Friday, May 31, 2013

Top THIS Shatner

And this is why Patrick Stewart is awesome...



Read more about the woman who asked the question on her blog here.

To see the original video that Heather references here:


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Other Emotions Need Animals Too!

I'm a little disappointed that precipifoiled hasn't caught on yet.  I've decided to try and leave my mark on the English language in another way: idioms.

Why exactly do people use the phrase "Bluebird of happiness"?  Has anyone ever seen this alleged animal show up when they were happy?  Correction, has anyone see this alleged animal show up when they were happy and sober?

And if happiness is assigned an animal, why don't other emotions get their own mascots as well?  I'm thinking we could start a whole new trend.  I'm creating new emotion/animal pairings.  Feel free to jump in with your suggestions.

Golden Retriever of Playfulness
Honey Badger of Indifference
Hippopotamus of Awkwardness
Magpie of Greed
Chinese Crested Dog of Embarrassment
Fire Ant of Annoyance
Platypus of Confusion
Sloth of Apathy
Okapi of Shyness
Manatee of Mellowness
Pinter Island Giant Tortoise of Loneliness
Manatee of Mellowness
LOL Cat of Ridiculousness
Unicorn of Awesomeness

You're welcome.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mean Mom

I banished my counter-surfer to the upstairs of the house while I was cooking today.  She is not impressed.


I on the other hand am happy with how everything turned out.  The meat roasted while I was at church.  Now I've sliced it and put it back in the jus for french dipped sandwiches (my own Phillipe's copy cat recipe...one of these days I really need to get a meat slicer, it just isn't the same when you do it by hand), the coleslaw is made, POG made, brownies made, and the funeral potatoes just came out of the oven.  Now I just need a small army of people to show up and eat it.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

One Is The Loneliest Number

Do you remember this post?  Those shoes have come down from the wire.  I found the right one laying in the gravel on the side of the road, but I couldn't see the left one anywhere.


So tell me this, what happened to the left shoe?  I feel like I should pick up that lonely right shoe and give it a purpose, maybe an upcycled mini planter to add to my container garden?



What would you do with one right shoe?


Friday, May 24, 2013

Market Food

This Saturday the Cache Valley Gardener's Market will be in its third week at their new location.  Last week my friend H. and I stopped by the market to browse and grab some breakfast.  There were fewer vendors at the park than they have had in the past when they were down on the island.  I couldn't tell if that was due to the fairly relentless rain or the new venue.

For breakfast I was torn between Henrique's pupusa (always good), Stacked Pancakes, and Kroekiemonsters german food.  The german food won out.  I got a brat meal that came with the brat on a bun, one side, and a drink.  I got half rotkohl and half saurkraut for my side, and an Izze grapefruit soda to drink.



Currywurst in Logan.  Thank You!


The meal was hot, fresh, filling, and oh so very good in the pouring rain. One thing I didn't like was that both the rotkohl and the saurkraut had bacon in it. I know a lot of people like it that way but I don't think it enhances the flavor...and this is coming from the girl who generally believes bacon makes MOST things taste better. It was good rotkohl and it would have been better without the bacon. 

One thing I loved about the rotkohl was that he had prepared it by putting all the spices in a tea bag when cooking the cabbage, instead of loose and mixed in with the cabbage in the pot. Which is a genius idea because then you don't have people picking cloves and allspice out of their food, or worse, chipping a tooth on one of the whole spices.


H. opted for the stacked pancakes.  I'm not going to lie, when she walked over with this plate I was kind of jealous.  They come in full size or half size and she got the full.  It was 4 plate size pancakes with chocolate chips stuffed between each layer, then topped with as many toppings as you like.  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.





Stop by the market this Saturday for breakfast and some shopping, you won't regret it. 

And while you are out and about this weekend you should also head to the 2013 Old Ephraim Mountain Man Rendezvous that is held every Memorial Day weekend in Blacksmith Fork Canyon.  You don't have to dress up to attend, but if you do dress in period costume you get in for free (an excellent excuse to break out all that gear you have stuffed in the back of your closet from pioneer trek).  To get there, drive South to Hyrum and turn left at the stoplight by the McDonalds, follow that road into the canyon and watch for the signs directing you to the turn off for the rendezvous.  It runs today through Monday evening.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Do You See It?

Macklemore reminds me of a younger Callum Keith Rennie.  Don't know who that is?  Check out his bio on IMDB here.  Watch this video for Macklemore's single "Can't Hold Us" and tell me you don't have a Due South season 3 flash back of "new" Ray.



In other news, I really REALLY want that pickup from the video...oh, and more kilts please.

And here's a video that is not related to this topic whatsoever, but it made me laugh so I'm passing it on to you.   You're welcome.




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stats

I find it really interesting to see where the hits on my blog come from.  Here's the results from this morning:

United States 68
Germany 8
Brazil 4
Russia 3
Canada 2
Ireland 1
South Korea 1
Latvia 1
Ukraine 1

These are unusual results because normally Russia is in second place with double digit hits.  What can I say, apparently they come from Russia with love.  Sadly, I've never been huge in Japan.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Good News/Bad News

Good News: 
I bought a pair of skinny skins a couple months ago and I look fabulous in them, you can see the photos here.  You can't see it in those photos but I have a killer derriere.


Bad News:
I may have a killer derriere, but it is a serial killer of jeans.  Remember this post?  I've torn out the seat of two other pairs of jeans since then, and a couple weeks ago I did this to my skinny jeans.


*sigh* Looks like I have to go back to the torture chamber trenches fitting rooms to find another pair.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

And people wonder why I choose to live here...

Here are some photos I took around Logan and Cache Valley this weekend.  I've moved away a couple times but the scenery keeps pulling me back.  See for yourself.
















Friday, May 17, 2013

Storm Shots

A few weeks ago I was helping my brother work on remodeling his house.  It is located here in Logan, near the base of temple hill.  It was raining as I pulled up to the house, but as I was getting out of the car the rain stopped, and the setting sun shone through the gap between the clouds and the mountains.  The light was stunningly golden, so I grabbed my point and shoot camera and got a couple shots of the LDS temple all lit up with the storm clouds behind it.





Wednesday, May 15, 2013

For M.

I'm sorry, but I have to go my own way now, I can't do this dance any more.  Good luck and goodbye.



What's A Garbage?

A couple days ago my friend P. had a long layover at SLC and I drove down to see her and keep her company for a couple hours.  We drove to Liberty Park and had a picnic, then we visited Tracy Aviary, where I snapped this gem...


I had to stop and use the restroom and noticed this sign on the garbage bin by the sink.


#1 - I love that they felt like they had to define what trash was.
#2 - Doesn't the fourth item down in the first column pretty much sum up everything else that's on the list?  Redundant list is redundant.
#3 - Who they heck carts small appliances, batteries, ceramics, and dryer lint to a park...then pay an entrance fee to the aviary...to throw it away in the bathroom garbage can?  I can picture it now "Shoot the toaster died, guess I'll go to the park to throw it away."

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mamihlapinatapai

What is Mamihlapinatapai?

According to urbandictionary.com...

(Noun) Two people looking at each other each hoping the other will do what both desire but neither is willing to do (from Tierra del Fuego). 

From wikipedia.com... 

The word Mamihlapinatapai (sometimes spelled mamihlapinatapei) is derived from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "most succinct word", and is considered[who?] one of the hardest words to translate. It refers to "a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves."[1] A slightly different interpretation of the meaning also exists: "It is that look across the table when two people are sharing an unspoken but private moment. When each knows the other understands and is in agreement with what is being expressed. An expressive and meaningful silence."[2] It is also cited in books and articles on game theory associated with the volunteer's dilemma.[3][4]

And of course the unspoken definition can be seen in this video... 

http://zengarage.com.au/2013/03/marina-abramovic-and-ulay/

Sometimes it can bring two people together.

Sometimes it is just an acknowledgement of what was and the two people go their separate ways, like in the video above.

Sometimes it is just a look and the moment passes as quickly as a spark extinguished.

I used to act on those looks. I used to jump into the void, trusting the other person to dive in with me and see where it took us. Now that leap terrifies me. It confounds me and leaves me paralyzed on the edge. I no longer have the courage to act because I know I don't have the strength to pick myself up and dust myself off if the other person lets me fall alone. If you find my courage, please tell me where to find it, I may need it again someday.  Until then, forgive me if I avoid making eye contact with you.

I Need This

Check out the deal of the day on woot.com today:




This outdoor movie screen is made by our very own Camp Chef from here in Logan, UT...and I really REALLY want one.  Of course if I got one it would mean I'd also need to by a movie projector, but that's a minor detail.  I could finally indulge my love of al fresco movies in a grand fashion, any time and anywhere I wanted!  *sigh* Pesky budget is always getting in the way of my schemes.  Next time Woot, next time.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sheldon's Quest For World Domination - Part 3

Yes I realize that I've gone from the original post on Sheldon's Quest For World Domination to Part 3.  In case you missed it, the explanation for the mysteriously missing Part 2 is here.  That's old news.  Now on to new news, I have received another email from traveling Dr. Sheldon Cooper bobblehead.  Unlike the last email Sheldon sent me, I can actually access the photos attached to this one.  Without further ado, I give you Sheldon in his own words:

"Dear Minions:

Sorry for the radio silence but like a scientific Green Arrow I have been busy trying to right some grievous wrongs. Chief among these wrongs is Pluto's demoralizing declassification from planet to dwarf planet, which I personally believe to be a blatantly size-ist discriminatory attitude.
I went to New York City to visit Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson to convince him to let Pluto out of the trans-Newtonian object club and back into the big boy league of planets. To paraphrase Alan Stern, the IAU's decision stinks, for technical reasons. But when I got to the American Museum of Natural History they wouldn't let me in to see Dr. Tyson with no better reason then some nonsense about a "restraining order". That's what I call a flimsy excuse as best.

Sincerely,
Dr. Sheldon Cooper, MSc, PhD
PS - Please tell Leonard that by seeking world domination I do not release him from our roommate agreement. In fact page 83 paragraph 5-A clearly states that in the event that I leave on a quest of any kind, the agreement is still in full force and any violations will be recorded by one of the 53 button cameras I've hidden around the apartment for this very reason. That's right Hofstadter I saw you sitting in my spot!"

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day Weekend

Ahhh Mother's Day.  When you're a kid it means you get to make mum a necklace out of pasta and she thinks you're amazing.  When you are an adult you have to make a bit more of an effort because nothing says "I don't really love you that much" like a 30 year old child with a job, home, and income of their own...making their mother a necklace out of dried pasta. 

So get her something nice, or make her a nice meal, or at the very least get her one of those Hallmark cards that make you cry while your reading it in the store but you pretend it's really allergies so no one thinks you're crying in a Hallmark store. *sniff**wipe* DARN HAY FEVER!
There you go, mother's day solved.  Or is it?

I'm sure a lot of people don't think about it, but Mother's day can be an awkward, sad, or even anger inducing holiday for many people.  These people don't want to take away from mothers on their special day, and they certainly don't want to draw attention to themselves, but it is kind of hard not to feel depressed or left out or patronized when you fall into the "other" group.  There are many people in the "other" group and I'll freely admit that for the last few years this holiday has made me squirm a bit.

Why?

Well, I'm a 30+ woman with no kids...who is now divorced...and lives in Utah.  No big deal right?  Uh, right 364 days of the year, but on Mother's Day that answer changes to a resounding WRONG.  Most of the time I don't think about it.  But on mother's day things get weird, even if try not to notice it.  It isn't that people are unkind.  They don't treat me like a leper or anything.  I've never been shunned on M-day.  The problem is that people are TOO kind, almost patronizing, especially at church.

For years I thought I was broken for feeling like that.  Then I found the following blog post, written by Amy from The Messy Middle.

http://www.messymiddle.com/2012/05/10/an-open-letter-to-pastors-a-non-mom-speaks-about-mothers-day/

All I have to add is: Amen Amy, Amen!

PS - I really do have to thank my mother for not killing me in my sleep.  The older I get and the more time I spend with kids, the more I realize just how attractive smothering me with a pillow must have been to her.  Thanks for letting me live mom!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Yet Again...

...my facebook friends remind me of how awesome they all are.  Observe:


Suzanne
I'm going to go out on a limb here and share a deeply personal and strongly held belief that some of you may find controversial: Sandwiches taste better when cut on the diagonal. Any other way of cutting a sandwich is OK, but it just doesn't taste as good. Hate me if you want, but this is my manifesto.
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  • Mary Kay, Megan, Kristin and 11 others like this.
  • Chelsey  This is a true statement! Only way to go! I don't know how but somehow it really does change the taste! Funny story even when I make only a half, whether for me or Baylee I cut the piece of bread diagonally instead of just fold it over!
  • LuJean I like biting the corners of the triangles.
  • Rebecca I feel relief that someone has finally made it okay to talk about this in public. For years I've silently suffered at lunchtime. Rectangles aren't fung shui. Triangles. It's where it's at.
  • Suzanne Rectangles *shudder* or worse, "soldiers", both abominations in the church of sandwich...but I'm not judging if you like them *coughtotallyjudgingcough*.
  • Mary Kay I'm so happy it's not taboo to talk about this nowadays. Years ago I tried to start a movent on behalf of the triangle cut sandwiches. I called it M.F.C.C.S. (Mothers For Cross-Cut Sandwiches.) It didn't do so well. A few brave women joined, but then, one day in Macey's we were defeated. A lady demonstrating a new bread spread in the store cut the sandwich into rectangles. I asked her why and she told me that was the ONLY way. I felt shame and confusion. My brave friends quickly reverted back to slicing their sandwiches in to rectangles. Even my family and neighbors avoided me. Even strangers wouldn't look me in the eye. That's when we moved far away....to Smithfield. So you see, you have made me happy once again! Thank you for being so couragous!


Thursday, May 09, 2013

Chinchilla Names - Take 18




Because they've been so secretive lately, (I think they might have been involved in Sheldon's masterful escape plan, but I don't have concrete evidence) I've decided to rename the chinchilla: PINKY & THE BRAIN.
  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
OK, speaking of Sheldon.  I received an email from him but the photos that were attached didn't load properly.  Sheldon, if you're reading this, could you please reload them and send it again?  I'd be most appreciative.  Thank you kindly, in advance.