Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Anniversary! (The Third One, That Is)

Last week we celebrated our third anniversary.  Third!  The time has certainly flown past.  Our festivities this year were spread out over a week or two, so I decided to just wait until everything was done and then post them all together.

First, a week or so before our anniversary proper, we spent a weekend up in Salt Lake.  Harry and the Potters were touring along with Potter Puppet Pals, and we thought we must surely attend this epic event, so we decided to make a holiday of it and stay at our beloved Little America.  We stayed in one of the Garden Rooms, which is new for us (we usually opt for the tower), and we had a grand time.  We went to the concert, which was awesome and hilarious and fun and VERY hot and sweaty.
In line...
OMGoodness, it's the PPP theater!
They asked people near the front to sit so everyone could see.
It's really them!  The actual puppets!  Here you see the trio meet.
JK was even there!!!  She almost killed Harry.
Alas!!!  A cornucopia of love!!!!!
Taking a break in between acts.
Drulie wuz heer.

We liked it so much we shelled out the cash for these neato shirts.  ANGST.
Then we spent the next couple of days trying the hotel's lovely breakfast buffet (they should really put the fruit closer to everything else, we didn't even realize it was there until we were almost done!) and visiting Temple Square and shopping and ordering room service and watching movies and sleeping in and taking advantage of many of the hotel's amenities like the excellent indoor/outdoor pool (and poolside reading in the shade, which was probably our favorite thing of all) and the exercise facilities (it's so very motivating to watch the Olympics while running, especially if it's track events).
I carried this muffin around all afternoon since I was too full to finish it at breakfast.  It was still good.
Like we do.
The next weekend Julie's parents came to visit, and it was great to see them and show them our new place.  We went to dinner and watched movies and had a good time catching up with them.  It's so nice when Julie's family come to visit since we don't get to see them very often.  Julie and I also were able to take a drive up to Idaho Falls to visit her grandparents and bring her mom down (so she wouldn't have to take the shuttle).  I was glad to finally visit The Wife's maternal grandparents and various other relations and to have a delicious barbecue.  (This isn't really an anniversary happening, but it took place in between, so I thought it couldn't hurt to document it.)

THEN it was our actual anniversary!  It was on a weekday this year, which is partly why we decided to take our weekend excursion at an earlier date.  But after work we went to the temple to do some sealings, and then went to a fancy dinner at Chef's Table (thanks so much for the great deal, LivingSocial!  That's the only time we eat there, and we're glad those deals come around now and then).  I gave her three dozen flowers (one dozen for every year... I don't think I'll be able to keep up that pattern in years to come) and a cake cookbook (which benefits me as well) and a Battlestar hoodie (which she hinted at very heavily a few weeks before), and she gave me a beautiful Brave art book and The Hunger Games (pending its release a couple days later)!!!  It was an anniversary extravaganza!  Then since it was a late dinner, which is what posh people do, we came home and probably watched some TV and had a nice evening.
She liked them. :D
And then at some point this happened:
Avocado brownies... You just don't know...
But I do!
Oh yes, and I also surprised her with this:
It hardly does justice to the original, but I sure tried!  She is such a pleasure to draw.
Happy anniversary, Wife!  Three years ago you made me the happiest man ever!  And you still do every day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer 2012 5Ks

(This post has been a long time coming.  I meant to post it in June after the first race, but then it took forever to get pictures, and then I was going to post about the two in July, but then it was only a couple of weeks until the August race, so I thought I would consolidate.  Anyway, I don't want to weigh you down with too much exposition, so...)

Running!  We like to do running.  It's fun in the spring and fall and I even like it in the winter, but the summertime always has some fun running events.  We had one each month this year!  Here they are:

23 June:

The American Fork Canyon (Half Marathon and) 5K!  We did this for its inaugural race last year, and we all enjoyed it so much we decided to do it again.  The course changed a little to accommodate for some construction, but it worked out all right (there's a hill either way, so it's pretty much a given).  I placed 1st in my division and 5th overall, which came as a surprise to me -- I couldn't quite see the people ahead of me, so I wasn't even sure I was in the top 10!  But I was.  (21:10, 6:49/mile, so a little faster than last year.)  Julie opted out of this one last year, but was ready to go this year, and she did great!  Top ten in her age group (7th) and just about at her goal time.
They have poster stuff!  I made one for Julie while I waited a couple minutes for her to finish.
Yay for us.  Everyone who placed came in first!  The others didn't place came in first in our hearts.
Just standing around forever waiting for stuff to happen.  There were some logistical issues this year.
21 July:

Then on July we had the sometimes-traditional Pioneer Day Classic in Provo, one of our favorites.  We usually get a few out to this one, though it's a tad expensive.  In researching times for this, I have discovered that the same guy who beat me in the AF race also came in a few places ahead of me in this one.  We even have the same first name, though not quite the same pace, HA.  It was a pretty rough race for me for whatever reason, but I still did pretty well, a little faster than the June race (21:00 even [gun-time of 21:04], 6:46/mile, 11th overall [so close to top 10!], 4th in my division).  Julie had a slightly faster time than her June race, and also placed 6th in her division!  She's a top-10 runner!  Way to go, love o' mine.  This race usually has good shirts and treats, though they took their sweet time with the awards (I guess most do).
I don't know.
11 August:

And then just last Saturday we all met up for the annual Alpine Days 5K.  It's always a low-key (and inexpensive) event, and we always enjoy it, and this year the weather was wonderful and cool.  The course and the crowd are pretty fun, though there seemed to be a LOT more runners this year.  The more the merrier, I guess!  There were so many runners that I was quite surprised to learn that I came in 2nd in my division (21:45 [though it should be noted the race was .10 over 5K length], 6:50/mile, 2nd in my division, maybe top 10 overall. *shrug*), after Jonny of course, ha.  Perhaps the most notable thing to mention regarding this race is that in preparation of this race Julie and I filled out the names on everyone's bibs and we wrote Melody and Jonny's last name phonetically so that the race peeps would have no trouble pronouncing them when they undoubtedly would have to in order to call them up for their awards (and the guy was still so proud of himself for "getting it right this year," ha ha...  little did he know!).  They even gave out medals in gold, silver and bronze for each of the places.  It was all very Olympicsish.

Wait wait wait, I take back what I said before, the most notable thing about this race is that Julie had a GREAT time, and a new PR!  It was amazing!  I was just running back after I was finished to do the last bit with her like I sometimes do, and she surprised me by being much closer than I expected.  She was well under her goal at 28:28 (and don't forget it was about 3.2 miles), about 7:53/mile.  She placed 5th in her division, which meant she unfortunately didn't get a medal, but she may as well have, I was ever so proud.  Way to go again, love o' mine!
The kids ran their own little Toddler Trot too and had a great time, especially when they were handed suckers at the end.
Cami, Melody and Mom doing their Olympics thing.  Don't worry, Cami, bronze is still a winner!
Yeah, again, I don't know.  we just want to do different things in these pictures nowadays.
Running!  We have a few races planned for the fall, but we've sort of fallen out of our one-5K-a-month habit.  We figure we can do our own 5K with our morning run and save the cash for when an exciting run comes up instead of just finding random ones just for the sake of doing them.  I can almost feel fall in the air when we have our morning runs now!  XD

Friday, August 10, 2012

Button Button, Who's Got the Button?

We have an art blog!  It's fun and we've actually been doing pretty well at updating it recently.  Anyway, this is old news to a lot (most?) of you, but I'm posting about it today anyway because I just added the button off to the right there as a link.  So go there!

Heck, I'll post it here too, just to give this post a little graphical interest:
It's original!  We made it!
While I'm at it, I may as well say that I've also been posting arts to my years-old deviantART account like a madman.  I signed up three years ago mostly to leave a few comments (and confront a total plagiarist...), but never really bothered to post anything.  But now I do!  A lot.  You can see them here.  It's an interesting site because there are SO many artists on there, and some of them are amaaazing, and some of them are... well, not.  But it's nice to get a lot of feedback on my artwork again, like in days of yore.

Just some artstuffs!  Almost time for the weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Pal, Adrian Rawlins

When Harry Potter was new and stuff, people said I looked a little like Harry, but in recent years I have been told I look like James Potter*, Harry's pops from the Harry Potter movies, especially once he grew his hair out in the later films, and I had to agree.  But now, thanks to Elise (and her remarkable find regarding comparison photos), we have this handy little side-by-side situation, so what do YOU think??
!!!!!  Seriously, I love how even our hair is parted and falling the same way and the sideburns and scarf and glasses and all.  I'm even wearing my oh-so-English Oxford shirt.  It would have been perfect if my beard hadn't been so full, and had I but known the significance this picture would someday have, I might have shaved it off!  HA.  But James sort of has a little scruff going on here, so it still works.  (And sure, he's 20+ years older than I am, but still.)  Now we have to name one of our future children Harry!  (Don't worry, Elise, we aren't touching "Albus Severus"... and no one ever should.)

Some kind of dream come true?  Probably.  I love SO much that my doppelganger is an HP actor. XD

* Let the record show that I did NOT look like young James in any of cinematic incarnations...  Yikes.