Monthly Archives: June 2013

Make your own casket?

My mom got something in the mail about going to a free luncheon with McDougal Funeral Homes…and my mom is all about free stuff (who isn’t, really?)…so of course she signed up for the free luncheon! I was over at her house after she had signed up, and she was telling me that she wants to make her own casket. She said she’d rather the money go somewhere else. 

So my mom started to Google it, and we ended up on the McDougal Funeral Home website, because hey, they were going to give her free lunch. They have a “Chat Live Now!” button, so my mom was all over that….

Here is the conversation that occurred that evening…My mom is “Visitor” and the guy from the funeral home is “Mark”

Mark: Hello, thanks for contacting McDougal Funeral Home. My name is Mark, may I have your name?
Visitor: Howdy Mark.
Mark: Hello, how may I help you?
Visitor: My name is Debbie.
Visitor: I was wondering if I can make my own casket?
Mark: Okay.. Before we proceed, may I have your phone number and email to better assist you?
Visitor: No need for that. I just wanted to ask if I could make my own casket.
Mark: McDougal Funeral Home helps families with all types of funeral services from traditional to brief memorial or graveside service. We serve all faiths, have a chapel on site and offer a large selection of caskets, urns, grave markers and vaults. Some of our services include arranging for military honor guards, shipping/transportation of a loved one to/from other states/countries, and assistance with government paperwork such as filing death certificates and social security.
Visitor: I like those services you include, however, I would like to know if I can make my OWN casket.
Visitor: I’m very crafty. I want it to reflect my exuberant personality.
Mark: The best way to get your questions answered is to setup a free consultation with our Family Services Counselor. Our Family Services Counselor can help with this. They are up to date with the latest products and services and can recommend what would work for your situation.. Would you like me to have them contact you?
Visitor: Oh, that is sweet. I don’t need to be contacted at this time, however, I was hoping you could answer my question about constructing my own coffin. This is a yes or no question, do you have the answer?
Mark: I apologize, I don’t have access to that information, but will be happy to forward your request to someone from our office who can help you. What is a good number and/or email address to reach you?
Visitor: Meh. I will see you at the luncheon. Maybe they will have the answer. Maybe I will bring my sketchbook and get some input from y’all.
Mark: Please contact: 801-968-3800… for Information.
Mark: Is there anything else I can help you with?
Visitor: A bedtime story perhaps?
Mark: Have a good night.. (:
Mark: Thanks for contacting McDougal Funeral Home
Visitor: Thank you Mark.
Mark: Cheers.
Visitor: Ahhh…you must be British.

Mark: I am sorry, I am not supposed to answer any personal questions.
System: The chat session has ended.
My mother….

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Straight from the Bible

Oh, humans.

Just to put this story in context….I attend Brigham Young University (BYU), which is a religious private university located in Provo, Utah. So 98% of the student body are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints….AKA Mormon. Basically, a Christian school. And we take religion classes as part of the general education requirements. Ok, now the stage has been set.

I’m hungry…and on campus…and didn’t bring a lunch, so I go to the Taco Bell on campus, place my order, and then this conversation with the guy who took my order (I don’t know his name) happened…

Guy: Can I get your name please?
Me: Lucille. [I like to give that name for things like this]
[I hand him my debit card to pay…]
Guy: [looks at the card, looks at me, looks at the card again]
Me: My name is Chloe, but I like to give the name Lucille. [I hand him my driver’s license]
Guy: Straight from the Bible.
Me: What?
Guy: It’s in the Bible…
Me: Oh! House of Chloe, yep.
Guy: I don’t remember if it’s in Romans or Corinthians.
Me: I have no idea.
Guy: I never took that part of New Testament.
Me: Okay.

And then I stepped aside to wait for my food…….and that’s my story. “Straight from the Bible”?? That’s a new one. Ha!

Oh, humans.

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So I was with my mom and I was studying for a final. Yay for school : )

I was teaching her everything on my study guide, so that I could make sure I understood it all. Teaching is one of the best ways to learn!

One of the points on my study guide was “What does NCTM stand for?” 

Me: “Do you know what NCTM stands for?”

Mom: “Non-Committal Tongue Makeout?”

Me: “Uhm…no. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.”

Mom: “Okay.”

Some people’s moms…


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Olfactory Sensations

Smells. Scents. Olfactory.

I love the smell of crayons – but not just any old crayons – it must be Crayola crayons.


I love the smell of rain.


Especially in green wooded areas, like Washington.


I love the smell of red, ripe, juicy strawberries.


I love the smell of a juicy orange (even though I don’t eat them because I can’t stand the texture).


I love the smell of warm oatmeal (even though, once again, I don’t eat it because I can’t stand the texture).


I love the smell of freshly baked cookies.


I love the smell of old books.


I love the smell of berries…black-, rasp-, straw-, blue-, etc.


I love the smell of a clean little infant.


I love the smell of a campfire (especially the way the clothes you wore smell the day after, and the day after that, until you wash them.)


I love the smell of a candle store, particularly Yankee Candle Co.


I love the smell of a freshly clean house.Female hand wiping dining table

I love the smell of warm pecan pie.

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I love the smell of most warm pies, actually.


Ok, I love the smell of most baked goods. You got me.

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I am forever grateful for the sense of smell.

I am grateful for my nose.


It’s the little things that

make life beautiful.

**first 16 images were obtained from Google image search**

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The Get Along Shirt

It works!!!

Here is a story from my mom….

I saw this idea online for a consequence when the kids are arguing, fighting, whining, “it’s my turn! She touched me! He farted on me!” I kept hearing it all day…..

Brigdon (11) and Sevannah (9) were particularly whiny, competing for attention and time on the X Box, and generally not getting along…so I remembered the idea and I went and got a big t-shirt, the biggest t-shirt I had. I pulled the tag out, turned it around (because the front had the Hard Rock Cafe logo), and with my sliver sharpies I wrote in big letters “THE GET ALONG SHIRT”.

So the kids watched as I wrote the letters, and kept asking “what is that for? what is that for?” and I said “you’ll see!” Because it was a sharpie, it didn’t need to dry. Sweet! So I told the kids to come over, I stretched the neck out (so it wouldn’t get stuck on their heads), and they put it on.

They kept their own shirts on, of course!

Sevannah put her head through first, and put her left arm through the left armhole. Brigdon’s taller, so it kinda went over Sevannah’s head as Brigdon put his head through, but it was all good. He put his right arm through the right armhole. 

By the time both kids had their heads and their arm through, they were already laughing and giggling and trying to figure out what this new idea was. By the time they had both stood up with the shirt on, they were just laughing! They forgot that 2 minutes ago, they hated each other! Didn’t even want to be in the same zip code! 

And then they decided that “this is kinda cool…we don’t have to sit in a corner or have time out…we get to play together in a Get Along shirt!”

So they started bumbling around the house without one person getting ahead and without one person turning around…they had to work as a team to get anywhere, so nobody would be dragged along as the other kept going. 

Seriously, Chloe, it was so great. They just had so much fun, and they actually liked the idea! And I said “Oh, good! Because it looks like you’ll be wearing that shirt a lot today!” But they didn’t – they got along the rest of the day! Now I just keep the shirt hanging where it’s always visible and accessible. 

Works like a charm!


Can you imagine if adults had to do this at the workplace? At college? Spouses? Store cashiers and customers? Hmmm….

Thanks, mom for the tip! Ha!

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Cookie Pie

“Is the purpose of a cookie pie so that you can eat the amount of 4 or 5 cookies at once and not feel bad about it?” -Katrina, my roommate

YES, Katrina! Absolutely yes!

I found this recipe online and had to try it! It’s a keeper, so I’m here to share it with y’all! I made ’em back in February, but I’m just now getting around to sharing…


What you will need:

  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup of M&M’s

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Add in egg and vanilla extract
  4. Mix
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda
  6. Mix into the butter/sugar mixture
  7. Fold in the M&M’s
  8. Put into a greased 9.5″ pie pan
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  10. Cool
  11. Cut into slices
  12. Enjoy!

Below are pics of part of my process!

I didn’t have a bag of M&M’s, but I did have them in a bunch of different places!

My candy dispenser…

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A “pill” bottle full of M&M’s that my grandma gave me from when she was a leader at girl’s camp…

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And  a package of M&M’s from workshops I went to…

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Here it is all ready to be baked!

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And it’s done! Yum!


Look, I’m still making this deliciousness – this picture is almost 3 years after I originally posted this!


Now you go try…and let me know how yours turns out!

Here’s a few more recipes to try!

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Standing Outside the Fire

Today was the last day of one of my classes, and our professor showed us a fantastic video that I had seen before, but forgotten about.

Please take 3 minutes and 55 seconds of your time to watch it!

“Standing Outside the Fire” by Garth Brooks

“Life is not tried, it’s just merely survived, if you’re standing outside the fire.” 

Are you trying life? Or are you merely surviving life?


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My Siblings

What makes me happy? Being with my siblings.



Ethan is a good guy to bounce ideas off of. He’s a self-sufficient nomad. He’s there for me. He understands a lot about life.


Tanner Jello Juice

Tanner is comic relief. He can be loving, but mostly through sarcasm.  Slightly inappropriate as of late, but I haven’t seen him since he started that annoying habit. Tanner is crazy, fun, and irresistibly entertaining.



Torin is incredibly witty. He is super smart and knows his stuff. He’s always good for an educated laugh.



Quentin is a sweetie pie. He’s loving at times, a terror at other times. But, ‘tis the nature of his biology. He’s funny, tender, sweet, and giving.



Brigdon is my little homie. He’s often boarding inappropriate, but he’s learning. He can be a loving sweetie-pie, but it’s rare. Precious, but rare. Brig is a kid who has a lot to learn about the world.



Sevannah – my sister wister. I love that we can do girly stuff together and that we get along so perfectly. At times, she is quite the tomboy – what can you expect? She grew up with 5 older brothers and I moved out when she was three. Other times, she can pull out the girly card and play it like a master to get what she wants. Like a champ.

And here’s the last time we were all together…my 22nd birthday party…July 2011 in Houston

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And then my mom had us lay down…

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…just so she could try to jump over us on a skateboard…which didn’t go well…

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Basically, my siblings make me happy. 


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