Saturday, September 17, 2011

Busy Saturday

Today we spent most of the day running errands. We started off with a trip to the book sale at the Springville Library. I may have mentioned before that books are a big addiction for me, so it can be dangerous to go to these sales, but I have so much fun when I go. I managed to restrain myself this morning, mainly because there really wasn't much to look at. I did have one major score, though. I found a copy of Approaching Zion by Hugh Nibley for....(drum roll)....a whole 50 cents. Brand new, the book is $50 and I got it for 99% off. It does have a few problems, as many previously loved books do, but I did not hesitate when I saw it. Today's sale only set me back $2.25, though the remaining finds really aren't worth mentioning (but I like them).

Other errands made up much of the rest of the day, but we made it home before having to deal with the insane traffic that happens on game day. Yes, it's the big BYU-Utah game here in Provo tonight. It may be heresy to say so, but this year I really don't care what happens. This is one rivalry that has gotten way too ugly (and I am talking about the fans on both sides) of late and I am tired of it. When Utah ran away to the PAC 12, I hoped that would be the end of the whole thing, but no, they figured out a way to string it along. So go BYU, and take Utah with you because so many of you have forgotten one simple thing....IT'S ONLY A GAME!

Tomorrow morning, barring unexpected morning cloudiness, Merilee and I are going to head up into the mountains for a bit of a drive. I have a photography project I plan on starting and I want to see how the colours are coming along. I have noticed reds and yellows up on Y Mountain and I suspect they are getting a good start in the higher country as well. I thoroughly enjoy Autumn and the beauty of the trees preparing for their winter nap. They can be a challenge to photograph, but I do so love the challenge. Also, there is always the chance of spotting the odd moose or a few wild turkeys, though deer are definitely much more common. I'll be sure to post some photos here if I get any really good ones, especially if I manage to see any moose.

Now I think I'll head to bed. I only got about 5 hours sleep last night due to a very minor bout with insomnia, so I am hoping to get more rest tonight. Tomorrow evening we head up to my parents' place for our monthly family gathering. It's going to be a barbeque, so I am forced (OK, strongly encourage) to make my dutch oven potatoes. On top of that, I'll be doing the grilling (I always seem to at the barbeques), so I'll come home smelling of the grill. It could be worse.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Victory At Last

Timp 41, Springville 14. We almost didn't go because of the rain before the game, but we are glad we went. It was only 7-6 at the half, so the second half things really opened up. I felt a little sorry for Springville because it was their Homecoming game, but it was a lot of fun watching Timp dominate for a change. We will likely miss next week's game because we will be camping, but we'll be back for the one after that. Go T-wolves.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Almost Here

No, this is not from this year. Yes, it is almost Autumn. I have so enjoyed the cooler nights recently and I am looking forward to heading up into the mountains to try to capture more photos like this one. With all the water we have had lately, who knows how colourful things could get.

Next week my streak of blog entries may come to an end as we are planning on going to Capitol Reef for a few days, possibly with a side trip down to Bryce Canyon. Merilee's foot is still bothering her, but she says she is happy to relax in camp while I go hiking. I'm not sure I like that idea (I would feel bad leaving her all alone in camp), but both of us are at the point that we really need an escape and I would really like some apples. We'll see what happens. If it means not going to Capitol Reef so that Merilee's foot is better for Arches in October, I may opt for that. I could really use some time camping, though. Looks like it will be an interesting weekend going back and forth, trying to decide.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Short And Sweet....Well, Short Anyway

It has been another long day and I am, once again, not feeling very talkative. Dealing with as many rude people as I had to deal with today is not very conducive to writing an interesting blog entry, I'm afraid. It definitely wears me out emotionally. I try to answer each call with a friendly-sounding greeting. The gets progressively harder to do with each rude response. I know having problems is frustrating, but it does not help to start out by unleashing your frustration on someone you are asking to help you. Anyway, only two more days until the weekend. Here's hoping they are better than the previous three, or eight, or thirteen, or.......

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I'm brain dead today, so I decided to answer the prompt from NoBloPoMo for today's entry.

What was the last book you returned to the library?
I just recently returned Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre. I found it quite enjoyable. I'm still not entirely sure why I decided to try this one other than I had never read any of his books and it seemed interesting. It turned out to be a rather good read and I actually checked out and read his first George Smiley novel Call For The Dead, and now I am reading A Murder Of Quality. I tend to do this; read in genre cycles. Today it is spy novels, tomorrow it could be fantasy again. I never can tell.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Passing The Century Mark, In A Manner Of Speaking

I did not even notice this until after I had posted last night, but yesterday's post marked the 100th. that may not seem like much, but considering my track record previous to this year (or even last month), it really is quite the accomplishment. At this rate, the next 100 will not take me near as long. It is even possible I could do it before the year is over, though I am not sure how long I will keep up the daily entries.

I saw something on posted on Facebook by Pioneer Book in Orem that was more than a little disheartening. Apparently, Ikea is now making its Billy bookcase deeper, and even moving towards having glass doors. The reason? Ikea suspects that people will not be using them for books as much anymore. Apparently the writer of the post Pioneer linked to thinks that "dead tree books", as he calls them, will soon be a thing of the past, starting with paperbacks. I, for one, sincerely hope he is wrong, though the demise of Borders is definitely not encouraging. I love books. One day I hope to have written one of my own. I have seen e-readers and even have a couple of free ebooks on my phone, but I enjoy holding the book in my hand, the smell of the paper, turning actual paper pages, and seeing them lining my walls. Books are one of my truly big weaknesses. Best of all, you can read them without electricity. I really like my electronic gadgets, but they will never replace my books.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lost Weekend

Friday night: Timp loses homecoming game

Saturday: I go to the fair and confirm that I lost

Saturday night: On the way home from the fair, listen to BYU lose to Texas

Sunday: Vikings lose to the Chargers

That is one losing weekend. Now I have the work week to dread, I mean, look forward to. Before anyone says I need to look on the bright side and not be so negative, I know all that, but there really has not been much of a bright side to look on this weekend. Well, the turkey leg at the fair was good, so I guess that counts for something.