Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mickey is alive and well


So, I'm back from Disneyland. It was GREAT! We had a three day hopper pass, and spent all of the first day in Disneyland. The second day we spent a few hours in Disneyland, but spent the bulk of our time in California Adventure. The third day we spent a few hours in both places, but by 2:00 p.m., we were in my sister's minivan, headed back to Southern Utah and home.

I have determined that if I ever go to Disneyland with children, I will do it the way we just did it. That is to say, that to truly enjoy Disneyland, you need to have at least three adults. It also helps if one of the adults doesn't like roller coaster rides very much. We were lucky in that we had five adults, and TWO of the adults didn't really care very much for roller coaster rides.

That played out well, because one or two adults could take the kids on the Alice in Wonderland ride, or the Autopia ride, or the Peter Pan ride, and the other adults could take a quick walk to Space Mountain, or Splash Mountain, or Thunder Mountain (are you noticing a trend here?) and ride those together. After the grownups were done with the rollercoasters, we'd call the others on the cell phones, and get back together for some all-family fun.

We very rarely did any important ride without taking advantage of the whole fast-pass system, which made the whole experience much much better than I remember it being even when I was a little kid. Also, Ryan (my brother-in-law) was adamant that we be at the park at or as close to the opening time as possible. At first I wasn't really big on this idea (sleeping in is almost more of a treat to me than eating chocolate), but I soon saw the wisdom of this plan. For about the first hour or two, we basically had the park to ourselves, which was a real treat.

So, it was lovely, just lovely. And now I'm back home, just in time for Halloween. Elijah and I are going to The Prestige tonight to celebrate, so unfortunately, I won't be around for the little trick-or-treaters to come knocking at my door. I left a basket of Mike & Ikes and Starburst on my doorstep. Here's hoping that the kids each take one or two, and that there's plenty for all. Let's be honest though, chances are, the first kid who comes by without his parents' supervision is going to empty the whole basket into his goodie bag and be off. Oh well. Mike & Ikes aren't that great anyway now, are they?

Happy Halloween,
charlotta

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ode to Dishboy


A-ha!! You thought you weren't going to be hearing from me for a few days, didn't you? So did I.

BUT--we were both wrong. I am compelled, for reasons beyond my understanding to have a complete blog entry, dedicated to my brother, Jacob.

Jacob writes a weekly letter, which he then sends to me and his friends, and other members of the family. It's good stuff. He writes the letter on Sunday usually, and it's always a treat for me to start my Monday morning by reading the latest happenings in his life and the lives of his family members. He is currently in medical school, living in Washington (state) with his wife and son and daughter.

Below are some of my favorite portions of his last few letters:

As far as the rest of life here in Yakima things are going good. I drew blood this week. I was practicing on one of the nurses (who has terrible veins). I didn’t get any blood, but I also didn’t bruise her so she says my technique is good (just have bad aim I guess). I was very distraught and since I have such good veins I decided to poke myself just to show that I could get some good blood. I did a wonderful job on my arm and quickly filled a vial, unfortunately drawing blood with one hand is much easier than removing the vial and needle with one hand so I had to yell for help so I could have the needle removed from my arm. (8/27/06)

Melissa finally got an ultrasound this week and we were informed that we are having a boy. Spencer apparently is having a horse and he says Jessi is having a frog so we're going to have a pretty full house come December. Melissa is excited because she doesn't have to buy a bunch of new winter clothes for the baby. We're unsure about a name at this point, but when we were looking at a baby names list the other day Melissa was particularly fond of Xing Xing. I may have to veto that one. (10/1/06)

And my personal favorite:

On the way to church today we were listening to Aunt Charlotte's CD. Spencer recognized her voice and said; "I think Aunt Charlotte sounds like a princess". With that I will end the update for another week. (10/15/06)

So, that's Jacob.

Until later,
-c

Monday, October 23, 2006

revisiting those fun things of childhood

Tomorrow I'm heading back to California for a few days. Funny, before September, it had been several years since I'd been to California. Now I'm going to be going twice in as many months. And both times to Southern California no less. Huh.

This time I'm going to Disneyland with my sister and her family, as well as my parents. I'm looking forward to it. Since I have no children of my own, the thought of being able to spend a few days in Disneyland with my adorable 5-year-old niece and her equally adorable younger brother is quite a pleasant one.

I had another nice weekend. Friday night I attended a slumber party. Can you believe it? I'm thirty-five years old, attending a slumber party. What's that all about? But, I did. The women in my church planned one for all the women to help us get to know one another better and just to let our hair down and play for a bit. I was actually on the planning committee, and it turned out quite well. We only had eight women actually spend the night, but at one point during the evening we had about 30 different women there, playing games and talking, and eating a WHOLE LOT of pizza. I had a lovely time, as did many other people. Kind of nice when it works out that way.

So, that's it for now. I'll check back in when I return from my trip.

-c

Thursday, October 19, 2006

will this keep me from being elected president?

Right now I'm listening to "Wheel" on the Heavier Things Album by John Mayer. I like this song, and by and large, I like this album. Tayneshia lent it to me about a month ago. I'm trying to decide if it's worth buying. Probably not. By the time I buy it, I'll be tired of listening to the songs. Better to just keep borrowing for a few more weeks. Tayneshia doesn't mind. She has literally hundreds and hundreds of CDs.

I was talking to a co-worker a few days ago about blogs and why she doesn't have one. Her main reason (as near as I can remember) is that she might want to run for office one day, and she thinks that having a blog might cause her trouble with this at some point.

I have no intention of ever running for any kind of public office (although I bet my mother would have said the same thing, and she's run successfully for her local school board four times now, and is working on her fifth election as I write this), so hopefully my having a blog won't come back to bite me later on.

I guess we'll just see.

I finished an afghan this week. I'm going to be giving it to a friend of mine soon. She's getting married on November 11 (I'm singing at the wedding), and we're having her bridal shower on November 4.

Monday, October 16, 2006

just a quick note

I had a nice weekend. On Saturday I went to Salt Lake City, where I met up with my old friend Lynn, and we went to an opera together. Lynn and I were roommates about 7 years ago, and we had a great time living in the same apartment. She's a great one to laugh with, to say the least. So, we caught up over some really great Mexican Food, and then went to "La Traviata". It was a good production, and a very nice way to spend an afternoon and evening.

Then yesterday I had a little dinner party for some of my friends. It was a smallish group, only six of us, and Elijah and I were the only two people who knew everyone else there. I was a little concerned that everyone wouldn't gel well together, but it all turned out just fine. The food turned out really well (I haven't been much of a cook lately, but as I do it more, I'm remembering that I really enjoy it!), and the company was just stellar. We laughed and laughed, and everyone was talking fast and interrupting eachother and trying to get their words in. Sometimes those kinds of things drive me crazy, but not this time. This time it felt just fine.

And now it's Monday and another week is starting. Isn't it nice to start a week when you had a good end to the last one?

-char

Friday, October 13, 2006

A Bucket of Frozen Frogs

So, Elijah and I were talking earlier today about some possibilities for new musicals. This conversation was prompted by a discussion we had regarding Frank Loesser's musical The Most Happy Fella. The thing is, this work is not necessarily about a man who is generally a really happy fella. (for a plot synopsis, look at this website: http://www.theatrehistory.com/american/musical021.html) But, we came to the conclusion that you can't really call a musical something along the lines of The Fella Who Was Pretty Happy Some of the Time, now can you? I mean, who would go see a musical by that name?

That got us thinking about some other possible new musicals:

"Death of a Salesman: The Musical"--doesn't that just scream success? I can hear some of the songs now:
---"The sun'll come out, tomorrow . . . or not"
---"I got rhythm, I got music, I got my man, who could ask for anything more? Well, how about for some success? Music and rhythm don't pay the bills you know."

Or, we thought about just putting happy words to really really mournful music. You know, like funeral dirges.

And then, we thought of a musical that we would call:

A Bucket of Frozen Frogs

Who knows what it would be about, but doesn't that just have a fun ring to it? I love it! The name comes from an experience that Elijah had in his youth. He had gone to visit his grandmother, who lived by some kind of a swamp or something. And, to his joy, in this swamp, he was able to catch a whole bucket of frogs, which he of course brought back to the house. Of course, his grandmother would not let him bring the bucket inside the house, so he left it in the backyard. Well, what should he find the next morning, but that he now had . . .

A BUCKET OF FROZEN FROGS

! ! ! How tragic! Elijah was unhappy, but what could he do? So, he went on to play elsewhere. Imagine his surprise when he came back later in the afternoon (after the sun had come out and warmed up the world) to find that he was now left with an empty bucket! The frogs had warmed up, and seeing that they were free to leave the bucket (earlier, before they had been frozen, Elijah had put a lid on the bucket. After the freezing episode, he had removed the lid, and not replaced it), they all jumped off and went along their little frog way.

It's a fun story, but for me the best party is just that little phrase about the frozen frogs.

Well, I have things to do tonight. So, I'd best be on my way.

-char

ps-lest you complain about the random-ness of this entry, let me remind you that it is titled "a bit of quirkiness" So, you knew what you had signed up for when you came to visit the site.

:)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

chinese cuisine and pasta

This one will be quick. I'm on hold with my favorite Chinese food restaurant, waiting to order my favorite Chinese dish (Kung Pao Tofu). You'd think I was a vegetarian wouldn't you? I'm not. I don't really like Tofu all that much in other dishes, and you will never catch me eating a garden burger again. I've eaten one and absolutely hated it. But, what can I say? Kung Pao Tofu is better than Kung Pao Shrimp or Kung Pao Chicken.

I don't eat all that much take-out food, but today's a special day. I'm not sure that it's special enough to justify this particular indulgence, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

As my old mission companion used to say,

Hasta pasta,
Charlotte

(The phrase "hasta pasta" makes absolutely no sense. "Hasta" means "until" in Spanish, "pasta" means "high-carbohydrate-noodle-like-substance-of-Italian-origin" in English. Oh well.)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Queens of Birdland

Kind of an odd title for a blog entry isn't it? Well, read on and it will make more sense.

Right now I'm listening to the Trisha Yearwood version of the song, "To Make You Feel My Love" from the Hope Floats soundtrack. I borrowed this CD from Tayneshia. I'm not much of a country music fan, (to say the least) but I like this song. I also like "All I Get" by "The Mavericks", which is also on this CD. Other than that, I don't have all that much use for the music. I enjoyed the movie though.

Today has been kind of a low key day. I've gotten a few things accomplished at work, things that will be important as we head into our new fiscal year. So, that's been good. Tonight my company is hosting a workshop production of a new play based on the lives of Madonna, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, and Chrissie Hynde. It's called "Queens of Birdland". Elijah will be joining me for this tonight, which should be interesting since he isn't much of a theatre buff. Since I am (a theatre buff), I've been stealthily introducing Elijah to the joys (and sometimes pains) of amateur theatre for a few weeks now. If my company did shows during the fall, winter, or spring, then I'd be able to introduce (or re-introduce) him to real live professional theatre, which would surely be more enjoyable for both of us. But, alas, we are a summer festival company. So, that may have to wait until July.

Until next time,
Charlotte

Monday, October 02, 2006

a (brief) vacation review


Well, San Diego was great. What can I say?

We went to Sea World, where I was able to touch a manta ray and hold a starfish. (That isn't my hand in the photo, it's Ilsa's. But, I held one too, honest.) We ate the most delicious French Toast I've ever eaten (and I'm actually quite a connoisseur of French Toast, so that's saying something) while looking over the La Jolla Cove. We explored San Diego's version of Little Italy, which was a little bit of a disappointment, but at least we got to eat some gelato. We attended the San Diego temple, which was absolutely beautiful. We ate great Mexican food in Old Town. We walked along the beach on Coronado island for as long as our legs could carry us. Most importantly, we only got terribly, heroically, impossibly lost one time. Not bad as vacations go.

And now it's back to work and regular life. But that's okay. These days I'm at a place where I'm quite pleased with regular life, so coming home to it is not a bad thing in the least.

ttfn,
Charlotte

(ps--do you know what "ttfn" stands for? If not, you should brush up on your "Winnie the Pooh".)
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