Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I'm sensing a theme here ...

Linky (won't work for long)

There are two local news stories listed, then the station's link for people who want to look up archived news.

Headline No. 1: Des Moines Man With Alzeimer's Goes Missing
Headline No. 2: Investigators Search For Missing Grinnell College Student
Headline No. 3: Looking For Something?

Not to make light of someone's distress over a missing family member, but honestly, you have to admit that having those three items together is a little ... odd.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

$200 million Powerball ticket won in Fort Dodge

After church today, I went over to Mom's because she wasn't feeling well enough to go. I asked her if I could do anything for her. She asked me to get her a couple of caffeine-free diet Mt. Dews. At the Kum & Go, I noticed a small piece of paper under the glass on the counter. It was printed on lottery ticket paper and said that a single $200.8 million Powerball ticket was sold at the Kum & Go at Second Avenue North and 22nd Street.


That's the first big Powerball prize in my area, and it's a big one. The information said that the lump sum would be more than $95 million. Even after taxes, that is just a ginormous amount of money.

And yet, I'm relieved that I didn't win. You see, our church doesn't accept tithing on lottery/gambling winnings. If I won a lottery prize and couldn't pay tithing, I wouldn't pass the temple recommend interview - I know one question is based on paying a full tithe. I'm glad this isn't going to be a barrier between me and the temple.

Going to the temple is worth more than $200 million to me. ;-)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Enrichment night fun and Primary dreams

Enrichment night fun
So, last night was Relief Society Enrichment Night. It was sort of a getting to know you get-together. We paired off (choose a piece of paper from a bowl, each had a letter, we paired by letters) and spent a few minutes talking to our partners. Then we introduced our partners and told about what they told us.

We did a craft of decorating small candles. My group used a piece of ribbon around the base of the candle, with a button to cover the place where the ribbon joins, and a sticker with a word like love, believe, create, pray, etc. The other group used beads to decorate their candles. I didn't get to see what they looked like.

We then got into a circle and selected 18 Cheerios each (I think there were 18 of us there). Each person made a statement about themselves. If that statement could not apply to you, you threw one Cheerio into the middle (yes, on the floor).

Some of the statements were, "I've never eaten sauerkraut," "I've eaten brain tacos," "I studied cosmetology in Italy," "I've shaken the hands of two presidents." On the second time around (after the Cheerios were gone), Gail couldn't think of anything, so she asked Donna, who was next, to say hers. Donna said she broke her arm by falling out of a tree when she was 7. That reminded Gail that when she was about 4, she and one of her sisters (Karen?) were in a tree. Her sister was prodding her with a stick, making her go out farther on the limb. The limb broke and Gail fell, but her panties got caught and she was hanging there until she was rescued. I had to raise my hand and say, "I just have to point out that I was nowhere near Donna when she fell out of the tree!" Much laughter ensued. ;-)

Primary dreams
This morning I took a nap after the girls left for school. I had a sort of disturbing dream. I teach the CTR 7-8 class - these kids come into class at ages 6 and 7 and turn 7 and 8 during the year. So, I was dreaming that I was in Primary and to get the kids to be quiet, I gave them copies of the Friend to look at. Then we went to our classroom. There was all kinds of chaos in the hallway, and there was all kinds of furniture in there that didn't belong, and an older girl (I think it was Angela) was playing a stereo very loudly. I kicked her out of the room, but the kids were all hyper and everything. Then Tad Martin from All My Children was there. Apparently one of the kids in my class was his - Thad (Tad's name in the show is Thaddeus). I didn't know whether to pronounce the Th in Thad or say it as Tad. So, someone came to pick up the boy and I wouldn't let him go without his dad's permission.

So, now I'll be going off to work. I know Amanda has Young Women's tonight, but I'm not sure if Cayla has Activity Days. She'll be going to church either way, and if she doesn't have class, we'll work on piano practice. I started teaching her last week and she picked it up pretty quickly. In just one lesson by a very unqualified teacher, she could play the right hand of a simple song all the way through, and play both hands for the first half of the song. I'm impressed. :-D

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Random acts of food disappearance

The sign on the fridge in the lunchroom at work says that food will be thrown out at
5 p.m. on Fridays. I bought a package of Hot Pockets Friday night but
changed my mind about eating them then. I left them in the freezer (at about
7:30 p.m. Friday) to eat Saturday night.

When I went down Saturday night to get them, they were gone. Apparently the
fridge had been cleaned Saturday morning and my food - which had my name on
it - was thrown out. There is another frozen food item in the fridge,

I think the sign on the fridge should be changed to say that people who
leave their food in the fridge do so at the risk of it being randomly thrown

Oh, and this is the same fridge that had a package of strawberries growing mold for a couple of weeks earlier in the year. Obviously, moldy strawberries are more valuable than frozen food.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Can't make up his mind ...

Now Kent says he's leaving for good in October after he gets his disability check. He's got knee surgery coming up on the 25th.

That was his original plan - move to Kentucky to live near his Internet friend and her family: husband and two young children. Then he decided he would go down there and come back here every month to get his checks. He also talked about moving to Florida or Oklahoma because he has Internet friends there.

But now, he says, he's going to Kentucky for good. We'll see. He'll probably change his mind six more times before the end of the month.

And now I'm thinking of what "wild and crazy" thing I can do. Not like moving to be close to Internet friends, but more like traveling or something. I don't know. I feel like the girls and I deserve an adventure. So, I'm keeping an open mind.