Marcy and Wynn Birch. August 29, 2008.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Marcy and Wynn Birch. August 29, 2008.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I have walked Marcy through the blogging set-up (thank you Keira for doing that for me). She is now up and running here. Let's all give the nearly married gal a shout-out.
If any of you have forgotten what "bunburying" is...well, shame on you.
I finally have a covert location worthy of an underground movement. Today's blog is being sent from "Magic Suds". We decided to do a couple of loads of laundry before going over to Marcy and Wynn's place. I didn't want all of our wet towels to get smelly. Magic Suds is appropriately gritty. The best thing about it is that there isn't anyone else here right now.
We spent yesterday spelunking. Okay, I'm not totally sure exploring caves counts as spelunking if you have handrails, electric lights and a guide. It was pretty cool anyway. We drove up in to Montana and toured the Lewis and Clark Caverns. BTW - Lewis and Clark were never there. Teddy Roosevelt (in a brilliant marketing move) decided to honor the duo a hundred years or so after the fact.
Too bad they didn't have wi-fi there. It would REALLY have been "underground".
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The secret hideaway. I sort of wish the logs weren't quite so new looking. The cabin doesn't look nearly stealthy enough.
Mammoth Hot Springs - cool scary face..
We left home Sunday -after church (well, sacrament meeting) and drove as far as Twin Falls. Even though Twin is a couple of miles off the freeway we could see the new Twin Falls temple practically glowing in the night. In the morning after a hearty breakfast at I-Hop we drove over by it. It's quite a pretty temple - and quite startlingly white. Which I guess is why it lit up so well. Anyway. Last night Steve connected to the internet (more unabomber channeling) and found out that the Twin Falls temple had been dedicated by President Monson on Sunday. The day we first saw it. We thought it looked new, we just didn't know how new.
A couple or three hours later we were in Rexburg and saw their new temple. Yes, it's gorgeous, but, having lived Rexburg for 8 months in the 1970's - I was not expecting it to be facing the direction that it is facing. I knew it was on the hill/slope above the college. I thought it would face the college-look out towards town and valley. Nope. I think it faces east - so it's broadside to the town and since you come into town from the west - you sort of come at it from the rear. None of that changes that it is a beautiful temple.
We're off to Yellowstone today - I promise to take lots of pictures and hope that by sheer numbers I will end up with one or two excellent ones. Wish me luck
Sunday, August 24, 2008
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I try to be flexible. I do. Up to a point. Then I want a goal. Then I plan for the goal. Then I reach the goal....get it?
I have had an impromptu vacation thrust upon me. The plans seem to change hourly. So far this is what we have managed to "firm up".
- leave Sunday morning after church.
- go to a wedding Friday morning in eastern Idaho.
- drive down to Utah Friday afternoon.
As you can see, there are a few gaping holes. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Oh, and Saturday. And when we're coming home - a 1,000 mile trip in itself.
This might be a great opportunity to try and learn to be more spontaneous...as long as I don't turn out like Krook (from Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House). He spontaneously combusted.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I very guiltily fessed up to my husband at the dinner table. He didn't pay too much attention...until after dinner when he saw the receipt....
Thanks hon for seeing the humor in the situation.
I have a pretty good grasp of what books we own. I may not remember every one, but I do have a fair idea of what books are in my house and a general idea of where there are. I have a lot of books in my house. Here's where the downside comes in. I couldn't find a certain book today. The title of the book is: "Is There and Object to Your Lesson?" (yes, more seminary related stuff). I searched. And searched. I enlisted Nathan and Alex. They searched. I did finally find it - it had fallen down behind the couch in the living room. I had had to take apart the couch (remember it has 3 large sections) to move it to look behind it.
So...I moved the couch, vacuumed up the dust bunnies (whole generations of dust bunnies), mopped the floor, vacuumed the area rug, and I still haven't put the couch back where it belongs...sigh.
What smells remind you of school?
Speaking of underwear, HERE"S a related Olympic story that I found fairly hilarious.
I think I'll have to post later about back to school shopping in my youth.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Marcy called me today with the happy news that she and Winn are good to go....go get married. Looks like around Labor Day weekend...maybe the 29th...maybe sooner? I made her promise to give me a firm date by tomorrow. Firm date and time. I promised I would go, and wild horses couldn't keep me away, well, maybe wild horses could, but not tame horses. Definitely not tame horses.
Unless there is a plague of wild horses, Steve and I will be there. With bells on.
Who's with me?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I used to like Suzanne. Really. Oh, well, here goes nothing...
- Reading. Duh.
- International travel.
- High bridges, especially if they have metal grates for decking.
- Small spaces (yes, I am claustrophobic).
- The Dentist. Thank you Dr. Elliot.
- Books. (I am currently reading the New Testament and Betty Neels - that's all I have time for because of obsession #2)
- Seminary (not self imposed, but I'm obsessed with it nonetheless).
- Olympics (only a few days left).
- I'm not artistic - but many people I know think that I am because I'm not too bad at copying and I'm great at tracing. Note: Tracing is not Art. I'm pretty darn good at making posters.
- I am a list maker. Okay, I guess that's not surprising. But I do feel compelled to make lists so that I don't forget stuff.
- I think I inherited Dad's hearing. What? Huh? Oh, you're not surprised about that either? Tough.
There. I'm done. I might forgive you Sue. Maybe.
(These are the rules: list 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 surprising facts and then tag 5 other people. Leave a comment for the people you tag so they know they have been tagged.)
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one recieveth the prize? So run, that ye many obtain."
If I wasn't quite so swamped with seminary and young women I would be very tempted to just veg out on the couch for the rest of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The past couple of days the thermometer has been creeping. Creeping up. I keep telling myself, "it's supposed to cool off tomorrow, it's supposed to cool off tomorrow..."
If we had more than a handful of really hot days I'd be tempted to shell out for central air conditioning - but I really can't justify the cost. I'll have to be content with sweltering for a few days. It's really good for me spiritually. The hot weather reminds me that I don't want to spend eternity roasting in the fires of....heck.
In the meantime, I'm melting.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Did he take it to Salt Lake with him and leave it there?
Did he take it to Portland and leave it at Tia's house?
Did he have it in the van while we were camping?
I prove yet again my superior lost and foundage. Lost and findability? Lost and founded?
Whatever...I found it.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
- birth of child
- child sleeps through night
- first tooth
- potty trained
- really potty trained
- 1st grade
- learn to read
- learn to ride a bike
- learn to drive
- graduate from high school
- go on mission
- ask a girl out on a date
Nathan has arrived. He has a date. A real date. With a nice girl.
The crowd goes wild.
I've been watching as much of the Olympics as I can (start humming....I love technology...), having a DVR has been quite wonderful - not just skipping commercials, but also skipping boring sports like basketball. One other way we use our DVR is to fast forward through the women's beach volleyball. Yeah.
Why is it that the men's beach volleyball uniforms look like normal sports attire (see picture above), while the women are pretty much "nakedish". Okay, not naked, but come on - do they really need to be wearing bikinis to compete? Not only is it unnecessarily immodest, but bikinis offer so many more opportunities to get sand in places that might chafe. I say, give the girls at least a t-shirt. Seems like discrimination to me - but let's not get out of hand. I'd hate to have anti-discrimination work the other way. Guys in bikinis are MUCH worse than girls in bikinis.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Happy Birthday, sis.
Let's not forget that this is Mom's birthday too - let's do the math....hmm...you were born on her 19th birthday, you are 50...50 + 19....I guess she would have been 69. Happy birthday, Mom.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
7 miles of assorted hiking/walking - mostly at or near Bonneville Dam, including the hatchery.
12 miles combined. Lewis River (Lower, Middle AND Upper Falls), Ape Cave, Trail of Two Forests.
It's really too bad I didn't get a picture of Jonah here. This was his favorite place of the whole week, and he was the fastest tunnel rat. He was able to get through the tunnel in 17 seconds. This is where being the smallest really came in handy.
13 miles on the Eagle Creek trail to Tunnel Falls. My personal favorite hike of the week.
Yes, the trail is narrow with sheer drop offs in places, but we all made it just fine.