Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Somebody's Having a Birthday!

Shout hurray! In any language - I hope you have a wonderful birthday today, Renee!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Look What the Cat Dragged in

May 8, 2010 - Utah Renaissance Faire - Complete with Middle Eastern Dancers and Pirates.
Yo ho!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Grilled Spicy Lime Pineapple with Ice Cream

Grilled Spicy Lime Pineapple with Ice Cream

One Can of Pineapple rings in water or light syrup
3 TBSP Agave Nectar
2 TBSP of Lime Juice, or the juice of one small lime
Cayenne pepper to taste
Your favorite low fat/low sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Drain and rinse pineapple rings.
In a bowl mix Agave Nectar, Lime juice and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper. Thoroughly coat pineapple with agave mixture. Grill pineapple until tender and slightly charred. Top immediately with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and enjoy!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Something Bright and Cheery just for Spring

Youtube and I seem to be having a disagreement. You'll have to follow the links to see and hear these artists.

I was recently introducted to two new musicial groups: Lunasa and Natalie MacMaster. You can hear Lunasa and watch pictures from someone's trip to Ireland on youtube. Natalie MacMaster accompanies some Irish step dancers in this video.

I really like their sound -- they make my feet tappy happy.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Feeling Negative

A friend and I have been training for a sprint. Not much has been happening in the weight loss department for either of us--even though we have ramped up our exercise routine a lot. It could be that we are building muscle. I've noticed my energy level is higher and that I feel better overall since we've been training. We've thrown around a couple of ideas for dietary changes and decided to stick to the Word of Wisdom as our basic tenant.

A colleague at work told me about negative foods--foods that essentially have no calorie input because they require more calories to consume them than they hold. Not the first time I've heard about it, but I'm intrigued.

Negative Calorie Foods ~ Vegetables
cabbage (green)
chili peppers

Negative Calorie Foods ~ Fruit

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Day at the Faire

Desert Gypsy Dance Company will perform for the fourth consecutive year at the Utah Renaissance and Fantasy Faire in Marriott-Slaterville, Utah, on Saturday, May 8 and Saturday, May 15 at 10 or 11 am and at 1 or 2 pm. Visit the Ren Faire's website for directions.

Come cheer us on and maybe dance a step or two.

Friday, May 7, 2010

SLC SA Conference - May

The Single Adult Conference will take place May 14 - 16 at the U of U Institute of Religion in Salt Lake. This annual conference is attended by over 1,000 single adults from all over the region and includes a concert by country star Charley Jenkins, Keynote address by Gerald N. Lund, a Fireside with Elder Jay E. Jensen, a dance, workshops, a humanitarian aid project and other chances to mingle with single adults of all ages.

A brochure with detailed information on the conference is posted on the Single Adult website at :

Thursday, May 6, 2010

20 Questions

Just some questions to make you stop and think. Then, hopefully you'll start again...

1. Who is the most important person in your life, and why?
2. What is the one dream for your life you most look forward to achieving?
3. Who has the capacity to make you angrier than anyone else in your life, and what in particular does he or she do to make you so angry?
4. Who has the capacity to make you feel loved more than anyone else in your life, and what in particular does he or she do to cause you to feel so lovable?
5. How do you feel about yourself—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?
6. When do you feel inspired? How does it feel when you are inspired?
7. What is the most important thing in the world to you?
8. If you had one day to live, how would you want to spend it?
9. When do you feel most afraid?
10. If you could accomplish only one thing during the rest of your life, what would it be?
11. What bores you? Why is this?
12. How important is money to you? How much time do you spend thinking about it?
13. What is the role of God in your life? Do you believe there is a God, and if so, what is God like in relation to you?
14. What three interests are you most passionate about?
15. Who is your biggest enemy, and precisely how and why did this person become your enemy?
16. How important is food to you? Do you feel disciplined when it comes to eating?
17. Does the idea of being married to the same person for the rest of your life sound appealing to you—or not so appealing? What is there about it that you would especially like or not like?
18. Do you consider yourself emotionally healthy? In what ways are you especially healthy, and in what ways could you use improvement?
19. Do you argue very much with the people closest to you? How does it usually turn out?
20. What specifically would you like your closest friends to say about you at your funeral?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

And Many More

Hope you have the best birthday ever, Sis! Love you bunches! You da bomb!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hotel Horror Stories

I received an email recently about horrible places to stay on vacation. Their teasers are posted further below, but I wanted to chime in with a story of my own.

Some friends and I took a trip to St. George several years ago for a weekend getaway. The details are a little hazy--and, no, we were not partaking of any substances that would impair memory. Age does a fine job on it's own. Thank you very much.

We had a coupon for a discounted room rate at a certain hotel, which should have been our first clue to stay away--stay far, far, FAR away. I remember vague feelings of foreboding as we walked to our room, being a little nervous about us single girls staying there. We should have listened. The second clue was that the pool was disgusting. The third clue was that, when we called the front desk about the fire alarm beeping for a new battery, they removed the battery and replaced the cover. The fourth clue was that one of the beds broke when we sat on it. At this point we were still laughing at the ghetto hotel we were staying in. It was humorous. A few cracks in the walls and mysterious stains on the ceiling--that's good fodder for a story. "Remember the night, when... Hahaha." So we requested a new room.

The straw that broke the camel's back was that the new room was filthy!!! Disgustingly filthy. I still want to hurl when picturing the hotel room's bathroom. We didn't even ask for another room. We wanted our money back which, of course, they would not refund. We went to another hotel anyway. Nice showers, no broken beds, clean pool, clean bathroom, no weird water stains on the ceiling and creepy cracks along the walls.

And the fire alarm had a battery. We checked.

Enjoy the other miserable travel stories below...

Calella, Spain
H Top Olympic Hotel
Woken up by the sound of breaking glass... someone fell through the window of the patio doors.

Las Vegas, NV
Circus Circus Manor Motor Lodge
Drunk people sleep right outside our room lying in the hallway.

Broadbeach, Australia
Island Beach Resort
Our belongings were stolen from our ROOM while we were in the swimming pool.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Tropicana New Tiran Hotel
Flooded by sewage overflow twice in the 5 days that we were there.

Miami, FL
Majestic Hotel South Beach
He shoved the couch into my luggage, broke a bottle of alcohol in my bag and ruined my camera. More

Beijing, China
Guomen Hotel
We spent our entire vacation in quarantine - never having a fever or symptoms.

Albufeira, Portugal
Valmangude Jardim Aparthotel
The robber had a key to all the rooms and they somehow knew how to get into the safe!

Petra, Jordan
Petra Palace Hotel
A male cleaner knocking on my door at 6.30 am to say hello and ask if he could wash his face in my sink.

Athens, Greece
Hotel Fivos
Liked — Leaving
Disliked — The period between check in and departure.

Bangkok, Thailand
D&D Inn
The POLICE demanded a substantial fine...withdrawn from a conveniently placed ATM...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Love You!

Happy Birthday, Grandpa.

Top row: Gayla, Ken, Carol
Bottom row: Dalene, Grandpa, Ella

Grandpa and Sammy
Miss you.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sounds Like Fun

October 6-10 on Vashon Island in Washington.
Classes from Cassandra. Sigh.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Simplicity is the key...

Part I

Part II