Monday, October 27, 2008


Ok I can't find my digital camera and had to take these photos with my whimpy camera phone.

Here are some options I've found for jewelry to go with the dress for the ball.

My mom dug this antique evening bag out of her closet. I'd never seen it before but she said it belonged to her mother. I think its perfect.

Above is the silver/crystal tone jewelry I was thinking about. the pin at the top would go in the hair. Missive can you spot the j. peterman piece?

This is the gold/garnet toned group of jewelry that I was thinking about. Everything is vintage except the gold bracelet. I REALLY love my grandmother's earrings so I'm leaning towards this look more, but I'm not crazy about anything else in the group.

I may have to make a strategic shoping strike at the mall *yuck* and see if I can't find some inexpensive costume jewelry that would suit the earrings better. Maybe just a simple garnet colored ribbon tied around my neck and wrist. I don't know. I've decided against gloves, as long as the scratches (from cutting down the wood pile) on my hands and wrists go away.

Dumb Dares For The Office

Monday, October 27th, 2008

"Kiss everyone on both cheeks when you greet them"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Class of 1940

My father graduated from Logan High School in 1940. He is now 86 and most of his classmates have graduated, so to speak, from this life. He sought out those still living and invited them to his home for a dinner party. He figured it was best not to wait another 5 years for the reunion or they might not make it.

The following photos are the remaing class members of LHS '40 and their spouses. It was a pleasure to help my parents with this evening and it was amazing to see and listen to these wonderful people.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tagged - I'm a tag virgin, its my first time

1. Post the Rules to your blog
2. Answer the six 8 items
3. Let each person know they have been tagged by commenting on their blog.

8 Favorite TV Show: (this changes all the time)
* House
* Chuck
* Kitchen Nightmares
* Heroes
* Project Runway
* Top Chef
* New Amsterdam

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
* Fed Molly
* Got a Gua Sha treatment
* Posted at
* Made 10 trips to the Recorder's office
* Sent e-cards to Noona and Rob for their birthdays today
* Filled up the truck
* Got yelled at by a crazy lady
* Went to dinner with Mike's grandparents

8 Things I Look Forward To:
* Skiing
* Spring
* Travelling
* Cordelia's emails
* Thanksgiving
* Sleeping in
* Fresh apple cider
* Texts from Mike

8 Favorite Restaurants:
* The Pearl River (Cork)
* The Overdraught (Kinsale)
* The Art House (Glasgow)
* Fog City Diner (San Francisco)
* Sweetly Divine (Logan)
* Mickey's Diner (St. Paul)
* Stubb's BBQ (Austin)
* Happy Sumo (Logan)

8 Things On My Wishlist:
* This

* and this

* and of course one of these

* and one of these

* and this

* this

* this one

* and this

4+4=8 picture tag. Pick the 4th photo from the fourth folder in your My Pictures:

8 People To Tag:
* MissIve
* Rings
* Mindy
* Talesha
* Jackie
* Sandee
* Cherish
* Holly

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dress and accessories

Ok I took some quick photos tonight to see what everyone thought about accessories for the dress. *The photos of me were taken by a 4 years old...seriously*. **The dress wasn't all the way zipped up and I had my street clothes under it, thats why it looks lumpy**.

So my choices are white gloves, black gloves, or no gloves. I have 2 little black evening purses (pictures) and a white square evening clutch that I can't find at the moment...I may not take a bag at all since we will be staying in the hotel that is hosting the ball.

The shoes turned out darker than expected but they still look feet will be getting a much needed pedicure, probably french tips. I had a full set of french tipped fingernails done today, so its taken me much longer to type this than normal.

I think my upper arms are looking a little sausage-like in the gloves and am leaving towards no gloves at all.
I will post jewelry options tomorrow and hopefully I find that lost white bag. I still don't know what to do with my crazy orange hair.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Indoor s'more

A couple weeks ago I was watching my niece, Kyla, at my mom's house while my sister was making bread and my mom was making salsa. Kyla wanted to make something, so my dad made us a fire and we cooked S'mores in the fireplace on a rainy day.

This photo was taken during the full moon last Tuesday, at moon rise. It looked WAY cooler in person.


Yes folks its called a PLAT map, not a PLOT map.

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
"Do bad impressions of colleagues during a meeting when they are in attendance."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Dumb Dares For The Office

Monday, October 20th, 2008
"Wearing headphones, pretend to be taking an online speed-typing course. Smack the keyboard wildly and rapidly, and then ask a colleague to count the errors on your string of incomprehensible characters."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Beckoning of Lovely

**Jacked from Cherish's blog**

(I can't get the embed link to work)

The Beckoning of Lovely

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a writer who made a short film called, 17 things i made. At the end of her film she asked people to come to Millineum Park in Chicago on 08/08/08 to make an 18th thing together. This film is about what happened. I hope it inspires you as it has me.

Amy and friends are now working on another experiment called, The Beckoning of Lovely. They are asking for people all over the world to create lovely things and submit them to be part of a future film. If you've made it and its lovely they want to see it. I've been inspired, so I'm going to create something and send it in. Just the act of creating something for the sheer fact of creating something lovely warms my heart. Even if what I create is not used I will still be blessed in the act of creating.

Check out for all the details. Now start creating!

I just wish I weren't so lame and chicken, if I weren't I might actually submit something. What will you submit?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Random links

For all of you Perpetual Kids out there. And for anyone looking for a Stupid white elephant gift.

Ahhhhh I believe I have it now...

Ok, I'm dumb, how do you add a title to your posts?
Here is Alta, Mike and I are thinking about adopting her on a trial basis. We aren't sure if Molly is ready for another dog in the house so we have to socialize them slowly. I really hope it works out, I'm completely in love with this dog, she is something special.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday I had the day off of work and Mike was away at drill. Dad was going up to the cabin to close it up for the winter and drain the water, so my brother Rob and I went with him.

It had snowed and was fairly cold, but it was beautiful. Rob lit a fire in the fireplace in the front room and then got started on shutting off the water and draining all the fixtures. After that I helped him hang all the outdoor shutters and we loaded the little work trailer and lawn mower into my truck to take back to dad's house.

Molly was tied up on a long line in the yard but managed to sneak into the house and grab a block of Decon rat poison and start chewing on it. After we took that block away she managed to get a hold of 2 more...I love her but she is one dumb dog. She had a trip to the vet that afternoon and now is on Vitamin K pills for 2 weeks to counteract the poison.

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
"Go to the reception desk and ask to see yourself."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Does Hamster Dance ever get old? I submit that it does not.


**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
"Babble incoherently to a fellow employee then ask, did you get all that? I don't want to have to repeat it.'"

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

**Dumb Dares for the Office**
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
"For the remainder of the day, loudly announce every digit of phone numbers that you dial."

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Last Friday Mike came and met me at the office after work. We took Molly and drive to the south end of the valley and Porcupine damn. The landlocked salmon that live in the resevoir have been "running" for a couple weeks and we wanted to see if we could find them.

It was about a 20 minute drive, not including the stop we made to get some apples and fresh cider at a farm along the way. Once we parked the truck it was a short walk to the stream and there we saw dozens of bright orange salmon swimming upstream. The battery on my digital camera was dead so I took photos with my phone. The photos aren't great but I think you can get the idea. It is a very cool thing to see in person.

Mike, this is why our next dog should NOT be a beagle...
Sorry for the radio silence.

Last Friday Mike and I drove down to Porcupine damn to see the Kokapee salmon spawning. I will write a post about that and put up some photos tonight.

Saturday we just hung out at the house all morning listening to General Conference. During the break we went to PetSmart and looked at the adoption dogs. I may not ever get "baby hungry" but I definitely get "puppy hungry", we managed to escape PetSmart without adopting again.

During the afternoon session I went to my mom's house and helped her cut up peppers. Later I took my 4 year old niece to the grocery store and standing in the check out line she says very loudly...

"Why don't you have a baby so I can have a sister?"

Uh, yeah, no.

Saturday night after the Priesthood session of Conference everyone went back to my parents house and I made fresh spudnuts. In my rush to get Mike off to Priesthood session and to get the donut dough mixed and rising I had left the remainder of the mashed potatoes on the stove at my house while I took Mike to his car. If any of you know our dog Molly you know what a stupid mistake that was (although normally she only goes after bread, sweets, or meat...veggies usually don't appeal to her). She dragged my best pot off the stove top and it was ruined when it hit the floor. There is one bright spot, she licked the pot clean so I wouldn't have to worry about the leftovers.


1 cup shortening
2 cups mashed potatoes
4 cups lukewarm milk
5 eggs*, beaten
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
12 to 15 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Scald milk with shortening. Add sugar, salt and enough
flour to make a thin batter, about the consistency of
cake batter. Add the mashed potatoes, beaten eggs,
dissolved yeast and lemon extract. Add enough more
flour to make a soft dough. Let rise twice, then roll
out and cut into doughnut shapes. Let rise again until
light. Drop doughnuts into hot oil (375 degrees to 400
degrees), raised-side down. Turn once. Remove from
heat and drain briefly before dipping into a glaze
made by mixing powered sugar and water at a ratio of 1
cup to 2 Tablespoons, respectively. Add more water if
needed. Makes 10 to 12 dozen spudnuts. ENJOY!!!!!
* note: If you cut the recipe in half, use 3 eggs.

I would recommending halving this recipe. Half fed 24 people (most of them had more than one. A good variation on this recipe is to add 1/2 cup of apple cider (you will need to add more flour to make the dough the right consistency) and 2 grated apples, instead of water use apple cider mixed with powdered sugar for the glaze.

Sunday in between sessions we had a big family lunch at my parents house. During the afternoon session I painted all of my nieces fingernails. After the session we went to Mike's mom's house for dinner. After we got home we put all of Mike's gear in his car and he left for drill for the whole week. He'll be back later this weekend.

My oldest sister and her family left for Hawaii last night. They are going to spend a few days on Oahu (PCC is awesome!) and then head over to the Big Island to spend a couple days at my parents condo in Kona. I am very, very jealous.