Monday, March 31, 2014


So...basically my little sister is awesome. :)

Morgan is part of a team at her high school that specializes in cyber security. The entire program is sponsored by the Air Force Association to "inspire high school students toward careers in cybersec."

 Her incredible team not only qualified for the Finals in Washington DC, but they placed 2nd at the finals! Amazing!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2014 Festival of Colors

I'm feeling splurgy on photos right now because I don't feel like sorting through them again. So you're getting almost all of the ones I posted to facebook!

Festival of Colors this year was quite fun. I felt pretty sick most of yesterday - something resembling food poisoning, but more just uncomfortable than throwing up. I nixed my morning run and then we nixed ultimate frisbee and instead went and had brunch at The Original Pancake House. Following that we went home and then to check out Brandon Sanderson's book signing at the Sugerhouse Barnes and Noble. We didn't stick around for long, but instead heading down to Spanish Fork for the Festival. Traffic was surprisingly good at that point in the day.


First colors to the face.

Random guy....

Haha...not our best decision of the day. Being covered
 in colored powder + a kiss = powder in mouth = yuck!
 But I still think it is kind of cute. :)

Dinner with Friends

A few Fridays ago we got together with some friends for dinner. For some reason, our three couples have crazy schedules that are difficult to overlap - but we managed it! It was a fun evening full of good food, funny videos, yorkies, and a game.

Master Egg Roll Chef!

Stir Fry Queen!




Avocado Egg Rolls!

More onions!

Almost time to eat....

A man with confidence. :)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy - Split

There are a lot of versions of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams out there at the moment. I'm not surprised. It's the kind of song that is so catchy, so positive, that I'll bet that people are still listening to it fifty years from now.

This is my current favorite "music video" version of the song.

(Pharrell Williams - Happy (Split, Croatia))

Here are a few of the reasons I love this particular video:

-It's in Split, where I've been, and I recognize the city, even though we were just there for part of a day.
-The people in it seem like regular people just around the city.
-They are, however, better than average dancers as a whole.
-There are some folk dancers. :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Little Bit of the Latest

At the behest of Jaime, I'm to return to properly blogging. ;) But, Jaime, this is quite difficult when there is little to report! If you were to look at my facebook, you would see that it is equally empty.

But I will try. :)

Brandon just finished up a brief segment of Winter Corporate Games (at least the soccer part). For whatever reason, his company was a little less enthusiastic where the soccer was concerned than they've been in the past. They forfeited the first game (not enough players showed up), putting them into the losers bracket, and while they did play two games this last Friday and won both of them, they lost their game last night, ending their soccer games this round (double elimination). Brandon also just finished up the current segment of his league last night (and they finished first in their league - tied one game and won all the rest!), and has re-registered for the next segment (which starts next week). Since they finished in first, they'll move up a bracket and be competing with different (probably better) teams. More soccer games ahead! And, while the soccer portion of the Corporate Games is over, Brandon is playing some racquetball with the Corporate Games this weekend.  He's generally been staying away from racquetball (as I think it might have been chiefly responsible for his tennis elbow), but in order for one of his coworkers to be able to play racquetball at all in the CG, he needs a team member. So Brandon is playing.

My baby sister has been staring in her high school's performance of Shrek the Musical as the witch! And, if I do say so myself, she looks incredible! I think her hands (and those crazy long fingers) may be my favorite part. :)

I just noticed the ears my parents are wearing - love them!

Apparently her high school goes above and beyond in their approach to drama. The budget for this one performance was...I think more than $10,000...(Mom! Correct me if I'm wrong!) In other words, they take this very seriously. And from my parent's report, it pays off! I look forward to seeing a recording of it some time!

I have been (slowly) training for the SLC Half Marathon coming up in April. Following that I'll really need to train for the Spartan Beast in June. The running distance won't be too hard (10-12 miles), but I think some of the obstacles might be more challenging if I don't work on some general strength training. You have to attempt each obstacle and if you can't do it, there are an allotted amount of burpees that you can do as a replacement. Let me just say that I neither like nor enjoy doing burpees (no to mention that they're hard!), so I'd much rather enjoy and be able to do the obstacles than have to make up for them in burpees.

My brother Michael has been interested in book binding for some time. He's previously made me several journals that I have filled. A new one is on its way in the mail! Pictures to come when it arrives! Although I eagerly await it, I'm about three quarters of the way through two separate journals so I'll have to get on top of writing in them if I want to be able to start in his new one.

Let's see...things I might not have mentioned in the past several weeks. Birthdays! Not only was it my Dad's birthday at the beginning of February, but then Michael's, Morgan's, and Sylvia's. Also, St. David's Day! Cymru am byth!   We went down to Provo (one of the infrequent times that we do that) to attend a little Welsh Study Abroad reunion and eat Potato Leak soup and Welsh Cakes (all delicious!). It was good to catch up with my Welsh professor. Brandon went skiing this past Saturday with his (second) recently purchased pair of new ski boots.

Life is good, and busy, and not always filled with exciting things to report on (like giving up candy and soda for lent). But still good. :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mission Accomplished!

Brandon and I both finished Words of Radiance last night. Incredible book. :)

Now that I've whipped through the book. I'll listen to it as an audiobook to catch any details I might have missed. Sometimes when reading books dense with detail (for example, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series) I can start to glaze over when the level of detail starts to become ridiculous. For the most part, Brandon Sanderson doesn't have an issue with that so I feel like I generally catch a high percentage of everything in the book. But even with his books, listening to them as an audio book just helps to slow it all down.

Almost no complaints about the book though! Definitely met and exceeded my expectations. I think the one thing that Brandon pointed out that Sanderson doesn't particularly excel at is clear description of large complicated battles. Both in the last book or so of the Wheel of Time and in some of his actual books, the battle scenes have just been hard to keep track of. I haven't read very many historical war books, but I wonder if that is something that Sanderson's simply not great at, or if it is just a difficult thing to do in general.

Anyway, I definitely recommend it if/once you've read The Way of Kings. I'm sure it will probably be several more years before the next book in this series, but I think I'm ok with that.