Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hey Baby let's go to Vegas....

So let me just start by saying Taylor and I have been crazy busy at work. We are going through a computer conversion, and having to help a gazillion people a day. Taylor told me that 19,000 calls came into his office one day! We haven't been able to blog much lately, but this next topic was too good to pass up.

So I realize the last post was about sporting events, but my sister and I went to the biggest one of them all this past weekend. No not the NBA Finals, Superbowl or World Series... something better. I took my sister to the BYU vs. Utah football game. (Sorry Tay!)

BYU was ahead for most of the game. They ended up being tied for part of the game. Utah had the ball for 8 minutes in the 4th quarter and ended up scoring a touchdown making them ahead with 94 seconds left. It was 4th and 18. Max Halla threw a long bomb to Austin Collie.

Obviously Austin caught it and a couple of plays later Harvey Unga ran it into the end zone. BYU went for a two point conversion rather than just the plain old field goal making the score 17 to 10 with BYU out ahead. Utah had over 30 seconds left to score a touch down. They couldn't make it happen and BYU ended up winning!!!! Go Cougs!!!

Well anyway...Not every post will be about the Cougars...but until then I'm fully invested.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Touchbacks and Safeties

This past week, we have had the opportunity to attend both a BYU Football Game (Go Cougars - insert cougar noise here) and a Jazz game. I love going to sporting events. Even if you don't have as good as view as sitting on your couch and you might not be able to see the instant replay from four or five different angles, there is just a feeling that exists when you are in person witnessing a sporting event. Take the BYU games that I have been to this year. The first two, the weather was less than ideal, and the third was a sell-out crowd, and being the big guy that I am, it doesn't exactly mean that I am going to be very comfortable for the three hours that I will be at the game. But none of that seems to matter when you see Bryan Kehl intercept a pass and then proceed to make the opponents look like fools because they simply cannot tackle him. When something huge happens in one of these sporting events, you suddenly forget that you are crammed in the seats like sardines. You forget that you might be in a blizzard or the fact that you lost feeling in your toes ten minutes ago. The thrill of the game, the screaming crowd, and a winning team takes all of that away.

When you aren't at the game, you also don't get to see the mascots. In high school, mascots were more just an annoyance. I remember going to a couple of high school football games where our school mascot thought the best thing to do would be to try and run up and down the rows of the overcrowded bleachers. But at the college or professional level things are much more entertaining. The Jazz's mascot tonight spent five minutes walking around spraying people with a fire extinguisher. It was highly entertaining.

Apart from all of this, there is something else that you simply won't have when experiencing the game from the comfort of your home. You will not have the fans. I am not talking about the fans that cheer or clap at the correct times, I am talking about the ones that even though their bodies are at the games, their minds must be in a different place, because the things that come out of their mouths really astonish me at times. Their is always the "know-it-all" that tries to be the fountain of knowledge for those sitting within earshot of his voice, yet more times than not ends up stating incorrect information, and making a fool of himself. I don't know about the rest of you, but if I don't know about a certain subject of conversation, I don't make an attempt to be the "expert" of the moment. Then you have the "referee". You know who I am talking about, the one who seems to think that from their vantage point, perched in the upper bowl, they had a better view of the call than the man in striped shirt that was standing five feet from the call. Then you have the fans that get a laugh when they shout something out, so they find it necessary to shout the same thing, over and over looking for the same response. Alot of times, even the first time, we weren't laughing with you, we were laughing at you. "UTAH... JAZZ...UTAH...JAZZ, AHH THANK YOU, GIVE YOURSELF A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!"

Given all of these things, I still love going to sporting events and hope that over the years to come, I will only go to more. I love the energy, I love the feeling you get when you can say that you were there for that big play, the legendary one that will be talked about for years to come. So let's hear what you remember. What are some legendary sporting events that you remember?

Friday, November 9, 2007

I'm going to get HIGH every day!

So I got to work after getting bad news about my car, and found an e-mail that was entitled "Natural Highs". I post them here hoping that we all can get high at least once a day! Needless to say it brighten my day.

I'm going to try and do one of these things every day...Hopefully we all take hot showers every day...Need I remind you that you are my friend because you shower daily and make me laugh? Hopefully you didn't need that reminder....Anyways...Enjoy getting high every day! It's a long list, but think it's a good one.

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. A hot shower.

4. No lines at the supermarket .

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail.

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.

11. Chocolate milkshake (vanilla or strawberry).

12. A bubble bath.

13. Giggling.

14. The beach.

15. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.

16. Laughing at yourself.

17. Knowing that somebody misses you.

18. Looking into someone's eyes and knowing they Love you

19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20. Running through sprinklers.

21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.

23. Laughing at an inside joke with FRIENDS

24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

26. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).

27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

28. Playing with a new puppy.

29. Having someone play with your hair.

30. Sweet dreams.

31. Hot chocolate.

32. Road trips with friends.

33. Swinging on swings.

34. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

35. Making chocolate chip cookies.

36. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.

37. Holding hands with someone you care about.

38. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

39. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.

40. Watching the sunrise.

41. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

42. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

43. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

44. Having someone send you unexpected flowers or cards, just because you are you and they wanted to suprise you.

45. When the BYU Cougars win!!!!

So I couldn't help but throw that last one in there.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

To blog or not to blog?

Clearly you know my answer by now to the question above....espcially if you are reading this....I told my friend Lori, I wanted to blog but I didn't have anything to blog about. She informed me that you can find anything to blog about and then proceeded to blog about her favorite quote...My blog will not be quite as poetic as hers.

My parent's, Kristin (my sister) and I went to Hawaii in March. Did I tell you that the Beach Boys sing a song about Kristin and me? Yeah you might have heard of it. It's called "Surfer Girl." These aren't photos of us looking are best, but hey it is us having a blast and that's all that matters!

I gave Kristin surf lessons for her birthday. It was sunny when we started the lesson, but raining and cloudy by the time we got in the water. I ended up hating it most of the time because the salt water kept getting in my eyes and making them sting. Plus it was a lot of work for a little wave. Kristin finally started calling me a baby because I was just chillin on my board in the middle of the ocean, not doing much surfing. Well I had to show her how it was done so I got up no problem, flashed a hang loose sign and was done. Check out that ittie bittie wave I'm riding!!!

Kristin got the hang out of it but not as quickly as I did. She got up and rocked it though! You'll have to ask her version of the story sometime.
Ultimately though I'm glad I did it. So now I pose the question to all of our avid blog readers...

If you could go one place in the world to have an adventure ....


So let's here it. It is your time to shine. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween 2007

So I'll be honest, Halloween has never been that great of a holiday for me. I think that it all started when I was in second grade. It was my first year at a new school because we had just moved, and my parents made me go to school dressed as a girl. It traumatized me for more than just that Halloween, but also for many years to come.

So when this Halloween came around and Ashley suggested that she wanted to have a Halloween party, I won't say that I wasn't excited, but I will say that it did conjure up some bad past memories that I didn't want to relive. But as always, things that I wouldn't normally enjoy by myself, have become much more enjoyable when Ashley is involved; that and she knows how to throw one heck of a party.

Now this isn't to say that the suggestion that I dress up as a girl didn't come up. Ashley first suggested it to me one morning in a work email and I will say that the idea wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear. And then later that day, my grandma, without having talked to Ashley before that, suggested that I would make such a cute girl. Together, they were conspiring against me!!!!

Needless to say, it all turned out fine in the end. Ashley went as Wonder Woman, and even though I never have seen anything about Wonder Woman, apart from an episode of the O.C., I might have to become a fan now. I went as rock star, modeled after Guitar Hero (I am better at Guitar Hero by the way, but my sister Bethany can wax the floor with me) and I had the sweetest mullet. It was awesome! We had her parents house decorated and had some creepy music playing when everybody came over. We had dinner down at Iggy's, and I was encouraged to stuff as many fries as I could at once. I really don't have that much of an appetite for fries anymore.

The rest of the night consisted of playing games and eating a lot of treats. There were candy apples, chips and salsa, candy and homemade root beer, which you need to put a lot more than 5 cups of sugar to make it taste even remotely good. I am lucky that Ashley would think to put the rest of the bag of sugar in. She doesn't even like root beer that much, but I sure enjoyed drinking almost all of it.

All in all, my opinion of Halloween has changed quite a bit after this year.

I didn't have to dress up like a girl, we had an amazing party, and I learned that I could stuff 25 fries in my mouth. I think that I am going to look forward to Halloween from here on out.

We are engaged.

WE ARE ENGAGED. Yes it finally happened! Taylor and I are getting married May 21st, 2008 at 11:40am, in the Salt Lake Temple. We are so excited!!! So here is the low down. Taylor had told me he was getting the ring on Halloween, and to leave Friday open. Up until yesterday he had told me EVERYTHING about the ring. I thought I wasn't going to be suprised at all. He called me and told me that the jewelers hadn't finished sizing my ring. At first I didn't believe him. Then I started to listen to the tone of his voice, and I could tell he was upset. I've only seen him get upset one other time so it was a little weird to hear him get this upset.
We were going out with some of our friends for dinner that night. Taylor had called me and said he wanted to come take me a suprise that he had got for me since he didn't have the ring. We we went to Dahlquist Park and he had a Halloween bag for me. I opened the bag and it immediately started to play the "Ghostbusters Theme". Tay had given me a card. The card said something like "Why did the Ghost go to his Ghoulfriends house at midnight?" Then when you opened the card it said "Because he wanted a Boo-ty call". After a good laugh I realized there were Peanut M&M's in the bag. I was excited, but let's be honest it was a little bit of a let down when I realized I wasn't getting a ring.
Tay said there was something else inside the bag. So as I pulled out the tissue paper and got to the bottom of the bag I looked at Taylor and said "There's nothing else here." Taylor responded by saying " Seriously? She didn't put it in there?" I had known that he was with his sister Bethany that afternoon and thought either
1. she didn't like me and didn't want me to have the ring, or
2. that she was trying to play a joke on Taylor.
Taylor then pulled out the ring and popped the question all while Ghost Busters was playing in the background!!!