Thursday, July 30, 2009

So many blessings! Is something bad going to happen soon?

I am just overwhelmed lately with blessings. Here are a few of them:
1. Monte is awesome and got a half scholarship. There's $2000 we thought we'd have to have for school this year that just got handed to us.
2. I received grants totaling around $7800. What the? I really only needed like $2000, but whatev. Maybe they'll let me use it Spring and Summer, too.
3. I got offered my old job at Women's Services on campus. This was much needed considering I was stressed out about the car situation during school. Monte and I only have one car and since we both work at differing times in Orem we weren't sure how it was going to work out. Now I'll just ride the bus to BYU everyday and stay from 9-5. Easy.

Monte and I are joking (mostly) that all of these blessings are happening because something really bad is going to happen soon. We're kind of scared. Perhaps we should be more optimistic?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I just bought this gun

Don't give me any lip. Or else.

For those who care, it's a 9mm Ruger P95. It's really loud.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fifth Water Hot Springs

So my coworker, Kjirsten, hikes a lot these days. I informed her that I like hiking and that I need to do it more often so I'll get out of the house more. She was kind enough to invite me to hike the Y with her on Thursday. It was freaking hot with the little shade that those pathetic bushes provide, but it was still fun. It was her first time making it to the Y, so it was pretty exciting.

We decided to do a hike today that was a bit more (a LOT more) scenic and shady: Fifth Water Hot Springs. They're up SF canyon (Diamond Fork). It was SO fun. Everything is beautiful up there. Plus, the trail goes right by the river the entire time. Once you get to the hot springs it's kind of stinky, but you get over it pretty quickly.

One time, on the worst (blind) date of my life, a group of us tried to hike to these hot springs from the "back door" (yes, it's really called that). Apparently the back door trail is half as long as the front door one. Good idea, since we were starting the hike at 10 p.m. BAD idea since we were starting the hike at 10 p.m.--it was dark! And we couldn't even be sure that we'd found the trailhead! Consequently, we never found the hot springs (although we could smell them). To make things worse, once we got back to the car we discovered that it had a flat tire. Awesome. OH. And I didn't get home til about 3 in the morning. On a Sunday. Nightmare, I tell you. Luckily, Micquel was there to make it a little better. Remember that time, Micquel?

I'm pretty bushed from the hike. It's not too difficult, but it was just kind of long...okay, it was only an hour each way, but when you're as out of shape as I am it seems like forever. Remember when I hiked Timp 2 summers ago and didn't find it to be unbearable? Oh yeah, I actually exercised back then. Dang, I need to start that again.

It was worth it though. Beautiful scenery and a cool river to relax in once we got to the hot springs. There was no way I was going to sit in those things when my forehead was sweating like crazy. I hear it's an even better winter/fall/cold weather hike. Perhaps I'll try it in the fall when all the leaves are changing. Who wants to come?