Monday, September 26, 2011

The Blind Date

"Do you want to get together and play spin the bottle?"  That's what it said on the note my husband wrote to ask me out on our blind date.  He thought if he wrote something really obnoxious, I wouldn't want to go out with him.  He'd had a few bad blind dates and really didn't want to add another to his list.  Plus, he was dating someone else.

There was another problem too.  He had a mustache.  I have always had issues with facial hair.  If I had to rate my disgust for it, it would look something like this (with 10 being really gross and 1 being sometimes acceptable):

  1. a well-groomed goatee
  2. a 3-day to 1-week old beard
  3. a well-groomed, short beard
  4. a longer goatee
  5. a short mustache
  6. a medium-sized beard
  7. a mustache on a woman
  8. a long mustache
  9. a love patch
  10. a handlebar mustache
So it's a really lucky thing that I promised my friend I'd go out with him before I read the note.  It's also a good thing he didn't have a handlebar mustache.

We ended up having probably one of the longest blind dates in history, during which we ate at Chick-Fil-A, browsed a bookstore, watched a movie, read short stories out loud, made milkshakes, and went grocery shopping.  A few dates later, he shaved off his mustache--phew.

The bad thing about having a successful blind date is that it makes me want to set other people up on blind dates.  Sad to say, I don't have the talent for it at all.  Either that or the people I set up just happen to avoid me for months afterwards.

Have you had a memorable blind date?  I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


My son working on a scout service project

My oldest son hasn't been very motivated to do his boy scout merit badges lately.  I thought I'd solve the problem by telling him that he wouldn't be able to get his driver's license until after he'd earned his Eagle Scout rank.  After I made this threat, I realized that I had a lot of work to do if I wanted him to finish by the time he's sixteen.  We spent the summer finishing up the personal fitness, personal management, and family life merit badges.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Joseph Smith Play

This is a play about the life of Joseph Smith that I wrote about seven years ago for the youth in our ward.  It is ten pages long and has about eighteen parts.  The cast list is at the end.

Joseph Smith and the Ghosts of Church History
by Rebecca H. Jamison

Act 1 Scene 1

[A church dance:  music is playing and couples are dancing.  Enter Emmett, a popular nerd, and his dance partner, Shoshawna.  They’re doing a disco, break-dance, hip hop thing.  The other dancers gather around Emmett in a circle.   The music should last a minute or less.  When the music ends, a few dancers come up to talk to Emmett.]

Marlow:  Hey, that was some great dancing, Emmett.

Shoshawna:  Yeah, too bad the dance is over.

LeDawn:  We’ve missed you at church lately, Emmett.   Where’ve you been?

Emmett:  Oh, I’ve been kind of busy with my coin collection and [pauses then speaks proudly] my Tae Bo Video.

Bollywood Movies

Bollywood is India's version of Hollywood.  I like to watch Bollywood movies because they're generally clean, optimistic, and original.  Indian standards for movies are very different from American standards.  For example, you'll never see a man kiss a woman in a Bollywood movie.  Kissing is taboo in India.  Sometimes I'm surprised by what they consider appropriate, so it's best to check the ratings before watching.  Bollywood movies include a lot of singing and dancing, kind of like an American musical.  My husband finds the dancing sequences to be annoying, so we sometimes fast-forward through them.

If you're new to Bollywood movies, you might want to start with one that's designed for American audiences.  Bride and Prejudice is the Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice.  Unlike most Bollywood movies, this one is in English, so you won't need to read subtitles.

Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) is the first Bollywood movie I ever saw

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

I don't think I'll ever forget how terrified we all felt on the morning of September 11, 2001.  I wondered if things would ever be the same.  Would my children grow up in peace?  Would our government collapse?  Would my sister, who lives in a group home, be safe?  I wondered about my brother who lived just outside of New York City and my other family members who live near Washington, D.C.

Looking back over the last ten years, I feel blessed that we are as safe as we are today.  I'm very grateful for our military personnel and their families.  They sacrifice so much for my safety.  Because of them and many others, my family lives in peace and security. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

How to Save Some Money

Have you noticed that everything is getting more expensive?  I have.  Even some of the senators are complaining that they can't get by on $174,000 a year.  Maybe it's time for them to make some personal budget cuts like the rest of us.  Here are some of the ways my family has cut our budget lately:

  1. Phones--We looked at our phone bills and cut out every service that wasn't necessary.  I have friends who've switched to cell phone only or internet only to save money.
  2. School Pictures--Last year, I decided to quit paying the school photographer and hire my own--Target.  Using coupons, I saved about $20.  This year, I was the photographer.  The pictures are exactly what I wanted, and it saved me $80.