Sunday, July 27, 2008


Did you ever count your blessings only after learning of someone else's sadness?

I wrote this letter to a friend a few years ago when her brother passed away. I used much of what Joseph Wirthlin said in a talk he gave during a general conference. We all have grief and sadness in our life. It's times like this that I'm grateful for my knowledge. The plan our Heavenly Father has given us makes sense and makes us complete. This doesn't mean we'll have picture perfect lives where nothing bad happens, it just gives us hope, peace and comfort that life here on earth is not all that we're living for.

Elder Wirthlin said is so eloquently when he explained dealing with his own grief and the loss of his wife. He gives some wonderful advice. It's a wonderful article and all I can say to her is Sunday will come. Here is an excerpt from the talk:

"When Christ rose from the grave, becoming the firstfruits of the Resurrection, He made that gift available to all. And with that sublime act, He softened the devastating, consuming sorrow that gnaws at the souls of those who have lost precious loved ones.
"I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross. On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark. Frightful storms lashed at the earth.
"Those evil men who sought His life rejoiced. Now that Jesus was no more, surely those who followed Him would disperse. On that day they stood triumphant.
"I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world's history, that Friday was the darkest.
"But the doom of that day did not endure.
"The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind.
"And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the firstfruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.
"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.
"But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.
"No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.

In Loving Memory of Madison W*

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This is FUN! (dripping with sarcasm)

I'm hungry.

Which means I hate everyone right now.

Yup, that includes you.

I'm sure the celery I'm going to go eat right now will make it all better.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hot Stuff

I'm hot.

Now, you could have Paris Hilton's voice saying this (so sorry if you do), but you shouldn't. Because this is an icky, sticky, hotness that comes with July Texas heat and an impending hurricane (hurricane's raise the temperature right before they find you). I think her name's Bonnie or Dolly or Lucifer.... I can't seem to remember which.

This morning as I applied deodorant, I couldn't help but think, the manufacturers certainly wouldn't mind if I applied this elsewhere, say... down my cleavage and small of my back so I don't get that weird tickling sensation while I'm talking to my elderly neighbor and I instinctively begin itching while she wonders why I'm insane.

Don't worry, I didn't try it. I'm waiting for someone else to admit that they have.

No takers?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Professor Blog

I'm teaching a class on blogging.

When you catch your breath from laughing, please feel free to respond the following question(s):

What do you wish you had known before starting your blog?


What is keeping you from beginning your own blog?

Or feel free to give any sort of advice to a sucker lined up to teach a class on blogging.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


This one's going around. I thought it'd be ... interesting to read some memories.

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

Monday, July 14, 2008


I like to think I'm unique (in a good way) in more ways than this.

I also wonder how accurate it is???
LogoThere is
person with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Surf's Up

Brian is slowly getting me a couple of pics (Thank You!).
Here's some of them.

Ste went out surfing while we were there. He had such success the first day that Brian and I went out to watch the second day. I think we jinxed him. On his second ride, his ankle strap broke from his board.
Not a good sign when your surfer's walking in without his board.

I ended up rollin' up the old sweats and retrieved it for him.
Isn't is so beautiful there?

People are always surprised when I describe Santa Cruz's weather like this. It's not always overcast, it's mostly in the mornings, but it definitely isn't LA-esque. Santa Cruz is in the bay area leaving it subjected to morning fog and chill and sunny, breezy afternoons. ideal weather.

Isn't he absolutely delicious?

He's gonna kill me.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Money, Money, Money

Yesterday sucked (and I don't let my kids use that word).

We got a surprise $450 bill from the dentist.
Our electricity bill was $100 higher than it's ever been.
The water bill was $70 higher than it's ever been.
Our health insurance situation just changed to a more expensive plan.
I had to buy gasoline for the car ('nuf said).
The reimbursement we were expecting came and we didn't even notice the slightest surge in our account.

Money always seems to be an issue with us.

But then, there's a silver lining...

Abdul Kujamar just emailed me and he wants to share his inheritance of $213 million.

With me, of all people.

Sheesh, I feel lucky.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I wish I could say I'm having a hard time losing my baby weight. But I lost it. And then I found it, again.

I keep telling Steven something new must wrong with my thyroid. I already take stuff for hypothyroidism but I feel tired a lot and there's these 15 lbs that have inched their way back on. But I don't think it's my thyroid anymore.

It's my butt.

Yep, my butt is making me look fat, not my thyroid.

So, here's the deal. I'm going to try and re-lose this weight and I always do better with some help of companionship....or competitors. A couple of friends want to lose some of their extra weight and I did this little contest a couple of summers ago with some BFFs. I lost 19 lbs on South Beach.

If your in here are the rules:

  • Email me at
  • You'll need anty up $50. If you're the type of person that doesn't trust yourself to pay up if needed and want to send it to me now, fine. Otherwise you can just keep it until I win it from you (yeah, I'm already talking smack).
  • We start Monday, July 14th.
  • You can use any method to lose weight that doesn't involve a trip to Mexico with a scalpel and vacuum.
  • You have 12 weeks to lose 10% of your total body weight.
Game on.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Back from CA

I'm back and raring to go.

Er, something like that.

Our little family just returned from a lovely little vacation to Santa Cruz. It was heavenly, as usual. Though, because all of my BILs have sweet new cameras, we didn't pull ours out once. Let's just say you'll get SC, CA post when they all send me cds full of pics, and probably pics of their families. Oh well.

PS For those of you who are having trouble commenting (Ruth, Shelley, Kay etc.) try using the "Anonymous" option and then just sign your name. And for those of you who aren't commenting, you're dumb.


PPS For those of you who don't use google reader, thanks for sticking with me. This summer has been tough on my little blog. I vow to be better.

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