We’ve decided that the longest day of the year isn’t the Summer Solstice. No, it’s really the Sunday with 1pm church where you move your clocks back an hour to accommodate Daylight Savings Time. I don’t know how many times we looked at a clock today and said, “It’s only 10:30am?”
Fall here has been spectacular, although we’ve had a bone-dry October. Our secondary water was turned off Oct. 5 and our lawn could have used a few waterings since then. However, I don’t have any interest in using culinary water for that at this house, so I just let the brown spots appear. I’m pretty sure it — and I — will survive.
The mild Fall meant we had a very enjoyable Halloween. The kids didn’t even wear jackets under their costumes and came home with a bunch of loot. Although I actually have 4 kids, and although all of them dressed up and begged neighbors and strangers for candy, I didn’t get a picture of Leah. She went trick-or-treating with a friend and was gone at picture time. My sister got a hot tub recently and hosted a family party. It was Ammon’s first time in a hot tub and all indications were that he liked it. Not that he can really feel the heat on his paralyzed legs, but it was fun regardless.
The World Series wrapped up recently and we had the euphoria of celebrating the victory of our favorite team. Both Jen and I lived in Northern California as kids (her in Sunnyvale and me in Sacramento) and we’ve followed the team since then. The crazy thing was that my brother, Adam, is a life-long Royals fan. I never honestly even considered the idea that our two teams would meet in the World Series. Exciting postseason. In the picture below, Jen’s sister (also a big Giants fan) was watching with us via Facetime. It was fun to enjoy the conclusion of the series together.
I am currently “on detail” as the GIS Coordinator at the headquarters of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. That basically means I get to do a different job in a different location for three months, after which I’ll head back to my normal job. I now have to travel about 36 miles to work each day and go back and forth between driving and using public transportation (train / bus). I just happened to email the hydrologist a few days ago about some project ideas and said, “Hey, I’d like to go to the field with you.” It didn’t take long for him to find an excuse to get out. We drove from South Jordan up to the Wellsville Mountains west of Logan so we could check on the condition of a stream channel that has been impacted by cattle. It was a gorgeous day and made me happy.
Finally, Abby (front row, third from the right) had a piano recital on Saturday immediately following her volleyball game. She played “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt and rocked it. She loves playing and had a knack for the instrument.