Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tagged?

Long ago in a Galaxy far far away, my cousin Cari tagged me. Well, I went as far as copying the text in to a new blog post and then got distracted...anyone else think I might have A.D.D.? :-) Anyway, her post today reminded me that I didn't finished this tag...

So, here goes...

5 things I was doing 10 years ago...
1. Living in denial
2. Being a heathen
3. Working at a beautiful Theatre in a job I hated
4. Wondering what the point was
5. Thinking that there had to be something better out there...
(All I really remember about 10 years ago is being pretty miserable, I'm SOOOOOO glad I'm in a better place)

5 things on my to-do list today...
1. Finish processing this weekend's photoshoots
2. Design ads for Nov. 13 program
3. Work on website ticket sales
4. Confirm this weekend's shoots
5. Finally post the tag that Cari sent. :-)

5 snacks I enjoy...
1. Hummus
2. Swedish Fish
3. Graham Crackers and Milk
4. Anything Chocolate
5. Is Sushi a snack? Well, for this post it's going to be!

5 things I'd do if I were a Millionaire...
1. Buy a house
2. Pay off debt
3. Invest...wisely
4. Buy a decent car
5. Donate to the Arts!

5 places I've lived...
1. In Denial
2. Inappropriately
3. Intermittently
4. Intravenously
5. Layton

5 jobs I've had...
1. Favorite Cousin
2. Favorite Aunt
3. Favorite Sister
4. Best singer in the family
5. Dork

I will now tag -
1. Sarah Palin
2. Britany Spears
3. Oprah
4. Paris Hilton
5. George W. Bush

I really hope they play!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

An Open Letter to Jon Stewart

Warning: There are some bleeped out "naughty" words in this video, watch with caution. :-)



Dear Jon Stewart,

Thank you...I kind of love you.

Sincerely,
Melissa

Friday, August 29, 2008

Maybe it's just me...

First of all, let me state, that this post is based solely on my own opinion and nothing more. I haven't had time to read up on Sarah Palin or John McCain's decision to choose her.


That being said...



Maybe it's just me, but it seems to me that John McCain's choice in running mate is a ploy. It looks like he chose a woman because he saw Hilary Clinton's supporters people who would switch sides based on the gender of the Vice Presidential Candidate. I'd like to think that Hilary Clinton's supporters (of which I was not one) have more brains than that.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Parents' Kitchen Update

If you are following my 3-6-5 blog, you'll remember that, at the beginning of the year, I said I'd document my parents kitchen remodel.  I've posted a few photos on that blog, and I will post the finished product there (next week sometime), but for now I thought I'd post an update here. 

It is almost done, as my Dad would say, "So close, yet so far away."  


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I'm Shocked...


I am nerdier than 2% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!


This funny little quiz was on Emily's blog, and to be honest with you I thought I'd score MUCH higher.

It's probably a mistake.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

LOST in 8 minutes 15 seconds

Lost starts tonight! I can't wait...hopefully it won't go the way of Alias. That would be bad. :-)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tribute to the late LDS President Hinckley

I don't usually agree with Glen Beck, but in this case I do.

We should all take a page out of Gordon B. Hinkley's life, and stand for something.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Today, I'm a Blog Pimp

My brother has a new blog, so I thought it was time to, in Cecily's words, PIMP some blogs.


Since his is the newest blog, let's start with Matt, or as he apparently wishes to be called in the blogosphere, Wilfjord (which was my Grandpa's name, only spelled normal). As you can see by the photo, Matt likes to put things in his nose and is a big 'ole DORK. As far as his blog is concerned, it's not really dorky at all. He's actually a really good writer and only stands to get better. He likes big words like theoretical, empirical, nomothetic, probabilistic, or causal -not casual, causal - all of which I found in an article called FIVE BIG WORDS. So, look up these words and try to use them in comments you leave on his site, he'll be like a kid at Christmas.




Then there is his wife Johnny. English is Johnny's second language, but you'd never know it, she speaks better English than ANYONE I know. She is a YouTube and CNN/MSNBC/Fox News/"any news channel out there" addict, and her blog reflects that. She's also an aspiring Photographer and I can't wait until she starts posting her photos, I think you'll love them too. And, as you can tell by this photo, she has the patience of Job.




Next, speaking of my family, there is my sister Emily. What can I tell you about Emily that you wouldn't know from reading her blog? Well, absolutely nothing. That girl is an OPEN BOOK! And, she's freaking HILARIOUS (her words...and mine). Her blog is titled "Does My Writing Suck?" and my opinion is no, her writing does not suck. She really is very funny and her writing is extremely engaging. She hooks you in the first line, the reels you in leaving you wanting more when she's done. Unfortunately, she "has a life" and doesn't update as often as most of us would like, but when she does, it's totally worth it.


Let's move on to friends, shall we?


How about Lara? Lara is the person in my life that I see most. She sits across from me 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday and goes with me to Symphonies and Ballets (often against our
will). Lara is doing her own version of the 365 project (she actually posts more than one picture a day) and her photos are really great. I love it when we take pictures of the same thing and get VASTLY different outcomes. She is often very abstract and is learning to embrace it. She updates everyday, so keep her site in your favorites. Lara is also one of the funniest people on the planet.

And finally, the person who needs a pimp the least, Cecily. Cecily and Emily are actually quite a bit alike (other than someone once thinking that Cecily was Emily). They both speak very freely about themselves on their blogs, and they are both excellent writers. She writes about real life and makes people feel like she is writing about them. Then there are her comments which are just as funny as her blog. The girl has a minimum of 25 comments PER POST, and they are hilarious. She also has 3 kids who are extremely fun to take pictures of, and the only time I can catch a picture of her is when I'm snapping her kids, and they're usually of her kissing on their faces. But hey, with a baby that sweet, who can blame her?


So there you go, five of my favorite people in the blogging world...actually, they are five of my favorite people period. The are by no means my only favorite blogs, but this post is getting way too long. I'll do another PIMP post at a later date with more of my favorite blogs.


Until then, happy reading!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Just doing my duty

Yes, I do feel it is my duty to educate people on the wonders that are U2.

Actually, these two posts are for Leslie...who said *sigh* "I've heard of them and I probably have heard of songs but don't think I could hear the song and say "oh, this is U2"..."

;-) Just taking the work out of it for you.

p.s. I just realized that I somehow deleted my last post ("Tagged!!!") hmmm... it's saved at work, I'll re-post on Monday. Oops...

U2 - I Will Follow - 1980

Ah the 80's

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sweeney Todd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so happy I can hardly breathe! If you haven't seen this musical...well, that's OK, there is a movie coming out. And while it may not be completely true to the musical, IT DOESN'T MATTER! This film looks AMAZING.

I have can't WAIT for this movie!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My own personal Soundtrack

I had it pointed out to me in an indirect and also a direct way today that people actually read this blog. Who knew?

Anyway, I decided that it's been too long and it was time to post. But what to write about? Posting photos on the 365 blog is easy, coming up with something to write about, not so easy.

Well, since last Thursday, I have had a #*@!% of a time getting songs out of my head thanks to my friend Cecily. So, turn about is fair play. Here's a list of the songs that have been playing on continuous play in my head since Thursday:
  • The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson - because if you were chilly I'd definitely give you my sweater...if I had a sweater on that day.
  • I Can Hear the Bells, Hairspray - because one day, I just might hear those bells.
  • I Lived in Heaven, Primary - lived there and loved there with people I know, so did youuuu.
  • Particle Man, They Might Be Giants - Thank you Cecily ... which gave way to...
  • Istanbul, They Might Be Giants - because, well it's not Constantinople.
  • I Cain't Say No, Oklahoma - because Mary hates me.
  • Que Sera, Sera, Doris Day - hell, whatever will be, will be.
  • Popular, Wicked - because that's Lala's song that pops in to my head every time I say her name (you know, the part that says la, la, la, la.)
  • Shiny Happy People, R.E.M. - because of this.
  • Your Happy Birthday, Primary - because, well Zipp-a-dee-ay and Heigh-dee-ho just might be the funnest two lyrics in the world to sing.

Friday, October 05, 2007

100 Things that make me Smile

The past few months I've noticed that I've been pretty cranky pretty often. So today I decided (having been inspired by Cecily) that I'd come up with 100 things that made me smile. I'm not promising that it will make me less cranky, but it made me happy today.
  1. The Magic 8 Ball that Matt gave me for Christmas several years ago
  2. The leaves changing in Autumn
  3. My Primary kids singing
  4. This face

  5. The smell of my Grandma’s house
  6. Sushi
  7. My mother singing
  8. Friends that I’m reconnecting with
  9. Piano lessons
  10. Museums
  11. The first view of Deer Lake coming around the corner at Haney’s
  12. Shanny memories
  13. Blogging
  14. Fried Oysters at Christmas
  15. The feeling of relief when the Nutcracker is over
  16. Sweeney Todd
  17. Sarah’s Pumpkin Soup (and Brioche…hint, hint)
  18. This face

  19. My dad’s jokes (don’t tell him that though)
  20. The Whale Story
  21. When tulips bloom
  22. Conference weekend
  23. The Eiffel Tower at night
  24. Popsicles
  25. Hugs from kids
  26. This face


  27. Catching the perfect moment with my camera
  28. Learning
  29. When Emily laughs so hard she snorts
  30. When Lara says something so randomly funny that I pee my pants I’m laughing so hard
  31. Swiss Chocolate
  32. Giving presents
  33. Getting presents
  34. Having a birthday month instead of just one day
  35. When Dustin laughs at my jokes … because he’s the only one that ever does
  36. Licking the beater when my Mom made a cake
  37. Singing show tunes
  38. This face



  39. Bombing Mary
  40. Chair day
  41. Carrot ball
  42. Mute day
  43. The gas coupon when you use your Fresh Value card at Smith’s
  44. When Hattie laughs
  45. “These wonderful things are the… these wonderful things are the… these wonderful things are the…”
  46. When Taylor cuddles
  47. When Geoffrey tells me that he loves me to Pluto and back 3, 245,654 times
  48. The Bellagio Fountain
  49. Books on CD
  50. This face

  51. Making up words to the X-files theme song
  52. Telling Erin stories
  53. Seeing Butch play “Pretty Pretty Princess” with his girls
  54. When Ellie runs out to greet me at my car
  55. engrish.com
  56. Calling Johnny Mexican, Indian (feather not dot), or Chinese
  57. Two words: U – 2
  58. Talking to Lisa for 3 hours at a time
  59. This face
  60. The Three Billy Goats Gruff as told by my parents
  61. Camp fires
  62. The sound of Crickets
  63. Singing with my sisters
  64. Thinking of things that make me smile
  65. The sound of Thunder Storms
  66. When Sammy says “I’m five” when you ask him how he is doing
  67. When Emett called me Beelissa
  68. Thinking about my Grandparents
  69. Sold out shows
  70. This face



  71. Ice Cream
  72. Picking up pictures at Costco (which I will be doing as soon as I’m done with this)
  73. Hanging out with my family
  74. When Baylee pulls faces at my camera
  75. That my family cannot have a family portrait taken with out at least one shot of us picking our noses
  76. This face

  77. When Gracie says “cheeeese” as soon as she sees my camera (and I’m not even holding it)
  78. Lemonade
  79. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils
  80. Falling asleep to the sound of rain hitting my window
  81. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
  82. When my family and friends succeed and I can brag about them
  83. Flip-flops
  84. Knitting
  85. Good books
  86. Warm soup
  87. Finding a picture for the 365 project before noon
  88. Breakfast on Christmas morning
  89. This face


  90. New friends
  91. Musicals
  92. The sound of the Ocean
  93. Seeing Chloe’s picture plastered all over my Marketing Campaign
  94. Max’s Smile
  95. This face


  96. Quiet Sunday afternoons
  97. The fact that I finally have a brother-in-law
  98. Have I mentioned U2 yet? Well, they deserve a second mention, they make me smile a lot
  99. My Dad’s hugs
  100. These faces

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Look Who's Blogging Baby!

Hey everybody! Look who's blogging. If you are one of the two people who have regularly read this blog, you'll recall me mentioning my sister Emily a time or two (she's the one who just got married). Well I've been trying to get her to blog from the beginning, and now after years...ok, months...fine, weeks of "blog stalking" she has finally set up her own. You really should go check her out, she a very talented writer and extremely funny (and no, I'm not just saying that because she's my sister). ...and it doesn't hurt that she has excellent taste in photograpers.

Happy Blogging Em-cat!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Day 15 Graveyard

I think I'm going to have to change the name of this blog to "The Graveyard of Discarded Photos." Anyway, there were too many photos yesterday (again) that I liked to just choose one for the 365 Project. Eventually (obviously) I did, but I thought I'd give you a slide show of the ones I didn't choose. I think they're pretty great. I hope you do too!