Friday, December 31, 2010

The appropriate dues have been paid

It seems that in Matt's family, there is an unspoken rule. At some point while using a nail gun, you must shoot yourself. Matt got off lucky. While working on the bathroom, he was holding a 2x4 to skab in where the new tub will be. The nail missed the board. There is debate whether it was the nail or something else went through his hand ("something else" is currently winning 2 votes to 1), but something definitely did. There are entrance and an exit holes. Happily it didn't hurt too bad and it only delayed dinner by about 3 minutes. Maybe next time he will be more careful with the nail gun.

Lincoln's 1st Birthday

Lincoln turned one and had a blast. Here are the highlights.

Christmas 2010

Christmas at our house was great! Everybody got a lot of presents and had a ton of fun. Here are some of the highlights from Christmas at our house.

The last 3 pictures above are videos, you can click to see the whole thing. Here is my favorite though:

Catchup from the Lorimers

A lot has happened in Smithfield. We don't do real good updating the blog though. Rather than tell all of the stories, here are some pictures of what has been happening in our lives.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The first wave

I would like to show you the first fruits of our garden. Yes they are yellow, yes they look like
pears, but no they are tomatoes.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This post is either late, or really early for next year's Pi day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Amelia's Recital

There are the pieces Amelia played at her recital.
She did a wonderful job. We are proud of you Amelia.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's Almost Time for MASS!


However, April, kids, and I will not be available in July until the second Friday, so I propose the MASS meets the second Friday for July, and FUSS can meet the 3rd Friday.

Objections? Activity suggestions? What does the social calendar look like out in Utah? Shall our first meeting simply be a planning meeting? Maybe we should meet at Maddox in Brigham City?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memphis in Exile

Things started out pretty rough with Memphis at our house. Winston started out by attacking her. That was 17 staples. They have since been removed and the wound is healing nicely. Winston had a good talking too and is now behaving much more kindly towards our new visitor.

She has quickly joined the crowd of beggars at the back door. Has easily fit in with our daily habits.
And decided that our house is not a bad place to be, as long as Winston is happy.
She has picked out her favorite spots, claimed her time with the rawhide bones and fit right in with this family of sleep lovers. Welcome Memphis. May your second fortnight go better than your first.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Books I've read lately

I thought the family might be interested in some of the books I've read lately:

Flavia de Luce mysteries:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag.
Viva Flavia! She's more interesting than Mma Ramotswe and DCS Foyle combined!

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. April also loved these. Can’t wait for the final book in the series.

I've been into the psychology of choice lately. In that category I've read and enjoyed:
Blink. Recommended.
Nudge. Recommended if you like Behavioral Economics and Law.
I think Brent might really enjoy Switch and Nudge. Lots of business related psychology ideas based on cutting edge research.

Books with a lot about autism/Asperger’s in them:
Look Me in the Eye: My life with Asperger's. Highly recommended.
Create Your Own Economy. Loved this book.
• See also Blink from above.

Other books.
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
• The Percy Jackson books. (H. Potter ripoffs, but still good)
The Maze Runner.
Open. (Couldn’t put it down.)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Food Storage

Recently Matt and I have been feeling like we needed to beef up our food storage, so when we ran into a girl selling Thrive food and shelf reliance shelf we were interested. I went to her party (it is a direct sales company). I was super impressed. The freeze dried foods were excellent in quality and after some comparison shopping I found almost always cheaper and sometimes a LOT cheaper then any other local source. We decided to purchase some and when it arrived we really liked it. So much so that we decided that I would become a consultant. Niels and Christi were my first order (thanks for your support!) I have thought about direct sales before but they always seemed to be a rip off for everyone. This is actually a product people would buy anyways at a great price and consultant/host benefits are good. I chose to do this because I don’t feel like anybody is getting ripped off.
We don’t want to pressure anyone but if you are curious about it, we are having a party. You can come sample the food and get more info on Thursday April 22 at 6:30 at our house. Let me know if you want to come and I will send you an e-vite. If you are interested in throwing your own party I would be happy to do that too. The host benefits are great.
If you have no idea what Thrive is, they make food storage. The thing we like is that there are a lot of different options that make using/rotating your food storage possible (mangoes, pineapples, green beans, corn, etc). They do a lot of fruits and vegetables. If you want to check out what is available you can see it at the website. If you are interested in anything, let me know and I can get you pricing (direct sales pricing is significantly cheaper than website pricing).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


So it seems we have sold the house. There are still inspections, etc. to deal with, but we are happy things have gone smoothly so far. It is sort of sad to get the house looking really good, only to sell it. We will miss it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Asphalt Ventures

For those who are interested, here's some video of me (and friend/instructor Ashraf sometimes in the passenger seat). I was "signed off" to drive without an instructor, meaning I have progressed from novice to intermediate to advanced to solo in only 6 track days. The new nicest thing anyone has said about me is: "for someone with your experience level, you're pretty da[rn] fast."

Out of gas as GT-R screams by. (Yes, it is embarrassing to run out of gas on track, but in my defense, the gauge doesn't work with the fuel sloshing around violently. Also, you get about 6 mpg and it kinda sneaks up on you.)

I think I like the camera on my helmet better.

Check mirrors!

Segment from last session.

Department of hmm...

The mystery of sudden acceleration.

Update: More here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

What I've been doing this week

Okay so I never post... so here is a look at the two thing I did this week that I think is cool.

1. I cooked dinner. Specifically I made this:

Baked Rigatoni with tiny meatballs. I made everything other than the noodles. The recipe is available here. It took a while and made a 9x13 pan but it was pretty good.

2. I installed a new ceiling fan... thank mom and dad for the very belated christmas present, or at least the method to purchase the fan... Here it is in action.

By the way I am still looking for volunteers to help with tiling a room at my house...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A conversation with my brother

copied from google chat window:

me: What is a smile but a grimace of happiness?
Scott: What is a Grimace but a large purple consumer of Happy Meals?
I guess my kids are small Grimaces
Scott: I love Basic Instructions!!
me: Me too.
I learned at Stake Priesthood leadership meeting that we can increase our spirituality by gleaning insights from the biographies of BYU football players
I also learned that you shouldn't make gagging noises during splm if the bishop is sitting behind you
Sent at 11:54 AM on Tuesday
Scott: rad.
that makes me happy just picturing it.
me: The guy giving the talk never looked at the audience. It was as though he was addressing the angels in the rafters.
Sent at 11:57 AM on Tuesday
Scott: I want to post that at Dead Seriously
me: feel free. off the record, of course.
Sent at 12:00 PM on Tuesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Superbowl pic

Sometimes, you don't need to verbalize anything to mock your opponents.

Capturing the spirit of "Desert"...

The comments are awesome.

You're welcome.

Check out Brother Matsby's hilarious blog here.

Don't blame me if you don't get anything done today.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Assorted links

Always brings tears to my eyes. Sniff. I still do that shopping cart thing.

Nordic terror continues rampage.

Via Tyler Cowen (who I get to meet this week!): Rent seeking behavior.

Especially for Daniel (or Matt, or Eric, or Jake):
How to show some class.

Especially for Brent: Hayek vs. Keynes. (Notice that the bartenders are Ben and Tim.)

Speedsource Mazda RX-8 wins GT class at 24 hours of Daytona. Again. Nothing like humiliating the Porsches. Hee hee.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chevy Volt Dance

Holy smokes, I can't believe anyone ever thought this was a good idea.

I hope the dance is not indicative of the engineering, for GM's sake.

Very Good News

Feeling depressed about the state of the world?
Disappointed that Obama is not magic?
Outraged at Republicans/Democrats?
Wondering where we are going and why we are in this hand-basket?

Let's keep some perspective, people.

World poverty is falling. Between 1970 and 2006, the global poverty rate has been cut by nearly three quarters. The percentage of the world population living on less than $1 a day (in PPP-adjusted 2000 dollars) went from 26.8% in 1970 to 5.4% in 2006.

Worldwide, poverty rates are falling quickly and income inequality is also decreasing.

More details here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A celebration of all things Lincoln

Congrats to the Lorimers for bringing another Lincoln into the world.

Let's review some other notable Lincolns:

The best president ever. (Seriously. Have you read the Second Inaugural Address?)

A luxury brand of the Ford Motor Company. Not much to be proud of here, really.

The capital of Nebraska, Home of the Cornhuskers. Their colors are not red and white, by the way. They are scarlet and cream. Sure they are.

The county town of Lincolnshire, England.

An album by They Might Be Giants.

Any of three Royal Navy warships.

An alleged ghost town in Utah.

The first road across the USA--that's pretty cool.

A type of sheep.

A number of colleges and universities.

And, of course, the Lincoln penny.

Also, the Lincoln memorial is cool, although I think it makes him look more like "the great emperor" than "the great emancipator", but whatever.