Monday

So, this week-end was a pseudo bust. We were supposed to go camping at the beach with some friends. Then there was this tropical storm thing in the Gulf of Mexico and it ruined it.

I say it was a pseudo bust because we still an awesome week-end. The friends we were supposed to camp with came over and we had a blast anyway. William made pizza, which he is the best ever at, and we played Ticket to Ride. Which is a most fun game - and happily I won the first round. William won the second.

Saturday we went couch hunting again. We still didn't find one. Stay tuned.

Saturday night we had a "Southern Spread" at church (this is a potluck to you northerners). Our ward is fun. It was fun. I made a fruit cobbler which made me proud.

Speaking of things I made... this week for our youth activity we had a bake off. All of the leaders brought goodies and the youth judged the best. I brought homemade Oreo cookies that were SO good. William says I'm the best cookie maker ever. I wasn't playing to my audience though... there was almond extract in the creamy middle and apparently that's an adult taste. The kids didn't like them; I did not win. Its okay because the leftovers were a nice supplement to Ticket to Ride Friday night.

The new season of Heroes starts tonight. I'm just beside myself with excitement.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Big Brother, the Internet, and Jenny McCarthy

It's late and I can't sleep. Here's what's on my mind:


Big Brother 8 ended last night. I hated Dick and Daniele for most of the season, but in the end, I'm glad they were the final two and that he won. Its the same kind of thing that happened with the Survivor Allstars season. Rob and Amber were controlling the game and I didn't like them for the longest time and was so frustrated that none of the other players were doing anything about them controlling the game... and finally I decided that everyone else on the island deserved to loose to Rob and Amber because they were just letting them control the game. It was the same with Dick and Daniele. All season everyone was talking about how they needed to get them out of the house, but they never did. Literally. So, regardless of whether Dick deserved to win, everyone else certainly deserved to loose.


I love the Internet. Mostly because it's like this avenue of connecting with people that would otherwise be lost to you - or never a part of your life in the first place in some cases. Over the last year I've connected with tons of people from my past through websites like myspace and facebook. Even just this week I touched base with my best friend from middle school. We lived across the street from each when I lived in Oklahoma a lifetime ago. We were totally inseparable then, and its really fun to know how she's doing now. Without facebook, it would not be happening.


Jenny McCarthy was on Oprah the other day. I would never have thought I would be thinking these words in my head: Jenny McCarthy is super cool. Apparently her son has autism and she recently wrote a book about it. She's done some very cool things with him and I learned a lot watching that episode of Oprah. Did you know that a gluten free, dairy free, artificial flavor free diet can reverse a lot of autism? It can. Its worked for lots of people. She also talked about the link between vaccinations and autism, which I think is really important. This research gets hushed by the CDC a lot (because their afraid disease will run rampant if we all stop vaccinating our babies), but the evidence is pretty clear. When I was getting my masters I knew a girl who was doing a lot of research about autism and I learned a lot about it from her. Some of the chemicals they include in vaccinations changed in the 70s and the rates of autism have been growing exponentially ever since. At one point in the late 90s the US sent a whole bunch of vaccinations to China... and then their rates of autism like tripled, or something. I'm not saying vaccinations are bad... I'm saying something clearly needs to be re-evaluated.


So, maybe I'll go to bed now...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Some very sad news for me....


I've just found out Robert Jordan passed away. He's been one of my very favorite authors for many years and I'm just sad I won't have more from him to read. He had one book left in a 12 book series... I think it was almost done, so they'll probably find a way to publish it. The series is Wheel of Time, and you can read more about it here. They are some of the best books I've ever read, but I guess if you start now be forewarned that we may or may not get the last book.

Anyways, its a real bummer. He's a cool man.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The online book club:

For those of you who know about it, and anyone else who wants to join us. The book for October has been picked! Yay!

http://i35bookclub.blogspot.com/

The thing that happened on the way home...

So, the most irritating thing happened on the way home from Fort Rucker, just outside of Tallahassee, when some girl in a car full of college kids *flashed* us. I mean, really lifted up her shirt and just exposed herself.
You might be thinking thats so juvinile that I can't be serious, but I'm not even kidding. I was so upset about it because I just don't feel like I need to be exposed to that kind of thing without my permission. If a man is walking around town in a trench coat exposing himself people think he's a creep, but this girl thought she was being clever?!?! (and who DOES that? Even when I was a young coed I didn't find that kind of thing funny). And my poor husband! He's a good boy, and really tries to see no one naked but me. Its not fair that he didn't have a say in seeing that.

Anyways, I was so mad I made him drive behind the car and I wrote down the license plate and make and model. I called the police when I got home (again, if it had been the guy in a trench coat, he'd have to register as a sex offender--I felt like it was worth a shot) , and I was afraid they would blow me off but happily they didn't. The officer asked for all the information I had and asked a lot of clarifying questions. Luckily the car'd taken the same exit into town that we did, so I even knew which way they headed.
I hope they get theirs. hmpf.


Old friends



Yesterday William and I drove up to Fort Rucker, AL and to see one of my roommates from BYU, Sara. She had her husband and 3 boys are living there right now. It was so fun to see her! It'd been so long, but she was still the Sara I remember!




Here's a picture of her second oldest boy, Isaac. It was just too cute of a shot to pass up. :-)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

William, Sr.


He was born on 20 May 1930, and my dad left this world on 4 September 2007. He loved life, and like me, he loved to eat, but in the end, the pain was far too severe for him to keep fighting. His last words to me, spoken in the pain and agony of a man suffering beyond anything he could have ever borne, broke my heart. The good news is that he will nevevr feel pain again.
Leah and I flew to Idaho for the funeral. It was a great affair, considering the solemn occasion. He was buried outside of a tiny country town in a tiny country cemetery in a valley surrounded by mountains and towering rocks. We spent the time with family, laughing and telling stories and eating some awesome brownies my aunt Kay made.
Looking through some old pictures, we found this one among many in which my dad looks like my twin. My shoulders are broader, and I have a little more muscular girth, but my dad is me/I am my dad. Now if only I can learn to match his exemplary patience and be so slow to temper.
I love you, dad. GO CUBS!!!

I'm a Vampire






Which Twilight novel character are you?




You're Jasper Hale - You have a calming personality and a simplistic way of looking at life. People like to be around you because you can help keep peace and are friendly to everyone. Although you do have a quiet side, you would be well balanced with a bubbly, spunky mate.
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

I LOVE IT!






Which Twilight novel character are you?




You're Esme Cullen - Your maternal instinct to take care of people and be kind draw people towards you. You're compassionate and loving, yet firm when you need to be. You appreciate hard work and value the beautiful results of your dedication to any project.
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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Weapons of war

So, I was watching the news the other day (well, every day, but still...) and I saw this really brief story about a new military tank weapon. I was only barely paying attenting at first (which is why I haven't been able to find any references to it in after thought-I didn't catch enough of the details), but they were talking about how its some kind of laser that they, you know... aim at people and fire. What really caught my attention was that they said they are not going to be using it because it could be considered a torture device since it causes the victim a lot of pain. Right.


If it killed the victim, they would use it. But since it doesn't kill the victim, they can't use it.


I'm so opposed to war.


On a lighter note, William and I finally have a week-end at home. Lately, and even for the next several weeks, it feels like we go out of town every week-end. It was nice to just sleep in this morning and today we just get to do whatever we want.

We're actually going couch hunting. My goal is to find a nice sectional that we can both stretch out on. Wish us luck.

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EDITED ON 09/04/07 TO ADD:Megan found it for me (see her comment): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20497575/?GT1=10252 Thats the one I was talking about. Thanks Megan!

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