Wednesday, December 31, 2008

winging it...

But not at Wingers. A and I discovered a wing restaurant besides wingers and the wing coop, which is great because I don't much like either one of those. This one is called Wild Wings and Things and I think it is comparable to Buffalo Wild Wings. Their wings are fried to a delicious and perfect crisp, with skin visible but not unappetizing. You won't find any gelatinous, cold, chicken fat or gristle at Wild Wings and Things...
Unlike BWW, WW&T isn't a sit-down place with a waiter, so you don't have to tip. You also have to buy celery, carrots, and dipping sauce seperately. Worst of all is that they only divide their wings into groups of ten instead of groups of six, which is how BWW does it, so you don't get to sample as many sauces.
We ordered ten in chili lime sauce, 10 lemon pepper, and 10 garlic parmesan. The lemon pepper, though not spicey, were by far the best. THey didn't really have any sauce, so the crispness remained intact. The chili lime sauce was disappointing, but still delicious, mostly just tasting like normal wing sauce. Add parmesan to the outside of some wings spun in original wing sauce, and you get garlic parmesan. Again, not outstanding. Now I'm making it sound like I didn't like it, which is completely untrue. The sauces were not as complex as BWW, but Wild Wings and Things has thier wing-preperation system down pat. I would venture to say they are the best in Utah.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Santa Clause Got Stuck In My Chimney

Well, I had a wonderful Christmas. This was the first Christmas Eve that I've had to work and I was a little bummed about it, but it ended up being pretty okay. At 1:00 the office closed and we had a lunch and white elephant gift exchange (my FAVORITE...not!) I had salmon, which was a little dry, and double lemon cream Marie Calendar's pie for dessert. I was the third to choose a gift, and decided that I probably wouldn't like anything there anyway, so I just chose a really big box. Inside was a bowling ball that said "Lloyd" and the movie Joe Dirt. That was a real winner.
I took the train home, and the minute I walked in the door we had to go to deliver A's aunt, the one who owns the house we live in, a Christmas treat, truffles that my sister M and I dipped this year. So we drove out to Bluffdale, and had a nice visit. This aunt has a LOT of animals. Featured that visit were the two shitzus, Sadie and Stewey, who sat on her lap the whole time licking each other. It kind of looked like they were making out, and was really funny. We also saw her Russian wolfhound, which was really pretty but sheds a lot, her Scottie dog mix that was so hyper it looked like it was having a seizure, her miniature Schnauzer, her munchkin cat with no legs, Scottish fold cat with no ears, and Bob, her bobcat mix with no tail. It's always an adventure there. Aunt K offered us a miniature pinscher named Tinkerbell, to borrow and potentially keep if we liked her, we're still discussing it.
As you can imagine, my allergies were agitated by all those animals. I think I'm more allergic to cats than dogs, since none of the dogs in A's family bother my allergies. By the time we left Aunt K's house, I had itchy eyes, a runny nose, and asthma breathing, not to mention the fact that it was time to go to my sister-in-law A2's house for Christmas Eve dinner. I had to make the choice between being a little late and miserable, or a lot late and feeling okay. I chose the latter, and we stopped at home for some drugs.
Dinner featured Hawaiian ribs with rice, spinach salad, orange dreamsicle jello, pineapple, cooked carrots, and cheesecake for dessert. Delish. When we got home I was out like a light, Benadryl does that to me.
Christmas morning was great. We opened presents around eight, thank goodness for not having kids yet. A is SO thoughtful and creative! He made me a heated seat for my car, I'm on my way to driving a luxury Eagle Summit! He also built a indoor grower, with a grow light, to have a indoor herb garden. Already planted, we have basil and parsley, no sprouts yet. I also got a heated mattress pad, microwaveable slippers with aromatheraputic stuff inside, and these gel-lined gloves that moisturize your hands. I also got some Lindt dark chocolate bars, one infused with red chili, the other wit pear and almond, and some cherry sours, my favorite. Best Christmas ever.
Now we're sitting in our pajamas, watchin Ugly Betty. Who could ask for anything more?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I made you cry on Christmas, well you deserved it.

That is a real Christmas song, look it up.

Can I just vent for a minute? A never reads this anyway...

I've said it before, like right here, but I have the best husband, in the WHOLE world, just so you know. A has been doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen lately, shoveling the driveway, getting firewood from random places, and building toasty fires in our stove. He is so understanding of my shopping needs, see this post on the boots, and even fixes my hair girl's car so I can get my hair done on trade. He's the BEST.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I'm going to try to post more often, and this month maybe even use Christmas song titles. How does that sound?

So next week is finals week. Most people are already done with everything, I am not. I have two papers due on Monday, and haven't finished either one. I also have a test on Tuesday. I heard someone say once that if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done. That is SO true for me. I am a major procrastinator.

This Sunday the primary kids are singing in sacrament meeting. I decided to have them sing a non-traditional carol, which is actually a traditional carol, just non-traditional for Mormons. They will be singing the Children's Song of the Nativity. My sister and I sang it as a duet a few years ago, and it is now one of my very favorites. We've only had a couple weeks to practice, so I hope it turns out well!

Last Saturday we went to the concert of the Salt Lake Children's Choir at the Chathedral of the Madeline. I've said it before, but I am so moved by music. If it is good, it will most likely make me teary-eyed. This was no exception. My nephew B (on A's side of the family) is in the Wednesday choir. He's the youngest one, having just turned seven, and did such a good job. I was so proud of him. I hope my kids will want to sing like that.

We drove around to see the best Christmas lights tonight, there's a map on of the must-sees. That was pretty fun.

I don't cook lately, especially because school is crazy busy. Tonight I cooked up some cheesey tortellini and smothered it in pesto sauce frozen from when I used to cook in the summer. It was so delicious!

Speaking of school, I'll be done with my department requirements in about a year. That's the good news. Bad news is that I'll still have a lot more hours of random credit to complete. So, a year from now I'll be deciding on either a double major, a minor, or just take a bunch of classes that look interesting. Isn't it silly that we have to jump through so many hoops? Even though I'll have completed the necessary courses required for a planner, I won't have a stinking degree!

Congratulations! You made it to the end. That was a longy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tis the Season of Gift Baskets

I picked the right day to come to work, gift baskets galore. I love Christmas.
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