I keep getting the same result

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 10:47 PM


on all these personality tests, so I guess it must be right!

You Are An ENFP

The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. And you do break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused

Please, pretty please go take it and tell me what you get! I'm such a fantastically geeky human being and I really do find it very interesting.

Pathetic, perhaps, but true all the same. Now go take the silly quiz and give me all the gory details!


Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 1:30 PM


Halloween is officially "on" around our place.

The first in a week long series of parties was last night - the annual Lyn Rae Ward-ish Area Costume Carnival. It was fun but utterly exhausting for everyone involved (both kids are stone cold passed out as I speak, and if there's any justice in this world they will remain so for at least 2 more hours). Here's the short version:

Devlin - Fun!
- being a cowboy
- meeting lots of other cowboys!
- and a bonus cowgirl!!
(he likes it when things "match")
- cupcakes with carrots on top (actually they were candy pumpkins, but he liked them a lot better when he thought they were carrots)
- seeing his friend Micah, dressed roughly as Lightning McQueen no less
- chips with cheese, also known as nachos
- winning an very large orange balloon

And tears!
- popping said orange balloon (he's still talking about it)

Eve - Fun!
- gummi hamburgers (don't even ask, I've never seen anything so gross-looking in all my born days)
- the fishy pond (upon being informed of her nut allergies, they very kindly replaced her Reese's cup with a string of Mardi Gras beads! Ha! How did they know?)
- the cake walk - she was shockingly cooperative
- the fishy pond, a couple more times
- a costume not dependent on any kind of headgear
- lots of compliments on her hair, shoes, and general appearance
- finding her binky

And tears!
- lots of strangers
- lots of noise
- party beginning at 6 pm, aka piggy bedtime
- very nearly unrecognizable Granny due to wig, makeup, and tall pointy hat

I'm thinking that Halloween with very young children is one of those things where you just take pictures and the years go by, and all you remember are the happy moments captured in the photographs. That's what I'm hoping for. Dev is old enough that he's really enjoying this year a lot, but I get the impression Eve pretty much wishes I'd just put her to bed, sans wings, and let her attack the candy pile in the morning!

One out of two ain't bad, I guess.

Land of the free

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 8:18 PM


Guess I'm voting for Kucinich. Anyone care to join me? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

David also got Kucinich as his best match, although my results were much more dramatic. Kucinich was far and away the closest match for my political beliefs, while David basically came up as a tie between about 5 people. This got us talking.

David is a realist. Rachel is an idealist. (In other breaking news, the sun rose this morning, set this evening, and the earth goes round and round.) David will be voting for the person who most closely matches his political leanings and who he believes to have a viable shot at getting elected. I will be voting for the person with whom I most closely agree, even though he has the proverbial snowball's chance in hell.

David thinks a vote for Kucinich is a "wasted vote". I think it is my ethical duty to vote my conscience.

What about you? Have you chosen a candidate? How did you decide? Did you consider all the options, or do you select from the people you figure will make it to the general election? Do you think your vote counts?

I am grateful that I have this to think about. I'm grateful that I can hold my government to such high standards. I hope that someday people like Dennis Kucinich (and Ron Paul, and Mike Gravel, and Jim Gilmore) are able to really have a shot at getting elected even though they don't have a trillion dollars and the oil companies backing them, but I'm grateful that in the meantime they have an opportunity to speak their mind publicly. I wish more people really did avail themselves of that freedom and speak their minds. I'm hopeful that someday Americans will be spoken of in the media - and among ourselves - as individuals who can hold complex and contradictory beliefs, who cannot be divided neatly along lines of political party, gender, race, or religion. We deserve more than that. We are smarter than that.

At least, I hope we are.

A super vroomy fasty day

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 6:21 PM


It was Devlin's lucky day today.

I am blessed to have:

Truly, the sweetest little boy ever to walk the earth. He makes every day brighter.

A generous extended family who are only too happy to indulge Dev's Cars obsession via toys, apparel, and countless hours of automobile-related playtime.

A husband who shared the highlight of his year, the BMW Ultimate Drive, with Devlin completely of his own volition. Devlin was the only child in attendance and I'm pretty sure he's going to dream tonight about torque, horsepower, and a Roundel on every hubcap.

Don't let the bedbugs bite, Dev.

Two happy pigtails

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 6:36 PM


I'm so, so thankful for Eve. She was happy today.

Two for one

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 7:26 PM


OK, I don't usually blog every day so I missed one. I'll just do 2 things today! I assure you it is *not* a problem, seeing as I am Not Sweating The Small Stuff this week.

It's really been going pretty well. I had a pretty significant relapse in Target yesterday but today I had a new strategy (I'm thinking of marketing it as "Ignore Randomly Screaming Baby and Go About Your Business") and it works really well! In the privacy of my own home, anyway - I don't think I'm quite ready to take it on the road yet.

Here's my two very happy thoughts for the day:

1) David's home! Evie and I picked him up from the airport and then went straight to preschool to get Dev. We spent the whole afternoon together as a family and it was beautiful. 3 sets of chopsticks for Devlin at Pei Wei, one aborted trip to IKEA, 2 very very stinky diapers...

...and this!

A few months ago, my purse was stolen. My favorite purse - the one I picked out for myself for Christmas - my only gift that year. Very sad day for Rachel. Too expensive to replace without some careful planning. Apparently there was a Coach outlet near David's conference this week, and he spotted a very similar specimen on clearance. Of course, being the thoughtful guy that he is, this lovely purse now belongs to me!
I personally think that's enough happy thought to cover two days, but in the spirit of the Pollyanna Challenge I've got another one.

2) Instead of spending my free time whipping myself into an unproductive frenzy imagining all the little still-not-quite-moved-back-in-all-the-way house projects I should be doing, I've decided to actually do some of them!

Stay with me, now.

I made a to-do list on the white board in the kitchen and here's one of the first things I've been able to cross off. A few years ago, my dad anesthetized a photographer, David Spindel, who was a favorite of John Lennon's and took some of the final photos of him before he was assassinated. My dad is also an exceptionally thoughtful sort of fellow, and he managed to get me a couple of personally autographed prints from this guy. They've just been waiting for a frame and the right hangin' spot. Whaddya think? I think they look freakin' fantastic myself, and "frame/hang artwork" looks much better with a big black line through it on my white board!

And that, my friends, concludes our broadcast day. Stay cool - more to come tomorrow!


Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:02 PM


OK, I'm going to let my inner Pollyanna run wild here.

I have challenged myself to blog every day this week about something positive - ONLY something positive. I really believe that what you tell yourself becomes what is, and there's been way too much mental discontent in my life lately.

I don't care if no one reads this, or comments - it's for myself - but maybe one of you will feel inspired to take a few minutes each day this week in your own life and find something small and peaceful and beautiful to be grateful for.

Today, I am blessed to be a member of a choir that meets weekly on the beautiful MCC Red Mountain campus. It's so quiet out here, the air is cleaner, and there are little critters everywhere just running around - like this little rabbit fellow. I always try to get here a couple of minutes early so I can walk slowly to my class and take advantage of the spectacular view.

Lots more good ones to come...stay tuned...I might just keep it up for longer than a week! I have lots of material. :)

One more chance

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 12:45 PM


So, I decided to give this whole "autumn" concept another crack today, and I was not disappointed. David and I took the kids to the zoo and it was positively lovely! I wasn't born yesterday though, and I've been burned before (so to speak). We're not out of the woods yet. But at least this morning - this one glorious, fleeting morning - was pleasant.

I'll take it.

Because the parent:child ratio was 1:1 today, we were
actually able to get photographs. I haven't had to pay full price admission to the zoo in quite awhile, and egad! Caught me off guard. At least I had a coupon for the kids to get in free. We got a good couple of hours out of them before Eve melted down in high style, approximately half of which time was spent deciding which mode of transportation everyone wanted to use (available choices were sling, wagon, Dad's shoulders, and good old fashioned hoofin' it).

Basically all the rest of the time was devoted to the orangutans. They alone were worth the admission price! They act just like people, only it's cute when they have orange hairy jowls, twiggy dreadlocks, and man boobs.

There was a whole family - Grandma is 48 and the oldest living female in the world:

Dad is Mikey and was a little under the weather today, according to his caregivers who happened to be standing right behind us and gave us all the inside scoop:

And Mama Bess with Baby Kasi, who is 2:

Evidently Mikey and Bess are on the outs, so they kept a safe distance from each other. Kasi, on the other hand, is a born entertainer (if perhaps a little challenged in the hair department):

The orangutans are given T-shirts to build nests with at night. Being they are very smart little buggers, Bess saw her caregiver changing her shirt every day and began imitating the behavior:

Baby Kasi gave it a go as well but didn't meet with much success. We were all reminded of Eve trying to put on everyone else's shoes!

The porch sitters were not impressed:

Since we spent so much time observing the Monkeys, we thought it was only fair to pay a visit to the petting zoo to look for a corresponding Piglet. There were, however, no pigs to be found on the premises so we had to satisfy ourselves with riding a tractor and getting attacked by a crotchety old turkey.

Tonight we're headed off to enter David's world-famous key lime pie in the dessert competition at our ward's Elder's Quorum party. Assuming neither of our children plummet to their watery grave in the host's unfenced pool, I'll have lots more pictures to share of that.

Wish us luck!

A Chill in the Air

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 4:23 PM


That's what I *wish* I had felt this morning. It's October 12th today, for anyone who hasn't been paying attention, and I don't know what the official deadline is but in my mind October means AUTUMN. It's cooling off in the morning and at night a bit, but in the middle of the day it's still fairly oppressive. In the 90's today - guess it's no big deal I forgot to pack sweaters!

Here's some photos of my friends and I at Free Farm Day at Superstition Farm, less than 10 miles from my house. My legs still pretty much feel like jelly and my head is pounding from slogging around in the heat, so I don't have much energy left over for pithy captions or anything like that. I'm just thrilled to have made it home with both my children and the camera, thanks very much.

Here's my friend Amber with 3 of our collective children (we had 6 between all of us - oy vey!) waiting in line to get in:

Dev got his face painted - he very decisively asked for a sailboat on his right cheek:

The big kids were very charming and delightful, in spite of the miserable weather conditions:

And here's the house I have chosen to move to in Portland, because I really, truly, honestly do not think I can take this heat another day.

Yes, I realize I am strange. But I just don't care.

Utterly logical

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 7:49 PM


So, Devlin had a little pearl of wisdom for us tonight, shared over strawberry ice cream with gummy bears on top.

"Mom, do you know how you spell Lightning McQueen?"

"How do you think you spell Lightning McQueen, son?"

Long pause.

"E-V-E-D-I-X-O-N-D-E-V-L-I-N -D-I-X-O-N".

Those are all the words he knows how to spell. I think he wanted to impress us.

It worked.

Briefly emerging from my bedroom

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, October 1, 2007 at 1:18 PM


Just long enough to blog a bit. I've been so sick this week, and I'm better but not all the way. Yeesh. So all you get this week is one measly little questionnaire post, courtesy of my friend Briann. I haven't given high school much though, um, since I was there so we'll see if I even remember the answers to most of these!

(Oh, by the way, I am only counting Mesa High, not Xavier, because it's easier and I was only at X. for my freshman year so it still pretty much felt like junior High - in other words, profoundly, excrutiatingly, hideously awful.)

1.Who were your friends? Well, I had lots of groups of friends from all my different classes etc. It's hard to remember anyone particularly except the ones I still talk to, though. But I'll get to them later. How about Michael, Giovanna, Jeff, and Sarah?

2. What sports did you play? The end to my sporting career was precipitated by 2 events: I hurt my hip dancing when I was 14 and it was never the same, and after 8th grade they stopped dividing us according to size and I am what you might call "of slight build". Not much hope in the big bad athletic world at large for a 90-pound discus thrower, now, is there?

3. What kind of car did you drive? I drove a 1987 red Acura Integra coupe. Until I totaled it. Then I mostly rode around in David's CRX with 459,328,672 miles on it.

4. On a Friday nights what were you doing? Boy, what WAS I doing anyway? Hanging around at Essenza coffee house, going to movies...I'm not sure, but it seemed really important while I was doing it!

5. Were you a party animal? Pfffft.

6. Were you considered a flirt? In my strange little way, I think I'd have to say yes. Not the most conventionally attractive girl at school, but I was never wanting male companionship, let's just leave it at that. Gotta work with what you have!

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Choir, choir, choir. Still am!

8. Were you a nerd? No. Smart, yes. Nerd, no.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? No way. What's the point of that?

10. Can you still sing the fight song? Is Carry On our fight song? I can sign that to beat the band, but if that's not the "fight song" then I'm fresh out of ideas.

11. Who was your favorite teacher? Lotz, Mr. Olsen, Mr. Skinner.

13. Name of school? Mesa High, baby.

14. School mascot? The fabled and ferocious Jackrabbit! At least we're not yet ANOTHER bulldog.

15. School Colors? Purple and gold! Do you believe it? Hey, the advantage of never being in style is that no one can tell if you ever go out of style.

16. Rival high school? Westwood, supposedly. Do people really care about this stuff? Don't football games sell enough tickets without us having to contrive rivalries too?

17. Did you go to Prom? All 3 years. Like I said, no slouch in the boy department. Do I get bonus points for marrying the guy I went to Junior and Senior with?

18. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Thanks, but no thanks. I have certain very fond memories, but overall I think I am a much less insane person now. I think I'll stay right where I am.

19. What do you remember most about graduation? Actually, not much. Nothing specific, really. Hmmm.

20. Where did you go for senior skip day? Well, you're assuming I was waiting for an official opportunity to ditch. You'd be wrong there, and I have no idea what I did on Senior Ditch Day. Probably went and ate some yummy food somewhere.

21.Favorite memory? Regional and All-State Choir. It will be hard to ever top that. I'm in a better choir now, but things always make a bigger impression on you when you're younger.

22. Were you in any clubs? Choir, Speech and Debate. Didn't really ever do the whole "club" thing.

23. Where did you go most often for lunch? It seems like we went to AJ's a lot for the 2-slice-and-a-drink combo.

24. Have you gained some weight since then? A bit, then strangely lost it all after having my first baby.

25. Who was your Senior prom date? My husband. Well, he wasn't my husband at Prom, but you know what I mean. Name's David.

26. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion? Surprisingly, I am quite looking forward to it! I think it will be fun. I like myself, I like my life, it will be interesting to see where other people are.

27. Who was your home room teacher? Home room? Seriously, I have no recollection of home room. Honestly.

28. How many fights did you get in? I'm a lover, not a fighter.

29. Who was your high school sweetheart? See previous.

30. Do you still talk to people from high school? Besides the one I live with, I still see lots of people I knew from high school. Too many to list, actually, but mostly people I knew who married each other and stayed in town.

31. Did you win prom queen or king? I cannot tell a lie - I was nominated for Prom Queen, which is to this day one of the most surprising events of my life, but I didn't win. I guess everyone came to their senses after all.

32. Where did you work in high school? I didn't work in high school, except in the summers. Dry cleaners, directory assistance operator - really high powered stuff.

33. What were your grades? They were good, but they should have been better. I didn't try very hard, except at music. Slacker.

34. What was your dress style? gothic/hippie/romantic/comfortable smush. I definitely had a flair for the dramatic.

35. What year did you graduate? 1999