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.
I'm trying to think of what happened in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!