Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Not fat, but STOUT

Per request, here is a picture of me as a baby. I was STOUT and apparently had a self contained food storage.
From Gords

From Gords

Monday, January 25, 2010

Big Helen's going for a record

The kids were excited when I walked in the door. They had to show me the XXXL egg that Big Helen laid today. Woah, now that's ginormous (for a chicken egg).

This week one of the chickens disappeared, which is really strange because they stay in the coop the whole time. There were no signs of Annabel going on a rampage, and there were no tracks in the snow. So now we only have four chickens.

I will be placing an order soon to get some chicks in the spring. Anyhow, the kids have had fun with egg collecting every day.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I do not think it means what you think it means

I recently used the word "Brevity" thinking it meant something related to being brave. I've not used the word before and looked it up already using it that way, and duh, it has nothing to do with being brave! It's about using concise, short descriptions to make a point. Oops. Truly something I learned today.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My top ten most embarrasing moments in my life

10. Getting busted for having "Smurf Village" on my ipod - During a meeting, James MacDonald looked over at my ipod which was just sitting at my desk and noticed the big splash screen for "Smurf Village".  He didn't say anything, but moved closer and was staring at it and he was obviously very curious.  I wasn't playing it, but it was the last app I had up when I came in the office.  He said after the meeting that he loved the smurfs as a kid and wanted to download it on his iPhone.  But the damage was done and I was red as a beet.  Guys don't play with Smurfs.  This is a great topic of humor within the Gridley house.  The funny thing is, after the meeting he went to the bathroom, and about 15 minutes later comes back, taps me on the shoulder and says, "I'm at level 3!"

9. "He called me a name!" - Making a big deal about a coworker comment that was just a misunderstanding - Craig Butts discussing with Debi Fluckiger at his desk about rejected CCN's. I heard my name and got deeply offended. Complained to my manager who found out it was a misunderstanding and I just overreacted.

8. Depeche Mode concert disaster - took Cathi to a Depeche Mode Concert that failed miserably.

7. False Start - My senior year of High School swimming I was on the blocks for swimming a 500 free at the State Championship meet at BYU. I false started and there is no second chance when you false start, so I was disqualified. That was a major disappointment and so embarrassing!

6. Fly Down - I once went to a High School Prom dance with Patrice Bolyard. I excused myself to use the bathroom, and after a few dances afterwards realized I left my fly down. Wondered the rest of the night how many people noticed and laughed at this doofus.

5. Locked into peddles - my first time riding my triathlon bike to work. I came to a stop sign, had clipped out of my peddles and then rested my foot back down thinking that I had to clip in, but just resting on the peddle actually clips you in. Well I came to a stop and couldn't pull my leg back up off the clip and just fell on my side. A school bus full of kids were right there and the whole bus looked to the right and laughed at me as I struggled to get unclipped on my side with my right knee bleeding and my face all red.

4. AI - as in the crappy movie by Steven Spielberg. In 2001, I was excited about this movie's potential and asked my in laws to go. This was a terrible movie with alot of inappropriate sexually suggestive stuff. Cathi and my Mother In Law walked out. To this day it's an extended family joke that I thought AI was such a great show.

3. Getting caught with my pants down - I was upstairs in my bedroom preparing to take a shower. I was fully in the buff, with my bedroom doors open, when Lucy's new friend comes upstairs looking for Lucy. She got more than she wanted to see at the Gridley house that day. That friend has never attempted calling Lucy again. We now have a family rule that no friends are allowed upstairs (where there isn't anything except bedrooms).

2. Sleeping on the job - When I was working graveyard shift for the Church, I finished my rounds in the South Visitors Center on Temple square (about 4am), I sat down on a couch in the dimly lit basement and stretched my legs out. Next thing I heard some alarm in my ear-piece going off along with a voice "Gordon! Gordon!". The shift manager was right there shaking me trying to wake me up. I was in a DEEP SLEEP. I was so freaked out that I actually pissed myself a little. I was nearly fired. I was put on probation and everyone in the department now had looked at me with "SLACKER" written all over my forehead. Because my services were needed checking people into an event starting at 6am, there was a line building and quite a hold up. This was probably the worst day of my life.

1. Putting my foot in my mouth - When I was in the 8th grade, my new best friend was Mike Phillips. We were standing in line at lunch when one of the new lunchroom assistants came up to Mike and was hassling him about something needlessly. I whispered to Mike, "What a bitch!". After getting our lunch and sitting with our group of friends, someone mentioned to Mike, "Hey Mike, how is it having your mother as one of the assistants?". Oh man, what an idiot I am! I asked him, "Mike is that your Mom?" "Yeah, you didn't know?", "No.". That friendship never blossomed as to this day I still feel a little guilty over that stupid comment.

Do you dare post your top ten most embarrassing moments?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The adventures of Naughty Wilson and Crazy Lawrence

A couple nights ago I resumed telling the boys bedtime stories. I created this character much like Curious George. A monkey that always seems to get into trouble. After describing the character to the boys and just before announcing his name, Jonas filled in the gap and said, "Naughty Wilson". I laughed cause it fit just perfect.

Then the next day I had to give Naughty a friend, so I added "Crazy Lawrence" to the stories. Here's a picture of the two guys giving their best Naughty Wilson and Crazy Lawrence impression.
From Family
This picture was shot by their cousin Melissa while waiting to watch a show on the Disney Cruise.