Thursday, May 28, 2009


It's no secret that I pretty much adore all food that is European.
My brother will be in Brussels next month and enjoying some of my favorites.  In celebration of my little bro, we headed to the always fabulous Bruges Waffles.
Pierre, the owner is from Bruges and makes some of the best European food.  
It was yummy and delightful and fantastic company.

Frites with Flemish Stew.  I was skeptical, but I liked.
Yummy plain frites.  Pick your mayo dip to go with them.
Waffles with chocolate?  Can't go wrong, especially when the chocolate is imported!
And my favorite.  I am a sucker for whipped creme.  (It is supposed to be creme fraiche, but it isn't right.)
I loved every minute.
Anyone craving waffles?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Corner View: Cityscapes

Since there are 3 of us in the Salt Lake City area that participate in the Corner View project, I took a little bit of a different take on the cityscape theme.
The city of Salt Lake is beautiful and the photos of the skyline can be gorgeous.  It isn't a very large city, but I love it.
For my city photos, I focused on the buildings in the center of our city, in a square called Temple Square.

I couldn't resist this one.  It doesn't show the whole building, but I just love the sky!
Temple Square is one of my favorite places in the city and I absolutely love the buildings there.  It's a little bit different, but I hope you enjoy my take on my cityscape.

Also, please take a quick trip around the world:

Monday, May 25, 2009

These made me happy.

Happy Memorial Day to those of you in the US.
Happy Monday to all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday Thoughts...

I think I NEED this jacket.

To do list....
1. Play with the Squeeze
2. Mandatory over-time
3.  Write the youngest on the mission
4.  Paint my toes
5.  Bathe the Squeeze
6.  Some quality time with the hubby
8.  Buy groceries
9.  Costco trip
10.  Buy a house
Now, where is the time to get it all done?

Shopping for a home is dang hard.  Way harder than I thought it would be.

Getting a new manager at work is tough too.

I think I don't have enough time with my little girl. Or my hubs.

Being a working mom is hard stuff.

I like movies.  I get to go to Angels & Demons on Saturday.  The hubby is actually excited to see it.  That makes going extra fun.

I need more hours in my day, a lot more.  I need more awake time and more sleep time.

My life is hectic and I feel like I am never home, but I love it anyway!

New babies are the best thing ever--especially when they belong to good friends.

It's almost Friday!  (And this weekend is 3 days.)  I am stoked!

I need to get the hard drive in.  I think I am putting it off because I'm afraid the guy will tell me he can't fix it and my only hope is to send it off and will cost too much money!

Mean people suck.

Maybe my brain will be a bit more relaxed now and maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to go to sleep!  

How was your Wednesday?

Corner View: Coffee

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Ugh.  Serious hard drive issues continue at our home.  No fun.  Thanks for all of your well-wishes last week.  We are praying for a good fix--and hopefully quickly!

So, I am picture-less this week. I apologize and hope to be up and running for next week.

For this Corner View, however, I wanted to write a quick note.  I don't drink coffee (although some days I seriously wish I did!)  So, my coffee looks suspiciously like a fantastic hot cocoa complete with either whipped cream or mini marshmallows.  (Or, if it is hot outside, it looks suspiciously like a Diet Coke--either from the can, or my favorite, a 7-11 fountain drink...)

Please check out the other Corner Viewers and see how they enjoy their coffee. Enjoy your trip around the world!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Corner View: The Great Outdoors

I had some great photos for you this week, but we are experiencing major hard drive failure at our house.  (We know....back it up!)  Our Mac was only 11 months old and the hard drive is dead.  (With most of our pictures.)  We had just been talking about backing it up, but we were too late.  I am devastated, as all of the Squeeze's photos and videos were on there.  It still makes me cry when I think about it.

So, instead of some interesting photos, this week Corner View is a little make-shift for me...

This is how we play outdoors in the snow:
This is Hawaii.  Not in my corner.  Just wish it was.  Especially this week.
That is a building in the background, but I do love the plants here!
One of my favorite things about Utah is that we have everything (except a beach)! We have red rock, mountains, valleys, lakes, fields, etc.  I love it!
So, that sums up the Great Outdoors in my corner.  (sort of.)  

Hopefully we'll get this hard drive drama fixed.  Clicking hard drives are never a good thing, I have learned too late.  
Any recommendations for fixing this?  (If it is possible...)

Also, take a trip around the world from your computer.  
The other Corner Viewers are:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Miss Saigon

Headed to Miss Saigon at Pioneer Theatre this evening.
I have loved this musical for a good 10 years.
The story is absolutely haunting and the music is beautiful.

I was turned on to this particular run 
I must say, she was fantastic!  I may have passed her on my way in, but she was in the middle of a conversation, so I was too shy to say hi.  
(Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don't actually know her.)
The entire cast was great...especially the actor that played John.

I was elated by how well done the production was.  I sat in the audience, loving every minute.  I laughed and cried.  I truly felt the message of the story.  I must say, it is much more powerful as a mom than it was when I was in high school.  I had to come home and just hug and kiss on the Squeeze (and my hubby.)

I am thrilled that I was able to see it this time around!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

It was Bro1's girlfriend's birthday, so we had to celebrate!
(The whole fam don't ya know...They've been dating 8 years.  
She is family.)

They picked a restaurant that I hadn't seen in quite some time.  We loved it when we were little--we would dress up like cowboys.  It was so much fun!

Take a look...

Front of the Prairie Schooner
Oh yes, this lovely wagon is out front also.
Entrance to the restaurant.
Oh yes, this is the inside.  You eat dinner in those wagons.
Is it obvious that we live in the Western United States?
The Squeeze loved the fire inside, and dinner was pretty good.
We headed to Bro1 & Girlfriend's new apartment after.  It is darling. 
(And they have a massage chair.  I may move in.)

All in all, we had a good night.
What did you do on your Thursday?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Corner View: Shopping

Shopping is one of my favorite things.  I love a good find. 
 I also love something that is fairly unique.
I am located in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. 
One of my favorite shopping areas is called 9th and 9th.  It is a little boutique district downtown.  I can always find something I love in one of these little shops.

This is the sign when you enter the area.
This is my favorite shop in the area, Hip & Humble.  It has everything.
I love The Children's Hour for clothing for the Squeeze.
That's what shopping in my corner looks like!
(And look--blue skies this week, finally!)

Thanks to Jane for starting this fabulous project.

Here are the other players:

Monday, May 4, 2009

Real Date: Part II

After our fabulous dinner, we walked over to the theater to see Wicked!

On our way we saw an actual sign of true spring...
(maybe we will see some sun soon!)
Pierre stopped to look at the clock, 

and we made it to the theatre.
Hadn't seen it.  Loved it.  Worth the wait.

It was a great date!

Friday, May 1, 2009


I am in a deep sleep when I feel something next to me rustle.  My eyes fly open and I look at the clock.  1:37 am.  Is that all?  I hold the little one near, while praying that she won’t wake up.  She stirs for a couple more minutes, and then tries to suck on her absent binkie.  This goes on for a minute or so, and her fiercely blue eyes fly open with a scream. 

This seems to be a nightly occurrence now.  A binkie doesn’t help—this little one is teething and miserable.  I quickly rub her gums down with orajel and wait to see.  She screams even harder.  I get her a small bottle, but she won’t even suck on it.  Those blue eyes are staring at me, pleading with me to make the pain stop.  She has to have some Tylenol…her screams of pain are breaking my heart.  After a few minutes, she will suck on her bottle and eats about an ounce before the screaming resumes.  All I can do is hold her close, talk and sing to her and pray she will go to sleep quickly.  It only takes about 10 minutes this time.  In that short 10 minutes, she has screamed so hard that her little voice sounds hoarse.  She finally drifts off to sleep and I am able to fall asleep for awhile.  Her sleeping isn’t deep or sound, unfortunately.  She wiggles and squirms the whole night through until the process repeats at 5:45.   

The squeeze is a great baby.  She has slept through the night since she was 5 weeks old.  This teething thing is breaking my heart!  I can’t take listening to her tragic wail and see those poignant, pain-filled eyes. 

Does anyone have any teething ideas?  She needs something that works better than orajel.  (Or, it would help if the stinking tooth would come through—which I’m thinking we are far from!)