Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Cubmaster

I went to my first Cub Scout Roundtable this month and got some pretty good info. First of all, I've got to change my scout shirt from being a scout to being a leader! Hmmmmm. My first pack meeting was last Thursday and the theme (they swapped months) was Jurassic Pack. Mom and I worked a lot on getting it all together. I wore an old hat and took my pick to be a paleontologist. We had a game where the boys put on dinosaur paw covered cereal boxes over their feet and had to carry and egg on a spoon. The parents were cracking up. Besides other things, we had a volcano cake erupt with dry ice and egg whites. It didn't work too well because the beaten eggs whites had sat around too long! But the boys loved it. I showed them things to do with dry ice after the pack meeting was over. The boys loved that (and some parents too!). One cub suggested putting the dry ice and water in a balloon to inflate it - so of course, I did that as soon as we got home!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Giving it a TRY

I think I can do it! Jocelyn has gotten me excited about doing a beginner's triathlon. She came down Thursday after work and we went to a good running shoe store downtown. Wow, the shoes fit so great - didn't know that was possible. Mom was so excited to see me with great fitting shoes I offered to let her try them on to see how comfortable they are! I'm starting out slowly as I've been rather a couch (computer) potato for some time. So, it was with great delight to go walking in my new running shoes on Friday. I've got my training schedule, so now it's time to get moving! (Oh, I'm wanting to do a triathlon outside of Phoenix in Sept - any one else want to join me?)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Good Blend

I was perusing my parents' copy of the BYU Magazine and really enjoyed the article on inventor and engineer, Tom Dickson, a BYU alum. He has a food processing machine, a blender, that he tests by blenderizing cell phones, light sticks, crow bars, skiis, and more. It is a hoot to watch his You Tube adds. Check them out on You Tube, and search for, "Will it Blend?" Remember, Don't do this at home! (Chortle, chortle. I think I'll try out mom's kitchen aid and see if it holds up to this blender. Mom probably wants a powerful new blender anyway....hmmmmmmmmm)Here's another link:


Not to still the thunder from my previous great post I wrote today about my parents, I just had to add another blog. I am so excited to finally have resolution with a certain computer service company. A week ago, the escalation team, decided that it was time to replace my laptop. After almost 5 months of having 8 motherboards replaced, sent out to their work depot twice and returned unfixed, hours of calls with people who are very hard to understand (sometimes I forgot that raising my voice loudly doesn't help them understand English any better)and being sent from one person to another, finally paid off. I am very happy with my new computer and am glad to have won this battle! This computer has VISTA and I am currently finishing up a VISTA class at school - nice to already know how to use it.

In case you were wondering

In case you were wondering where my sisters and I got our great dancing talents, you might enjoy this clip:

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Now that their youngest is getting ready to graduate from high school, they'll have more time to polish their dance moves and make their costumes (complete with flesh colored sleeves).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Best Summer Ever!!!

This summer is going to ROCK because Jocelyn is going to live with me and my parents for a couple months! Life will be so much more exciting when she's here. ;) I don't usually like to exercise, but if she's here I might just give it a try. In anticipation of her arrival, Chelsea and I went for a jog last night and we thought about going swimming today. I might need to invest in some running shoes and socks before my next foray with running. Blisters are not fun.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I win again!

Jocelyn has been running a contest. One lucky reader of her blog will have the opportunity to drive across the country with her. You might not have known about the contest because she kept it under wraps. Well, guess what! Yesterday, I got a call (well actually, I called her) and she informed me that I was the proud winner of an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC!!! Woo hoo. The trip also comes with a complete Private Manual Transmission Driving Course.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Another Brentism

Mom was telling me about the great Cinco de Mayo celebration they had at the nursing facility where she works. Great decorations and food and a mariachi band. She was telling me about the food (Mexican fruit salad with papaya, mango, melons, jicama and coconut) 7 layer Mexican bean dip, nachos and a Mexican tres leches cake. I asked her if the cake was made with cow's milk, llama's milk and goat's milk! Ha! Ha! Mom looked up the recipe and the three milks are regular milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Yucca! Yucca! Yucca!

Now, that's a great desert cheer for a cub scout! and for me! I'm our ward's new cubmaster. I'm looking forward to great fun working with our wolf/bear den and our webelos den. I remember P. Huff was my cubmaster and he always did great pack meetings; like the time we rode a bucking bronco, had our picture with a life size famous cowboy: John Wayne, pinewood derbies and .... I have a lot to live up to! Mom's the Primary counselor over Primary so I bet I'll be trained in record time and put right to work! Yucca! Yucca! Yucca! And here's to more dumb/funny cub scout jokes, cheers and activities!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Hmmmm, Thanks Dad!

This week I got the usual letters in the mail wanting to loan me money. So I ripped open a Capital One envelope to discover a great loan deal. And guess who the letter was sent by - a Michael Robertson! But obviously not my Dad, who has a very distinctive signature (that's what he tells us that squiggle is). After showing Mom for a good laugh, I ripped it up and threw it in the trash. The real Michael Robertson takes good care of me already! Thanks, Dad!