Monday, March 29, 2010

The world is flat

Isaac starts Chinese immersion next year in first grade. I'm thinking about taking Chinese 101 at BYU in the fall so I can learn with him, in spite of his pouty insistence that he wants "to be the only one in the family who speaks Chinese,"

(what happened to my sweet Isaac? there's some bratty kid who's taken over his body. I blame the losing of the second front tooth -- Mr. Sassy Pants)

but the classes offered are at the worst possible times known to motherkind: 8 AM or 4 PM, EVERY DAY. Hmmm, how committed am I to this?

In related news*, I'm going on a trip in June with my husband and only one of my little monkeys to our nation's fine capital {a or o, a or o? google doesn't seem to know} city and I'm interested in any of y'all's favorite things to do there. What one museum, one restaurant, one stroll, one bakery, etc. is not to be missed? Please share.

If you do, I'll tell you about the only time I have been to DC and how it was a pivotal, tormented, maddening, bizarre, lonely, enlightening four days in my young history. How perhaps I could pinpoint my very passage of young womanhood into womanhood on those exact four days. Also, how I was quite unrequitedly lovesick for Steve Craig, although I didn't know it at the time, since I was dating his friend, but that was an extraneous emotion and not at all connected to the maddening, bizarre, pivotal, tormented stuff.

So, do: tell me your favorite place to be in DC.

*Related in that: my kids can be sassy pants and I need a break, and oh look! there's a break coming up on the calendar. That will be really nice for me. I look forward to that.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Who will be the first to call me a liberal?

On health care reform:
I like change. I think HCR has the opportunity to do a lot of good for a lot of people who are otherwise suffering. I'm pro- trying something new to see if it makes things better. If it doesn't make things better, there's always another solution down the road. I'm happy that Obama has done something he set forth to do. I'd like for him to have a successful presidency; I'm pulling for him for that. Success is obviously subjective, but I think it's the hardest job in the universe, and why not offer a little support where I can? I don't think most of America actually understands what they're bemoaning about, which makes me kind of cranky because I feel like it's being contrarian just for the sake of being contrarian and what's productive about that? If bemoaners know what they're talking about, and want to bemoan, then by all means, let's hear it.

On revelation about Kevin Garn's DUI arrest, apparently while he was an LDS bishop, and before he ran for state legislature:
I abhor lies on any level, and this takes the cake for lying. I'm personally offended by this man's alleged behavior. And I feel especially betrayed because I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on the hot tub thing. Ugh. Ew. Blagh. Seriously, to all friends and family: if you lie to me, I don't like it even one teeny tiny bit. If a politician lies to me, you have lost any chance of efficacy you ever had.

On BYU basketball:
I'm a-buyin' tickets for next year. The game I saw in person was the most thrilling event of my winter.

On this blog:
Was just telling my sister...the more blogs there are that are funny and well-written and nice to look at and making lots of money, the less interested I am in my own blog and the less I care about who reads, if I write anything worthwhile, how it looks, if I'm wearing makeup in the videos I post. That's so me to have a converse reaction. I'm a little bit of a contrarian. Just for the sake of being a contrarian.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Taking lysine

The internet is great.

Isaac has been sick all week with a fever and sore throat. Yesterday he tested negative for strep throat, although the doctor was puzzled by it because he had spots of nastiness on his throat. Last night Isaac refused to eat dinner because his teeth were hurting him, and his gums were swollen. Steve suggested that could be related to his "flu" symptoms, so we googled "swollen gums sick." Within minutes we had diagnosed our child with herpetic gingivostomatitis, the herpes that causes cold sores and that manifests itself for the first time in children with fever and headache and painful mouth. Then I looked closer at the sore on his lip and saw that it was, indeed, a cold sore.

This morning I called the pediatrician's office to let them know what the puzzling sickness was, even though I'm sure they didn't care. (The receptionist was all, "What? Herpes?!")

The internet is great.

Monday, March 15, 2010


This little piggy dressed like Steve Jobs.

This little piggy's five months.

This little pigsty got completely pulled out leaving only dirt and rocks so we can redesign a cool garden space.

This little piggy had fun.

This little piggy cries, "Waa waa waa waa," once in a while at home.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Even Isaac noticed it

We live by a Chadder's. I cannot eat there without wondering what they were thinking when they made their logo. Is there an armadillo in my hamburger?

Or is that thing with the tail between the buns a mouse?

Monday, March 08, 2010


These two blogs were right next to each other in my Reader tonight and they made me laugh. They probably made the authors cry, but to me: funny funny.

I'm sorry for your iPain.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


There's a witch of Endor in the Old Testament. Is that where the name Endora comes from? That's right, folks, I'm talking about Bewitched. You can always expect topical and timely discussions when you pop in on this blog.

Speaking of topical and timely, we saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. Who wants to be a  Mi'ionaire? It was powerful; it was haunting; it made me grateful for solid and sewage waste disposal.