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


1 comment:

Charity said...

You're right, that scenery does look rather similar. :) But where we went, there were no falls. :(