Friday, April 20, 2007

Live at Forest Lake








The lads decided to give the neighbors "somethin' to talk about" with their recent outdoor rehearsal. No cops showed up and Brother Chandler didn't even T.P. our house overnight. If that's not an endorsement for the excellent quality of the band's music, then I'm off my rocker.




Thursday, April 19, 2007

What Kind of Life is That?

So, I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice (for the umpteenth time, and don't you just love Elizabeth and can you hardly wait for her to snag Darcy and rip him away from that snooty Miss Bingley who thinks she's all that??!!). I immediately followed that up with Sense and Sensibility. That one was rockin' but it took me a while to make any "sense" out of it--there are lot's of single men, in-laws, social climbers, half-siblings, horses, small forest creatures, etc., etc., to keep track of. Anyway, Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, running closely behind George Eliot (another woman ahead of her time--she even thought it was cool enough to go by the name of "George" way before George Clooney made the name "George" more sexy than it really deserves to be. I mean, GEORGE? But I cannot argue with the rat-pack coolness of George Clooney for anything).

Oh. Back to the books. This run through there was one point which struck me as particularly relevant to the times in which those books are set. That would be pioneer times by the way, except that it is in jolly ol' England which automatically makes it a much more romantic time than the crossing-of-the-Nebraska-plains pioneer time, the mere mention of which gives me a headache but also makes me able to proclaim that I come from "good stock" since I have many of those pioneers in my anscestry. Good stock. Good grief. Makes me sound like I'm an Amazon woman who can strip down a tree with the best of the lumberjacks. Anywho, the interesting point I'm trying to get to down this long dusty dirt road is that marriage was often entered into for the sake of enlarging one's fortune, and if one happened to fall in love with one's bride or groom, then that was considered the icing on the three-tiered wedding cake if it so happens to work out that way. If not, then, oh well, at least one is living comfortably, fashionably, and able to hold one's head a just a teensy bit higher than their neighbor's because their own carriage was tripped out with fringe and a nifty footman. Na-na-na-na-na-na. Thank goodness for modern enlightenment and relaxing of the social mores in certain areas.

Other niceties should never have been abandoned though. Like the rule about a woman never showing a leg. Can you imagine the amount of mutton or crumpets a gal would be able to put away if she didn't have to worry about thunder thighs? I also like the thought of servants, cooks, gardners, and other domestic help which even the most modest of households in Jane's time seemed to be able to afford. What's up with that? Oh yeah. We've replaced them with microwaves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, automatic sprinklers and for some of us very lucky ones, indoor plumbing. I guess it's a trade off--Mr. Darcy and his ginormous estate at Pemberly or the ability to drive up to a window and get an egg mcmuffin in 90 seconds flat.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Votes Have Been Counted!

Yeah! The votes have been counted, no hanging chads or anything, and CHRISTIAN WON! Christian is now the Student Body President of Mountain Ridge Junior High for the 2007-2008 school year, and he deserves to be! He is a friend to all, an honor student, respectful, cool as can be, an awesome drummer, and as sweet as pie. "Ha, ha, bless your soul . . .," I am crazy proud of that boy!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hey! Are We Living in the State of Florida?

The voting results are in! . . . but not counted! Apparently, an entire hallway of classrooms was completely overlooked when the ballots for Mountain Ridge Junior High's elections were distributed. Darn! Christian will have to wait until Monday to find out if he is indeed the new "Commander and Chief" of his mighty Huskies. GOOD LUCK CHRISTIAN IN YOUR QUEST FOR STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT!!!!!! You are a winner just for having the guts to run a clean, honest, positive, campaign with no overspending, mud-slinging, blatant misuse of the media, calling in favors or petty name calling. Let that be a lesson to you, you, you so-called-grownups!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Psst, Pardon Me, But Your Intellect Is Showing


Ashley hit us with some wonderful, happy, thrilling, awesome news the other day: She has been formally accepted into the Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation Masters Program at BYU! Woohoo, now we do the dance of joy! I have told just about anyone I have encountered about her accomplishment, and I couldn't be more proud of my sweet girl! Way to go Ashley! WAY TO GO!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Star Is Born!

Check out cool-as-a-cucumber Christian as he beats on his drums for Fox 13 News Good Day Utah earlier this week! Way to practice hard, take chances, be willing to sacrifice, to get yourself into wonderful situations like this, Christian. Props to you!!!

Go to the following link, then click on the top sidebar video which should show the mighty Mountain Ridge Junior High School Jazz Band and Christian in all of his awesomeness! http://www.myfoxutah.com/myfox/pages/InsideFox/Detail?contentId=2836719&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=5.2.1

Monday, April 02, 2007

It's a Pretty, Great State!

Some of us were noticing the unexplainably (if that's not a real word, just humor me) strange names of some of the cities in Utah, i.e., Blanding, Mexican Hat, Vernal, etc. So here is a video to showcase all of the spectacular (not) names of the spectacular (not) places to be found in our "Pretty, Great State" (the old tag line before the oh-so-inspired (not) "Life Elevated" tag line kicked in). Go to www.youtube.com and type in "Tribute to Utah" in the search window. I usually let the video run for a while and then go back and watch it so I don't have all of the annoying pauses that our computer seems to have a need to do. Peoa? Erda? Why?