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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, April 27, 2009

Final part of the random questions.

56. Do you have good vision?
Heavens, no. Even WITH my contacts - I do not see well.

57. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?
Oh sure...that list is long and distinguished.

58. How often do you talk on the phone?
At least five to ten times a day.

59. The last person you held hands with?
One of my students, walking down the hall.

60. What are you wearing?
A black shirt, red plaid pajama pants and my cute pink pinafore apron.

61. What is your favorite animal?
Baby ducks. I want one...or two. My mom says, "No."

62. Where was your profile picture taken?
I took it from the Interwebs...

63. Can you hula hoop?
Yes...but will I? No.

64. Do you have a job?
I do - I work with aggressive and angry kids. And they yell a lot. And sometimes I think I'm going insane. Other days I laugh a lot. I think a lot of moms feel the same way about their kids.

65. What was the most recent thing you bought?
A rotisserie chicken.

66. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

RQ 5

45. Ever walked into a wall?
I've walked into many things I wasn't supposed to walk into

46. Favorite color?
I really do love lots of colors - pink, red, purple, blue, green, orange...uh...yeah...lots of colors...

47. Have you ever slapped someone?
Not that I remember - but I think about doing it - A LOT.

48. Is your hair curly?
Is it ever!

49. What was the last CD you bought?
A Child's Prayer...lullabies...

50. Do looks matter?

51. Could you ever forgive a cheater?
Only at board games...not at life.

52. Is your phone bill sky high?
It has been...man.

53. Do you like your life right now?
Yes, I do.

54. Do you sleep with the TV on?
No, way.

55. Can you handle the truth?
I can - but I can also handle what I want to hear, too.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

RQ 4

34. Who are you going to be with tonight?
Tonight I was with my family and the missionaries.

35. Are you too forgiving?
I am a TOTAL sucker when people ask for forgiveness. But I have a hard time when I just need to forgive - on my own.

36. Ever been in love?
No...I guess not.

37. What is your best friend doing tomorrow?
Well - tomorrow is Thursday so she's got to be up and ready for the day by 8:45 a.m. when I call her. Then she'll work in her office and take her son to pre-school. She will also watch out the window for the grumpy mailman.

38. Ever have cream puffs?
Yes - and I could really go for some right now

39. Last time you cried?
Sunday afternoon...talking about the plans for May 23.

40. What was the last question you asked?
What the heck, man!?

41. Favorite time of the year?
I do love a lot of the year - but I really love springtime. I love rain and sun and flowers growing and jelly beans.

42. Do you have any tattoos?
No - I cannot think of one image that I would want on my body for more than a week.

43. Are you sarcastic?
Only when I'm speaking out loud

44. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?
No...did anyone?

Friday, April 24, 2009

RQ 3

23. Do you rent movies often?
I have a 6 year old Netflix subscription and I love it. I even lived right behind a Blockbuster for a while - and still - I only used Netflix. So, yes.

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room in which you are?
All the candle holders that are glass or crystal is as close as it's getting...

25. What countries have you visited?
England, France, Germany, Mississippi

26. Have you made a prank phone call?
Oh yes - in junior high school - I was the QUEEN of prank phone calls.

27. Ever been on a train?
Yes - I love the train. The perfect trip is from Portland to Seattle - in Business class.

28. Brown or white eggs?
White eggs - the brown eggs just seem so trendy.

29. Do you have a cell-phone?
Yes - and I love my little Juke.

31. Do you use chapstick?
I use Extra Emollient Night Creme by Mary Kay

32. Do you own a gun?

33. Can you use chopsticks?
Not without my special training wheels guide thing...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Random Questions 2

12. Are you emotional?
Yes - and yet - I can also be the cool headed voice of reason. But I also cried during music last Friday because the song we were singing was so sweet and tender.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?
No. Why would I do that?

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
I do both. But mostly I bite it. Do I seem like I would "take it slow" when it came to ice cream?

15. Do you like your hair?
I like the color of my hair and that my hair is very obedient. It will do what it's told. But my natural curls make me crazy - so, of course, I want straight hair. But I only have straight hair every six weeks when I visit Russ for a haircut - and he straightens it.

16. Do you like yourself?
Huh...I'll get back to you on this one...

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?
No - I don't think I would - unless he was paying and I got to hang out with some Secret Service agents. Then: maybe.

18. What are you listening to right now?
My mom's white noise machine (grrr) and my dad prepare a baked potato and raccoon through the kitchen, "Did all the salad get eaten?"

19. Are your parents strict?
Not particularly - because really - they didn't have to be. Geoff and I weren't too deviant. And they just made the expectations clear and knew that we would meet them. Or die.

20. Would you go sky diving?
No, thank you. My worst dreams all involve the feeling of falling. So - no. I don't want to fall from stuff.

21. Do you like cottage cheese?
Yes - I do - but to me cottage cheese is a compliment to savory things - especially potato chips. The idea of eating fruit with cottage cheese makes me want to barf.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Well - I talked with a local news anchor and I stole James Spader's water from a set once. And I had a meal at the Hamburger Hamlet with the bass player of Maroon5. That's about it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Not that you wanted to know...

1. What is the first thing you wash in the shower?
My hair - Aveda only. While I was in California, during the shoot, one of the school staff asked me if I used Aveda products - and that it smelled really good. Um...why was she so close to me? Can you really smell it from normal person distance?

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?
Baby blue Camp Namanu hoodie - minus the string...for safety sake.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

4. Do you plan outfits?
Oh yes! If I'm invited to a function or to participate in a program or something my FIRST concern is what I'm going to wear.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
I'm feeling tired and pleased and a little worried.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red?
My pants. Uh-huh!

7. What was the last dream you remember having?
I actively dream every night - and remember bits the next day - but right now I can't think of one.

8. Did you meet anybody new today?
Yes - I met a really dumb girl at the spa. Seriously - she's SO dumb. And way too tan.

9. What are you craving right now?
Banana creme pie

10. Do you floss?
Yes - daily - because I've got this gap in my teeth on the back right...and...well...I just have to floss everyday, okay?!

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?
Stinky. And Carnies.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New goodness!

I've been a faithful follwer of marta - and have even purchased a few of her mini-diaries (which I bought to send to my dear friend - only to discover she'd done the exact same thing!). marta uses high quality paper and binds the journals by hand. And now - there's this fabulous blog - new to me - called Sherbet Blossom . And there is a great interview with marta and a giveaway of one of the mini-diaries! You should go and check out all the beautiful and creative ideas Hannah has and enter the giveaway. But - don't be sad when I win...okay?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Not about Disneyland...

So - I know you're totally still waiting for me to write about my time at Disneyland - but this isn't it. This post is about how I'm so excited to have all the talks from the most recent General Conference as podcasts. While I was not able to watch the Saturday sessions, I'm now almost caught up because I've been able to listen to the talks on my iPod...during my break at work and while I was shopping at horrible WinCo. I like the prices at WinCo (which is why I shop there) but I have a hard time with the atmosphere and people. But it was SO MUCH easier not to get angry while listening to the conference talks. So - if you want to get the talks in podcast form head over here . I used the link to go through iTunes - so this isn't any kind of tutorial about how to make it work if you don't use iTunes.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

You're MOM has a birthday....

Today is my mother's birthday. She's older this year...than she was. And this picture perfectly captures my mother in her most natural and preferred setting. Take note of her smile. And her relaxed posture. Also note that her computer is handy - and her drink is perfectly at arms length. You may also notice that her outfit is very classy - and that she's wearing a sweater while sitting next to the fire. (She hates being cold, people.) Her hair is in a cute and stylish bob - which is not how her hair looks now - but I can assure you that it is still cute and stylish. You may not realize by just looking at this picture that she is at the coast, enjoying a quiet weekend.

Debbie loves:
her family
doing excellent work
Diet Pepsi
her white robe
staying in touch with her friends via the Interwebs
a sunny, warm day in her beautiful backyard.

Debbie hates: (which is not to say that other people LOVE these things)
the wind
car trouble
grocery shopping
running out of toilet paper

I love my mom because:
she laughs easily...except for that one time when they were burning that tree...
she taught me to love music
she has high expectations for herself and others - and is always ready to cheer you on.
we say the same things at the same time - in the same tone/way. A lot.
she an outstanding teacher.
she is a hard worker - and will do what it takes to get the job done well.
when she does cook - it's really good. Really Good.
she opens her heart to many people.
she has great style and fashion sense.
she knows what's what. And she does - she knows EXACTLY what's what.
she will do anything in her power to help her family.

Mom - I love you and hope your day is just what you want.

While I was away...

This has been a full and fantastic week...and here's what I've been up to:

I flew to Burbank, and was picked up by Wonderful Ryan. We then went to lunch at the ever busy and delicious Porto's ...having some of the most delightful desserts after. There was this elegant raspberry mousse - that had a surprise of chocolate in the bottom. Yes. YES.

After lunch, Wonderful Ryan drove us down to Del Mar, introducing me to tons of music and literally making me hurt and sore with laughter. Incidentally, Wonderful Ryan and I were wearing the same outfit. Jeans and a purple top. That made us laugh, too. We arrived at the hotel and got settled and met up with the rest of the 6360 Crew for the first shoot - which went really smoothly and was a lot of fun. It also included a trip to the San Diego court house - and some funny footage of one of our crew running down the hall in her socks, only to try and slide and instead smack her face on the floor. I'm not sure if/when that footage will be available...but I'll let you know.

After we were all wrapped for the day Wonderful Ryan and I went to dinner at Il Fornaio in Del Mar. It was so lovely and elegant. It was just what I needed at the end of the day. Then I got a frozen custard cone...and slipped into a sugar coma.Tuesday was more shooting and then a drive back to Tujunga to the Aunt Hill. Wonderful Ryan and I stayed with Deeder and Karen for the rest of our trip. Tuesday was great - but I didn't do much. An extreme nap was taken and then I remember snacking...and then going to bed.

Wednesday was one of our "off" days from the shooting schedule, so Wonderful Ryan made reservations for us at Gordon Ramsy's at the London Hotel.
You should go check out the full menu, but for those who are interested, I had:
Caprese salad with burrata mozzarella and aged balsamic; Roasted breast of jidori chicken with braised romaine hearts, creamy pomme purée, lemon thyme jus; and chilled coconut tapioca with passion fruit, candied ginger, milk chocolate and star anise gelato. I also couldn't figure out how to make the lights brighter in the ladies washroom. So, yeah. It was so sophisticated and polished...I loved it. From there we went up to the Griffith Observatory walking around learning new things and then watching the new planetarium show. I highly recommend it! We then drove back to the Aunt Hill and had dinner and got ready for the last two days of shooting.

Thursday was an early day - but my schedule was very light. We shot all morning and then met for lunch at the Pasadena Police helipad for our traditional lunch catered by the incomparable Pie 'n Burger . I've talked about them before - but still - SO GOOD. If you're ever in Pasadena and can't think of a place to eat: Pie 'n Burger is your answer. In fact, the question doesn't matter - Pie 'n Burger should always be the answer.

After lunch, Wonderful Ryan and I killed time before our next call by attempting to go to the Huntington Museum - but not having tickets - we decided to go to the mall and ended up testing the massage chairs at Brookstone. With time sufficiently killed, we headed over to Pasadena City Hall to film the interviews...and guess who else was shooting there?! The cast and crew of Parks and Recreation! But, sadly, we didn't see Amy Poehler. But then we were done and I went home and crashed and sat on the couch watching the first DVDs of Summer Heights High .

Friday will get it's own post...so you'll just have to check back in...

Other Images from: here and here