Wednesday, January 28, 2009


As part of an early birthday presents Mason surprised me with tickets to one of our recently new and favorite artists!  Her name is Adele... she is from Europe - I think she has been around a couple of years or so.  Anyway... we went up to the Murray theatre on a really foggy night this Friday night.  Here we are standing outside the theatre.

*Notice the great clarity of my picture phone - HA!*

When I first heard her voice I was blown away with the crispness of her perfect pitch!  Seriously... listen to her song and you can just hear the control in her voice.  She is so talented.  One of the things I like most about her is her image.  She is darling!!  20 years old - makes me feel ancient.  But when she was on stage she was so cute.

Her confidence is amazing and she was having so much fun out there.  The theatre was full so apparently she is getting pretty popular.  But she was still loving the applause and attention from the audience.  It was refreshing from the normal 'use-to-it' performers.  

It was standing only and we were really close to the stage.  It was great.  This lady kept trying to pick a fight with Mason...  It was kinda funny.  Apparently she thought that her daughter couldn't see through him... what was he suppose to do?  Move?  Haha... He was polite and stepped to the other side of me but the woman was SO offended...  Sorry he existed lady.  Relax.

So if you haven't heard of her, look up some of her songs.  I really like her.  Here's one of her good ones.  She has a lot more mellow ones too... Take a look!

Friday, January 23, 2009

After an afternoon like todays...

Amen. Oh amen. I feel as though I was physically/mentally/emotionally abused this afternoon. Thank goodness for the weekend!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's been too long...

It's nice to have you back guys...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Christmas is OFFICIALLY over...

It's true. We FINALLY took down our decorations yesterday. I have been meaning to post about the 'Lefler' Christmas but I have been waiting to get the pictures back from my brother in law.

So this will be my last Christmas post. Haha. The Lefler's have some awesome traditions so it was really fun to be a part of that this year. They do gag gifts. At Thanksgiving everyone draws a name and they have to do a gag gift for that person. Last year I was really nervous because Mason's oldest brother Adrian had me and I was afraid of what he was going to do. Luckily I got off easy. Well this year Mason's other older brother Bryan had me and I had his wife Tandi.

Just so you know... I was sicker than death this night. About 2 hours prior to this party I was throwing up... so that's why I look absolutely awful - that's how I felt. Anyway... Tandi just had a new baby. She already has two little girls and this new baby was her 3rd. I decided to make her some slippers out of maxi-pads for these reasons:

(This is the insert that went in her shoe box with the slippers)

These slippers are:
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable
* Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

The no more bending over to mop up spills was the greatest feature for her being she has been having a hard time recovering from having the baby and being she always has a new baby in her arms. It was great. So I bought the most obnoxious pads I could find and then decorated them a bit to make them look 'super cute.' Haha... They were a hit! Here they are:

Aren't the bumble bees the perfect touch...? Here is Tandi opening them and me explaining their functions.

Then Mason drew his mom's name. She has been trying to stop eating chocolate for quite some time now. So he decided to help her by using some of his own tactics. They have a household cat named Wedgie and so he decided to disguise some of her chocolates with some secret 'Wedgie rolls' (tootsie rolls) and as shown below some Wedgie Avenue and some Kat Crispy. Yes he went through the cat box and added some of Wedges own person rolls. So Laura (Mason's mom) never knew which chocolates were really chocolates or if they were Wedgie poo... Needless to say the house kinda stunk after his gag gift.

THEN... as if this wasn't enough he decided to give her some shock therapy. He would ask her some questions about chocolate and if she answered positively he would shock her with this game that my brothers gave me for Christmas 2 years ago. (Notice the shock pads on her head)

LASTLY... he made her this hat with a frosted cookie tied to the front for her to wear with her hands tied behind her back to give her some exercise while she is trying to eat it. She actually did say that she no longer desires tootsie rolls. The Wedgie rolls have scared her for life!

Mason's Grandma had him. Mason has been having a hard time figuring out what he wants to do with his career/future. So she gave him a magic 8 balls to help him make the important decisions.

Adrian - Mason's oldest brother had GG (Mason's grandma) and he gave her a hair protector because she complains in the summer if ever anyone is driving in the car with the windows down because it messes up her hair. She should be proud!

Then, as I said, Mason's older brother Bryan drew my name. He gave me a 'mini Mason' that can attach to my arm whenever Mason is at work or with his friends because I hate being alone and am always wanting Mason's attention. So this 'mini Mason' can be carried around with me where ever I go. Thank you Bryan!

And so here he sits on my alarm clock to wish me a good morning each day. I love him!

Oh my 'mini Mason.'

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chi-chi-chi-CHIA PET!!!

Since Christmas vacation I have been growing my very own chia-pet... You know the kind where you just add water and watch them grow??  Well now it's time to trim...

Mason loved that someone at church called him 'Burley' this past Sunday.  He says it's awesome to be called burley.  I might have been offended, but he was honored.  Anyway... it's time for it to come off... and of course:

I got my own fashion show:

Phase 1: "The Burly Man"

Phase 2:  "The Gay Goatie"  (as he called it)

Phase 3: "The Biker" (I almost had him convinced to wear it to work like this the next day)

Phase 4: "The Mexi-stache"

I had almost forgotten what he looked like without a face full of hair.

Ahhh... the simple joys of life - for men.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I just spent $151 at Sconecutters...

Mother @*&$%!!!

Last night Mason and I went to a concert (Marc Broussard = amazing) in Salt Lake. Well Mason works in Sandy so whenever we meet up I always drive up there to meet him from Alpine. It's a normal thing for me to part my car in the empty Lowe's parking lot right next to Sconecutters on 9000 S. Right... I have done it no exaggeration probably 10 times before.

So we take off to the concert and around 11 PM pull into the parking lot to find my car missing - MIA. I know immediately to look for the signs and low and behold there is a stupid little sign in the abandoned parking lot of the 'use-to-be' Lowe's. Grrr.... I call up the number and the guy answers. Here is the conversation as follows:

Man: Hello?
Me: Hello. So where are you located?
Man: Who are you calling for?
Me: Ummm... isn't this the towing company??
Man: Yes. (Dead silence)
Me: Soo... do you have my car?
Man: I don't know.
Me: Well can you check?
Man: What is your car model and year?
Me: '99 Pontiac Sunfire
Man: What color?
Me: White
Man: *lots of background noise* How positive are you that it's the year '99?
Me: Ummm... about 80%...!!! (I thought I knew but then he caused me to doubt my knowledge and so did Mason saying it was a '97)

*So I call my mom who is sleeping and wake her up... She gets all worried and won't give me the straight answer of what year it is until I tell her what is going on*

Me: Yes it's a '99.
Man: Oh well I don't have it.
Me: Great. So what does that mean??
Man: I don't know.
Me: So does that mean it could be stolen?
Man: I don't know. Maybe.
Me: So... should I call the police?
Man: You could.
Me: *Light bulb coming on in my head* Could it possibly be enroute?
Man: It could.
Me: Is there any way you could contact your drivers?
Man: Yes.
Me: Would you do that?
Man: I won't know til they get here if they have it.
Me: You can't call them?
Man: I can.
Me: Soo... could I give you my phone number and you could call me IF it comes in?
Man: *sigh* I guess I could. What's your number?

So I give him my phone number and hang up the phone grumbling. I call my mother to calm her down. About 2 minutes later I get a phone call from the guy and he says that they have my car. I ask him if I can pick it up that night but he says if I pick it up that night it would be $191 but if I wait til tomorrow it would only be $130. So the penny pincher in me wait til today.

I have Mason drop me off at school. Then one of my teacher friends at the school takes me up there. It's an absolute joke and I swear I got robbed. I ended up walking away from that joint short $151. Somehow he found the way to up the price being I hadn't picked my car up for 12 hours since in incident. Angry - yes. Irritated - certainly. It was definatly a colorful afternoon. Words can't explain how those men looked at us as we drove in... GRRRrrrr...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Heart Strings...

I love music. I always have - different types, different styles... Music puts me in moods, enhances my life, and uplifts me. Every once in a while I will come across a song that I will put on repeat and play it OVER and OVER again until I know every word and every layer of sound. Every once in a while there will be a song, and sometimes a singer, who blows my mind with the beauty of the song. It seriously puts me in a trance. I know this is sounding extreme but I have come across two songs that I can't get out of my head.

Beyonce. Now wait a second... I'm not all that obsessed with her hip-hop "If I Were A Boy" stuff. Recently Beyonce was in a movie called Cadillac Records. Cadillac Records tells the story of Chess Records, a music label based in Chicago that was the first to bring Mississippi blues to mainstream music. With Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Etta James on the label, Chess was present for the birth of rock and roll, and the affect these black musicians had on the civil rights movement. Awesome movie... I totally loved it.

Anyway... You probably know Etta James' famous wedding song, "At Last." Well Beyonce plays Etta James in this movie and she is nothing short of amazing. I have never really thought twice about her... But here are two songs that she sings in the movie that absolutely put me into a trance throughout the entire song. Not only is she beautiful, but man has she got a set of lungs. Watch the emotion that just exuberates as she is singing. You go girl.

If only I could sing like this... believe me - I sure do try in my car.

Monday, January 5, 2009

I gave it a try and I liked...!

For some reason in my life I try to avoid the trends that appear suddenly and sweep the nation - aka... High School Musical, the Twilight series, etc. But I was pretty sick over Christmas break and decided to give the Twilight series a go... way after the fact of popularity.

Needless to say it consumed my life for the past 6 days it took me to read. Mason and I went to see the movie, yes he's great for going with me. Obviously the cynic in me thought that the movie was going to be a joke. We both couldn't help but laugh when the first shot of Edward appeared and the girls behind us sighed saying, "Yummy." But it really was good and I have joined the rest of the women in the world by enjoying the serious. I am halfway through the second book. I suppose it's a good thing school has started to get me doing something else with my life.