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things that make me laugh

1. This picture of me that my six-year-old drew for his class at school. The assignment was to make a little book that had a picture of each member of his family and a description of why they were special. This kills me. Look at me. Look at my grim expression, my frantic posture, my wild eyes and hair. Oh my goodness. I’m laughing again.

2. The fact that Johnny Weir referred to Yevgeny Pleshenko’s costume as “the red vest situation.”

3. This e-mail that my college-age brother sent to my sister detailing his daily life. Maybe it’s only funny if you know my brother, who is 6’5″ of dry sarcastic understated wit:

“Not much is new with me. Three days ago one of the light bulbs in my living room went out. Then the next day the other one went out! Today I bought some new ones and replaced the burned out ones. You can read about all that on my twitter page, blog, and facebook though.”

And two quick links. The first is to a story published this past Sunday in the Deseret News. The reporter, Jessica Harrison, did a lovely job. I am so pleased. And the second is to an interview with author/blogger Samantha Stewart, who asked some very fun questions.

And, one last thing. I responded to the comments on the last post (which I usually do as I’m getting ready to put up a new post).

The End.




+ comments (18)
  • HeatherSmith
    March 2, 2010

    Boy #1 has great skill at “catching your essesence.” 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear what happens when your brother needs to replace batteries in smoke dectectors.

    Didn’t watch singles skating. The inevitable falls are just too painful for me. I feel bad I can’t laugh about “the red vest situation.” Did it involve faux fur and feathers?



  • Shari
    March 2, 2010

    Great interviews! I can’t seem to contain my excitement for you. And I’m really looking forward to November!



  • Sandy Shin
    March 2, 2010

    Your little boy is a true artist. *nods sagely*

    And great interviews! :>



  • Sara
    March 2, 2010

    Great interviews! And I love the drawing, very nice. I wonder how my #1 would draw me… lol!



  • I love that picture. It is so stinkin cute! My hubby is an artist so my kids love to draw pictures all day long and show us. It’s hilarious the things they come up with to draw.

    Also you’re right. That email from your brother is funny!



  • Aubrey(AKAStacey)
    March 3, 2010

    That whole thing made me laugh! 😉



  • KristaBulloch
    March 3, 2010

    Oh how I love the Braithwaites! You guys are the original House of Sarcasm. And I think all of the costume drama in the figure skating competition is very entertaining. Can you believe that Russian ice dancing couple in the aborigines get-ups? Really! At the Olympics?! Hilarious.

    So this is my first time commenting on your author blog. It’s not bad at all.



  • Samantha
    March 3, 2010

    That’s a great picture. You’re hair is probably flying backwards because of the intensity of coolness that is appearing on the screen. 🙂

    I once caught my two year old with a red pen and a hard copy of my manuscript, grimly shaking her head and making marks. I wish I could have deciphered the symbols. I’m sure her feedback would have been invaluable.

    It seems like the only necessary wardrobe item for figure skating is sequins. Lots of them. You can trade them out for rhinestones if you want to be avant garde…or maybe feathers. And I don’t think Johnny Weir has any room to talk–he’s a “situation” unto himself….

    Your brother is hilarious! The best ones always are.

    Thanks for the link! I enjoyed the other interview too.



  • becca
    March 3, 2010

    Have you ever seen that TV show “Pushing Daisies”? It was only on 2 seasons (available on Netflix, or at Becca’s house) but it gave me dialog envy, and always a huge case of the giggles. There was one episode where someone BeDazzles a live bird. I still get hiccups thinking about it. And Ice Dancing always makes me think of it. (*hic*)



  • Rachel Coleman
    March 3, 2010

    That picture is the best thing I have seen all day. I love all the detail in that picture. It’s incredible for a six-year-old! The profile, the arms out in front, the wheels on your chair. I hope you keep it forever.



  • shelli johannes wells
    March 5, 2010

    love that picture. My daughter is 6 and draws lovely little pictures about me. Think she’ll always be that way? 🙂



  • ally
    March 8, 2010

    Heather, it involved red sequins and a tie. Kind of like a tuxedo t-shirt, but a tie, right on his black unitard. It was awesome.

    Shari, you are such a sweetheart. Thank you for being so excited for me!

    Sandy, thank you! And I told my little guy that compliment about being an artist. He quite liked it. 😉

    Sara, you should see what he comes up with! That would be awesome.

    Debbie, how wonderful that your husband is an artist! My mother is one and I admire people who can paint and draw so much.

    Stacey, I’m so glad. 🙂

    Krista. I am glad it wasn’t too bad. I am also glad you think of us as the House of Sarcasm. But one of my favorite sarcastic quotes of all time was from your mom, and it involved the Durango.

    Samantha, your two-year-old sounds like the cutest thing ever. Did you take a picture of that? Also, Johnny was being very tongue-in-cheek. When they asked him which costume he liked best, he said, “Oh, you know me. I love simplicity, so I hated them all.” Awesome. And thanks again for the interview.

    Becca–I have not seen that show, but I’ve wanted to! Now that I have your recommendation I want to see it even more.

    Rachel, I do intend to keep it forever. I am glad it made you laugh. Do you ever get that manic glint in your eye when you write? You are probably too sane.

    Shelli, oh, I hope so. Don’t you love the age of six? I wish I could bottle it up forever.



  • heather moore
    March 9, 2010

    That drawing is priceless!



  • Kayla
    March 15, 2010

    have you ever heard a pictures is worth a thousand words?? well ….. lol



  • Brady Bryant
    May 20, 2010

    i love to Figure Skate, and this has been my favorite sport ever since i was a kid.;:~



  • Holly Martin
    July 18, 2010

    i love to see women that is doing some figure skating , they are really beautiful and gracefull.-‘.



  • Audrey Phillips
    July 19, 2010

    i love to see women that is doing some figure skating , they are really beautiful and gracefull.~”-



  • Catnip Cat
    December 12, 2010

    i would love to do figure skating every week, this has been my hobby and a mild form of exercise for my body -;”




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