Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
As the scores were tallied on a spreadsheet, I was certain that I had conquered the competition. I was a bit surprised, but pleasantly so, when the final cookie's score came through: Nick's cookies had the highest average score, 4.06, with my cookies coming in second at 4.03. His award ribbon reads, "Grand Champion," so he has now requested he be referred to as "Nicholas Grand Cookie Champion" Johnson. He will also accept "Grand Champion" for short.
My cookie entry was my family's traditional Michael Jackson cookies, made with dutch processed cocoa.
Nick made Sarah Page's cookie recipe, posted as a comment to my previous blog entry regarding the cookie competition. He called his cookies "Santa Hats," which are sprayed with canned whipped cream just prior to eating.
For the record, Nick's extra points came in appearance, not taste. Although his cookies were delicious, nothing tops the marshmallowy goodness of the Michael Jackson cookie.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
I am sending a plea out there for the best cookie recipes you have. In order to win, I think it will have to be more than just delicious. It will have to be cute, perhaps slightly unusual, and have a clever name. If your recipe doesn't have a clever name, we can always create one. Last year we renamed the Michael Jackson cookies "Thrillers" since M.J. was not as cool in 2006 as he was in 1986.
Post your recipes. I already have Bob's amazing oatmeal cookies, but I just don't think they're flashy enough to take home the prize. I still proudly display last year's second place red ribbon.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm written a list of blog topics I hope to post soon. I just need to get caught up on my school work first, and that pesky little thing I call a "job" keeps getting in the way.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Out in the county, the county wants to take over garbage pick-up, instead of having literally 90 separate tiny municipalities coordinate it. On a radio interview, someone compared this to the suspension of the constitution in Pakistan. In fact, they said it was EXACTLY like it.
The ward Thanksgiving dinner was Saturday night. We had a nice time, the dinner had been very well planned. The best part though was a ward member retelling the story of how several years ago, her visiting teaching companion had died in her car on her way to the appointment. The didn't get their visiting teaching done that month. It was this lady's time to go, certainly, but it was still a little traumatic for the companion she left behind.
Nick and I are very excited to be going home next week. See you on Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I also just finished reading Shannon's recommended book, "Twilight" which is my new favorite book. I've ordered books 2 and 3 in the series, but fortunately it won't be here for several days. That means I will have time to get through my tests before they're here. I don't have the self-control to study when such compelling books are in the house.
I was almost done with book one when I went to my O-chem class Monday night. My teacher stopped class and asked why I wouldn't stop smiling. The answer was I was constantly thinking about "Twilight" but I really didn't want to explain that to everyone. She referred to me as "Giggles" a couple of times after that.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I went to lecture with Nick on Wednesday. The teacher began his lecture with the Phantom of the Opera overture, throwing candy from the balcony dressed as the Phantom. He proceeded to give the whole lecture in complete costume including mask, top hat and white gloves. That's commitment. It turns out, it was also his birthday, so lecture was followed by cake. It was a pretty good day to pop into class.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Being so late, no one was up that high in the parking garage. Besides, a cake carrier that was $1.50 at D.I. is not the same as your purse. I came back 8 minutes later and the cake was gone. I then noticed a "Parking Violation Warning" slip on the windshield, with the "Other" box checked, then describing the cake carrier "found on car." It also came with a flier about avoiding auto theft. Apparently leaving the cake on the car was akin to leaving the ignition running.
It then took 45 minutes to get the stupid cake back from security. The guard who had impounded the cake didn't report in or answer his radio for that entire time. Finally another guard said, "Well, I know a spot he likes to hang out," and found him in about 3 seconds. Seeing it was past 9, and I had a test at 9 the next morning, I thought the whole thing was entirely ridiculous.
To top it all off, the guard, Gary, chewed me out when he finally returned the cake to me. What about him not being available for security purposes for the better part of an hour? I'm know the cake is not a real emergency, but the method of contact is the same.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Nick finally installed the shower hose, which was a challenge because the shower pipe is higher up than any bathroom we've previously seen. It took two pieces of hardware to extend the pipe low enough to where the hose is low enough to do any good.
Nick is now disagreeing with my comment that it's unheard of me to fall asleep at nine on the couch. I will argue it may be common at eleven, but it's at least uncommon at nine.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
In nursing school, I was told you spend your first year as a "baby-nurse" so I suppose now I've grown up to be a toddler.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The freeway is directly across the street, and the road surface is about even with our floor on our second story apartment. Several times a day, you can hear CB messages come through our speaker. I'm sure it's truck drivers who are passing by, but at midnight sitting at the computer desk, hearing from nowhere, "I think he's about four miles up," is a little shocking. I don't think I do well with surprises, and these random messages from beyond always catch me off guard.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Nick rode his bike the few miles to the race route. After watching the race go by, the opened up the route for people to bike to the finish line. Nick was able to ride the route until a couple blocks before it ended. He stayed for the awards presentation, and got surprisingly close to some major racing stars.
Nick with Levi Leipheimer
So, this really old doctor was talking to me about his patient, when he began to pass gas. Not just an accidental toot, but a long, stream of gaseous bursts. It was all I could do to continue to keep nodding with a poker face. A nurse was in a patient's room about ten feet behind the doctor. The ongoing sound caught her attention, and the look on her face changed to horror and disgust when she realized where it was coming from. Seeing her made it all that more difficult to keep a straight face.
By the way, the doctor was talking to me about some orders he wrote for the patient. As it turns out, the treatment he ordered is so obsolete, the hospital doesn't own the equipment anymore.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Compare the new apartment's kitchen(above) to our current apartment. Our current kitchen I describe as standing in the aisle boarding a Southwest flight. Once you're inside, you don't have to move to reach anything. You can get it right where you are. But don't touch the cupboards. There is one piece that has fallen off and hit my foot. It hurt.
Unfortunately, the once powerful air conditioning of the Taurus has stopped working entirely. There's some problem with the fan, which is currently undiagnosed, but Nick will be working on that later. Our electric bill is close to $100 a month when it's this hot. Which of course seems expensive, but I am not willing to go without it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The Tour de France is not quite half over, and Nick and I have already had so much fun. With Tivo you can watch each stage quite quickly, who makes all 100 miles of the race pretty exciting. I'm still heart-broken over Floyd Landis's doping scandal from last year's tour, but we're getting very excited about some new riders. Keep your eyes out for Michael Rasmussen. He may look like he's starving, but boy can he climb. For the last two years he's won the polka-dot jersey for being the greatest climber. He's holding his baby who's also wearing polka dots. Katie and I of course, really are more interested in the polka dot dresses the presenters wear. They change all the time.
Addendum: Michael Rasmussen, you broke my heart, again. This year has been very bad for the tour and cheaters. Two of my cycling favorites were sent packing in shame, including the leading Rasmussen.
Monday, July 9, 2007
I'm venturing out of my cave and starting a blog. If my five-year-old nephew can manage it, I hope I can to.
Nick and I went to his sister's wedding in Vegas on 07/07/07. Katie and Liz were the caterers. They did a lot of amazing work and did a great job on everything. And we ate the leftovers for the next couple of days. My sister-in-law Shannon provided the music for the reception by sending her Michael Buble CD's. I provided much of the wedding photography, supplemental floral arrangements, and helped with anything else that came up. Nick helped a lot, but during the reception he was able to mostly be a normal groomsman and mingle with his family.
We finished cleaning up about 9:30, and headed off for Salt Lake City. Since I-15 was closed and we were all dead tired, we got a room in mesquite and resumed our trek in the morning.