Monday, December 20, 2010

Need a Lift?

Carol Of Joy

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky.
Lengthening shadows,
Dark closing in...

Then, through the stillness, carols begin!
Oh fallen world, to you is the song--
Death holds you fast and night tarries long.

Jesus is born, your curse to destroy!
Sweet to your ears, a carol of Joy!

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow;
Cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow;
Deep, empty valley veiled by the night;
Hear angel music--hopeful and bright!

Oh fearful world, to you is the song--
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong!
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound--

A carol of joy!

A Saviour is found!

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes!
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies!
Look up sad hearted--witness God's love!
Join in the carol swelling above!

Oh friendless world, to you is the song!
All Heaven's joy to you may belong!
You who are lonely, laden, forlorn--
Oh fallen world!
Oh friendless world!

To you,

A Saviour is born!

Music by Dan Forrest
Text by Eileen Berry

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Sad Day in Provo

The Provo Tabernacle. A landmark in Provo since 1883, destroyed by fire December 17, 2010. I took these photos this morning between 6:30 and 6:45 am. I cried.

This last photo is courtsey of the Deseret News website.

The news reports are saying officials aren't sure yet if the building will be a total loss, but I'm thinking it will be; the damage is extensive. I hope they rebuild. I really do. But I'm just sick about the organ.

It's a sad day in Provo.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Beauty Tips

During this busy, but wonderful, time of the year, I thought it might be nice to share a few of my personal beauty secrets. These are just my little tips to help you look and feel your best for the holidays!

1. Get plenty of rest. Go to bed by 2:00 am, and don't you dare get up before 6:00!! You need at LEAST four hours of sleep to have the energy and brain power necessary to accomplish everything you need to do each day.

2. Eat healthy foods. Chocolate tops the list. Eat at least four chocolate covered marshmallow santas every day. Chex Mix is also a good source of salt to help keep your blood pressure up. It's important to keep your strength up with all the calories. Take advantage of every office party, every neighborhood party, every treat your friends bring you. Eat it ALL.

3. Take good care of your skin. All that sleep you're getting will help, as will the chocolate, but going out in the cold, stressing over the business you must attend to, sleeping with your make up on, and wiping your runny nose as often as necessary will keep your skin.... Well, it will keep your skin. But just barely.

4. Tend to your nails. First of all, what to do for those skanky toenails? Don't even bother with a pedicure. You don't have time, and you're wearing shoes and woolen socks all the time, even to bed. So who cares what your feet look or feel like? Sandpaper heels are especially attractive, so don't you dare use a pumice for at least four months. For your fingernails, save time and money on a manicure by just nibbling them off. You'll feel extra attractive at all your holiday events with cracked and bloody nails. Plus, they just feel awesome.

5. Dress your best each day. Wear your favorite bulky hoodie and your most professional-looking sweats. If you want to be extra festive, buy a new pair in bright santa claus red. Make sure you wear the same outfit three or four days in a row to save time on choosing a different sweatshirt. Chunky boots, or your lawn mowing tennis shoes are a good choice of footwear to complete your holiday look.

6. Most importantly, be sure to say YES to everything anyone asks you to do, come to, or take care of. The more activities you pile on your proverbial plate, the more stress and worry you can create, which remember, is so good for your skin! (Not to mention your growing ulcer...take care of that little friend!!)

The holidays are such a busy and happy time. It's important to remember these helpful tips so you'll be ready to enjoy all your holiday activities.

Good luck!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It Must Be Quite Important...

Thanks to Sandra Boynton for helping me say what needs to be said:

We're very very busy and we've got a lot to do
and we haven't got a minute to explain it all to you
for on SundayMondayTuesday there are people we must see
and on WednesdayThursdayFriday we're as busy as can be
with our most important meetings and our most important calls
and we have to do so many things and post them on the walls.

Then we have to hurry south and then we hurry north
and we're talking every minute as we hurry back and forth
and we have to hurry to the east and then we hurry west
and we're talking every minute and we don't have time to rest
and we have to do it faster or it never will be done
and we have no time for listening or anything that's fun.

And we have to hurry to the left and then we hurry right
and we're talking every minute as we hurry day and night
and we have to have our lunches though we don't have time to chew
and we have to order many things in gray and navy blue
but we think supplies are limited (restrictions may apply)
so we'll call the operators who are surely standing by.

Now we have to hurry far away and then we hurry near
and we have to hurry everywhere and be both there and here
and we have to send out messages by e-mail, phone and fax
and we're talking every minute and we really can't relax
and we think there is a reason to be running neck-and-neck
and it must be quite important but we don't have time to check.

Yes, we think there is a reason to be running neck-and-neck
and it must be quite important. And if not...
well, what the heck.

Enjoy the Holidays!!