Saturday, November 22, 2008

Too funny

I went out on a girl's night last night and saw Twilight. I had a great time. I went into the movie with really, really low expectations, so they were definitely exceeded. :) Or maybe it was just the fact I think the last movie I saw in theaters was Spiderman 3, so just being at the theater on opening night, surrounded by a bunch of teenagers who kept screaming "marry me, Edward!" at the screen after every cheesy line was just a really amusing atmosphere. People are funny. Anyways, of course it was cheesy teenaged vampire melodrama, that's what the book was, but I had fun all the same.

Rob and Pretty Mahana's husband decided to have male bonding time while their wives were out. After our group went out for dessert, Pretty Mahana called the boys to let them know we were on our way back. Their response: "Rob and I read the crucial scene from the book where Edward takes his shirt off, so we're ready to discuss the movie when you come back!" The funny thing is they actually had! Too funny.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Normal primary program?

I love primary programs at church. And I'm not being facetious. I think that we all have things we can learn from each other, whether you're 4 or 94, and I love seeing the way God finds ways to speak to kids in a manner that means something to them. But I'm also immature, and I can't help but laugh at the inevitable (I thought) humorous moments that happen. For example, in my last ward, the 4 year old class decided it would be hilarious to end their spoken statement with a really loud "WOOT!" into the microphone. Or there's always watching the 11 year olds whose birthdays were a week too late to get out of doing the primary program, and quite obviously don't want to be there. Or the kid who smacks the kid sitting next to him when he forgets to stand up for the song. There is always humor to be had.

So imagine my surprise when I attended our ward's recent primary program, and it was completely reverent. The kids knew the words to the songs. They obviously wrote their statements themselves (sunbeams saying "I know God gave me talents because I am good at cartwheels, and that makes me happy!"). Everyone stood up on time and sat down on time. Shoot, a ten-year-old even did some of the accompaniment! There was absolutely no moment when a parent would have wanted to sink low in their chair in embarassment. It was flawless. I didn't know that happened - did I enter the Twilight zone? Anyways, I know that if we stay in the ward, my girl will be well cared for in this primary.

So, since I didn't get to laugh at this program, does anyone have a funny primary program moment to share?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Oh yeah...

I just realized I never said that I passed my comps. I passed my comps! Hooray!

Our girl

I do feel bad that I never put any pictures up on the blog anymore. Things have just been so busy, we haven't gotten around to shopping for a new USB cable. But hopefully this makes up for it a little, right?
So that's our little girl. Normally the 3D ultrasound isn't my thing, but it was free & and at our usual hospital, so we figured why not? She was very, very mellow during this ultrasound, but it wasn't too surprising because she seems to be a pretty mellow kid - she doesn't seem to kick or move around very much in general (although she was sure moving after the very loud Native American dance & drumming performance we had at my office earlier this week!). It was really peaceful & fun just to watch her resting, and she looked very comfortable. I also liked seeing some common trends from last time - she still likes to keep her hands near her face, for example. The new discovery was getting to see her face more. I think she definitely has Rob's mouth.
So anyways, that's our girl!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My google addiction has paid off!

I was notorious at my last job for my google addiction. Anyone within earshot of me would ask a random question, and I couldn't help myself: I'd have to look up the answer. Yes, I am in the right profession. I'm certain my daughter won't ask me "why is the grass green" kinds of questions because my response will be "oooh, let's look it up together!" That won't last long. She'll either wait for her dad to get home, or become the least inquisitive girl known to the world.

But for once, my addiction has paid off! My company sent out a "diversity week" quiz, and offered a "prize" to the first three people who could answer the quesitons on it. I assumed this would be some sort of cloth grocery bag with the company name on it left over from environmental week, but hey, I was waiting for someone to call me back, so I took 3 minutes and looked them up. But guess who won a pair of movie tickets? ME! So courtesy of my google addiction, Rob and I are going to get a free date night (which we should definitely take advantage of before we need to worry about babysitters - yikes!). Does anyone have any suggestions on what we should go see?

Friday, November 7, 2008

History (don't worry - 100% non-partisan)

We've all heard Santayana's famous proclamation that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or one of the many variants that have occurred since his statement. And for the most part, I agree with this. The study of history is crucial to understanding the situations we face, as it helps us step away from our current cultural perspective and understand the motivations of others and the consequences of certain decisions. We absolutely need the insight history offers us.

That said, this statement has started to make me cringe because I hear it most frequently in combination with correlations between modern and historical circumstances that don't quite work. I often find problems we face oversimplified and distorted to compare them to past experiences, and once that correllation is made, many people stop examining the current circumstance because they've already made up their mind about these historical events. But while there are similarities, there are also differences that need to be explored. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are not the same as the nazi party or communism, or each other for that matter. The gay marriage movements are not the same as the civil rights movements. The conflict in Darfur is not the same as the Holocaust, nor are the current threats against Israel. Is there relevant insight to be gained from these historic events? Of course. But should they be responded to in the same way? Not necessarily, because there are other factors at play. Certainly we want the perspective that comes from these past events, but we can't just look at the past to make decisions about the future - we need to look at the present circumstances and present motivations of others as well.

*climbs off soapbox*

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Just because it is funny...

Rob found a very funny article on BBC, and I had to pass it along. I've always been amused by funny errors on signs, and this is a particularly funny one. Enjoy!