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I'm a Great Northwesterner that is now loving life in the Midwest. I am a world class napper. I'm very bossy. I clearly love a good glass of Scotch. I wear aprons every chance I get.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


Today was the missionary farewell of one of my brother's best friends. This young man has basically been my second brother for the past 10 years. We have so many embarrassing pictures of Bob...I really love this boy. And today he gave a great talk in church - such presence and style. Really should have been born a Taylor. And it's been a long time since I've cried that much. My mom, Bob's mom and another mom have been singing as a trio for many years now. Today the Little Smokies, as they're known, were the special musical number during the meeting. So I was crying by the end of that...and through Bob's talk. AND THEN, the closing hymn was "God Be With You Til We Meet Again." WELL. I was gone. I wanted to sing, cuz I really like the hymn, but was physically unable. Geoff was an even bigger mess. Not exactly "the rock," my Geoffrey.

Heaven help us all when September arrives.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Up in the night...

So Grandma woke up at 4:40 this morning coughing. The weather has changed here in Oregon and for some reason it was very dry in the house. So I woke up thirsty. So that meant I had to go downstairs and get a drink. But since I was up, I also had to go to the bathroom. As I headed back upstairs, my Mom woke up and asked if I was okay. I told her I was just thirsty to which she replied "Oh...Me too." So back I went for some cool water and a straw. (NOTE: I did put both the water and the straw in a glass). So after two trips to the kitchen - I was fully awake. And so was Tripod, my brain hampster. So instead of fighting it, I am now getting caught up on e-mails, and blogs. I'm hoping that now I can fall back asleep for an hour and a half. Or just turn on the Today show...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A new pet peeve...

I've recently discovered a new pet peeve. I really hate being interrupted while I'm getting ready for the day. It's already no fun getting showered and dressed, but for some reason being interrupted during that time is very irksome. If it could wait while I'm in the shower, I'm sure it can wait til I'm DRESSED!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Such a full Sunday

This morning we got the call that my paternal grandmother, Carmen, had passed away sometime early this morning. She was 85 years old and was suffering from many ailments, not the least of which was a recent fall and blow to the head. She was a very sweet lady that I didn't really know very well. My father is doing well with the loss, but today has been pretty mellow and quiet. We are all so grateful that she is now in a place of peace, free of the pains of her body and enjoying the family already on the other side of the veil.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Tonight I saw a local production of the Fantasticks...and it sure was! I had such a great time. The performances were outstanding and production concept really worked. And after the show we saw one of the performers on the street and we thanked him for a great show...and he thanked me for my laugh. It was a great night!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

My new favorite economic theory:

Revealed Preference: the preferences (purposes, subjective benefits) of absolutely rational people are revealed by the choices they make.

Lately I've been fascinated by this concept. Especially when people say things like "I really want to go to Disneyland" - to which I think...then why don't you go. If you REALLY wanted to go...you'd be figuring out ways to be there, right?

surprisingly I've focused this theory more on myself than on others (although I'm more actively listening for what people say versus what their revealed preference (actions) tells me.) I'm spending a lot of time thinking about what I really want and to what I'm just giving the lip service. Or what is stopping me from doing what I want? The law, perhaps. Or potential guilt. Or just laziness.

Nice, long weekend!

Today I got to sleep in. I haven't done that in weeks! And it's one of my most favorite things to do in the whole wide world. I've decided to make sleeping in and napping higher on my list of things to do each week.

This past week was very long and very dense. Winning the radio prize seems like it was months ago. School is going great! I've created my own class in which I will study the last 25 plays that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And I can do the class from the comfort of my pajamas! I'm thrilled that I can just make up a class. I'm also taking a theatre research class (which can overlap with my Pulitzer class...the professor said so) and the second half of Development of Dramatic Art. Right now I'm sort of on auto pilot but will kick into gear on Wednesday when I'm back in class again.

Work with CampFire has been too hectic - especially for a part time job. I'm having a hard time fitting 8 hours worth of work each day into just 5. I'm really starting to hate the phrase from my position description "and other duties as assigned."

My book recommendation: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. SO FUNNY!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner!

After a long and harrowing weekend, I was a winner of a bonus prize for a local radio station. Several months ago I registered with the KLite Platinum Club. This took a few seconds and I really didn't expect to have anything come of it...ever.

But as I was driving to school yesterday morning, my Dad called from the house (as it was his day off) and said that the radio station had called and that I was the daily bonus winner. All he got was the phone number to call. I was so stunned and thrilled! So of course I tuned in to the station and after two songs they announced that everyone should join the Platinum Club and "...you could be a winner like Chanel Taylor of Beaverton who was our bonus winner today - winning a family four pack of tickets to the Winterhawks and a DVD of The Biggest Loser Workout!"

They said my name on the radio! And they said I was a winner!! Very little is better than THAT!

In other news...I'm going to school full time and working more than part time...which is already proving to be less fun than harassing the poor fools who came into the Production Office looking for tape. But I am busy, which is helping the days fly by.

Thursday, January 5, 2006

Sneaky, sneaky...

I cannot believe a whole week has gone by since my last entry. WHOA.

Happy New Year! I had such a fun ring in of the new year at the Malley's. I miss cupcakes and football and Bennett and the best duvet ever. I could go on and on.

I am back at work - bleh and will start back at school on Monday...hooray! Classes should be pretty good this quarter.

Not a lot of news...so that's it.