Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday Things

In an effort to improve the quantity (but not necessarily quality) of my blog entries, I am blogging even though I don't have much to blog about.

1. I woke up with a terrible sore throat this morning. I pondered calling in sick, not because I really felt all that bad, but because I have a lot of sick hours that I'll lose after the new year. But then I remembered that our internet is broken and we don't have cable, so my fantasy of lounging around and watching TV was dashed away. What is the point of staying home sick if you can't even enjoy some trashy television? So, here I am at work.

2. I made some super delicious pumpkin cinnamon rolls with my friend Andrea this week. I brought them home and put them on my counter, whereupon Abby proceeded to lick all of the frosting off of the cinnamon rolls. I wanted to punt her across the yard. But what with her weighing 85 lbs, this was not an option. So instead I gave her a very mean look and locked her in the guest room for a few minutes, which is a horrible punishment for a creature who lives for attention. It was very sad.

3. Andrea has the cutest kids. Dallin is 2, and I could listen to him talk all day. My favorite? He calls popsicles (or suckers, or anything with a stick attached) "gobbickles." It is awesome. I was telling Andrea that Dallin was getting all tall and lanky and he stopped pushing his trains around to chime in with, "I get so lanky!" He knows my name now, which I consider a great personal victory.

4. Awww.
This photo taken on Sept. 26 shows a group of giant panda cubs napping at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province.




















5. I just finished eating a piece of birthday cake someone brought in for someone's birthday. Some people were commenting that eating cake while working at the gym is kind of contradictory, but I completely disagree. I go to the gym so that I can eat cake and still fit in my pants. I usually pass on birthday cake because I don't feel like wasting calories on something that's usually not that good, but due to my sore throat and grumpy mood, I decided to drown my sorrows in cake. And it was delicious and I don't regret it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Incidents from my Childhood that have Scarred Me: Part Deux

I have been chastised by a few different people lately regarding my blogging absence. This makes me so happy. Not happy that I haven't blogged in a long time, but happy that I have expanded my blogging audience to include people who did not give birth to me! (Hi Mom!) So, three cheers for that.

I have been experiencing a raging case of writer's block as of late. The problem is, the door leading to my desk seems to have some sort of blocking mechanism for happy or amusing thoughts. I feel like I'm a cartoon character in a bad mood, with a little thundercloud brewing over my head. And the instant I leave my office, the clouds part and the sun comes out. But by that time, I have things to do with rest of my day and my eye balls would fall out of my head if I had to look at a computer anymore.

So there's that. But enough with the excuses and apologies and onto a random story I feel compelled to share with the world wide web.


ATTENTION DEL RIO:

Fall is supposed to look like this:
And not like this:


I can not even put into words how desperately I want it fall and winter to be here. I want soup and jeans and sweaters and scarves and cute coats and pumpkins and I want it now! Instead, the high today is 103 and I have to wear the same unflattering outfit 5 days a week for every season. As a member of a group I like to call "normal people" who weigh more than 105 lbs, I prefer seasons that involve wearing more clothing. When it is over 100 degrees, you can only take off so much clothing before things get dicey. But when it's cold, you can wear layers upon layers until no one would know that you ate oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for two of your meals that day. And most tragically, I have no idea when I will be able to have the pleasure of viewing one of my most favorite sights in all of the world: husband in a sweater. It is my kryptonite.

 The past few nights, I've actually been dreaming about my beloved fall and winter times. I've had dreams of drinking caramel apple cider, crunching through leaves, and most recently: skiing. Skiing is the only thing that I feel I am actually marginally good at. It is not an exaggeration when I say that I am probably the least athletic person I know. So, it's kind of a big deal to me that I can actually participate in one physical activity without completely embarassing myself.

Here I am during my brief time on the BYU Ski Team.
When I moved to Colorado, I was so stoked to go skiing and show off my one and only skill. My dreams appeared to be coming true when a friend invited me to go up to the mountains with a big group. And all of the boys going were like, so totally cute. The only catch? Everyone was going to be snowboarding. No sweat! I am good at skiing, and therefore snowboarding can't be that hard, right?

So, off we go, a big herd of snowboards, puffy coats and hormones. The teenage boys who were supposed to be teaching us how to snowboard, ever thoughtful and rational, decided that we should skip the bunny hill and go straight for the regular hills, where we can figure out the whole snowboarding thing. My failure to stand in line without endangering the lives of other innocent line patrons should have tipped me off that the day was not going to be a success. But I was high on the prospect of my ensuing popularity and just knew that I would get the hang of it in no time.

We reached the top of the hill and I fumbled with my snowboard in an attempt to line it up right to unload from the ski lift. I dismounted from the chair with the grace of drunken hippopotamous and experienced my first of many face plants. I also managed to bring down the rest of my chairmates, and the lift attendant scurried out of his little hut to untangle the pile of limbs and skis and snowboards I'd created. I hobbled away from the scene and buried my burning red cheeks in my coat. My snowboarding sensei stood at the top of the hill, waiting for me to get myself together for the brilliant lesson that I was about to participate in.

"Just go down. And if you start going too fast, turn." Armed with what was apparently all of the knowledge neccessary to snowboard, I started down the hill. Approximately 3 feet later, I once again became intimately acquainted with the ground. I picked myself up and started again. And this time, just to change things up, I fell with a resounding "thump" onto my rear end. This would become a theme for the day. After about an hour of falling and standing and trying to get snow out of my pants, my ever-patient and understanding coach stared wistfully at the rest of the mountiain, and the people enjoying moving for longer than 10 seconds before having to scoop someone out of the snow and fetch runaway snowboards. "Well... how about you just keep trying for a while and I'll come back after I do some runs on my own?" Overwhelmed by humiliation and rear-end pain, I reluctantly agreed to this plan. I started to nod my head but before I'd even completed the nod, he was off and I was sitting in the snow by myself, at a ski resort I'd never been to.

No matter! I was convinced that he'd come back in a few minutes and I'd be a pro by then. I made my way down the hill, one wipe out after another, and eventually came to a split in the path. I had no idea which way to go, and just followed a group of people skiing past me and kept pluggin' along in my now familiar routine of go down, start going too fast, try to turn, wipe out. Rinse and repeat. After a particularly nasty wipeout, my click-in bindings on the board I was borrowing un-clicked and my board went flying down the mountain without me. I chased after it as it made its way towards a group standing at the bottom of the hill. The snowboard beat me, and banged into the boots of a little skier standing at the bottom. Tripping all over myself, I finally reached my board, muttering breathless apologies for my runaway snowboard. The big and gruff dad of the tiny (and unharmed) skier, launched into an impassioned tirade about out of control idiots like me ruining the mountain, and how I could have seriously hurt someone. Towards the end of his speech, he grabbed me by the collar of my coat and shoved me into the snow, hollering at me to get control of myself or get off the mountain.

I sat in the snow, shocked from being thrown into the snow by a grown man, and had a nice little pity party for a while. This was really not how I envisioned this day to be going at all. Convinced that I was an absolute menace to the entire mountain, I picked up my board and tried to walk down the the bottom of the mountain. As it turns out, walking down a mountain is actually even harder than attempting to snowboard down a mountain. I was soaking wet, freezing cold, desperately lost, and still trying to control the sobs that were attempting to escape. I came to the bottom of a hill and looked at the next one, which looked to be nothing less than a cliff. I had somehow wandered onto a double black diamond. After stumbling down half of the hill, I decided that I had no other options besides to just sit down in the snow and die. So I plopped down and imagined how sorry all my dumb friends would be when they found my frozen remains.

Salvation suddenly appeared in the name of a man riding a snowmobile towards me. He drove over to me and asked me what I was doing sitting in the middle of the hill, to which I replied, "(insert crying and nonsensical mumbling here.)" The benevolent stranger looked at my ski pass and told me I'd wandered onto an entirely different ski resort! So even if I made it to the bottom, they wouldn't let me on a lift to get back to where I came from. The guy must have thought I looked pretty darn pathetic, and offered to give me a ride back to where I came from. Disregarding all of my mother's cautions about strangers and snowmobiles and especially strangers on snowmobiles, I hopped on the back of the snowmobile (Sorry, Mom). Luckily, the kind stranger turned out not to be a serial killer, and he dropped me off in front of the lodge of the ski resort.

I spent the rest of the day sitting inside the lodge, nursing my bruised ego and even more bruised behind. And vowing to never touch a snowboard again in my life. And to get better friends.

I will conclude what has turned out to be an incredibly long saga with a joke:

Q: What is the difference between a vacuum and a snowboarder?

A: The way you attach the dirtbag.


And here I am trying to get down the mountain with Matt riding on the back of my skiis. Turns out, it is a lot harder than it looks. And a lot more hilarious.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Huh.

Presenting:

A list.

Questions I have asked myself lately, and wished I did not have cause to ponder

At least I never have to ask these kinds of questions. Man, people are weird.

1. Why does my toothbrush taste strange?

2. Do they make medication for dogs with horrible smelling and excessive gas?

3. How long have I been wearing my shirt inside out?

4. Did anyone see me walk straight into that glass door?

5. What is in that tupperware? Is it alive?

6. How many calories are in that quarter of a bag of milk chocolate chips that I accidently ate while watching a very stressful episode of Heroes?

7. If I can hear my neighbor's TV on when it's quiet in my house does that mean that they can hear us... discussing our finances...and... other...marital activities?

8. Why is that old lady wearing a belly shirt to the gym? Is this in style? Please, please, don't ever let belly shirts be in style again.

9. How do I turn off the bleeping smoke alarm!?!

10. If I died from boredom at work, with my eyes open and sitting in my office chair, how long would it take someone to notice? It could be days.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Stinkin' cute.

You guys.

My family just got a new baby black lab puppy and it is actually physically painful how much I want to go play with her! Just look at this cute little ball of fur:

And for extra cute-ness, check out this video of the new puppy (Lily) playing with my number one favorite home dog, Kola! Awww I just love them so much,
video
I can't even handle it when Lily stands up on her hind legs with her paws in the air and topples over. I just wanna grab her out of the computer and cuddle with her!

On a related note, why do I think puppies are cuter than babies? I wish so badly that this was not the case. If I saw someone with a little puppy, I would run over to them and pay them 20 dollars to let me go hold and play with the puppy for a few hours. On the contrary, if someone wanted me to play with and hold their baby for a few hours, I might want them to pay me to do so. Not really, but you get the point. This concerns me.