Monday, April 27, 2009
Haggar is a men's clothing brand. A few months back, the Costco had a big pile of the Haggar Expand-o-matic men's pants. Yes - that is their real name. Neal checked them out. He was amazed! You see, back in his retail days, Haggar made a pant called the Majestic Stretch. It had what looked like a normal waistband, but look under the belt, and on either side. . . . . VOILA! Some elasticity! Gathers and all. Great for old men who want a nice trouser for the office, with the feeling of a sweat-pant under the belt. Well, the Expand-o-matic pants are even BETTER! The elastic band is sewn INTO the waist, instead of all elastic-like on the outside. So, you get all the s-t-r-e-t-c-h without all the gathers. Neal had to get himself a pair. How could you pass up that kind of comfort for only $19.99?
I think he wishes all his pants had the same amazing feature.
Friday, April 24, 2009
My most recent seamstress request was for minor alterations on pants from 2 of Neal's suits. Here's the back-ground: When we were in China, Neal had 2 suits tailor made for a very good price. "For you laydee? Bedy cheap!" But there was a small thing we failed to consider - inevitable weight loss from living in China for a month. Seriously. When I flew in to stay with him for 2 weeks, he looked like he had lost 15 lbs. Naturally, as time went on, the suits soon became a little snug, then graduated to "fat man in a little coat" status. They hung in the closet for a couple of years till Neal's old stand-by suit had finally had enough, and the pants blew out. Neal needed suits, STAT!! Well, the minor alterations took a while, so Neal was relegated to wearing the "Oscar de la Renta."
Let me tell you about Oscar,that old sports coat from the Z.C.M.I. Better Men's Wear department at the Valley Fair Mall. It's a classic. Neal bought it back in 1992 or 1993-ish when he worked at "Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution." Classic houndstooth. You may have seen a picture of it in a recent blog post. Anyway, we often laugh about that old man coat, and it was funny for those weeks when he had no choice but to wear it. Good times.
I was laughing as I used my skills and fixed the pants. My mom, bless her heart, tried. She really tried to teach me to sew, but you can't teach those who aren't willing to learn. I remember well the time in 8th grade when I had to take a mandatory Home Ec. class. In the sewing unit, we were making pillow cases. I was busy clowning around when the teacher, Ms. Nielson, gave us instructions on the construction of our pillow cases. As we sat down to sew, I turned to Kassidy O. and said, "Any idiot can make a pillowcase!" Well, apparently I'm beyond idiot. I took home a D+ worthy attempt that was about 8 inches wide and 3 feet long, with both ends sewn up. My mom is still laughing. I wish I would have saved that project. Something to be proud of.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
There's a guy I've known forever. He was in my older sister's class. We all worked at Ream's together. I went with him to BYU to tour the campus before we both started our freshman year. His name is Brandon Stout. I don't normally post first and last names, but some of the people that read my blog may know him.
My sister just sent me an e-mail about his wife. She's dying of brain cancer. She only has days or weeks left. They have 3 small children. He just lost his job. Their van broke down. So sad. A lot of my sister's friends are trying to help out in any way they can. Check it out on Facebook. It's the Julie Johnson Stout Foundation. I hope the best for them.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I asked, "I thought you wanted to play the guitar?"
She replied, "I might accidentally become a rock star."
Well, we got to live the rock and roll lifestyle while in Seattle. I still have trickles of Kurt Cobain songs swishing in and out of my consciousness. We heard quite a bit of that Nirvana while at the Experience Music Project. I don't think my kids were able to appreciate the whole grunge thing. But I sure had fun at that place. I was able to play drums in a recording studio to my hearts content while my kids plugged their ears. And, I got to learn the power-chords to a Nirvana song - which makes me wonder. . . . if I, a non-guitar player, could learn the rhythm guitar part in less than 5 minutes, how good is that song? How good was that band? I think our visit to that place was more for me than anyone else in our party. Thanks for humoring me, husband and kids.
Me and me girls with our sensible shoes.
Sarah and the Dad, with one of his many checked shirts. That man can't pass up the checks. Man, I love that boy.
Pikes market. Very fun, and very good donuts. I like donuts. Why the serious face, Kate? Did mommy eat all the donuts?
Much of Saturday was spent at the Pacific Science Center. We loved creating energy in the giant hamster wheel. Notice the little boy who fell down, and I just kept going. We have about 10 pictures worth of that kid flopping around in the wheel. I hope his parents weren't watching. Get up, Junior!!
Two perfect teeth in that perfect little mouth. She does the "pirate" face like Kate used to. Ahh, memories.
Here we are, training seagulls to be annoying. The miracle of the seagulls. Just think, those pesky birds saved some of my Mormon ancestors oh, so many years ago. Here we are, doing our small part to thank them. Thanking them with our french fries. And, tricking them with a few lemons.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Speaking of my Mom - she lost her job today. Totally sucks. So, if anyone out there has stamp sets from Stampin' Up! - burn them. Actually, don't, since I have 2 brothers, a sister and a bro in law that still work there. Keeping it in the family. Kind of like Franklin Covey did about 15 years ago. Remember when the whole family/neighborhood worked there? Thank you economy. Thank you.
Monday, April 13, 2009
So funny about wardrobe malfunctions. I think I know where my Sarah is getting it from. My own mother had one of her own this past weekend. She went out the door with a black left shoe, and a brown right shoe. Her little granddaughter noticed. I love her attitude - she said, "I'll just look everybody in the eye and smile when I talk to them. Then, they'll never look down. They'll just think about how nice I am." Dazzled by her smile, I think. It dazzles me every time. It reminds me of the predicament I was in about a year ago, giving a presentation in front of ladies, all while being bra-less. (Missed that story?) I had to tell myself the same thing - just do a really good job, and they won't even notice. . . the 7 months pregnant lady standing up in front of us telling us how to be a good wife. . . and not even wearing a bra. Maybe that's the secret to being a good wife!!
We had a great Easter. Really, we did. To have conference one week, and Easter the next. Does it get much better? Well, Happy Easter to you.
I decided to make some delicious homemade strawberry shortcake. Not the spongy angel food cake kind. The real stuff. It's like the deliciousness they sell at the strawberry shortcake stand at EZ Orchards. Biscuit-like. Very good. Sarah said we were cannibals because we were eating Strawberry Shortcake. Good. I never really liked that smelly doll/cartoon character, or her friends. As I was getting the flour out of the pantry, I dropped it. . . again. After I yelled, "MOTHER MAY I!!!!" Sarah said, "Mom! Did you do a flour-bomb again!" Aptly named. It really is like a bomb. You'd think I would learn not to hold the Tupperware flour container by the lid.
We also did our obligatory dyed easter eggs. Thank you PAAS. Something was missing from the stickers though. They don't have cross ones anymore. That's it. The bunny has won. I remember as a kid, thinking the cross stickers were bad. Crazy, I know. But, I guess as a mormon kid, for some reason we grew up thinking the cross was bad. As kids, we would sabotage each other's beautiful eggs with the cross stickers. "HA HA! Your egg has a cross on it!" Terrible, close-minded little kids we were!
Kate has been sick since Tuesday with some barfies. Poor thing. By Saturday she was at about 75%. I said, "Kate, how do you feel today?" She gave me the thumbs up and said, "I feel destructive!" Sounds like she's back to normal. Remind me to tell you about her accidental rockstar-dom. But, that's it for now.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
But, be warned - don't park in my space. Thanks Maggie's.
Kate had a Doctor's visit today - very exciting considering the free stickers at the end of the visit. She got to have TWO stickers today because she had to have a strep swab. But, she only took one sticker. I asked her why. She said, "There were no girl stickers. Only dirty man stickers." I looked in the sticker-basket. Only Tonka Truck stickers. Those dirty men. I would have LOVED those stickers as a kid. All they had were rainbows and unicorns and smurf stickers back in 1981. Very boring.
Monday, April 6, 2009
So, it's been awhile since Sarah has entertained with her clothing situation. She's growing up you know - 11 yrs old. But then today happened. Sarah was getting ready for school this morning and came into our room just as we were getting up. I was busy getting dressed for my run when she asked me to help her zip her pants. They have a crazy side-zipper thing. It was dark in my room, and I quickly helped her zip them up. They seemed kind of tight and awkward, but she's been growing like a weed, so I figured this was the last time she would wear them. Something wasn't quite right, but I was in a hurry, and she needed to catch the bus.
Fast forward to this afternoon. Sarah gets home from school and says, "Mom. I've got to tell you the most embarrassing thing happened at school today! I was at recess and I looked down and saw my back pockets on the front. Just as I noticed, my friend noticed too! I was wearing my pants backwards ALL DAY UNTIL RECESS!!! Then I realized that's why I had a wedgie all day! I had to tell my teacher and she kept laughing and laughing!" If I would have been her teacher, I would have headed straight for the teacher's lounge (you know, where they have vending machines and fancy stuff like that) and told all the lounging teachers. Sarah's fashion mishaps are legendary!!
She gets it from her dad. Just last night, Neal was dressing the Abster for bed. He says, "These p.j.'s you got out for her are really tight." I look. Yeah, of course they were a little tight. He had shoved her entire leg into the arm hole.
What would I do without these characters?
Friday, April 3, 2009
As far as we can figure, sometime between church on Sunday, and last night, somehow pepperoni got in Sarah's church shoe. Some questions just can't be answered. Personally, I'm a little worried trying to imagine how the heck it happened. It's not like we throw food around. Suran wrap or remote controls maybe (long, funny and slightly embarrassing stories in and of themselves), but not pepperoni.