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Buyer's Remorse

Here is a list of purchases that I have never regretted (at least not yet; there's always time for regret)
King Size bed (why didn't we buy this sooner?)
50" Plasma TV (Who needs to go to the movies now?)
The Pilot (It may not look pretty, but at least it's not a mini-van!)
Bicycles (They all get used and abused---in a good way)
Bread Maker (Who said making bread was hard?)
A really nice cheese grater (totally worth it, no more grated knuckles)
Here's the list of purchases that I have since come to regret.
Siding through K-Designers (love the siding, but regret falling for the over priced, super-high pressure sales...hence the current the 'No Soliciting' sign on our front door)Rolling Kitchen Island (we only use it to stack crap on, like we need more places for that!)Nearly white carpet (It sure isn't nearly white anymore; more like a rustic, mottled gray)Treadmill and the stepper before that (I will never use exercise equipment at home; when will I ever learn…

My Latest Great Idea!

Okay, this is huge. Are you ready? This idea could change the world. Or at least America. Or at least all the snack lovers out there. You know the chips in the potato chip bag that are folded over? How about a bag of nothing but fold-over chips? I was going to post a picture of said chip, but I, uh, ate it before I had a chance to photograph it. Can you deny that the fold-overs are the best of the possible potato chip experiences? In our house, we all pick through the bag and pull out the fold-overs. Last night, I was fighting with my son over some prime fold-over chips. With a bag full of fold-overs, we wouldn't have to pick through, or fight over, potato chips anymore!

I went to the Lay's website to email my great idea to them, but it turns out they, just like the M&M/Mars people, don't accept ideas from people like me. I guess it has something to do with the idea-submitters wanting a piece of the profit. But I wouldn't want a piece of their profit, just the oppor…

Where am I suppose to shop?

I'm perplexed. Not again, but still. Where should I be shopping for clothes these days? It seems I have two choices: skanky-looking teenager clothes (hee, hee, don't you just love the word "skanky"?) or old lady clothes. By skanky-looking teenager clothes, I'm talking about super-tight shirts that make me look like an overstuffed sausage and teeny, tiny skirts that probably only look good on Barbie dolls. And by old-lady clothes, I'm talking about stuff like sweat shirts with little bears and daises sewn on them.

For the past few years, I've been shopping at Aeropostale a lot, mainly because their stuff is so darn cheap! But lately, I've felt very conspicious amongst the teeny boppers in there. When I went to their website the other day, instead of having links to the 'Women' and 'Men' sections, they have links to the 'Boys' and 'Girls' sections. That just doesn't feel right.

I went to American Eagle two weeks ago; t…

The Utah State Fair: A Poor Man's Disneyland?

Every couple of years or so I get the hankerin' for a good old fashion state fair. It's hard to resist the lure of deep-fried foods, farm animals, and carnies all packed into one convenient location! And did you see that commercial for the deep-fried peanut butter sandwiches? That looked like some serious cutting edge deep-fried cookery that I simply HAD to check out.

As we walked into the fair grounds, the kids looked around with awe and excitement.

Then my oldest exclaimed, "Is this Disneyland?!?"

I paused, and had all these crazy thoughts go through my head when he asked that. If I said yes, then think of all the money we would save! We could go to "Disneyland" every year for only $56.00!. We would save thousands of dollars! Then I imagined the Disneyland conversations the kids would have with their friends over the years and laughed.

"Did you meet Mickey and ride Space Mountain?" their friends would ask.

"Uh, no...we must have missed that. We…

What's the deal with 11 and 12?

I've been helping my son with his counting. For some reason, he's struggling with the number 15; he leaves it out every time. He skips right over it like it never existed. I'm not positive why, but I have a theory. I think it has something to do with 11 and 12. So I try to explain to him how the 10-based number system works. It all makes perfect sense, and is a nice simple pattern of ten sequential numbers repeated over and over.

"So you have 0 through 9, then you start all over again, but add '1' to the front and tack on the word "teen." I tell him. "Ten should really be 'Teen', but oh well, it's close enough. So here, let's try it out: 0,1,2, 3,..9, 10, oh wait, 11? 12? What the heck? They don't conform to the pattern! This makes no sense!"

No wonder he's confused! Why aren't they called oneteen and twoteen?

After we hit 11, he thinks the whole pattern thing was either a trick or a lie...he's not buying it. No…

Spinning ain't Rocket Science

Is operating a stationary bicycle really all that complicated? I mean, doesn't every adult know how they work? The extent of every possible thing you can do on it involves 1)pedaling, then 2) standing or sitting. Oh, and 3) changing the tension. That's pretty much it.

Given that, what's the deal with the Friday spin teacher at my gym? This morning, it took her over 11 minutes to explain how to operate the bike. 11 minutes! And from what I could see, all the people in the class had been in the class before. Even if I'd never been on a bike in my life, I think I could figure it out on my own within a minute or two. Then, after the 11 minute prologue on the bike, after each song, or routine, or whatever they call it, she would give us a long description of what we were going to do next.

"So next (pause) we're going to reach out our right hand (pause) then extend our left hand. (pause) Then when I say (pause) we're going to rise."

You'd think after th…

Strawberry Shortcake

Am I the only one who didn't know that true strawberry shortcake is made with biscuits? I've tried it with sponge cake, angel food cake, and pound cake, but not biscuits...until now. Can I just say, that these are delicious! SOOOO much better than the usual shortcake.

Strawberry Shortcake
(From the New Best Recipe cookbook)
Serves 6
8 C strawberries hulled
6 T sugar

2 C flour
5 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
8 T cold butter
1 egg
1/2 C milk
1 egg white

2 C whipped cream.

1. Place 3 cups of the strawberries in a bowl and crush. Slice the remaining berries and stir into the crushed berries along with the 6 T sugar. Set aside for at least 30 min but no more than 2 hours.
2. Heat oven to 425.
3. In a food processor, mix the flour, 3 T sugar and the baking powder and salt.
4. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
5. Mix the egg with the milk and then pour into the flour/butter mixture. Combine with a rubber sp…

First Day of School

Tuesday was Asher's first official day of Kindergarten.

At the end of class he said, "That was fun mom! It was way better than preschool!"

So based on that comment, I think we can consider it a success.