Friday, September 30, 2011

What do YOU do at work?

The secret's in the batter (pancake blaster).
Or at lease this guy swears by it...
No lutefisk were harmed in the making of this blog.
No lutefish were ingested either. (ewwwww)
We make and eat waffles.
Top that.
(why thank you very much, I will,
with whipped cream butter and syrup -
the bananas and blueberries
were on a hiatus)

Thursday, September 29, 2011


The lovely & talented A family.
A little bicycle kicker and a mischeivious biter.
The lovely & talented O family.
The happy-go-lucky one, blue eyes, & pint size trouble.

My favorite part of family pictures, however, is the OUTTAKES.
That's where the real story is told.
Please enjoy the following with my signature commentary...
I am going to lose my mind if you take one more picture of me!!!  Take that -- yeah, that's right - you just got served with my crazy eyes!
What you talkin' bout Willis?  I can make
WAYYYY more crazy eyes than you.
Top that.
Awww.... I feel SUPER LEFT OUT of the crazy eye pictures.
Never mind. Crazy eyes are overrated.  I like to be civilized and cross my legs for photo shoots.  I wanted to put a little cookie on my finger like in the tea commercial but I ate it.
Ha.  Ha ha ha ha.  He ate the cookie? Fer Reals?

Yes, he really did eat the cookie.  And now the sugar monster in the middle will have to find other sources for her sweet tooth. 

The End

Ps if you are looking for an amazing
sweet treat, go to Trader's Joes
and pick up a box of the dark chocolate
peanut butter cups.  They will blow.your.mind.

Pps If you are wondering where the outtakes are from the
A family, this is the only one I could salvage.
It's Dan of course.  With just a little
static cling.  And some sleepy eyes.

Friday, September 16, 2011

My little brillo pad...

interviewer:  By the way, shaved head … nice look!
matt damon:  Thanks! I’m a walking Brillo pad!

Contagion - boring.
Save your $10.50 for a few brillo pads.
Or better yet, a few Matt Damon posters.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Two Favorite Things: Crossover Edition!

Last night I was watching Season 5 of LOST.  It's where they are looking at the old TVs in one of the hatches.  I glance on the TV and see Ralph the Dog and my mouth hung open...  so I rewound and watched it again.  Sure enough, the dude in the hatch is watching The Muppet Show. 



I'd just like to say - my obsession with LOST is the relationships.  The people. The journey.  It's not about polar bears and smoke monsters and plane crashes.  It's about humanity.  It's about the 'live together, die alone' theme.  It's about how we are all lost on our virtual island and how we are trying to figure out what our purpose is. And it's about how we need each other. It's deep.

Also, the Muppets are now everywhere.  This is the part where I say I LOVED THE MUPPETS BEFORE THEY WERE POPULAR. 

marla muppets

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

30 day song challenge in one post. Because I can't help myself.

Day 01 – Your favorite song - Seriously? How can anyone answer that. 
Day 02 – Your least favorite song - That annoying hippo song they play at Christmas. 
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy – Ain't no mountain high enough - Remember the Titans
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad - Possibility - New Moon Soundtrack - heartbreaking!
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone - Open arms – this kid in college, he thought the words were 'broken arms' and he didn't understand the song. 
Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere - La Vie En Rose - Paris
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event - Raindrops keep falling on my head - makes me think of childhood.  I think we had BJ Thomas' record. Makes me nostalgic for being a kid again.
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to - None - I always mess up the words.
Day 09 – A song that makes you feel like dancing – Hey Micky YOU'RE SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND HEY MIKEY! HEY MICKEY!
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep – General Conference (sorry God, but the voice of your prophets are so soothing)
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band - Keane, Hopes & Fears Somewhere Only We Know
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate – anything on 93X - hard crappy rock = icky
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure – Partay in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love – Bohemian Rapsody
Day 15 – A song that describes you – Far away - Ingrid Michaelson 'i will catch his warm stare'
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate – Hey soul sister - Train
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio – Hey soul sister - Train
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio – anything from Rogue Valley
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album – My Eyes -- Travis
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry – More than Just Ok - Switchfoot
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy – Walking on Sunshine
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad – Jars of Hearts, I'm going to go back there someday - Gonzo
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding – Longer than, Dan Fogelberg.  Cheesy I know but how can you not love 'Longer than there've been stars up in the heavens, I've been in love with you ..." sWoOn.
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral – the Macarena, or the song Day-O (Banana Boat Song) from Beetlejuice.
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh – Stacy’s mom, she's got it going on ... HA HA HA.  <3
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument – any, on da piano
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play - James Taylor – Fire & Rain on guitar
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty - ? Is there a song about eating too much cheesecake?
Day 29 – A song from your childhood - you are my sunshine, makes me think of my daddy, he used to sing it to us all the time and still does on occasion by belting it out randomly in random places like the front yard or the grocery store.
Day 30 – Your favorite theme song:  THE MUPPET SHOW!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Be Alive

"We can only be said to
be alive
in those moments
when our hearts
are conscious
of our treasures."

- Thornton Wilder

Friday, September 9, 2011

As If

as if i needed another reason to be even more of a freak
about washing my hands and let's not even mention
my fear of public bathrooms....
whatever. i'm seeing it anyway.
it has matt damon in it for pete's sake.
i'm sure i'll get over it...
or maybe not...

First Day of Cool Part II

Chloe's back to school shoes.  She's all glam and glitter.  This gal is packed with smiles and rainbows and butterflies. 

My dad took me shopping for shoes once.  He somehow convinced me to pick up these really super ugly grey shoes.  They have zero color but they were probably durable and decently priced.  We got home and I showed my mom the shoes.  Later I cried about them so my dad got my colored laces.  That fixed everything. (I think Mom bought me new shoes when my dad wasn't looking).
Chloe, age 5.  Returning from Kindergarten for the first time ever.
The next day when Reva woke her up she said ... "aww... school again?!"
We're in for a long haul folks.
Where did you sit when you were a kid? The middle or the front?
Or the back where all the gum is stuck on the seats?
No first day of school would be complete
without a Justin Bieber advertisement...
I mean backpack.

Until next year.
 Pretty soon, "big stuff" will
be getting on the bus, not even looking
back to wave.  But that's ok Rev, we'll grab him
and smush him and pinch his cheeks when he comes home.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First day of ... Cool. ;)

Sparkly Hello Kitty shoes
Justin Beiber backpack
Justin Beiber shirt

Fabulous Chloe (age 5)

I want fabulous,
That is my simple request,
All things fabulous,
Bigger and better and best,
I need something inspiring to help me get along,
I need a little fabulous is that so wrong? ~HSM2

Friday, September 2, 2011

Maybe Big Lots Doesn't Always save you money...

It's no surpise I love a good deal.  I learned it from my Aunt Loda -- who has an everlasting radar for bargains.  She has a knack for finding the good stuff and ends up with the BEST deals ever.  My Aunt Karen also loves Big Lots.  She lovingly calls it Big Lots of Crap. 

I was introduced to Big Lots by aforementioned Auntie and pretty much became one of those people who buy things like 'Glass House' and 'Weekend at Bernie's' for people's birthdays.  I usually end up getting these gifts back, so it's really a win/win situation every time.

For some reason, the orange sticker (which is on everything by the way) speaks to me and I pick up stuff that normally I wouldn't glance twice at.  I ended up today with some crazy candy, a bottle of ketchup, ginger snaps, & a lovely and refreshing diet coke.  I had my stuff in my little basket (carts are never a good idea at places like that) and went on my merry way until this:
These.are.yummy.  I like them a whole bunch.  So I reach down to grab some and hear 'excuse me miss, do you have 90 cents'?  To which for some reason I reply 'point nine zero?'.   He says 'well... I might want a soda too, so how about two dollars?'. 

There was this lady in the aisle, eying this man with judgment.  Probably something I would've done too had I seen a similar interaction.  Seeing that look on her face and identifying with it made me want to provide a different reaction.  I didn't want to be one of "those" people.   I rarely give money when people approach me,  but this time something told me to do it.  In that moment, I just wanted to make things right in the world.   I opened my wallet to find a five dollar bill that was lying right on top.  It practically begged me to pass it over to him.  He took it, said thank you and I didn't see him again.

Technically, if time is money, I didn't really save anything that day.

Interestingly enough, I still had enough cash to pay for my stuff.  Enough is all we need, right?
And that, my friends, is what I call a miracle.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

seminary and bears and my daddy

This was my rose from the seminary graduation in June.
It lasted forever.  I peeked into the window during the seminary
kickoff last Sunday and got some smiles from the kids.
I will miss them.  I do miss them. 
Remember when I bought a huge bear at Costco
for a certain little munchkin named Eva?
Yep, this is him.  He's still sitting in my parent's basement
awaiting Eva's return.  We'll dust him off first, don't worry.
Here's my dad at Keys Cafe, home of pancakes the size of manhole covers. 
For some reason, my dad likes to wear bow ties. 
I'm pretty sure he got this idea from Kirk Sherman (Captain Kirk).