Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I read this article on today...

NASA Finds Doctor Who-style Crack in Universe

If you’ve been following the current season of Doctor Who then you know all about the crack in space-time that has been following Amy and The Doctor around wherever they go, wiping out events and all memory of them.

On the show, that time-devouring crack has a signature shape and looks like this:

So it’s a bit worrisome that NASA imaged the same thing on June 4th. That picture up top? That’s a huge tear in the Milky Way. According to NASA:

The snake-like object located about 11,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius is actually the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems and may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming. [emphasis mine]

The season finale of Doctor Who runs in the U.K. this Saturday. I hope the Doctor can get us out of this one.

(Original story located on Daily Dust, which also has cute video of Steven Moffat’s son interviewing him about the current season.)

Chris Greenland does not condone burning down the observatory so this will never happen again.

Monday, June 28, 2010

What a wasted weekend....

John was sick all weekend and as the pattern goes... John was sick so I also did nothing - -
So we stayed in and watched movies all weekend. Now the question is, what did we watch?

Julie & Julia - Very cute movie. It made me cry at one part, but other than that it was a really good movie. It was very interesting to learn about the life of Julia Child, almost made me want to go out and buy her biography. After the movie was over John asked me if I needed the French cooking cook book, and my response was, "I'm trying to loose weight, not eat more butter."
The Carnival of Souls - This movie was made in 1962 it is in Black and White. Very Cheesy, and very long even though it is only 75 minutes long it feels like it lasts forever, but that's the way of these old films. This movie features the Saltair Pavilion as the home of the Carnival. (Interesting note: Director/writer Herk Harvey thought up the idea of the film after driving past the Saltair Amusement Park while traveling through Salt Lake City)

Love Actually
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Sean of the Dead
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
The Mummy

Friday, June 25, 2010


Thursday, June 24, 2010


Look what obnoxious kristin brought to me today. They're pirate-y.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The things I've seen:

Toy Story 3 - This goes on my "saddest movies ever" list. It was a very good movie, I really loved it, but it was just so darn sad. John says it was "touching" ... I had to go home and hug my toys.
Men Who Stare At Goats - This movie was very funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know which was more amusing Ewan McGregor pretending he had no idea what a Jedi was, or the complete true absurdity of the entire film. (i.e. the US Government "Stargate Project" that was active for nearly 25 years) Oh, the lengths people will go to for psychic research... I guess the jist of the whole movie was just to bring balance back to the force.
Cry Baby - This movie is completely absurd and dirty. As we were watching it John turned to me and said ... "Johnny Depp still had an acting career after this!?" and after seeing the movie again, I concur. Super cheesy, but I still like it anyway.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 - I forgot how much I loved this show. Who doesn't love dusting vampires, demons and other evils that arise from the Hellmouth? Love it!
Teen Titans: Season 1 - This little super hero cartoon is just fun to watch. It's Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire and Raven. Raven is my favorite, all dark and angry.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This is My Tarot Card.

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realized

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

What Tarot Card Am I???

I did this absurd test online, and I don't think it fits me at all.... What do you think? Does it fit my personality? or is it way off of how you see me?


You are The Tower

Ambition, fighting, war, courage. Destruction, danger, fall, ruin.

The Tower represents war, destruction, but also spiritual renewal. Plans are disrupted. Your views and ideas will change as a result.

The Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. The Tower stands for "false concepts and institutions that we take for real." You have been shaken up; blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes that to see a truth that one refuses to see. Or to bring down beliefs that are so well constructed. What's most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Friday, June 18, 2010

It's a cake.

Cute enough?

And for today's selection ....

Especially for Youth 2000: Forward with Faith
  1. Forward With Faith -Kim Bracken
  2. A Call I Hear - Peter Breinholt
  3. The Olive Tree - Felicia Sorenson
  4. Memory Lane - Jake White
  5. Any Other Boy - Peter Brienholt
  6. Her Garden - Tammy Simister Robinson
  7. I Know That My Redeemer Lives - Linda Rowberry
  8. What About - Peter Brienholt
  9. Waterfall - Jon Schmidt
  10. Amazing Things - Julie de Azevedo
  11. Safe Inside - Nancy Hanson & Kevin Corbett
  12. A Quiet Prayer - Nancy Hanson
Today's album is one of my favorite religious music albums. This CD was sent to my by my sister Jessica while I was serving in the Washington DC South Mission in Northern Virginia. It's a CD that has been listened to multiple times both on and off my mission, and makes me cry almost every time.
Now most people will talk about their missions and tell you that it was the greatest experience in their lives, but my mission was the hardest thing I have ever done. I learned to love more and hate more there than I think I have ever done my entire life, or will ever do again. I learned about death and loss, and joy and pain in those short 18 months. However, You will never hear me say that I wish I was a missionary again. There is not enough money in the entire world to bribe me into ever re-living THAT experience...
But at the same time it was a good experience for me. I learned about others. I learned to love people who I would never give the time of day to before. I learned that some people might seem nice from a distance, but I would never want to live with them or even speak of them ever again. I learned that God doesn't always answer your prayers. I learned that life is hard and some days I just didn't want to be a part of it anymore.
And yet, I found some of my best friends in Virginia, companions and members and converts and other missionaries. People that I discovered lived within a 40 mile radius from the home I grew up in, but never knew they existed. I wouldn't trade those people for the world. I look back on my mission and think that maybe I didn't go out for "them" maybe I went out for "me". I learned more as a individual to be more tolerant of people and more open to change. I had my testimony shaken to the core and rebuilt to be something I could be proud of. I became a better person because of my personal experiences within the walls of my own body, and not out on the streets knocking on doors. Over the years I have forgotten a lot of that, my trials and experiences have made me doubt, and I grown depressed and bitter and though I don't think I've lost my way, I've have definitely just been walking along side the iron rod instead of hanging on.
So if my mission was sot bad, why is this CD one of my favorites, and why did I have to tell you all that before I could get into the reasons why I love this??
Today I had lunch with my supervisor. It was a "working lunch" so we spent 10 minutes talking about work and the other 50 minutes becoming friends. In the middle of the conversations she asked me a personal question "Are you LDS?" and of course my answer is yes. She told me that she is a convert and used to be a Baptist and that right now she is struggling with the church. I heard myself telling her that I also haven't been to church for over a year, and that I struggle everyday with "The People" of Mormonism. I told her that the church is true, and that people fail but you need to hang on to the gospel and do it for yourself and not for others. (I think I needed this lecture just as much as she did.) I know I am right, but sometimes it is so hard to go and be with people that say they're supporting their fellow man, but ignore their neighbors in their times of need.
As we spent our hour talking I shared with her my life and my dreams, my fears and anger and my begrudged faith in God... and she understood me and knew how I felt. Then something happened that hasn't happened in years. She said to me "Inside me, I know it's true. I can feel it," and she placed her hand on her heart, "right here. When you said the gospel is true and that people mess up, I feel it here, and I know."
And you know what happened next? ... I felt it too.
All the songs on this collection are amazing. Thank You for giving this to me Jessica I truly do love it. This album represents all "those" feelings to me. Because I KNOW that my Redeemer Lives, Joseph Smith was NOT just Any Other Boy,  and Faith the size of a seed CAN do Amazing Things.
After my conversation today I had this song in my head:
Amazing Things - Julie de Azevedo
What would it be like
To have faith to move a mountain
Faith to walk on water
Such faith I've never known
What would it be like
To ride a chariot of fire
Or to see God's very finger
Write upon a stone

What would it be like
To sleep among the lions
Or to build an ark
While laughter floods my ears
What would it be like
Facing death to save my nation
Or be betrayed by my own brothers
And not harbor it for years

Faith the size of a seed
Can do amazing things
Amazing things

What would it be like
To defeat a mighty giant
Or see the belly of a whale
And live to tell
What would it be like
Stripped of every last possession
To remain a true and faithful servant still
Faith the size of a seed
Can do amazing things
Amazing things

What would it be like
To behold the son and father
Or see visions of what was and what will be
What will it be like
If I drink from heaven's fountain
Having faith to move a mountain
Faith the size of a seed
Can do amazing things
Amazing things
With faith the size of a seed
What will He do through me?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A poem

To Youth

This I say to you:
Be arrogant! Be true!
True to April's lust that sings
Through your veins. These sharp Springs
Matter most...After years
Will be time enough to sleep...
Carefulness...and tears...

Now while life is raw and new,
Drink it clear, drink it deep!
Let the moonlight's lunacy
Tear away your cautions.
Be proud, and mad, and young, and free!
Grasp a comet! kick at stars
Laughingly! Fight! Dare!

Never fear, Age will catch you.
Slow you down, ere it dispatch you
To your long and solemn quiet...
What will matter-then-the riot
Of the lilacs in the wind?
What will mean-then the crush
Of lips at hours when birds hush?
Purple, green and flame will end
In a calm, grey blend

Only graven in your soul
After all the rest is gone
There will be ecstasies...
These alone...

-John Weaver

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Circus does make me smile

On the way into work this morning we passed the Circus Train traveling into Salt Lake City. I have only ever seen the Circus train twice in my life, funny, considering that we lived close enough to the tracks growing up that the windows would rattle each time they passed.
The first time was in the dark as john and I were waiting to cross the tracks to get home one night and the train just kept coming and coming... it's a long train.
Here is a picture to give you an idea  of how long the train is:
This morning we saw the train chugging south bound as we were driving to work at 6 am. The sight of the train was spectacular. It's not like the one on Dumbo, it's mostly made up of sleeping cars and freight cars that look like this:
But the end of the train is just car after car of these:
Like I said, nothing spectacular, but I love seeing it anyway. This morning as we were cruising down the freeway at 80 mph to catch up with the train, there was one loan man standing in one of the doors of the train so I waved... and would you believe ... he waved back.
That just totally made my day. Thanks big black Circus guy.
I have never been to the Circus... Well, I think I have been to A Circus before, but I have never been to THE Circus. I think I will have to one day. Maybe when I have someone to take with me.
and then, I just really liked this picture....

Friday, June 11, 2010


These shoes are impossible to wear with socks ...
unless they go up to your knees and fit very snuggly.
But they are just so darn comfortable....
which evil to choose??
Bunched up socks that you have to fit a million times a day
Stinky bare foot shoe wearing

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming....

Movies I've seen recently:
Wolfman (2010) - This movie could have been good. but the main actor of the movie was terrible. His bad acting and his pretending to be Lon Chaney just distracted from how good it could have been. What's in it: Bad Acting. Gore. Human Stupidity.
Star Wars IV: A New Hope - Fantastic as always. I never tire of these movies. But it does seem like Luke gets more whiney each time I watch it. Whining. Bad Lightsaber Battles. Explosions.
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back - Who can pass up the scene in the corridor with Han and Leia - Princess Leia: "Stop that. My hands are dirty." Han Solo: "My hands are dirty, too. What are you afraid of?" He he. Love it. What's in it: Space Drama. Innocent Love. Scoundrels.

Superman Returns - I hadn't seen this movie since it was in theaters. Back then I didn't like it because it was way to long. now I just don't like it because it's dumb. What's in it: Too Long. Bad acting on the part of Lois Lane. Didn't follow Superman Mythos.
G.I. Joe Season 2.0 - The final collection of the original series. I didn't love this season as much as the first because the original characters like Flint, Scarlet, Duke, Shipwreck and Snake eyes were rarely if ever seen. Lady Jay made it into this season more than others, but still not much. It was mostly Hawke and the Serpenator. Also several special guest appearances by Sergeant Slaughter. not as good as the first season, but still not bad to watch. What's in it: Cobra Hijinks. Stupid Plots. and G.I. Joe Humor.
Black blood Brothers - Anime. This was pretty good. There were only a total of 12 episodes. I'd have liked more. the story didn't even start picking up until episodes 8-9. What's in it: Vampires. Samurai. Blood.

DHS Senior Song 1997

So I was mistaken last Friday when I guessed my Senior song to be "Right Now" by Van Halen. I was feeling nostalgic so that night I pulled out my Senior Year Book and perused the pages until I found what I was looking for. Turns out the theme that year was "One Vision" by Queen.
So now I know, and as GI Joe tells me, Knowing is half the battle.
by Queen
One man one goal one mission,
One heart one soul just one solution,
One flash of light yeah one god one vision

One flesh one bone,
One true religion,
One voice one hope,
One real decision,
Wowowowo gimme one vision

No wrong no right,
I'm gonna tell you there's no black and no white,
No blood no stain,
All we need is one world wide vision

One flesh one bone,
One true religion,
One voice one hope,
One real decision,

I had a dream,
When I was young,
A dream of sweet illusion,
A glimpse of hope and unity,
And visions of one sweet union,
But a cold wind blows,
And a dark rain falls,
And in my heart it shows,
Look what they've done to my dream

Give me your hands,
Give me your hearts,
I'm ready,
There's only one direction,
One world and one nation,
Yeah one vision

No hate no fight,
Just excitation,
All through the night,
It's a celebration wowowowo yeah

One one one

One flesh one bone,
One true religion,
One voice one hope,
One real decision

Gimme one night,
Gimme one hope,
Just gimme,
One man one man,
One bar one night,
One day hey hey,
Just gimme gimme gimme
Fried chicken

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Look what i found hidding in a dark corner waiting to attack!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Things I love

Mikayla & Frodo


Hanging out where she doesn't belong.

Has it really been 13 years!

I haven't blogged in a few weeks. Everyone has just had to enjoy the pictures of my cats for the last little while... and even though I love them a lot and have about a million pictures of them, I thought it was about time for a real post.
The last few weeks have been ... gloomy, distracting, convoluted, busy, lazy, expensive, depressing, disappointing... go a head, choose one or all, and that's pretty much the description of my life at the moment.
In the last few weeks I have had many of the little people in my life graduate from high school, or will be graduating within the next week, (Nicole, Sam, Bryon and Kenji - Congratulations to all of them.) and it got me thinking about my senior year of high school.
Honestly, There are a lot of huge memory gaps from before my mission. When I try to think about what I did 13 years ago it's a big blank, but if some one says "Remember that time..." It might take me a minute, but I eventually get up to speed.
I have been trying to recall lately what song was the DHS Class of 1997 Senior Song. I have vague memories of the opening assembly of my senior year.. or maybe the last assembly of my junior year where the SBO's presented the senior song. I may be mistaken (if I am feel free to correct me) but I believe the Senior Song was "Right Now" - but what band was it? Van Halen? I don't remember. Maybe I'll pull out a year book and look it up...
But the most memorable song from my Senior Year was "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" this song was played at every function/assembly/gathering of any kind at good old DHS during the 1996-1997 school year, and when I think of high school I think of this song. So as far as I can remember THIS was my "senior song".
So for today's album of choice I have decided to feature R.E.M. the creators of my high school memories...


  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
  2. Crush With Eyeliner
  3. King Of Comedy
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream
  5. Star 69
  6. Strange Currencies
  7. Tongue
  8. Bang and Blame
  9. I Took Your Name
  10. Let me In
  11. Circus Envy
  12. You


As I said, "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" is the song I listen to the most on this album, because it has so many memories that hang on to it. It's the reason I bought this album in the first place, going back to my days of the Columbia Record Club.

As a Teenage girl I probably bought the CD and added that one song to a mix tape for the car and never listened to the entire album, 'cause that the way I rolled back then.

Eventually when I obtained a car with a CD player in I started listening to the music I owned. Driving the Honda opened up worlds of potential for my musical education since I was forced to listen to ONE CD at a time, (back in those days, poor people like me didn't have CD burners) So I listened to entire albums, multiple times, and learned to love them.

R.E.M. was one of those CD's in the Honda.

I'll admit, the only songs off this album on my iPod currently are "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?", "Star 69", and "Bang and Blame" but I do enjoy the entire Monster album.

Every time I hear any thing from R.E.M. I think of the Simpsons episode where Home has a bar in his garage and R.E.M. are there and Homer makes them mad and one of the members of the band breaks a bottle and threatens Homer with it... Michael Stipe says to the angry band member "That's not the R.E.M. way." That's a silly motto I have adopted in life.

Funny thing: Another R.E.M. song, not from this album is linked to another random memory, 2007, December 29, Gold Mazda Protégé, Pregnant Lari, and a car accident at 4th and 4th in SLC... We were listening to "Everybody Hurts."

Today's Question: Do you remember what the "Senior song" was when you graduated from High School?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

"That's SIR Captain to you."

Patrick Stewart is Now a Knight.

Actor Patrick Stewart Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

(AP) Patrick Stewart has been upgraded from captain to knight. The actor famous for playing Capt.Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" officially became Sir Patrick Stewart when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

While "Star Trek" introduced him to a different group of fans, Stewart is also a widely respected stage actor. The 69-year-old actor discovered the theater as a child, and said "my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness."Being in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."

Stewart joined Britain's storied Royal Shakespeare Company in his 20s, and in 2008 was nominated for a Tony award for the leading role in "Macbeth."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I found the purse. Where is Day to Night Barbie?