Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Birthday to My Big Little Sister


I have an amazing sister and it's her birthday today! I'll never forget being 10 years old and an oldest sister to three younger brothers. I was beyond thrilled to hear that I FINALLY had a sister. I was married by the time she was 10 and it seemed that, even though I loved her dearly, our lives became separate. Luckily that was not the case. She spent summers and other vacations at our house in Nevada and eventually came to live with us. She lived with us for three years before she got married and settled right here in town! I never thought we would have kids at the same time but, as luck would have it, we have two each that are about the same age. I have so many memories with her and we have so much fun together. She is so great and I don't know what I would do without her. I am "seriously so blessed" to have her in my life. Happy Birthday Natalie!

(Visit Natalie's blog to wish her happy birthday.)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Memories

I retrieved this from my mom, Linda's blog....here is a fun little game...Leave a comment on my blog of a memory that you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you've known me for a short time or a long time--anything you can remember! Next re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory of you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you....Don't be shy, this will be fun!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Playing Catch-Up




Since I've been neglecting Bloggerdom and the captivating history of the Elison family has been interrupted, I am hoping to make more of an effort. But I also have to go back in time--in no particular order--to document the gems of the past few months.

Waaaaay back in May, Savannah and Sage had their Spring Orchestra Concert. It was excellent--even though I only saw Sage's class perform due to the fact that I had to whisk Sage off to her dance recital (post to come) immediately after her performance. Fortunately, Eric recorded Savannah's class and I was able to listen to it afterwards. And though it's not the same as being there in person, it was very well done. Great job girls!


And now Savannah moves on to orchestra at Green Valley High School (help!) and Sage advances to the Advanced Orchestra at Greenspun Junior High. And we can double the amount of concerts we attend next year. Yay!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

$120.00

What will $120.00 buy you?

- a new very soft and beautiful comforter/bedskirt/pillow sham set at Costco
- manicures and pedicures for two very deserving girls and their mother/sister
- a night out on the town including dinner, a movie, and a babysitter
- gas for a week and a half
- two new rugs for my living room and entry way
- a fall wardrobe for Haven (or two shirts and a pair of pants for the big girls)

OR

$120.00 will pay for a locksmith to come to your house (in well over the promised 20 minutes--but this also gave us a $15.00 discount) and unlock your very stylish 2005 Chrysler Town & Country Mini-Van because you locked BOTH sets of keys inside.

What did I learn? Well, I learned that it is not a good idea to leave my purse in the car (especially when it has two sets of keys in it). I learned that I should never assume that I know where my set of keys is unless I am looking right at it. I learned that (as Eric often tells me) the key box does have a purpose and it is a good idea to utilize it. I learned that these things NEVER happen at a good time but usually occur when you have something to do or somewhere to be. And finally, I learned--again--that I am married to a very patient man who often forgoes the opportunity to say, "I told you so," even when he deserves to.

Way to Go, Odd One

Odd Hours (Odd Thomas Novel, Book 4) Odd Hours by Dean Koontz


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I put off reading the fourth and most recent Odd book because I knew I would be sad to say goodbye to him for a while. And I was right. I miss him already. And while this was not my favorite, it was a solid hit. The story was suspenseful and mostly satisfying. But it is Odd that I really love. This was a difficult journey for him because so much violence was necessary at his hand. It was interesting seeing him struggle with perpetuating the greater good through violence. He needs a serious vacation! A couple of times I thought I was reading an episode of 24. There were some situations in this one that weren't fully clarified for me (it was very early in the morning when I finished it and it's possible I missed something!). Just some loose ends that I thought would be explained but that weren't--at least not completely.

Since I met him, I've loved Odd's perspective of his "gift." He recognizes it as a gift even though it is the source of most of his problems. He not only accepts it as part of who he is, but even arranges his life so as to accommodate it. And he doesn't just accommodate it, but feels obligated to honor it.

I also love that Odd doesn't understand everything and doesn't pretend to. But he also accepts that he doesn't understand everything. Or accepts that he doesn't need to have to understand everything in order to believe that there are good forces and evil forces and that he is for the good.

Of course it goes without saying that Odd has a little insight into the world of death. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't feel loss and its effects. In Odd Hours he met Birdie Hopkins. While discussing the loss of her husband and death of a loved one in general he said: "The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life." Thank you, Odd.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

Fill in the Blank


Okay. I finally have the wall I've been wanting in my entryway for SO many years (thank you Eric and everyone else who helped). Now what? I do not possess the decorating gene. I do have some ideas, I'm just not talented enough to take an idea and make it a reality. My style is more along the lines of staring at the blank wall until I become comfortable with just leaving it blank. So I ask again, now what?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Chronicles of Prydain - Book 1

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain) The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander


My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
I did enjoy this book. My enjoyment, however, did not extend to "love." There are some intriguing characters (a big thing for me) and I plan to continue with the series. I think that my main problem is that I found myself comparing it to the very compelling Belgariad series by David Eddings. I wanted it to achieve those same heights and was disappointed about that. Taran and especially Eilonwy are promising characters with a lot of room for growth and acts of heroism. Hopefully my opinion will improve as I continue on.


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Friday, July 4, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Significance of 100 Posts Is....?


I've seen all kinds of creativity when it comes to bloggers' 100th post. Giveaways, lists of 100 amazing things about that person, summaries of the past 100 posts, etc. The fact is, my life being what it is today, if I do any of these things I will likely never get around to publishing that 100th post and my blog will fade into oblivion at post 99. So, in honor of my 100th post I would like to promise a future giveaway (when I have the time to come up with something clever and/or desirable). I would also like to promise never to list 100 of anything as I can barely count to 100 let alone think of 100 interesting somethings. And there will be no summary. If there is anything in the past that you are curious about, it is documented and easily retrievable for your viewing pleasure. I will, however, try to do a better job of keeping track of the significant happenings here in the Elison household. This is for those of you who enjoy a certain amount of consistency in your blog readings and for my own posterity.

So--Happy 100th Post to Me!

P.S. I borrowed the above picture from Chelley. I don't know Chelley but her very cute cupcake came up in google images and suited my needs perfectly. But she must be some sort of amazing cook because my mouth is now watering after checking out her site.

Books Aren't Just for Reading

Book City by Haven Elison


Of course I warned the architect of "Book City" that it was not a permanent establishment. Of course the architect assured me that "Book City" would be cleaned up to my satisfaction as soon as I needed it to be. And of course the ruins of "Book City" cluttered the house while the architect weeped and wailed and gnashed her teeth and told me that it was "impossible" and "way too hard" to EVER clean up "Book City." As cute as "Book City" was and as adorable as its architect still is, I'm afraid it will remain one of those ancient cities of which they tell myths--never to find existence again.