Midweek Miscellany

Last week I volunteered to chaperone Rosie’s 3rd grade field trip. We went on a hike in Provo Canyon and to the BYU Bean Life Sciences Museum. I wish that I’d had my good camera, but I snapped this pic on my Blackberry at Bridal Veil Falls. I had forgotten how beautiful the canyons are here in Utah. I live practically at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon and need to take advantage of the early autumn beauty.

This morning I dropped Taylor off at the airport. We had to wake up at 4:30 am to get him to the airport on time, so I feel like a zombie today. It was so nice to have him here for five whole days. Sunday evening we had a birthday get-together in Lehi with friends and family. We caught (500) Days of Summer on his birthday, and I think it’s one of my favorites of 2009. We also watched a few other random movies courtesy of the local library. It was very much-needed spouse time.

I’ve been experimenting with my banana bread recipe lately. Some batches have turned out awesome, some have been mediocre. It’s definitely better with butterscotch chips than chocolate chips. I’ve been using cocoa powder in some, substituting different pudding flavors, adding this and that. Once I think I’ve got the revised recipe perfected, I’ll post it.

Today I had an appointment with my sleep specialist in SLC. Dr. Farney is the first sleep specialist I ever met with, and the best out of the 4 that I’ve worked with. I got him caught up on the last five years of my health and sleep history and discussed details of my finally successful CPAP therapy. I told him how my ongoing complaint continues to be excessive daytime sleepiness, regardless of how many hours of sleep I get at night. I’m going to give Nuvigil a try, if only because the website makes me laugh. He also suggested I follow up with another doctor about some pesky symptoms that may point to a condition I’m pretty sure I have (which consequently exacerbates sleep apnea). Good thing I’ve got great insurance for the rest of the year.

I found my Ipod that had been missing for three weeks. I had searched high and low, through every room of my house and the car. Where did I find it? In the purse pocket that I usually stash it…folded between a piece of paper. Just my luck.

Midweek Miscellany

April is National Fresh Celery Month…eat up!

Spring has sprung in Atlanta. Flowers are in bloom, trees are budding, and we’ve had lots and lots of rain. In fact, enough that the drought advisory may finally be lifted here. But what does rain plus pollen make?

Pollen Puddles. Ew.

Friday I leave for my long-awaited Pilot Wives Club meetup in Chicago. I’m meeting a few ladies at ATL (who need to connect to get to ORD) I finally get to meet so many people that I’ve only been able to chat with online. It’s going to be awesome (as long as we can all get there)

Cuteculturechick.com has just been featured on BlogFrog. On the front page, left column, a picture of me rotates with a quote from me about the site. If I’m not there on your first try, refresh the page.
The USPS is revealing a stamp on April 9th, commemorating The Simpsons 20 year anniversary. I’m super excited to put Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa on my upcoming letters…just wish the price wasn’t going up to 44 cents.

Midweek Miscellany

Last night was the NKOTB concert in Greenville. I went with Rosie and my friend Mariesa. We stopped by Five Guys for dinner on the way there. We completely missed the opening act, but we’d never heard of the band either. When we walked in, they upgraded our seats from first row balcony to lower bowl. The show was similar to the one in Detroit (the opening set was different) and we had better seats. It was fun having an adult friend come with me…one who remembered the glory days of Jordan, Joe, Donnie, Danny and Jon. Rosie got her gigantic NKOTB button that she paid for with a gigantic handful of ones and change. She also decided that Donnie is her favorite New Kid…which I hope doesn’t mean she’ll go for the rappin’ bad boy types of boyfriends in the future. If you don’t want to wait for my picture mega-post, feel free to look at the album on Facebook.

Tonight Taylor and I had a bit of a tough emotional day. We made sure we had some alone time to eat some dinner at Chick-fil-a and walk around Target. I decided it’s no fun to go to Target when you feel guilty buying even a $5 DVD that you’ve been looking for for years. There’s some cute spring stuff right now that I just had to walk by without gazing at.

Tomorrow night is a big event for work. I’ll get to help set up, meet a lot of important people, eat good food, help clean up, and hopefully be out of the venue by 10 pm. It’s going to be LONG day.

I have been getting back to my musical roots this week…like the stuff I grew up listening to before I had my own specific music tastes. My dad was my biggest musical influence growing up, and this is what I’ve been reaquainting myself with: Beatles, Monkees, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Dave Clark Five, Wings and Crosby Stills and Nash.

Lately I’ve been getting LOTS of requests from marketing and promotional companies who want me to mention their products and services on my blog. I usually decline (I don’t get any compenation out of it) but occasionally one seems like a worthy enough cause to bring mention.

Today’s featured good cause is the Fresh Air Fund. Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities. Whether its a two-week trip to the country to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of their camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories – and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities. They are a not-for-profit agency and depend on tax-deductible donations to keep our vital programs flourishing. For any of you interested Mid-North Atlantic folks, you can host a Fresh Air Kid. All others who would like to donate, you can do so through this link.

Midweek Miscellany: Chronological Edition

Yesterday I had my second Thrive weigh-in. I lost 1.8 pounds this week, totaling 5.8 total. We had our grocery store education tour, and I feel like I’ve been a little cheated my whole life on knowing what is and isn’t healthy.

Today I filed our federal and state tax returns. We’re getting enough back to pay our student loans and credit cards for one month, with enough extra to buy a new camera.

Tonight Rosie and I were working on her biography report. She had to choose a black African-American, and she chose Louis Armstrong. Louis has always been my favorite jazz musician, and Rosie’s grown up with a lot of his music. Tonight was we were researching, we were watching videos of his performances on YouTube. Here’s a video of our favorite Louis song, “What a Wonderful World,” which I’ve sung to her a a lullabye since she was born.

Tomorrow I get to chauffeur one of our multi-million dollar donors. I Googled her, and I think she may be one of the most remarkable people I will ever meet.

Next Tuesday is the NKOTB concert. My new visiting teacher is taking my extra ticket and will help keep me awake driving back from Greenville, SC in the middle of the night…dodging drunk drivers returning from their St. Patricks’ Day celebrations.

Midweek Miscellany

I am still reeling from Friday night’s Missy Higgins/Justin Nozuka/Lenka concert. If you haven’t listened to their music yet, DO IT!

Last week, when I was lost in Gwinnett County, I found a little cheap jewelry shop, 99 Sense Jewelry, where everything is only $1.00! (I guess the extra penny is an administrative fee)

Bumper Sticker I saw on the way to work: “Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do”

Chronologically, I lived in Michigan longer than I lived in Idaho (11 months compared to 10), but I have BEEN in Idaho an aggregate of about 14 months (my ex-husband was a Sugar City Beetdigger, and we visited Idaho quite often for 4 years) 10 years ago, I was living in Idaho.

Yesterday, my “real life story” about my 20 year struggle with eczema was featured on the My Eczema Treatment Blog

I am currently listening to Queen’s Greatest Hits. I was in the mood to listen to the Bee Gees, but for some reason their music is frazzling out on my iPod. Instead, I chose another 70’s band that wasn’t afraid to use falsetto.