Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I've decided to go low maintenance

My fan died last week. It blew for more than 26,400 hours and was with me for 11 years. I grow attached to inanimate objects so I spent a second being sad for my loss. I considered replacing it but have decided to go white noise free for a little while. I have enough high maintenance habits so letting go of this one seems like a good idea.

Gratitude

Need a good cry? Search for Nick Vujicic on YouTube or watch the video below.



I love YouTube for bringing the most random, yet somehow helpful, videos into my life.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Games

Last week I went to a Jazz game on Monday with Tara...
and a BYU basketball game on Tuesday.
A slightly out of sorts week, but still really fun.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"My" house

When I got home from Cancun I made buying "my" house a priority...until I found out that while I was in Cancun it was put on the market and placed under contract. I went and saw the inside last week - it's perfect and I'm really sad that it will never be mine.

A night out

Last week Tara, Jeremy, Darci, Mary and I went to a Thai restaurant in Sandy for dinner and then took Coldstone home.

We had a great time hanging out!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Yum

Line pretzel twists on a baking sheet, place Rolos on top.

Bake at 250 for 5 - 6 minutes.

Use a broken pretzel piece to mash the caramel into the pretzel, leave the broken piece on top. (Confused? Enlarge the picture.)

Drizzle white chocolate over the pretzels and let cool completely.


If you like sweet and salty these are to die for. Thanks, Leslie, for the recipe and Steph for the white chocolate picture.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Panty Party

Syd got potty trained last week and so I stopped by for a congratulatory visit with a present and new panties. The present didn't work out so well, but it was fun to celebrate her newest accomplishment.On Saturday Liv threw a panty party at McDonald's. There was a panty cake... ...lots of playing
...and darling party favors.

After the party Syd-o and I took our first trip out alone. We went to Toys R Us and walked up and down every aisle looking for the perfect panty present. We played with trains...

...and tried furniture
...until we finally settled on a dollhouse.

Cancun - Day 7

Sunday morning I woke up so excited to go home. This may seem a little weird, and trust me I loved both of my tropical vacations, but I was sick of vacation and ready to leave. I say that being ready to go home is a really good sign because it means you like your real life so I was pleased that finally, I was ready to be off vacation. Steph and I laid out for a couple of hours and then we got ready to go home. Steph flew out a couple of hours before me so I went to the airport with a bunch of APX folks. The flight back was good, there was lots of turbulence but I sat next to Keith so we had some really good talks.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cancun - Day 6

Saturday morning Steph and I had breakfast at the hotel and then went to the pool to lay out. I feel a little pathetic admitting that’s what we did every single day, all day, but honestly that’s how I like to vacation. I go, go, go in my real life so vacation has to slow things down or I don’t relax. So for all of you that are judging me, back up. And for those that think I’m awesome, let’s go on a trip.
We ate lunch at the hotel and then laid out some more. That night we went down to a flea market in downtown Cancun (across from Cocobongo) with Jamie, Jordan, Brady, Bradie, and Courtney. We got henna tattoos, saw way too many dirty t-shirts, were harassed by Mexicans (Hey lady, I have the best prices in Cancun…Hey lady, I have a gift for your mother-in-law…Hey lady, want some marijuana), and had dessert at the Hard Rock CafĂ©.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Anyone want Josh Turner tickets?

I have 4 tickets to Josh Turner on Thursday, January 29th at The Depot that I'm not going to use. They're in a suite and $75 each, dinner may be included but I can't remember. If you're interested let me know.

Cancun - Day 5

Friday morning I slept in and ate breakfast in the hotel.


Steph and I laid out by the pool and were joined by Courtney late in the morning.Steph and I ate lunch with Casey and Courtney in the hotel and then right back out to the pool.

We laid out for a couple of hours and then Court, Steph and I get massages at the hotel. I had a masseur for only the second time and again was impressed with my massage – I think that man hands really are the only way to go.

Steph and I went to dinner with Keith, Graham, Kristal, Stephanie, Bowdy, Casey, and Courtney at Ruth’s Chris. I had my usual – the petite filet with shrimp – and it was amazing. At the Cancun location they have apple crepes, a dessert different than other locations, which is what a couple of us ordered. It was perhaps the most incredible dessert I have ever tasted. I didn’t take a picture (and now regret it since I can’t find one online) but have thought about it many times since. Ruth’s Chris nedds to consider incorporating it into their standard menu.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cancun - Day 4

Thursday morning I slept in (recovering from the chat with Tara) and then had breakfast in the hotel. I went down to the beach and played in the ocean. Most of the corporate managers left for the airport but Steph stayed behind and hung out with me. We spent the morning laying out by the pool with Victoria and had lunch at the hotel. After lunch we got back to getting brown. Steph and I ate dinner at the hotel and then went shopping at what we called Luxury Avenue. The nicest mall in Cancun has stores way nicer than most malls in America (but it also has a lot of junk) so we had fun checking out the stores. We came across a kiosk selling art created by a local artist. I chose a picture to take home and get framed and then the artist decided that I “have talent” so he used my finger to create a mini painting. It’s darling and I’m excited to have it framed.

We had dessert at Chocolate Factory in the mall where the food was pretty good, the restaurant was filled with all sorts of funny quotes and we had the most American experience of my entire trip.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cancun - Day 3

Due to my late evening the night before, I slept until 9:30 on Wednesday morning, ate a quick breakfast with Lance and Veronica and then went parasailing with Esther, Guy and Kim. I’m not sure what possessed me to sign us all up on Tuesday, but somehow I got everyone (including me!) convinced it was a good idea. We rode jet skis out to the boat which would have been just a little more fun if the water wasn’t so rough but I really had a good time bouncing all over. The boat wasn’t quite as great because Es and I both get super motion sick so we were fixated on the shore the entire time. Once Guy and Kim came over we were ready to go…and pretty nervous!
Es and I went up first and I swear it was one of the more nerve wracking experiences of my life. Everyone says parasailing isn’t bouncy, which it’s not, however it is jerky and no one ever mentions that. Between the surges of the boat and the wind we got pulled back and forth enough to scare us. We quickly wanted “no mas” and tried to signal to the workers but since we both refused to raise our arms to do so (because we wouldn’t be able to hold on to each other/the chair) we kept going for a while. We probably stayed up half the time of a normal ride which was fine with us. This is the only picture I took during the ride, and it was technically on the way down.
Our eyes were closed most of the time, and we sang 3 verses of “As Sisters in Zion” (well, technically the first verse twice and then the second) to calm us down, but I’m still really glad we went. Now I can say, with certainty, that I don’t like parasailing.

After we came back down we stayed on the boat while Guy and Kim went up. They had a much better experience (they’re not pansies like Es and me, I guess) and were smiling when they came down.



After parasailing we quickly went to the pool to cool off and lay out on solid ground (Es and I were motion sick by then). Then came lunch at the hotel with Mark Loo, JT, Josh, Lance and Veronica. After lunch Es and I laid out with Kim for just a little while before clouds rolled in and finally it started raining. We called it a day and I came in and chatted in the lobby with Sarah for a while then went up to my room to get ready for the day.

I had dinner with Josh, Lance, Veronica, Keith, most of the Rexburg guys, and the NIS managers at a restaurant in Cancun, about 20 minutes from our hotel, called La Parilla. The food was great (especially the guacamole and the steak tacos) and even though there was a lot of noise (mariachi band going constantly) we had a great visit and a lot of fun. One of my favorite parts of being out of town is my catch-up chats with Tara. We talk enough every day that not many details get skipped – she knows what I do, eat, think, hope – and she gets the play by play of pretty much everything so when I'm out of town, I really miss her. I called her on Wednesday night and talked into the wee hours of the morning telling her all about Cancun and my thoughts on the world; one of hundreds of calls like it, but still memorable.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cancun - Day 2

Tuesday morning I slept in and then had breakfast at the hotel with a bunch of corporate folks and then went down to the pool to lay out. Guy and Kim were mine, Esther and Rob’s lay out partners which was great – they vacation just like we do (it’s sometimes hard to find folks that like to lie in the sun as much as Es and I…)!

Es, Rob and I had lunch at the hotel with Brandon and Robert (which included a lively discussion on the merits of homeschooling) and then went right back out to the pool. After the sun stopped turning us brown we got ready for the day and rode the bus to La Isla shopping center with my lovely assistant Cheryl, Danielle, Stephanie, Brandon, Robert, Guy and Kim. We did some souvenir shopping and came back to the hotel at 10. When we got back we ordered drinks and sat around talking… ...until Josh and JT starting texting asking that some of us come to Cocobongo, a club in downtown Cancun. At first we said no because it didn’t seem possible that the $40 entrance fee was worth it but they eventually convinced Danielle and I to go. We rode the bus downtown and got into the club with Spike, a guide from a local hotel, and his group of tourists from Quebec. Cocobongo cannot adequately be described in words – it’s out of control. It’s a dance club, serves unlimited alcohol, and there are “acts” every half hour that range from lip syncers to trapeze artists to dancers to midgets.

Danielle and I had a great time dancing, singing, and taking in the overwhelming sights. We came back from Cocobongo and went in the ocean with JT, Josh and Tom, made sure everyone made it to their room safely, and then went to bed...at 4:15 am.