Monday, July 28, 2008

a lil' yellow jersey and a new dream

So Roy and I (but mostly Roy) have been following the Tour de France this year. It's been fun to see all the bikers peddling their way through the countryside of France and ultimately back to the Champs Elyse es in Paris. As many of you know I love to travel, and for all my dreaming of traveling the back roads of Europe I have never really desired to travel to France. At most I would love to see the Louve, but that was the extent of my appeal for France. However, after watching the pelaton meander through the Pyrenees, and traverse time forgotten villages in the rural countryside and finally sprint past the Place de la Concorde and down the Champs Elyse es I have a strong desire to see these beautiful places. One of the big motivating factors is that I just want to say Champs Elyse es to someone and have them understand me. It's fun to say you should try it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

what's in a memory?

Thought this looked good (thanks Jill)! Lets see what everyone remembers about me...or if you remember anything at all.
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember! Nothing too embarrassing please. :) If we're only blogging friends, write about a post that is the most memorable for you.
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments. I can't wait to see what people remember.

Monday, July 14, 2008

sunburns, potty shelfs, and full moons

I just returned from a nostalgic filled week up at girls camp. I haven't been up to "The Stake " property in about 8 years and it brought back great memories of my youthful past. Most times I don't feel old enough to be a leader to these girls, and camp was no exception. I was continually asked by the stake leaders which year I was. Maybe one day I'll appreciate that I don't look or act like a grown up.

This calling has taught me a lot about patience especially since we have some real whiners as well as some girls with very short fuses that could be set off at anytime by anything. Which is why our stake award for "No Drama" was such a big deal.

While there I got myself a real winner of a sunburn, but don't worry I made sure my ears and face were covered with plenty of sunscreen, just not my arms and neck. It's finally starting to feel better.

We came away from camp with some great stories. The potty shelf incident came about after one of the leaders was asked where she had put her flashlight while using the porta potties. Her reply was that she just put it on the shelf in there. Now if any of you have had the fortunate opportunity of using one of these you know that they really don't consist of much except a hole and a seat and ours were no different. We of course had to explain to her that what she thought was a shelf, was in fact a urinal.

The full moon was also brought to us by a leader. While competing in a relay race (the type were you have to put on several things run down do something stupid and run back) one of our fabulous leaders threw caution to the wind. While running, her pants, that were several sizes to large, started the downward pull and by the time she had reached the end and had to bend down we all got an eye full. Needless to say the leaders insured a good time was had by all.

I also shared a lot of stories of my college days so thanks to Carla and Colette my girls are now using words like: eXpecially, boughtEN, tookEN, lucrative, and pacifically.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A = ADVOCATE FOR: Taking responsibility for your actions

B = BEST FEATURE: I quess I would say my blue eyes, although everyone seems to really enjoy my hair color...can't quite figure out why?

C= COULDN'T DO WITHOUT: My relationship with my savior, husband, and family.

D = DREAMS AND DESIRES: I would of course choose to travel the world. So many places, not enough money.

E = ESSENTIAL ITEM: poor skin would never survive the winter without it.

F= FAVORITE PAST TIME: I love to play my guitar, listen to music, read, draw, watch movies, hiking, camping...I could go on forever.

G= GOOD AT: being on time...that's not really saying much is it?


I = IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS: Buy my dream house, travel, and invest.

J = JUNKIE FOR: Ice...not just any ice, I'm talking small pebble ice.

K = KINDRED SPIRIT: I have a lot of these, but probably my best bud Judi would come the closest.

L = LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Named after bed sheets....that's all I have.

M = MEMORABLE MOMENT: Kneeling across from Roy in the temple and the powerful emotions I felt looking at him. Sorry it's cheese, but deal with it.

N = NEVER AGAIN WILL I: climb lone peak...I can say I did it once, but I think I would pass on a second go.

O = OCCASIONAL INDULGENCE: Chocolate ice cream


Q = QUOTE: "When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves"- Victor Frankl
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."- Nelson Mandela

R = REASON TO SMILE: I have been so blessed, I really have no reason to not smile. I have a great family, an amazing husband, good job, awesome friends, an understanding of who I am and what is expected of me. If I sit and think about all the things I have to be grateful for I have no room to throw a "why me" attitude. Life is Good!

S = SORRY ABOUT: Not being a very passionate person (and I don't mean romantically). I'm sorry I don't possesses that passion that drives people to do amazing things.

T = TAG SOME FRIENDS: I kind of hate tagging ppl, but if you feel so inclined garret, jill, and carron please do so.

U = UNINTERESTED IN: politics. I respect my right as a citizen to vote and will continue to do so, but I'm not interested at all in the debating and "politics" involved in politics.

V = VERY SCARED OF: heights and falling from them. Spiders creep me out too!

W = WORST HABIT: lazy days.

X = X MARKS MY IDEAL VACATION SPOT: I would love to travel the entire world, but at the top of the list make it back to Scotland, Italy, Greece, Spain, Czech Rep., Germany, South America, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand. Just to name a few.

Y = YESTERYEAR DECADE OF CHOICE: I would like to go back to simpler times possibly the early 1900's, but I would also like to see the decade of my parents 1960's.

Z = ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (which to me sounds like a dirty word)