Monday, April 25, 2011

Chimi-Challenge Update, My Trip Pictures, and My Left Shoe

Chimichanga Challenge Update:

Team Tamale (me): 1,256/40,000 words.

Team Gluten Intolerant (Bree): 17 handwritten pages/40,000 words

I don't know what that translates into, but I think Team GI is ahead. But I have some great news for those of you competing as well: The deadline has been randomly extended to May 10, 2011! That gives us all 4 extra days.

Please give me your totals in the comments if you are joining in the challenge. And if you're not, feel free to trash-talk either team.

On to the blog:

I can sum up our trip to Southern Utah in 9 words:

We hiked:

The gang: looking extra thrilled to be there, and proving that
despite their surroundings, they can still manage to look thoroughly unimpressed.
My bro-in-law Dave, on crutches and still hiking after extensive knee surgery.
My sister calls him "gimpy" and proclaims him to be useless. And that was before the injury.

We rode scooters:
My dad: proving that chemo can't hold him back.
Why drive anywhere when you can scooter?
And may I add that you have to have a surprising amount of butt muscles to scooter, even going downhill.

We dug:
Niece N: Sacrificing her arm and head for the glory of an extra deep hole.

We buried:

Kid B: trying to determine if he is indeed having fun,
considering we kept having to convince him.
Kid C and Niece N: A test run for when they are buried together.

And when the kids acted up, we banished them to the narrows. (We made them watch 127 hours first.)

Scared of tight spaces? Oh yeah, we totally hiked up that crack. IYOE. (Insert Your Own Euphemism)
At least, the kids hiked up it. I ran away screaming like a little girl. I swear that crack gets narrower every year. 

Kid C deep in the narrows. We encouraged him the entire way, and he only believed us for a few minutes when we told him he'd have to cut his arm off to make it through the last bit.
Kid C: This could be you!

Speaking of my awesome sister...
Erin, taking her cue from the English and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Erin is known for getting things not quite right, but almost. For instance, when talking about her love for Diet Coke, she said, "I have a wooden leg for that stuff." 

We went to a movie the other day, and on the way home we got talking about Daniel Day Lewis. She's all, "Wasn't he the guy in that Last of the Moccasins movie?"

Yes, Daniel Day Lewis starred in that movie about the day when everyone had to go barefoot in the wilderness because there were no more Moccasins left.

Then she was all, "And didn't he get an award for that other movie? My Left Shoe?"

Totally. He got an award for playing a guy annoyed by his left shoe. "My Left Shoe: The One That Itches."

So, so close. I love her so much. And does she have a hidden shoe fetish I don't know about?

Also, if you're in the Salt Lake area, know this: It's Emily Wing Smith's Launch Party for Back When You Were Easier to Love!

The King's English
7:00 p.m.

Our Barry Manilow cover band, The Barely Manilows, will be debuting our hit single, at the Copacabana! 

Seriously, I'm pretty sure this will be a one time thing, so be there or be elsewhere. Who's with me?


  1. Ha ha! I love that you told Kid C that he'd have to cut off his arm. You're the best mom ever.

    I love Last of the "Moccasins." It's one of my favorite movies and it has a fantastic soundtrack.

    I wish I could go to the launch party this Thursday, but my VTs are coming over. :( Record your performance!

  2. Jenni- Upon threat of someone losing a limb for reals, there will be NO video recordings of the song! But I will give you a verbal recap if you wish. :)

  3. Loved the part about KidB trying to determine if he is having fun!

    Random observation: Daniel Day Lewis was very easy on the eyes at one point.

  4. Nicole- Oh heavens, yes. Daniel Day Lewis, wearing that last pair of Moccasins... Yum.

  5. If SLC wasn't so far away... and if that wasn't my anniversary... I would totally be there! I can suggest some people to sacrifice a limb, if that's what it takes to get a recording! *puppy eyes*

  6. Thanks for another mood lift this Monday, Brodi.

  7. Robin- I'll start cutting off limbs, just for you. :) Happy Anniversary!

    Donna- Thanks for reading!

  8. Do you know how hard it is to be so close to the right words but be completely off? I have worked very hard to succeed at that! And besides, I think something happened to my brain when we were taking our long walk out of the movie theatre and I was down-wind from Dad! PHEW! I don't think my brain received enough oxygen :)

  9. Erin- Oh man, that was so hilarious. :)

  10. Last of the moccasins! LOL! My sister and I totally wanted to make a spoof movie called that!

  11. There's something about crevices that makes people throw themselves inside and take photos. My husband did the same thing at the Grand Canyon.
    And- thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend. I didn't expect you to see the shout-out, but I'm glad you did!

  12. Jenny- That would've been so awesome.

    Gina- Thanks again for shouting out! :)

  13. Tell Jenni that I think her VTs coming over is no excuse for missing the launch and the Barely Manilows. Hasn't she ever heard of rescheduling? Where are you priorities, woman?

  14. Brodi - An audio recap would be awesome!

    Bree - Ha! I love that you called me out on both Brodi's blog and Twitter. Made my day. :)

  15. I meant verbal. I swear I have word dyslexia rather than letter dyslexia. I mix up words and metaphors all the time. Your sister and I should get together. We'd be two peas in a joint, two seeds in a pod.

  16. Bree and Jenni- Bree totally has a great point. I would've said the same thing, if only I'd figured out earlier what VT stands for.

  17. Ahahaha! Your sister cracks me up. That is brilliant.... "Last of the Moccasins." I will never look at that movie the same again. *laughing*

    Looks like your trip was tons of fun, and your dad seems to be doing so well! Yay for him!!!

    So we get four extra days! Seriously?? Wow!

    You asked for totals, so here are my latest numbers:

    Team Churro: 14,522/40,000

    *c'mon halfway mark* :)

  18. Wow Team Churro! That is excellent. You're totally kicking arse. Maybe I will just join your team...

  19. I didn't realize it was Dave who was post-op and you failed to mention crutches. Seriously?? Crazy impressive. And I'm afraid I have the same curse as Erin - not getting things quite right. Thanks for the laugh today Brod. And Erin - I feel for you! :)

  20. That's some new savant parenting skills there. I'll have to remember that.
    Team Immortals... still in the outline stage. Evidentally my world building was incomplete and I'm still asking and answering questions, but looks like we're not too far out paced. ;-)

  21. Cath- Oh yeah, that was Dave. The poor guy was always like a mile behind, but he just kept plugging along.

    LC- Way to outline, Team Immortals! To tell you the truth, Team Gluten-Intolerant's 17 handwritten pages were part of an outline. So, you're right on pace! :)