These baskets from Ikea: Ironically, Eric and I went to Ikea about a month ago to pick up some bibs for Heather. Bibs that I learned about by reading this blog post. While we were there, I saw these bins and decided that they would be perfect for our laundry situation. Right now our laundry baskets double as our laundry hampers, and so if I don't happen to have (make) time to wash, dry, fold, and put away all our clothes within a 12-hour period, we end up having to put our clothes on the floor. Since it often takes me 2 or more days to go through the whole cycle, we were finding ourselves with little clean clothes piles and little dirty clothes piles all over our bedrooms and the laundry room. It was driving me crazy.
Enter these little baskets. They collapse down, so storing them takes almost no space at all (a plus in our townhome-our-laundry-room-is-also-our-pantry-and-our-clothes-closets-also-store-our-humidifiers-and-I-don't-like-to-think-of-what-else-is-in-there lives), and when it's time to do laundry, I just uncollapse them, fill them up with dirty clothes, take the clothes downstairs, wash and dry the clothes, fold them while I'm watching my Netflix pick of the week, take them back up, and whenever I get around to putting them away, I do. No more little piles of clothes on the floor. Heaven! We bought two at our last Ikea run, but I can see myself using two more. The next time we're headed down to Cedar City or Provo, you'd better believe we'll be making a quick Ikea stop.
This food co-op: Saturday morning I participated for the first time in the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op. I learned about it over a month ago, via the facebook status updates of two of my friends, and I was intrigued. It took me awhile (over a month) to really get a handle on what I was supposed to do to participate, and for my schedule to coincide with the the timing of the co-op, but it was well worth the effort. Basically, there's a small window of time where you can sign up (around 30 hours or whenever the available slots fill up, whichever comes first), you pay a $15 donation ($18 if it's your first time), and then that Saturday morning you head over to the pick-up site, and you get two laundry baskets full of fresh, delicious, quality produce. I'm telling you, it seemed to me like the mother lode of healthy goodness! We have cucumbers and zucchini, and strawberries and blueberries (well, we used to have blueberries--Eric and Heather made quick work of those), and spinach and lettuce and oranges and pears and banans and asparagus.
It's a volunteer situation, and there isn't a whole lot of hand-holding in the process. That's got to be why it's so cheap. But, if you live in Utah, Idaho or Arizona, and you don't mind doing a little bit of trial-and-error clicking of the mouse, and you'll be willing to volunteer at some point (I'm planning to try it out once more and then I'm going to work out a schedule with myself on how often I can help out), it's a great deal on a whole lot of great produce. (Thanks for the tip, Jeri and Teresa!)
This movie: Speaking of my Netflix pick, this weekend, we watched Forever Strong. If you are one of my siblings or one of my parents, you should watch this movie, and you should especially watch the bonus features, particularly the one on the making of the movie and the life lessons taught by Coach Gelwix. That's because Coach Gelwix reminds me of dad. He (Gelwix) has an amazing winning tradition with the Highland High Rugby team (17 National Championships in 33 years), which is (a-hem) slightly more impressive than my father's multiple state championships with his Cedar High Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. However, the two men share similar attitudes about coaching and about life and about how the team effort is more important than individual glory and how it is more important to inspire and teach kids to be good people than to train them to be good atheletes.
I tend not to be a fan of "Mormon Cinema" (Don't even get me started on Return with Honor. We hated it. That's all I'm going to say), and although I haven't researched it, the fact that this movie was filmed in Salt Lake City, tells the story of a Utah Rugby Coach, and uses at least two actors (not in major roles) that I've seen in other Mormon Cinematic efforts makes me think that this film was created by a company on that end of things. I'm happy to give this movie two thumbs up though, and if this turns out to be the way this genre is heading, I can see myself changing my opinion drastically.
(In full disclosure, I thought the movie got just a little bit heavy-handed once or twice. Nothing too over the top, and nothing that made me feel manipulated or overly uncomfortable, but still. Mostly, I just enjoyed the film. Of course it doesn't hurt that my friend Rudy (a/k/a Samwise Gamgee a/k/a Sean Astin)(he doesn't know we're friends, by the way) plays a significant role, and the cutest hockey player from Miracle (Rob McClanahan, a/k/a Nathan West) has a semi-featured supportive role as well.)
This guy (on the left) could be my new celebrity boyfriend. Too bad he's seven years younger than me. Oh, and too bad (for him) that I'm already blissfully married to my Eric.
And that's what I have for tonight.
10 points for the name of the song
5 points for the name of the musical
2 points for the name of the character who sings the song
1 point if you spell that name correctly
5 points if you can name or accurately describe the post on this blog that also mentions this song (just using your wits now, no searching!)
2 points if you happen to know (or can guess) why this musical is important to members of the Bob and Barbara Corry family (and the fact that Utah Festival Opera did the show a few years ago is not it)(I'll give you a hint--it's one of those things that only Robert and I & dad and mom would know, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Robert doesn't remember it.)
Other points awarded by whim
Let the game begin!