Monday, September 29, 2008

"Moses, He was famous!"

Tonight I was looking up the address for my doctor appointment tomorrow. Now normally I use mapquest, but I was lazy and looked under google maps. I was awed by their pictures that go along with the directions. Of course the starting point was my house, so I clicked on it, and rotated to face our actual house. This is what came up.

My mom and Rachel just happened to be outside the day the camera person came though. They're famous! How many people can say they are on google?

I borrowed my mom's camera to get a couple pictures and found this one from the other day up in the mountains. More beautiful fall coming out way.

A couple days ago we had tacos for dinner. I am very particular of my hard taco shells and like to heat them up to crunchify them under the broiler. I was talking with Michelle and ran dow to my room to grab something for her and completely forgot about the tacos. I suddenly remembered and bolted upstairs to find the oven billowing out thick black smoke. Anyone for some tacos?

The bottoms were still edible and we used those for taco salads. Luckily we had another package of shells and some tortillas.

Too late to keep talking again.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Do you smell that?

I can always feel the change in the air, like Mary Poppins is coming or something. Can you feel the atumn air rushing in? All the leaves in my garden are turning yellowish like they're closing up shop for the winter.

My parents went to Oktober fest tonight with Michelle and Lema. They also went to take family pictures in the mountains. Michelle brought me back these leaves to press. Do they not look freakin' fake?!?! The colors are amazing!! Mother nature is constantly amazing me with what it comes up with.

Tonight I butchered my garden. Well, part of it anyway. All the sunflowers were leaning down to the ground and drying out for the season. Everytime I walk in the garden I get sunflower spines in my legs. Feels like I rubbed a sheet fiberglass over my legs at the end of the day. So, down came the sunflowers. Our back yard looks like the carnage after a war. But instead of bodies, sunflower stalks and heads.

Yesterday I finally did my sewing(I sound like Cinderella there) . I know how to sew thanks to my mom's homemaker-ing efforts as a child. And because of it, I have to fix and alter my own clothes whenever sewing is involved. When my sewing pile gets to about 3 feet high and I have to do the spilts over the pile of clothes to get to my bed, I guess it's time to get busy.

I get everything set up all nice and organized, my machine nicely threaded, oiled and dusted(it's been a while since I used it) start sewing, and BAM. thread breaks. I pull out the bobbin, and the stuff is shredded. I have no CLUE what happened. I tried adjusting the top thread tension as well as the bobbin tension (which is a royal PAIN to do, taking apart the whole stinking machine) and it worked a bit better. It kept skipping every third stitch and still shredding the thread. I finally switched over to my mom's machine because I was about to strangle someone with frustration. I just don't want to cough up the $50-70 to have my machine checked out. It's more expensive than a car basic diagnostic test. I love my machine. It was one of the first computer/electronic model in the 90's. My grandpa got it for my mom for $800. It's like the Mercedes of sewing machines.

Not sure why I wrote that all. Just to get it out I suppose. I'll let you know the ending one of these days once I decide what to do with it.

I have to go shower and prepare my lesson for church tomorrow. Also vacuum my floor. Somehow under the sewing pile, a chunk of deodorant materialized and was crushed into the carpet. It must have been one of the countless times I dropped my deodorant and it shattered across the floor. No fun kids. No fun.

Enjoy the fallness rolling in everyone. I'll probably go in the mountains sometime this week with my family to enjoy it myself. Night!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

8 Things, as tagged by Shell & Toni

8 Things I am Passionate About:
2)Hair (styling)
4)My relationship with family members
5)Having and keeping in touch with friends
6)Animals (mine inparticular :)
7)Trying to be a good example

8 Words or Phrases I Say Often:
1)Holy Muchachos
2)Mommy Dearest
3)...or something (at the end of a sentence)
5)Know what I mean Vern?
6)Bones (my sister's nick name
7)yes (I say this WAY too often)
8)holy milacha

8 Things I want to do before I Die:
1)Get married in the temple
2)Have children
3)Jump off a diving board
5)Sing Opera
6)See an active volcano
7)Lose tons of weight
8)Own a huge propert for lots of gardening

8 Things I Have Learned From my Past:
1)You have to work hard for anything you want in this life
2)Trials really are good for you in the long run
3)Trust God
4)Live your life for you
5)Old habits are hard to break
6)Don't fit in, be yourself
7)Take chances
8)Stay close to your family, they'll be there when everyone else is gone.

8 Places I Would Love to Go or See:
4)The Philippines
6)The redwood forest (again)
7)New Zealand

8 Things I Currently Need or Want:
3)Therapy :)
7)a good zuchinni bread recipe (my garden is exploding with them)
8)A rich relative to inherit millions from

8 people I tag
Uh, Tony(if he ever gets online again), Rachel, Everyone else who reads my blog has already done it I think. Perhaps Ryan and Jess S.?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Over the River and Through the Woods

Off to my grandma's house in Ogden for the rest day. She's showing us her vacation pictures and we're showing her ours. She travelled the world this past year. Fiji, New Zealnad, Russia, China, and France. She's going to make us her famous (and when I say famous I mean you would cut off your own leg for these) Chicken Enchiladas. Not looking forward to the drive dwon to Ogden though. Geo Metro's and 4 people over 6ft tall combined are a fearful thought.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Quick or slow? you choose.

This week (so far) has been eventful. The first couple days after a long vacation, you collapse in bed, and get up for meals once in a while. I called a bunch of people about jobs, started orchestra at SLCC, Choir in the mornings(with Rachel in it too!), proabably institute soon, Saw Jocelyn(yay!), realized my room was a mess beyond measure, and noticed I ate out too much on vacation. Time to start running again :( .

This week I get to meet with the man who ultimately decides if I can go back on a mission. Did I mention I was planning on going back? Well there you have it. I have to wait until my "Sessions" are over, so about 2 months until I'll know for sure. I've been keeping up on my spanish study lately and trying to cram in scripture study. I'm just worried it's been so long I may have to get a completely new call and maybe even a new language. It will all turn out how it's supposed to though. If I go, I go, if not, I'll move on this time.

So today I finally got see Jocelyn! She came home on the 11th when I was on vacation. She kind of talks like a Samoan, has hair past her shoulders now, she's gorgeously skinny, and has dark brown hair. We got to sit down and talk for about two hours about her mission, my mission, dating etc. Her homecoming talk is this sunday at her ward at 1pm if anyone is interested in seeing her again. I'm all flushed because I thought I would have to find a substitute for my primary class until next week, but it's this sunday. As Shell would say, SCRAP!

Tomorrow my dad is bringing home an external hard drive so I can transfer my vacation pictures from his laptop to my computer. Lots and lots of pictures. I'm excited to show you all where we went and what we saw.

I went to Walmart with my my brother Michael today. We thought Ace was mature enough to be out of the kennel when we go out, but alas, he proves us wrong every time. We came home to a living room full of garbage neatly spaced across the floor. I think he ate half a bag of chocolate chip cookies. Hopefully the chocolate won't kill him. Ace insists on not only eating garbage, but new unopened foods left within range of his paws on the counter. Whole loaves of bread, bags of chips, full casseroles, you name it, he'll eat it.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

The land of rain?

Well, I TRIED to upload some pictures, but the dumb blogger kept losing them somewhere in the internet. I have to finish packing up my stuff as we are on our way to california and nevada on our way home, so you have to wait unti lI get back for the massive picture dump I'll be doing.

Jocelyn gets home tonight!!!!!! I'm so excited to see her when I get back, and am sad I can't see her get off the plane. After a year and a half I guess i can wait another two days.

INteresting thing happened two days ago. I noticed the brakes sqealing avery now and then, but because it was such a high frequency, my parents couldn't hear it. A couple days later, we have metal to metal grinding of the brakes. NOt very good when we're travelling up and down steep mountains. So we had to take the van to hertz and switch for a new van, because to fix the brakes would take a day we didn't have to spare. So we have a new toyota van that is lame compared to our old Hyundai we all know and love.

We're off to see crater lake and possibly a drive through jungle experience with african type animals. Hmmm, not so sure about that second one.

Need to pack now. Vacation is a blast, but I'm glad it's almost over, two and a half weeks is a long time to be confined to a van with my sister and my parents. Nerves are starting to frazzle here. How is Utah these days? I hear you guys have been getting drenched lately. Funny because here in washington, it hasn't rained once.

Gotta go now!