Thursday, January 31, 2008
Although the VEry SOUND of DOra's anNOYing VOICE MAkes me CRINGE (that's how she talks, in case you don't know), and the theme song from "Go, Diego Go!" gets stuck in my head and replays itself ad nauseum every night from 4-5am, I have to credit those two adorable characters (note the sarcasm) for a major increase in my 2 1/2 year old daughter's vocabulary and knowledge of obscure animals.
Tonight at dinner, while eating her pterodon-shaped chicken dinosaur, Daphne said, "Look, Mommy! A harpie eagle!" A WHAT? Who the heck knows what a harpie eagle is? Evidently she does. And a few days ago, Daphne was walking around the house going, "Where's the kinkaju?" (I'm not sure how to spell that. I should ask Daphne.) It started about a month ago when Daphne surprised both of us by suddenly counting to 5 in Spanish. It sounded like this: "Uno, doe, bless, gado, CINCO!" We weren't sure what she was saying until it came to the crecendo of "cinco!" at the end. And then we promptly passed out, we were so impressed. But we didn't know where she had learned it. Then we finally put dos and dos together when she also started saying "GRAcias!" and "SI!" on a regular basis. And then we started noting the grande number of things that she has learned from Dora and Diego: puma, pygmy marmoset, jaguar (she formerly called all large cats either a tiger or a lion before Diego came along and set her straight), humpback whale, chinchilla, "Say click!," the concept that sticky tape fixes everything (which will no doubt lead to disaster later in her life), "Salta!" (which I think is Spanish for "more salt, please."), "Swiper, no swiping!", maned wolf, ayuda me, mariposa, spectacle bear, and a myriad of other random rain forest animals that I have no idea how to pronounce, but she does.
So don't ever think that all TV does is melt your kids' brains. Evidentally it also helps them learn how to rescue endangered animals using magical backpacks that turn into hang gliders if you say "Activa te!" The useful knowledge our kids will now have access to cannot be weighed, not even aginst the heavy price we parents must pay for such an education, namely losing our minds every time the show comes on. (Now excuse me while I go blow my brains out to drown out the theme song to "Go, Diego Go!" that is playing in my head after writing this blog.)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Our dear prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley has died at age 97. Reports are not very detailed yet, but what we've been told is that he died due to old age essentially. It came suddenly to most of us who only heard the news after he was dead, but he died with his family around him, so obviously there was some warning that he was not doing well, and they gathered to be with him.
I can remember President Kimball being made the president of the church although I don't have memories of David O McKay before him. I also remember vividly when President Kimball died and president Benson was made the new prophet. I also remember him dying and President Hunter becoming the new prophet. But most of the time I remember, it was sweet President Hinckley at the head of our church. I met him twice--once in San Diego at my stake singles conference and once in Salt Lake when he attended my singles ward along with President Faust. I was in the ward choir who sang at that event and sat only a few seats away from President Hinckley. I always admired him for his strength, his humor, his humility, his candor, and most of all for his ambition in spreading the church and in getting temples established so widely on the earth.
I have always loved President Monson and will be thrilled to have him as the new prophet, but no one will be able to replace the amazing effect that President Hinckley had on the earth. He was an amazing leader of our church.
Friday, January 25, 2008
- I had a depressing day today thanks to my 0 loss weigh-in. So if you remember, I had that bad weigh-in last week. Only -.6 lbs after dieting so strictly and exercising 3 times. So then i was mad and pigged out on the weekend. When I weighed myself on Monday, I had lost .8 lbs! So I figured I just needed to ease off on the strictness of my point counting and use some flex points. So I used them all (most of them during my weekend pig-out, so I was actually really good the rest of the week). But when I weighed-in today, I had gained that weight all back! Exactly the same weigh-in as the week before. Grrrr! I was so mad. And depressed because that meant my theory was not holding water and I now had no idea what to do to kick my body into gear: eat more? Eat less? Exercise more? Exercise less? Do more muscle building or more cardio? Well, I"m over my depression now and was very good all day. But I still have no idea what to do. I guess I'll just persevere and see what happens over the long haul.
- I got called (well, not yet officially) to be on the Enrichment committee. I'm in charge of "Special Events" or quarterly activities. I spent 1 1/2 hours with my superior today, Sherilyn, and we planned a bunch of fun activities and ways to try to activate the sisters and try to get everyone involved in the activities. I look forward to some fun stuff actually going on. We're going to do a game night, a cooking night, a scrapbook night, a book club, a lunch date for the older ladies, a moms group, a Home Improvement group, an out-to-dinner group, and in the summer we'll have some outdoor groups like camping and gardening.
- Big K found partner for his Cutterpillar. He has great connections and is willing to finance all the prototypes and tooling fees. he will, of course, want a big cut. But even if we only get $8 per cutter, if they buy a large quantity that will be better than $100 for zero cutters (which is what we have right now). We'll keep you posted.
Ok, I need to go online and find a low-fat dessert idea. I need a treat. I have some points left and I'm Jonesing for something sweet. Later, dudes.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
My fantastic husband is to thank for this beautiful logo. But "What is Sweet Suds?" some of you ask. Let me explain: I have been making soaps for about 4 years now. I got into it after my sister Jennie introduced me to it. I do the melt-and-pour kind, so it's super easy. It is one of the few creative hobbies out there that I actually enjoy. I'm too pragmatic to spend time on crafts that don't have a practical use. So making soaps is the perfect hobby for me. The one problem is that you can only give away so much soap. The day will come when my friends and relatives start saying, "Make me something else for Christmas this year." But with so many new scents to sample, new molds to try, and new styles of soap to create, I just don"t see myself becoming bored with soap-making before my friends are sick of soap. So when my pal Crystal suggested that I might sell some of my soaps at her new New Age shop, The Crystal Ray, I thought that might be a good idea. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I might be able to sell my soaps through other boutiques and even online at sites like Ebay and Etsy.com. But if I was going to do that, I'd need a catchy name for my soap business and a really cute logo for the tags. Enter my brilliant designer husband. (Hmmm...that sounds like I picked him up from a runway in Milan or Paris. You know what I mean, though, right?). As always, Kelly whipped up something absolutely perfect for the occasion in just a few short hours. I love my new logo! Don't you? Now to get some great pictures done for the online stores, make a website, start wrapping up the soaps I have for the Crystal Ray, and get making more soap!!! That's the best part. I can't wait! And what if no one buys my soap? I'm sure my husband will not want to hear me say this but, I DON'T CARE! It's an excuse to make more soaps, and that's all I need. (But I should mention that if my soaps don't sell, you'll all be getting soap for Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Flag Day, Canada Day, and your birthdays for the next ten years. Hope you like soap!)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
1st off, I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. Or maybe 7 out of 10. It was cute. And better than I thought it would be, honestly. The plot is not terribly original, it's true. It's sort of like "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" meets "In Her Shoes." But you like this movie anyway because, let's face it, not that many romantic comedies have completely original plots these days. But there is more than the plot to like about this movie. Let me give you a run-down of the story line: The heroine is a cute, sweet, fun girl who loves to be a bridesmaid (and does a good job of it) for all her friends. She works for a young, handsome boss who she has a secret crush on. Enter the hot, slutty younger sister. Of course, the boss falls for the sister (who is also pretending to be this granola, tree-hugger she totally isn't). Meanwhile, a cynical young (handsome) writer who covers Weddings for the New York Review decides to do a story on the heroine after catching her being a bridesmaid at two weddings on the same night. Eventually the boss proposes to the hot little sister, the writer gets hired to cover the wedding, the heroine slowly lets the writer into her life, and although he is falling for her, he still writes the story about her. And just as the heroine and writer are really hitting it off, the story of the forever bridesmaid hits the front page of the section. I won't ruin the ending for you just in case you haven't guessed it yet. But I can at least say that there are a few twists and turns in the plot that are just enough to keep it from getting predictable, So what makes this movie worthy of 4 out of 5 (or 7 out of 10) stars? 1) Great acting. The lead characters are all really good, especially Katherine Heigl. The slutty little sister played by Malin Akerman has some annoying mannerisms like tilting her head and squinting her eyes a lot, but she plays a good crush-stealing sister. 2) the dialogue is actually fairly original. One of my biggest pet peeves in movies is where the characters say things no one ever says or where you know the next line that's coming during every conversation. But this screen-play actually managed to avoid most of that trite dialogue. 3) the main character is pretty endearing. I can relate to her a lot. I bet she's a ESFJ too. 4) this is a total chick thing to say, but I really like the clothes in this movie! That is rarely a factor I consider, but they struck me as being really cute. So that boosts the movie up about 1/4 star.
To sum up: Good acting, cute, funny, feel-good, pretty clean, lots of good looking people, not so original plot, but you get over it because everything else about the movie is so likeable. And you could take your mom to see it. But don't try to take your husband. Oh sure, he would love it just like you did, but he would whine like a little baby about going, just to preserve his sense of manliness. Better wait until it comes out on video to watch it with him. Then he can always claim that he didn't have a choice because it's what you were watching. And be sure to have a few Kleenex on hand for him. I guarantee he'll use them.
Monday, January 21, 2008
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Sunday, January 6, 2008
So, starting tomorrow, I'm back on Weight Watchers. I also have my work-out schedule tentatively laid out: Monday morning is a step aerobics class at the gym, Tuesday night is power yoga, Wednesday is no gym (maybe I'll do some Dance Dance Revolution at home if I'm in the mood), Thursday night is power yoga again, and Friday morning is power pump (a combination of step and weights). That one might kick my butt too much, so maybe I'll switch that day to just doing weights. At any rate, Kelly is being super supportive and is going to put the kids to bed the nights that I have power yoga. And if I can get my butt out of bed on time and get the kids ready for my morning classes, I should be able to get a good work-out routine going.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
So I have been debating about whether or not to create a blog. It seems like a natural way to keep people connected with me and my family. But I do feel some opposition to it: 1) I SO hate to follow trends. 2) I hate the word "blog" to begin with. 3) Maybe no one will even care about reading my blog. 3) Most importantly, Who knows if I will even have anything to say? So this whole blog thing will probably be experimental.