Thursday, February 28, 2013

Weekend Events

So maybe cowboy music and poetry isn't your thing.  There are still plenty of things to do around the valley this weekend.  The university has several interesting events going on that you should check out.

#1 - Amit Peled @ USU Performance Hall
Friday night at 7:30pm the Wassermann Festival is hosting Amit Peled, guest cellist and acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists performing today, in performance. Peled is a strong advocate of breaking boundaries between performers and the public as well as promoting and sharing classical music with wider audiences. He will be performing the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others.  Admission: $24 adults, $20 USU faculty/staff, $5 students with ID.  Website:

#2 - Pow Wow @ USU Field House
Traditionally, Pow Wow's served a number of functions. They were held in the spring to celebrate the new beginning of life. Honoring warriors, personal achievements, and ceremonies for dropped eagle feathers are still part of Pow Wows today. The Pow-Wow preserves a deep, lasting sense of family, pride and tradition. Behind the display of dance, music and vibrant regalia are sacred legends and meanings.  Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, USU will host the 40th annual "Echoing Traditional Ways" Pow Wow.  Admission: $4 USU Student w/ ID - $3 Seniors, 65+ - $3 Children Under 7 - FREE *Group rates available for non-profit organizations. Please contact Jason Brough,  Website: 

#3 - Photography Workshop @ USU Performance Hall
The American Society of Media Photographers presents a free daylong workshop featuring four presentations designed to give students, aspiring and professional photographers a solid understanding of how to run the business side of your commercial or fine art photography business. Schedule & Topics: 9 a.m., doors open; 9:30-11 a.m., 'Breaking into the Biz' with Judy Herrmann; break; 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 'Finding Your Career Path in Photography' with Jenna Close; lunch; 1:30-2:45 p.m., 'Get Out of the Way and Grow Your Business' with Ed McDonald; break; 3-4:45 p.m., 'The Business of Fine Art Photography' with Thomas Werner.  Admission: Free!  Website:

#4 - African Banquest @ USU TSC
Come experience the foods and cultures of Africa at this annual banquet held in the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom.  When: Saturday at 7pm.  Admission: $12 Students; $15 Non-Students.  Contact: Ami Meite

And in news of the just plain wrong...

Speaking of irish bands, these two could have a future in music...or not.

Hey, if I can't unsee that gif, then neither will you!

Oh ebay!

Ebay is always tossing up entertaining or scary items for our interwebz entertainment.  My thanks go to my friend Noona for finding and sharing this gem:

Now I'm kicking myself for not swiping all those empty pints glasses that were laying around after nights of hanging out with certain wandering Irish minstrels I used to know.  Even if they only sold for $1 each, I'd still be (to steal a line from Warrant) dirty, rotten, filthy, stinking rich...just on the volume trade alone.

If you don't know who the Hollywood Brats are, go here.  I would describe them as Britain's version of the New York Dolls.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013 Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous

If you're a fan of country and/or western music and poetry then you need to make the trip to Hyrum, UT this weekend for the annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous.  The CVCR runs this Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Crest High School, then winds up on Sunday morning with Cowboy Church at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville.

The Rendezvous has 3 stages for poetry and music running simultaneously as well as as special feature performances through the event.  The highlight event is the Brenn Hill concert Friday night at 7pm in the MCHS auditorium.  This concert also features special guests Mary Kaye, Many Strings, and Bob Christensen.  Saturday night there will be a dance starting at 6pm.  There will also be dutch oven dinners and the Cowboy Trading Post with over 40 vendors and craftsmen.

For schedules, tickets, and more information please visit their website at:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lunch Break

I went home on my lunch break to walk Molly.  Neither of us felt like walking so I set up a chair, drank the Izze soda that A. gave me at work (along with the tacos, thanks for the food A.!), and we soaked up the sun while it was out.  We have not had enough sun this winter and the spring is so painfully slow in coming.

I've got nothing, except...

I don't know who created this, but I wish I did so I could give them credit.

You could choose not to, but why would you?  Hope is the momentum that propels us forward, and I for one am sick of standing still.  So despite what I've been told innumerable times, sometimes you do HAVE to believe, and so I HAVE to share this...I don't want to, I have to.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Epic Fail

Thank you to my sister Hez who showed this video to me last night.  It has over 10 million hits, I'm slow to this party.  Just when you think you've seen every craft fail, food fail, and tutorial fail out there...

Reduces up to 80% of split ends after 3 uses...BY BURNING OFF YOUR HAIR.  I also enjoyed watching the parodies of that video.  Oh youtube, thanks for endless hours of low production value, frivolous entertainment made by regular people.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy Birthday CJ

My youngest nephew turned 2 last week and his mom and dad hosted a party for him on Saturday at my parents' house.  He had 12 of his cousins and several of his aunts and uncles, as well as my parents there to help him celebrate.

CJ really loved his train cake and his presents but he flat out refused to get in the pool with the kids.  He really loves water and swimming, but it seems like there were just too many noisy splashing bodies in the water for his taste.  There was pizza, cake, ice cream, and cute party favors shaped like trains, everyone went home happy.

CJ just couldn't understand why he wasn't allowed to poke his own cake.

CJ and his mom.

The swimmers

He really, Really, REALLY did not want to get in the pool with them.
He was happy playing with a fisher price toy that is as old as (probably older) his dad.

Showing his cousin, little E, his train cake.

The swimmers trickling in from the pool.

Unicorn hat!  Don't follow her to candy mountain.
CJ's cousin L.  I know this photo is a bit soft focus but I really like it anyway.
They were playing ninjas with styrofoam blocks.

PS - Did I mention that CJ is going to be a big brother in September?  My SIL is expecting and this will be my 14th niece or nephew.  I will refer to the baby as #14 until the parents pick a name.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Where are you spring?

This amaryllis makes me long for spring and a chance to play in the dirt again.

Deep Thoughts - Or Maybe Not

Do you remember the old Saturday Night Live skit Deep Thoughts with Jack Handy?  I always looked forwarded to them.  This is my one of my favorites:
 "To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other."
 To this day I still laugh out loud when I hear that or tell it to someone.  I may not be Jack Handy but sometimes I have "Deep Thoughts", like so:
The other morning was bitterly cold outside.  To give myself a little fortification against the temperatures I decided to run my clothes in the dryer for a few minutes to warm myself up before leaving for work.  As I was putting my undergarments on I thought: "Mmmmmmm toasty".  As I put my top on I thought: "Mmmmmmmmm this was a great idea."  As I started to put my jeans on I thought Mmmmmmm warm, this was a brilliant idea" ...but when I went to button them up it quickly changed to "HOT RIVETS HOT RIVETS IT BURNS!!!"*sigh* So much for my brilliant idea.
  What are your deep thoughts?

Friday, February 22, 2013

8th Weigh In

I was pretty excited last week and I'm just as excited this week, another 1.8 pounds lost.  Probably because most of last week I was wasn't eating solid foods and even when I could go back to eating I was not eating as much as I was before the surgery.

This week I've kept meaning to go and work out, since I couldn't really manage it last week, but I've been so busy playing catch up on everything I didn't do while I was recovering that I haven't been to the gym once.  Queue the Robert burns quote:

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy
Only about one more week to go.  I don't think I'll win but participating was a good way to get myself back into a healthy eating and activity mode.  I'm really glad I signed up.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Well it isn't concrete evidence, but... is an update on our little photo mystery from Monday.

When I took the mystery photos to the gentlemen at the Bluebird Coffee Club on Tuesday morning one of the older members told me that they did remember Max Johnson owned a boat and the photos looked kind of like him but #1 - he is very young in the photos and #2 - it has been a very long time since any of them had seen him, so they couldn't say for sure.

Another member was able to give me some contact information for Mr. Johnson's kids and I passed that on to the owner of the mystery photos, hopefully she'll be able to find out for sure when she contacts them.  Also the BCC guys did tell me to check out his caricature on the wall at Herm's Inn.  I stopped by there while I was out running errands on my lunch break and snapped this photo of the sketch.

Herm's Inn has a couple dozen of these fun vintage Loganite caricatures lining the walls of the booths.
Not exactly irrefutable proof, but close enough to say there is a strong resemblance to the young man in the photos.  For those of you not from Logan or simply not old enough to remember, Max Johnson owned the Royal Bakery on Main Street here in Logan.  It was a downtown landmark for many years, but sadly closed down a couple decades ago.  My family's business is located near the bakery's former location and when I was younger we'd often have people stop in to say that they'd come back to the valley for a visit and wanted to get some RB sweet rolls or spice cookies and ask us what happened to the bakery.

If I ever solve the mystery definitely (or find out that someone else has) I'll post another update.  It may be weird or geeky, but i love doing research, especially little interesting projects like this.  Give me a photo or a clue to follow and I'll happily tramp through libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and the interwebz looking for the answer.