Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween 2008

I have taken a few pictures of this year's Halloween Festivities. There are some from our ward's Trunk-or-Treat and some from Halloween Day/Night. Greg and Brooke just barely got a jack-o-lantern carved this morning after Greg was finished exercising (Brooke was off school today due to Parent Teacher Conferences).

Brooke and friends (Candace, Kevin, Calvin Payne, Schaap kids) at our Ward's Trunk or Treat.

Wayne and Becky Allen always come up with the coolest costume themes. Here is their family dressed as characters from Sleeping Beauty.

Greg and Brooke barely got this Homer Simpson jack-o-lantern done the morning of Halloween.

Josh Lubold (James Dean), Derek Cravens (Santa), Xavier Muzik (Jimi Hendrix), Brooke (Pirate), and Candace Burton (80's Aerobics Instructor).

For those who don't know him...Xavier is only 13 (He's 6'4"--I know he looks older; people kept asking if he was a UNM student). He's been friends with Brooke and Candace for years.

Homer outside greeting our trick-or-treaters.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Redistribution of Wealth--Applying in the Real World ;-)

A friend forwarded the following to me in a recent e-mail. I tried to research it to see if it is a real story or not but couldn't figure it out. Regardless, it's a good real world application of Obama's desire to decide where our hard earned money should be redistributed...

Here is a creative approach to redistribution of wealth as offered in a local newspaper...

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on an "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Jorgensen Halloween Pictures 1984-2007

I went through my pictures and created a pictorial of Halloween Pictures from the past. Check it out :-) You gotta look at the "tooth" costume I came up with (without a pattern) for Brian when Greg was in dental school (complete with an amalgam AKA a silver filling).

Here's a sampling of one of the pictures from the above link. This was probably the last thing I ever sewed (the Relief Society cover made from a place mat doesn't count because I pretty much made Karee Sowards sew mine for me...LOL). It was also probably the last time I dressed up for Halloween. Brent is the orange M&M; Brian is red. (NOTE: I actually cut out all of the lettering and fused it to my fabric!)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Congratulations Brooke!

Brooke was happy to find out that she made her school's Basketball Team. She still has a middle school volleyball tournament this Saturday and will then move on to basketball. Her team is one of the only ALL GIRL middle school volleyball teams in our city. Despite this, they won most of their matches (beating many teams with boys on their rosters). Here's a picture of Brooke with her friends Candace and Felisha after winning their second to last home game.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods

YUMMY! Sandy Spohn taught a few of us how to make her famous Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods! We made samples for members of her upcoming Craft Saturday Class. Thanks Sandy!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Segments from a broadcast to Californian Church members addressing the Church’s doctrine of marriage and the Protect Marriage Coalition.

© 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

To use an analogy:
You could pass a law that says oranges now are apples. But oranges will never look like apples or taste like apples or be apples no matter how many laws we pass, nor will they ever produce the same seeds as apples. Just because we recognize this reality does not mean we have animosity toward oranges. In fact, we can like both oranges and apples and still hold an opinion that they are different.

While this example may seem silly, it illustrates that the proposed radical experiment with same-sex marriage attempts to achieve the impossible. Same-sex marriage will never bear the same fruit as man/woman marriage – no matter how many laws are passed because it is radically different.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Kudos to Companies Responding to my Complaint about "The View"

I didn't have time to write ALL of the sponsors but did hear back from a few of the ones I contacted. Kellogg's was first to respond to my complaint about liberal "The View." General Mills was close behind. I've also received a response from Proctor and Gamble. I haven't heard from Pillsbury, Wal-Mart, California Milk Products, or Macy's.

Here's what they said...

Ms. Jorgensen,

Thank you for contacting us regarding the placement of Kellogg spot commercials during The View. We appreciate your comments and opinions regarding television programs that do not meet your expectations.

Since the 1980s, we have had in place an assertive Advertising Placement Policy that governs the placement of our advertisements. We make every effort to be sure our advertisements appear within television programs that are considered wholesome by the vast majority of the public.

Specifically with respect to talk shows, we have taken a leadership position to not include our advertisements on certain programs. Additionally, we have in place a screening process where our advertising agency selectively places ads based on a review of the episode synopsis, ensuring that the content fits within our Advertising Placement Policy guidelines. We believe this process sends a very clear message that we will support advertising on programs with positive themes in order to reach our target audiences, but we will not hesitate to take the necessary actions to disassociate our company from programs with negative social influence.

You may be interested to know that our company is a sponsoring member of the "Family Friendly Programming Forum." This is a group of more than 40 major national advertisers that seek to encourage the television networks, studios and production community to produce more prime-time programs that are relevant and interesting to a broad audience and that parents and children can enjoy together. The Forum has met with great success in encouraging networks to focus on developing new family-oriented programs, and we continue to support their efforts in this regard.

Advertising placement is an important consideration for our company. Please be assured that we will continue to work with our advertising agencies to better understand the issues surrounding advertising placement on talk shows. Based on continual monitoring and review of the situation, we will determine if any further adjustments in our future advertising placements are required.

We appreciate your interest in our company and products.


Pablo A. Martinez
Consumer Affairs Department
Kellogg North America

Battle Creek, MI 49016-1986

Dear Valued Consumer:

Thank you for contacting General Mills. Your comments are important to us.
We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our consumers. As a result, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in everything we do, from advertising to food safety.

Feedback such as yours is important to the nature of our business.

We appreciate your loyalty and the time you took to contact us. Please be assured that we
will share your thoughts with the appropriate individuals.

Trhas Babish
Consumer Services

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

NOT My "View"

The View Co-Hosts give Michelle Obama
the "rock star" treatment.

Elisabeth is McCain's only ally.

The pictures above say it all...

Today's show REALLY disgusted me. The continual belittling of Sarah Palin by Joy Behar and Barbara Walters hit a new low. It takes a lot to get me angry enough to write a letter. (BTW...I'm listing all of today's advertisers at the end of this post.)

Here's my letter to The View's producer, Bill Geddie...

I am so disgusted with today's opening segment. You have just lost a viewer for good. I stood by throughout the Rosie O. year and gave you chance after chance to represent all views. All we get is a group of bitter women ganging up on the one conservative view.

I have lost ALL respect for Barbara Walters--I almost bought her book but am so glad I didn't give her one cent of mine. She is condescending and offensive to all conservative viewers.

You would serve your viewers better if you replaced Joy or Sherri with another conservative panelist so Elisabeth isn't always left on her own to stick up for her convictions (which, by the way, probably represent at least half of your audience).

Although I do not always agree with Whoopi, she presents her arguments in a civil and respectful manner. She also doesn't talk down to Elisabeth.

I am going to keep track of all advertisers from today's show and will contact them with my complaints.

Here are the advertisers sponsoring today's debacle...(Mouse over company names below for links to some of their contact info if you feel strongly about this issue)

Clairol (Proctor and Gamble)
Bounty (Proctor and Gamble)
Promise SuperShots (Unilever)
T.J. Maxx
One-a-day Vitamins (Bayer)
Advil (Wyeth)
Olive Garden
Campbell's Soup
Fisher Price
Phillips' Colon Health (Bayer)
Liquid Plummer
Post Cereals
Hillshire Farm
Mucinex (Adams RespiratoryTherapeutics)
California Milk Products
Swanson Broth
Prilosec (Proctor and Gamble)
Kellogg's Cereal
S.C. Johnson Co.
Total (General Mills)
Pur water purifiers
Ethan Allen
Oseo Bi-Flex
Nickelodeon (Dora the Explorer video) (insurance)