Dec 31, 2008
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Dec 15, 2008
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.
Dec 14, 2008
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:
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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
Nov 22, 2008
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.
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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!
Nov 12, 2008
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Nov 9, 2008
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.
Nov 6, 2008
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
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.