Friday, April 18, 2014

Letter from a Missionary

Picture of the Day for 4/14/2014. I received a letter from my nephew Rob who is serving an LDS mission in the Four Corners region of the country. Currently, he's stationed in Chinle, Arizona which has stunning red rock scenery, but not much else. According to Rob, the one fast food place in town was struck by lightening and boarded up afterwards since according to Navajo superstition, anything struck by lightening is considered to be cursed. 

"So what is so notable about this letter?" you might ask. People get letters from missionaries all the time. Rob has been faithful about sending out a mass email once a week to his email distribution list, but getting him to respond to emails has been next to impossible. I know he's been busy and I've been delighted he's having a fabulous time serving the Navajo people, but it's been a little frustrating. I believe his mother had a word with him. Something to the effect of, "you better write to your Aunt Michelle before she has a seizure." The word was effective because I received this very charming letter which I was delighted to receive. He asked if the letter was going make the blog. Duh!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dandelion Problem

Picture of the Day for 4/13/2014. Hmm...I'm guessing I have an dandelion infestation problem. I'll deal with it later. Sometime in the future. Whenever. Like how I deal with most things in my life.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pan Am Bag

Picture of the Day for 4/12/2014. Do you ever see an item that you've lived your whole life contentedly without owning and then all of a sudden you MUST have it. That happened to me this weekend. I observed an older woman carrying an original (not a reproduction) Pan Am bag and I was overcome with an overwhelming desire to have a Pan Am bag of my own!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Free eBook

Picture of the Day for 4/11/2014. Occasionally I'll download a free book on my Kindle because "hey, free dummy." (I'll explain that quote below. In the meantime, keep reading.) I downloaded this book, Louisiana Longshot, on a whim since the premise appealed to me- a former military operative  is forced to take refuge in a small town in Louisiana and pose as a former beauty queen. I thought it was very entertaining to the point that I ordered the second book in the series for $5.99. Pretty smart move on the author's part to lure you in with a free book to whet your appetite. 

Free Dummy Explanation: A friend and I both loved the following Jack Handy quote and would repeat it if we ever got something for free.

"If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Familiar Character

Picture of the Day for 4/10/2014. I was reading a novel, Free Fall by Chris Grabenstein, on my Kindle when I came across the very familiar name of a friend, Al Hallonquist. It was late at night so at first seeing it made me extremely disoriented since you don't expect to see someone you know leap off the pages of a book. This isn't the first time he's appeared as a cop in a mystery novel. I guess it pays to have a memorable personalty and show up at mystery writer conventions where you mingle with authors! I have showed up at these type of conventions, but apparently I'm not that memorable since I haven't appeared yet in a novel. Can't blame the authors I've met. I guess former group health and benefits consultants who now sell speech therapy workbooks online don't make interesting characters. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Disintegrating Wallet

Picture of the Day for 4/9/2014. Wow, my wallet literally disintegrated in my hands today. Good thing I was able to grab all the pieces before my credit cards went flying all over the store. I've only had this wallet three months! I think this is a sign of poor construction rather than overuse on my part. I'm sad as I'm kind of obsessed with flamingos so I was delighted to find this wallet in the first place. Maybe I'll see what I can find on 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bad Liar

Picture of the Day for 4/8/2014. My great-niece Hayley informed me that her older brother Dane had a girlfriend. This required some follow-up questions. Hayley was doing OK until she described "Debbie" as wearing really short shorts. As Dane met this supposed girlfriend at school, Hayley's big lie fell apart right there. Really short shorts would violate the dress code at Dane's high school I would assume. 

Indeed, Chantal texted me later to confirm that it was indeed a lie. Then we had a conversation about the sad state of Hayley's lying abilities. They need definite improvement and I suggested Hayley get a "lying" mentor to coach her. Something to think about.