Thursday, January 31, 2008

Why.


Why is it that you can get a freaking ticket all the way to freaking New York City to the tip of the USofA but you can't get one to Utah for less than 400. WHAT IS GOING ON?!

Ok, I feel better now.

Leggo my Eggo


Last night I had an Eggo party. With Chloe (1.5 years) and Jacob (3.5 years). It all began with a very crappy dinner. We're talking I tried to cook vegetables - by frying them in a pan with Pam and then when I realized that wasn't working, I poured water in the pan and tried to boil them. At that point all the vegetables stuck to each other because I had just pulled them out of the freezer. Since that wasn't looking very good, I remembered I had a steamer thingy like my mama has and so I put them in the metal thing with lots of holes on top of the pot of boiling water and tried to steam them. I've officially killed vegetables. I'm a murdered of things with vitamins and minerals. I threw them away. Vitamins and minerals in the garbage.

Tangent.

So now, back to the Eggo. I was babysitting at Reva's house and remembered that she always has food for 3 year olds. Fruit loops, gold fish crackers, drinkable yogurt, mini corn dogs, chicken nuggets (getting hungry yet?) and of course the infamous Eggo waffles.

I grabbed two and popped them in the toaster. Instant gratification - golden brown in 40 seconds (how DO they do it?). And I went downstairs with my Eggos and sat on the couch. Pretty soon two little seagulls came up to me on the couch with smiles on their faces and hungry looks in their eyes. "Bite?!" they screamed! "Bite?!" Oh how they laughed! Smiles of triumph and glee spread across their faces after every magical bite. All because of sweet bread with lots of tiny holes.

I wish I had a picture to show the moment.

It's those things that I'm truly grateful for - the little things in life that make us smile so much that our faces hurt. The simple pleasures.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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PS 44 days until Hawaii.



Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Buddha rocks. He's funny too.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”

-Buddha (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Just Plain Nerdy

I’M A NERD AND I LOVE IT

Emo emotional punk rock = A genre of punk rock music that began in the mid-1980s in Washington, D.C. and is noted for its thoughtful and emotional lyrics (sounds like whiner music to me)

Emu = A large flightless bird that is related to the ostrich and has three-toed feet and loose shaggy feathers. Native to: Australia.

I get these above terms mixed up and it causes much confusion to those who don’t know that I usually do things like that.

It doesn’t matter how many maps I have access to or how many pieces of expensive equipment I still can’t get to where I’m going. It just doesn’t work for me and I'm not ok with it.

I love going to bed early. At sleepovers in the back yard I’d always leave my friend and find my way to my own bed.

I laugh at my own jokes.

I cackle at home when I’m alone when something is really funny.

New favorite thing – super big bouncy ball at old navy for .25 cents!

Yellow is not my color, yet I wear it anyway.

I buy things when they are on sale. I have Hanukah plates and napkins because they were like 36 cents and they look like birthday candles anyway.

I bought a Menorah. Because I liked the looks of it.

Chocolate malt-o-meal. I don’t like it per se I just love the concept.

The way I can work movies into almost any conversation. Heed! Pants! Now! Or maybe it doesn't work, I just like to quote movies.

Thrift shopping. I love telling people how cheap the items are that I’m wearing.

It's so good I wanna marry it.


Say goodbye to boring strawberry & banana, blueberry, yogurt. You know what I’m talking about – the stuff you have to shove down your throat just because you think it’s healthy for you (which it is, but why eat something if you don’t really enjoy it?!)

Say HELLO MY DARLING to Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Pineapple!!!

It’s my new favorite. I LOVE IT.

YUM! It makes yogurt eating fun again! It’s like a party in your mouth.

Cheers to the small things in life!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

My New Favorite



Hoops & Yoyo. I discovered them awhile ago. They made me laugh SO hard. They are characters that Hallmark (bless their hearts) created and they bring mucho joy to my soul.



I love everything that has them on it, in it or around it.
Thank you Hallmark!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

www.mormon.org

Elder Ballard recently gave a talk where he spoke about the media. It was a very interesting, thought provoking talk. He encouraged us to post our beliefs on our web pages and blogs. Think about it... over 10,000 people are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and most of them have email and access to the internet. That's a whole lotta missionary opportunities! There are some people who have no idea what a 'Mormon' is and then even less clue about what it is we believe. And while I have things about movies, hot guys, and other random thoughts on this blog, THIS is the thing that makes me who I am and this is the reason I can live my life with certainty, faith, and assurance. Here's my tribute...

www.mormon.org
www.lds.org

The church that Jesus Christ had on the face of the earth many years ago is restored - fully restored - to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

This means that prophets are on the earth today. That God speaks to his Prophets. And they they are seers - they see the past, the present and the future. And they tell us what we need to know. God has promised that we will not be led astray by these prophets.

This means that temples are on the earth today. It means that we can be sealed for time and all eternity with our families. Our 'eternal team'. These people are in our family for a reason. I love this concept.

This means that a fourteen year old boy went to the woods in 1830 and asked God a question. God answered him. Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through him many things were restored. A book of scripture The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith. The book is now available as another testament of Jesus Christ as it talks about the Savior's visit to the Americas after he was resurrected and showed himself to the people of Israel.

I love being part of a church that recognizes and accepts miracles. I love truth. I love learning. I love the Savior, the prophets and the Holy Ghost that guides us in every little or big thing we do with our lives. I love the scriptures. I love knowing where I can go for answers.

Moroni 10: 3-5

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

White Christmas: December 2007

Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad


Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas


Repeat the sounding joy Repeat the sounding joy Repeat the sounding joy

The Russian was Coming (to Minnesota!)

Oleysa came for a visit to Minnesota. She wanted to go cross country skiing. We had a most perfect day! Snow like powder! Sunshine and blue sky. Fresh air and MN trees. She skiied like a Russian Princess.


And me? Well I like to roll in the snow. Or maybe she pushed me? I can't remember...

Then on Christmas Eve we had a fabulous time at the Larson's. What a meal! What great company! What a scriptural feast! Nate played the guitar while we sang hymns. Eric broke out the bongo drums. Dale sharpened his knives. Amy showed me her new lipgloss. We had deep talks about relationships with Jeff "it's like a bandaid - you just rip it off fast".


I taught Oleysa how to RELAX. How in Minnesota, what you do is get in your warm pink fuzzy bathrobe and watch movies all night. And wrap up in warm blankets after you take them out of the dryer. And eat popcorn. And chocolate flourless cake with raspberries on top.


We did lots of other things. Cub foods. She was amazed at the grocery store and all the food. We got manicures in Shakopee and got pretty colors on our nails. We watched Miracle on 34th street. We slept in. We went to Wal-mart. I tell ya, it was a regular par-tay.

Movies Filmed in New York

Look what my co-worker just showed me! A Wiki site for movies filmed in New York City.


Categorized by year. How cool is that?

My favorites:
Sleepless in Seattle
You've Got Mail
Kate & Leopold
Sabrina
Serendipity
SpiderMan
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Devil Wears Prada
The Day After Tomorrow **Jake, if you are reading this, I love you.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I simply remember my favorite things...


Random:


Dan: Jake the Snake, Jake the Snake.


Emily: I'm going to have a green sash. And pink roses.


Reva: Nice!


Emily: I'm anxiously engaged being engaged.


Jana: Who wants to kick Emily off the island?


Ha ha ha ha.


Marla's new favorite things:

Century 21 (Discount store in NYC - they have "7 jeans". To give you an example of just how cool that is if you haven't ever heard of them - they go for 100+ at Macy's. At this store you can buy them for a bargain price of $39.99. Are you kidding me? Super deal. PLUS I got an awesome NYC purse that's shiny and red. And NYC big.

Old Navy Big Bouncy Ball machine. Bargain price of $0.25 for a swirly ball o' fun.

Russell Stover new marshmallow chocolate covered hearts NOW WITH CARAMEL.

MMMMMmmmm... the first taste of Valentine's day. Never tasted so good before. AND the dark chocolate with almonds dove treasures with the cheesy quotes on the insides. Please. At least the chocolate is worth it.

The Empire State Building at night. Marla gives it a 9 on the romantic meter.

Nice New Yorkers. Surprisingly enough, they seem more nice than Minnesota people.

The guy from The Ultimate Gift. Dumb movie but he's is DARLING.

LOST - returning on JANUARY 31ST, 2008. I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF.

Hawaii Trip in March. My dear friend Jenny who invited me. :)

A wedding in April. My dear sister Emily! All grown up! Boo-hoo-hoo (you haven't fooled me - you aren't grown up). And Dan. Good guy - fits right into our family. Cute couple if I don't say so myself.

Having a friend who invites me to NYC and lets me stay in all her super fan-cee hotels.

My dad's facial expressions when I've done something so totally stupid. :) Gosh - it makes me want to do more stupid things!

My boss. I love how he talks to his computer mouse when it's misbehaving and says "HEY" like the mouse is trying to pull something over on him.

Cross country skiing. With snow like powder. And sunshine.

Living in Minnesota. BLOOM where you are planted. The ground's good, I feel it.

Friends & Family. The kind of people who make the journey seem un-long.