A Girl Should Be Two Things: Classy & Fabulous. - Coco Chanel


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grant turned 8!

As is my new tradition, I took Grant out for his birthday. I can't believe he is 8! Where has the time gone? Doesn't seem like that long ago that I was holding him in the hospital. He is definitely turning into a handsome boy. He is so fun to be around. I love his happy/giggly personality. We had a fun time chatting and laughing about silly things and of course drinking sodalicious. Love you Grantinator! Happy Birthday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunset with Stacey

It has been TOO LONG since Stacey and I had some quality one on one time... so we made plans after work and the gym to get together and watch the sunset from the back of my car... since that is my new favorite thing to do... park somewhere pretty and hang out with pillows and blankets. Stacey knows me very well... so he knew that I would bring my twinkle lights and it would be a pretty set up. So he decided to bring fruit and sparkling cider. I know... a pretty romantic date for a couple of friends just catching up. Ha ha. I guess we are secure enough in our friendship not to care what we do when we hang out or what other people will think about it.

When you PLAN to watch a sunset instead of just watching it in the moment when it happens to be going on, you don't normally get such an amazing sunset. However, we lucked out! We got an awesome sunset. Maybe we should plan to watch sunsets together more often.

We just sat back and enjoyed every minute of it. Such a nice night, perfect temperature. We just talked about everything from old memories and our Brazil trip to our future plans and what we wanted out of life and the struggles we were going through. It is nice to have a friend that you can be so honest and open and vulnerable with. We talked for hours and hours while we ate fruit and drank sparkling cider out of glowing Lord of the Rings Goblets that my dear grandma bought and collected for me years ago. It was pretty much the best and I wish we had more of that in my life. Like someone permanently to have that with. We were having such a great time that we finally looked at the time and it was after midnight, so we called it a night and went home. An evening well spent. So glad things are back to normal with Stacey and I. I'm really thankful for his friendship.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 336

This week's confession...

I already blogged about the Salmon Supper and the Aquabats concert. So I guess that starts us with Saturday. I met up with my cousin's wife, Heather, to talk about FINALLY starting up a travel blog, which I have been wanting to do for years. I just haven't really known where to start or how to do the business aspect of it. So she is so great and it going to help me with that.

Later on I met up with Kyle and we went paddle boarding. He of course always brings a friend... this one just got off of his mission. He hangs out with babies. Seriously, these people are young enough that I could have babysat them when I was a teenager. I just go with it though. Who cares. I'm not looking to date any of them. If they want to come paddle board with me and Kyle, they can come paddle board with us. This guy just made me laugh because he was trying to come across as SO mature and that he was so sick of the dating games. Talking to the WRONG girl. ha ha. He doesn't even know the half of it.

Sunday was family dinner and then after I went over to Dave and Heather's to actually set up the blog. We still have just a bunch of scattered thoughts on paper... but I bought the domain for my blog and kind of set it up. I can figure out how I want it to look later. I will probably be asking lots of people's advice on it. I want it to be just right before I go live.

Monday was my first week back with Josh after a 2 week (almost) break from working out with him. It wasn't terrible getting back into the swing of things... but I was sore again and I haven't been sore for a while. That is ok. It isn't as bad as the first week. Nothing is as bad as the first week was. Yikes. I still haven't weighed or measured since before I went to Havasupai, so I wonder what the two weeks off did to me there. I mean... on one hand, I did a lot of sweating and exercising in Havasupai... on the other hand, I did the opposite of that during Q-End and probably gained back anything I lost in Havasupai. I wish I didn't hate the scale so much. I told Josh that I was weigh myself next week and he could measure me then and see where I am at. So I will report then. As of now, it stinks getting back into the gym grind... but it's good. I need it. I need that push and motivation and accountability.

I also already blogged about Lagoon. That was the exciting part of my week. I got the day off and a free ticket into Lagoon which I had never been to before. It really was just a fun day with my new friend Lacy at work. I am just so glad that I have a friend at work that isn't a married man that I can't really hang out with at those things. Instead she is a married girl that I can hang out with. ha ha. There are VERY few single people where I work. I guess I could have hung out with Tyler and his kids as well, we were texting each other throughout the night saying where we were in the park, but not enough that I could actually find him to say hi. Too bad. Tyler is fun. I had fun with Lacy though.

Besides that, my life has been watching the Olympics. I am just glad that I am able to watch them now. At first I got SOOOO frustrated. 2 years ago when the Winter Olympics were on, I was able to just watch it online and it didn't matter that I didn't have cable. Well... this time around, they decided to make it extra difficult for anyone that doesn't have cable. They would let you watch a half hour online and make you think they were going to let you keep watching.. but then BAM, nope, sorry... you have to have cable. I was SO irritated. I thought for sure that I would be able to find a way around it, but I failed. Even the week of free "Sling" that I signed up for (another way to watch tv online) didn't show the main coverage of the Olympics. When the main coverage was on, they were showing sports jeopardy. That really got my blood boiling. Why were they denying the average American the opportunity to cheer for the USA by watching the Olympics. It should be like General Conference where everyone has access. There should be a way for everyone to watch. It's the Olympics for crying out loud! ANYWAY... I finally called my parents after hours of frustration and begged them to give me their username and password to their cable so that I could watch the Olympics. So they of course didn't remember what it was, but my dad could sense my frustration, and being a good dad, called their cable company and changed the password and called me up and gave it to me. After that... I was a happy girl. I watched the Olympics all day at work, whatever events I felt like watching (that had already passed or were live) and then I watch the main coverage at night at home. I LOVE the Olympics. So it is exciting to watch all of the events and see us win so much gold. I also get excited when Brazil wins anything too since they are on their home turf. Fabio (one of the guys I met in Brazil that is in me and Stacey's video) even was sending me talk text telling me how we were doing so well in the Olympics but he was hoping they would win their soccer game. It was cute. Such a nice guy. It's fun that he still keeps in touch from time to time. I have actually been pleasantly surprised how many friends I have made abroad that have kept in touch. It's really fun. I'm sure probably some of it is them wanting to practice and keep up on their English. Except the girls I met from New Zealand... obviously. We just bonded and are the same type of people. It's always fun to hear from them. ANYWAY... so happy to be watching the Olympics. I'm glued. Another week of it to go. But the first week is always my favorite with all of the swimming and gymnastic events.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


For the first time ever (since I have been working at Novell/Micro Focus) we had a paid for Lagoon day that we didn't have to take time off for. So for the first time ever, I went to Lagoon. Ha ha. I know I know... I have lived in Utah for how long and never been to Lagoon? True story. I just never cared enough. Plus... I'm not a roller coaster person. So why spend the money to go? Plus, most friends that invited me in the past, when I told them I didn't like roller coasters they took back their invitation. I wasn't offended. Never really had a desire to go anyway.

I got 2 tickets when we were supposed to sign up for tickets. I didn't have anyone to take, but I got tickets anyway... just in case. I didn't have a date to take, I don't have a family and I don't have a lot of friends anymore. All the friends I do have all have to work on Thursday, so it wasn't looking like I was going to go. However, then I talked to Lacy at the gym... every time I go down to work out, I chat with her. She was invited to participate in Lagoon day. She was planning on going and taking one of her friends and then her husband would most likely join when he got off of work. She told me I could join her and her friend. I agreed and planned to go and try and find a friend to come. I didn't try very hard. Her friend ended up not being able to go. The night before she text me and asked me if I still wanted to go. I said I was fine going or not going... we could even go on a hike instead of Lagoon and I would be fine. Anyway.... she grew up going a lot so we decided to just go and hang out at Lagoon A Beach and hang out and get the free dinner on the company and then when her husband came, I would just go home.

So we did that. We went and got their in the afternoon. We hung out in the water park and just lay there and chatted for hours. When her husband got there, we over to get the free dinner (which was NOT very good) and I was surprised how many people I saw from work that I knew. Nobody from my team. I don't think a lot of people from my team went. I didn't really want to be a third wheel with Lacy and her husband that I didn't really know... I mean, I had met him once, but that was it. However, after we finished dinner... Lacy told me that I had to try at least a few roller coasters that she thought I would handle (aka ones that didn't go upside down) ha ha. So I said ok. Turns out her husband was really cool too and I didn't really feel like a 3rd wheel. So we all ended up hanging out the rest of the night. Lacy and I went on one roller coaster while her hubby played Basket Ball games which he was most looking forward to because he doesn't really like roller coasters either. ha ha. They were telling me that they have these singing/dancing shows that are really funny/terrible, so we decided to go to one. Oh... it was bad. I laughed when nobody else was laughing. I couldn't tell if they were being serious or not. Anyway... my favorite moment of the day was during that show, I saw my friend and co-worker Dave sitting at that show. We made eye contact at the same time and kind of nodded at each other to say hey... but then quickly realized we were both really embarrassed to be running into each other at that show and were covering our heads. We weren't close enough to say anything to each other... but our facial expressions said it all. I was laughing so hard after that and so was he. His wife turned to him and asked him what was so funny. Afterwords I went to say hi and how hard that made me laugh and he said they went because they thought it was a kid show... we didn't even have that excuse.

Anyway, I wasn't overly excited for Lagoon. Lacy and her husband made it really fun though. It was fun to run into random co-workers all day and it was fun to not be at work. Nice little break. Thanks Micro Focus for the Lagoon day and thank you Lacy for going with me so that I actually went. Otherwise I wouldn't have gone.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rooftop Concert - Take 3

After the Salmon Supper last night, my friend Lindsay told me she was going to the rooftop concert in downtown Provo. I know they happen every first Friday of the month of summer... but I never keep track of who is playing and for the most part don't go to them. Well, I have been going like once a summer. That is good enough right? I mean, don't get me wrong, they are awesome because they are free, but I just would rather camp or go on road trips if that is an option.

Anyway... guess who was playing yesterday and I didn't even know. THE AQUABATS!! I didn't even know they still performed. Apparently they do! Ha ha. Lindsay and I both loved them in high school, so it was a trip down memory lane for us. We were loving that show and singing a long. The others that came with us... not so much, but it's free... why not go. ha ha. They have a few new songs that I didn't know, but for the most part, I knew all the songs from listening to them ... well.... when I was in high school. It was a typical Aquabats concert with blow up balls and toys that they throw around the audience. Last time I saw the Aquabats live was when they played at my dad's club (The Living Room) back in California. Good times.

We didn't stay super long. Only came to hear them, came late and left when they were done, so we were there for like an hour. It was perfect. A really fun night with the friends.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Salmon Supper - Take 4

Tonight was the night of the Annual Payson Salmon Supper. Can you believe that this was my 4th year going? I can believe it. The salmon is THAT good. I have blogged about it before, so there is nothing really new to say about it than I did last year...

I will just say that the food was just as great and the line went by super fast (even though I was further back in line than I have ever been) because I had a blast talking to my friend (the one that lives 2 doors down that I was in the fashion show for), Josh. We just have a great time talking and laughing together. Even though he lives 2 doors down, I don't see him very often. So when we do run into each other leaving or coming home at the same time... we get excited and have a quick catch up. Anyway... we stayed very entertained chatting in line and we had our food in no time. Another great year at the Salmon Supper. If I am in town, I'm sure I will go again next year.