Monday, May 31, 2010

Why? Why? Why?

Since there is very little work right now I have been able to go to the gym every day.  It's great!  
Except I have noticed a strange phenomena - not dogs in jeans but people in jeans!  I don't get it.  It's mainly older people walking on the treadmill or riding a stationary bike, but STILL!  JEANS!

I won't be attempting this to try to understand where they're coming from, but please, feel free to and then let me know your thoughts on joggin' in jeans.

I love this photo.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

My niece, Naomi, can't say her F's so she replaces all of them with a P.
Last weekend she told me all about her "plip plops" and pointed out purple "plowers" everywhere we went.

Family - that's what it's all about!

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Comparison is the thief of joy"
-Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good Vibes for Rhonda!

One of my dear friends is taking her NIC performance tomorrow (Thursday).  PLEASE send her your prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts all day!  

She is one of the most ethical people I have ever known and if I could be half the interpreter she is then I will have a long, illustrious and profitable career.  She is deserving of everything good and I don't mean to threaten but if you don't send her at least ONE zen thought then I won't send any your way when you take your tests!

Just kidding ;)

Idol No More

Does anyone still watch this show?  I watched a few of the middle seasons and got REALLY invested but could not care less anymore.  I used to only watch the horrid auditions and then stop, but now I don't even watch the auditions.

I don't know anyone who follows it anymore - yet it remains the dominant #1 show in TV.  I don't get it!    Maybe if more people knew about 30 Rock, Modern Family and Community the ratings would change....

Hopefully with Simon leaving so will their ratings.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summa Time

Since this was happening yesterday

- I decided to go to Target to see if they had any Spring/Summer for me to buy.
Of course, my dear Target didn't let me down.
I got these darling loafers that just looked too Martha's Vineyard for me to pass up!

They are super cute on and I can't wait to wear them!

(this picture is an inside joke for a friend, don't you mind your pretty little head about it)
Speaking of shoes (which I do often), these are my current faves.  They are much more awesome in person, if you can believe it.  They make me super tall and I love the lift at the toe.  It was love at first sight - I'm sure they felt the same way.

Don't you just "love" the impromptu photoshoot in my room?!?  Yeah, the beige carpet really set the artistic tone for this one.  Up top I was wearing my gym clothes because I was procrastinating the torture session yet to come.  Why am I writing in past tense?  I am STILL procrastinating going to the gym!  

Anyway - what a weird post.  

Monday, May 24, 2010

Looking for a Boyfriend....

I checked an old Yahoo email account today and found this awesomeness in my inbox.  I hope you enjoy it as I have -

Hi, my friend

I just want to make you so happy, so happy that you would feel as though you could fly. I live in Ukraine and I’m looking for a boyfriend
I’m nice girl which likes this life and wants to make it better. I adore having rest on the open air (going to forests, parks, seas etc). I like cooking. My main trait of character is my kindness. I always try to look happy and feel the same way. Write me and your life will become more interesting! I just wanted you to know that no matter what happens in this life, I will always hold a special place for you in my heart. I need you ... my heart needs you and I feel so empty without you. Thinking of you always...


I Don't Watch Lost

...but I DO watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette series!  Cute Ali from last season of the Bachelor is back tonight!  I loved her on last season until the end when she seemed to get a little crazy (but who doesn't have their moment, am I right?)  Can't wait!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wear Sunscreen

This is 10+ years old but I was reminded of it today.  It made quite a splash back then but I think it's definitely still applicable.  The author wrote this as an article for the Chicago Herald Tribune and her idea was to write it as though she had been asked to give a commencement address for a class of graduating college seniors.  Enjoy!

"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen."

Author: Mary Schmich

In Search of Talented Photoshopper!

Because I need my head where that girl's is.....I basically have her body so let's just swap her head for mine.  Actually, if we could just cut her out completely and sneak me nicely under his arm somehow......
I love Puck.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

- Martin Luther King, Jr

Everyone IS great! I'm so grateful for the variety of talents and gifts we all possess - and more than that, I'm grateful when people are willing to share them! Don't think that you have none - discouragement will never help you realize who you are - you were born to be something and do things that no one else can.  In serving we can be great, even if it's not on a world stage, the person we impact will know we're great. When I'm in need I appreciate those willing to help me....but what if they thought they had nothing to offer?  Life is meant to be abundant and we need the help and service of others to help us realize our potential and to make our lives as abundant as they are meant to be.

Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Meatless May

Eliza proposed that we try to do "Meatless May" - it's just how it sounds, no eating meat for the month of May.  Since we returned from the cruise we've done a lot of research on healthy living and that includes limiting how much meat we eat.  It has been nice to have a partner in crime on this so that not everyone thinks I'm crazy - they think she is crazy as well.

It's funny when I tell people about my decision to limit my meat intake - a lot of people seem to be offended.  I don't get it.  I can only guess that they expect me to go all PETA on them and sit them down for a slideshow of animal brutality.  I know the facts but I'm not going to spew them all over everyone I know, but if you'd like to know about the health side of it I would be happy to talk about it.  

Someone told Eliza that she is going against the Word of Wisdom (click here if you have no idea what I'm talking about) by living vegetarian during May.  Yikes.  Most definitely not!  See what I mean about people getting defensive?  Weird, weird world.

When May is over I don't plan on going to Tucano's everyday for lunch but I will return to eating meat sparingly and when it is served to me.  I refuse to have people make a special dish for me, I will eat whatever is served.  

So far, Meatless May has been successful....I've only dreamt about eating meat twice (seriously) and I'm only craving fried chicken and a pork burrito from Cafe Rio.  Other than that it has been great for forcing me to be more creative with my meal choices and planning ahead.

I'm suggesting everyone I know to watch "Food, Inc" (also suggested by Eliza).  It's not some liberal, PETA produced documentary but more of an inside look at the food industry.  It's not pro-vegetarian.  It's pro-"know where your food comes from".  I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My little brother will be going to the Chile, Antofagasta mission!  None of us expected that at all!  He has been studying Mandarin Chinese for the past 2 years so we kind of all thought he might be sent to China.  We are all so proud and excited for him!  He is ready to go now but has to wait until July 28th (two days before my mom's birthday...)  Out of his group of good friends from high school my brother is the last to get his call but not the last to leave.  His friend, Trenton, got his call a month ago but will be entering the MTC after Taylor!  I expected him to go into the MTC in late August or September because he doesn't even turn 19 until August 15th! 

This is a new venture for our family - our first missionary and we are behind him 100%.  He has always been such a great example to me and to the rest of my siblings of true Christ-like love and service.  I know he will serve an honorable mission and (somehow) become even more incredible.

Trivia - it has only rained once in recorded history in this area of Chile!  Crazy!  NASA uses their landscape to test Mars and lunar landing/roving equipment.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A penpal friend sent this quote in her weekly letter to me, please enjoy as I have :)

"Imagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing.  He is getting the drains right and stopping leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.  But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense.  What on Earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different  house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.  You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage:
But He is building a palace."

-C.S. Lewis "Mere Christianity"

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


My little brother's mission call came today!!!

...too bad he's in North Dakota until Monday...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: 
all of them make me laugh."
- W. H. Auden

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I Always Wanted....

I used to be a very sad girl.  I hated myself, primarily for physical reasons.  I blamed all of my unhappiness on the fact that I thought I was unattractive.

I would think that if I had a clear complexion, I would be happy.
If I had good hair, I would be happy.
If I had smaller hips and more narrow shoulders, I would be happy.

I tricked myself into believing that happiness could come from such ridiculous things.  It has been a struggle to realize that genuine happiness and personal satisfaction has to come from within, not from without.  

We are all perfect, yet we are all flawed...and we all have every right to be happy.

I hope you find your happiness :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities."

- Napoleon Hill

What To Do?

What do you do when your head and your heart want different things?

I know that our whole life we will be faced with difficult challenges and we will sometimes be forced to make the choice between right and right.  Knowing this doesn't make this any easier.  (Neither does blogging about it).

In my case - you go with your head.  Not always, but I have to this time.  
Sorry for the annoying blog, I've got too many changes happening right now.  Blah.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


A friend alerted me to a website that shares your information without your consent or, in most cases, your knowledge.  The website is and I was shocked to find myself on it!  

If you do happen to find yourself and you want your information removed you need to:
-Copy the URL
-Click the privacy button on the bottom
-Follow the instructions

I thought maybe my info was on there because of Facebook or something but my parents (who don't have Facebook) are also listed.  I have no idea how they got any information, but they did.

Protect yourself and your family!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Notes for Daughters

Today while in a waiting room, I picked up a Good Housekeeping magazine and an article caught my eye.  It's titled, "Wear the Corsage" and is about a woman who will never have a daughter but this is the advice she would give if she ever had had a girl.  Here are some of my favorites and ones that I want your input on:

Live as if there is enough talent, success, luck and fabulousness to go around.

Hard work is important. Choose what exhilarates you, not what exhausts you.

If you are wondering if he's "The One", he isn't.
(alright married this true?  Discuss)

Believe in "The One"
(not always easy, for sure!)

Even when you are both madly, truly in love, raising children is the toughest job you'll ever have.  Don't attempt it with someone who doesn't rock your world, no matter how happy it would make your moms or how sparkly the ring

Anyone who says these are the best years of your life is a liar

You look ugly when you gossip

Even if you have just been shot with a tranquilizer for elephants, do not sleep in your makeup.  Or contact lenses
(I need to follow this better)

Go to your prom.  Wear the corsage.  Stand under the arch.  Get the photographs.  Honestly?  Cool is overrated
(LOVE, again)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Time sets the stage;
fate writes the script;
but only we may choose our character."

- Liam Thomas Ryder