Thursday, December 31, 2009

Creative Catch Up

I've with held my lastest creations from the abyss of blogspot - because most of them were Christmas presents. Now the cat is out of the bag and I can show them off.

I did 2 table runners
4 pairs of socks
felted bag
2 beanies
1 sweater (almost finished)
1 vest

Figgy Pudding table runner for Phyllis

The other 1/2 of the figgy pudding for Shelby.... one was greens/red/whites the other was brown and light blue....
One of the striped socks .... Phyllis got these
And this beanie I THREW together at the 11th hour for Steve (Shelby's future Mr. )
Figgy pudding from a distance.

.... can anyone tell me how to change the layout to something else besides just plain green? The templates offered by blogspot on not all that exciting....

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

To Frog or Not to Frog

Any one that knows Ben and I knows that we have a soft spot in our hearts for little animals and creatures (as long as they are not venomous or require a stable --- at least at this point in our lives).
Ben's brother Jordan recently left to the MTC - and has gifted us his frogs. We agreed to foster the frogs until sunday when we can hand them off to an unsuspecting extended family member. Jordan hadn't fed them in a week - and they were just in a glass box with rocks and water. Talk about quality of life. So Ben and I got them a bag of crickets (**shivers**) and a plastic log to bounce around on.

They are korean fire belly toads. It is becoming increasingly difficult not to become attached to these little dudes. There are several "CONS" to this decision including crickets (**shivers**) and my house is inches away from becoming a petting zoo.

For christmas Ben got me this cute goldie - his name is Chibbols. He's my favorite so far. Never complains, knocks over the garbage can, takes up my sleeping space, and doesn't even stink. Just makes bubble noises when he's hungry.


This one just got a hair cut and RULES THE WORLD. :) but is the most darling.
This thing needs no explanation.

.... oh yeah.... and Ben :) He is not classified in my 'zoo' but certainly needs to be cared for fed and cleaned up after :) jk .... sorta.

.... all in my one bed room apartment. Sigh....

Sunday, December 20, 2009

How to Get Blood Stains out of Fabric

The title of this entry reflects some of the craziness of the last week or so.

First I want to say that things are really okay. Even though these are tales of madness - we are gearing up for christmas, trying to keep CHRIST in mind, doing crafts, cooking caramels, and poor Ben can't figure out what to get his wife :)

The picture below is a pot of sugar water and lemon peel. Yeah. Ben gets the tick to cook late at night - and earlier this week he wanted to make candied lemon things at like 11:30 at night. I managed to stay up with him until midnight - and had to keep taping him... 'ben you're falling asleep - go check your boiling pot'. And he'd jump up - stir - and fall right back to sleep. When I called it a day - "Ben i'm going to bed - you're asleep.... how are you going to finish this project?"
He looked at me through slits in his eyes and said 'I'll set an alarm' .
The Holy Ghost tried to warn me. As I was laying in bed he was telling me .... Don't leave Ben alone.... he won't wake up'.... but i didn't listen.
At 1 am I was awakened to Ben running this pot out the front door and being surrounded by smoke. Dudes, i'm not kidding. It was so bad. Eyes burning, throat stinging, cough cough cough cough. We would have to run in the house - open a window and run back out again. We put a box fan one of the windows and left them all open all night.
... still a little bit of a smokey smell.
Lesson - Ben now has a cooking curfew of 11pm and GET A FREAKING SMOKE DETECTOR!!


Wednesday night Reggie dug into Ben's backpack and ate an entire box of those chocolate raspberry sticks. Oi. There was 2 days of explosive dog diarrhea and we kept a rented rug doctor on stand by. Thank my lucky stars it happened on my day off.
There are no pictures for this event - for your benefit.
Lesson - Keep all food above waist height.

This mystery has been going on for several months. Ben will randomly get big cuts on the back of his left arm. I tried to show you here - and you can only see the new one - not all the old scars. Whats strange is Ben doesn't remember where/when/how he got these. And they are not just little paper cuts. How can you miss that??

This morning Ben woke up with another cut and I found a large blood stain on the bed! AAAHHH!!! This is what is looks like after Ben spit the heck out of it. It's on the side away from me.... there is nothing sharp on that side of the bed.... What the heck...
The only thing it could be is the zipper on my pillow --- but I"m not convinced that is what it is... It might be a paranormal experience. Whoa.

Google says that blood stains will come out with a tsp of dish soap and a cup of hydrogen peroxide and blot it out - wash in cold and hang to dry. Ben thinks spit works fine.

I'll let you know how it turns it out...

Lesson: Get some red sheets and a library book on ghosts.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Las Vegas Weekend

This weekend Ben had to go to the a pharmacy - residency conference. 30,000 pharmacists at the Venetian - the largest gathering pharmacists in the country.

We were able to get very very cheap plane tickets so I got to come along! We got a hotel room in the wedding chapel district :) and rented this nice little Aveo!

Saturday we got Ben checked in to the conference and did a little walking around 'the strip'. Sharples are not Vegas people. We had top restaurant options around us and what do we pick? IHOP! Eggnog pancakes. High class, huh

We walked from one end to the other and one of the things that Ben was excited about - Trying the 16 differnt sodas from around the world!

Ben's pointing to his winner - the mint spirte.
The coke building.
Good ol' Belaigo.
Sunday morning - Ben's getting ready for the conference! Good Luck Babe!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

To Lt. Fetters and Fam

Dear Fetters:

Saw your post today and shouted for joy that you are all together again. If you were a time zone closer (and I wasn't experiencing swine flu symptoms) we'd be out there catching up.
Which made me think ...what would I put in the car and haul up to Logan (or where ever) to show you. (Like that time we drove our tv and wii gaming system up so we could watch Lt. F. box).


First I would introduce this furry face to baby Maren..
Let Lizzy beat up this face :) .... he doesn't care....
Show you these buttons I'm making for the christmas party on wednesday - for the matches that have made it a year. Button making is fun.
My first flower arrangement - I was in charge of center pieces at the Sharples Thanksgiving dinner. You can keep this one. I have others...
Jake's far well is tomorrow and I wanted to make come cool martha cookies. These are peppermint meringues! However, since mom learned I'm 'infected' - these are deemed to be a bio-hazard. poo.
Ben says any 'sickness would have been cooked out.' So - I'd bring them over.
Also these chocolate WHOOPIE pies :) You can keep all of these :) :) :)
Last but not least....Ben and i get these 'game night games' newsletters - that gives the top 5 games....


We have all but one - So we'd bring this Dominion game...

Finally an official welcome home - please excuse my swine face :)


Love you and miss you guys.
(Ben's been saying 'sucker' a lot lately in honor of Lt. F. and I tell him it's just not the same).

Monday, November 23, 2009

Horses Horses Horses

So. I'm way behind on any kind of blog update. I have been all kinds of crafty but for christmas - I can't blog about christmas presents!!

That means December 26th will be the craftiest post of all time :)

These pictures are - once again - from our cruise. Remember how I said that it was a great vacation and exhausting because we did so much! Hence the million blog posts.

Anyways, while in Mexico we rented and rode horses for 3 hours! Which was a high light for me. There were about 30 people in our group and we all tromped up the mountain side.

This is Ben's horse. It's name in spanish is 2X --- meaning LARGE HORSE. :)
This is looking behind me - you can see Shel, Ben, Phyllis, and Rick way back there.
Not sure how to take a picture of my own horse - Guapo (which means good looking --- so obviously we had commonalities :) and bonded quickly )
This is looking in front of me - Big group!

Jordan and Rick - ready to ride.


....and just for fun - in connection of the horse post and the 2 inches of power that came down last night....

Meg Ryan at her best... reminds me most of Jodi :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

"The Fateful Moment"

Another cruise vacation story...and still on Catalina Island.

As we were walking around the botanical gardens and riding on golf carts (see previous posts) - my brother in law, Jordan, really wanted to try a prickly pear. A fruit that grows off a cactus. These items CAN be found at a local grocery store - but Jordan was determined to find and pick a fresh one.

So we're driving around the streets in our golf cart and spot some off the side of the road - and convinces Ben to jump off and help him find and pick a few.
This is a prickly pear that is ben is holding now...




Here they are, wandering up the hill side in.... THROUGH CACTUS BUSHES......


....find a couple.... and Ben makes the oh-so-smart-decision to carry them down in his shirt.


I like to call this picture..... "THE FATEFUL MOMENT" when Benny realizes that cactus needles are very small, very sharp, and very bothersome. Notice the stance he is taking and where the pricklies from the pear would have landed and wormed their way down through his shirt....



*sigh* It was a rough hour or so. I couldn't touch him the rest of the day or I'd have little needles in my hands and arms. And the clothes were condemned from the rest of the suitcase. The best part - for a week we were picking needles out of areas --- that'd I'd rather not say :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

video
Sharples ride up the hill on Catalina Island in a go cart.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I've lost which day I'm talking about....

So. Still talking about the cruise. I've lost track of what happened which day. :) You'll just have to roll with it.

These pictures are from the botanical garden on Catalina Island - which at the top is the memorial for Mr. William Wrigley (again, the gum guy who bought the island)

Jordan pays tribute to Mr. Wrigley.
I love this picture because it looks like Ben is really working something out in his mind. I also like the colors. "Back in the day" -Catalina island peeps produced beautiful tiles and demonstrated here with the blue and green tiles...
Phyllis and Shelby
Again, the beautiful blue tiles.... and a narnia lion's head.
Candid shots of the fam resting
This is that Wrigley Memorial from a distance - in the building are the pretty tile pieces

Cactus. This is about waist high and was part of the botanical gardens below Mr. Wrigley
More big cactus. Interesting how many different plants there are... and just how many cactuses there are.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Travel Log Day 3 Part 1

Catalina Island, California

I like water. I like boats, swimming, waves, etc. My poor husband doesn't really. He had a sea sick patch on the whole trip (which worked well - ask him if you need one).

To get to Catalina Island, you have to take little boats off the ship to the dock. This is us walking down to the little boat.

I love this picture. Things that give you a sense of size. Being up next to the cruise ship sure does make you feel small..
...you doing alright back there?


Pulling into the dock here... I like the little houses build up on the hill. Catalina lsland was actually bought by Wrigley - like Wrigley Gum. Yeah. really. Mr Wrigley paid big bucks to keep the population size (how many residents- could live there) to a minimum to preserve wild life and such. Very pretty place.
I'm sure that many of these places are rentable summer homes, but by whom.......some one with money.

Not sure what the turkey sign is about. But i'm sure a valuable standard.

Pretty flowers in October
Just a picture of the streets...There were areas that were restricted to residents. I think that's a smart idea ---

Part 2 coming soon - botanical gardens and Wrigley's monument.