Friday, December 30, 2011

Holy Pixels Batman

Take a look at this camera...



Introducing the new and improved Hasselblad H4d...now with 60 megapixels...don't adjust your monitor, you read that right, 60 megapixels.

And take a gander at the pricetag on its listing on amazon.com, Hasselblads have always been expensive but this one is delving into the realm of fantasty.

http://www.amazon.com/Hasselblad-H4D-60-Megapixels-Digital-40-2x53-7mm/dp/B004YG6OUQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325312632&sr=8-1

I did the math and that equals out to be around $699 per megapixel, a bargain really. What made this offering so special was the priceless 5 star review it received:

"This is a huge upgrade from my beloved Canon XT!!! I recently sold my Canon XT (with 18-50mm non-IS) on ebay once I heard that this came out on Amazon. When I got the final auction bid, it sold for $225.50 + $15 shipping, not bad for a 6-year old camera. I realized that I'm still a little bit short to purchase this so I decided to auction my car, also on ebay. I sold my 2002 Toyota 4-Runner for $6,650, again not a bad sale!!! When I got the money, I counted it with the funds from the Canon XT and guess what...still short! So I decided to short-sale my 1 bedroom condo in Vegas. After a month wait, I got a buyer and sold it for $35180! After counting all the funds,I was able to collect a grand total of $42,055.50! I was actually still short of $24.50 so I called Amazon and told them if I can get it for less $25, they agreed!...The seller also gave me a free lens filter...What a good deal! For $13,000 more for additional 10 megapixel I think is better than H4D-50 and for $41,800 more for an additional 52-megapixel from a Canon XT is the best decision I ever made!!!"

Funny, only 14 out of 22 people found that helpful, I found it incredibly helpful. I mean sure it costs half as much as my house but hey I could get a job as a crack photog and write it off as a business expense, right? Right?!? I'm already prepared to rule the fashion photography world, Tyra taught me everything I need to know about coaching models: Smizing, Tooching, "squint with your eyes open", and Fierceness!.

I had better hurry and snap it up, they only have 1 left in stock!

PS - I'm JOKING! Someone needs to come up with a standardized sarcasm font ASAP.

Things To Do In Logan: Tuesday 01/03/2012 Events

TEEN TUESDAY: SO CRAFTY!
Looking for something fun to do after school? Then come to the library for Teen Tuesdays. We'll be doing something fun every Tuesday at 4:00 pm. If you like to create things or show off your artistic skills, this activity is for you. On the first Tuesday of each month we'll make a different craft. Some months we'll recycle cereal boxes into pencil cases. Other months we'll make wallets out of duct tape. Every month we'll have fun, and you'll get a creation to take home. Contact: Rachel Anderson - Teen Services Librarian, 435-716-9134 or Logan Library, 435-716-9123. Website: http://library.loganutah.org/teens/teentuesday.cfm Time: 4PM 1st Tuesday of each month Location: Logan Library - Jim Bridger Room, 255 N Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

COLLEGE NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A
Did you know Tuesday night is now College Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan? Show your college ID from 5pm-9pm and get two #1 adult meals for the price of one! That's 2 Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, medium Potato Waffle Fries and medium beverages! Don't forget your favorite sauce! Logan location only.
Valid only on Tuesdays between the hours of 5pm-9pm, for #1 adult meal. No substitutions, customer responsible for payment of any add-ons (i.e. lettuce, tomato, bacon, upsize, etc.). Valid ID from any college acceptable. Expired ID's are not acceptable. Available for a limited time.

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Open Mic Night at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. Come watch or perform music, stand up comedy, and poetry. Come early or sign up on Facebook to perform. $2 at the door. Free for performers.
When: Tuesdays from 7-9pm. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

USU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Aggie Women’s Basketball in the Smith Spectrum: Utah State hosts Asbury – Tuesday night at 7p.m. and Utah Valley – Saturday afternoon at 2p.m. For tickets: (435-797-0305 or 888-U-STATE-1). Website: http://www.utahstateaggies.com

OLD SKOOL SKATE NIGHT
The Cache Valley Fun Park hosts Old Skool Skate Night! It starts at 9pm -11 pm. This day is also $2 Tuesday, so any activity this day costs only $2! Befriending the Fun Park on Facebook can give you great deals (especially on Old Skool Night) if you check their page before heading in.

WHITTIER CENTER SALSA DANCING
Join us for weekly Salsa Dancing: Tuesdays, 9:30-midnight, $3 per person, Beginning and Intermediate Class 9:30-10:30 p.m at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 E., Logan, UT.

Curiouser and Curiouser...

There used to be a mock-blog called So Seriously Blessed! It was a send up of ridiculous mommy blogs and it lampooned extreme Utah Mommy behavior (diet coke addictions, tanning addictions, gym addictions, ridiculous baby names, excessive child spoiling, and general selfish and supercilious behavior). The blog author stopped writing and I stopped following, I kind of miss it.

Until now! Move over Seriously So Blessed!, there's three new blogs I've found that keep me entertained.

Meet Eli



Eli has a blog called It Just Gets Stranger...

http://itjustgetsstranger.blogspot.com/

The blog has been around for a few years but this month it got really interesting. Things started getting entertaining when he received a text from a stranger asking him about wedding gift ideas. Turns out the stranger, Jane, thought she was texting her friend Amanda. Eli thought it would be fun to continue the conversation and they exchanged over 40 messages before Jane caught on.

But it doesn't end with Eli posting the conversation to his blog. No, of course not, where would be the fun in that? Jane's friend stumbled on Eli's blog and showed it to Jane. Which prompted another lengthy text exchange between Eli and Jane. This exchange involved Eli creating a whole new mock-blog about his imaginary 5 children...

http://eligetstobeamommy.blogspot.com/


Which led to him creating another mock-blog which supposedly contains the poetry of one of his fictitious children, the one named Fortify...

http://fortifyscorner.blogspot.com/

If you need a laugh check out the epic text conversations and the resulting blogs. I especially like the pet chicken named Queen of Colors. It certainly makes me rethink my standard "You have the wrong number" response in these situations, who knows where a friendly jest with a stranger might lead you?

Things To Do In Logan: Monday 01/02/2012 Events

MOM OR DAD & ME ICE SKATING
Mom or Dad & Me sessions are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Eccles Ice Center. Location: 2825 N. 200 East. For $6 a session, pre-school age children skate for free with a paying adult and receive a complimentary hot chocolate. Call 787-2288 or visit http://www.ecclesice.com/ for more information.

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE TOUR
Tours commence at 10:30 Am every Monday & Friday, except for show days & holidays. CVCA tours are free and take about 30 minutes. Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by calling the CVCA Ticket Office at 435-752-0026.

ROCKHAUS FAMILY NIGHT
Monday is Family Night $7.00/person minimum of 2 after 5:00 PM. Must be immediate family. 1780 NORTH 200 EAST NORTH LOGAN, UTAH 84321 Contact: Rockhaus Climbing Gym phone: 435.713.0068 fax: 435.713.0069

FAMILY NIGHT ICE SKATING
The Eccles Ice Center offers Family Night from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays at the center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan. Up to eight people can skate for $30, including skates. Call 752-1170 for an updated, daily schedule as times are subject to change. For more information, call 787-2288.

COMMON GROUND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES MOVIE NIGHT
Come join Common Ground for a free family fun movie with friends and tasty treats. Where: 335 N 100 E, Logan. When: Monday at 6pm.

COSMIC BOWLING
The Cache Valley Fun Park offers Cosmic Bowling every Monday from 7pm until close. Bowling prices start at 3pm. Location: 255 E 1770 N, North Logan.

COUNTRY SWING DANCING
Come country swing dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park. When: Monday and Wednesdays from 9pm until close. Cost: $4 per person. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cachevalleyfunpark.com/

McD's New Year's Promotion



Normally I'm not a huge McDonald's fan, but a good deal is worth passing on, even if it is at a TGIMcFunday's type restaurant.


Utah McDonalds (and select locations in Northeast Nevada and Southwest Wyoming) will offer the following deal on January 5th, 2012.

Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder With Cheese at regular price and get a second Big Mac or Quater Pounder With Cheese for one penny, $0.01, 1/100th of a bone, a single cent.

See their website for details: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/home.html

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Craft Fail



I've seen this meme a few times and it makes me laugh every time. I wish I was brave enough to admit to the world when my projects don't turn out like I had envisioned in my head.

You know I blame Pinterest and Etsy specifically and the internet in general for giving me delusions of crafting/baking/decorating greatness. At least with my food fails I can eat the evidence. For more entertaining and enthusiastic craft fails check out this site:

http://craftfail.com/

So Cordelia, did you ever finish making that project we starting 24th of July weekend? Or should we post a photo to craftfail?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Little E's Birthday



My brother and his family live in Washington and they drive to Utah for a visit about twice a year. I have a tradition of taking my nieces and nephews out to eat for their birthdays. Last night we took our niece "little E" out for her birthday, which was in November.

We are a blessed family and you wouldn't believe the amount of clothing, toys, books, games, and general stuff that all my nieces and nephews have and still get for birthdays, Christmas, etc. There was nothing I could buy them that would mean anything or have a lasting impact, then I realized that the best parts of my childhood were the times I spent with people I loved...not the stuff. So I try to give them the gift of time, a meal together, and conversation. This is difficult since four of them live out of state now. Hence the delaying Little E's birthday dinner almost 2 months.

But better late than never, right?

She was undecided about where she wanted to go and so Uncle Mike and I decided we'd let her try Kabuki Steakhouse (Hey it is date night for us this week, so might as well be something we all like). She wasn't disappointed. As soon as we were seated she was craning around to see the chefs at the other tables, she was fascinated with them, especially when they did the onion volcano.



Little E would watch our chef and unconsciously mimic what he was doing with her own fork. She was so intent on everything he was doing, she honestly enjoyed the show as much as she enjoyed the food. She surprised us by liking the onion soup and the salad with house dressing...she was almost full by the time her entree was ready.



She wanted shrimp but didn't eat them all. I asked her if she was full but she shook her head and told me that she was saving some for "Mom and dad and my brothers and my sister and Sitka!" Sitka is the dog.



She kept telling me "Get a picture of that crazy guy, he is like the best cook ever, better than my dad even!" Then she told me that's what she wants to do when she grows up. At the end of the meal Mike and I both caught the pieces of chicken that the chef tossed our way, there was another couple at our grill table that tried and failed...I think it is safe to say that we were pretty proud of ourselves.

Kabuki was busier this time around and it was quite pleasant. By chance we had the same chef that cooked for us when Mike and I went during the first week they were open. He was much more at ease this time around and the food was all cooked perfectly. It was a great evening and not one that Little E will soon forget. Here are a few videos we took throughout the dinner:









Things To Do In Logan: Saturday 12/31/2011 Events

There are fewer public New Year's Eve events around Cache Valley this year than there have been in the past, but still plenty of things to do in the Logan, UT area. If you are having your own celebration and want to ring in the New Year with a bang, the newly legalized aerial fireworks are available to sell at several valley grocery store as well as Merrill Christmas Tree farm on south highway 89/91. However you celebrate please remember to drink responsibly and arrange for your NYE designated driver ahead of time. See you in 2012!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

INTERNET CAFE @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi, and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! 6PM until midnight. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

LIVE MUSIC @ PIER 49 PIZZA
Scott Olsen and Irv Nelson will be performing live at Pier 49 Pizza in Providence. No cover charge! When: Saturday from 6pm to 8pm.

DANCING AT ELITE HALL
This is a big-band swing dance complete with lessons before the dance! We're able to do this on an awesome spring loaded dance floor at Elite Hall. Everybody dresses up in best dress and we dance the night away. You're bound to see some great Lindy Hop and Charleston! Where: 83 W Main, Hyrum. Contact: Mark Lindsey, swing.usu@gmail.com Website: www.usu.edu/swing When: Saturday at 7pm. Cost: $3.

UPR NEW YEAR'S EVE FUNDRAISER
You are invited to Utah Public Radio's New Year's Eve benefit celebration and fundraiser. Appetizer reception at 7:00 p.m. Dinner seating at 8:00 p.m. Guests will be welcomed at the door by Utah Public Radio’s General Manager, Victor Hogstrom, with a glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Dancing to the music of Phase Two featuring Mike Christiansen, Eric Nelson, Jeremy Nivison, and Travis Taylor. Tickets for the evening are $100 per person, of which $67 is a tax-deductible contribution to Utah Public Radio. Several dinner options, including vegetarian, are available along with a coffee and dessert buffet. Individual reservations will be accepted and tables for eight (8) people may be reserved. Website: http://www.upr.org/

SQUARE DANCING LESSONS
If you want to have a lot of fun, find a new way to exercise and hang out with the craziest bunch of people you’ve ever met, you need to try Square Dancing with us! We dance most Saturday nights from 7:30 until 10:00 The first two lessons are FREE and singles are welcome. Contact: Jerry Andrews 435-890-2397 jerryanda1@live.com Location: 1650 E 1600 N, North Logan, UT

NEW YEARS EVE @ PINEER VALLEY LODGE
Come celebrate the new year with an evening of big band music by Tic Seamons Band. Refreshments will include shrimp, sweet and sour meatballs, lil' smokies, and desserts. There will be door prizes, food, and fun. Where: 2351 N 400 E, North Logan. When: Saturday from 7:30pm to 10pm. Cost: Free! For more information call 435.792.0353

31+ SINGLES NEW YEAR'S EVE HOLLYWOOD STARS CELEBRATION
Enter into the world of glitz and glamour dressed as your favorite modest Hollywood Star (appropriate LDS attire). Awards will be given for the best costume, hairdo, overall look, dancing, etc. This extravaganza will include prizes, games, a special floorshow at 10:30, and a "Welcome in the New Year Breakfast" at midnight. If you don't feel like dressing in costume, come as you are. Dance instruction from 8-9 p.m. Dance from 9 p.m.-midnight and refreshments will be served. Cost: $5. Where: 340 West 700 South in Logan. Website: http://www.cachesingles.org/

IMPROV COMEDY @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Logan Out Loud is a local comedy group, that has some of the best talent that we've seen in the valley! Come enjoy the MC "Blaydor", a centacorn (unicorn+centaur), with his atrociously hilarious comments, and PG-13 humor. When Sat 9pm – 10pm. Cost: $5

Toilet Magic


*Photo credit: All photos in this post are courtesy of the Poo-pourri website.*

So I was browsing through the Tasty Kitchen and Pioneer Woman joint websites on my lunch break and I come across her post about "Crap Shooter", here:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/2011/12/i-apologize-in-advance/

I am still laughing about it. But I'm not just laughing, I am intensely curious. Check out their official website here:

http://poopourri.com/

Who hasn't had an awkward moment in a public bathroom or in the loo at a friend's house and wished for a small miracle? "Oh please, oh please, oh please don't let anyone smell this." *looking for raised hands* No one?!? Oh fine, I'll admit it, I am stinkier from most (I blame genetics) and I am embarrassed to use other people's toilets for fear I may suffocate any small pets they might have in the house with my fumes. Not only that, we've got 2 very stinky dogs, yep they've got a product for pet odor too. And diaper odors. And car odors.

Now this isn't your momma's air freshener. It is a PREVENTATIVE! You spray it in the bowl before you use the toilet to help eliminate the odors at the source. If this really works I may be buying it by the case.

Not only does it promise to deodorize most bathroom smells, they also come with funny names and ridiculously cute packaging. You can see their full range of products here:

http://poopourri.com/departments.asp

I believe this one is my favorite...



Please let me know if you purchase this product and if it really works for you.

Things To Do In Logan: Friday 12/30/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

WINTER STEAM FESTIVAL
The Golden Spike National Historic Site in Box Elder County is holding its annual Winter Steam Festival on Wed, Thursday and Friday. Steam Locomotive No 119 is scheduled to arrive at the Last Spike site at approximately 10a.m. and it will be on display until 430p.m. each day. There will also be special steam demonstrations at 1p.m. & 3p.m. The No. 119 is a fully-operational replica of the Union Pacific’s No. 119 which was present for the Golden Spike Ceremony on May 10, 1869. In addition to the steam demonstrations, various railroad-related videos will be shown in the front auditorium. The site is located 32 miles west of Brigham City. For more information call 435.471.2209 x 29.

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE TOUR
Tours commence at 10:30 Am every Monday & Friday, except for show days & holidays. CVCA tours are free and take about 30 minutes. Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by calling the CVCA Ticket Office at 435-752-0026.

SENIORS BINGO
Hyrum Senior Citizen Center hosts Seniors Bingo every Friday from 12pm to 2pm. Location: 675 East Main Street Hyrum, UT 84319.

LIVE MUSIC @ CAFFE IBIS
Performance by Sara Olsen and Sam Wright (Folk/Indie). Contact: Hilary Murray, 435-753-4777, hilarilly@gmail.com Website: http://www.caffeibis.com Time: 4:45PM. Date: Friday December 30, 2011. Location: Caffe Ibis, 52 Federal Ave, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC @ PIER 49 PIZZA
The western singing duo Tumbleweeds will perform at Pier 49 Pizza in Providence. When: Friday, Dec. 30th from 6pm to close. No cover charge!

AGGIE GAME NIGHTS
Aggie Game Nights is a social gaming club at Utah State University. We play board, card, miniature, party, & role playing games. We meet Fridays, 7pm to midnight in Engineering 201. Bring friends & games. Everyone is invited! Websites: https://groups.google.com/group/aggie-game-nights https://www.facebook.com/groups/Aggie.Game.Nights/Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Contact: Ian Andrews Madsen 801-660-8960 aggie.game.nights@aggiemail.usu.edu

LIVE MUSIC @ WHY SOUND
Poor Ophelia w/Tribes, and Til We Have Faces. (Alternative/Rock). Where: 30 Federal Ave, Logan. When: Friday, December 30th at 8pm. Cost: $5.

CONCERT AND DANCE BENEFIT @ ELITE HALL
Local musicians will be hosting a live concert to help Allisa Berry and her family pay for medical bills that resulted from her battle with brain cancer. The live music starts at 9m and will be followed by a dance party with a live DJ. If you can't make it but still want to donate there is information on the website about the charitable fund. Where: Elite Hall in Hyrum. When: Friday at 9pm. Cost: $5. Website: http://hopeforallisa.com

THE ANTICS IMPROV COMEDY
Come to the Logan Arthouse & Cinema to laugh along with The Antics. The Antics perform improv comedy every Friday night at 10:30pm! Tickets are $5 at the door.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ginormous



Earlier this month we went to the Four Seasons Theatre Co. production A Christmas Carol, at the Sky View auditorium. During the intermission my sister gave her daughter money for treats. My niece and her friend came back with two of the largest cookies I've ever seen. Enough to feed a small family, or 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and 2 elementary school age girls.

I generally make it a rule to never try to eat anything bigger than my face, these girls haven't learned that one yet, they'll have to learn that on their own. Although maybe we should have told Ky to take the plastic wrap off BEFORE she tries to chow down.

Things To Do In Logan: Thursday 12/29/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

WINTER STEAM FESTIVAL
The Golden Spike National Historic Site in Box Elder County is holding its annual Winter Steam Festival on Wed, Thursday and Friday. Steam Locomotive No 119 is scheduled to arrive at the Last Spike site at approximately 10a.m. and it will be on display until 430p.m. each day. There will also be special steam demonstrations at 1p.m. & 3p.m. The No. 119 is a fully-operational replica of the Union Pacific’s No. 119 which was present for the Golden Spike Ceremony on May 10, 1869. In addition to the steam demonstrations, various railroad-related videos will be shown in the front auditorium. The site is located 32 miles west of Brigham City. For more information call 435.471.2209 x 29.

MIGHTY ME WORKSHOP
Sunshine Terrace Wellness Center and BRAG are offering “Mighty Me” workshops on brain health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at SST Wellness Center, 209 W. 300 North. Classes are free of charge. Call Allison at 713-1468 or the Wellness Center at 752-9321 with any questions.

CITRUS & SAGE OPEN MIC NIGHT
Every Thursday there's "OPEN MIC NITE". Bring your musical talents and groupies and jam out in THE ROOM. 5-7PM @ Citrus and Sage Cafe on 100 East and 100 North in Logan http://www.citrusandsage.biz/index.html

INTERNET CAFE @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! 6PM until midnight. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

KNOTTY KNITTERS
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

BIG BAND SWING CLUB
Thursdays 7:00PM to 10:00PM Come learn Big Band Swing Dancing! Swing Dancing is an original American art form, and a fun way to exercise and meet people. Come alone or with a partner; we offer lessons at 7, followed by social dancing. Beginners are welcome, and your first time is free. Come dance with us! Location: HPER Building - Room: 215. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Website: http://www.usu.edu/swing/ Contact: Jennifer Monsen, 801-699-0441 havoc.monkey@gmail.com

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
The Magic of Christmas is described as a "fun filled magic show" packed with jaw dropping magic, illusions and hilarious comedy. The show will star Kent Messmer, a master illusionist, who will thrill the audience while bringing the sights and sounds of the holidays to the community in an event organizers say is good for the whole family. Tickets will be available at the door for a donation. A portion of the proceeds from this year's fundraiser will help support the "Shop with a Cop" program, which allows local members in uniform to take some of the disadvantaged and high risk children living in Cache County shopping for gifts for themselves and their siblings to put under their Christmas tree. Contact: 435-213-2852 Time: 7PM Date: Thursday December 29, 2011. Location: Mount Logan Middle School, 875 North 200 East, Logan, UT

LOGAN UNPLUGGED
Logan Unplugged is an acoustic music night that is free to the public every Thursday from 8 - 10 p.m. at Sultans Tavern 205 south main, Logan. Singer songwriters and fans of acoustic music gather to listen and enjoy the music and each others company. For more information call: 435 757 8970.

DANCE UNITED CLUB
Each month the club focuses on teaching a different dance. October is Big Band Swing Dancing. November the club is looking at doing something like ballroom style, samba, or salsa. If you are interested in becoming a member, membership is $10 which includes a free t-shirt and admittance to all the membership parties. Lessons start at 8pm. Where: Tippets Gallery in the USU Chase Fine Arts Building.

LIVE MUSIC @ WHY SOUND
RacecaR RacecaR w/Megan Simper, Jaron Call, and Thomas Koch. (Acoustic). Where: 30 Federal Ave, Logan. When: Thursday at 7pm. Cost: $5.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCING @ LEGENDS
FreeStyle Dance Company instructors provide the dance lessons. Come learn the Cowboy Cha Cha, Waltz, Two-Step, Triple Step, Line Dances, and more! 21 and older, please. Where: Legend's Billard Hall,2707 S HWY 89/91, Nibley. Cost: $5 per person. When: Thursday at 8pm. Contact Info: Erica Colvin, FreeStyle Dance Company, 435.535.1034 erica@freestyledancecompany.com

O Christmas Tree (octopus)




Ok so it isn't a Christmas tree, but hey tree octopi need some holiday decorations too. I know I said I wouldn't post any more of my snowflakes this year, but I didn't make this one.

Remember in my original paper snowflake post how I said I wanted to make a tree octopus snowflake? My coworker Andrea made one and hung it in the tree that our tree octopi (Treena and Treevor) live in. Pardon the bad phone photo, but the design really is ingenius. I particularly like her use of positive and negative space in the execution of the arboreal cepholapod theme.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Things To Do In Logan: Wednesday 12/28/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the Friends of the Bear River Refuge are holding their 2nd annual Bird Count for Kids. The event will start Wednesday at 8a.m.at the James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center and run until 1p.m. The event is free and is open to children ages 6 to 15. It is modeled after the National Audubon Society’s Adult Christmas Count. Children and their families will have a chance to get outside while counting the birds in the community. The location is 2155 W. Forest Street in Brigham City. Participants will tally their sightings over a sack lunch between 1230 and 1p.m.

WINTER STEAM FESTIVAL
The Golden Spike National Historic Site in Box Elder County is holding its annual Winter Steam Festival on Wed, Thursday and Friday. Steam Locomotive No 119 is scheduled to arrive at the Last Spike site at approximately 10a.m. and it will be on display until 430p.m. each day. There will also be special steam demonstrations at 1p.m. & 3p.m. The No. 119 is a fully-operational replica of the Union Pacific’s No. 119 which was present for the Golden Spike Ceremony on May 10, 1869. In addition to the steam demonstrations, various railroad-related videos will be shown in the front auditorium. The site is located 32 miles west of Brigham City. For more information call 435.471.2209 x 29.

MOM OR DAD & ME ICE SKATING
Mom or Dad & Me sessions are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Eccles Ice Center. Location: 2825 N. 200 East. For $6 a session, pre-school age children skate for free with a paying adult and receive a complimentary hot chocolate. Call 787-2288 or visit http://www.ecclesice.com/ for more information.

YE OLDE TYME QUILTERS
Ye Olde Tyme Quilters meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main St. Lunch will follow. Prices will vary. For more information or to schedule free transportation, contact Royella at 753-5353 ext. 105.

FAMILY NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A OF LOGAN
Family Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan is FUN and FREE! We provide you with a craft for the kids, free face painting and balloon animals! You'll also get to hang out, take a picture with and dance with the Chick-fil-A cow! When: Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm.

LIVING WITH ALZHEIMERS
BRAG (Bear River Association of Governments)and the Alzheimer’s Association presents ‘Living with Alzheimers’ (For Caregivers)- an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association every Wednesday night from 6p.m. to 7p.m at 170 N Main in Logan (BRAG office southeast entrance). Contact: Deborah Crowther @ 435-713-1462

INTERNET CAFE AT LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! When: Wednesdays from 6pm until midnight. http://www.loganarthouse.com/

REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE AUCTION
RRR Auction has a LIVE auction every Wednesday night at 6 pm till done with a LIVE Auctioneer, Food Vendors, Lots of goods to be sold and fun to be had. Please stop by early and browse the auction and sign up to be a bidder!!! See you there!!! Where: 244 S Main, Logan. Contact: 512.6880 carolynnpease@yahoo.com

TO PRESERVE THE NATION CLASS
Scott Bradley hosts a weekly class on the Constitution titled “To Preserve The Nation” at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays upstairs at The Book Table. There is no charge. For more information, call 753-2930 or 753-8844.

PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Pain Management Support Group (Soakers Club) meets every Wednesday night at 715p.m. and Sundays at 2p.m. in the parking lot of Square One Printing (630 W 200 North, Logan) to car pool over to Crystal Hot Springs for a few hours of soaking in the warm mineral pools. This is a great way to help alleviate pain and promote optimal health. For more information and to RSVP your space in a car pool call Beverly (435-755-3206).

LIVE MUSIC @ WHY SOUND
Withered Soul w/September Say Goodbye. (Blues/Acoustic/Rock). Where: 30 Federal Ave, Logan. When: Wednesday at 8pm. Cost: $5.

COUNTRY SWING DANCING
Come country swing dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park. When: Wednesdays from 9pm until close. Cost: $4 per person. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cachevalleyfunpark.com/

Movie Night Fun

We had our annual nieces and nephews Christmas movie night this past Thursday. Our tiny house has become too small to hold everyone, so my mother let us use her basement family room for the party.

I brought my nail polish and painted nails. M.'s niece decided she was pretty good at painting nails and painted his green, very festive.



Later that night we started the Festivus celebration early with amazing feats of strength.











OK it wasn't really feats of strength, it was just the kids trying to see how many pillows they could hurdle over and how fast they could slide down the stairs in a sleeping bag, but still...

Oh yeah, and we also swam, watched some movies, and played with the H's new x-box system. It was a pretty darn fun night.

Things To Do In Logan: Tuesday 12/27/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

LOGAN LIBRARY TEEN TUESDAYS
Looking for something fun to do after school? Then come to the library for Teen Tuesdays. We'll be doing something fun every Tuesday at 4:00 pm. Kick back, relax, and enjoy some Japanese animation. We'll feature a different anime series the fourth Tuesday of the month. Feel free to bring snacks. Note: all of the anime that we will be showing is rated TVPG. Contact: Rachel Anderson - Teen Services Librarian 435-716-9134 Logan Library 435-716-9123 Website: http://library.loganutah.org/teens/teentuesday.cfm Time: 4PM. Date: 4th Tuesday of each month. Location: Logan Library - Jim Bridger Room, 255 North Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

COLLEGE NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A
Did you know Tuesday night is now College Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan? Show your college ID from 5pm-9pm and get two #1 adult meals for the price of one! That's 2 Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, medium Potato Waffle Fries and medium beverages! Don't forget your favorite sauce! Logan location only.
Valid only on Tuesdays between the hours of 5pm-9pm, for #1 adult meal. No substitutions, customer responsible for payment of any add-ons (i.e. lettuce, tomato, bacon, upsize, etc.). Valid ID from any college acceptable. Expired ID's are not acceptable. Available for a limited time.

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Open Mic Night at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. Come watch or perform music, stand up comedy, and poetry. Come early or sign up on Facebook to perform. $2 at the door. Free for performers.
When: Tuesdays from 7-9pm. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

OLD SKOOL SKATE NIGHT
The Cache Valley Fun Park hosts Old Skool Skate Night! It starts at 9pm -11 pm. This day is also $2 Tuesday, so any activity this day costs only $2! Befriending the Fun Park on Facebook can give you great deals (especially on Old Skool Night) if you check their page before heading in.

WHITTIER CENTER SALSA DANCING
Join us for weekly Salsa Dancing: Tuesdays, 9:30-midnight, $3 per person, Beginning and Intermediate Class 9:30-10:30 p.m at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 E., Logan, UT.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

For Cordelia

Cordie, this one's for you, if that whole sky dragon thing doesn't work out you have a future in comics.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/airplane_heard


It might be kind of entertaining for everyone else as well.

PS - Event lists will resume starting tomorrow, I'm enjoying my day off of work today.

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 18, 2011

How to tell that Christmas is near...


My brother R. and his wife were driving up to Logan yesterday and they snapped this photo.

Christmas Eve

Things To Do In Logan: Saturday 12/24/2011 Events

Uh, go and play with family and/or friends...it is Christmas Eve for crying out loud! Don't have family or friends? Have them but don't want them? Rent any of the movies you haven't seen on my Christmas movie lists and stay in with some take away and enjoy.

Happy Festivus...

...for the rest of us!



And for all of you that don't have your shopping done yet...

Things To Do In Logan: Friday 12/23/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

SIP 'N' SHOP
Green Leaf Gifts & Greenhouse is having their annual Sip 'n' Shop. Come & shop for local handmade gifts, with artists from Boise, Salt Lake City, & Cache Valley. Newly featuring artisan food vendors! You'll find gifts for everyone, including the guys! When: December 15th-23rd, Thurs 3pm - 7pm; Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-7pm. Where: 48 W Center Street in Providence.

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE TOUR
Tours commence at 10:30 Am every Monday & Friday, except for show days & holidays. CVCA tours are free and take about 30 minutes. Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by calling the CVCA Ticket Office at 435-752-0026.

SENIORS BINGO
Hyrum Senior Citizen Center hosts Seniors Bingo every Friday from 12pm to 2pm. Location: 675 East Main Street Hyrum, UT 84319.

LIVE MUSIC @ CAFFE IBIS
Caffe Ibis presents, Katie Jo. With a gorgeous voice and impressive chops on the guitar, come support this up and coming singer/songwriter. Cost: Free! When: Friday at 4:45pm. Where: 50 Federal Ave, Logan.

PICKLEVILLE'S 12.25 CHRISTMAS DINNER & SHOW
Pickleville Christmas is back again, now more hilarious than ever. Written by T.J. Davis, this unique, family-fun show will light the fire of Christmas under any "Grinchified-Scroogie-Bum" in town and is sure to become one of your favorite Holiday traditions for years to come. Contact: Pickleville, 435-755-0968. Website: http://www.picklevilleplayhouse.com/christmas.html Time: Dinner 6:00pm, Show 7:30pm. Date: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19, 23 (two shows on the 23rd--matinee at 1:30PM). Location: Eccles Conference Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322. Cost: $16 Adults, $12 Children.

AGGIE GAME NIGHTS
Aggie Game Nights is a social gaming club at Utah State University. We play board, card, miniature, party, & role playing games. We meet Fridays, 7pm to midnight in Engineering 201. Bring friends & games. Everyone is invited! Websites: https://groups.google.com/group/aggie-game-nights https://www.facebook.com/groups/Aggie.Game.Nights/Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Contact: Ian Andrews Madsen 801-660-8960 aggie.game.nights@aggiemail.usu.edu

THE ANTICS IMPROV COMEDY
Come to the Logan Arthouse & Cinema to laugh along with The Antics. The Antics perform improv comedy every Friday night at 10:30pm! Tickets are $5 at the door.

Thursday Before Christmas



Tonight is our annual movie night for our nieces and nephews. Today's post is my top 5's. That is top 5 classic holiday films, top 5 modern holiday films, and top 5 films that aren't really holiday films but have holiday scenes in them.

TOP 5 CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES

#5 - The Bishop's Wife. The one with Cary Grant, not that dreck with Whitney Houston. Please oh, PLEASE do not get the colorized version, this goes for all the black and white movies on this list.

#4 - Christmas In Conneticut. I want a house that looks like the "farm house".

#3 - We're No Angels. Bogey.

#2 - A Holiday Affair. The scene with the little boy trying to return his Christmas train alone is worth the price of this DVD. This movie is why I love Robert Mitchum.

#1 - White Christmas. It just never gets old for me.

TOP 5 MODERN CHRISTMAS MOVIES

#5 - A Child's Christmas In Wales. Cats!

#4 - Mr. Kruger's Christmas. Jimmy Stewart is much more likeable in this than that other holiday classic.

#3 - Love Actually. ""Grandi," uh... grande familio. Grande traditsione- The Christmas presents. Stupido."

#2 - Joyeux Noel. Touching, tragic, and beautiful...bring the kleenex.

#1 - The Muppets Christmas Carol. Funny, sweet, and surprising true to the book. Much more uplifting than other adaptations and it has an infectious score.

TOP 5 NON-CHRISTMAS MOVIES WITH CHRISTMAS SCENES

#5 - Little Women. Several Christmas scenes in fact.

#4 - Steel Magnolias. "I cleaned them out of baby jesuses...which I made into ornaments!"

#3 - The Desk Set. This is a witty relationship movie about communication skills and the human touch...with Christmas thrown in.

#2 - Bridget Jones Diary. Several Christmas scenes again, it makes me laugh every time.

#1 - Better Off Dead. "Do you have Christmas in France? CHRISSSS-MASSS?"

***I did not list It's A Wonderful Life because I find the whole film incredibly depressing. I did not list any of the Rankin & Bass specials because they are a class all by themselves and it just wouldn't be Christmas without them.***

Happy Hanukkah

For my Jewish friends, Shalom.

Tuesday Before Christmas

It doesn't have to be fancy, expensive, or new. It just has to be from the heart.

Things To Do In Logan: Thursday 12/22/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

MIGHTY ME WORKSHOP
Sunshine Terrace Wellness Center and BRAG are offering “Mighty Me” workshops on brain health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at SST Wellness Center, 209 W. 300 North. Classes are free of charge. Call Allison at 713-1468 or the Wellness Center at 752-9321 with any questions.

SIP 'N' SHOP
Green Leaf Gifts & Greenhouse is having their annual Sip 'n' Shop. Come & shop for local handmade gifts, with artists from Boise, Salt Lake City, & Cache Valley. Newly featuring artisan food vendors! You'll find gifts for everyone, including the guys! When: December 15th-23rd, Thurs 3pm - 7pm; Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-7pm. Where: 48 W Center Street in Providence.

CITRUS & SAGE OPEN MIC NIGHT
Every Thursday there's "OPEN MIC NITE". Bring your musical talents and groupies and jam out in THE ROOM. 5-7PM @ Citrus and Sage Cafe on 100 East and 100 North in Logan http://www.citrusandsage.biz/index.html

INTERNET CAFE @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! 6PM until midnight. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

LIVE NATIVITY AND SING ALONG
‘The Cache Valley Live Christmas Nativity and Sing-Along’ At the Old Rock Church at ‘Center and Main’ in Providence. All youth 2-10 years of age are welcome to participate in the Nativity. Nativity Costumes are provided and free hot chocolate. Live performances begin at 6:00 p.m. and run every 15 minutes. When: Thursday December 22nd. A Christmas tradition you will not want to miss! For more information call Dave Low at 232-2107.

KNOTTY KNITTERS
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

BIG BAND SWING CLUB
Thursdays 7:00PM to 10:00PM Come learn Big Band Swing Dancing! Swing Dancing is an original American art form, and a fun way to exercise and meet people. Come alone or with a partner; we offer lessons at 7, followed by social dancing. Beginners are welcome, and your first time is free. Come dance with us! Location: HPER Building - Room: 215. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Website: http://www.usu.edu/swing/ Contact: Jennifer Monsen, 801-699-0441 havoc.monkey@gmail.com

PICKLEVILLE'S 12.25 CHRISTMAS SHOW
Pickleville Christmas is back again, now more hilarious than ever. Written by T.J. Davis, this unique, family-fun show will light the fire of Christmas under any "Grinchified-Scroogie-Bum" in town and is sure to become one of your favorite Holiday traditions for years to come. Contact: Pickleville, 435-755-0968. Website: http://www.picklevilleplayhouse.com/christmas.html Show 7:30pm. Date: December 22 Location: Eccles Conference Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322. Cost: $16 Adults, $12 Children.

LOGAN UNPLUGGED
Logan Unplugged is an acoustic music night that is free to the public every Thursday from 8 - 10 p.m. at Sultans Tavern 205 south main, Logan. Singer songwriters and fans of acoustic music gather to listen and enjoy the music and each others company. For more information call: 435 757 8970.

DANCE UNITED CLUB
Each month the club focuses on teaching a different dance. October is Big Band Swing Dancing. November the club is looking at doing something like ballroom style, samba, or salsa. If you are interested in becoming a member, membership is $10 which includes a free t-shirt and admittance to all the membership parties. Lessons start at 8pm. Where: Tippets Gallery in the USU Chase Fine Arts Building.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCING @ LEGENDS
FreeStyle Dance Company instructors provide the dance lessons. Come learn the Cowboy Cha Cha, Waltz, Two-Step, Triple Step, Line Dances, and more! 21 and older, please. Where: Legend's Billard Hall,2707 S HWY 89/91, Nibley. Cost: $5 per person. When: Thursday at 8pm. Contact Info: Erica Colvin, FreeStyle Dance Company, 435.535.1034 erica@freestyledancecompany.com

The Monday Before Christmas

The grinch is gone, for now. I will try to post a holiday song or clip every day until Christmas.

I hope you can all be home for the holidays. If you cannot be home then I hope you can find "a brightly lit island of light in the dark", we can all use a little more light in our lives.

Things To Do In Logan: Wednesday 12/21/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

MOM OR DAD & ME ICE SKATING
Mom or Dad & Me sessions are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Eccles Ice Center. Location: 2825 N. 200 East. For $6 a session, pre-school age children skate for free with a paying adult and receive a complimentary hot chocolate. Call 787-2288 or visit http://www.ecclesice.com/ for more information.

YE OLDE TYME QUILTERS
Ye Olde Tyme Quilters meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main St. Lunch will follow. Prices will vary. For more information or to schedule free transportation, contact Royella at 753-5353 ext. 105.

FAMILY NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A OF LOGAN
Family Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan is FUN and FREE! We provide you with a craft for the kids, free face painting and balloon animals! You'll also get to hang out, take a picture with and dance with the Chick-fil-A cow! When: Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm.

LIVING WITH ALZHEIMERS
BRAG (Bear River Association of Governments)and the Alzheimer’s Association presents ‘Living with Alzheimers’ (For Caregivers)- an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association every Wednesday night from 6p.m. to 7p.m at 170 N Main in Logan (BRAG office southeast entrance). Contact: Deborah Crowther @ 435-713-1462

INTERNET CAFE AT LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! When: Wednesdays from 6pm until midnight. http://www.loganarthouse.com/

REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE AUCTION
RRR Auction has a LIVE auction every Wednesday night at 6 pm till done with a LIVE Auctioneer, Food Vendors, Lots of goods to be sold and fun to be had. Please stop by early and browse the auction and sign up to be a bidder!!! See you there!!! Where: 244 S Main, Logan. Contact: 512.6880 carolynnpease@yahoo.com

TO PRESERVE THE NATION CLASS
Scott Bradley hosts a weekly class on the Constitution titled “To Preserve The Nation” at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays upstairs at The Book Table. There is no charge. For more information, call 753-2930 or 753-8844.

PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Pain Management Support Group (Soakers Club) meets every Wednesday night at 715p.m. and Sundays at 2p.m. in the parking lot of Square One Printing (630 W 200 North, Logan) to car pool over to Crystal Hot Springs for a few hours of soaking in the warm mineral pools. This is a great way to help alleviate pain and promote optimal health. For more information and to RSVP your space in a car pool call Beverly (435-755-3206).

COUNTRY SWING DANCING
Come country swing dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park. When: Wednesdays from 9pm until close. Cost: $4 per person. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cachevalleyfunpark.com/

Friday, December 16, 2011

Last Snowflakes

Aggie Snowmen.


6 point snowflake (pattern from papersnowflakes.com).


First attempt at an angel.


Ok, these are the last snowflakes I'm posting this year, I promise!

Things To Do In Logan: Tuesday 12/20/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

TEEN TUESDAYS: GAME ON!
Looking for something fun to do after school? Then come to the library for Teen Tuesdays. We'll be doing something fun every Tuesday at 4:00 pm. Before the Wii, before the PS3, even before the ATARI, there were board games. Stop by the library on the second Tuesday of each month to play some of our favorites. Contact: Rachel Anderson - Teen Services Librarian, 435-716-9134 or Logan Library, 435-716-9123. Website: http://library.loganutah.org/teens/teentuesday.cfm Time: 4PM Tuesday Location: Logan Library - Jim Bridger Room, 255 N Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

COLLEGE NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A
Did you know Tuesday night is now College Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan? Show your college ID from 5pm-9pm and get two #1 adult meals for the price of one! That's 2 Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, medium Potato Waffle Fries and medium beverages! Don't forget your favorite sauce! Logan location only.
Valid only on Tuesdays between the hours of 5pm-9pm, for #1 adult meal. No substitutions, customer responsible for payment of any add-ons (i.e. lettuce, tomato, bacon, upsize, etc.). Valid ID from any college acceptable. Expired ID's are not acceptable. Available for a limited time.

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Open Mic Night at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. Come watch or perform music, stand up comedy, and poetry. Come early or sign up on Facebook to perform. $2 at the door. Free for performers.
When: Tuesdays from 7-9pm. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

OLD SKOOL SKATE NIGHT
The Cache Valley Fun Park hosts Old Skool Skate Night! It starts at 9pm -11 pm. This day is also $2 Tuesday, so any activity this day costs only $2! Befriending the Fun Park on Facebook can give you great deals (especially on Old Skool Night) if you check their page before heading in.

WHITTIER CENTER SALSA DANCING
Join us for weekly Salsa Dancing: Tuesdays, 9:30-midnight, $3 per person, Beginning and Intermediate Class 9:30-10:30 p.m at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 E., Logan, UT.

Yet More Paper Snowflakes

I make snowflakes out of scrap paper on my break and then hang them around the office as decorations. Here are a few more that I've come up with, the first 2 are very simple (another unicorn based 4 point star and a simple candle pattern 6 point star) and the third is a little more complicated (lit candles in an arched window).





I am going to try and do an angel snowflake on my next break.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CVP

If you live in Cache Valley and are interested in photography you should drop in to one of the meetings of the Cache Valley Photographers group. They meet at the Thatcher Young mansion behind Fuhriman's Framing. You can view the group's meet up website here:

http://www.meetup.com/CVPhotographers/

This group is headed up by Levi Sim of SDesign Photography. You can view his website here:

http://www.sdesignsphotography.com/

He is a professional photographer and he also teaches photography classes. For more information about his classes go here:

http://levisclasses.blogspot.com/

I stopped by tonight to observe the photographers and get a feel for the space. It was an open lab night for CVP and they had studio light on two different floors. Upstairs in the studio space they were experimenting with black lights. Downstairs in a smaller room off of the front hall they had continuous soft box studio lights. As far as I could tell they didn't have any strobe lighting that you would need to sync with. Also in the upstairs studio there were a variety of back drops available.

The group has once a month photo critique meetings on the second Thursdays of the month, weekly brown bag lunch forums on Wednesdays at noon, and open lab and printing sessions weekly on Thursdays at 7pm. Tonight I met several photographers of all different backgrounds and abilities. It seems like a really good group and a great way to experiment and expand your knowledge of photography techniques and equipment.

I would really recommend this group to any amateur or hobby photographers that rely on natural light but want to expand into studio lighting. Levi rents out his studio (room, lights, backdrops...bring your own camera and tripod) for $25 an hour which is bargain compared to trying to find a space, buy everything you need, and setting up your own studio. The emphasis is on photography in general. As far as I could tell everyone there was shooting digital, and it definitely seemed more geared to the new and exciting DSLR generation, although I doubt they'd throw you out if you showed up with film.

(and yes I realize the irony of a post about photography and photogs with no actual photographs in it.)

Things To Do In Logan: Monday 12/19/2011 Events

PARADE OF GINGERBREAD HOMES
The 12th Annual Historic Downtown Logan "Parade of Gingerbread Homes" is a contest that displays gingerbread house entries at downtown businesses from December 2nd through December 30th. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread House beginning December 2nd through December 16th. Each entry will have a chance to win one of three $100 Grand Prizes for the "Best of Show." The gingerbread homes will be on display at Anderson's Seed and Garden, The Beehive Grill, The Book Table, Center Street Salon, Coppin's Hallmark, The Diamond Gallery, Indian Oven, Life Style Homes, Peewee's Sweets, SE Needham, The Sportsman, Stork Landing, and U&I Furniture. Contact: logandowntown@gmail.com Website: http://www.logandowntown.org/ Date: December 2nd-December 30th, all day. Location: Historic Downtown Logan Businesses. Cost: Free!

FEEDING ON FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS EXHIBIT
New work by Michelle Montrose Larsen on display at Logan Arthouse and Cinema. When: December 1 to January 1.

MOM OR DAD & ME ICE SKATING
Mom or Dad & Me sessions are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Eccles Ice Center. Location: 2825 N. 200 East. For $6 a session, pre-school age children skate for free with a paying adult and receive a complimentary hot chocolate. Call 787-2288 or visit http://www.ecclesice.com/ for more information.

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE TOUR
Tours commence at 10:30 Am every Monday & Friday, except for show days & holidays. CVCA tours are free and take about 30 minutes. Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by calling the CVCA Ticket Office at 435-752-0026.

USU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GAME
The USU Aggie Women’s Basketball team is playing a ‘School-Day’ game TODAY(Monday) at 12 noon vs Northern Arizona at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Local elementary schools will be in attendance to cheer on the women's basketball team. When: Monday at noon. Where: The USU Spectrum. Website: http://www.utahstateaggies.com For tickets: (797-0305 or 888-U-STATE-1)

COMMON GROUND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ART PROJECT
Come show off your craft side with CGOA. When: Monday at 4pm. Where: 335 N 100 E, Logan. Cost is $3.

ROCKHAUS FAMILY NIGHT
Monday is Family Night $7.00/person minimum of 2 after 5:00 PM. Must be immediate family. 1780 NORTH 200 EAST NORTH LOGAN, UTAH 84321 Contact: Rockhaus Climbing Gym phone: 435.713.0068 fax: 435.713.0069

FAMILY NIGHT ICE SKATING
The Eccles Ice Center offers Family Night from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays at the center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan. Up to eight people can skate for $30, including skates. Call 752-1170 for an updated, daily schedule as times are subject to change. For more information, call 787-2288.

PICKLEVILLE'S 12.25 CHRISTMAS DINNER & SHOW
Pickleville Christmas is back again, now more hilarious than ever. Written by T.J. Davis, this unique, family-fun show will light the fire of Christmas under any "Grinchified-Scroogie-Bum" in town and is sure to become one of your favorite Holiday traditions for years to come. Contact: Pickleville, 435-755-0968. Website: http://www.picklevilleplayhouse.com/christmas.html Time: Dinner 6:00pm, Show 7:30pm. Date: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19, 23 (two shows on the 23rd--matinee at 1:30PM). Location: Eccles Conference Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322. Cost: $16 Adults, $12 Children.

COSMIC BOWLING
The Cache Valley Fun Park offers Cosmic Bowling every Monday from 7pm until close. Bowling prices start at 3pm. Location: 255 E 1770 N, North Logan.

LHS HOLIDAY CHOIRS CONCERT
Enjoy an evening of beautiful holiday music from all the Logan High School choirs. Where: LHS Auditorium. Cost: Free! When: Monday at 7pm. For more information please call Logan High School at 435-755-2380.

LIVE MUSIC @ WHY SOUND
Jerry Joseph and Steve Drizos Duo featuring Patrick Kenny (Acoustic/Blues/Rock). When: Monday December 19th at 8pm. Cost: $12. Where: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave, Logan.

COUNTRY SWING DANCING
Come country swing dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park. When: Monday and Wednesdays from 9pm until close. Cost: $4 per person. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cachevalleyfunpark.com/