Friday, September 25, 2009

Conversations With Myself

Its quarter to two and although I am exhausted I am still WIDE awake.

Oh sure I could take my sleeping medicine that the doctor prescribed but that would be the easy way out of keeping myself company.

When it gets this late I tend to let my mind wander and I can tend to carry out incredibly long conversations with myself about absolutely nothing at all.

For instance. I get to thinking to myself

Self: I think you really should finish that afghan you started last year.
I: But I am not really any good at crocheting, it will end up looking like a snake!
Self: I don't like snakes, oh gosh do you remember when Dad ran over that rattler and then tried to stop to pick it up so he could have the skin?
I: We were on our way home from the cabin. Man, I miss the cabin. Do you remember when we used to use that loom to make potholders.
Self: Jared was the best at making the potholders (aside: Mom even still has one, gosh its got to be 20 years old by now. )
I: Oh, I'm so excited that Jared and Monica are going to have another baby, they heard the heartbeat yesterday you know.
Self: I know! Mikey thinks its a boy.
I: I am so glad I had a little girl, little boys scare me.

And this is just an excerpt of my way of thinking to myself... does anyone even remember what started this whole conversation?

Maybe if I just take 1/2 a pill it won't be so bad right?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who Am I?

Wordle: Who am I

I have had a great time playing with this
new thing called Wordle its great fun and
makes one feel more creative than they probably
really are but I thought it was worth a go.
I hope you have as much fun as I did.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I Am Too Nice

I was having a conversation with a new friend last night and during this conversation she confessed that she thought I was, "The kind of person that will go help another person no matter what. I mean come on Em, you are still nice to ____ (fill in the blank with a list of people I probably should not even give the time of day to anymore). I mean REALLY I don't know how you do it, if I had been put through what you went through with ____ I would not even be able to talk to him. Let alone be nice and help him when he asks for it."

- I am not saying this to toot my own horn, its what another friend of mine has told me is my "Greatest character flaw," then quickly added, "But its a great one to have!" I say this more as a way to prove my point.

There are some people in my life that Heaven Help Me I still talk to and associate with that we ALL know I shouldn't but my tender heart can't seem to cut them out of my life. I have tried but these "Underdogs" ~for lack of a better word~ have a special place in my heart. I can't just be mean and NOT help. I DON'T know how to tell them No or not respond when they call, write, text or whatever. I have been told that I am tenderhearted and compassionate but is it possible to be too much of these things?

I ask these questions today because I have been thinking about it a lot today. Why today? Well I was told by someone I trust whole heartedly that one of the aforementioned Underdogs has been saying some really unsavory things about me. They are unfounded and the people he has been telling these things to have dismissed them as someone just trying to make trouble for me but really, I have been nothing but nice to this person its true that we have had our disagreements but I have gone above and beyond would be expected of me when it comes to this person.

So I guess my question is, What do I do? Do I stop being so nice?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Prunus Persica

I have had a hankering for peaches lately. I don't know what it is about the fuzzy little things but they have been calling to me... "Auntie Em... Auntie Em, come and eat me Auntie Em!" I was out at my mother's house and we set out with the intent to can the peaches but alas we were given a recipe for freezer peaches, you soak them in a slurry of lemon, pineapple, and orange juice. Well as soon as we tasted the peaches, after a quick dip in the slurry, the idea of canning them quickly went out the window. We washed, peeled, sliced and bagged 3 boxes of peaches and had less than 5 that had to be thrown out! *Beware of the Blue Hand!*

Monday, September 14, 2009

Escape Together

If you were to see this on the back of a semi would you follow it till it stopped?
If you are anything like me the ONLY answer to this question is a resounding YES!

I had the awesome privilege to see the amazing, inspiring, guitar genius Keith Urban.

This was my fifth Keith Concert and can I say the man just gets better as time goes on. The first concert of his that I went to I took my mother and sister and we had last row seats. I have since become a better ticket finder and well lets just say I have been MUCH closer for the other concerts.

Keith was at the top of his game. Although the sound was a bit intense the ear plugs which are a must helped immensely. There was nothing about the show I would have changed. (Well, besides getting rid of everyone else and having a one on one show just me and Keith alone in a hotel room me Keith and a guitar.)

Back to reality. The show was great! My little monster accompanied my little sister (Antena) to the show and thoroughly enjoyed her first concert. Kiss a Girl is her favorite song and every time it comes on she dances and although Kiss a Girl was closer to the end of the set list than it was to the beginning she perked right up and LOVED it!

Keith's guitar skills were sharp and the beautiful guitars he played were almost as entertaining as he was. I mean seriously he tickled the insanely gorgeous Shattered Gibson guitar that was mad especially for him with such finesse that the sounds created by the practiced fingers were nothing short of glorious.
My favorite song of the night had to be You'll Think of Me the last verse/bridge of the song struck a chord. "Yeah... When your laying alone in the middle of the night wishing I was there to hold you tight
that's when you're going to think about me baby
yeah in the middle of the night when your lying alone
baby your wishing I was coming home
but I'm ain't ever coming home
you shouldn't have treated me this way
hey yeah oh yeah yeah yeah
Why did you go and break my heart
didn't you know how much I loved you?
Someday baby... when you see my face I hope it gives you hell!"

My feelings EXACTLY!!! The concert was awesome and Keith played the crowd as well as he played his many guitars. It was a GREAT rollercoaster of emotions anevery second of the ride was thrilling! Till we meet again Keith... keep doing that awesome thing you do!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Excitement Abounds

This looks SOOOO much better than Twilight, new director and its NOT so Dark!!! I'm excited...are you?

Seeing Double... or More?

I was surfing today and came across this.

Its fun to listen to if not anything else.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Random Monday Snapshot.

Today this is my random snapshot.
This is my Mother.
Isn't she lovely?
I get MY smile from her. :-)
She stopped by this afternoon with my nephew.
We walked across the street to feed the ducks that live in the canal.
We had a fun little few moments.
It was just a quick visit but we had lots of fun.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Scarlet Pimpernel

I had the great opportunity to see The Scarlet Pimpernel production at the Hale Center Theater in Salt Lake City last weekend and this is the first chance I have had to sit down and actually write about it.

My book club read The Scarlet Pimpernel a few months ago and then found out that the musical would be playing in Salt Lake so we as a book club decided that we would all love to go. I knew the story and familiarized myself with the music so when the show arrived I would be ready.

If you are not familiar with the story line the basic jist of it is a tangled web of love deceit and redemption all entwined within the throws of the French Revolution. I am slightly frightened to admit to even reading this novel let alone enjoy the musical because my favorite history professor that I took French Revolution from would throw a fit, because, "The Scarlet Pimpernel is so far from what actually took place its not even funny!" That said, The Scarlet Pimpernel probably one of the most entertaining musicals I have EVER seen. I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard.

The man playing Percy/The Scarlet Pimpernel was insane I have never witnessed anyone be able to pull off two completely different personalities so well. If there had been room I would have been rolling on the floor because I was laughing so hard.

The ONLY part of the show I found lacking and it had nothing to do with the actors themselves but I feel that the show itself lacks a truly great love song, sure there are touching moment but no "All I Ask of You" or "As Long As You're Mine" nothing that really sticks to your heart well no love songs anyway... The passion that "Into the Fire"
or the great comedy that "Creation of Man" this version is rough but its worth watching to get the idea of the absolute hilarioty. ensues is absolute pleasure.

It was in a word. Delightful.

Now the question is...what shows have you seen lately that were enjoyable?

Thursday, September 3, 2009


I have 3775 pictures in my iPhoto library and thanks to my Duplicate Annihilator its no longer 4958! I recently transferred from one computer to another and due to that process I ended up have duplicates of more than a 1,000 pictures. Unfortunately iPhoto does not immediately find duplicates on its own but Duplicate Annihilator is a very reasonably prices program. $7.95 with tax it was $8.47 eight and a half bucks is totally worth HOURS of my time combing my iPhoto library trying to purge doubled photos.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It is Time for...

my semi-annual reading of two wonderful Richard Peck books. I read these books three or four times a year. Always re-read them just as school is starting or at the beginning of fall. I typically start with A Long Way From Chicago because its the first of the two books, A Year Down Yonder is the sequel. These books bring to life my imagination and always spark the fantastic within me. They also remind me very much of my Grandmother. They never cease to delight. I had to actually buy a new copy because my old one was almost unreadable so dog earred and marred from use. I hope if you are looking for an entertaining read that you will pick these up.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I have been really on edge lately. Nothing and I mean NOTHING
has been going my way. School sucks, my books still aren't here,
I have a very cranky tooth cutting 19 month old, an ex that has no
desire to be helpful and I feel like I can't win. Speaking of my cranky,
little monster she just woke up screaming I should go but first I should let you know
One week from tomorrow... my salvation arrives in the form of: and I was just told I have tickets!
Now to the crying child.