Friday, December 31, 2010

A Kiss for the New Year

A Kiss for the new year!
2010 has been a good year I think. Sure there were ups and downs but we made it just fine.
January
I'm trying to think of what happened in January.....it was so long ago. Porter was traveling a lot with his job at Flextronics and I was in rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof at Hale Center Theatre.
February
We had a lovely Valentine's day at Sanctuary Day Spa (which I highly recommend!) Porter was choreographing Footloose at The Empress Theatre while going to school and working full time
which included lots of travel. I opened Fiddler on the Roof and my good friend Kim basically lived at our house which was awesome! I became a vegetarian after reading up on the horrors of Factory Farms.
March
We did the electrical work in our basement. Porter was laid off from his job at Flextronics so I put him to work on a patio out in the garden. I continued performing at Hale and working at Dancing Moose. I began an obsession with goat cheese.
April
Porter was hired at a company call HireVue!!!! Hooray! And the best part of all was that he didn't have to travel. My show closed and and I took some well needed R&R time. My sister-in-law Kenzie got married! I got up super early to do her hair and make-up. She looked beautiful.
May
We did the plumbing working in our basement. We planted a bunch of lovely plants in our garden. We got to talk to Christopher on Mother's Day, although we didn't wake up to our alarm clock and almost missed it. We took a very short trip up to Lava Hot Springs, where we had never been and stayed at the cutest little bed and breakfast call The Greystone Manor. We also had amazing Thai food up there. And I got to try out my great new swimming suit, so cute!
June
School got out for summer break for me! And I started teaching at the University of Utah's summer program. We had a bumper crop of strawberries and radishes. I started a love affair with Pad Thai.
July
We went and visited my grandparents in Montana, which was absolutes amazing, apart from the 50 degree weather. I tried ribbon fries, and watched fireworks for over an hour on all sides of me. I choreographed Lady Gaga's Bad Romance for my Youth Theatre group and loved every self indulgent moment of it. Our potatoes died unexpectedly and for no reason we could find. I was very sad. I bought my camera that I love so much!
August
My best friend Kim married her sweetheart Matt and became Mrs. Winters. She also abandoned me to go live in cold, snowy Logan to attend Grad-School in psychology....I'm not bitter :-P Our dog, Puck, became very ill and had to go into emergency surgery due to pair of underwear that was lodged in his intestines. He swallowed them whole! School at the Moose started for me, and my vocal studio had a bunch new students enroll. Porter and I went up in the mountains and watched a spectacular meteor shower.
September
We started doing drywall in our basement. I Hate dry wall. I dyed my hair Red! Well first it went purple, then we fixed it. Our basil and tomato plants flourished and I ate a lot of Caprese salad. Puck's deep stitches became infected and we had to take him back in to have an operation to fix them. We went to farmers market alot. We started a love affair with Ruth's Diner, every Sunday Morning, that's were we would be. Porter and I did a few murder mysteries with Chameleons up at the Heber Valley Railroad.
October
I turned a quarter century old, and Porter forgot to get me a birthday cake! We went on a fantastic trip to California where we attuned Blizzcon ( a World of Warcraft convention, lets just say Porter was in heaven), Disneyland! and we were able to visit Porter's Dad, Kyle on the boat that he lives on. On this trip I was introduced to Betsy Johnson, a designer that I love! Her clothes are so cute!
November
Porter and I celebrated our 4th anniversary. We hosted Thanksgiving at our house and cooked the best organic, humane raised turkey you ever saw. I must admit, I had a cheat day and ate some turkey. But mostly I ate the stuffing...mmmmm stuffing! Porter and I hit the pavement on Black Friday and got some great deals. I bought a new sewing machine so I can make marvelous things, maybe.
December
Porter turned 28. My vocal recital had a stellar Christmas concert. I coordinated the Dancing Moose's Christmas Concert and it was a hoot! I sold a ton of my crocheted and knitted items at a Christmas boutique and made over $200! We had our entire family (both mine and Porter's ) over for a smashing Christmas Eve Party where we all wore silly hats. Christmas was great, and we talked to my brother. He sent us amazing chocolate from England that I gorged myself on. I was cast as Amber in Hairspray that will be playing at the brand spanking new Center Point Legacy Theatre. So excited!
So all in all, it's been a pretty good year I think! Here's to 2011 being even greater! Happy New Years!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Encore Studios Hard Candy Christmas Recital 2010

Serious Musicians

So with December also comes my vocal studio's winter performance. It's a great time, but takes a lot of preparation. The students and I have been working on their songs for a good 3 months. This recital, I actually assigned songs which is unusual. I usually let them pick songs, but this Christmas I wanted some specific songs sung. So from our picture you can see that we take our music very seriously, no goofing off, no sillyness, it's just work, work, work. Haha! of course I'm just kidding. We always have a great time. The students did very well. There were a few who didn't sing at this reciatal, but for the most part these are my students. They rock! This is a video of my teen girls performing Hard Candy Christmas. I had to fill in because one of them was sick the day of the recital.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Passports. Oh the joy!

Porter is finally going to be done with his MBA program this spring. Hooray! And as a capstone class/assignment, every students to required to go on an international business trip. So this spring I believe the choices were: France, South Africa and Brazil. Porter (with a little nudging from me) decided he would like to go to France, and here is the best part, I get to go too! I'm so excited! I've never been out of the country before, come to think of it, I'm the only one in my family whose not been out of the country. Well, it's my turn, whopee!


We have a bunch of paper work to do and such. I kept asking Porter when we needed our passports and we kept putting it off. But finally, yesterday was the day. Porter got up early and filled out both of our paper work. Then, I was wondering about pictures, he said we could just take them at the clerks office. But, they were $10 a piece! That is a lot for something that is just a little above mug shot quality. So, I opened our windows to get some good light and got out my camera and swanky new flash that I had gotten for Christmas. I took our pictures and printed them off at Kinko for $4 all together. And I think they look far better than the ones from the clerks. Hey, it's a passport, I'm gonna have it for the next 10 years, I want it to look good.


So Hopefully in the coming weeks we will get our passports and be already to head to France in May!
First of all, it's been along time. I get into these funks where I forget to blog, then I fell guilty about it so I pretend it's not there or that no one reads it or that it's not important enough and I try to forget I have a blog. But it's always there in the back of my head, say "hi! remember me....come post something!" So, the little voice won. And I think my new years resolution, at least one of them is going to be to blog at least once a month. Not much right......well see.



We had a fabulous Christmas! Porter and I invited all our family over for a Crazy Hat Christmas Party on Christmas Eve. Everyone wore awesome hats and we even had a fashion show with them. Kyle (Porter's Dad) won the craziest hat contest. He came as The Grinch's dog Max. Then we played a very fun game of charade with Christmas words. I think my favorite was my dad trying to draw the word "donkey" and it ended up looking like a mutant cat, it was hysterical! We had our traditional white elephant gift exchange. I think this is the first year where there was no trades at all. I ended up getting a cosmic Flash Gordan Kit.


Christmas Morning was very fun. Porter sent me on a scavenger hunt around the house to find a bunch of presents. It was very fun. He is all crafty and awesome like that! We had my parents over for breakfast while we waited to hear from my brother, who is on an LDS mission in Scotland and Ireland. Currently he is serving in Galway, Ireland. This was call 3/4. Next time we hear from him it will be Mother's Day. It was a little stressful connecting our calls, but in the end Porter worked all the technical difficulties out. Thank goodness he works in the teleconferencing industry. It was good to hear from Kit (my brother), he is doing very well. He sent us chocolate from Europe, it is the most amazing thing! It is so much more creamy than American wax filled stuff. I think I almost eaten it all! I will be excited to spend next Christmas with him!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Porter's Poche Photoshoot

These are some photos I shot of the fabulous Porter. We drove around SLC and found some fun spots for me to play around with. He did pretty good, considering he HATES posing for pictures. I tried my hardest to keep it quick and painless, although there was nothing I could do for the heat.......98 degrees. Blah! Good thing he kept switching shirts!!! hehe! just kidding. All in all it was a fun little project and I keep learning stuff the more I shoot. So if any of you lovely beauties who read this blog would like to be a model, just let me know ;) I could get some good practice and you could get some fun photos!






























Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kim and Matt's Engagement Photoshoot

I bought a really nice new camera a few weeks ago and decided it was time to give it a spin. My lovey models are Kim and Matt. They are getting married in August and asked I would take some engagement photos for them. I accepted the challenge happily! So, Tuesday evening we embarked on our great quest to Red Butte Gardens......3 hours and 250 pictures later....I was exhausted. I'm sure they were too. We walked all over that place. Here is a sampling of some of the pictures we got. Enjoy!







Friday, July 9, 2010

The Wilds of Montana

Ribbon Fries!
Lake Como

Watching Fireworks in 50 degree weather.


Porter I finally were able to take a vacation together! We were very excited. We got the car packed and ready for our 8 hr. drive up to Hamilton, Montana. My grandparents live there. I actually drove half of the way. Usually I try and get Porter to do most of the driving, hehehe! But I did my fair share this time. On our drive we saw over 20 deer (we stopped counting at 20) and I also saw elk, and LlAMAS!!! I love Llamas, they are so cute.


We had a blast in Hamilton. We went to the Farmers market and I found lotion made from goats milk, we also found a fabulous booth with yummy cheesy crisps. Although, I bought a red velvet cake.....and it was the worst cake ever. So bland, I couldn't taste anything. It looked delicious, but I guess that's all it had going for it.


We went to the rodeo and walked around. I tried "ribbon fries," a potato spiral cut then deep fried. It was kind of like a cross between french fries and potato chips. Very tasty. We spent our forth of July at Lake Como. It was beautiful, but a little chilly. I didn't actually get in the water, just sat on the beach and read. It was delightful. That night, we went back down to the fairgrounds to watch the fireworks. I swear, every neighborhood up there has a firework show. I kid you not, all 360 degrees around me fireworks were going off. I didn't know where to look! The fireworks went on for about an hour. I found myself thinking....is this ever going to end? Which I never think during fireworks. There were just so many. I went into sensory overload.

We also hiked up Blogget Canyon Overlook. It was a nice hike. And what an amazing view! It was beautiful up there. And we got reception as well, my dad called Porter when we were at the top.


We had a lovely time with my grandparents. They are always so fun to stay with and they have such a fabulous home. The garden was flourishing. I admit...I always have a bit of garden envy when I go up there. On the last night there we made a fire and roasted marshmallows and made banana boats. They had never made them before. I don't think my grandpa knew what to do with it when it was all cooked. He had to examine it and give a few pokes before he could eat it!


It was sad to leave but we made it home safe (I also drove half of the way home *pats self on the back*). It's nice to be home. We missed the puppies!
Looking up Blogget Canyon



Two squirrels kissing.....ah!

View of the Bitteroot Valley

That flower has a lot of gumption

Whee!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer So Far.....

This summer has been surprisingly busy busy so far. Both Porter and I are taking the summer off from doing shows....and I thought I would have so much free time! Ha, that's a good one. I finished up the school year teaching at Dancing Moose, and then I went right into teaching at the University of Utah's Youth Theatre Program. Currently, my company is producing a version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" written by yours truly. We perform in one week from now. Then I get a whole week off! I am super excited, it will be the first trip for me in a long time. Well, big trip. We did go up to Lava Hot Springs a few weeks ago, but that was just over night. This time, we will be gone for a week to Montana. My friend, Kim is going to house sit for us and watch the dogs..............umm, I hope she is still my friend when we come home! The puppies can be....challenging at times.
Our garden is growing so well this year! I am very happy. We have already gotten to eat a some things including lettuce, radishes, baby carrots, and strawberries. Everything always tastes so much better when it's come out of your own garden, and when you get to eat it right after picking it; especially the strawberries, they are delicious!
My parents came down last Sunday and we cooked them brunch. I made my first fritatta. Let's just say, I'm definitely making that again. We were all so stuffed after the meal. My Dad seemed so surprised I could cook, and I'm not sure why. I have been cooking, in my opinion, very good food, for along time. Anyway, I was happy he liked it!
I've had delicious Thai Food
I love So Cupcake!!!
Yellow Company at YTU
I've been baking!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"I'm gettin' married in the Morning"


We had a wedding on Saturday. Porter's little sister, Mckenzie, got hitched! I feel like it has been in the works for so long, I can't believe it's done! They were planning since January, and I was helping Kenzie with her hair and make-up and other misc. things so it's seems like we were planning for so long, and then suddenly the wedding was here.

We got up at the crack of dawn, alarm goes off at 5:45 am, and we get up and start the crazy day. Porter went and picked Kenzie up so we could get started with the beautification process. It was very fun. We did a lovely hair do with loose curls and a few choice pieces swooped up. I thought it was so funny, she thought that I was putting to much "poof" in the hair. I on the other hand disagreed, I was like," you should see some of my theatre friends, they can have major poof in in their bumps!" And p.s. I LOVE volume in hair, so I kept trying to make nice and voluminous. I think we reached a happy medium. Then, with her make-up, I did a lot of natural colors: browns, cremes, golds, rust, and a little bit of shimmering melon color to liven things up. She looked absolutely gorgeous! I was very proud. Porter was calling her my masterpiece. After all, she was the first bride I've every made up.

The wedding was beautiful. It was also fun to see a bunch of the family that we don't get to see very often. At the luncheon, Porter and I sang "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera. I love having a man I can perform with! It was a very nice performance I thought. After that, we took a bunch of pictures, then onto the reception. It was a long day......but very much worth it. We were at the church until around 10pm cleaning everything up.

Afterward, Porter took us out for maggie moo's ice cream. Ahhh, it was like nectar from the gods! I wore heels the whole day....yes, I know, ridiculous, but what can I say...I love pain. Not really, I thought we would have time to go home and change before the reception, but apparently, I was wrong. So my feet were on fire. I have never felt a burning so intensely before in my life. I think I'm taking the whole next week off from wearing heels. When we finally got home, we put on the movie "Pirate radio," Porter told me the next morning, that I didn't even make it through the opening credits before I was out cold. I woke up in my bed, so I'm assuming that at some point I did a fun little zombie walk into the bedroom.

It was a beautiful wedding and I am so happy for Kenzie and Julio!!! I wish them all the best for a wonderful new life together. In the the guest book Porter wrote something very sweet, simple, and profound that I whole heart idly agree with. It's simple. Just love each other.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Veggie Burgers

Porter has really jumped onto this whole natural food kick I've been on. Which is fabulous! It makes eating together, and discussing our grocery list so much easier. He even has been cooking alot more. He makes me breakfast every morning, and not just pop tarts and a box juice, I'm talking about fresh made egg sandwiches with sauteed mushrooms! He is turning into a 5 star chef!

We've been trying a bunch of new recipes lately. A few nights ago, Porter was like, "we should try to make our own veggie burgers." So, we began slicing, shredding and cutting up many different veggies. Everything was going well until we got to the part where it said we should use a food processor....well we don't own a food processor, but we had a magic bullet. Let's just say, it's not so magic. It took FOREVER to grind everything up. But, an hour later we had delicious veggie burgers! We even put A1 Steak Sauce on them. I think A1 is the reason I loved steak so much. They were fabulous. The only think that was different from a real burger was the texture, they were a bit softer to chew. But I didn't mind.

Lessons learned from this little experiment:

  • We need a food processor
  • I could drink A1
  • dogs won't eat the leftovers

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Poodles get Poodlified

We haven't cut the puppies hair since the fall. Not counting the horrific haircut I tried to give Daisy. (She ended up looking like an old man dog, seriously) So, as you can imagine with their curly hair that is thicker than thick, there was a lot of hair to be dealt with. We try to brush it, but they don't hold still, and it can be quite a challenge. We took them into Petsmart, but I don't think the ladies there were very excited. They told us, they would have to shave them down a lot because the hair was just too thick. We were fine with that, after all $100 ish dollars later, we wanted the hair-do to last a while. So, 5 hours later this is what we got
Before
After

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Going Green!

Lately, I've leading a revolution in my kitchen. I have been trying to rid my cupboards of all processed, unnatural, salty, sweet, oily goo that I used to think was food. This all began with the reading of a book entitled Gorgeously Green and The Gorgeously Green Diet both by Sophia Uliano. She talks alot about all the crap that is in our food and personal products that we don't know about. Also, a great movie, Food Inc. shows how corrupt the food industry is. My research has left me in shock, sadness, and anger over what has happened to our food. It isn't even food anymore, it's processed sugar and fat that has to be fortified with minerals and nutrients so that is can be passed off as "good for us." Why should food have to be fortified? Shouldn't it naturally contain everything we need from it?

I am also appalled by the meat industry. The treatment of animals before, during and after slaughter is horrifying. In the book Skinny Bitch it details about the process of slaughtering. Did you know, sometimes the animal isn't dead when they begin to gut it. I honestly had nightmares about it. I refuse to support the inhumane treatment and abuse of these innocent animals. I have been trying out vegetarianism since February. So far, so good, much to Porter's dismay. I don't really want to even cook it anymore. However, I must say to ranchers who raise animals humanely and do all their own slaughtering at the ranch, I commend you. I think it is a fine way of life to be one with the land and animals if you treat everything with respect.

So....back to my organic revolution in my kitchen. It's been going very well. I've cleared out the cupboards, the fridge, and the freezer. I've began cooking alot more. I make many things from scratch including: bread, granola, almond milk, and candied nuts to name a few. I have discovered mushrooms! They are amazing in so many dishes. Both Porter and I have felt so much better since we have switched over to a more natural diet. And we are satisfied! Did you know that humans don't need animal protein to feel satisfied? It's true! I also feel so much better about knowing that I am reducing my carbon foot print by using less processed food and all the packaging that come with it. I intent to continue to lessen my carbon footprint and become more Eco-friendly and organically minded. Cheers!


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring is in the Air!

First, I must apologize for how long it has been since my last post. And second, I must thank one of my students for finding my blog and asking when I was going to post something new. So, thanks Buddy! Spring is finally here, the weather is warmer, the grass is getting greener, my tulips are starting to appear and I have a cold. A nasty cold, that has held on for 3 weeks! It is very frustrating, especially when I'm trying to perform and teach voice lessons. So, I been trying a new herbal remedy, Kombucha, it's this herbal tea that has been fermented. It's an ancient 'elixir of life' from China and Russia. It was thought to have made you live forever. I sure know I feel alive when I drink it! It has quite a kick to it, it's very tangy. My favorite flavor is the berry and hibiscus. I think the label said the one bottle contains over a billion organisms! So, I'm hoping those little guys will get to work and make me feel better. With spring in the air, Porter has been getting quite a long to-do list, which he is so happy about.... Recently he told me that he would build me a little swinging gate to our garden, so that the dogs wouldn't be able to get in there and dig up all my lovely vegetables in the summer. On Saturday, we went to the Home Depot and bought our supplies. The most expensive item........hinges! $15 bucks a pop! I never knew a good hinge would cost so much, and we had to get 4 of them. However, I am so glad we did, the little gate is perfect and the little swinging hinges work so smoothly. He also put up some lattice for my climbing plants, so they will have some where to climb to. Next week on the agenda: putting new soil in the beds and fertilizing the lawn! So exciting!
Kombucha
Before

After!