Literary Quote

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Where do your kids live?

I don't know about your kids, but my kids live in quite an intricate fantasy world. I know my memory is bad, but I don't even remotely remember coming up with half of the stuff my kids do for entertainment. Actually, this said entertainment borders on reality for my kids. For instance, at this moment, I have three possible dragon eggs cradled in many a pillow case and jacket in the girls room. Mandy and Lucy had looked to the Dragonology book for insight and guidance as to what to do with these possible eggs and as to what kind of dragon will emerge. I also have a fairy queen (Lucy) in my home who is only the fairy queen at night when she visits Fairyland. "If I'm tired in the mornings, mom, it's because I've been in Fairyland all night." says our precious queen. We have had many a conversation about where the Tooth Fairy lives and how she lives her life. We have spoken many a time about where Pegasuses live and why we don't see dragons. One last one for you. A few months ago, we translated a spell from dragon into English about how to summon a dragon (curse you Dragonology. It will take me years to deprogram what it took minutes for you to install). But since we did not have Unicorn spittle or a feather from a Phoenix, my girls improvised. Yes, they spit in a cup, cut feathers off of a school project, and used a hole in our basement as a makeshift "cave" to use to spread the concoction about. I can't describe to you the disappointment my girls experienced when a dragon did not appear. I admire my children for the things they come up with. They are truly a delight. Now, I need to just find a way to make money off of all of the stories they come up with:)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What have you done?

Okay, Mendy often inspires me. Hope you don't mind if I copy, Mendy. This was so fun! I want to read everyone's. The ones I have done are bright white.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a Praying Mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in Movie
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Talked your way out of a ticket

Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 random things tag

Yup, I got tagged to tell about 25 random things about me. Man this was harder than I thought it would be. Well, here goes. . .
1. I played bongo drums with street musicians in Amsterdam.
2. I've ridden sheep in a rodeo. Yeah, I was only 5 or 6 but I did it!
3. I was once a bartender:(
4. I'm an enormous book snob. Meaning, I turn my nose up at things that aren't fine literature. And, yes, I get to decide what
find literature is.
5. I'm very possessive of pens. If I find a pen I like to write with, it's mine and if anyone uses it, I grit me teeth until they are
done with MY pen.
6. I love kung-fu movies.
7. I read Tolstoy's War and Peace during my last semester of BYU. Why? I still don't know.
8. I want to learn to juggle.
9. My favorite movie of all time is Dances With Wolves. That is, if I had to pinpoint one singular favorite movie.
10. I waste time playing games on yahoo.
11. I think I know more about horses than I really do. I'd like to think that owning horses for only a matter of months and
being thrown from a horse over a dozen times constitutes me as a horse connoisseur. It is in my blood though.
12, I love to wear pink. It makes me feel so girly.
13. I ask for lotions and potions from Bath & Body Works for Christmas every year.
14. I use the name Jammin' online because my first mission comp from the MTC nicknamed me that and I loved it. Go Sister
15. I still consider myself a softball player even though I haven't played real softball in over a decade.
16. In all the jobs I ever had (which I've had dozens) my favorite was working at the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce and
my least favorite was working as an after school day care provider. Yikes!
17. Throw up doesn't bother me. Okay, my own kids throw up doesn't bother me.
18. I'm obsessed with time. On my mission, my comps threatened to take my watch away because I was always looking at it.
One comp actually took my watch.
19. I food poisoned myself during my last semester of BYU. I drank bad milk out of desperation. I even had to attend finals in
my sickened state. I passed my final, though.
20. In my first year of marriage I visited Mexico, England, Indonesia, San Diego, Washington State, and Arizona. And I thought
I wouldn't travel once I got married.
21. I wish I were a blond but I lost my nerve to dye my hair.
22. I have such a passion for reading that I cried when I purchased a brand new, unscathed version of Great Expectations.
23. I truly believe that my husband is a genius. His mind is unlike anyone's I've ever met. He is amazing.
24. I thank the Lord everyday for my children. I know I don't deserve them, but I'm doing the best I can with them.
25. I think that Global Warming is a myth.
There you have it. That was fun and stressful. What about you?