Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Truth Game

I've been thinking of ways to make my blog more interesting, or at the least to start blogging more, especially since Jeremy is in school and we probably won't be traveling too much anymore, at least for the next year. The best idea I have come up with so far is to have a weekly Truth Game blog. I love the Truth Game. Not sure if it is a real game or just something I made up, but I've been playing it for years. The Truth Game is pretty simple, you ask a question and the person HAS to tell the truth, it's a rule. I love this game and I love to make people play it even when they roll their eyes at me. However, I also love to break the only rule, and never tell any truth about myself. I think this is fun! It tends to bother others for some reason though.

So I will now be doing a Truth Game blog where I reveal an interesting, unknown or unique truth about myself or Jeremy. I included Jeremy since I figured it might be easier to post things about him than about myself.

So for the first truth....drum roll secret lifetime career goal is to own my own commercial lawn mowing business. That's right, lawn mowing. I said it.

I've had this dream since I was young. My parents bought a lawn mowing business from our neighbors so that they could teach us to work. I'm sure I am remembering this experience being a lot more positive than it actually was but whatever the reality was I look back on that and think it is the perfect job for me. Whenever I walk into work and the lawn mowing company is there working on the landscaping I get ridiculously envious. I picture them outside all day doing some nice manual labor, and me trapped in the prison of my little cube starring at my computer screen all day. And then I begin the cry. Okay, it's not quite that dramatic but seriously, what is better than being outside all day? You get to be really tan. I'm sure you lose a lot of weight by being so active. People think you are cool. And the biggest perk? You get to set your own schedule!!! It's perfect.

I envision having this fleet of trucks with attached trailers loaded with the latest in lawn mowing equipment. I of course would have a clipboard and look very official as I organize my troops each morning and send them out across the valley to mow, trim and weed.

It would be awesome.

I don't know if I would actually do the mowing. Probably at first before my company becomes a really big deal. After I have run every teenager based mowing company out of business I would probably be too important and busy to do the actual mowing, I would just run the company. I seriously still have dreams of doing this. I feel like it is perfect because you could work really hard during the warm weather months and then just hibernate in the winter; or use the trucks to open a snow removal business. I haven't decided if I find the snow removal as magical as the lawn mowing though.

So there you have it, I desire to be a professional mower and some days I seriously consider it. I feel like it is a really viable career option because people generally hate mowing the lawn and no matter how bad the economy gets, the grass is still going to grow.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wasatch Crest...Sort of...

We have wanted to ride the Wasatch Crest trail for a very long time. Supposedly, it is one of the best mountain biking trails in Utah. We finally decided to try it last Saturday. The first two miles of the ride are basically straight uphill and commonly known as 'Puke Hill'. This hill was a beast and I basically pushed my bike up the entire thing. Lots of other bikers were doing the same thing though so I didn't feel so bad. Once we were done with the brutal hike we were ready for the famed downhill ride that takes you across the crest of the mountains from Big Cottonwood Canyon all the way into Millcreek Canyon.

Once we started heading down the trail we were having a blast! The trail is in great condition and was absolutely beautiful. We rode all the way to Desolation Lake to a spot where we had to once again walk our bikes through a very technical area. This is where we made a critical error. There was a fork in the trail and we went left, when apparently we were supposed to go right. However, we did not know this at the time so we went on our way having a good ole' time.

We were taking our time getting down the mountain and even paused to shoot a few video clips of Jeremy hitting some 'sick kickers'.

Shortly after shooting this video we ran into an old friend from the ward and we were telling him how we were headed to Dog Lake and then into Millcreek. He kindly informed us that it was a climb to Dog Lake and we began to worry. We had already killed ourselves getting up Puke Hill and we didn't have much left for more climbing. Sure enough we came to another fork in the trail and we had to climb up a trail not made for bikes. It was MISERABLE! I wanted to just sit on the trail and cry but the trail wasn't even wide enough to do that. So up we went. By the time we got to Dog Lake we were both spent. Luckily, from there on out it really was all downhill and we had a lot of fun. By the end of the ride we had gone 24.63 miles. We are still recovering.

Back to School, Back to School

It's that time of year again, and this time Jeremy is headed back to school! Jeremy was accepted to the Masters of Information Systems program at the University of Utah. It is a full year program and so far he is loving it! We are SO glad that he decided to go back to school because the day we returned home from Kansas City he was laid off from his job. His boss decided to sell the VOIP portion of the business and that is what Jeremy was doing. It was a bit of a shock to come home and find out that his job was gone. We are so glad we had a back-up plan! His program has been much busier than he anticipated so it has been working out really conveniently that he hasn't been working. His classes are at night and I was sad that I wasn't home to see him off on his first day because I was at work. Luckily, Jeremy documented the glorious event for me!

New backpack and everything!

And off he goes...

Kansas City Adventures!

In August we were able to go to Kansas City to visit Jeremy's sister, Melanie and brother-in-law Ashwin. Jeremy's parents, grandparents, two aunts and cousin also made the trek. So it was a mini family reunion so to speak. Luckily for us, there was a high heat warning for the duration of time we were there. WOW, was it ever hot! But we still managed to have a really good time.

We visited the Hallmark museum where we saw how packaging ribbons are made and learned the history of a good hallmark card.

Watching old Hallmark commercials.

We also went to the Federal Reserve and learned all about money.

And of course we had to see the Yankees play the Royals while they were in town.

A foul ball was hit right towards us, we didn't get the ball but we did get some good pictures with it.

It was so hot at the game the number from the jersey Jeremy wore was marked in his t-shirt with sweat.

Other pics from the games...

My BFF April and her husband Ben were even able to come for a day and hang out with us. I didn't get any pictures with them though. We had fun window shopping at the Cabella's.

All in all we really liked our visit to the Midwest! It was really green and had tons of trees, which was a pleasant surprise. I thought it would be a lot of flat corn fields. I wish I had done a better job of taking pictures of our various activities but I didn't. Next time I guess!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cooking Fun!

I hate cooking. I find it stressful. Jeremy hates eating quesadilla's and cold cereal for dinner every night so he ends up doing most the cooking around here. I tell myself he does it because he enjoys it, it makes me feel better for being such a bum. Here is his latest endeavor.

Homemade wings, wing sauce and blue cheese dressing.

Best wings we have had in a long time.

Did that just happen?

Sometimes at church I find myself asking, "did that just happen?" This week the gem came from testimony meeting when this was said:

"I'm so thankful that I didn't quit church when they did the realignment cause I was so mad, but I decided to go bowling and I got some strikes..."

Yep. That just happened.

That's not even the most memorable quote from this particular person. This is may favorite:

"I have had a really hard week because I just found out why I haven't had my menstrual cycle in five months...I'm menopausal...(followed by many tears, and said over the pulpit to the entire congregation).

Yep. That just happened.