Brody and Corine invited me to their performance at the Assembly Hall. It was so much fun! They even played a Star Wars medley with the lights off and glow sticks on their bows so they looked like light sabers. After, they also invited me out for dessert at Marie Calendars, a place I only frequent when I'm with Harts!
I printed pictures of Laura Benanti looking disappointed as a way to motivate myself to be better (at waking up on time, at going to work on time, at exercising, at eating healthy, etc, etc, etc). It doesn't seem to be working. Even the shame of disappointing Laura isn't enough to help me get myself together!
Adventure shoes! I took one quick shot before heading out the door to meet Gen, Suzie, and Meryl for a drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to watch the meteor shower. Suzie also brought a camera and took a lot of great pictures, but Meryl and I laid on her air mat and huddled for warmth while eating all of Gen's muddy buddies, so I didn't bother with pictures myself. We got home super late, but it was so much fun!
D'Nell and Sarah like to go to these Find It, Make It, Love It craft classes, so I signed up this month. Turns out neither of them could make it, so I just sort of sat alone and made a craft by myself, but it worked out because I could just pop in some music and be happy. I made an adorably crafty door decoration! Obviously far from perfect, but for my first craft, I'm fine with it.
We had a work thing at Cowabunga Bay (waterslides!), and I invited Jenny and the kids. Mark made it home in time to stay back with Dresden (so we could stay later). Oh my gosh, the kids were wired, they were so excited! We went on all the different slides, played in the lazy river, joined the dance party, ate tons of pizza and cotton candy, and the kids both said they want to come back next year (which is good, because this is where we're going next year, too). Ziggy was too busy trying to catch ping pong balls (for prizes) to stop for a picture.
When I was in Michigan, Ben and I were talking about those little metalworks toys. I wanted a windmill, but I didn't want to build it. Ben said he could build it in one night, and I told him that wasn't possible, so I bought it, and he built it in one night (he even said it was a pain!). Now it's adorning my work desk.
My cousin Jim and his family are in from Nebraska, so we had a family dinner to hang out with them. Dresden didn't love the people (Jenny said he has social anxiety, which I can appreciate!), freaked out about me putting snapchat filters on his face (he kept trying to rub the dog nose off his own nose -- which was adorable), and adored the chocolate chip cookie.
Jim spent the evening playing the piano for us. We got some classics, hymns, and, for me, Broadway!
Jenny had me watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and I finally finished the first season, and was so distraught by the ending, that I needed to talk about it! So I left work a little early, stopped at the store for ice cream, popcorn, root beer, and oreos, and then went to Jenny's house where the kids ate junk food, Dresden watched Cars, and Jenny and I discussed our feelings about all the TV shows we both watch.
Then I had to leave to pick up Dad, then go to the Hart's to get Makenzie, her friend Ellen, Eliza, and Ivy for the Pioneer Day Concert.
I went to my parents' to get my stuff so I could move back home (since it's no longer insanely hot in there). As I was leaving, I saw a cute little snake hanging out on their front porch. I thought it was fake, but then it moved and kind of freaked me out. Apparently after I left, Dad, who came out to see the snake, forgot to shut the door, and by the time Mark got over, the door was open and the snake was gone -- we're hoping it went into the yard and not into the house.
Today is Ziggy's 11th birthday! We went Jenny and Mark's house to open presents (I went over early to play with the kids), and then to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. Ziggy loved the gifts. I got him a lego sports car of some type, and he was appropriately delighted with it.
Then Dad and I snuck out early, met my friend Erin, and headed up to Deer Valley to listen to Matthew Morrison play with the Utah Symphony. It was COLD, but his voice is gorgeous, so it was great!
Camille cross-stitched this for me for my birthday! It didn't seem professional to put it anywhere on my desk that people could see it, so now it's on my desk ridge facing me. I look at it when people come up to talk to me, and I laugh because I love it. I mean, technically, "Social anxiety triggered by people is the worst" would be more accurate, but I can see why she didn't go for that!
This is a home first, a bird got down my fireplace and was just hanging out in my house. I was sitting in the kitchen and kept hearing flapping noises, I went out, and there was a bird on my picture! I freaked out and tried to retreat, but smacked my toe REALLY hard on the side of the wall as I turned. Then I called Mom, she panicked more than I did and said, "Why do you have a bird in your house? YOU NEED TO GET IT OUT!" Really? I did not realize that yet. So I hung up on her and called Jenny, who suggested a broom or a blanket. She also stayed on the phone while I closed all the doors except the front door, closed all the blinds, turned off all the lights (to make sure the only light was the exit), and then put a blanket over my arms (but the front of them, so if the bird came toward me, I could duck and hide under it), and flapped my new wing-arms at the bird. It flapped back at me, so I got closer, and it flew up and landed ON the door, but the inside, so I flapped at it, but it was higher than me, so it just gave me a sort of condescending glare before it decided it was ready to go outside. I sat on the floor, talking to Jenny, and panicking that I had a bird now. It was very cute, but I prefer my wildlife to stay outside.
Melody used to buy her son and daughter-in-law baby clothes as a "hint" that she wanted grandkids. They very firmly told her they don't plan on having children, so she's upset, but has lots of extra baby clothes! She brought one little shirt in, drew "TANK" on it (she wanted me to draw something cute on it, but I didn't want to get involved), and put it on Joan's oxygen tank... We're not sure why. So, that happened.