Thursday, February 28, 2008

Technology

I'm always one of the last to get stuff. We've only had a DVD player for about 2-3 years, it took forever for me to want a cell phone, we only just got DSL a few months ago, and I've never had a digital camera. I'm behind on the times, for some reason. Probably due to cheapness. It runs in my family. Anyway, my friend, Julie, just let me have her digital camera. They have a newer one and she just gave it to me. What a great friend. I've wanted one for a long time, but the whole cheapness thing kept me from getting one.

It was sure nice to have it when we went to the Children's Museum in New Braunfels, TX today. I love children's museums. We've gone to the one in San Antonio a couple dozen times, so we thought we'd try this one. It's only about 20 miles away. It was smaller than the San Antonio one, but I kind of liked it that way. There was a huge open area so you can see all the kids at the same time and you didn't have to walk around a lot. My kids really liked it. I took these pictures and decided to put them on this blog, mostly so hubby can see them. He's out of town today and wasn't able to go with us. So, here they are...

















Walking on the moon





Driving an ambulance. It had a real gurney in the back. I was tempted to lay down and take a nap.


















Grocery Shopping




Playing trains... This was a favorite for my youngest two.











Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Early Voting


Here in Texas, our primary is on March 4th. What is great about Texas is that they have early voting. I'm not sure how many other states have early voting, but it's the coolest. You don't have to wait until Election Day. Usually a week or so before Election Day, you can go to early voting sites and cast your vote. I went to our local library today and voted without having to stand in any lines. That's a big relief when you bring your two-year old along. And he got a little sticker that said, "I voted."


Early voting significantly cuts down on long lines on Election Day and it's convenient for people who may be out of town or unable to vote on Election Day. So, I'm happy to cross that off my list of things to do. In and out at the booth, just in time for Story Time in the next room at the library.


I was kind of surprised to see a few candidates on the ballot who have dropped out. I guess people can still vote for them if they want too. John Edwards and Bill Richardson were still on the Democratic ballot. Bill Richardson would make an awesome Vice President, by the way. I'm almost certain either Clinton or Obama will choose him as their running mate.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ladies Night

I don't have as many favorites among the women, but here are the ones I really liked.

Asia'h Epperson is my favorite. She was awesome tonight. What a great rendition of a Janis Joplin song.





I really like Brooke White, but I don't think her performance was that great. David Cook did a much better job with that song. I'm still rooting for her though, and I think she will do a lot better.




I really like Amanda Overmyer. I think she's so fun to watch.





Here are the ones I don't like- Kristy Lee cook, Alaina Whitaker, and Carly Smithson. Carly seems like a favorite with a lot of people, but I think she's very annoying. I hate what she does with the microphone, and she squints here eyes too much. I can't stand it.

My guess on who's going home tomorrow-- Kristy Lee Cook and Kady Malloy

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sixties Night? What the Heck?

Why would American Idol choose Sixties Night? They talk about wanting the contestants to prove they can perform in today's market. No offense against the Sixties, but that's lame. Anyway, here are my favorites out of the men who performed tonight--A Michael, 3 Davids, and a Danny. I know that 5 is too many to be favorites, but I liked these guys.




Michael Johns is such a natural performer. I'm eager to see more from him. I think he has the best chance of winning.




Danny Noriega's performance was not very good. In fact, I think Simon called it grotesque, but I still like him and hope he'll do better in the weeks to come.






David Archuleta is such a cutie. He's got a great voice and is such a likeable guy.






I would really like to see David Castro stick around. I hope he does a lot better and sticks around.







I really, really liked David Cook's performance.







I think Jason Castro has the potential to really grown on me as well. My prediction for who's going home-- Chikeze and the Yeager guy.

I Was Going to Write Today, Really

I really, really was going to write today. I haven't written or edited in two months. I've been quite busily reading for the upcoming Whitney Awards. I voted today for the award, so I'm putting reading aside for a few weeks as I catch up on editing my work in progress.

My two year old naps about 99 % of the time. I can count on 2 free hours almost every day. (except for Sunday now that we have church at 1:00) But during the week, I can count on it. However, I hardly ever write during that time. I usually do other things--eat lunch, catch up on e-mail, phone calls, laundry, dishes, etc. But today, I was going to write. I didn't.

It seems every time (which is rarely) that I decide I'm going to write during naptime, my baby decides otherwise. He did not take a nap. That's okay, though. That just allows me to continue to put off writing some more. Instead, we took a walk around the neighborhood in beautiful 70's weather and we were able to walk to pick up the boys from school. We hardly ever get to walk because Baby usually sleeps until I just have a few minutes before I have to pick them up.

So, let's see when can I carve out some time for writing? Not tonight. It's American Idol. Tomorrow, during naptime? Don't think so. My 8 year old is sick and will probably stay home tomorrow. When the others are here during naptime, it just doesn't have the same meaning.

Medal or Metal

My son's school had a spelling bee today. He's in second grade, and this is his first spelling bee. He won the class spelling bee last week, and today he was competing against 8 other kids to win the school spelling bee and to compete in the city-wide Hockey spelling bee, sponsored by the local hockey team.

I felt so nervous for the kids, and I didn't want any of them to miss. The first girl to get out almost cried, and I felt so badly for her. I think she got confused with the word "use" and started spelling you.

When they were down to three boys, my son got the word metal. The librarian who was conducting the spelling bee said a sentence with each word. So, with metal, she said something about being made of metal. I can't remember the exact sentence. I think my son heard "medal" and perhaps without giving the sentence too much importance, spelled "medal" instead of "metal."

So, he was out. I felt bad for him because he knew how to spell the word, but got confused with which one. The next boy had a similar situation. His word was "cell" and she said a sentence about looking at a cell under a microscope. He spelled "sell," and was out. Ouch.

So, my son got a ribbon for 3rd place and seemed fine with it. I'm very proud of him for that. (He won the pinewood derby for Cub Scouts this weekend, so you can't win them all.)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentine's Day Blog

My friend, Sarah, did this on her blog, and I thought it would be fun to try. They are questions about my marriage.

First, a little background. I met my husband, Nolan, on March 13, 1993. We noticed each other at a BYU Men's volleyball game. They were playing against Ball State. We sort of checked each other out across the fieldhouse. The friend I was with, Tami, had met the friend he was with the previous night at a BYU dance. They didn't talk to us at the game, but after the game, we saw each other again at a BYU dance. During the final dance of the night, they asked us to dance. I liked Nolan right away. He and his friend gave Tami and me a ride home, and Nolan said, "maybe I'll give you a call sometime." Perhaps his 'maybe' is the reason I couldn't remember his name the next day. I really liked him, but a name that's a little unusual--Nolan--was not easy to remember. Luckily, he did give me a call...

Here we are almost 15 years later. Happy Valentines Day, baby. I love you.



How long have you been together? Married for 13 and a half years

How long did you date? About 15 months

How old is he? 36

Who eats more? I think he does

Who is taller? Nolan is

Who sings better? He does. I'm awful.

Who is smarter? We're equally smart, just in different areas.

Who does the laundry? I do.

Who does the dishes? The dishwasher.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does.

Who pays the bills? I do.

Who mows the lawn? He does. I've done it three times in my whole life.

Who cooks dinner? I do, if you call that cooking because I'm awful at it. I actually need to give credit where credit is due--Betty Crocker, Campbell's, Old El Paso etc.

Who is more stubborn? I think I am. He's so easy going.

Who kissed who first? He kissed me first.

Who asked who out? I hinted to his friend that I had an extra ticket for a Men's Chorus concert, so Nolan called me about it. Technically, I asked him out first, but he called me first, so it's a tie.

Who said "I love you" first? He did.

Who proposed? He did. We were at a Salt Lake Buzz game, and he had the announcer ask me over the loudspeaker, and they put it on the scoreboard. It was so romantic. I loved it. I was completely surprised by it, but readily, happily, and enthusiastically said, "Of course!"

Who is more sensitive? Me. I cry easily at movies and almost anything.

Who has more siblings? Nolan has 6 & I have 1.

Who wears the pants in the relationship? We both wear pants. However, I do wear skirts on Sundays and he still wears pants. (Can you tell I hate this question?)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Running


I don't like to run. I don't like to exercise, but I know it's good for you and all that junk. Exercise equipment in my house gets used to hang clothes on. Gyms are too expensive, and I know my 2 year old would hate the daycare. He's just barely getting used to nursery without growling at the nursery leaders every time they talk to him. My parents found a jogging stroller at a garage sale, so the past few weeks, I've been giving it a try.

So far, so good, even though I hate running. My 2 year old has been a great sport about it. We've been going to Comanche Park where they have great hiking trails. We park at one entrance of the park and jog to the other where he is rewarded with a great playground. There, we hang out for 45 minutes or so as he plays around and I rest from the run. Or, I follow him around as he commands. "C'mon, mom. I show you." We go down the slide together; he doesn't like doing it by himself. After I've sufficiently rested, we jog back to the car through the trails. We've really been enjoying our mornings.

There are a few problems, though: I keep getting lost within the trails. I have a terrible sense of direction and I end up all over the place, having to ask everyone I see where the playground is. Sometimes, I wander down the path to see where it takes me. The other thing is that it's hard to run with rocks in your pockets. Why am I running with rocks in my pockets, you may ask? Well, they aren't actually rocks, but that's how my thighs feel when I run. Maybe if I keep up with the running, the rocks will go away.

Friday, February 8, 2008

I Made Someone's Day


Marsha Ward from Writer in the Pines Blog gave me this nice award today. It's so nice to know she enjoys my blog.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George



Okay, I've never been a fan of fantasy. I've never even seen a Harry Potter movie, much less read one of the books. However, I just finished a book that may change all that. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George is a fantastic book.

I loved the first line--"It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon." The main character is Creel, and her aunt decides to sacrifice her to a dragon in hopes of Creel being rescued by a knight who will marry her. Instead, Creel becomes friends with the dragon and with a couple of other dragons. One of the dragon gives her a pair of slippers. With the slippers on her feet, she travels to King's Seat in hopes of becoming a dressmaker. She doesn't know about the power behind the slippers.

I loved Creel. She is courageous, fiesty, loyal, and kind. I highly recommend this young adult novel. It is a wonderful reading adventure. And, I think I might just like fantasy novels after all. The sequel comes out in May! Maybe one of these days, I'll give that kid named Harry a try. Who knows, I might like it as well.