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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wisharts are in town!

When the Wisharts are in town... I spend lots of time at the cabin eating and playing games and hanging out and piling in to the party van with the entire crew for adventures.... and I LOVE every minute of it. I'm bummed that I didn't get more pictures... but had fun playing.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

First Fireworks of the Summer


Even though I ran the half marathon in the morning and was pretty tired...  I LOVE fireworks... and didn't want to miss the first fireworks of the summer. I go to Summerfest in Orem every year. I didn't want to miss it this year. Thankfully Kyle wanted to go as well.

So we went and ran into people we knew and socialized and found a place to sit and watch the fireworks. We found a place away from the crowd and were laying right under them. We even had firework pieces falling on us. Ha! I love it. I Love fireworks and I LOVE summer!!!





Saturday, June 10, 2017

Utah Valley Half Marathon - Take 2


I'm not sure how I was convinced to run this half marathon again... but my friend, Kristi, that works at the gym at work convinced me to sign up with her. I put back on more weight since I did it last... but I am stronger and in better shape than I was when I did it last... so I had no idea how it was going to go.

I didn't train the way I wanted to this time. I wanted to run outside everyday but it was too cold and then it was too hot. I did however run 9 miles (running most of it) and felt ok the next day... so I felt like I was going to be ok. Last time I did this I had never run more than 3 miles in my life and when I was done with the race... I could barely walk for the next couple of days after. So I was definitely stronger this time.

The night before the race I was up in Salt Lake watching my niece in her dance recital so I didn't get a good dinner and I didn't get as much sleep as I wanted (since you have to get up at 3:30am to be at the mall to take the bus up at 4am. It is crazy. So energy levels were not the best for me... but I did it.

Waiting in the cold for over an hour isn't the most fun. The nerves of doing the race just sit with you while you wait. There are so many people. I'm so tired but everyone around me seems to pumped. I was glad I had a friend to talk to. I don't think I would ever sign up for something like this if someone didn't convince me to. ha ha. Here is Kristi and I waiting to start the race. I am wearing my race jacket that I got. This year they did jackets instead of shirts because it was their 10th anniversary of the race. Kind of cool. They fold up and fit into a tiny pouch... so great for traveling or backpacking light. So it will be nice to have around.



Then the race started. I feel like starting out is the worst. All you can thinking about is that you are already tired and you just started... haven't gotten into the groove yet... and how far you have to go. At least we had a beautiful canyon to look at and that is the first 8 miles of the race. Kristi ran with me for almost half of the race... but I could tell I was slowing her down and she was trying to be nice and supportive and stick with me. I told her she really didn't have to. I ran the last one by myself, I could run this one by myself too. I like to go at my own pace and not feel the pressure of slowing anyone else down. I had my tunes. That is all I needed. Last time I created this entire long playlist. This time I just put on pandora. It worked out great.

I ran most of the first 8 miles going through the canyon. Didn't really stop for water or a snack until the half way mark. Then I could tell that I needed to. While running through the canyon I saw a dead snake on the ground that I almost stepped on, a dead bat on the ground that I ran around, and I was coming out of the canyon... there was a big deer (buck) that came down the mountain from somewhere and you could tell it wanted to cross the road, but saw all of the runners and changed it's mind and pranced off back up the mountain where it came from. It was pretty cool. That was probably the highlight for me. If I were closer to him... I would have gotten my phone out and taken a picture, but it was kind of a pain to get my phone out. It was in a little pack in the curve of my back buckled around my waist which worked out quite nicely. There was also an emergency snack in there in case I needed it... which I didn't and my car key was in there as well. Anyway... when I cam out of the canyon and hit the 9 mile mark, I was making pretty good time and I thought I would be able to finish the race in 2 1/2 hours... but then I started getting really hot and losing energy and when you come out of the canyon the race is so boring and you know exactly where you are and how much longer you have because you count every street and block. You can see the temple in downtown Provo where the race ends from SO far away... but you know how far away you are... so it is a little discouraging.


I knew that Kristi was waiting for me, so that was pushing me a little. I had no idea how far ahead of me she was. I struggled more and more towards the end, especially when my goal time came and passed and I still had a couple of miles to go. However, I did finish it under 3 hours and that will just have to be good enough for me. I'm not a runner. I accepted that fact a long time ago... so just finishing these races is a big deal for me. Kristi had texted me asking me where I was when I had 3 miles left. Thanks to my new apple watch, I saw her text and instead of getting my phone out to text her back, I just replied by talking into my watch. So nice and convenient to do while running. She was there waiting for me in the last block of the race and ran in with me. So nice for her to wait since she finished a half hour before me. She is so positive and encouraging and was so great to do this race with. She has always been such a great cheerleader for me when it comes to my health and fitness. And a good friend.

After the race, I took my shoes off and I was shocked to find my toe like this... my toes weren't hurting so I had no clue. I clipped my toenails so I wouldn't lose another one this race... but it looks like I am going to lose it anyway.  Oh well. But I went out and about that night after the race... so at the end of the day I looked at my fitness app on my watch and I got all kinds of steps in and miles and awards. Go me.



I came home from the race and found this waiting for me on my back porch. Very sweet of my mom. She knew I was a little nervous to do it again and didn't feel quite prepared. So nice to know she and others are proud of me. I need a little encouragement in my life. I am so hard on myself and have a hard time believing in myself... so I will take all the love and encouragement I can get. Thanks mom!



I didn't hurt like I did last time after the race, and I think I even improved on my time a little bit, but I still feel like I could have done better. But I am glad that I did it again. It was an accomplishment. will I sign up for another half marathon? Maybe... but probably not for a while. Maybe this is something I do every 4 years. ha ha. We shall see. It would be nice (if I do it again) if I can be thinner AND be in great shape. That would be ideal and I would probably do a lot better on time. Anyway... Thank you Kristi for being so supportive and running the first half with me and waiting for me at the end to run in with me. So nice to have someone to do the race with and encourage me and feel like I can do it.





Friday, June 9, 2017

Irelyn's Dance Performance


My mom and I went to Salt Lake to see Irelyn in her dance recital. She was really cute and did a great job and you can tell she really loves it. I'm a proud Auntie and that has a lot of talented nieces and nephews. Love them all. Great Job on your dance Irelyn. Love you.






Thursday, June 8, 2017

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 378

Picking up where I left off...

The half marathon is next week. AHHH!!! I'm not ready. I will say that I am a little less nervous this time since I ran 9 miles and I wasn't sore the next day. So whats 4 more going to do to me? Can't be that bad. ha ha. So Saturday I tried to run 10... because that is what you are supposed to do the week before the race. However... I got too late of a start and so it was really hot and I ended up only going 9 miles and walking  lot of it. I just don't do well in the heat. Thank goodness they start those races so early in the morning so you don't have to deal with that eh? That is as good as it is going to get for me before the race I think... so we will see how the race goes next week. I am a little nervous because I am still not a runner even though I have done this before. But... not as much as I was last time.

After taking a long rest and a shower, Rachel and I went out to get greek food from this really yummy food truck and then some shave ice next door which was apparently the happening place to be that night. I saw this guy that I had been talking to online but would never meet up with me... and now I know why. He was there with a girl that looked like a girlfriend. Ha! Caught. I am pretty sure he saw me as well and now feels stupid. Wouldn't want a guy like that anyway. I also ran into Candice and her little crew.... and then our co-worker Katy, her daughter was there with her hubby and kid. So Candice called me over to say hi. So funny we were all there and didn't plan it at all. Love it when stuff like that happens.

After dinner we went to catch a movie. Saw the new and last Pirates movie. It was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be since there are like 5. But I enjoyed it. Thought it was better than a lot of the other ones. Good ending to the series.

I already blogged about hammocking at Tibble Fork with Kyle. It was relaxing and I always enjoy time in nature. It just makes me happy. It calms me. Takes me worries away... at least for a little while.

Monday I broke down and bought an Apple Watch. I have had a couple of people convincing me that it is great for the fitness aspect of it. So... since I am about to do a half marathon and they are doing another 10,000 step challenge at work which Kristi at the gym (the one I am doing the half marathon with) signed me up for it, I figured I might as well do it. So I did. Got some wireless headphones too while I was at it. Will be great for the race and the gym.

Wednesday Kyle and I headed back to Tibble Fork, this time with our paddle boards. Kyle had bought some floating water lanterns to have around us as we paddle board. We didn't really get the pictures that we wanted... but it was still fun. We will have to try it again.

Guess that leaves us with today... I just went to work. I'm in the middle of the 10,000 step challenge at work, so after the sunset, I got Rachel to take a walk with me so I could get all my steps in and we could chat and catch up.

And that was my week. That is a wrap. :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Photo of the Week 376

A gorgeous sunset that I captured just up the street from where I live. Last minute run up the hill to watch the sunset and I am SO glad I did.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Hammocking at Tibble Fork


Kyle and I both decided we needed some relax time, so we headed to Tibble Fork to hang our hammocks and take in the views. It was nice.

While we were there we saw a guy by us set up a balancing rope. I don't know the proper name for them... but I do know it takes some mad skills/balance to get all the way across. It was fun to watch.


Nice relaxing day. I love summer.



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mokulia Shave Ice


Shave Ice is definitely big in Utah. You can find little shacks serving them all around every city in Utah in the summer it feels like. I have to say though... I have never seen a bigger, or more busy one than this one. Maybe it is because it is so close to BYU campus... but this seems to be like the happening one.

Rachel and I went and got some after eating at the Greek food truck next door which was also delicious. I just love summer. Everything about it.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 377

Man! Another week. They sure pass by quickly don't they?

Friday... because it was the start of a 3 day weekend, the company let us off work early. I got to leave at 2, which was awesome. Stacey had invited me over for a late lunch at his house. So I went to him place after work. He made me lunch. How sweet is that. He enjoys cooking and he enjoys sharing which I always appreciate. I ended up staying for 3 1/2 hours while we caught up on life and made plans for our next trip together at the end of the year and just laughed and had a great time like we always do.

After leaving Stacey's house I went straight over to MacKenzie's house. It was time to get together with MacKenzie, Allison and Daniel to get dinner and sodalicious and catch up on Blacklist. It's a fun little tradition that we have going. I enjoy it  not only because I enjoy the show but it is a great excuse for us all together together and catch up and hang out.

Saturday I didn't do much. I did however run 9 miles. What? I know. I didn't do that just for fun. I am training for a half marathon coming up. Last time I ran a half marathon I didn't train AT ALL. So..... I figured I should train a little more this time. That took me a couple of hours... wish I enjoyed it. Then it wouldn't seem like such a long couple hours. Anyway... I relaxed the rest of the day... not used to running that much. I did alright though, which made me worry a little less for my race.

Monday was the Holiday. Wish I would have had more plans... but I was happy to have the day off and I did spend some time outside which always makes my day better. I already blogged about it and how I spent time with a douche bag that made me feel like garbage which just fed into the depression I was already feeling... which was awesome... but let's move on from that since I already blogged about it. It was to terrible for me to repeat that.

Tuesday after work I got my lashes filled by Natalie. Sad that I don't have my trade anymore with Ali, but Natalie is great too and she lives closer. Anyway, we always have fun catching up while she fills my lashes.

Wednesday I went on an awesome date. Really handsome guy with an awesome personality and a lot of common interests. He seemed to show a lot of interest back... all touchy feely... inviting me to go camping and hiking with him. But lo and behold, I text him after the date and he still hasn't text me back so I don't think I will be hearing from him ever again. This is why it is hard for me to get my hopes up... even when the date goes well. It's probably because I'm not a size 2.

After the date I got together with my neighbor, Josh. We have toyed with the idea of getting a place together because we know we could handle each other as roommates. Both clean and easy going and love plants. Ha ha... that is good enough right? We have a similar budget... but it is hard to find anything that is cheap. This is why I want to live in a  tiny house.

So TODAY... I after work I came home to get the mail and find a surprise gift from my sister, Jamie. She sent me a passion journal to help me accomplish my goals and help me get out of my depression that I am stuck in by taking action on the things I am not happy about. Thanks Sis. Later Kyle called me and told me he had something for me as well that he got on his trip to Cali. So I went over to see him and get the gift. It was a lens for my phone! Makes it s wider angle. How cool is that? I see myself using it a lot especially on vacation. So sweet of him to think of me and get it for me. He is a good friend.  I'm thankful I have a few of those.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Roll With It


There is a cute new ice cream place on center street in Provo called Roll With it. You pick out your flavors and they mix it in the ice cream and roll it up. I can't describe it well, so I attached a time lapse so you can see the process.

We have gone a couple of times for work and I LOVE it. Also, the first time that I went the guy that made mine is Jack's cousin. Jack is the guy from New Zealand that I work out with at the gym. The guy making my ice cream had an accent and I asked him where he was from and he said New Zealand and I said, I should have known that with all the time I spend with Jack. The guy says... Jack who. And I say Jackson Kaka.... and he laughs and says... that is my cousin. Ha ha. Of course! I love all the connections.



If you ever want to try a new ice cream place, I recommend this one.



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Grotto - Take 2


Since today was a  holiday and I had the day off of work, I decided that I wanted to spend some time outside. I decided to go to the Grotto again since it had been a couple of years since I had been there. A guy that I had hung out with once and had been wanting to hang out again asked if he could come. Mostly because all he was asking me to do it come over and make out and every time I would tell him no... but if he wanted to talk and get to know each other, that would be ok. So when I told him I was going on this hike he wanted to come and I decided to give him a chance. Worst. Date. Ever. I have never come back from a date with a guy feeling like such garbage. It was depressing. It made me think... is this all that is left for me out there as far as men go? He was so rude to me and put me down and told me all the reasons why I was still single... bla bla bla... I told him I didn't appreciate the way he was talking to me and then he said... oh ok, I will lie then and then started being sarcastically nice. Yeah... it was awesome. So you won't see any pictures of me and this guy together. I didn't want any. Not only that... but he walked ahead of me most of the time anyway.

That aside. It is a short but beautiful little hike with a cute waterfall at the end and I still enjoyed being outside and doing something with my day instead of staying inside the entire day. So here are a couple of pictures from the outing.




Friday, May 26, 2017

Mr. Business Card

My co-worker, Candice, and I went to the post office to run an errand for our boss. We were at the table filling out some information to put in the package we were sending back for our boss. The table is in the line and faces all the stations to talk to the tellers. We are minding our own business talking to each other when this guy that just finished at one of the stations approaches me.

He gets my attention and then tells me that I look familiar and asked me if we knew each other. He doesn't look familiar to me AT ALL.. so I said no politely and told him he didn't look familiar to me. He didn't drop it. He starts asking me what ward I am in and where I work. I tell him knowing that it isn't going to help because I know for a fact that we have never met before. I continued to try and be polite although at this point I was starting to get a tad bit annoyed because I was with Candice and we were in the middle of a conversation. I told him that I get that a lot... that I look like someone that  someone knows, so maybe I just have a familiar face. Then he goes on and tells me that we are probably Facebook friends because he has a ton of Facebook friends... so he probably knows me from there. I don't know why he insists that we know each other, but I assure him that we are not Facebook friends. Meanwhile... Candice is just standing there watching this awkward conversation and the longer it went on the more awkward I was feeling.

He finally gives up and says... oh well. If you ever need a lawyer, give me a call... and hands me his business card. Mmmm.... ok? Random? Candice joked and said I probably will because I get in trouble a lot. Then he just looks at her and says... I'm not that kind of lawyer. Candice and I both just give each other a weird look and wait for him to leave.... which he finally did.

It was such an odd interaction that I didn't quite know what to make out of it. Candice thought he was trying to pick up on me. Odd way of doing it if that was the case... and I wasn't flattered.... he wasn't attractive at all. When we went back to work we told a few people what happened and some said he was just trying to promote his business. If that was true... that is an odd way of doing it.

I wasn't quite sure what to make out of it or could figure out what he was trying to accomplish... but it gave Candice and I a good laugh.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 376

Picking up where I left off....


Friday I obviously went to work. Since we had our co-worker in from Texas, we went out to lunch as a team with her. We ate at Guru's which I am always happy to go to since they have the best sweet potato fries (which I LOVE) and after we went to a place a few shops down called "Roll With It". It is an ice cream place, but the ice cream is thin and they roll it up and put it in a cup. It was pretty rad. It is hard to explain so I may have to blog about it. But it was a nice break from work if I say so myself.

Later after work.... Rachel and I went to see a movie. We went to see the new Guardian's of the Galaxy movie. That was pretty good. I am not a die hard fan, but I like them.

Saturday I was super excited for and already blogged about... but it was Lantern Fest day. I LOVE Lantern Fest. That is why this was my 3rd time going... not including the legit one that I went to in Thailand... where the Lantern Festival started. I went over to Heather's house so that she could do my hair and make up for the photo shoot that Kyle was going to do of me and the other at the Salt Flats before going to the Lantern Fest. We figured... since we are going to drive all the way out there, we might as well go to the Salt Flats too because the Salt Flats are legit. Then it was off the the Lantern Fest we went. We cut it a little shorter than I wanted to and I didn't like where we were sitting.... I would have rather been closer to the stage so that we could hear the music since that is part of what makes it so magical. It was also quite windy so you really had to watch around you to make sure a burning lantern didn't run into you. However... I still really loved it. So guess what? I will be going to the next one as well. Ok... that is a lie. The next one is in September when I am out of the country... so I will be going to the next one after that... next year. :)

Monday I was having a hard day... so after work, Kyle and I hiked up to Buffalo Peak and enjoyed nature and a beautiful sunset in our favorite spot. Just what we both needed.

Tuesday is $5 Tuesday at the movie's! So me and my boss, and Candice and her mom went to go see "Snatched" which I thought was hilarious. I love our little movie club. I also love cheap movies. I love that they do that.

Later on Tuesday night... Tyler made another appearance. He is a mystery. I never know when I am going to see him or hear from him again. Sometimes it is two weeks, sometimes it is 4 months. It is an odd thing we have going on... I just try not to think about it. Every time he leaves I just assume I will never see him again so that I don't get disappointed or attached. I do enjoy our friendship though... he just has issues and is a work-a-holic... and a father, so I just can't expect much from him. Weird... I know. Why keep a relationship like that in my life? I don't know.

Wednesday my visiting teachers came over. We talked for hours as we typically do and we got into my issues I had been having about self worth and were all crying in the end. I am really thankful for great visiting teachers. Lindsay has helped me so much. She is the best.

Guess that brings me to today... and today I have worked and gone home and done nothing else... so.... I guess we will end here. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunset at Buffalo Peak


I introduced Kyle to Buffalo Peak and it has now become one of our favorite spots.  We both needed some quality time together and some quality time in nature away from people... taking in the beauty around us.


Lucky for us, we got a BEAUTIFUL sunset tonight. My favorite :)


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Salt Flats Photoshoot


Since we were going out by the salt flats for the Lantern Fest, Kyle and I thought we should take a trip to the Salt Flats and Kyle wanted to take some pictures of me. I am not sure why... I will never be worthy to be a model on his instagram page. He is such a great friend though and likes to make me feel beautiful because he knows I don't really think that I am. He is a solid friend.

So he took some pictures of me and of Heather and Kendal for a little bit before we headed to the Lantern Fest. It was fun. Kyle only edited and sent me a couple of the photos. I haven't seen any of the other ones. Who knows if I ever will. Regardless... here are the ones he did give me. Kyle is a great photographer.