Sunday, August 31, 2008

Jay's in Town

Jay arrived yesterday afternoon after driving from Colorado Springs. With the threat of thunderstorms in the next couple days, we decided to do a bike ride right after he got here. It ended up being a nice ride through the university and up into the mountains for a little bit. We biked for about 2 and a half hours and got some really nice views along the way.

So far the weather today has been pretty good, so maybe we'll actually get to go on a ride today as well.

Yesterday we went to the farmer's market and got some awesome fresh produce. I especially liked the tomatoes, which are so good you can eat them like any other fruit without anything else!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wall Painting Done

All the walls are painted. There's still the ceiling, and it turns out the shelf thing in the basement is nailed in and won't come out, so we probably won't be painting that. I doubt we'll do the ceiling either. Who knows...

I just uploaded a ton of pictures, since tonight is the first night I've brought my laptop home in a week or two. The last set is our hike last weekend, which has a bunch of good ones.

We made apricot leather tonight, which is basically just mashing up apricots, cooking them for awhile, putting it through the blender, and then drying it out, either in the oven or outside. We're going to let it dry out tomorrow outside, and then we'll see how it tastes!

I finally submitted my paper today. It was good to finally get it done, although it dragged on for so long that there's a bunch of stuff I need to catch up on. For tonight though, we celebrate!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pita bread and hiking

I made some pita bread tonight. It smells good! Can't wait to try it for lunch tomorrow with the walnut-feta pate. Ain't that moosewood cookbook great?

We went on a great hike in Little Cottonwood canyon on Sunday. It was about 8 miles or so with a lake along the way. We were trying to get to the top, but the trail wasn't clear and we lost our way. Tiffany took some pictures on her camera, and I'm hoping to get them uploaded this week

Tiffany also did some painting in our upstairs bathroom tonight, finishing it off with a stripe of purple along the top. It looks really fantastic. There's a shelving unit down in the extra basement room that we think might go well in the bathroom, and that would pretty much finish that room off! Then there's the downstairs bathroom, then the ceiling in the upstairs hallway, and I think that's it for the house.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Twice monthly update

Let's seee.... It's still hot, up to almost a hundred today. Yikes! But it's supposed to drop down to 87 tomorrow, which should be quite nice. Fall is coming!

Tiffany made a wonderful apricot pie using the apricots in our backyard, with the recipe from my Dad. She even made the crust herself! It turned out great, as I said, and didn't last more than three days with just the two of us devouring it.

I've started working at my little cubicle at the university of utah. So far I haven't met anyone in the department other than the administrative people and the chair. And the table and lamp, etc. Har har har. Anyway, actually my cubicle is rather big. Enough space for two people for sure, so we'll see if they stick anyone else in the cubicle with me.

I signed up for fall league tonight. Hopefully it will be better than summer league, which was pretty crappy. At least these games will be right by the university instead of 10 miles south of it. I don't know why, but almost none of the really good players play in league. It's very different from Tucson.

We got a piano a few days ago. It fits in perfectly in our front room and Tiffany is enjoying it right now as I type this. It hasn't been tuned yet (and wasn't tuned for the past three years or something like that), so it still sounds a bit rough, but once it's tuned it will be fantastic.

I started doing some minor yoga stuff the past couple of days to improve my flexibility. We'll see if I stick with it.

I think that's it for now!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friends of Friends Don't Necessarily Get Along

Take for example raspberry. Raspberry is really good friends with chocolate, and chocolate is really good friends with raspberry. But chocolate is also good friends with peanut butter. Peanut butter and raspberry don't really get along that well though. Ok sure, you can have raspberry jam on a PB & J sandwich. But raspberry ice cream with chocolate/peanut butter ice cream? Forget it!!

Aren't you glad you waited for that? What an amazing post!

Still don't have pictures up. Sorry about that...