Friday, April 30, 2010

Eureka!

Right now, I'm wrapping up the official end of my Tax Season.  "April 15th was two weeks ago," I hear you say for I have bionic ears that not only hear within the audible regions of netherland, but can also hear what you're thinking.

It's true, April 15th was two weeks ago.  Fifteen days, to be precise.  But lucky for me, the Tax Season doesn't wrap-itself up-and-out-of-my-life until April 30th.  Today is April 30th and I plan to dance a jig, or at least I plan to dance a make-believe jig that I made up. 

I might even yell "Eureka!"

This Tax Season was particularly taxing.  Before last Sunday, I had all of one (1) day off.  My one (1) day off was the day before Easter.  Note that my day off didn't include Easter.  But, realistically, I'm a mom and moms don't get days off, so realistically, it didn't really matter if I got a day off, realistically.  Before you start to feel bad for me (for making others feel pity for me is this blog's sole purpose) note that my work days are not full days.  Each of my work days, other than my one (1) day off, included at least 1.5 hours of work.  I believe the average was 30 hours a week. 

Now.  Thirty hours isn't bad.  Plenty of people work more than 30 hours a week.  Most people at least pretend to work 40 hours a week.  Heck, plenty of people work 60 hours a week.  Back in my day, I worked 60 hours a week -- and that was real work because it was before the internet and let's just face it -- looking busy before the internet was waaaay hard.  Just kidding.  We had the internet.

Please remember that I'm a mom.  As is mentioned above, and as I insist on reminding any and everyone around, being a mom is a full-time job.  With no days off.   I'm a slacker mom, however, so my full-time mom job is not as full-time as other full-time mom jobs.

Where the hell am I going with this?  I seriously cannot remember.  Oh yeah!  Sunday.  And Eureka!  On Sunday of last week, I got my second (2nd) day off.  A whole second (2nd) day off!  And as if having a full day off from work wasn't enough, it was also Steak Conference.  (Steak Conference is where several LDS wards get together and eat Steak.)  We rarely do Steak Conference.  Mostly it's because Megan is a vegetarian and in honor of our beloved Megan, we refrain from Steak Conference.

No Work + No Church = All Day of Play!

But what do we do? 

I'll tell you what we did!  We got in the car (actually the truck) with a map of Utah, and ended up in Eureka!  Did you know that Eureka is not where Eureka vacuums are made?  I can be so gullible.  But here are some facts about Eureka: There are 19 states in the U. S. of A. with a city named Eureka.  Utah's Eureka was a town founded by a gold and silver mining boom -- hence the exclamatory reference in its namesake.  Them miners rolled into town, struck gold and hollered "Eureka!"  Either that or it was the end of the Tax Season, so they danced a make-believe jig and yelled "Eureka!"  Which is precisely what I done.


Before the miners came to town, it was called Ruby Hollow. 

We found a few "do not enter" mining properties outside of town, but it appears as if not much happens downtown.  The only working industries are the liquor store and the fire department/paramedics.  (Perhaps there's a lot of drinkin' and fire startrin'!)  The 2000 census counted its residents at 766.

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9 comments:

megan said...

so cool...so happy for you...I can feel your happiness...love the fields and the blue outhouse..and the head locks.

Sparks said...

You have a bona fide knack for unique (and oh, so awesome) family portraits. I'm digging the rear view mirror one.

I'm honored that you took a vacation from the big biannual barbecue in my honor. What an honor to be so honored.

Your kids are taller in real life.

I hope you still like me after today when I was not only late, but a bumbling moron at your house. I and people in general: a real bad idea. I think that I and pot might be a better combo.

Winder said...

Did you know I spent 2 entire days in Eureka?
High School student council retreat.
Good Times.
We actually stayed in an old church converted to accommodate such things. It was actually really fun. The best part was the local kids kept "dragging" past too funny.

Love your photos. Someday I will convince you to create a coffee table book for me. Maybe when I have a house that can accommodate such a thing.

Ryan said...

purdy. more going on than i realized. felt like a ghost town last our fam ended up in eureka. yes plenty of warning signs in all shapes and sizes and colors and degree of threatening-ness.

wow winder two days. and not on a dare or nuthin! love the notion of eurekean dragsters.

and love that somewhere in the world someone now believes mormons gather semi-annually for a good ol' fashion steak out. that would have been so much more enjoyable. in reality stake conf in utah means walking two blocks to church instead of one.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

At least they have a liquor store.

Please tell me you did some post-processing stuff with those photos to get colors like that. Because your colors really pop. Like you shot with Velvia, except that I know you're shooting digital, and your kids' skin would have been orange were it real Velvia from back in the day when we put film in our cameras (we had the internet then, too, but it was just the 1.0 version).

Becca said...

First off, your Yahoos are getting rather large which means that I haven't seen you or them in way to long. I think that calls for a breakfast date, and soon I think May 14th sounds nice. Don't you?

Becca said...

Second off (HA! You thought I forgot the second, but no I did not; I just thought this was more clever...) I think my family needs a photo montage done by you. You are by far my favorite friend photographer (and I can think of 3 others right off the top of my head.) You are amazingly talented and I like your quirky take on things. Now I just have to convince Craig that it's time for a new photo montage...

Makell said...

Wow - Eureka actually looks......Interesting! Your pictures probably do it more justice than it deserves, I'm guessing! Lovely photography. Loverly.

rabidrunner said...

Winder - you were in the student council? How come I never knew this about you. Did you get yourself "some" at this student council retreat?

Junkie - the photos are processed. I shoot everything RAW, which is basically flat, then up the contrast and color saturation a bit. For some reason, I feel the need to go on and on about white balance and how the digital age has purdy much ruined colors (for I shot film for a while too). I'll save the space, however. If you're interested in a white balance tutorial, by all means holler.

Becca - Indeed, we should gather. Perhaps your family needs a ghost town montage?

Makell - I found Eureka rather interesting. Although, I find most things interesting, so go figure...