Friday, February 27, 2009

The Feeling

I keep thinking of things I want to blog about, and keep turning to my blog to see if I've done it, and I haven't. So I figure I should start.

First and foremost, I wanted to share what I got at Boo Boo Records.

You may recall I liked the song Sewn by The Feeling. Well, I was listening to music with a friend and that song came on. She suddenly gasped and said, "Is this The Feeling?!" and I did not gasp but said, "Yes it is!" and she said, "Do you have their CD?" and I told her all about how I don't buy complete CDs anymore and she told me she had their CD and that I could borrow it.

So I did. The next day it was one wonderful song after the other. During my drive to work I only listened to three songs. I couldn't wait to hear what came next! Imagine my joy when my supervisor asks me to go buy a cake during the morning. Not only do I get cake, but I get to listen to more music! Wicka wicka WOOT!

Anyway, I realized that this is a CD I want to own, a CD I want to touch, a CD I want in this physical world. I haven't felt that way about a CD in a long time. It's a nice feeling. So, I went to Boo Boo Records and they hooked me up.

The CD is Twelve Stops and Home by The Feeling. I linked that to Amazon, but I usually prefer to buy CDs from local stores.

Now, I want you to listen to some of these songs, simply because I enjoyed them so much. The best way I think to do this is to go to YouTube and look up "Sewn" "Love It When You Call" "Never Be Lonely" and "Fill My Little World", but DON'T WATCH THE VIDEOS. JUST LISTEN!! Songs can take on entirely new meanings once you watch the video. I remember when I found out what a "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was. (I was sitting in the living room of C4 with Tara when all of a sudden that song came on CMT and we were both blown away and a little bit disgusted.)

Right, anyway, some people argue that the music video is an extension of the artist's "art" and should be considered the end-all of song interpretation. I think this is a terrible idea, and you should listen to the songs first, come to your own conclusions, then watch the videos.

Tell me what you think.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stronger than the ocean

As many of you know, and as Brandon really knows, Jodie and the kids have come out to California for a visit. We have had a crazy fun time, all of which will be blogged about, but man, there is a lot to cover, so we will start right here, at the beach.

Jodie, Elle and Bryn are waiting for the water to "get" them.

It's a little bit scary, so at the first sign of potential threat of wetness, Elle takes off to the safety of Grandma and drier ground.

Bryn could only wait a little longer before she fled.

Leaving Jodie all alone, daring the waves to reach her feet.
They never did.
Jodie's will was stronger than the ocean.

Also, it just so happened on that day there was some sort of surfing competition to add to the general excitement.

As the girls were running around, Bryn took a spill (as usual) and we ended up taking off her pants.
From then on, she was able to run around in the water without the fear of getting her pants wet. Elle was smart and had worn a dress to the beach, so she could just hike that up and out of the way as she played.

Also, this is Wilma. The point of this picture is for you to see her eyes. We aren't quite sure what color they are, it seems to change all the time. Are they gray, blue, or green? What ever they are, we love them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Bold Statement

My favorite album of all time is Relient K's Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do.

This information hit me on the way home from work today. I needed some jams for the ride home, and I randomly selected a play list. Relient K came over the speakers, and it was a welcome sound.
I started thinking how that particular album is always welcome. I met Relient K in 2003, and I have never gotten tired of them. I always enjoy Two Lefts. I purchased other albums from Relient K, but Two Lefts is by far my favorite. Always funny, always light, always trusty. It gives me exactly what I want. I didn't think I had a favorite album of all time, but I do.

Now, there may be other albums out there that should be in the running, but I don't own them. Thanks to iTunes, I usually buy my songs in singular now, instead of in albums. I may be missing out on something wonderful, but I don't really think so. I think about all the CD's I've purchased in the past that had only a few good songs. It's such a risk to buy a whole CD.

So...what do you think? Do you have a favorite album? Do you only buy songs, not albums?

Also, I wanted you to know that I thought it might be a good idea to roll my ankle while walking in downtown SLO tonight. Turns out it was actually a bad idea, and my ankle hurts like crazy right now.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


As I was pulling into a parking space at my dentist, I saw a license plate that read,"I (heart) MYRDH" and naturally I thought that it meant, "I heart Myr, duh." Which I'm fine with. People can love me. But then, it hit me that maybe they meant "I heart murder." Murder! That is crazy talk.

So then, I was trying to figure out who might own that car in which that Murder business would be okay. I could only come up with Angela Lansbury. Well, her, and I kept trying not to think that maybe that car belonged to my dentist.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Me, in a word search

We usually have a birthday dinner on our birthdays, then an extended family dinner on a Sunday. I have the honor of sharing the same birthday month with Grandma and Marie. I know, how could it get any better?

So on Sunday we all gathered for a little celebration. This year Mother has been doing word searches. She comes up with about 20 words that describe the birthday person and makes a word search. Then, after dinner, everyone competes to finish the word search. It started with Dad's birthday in December. He had words like, "Giants, Holland Grill, shed, lawn mower," and many more. Mary had words like "make-up, sushi, massage therapy," so I was interested to find out what words mom would use to describe me.

Well, I shared my word search with Grandma and Marie, so I didn't get as many words as Dad or Mary. (Side note, this was Mother's biggest word search, and Grandma and Marie were actually unable to finish it, it was so intense.) But these were the words Mother chose for me:

Honda Civic
Hiking boots
The Office
BYU Idaho

I think she did a good job. What words would you choose for me?

What words would your mother choose for you?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pups to save my blog.

As many of you dedicated blog readers know, we are getting a puppy. Today we went to go visit them. We will bring one home on February 19th. I am very excited. These pups are German Short Hair Pointers.

We want a well balanced dog, so everyone in the family (except Mary) is reading up on all the tips and tricks from the Dog Whisperer. We are trying to learn how to Whisper ourselves.

I am already a huge fan of little Wilma (if it's female) and I sure hope she's photogenic.

Because, if she is photogenic, then I can start making this blog all about the puppy. I can become obsessed! I was getting tired of myself, so I think this is a good move. It was bound to happen. I don't have a husband to blog about, I don't have children/pregnancies to blog about, I have no cutesy craft business to blog about. Man, what have I been blogging about anyway? I'm glad the pup is coming to save my blog.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Good Things

I am sitting here waiting for the numbness from my dental work to wear off. My ear is beginning to feel tingly, my lower lip is starting to function again, and my gums are telling me they have just been poked and prodded for an hour and a half. I can't decide if I should slowly sink into the comforting depths of depression as I start to feel the pain, or if I should stay positive and update everyone on the good things that have happened in my life.

I guess option two is best. I guess.


1) Although it feels like it could happen soon, my face has not actually fallen off.

2) I played catch with Dad after the dentist. It felt good to throw again, and my face was still really numb, so I felt great.

3) My manicure looks freakin' awesome.

4) I gave a good lesson at FHE last night. We read and discussed this talk by Neal A. Maxwell.

5) I started cleaning my room.

6) I met this little guy at the dentist:
Yup, that's a pup at the dentist's office.

7) A few weeks ago I sat on this chair in this alley behind my work as a coworker gave me a haircut right next to the Bio-Hazard bins. It was great.
8) I was driving home from Grandma's and I saw someone recycling their tree. I don't know why they couldn't cut it any smaller, but I guess they couldn't.

9) And finally, the last time I saw the Balls, they gave me the most stellar gift: Their Boo Boo Records frequent buyer card. It was all filled up, and all I had to do was use it.

I will write all about what I got at Boo Boo's in a later post. Right now I'm going to crawl into bed.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The thing about having a birthday at the beginning of the month is that it always sneaks up on me. Sure, it's only once a year, but it still gets me. People want to discuss my birthday before it's even February. What's that about? I get so confused. I will be happily in January, and someone will say, "So, any plans for your birthday?" and I will think, "Um, my birthday isn't until February. Why we gotta think about it yet?" But, in reality, it's right around the corner. If you don't think about it before the month turns, then you will be right on top of my birthday and hardly even know it.

I think that is why I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both of those holidays are so comfortably settled down into their respective months that I have plenty of time to anticipate them during the month. But with my birthday, you hit February, and then BAM! There it is! No dilly-dallying. We are having a birthday, and we are doing it now!

I'm not saying I don't like the location of my birthday. (Well, I am sort of, but that is not the point.) The point is I'm just a little unnerved with the suddenness of it all.

In other news, I am caught up on my Netflix, I have had my nails painted black, removed the black, and have moved onto bright blue. I think I will take a break after this, and then maybe, maybe hit up a bright pink or red closer to Valentine's Day, but maybe I don't want to. I can never decide if I want to support Valentine's Day, and if I do, to what extent.