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A letter to Questar


Dear Gas Company,

Thank you for decorating my flower beds with neon red, orange, and yellow spray paint.  I guess you didn’t think there was enough color there already.  Oh, and also thank you for digging up some of my tulips without even asking.  Do I owe you any extra on my bill this month for all the extra service?  Keep up the good work.


Melissa Spurlock





Way back in May, we went to Temple Square for my birthday and took a TON of pictures of the beautiful flower gardens.  I promised to post some of my favorite pics, but now it’s September and I’m just barely getting to it.  Here are some of my favorites.  The pictures don’t nearly do the gardens justice, but they have inspired me to work on our flower beds a little more (hard to believe if you’ve seen my dying bushes… but next year is my year!!).  And by the way, I’m 99.9% positive that this is what Heaven looks like.

And speaking of Heaven, thank you everyone for your sweet comments and sympathy about Millie.  It’s been week now and we’re doing much better!  We miss her but feel peace about everything.  Love you all!

Party like it’s yo berfday


(Long post warning!! Sorry, I’m still getting the hang of this blogging thing…)

Yesterday I turned 26 – not quite old enough to be embarrassed about my age, but my mother and I decided no matter how old you get, it will ALWAYS be better to tell someone your age than your weight. Good advice, Mom.  So in light of that, today’s post is a random collection of birthday memories.  And if this post gets a little long, it’s ok because it’s my birthday, so there.

My mom always let us chose what to have for our birthday dinner, so in my teens, I think I usually picked BBQ chicken, shrimp/dill/cucumber pasta salad, and baked beans.  And before I was mature enough to like shrimp and cucumbers, I would request baked beans and hot dogs.  My mother makes the BEST baked beans – I think I like them because they taste like BBQ sauce.  And those who know me knows that I like anything that is a means of getting more BBQ sauce into my belly.  Mmm mmm good.

Growing up, we had somewhat of an “adopted grandpa” named Howard Evans and he came to our house for dinner almost every Sunday.  Each year on our birthday, he gave us a mini box of See’s Candy (except for that birthday when Eric got a nose hair trimmer…) and he would always end the birthday song singing “without a shirrrrrrrt”.  I guess very old men can get away with stuff like that…

One of my sisters (to remain unnamed, Laura) used to talk about her birthday SO much all throughout the year (suggesting presents, party plans, etc.) that we had to instate a 10-day rule – she could ONLY mention her birthday 10 days before and 10 days after the actual day. This rule was only applicable to her and it is still in effect today.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible with birthdays – I’ll usually call, but I am not grown up enough to actually get a card written and in the mail. And speaking of birthday cards, I’ve been mostly miss and seldom hit with my sister Cecilie – one year I spelled her name wrong in the card, and another year I made this awesome homemade card for her but with the wrong age on it. She is still in therapy about it.

I share my birthday with my brother’s wedding anniversary, Jackie (a FAVORITE roommate) & Doug’s half wedding anniversary, and my most UN-favorite roommate of all time (IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: this is NOT Jackie!!!  Sorry for the confusion, Jack!).  And it’s two days after my Dad’s birthday. (He turned 60 last Friday! Go Dad!)

My FAVORITE birthday before this one was 22.  As far as birthday bashes go, my birthday was usually somewhat anticlimactic as it was after I got home from BYU but before my other college friends came home for the summer.  But this was my first summer staying in Provo and I was determined to have an awesome summer, so I threw myself a huge birthday BBQ.  I had just moved to a new apartment, so I invited a bunch of my old friends and everyone at the new place – it was SO MUCH FUN!!  And Jake and I had met at that point but we weren’t dating, so he came “just for the food” (his words).  So that makes yesterday the FIFTH birthday of mine that I’ve spent with Jake!  Everyone, I HIGHLY recommend throwing your own birthday party every once in awhile.

And last but certainly not least, this birthday has been superfantastic.  Saturday, Jake and I had an official Birthday Day O’ Fun in Salt Lake City.  We took pics of the flowers at Temple Square, ate Mexican mole at the Red Iguana, went for a drive up Emigration Canyon, had Tongan watermelon/coconut/pineapple juice and a Basque steak sandwich at a street festival downtown, visited Jake’s grandma and aunt, and just enjoyed the warm spring weather that FINALLY decided to show up. It was so much fun to hang out with Jake all day, and he was such a champ catering to my every whim AND letting me hog the camera the entire time. Even before the surprise party on Sunday (see next post), I’d say 26 was a huge success!

Here’s one of my favorite pics from Saturday – I’ll post more later.

Spring has sprung – FINALLY


Well folks, I’ve been back and forth about starting a blog for quite a while now, but I think I’m ready, so here goes!  Please be easy on me – it will probably take me awhile to get into the groove of what’s interesting by blog standards and what’s not.  Being married to Mr. Technology (a.k.a. Jake), it’s a wonder I’ve held out for so long, but I guess we can call this my Mother’s Day present to HIM.  And I finally feel like I have something blog-worthy to blog about: my incredible out-of-this-world tulips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t usually use exclamation points with such candor, but trust me.  These babies DESERVE it.   Yes, despite the fact that I can’t keep an INDOOR plant alive to save my LIFE, my yard this year was a major success.  This post is a bit of a brag fest, so if you’re not up to it, I won’t judge you if you stop reading now and just wait for my next post…

I planted 120 tulip bulbs in various bunches all over our yard – two different varieties, but both pink – and they have ALL bloomed!  I was so shocked they actually grew, considering that I planted them in our clay/rock/mud flower beds in December.  And without further adieu, I present to you my tulips:

Pretty, eh?  Below is a view of almost our whole side yard.  You can see bunches of pink scattered tulips as well as the white blossoms covering our flowering pear tree on the left.

With winter holding on for dear life all the way through early May (I was NOT ONE BIT HAPPY about that), it was looking like we wouldn’t see any blooms, but our two Japanese flowering cherry trees have just barely started flowering.  And the blossoms are so cute!  See for yourself:

Here’s a close-up of the flowering pear tree blossoms.

And one more – our forgotten lilac bush made it through the winter and my neglect.  You’ve got the heart of a champion, lil’ buddy!  Lilac smells sooooooooo good…

And just for good measure, here’s one more of the tulips.

I think if I see these tulip bulbs at Costco again, I’ll get one bag of yellow and one of orange.  And  might try some hyacinth and daffodils for earlier blooming.  We’ll see.  Bulbs are a pain in the rear to plant because you’re digging huge holes in your yard in the COLD, but it’s soooooo worth it come spring!  So watch out Thanksgiving Point, next year’s Tulip Festival is at MY house.  Take that.