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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.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Get me to the church on time!

On Friday - after driving eight hours to central Oregon and back, I had just 30 minutes between arriving home and needing to be at the wedding of Ashley Boersma, one of our dearest friends. We made it - and what a beautiful evening it was.
Ashely and Zack say "I do"
The elegant cake - many flavors make for happy guests
With some of my favorite people, Dana, Evelyn, Mom, and Merrie
The "favor" was a photo booth - I'm totally stealing that idea
Zack and Ashley - such a lovely couple
Mom and me at the end of the evening - playing with the camera
More fun with camera and Corky
Many, many congratulations to Zack and Ashely vonWeller!!

The hip bone's connected to the PAIN

So, one of the perks of being the driver at camp is that you never have to walk the long distances around camp...but the downside is that you have to sit in a vehicle...a lot. Last Friday, I drove in a caravan with Katie Johnson out to the Mt Bachelor area of Oregon to pick up the Outpost unit who was backpacking and camping there for four days. The drive is pretty, until you get to the ugly part.

We left really early - and would have had an hour to kill (and stretch and walk around) before meeting our group at the trail head. But they arrived early and so we stopped long enough to get their gear in Katie's car and the peeps on the bus. And then we drove the FOUR HOURS back to camp. Eight hours, pretty much non-stop, driving the bus has left my lower back screaming. So, I can lounge (which I prefer anyway) but I cannot sit for longer than 10 minutes without trouble.

Massage, STAT!

Sunday, July 22, 2007


I got the greatest treat today!! After a week out at camp and then at the coast, I've finally gotten around to sorting through the mail - and what should come to me?! Some TATER MITTS! I am floored and confused. There was no note - so I don't know who to thank for such a great treat!! So, thank you, thank you - whoever you are. I am delighted - and they are about it get used to make the Sunday dinner!

All Done Harry...sigh

Yesterday, as promised, Amazon had my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows delivered to my front door. I was worried that I might miss it as I'd been camping at the coast with my folks (and ward). I took as much of the wet camping gear (it rained almost the whole time) as could fit in my car and headed for home.

I had time to unload the car and start some laundry before the doorbell rang - and our very nice postal lady had carefully left the book. But know this - there was still work to be done (showers and what not) and I was able to postpone my devouring of the book until all the work was done. I've got to say I'm really impressed with myself.

It took me ten hours to read the book, but I fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. and had to resume after a four hour nap. Knowing that spoilers SUCK, I will just say that I really enjoyed book seven - and can't wait until I can talk about it, in all my nerdy glory.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

What I've been up to...

I'm sure you're wondering what I've been up to since graduation - especially since I haven't mentioned going to work, etc. That's because the job I thought was a "done deal" at PSU turned out to in fact not be done at all.

But filling my time and bank account are a combination of job-type arrangements. First, I've been working as a jane-of-all-trades for a project that you can read about here. I will be keeping the blog for the trip as well as coordinating the stops along the way. The beauty is that I can do all this from the comfort of my own home, in my pajamas. Delightful.

Also, I will be working out at camp for three days of the week. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I will be the driver and nurse assistant. And then on Thursday night I will drive home - and sleep in my own bed! It's the best of all possible situations. And I'm really excited about it.

In five weeks I will have more of a long term plan, but for right now, I am very sure that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, which is both odd and comforting at the same time.

Forgot about freedom...

The Fourth of July was pretty mellow around our house - but we did host a movie in our backyard - Independence Day - and had some folks bring ice cream and enjoy the outdoor movie. It was really fun...here are just a few pictures before my camera froze...
Corky Flanders - and his lovely scarf.
I had to pay him a nickel to wear that. Totally worth it...for me.
Also, behind Corky you can kind of see the great screen he made for the movie...
The table for the ice creams...
The movie viewing area - love the battery powered lanterns!

Game night...

This past Wednesday was game night - hosted in the air conditioning at the Taylor house...I think this picture says it all...

Why I love Primary OR the BEST 2.50 I ever spent...

Today in Primary we did a review of all the songs for the program in the Fall. This can be very painful if not properly motivated...so I decided that for each song, the kids would choose a funny article of clothing for a member of the bishopric (Matt Peterson, to be exact) to put on. But the key is that they have to sing well enough (loud, smiling, knowing the words) to EARN the clothes for Brother Peterson. Here is the final product:Matt, the goofiest evil villain in the Junior Primary. (He's the tall one, btw)
Reading the minds of the Senior Primary kids...

Needless to say, they sang great. A few verses of songs need some work, but overall - HOORAY!! Now, you must be asking yourself - "Is Brother Peterson normally rockin' that awesome 'stache?" The answer is no. I got that mustache at a cute children's bookshop while in Seattle. And it may possibly be the BEST $2.50 I have EVER SPENT!!
It comes in a box - like this. And you can see that you can pose it in many different styles! You can buy one here.
And I think that Corky Flanders looks AMAZING!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Addition to my wish list...

I also would like this Bluetooth Retro Handset from ThinkGeek.com. It would go perfectly with the apron!!

Friday, July 13, 2007


So - my mother has resumed posting at her blog, over at Trixie's Circus. It's been over two years since she walked away - but now she's back. So you should go check it out. She's a very funny writer. Hopefully she won't leave us hanging again - everyone deserves a second chance.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Such a good thought for the day...

Everything will be okay in the end.
if it's not okay, it's not the end.

I may stitch this into a sampler...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wish List...

With my birthday less than a month away - I thought I'd do you all a favor and let you know what I'm wishing for for my birthday:

This gorgeous, to-die-for apron

This geneology software

These Mundial True Left Handed Forged Shears

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I'm doing other things...

but this made me laugh really hard. I do hope you enjoy as well. Don't you love his little buns? And yes, it is in German

Saturday, July 7, 2007

This is a video from my childhood - and oh, do I love it. It's "Dress Cool" from David Letterman's Late Night Film Festival. Connie - this one is for you!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Other things to do...but...

Being without my own laptop gave me a lot of time to think of things that I could only do on my computer - like posting some of my favorite interweb finds on my blog. Please do enjoy:

Go check out Dressing Up Floppie. Clowns are creepy and/or lame. This site has so many possibilities and such a sad clown. So seriously - go and get this poor clown some clothes. You can have him playing a kickin' axe or a banjo and wearing all kinds of different rocker gear.Delightful!

If you haven't browsed through Fishs Eddy then you are missing out on some really cool dishes and other gifty items.
Right now they are having a big sale on all their Hula dishes. But really, I just want their Brooklynese "Shugah" bowl - it tickles my fancy!

Finally - I saw this and thought it was so cool, especially because it was used by EcoChallenge racers: Hennessy Hammocks are lightweight camping hammocks - so instead of a sleeping in a tent on the rocky, bumpy ground - you sleep in a comfy hammock in a tent. SO great!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

I'm back!!

Trusty Rusty is home and better and wonderful. I'm SO happy. I met the UPS man on the porch because I couldn't wait for him to ring the bell. Lame? Yes. Relieved? YES!!

Happy post-Fourth of July to all!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Out of the woods...

Friends -
I just want to thank you all for your love and support during this very difficult time. I just got word from MacService that everything went great with the "operation" and that Trusty Rusty is in transit again - on his way home to me.

Thank you for your prayers.

Monday, July 2, 2007

200th Post!

It's so crazy to think that this is my 200th post. And the hardest thing about posting this is that Trusty Rusty, my iBook, has been sent away this morning for repairs to the SuperDrive, and to get a new battery. I was delighted to find http://macservice.com/ which is a cheaper and faster option to have repairs made to my iBook. They'll even send you the shipping container and collect it from your house! I'm very excited. But of course I had to start repairs during a week with a national holiday. BOO.

Of course, the good news is that we've still got the Compaq notebook that will get me through until Thursday, when Trusty Rusty will be returned to me. Is there a twelve step program for notebook withdrawals? Is the first step apple cinnamon pancakes? I hope so.