Monday, September 29, 2008

Now its for sure

We have finally found out for certain that we will not be taking care of my newest little nephew for the next year. The military decided to assign my sister in law to being in charge of a team of clerks instead of deploying her to Iraq. Its the best we could have hoped for for them, though I'm a little disappointed to have moved when I didn't need to yet. So, in the meantime, life goes on.

Clever worms

A friend at work had an apple tree raining apples on her lawn and invited us to come pick apples. I brought home 3 bags full and made apple dumplings last night. But to my dismay, the worms were cleverer than I thought. I was trying to pick out apples with no wormholes, but apple after apple after apple showed my ignorance. Worms can crawl in through the very base of the apple where it normally looks like a hole anyways because that's where the flower was. So I had to cut around quite a few little maggots former homes.

At least I made Bonnie Jean laugh when I opened the first surprise and told her I had disturbed a monster of the deep.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Busy day

I've gotten quite a bit done today. First, I managed to wash our shower curtain so instead of looking like a mildewy sheet of soap scum it actually looks like new clean plastic again. I borrowed Dune from the library, cleaned the toilet, found a home or temporary home for every book we own outside of a box (wow we need another book shelf), put away other random objects, vacuumed most of the apartment for the first time, and took a trip down to the St. George Temple in a rented car. If only I had managed to fit in the groceries...

In other special news yesterday in team meeting at work I was presented with a small metal plate, a certificate, and a pen awarding me for getting some magical number of official thank you note cards from other employees at work. You can be awarded for either getting so many or giving out so many. I hardly paid any attention to the program actually as my manager commented once when I turned in the official notice for having received such a thank you note some 5 months late once, but apparently I'm one of the lucky winners this year/term/or whatever time period they use to award people who get them.

Probably the most memorable such thank you note I ever got was when I wrote some information in a follow up form that was found by the receiving agent to be slightly unprofessional. But, she found it so refreshingly honest and accurate that it completely made the her day and she was either laughing or chucking about it for several hours. But in any case I am now officially one of my center's "Power of One Champions" so that makes me happy.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Orange Shrimp Fettuchini

I've probably been salivating over this shrimp recipe since fairly soon after we got married. Bonnie Jean has told me I'm free to make it whenever I want just so long as we cook a separate dinner for her so she doesn't have to eat it. That always felt like it would be too much trouble, so I never did. But BJ had a relief society social on Wednesday that included a dinner, so I used it as an excuse to cook shrimp. Very tasty. Most Shrimp recipes either seem to overwhelm the flavor of the shrimp or mildly adds to it. This one had a strong flavor, but seemed to bring out the taste instead of hiding it. I shall have to keep this one in mind for the next time Bonnie Jean has a dinner event.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mozart and the Whale

I finally watched it. The producer of Rainman did another movie for Aspergers syndrome which unfortunately had some serious post production disagreements that kept it from being marketed much or making it to theater. But, it did come out on DVD some time in the last few years. Part of me had been grateful it didn't go anywhere because I knew it had some stuff in it I didn't want to watch and I didn't want people stereotyping me off of something I wasn't going to see. But now that I've actually watched it filtered, I think its too bad it didn't take off. It was an excellent movie. Hit a lot of points where I kept saying "I've felt that one" and "I know what that's all about."

Hopefully another movie will come along and pull off the same quality presentation and actually hit off the marketing thing so people can actually see it. There's a documentary in the works called "Loving Lampposts" that sounds like it might hit the right note, but not many people go to documentaries even if it did hit theater.