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Happy Halloween!

Apologies to my democrat friends and family.

Have a terrific evening and don’t forget to brush!

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So, this post serves two purposes.

It’s my first official Thankful Thursday post where I share a few random things I’m thankful for every Thursday. And since I’m participating in this “totally rad” event today, it’s my contribution to memories of the 80s.

Today I’m thankful that I have evolved from this 15 year-old girl.

The year was 1985. The trend apparently (for me anyway) was over-sized cable knit wool sweaters with huge mock turtlenecks. Accessorized with loads of matching teal sparky eyeliner extended out the sides to give the appearance of large eyes.

This was before my obsession with perms. I was accentuating my hair’s natural tendency toward wave and frizz. I must have relied heavily on my blow dryer to create wings off the sides and feathered bangs down the center.

Obviously it was also before I discovered my now-coveted pair of tweezers. Our family has an unbelievable propensity toward massive eyebrows. (But I’ll save that for another post).

And oh… the teeth. Whitening toothpaste is another essential in my personal hygiene regiment. Not so back then. Floss. Unaccounted for as well as you can see something black stuck between my eye tooth and first molar.

Sigh…

I am thankful this day that I no longer look like that. Just to prove it –

GASP! That woman could almost be her mother!

Have a great Thankful Thursday!

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There have been many “firsts” since moving to rural Idaho. To remember them, I’ll be documenting them here every Wednesday.

Last week, as I was schlepping kids around in my car, two “firsts” happened in the same day.

  1. I was a hair away from hitting a chicken in mid flight. It flew right out in front of my zippy Odyssey as I was going about 55 miles an hour. Jack and I looked at each other and busted out laughing. I didn’t know those things could actually fly. And aren’t they supposed to be fenced in or something? Maybe it was a “free range” chicken. Maybe that’s why free range chickens are so expensive. Only a handful survive long enough to make it to the slaughter house.
  2. As we were nearing our neighborhood, I saw something large on the side of the road. It was black and white and really round. As we got near, I was able to make out just what it was. Lying at the end of someone’s dirt driveway was a big, bloated, dead-as-a-doornail COW! It was lying on it’s side and was so bloated that its legs were almost straight up in the air. I don’t know if it got out of it’s pasture and had a run-in with a truck or what. All I know was that if I didn’t have a list of things to do that day, I would’ve stuck around with my camera in hand to document just exactly what that farmer would do with his dead cow. What does one do with a hugely bloated, expired cow? Hmmm….

As I write this, the local breaking news is that the freeway has been shut down due to a bull running loose. Go figure…

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There have been many “firsts” since moving to rural Idaho. To remember them, I’ll be documenting them here every Wednesday.

Last week, as I was schlepping kids around in my car, two “firsts” happened in the same day.

  1. I was a hair away from hitting a chicken in mid flight. It flew right out in front of my zippy Odyssey as I was going about 55 miles an hour. Jack and I looked at each other and busted out laughing. I didn’t know those things could actually fly. And aren’t they supposed to be fenced in or something? Maybe it was a “free range” chicken. Maybe that’s why free range chickens are so expensive. Only a handful survive long enough to make it to the slaughter house.
  2. As we were nearing our neighborhood, I saw something large on the side of the road. It was black and white and really round. As we got near, I was able to make out just what it was. Lying at the end of someone’s dirt driveway was a big, bloated, dead-as-a-doornail COW! It was lying on it’s side and was so bloated that its legs were almost straight up in the air. I don’t know if it got out of it’s pasture and had a run-in with a truck or what. All I know was that if I didn’t have a list of things to do that day, I would’ve stuck around with my camera in hand to document just exactly what that farmer would do with his dead cow. What does one do with a hugely bloated, expired cow? Hmmm….

As I write this, the local breaking news is that the freeway has been shut down due to a bull running loose. Go figure…

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Since Christmas has been “right around the corner” since the beginning of September when Target purged their shelves of shovels and pails and started stocking up on lights and stockings, I’ve started thinking about my Christmas shopping. With the economy on its knees gasping for breath with no real hope in sight, we will be lightening up on the gifts this year. With a lighter gift load, and the big kids back in school, I hope to have my shopping done early this year. Living an inconvenient distance from anything other than a Dollar Store, a couple of pawn shops, and a merchantile, I will be relying heavily on online shopping. And I figured that as long as I’m scouring the internet for great gift ideas, I might as well share some of my finds with you. Check in every Tuesday for a newfound treasure.

Today’s treasure can be found in the 2008 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. You PROBABLY don’t have one of these. If you’re not yet feeling the economic crisis and have a little extra money to burn before the government gets a shot at it, this may be for you. A life-size replica in Lego bricks! Only $60,000.

And if you feel the hips were built just a teensy bit too big, just pop off a couple of bricks, and , voila! A new you.

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What are YOU gonna be?

So, today was the deadline for Halloween costume decisions here at our house. Since the kids had the day off of school, we headed to the nearest Savers to check out the remnants of this year’s costume hunt.

Once the choices were made, we headed home to try on our finds.

Master Vader, of course!

Master Vader, of course.

Aye, Matey!

Aye, Aye, Matey!

After the magic of stage makeup, we'll have a zombie.

After the magic of stage makeup, we’ll have a zombie.

The year was 1985 and the occassion was the prom.

The year was 1985 and the occasion was the prom.

While in the Halloween spirit, we decorated the house too.

How about you.  How’s Halloween coming along at your house?  What are YOU gonna be?

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Since I’m in somewhat of a blogging slump right now and can’t think of anything clever to post about, I will answer my sister’s request to blog about 7 Things You May Not Know About Me.  I did a list of 100 random facts awhile ago so I’m not sure I can come up with more, but I’ll try.

7 Things I Plan to do Before I Die:

I’m not big on planning so none of these are likely to ever be done, but perhaps if I sit down and PLAN them, I may have a shot.

  • Become a fantastic photographer
  • Bike across Europe with Ralf
  • Start Ralf’s genealogy
  • Become a fantastic writer
  • Go on a mission with Ralf
  • Catch up on my food storage
  • Own a beach house somewhere

7 Things I Do Now

  • Get up at 4:45 most days to hit the gym.  (I’ve been making it 4 days a week lately)
  • Read every night before bed
  • Spend time on the computer doing my church job, PhotoShopping, blogging, and Facebooking.
  • Watch Biggest Loser with my older kids, Word World with my little one, and The Office with my husband.
  • Go to the library every week with Will and read, read, read.
  • Answer a billion and one questions from Will all. day. long.
  • Cook and Bake.  Thus, the frequent trips to the gym. I love getting my newest copy of Everyday Food in the mail.

7 Things I Can’t Do:

  • Sing well.
  • Play make-believe.  I must have lost my imagination somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd kid.
  • Pass up a bowl of ice cream.  Thus the frequent trips to the gym.
  • Remember names.  Only if I write it down or see it written down can I remember a name.
  • Keep my car clean.  It is a perpetual war zone of crumbs, crayons, papers, wrappers, books, shoes, socks, jackets, cups, and change.  And honestly, I hardly ever notice anymore.
  • Remember birthdays.
  • Make pie crust.  I think I’m missing that gene or I just don’t care enough to figure out the secret.

Things That Attract Me To the Opposite Sex:

  • Humor – Someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously.
  • Sincerity – Don’t like fakers
  • Humility – Arrogance is a turnoff
  • Eyes – Tell a lot about a person
  • Smile – Must have nice teeth
  • Hands and Feet – Strong hands,  well groomed  toenails.
  • Intelligence – Can carry on a conversation no matter the subject

Things I Say Most Often

  • Did you brush your teeth?
  • How was school?
  • Put your shoes and socks on/away
  • Love ya
  • Hey! That’s enough!
  • Awesome!
  • That dumb dog!

7 Celebrities I admire.

Since I can’t think of any celebrities I admire I decided to change this one to:

7 Celebrities I’ve met or run into:

  • Andre Agassi – Ran into him at a BYU Football game in the early 90s before he cut his hair.
  • Wilford Brimley (the Quaker Oatmeal, Cocoon, diabetes commercial guy)- His brother was married to my aunt so we spent one July 4th at his house watching movies and doing fireworks.
  • Steve Young – Met him and his family several times at our good friend’s house when we lived in California.  They played together for the 49ers.
  • Jim Belushi – Saw him this past July in the Dallas airport.
  • Nia Vardalos – Shopping on Rodeo Drive when we went to LA to see Wicked last year.
  • Molly Shannon, Regina King, John C. Reilly –  We sat behind them at the screening of Year of the Dog at the Sundance Film festival 2 years ago.
  • Huey Lewis – Was sitting at a table across from us at Lark Creek Cafe in Walnut Creek a couple of years ago.  His daughter now works at my little sister’s boutique.

7 Favorite Foods:

  • ice cream – Peanut butter and chocolate to be specific
  • donuts – Krispy Kremes (fresh and hot)
  • pumpkin pie – with real whipped cream
  • Good n Plenty – must have for the movies
  • Whipped cream – a shot straight from the can is best
  • Cupcakes – Sprinkles in Newport Beach
  • Edamame – With salt. Unfortunately I haven’t found anywhere to buy fresh ones here in Idaho.

Gee, looking at this list, it’s no wonder I’ve never been able to go off sugar for longer than a week.

Now I’m supposed to tag 7 people for this post but, I’m not going to.  I’ll leave it up to you.  If you’re in a blogging slump like me and feel the pressure to post SOMETHING, but having no inspiration for ANYTHING, use this as a writing prompt.

Have a great day!

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