Sunday, February 3, 2013

A little of this...a little of that

I stayed up all through the Friday night and Saturday morning hours reading.  I knew I should close the book and turn out the light, after all I had to take my son to an audition in Salt Lake in the morning.   It wasn't the story, so much as the characters.  I could so relate so well to their internal struggles and they were so likable that I felt I was spending time with good friends.  With each page turned, I wished the book fairy would add another to the end.  Do you ever get completely sucked in to a book like that? 

This morning it was breakfast at IHOP.  My son order the Red Velvet pancakes.  His description:  Diabetes on a plate. 

After breakfast, I went shooting.  I have felt cooped up for so long and the fresh air and sunshine felt wonderful.  I was able to shoot my friend's .9 mm Smith and Wesson M&P Shield.  I love this gun.
Like the majority of the country I watched the Superbowl.  I didn't have a favorite team but I enjoyed the game.  I wasn't impressed with a lot of the commercials and the half-time show was really unimpressive.  Lots of flash, little substance.

Best Superbowl commercial:

My sleepless reading night is catching up to me and unfortunately tomorrow is Monday.  Have a good week!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Mutterings

Monday is too far way from Friday but Friday is too close to Monday.
I told myself I wouldn't turn on the television today and get caught up in the Inauguration hoop-la but I did it anyway.  I tuned into Fox News and listened or watched while working.  All I saw were dollar signs and the ding of a cash register.
3 course lunch with lobster tails, bison, champagne, and wine. 
Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding.
Fancy gifts.
Beyonce singing the national anthem.
My friend and I are working on getting an Etsy store up and running to sell our crochet, knitting, and sewing projects.  I will post a link when we get it going.  In the meantime,  we are both coming up with items to sell.   This is a bag I finished over the weekend.  The pattern is my own (need to write it out) except for the square for the front pocket; that is from a Red Heart Yarn afghan pattern.

I know I haven't been blogging lately but how come I can't just upload a picture from my computer?  I had to use Picassa.  Is there a work around for this? or am I just an idiot?
The weather in Utah lately could be best described at "too damn cold".  I like winter but I also like to be able to get outside and enjoy it. 
I bought a pass to use the pool at the little hotel in town.  I've been trying to get there at least 3 days a week.  Working on losing the ten pounds I have gained since last summer.
 It isn't budging.
Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Snow is falling outside, Christmas lights are twinkling on the tree, and stew is simmering on the stove. 

 My feet are snug in warm new slippers and propped up on the ottoman. I am watching whatever happens to come on the TV channel I am tuned into and ignoring the dirty foot prints that mar the hardwood floor.

There is work to be done but my sofa is comfortable and the blanket my son gave me for my birthday is keeping me snug and warm.

I am trying not to think about the future and the changes coming to my little household in 2013. 

I am trying to "just be". 

I will worry about housework, the future, and life a little later. 

For now I will  just sit and enjoy the snow falling outside my window.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Little Random...

  1. Has this happened to you? You wake up in the morning with a great idea that you carry through your shower and while getting ready for the day you build up a gung ho attitude to get it done.  You're going to kick some butt with this idea.  Then you sit down to put your shoes on, contemplate the steps needed to run with your idea, and think, "Nah. I'd rather take a nap or read a book."  It happened to me this morning.
  2. I like the idea of a flat tax and getting rid of most of the IRS.  Yet while I was setting up my payment program with the man from the IRS this morning to pay a small amount of taxes from 2011, I felt bad because my idea would cause him to lose his job. 
  3. Tonight and tomorrow I am taking part in High School Homecoming activities.  Something I haven't done in 20 years.  Go Lions!! Yay, Class of 93!  We are in the Homecoming parade and in charge of the Homecoming assembly.
  4. My son has signed up with a talent agency and had head shots taken on Sunday.  At $450 for pictures, I sure hope he gets at least one or two jobs to pay for them.  The photographer showed me some of them and I must say that my son is one good looking kid.  Err, man, I guess.
  5. Said son will be 18 in 11 days.
  6. Senior picture proofs came back.  Great shots.  Cheapest package is about $239 bucks.  Sorry Charlie. Not doing it.  Will probably call my cousin to take some pictures to commemorate the Senior year.
  7. Maybe it is just me but it seems that certain politicians still think the only issues women care about are getting free birth-control pills and the right to an abortion.  In my humble opinion, real women care more about the economic future of our country, jobs, education, and basically the same things men care about.  Women are a lot smarter than we get credit for.
  8. The upcoming elections are giving me anxiety.
  9. I watch too many news programs,
  10. I need to read a book.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why do they have to be so mean?

My nephew, who has always loved school, started 6th grade yesterday.   Instead of having a great first day, he broke down last night about how mean the kids were.   All of his friend ignored him.  He was teased for wearing his cowboy boots.  Boots he saved his money to buy and loves.  And this in a town surrounded by farms, and where the major summer event is the rodeo and county fair.  He was told he was weird. This is a big deal for a kid, especially on the first day of school.

My heart aches for this boy who is such a loving kid.  He would never say or do anything to hurt another person.  I try not to have favorites but something about him reaches out to me more so than some of my other nephews. 

This boy loves animals.  He studies them and wants to have a farm when he grows up.  When CAL Ranch or IFA start selling chicks each year, he begs to go to the store to watch and hold the small birds.  For years he has wanted a Russian Tortoise.  Like good parents, my brother and his wife waited to awhile to see if his interest in the Russian Tortoise would wane.  It hasn't.  In preparation for getting a tortoise, he researched their habits, diet, and habitat needs.  This summer he finally received his Russian Tortoise, "Otis".  His mom is growing dandelions in her windowsills to feed Otis and my nephew can tell you everything you ever wanted to know and more about his tortoise. 

Everything about this kid screams kindness and goodness so I don't understand why kids have to be so mean.  I pray that he finds a couple of good friends who can accept and appreciate everything good about him.  And I pray that kids all over can learn to be kinder to each other.