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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 230

Happy Pioneer Day! Wish I had the day off like so many of my friends, but alas... I had to go to work. They did however provide pie and root beer (pie and beer day) yeah... I had never heard of it, but I will take free yummy pie. My boss also let me go home an hour early, so that was nice.

I also had a much needed massage today. You wouldn't think having a desk job would mess up your body so much... especially when you spend many of your lunch breaks working out. It really does though. I went to a new massage therapist this time and she was great and really worked out a lot of spots in my back that are messed up because of my crappy chair at work and the way I sit. She told me I need to get a new chair. Once she mentioned that I was like... yeah... I DO have a really crappy chair at work that I have been sitting in for years. I need a new one! So I think tomorrow I will try and find an empty office with a nicer chair with better support to exchange my crappy one for. I also need to stretch more. I'm so glad I decided to get a massage every month. My body really needs it.

Yesterday was my sister's birthday! Happy Birthday Jamie! Miss you already! I forgot to post this picture of us while she was in town. Love my family.


On Monday I hung out with my BFF Neighbor. We used to see a lot more of each other. I don't know why we don't hang out as much anymore... but he invited me over for dinner at his house on Monday because he was cooking for dinner group. So I went. We had a nice chat while I helped him clean up. We also watched the most beautiful sunset. I was going to post it for my photo of the week! Dang... next week. The sky was smokey from fires from other states and when that happens, it makes the sun the most beautiful colors. I took pictures with my nice camera because the camera on your phone can not capture color in the same way.

I am trying to hang out with more people lately because I am tired of being by myself all the time. I try to invite someone to do something with me... or I invite myself along with other people. Is that pathetic? I hope not. I guess I am just trying to be proactive instead of just sitting around wishing I had more friends. So that is why I asked Anthon to take me fishing... and why I invited myself along with Becca and her friends to the lake last weekend. I enjoy being in the company of others... but sometimes I wish I loved a lone time... I mean a lot of alone time, but I don't. It just makes me depressed and feel REALLY lonely.

I am working on my Peru digital book. I know I probably should have done the Southeast Asia one first, but this one is more fresh. I am about half way done with it and then I will go back and make the Southeast Asia one. Hopefully I will have them both done by the time I go on my next  trip so that I'm not behind. I think I can do it. If I work on it a little bit everyday... totally doable.

Speaking of Peru, I wore my shirt that I bought in Peru for the first time on Friday.. I think it is awesome. I saw a guy at the food truck roundup last week that was wearing the same one in White and it had something else instead of a llama. I got the llama one on purpose. Anyway.. kind of love it.


I have had several people tell me that I need to watch Dexter. So... I started watching it. I finished the first season and I'm still not really sure what I think about it.

I had my interview with the LDS Matchmaker team... to see if I will be chosen as one of the two based on the interview and not based on the Facebook popularity contest... because I already know I lost that. Big time. Kind of makes me feel not very cool... but oh well.

We were supposed to get google fiber last weekend. We never got an email... so I called them. They are like... oh we are not going to give it to you until November... for no reason. SORRY!!! Ugh. I see them set up around the neighborhood all the time. Just come set us up!


There is a new guy in my ward. Kind of cute... super nice, but I think he is kind of socially awkward? Or maybe he is just super shy. I can't figure him out. He finds me at church and we end up sitting together. He will text me during the week, but then when I text him he doesn't text back... or he texts but never invites me to hang out or do anything. I don't get it. I'm wondering if I should just forget it or if I just need to initiate... which goes against "The Rules" and what I normally do.

My tomato plants are starting to get some tomatoes. Almost ready to pick... some of them anyway. Woohoo!


I guess that is all for me this week. I can't believe that July is pretty much over. Oh... except to finish my Pioneer day. I went  over to my parents house for a little BBQ before I went to my massage. Then I went back to meet up with them and watch the Pioneer Fireworks at a park in Mapleton. Best firework show in Utah if you ask me. We sat right under where they shoot them off. It was pretty cool actually. Best part.... right when you thought you saw the grand finale... a minute goes by and there was another finale. Everyone cheered so loud. It was awesome. I wish pictures of fireworks were as awesome as they are in person.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Photo of the Week 228

Another picture from Tibble Fork yesterday. That place sure is pretty!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tibble Fork Fishing


Tonight I went up to Tibble Fork after work with my neighbor and friend Anthon. He goes fishing a lot, so I asked him if I could come along. I enjoy being outdoors and I enjoy hanging out with my friends. Why not. I want to take full advantage of summer while it lasts and I don't feel like I have been doing a good job of it so far. One of the beauties of summer is that it stays light outside for so long... why not go on little outings after work?

Tibble Fork is up American Fork Canyon, close to Silver Lake. As you can see, it is beautiful up there. Utah is a beautiful place. Maybe one of these days I will start taking my nice camera to get better pictures. Until then... camera phone pictures will have to do.


Anthon and I had a great time chatting while enjoying the beautiful scenery and relaxing. I really wanted to catch a big fish and take a picture and send it to my cousin Travis and make him proud and that I am holding up as a member of the bass slayers club... but no such luck. I didn't catch anything. The fish were jumping and dancing around my bait... but no takers. Anthon caught a couple of small ones. Nothing worth keeping to eat.



We still had a great time though.... and that's what it's all about right? I need to do this more often. Maybe if I just keep inviting myself to hang out with people... maybe soon they will start inviting me to things on their own. :)


Monday, July 21, 2014

Jordanelle Lake

Saturday my friend Becca let me tag along with her and her friends to Jordanelle Lake between Provo and Park City. I didn't know any of her friends... except Rich, we had hung out in a group a few times a couple of years ago.

I had never been to this lake before. If we would have gotten there earlier... I would have played in the water, but I didn't want to be wet and cold. Anyway, this was the perfect weekend to try out this lake. Why? There was an event. There were food trucks (which Rich and I tried out a couple) and live music. Once it got dark... there was a boat parade. That was a treat!


Also a firework show. My 4th fireworks show of the summer. I love fireworks and this was a good show because they had some fireworks on the water.


I had a good time meeting new people, eating, hanging out by the lake while chatting and all that good stuff. I love discovering new places in Utah.




Basement Ice Cream Parlor

On Thursday we had a little work outing. Where to? My co-worker's (in another department) parents basement. Why go visit my co-worker's basement? Well... her dad made it into a model train playground and and ice cream parlor. It is quite impressive actually. We stayed for a couple of hours and played with trains....



And more importantly we ate ice cream for lunch made my my co-workers dad. We had shakes, banana splits and some sort of fizz drink. It was all good. Sugar overload.



But it was the cutest little ice cream parlor. How cool to have that in your basement! We had a blast. We love our team activities.




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Technology

"Yes, I love technology, but not as much as you you see, but I still love technology... always and forever" - Napoleon Dynamite


Sometimes... a lot of times... I forget how lucky we are to have the technology that we have. I think we have gotten so used to it that we take it for granted... until your phone is broken or your internet starts working. Sure, there are bad things about technology also. The fact that we are completely dependent on it, we don't communicate as well without it, it can be a big time waster, so on and so forth. However... I like to think I have a good handle and balance with technology in my life. I'm here to talk about how awesome technology is and how blessed I feel to live in a technology advanced world.


The other day is when this all really hit me. My friends Allison, Quinette and I were all trying to figure out each others schedules so we could plan out the rest of our summer. So I said... no worries girls, I will make a shared google calendar that we can all add to and see each other's schedules. Done.


Allison and I are planning a trip. We went online to look and buy plane tickets (me at work, her at home). Did people ever actually go to travel agencies to plan and buy trips or is that just in the movies? Anyway... it wasn't working, so Allison called and bought both of our tickets. I now owe Allison money.


I don't like owing people money, so I need to pay her back ASAP. I don't want to write her a check. I mean... who knows when she is going to make it to the bank and that is a lot of money that I am not sure when it is just going to disappear out of my account. Nobody gives cash like that. Plus... I don't want to go to the bank either. Solution? App on my phone called Venmo. We both have it. I just look up Allison in my contact list and then type in the amount I owe her and press send. I know longer owe Allison money... at the click of a button. We start to plan our trip with a shared board on Pinterest. This is the fun part.


I also decide I want to throw a dinner party while Allison and I are sitting there. I want to try new recipe's. I go to Pinterest and find new recipe's for the entire meal. Now when should I do it? Check the shared calendar to see when we are all available. Check the weather for the day to make sure we are not going to be having any summer storms that night. Now it's time to invite friends. I get on facebook and send out a group message inviting people to the party. They all reply within the hour. I look at the recipes to see what I need to buy. I add those items to my shopping list app on my phone. Everyone comes. We have a great time. Music is provided at the dinner table by Pandora on the phone. We take pictures with our phone to document the event. We share some of those pictures with our family and friends on Instagram. All at the touch of a button on our small phone that we can carry in our pocket.


I'm at church. I forget to bring my scriptures. In fact... I don't want to carry that heavy book around anymore. No worries... it's all on my phone So is the Ensign... and all of the lessons... and the hymns in case you don't have a hymn book. Also... if you are wondering who the executive secretary is or how to get in touch in so in so... there is a ward and stake directory where you can look all of that up. All at the touch of a button on a small device you carry around with you anyway.


I'm meeting up with a friend. They want me to meet them at a place I have never been before. I put the address in my GPS on my phone.... I get there no problem. No getting lost (which is what used to happen to me... all the time).


 I am wanting to meet new guys. I want to go on some dates. I hop on Tinder... match with some guys and have dates in no time.


I'm wanting to work on my health. I get My Fitness Pal app on my phone. It keeps track of my calorie intake and how many calories I can eat for the rest of the day. Then I go for a run and turn on map my run that tracks my route and tells me how many miles I have run. There are many more... those are just the two I have used.


Alarm = phone. Not only is it my alarm. It also tracks my sleep cycle and the alarm goes off when I am in the lightest sleep and wakes me up gently.


Bored while you are waiting for an appointment or on the plane? Play a game of solitaire, Sudoku or Angry Birds on your phone or watch something on Netflix.


Remember when people left the country or moved away for long periods of time and you had to write letters? That was the way to keep in touch. It was the only way. Now... well, John left for South America. Instead of see you in 5 months or maybe we can try and write letters (which we wouldn't have been able to do because he isn't at one address) we have WhatsApp to send pictures and text and sometimes even video. We were able to keep in touch to plan what was going to happen when I met up with him in Peru. Then there is Skype and Facetime so you can see each other face to face. It's the best thing when someone is so far away. Like my Facetime call with my mom on mothers day when I was in Peru. I also wanted to brush up on some Spanish before I went so I would kind of know what was going on when I got there (not that it helped) so I got Duolingo to help teach me.


This is just a very small list of the possibilities, that I have used. There is so much more out there. It amazes me. I love that it all makes my life easier and more convenient. That is all.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Friday 176

Going back to Winter of 2006. Sara and I became good friends and both like going to and throwing parties. So we started throwing parties (mostly at her apartment because she had more room and it was nicer). We figured out that we were good at throwing parties and lots of people would come to our parties and get excited for our next party. In fact... we even had a couple of people meet at one of our parties and later got married. True story.

One of the parties we threw was a masquerade. Who doesn't love masquerades? We invited everyone and people got really into it. Some even made their own masks or painted masks on. We had a spot for people to take pictures, we had Mocktails and we had good music which brought fun dancing.


I kind of miss my party throwing days... but I feel like the older you get the less big groups of random people want to attend these events. Oh well.... I guess I will always be throwing a party in one way or another.