Dec 31, 2008

2008 - A Stupendous Year

Thought I'd recap some things I remember about the year. Nothing really big happened, so I'm not sure I can technically call it stupendous... but I have quite enjoyed the year.

This year I read some classics I've always meant to read. Got a royal flush in poker.



Was huge with a "missing cat" stuck in my butt crack for Halloween. Tim was a hottie spartan.



Got lots of hiking done including Gobbler's Knob, Mt. Aire, Grandeur Peak, Little Si, Silver Lake, Dog Lake (lots of times).



Spent hours and hours sitting in my back yard reading during the summer (sooo jealous of my past self right now). Mastered a few crock pot recipes that fool people into thinking I can cook. Celebrated 5 years of being together with my huny, two married.



Saw April get married and enjoyed a trip to Seattle at the same time.



Ruined the kitchen floor with Tim. Got into the habit of working out before work, something I've never done regularly before, always previously opting to wait until after work. Had lunch with Laura almost every week, quite fun. Got season tickets to the pioneer theater which has awesome. Played pool at fats several times, gotta go more next year, always a good time.



Went to the rodeo.



Stopped drinking coffee regularly (except for a few sips of Tim's before I leave for work and a cup on weekend days... ) Started this blog in May and have managed to keep it up fairly regularly. Stood next to Mark Eaton and looked a whole lot shorter than usual.



Made the news with H Dogg.



Found a gopher in my basement.



Tim discovered that Zeus is a skunk. Actually, I confess I don't know what is happening here.



And imagine if I weren't too lazy to look back at the pics before May when I started actually organizing my pictures in such a way that they could be found.

Farewell 2008! I'll miss you!

Dec 29, 2008

Christmas (Picture Overload)

We had Christmas with both sides of the family. Tim's family has a lot more kids, so it was fun to watch them all open their presents and run around playing with them. Tim's parents even knew someone who dresses up as Santa who came along with Mrs. Claus. The kids all enjoyed that. I would post pictures, but I forgot my camera, lame. I posted a blog about how we were probably gonna end up not attending Tim's family xmas cuz it was in Park City and it was going to be snowing. Turns out the other family members got a little concerned when it actually started snowing blizzard style. So, Christmas got rescheduled for the next day when the weather was a lot better. We were happy we didn't have to miss it and anger family members. We are lucky that Tim's family lives in town and we are almost always able to have xmas with them as well as spend time with my family when they're in town. It always seems to work out nicely.

My brother came into town from Seattle and was able to stay at our house for a week. My parents came over for most of the week too. It was pretty laid back since there weren't any kids, although there were three dogs. My parent's dog, Daisy, is quite a hunter and she catches rabbits routinely. I was worried about my cats, and as it turned out, she was extremely interested in the cats in a way that suggested she wanted to eat them. I predicted that Zeus, who instead of running like the dogs and Ember, sits defiantly like a God on the coffee table and glares at the vacuum as I vacuum under the coffee table, would not be afraid of Daisy. I predicted that Ember, who is in a perpetual state of confusion and fear, would be terrified of Daisy. I had it totally backwards. Zeus stayed downstairs the whole time Daisy was at my house, hardly daring to leave the pantry room, whipping his head around constantly with huge eyes when he dared emerge, even though he was a whole floor below where Daisy was confined. Ember though, is dumber than I had dreamed, and never managed to compute the fact that he was in danger. He kept ninjaing his way past Daisy within a few inches of her face. Fortunately, he was very quiet and she didn't wake up and eat him. I was nervous though, knowing he totally didn't understand that the big dog could eat him up.

We went cross country skiing up Millcreek twice which was great fun as always.




One attempt at a family picture. I don't remember what was so interesting, but it makes for a funny picture anyway, even Sadie is looking.

Another family picture attempt, pretty successful if you don't mind the dogs milling around in the way.

Check out how beautiful it is in background here.

The second time we went up there was some kind of emergency up the road a ways where we were skiing. There was a fire truck in the parking lot when we arrived and about 45 minutes after we started up some rescue dudes on snow mobiles zipped past. They zipped back down with a crazy lady riding on the back of one of them, but we never saw a victim, so it must have been a false alarm, unless the crazy lady was the victim. The crazy lady was really outraged that there were dogs on the off leash road. We think. She was screaming something angrily at the top of her lungs, but she had such a thick accent we couldn't tell what. After she passed my dad goes, "What'd that bitch say?" For some reason this was really funny. Other Millcreek excitement included two ski poles stuck in the ground at the side of the trail with a jacket draped over them. Puppies thought this was really exciting/terrifying. They barked and growled and Daisy even dared to venture within several feet of this creature to investigate. Howard wouldn't go within 20 feet. See for yourselves.
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Sadie rolling in the snow and burying her face in it, Howard doesn't really get it, but he is always nearby trying to be involved:

During a conversation in the living room Tim looked down to see this right under his feet:

On the way home from skiing Sadie was hogging the truck floor, and Howard got stuck sitting on top of the seat compartment underneath the seat which was folded up. He couldn't figure out how to get comfortable and looked like he was being punished the whole way home.


Puppies got toy filled doggie stockings for Christmas, and they were very excited about it.
Tim got tickets to see a couple of Jazz games. We all sang Christmas carols as is the tradition in my family. We weren't at my parents' house, so my mom couldn't play the piano as usual. We found a Christmas Karaoke website and sang the carols using that. My dad fell asleep during the carols.
We opened stockings my mom prepared:
We had lots of time for long conversations and debates. My mom and I went shopping to see if there were any great after Christmas deals, we were both too cheap to buy much. Tim insisted that my family watch A Christmas Story, because none of us had seen it. Everyone ended up liking it, including my dad, and it is pretty much impossible to get him hooked on a movie. We watched Tropic Thunder too, which was pretty dumb, but funny. We played several games of scrabble, which Eric dominated. We played Chess. We took the puppies to the field by my house after dark and let them run around after the laser pointer. Daisy didn't get what the big whoop was all about, and just ended up chasing Sadie and Howard, who will run after the laser until they drop.

Eric and my parents have taken off to my parents' house. Tim and I will see them again this weekend before Eric has to head out of town. Overall, this was another great Christmas. =)

Dec 22, 2008

Chaos

Oops. Looks like I wrote this 12/22 ago forgot to publish it. I guess even though it is actually 12/29 today I'll just go ahead and publish this with the original draft date. Better late than never they say. While I'm time traveling into the past, have a Merry Christmas!

We went cross country skiing up Millcreek Canyon for the first time this year. The snow was wonderful. The one bad thing was that the road we ski on was packed with more people and dogs that usual. The way up was really fun as usual, but on the way down there were a lot of people who didn't seem aware that other people were using the road too. There was the man swooshing back and forth across the entire road, effectively blocking anyone who wanted to pass forcing me to yell that I was there. There were the snowshoers, more than one group, who insisted in walking in groups of five or more side by side, leaving only a tiny window for me to squeeze through on my way down. These were the same people who refused to call their dogs out of the 12 inch gap they'd left for me to ski through. Granted, most of the dogs moved when I yelled at them to, but there was that very confused dog who was desperate for a game of chicken. He won. I opted to throw myself on the ground rather than hit him and possibly get bitten. His owners gawked at the scene, but did not apologize. There was the man who kept chanting to his huge dog, "Be nice.... beeee niiiicceeee......" in a fearful tone.

I'm looking forward to when the fever wears off and it is just us regulars again! I miss the considerate regulars!

Dec 19, 2008

The Haps

This blog title is in response to what you must be wondering, "What's the haps?" Lately, I think it is funny to say this to people. I think it should be used more frequently. I'd like to see every one of you find an excuse to say this to someone today, people like it, I swear.
I spoke too soon when I said that our furnace was gonna pull through our neglect. Turns out we need a new blower motor after all. This morning at 4 in the morning I woke up after dreaming about being cold and I was, big surprise, cold. We fiddled around with it for awhile before concluding that starting a fire was the best option. It didn't seem to really heat the house too much, but at least it kept it from getting any colder. Finally after piling on the blankets we got a little more sleep. This morning we called the place we got the furnace from, Thompson's Comfort Connection, and they had someone here within an hour. Seriously, they are awesome if you're looking for a place to buy a furnace/AC unit from.
Today we are supposed to drive up past Park City for a Christmas get together with Tim's family, but the weather reports a 100% chance of a snow storm and high wind too and Parley's Canyon is scary enough normally. We may end up skipping the event, which sucks because word on the street is that everyone else is gonna drive up and they think we're crazy wusses. Although, Tim is way more laid back than me about things like this, so if he is worried about it, I know for sure it must be risky.
I have the day off of work, since I thought I'd need some time to prepare for the xmas event. But, my parents are coming through town tonight and Eric will be here Monday, so it is nice to have some time to prepare. I really want to go cross country skiing if we can before the snow storm hits, but Tim is being super lame and claiming he has to "work". Seriously, what a sucker. And Millcreek tends to be pretty dead during the week and I'm not too excited about being abducted, so, big sigh, it may not happen.
The other day this dude from Comcast came to our door, and he was all, "Say, would you guys like internet that is twice as fast and about 500 more channels on your tv for 20 dollars per month less than you're paying now?" I know, you're thinking they're gonna up the price in like a month, and rip us off big time in what I like to call "Comcast Style". But, the price is renewable each year. Really though, the whole point of talking about this though, is that we watched this show called True Blood on HBO, and it rocks. It is kinda Twilight style, only like about 1000 times better, as it contains actual mystery and plot and believable attraction, plus the budget is clearly much higher than the budget for the movie was. I think I'm saying if you like vampire stuff, you'll like it I'll bet. I read it is based off of the Sookie Stackhouse series of books, and I'm all over that having already requested them from the library.
Well, there you go, those are the haps!

Dec 16, 2008

Responsible Home Owner FAIL

Over the weekend we noticed that there was a strange burned smell in our house. After searching the house for the source and not finding one, we just figured it was a fluke. The smell seemed even stronger each day though. Finally, it dawned on me that perhaps we should check the furnace filter. Since we have never done that before. Even though we have had the furnace for almost two years. Tim pulled out the old filter and it did indeed look terrible. Buying the new filters we learned that it is recommended that you change your filter every two or three months. a few hours after the filter was changed, the heater ceased working at all. We became concerned that we had trashed the motor by not changing the filter. As it turned out though, the motor just needed to be shut off for long enough to totally cool off. Well, we hope, I may be speaking too soon though. I guess if it is still working fine tonight we'll know we did not ruin the heater. But, it seems like we are off the hook. I sure appreciate heat more now though, after not having it for just one evening. Mmmm... warm.

Dec 15, 2008

Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?

I caught Howard drinking in a very strange way. Then, I saw that his goal was to fish a stray piece of dog food out of the water bowl. After watching a minute, I realized I probably had plenty of time to get the camera, I could see this was going to take awhile. This video is actually the second one I took. Howard was really dedicated to his mission. I won't spoil the ending for you, so place your bets now, Howard or the piece of dog food.

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Dec 14, 2008

Weekend

We saw Bolt, which was great, the best kid's movie I've seen in awhile. And it's NOT just because the main character is a dog either! Also, it was in 3D!! Which was very exciting for me, because I've never seen a 3D movie. It was really cool. I kept marveling at how it was.. well.. 3D. As an added bonus, the glasses were super dorky.
We had some ice cream. When Tim was finishing up, he looked like this with chocolate all smudged around his mouth like a toddler. I got a good laugh out of it:
Tim made some tacos, he is a pro because he worked at Fiesta Ole when he was a teenager. He loves a chance to show off his burrito folding skills or taco making skills.
It snowed quite a bit Saturday. We loaded up the dogs and drove part way up Millcreek Canyon to go cross country skiing for the first time this season. Unfortunately, they hadn't gotten around to plowing very well yet, and it looked like the drive down would be pretty scary. We took the dogs to a golf course near our house instead. We tried to ski, but it was a failure because the wet snow got all stuck to the skiis and even on a big hill we couldn't get the skiis to slide one bit. We didn't get any pics either, I forgot the camera. Although, perhaps that is for the best because pics of a gold course may not have been incredibly exciting.
We watched To Kill a Mockingbird, because I'd just finished reading the book and thought it would be fun to see the movie. I thought the casting was great, just like I pictured the characters. Atticus, Scout's father, was especially perfect. There were a lot of long pauses in the movie though, and I have to admit it was slow moving. Still good, but, the book (as always) was sooooo much better.

Dec 11, 2008

Christmas Bling


We got all of our Christmas bling out and arranged over the weekend. The pictures kept turning out blurry... but you get the idea. Yeah, those are pumpkins under the tree if you were wondering. We didn't carve two of them, so they're still in good shape. I couldn't bring myself to throw out two perfectly good pumpkins. I think they look quite festive. And don't neglect to notice the tiny village we've got set up on the mantle, complete with tiny Christmas carolers and horse drawn sleighs. I found the Santa hats that I made the dogs and Tim and I wear for our Christmas photo last year and I decided to put them to use again this year.
The picture of the whole family didn't turn out so well, because we wisely decided to take it in front of a super bright background and we didn't realize until later that on top of that the flash was suppressed. But, don't worry, I whooped a filter on 'er. Actually, it looks just terrible. But, it is all I have. Just pretend you can tell the two faces under the lower two Santa hats are Sadie and Howard. Tim says this is pathetic and we need to do a new one. I give it a 50% chance that we'll remember.
Here is a bonus picture of Howard to make up for the crappy family picture.
Oh, man, I can't stop, here is yet another picture of Howard. He is just so dopey and cute all the time, I can't help myself. Oops. I didn't rotate it.... or DID I? You don't know, we could've arranged our furniture so that the back of the couch is laying on the floor and the lamp is glued to the wall. And Howard could be laying on his back and also defying physics to not topple over.

Dec 10, 2008

Mustang Resurrection Slow Going

Tim's beloved Mustang became very ill one fateful day several months ago when while driving she had some sort of terrible internal injury involving a spring and a cylandar. Poor Musty had to be towed over to the Ford dealership, where Tim discovered that they wanted roughly a billion dollars to fix her (big surprise). Now, she is resting in our garage (Gary, not Roger), slowly being nursed back to health. Tim had some help the other day from his friends Trae and Nick, and I was called out to the garage to see this pose.
Look at 'em, they're almost sexually positioned!! I figured if they went to the trouble to actually come get me to see the position I may as well post it on the internet for everyone to enjoy, even though I'm still not totally sold on its being hilarious...

Dec 8, 2008

Unconditional Love

Here I am lounging on the couch with a Zeus in my lap, a Howard snuggled up next to me, a Timmy on the other side, and a good book waiting to be read within reach. This is the life! Cleaning up tons of animal hair a couple times a week from all over the house? Worth it!
If you're still not convinced, I think you will be after you see me teaching Sadie how to dance. She really enjoyed learning.
Howard was looking very noble and handsome over the weekend, they sure grow up fast.

Dec 6, 2008

Book Review: The Book Thief

This book is narrated by Death, who catches a glimpse of a girl named Leisel whose character intrigues him. This book takes place during the third reich, and while it has a lot of sad moments, there are plenty of fun and touching moments to balance it out. The book accurately describes the strength of the third reich during that time, as well as the strength of a small percentage of people who acted out against the norm in the small ways they could despite the consequences discovery would bring. The relationships between the characters are really well developed and seem very real. The characters are also extremely well developed. This book really got me emotionally involved.

Dec 4, 2008

Pride Day at Work

My work had a pride day where employees were supposed to dress up to show company pride. There were a lot of people who printed out the company logo and taped it on themselves or wore the company colors for example. I thought I'd dress up as a gecko since there is one in the company logo. I slapped my costume together at the last minute using a stapler and tape. The gecko hands are plastic gloves with balled up paper towels taped on as fingers. I called myself ghetto gecko. I don't know why when I'm dressed up I always end up pulling this cringing face and hunchbacked posture. It made sense with my Halloween costume, but I've got to get out of the habit. A picture of me with a similar grimacing face is now going to be distributed to everyone at the company, I feel slightly embarrassed. Hopefully I've learned my lesson, but I doubt it.

Dec 3, 2008

GoodReads

I joined Goodreads.com. If anyone already is a member my name there is Bunnybodel. Anyone who isn't a member and reads, it is actually fun. You add the books you've read and you can either give them a quick rating by number of stars or you can write a review. You add friends and comment on each others reviews. You can add books to your to-read list that look good. You can organize your books on different "shelves" which I assume you name how you please, but I haven't tried that yet. I like it because I have a lot of authors whose books I have read all of, and I like to get the newest one as they come out, but sometimes I forget their names. Also, occasionally I go to the library and I'm at a loss as to what would be a good next book... I don't see that happening for awhile!

Dec 2, 2008

I'm Breaking Up With Coffee

I have a theory about coffee. I think that when you drink it every day your body gets dependent on it to wake up and so you feel more tired in the morning before you have it. If you don't drink coffee, your body figures out how to wake up on its own. I quit drinking coffee for awhile a year or so ago and noticed after I got used to not having it that it was easier to get out of bed. But, as always, coffee seduced me again little by little and before I knew it I was drinking it every day again. Recently, I've really had a hard time getting up and it is really cramping my style cuz I don't get up early enough anymore to work out in the morning so then I gotta do it when I get home from work. Well, no more!! Goodbye nemesis (aka coffee), as of today I'm done with you. We can still be friends, perhaps if you're lucky I'll drink you on Saturdays. But, I encourage you to date other people. I certainly will be.

Nov 29, 2008

Royal Flush and Turkey Day

We went to play Texas Hold 'Em last week and I had to take a picture to document my getting a royal flush. No one at the game had ever seen anyone get one before, and google says the odds are 1/649,739. Even cooler was the fact that I didn't even have to bet big and scare people off, because one guy went all in on the hand. I still didn't win the game, but it was fun.

For the first time I didn't see my family on Thanksgiving, since Seth and Darleen were having their 3rd baby and my parents went out to visit them and help with the other kids while Darleen bonds with the new little one. We almost didn't go to Tim's family gathering either, because the day before they called and reported that several people were sick. The sickest people didn't end up coming though, so we headed over there and spent a fun afternoon and evening eating, playing games, and talking. I get the day after Thanksgiving off of work, so Tim took it off too and we've been enjoying a long weekend.

Nov 25, 2008

Book Review: Shadow of the Wind

My brother gave this book to me for my birthday, and it was a great choice. Good character development is a must for me in fiction I enjoy, and I'm especially a sucker for first person. This book had both.

I really enjoyed the style the book was written in. It is the type of book where each sentence is poetic and many lines make you stop and think. The descriptions of the settings were good enough that I felt like I could see them. "That year autumn blanketed Barcelona with fallen leaves that rippled through the streets like silvery scales" I loved the plentiful opinions about human nature that were observed by the characters throughout the book, Like this one: "Never trust girls who let themselves be touched right away. But even less those who need a priest for approval. Good sirloin steak-if you'll excuse the comparison-needs to be cooked until it's medium rare. Of course, if the opportunity arises, don't be prudish, go for the kill." And this one: "Television is the Antichrist, and I can assure you that after only three or four generations, people will no longer even know how to fart on their own and humans will return to living in caves, to medieval savagery, and to the general state of imbecility that slugs overcame back in the Pleistocene era."

Style aside, I was caught up in the plot from the beginning. It starts with a 10 year old boy whose father takes him to the cemetery of forgotten books, where he is told to choose one book, which he will spend the rest of his like protecting. After reading the book he selects, he wants to find more by the author, but discovers that someone is systematically destroying them. This book is about the boy growing up, about his quest to find out about the dark past of the author of The Shadow of the Wind, and about the way that the two intertwine.

One of the main points of this book is how great it is to get immersed in a book, and how sad it is that reading is enjoyed less and less as television dominates. "She says the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day."

By the way, after much thought, I still have no clue what the title means. I do remember the phrase shadow of the wind is used somewhere in the book, and it partly explained it, but I can't remember exactly how it was used. So, if you do read this book, and you see that phrase, please let me know what chapter it is in so I can check it out!!

Nov 23, 2008

Coldplay Concert


Last night we went to see Coldplay, one of Tim's favorite bands. He had wanted me to go with him to see them years ago when we were first dating, and I turned him down. So, it was nice to go with him this time. I don't usually listen to much Coldplay, but I actually had a really fun time at the concert and enjoyed the music. Our seats were the furthest away possible, along the very back row of the arena. But, there were camera people there filming from all different angles and it was projected onto a huge screen so we could still see what was going on even though we were a million miles away.
There were some huge hanging spheres too that changed colors and had projections from the cameras on them sometimes. They were pretty cool. The last concert we went to, Muse, had a bunch of bright lights flashing on behind the stage that were splitting my head open the whole time, so this concert was a dream because they used lasers and things that were a lot more pleasant. Cell phones have become a big part of concerts recently, and it is cool to see everyone wave their lit up cell phones in time with the music when the lights are turned down.

Coldplay is pretty chill music most of the time, so a lot of people sat through most of the concert instead of standing and dancing, but there was this one couple who was realllly into it next to us. The guy was waving his arms around like crazy and I kept seeing his hand swiping through my peripheral vision. It kept me on my toes not being sure if I would be smacked, but it was kind of funny to see how into it they were. Even though the excitement may have been drug induced.

We took trax there and back and on the way back it was totally crammed. There was this funny group of Jr. High boys standing near us that kept us entertained on the way home. They had way too much energy and got so excited at one point that they all whipped their jackets off and tried to do more pullups on the bar near the top of the car that the handles are connected to for people who are standing to hold.

Nov 22, 2008

Movie Review: Twilight

**If you haven't read the book, don't read this before you see the movie.**


Yeah, I'm a loser, I saw Twilight last night. I was feeling pretty pessimistic about the movie, because so much of what happens in the book is internal, and without it, I feared the cheesy dialogue would be ridiculous. It turns out, the dialogue was the least of the problems. Overall, I'd say I felt like the movie was average. Not a train wreck, but it didn't live up to its potential. For reasons that you'll soon discover in my review, it is my opinion that the movie makers originally wanted Bella and her dad to be zombies, to get a little more action in the movie. But, after they were done filming, they realized it didn't work, so they took out all of the flesh eating scenes, and this is what they were left with.


Before I saw the movie, I thought the guy who was cast as Edward was going to bother me, but I ended up liking him and thought he was a good actor. Of course, he and the other vampires were supposed to be beautiful, and I only found the bad guys to be attractive, but once I got past that I didn't mind Edward at all. The only problem I had with Edward, and with many of the vampires in the movie, was that they insisted on applying heavy lipstick on the men and they went overboard on the white make up. Interestingly though, they made the bad guys look hot. James didn't have excessive chalky white make up on, or too much lipstick. I was so confused as to why the bad vampires could look sexy, but the main characters had to look ridiculous, was the make up artist an internal saboteur? One other small problem I had involving Edward was how they had him flouncing around showing off how he could jump and tear out large tree roots. Somehow he looked a little silly doing those things... maybe the effects just weren't good enough?


I was surprised to find that the girl cast as Bella is the one I had a hard time with. Overall, she did a decent job. She does capture a few of Bella's querks pretty well. She is good at acting a little clumsy and at getting cute and overwraught when she thinks Edward might leave her. My main problem was her appearance and her tone of voice, and I don't think either of those were the actresses fault. She looked very haggard. Her face was thin, cheeks sunken, face chalky, hair too dark for her face in most scenes, and she appeared to have an eating disorder. I know she isn't supposed to be beautiful, but she isn't supposed to be on the verge of death either. I've seen other pictures of her where she looks beautiful and healthy, so this is definitely partly a problem with the hair and make up again. Also, the filter used on the camera to make everything look dreary made everyone look terrible. The same effect I see on myself when I'm under flourecent lights in a ghetto bathroom. Another reason she may not have looked youthful enough is because the actress is 28. And her acting didn't help liven the character up. There was no spark to Bella, no interest, it was like she was a zombie. See how here she looks half asleep? You're thinking, yeah, but that is just bedroom eyes, passion. NO. This is how she looks the whole time.
The only time I liked her voice was in the narrated parts, where she sounded more expressive. Which leads me to believe that perhaps the actress isn't the problem.


Bella's dad was a little too smooth. Bella's dad is supposed to a little dorky, awkward, and adorable. This dad didn't really act like he had a whole lot of feeling (a zombie, like Bella?). In the part where Bella leaves he barely puts up a fight, so as he is allowing her to walk out the door Bella throws a harsh comment at him "because it is the only way he will let her go". Being halfway out the door already, and not having much protest from dad, I found this to be very stupid. In the book of course, it is necessary, her dad is putting up a fight.


The main points of the plot I can't get picky about, because they follow the book closely. The buildup as to how badass James is and how they're only safe because there are 7 of them vs. James and Victoria, and then Edward being able to dispose of him on his own in the end all happens in the book, but it does look kind of silly on screen.


The scenery is gorgeous, and it was fun to look at. Although the whole movie was shot using some kind of dreary filter, which makes it a little less gorgeous.


Other than those things, I did like most of the movie. I liked that the book was followed closely and they didn't change much. I found the movie to be entertaining and I didn't get bored at all. Even Tim thought the movie was okay, and that must be a good thing considering he hasn't read the book and isn't a girl. I think if I was a teenage girl I would have loved it, and after all, that is the target audience.

Nov 20, 2008

Exclusive: Stars Caught Without Makeup!

Now you can see that hot stars, such as Tess and Tim, look like real people when they don't have their make up on.


We snap a lot of pictures with our cell phone cameras. Most of them end up being just normal pictures, but every once in a while we look at one and exclaim, "Jackpot!" These are such pictures. Actually, I happen to remember the circumstances under which the picture of me was taken and it is they are totally worth relaying.
We live in kind of a patchy neighborhood. Mostly it is good, but there are a couple of homes where there are some fairly trashy people living. We really wanted to snap a picture of a scene outside one of these homes where there were a bunch of people out in the front yard drinking beer and smoking and of one man in particular who never wears a shirt and has this big belly. On a side note, I've seen him outside mid winter with only pj bottoms on and boots smoking and drinking. On this occasion we failed to get a good picture of them, but this one of me is awesome.
While I'm on the topic of neighbors, I do have some pretty interesting ones that we've been observing in their natural habitat for years. It is remotely possible that they could read this, and I'm sure they'd know exactly who they are... maybe I shouldn't be posting this... but, really, how could we NOT know about them, what with them always out front screaming at one another. I guess I'll just try to be vague. At first, there were two women living there and one man who would always be out in the car port without his shirt on tinkering around with a car that never actually got fixed. We never knew if he was dating one of the women. Then, later, he and one of the women disappeared and a different man moved in, he was possibly married to her when he moved in, all we know is that currently they are divorced. He can't seem to find the motivation to move out, despite the fact that his live in girlfriend frequently gets upset about how he won't move out and threatens to break up with him. She keeps coming back for more though, so maybe he is making the right moves. Meanwhile, he and his ex's son, who we believe to still be in high school, has a girlfriend living there too. Isn't that cute? Father and son both have live in girlfriends. Just to add a little more flavor to the story, the cops stop by the house frequently, but we're not sure what for, and no one ever gets arrested.
When football season started, the man moved a big screen projection television out into the car port along with a bunch of lawn chairs so he and his buddies could get wasted and watch the game without his ex getting pissed. Actually, it seems like that would piss her off, too, but I'm really not sure why else one would move a big screen tv out into the car port. Maybe he just loves to be outdoors. At one point the glare on the tv got to be too much so they hung a blanket over the front of the car port to make an outside room. The antics going on during the games were always pretty funny, men dancing around with one another barely able to stand. Ahh. We can't ever say we don't live in a colorful neighborhood. I was originally gonna post the pictures we have of the blanket covered car port, but I think I've already revealed too much. Just to even things out, I will say that the man seems to be a pretty nice guy from the few times we have talked to him. He came over to tell us when he saw someone had broken our car window out on the street. Which actually leads right into another story about our neighborhood. This is getting kind of long though, and probably none of you have the energy left to read another story. Perhaps I'll post a sequel.

Nov 19, 2008

Lazy Morning

Today I took the day off from work because my parents are going to be in town around noon and I figure it is a waste to drive to work and back for just a half day. I had told Tim probably about five times within the last week, two times just yesterday, about how I had the day off and that my parents would be here. We woke up at the usual time and I was lounging around drinking coffee talking to Tim. Then, I spread my arms out and said joyously, "I just can't decide what to do with my morning, read or draw!" A little light bulb appeared above Tim's head and he screamed, "You have the day off today?? Here I've been courteously waiting around for you to leave for work before I go to work!" He'd been wondering why I was taking so long,My poor sweet husband with fairly severe short term memory loss problems...

Nov 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

I had a hard time deciding on the title... because normally I call you mama, but that sounded kinda funny as a title, so I decided to sell out. Here is the painting that I totally couldn't keep to myself and already told you all about. I'm surprised I didn't end up showing it to you before hand. Surprises aren't my strong suit...

Thanks to you and daddy for giving me such a great childhood! I couldn't imagine a better mom and BFF.
I hope you have a great birthday!
Love you.

Nov 12, 2008

Hot Blog: Tessothy

I found out yesterday that in google if you type in h dogg my blog comes up. It also comes up if you type in snoop dogg howard. Pretty cool, huh? No? Well. I guess I'm easily entertained then. Also, I see that I have been linked to on a Jane Eyre site because I posted a book review on it. Actually, that is a little sad, because the book is awesome, and if someone is actually picking my review out of google I assume there must not be a whole lot of reviews to choose from. I did feel a little excited that someone was linking to my blog though.

Nov 11, 2008

Noises Off at Pioneer Theater


We got to use our season tickets for the second time Saturday night. We saw Noises Off and it was amazing. Seriously, absolutely hilarious. It is about a group putting on a play and it has three scenes. The first scene you see from the front of the set as they are auditioning on the eve of opening night. Some of them screw up their lines, some enter their scenes at the wrong time, and there are several actors sleeping with the playwright and with each other while one man was just divorced from his wife. All of the actors have these funny quirks. Like one woman is really into yoga and keeps contorting herself into strange positions and flashing the audience in her spare moments. One man gets nose bleeds when anything traumatic happens, like his foot being stepped on. Then he gets faint at the sight of his own blood. One man is very old and can't hear his prompts. The second scene takes place a month after opening, and you see it from behind the set. Things have gone fairly awry, and the scene is really chaotic because you are hearing the play being performed while hearing and seeing the actors fighting with each other and getting their signals all crossed trying to act out the play. The two women the playwright was sleeping with now know about each other. Everyone is angry. The third scene was the really hilarious one though. You see it from the front of the set, and the whole thing is just this hilarious disaster. Some of the actors try to improvise their lines as the things and people they are talking about fail to appear at the right time. Some of them bumble through them anyway. The whole audience was laughing so hard. I was crying it was so funny. You can see the trailer which captures the comedy pretty well at the bottom of this page. Great play!

Nov 9, 2008

Tim Regresses

Friday night we went up to Snowbird with some of Tim's friends. Tim makes fun of me when I'm talking to Laura and start to sound like an idiot as I regress back into Jr. High, but him and his friends may have even regressed back into elementary school Friday night. It was funny to watch them all turn into kids again. Here is Baker after we went out to eat.


He kept playing with his crab body parts as he was eating, and when we got into the elevator he whooped out this crab pincher, it was pretty hilarious that he kept it. The crab pincher was fully involved in all activities throughout the night. It even took a dip in the pool and hot tub with us. Then, the next day Tim opened the front door, and what should he find leaning there for us? The crab pincher. It now resides in our aquarium.
Here we all are getting ready to head down to the pool. Everyone was jealous of the bath robes that I brought for Tim and I. Notice how Tim's privacy is being violated in this picture.

The guys antics in the pool and hot tub were quite energetic. Everyone who was in the pool when we got in soon crammed into the hot tub. By the time we were ready to get out there were just two brave souls clinging to the opposite end of the pool as us, hanging on for dear life in the swirl of waves created by six grown men leaping into the pool and launching one another merrily through the air into the pool. I was mostly spared from the snowballs at least.

They cleared out the hot tub pretty quickly too. Here is one friend, who shall remain un-named just in case this individual should ever want to seek out a career in politics. He is executing a penguin slide into the hot tub, yet he is chattering like a dolphin. I call it the penphin slide. Maybe it should be spelled painphin, cuz I think he was complaining of his nipples having been sheared off when he got done. I guess he was ok though because he tried it several more times.
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Nov 6, 2008

Lettuce No!

It's too greeeeen, it's too crunchy,
And the taaaaste, it's not yummy,
So, when you ask if I waaaaant some,
The answer's alwaaayyys none,
Lettuce no! lettuce no! lettuce no!

That's just a little something a whipped up a few years ago, and I sing it often all through the holiday season. I knew the snow was good for something. I think I stole the title from somewhere, but the lyrics are original. The song is especially original because instead of singing it to the tune of Let it Snow, I sing it to the tune of Walking in a Winter Wonderland. I thought I was singing to the tune of Let in Snow for a long time, but Tim informed me that I was not. Just more evidence that I have no concept of tune. It is still a lovely tune though. Let me help you along if you can't remember exactly how it would go:

It's too greeeeen, it's too crunchy, (sleigh bells ring, are you listening)
And the taaaaste, it's not yummy, (in the lane, snow is glistening)
So, when you ask if I waaaaant some, (a beautiful sight)
The answer's alwaaayyys none, (we're happy tonight)
Lettuce no! lettuce no! lettuce no! (walking in a winter wonderland)

Nov 5, 2008

Political Shomitical

I was surprised and pleased to see that two counties in Utah actually voted Obama. Salt Lake County almost did too, it was 48.9% vs. 48.4%.

I don't want to be misconstrued as saying that I'm proud to be an American, because I think proud is the wrong word for something you were born into (lucky instead?), but I am proud of America today. I prefer to be unexclusively proud of things that people are or do intentionally, and not disdainful of them for things they did not choose. I am glad that today in the eyes of the rest of the world we have begun to redeem ourselves. I feel confident that Obama will unemotionally and carefully consider the options before making decisions, and I am excited to see how the future will unfold.

By the way, I'm really proud of Sadie and Howard for being American.
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