Friday, November 28, 2008


And to think I call myself a photographer.  Here is the one measly photo I was able to get on Thanksgiving.  I put my battery on the charger before we left to go to the Anderson's  house for Thanksgiving dinner.  I had visions of taking pictures of all the good food and good company and I was even hoping to possibly squeeze in a family picture.  Well, not too long after we got there I hauled out my camera to start the picture taking frenzy and realized that my battery was 15 miles away sitting all by itself still in it's little charger (I wondered if it was lonely).  I pulled out by "backup" battery and shot this photo.  No sooner did the shutter click than the camera turned off again... dead as a doornail.  Pathetic.

Luckily the one photo I got was of Caroline's BEAUTIFUL table decorations (and our cute girls in the background) I love these candle holders and white pumpkins (I'm secretly a little jelly that she has them and I don't:D)  Also it is also good fortune that I don't particularly need photographs to have good memories.  We had a great time.  I don't EVER remember a time where all the food was so delicious and blended so well.  I mean YUM!!  I can't even pick a favorite, it was all so fabulous!

For dinner it was us and the Anderson's, and the Anderson's neighbor, Noelle, and her 2 kids. We enjoyed answering questions that Caroline placed at our plates and ate until we burst.  Later, the Isom's, the Merrell's, the Dietrich's and the Olrich's came over with an abundance of desserts. And... Again with the eating.  We laughed and talked and had a very great, great time!! Thanks for hosting Anderson's.  You guys rock.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Husband Tag

No, Husband Tag isn't a new reality show (like Wife Swap) it's just a post dedicated to that cute guy you call your husband.  And a few questions that maybe you haven't thought about for a long time or maybe not at all.  

1. Where did you meet?  In San Jose, in the Almaden Young Adult ward.  I always laugh when I say we met at church, but really, I think it's the perfect place to find a quality guy. (much better than a bar:)

2. How long did you date before you got married? The time that passed was 1 year, 2 months.  The time we dated was about 2 months at the beginning and then 7 or 8 months at the end.  The missing 4-5 months???  That's a story for another post

3. How long have you been married?  In a month it will be 18 years!

4. What is your favorite feature of his? I love his eyes, but he knows it's really his hands.  He has very sexy hands.  What is it about hands?  I could name off a whole list of guys with great hands (again, a post for another day... maybe)

5. What is your favorite quality of his? His ability to talk to people.  He is sincere and funny and very non-threatening.

6. Does he have a nick-name for you? No, not really, neither of us are big into nick-names.  I wish we were, it seems like a fun thing.  We have a few private jokes - but nothing that is used regularly

7. What is his favorite color?  I think it's blue.  I didn't know this for a long time.  I always thought it was green.  And just for the record, he looks awesome in burnt orange.

8. What is his favorite food?  He doesn't have any NOT favorite foods but he does rave if I make something like salmon with fruit salsa. (or if I make some sort of casserole like his mom used to make:-) And of course we can't forget See's Candy... is this really considered a food though?

9. What is his favorite sport? Golf to play, hockey to watch.

10. When was your first kiss?  Probably sometime mid November of 1989. He says I kissed him first... I don't think that was the case.

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? We like to go for walks, I wish they were strolls, but he likes power walks.  We like to watch Seinfeld reruns, they never seem to get old.

12. Do you have children? Yes, 3

13. Does he have a hidden talent? He's a really good singer

14. How old is he? 46 (yep, the truth is out)

15. Who said "I love you" first?  I'm not sure if he's ever said it?  LOL, just kidding... but we do have another way of saying it. (post for another day:)

16. What is his favorite type of Music?  80's techno.  (Ha!  Ha!  That is so far from the truth:)  Actually it's Classic Rock and 70's music.

17. What do you admire most about him?  He is super dedicated to his family.  He always wants what is right and best, he works hard and tirelessly to make sure we are taken care of and he has a real talent of "making things happen."

18. Do you think he will read this?  With a little reminder that I keep a blog he will.

There, that was fun.  Thanks Annette, I bet you thought I forgot.  Now it's all y'all's turn.  I want to hear all about your hubbys and how great they are.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Strange Phenomenon

No, it's not the crazed fans, no it's not the beautiful actors, no, it's not "hard to put down" books, it's not any of those things that causes this strange phenomenon in my brain.  It is the fact that I've been hearing my name over and over and over.  Not just my first name, but my last name and they are used together.  It's always been a little funny that I've heard my name in the air and seen my name in book stores, and that some of the girls at Girls Camp thought maybe it really was me; And that one of my cousins had to read the "about the author" section, just to make sure it wasn't me.  But it really didn't hit me until last night when I went to the midnight showing of "Twilight" that I found it all pretty surreal.  I ran into some teenagers that I know and they were clapping for me and telling me to take a bow.  Then as I was in the restroom, I overheard a half dozen conversations, all with my name inserted every now and again.  "Stephenie Meyer should be really pleased with how her movie turned out." "Did you see Stephenie Meyer in the movie?"  "Stephenie Meyer is my new favorite author."  "I heard Stephenie
 Meyer got some say-so in how the movie was filmed."  And on it went.  Funny that I heard, just yesterday, an ad on the radio about identity theft, where someone was talking about all 300 million names in the world and how lots of them are the same, and how is a retailer supposed to know if it is really you, or not.  At the time I was only half listening to the words, but then last night, as I waved my hand frantically infront of the automatic paper towel dispenser (I hate those things - but that is the subject of a later post) the commercial zinged into my brain.  Seeing all the "crazies" out at midnight on a school night, and this just in our little, half-dead town made me realize what a frenzy was going on all over the US last night.  Hmmmm, my little brain ruminated, "I wonder
 how much money Stephenie Meyer is making off of all of this?"  Not to mention, what with all the infatuated teens, crazed housewives, and vampire lovers, the books and other paraphernalia associated with the story, the resulting money has to be an astronomical amount. "Hmmm, I wonder", that little voice in my head said, "if I would be any good at identity theft?"  Na, just kidding, I'm just happy being one of those crazed housewives and with the small amount of glory of sharing the name of a relatively famous person - at least famous with all those infatuated teens, crazed housewives and vampire lovers - is enough for me right now.
But, if you are here looking for a report on the nights festivities you will not leave here disappointed. Being one of those housewives heretofore mentioned, I wanted to see the movie as quickly as was possible but reminded myself of my regular housewife responsibilities and the damage a midnight viewing of this movie would heave upon my already backed-up schedule, I quickly opted for an opening day viewing. I decided I could restrain myself from going to the very first show.  Well, as it turns out, all my other "crazed housewife friends" and I couldn't coordinate our schedules, what with toddlers at home, school, birthday parties, kids activities, early week, parent/teacher conferences and even one friend with a husband who wanted to torture himself by actually wanting to see the movie.  Several of us opted for the midnight show (how weird that of all the activities that we have going on in our lives - the one we were willing to sacrifice for this type of entertainment was sleep.) 

 I had been joking all week that I was going to wear my "Marry Me Edward" T-shirt, and that's all it was, a joke.  But after buying my ticket for the midnight show and having no one taking my jokes about the shirt seriously (why should they have taken me seriously?  It WAS a joke) Even after I had texted Caroline around 6 p.m saying something about, "You think I'm kidding about the shirt, but I'm not." I still wasn't planning on doing anything other than maybe wearing my jammie pants.  But then being the hair-brain that I am, little thoughts started coming in about it being midnight and why not be a little crazy (after all I AM one of "those" type of house wives).  I would have really preferred to have a cohort in this activity but by this time it was a little to late, and never being one to backdown from doing something I wanted to do, I got out my foam stamps, some paint and an old white t-shirt.  Before long I had the coolest looking "Marry Me Edward" t-shirt you've ever seen (providing you've seen any).  After all, I could wear my jacket over the top, and if I really got too embarrassed (um, ya) to be seen, I could just keep the jacket zipped up, right?  No need for that, several people wanted me to make one for them (hmm, maybe that's how I could make a little of that Twilight money...)

So all in all, it was fun, I was with my friends, I got to be a little crazy, I stayed up later than I have since - well, probably college, and I saw a fun movie by someone who I share name with. What could be better? As for the actual movie review.  I'll let you go and be the judge.  I think one should read the book before they go.  I think Rob Pattinson didn't look much like the Edward I had in my head (but really folks, let's face it, was there really anyone that would fit that description?) but have to say, I loved his voice, and he did grow on me as an appropriate Edward.  I loved Bella.  Jacob was perfect (too bad he wasn't just a little taller).  I loved Billy. I loved Charlie and Renee.  I really liked the Cullens (especially Alice).  Carlisle was great and Jasper cracked me up.  I personally think they over did it on the "whiteness" of the the Cullens' skin in some parts.  I thought it would have been nice to know the characters a little bit better, but I guess that's what the book is for right?  I loved Bella's school friends and their portrayal of the general "awkward-but-I'm-pressing-forward-in-my-crazy-teenage-thinking" that real teenagers have (it's what I love about teens).  I want to post a bunch of pictures of all the actors but I'm out of time and energy for this post, but if you're dying to see, go to this site it has pictures of them all.

(hmmm, there's gotta be a way to shorten this link... but I'll learn about that another day - sorry for my lack of computer know-how.)

Monday, November 3, 2008

One more day! One more time!

One more day, and I can't say I'll be sad when the election is over, but I'm going to say it one more time.  Vote YES on Proposition 8!!

And be sure to watch this video on YouTube.

(you might have to copy and paste the link)