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It’s Been A While…. January 7, 2009

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I don’t have a lot to say but figured that it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve said anything so I’d at least give a quick update to my few readers out there…

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year.  We had a good time.  It was quite relaxing.  Some time off work and everyone was home.  S went back to Germany yesterday and I’m jealous. (Even though she doesn’t want to go back) and D goes back to Italy in a couple more weeks.  If anyone out there knows of any art restoration jobs, let me know.  She’d be eternally grateful.

As with all New Years, I made some resolutions that I intend to  keep but won’t likely do.  I’m going to try though.  Nothing crazy and impossible:

  • Go to yoga twice a week to help my old lady arthritic joints
  • Stop buying books and use the library….and read the books I already have
  • Read 36 books this year
  • Go to all the National Parks in Utah (I’ve been here almost ten years and there is no excuse anymore)
  • Stop working more than 45 hours a week.
  • And finally, finish my first book.

I’m getting ready for my first focus groups next week.  I’m very excited.  It will be a whirlwind trip.  I leave for Pittsburgh Monday and we have two groups scheduled for Tuesday evening.  Then on to Cincinnati Wednesday morning and two more groups that evening.  Phoenix Thursday morning and the final two groups that evening. (Along with In-N-Out as many times as I can get there)  It should be an interesting trip – for a nerd like me anyway.

And last but not least, a while ago I posted about knitting scarves for the Special Olympics and I finished mine and sent it and forgot to take a picture before it went out.  I was pretty impressed with it.  My first pattern and only a couple mistakes.  Right now I’m working on my first hat, first time knitting in the round, and first cable knit pattern.  I’m also working on a checkerboard scarf.  Lots keeping me busy right now.

Let me know if you have any good topics for me to write about to prevent further ramblings such as these….

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Sometimes I really Miss Milwaukee & Marquette December 9, 2008

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Gesu

Gesu

Sometimes, like today, when it is 50 degrees outside in the middle of December, I really miss being at school. I say that now and I got a taste of how cold it is when I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago so you’d think I would remember how much I hated walking to class in the blistering, bone-chilling cold but, I don’t really hate it. It’s a good winter. The kind you can sit inside and read or watch a movie in.  It is definitely good weather for the upcoming holidays so hopefully we’ll see more snow soon!

Christmas Cats December 8, 2008

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Yes, we did this to our kittens….

Larry

Larry

Bill

Bill

The Most Amazing Christmas Lights EVER December 5, 2008

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Last night after shopping, I saw some amazing Christmas lights and drove towards them until I found the house.  It was amazing.  They had so many lights and a sign over their garage said to tune into 99.9FM.

The Christmas Light Show

The Christmas Light Show

I did and not only were the lights amazing, but they were choreographed to a radio station they were broadcasting from their house.  This was right up there with the Christmas house we used to go to every year back in Indiana.  Though if I remember correctly, that wasn’t quite the show that this one is.

The Next Door Neighbors House

The Next Door Neighbors House

I will have to go back and get some good video.  But in the meantime, I would highly recommend that everyone go and check this out.   They are just off Vine Street around 5600 S.  You won’t be disappointed.

It’s December! December 4, 2008

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Rockefeller Center Tree

Rockefeller Center Tree

It’s December!!  The holiday season is in full swing.  I love this time of year.  It snowed quite a bit last night.  This morning I woke up to the sound of the snow plow.  (Not always desirable as winter goes on for the 9 months that it seems to last but nice with the early snow.)

With Thanksgiving over, Christmas music is officially allowed and I am enjoying it.  I even enjoy shopping which I generally don’t care for too much.  I am almost finished with all of my presents and now I can’t wait to give them to people.  My sisters are coming home in 16 days.  Hopefully we will get the tree put up sometime soon…this weekend ideally.

Now if I could just have a German shepherd puppy and grey kitten with red bows around their necks, life would be perfect.