Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I love crayons

You Are a Yellow Crayon

Your world is colored with happy, warm, fun colors.
You have a thoughtful and wise way about you. Some people might even consider you a genius.
Charming and eloquent, you are able to get people to do things your way.
While you seem spontaneous and free wheeling, you are calculating to the extreme.

Your color wheel opposite is purple. You both are charismatic leaders, but purple people act like you have no depth.

Monday, November 26, 2007

and I KNOW you do this too

What is it about cameras that make people go crazy? I don't know what it is...but whenever there is a camera laying around people just have to snap a photo. And it usually isn't just one casual snap shot...it typically consists of multiple photos with a wide variety of faces.

Now you are probably thinking to yourself...I don't do that. But of course we all know that this type of thinking is a lie. We all do it. There is no denying it. I'll use a little personal example to illustrate my point. Just the other day I was in Rexburg visiting my younger sister. We decided to head down to IF (see the last post) for some supper. The whole drive down to IF my sister and her roommate sat in the back of the car and participated in these crazy photos. They even went as far as to give each picture a theme.

I thought, "surely this is something that only young sophomores participate in". Being the "old" mature one, I would never do such a thing. While we were eating, Nate grabbed my camera and proceeded to take his individual candid photos. So I thought to myself again, "well Nate is used to being in front of the camera (he's a news anchor man), but I wouldn't never do such a thing".

But of course you know that I am about to be proven wrong. The next day Melissa and I went to Nate's house to play around. And before I new it...Nate's camera was in my hand and Melissa and I were going crazy. I don't know what it is. All my thoughts from yesterday didn't make sense. I wasn't the young sophomore and I wasn't used to being in front of the camera...so why was I drawn to it? What is it about the camera that makes us act young and careless?

I have yet to figure it out. I don't know what it is about the camera that makes us all act a little crazy...but cameras are a great thing. I know you have all done it. So don't hide your feelings...grab a camera and take some great photos!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Reliving the old times

So I will admit it...I went to BYU-Idaho...I know...shocking! A few good things came from attending that University. One of which was finding The Mongolian Grill. I can't figure it out. I don't know how I found this great little place...not many people who went to BYU-Idaho seem to know about it. But it is GREAT! We started going to The Mongolian Grill my Freshman year. On our first temple trip my roommates went there to eat. I was in a different car and so I didn't make it that first time. But I sure have made up since then. Every time we went to Idaho Falls we stopped at The Mongolian Grill. Whether it was a temple trip or a trip to the mall, we stopped and had a great time.
Now I don't know how many of you have eaten there. But it is great! Let me explain to you how this works. First you choose a bowl (small, medium and large). Now you should know that a small bowl is plenty of food. I can have a small bowl last me for two meals. After you choose your bowl...you choose what food you are going to eat. You can choose between frozen chicken, pork and beef that are in thin strips (I don't make choices very well...so I have all three). They have a ton of vegetables to choose from as well. The thing that is so nice is you can put whatever you like on it...it's made to order. Finally there are about 10-15 sauces to choose from and of course there are noodles.Now, the trick to getting the most out of your money (which is what most college students are after) is to do it in reverse order. Most of the time you would put the noodles on the bottom and then put the vegetables and meat on top. But that isn't the way you should do it. First put your meat on the bottom, followed by your vegetables. Then you put the noodles on top. It is easier to hold noodles that are over flowing then vegetables. Finally you add your sauce. When you are done with your bowl you give it to a worker and they put it on a giant wok and it is cooked right in front of you.

This weekend Melissa and I went up to Rexburg for a business meeting. She went to BYU-Idaho and had never been there...and my sister is currently attending BYU-Idaho and had never been there. So I decided that this was the weekend to relive the past. Melissa and I showed up in Rexburg and picked up my little sister and her roommate. Then we met our friend Nate at the restaurant.

And let me tell you...the good times were rolling. We had so much fun. I think if I lived in IF or Rexburg I would have to eat at The Mongolian Grill every week. So next time you are in IF make sure you take a trip down to The Mongolian Grill. It is off of 17th right by the mall. And remember...at a place like this...there is no such thing as too much meat and too much sauce.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My true calling in life

So thanks to my co-worker...turned best friend....turned other half...I have found my true calling in life. Here is the low down. While Melissa and I were in Africa last summer, she convinced me that I needed to buy a plane ticket and fly back to California with her. She is from the LA area and was planning on flying to Cali the morning after we got home from Africa. I have found that I am definitely an impulse buyer...so of course I thought "what the heck" and I bought the ticket. We landed in SLC about 9:00 Thursday night and I had to drive up to Logan to get stuff to take to California (i.e...cute clothes and a swimming suit), and then drive back to SLC that night so we could catch our 8:00 am flight the next morning.

Mel promised me the best weekend of my life...and she was right. We basically lived on the beach. Now...a little side note...this was the first time I had been to the beach since I was 5 and my family went to Florida. I forgot how beautiful it was. We surfed every day that we were there (except Sunday) and had a BBQ on the beach as well. It was great. It was then and there that I found my true calling in life...i was ment to be a beach bum forever!

Now don't let me fool you. I wasn't a great surfer at first (I don't even know if I am that good now). Swimming in the ocean with the waves was harder than swimming in a pool. I didn't get up on my first try. I could hardly sit up on the board the first time I went out. But with practice I slowly got the hang of it. We were enjoying ourselves so much that I almost missed my flight home because we stayed at the beach longer than we planned. Basically my flight left LAX at 5:30 and I got to my gate at 5:23...that is what I like to call "cutting it a little close".

Coming back to Utah and being a little land locked (ok a lot land locked) was hard at first. So when Mel asked if I wanted to go back to Cali with her for her friends wedding I jumped on the opportunity. Again thanks to my impulse buying I got online and bought an airline ticket. This time around we didn't spend as much time on the beach...but the time that we did spend was great fun. I guess you could call me a pro surfer now...in fact...I am thinking of quiting my job and turning pro :). I figure if Mel's sister was good enough to go pro and I use her sister's board then I am good enough to go pro.

So if you don't hear from me for a while it could be because I am quiting life and living on the beach.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The goodness of chocolate

Two years ago my boss bought a chocolate fountain. At that moment my passion for chocolate fountains were born. The only problem is I don't have a chocolate fountain. Luckily, Geoff is very good to me and lets me use his whenever I want. However, I don't think he would have agreed to it if he would have known how often we would take him up on the offer. For the first chocolate fountain party we didn't have a great turn out but we sure did have a lot fun. The popularity of our parties have only grown. Last Friday we had our most recent party and it was our most successfull party yet.
So why do we do it? Why do we have these parties? Because chocolate solves all problems. We use birthdays, end of finals or really just about anything as an excuse to have a chocolate fountain party. So, you might ask..what do you need in order to have a sucessfull chocolate fountain party? Really it is quiet easy...all you need is chocolate (lots of it), food to dip in it (any type of food) and friends. This is my receipe for success. So to those who are looking for something to do, I would recommend running down to the nearest Sam's Club and purchase your own chocolate fountain. I know I have yet to take the plung and purchase my own, but I will one of these days. Even if you don't like eating the chocolate, it is a great excuse to get people together. So chalk one up for the chocolate fountain...I highly recommend it.