Saturday, February 21, 2009

Can you guess... often I cook? 

This is a can of "no stick cooking spray" that Mark and I purchased on our first grocery shopping trip as a married couple. 
That was in April of 2003. 

The can says, "best if used by 02/12/05." I'm a little ashamed to admit that I used it tonight - 4 years and one week past its expiration date. 

But I'm also a little embarrassed that the can is still more than half-full due to total lack of use. 

Now that the date has been noted, I'll be throwing this can away and replacing it with a shiny brand-new one on our next shopping trip. 

Here's to the next 5 1/2 years - may they be filled with many more baked goods, and casseroles, and other dishes that require no-stick spray. 

And, on a more urgent note, here's to hoping that no one gets sick after eating my coffee cake at Sunday School in the morning. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

dance, dance

I took pictures for the Valentine's dance at my sister's school. She let me stand in as her date so that we could get a picture together. 
Although, I must say that her real date was much cuter. 
Watch for more pics coming soon on the photo blog. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


My favorite photos from the Colorado College Scholarship project are up on the photo blog. 
Check them out here

learning to snowboard

We took our nephew, Caden, snowboarding this weekend. 

Mark showed Caden the ropes...

...and he slowly, but surely, got the hang of it. 
We are looking forward to the day when he will keep up with us and are certain it won't be long before he is blowing by us down the mountain. 
I'm no parent, but I believe this is what a child looks like after they have had a good day. Especially considering that this happened before we even left the parking lot! **Smile**

Monday, February 9, 2009

lock up your daughters

I spent the afternoon with a girl who just returned from a trip to Planned Parenthood. 

When she left their office today, they presented her with a "kit." A small parting gift -- if you will -- containing candy, lubricant, and a black condom. Her favorite color. 

Yep. That's a great idea. A sexually active 13-year-old who didn't use a condom last time will certainly remember to be so responsible next time. And when that one condom is gone, she will certainly return to your office to replenish her "stock" for the next time, and the next time, and the next time...

No need to talk to her about self control. Don't even bother telling her that she has value, that she is worth something without giving away sex. And please remember to not mention the STDs that can still be contracted while wearing a condom. 

As long as she lessens her chances of getting pregnant, we're good. 

What the Hell, Planned Parenthood. 
What the Hell.