Friday, March 28, 2008
Connor's up next in a few weeks.
*The author of this blog is seriously taking her life into her own hands by posting this picture.
On a few separate occasions, Todd and the kids have told me about a wild fox they have noticed while driving down Traverse Ridge. I hadn't thought much of it until I saw it today.
WHY? WHY? WHY do I never have my camera when I see cute animals in the wild?
It was striking. It was in a wooded area and was walking on the snow - very close to the main road. Of course I told Todd about it when he came home tonight, but it had been on my mind all day. The thing is, it didn't look exactly how I thought a fox would look. I mentioned to Todd that it almost reminded me of a coyote.
Well, that just opened up a great big can of worms! Now Todd and I cannot decide if it was a coyote or a fox. We don't even know if we saw the same animal or not. Todd is convinced that he has seen a coyote AND a fox and that our little critter in question is in fact, 2 critters.
You can bet that I'll be finding an answer to this little mystery!
As a side note, there also seems to be a cougar roaming around in the area. Read very scary news article here:
As yet another side note, I do realize that this post ranks high on the "Holy Cow, What a Nerd!" meter. I admit that in my younger years, I never would have found foxes and coyotes interesting. I'm not quite sure what is happening to me. Old age? Boredom? Teenagers sucking the life right out of me?
One of these days I may totally tip the nerd scale and relate my embarrassing elk story on this blog.
I'm sure you are dizzy with anticipation.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Connor: I hate any song that has a chipmunk singing in it.
Repairman: Yes, there is black mold in your walls where you had the ice dam and it's going to cost you a lot of money that you don't want to spend and be very inconvenient for you during the next few weeks.
Todd: Jodi, I'm glad you don't get offended by things I say even if I sometimes mean it.
Larissa: David Archuleta is sooo sexy!
Elora to Connor and Larissa: Oh, you have school this week? That sucks. I have the week off.
Jodi: I don't have anything to blog about. Maybe I'll just relay quotes I've heard.
Darren from the MTC: Hey, thanks for the tic tacs. Actually, my companions thank you!
Stitch the cat: Seriously, I hate all of you.
Baby Bear the cat: I hate Stitch.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
It was a weekend of renewal for me - appropriate for this Easter weekend. I have yearned to go back since my cancer diagnosis last November. Nothing is more healing or therapeutic than being in the red desert. Surely, there isn't a more beautiful place on this Earth. I was able to breathe the fresh air and be reminded that no problem is too insurmountable.Tomorrow, undoubtedly, I will be embarrassed with my oozy sap-filled blog entry, so I will end by sharing some of our animal incidents that we endured on the trip.
I met this buffalo after our hike in Zion. Apparently, he had just finished the hike and was as tuckered out as I was. Poor guy. I felt his pain.
This little vagrant begged for food by putting on a sad face. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the "Will look cute 4 food" sign he was holding up. We felt sorry for him, but didn't comply, lest we break National Park rules.
Todd liked the goatee on this buffalo and made him pose so he could get a better idea of how to grow one for himself.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
If you have not seen Secondhand Lions - go get the DVD - you will love it or I'll eat Connor's gym sock! I'm a fan of Robert Duvall in any movie - but he played an especially terrific role in this one, as did Michael Caine.
A young boy, Walter (Haley Joel Osment), is dumped off at his rich uncles' house by his mom so she can wander off and live her life without ties. He feels unwanted (obviously) and awkward/shy (obviously) because he has never met these uncles before. They live in an old farmhouse in rural Texas. The uncles are eccentric and set in their ways and don't like having him around at first. The movie evolves as the old men become attached to their new house guest and he to them. Walter learns that his uncles have led very adventurous and interesting lives and he finds himself drawn to their history. Eventually, they are not just weird old men living in a farmhouse - but interesting, noble men who have lived and learned from life. I won't divulge any more of the plot so I don't ruin it for you when you watch it. Have I mentioned that you need to go rent the DVD?
I love this movie's portrayal of life's phases and stages. Walter has his whole life before him. He is learning and growing and finding his place in the world. Conversely, the uncles have lived life and have wonderful memories to which they firmly grasp while knocking on the door of their final years. They don't want to let the memories go and they don't want their senior years to rob them of their dignity.
As time passes on ever so rapidly for me, I am reminded of my once-small children who are no longer as needy of me and my
I am keenly aware that in a few short years my children will be living on their own, possibly raising their own families. Will I be ready for that next phase of my life?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Until we gained custody of Todd's kids (as a side note - Darren, Elora, and Larissa are not my Biological kids - but my kids, nonetheless), I had never really had a pet. My brother Brian had a crazy cat named Tard that I lived with for about 3 years - but she was downright mean. (Sorry Brian, I know that hurts to hear...be strong). I didn't grow up with pets and was, to be honest, scared of them. When it was determined that Larissa, who is a huge cat lover (not to say that Larissa is huge, because clearly she is not - but to say that she has a very large affection for cats), would be coming to our home - Todd and I realized that we would need a cat or two. Enter Stitch, aka Creature, and Baby Bear. In case you haven't noticed - I ADORE these cats. Who knew that animals could be so much fun to have around? Since then I have gained a huge love for all animals - not just my cats. They make me giggle and I think they're just funny little critters. Llamas and emus particularly tickle my funny bone.
So, I'm branching out and thinking I might like a dog. I realize they're a huge committment and want to make sure I know what I'm getting myself into. I would like a dog that I can take on walks and jogs - medium to large-sized. Preferably a dog that doesn't bark too much. Needs to be good with my cats. Would like a gentle, cuddly dog - not mean - but one that also likes to play and have fun. Here are my thoughts so far....
Old English Sheepdog - How cute is he??!!
I love his fuzziness.
Newfoundland - I hear they are great dogs. But huge! Would a Newfie be too much dog for a beginner like me?
Lab - Just an all-around good dog, I hear.
Collie - For cute!
So, what are your thoughts? Advice, hints, tips, other dog breeds worth considering? Do you have an awesome dog?
Some people tell me they haven't been able to leave a comment. Choose "Anonymous" if you don't have a google id.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Goal: Bryce Canyon Half Marathon on July 19th
I realize I probably won't be able to run the entire race. It's hard to go from sedentery sloth to road runner in the short amount of time I have left. I'm secretly hoping to contract a case of malaria or some other insidious ailment on July 18th so that I won't have to royally embarrass myself in front of the hundreds of fit n' fabulous runners.
What if I can't finish the race due to the wheezing and snorting that I experienced today while running? Well, it was actually more like walking. Okay, I slogged! If you don't know what slogging looks like - come with me tomorrow and I'll give you a show. Prepare to see me wearing my signature black, breathing like I haven't inhaled oxygen for at least 10 years, and hobbling like a crippled water buffalo. It's not pretty. And who knew that my face could turn 12 different shades of red in the course of 45 minutes?
Getting out of my comfort zone is proving difficult. I will not give up!! No sir-eee! I might complain, gripe, whine, and spit...but I suppose I'll keep slogging along.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
My first plan is to cook once a month and freeze all of my dinners for the coming weeks. How convenient and efficient is that?! Organized people do this all the time. Maybe I should give it a whirl. I found really awesome websites to inspire me:
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I also have another secret thought. What if I cleaned out my garage (WOW) and moved the filing cabinet to an accessible spot (WOW WOW) (and yes, my filing cabinet is in my garage) and filed all of my papers that have been storing up (Triple WOW)?! Further, I could clean out my 2007 files and store them in a banker's box.
Also - I am going to finish the real estate school that I signed up for 9 months ago and then became sidetracked from 4 months ago. By my plan - I should have it done by the end of April.
Finally - and my kids will hate me but it makes me chuckle with glee - I'm creating a list of spring cleaning 'to do's' that we will all finish on a Saturday when we are actually all home together. On the list are windows, railings and doorknobs, under and on top of the fridge etc etc. It makes me dizzy with joy just thinking about it. I can't wait to see the look on Connor's face when I inform him he has baseboard duty. Child labor in it's legal and fun form!
Poor Darren is missing out!
Spring - I love all of it. Fresh air. Sprinklers. Pine Sol. Grass. Clear skies. Crickets.
Bring it on!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
We weren't impressed with his preening and sensed that he was mocking us.
The feathered troll, apparently fed up with Todd's name-calling, finally called his supervisor Larry for back-up.
Look at Larry's cocky attitude as he struts his stuff.
They even had the nerve to sit while mocking us which we used to our advantage.
We then happened upon a cage of hecklers clearly up to no good.
Todd made a quick stop.
We were so excited for a party - anything to get out of exercising, but alas, it was all locked up. We suspect the trolls had something to do with it.
Our faith in God's creatures restored, we were able to enjoy a nice stroll through the woods.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Philip Bimstein and Red Rock Rondo kicked off the evening with a collection of Southern Utah-inspired acoustical music. I've heard of this band before but had never heard them perform. I love anything that involves our beloved Southern Utah and they did not disappoint!
Terry Tempest Williams spoke next about the decline of the prairie dog population. I was looking forward to hearing her speak as I'm a fan of her writing but to be honest - her comments were just too short (whine)! I wanted to hear more of her poetic passion and environmental fervor (yes, can I have cheese with the whine?). I know she was saving time for Jane Goodall but I was let down, nonetheless.
Jane Goodall then spoke about our relationships with each other and with animals. She spoke about living more peacefully and lovingly with others. Todd and I were struck by her zest for life. She has been such a good force on this Earth and has blessed and taught so many. It was an honor to hear her speak.
An exquisite lady.
Did you know that this glass sculpture is titled "Olympic Tower" and was created by Dale Chihuly for the 2002 Olympics?
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Lately, Todd and I have concerns about a backyard neighbor who has a peculiar interest in our cats. He spies on our cats and is almost obsessed with their activities. When they nap - he knows. When they play, he knows. Our neighbor appears relentless in his quest to be seen by our cats and has become increasingly vocal. At times it borders on harrassment. It occurs to me that my cats have a stalker.
In the Summer, our neighbor peers through the slats in our back fence at the cats. But, since the snow levels are so deep, he now peers over our fence at them. Will he stop at nothing? What exactly are his intentions? I took a picture for proof of his obsession.
Here he is...
Keep scrolling to look in the eyes of fierceness.....
Not suitable for young viewers.
EGADS! Will my cats ever feel completely safe with this beast stalking them??
Note his intimidating demeanor and snarling teeth..
I take great comfort in knowing that as the snow melts and decreases, so will this predator's splendid view of my furry friends.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Note the clean floor.
Is it Mother's Day? My birthday? A full moon?
I think I'll take my gal to a movie!