Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday's Friday's Fabulous Five

What can I say. It's been a busy week...


1- We had a fantastic Thanksgiving day! We headed down to Ogden where Dustin's brother now lives. The food was awesome and we got to spend some time with Callin and Tricia whom we haven't seen much in the last 4 years. We had such a good time and it was good to have all of D's family together {minus Warren:( }.
2- I got to go (while we went down to Ogden) get a smoothie with my blogging friends, Ginny and Kristin. It was a lovely, relaxing time and I'm so glad we got to connect for a few hours.
3- A second Thanksgiving dinner last night with my whole immediate family. It was so awesome to have all of us together {minus my bro-in-law, Josh :( } and to get to see Zandy and his wife Nicky. I am one lucky girl to have such an awesome family!
4- Breakfast casserole this morning with my family.
5- Waking up at 4am on Black Friday and laughing at the madness of our society. I seriously love to go out on that crazy day. I go out for the entertainment factor and if I score a good deal on some stuff, it's an extra added bonus! Hilarious!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Proverbs a la MacElla


I once got an email that said this:

"An elementary school teacher gave each child in her class the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb."

They were funny, but I wondered if they were real. I think the email I got said they were six year olds. I thought I'd try it out on my 8 year old Mac and my 6 year old Ella and see what they finished off these proverbs with. Enjoy...


M- Better safe than... sorry.
E- Better safe than... than you get better than sick.
The original proverb: Better to be safe than sorry!

M-Strike while the... lion pounces.
E- Strike while the... tiger runs.
The original proverb: Strike while the iron is hot!

M- It's always darkest before the... light.
E- It's always darkest before the... night falls.
The original proverb: It is always darkest before the dawn.

M- A rolling stone... falls down.
E- A rolling stone... goes falling into the river.
The original proverb: A rolling stone gathers no moss.

M- A bird in the hand is... nesting.
E- A bird in the hand is... pecking you.
The original proverb: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

M- There's nothing to fear but... spiders.
E- There's nothing to fear but... lions.
The original proverb: There's nothing to fear but fear itself.

M- If you can't stand the heat then... get out of the sun.
E- If you can't stand the heat then... go in a pool.
The original proverb: If you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

M- The squeaky wheel gets... repaired.
E- The squeaky wheel gets... a very flat tire.
The original proverb: The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

M- To err is human... but to never make a mistake is mortal.
E- To err is human... floats up.
The original proverb: To err is human, to forgive is divine.

M- I think therefore... I die.
E- I think therefore... bats around.
The original proverb: I think, therefore, I am.

M- Early to bed and early to rise makes... sunset and sunrise.
E- Early to bed and early to rise makes... something very sleepy.
The original proverb: Early to bed and early to rise makes and man healthy, wealthy and wise.

M- A journey of a thousand miles begins with... one mile.
E- A journey of a thousand miles begins with... after you like something.
The original proverb: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

M- There is nothing new... but you.
E- There is nothing new... instead of a new monkey in a cage.
The original proverb: There is nothing new under the sun.

M- The grass is always greener... on the other side.
E- The grass is always greener... because of the sun and water.
The original proverb: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

M- Don't count your chickens...in numbers but in groups.
E- Don't count your chickens... because they might not like you.
The original proverb: Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

M- You can lead a horse to water, but... not land.
E- You can lead a horse to water, but... don't let it fly.
The original proverb: You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

M- Don't bite the hand that... feeds you.
E- Don't bite the hand that... is a very skinny one.
The original proverb: Don't bite the hand that feeds you

M- No news is... nothing.
E- No news is... something of good people.
The original proverb: No news is good news.

M- A miss is as good as... a catch.
E- A miss is as good as... possible.
The original proverb: A miss is as good as a mile.

M- You can't teach an old dog new... tricks.
E-You can't teach an old dog new...dances.
The original proverb: You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

M- If you lie down with dogs, you'll... get slobbery.
E- If you lie down with dogs, you'll... like them because they lick you and give you kisses.
The original proverb: If you lie down with dogs, you'll rise with fleas

M- The pen is mightier than... the pencil.
E- The pen is mightier than... ink.
The original proverb: The pen is mightier than the sword.

M- Where there's smoke there's... fire.
E- Where there's smoke there's... gas.
The original proverb: Where there's smoke there's fire.

M- Happy the bride who... dances with you.
E- Happy the bride who... dances with a prince.
The original proverb: Happy the bride who the sun shines on.


M- A penny saved is... mighty.
E- A penny saved is... a lot of money.
The original proverb: A penny saved is a penny earned.

M- Two's company, three's... a gang.
E- Two's company, three's... having fun.
The original proverb: Two's company, three's a crowd.

M- Don't putt off til tomorrow what you... get.
E- Don't putt off til tomorrow what... want til you don't get it.
The original proverb: Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

M- Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and... the universe cries with you.
E- Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and... the world cries with you and the universe spins.
The original proverb: Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.

M- Children should be seen and not... heard.
E- Children should be seen and not... hidden.
The original proverb: Children should be seen and not heard.

M- If at first you don't succeed... keep going.
E- If at first you don't succeed... you may have to sleep.
The original proverb: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

M- you get out of something what you... get in.
E- You get out of something what you... notice that you're still in the same spot.
The original proverb: You get out of something what you put into it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Manic Monday: Harvest

Being that Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK (are you kidding me!?) I'm pretty sure I should be nostalgic and wistful as I think about the word harvest, but I'm not feeling that so much today. On Friday last, I peeked at the Manic Monday word and I must say that the only thing that kept coming back to me was this:

It disturbs me, being an organ donor as I am, that should I die and all circumstances be right with my dead body, they would take my organs and use them to heal others. I am not disturbed that they take them or that other people would have them and be helped. That's why I'm a donor. What disturbs is that they use the word harvest to describe the process.

I am dead, and someone is standing over my body with a scalpel. They might say, "Let us reap this harvest of Clancy's kidneys and liver, heart and corneas..." Do you think they'd say a prayer over me thanking God for this bountiful harvest of Clancy and her healthy body?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Silly Mormons...

Thanks for the laugh, Jennie!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Five




If you haven't already done so, go and enter yourself in this contest!!! All it takes is two little clicks and then typing a comment. Thanks to many of you who've already entered yourself and said I sent you. The contest ends tonight so, if you haven't yet, go and enter yourself in this contest! For the love of mashed potatoes, just DO IT!! ;) (and tell Mags I sent you!)

On to FFF....

1- I'm doin' my happy dance because I get a husband for the weekend... AND I might get one for the WHOLE week next week!!! (that remains to be seen, but the mere possibility of it makes me smile from ear to ear!)
2- I found a pre-mixed protein shake that doesn't make me want to barf! It's actually quite yummy! (now let's hope next week I'll be saying how I'm so glad I got that shake cuz it's helped me to get my protein levels in my blood back up so I can donate plasma...)
3- I took Mac and Rohan to get their haircut yesterday at a local school of haircutting and they did a good job and it only cost me five bucks each. Mac and Rohan looks so darned cute with their haircut. It makes their eyes POP and they are so stinkin' handsome- I could just eat them!
4- It's been so warm. Low fifties in the day. It's made for a glorious November.
5- DUDE!!! Twilight tonight, 8:00, with some girls who put the "R" in RAD!!!


Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Breakup

Hugh Jackman Pictures, Images and Photos


Dear Hugh.

I don't know how to write this letter. It's hard for me to do, but I have to. You and I have been an imaginary item for, what, three, maybe four years? It's been an awesome few years filled with beautiful on-screen moments and I will be grateful for the place you filled... but I have a confession. I have found a new T.V. Boyfriend.

His name is James. You'll be glad to know that he is a gentleman. He is well rounded- playing characters from the lovable and loving fawn, Mr. Tumnus to the love of Jane Austen, to a devoted soldier who is innocent of his accused crime. It's strange, because he's not as handsome as some of my T.V. boyfriends of the past, but he has that certain something and I'm afraid that he has taken your place in my fictional-movie-heart.





For the record, it is possible to win back my pretentious affections. If you made some poignant movies like James did, it just might happen. Watch his role in Atonement (Clean Flicks version!) and learn what pulls a girls' heart strings.

I hope this doesn't hurt you too much, Hugh.

All my pretend on-screen-affectations,

Monday, November 17, 2008

Manic Monday: Season

As I was flipping through the idea file in my brain for what to write on for the word season, my computer was flipping through pictures via my screen saver. This image surfaced on my computer:


Ella and my endlessly amazing Grandma Carol.

And this scripture surfaced in my mind:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2


I've mentioned before that my Grandma was sunshine in human form. She embodied all that is good in this world. She has been on my mind.

When we had Thanksgiving at her home, we would often arrive the night before and stay at her house. I would wake up and help her get everything ready. I would set the table, wash and peel potatoes with her, clean the house, make the Jello, make the clam dip or just keep her company as she went about her preparations. Each year she would vocalize a question wondering how she ever did this without me there to help. She would carry on about how it was much funner with me there. I know she managed just fine in my absence, but her praise bolstered my self-worth and earmarked my existence as one that was worthy and absolute.

I lived a season of my life with my incredible grandmother's direct influence and then, as they inevitably do, the seasons changed leaving a vacant hole where once had been her welcoming home and heart... the physical form of she.

I miss her so much. In her season that she filled to capacity with devotion, respect and generosity of spirit, she planted herself into the heart and soul of every person who was privy to her influence. She exuded love and acceptance to all she encountered. She smiled before she said 'hello' on the phone and you could hear her smile in every nuance of conversation. She always increased the value of anything or anyone she touched, and her love was never conditional, but unequivocal and endless.

And, as there was a season for her life, so there is a season for me to "pluck up that which is planted". She planted these gifts for me to nourish and share, a lesson taught in each memory.

If the world could only have a few more Grandma Carols in it there would be more smiles and more laughter. More joy and more acceptance. More tongue bitting and more words of encouragement. More grace and more beauty. More sunshine in human form.

I love you and miss you, Grandma. Thank you for the gift that your life was.

Friday, November 14, 2008

GIVEAWAY!!!



Hey all you lovelies out there!!! I need you to do me and yourself a favor! My blogging "mentor", Maggie, is having a contest. Not just any old contest either. You see, Maggie is a trained chef. She makes the most wonderful food and then she takes lovely pictures of it and then she taunts me on her blog with her beautiful food creations!! I drool all over my keyboard on a continual basis. Anyway... the point is, she is having a giveaway of some of her marvelous desserts! She'll explain why on this post! All you have to do to be entered is go to her blog and leave a comment and be sure to let her know that I sent you there! *That is very important to let her know that I sent you there! I am competitive and I want to get the most referred people in her comments! :)

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!! Go enter yourself in my friend Mags' contest and have visions of sugarplums dance through your head!

Friday's Fabulous Five

Friday again. Very early Friday, in my case. Tonight I'm doing things a little backwards. I usually get my kids to bed and then get up and go do things without children. Laundry, clean up, blog, whatever, and I usually stay up til about now (2:00) doing so. (OK, in all honesty, I usually skip the first two and make a bee line for the blog!)

Tonight I am, apparently, shaking things up! I lay down with my kids to get them to sleep (well, Rohan anyway) and tonight I fell asleep too. That was at 8:30-9:00 ish. I woke up just before midnight and was going to brush my teeth and I considered going downstairs and writing. But first I went in my room. I was a little loopy from just waking up and I thought to myself, "I'm just going to lie down and figure out what I want to to... stay up, or go to bed." Riiiiiiight.

I woke up again at about 1:30. I was surprised that I had fallen asleep. (seriously, do you think I need more sleep?! HA!!) I got up to go brush my teeth, cuz I was going to just go to bed and as I stood up, I didn't realize that my knees had fallen asleep too. "Knees?" you ask? Yes, knees. For reasons unknown, my knees on the inside of my leg, not the skin, will fall asleep randomly. I think there's only one nerve ending inside your knee muscles or something cuz I never can feel that it's asleep until I try to stand up on said knee(s).

When this strange phenomenon occurs, I have learned that, if you are standing, your bone structure can support your weight... if your leg is completely straight. If your leg is not straight it requires some combination of muscle support including whatever weird muscle somewhere in the knee region that just so happens to, on occasion, fall asleep on me. But, seriously, who gets out of bed with already straight legs? Not me.

So, I rolled off my bed and, with all my weight on my right leg, went to stand up. In case you're wondering, this is a very natural process requiring no conscious brain power whatsoever. (And my brain, having just woke up for the second time tonight was extra lethargic.) As I went to stand up, my "knee-area muscle" didn't get the message, because it, too, had fallen asleep and I went crashing to the ground instead of standing erect and walking away.

This whole chronicle of my knee's asleepness is crawling toward this thrilling conclusion: I broke my pinkie toe. Of this I am quite sure.

Apparently when your full body's weight is rolling to the floor you should try to roll your toe along with it. You know, like tucking your head when you're doing a somersault? My pinkie toe was trying to grip the floor and keep this body upright all by it wee-wee-wee-all-the-way-home little self. It remained behind to go the opposite way from the rest of my body. I am pretty sure I felt some sort of "crunch".

YUCK.

The end.



1- Dustin, Dusty, Mr. The Wind, my sweety is coming HOME today! (and Mr. The Wind is not a crass term... it was what my little sis, Lacy, used to always call him... the formal of Dustin The Wind!)
2- I am still on my purge binge. It's like bulimia of the house. My pile of "exit Clancy's house" crap is getting large, but not in charge!
3- Rohan is snuggled up in my arms right now and he is so sweet I could just eat 'im! He just woke up and I'm almost done so I'm holding him close.
4- My toe has taken the pulsing throbbing down to a dull ache.
5- Did I mention that Dustin is coming home tonight! Oh yeah. I did. I can't really use that twice, can I? So... I hung a picture and an iron "thing" in my kitchen that I've had for months but never hung. I ditched things that were on the wall that I hated and replaced them with something that I love. It looks so charming and adorable I could sing!

Happy Fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

From The Jar... #24

This was supposed to be a relaxed day and it turned into anything but relaxed. But it was good. (Thanks again, Maria, for watching my kids, feeding me and my kids dinner, getting them to eat SALAD(!), substituting for me for choir, having a "lesson" with me, and for being my friend!) So, needless to say, I didn't get to my jar post. But... staying up late is what I do best so without further ado...


Would you choose differently if you could choose your occupation again?


No. My occupation is being a mother and I wouldn't ever trade my kids. They are incredible. Sometimes motherhood kicks me in the shorts, (OK, on a daily basis) but it's what I've always wanted,I learn everyday from them, and I love my "job".
This is me at "work" several years ago. Mac painted on the wall in our old house.

As for my other things that I do (landlording, pretzel dipping), I'd have to say yes on the pretzels, no on the landlording. I've dipped enough pretzels to last me for two or three lifetimes. Landlording, challenging as it's been, I wouldn't choose differently for the education I have received. I've learned so much about so many different things including learning about myself. It has been invaluable. I'm sure these things will serve me in the future. And for that matter.... the pretzels have taught me alot about myself too. They just so happen to be what I was procrastinating upon yesterday. So, really, I probably wouldn't change anything. I've said it before, my life is exactly perfect. Everything has been for my good, including the hard things.

If I had to have an "occupation" as in a job I would love to be a writer or a graphic designer, or a blogger. Can I get paid to blog? lol! I'm working on that one since I spend so much time doing it! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tue Pose a Question

Why procrastination? What does it do for me? I'm doing it right now and I can't figure it out. Why, when I have something pressing that I don't want to do, am I so excited to do the other things that I put off on every other day? Is it just a means to make myself feel like crap later on when I'm rushing around trying to get what is pressing done? Do I like feeling overwhelmed and despairing with to much too do in too little time? I know I don't like it, but maybe somewhere at some deep unconscious level I do, because why else would I do it so much of the freakin' time?

I look at people who are organized and do things in time with ease and grace and wonder what battles they have to fight in their mind. Their house is clean, children well behaved, finances lovely, food storage is set, testimony is secure... at least that is what is visible on the surface. Do they have problems too?

I can't see their problems, but I feel like my life is an open book, and that book ain't Charles Dickens... it's an Elmo coloring book that a three year old has scribbled on every page. My life is crazy and disorganized and nothing seems to be "in the lines". Do those apparently perfect people feel the same way? I wish I could name a few of them and ask them. What are your battles, you perfect people? Tell me!

Ya, I know. I'm looking at my neighbor like I admonished myself not to yesterday. Open book, see? Well anyway... procrastination and why I do it is on my mind and I'm not in a very good mood today. I just don't feel like being eloquent or nice, so my apologies to all you lovelies who are reading. I'll get over it and be happy tomorrow or in 5 minutes... that's how I roll.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Manic Monday: Bounty

boun·ty
Pronunciation: 'baun-tE
Function: noun
Inflected Form: plural boun·ties

1 : That which is given generously or liberally.


Bounty sits high on a mountain, a continual spring, pouring her soul into the valley of humanity. Do I notice as her waters rise, running across my feet, or am I looking at my neighbor and believing the lie that there is lack? Am I aware of the unlimited capacity and the magic of letting go, of giving away, of freeing myself? Am I giving to add to Bounty's rushing waters, or for my own gain? Can I keep faith and focus on the flow around me or do I lose myself in useless eddies of accumulation? Do I stop and drink up her gifts with gratitude or do I drown in self-pity and remorse for what I think I need and do not have?

I pray for the faith. I pray for the freedom. I pray for the strength, gratitude, and perseverance in my cognition of the limitless bounty in my life.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Five

Fabulous things abound! Let's shout 'em out!

1- It's Friday! I love Fridays. And my standard #1 answer about Dustin coming home today doesn't apply. Instead, I'm going to him. I get to see him either way so I win!
2- I successfully got up at 6:15am (after going to bed at 2:00 last night and 3:30 the night before) to get my children ready to leave by 7:15am. They have "Donuts with Dad" today. Obviously, their own dad couldn't attend, so we asked Grandpa to fill in. AND, as an extra added bonus, my dad came and picked them up so I didn't even have to leave the house, wake up Rohan, etc...
3- This song is FABULOUS!!!! (Apparently she doesn't have an official video for it so just listen to it... and really LISTEN to those lyrics! They are so great! And... a quirk about me... I love what she does with her voice at 4:12... leading up to it she's all quiet and then right at 4:12 listen to how she changes her emotion in her voice. I love it. I've listened to that one part over and over.)
4- I have a large pile of junk that I'm getting rid of and it's getting larger! I've been in a mood and I'm going around my house taking pictures off the wall, clothes out of my closet, knick-knacks off of shelves that just don't serve me anymore. I don't want something that doesn't make me feel great in my house. So, it's going bye bye!
5-Lucky is healthy! He was sick last week and I was worried about him. I think I poisoned him by letting him eat a plum pit without realizing that they are poisonous. He wouldn't eat for days and I thought he was going to die. But... he pulled through and is extra scratchy. My hands, neck and collarbone area are a mess of scratches. But he's so funny. Love that squirrel.


Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Phone, Sweet Phone

My mom smells good. I'm not sure what the magic combination is... perfume, makeup, bath soap, farm house and acreage with a stiff breeze blowing through it? I haven't figured it out, but she carries around on her person one of my three favorite smells on this green earth. On Tuesday, I had an errand to run and she popped over to watch my kids for just a half an hour. I returned and she left. End of story. Or so I thought.

The next morning I was sitting at my computer and I picked up the phone to call someone. As I brought the phone to my face, my senses were assailed with that sweet scent that is my mother. I was not immediately and consciously aware of her scent that first time I picked up the phone. As the day wore on and I made or answered more phone calls I would inhale deeply and think of my mom. I realized that the phone smelled like her. I thought this was strange. She was only here for a few minutes. Why would she come to my dungeon, uhhh basement and talk on my dumb, non-cordless phone?

I asked her later on if she was on the phone in the basement while she was here. Indeed she was. She came down to check something online and the phone rang. She was on it for all of one minute.

"Why do you ask", she said. I told her that my phone smells like her. She laughed out loud.

It's been two days now and her lovely scent still lingers when I say 'hello'. It makes me smile, and I feel privileged to be the daughter of such an amazing woman who wears a scent as sweet as she.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

From The Jar... #23

So I didn't do a jar pull last week. Well, I started this one, but didn't finish it. It's late, but it's here.

Do you like rainstorms? Why or why not?



Is there a person on this earth who DOESN'T like rainstorms? The answer to the jar is a resounding 'yes'. I love them. Why? The warm, snug, take-a-bath-by-candlelight type of feelings they evoke...


Storm

An exhalation of earth, her breath weaves angry lashes of impatience over the effusion of renewal. Eyes drawing closed, she darkens the sky. Searing and tempestuous agonies lash across her vast cerebrum, coruscations of burning illumination.
Internal laceration gives way to tumbling expletives, and, unable to sustain her fortitude, she weeps with unabashed vulnerability as her children stand, oblivious to her torment, marveling at the mystical shroud her pain has wrapped around them.



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Just For Fun...

Cuz, what can I say, I like fun!

If you are a fan of Star Wars, or a fan of music, or just a fan or perhaps a fanny... whatever kind of fan you are, check this out. You'll be glad you did.

And, if you're wondering, like I was, who in the wide, wide world John Williams is, click here.

Finished

Remember how I said I built a website and how some of you said you wanted to see it? Well, it's pretty much wrapped up. It has one known issue with a broken link on a contact us... please let me know if you see something screwy on your particular brand of browser. Thanks!

This is my first completed website, so I'm feeling pretty good about it... even though there are many things I would do differently now that it's done. That's the learning curve, I guess.

Anyway... enough with the rambling. Here's the site.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tue Pose a Question

As it is election day today, I have a special election day question that I've had a small chuckle with myself over. I was watching a movie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and I was thinking about this whole presidential race thingy and I was guessing to myself that Bradgelina Jolitt is voting for Obama. That simple little train of thought sent my mind into a picture of the local school in Hollywood or Beverly Hills or wherever it is that all these paparazzi-laden people live. I imagined to myself a vivid little picture and asked... what would you hear in that voting district?

BRAD PITT has voted.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA has voted.

*some kid walks by on their way to the bathroom, hallpass in hand*

PINK has voted.

ANGELINA JOLIE has voted.

*over the intercom, "Teachers, this is the reminder of the meeting in the faculty room after school..."*

CAMERON DIAZ has voted.

*end dorky mind-wandering-train-of-thought-that-made-me-giggle*


I mentioned this image to someone at church and, sadly, they shattered my silly daydream by letting me know that these folks probably do absentee voting or something like that. I think I like my scenario better...


Now go and vote for your canidates of choice, would ya!?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween in Pictures

Mac- Vampire.
Ella- Red Witch
Rohan- Black Spidey
Dustin- Dustin
Clancy- The Queen of Rock & Roll (Dumb I know. Give me a break... I threw it together in two minutes. That's what happens when you spend too much time on your kids faces!)