My Life as a Dog

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear


Santa's elves have been busy at my house. I came home from work on Tuesday to find my house all festive on the outside. There are lights hung around my garage, lights lining my walkway, and lights in the bushes! What a cool surprise. I had just decorated the inside the night before with the help of my friend Tamara. So I immediately thought that she had done this. She was quite insistent that I not skip decorating this year. But as I opened my garage and went to park I noticed the boxes that the lights must have come in sitting on the table in the garage. So the elves know my garage code. This really narrows down the list of possible suspects. I called my parents and they have no knowledge (or so they say) about what is going on. I can pretty much rule out any friends because those that know the code were visiting from out of state which is where they are now. That leaves me with just a few options. I remember giving the code to my sister Tammy once to allow her to drop something off in my garage since I was not home. Thus I'm going to guess that my sisters (Launa and Tammy) are in cahoots on this. Whoever it was put a lot of work into it. It was a very heart-warming surprise to come home to. Thanks!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's a Christmas Miracle

I've heard the stories. Some of them even firsthand. But never did I expect to be among the notorious iPhone owners who manage to find their precious iPhones in a toilet. I mean how does that happen? Oh I know what you are thinking. I used to be you. That is until yesterday.

I was at my parent's home about to wash my hands. I went to set my phone down on the counter and somehow it slipped. I over reacted and went to protect the phone. I probably made it much worse as I bumped it into the the toilet. Sad day! This is one of those times that I'm so grateful that my mother is a major cleanliness freak. (Mom, I don't really think you are a freak other than sometimes when it comes to cleaning.) My reflexes were lightening fast. I did not hesitate to reach right in and rescue my dear iPhone. I gave it a good wipe down trying to eliminate all moisture. Unfortunately water got into the speakers and the jack. I was sure that I was going to be out a lot of cash. I tried shutting my phone down but it would turn itself back on. This didn't sound good! I noticed that I could still get and send text messages. That was good news. But I also noticed that anything that produced sound on the phone was not working. I kept getting an error message about how the accessory was not made to work with this iPhone. Apparently toilet water is not a compatible accessory for my iPhone. Good to know! :)

I am pleased to report that my phone seems to be in perfect working order today. I'm grateful for that! And before you mock me, just remember that I used to be you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting Off Automatic

I'm always thinking that I would like to take a class and learn something new. When I started getting into photography I immediately thought about taking a class. Well after a year and a half after purchasing and using my camera I've decided to do it. I'm taking a 2 day workshop from Provo Creative called Getting Off Automatic. Provo Creative is behind the meetup group (ProvoCreative Models/Photographers Group) that I belong to where I took the "Trash the Dress" photos. My friend and fellow photog, Chris, is taking the course too. And after posting it on Facebook, it looks like there will be a few other friends attending. Too bad it's not until January. I'm getting excited about it.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

This Santa Made the News!

My friend and fellow Santa Run companion, Liz, informed me that I made the Deseret News photos. (I'm in the 7 of 8 photo.) The photo above is from the Deseret News taken by Brian Nicholson. I was totally mugging for my friend Josh who was taking photos. Meanwhile I look like some crazy for the Deseret News! :)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

My First 5K - Provo Santa Run

John, Landon, Brian, & Jason

So with my work to lose some weight and get healthier I had started running at the gym on the treadmill. I had been inspired by a few friends, particularly Brad & Josh, who are runners. Also I've had a fear of running on the treadmill and looking foolish. It had been over 10 years since I've tried running on one. I had been running for about 3 weeks. I say running but really it really feels more like jogging. 

In any case a week before the Provo Santa Run my friend Landon who was visiting from Idaho invited me to join him and some friends for the 5K. I decided to bite the bullet and sign up. I then had one week to prepare for the run knowing that I was going to do it. 

During the run I walked several times to try and catch my breath with all the cold air. So I was surprised when I finished the run and realized that I had beat any of my treadmill times. I came in right under 31 minutes. I'm looking forward to running one when it's not so cold outside. But I am so glad that I did this one.

Will, Liz, & Brian

Brian & a Bunch of Santas

The Starting Line

Brad, Ryan, Brian, & John

Hanging in there

Brian & Erik (he came all the way from SLC just to see me cross the finish line)

Josh (the photographer) & Brian
Here are the results.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Fresh Ginger

This year Mom gave me the assignment to bring cranberries to Thanksgiving dinner. Being me I had to find some interesting recipes to use. I solicited my Facebook friends for their favorites. I should have know that my gourmet cook and friend, Lisa, would have lots of ideas. While this is not one that she had actually made before she and I thought it sounded very interesting. I haven't sampled it too much yet. It in the fridge cooling a bit. The verdict will be in tomorrow as to how tasty it is or not. But in case it is tasty, here is the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Fresh Ginger

Makes about 2 1/4 cups

The cooking time in this recipe is intended for fresh berries. If you've got frozen cranberries, do not defrost them before use; just pick through them and add about 2 minutes to the simmering time.

Ingredients:


3/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 (12-ounce) bag cranberries, picked through
2 medium firm, ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

Instructions:


Bring water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt to boil in medium nonreactive saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Stir in cranberries and pears; return to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until saucy, slightly thickened, and about two-thirds of berries have popped open, about 5 minutes. Transfer to nonreactive bowl, cool to room temperature, and serve. (Can be covered and refrigerated up to 7 days; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In the Zone

I've registered to run the Provo Santa Run which is a 5K. This is the first time I've ever attempted such a thing. So now that I'm committed to this run I've started to get more nervous about it all. On Monday night I decided that I needed to get another run in at the gym. I like to get a treadmill where I can see myself in the mirror straight ahead. I try to zone out just staring at my reflection in the distance. On this occasion there were some abs machines in front of me. Halfway into my run two young women started using one of the machines and while I was not watching them I'm sure that it looked like it. In my peripheral vision I would notice them looking into the mirror at me and then after a while they would turn around and look at me. I found it a little amusing. I did my best to just ignore them but they were definitely distracting. I kind of wanted to let them know that they weren't that attractive but I thought better of it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Brandon Flowers

On November 17th, I went with my friend Chris to check out Brandon Flowers at The Depot in Salt Lake City. I had seen The Killers in concert back when their "Hot Fuss" CD was the only one they had out. It was a great show. This time it was no different. Only I had a much better view this time. I took a few photos with my phone but none of them were really great. I did however capture several videos where you can actually listen to and enjoy the music. If you are only going to check out one of the following videos, the last one was my favorite and the closing song of the show. (If you are using a reader you will probably not see the videos listed below. To see them click here)









Monday, November 15, 2010

Slapping a Spook

A few weeks ago I went with my singles family home evening group to Hee Haw Farms. We paid to go through the corn maze and thought it would be fun to go on the haunted hayride. We did the hay ride first. I'm not really a fan of haunted houses but this really didn't feel like something I was going to be freaked out in. Our group got on this trailer full of hay that was being pulled behind a vehicle. Initially we were all facing forward but before the ride started, we realized that it would probably be best if everyone faced outward so as to not get surprised by something or someone. The ride started and it was going pretty good. I was just enjoying seeing the girls freak out by all the spooks (people in scary costumes running around trying to scare people). In fact I was most afraid of Rosa as she jumped all over the trailer in an effort to avoid the spooks. But mostly I spent the ride just laughing. But at one point during the ride I had turned around to watch what was happening behind me on the other side of the trailer. When I turned around there was this guy right there in my face less than a foot away. Needless to say, it caught me off guard. My response? I slapped him! I wasn't sure which was more surprising that I got physical with him or that I slapped him. :) A punch would have been more manly but I'm not sure I was really looking to hurt him. I just wanted his face somewhere other than in mine. As the ride continued he came up to me again trying to be scary saying, "Don't hit me again." (I'm glad he didn't realize it was a slap.) I just replied, "Dude, I'm sorry. It was just a reflex." When the ride was done as I retold my story, everyone seemed impressed with my manly slapping.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Too Many Fingers?

Okay I've known my dad to say a few funny things in my life time. Last night I was over at my parent's house visiting with them and my sister. Dad was showing off one of his new iPad to my sister. After having some problems with navigating the iPad he exclaimed, "I just have too many fingers!" My sister and I got a good long hard laugh out of that one. :)

** Last I checked, he has ten just like the rest of us.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Catherine Tate


So if you've been around me lately, you might have heard me mention Catherine Tate once or twice but probably many more times than that. She is my new favorite thing on YouTube. She's a British comedian with her own sketch show in England called The Catherine Tate Show. She has lots of great characters including: Lauren, Ally, The Annoying Coworker, and the subject of this post, The Frightened Woman. Watch the following clip then continuing reading.


So a few weekends ago I had some friends that were down from Idaho. One of them needed to take the GRE and the other two just came along for a weekend away. Well one night I was sharing my new found love of Catherine Tate with them. We watched several of the videos on YouTube and the one shown above was the last one we watched. Of course I had the sound nice and loud so that no one would miss anything. I left my browser up and everyone went to bed. Two of my friends were sleeping on air mattresses pretty close to the computer. I had gone upstairs for bed. Sometime in the very early morning hours I was awakened to some screaming. I heard it and then there was silence. Then again another scream followed by silence. It repeated a third time. And then there was continual screaming. I was trying to figure out what was going one. I thought it was happening outside. It wasn't until the next morning when I was talking to my friends and they told me that the last clip we watched replayed itself in the night. My friend, Josh, is pretty much blind without his glasses. He was over at the computer in the middle of the night trying to figure out how to turn the video off without much luck. Now when I watch this clip it is extra special! :)

** As best as I can figure out my web browser (Chrome) is a beta version and is constantly updating itself. I'm guessing it did an update that night which shut the browser down and then reopened all the pages that it had open thus playing the frightened woman sketch all over again.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Are You Interested?

Hi. My name is Brian and I have an LDS Planet profile. Okay. There, I said it. Now that I've released that shame let me get rid of more. :)

The other day I had logged into ldsplanet.com. They have this fun little feature called "I'm interested." It allows you to browse through photos and quickly say whether you are interested or not just based on the photo. I decided to give it a try again. I hadn't used it in a long time but thought I had time to browse a few photos. So I started looking at the photos and found myself not to interested in most. I kept clicking what I thought to be the "No Thanks & Next" button. After about 40 photos I got to one that I thought was interested in so you can imagine my horror when I went to click the "I'm Interested" button only to find that I had been clicking it for the first 40 photos! Then I read the small print that let me know that each of the ladies I had viewed had received a "flirt" letting them know that I was interested! Oops! Ladies, I hope that made your day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

110 in the Shade


Last weekend my friend Spencer got me a ticket to see 110 in the Shade at the Hale Center Theater in Orem. I had heard that there were some famous people that were going to be in the show: Will Swenson and Audra McDonald. I knew who Will was because I saw The Singles Ward in which he was the main character. I had heard that he had gone on to Broadway and was in the production of Hair there. I also had heard that he won a Tony for his performance in Hair. But really I knew nothing about Audra McDonald.

I went into the show without a lot of expectations even though I had friends raving about it on Facebook. I just want to say that I was blown away but in particular I was blown away with Audra. I'm going to say there were even parts where I got kind of emotional. Not sure that I've ever been emotional in a local stage production. In any case, I am now a fan!

Spencer's friend Kevin was also a main character in the show and he was nice enough to navigate me to get some photos and autographs. Thanks Kevin!

Josh, Audra, and Brian

Will and Brian

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Curried Avocado Dip

So normally I don't post a recipe before I know that people want a copy of it. But I had to taste this after making it this morning for the luncheon following my grand-nephew's blessing. I'm had a hard time stopping my tasting. :) I wish I was going to be bringing some back home but I'm pretty sure that will not be the case.

Curried Avocado Dip
1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems, packed
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 T. shredded sweetened coconut
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. fresh ginger, chopped
1/2 t. curry powder
1 Serrano or JalapeƱo, seeded and chopped
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
Salt to taste
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and chopped


Blend all ingredients except the avocado in a food processor. I blended everything except the yogurt and avocado initially then added the yogurt.

Add chopped avocado and blend until very smooth. Taste for seasoning, then transfer to serving dish.

Serve with Hit of Lime Tostitos.

And to give credit where it belongs, my friend Jenny suggested it and shared the recipe. Thanks Jenny! She adds this tip:

You don't want to combine everything in the recipe more than 2-3 hours before hand. However, when I've taken this to events before I've blended everything but the avocado, placed the mixture in a Rubbermaid container w/ lid, and put it in the refrigerator until it was time to eat. When it was time I cut up the avocado and blended it with the other ingredients. Of course, this required a blender or food processor, so whatever works.

Monday, May 24, 2010

My Short-lived Acting Career

Today I stumbled across a blast from the past: a roadshow that I was a part of from the 1980's. I had forgotten most of it. It was funny to watch again years later. Thought it might be fun to share too. Enjoy!




Thursday, May 20, 2010

Borup Photography

I have a new blog/website specifically for my photographs. It's Borup Photography (http://www.borupphotography.com/). You can get large versions of the images by clicking on this icon  when hovering over one of the images. Check it out and come back often to see my new works.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Capital Reef Weekend

Three weekends ago some friends and I decided to take an impromptu trip to do some hiking and to take some photos. We spent Saturday and Sunday in the Capital Reef area hiking a few slot canyons: Bell Canyon, Little Wild Horse Canyon, and Sheets Gulch. Here are some of my photos from the trip.

More photos can be seen in Facebook.








Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Camera's Have a Life Expectancy, Go Figure!

Apparently cars are not the only items with a life expectancy. I had not really thought about this until I was reading about it on Digital Photography School. For cameras it's called actuations (or shutter count). Now it's making me wonder if I should turn off my setting for continuous shooting so that my camera has a longer life. Maybe I will want a new camera by the time I reach 100,000 frames.

Monday, April 19, 2010

On the Borders


Tonight for FHE (Family Home Evening) our singles group decided to go out to eat. We stuffed ourselves at Tucanos, eating lots of meat as well as other items. When finished someone suggested that we go for a walk. There were some cool lights in the Riverwoods that I thought I'd get some photos of. But really the fun part came when we went to Borders and decided to take some goofy photos. Here they are. Everyone was a good sport about it. Somehow I failed to get any of Rosa! :(









Sunday, April 04, 2010

Let There Be Light

Ever since I moved into my town home I have not been really excited about the light fixture that I had in there. It was a fluorescent cloud-like fixture. I rarely used it but when I did it was because I was cooking or baking. And even then I didn't like that the light was so ambient that I didn't have light for specific tasks.

I had toyed with replacing it for years but kept on thinking that the one I had was sufficient and that I was too lazy to change it anyway. Then a few weeks ago I was at a Habitat Restore store with my friend Ryan. He has a real fixer-upper home and was finding some needed supplies there. I happened to see one of the staff bringing out the fixture shown above. I had looked at the exact same one at IKEA. The price on this fixture was $10. I love a bargain and knew that it sells at IKEA for $50 so I bought it thinking that even if I never used it that it still only cost $10! That was a few weeks ago and this weekend I finally got around to removing my old fluorescent light, installing a ceiling box, and installing the new fixture. I think it looks great and I love the targeted light that it gives off.

Photography

For weeks now as I have driven to work I have noticed this white horse with the sunrise light back lighting it. I have thought I really need to stop and take photos but as per normal I am usually running late for work. This last Thursday I was about half an hour early on my way to work so I decided to stop and take advantage of the photo op. Here are some of my favorites.