Friday, April 29, 2011

My Feet

While waiting my turn in the temple Wednesday night I noticed that my feet are not symmetrical.
I may have mentioned previously that my feet are not the same size which makes shoe shopping an adventure. (Where can one buy a pair of shoes where the right foot is a half size larger than the left? That's what I thought.)
Now it looks as though my feet may have come from two different places altogether.
Let's just start at the beginning.
The big toes; the right one is bigger and more bent than the left. The left has a larger callus - from all those years spent running barefoot before we freaked out over broken glass and nails on the sidewalk - and a weirder toenail.
The second toes; the right one is longer than the big toe on the same foot but is very straight. The left one is not longer than the big toe on that foot but it is twisted so the nails can touch each other.
The middle toes; are pretty normal though the left one is shorter and thinner than it's equal on the right foot.
The fourth toes; are both curved but the left is curved A LOT, such that the nail is almost behind the middle toe. And on both feet the fourth toes are A LOT shorter than the middle ones. Like they were leftovers from a smaller model.
Last but not least, the baby toes; the right one is bigger but the left one can stretch a lot farther away from it's neighbor than the right one.
I had a long time to examine my feet.

This is me, and it's weird the things one notices.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Asking For A Ticket

Saw a teenager driving a beat up old car today.
Seat laid back nearly horizontal.
And his left foot was out the window.
He could barely reach the steering wheel let alone control the vehicle.

This is me and that is how traffic on the freeway ends up a mess.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011

So yesterday a friend from church came over to help Tarzan change out our water heater - which was leaking and apparently 1/256th away from flooding the entire shed and backyard - and I wanted to do something nice for him. Today being Easter I thought I'd make some cupcakes and decorate them all cute.
It was doomed from the start; I was out of oil. Being the kitchen diva I am, I used melted butter.
ATL thought white cake was too boring so she encouraged me to add sprinkles to the batter. The colors ran and bled all together.
Then when they were finally baked I dared to test one. Tarzan thought it tasted excellent but the bottom ripped off with the paper.
I finished the process, dyed the icing and all that so they looked pretty:
But the insides were all green-y grey and they ripped when taking the paper off, so I couldn't in good conscience give them to anyone. So we kept them.
Tarzan was okay with it.

This is me and I'll just have to think of something else.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Night

While at the social function of the week - a fundraiser for the young women at church - Tarzan managed, with a single sentence, to make all six missionaries in the room blush beet red simultaneously.
Even the African-American one.

This is me, amused and mortified all at once.
(Read the comments if you want the whole story.)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


You know you're busy when you have to put 'Take Shower' on your to-do list to make sure you get one that day.

This is me and it's par for the course right now.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ode For A Busy Man's Birthday

Dear Tarzan,
This year I'm very glad I do these 'odes' which some think are silly - maybe they are - because you are so stressed and preoccupied right now you haven't got the time to spend but one day you can come back and reread my birthday wishes for you.
I wish you a job that you love, with none of the bureaucratic silliness that gets in the way of doing a good job.
I wish you time. TIme to spend on all the things you want to learn and share and find and be.
I wish you the desire to grow and progress but contentment with our place right now.
I wish you joy in the work that is life, happiness in the journey and laughter together.

This is me and Happy Birthday honey!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So Sue Me

I know, it's been a long time. No excuses. Just more of the same, I am not dead and don't want to bore you with repetition. Aren't I the nice one?

This is me with nothing.

Sunday, April 03, 2011


Flora, Fauna...and Merryweather.
I don't have anything to say about the weather - other than it's raining AGAIN - but when I hear one, I can't NOT think of all three:
Plus, Merryweather is the more practical of the group and they never listen to her. We have a connection.

This is me and Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney movie.

Saturday, April 02, 2011


**Disclaimer - unlike the flower pictures which were all taken by me, with my own camera, most of these animals were not. The animals are less stationary than the flowers and I don't have the skillz.**
The first dozen times visiting my parents it seemed a barren, boring place. Dry, sandy, brown, hot and that's it. But as we learned in the last post it's all about looking around - that and a lot of rain - and noticing what is there even if it's not so visable.
This is the animal life - that we've actually seen - from The Desert.
We see this Egret (Ardea Alba) twice a year. He stops by on his migration we think. This picture was one of ours:We aren't sure what the Coyote (Canis Latrans) was eating in the back yard but he was not to be moved from it so we snapped a couple of good shots:These Desert Quail (Callipepla Gambelii) are everywhere. Small and quick but majorly indecisive. Will they cross the road or not? Or stop in the middle of the lane, look at the car and imagine themselves invisible: There have been several Black-Tailed Jackrabbits (Lepus Californicus) hopping through the yard this spring:There are actual Roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) which are much smaller than the cartoons would have you think but just as fast. I don't see the Coyote, wily or not, catching one of these things: The Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus tereticaudus) are TINY and can be mistaken for leaves or dirt blowing across the road very easily:Technically this is not an animal - the Desert Spider Beetle (Cysteodemus armatus):But we've seen an increased number of the blister beetle family and figure it can only be the rain.

This is me and this concludes our nature lecture. You all get an A.

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