Friday, June 12, 2009

A Week in Review

Hello all! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a formal week in review, and I have to say that I’m happy to be back.

I almost got a little boy!
Last week when Court, Andrea and the kids where staying with me, I joked a few times with Spencer and Drew that by the end of the week I would pick one of them to stay and live with me. They have three kids now, they can give me one. Spencer caught on to this idea, and several times during the week stopped what he was doing and asked Drew if he wanted to be the one to stay. “Drew, do you want to stay here and live with Angie?” It was funny at first – his timing was great. If Drew was acting up or getting whiny, then Spencer would suggest that he live with me. And he wasn’t saying it like a threat, he was quite serious.

After a few days, Andrea and I began to wonder if Spencer really was trying to unload Drew. It sounded to us like he was making a real effort to convince Drew that the new arrangement would be better for everyone. Little sneak. So I finally told him nicely but directly that all three children belonged with their parents, that no one was going to live with me, and that Drew needed to stay with his family. He took it pretty well, and gave up on his campaign. I’m still laughing about it, though. That’s going to be funny for a while.

My dear Watson
I just finished my first Sherlock Holmes novel, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. It was pretty good. I did not know that Watson is the narrator of the Holmes stories. It’s written in first person from Watson’s point of view. I like Watson – he’s a good sort and gives balance to Holmes. I also read the short bio on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the book, and learned that he started writing Holmes stories for the money. He didn’t really like writing them, and at one point was so sick of the whole thing that he killed Holmes off. The public outrage was such that he was forced to write another book bringing Sherlock back again. So interesting. This story is a good one, and short and easy to read. I think you’d like it.

So much rain
We have had A LOT of rain this spring. Those of you who live here know what I’m talking about. I, for one, have loved it! Last week the family and I took one drive up to Snowbird and another to Park City, and we could not believe how green the mountains were. It’s really beautiful. And the temperatures have been pleasant. I’d be ok if it never hit 100 degrees this year. I’ve always missed the green grass and trees of Minnesota, but I love the mountains, and so have often wished that we could have green mountains. That would be the best of both worlds! Well this year we’ve got it.

On Wednesday I was driving home. There was a break in the rain, and some of the clouds had settled low in the valley along the mountains. It’s gorgeous when that happens. I took this picture while driving. I wish I could have gotten a better shot, but this gives you an idea.

Celebrity Sightings
I stopped typing to go down to the cafeteria, and on the way ran into Elder Bednar. And then I rode with Elder Holland in the elevator coming back again! I’m always too shy to say much to them. Sometimes I’m tempted to ask one to read my future, but that seems a bit forward. I don’t want to treat them like celebrities. That would be annoying. Still, I would like some names and dates associated with important events…?

So You Think You Can Dance
I know, it’s a cheesy competition reality show, but I love it! And I’m so happy it’s back. We’re still in the very beginnings of this year’s series, so it’s not too late to get hooked. Then we could talk about it! Wouldn’t that be fun? One of the things that I like about this show is that the dancers are all from different dance genres – contemporary, hip hop, ballroom, ballet, but they have to learn how to do anything. Each week they pick a new style out of the hat and have to pull it together. Fascinating.

Did you know that I used to dance? There are really no signs of it now, but I did ballet for years when I was a teenager. We did a big show every spring, and I played the wicked stepmother in Cinderella in the last show I did. It really was wonderful. I loved all the prep work, and the performing – all of it was great.

I found this video from SYTYCD on YouTube. It’s a contemporary piece from a few seasons ago, and one of my favorites ever. Hope you enjoy.

Thanks, as always, for being my friends.
You are loved.


Tiffany said...

So much to say, so little time. Just know this--I love Week in Review!

Kelli said...

Spencer trying to convince his brother to live with you. Classic. I saw a pbs version of the one where they killed Holmes off I wonder if they follow the stories very closely. I too have loved the rain. Loved the green and am dreading 90+ weather! 95 on the day I got boating only. I never knew you were a dancer. I was too but I liked tap more...explains a lot about my grace and my posture... thanks for the great update!

Nicole said...

What a nice post. It's so funny when little kids take you seriously. I totally believed my Dad that he would really leave me with Johnsons one day because they liked me so much. (He was their home teacher.)

Remember how we used to call them celebrity sightings? Funny. Thanks for your help this week. It made a HUGE difference to my Dad. Tell ya later...