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Monday, January 9, 2017

Mr. Snapchat

Early October of 2015 ( a year and 4 months ago) I went out with this guy that I met online. I even blogged about him, but I won't reference the blog post since I try to keep my guy stories anonymous. We only went out the one time. It was fun... we hung out Friday night and then went on a hike Saturday. However, he lived at the airforce base in Ogden... so I knew that we wouldn't really see each other much.

Well... we continued texting each other for a couple of months after we hung out and we followed each other on Instagram and would like each others pictures, but then I noticed he got a girlfriend. So... I unfollowed him on Instagram and we are still facebook friends... but I made it so his pictures and stuff didn't show up in my feed. Out of sight, out of mind.

Months and months go by. He stopped liking my pictures... I wasn't even sure if he followed me anymore. I didn't even think about him anymore. His mom was following me on Instagram as well... and she stopped liking my pictures as well, so I don't know if she followed me anymore either, but who cares... he was dating someone.

This last fall (a year after we went out once) I noticed that he started liking my pictures again on Instagram. Not all the time, but occasionally. I checked his page... still dating the girl. It's fine, he is just liking my pictures, that is all.

A couple of months ago, he added me on Snapchat... which I really don't use. If someone sends me a snapchat, I send one back and that is pretty much all I use it for. I find it to be kind of stupid. Maybe because I don't like taking selfie's and that is what people do. Anyway... I added him, but didn't really think much of it.

A month ago, I receive a snapchat from him. A picture of him and saying he was bored at work. Now... I don't use snapchat much, but I know that you can send a snapchat to everyone in your contact list. So I wasn't sure if he just sent one to me or to everyone. Either way... I responded because that is what I do. I find it rude not to respond to people when they reach out to you. So I sent a snapchat back saying hi. This started up conversation.... I asked him what was new since we last spoke. He said nothing... just work. He asked me what was new with me and I told him work and travel and he told me how much he loved seeing my pictures and all the cool things I do.

Conversation ended and I thought... I wonder when he and his girlfriend broke up.... because that is what guys do. They break up after a long relationship, they get lonely and then reach out to old flings. I have seen it before. This wasn't the first time a guy has done that to me. So I go to his Instagram page. Still says he is in a relationship with that same girl. What? I look at his last post... the last post with the girl was in August... so nothing in the last 4 or 5 months. Maybe he just hasn't updated it? So naturally I feel the need to continue my stalking. Now I was super curious and confused. We are still facebook friends... so I went to his facebook page. I start looking at his info and looking through his pictures.

What did I find out? Well... not only are he and the girl still together, but then GOT MARRIED in August. I have to throw in the fact that he and this girl are not even Mormon and under the age of 25... so the fact that they started dating and got married within 7 months is kind of nuts. So he is totally married and I continue looking and I see that... they are expecting a baby! No joke. From my stalking... I could see that she did all the posting and he didn't post much about them together after they got married.

My jaw dropped. Why was he reaching out to me? Over the next couple of days after that he would send some snap chats to me. Were they just to me? Or to everyone? I don't know... but why did he add me a couple of months ago? Do I call him out on it? Or let it go because he wasn't flirting or trying to do anything sketchy? He wasn't trying to make a pass so I decided to ignore and let it go.

The other day I get a another snapchat from him. No picture, it is just text. It says.. "I still think about the night and next day adventure that we had together".

Really? You are married and have a kid on the way and you are thinking about that one time we spent together over a year ago? Think about your wife dude... think about your wife. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Insta Fame - Part 2

Since my last Insta Fame post...  I have been featured lots more times and on some big accounts that I was SUPER excited to be featured on because they are really big accounts... like Backpacker Story and WeRUtah and Provo account is always a good one to be featured on as well since they have thousands of followers.

So here are some of my latest features. I feel honored to be recognized for great photographs. I am really hard on myself when it comes to photography... so this has been great validation for me.

































Saturday, January 7, 2017

Surprise Gift

I came into work yesterday to a very sweet gift on my desk with a note from Candice. She got me a candle with the scent of Southern California since I am from there. Just to thank me for training her. How sweet is that. She has been a total pleasure to train and to work with so far. I think she is the best. Seriously. This candle just made my day. Thanks Candice!




Friday, January 6, 2017

Paint Nite - Take 2


It had been almost a year since my last (and only) Paint Nite. I loved it and was ready to go again. I noticed that my new co-worker, Candice, liked to doddle and copy art in sketch books and on her white board so I asked her if she had ever heard of Paint Nite and if she would want to go. She was all for it... so we both picked a painting that we liked and bought tickets for it a while back. The painting we liked was going to be held in Salt Lake... so after work on Tuesday, we headed to Salt Lake for Paint Nite.

I would be lying if I told you I wasn't hard on myself that my painting didn't look just like the artist's painting leading the class. That being said, it is very fun and that is one of the fun parts about Paint Nite... is seeing everyone's different versions of the same painting. They are all cool.





We both had a blast and decided we would want to go again... and soon. I would happily go to Paint Nite once a month. I don't know where I would put all of the paintings. I am even struggling of where to put the 3 I have now. I decided to have an art wall across from the Laundry. Why not? Ha ha.


Paint Nite... I hope to go again soon and improve more each time I go.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 357

So the adventure continued in Mexico....

Friday I convinced everyone to go scuba diving even though none of them were certified. They all did discover scuba. I was so proud of them. I was so happy to be able to go. I hadn't been diving since I was in the Philippines. There was a storm coming, so there was a chance that we wouldn't be going, but we went early enough that we missed the storm... barely. The water was super choppy to the point where a few people in the group got sea sick and tossed their cookies over the board. I was fine though and the dives were great. Underwater museum was cool and the reef was beautiful and I even got up and close to a sea turtle. Highlight of my trip for sure. After we got done with both of our dives, we went back and had lunch... the group made fun of me because I always ordered nachos. I just love nachos. After lunch we decided to hang out at the beach... however, because of the storm coming in... it wasn't all that warm. It was quite windy so laying on the beach was annoying because so much sand was being blown on us. Then... it started to rain. Not just rain... pour! We all got super soaked and ran back to the car and headed back to the air b & b where I showered and got changed and all the sand off. It was  mess. After that we decided to try and go out again. We went to grab some dinner and then in the end ... ended up at some sort of carnival where we of course got some churros.

Saturday was dedicated to driving to Chichen Itza where we spent the day exploring the wonder of the world and then going out to lunch, then swimming in the cenotes and then driving back... getting dressed up and then going out on the town for New Years Eve. I was kind of excited to be somewhere cool for New Year's Eve for once. However... the night didn't go as awesome as I was hoping. Our group was too big (in my opinion) and nobody could decide on anything so we just wondered around... everyone was hungry and I had a headache and downtown Cancun was crowded and I ended up looking down for a second and getting lost from the group for pretty much the rest of the night which put me in a bad mood because come midnight I was by myself watching the fireworks not knowing if anyone was even trying to find me and frustrated that it happened and that we couldn't make a decision of where to stop and stay and dance instead of continuing to wander through crowds. needless to say, it was a long and frustrating night... but I was still happy to be in Cancun rather than in Utah for once.

Sunday was mine and Jaylene's last day in Cancun. We pretty much packed up and then went to the beach and layed out until Jason took us to the airport. I was sad to leave most of the group. There were a couple people that I wasn't sad to leave... but most of them were great. Jaylene and I had a long journey home. Longer than the journey there if you can believe that. We flew from Cancun to Minneapolis Minnesota and then had an overnight layover. Oddly enough, Jaylene knew these 2 guys on our same flights... so we hung out with them in Minnesota. That airport was dead... which was nice, since we were going to try and get some sleep. We ended up finding a 2nd floor that was blocked off that we decided to camp out at for the night. To our surprise, once we got up there, we found cushions that folded out that we could lay on to sleep! Jaylene and I had both also bought Mexican blankets while in Cancun partly as a souvenir and partly because we knew we had an overnight layover on the way home. So we had the most ideal set up for sleeping in an airport that I have ever had... because sadly, I have slept in a lot of airports over the years. Anyway... the next morning we woke up and got on our flight back to Vegas and then we had to drive from Vegas back to Provo on Monday. It was a long way back... but it was all worth it.




Monday I was back by the afternoon. It was a holiday so I had the day off of work... so I had a little time to rest and shower and unpack and so laundry before going to bed and getting up for work Tuesday morning.

So I have pretty much just been recovering from the trip. Taking it easy. Kind of sick again which is a bummer. Traveling does that to you sometimes. Especially this time of year. Oh... and Candice (my new co-worker that I have been training) and I went to Paint Nite. I love Paint Nite. I will blog about that next.

Until next week....