Saturday, August 29, 2009

Twice in One WEek

My Dad had two articles featured about him yesterday!

LDS Living and BYU Studies highlighted his paper "The Martin Handcart Company at the Sweetwater: Another Look" which addresses some of the common myths of the rescue, including the number of boys, their ages, their supposed deaths the next morning, and their receiving exaltation. It's a wonderful paper that's worth a read and is a great study resource for tomorrows Sunday School lesson.

"It is by no means improbable that some future textbook... will contain a question something like this: What historical American of the nineteenth century has exerted the most powerful influence upon the destinies of his countrymen? And it is by no means impossible that the answer to that interrogatory may be thus written: Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet." Josiah Quincy Jr. (quoted in Joseph Smith's America)

As many of your know, he spoke at education week and his final class focused on this statement made by Josiah Quincy Jr. and some of the great accomplishments that Jospeh Smith made that lead Josiah Quincy years after meeting the prophet to utter these words. His presentation about Joseph Smith as the most 'Influential Man of the 19th Century.' was written up in Friday's edition of Mormon Times. If you haven't ever checked out his book, Joseph Smith's America

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Located in the Salisbury plains on the River Avon in Whiltshire, England, Amesbury is famous for one of England's best known monuments--Stonehenge, the Amesbury Archer--the largest Bronze Age burial site, and as the convent where according to Authurian legend Guinevere retired after leaving Arthur. The Beatles also stayed in Amesbury during part of the filming of "Help."
Amesbury Archer

I know why all of you are wondering why I'm giving a history of "Amesbury" but it stems from a conversation I had with my mom a couple of days ago and my use of "Amesbury" and she was wondering why exactly I was using it. I got the impression that she was slightly worried over the fact that I was using it.

After I got home from England, I was reading one of Georgette Heyer's novels--can't remember which one--in which one of the characters had the last name, or was it title of Amesbury. And I loved the sound of that. It sound so British and it just seemed to fit. It became the perfect username as I wasn't comfortable using my actual name and "Amesbury" wasn't too hard to spell, it was ambiguous, and even better was original--or so I though. In fact I thought that Georgette Heyer had made it up. It was only after I started using it that I found out later that "Amesbury" is actually an actual place.:)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Baking Frenzy

Yesterday Baked

Fruit Stuffed French Toast
Chocolate French Toast
Sugar Cookies
Raspberry-Peach Jam

No wonder I felt like I did tons of dishes.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

I just finished watching Julie and Julia and I came out of the movie with this intense desire to cook. Funny I know. If it wasn't 12:15 and I wasn't so tired, I would be in my kitchen right now.* I've always enjoyed cooking--I find it therapeutic as I mix this and that together, improvising here and substituting there, all the while hoping that the final creation will turn out. On occasion they don't, but that's ok. Failure is part of the whole cooking process. I think there is some life lesson in that statement, maybe one day I'll figure out exactly what it is.

But even more than the desire to cook, I found myself constantly thinking I can relate to that, or that is something I want in my life.

1. I enjoyed that Julia Child's life didn't go as planned. Not married until 40. Wasn't able to have children of her own. But that didn't stop her. She was true to herself.
2. She cooks in high heels and pearls.
3. She wasn't afraid to wear high heels despite the fact that she was taller than her husband. I enjoyed that she embraced who she was flaws and all.
4.She didn't let disappointments stop her. Her book was rejected a couple of times, and while she sometimes questioned why she did things she kept moving forward.
5. She found something to do in life that she was passionate about.
6. She was willing to learn, and needs be at times fail, to master a skill.
7. She believed that if she was going to do something she should do it right. (her cookbook took over 8 years to finish).
8. She embraced whatever stage of life she was in.
9. She didn't take life too seriously. She knew that life was meant to be lived and that the memories you make are the most important things.
10. That butter makes everything taste better (so true).
11. That if she can learn how to cook French food, so can I.
12. Just because something looks hard, doesn't always mean that it is hard.

*disclaimer. I started this on Friday night and no I haven't baked a single thing in the days since.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Online Blog Tour

I'm lucky enough to be part of the online blog tour for Illuminations of the Heart, a fabulous new novel by Joyce DiPastena. I would love for all of you to have the chance to win the novel. To do so, just leave a comment on the review, you don't have to comment today, just sometime before the contest is over. The best part is that you can enter more that once by clicking on the reviews that other people have done, or will do, and commenting there.

London Magnetic Poetry

For my birthday Megan, gave me a set of London Magnetic Poetry that I brought to work. I've been having fun creating new ones each morning, but realized only I was getting to enjoy my brilliance. :) Over the last couple of days I've been updating my gchat status, but why not post them here as well.

London history understands me
amble find boy explore his charm
double crossed my chum need pint
posh garden gets crisp umbrella
grey fog alights bitter love

Monday, August 10, 2009

Meant to be

I know I haven't updated my blog in a while. It's not that I haven't written anything over the last couple of months, I have, I just haven't finished them. :) One day soon.

Yesterday at church I had this wonderfully ironic moment. As I was getting ready to sit down at the beginning of sacrament I heard somebody saying "Amy, I thought I saw you earlier!" I turned around to see Callie, one of the girls I went to London with, and who I haven't seen in years. As we caught up, the conservation turned to London and the brilliant times we had there and how much we miss it. As the speakers we started we found out that they had just returned from serving as the London South Mission President, references to that country were peppered throughout the meeting. An old study abroader and a meeting about England, I don't think that it was a coincidence. :)