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The eyebrows run in the family

That’s my seventeen-year-old niece Mariah, my sister’s oldest kid. She probably looks a bit more like her dad than her mom, but she still sports some undeniable Hamilton features like the eyebrows and the wiry hair. She came to Florida with us, and I had such a great time getting to know her better. And [...]

Someone’s been eating my rice cakes

Chuck reports that he’s never had so much energy. And his complexion is as fresh as when he was a puppy. Now if he could just give up tequila.


Last Thursday was day four of my cleanse, and at about 3:00 PM that afternoon my caffeine-withdrawal headache subsided for a few hours and I got a rush of energy that I had hoped would be an indicator of things to come. But that night I did not sleep a wink, and I felt like [...]

Armstrong photography

Jon opened up his own etsy shop a few weeks ago to sell some of his photographs, and his experience has been a bit of a test run for what I’d like to do with my own. Here we’ve printed out a few of our favorites and hung them up in the living room, and [...]

Where my accessories go to die

I bought this headband thinking I’d wear it all the time, but it’s so tight it starts to restrict blood flow to my head after about fourteen seconds. I’m thinking it looks better on him anyway. Although, do you get the feeling that if you pulled his tongue his ears would pop up and send [...]

The color of princess fingernails

On one of the days that Leta was sick we painted her fingernails to try and make her feel a little better, and she loved it right up until we told her she couldn’t touch anything or use her hands until her nails had dried. In her mind she thought that when they dried the [...]

How I spent my morning

This morning Jon and I were interviewed live on KUER’s RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio (that same old dude who interviewed me for Utah Now), and man are those people rude. First they frisked us when we walked in the door, and the security guard demanded to know what I had hiding in my shirt. And [...]

Ruthie Pearl reusable and reversible bag

We found an excellent stand at the farmer’s market on Saturday selling adorable reusable shopping bags. Leta’s yellow polka dot school bag died a couple of weeks ago and we’ve been using whatever we could find around the house since then. So I walked her through the booth and had her pick out her favorite [...]

Flying nun

This is one of Leta’s skirts, and the elastic around the waist is so strong that even though I took this photo over a half hour ago he’s still got it on his head. And he’s chewing a rawhide bone right now, his head jiggling here and there, so you can understand it when I [...]

I never meant to cause you any sorrow

My mother gave me two pots of flowers for Mother’s Day, and now that summer has finally set it I’m having a hard time keeping these alive. If I don’t water them twice a day they pretend to fall over dead. This has happened three times now, I’ll look out the window and think OH [...]