Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hobbies

Over the last couple of years since I have graduated from college, I have found myself trying to develop new talents and hobbies- this is probably because I'm a bit of a geek and actually really miss school and learning. Well, the other day I read my friend's post about hobbies and related very much to it. I often feel like I want to do everything right now and do it all well. Also, something Lacey points out, since there are so many things I want to do, I have a really difficult time deciding what I want to do right now. Unfortunately, I usually take so long trying to decide what to do that I end up doing nothing - and by nothing I mean watch tv.

Lately the hobby that has been winning out is photography. I really don't consider myself super good or anything, I just really enjoy seeing the beauty around me and trying to capture it in a picture. Johnny has been kind enough to indulge this new hobby. He went with me as I went arou
nd downtown Provo taking pictures. He also went with me to Vivian Park, up Provo Canyon, were we took a few pictures.

In the beginning of the formation of this new hobby, I was hesitant to edit the pictures because I didn't quite understand that photography is more than just taking pictures it is also editing the picture- whether is just be a little red eye touch up or some artistic touch. Anywho, I admit that my pictures looked better once I did a little editing. Here are a few that I have tried my hand at. Hope you enjoy them!






Monday, August 3, 2009

MLS All Star Game

On Wednesday July 29, my boss announced he had won 2 tickets to the MLS All Star game, but was unable to go so they were available to the first taker.

For those who don't know Johnny very well, he LOVES soccer. He grew up playing it and loves to watch it as well. So I told Johnny about the tickets and he said he would like to go. I told my boss we would like the tickets and he said they were all ours.

Johnny picked me up from work and we drove up to Salt Lake to pick the tickets up. Then we had ourselves a nice, yummy dinner at Costa Vida. After that we headed over to Rio Tinto stadium to watch the MLS All Star game. We had GREAT seats! Front row just to the right of the north goal. (BTW, we forgot our camera at home. But luckily, Johnny has a decent camera on his cell phone.)

Here is a picture of the shoot out.

I almost forgot... Johnny reminded me of my favorite part of the soccer game. The teams came out onto the field to warm up and practice. England's Everton was warming up on the north side of the field- where we were. The Everton team was practicing shooting goals on their goalie Tim Howard. One of the teammates hit the ball at just the right angle that it went over Howard, over the goal, and right into a little kids face. (No, my favorite part was not the little kid getting hit- just keep reading on.)

Well the Everton player ran over to the kid in the stands and started comforting him, giving him a hug and patting his shoulder. I was shocked that a professional soccer player would be so kind to a little kid he didn't even know. Then Howard ran over and comforted the little boy too. AND pulls off his practice shirt and gave it to the boy. Then about 10 minutes late the teammate that kicked the ball comes running back to the kid and his family with a real jersey (I heard whispers that it was signed by all the team members). Then to top it off that player came running back out again with a game ball.

I was in awe that these players cared enough about the little boy to make sure he was ok and then give him some really nice things. I joked to Johnny that I'd take a ball to the face if it meant I got to meet Howard and get a bunch of really cool free stuff. It didn't happen though, but I guess that's ok.

New Nephew!

On Friday July 17th, my new little nephew Justin was born. He is super cute! He had a minor issue with his lungs and then had some pretty bad jondis. But now, he is doing great- just working on growing big and strong.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bedroom Project

Over the almost two years that Johnny and I have been married, I have tried to make the public areas- kitchen, living room, bathroom- look nice for our guests, but I think the bedroom had been neglected a bit. I had grand ideas for making our bedroom look nice. But they all cost a lot of money or required paint- which isn't allowed in rentals. One thing that I have been wanting for a long time is a sleigh bed. Johnny and I had looked off and on for a decent priced bed frame that fit my vision, but there was always something wrong such as the price or one thing was off with the design.

But a week or so ago I thought I'd take another look at a few stores and guess what?! I found exactly what I was looking for! It was the right shape, the right color, and even fit into the right price range. So Johnny and I bought a bed frame.

I wanted to bring some color into our room as well so I recovered some memory boards that I had made years ago with the colors that Johnny and I would like to use for our bedroom once we own our own walls.

So our bedroom has made a huge leap in the right direction to looking more put together. :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring Break 2009

Johnny and I are outdoors sort of people and so we love to go camping. For Johnny's spring break this year we went camping in the Moab, Utah area. We had a few plans for the camping trip but things turned out a little different than expected.
Originally we were planning to camp at Squaw Flat campground in Canyonlands. We got to the campground late Wednesday night to find that it was already full. So we drove down to Monticello and found a hotel for the night. The hotel was pretty nice. It had pretty red carpet and a 70's-80's sort of design. But there was a bed, free breakfast in the morning, and free Internet. Anywhere that I can check Facebook is a winner to me. :)
So Thursday morning, Johnny and I got out the maps and scouted out a couple of campgrounds around Canyonlands that could work for us. We drove back there and ended up finding a camping spot at Hamburger Rock Campground. The campground was pretty neat. There were camping spots all along the side of the big pile of boulders. There were even places to camp on top of the boulders. So we paid the fee and pitched our tent. Then we set off to do what we drove out there to do- test out our new Jeep.



The road we were camping on was the beginning of a jeeping trail that was listed in our jeeping handbook we bought. It was one that I picked out from the book and talked over with my Dad. Johnny and I were both excited to try it, so we put away our things and started out. We got about 10 minutes into the drive. The part we had driven was fun- there was a river we had to cross and a steep hill we had to drive up. Johnny was doing a fantastic job at driving. But at the top of the hill, the road was closed off. So I closed my eyes as Johnny maneuvered the car so we could turn around and go back to camp.


We decided to drive into Canyonlands and try out a different trail- the Colorado River Overlook. The trail was really fun. There were really tall grasses at some points that Johnny and I joked about us being on a Safari. The car handled really well on all the crazy parts. I think I held up pretty well too- I didn't even get out of the car to walk. Johnny and I talked through the difficult parts and made plans and how best to drive over them. We drove most the way and then decided it was time to go back for food. Right about the point were we decided to turn back, the driver's side window got stuck in the down position.

When we got to our camp we decided on having some cheeseburgers. Well we forgot our lighter. That shouldn't have been a big problem, but our matches didn't work. So we spent about a hour or so trying to get a fire started with no success. We finally gave up and drove back to town to get some dinner.
I didn't think about how chilly the drive would be back to town, so I didn't bring any blankets or extra layers. Johnny let me borrow his jacket and hat to help keep me warm. We also turned on the heater to help out. On the drive back to town we saw all sorts of cows and deer. We were lucky never to hit any.

We had a nice dinner at one of the few restaurants they have in town. Then, we bought a lighter and a couple other things and headed back to camp. On the way back to camp we saw the usual deer and rabbits that are out at night. But as we turned a corner on the road we saw something neither Johnny nor I had seen previously during our trip. We both were trying to figure out what it was when the animal turned around to look at us. We realized it was a bobcat. Instantly my mind goes to the open window. But the bobcat just turned back around and finished walking across the road. (The next morning, Johnny saw a devoured deer carcass not far from where we saw the bobcat.)

Friday, we decided to go up to Moab and revisit a jeeping trail we had attempted last year in our Taurus. The trail is called Onion Springs and is a very delightful trail. You get to drive through a bunch of stream beds and then over a bridge and up the ridge of a canyon. The view is spectacular from the top. Johnny had me drive the last little bit of that trail on the way back to the road- just so I could say I have jeeped. (I made sure he drove the cliff parts though- I'm pretty sure the driver isn't supposed to shut their eyes.)



After that trail we went to hike Fisher's Tower. We kind of made up part of our own trail on the way up, but the hike was very fun. The views were just beautiful. We also saw some repellers while we were hiking. Just the thought of the heights they were at made me sick. We drove back to Moab after that and cleaned up a little at the Visitor's Center. Then I talked Johnny into staying in town and eating dinner at one of the restaurants there. Johnny claims that is his new favorite restaurant. The food was very good- quite to my liking.



After dinner, we drove back to camp and set up Johnny's telescope. Without all the light pollution from the city, we could see SO many stars. The sky was just amazing to look at.
Saturday morning we packed our things up and headed home. We had to travel with several layers and a blanket or two to stay warm on the way back.
All in all, the camping trip was quite unique, but very fun- we always had a back up plan to keep us happy.

Valentine's Day

I know this post is a little bit late, but I was inspired by others to know that it is ok to post things a little late.

So, for Valentine's Day this year Johnny and I hit the slopes. Johnny is a skier and I snowboard. We went to Sundance. The snow there was fantastic on Valentine's Day. There was so much powder on the runs- way more than I had ever seen 2-3 years ago. We did a couple warm up runs (for me) on the front side then made our way to the back side. Then about 4 hours later, and about 15 falls later, I dragged my tired limbs to the shuttle bus waiting area. It was so much fun, but I sure haven't used some of those muscles for a long time.

Johnny and I both agreed that we weren't going to do anything for Valentine's Day, but he got me flowers any way. I love getting flowers from Johnny. They smell so nice and look so pretty on the table. They just brighten up a whole room.


Valentine's Day this year was great! :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Car

This past New Years, Johnny and I decided to look at some cars as a car we owned was having some issues. We drove up to the car place with the intention to just look around, but found a car that we both really like and felt good about. We ended up trading in our Ford Escort for a Jeep Liberty.


I had Johnny take a picture of me with "BT" before I had to say goodbye. This is the car that I learned to drive in. It took me where I needed to go in high school and college. It has served me well.


As sad as I was to say goodbye, I am very excited for the adventures we will have with this new car. We decided to get an SUV so we could have a little more fun when we go camping. We already are planning a trip down to southern Utah to try our hand at 4-wheeling. :)