Another week. What happened in the life of Tracy. Probably not a whole lot. Let's see...
Friday My managers took me out to lunch and to shop at their favorite boutique "Busy Biddy" which I had never heard of. I love discovering new places though. This place is kind of fun because they have home decor and clothes and shoes. Just a mix match of stuff. I got a couple of things. It was nice to not worry about how long we were gone for the lunch hour because I was with my managers... so it didn't matter. :) It was nice of them to take me and spend time with me getting to know me outside of work.
Friday night... after the fashion show that I modeled in for my friend Josh, I went with my friends Becky and Lindsay to the Best of Humor U show at BYU which our friend Ian was performing in and this other guy in our ward, Drew. Drew actually was my favorite set that night. For being the best of show... I didn't think it was that funny... not as funny as the last show that I went to. It was ok... I mean, I get they are not professional's, but I wish they would think outside of the box with the jokes they tell. Outside of hating on themselves, provo being made up of mostly white people and Mormon jokes. I get that is their audience... but I think there are a lot of everyday stuff that you could joke about. It was still fun to get out and do something.
Saturday I went with Becky and Allison to a free class at REI in Salt Lake about backpacking and packing light. I thought it was pretty interesting and I learned a few things. The guy teaching the class was also pretty entertaining which made it nice. It got us all exciting for our trip to Havasupai this summer that I am organizing. Who knew that I would be the one to organize all of these fun outdoor adventures. If you would have asked me 5 years ago or so... I wouldn't have guessed I would be doing that. People now come to me for outdoor and travel adventures. It's really nice. Back to the class, we all enjoyed it and then spent time looking around at REI. That is a dangerous thing for me. I see all of the awesome new and improved outdoor/camping gear out there and I just want it all. I of course talk sense into myself and don't buy things just to buy things if the stuff I already have works great. I really do have great gear so far.... thanks to dating a mountain man and having him shop with me and help me pick things out. I have had something on my list for a while that I haven't bought because it hasn't been necessary to have so far, but I broke down and bought it while I was there because I will be needing it for backpacking this summer. A camping stove. A tiny compact camping stove. I got a jetboil which is awesome because not only does it boil your water in 3 minutes, but the side changes colors when it is boiled and it has a protective case on it so I won't burn myself... and it is so tiny! I'm excited to use it this summer. I also got some more travel bags to separate my stuff in my backpack and I got a new camping pillow because I never sleep great on mine... it was time to upgrade the pillow. So... I'm excited for my new stuff and I was glad that I went to that class with Becky and Allison. It is nice to have other adventure buddies.
Saturday night Allison and I went to our friend Dallin's wedding reception. I still can't believe how he changed his life and became a new man. He was really over weight, finally decided it was time to make a change and over a year and a half lost 150 lbs or something like that and started dating and fell in love and got married. I'm really proud of him and also really inspired by him. If he can do that, I should be able to be healthy and lose weight AGAIN too right? Right! I'll keep at it. I don't go to weddings much anymore, but Dallin has been a good friend over the last few years, so I went to his. My BFF neighbor (Darrell) was there and said the exact same thing... he doesn't go to weddings anymore either, but for Dallin, we made an exception.
Speaking of diet and exercise. I am gotten WAY too use to eating sugar again. I'm eating it every day again like I was before. Still eating pretty healthy day to day.... but I got to cut out that sugar again. Lisa and I are the same. We both started to struggle at the same time. We are both trying to find motivation to start fresh again. It is hard (for me) when it is so cold. It has been pretty cold this week. I'm going to try and refresh and start strict again on Monday. For some reason it always has to be on a Monday for me... start of a new week I guess. So wish me luck. Other than that... I am still eating healthy, still going to the gym everyday AND I signed up for the 10,000 step challenge at work. So I have been walking after work every day as well. My roommate MacKenzie has been going with me, which has been really nice. However, my jawbone isn't really working anymore which is stupid. I will have to call the company and see if there is a special reboot I can do or something. I don't know, but I have only had it for a little over a year. Seems too soon to be pooping out on me. Anyway... the extra walking has been good for me. I will work my way up to making that walk a run after work.
I have learned a couple of songs on my new ukulele. It's fun. SO much easier than learning the guitar... maybe it's good that I started with the guitar. Anyway... I have only learned a couple of easy songs... like the Lava song as my sister, Jamie suggested. :) Allison talked about bringing hers to Havasupai when we go this summer. Maybe I will bring mine too and we will have a jam session.
I got a new bookshelf off of Amazon. Used the last of my Amazon gift cards that I had from work. It was a $150 bookshelf that I got for $50 after using my gift card. It was easy to put together and I really like the way it looks. It goes well with my style change in the basement living room downstairs. It is a little smaller than my last one, but I think that is a good thing, it is forcing me to go through my stuff and get rid of stuff I really don't want of need anymore. Including books. I have a lot of silly books. I also have a lot of scrapbooks that I made when I was little. One of these days (who knows when) I want to take all of those scrapbooks and scan the pictures and make them all into digital books. It was take up WAY less space and preserve the pictures. Would be nicer too since my scrapbooks are silly. That is a HUGE project though, so who knows when I will actually go that. I still need to make a book from my Philippines trip AND my Brazil trip. I'm a little behind. Oops. Back to my book shelf... as soon as I set up my new one, I wanted to get rid of my old one because it was taking up space. This was at 11:30pm that I wanted it gone. I got on my ward Facebook page and posted that if anyone wanted a free bookshelf to let me know. Within seconds I had 3 people asking about it. So I said, whoever comes to get it first can have it. One of the girls came over right away and when she saw how big it was, realized she was going to need help carrying it so she went across the parking lot to a boys apartment with the lights on and asked them to help move it and they did. From the time I decided I wanted it gone at 11:20pm to 11:50pm it was gone and out of my house. Single living. I was surprised, but not that surprised. I was happy it was gone so fast. Made things easier for me.
Tuesday I went to Creative Collaborative. It has been a long time since I have been. I either have other stuff going on that night or I forget or it's not someone I really care to go see speak. It's once a month every second Tuesday. I get the emails about it every month. I haven't gone since they changed location from the Startup Building to the Provo Rec. It's still free, so that is the important part. Anyway... the reason why I put this one on my calendar and made sure to go is because Brooke White was speaking. A lot of people probably don't really know who she is anymore, but she was on American Idol the season that David Archuleta was on. I watched that season religiously and went to that concert after the show was over. I think I actually only watched one more season of American Idol after that season and then I didn't think it was that great anymore. ANYWAY... Brooke White spoke and it was free and she spoke on overcoming self doubt and insecurities and still being successful and creative. She talked about her own story and how many people doubted her and told her she couldn't do it and how much she doubted herself but she still went for it. She has like 5 albums out, but she doesn't really tour or promote herself... largely because of her insecurities. Anyway... it started late and went WAY long, but I went by myself and I was glad I went. It was inspiring and I always liked her, so it was fun to listen to her talk and sing.
Tonight I went up to Salt Lake to my friend Sarah's shop. I wanted to order a new purse because I LOVE her purses. They are my style...so cute, so original. She is a pretty talented lady. I have amazingly talented friends. It was fun to catch up with her.
Yesterday I went to dance fitness which I have had her just warm up with dance and then we get into weights... anyway, this week I wasn't the only one in class! Hooray. Some guy came. I think he might start coming every week. He seems nice and pretty cool, so that will be a nice change not to be the only one in class.
Remember Mr. Mystery? We never met... and he pretty much broke up with me over text. ha ha. It was one of the weirdest conversation I have had with someone I have never met before. He told me how much he liked me and how attached to me he was and how sad he was to have to say goodbye to me, but I was going to find someone so much better and things got worse with his health and with his grandma and his ex is back in the picture full time now... so he was back with her and deleted his Tinder account. Mmmk.... goodbye mystery man. Who knows if you were ever a real person to begin with. Guess I will never know, but whoever that person was, we did seem to have a lot in common. If only I could find that in real life now.
So from that experience... it inspired me to start watching "Catfish" on Hulu. It's a tv show. This guy was catflished online. He fell in love with this girl online but come to find out she was a totally different person than who she said she was. His brother and friend filmed the entire thing and made a documentary out of it that did really well and tons of people started writing him with their own online stories, so he decided to do a tv show out of it. So each episode he meets up with someone who hasn't met the person they have fallen in love with online and has them meet them. I have watched like 9 episodes so far I think and so far only one person was who they said they were... they just didn't want to meet because they had gained so much weight. Every other person has been pretending to be someone else. The show is SO interesting. It's sad that people are out there doing this, but at the same time, the show is very uplifting because the guys that are making the show are SO positive and are trying to give people on both sides a positive outlook on the experience and kind of play therapist on why they are doing what they are doing and helping them change and grow from the experience. So far... I am totally hooked on the show. I'm still also watching Ally McBeal. I am on the 3rd season. The show is TOTALLY weird. But I'm committed. It's interesting, but I wouldn't say I love it. I'm still trying to figure out why it won awards. Maybe because it was an edgy show at the time? Probably. Pushing the edge seems to win awards. Whatever. I'm more excited about the Catfish show... and staying caught up on all of my other shows. ha ha. There are so many now.
Stacey bailed on Dancing through Utah. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since we don't hang out unless I reach out to him. I can only keep that up for so long. I hate feeling like I am bugging people and I always feel like I'm an inconvenience to him. So now I am trying to figure out if I still do the video and have different people dance with me every place? Or if I do it by myself... which I feel like would be stupid... or I just quite and don't do it even though I was super excited about it. I don't know.
I guess that's it. Another week in the life of Tracy.