Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Insanity

This weekend, Aaron and I embarked upon an epic adventure. We fell in love with the IKEA in AZ back in April and found some furniture we really liked. Not being super patient people, we didn't want to wait for the new one in Denver to be finished. The plan was to fly into Salt Lake City Friday night, get up early Sat morning, pick up a U-haul truck and spend the day shopping. Our flight out was delayed two and half hours thanks the the micro bursts around the airport. We made it into SLC and stayed at the Radisson Hotel near the airport (which is incredibly nice for the price, $65 for the night!) The next morning, getting the truck proved to be more difficult that thought, as the truck wasn't at the place where I reserved it. The is par for the course for U-Haul, but we had let the cab go already. They wouldn't consider bringing the truck over to where we were or help us get to the other location. Had to call the cab company again and spend another $25, have cabs always been so expensive?

Regardless, everything afterward went smoothly.

We bought furniture, lots and lots of furniture.

A new dining set:

New dressers (Aaron has a matching one)

We also got two sitting chairs for my office and the bedroom, which I'll post pics of once they're put together. The drive back over I-80 was horribly boring, especially since we decided to do it all in one day. Upside was finding an amazing restaurant in Rawlins, WY, which we had almost given up on. If you happen to be wandering that area, try Aspen House Restaurant.

Also, here's a silly picture of Scout, just because! She's cleaning out the puppy chow.

Monday, June 28, 2010

My Monday Music Confession

I cannot for the life of me get this song out of my head. I've listened to it 3 times already today. This man is crazy, but he hit on something here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

This Land is Your Land

I've been looking at a lot of maps for work and it recently hit me how differently laid out the East side of the United States is from the West. Just look how the counties are laid out. It's like the pilgrims, revolutionaries, and founding fathers were OCD about getting everyone into nice arranged counties. But by the time we owned the land in the West, they gave up and let counties be created willy nilly. So we ended up with some counties out here being larger than some states are back East (I'm looking at you Rhode Island and New Jersey).

(You can click on this to get a bigger version.)

It's so hard to realize that we're not nearly as densely populated either. I go to Denver or Boulder and think about how crowded it is, but they've got nothing on NYC, Philadelphia or Boston. This is even more evident when you look at a map of the US at night.

Crazy, huh? We're so empty comparatively speaking!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Where's My Beret and Megaphone?

I really think I missed my true calling. Being a statistician is fun and all, but part of me will always wish I had gone into directing music videos.


No really, I'm not kidding.

My interest started back when my parents bought a video camera to record our school performances. It more often was used to record my sister lip syncing to Matchbox 20 or a documentary of our cat's adventures in the front yard. Then I took a directing class in undergrad to fulfill my Theater minor and was told by the teacher that he would have put me right into the directing program if they hadn't cut it the year before. And my four year stint at the record store cemented my love of mixing music with visuals.

I hate that music videos are no longer a majority of the programming on MTV or VH1 (who am I kidding, it's not even the minority). I used to TiVo Nocturnal State to watch during normal hours, but that even got cut last month. So I have to go online to watch them. And critique them to no end, cause that's the best part!

I'm really in awe of some music videos and how well they translate the feel of a song. See Brand New's "Jesus" for an awesome example.

Others, however, are so craptastic, I have to call them out on it. Lately, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" has been playing all over the radio and I had to watch the video (quit laughing, it's so horribly catchy...), because I had all these preconceived notions of what it should look like. To my utter shock, the video is terrible! It's so cliche, but rollerblading along a boardwalk would have been ten times better. What does Snoop Dogg playing Candyland have to do with California?

If Miss Perry would like to fix this atrocity, I'll be available to help out. First thing we'll be getting rid of is the blue wig.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity"

Please go visit Simon at Four of Them to read Pre-Thoughts on Toy Story 3: A Rant. I am so ridiculously excited for this movie and can't wait. My family didn't go to many movies growing up, but they made sure we were in the theater for the first one. I was in high school when the second one came out and didn't miss it. I know kids today will love it too, but it's amazing to have something from my childhood come back to relevance so strongly.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Basic Cable Boys

This is from Conan O'Brien's show in NY. We got to see him in Denver last month and had a blast, but I can only imagine the fun that went on at this show!