Strictly business

I have been extra blog-busy this week, and I’m not sure why that is, but I plan to settle back down into my normal routine soon.  (The one where I actually spend a little bit more time in real life putting away laundry and loading the dishwasher and stuff.)  Anyway, there were just a few announcement-like things I wanted to communicate.

  1. For those of  you who participated in the general conference meme and want to take the challenge to write up your “fake conference talk” based on question #10, the deadline will be the end of October.  If you can do it sooner, great.  I’ll start posting them as I get them (Give me some time for editing and spacing them out a little).  Just write between 500-1,000 words and remember to include some quotes from conference or scriptures.  You can email your talks to me at or send me any questions you might have in the meantime.
  2. The transcripts for the General Conference talks are now all posted online.  Yay!  They also have this awesome tool available called “Study Notebook,” where you can sign in and take notes on the talks– you can highlight them, write notes in the margins, etc., and save it all.  Very, very cool.  And just in case I didn’t make this clear enough before, I would love to have ANY of you join in on the General Conference Book Club (see here).  Invite your friends, neighbors, enemies (the nice ones), whomever.  We’ll start with our first talk this coming week.
  3. Speaking of conference, I had a 2-line moment of glory in this article at  Scroll all the way to the bottom.  They totally saved the best for last, don’t you think?
  4. I feel much better today.  I bore my soul to Matt at lunch today.  He said nice things like “Don’t be a mental case.  I need you to be the sane one.”  He really did say that, but he said nice things too.  He’s right, you know.   We moms need to pull it together and step forward, not just because people need us, but because we feel so much better when we act with confidence.  He wants me to do P90x with him.  (It’s some kind of exercise program that makes you wish you’d never been born.)  Start saving money now to attend my funeral that I predict will occur in less than 90 days.  And for the record, I would like you to bring chocolate to my funeral in lieu of flowers.
  5. If you are a mom of boys and you’re trying to think of a way to be the coolest mom on the block without having to do much, I have a tip.  You should invite a bunch of neighborhood kids over to your house next Friday for a “How to Train Your Dragon” DVD release party.  Seriously, throw in some pizza and a couple snacks and suddenly your sons think you walk on water or something.  If you really want to try it, let me know and I’ll email you the invitations I already made.  Obviously you have to change the address to your own house because I’m not that cool.

And just a little something to inspire you:

Young people, do not seek happiness in the glittering but shallow things of the world. We cannot achieve lasting happiness by pursuing the wrong things. . . . Happiness and joy come from what a person is, not from what he or she possesses or appears to be. -Elder Dallin H. Oaks.

Is it just me, or do you think he was probably talking about those jeans I saw at parent-teacher conference? 🙂

Have a great weekend.


18 thoughts on “Strictly business

  1. Hey congrats on famedom! 🙂 I mean, not that you find happiness in that kind of glittery mention type stuff or anything! 😉 Great job…looking forward to participating in your book club!

  2. Stephanie– Although it was one line today, I predict you will be the next famous LDS “Stephanie” AUTHOR.Your humor and writing style remind me of a modern-day Erma Bombeck. I am not kidding–you can count on being published. Miss you min Minnesota! Charla

  3. I’m pretty sure getting put on = You Have Arrived! 🙂 WTG! So proud of you!

    As for the P90X thingie… if you want to feel better, My husband has decided this is the plan to make him all ripped like he was when he was a marine. I hate to break it to him, he was all studly in his Dress Blues and all (I mean why else would I have married the lug other than extreme yumminess in Blues and really? Can anyone NOT be yummy in their Blues?) but he was never what I would refer to as “ripped”. There was that time he came home from about 8 months in Okie and I outweighed him for three days (It’s a wonder what dropping a baby will do for your waistline)… but he still wasn’t “ripped”.

    I have a sneaky suspicion he wants me to do P90X with him. So my question to you is, would you like to have a joint funeral? Or at least a buddy to sneak out for a milkshake with? And by milkshake I mean Eduardo the Massage Therapist. And maybe a milkshake.

  4. Laughed out loud at what your husband said. Such loving support in your time of need. 🙂

    Your GCBC is such an awesome idea, I’m so glad it got mentioned. And yeah, too bad they didn’t link up!!

  5. I want to do the GCBC this time, awesome! 🙂

    I love what Matt said… sounds like my Zeke.

    I am 1000% certain that Dallin H. Oakes’ quote was MOST definitely about those jeans!

    Happy Friday, thanks for making me laugh.

  6. That is a fantastic idea about the movie. I think I might have to plan something, considering my sister and her family are coming to visit me. I am glad that you are having a better day.

  7. Stephanie I just discovered your blog and LOVE it! You are amazing. Love your last quote. Fits perfect. Glad you’re also my neighbor. 🙂

  8. Congrats on the quote on I think what you are doing to encourage us all to study these talks every week is such a great thing. Thank you.

    I loved How To Train Your Dragon and can’t wait to get it–my kids loved it (and they are all over 19 ; )

    Yes, I think Elder Oaks was referencing those jeans ; )

  9. Matt cracks me up. “I need you to be the sane one…”
    I think talking to Matt was the best thing you could have done. Even ebtter if he hates those glitter bum jeans.

  10. Thanks for the heads up on the conference talks and the tool to use! I never would have found that myself. And we definitely have plans for a Dragon party. 🙂

  11. As I was watching your video the other day I was thinking how good you looked, and even wrote it in my comments but then deleted it because I thought it would sound really creepy.
    You are hilarious! Love the quote in reference to the jeans. ha ha.
    And so true that we need to be the sane ones. So hard sometimes.

  12. Congratulations on your new-found fame! Truly, that is exciting. And amen to the jeans comments – there are certain places glitter just doesn’t belong.

    I’m looking forward to joining you in GCBC again. Thanks so much for doing this!

  13. Yikes, be careful with the P90X. A RN who used to be in my ward told me about a woman who had to go the hospital because of that program. But I’ve also heard that others have success with it…

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