Monday, March 27, 2017

The Boss

This morning while driving to work I finished listening to “Born to Run” on CD. Wow. I loved it. The best part was that Bruce Sprinsteen himself read his book. This book is an honest, raw biography of my favorite rock star. I learned about Bruce from my brother Robes who seriously was his #1 fan. Really. My first Springsteen concert (and I think I’ve been to 7 or maybe 8 between LA, Boston, and Miami) was at the LA Sports Arena with Robes. I was shocked when Robes stood on his chair and sang and danced and screamed; I had never seen Robes like that! Springsteen is an amazing performer (3+ hour concerts--the best!). I’ve bought keychains at the last few concerts I’ve gone to and I buried them at Robes’ grave in Florida. I enjoyed hearing about Bruce's life and how he became famous, his family relationships, and about his wife and kids. One of my favorite things he said (about his kids) is, “As parents you are their audience; they are not meant to be yours.” And I loved what he said about his wife Patti Scialfa: "I let Patti know me." He had a strong connection to LA and he talked about riding his motorcycle for miles in Southern California; all places I’ve been. Anyway, part of me is sad that the book is over. Good thing I have a copy of the book and this poster on my bedroom wall to remind me that Bruce is The Boss. #epcondo2017 #brucespringsteen

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chipmans for dinner

The Chipmans came over for dinner!  Their oldest was sick and didn't make it but people, they have SIX girls!  I'm envious of their sisterhood.  We have lots of mutual friends and I've known about them for years so it was fun to finally share a meal together.  #newbffs #commonrables #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Meatloaf for dinner

When you invite a family of 8 over for dinner you double-ish the meatloaf recipe.

Helping the new deacon tie his tie

#arlingtonwarddeaconsareforever #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cool house

I like this house and went back to get a photo.  #nophotographicregrets #epramblesaroundnewengland2017

Is Jesse Pinkman hiding out in Connecticut?!?

#breakingbad #epramblesaroundnewengland2017

Hartford Temple

I rambled to the Hartford Connecticut Temple today.  I've been wanting to get back here to do some work since the open house.  It's a beautiful, peaceful place.  The prayer blessed those with heavy hearts.  #tendermercy #hartfordldstemple #iammormon

Breakfast of champions

And I just fixed my own windshield wiper.  Bam.  #epramblesaroundnewengland2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

TBT: the Pattons

We had professional photos taken every year.  Side story: Robert asked once why he didn't have red hair.  My mom's reply was, "the question is, 'why do they have red hair'?"  We have a great grandparent on each side that had red hair.  #pattonmemories #someonehadashiner #ilovemybigtooth

Friday, March 10, 2017

My crown

After six dentist/endodontist appointments and a bunch of money (and I have good insurance) I finally have my crown.  Photo and crown cred: Cami Jones

Thursday, March 09, 2017

TBT: hair story

One time when I was getting my pixie haircut at the Merry Go Round salon, the girl next to me said she wanted her hair like mine.  When the woman was done cutting the girl’s hair she turned the chair around and the girl looked in the mirror and started to cry.  She wanted my hair color not the cut.  #pattonmemories #whocutmybangs #thoseshoes

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


My quilt is done and I love it!  I just washed and dryed it and it's all crinkly, just the way I like it.  #lapquilt #Ilovetosew

The wait is over!

#ilovethelibrary #bestthingabouttoday #nowineedaroadtrip #bigbossfan

Banana bread

I tried a new banana bread recipe last night from Jane Maynard and it's really good (sour cream and butter make everything better).  For years I've been using a recipe from a college roommate.  Now I have two good recipes.  #bakesomeonehappy #madeatmidnight #myphotostudioisaheaterintheoffice

International Women's Day


Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Comfort food


Monday, March 06, 2017

Freebie table

This table is in the lobby of my condo building.  People put things on it they are giving away.  I've probably put 45 things there in the last few months (and 8 things the other morning).  My rule is if it's still there after 24 hours I take it back.  That's only happened once with a 50 cent IKEA vase.  #braggypatton #iknowyouwantthatwallpaper #epcondo2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Linger Longer

I'm in the Crock Pot First Ward.  #arlingtonwardcrockpotsareforever