Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgivingtime Memories!

Every year, theres always something memorable that happens during the holidays that leaves a lasting memory with me. Usually its one of my uncle George's stories and this year was no exception. He was definitely on top of his comedian game. No matter what he says, just the fact that he's telling the story makes it 10 times funnier. He told us about how he has such a sensitive nose and how much of a curse it is. He's a farmer so you can just imagine what he goes through on a daily basis. Anyways, a lot of his stories you really have to be there and know my uncle to understand the true comedy in them so I'll spare you the time. Some of my cousins and I did play a mean game of SPOONS in which I took 3rd place. I broke 2 nails in the process. Nice!

But the best story is this: My brother and I had an interest event occur on our way home. We were on Highway 30 heading back towards Des Moines and this car behind me was driving exceptionally close to me and their headlights were practically blinding me. Not a good situation when you're driving in the dark. So I went to adjust my rearview mirror and as I looked back to the road, there was this giant pile of something right in my lane. There was no way to avoid it and I screamed and hit it head on! The "something" went poof and scraped the bottom of my car but it didn't really make a bump. (Do you follow? Normally when you hit an animal, your car will come off the ground a little as the tire drives over it… well this didn't happen to me). So I looked over at my brother and said "What was that? A tent?" Jason had no idea what is was but we quickly determined that it wasn't an animal. I should also comment that this pile of whatever was giant! It was up to the hood of my car so whatever it was, if you're missing it, you'd notice. After my pulse slowed back down and I was breathing normally, we started to decipher what it could have been that we hit. These are the possibilities that we came up with:

A giant pile of leaves and sticks
A hay bale
A tent
A huge pile of clothes or something
A ghost animal

That’s all I've got. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Psalm 25: 14-19

14 The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. (humility)
15 The eyes of all look to You, (ask for help, look at him not others to satisfy us)
And You give them their food in due time. (in His time, when we need it, when it is due)
16 You open Your hand (release - it invokes an image that we need to imitate - open your hands and let God take control of what you're hanging on to)
And satisfy the desire of every living thing. (he promises this!)
17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. (he's not trying to hurt us, but is so kind to not give us our way and not withholding good, but knowing how and when to give it)
18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, (ever present)
To all who call upon Him in truth. (we need to call upon him, ask him, go to him)
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; (He will fulfill it - I don't need to rob him and try and fulfill it myself)
He will also hear their cry and will save them. ....(thanks for suggesting this verse Shaly)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bowling 101

Bowling is definitely not my strong sport but I do enjoy it... mostly because you can socialize the entire time. Its a sport that you really don't have to be sporty to play. All you have to do is find a pretty bowling ball (well, I look for the pretty ones anyways), make sure its not too heavy or light, and throw it down the alley towards the pins. Sometimes you hit some, sometimes you don't.

So we went bowling this weekend and my first round was a little shaky but I did manage to get 100. (to get 100 or above is always my goal). Then comes the second round and for some reason, I dominated. 144!! Sweet domination is what that is. I'm no bowling pro but for me, that I think thats pretty outstanding. I don't know if anybody else from my BS was impressed but I sure was proud of myself!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Moment of Silence

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: john Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The stories we tell...

My friend Sarah is a 5th grade teacher and she asked her students to write a creative story. This is what Hunter wrote. I will preface by saying that he's writing about a conversation he would have with his own reflection.

“What are you staring at bub,” yelled my reflection (spelled reafliction J).

“Well, I don’t know, I haven’t figured it out yet,” responded Hunter

“You want to fight well why don’t you come get me sissy,” called my reflection.

“Well you better brace yourself because here I come,” growled Hunter.

“Ok, hit me with your best shot, young warrior,” remarked my reflection.

“Wapam! Owwwwwwwww, that hurt!” cried Hunter.

“ha ha, hee, hee. You hurt yourself!” laughed my reflection.

“I will get you back when you’re least expecting it,” added Hunter.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Today is my half birthday. Lets all celebrate the fact that I'm now 25 and 1/2 years of age. It was okay as a child to say you're 9 1/2…. People thought it was cute. Why not carry that into our adult years? My boss got us breakfast at work this morning and we played Bingo. Though none of it was in celebration of my half birthday, I pretended that it was and it made the day go that much better. I should plan to celebrate this every year. Maybe if I hint around the fact that I celebrate it the same as my regular birthday, they'll even bring in cake. That'd be amazing.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Anticipation at the vending machine.....

First off, you have to stand there with a certain amount of money in your hand eyeing down all the choices. What do you want today? Cheetos or barbque chips? Both equally good but which one will suffice the hunger pang that is slowly gurgling in your stomach? You way the pros and cons of each decision and come to the realization that you've just wasted 20 minutes b/c both are equally bad for you and both will take care of the hunger. You confidently put your money into the machine and then, one of those pesky coins acts like its not american. It keeps rolling all the way through to the coin return slot. So, you patiently take it out of the slot and put it back into the machine. Between attempt 3 and 4, you notice a new brand of pretzel and suddenly begin to panic b/c this wasn't included in your original plan. What do you do? Stick to the original plan or go totally crazy and get the pretzels. You're not feeling so spontaneous today so you stick with your original choice. After attempt number 6 with the coin you're so frustrated that you question if this whole vending machine is really worth it… all the calories you're about to eat, all the time you've just spent away from your desk and your work, the headache that you're getting from all the decisions. After moments of internal debate, you give in and attempt the coin drop one more time to which you are successful. Now comes the pressure of hitting the correct button. Heaven forbid you hit B6 instead of A6 and you end up with a beef jerky stick and a cube of cheese (excuse me while I throw up in my mouth). Your number and letter punching is successful and you have chosen the correct item. Now comes the moment everybody who goes to the vending machine dreads. As the little metal pieces encasing your selected item start to swirl, you hold your breath, you start to sweat, and your heart may actually stop for a second….. Will that bag of chips fall into the retrieve bin??? You mentally start reenacting all of these scenarios within the 4 seconds it takes for the item to fall to the bin. What if it gets stuck? Can I reach my arm in there to get it? Can I shake the machine? Did I bring enough money to get something else? Can I call someone? What have I done? Am I a failure? Amazingly, the item is released from the grips of the metal twisty things and falls into the bin. You reach your arm in and pull out your prized possession and happily walk back towards your desk… satisfied. As you gleefully walk back, you raise your hands in triumph and in a moment of excessive celebration, accidently crush the bag of chips. And thus the vicious circle of the vending machine continues...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Some questions to contemplate...

*If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

*What if there were no hypothetical questions?

*Is there another word for synonym?

*If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

*Can a vegetarian eat animal crackers?

*If you try to fail ... and succeed ... which have you done?

*Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?

*If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to start speaking?

*Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?

*What was the best thing before sliced bread?

*How is it possible to have a civil war?

*If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown, too?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Hanson anyone??

So, last night…. I went to a Hanson concert. Yes, MMMBop Hanson. Though you may not have realized, they've been around for a little more than 10 years and have put out of couple cds since their tweenage days. Though I haven't been a faithfully devoted fan, I have followed them over the years, buying their albums and secretly learning the words to almost all of their songs. I was a little apprehensive about going to their show, figuring it'd be filled with screaming teenage girls (to which I was partly right) but once I walked in to the venue I realized… Hanson fans have grown up with them. I was a fan back when I was 15… and Hanson was 15. Now, they're in their mid 20's and so are their fans. Naturally, I felt right at home. My good friend Allison and I couldn't help but jump around like we were 15 again when the sounds of MMMbop and Where's the Love filled the air (at one point, I thought the floor was going to cave in). The sweet sounds of songs past made us drift into a state of nostalgia from our teenage days.

Its funny how Hanson still looks the same… same long hair (with the exception of Isaac), same voices, same style. I was utterly impressed with Zach, the youngest of the crew, and his singing abilities. Out of the 3, he has the most mature voice and really put on a performance. He belted out the Beatles tune Oh Darling which literally made every girl in their swoon. Taylor is so musically talented, I wonder if theirs an instrument that he can't play. And Isaac, I'm not sure what or who he was staring at the whole night but he seemed to be in his own element. They did an acoustic set where they opened with Penny and Me - my fave, and ended with Go, led by Zach. They even did a little instrument switcharoo.

Nonetheless, it was a great show and I was pleasantly surprised. The band Everybody Else kicked off the show… typical band from California and then my bff Matt Wertz took to the stage with just him, his friend Nate, and their guitars. It’s the first full completely acoustic set that I've seen Matt play… I was impressed as always. I don't need to say much about Matt b/c he's just wonderful on all levels. Then, at about 1045 pm (that’s right) Hanson took the stage. They rocked the stage for a good hour and a half before we headed out the door (gotta work to pay those bills)… and they weren't even finished when we left. As you read this, you may be laughing at the idea of Hanson but I would bet you anything that you sing along to MMMbop when it comes on the radio. After all, it’s a classic for my generation and you can't help sing along! It's true, I'm a Hanson fan…. And I'm proud of it.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

3's About Me

3's About Me!

Three jobs I have had in my life:
Kamp counselor, rec center coach, WFHM

Three movies I would watch over and over:
She's the Man, the Sandlot, Sound of Music

Three places I have lived:
Nashua, IA; Cedar Falls, IA; WDM!

Three shows that I watch:
So You Think You Can Dance, The Office, The Hills

Three places I have been recently:
Chicago, Nashua, and Florida

Three people who email me regularly:
Janer, hayley, my mother

Three of my favorite foods:
ice cream, cereal, Jamba Juice

Three places I'd rather be right now:
Florida, London, the beach!

Three things I'm looking forward to this winter:
celine with jane, Faithwalkers, Christmas

Three Flowers you like:
Daisies, Pink roses, I think they're called spider mums

If you could spend 1 hour with 3 famous people, who would they be?
Jesus, the entire needtobreathe band, matt wertz

If you could change 3 things about yourself, they would be?
Know how to play the guitar, boldy share the gospel more often, like to run marathons… or just plain run

If you could restart your careers what three would you: journalist, tour manager, casting director (all those just sound so exciting)

If you could twitch your nose and be anywhere in the world, name three places you would like to visit?
Greece, Italy, Hawaii

What are your three favorite sports teams?
Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, NY Mets

What are your three favorite things to do in your free time?
Reading outside whilst laying out, bbq's with friends, going for walks & good conversation