The Mystery Phone…by Angie

20 Apr 2009
11:04 am

This post will hopefully be of personal interest to someone in our family:  We have discovered a cell phone in the back of a desk drawer that we cannot account for.  Has anyone lost one?  It must have been here for weeks, at least, but it still has enough battery life that we could turn it on and examine it.  The phone number appears to be a 772 area code, and the wallpaper is a darling picture of Grandma Hoffman with Jason’s girls – does it belong to Jason or Tiffany?  There are very few numbers in the phone book, but a few we recognize: Tom Dozier, Ross Boothe, Becka’s Cell.

I almost have some vague recollection that I was aware of the phone being deliberately left at our house… but I can’t, for the life of me, remember what that could have been, or who left it here.  It’s an at&t phone, LG flip-phone model, black all over, with a camera built in.  If anyone can enlighten us, I’d appreciate it!


img_0063Update by Jim at 9:25 pm 4/20:

By looking through the pictures on the phone, I was able to deduce the following: this phone was in Dad’s office on Jan 21 of this year.  On Aug 10, 2008 the phone was in Florida (unless Jason & Tiffany’s girls were somewhere else).  And on Nov 23, 2008, this phone was in Portland at Joey & Kelly’s place.  Also, the phone was last used on Jan 30 of this year.  Hopefully these clues might help identify the phone.  I’ve got a pretty good feeling that it is Mom’s.  I can’t think of anyone else that would travel this much (and I know Dad has an iPhone now, so this isn’t his).

Happy Birthday to ME!by Angie

13 Nov 2008
12:11 pm

Hi, I’m Angie & Jim’s Blog, and today is my first birthday! Exactly one year ago – November 13th, 2007 – I said “Hello, World” with my very first blog post.

I thought this would be a great time to ask for some feedback from those who visit and read me: How do you think I might be improved? What do you like or dislike about my layout, content, usability, etc? Which kinds of posts are you most interested in, and what makes them your favorite? Do you like the polls? Is there a link you think we should add to our blogroll? Do you have ideas for other pages that would be interesting? Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to pass your thoughts on to Angie and Jim.

Thanks for your input!

Crummy Carpet Cleaningby Angie

10 Oct 2008
11:10 am

I’m looking for advice on cleaning carpets!  I spent all afternoon Wednesday moving the furniture I could out of our living/dining area, vacuuming the whole floor, and shampooing the carpets with a big steamer-vac I rented from Home Depot… all to no avail.  They still look terrible!

I began by spraying the worst areas with the special “high traffic treatment” spray that Home Depot recommended, and for solution I used a cleaner called “Kids’N’Pets” that was highly recommended to me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how very much was required, so I hadn’t bought enough and ran out when the room was only half done.  It didn’t look like it was working, and I didn’t want to stop in the middle and go shopping, so I looked at some forums online, where several people recommended using just vinegar and hot water in the steamer.  I used that for the second half of the floor, but the results were just as disappointing.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me before I spend three hours on my hands and knees scrubbing?

Business Opportunityby Angie

29 Sep 2008
8:09 pm

Attention, Bay Area choreographers, trainers, & dancers!  My friend Kjelene owns an established dance academy in Livermore and is offering studio space to entrepeneuers who wish to start their own classes, dance crew, or company.  You would not need to consider your classes affiliated with her academy – this is just a rental contract for one or more of her studio rooms.  She can host all kinds of classes, including yoga, martial arts, ballroom, hip hop, Irish folk, hula, etc.  If you want more info – or know someone who may be interested – just leave me a comment or send me an email!

Curious about our tag line?by Angie

17 Jan 2008
8:01 am

Several people have asked me where the quote below our blog title comes from. Here are a few hints, and if anyone knows the answer, you win a prize! Ok, well, the first person to submit the correct answer in the comments of to this post will win the prize 🙂 Good luck!

It’s from an album of music that (I believe) is widely available to the LDS community. The little interview is intermingled with a very popular song. Here is a little more of the conversation:

“I think…California.”

“Why California?” “Because, it’s sort of a cheerful place.”

“Do you know where California is?” “Sort of. Under Utah? …a little? I know where Maine is!”

Babysittersby Angie

21 Nov 2007
9:11 am

How do people go about finding a new babysitter for their kids? I have no experience whatsoever, and I rarely babysat other people’s kids when I was a teenager. The silly thing is, we don’t have kids… but we do have a cat; so instead, I’m having a hard time working out the whole cat-sitting thing! Do you ask a neighbor you barely know – and give them a key to your house and everything? Or ask a friend or member of the ward, who lives much further away and must therefore take a drive to come visit your pet?

As you can see, worrying is an exasperating hobby of mine, so I’m sure this is not as big a deal as I feel it is… but our cat is pretty special to us, and we are new here and don’t know many people, so this whole process is a little unnerving. Any advice?

Should I really guess?by Angie

20 Nov 2007
8:11 am

Call me a linguistic nut, but I am confused by the phrase, “guess what…”. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve used it quite a bit myself; and perhaps the very fact that Americans in general understand the convention validates its use. However, it does tend to create a conundrum for the person being asked: should I really guess (and risk getting it right and stealing their thunder!), or just say, “I have no idea,”? Some people respond to this plight by jokingly guessing outrageous things, but – by personal experience – I have found this to be less effective, since it sometimes irritates the person who has wonderful news to tell.

I’d like to know what you think. Do you use the phrase? Why do we say it? What’s the craziest guess you’ve ever offered or received? Do we really intend for someone to guess at all?