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My random musings about Cloris Leachman dancing… October 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:01 pm

I’m watching Dancing With the Stars and am both awed and amazed that Cloris Leachman is still in the competition. My random musings:

  • I guess you have to have a lot of personal moxie to wear those costumes when you’re over 80.
  • It’s sort of cute that she turns her “senior moments” during the dances into comic relief.
  • Wow, I thought poor Corky Ballas was gonna drop her when did the little death spin thingy…
  • When she got to the end of the dance she was just in hysterical giggles!
  • Bruno says she’s got to be the only person in the world that can sell such nonsense as dance, and get people to actually buy it!
  • Michael Flatley wouldn’t say anything bad about her because his Dad told him not to… 🙂
  • I can’t imagine doing anything close to those dances in my mid-forties. Kudos to the old gal for giving it a shot.
  • Corky Ballas, her partner, has to have the patience of a saint. Cloris won’t pay attention, won’t cooperate and it has to be hard for him. Hope he gets paid well!
  • What do you think, is this her week to be voted off or will another actual contender be sacrificed by the senior support base? Ah well, that’s why we call it entertainment, right?
  • At least her costume this week didn’t cause her top half to be exposed. Phew, there’s only so much an audience can take, right?
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone over 80 still able to get their leg up like a Rockette. Amazing!
  • What in the world will Tom Bergeron joke about if Cloris is voted off?
  • Oh my goodness, now they’re referring to her as the “Hip Hop Granny!” Yikes!

It’s not everyday you attend a 95th birthday party! October 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:25 pm
Rev. C.F. Croy celebrates his 95th birthday

Rev. C.F. Croy celebrates his 95th birthday

This weekend Mark and I traveled to south Missouri to attend a celebration in honor of his uncle’s 95th birthday. Comodore F. Croy, commonly known as Rev. C.F. Croy, has been a central figure in the Croy clan. The eldest of 8 children, he has enjoyed a long and very active life. Starting with humble beginnings in the little Missouri town of Bucklin, he eventually became a Holiness Church minister and owned and operated Croy Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning in Denver.

I’m so glad we took the time to make the trip. Mark was able to be with members of his family he hadn’t seen for a long timeS—some as long as twenty or more years! I got to enjoy many stories of the antics of a bunch of young boys from the Rocky Mountain Bible School. I also got to put some of the faces, names and family connections together after being a member of the Croy family for almost 17 years. Trust me, it’s a BIG family and they’re scattered all over the United States. Interesting that when I booked my trip to speak at a conference next week in Seattle, I didn’t realize I had family there! Who knew?

One of the most amazing stories that came out of the weekend was that one of Mark’s older cousins had married a man who was also from the Fulton area. Come to find out, my 85 year old Sunday School teacher was his first grade teacher back in the forties. What an incredibly small world it is!

Happy birthday Uncle Comodore. What amazing things you must have seen and done in a 95 year life!


I wanted to be a WOO, but… October 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:29 am

As a part of my job, my colleagues and I were asked to take a StrengthsQuest test that helps us determine what our areas of strengths are and how that effects what we do, how we do it and how we work with others. I learned about this first from my friend and colleague Ana. At her job interview, she described herself as a WOO which stands for Winning Others Over. Basically, the description says you enjoy meeting new people and winning them over, making them like you. After meeting Ana, I definitely wanted to be a WOO. She was charming and engaging and, well, who WOULDN’T like Ana?

So, I took my test and, unfortunately, I am not a WOO. I’m not surprised. While I like to meet new people and I certainly want them to like me, I don’t possess the typical WOO personality. What amazed me is that a test with such simple questions seemed to identify me so well in less than 30 minutes. Kudos to the people who develop such tests, they’re very smart.

So, my top 5 Strengths (themes) were:

Individualization, Strategic, Activator, Connectedness, Learner

In a nutshell, here’s what that means about me:

Individualization means that I am “intrigued with the unique qualities of each person and have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.”

Strategic means that “given any scenario, I can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues and create alternative ways to proceed.”

Activator means that “I can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. It also means I am often impatient.”

Connectedness means that “I have faith in the links between all things. There are few coincidences and that almost everything has a reason.”

Learner means that “I have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites people like me.”

The report goes into a great deal of detail, all of which is interesting when you start thinking about how that assessment dovetails with your work, your actions and your relationships. Tomorrow we’ll meet as a leadership group and compare what we’ve learned and talk with an expert who will tell us how best we can use all this new knowledge about ourselves.

Sure am glad to know there’s a reason I’m bossy and impatient! 🙂


The new Michelin Guide is out and so are my random musings October 7, 2008

Filed under: Random Musings,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:18 am

As reported by Epicurious, the new Michelin Dining Guide is out and there are chefs celebrating or weeping all over the world. I love reading about food, cooking food and, of course, eating food. The amount of creativity and work it takes to achieve this rating is certainly something to be admired. That said, there are still some things this novice finds interesting/confusing about the whole thing.

  • Have you ever actually dined in a Michelin rated restaurant? Have you known anyone who has?
  • Is it common for the wine to cost more than the entire meal?
  • Have you ever participated in a chef’s tasting? Does it taste better with Michelin stars attached?
  • I’ve read some of the menus from the 4 star restaurants on the list and I am both awed and confused by some of the descriptive terms used: amuse bouche, girollies, veloute, etc. I always have to go look things up to know exactly what they’re talking about! Or, take a basic French course…
  • Occasionally these top restaurants have things on their menus that I can’t imagine people wanting to eat at all, let alone pay top dollar. For example, pigs tail may taste good, but, I’d rather have pork loin or something a bit more substantive. Or, as noted on the menu for Le Bernardin, geoduck. Geoduck?? Did you watch the episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe helps harvest geoduck? Man, those things are NASTY looking!
  • There are things on the menu that I’ve just never heard of or been exposed to. Especially in the area of fish or seafood: kampachi, fluke, kumamoto, escolar, kindai maguro. Wow, I’ve got to get out more!

As I said, I’m highly impressed. Life in the hospitality industry is a lot of hard work, late hours and dedication to craft. If you’ve eaten in rated restaurants, let me know what you thought. Worth the hype and the cost or highly overrated?


Random musings about church dinners October 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 6:23 pm

I spent a large portion of my day today at church. Not surprising since it’s Sunday. However, today there was a funeral for one of our church members and there was a big dinner served following the services so I was there longer than usual.

It brought to mind the many church dinners I’ve attended throughout the years and I thought I’d share some of those random musings about that old time tradition: Baptist carry-in dinners.

  • Everyone has their favorite food they make a beeline for at church dinners. Our pastor is addicted to fried chicken. My husband always wants to make sure he gets a piece of Patsy’s lemon meringue pie. Whenever Alma brings homemade rolls, those are gone in a flash.
  • My standard contributions are hash brown casseroles, cookie salad, pie (usually lemon, butterscotch, apple or coconut), jambalaya or chicken enchiladas. I think we need to add a little spice to church dinners!
  • I always get tickled when I see the teenie tiny little dishes of food the older ladies bring. After cooking for one or two people of small appetite for so long, they’ve forgotten how to cook in ample amounts. Those dishes are usually emptied out after about two men go through the line.
  • Thank God we finally moved to paper plates and plastic forks and spoons. I remember hearing the older folks talk about the days before we used those and the stacks and stacks of plates and silverware that had to be washed after lunch.
  • There were over 5 dozen deviled eggs served at lunch today and that still wasn’t enough. What in the world did we do before deviled eggs were created? Those are almost their own food group!
  • Things necessary to church carry-in dinners in the 21st century: Pyrex portable carrying bags, crock pots with lids that snap down for travel, rubbermaid containers (cause they’re cheaper than Tupperware) and somehow someone always loses a lid, Bunn coffee makers that replenish the coffee FAST, disposable dinnerware and convenience food (brought by the people who like to eat homemade stuff but don’t like to cook it).
  • Some of the worst things that can happen at a church dinner: you put something on your plate that tastes awful and unintentionally sit across from the person who made it and feel obligated to eat all of it. 😦 Someone takes your crockpot lid and the one they leave behind doesn’t fit your crockpot. 😦 You are helping clean up after lunch and drop and break someone’s dish. You find out later it was one someone gave them for a wedding gift 40+ years ago. 😦 No one brings fried chicken. 😦 All of the good stuff is gone before you get through the line. 😦 You get the wrong deviled eggs and they’re not the GOOD ones.:(
  • What are some of the things people remember for years? That Oma Harris made the best homemade angelfood cake in the days before mixes, that you had to keep a close eye on the boys because they’d steal your rolls right off your plate, and that this is what fellowship is all about. Good times.