Cutting makes me ☺!

Here is Xacto my idea of a few magical evenings:



One of the last remaining investigative news programs, FRONTLINE, is running a two part segment on Mormon history and the exodus to Utah. Shows air Apr. 30, 2007 at 9pm and May. 1, 2007 at 9pm.

Also noteworthy is the HBO fictional series, BIG LOVE, about a prominant Utah businessman who is trying to hide the fact that he is a polygamist from the LDS majority and balance three families. I guess seeing the Utah culture is more exotic to me now that I am not in Utah, but it was interesting to see some familiar scenarios play out between the goodies and the jacks. (You Mormons who think the culture is not that different from main stream need to live outside of Utah for a period of time and associate more with nons. -- There's nothing wrong with being different. Embrace it.)

Also, keep in mind that these TV recommendations are coming from someone who does not get her TV from the box. (I don't even think it is hooked up.) Frontline episodes are often available streaming online and Big Love Season One is available on DVD, commercial free.


the waging debate

My cube-mates and I are trying to resolve the following dilemma. Am I a nerd or a geek.

So, here are the factors weighing in the respective categories... I'm tempted to give them a weight ratio, which probably falls into the nerd category.

I wear glasses.
I learn about science, technological developments, and study societal function
I listen to NPR, compusively - except for the Lake Wobegone bit.
I like sci-fi TV Shows, movies and mini-series.
I do not watch TV unless it is commercial free on DVD, and then very selectively. (Sorry Rachel... I gave up on SG-1 after I realized the obsurdity of either jeopardizing the human race and/or someone coming back from the dead in every single episode...too predictable. Let's have an episode where we meet a species that does neither of those things on at least one planet of the millions of permutations on the dial, and I'll watch it.)

I ♥ math, and do problems for fun... often.
Belong to the Math Club
I ♥ logic puzzles.
I ♥ school and the process of learning.
I had a spiritual moment in Calc I.
I read Mark's subscription to Scientific American Mind.

I ♥ paper and pens
I ♥ my $100+ calculator
I used to love to play Magic before my deck got lost.
I have common acquaintances who own swords.
I like the movies that everyone else hates and the music that no one listens to.
I think my knees are facing different directions, so my legs do not track along parallel lines.

Feel free to weigh in on this. Perhaps I have left off some glaringly obvious factor that casts the deciding vote?


new addition

We are calling the newest member of the family "The Mazda." She comes in at 2906 pounds, 177.6 inches and arrived at 8:20 P.M. on April 11, 2007. So far, she is quite a joy and seems to be a very happy car.


talented spouse

click to see my juggler large.


life cycle

At age 4 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 35 success is . . . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.

Things at the new job are getting into a routine. I'm learning and learning. I'm so glad I went to college.

We had a nice weekend. Jennifer, Lindsey K, and Stephanie were here from Arizona for a quick turn around trip and we did all the nice things in quick succession... the beach, beverly hills, dinners, sitting on the roof, hanging out late talking...

A little egg hunt in Scott's garden was a fun highlight.


admissions of guilt

I'm really enjoying my life right now. It's not really that cool to admit that, because all the time, everyone is going through things... and it's taboo to admit a moment of good, because it comes across so badly to everyone who is mired in human tragedy. However, at the moment, in the heat of a transition of deep uncertainty... I can find a moment to say, in this craziness, I'm okay.

I am empowered with a lot of responsibility and the latitude to carry out said in any way I deem appropriate. Their expectations of me are a great compliment. On my end, I feel completely capable of meeting these grand demands. Which is why, in this craziness... I'm okay.

Not to mention a knock out new wardrobe. As they say, the suit makes the man.

The only thing that has really been hard is the mornings. Five AM comes very early, and tomorrow, Mark wants to drop me a few hours early so he can take the car... what does that mean? Three? (I set my own hours, but everyone in my department works 7am-4pm, so that has been my routine... in order to make use of their resources for my training.)