Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I have a lot of things I was going to talk about. But everyone else already beat me to the punch, and said it much more eloquently than I could.
For instance, I recently had a minor flood in my house. But, it never occurred to me to name the incident after a famous fountain in Vegas. Apparently, Motherboard and I ordered from the same menu this week.
Last Monday, after taking the kids swimming, I let them all have a bath in my jetted tub. During which, I was teaching my brother, Charlie, a piano lesson. Suddenly, TJ came running into the living room, dripping wet, saying I needed to turn off the water, and that the tub was overflowing. I told him to just go turn it off, thinking it was just the faucet (not Farrah). I went in, and the jets had been turned on, and were shooting EVERYWHERE! Water shot all the way into the back of my closet (that's probably about 10 feet!) All of my shoes were filled with water. There was about 2 inches of standing water on the floor. The carpet in my closet was soaked. Oh, and there was water leaking into the smoke alarm, and through the ceiling in my basement. Yeah. I was just way to pissed off to think of anything funny to say about it. Still am.
Because right now, I have a disassemble smoke alarm, so if our house burns down, we'll all die, and I have no carpet in my closet because it wouldn't dry, and it started to stink, so we had to pull it out. And my kids have more than once stepped on the tack strip and poked their feet. I'm still pretty peeved about the whole ordeal. So, no funnies here.
I was also going to talk about how I'm already sick of hearing about Michael Jackson, and how I'm bugged because I couldn't watch 30 Rock reruns last night because the damn Today show was too busy reporting who knows what about the Freak. And how he totally stole Farrah Fawcett's thunder. I mean, she died first. It should've been her day! Not his.
Yeah, but then Melissa wrote a whole post about it. And it's just way funnier that I could even think up.
I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Well, not me, really, but my kids did, and that just put me on the wrong side. I slept in. My visiting teachers were scheduled to come over at 10:00 this morning. My house was a disaster. Peter decided to have a melt down. Something about how I helped her wash her hands in my bathroom, but she went potty in the other bathroom. (Yeah, I think she might have OCD. I'm worries). So, in reaction to Peter's meltdown, I kind of, sort of blew my top. Five minutes before the VT-ers were supposed to be there. I sincerely hope they weren't standing on my porch waiting for me to stop screaming at my child before they rang the doorbell. So, the last thing I wanted this morning was for some of my neighbors to come in to my chaotic home and see what a train wreck I was. For the record, I don't like to pretend. What you see is what you get, and it is incredibly hard for me to be pretend to be polite when I feel like screaming. But, I still invited them in. And vented a little.
Can I just say, it seems my visiting teachers always come at moments like these. And I'm pretty sure it is divine intervention. It was just what I needed. To be forced to sit down and have a conversation. It really calmed me down, and calmed my children down. My visiting teachers are two amazing women. I love them dearly. It is obvious that they had the spirit with them today. I know they don't read my blog, but I just want the world to know who much I love and appreciate them.
I am doing a radio interview next week with Greg Hansen, on Your LDS Radio. It's next Friday. The new music interviews air on Tuesdays. So tune in, and listen!!
And now, I have two little girls waiting for me to spend the day with them. We have all sorts of fun things planned:
As you can see, we have a full day planned!
Here are some tunes!
1. Stranded - Shawn Colvin
2. Unknown - Chely Wright
3. Better Together - Jack Johnson
4. Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
5. Someone to Love - Queen
6. Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
7. Punishment - Shedaisy
8. Emma Jean's Guitar - Chely Wright
9. Never Know - Jack Johnson
10. Love Is On The Way - Saigon Kick
Bonus: Half Enough - Lorrie Morgan
Monday, June 22, 2009
Mrs. K, Mr. M in his party jacket, and Mr. K (da Bomb)
Me, handing off to Mrs. C, after my first leg
Me and Melissa being silly before her first run.
Mrs. M, from Van 2, running her 1st leg
Isn't she just beautiful?
They had my initials on the mountain in South Summit. I'm not sure why, but I guess, I'm more famous than I thought. p.s. Nice hair.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday night, Peter had a dance recital. Her little cousin M, is in her dance class. Look how cute they are! I took a video, but I'm too impatient to load it.
Saturday night, KJ had a recital for her children's choir. It's a lot like Sunshine Generation. She even had a solo! She did such a great job!
Sunday, we drove 4 1/2 hours down to Hatch, UT (if you've never heard of it, well, neither had I, until I met my BIL) My sister's hubby is from there, and they blessed their twins on Sunday. So, we drove down bright and early, went to church, ate some food, visited, then drove the 4 1/2 hours home. Nothing like 9 hours in the car in one day. We would've made a weekend of it and stayed down there, maybe gone to St. George, except for KJ's performance on Saturday.
My sister and her hubby are seriously the most gorgeous couple, don't you think?
Friday, June 12, 2009
I know I said I was going to take it easy after all of my computer drama from last week, but for some reason, I just can't seem to pry myself away from this stupid machine.
Why is the computer so addicting? There has got to me some kind of voodoo spy ware inside the Internet that sends subliminal messages into our brains that says MUST SURF INTERNET! CAN'T LOOK AWAY! MUST CHECK EMAIL 12,000 TIMES A DAY!
Do you do that? I'm a little embarrassed to admit that, yes, I do. I have 4 different email accounts. I know. And I'm a little obsessive/compulsive about checking them. Especially on days that I post on my blog. I have to keep checking to see if I got comments.
It's ridiculous. Just when I get myself convinced that I don't really care about followers or comments, I find myself constantly checking. Or following random people on Twitter, so I can have more people following me.
I twisted my ankle on Wednesday. Doing step aerobics. I know. How embarrassing. But, now, it's all swollen and hurts. And I'm supposed to be running the Ragnar relay in one week. The 178+ mile relay race from Logan to Park City. Sounds fun, huh? We even run all through the night! I'm getting excited just telling you about it. Last year was AWESOME! I had the time of my life. Only, then I remember, how I already have an injured hip, and now an injured ankle, and I'm not sure how well it will be for me this year. But at least I can go party it up with my team mates and hope they aren't mad at me for being slower than tar.
So, since I haven't been running all week, I got up this morning, and decided to do some Yoga. So, I got dressed, got out my Yoga mat, searched through my DVD's until I found my really old, really irritating DVD of Denise Austin's Yoga Buns. (Have you ever done a Denise Austin video? She super cheesy. It's almost more than I can stand).
So, I loaded the DVD in, turned on the TV, and then, Peter said she was hungry, then TJ. Oops. I guess I should feed the kids before I exercise. Then somebody wanted to watch a show. Then the doorbell rang, and we had a slew of neighbor kids in the house. Somehow, I ended up here at the computer, instead.
Basically, I never actually got around to doing the Yoga. And now it's noon, and I have stuff to get done. You know, like showering, and actually doing something with myself today. Maybe step out of the house in this beautiful non-rainy day.
A lot of you have asked me how to get an mp3 version of my album. And I've been telling people to just be patient, it is coming. Well, wait no longer! It is here! You can purchase my album on mp3 from CDBaby. And I just signed up today for positivemusicanddownloads.com. It will be available there, shortly.
And the songbook is coming soon. Now that I've got my new computer, I've been spending some serious time transcribing. Look for that soon!
Ha. When I logged in today, I didn't think I had anything to talk about. Amazing how much crap rolls around in your brain without you even realizing it.
Well, I'm off to do stuff, and go out on a hot date with C tonight! Yeah!!
1. Situations - Jack Johnson
2. Pienso En Ti - Shakira
3. Just Another Heartache - Chely Wright
4. East Northumberland High - Miley Cyrus
5. Death and All His Friends - Coldplay
6. Baby, Now That I've Found You - Alison Krauss
7. Another Rainy Day - Corinne Bailey Rae
8. Language or the Kiss - Indigo Girls
9. If you Leave Me Now - Chicago
10. Crucify - Tori Amos
Bonus: Stop This Train - John Mayer
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
And of course, TJ's karate belt test. He tested to his Green belt. We're so proud.
Do I look bored in that picture? We were rehearsing before the show.
Spence (I mean Elder J) and me
And one of me with Bryantman in Indy.
I've learned the hard way, how grateful I am for blogging, and that some of my valuable memories have been preserved on the interent. Because almost ALL of my pictures were lost when my computer crashed. I am devastated. So, I'll be posting A LOT more pictures from now on. Just for the simple act of backing them up on the internet.
That said, I finally got around to looking up my marathon pics. I'm sad to say how much fatter I look in these pics compared to last year's marathon pics. Don't believe me? Just look...
Okay. This is me running the 2008 Ogden Marathon. That one below is me sprinting to the finish line. I look strong. You can even see my leg muscles. (I really like that picture).
Okay, now this is me running the 2009 Ogden Marathon. My legs are obviously bigger.
And this is me "sprinting" to the finish. You have to admit, I kind of look special needs or something. What's with the pigeon toed spina bifida pose? (No offense intened to people with special needs , spina bifida or pigeon toes)
and sorry, the pics are small. I stole them from Zazoosh. I'm too cheap to buy pictures of me looking fat and retarded. (again, no offense).
Saying no offense clears you from any liability right? It's like you can say the rudest thing in the world, but as long as you say no offense, it's meaningless, and the person can't feel bad. Right? Same goes with "just joking."
Okay, moving on.
KJ had her end of year first grade program last week. By then, my camera was working, so of course, here are some pictures. She was so stinkin' cute!
Here is KJ with her teacher, Mrs. H. She absolutely LOVED her. She was a great teacher. She's moving to 5th grade next year, so KJ is hoping to get her again in a few years.
Friday was a pretty crazy day. Besides being the last day of school, it was Peter's 4th Birthday. I know! Can you believe my baby is 4? How do the years go by so fast? So, we had lots of fun activities planned for Saturday. First, we met my sisters and cousin at the park for a picnic lunch. (My baby sister is in town from OK. Can I just say, I am totally in love with her twin babies. I took a pic of me with them on my phone. I'll have to post it later, I don't have picture mail.) After we got rained on in the park, we headed over to the last-day-of-school party of the century at Motherboard's house. That girl knows how to party!
That's TJ in the upper right corner in the yellow. That's MB for letting me steal your picture!
Next stop we took Peter, and some of her friends to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party. Reminds me why I hate throwing birthday parties. HATE it. Mostly just babysitting other people's kids. They annoy me. (Again, no offense, to other people with kids). Peter seemed pretty happy, although she was terrified of Chucke.
After the party, we took the fam and our friends' family to the Bees game. C gets the suite through work, so we partied it up. I don't know if I've mentioned before, but I love baseball. It's my favorite sport! Bees finally won 6 to 5 in the 11th inning (that's like double overtime for you non baseball people) Then there were fireworks after the game. We told Peter they were just for her birthday. I think she felt pretty special.
Okay, so then Saturday, Motherboard and I headed down to the Covey Center in Provo for the Marvin Goldstien concert. I'm so glad I survived the drive down, what with MB's whining about being carsick, and the back seat driving. Seriously, you've never experienced back seat driving until you drive with MB in the car. (No offense MB. Love you!!)
There were all sorts of "names" there. Kirby Heyborne MC'd, Kenneth Cope, Jessie Clark Funk, Daniel Beck (who, it turns out, I knew in college, and he remembered me!) and lots of others. We saw Anne Bradshaw, and after overcoming starstruckedness, I got up the nerve to introduce ourselves. She was just lovely. I was so glad to have met her in person. Kirby Heyborne, was hilarious, and told MB what a great job she did in the audience. MB didn't miss a beat. She's quick and witty like that. I was so star struck, I was a stammering fool. Which leads me to the highlight of the night. I walked up to Marvin Goldstein, and tried to tell him how much I enjoyed the show, gave him a copy of my CD, and told him I'd love to hear what he thought. I was a blubbering idiot. I was so nervous. MB was totally laughing at me. Luckily, I had given my camera to MB beforehand, and she had the presence of mind to ask him for a picture with me.
In retrospect, I wish I'd gotten more pictures. Oh well. The concert was amazing. I loved every minute of it. I had mixed emotions as an artist. Part of me was dying to get up on stage and perform with so many amazing musicians. And part of me was humbled, and I found myself wondering what the heck I'm thinking trying to break into a business where there are already so many talented people. What chance do I have?
Yeah, it was a pretty wild week! I've got more pictures, but I figured this post is getting pretty long. And I'm starting to stink, because I haven't showered yet, because I thought I should sit and elevate my foot, because I rolled my ankle at the gym today. And by golly, it really hurts.