Here's my real garden starts. They were looking fantastic, but then I got a little carried away with the liquid fertilizer, and think I choked my tomato plants with the salts. The peppers look like they love it though. These are just the stuff I start early. All of my squash, corn, beans, I put in later, as seeds, and the lettuce and spinach and peas, and onions, are already in! Look at my onions !(OK --but don't look at my weedy raspberry patch next to it.)
For my birthday my mom and Jeff asked me what I wanted, and what I really wanted was another weekend downtown. Salt Lake City may not be the biggest, most cosmopolitan city in the world, but it's got a great deal of international influences because of the Mormon church headquarters there, and has a great feel to it. We were going to go about a month ago, but my husband got second degree burns all over his hand trying to help a little girl last month --I'll write about that some other time --so we couldn't really go. Anyway, my mom took the kids for us, and Jeff covered hotel as my present, and the rest we put into our date budget (yay!).
We talked about going to a movie, but decided to go to the planetarium for a dome show because we can't do that here. We saw Led Zeppelin (which was a little before my time musically, but U2 was sold out). Honestly? I think these shows are where graphic artists go to practice and figure out screen savers. BUT, we were sitting next to a group that had had a few beers, and knew all the words to all of the songs. They kept saying "I LOVE this song" and singing in little quiet voices and cheering and they made ME have a good time! It was like being with my friends in high school at parties where I was drinking sprite and they were a little goofy on alcohol. Funny that I'd be nostalgic about that sort of thing.
OK, it kind of turned into free weekend, and I have the extra pound and a half to prove it. Worth every ounce. We went to Red Iguana the next day for lunch. Not the prettiest place, but then, that's kind of the charm. Think Frieda Kahlo meets Tijuana.
We also went to the University of Utah's Museum of Art. I really didn't care for the Smithson exhibit as he was "obsessed with the idea of entropy". Really? Entropy? There were pictures of him pouring glue down a hill, and piles of dirt on the floor as art. Right. I was much more interested in the Helen Levitt photographs, and the ancient Chinese dishes and vases (did you know they thought bats were beautiful decorative animals?), and the old European holy family paintings. I always love those --where they make the infant Jesus look like a tiny man instead of a baby --and sometimes there's the infant John the Baptist too carrying a cross 5 times the size of him. Fascinating.
But yeah, I came home quite a bit more ummm-- substantial --if you will. Silver lining? PR on deep back squats of 115 for 5 reps when I got home!