Thursday, February 28, 2008
This is for you, M-A-R-G-E:
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Dad came home from work and, as was his custom, took the coal bucket and went to the coal shed to fill it. Can you imagine his shock and utter consternation as he opened the door and immediately faced six dogs, all attempting to escape at once? As I recall, Dad flushed a little bit, and then he calmed down and quietly told me, “Tommy, coal sheds are for coal. Other people’s dogs rightfully belong to them.” By observing him, I learned a lesson in patience and calmness."
Right off the bat Herman got lost. Sister Monson found him in the silverware drawer. Water snakes have a way of being where you least expect them. Well, Clark moved Herman to the bathtub, put a plug in the drain, put a little water in, and had a sign taped to the back of the tub which read, “Don’t use this tub. It belongs to Herman.” So we had to use the other bathroom while Herman occupied that sequestered place.
But then one day, to our amazement, Herman disappeared. His name should have been Houdini. He was gone! So the next day Sister Monson cleaned up the tub and prepared it for normal use. Several days went by.
One evening I decided it was time to take a leisurely bath; so I filled the tub with a lot of warm water, and then I peacefully lay down in the tub for a few moments of relaxation. I was lying there just pondering, when the soapy water reached the level of the overflow drain and began to flow through it. Can you imagine my surprise when, with my eyes focused on that drain, Herman came swimming out, right for my face? I yelled out to my wife, “Frances! Here comes Herman!”
Well, Herman was captured again, put in a foolproof box, and we made a little excursion to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon and there released Herman into the beautiful waters of the South Fork Creek. Herman was never again to be seen by us."
Friday, February 22, 2008
She screams at a mouse;
But she'll take on a husband
as well as a house!"
Thursday, February 21, 2008
What's it about? In "Vantage Point," Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Matthew Fox), are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton (William Hurt) at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and lives collide. In the crowd is Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker) an American tourist video taping the historic event to show his kids when he returns home. Also there is Rex (Sigourney Weaver) an American TV news producer who is reporting on the conference. It's only as we follow each person's perspective of the same 15 minutes prior to and immediately after the shooting that the terrifying truth behind the assassination attempt is revealed.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
OK...like a rat following the Pied Piper, in an effort to protect my family from the creeps and weirdos out there I've also changed the address of my blog. It is now:
I know you all have me saved in your favorites, so...
ha. ha. ha.
P.S. If any of you are also concerned about online predators and would like to change yours, simply go to SETTINGS>PUBLISHING>and then apply for a new one/to check availability.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I remember as a teenager enjoying the occasional "Anne Saturday" with my mom, where we'd do nothing but sit back and watch both (the 3rd installment wasn't out yet) 3-hour videos of the Anne movies.
I've seen other television and movie versions of Montgomery's books and I just don't think any of them hold a candle to Megan Follows' "Anne". She was perfectly cast and brought the character to life in a way that I think Lucy Maud Montgomery had in mind when she published her stories in 1908. And anyone who has also seen it will not disagree that Jonathan Crombie was the ideal Gilbert. Focused, reliable, unselfish and down-to-earth, yet incredibly handsome and alluring. (If you'd like a moment to drool, scroll down to see his picture.) Who doesn't love the angsty gazebo scene??? Just say it: You love each other!
The journeys that Gilbert and Anne take individually before they finally find their way back to one another is magical and romantic. It's also got a lot of humor thrown in. Seriously, if you haven't seen these movies, make it a top priority! Set aside an afternoon/evening to watch them--you can find them at movie rental stores and most libraries. You'll be so glad you did! And they are appropriate for anyone in the family. Younger children most likely wouldn't be able to follow the story line, but it's just nice to know that even if they are in the room, they will not be exposed to anything even close to crossing the line.
It's jam-packed with memorable quotes, but since we are centered around the romance of the movie, here are the ones that give me the most butterflies:
Anne Shirley: I promise I'll always be here if you need me. Good friend are always together in spirit. Let's not change Gil, let's just go on being good friends.
Gilbert Blythe: Friends, huh? I thought we were kindred spirits.
Anne Shirley: Fred is... extremely good.
Marilla Cuthbert: That is exactly what he should be! Would you want to marry a wicked man?
Anne Shirley: Well, I wouldn't marry anyone who was really wicked, but I think I'd like it if he could be wicked and wouldn't. Ha Ha! I love that!
Anne Shirley: Our friendship, it won't ever be the same now. Why can't he just be sensible instead of acting like a sentimental schoolboy?
Marilla Cuthbert: Because he loves you.
Anne Shirley: He loves me? I can't know why.
Marilla Cuthbert: Because you made Josie Pye and Ruby Gillis and all of those wishy-washy young ladies who waltzed by him look like spineless nothings.
Anne Shirley: Marilla, he's hardly my idea of a romantic suitor.
Marilla Cuthbert: Anne, you have tricked something out of that imagination of yours that you call romance. Have you forgotten how he gave up the Avonlea school for you so that you could stay here with me? He picked you up everyday in his carriage so that you could study your courses together. Don't toss it away for some ridiculous ideal that doesn't exist.
I don't want diamond sunbursts, or marble halls. I just want you.
What are your favorite parts of the ANNE movies?
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
"The gone-but-not-forgotten college days of the
'20s, when students wore raccoon coats, carried ukuleles and met at the malt shop, are happily brought to life again in this adaptation of the Broadway hit musical, Good News.
Starring that winsome twosome, June Allyson and Peter Lawford, it's a happy-go-lucky frolic with great performances and a solid score. The
light-hearted plot involves two women in love with the same man, football hero Tommy Marlowe (Lawford). One, the seductive and vain Pat McClellan, loves him for the wrong reasons (she thinks he's the school gold mine,) and the other, the reliable school librarian, Connie Lane (Allyson), loves him for the right reasons (she thinks he's the cat's meow.)" As Tommy's grades begin to slip at fictitious Tait University, his football scholarship is threatened. Enter Connie who begins to tutor him in French, and soon they are more fluent in the language of love than anything else. "The plot moves along at a quick pace and includes sensational numbers."
One of my favorite lines from the movie:
Connie Lane: [as Pat McClellan is admiring herself in the mirror] "Gee, I wish someone loved me like you love you!"
I'm curious to know if anyone else has seen this movie. So far I've never met another viewer... Oh, and once again, I must mention that my birthday is coming up and I do not own this on either DVD or VHS...
I'm just sayin'...
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
2. 1st thing said...
3. 1st date...
5. Long/Short Courtship or engagement...
6. Where did you get engaged...
7. Where were you married?...
Saturday, February 2, 2008
HALLE: "He's in heaven. He died. He's with Heavenly Father."
WYATT: "He passed?"
HALLE: "Yep. He passed away and now he's next to Jesus again."
WYATT: "And Coco?"
HALLE: "Yep, with Coco, too."
Friday, February 1, 2008
I haven't played TAG for a very long time. Suddenly I feel as though I'm back on the elementary school playground running away from Scott Wallis during kissing tag (although I made sure I ran slow enough to be caught)!
OK, Tif, here are the answers to the questions:
10 years ago:
- I was a senior in high school. I hated that year. And loved it, too. Reasons why I hated it: My mom had major surgery with a long recovery time so for the first time I was required to take on some actual responsibility around the house. It stunk, but also helped me grow up REAL fast. I was totally burnt out on school. I was working 3 jobs (travel agency, Wally World, and teaching piano lessons). I remember I always felt exhausted. The majority of my close friends had graduated the previous year, so during my sr. year I felt very lonely and like the biggest loser. Why I loved it: I graduated. I loved being part of the high school's show choir. I loved being on Seminary Council.
- 1. Get Halle off to school. Check. But only after shoveling driveway (again.) and vacuuming up emptied contents of Nestle Quick container from kitchen counter, floor, and barstools.
- 2. Get boys to sitter and get myself ready to go to President Hinckley's viewing. Check. But only after cleaning up Carson's "spit-up" (more like puke) and having to check on Wyatt like a gazillion times as he sat on the potty for 25 minutes "waiting for it to come out".
- 3. Go with mother-in-law to President Hinckley's viewing, where I will meet Brett. Check. Had a couple people that attended yesterday talk about how wonderful it was that there wasn't a long line. Go today with false sense of security and thin nylons, which offer no insulation for my toes during the 1-hour and 40-minute wait in line, mostly outdoors. However, I must add that no matter how long our wait may have been, it was totally worth it. An opportunity I'll treasure forever. I'm still so emotional about it that I simply cannot write anymore regarding the experience.
- 4. Take Halle to Acting Lessons and pick up 97% Fat-free Hebrew National Hot Dogs for Sunday BBQ . "Check" for acting lessons, but once again the evasive "1-point" hot dogs (a weight watchers term) have eluded me. Anyone know where I can find them???
- 5. Inflate Air Mattress for Shannon and Jeramy before they get into town tonight. Soon-to-be-Checked. My niece/best friend and her husband are driving into town tonight before they fly out to Texas tomorrow morning to go see her mom (my sister).
5 Snacks I enjoy:
- Curves Granola Bars. Only 1-point in my Weight Watchers plan and seriously probably the best granola bar I've ever had in my life.
- "Western Bagel Co." bagels with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Cheese. Only 1.5 points for the entire thing. I eat at least two each day.
- Tea. I am a tea-drinker. Herbal tea, that is. I have at least two hot mugs of tea every day. Right now I'm in a "peach" phase with just a little milk added in to make it creamy!
- Low-Fat Kettle Korn Popcorn. Just give me the bag and don't bother asking me to share it. Unless it has sat out for more than twenty minutes. Gross. Then it's all yours.
- Homemade Guacamole. When we were in CA this summer, a friend made what I thought was the best (and healthiest) guacamole. Just avocados, lime, and garlic. Give me a giant bowlful and I'm happy (I don't even need chips. A spoon will do just fine.)
What I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire:
- Pay "Fire" Insurance
- Pay off house
- Pay off Student Loans & other pesky debts
- Pay off Brett (I still owe him a bunch of money for marrying me.)
- Take an extended vacation in Europe, but mostly in Great Britain. Brett can golf and I'll tour all the old great estates from the Jane Austen era. Then we'll meet up at a charming Bed & Breakfast in the country and he'll call me "M'Lady".
3 of my bad habits:
Naturally, I don't have any bad habits, but if I did, they might be something like:
- Leaving the water running in the kitchen sink. I do this all the time. Seriously. Nearly every time I use it I forget to turn it off. The sound must be soothing to me or something because it just never registers until Brett says a few minutes later, "You gonna turn that off?" I am likely the sole cause for any water shortage in Utah. Not very many people know this, but that's why Arizona kicked us out.
- Locking exterior doors behind me, even when I know Brett is outside doing yard work and will need to come in. It's a subconscious thing. And it really ticks Brett off to find he can't enter his own home without first pounding on the door for permission!
- Leaving cereal bowls or plates unrinsed. I've gotten better at this, but occasionally old habits kick in and I forget to rinse plates I've used. By the time we get around to rinsing them to put them in the dishwasher the food is nearly permanently attached and the only thing that will remove it is a string of "colorful" words expleted from a certain person's mouth.
5 places I have lived:
- Vernal, UT
- Bountiful, UT
- South Salt Lake, UT (Yes, that's South Salt Lake. The scary part of town, near the big bowling pin on 2300 S. and State Street.
- Mesa, AZ
- North Salt Lake, UT
6 jobs that I have had:
- Piano Teacher "1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4, keep the rhythm even, 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4"
- Maid at Split Mountain Motel (name of establishment must be said with an accent and as though one's bottom lip is full of chew) Knock-Knock. "Housekeeping." No answer. I now unlock door and begin to enter room. Then panic sets in as I shield my eyes and try to close the door. "Oh! I am so sorry! I didn't know anyone was in here!" For a seventeen year-old, this job was a little too...educational.
- Wal-Mart Checker "Will that be all for you, sir?"
- Travel Agent "Thank you for calling Murdock, Carlson, Wagonlit Travel."
- Airline Ticket Agent/Trainer "Ladies and Gentlement, we would now like to begin boarding SkyWest Airlines Flight 3940 with service from Salt Lake City to Boise, Idaho. Please have your tickets out, ready for my collection at Gate E12. On behalf of all of us at SkyWest Airlines, we'd like to thank you for flying with us today and wish you a great flight."
- Mommy "No, you may not eat your brother for dinner." "Wyatt, please stop sticking those skittles up your nose." "If you keep making faces like that your face will get stuck that way." "Carson! Get out of the Comet!"
5 Things most people don't know about me:
- I had bladder surgery when I was very young and have the scar to prove it. My bladder and kidneys have never been the same. Troublemakers, you might say.
- Any time I drink something with carbonation, I hiccup (after every single swallow). It drives Brett batty.
- My favorite chocolate indulgence is Peanut M&Ms. Especially on road trips.
- When I was pregnant with Wyatt I went into preterm labor while camping and had to be life-flighted to Salt Lake.
- During my stint at the airlines, I had several encounters with celebrities. Including Dennis Quaid. (Be still my heart! Can't wait to see his new movie that comes out Feb. 22nd!)
I tag Lindsay, Ashlee, Julie and Misti!!!