Saturday, February 28, 2009
This version won 5 Oscars - including Best Picture - beating out The 10 Commandments and The King and I! Lots of great location shots. Lots of cameos by famous actors of the day. Lots of fun. Two thumbs up.
Although the other two versions can't quite compete, they are also fun in their own ways. In 1989 Pierce Brosnan starred as Fogg in a miniseries with Eric Idle as Passpartout and Peter Ustinov as Detective Fix (I own this one on video - not dvd - darn it). The other version came out in 2004. It was by far the least faithful to the book, but a lot of fun nevertheless. Jackie Chan made a great Passpartout . Danny and I read the book Around the World in Eighty Days and then saw that version in the theater.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I was going to go to the post office today - we're out of foreign stamps - but between the snow and lack of a proper foundation...I guess I'll stay home.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I do enjoy learning about people and places - there's so much that was never covered in the history classes I took. Lately Daniel's history book has been full of revolution. As in , The American Revolution, The French Revolution and today....Latin American Independence Movements. Sure, I covered the A.R. repeatedly over the years. And who hasn't heard of Marie Antoinette who lost her head during the F.R.? I found out today that my education was sadly lacking - I don't ever remember learning about Latin American independence movements. Maybe because they are still an ongoing process?
Since Nathan's first class is at 8:00...well, let's just hope he didn't miss anything important. Luckily for Alex his first class isn't until 9:00. I'm pretty sure he made it to that one on time.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"I thought it might be a fun to have a place where we could share our ideas on subjects like penny pinching, organizing, cooking/recipes, food storage, gardening, or whatever strikes your fancy. "
See you there.
Opening Song: "Jesus Came to John the Baptist"
Lesson: Who was baptized? What happens when you are eight? Short discussion.
Activity: Coloring pictures of Jesus being baptized.
Closing Prayer: Trevor
Musical Number: The musical stylings of Trevor on the piano.
Time: (not including coloring) about 5 minutes.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I figure that's the "bones" of approximately 25 dinners. We could easily put double the amount in there. I would like to add 3 or 4 roasts (beef and pork), flour tortillas, and an assortment of frozen vegetables.
I think Steve would be happy to finish filling it up with ice cream.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Steve and Alex put together the black metal shelves on the left.
I had some extra money in my grocery budget this week (due to the fact that I haven't been shopping much with my broken wrist). We used the surplus to buy a small freezer (and partially fill it).
We still have more work to do in the rest of the garage. All of the cases of #10 cans (from the drypack cannery), which constitute our long-term food storage, need to be shifted.
Sounds like a job for the boys.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Front row..2nd from right.
This post is in the nature of a "head's up". Or in my case, a "bobble-head's up".
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I think they did just fine. One or two were exceptional and as for the rest...they had fun with it. One of the best things about this activity for me (besides hanging out with the girls) was the fact that I didn't buy one thing for it. I had everything...plenty of bags, tips, couplers, gel colors and powdered frosting.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In light of the fact that Steve will be coming home sometime late this afternoon from a camp out with stinky Boy Scouts....we'll overlook the inevitable funky smell and focus on the love. Because love is in the air.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Steve has been serving as a combination lady's maid/valet for 2 weeks now - with nary a complaint. Willingly taking on those things that I truly cannot do for myself. Fortunately I have been able to figure out ways and means for nearly everything that needs to be done. The operative word in that last sentence is "nearly".
I'll miss you, Jeeves. I mean Steve.
I took a pair of practically new nylons (I had mistakenly purchased a pair of suntan colored nylons - yuk!), cut off one leg, then the toe and made a small opening for my thumb. Steve had to do most of the cutting, and he had to help me get it on, but once on it was a nice cover for sleeping in.
I promise I won't be wearing it in public, but it does smooth out almost all the prickly bits of the cast so that I didn't spend the night getting it caught in the sheets or sanding the skin off of Steve's shoulder.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
How do you frost a cupcake one-handed? Nuke a small bowl of ready made frosting for 10-20 seconds, then dip and swirl.
Since there's no school/seminary on Friday I decided to do an early Valentine treat. I'm not handing out Valentine cards - too frustrating to make one-handed. Cupcakes it is.
eschew Spelled Pronunciation [es-choo]
–verb (used with object)
to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.
Though certainly not pain free, I have eschewed the use of painkillers for over 24 hours. And counting.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I asked Nathan (our family expert on broken bones) if he thought I ought to take some painkiller BEFORE the appointment. He said," yes - they won't give you anything there."
I'm quite happy that I did - even with one percocet on board having the splint removed and the cast applied was moderately painful.
The guy that put on the cast was very impressed with my "designer" sling.
Next appointment - March 5th - God willing, I will get a shorter cast then.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I think I got a get well card from Suzanne. Here is the sentiment/quote that she wrote on the inside:
A theory that inherent dynamic forces allow only the fittest persons or organizations to prosper in a competitive environment or situation.
Get well soonish"
Just what are you implying missy?
BTW, great job taking it to 11.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I made couple of slings to go with my gimpy arm..I'm not sure Danny quite approves of the cowboy and Indian one - but that's okay - he doesn't have to wear it.
I went to the doctor yesterday - he said that I would probably be in a cast for about 8 weeks. I don't think that counts the 1 1/2 weeks I will have been in a splint. I have to go in for more x-rays on Monday, then I'll see the doctor again on Tuesday - when I will either
a. get a long cast on
b. continue with the splint longer
c. be scheduled for surgery...
The doc didn't want to remove the splint yet - he wants to wait until the bones are a little"stickier" - so they won't just fall apart when the splint is removed. In the meantime I'm in a veritable boatload of pain.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The assignment was to create a portrait sculpture using the assemblage technique. Danny decided to make his portrait of nephew Kaith. In order to come up with appropriately sized boxes Danny needed to empty a pudding box...in order to empty it, it just made sense not to waste it...I am so counting the time he spent making pudding for school.
Dear Family and Friends,
I hope you`re all doing well. Sorry to hear that Mom broke her wrist :(, I hope it gets better soon (Which wrist was it?) I`ll do my best to stay out of bike accidents. I`m amazed people aren`t hit by cars here more often due to their tendency to start crossing the crosswalk before it turns green and to try to zip through the intersection right after it turns red. Maybe they expect that kind of thing and watch out for it.
Alright first off, the week in review.
On Wednesday we went on an hour and a half bike ride north and uphill to visit some members. Almost all the members here live way far away by bike. It was a long bike ride but enjoyable, the weather was pretty good that day. Coming home took about 45 minutes.
Thursday was the final district meeting of the transfer. We ate at an Indian Curry place that had all you can eat Nan, it was pretty good. Nan bread is pretty big. I almost managed 3 pieces. A couple other elders managed 4. I ordered my curry a little spicier than I would have liked unfortunately :(.
Friday we made taco rice with rice, chicken, refried beans, salsa, cabbage, and home made tortillas. We regretted deciding to eat because it`s a major hassle to make, clean up, and there`s always too much food.
Monday we went up a hill to the north to go housing and came across someone we had talked to a couple months ago. We actually didn`t recognize or remember him but when we said hi he stopped and said hisashiburi (It`s been awhile)
Ambulances here make me shake by head in disbelief. I`ve started paying more attention to them recently. We see one almost every day. I watched one driving down the freeway with it`s sirens going and it wasn`t really going that fast. The roads were mostly open and it was being passed by cars on the left and right. People and cars don`t tend to clear intersections for them, They have to wait to turn right (This would be like a left turn in America) until a car lets them pass. Anyways I just hope I never need an ambulance in a hurry here.
Nathan, a New Years resolution to write me once a week is a good one. Mission life is going well. It`s not too hard to get anywhere in the mission if needed, just a little expensive sometimes to take all the trains and buses. For transfers we can ship 2 bags and our packed bike and the mission pays for it. We normally ship it the day before we leave and if we`re lucky we`re at the other apartment the next day to receive it. The delivery people and mailmen won`t leave any packages if no one answers the door. This often means it can be a few days before we`re home when the package comes. They leave a phone number you can call so you can tell them when the best time to come is.
I heard about the successful plane crash from an Eikaiwa student who`s a retired pilot. He was pretty impressed by it too. Thanks for sending the picture it gives me a lot better idea of how it was.
A little bit about my Japanese again for the curious. In my spare time during meals or at night (Not study time usually) I read a fairly thick Japanese Grammar book. It`s really good and explains things really well. I`ve studied individual grammar things from it before but I figure I`ll just read it over and over. Even when things don`t stick the first time I understand a little more when people are talking and when I read the grammar principle again it`s a lot easier to understand and figure out. I`m on about page 450 of my first read through. I think I started a few weeks ago. During my 30 minutes of Japanese study time I make about 10-15 flashcards with the Kanji, furigana, and English and review them about 4 times throughout the day. My stack is actually about 50 cards because I review for a couple days after learning them. I think I already told you all of this but oh well.
My new address (In a couple days) will be the following:
I think it`s an old mission home and the apartment is fairly big but I really don`t know. My new companions name is Elder Goodey.
I should get the package from FlyingPig today or tomorrow. They`ll come again tomorrow if I`m not there today and we`ll have to be at the apartment to wait for Sagawa to pick up my luggage. Thank you Aunt Sherri :).
Anyways that`s it for today I think. I`ll get around to sending that SD card some day.
Elder Andrew West.
By the way if you haven`t sent that package yet could you see if some seasoning salt could fit in there?