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[Comments] (2) Funnies: John: What is this song? "I want to live like cannibals"?? (animals)

Rachel: My virgin ears!

Man on bus, to young son: There is No Such Thing as "fake football."

[Comments] (2) Alaska Travelogue: We're back from Alaska! I took notes.

Wednesday, May 24: We flew to Anchorage and took a bus down to the port in Whittier. We saw some white mountain sheep on cliffs high above the road, and three moose. Also, the bus drove through a 2 1/2 mile train tunnel to get to Whittier. I thought it was cool. Being a bus full of people, we got to go to the front of the line (one-way tunnel).

Thursday, May 25: A sea day. We cruised up College Fjord and got up early to see the Smith and Harvard glaciers. The captain turned the boat all the way around so people could view them from their balconies. We didn't have a balcony, so we went out on deck. My first glacier! There was ice floating everywhere in the water. The cruise ships, by the way, employ local pilots in each area to help with navigation.

Friday, May 26: Sitka. We decided to go on a boat tour to see sea otters. We saw two large rafts of them, a bald eagle, and also a pile of sea lions hauled out on a rock. I got sick on the boat.

Saturday, May 27: Juneau. This was the best day. For our first tour, we took a helicopter up to Mendenhall glacier and the Juneau ice field. Flying in a helicopter is a lot like riding Soarin' Over California, only somewhat louder. It's not bumpy like a plane, you just float up and float down. We got awesome views of the glaciers, with "Windex" ice, and the pilot took us between two mountain peaks. We went dog sledding on the ice field at the camp there. The huskies were so cute and friendly. They live to pull the sled for you! I "drove" first, and that was a bit scary, but I didn't fall off. We also got to hold some new little puppies - so cute!

Since we were in Juneau for 16 hours, we also bought a ticket to the Mt. Roberts Tramway. We took it up twice, went on some muddy hikes around the area, and we saw a marmot! It looked like a giant guinea pig with a bushy tail.

Sunday, May 28: Skagway. We had another awesome tour in this town. we took a fast boat out to Glacier Point, where we took a bus ride and a hike down to the river running off the Davidson Glacier. Here we canoed up to the lake and around in the face of the glacier, also getting some close looks at the icebergs. It is really hard to get a perspective on a glacier, without a person on it, or something to compare it too. It didn't rain at all on our cruise (amazing!) but this day was very cold. They gave us muck boots and raingear - I was wearing three shirts and four jackets! It was really amazing to see the glacier up close like that.

Some cool glacier facts: It takes 100 feet of snow to make glacial ice. Most glaciers are receeding. When they recede they leave morraines, or piles of dirt, which general have ice under them for years after. (you can see a cool cross section of one in our pictures) Long Island is an example of a glacial morraine. Seriously!

Sunday was also the Midnight Buffet. We didn't go last time because John was sick, but we got up (after a four hour nap) and went. It was cool to see, I guess.

Monday, May 29: Ketchikan. We slept in. We didn't have any tours, so we wandered around town, and found a walking tour brochure. We did most of both of the tours and got a nice perspective on the city. We walked along a road on a cliff overlooking the sea and got to see several bald eagles perched on the tops of trees growing down the cliff. We were so close to them! Bought huckleberry gummy bears.

Well, that sums it up. We had such an awesome time with the "old" people. The animals were so beautiful and fun, and I especially loved spending time with my husband, all to myself! I'll link to the pictures once they finish uploading.

[Comments] (1) Family History: Uncle Justin: John, Rachel, and I, and Rachel's friend Becca, went to dinner with Uncle Justin and Aunt Barbara on Friday night. They took us to the Back Bay Cafe, which is more like a country club than a cafe. The food was delicious and we had a great time. Uncle Justin opened the floor up to questions about anything from 1928 on. Here's the scoop.

When Lorna was born, Justin was upset that his Mom was gone in the hospital for so long and he set fire to the chicken house.

He lived in a "rough neighborhood" growing up and was in a "gang" with King and Buster Green when he was 12 years old. They would pretend to hold a rope across the road when cars came by, and were caught doing that by a probation officer. Actually, he caught Buster who told on King who told on Justin. When the officer showed up at the front door, Della had no idea Justin had been out of the house - he was supposed to be in bed. They spent the night in the State St. Hospital (the Juvenile Infirmary). They were fed breakfast in the morning and Justin didn't like the eggs so he threw them out the window and they landed on someone's head.

Bonus quotes:

Justin: See, I predicted my wife would get excited about the permit -
Barbara: I don't give a rat's ass about your permit!

Barbara, re the giant dog standing across her legs: This is how wolfhounds do "lap dog."

: Saturday was the E&Y Disneyland day. Rachel and her friend Becca came down to go with us. We had tons of fun, of course, and between the four of us had 15 ice creams. We were there 14 hours, saw both Fantasmic! shows, and went on Space Mountain three times. It was pretty hot, but we all wore hats and sunscreen and we got a free sprayer/fan from John's work.

Today was another quote-filled day in Primary.

Elizabeth: I don't know what my testimony is.
Susie: It's just if you believe in Jesus.
Elizabeth: I do believe in Jesus. But my brother is nine and he doesn't believe in Jesus. Wait, I mean he doesn't believe in Santa.

4 year old visitor: I'm being shy.

Elizabeth: What is pregnant?
Susie: It's when a baby starts growing in your tummy.
Elizabeth: And then you get fat.
Susie: Yes, like Sister Faas.
Elizabeth: I wish you were my mom.

Kc: My friend is a little bit fatter, like my brother, and this dress doesn't fit her anymore.

Elizabeth: I like being in this class.

[Comments] (4) I am grumpy because: It's hot. All kinds of people are asking me to do work like I'm assistant to them. My office is messy. I have to go pick up lunch for other people. I have a lot of work to do. There are piles everywhere.

Chillin' in My Cube: I am tired of looking grumpy, so I thought I'd better post something else... Here's a quote.

New, high-level employee, visiting from home office: I'm suprised you don't have an office.

haha!

[Comments] (2) "Sure, Lisa; some magical animal":
Noelle: Do you want a rib?
Susie: No.
Noelle: Oh. You don't eat pork.
Susie: What?

Also, a few weeks ago, when I didn't understand a comparison Hasanthi made regarding Good Friday, she said, "What, are your Mormon or something?"

[Comments] (1) : I found some notes scribbled on a magazine page from when I attended the Craft and Hobby Association trade show in January.

"Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells!"

"You gals look like you've seen one too many ideas."

[Comments] (2) : I got a haircut! Our neighbor's baby, who is about six months old, has cute, long, sticky-up hair. His dad said he gets his hair cut every week. He's a cute baby.

: In the office of the ranch, where Grandma worked, there was a cupboard under the orange counter that held toys, just for us kids. Grandpa also had a giant jar of lollypops. But even cooler was Millie's white-out collection. She had every color and shade of white-out ever made, all lined up in rows. Very cool.

I've technically been using "Wite-Out". Do they think it makes them seem more credible because their brand name is misspelled? This theory is along the same lines of the used car establishment with the giant flag.

: I am having trouble subtracting 5 from 16.

[Comments] (1) : Last night we had a very fun and funny visit (#33) to Disneyland. We went on just a few rides and then sat in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, ate a pineapple whip and watched the fireworks show. Here's what made us laugh:

Old lady to her daughter: I watch Sex in the City every night...

Old Japanese man wearing a hat that said "Princess"

In the middle of the fireworks show, a duck took off out of the moat, just in time to be scared by the loud fireworks and poop on the crowd. Luckily most of it landed in an open spot behind us, John just got a little splash.

[Comments] (4) : Yesterday was my visit to the dentist and, as usual, I have perfect teeth. I can't say "as always" because I, too, have some of those mercury fillings. John owes my ice cream now, but we've been having root beer floats at home instead (much cheaper).

A very busy week. Tonight the missionaries are coming over for dinner, tomorrow and Monday are Disneyland days, and Saturday I am throwing a baby shower for Jennifer Faas, and then we're going to the beach with Jamie and the boys. I'm so excited! John and I go walk on the beach all the time, but it's not the same as hanging out there and playing.

[Comments] (5) : I am so hungry! No matter how many snacks I bring, I always eat them all. Oooh, I just found the rest of me e300g Cadbury bar. Yum.

BBQ Potato, Bacon and Corn Salad:

1/3 c. BBQ sauce 
1/3 c. ranch dressing 
2 T. dijon mustard 
salt 
pepper 

3 lb. cooked, cubed potatoes 
1 can whole corn 
1 small red onion, diced 
1 red pepper, diced 
8 pieces bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

Mix the dressing in a small bowl. Mix remaining ingredients except bacon in a large bowl. Pour dressing in and mix lightly. Sprinkle with bacon pieces.

BLT Pasta:

12 pieces bacon 
9 oz package of spinach 
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 
1 lb medium pasta (I used bow tie)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Put in large bowl Cook bacon, reserving grease. Crumble and add to pasta. Pour 1 T. bacon grease into pan. Add spinach and stir until wilted, 30-60 seconds. Add to pasta. Add 1 t. more grease to pan. Add tomatoes and cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes to pasta and stir. If pasta seems dry, add up to 1 1/2 T more grease. Salt and pepper if desired.

Cheese Truffles: I looked at Mom's recipe and a few from Kraft Food & Family and made this one:

1 8 oz. package cream cheese
2 c. grated colby jack
1 T. dijon mustard
2 chopped green onions, greens and whites separated
1 T. green chilis
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Mix cream cheese, colby jack and mustard in mixer until smooth. Divide in half. Add green onion whites to one half and green chilis to the other. Refrigerate several hours. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and roll half in green onion tops and half in walnuts. Makes about 16.

[Comments] (1) Vacation?: We arrived in Utah late last night for an actual vacation. Today we are planning to "borrow" Logan and Ember, visit Grandma June, have a family party, and play games with our friends from BYU, Tyler and Tasha. Tomorrow everyone is heading up to the Condo in Park City, and we're staying at the Cabin in American Fork Canyon on Sunday night. We leave early Tuesday morning.

I am enjoying just hanging around talking with my mother-in-law (I'm a lucky girl to enjoy such a thing). It's nice to have family around.

Yesterday my boss said her boss heard that I was moving back to Utah. HAH! I told her whoever said that didn't know me at all. I think he must have overheard me and Noelle talking about our trip. Lesson: If you're going to overhear, at least listen!

Family History: Grandma June, Part 2: We spent an hour or so with Grandma June yesterday. She has been having some stomach problems and says she isn't doing well. I asked about her siblings. She has two younger siblings, Richard and Dorothy. Dorothy lost 3 husbands to heart attacks.

Richard worked for Ford Motors his entire career. When they signed up for an overseas stint, the company paid for everything they sent over - his wife sent cases of Cream of XXX so she could make casseroles. They spent three years in Holland.

Bonus Quote: Grandma June (to me): You sure have a cute sister.

Don't I, though?

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