Thursday, December 23, 2010

The day before the day before Christmas

Today went a little something like this...

Woke up to a solicitation call from Hilton at 9 am. Rude! Some of us like to sleep till 10! (I know - spoiled. But I took the day off!)
Target, then home for perishables. 
[Dear Target: I love you. Even though sometimes you're a pain in the ass. Sincerely, Me.]
Off to a hardware store, the mall *gasp*, and to pay for some really expensive gas. 
Back home to wrap presents and give Mark this:

Which he loved, and that made me Very happy.
(and Santa delivered the dvd A-Team which was actually a pretty good movie.)

We decided to celebrate Christmas early, as is my way. 
I suck at keeping surprises in other words. :)

My house is a disaster, and my sugar cookies turned out hard as bricks this year, 
but it's okay.
My presents are all wrapped - albeit imperfectly,
the fireplace is roaring, the tree is sparkling. 
I'm feelin' all kinds of Christmas spirit. 

I wish this kind of peace for every person in my life. 

Off for a glass of egg nog, now :)

P.S. We're looking for suggestions on how to season that dutch oven proper!

Friday, December 17, 2010

On Being Alone

So Mark went on a trip without me.
Which I must admit, is pretty rare.
We tend to do pretty much everything together.
However co-dependent that my seem, we're pretty good at rockin' it by ourselves too.

I'll be crafting while he's away. Homemade Christmas gifts galore.
Editing photos will take place.

(one of my faves so far)

And let's not forget the Puccini's chicken diavolo and, finally, Eclipse.
Yah, I said it. Eclipse. 
Shut up. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

4 Things

Joining up with Mara and her genius idea.

I'm going to do this "old" and "new" style...

One: Movies
This weather is perfect for huddling under the covers and enjoying a good movie. 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (old)
Dr. Jack (new)
The Holiday (old)
Alice in Wonderland (new)

Two: Books (in no particular order)
The Liars Club and Lit by Mary Karr (new and new)
South of Ordinary by Jethro Clayton Waters (New, *a great Christmas gift! that!)
Love in the Time of Cholera, rediscovered and still so awesome

Three: Handmade / Etsy:
Etsy is so inspiring, and it is a great place for those hard-to-buy-for people. 
Check out Kristin's shop for some awesome gifts!
Search the 'local' section of etsy for handmade items in your area. 
I will be making a lot of handmade gifts this year for Christmas and buying even more.
I love supporting others who have the motivation and creativity to do what I can't / am too lazy to do.

Four: My Fireplace
If you've been to my home, you know this is where we congregate. 
No picture does it's warmth, homey-ness, and general feeling of well-being, justice. 
I <3 my fireplace. 

What are your four things?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Things I learned in Utah*

*To be added to and edited :)

Cold is different there. It's not so... life sucking. 
A 5 degree sleeping bag is awesome. It's even more awesome if it's made by Mountain Hardware. (mine is not. Mark's is. )
3 degrees can feel like negative 10,000. 
Bad guys who shoot Park Rangers are LAME. 
60 mph winds WILL break a tent. (Not ours, but still.)
60 mph winds + rocks will also break the windows of a Kia. 
Chili is just as good for Thanksgiving as Turkey. 
The words "I can't" are no longer allowed to exist in one's vocabulary. 
Bourbon from a flask is better than bourbon from the bottle. 
Sand in everything is inevitable, no matter how carefully you plan or pack.
At least one person's car will break down at some point during the trip. 
More will break down after.
A 30 minute hike ALWAYS means an hour. Probably more. 
The sky is bigger, and Way better. 
Milt's has the best buffalo burgers, ever. 
5 days with no jumps = unhappy boys. 
1-800-Space Fire!
Sleeping on your side is not recommended if you do not have a sleeping mat. Whoa, hip muscle spasms!
Falling frequently and scraping a hole into your pinky knuckle...also, not recommended.
If you do not have experience rock climbing and haven't exercised since high school, don't go hiking into a slot canyon like you belong there. 
Cow poo is nature's duralog. 
It is 100% okay to use "Your Mom...." as a comeback, no matter what.
Snow is more beautiful, and therefore more acceptable, when it lands in the desert.
Snow is just as cold in the desert.
There are only two times of day in Utah: Daytime, and Nighttime
Tennis Shoes are not really appropriate. At all. One should probably invest in hiking boots [bewts :)]. [Not that I know from experience or anything.]
Utah is Beautiful. Always. No matter what.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Utah in Expressions

It was some of this:

And also, some of this:

[Click to enlarge 'WTF' look, and severely furrowed eyebrows.
Classic 'B' face captured by Kris Redinbo]

Lots of stories and pictures to come :)