Monday, October 27, 2008

Just Funny

Brent worked all weekend and we've just been to the zoo this week - I'm sure you're tired of the animal pictures by now - so here's just something funny.

My friend forwarded these to me and they made me laught. Before you read them though, I just wanted to say ... I'm from Utah, so don't get upset. This is just suppose to be funny. (Our friends had a bad experience driving through Idaho and when he wrote about it on his blog, an Idahoian freaked out on him.)

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September to May, you live in Utah. (This was actually the Shivers up the street from our house.)

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Utah.

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Utah. (Yeah, I've done that.)

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Utah. (Guilty, but sometimes I don't recognize people's voices so I have to listen for a minute to figure out who they are. By the time I realized that I didn't know them, it was already too late.)

If 'vacation' means going anywhere south of Salt Lake City for the weekend, you live in Utah.

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Utah.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Utah. (I even know someone who was hit by a deer.)

If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back again in the same day, you live in Utah. (Hasn't everyone done that?)

If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both doors unlocked, you live in Utah. (I'm too much of a worry wart to do that.)

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Utah. (And they forgot to say something about yelling at everyone else who can't drive in the snow.)

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Utah. (It was always hard to figure out what I could be for Halloween.)

If the speed limit on the highway is 75 mph -- you're going 80, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Utah. (I wouldn't know because I'm always the one passing them.)

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Utah.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Utah. (I hate road construction. Especially when Brent worked in West Jordan and we lived in Salt Lake and there was the I-15 Luge. YUCK!)

If you find 10 degrees 'a little chilly' you live in Utah. (Holy cow, that's me!)

I hope these made you smile. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Ok, since I really want to blog, but don't really have anything to say, I was we go.

3 Names I Go By: Ash, Love, Sister Lipton* (The names are changed to protect the innocent.)

3 Restaurants That I Love: PF Chang's, On the Border, TACO BELL

3 Trips to Plan on This Year: Umm...we're kind of on a trip for the rest of the year, so San Diego

3 Things I Want Badly: SUPER CUTE HAIR that someone just does for me, More Shoes, a cat

3 Pets I Have Had: Sar (my horse), Two Chickens that had a whole bunch of different names, George (my cat who still lives with my parents)

3 Things I Did Yesterday: laundry, watched Chuck and Sanctuary on the internet, made my 6th Christmas present for our nieces and nephews (only 7 more to go)

3 Things I Ate Today: Mini Wheats, Bagel Bites, Meatballs from Ikea

3 Things I Plan on Doing Tomorrow: getting my flat tire fixed, listening to my new favorite podcast about good books, going swimming

3 Favorite Holidays: Christmas, Columbus Day (Disneyland) and Ash Wednesday

3 Favorite Drinks: anything grape tasting, pink bunny milk, coke

Have a good day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Brent has blogged again. And since I think he's funny and want to encourage him to keep going...

Check out his blog!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Answer

I've gotten some good guesses on the test picture. Thanks for your answers!

To explain what the picture is, I have to explain another thing. We just bought a new camera. After about 5 years, thousands of pictures, and...don't tell Brent...a couple of good falls, my camera decided to stop reliably focusing on things. Sometimes the pictures would come out great and sometimes they would look like you needed to put your glasses on. So, out with the old and in with the new.

Disneyland was the first place we took our new camera, so I took a lot of experimental pictures. (I really do try to read the book, but I'm better at just figuring it out myself.) So, many of you may know that I love Christmas lights. They're one of my favorite things about Christmas. When we were in Frontierland and they had Halloween lights, I got excited to try out my new camera on the Halloween lights. I learned two things. 1) I still need to use a tripod if I'm going to try to take pictures of lights and 2) I needed to turn up the shutter sound on the camera. I thought it had taken the picture so I moved the camera to look at it and as it was moving, it took the picture.

Long story short...or longer, whatever...

The picture is of Halloween lights - hence the orange color - while moving.

Have a great day! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

It's a Test

I'm just curious if anyone will be able to guess what this is a picture of. It turned out kind of weird.

Any guesses?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Our Columbus Day Spook-tacular!

I'm going to warn you now, this is going to be a LONG post! I have a lot to say.

First of all, my ode to Columbus Day.

Oh Columbus obscure holiday
Where everyone is at work, but the postman and you
Columbus Day, Columbus Day
I love you!
Ok, that's kind of dumb, but I do love Columbus Day. It's one of the days Brent gets off of work. And, this year was even cooler. Brent is here in San Diego to work. That's the whole point. No taking days off, no nothing. He's here to be at their beck-and-call. (Is that how you would spell that?) So, when he told me a couple of weeks ago that he was for sure going to have Columbus Day off, I immediately started planning something to do.

I pulled out my San Diego book and found an entry on Julian. It's in the mountains - well, mountains for Southern California. It is a mining town and has an apple festival this time of year. What could be more fun?

So Friday night comes along and Brent gets home, planning on working on Saturday. The phone rings and it's his boss asking him if he could work on Sunday instead. At first I thought he was asking him to work on Monday and I was going to be mad because I had a plan. (I'm bad with my plans getting changed.) Then the phone rings a couple of hours later and his boss says that he doesn't have to go in Sunday either. A THREE DAY WEEKEND?? That is so awesome!

Brent says, "Why don't we go to Julian on Saturday?" Heck ya!
As I said, Julian has an apple festival this time of year so you have to get pie... (I'm not an apple pie fan, but Brent loves it. I have to admit, this apple pie isn't that bad. I don't know how I feel about Brent eating it for breakfast, but...)

The apple cider was my favorite part! It was so yummy, and kind of cold out so it was nice to have something warm to drink.
I call this picture "Temptation." Right before I took the picture, the horse had reached out and taken a bite. Hilarious!
Julian was so much fun. So busy, but fun. We had a great time.

When we were driving home, Brent sort of nonchalantly asked if I would like to go to Disneyland on Monday. Are you serious? Of course I want to go to Disneyland. So, we get home, find a place to stay on Sunday night and I'm too excited to sleep!

Sunday was good. Church was interesting. I'm not used to going to Relief Society anymore. Interesting discussion...anyway.

Disneyland! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!

We're here! The park opened at 9a, and that's when we got there. The lines were really long to get in, but once we got in, it thinned out a big.

I'm not going to bore you with our amazing Disney day, but it was so much fun. I had a "Disney hang-over" yesterday. Brent's feeling it today. It was so much fun. We went on all the rides we wanted to at least once. And the crowds weren't really that bad since it was Columbus Day. But, I am going to bore you with some more pictures!

They just re-did the submarine ride to be a Finding Nemo ride. The lines were LONG to get on and I'm not 100% sure that it was worth standing in line for, but we had to try it out. I loved these seagulls on the buoy. Every once in a while they would say, "Mine." Hee hee.

I think the castle looks better in the dark. There was suppose to be a firework spectacular over the castle at night, but it was too windy.

Earlier in the day (when it was warmer), we waited in line for Splash Mountain. When we were in the home stretch, they announced that they had to shut down the ride. We kept checking back and it didn't open again until it was dark. We went on it anyway and apparently all the cards were right for a VERY WET RIDE! We both didn't dry out until we got home. It was fun though.

The end of an amazing Disney day! You're the best Brent!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Our Time

I have learned a couple of this this past week.

The first one is that some weeks you just don't feel like doing anything - even if you are in a new place. Last week was one of those weeks. Neither Brent nor I felt like doing ANYTHING that we didn't have to do. It was kind of nice though. But, I feel like we really need to do stuff while we're here.

Next, I love to watch conference. I just sit and watch and feel the Spirit and just love it. I always put the MP3's on my iPod and listen to them over and over. The dorky thing is...I get sad when I have to take the last conference off of my iPod. I'm a dork. Wasn't conference awesome? I loved it. I thought the theme was kind of - It will be ok if you follow the commandments and keep the Holy Ghost with you. I definitely needed to hear that, what with our bank failing and all.

NEVER GO TO THE SAN DIEGO ZOO IN OCTOBER. I mean, if you are only here in October and you really want to go to the zoo, then you should go, but be ready for a huge crowd. Why you ask? October is the month where kids under 11 get in for free. I thought, "Well, the weekends will be busy, but not the weekdays since they are in school." Boy, was I wrong. It was SOOO BUSY yesterday that I really didn't have as much fun. The polar bears were playing, so that should have been fun, but people kept walking in front of me or pushing me so I couldn't see. Bah! And, with all the kids, they were being bad. Climbing up things that they shouldn't be climbing and kicking things they definitely shouldn't be kicking, like ducks. And no adults saying anything. Again...bah!

Here are some pictures from happier times at the zoo:
I love this picture because you can really see Brent's blue eyes. I'm a sucker for blue eyes. Probably because mine are so dark.

Here we are on the skyride at the zoo. I am not a fan of heights, but this is the quickest and least steep way to get to the polar bears, so...

I can't survive without plants in my house. Maybe it's just that I need something to take care of.

This is Fernando. We got him at Ikea. That's how we came up with the name. Ikea is Swedish and Abba is Swedish and they sang a song called Fernando. Amazing how my brain works.

I need to stop blogging and start working on Christmas presents. I have a lot to do and I'm running out of time. Have a great day!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

I Love to See the Temple

On a day where 5 more temples have been announced, I thought it would be nice to share some pictures from the San Diego Temple, which, I must say, is one of the most beautiful temples. They are all beautiful in their own way, but there is nothing like driving north on I-5 and coming around the bend in the road and having this beautiful building in front of you.

I had never noticed how much this side of the San Diego Temple looks like the Salt Lake Temple, but I can see it now. Can you?

You know I always take too many pictures. It's hard to come up with a favorite, so here is my montage of the Temple.

I don't know about you, but I love to see the Temple. I want to go there next week!

Have a great Conference weekend everyone!

Sheri, if you're looking at this, does Natalie like any of these? :)