Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am sick.

I threw up last night. I don't throw up. I have only one memory of throwing up one time in my entire life before last night, and it was New Year's Eve of one of the two years I was in junior high (which means it was '97 or '98). That's ten years ago.

Whatever this bug is, it's gone around Mike's entire family--started with Candice, I think, went to Cillian and then the girls and Dan, then Mike, then Liz and Anna and Nathalie, and now me. It is gross and I hate it. I've been nauseated constantly since about 2:30 this morning, which was when I threw up. Then I fell asleep on the bathroom floor because I thought I would again.

I have to go lie down now because I feel like I'm about to throw up on the computer.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nothing

I super have nothing to blog about. I want to write a post though. I'm done with looking at Nim's Island.
I'm trying out Google Chrome again because I miss being able to search directly from the address bar. Maybe now they've fixed all those things that were stupid before.
I really like Anne Tyler. I just read The Accidental Tourist and Breathing Lessons and they were both really good. I'm waiting for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant to come back in at the library (because I don't want to read it in large print, which is all they have available) and in the meantime I'm heading over there today to pick up one of her other ones that they do have in. I don't know anything about her other books, but so far I haven't seen anything I haven't liked, so that bodes well for them.
I super like Christmas shopping, and it's more fun this year than it has been in the past. This could be because my family went crazy and started it in, like, October, with the creation of our family blog where we all posted (and constantly edit and re-post) our Christmas lists. We're all scheming and planning things together and it's basically amazing.
Do you suppose this post is long enough yet that it will have pushed Nim's Island off my main screen? Better keep going just in case...
Oh yeah, Mike and I are both getting sick. I took Kennedy and Mia out for a girls' day on Saturday and it was really fun--however, their entire family had been sick the entire week before, and I think I probably caught something from them. I'm feeling better today than I did last night, so we'll see. (Mike, on the other hand, felt fine last night but threw up this morning.) So who knows where this is going to go.
K well that's all for now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More Things...

Mike and I saw Nim's Island, finally, after many weeks of walking past the RedBox at Walmart, finding nothing we wanted, wondering if we should just get Nim's Island since we hadn't seen it yet, and then deciding against it for no particular reason. It is a terrible movie. Cute, but terrible. Worst acting I have ever seen from Gerard Butler or Jodie Foster (and this includes Candleshoe), and boy is Abigail Breslin not gonna be winning any awards, either. Also the script sucked.


I finished the second Fablehaven book today and the third is apparently in mucho high demand, so in lieu of that I decided to try out some more Anne Tyler. I found Breathing Lessons at the library--which I'd studied lots of times in high school Literary Criticism, but never read--so I started it today. I like Anne Tyler.


Did you know that Brandon Sanderson has written a book about evil librarians? I bring this up because I went to the library today and had--through very little fault of my own, mind you--a fine. Don't get me wrong, I've known my fair share of very lovely people who also happen to be librarians. However. Isn't the most awful thing in the world when you go up to check out a book and the librarian tells you that you've got a fine? It's mortifying! She may as well have shaken her finger at me and shouted that I'm clearly an irresponsible, untrustworthy person and am hereby banned from the library forthwith. Quite an uncomfortable encounter.


We're going to see The Sound of Music at Mountain View on Friday. I have been hearing about it for quite some time--ever since we went to Village Inn at the beginning of the month and found several kids dressed as nuns standing on the corner across the street--and I am looking forward to it. High school musicals are fun.


Today I met Lynne Truss! Megan texted me last week to tell me she'd be speaking at the devotional today, so of course I planned on going and got Mike to go with me. The lecture was hilarious and fantastic, and then I talked Mike into staying for the Q&A after. I felt stupid for not having brought my books for her to sign (not only do I have both the adult version and the children's version of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but I have The Lynne Truss Treasury, which I doubt many others do), but then it occurred to me that I was taking notes in my JOURNAL, so I had her sign that and it was infinitely better! Mike was laughing at me the whole time we were waiting--I can guarantee I wouldn't have been as excited if we'd been waiting to meet Brad Pitt, and I fully admit that this makes me a giant nerd. (The example doesn't mean much if you know that I don't really like Brad Pitt, but it's an example.) Anyway. Best day ever. Also, we got home to find a note on our bed from Mike's dad telling me about the devotional and when it'd be rebroadcast, since he knew I'd be interested but didn't know we'd gone. It was quite fun to tell him about it. :)

Did you know the BYU Creamery was being demolished? Not being in classes sure cuts you out of the loop--Mike and I were going to go get some ice cream there after the devotional, and instead of the Creamery we drove up to a construction site. "This is an interesting development in our getting-ice-cream-at-the-Creamery plan," we said to each other. Then we went home.


I see no way of ending this post logically, since there has been no logical progression thus far... and in that case I think it better to just end here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Things.

Well, I just have not posted much on my blog lately, and I have actually written even less. I attribute this to the fact that I am sharing a computer with Mike's dad and sister, so when I'm on the computer I have certain things that I need to do before someone else needs it. This results in stunted blog development. It's as much as I can do to remember to update my "currently reading" widget on the side.


Anyway. So here's some things.


1. I randomly bought Fablehaven by Brandon Mull the other day. We were at Walmart and they had it in paperback for $4.88 so I thought wow... I see no reason why I shouldn't buy this and start reading it. So I did and I loved it, I recommend that everyone read it asap; and then I went back and bought the second one for $5 something. I heart Walmart's cheapness.


2. I'm putting together a book for Daniel for Christmas, and I'm getting close to being finished! Still waiting on my slacker family to send me their contributions though... The book is a composition notebook that I'm basically making into a mini giant journal (and no, that isn't just a regular journal... ha ha...). I decorated the cover and I'm filling the pages with scriptures, quotes from general authorities, pictures of my family, poems, hymns, and other inspirational things.


3. It is exactly one month and two days until we move! What's funny to me is that everyone seemed to think it was crazy fast when we told them we'd be moving in four months... but really... how is that fast at all? It's WAY more than enough time to plan everything you need to plan. And I'm basically going crazy right now because we're down to one month but it's still a really long time. More than half of our stuff is still packed, too, so I don't even get to start doing that as soon as I should. Sigh.


4. Um... I like Enya. I have recently created an Enya playlist on Pandora and discovered that I like most of the stuff that comes up on it. I was listening to it the other day and a song started playing and I realized it was a stylized version of "Reverently, Quietly"... so I clicked on the CD and it's a whole album of Primary songs. Crazy huh.


5. That is all.


6. No it's not. For the record, if any of you are moving in the future, you'd better do some thorough research on truck rentals. I've done calculations three different times and gotten three different results (they have online discounts and stuff that change all the time, so you never know who's actually cheaper)... but we finally went with Uhaul. They're the easiest and the cheapest, believe it or not. Budget is way more expensive (and more annoying--they're the only ones with a Young Driver Fee for anyone under 24). Ryder doesn't do one-way rentals, so they were out from the beginning. Penske competes with Uhaul for being the cheapest, but today when I checked they were $100 more than Uhaul. I finally made a reservation with Uhaul today for $928, which is cheaper than any of the prices I've seen over the past several weeks with my several calculations. SO. Just thought I'd share. Yay for finally having a reservation!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Snowy Times...

Funny how today, exactly two weeks from Thanksgiving, it was 59 degrees... and in October, way before Halloween, we had snow. Yay.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Facebook Woes

Oh. My goodness. I am so sick of the Facebook "Family Tree" application, and here is why.

People keep sending it to me--I think I've gotten it from most of my relatives at least once, and some of them several times. I usually just delete it because every time I've tried it, I spent like ten minutes going through and selecting people I'm related to, and then I get an error message.

So today I got another one, and I thought okay. If I just suck it up and make sure I do it today, I won't have to keep ignoring like twelve invitations a week. So I went through the list--and this is actually a long process because I know that if I don't go through the entire list, I'll forget someone who's gotten a Facebook recently, and sure enough, every time I think I've gotten everyone, I scroll down a couple more times and there's my brother, or Talia (who I didn't even remember had gotten a Facebook).

So I finally finish getting people, I push continue or whatever... and I get an error message.

I push "try again" a couple times and get the same error message.

Then I think maybe I'll just start over, and not select everyone this time but just a couple people so the application can just be added already. I try to click on a name and a red box pops up that says "sorry, you've already selected 0 people..." Ok then. That makes sense.

Anyway. So the moral of the story is, to my relatives, don't be offended if you've sent it to me a hundred times and I still haven't added it. I'm not pretending I'm not related to you. And to everyone else, the moral is: Facebook is retarded.

The end.

Monday, November 10, 2008

And the winner is...

I. Love. Dave Barry. The End.
And the winner is... the man with the martini
BY DAVE BARRY

In analyzing the results of Tuesday's historic election, the question we must ask ourselves, first and foremost, is: what the heck were the results of Tuesday's historic election?
I personally don't know. The Miami Herald made me send in this analysis before the election was actually over, so that it could be printed in a timely manner. This is part of the newspaper industry's crafty plan to defeat this ''Internet'' thing that has the youngsters so excited.
Anyway, my election analysis, based on weeks of reading political bogs, listening to talk radio and watching campaign ads on television, is that one of the following things is true:
• Barack Obama is our next president, which is very bad because he is a naive untested wealth-spreading terrorist-befriending ultraliberal socialist communist who will suddenly reveal his secret Muslim identity by riding to his inauguration on a camel shouting ''Death to Israel!'' (I mean Obama will be shouting this, not the camel) after which he will wreck the economy by sending Joe the Plumber to Guantánamo and taxing away all the income of anybody who makes over $137.50 per year and giving it to bloated government agencies that will deliberately set it on fire.

• Or, John McCain is our next president, which is very bad because he is a 287-year-old out-of-touch multiple-house-owning fascist who will rape the environment and build nuclear power plants inside elementary schools and reinstate slavery and create tax loopholes that benefit only people who own three or more personal helicopters, after which he will declare war on the entire United Nations and then keel over dead and leave us with commander-in-chief Sarah ''Flash Card'' Palin.

• Or, Ralph Nader is our next president, which is very bad because it means there has been a successful Klingon invasion.

• Or, the outcome of the election is being disputed because of irregularities such as unregistered horses voting in Ohio, or some Florida county tabulating votes in Roman numerals, or God knows what else, which is very bad because it means the next president will be selected via a giant Lawyer-Palooza court fight that will go on until it's time to hold the Iowa caucuses for the NEXT presidential election.

So basically my analysis is that, whatever happened, we are, as a nation, doomed. We are also bitterly divided, because whoever wins, roughly half of us will despise the other half, and vice versa.

You know what I miss? I miss 1960. Not the part about my face turning overnight into the world's most productive zit farm. What I miss is the way the grown-ups acted about the Kennedy-Nixon race. Like the McCain-Obama race, that was a big historic deal that aroused strong feelings in the voters. This included my parents and their friends, who were fairly evenly divided, and very passionate. They'd have these major honking arguments at their cocktail parties. But unlike today, when people wear out their upper lips sneering at those who disagree with them, the 1960s grown-ups of my memory, whoever they voted for, continued to respect each other and remain good friends.

What was their secret? Gin. On any given Saturday night they consumed enough martinis to fuel an assault helicopter. But also they were capable of understanding a concept that we seem to have lost, which is that people who disagree with you politically are not necessarily evil or stupid. My parents and their friends took it for granted that most people were fundamentally decent and wanted the best for the country. So they argued by sincerely (if loudly) trying to persuade each other. They did not argue by calling each other names, which is pointless and childish, and which constitutes I would estimate 97 percent of what passes for political debate today.

What I'm saying is: we, as a nation, need to drink more martinis.

No, you know what I'm saying. I'm saying, now that this election is over, whatever the hell happened, can we please grow up and stop being so nasty to each other? Please?

OK, I didn't think so.

Please pass the pitcher.

P.S. The CNN hologram is the single stupidest thing I have ever seen on TV, and I am including Carrot Top in that statement.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Something Fantastic

I really hope everyone will go read this blog post. I don't know who the writer is, but this link was posted on Lindsey's blog and I read it and it is absolute genius.


http://missnemesis.blogspot.com/2008/11/why-i-am-glad-today-is-election-day.html


Here are my thoughts, and first, here is my disclaimer. Many of my dear friends and family will read this blog and feel like I'm talking about them. I am. I still love you all, and I happen to disagree with you pretty strongly on some things. This is okay.


Now. First of all, in regard to the state of politics in the U.S.:


We. Need. Balance.


I don't understand how anyone who understands the concept of the United States of America can feel like one party is absolutely right and the other is absolutely wrong. The entire basis of our governmental system is checks and balances, and where is the balance if one party is THE correct party? Neither party has all the answers, and both offer good things. This is a basic truth. As many people have pointed out, if there was one party that is right and one that is wrong, the Church would say something to that effect. (And don't tell me the only reason they haven't is that they don't get involved in politics. They spoke out about Prop 8, and if the Democrats were the party of the devil, they would say it.)


That said, if someone votes for the other party, it does not make them a bad person or a bad member of the Church. To believe so is incredibly misguided, and to say so is incredibly rude. Not to mention the fact that you do not have the right to judge someone and say whether they are a good or bad person or member of the Church. You do not know what is in that person's heart, and even if you did, it is not your place.


I find it really disheartening that our country seems to lack so much understanding about the system, and I wish more people would adopt John McCain's attitude when he lost. It is ridiculous to approach an election as though the two sides are enemies. Granted, our dear candidates don't set the best example for us during the campaigning, but does that mean that we aren't capable of being above it ourselves? We are voting for OUR president, for the person who will be taking care of ALL of us. Regardless of whether or not we support EVERY LAST THING that a candidate supports, we should still respect him and, even more, we should respec those who do support him. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all citizens of the same country. And it's about time we learned to act like it.


Everything doesn't have to be a war. And it definitely doesn't have to be a war between friends (who actually, I might point out, believe the same things). It is OKAY for people to think differently than you or I do. It is not wrong. But it IS wrong to attack them for it. And since that seems to be the basic policy for approaching elections, I can only hope that we can all do a little growing before the next one.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We Win!

Yay yay yay. That is all I have to say. :)

Except this: I hope, now that it's over, that people will stop acting like anyone who voted Democrat has no morals. It's dumb and I'm getting tired of it.

Some really good pictures: http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0810/callie-bp.html
Thanks to Treb for giving Megan the link.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Good Old Sarah

an article from Yahoo! News/AP...

Does Palin's maverick label still stick?

"They first saw her as refreshing," Rohde said, referring to unaffiliated voters, a crucial swing group. Now, "more see her as a typical politician."

Among the revelations, Palin charged the state more than $21,000 for her daughters' commercial flights, including events where they weren't invited, and later ordered their expense forms amended to specify official state business. She billed the state for expenses, usually collected for travel, while she was at home, and her administration used private e-mail accounts to conduct state business.

Her scalding attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama filled a traditional vice presidential nominee's role, but they also eroded her bipartisan credentials. In Alaska, her administration, once known for openness, developed a reputation for insularity. A legislative probe found she abused her power as governor.

She claimed she told Congress to cancel the "bridge to nowhere," but it turned out that she had supported it until it became an embarrassment. Disclosures that the Republican Party spent $150,000 for designer clothes, hairstyling and accessories and $36,000 to have celebrity makeup artist Amy Strozzi travel with her undermined Palin's homespun image and her professed preference for thrift shops.

...

Some unflattering impressions of Palin might be the fault of McCain's own campaign. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, on Thursday criticized the way the governor was introduced to voters. In her first weeks on the national stage, she became viewed as "just an empty suit" because she spent too much time repeating the same speech, Ensign told the Las Vegas television news program NewsONE.

...

Palin appears to be asserting some independence from the McCain campaign. She spoke out against the campaign's decision to abandon Michigan and lamented its use of robocalls; she has defied her handlers in order to engage reporters more frequently. These moves generated reports some McCain operatives believe she is trying to position herself for a future campaign.

Taken from Lili/Tagged by Amanda

8 TV Shows I love to watch:

  • The Office
  • Friends
  • Gilmore Girls
  • What Not to Wear
  • Seinfeld
  • Scrubs
  • America's Next Top Model
  • Reba
8 Favorite Restaurants:
  • Bombay House
  • Olive Garden
  • Chili's
  • Happy Sumo
  • On the Border
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • um wow... I'm struggling with these even more than I did with the TV shows. 8 is a lot! I'm quitting here. if I put any more they won't actually be favorites.

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:

  • we spent hours trying to decide whether or not we were actually going to dress up.
  • went to a Halloween parade at my nieces' school.
  • ate Taco Bell for lunch
  • hung out with Dan and Cillian and watched Cillian beat up both Dan and Mike
  • went shopping
  • bought gas
  • took Mike to work and picked him up
  • straightened my hair

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:

  • moving to Texas
  • Christmas in Texas
  • living in Texas
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • visiting Mesa sometime
  • seeing my family
  • sending Daniel his Christmas package

8 Things On My Wish List:

  • stuff from my Christmas list
  • new clothes
  • a typewriter
  • a new car
  • for a very rich relative I didn't know I had to die and leave us enough money to pay off our student loans
  • for both of us to be 100% healthy
  • new books
  • for all my family to be close together

8 Quirks (I'm combining this with Amanda's thing since she tagged me):

  • I have my closet organized by color and type of clothing
  • I have to have all my hangers facing the same way and all my clothes facing the same way on the hanger
  • I never separate my laundry, I just wash it all on cold
  • when I shop for clothes, I try to imagine what Stacy and Clinton would say about the things I'm looking at
  • when I'm listening to music, or when a song is stuck in my head, I play air-piano (yes, like Natalie Portman in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium) but just with my right hand
  • I like my movies organized alphabetically, but my books organized by genre, size, and cover colors
  • I'm very picky about buying books--the cover, the kind of paper and font used in it, and the way the book is bound all influence whether or not I buy it
  • I don't have many quirks that people don't already know about... and I can't think of any more

8 People I'm tagging:

  • I'm pretty sure I don't even know 8 people who will do this
  • but let's try... Anna
  • Mike
  • Dafni
  • Talia
  • Miki
  • Dan
  • and anyone else who feels so inclined