Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter Demolition Derby in Bountiful

Yesterday it rained, and then the rain turned to snow. It was nasty outside! This is a video of a street in Bountiful, Utah that always is a slippery slope in the winter. I lived in Centerville, which is right next to Bountiful, when I was just a wee tyke. I remember it always being very windy, and when it snowed, it really snowed! This video starts out slow, but by the end cars are sliding everywhere and hitting lots of stuff. And what is crazy is this kind of thing is pretty normal when it snows here. I'm so happy I don't commute to WSU anymore, we had a bunch of hills to go up and down in the snow.

The Road Home Photos

"The Road Home is a private non-profit social service agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. Our mission is to help people step out of homelessness and back into our community.
Originally established in 1923 to assist stranded travelers, the Road Home has grown to address a spectrum of needs that people experiencing homelessness encounter as they work to restore their lives. In addition to operating the largest shelter in Utah, the Road Home has developed a comprehensive housing program that helps people move into housing as quickly as possible."

One of my friends from college, the lovely Becca Dupaix, works for the the non-profit organization-The Road Home.  It is a wonderful program to have in our community.  It gives people a second chance when they need it most.  I was thrilled when she asked me to do some photos for their annual report.  If you would like to take a look click here!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Marshall Soulful Jones performs "Touchscreen"

Sometimes I wish that technology would crash. Our cell phones wouldn't get reception, our computers wouldn't turn on, and all the little touch gizmos would die. Now, I know you must be thinking I'm a horrible person for thinking this, but I think we as a people are to' plugged in' to our online world. I saw a picture a few days ago that had a man hugging his computer that said "I love my computer, that's where all my friends live." Now, I very much appreciate all the conveniences that technology gives us, but I find myself wasting countless hours on facebook, twitter, pintrest, myspace (once upon a time) and games of all different sorts. I also know my husband spends a lot of his free time 'plugged in' mostly his games and twitter. Sometimes I just want to lose all this online social stuff and get back to the basics of hanging with people face to face. This guys in the video is great! I hope you have time to enjoy his wonderful poem, it really hits the nail on the head.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

We had such a busy MLK Weekend!  I always get super excited for 3 day weekends, one because I get an extra day with my cute hubby, and 2 because I get to put that cute hubby to work on projects around the house!  HOORAY! Double win!  So, we are getting so close to being done with our basement, it seriously has been in the works for 2 1/2 years.  It is time to be done!  We are done with all the bedrooms and family room and wash room and pantry, we are just waiting to finish the bathroom, then we will carpet and be finished! This is why I am becoming a slave driver to get the tile laid in the bathroom.  Porter has been working hard on the shower, which is very tedious work as the tiles are small and fickle.  But it came time for the floor.  So this weekend was: 'tile weekend'
 To celebrate our victory with the tile (and I say 'our' because I sat down there on a Home Depot bucket and gave morale support, plus I buttered a few tiles for my man) we went out for a yummy breakfast at Ruth's Diner.  It was delish! I ordered French Toast and Tea.  But look at the size of biscuits they give you!
 We also played a super fun game with our friends Brenden and Tiffany called 'SmallWorld.'  I am hooked! We played two nights this week, plus I bought the version for the ipad.  However, I have yet to win a game of it.  I think the computer cheats when I play on the ipad.  The bot (nickname for my computer foe) always wins, and if I'm in lead, it magically gets an extra turn.  The bot and I have had words...
 I still LOVE this game!!!!  Brenden said 'it's like a combination of Risk, Dominion, and WOW.'

Did I mention I made Thai Coconut Curry Soup on Sunday Night? It was Amazing!  I found a great recipe on Pintrest.  Thai food is one of my favs, and so is Pintrest!  You should look up my boards and find my food board.  The recipe is on it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thrifty Thursday

Last week I did laundry.  Such a small word 'laundry,' but such a lot of baggage is attached to it.  I HATE it! I LOATHE it!  I absolutely detest it from the bottom of my soul!  I love clean clothes, but doing laundry is the one chore I have nightmares about.  It's not the actual sorting and washing, it's the putting away that I dread.  We live in an old home, built in the 1930's, and apparently back then they didn't believe in big closets.  Our closet is bursting at the seams.  We have two extra supports in it just to keep the rod from bending.  This makes putting clothes away very hard, and somewhat scary, I swear one day the closet is going to eat me!

Porter hates doing laundry too.  So, last week we decided to 'purge' the closet.  I stood up and went through Porter's clothes, anything I hadn't seen him wear in the past year was put on trial.  He had to justify it's place in the closet and if he couldn't, it got sacked (quite literally got thrown in the goodwill bag).  Then it was my turn... He went through my dresses.  It was hard, I had to think fast and use my quick wit and feminine wiles if I was to save my beauties.  Alas, I ended up parting with about 20 items.  But there is a happy ending to this story.

Our closet has space in it! The Laundry doesn't scare me anymore and I was was able to take my clothing to Pibb's Exchange, a local store in Sugar House, and sell it.  With my new found pocket money I bought a new dress and had money left over.  Which brings me to the title of my post....

Thrifty Thursday!!! I am such a bargain hunter, I feel like every time I go to a thrift store it's a grand treasure hunt.  Sometimes I like it more than shopping at regular stores.  I have a circuit of store that I like to hit up.  Every Thursday I'm going to try and post about some of the stores I've visited and the treasures I've found.

Today I'm starting with an H&M dress I found at Pibb's Exchange for $7.00.  Because I sold clothing there, I had store credit, so it actually was practically free!  I like to think of Pibbs as a community closet.  I buy clothes, wear them, then take them back, sell them, and buy new clothes that I put through the cycle again.  It's pretty fun.  If you like exciting, unique or vintage clothing you should check them out!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I'm on a podcast

 I'm a guest caller on a podcast!  My husband is involved in a new podcast called 'Galatic Public Radio.'  They discuss the new Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO game.  They are spoofing NPR, and it's a lot of fun.  This is the Star Talk section (spoofing Car Talk).  Take a listen, it's only 9 minutes long, I'm on towards the end.

Happy New Year

I found a fun post on my friends blog and decided to use it.  Hope you enjoy a little about 2011 and a glimpse of our hopes for 2012.

Age:  28           Favorite food this year:  Sushi
Favorite Color this year:  Rust Orange       Favorite Activity:  World of Warcraft
Favorite Book or Movie this year:  Battlestar Galatica Series
Greatest Lesson learned:  Beliefs shape our reality, and you can change your beliefs.
Hardest thing of the year:  Adjusting to life with no school and homework and being productive with extra time.
Favorite Memory:  France Trip with Westminster Grad Class
What I loved most about 2011: Graduating with a Masters Degree  
Want to learn:  Thai Kickboxing
Want to get better at:  Not letting details fall through the cracks
Biggest Goal:  Become more athletic

Age:  25           Favorite food this year:  Cheese! (many different kinds)
Favorite Color this year:  yellow       Favorite Activity:  Organizing our home, and game nights
Favorite Book or Movie this year:  Battlestar Galatica Series and Harry Potter
Greatest Lesson learned:  Quality is better than quantity, you don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy
Hardest thing of the year:  Deciding to quit my teaching position at the Montessori School
Favorite Memory:  Playing telephone Pictionary with our friends at our Halloween Party
What I loved most about 2011: Visiting France with my sweetheart
Want to learn:  How to eat less sugar and still love life
Want to get better at: working out  and the piano 
Biggest Goal:  Go on some serious vacations (maybe London????)

A Glimpse of "My Fair Lady"

Wow, it's been a month since my last post!  Eeep! The holidays are over, and I don't have a show going on right now so maybe I will get more blogging done.  I have a lot I want to put up here and show you.  I recently picked up my photo CD from the theatre and thought I would share some pictures from one of my more recent shows "My Fair Lady," with you.  This was my third time in this show, and I loved it!  Theatre is really special in that way.  I've done the same show 3 times, and they are were completely different productions.  Enjoy!