Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When I was two years old, my favorite book was The Animals of Farmer Jones. I loved this book so much that I had it memorized with the appropriate page turns so that it looked like I was reading. I still have a decent portion of it rattling around in my head, "It's supper time on the farm, the animals are hungry, but where is Farmer Jones..." I loved books.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
She currently is self-employed - teaching about 50 piano students a week (that's 25 hours of listening to the piano a week!!!)
She cooks dinner for 14 or so people at least once a month when we are all there.
In the last 10 years, she made four wedding dresses, two blessing gowns, all the bridesmaid skirts for three of the weddings, four wedding cakes, refreshments for the receptions, centerpieces for the weddings, watched toddlers when siblings were being born, babysat my kids when I did my student teaching, canned a ridiculous amount of salsa and chicken, etc.
Then, in her "spare" time, she makes pieced quilts that she just gives to people.
Or a full blown wedding cake just for a young women's activity.
Or cutting, rounding and polishing little pieces of granite to give to all the young women at girl's camp one year.
Or feeding the entire varsity basketball team ribs, etc. for lunch on two separate occasions.
I get seriously anxiety over the prospect of someone in my ward meeting her because they will see what she can do and think I can do that too.
I can't crochet - I've been taught more times that I can remember.
I can't quilt - I think I set the world record for bending more needles in any amount of time.
And I really can't make this.
This was the cake she made Thursday night for Ryan because every year the top ten candidates for most preferred* make a cake to have it auctioned off at school as a fund raiser for Mohey Tawa (our high school drill team who incidently took 2nd at state this year).
Yea, she made that in one night.
That's just ridiculous.
*Most Preferred is kindof the way to equal out the awards given at dances. The boys all have to do a skit in front of the student body and present their cakes.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Lucky you! The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It'll be done this year. (might be a little while)
4- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story. It may be poetry or an article on properly cleaning your face before a masque. I may draw or paint something. (okay, probably not this one...) I may bake you something and mail it to you (and hope you live close enough to enjoy it). Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog.The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I was determined to have it.
Enter reason #???? why I love Amazon. They had it.
I got this just after school started, immediately took it up to put it on my computer at school where I have enjoyed it often and left the disc there for some time because I just didn't remember that I didn't want it there (I know some of you know what I'm talking about). Then, yesterday, when I was playing "Organize My Life" I found it, brought it home and have had the amazing music blasting from my bedroom all morning.
Here's what you need to know. Tolga Kashif was commissioned by EMI Classics to take the music of Queen and create a symphony. I know, it sounds like it's going to be fully orchestrated elevator music, but it's not. The general sound is similar to Russian composers like Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff (my all time favorite) but then in the 4th movement I always think of Gershwin.
The melodies that are integrated into this symphony are from Radio Gaga, The Show Must Go On, I Was Born to Love You, One Vision, Love of my Life, Another Bites the Dust, Killer Queen, Who Wants to Live Forever, Bicycle Race, Save Me, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and We Are the Champions. It is truly amazing. If you love Queen, big boisterous symphonies, or even better, both, I promise you will have a short love affair with this album.
Interested? Listen to samples here.