Friday, October 31, 2008

After Twilight

The husband of one of my friends posted a review of Twilight on their blog, from a male perspective. Thoroughly entertaining, but maybe it's just late.

If you have read the book--whether you are a fan or not--you can read Jim's comments here.
Any other male perspectives out there?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Poetry Corner

I was talking with a friend at work about a party she and her hubby are attending tonight and am totally coveting it. It's a Halloween Poetry Party!

At first I had a hard time coming up with spooky, creepy, eerie Halloween poems. Then, I remembered Robert Burns and Edgar Allen Poe and decided to host a Halloween Poetry Corner.

Join in the fun. Post a favorite spooky poem or write your own.

by Robert Burns (1785)

Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the rout is ta’en,
Beneath the moon’s pale beams;
There, up the Cove, to stray an’ rove,
Amang the rocks and streams
To sport that night;
read more (with annotations)

Author Unknown

Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern,
You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there by the window,
Looking out into the night.
You were once a sturdy pumpkin,
growing on a curly vine.
Now you are a Jack-o-lantern,
See your night lights shine.

The Raven
by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.`
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.
(read more)

Mr. Jack-o-lantern

by Alene Dalton, Myriel Cluff Ashton and Erla Young

Mr. Jack-o-lantern
Is very round and fat.
He has a yellow candle
Tucked underneath his hat.
It makes his face look scary (cheery)
And very, very bright
When he winks and smiles at me
On spooky Halloween night!

Five Little Pumpkin Sitting On A Gate
Author Unknown

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said,"Oh my, it's getting late.
"The second one said,"But we don't care."
The third one said,"I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said,"Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said,"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
And out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

By Harry Behn

Tonight is the night
When dead leaves fly
Like witches on switches
Across the sky,
When elf and sprite
Flit through the night
On a moony sheen.

Tonight is the night
When leaves make a sound
Like a gnome in his home
Under the ground,
When spooks and trolls
Creep out of holes
Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
When ghouls and ghost
And goblin host
Dance round their queen.
It's Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Andrea, the Vampire Slayer

Last night, I met up with some friends for a murder mystery game at Castle of Chaos.

Daphne nearly decapitated one of the ghouls when he snuck up to scare her. Her days as a prison guard and hospital security certainly have paid off. He may have a bruise today. (Someone may have influenced him a little to pick on her. Sorry, ghoul.)

The Vampire Mystery was a tame holiday activity: a great story and fun interaction without the blood and guts. We had to find and destroy the evil residing within the Castle. It was similar to "Clue" in that we went from room to room to find clues and figure out where the evil was and how to destroy it.

Based on Daphne's earlier reaction, it was probably safer for the actors and crew that this was our selection.

And yes, we made it past the Countess to destroy the evil vampire.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Poetry Corner

Image originally seen on
This is a poem I have loved since my early college days. It reminds me to get out and do some planting. Several people have said they feel it is depressing. I find it full of hope and thought of it after reading a friend's recent post about a relationship trial she has been having.

Comes the Dawn
by Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.

After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure,
you really are strong,
you really do have worth,
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...

Scrape Yer Guts Out

Saturday was the third annual Morrill Family Pumpkin Carving Contest.

More to come.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Teena's Spicy Pesto Chicken and Pasta

(Find the original post on

I want this...

"A spicy chicken and pesto pasta dish that's easy to adjust to any heat level. I created it after eating a similar dish at a Santa Monica restaurant, and it's one of my favorites. Serve with additional grated Parmesan, if desired. As an option, it's delicious with creamy goat cheese stirred in at the end."

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked farfalle (bow tie) pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon hot chile paste
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch pieces
6 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place farfalle pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix in the chile paste and chicken. Cook and stir chicken 10 minutes, or until evenly browned and juices run clear.

3. Toss the cooked farfalle, pesto, Parmesan cheese, and cilantro into the skillet, and continue cooking just until heated through.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crazy Park City Adventures

Karyn, Melinda, Andrea, and I decided to jaunt up to Park City this past Saturday to catch some amazing deals at the outlets and celebrate two birthdays.

In addition to the discount coupons printed off the Tangiers website, many of the outlet stores were having 40% and 50% off sales. There were so many incredible deals. Karyn wanted some shoes that weren't in stock and the store offered to ship them to her with no shipping charge. One of us spent $28 in The Children's Place for three shirts, one skirt, and two pairs of pants. Another bought a darling, red name brand purse for 1/3 of the retail price. (Melinda- I can't remember, was it Coach?)

Here we are showing off our spoils. Melinda is in black; Karyn's in pink. Andrea and I (both on the left) have birthdays in October.

This picture is care of Melinda's camera and a lucky passerby. (Thanks for stopping and for Melinda's sharing.)

Later, we went to Baja Cantina for dinner. The T.J. Taxi was delish! It was an afternoon and evening full of much needed giggles.

On my way home, I stopped to meet Daphne at Club Habits to boogie the night away. What a day!

Feels Like Spring

Don't you wish you could sometimes bottle that Springtime feeling?

Karly's Krazy Kompilation

My cool friend Karly from work must have tracked the number of times I hit her post to listen to the vampire wedding song. It’s awesome! You can listen to it on her blog here.

She burned it to a CD for me (along with some other awesome Halloween songs)! I've named it Karly's Krazy Kompilation. How suh-weet it is! Thanks, Karly!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Information About Me Than You Ever Wanted to Know...

(You can thank Crystal Y.)

Two names you go by:
1. Aunt Aniya / Andia - (you get the picture)
2. J'adore

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. A skeleton headband
2. A long black skirt

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. No one to drop from troupe
2. To talk with MFD

Two things you did last night:
1. Spoke with MFD
2. Watched Dancing with the Stars with Daphne and Anthony

Two things you ate today
1. Turkey Sandwich
2. Massauman Curry

Two People you just spoke with:
1. Kristen H.
2. Jolena

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. Visiting teaching
2. Dancing

Two longest vehicle rides:
1. AF to East Coast
2. AF to California

Two favorite beverages:
1. Ice Water with lemon
2. OJ

Now, here's what you're supposed to do. Copy & Paste into your blog or an email, delete my answers, and type in your answers so I can get to know you too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bad News

The outlook today is gloomy. Just found out some bad news. Change is in the air for troupe. Blue skies ahead?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Puttin' on the Witch!

Tonight, the majority of my family met at Gardner Village for dinner at Archibald's and then planned to wander the Village. It's Witchapalooza and witching time at the Village.

By the time we finished dinner, most of the shops were closing. We looked around a bit and snapped a few pictures. I'll post them another time. The witches and pumpkins and Halloween decor was frightfully fun, but I don't think I've had such poor customer service at a restaurant before.

I wish I could say that the restaurant was packed. Maybe there were extenuating circumstances we weren't aware of. Maybe it was an off night for them. Maybe I'm just grouchy. Birthdays sometimes do that. Guess I'd better see the Witch Doctor or something to get it straightened out.

The company was grand: mom and dad; Adam, Renee, AJ, and EL; Nathan, Bekah, RD, and AM, and me. Their service gave us a lot of time to sit and visit. RD and AJ were darling. Both were in very good moods. RD had on his favorite Lightening McQueen galoshes. AJ was excited it was my birthday and started singing Happy Birthday well before dinner was underway.

I'm not sure if my niece and nephew were more excited for the chocolate cake or gifts. (I think they might have had to be convinced that it was my birthday and not theirs regarding the gifts.) After they finished eating, they played ring-around-the-rosies near some vacant tables. So sweet. A little grandma at a table near us waved goodbye to the pair of two-year olds as we left. EL and AM were both asleep before we had packed up for the night.

We enjoyed visiting and spending time together. Adam and Renee and family gave me some awesome hair products. Nathan and Bekah and family gave me some cool headphones I've been needing. Mom and Dad gave me a beautiful quilt in Autumn colors that Mom made for me.

Earlier, Becca, IC, and AL called to sing happy birthday. Even ZM "sang" a bit; we'll just ignore the fact he was singing to get a fresh diaper. They weren't able to come down for dinner.

I survived another birthday and tried to be pleasant about it. Normally I tend to get a bit grouchy and have little graciousness. I'm not sure why it's so hard for me to accept so much kindness. I tried putting OFF the witch. Hopefully, it worked. And, hopefully everyone else enjoyed the day. I know I enjoyed having a birthday more this year than I have in the past.

My darling co-workers brought in a bouquet of balloons, cards, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and a gift certificate for me. Today was our company birthday lunch for all of the October birthdays. My sweet friends took me to dinner, a movie, made cupcakes, sent birthday cards, gave me cute Halloween decorations, bindis, Christmas ornaments, sent birthday emails, and signed my wall on Facebook.

Man, am I spoiled! Thanks to everyone for making it a wonderful day! How fun is it to have you all in my life and a birthday so near Halloween!

A Little Birthday Message from Weird Al

A Weird Al song with a little birthday cheer--or was it drear?!?!

Adam Sandler joined in on the fun here too!

Basically, happy birthday. Happy birthday to me.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Another Before and After...

Guess what was changed...

Bundle of Joy, Times Three

I've been meaning to post this picture for a while. This summer was pretty eventful. Three new babies joined our family:

EL - June 25 (Adam and Renee)
ZM - August 3 (Becca and Mike)
AM - June 29 (Nathan and Bekah)

Aren't they adorable?

Before and After...

A little fun with Photoshop and co-workers!

Frightfully Good Times

On Friday night, I was an usher at the Covey Arts Center for Thriller, presented by the Odyssey Dance Company. For several years, I have wanted to see Odyssey perform. Somehow it hasn't worked out until now.

Odessey was fabulous! The choreography and dancers were amazing. Some of the dances were a little creepy--like "The Grudge" and "Home Alone" where a girl is home alone and a stranger calls, "The Meal" complete with vampires and victim, and an intense statement about the Salem witch trials.

Some of the choreography was hilarious, like "Miss Allie's Nightmare" where the dancers acted like a 3-4 year old dance class at a dance recital--dressed in darling penguin costumes. Periodically the dancers would stop and wave at the audience, shouting "Hi, Mom!" Priceless! (One of the dancers even wore her costume backward with her little penguin tail in front!)

We all laughed as the Irish "river dancers" continued dancing while trying to avoid a rouge "sharp shooter" who picked the dancers off one at a time.

There were dancing Chuckie dolls and clowns and Frankensteins. All in all, good times. With short movie vignettes, a couple of comic type songs from Lorena Bobbett, and a stand up comedy routine sprinkled among the dances, it had wide appeal.

I would recommend watching Odyssey perform. Thriller was about a two hour long show with a 15 minute intermission. This was its first appearance in Utah County.

As for the Covey Center, I'll be going back again--and soon!

(P.S. - The ushers that night were the BEST ever! LOL)


about going RED again... (Definitely not that short!) Hmmmm. Any votes?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Props for Proposition 8

Original post on Facebook:

Six Consequences if Proposition 8 Fails:

1. Children in public schools will be taught that both traditional marriage and same-sex marriage are okay. This will cause serious problems for parents that want to pass on their heritage, beliefs, and values to their children.

2. Churches will be sued if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings that are open to the public. Do you want your Church to change their religious beliefs because of a law? True doctrines that were right yesterday can’t be changed and made right today, because God is never changing. God was always perfect and will be always perfect.

3. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. Catholic Charities in Boston has already closed its doors because of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Preventing the Catholic Church and others from acting as they see morally right will cost the tax payers millions more to do the same job.

4. Religions that sponsor private schools and which provide housing for married students will be required to provide housing for same-sex couples, even if it runs counter to church doctrine, or they will lose tax exemptions and benefits.

5. Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages will be sued for hate speech and could be fined by the government. It has already happened in Canada, one of six countries that have legalized gay marriage.

6. It will cost you money. A change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits. Even if courts eventually find in favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today's activist judges), think of the money – your money, your church contributions – that will have to be spent on legal fees.

If we don’t act by Voting Yes on Proposition 8 then millions of people and their descendents will lose core religious beliefs and priceless heritage.

If you live or are registered to vote in California or know someone who is (or should be):

Vote YES on Prop 8

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Danger, Will Robinson

I could survive chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor for 1 minute, 3 seconds.

How long could you?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pirating and Spiderman

I know I say it all the time, but I really do have the most adorable nieces and nephews ever!

Bekah captured RD, my oldest nephew, singing "I love to see the Temple" on the way home from a family reunion.

RD is an avid Spiderman fan (even going as far as to call to his baby sister Spiderbaby). He had had his face painted earlier that day. I'll post behind the mask photos another day.

You can watch the video of him singing on Bekah's blog. What heart! What a personality! What a darling baby lisp!

I'm watching now to see what myths and rumors pop up about Spiderman being LDS.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

You're my obsession...

Recently I've found I am obsessed. Drawn. Can't get enough. There was a time when I couldn't even stand it. Now it is what I want.

Lime! Lime! Lime! Lime!

Here is an easy, yet yummy, lime pie recipe:

1 3-oz pkg lime gelatin
2 individual sized key lime flavored yogurts (c. 3-oz each)
1 tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 graham cracker pie crust in pie tin
optional - lime slices and additional Cool Whip or dark chocolate shavings to decorate

Mix dry gelatin with 1 yogurt. Incorporate second yogurt. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour mixture into pie crust. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This pie works well with low fat and sugar free ingredients.