Thursday, September 27, 2007

Focus! (Subtitled: Warning -- Indigenous nudity)

I keep thinking about topics or events that I could fashion into some sort of blog post, but the ideas all seem to dissipate before I make it happen. I'm definitely in a bored-of-my-own-blog kind of phase, which is too bad because I have lots of friends and family members who may be a little curious about my grand Adventures in the Beehive. Really, this ought to be a time of reflective verbosity.

Here are some possible bloggable topics. Please advise.

A. How I got bullied at the school carnival.
B. What we did on this lovely Thursday evening, and to which blogging queen of Provo's house we did a drive-by.
C. Quantities and descriptions of the foodstuff that my family collectively deposited on the floor at Thai Chili Garden.

D. My friends the OvaHimba, as brought back to my frontburner (why not?! everyone has a backburner) by a lovely show on the Travel Channel tonight.
D, part 2. What I fear most about living in Provo, and what it has to do with going to Namibia in 1996.
E. My visceral reaction to a few months without a paycheck.
E, part 2. Whether or not I looked up visceral to make sure I knew what it meant.
F. Anaysis and FAQs on how it is to have a girl after three boys.
G. The retail establishment of choice for drowning my I-Don't-Know-Where-To-Go-Here-Nothing-Is-(that)-Familiar-It's-Not-Home sorrows.
H. How my kids are adjusting.
I. Steve's new job and why he's glad Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia and not BYU.
J. Edward vs. Jacob. ('Cause I don't think this issue has been discussed enough already.)
K. My house for sale
L. The state of the Phoenix housing market. ('Cause I don't think this issue is being discussed enough already.)
M. Links to more blogs I check.
N. Where we're flying to on Christmas day and pleas for tips on what to do when we get there.
O. What I want in a house.
P. How Norah all of a sudden seems older. As of yesterday. Really.

Um, I think that's a good start. Please vote for your favorite.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

How big is Norah?

Happy birthday, Nori girl.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My woes

First, I twisted my ankle (right) many, many weeks ago at Oak Creek with Alice and Sarah. You may remember -- I've whined about it here before. It hurt for a minute, then it felt all kinds of better, then I drove home and it was excruciatingly painful and I feared for my accelerating/braking abilities on the curvy mountain roads; then I got home and couldn't put any pressure on it, so I hopped around on the other foot (left) until my husband ordered me to bed and called everyone we know looking for crutches to borrow; then I took 3 ibuprofins (can that be pluralized?) and fell asleep and it was completely healed the next morning, and everyone at church was all, "Needed crutches, did you? Huh."

Well. Soon thereafter my other ankle (left) began to hurt, but I have no idea how or when I could have injured it. It has had a dull, annoying soreness for about 6 weeks or so. It hurts especially at night, all night long and in the morning, and then I will walk it out and it doesn't hurt anymore. I googled the symptoms and it seems to me I have gout, but my husband laughs at me and says I don't drink nearly enough red wine or eat enough red meat or weigh enough to have gout, but I'm not so sure. Anyway, the pain has persisted, yesterday it was especially bad all day long and I limped on my afternoon walk up the Lindon hills. Tonight? Doesn't hurt, not even a little bit, and that is the first time in a really long time. So I'm all healed, right?

I am not even kidding, but my right ankle is starting to hurt again tonight. This is getting ridiculous.

Long time no blog

Hi, my name is Emily and I am a Utah resident.

We made it! We have made the transition from upper middle class in Arizona to lower middle class in Utah County, or something like that.

The weather is awesome, but it feels threatening, like it thinks it is going to turn really cold really soon. I'm on to you, weather. The Costco is much the same as our Arizona Costco, except the eggs are twice as expensive here. The grass is softer in Utah. The kids have to start school at 8 in the morning (!), which means we will have to start waking up sometime before 8. We've already been in attendance at a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and it was spectacular. All in all, things are good thus far.

I'm waiting for Disneyland to email a picture of me going to town with a laser gun in one hand and a baby/baby bottle in the other a la Astro Blasters. If they ever send it, which is starting to look doubtful, I might have something to post again soon. If not, I'll try hard to think up something to blog about. My brother-in-law seems to not have any trouble thinking up things to blog about, as evidenced by his 15 posts a day. RIchard never fails to entertain.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Good luck, cowboys

Does anyone think it's funny that this

plus a big tv, a computer, two bikes, plus a few sundry items that Steve just brought out (everything that is not going into the dark abyss of indefinite storage, in other words), oh, and seven people have to fit in our two cars for our big move?

I think it's pretty funny.

Wednesday morning edit: Ahhhh, our lives just got much easier. The moving van will take as much stuff as we need to our new residence. Thank you, Brigham!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Tesseracts for everyone

A favorite childhood companion of mine died yesterday. I read so, so many of her books. I put "A Wrinkle in Time" in a time capsule I made as a teenager. I love that book. Go read it to your kids if you haven't already.

Madeleine L'Engle

Monday, September 03, 2007

Thinking about missing Phoenix

orange blossoms
warm rain
my parents
the Suns
hiking in the city
excellent shopping
Fox concept restaurants
summer resort deals
competitive grocery stores
out-of-this-world thunderstorms
easily navigable streets
Mesa temple
walking to the library
boating trips
the Phoenix Zoo
book club
flash floods
casual, down-to-earth people
concert venues
downtown Scottsdale
Mexican food
Phoenix Art Museum
retractable roofs
cub scouts
missionary opportunities
Village Vista Elementary
my ob/gyn clinic
close proximity to Target
60 degree Christmases
my hairstylist
throwing showers with Jami
family dinners
Kierland Commons
anything anyone might need is here
strong people network that comes with living somewhere for 16 years
our house