Thursday, April 30, 2009

You know you're from Utah when..

So funny and so true....
  • You know you’re from Utah when…..
    Green jell-o with carrots mixed in doesn't seem strange.
  • You can pronounce Tooele.
  • The U is not just a letter - Neither is the Y.
  • You have actually eaten funeral potatoes.
  • You've gotten both heat and frost burns off your car's door handle in the same month.
  • You are not surprised to hear words like "Darn, Fetch, Flip", "Oh, My Heck" and "Shoot".
  • Your tulips get snowed on three times after they come up and twice more after they bloom. Hunting season is a school holiday.
  • The largest liquor store is the state government.
  • You can go skiing and play golf on the same day.
  • 30% humidity is muggy and almost unbearable.
  • Somewhere in your family tree is a polygamist.
  • You know the difference between a 'Steak House' and a 'Stake House'.
  • The elevation exceeds the population.
  • You've broken down on the highway and somebody stops to help you.
  • You can see the stars at night.
  • You have a bumper sticker that says "Families are Forever."
  • You were an aunt or uncle before you were three.
  • Your spouse's mother was pregnant at your wedding.
  • You have more children than you can find biblical names for.
  • Your family considers a trip to McDonald's a night out..
  • Your first child was conceived on your honeymoon.
  • You feel guilty when you watch Monday Night Football.
  • Your kids believe the deer hunt is a national holiday.
  • You drink Coke from a brown paper bag.
  • You consider a temple recommend a credit reference.
  • At least two of your salad bowls are at the homes of neighbors.
  • You believe that you must be 18 or older to order coffee at a restaurant.
  • You wonder why fire truck drivers honk when you drive 35 mph in the left lane on the freeway.
  • There is a similarity between a ward basketball game and the L.A. riots.
  • You think Jack Daniels is a country western singer.
  • You negotiate prices at a garage sale.
  • You can make Jell-O salad without the recipe.
  • You've heard about BYU football in a testimony meeting.
  • You have two gallons of ice cream in your freezer at all times.
  • Your father-in-law thinks Ronald Reagan was a liberal.
  • A member of your family wrote in Lavell Edwards for president in the last election.
  • Cars in the slow lane are traveling the fastest; cars in the fast lane are traveling the slowest; cars in the middle lanes are always trying to exit.
  • Sandals are the best-selling shoes.
  • You have to ask for the uncensored version of "Titanic."
  • Hotel rooms all have the Book of Mormon.
  • You buy your wardrobe at the local grocery superstore.
  • You learn about the Mormon Church by taking history in elementary school.
  • You live in a state where Democrats always come in third place, unless a zoo animal is running. Then they come in fourth.
  • You're on your own if you are turning left.
  • Schools stay open, even if two feet of snow falls overnight, but close for the opening of hunting season.
  • People wear shorts and T-shirts if the temperature rises above 32 degrees.
  • There is a church on every corner, but they all teach the same thing.
  • The most popular public transportation system is a ski lift.
  • People drive to Idaho (or Arizona) to pick up a gallon of milk so they can play the lottery.
  • In-state college football rivalries are bigger than the Super Bowl.
  • Beer drinkers don't shop on Sunday.
  • You don't have to breathe cigarette smoke until you walk outside a building.
  • The cost of living rises while your salary drops.
  • Every driveway has a minivan and a pickup truck.
  • When you buy a new vehicle, cigarette lighters are optional equipment but gun and ski racks are standard.
  • Every time a new family moves into your neighborhood, the local elementary school has to hire a new teacher.
  • Your paycheck has an additional 10 percent deduction.
  • "Temple recommends" is acceptable identification for cashing a check.
  • More movies are filmed in your town than in Hollywood.
  • You've never had a Mormon missionary knock on your door.
  • Your neighbors complain about where they live, yet refuse to return to the state they moved from.
  • You make a toast with red punch at your wedding reception.
  • You have more raw wheat stored than some Third World countries.
  • Your idea of a good time is playing Pictionary in the cultural hall.
  • Your idea of a wild party is a six pack of Pepsi and a PG-13 movie.
  • You and all your friends come to your mother for a haircut in her kitchen.
  • You measure Kool-Aid by parts per million.
  • You think "You're a 10 cow wife" is a compliment.
  • You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Utah.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Yes Man

I just saw a very cute movie today that I wanted to share with all of you. So you can all run out and buy or rent it and enjoy it as much as I did today.

If you love to laugh and want a movie that's a chick flick, but manly enough to watch with your honey, check it out. Here is a little summary of the movie:

"Carl Allen is at a standstill. No future... Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of "Yes", and sees his professional and romantic life turned upside down overnight: an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend. But he'll soon discover that better can be good's enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn't be taken."

Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

If I were having a baby

I was looking on my favorite website to get decorating inspiration - hgtv.com (rate my space), and came upon some great pictures of a nursery. If I were pregnant, I would so decorate my nursery just like this. I love how it can be easily transformed into a nursery for an infant, to a toddler, to a teenager's room, to a guest room. The colors and furnishings are so versatile.


A Very Sad Day for Golden Girl Fans

Beatrice Arthur, 'Golden Girls' star, dies at 86

Beatrice Arthur, an icon of '70s TV as the star of Maude, and then one of the staples of '80s TV as one of the leads in The Golden Girls, has died at age 86, according to an Associated Press report. A family spokesman told AP the Emmy and Tony Award winner had cancer, and died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles.

Arthur's best-known roles came in popular sitcoms that didn't shy away from the serious issues of the day. On Maude, which aired from 1972-1978, Arthur's pantsuit-wearing, feminist title character had an abortion, which resulted in a flurry of viewer protests. Arthur scored five Emmy nominations and one win for the role. The ribald, hilarious Golden Girls -- which over seven seasons tackled hot-button issues such as menopause, homophobia, suicide, and racism -- found Arthur playing gruff, wisecrack-spewing divorcée Dorothy Zbornak, who shared a Miami home with her mother and two loopy friends. Arthur picked up four more Emmy nods and one win as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the role.

In a 2005 interview with EW, Arthur recalled she "flipped" when she first read the script for The Golden Girls' pilot episode. "After all of the crap I'd been sent, here was something so bright and adult and fabulously funny," she said.

Arthur's long-time friend Billy Goldenberg, who co-created 2002's Bea Arthur on Broadway, tells EW.com that the actress was "never afraid to say anything that she believed in. The rest of us always took a moment before we said anything, maybe edited it. But she never did. And that was rather odd, because she was a very shy, private person." Goldenberg says that while Arthur would often wonder why she inspired such widespread and passionate fandom, he surmised it was the way the actress championed underdogs, "people who felt like second-class citizens," in both her on-screen and off-screen life.
After exiting Golden Girls in 1992, Arthur worked sparingly. Since 2000, she made guest-starring appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Futurama. She scored yet another Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for a role as a loopy babysitter on Malcolm in the Middle.

Earlier in her career, Arthur tasted success on Broadway and on the big screen, even winning a Tony Award for her roles as Vera Charles, formidable pal of Angela Lansbury's title character in Mame. She would go on to play the same role in the musical's big-screen adaptation, though in that instance opposite Lucille Ball.

EW.com will be catching up with more of Arthur's friends and colleagues as the weekend goes on. Please keep checking back for further updates:

Betty White, who so memorably played Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls opposite Arthur, gave this statement to Entertainment Tonight: "I knew it would hurt, I just didn't know it would hurt this much. I'm so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life."

Angela Lansbury, who co-starred with Arthur in Mame on Broadway, released this statement (via ET Online): "Bea Arthur and I first met when we did 'Mame' together in 1965. She became and has remained 'My Bosom Buddy' ever since. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but also relieved that she is released from the pain. I spoke to Matt, her son, yesterday and I was aware that her time was imminent. She was a rare and unique performer and a dear, dear friend."

Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development, who worked with Arthur when he was a writer-producer for The Golden Girls, tells EW exclusively: "I really loved her -- and gained so much from working with her. She was deeply supportive of me at the start of my career. Her warmth wasn't superficial -- it was genuine and bespoke true compassion. And it was this same inner sweetness that made her comedy so real and touching, and made her such an inspiration."

-- Michael Slezak, with additional reporting by Dan Snierson and Adam B. Vary

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We have a visitor...

We have a visitor in the office today..... a mouse! They warned us at shift change that a mouse had made it's way into the building, but I wasn't too worried about running into him during the day. Well, to my surprise, he ran under the door and right into the building and hid for about a half a hour before coming out to say "hi" a foot away from me. Startled, I said, "there he is" and we all screamed at the top of our lungs. Poor thing, we were so loud, we scared him to death and he ran back under the console. Since then, we're all keeping our feet high enough he can't crawl up our legs. If only he could talk like "Runaway Ralph" then it wouldn't be so bad having him around.

I thought my rabbit was big

Although the rabbit depicted in these photographs may seem almost unbelievably large, it is (or was) in fact a real animal and the images are authentic.

According to a February 2007 Washington Post article, the colossal bunny in the pictures is a German gray giant named "Robert" who weighed in at at whopping 23 pounds (10.4 kilograms). The man holding Robert is Karl Szmolinsky, a long-time rabbit breeder who lives in Eberswalde, a town in eastern Germany.Szmolinsky and his giant rabbits gained the attention of the media after he agreed to sell some of his animals to the North Koreans to be used in a breeding program designed to help alleviate chronic food shortages in that country. Because of the large size of the breed, North Korean diplomats felt that Szmolinsky's rabbits would be a good choice as breeding stock. Indeed, Szmolinsky notes that each of his giant rabbits can yield up to 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) of tender meat.

In December 2006, a collection of carefully selected rabbits, including Robert, was transported to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Szmolinsky was later informed that the rabbits arrived safely in North Korea. Sadly, what happened to Robert and the other bunnies after their arrival is somewhat unclear. The secretive North Koreans remain tight-lipped about the success or failure of the breeding program. In fact, Mr Szmolinsky later received word that the rabbits he supplied may have been eaten at a birthday banquet for North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, rather than used as breeders as he intended. Thus, poor Robert may no longer be with us.

Robert is not the first German gray giant to have photographs of his furry visage travel around the world via email. In 2006, an email featuring a German gray giant named "Herman" began circulating, along with the following description:

  • He weighs in at 22 pounds and measures a little over 3 feet.

  • He is a breed of rabbit called German Giant (how appropriate!).

  • This is his owner, Hans Wagner, struggling to hold him up.From the NY Post article: "We don't feed him an unusual diet," said Wagner. "He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favorite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it."LOOK AT THOSE FEET!Can You imagine the LUCK you would have with one of these!!!!!!!!

Like Robert, Herman is also a real animal and the photograph is genuine. Herman lives in the German city of Berlin with his owner Hans Wagner. There are conflicting reports regarding Herman's exact weight, but Robert may be a tad larger. According to a CBBC Newsround Online article that discusses this giant bunny," Herman lives in a specially built solid oak hutch and chomps his way through just over 2kg of food a day. His owner says his favourite snack is lettuce". Herman is something of a celebrity and even has his own MySpace page. Rabbits like Robert and Herman belong to a specially developed breed and do not live in the wild.
Article found at http://www.hoax-slayer.com/giant-rabbit.shtml Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My attempt at gardening

Ok, so, we have some friends coming out from New York this week, and crazy me thought it would be a good idea to lre-andscape the front yard.

I've been making numerous trips to Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart, picking up flowers here and there as well as magazines and books for inspiration. Also, spending hours and hours researching flowers online.

Well, at 6:00pm tonight, I made my final stop at Walmart on the way home to get mulch and soil. As soon as I got home I changed my clothes and went to work. Four hours later I was finished with the garden bed by my front door. My neighbors must think I'm crazy, digging and planting in the dark, with only my porch light to aide me in my obsessive compulsive behavior.

So, after much research and hard work I am proud to present you with photos, before and after of my garden bed by my front door. Stay tuned for other parts of the yard....it's slowly getting there.

Before: This is after I ripped out all the dead plants from winter. The daffodils came up on their own without me knowing it. It was a nice spring surprise.




After: I went with a perennial theme. Since we live in a section of Utah where the soil is both clay-like as well as sandy, perennials seemed like the flower choice for me. Recycled rubber covers the soil to create a uniform, eco-friendly backdrop for the perennials (which also recycle themselves every year). It took me forever to find the perfect flowers for my garden.
I think the end result turned out pretty good for my first attempt at gardening/landscaping???
Note: next to the drain was a thorny bush I recently ripped out, releasing frustration from work. I have yet to figure out what will go in its place. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.

It has been brought to my attention....

....that I failed to mention one special person that accompanied my mother and I to the scrapbook convention last month.

This person is none other than my Aunt Diane.

When I moved to Utah, my aunt (and a couple of cousins) were the only people I knew locally. Many times I went over to her house, just to have some company and not feel so all alone. She always welcomed me into her home and included me with whatever special plans that would come up (holidays, car trips, etc).

Since moving I have gotten a job, a house and another rabbit, all of which take up a lot of my time. I haven't been able to stop by her home as often as I did, and when I do it's usually for a quick hello and then off to my next errand.

I want her to know I appreciate all she has done for me, helping my husband and me make the trek to a better life in Utah, as well as providing an ear in my time of need.

Thank you Diane for everything you have done for me, I may have forgotten to mention your name about the convention, but you can be rest assured, I never forget how wonderful an aunt I have. I love you!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everybody!

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Uncrustables!!

Uncrustables just got even better.....

I was doing some grocery shopping and headed to the freezer section to pick up some Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Uncrustables.

I love these fast and tasty sandwiches. You keep them in your freezer, remove them to thaw for an hour maybe two, depending on the room temperature, and then devour. They are a great solution for road trip hunger as well as day long shopping excursions.

Well, to my surprise, a new flavor was awaiting me. Peanut Butter and Honey!! Sometimes when I'm at home, I get a craving for a snack....One of my favorite snacks is Peanut Butter and Honey sandwiches and ever since the whole "Peanut" scare, I haven't purchased peanut butter. Smuckers confirmed they weren't included in the food recall, so I continued to purchase their sandwiches.

I am so happy they have started making this wonderful flavor of sandwich goodness and I hope they continue to produce this ooey-gooey treat. Try it, I'm sure you'll like it.

Check out my crafts. They make a great gift!!!