Monday, June 26, 2017


1. Casey: I love these summer birthday's. I had been smelling KFC on the way there. Well, lo and behold! Kentucky Fried Chicken.

2. Dad: Dinner and fresh fruit with my sister and family at Parley's Canyon. Awww, seventy-eight!

3. Adam: We didn't feel like heading home yet, so we stayed and let Max drive Markus home.

 Preslee was a much better negotiator, scoring a ride home for her as well. Despite her highly effective skills, we decided to return to SL later that night, pausing at a rest stop under the freeway to take a selfie in the world's hottest (it doesn't have AC), convertible Porsche on wheels. We *will* return to the canyon!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Did you think I meant AJ Ferguson?

1. Actually, I meant the canyon of the same name. Along with steezy music, trail mix, fried shrimp and sunshine.
2. Hiking, hiking, hiking. And a saleslady at Van's running, running, running to fulfill my son's special request.
3. More canyons. Photo shoots. Birthday parties. Cupcakes...

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Good morning, Salt Lake City!

1. A pleasurable birthday bicycle ride shared with a sparkling, spirited friend. Do you ever have that special, meaningful friend bringing adventures and activities to your life? I do. And that someone was my ride-mate and inspiration all the way through the Holladay City.

2. Shawna met me out in front of her house and I took her for a delicious birthday-breakfast at a restaurant called Waffle Love.

3. Cycling through the city streets, all marked with bike lanes. Painting white lines can't be that hard! Those bikes took us to the Holladay Boulevard Zumba festival, followed by a day out in beautiful weather in very good company. Company that we've shared since 2003. 

Good afternoon, SLC!

When: 2:30 a.m. Who: An otherwise nice dog. Where: On my stomach. What: Pouncing. This was a first. Funny and flabbergasting. Oddly charming that he would wake me up to tell me that Max had come home. I still chuckle at the memory. It was nothing compared to that nice but energetic dogs snoring.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sweet Things

Sweet things happened when I reunited two teenagers overnight and for the day:

1. 05:31 - ‘Good morning, Mom … Oh no! I woke up the same time as at camp? … What time did you get up? Are you just going to work or coming home?’

2. 08:00 - Uncle Adam came to pick up Max for work, so I got to sleep for 45 minutes.

3. 20:30 - I turned to watch them both skating, home to great power skating, to find something interactive to do instead of watching Youtube. Markus and Max are huge fans of NHL hockey!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

e.e. cummings

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Time

1. Time to enjoy Markus' pics on Twitter.
2. Time to post photos on here. 
3. Time to catch up on daily recaps.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

He's Back

1. If you fall asleep on the last day of your cruise to the carribean, you may be burned on one side. Wear lots of sunscreen!

2. After he was braided up by a rather jolly woman who told good jokes, he watched the island monkeys get their picture taken. It is official: he spent every last dollar.

3. It is never a good idea to run out of money right before riding the zip-line. (Thanks to Aaron's mom for the loan.) But if you do, wear lots of sunscreen!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bonus: Dancing

1. Having a nice chat with one (of 37) of my cousins.
2. Continuing to dance with one of my uncles.
3. Enjoying even more sunshine. With only twelve precious weeks of summer, I will be a Tannasaurus Rex!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bonus: Dad

1. Patient: teaching his grandchildren the differences between squares and rectangles.
2. Thoughtful: giving me a sapphire ring because it's my birthstone.
3. Helpful: offering lots of constitutional tips - unsolicited, but undeniably useful, advice.

Just three reasons (of three to the power of n) why we love Dad. Happy Father's Day to you and your daddy-units.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow

1. Vote of Confidence I: Twitter. I received a very encouraging message from someone with his best interests in mind.

2. Vote of Confidence II: Groceries. Morgen and I bought food and found some of the best fruits of summer: ‘Cherries!’

3. Vote of Confidence III: Youth. A younger coach invited Markus to join him in Colorado at his VIP training next to a star NHL'er (who is ‘old, late 30s’... uh oh). I don't do dryland, but I'm in!

At the Western Region High Performance Camp

Friday, June 16, 2017

Family Reunion

1. My cousin, my aunt and I reworked the family tree to ‘include' in all kinds of strange and wonderful ways.

2. I learned about the strange and wonderful ways of farmers and that even though they may look angry, they are determined - and beautiful.

3. An uncle at the Outback directed me to some strange and wonderful memories (in lieu of ice cream).

My dad and his brother David and sister Rosella

Newell ~ 1984


Thursday, June 15, 2017


1. Intermountain: provided me employee appreciation lunch via food trucks out front.
2. Top 100: delivered another better-than-most hospitals in the US.
3. Chipotle: served me a scrumptious, chicken bowl.

These dudes had fun sleeping over and doing photo sessions.

They rock, they rule!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


1. My son gave his friend a lift, bright and early, from the Walmart at 5:00 a.m. It almost helped transform my night-owl nature.

2. Double-whammy: I met a wonderful woman who had just given birth to her third little girl whom I got to give her first bath to. Then I got educated in a high-risk skills day. I appreciate great education and I really appreciate staff who are willing to tell me about the more intricate skills of nursery. Then I got to wish my little sister a happy birthday. Hope it will be the best year yet, Darlin. 

3. Markus good-naturedly told me a hilarious story set in a surf park in Vegas. ‘His fan was allowed to use his board.'

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


1. This didn't happen to me, but I am thrilled it happened to someone I gave birth to: West Coast Renegades, featured a player I love, he has become a player of Note.

2. My son taught me that there are skaters (found in skate parks, plus scooters) and then there are Skaters. Ice if you count hockey.

3. The gift of motivation was bestowed upon me, unbeknownst to its providers.

Monday, June 12, 2017


1. During our echoey conversation - spoken entirely in between periods - my son told me I was pretty. (Talking in between texts, snapchats, etc. is a variation on being {pittsburgh's} #1 fan.)

2. I caught my wireless signal on the back porch. It was the perfect sunset home game watching setup (Stanley cup included).

3. After I took pics of the celebration, Markus brainstormed with me over our bowls of ice cream how to tidy up the scene of the crime. We washed and dried that kitchen clean - he in absentia, I in present.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Isn't The Past Kind?

It's Always Over

A friend (Shawna) did me an act of kindness, thereby freeing me to enjoy (versus endure) my Friday evening. 
If you must look back, do so forgivingly. 

If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. 

However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present...


2. I took Markus to buy (yet another) sweet new camera after he had to cancel his order from a company purporting to sell quality goods.

3. Max and I abused our phone plans (he Snapchats me for free; I receive them with wi-fi for free). It was a nice 15-minute chat in the breezy afternoon sun. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017


1. Marko (with the help of G, B and S) helped me babysit Mattison's baby: ‘Um, she's crying...’

2. ‘This is Morgen. Do you want to babysit tonight after Dad's wedding?’ I succeeded in my first-ever baby-monitor-equipped job.

3. Morgen met a really nice girl from Nevada. Her company has sent her here on a home nursing assignment.  ‘For three months, I have been busy, taking care of my baby and doing home visits.’ Nice!

Morgen also worked out a gig at Walmart,  (June 1-15). If you're in the area, go check him out re-stocking those shelves! (He decided he was too far behind on his homework assignments for summer semester, so he dropped his classes.)

Friday, June 9, 2017


These Two
leave tomorrow for the carribean
along with a few of their other classmates...

1. Help! Brother's help fixing my broken stair in return for using my washer and dryer.
2. Help! Son sent my money to Aaron's mom on his behalf.
3. Help! Cleaning lady (while I was at work) vaccuumed all the ick away.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Senior Cruise

Max is leaving! I am a little freaked (and so are my sons, who have had him home for *many* years). It's temporary. Not ‘temporary’ - really, just temporary. Yea... so we're all a bit nervous about the arrangement.

1. My son helped me by buying some anti-nausea bands.
2. My son helped me pick up dog food for Skip while he was there.
3. My son offered me a BLT for lunch.

Summer adventures with the senior on the way...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


1. I scored free tickets to a Love, Kennedy event (a few weeks ago) and was able to offer my son a complimentary night out.

2. I finished my shift early, just after the baby, so we went for a nightcap (peach gelato, along with a complimentary sample of drizzled chocolate).

3. I gave Max and Markus a lift home. Completely mesmerized by the game, I almost forgot that the other team was from up North. First hockey, now cameras. All in such complimentary, videography of course.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


1. Lazy day poolside, discussing the pros and cons of sunscreen.
2. Viewing some great shorts at this youtube channel.
3. Stirring. Happy that someone moved him on the inside. It doesn't matter if they never meet again. What matters is that even for the broken and the jaded, there is always hope in matters of the heart.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bakers Gonna Bake

1. Bacon: Markus requested for his first day of summer breakfast.

2. Rustling: Midnight bike ride through the dark, windy 'parkway. All quiet but for the crickets in chorus and the quiet roar of the distant freeway (as opposed to the dirt rumbling off a tractor).

3. Shalom! Voicemail from a doctor. Or Psychiatrist. I don't really know who she is... but everyone gave her a brilliant referral for psychometric testing for Morgen, non? Oui?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

What You Got

1. Fashion: I met at my sister's closet. She sized me up perfectly and sent me home with a great French dress. 

1a. Reason: Pres had to kiss on a certain grad she fell in love with. A beautiful discovery. But also beautiful was the discovery that I possess the voice of reason (telling me to pay my bills).

2. 80s: A party of three old bike friends reunited and hit up the Little Red Tour at the beautiful Cache Valley.

2a. Cassette: The lead band member shared our enthusiasm: he popped in an 80s music mix on tape so we could all sing to A-ha's ‘Take On Me.’

3. Cyndi Lauper: What a great time! After a pileup of incredible cycling draft gone wrong, a perfect finish.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

1. Sharon took me on a full-day country bike tour. We biked it all, bottom to top. It was fabulous.

2. There is South Cache Valley - and there is North Cache! And then some. And the cows are fragrant! Logan is one of the world's most beautiful dairy farm communities.

3. We rested at Benson Park lookout point. Ice cream, creamies, sunshine, text messaging and iPhones.

Funny, I wore a t-shirt all day that read ‘L-I-T-T-L-E-R-E-D’ . . .