WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!

Our offer was officially accepted tonight and we are planning on moving in on March 28. We are so very excited! Our new address will be 1377 W. Hawksbill Drive, Taylorsville, UT 84123. Just check out the pictures! It is about 2100 sqft. with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It was all recently and wonderfully remodeled. It is very near the Jordan River Parkway and sits on a quiet street. We're pretty excited! If you want to see all the pictures go to www.danandriki.com/pics.







And let's not forgot all the help of our wonderful real estate agent Alyssa Curran. She really did a wonderful job. She did all the nitty gritty stuff with their agent and it all went quite splendidly! She was very professional and quite a joy to work with. I would highly recommend her to anyone else!

American Idol Fanatics


I've taken back seat to American Idol! Apparently there are 33 million people that watch that show and my wife is one of them. Last night I went out to the family room to talk to Riki and somewhat purposely sat in between her and this television addiction and after starting my sentence she motioned for me to move. How many other spouses are affected by this show?! How much longer will American Idol take control!

Frankenstein!

I just finished Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and all the movies aren't anywhere near the actual plot of the book. As for my review of the book; I enjoyed most of it. I had a really hard time with all the literary eloquence of many of the paragraphs. Sure it "made" the book what it is, but it really got to me after a while and I would kind of just skip those paragraphs. I think I would have been "almost" as happy reading the 2-page summary of this book. There are a few good quotes that I liked from this book:

"If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, no befitting the human mind."

"Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear."

"... for excessive sorrow prevents improvement or enjoyment, or even the discharge of daily usefulness, without which no man is fit for society."

"To be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befall a sensitive being; to be base and vicious, as many on record have been, appeared the lowest degradation, a condition more abject than that of the blind mole or harmless worm."

"Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock."

"... his mind expanded in the company of men of talent, and he found in his own nature greater capacities and resources than he could have imagined himself to have possessed while he associated with his inferiors."

I was just thinking that perhaps my favorite part of the book was the narrative of the monster speaking of how he learned about the world around him.

Mardi Gras Mask for Architecture


For my Architectural Design Workshop class we had to design a Mardi Gras mask for an assignment. It really has absolutely nothing to do with Architecture but the teacher wanted to participate in a charity auction for MS. The people who put this together invited all engineers, designers, and architects to participate in designing a mask that can be auctioned off for charity. This coming Tuesday the masks will be auctioned and I want to go see what mine goes for. Probably two bits!