at Friday, November 27, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 0 comments

B & my cousin Noah went to pick up the Christmas tree yesterday before we ate. My aunt had originally purchased a 12 foot tree, but after a careful look at the wittle tree stand, we decided it was much too small to accommodate such a large fella. The boys came back with a 9 footer.. that'll do just fine.

B came prepared. I love this man :)

Brett's mom made these adorable edible turkeys! So cute.


at Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 0 comments

I am thankful for so much. I am extremely blessed. But instead of sitting here and typing it all out for hours, I am going to let you take my word for it and go cuddle next to this man :) Because he looks cozy, and cute, and I love him.


at Monday, November 23, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 2 comments

These two good lookin' people are Jason & Amanda GATES!
I was proud to be (co-)Maid of Honor. I love doing wedding stuff and I had fun helping with my sweet cousins wedding. It was a gorgeous wedding. With a gorgeous bride.
So happy for you guys!

And... it was AWESOME to have my family in town!


at Thursday, November 19, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 3 comments

I really like potatoes.

Like like.

...Like more than a friend.

And that is what I'm thinking about today.



at Sunday, November 15, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 3 comments

I am a sorry excuse for an exerciser. I was the one in gym class walking the mile run. Or making grass haystacks. Or braiding somebody's hair. Or actually... Hightailing it over to the Merkley's house, who shared a backyard with my school. I'm pathetic. And I have always been out of shape. I love ice-cream. and I love sitting. And I don't love strenuous workouts. But all of that negativity aside, I have begun to turn over a new leaf. I have lost about 20 pounds in the past few years and am trying now more than ever to become -not necessarily skinny (though I wouldn't be hatin' that)- but HEALTHY. It actually feels good. Who would have thought?

But this was TOO much. I am crying just reliving the experience I am about to share with you.

Sniffle. Deep breath. Ok...

On Saturday I awoke early. For some reason I thought, this is the day. This is the day I begin a workout routine. I bounded out of bed (and became immediately lightheaded) and said aloud to a few stuffed animals and pictures of estranged friends: Today I will go to Pilates! Nobody responded, but that didn't stop me. Nothing would stop me now. Not today.

Oh crap. Where is my Yoga mat? It's gotta be somewhere....Among cobwebs, no doubt.
No problem, I shall borrow one from my landlord...For nothing will stop me today! And on I went.

When I arrived at the gym, I noticed nobody else was holding yoga mats. Hmmmm, perhaps I haven't worked out in so long that they no longer use them for Pilates? Probably. I slyly put away my mat and copied the other peeps in gearing up with two towels and a water bottle.

Who would ever need 2 towels? This was my first sign that something was amiss.

Suddenly the door opened and the women were all ushered in....
Women started setting up their step benches, and I realized I was not in a Pilates class. I set up my bench in what I thought was the very back row. No biggie, I thought. I can handle a silly step class.

Wait, why is that woman putting 4 blocks under her bench? And that one, and her too? And OMG... The stage is this way, I am front row center!

....This is when I noticed the lack of flab in the room. In fact...The only flab in the room seemed to be hangin' off of yours truly.

Oh crap, oh crap, OH CRAP.

And then I heard the instructor shout this "HEY LADIES! WHO IS GONNA BE THE ENVY AT YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE!"
...And in unison "WE ARE!!!!!"

Oh my gosh, I am gonna die.

And for the next hour, I died.

My instructor at one point said something like "Looks like we have a new girl!" to which I replied "I thought this was Pilates" There was an uproar of laughter and I heard her respond "OH HONEY!!!"

And let me just tell you this: After class, I collapsed on the ground. And I haven't moved since. And I may never move again.


at Friday, November 13, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 2 comments

Tonight William asked me if I wanted to play Memory with him. Personally, I hate Memory. I choke. I forget. I am too scatterbrained to play. But I thought perhaps I could handle playing with a 4 year old. However, I soon found out that none of this mattered, because this is how it ended up going down:

Will: "Lisa, wanna play Memory with me?

Me: "Sure, go grab it"

Will: "Got it... Will you help me set it up?

Will has 3 memory games combined and insisted on setting up all 70+ cards

(After I spend way too much time setting up the game)
Will: "Actually, I know i'll get way more matches if I just play alone, ok?"

Oh snap. I have just been played.

That kid is smart.


at Monday, November 09, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 9 comments

After 10 years of long, flowing (slightly dry, damaged, horse-like) locks... I chopped it!


at Thursday, November 05, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 4 comments

This little guy came over and hung and watched Robin Hood with me on Tuesday night.
I had to share with you the conversation we had while this photo was taken...

William: (totally out of nowhere, while munchin' on a butterfinger) : "Wisa, did you know that sometimes boys wear bow ties when they get married?

Me: "You don't say, really?"

William: "Yep, they wear em'."

Me: (now laughing) "So is it called a bow tie because it looks like a bow?"

William: "No. A bow tie is exactly the same as a regular tie except its weally harder to tie."



at Wednesday, November 04, 2009 Posted by Lisa Best 2 comments

What do I do best you ask? Well I'll tell you.

I, Lisa Nicole Best I, daughter of Steven & lover of mashed potatoes, am the absolute
best at being consistent. A fine quality, right?


For, I... I am the best in the way I consistently seem to create embarrassing, idiotic, poorly planned, sporatic, "oops", irresponsible, well-that-was-dumb, Lis, time-wasting, & completely disorganized situations and moments
for myself on a daily basis. All things that I believe would be avoidable if I were... not me. But I am me. I don't know why I am this way, it's not easy being the best...

Do you think it's easy to spot a Diet Coke dangerously close to the side of my dresser, right above a freshly washed pile of clothes, only to spend more time thinking "Nah it'll be fine"...than it would have taken to get up and move it? ...And then to witness that aforementioned beverage finally meet its inevitable fate, soaking my clean linens instantly.

...Linens that didn't belong on the dirty floor in the first place--Which only surfaces yet another consistency I feed. A constant cycle of neglect (with a dash of laziness) to put clean clothes away, and eventually, re-washing everything in sight... And so goes the cycle.

My room is made up of a bed, that is, the majority of the time, halfway taken over by hundreds of miscellaneous scrapbook tools & supplies, a vanity dresser holding rarely-filled drawers & displaying jewelry, make-up and 5-10 1/2 empty pop cans. And about 5-6 piles of clothes making up the carpet in the room. Piles that do in fact have some order to them, but order that would not be at all visible to the untrained eye. Despite my "order" in place, I often find myself digging through these piles to find a certain item, like a pair of pajama pants, for example. & I have, on occasion, looked for ridiculous amounts of time before finding my missing pants in the PAJAMA DRAWER. You begin to fully understand the seriousness of your negligence towards organization when the last place you think to look for an item, is the place it actually belongs.

I am well known to "halfway complete" any task. Like shutting the fridge door, putting the toothpaste cap back on, rinsing the sink of my make-up and hair (I hate shedding), putting that stupid plastic clasp back around the bread, rinsing the dishes thoroughly before they are put in the dishwasher, and the list goes on. I just get focused on the next task or thought that my brain dishes out and any prior focus is immediately abandoned. He is an example of this:

About a month ago I was going to paint my nails in the car on the way to lunch, so I slipped my favorite polish into my purse and hopped in the JEEP. Yeah, you can imagine my nails didn't look that stylin' being painted while bouncin' down the road in a Jeep Wrangler. I managed to get one hand painted by the time we pulled into Taco Bell. (I'm only semi-decent at painting one hand, the other I usually paint, remove paint, re-paint remove again, and finally give up and drive to the nearest nail salon for fakes.) Anyway, as were were walking into TB I was still holding my polish, which was dangerous since I now had a new focus...FOOD and the sudden urgency to pee. I went to carelessly drop my nail polish into what I thought was the opening in my purse, as I bolted for the ladies room... and all in one motion, the polish missed the opening, fell to the ground, and broke in an explosion of hot pink disater. I reacted like I always do in these situations...which are becoming all too frequent. I froze. I looked down at the huge hot pink, fume omiting mess splattered very non-discreetly across the Taco Bell front lobby. I looked up at B, then looked back down, as if it may disappear. But there it was. As pink and blinding as it was at first glance. I was feeling that embarrassing/panic feeling coming over me. The one where I make uneasy jokes to keep myself from bursting into tears. It had only been about a matter of seconds since the initial disaster and a quick glance at the only employee in sight, informed that she somhow had not noticed what had just happened... and I, for a split second, considered just hightailing my clumsy, one hand painted self outta there. And then, though being the worst possible moment to selfishly mourn my fav polish, I thought Shoot, I only painted one hand and now have no polish.. I wonder if the label is legible. Then, someone brought me back to reality...It was B. And I was back to staring at the mess, contemplating the best thing to do. I politely approached a Taco Bell employee and sheepishly explained what happened, which should help to clear up any confusion in regards to the sudden woozy state of customers seated in the restaurants newly named fume-section. The lady didn't seem to speak English well and kept telling me it was fine. To leave and and she'll mop it up later. MOP it up? If you could just mop it up, then I wouldn't have been grounded nearly as much as a kid. I begged her to let me go get some remover and clean up my mess, but after three no's I said "okay". And the worst part? I now had to order and eat! Woe is me.

I hope the detailed examples of my
consistent, and 100% self-inflicted stresses have helped to make you grateful that there can only be ONE best in this category. And her name is LOOP. I have, however, made tremendous progress in the past year to be less me-like and more normal-like... And one day I hope to step down and accept a the lesser title of 2nd or 3rd best, or perhaps one day, even average.

Average... Sounds so glamorous.