Sunday, September 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

Dear Pinterest,

Thank you for having a million or so very creative users.  When I sit down for five minutes at the computer and scroll through all of the amazing "pins," I am overwhelmed with the myriad projects, tutorials, photos, recipes and quotes.  Now I have so many ideas to try, I'm set for pretty much the rest of my life.

And on top of that, now that it's autumn, your users are pinning lots of autumnal type projects, tutorials, photos, recipes and, well, maybe not so much quotes.  Naturally, this means pumpkin.  In fact, there were so many amazing pumpkin recipes that I had to create a board just to hold the 59-and-counting pumpkin recipes I've pinned.

I really like pumpkin.

And I really like you.





While I'm generally not in love with WalMart as a whole, I don't have a whole lot of choice where I live.

I've been looking for the perfect table for my daughters to do homework on.  One that is small enough to fit into my already crowded office, sturdy enough to handle the inevitable craft projects (the ones I found on Pinterest!) that will be done instead of homework, cute enough to appeal to my aesthetics, and cheap enough to fit into my budget.

I found such a table at WalMart last month, but my budget was still recovering from things like car repairs and family vacations.  So I waited until yesterday to buy it.  Of course, when I got there, the table was out of stock.  But, I was able to hop onto your website and have it ordered with your free site-to-store shipping within minutes.

I'm really excited for it to come.  I have had wonderful fantasies about this table making my life easier in the insane afternoons.

It probably won't really happen, but at least you have helped my fantasies move that much closer to reality.  And you've made my life a little easier, too.

Thanks again,



Dear Steve Jobs,

Thanks for inventing the iPhone.  Now that I have one, I'm not really quite sure what I would do without it.

I mean, I can play Words With Friends while I am waiting at the doctor's office.  I can also check my email, look at Facebook and Pinterest, read my scriptures, and check my blog comments (even though I don't get very many anymore)(probably because I don't have time to comment on anybody else's blog).

I can also order and pay for the homework table I've really been wanting while I'm still standing in the furniture aisle at WalMart looking at the empty space where that table once was.

Also, I can do all of those things while snuggled comfily in my bed.  It's been pretty cold lately and it's nice to read and answer my email, watch Netflix and play stupid games from the warmth of my down comforter.

My husband really likes his MacBook, but I haven't really cared one way or another until now.

But I'm kind of in love with my phone.

So, thanks for that.



Dear Mother Nature,

Thanks for raising the outdoor temps a wee bit for the coming week.

It's been pretty cold in my house lately.  Like, 57 degrees or so.  We've been wearing our wool socks and sweaters, but my husband says we can't turn on the heat until at least October.  I've been trying to bake a little more often just so I can use the oven to warm my home, but it's still pretty cold.  My fingers are numb as I type this, in fact.

But, it looks like the sun'll come out tomorrow.  And so I'm hanging on.  And thanking you.

However, no matter what happens, on October 1st, I'll be turning up the heat.

(That doesn't give you permission to snow anytime soon, though.)

With love and admiration,


PS  I'm really looking forward to the autumn colors.  You do amazing work!


Dear Melanie,

Thanks for writing books (and blogs).

I downloaded Not My Type to my Kindle on Friday and had it read by Saturday afternoon.  I really needed the lightheartedness and the smiles.

I've been reading a bunch of heavy and somewhat depressing books lately and I couldn't bring myself to read one more novel like The Glass Castle or Jane Eyre (even though I do like them) until I could let my brain rest a bit.

Your book was just the ticket.  I'm sure you already know, but you're a pretty darn talented writer.  In general, I just roll my eyes at books that might be classified as "fluffy chick lit," but something about your humor, your realness, and the fact that I really do learn stuff from your books (like how to write thank-you notes) makes it kind of a guilty pleasure for me.   

In my humble opinion, you beat the pants off of Stephenie Meyer.

Anxiously awaiting your next book,

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. That was fun reading! Since you mentioned weather I was thinking about your long winter to come and then it struck me that maybe you could do a mid-winter break in Detroit (I know, don't laugh...there really are some nice places there...and just outside of the city too) to see the DSO and the UMS Choral Union/soloists/MSU Children's Choir perform Brahm's Requiem. Leonard Slatkin conducting and (I really don't think I'm biased) the very esteemed Dr. Jerry Blackstone preparing the Choral Union (2006 Grammy Award winning for Best Choral Performance). Anyway, that's way too much taking up of your space but, and I might be crazy, I just think this performance might be worth the ten hour dirve! (-:

  2. Sorry, meant to leave a link:

  3. I have yet to look into Pintrest. I worry it'll be another time suck!

    I have hopes for getting an iPhone for Christmas--I'm not sure how I've lasted this long w/out a smart phone.

    And my SIL may be stealing my copy of Melanie's book before I can read it. Looking forward to the read myself!

  4. Yes to all of the above.

    I'm loving Pinterest. In fact, largely thanks to your pumpkin board, I've developed a new love affair with all things pumpkin. I think my family may tire of it way before I do.

    I love my iPhone. Very much. But you are killing me at Words With Friends!

    And I really want to read that book. Sounds like just what I need. Wonder if it's on the Nook...

  5. I found out about Melanie's books from your blog, and I'm still mourning that my bookmobile doesn't have them, and that I haven't been able to win them in the many contests I've entered. :( I may just have to use some of the Swag Buck Amazon money I've been saving for a grain grinder to buy her books.

    Love your post. Hoping I get to read her books very soon! Hope you have a nice, warm day tomorrow.

  6. I've really tried to get into pinterest and just can't do it.

    Love someone else's cretivity though!

  7. Words with friends is my newest craze. I love having several games going at once. If you'd like to play let me know.

  8. I am not crafty, but I have a feeling that I would still like pinterest, but I am avoiding it. I wonder how long that will last?

  9. I'm a pinterest freak! I have only attempted a few of my 'pins' but I'd be BROKE if I tried them all. My blogging is even suffering as I am spending all my time on Pinterest!

  10. I love pinterest, but I've had to start making goals to DO some of the things I've pinned. Otherwise I'm gathering ideas for nothing.

    I use the amazon app all the time at stores to see if I would save money buying it online.

    I found a table I wanted to buy for homework, but my husband thought he could make one. It is nice and sturdy BUT it cost more than the WalMart one and STILL ISN'T DONE. The Walmart option is sounding better and better.

    I read Melanie's book Friday and LOVED it. I needed the smiles, too.

  11. The iPhone. How did we ever live without them? And, come to think of it, how are some people still living without them? That just blows my mind. :)

    I really can hardly wait to read Melanie's book.

  12. And lovely thank you notes they are! I foresee another way to completely suck up my online time.

  13. Dear Lara,

    This was so fun to read! Thank you for an enjoyable blog post. I too haven't been reading many blogs lately, but I have been looking at TOO many projects on Pinterest. I also am in LOVE with my iPhone and I really love your blog. (I just need to sit down for a moment and play catch up):)

    You might have convinced me to read one of Melanie Jacobsen's books? We'll see. I just finished "Unbroken" and while it was very depressing and disturbing at times, it was a true story of triumph and forgiveness. I LOVED it.


  14. I too have a testimony of iPhone. I TOTALLY know that it's true.

    Um. Not to be judgey or anything, but Joel is a tyrant. You heard me. T-Y-R-A-N-T. You fire up that furnace and defrost those fingers. (I assume he keeps his office at the university at 57 degrees, too, just to show solidarity.) My husband had the
    AC in our Vegas house set to something like 80 during the days, and then to start cooling off around 6:00 p.m. Hmmm...wonder who came home from his perfectly air conditioned office around 6:00 every night. Yeah, when I found out THAT little housekeeping tidbit, things changed. Significantly.

    It takes a saintly heart to send a thank-you note to Walmart. You are one in a million. Hope that desk works out for you.

    Oh, and I play Words with Friends. Email me your username and you can kick my butt up around my ears, same as my DIL.

  15. OH, and I'm reading Mel's book right now. I especially like the name of the sandwich shop, and the fact that the family has a child named Cory. Think I've gotten into Melanie's head or what??

  16. Walmart site-to-store has saved my cake so many times. Our Walmarts here are so picked over and small to start with...but the website is fantastic! I just don't even bother looking for the big ticket items in the store anymore.

    As for pinterest...I'm right there with many good ideas, so little time!

  17. I need a light book, too. Right now I'm reading about budgeting and mental illness. Fun!

    Fall is making me giddy.

  18. I'm so sorry that I haven't been commenting! I've been reading, though, and loving you and missing you nonetheless. I'm glad you're doing well!

  19. I wish I had an iPhone. Or had purchased my iPad with 3G on it.

    I haven't figured Pinterest out yet. But it sure has pretty stuff on it!