Sunday, June 29, 2008

artsy-fartsy

We actually did things this weekend, it was nice. Friday we went to the Arts Festival, where with a student card we got in two for the price of one. I ate a BBQ pork sandwich from Great Basin BBQ, and A got a piece of pizza from The Pie. We walked around for awhile, and finally settled to watch San Franciscan Chuck Prophet. The most entertaining part was watching the people drunk enough to dance. On our way out we heard Samba Fogo, very cool. I ran into some old acquaintances, and had a lot of fun people-watching. Overall, too expensive but fun.
Saturday I worked on my mother's 1970s orange Peugeot bicycle with brother M and Dad. By this, I mean that I watched while they worked on it. It's almost done, but they took apart the rear chain derailer and couldn't put it back together, so I have to get a new one. Then we went to lunch here, where I had the grilled chicken baguette, with a Thai coconut boba drink. Yum. A's Grandma's birthday party was that afternoon, we mad a huge fruit salad, and now I have more fruit than I know what to do with, I think we'll be having a lot of smoothies nest week. Afterward, we worked in the yard, and then watched 27 dresses and ate popcorn, candy, and drank root beer. I also took some off-brand Zyrtec, and I've been oh so sleepy all day. Sleepiness would be okay, except I still felt crappy, so the meds didn't even help. Anyone have good allergy remedies?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Lesson Learned

My car didn't get stolen, though I think someone must have picked it up and moved it. A and I went back to the Trax lot just to make sure that my car wasn't there, and it was there, though not in the spot I remembered. Just thought I'd ease your nerves... Oh and the police officer that I filed the report with was very understanding, said it happened all the time. I felt like a bit of an idiot, but mostly just happy to have a car! Maybe the gods of global warming were trying to give me a sign, that I shouldn't drive the short block to the train station! Well, I think I've learned my lesson.

Dude, where's my car?

Wanna know something so so so sad? My car was stolen today. From the Trax station by my house. That's what I get for riding public transit... I guess it's a good way to reduce carbon emissions... which I was planning to do by riding a bike, I just wasn't planning on starting so soon! I'm really trying to look on the bright side of the situation, but it's hard when we were pretty much only driving my car to save on gas (that puppy got more than 30 miles to the gallon!) since A's car, Suzie, only takes the fancy gas, and guzzles it down. We were planning on keeping my car for pretty much forever, because it is free (no payment) has lots of new parts, is cheap to drive and to fix. This was a sad event for me, *sniff*.

Friday, June 20, 2008

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I've been making Betty Crocker's hot fudge sundae cake for as long as I've been cooking. It is so easy for a beginning chef, and the results are delicious and impressive. I had a craving for a treat tonight, and decided it was time to blow the dust off this recipe and try it again, and thought I'd share with you few readers out there.




Hot Fudge Sundae Cake


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired (I always omit the nuts)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 3/4 cups very hot water
Ice cream, if desired (if you know me, ice cream is necessary, not "if desired!")


1.Heat oven to 350ºF.

2.Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, the baking powder and salt in ungreased square pan, 9x9x2 inches. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla with fork until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread in pan.

3.Sprinkle brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa over batter. Pour water over batter.

4.Bake about 40 minutes or until top is dry.

5.Spoon warm cake into dessert dishes. Top with ice cream. Spoon sauce from pan onto each serving.

The Thrill of the Hunt

I went shopping with sister M last night. we were talking about how we forget that people go shopping places besides Ross Dress for Less (some call it "Cross Dress for Less"). We both had stories of people expressing their disgust for the store, that it was "dirty" or that they didn't like to have to search for things, they liked the mall-store approach, with every rack displaying a different item in every size. We joked about how more than 90% of everything we have is from Ross, occassionally with stuff from TJ, NPS Market Square (some say it stands for "Not Particularly Safe), and the DI. I'm not ashamed of my Ross wardrobe, neither is M, we feel like we have cute clothes. Besides that, we enjoy the thrill of the hunt, the excitement of finding that adoreable shirt at such a great price. We're simply not willing (nor capable) of paying the price of not hunting at Ross. Anyway, I thought I'd share my finds of last night to illustrate my point.
Playful polkadot: $7.99

Basic Navy Penguin shirt with flattering v-neck: $10.99


Cool button up in a fresh green floral print with a waist-accentuating tie: $5.99

The ultimate find, retro wallet with dandelion print:$8.99

So, if you are one of those anti-Ross people, maybe you ought to give it another shot, think of it as a treasure hunt.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Eclipse


"I'm not that girl, Edward. The one who gets married right out of high school like some small-town hick who got knocked up by her boyfriend! Do you know what people would think? Do you realize what century this is? People don't just get married at eighteen! Not smart people, not responsible, mature people! I wasn't going to be that girl! That's not who I am...."

I just finished reading the last vampire book, and reading Bella say this was kind of like dejavu. Hard to believe that A and I have been married for almost a year! This time last year we were wishing we'd eloped in Switzerland, and counting down the days till August 31st. I've also been singing "They All Laughed" to myself. Ahhhhh, marital bliss.


(PS-That's a picture of us in the Tetons, A got fried in the mountain sun, but I was just happy that it wasn't cold and rainy the whole time!)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Ensign Peak

For my Earth Environments class, we had the "opportunity" (meaning we had not choice...) to go on a hike. Unfortunately, it is still chilly and snowy in the mountains, and my especial favorite, Bell's Canyon, is probably still muddy, so A and I headed to the well traveled Ensign Peak. We passed myriads of teen couples going up and down, the girls in flip flops and ballet flats because the guys probably didn't tell them what they were doing. Or they were just dumb. Anyway, we made it up just in time to see the sunset, and it was beautiful. Thank goodness the weather is warming up, there will be more hikes to come. (Picture wouldn't work, coming soon...)
This Wednesday we'll be leaving the 80 degree sunny days of Salt Lake, trading them for the 50 degree temperatures of Jackson and the Tetons. I'm not too upset though, the food will be good, and so will the company (it's the annual in-laws trip) and the mountains won't be so bad either. Remind me to give a report on my most favorite shoe store there when I get back.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Yikes!

I just jumped on the bandwagon, and read Twilight, starting Friday morning on the train. I finished today, Sunday, this afternoon. Though it was a quick read, taking just my train ride to WX and back to get a third of the way into it, the book was almost impossible for me to put down. Hence, I have like three papers that I've procrastinated that need to be written. Plus, dinner is coming soon, and I have to go chop up some watermelon. That means that I pretty much won't get to the paper writing till tonight, and I'll be up late yet again, which is aggravated by 7:30 a.m. yoga tomorrow morning.
Anyway, back to the book. It seemed as though Bella only liked Edward for his extremely good looks, and they fell in love way too fast. It just doesn't happen that way. Also, I found it a little too romance novel-ish, too much tracing of her lips with his cold finger, his eyes getting smouldery a little too often. That being said, I liked it more than I thought I would, and despite my reluctance to pick it up, once I did I was totally sucked in. Luckily I don't have the second book, or those papers would definitely not get written. Oh, and the movie that comes out in December, well, the one picture I could find of the cast looked extra dumb, like the cover of a video game. I think they did a lot of air brushing. I hope the movie isn't like that.
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