Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review

I have finished two more books, "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This and Other Things That Strike Me Funny" by Bob Newhart and "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch.
Bob Newhart's book was the first one I read.  He reminds me of my dad because we loved watching his shows.  Reruns of his first show would air after Johnny Carson in the late 70's and early 80's.  I still think he should be married to Suzanne Pleschette.  My dad had his comedy albums and I remember listening to them while I was growing up.  His book was a great read for all the memories but it was written in kind of a half hazzard way.  I did learn something though.  Before he got started he sent demo tapes to 3 radio stations and two of them were familiar.  One was in Idaho Falls and the other was in Jacksonville, FL.  I read in bed before I go to sleep and I laughed so hard in one part that I thought I'd wake up Brad.  In college at Loyola University he sparred with his friend Jim McGee.  This is the story he tells:

"During our sessions Jimmy gave me a deviated septum, probably from a left hook.  I didn't think much of it at the time until my induction physical, when the doctor said, "Bend over," which I did, 
and the doctor said, "How did you get the deviated septum?" and I wondered, "You can see it 
from there?" 

It still makes me laugh, out loud, hard!
I also think he had the all time best moment in TV history at the end of his show Newhart when he wakes up in bed with Suzanne Pleschette and tells her about the dream he had of running an Inn in Vermont.  Brilliant!

"The Last Lecture"  was a more uplifting book than I was expecting.  It's written by a man who is dying from cancer.  He is married with 3 kids and is a professor.  He is asked to give a lecture at the end of his career and he ends up delivering a legacy for his wife and children.  It is also very entertaining.  The book has 61 chapters but they are very short, some less than a page long.  Some of my favorites are:

Be The First Penguin
All You Have To Do Is Ask
Be A Communitarian
No Job Is Beneath You
The $100,000 Salt And Pepper Shaker
Get In Touch With Your Crayon Box
Send Out Thin Mints
A Recovering Jerk
Romancing The Brick Wall

Actually, I could put down almost every chapter so I should just tell you to read the whole book.  I highly recommend it.  I would recommend the Bob Newhart  book if you are a fan of his.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kid Quotes

As I was driving and picking up kids from school today I was listening in on the conversation behind me.  This is how it went:

T: "I've been playing the coolest game.  Do you know how to play it?"
J: "No."
T: "You just have to read the CONSTRUCTIONS"

I laughed for 6 blocks!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kid Quotes

Today, one of the moms called to tell us her 4 year old son has been absent from pre-school because he broke his arm.  She said it was a pretty nasty break and wanted to know if we could help him out with things like washing his hands and going potty (I told her we would be glad to do that).  Then she laughed and said he told her "Mom, you need to write me an excuse for gym time".  She couldn't figure out how he knows about excuse notes.  I couldn't tell her but I thought it was very cute for a 4 year old to come up with that.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nothing New

Nothing new.  Going to bed.  Nighty night!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Beginnings

OK.  I've decided that teenage girls aren't so bad.  For years I've dreaded working with teens.  The moods, the fighting, the cattiness, the sass, I just didn't have much patience with it all.  But tonight I went to a New Beginnings at one of the wards in our stake and the 3 girls there changed my mind and attitude.  They are good girls, fun, and very cool!  I'm actually excited to be working with them.  

Today at work, one of my employees said she had read my blog and that I have "everyone's business" on it.  I didn't think it was that bad but I decided to make a couple of rules for what I will blog about.
Blogging Rules

1- No last names.
2- Maybe only initials
3- Never write anything I wouldn't say out loud.  To anyone, especially the person I'm talking about.
4- I reserve the right to change the rules when I want ( it IS my blog after all...).

I have included the scripture valentine I made and I hope you like it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mom Buys A House Online

Today was a very relaxed day at the center.  We did have all the school age kids because school was out for MLKJ day but even with them it was fairly quiet.  I worked on organizing the employee files and then went to JoAnn's for their big sale.  Patterns were 99 cents and their red tag fabric was 50% off.  I got several cute patterns for Caroline and one for a pioneer cap.  I want to make one for our handcart trek this summer.  When I got back to work mom told me she saw a house that was going to be auctioned off this afternoon and wanted to go look at.  I called Brad and he went with her to inspect it and then she went online and registered to bid on it.  I couldn't believe it when she WON THE AUCTION!  I've never heard of anyone buying a house online.  She got a great deal on it and wants to fix it up a little and then sell it.  She might have started a second business.  You go mom!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday School Lessons

We had a wonderful ward conference in the 28th ward today.  Bishop Olsen and his wife spoke as well as Pres Hunter.  Then we went to Sunday School to study the creation as found in the book of Moses.  Finally we presented the lesson in Young Women.  They only had 2 girls there but they were great.  They even stayed after the lesson for about 10 minutes and talked with us about school classes and the change to their credits to graduate.  When I came home Brad had dinner ready-ginger sesame chicken, baked yams, and peas and carrots-YUM!  I didn't get a nap after dinner because we had a fireside to go to.  Coach Knight from IF was the speaker.  Our theme this year is taken from Joshua 1:9 " strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."  He taught them how to be strong, both physically and spiritually.  That we need to practice the things that bring spiritual strength.  He challenged us to make a sacrifice of something that doesn't invite the spirit and replace it with something good that does bring the Holy Spirit into our life.  I have a few ideas but haven't decided what to do for sure.  I'm giving myself a week to think about it and then commit.  I'll let you know what it is.