An I'm-Still-Alive Post

{Salt Lake City Temple, flowers in Temple Square, view of the mountains from my grandparents' house, catching up with Amy & Ashton, Christian cuddling with Pumpkin}

I know it's been 19 days since I posted last.  Six of those days can be explained away by our trip to Utah; for the other thirteen I have no excuse, except maybe that constantly designing other people's blogs sometimes gets me a little bored of the whole blogging enterprise.

Our trip to Utah was wonderful.  We did more people-seeing than sight-seeing, and spent a lot of time talking and eating with friends and no time, for example, going to Lagoon or doing a session in the SLC Temple.  We did walk around Temple Square, but we waited until Saturday to do it, which meant that the temple closed early and the Conference Center was {obviously} closed to prepare for the Relief Society Broadcast.  We didn't even hit any of the classic Utah eateries that I was hoping to visit, including In-N-Out Burger, and Cafe Rio.

The people we saw definitely made up for it.  I realized {not for the first time} that I am incredibly awkward around people who I feel don't know me very well.  Thank goodness I married Christian, who is an absolute wizard in conversation -- he often saved me from looking like a socially inept idiot.  {Also, he's way hilarious.}

As great as our trip was, I'm so glad to be back.  We both are.  Sleeping in our own bed has never felt so wonderful.


Kate + Mary

Alice just sent me this picture she took when I went over the other day.
Thank goodness for nieces.
I love fat little squishable baby ones who let you hold them until they fall asleep,
and cute little girl ones who want to do everything with you,
jump on you when you're not paying attention to them,
and cuddle with blankies on your lap.
I love how the first kind turn into the second kind.
{But what comes next?}


Important Thoughts 21.0

21.1: Noticed how I haven't posted for over a week?  I hope not.  But if you have, understand that it's only because a) I get bored of blogging sometimes, and 2. I've been spending all of my computer time working on my blog design shop, which is now finally open for business.  You should definitely check it out and then tell me how awesome it is, or at least like it on Facebook.  I'm glad that the pressure and stress of meeting my self-set deadline to open today is over.  Now I can look forward to the pressure and stress of not getting any business.  {Yay!}

21.2: Our water heater busted a few days ago.  At least, we noticed it a few days ago -- we're not really sure when exactly it started leaking water all over our box of homemade Christmas ornaments.  When we made those ornaments I thought, "In thirty years we'll be telling our kids every Christmas about how we made these the first year we were married, just like my parents tell us every Christmas when we put up the ornaments they made the first year they were married."  Only, my parents were smart enough not to store their precious keepsakes next to a leaky water heater.  {Clearly, my parents are much smarter than we are.  I am.  I think it was my decision to put the Christmas ornaments next to the water heater.}

As I type this, I have both air conditioning workmen and plumbers at my house.  The air conditioning workmen are supposed to be moving over the colossal air conditioning unit so that the plumbers have enough room to take out the busted water heater and put a new one in.  As I type this, no one is doing any work at all.  In fact, I'm the only person in the house.  Go figure.  I'll let you know how all of this turns out.

21.3: Christian and I received our LOST Complete Series on Blu-Ray yesterday.  When we opened the box from Amazon, we were a little confused, as what we saw inside looked more like a board game than a container for six excellent seasons of television.  Seriously -- see for yourself.  We found the hidden bonus disc, we watched the special features, we were not especially impressed.  But I am looking forward to watching the series again in amazing high definition.