Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekly Picks #11

First, Michael Buble and his wife had their baby Noah. Check out that hair. They named him Noah and isn’t he a cutie!

Movie Preview for Monuments Men. This has definite potential.

These clips from the Cosby Show Pilot that my sister sent to me. This is one of the greatest shows ever!

I bought Great Gatsby on DVD. My favorite book and I really liked the movie.

Fruity Pebble Treats. Have you ever tried these? Delicious.

·         1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
·         1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) miniature marshmallows (6 cups)
·         1 pkg. (13 oz.) Fruity, Cocoa or Marshmallow Pebbles Cereal (about 8-1/2 cups)
  • Microwave butter in 4-qt. microwavable bowl on HIGH 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds.
  • Add cereal; mix well.
  • Press firmly into greased foil-lined 13x9-inch pan. Cool. Cut into 24 squares.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Let me Google that.

I have accepted the fact that I am kind of a spoiled brat. I often joke that I never did have the pioneer spirit. I could not in good conscience say that I could farm and grow my own food, travel by horseback, or go who knows long without bathing. Even if I had to. I take things for granted. I have a nice warm home. I have a car that will take to school, to work, or on vacation. I have a soft bed to sleep in. I am grateful I have a bathroom and working toilet even though I complain all the time about cleaning said bathroom. I even take my phone and computer for granted. I often stand in awe of my parents who had to go through college doing research without google, Wikipedia, or online libraries. I can’t even imagine typing term papers on a type writer. Editing would be a nightmare. Instead of just deleting a sentence, or replacing a word/pharse here or there, you would probably end up retyping the whole paper with each draft you wrote. I am just so grateful I live in a time with so many conveniences. I don’t have to rely on the mail to talk to my sister in Missouri. I can vide chat on the computer and actually see my sister and her kids easily. That gratitude was driven even further into my head after my uncle posted this story about my grandpa on Facebook this week.

While sitting tonight mildly cursing the speed of sending an electronic message from this 2 x 5 inch device in my hand, my mind drifted back to a conversation with my father several weeks ago as he showed me the telegram he wired to his parents informing them of his discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II. The telegram, received via Western Union in Central Utah, then traveled two more days by mail to the small Post Office in the mountains for receipt by my grandparents. My father, discharged a couple of days after his ship docked in San Francisco, then traveled by bus across the Sierra Nevada to Salt Lake City, another leg to somewhere south of Provo where the bus line ended, to begin the final 150 miles on foot with his sea bag and as much luck as hitchhiking would bring him. It was very common for travelers on the lonely two-lanes to pick up returning service men as they made their journeys home. Suddenly, the speed of my Wi-Fi seems unimportant, and aren’t we a spoiled lot?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Social Week 64

1.  What do you miss most about being a kid?
Mostly during the holidays, I miss my family living together. Now I have to visit my sister in Colorado or skype with my sister in Missouri. I miss not having to stress about my job or if I’m going to have money to pay for everything I have to. I miss not having anything to worry about on Saturdays. I could just go play and roll with the flow

2. Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?  
My dad use to call me Tiger Lily. It always makes me think of Peter Pan. Then my oldest nephew came along. When he was learning how to talk he could not pronounce my name correctly so he called me Hilly. Now pretty much everyone in my family calls me Hilly, whether it’s on Facebook, through a text message, or on a phone call.

3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
I loved swinging, playing kickball, or hanging upside down on the monkey bars.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a veterinarian. I loved animals.

5. Did you participate in any school activities?
I was in orchestra or as we were known-the dorkestra. We to perform, compete, and also participate in the pit for the school musical.

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?
So when I first started music lessons and performing at recitals, I had major stage fright.  It also happened when I had to speak in church. I would get so nervous and overwhelmed I would just start crying.  I always tried to convince my parents that wasn't crying but that my eyes were "sweating". For some odd reason I don’t think they ever believed me.

Have a great Sunday

Friday, August 23, 2013

For Your Viewing Pleasure-Picks of the Week #10

EW Fall Movie Preview

Hugh Jackman-I just can’t tell you how much I love him. He’s amazing. He can sing and save the day as an action star or superhero. I just rewatched Les Miserables last night, and am reminded at how talented he really is. And I am loving this T.V. spot for his new movie Prisoner.

Speaking of Les Miserables this video always gives me chills

This Oscar Meyer Deli Meat Commercial

Ashton Kutcher’s Acceptance Speech at the Teen Choice Awards. 

Parkland. This is a movie about the hospital staff and others who dealt with the aftermath of the JFK assassination. It all ready sounds interesting but If that weren’t enough, Zac Efron is playing a doctor. Yes please.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throw Back Thursday-High School Memory

Alright, this week we are talking about a memory of a high school class or high school teacher.  My Junior year I had a great time in my chemistry class. Not only was I in the same class as a bunch of my friends but I had the strangest teacher, Miss Wentz.  The best way I can describe Miss Wentz is a free spirit.  Her personality reminded me of a hippie for some reason. She had long blonde hair, and it was not uncommon to have her walk around class bare foot or sit up on her desk with her legs crossed Indian style.

I remember our first class with her, she let us use Bunsen burners to burn Cheetos. I guess it was supposed to teach us about the chemical content of our snack food and just how greasy Cheetos actually are.

Miss Wentz was also the person who introduced me to Arrested Development. She was the first person to quote and reference the very first episode where we find out just how awesome Lucille Bluth really is.

Miss Wentz was actually really smart, she actually scored a perfect 36 on her ACTs, but she was so easily distracted. I remember we got her going on a tangent for an entire class period after we mentioned the book we were reading in our English class. This book was called Wives and Daughters and it was very similar to a Jane Austen novel.  Miss Wentz had actually read the book and decided to take an entire class and tell everyone else who hadn’t read it a little about the plot and to talk about the characters. She also wanted to talk about her favorite scene which involved the main character, Molly, saying goodbye to Roger, the guy she is in love with, who is sailing to Africa. Molly is in emotional turmoil but Roger has no idea how she feels about him of course. He just sees Molly as a great friend. Typical. I actually did enjoy the book and there is a BBC miniseries that is quite excellent. 

Needless to say, a year in Miss Wentz’s class was anything but boring. And we did occasionally learn about chemistry, the periodic table, and balancing chemical equations. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aloha from O'ahu Part 2

USS Arizona

Ha-The Breath of Life

Shopping Center 

Lunch at Giovanni Pastrami

Chasing Dolphins

This is Near the Valley Where Lost and Jurassic Park were Filmed


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Aloha from O'ahu Part 1

Our Hotel Room, and the View from our Room


Our Tour Guide Doc

Aviation Museum