Thursday, June 26, 2008

Done until Fall

Today started of pretty bad. I got pretty much no sleep last night, because it was really hot and because I was stressing over my final that I had today. I got some lunch and headed to Derek's house and had my hands really full of stuff and I reached up to close his garage and Derek's Lemonade spilled all the way down my white shirt, my jeans, my flip-flops, and of course, all over the inside of my purse. I was so mad! Some how I managed to open the door to the kitchen and I yelled for Derek to come and help me. Seriously, I haven't been so mad in a while! He just looked at me and could tell that I was really upset and he was so sweet! He got me one of his shirts to throw on and threw my shirt in the dryer, and he helped me clean out my purse and get un-sticky! He cracked a little joke, and of course it made me smile and get out of my mood! We ran to Smith's Market Place and got me a couple of cute new shirts (my soaked one ended up stained) to wear, so I wouldn't look retarded wearing a Pearl Jam shirt that was way to big for me! He ended up making the day even better by buying me a Snowshack, knowing that sugar makes me happy and that I absolutely love Snowshack!

After that I headed up to campus and got a good 4 hours of extra quiet studying in for my final. I think I did pretty well on it. There were only a couple of questions that I had to guess on, so I'll probably end up with an A- or a B. I'll find out in a couple of weeks exactly how well I did this semester. Hopefully, I will still be on the Dean's List.

The best part of the day is that I am officially done with school until fall semester! I actually get most of the summer off to enjoy and have fun!

I Finally Figured It Out!

So, I've been looking at other people's blogs and noticed how cute they were & I wanted a cute background like theres. So a couple of weeks ago, I tried it out and it didn't work. I don't know why, I just think I'm retarded! So, tonight I checked out a different place and came up with this one. I think it is super cute and it has my favorite colors on it, so I'm happy!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Salt Lake Bee's

Derek and I made a last minute decision on Saturday to go the the Salt Lake Bee's game. It was so much fun. I don't think I have seen so many people at a Bee's game that didn't have fireworks afterward, so it was pretty neat that a lot of people were out at the game supporting their team.

At every game they have some sort of promotion going on such as Weinershnitzel Wednesday and Thirsty Thursdays, but on Saturday they had the Famous Chicken. For the most part, the Famous Chicken was pretty lame, but after the third inning he did this cute little chicken follow the leader thing with these little kids that were dressed up as baby chickens, it was so cute!

The game was pretty exciting. We played the River Cats and ended up winning the game 12 to 5. We had 16 hits total to win this game. It was pretty cool to see the team dominate the River Cats.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day

Ahh, Father's Day, I have to admit it's not one of my favorite holidays anymore. It get's me thinking about my Dad and how much I miss him. I have found that really random things get me thinking about him so this post is dedicated to some of those things.

1. Handi-Snacks Cheese and Crackers- My dad would always bring me home random treats from the grocery store and one of them were Cheese and Crackers. A couple of months after he died, Derek & I were walking down the Isle at Smith's and I saw the Cheese & Crackers and I started crying, Derek was sweet and cheered me up by telling me some random joke to get me to laugh.

2. Country Music - I only listen to Country Music at about 11 o'clock at night when I am missing my dad. I love the Country Classic station because it plays random songs like that 'You & Me Fishing in the Dark' song.

3. Harmon's Grocery Store - I find my self frequenting the stores that he used to be a Store Director of, usually the 7th street store, just because I miss him. I used to go see him once a week or so at work just to leave him cute notes on his desk telling him that I love him.

4. The saying 'Life is Good' - My dad used to always say that to us kids & I think that it was his life's slogan.

5. Tulips & Lilies - My dad had the most gorgeous tulips & lilies in the neighborhood. He had a way with making them last a lot longer than they should have. I love the spring because of the Tulips, they make me feel a little bit closer to my dad.

6. Carmel Apples - My Dad was a committee member of the Granite Education Foundations "Invest In Futures" board. He would donate time and money to the schools and won Business Cheerleader of the Year at the Foundations annual Partner Solute. My Dad had me come along to the "Apple Wrap" and help tie bows on delicious Carmel apples to put on the tables at the Partner Solute. He also took me to several banquets, and I honestly felt like a princess when he introduced me to important business and school leaders in the community.

7. Beer - My dad would always kick back with 1 beer every night after he got off of work. He would grab a beer out of the fridge and go sit on the couch and relax for a minute.

8. Ties - Very rarely did you see my dad without a tie. He loved ties, he like the nice expensive one's, he liked the cheap silly one's. He had a different tie for every holiday. He honestly had around 100 ties that he accumulated over the years from me, my brother, my sister and my mom. I miss going to the store and picking out a cool tie that I know he would like.

9. Perry, Utah - Every time I head up north, I have to stop by in Perry to see the fruit stand that was were his first job was. He was so proud of that job and living in Perry. He would take me up there on random trips and we would check out his old house and the fruit stand and he would tell me fun stories about growing up. We would stop off at this antique store every time and take some cool random thing home and put it with the rest of the treasures.

10. Bowling - My dad would bowl every Friday Night on a bowling league. My dad was always in charge of Strike it Rich and would go around gathering tickets and money from the people who wanted to participate and then before the 3rd game started he would draw the tickets out and call the names. What I loved the most was that he would let me help him pull off tickets, count the money and also draw the tickets.

I have so many great memories of my dad most happy and some sad and this post doesn't really do them any justice, but it feels great getting them out and sharing them with people.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Stone Temple Pilots

For Derek's Fake Birthday (His family celebrates his 1/2 b-day instead of his real one because he is a Christmas baby) I got him tickets to see one of his favorite bands the Stone Temple Pilots. I was kind of dreading this concert because I saw Scott Weiland (their lead singer) when he was with Velvet Revolver. Velvet Revolver has to be one of the worst concerts that I had ever been to, so needless to say I didn't think that I would enjoy myself! Boy, was I wrong!
STP had a local band opening for them called Royal Bliss. Royal Bliss was actually pretty decent for an opening band. I was a little disappointed that Wolf Mother didn't open up for them like we heard, but Royal Bliss way pretty decent.
What was great about the concert was that Derek and I were able to score front row seats on the left hand side of the stage. Scott Weiland and his bass player kept coming to the side of the stage that we were at and we were literally 15 feet away from them.
Scott Weiland was very entertaining and STP played all of the songs that I absolutely love.
Overall this was a great experience and is up at the top of my favorite concerts list after Pearl Jam who has to be my #1 favorite concerts of all time!
Anyways, here is a quick clip of STP in action.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Timanogos Cave & the Alpine Loop

Derek and I decided to take a hiking trip to Timpanogos Cave on Sunday. He knows one of the Rangers that gives tours of the cave and she suggested that we come up and check out how cool it was.

(Here are a couple pictures of me & Derek outside a small tunnel).

We hiked 1-1/2 mile long paved trail that has a 1,160 feet elevation gain. Poor Derek had to keep stopping and waiting for me to catch me breath because I am so out of shape! But our frequent breaks made it possible to catch the breathtaking view around us.

Even though we had frequent stops, we ended up making it to the top in about 20 - 30 minutes where is pretty good for how steep the trail is. Our tour was scheduled for 11:50 and we got to the top at about 11:25. When we got there we were greeted by Derek's friend Nancy. I just have to say that Nancy is the coolest, nicest person I have ever met. I would make that hike several times a week just to talk to her! She greeted us with hugs and was way excited to see us.

We went on the tour and learn so much stuff. Nancy pointed out the shapes that the Stalagmites and the Stalactites make and how they formed over time and stuff. It was really interesting and fun to learn about.

After the tour was over, Derek and I hiked back down and decided that we wanted to see more of the canyon so we ended up driving the Alpine Loop. It was so beautiful and peaceful! We just drove without knowing where we were going and we ended up at Sundance. We were going to stop and check it out but we both decided that we were really tired and wanted to head home. We ended up taking the long way and headed towards Heber and Park City, but it was worth it!

It was definitely a good day. Something that both of us desperately needed!


On Saturday I went golfing for my cousin's Bachelorette Party. I am so glad that I don't do this all the time. I dislike golfing. I totally suck at it! I don't even know why I have golf clubs! Take these pictures for example: This is a picture of my team: Me, Laurie, Alyssa and Cheri.

This is a picture of me trying to hit the ball. If you look close enough, you can see that the ball is still there!

We had a best ball tournament and I thankfully got put on my mom's best friend Laurie's team. She is a great golfer and was very patient with my suckiness!

At the end of the day my team ended up taking last place, but only by one stroke. It was great being able to hang out with all of my cousins and friends that I have seen in ages.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Funny News Story

I read this news story yesterday on KUTV 2's website and the headline caught my eye!

Woman Calls Orem Police To Free Her From Her Locked Car

Last Update: 6/02

Automatic car features are supposed to make life easier for motorists, but they may be leaving some people without the know-how to do things the old-fashioned way. That’s what happened to a driver in Utah County who became trapped inside her own car.

A woman called Orem police Friday afternoon needing help because her battery died and she was locked inside her car.

When police arrived, they found the woman sitting in the car, unable to get herself out. She couldn’t hear the officers instructions through the rolled-up windows so she motioned to them to call her on her cell phone, according to police.

Once officers were able to talk to the woman on the phone, they were able to tell her how to manually operate the slide lock mechanism on the inside door panel to open the door and free herself.

This story made me laugh, what is embarrasing is that she if from Utah and that it actually made the headlines!

It's Been A While

It's been a while since I last posted anything. I have been pretty busy with summer classes, softball games, mini vacations, horse back riding and concerts!

Derek plays fast pitch and slow pitch softball each week. He usually plays 2 fast pitch games and 1 slow pitch game on Tuesdays and 1 fast pitch game on Thursdays. He also plays "Old Man" baseball as a sub for one of his friends teams. Needless to say, I'm pretty busy watching him play!

For Memorial Weekend we went to Derek's cabin which is located at Hidden Lake, near Smith & Moore House. We had a great time. I went hiking with his mom on one of the trails, and let's just say that I am out of shape!

Last Wednesday I took Derek's mom to the Matt Costa concert. The tickets told us that the concert started at 6:00 and the seats were all general admission, so we got there at 5:45 so that we could find a decent seat. We honestly stood out side the Avalon theatre until 7:00. We were kind of mad, but at least we had some nerds who set up "Rock Band" in the trunk of their car. It was pretty entertaining. Once we got into the concert we had a pretty good time. There were 2 unknown opening bands that played which were pretty decent, but the highlight of the night was definately when Matt Costa came out. He played for a good 2 hours and played a good mix of his first album and his new album. I have his music video for the song "Sunshine" which is my favorite song posted for you to check out.

This weekend I went on a short pony ride with my Uncle Daren. I got to ride my horse Pokey (he is actually my mom's horse, but she never comes up to ride him or anything so I claim him as mine) for the first time this year and it was so much fun. I took a lot of pictures, but I don't have them with me to post. Pokey did really well for his first time out.

I have a fairly busy week ahead of me. I have a huge midterm on Thursday as well as a Wedding to go to. I also might be going hiking at Timpanogos Cave on Sunday with Derek which should be a lot of fun.