Not pregnant, sorry

Although that would be a fabulous excuse for not posting as opposed to, "Nope, I really am just that lame all on my own without any gestating feti, actually." But thanks for asking.

For those who participated, I hope your Weekend o' Conference was good. Mine was one in which I was a Domestic Goddess Type Person.


Sunday morning made breakfast of pumpkin waffles with real maple syrup (using last year's frozen pumpkin puree, aw yeah), Julia Child's scrambled egg recipe, fresh apple juice, hot chocolate, and really cheap-trash bacon. We invited coolboy and his charming new fie-ance (Yep! Seriously!) over to share in the bounty. Then I lured them into staying longer by making chocolate-chip-Reese's-pieces cookies. Which were amazing, and I am right now eating the leftover dough as my lunch.

Dinner was a crockpot roast with carrots, potatoes, onion, and sides of fresh corn and peas. And a couple of Rhodes Rolls that didn't rise properly and therefore resembled hockey pucks in both taste and texture. Because maybe I need to be kept humble.

GH did the dishes like a champion, which meant that by the time it was all over he had washed nearly every dish and pot and pan we own.

During the different sessions, which were all great, I took notes and worked on Savvy's socks. And I pondered the same semiannual questions I always ponder, such as:

"Is it possible for Elder Scott to not seem like he's peering directly into my soul?"
"Which musical and/or poem will President Monson quote this time?"
"Do these women go to training sessions to learn to talk like that?"
"Should Sister Dibb be smiling quite so broadly when relating the story of a deadly construction accident?" (I'm putting that one down to nervousness at speaking in front of millions of people.)
"Do I need another cookie?" (Answer: no.)
"But do I want another cookie? Or four?" (Answer: Yep and Yep. And they were great.)


Polly said... [reply]

My husband and I were equally enthralled by sister Dibs smile/ceery mormon woman voice during that unfortunate incident. I wonder every time if this is how all "holy" women in Utah talk. It is like nails on a chalk board to me and I am afraid I spend so much time muttering and judging I rarely hear thier message. (I felt a little less awful when my 70 year old mother in law muttered the same thoughts -with a little more hate and disgust that I even feel. las time I watched conference with her.)

Gretchen said... [reply]

Yah, the overly cheery voice is bad enough, but while talking about an accident where people died? It was pretty weird. I agree, it must be her way of responding to stage fright.

goddessdivine said... [reply]

I thought the same thing during her talk! But I didn't give more thought as to why; guess I should have given her more credit.

Some of my semiannual questions include: How many times is E. Scott going to turn/adjust and require different camera angles? Do the women have a personal shopper? (Because they all tend to dress the same.....and it's specific.)

AmiZOOKey said... [reply]

There is a RECIPE for scrambled eggs???

Bridget said... [reply]

I noticed the oddly placed smiling as well. The words coming out of her mouth were not matching the look on her face. I kept thinking I must have heard her wrong and misunderstood what she was talking about.

The Yoo-taw accents used to really bother me. Not so much anymore. Besides, at the Relief Society broadcast last week, you had a pretty even mix with Sister Beck who speaks like a normal person, an El Salvadorian accent, and a mild Wasatch accent.

What can I say? I'm a linguist. Sometimes the regional and international accents in Conference are the only things holding my attention. (Not always, of course.) (But sometimes.)

TOWR said... [reply]

I think I ate a whole XL box of Reese's Pieces while watching the Saturday sessions. That's a proud moment.

I made the EXACT SAME OBSERVATION about Sister Dibs, right down to chalking it up to nerves. Usually the women speakers drive me crazy, but I'm scared into humility when I realize they're probably terrified at the thought of speaking to literally millions of people worldwide. There's no way I could ever speak in conference.

Nicole said... [reply]

Oh my word! I said the same thing to my hubby when she kept on smilin' all the way through that talk! What WAS that? I probably need to relinquish my feminist card after I say this, but it takes everything I have not to fast forward the female speakers, all because of "the voice". Gag me.

Jenny said... [reply]

I will accept invitations to your house for cookies and or breakfast.

Desmama said... [reply]

Yeah, I thought the same thing during Sister Dibbs' talk. But it was a good talk. And I loved Elder Holland's testimony of the Book of Mormon. So incredibly powerful.

Also? Recipes, please? Just your descriptions are making me hungry.

Nemesis said... [reply]

AmiZOOkey, you're right, it was more like a technique than a recipe. Like how much liquid to use per egg (1/4 tsp) and what tempurature to keep them on and such. But they were really good!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Desmama, I used Martha Stewart's Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and I just substituted in 6 oz (a movie theatre box) of Reese's Pieces along with the chocolate chips. Gooood stuff.

Jill said... [reply]

I just made Julia Child's French Omelette about 5 minutes before sitting down and then I saw your post--so I'm sure your scrambled eggs were great this weekend. Ever since I saw her on the French Chef making about 20 omelettes, I've never gone back to making them any other way. (Great episode--she is so funny!)

By the way, I've really enjoyed reading your blog. I just stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and I'm happy I did. (Loved reading about your experiences in England--I really need to travel there.)

abby said... [reply]

I agree with everyone about Sister Dibbs' creepy smile. I was kind of scared. The thing that had me wondering the most was about Elder Packer. I had no idea he was in ill health. When I see a speaker sitting in a plush chair, I know things are not good. Then again, he's 85.

coolmom said... [reply]

The one I cannot listen to is Sis. Allred of the RS. It's not the accent, it's just the way her mouth operates or something that drives me nuts!

emandtrev said... [reply]

I too have to say I did a double-take of the smiles during Sister Dibb's talk. I was doing dishes and had a "wait a second..." reaction. I did think it was a good talk, however. There were many other talks that I liked a lot, but it was Elder Holland's that really made me stand at attention. Incredible.

I'm going to have to try those recipes!

Sarah said... [reply]

I feel Rhodes dough never rises properly for me. Ugh.
Your meal sounds delicious!

Yankee Girl said... [reply]

I learned how to bake bread over conference weekend--and it was brilliant if I may say so myself.

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Dito on the Sister Dibb thing. I didn't even know about that Utah accent until I went on a mission. The first several people I heard talk when I got home were all from Cache Valley and I thought, "THAT IS HOW WE SOUND TO OUTSIDERS???"

But have you noticed just how much Sister Dibb looks like her dad? Yeah, weird.

Nells-Bells said... [reply]

pumpkin waffles?!?! wow. never heard of such a thing...but i will and must try them ASAP. i too wonder if elder scott will ever not want to stare me down and tell me to repent.

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