Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I just finished my taxes and it took me six hours. Six hours of my life that I can never get back.

Good riddance to those things for another year.

I just saw 500 Days of Summer. I'm pretty sure my favorite character was Paul, a friend of Tom.

The movie reminded me of a combination of this:

and this (sorry for the fuzziness):

I'm now off to eat some cookies. I deserve them after what the government has put me through.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Question of the Day

My computer is back up and running! Remember back in November when my hard drive crashed? And I thought all was lost? Well, it's taken me this long to find somebody who could repair it. But, repaired it is! And I am so grateful. Also, all my data was recovered as well. This makes me so happy!


I've decided to begin asking questions on my blog periodically. If you want to answer, great! If not, then I will miss your answers, but I can't make you do it. I'm going to call them "Question of the Day" but I won't post one every day.

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With out further ado, the first question....

What are you doing (or what did you do) for Spring Break?

Me? I am going home to visit with my family.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tender Mercies

I am so grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord in my life. And I know that they are "available to all of us" as we exercise faith in our Savior and Heavenly Father.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Monday, March 22, 2010

La Vita è Bella

Not many other cars filled the road as my sister and I started our trip together. It was a blue car that one of us had recently bought. We were having fun talking, listening to music, just being together and enjoying the ride.

The weather was not foggy or rainy but, all of a sudden we came upon cars- a 15 car pile-up in front of us. I applied the break, but it wasn't in time. We crashed into the cars, all of us forming a train of mangled vehicles.

The next thing I remember is calling for my sister: asking if she was okay. When I didn't get a response I looked over to the passenger seat only to find that she wasn't there.

My hands shaking with nerves, I opened my door as fast as I could and frantically tried to find her. I ran around the car and found her wedged under the right front tire. She looked up at me, her eyes filled with tears, pleading for me to help her. I cried as I tried to lift the car and move her. All to no avail. The car wouldn't budge.

EMTs and policemen were swarming the scene. I yelled at them to come help my sister. Several came over, took a look at her, and said there were other people in more urgent need of help than her. I yelled at the policeman: that is my sister under the car. Help her!

I tried to comfort her and told her to hold on....

Telling me that I needed to get away from the scene of the accident, a policeman escorted me into a warehouse type building. We went down a long, darkly lit hallway with wooden planks on the floor. We then came to a table surrounded by boxes, with one light bulb over it, hanging by a single cord. He instructed me to wait there and said somebody would come get me when it was all over.

Crying and alone, I sat down. I thought of my sister under the car and realized there was no way for me to help her. But there was somebody who could. And so I prayed that He would help her, that she would be okay, that she knew I loved her.

Something woke me from my nightmarish sleep- my palms sweaty, my heart racing, and tears soaking my pillow. I looked at the alarm clock by my bed. It read 2:30am. As soon as I could, I called my sister. Hey, how are you? came the voice on the other end of the phone. My sister was alive. She was alive!

So many things in life are subject to a single mis-step. One wrong turn of the car's steering wheel, one thought that came a second too late, one action that can change somebody's life for good or bad. Yet, we are optimists and continue to drive and think and act. We wouldn't have it any other way.

And so, today, I encourage you to tell those people that you love, that you love them. Thank that friend for always being there for you. Be kinder to those you meet. Encourage others on your way.

For as we know, life is fragile but life is also beautiful.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


is in the air!

I decided that my blog was boring and that I needed to change things up a bit.

I'm now "spring cleaning" and trying out new stuff. Don't be surprised if you come on different days and see a new or different background/color.

It's all for your benefit. Really, it is.

Well, actually for mine since I was bored.

Feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you like/don't like.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck O' the Irish

There was once a missionary in my mission who thought the song Danny Boy was really Johnny Boy so one of my companions and I called him and sang Johnny Boy on his answering machine. It cracked us up.

He didn't get the joke.

Any time I think of Irish or St. Patrick's Day, I think of:



Four leaf clovers

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! (Even though I should be wearing Orange!)

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter. It's true. I love it even better knowing that it doesn't have any added sugar.

My former bishop owns a company that makes peanut butter in Dublin, Ohio. Recently, The Today Show featured Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter. Crazy Richard's is natural and organic. It is made with just peanuts! I've never tried Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter but I have had other "natural" varieties- even though they weren't made with just peanuts. I'm excited to try Crazy Richard's!

Here is the link for Krema Peanut Butter Company. And here is the blog where they are having a free peanut butter giveaway. Enjoy the peanut buttery goodness!

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Here and There

Not that you really need to know this, but I used hydrogen peroxide to clean the built-up wax out of my ears yesterday. I've heard that it also prevents colds and since I started having a drippy nose and hurting throat on Thursday I thought I would try it. At the time, I thought it was a good idea, but now, my ears are hurting and my nose is still dripping.

Anyway, because I'm hungry I was looking at recipes on blogs today and I really want to try these ones.

Egg Drop Soup

6 c chicken stock
2/3 c thinly chopped green onions
4 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, thinly sliced
soy sauce to taste
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Bring the chicken stock to a simmer, add the onions, mushrooms and soy sauce. Cook at a simmer for 3 minutes. Slowly pour in the eggs in a steady stream while mixing the soup with a fork. Let cook for another minute, until the eggs form solid ribbons.

Homemade Oreos

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Garlic Cheese Bread

Buttered Rosemary Rolls

And, last but not least

Baked Fudge

I saw this movie in 3D yesterday and suprisingly I really liked it! My first time seeing a real 3D movie! I like Johnny Depp but not so much Tim Burton, his movies are really dark, but this one wasn't which made me happy.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.
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