Tuesday, April 28, 2009


We've been cleaning out my Grandma's house the last few weeks since her funeral. I've been able to receive some fun things to remember her by. Here's one of my favorites. They found some old clothes of hers in her cedar chest. This skirt was in there. They said I could have it. I was going to use it for my costume closet but then I tried it on and it fit! Luckily that 50's style pencil skirt is back in. You can't see all the colorful specs in it but it matched my obnoxiously pink jacket I just bought so voila! I have a new outfit. What do you think?

I also scored some of her old china, tablecloths, piano music and books. You'll have to watch the book blog I contribute to as I read through them. (rachelsbooklist.blogspot.com)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Roller Derby

I had my first experience with a roller derby yesterday. The wasatch roller derby group did a benefit derby for diabetes and a company I work for on the side helped sponsor it. They sent me to be the representative at the event. I'm not sure how I lived through the 80's not knowing about roller derbys, but I did...and for those of you who are in the dark on the subject, I will share my newfound knowledge. Apparently roller derby is a sport and people even watch it on tv. 2 teams of roller-skating women fashion a track on the skating rink. 4 girls from each team form a group, and 1 from each team have stars on their helmets and start about 1/2 the track behind. The star skaters have to try and work their way through the group as they go around the track, without getting bumped off, to get points. The group's job is to block the opposite team's star girl from getting through. It is full contact. They go around the track a couple times, hopefully avoiding the people falling and piling up. Then a new group from their team do the same thing. This goes on for an hour! It kind of reminded me of nascar...which I never understood either. Maybe people just come to watch the crashes or maybe to see the alluring costumes they wear. (The women dress up in tank tops, very short skirts, fishnet stockings or long colorful socks and body paint to look menacing). Random!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter

Thanks to my friend Kate and her amazing cooking blog, I got this new crafty idea-Silk-dyed Easter eggs. You use old silk ties (I got some from D.I.) and they turn out awesome! Look at the great designs I got. I was pretty proud of them. You can check out their blog for the tutorial on how we did it at www.ourbestbites.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Patriotic thoughts

Being in Washington D.C. among all the historical sites, seeing different aspects of our government in action gave me a new respect and appreciation for our wonderful country, those who founded it and those that are trying to continue that legacy.

One of my favorite parts of the monuments were the inspirational quotes carved into the stone...famous words, excerpts of speeches, or parts of letters written. These gave more power and strength to the meaning of the monument, meant to honor a great man or the efforts of those that fought in certain wars. It was kind of solemn but also uplifting at the same time. Interesting.

I especially was touched by how many of those quotes contained words of God and His role in creating the country, inspiring its founders, and the humility we should have toward His will in our future. I wish more Americans would appreciate that. It strengthened my testimony at least:)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Washington D.C.

I just got back from my trip to Washington D.C.! It was an amazing whirlwind adventure, full of fun and history. My friend Emily and I had never been before so we decided to plan our vacation during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

D.C. is definitely a place you have to go many times to get to all the things you would like to see and do. Here's what we got to during our stay:

-American History Museum
-mastering the Metro system
-White House and visitor's center
-Museum of Natural History
-Jefferson Memorial
-International Spy Museum (Operation Spy unit)
-Lincoln Memorial
-Swing dancing to live band at Chevy Chase Ballroom
-Washington D.C. temple
-Washington Memorial
-World War II Memorial
-Smithsonian castle
-becoming pro city-walkers
-Korean War Memorial
-Japanese Festival
-Murder Mystery Play at Kennedy Center
-World War I Memorial
-Sunday chamber music at National Gallery of Art
-Cherry Blossom Festival

It was definitely a full 5 days. Mrrrr