It’s a quiz! Can you spot the dancing Brian? We counted eleven appearances, but you have to be quick! Although there are shots of the band, there are no shots of the sound crew, so you’ll have to trust me that Mark is the A1 sound guy for the group.
On Friday night we attended BYU’s Broadway Revue, presented by students of the BFA Music Dance Theatre Program. This is Brian’s major and he was one of the performers in the show. In addition, he arranged a mash-up of three Jason Robert Brown songs that were performed by him and four other students. One of them was Jack and he wrote a nice part for him. The mash-up was totally awesome! We love this show every year, as it showcases the students in different numbers which are choreographed and directed by students. Brian was also featured in the closing number, “Steal Your Rock and Roll”, from Memphis.
Mark and Sarah are behind Brian.
This little girl was holding her program in one hand and her mom’s hand in the other and staring at Brian while he was talking to friends after the show. I asked her if she wanted to talk to him and she shyly nodded her head, so I grabbed Brian and told him someone wanted to talk to him. He turned and saw the little girl I was indicating and immediately dropped to one knee and focused on her and spoke right to her for a few minutes. I got my phone out and got a picture just as he was getting up, but before that he was totally focused on this cute girl. Heart sigh!
I had an invite from RIEDEL Fascination to join one of her new reading challenges and I’m always game for a new one. These go February 1st, 2014 – February 28th, 2015 so we’re not spending the holidays finishing books and posting wrap-up posts. Great idea! Also she’s not big on lots of picky rules so they are fairly straightforward.
I am joining Gentle Spectrums and choosing option (B) GENTLE SUBJECTS
Fit one book title into each category.
Trees, flowers, grass, gardening & crop-sowing references.
A building, rooms, a room or building’s parts.
Culture names, locations ~ lakes, towns, famous spots.
Synonyms, gems, ruins, geological formations.
Types of relatives, last names, full names.
A title of 5+ words (articles are fine).
Lame puns or quotations, outrageous, silly; actual cheeses!
Mystical, eerie (enchanting content fulfills title; no debunked ending).
Any words approximating weather or seasons.
Positive messages, conveys pleasant images!
Thanks to Bev at My Reader’s Block, I’ve been tempted by a super fun challenge-Book Monopoly.
I’ve joined the group that sponsors this at goodreads @ Crazy Challenge Connection and I’m ready to play. I’ll update this post with my rolls and the book I read for each turn.
NO DEADLINE, TAKE AS LONG AS YOU NEED TO FINISH, OR PLAY AS LONG AS YOU’D LIKE TO PLAY
Start on Go. Go to www.random.org/dice, and roll one six-sided die. Move forward that number of spaces, and read a book that fulfills one of the options for that space. When you’ve finished the book, roll the die again and continue around the board until you finish the game. You cannot roll the die for your next move until you’ve completed reading for the space you’re on. Be sure to count your spaces correctly! If you have to go backwards and land on a space you’ve already landed on, you must choose a different option than you did the first time around. When you go all the way around the board once, you can stop or you can go again for another round – or two or three : ) If you go around more than once, you may choose the same option you did in previous round(s), but of course, you’ll have to use a different book.
Any book format counts, as long as the book is at least 150 pages long. For e-books and audiobooks, check the number of pages Goodreads lists for the hardback copy of the book. Rereads are acceptable as long as you read the whole book and not simply skim it, and cross-challenge posting is encouraged. Ready … set … GO!
GO - Everyone starts here.
Turn #2: Rolled a 4, landed on VERMONT AVE.: Read a book set in one of the New England states
Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews – 3/1/14 – 3.5 stars (screwball cozy mystery)
Turn #3: Rolled a 2, landed on VISITING JAIL: Roll the die again, move forward and do the task for that property. Rolled a 3, landed on STATES AVENUE
Today we accomplished something big: we got Christmas all packed up and put away. Yay! On top of that momentous achievement, we also got all the snowmen out. Double yay! With me tired and worn out from my family history mission and Scott working a bazillion hours, we have to prioritize. And frankly, having the holiday stuff up longer than normal didn’t seem like such a bad thing. I decided that if my neighbors were judging me for still having the tree in the front window and turning on the lights every night, so be it. Their problem, not mine, right?
This is the latest we’ve ever taken it down, but as Scott said, it was also the latest we’ve put it up, so it all works out. I was sick for most of December, so it was slow going with the decorating. But then, I move slower all the time now, so it’s all good. I am serene.
Happy snow and snowmen!
It’s time again to choose my word for the year. It’s an attempt to choose a word that influences my state of mind throughout the year and creates a structure and framework for my life. Here are my past choices: 2009-SERENE, 2010-CREATE, 2011-BALANCE, 2012-VARIETY, 2013-MEMORY.
This is what I wrote last year:
This year my word is….MEMORY. I want to focus on capturing past memories by working hard on the boys’ scrapbooks and getting them closer to the present day. I want to focus on doing more with my family history projects to remember my ancestors. I want to focus on creating some memories of me through new cuddly quilts.
As I’ve been pondering what to choose for 2014, I find that my goals are the same. I did well with family history by working on my own, scanning lots of my parents’ stuff and starting a blog for our family history. I also got some quilts done but didn’t do one page of scrapbooking. I want to pick that back up and continue with the family history and quilting.
So my word for 2014 is…MEMORY. Again. Happy New Year!
Once I again I focused on my TBE (to be read) stack and managed to release 48 books to other readers, but I got more than that at thrift stores or on bookmooch.com, so it was a net gain. Hmmm. So I am repeating the Mount TBR Reading Challenge and hoping to equal my 48 and be more restrained about acquisition. I’ve been utilizing the library more, so maybe… Here are my statistics for 2013 from my book journal:
Books read: 150
Pages read: 47936
Of the books read:
- Non-fiction: 7
- New-to-me authors: 29
- Continuing series books: 25
- Re-reads: 32
- Audio-books: 49
- Various book club reads: 15
- Challenges completed: 6 of 6
- Ongoing tally of Newbery winners: 64 of 92
- 5 star ratings by me: 33
196 books; 56,851 pages; 11 non-fiction; 55 new-to-me novelists; 95 series; 25 re-reads; 25 audio-books; 6 of 6 challenges completed; 64 of 91 Newbery
132 books; 39,641 pages; 15 non-fiction; 42 new-to-me novelists; 54 series; 12 re-reads; 33 audio-books; 0 of 0 challenges completed; 59 of 90 Newbery
152 books; 46,899 pages; 3 non-fiction; 37 new-to-me novelists; 25 series; 19 re-reads; 28 audio-books; 5 of 5 challenges completed; 50 of 89 Newbery
73 books; 23,576 pages; 3 non-fiction; 31 new-to-me novelists; 36 series; 5 re-reads; 48 of 88 Newbery
79 books; 32,031 pages; 8 non-fiction; 15 new-to-me novelists; 31 series; 19 re-reads; 42 of 87 Newbery
44 books; 17,069 pages; 3 non-fiction; 8 new-to-me novelists; 15 series; 13 re-reads; 38 of 86 Newbery