I have a TON of videos and pics I need to post (well, at least some of them). Thought I'd start with this one. My mom sent Kate a couple of Boynton books a few weeks ago and I recorded her first time reading them. She says a new word in this clip--so it's very exciting! :) She also recognized that the characters in the book were tickling each other and made her tickle noise (the one she uses anytime she tries to tickle someone or sees a belly button). Hope you enjoy!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here are Ron Paul's House floor remarks today. http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=642
Friday, September 26, 2008
**He found a website that lets you try out frames on your pictures. He really likes this style--with a linen matte and wants to do his pictures that way from now on.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"A generous parent would have said, 'if there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.'" --Thomas Paine, Common Sense
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." --Thomas Jefferson
Okay, people. I know some of you reading this don't necessarily subscribe to my political views and maybe thought I was a little nuts for supporting Ron Paul. That's totally fine. But one thing that even the media agrees on is that Ron Paul was right about the economy. Maybe you've noticed that lately he has been all over CNN, Glenn Beck, etc. because he predicted this financial crisis years ago. Please read this letter that Ron Paul sent out to the public today http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=597. It is time for us to wake up and not take this lying down! Contact your state representatives (it's actually really easy--just click here)and tell them how you feel about the proposed bailout. Let's do something! This is supposed to be our country--let's not sit idly by and watch it fall to tyrants.
*Stepping off soapbox.*
Friday, September 19, 2008
UPDATE: I came in ranked #22 for the week and moved up from #26 to #23 overall. :)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I saw Christie's blog today that had this "tag" on it. I love reading about people's past lives (even people I've never met...), so thought maybe I'd share some more about mine--for those of you lucky enough not to have known me in high school. :) I haven't done one of these revealing tags in a while. Warning: This will be LONG and will include many pictures. I made the pics small so that this post wouldn't take over my entire blog, but click on any picture to see a larger version.
I elaborate quite a bit on these questions, so if it's too much for you feel free to skip around. :) If you missed the last tags I did (what--you weren't reading this blog in July 2007?? and if this post somehow isn't long enough) then here are the links 8 Things About Me and #9 and Deja Vu: More about Me.
1. Did you date someone from your High School?
I only dated one guy from my high school--he was one of the very few LDS boys there, and he was 'gasp' a JUNIOR when I was a senior. But he didn't seem like it, so it was okay. :) We dated for five months which was practically an eternity in high school months.
2. What kind of car did you drive?
3. What was the most embarrassing moment of High School for you?
High school was one giant embarrassing moment for me. It would be much easier if I could answer what the most non-embarrassing moment was (because there were only a handful of those...).
But, since I have to choose just one, I would have to say it was when I wrote about my first kiss in my creative writing class. It was a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE first kiss that seemed only compatible with my life (suffice it to say that it involved lots of burping and slobber--not mine. I did not go out with the guy again, btw). Anyway, my teacher was reading our "essays" to herself one day and could not stop laughing. I knew instantly when the tears began to flow that she was reading mine. I shrank down in my seat, but she came over and told me that I HAD to read it to the entire class the next day. WHAT?? The dreaded class arrived, and she handed me my story. I shook my head at her (think of the girlfriend in Seinfeld refusing the apple pie) and said I'd rather not. She got kind of upset and said that if I wouldn't read it she would just have someone else read it. I just couldn't bring myself to do it--TOTAL MORTIFICATION. So, of course, a cute football player volunteered to read it. G-r-e-a-t. I really can't express the absolute horror I went through as he read; I got a lot of strange side glances from cheerleaders (of course we sat in a big circle so I was clearly visible to the entire class). As he stumbled over certain words, and didn't pause for effect in the right places, I realized I should have just read it myself since I was humiliated/tortured either way.
**Running out of my Junior English class to throw up in the hall would be a close second.**
4. Were you a party animal?
No. I had moments, though. I loved going to concerts. In high school, I loved harder rock and alternative rock (I still listen to alternative stuff). NIN, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots were among some of my favorites back then. And don't forget the angry chick rock--Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, etc.
The above pic is of me--yes--burning my bra. My friend, Sabrina, and I burned pictures of ex-(jerk)boyfriends (I'm pretty sure they were just double prints...) and notes, and why not a bra? It was liberating--even if it was just an old bra I didn't use anymore (and I still had one on...).
5. Were you considered a flirt?
Yikes--no. I usually clammed up around any semi-cute guy.
6. Were you in Band, Orchestra, or Choir?
Nope. I have no musical talent whatsoever.
7. Were you a nerd?
No. I didn't have a lot of good friends at my high school, though. I had one best friend at my school (top pic), Abby, that had been a good friend since 7th grade Human Growth and Development. She is hilarious and I was lucky enough to reconnect with her recently via Facebook. My other two best friends were Sabrina and Tiffany. Sabrina (middle pic), and I grew up together at church. She didn't go to my high school, though. Tiffany (right pic), and I became good friends at church, too, when our ward boundaries were changed. She also did not go to my high school. Sorry for these pics, guys! These are the only ones I could find!
8. Were you on any Varsity teams?
9. Did you ever get suspended/expelled?
No, but I missed a lot of school my senior year and it seems like there was some kind of penalty for that, but I don't remember.
10. Can you still sing the fight song?
Fight song? We had a fight song?
11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Always English teachers--they were always the most passionate and interesting.
12. Where did you sit during lunch?
We didn't have any options--it was just the cafeteria. I sat with friends.
13. What was your school's full name?
Harry A. Burke High School
14. School mascot?
Bulldog. My colors were black and gold from elementary school through high school.
15. Did you go to Homecoming? With whom?
Yes, I went to my senior Homecoming with the aforementioned LDS junior. Homecoming was our first date, actually.
16. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
ROFL. Are you kidding me?? NEVER. I'm just relieved I survived in the first place.
17. What do you remember most about graduation?
I remember walking down the stadium bleachers to "Pomp and Circumstance" REALLY hoping I didn't biff it. I was also elated that the whole high school experience was almost behind me.
18. Where did you go Senior Skip Day?
19. Were you in any clubs?
French Club, Quill and Scroll Club (which really seemed like a made up club), Creative Writing Club, and National Honors Society.
20. Have you gained some weight since then?
Currently about 15-20 pounds heavier.
21. Who was your Prom Date?
I didn't go to prom. My LDS boy and I had broken up about a month before prom. Then the next boy I started dating wasn't until a month after prom. Just missed it. Below is Lance--the guy that came after prom. I actually dated him my junior year for a few weeks. He was really cute, I thought, but a real jerk! He swore constantly and was really racist. Oddly enough, he found me again at the end of my senior year. He was very apologetic saying that he had gone through a strange phase (trying to be cool or something)and wasn't like that anymore. He sounded really genuine and so I decided to give him another shot; it was a good decision. He had somehow transformed into a very good person (he was Catholic, by the way). Very obsessed with his car, though...but I let that go. We dated for 7 months (into our first year of college). He was not interested in the LDS faith at all. It was hard because I thought I loved him, but I knew I had to break up with him. Looking back, that was one of the best decisions of my life.
We tried to stay friends, but I started dating a different guy only a couple weeks later and that made him really mad. I always felt bad about that. I sent him a postcard from Hong Kong a couple years later...strange thing to do, I think. I never did hear from him again.
He had not gone to my high school, either. We actually originally met online (gasp!). It was a total blind date, but I was pleasantly surprised. I have another online dating story...but that one is really embarrassing and will have to wait for another day.
22. 10 year Reunion? Are you planning on going?
It happened in August. I was not there.
23. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself?
You're skinny!! Enjoy it while you can!
I hope those of you that read this will do it on your blogs, too! I look forward to reading it!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I haven't posted any videos for a while, so here are a few! Nothing too interesting--Kate doing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," and doing some Olympic type balancing, and just regular playing/wearing way too small of a t-shirt/sitting on our food storage/looking adorable in her duckie pajamas/not jumping until she wants to jump. Enjoy! :)
Friday, September 5, 2008
I lost two pounds this week! I gained two pounds in August (ugh), so now I'm back to where I left off with the last Biggest Loser. Kate's come down with the cold flu this week and has been waking up at all hours of the night. Argh. I've been so exhausted in my last few workouts--I don't know how productive they've been.
Anyway, rankings later...there are now 72 women playing--which means the rankings will probably take longer. But the pot is at $1800!!
UPDATE: I didn't expect this week to be a very good one in terms of my ranking. Last BL, a lot of people had a big first week and then dropped off. I came in at #42, though! Yikes, I know. There's a lot of competition and somehow working out twice a day every day isn't cutting it. Maybe a starvation diet? ;)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
We're not sure what it is--the flu or food poisoning. Pretty sure it isn't food poisoning because we've eaten exactly the same things for the past few days and I haven't been sick. I did feel sick just from hearing all the vomiting all night long, but I don't think I'm going to be sick (fingers crossed). Andrew's finally getting some rest now--hopefully he will be feeling better soon!
The last time Andrew threw up was when we were dating. It was the first week of our dating--right after he returned from his mission. We were up in Heber or somewhere with another couple watching a movie. Towards the end of the movie, my stomach really started to hurt. I started chomping on gum trying to calm it. That wasn't working, and I nervously began to scan the exits. We were at a house I'd never been to, and I had only just met the girl that lived there. I asked where the bathroom was, and ran there--up the stairs, past the stranger's family, and into the hall bathroom. I remained there for some time. The couple sent us on our way with a bucket.
I concentrated really hard on not puking once we were in the car; I definitely did not want to throw up IN FRONT of the guy I had just started dating. I was already mortified that my hair was matted on my forehead, my skin white and clammy, and that I probably reeked of my insides. It didn't help things that we had to drive home in a blizzard. Andrew was forced to inch our way back to Provo. I finally couldn't take it anymore and yelled at him to stop the car. He pulled over and I flew out the door, ordering him to turn up the radio on my way out. I slammed the door shut behind me. In my vomitous state, I had closed the door on the back of my coat. I was dangling from the car, arms reaching/flailing, trying to throw up, but for some reason unable. I jerked myself free from the car and went soaring into a bank of snow. When I returned to the car, I was now covered in snow, and soon sopping wet as it melted.
Andrew made many a stop on the side of the road that night. I finally did throw up in a tunnel just before Provo--I remind him of it nearly every time we pass through it (as if he needed reminding). Andrew had to help me to my apartment that night, then rode away. That night, after he went home, he threw up, too. I knew he must be "the One" when he wanted to go out with me again after that horrible ordeal. I think that night had been our second or third date--not a good beginning!
Anyway, I have never seen Andrew so sick. I hope he can get some sleep.