The Horse and Hitch Parade (back up in Ogden) was interesting. I think this was on the Tuesday night. We just ambled out of my house and up 2 blocks to claim a nice shady spot under a tree.
I also found some time to indulge in culinary adventures since I had guests. Since its usually just myself, I don't do gourmet cooking every day. Actually, its a lot of leftovers since when I do cook, I make sure to fix extras. The day they arrived I'd been cooking pulled pork all day long (this was after to pork sat in the fridge with a dry rub for 24 hours). This was something I'd been wanting to try for a long time. True BBQ people will cringe since I didn't smoke my boston butt, but I don't have a smoker. This just sat in the crock pot for 8 hours on low, and made its own sauce with the meat juices, spices, and some beer. We also had some cedar planked salmon, with a bourbon-chipotle-maple glaze.
And I made a lemon-blueberry tart.
On Friday we went back up to Park City to experience some summertime alpine fun. I've done the zipline, toboggan and alpine slide at Olympic Park, so this time I wanted to try the rides at Park City Resort. Mom just had full knee replacement surgery less than 2 months ago, so she didn't join us. Dad and I had a blast, and we both agreed that the roller coaster was the best. The zipline was a bit disappointing, I'd suggest you just go to Olympic Park if you want a zipline, or skip them and just spend all day on the roller coaster! The ride up the mountain on the coaster was almost as good as the ride down. Very relaxing, and time to take some pictures.
One thing I have to say is they make you work for your rides! Or at least for the slide. You have to haul your own cart from the chair lift down to the slide start. The look of shock and disgust on my dad's face below is because I somehow managed to beat him (we were racing on side-by-side tracks).
Thanksgiving Point. I'll save those pictures for another post, since there's a lot of them.
I managed to get some stitching done, and even a finish or 2. With Thy Needle and Thread's Mystery Sampler was my first finish, but I don't have a picture of it. I was so anxious to get it out of my mom's hot hands (she's been known to abscond with my stitching) that I rushed it over to Jill's for framing. Yes, I'm incredibly lucky to not only live 2 blocks from Shepherd's Bush, but 3 blocks from Jill Rensel. I've also been working on the 2008 Loose Feathers bonus patterns from Blackbird Designs. I have the first 2 (of 5) completed.
Just to add some more stitching content to this post, I also dusted off my design software and started playing around with it. Hopefully in the future I'll start adding some "freebie" charts to my posts.