Monday, January 31, 2011
444 months old
1,932 weeks old
13,28 days old
324,688 hours old
19,481,317 minutes old
1,168,879,080 seconds old
And these numbers are now out of date as I continue to age. If you are curious, check it out here: http://www.mathcats.com/explore/age/calculator.html
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
But times are a changin' and the signs have all been shook up. so, Sam is no longer a Capricorn (when I was a little kid, I thought it meant that I was like a unicorn). Now, I am a Sagittarius. And my world has been turned upside down. Ok, maybe not turned upside down since I still have no idea what it all means. Here are the new Zodiac dates for those dying to know if your sign has changed:
The New Dates:
Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20
Monday, January 17, 2011
- Brodi decided to stick with me in our marriage for at least another day.
- My boys gave me loads of hugs and thank you's for being a great dad (or a great Sam as they say)
- Had a fun day of playing at Sugarhouse Park with the boys in great weather.
- Had an awesome apple pie
- Had a fabulous cherry pie
- Had a stupendous birthday dinner
- Had another delicious birthday dinner (Brodi took us boys to In-n-Out)
- Received a unique Uncle Sam nutcracker
- Received an invaluable Wagamamas cookbook (too bad my sister still doesn't realize that I don't cook).
- Received a well deserved 12 pack of Tab cola from an anonymous neighbor. Thank you. It was like Christmas.
- Recevied an awesome little rice krispie treat from a neighbor
- Received an awesome bag of candy from another cool neighbor
Thursday, January 13, 2011
So, 2010 is done. I have included my list of favorite books, from favorite to least favorite in two categories - Fiction and NonFiction. I obviously read quite a bit more of the fiction...I should probably change that up this year. I will be updating the left hand of the blog with 2011 rankings of books that I have read, but that probably won't happen till early next week.
2010 Rankings Books (Fiction)
2010 Rankings Books (NonFiction)
There were some great series out this past year or concluding this past year. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series was dark and disturbing and very good. The Hunger Games trilogy was fabulous. Rough subject matter but thoroughly entertaining. Henning Mankell's books on detective work and all of the minutia that they have to go thru to find the eventual killers were all top notch...a slow burn to great reads. 'The Tourist' is a spy mystery at its finest, but dense and a very flawed main character. John Grisham disappointed greatly with the Associate.
In terms of nonfiction, who would have thought a book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary would be so terrific? If you haven't read it, go to the bookstore or library and read it. Interesting and a page turner. If you love running or jogging or just an interesting tale, 'Born to Run' is also wonderful. I read 3 tennis books and the two autobiographies (Andre Agassi's 'Open' and John McEnroe's 'You Cannot be Serious' were both interesting for different reasons, but well worth a read to just see the unique lives of professional athletes.
If you have any suggestions on books to read next year, I would love to hear it. My new 2011 list will be up and running early next week and I am always looking for a good read.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Best news of the Year
Brodi having her books purchased by HarperCollins (Balzar + Bray imprint). I have mentioned it before, but she sold a trilogy to HC. It comes out next Winter. And for those interested, she has also sold the rights to various publishing houses in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France and Germany with many more to come. It has been getting a huge buzz in the publishing and writers world, so it should be an exciting year coming up. You can read about how things are moving along for her at her blog, www.brodiashton.com
Best Milestones of the Year
Carter is now in 2nd grade. Crazy. He is now an expert math man. And he loves it. He also scored a couple of goals this Fall for his team and he is playing for the Impact Soccer Academy, which means he is playing about 5 hours of soccer a week. He also just turned 8 years ago.
Becks is still in Pre School. He is speaking more (he continues the long line of Johnson slow speaking boys) and that kid is happy 99% of the time. He scored his first soccer goal of his life and he promptly run over to the sidelines to give everyone a high-five (not that big of a deal considering that he runs to the sidelines to give everyone a high-five even if he just looked at the soccer ball).
Best Trip of the Year
We only took one major trip, but we went up to Seattle and the surrounding areas. I had never been in that area, so it was a good week trip of hiking, driving and seeing and doing things.
Best new restaurants that we had never gone to before
Red Iguana: I had heard about this place since high school and I had never made it down there. We went down with some friends and had a terrific meal (burritos, moles, etc.). I enjoy the Blue Iguana, but the Red was even better.
Katmandoo: New indian restaurant in Millcreek. This new restaurant is from the owners of the Himalayan Kitchen downtown. Terrific. The Butter Chicken, Lamb Tikka Massa and Vegetable Korma are all favorites.
So, for now, that was a recap of 2011. Thanks for reading this past year.