Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dad, Dad, Daddy-o!

One of my favorite people in the whole wide world turned the big 7-0 this month. Some of you might be thinking it's Brad.... he IS up there but not 70 for 2 or 3 more years. Naw, this birthday boy is my dad. Joseph William Lindsey born December 8, 1940. He was 1 day shy of a year when Pearl Harbor got bombed. How's that for an interesting fact? Well in honor of his are 70 more interesting facts about this great guy! I love you dad!
1. Graduated from BYU in 1967 with a Technical Teacher Education degree. He switched from Engineering - they were way too technical, he was more practical.
2. Had a dark room and equipment in our bathroom when I was a kid.
3. He loved to make fun of the pronunciation of song lyrics in our teeny-bopper music. Bay-Bay! He also often asked how you spelled certain sounds in songs (like doo-wop-a-loo-bop -- I don't even know if thats right).
4. He always wears his shoes - ok maybe not to be or into the shower, but seriously it's probably the last thing he takes off before he gets in. My kids were seriously upset with me for not waking them up one night during our family reunion when I saw Grandpa walking around barefoot.
5. Dad is THE single most charitable person I know. He takes care of all sorts of people from the elderly to those with hopeless habits and problems. He loves them, he advises them, he gives his time, he drives them around, he listens... and true to fashion, he never seems put out about it.
6. I'll never forget the time he started laughing over a stupid joke he heard a thousand times at breakfast one morning and milk came spewing out of his nose. There might be those of his acquaintance who would find that sort of behavior totally unbelievable from him. I find it endearing.
7. He and my mom served a mission in Nigeria Africa. They made themselves available to go anywhere. Really? How many people do that? At the time we couldn't even call them or email them, and even snail-mail was questionable.
8. He likes to record old movies off the TV. I'm not talking DVR. I'm talking VCR.
9. Likes to know how things work - and usually does.
10. Can figure out how to fix just about anything. I'm pretty sure I didn't know a repairman existed until college.
11. He will drop anything at anytime for you and, of course, never be put out by it.
12. Fell in love with Mom while she was in the hospital after she had surgery (of course it was while she was wearing a hospital gown, had stitches, a swollen neck and no make up. That's when most guys fall in love right).
13. Never raises his voice. In the 44 years I've known him I can count on one had the times he's done it.
14. Raised 6 girls... nuff said.
15. He likes brainteasers and riddles.
16. He's a word nerd. He always wins at Boggle, Scrabble and the Alphabet game.
17. Worked for 33 years at IBM.
18. He owned a personal computer before it was common practice. Woo Hoo! for the TRS-80
19. He knows how to cut a rug. You should see he and Mom swing dance.
20. He taught seminary for 4 years. He believes it was to prepare him to become a bishop.
21. Served as bishop for 5 years in the 7th Ward.
22. He doesn't try to be hip and cool, but he is. I had several friends when I was young, tell me they thought my dad was good looking. I had one person tell me he looks like Matt Damon.
23. Dad wears a Tilly Hat (ask him about it).
24. Takes great pictures. You should see all the slides he took over the years.
25. Loves to wander around Home Depot. He could go for a few small screws and be gone for 3 hours.
26. Likes Sour Cream Pound Cake and Ice-box Cake.
27. Doesn't like satin comforters or sheets. He says they snag the dry spots on his fingers.
28. Is the best grandpa around. He is totally interested in each grandchild and does cool things for them, like make them movies and books about their time together.
29. Knows how to work.
30. Occasionally works to certify people to work on electronic equipment used in space. That technical teaching degree really did come in handy.
31. Is goofy.
32. He's from Pennsylvania.
33. He used to come home from work while we were all glued to the TV and stop at the edge of the room, and wave to each kid individually and say, "Hello all around". It's still one of the most quoted family sayings to this day.
34. Once told me his favorite color was white. I couldn't imagine such a thing.
35. Has an amazing memory.
36. He loves maps.
37. His hand shake will knock your socks off. Mom had to tell him to tone it down a little bit.
38. Made the entertainment center/storage cupboards in their family room.
40. Wrote letters to me (and all the other missionaries serving from our ward) every week while I was on my mission.
41. Didn't have to wear glasses until he was in his 50's.
42. Doesn't believe what commercials say about their products (he's probably mostly right)
43. Doesn't like McDonalds.
44. Can concentrate much better and work much harder if he sticks his tongue out.
45. He went to the ground breaking of the Oakland temple while he was serving a mission in Northern California.
46. Likes museums, historical sights and landmarks.
47. Likes to toss a ball around.
48. Doesn't like chapstick, and won't use it even if is lips are about to fall off. Another most memorable family moment is when we threatened to rub Blistex all over his body
49. Does a family spotlight through email called, "Talented Grandchildren", where he has a picture, a recording or a video of something his grandchildren have done.
50. He has had all colors of hair through his lifetime (except red); blonde when he was a baby, brown as a boy, black as a young dad, gray as an older dad and white as a grandpa (some may say he has skin colored hair too).
51. He's the homemade rootbeer king - even has his own bottle capper.
52. Had carpel-tunnel surgery on both wrists.
53. Likes to have his back scratched. But also has an itchy spot on his back that spurs it on.
54. Has high cholesterol.
55. We used to call the stuff he put in his hair "hair goop" (really gross, and I never thought about it until I was an adult).
56. Enjoys puttering (in the yard, in the garage, in the office, at the computer).
57. Is a treasure trove of information. Try it, ask him anything.
58. We used to laugh when he spoke in church because he would always play with the keys in his pocket.
59. Laughs hard at dumb things and crinkles his nose when doing so.
60. Likes jigsaw puzzles.
61. His seminary students were shocked the first time they saw him in jeans (I think they thought he ALWAYS wore a suit).
62. Loves to go geo-caching.
63. He loves rootbeer and has his own personal stash of it in the pantry.
64. Always loads the dishwasher and is an expert at fitting a every dish in.
65. When you enter his house he will tell you "You are welcome" (meaning you are welcome in my house) this is carry over from Nigeria.
66. If mom wasn't around to make food he would probably live on stale pretzels or whatever else was laying around.
67. He's never cold.
68. Always has a little stash of chocolate - and a bag can last for weeks (how does he do that?).
69. Likes camping and hiking.
70. Pretty nearly perfect in my mind!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Deck the Halls

(this is what we gave to our neighbors this year - chocolate stars from Trader Joe's! YUM!)

Actually there is no decking going on in my halls, just in the living room and family room and a little bit on the outside of the house. For your viewing pleasure and for my record here are a few of my decorations this year.

This is my splurge for the season. I bought these cool rattan stars from Pottery Barn! I absolutely LOVE them.
...And speaking of Pottery Barn I saw these cute little silver sparkly birds that I was totally going to buy too but, they were no longer available. SO, being the resourceful person I am, I made my own, thanks to Martha Stewart white gold glitter, super cheap birds from the Dollar Tree and a little bit of spray adhesive.

I love these 3 guys... I think I might make them sparkly too, but with clear glitter instead of silver.
So I guess I'm quite inspired by Pottery Barn (I mean really, who isn't) because a couple of years ago I ripped a page out of their magazine that looked similar to this. I created my own version for a FRACTION of the price. Quite nice, if you ask me.
I add to it every year - this PEACE sign was new last year
here it is with the candles lit
I can't leave a picture of the tree out, although I am completely SICK and TIRED of this tree, I think it's seen it's last year. It was bought from the Macy's Home Store after the season 8 years ago. It was meant for display only (they had to show off their ornaments somehow). They had already thrown away the box so they created a makeshift one for us (well 2 really, we had to divide it up into two sections). It is so SUPER heavy Brad asks every year through gritted teeth, after we have sweat and strained and cursed (at least on Brad's part;) "Who is going to help us put this up in our old age?" And now that it is nigh unto a decade old, the lights are VERY temperamental as you can see by the dark patches in the photo - at least it's better than the 3 strands that were working when we first put it up. It is a GORGEOUS tree though, and for that it will be missed.
Outside - thank you Brad and Brady
My cute indoor/outdoor trees. Not new, but I guess I've been enjoying knowing how to photograph lights. I loved the way this turned out.

And just a little bit of Holiday Randomness... I was sitting at the table, working on Christmas Cards when I looked over, and there sat Afton all quiet and still... looking exactly like this. Bahahaha!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Before It's Too Late (Thanksgiving Recap)

I was such a slacker at thanksgiving. I didn't take ANY pictures, so I had to scavenge from others. We did however, have a FANTASTIC time! We went to Utah. Henefer (The Deardens - my aunt and her family), Lehi (Derek - my brother and his family) and Springville (Brad's family descended upon an unsuspected church building there to have a mini reunion), it was a rushed trip, but good times were had by all. Here are some highlights

-Spending the night in Winnamucca (Hello! Potato Road)
-Taking the wrong turn at Echo Junction
-Yummy Food and LOTS of Pie! (Tradition at the Deardens)
- Playing The Synonym game (ala; Brad)
- Watching random episodes of Jeeves and Wooster (only at the Deardens - they own them! HA!)
-Sharon getting jabbed through the head with an icicle. (ok, not really)
-Brady and Jay going sledding
-Meeting Ashley the House Elf
-EATING PIE FOR BREAKFAST! (need I say more)
-Having fun with Gary and Garth (I mean Matt and Shaun)
-Shopping Black Friday at the Park City Outlets (can you say "Buy one pair of shoes get 2 free?")
- Tai Pan Trading (Seriously, go there!!)
-Tangled (AT LONG LAST) at Jordan Commons with the Lindseys

-Eating at Rumbi's Island Grill with Mark and Lauren (Spicy Teriyaki Bowl with Rumbi Rice, to DIE for)
-Petting, holding, watching, Lauren's Bunny Skittles (Skit-tels is really good)
-Celebrating Ryan's Birthday with Birthday Pancakes

-Meyer Family Reunion - EVERYONE was there!
-White Elephant gift exchange
-4 hairdressers in attendance
- David gets a hair cut (and check out Steph's amazing hair)
-Homemade Soup! Yummalicious
-Dracula and the Silver-tipped Arrow/Lost
-Playing a game with all the Sisters-in-law and the married nieces.
-Family Pictures
-Parade of Lights in Spanish Fork
-McDonalds in Provo
-Long drive home. Made it safe and sound!

Thanks everyone for such a good time!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Obsessed! (in a totally good way)

So, at this time of year you might be expecting me to post about Thanksgiving activities, Christmas Decorating, Eating WAY too much, or Holiday De-stressing Activities (which I am so entirely good at). But don't be disappointed, those things will be tediously and laboriously covered and recovered (just like Grandma's Chesterfield) in future posts. However, this little ditty is all about my obsession. One that I've been trying hard to cover-up for a long time. One that seems harmless enough, one that comes under the heading, "all in the name of fashion". My friends politely say, "It's cute, that it fits my personality, that I shouldn't change a thing." But sadly, the only soul brave enough to point out that I've got an addiction is my better half, Slick Meyer (watch out, he sometimes doubles as Clinton Kelly on What Not To Wear). What is this deep dark shame you ask? Well, It's... dare I say it out loud? Ok, it's my ever growing collection of Converse-type footwear. There I've said it! They say admission is half the solution. So THAT being admitted, AND in the vain of dejunking, I've decided to pair down my, umm... collection. I'm posting this to immortalize these shoes of comfort and joy (there, that's my holiday reference for the day), Some have been my good friends, these 5 years at least (name that "skewed" movie quote if it's even recognizable).

I guess it finally became apparent to me there might be a slight need for rehab, when the other day while shoe shopping, I opted out of buying a slick new pair of shiny, black dress boots, in favor of hot pink Converse. Seriously, who does that? Move over Lindsey Lohan, you've got company!

Here's the entire collection. I'm keeping all the solid color ones, the one's with Buddha and the orange Ed Hardy ones (for obvious reasons) I'll be going from 23 pair to 12.


Best Deal-
$1.97 at Savers Half Price Sale Last Month - Come to Mama!

Favorite Overall-
Really? What's not to love about bright blue tennies? They're Diesel, they have a pocket in each of the heels and the hot chocolate dribble on the right toe shows that they go where the party is!

Pure Fun-
Here are the aforementioned Ed Hardy Shoes. I almost didn't get them, but when I got to the cash register I had a change of heart and sent someone back to bring them to their rightful owner. That's right baby, you belong to me!

Tell me black Converse shoes don't go with absolutely everything? Ok, maybe not your holiday, red, velvet formal (there I go again with the Christmas references), but you know, I'm open to a discussion about it.

Ok, and since I know you're wondering, not pictured, are some of my most comfortable and oldest pair, the Sketcher's Buddhalicious ones. (There are swirls, a picture of Buddha and that snappy little word, "Buddhalicious". I would love to meet the person who came up with that design. They rock!) In the group photo they are to the right of my bright blue Diesels.

Just so the rest of my well worn friends don't feel left out... I love you all too, there just doesn't seem to be room in my marriage (or my closet) for you. I plan on sending you to a special place. Just think, someday you could be a post on someone's blog about the screamin' deal they got at the Saver's 50% off sale. So it is, with a tear in my eye, I send you on to the happy land of thrift store donation.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

(I made these tags and have them displayed in my home. I really really love them)

Right now I am in the calm before the storm. I am home alone, there is beautiful music playing, my kitchen is clean and I'm feeling the glow of a good weekend, where everyone got along and the house didn't get too destroyed. Tomorrow (and even a bit later tonight) all chaos is going to break loose. We are trying to get out of town for Thanksgiving and there is A LOT to do before then. But as long as I've got a few moments of serenity I'm going to record some of the things that help me feel blessed.

(in no particular order)
1. Health
2. The gospel of Jesus Christ
3. A beautiful family
4. Many friends that are continually supportive and such a great example to me and my family.
5. Abilities and Talents
6. My Patriarchal Blessing
7. My dogs
8. An ambitious husband that takes such good care of me
9. Extended family that are AWESOME! (really, there's no other way to describe it)
10. A beautiful home in a beautiful area
11. I'm able to get to the beach pretty much whenever I want
12. Medical advances
13. Technology that saves time, energy and living space
14. Faithful Parents
15. The best ward this side of Kolob
16. Vision, hearing, sense of smell and touch
17. Love of running (who would have thought)
18. Creativity
19. Color
20. Warm Jammies on a cold night
21. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
22. Brad has a job
23. The Book of Mormon
24. A cheerful disposition
25. Apple products
26. A dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a double oven, a telephone
27. Good schools and teachers
28. Indoor Plumbing (even though our kitchen sink currently has a leak, and I have to clean the bathrooms way too often)
29. Good books and my ability to read
30. My Swagger Wagon
31. The Gift of the Holy Ghost
32. Enough (food, shelter, clothing etc.)
33. Humor
34. Subway
35. Tender Mercies

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

(For Real This Time) I Deserve a Medal!

...oh wait! Look at me! I GOT one!

I got a medal for running the Santa Barbara International Half Marathon this last Saturday, November 6! This was my first race of this duration. I'm just pointing out that a 1/2 marathon is 13.1 miles. Ya! That's right! That was me! Please! Hold your applause.

Many of my friends have done this race in years past and I started thinking how great it would be to run by the ocean, in the cool sea air. I was right. It was a beautiful setting and just the right temperature. But as it turns out my friend Erin and I were the only ones that made it to the race this year. (And our valiant and very supportive husbands were there to cheer us on) Erin and I discovered that we are good running partners. We have about the same pace and don't have to chitchat to feel the camaraderie. She was a couple hundred yards a head of me most of the time, but I'll try not to feel too bad since she is 10 years younger than me. Ha! We came in together though and I can only attribute that to her need to puke (she didn't, but it slowed her down just enough for me to catch up).

There were many times I just wanted to stop. But when I analyzed the reasons I couldn't think of a good one. My legs felt fine, my breathing was good, nothing hurt. I just had to refocus and get my head in the game. I just kept going. That's how life is you know.

(Tiffiny is one of our friends that had to back out of the race at the very last second due to a back injury. This "running for..." thing is a bit of an inside joke. And there's really no room here to write about it and you probably don't want to know anyway... but if you do, go here)

Here are my stats:

~ Distance: 13.1 miles
~Time: 2 hours 21 minutes and 56 seconds

~I placed 874th out of 1552 women
~I placed 126 out of 225 in my division (ages 40-44) -- I'll let you guess which end of the spectrum I'm on
~I placed 1478 out of 2297 total runners
(if you do the math, I was about the middle of the pack in all of these categories)

My pace was about 10:50 per mile. I'm not disappointed with this, but I know I should have/could have done better. There was a massive, half mile hill at mile 11 that I walked most of. That's ok though, that's how life is you know, sometimes hills come when you are tired. It might throw you off a little bit, it might slow you down, but the point is, I kept going, I finished, I felt good and I still feel good! Now that's something to be proud of. Also I now know just how much work I have to do before I run that full marathon in May. YIKES!

Brad says making these little mini-movies is his form of scrapbooking. He really is quite talented. Here is what he put together for me. He did a great job (read didn't make me look to stupid) and even used the song I requested. I love it, and it just happened to be playing while he was filming me. Good karma I call it. (Even though the song is really called Underdog.)

A few more shots of the trip...

Goofy to the bitter end

Lunch and Shopping in Downtown Santa Barbara

And a trip down to that area would not be complete with out a visit to Jocko's, the best Steak House around. Total hole in the wall, but totally YUMMY grub.
We also had ice-cream at Pismo Beach, but we didn't get a picture. Nor did we get a picture of the full double rainbow we saw there. (What does this mean?)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween 2010

Here is our resident Haunted House! I love it! I wanted to do some crackly effect, but this time of year is too busy for learning new photoshop techniques. It's pretty spooky though anyway, don't you think?

Here's how we all dressed up this year.

"My fellow Americans..." -- ya, pretty much, I'm a joke!

Notice the dunk tank behind me -- how fun is that? These pictures were taken at our building Carnival and Trunk or Treat. Which incidentally it was my last activity as Ward activity chairman.

Imagine you're really arrogant. Knights like to think they are so much better than everyone else!
- quote from "Merlin". Kelsi's new favorite TV show (broadcast from the UK)

Check out the Gun Show over here! Boom! Boom! Fiah Powah!

Grizzly, ghouls from every tomb, are closing in to seal your doom.

So, I attempted sewing costumes this year. Not only that, but taught Kelsi how to sew her own costume. Again I ask the question, "What was I thinking?" In the end we had to do some switcheroos. Brad was supposed to be the wizard, but my sparkly, purple witch dress broke my thread or my needle about every 20 stitches. That project quickly got scrapped. So, I became the wizard and Brad became... um, errrr... well, let's say a "politician"... one that couldn't give a speech without a teleprompter. He had a great time "expounding" to us all in his best orators voice.

Brady's idea of a zombie was much simpler than the one I had in my head. Also he had no patience for fake blood or anything that had to dry, so that costume wasn't too painful.

Kelsi's costume was fabulous, of course. She really does have a vision and can make something from practically nothing.

Afton and Taylor Lawrence were matching football players. My best halloween deal came as part of their costume. They wanted red knee socks. I looked EVERYWHERE and there were just no red socks to be had (except some sparkly Christmas ones with snowflakes), let alone ones that came to the knee. Just about the time I was about to give up and buy ugly white ones for 6 bucks a piece. I found some on a neglected rack in Walmart. They were on the very bottom and covered in dust. The price was 2 pair for $4! SCORE!

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween everyone! I know we did!
Now to start thinking about costumes for next year.

Just as a side note: now that I'm not activities chairman anymore, maybe we'll do one of our famous Meyer Halloween parties again in 2011.