Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Am I the Luckiest Mom in the World or What?

My daughter is a DJ for her high school radio station. She does a wonderful job. She's clever and funny. And today, she was sweet and sensitive too.

Life has been rough for me lately. Lots of big decisions and changes and all that. Spent the last couple of days banging my head against the wall over some issues.

So today, just now, I'm sitting at my computer, again hassling with the issues and feeling completely overwhelmed and beyond my abilities. And she comes on the air and dedicates this song to me.

Now Playing on my intended iPod: Up! by Shania Twain (lyrics)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lost Obsession

I am obsessed with the television show Lost. I don't get to watch it much during its regular season because: 1) It competes with American Idol and I get outvoted by the celebrity judges who live in my home; and 2) I keep forgetting it's on. I know, that sort of runs contrary to the definition of obsession, except that by 7:00 p.m., I rarely know what day it is because I'm exhausted from all the chair twirling and bon-bon eating I do all day.

I know a woman who would claim I was possessed because she thinks that show is evil. She spent nearly an hour telling me how horrified she was that her RS pres watched Lost and how that almost shattered her testimony. I didn't say anything because I didn't want to be the final nail in her spiritual coffin. But let me just say here, I do not believe the island is controlled by aliens. I do not believe the people are dead and in hell. I do not believe that evil incarnate is running amok on the island. I think it's a very clever psychological experiment and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Last year, one of my kids gave me Season 1 for Christmas. We had a family marathon and watched the whole thing all at once. Talk about a piece of writing that balances plot and character well.

The week Season 2 came out, I happened to be at Wal-Mart and it just fell into my cart. What could I do? I had to take it home with me. We've been doing another marathon in short relays. It's hard to work around eveyone's schedules. We finished it up last night. I had to talk to one daughter on her cell phone as she drove home in the middle of the night. Then I had to walk another daughter downstairs and tuck her in. I don't get why it freaks them out. Everyone knows that it's the monsters under the bed you need to be afraid of, not a bunch of psycho kooks who play games with your mind.

Anyway, Season 2 is not quite as strong as Season 1, but it's still very, very good. And when you watch the shows all in a row, you see a complexity that you miss when you go a whole week in between. I highly recommend the series.

Now Playing on my intented iPod: The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?

I'm pretty good at narrowing my decisions down to two. Then I get stuck. It's not too much of a problem if I'm deciding between books or dresses or shoes. I just buy them both.

But sometimes choosing one means you have to give up on the other. Those decisions kill me. What if I choose WRONG?

I've been weighing a decision for nearly a year now, back and forth, up and down, inside and out. I'm so dizzy I couldn't walk a straight line if my life depended on it. I am so good at weighing the one hand, then the other--and finding benefits in both. Most of the time I try to put off making these types of decisions and then life sort of just makes them for me. But now it's time. The decision has to be made.

It's time for me to be a grown up.

Now Playing on my intented iPod: Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind by the Lovin' Spoonful

Monday, October 16, 2006

Russell Stover Has Done It Again

I recently discovered a new sugar free candy by Russell Stover--Dark Chocolate Candy Miniatures. I love dark chocolate. (I'm from Kentucky, which is far enough east that our taste buds have not become corrupted to prefer wimpy milk chocolate.)

Hershey's does a sugar free dark chocolate, but it's a little bitter and waxy. This Russell Stover dark chocolate is rich and creamy, with just the right amount of bitter that dark chocolate should have. I don't think it's replaced the Nouggie Nuttie Chew as my favorite, but it's very close. Now, if they made the Nouggie Nutty Chew in dark chocolate, I'd be in heaven.

Unfortunately, I could find no link to what this product looks like. I cannot believe that a company this big does such a lousy job of informing the public about their products. I'm seriously considering quitting my day job and applying for the position of Vice President of Marketing (which according to their website, doesn't exist).

Anyway, here is a description of the package--its a green 6 oz bag, but it's made with a wide bottom to sit on a shelf rather than hang from a peg. It used to come in a box, but it looks like RS may be phasing the boxes out. There's a clear window in the belly of the bag, so you can see the individually wrapped candies. The wrappers are silver and dark brown with a red Russell Stover oval and have the ends twisted closed (like mini tootsie rolls). The candies are not quite 1" long, flat on the bottom and rounded on the top.

Good luck finding them. Since I live in Utah, the milk toast--I mean, the milk chocolate center of the world, it's hard. My sister has found them up in the SLC, UT area, but I can't find them down in Utah County. I happened to find them on Friday, here in St. George, at a Smith's. They were in a box of other RS candies that hadn't been shelved yet. I bought all 4 bags. They were $3 something each.

But if you go to a store near you that carries other Russell Stover Sugar Free candies, you can probably have them special order some for you. Trust me. If you like dark chocolate, it's worth the effort.

P.S. Nouggie Alert--Even though Russell Stover told me that the Nouggie Nutty Chews were specially made for Wal-Mart and were not sold anywhere else--including by RS--I've found them recently at two different Albertson's.

Now Playing on My Intended iPod: Sugar Sugar by The Archies

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Make Your Choices and Enjoy the Ride

So I wasn’t really thinking and I forgot to get motel reservations for our trip to St. George. By the time I remembered (the day before we left) I had one choice. (Can I call it a choice if there is only one?)

Bad News: Princess and the Boulder

This was THE most uncomfortable night’s sleep I’ve had in the past 2 ½ years! The mattress could not have been any harder had it been made from plywood. The first thing I did on Friday morning was rush to Wal-Mart to get an egg crate foamie. After a second night, I’m thinking I need still another foamie.

Good News: Cable Television!

We only get 2 or 3 channels at home—ABC, PBS and sometimes Fox. This makes it very difficult for me to do my writerly research. I like to use TV shows to help me research techniques—what worked, what didn’t work, how would I have written this differently, was the plot too easy and predictable or was there some depth.

So I’ve been thrilled to have 100 channels to pick from. The only thing is, it was 9:45 p.m. before I realized I could watch ER! I nearly cried to have missed so much of it. Apparently John Stamos is a new character. That may or may not be a good thing. Abby and Luka are still together, having had a baby boy. And I guess that red-headed jerk is still on there and he has a kid too. Nila is looking good. When did Gallant die?

Bad News: Fire Trap
I was eating sugar free Russell Stover’s Dark Chocolate (will blog about that another day) and dropped a wrapper on the floor. Being the complete neat freak that I am (stop laughing!) I leaned over to get it and I see….exposed wires! The power outlet is broken and it has wires coming out of it, connected to other wires, wrapped with duct tape. !!! I’m sleeping on the far side of the bed with my head down at the foot. That way if a fire starts while I’m sleeping, my feet will burn first and my head last. I have this curious idea that I can live without feet better than I can live without a head.

Good News: Yummy for My Tummy
I found sugar free Russell Stover’s Dark Chocolate at the Smith’s in town.

Bad News: Can you say “THUNDER STORM”?
The lightning is so close and so violent that I can feel the thunder in my chest half a second before I hear it.

Good News: Free Internet
I am assuming it’s provided by the motel I’m in. Although, now that I think about it, maybe it’s the one next door—the motel I wish I were in.

Moral of the Story: Life's a mixed bag. Make your choices and enjoy the ride. (Also, make your St. George motel reservations more than the day before you are due to arrive.)

Now Playing on My Intended iPod: Life's Been Good by Joe Walsh

Friday, October 13, 2006

Rooooooad Trip

It’s UEA weekend here in Utah—schools are closed. So Megan and I are on a road trip to St. George to visit Melanie (whom we have desperately missed since she went away to college in August).

Now I know a 4 hour road trip with a 16 year old, listening to her music, is many parents’ nightmare, but I had a blast! It was absolutely delightful.

First we listened to some music from her iPod (mine is still intended). Then we listened to Rod Stewart’s new CD. (clips 1-5 and 13 were good; the others not so much. I paid $14 and only liked 6 songs, so I recommend getting the ones you want from iTunes.)

Then we listened to a mix Melanie (18 years old) had created—and herein is where I am the luckiest parent in the world. It’s called “Oldies But Goodies” and I loved every song on it. We followed that up with some SheDaisy and Ashlee Simpson and a few other mixes. Except for the longest 15 mile stretch just outside Cedar City, where Megan forced me to listen to the Aladdin Soundtrack, I would say this was the best road trip of my life!


Now Playing on my intended iPod: Put Your Records On by Corrine Bailey Ray

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I've Seen Better Days...

I used to be able to redecorate a room in half a day, easy. Prep, paint, paper, move furniture--all by myself. But I must be getting old because this teeny room has whipped my behind. Everything hurts.

It took me a full day to prep and paint. Another day to get the furniture in. And I've still got a front room full of junk to sort and store.

I was going to write a very funny, tongue-in-cheek treatise on aging. But I'm too old and too tired. I'm going to go take a nap instead.

Now Playing on my Intended iPod: I've Seen Better Days by Sublime
(you have to listen to this one because it took a long time to find the link)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Thank you

Thank you for your generous inclinations but I really cannot accept donations for a camera.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Channeling the Energizer Bunny

Have you ever had one of those days where you look at some aspect of your life and you just cannot stand it one second longer--you have to do something about it NOW or someone is gonna' get hurt!?

This used to happen with my hair a lot. I'd let it go until one day, I couldn't stand my bangs in my eyes and I'd go get it cut by whomever would get me in immediately. Only sometimes that led to trouble--as in, haircuts from hades. I've learned to plan my hair meltdowns a couple of days in advance now so I can get in to the girl I like.

You'd think I'd be able to apply that experience to other areas of my life, but no. Not so much.

We've needed to reshuffle and paint some of the rooms in our house for a long time. My mother-in-law moved out in November (yes, that's 11 months ago) and the master bedroom (her room) is still empty and unused because I haven't had time to move into it. I've fallen prey to the habit of putting things that will eventually have a home in that room into "temporary" stacks all over the place. Then all the things that will have their home in the bedroom I'm currently in get put into "temporary" stacks in room #3, and things that will end up in room #3 are waiting in room #4, and...

Every day I walk through my house and it's like chewing on tin foil.

This morning I had a meltdown. Even though I had other things that really needed my attention, I just could not let this situation go on for one more second without doing something about it. And since it's piled up for so long, I can't start with room #1 (the abandoned master bedroom); I have to work backwards through the stacks.

So today--determined to succeed or die trying--I hauled everything out of room #3 and painted it, transforming it from a child's bedroom to a home office. Tomorrow--room #2.

Now playing on my intended iPod: Cheeseburger in Paradise (aka "Painting Music") by Jimmy Buffett