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: