4th of July HL/LL

Hope everyone's Independence Days were merry and bright.

Here were my highlights:

Watched Season 1 of 30 Rock on DVD. Man that's a funny show.

Went to a drive-in movie on Friday night. It doesn't get more American that that, I tell you. Considered finding a set of swings to go sing sad songs on ("Stranded at the drive-in . . . ") but instead just ate my Little Ceasar's pizza and Oreos while watching the movies.

Listened to NPR's Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Got teary-eyed.

Made an amazing corn/black bean/avocado/tomato/cilantro/garlic/lime salsa for the Family 4th of July Dinner in Provo

The Family 4oJD menu: Hot dogs, cheeseburgers with bacon & avocado, corn on the cob, salsa & chips, watermelon, cherries, lemonade, Canadian chocolate, and ice cream cones.

GH and I brought fireworks to light for the kiddies, including the piece de resistance--a firework that shot off 7 mortars 30 feet into the air, each of which released 5 parachuting figures from the sky. Blew. Their. Minds. Also? Beat that, all other aunties and uncles.

At church on Sunday there were two baby blessings, which meant that all the testimonies afterward were by members of said babies' families and were more babymonies than my-country-is-the-only-true-country-unlike-some-other-sucky-countries-I-will-now-mention-and-it's-also-Jesus'-favorite-so-neener-monies. Sorry, Mormon Child Bride.

I must also, however, include the lowlights:

The drive-in double-feature consisted of Year One and Land of the Lost. Both were lame, although Land of the Lost had some scatological humor that amused me greatly. Plus it was after midnight by that point, which may have had something to do with it.

After spending loads of time and love and fresh organic ingredients on it, I left the black bean salsa in my apartment. Because I am awesome. Grabbed more ingredients at the store so that Jen, Coolboy, & I could whip up another one superfast. (After I got done writhing around on the ground about how stupid I was to have forgotten the stupid thing.)

The Stadium of Fire fireworks sucked hard. GH timed it and they only lasted about 8 minutes. He now gets to feel smug and validated about L****'s claim to have the Best Firework Show in Utah. Uuugh. L**** is always claiming crap against Utah County that isn't true. (See the completely one-sided Cache vs Utah County feud that Utah Co isn't even aware of because that's how NOT rivals they are. )

Here's hoping everyone else had nice long weekends as well. And now it's back to the regular programming called Working with the Public (ie, the people who think that the words of "the library is now closed" is actually their cue to go lock themselves in the bathroom for the next 10 minutes. Because why go home and use your own bathroom when there's a dirty, smelly, disgusting public one right there? Of course, that's me assuming they're actually using the bathroom as intended. They're probably just stuffing books and DVDs into their clothing.)


jeri said... [reply]

Maybe all the cities cut back on Number Of Celebratory Fireworks because ours seemed short too. However we watched them from the back of the truck, reclining on mattresses and everyone was comfy and happy. Plus we made a sneak-attack, no-traffic clean getaway, so you can't beat that.

Spitfire said... [reply]

Am so happy to be back and reading your updates again. yay! However, i think you should refrain from talking about food for about a week. Although it's tasty and wonderful, I've been eating the equivalent of grossness for a few weeks and have been puking (among other things) for the past two days. So reading about food makes me want to dry heave. :) Thanks for your consideration!

Mrs. Clark said... [reply]

Hey, the fireworks in the Nation's Capital only lasted 18 minutes this year, down a couple of minutes from last year. Your tax dollars at work.

Also, read "The Magic of Ordinary Days." Loved it! Thanks for the recommendation.

Jonathon said... [reply]

I heard that Stadium of Fire was having technical difficulties and that the fireworks eventually started up again, probably after most people gave up and went home.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Jonathon, we did stick around through the gap, so I'm including the before and after in the 8 minutes. :-) I tried to tell GH that everyone probably had shorter fireworks, but of course the Cache Valley people are reporting fireworks that lasted for at least 30 minutes. Sigh . . .

heidikins said... [reply]

I fell asleep during the Stadium of Fire show...and now I don't feel quite so badly about it. ;o)


emandtrev said... [reply]

Is your salsa recipe, by chance, the same one that Tonya makes? Because if not, I'd respectfully like to request yours too. Love that avocado/corn/black bean goodness!

The fireworks we attended this year did seem shorter, but still pretty good overall. I'm a fan of finding a good spot and watching on blankets with snacks and such. Not such a fan of the traffic afterwords, but it's still a good time...

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

L**** may claim all kinds of what you call "crap" against Happy Valley (although the fact that the Mormon school which shall remain nameless hijacked USU's colors back in the 90's because said school's old blue was so gay), but I still would live in Provo for a dime under fifty million.

It isn't real drive-in goodness unless you snuck somebody in and then made out in the back of the car.

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Freudian slip! I meant WOULD NOT live in Provo. Yeesh.

Giggles said... [reply]

I am requesting your salsa recipe.

Please please pretty please!

BEFore said... [reply]

>> they only lasted about 8 minutes

That's a shame. Here in L-town, they lasted probably 20-30 minutes -- and no breaks this year for in-stadium-only fireworks. :P

But I think the nearby "H-town" fireworks lasted only 10 or so.


Th. said... [reply]


I would watch 30Rock even if I didn't love it. Rich people watch it and I hope there is causation and not just correlation there.

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