Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lost Memories

How fast this year has flown by! I can hardly believe the new year is just around the corner. It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming 2009 and adjusting to its shape.

I had hoped to post a few highlight pictures from this year, but alas, I inadvertently deleted the pictures on my SD card. Anyone know how to retrieve them?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ugh!

What a fabulous way to spend Christmas vacation!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MLIA

New found love in MLIA:

Last night some friends and I went to Toys R Us at midnight with about a thousand other eager Black Friday shoppers. Except we weren't there to shop. We were dressed as Spartans, and we walked up and down the line, and shouted out a speech encouraging our fellow warriors to stay strong and take heart in the upcoming battle for their children's happiness. MLIA

Sure wish I would have heard about this sooner. It would have been awesome to try.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

'Tis the Season, the Reason and the Meaning

Renee posted this video on her family's blog the other day and I really appreciated her sharing it. You can view it below, from her blog or on youtube.



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Friday, December 18, 2009

Service Opportunity

(To both of my blog readers:)
Feeling the spirit of the season? Need somewhere to give?

Remember setting up your first home or apartment and all those things you went to your "Old Mother Hubbard" cupboards for?

My sister-in-law, Rebekah, and her family are collecting items for "Apartment Start-Up Kits" for a United Way organization to give out to needy families during the coming year. Items can be gently used.

Needed:
dish clothes and towels
cooking utensils
pots and pans
vacuums
brooms
mops
buckets
sponges
cleaning products
sugar
flour
spices

If you would like to donate anything before January 4th, let me know and I'll help get it to her.

Oh No!!!

Today I received an email:

S. Claus (HelpSanta09) is now following your tweets on Twitter.

Guess I'd really better watch out now!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Happy birthday, Mike!!! Hope you have a super awesome day full of all your favorite things. Like playing dress up with your daughters and football with your son and hanging out with your wife. I'm so glad you're a part of our family.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh Yum!

I found these cupcakes in a random blog stalking and fell in love. So holiday-festivish! They look delish.

Monday, December 14, 2009

DDR - Game on!

Happy birthday, Karyn!!! Thursday was a blast.

(Thanks, Melinda, for sharing your pics)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's Your Birthday!

Happy, happy birthday, AJ, dear. Happy days will come to you all year. If I had one wish then it would be--a happy, happy birthday to you from me!

I am so glad you are a part of our family you darling, lovable girly-girl! Thanks for hanging out with me at the zoo and the fair and for going fun places. I love our "dates" and playing hide and seek.

Hope your fourth birthday is full of happiness and many wonderful surprises.

Love you girl!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Nathan, Even with as much as you protest, you know you love it!

Hope you have a great birthday and that this year brings the best of everything your way! Love you.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hanging Decorations for Christmas

My friend Andrea sent me this picture along with the following message. I'm not sure where it originated...

The good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take them down after only two days. So many people came screaming up to my house. All great stories, but two things clinched it.

First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents--they almost wrecked when they drove by.

Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder and almost killed herself leaning it against my house. She didn’t realize that it was fake until she climbed to the top--and boy was she not happy. She was only one of many who attempted the feat.

Also, my yard just couldn’t take it either. There are more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Si-Si-Si-Si

Guess who is finally FOUR!

Yeah, RD! I'm so glad to have you as a nephew. I love your wit and charm and intellect. No one could ask for a better nephew. And I love the way you speak Spanish.









Thanks for your kisses--where ever they happen to land! You're the best!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ro-Tel Chicken Recipe

This recipe came from a co-worker at a potluck Halloween luncheon. It was Yummmm!

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 lb. Velveeta cheese
1 med. onion, chopped (or 2 Tbs. dried minced onion)
1 pkg. Doritos (we usually use ¾ of the bag)

Bake or boil the chicken and cut it up into bite-size pieces. In a saucepan, slowly heat the tomatoes, soup and cheese.

In a 9x13-inch pan, put 1 layer chicken, 1 layer chopped onions, 1 layer Doritos. Pour cheese-and-soup mixture over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Wooden Bowl

This is a thoughful story my cousin sent me.


A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father," he said. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor."

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?"

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thankful Thought

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

Monday, November 23, 2009

Oh - To Be 17 Again

Saw "New Moon" this weekend with some girl friends. Much better than "Twilight". Love the book-Edward and not so much the movie-Edward. Definitely like the movie-Jacob. Wow!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

There is Music All Around

Love this stuff. I saw Stomp live in concert once. It was one of the most entertaining concerts I've been to.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Worst. Movie. Ever.

Earlier this week, I hit the Thanksgiving Point theater with Dilee, Emily, Julie and Nikki for a late show. We let Emily choose the flick; but never again. The movie she chose was "The Box."

It was creepy and confusing. The characters weren't well formed or believable. What was their motivation? I kept feeling like there should be (or would be) something more. I wanted substance and meaning. There wasn't. When the movie ended, I kept thinking "That was it?"

The best part was hanging with some friends and laughing at inappropriate places in the nearly empty theater. (If you happened to hit the show the same night we did, I apologize for our obnoxiousness and for laughing in the tense scenes.)

No recommendations. Not even for dollar flick or a there's-nothing-better-to-do-let's-get-a-movie night. At least I didn't throw my water.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Question Answered

I've always wondered why the Irish dance the way they do. Now I know.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A New Favorite Thing

Several months ago, my team at work visited Sp^rk (Spark) for lunch in Provo near the Wells Fargo building. Delish! Then for my birthday three dear friends took me to Guru's for dinner and indulged my whim to hang in the lounge and sip fancy drinks at Sp^rk. A few days later, I hit the joint again with two other darling friends after Gypsy Tapestry for dinner and drinks.

Every time I've gone, the staff has been attentive and fabulous. The food is amazing and their non-alcoholic drinks are wonderful. Did you know that Wednesdays are ladies night? Ladies get a free dessert with the purchase of a food item. Try the chocolate mousse. It's a mini trip to heaven.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dear to my Heart

Summer at the ranch. The old family home and bunk house with the Cockscomb in the background left. Sigh.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Forgiveness

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.


Oscar Wilde
Irish writer

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Guess Who?

Somebody's having a birthday today...










Somebody is turning SIX (6)!!! Hooray!










Great guess--it's IC!

My life was forever altered the day you were born. Thanks for being so dear and for having me as a first-time aunt.

Happy Birthday, Ladybug. Love you much!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Julie's Fabulous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream:
2/3 c. butter
2/3 c. butter flavored Crisco
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar

Incorporate:
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
3 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 bag chocolate chips (dark, milk, or semi-sweet)
nuts, optional

Bake:
375 degree oven for 8-9 minutes

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fancy Nancy Fest

Check out a Borders near you - tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A "Thank You" Seems so Little

The Unknown Soldier
by Billy Rose

There's a graveyard near the White House
Where the Unknown Soldier lies,
And the flowers there are sprinkled
With the tears from mother's eyes.

I stood there not so long ago
With roses for the brave,
And suddenly I heard a voice
Speak from out the grave:

"I am the Unknown Soldier,"
The spirit voice began,
"And I think I have the right
To ask some questions man to man.

"Are my buddies taken care of?
Was their victory so sweet?
Is that big reward you offered
Selling pencils on the street?

"Did they really win the freedom
They battled to achieve?
Do you still respect that Croix de Guerre
Above that empty sleeve?

"Does a gold star in the window
Now mean anything at all?
I wonder how my old girl feels
When she hears a bugle call.

"And that baby who sang
'Hello, Central, give me no man
Can they replace her daddy
With a military band?

"I wonder if the profiteers
Have satisfied their greed?
I wonder if a soldier's mother
Ever is in need?

"I wonder if the kings, who planned it all
Are really satisfied?
They played their game of checkers
And eleven million died.

"I am the Unknown Soldier
And maybe I died in vain,
But if I were alive and my country called,
I'd do it all over again."


May we do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done to maintain and preserve that freedom for which so many have died.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Treasure

The other day I found two rare and interesting journals. At first they were difficult to read, but with a little effort I was able to translate them. Following are excerpts from each of them:

Excerpts from a Dog's Diary...
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...
Day 983 of my captivity - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. @#&%.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now.

In reality, these excerpts came from my friend and coworker, Jenifer. I thought they were hilarious and had to share them. The dog journal excerpts definitely sound like Cambridge!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Until We Meet Again

On Thursday morning, my dad called to tell me that my uncle had passed away. He had been struggling with leukemia and his funeral is today. Eighty still seems too young.

Wenzle is my dad's oldest brother, a kind man with an easy smile. He and Aunt Millie returned to Utah a few years ago from Connecticut and have been living near the ranch. Such a good man. We'll miss you!


(There were a few typos in the online obituary that I corrected in the version below.)

Wenzle D. Morrill 1929 ~ 2009 Wenzle D. Morrill, age 80, passed away November 5th, 2009 at the Dixie Regional Medical Center. He was born April 4, 1929 to Dellos and Pearl Covington Morrill in Salina, UT. Wenzle spent his early years in Grover, Wayne County. He moved to Pleasant Grove in 1940 and attended Pleasant Grove High School. He enlisted with the US Army and was stationed in Govener's Island, N.Y. He resided in Staten Island for four years. Wenzle married Mildred on January 20, 1949 in Winsted, Connecticut. They resided in Winsted until four years ago when they returned to live in Wayne County. He retired from S.N.E.T. Phone Company.

He is survived by his wife Mildred and son Gary (Janet) Morrill of Torrington, CT. He is also survived by sisters, Colleen Beckstrom, West Jordan, UT ; Karon Beckstrom, Ivins, UT; Sandra Nash, Layton, UT; Linda Hansen, American Fork, UT; Venetta Davenport, Cedar City, UT; brothers Lindon Morrill, Spanish Fork, UT and Rondall Morrill, American Fork, UT. He was preceded in death by baby daughter, Linda May, brother, Phyl Morrill, parents and a wonderful stepmother, Lourie Meeks Morrill.

Services will be held Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Torrey Chapel. A viewing will be held one hour prior to services. Interment at Grover Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880. Condolences may be sent to condolences@mcmillanmortuary.com

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Open Wide

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.

Robert Browning

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Feel the Burn

This Saturday Nov 7 is the Gold's Gym Worldwide Burn-a-thon!

In honor of American Diabetes Month, Gold's Gyms across the globe are opening their doors in an effort to burn a world-record 180 million calories for diabetes awareness! (the equivalent of 50,000 pounds of fat!)

The event is open to the public so you can bring friends and family for free. Come on in to burn some calories for the cause and help support the fight against diabetes!

Event and free workouts at participating gyms. Contact your gym for details.

For more information, visit http://www.goldsgym.com/ or www.diabetes.org/tour-goldsburnathon.

http://www.goldsgym.com/ - 800.99.GOLDS

© 2009 Gold's Gym International, Inc.
125 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 1300 • Irving, Texas 75062-2709

Friday, November 6, 2009

Best Autumn Day!

My friend Amy Peterson Anderson posted this video on Facebook. A little English cartoon short. It reminded me of warmer times and warmer days. Sigh.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pearls Before H1N1

A friend at work emailed me the following message by Dr. Vinay Goyal about the H1N1 flu. It's pretty interesting and may help us all stay more healthy.

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, DRM, DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years and has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital, Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital, Tata Memorial, etc. Presently, he is the Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (except to eat or bathe).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot to clean nasal cavities, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gypsy Tapestry Performance

The first annual Gypsy Tapestry performance will featuring dancers from the Covey Center for the Arts Middle Eastern Dance program and Desert Gypsy Dance Company along with local professional dancers. Revel in the gypsy spirit.

When: Wed., November 4, 2009
Where: Covey Center for the Arts

Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are only $5.00! Click here to buy tickets!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.

Mason Cooley

college professor

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gotta Go

I was much better at this whole posting thing while I was on vacation. (Love the scheduling feature!) I'll post more about vacation later, but here is an interesting site you might enjoy until then.

Have you ever been somewhere out and about and needed to find a toilet? STAT!

SitorSquat is for just such an emergency. It helps you find and catalog public restrooms, wherever you are. You can rate, favorite and feature facilities.

The site also shines a humorous light on a basic human need--but I can't vouch for all the humor you might find.

While in Mesa Verde, I was a bit of a potty prima donna. I admit it. Openly. Freely. Sure wish I'd have known about this site then.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Even You Could Sing Too

Our Department Director first showed this clip to me. It is hilarious!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple Pudding

The other day, I was talking with a coworker about cake. After thinking about it for a while, I decided my favorite cake is Best Ever Apple Pudding Cake. I don't have my mom's recipe handy, but this one looks similar.

Ingredients
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups grated apples
1/2 cup chopped nuts

SAUCE:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together the brown sugar and shortening in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture. Add apples and nuts.

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan, and bake in a 350° F. oven for 45 minutes. While pudding is baking, prepare sauce by bringing the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and evaporated milk to a boil in a heavy pan. Remove from heat, and add vanilla. Serve warm sauce over warm pudding. A dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top is the bomb!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

B*Witched

Last night my entire family and I went to Gardener's Village in Salt Lake for dinner in the old mill (Archibald's) and to walk around the village. It was such a surprise to have us all there together--even my sister and brother-in-law and their kids were able to make it.

By the time we had finished with dinner, the shops had closed. It was still the witching hour as we walked around the shops to meet the witches. So much fun!

Thanks for coming and for spoiling me rotten.



At work my coworkers took me to lunch at the Thai Chili Garden, provided cake and ice cream, and were way too kind all day long.

Thanks to everyone for their calls, emails, Facebook notes, etc. I appreciate your thoughts and wishes. It was a good day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Would You like Butter with That?

This weekend, I hit the Cheesecake Factory and then a movie theater with some fabulous friends (Andrea happy birthday!, Karyn, and Melinda) for a good ol' chick flick.

It was hilarious. Both heroines were endearing, and I admit to being one of those obnoxious movie-goers who laughs out loud.

Julie & Julia is based on two true stories and was a pleasant surprise. Julia Child brought French cooking home, so to speak, and Julie Powell's blog is famous. Someday mine may be too. LOL

Here I sit, a servantless American cook with an unexpected craving to try my hand at Boeuf Bourguignon. But, no desire to work my way through an entire cookbook of 500+ Julia Child recipes in a year.