Monday, March 28, 2011

The One With Just Pictures

I’m a little leery of giving my opinion lately, so I think I am just going to throw some pictures up here. Some of it won’t make much sense, but I will just say that my camera has been working overtime this last month. {Click to view larger!}

P.S. Which is your favorite?

The One With the Bossi Bag

This is a CAMERA BAG??? Yes, please!

They are giving one away over here at my favorite... Florabella Collection. Check it out!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The One With the Crying

I know I am behind in posting here. And Casey got married Saturday and I have a few other things I really do need to post. But I am throwing a little party for 250 people tomorrow night, and I just haven’t had time. So for now, head over for my “She Said” post and leave me some comment love over there. I promise I will post some fun stuff next week. Scout’s honor... cross my heart and hope to die...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The One With the Digital Download

Our new song, Carry Me, is now available for digital download for 99 cents! It should also be on iTunes shortly, but we don’t exactly know how shortly, because we have never submitted music there before. For now, you can go to CD Baby and purchase and download. Kinda cool... :) {Just click on the photo, or the link below it.}

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The One With the Useless Phrases

I have a friend who sort of collects useless phrases. The cliché kind that people slap onto your troubles like a band-aid that is not nearly big enough. “It’s water under the bridge.” “It’s all good.” “Everything will work out.” And my personal favorite: “Let me know if you need anything.”

We had a discussion about that particular one in my primary class on Sunday. {Primary is Mormon speak for the program for 3-12-year-old children on Sundays.} Two of the teachers were sick on Sunday, and so I had extra kids. About twelve in all. I asked the kids if they thought it was a nice thing to tell someone, “Let me know if you need anything.” The answer was about evenly split between those who thought it was a kind gesture, and those who didn’t. Then I asked how many of them would ever call up the person who said it, and tell them what they need. This one was unanimous: none.

Ten-year-old Devoree said that a couple of Christmases ago, her dad was unexpectedly ill and in the hospital. Christmas was only a couple of days away and their house had been dark and deserted all week as they spent all of their spare time at the hospital. She relates that they arrived home that night to find that their house had lights on. They walked in to find a decorated tree with presents under it, beautiful Christmas music playing, the kitchen counters stacked with cookies and other treats, and a delicious dinner on the stove. Her eyes were huge as she told us the story. “We didn’t know what was going on!” she said with a huge smile. “But one thing is for sure… nobody said to my mom, ‘let me know if there is anything I can do for you.’ Because my mom would never have told them.”

Suddenly the room everyone’s hands were in the air and they were all talking at once. Everyone had a story about how they were able to provide service, or they had been the recipient of someone else’s kindness.

And there was just one more question. “Do you think that with regards to serving others, Jesus ever told anyone, “Let me know if you need anything?” We went with a “no” on that one.

P.S. Due to the rather large amount of controversial comments this post generated, I have made this post comment-free to avoid WWIII. :) Sorry if I have offended anyone...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The One That Took Forever

But it was totally worth it. I just finished this music video. It was a lot of work! We didn’t want to use stolen photos from the internet... so I had to take all the photos and edit them. I say I “had to” but it was really fun. I love the photos we used. The music took a long time, but I learned a lot of things about one of my new computer programs. I guess you could say that this video was a definitely learning experience. Let me know if you like it. (By the way, I think I made it so you can watch it full screen.)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The One With Sarcasm Thursday

Okay, so I do not limit sarcasm to Thursdays. But I am afraid I may have outdone myself last night, posting on my other blog. Please do go and visit.... leave a comment. I seriously can use some validation today. It has been a long week! {Just click on the photo or the link below, or, well... HERE.}

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The One With the Green Blob

I hope Jan doesn’t read this post (sometimes I don’t know who, if anyone, reads this) because she would probably feel bad, and this one was one hundred percent my epic fail.

Friend Jan called yesterday with a strange and unique request: Would you please make me some green bread? It was a tradition she had growing up, where her mom would make green bread for St. Patrick’s Day. She said she was embarrassed by it as a kid, and would hide the sandwich, surreptitiously pulling off pieces to eat when she thought no one could see. But like many embarrassing childhood traditions, it is one she has come to treasure. She was hosting a first-Tuesday-in-March staff meeting, and wanted to serve green food.

Of course I agreed to make green bread. How could I pass that up? Then I got a little distracted last night. Unexpected company. Coconut shrimp party. Spur of the moment. Mmm. I remembered the bread after the first rise. It was a bilious green color, and I formed it into fat Gumby-colored loaves and placed into the lower oven to rise for 25 minutes. Then I started working on a song I am trying to finish for my music project. An hour went by. Maybe two... DK turned off the beeping timer, I’m sure... and then I stumbled off to bed, exhausted.

3:45 a.m. My eyes open, and I have a single thought: I have green bread rising in the oven. I ran downstairs and opened the oven, and there it was... and it was Dr. Seuss-worthy. It had overflowed the pans. It had cascaded over the oven racks. It had pooled in green glory all over the over floor and the heating elements.

So I have been up since 3:45. Making a new batch of green bread. Yes, I’m a little tired. But I am eating a delicious green grilled cheese sandwich. Totally worth it. Okay, maybe not.