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I Blog Because I'm Bored

Tonight I am doing a rare mid-week blog because I am bored. I am waiting for the dryer to do what dryer's do best, and dry my linens. I can't go to bed until my bedding emerges dry from the dryer. So I'm up later than I care to be, and I'm blogging.
Juli and I did something unusual this week. We actually wrote our column for next week in advance. We wrote it on "Cat Women," or women who backstab other women in a desperate and shallow attempt to get a man. I had a strange and unexpected experience with it this week, which is where it all spawned from. A girl from my old singles ward "sent the message" to me via a mutual friend that I need to back off Rick (name changed to protect the innocent). According to the girl, she is dating Rick now, and I'm not welcome to be friends with him anymore. My first reaction was, "Wow, she's stupid if she thinks he's going to stop having female friends because he's dating her." I f…

Blogs lost

I keep blogging and my blogs are getting lost somewhere in cyberspace. I don't mean to neglect the blog. But sometimes these things just happen! I also posted about 10 pictures of various events, and they have all been lost as well. But thankfully, just in time for Girls Night Out, the picture blogger bot thing has decided to work again.
This past weekend I joined some very lovely ladies for a big girls night out. We went to the movies and followed that up with ice cream and more fun. Tara was the main organizer behind this great night, and she took "self portraits" with each of the attendees. Below there are a few fun pictures from that night.
I had a funny experience on Sunday. I wish I could put it in my column, but I have it on good authority that the person I would like the most to mock reads the column. So for now, I'll just have to mock people here in the blog.
I recently started attending a new congregation. I am no longer in a singles congregation, a…
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All the lovely girls at Girls Night Out
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Big Grins with Gwen
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"Self Portraits" by Tara.

We Sold Out!

OH MY GOSH!! I just got an email from the bookstore we signed at this weekend- we sold out! And I checked the inventory levels at all the Deseret Bookstores (our biggest retailer in the West) and we've just about nearly sold out at all of their stores!!! In just our first weekend! YEAH!!!!!!!!!
Today our column posts for the first time with a "click to buy" feature. So hopefully all of our wonderful, devoted, amazing readers will click to buy our book, and we'll sell out even more!!!

Conclaves, Catholics, Angels, Demons, and the DaVinci Code

I have recently become intrigued by the procedures by which the new pope will become elected. I guess it have never occurred to me before that Catholics had such a socialist system set up in house for the papal succession. In the past few months I have read both "Angels and Demons," and the "Da Vinci Code." This has lead to a lot of my newly found interest in the conclave and the mysteries surrounding it. For Pope JPII to die just days after I finished "Angels and Demonds," was quite exciting for me. I kept expecting Wolf Blitzer to interrupt the daily news to announce that the Camerlengo has discovered the Pope was poisoned while locked in his secret tower room. But alas, no such drama. Just round the clock TV coverage instead. I did find this article today http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58963-2005Apr16.html "Venerable Papal Tradition: The Very Smoke-Filled Room," in the Washington Post. Its an article filled with hist…

Buy the Book?

Ta dum! It is finally finally official, I am an author. This has been a very fun filled weekend with book signings and family and friends. Juli flew in from Florida, her mother came from Utah, and McBrides came from all around the state for our book signing this weekend. It made this whole experience seem finally real. It was nearly three years ago that we started this process, almost completely on a whim. I had been living with Juli (and Bryan and Cali) for several weeks, while I looked to make a home for myself in Florida. The day before I moved out of Chez Caldwell, I said to Juli, "We're funny. We should write a book." There was never a brilliant plan to get it published. It was mostly just something to do together. So in spite of the fact that we had lived in the same house for quite some time, as soon as I moved out, we wrote a book. We have the free instant messenger and email accounts from Yahoo! to thank for that. It took over a year to write the com…

Happy 35th Anniversary Mom and Dad

Friday night I drove down to Fredneck to take Mom and Dad out for their 35th wedding anniversary. We joined a few of their "couple friends" at a steakhouse. (Its very different going to dinner with married people versus single people. Married people all split up- women on one end, men on the other. So not what singles do.) Dinner was very enjoyable. We told the waitress about the anniversary, and she had the staff come out and sing a happy anniversary song and give them a cake. But Mom wasn't sitting next to Dad. She was sitting next to Kurt Meppen. So the waitresses all sang for Mom and Kurt. It was all very funny. After that Mom and Dad had a little re-creation of their wedding day and served each other the cake. All very cute and fun. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.

In other news, I am happy to announce that my (our) book is finally for sale on Barnes and Noble. (it won't be carried in BN stores) http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry…
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Mom and Dad reliving their wedding day.
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Mom and Kurt Meppen accepting their chocolate cake.
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Maybe this is why they call me the Gun Girl?

Chicago Demo Day

Just got back from the Chicago Demo Day at the Elk Grove Village Police Department. It was a learning experience, to say the least. I traveled with Craig, Rick, and Len to Chicago for the demo. The objective of the trip was to demo the newest Beretta pistol, the Px4 Storm. All who shot it loved it. We also shot the Cx4 Storm (the carbine), and the PD just happened to have one of the old Beretta PM12 submachine guns too. So we had a few items to shoot. I discovered that I may have a little thing for submachine guns. I shot over a hundred rounds through it. I only stopped when the vibration of the gun would cause my hands to shake uncontrollably.
Other highlights of the trip- dinner at my favorite restaurant, Pappadeaux. I had a crawfish appetizer, fried crawfish, and crawfish etoufee. (and maybe i cheated on my diet and had dessert, but no one can prove it)
Unfortunately the resolution of the pictures on the disk was lousy. You can't see how big I am smiling with my PM12…
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A table of ammo and guns. What a pretty sight.
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Erin and the Pm12. Unfortunately the disk with the pictures had horrible resolution. In the real photo you can see how big I am smiling with my machine gun.
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Craig and the Px4.
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Len showing off with the Px4.
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This picture is for Steph. Here is Joby the K9 for Elk Grove PD. He speaks Dutch and is a very friendly dog.