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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 379

Since I already blogged about most of my happenings this week... I think this will be pretty short.

Friday was Irelyn's dance performance. Cute... but long. It is just a bummer that you have to sit through 2 hours of dances to watch the 2 minute one that you want to see. Oh well. I probably wouldn't have cared so much had I not had my Half Marathon VERY EARLY the next morning.

So... I didn't get a good dinner and went to bed later than I wanted which is what I am going to blame on me not being able to finish the half marathon sooner. I was hoping to finish in 2 1/2 hours... but I finished in just a little under 3. Or we could blame it on the fact that I didn't train as much as I should have. Either way... maybe next time I do one I will have a better time. I think I improved on my time since the first one. Plus.... the biggest improvement was that I wasn't sore after the race or the next day. I credit that to all the weight lifting. I am stronger than I look.

In fact, after a nap and shower... later that evening I went to Summerfest with Kyle. I didn't want to miss fireworks! I love them. We ran into some friends and walked around and enjoyed a beautiful summer night and some awesome fireworks.

Sunday I was SUPER excited because my cousin Lisa and her family were in town. They invited me over to the cabin along with my cousin Dave and his family to hang out and have a yummy grilled dinner. I LOVE spending time with my cousins. They are the best.

Monday after work I picked up my new bag my friend Sarah made for me. Perfect Travel bag. I am super excited. After picking up the bag... Heather asked me if I would go with her to see a friend perform in a Niel Diamond cover band. I actually was surprised by how many of the songs I knew and guessed before they were performed. I was glad that we sat in the back corner by ourselves... because I we were laughing and singing along... I was cracking jokes and trying to be funny. I don't consider myself to be very funny... but Heather thinks I am hilarious so that makes me feel pretty cool. Ha ha. Anyway... It wasn't the best concert I have ever been to, but we had a good time.

So while my cousin was in town, so was my sister, Jamie. So I took turns on different nights hanging out with both of them. So Tuesday night, I went to my parents house to visit with Jamie and Dan and their kids and of course the rest of my family that was there. We just hung out and chatted as we normally do.

Wednesday night after work, I went to my sister Kristy's house for dinner. I ate and hung out with the family for a while, but then headed to the cabin to hang out with the cousins again. We had snacks and played cards... even though I hate playing games... they made me play this card game that I didn't understand or care about... but I still won. Not sure how that worked out. Anyway... anything is fun with the cousins.

Guess that brings us to today. Work Work Work. Then to my parents house to hang out with Jamie again.

Good week. I love spending time with my family and I am so glad that I have so many of them here this week. Just hate splitting my time between them. I prefer when they come at different times so I can spend as much time as possible with each. Oh well... make the best out of it I can.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Photo of the Week 377

Sunset in one of my favorite spots in Provo... Buffalo Peak up Provo Canyon.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reminiscing about Frolicking through Lavender Fields

My friend had a memory pop up on her Facebook about us 7 years ago frolicking through lavender fields... I had been meaning to make them into GIF's but never did... so 7 years later, I finally decided to do it.

Enjoy!








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.





Here is a video my friend RJ created of the race. He has gotten so good as a videographer that he is being hired all the time. Way to go RJ. Once he saw me at the end of the finish line... he even made sure to film me and make sure I made it into the video for a hot second.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=170&v=T9EC3SqRCGw

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.