Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Cougars are OUT

I'm so proud of BYU for choosing to go independent in football, and proud of our friends who were intimately involved in making it happen! You know something exciting is happening in sports when Steve and I are is spending a lot of time talking about it.

BYU as a rule doesn't like to rock the boat, but they rocked it, baby!  I couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

how many zeroes?

If I were still on Facebook, I'd post a link to the $38 quadrillion lawsuit because that's just rad. And I'd also link to the Utah Prader-Willi charity winning the APX money on the Facebook contest. Congratulations, Purcell family! I'm thrilled for you and your friends. I'd also link to this article about my near-relative Jason Bagley winning an Emmy for his Old Spice commercial. Seriously very cool.

But since I'm not on Facebook, I'm going to stop snooping around on my mom's account that she left signed in on my computer, stop thinking about Austin's Logitech contest and how I want to suggest that I don't think it's guaranteed that the top three in each city will be finalists but I am confident he will be one regardless, stop thinking about Facebook altogether, and get ready to welcome my children home from their first day of school.

Thank you, that is all.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Something about Steve is that he is brilliant. He reads things, he studies things, he ponders things, and -- this is the kicker -- he retains everything. Maybe he wasn't brilliant when he was four (but me? I'm pretty sure I was a brilliant four-year-old), but he's 34 now and has all those years of knowledge and wisdom and insight swirling around in his head (me? I'm pretty sure I still know at least as much as I did when I was four).

Seventh grade science class? He remembers every last property of a nucleus and could regurgitate it with finesse.
An obscure Old Testament story he read on his mission? He could name the reference, give or take 5 chapters.
A quote from the documentary about U2's Joshua Tree album he watched last night? Rest assured he will be quoting from it in some conversation 17 years hence, because he will never forget it. He just really will not.

That is something about Steve. I love that guy. I married him thirteen years ago today, and it was hands down the greatest thing I ever did. I remember being in the temple during our wedding ceremony and being so overcome with the magnitude of what was happening: a new family created, forever. We would have children who would have children who would have children, there was so much potential. Our union was bigger than us, that was for sure.

Our marriage isn't perfect. It's hard, actually, and there are times when we do things that hurt each other. But he is a pure-hearted soul and he wants nothing more than to love me perfectly, and I could not ask for more. I never ever doubt that I won the grand prize when I got him to fall for me.


Something about Steve's brother Austin is that he is very very good at seizing opportunities. He always has interesting things happening in his life because he seeks after them, and takes advantage to the fullest whenever they come his way. That's probably my favorite thing about Austin. Right now he has an opportunity to win a big contest to introduce the world to the new GoogleTV and live in a fancy loft in LA for a few months and throw parties and make money and further his career. I think he'd be fantastic at it. The contest ends tomorrow, Monday, at midnight and he wants to finish strong, so will you please help him by clicking on this link, then clicking the "Vote Now" button? That's all there is to it: two seconds and you're done and Austin and I are very grateful. You are the greatest.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Deals yo

Some good deals to pass on:

Macey's Provo has discontinued (but very good) bags of pasta for $.25 each, back by the milk and eggs. Also lots of Mexican crackers and cookies for $.79 per package. We have especially enjoyed the vanilla wafer cookies.

Today's Groupon is two hours of bowling for 6 people at Fat Cats, including shoe rental, breadsticks, soda, and pizza or tacos or enchiladas, for  $25. I bought two and am going to use them together for a birthday party, which they said was totally legit. Click here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Delightful surprise gifts in the mail

are my very favorite.

Thank you to my anonymous, thoughtful friend, whomever you are*. You truly know me, and you made my day.

*Until I hear otherwise, I will operate under the assumption that it was Cerise the beautiful because she is generous and well-read and the reason I read Mountains Beyond Mountains and I love her so.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Cristo XXVI (Gray)

We went for a walk this afternoon to deliver some cookies to neighbors, and ended up with some new artwork, our first J. Kirk Richards original. It's tiny and beautifully framed and we are really excited.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Email me?

Steve says: "Emily, your problem is that you are friends with all different kinds of people: stoners, skaters, Republicans, Mormons" [everyone falls into one of the above categories, don't they?] "and that worked for you in high school, but that isn't working for you anymore. You get it from all sides. You're too conservative. You're too liberal. You're too Mormon. You're too whatever. You can't win."

Elliot says: "I think Facebook is, like, pulling people apart, not bringing people together!"

I say: Amen, to all of it, except the part that suggests I shouldn't have diverse friends anymore.

I'm taking a pretty major Facebook sabbatical because I've been in the enemy-making business too much lately. I honestly do not try to say offensive things to people, but the written word is so much harder to interpret for meaning and nuance than is the verbal word, and I tend toward abruptness, so I end up irritating people, appearing smug or self-righteous, or miscommunicating my intentions. I'm also vocal: I like conversation, I like to be heard, and I have a very hard time biting my lip and walking away in an argument or discussion that I feel strongly about or in which I feel I have been mischaracterized.

One dear friend made me cry for two days straight when he unfriended me last year because my fb feed was bringing too much hate into his life. What? Come again? Can I have a do-over because that was not my intention, ever ever ever.

Oh yeah, I'm also sensitive. I'm a vocal arguer who gets her feelings hurt. It sort of stinks.

I'm not even that opinionated. I pride myself on being able to see multiple sides of almost every issue. I can be persuaded. I rarely take a firm stand.

Yet I have been making enemies, and lots of them: political, religious, you name it. I hate enemies. I love people, I really do. Don't listen to that part in my last post about being misanthropic.

So, I'm taking a little break. If you don't see me on Facebook, I did not unfriend you (I wouldn't do that, because I know it stinks). I'm just detoxifying for a while. I told the kids I'd not go on Facebook (at least) as long as they don't eat candy, and we shook on it.

I love you. If my cousins are reading this, I especially love you and hope we can still be friends. Real friends, not spew-ugly-mean-spirited-things-at-each-other-online-that-we-would-never-say-in-person-facebook-friends. 'Cause that kind is bringing me down.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


I like that my blog is boring.

I'm sick of the Provo scene.

I am a misanthrope who loves people, or is it a philanthrope who hates people?

Our backyard situation is very demoralizing.

I like the word demoralizing.

I need a hobby and a talent.

Probably the most likely option for a talent to develop is playing Scrabble.

But I'm not going to spend time to get good at Scrabble.

So I shall remain talentless.

My children are good at reporting the problems.

What I need are solutions.

(What I need is solutions?)

I could make grammar a talent, but it would take some work.

I should probably do that.

My basement smells like human pee and rat poop.

I'd like to receive an anonymous package containing a miniature tollbooth and a map of The Lands Beyond.