Friday, June 30, 2017

a Teaching moment on the T

#mbta #seenonmymorningcommute

A teaching moment on the T


Thursday, June 29, 2017

TBT: the Yins

This is one of my favorite family photos I've taken.  #ilovecandids

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Feeding the missionaries

I haven't had the missionaries over for dinner in years.  Since I'm single I have to have additional people over in order to have them over and I refuse to feed an "entourage".  I know--bad attitude (because I have lots of groups of people over).  Anyway, my cousin Darlene taught seminary and piano to Elder Clarke so I told him I'd make an exception and tonight I had 3 people over plus the Elders.  #iamamormonwithanattitude

P.S.  Never fear--every few months I give them baked goods at church.

New friend

I just met @elissaurbanbean IRL.  She's delightful and we both love to sew.  And we were two feet from a very blatant drug deal in the Boston Common.  #lunchinthecity #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Angel Food Cake

If you've never baked an Angel Food Cake from scratch, grab a dozen eggs and do it!  The recipe is so easy (google it -- all the recipes are basically the same).  This is for strawberry shortcake tomorrow night.  #notpartofmyprogram #whosaidiwashavingany Hint: I separate the eggs in my hands and you will need cake flour.  #bakesomeonehappy #ilovetobake #cakeonthefloor

Monday, June 26, 2017

This is where I draw the line

But I've actually heard they aren't so bad.  #lobsterrollsnob #imainelygetmylobsterrollsinmaine

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Nicky Beutler is the newest Troop 96 Eagle Scout.


Two 9 year old boys in my ward played a piano-cello duet of "I Am A Child of God" in Sacrament Meeting today.  And it was fantastic.  #isaacethecellist

The Ings are in town!

#arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #awalumsummervisitors2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Parent family photos

Longfellow House

I took some family photos at the Longfellow House today.  #ilovenewengland

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wonder Woman

I saw the movie tonight and now I'm trying to decide which of these will be my Halloween costume.  #wonderwoman

Thursday, June 22, 2017

TBT: my 6th grade graduation

Wearing my first pair of nylons.  Gault Street School in Van Nuys, CA.  #pattonmemories #iwantmybirdlegsback

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Arlington Ward farewells

These farewells at Kimballs are bittersweet.  Godspeed to Utah, you Palmers.  And 4 spoons?  I think they were decoys.  #icecreamgoodbyes #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #eventhosewhogotbumpedtoanotherwardandstake

Kimballs tonight

Strawberry Kiwi sorbet is less calories than Heath Bar Crunch, right?  And I got a kiddie size.  #myprogram #dessertbeforedinner

It's no joke

People joke that Boston has two seasons: winter and construction.  #itisnojoke #roadclosed #constructioneverywhere

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My program

Three (not four) chicken strips, no fries, and a small diet frosted lemonade.  #myprogram #nowondericantdropapound #chickfila

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lovely (Winston Flowers)

And the portrait feature on my phone camera is my favorite.  #sevenplus #windstonflowers

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Do you know what fire does to polyester?!?


Father's Day

Me and my dad.  On our porch in Van Nuys.  Might have been my baptism day.  #anoldiebutagoodie #orinotherwordsaregram #fathersday

I made another dress

Still perfecting the sizing.  And polyester on a really warm day can be sticky.  #ilovetosew #polyesterisforgiving

For Sale by owner

My friend Elisabeth is selling her house which is bittersweet.  They've done a lot of work on the house; they're fixer uppers for sure.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Why am I sewing myself a dress at 1:00am?!?

#ilovetosew #butwhydidichoosepolyester #creativitycorner

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Charlotte's baptism day



Pizza and salad.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jasper v. The Kimballs Special

He asked the server if he got to pick his own flavors.  LOL.  #overheardatkimballs

The Swensens

It was so fun having the Swensens over tonight and going to Kimballs  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #awalumsummervisitors2017

I have problems

This is what no self control with a splash of Nutella looks like.  #greekdonuts

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My coworker Mary

My coworker Mary celebrated her 80th birthday traveling around the world for 80 days -- literally -- and is back and I've been asking her about her trip.  I'm so envious!  #sheaskedwhyiwastakingherphoto #caughtnotsmiling #maryoninsta

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A House Full of Females

We are discussing Laurel Ulrich's new book A House Full of Females at book group and I made these cookies.  #iamsoclever #ididntreadthebookthough #yet #arlingtonwardbookgroupisforever

Happy Flag Day!

We're not supposed to put decorations on our doors.  Don't care.  #stupidcondorules #rebelwithaflag #doessomeonedaretotellmetotakeitdown

Missionaries in Belmont. In khakis.

#theyaremormon #ditchthesuitsinthesummer #massachusettsbostonmission

This is the life

#MIToutdoorlibrary #bostonsummer2017

Have you seen these stamps?


Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I bought a new phone and needed a case and screen protector for it.  One of the IT guys at work tipped me off that MicroCenter will match Amazon prices.  It was worth the hassle to get there tonight.  The case was $22.99 and the screen protector was $9.99.  I saved $37.00!  #bam #ipaidfullpriceforthepepsi

Monday, June 12, 2017

Carrie Hill is in the house

Like I said...lots of AW alums visit in the summer.  Carrie (LaPierre) Hill is visiting with her family (she has 7 kids!).  I've known her since she was a kid and can't even count how many movies I saw and outings I went on with Carrie and her twin Lisa...including the Hill Cumorah Pageant and NYC (where we got separated on the subway--a story for a TBT).  Carrie is a gem and I loved reconnecting with her tonight and seeing 5/7 of her kids.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #awalumsummervisitors2017 #plumislandsunburn

Arlington Ward alumni visitors

It's another summer of Arlington Ward alumni visitors--the Manwarings are back!  I love when friends visit.  Like I say, no offense but if you live in Dubuque, Iowa I don't think people come back to visit but if you live in Boston they do!  I love my Arlington Ward people.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #AWalumsummervisitors2017 #streetphotography #literally

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Arlington Ward choir

Our ward choir is amazing.  #amirightoramiright Today they teamed up with the Belmont 2nd Ward choir and sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  It was so beautiful.  This violin (or is it a viola?) belongs to one of the deacons in our ward.  I am always inspired by the music in our ward.  #arlingtonwardchoirmusicalnumbersareforever

New dress

I wasn't sure how I felt about the dress I made but I wore it today.  #mysummersorbetdress #itwasSEWeasytomake #ihaveantlers @greenbeepatterns @kaffefassettstudio

I'm going


Saturday, June 10, 2017

A tower of giraffes

#ilovetosew #babygifts #onematchesthedressimade

Betty's back after a long winter in Utah

#toknowheristoloveher #arlingtonwardmatriarch #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever