Thursday, December 14, 2017

Things To Do

Christmas Bucket List

  1. Buybe Presents
  2. Wrap Giftssomeone in a hug
  3. Send Cardslove
  4. Shop Fordonate Food
  5. Make Cookiesmemories
  6. Seebe The Lights

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


As Christmas party season kicks off:

1. Keep an extra plastic bag at home in case you are the lucky winner of the new skates just delivered off Amazon.

2. If you're wearing new skates, for heaven's sakes, wear new socks!

3. If your company is sweet enough to keep chatting with you, by all means feel free to listen for as long as you can possibly keep your eyes open.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


1. Good: Got a lot of good deliveries done.
2. Better: Then got even more deliveries done.
3. Best: After work was done, the pleasure of being sandwiched between four teenaged boys fresh from the ice. Yes, I do mean that. It was remarkably entertaining. Every sentence started with ‘Yo’ - as in ‘Yo, check out the sick sauce!’

What is sauce? Yo, that would be the best possible passes from stick to stick, like a flying saucer.

Monday, December 11, 2017


1. Decker Lake Drive West: Doing the hockey night, warm lights glowing from storefront galleries at twilight.

2. Constitution Boulevard West West: Gingerly picking up salad with chicken and warm tortillas; eating an entire meal without utensils at Cafe Rio restaurant. Ridiculously delicious!

3. Foothill Road: A day of fire restoration and the boys of JW Restoration for Max with his new job. Ouch! Hot! Sigh...

Sunday, December 10, 2017


1. Memory! Got a Christmas print from this year's highlights.
2. Kitchen painted! Served warm, delicious color.
3. Work! Lingered in my bed all day... sleeping.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The IG

Markus scoring a game winning goal in Minnesota last weekend!
1. Instagram: Randhir is a real woman working on her master's degree. Who takes the time in the middle of our night shift to listen to – of all things – my silly stories. All the cool games get recited. I beg her to listen to a few more (‘is this too corny?’) – and she actually does, even though she has real school work to do.

2. Non-Instagram: My first experience with permanent cosmetics.

3. Instagram: Is it possible to spend two hours on the IG at work? Oh, it is possible to spend a lot more than two hours! Just a theoretical supposition.

Friday, December 8, 2017


1. Midday: In a quiet corner of the library, a midday Brazilian drumming party. Murray's own Hillcrest Jazz Band was performing the one and only Deck The Halls.

2. Later That Day: Met two of these guys at their lunch break, since I brought one of them lunch. Musicians need to eat lunch together more often: it saves money and it's social.

3. Really Later That Day: Didn't need to sit in the rink to be cold, as I was already cold running to Walmart. Riding shopping carts by day puts me in touch with the city.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


This was a special three-part day.

1. Scott: My friend was deployed early this morning for California, fighting fires and bringing trucks.

2. Delivery: Babies to the burbs and back (and what a fabulous delivery it was).

3. Markus: Got to leave-work early concert, thanks to my boss covering for me, listening to both the jazz band concert and orchestra (for a Merry Christmas combo, thank you very much).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


1. Scott returned to town from Palm Springs. Last week, he and I got together for lunch to satisfy my massive craving for Salmon

2. Then he picked up the tab. He swears Wasatch Brewery has been a roaring success since the 80's - anyone else remember?

3. He's a good friend, up late at night. We had a proper chat to catch up on affairs of the mind and matters of the heart.

It seems everyone returns to Wasatch Brewery for that special beer. I'll return for the salad dressing.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


1. Precious sleep: ‘There are twelve hours in the day, and above fifty in the night.’ - Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

2. Silver Tuesdays: All he wanted was to fly home after the tournament. Easy? Not so! After a painful notice, the plane was too heavy from all the hockey bags (mind you, three teams all on the same flight to Denver).

3. Happy convert: $300 (plus another flight voucher) and a voucher for the night in a fancy hotel; $50 buys that same flight - for the tournament next month - in that same team's home town.

‘If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.’ - Dale Carnegie

Max is safe. I finally heard from him, after he had to evacuate the home he's staying in with his billet family. The Ventura fire burned down the house across the street. 

Monday, December 4, 2017


1. The pretty red shoes I got from Kailey are pretty hottie-hot!
2. Famished, I discovered sweet pork salad in the break room at work.
3. Thanks to planning from Heather, I had fun exploring for gifts for the Road Home (a ‘continuously needed source of goods on holidays and offerings made from everyone at work—food supplies, new gloves, coats-hats and toys and gifts affecting change’).

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Legend

‘Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out. It's all about timing.’ - Stacey Charter

‘Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.’ - Steve Jobs

‘If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through.’ - Chinese Proverb

Saturday, December 2, 2017


1. 10am: My dog helped me demolish the backyard.
2. 5pm: My neighbor helped me remove the garbage.
3. 8pm: My missing Christmas tree lights reappeared.

Then some Stranger Things...

Friday, December 1, 2017

December First

‘We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.’ - Jeremy Irons

‘Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.’ - H. Jackson Brown

Thursday, November 30, 2017


3. In a freezing cold house over a kitchen counter, leaning up against a running dishwasher for hot, steamy comfort. It almost felt as good as taking a shower.
2. In a busy work morning over cream of wheat, chatting with the furnace repair man.
1. In an unexpected moment over a pile of delivery records and laundry, receiving some very good news from a man who was able to fix rather than replace.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


1. Nine hours of beauty sleep.
2. Two hours of hairstyling.
3. Six hours of party time.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


All I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Hockey:

1. Listen
2. Participate
3. Have fun!

Monday, November 27, 2017


1. toilet paper
2. toothpaste
3. tampons

Sunday, November 26, 2017


1. to be imparted valuable perspectives from Crystal Hot Spring's original community,
2. to hear Preslee and Max, talking about seeing each other again at Christmas,
3. to spend an afternoon in a world-renowned mineral pool, followed by a 90-minute nap.

December 1 is Friday.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


1. Gift: Spending time with Max.
2. Morgen Fraternity: ‘Bros-giving’ tomorrow
3. Fruit: Large, ripe, green, sweet, juicy pear.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Best In The West

Turns Fifty!

1. Overheard

‘I love your cake!’ 
‘Thanks! Scott and Wes made it for me.’ 
‘It is so pretty!’ 
‘I know. It is my lucky day!’

2. Read.

‘Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.’ British novelist G.B. Stearn

3. Said.

‘I'm going to the gym tomorrow!’ 
‘Me too!’ 
‘I don't know – but I will!’
‘How exciting!’
‘I know!’

Thursday, November 23, 2017

So Obsessively Grateful

Happy American Thanksgiving!

1. Playing Animal Sounds with my nephew after dinner. ‘Be a cow!’ [Say moo.] What else? ‘I know! Let's be superheroes!’ [Get down, put up your fist, lift chin high.] ‘Let's be echoes!’ [Repeat what ever I say. Only don't be the last one to say it.]

2. Visiting with my sister Monet in the early evening. Aria singing right into the night, where my heart and head got some much-needed tender loving maintenance.

3. Biking with my friend Alisa eastward at sunrise, facing a new moon and a warm wind. Biked right into Markus on B Street, where we got some much-needed Linner.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


One free poster. ‘Chicago, the Most Windy City in the World’

Two new jobs for Morgen and Preslee. It was high time, indeed – before I baked something!

Three (or four) tax accounting grades from willing A students (for his mid-term).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


1. Respite: staying up late, but work being cancelled.
2. Vehicle: Max finally made it home in his.
3. Insta-ticket: got his first ticket for speeding ($200).

Monday, November 20, 2017


‘The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word crisis. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.’

Sunday, November 19, 2017


It's an official Me Day! 
1. I sleep all day because I worked all night.

2. I call LA because I can.

3. I spend an afternoon in a 103 degree yoga studio and shower, followed by a 103-minute chat with a friend.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017


1. My boss doesn't mind that I clock in early.
2. My son doesn't mind dinner with his teammates.
3. His teammates don't mind taking a photo with Ugly God. They take turns smiling him. ‘My turn!’ ‘No, my turn!’ Markus says, ‘Mom, he was really cool about us recognizing him at the hotel.’

Friday, November 17, 2017


1. Perfect parallel parking, courtesy of yours truly.
2. Lots of Phoenix tips, courtesy of the Marko man.
3. Help brainstorming sexy personalities, males, 40-60 years old, courtesy of my colleagues. This was a real challenge. Not because we don't have sexy celebrities, but because our celebrity knowledge isn't that strong. We universally agreed that Jack LaLanne was the perfect American sex symbol, alas, he is no longer with us.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


3. Terrific t-shirt performance of A Man and his dog.
2. Luncheon (lunch + Grand America) for Morgen honoring him for the scholarship he won.
1. Incredible feedback from coaches and teammates.

‘Things growing are not ripe until their season.’