Thursday, December 30, 2010


it's that time of year again. time to evaluate the year and decide to set some resolutions. probably the same ones you set last year since, let's just be honest here, you probably "broke" your resolutions within a week or so. am i right? maybe that's just me... apparently i suck at this new year's resolution thing, because i fail EVERY TIME!!! so this year i'm doing things a little differently and it's about time, you know what they say about repeating the same behaviors expecting different results (yikes!).  no resolutions, just goals. fact: goals are about 6000x better than resolutions for the following reasons:
  1. goal is a shorter word, making it much easier to say
  2. the definition for goal is half as long as that for resolution, making it easier to understand
  3. goal is easier to spell
  4. resolutions are so rigid, goals are much more flexible
  5. i have no more reasons, i just thought five would make a more impressive list
here's the plan, two big goals for the year and a bunch of little ones. why? because it's a lot easier to a) stick with, and b) achieve a big fat complicated goal when it has been broken down into smaller parts. also, i am allowing myself one month to work on the goal before i reevaluate and make any changes to my approach. at least that's the plan.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas is awesome

and i'm still the favorite aunt. more exciting details to follow (i don't know when, but i'll get around to it eventually)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

will someone please explain to me?

why doesn't tarzan have a beard? how many apes do you know that own a razor?
why are grape nuts called grape nuts when they are neither grapes nor nuts?
why do we park in the driveway and drive on a parkway?
why did utah get all the snow, leaving me with a green/brown Christmas?!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


...i feel like i should post something, i want to post something, but i just have nothing to say. i know it's hard to believe, but sometimes i just have no words to put out there in the universe. who knew?

Friday, December 17, 2010

the manslator

for those of you who still have a little Christmas shopping to do, consider the perfect gift for him or her (but mostly for him)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

joy to the world

guess what i found and have been enjoying for about 2 weeks. no, seriously guess. 
nothin'? fine i'll tell you. 
i found

wait for it

i know, right?! totally brill and completely delish. i could not ask for more. well, i could, but i won't. maybe one little thing, but that's all. who am i kidding? i've got a long list of things i could ask for and a somewhat shorter list of things i did ask for, but these little guys are pretty satisfying just the same.

ooh, look, it's like a little gummy wreath : )

a little more than you needed to see? sure, but my mouth looks so festive!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

size matters

 "the most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world." -frank church


Saturday, December 11, 2010

sad day at single dad laughing

so i read this blog called single dad laughing. it's usually pretty great. entertaining, thought provoking and all that. well, today he wrote a post titled lazy mans Christmas that really got me thinking. go read it before you finish this or my post probably won't make a lot of sense.

okay, did you read it? good. because i think he's wrong.  it's not about having a special someone to share everything with. if that were true i would never have any fun. i mean, i'm sure it's great to be in love and share the holiday with that one person who makes your heart go pitter-pat, but there is so much more to the holiday than that. it's about love, yes, but not strictly the romantic kind. it's about the love of God for mankind. the love of mankind for mankind. i worry that many of us (myself included) get so caught up in the hoopla of the holiday that we forget how special it really is. how wonderful it can be, what an amazing thing we are really celebrating. the birth pf a Savior. a miracle. maybe, instead of spending so much time planning and purchasing a perfect gift for the sweetheart we may, or may not have, we should spend a little more time devoted to truly celebrating the reason for the season. focus on what Christmas is really about.


"and on earth, peace, good will toward men." you know, despite his attachment to that (likely disgusting)  blanket, that linus kid is a pretty smart cookie. Christmas isn't about being "in love" or about gifts or any of that commercial junk. it's about Christ. it's celebrating the little miracles in your life, being grateful for all the wonderful things that you DO have (as opposed to lamenting the things that you don't), and showing your appreciation for the blessings in your life. 

oh, and that line about understanding how people feel lonely around the holidays? i don't buy it. it's like my friend darwin (not his real name) says "happiness is always a choice, never a creation of circumstance." we choose to be happy by choosing to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative or the unpleasant. i think it's the same with loneliness. the times i feel alone are the times i choose to give in to the ofttimes fleeting tinges of loneliness. the times i feel unloved are the times i choose to focus on the fact that i am single as opposed to the fact that i am surrounded by loving family and friends.

gosh, this really wasn't the post i had intended to write. oh well. that's the way it goes sometimes.

sidenote: i really do like single dad laughing. i didn't mean to tear it apart like that. besides, his new post is far more optimistic :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

winter to-do

i realize it may be pushing it to check all of these items off the list at this point, but i kept the list short and there's always next year...
  1. build a snowman
  2. have a snowball fight
  3. take a midnight snow walk
  4. wear mittens
  5. make a snow angel
  6. play fox and geese
  7. decorate for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever holiday you happen to celebrate)
  8. make a holiday countdown chain
  9. attend and/or throw a new years party
  10. make a resolution or two
  11. make snowman soup
  12. watch holiday movies
  13. wear big wool socks
  14. give some money to the bell ringing santas around town
  15. contact someone with whom you've lost touch
  16. read A Christmas Carol (watching the movie doesn't count)
  17. shovel a neighbor's walk
  18. go sledding
  19. play fox and geese
  20. have a white elephant gift exchange
  21. throw/attend an ugly sweater party

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


perhaps i should clarify. when i say i hate cats, what i really mean is that  i'm kind of scared of them. weird? yes, but its the truth. i can't help it. they totally freak me out. i could go on and on about why, but i don't suppose any of you are all that interested in the subject. let's just say that i don't want to meet one of these fellas in a dark alley...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

you know what i hate? cats. also, i hate when you buy something online, find that it doesn't fit properly and then forget to return it. just realized i have an item here that was shipped in october and i still haven't sent it back. is it too late?