Sunday, November 30, 2008

What's for Dinner?

Ever loathe the weekly (or daily) grocery trips? Ever get to the grocery store and wonder what happened to your list?

Wish you could automatically generate one rather than having to plan one out? Want a monthly calendar to help you plan meals? Need new meal ideas to add to your staples?

Nicole blogged about this website and its dinner planning hints and tips. You can create your own online recipe database and share recipes. I think this sounds like a fabulous (and free) idea!

Watch the interview with KSL's Studio 5 or visit the website Sign me up, Scotty!

Friday, November 21, 2008

After Twilight

Mom and I went to see Twilight this afternoon. I'm still a little queasy from all the quick camera movements and sitting so near the screen.

Overall, I liked the flick. I don't know if it would have made as good of an impression if I didn't already know the storyline.

Half of my enjoyment came from the expectation of what was coming next. Part came from the "crowd" participation. It was almost like being a part of a melodrama with the cheers and boos and screams from the audience.

I'm not totally sold on Edward or Bella. I pictured both characters very differently from the movie depiction.
That said, I'm already planning to see it again. Not so close this time, please.

Any takers?

Getting in the Mood

I've been fighting it. Thanksgiving hasn't come yet! But, seeing this wreath puts me in the mood for Christmas.

Thanks, Grandin Road!

What a Surprise!

Debbie S. shared this clip with me. Thought it was HILARIOUS and had to share.


12 Tips for Giving on a Tight Budget

Braving the Tide

Another find, courtesy of Andrea! Her pen saved the day on our Park City adventure. My pen now saves me time and again. I was a skeptic, but am now a believer.
I love that pen!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Yum, Gum!

Andrea shared her pack of gum last night. Pomegranate. Delightful! Thanks, Andrea!

(Disclaimer: I don't remember the pack looking like this or being a mixed flavor, but it was the only pomegranate Trident image I could find.)

Got the Touch?

Has anyone out there heard about Quantum Touch? A friend mentioned it and I wondered if anyone else had heard of it...

Rolling in the Dough

Homemade Play Dough

3 c. flour
3 c. boiling water
1 1/2 c. salt
6 tsp cream of tartar
3 TBSP oil
food coloring

1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil.
2. Add boiling water and mix well. You can knead dough on floured surface until no longer sticky (do not add too much flour or dough will dry out).
3. store in air tight container or ziploc bags.

Find Your Spot

I decided to take the quiz that Angie and her friend Michelle took. I suppose I was in a quizzical mood.

And the winner is...
Olympia, Washington The Evergreen CapitalSet on a magnificent peninsula in the South Puget Sound, this spot was originally called "black bear place" before being renamed after nearby mountains… Population: 222,000 Average Home Price: $225,000 Precipitation: 51" Snow: 10"

2nd Place was...
Tacoma, Washington Port City of the CascadesThis city's name comes from the Native American name for Mt. Rainier, "Tacobet," meaning Mother of the Waters... Population: 193,600 Average Home Price: $207,000 Precipitation: 39" Snow: 16"

5th Place was...
Provo-Orem, Utah Living and Learning at their BestThese twin cities in central Utah are home to some of the world's top collections of dinosaur bones… Population: 189,500 Average Home Price: $205,000 Precipitation: 12" Snow: 30"

Find your spot here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Feeling the Christmas Budget Crunch?

(Warning: this post is not for the faint of heart or easily embarrassed.... It may also be a post with a limited time engagement.)

Crystal sent me an email about a nifty homemade Christmas slipper craft idea for those on a tight gift budget. It made me laugh and I wanted to share.

These bedroom slippers are soft and hygienic, equipped with potentially non-slip grip strips on the soles, fresh (optional built in deodorant feature), convenient (no more bending over to mop up spills), completely disposable, biodegradable, and environmentally safe.

They come in three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

Materials (per pair):
Four maxi pads
Decorations (optional)

Lay two maxi pads out flat (for the foot part). Wrap a second one around each flat pad to form the toe area/top. Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom foot part. Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers, buttons, ribbons, etc.

C is for Cookie

Originally seen on

I think these look delish!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cranberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into mixture until well blended. Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture along with the orange zest and walnuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.

3.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Anticipating Twilight

So I may be just slightly obsessed....

The movie comes out THIS FRIDAY. Here are some trailers in case you haven't seen them yet (or you want to see them again).

Props to Angie (my friend from work) for teaching me some of her mad media editing skillz.

Finally Five

IC turned FIVE on Saturday, November 15th.

Hooray for birthdays!

Becca baked her this princess castle cake.

Isn't it darling? It was delicious too!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

In Sicily, Women Are More Dangerous than Shotguns

In Orem, it's Wiseguyz that's a-gonna get ya. I love this pizza! My friends Kristy G. and Deb introduced me to it about 2 and a half months ago. I've hit it three times since. When I think of pizza, this is the pizza I want.

This small pizzeria (located near K-mart in Orem) is best for Summer sitting on the outside lawn, delivery, or take out. There is not much dine-in space.

How bad is it if the owner recognizes you when you come/call in and that he knows what you are likely to order? He remembers our past conversations, makes recommendations based on what he knows I like, etc. It's almost like I have a Pizza Guy (not a Purse Lady). Do I need an intervention?

Halloween Recap

My goal for the past several posts has been for brevity. As you can clearly see, I've hit it every time! I'm repenting and letting the pictures do the talking (mostly) here.

These were taken at our KLAS Halloween Party. Here I am with the Marketing Team and then with Marketing and our Legal Counsel.

You can view more information from Jenifer and Kristen's posts. Props to Jenifer and Kristen for sharing their pictures!

Do these REALLY work?

I received an email today from a website that wants me to subscribe to their supposedly ubber successful online hook up scene. The subject line did catch my attention, drew my curiosity, and make me laugh. Thought I would share. See the original article here.

Pickup Lines that Actually Work

"Hey baby, what's your sign?" is so 1975. Steal one of these 6 non-cheesy pickup lines instead and you'll see that approaching strangers is easier than it seems.

If you’re the type of man who thinks that asking “if I told you that you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?” is likely to lead to an actual date, you may need some help. While some pickup lines sound great in a bar with your friends, out in the real world they’re likely to fall flatter than drywall.

So what’s a guy to do? If you’re actually trying to initiate conversation with a girl, you’ll keep actual ‘lines’ to a minimum, relying instead on spontaneous actions based on individual situations. However, not everyone’s got the chops to think quickly when opportunity strikes, so it’s a good idea to have a few basics up your sleeve. Here are six deceptively simple ideas to get you going.

1) Are you Laurie James?
If you’ve got even the merest hint of shared history with someone, it makes approaching that person so much easier. So if you don’t, here’s an idea – pretend that you do! It couldn’t be easier: just pick a name, make your approach and simply ask her, “Are you…?” When she gives her reply, it’s up to you to try and read whether she looks annoyed that you interrupted her or whether she seems open to more communication.
The worst that can happen is she says no and turns away – not the end of the world. At best, she’ll remain pointing in your direction, which will give you the opportunity for a follow-up. “Wow, you look just like someone who I used to work with…” is simple enough, or use the interaction as an excuse to tell her a little something about yourself: “Wow, you look just like a girl from my language class” or “You look just like the girl at my Bentley dealership.” (OK, that one may be pushing it.) Either way, be sure to read her level of interest, and if she’s clearly not interested, just walk away…and try it with someone else.

2) Hey, Nice Shoes
The main problems with most pickup lines are that they’re too generic and can clearly be aimed at anyone. So if you’re interested in someone you see while you’re out, pick something special about her and ask her about it. The shoes example is just one. What do you think of her hair color, purse, coat or jewelry? Is she wearing something with an unusual color, or does her T-shirt have a slogan on it that you could comment on? Whatever it is, make her know that you’re tuned into her, that you’ve noticed certain things about her, and that you’re not just blasting the room with random pickup lines.

3) Don’t I Know you from Spinning Class?
Assuming some familiarity with someone is a perfect, nonthreatening way to approach a woman, and if you root your question in your own reality, you’ll be able to follow up, too. So if you DO go to a spinning class, for example, it will tell her something about you and give her a hook to keep the conversation going herself. If you don’t talk with her about a pastime, ask her if she’s been to a specific cafe. If you see her at a movie, ask her if she’s seen a certain show in a theater or an exhibit in a gallery. Whatever you choose, pick something that’s familiar to you so that you can be ready to keep the conversation flowing.

4) What Kind of Dog is That?
If the woman you have your eyes on is with a ‘prop,’ you’ve already got a clear advantage. Pets famously bring people together on dog walks and in parks and cafes across the country – who doesn’t love to talk about his or her furry bundle of joy? But the idea extends to all manner of props: if she’s reading a book, ask her if she’s read anything by your favorite writer; if she’s listening to her iPod, it’s an opportunity for a music question. Seize the moment, and by asking about something she’s doing right now, it’ll sound less contrived.

5) I Just Got out of a Mexican Jail
Someone we know actually used this line and ended up marrying the girl he was directing it at. The reason it worked? It was true. The man in this instance was a thoroughly decent human being, but had been mistaken for the wrong person on a trip to Tijuana. The point is, he relayed an outrageous story as an opening line – one that had genuinely happened to him. As we go about our lives, strange things do happen. Distill the craziest thing into a single sound-bite, and you’ll come across as witty and interesting.

6) Let me Buy you a Drink
It’s not big, it’s not clever, but it’s straight, simple and directly to the point. Keep it polite, don’t be threatening, take no for an answer (if that is the answer), and try not to sound too cheesy. If you’re not in a café or bar where drinks can be bought, go for that other simple classic: “Hi, my name is…” Again, it’s genuine, it’s straightforward, and out in the real world, it’s worth a dozen “all those curves and me with no brakes” remarks. Whatever you choose to say, just remember one thing – keep it real. Good luck.

I thought of a few classic pick up lines on my own:
* You must be tired, because you have been running through my mind.
* If I told you you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?
* Your daddy must be a thief because he stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes.
* (Look at your own hand perplexed, then offer your hand and say) Here, hold this.
* That is amazing! You look just like my next girlfriend/boyfriend.
* I've lost my phone number, can I have yours?
* Do you believe in love at first sight... or should I walk by again?

What others have you used or have been used on you?

By the way, thanks for stopping by and, um, nice shoes... (And, yes, I do think I'm funny!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Il y a (In English)

In response to Karyn's post, yes, I have studied French. I don't know that I would claim to know French very well. I get by. Here is a rough translation of the song I posted about earlier. Someone else may be able to correct where I fall short. Enjoy!

There is

There are thyme, heather, and a pine wood. Nothing with guile.

There are streams, clearings (not sure what this part means). There are odors of mint and fireplaces with fires inside.

There are days and nights that pass slowly, and the story goes on in the same old way.

And far from everything, far from me, it is there that you feel you are home, there that you leave, where you return every time, and where all will end up.

There are children, grandmothers, a small church, and a large coffee.

There is at the far end the cemetery, joy, miseries, and times passed.

There is a small school with wooden benches just as in previous times.

There are pictures that stick to the end of your fingers and your beating heart.

And far from everything, far from me, it is there that you feel you are home, there that you leave, where you return every time, and where all will end up.

And moreover the earth is dry, and plus this love is as big as a child's expression and a sailor is to his ocean. In addition, nature is ungrateful and eager for the sweat and mud because it needs us so much, like a mother who slightly prefers her more fragile child and who carries his scars of griefs and blood.

And far from everything, far from me, it is there that you feel you are home, there that you leave, where you return every time, and where all will end up.

Friday, November 7, 2008

In the Blink of an Eye

This afternoon my mom's oldest sister passed away. It seems so strange to know that she is gone. Her spirit lives on and she is relieved of the illnesses her body had held. Shelly (her youngest daughter who is about eight or so years older than me) and I were talking about what a wonderful reunion she must be having with her parents and Stan (Shelly's first husband).

We sorrow at her passing and for those left behind, especially Uncle Barth. He was the picture of shock and grief tonight. I am glad that all of her children were able to spend some time with her before she left.

Later, mom reminised about memories she had of her sister while she was growing up. Dalene was nearly 10 when my mom was born. Most of her memories began with a teenaged Dalene.

One memory happened when my mom was eight, while her mom was at a Relief Society meeting and Dalene was in charge. Gayla wanted to go roller skating, but Dalene told her she couldn't go. Gayla and her friends went roller skating any way. While skating, she fell, broke her wrist, and ended up having to get it cast.

I remember family Christmas, Easter and birthday parties when we would all get together to find eggs, go camping, sing caroles, and have water fights. I also remember going to Aunt Dalene's house when I was young (her house was no longer child proof by the time me and my siblings came along). Funny memory, but I vividly remember pieces of pretty glass candy in a glass dish on a glass table in her front room. Very tempting for youngsters. :)

And I remember their dogs. Budge, their black Lab. And a variety of miniature poodles, one named Shadow.

When my dad called tonight to tell me Dalene was in the hospital, I planned to visit her after work. He called again about two hours later to tell me she was gone. Life is so brief and fleeting. We need to savor every minute, because we don't know what will happen when. We always think we will have just a little more time, but never know the exact amount.

Carpe diem.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Il y a

I love this song...

(Angie, Would you someday teach me how to add youtube the COOL way?)

Il y a

Il y a
Du thym, de la bruyère
Et des bois de pin
Rien de bien malin

Il y a
Des ruisseaux, des clairières
Pas de quoi en faire
Un plat de ce coin
Il y a des odeurs de menthe
Et des cheminées
Et des feux dedans

Il y a
Des jours et des nuits lentes
Et l'histoire absente

Et loin de tout, loin de moi
C'est là que tu te sens chez toi
De là que tu pars, où tu reviens chaque fois
Et où tout finira

Il y a
Des enfants, des grands-mères
Une petite église
Et un grand café

Il y a
Au fond du cimetière
Des joies, des misères
Et du temps passé

Il y a
Une petite école
Et des bancs de bois
Tout comme autrefois

Il y a
Des images qui collent
Au bout de tes doigts
Et ton coeur qui bat

Et loin de tout, loin de moi
C'est là que tu te sens chez toi
De là que tu pars, où tu reviens chaque fois
Et où tout finira

Et plus la terre est aride, et plus cet amour est grand
Comme un mineur à sa mine, un marin à son ocean
Plus la nature est ingrate, avide de sueur et de boue
Parce que l'on a tant besoin que l'on ait besoin de
Elle porte les stigmates de leur peine et de leur sang
Comme une mère préfère un peu son plus fragile

Et loin de tout, loin de moi
C'est là que tu te sens chez toi
De là que tu pars, où tu reviens chaque fois
Et où tout finira

[ Il Y A Lyrics on ]

Toe Tappin' Good Times

Recital at the Covey Center for the Arts is on Thursday, November 6th. The show begins at 6:30 pm and is a free event. Friends, family, cultural lovers, and dance aficionados are invited to support our local dancers and Provo Covey Arts Center.

Covey Center for the Arts The Covey Center for the Arts is located at 425 West Center Street in Provo, UT.

Hope to see you there!

Bump, Set, Uh - Spike ?

KLAS signed up for women's volleyball tournament play in Spanish Fork this Fall/Winter. Last night was our first practice game of the season. Good thing it was practice....