Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Speaking of Ring Out Wild Bells...we sang that as the closing song in Sacrament Meeting yesterday. I usually hate it - it is sooo not a congregational hymn, but yesterday I must admit was much better than usual. Sure, the congregation didn't have a clue about the words or the rhythm, as usual,but the organist did. Brother Toy played it fast and loud - the song was fairly rolicking. Rebekah turned around after the meeting was over and pronounced it "hardcore". Thank you, Brother Toy.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
I do like a good point and shoot camera, because that's the kind of girl I am. I used to have a Kodak EasyShare - several years ago - that's the camera we took to Europe...but then the rechargeable battery started to get less dependable. Then came the Nikon. On the one hand, it's great that the Nikon is prominently featured in a song ("I got a Nikon camera...") but that doesn't make up for the dark, fuzzy pictures.
Bring it on Kodak.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I made three aprons this morning - before the boys woke up. This evening I managed to finish one and NEARLY finish 3 more. I still have the waistband to blind stitch on those 3. I didn't add any fancy pockets (I've never found pockets either necessary or desirable in an apron). I did add piping to 3. Because I could. All the aprons I made today, except one, are reversible - because that's how I roll.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The wedding is over. The reception is over. The cultural hall was cleaned up. The church kitchen was cleaned up. Cars and vans were loaded up and stuff hauled home. Somehow we ended up with the leftover wedding cake. There was a LOT of leftover wedding cake. We froze the top layers for Nathan and Rebekah to have at a future time...we froze some more to be served as dessert on Wednesday (when they get home from their honeymoon and open presents)....but that still left an awful lot of cake.
- Orange Juice
- Wedding Cake
My guests didn't manage to make too much of a dent in it. Whatever is left tomorrow is going...going....
Rebekah's dad called me this evening to offer us some of the leftover goodies from the wedding. I told him no - unless he wanted to take some cake off of our hands. He gracefully declined...his co-workers will be reaping the rewards of my "no" tomorrow at work.
Maybe I should post it on Craig's List.
Friday, December 18, 2009
This morning we had an all classes seminary breakfast. It's the last day of classes before Christmas break, so we got all the students together - I'm not sure what the final head count was - something like 60 or 70 kids...a goodish amount.
My assignment was to bring orange juice and an electric griddle. I hauled them down to the van this morning, then backed out of the garage. As I was just about ready to shut the garage, I had a thought come to me "Pam". I put on the parking brake, jumped out of the van and grabbed some out of the bunker.
As I was bringing my stuff into the kitchen at church 10 minutes later, one of the first things that was said to me was "you didn't by any chance think to bring some butter or Pam??" I was happy to say yes.
The Spirit whispered "Pam".
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
- I've been sewing, daily sewing...but since I'm making gifts, the pictures will have to wait.
- snow...not much, just enough to cancel seminary yesterday. Warmer weather is on its way.
- did I mention that I've been sewing?
- cleaning house...with Alex, my helper elf. Trying to make the "fuzzy housekeeping" not look too fuzzy.
- cooking - a little Christmas cookie cooking is in order. A very little. Maybe just a batch or two.
- Before I do my baking, I'd better go grocery shopping.
- David flies in tomorrow night!
- Keira, Nathan, Jonah, Laura, Spencer, Zach, Tia and Suzanne arrive Friday!!
- Wedding on Saturday morning
- Reception Saturday afternoon.
- Reception is over around 5pm - then we can relax and have fun.
If I get the chance, I'm going to try and get my hair cut sometime...I need to cut the boys hair before Saturday....I have two more seminary lessons to prepare...my country's 500th anniversary wedding to plan, a wedding to plan, my wife to murder, Guilder to frame for it....I'm swamped.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I usually try and send my cards out the week right after Thanksgiving . Not this year. This year I'm just happy that I remembered that I had already bought cards.
Family letter insert: lame, lame, lame.
Lame, but done.
I have the first batch in the mail. Now Steve gets to address his cards....yeah, I don't do his. Brilliant strategy on my part. Brilliant.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
It amazes me that I can never get my office/craft/sewing room completely organized. I guess I could if I took all the craft stuff and fabric out...but barring that, I'm not sure it could ever be completely done - and still be usable.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Yesterday I posted about Steve's birthday and all but stated that "51" is a prime number. It is not. David knew it - his little poem in the comments was quite clever, and nicely didn't exactly say "Mom, you're sooo dumb".
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
He's just plain prime.
Happy Birthday to one prime piece of real estate.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
November 26- Thanksgiving. Ate a few day old donuts for breakfast. Some rice and Tonkatsu for lunch. And some potstickers and rice for dinner. I also went to the Mission Home to pick up a new elder.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Alex showed support by donning my apron - but Danny was still awfully shy of having his picture taken.
I did manage to snap a couple of pictures with quite a bit of swish. Looks like he's dancing...instead of running away from the camera.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tomorrow is going to be a game day for seminary - not only that, but ALL of the freshmen are meeting together. (Cue the roaring crowd). Potentially twenty six 14 year old boys and girls. Always a good idea to have some kind of treat, and homemade is way cheaper than store bought. Two dozen doughnuts would be well over $10. They don't pay me enough to fork out for that kind of treat very often.
I have an awesome, if somewhat undeserved, reputation for my coffee cake (or, as this year's class now calls it, "seminary cake"). It's a simple straightforward recipe - but what makes it wonderful is that I bring it to church hot out of the oven - so it's still slightly warm at the end of class. The aroma of freshly baked coffee cake wafts through the building. Not only does my class love it, but so do my students from last year...Kids from other classes will come in and try and mooch - if there looks like there are any leftovers. I'm a soft touch (plus I don't want to take it home) - so I make sure that all of the cake is gone before I leave.
The same goes for the cinnamon rolls. I don't make them nearly as often (because I have to think about making them much sooner). I wonder if the name "Seminnamonary Rolls" will catch on?
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Serenity now, insanity later.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It's just not happening this time. I just don't have the time and/or energy...not to mention money (remember, we have a wedding coming up!) to do a home make-over.
I did have the time and less money to spend on Amazon buying books. It all started because I needed to buy a book for Danny's literature class. And then there was the "buy 3 get a 4th book free" thing...and then there were some used books that I wanted...let's just say I ended up with more than 4 books. Yeah. I think I ended up with 12 books and 1 DVD. Oops. I think I won't open some of the packages when they come - I'll let Steve wrap them up for me for Christmas.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I've been putting off the dreaded "Shopping for a Dress to Wear". It can be so soul-sucking to go shopping for something as specific as a wedding appropriate navy blue dress. Thanks to Suzanne, I girded up my loins and went shopping yesterday. It wasn't too bad - I only had to try on 4 dresses in two stores at one outlet mall. It definitely could have been worse.
Do I love the dress? No. But again, it could be worse. I do actually like it. And it fulfills all requirements - and that part I love.
Speaking of dress love...I found a dress for Miriam's birthday that I do love. I saw it first at Fred Meyer's a couple of days ago - I didn't get it then because I didn't know what size to get. After I talked to Stephanie I went to get it....and they were out of her size. Dang. That's okay though - after I found my dress at the outlet mall, I remembered that the mall had an Osh Kosh store. I wandered in - and lo and behold - there was the dress, in the right size, and marked 60% off. Wahoo. Or as Sue would say...woot!