Christmas in Orem

"We will raise this black baby as our own!" -- Alan and Warren

Happy Holidays From Fort (and his Penguins)

"The Love Triangle" by Leia Bell

In memoriam of the final season of LOST, 16 artists were commissioned to create their own custom piece of art related to the show.  Salt Lake City local favorite, Leia Bell, was one of them.  Unfortunately, all 300 prints sold out in a matter of minutes, which makes Jenny a sad panda.

To see the other LOST-inspired art, go to
Moving With Jenny!
Moving With Jenny entails the following events:

1. Snow, rain, sleet or hail

2. Playing Jenga with IKEA furniture

3. Breaking at least one thing on at least one piece of furniture

4. A massive sense of guilt for not yet paying up on my last "please help me move and I will make you **insert food object here**" bribe

5. At least one helper cursing me out for owning "so many *bleeping* books"

6. Real life experiences of the following clips, with every line quoted

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The Brilliance of Jon Stewart
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
The 11/3 Project
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Political HumorHealth Care Crisis
For My Friend Steve...
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Mac vs. PC meets Dems vs. GOP
All In Favor of Jenny's New Blog Layout Say Aye
All others, say nay.
The Highest Point in Davis County
We spent last Saturday up Farmington Canyon visiting a friend's cabin and checking out the leaves. We made it up to Bountiful Peak by sunset and had a great time.

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Halloween Decorations

Random Adventure #3639: Colbert Report Audience in NYC

Click here for the entire episode that Dave and I attended (this past Tuesday, Sept 29). I was in NYC for all of 18 hours, mainly due to my work being insane right now and not being able to take any more time off. I Jetblued it from SLC to JFK, arriving Tuesday morning @ 6am, took the subway to midtown (fell asleep enroute, almost missing my stop), found a Starbucks (which was abnormally difficult), walked to our prearranged meeting place (the Borders between Penn Station and Madison Square Garden) and was promptly deluged by finches and pigeons. After an hour of waiting for David with him not answering texts or phonecalls, I texted his wife, asking if she knew where her husband was. She replied "He's looking for you! He left his phone at home! He just called from Penn Station!" It took another 15 minutes or so for us to finally find each other; apparently we had been passing each other for over an hour! WTF. I didn't think I was THAT blind. Well, there are thousands of people running around the streets of NYC at 9am and I was admittedly not awake, so the fault should point in my direction.

We spent the rest of the day lollygagging around the Midtown/Hell's Kitchen area, hitting four separate bookstores, eating a delightful brunch of famous hot dogs at Grey's Papaya and enjoying the aura of being in The City. We eventually made it up to Central Park then came back down past 30 Rock (Hi Keith!). I believe I found the greatest homemade macaroni and cheese ever at a place in Midtown called Burger Heaven. They bake cornflakes on top like funeral potatoes!

We made our way over to the Colbert Report studio and stood in line for a couple hours with 80 other member of the Colbert Nation. To get into the studio, we had to go through security that was more stringent than the airport. They had this walkthrough metal detector that seriously was picking up people's fillings. They kept all 86 of us backstage for a stinkin' long time; I felt like cattle herded into a pen. After they finally released us into the studio, we were placed in certain seats by the stage manager. Dave and I were put on the back row next to the EXIT sign above the hallway where everyone comes out. I was staring down onto Stephen's head thinking "His hair is sure growing back well."

Anyway, check out the episode. It was even more hilarious in the studio! Colbert FTW!

Hiking The Subway

As I have never been one to turn down a good adventure (especially a free one), I joined a bunch of tweeps last weekend for a hike through a slot canyon in Zion NP known as "The Subway". My pictures weren't nearly as good as our "trip photog" Jeremiah's, so here are a few of his. Mine are posted on my Flickr page as well as links to more of his in my galleries. The hike took us approx 10 hours to hike in and out and in that 10 hours we experienced:

  • scenic red rock vistas
  • straight vertical climbs and descents
  • rappelling
  • swimming through frigid water
  • wading through frigid water
  • sliding through frigid water
  • a hell of a lot of bouldering
  • losing the trail
  • finding the trail
  • losing the trail again
  • a late afternoon thunderstorm during flash flood season
  • many entertaining stories from our guide, Super Firefighter Jim J.
  • an impressive amount of swear words from the more conservative in the group
  • discovering that Jenny has issues with gravity
  • and many more thoroughly painful and entertaining adventures.

I Love It When The Other Side Doesn't Get It
Tech Support Cheat Sheet

Look What I Grew!
This mass of divine-smelling greenery is two tomato plants that I bought as little teeny seedlings, planted in a planter which was then destroyed by my neighbor's drunkass friends and the poor baby tomato plants thrown in the garbage...which I then rescued, cursed out my neighbor, and grew some massive plants! I just have to brag, because I have never grown anything this big before. And productive to boot! Next year, salsa garden!

I also planted a cute little cantaloupe plant, knowing full well that it was too late in the season to produce any fruit, so I held no expectations. However, it has grown to over 5 feet in length with multiple vines......and a little baby melon! Look how cute! I'm watching how big it gets before it freezes.

Pictures From Telluride - The Gondola
For the film festival this past weekend, my group and I stayed in Mountain Village, a cluster of lodges on the other side of the mountain of the town of Telluride. To get into town (and to work each morning), we had to take a 20 minute gondola ride through some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Everywhere I looked, it felt like I was in a postcard. Here are a few pics of the views from the gondola commute that became the highlight of my day....except for the part when we had to go BACK to the lodge at midnight and it was pitch black dark, in the gondola car by myself 1000 ft above the ground IN THE WIND. *shiver* Eerie.

Telluride Film Festival

Starting tomorrow, my Labor Day weekend will be spent working as staff of the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado! I'll be tweeting from my Crackberry the entire weekend, if anyone wants to hear about what and who and how and when and why.
Elvis Costello with Utah Symphony - Highlight Video
Peterson Sisters

L to R: Kimberly (17), Kristi (23), Warren, me, Jamie (28)

All the sisters pic from the professional wedding photographer at Alan and Warren's wedding. Yes, Jamie is staring into the sun.
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Nexus of Politics and Terror: 2009 Edition

After all this, it's a wonder anyone still believes anything the government says anymore.
Do You Want To Date My Avatar?

Check out for the rest of this +5 to sexterity web series written for gamers, about gamers, by a gamer.

This video is only in widescreen, which doesn't fit on my blog page, but I'm posting it anyway. The formatting will just have to look stupid for a while.
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WristStrong + Elvis Costello
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Promoting WristStrong
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep


Jenny gave her WristStrong bracelet to Elvis at intermission of the Deer Valley concert last night, which he wore on his left wrist for the REMAINDER OF THE SHOW!
Classic Moments in The Colbert Report History
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Stay the Course
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Indecision 2008: Stephen's Distractions
Daily Show
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Political HumorSpinal Tap Performance

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Back Off Mike Huckabee
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep
A View From A Roof

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Social Media t-shirt

I'm only on Twitter so I think it's funny.
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Special Comment: Corporations, Congress and Health Care
Keith is finally back from vacation and is on fire! Best Special Comment since the election.

Classic Moments in The Daily Show History
Lately, I have been spending my boring sleepless summer evenings watching old clips from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Now, I used to watch The Daily Show with my dad during the summer back in the day when my mom still allowed political satire in her house, however I didn't watch it religiously. Even though I remember key moments such as Jon's first day back after 9/11 and the Evan Stephvan segments, I still missed a lot. In my digging, I have found a wealth of classic clips that I felt like sharing with others, if just to make someone laugh. Thus, here is the first installment of Classic Moments in The Daily Show/The Colbert Report History! (Say that in the voice of Jon or Colbert, that's how my mind wrote it.)

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Prince Charles Scandal
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorJoke of the Day

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Drink Responsibly
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorJoke of the Day

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Jon's Napoleonic Complex
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorJoke of the Day
Palin's Farewell Speech, via Colbert and William Shatner
Because both are just too awesome for words. Randomly generated words.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Sarah Palin Will Be Missed
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMark Sanford

Best Toss Yet: Jon to Stephen
Backstory: Once a week (sometimes more), before the Moment of Zen at the end of that night's The Daily Show, Jon will toss it to Stephen Colbert at the Colbert Report. This bit is slightly prerehearsed, in that they test the connection and chat about what they want to say before going live with it. Since I love to see them crack up and Stephen fall out of character, this was the best toss ever:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Daily/Colbert - Universal Health Care
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorJoke of the Day
Seen This Wedding Entrance Yet?
If you haven't, don't worry. It'll be all over the place soon enough!

To quote the article I found it on:
"Watch it. You might cry. You may get up and dance. You may break into instantaneous giggle fits. You may even be slightly horrified. But while you’re watching and tapping your feet, notice the look in the attendees’ eyes. Hear their laughs. Look at the faces of the bride and everyone else involved. Feel what’s happening in that room. That’s what happens when you do something people aren’t expecting. When you don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of it all. When you finally stop taking yourself so seriously. When you embrace the moment, remember what life used to feel like and go for it."
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I Stitched This Together Myself....

From Grand Teton National Park when I lived there. I miss it.
Rachel Re: Correcting the Record on Race
Last Thursday, Rachel Maddow had her long-time sparring partner, Pat Buchanan, on her show to discuss the SCOTUS confirmation hearings of Judge Sotomayor. Now Pat and Rachel are ideological polar opposites, however both are well-spoken, smart and love a good debate; hence why he ends up on Rachel's show so damn much. Usually he is treated as sort of the "crazy uncle" of MSNBC, the one who gets drunk at Thanksgiving and goes all hate-monger racist even before the pie is served. Well, this time Pat went much so that even smooth-tempered, logical, gets-along-with-everyone Rachel came back three days later with a "Yeah, what he said? Not true. Totally not true. Here's loads of proof. Sorry Pat, but you are WRONG."

Here is the original debate that caused all the hubris for context:

Here is tonight's Rachel Re: response that she obviously spent all weekend thinking about:

Ms. Maddow, you done good.
Pictures From the Past and Present
I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my Flickr page to an unlimited Pro account, so I have been uploading stuff from Jackson, Florida, DC, old stuff, new stuff, more stuff, red socks, blue socks, fox in socks..... Ok maybe not those last few. I can only post a few pics on my blog at a time, so if you want to see more, check out my flickr page at: or click on the widget at the bottom of the right column of this page.
Weekends Make Us Happy

Fireworks Pictures From Last Weekend
These were taken by Nicole McDonald, a member of my pyro crew. More to come!

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Updated Peterson Family Picture
We have dogs, not kids. And our mother hates us for it.

L to R: Alan (holding Lucy), Kristi, Warren, Kimberly (holding Leo), Tim, Jamie, Kira, Me (holding Wyatt)
Taylorsville Dayzz 2009 -- Some Guy's Video
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Poisonous Spider Cakes Are Scary.

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