Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Sunshine of My Life

Keeping busy is where it's at. I should know. I've been busy. I can tell it's summer, though, not merely by increasing temperatures (although they took a dip over the weekend), but also by the lethargic feeling I've currently got going in the office. I need a break that's longer than a day! Maybe that will energize me. I realized that I haven't created a summer to-do list like I have the last couple of years, and I must repent that grievous error at once! But moving on to other things.

Last weekend was the Orem Summerfest, which meant, of course, that the weather took a cruddy turn. I found it pretty amusing, actually, when the deluge poured down on us Saturday afternoon twenty minutes after we reached the grounds. While everybody ran for shelter and many left for good, I and my companions stuck out the rain, because darn it all, we might as well! (i'd also already bought tickets for rides, and what a waste that would have been.) So we stuck out the rain, walked around the booths, got a "huge scone" (they should just call it what it is -- an elephant ear!), and once the rain had gone, got our rides that we paid for. Tara came with me on the ferris wheel, which was a fun, albeit wet, experience. Fortunately, my bum is as much an Oregonian as the rest of me, so I sat it out quite cheerfully, if I do say so myself.

That evening, I joined several of my ward friends for the fireworks. Having been there during the day, I was oh-so-knowledgeable in leading some of my friends to the food area before the fireworks started up, which naturally was an important part of the evening. Food always is. And the fireworks were awesome.

Last night, seeing as how the weather went back to being lovely and more summer-like, the ward took a hike to Stewart Falls, which is a beautiful hike up above Sundance. Surprisingly enough, I was the one in front in both directions. Didn't realize that I would be the pace-setter, but I suppose that's all right. I had a good time walking and talking with the girls, some of whom I didn't know at all well before the evening. Huzzah!

In other news, my Seven Brides evening was a stirring success. Everybody that came was eager to watch it, and the one person who hadn't previously seen it sincerely enjoyed it (at least, he did if he wasn't lying). I also appreciated Katie and Whitney bringing some scrumptious caramel corn, considering I burned the microwave popcorn. Something else to put on my "want" list: an air popper.


"Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called 'rain'." -Michael McClary


hr said...

So what exactly are the characteristics of an "Oregonian bum", anyway?

hr said...

Oh, and cute girls in your ward...

Aye Spy said...

You should do popcorn over the stove! You get a saucepan with a lid, pour in just enough oil (olive oil or whatever) to cover the bottom, then sprinkle enough kernels in to cover about 3/4 of the bottom of the pan. Then turn the burner to high heat and put the lid on. It just takes a couple minutes for the oil to start boiling, then the popping starts. Shake the pan (holding the lid on) over the burner while the popcorn is popping so it doesn't burn, and pour it all into a bowl when the pops are done. Add salt and butter as you like (I think it tastes fine with just a little salt). Sounds a little scary at first, but it's a lot easier than I thought it would be. I haven't burned a batch yet, and it pops almost every single kernel! :)

Sylvia said...

Remember that band called "The Soggy Bottom Boys"? Aren't they from Oregon?