Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mormon Commercials

So there's some commercials playing recently. A lot of commercials.  Radio, TV, YouTube.  And I've been getting some fun comments.

Some of my favorite responses:

Hi.  My name is Joyce.
I like cats.
I'm Jewish.

Dental Hygenist
So are you going doing a big recruitment or something?

Random Person
The point of the commercials is that you are normal, right?

This has been a pilot program in a few cities...Baton Rouge, Colorado Springs, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tucson and Minneapolis.

So WHY IS the Church doing the commercials? 

Maybe it's because the members aren't talking/sharing/inviting enough.  It's easy to tell someone about a favorite book or the deal you got around the corner but it's much more difficult to talk about things that really matter (why is that!?). 

Plus, maybe some of us are looking for that perfect moment to declare "this is the thing that has changed my life the most, that has made the biggest difference and is helping me become someone better".

There might not be a perfect moment but it's ok... we can just start talking.  We'll be fine.

My name is Marla
I love the Muppets
And I'm a Mormon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

If you don't run, you rust

Waconia 5k
September 18
8 a.m.
PS I LOVE the shirt.
Tips for what to look for
when you sign up for a 5k:
good shirt
great treats
decent price ($15-20)
crazy themes
close by

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hoity Toity Belguim Chocolates

Any candy that comes with a booklet is classified as Hoity Toity.
However, when a box like this is given to you from a person whose travel you arranged, you ooh and ahh and then hit the internet to find out exactly how much said box of chocolates cost in real life (a lot). 

Some of them were divine, some were made for a more distinguished pallet (read:  disgusting).  For example, the one with the rose water... what the heck were those Belgium peeps thinking?

So naturally, this experience reminds me of a movie...

"Life is like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get."

It really is true, isn't it. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

State Fair Part II

Julie in deep fried pickle bliss...
My favorite photo. The cherry and the spoon in a round earth ball!
Ye Old Mill... I nonchalently asked Julie what that was all about.
So she said, we have to do this.  And so we did.
It's a water ride in a completely dark tunnel. 
You can't see anything.  You just sit there in the dark
and look at horribly orchestrated window displays that
dwarves used to make... or something like that.
I've saved the best for last.  Julie is an avid Weird Al fan.  She has been to several concerts.  I decided to take the plunge and try it out for 22.50.  It was worth it.  The guy is crazy and interesting.  This is the final act, YODA.
And they even mention the MUPPETS!

I met him in a swamp down in Dagobah
Where it bubbles all the time like a giant carbonated soda
S-O-D-A, soda

I saw the little runt sitting there on a log
I asked him for his name and in a raspy voice he said "Yoda"
Y-O-D-A, Yoda
Yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda

Well, I've been around, but I ain't never seen
A guy who looks like a muppet, but he's wrinkled and green
Oh, my Yoda
Yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda

Monday, September 13, 2010

First Day of Seminary

When your life
is on course
with its purpose,
you are your
most powerful.

Fulfilling your purpose with meaning is what gives you that electrifying “juice” and makes people stand in wonder at how you do it. The secret is alignment: when you know for sure that you’re on course and doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, fulfilling your soul’s intention, your heart’s desire, or whatever you choose to call it (they’re all the same thing). When your life is on course with its purpose, you are your most powerful. And you may stumble, but you will not fall.

(surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, this comes from Oprah)

Friday, September 10, 2010

If I'm invited to be in Your Wedding Party then I better get PRESENTS

A lovely unexpected package came in the mail yesterday.  I ripped it open, dumped the contents on my lap and  I *may* have squealed just a tiny bit.  I mean really, what girl doesn't love anything remotely related to the word 'spa'.  Seriously.  I think she has set a new standard.  Hey Jana, I'm in

Jana & James, November 13, 2010

PS:  So excited for you Jana! xoooox
PPS:  I was just kidding about presents being necessary... (but oooh aren't they nice?)!

Oh No They Didn't!

Minnesota girls
Our Spam in fry-able
Farm fresh fun we’re workin’ every plot
Midwest represent
Now zip your jackets up
Oooooh Oh Oooooh

Spray-on tan now we ready
Need a shovel this snow is heavy
Oof-oof-da, Mid-Midwest
These are the girls I love the best
I met her at Lake Wobegon
34 degrees but no coat was on
She’s a hometown girl we went to ValleyFair did the tilt-A-Whirl
And then under Mall of America

PS In no way, shape or form do I support/admire or even like katy perry. 
ew. ew. ewwww.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

State Fair: A Photo is worth a 10,000 words

This is MN State Fair Part I.
Part II is coming soon.

Foods that were worth it:
corn dog, corn on the cob, cheese curds,
sweet martha's cookies, divine chocolate milk

Foods that were not worth it:
stupid "chocolate" custard near the Grandstand

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Have a Laugh...

There are hardly words to describe how hard I laughed and I'll spare you the story where I nearly choked on my gum.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Simple Things Learned in Primary

When you are grateful,
fear disappears

- Anthony Robbins

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Bat in the Freaking Cabin

There's nothing better than a nice little recap of vacation.  Please enjoy this fascinating tale from my dear ol' Dad.  It all started because of  a little black creature hiding in a baby's room (shout out to Eva - I love you!).  I also realized to what lengths (those lengths, they be great) a mother will reach in order to protect her child.


~Ricardo Kucera, in his very own words (and caps for whatever reason that may be).

PS Dan -- this story would've won!  If only it had happened before the contest! It's WAY better than the 'moose in the freaking rearview mirror' as you coined it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Le Winner

Kim Ashford from MinneAshfords said...

This year we found my kids' new favorite. We saw the Wild West Show up by Heritage Square. Jenna was laughing so hard the people behind her were laughing at her more than the show.

Other favorite things- the seed art, food, people watching, food, the baby animals, $1 milk...

CONGRATS KIMMIE!  Send me an email and I'll respond with the code.  Enjoy!

PS I'm going to the state fair TODAY.  I couldn't. be. more. excited. (fer reels).