7 about me

October 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm (Fun)

Jen tagged me with this one so here we go. (I could cheat and steal from this list but I won’t.)

  1. About 11 years ago I was diagnosed with “benign positional vertigo”. The room goes all spinny and wobbly and it makes me want to vomit. After about 9 months it went away but every once in awhile, especially if I am over-tired or over-stressed, it comes back. Sleep is really the best thing to cure it.
  2. I can crack my toes. (Kind of like popping your knuckles.) It grosses Mark out.
  3. I am not a morning person – in a “don’t talk to me till I’m out of the shower” kind of way. I’m in my prime around midnight. This does not go over so well with my early-to-bed early-to-rise hubby.
  4. In high school I was convinced I would move to New York City and work for the New York Times. Instead I have to settle for visiting there every few years.
  5. I’m a loud talker, ESPECIALLY when I’m on the phone. Mark is constantly “shushing me”. Sometimes I catch myself, but mostly not.
  6. Being back at my college alma mater last weekend made me remember how much I love learning. Someday I want to finish my master’s degree. Or just take some classes that interest me.
  7. I am less of a control freak today than I was 10 months ago when we started our adoption journey. If it brings nothing else (and I know it will) it was worth the journey just to learn to “Let go and let God”.

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Been here before

February 13, 2008 at 7:39 pm (Fun)

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Snowy Weekend

February 11, 2008 at 7:52 pm (Fun)

We got away this weekend to go up north to the family cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. We had originally planned to do it over President’s Day weekend but last Monday there was a big storm and they got 15" of snow at the cabin which is a rarity.

So we made a last minute decision to go this weekend instead. We spent some time hunting down some appropriate snow gear (us desert rats are ill prepared).

We didn’t know how much snow would still be left by Friday but we loved seeing several inches still on the ground when we arrived. We didn’t spend much time outside as it was late by the time we arrived.

It hit about 18 degrees Friday night but we were snuggly warm – I think that’s the only time in our 14 years of marriage that Mark has slept under an electric blanket.

Saturday morning, however, we realized that we weren’t too smart when we pulled the van up next to the cabin and it was STUCK! Mark spent at least an hour trying to get it out to no avail. So we called our trusty USAA Roadside Assistance (LOVE THEM!) to get a tow truck. Of course by the time he arrived I guess enough snow had melted that he was able to drive it out. Oh well!

We loaded the kids and the sled in the van and headed off to try and find an appropriate sledding area. We really had no idea where we were going but we soon came upon about 2 dozen cars lined up on the side of the road. Didn’t take much to figure out this was the sledding spot. It was a huge area that was really great. There were tons of people out with inner tubes, folding chairs, coolers, little stoves. Us, we didn’t even bring a bottle of water. (Natalie and I resorted to eating the snow πŸ™‚

The kids had a blast. Mark and Noah discovered that the BIG hill was definitely made for inner tubes and NOT plastic sleds as they caught air several times and ended the ride with sore tail bones.




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Things You Never Want to See

January 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm (Fun)

…Your husband wearing your jeans, and they’re loose!

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Enough Said

September 30, 2007 at 8:48 pm (Fun)


If you can’t quite read it, click on it to see it full size.

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Stupid Travel Comments

September 1, 2007 at 9:58 pm (Fun)

We got lighten the mood around here πŸ™‚ Found this today and got some good laughs…

25 "Stupid Traveler Comments" (along with the bemused agents’ unspoken responses). (FULL STORY) By John Frenaye

  • How
    can I leave Baltimore at 8:30 a.m. and get to Chicago at 8:35 a.m. when
    the flight takes an hour? (The plane flies really, really fast.)
  • Do I need to carry on my carry-on bags or can I check them? (Why not check yourself and let the bags have the seat?)
  • When am I going to receive my paper copy of the electronic ticket? (Uhm, what part of the word "electronic" has escaped you?)
  • Well,
    how will they know who I am if all I have is my photo ID? (Uhm …
    ma’am, you forget we have the TSA manning security now.)
  • How
    much is a train to Jamaica? (We are sold out, but if you call Amtrak,
    they have space. Be sure to ask for a seat on the left side of the
    train so you don’t miss the Lost City of Atlantis on the way down.)
  • What language do they speak in England? (Swahili. Would you like to purchase our "Learn Swahili in 10 Easy Steps" manual?)
  • The
    water is murky. I did not come to Jamaica to swim in murky water. (As I
    recall, a Category 4 hurricane just pelted the island and yet you
    insisted that you had to go. Right?)
  • The
    hotel would have been fine but all the employees were speaking Spanish.
    (The next time you are in Mexico, we will order some French-speaking
    Mexicans for your convenience.)
  • Does the water go all the way around this island? (Not on Tuesdays.)
  • Is Canada still the largest state? (They seem to think so.)
  • Is this a wide-body plane? (Yes.) Good, because my mother has a big butt. (I imagine this was followed by a swift upper cut.)
  • Don’t they take American Express? (No, in China they take only French francs, but we still need to get you a visa.)
  • Why do I need to change clothes in Chicago? (Planes, ma’am. Planes. You change planes in Chicago.)
  • Do these stairs go up? (Not this set, sir. The up stairs are on the lower level.)
  • How do they get power to the ship? (Very long extension cords.)
  • Do you know what time the midnight buffet starts? (They are cutting costs, so now it is offered between 4:30 a.m. and 4:35 a.m.)
  • Does it rain in the rain forest?
  • Will the 24-hour cafΓ© be open if I need to get a bite at 6 a.m.? (Ask the woman in line for the midnight buffet.)
  • Where
    is the best spot to watch the fireworks in London on the Fourth of
    July? (Come on, Yank. Just think about this for a nanosecond.)
  • My
    friend told me about a great hotel in Italy and it begins with a "B."
    (I know exactly which one it is. Can I have your credit card please?)
  • I
    am a vegetarian. Do they have vegetables in Kenya? (It is a strange
    thing in Africa, countries with two vowels in their names are
    vegetableless. It is just like some dry counties here in the United States.)
  • I am an advanced beginner rider. (Would that be "beginning to be advanced," or "advanced for beginning"?)
  • Please send a quote for a weeklong Costa Rica package with adventure in the jungle. (One helicopter drop coming up.)
  • Do I need a passport to go to Hawaii? (No, just a clue.)
  • If
    I convert $1,000 to the local currency, how much is it in U.S. dollars?
    (Sir, the Wharton School is on the line for you. They have an opening.)

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Best new brunch place in Seattle

August 5, 2007 at 8:41 pm (Fun)

So if any of you readers live in Seattle, or are visiting, I’ve got a must-stop place.

My very talented friend and cousin-in-law, Stephanie, is co-owner of a great joint called the Georgetown Truck Stop. It is NOT a truck stop. It’s actually a tiny old train station that they’ve converted. Most of the seating is outside.

They’re drawing great reviews so you ought to check it out.


P.S. Stephanie gets partial credit for me and hubby getting together. Steph and I were friends for a whole year before I even realized that she was related to Mark.

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A Plea from my Sister-In-Law

July 28, 2007 at 11:55 am (Fun)

My brother Phil and his wife Tricia have entered a local radio station’s "Dream Garage Giveaway" and are asking for help recruiting the votes. Here is her plea…

As you may know, we squeezed our two households into 1500
square feet in Davis.  Our garage is a nightmare, since that’s where
the overflow goes.  We would love your help to change our storage
nightmare into a beautifully organized garage!  We recently entered a
contest to win a Garage Makeover from a local radio station: KFBK.  We
submitted a photo and a 50-word essay on why we should get a makeover. 

Two full households
combined, five bicycles, skis, food, wrapping paper, souvenirs, tools, vases,
kitchen appliances, camping gear, a dog kennel, Christmas decorations, teaching
supplies, and the occasional mouse makes one FRIGHTENING GARAGE!  No
journey into it occurs without some loathing and fear of collapsing
piles.  Please, please help us!


Tricia is a little bit like me in the whole anal retentive organizing area – she alphabetizes her canned goods for goodness sake! (I mean that with all the love Trish πŸ™‚ So I can totally identify with how crazy this must drive her.

So if you’d please take a few minutes and vote for them it would be great. Note it does send you an email that you have to click on the link to actually verify your vote. Feel free to forward along to others who might vote for them – all in the name of marital happiness πŸ™‚ They announce the winner on Wednesday so get your vote in soon.

To vote: 

  1. Go directly to http://www.kfbk.com/pages/voting_dreamGarage.html
  2. Scroll down to T. Rhodes and click on it to vote for
  3. You will then receive an e-mail to verify your
  4. You just need to click on the link and your vote is

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Girls Night Out!

July 21, 2007 at 5:05 pm (Fun)

Last night a bunch of ladies from church went and saw Hairspray (for which I’m sure my husband is thankful because that meant he didn’t have to go). Brooke organized the whole thing and we had a blast.

There’s something about a musical that makes you leave the theatre happy and humming a tune. No matter how much I enjoy an action flick, or a good chick flick, there is definitely something different about a musical.

I’ve been lucky enough to see Hairspray on stage twice – once at ASU Gammage w/ Stacey and once on Broadway with my SIL Jen. The movie was just as much fun and stayed pretty true to the story. And John Travolta in a fat suit was just hysterical! All the cast did an awesome job.

So if you’re in the mood for something fun to do, head to the theatre.

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My New ‘Do

July 10, 2007 at 9:00 pm (Fun)

I got my hair makeover today! Yeah! I’ve have been wallowing in hair unhappiness for quite awhile. Growing out an old short hairstyle, growing out my bangs (why did I bother) and putting up with lovely roots while I tried to decide what to do with my hair.

I knew I wanted to go with one all over color because my hope was that I could learn to do it myself and save myself several hundred dollars a year. I briefly contemplated going blonde since, with my highlights, my hair was pretty light (at least on top) and I’ve never been blonde. But in the end I decided to go back to a darker brown.

I am fortunate enough to have an AWESOME friend who is a hairstylist (though now a SAHM). I cajolled her into helping me figure out the right color for my hair and to show me how to do it without turning my hair orange. (Don’t laugh, it’s been done – TWICE!)

She also gave me a ROCKIN’ hairstyle that was EXACTLY what I wanted and was even longer than I thought it might end up when trying to blend the growing-out layers.

My daughter (who was there) seems to not really have an opinion.

My 7 yr old son (when I picked him up) glanced at my hair, promptly crossed his arms across his chest and gave me a VERY disapproving look. He does not like change.

Hubby somehow managed to avoid giving his opinion and instead asked the kids what they thought.  He doesn’t like to weigh in on hair issues πŸ™‚

So here is the new do. I realize to those of you that only know me in the blog world it really doesn’t look much different than my profile picture. But that was like 2 years old.

JEN – Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Photography by Noah (7)

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