Monday, January 28, 2008

Do you know my dad?

This is a conversation I had on instant messenger with my dad. He never uses it so it was pretty hilarious that he even started a conversation with me. If you know him, this is hilarious. If you don't know him, I hope it is still funny.

BLAKE says: (7:40:43 PM)
hi bondi it's dad.
Bonny says: (7:40:56 PM)
hey whts up
BLAKE says: (7:41:29 PM)
I dunno , let me check
Bonny says: (7:41:35 PM)
BLAKE says: (7:42:15 PM)
I don't like hilari ,I like met
Bonny says: (7:42:27 PM)
nice spelling
BLAKE says: (7:43:01 PM)
ok here's mom
Bonny says: (7:43:16 PM)
BLAKE says: (7:44:21 PM)
hi bon, I really like to quilt and most of all I really like your dad , He's awesone
Bonny says: (7:44:32 PM)
funny dad
BLAKE says: (7:45:16 PM)
no really, he's a macho sexy big stud muffin
Bonny says: (7:47:17 PM)
wow i'm laughing my pants off right now
BLAKE says: (7:47:44 PM)
This is MOM. Sometimes you have to wonder.
Bonny says: (7:48:17 PM)
well i'm not fooled
BLAKE says: (7:49:09 PM)
Really this is MOM now I had to make him move because he was just being too weird.

I hope you sensed the sarcasm in my comments. Also, apparently all caps is code for it really being mom.


It's sad to see him go. But I'm not sad...the sad thing was how much he missed his wife. How happy he must be right now...with her.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Georgia Snow

Last week in snowed in Georgia! It was very exciting mostly because UGA was on the brink of closure. I was psyched that I might get a paid day off due to less than one inch of snowfall! The storm rolled in late in the afternoon and the rain turned to snow for only about a half hour. We spent the entire evening watching the news which had interrupted regularly scheduled programing to give us the most up to date information on what they were calling Winter Watch 2008...dun dun dun. It was down right hilarious. Unfortunately the snow lasted for less than an hour before the rain melted it. If only it had been a couple degrees colder...I might not have had to work the next day. Here is a great shot I got of Zibby in the snow. He loves the snow, naturally. He sat there for quile a while just soaking it all up. I think it is hilarious that he blinked at the flash.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to Brooks!

Today Brooks turns 27! I hope you have a great birthday Brooks!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jaycee Carroll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday, January 19th, Jaycee Carroll became the all time leading scorer in Utah State University basketball history. Here is a tribute video to him. Way to go Jaycee!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dog for a Day (or less)

Saturday on our run (Brooks ran and I rode my bike) we saw this dog run across a busy street.

she looks kinda freaky in this picture but her eyes were the coolest blue ever.

We took her to the shelter and found out (micro-chipped) the owner didn't want her. We had the option to turn the dog in or keep it. Brooks was thrilled and I wasn't really. He even named her, twice. We had 13 days to make up our minds so we took her home with us. Long story short...she was back at the shelter as soon as it opened the next morning. I think I haven been awakened to the awesomeness of our dog (lets keep that singular for a while) after having been exposed to a dog that is not awesome. I LOVE my Zibby!

he looks so distinguished in this picture - don't be fooled!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Baked Mac

Trying a new recipe each Sunday is easy when some of them are like this:

Home-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 pkg (14oz) Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided in half
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/4 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
6 Ritz crackers, crushed (about 1/4 cup)
1 T butter or margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare dinner as directed on package. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, the sour cream and pepper

Spoon into greased casserole dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and combined cracker crumbs and butter
. Bake 20 min. Let stand 5 min before serving.

The photo does not do it justice. How could something so loaded with cheese and sour cream not be good!? It was delicious and an easy make! I'm sure there is some way to make it less artery clogging. Just use low fat everything. I'm not sure how much better it will be for you but at least you'll feel better about eating it.

This recipe was from one of my favorite recipe sources: Kraft Food & Family magazine. It's free (sign up here) and the recipes in it are awesome because they're so easy!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Me 2008

This year I will:

regularly. Right now I'm not exercising at all...remember the me that ran the SLC marathon back in '05? I forgot about her. This year I'll get it together starting small at twice a week.

back to Utah. Enough said.

an online store and blog for The Village Shop (with Molly).

more scriptures and church magazines.
Jesus The Christ (all of it this time).
lots of other leisure books (thats a post for another day).

at least 3 of the 6ish quilts that I am in the middle of making.

to play Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy on the piano (memorized). You can watch and listen here. I just can't get enough of this piece.

a new recipe for Sunday dinner every week (as time and money permit). Brooks and I were inspiried by Tara and Dov to try a new recipe each Sunday. We've done it once so far and it was great!

Monday, January 07, 2008


...was not normal. Work was incredibly busy which is not normal for me. Brooks picked me up from work which is not normal for me (I usually ride the bus). On the way home our car achieved 111,111.1 miles. I wish I would have had my camera. We took Zibby to the dog park for a while. There was this strange guy there who had a gut like he was pregnant with twins and two dogs who he claims were Australian cattle dogs. I was certain they were a mutt mix of every dog breed and a giant rat. There is a sample photo below but the dogs were much fatter, shorter, smaller heads, and patchy gray hair. No offense to the Australians, but every "Australian" dog I've ever heard of has been rather odd looking...not normal. One was a little smaller than the other but still gross looking. Did I mention that they smelled? We couldn't get within 10 feet of the guy or the dogs. Gross! The bigger of the two smelled especially terrible while the smaller of the two ran around biting other dogs on the butt. No bit Zibby on the butt (twice) to the point that he yelped in pain (don't worry, it didn't break skin). All the while, the pregnant looking male owner kept telling people it was just his instinct to bite in playful situations like that. I was so irritated at the time but now I'm just finding it all rather funny. Those dogs were not normal.

Later we ordered some pizza's from Pizza Hut. The Pizza Mia deal - 3 mediums for 5 bucks each. (there is no little ceaser's in GA). The pizza was gross, flat, tough, and not normal. So gross that we (I) even called the place back to tell them it was bad. I never got through to anyone after calling and being on hold for about 15 minutes and listening to a recording talking about the "quality" of their pizza. So we drove all the way back to demand money or new pizza. I was so fired up and I was going to be so demanding and firm with them. I carried the pizza's inside only to be intimidated by the customers and when I handed the pizza's to the guy I sheepishly said "uh...these are NOT good." And Brooks said "the dough tastes like leather" (it really did). We waited for a while with 7 other impatient customers who professed that they would check their pizza quality before they left. We got 3 new pizzas that looked a little more plump. (I know you're thinking that we don't need 3 mediums for just 2 of us but it is better than paying 12 bucks for one large...or is it? if that single pizza is really good?) When we got home the pizzas had cooled a touch and gone flat and tough. Not normal. We ate a few slices and put the rest (2.5 pizzas) in the fridge. Too bad it takes so much effort to be a responsible consumer.

We are now watching the new American Gladiators show (during the commercials of the NCAA Football National Chapionship game). Did you see it? That Helga gladiator is huge...not normal. The Wolf is appropriately very hairy but every time he does his howl I can't help but laugh. He is not normal. Overall it's fairly entertaining.

I really did make some new years non-resolution goals. I'll post them later.

Brooks and I made a fire in our fireplace the other night. You can't really see the flames but I promise they are there.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Too Much

So much for blogging over the there is just too much to say! The trip was so great that I didn't even feel bad for ignoring our blog. First off...thanks a million to the Flynns for putting up with Zibby for 10 days while we were gone. We missed him like crazy!

The day before we left for Utah, Brooks surprised me with these beautiful flowers. They came wrapped in plastic in a tall vase. I decided to utilize my bloom box from my design mom giveaway winnings. I think it turned out nice:
We spent the first half of our trip with the Llewellyns. It was great! Some of my favorite things were:
playing the chimes on Christmas Eve:mom's stroganoff
Guitar Hero...especially when my dad and nephew Reese play together:
We spent the second half of our trip at the Steele's. I sure was cold up in Logan but it was totally worth it. Some of the best things about our stay were:

these chubby cheeks:
lots of lunches at the True Aggie Cafe (I recommend the Cordon Aggie Blue)
discovering Strawberry Spinach Salad (recipe here)
Aggie Basketball and last weeks NCAA player of the week:Here is a great pic of us and some of the Steele folks.
You can tell that they are a great bunch to hang out with.

Our travels went relatively well other than the fact that they lost our tickets somewhere in the cyber system of itineraries. Luckily they found us just in time and we got the last two seats on the plane to Utah. It was scary there for a bit and I almost freaked out because I was so ready to get home. Relatively well other than the extreme turbulence descending into Salt Lake City. I'm not talking a few little was butterfly-in-the-stomach drops and side to side bouncing and tilting makes you ready to get out the barf bag in the seat back pocket. Relatively well other than the the woman who fell backwards down the escalator. I had no choice but to try to catch her otherwise she would have taken me with her and we would both be dead. I have to admit I saved us both but it turns out she was too tipsy drunk to notice that I AM A HERO! (picture me flexing my muscles).

I can't forget to mention the tasty dinner at Crown Burger the night we got to Salt Lake. We met our much missed friends Matt, Kelly, and Rachel and had our favorite hamburgers ever! Thanks for trucking through the nasty weather to meet us for dinner guys!