Sunday, June 27, 2010

i made a clean getaway

happy birthday to... my blog! this post is number one hundred, and in celebration, i'll tell you a story.

once upon a time, about four months ago, one of the guys at work asked me if i would like him to set me up with someone, namely his son. (those were his exact words. he's lds, and thinks i'm getting a little ancient.) after a few weeks of his persistence, i agreed to give him my number for his son.

the persistence of the father was the first red flag. the persistence of the son should have been the second. i am a busy girl, and he'd call when i was busy working or teaching or hanging out with some friends. but he kept trying, and when we finally talked he set up a date.

so, the date was kite flying. sounded like a good idea at the time, but it turns out flying kites is only fun if the person/people you are with are also fun. i stood there, holding my kite string, thinking "what now?" and then it started to rain. and still, we flew kites. it thought i might have a benjamin franklin experience, but was spared, luckily.

after we finally got done with the kites, we went to lunch. at quiznos, where my date had never been. he paid for our sammiches, then left the counter without them. we sat at our table, me thinking "is he going to get them? should i go get them? am i going to have to make myself a sammich at home after this? what is going on?"

finally, one of the nice worker girls brought our sandwiches to us (probably got sick of looking at them) and set them down on the table. now, by this time it was about 4:00 and i was hungry. so i picked my sammich up to take a big bite, and got asked this question:

"oh, are we just going to say individual prayers then?"

so... we ate our sammiches, got up to leave, at which point i was informed that i would be working on answering mindtrap questions on the way home, and he would help me when i got stuck. boys of the world - if you ever want to have a second date with a girl, it may help if you don't insult said girl's intelligence at any point in your life. i showed him though - i killed those mindtrap questions.

that's the end of my date story, and my stories of that boy. now i want some homemade ice cream...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

do they collide?

my plans after work included this:

coming home and changing out of my skirt
curling up with my laptop and a little white dog
watching the jazz pick ninth in the draft

only one of those things happened fully - the other two are happening halfway, because someone is an idiot and forgot to check what time the draft started (that idiot would be me), and it's way too hot for dog curling up.

i three quarter-heartedly approve of the jazz's pick. they really needed a center, but what can you do if the pickings are slim? gordon hayward is decent... we'll have to see what happens before i pass any more judgement.

on another note, it was 112 degrees today and i saw a guy in full motorcycle regalia on the freeway - leather jacket, chaps, boots, helmet, all black. what in the world? isn't he afraid of melting? i would be! there is no way he could be cold - why wear all the gear? it's a mystery, i guess.

and speaking of freeways, today was one of those days - sitting at work i felt a road trip coming on. anyone else ever get that feeling? suddenly all i wanted to do was jump in a car (that someone else is driving, preferably. i'm slowly losing my desire to drive all the time and would like to be the passenger more often these days.) with a good playlist and good company, and an exciting destination that includes a beach. driving through the desert at sunset with my feet on the dash and the stereo up sounds like just about the best thing i can think of at the moment...

Monday, June 21, 2010

i won't be sleeping much tonight

after a crazy weekend which included a) the jenna show at church yesterday (i spoke and sang, in that order), b) first pool party of the year and c) more confusion regarding the world of dating boys, i am ready to get on with this week. (hopefully sans confusion. but who knows if that will happen. seriously, what are you guys thinking? i would like to know... and that's not a joke.)

next week will be the first official meeting of the book club... of jenna and staci. we maybe should come up with a good name for it - something catchy but also intelligent sounding. i'm hosting it, and i've never run a book club before. what do you do? i will probably end up looking up some questions online, ignoring them, and using my own theories to start some discussion. if it's just staci and i, the discussion should be pretty exciting. at least that would be more successful than the last book club i tried to have, which consisted of me.

and if this fire in flagstaff puts an end to my camping plans this weekend, i might cry. it has been far too long since i went on a good camping trip. and this one promises to come pretty close to that last one (i doubt you can beat singing les mis and phantom around the campfire, followed by waking up to discover you camped in the middle of two roads, and then fishing. but i'm sure going to try!)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

this story's old but it goes on and on

i'm back.

sorry it has been so long. i'm a hoser. but i'm back now, and life has just been going on and on. too much to update everyone on right now, especially because i'm really excited about this post! maybe i'll update as i go, because i'm sure i'll be reminded as i go.

so, now for the fun - i've been thinking lately i should make a bucket list. maybe not a bucket list exactly, but along the same lines. i want to accomplish this list as fast as possible so i can write a new one. so without further ado

101 things to do
1. read all books on top one hundred (maybe the bbc's list... or another one.)
2. make a list of one hundred places to visit before i die
3. write a book and get it published
4. adopt a child
5. learn another language
6. get my pilot's license
7. attend a playoff game that wins the series (preferably the nba finals, and the jazz. still a jazz fan.)
8. master fifteen recipes so i can just make them off the top of my head
9. sew three quilts (i made myself the awesomest purse imaginable! pictures to come)
10. ride an elephant
11. have two picnics on the beach - one in the day and one at night during a full moon
12. sail around the world
13. meet the prophet
14. publish a magazine article or story
15. go on a cross country road trip from san deigo to maine
16. read every book of scripture
17. learn to make jewelry
18. run a half marathon
19. write one hundred handwritten letters
20. memorize twenty-five scriptures
21. go to the temple once a week for one year
22. learn to play hungarian rhapsody and clair de lune on the piano
23. visit fifty temples and at least one on every continent (with a temple)
24. sing with a band
25. volunteer at least one hundred hours
26. unplug for one weekend - no phone, no tv, no computer, no ipod
27. plant a tree and carve my name in it.
28. bury a time capsule
29. spend christmas day helping out
30. meditate for three hours in one sitting
31. learn how to successfully make pasta
32. read a book a fortnight for one year
33. cook something i've grown (there is now a garden in my backyard. pictures to come of this also)
34. build a treehouse and sleep in it
35. buy a stranger's lunch
36. build something that will outlast me
37. leave a love note on a windshield (somewhere not at home)
38. watch the sunrise from a mountain
39. send a message in a bottle
40. learn to make sushi
41. spend two nights in a hammock, at least one of those nights on the beach
42. get married in the temple
43. spend one day each with my siblings, my parents, and my grandparents
44. throw away or donate one hundred of my unnecessary items (if i have that many... i'm sure i do)
45. sit front row at a basketball game (again, preferably the jazz. maybe in the opponents arena, and be really obnoxious.)
46. make up a new game
47. read one whole novel out loud to someone
48. write a song (at least lyrics and melody)
49. raise chickens from an egg
50. learn to play the cello
51. go on a humanitarian mission
52. spend one whole day without looking at a clock
53. take one picture everyday for a year
54. memorize five poems
55. work out six days a week for one month
56. simplify, simplify, simplify
57. say something to someone's face that i would normally say anonymously, or not say at all
58. stand on top of a mountain
59. visit the capital and/or largest city in all fifty states
60. sing with the mormon tabernacle choir
61. read every book i own
62. leave a $100 tip
63. swim in all seven seas
64. start a dinner and game night group
65. learn something top secret
66. visit the senate and the house of representatives and see our government in action
67. be the boss
68. sit on a jury
69. teach someone to read
70. make a personal mission statement, live by it, and revisit and revise as needed
71. buy a house and spend time making it exactly what i want
72. take a hot air balloon ride
73. make a hole in one in real golf (not mini golf)
74. have long hair again
75. learn to scuba dive
76. own a brand new car
77. get lasik
78. read thoreau at walden pond
79. play a game of cricket
80. shower in a waterfall
81. finish my one thousand paper cranes (nope, not done yet. i'm lame.)
82. fly first class
83. go on a safari
84. play a round of golf in augusta (my team got second place in our work golf tournament in april! i won $20!!)
85. learn tai chi
86. create my own list of one hundred best books
87. be debt free
88. help someone in a way i wish someone would help me
89. try a new food every week for three months
90. be on a game show
91. take one hundred hour long walks
92. take a trip by myself
93. got camping for one whole weekend five times
94. learn to make good bread
95. write in a journal every day for a year
96. participate in a walk for a cause
97. create a list of my top one hundred songs of all time
98. interview my remaining grandparents, and my parents
99. go one week without sugar
100. eat one hundred meals while enjoying the great outdoors
and 101. is a secret...

alright, hopefully that wasn't jenna overload. i'm back though, for real. and i'll keep you posted on the list progress.