Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I have six biological sisters whom I love and adore. I am grateful for them!

I am also grateful for my sisters in spirit - both those, like Cynthia, Chris, Louise, and Vickie, with whom I am currently working on a committee, and those who work at the Draper Temple where I was able to worship today.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gratitude Journal

Twenty-three years ago today my life was irrevocably changed for the better when I became a mother for the first time. Happy birthday to my baby girl!

I am grateful for Jelly Bean.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I don't watch much television. The Amazing Race is probably the only show I've watched consistently over the past several years. There are a few shows that we've watched or are watching via NetFlix. There are a few others that I'm currently recording on the DVR for possible future viewing.

A week or so ago I realized I had a dozen or so episodes of Blue Bloods on the DVR and decided to watch a few. Today - with a day off work - I watched several more, as I paid bills and folded laundry. With its riveting police investigations, unapologetic depictions of faith, and tender family relationships, Blue Bloods makes me think, and it makes me cry. I think it is one of the best things on TV today.

Then again, I don't have much to compare it to.

I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy occasional diversions from the dailiness of life.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

11/12/13 Happy Things

  • A delicious breakfast of fresh raspberries with key lime Greek yogurt.

  • The good friend to my fourteen-year-old Sugar Bear, who scanned and emailed his copy of the Spanish homework assignment that S.B. couldn't find, so S.B. could photoshop out the friend's answers, then print and complete the assignment himself.

  • A delicious dinner of hash browns, a pumpkin streusel muffin, and an omelet with red onion, green pepper, and bacon.

  • The whimsy of a day labeled 11/12/13!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gratitude Journal

Tonight the family and I spent two-and-a-half hours at Costco. We spent over $250 an hour (and didn't buy any single item over $26.99). We bought some yummy things to eat over the next several weeks and months. We also stocked up on things like Advil and Airborne and contact solution and vitamins. After we loaded the car, we went back into the store for pizza and ice cream and hot dogs and churros.

I am beyond grateful for the convenience and privilege and excess of warehouse shopping!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I haven't felt very well the past few days, so I've had to take things easier than I would have liked. Even so, I've been able to do several fun or productive things!

I am grateful for a weekend of activity - cheering the BYU Women's Basketball team to a decisive win in their home opener on Friday afternoon, completing a Turkey Trot 5K on Saturday morning, seeing the Pulitzer finalist Other Desert Cities at Pioneer Theatre Company on Saturday night, and teaching a Sunday School lesson today.

I am grateful for medication to get me through it all.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I almost didn't exercise tonight. By the time I got home from my "restful" day off work at about 8:30, I had pretty much decided that I needed to put my feet up and maybe work on a photo project before bed - or else help Sugar Plum cut out lettering for the theatre department display case at the school.

When I looked at my calendar and saw "Gym Time" listed there, though, I decided to change my clothes and go walk/run two miles before bedtime.

I am grateful for my membership to the neighborhood rec center, which has made big difference in my commitment to regular exercise this year, and I'm grateful for e-audiobooks on my iPod to occupy my mind while my body does the work.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Gratitude Journal

After church today, WhiteRabbit helped me prepare kabobs for dinner. In addition to beef strips, we used mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini, onion, and fresh pineapple. WhiteRabbit made a pot of Japanese sticky rice to accompany the kabobs. Although Sugar Bear wouldn't eat either of the squashes, and Sugar Plum would only eat the beef, but I thought the meal was delicious. Tomorrow I'm taking some leftover veggies and rice to work for lunch.

I am grateful for good food and for good kitchen help!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I am grateful for the beautiful "Indian Summer" weather we've been experiencing on and off for the past few weeks. Wearing sandals, walking around outdoors without a jacket, feeling the sun on my back - all while enjoying the gorgeous autumn colors.

The temperature is supposed to drop dramatically tomorrow, but I'm glad I could enjoy it while it lasted!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

On Holiday - Day Six

On the final day of our holiday, we hiked in Cedar Breaks National Monument and ate a picnic lunch in Brian Head, followed by the drive home, during most of which I slept. I guess it's back to the normal chaos - but it sure was nice while it lasted!

Friday, August 02, 2013

On Holiday - Day Five

Our Utah Shakespeare Festival experience concluded with a literary seminar (led by Nancy Melich with guest scholar Don Weingust), after which we drove to St. George for a session at the LDS Temple there. Following a late lunch, we returned to Cedar City - and after a nap, we took a nice three-mile hike up the canyon.

Here's a quick recap of the day in photos:

On Holiday - Day Four

Another excellent day!
  • Early morning walk for the third day in a row.

  • Pecan sticky bun (among other things) for breakfast.

  • A matinee performance of the musical Anything Goes.

  • Boneless buffalo wings (among other things) for dinner.

  • An evening performance of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.
During the evening play, I got to wondering whether anyone had ever written a sequel to Love's Labour's Lost. What happened to those immature, handsome boys and sharp, beautiful girls after a year and a day?

On Holiday - Day Three

What I Ate for Breakfast: Red grapes, watermelon, English scone with raspberry butter, egg casserole with green chiles, pineapple-orange smoothie, and hot chocolate.

Who I Heard at the Actors Seminar (While White Rabbit Was Golfing):

Siobhan Doherty.

Matt Mueller.

What I Ate for Dinner: Teriyaki steak, tempura vegetables, and California roll.

What We Did After Dinner: Walked the labyrinth at St. Jude's Episcopal Church, which I've been longing to do for some time. (I'll write more about this experience later.)

The Play We Saw: The Tempest.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Holiday - Day Two

At the Garden Cottage, where we ate a delicious breakfast
that included a sumptuous cinnamon roll with nuts.

Juliet, whom we passed on the way to the Literary Seminar,
where we heard a discussion of Twelve Angry Men.

In the garden, where we ate Chinese take-out for lunch.

The very funny but also touching Peter and the Starcatcher.
(We'd previously seen an excerpt of the show as performed by theatre friends of Sugar Plum.)

Corey Jones in William Shakespeare's King John,
the first of the Festival's History Cycle.

On Holiday - Day One

The Reason We're in Cedar City, Utah: Utah Shakespeare Festival.

A Banner Outside the Randall Jones Theatre.

Where We're Staying: The Garden Cottage Bed-and-Breakfast.

The Way It Looked When We Arrived.

What I Ate:
  • A deep-fried scone with honey butter, along with a shared steak and baked potato, at a restaurant en route to Cedar City.
  • Cinnamon-roasted pecans in a paper cone, standing in the courtyard of the Adams Theatre.
What We Saw:
  • Twelve Angry Men, which I absolutely loved. The play itself is powerful, and this production was superb. Four of the actors did a Talk Back following the performance, which was fun.