Monday, February 22, 2010


For the curious (potentially mildly-appalled) family members......

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day from the Sisters

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New Lurker Contest

House of Miller is announcing a February Lurker drawing. The winner will be drawn March 15th, with the last allowable sign-in at midnight on the 14th. That lucky duck will receive a packet of sheep pen and ink notecards from local artist Kathy McRae.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Truths and Lie - Anne's Quiz Answers

Okay, while we are eagerly awaiting the appearance of a baby for Jen and Joe hopefully well before the Feb 16 induction...we might as well entertain you with more answers to quizzes. Here are the ones for Anne:

Has logged multiple takeoffs & landings in small engine plane - 6 of 11 voted Lie:

TRUE. As a birthday present in early college, her friend Nate from Lewiston stopped by the dorm room door one memorable May morning and asked if she would like to take a "Cessina for a spin." Nate was going through commercial pilot school at the time and was already a certified flight instructor. One requirement for him was a set number of takeoffs/landings each year at the local airport. Now, airplanes have been near and dear to Anne's heart since she used to play around her Granddad's airplane hanger and went to local airshows. That day, she logged 3 takeoffs and one a stall. Nate now works as a pilot based out of Mumbai, India and Anne still counts that as one of her best birthday presents ever...especially considering that she waited to tell her parents about the adventure until afterwards. Funny how that is....

Was once asked to play ice hockey for Washington State University - 4 of 11 voted Lie:

TRUE. Anne played intramural sports at the good 'ol U of I, including serving as captain of a co-ed floor hockey team for two years. She also likes to ice skate and WSU (a mere 8 miles from the UI campus) was short on players at one point for the women's ice hockey team. They must have been desperate (or very kind) in assuming that understanding and affection of ice hockey + the same for ice skating = ice hockey player. Anne decided that she didn't want a disfigured (insert any appendage here) at graduation, so respectfully declined.

Has presented the Gifts at the downtown Denver Cathedral of Immaculate Conception - 1 of 11 voted Lie:

TRUE. Blame aforementioned Joe's little brother for this one. During conferences several years ago in Denver, Steve successfully convinced several friends to attend Mass with him, since the beautiful Cathedral was only a few blocks from the hotel. Those in the group concerned with the lack of formal attire, after assurances that it would be inconspicuous, shuffled quickly toward the back pews. They were met by a friendly usher explaining that the church picked members of the congregation each Sunday to offer the gifts at the FRONT of the alter and would they be willing to do so? Shaking in their flip-flops, the three chosen obliged, with Anne vowing to always pack something other than the "I am fresh out of college and I stole this dress from a sleeping Hawaiian's closet look"

Slept illegally in the Everglades while in Florida - 0 of 11
TRUE. While working on hurricane recovery efforts with FEMA, Anne's Montana Conservation Corps crew took a little R&R time in the Everglades. Problem was, the group was having a hard time finding somewhere to bed down for the night. No matter. Utilizing the roof tarping materials on hand, the lot of them constructed various scary looking tents in the back of their pickups after pulling into what seemed to be a decent campsite. Come morning, the discovery was made that the campsite was abandoned for good and baby alligators had taken over the bogs within 20 ft of the parked vehicles.

Is officially a Class C certified sawyer - 0 of 11

FALSE. Although definitely a landmark goal, Anne is not Class C, although she has attended various classes and cut her first tree while in MCC leader training on the MT/ID border. Since then, many more trees have toppled over like popsicle sticks...but none have given C status. Partly due to needing even more experience and partly due to not having a certifying instructor there to witness some of these cuts...which is probably a good thing.

Now, if you have made it through all these and, by chance, happen to be an insurance agent offering life quotes, odds are good that you'll thrown all the apps out by now. Be assured that, since domestication, Anne does not fly airplanes or play hockey at this time. You will find her, demurely dressed and well prepared, sipping tea and watching babies. And only 2 of those statements are true.......