Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Relief Society Beauty Pageant Skit

This is a little skit I wrote about ten years ago to encourage the Relief Society sisters in my ward not to compare themselves to each other.

The Relief Society Inner Beauty Pageant
A Skit about How We Don’t Need to Compete

By Rebecca H. Jamison
We welcome you to the ___________ Ward  Inner Beauty Pageant—where the world’s most beautiful and talented women compete for the title, Sister _____________-.  Competing today are women from every Street, Circle, Way, and Avenue in the ward.  So let’s hear it for the Sisters of the _________ Ward.

Since most of our contestants were just too modest to compete in the swimsuit portion of our pageant, we’ve decided to just forgo that part and move on to the celestial living category.  We’ll hear how each sister works toward her goal of Eternal life while we watch her strike elegant poses in her evening wear.

Our first contestant is Sister Snowdrop.  Sister Snowdrop has perfect children who never cause a disturbance in church.  She is working on her 20th generation in her family history.  Sister Snowdrop keeps an immaculate home.  She has memorized the Book of Mark.  She makes wool sweaters for the children in Romania.  And, to top it all off, every month, she takes a homemade goody to the sisters she visit-teaches.  Wow!  Let’s hear it for Sister Snowdrop.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finding Clothes for My Super Tall Daughter

where a hem should end
My daughter is six foot two (188 cm.)  This has posed some challenges in where to find clothing and shoes. Being tall myself, I've heard many times that clothes look better on taller people.  In general, that is probably true.  But your clothes won't look better if your sleeves end before your wrists or the hem of your pants barely reaches your ankles.  (In case you're wondering where the hem of your pants should end, the rule is that your pant's hem should end halfway down the heel of your shoe.)

Many retailers have started making clothes in tall sizes.  Our favorites are Gap, J.C. Penney, and Old Navy.  All of these stores are less expensive--and I would say more fashionable-- than retailers who only stock tall size clothing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Happiness Project

One day, sitting on the bus, Gretchen Rubin realized she probably wasn't as happy as she could be.  It wasn't that she was miserable.  It was just that her life didn't seem to be as joyful as she would have liked.  She had basically everything she ever thought she'd need to be happy--a husband, two children, and a successful career.  Why wasn't she happy?

She decided to spend each month of the coming year setting a specific goal that would hopefully increase her happiness.  She wrote about her experiences in her book The Happiness Project. Her goals included things like reaching out more to her friends, organizing her closet, singing, taking time to play with her children, and spending money.  There were also some challenging intellectual goals.

Since reading the book, I've thought a lot about what makes me happy.  I've even set goals to help myself be happier.  Here are some of my top happiness boosters:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Clueless about Dating Games?

Even before I was married, I was clueless about dating games.  Now that I've been married for seventeen years, I'm really lost.  A few chapters into writing a romance novel, I realized I was somewhat underqualified in reading men's signals.  Fortunately for me, I know how to do research.  Gee, I wish all the information I found had been around when I was dating.

One of the most useful articles for women was an article called "Is He Into You?" by Michael and Tim Burke.  They outline eight ways to tell if a man might be interested in you.  Here's a brief summary of their eight key points:

1.  He can't relax and seems nervous.
2.  He remembers things you've said earlier.
3.  He focuses on you and stays with you.
4.  He uses the word "we" a lot.
5.  He asks questions about possible dating activities like movies or restaurants.
6.  He's happy to go somewhere he usually wouldn't go as long as you go along.
7.  He's nice to your friends.
8.  He introduces you to his friends and his favorite places.

Check out the whole article here: www.match.com/magazine/article/7609/

Another great resource I found was a book called An LDS Girl's Guide to Getting a Date.

This is a little instruction book about how to show a guy you like him without being too desperate.  Here's a hint from the book for you single women out there:  if you like a guy, touch his elbow.  Yes, you heard that right.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sleep: The Best Mother's Day Gift

One of my favorite hobbies is watching my children sleep.  Most children look peaceful and angelic while they sleep.  Some, however, are more amusing.  One of my children was very rebellious about going to bed.

This child would usually fall asleep in very unusual positions after he'd gotten completely worn out playing.  We have a whole album of his sleeping pictures.  I think of it as my reward for putting up with him.  I thought I'd include some of my favorites here.  He really did fall asleep on the stairs.  (The picture is taken from the top of the stairs looking down.)

This snowsuit picture is another example of him just getting worn out.

He hated his toddler bed with a passion and almost never slept in it.  The above picture shows one of the few times he slept in the toddler bed.  He must have been dreaming about wrestling.

Here he is asleep behind his bedroom door.

We have several pictures of him asleep at the dinner table.  There is just something about a good meal that makes a toddler want to go to sleep.