Saturday, February 28, 2009

Why I never make to do lists....

Darrell is gone for the weekend, helping his dad who broke his leg three weeks ago. I've been sick for the majority of the week and didn't want to infect Dennis (Darrell's dad). I also could use the time to get some neglected stuff done around the house.

Last night I made a to do list for today.

It had 13 things to do.

I could realistically accomplish them all. In about 4 days.

I have checked six and a half of these items off my list.

I guess that isn't too bad...I accomplished half of what I set out to do.

Let me tell you what I prefer to do. I love making ta-da lists. Really long lists.

Lists of things I have already done, so I can just check them off my list.

Woke up. Check.
Opened my eyes. Check.
Got out of bed. Check.
Looked in the mirror. Check.
Ate something before 8 pm. Check.
Turned on the TV. Check.

That way, I get it all done.

What's on your ta-da list?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This day in history....

Take a step back to 1978.

*February 1 - A bomb explodes outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, killing 2 garbagemen, a policeman and several others.
*February 1 - Hollywood film director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France, after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
*February 8 - United States Senate proceedings are broadcast on radio for the first time.
*February 11 - Pacific Western Airlines Flight 314, a Boeing 737-200, crashes in Cranbrook, British Columbia, killing 44 of the 50 people onboard.
*February 11 - The People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
*February 15 - Serial killer Ted Bundy is captured in Pensacola, Florida.
*February 16 - The Hillside Strangler, a serial killer prowling Los Angeles, claims a 10th and final victim.
*February 16 - The first computer bulletin board system (CBBS) is created in Chicago.
*February 21 - Electrical workers in Mexico City find the remains of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in the middle of the city.
*February 25 - My sister, Julie, was born!

Unfortunately for her, she was the fourth child, so there aren't so many photos of her as a baby. I have even less, so I thought I'd post one that shows how cute she was as a little girl. She still smiles just like this!

She is so fun and knows how to throw a party. If she ever invites you to one, drop everything and go--it'll be worth it!

Happy Birthday Julie!

Monday, February 9, 2009

My First Recent Attempt at Creative, Industrious, and Crafty

I actually was able to be creative and crafty. I wouldn't say industrious, because to me, that implies that I re-tooled something. On second thought, I sort of did re-tool something!

That make me Creative!

Here it is:

I bought a quarter of a yard lengths of 10 different fabrics and 3 spools of cheap ribbon at Joann's. I tore them into strips ranging from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches wide. The ribbon was cut into 9 inch lengths. I took a clothes hanger (re-tooled!) and formed a circle. I then took my strips and ribbon and tied them on the hanger (only the first half of a square knot). I squished the fabric on really tight and used just over half of the fabric. I think I will use the leftovers for a garland or two.

I plan on making Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas wreaths since they are so easy. I spent $16.

Keep looking for other Creative, Industrious, and Crafty postings. I've started another project and have another one to post about. I'm just crazy! :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Seven Random Things

My friend, Ginger, tagged me in her 7 Random Things (I linked to her blog to get her back) and I decided that I would respond. She flattered me and said she tagged me because I make her laugh. Gosh, I hope I'm the Stephanie she was talking about. How embarrassing if I'm not (just pretend you were talking about me, Ginger!).

1-I am trying to get 100 posts on my blog by my birthday. I've got a long way to go, so the good news for you is that there should be something to read every couple of days.

2-About 9 years ago, I bought a little shredder for my junk mail. I loved that shredder! I actually loved all shredders. Whenever I went to the office supply stores, I would play with the shredders. I would have races with them to see which one was the fastest. I would see which one could shred the most pieces of paper at the same time. I probably jammed a bunch of shredders. I now just let my junk mail pile up until Darrell burns it in our chimnea. The novelty of the shredder has worn off.

3-Speaking of teasing things at the store...whenever I go to pet stores, I tease the fish. I hit the glass on the fish tanks so I can watch the fish scatter. It reminds me of fireworks.

4-I had a fish about 12 years ago. It was a red beta fish named Lucy (after Lucifer, but I told everyone it was after Lucille Ball!). I moved to the Phoenix metro area just before Labor Day 1996. My roommate and I went on a road trip to Utah for the Labor Day Weekend. I didn't know anyone who could take care of my fish while I was out of town, so I took it with me. (Keep in mind that I was gone for 3 days. I regularly went 7 or more days between feedings, so why I thought I had to take the fish is still a mystery!). I put the fish in a mason jar and held the stupid thing the whole way up. Oh, did I mention that my roommate's car did not have air conditioning. The water kept getting hot, so we would make pit stops and I would dump out half of the water and add cold water, so the poor fish didn't boil. Half way home, I realized I left the fish at my former mission companion's house where I stayed for the weekend. She gave Lucy to her sister.

5-I LOVE games! When I win! And I ALWAYS win. Or at least in my mind. I even won the last time I played Risk--and I HATE Risk. Thanks Seth, Evon, and Alex!

6-I have a pile of unfinished Relief Society Super Saturday crafts in the office in our house. I still need help finishing the Uncle Sam from 2 years ago. And I REALLY need help with the crafts that I started a month before I got married--in 2004.

7-And speaking of unfinished crafts....the craft that took me the longest to finish is the "I Love My Dog" cross stitch my mom got me when I was 6. I finished the cross stitch right before I turned 18. I didn't get it framed until about 2006. Yes, it took 30 years, but it's finished! Here is a crappy scan of it:

And now the fun part....who I am going to tag. I say, if you want to do it, do it. If not, just make a comment below!