Tuesday, March 31, 2009

So Cool

Cassettes? Tapes?
What is a cassette tape?
Oh, you are so old fashioned!
But we know if you are like us, we have too many
cassette tapes that we can’t part with.
We can transfer your cassette tapes and put an a CD.
$5.00 each
No need to buy new CD’s.
No need to purchase songs on iTunes.
The Larsen boys, with help from their mom, can help you today!
If you are interested let me know, I will forward to them
(dont you love an enterpreneur?)

Happy Birthday Dallin

15 years old!!!!

I can hardly believe it!!!

Amd congrats on the A on your math test :)

Monday, March 30, 2009


Co-ed (or coed) is the shortened adjectival form of "coeducation", and the word co-ed is sometimes also used, in the United States, as a noun to refer to a female student at a coeducational college or university. This usage reflects the historical process by which it was often female pupils who were admitted to schools originally reserved for boys, and thus it was them who were identified with its becoming "coeducational".
The word is also often used to describe a situation in which both genders are integrated in any form (e.g. "The team is co-ed").
Or when one girl is assigned on an all boy team.
Can you pick her out? Does the pink batting helmet give her away?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

John Minore (just another judge?)

Top 5 reason that would prompt someone to put on a bumper sticker for a local judge.
1. We are that close of friends
2. Oh I owe him a favor
3. Cool name
4. He's republican and so am I
5. It will cover up that dent on the bumper and my wife wont see it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

She's 12!!!!

Happy Birthday REM!
Your momma love you!
Your sisters love you!
Your friends love you!
Your aunts and uncles love you!
Your grandma and grandpa love you!
Your cousins love you!
Wow, you are loved!!!!!!!

HCBC Challenge (it's a beauty thing)

The challenge included the HCBC spouses.
First of all: you have all been to husband obedience school and in return for completing the assignment you should not only get an "A" but you are owed a 30 minute massage.
If you are in the top three you should also get lucky.
Thanks for playing!!!!
First place
Most unique color, most manly knuckles (Joe have you been popping them?).
Great job at all 5 fingers!!!!
Second place
Most manly fingers (or gorilla like, love the hair),
The thumb looks great (usually the hardest to get right)

Third place
Pink suits you!!
Pinky feeling a little naked,
but you did wonderful staying in the lines

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Too smart for her own good

CEM - Mom my eyes are so gucky I can't even open them

Mom - oh honey, I think its just allergies

CEM - No I think its because of the pollon in the air

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A new photo collection

I have been carrying my blackberry in my front pocket instead of the "I am an IT dork carrier" on my lefft hip.

While photos of me look better (left hip looks clean and free like the right). The photos being collected are not as good.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring to do's

Dear Jenn Ann.

You should probably put this on on your Spring to do list.


Your fan club

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cheap Trivia

Did you know that there is 293 ways to make change for a dollar bill?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Communicating with your children

My children are away for Spring Break.  I am sure they are not aware how much their mom misses them!  What is entertaining to me is how each child communicates.

CEM:  Daily photos with a "I miss you mom" or "love you mom"

REM: Random one word/two word texts. 

YEAH (in response to my 'are you having fun")
OK (in response to my "how's your day?"

MJM: Facebook status

 "I am going to Joe's Crabshack and later to DISNEYLAND!!!!!Its going to be great!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My trip to Fry's Electronics

Tonight on a trip to Fry's Electronics everything seemed to tickle my fancy. 26 pictures throughout the store. When I got in the lonnnnggggg line (taking 20 of the 26 pictures in the line) I was so amused by this set of cashiers (and how old is he?).
How happy was I that Junior checked me out :)

12 ways to be a better BlackBerry photographer

LONG BUT WORTH IT (Sent to my from a friend who says: "You should have wrote this")

Taking a good photo is really important. It's annoying to send around family and friend pictures that are blurry and pixelated once you open them on a desktop. The latest BlackBerrys have cameras strong enough to take a decent picture, you just need to know how. Here are 12 simple tips to taking a good pic with your BlackBerry.

1. Get CloserWhile you can capture panoramas with your camera, you'll take the best possible photos by getting close to your subject matter. Go ahead and take a few extra steps toward what you're shooting—the images you capture will be much more engaging.

2. Hold SteadyCamera shake is the primary reason for blurry photos, whether you're using a cameraphone or a digital SLR. To capture a crisp, clear image, hold your device with two hands or use one hand to brace your arm. If possible, hold your smartphone on top of a desk or other object to reduce camera shake.

3. Be PatientThere's often a short delay between the moment you depress the shutter button and when a photo is taken. Be sure not to move your device during this time; doing so will result in a blurry image.

4. Use the FlashTaking good photos is easy on a bright clear day, but don't let that keep you from snapping pictures in less-than-ideal conditions. Your BlackBerry camera's built-in flash will even out lighting in partial shade and low-light situations. If you're not sure which setting is best, take multiple snapshots—deleting the ones you don't want from the memory card is simple.

5. Snap Photos as RemindersWhile we typically take pictures in order to put them in an album or post online, you can also use your BlackBerry camera as a way to create visual reminders as you go about your day. Snap pictures of a phone number on a storefront, a restaurant you've been meaning to go to, or a gift you want to purchase at a later date. Shopping and can't decide between two items? Send a photo to your best shopping advisor.reminder photos

6. Stay OrganizedDon't forget to add a descriptive file name to your images; image_0005 won't be of much help when you want to search through your photos. You can also create folders within your BlackBerry to organize your pictures by location, theme, or content.

7. Share Your WorkPhotos are meant to be shared. To get your photos out into the world, download and use one of these mobile applications:MySpaceFacebookFlickrTM

8. Use a Photo EditorDon't worry about composing the perfect image. Smartphones are great for capturing surprising, unexpected moments. Crop your picture, fix shadows, and adjust contrast with the help of a free photo editor. Flickr.com, for example, includes a straightforward image-editing program on the site that will improve your images with just a few button clicks.The photo on the left doesn't capture the car's true color, but with a simple photo editor you can make your images appear just as they should.

9. Experiment with White BalanceThe colors you perceive with your eyes are different than those captured by the sensor in your camera. White balance will help you better re-create what would be considered natural colors. By default, your camera will automatically adjust white balance; however, if you prefer to have more control over your images, select White Balance from the Camera Options menu and choose the option that's closest to the lighting condition you are in. The best way to learn more about white balance is to experiment. Try taking a photo of the same object with different white balance settings.

10. Remove Color—And Add DramaBy switching to black and white or sepia, you'll create a dramatically different feel with your photos. You change your color image to black and white or sepia in the Camera Option menu prior to taking a picture.

11. Tag Your LocationBy enabling geotagging1 from within the Camera Options menu, you automatically embed location information within an image file. With geotagging, you can easily keep track of where you've been. It's a great way to recall locations in vacation photos, and many photo-sharing sites making it easy to discover photos based on geotag data.

12. Increase Image QualityTo get the very best photos, adjust the camera's Image Quality setting to superfine. Increasing image quality increases the file size of a photo, but by using a micro SDTM memory card, you can augment the storage capacity of your smartphone. For detailed information on how to do this, go to the Tips Tricks section of this issue of BlackBerry Connection. [Via] (c) Kyle for BlackBerry Cool, 2009


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gift from Nature

My friend who lives in Northern California sent this great photo. What are the chances that you would wake up to a blocked driveway (missed the house and the car). Excuse #202 for calling in sick.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Arizona Aloha Festival

We finally went! Shaved ice courtesy of the Martin's (Desi you were right the Lilokoi was almost as good as marshmellow) and lunch courtesy of the Tukaufu's (Moki's). And at 76 degrees the weather couldnt have been better!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Liar liar pants on fire

While we were in the car today Brittney declared some silly Mistruth about Jessica.

I turned around and in my sing song voice"liar liar pants on fire" before I can finish with the obvious "hanging from a telephone wire", she blurts out "put your cellphone in the fire".

Yeah she had never heard about hanging from a telephone wire.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The difference 7 years makes

Brittney loves to sing. And I love hearing her sing. There is always a packed house for the Jr High recitals. Where I see her glow and thrive in the new Broadway song she is belting out or a new language she learned in the form of music.

What I don't love is attending the concert with her sibling, 7 years younger. Attention span goes out the window when its a song she doesnt know. And songs that are a foreign language? That is all she wrote.

The difference 7 years makes? Eldest child: Vivace Vocalist. Youngest child: Bored too tears

43 years ago

Mom and Dad got married, Dan was born.

Cheers to all of you (especially David Young)!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dad's doppleganger

So, this statue freaks me out everytime I am at Fry's. (really why do they need an old ceramic guy in the middle of the deli??)

Great photo Ruth!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009


The rack(s) of the day

One two punch

As Claritin has become my best friend, I owe an apology to Dan for everytime he had an allergy attack and I did not give him sympathy. Spring in Arizona may be beautiful, but damn my eyes are killing me!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

We all view the world different

Spring Training, some are entertained by the sports. Me, I am entertained at the man: all dressed up, alone, on his blackberry the whole time.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fashion matches Denistry

Not only is Ginger the coolest dentist ever, check out that awesome green sweater

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


I like Cheetos. Alot in fact. My admiration of Cheetos came from growing up watching my mom making this her snack of choice (a small bag with a diet coke), or a great stress release after a bad client or terrible inventory.

I too love a small bag of cheetos to take that craving salt edge off.

This was all before puffs were invented. And even further before Flamin' Hot Puffs were invented. As much as I like Cheetos, I despise the puffy flaming hot ones. I am convinced these were invented by some mischievous child grown into an adult who wanted to make sure their mother wouldn't steal their snack.

Tonight after a great work out, wanting just a little salty something I open the pantry and find Chester Cheeto I'm a Puff staring at me. That mischievous inventor (and Melody) win again. I'm not touching those things.

And here I sit with my Calorie Free, No Caffeine Diet Creamy Root Beer Hansen's Soda.