Friday, February 27, 2009

Best Burger Place In Utah

Yes, you all know about my love of hamburgers and this place just made an appearance relatively close to my house.  Holy cow.  BEST HAMBURGER PLACE in Utah.  Granted, I haven't tried every place in Utah but I have tried a surprisingly high amount of the Utah hamburger places and this one has been moved to my very most favorite.  And, you can order sweet potato french fries to go with it.  Oh, and they have lime to put in your Diet Coke.  So, yes, I am going there today for lunch.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Reason Number 1 million and 11 Why I Love my Emeco Chairs

This is my daughter's coat, drying over the furnace vent on my Emeco chair.  The chair heats up and helps dry the coat.  

I love my Emeco chairs.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Great Weekend

First, this picture is for my sister, Goddess #1.  When she was visiting about a month ago, this part of my office was in shambles.  I don't think she thought I would ever get it orderly.  Well, here is proof, Goddess #1.  See, sometimes I do have it in me.  
Anyway, this past weekend, we headed up to Heber, UT where my husband keeps his airplane.  The weather has been so fickle that he hasn't been able to fly it much this winter, so Saturday was a good fly day, so we all headed up there.  First, we had to stop at the Heber bowling ally for some bowling. 

Here is Dentist husband with his beloved airplane.  If you follow all that has happened with Nie Nie, I have been hesitant to write much about my husband's flying adventures, but when you are married to man who would rather be in the air than on the ground, it is hard not to mention every once awhile.  He just did touch and gos and let each of the kids go with him for awhile.  I had my book club book, "Undiscovered Country" by Lin Enger and got that mostly finished while watching kids and hanging out in the hanger.  (FYI--I didn't like the book.) 
This picture got out of order but this is me with my all time high bowling score.  I got 144!  I am usually just happy if I can break 100.  Even after taking a bowling class at BYU, I am still a crappy bowler, so this was huge for me.  
Oh, I am loving my Mac.  It has been a good switch.  

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Book List

Liz posted this on her blog, so I thought I would play along.  Let's see how many of these books I have read:

1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
3) Tally your total at the bottom.

(X) 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
(x) 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
(x) 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
(X) 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 
(x) 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
(x) 6 The Bible
(x) 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
(X) 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
() 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
(X) 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
(X) 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
() 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
() 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
() 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
() 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
(X) 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
() 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
() 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
() 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
() 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
(X) 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell-- One of my all time favorites.  Sorry Liz.
(x) 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
() 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
() 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
() 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
() 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
(x) 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
() 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
() 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
() 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
() 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
() 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
(X) 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
(X) 34 Emma - Jane Austen
(x) 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
(x) 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
() 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini  (Tried to read three separate times, finally decided that life was too short)
() 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
() 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
() 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
() 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
(x) 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
() 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
( ) 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
( ) 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
(x) 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
() 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
() 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
() 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
() 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
(x) 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
() 52 Dune - Frank Herbert
(x ) 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
(X) 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
( ) 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
( ) 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(X) 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
( ) 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
() 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
() 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
(X) 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
( ) 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
( ) 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
( ) 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
() 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
( ) 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
() 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
(X ) 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
( ) 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
() 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
() 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
( ) 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
(x) 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
( ) 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
() 75 Ulysses - James Joyce
( ) 76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
( ) 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
( ) 78 Germinal - Emile Zola
( ) 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
(X ) 80 Possession - AS Byatt (In my top 5 favorite books)
(X) 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
( ) 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
() 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
() 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
() 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
( ) 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
(x) 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
( ) 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
() 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
( ) 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
( X) 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
(X) 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
( ) 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
(X) 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
() 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
( ) 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
() 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
(x) 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
(x) 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
() 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So, let's see what is my total? 35 Who comes up with these lists anyway?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sometimes We are Really Cool Parents

I have been meaning to post this entry for awhile, so even though this is about 2 months late, here we go:

This is my kids riding on our Christmas tree, as it is dragged from the back of our car.  

Every year, we have to take our tree to a local approved tree dumping area.  Dentist husband was telling the kids how he remembered one year, when he was a little boy, his dad letting him "ride the Christmas tree" to the drop off area.  The kids begged to do it too.  

While we didn't let them ride it all of the way to the drop off area, dentist husband did let them do it down our street.  And, before any of you start calling us bad parents, there was no one out that day, we were going plenty slow (the kids kept on yelling, "Faster"), and they still talk about how great it was.   Trust me, sledding is more dangerous.
So, sometimes, we are really cool parents.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back to blogging

After being without a computer for over two weeks, I have really gotten behind on a lot of things.  I haven't written a family letter in forever, I obviously haven't done a blog post in a long time, I have needed to pick out the songs for the next few months for Sacrament meeting and e-mail those off, etc.

Well, today has been a conquer my list day and I have crossed so much off.  Anyway, here is a picture of toothsome #3 in his outfit he insisted wearing to the Draper Temple Open House.  Two sweaters, "Because I have to look extra nice to go to the temple."  You got that right.  

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mac is here and yes I am little intimidated

Well, I am sitting here in front of my new iMac and yes, I am feeling very intimidated.  Fortunately, my husband's best friend, who was the main voice behind us getting this very scary new machine is coming over tonight to show me just the basics.  Hopefully, from there things will be smooth sailing.  

In my haste to use it, I forgot to replug in my modem.  I couldn't figure out why it wasn't setting up and after a very embarrassing phone call to my Internet provider, I plugged it in and we are up and running.  Wish me luck.  

Saturday, February 7, 2009

25 Random Things about Me (from Facebook)

1. I am usually reading at least two books at a time.
2. I love fast food hamburgers and french fries.
3. I don't color my hair.
4. I hate shopping--particularly in shopping malls.
5. I am fine with my kids having a lot of toys that make loud noises. I don't even notice it.
6. I have been a Cub Scout den mother three seperate times, only once having a child in it.
7. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.
8. I speak horrible Spanish.
9. I wish I were friends with Glen Beck.
10. As a child, I lived in Costa Rica.
11. I used to cross-stitch.
12. I prefer snowy, winter weather to hot summer weather.1
3. I love watching TV.
14. "A Room with a View" is my favorite movie.
15. "Age of Innocence" is my favorite book but beside that one, I am not a huge Edith Wharton fan.
16. I am still good friends with my roommate from my freshman year at BYU. (Hi Mandy).
17. If I had started younger, I would have more kids.
18. I had melanoma three years ago and now literally hide from the sun.
19. I drink way too much Diet Coke.
20. I once walked into Costa Vida and they started making my food before I even got to the line. The nice manager (Lily) and I had developed a great relationship since I had been eating there so often.
21. I can't fall asleep until I have looked back over the day and evaluated how I handled everything.
22. I have a best friend that I have known since 1st grade. We still talk on the phone daily. (Hi Diane).
23. I like having a December birthday.
24. On my dad's side of the family, I am the 3rd youngest grandchild.
25. I love being from Colorado but specifically from Boulder, CO. I don't like it when people lump Boulder in with Denver or claim they are from Boulder, when they are not.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

We bought a MAC--gulp.

My PC died and after consulting many people, we made the switch and hopefully, by Tuesday of next week, we will be MAC owners. I haven't officially used a MAC since I was about 14 but everyone tells me the switch will be painless and I won't regret it.

At this point, I just want any computer working in my house. I have lived without internet now for over a week. I didn't realize how much I use it until it was gone. I can't renew library books, I can't check bank balances, I can't see what is going on in Facebook or read friends blogs. I have even struggled to make dinner, since most of my recipes were on my computer. The nice people at my computer fix it place have been able to recover most of my files, thankfully.

So, anyway, I will be back to real internet life next week. Until then, I might be able to sneak one or two more small visits at my husband's office--maybe. On a positive note, I am amazed how much housework has gotten done without internet. Hmmm.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Computer Down

My computer has stopped working. Hopefully, I will be back later in the week.