Friday, March 28, 2008

PSA - Earth Hour March 29th (Saturday) 8 pm Local

So, my public service announcement for the month is this. I just found out about this event where millions of people around the world are joining together to make a statement about climate change by turning their lights off for an hour. It's called Earth Hour and I just signed-up to participate-I thought it might be something you'd want to sign up for too. Earth Hour is on March 29 from 8 - 9 p.m. local time, and it looks like it's going to be really big. So far 25 cities around the world are taking part, including Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco in the U.S.
Sign up for Earth Hour by visiting www.earthhour.org/sign-up and join the movement with me.
And remember - Lights Out on March 29!


From EarthHour.org
"On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.
Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.
What will you do when the lights are off? We have lots of ideas.
Join people all around the world in showing that you care about our planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change. Don’t forget to sign up and let us know you want to join Earth Hour.
One hour, America. Earth Hour. Turn out for Earth Hour!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter in Idaho

My older sister Beki has lived in Phoenix, AZ for the last 5 or so years. Her and her husband made the decision to move to Idaho, and that move took place over easter weekend. Because she has 3 small children, 3 and under, I flew down to Arizona to make the drive with her. I had a wonderful time.
Our other sister Amy (we do have one more, Niki, in Alaska still) came up on Saturday so we all woke up together on Easter morning. It was so much fun. I must say, Easter is much more of an event when there are kids around...I don't think Mike would have as much fun hunting for eggs full of sweetarts.



It was funny to watch Gunnar rapidly seek out all the hidden eggs, while Olivia didn't need another egg until she had finished eating the candy from the previous egg.

And of course Isabel was perfectly content just sucking on the entire bag of unopened jelly beans...(and sorry, for some reason I dressed her in her St Patty's Day pajamas. Hey, they're both march holidays, it sort of works)

All in all, I had a fantastic time playing with all the kiddo's for the long weekend, and I am so excited they live so close now so I can visit them all much more often.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mike's going to Costa Rica


My husband has been accepted into the Study Abroad program offered by the University of Utah for Renewable Energy and 2000 Years of Rainforest Use in Costa Rica. He will be gone the entire month of May. Yes, his major is Computer Science & Engineering...but Renewable and Sustainable energy is a passion of his...and luckily they're letting the courses count towards his major.

I am both very excited for him, and very depressed that I will be alone for the entire month. I have coerced my sister Amy to 'move-in' with me for the month so I don't get so lonely. And I also am a huge fraidy cat...so an entire month of sleeping alone in our apartment would not go over so well with me.

So if anyone is looking for a really fun visitor in May, let me know. I'm available :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ode to Natalie...





So last night, I was leaving my french class and I got a call from my friend Natalie asking if I wanted to go see Angels and Airwaves. Mike and I really like this band, but because we blew all our money in Vegas we decided not to go.


Apparantley, they (the bands) had experience technical difficulties while setting up and the doors opened over 2 hours late. Because Natalie is a wonderful, loving mother, she couldn't stay to see the show. (and this is her all time favorite band EVER. I felt really bad) So Mike and I offered to take them on a lovely double date to pay for their generosity.




A few things about this concert....


- We decided to head over to the bar area because there tends to be more standing room over there, and less of a chance of being randomly surrounded by a mosh pit. Apparantley, the people in the bar thought it was the last day to drink maybe? Seriously, we were surrounded by wasted people...to the point you would think it was 4am on the last day of Mardi Gras or something. So, there was this lady right next to us who kept dancing on the fencing (seperating the over 21 and under 21) and her eyes were pretty much rolled back into her head. Then after about 20 minutes of dancing (remember this is at about 9pm) she lays her head down on the table and passes out. I was relieved, now I didn't have to keep shifting my position to see around her. Then I see all the people on the other side of the fench staring at her in disbelieft....I fear the worst, and ask Mike "is she vomiting?" He peeks around and says "yes". GROSS!!! This is the one time of my life I wished I carried sanatizing wipes with me....nothing was on me, but still. Gross. Eventually, a bouncer comes over and escorts her out of the bar area....but nothing was cleaned up on the floor. So we were all very mindful of where we stood.

On a happier note, the show was awesome!! I really feel like some bands are entertainers, and others just play music. This show was definitley entertaining....tom delonge was skipping around the stage, dancing, singing...all around very entertaining. (oh yeah, natalie has had a crush on tom since 7th grade, he used to be in blink 182)
So we tried to get some good pictures for Natalie, but as you can see the pesky grate was in the way of the photos....but THANKS NATALIE!! I will forever be indebted to you :) Here's a little eye candy for you.



Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Viva....Las Vegas!

This past weekend Mike and I had the pleasure of visiting Sin City...otherwise known as Las Vegas.  We went for Mike's good friends wedding....and we had the time of our lives.


We didn't land until about 10pm, then waited for a Taxi (nascar weekend, really busy) then got to the hotel (the Bellagio, gorgeous) freshened up, then headed out to meet up with the team.

The festivities began for us at Club LAX at the Luxor.  They had a VIP suite/balcony, so it was actually really fun.  We got to look down on the main part of the club and see such celebs as Dave Navaro and Brody Jenner from The Hills.  (I know, I watch too much MTV).  But we danced the night away.  

Here's a little view from our window. Saturday it got up to 80 degrees! We only went to the pool for a bit, the winds came in and was no longer enjoyable. The hot tub was nice though.



Saturday was the wedding, and it was very nice.  The officiant (not sure if he was a pastor, priest, etc.) was very good.  The ring exchange vows were so beautiful, I almost got teary eyed.  And for me that's alot.  

The reception/dinner/dance was equally as nice.  Mike and I were commenting on how fantastic all the staff were.  They definitely had everything under control, it was nice to see.  The Bellagio does a great job!


Sunday morning Mike and I found a cute little French Style coffee shop (or patisserie) in the hotel.  Seriously, they had every type of outlet you wanted.  A Panini shop, a big buffet arena, a little grab and go grill, a chocolate shop, creperie, regular 'American Style' restaurant.  I couldn't believe it.  Around every corner was a different theme.  Once we were done eating at one place, I would tend to regret our decision after seeing the other 972 options.  But this little pastry place was delicious.  

Mike ordered the Nutella pastry, because Nutella is his favorite food group.  I had a cinnamon roll that was absolutely wonderful.

Afterwards we dorked around the hotel taking photos.  This is us in the garden area.  It had a name, but I'm not sure exactly what it is.  

and me posing in front of the Pagoda. Or would you call that a Gazebo? Or are they really the same thing, just different words in different countries.

Oh yeah, and lastly.  The chocolate shop has this huge chocolate fountain encased in glass.  I was temped to pose in front of it for the picture, but I figured this family looked as good, if not better then I ever would. 


 
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