Aunt Jenny took these pictures of jr. when he was only 3 months old, and I just came across them again. And lest you think we are awful, awful parents, please know that we didn't cut his hair this way-- it just kinda fell out everywhere except the top of his head.
posernoun 1. a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not
I am a poser. Just thought you should know.
At the beginning of high school I was absolutely obsessed with Nike. I had to have everything Nike Nike Nike. I attended a youth conference service project once wearing a Nike outfit, complete with a Nike wristband. While eating lunch I met a guy who later that night got my contact info (don't worry, he was nowhere near as cute as Josh is). We kept in touch for a little while, and later I found out that the reason he had wanted to get to know me better was because I was all 'sporty' and he liked girls who were really into sports.
If you know me at all, you probably know that I hate sports. I am the least coordinated girl in the entire world. No, really.
So anyway, when I got to college, I decided to change my look. I bought me some awesome skater shoes (they were in style in 2000, guys!) and was suddenly obsessed with shopping only at thrift stores. I wore crazy bracelets and lots and lots of colors. I really liked people to notice me because I was 'unique'. I liked the stares I got as I walked around campus. I realized I had succeeded in my objective when I was invited to a punk concert by a couple of similarly-dressed friends I had made. I turned the offer down because I would have no idea what to do if I actually went to a concert like that!
That's what cool punk people do, and I was only a poser.
After I got back from my mission, all my clothes were out of style, and let's be honest, something you buy from D.I. or Savers will only last so long since it's already second-hand. Then it just starts looking gross. So I decided to start dressing in black.
Why black? I'm not exactly sure. Black is slimming. It is classy. As a musician, I often had to wear all black anyway for my performances. But I think I went a little overboard, as always. I would go shopping and come back with more black clothes. Pretty soon I was well-known for wearing black. Then I dyed my hair black.
Yeah... while I was engaged, our bishop confronted me about it. He said he had been concerned about me, and hoped that I would dye my hair a different color before I got married. Once again, people had begun to judge me (and worry about me!) because of my appearance.
You think that the way you look might not matter. But it does! You are how you dress.
Unless, of course, you're a poser like me.
Epilogue: Yes, to this day I'm still a poser... sometimes I still wear my maternity clothes.
"So, let's challenge ourselves to give books. This Christmas, buying gifts for your children's friends? Let your kids choose books for those gifts. For neighbors, friends, teachers, family: give books. You can find $3 books in bookstores (mass market paperbacks or early reader books), or go all the way up to a $30 hardcover for nicer gifts. There are so many to choose from. Let's make it a literary holiday. Get books into people's hands! Flood the earth with stories!"
And the other article talked about how the economic crisis is seriously affecting the publishing of books:
"For anyone who cares about the book publishing industry and wants to do their part, there's one simple action step:
Buy a book this weekend.
Just buy one.
Buy your sister a book instead of a sweater for her birthday; buy your friend who can't even make toast or boil water a beginner's cookbook; buy your company's receptionist a novel you liked because most people probably ignore him/her... and you'll make his/her day.
Buy your holiday gifts now. Instead of a CD for your brother, buy him a book on his favorite recording artist. Instead of going to the library this one week buy the book you were going to read--it might only be a difference of a couple of bucks in the end.
One day this week, make a peanut butter sandwich, skip going out for lunch, and buy a paperback....
...Got a non-reading friend with a birthday? Buy them a book and tell them it's high time they got over it. Or, more kindly, that you're doing it to sponsor your own future writing career. Or blame me if you must; I can take it.
It doesn't matter what. It doesn't have to be a literary fiction hardcover. It could be a $5.99 mass market nutrition guide, a $4.99 young reader chapter book, a Harlequin romance.
Your money will still prevent returns of other books--literary fiction is usually the first to go--and will trickle down to the publishing companies, who will then be more likely to be able to afford to publish unprofitable literary fiction. Even if it's not by your favorite author or your favorite publishing house, your favorites will be indirectly affected."
I think these are some good ideas! Maybe I will try them out...
I hear - the freeway. It kinda sounds like the ocean. It's like beachfront property, but cheaper!
I never - want to go back to work at the job I was doing before I had jr. Never never never never never never never never never never never never.
I wonder - what life after death is like.
I always - clear the dryer lint screen. When I was little my mother told me that once a mommy started a fire because she didn't.
I usually - wear black.
I search - for pants that fit me right. And don't even get me started on maternity pants! Sometimes short people have babies too, you know.
I am not - a cook. My poor husband is a very good sport about it.
I dance - with my baby.
I sing - to my baby. I usually take some tune I know and change the words to "I love you I love you you're cute" or some such silliness. You're a Grand Old Flag works better than you might think.
I wish - I could lose that baby weight...
I dislike - it when people make hateful comments on the internet. Would people act like that if they weren't anonymously writing from the comfort of their own home? How hateful, hurtful, and crude people can be.
I rarely - put pants on my baby. Why wear pants if you don't have to? Especially if you're going to have to wear them for the rest of your life. Enjoy it while you can, jr. Enjoy it while you can.
I cry - about very silly things. Once I cried while watching Saturday's Warrior.
I am not always - excited about jr. growing up. There are so many sad, terrible things that he will have to learn about, and he is so sweet and innocent...
I lose - at Skipbo. But only sometimes. And always on purpose. I mean, how would you feel if your wife kept winning, over and over again? Just doing my duty as a loving wife.
I fear - that something terrible will happen to my family. I know, it's a pessimistic attitude. But I can't help it!
I'm confused - about an old friend who I went to high school with. She has found success and fame in the world, but at what expense? Fame can destroy a person. I only hope it doesn't destroy her.
I need - turkey on Thanksgiving. Ham just doesn't cut it.
I should - eat more vegetables. Blech.
I dream - of writing a book. A good book. I have ideas, but they get so cheesy when I try to do something with them.
I have - never been tagged before. Thanks, Lori :)
I'm having such a hard time getting jr. to eat solids. We've given him squash, peas, carrots, green beans, applesauce and peaches (we started by giving him the vegetables, a new one every 3 days). And more and more he is just closing his mouth and refusing to eat. Even the fruits! Yesterday I put some rice cereal in his peas to improve the taste and it seemed to work the first time, but the second time he didn't want it anymore and then started choking (it was actually very scary!) because it was too thick.
As you can see, more is ending up on his face than in his tummy...
Do you ever get those free magnets in your junk mail? We always save them because hey, they're free! But after a while, our fridge started looking like a big commercial:
Which was very ugly.
So I decided to redecorate the magnets. I used some scrapbooking stuff people had given us, as well as cutting up a bunch of photos and old cards and things. What do you think? Which one is your fave? (click on the photo to see it bigger!)
P.S. Josh did our Halloween header last night. Here's a closeup!