Thursday, August 26, 2010

i guess i...

should probably start checking out what my class schedule will be starting on Monday. And maybe I should check to make sure I have the books I need. Maybe I should locate a pencil and some paper, or at least make sure my laptop will start up. I think I've done everything I need to for my financial aid. Pretty sure. Ok, I should check on that, too.

It's not that I hate school. I love it. I am just in denial that the summer is coming to an end. It has been too delightful and there are still so many things that I need to do before it can officially disappear.

Such as:
Hike Squaw Peak (this actually might be a good one for fall.)
Water ski
Road trip
Float the Provo River
Grand Canyon
Rock Climb

Water slide
Bon Fire
Homemade Ice Cream
Dutch Oven

Mount Rushmore
Outdoor Movie

Bon Fire
Sleep under the stars
Meteor shower

Demolition Derby
Garage sale

(I guess I've done most of my list.)

Ok, I guess school can start.(sigh)I will dig out my back pack from the back of the closet.

Monday, August 23, 2010


The other day I was going through my usual introduce-myself- and-teach-them-how-correctly-pronounce-my-last-name routine when making a new acquaintance. And btw I've heard every pronounciation of Hintze under the sun.

"I'm Sarah Hintze." (hin-see)
"How do you spell that?"
"Hintz?" (hin-tss)

"No. Hin-see"
And then he said "Wow. No wonder you want to get married."
"What?" --Ok, I really didn't say that--out loud.

"Actually, I really like my last name." What I really said.
"You do?"
"Yup. By the time peopl
e get it right they don't forget it."

And it's true. After fourth or fifth repetition people don't forget it or me. I know
if a person has ever met a Hintze when they pronounce it right the first time and I don't need to repeat it four times. It's not rare for me to hear from others,"I met a Hintze 40 years ago." or "Are you related to (so and so) Hintze?" Chances are, we are related. Uncommon name, but big family. These comments are usually followed by, "He (or she) is a great person." I love that. I am lucky to come from such a great family many of whom are not forgotten because the different last name and the lives that they live. I have even been told by a complete stranger, "You have quite the name to live up to young lady." Amen brother.

Little Mr. and I were saying "cheese" for the camera.

He and I went on a date Friday night. We played at the park and we went to an outdoor movie, How to train your dragon. Both of us loved it. Gracie came, too. But she slept the whole time. That's ok though. I was happy just to hold her the whole time and I didn't have to share her with any of the other aunts.
We had a great time.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

isn’t life grand!!!


You know those sentences you say that have would or should in them. Such as: “Oh, we should…” or “I would like to…” You say these things and mean them sincerely, but in the back of your mind you know that it probably won’t happen. Because, lets face it, life is busy and sometimes the things that we would like to do or should do don’t always take precedence. 

Well, sometimes the fates will work in your favor. The planets will realign and that thing you should do or would like to do becomes that thing you do do.

At the beginning of the summer I decided that even though I’m a graduate student and can’t travel as extensively as I would like, I  should  go somewhere I have never been. (I also needed to keep working on my goal to see all the wonders of the world.) So, I decided I would like to see and experience the Grand Canyon this year. And yes, in the back of my head I was thinking the chances of it actually happening were slim to none.

And then as fate would have it, my sister got a job at Jacob Lake Inn, which is about 40 minutes north of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Bam!! The planets realigned and I was on my way to the Grand Canyon with my mom and sisters. We went on a girls’ road trip and took my sister to AZ.

We drove down.   


We camped.


We loved the Grand Canyon.


And we had a blast together.

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Heaven help the mister who comes between me and my sister.

Grand Canyon (check)

Monday, August 9, 2010

i'm not...

suppose to be at work today. I am suppose to be on my way to AZ and Jacob's Lake and the Grand Canyon. But I'm not. I am sitting at work trying my darnedest to focus on the projects I have. And obviously that is not working because obviously I AM DISTRACTED.

Weekend Happenings: Saw Letters to Juliet. (Everything you heard about it is true.) Saw Inception (Everything you heard about it is true, too.) Found a sweet deal on books at a garage sale, including a book that I have wanted for over a year. Learned how to change my oil. Changed my oil. Read. Napped. Fell in love with a dog named Dream Weaver. Weaver for short. He plays hide n' go seek. (I hide. He seeks.) Sunday was good. God answers prayers. Didn't go to AZ.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

red sky in morning

Did you notice the sky this morning? There was some pink to it. And now its raining. A beautiful rain storm. And a few sporadic ones. Did you see the lightening last night? I watched it light up my bedroom until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Then I listened to the thunder. I think it must have continued most of the night, because it was really going strong at 5 this morning. Summer is coming to an end. I can already feel the days getting shorter. The sun isn't peeking over the mountain when I go to work anymore. Sad.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

*thai curry chicken*

I’ve been craving thai food since last week (ok, I usually crave Thai food) and I’ve been in the mood to cook as well. (One of my summer bucket list items) However, with the exception of tacos, ethnic food can be intimidating.
Good news. I found a recipe for a Thai dish that was cake. (Not literally)and all the ingredients were very accessible. Let me share this deliciousness with you.


  • 1 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk,* whisked to blend
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Thai curry paste* (I found a packet @ Macey’s)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/3-inch-wide strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut crosswise in half
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (nam pla)* (I had this, but I think you can get it at Macey’s)
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cilantro (my tweek)


Bring 1/4 cup coconut milk and curry paste to boil in large skillet over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Add bell pepper and onion; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in chicken, remaining coconut milk, sugar and fish sauce. Cook until chicken is cooked through, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 3 ingredients and simmer 1 minute.
Serve with rice and plain yogurt, if needed. (Neutralizes spicy curry.)
*Available at Asian markets and some supermarkets nationwide.
(Found at:
One of the beauties of Thai food is that not only is it delicious, but it is healthy, too. Enjoy!