Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Kiddos

This past Tuesday our USU String Academy had its holiday concert at the Logan Tabernacle. These kids are so dang cute and they did really well. Here is a taste.

Our brand new violinists:


These are our new cellists, you can hear the teacher saying Forte! Piano! Presto!

My group class that I teach (we are still working on the all watching the leader part)

My quartet, you can see them earlier in the year rehearsing here

Monday, December 10, 2007

Mr. T

So, recently featured stained glass pieces have inspired me to feature a special piece of nostalgia. Seriously, can you ever get sick of this guy (maybe after this many videos...)?


Stained Glass

Don't ask me why, but I recently have become interested in stained glass as an art form. It's not something you see terribly often and as a medium it contains a lot of diversity. Provided below is a slide show of various pieces I found just through Google and Google image search. I'm thinking about trying my hand at it sometime when I have more free time available. It looks like a lot of work, but very rewarding. I can remember my mother working on stained glass projects when I was a young child, but other than that, I don't think I've ever seen it done. Maybe I'll read a book on it, or take a class.

Monday, December 03, 2007

SO DANG COOL

Those of you who know me well know that I am totally into alternative forms of energy and the awesome technology that is allowing us to move to a more renewable country. Today I heard two really cool stories on Morning Edition on NPR that were about my favorite subject. The first is about how Florida is using the ocean to make energy. If you follow the link make sure you watch the awesome video that has a link between the two pictures, way radical cool. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16713781

The second story is about how Iceland uses the volcanic action of the island to heat all of their homes, pools, create electricity, etc. Basically the only things that is run on oil in the whole country are cars and they are trying really hard to turn everyone's cars to run on Hydrogen. Experts believe that 10% of the energy used in America could be fueled by geothermic power. Very cool, very cool. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16780339

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Decorating our 12 foot apartment


Our apartment is tiny tiny but we do manage to get a tree up for Christmas. We finally took the plunge tonight and pulled out our K-Mart special Christmas tree and went to Walmart (hate it hate it hate it) to get another strand of lights and by 12:00 on December 1st we have our decorations up. They basically consist of our tree, a beautiful wreath Linda gave us last year and a table setting with a great red table cloth that my mom got us for Christmas last year and I have been so excited to use it ever since we got it. The picture above is of a little red riding ornament that Linda made for us 2 Thanksgivings ago. It's made out of a wood ball and a hazel nut.

PS posted by Jentry, not Scott