Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Get some while it lasts!

Sunshine, that is. It is such a beautiful day today that we spent much of it outside. We went for a walk up to the park before heading to the grocery store for a few things. As predicted, Seth fell asleep in the stroller on the way back and settled into blissful sleep in his crib when we got home.

I took the opportunity to do some yard work since daylight is precious this time of year. It's been awhile since I got out and played in the dirt, so I almost forgot how much I love the smell of it. I cleaned up some leaves, trimmed off the peonies, lilies and hydrangeas and I gave the herbs a haircut. I came in the house smelling of a mixture of sage, lemon thyme, oregano and mint...yum! So things are pretty much ready to hybernate for the winter. The last thing I did was plant 120 tulip and crocus bulbs - we're in for a treat next spring!

I was tagged for the "6-things-you-may-not-know-about-me" game. Most of my family and some friends may already know some of these, but here goes anyway:

1. I don't have any cavities. It's probably a combination of genetics and those cute little pink flouride pills we used to chew when I was a kid. Consequently, I'm a "teeth person"...that is, teeth are one of the first things I notice about a person. Show me those pearly whites!

2. I was in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1991 as a senior in high school. No, I wasn't parade royalty, contrary to popular belief, but I was in the Wyoming High School All-State Marching Band. The Wyoming centennial was the year before, so our band performed all around the state during the summer with the culminating event being the big 9-mile march down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. We wore white pants, red and blue tops and white cowboy hats, and we called ourselves the marching Pepsi cans. I played piccolo, and every now and then I find myself humming "The Magnificent Seven" or "Ghostrider."

3. I'm a bit of a grammar, punctuation and spelling snob. Not that I'm immune to committing sins of the English language, but I cringe when I see apostrophes used incorrectly, or I want to slip in a comma when I spot a compound sentence without one. There is a cafe by my office and it advertises "sandwiche's" and "pastrie's". Ugh! If you're with me on this, read the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves. You'll love it. Before I went to kindergarten, I used to take the TV guide and color in every "a" in the whole thing...then move to the "b" and so on. I was in tears when I came home from my first day of kindergarten because I didn't have any homework. I wanted to be just like my big brother and sisters!

4. I won 6th place in the state 4-H Fashion Review for modeling a dress I made to wear at my sister's wedding. Although now most times I wish the "What Not to Wear" people would stage an intervention, I did know how to "work it," as they say! I was in 4-H for 9 years and learned so much that prepared me for life. We didn't have animals so I participated in the gardening, sewing, cooking and other myriads of domestic fields. I know, marching band and 4-H??? There's not much else to do in Wyoming...so we have fun our own way!

5. I'm a closet country music fan. It mostly comes out in the summer. Maybe because of Independence Day, baseball season and family reunions, but I almost feel more patriotic when I listen to it.

6. I love college football - it's my favorite sport to watch. The day Matt and I were married was the Friday before Thanksgiving. The next day was the big BYU vs. U of U football game and we were going to be in Salt Lake, so I asked Matt if we would be able to go. We ended up not going, but the moment I asked the question, Matt knew he'd found the girl of his dreams!

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Agnes Minerva said...

Ooh, I have a great book for you! It's called "Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies" ... seriously! My copy's in storage, but I'll totally pull it out if you want to borrow it :)

Cute photos of Seth at the park, too!

Silly Little White Girls said...

This is Kelsie, Rob's wife. Your Seth is a cutie--they grow up so fast! And, thanks for your bit on grammar and punctuation. I admit that I'm a nerdy English teacher but, among other things, apostrophes in the wrong places (yesterday I saw "thank's" at a restaurant) drive me crazy. Whenever I see a sign or get an advertisement in the mail with mistakes, I want to write a letter or send back the advertisement with corrections in big red marker. I've yet to do that, but some day I will and I know it will make me feel better! :)