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Bertelson Annual Photo 2010 edition
December 21, 2010, 2:37 pm
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To all my wonderful online friends and readers …

Just to cover those of you that are not on FB (or my FB friend yet)
… here is our Bertelson Annual Photo 2010 edition 🙂

If you are my FB friend, you can see the photo (and comment 🙂 HERE

Everyone can see it here (and larger)
All 205 photos were taken by Maddie’s (White #6) friend Reid Garnett – he has been her friend since they

were 3 years old in pre-school. Very talented phtotographer … his flickr stream is HERE

After picking the finalist/winner photo I created a stop-motion video all 205 photos in sequence, with some

awesome, very appropriate music underneath …. that you can see (and comment 😉 here

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas/Holiday – full of smiles, laughter, relaxation, suprises (good ones!)

…. and here’s to an awesome rockin’ 2011


Best Birthday Ever
July 7, 2010, 11:54 pm
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so I am updating my blog from my new 64GB iPad that my amazing hubby got for me (total surprise) and he gave it to me at my surprise birthday dinner he orchestrated. I am so lucky, blessed with him and my family …. here are some photos

The dogs go ‘crack-a-dog’ after bathtime !
February 17, 2009, 11:32 pm
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Had to give the dogs a bath (do this as little as possible as they have course almost self cleaning fur, so only wash them if they smell or I find a flea on them)

I call this going crack-a-dog

STAGE 1 –  before I even let them out of the bathroom !!!

then STAGE 2 once I let them out of the bathroom !!!

Which Celebrity do YOU look like?
March 3, 2006, 7:35 pm
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The photo of Me I used

So here is Today’s fun thing to do

You can go to myheritage.com and upload a photo of yourself (just your face really, close up, high resolution and facing forward is best)

Then they (the little men inside your computer who work for the web!!) quickly and deftly analyze the photo and match it against their celebrities database then spit out the results of who you look like….

I got a 10 results (graded by percentage) but not one of them was one of the 2 people that I often am told I look like.

I used this photo of me and here is what it kicked back

Drew BarrymooreKatherine HepburnAshley JuddMadonnaKate Hudson

Rachael Lee CookMarcia CrossSarah FergursonCharlotte ChurchMeryl Streep

72%  Drew Barrymore
68%  Katherine Hepburn
61%  Ashley Judd
60%  Madonna
59%  Kate Hudson
58%  Rachel Lee Cook
57%  Marcia Cross
57%  Sarah Fergerson
53%  Charlotte Church
52%  Meryl Streep (who incidentally I think my sister looks like!)

Well I don’t think I look remarkably like any of them, but I DID notice that most of the 11 results are ladies with, how shall we say it “strong chins”

So then I uploaded THIS photo of me instead – Got  10 results again – some repeats

73%  Marcia Cross
72%  Kate Hudson
70%  Lisa Kudrow
68%  Shania Twain
67%  Helen Hunt
66%  Meryl Streep
66%  Michelle Pfeiffer
64%  Madonna
64%  Michael Howard – HUH ???????????????
63%  Julianna Moore

Marcia CrossKate Hudson

Meryl StreepMadonna

So is that some kind of joke to throw in Michael Howard in there ????

and notice lots of ‘strong chins’ again – but MICHAEL HOWARD is a MAN !!!!

If you are wondering, I get told I look like Phoebe Cates and (a young) Ali MacGraw 🙂

Phoebe CatesMe againThe photo of Me I usedAli McGraw

If you've got it flaunt it – right?
January 30, 2006, 5:37 pm
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Ok, so I might as well benefit from it right???

This is a photo of me on my way to becoming famous – Snort!

I went to a production studio to do a taping of my voice as a narrator for a local production of “The Secret Garden”

When they called me (via a lady at church who had seen me on stage singing and acting and knew I was English) I didn't really know much about what it was… a movie, a live drama, a TV show, a dance recital… I was just excited for another opportunity!!

SO…. when I told my Mum, she asked me all the sort of questions a good Mum asks and said a little worried (hey I'm still her baby girl even at 43!)  ” Darling, you have to be careful, it might be some AWFUL porn movie or something”

ROTFLOL – it's not THAT kind of 'secret garden' …. anyway all is fine, it's an innocent local dance recital but they are going to have a 10 minute movie preceeding the dancing part, which is the bit I do the narration over music score as well as snippets here and there throughout the story (in-between the dances I am sure.)

I had my script a couple of day early, told them I could do a variety of different English dialect accents, which would they like –  naturally it was the really fruity posh one!!!

Anyway it was a blast – only took an hour (they allotted 2) because I was brilliant at it 😉 – only needed 2 takes on average, some in only 1 take, a couple in 3 takes. 

It would be nice if this producer guy got me some more jobs by word of mouth 🙂

I really liked the 3rd grade field trip …..
January 28, 2006, 10:04 pm
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 Now you see why I had so much fun on the field trip!!

Otters are without a doubt one of the TOP animals in my books, they are just so darn cute – even made it onto the infamous cuteoverload.com page – check out the baby otter.

I was assigned 6 girls, my daughter Kenzie being one of them. (there were 48 kids on the trip as there are 24 in each 3rd grade class.)

They all thought I was cool cos I 'talk funny' – One girl even said, “Are people taller in England cos you're even taller than my Dad” – LOL – but since I was in 'authoritative mature parental mode' I resisted the wisecrack of, “No sweetie, your Dad is a bit on the short side”

I took oodles of photos, but weeded out just the best ones. The guides we had were really good and taught us a lot about what we were seeing. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, in the low 70's, sunny but a little nip (for us now, I know you notherners are rolling around on the floor laughing!)

One snafu, Nicole, one of my assigned girl (adorable too) started to get an earache after lunch, it progressed to painful with her in tears really fast 😦 I felt so bad for her, there was nothing I could do to alleviate the pain.  I did call the school to ask them to get in touch with her parents (she only remembered her home phone number and no-one answered) to pre-warn them about the earache. Her Mum called back on my cell phone to talk to me and to her daughter (made her feel better but cry more 😦 my heart was breaking)

When it was time to leave, Mr Bus Driver (a parent too) tried to start the bus – no go – he said the battery must be dead – Oh boy – off went 2 Mums to find a burley ranger type guy to see if we could 'jump' the bus, Mr Bus driver got off the bus to 'go and see if he could FIND where the battery was' – and *I* go up sat in the drivers seat and studied all the dials, buttons, switches and stuff.  Basic troubleshooting mode.

So can I say I saved the day or would that sound too self-serving?  Didn't take me long to notice that the bus (automatic not stick-shift) was in DRIVE and not NEUTRAL.  SO I plopped it into Neutral, Mr Bus Driver was getting back on the bus (he had the keys) and I told him to try it again.

BRRRRMMMM – it fired to life…. “What did you do?” he said….. “I can't tell you, cos then I'd have to kill you and you'd find out that I'm not as brilliant as you think I am right now!”  (I did tell him!)

So homeward bound we were (on time!) with a bus full of AMP-ed up kids – Who's idea it was to let the kids get Soda and Candy from the gift shop I don't know!! But really, I really enjoyed the day. 

One more story…..

I could have spent the entire day at the Otter section . Ozzie and Harriet were adorable!! 

My Mum will really relate to this since she and I saw a similar scenario in England, what 30 yrs ago??? 

Ozzie was frantically trying to build the best nest for Harriet inside a hololosed out three (RIGHT by the fence so we could see, it was cool)…. He'd jump out of the water, run into the grassy area, grab a mouthful of leaves and grass which looked SO cute sticking out of his mouth, I took many photos but they just move too durn fast so not worth showing! Then he would run along the fence and disappear into the bottom of the tree. Much scuffling and gras flying went on, and he'd emerge to go get another mouthful.

Then Harriet would get out of the pool and saunter over to the tree to have a look-see at how her beloved and 'enthusiatic as a puppy' mate was doing on building her the nest of her dreams…

She was quite ruthless and out flew chunks of grass and twigs and leaves from inside the tree as if she was saying, “This will NEVER do like this, this is LAST years look, is he EVER going to get it right? Men, I tell you gotta love em even if they are fairly useless”

I was narrating this all to my 6 girls as it was going on (we'd split up into our groups after lunch to wander around as we please, HA not surprise that I took mine girls back to the Otters!!) and they were all giggling hysterically asking, “How do you KNOW this, can you talk Otter too?”  I decided to let them think I was “Super-Mum” and didn't elaborate on the fact that a very learned lady in England who had 2 otters as pets for years had told us all about this while we watched it unfolding with her 2 otters when we visited her house…

BTW Mum I just want to thank you AGAIN for setting that up, I tell you it's one of those fantastic memories I will NEVER forget, sitting in a semi-wild setting with Otters snuffling around us and stealing tissues out of our pockets to shread them to bits – You ROCK as a Mum!!

You can see a sampling of the photos I took of the animals and the field trip by clicking HERE

Going on Kenzie's Field Trip today :)
January 26, 2006, 6:56 am
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And I get to see OTTERS too – Check it out