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January 16th, 2011

Golden Globes

A few observations about the Golden Globes-
1) Collin Firth for the win. Smart is sexy. So is a british accent.
2) Olivia Wilde had the most beautiful brown sequin gown.
3) Julianne Moore had the ugliest red dress ever. What was she thinking?
4) Katie Sagal looks amazing these days, but I'm pretty sure her jugs aren't real.
5) though I can't get into Glee, that boy who won for best supporting actor was adorable.
6) I want to know how you make hair grow that big. I've tried on Elizabeth for cheer and I just can't get that volume. I am hair challenged. Teasing hair isn't my strong suit.
7) I don't think that Social Network was the best movie of the year.

July 11th, 2010

Today has been filled with laundry and birthday shopping for Katherine, but I'm going to try to get day four and five of our trip down in my journal before I can't remember any details, so here goes:

Day four- Reptile Garden's, Mt. Rushmore and Deadwood's Boot Hill
  • We started quite early and headed out for Reptile Garden's as our first stop.  Reptile Gardens, though clearly a tourist trap of a site actually has the largest collection of reptiles of anywhere in the world under one roof.  They have specimens of snakes that are not found outside of their home country and a few that are on the endangered list or such new species that few are in captivity anywhere.  I wish I had written down all the species, but I didn't and now can't remember the names of the really rare snakes.  We did see a tremendous amount of things but most memorable were: 25 foot salt water crocodile, a 30 foot articulated python, komodo dragon, three giant tortoises (one celebrating it's 129th birthday).  They did a great show with the snakes and yet another with about 40 crocs, alligators, and caiman.

  • After the reptile gardens we headed further down the highway towards Mt. Rushmore, which I last visited in 1993.  As we drove up we came to a four lane entrance with ticket booths, multi-level parking structure and thousands of people.  This was NOT what I remembered.  As we walked towards the mountain itself we were confronted by several new buildings full of tourist souvenirs walkways of granite lined with state flags, an amphitheater.  It was like disney rushmore.  I hated every minute I spent here, though the kids seems glad to have gone and seen everything.  We did manage to hike down the hill to the artists studio to see the mock-ups, tools and plans of the site and listened to speakers talk about how the faces were constructed.  Anyway we ate lunch at the car and left after about an hour and a half.  
  • We finished off the day in rain as we drove up the middle of the black hills towards Deadwood, an original gold rush town which housed a number of famous wild west figures.  Wild Bill Hickock was killed in Deadwood and buried there, and buried with him was his close companion Calamity Jane, who died of consumption.  We decided to visit Boot Hill, where many of the areas famous residents were buried.  It was quite interesting to visit this cemetery.  All the headstones has dates of over a hundred years, most of which were more than 130 years.  Too many children.  Deadwood itself has turned into a Casino town, and so we didn't stay to see any of the other sites after Boot Hill.  And it began raining on top of it so we headed back to the hotel for more water park fun to end the day.  

Day Five- Journey back to Livingston Montana and Devil's Tower-
  • Our day five consisted of leaving Rapid City and heading back into Montana to stay in Livingston.  On our way we swung up to Devils Tower.  Devil's Tower is really stunning when you get up to it.  It stands over 750 feet high and shines in the hot sun beautifully.  Winter, spring, summer fall it is wonderfully photogenic.  And happens to be the first US monument ever established.  The tower is actually the volcanic center of magma that pushed it's way to the surface of the earth.  Over millions of years the earth around the hardened magma eroded away revealing the magnificent rock.  Our photo's can't do the tower justice.  The most interesting thing we learned in our visit was that the first men to summit the tower did so by building a wooden ladder.  A 750 foot ladder... really?  Crazy I think.
  • We finally drove in to Livingston, and because it was Elizabeth's birthday we decided to go out for a nice dinner.  We were directed by a local to a near by Bar-B-Q place.  We made a great decision in going there.  The best pulled pork I've ever had.  NOM NOM NOM!!!
I'll finish up the trip tomorrow.  Time for a shower and more laundry.


June 14th, 2010

School work... say what?

I got an email from Kaye Marshall, an instructor at the college I know and she was letting me know (because we are good friends and she likes me) that I had just one more day to turn in my classwork for her class.  Uh, when did I register for her class? I ask myself. Apparently work registered me for her class as part of our professional development plan.  Nice of them to let me know.  So anyhoo, today I've been doing three assignments for her course and quickly sending it to her via email.  It took all of 30 minutes to get my grade back.  It's an A.  Very cool, for 5 hours of work.   

June 13th, 2010

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morag_gunn  invited me up to her place for some wine and good conversation.  Met her in New West at a chinese restaurant  along with songstress1973 and her mom for some chinese and then headed back to morag_gunn 's place.  Had a lovely time.  The wine yummy.  Spending time with a good friend talking about all kinds of stuff priceless.  Being accosted by drunk men outside while walking Lucy less than fun, but a bit entertaining.  Thanks Sally!  We need to do more of that.

February 2nd, 2010

Estrella thoughts

I would really like to go to Estrella some day. Obviously this year is a no-go but for next year or near future??? I've never been to either Pennsic or Estrella, and Estrella feels more doable simply because it's closer and more AnTir folks seem to go. But the timing comes at such a tough time of year for a teacher/parent, and I just don't know what the cost is or what is involved in working out all the travel arrangements (ie. getting your stuff down via another person and flying vs. driving your self, etc...) Is this event really worth all the effort? Would Pennsic or even Gulf War be more fun and intriguing? You all tell me-- What would you do if you were a teacher and a parent with kids in school?

December 25th, 2009

Happy holidays


November 14th, 2009

Sod, pt 2

I forgot to mention: laying sod is back breaking work. The rolls are heavy and you have to remain stooped for some time to wrestle the grass into place so that there are no visible seems. Oh and we were laying the sod in a downpour of hail that stung the face and froze the fingers. The topsoil turned into quicksand. The sky opened up into a beautiful sunny day the minute we were done. Ironic. I can barely move today, so I am doubly thankful for all the volunteers who helped. And we are all crossing fingers that the soil dries up a bit as to avoid drowning the grass, and the grass lives through the next several weeks to root before any lasting freezes. But I still highly recommend SOD. It rocks. Sod is awesome.

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kissing bears
You have to love the magic of SOD. To take a muddy chunk of ugly land and turn it into something beautifully green in just hours is like having magic in your finger and snapping to make something appear out of nothing. So cool. Before my eyes I went from having no playground to having a lush green one. Oh and a shout out to my husband and mom for volunteering to help lay the sod. A two day job turned into 2 hours. I have great family members. Now for fencing, sand and a climber of two. Sweet.

August 16th, 2009

On a side note, we (Chris, Elizabeth and I) went into town yesterday to see Julie and Julia.  If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, or even if you don't this was a very cute, sweet movie.  I enjoyed it very much.  Meryl Streep (who I must admit is nearly my favorite actress, coming in second only to Katharine Hepburn so I may be a bit prejudiced here) did a spot-on job of capturing the essence of Julia Child.  The humor was charmingly funny, the food to die for yummy looking, and the retro 50's clothes inspired me to go out and buy a new dress and pearls (fake of course).  I just wanted to go home,  and debone a duck or make Beouf Bourgogne.  Great date movie, great "I just want a lite, cheerful movie."  You could see it on netflix or in the theater.  But see it.  I loved it.    


Last weekend we (Chris and I on a date) went to see The Hangover.  Gut-wrenchingly funny in that "Oh so not appropriate but can't help myself from laughing anyway" way. I laughed through the whole thing.  Don't go see this if you are very religious, a prude, can't enjoy politically incorrect humor, over 65 or a woman engaged and about to be married.  But if you aren't one of those people go and laugh your @ss off.  Again same as Julie and Julia, you could see it on Netflix or in the theater, but see it.  If you have any sense of humor at all you won't be disappointed.  

That's all for now...

July 14th, 2009

Katie's Hawaiian dress

colorful thread
 Here are the photo's of Katie's little dress I made from the left overs from my AT War hawaiian apron for the 4th of July.  I think it turned out quite cute.

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