Thursday, September 25, 2008

Storybook Love

I love Jim Halpert. Yes, he is fictional, but I love Jim Halpert. Yay, Jim and Pam!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I Want to Be a Pirate in the "Pirates of Penzance" . . .

Ahoy, me mateys and beauties! For those of you who don't know, Friday the 19th of September was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. And for those of you don't know, I thoroughly enjoy this day (when i remember that it's coming up, at least). That's not to say that I dress up and speak pirate-ese every moment of the day (first off, no desire; second off, i don't have the vocabulary to pull it off), but I do manage to get in a good amount of "Avast"s and "ye"s. So to "celebrate", Esther and I bought some Chips "Ahoy" cookies (her idea--brilliant) and watched "Pirates of the Caribbean" (the first one, which, let's face it, is the only one worth watching). Our neighbor Alicia joined us about halfway through the movie, and the three of us had a nice discussion about "North and South" afterward, which naturally led us to watch the last five minutes of that, as well, like the bunch of girls we are. So I hope that everyone's TLAPD was fantastic, even if you didn't know it WAS TLAPD. Arrr!!!

The next day, Esther, Becky, Jeremie, and I hiked to Stewart Falls. The four of us have all managed to graduate from BYU without ever having hiked there, which is kind of strange, considering it seems to be a very popular hike among students here. Go figure. So we went, and it was really cool. It's really not much of a hike, just a two-mile trail to the falls, but the scenery was beautiful, so I decided it's one of my new favorite spots. The entire morning the weather was vacillating between stormy and fair. In fact, it started raining (and hailing) about ten minutes into the walk. That didn't last very long, but the clouds did continue to look threatening. But all in all, it was a good hike/walk, especially to watch Becky and Jeremie slide down a hill on their rear ends (it's a requirement for becky's butt to get dirty when outdoors, we've decided).

Sunday brought us up to Clinton, where we went to my sister's house for dinner. I wasn't sure if my roommates would enjoy having to simultaneously entertain and be entertained by my nieces and nephews, but I think they had a good time (although esther did make the comment that she doubts her future ability as a mother because she's not sure she'll be able to keep up with the "lightning bolts of energy"--a similar thought that has crossed my mind whenever i have been around my nephew andrew). The food was yummy, and I was flattered by Kelly continually going back for more of the salad that I brought. The day before was my niece Nicole's birthday, so the dinner was complete with birthday cake and then watching her open her presents. Good times.

I keep on counting the days until I leave for Oregon. I'm getting more and more excited to go! I have two more days of work, then I'll drive up to Kelly's Thursday night, and we'll all make the drive up on Friday. I'm really looking forward to going home. The days at work have just felt like they've been dragging. Today, however, I did have a little break-up in the monotony by going on an LNCares activity to an elementary school (those halls are tiny!) and painting basketball and tetherball poles. Yeeha! So let's hope I don't explode in the next couple of days.

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." -E.B. White


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me . . .

Time flies when you're having fun, eh? Well, not that time has absolutely been flying by the last couple of weeks; I just didn't realize it's been a little while since my last post. Not that it really matters. Nothing too grand and exciting to report in my life, necessarily. Just keep on living life, and it's going well. I've started to really try and incorporate better habits into my every-day life, and while I still never want to get out of bed in the morning (for purely selfish reasons, like wanting to sleep in), I'm feeling really good. And not just about health habits, either. I realized a few weeks ago that I really was out of habit with reading my scriptures, and that's just no good. I don't really do bad things with my time, but I knew I wasn't doing enough good things, so I made the goal to read every day, and I gotta say, I feel so much better about things. It's great!

This last week, I've been going around and meeting all the new girls who have moved into the ward. Can't remember any of the names because meeting all of them was kind of whirlwind-y, but I'm glad I went with Rebecca (our RS president) to do it. I'm now the Compassionate Service Leader, and I'm excited to be doing something that I will definitely be learning from. I love music callings, but I do like to branch out every once in a while, too. And having this calling will get me looking out for other people, rather than focusing so much on myself, which is really something I need to work on. Our ward is PACKED now. I've played the piano in sacrament meeting the last couple of weeks, and it's absolutely incredible to look out at the congregation and see how much the ward burgeoned with the advent of fall semester. Wow!

Last Saturday, Becky, Esther, and I had another bbq. I guess it's appropriate. We had one in May, so our two bbq's have just been bookends on the summer. As ever, good food, good people. Megan brought her niece with her, and all the girls were ooh-ing and ahh-ing over her. (megan also brought lil' smokies with her, which made me really happy) After it got dark and people were starting to take off, Kelly decided to make an Esther taco with the blanket Esther was using, and he proceeded to drag her around the yard in that state. What a goof. Becky got Lil' Smokies all over her shoulder, which amused us greatly. -sigh-
We love asparagus!

Becky protects the Esther Taco from the likes of me.

I've made peach cobbler twice in the last couple of weeks, and that's always a reason to smile. I love peach cobbler! Peaches are great, and they're especially great this time of year. Yay for harvest time! (and no, they didn't come from a can, and they weren't put there by a man in a factory downtown) I'm looking forward to the end of next week, because I'll be heading up to Oregon with my sister, Kelly, and her children for a week! The drive probably won't be too fun, but I'm excited to see my family and home for a week (and get paid to take vacation! i love being an adult for that reason!).

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." -Victor Borge


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Beauty, The Splendor, The Wonder of My Hair

Thank goodness this three-day weekend was good! I always am afraid I'm going to waste my extra time, but I did all right this time around. The one disappointing thing was that I didn't get to see my grandparents like I almost did (they came into Provo for the football game), but you win some, you lose some. But yeah, good weekend all around! Yay!

Friday evening wasn't anything overly special, but I did get to see my friend Andrew, who is a friend from back home and I haven't talked to for a few months. Yay for friends! Speaking of friends, what made Saturday really awesome was that I got to see Carol! She came down from Logan with her roommate and a couple of friends to hike around Timp, but she wasn't feeling so hot, so she dropped them off so they could hike and came down to Provo and dropped in on me! I was really excited to see her. We went to lunch and chatted and caught up from the last couple of months. I should really take the time to head to Logan to visit her, though. She's great, and I'm always really glad to hear from her. I also watched the first half of the football game, which was excellent before going out to dinner (i know, i know, my resolution to stop eating out! but i didn't pay this time) with Kelly. The Chinese made us both feel a little gross, though. Oh well. I survived, and after seeing him crash on his couch, I'm sure he found a way to survive, too.

Sunday I drove up to Salt Lake to my uncle Floyd's for my cousin Tina's daughter's blessing. Lots of people, and most of them I didn't know because they were Sam's family, but it was fun. Kelly and Nate and the kids came down from Clinton, and Nicole was my little tag-along, which was kind of cool except when she got mad that I played frisbee with Jake and Andrew. Oh, well. After being with the family, I headed over to Stansbury Park, where Esther had been for the weekend. We were going to go hiking yesterday (Monday) around there, but the weather decided to interfere with our wonderful plans. The storm hit around 5 or so (which is, of course, when I was driving to Stansbury) and continued until yesterday morning. So no hiking for us.

So that was also an unfortunate turn of events, not to hike, but it was nice to have a lazy day at the Morris residence. We had BLTs for lunch (yum!) and watched a movie, played with Sparky, and highlighted my hair! I haven't highlighted my hair in several years, and it's never particularly fun to go through the torture of that ridiculous-looking cap, but we got through all right, and were all pleased with the final result. Woohoo! All in all, Labor Day was a very relaxing day. And the entire weekend was just good. Made me happy.

So this is the lighter hair. Wa-hoo.

Quote of the Day: "Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts." -Jim Morrison