Monday, April 29, 2013

pictures and pictures and more pictures

So, Eric and I celebrated 6 years of wedded bliss earlier this month.

After securing a screaming deal ($65 for the night!!  Amazing!) on Priceline.com, we decided to forgo our usual Metropolitan Inn, and spent a night in these lovely digs instead.

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Delightful.


Meanwhile, Heather found herself enjoying a change of bedtime scenery as well.
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(photo courtesy of Heidi)


Our date included, among other things,

A morning stroll through the mostly deserted (because nothing was open yet) Gateway Mall:
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Also, a leisurely stroll through downtown Salt Lake City, where we viewed numerous bits of quirky-ness:

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Nearly an hour in the most unique bookstore I've ever experienced:

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A visit to the Semi-annual Used Booksale at the Salt Lake library:

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My sister turned me on to this idea. She buys holiday books at garage and library sales, and then puts them in a special basket for holiday reading at the appropriate time of year. I started our collection about a year ago, and it found resounding approval from both Eric and Heather.  So, I'm continuing on.

A return to the Gateway for lunch and a little bit of oil and vinegar tasting:
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After which, we hopped in the car, and headed home, fulfilled, happy, and ready to tackle regular life once again.

The End.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Random Photo Friday - making do edition

So, say you're a princess, any random princess, maybe we'll say Aurora or Belle for example, and you're sitting around, waiting for your handsome prince (or not-so-handsome beast) to come pick you up for some awesome prince/princess stuff, and he's running a little late.  What do you do then?


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Why, you hop on your scooter and scoot off to find him of course!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Winter Walk

Winter is (hopefully) long gone now, (right????)  (RIGHT???), but I found these photos in my photobucket account, and was inclined to post them here.  These were taken on a walk that Heather and I took one Sunday after church a few weeks back.

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The pinwheel was a present from Heather's marvelous Primary teachers.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

no sugar, just spice

Did you know that if you don't happen to have Allspice on hand that you can make a pretty good substitution on your own?

Yup.  It's easy too.  Super duper easy.  Just mix together equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Told you it was easy.

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This is an old container. I think I've refilled it with my own concoction twice now.


As long as we're talking about spices and seasonings, here's a handy little secret that I love:

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I sprinkle this on chicken quite a bit as I'm grilling it (we don't have an outdoor grill--I'm talking about the George Foreman here), and it transforms ordinary everyday chicken breasts into mouthfuls of mexican deliciousness. I love it, and Eric loves it. Heather takes it on a day by day case by case basis, but since she's that way with everything except for Kraft Mac 'n Cheese and peanut butter bananas, she doesn't really count.

(I picked this up at the Latin Grocery a couple of years ago, but you might be able to find it in the Hispanic foods aisle of the local grocery store as well.)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Random Photo Friday--Good Things Come in Threes Edition

Here's another lion from Cherie in China.  This one can be found at HuangShan Mountain, Anhui, China
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And . . . dum, Dum, DUUUUMMMM!  We now have a USoSL Member who has lions at her home!!!!  How cool is that???  Love them Harmony!
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And finally for a little anti-climax, here's a specimen Heather and I found on a Sunday afternoon walk a bit ago.  This one can be found in River Heights, Utah.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

movie recommendations, mine, eric's and heathers

So, awhile back, my parents dropped by for a night en route to a little Montana getaway.  Having them here was delightful.  Mom went with me to pick Heather up from her dance class, and the look on Heather's face when she saw (one of) her beloved grandmother(s) was absolutely priceless.  Following that, we had a nice evening hanging out, we introduced my parents to the wonderfulness that is Savannah's Barbeque, and we put Heather to bed.  Then, since we don't have the ability to watch the weather channel or "JAG" on our television, Eric took it upon himself to find a DVD in our collection that would pique the interest of our distinguished guests. After looking over our options, and mulling over the personalities of my parents, he eventually settled on 2010:  The Year We Make Contact.

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We watched the show. I had been skeptical, wondering if sci-fi was really what we were all hankering for that night, but I have to admit, I got totally sucked in, and remembered why I had enjoyed the movie when Eric first introduced it to me, back when we were starry-eyed lovebirds, and not necessarily discerning movie watchers.

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A few days later, my mom and dad again dropped by en route, this time on their way back home from Montana.  We again had a nice evening and afternoon, I tried a new recipe, which I didn't love, but everyone else seemed to like pretty well (or maybe they were all being kind).  After we put Heather to bed, we settled down for another movie on DVD.  This time I did the mulling of options and personalities, and after learning that my parents hadn't yet seen We Are Marshall, I determined that it was right up their alley.

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We all enjoyed it.  Love that movie. My dad (who generally starts dropping off around 9:00) even stayed awake until after 10:30 to get to the end.  Success!!

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Then, a few days after that, Heather and I were looking for a movie to watch for our movie night. Growing tired of Dora the Explorer and Strawberry Shortcake, I managed to persuade Heather to try something new, viz, the stellar unmatched-ness of Sense and Sensibility.  We managed to get through about forty-five minutes, and then it was bedtime for Heather, and I figured that would be the end of that.

So, you can imaging my surprise and glee when, the next morning I came home from my morning workout to this sight:

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She loves the movie!  I love that she loves the movie! Yippee!

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"Mom--that's Willerby.  He's the bad guy, right?  Even though he fixed her leg, he's still the bad guy, right?"
Right on Heather.  You've got it all figured out.


So, what about you? Got any stellar movie recommendations for us? New Ones? Oldies but goodies?


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