Extra Curricular Activities – My Ish

Everybody has ish. Ish is what life is made out of.
– B. Dennis

Yearly Goals | Nationality of Visitors | Theater | Recipes | Exercise Challenge 2008

In December of 2002, a man came and did an assembly at my school. When he was 15 years old he set over 100 goals for himself to accomplish in his life time. Things such as canoe the Nile, hike Mt. Everest, and write a book. And he’s done them. He challenged us to set five goals for 2003. And I did. I got 3 out of 5 that first year. I am going to keep doing this every year for the rest of my life. I’m having a lot of fun working on my goals.


  1. Unpack all of my boxes.
  2. Finish the alphabet of books.
  3. Finish more old sewing projects than I start new ones.
  4. Vitamins, exercise, and healthy eating.
  5. IRB approval for both of my research projects.

2010 – Final count, four out of six. Best year yet!

  1. Unpack all of my boxes. – Not even close. I did however get them all organized and out of the way.
  2. Finish reading a non-fiction book for each letter of the alphabet (J-Z). – Almost there. I’m currently in the middle of my T book. That means that I read ten books for the challenge in 2010, one more than I did in 2009. I read a total of 22 books in 2010 (only 11 in 2009). So that’s pretty good actually. Here’s to more productive time on the bus this year.
  3. Pay off my car. – DONE!! Wahoo! And we paid of Brett’s as well. Next up is my student loans. We’re hoping to have those done by the end of 2012.
  4. Finish more sewing projects than I start. – DONE!! Final count was four new projects started (only one of those I didn’t finish, and that was our Halloween costumes since we ended up being out of town for the ward party and so didn’t need costumes, but we’ll be set for 2011). And I finished six old projects (and made good progress on two others). This was a success. I’ll do a blog post about all the projects at some point.
  5. Donate blood as often as possible. – I only donated once. But the reason behind this goals to keep me basically healthy. I’ve taken a multi-vitamin almost every day this year. I’ve heaten healthy foods. And I’ve kept active and exercised. So while I didn’t meet the letter of this goal, I did meet the spirit of it. I’m going to call it met.
  6. Read the Relief Society lessons for the year and the Conference Ensigns before the next Conferences. – Yup! I really enjoy keeping up with this one. Often what I get out of reading the lesson is completely different from the angle the teacher takes when teaching it. I’d miss so much if I didn’t read it myself.

2009 – Technically, I didn’t complete any of them. But that’s okay because I worked on them and I did other things this year.

  1. Read a book on a topic for each letter of the alphabet. – I’m on the letter J. And I’ve learned some great things so far. I’m excited to finish this up in 2010.
  2. Research proposal for my dissertation. – Not yet, but I did lay out a schedule for finishing the whole degree.
  3. Finish that darn spool quilt finally. – Nope. But I did make a quilt for our wedding (which I want to go back and quilt at some point)
  4. Learn what constelations are up throughout the year for International Year of Atronomy. – I did pay more attention to the stars this year.
  5. Learn twelve new recipes. – Not exactly, but the only recipes we repeated after getting married were tacos and waffles. And yes, we ate more than just tacos and waffles.

2008 – Two completely finished. Progress on the other three

  1. Qualify for Boston with my dad. – Didn’t make Boston, but I did run a marathon, and I did better than I did 11 years ago.
  2. Read 52 books. – Completed!
  3. Finish my spool quilt. I’ve been hand quilting it since 2004. I want it on my bed by the end of the year. – Made progress during the Olympics
  4. Learn to cook a new meal at least once a month. – didn’t get 12 recipes in, but I did learn quite a few more.
  5. Read the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. – Completed, both Old and New Testaments

2007 – one

  1. Finish the Bible.
  2. Attend the temple 52 times.
  3. Some kind of exercise every day Monday-Saturday.
  4. Finish my mission scrap book – work on it at least one Sunday a month.
  5. Take one picture every day – and I did!

2006 – zero

  1. Read the bible cover to cover.
  2. Finish my mission scrap book.
  3. Finish hand quilting my scrappy spool quilt.
  4. Run a race in Salt Lake City on July 24th. I’ll decide in June if I’ll be running the marathon or the 10K
  5. Read 50 books.
  6. Expand my social circle.

2005 – 2.5 completed

  1. Take the GRE and apply to graduate school. – Accepted to the Masters of Education program at the University of Utah. I start in January.
  2. Read the bible cover to cover.
  3. Finish mission scrap books. – I’m finished with my first two areas.
  4. Finish my bed spread and decorating my bed room. – Half my curtains are finished. I have four decorative pillows for my bed. I made a new cover for the back of my rocking chair and a cushion for it. And, knowing that my hand quilting is going to take forever, I tied a queen sized bedspread.
  5. Learn to belly dance, or regular exercise in general. – I took a class that started the end of September, with my entire presidency.

2004 – Two and a half

  1. Learn to belly dance
  2. Finish mission scrap book
  3. Read bible
  4. goal
  5. goal

2003 – Three

  1. Buy a car – bought Squirt
  2. Audition for a play – didn’t get cast in my first audition, but I was in three other plays
  3. Hike Mt. Timpanogus – finished in August
  4. Finish mission scrap book
  5. Learn to belly dance


Nationality of Visitors (73)
A list of all the countries people have visited my site from.

North America
. Canada
. Dominican Republic
. Mexico
. Puerto Rico
. United States 

South America
. Barbados
. Brasil
. Chile
. Colombia
. Peru
. Uruguay
. Venezuela

. Austria
. Belgium
. Bulgaria
. Croatia
. Denmark
. Estonia
. Finland
. France
. Germany
. Greece
. Hungary
. Ireland
. Italy
. Lithuania
. Malta
. Netherlands
. Norway
. Poland
. Portugal
. Romania
. Slovakia
. Slovenia
. Spain
. Sweden
. Turkey
. United Kingdom
. Botswana
. Cabo Verde
. Kenya
. Malawi
. Morocco
. Mozambique
. Nigeria
. Senegal
. Tanzania 

. Australia
. New Zealand

. Bahrain
. Guam
. Hong Kong
. India
. Indonesia
. Iran
. Japan
. Jordan
. Korea
. Kuwait
. Lebanon
. Macau
. Malaysia
. Oman
. Pakistan
. Philippines
. Qatar
. Russian Federation
. Saudi Arabia
. Singapore
. Syrian Arab Republic
. Thailand
. Vietnam



Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. – Gail Godwin

I was given the “Most Likely to Appear on Broadway Award” at the teachers’ end of school luncheon for the 2003-2004 school year.

He Done Her Wrong or Wedded But No Wife
September 9-12, 2005
PG Players in Pleasant Grove, Utah
An old fashioned melodrama. This time I am Alvina Moneycracker, the not so bright daughter of the rich old lady.

Alias Smedley Pewtree or the Villian of Glitter Gulch
September 10-13, 2004
PG Players in Pleasant Grove, Utah
A melodrama. I’m the sheriff, Mustache Agnes
My bio in the program: By day I’m Miss Giggles, the computer teacher. By night I have been “type cast” as a man, an insane person, a nurse, a drunk nun, and now a be-mustached sherriff. Isn’t schizophrenia great!? Vida boa!
Do you stay up at night pondering what I would look like with a mustache?

Tony and Tina’s Wedding
February 12-28, 2004
The Grove Theatre in Pleasant Grove, Utah
An improv show about the Italian wedding of Tony and Tina.
I played Tina’s cousin the nun, Sister Albert Maria.
This show was an absolute blast for me to do. It isn’t every day you get to dress up like a nun and get drunk!
Deseret News Article about the opening of the show.
Deseret News Review
Daily Herald Review – my name is mentioned specifically
Some pictures from the show.

Players Anonymous 2004 Calendar Campaign
Check out all the reasons people voted for me!
Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I had no idea I would win the whole thing when I started my campaign.
See my pictures as Miss February.
Along with the calendar, I was the Actor of the Month for February.

The Man Who Came to Dinner (or, “The Show That Must Not Be Named”)
November 13-29, 2003
The Grove Theatre in Pleasant Grove, Utah
A radio personality who thinks he is the cat’s meow makes life miserable for everyone.
I played the role of the nurse, Miss Preen
Deseret News article about the opening. I’m mentioned by name
Check these out.

A limerick for Miss Preen by Kate

There once was a nurse named Miss Bed Pan
She was shy and simply could not stand
to hear Sherry grumble
she started a rumble
And now works to lift the Munitions Ban.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
October 23-31, 2003
The Castle Theater in Provo, Utah
All about murder and revenge, and actually quite funny.
I was in the ensemble
Sweeney pictures

May 21-31, 2003
SCERA Shell in Orem, Utah
Based on the children’s classic.
I was in the ensemble, and also played a man for part of the second act
Pictures from the show
This was the first show at the Shell that season. To encourage people on the Players Anonymous message boards to come, I came up with a Top Ten list of reasons to come to the show.


I do not cook much, but I do have a few recipes that are worth sharing. As I find new ones, I will add them here.

Quick and Easy Bread Sticks

  • 1 tbl yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbl oil
  • 2.5 cups flour

Combine yeast and water and let sit. Add other ingredients and mix together. Form into bread sticks and cook for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

Recipe from Emilee Bodily.

Quesidilla Dip

  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 block Velveta cheese
  • 1 can cream of ____ soup (I use potato)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chili

Brown the sausage in an electric frying pan. Add the cheese and melt it. Add the soup and tomatoes. Serve over corn chips. Great for parties!

Recipe from Jeanette Burke.

Tator Tot Casserole

  • 1 lb ground hamburger
  • 1 can cream of ____ soup (I use potato)
  • frozen corn (or other vegetables)
  • tator tots
  • shredded cheese

Brown hamburger. Combine hamburger, soup, and frozen vegetables in the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover with tator tots. Back in oven at 450 degrees until tator tots are cooked. Melt shredded cheese on the top after removing from the oven.

Jumbo Shell Finger Salads

  • 16 ounces uncooked jumbo shell pasta
  • 1 pound cooked ham
  • 1 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cucumber (no peel or seeds)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 bunch green onions or chives, sliced
  • 1 cup salad dressing

Cook jumbo shells.

Dice ham and tomato and cucumber. Mix ham, cheese, cucumber, tomato, peas, and the onions or chives. Stir in salad dressing.

Carefully unroll shells and stuff with salad mixture. Serve shells on a bed of curly leaf lettuce (if you want to be fancy). Sprinkle with snipped parsley and paprika. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors.

You can also use any other kind of pasta if stuffing shells doesn’t appeal to you.

Makes enough for a small family reunion.

Pop Corn Balls

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 oz box of Jell-O
  • 9 cups popped pop corn

Bring syrup and sugar to a boil.

Remove from heat.

Add Jell-O and stir until it disolves.

Pour over pop corn.

Shape into balls. Apply butter to your hands so it does not stick to you.

Let cool.

Morning Math Munchies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk


  • 1 1/2 brown sugar
  • 2 tbs cinamon
  • 1 cup nuts

In a 9×13 greased pan, alternate batter and crumbs. Add 1/3 of the batter, half the crumbs, the rest of the batter, and the rest of the crumbs.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Recipe from Kristie Nevins for morning tutoring breakfasts.

cheese cake | meatballs


Exercise Challenge, Take 2 (2008)
Last summer I bet Brett that I could exercise more than him. The bet was five days a week of 30 minutes of cardio each of those days. The winner was the person who could get the most five day weeks. I won!

So we are trying it again. The bet is between the last week of February and the 28th of June, five days of exercise each week. We have modified it slightly this time though. Three of the days have to be cardio. The other two can be strength or cardio. I need stronger arms.

I’m still going to win.


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Totals after week 18:
Lisa => 15 weeks, 12 days
Brett => 15 weeks, 10 days

I honestly didn’t think I’d win.

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