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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 282

July is over starting Saturday. It's going too quickly. Pretty soon I will have another new roommate moving in.

My roommates have both been out of town this week. It's been nice having the house to myself, but I do start to get a little lonely after a while. However... I am also a lot more productive than usual when I am by myself. Monday-today I have cleaned the kitchen, organized my pantry, went food shopping, did laundry, cleaned my bathroom, cleaned my fish tank, made a DI run, finally took my fort down (only been up for a month) and organized my room. Not too bad. I even finally started on my video of my trip to Bali and the Philippines. I know, it has taken me forever to start. It's an overwhelming project... and so will be putting together the book, but it needs to be done. I am hoping that now that I have started it will be a lot easier to keep it rolling.

I hung out with Stacey on Tuesday. It was nice to have some company for a little while. He is so busy... seems hard to keep him around for too long.

Work has been surprisingly slow since it is quarter end. I hardly did anything today and tomorrow is the last day of the quarter. That can't be a good sign for the company. Makes time go by so slow at work too. I also hate that they feed us so much during quarter end because I eat it and then I feel like crap for eating too much and stuff that isn't very healthy. This has been a BAD week for my health.

Speaking of... I'm ready to try another diet. I hate that I am always trying to diet, but I have to do something... need to do something until I find something I can do for the rest of my life and just keep the weight off. When my cousin Lisa was here she says she struggles with the same thing (although I have never thought so) and she tried medifast like me and all the weight she lost came back... like mine is... but she told me of another diet she did that she loved and worked well and she told me she would do it with me. So I just need to read the book about the science about it all and buy the stuff to make the healthy recipes and follow the plan and then I will be ready. New month is a good time to start right? I told her I would tell her when I start and then she will start with me. Hopefully having someone to be accountable to and who is doing it with me will help me stay motivated. I love Lisa. She is the best. I have been blessed with awesome cousins.... and family in general.

I was pretty disappointed this last weekend. I was super pumped to go camping with a friend and I even got off of work early and was ready to go and then she bailed on me last minute leaving me home a lone with no plans at all and not really able to make plans because everyone else already had plans. I don't get to leave work early on a Friday very often so I was pretty bummed. My neighbor Jared came over for a little while and hung out with me in the fort. Easy for me to contact him. He lives next door and I can tell when he is home because I see his truck. Then my friend Lindsay was going to the Mapleton Pioneer Day fireworks that night so I decided to join her. They seriously have the best fireworks around. Also Lindsay and I... fireworks is our thing. We tent to go see them together a lot. Saturday I did a whole lot of nothing and was starting to feel sorry for myself and depressed about it... so I just decided that I would go hike by myself. This is something that I had NEVER done before. Sure... it doesn't seem like a big deal, but it kind of was for me. I'm not super motivated to do things by myself. Anyway... I just embraced it and went for it and did the 4 hour outing by myself. I was really glad I did. Way better than sitting on my lazy but feeling sorry for myself at home. I didn't even think too much about the fact that I was by myself. It was just peaceful and quiet and I did a lot of thinking and taking pictures and I talked to a few people that were at donut falls and it wasn't bad. The one nice thing about doing things by yourself if that you are on your own time schedule. You don't have to rely on anyone else which is kind of nice. I still like hiking with others better than by myself, but at least I know now. I have tried it.

Sunday dinner was at my sister Kristy's house. She made Indian food which I love. My Aunt Sharleen was in town so Levi and his family came over too. Always fun to see and catch up with family that I don't get to see very often. I need to take another trip out to Washington to visit!

I wish I had a lot of money. People think I have a lot of money because I travel, but it's only because I travel on the cheap and I have cheap rent because of my dad (bless him) and I'm not in any debt except for my car loan now. But I am always thinking of things I want to buy. I wish I was better at saving, but I am the worst at living in the moment and impulse purchases... and some things I do need. Then there are things that would be nice and are just expensive. Like getting racks on top of my car. I bought my car with all of the bells and whistles... why didn't it come with the roof racks? Seriously. It should have. buying them on amazon and then installing them myself (aka my dad installing them for me) still cost $330. Why are they so expensive. I don't NEED to have racks on top of my car, but I want them. Why? So I can spend money on more things that I want... like a paddle board or a kayak.... for my adventure needs. I'm the worst. Why do I have to want to do everything and love to decorate and garden and learn and do all these extra hobbies. It all cost money.

I'm still watching Heartland. I have kind of come to love it. Makes me want to go ride horses. I am on the 5th season. I'm almost done because there are 6 seasons. I think I will be a little sad when it's over. I really like most of the characters. There are a few annoying ones, but I really love Jack, Ty and Amy. That means nothing to you if you have never watched the show. HA! ANYWAY. Funny thing is... I have been watching this show, this week I have been cleaning up paperwork that has been sitting on my desk for a while and I came across this! Guess I'm meant to be watching it? ha ha. That is all.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trial Lake Camping


Not this last weekend but the weekend before (I know... I'm behind) I went with my friend Becca and her cousin John up to the Uinta's to camp with her other cousin and her cousin's two friends... you won't see pictures of any of them because they pretty much didn't like us and pretty sure didn't want us there so we did our own thing.




Despite the grumpy company.. I did make a new friend (John) and we had a great time camping and enjoying new scenery. The Unita's are beautiful. So we chilled and I of course took pictures.







Monday, July 27, 2015

Donut Falls - Take 2


Last time I went to Donut Falls was a year and a half ago. It was Winter. I wanted to see what the hike and the waterfall looked like in the summer... you know. when most people go.

I was supposed to go camping this last weekend, but my friend bailed on me last minute, so I ended up a lone with no plans all weekend. Friday night I ended up going to see the fireworks for Pioneer day with a friend. Saturday I was sick of sitting around all day by myself... so I decided to do something I have never done before. Go on a hike by myself. Maybe I would like it... I was about to find out. I don't typically like doing things by myself. Or I'm not really motivated to go do things like hike by myself. Just doesn't seem as fun, but I refused to sit and do nothing. So I got in my hiking clothes and got in the car, drove an hour away up into the mountains and hiked the 3 miles round trip or whatever it was to Donut Falls to see what it looked like in the summer.

Hiking by myself wasn't so bad. It gave me a lot of time to think and enjoy the nature around me. I would stop and take pictures whenever I felt like it. It wasn't so bad. I passed many other people on the trail, but not so many that I felt weird being by myself or that it disturbed my peace. The most people I saw was once I got to the falls.




It was a lot prettier not covered in ice. It also wasn't as scary to climb up to the falls... but you did still have to climb up there to get into the cave and see donut falls. The nice part about that was... not a lot of people wanted to climb it, so there were not many people up there... not crowded which was nice. There were a couple people though... which was also good because I was able to take pictures for them and they were able to snap a couple pictures of me.


The waterfall is so pretty and unique. It doesn't look like much from the outside... but from the inside it is so cool. You wouldn't think there was this cave to climb in or that it is as big as it is. It's very cool and worth the climb up there.



Then I headed back before it got dark. I wasn't interested in hiking by myself in the dark. I made it back and was driving down the mountain by sunset. I made it home after dark and I felt great that I had gotten out and done something that day. It didn't even feel weird that I did it by myself. So who knows... maybe that won't be my last solo hike... although I still prefer going with others. Donut Falls is pretty cool though. I recommend it.



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cherry Picking

There is a girl in my ward who's family has a cherry farm... so some of us went down to Santaquin and watched the process of how the collect all of the cherry's. It was very interesting. There is a machine that shakes them off. Cool to watch.

We were also able to pick our own if we wanted. I picked a few and ate them... they were a little too tart for me, so I skipped out on collecting a bunch. It was cool to experience though.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Provo River Falls

Years and years of living in Provo, I didn't know there was a Provo River Falls until a few years ago. Probably because it's not in Provo. It's up in the Uinta's by Kamas almost 2 hours away from Provo. Regardless.... it's a cool waterfall.




Friday, July 24, 2015

Raspberry & Brownie Trifles

This is the dessert I made for the patio dinner on Monday night. Great summer dessert. Everyone loved it.

Ingredients:

For brownies:
7 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 pints raspberries
Mini chocolate chips, for garnish

For Whipped cream:
1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
1/3 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Directions:

Make the brownies:
Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set it aside.

In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the chocolate, butter and water. Cook, stirring, until the chocolate and butter are melted. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the sugar and light brown sugar, mixing until combined, then add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix for 2 minutes.

Add the flour and salt and mix until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Ounce the brownies have cooled completely, invert the pan onto a cutting board and cut unto 1/2 inch brownie croutons.

Make the whipped cream:
In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until soft peaks form.

Assemble the trifles:
Fill each serving dish with alternating layers of brownie, whipped cream and raspberries, Garnish each trifle with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips and serve immediately.