Monday, October 06, 2003

Long time no post to da blog, eh? I wrote a few things, but Blogger blew up on me. Hopefully this will work.

Anyway, it's confession time. I've got an obsession 'round this time of year. It's true. I loooove the Halloween editions of the Kelly Dolls. Most of my collection obsessions -- white/glass/silver christmas tree ornaments, squished pennies and kitchen gadgets are small things that I can put away and enjoy seasonally or at least hide them from view most of the time. The Kelly doll thing is no different. The Kelly doll obsession started a few years back when Target had an exclusive set of the cute things for Halloween. Dressed in overly cute costumes, I couldn't resist. I'm a huge fan of Halloween in general, but costumes *and* Halloween? Gettouttahere. Each year 'round this time I make a trek to Target to see the new series. It's a cheap thrill, believe me. Anyway, Ivan and I went out yesterday to try and find 'em. They weren't in their usual front-of-the-store-endcap. OH NO! They weren't in the Halloween section. OH NOOOOOOOOO! Ivan gave up and went to the car (he doesn't seem to share in my obsession!) I decided to go to the toy section...surely, they've got to be there! Hunting through the myriad of Barbie's available, there they were...low on the shelf. There was only about 20 boxes left. YAY! There are five styles this year, a pumpkin & witch (both done many times before), a spider and a dragon. OH and sad to say, a cat that wasn't available. :-( Ivan, in his sweet treasure hunting way, drove us to another local Target. Again, not many left...and no cats available. The thrill of victory in this find is only tempered by the lack of not getting all of 'em this year. There's always next year...or some other cute edition released during the non-Halloween shopping time. (They release 'em at Target for Easter too.)

Which brings me to another thing. October is the start of the Chocolate Season! Happy Chocolate Season, everyone! It starts with Halloween candy, then Christmas...then Valentines...and ends with Easter. Shiny foil covered seasonally appropriate chocolate. Who can resist buying at least one bag to much during these times? Certainly only chocolate haters, of which there are few.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Two - Two Second Moview Reviews!
  • Bruce Almighty -- It wasn't as funny, nor as cool as I think it could have been, but it was ~OK~. A few solid laughs here and there. Probably best to wait to rent it on DVD. B-
  • The Italian Job -- A solid movie from beginning to end. There are a few predictable moments, but all in all you'll be entertained by the performances and the drama/feel of the flick. Gotta love the use of the Mini's in the film too! B+

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Oh, I need to add to my bug post below. While BIG BIG BIG bugs are still around -- I had a striped whistling june bug in my office window last week that was around 2 inches long, what's more disturbing is the earwigs around here. I've probably seen one before in my life. Since moving to Utah, I've become inimately familiar with thousands of them. Picture this -- fresh lettuce brought in from the garden and I put the stuff in the sink to rinse it... 60 or so earwigs come running out. Blech! That's not the worst of it, if you leave anything on the ground overnight, the next morning you'll find thousands of 'em curled up in it just trying to stay cool from the mid-day sun. I made that mistake with a canvas folding chair. Again, Blech!
Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode with the woman who is dreaming that the Earth is moving closer and closer to the sun? The reality was that she was freezing to death 'cuz the Earth was moving away from the sun? Anyway, I keep hoping to wake up. It's been around 100 degrees for three weeks straight. The long range forecast? More 100s. *melt* *melt* Lemonade anyone?

Monday, July 07, 2003

We finally went to a movie! It's been months since Ivan and I have found time to get to the theater to catch a flick. So now, onto a Two Second Movie Review...
  • 28 Days Later... -- Brilliant! Gruesome! Enthralling! A classic man against man and man against beast flick that will be as interesting now as it will be 10 years from now. There were stressful moments that reminded me of the "Lord of the Flies" as survivors try to determine their future path. The film's stylistic edge only added to the overall captivation. A

Friday, May 16, 2003

Bugs. BIG bugs. One of the interesting things about moving to another part of the country is the change in the type of bugs you see. I think most people who move to Minnesota would probably be surprised by the sheer numbers of mosquitoes. In Utah, there are very few of those pesky things. What I have discovered, however, is VERY, VERY large moths. In Minnesota we had some BIG moths, but are some the size of birds. Seriously. Probably a little larger than a hummingbird but not quite as big as a sparrow. BIG moths. Ok, not only moths, but there are spiders here that I've never encountered in Minnesota. I think we probably have them, but just not in the numbers that we've seen this spring. I'm talking about your favorite and mine -- the black widow. So far we've spotted 7 of 'em on the property this spring. They seem to like to hang out in old sheds...or at least that's what I thought until Ivan and his nephew discovered a couple in some rocks. ROCKS? They hide in rocks just waiting for me there too?!?! Crap. I thought I knew their motis operandi. Now I know they could be *anywhere*. What fun. I'm just waiting now for the discovery of the scorpions. Ivan said they don't come this far into the city, but crap, if there are black widows in the rocks, certainly there could be scorpions in the sand!

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

I find it hard to believe, but I've been doing the "Photo Selection of the Week" for FIVE years! Happy Anniversary to it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2003


Thursday, April 03, 2003

Hey, I finally know what it was like to live through the dust bowl. For two days the wind howled and blew the dust and dirt around here. 80 mph winds at times. The Salt Lake City area is in a state of drought, so there's plenty of dust to blow. Add in lots of road construction and you've got skies darkened by dust whipped up in the stiff wind. Cheap thrill for those of you who haven't yet seen tumbleweeds in real life...when you hit them with your car, they explode into hundreds of weed shards. Most of the time, one tries to avoid 'em, but ya know, how can you resist hitting an exploding plant?? :-)

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Hey, I finally got listed at Portal Of Evil !! Unfortunately the numbnuts there can't figure out how to link directly to "Cat's House of Fun"...they linked to the root of What sort of direct assault is that? C'mon. Get with the program!! :-)

Monday, March 03, 2003

A wonderful find in Provo, Utah -- Tucano's Brazilian Grill. I've never tried Brazilian food and if I recall correctly, the Twin Cities is pretty much Brazilian grill free. (Don't worry, you guys, I'm sure it's coming!) A wonderfully fresh smorgasbord of fruit, salads, and exotic nummies (I'm new to palm hearts and quail eggs!). As if the buffet wasn't enough, there are gauchos who bring skewered grilled meats to your table to carve directly on to your plate. Pork tenderloin, sirloin, turkey, chicken and fresh pineapple all grilled to perfection. Really, really nice place to go atmosphere wise too. If you're down in Provo sometime, give it a shot. I'm positive you won't be disappointed! (Not a paid advertisement!)

Friday, February 28, 2003

More reviews yet to come: Old School, The Hours, The Recruit. I'm so far behind now, I might not catch up. I may have to start fresh. :-)

Friday, February 21, 2003

This is something I've been meaning to post for a long time. It's a medical theory that I think will turn out to be true. I want to get it *out there* with a date on it so that I can say, "See, I told ya so." Here it is, you can say it's bunk if you'd like. :-)
I believe that fat people have a higher incidence of type II diabetes due to their propensity for sleep apnea. There's long been research that showed that fat pears were less likely to suffer from several diseases than their apple shaped sisters. I've also heard that people who carry their weight on their chest, around their necks, etc are more likely to suffer from apnea. I'm thinkin' that the lower blood oxygen levels at night due to apnea may have an adverse effect upon the pancreas's long term health. Maybe the pancreas needs all the oxygen it can get during the bodie's rejuvenation period? Dunno, I'm not a medical professional nor do I play one on TV. I do strongly believe that sleep apnea will show itself to be a strong link to diseases regardless of the level of obesity. Oxygen obviously plays a huge role in our overall health. If 1/3 of the day we go with limited O2, you can bet we'll suffer from ill health.
So, there you have it. :-)

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Jeanne Lorioz -- I don't believe I've seen much of this artist's work before today. I must have been in a vacuum. If you're fond of plump chickas in art, look no further! I love the way she paints the rotund bum. Cute as all get out. Click here for a view of some of the works.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Ivan's daughter received a wedding invite yesterday. I had an opportunity to take a peek at it. The kids (they can't be more than 19ish) spent a lot of time and money on the invites. They even went so far as to include a couple of personal statements from the two intendeds....The girl, let's call her "Ann" started off her statement like this: "God bless me with a man like you. You are my strength and I'll be faithful to you with the Lord's help. I promise to be a bright light to shine in our home." I'm just thinkin' that if she's counting only on god to keep her faithful in the marriage, there might be some trouble brewing already. :-) Oh, and what's with the "bright light" in the home crud? Is she some sort of dim bulb? (Get it, bulb/light? I couldn't resist. :-) The boy, I'll call him "Vance", started off with a nice romantic tone. He lost me, however, on this statement: "Life by your own has ended and so has mine yet we will live on for a life has just begun." Sure it's a romantic notion, but it sounds a bit morbid. He closes with this: " Let us stick to each other not only till death but even life after death." Yeah, it's got the Mormon tone to it, but "stick to each other"? Is this a stapling ceremony? I know that the Mormon marriage ceremony in the temple is referred to casually as getting "sealed", but is there actual glue involved?? Am I too new to the Salt Lake area to fully understand this? :-)

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

I like to think that I'm a pretty knowledgeable and open minded chicka, but a recent comment in my Guest Registry has me a bit surprised. Someone posted asking for photos of me in a cast or on crutches. Is this a fetish that ya'll have heard about? It's a new one on me. I wonder if a full body cast would be an erotic turn on for someone with that fetish or would that be an entirely different thing? What about just Band-aid's? Could they be erotic too? Why stop there? What about iodine being a perfume that drives you wild?? Things that make me go, "hmmmmm."

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Upcoming movie reviews: Chicago, The Lord of the Rings - Twin Towers, Catch Me if You Can, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Gangs of New York, Sweet Home Alabama, The Ring, Frida...probably others that I can't remember right now.... I'm a bit behind on doing reviews. Can you tell??

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

First, Happy New Year!!! On the first leg of this year's journey, I'm getting married to the most wonderful man (aka Ivan) at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas this coming Saturday, 1/4/2003. 2003...a year of big changes and fantastic new adventures. I'm a very lucky and happy girl so far this year ('s only a few hours old, but I know this year will be good!). I hope that each of you has a wonderful new year too.