Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pictures from my Phone & Weekly Distractions

You guys. Wednesday was garbage day and you forgot, AGAIN to remind me. This is getting really serious. In the four months I have lived in this house, I think the garbage bin has made it to the curb on time exactly three times. And the first time was two days after I moved in and there was basically nothing in it but I was just so excited to participate in the neighborhood activity so I rolled it out there anyway. Isn't reminding me on Tuesday night to take the garbage out to the curb one of your duties listed in our Stranger contract? I inform you about mole rats and satanic chickens and you make sure I take the garbage out, don't sign up for triathlons, and stop unnecessarily taking my clothes off at the dentist and pharmacy.

June Snapple wouldn't forget to remind me. Just sayin'.

And now, your Pictures and Distractions:
My new exceedingly heavy bar stools. NOT THAT I KNOW WHAT A BAR IS, CATHIE.

I left the house to buy glasses and came back with a used piano. It was a very confusing day.

Tami and I waiting for our St. Patrick's Day party guests to arrive. 

The dining room is ever coming together. 

The "I just got home from the office after 36 hours" selfie. Hashtag I woke up like dis. 

I planted three lilac bushes in my backyard yesterday. And, yes, I did take them out of the containers. 

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

I dedicate this to Rebecca: How to become gluten intolerant. Thanks, Cambry.

An awful library book. Thanks, Janel.

People keep sending me links to obvious planet. Have I shared this yet? Thanks, many.

Fake self-help books. Thanks, Jacob.

Mary Poppins sings death metal. Thanks, Tyler.

Koreans eating American junk food. Thanks, Judy.

Oh how I miss Jellyfish Lake. Thanks, Brad.

Emergency nap kit. Thanks, Juni.

This is what the coldest town on Earth looks like. Thanks, Tanner.

Refugees from Crimea share their stories one year later. Thank, Kimbally.

Uptown Funk treadmill dance. Thanks, Krishelle.

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  1. Wait, about the piano... Did you leave to buy glasses and come home to find someone had deposited a used piano in your house while you were gone, or did you go out for glasses and buy a used piano instead.

    1. He placed his order for glasses three months ago and the furniture store delivered the wrong pair today.
      Eli, you look hot after 36 straight hours at the office. Your hair in particular looks great!

  2. Our day at jellyfish lake is one of my best days ever! I wish it wasn't so far away so we could re-live that day.

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  4. So, do you wear glasses, like corrective lenses? Or did you go out to buy glasses, like glass cups for drinking? Either way, a piano is very different.

    Do you play the piano?

    Your dining room is lovely.

    1. Eye glasses. I wanted to be able to see again. It's hard to admire your own hair when you're blind. And yes, I do play.

    2. So, you know this means you now have to compose a "Stranger" theme song and then record yourself playing and singing it to us, right?

    3. Amanda is a genius. I was just going to say that he had to play "something" but a "Stranger" theme song!?!?!?!? PURE GENIUS!

  5. You know there is a really neat thing about your phone. I know it sounds crazy but I promise it's true.. You can talk to your phone and tell it to remind you that garbage day is on Wednesdays and then it will remind you every week to take out the garbage. Ask Krishelle, I am sure she knows about these things!

    1. If you only knew how difficult it is to teach Eli anything related to an electronic device I don't think you would be suggesting this.

  6. Hey Eli, it was garbage day on Wednesday FYI.

    1. Also, did you buy that Kawai brand of digital piano on purpose or did you actually just pick it up on a whim? As in, is Kawai a good brand? I want to buy a digital piano and I was looking at Kawai.

    2. I do think it's a good brand but there may be better brands out there. I got this one because it was a steal. It's used--it came from BYU. Every few years they apparently update their piano inventory and sell their old ones for pennies.

    3. Dang, I wish someone would do that here. Every ad I see for a second hand digital piano is "Oh I bought it for 800 5 years ago and I barely used it, so it's in perfect condition, so give me 600".

      Uh huh....or, I could just spend 200 bucks more and buy a new one with a warranty.

      Ah well. Thanks for the info.

    4. How'd you get hooked up with a byu piano? Do you know if they're still selling any?

    5. It was through a piano store in Murray. They had taken about 20 from BYU and I got the last one from them a week ago. There may be others out there but the store I got mine from is now sold out.

    6. USU also does a piano sale about every 5 years or so and it really is the cheapest way to get a piano. I wonder if the UofU does too.

    7. Lee's pic is finally visible! Yaaay!!!

  7. Eli, there's an app for that. There's one called "To Do Reminder", and I'm sure there are many others (I don't own a phone soooo... I can't be of help that much). At any rate, your garbage can start leaving your house. ^.^

  8. Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
    Would not take the garbage out!
    She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
    Candy the yams and spice the hams,
    And though her daddy would scream and shout,
    She simply would not take the garbage out.
    And so it piled up to the ceilings:
    Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
    Brown bananas, rotten peas,
    Chunks of sour cottage cheese.
    It filled the can, it covered the floor,
    It cracked the window and blocked the door
    With bacon rinds and chicken bones,
    Drippy ends of ice cream cones,
    Prune pits, peach pits, orange peel,
    Gloppy glumps of cold oatmeal,
    Pizza crusts and withered greens,
    Soggy beans and tangerines,
    Crusts of black burned buttered toast,
    Gristly bits of beefy roasts. . .
    The garbage rolled on down the hall,
    It raised the roof, it broke the wall. . .
    Greasy napkins, cookie crumbs,
    Globs of gooey bubble gum,
    Cellophane from green baloney,
    Rubbery blubbery macaroni,
    Peanut butter, caked and dry,
    Curdled milk and crusts of pie,
    Moldy melons, dried-up mustard,
    Eggshells mixed with lemon custard,
    Cold french fried and rancid meat,
    Yellow lumps of Cream of Wheat.
    At last the garbage reached so high
    That it finally touched the sky.
    And all the neighbors moved away,
    And none of her friends would come to play.
    And finally Sarah Cynthia Stout said,
    "OK, I'll take the garbage out!"
    But then, of course, it was too late. . .
    The garbage reached across the state,
    From New York to the Golden Gate.
    And there, in the garbage she did hate,
    Poor Sarah met an awful fate,
    That I cannot now relate
    Because the hour is much too late.
    But children, remember Sarah Stout
    And always take the garbage out!

    Shel Silverstein, 1974

    I hope I didn't just commit copywright infringment . . . .

    1. "I cannot go to school today" said little Peggy Ann McKay. Another favorite.

    2. You probably did commit copywrite infringement, as you didn't get written approval to post the poem in its entirety on this blog. However, unless you brag about how much money you make and it's a lot, you probably won't get sued. It simply isn't cost effective. Then again, Eli is the lawyer here.

    3. Love that poem, Nicole K. Thanks for sharing that. Besides, garbage taking out are for dudes.

    4. I wish I hadn't read this. I was already feeling nauseous . ugh when pregnancy feel like a Bad hangover


  10. Those bar stools are great. And if they spin very easily, every niece and nephew in the land will want to go to Uncle Eli's to play.

  11. Great bar stools and great hair, yet you remain single. Are those stools sold out of a store or we're they custom built? They seem very heavy duty.

  12. How are you planting lilac bushes?? Is it not still winter in Utah?? We are expecting 10-15cm of snow in the next 24 hours...yay...

    Anyway, your house is beautiful Eli, looks great with your hair!


    1. It's really not winter in Utah anymore actually. The trees have all blossomed and it was in the mid- 70s this week. This is an unusual year though.

  13. Because you said they were heavy mom brain is going off! I really hope that you put protector thingies on the bottom so that they don't scratch up your beautiful hardwood. Seriously though, everything in your house is amazing. I am currently drooling over that stained glass and the hardwood

    1. Not that we know what hardwood Is cathie

    2. I wish that there was a like button for that reply!

  14. The video of the Koreans... so true. I can tell you from experience, do not waste your Cadbury eggs on those people.