Friday, October 1, 2010

Embracing Hel

Guess who's coming to my house?  No, not the health department, although given the state of my cooking lately that's a good guess. 

No, the real soon-to-arrive house guest is ... HELEN PETERSON!

I know!  I couldn't be more delighted if she were carpooling with Elvis!

She's on her way to General Conference, which I hope to remember to link to something informational but if not, the nutshell version is it's this generally conferencey thing the LDS church does twice a year in Salt Lake City.

That's right, Zion-ettes:  HEL is comin' to CONFERENCE!!

But first, she's getting revved up by stopping over in Vegas.  It's going to be an evening of pole dancing and gambling away the rent, by which I mean we'll be baking cookies and gabbing 'til midnight.

Helen was one of my first friends in blogland.  She was my bloggy friend before I even knew such things as bloggy friends existed.  She's Australian, and just recently moved to Arizona.  Yet another of life's mysteries:  Why does someone voluntarily move from AUSTRALIA to ARIZONA?  Did they even GOOGLE Arizona first?

Anyway, her imminent arrival has had my 14-year old developing a list of questions for me to "slip in" to our conversation tonight.  It includes the following:
  • How do you pronounce "Melbourne"?
  • How do you pronounce "Wallaby"?
  • How do you pronounce "Rugby"?
  • Did you ever find Nemo?  (That one is funny every single time he says it.  Really.  We're in stitches over here.)
  • How do you pronounce "Mate"?
  • How do you pronounce "I'm sorry, officer.  We drive on the left side of the road where I come from.  I hope your motorcycle's all right."

Helen is going to learn all sorts of things about me while she's here, the first being that I live in a perpetual state of what decorating magazines refer to as "before".  We've painted any wall that Avon ladies and Jehovah's Witnesses are likely to see; beyond that things are pretty... um ... Spartan

Everything is clean; it's almost totally unlikely that she or Isabel will contract a communicable disease while they're here.  That's a relief.  When Annie, Kristina, and Amber visited in June, Kristina caught Wayne Newton's toupee and Annie came down with a baby.  But we've Lysolled everything, so the Peterson girls should be fine.

Anyway, just thought I'd make you jealous and stuff. 

Have a Hel-acious weekend!  You know I will!


Kristina P. said...

I hope she says, "A Dingo ate my baby!", a lot. And tell her to keep her hands off my toupee!

Allyson & Jere said...

Hey now, do NOT go dissing Arizona. After all, you live in Vegas, which is NOT so pretty itself. I mean, just sayin. On the other hand, I do get the question...who moves from Australia to ARizona. I really do. I don't get it either. BUT, it's my AZ, and I love it.

That being said...hope you have the best time EVER!

Cheeseboy said...

An Arizonian Australian? An AA?! She sounds awesome just by that description.

Kazzy said...

Blog friend visits are the best! She looks adorable too.

DeNae said...

Allyson & Jere, a thousand apologies! I have the highest regard for Arizona and its residents and its saguarro cacti and its creative approach to immigration reform and the amusingly named town of "Snowflake".

And you're right; Vegas isn't exactly a place where anyone would expect to find, as a ferinstance, the Great Barrier Reef. Or the Sydney Opera House. Or - and you knew it was coming - Nemo.

T said...

Nemo!!! (sounds totally like something my kid would ask...)

Mikki said...

aw, how fun. Hope you guys have a great time. I'm so jealous. She gets to visit THE DeNae, and go to conference.

seashmore said...

Some guy played a didgeridoo at a ward talent show I crashed last night. (I'm not in the ward; I just went there for the chili.)

Have fun with your blog buddy! I get to meet mine over Turkey Day. (After over 6 years.)

Rebecca said...

How fun! Have a great visit!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Aw, I wish I had seen this sooner so I could have told you to give her a hug from me. Pretend I was on time.

tammy said...

Hel at General Conference. I knew it was only a matter of time.

LKP said...

some gals just walk in the light, ya know....
::kickin' pebbles::


The Crash Test Dummy said...

Hel-acious weekend. hee hee hee I lub that.

I lub Hel too. Why did she move anyway?

I hope you had a grand old time. I'm going to be email you shortly. Sorry I've been AOL.

I mean AWOL.

I mean MIA.

Been working on essays!!!!!!!!1

Becca said...

I love meeting virtual people in the real world. It's one of those things that keeps me coming back to the uncomfortable computer chair.

wendy said...

How cool that she would stop in Sin City....before heading to Zion

Lara said...

I hope you had so much fun! It's always wonderful to meet online friends.

And, why does ANYONE move to Arizona? Just kidding. Although that's what I used to think, before I moved there myself, and now I'd move right back in a heartbeat. Loved it there, crazy hot temps nd all.

AS Amber said...

Hel's bells! I'm so late to this party! So how was it? Did 14 yr old find all the answers he was looking for? You know...the ones he could have just asked me since I DO work at Outback. It pretty much makes me a native. She and I would've had so much to talk about!!!

Hope you had great visit! Eleven more days!!!!

L.T. Elliot said...

Hope you guys had a great time! (p.s. I'm laughing about the nemo one, too.)

Steve Julian said...

A great title to the posts. Love it.