February 28, 2005

Big Time

So, like every other normal blogger, I made one last stop at sitemeter and found quite a few extra hits today. So, looking at the referrals I see people heading over to me from a link at Little Green Footballs. Shocked, thrilled, excited, eager to see what piece of my blog LGF found linkworthy, I click over.

Yes, well,once it was settled that there was no official link by one of the biggest bloggers in the 'sphere to little ole me, I remembered: no such thing as bad publicity, right? And thanks to "hep cat" for sticking a link to the rolls in the comments for me. :D

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A local 80's station has arrived to help me skip along the path down memory lane. While driving home from the airport Friday night, I heard "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "You're One of My Kind," "Major Tom (Coming Home)" and "Lonely Ol' Night," just to name a few.

Of course, yesterday while driving to the market after church with the family, I absent-mindedly switched on the radio, typically parked at NPR, only to quickly turn it off again. Billy Idol just wasn't the tone I was looking for.

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Many Happy Returns of the 'Sphere

This is one voice I am so glad is in the 'sphere. Happy Blogiversary.

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February 27, 2005

Feline Fun

Seeing Ava, Jerry's wife's cat, reminded me that I don't think I've ever introduced my vicarious son, and the only other male (chromosomally anyway) in the house. Everyone, this is Sam, the Blue Mackeral Tabby:


He is extremely shy, and runs away when anyone with whom he isn't acquainted shows up. He is my cat.

This is Isabel (picture taken on her rug in the garage-these animals do not live inside), a Norwegian Forest.


Although I was the one who rescued her from the beneath the shopping carts of a certain discount store, she prefers R and C over anyone else. She walks the perimeter of the hood when R is working on a truck. The noise and music don't frighten her. This cat is the reason most men disdain cats, and, thanks to T, I now have the perfect name for her: Diva Kitty. I must say, she has earned her keep. There simply is no better mouser.

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February 26, 2005

El viaje

It was a little lonely to be a in a city with almost anything to do at my disposal and yet no one with whom to do them. However, the day at CBS City Studios was extremely interesting and quite fun.

The balcony view of the strip didn't provide for the best sleeping, but it was glorious to slide those doors open and watch the sun awaken the sleeping city.


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Tap your slippers together three times while saying

There's no place like home; there's no place like home; there's no place like home.

On the quiet flight out of Los Angeles, I found reason four to like Utah: for now, it was holding my R and girls.

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Blessed are the forgetful...for they even get the best of their blunders.

After watching ESotSM for the third time, and no less tired of it, I am amazed that Jim Carrey received no nod from his peers for his stunning work.

I also was reminded of something Clementine says that I find somewhere in the previous pages of my life, that I can relate: "I'm just a f***ed-up girl looking for some peace of mind." I know what that feels like, Clem. I'm not there anymore, but I won't soon forget, either.

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February 24, 2005

Fear and Loathing in.....Los Angeles

The Hyatt West Hollywood (seven over and six up should show exactly my balcony). An upgrade (unsolicited) to a balcony view of the strip. Interesting....

The driver had a blues station playing ("PYT," "What's Goin' On" and "Forget-Me-Nots" were recognized tunes). It was funny to see supermarkets named "Ralphs" and to also see within two blocks a Hebrew school ("free to kids in public school" and actually a Hasidic Jew boarded in St. G [how weird and unusual in this region]) and the Bahai Community (made me think of my college roommate E) meeting place. I saw more psychics and Persian rugs than I thought possible in a three mile strip.

Am now tired and heading to bed. I filled out my breakfast room service request and will awaken early to prepare to discuss why choosing to sacrifice 20 years to rear children is more beneficial than sacrificing children for 20 years to have a career.

I covet your prayers and positive thoughts.

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And she's off

So, a few details to attend, and I am off. Thank you everyone for your positive thoughts, and for those that are believing, praying people, ahem, please do so for me. :D

If the hotel has a computer, I will attempt to post something, if not, it can be assured that the experience will be captured and published here when I return.

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February 22, 2005

The Big News

This Thursday I will be flying to Los Angeles to participate in The Larry Elder Show. It is nationally syndicated and I am sure that as it is taped, it will televise later in the year. The topic of the discussion is going to be why choosing to rear your own children over placing them in daycare while you pursue a career is better, ultimately for the family and the children. At least, that is the perspective I will carry into the conversation.

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The new banner is a generous birthday gift from Pam.

Thank you verra* much, Pam. I am truly delighted :D

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February 21, 2005

The moment you've all been waiting for

Will be arriving very soon. Patience. Cementing a few more details.

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February 20, 2005

With this ring...

At 3:03 a.m. 35 years ago today, I came quietly (and quickly according to my mother) into this world. At 7 pounds and 10½ ounces, I was considered "large" by comparison to my nursery mates.

My earliest memory is of looking up into the sky and saying "jet." We lived near an Air Force base and the frequency of the planes flying overhead piqued my curiosity. I was fascinated by them.

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Someone's Knockin' At the Door

Something big is brewing and I will be sharing soon.

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February 19, 2005

This Date in History

So, after concluding that the cinnamon rolls would, indeed, not be edible (bless their hearts- they really didn't want me to feel badly), we loaded up and went and got doughnuts at the supermarket, then came home and painted fingernails.

C could see that I was really disappointed that her Birthday Breakfast (tradition) had not quite materialized. She came and hugged me tight around my waist and said, "Mom, it's O.K. No big deal. I love you even though the cinnabons are cinnaburnts"- with a big grin. I couldn't help but reciprocate. This little girl who can see the glass as half-full, find something to laugh about, enamored of insects and gentleness toward every creature, my life is so blessed because of you. Thank you.

But! Mama ain't gonna mess up the Shrimp Alfredo. And that's a promise.

Happy Birthday, C. Mama loves you.

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Great! Just great! I have

Great! Just great! I have baked these rolls numerous times; I am famous for my cinnamon rolls in the neighborhood. This is the one day that really counts (C's birthday), and something goes wrong? I checked the date on the yeast; warmed the milk to the appropriate temperature, blah, blah, blah! Nice. Real nice.

What a crappy week.

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February 17, 2005

My So-Called Life

Let's see:

Math: Teach four math lessons (E- fine; A- like pulling teeth; C- finds it fun; K-
number recognition and quantity association with the correct digit)
History: Barbarian Invasions/Viking reading projects for older girls
Read Leif the Lucky to younger girls; learn and play Viking
game akin to chess called Hnefatafl (nev-a-tah-full).
Reading: Lesson with K; phonics with A and C; E and A dual
purpose History project (reading and discussing this).
Science: Test for E; Review expected work to be
completed by A (astronomy- she loves this)
Chapter 3 continuation on trees with C (she hates this section)
Spelling/Vocab: E-loves vocab; A-interesting but hates all the writing associated
with it; C-finished with a series and ready to begin the newest.
It will be a little more challenging for her, and I expect some
frustration, but that will even out as she comes to know what
to expect.
Thinking Skills: Need to order E's newest book; A- Mathematical Reasoning
Through Verbal Analysis
(she loves it); C- needs Thinking Skills
Book 2
; K- ready to begin Primary Series
Physical Education: Swim Team four days a week.
Music: All girls practice for upcoming competition as well as Suzuki lessons;
must sit specifically with C and K to help them along. Must be available
to aid older girls as necessary.

P.S. Need to order ACT pretests for E to be prepared to take the ACT in April.

This and keeping up with the laundry of three people (R, E, and A do their own), meal planning and cooking, phone calls necessary to facilitate healthy finances, maintaining friendships and community activity; shall I continue?

And people admonish me to "get a job/career".....

(O.K. so I polished the post a little bit, but who doesn't spiff up when company is coming?)

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February 16, 2005


The tomes are silent today. It's grey outside for the third day in a row. An inversion has settled into the valley. I know why I am struggling with melancholy. Happens every year at this time, try as I might to resist it.

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February 15, 2005

Patron Saint

I have always found interesting the similarity between St. Angela Merici and myself.

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February 14, 2005

Getting in Shape

For the most part, I attempt to keep a positive attitude about rearing four females. It is not easy. I hated it when older women with crinkled lips, a voice two pitches lower than Lauren Bacall's, drooping, shrivelled breasts, and permanently furrowed brows would feel the need in line at the market, upon seeing all my daughters to warn me: "You just wait until they get older. My boys were so much easier. They'll make you crazy." There would my girls stand: ribbons in their smoothly brushed blond heads, the large bow of their lips stretched into a smile, revealing their pearly-perfect teeth, enormous blue eyes, blinking up at them, and they tell me this crap? I wanted to pinch their weltered bosom and wring their puckered mouths.

This is the hardest thing I have ever done. Ever. Ever. Ever. I refuse to think that rearing any child of either sex is easier than the other. It can't be; to do this job correctly will lay you flat on your back. It will stress you; frustrate you; and steal your very heart without you even noticing. And just when you think you finally have it together, something else will come along and challenge your pithy smugness. I have been kept humble and been humiliated. I have endured the delivery of four human beings from my very body, dealt with swollen leaking, painfully engorged breasts, been bitten, puked on, pooped on, gone without sleep, and many material things. But those are nothing to helping my two adolescent daughters know themselves and know this world in which they live; to understand the frailties of both themselves and their fellow human beings; to keep that in context with our religious beliefs; to help them learn to establish boundaries that are healthy and when and how to let someone else know them; to learn the gracious gift of charity- that is, to examine one's motives and intentions before reacting. I wish I could shove them all back in, carrying the weight of their bodies in extra girdth. Surely the stress gained in my body would be reaped in the relief of my soul?

More and more, I am finding that this making of them is becoming the making of me.

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February 13, 2005

Gentile Fashionista

I bought a pair of boots this past December which look almost like this, but to the knee:

I already had a pair of brown, mid-calf boots, like these without the stitching:

I put them together with a pair of modern fit, black brushed cotton (with a tiny bit of spandex- 3%) cropped pants with a three inch side vent, a cropped, long- sleeved, extended cuff, charcoal cowl-neck sweater for a look similar to this:
The Look.jpg

When I wore this to church, I could see the people glancing at the cropped pants and the boots, and I know they thought I was either just weird, or hadn't taken notice of the length of my pants before I put them on.

Sigh....southern UT- the haute couture hot-spot.

P.S. While looking for an image of my boots, I found these:
With a pair of worn 501's and a white t-shirt- perfect :D

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February 11, 2005

Don't Blink

As a child, the things I feared most were wide spaces that required me to cross them in order to reach my destination. I vividly recall being petrified to step over the vast space between the elevator car and the leaving of the safe, solid floor. My mother was embarrassed and pleaded with me to just get into the elevator. I couldn't do it. The doors closed. I waited, knowing her wrath would bring her down the stairs faster than I could get up them.

Once while camping, the beauty of Turner Falls spurred us to a lovely afternoon hike. Not lovely for long. We came across a wide crevice, but nothing that couldn't be crossed with a run and a jump. I watched everyone else do it, and even told myself that I could make it across. As the group waited for me on the other side, I stood, willing myself to make the leap. After five minutes of good-hearted cheering, I realized it wouldn't happen. I sent them on ahead and sat and waited.

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And people wonder why we home educate, I mean, "What about prom?"


H/t: The Llamas.

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Bon Appétit

The Rubber Band Story? O.K. fine!

You know those odd cravings that a woman can have while pregnant (yes, I realize this eliminates roughly 50% of those reading)? Well, with my fourth and final pregnancy, I ate well, slept well, and took my delicious prenatal vitamins. So, I wasn't lacking in minerals, calcium, or any other strange vitamin/mineral need induced by the presence of another human being growing in a woman's uterus.

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Getting in Gear

C to me the other day: "Mom, will you make a rock-n-roll CD for me?"

Today, we are on a mission: attack and obliterate the toys, books, videos, sleeping bags, quilts, etc. in the family room. Knowing we must have a drum and a fife, I made a quick playlist:

Supposed to Be, Cary Brothers
What's On Your Mind, Information Society
Elisir, Paolo Conte
Perfidia, Shall We Dance Soundtrack
Turning Japenese Skankin' Pickle
Happy Feet, Paolo Conte
Let's Dance, Mya
New York City, Mason Jennings
Train in Vain, Annie Lennox
Love Me Like a Man, Diana Krall
One Tree Hill, U2

C says to me: "Mom, will you copy this CD for me? I love this music."

An aquaintance once recommended the soundtrack to A Knight's Tale as a very good, "let's get movin' " music. I will investigate.

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February 10, 2005

Blow Out the Candles

Please go play the glad game with Pollyanna and wish her a Happy Birthday.

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February 08, 2005

Iraq: The Vote

As I read Dave's letter, it is seems even more imperative that the either the liberal media stop exploiting the efforts of the American government and troops by both their over and subversive support of the Iraqi insurgents, or we who do support them learn to shout louder.

Newest from Lt. Col. Bellon. Read it; pray for unity of the Iraqi and American Marines, Soldiers and Sailors; their families and Iraqi Soldiers and their families; and pray for the seed of democracy and freedom to grow the strong roots the Americans are attempting to help it have.

Emphasis mine.

Dear Dad –

Today, the interim Iraqi Government held elections. I am not sure how the media is portraying the day’s events; but I thought you might want to know how things went here in Fallujah.

Part of the motivation for the attack on insurgents in Fallujah back in November was to set the conditions for successful elections to be held 30 January. It was understood going into the attack that Fallujah had become a source of instability and violence that radiated to all corners of Iraq. If the insurgent leadership headquarted inside the city was not directly projecting operations to cities as far away as Basrah or Mosul, their activities and overt posture undoubtedly inspired insurgents in other parts of the country to continue.

Once the Marines, Soldiers and Sailors were finally turned loose on the muj in the city, they dealt the enemy a crushing defeat. As I have described to you earlier, one of the most effective weapons the insurgents have employed to date is their propaganda. They lord over the people of Iraq by maintaining a very credible atmosphere of fear and intimidation. However, they also focus their information efforts inward.

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Words to Accept and Be Thankful They Were Lived By

You are guaranteed a laugh if you read Jeff @ Beautiful Atrocities. Whether his words, or the ones to which he points. Gua-ran-teed.

Today's link that I absolutely loved (especially Patton): Varifrank What Would You Say?.

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THE Cinnabon Recipe

I found it! About ten percent of my search engine hits are people looking for this recipe. It was saved as a word document on the old computer. When cleaning out my cabinet the other day, I came across the original. Here it is:

1¼ oz. pckg. Yeast
1 c. warm milk
½ c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. melted butter (do not subsititue margarine- blech!)
1 t. salt
2 eggs
4 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. packed brown sugar (I just sprinkle as much as I can and like, never measuring)
2½ TBS. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter

7 TBS. butter, softened
1½ c. confectioners sugar
¼ c. (2 oz.) cream cheese
½ t. real vanilla extract (or almond extract, which I prefer and use)
1/8 t. salt (I don't always use the salt, and in fact, like the taste better without it)

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February 05, 2005

My Little Poet

E and A keep blogs of their own. I found this on A's:

"Oh, Tragic Morn,
When death comes and robs us.
Oh, Tragic Noon,
When sorrow envelops us.
Oh, Tragic Eve,
When the passings of the day seem but a dream
But the ever present memory remains;
And haunts us."

February 1st, 2005
Yummipuff's babies were born and died on this sorrow-filled day.
I wrote this Poem in honor of brave Constantine and Constantina,
Who put up a brave fight but perished in the end.

E told her sister once that she has a very poetic sense of being. I concur.

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Food for Thought

Today a lesson in the often confused

scallion.jpg scallions and shallots shallot.jpg

size of shallot.jpg
Some idea of the size of a shallot.

shallot peeled.jpg

As you can see, a shallot is not a scallion (which is one and the same as a green onion. Although, in Austraila they are referred to as shallots). Typically, shallots are placed with or near the garlic in the produce department of a market. They are far more flavorful, less time consuming to peel and chop, and more easily digested than any other onion family member.

Succinct definitions here. Interesting history here.

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Cary Brothers was in Utah in January. I missed his performance during Sundance, Alas, performers seem to skip right over this ghost town on their way to Bright Lights, Big City (aka "Vegas"). At least iTunes downloads and the free songs he offers on his website keep me full of his Promethean lyrics and strumming.

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February 04, 2005

I absolutely love Annie Lennox

I absolutely love Annie Lennox singing Waiting in Vain.

"In life I know there is lots of grief, but your love is my relief."

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February 03, 2005

Sweets for the Sweet

In her typically unique and hysterical fashion, Joan has posted some Valentine's Day gift ideas for the fellas.

My favorite is the third bullet.

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February 02, 2005

For the Sake of Curiosity

Because I was nicely asked:

Random 10 Albums Semi-Sorta Randomly pulled from my collection:

1.Paul McCartney All the Best
2.Susan Graham La Belle Époque
3.Nick Drake Pink Moon
4.Lenny Kravitz Let Love Rule
5.Rich Mullins Songs
6.Frédéric Chopin The Complete Collection
7.Annie Lennox Medusa
8.Diana Krall The Girl in the Other Room
9.Miles Davis Kind of Blue
10.Marvin Gaye All the Motown Hits

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?

Updated: Thanks to Andy.
752 MB. ( Disclaimer for all you Computer Music People: I only began to download about four weeks ago).

The last CD you bought is:
O.K. I bought the soundtrack to Shall We Dance. This was before I was introduced to iTunes. I wish I had it before I purchased the entire thing; I only really like two songs on the whole album (Santa Maria-Gotan Project-great dance song & Perfidia- a very sensual song).

What is the song you last listened to before this message?
Chopin Waltz in C# Minor

Five songs that you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.

Only five? This one was really limiting for me.
"Such Great Heights" by Iron and Wine- reminds me of R and I really enjoy contemplating us together in this life.
Chopin- Ballade no. 2 in F op.38
"Life Means So Much" by Chris Rice- exhorts me to make the most of my time here.
"I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" by Colin Hay- read the words. Who hasn't felt this way about a lover, a friend, a family member? Besides, I have a long-standing love of acoustic guitar.
"Be Thou My Vision" an Irish hymn-my personal mantra.

Who are you gonna pass this stick to? (5 persons and why)

I choose seven people, because I always have to find some way to stretch the rules or to completely ignore them.

Nick- my brother, because music is a "closely held family value" and I always welcome knowing him better (Nick, you can either e-mail it to me or post in the comments; just cut and paste).
Flaca-She always introduces me to something new.
Greg-I think he very much enjoys music, although he doesn't frequently write about it.
Joan-She is such an interesting person; I am curious.
Pam-to know her better.
Jeremy- "We Want the Funk."
Cindy-I love how she analyzes and I want to see how the music she prefers "fits" her and why.

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February 01, 2005


The Papa....The Papa!

The Mama....The Mama!

Heheh. Can you guess what movie we're watching? I have been "craving" this for four days and finally got my hands on it.

I think it was getting a tiny bit of Gwen Stefani dribbled into my ear while switching the dial that piqued my desire.

"If I were a rich man...Yubuhdibeedibeedibeedum."

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Death Comes Unexpectedly

When E came to me begging for a guinea pig, I did what every sane mother who loves her daughter does. I sent her straight to her father. Who set up an arrangement that if she kept, she would then be allowed to purchase a pig. Heheh. Ummm, yeah.

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