Friday, August 30, 2013

Meet Aurora

 UPDATE: Aurora has found a new home, thanks to everyone who emailed with inquiries. 

*This photo courtesy of Aurora's current owners.*
I spent this afternoon picking up and getting to know Aurora.

Aurora is a 4 year old female Great Pyrenees who needs a new home.  Her current people are moving and can't take her with them.

I am fostering her until a new permanent home can be found.  She was adopted by her current owner from the Cache Humane Society here in Logan.  All her vet records are available upon adoption.

She is an outside dog but her owners kept her inside their garage during the winter and they say that she is potty trained for the garage.

She is great with kids and very family friendly.  She is a large dog and very powerful, but she walks easily on a loose leash and doesn't pull.

She also seems to be very intelligent and I have been doing some treat training with her and have already taught her sit, lay down, stand, and sit/stay.

Aurora has a very gentle and loving personality but gets bored easily.  She can jump low to moderate size fences, but according to her owners always returns home.

They also said that she will dig if left alone too long.  Like all dogs she needs regular exercise, attention, and training to keep her healthy, happy, an obedient.

The owners are asking a modest adoption fee for her.  They want to find her a loving home with a good family. 

The person who is helping coordinate Aurora's adoption has a potential forever home lined up, but it is tentative.  If you are in the Cache Valley area and are looking for a wonderful family dog, leave your email address in a comment below and we will contact you.

Losing It

So I've spent the last 3 hours thinking that it was Wednesday and wondering why this week seemed to be dragging along so slowly.  Um, yeah, maybe because it's Friday.  When I was gainfully employed at my full time job (instead of just the 2 part time jobs which I am still doing) I used to wake up and think it was Friday, when instead it was only Tuesday or Wednesday.  Now the tables have turned.  It's only a matter of time before I start collecting cats and wearing kleenex boxes for shoes.

In other news I'm still car shopping and have decided I am not a shopper.  This is almost as painful as shopping for swimsuits or jeans.  I don't believe in financing vehicles and what's available in my price range is, well, shall we say "special"?  Since Phil the Cranberry Comet died I've been borrowing vehicles from my parents.  First was the lime green 1951 Willys jeep which needed to have the brakes worked on.  Then it was the 1972 Mercedes 450 convertible which would die every time you came to a full stop.  Then it was the jeep again, but it won't start when it is parked in the sun.  So now I'm driving a 1968 Chrysler Newport.

She doesn't like cold starts and has a broken gas gauge so I will have to fill her up once a week just to avoid running the tank dry.  It is so long that even with the front bumper barely touching the back wall of my house, the rear bumper still hangs over the edge of my driveway.  The good news is that I can take me and fifty of my friends anywhere we want to go.  The car does run very smooth and so far hasn't stranded me any where.  It has also increased my street cred.

The day I drove it home I had 2 different neighbors circling it and they both made me offers before I even got out of the car.  By the time I made it into my house one of them was up to $7,000, even though I kept insisting that A) It wasn't my car to sell and B) the owner didn't want to sell.  A little boy saw me in it at a parking lot the other day and as he dragged him mom over to look at it I heard him saying "Momma it's the BATMOBILE!".

Since then I've had a third man knock on my door and make an offer to buy it.  I told him the same thing I told the other two.  He asked if he could take it for a test drive and I told him no.  He then told me that it was a shame because "your ride is dope" and that he intended to "tweak the hell out of it" and make it "a sweet low riding bitch".  I did a lot of nodding and smiling but continued to defer his offer.  It only got creepy when he asked if I'd be hand washing it any time soon and could he come and watch.  Don't be jealous of my super glamorous life y'all.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Forget Christmas, the most wonderful time of year around here is late summer through autumn.  Kids go back to school, parents breathe a sigh of relief, the weather gets colder, I can start wearing sweaters and jeans again, and the gardens and orchards around here are bursting with fresh everything.  As previously stated, I have a thing for fresh produce picked straight from the garden.  This week I got these from my little sister's in-laws...

 And turned them into breakfast, like so...

Then I got these from my parents' garden...

And turned them into lunch, like so...

Then I got these from my little sister's in-laws...

 And this from my little garden...

And turned them into dinner, like so...

I've also been helping my mom freeze sweet corn and snip beans for bottling.  Gardening and cooking are 2 of my favorite things, so tonight I'm a happy girl.  My herbs have done well this year and I've been using a lot of my basil and thyme but still have a ton left, just in case you need to nip over and borrow some.

The only herb in my container garden that I can't figure out how to use is the pineapple sage.  I got this plant from my friend P. when she moved to California and it has thrived this summer.  It smells great and when I'm in the yard I like to pick a sprig of it and crush it in my hands to release the pineapple smell, I just don't know what to cook with it.

Any suggestions?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Smart Art

I have a lot of artistic friends.  Some of their specialties are painting, ceramics, design, photography, sculpting, and glass blowing.  No matter what their media they always impress me with their creativity.  One of these friends has recently opened an Etsy shop to sell her wearable art.  Make your fingers run, not walk, on your keyboard over to the HollyWoggles shop on Etsy.

*Image courtesy of all rights reserved by the artist, Holly Swenson.*  The Tianamen Square pendant from her protest series.
**DISCLAIMER: as with all products, services, or sites that I rave about on this blog, this is 100% unpaid and unsolicited advertisement for something that just makes me really happy and that I think might make you happy too.**

Holly Swenson, owner and artist in residence of HollyWoggles, draws small scale images and encases them in a pendant.  She started selling them in Art-O-Mat machines a while ago, and then after much begging from friends on social media she has opened her first Etsy store.

*Image courtesy of all rights reserved by the artist, Holly Swenson.*  The hummingbird from her animal series.
These are original, hand drawn, small scale images made with ink on archival paper.  Each image is a unique, wearable piece of art.  I think this is very smart art for a couple reasons.  #1 - It is affordable original art bought directly from the artist.  #2 - These pendants are great conversation starters, especially the protest series.  #3 - It's portable, you get to carry the art around with you, try doing that with a large canvas or sculpture.

*Image courtesy of all rights reserved by the artist, Holly Swenson.*  The bonsai tree from her nature series.
I personally would like to get 5 or 6 and then hang them in an installation on a blank wall in my home. That way people would be forced to get up close and really pay attention to the subject.  I often find that having to really work to look at an image can be far more thought provoking than a cursory glance at a straight forward and larger than life image.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sheldon's Quest For World Domination - Part 8

Looks like the Middle East has at least one small piece of good news this week...Sheldon is on his way back stateside after his wanderings in the wilderness.

"Dear Minions:

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm on my way back home.  For some incomprehensible reason my flight has been routed through Paris and Pittsburgh.  I am spending my entire layover in Paris safely inside the Charles De Gaulle where I can try to limit my contact with the French.  From my observations of my fellow travelers it seems like France is full of bourgeoisie American tourists and the French, the prospect of interacting with either group of people is shudder inducing.  At least in Pittsburgh I might get a chance to check out the new molecule detector developed at the University of Pittsburgh, that is if they ever return any of the 216 messages I left the physics department.


Dr. Sheldon Cooper, MSc, PHD"

Monday, August 26, 2013


Change is the only constant.  You don't have to like it but you do have to accept that it is inevitable.  Take for instance the changes coming with the implementation of the health care act ("Obamacare" if you will).  Our current health care system is broken, we can all admit that, it is really more of a grotesquely bloated sick care system that is expensive and inefficient.  I'm excited that our government recognized that something needed to be done and that they worked on creating change in the health care system, but the new changes are already affecting me in negative ways.

3 years ago when I was looking around for a new job every single job I interviewed for offered medical and dental insurance as part of the compensation package.  During my current job search I have had only 3 interviews at institutions that offered insurance as part of the deal, compared to a whopping 10 that do not offer any type of insurance or health plan.  The reason for this?  With the new mandate that employers provide insurance, many small companies have found that it is actually cheaper to stop providing insurance altogether and just pay the fine, than it is to pay for insurance for their workers.

I sincerely hope that instead of complaining, we actually take action.  Don't like how the new health care laws are going to affect you?  Write your senators and representatives.  And don't just bitch and moan about what you don't like, give them a reasonable solution.  In the case pointed out above I'd say they need to make the fine cost more than providing insurance, a fine is supposed to be a punishment...not an easy way out of something more burdensome.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rectangle Girl

This little guy was my hot date tonight.

We read a batman book and played with stickers and then he asked if we could watch a movie.  He specifically asked for "Dat Wecktangle Girl".  I wracked my brain to try and figure out what Rectangle Girl was.  I even googled it, but I had no idea.

We flipped through my movies together and he couldn't show me which DVD was Rectangle Girl.  Finally he sighs and looks at me like I'm extremely dim witted and says "You know...tsk...da one wid da girl wid da wheely long hair!"  Ahhhhhh, he meant Tangled, I'm slowly becoming fluent in 3 year old but it's taking me a while.

So we ate Italian ice and watched Tangled until his family came to pick him up.  Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chinchilla Names - Take 20

Because I haven't renamed the Chin Twins since June...

Because it's Sunday morning and I have done nothing all day...

Because I'm bored...

And because my friend P sent me a link to this awesome website...

* Image from *
I've decided to rename the chinchillas, yet again.  I'm not a huge Dr. Who fan but I understand and sympathize with those who are.  I find their enthusiasm entertaining and contagious.  So Whovians, I salute you!  Today in your honor the chinchillas have been renamed as: Dr. and Who.
  1. Gwynn & Cuibhan
  2. Leopold & Loeb
  3. Moto & Guzzi
  4. Lem & Phil
  5. Whip & Lash
  6. Chocolate Chip & Cookie Dough
  7. Honey & Badger
  8. Ebenezer & Jacob
  9. Pete & Repeat
  10. Grinch & Max
  11. LEGEN & DARY
  12. Yin & Yang
  13. Whipper & Snapper
  14. Crack & Head
  15. Scavenger & Hunt
  16. Johnny & Tarr
  17. Legless Pooch & Headless Jensen 
  18. Pinky & The Brain 
  19. Golem & Smeagol 
  20. Dr. & Who

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Just Because

It's Saturday, I'm tired, I got please enjoy this live action recreation of the fight between Peter Griffin and The Chicken from Family Guy by professional stunt women.

You're welcome.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Movie In The Park

Providence City is sponsoring a movie in the park this Saturday, August 17th.  The movie will begin at dark (about 8:45ish) in Von Baer Park at 350 E Center St in Providence.  I know the poster says "Date Night" but don't let that stop you if you don't have a date, just go and enjoy the free movie in a beautiful setting.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fresh Produce and I are kind of a thing

So I'm up to my eyeballs in fresh produce from the gardens of friends and family.  Tomatoes, greens, onions, cucumbers, peas, string beans, peppers, summer apples, and berries.  Mostly I eat it straight up raw with a little salt, because it tastes so good.  Today for lunch I made refrigerator pickles, a green salad, and tomato basil soup with all the produce I had on hand.

If I can find someone who wants to get rid of zucchini, I'm craving oven baked zucchini fries and some zucchini latkes.  I'm also waiting on the edge of my seat for fresh local peaches, Flaming Fury is my favorite variety and it usually doesn't ripen until next month.  *sigh* I really, really love fresh produce.

Random Overshare

I should never wear my glasses when I cook.  The reason being that when I wear my contacts I can chop onions all day long, but when I wear my glasses my eyes tear up and start to burn after the first cut.  I have always kind of hated my contacts but at least they keep me tear free while chopping onions, so there's that.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sheldon's Quest For World Domination - Part 7

Sheldon is on the move again.  That boy doesn't stay in one place for long.  After his first attempts at vacationing it looks like he's finally found a spot that he likes.

"Dear Minions:

I've left the seaside and all the banal horrors that go with it, and not a minute too soon.  I decided to go to Jordan and visit Petra.  If I couldn't talk the "archaeologists" into doing things my way at least I can visit the setting of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Now there was an archaeologist who knew what he was doing!  The ancient city of Petra was vast and awe inspiring.  What was baffling was the lack of fedoras, nazis, and nights templar of any kind.  It appears the tourists have chased them all off.

After Petra I traveled to the ancient Roman city of Jerash and viewed the sights.  One of the ruins was the hippodrome (or circus if you will), we didn't manage to catch the races but you can see them for yourself here.

I've decided I have had enough of the ancient world and crave the modern comforts of home.  Next stop, the good new United States of America.


Dr. Sheldon Cooper, MSc, PHD"

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Random Quote Attack

"If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together." 
- African proverb

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Sheldon's Quest For World Domination - Part 6

It's been a while but here is the latest installment in Sheldon's travelogue.  At least he found his way out of the underground archaeology dig from the last post.
"Dear Minions:

In light of the shenanigans from my colleagues at the Beit Lehi dig I decided to move on and take a little R&R.  Then I actually tried R&R and it was awful!  The sun, the sand, the shouts of happy children, it was like some Machiavellian scheme to drive me insane.  But don't worry I have plans to remedy the situation posthaste.  My recent foray into archaeology has inspired me to make a pilgrimage, details to follow.  For now please enjoy these "selfies" (that's what the kids are calling self portraits these days) from my "vacation" (that's what the kids are calling hell these days) at Tiberius on the Galilee and at Caesarea on the Mediteranean.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, MSc, PHD"

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


The Old Barn Theatre is currently hosting a production of Oklahoma!  My friend Heather Gleason is the director and I photographed the dress rehearsal for her a couple weeks ago.  The show is a lot of fun and runs through August 17th.  To purchase tickets, check showtimes, and for more information please visit their website at

Here's a preview of what you'll see at the show.