Sunday, January 30, 2011


This Saturday we were privileged to attend a performance of the Saints Unified Voices Choir directed by Gladys Night.  The Choir - fabulous and inspiring.  Gladys Knight shared her testimony and her story about how she became a Mormon.  She is beautiful and she is on fire!

Watch this for some inspiration.  How one Young man  made a difference.

Click here if you want to know more.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Work It

This is very important information.  I have added a few new songs to my favorite workout playlist.  You will undoubtedly want to add them to yours so here they are.

The Bomb by Pigeon John.  You will recognize this from the new VW Commercial with the two guys in the back seat dancing because of all the leg room.

My Body by Young the Giant - This was a freebie on itunes.  Love it.

Cooler Than Me by Mike Posner- Gets me movin'

And finally - not new by any stretch of the imagination I have to hear: Daft Punk Is Playing At My House by LCD Soundsystems.

What gets you moving on the treadmill?

Friday, January 21, 2011

No Bull!

Malaga, Spain

This was the first stop on our cruise ( You know the one I took clear back in october).  Malaga has a Castle 


and of course -- Shopping!

The main stop in Malaga was the Plaza de Toros La Malagueta
or for you Gringos - the place where the bull fighting happens!

This is inside the bull fighting ring

Nice comfy seating

This was a fantastic place and a lot of fun.  When we first arrived we gave them our money at the door and just started exploring.  Out of nowhere came a man who had an official looking uniform, not teeth and a whistle.  He started blowing his whistle and telling us to get out of the ring.  Then he told us we could get a tour and go to the museum.  He took us to the museum and handed us over to a little tiny old man.  He brought out a cape and let us all hold it.  They weigh a ton!  Janet asked him about the cape and he said it was his from when he was a Matador!  Then he went in the office and got a picture of himself as a young Matador.  Oh the ladies all went wild.  He was a rock star!!!!  I think he was very flattered by all the attention.  The museum was amazing.  These matadors are very tiny people.  Their clothing is so elaborate and beautiful and smalllllll.  The only thing missing at the Plaza de Toro was a bull.  Well except for the one that I was able to tame so easily (and that's no bull).

Malaga is a beautiful lush city.  The parks and walkways were lovely.  They really know how to shade their walkways.

This photo would be much funnier if we really hadn't almost missed the ship.  Yup leaves port at 7:00 pm and we were the last two on the ship at 7:01.  Dang Americans.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wednesday Wars

Me and my Bro circa 1966

Air raid drills, vietnam, Martin Luther King, flower people, cream puffs, Bobby Kennedy, and Shakespeare all rolled in to a great story.  The Wednesday Wars is a children's novel that took me by surprise.  I loved this book that takes place in the 60's.  It is for children ages 8-12 but I say ages 8-101.  It is the story of Holling Hoodhood and his seventh grade year in Jr. high with a teacher who"hates his guts".  She tortures him with pounding erasers and Shakespeare and just like Shakespeare at times the book is a laugh out loud comedy and at other times a tragedy.  If you were in grade school in the 60's you will relate to the air raid drills and climbing under the school desks with your hands over your head waiting for the bell to ring.  If you didn't grow up during that time then you will get a feel for what it was like.  This book has some great laughs, great characters and inspiring moments.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

 How does your desk look.  Mine is not the worst ever but it is a mess.  Ok here it is.

The thing is I went to the gym and did a spin class. The first time in a long time.  I thought I was going to throw up, then I thought I was going to pass out.  I actually made it to the end of class without either happening.  My face was as red as you could possibly imagine.  My head has hurt the rest of the day.  How red well about THIS RED.

I made a million phone calls trying to find a place to put our company logo on a couple of Jerseys.  How many phone calls A GAZILLION.  Then I finally googled the perfect search words and found a local company that is going to do exactly what we wanted.  Relief!!!  My head still hurt.

Now  I find out it's National clean off your desk day.  It's 7:08 p.m.. my desk is a mess....or is it a mess?  I have  important things very strategically placed and filed. See what I mean

I think it's perfect.

Well almost!  Now this is PERFECT!

How does your desk look?  

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Happy Book Collector

Once again Kohl's is offering  a great deal on children's picture books.  This time around it is an all time favorite Eric Carle.

The Hungry Caterpillar

The Grouchy Ladybug

The Mix-up Chameleon

The Foolish Tortise

At $5.00 a pop they are a steal.  The plush toys are an added bonus at $5.00.  All the money goes to a good cause which gives one more reason to make the purchase.

I don't work for Kohl's or get free books from them, or payment for promoting their cause.  I just think it's a dang good deal.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011



This year in Primary we gave the children a 3 minute hour glass to remind them to read their scriptures each day for just 3 short minutes.  Yesterday in my travels to return the last few things from Christmas I noticed hour glasses in the home decorations department of one of the stores.  They were spiffy with special little stands to put them on.  They were also expensive but that's another story.  I've been thinking about time a lot lately.

How to use my time wisely.
What to do with my time.
Why has time gone so fast?
How much time is left?
What is most important to do with my time?
If certain things are worth my time.
Do I give enough time to important things?
Wishing I could go back in time and do some things differently.

Anyways you get the drift.  I recently visited a website on Happiness.  The writer states "The days are long, but the years are short".  So true.  How did all the years go so quickly and how did I get this old?  So with the new year I am hoping to figure out how to best use my time.  It may be a process.  It WILL be a process.  I know that I want to spend more time connecting with family and friends.  I want more time spent improving myself spiritually & physically.   I have an educational goal that I want to complete.  I also want to take time to appreciate what I have and enjoy the moment that I am in.

What are you going to do with your time?  Are you going to try something new or rededicate yourself to something you have already started?  What would you do if someone gave you an extra hour every day?
Let me know what you think.  It really won't take much time .....

HOUSEKEEPING:  I was told by my kids that they like when I keep my blog up and going.  I was going to scrap it.  So here you go kids.  This of course is probably only read by you so you must make comments.  Show me the love!

WHAT'S THAT:  If by chance someone stumbles upon this and is confused.  Primary is essentially what most churches would refer to as Sunday School for the Children.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year