Here are a few things I am looking forward to:
Finishing this book:
Attending my Book Group where we will have a fabulous discussion on The Chosen by Chaim Potok.
Birthday cake with one of the nieces--if you are counting that will make 3 pieces of cake in one week, but please don't count.
General Conference weekend with candy corn.
Had my french been better I would have realized sooner that l'omelette brouilee translates as scrambled omelette--therefore it truly was supposed to be a cross between scrambled eggs and fried eggs. Had I realized that sooner I probably wouldn't have overcooked them and they might have looked a little more appetizing. Nevertheless, they were really quite amazingly good and I'm dying to try again. Next time, though, I'll try l'omeltte roulee as demonstrated by Julia herself here: (it doesn't really look all that hard--hahahahah)
My question to you is what fillings do you like in your omlettes?
Or if unable to travel to Illinois (the location of the apple pie), find a suitable apple pie recipe and indulge.
photo stolen from Janssen here.
There are 3 shows from last year that have held my interest: 30 Rock, The Office, and CSI:NY. I am especially interested in seeing what happens (who lives and who dies) on CSI:NY on Wednesday.
As for new shows, here is what has caught my eye so far:
FlashForward--From what I can tell everyone in the world has a black out during which they see a glimpse of their future (whether it is absolutely what will happen or a warning is yet to be determined). Once everyone wakes up, recovers, and figures this out the quest to solve the what, how, and why begins. I'm concerned that this may turn into a Lost which lost me after the first season, but I have a mini crush on Joseph Fiennes--who wears a bullet proof vest which if you have been paying attention is something I quite like on a man--so this could turn out nicely.
V--I've very fond memories of watching the original mini-series (and then acting it out with the other neighborhood kids) and so I'm looking forward to seeing if this show can match up with my memories of how much I enjoyed the original. Do you remember Mike Donovan?
I had a total crush on him (my younger self had crushes on him, Luke Skywalker, and Macgiver--I've grown!). I don't know if there will be another Mike but I'll tune in initially to find out.
Here are the shows that I will not be watching: Reality Shows. You will not be sucking me in!
So What will you be watching?
This book has been popular for quite some time so I won't say too much about (as it wouldn't surprise me if most of you smarties have already read it). If you do want to read a fine review read Janssen's review here. What I will say is that it is wonderfully written and very fast paced (I read it in a little over 1 day) and that the characters are beautifully developed. Easily a 5 (out of 5) star book for me.
I can hardly wait to read the second one--fortunately I suspected that I would enjoy The Hunger Games and have been on the request list for the sequel for a few months now and expect to get it in the next 2 weeks.
Here is what I learned from him last night:
1/3 of high school graduates will never read another book after graduation.
42% of college graduates will never read another book after graduation.
80% of families in the U.S. have not purchased or read a book in the last year.
Those numbers make me literally sick to my stomach (especially the one that shows that an increase of education from high school to college results in less reading!!!).
I implore you to go read something! And don't come back until you do--that's right I'll give up my rather small readership if it means a book gets read.
Tonight The Big Read will be properly kicked off in my town with a special lecture by Fred Adams who is the founder of the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
What, some of you may be asking, is The Big Read. Well, The Big Read is a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and the Institute for Museums and Libraries that attempts to get Americans reading again by allowing cities to pick a book each year and then providing the funds for that city to place a copy of that book in every home in the city. To further promote the reading and discussion of the book local libraries then put together exhibits, programs, lectures, book group meetings, film screenings, and more.
This year my city chose Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain--haven't read it since high school. And while I am unsure of Fred Adams' connection to Tom Sawyer I thoroughly adore the man and have always found him to be entirely fascinating and informative so tonight is sure to be fabulous.
Go here for more information on the fun.
These numbers include:
My home phone number.
My Mother's work phone number.
One of my sister's cell numbers (I have 4 sisters and can only remember 1 and it is not even that I call her the most it is just that her phone number follows a pattern that my fingers can make out and that somehow I have remembered)
My Social Security number.
And now this list also includes my library card number (a fourteen digit number!).
Some of the numbers that you may have noticed that I don't know:
My driver's license number.
Any of my pin numbers for my credit cards or check cards (I know the pattern not the number--when I go to Europe I manage to briefly memorize the numbers because their key pads are different than ours but then I step foot back in the states and promptly forget them)
Pretty much all phone numbers--I'm in trouble in an emergency.
I really don't know whether to be embarrassed or proud--I think I'll go with proud.
I did indeed spend 12 hours on a mule--like I told you I was going to. I forgot to take a picture of the mules that I rode but here is one from the Internet:
Hickory Kist booth so often that I should have gotten something free there as well but am satisfied to have simply discovered them (I'll probably never be happy with another sandwich place in Utah again).
Maybe not as exciting as riding a live mule for 12 hours but probably safer and resulted in less soreness--although the mules I drove were indeed rather stubborn when you wanted them to change direction.
Here are a few of my mule highlights:
Driving Syd Lieberman (storyteller extraordinaire who I firmly believe is related to Billy Crystal as they have the same voice and humor) to his car.
Driving 4-time Grammy winner David Holt (also host of NPR's Riverwalk) around--I covet his steel guitar (and his talent).
Having Donald Davis (THE storyteller of storytellers) smile and wave at me twice and having his wife tell me that she loved my shoes.
Driving Carmen Deedy (famed storyteller and children's book author) around--she was delightful and even gave me a hug.
Most of you are yawning right now and wondering who these people are and why I should think driving them around to be a highlight. If I were to translate this into every-day vernacular it would be as if I had driven around 4 of today's top musicians or actors. It was a big deal people! And it was fun.
Foodwise, the weekend proved to be very good to me as well. First I was given a free orange roll from the Rhodes people and then a free smoothie from the Jamba Juice people. I ate at the
I also leaned a valuable lesson as I was sitting in one of the audiences mentally berating a man wearing white tennis shoes, white tube socks pulled up above his calves, tan shorts, a brown belt, a grey tank top, and a comb over who flexed his arm muscles so often I think he felt he was the next 40 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger:
Graciousness (especially in thought) depends highly on getting an appropriate amount of sleep.
Now aren't you sad you aren't coming?
The Kennedy's were a very good topic for both of us as we both admire so many of the things that family has done. One of the things we talked about was how very gracious they are. I could also say so very much about their commitment to public and private service or the many organizations created or acts passed, but what so often strikes me is their graciousness. For example, RFK jr. spent over 3 hours outside the JFK Library and Museum greeting members of the general public who had come to pay their respects to his uncle. And there are more acts of graciousness that I could mention and that Jenny and I discussed. But what strikes me and saddens me is that this graciousness (do I say from a bygone era?) stands out so much because it is currently so lacking in today's world.
It is so lovely when we do encounter gracious people why don't we try harder to emulate that? I should say why don't I try harder to emulate that? I want to be a more gracious person. I want to send letters and thank you cards and little notes just because. I want to arrive at friend's homes with hostess gifts. I want to know just what to say and how and when and for those words to be kind and uplifting regardless of the situation. And I want to wear dresses and pearls when I'm cooking (a la Julia Child). These are the things that I am going to begin to work on. Please feel free to call me on it when I fall short--really I mean that.