Sunday, March 8, 2009

Turtle Poop---Manna to the Immortals

I am so very behind in my posts. Once again I find myself reacting instead of acting upon life’s circumstances. Have any of you seen the new LDS movie called, “Only a Stone cutter—The Story of John Rowe Moyle”? It is only 15 minutes long, incredibly uplifting, and the cinematography is AMAZING! (And he happens to be my sister-in-law’s great-grandfather—way cool) The first line of the movie says, “This world consists of two types of people, those who are acted upon and those who act.” That is my new life theme. I want to be a person who acts. (Not the stage kind—although that is fun) My first step that I am working on is to stop seeking so many mindless activities. I find myself all too often thinking that I am so stressed etc—so I am going to do something mindless to unwind. I think that people who “act” have more ability to stay mentally in the moment---what do you think? If this was your goal—what would be your first step? I need all the help I can get!


This post is almost exactly a month late. A month ago it was my birthday, my family was out of town and my Dad had just been put back in the hospital. I was sitting in my room—playing on the computer and watching an episode of Burn Notice, when I got a phone call. The person just said, “Pay no attention to the noise in your living room”. WHA??!! It turned out to be my friend Matilda (I’m not sure if she wants me to write her real name on my blog) and she was trying to set up a birthday surprise for me. Sadly, my front door was locked, so I had to go unlock it and then hurry back to my room—kinda took a little bit of the surprise out of it. Lots of other funny stuff happened but to make a long story short—she set up a lovely little celebration that the two of us enjoyed immensely and brought me flowers and lots of presents!


One of the best ones being this:

Apparently everyone but me knows this is what you clean your stainless steel pots with. Thankfully Matilda was kind enough to share this info and when I couldn’t find it at the store---gave me some for my birthday! If any of you out there have any other good domestic tips—please be advised that I am domestically clueless and any wisdom you would choose to impart will be gladly accepted!! Just always assume I don’t know –and go from there.

BUT THE BEST THING SHE GAVE ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY---WAS AN INTRODUCTION TO THESE MORSELS OF ABSOLUTE UNADULTERATED JOY---


AND THEY CALL THEM---TURTLE POOP!!!!!!!!

I think I ate an entire plate of them that night and the rest of the pan the next morning for breakfast. Then I went right out and bought the ingredients and made some more. I may or may not have lived entirely on turtle poop for the rest of the time my family was gone.
You take one of those square, buttery pretzels, top it with a Rolo candy—pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes and then gently push a pecan half on top till it smooshes the Rolo out a bit. Then—if you desire to consume IMMEDIATELY—put in the freezer for a few minutes. I probably need a turtle poop intervention. Maybe tomorrow.

So, thank you Matilda—it was a fabulous celebration!! You are one of the most thoughtful people I know—so kind and have been such strength during this new phase of my life. I am truly blessed to have a friend like you. And the turtle poop thing—I owe you—big time—anything—seriously.

19 comments:

Mikki said...

What a sweet, wonderful friend!! She's a keeper for sure. MMmmmm, never heard something that sounds so disgusting actually sound so yummy.
Heck, I need a starlight mint intervention. Seriously, I wasn't supposed to buy anymore, but there's a package of them stashed in the glove compartment of my car for my drive to work. Pathetic!

Carla said...

mmmmm, turtle poop, (said in a trance like voice:)

Happy late birthday to you. What a noble go to 'act'. May you wear your new goal well:)

Blessings to you:)

Boyd Family said...

Oh man, never heard of Turtle poop. Thanks fo the recipe. Got to try them. I am so glad to hear you are being taken such good care of. I tell you, a handful of really great friends and life is so much better, isn't it?

DeNae said...

I'm hoping, for all our sake, that you can both "act" and still "power down" with something relatively mindless. Maybe tell yourself you can read a novel for an hour after you act, and act, and act...

What is it about Burn Notice? If you look closely at that guy, you can TOTALLY see the geeky dork he was in high school. He has all the dramatic talent of a bowl of mayonnaise, and there is gratuitous use of language even I in my wildest moments of rebellion wouldn't use.

...and yet, we never miss an episode! TiVo the dang thing! Re-watch the TiVo'd episodes!

I'm doomed. Doomed.

onlymehere said...

What a wonderful friend. I better not try these turtles for awhile. I don't want to be the fattest one at the wedding we have coming in June!

Pancake said...

Oh wow, why am I drooling over the thought of eatting turtle poop??! Glad you had a great birthday!

I loved the stone cutter!

:Jan the crazy lady: said...

I want to watch that movie too. I don't think I have ever see that before.

We make turtle poop all the time. Except we didn't call them that. My kids will love the new name.

Da Bergs said...

I have not seen that movie but sounds like one I NEED to see!

Glad you have a great friend that helped you celebrate!!!

Nana said...

Hmmmm Turtle poop, interesting. When you pop them in the freezer do you put them next to your frozen bird?

Just wondering.

They look delish. I did not know about Barkeepers Friend or whatever it is called either. I will have to give it a try.

Where can you get hold of that movie?

linda said...

We made some turtle poop type thingys for Christmas and oh boy I ate sooo many...couldn't help it, they were so yummy!

nikkicrumpet said...

I never thought I'd read the words..."I need a turtle poop intervention" LOL hilarious

Tink said...

What a wonderful friend. Made me laugh about how you had to unlock the door for your birthday surprise. Happy belated birthday to you! What a great reminder to act instead of be acted upon! I totally needed that reminder!

♥ Braja said...

Lisa, you need to go to your profile, click the "show email" box. That way I can reply to your comments. That's how I keep in touch with everyone. Please?

Lisa Loo said...

Mikki--starlight mints--you crack me up! At least you always have fresh breath!

Carla--turtle poop is definitely trance inducing....

Boyd Family--yes--your kids will love it and friends are golden!

DeNae--oh yeah--still powering down --just trying not to be in a continuous state of power downed (??) Once again --you kill me! All the dramatic talent of a bowl of mayo--I CANNOT WAIT to use that one in a conversation---fabulous! And what is it about that show--it has all the elements to be a really bad show--but I love it! I rarely watch anything twice--but I will sit still for a re run of that. I ampitiful.

onlyme--turtle poop has no calories--silly you

Jan--what do you all call it?

Nana--you are so cruel--bringing up poor, unfortuneate Jasper--still--I am rolling on the floor. Just a litlle FYI to all--Jasper was buried at my parents house Friday--the freezer trauma is over--for awhile. I got the movie at Deseret Book--want to borrow mine?

Linda--glad some one else was easily addicted!

Nikki--if you like that one--I have got some doosies (??) for ya--

Tink--Matilda is the kind of person that had dinner waiting for my family one night when we got in from driving 10 hours from UT!! A KEEPER!!

Braja--did it!

Mechelle said...

Best looking poop I ever saw. And I am a mom, so I have seen lots.

Happy Birthday a month late. It is good to have friends. Glad you have such a wonderful one.

I looked up that movie: Only a Stone cutter—The Story of John Rowe Moyle. The trailer looks great. I am going to order it right now.

Thanks for a great post. You are the best. m

DesertHen said...

What a sweet, amazing friend..=)

I LOVE Bar Keepers Friend...it keeps my sink white!! Sometimes I have a hard time finding it here, so when I do find it, I stock up.

YUMMIE!!! I want some turtle poop....like right now!!! Those things look so darn good!!

Being in the moment is critical to a healthy state of mind. When you can be in the moment and only that moment, you are relaxed enough to "act" on the moment...not mentally stressed or thinking about this, that or the future. I didn't have a clue about "being in the moment" until I read the book A New Earth. After reading and applying certain aspects to my own life, things began to change for me. I'm enjoying the new path I'm walking and by "acting" on the moment, the changes have been very positive for me. A year ago, I never would have dreamed I would have a job outside the home that I love...that idea would have been very scary a year ago.

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Turtle Poop? Hmmm---looks yummy and not poopy at all. Don't ask me about domestic tips, girlfriend. I'm the least domestic of all your blog friends I bet.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Matilda-not her real name is definitely a keeper!! What a great friend. I'm betting you've been pretty great too to have attracted someone like her :-)

Happy very belated birthday!!

Sorenson Family said...

Matilda sounds a little crazy to me. And that name.....please. But sounds like she might be nice.