blog cheetah

another reason to love jimmy fallon...

"Have you ever surfed the web and landed on a site or blog that you love but felt like something was missing? Perhaps you always knew something was missing but didn't know what it was? It was a cheetah. A growling one that flies across your screen.

Who wants to live in world where you don't have the option to have a cheetah growling, as he zips across your screen upon visiting a website? Not me. And we'll never have to live in that world again. Blog Cheetah is here!"

go to BLOG CHEETAH --type in your blog address or this one, and watch the magic.

(i did. really. REALLY! and it was better than i could have hoped for!)

"love your kids every day....because you never know when god is going to invite them up to heaven through your snake."

i saw this on a facebook status update and i just about wet myself. (tmi? my bad.)

seriously....if you do nothing else but watch this today, you have done yourself a favor.


i liked tiburon's post about the benefits of being able to list a few things that are GOOD about you.

but i found it a little easier to mimic tiffany's post about things i am expert in.

so, without further ado, i give you mindi's list of things i am expert in:

(fyi: prepare to be astonished.)

going to las vegas
room service
remembering song titles/artists
throwing a party
ordering cafe rio
wiping my kitchen counters
directing the social calendar of my friends/family
popping blackheads
shopping at target the day after a major holiday ( 50% off!)

rocking out at a concert
making people feel comfortable when we've just met
wrapping a present
instant gratification
arranging 'seasonals'
speaking in front of a crowd
showering with water verging on scalding temperature

making people feel good about themselves
fixating on one thing
going to a spa
weeding my yard
being generous with those i love
keeping my cool in a tense situation (98 % of the time)
"ironing" my laundry with a spray bottle of water
riding on the back of rbc's motorcycle
making an ipod playlist for above motorcycle ride
loving southern utah
researching used cars on the internet

purchasing anything with an initial on it
sleeping with my mouth open
deflection and manipulation
misplacing things
using a clorox wipe
lying in my own filth (translation: taking a long bath)

i thought it only fair that i give equal time to the other side, so i present things i am NOT an expert in:

accepting a compliment
cleaning my car
attending all 3 church meetings.
wearing pantyhose
painting my finger/toenails

controlling my potty-mouth
dancing or learning a dance routine
keeping things organized or clean behind cupboard doors
dealing with self-righteous people
cracking my knuckles (ewww. why would one?)
being on time
camping. (again, why would one?)

saving my money
cleaning up my make-up counter
mowing my lawn (never did it.)
starting my bbq (again, never did it.)
plucking my eyebrows
accepting/submitting to authority figures
computers & technical things

doing my hair
not caring about what people think of me
saying no to my catties
washing my hands (don't judge!)
typing with capitals
answering the phone or returning emails in a timely manner
avoiding cheetos and peanut m&m's

"we have the situation under control, ma'am."

last week there was a small fire that started in a garage on our neighboring street.

we drove by and i was tickled to find that two of the boys from our street had already arrived at the scene, roped off the corner with their own cones, (really!) and had their fire extinguishers AND copies of their "fire department equipment license" out and ready for inspection:

(the photos are from my phone, so they are a bit fuzzy)

since it's all girls, all the time at our house, i thoroughly enjoyed this display of male youth imagination. priceless!

dirty ronnie

how come we don't have a "tomato mcgrand" here in the us of a?

i think i enjoyed this so much because i love me a quarter pounder with cheese from the mcd's drive thru.

i know it's not particularly cool to admit that, but i'm just gonna lay it out there.

i'm also a big fan of the oreo mcflurry, the cinnamon melts (mini cinnamon rolls), and the sausage mcmuffin with egg.

i think i have a little more w.t. in me than i'd like to admit?

hb mom!

hb to my wonderful, beautiful, talented, loving mother--

i love you, mom! thank you for being the kind of mother who's praises i always want to sing......

(except for your hair-doing skills. or lack thereof. but i forgive you for passing them down to me, and acknowledge your perfection in ALL other aspects of life.)

out to lunch.

(signs made HERE)

thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

**the fact that i get to go to lady gaga with hers & hers.

yes, i am fully aware that she is a freak. on a leash. but that is why i like her.....

her songs just make me want to get up and shake a tail feather--i can't help it. and i figure if i'm gonna go to hell for seeing this concert, i might as well be driving the bus.

who wants to ride shotgun? :)

i loved these pics from le love paying tribute to one of my fav songs from her:

hey--even oprah has boarded this train! (go to 1:00 in to get the full effect)

**two words: DR. DREW.

sober house is pure entertainment. and don't worry--you can still get on board this train as vh1 will be showing the season premiere only about five thousand more times.

**the fact that i dropped mia off to preschool yesterday, but when i returned i picked up a leprechaun instead.

it was magic! {magically delicious, that is.....}

**married to the sea.

they slay me on a weekly basis.

**the fact that melissa turned me on to nate bloch. seriously funny stuff. ( warning: language on the doctor/patient skit)

and for the fact that the video above is TOTALLY my two brothers. classic!

don draper + barbie

i just about died when i saw the new mad men collection barbie dolls:

"March 10, 2010 — New York, NY — Mattel, Inc., Lionsgate® (NYSE: LGF), and AMC announced today the launch of four Barbie® Collector “Mad Men” dolls available to consumers July 2010. Designed by Barbie designer Robert Best, the “Mad Men” Barbie doll line features key players from the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency: creative director and leading man Don Draper; his wife Betty Draper; Sterling Cooper partner Roger Sterling; and bombshell office manager Joan Holloway. Today’s announcement marks the first licensed doll line in the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, a signature silkstone collection within the Barbie brand known for featuring couture quality fashions and accessories.

The “Mad Men” Barbie Collector doll collection embodies the “Mad Men” series’ couture fashions and accessories, and its iconic 1960s style and aesthetic. The series, which is produced by Lionsgate and airs on AMC, has made history with its multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards by chronicling the lives of the men and women of Madison Avenue advertising in the 1960s. Season four of “Mad Men” premieres this summer.

Gracefully molded of Silkstone®, a material that resembles the look and weight of porcelain, each doll is stylized in iconic costumes from the series, and comes with accessories true to their show counterparts. Don Draper wears his classic, polished red-lined suit and comes accessorized with a hat, overcoat and brief case; Betty Draper’s classic look is captured with unparalleled detail, from her faux pearl necklace to her pumps; Joan Holloway looks chic in a purple skirt suit and perfectly styled coif with her staple accessory — a pen necklace; and Roger Sterling is looking dapper in his monogrammed shirt.

The Barbie® Fashion Model Collection “Mad Men” Barbie® dolls will be available for a suggested retail price of $74.95. Available at, and select retailers."

mad men is one of my favorite 'guilty pleasure' shows on television--i'm thinking that i NEED these barbies.

& then i NEED to get a lighted curio cabinet to lovingly display them. next to my precious moments, my boyd's bears, and my exclusive nascar refill-mug collection.

motivational posters

yes, they are somewhat tired. and over-shared.

but sometimes they still make me laugh. OUT LOUD:

top 9 things we loved about scottsdale* 2010

ahhhhhh, scottsdale--how we love thee...

such good times we had. such great memories we made. (such big $ we spent. YIKES.)

so, without further ado, i give you the TOP NINE THINGS WE LOVED ABOUT SCOTTSDALE SPRING BREAK 2010: (because top ten is so two weeks ago...)

since our grandma and grandpa are short-timers (costa rica is calling--and it says, "hola?") we were more than thrilled that they came along with us for the ride.

we took advantage:

*we saw this in 3-d. and we were amazed. (even though i may or may not have taken a teeny nap somewhere in there. allegedly. cause i'm geriatric.)

we had a butt-load of offspring. TWENTY to be exact.

we turned a few heads:

unfortunately for us, these teen-beauties turned a few heads as well:

(pray for us.)

who would have that that a little airbrush gun and some temporary body paint could bring so much joy?

a good amount of dinero was spent on this foolish waste of money. and, as you can see, it was worth every penny:

the best tattoo, however, was applied to mindi's leg.

and her only regret that was it wasn't permanent:


this was the group before we took off for adventures in the sonoran desert-- (and we were missing a few.)

do you know what's better than a group shot?

a group shot with PSEUDO-SUBURBAN GANG SIGNS!!!

know what's even better than the group shot of pseudo-suburban gang signs?

our sweet little mia, throwing her own:

(i wuv her.)


can you see the joy they bring? i think it's pretty apparent.

camelback mountain hasn't bested us yet!

this was our second annual hike, & we were thrilled that our grandpa came along with--at 69 years young, he amazed us by getting all the way up.

and then all the way down. (a little low-blood sugar scare was for WIMPS only. he finished!)

since we didn't bring a camera, i was pretty happy with the decent photos my phone produced:

(hiking with this crew is never dull.)

there was only a SINGLE meal before eleven o'clock for mindi that didn't include this food of the gods--

we particularly enjoyed them from here. and here. AND here.

and, as usual, we were grateful to have jared along to provide us with entertainment. as well as supreme photos for his future coffee-table book: