Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's About Time...

that we had another movie about Minnesota in the theaters. It's been a long time since Fargo, Grumpy Old Men and Untamed Heart. We've all suffered withdrawal symptoms. But have no fear... New in Town is here!

Click here to hear the cold winter wind and watch the thermometer drop as the pages load. Clever.

They might have the Minnesota accent down, but if you take a gander at the filming location you might be surprised with what you find....

Note to producers: Canada is NOT part of Minnesota.

Harry Connick Jr. was at the MOA signing autographs of the movie poster. My co-worker went and stood about a foot away from him. I went a little nuts when she told me. I don't do well with famous people. I'm the girl who screams and says really dumb things when I encounter these people. For example, Donny Osmond caused me to hyperventilate and run to the ladies room. If I could do it over again, I'd skip the dramatics and just say 'hello'. Or maybe I'd beat Collin Claypool to the punch and offer Donny a ride to the airport. But noooo... Collin is probably bragging on his blog about how he overheard (read eavesdropped) Donny calling for a cab after Sacrament meeting and how he heroically saved him from a Blue & White taxi ride.

Anyway, here's a little preview of our dear Harry (which my co-worker and I decided we like him best for his crooning voice and his love songs and not his acting) for you to tide you over before seeing the movie. But I can't promise that he will look this good because, well, I saw him in PS I Love You and he just didn't do it for me. Something about the floppy hair and the self-diagnosed tourette's syndrome made for a really bad combination. As a matterafact, now that I think about it, it scarred me for life. Hopefully New In Town will be the redeeming factor for everyone.

Go Harry!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Art of Derby

My name is Mauler Kucera.

This would be my real name if I was a rollerderby girl. Maybe someday. Like when I get really buff and grow some muscles or when I learn how to knock over women with names like Jawbreaker, Punish-ment Pattie, and Chinese Take Out. I'm thinking that's not going to happen any time soon.

Kristina, Joyce, Mary (Steely, Rosen-FALL & Schaff) and I traveled to St. Paul, entered the Roy Wilkins center and cheered our guts out for one of our fellow Starkey-ites "Cleo-Splatra". Isn't she darling? She's the one who scored the only two points for her team the Atomic Bombshells. Maybe next time they will conquer.

My favorite part? The slogan on their team schedule.

"Minnesota Nice - Wanna Bet?"

I really can't get any prouder of this lovely state.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mockery Is a Gift.

Disclaimer: I liked the movie Twilight even though it was super cheesy and over-the-top ridiculous. But hey, if you are romantic at heart like me, you can overlook the goofy stuff... and focus on sparkley chests and tween flings.

Check out this video at my friend Julie's blog. I laughed... then watched it again just to make sure I really thought it was funny. It's funny. And spot on.


PS Stephenie Meyer, I love you. I don't care how bad your first movie was, the books were good. Don't let anyone tell you different.

Going South for the Weekend

Top 10 Reasons for a Minnesotan to Visit San Antonio:
10. Big cowboy boots. I could stop right here. This would be cause enough.
9. The Riverwalk. I'm going to fake myself out and pretend I'm in Paris.
8. 57 degrees. FIFTY-SEVEN DEGREES! A 75 degree difference people.
7. To learn to like dogs. There might be a wee bit of screaming and couch jumping.
6. To attend a very fancy San Antonio dinner party.
5. To bedazzle a few jackets and maybe even a jumper.
4. Sun. It's something we haven't seen here in MN for about 3 months.
3. To talk about mission stories and do impressions of President Brown.
2. To find out what really did happen at that Alamo thingy.
1. In case you've missed it, MN has hit -41 below too many d*&^ times.

Here I come San Antonio!

PS I think these boots were made for walkin'!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Only on Etsy...

To get your very own fake, super soft sushi click here. And maybe, just maybe, you can find a side of edamame.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


You can request celebrities to cartoonize. I voted for....

Matt Damon.


Who are you gonna vote for?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Of Jana & Babies

Get it? Instead of animals, I'm talking people... c'mon, you can do it. Get on my wavelength. I'm not that crazy today. Of Mice and Men... Of Jana & Babies. Stretch your mind! Embrace and fly your freak flag!

Conversation at 7:30 a.m. with Jana:

Why are you up? - Marla
Isaiah was making hungry noises. - Jana
That’s funny. - Marla, stuffing down a chortle
No, it’s not. - Jana, not amused

Jana, my dear sisterfriend, please see below:

Saturday, January 17, 2009

President Elect Obama

A message and a blessing from the Prophet of the Lord.

“It is always an honor for the Church to be represented at the inauguration of a new president,” said President Monson. “We send our best wishes to President-elect Obama and pray for the blessings of a loving Father in Heaven to be upon him and his administration.”

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One Of The Many Reasons Why MN Is So Awesome

Kite Festival on Lake Harriett. People on a frozen lake flying kites in below zero temperatures. I don't know what's cooler* than that!

*pun most definitely intended

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Totally 80's

Name all seven of my favorite 80's movies...

...and I will call you General Awesome for a week.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh Anne, You Do Beat All!

Man. Can you believe this girl? I mean, seriously people. How do you not know where to put in the washer fluid. It's the one with the actual picture - wipers and windshield on it.

I have never done something like this before. Not even today when I drove to the dealership and told them my motor for my windshield fluid was not working. And that I had just filled it up a few days ago. But nothing was coming out. Nope, not even a drop. And a guy came out and asked me where I put the fluid. And I pointed. And realized something. And then I giggled. And turned a lovely pinkish hue. And he just looked at me. And then he fixed it. And then I drove away.

This could all be hypothetical. Then again, you can decide for yourself. If you know me at all, or if you know me even just a little, you will know the TRUTH.

ps LOST premier Jan 21!! Welcome back my dear non-real TV friends, welcome back!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

You Gotta Spend Some Time With God

What's with me and the born again channels? I'm not sure. But I really like this lady. She is real and funny and some of the things she said rang true.

She said:

"If you have a strong personality you gotta spend time with God if you are ever gonna to be nice to people.

If you have a lazy personality, you gotta spend time with God or you will do nothing all day.

If you have an easy going personality and you don't want to ruffle anybody's feathers, you gotta spend time with God to get enough guts to confront what you need to confront.

You gotta spend time with God or there's no hope for fulfilling your destiny."

And then she said what I would call the kicker: "If you are too busy for God, then you are definitely too busy."

It's a new year. Everyone is making new year's resolutions. One of my seminary kids kept calling it his new year's revolution. I like that. It's a year to start a revolution. So here I go. Gonna get my revolution on.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

If I Only Had a Camera Built Into my Brain...

  • I could show you a picture of Jana, getting the crap scared out of her when we gave ourself a little tour of the St. Paul Cathedral where I decided to hide in the corner in the creepy basement, jump out and said "AHHHHHHHHH!" at the top of my lungs.
  • I could show you a picture of Dan, smiling at me, saying "I appreciate you being here Marla" at random intervals of his visit.
  • I could show you a picture of the deliciosia divine delectable desserts made by Cafe Latte.
  • I could show you a video (a picture would not do justice) of Reva falling down when we were cross country skiing and upon seeing my camera pointed in her direction decided to remove any evidence of falling before I could press the button got up so fast that I thought her butt was on fire.
  • I could show you a video (again, picture = no justice) of this conversation between Chloe, Jacob and me....

Jacob: (pushing Chloe's face)

Chloe: Ow!!!

Marla: Chloe, Jacob is just trying to love you.

Jacob: NO I WASN'T!!

Marla: Dude, I was trying to save you.

Jana had a camera (not built into her brain) when Chloe and Jacob made their first donut in the weird Disney oven that somehow cooks things with icecubes. Below is their pure joy captured in time.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cuz This is What I Do When I Put on an Apron...

I sneak around the yard...

Yeah.... I totally do that.

Dontcha Know? Minnesota Does Cross Country!

We ventured to Hyland Park for a little skiing. Uffda it was cold! Hello Minnesota winter.

Over the river and through the woods...

Brothas from anotha motha.

Reva somehow got taller than me.

Jana & Em, all cozy like.

Em - are you ok? Have you fallen and can't get up? Too bad my trigger finger wasn't working correctly with mittens on or I would've had a pic of Reva flailing around on the ground too.

Monday, January 5, 2009

No Need to Travel to New York!

Make your own muppet with just a few clicks here.
Seriously. I could cry I'm so happy.
Mine has red hair (duh), a purple nose (0r maybe orange would look nice), red glasses (that was as funky as they got), and the Statue of Liberty outfit (how could I resist).

I would post a picture but the site won't have none of that. So use your imagination or create your own. Then look at the picture and imagine that you have the muppet in your hands, and then oh my gosh like magic you've saved 90 bucks + shipping & handling. Ta-dah!

I might get one if I go to New York. Just for the experience... and only if my dad gives me 100 bucks.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

To Grab or Not to Grab

My family loves to play pranks. We inherited this from a long line of Kuceras. My dad is probably the biggest tease on the face of God's green earth. But this story isn't about my dad - we'll save that for another time.

Let's just say that Emily and I went shopping. Let's say that she was in the dressing room next to me and I went out to get another pair of pants. Another women slipped into my dressing room while I was gone. Can you guess what happened?

Emily decided to be a funny girl and grab my ankle. Much to her surprise, when she grabbed "my" ankle, not only did she not hear any screaming or giggling, she heard silence and a woman who made some sort of huffing noise and then left the dressing room.

Emily, Note to yourself: before you play a prank, you might want to make sure that you know the person first.
PS This may or may not have happened in a dressing room inside a mall. Think white & celestial glory.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Knock Knock

Who's there?

Coming in with a bang! Cleaned my kitchen, organized my tupperware, and did some laundry - all before 7 a.m. ... and I'm ready for a nap. :)

Cheers to 2009!