Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

First, the GOOD!

Roo has spent hours and hours this past week listening to 101.9 The End because he was determined to win tickets to COLDPLAY (They're coming in November and tickets aren't cheap!) While I scoffed at his attempts thinking it was futile to even try, I was proven wrong! On Wednesday, I came home from work and found Roo just as calm and normal as ever. He waited until I'd unloaded the dishwasher and had just started complaining about making dinner when he took me into the office and played this video for me. (He recorded the event after--since there's a little lag time between the call and the actual playing). He was caller # 10 and won us two tickets to the concert! All his hard work paid off, and I was happy to be wrong for once! Plus, he added, we could go out to dinner to celebrate. (I suspect he may have won the tickets solely for this reason...)

In other good news, we downgraded! Our car, that is. Feeling good from winning the Coldplay tickets, we decided after a brief discussion to trade in our gas guzzler for a smaller, more efficient version. Three hours later, we had a brand new car: the Suzuki SX. It's a stick. It's small, and some may say, kind of wimpy--but I call it 'Euro-Chic'!

Now for the BAD:

The last ten days were the most awkwardly demeaning of poor Lando's young life.
He got snipped (neutered). And as a result had to wear an upside-down lampshade around his neck for ten days. He bore the burden relatively well. Due to his excessively short legs, any attempt to run up stairs resulted in the cone bouncing off the stair and sending him tumbling backwards. We had to carry him up three flights of stairs multiple times a day! Tossing him food and treats was like tossing a token into the toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike, though. So some things were actually simplified. 

Lando, undoubtedly feeling as pathetic as he looks.

He endured the Strawberry Days Parade along with the rest of the family.
(He's the one with the cone around his face cowering in the shade.)

He even went camping! This is us at Yuba lake. 
Lando made his presence known by chewing on Jacob's hair at midnight while Jacob was sleeping and by running into the back of our legs with the cone then scraping away--that's enough to bring down a grown man!

And lastly, the UGLY:

This one doesn't really require much explanation. This is Munchkin. A runner up in the World's Ugliest Dog competition. I like to follow this event like some people follow soccer or the Olympics. He--or she, judging by the pearls--didn't win, but she'll always be a winner in our hearts! 

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Annie's Nature Photos

The Phillips in the Back Country

We spent last weekend testing all of the camping equipment we got for our wedding (in 2004) for the first time! Despite getting the very last, semi-flooded spot we could find, we had an excellent time playing Super Scrabble, hunting Corgis with Roo's blowgun, and staying warm by fanning our reluctant fire.

On Saturday we took a three mile hike up the mountain. Lando got extremely dirty and Roo and I actually got some exercise--so all in all it was a good time for all. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Viva La Vida

Roo is a great date planner! Last weekend he recreated a European adventure for us. We started out with a stroll through downtown Salt Lake. We stopped at an old used bookstore and "Edinburgh Castle", quite possibly the only Scottish specialty store in the state. We then at ate the Atlantic Cafe, a little hole in the wall run by Croatians who make the best gyro I've had in a long long time. 
From there we did a little shopping at the British specialty store--we got some great English candy and then went next door to Elizabeth's Tea Shop for some Cadbury hot chocolate and Rhubarb Crumble with hot custard. 

Then we ended the night with a "Travels in Europe" DVD marathon. He's a bit of a geek, but the scenery is worth it!

On Saturday we went for a lovely walk up Millcreek Canyon with Lando in tow. So even though we may not meet our goal of getting out of the country every year, we at least came close last weekend. Thanks Roo!