Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 24th in Utah

Yesterday was a state holiday here in Utah. July 24th. It was National Tequila Day, you see, so we all got the day off. There was a big parade in the morning, and lots of fireworks at night! We just go crazy around here celebrating what some might say is an obscure holiday.

Mark and I celebrated by making Raspberry Margaritas:

Recipe (makes one cocktail):
2 ounces tequila (Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine, in our case)
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce raspberry liquor
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 fresh or frozen raspberry
1 lime wheel

Pour all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake! Pour into a glass (with a salted rim, if desired). Add raspberry and lime garnish. Enjoy!

You may also blend this or substitute other fruits and liquors. 

Happy 24th!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thank You, A Poem, and Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings

Catherine from Hello, New Day, has graciously awarded my blog the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you, Catherine!

Of course, there are rules that go along with this award. They are as follows:

  1. Post the award logo and link back to the person who nominated you. 
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to up to 15 blogs you enjoy reading.
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

7 Things about Myself:

1. I hate flying. Love airplanes, hate being in one when it's in the air, doing what it was built to do.
2. I love traveling. Yes, I see how this doesn't actually go with the first one. Maybe I don't love traveling. But I love arriving.
3. I wear my lambswool-lined leather slippers year round. My feet are always cold. Always. (I am aware that I may have offended those who do not support the use of animals as footwear/clothing. Therefore, I will not share the fact that I recently purchased five [five!] pairs of leather shoes. Oh, wait...) Fortunately, this blog has few readers.
4. My husband and I got married on a beach in Jamaica. It was perfection.
5. I hate my oak paneled refrigerator and dishwasher. I mean, really...are we trying to pretend there isn't a fridge in the kitchen? Fortunately, I am actively planning their removal. It's only been 9 years.
6. I could spend all my free time reading. Sometimes I even do.
7. I cannot stand listening to the radio. Drives. Me. Insane. I am very happy with the USB connection in my car.

That's it!

And now, I pass the award along to....

So that's just two, but I love their blogs. And maybe they aren't interested in this award, but I pretty much think they rock and wanted to share them with you!

And now, for a check in on the 40 Things...

I memorized one poem. I chose a short one to start. This is probably my all-time favorite poem. I see a lot of me in it.

The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.

And, in reviving a weekend tradition that Mark and I used to share, last Sunday we sat on the couch with our coffee and hot chocolate and listened to Mendelssohn's Octet for strings. Quite lovely, really, and a very relaxing way to start the day.

Here's a version:

Checking a couple things off the list.

Well, that was a long post. Thanks for hanging in there!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

40 Things Before I Turn 41

Last year I made a list of 39 things to do before I turned 40. I had fun with it. So I thought I would try it again. Some of these are repeats, some are one's I didn't get around to last time. Here's the list, in no particular order. And since I'm already a month into this cycle, I best get working on things!

1. Plan 6 date nights – not just “out to dinner”
2. Learn to style my hair. Seriously. Something besides straight or ponytail.
3. Make a will (in progress)
4. Girls’ weekend!
5. Learn six poems by heart
6. Go on a cruise
7. New paint in the condo
8. Begin to learn Spanish (I have the Fluenz CD course)
9. Go camping
10. Read one non-fiction book a month - any ideas?
11. Spend one weekend “unplugged”. No computer, TV, etc.
12. Have a professional portrait taken
13. Buy myself a bouquet of flowers
14. Choose a color palette for our condo
15. Tea at the Grand America
16. Update one section of my wardrobe
17. Go on a picnic
18. Have a homemade dinner by candlelight
19. Skate ski 10 times this season, snow permitting
20. Do one unassisted pull up
21. Make a new friend
22. Have Sunday brunch – six times
23. Throw a party
24. Attend a conference dealing with a hobby/craft
25. Make one new recipe a month
26. Take a gun safety class
27. Store seasonal items/clothes – and rotate!
28. Get a new pair of glasses
29. One Saturday a month: Coffee, cocoa and classical music with Mark
30. Make the storage unit a functional space
31. Work on the sewing project I started 12+ years ago
32. Continue work on the t-shirt quilt
33. Watch 25 of the American Film Institute’s “10 top 10” (ones that I haven’t already seen)
34. Take the canoe out!
35. Read (well, re-read) “The Odyssey”
36. Try a new hair style/color
37. Do something epic for Mark’s birthday
38. Read my professional journals
39. Give someone flowers
40. Celebrate the above with a bottle of fancy champagne

 What are you doing over the next 11 months?