Thursday, August 29, 2013


Today I just woke up a little "off" so we went to the canyon to find solace and our happy place. We had a lovely time...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


For our family reunion we had to submit our favorite songs. My uncle then put them together and we tried to guess what songs belonged to was really fun. My cousins are super into music. I am not (as much) but it was fun and everyone has blogged their list so...
Here is my music post...

This is the list that I submitted to my uncle. It was hard but I tried to pick a list that covered who I was at different times in my life along with my all-time favorites.

1. Rocky Mountain High/Poems, Prayers and Promises - John Denver
2. Ding Dong Merrily on High
3. Mysterious Ways/Promenade/Mothers of the Disappeared/So Cruel/I Still Haven't Found What I am Looking For - U2
4. Spaceboy/Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins

5. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninoff  
6. Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
7. I'm Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
8. Chewy, Chewy - Ohio Express
9. Abide with Me/ O My Father
10. Angels We Have Heard on High
11. Battle Hymn of the Republic
12. A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
13. Take On Me - Aha

But...I am going to do a top 10 for all my different "favorites" because I want to. This is a pretty stable list but they change every so often. I don't think I have time to add the Pumpkins but someday maybe a top 10 from them!

I start with my two all time favorites John Denver and U2 basically in order of my most favorite...

John Denver (ack...this was hard. I have more than 10 favorites)
1. Rocky Mountain High
2. Poems, Prayers and Promises
3. Like A Sad Song
4. Annie's Song
5. Take Me Home Country Roads
6. Bread and Roses
7. Homegrown Tomatoes
8. Fox Fire Suite
9. Rhymes and Reason
10. Looking for Space

U2 (also hard!)
1. Mysterious Ways
2. Still Haven't Found What I Am Looking For
3. So Cruel
4. Sort of Homecoming
5. Promenade
6. 40/October
7. Mother's of the Disappeared
8. Bad
9. With or Without You/Bad (especially on Rattle and Hum for both)
10. All I Want Is You

1. Ding Dong Merrily On High
2. Angels We Have Heard On High
3. White Christmas
4. Silver Bells
5. Silent Night
6. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing/Joy to the World/Away In a Manger
7. Winter Wonderland
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. Sleigh Ride
10. Santa's Beard/Blue Christmas/Christmas-Baby Please Come Home

Hymns (this one is hard too because I love so many so I kept going and going. Sorry if I left out some commas here and there. I'd have to look up all the songs to know exactly where they go because there are so many in the hymns :)

1. Battle Hymn of the Republic
2. A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
3. Have I Done Any Good
4. Abide with Me/Know This That Every Soul Is Free
5. O My Father
6. Lead, Kindly Light
7. Each Life That Touches Ours For Good/Have I Done Any Good
8. A Mighty Fortress Is Our Good
9. They, the Builders of the Nation
10. All Creatures of Our God and King
11. For the Beauty of the Earth
12. The Spirit of God
13. Where Can I Turn For Peace
14. Oh, May My Soul Commune With Thee
15. O Love That Glorifies the Son
16. Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing
17. How Great Thou Art
18. How Firm a Foundation
19. Be Still My Soul
20. In Humility Our Savior

Sunday, August 25, 2013

FB strategy

So, this year I am still doing the facebook page for the art program at our school. I got to take a break from fb during the summer and that was nice. I would log on about once every two weeks to check the page and see what was happening...
I decided on a good working plan for myself since I have fb anxiety :) I just read the first 3 or 4 updates that I can see on my computer screen and never scroll down. This way I don't get overwhelmed. Part of the problem is what do you comment on, what do you skip, what do you just like, do you bother with a long comment or just stick to "so cool" or "so great," what if sometime doesn't like your comment, why do I always spell something wrong when I comment, what if you can't clearly convey what you were thinking in 200 characters, do people even want a comment on their status? I don't know...too much non real social anxiety. So this way I can comment or like freely. I'll never over do if it is once a day! I decided that maybe I should add updates and sort of jump in to try and overcome my anxiety and also combat the feeling that I am invading a strange facebook land every time I am there.
Wish me luck as I will probably have to get on at least once a day if not two or three times...I hope all of your status updates will be at the top!! :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

We talk often of simple pleasures...they are all around us to be found so here is one...
Our air compressor...
I know it is odd but I love our air compressor. We bought it many years ago right before we left Austin. It has come in handy for many years but that is not why we love it.
When we moved here everyone knew that John rode his bike to work. The first few months as the boys biked around with friends it became well known that we were one of the only people in the neighborhood with a bike pump that could be found easily. All the children in the neighborhood stopped by to get their tires filled. After a few times we got a big extension cord and hooked it to the compressor. Now the compressor sits plugged in all the time ready to be used. We have someone stop by almost once a week to get a tire filled. Just flip the switch and let the compressor fill for a minute and then you are ready to roll. I love having the kids in the neighborhood stop by. It is fun to get a chance to chat with them and ask how school or summer is going. Now we are just waiting for the adults to catch on and want us to start filling up real car tires :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Summer is was insanely busy and stressful. Google reader is also gone so I am just going to assume that I will be the only one using this blog...which is perfect for me :)

I am sure a bit of summer will trickle into more posts but I just want to jot down a few summer favorites...

Antares and Arcturus. My mind is gone so every year it seems I have to relearn the sky. This year I really enjoyed these two. I have spent other summers dwelling on other stars. I think I am finally over my 10 year love affair with Cygnus. Something about these two gems spoke to me this summer. They were brilliant as I watched them travel each night through the summer sky.

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”-Emerson

Speaking of Emerson...another part of summer I have enjoyed was re-reading Emerson and Thoreau, reading John Muir and researching Ansel Adams. I started in the spring which inspired the post alfresco. I am still working my way through all I want to read but my spirit has been renewed. I also worked through many of the films from Ken Burns (National Parks, Lewis & Clark, Dust Bowl) which I just love. Due to dedicating so much of my life to art education, this time around I focused a lot on the art done about the parks and found many wonders to inspire...

Sara and Anne (and family). Another set of gems I got to experience this summer :) These two amazing women have been a part of my life now for over 14 years (technically Sara is probably at 17 years ;). I still remember turning to Anne when I needed suggestions and advice while pregnant with my first baby or when I informed Sara in Taco Bell that John had been robbed at gun point on his mission when his family still didn't know (apparently mail from Europe gets to Utah faster than Texas) or babysitting a new born Zoey...since those times these lovely ladies have been constant friends and support. Over the years we have grown closer and I am always so happy when I get to chat with them whether it is for hours on the "nursing couch" or hours following our teenagers around, my sanity is always increased. These two also brought along my nieces Bethany and Zoey who I really enjoyed getting to know better this summer as they are all grown up :)

This year brought visits from some of my all time favorite people...Tonia D, Kristen B and the forever awesome Prices. Hanging with old friends is always wonderful. Oh how I miss my Austin family! 

Lava Hot Springs and the amazing and glorious Snow family. I hope everyone in the world is lucky enough to have relatives like mine. Some of the most thoughtful, intellectual and fun people in the world. Always an excellent party!! I love them all!!

The garden. Besides being full of tomatoes and zucchini and a dozen herbs we tried spaghetti squash, pumpkins, and blue hubbard squash with great success. It is fun to try new lavendar is suffering a bit (a lot)...any thoughts?

Mountains. I am always grateful for mountains. Nothing stirs my soul quite like mountains but this year we got to spend a lot of time in the mountains. This summer also marks the first and only time I have out run John on a trail. I don't expect it to happen ever again but it felt awesome! :)

The leaves started turning this week, summer is over. As Hyrum said, "It seems like the instant we go to school summer ends." This year that is so true. The 90's  disappeared from the forecast today when they started school. And now my heart turns to the spectacular season that is autumn!

Next year I want to try and remember to do a few things I missed this year...get better with wildflowers and native trees, more canning-didn't do enough this year, even more hiking and perhaps finally get a telescope and exploit my love of the sky and for sure I want to find a t-shirt/summer shirt that I like next summer so I don't have to wear all the same clothes for 3 years in a row :)