Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Next Little Old Lady

Today I feel like an old grandma waddling around. I should probably get my cane out and I would feel more the part.
Last night the weather got pretty bad, it was snowing and the roads became very slick very quickly. I was at work hosting a couple of parties when 2-3 different cars slid into others because they weren't gaining any traction, apparently hilly parking lot+ice/snow does not equal good things for other cars. We hadn't realized how bad it was outside but as soon as we did we quickly went outside to put ice melt on the roads.
When we got outside there was a car that was stuck and trying to get out. It was a group of 3 girls driving and they were in a rental car so of course they were overly concerned about sliding into another car (the one right in front of them was one that had already been hit once), so Derek and I put a bunch of ice melt around their car to hopefully help grab some reactions and prepared to push them, unfortunately for me I already have problems staying up without adding ice so the second time we pushed I slid and landed right on my hip. We were able to get them out of there safe fully without anything else happening to them or us.
We were still shoveling and ice melting when the owner of another car came out ready to leave. They asked if I would be willing to go to the entrance of the parking lot and let them know if there were cars coming in case they were to start sliding and unable to stop, they luckily got out fine but I slid again :(
I had many other close calls to falling, hence my very sore body today. If anyone sees the lady wobbling down the sidewalk, don't worry about it, it's probably just me :)

Interesting Fact: We put out over 150 lbs of ice melt and in doing so I discovered that it turns your hands very green.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Those Who Keep Me Sane

I often feel like I don't do much, besides work and school. Luckily I have some that make things happen in my life and help keep my brain from completely exploding (and lets be honest they keep me laughing pretty much 110% of the time). There are more (Kayla, Tristen, Broccoli--aka Josh, Cauliflower--aka Caleb) that help but these two are definitely the two that I talk to everyday and make life great. My life has always been full of great friends, those who have helped me right when I need to be and I'm extremely grateful for that and them. 

Last night we went to Trafalga Orem to do the XD theater, WinCo for snacks for me (and whilst I was having a panic attack when I couldn't find my wallet Derek was great and stepped in paid for everything and Liz was coming up with solutions on how to find where my wallet might be), and to Spoon It Up for yummy frozen yogurt. Our night was full of laughter, off the wall comments and just lots of plain fun. 

Monster Truck Jam

January was full of firsts, the biggest would be the MONSTER TRUCK JAM!! I had heard a little bit about it on the radio and thought that it sounded like fun and was talking to Derek about it was something that we should think about doing. When tickets came up for $10 on CityDeals (instead of the $33 that they were supposed to be) we jumped on it and started to invite some friends that we thought would want to join us. 
I find it kind of funny that I grew up in what our county considered the hillbilly (this isn't the right word but I can't grab it out of my brain, it's right there on the edge) part, so many people drove trucks, wore jeans and boots, plaid shirts and and even some in high school wore suspenders. It was funny because this totally seemed like something that I would have done growing up but somehow I waited until I was in my 20's living in very modern non-hillbilly feeling Utah.
The show was so much fun, I was a little nervous when the trucks and motorcycles were flying through the air but I got used to it and was just screaming and cheering. 

I love love this picture, it was perfect.

This truck did an awesome run and then right at the end it died, I somehow missed it but Kayla said it had flames coming out at the end. Because it died it had to get tractor towed out. 

At one point Derek, Caleb, and Liz disappeared. I get a text from Derek with a picture of Kayla and I. He somehow has skill and sent it three times...he thought that I wouldn't be able to find them but I did :)
(I removed the picture as I realized that it had Derek's full name on the picture and didn't think that was the best thing to post)

If you like country music you will know the song Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith and this will mean more. Mostly thought this picture was for Derek because he couldn't grab a very good picture of it. 

There was a family that was sitting in front of us, at one point the Mom got up to take a picture of her family, I offered to take one with all of them in it--she was extremely grateful and offered to take one for us in return. When she offered we weren't all there but right at the end before everyone left we grabbed a few, I find the progression of the faces through these three pictures. 
Kayla, Me, Derek, Liz, Caleb, Jenni, and Jaxon

It was a great night with all of us stuffed in a mini van to and from the activity, lots of laughter and singing. I can't wait until next month when we are going to a motocross event!

Car Show

Another life first...a Car Show! Again I heard about it on the radio, I asked Derek if he was going, his response..."Heck Yes!" There were a lot of beautiful cars that made me want to move into them and never leave. I don't think that I have ever been so near (and inside) of so many nice, new, and expensive cars. Derek* and Junior were is car heaven, Liz, Kayla, and I saw a lot of nice cars but probably couldn't have told you the difference between every single car the way Derek could have. They had this cool thing where you could ride in Jeeps and they drove you through these courses, there was one part where you were almost on the right side--I thought that I was going to fall on Derek and he was worried about falling through the open window, luckily we all had our seat-belts on.

*He may have gone back again a second time a couple of days later and called me super excited because he had gotten to drive two really nice cars (Dodge Charger---one of his dream cars and something else) and got to floor it so they were going somewhere around 70-80mph.