End of Summer :(

Sep 8, 2013 by

I can’t believe the summer is coming to a close. To not let it pass us by over Labor Day weekend, some friends and I went camping near Jamestown settlement and played at Virginia Beach. I came down later so I could get some writing done since it turns out I didn’t actually start composing my thesis until I was released as Relief Society president. I read a great deal and formed some ideas, but didn’t start the writing process. Things would always come up and I had lead time to do it.  Now I’m essentially in crisis mode because the ultimate deadline is upon me. Some of the content I’m cranking out now isn’t half bad. I just wish I’d left enough time for myself to rewrite and make it good. At this...

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Cher Doesn’t Get the Underwear Concept Anyway...

Jul 7, 2012 by

The singer Cher stirred controversy for her anti-Romney tweet.  The Supreme Court’s healthcare decision mobilized a large number of voters to rally around the not-Obama candidate, Mitt Romney, for his promise to lead the repeal of nationalized healthcare if elected. In just the four hour period following the Supreme Court’s announcement, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised $1 million.   Cher’s concern led her to Twitter to warn her fans. About Obama she wrote: “I Feel if he doesn’t get all his DUCKS IN A ROW we’ll b forced 2 listen 2Uncaring Richy Rich! The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH.”  I’m glad to see that Cher is a concerned citizen. My first reactions: Is anyone forced to listen to the US president? Isn’t Cher white? Is a white man in the White House a problem?...

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Sleeves on the Midnight Blue Dress? Sold...

Jun 11, 2012 by

During my recent visit with my sis in South Carolina, we went shopping.  (She’s holding true to our southern roots, while my current location brings my loyalty into question. However, I do technically live south of Robert E. Lee’s homestead so I’m in the clear.) My role was to entertain the little munchkin while my sister shopped. We make a good team. I like it that way. I enjoy the liberty of shopping whenever I feel like it, so I’m happy to provide my sister the same freedom when I can. I like that we’re close. I’ve almost forgotten her betrayal in the form of getting married when I was a missionary and replacing me behind my back, but that’s a story for another time. Having a little one makes it difficult to shop...

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My Easter Dress, "the underwear" mentioned…again and Mormon Defense...

Apr 6, 2012 by

When my sister and I were little, our Mom made us dresses for Easter every year.We loved them. It was an exciting part of Easter. As we got older, when she was able to provide it, we’d go shopping for them. Those are fun memories. This week, I was at Ross to get a few things now necessary because of  my new move. Of course, I had to browse the dresses. I’ve written before about a more mindful approach to my purchasing behavior. When I saw this dress, I just had to have it. I paused wondering if all the lace dresses I’ve pinned on Pinterest  influenced my want or if I couldn’t have lived without it regardless of my virtual pinboard. Still working on that one. As I went back and forth with how...

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Jenny Oaks Baker Looks Amazing on the Red Carpet, Modesty is So Beautiful...

Feb 13, 2012 by

Jenny Oaks Baker is graceful, talented, beautiful and full of faith. Let’s now add Grammy-nominated to that list. A few years ago I attended a fireside (an infrequent evening Church meeting) in the northern Virginia area for LDS young single adults that featured Jenny. Before she came in, I was disagreeing with a friend who insisted Jenny Oaks Baker has four kids. There’s no way she has four kids, she’s way too young, I told him. What I didn’t say was there’s no way that petite woman has four children. I met her once before for a work event where she played at the New York Historical Society. Turns out, he was right. Part of the fireside included each of her four adorable children playing their instruments. I run into Jenny every now and then...

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