Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kill a Dog?!

Do I kill the dog?

I'm not totally serious, but it doesn't help the fact that my teacher is videoing me tomorrow in dance, and I have no shoes. I haven't even had these shoes for a year, and the dog already chewed them to the point I can't even wear them. If he hadn't chewed the heel off I think I would've survived this semester without getting a new pair of shoes. I'm not even taking dance next semester, and now I have to go by a pair of shoes. This really bites!

The reason he got them was because my backpack was out in the living room on the stools. I am so ready to cry, and scream, and beat something. Seriously! Probably not the dog...

Maybe to get back at Hurley. I will make him run on the treadmill to wear him out! That I think would make me feel better.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Steak and Potatoes

About a month ago Chase and I took out my brother, David to Outback Steakhouse. I had promised David a few years ago that I would take him out for steak. I just have gotten around to it now. I know I'm such a slacker (if you couldn't tell I only blog about once a month)! Well we only got one picture and now he can officially say that we took him out for steak.

If however you are in the Orem area, be sure to ask for the greatest server ever! JJ!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ward Ladies Night Out

A few weekends ago the relief society put on a ladies night out. They have done it for a few years, and each time we have gone up to the BYU Lodge up past Sundance. Well this year they didn't want to spend the money for just a 24 hour period. So we had it at the church. It was awesome! I made a soup which was great, and I tried about 6 others they were all so good! I signed up to make a modge podge star, a boo frame and a joy frame. I signed up for the star because I had never used modge podge before and thought it would be a fun craft too! It was way easy! and super cute too! You can thank American Crafts for the paper. :) It's all because I work there. :)

Usually with crafts I tend to not spend a lot of time on them and just want them to get done really quick. Well with the star I made myself take my time.

The Joy frame was unbelievably easy! It was a frame with paper background and then we put vinyl on the paper. Easy right?
I usually try to shy away from Halloween, because of the scariness, and because it's all about being someone else and getting candy for it. Such a commercial holiday. That's mainly why I don't like it. Anyways I thought this was a way cute frame, and had to make it.

A week or 2 later my mother-in-law called and said she had a lot of extra witch hats that she had bought but doesn't know when she will have the time to get around to making them. She asked if I wanted to make a few. I said yes. Here's a picture of the boo frame and witch hat. I actually had a lot of fun making them, and made one for a few people. :)

Here are the 2 that I made
Here's the one Kathy made.
Here's 2 of the 3 that she made.

I had a lot of fun making them. I really do enjoy making crafts, just as long as there is a pattern that I can follow. :)

Saturday, October 03, 2009


Okay, I don't usually write blogs, that's Tedi's job, but when I have something to say, it's usually something that really bothers me.

Today was the first day of General Conference for the us LDS folk. This is a great blessing for us to listen to the prophets of the Lord speak directly to us. Tonight, like all Saturday Sessions of General Conference, was the General Priesthood Session.

I just want to say, I am appalled, and ready to boycott this meeting, and not because of what is said, but because of what happens during and after the meeting.

First, this is not a movie theater! Yes, we do watch "T.V." on a large projection screen, in the dark, with hundreds of other people. But come on, what is up with bringing the bag of licorice, and bags of skittles. "Hey! Pass the candy!" Please! I think we graduated from nursery about 20-30 years ago. Can you not pay attention to the Prophet and Apostles for 2 minutes before needing to grab a bite to eat?

Second, the minute the Prophet says "Amen" right at the end of the session, half of the men and their sons stand up and leave. This is due to the ever popular tradition to go out for dinner right after the meeting, and they are afraid that they are going to have to wait in line for an hour to get their food! Did it ever occur to you that the food will be there even five minutes, even an hour later? It's not going anywhere. So why don't you stay for the final hymn, and listen to the closing prayer. Besides, you ruin the spirit for the rest of us there, by getting up and skooching across us in the isle "Excuse me, sorry, I've got to make it to Panda Express before they run out of chicken!"

It bothers me even more that this is being initiated by the fathers. What are we teaching children by doing this? Once they learn that it's okay to leave the meeting early, they are probably going to do the same every year, and will continue the "tradition" with their children.

Then, for those of us who are kind enough to stay until they stop broadcasting, all hell breaks loose! We just walked out of what is supposed to be a spiritual uplifting meeting, trying to help us be better people, and then we all seem to forget everything! The race to the restaurant continues! It's a race to get out of the parking lot and anyone in the way is going to get run over! Yes, I decided to take my motorcycle to the meeting, in an effort to be able to get out of the parking lot easily, but I wouldn't have to do this if people weren't so focused on being the first one out of the parking lot. One guy parks his scooter right next to the doors so he can open the door and start his engine in one fell swoop. He then proceeds to ride his street registered vehicle right down the side walk, forcing people on foot to dart in to the grass and into the road to get out of his way. Then crosses right in front of the second exit, with cars waiting to exit, like he is some celebrity. Now, this is not a teenager (since they can get away with it, because rules simple don't apply to them), but a man in his 40's.

Now, like I mentioned, I ride a motorcycle, and I understand the dangers of riding on two wheels, so I pray every second I am on the road that everyone will see me. For some reason this doesn't quite make it into the heads of scooterers. I don't understand why they can't see that in a battle between them and their 50cc scooter and the Ford Superduty, they are going to loose, and the the Ford won't even feel the bump as they run them over. You are riding a motorized vehicle, and when you got your Motorcycle Endorsement (if you bothered to even get one), you acknowledged that you understand that you are a to follow the same rules as other vehicles. I don't recall seeing the Ford Superduty riding down the sidewalk!

Finally, people wonder why it is so hard to get out of the parking lot. Some say the rows of the parking stalls are too close, "I can't back up". Others say that the road is too narrow, "we need to have two lanes". But the solution is simple. It's call the "zipper method". You let one car in, then you go, simple as that. The line of traffic moves slowly, but it moves. Plus we are being kind to one another. "In as much as ye have done this unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Sound familiar? It should.

If you are one of these people, I am not going to be sorry for saying what I said. I think deep down inside, you might feel a little guilty. I am not saying that I am perfect. When I reach the end of the street and got onto the main road, I did take off pretty quick. I enjoy my motorcycle, and I get carried away sometimes, but at least I have the warm fuzzies inside because the guy that I let in to steady flow of traffic waved at me to say, "Thank you for letting me in", and because I patiently waited in line, rather than taking my 750cc motorcycle for a joyride down the sidewalk. But I wish that people would have the decency to be a little kinder, and polite as we leave a spiritual meeting.

I think it is great that we have such a great tradition to go out to eat as Fathers and Sons, or Husbands and Wives, and families to enjoy one another. Especially during a depressing time as we are facing now with the economic crisis. These restaurants love Conference weekend because they get more business in one night than they do all week. But please, please, remember, the food will still be there even if you leave 5 minutes later to stay for the closing prayer, and even after the extra 15 second you took to kindly let some one go in front of you.

I feel so bad that I have to vent this, especially after President Monson specifically told us "Anger doesn't solve things, Anger doesn't build anything. But it can destroy everything." But when I come to the meeting every 6 months to see the same thing happen time and time again, I get a little bent seeing how we can easily disregard the council we had just received.