Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy 33 to me

Woke up at 6am, cleaned chinchilla cage, watered flower beds, took 3 happy birthday calls, found out that Ed Redd won his primary (congrats Ed!), read about a dozen birthday wishes on Facebook, started packing for L.A. tomorrow, took Molly for a 2 mile run, danced around the kitchen to this song while fixing breakfast...

...ate breakfast out by my roses, paid all my bills, returned a couple of emails, cleaned out my car, and now I'm typing this blog post and looking forward to my birthday hike to the wind caves tonight.  All in all not a shabby way to start my 33rd year and my first birthday post divorce.

My house, my rules, my life...I determine my own destiny with my choices and I am choosing to be happy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Get High - Hike

In recent years I've started hiking more and more.  Not only do you get the great endorphin rush from the exercise, there is something exhilarating about standing on top of a mountain and looking out at the world.  It is no wonder that so many cultures all over the world revere mountaintops as sacred.  The mountains near my home are very special to me, not only for the wonderful memories I've made there with friends and family, but also because of the peace I feel when I am hiking in their stunning beauty.

Last year I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a gifts, no party, just a hike on Crimson Trail with people I love, we had a great morning hike on Crimson Trail (and a nice cold wade through the flooded riverside trail).  This year I've been hiking exactly twice and June is almost over.  So when my friend Andrea asked if I had any plans for my birthday on Wednesday I said no and she suggested a hike.  If anyone would like to join us on June 27th about 6pm at the Wind Caves Trail in Logan Canyon, I would love to have you hike with me to start out my 33rd year on the right food, literally.

Keep in mind that while Wind Caves is a relative short trail in length, the trailhead starts at about 5,000 feet about sea level and it climb about 1,000 feet over almost 2 miles and can be challenging if you aren't in relatively good shape or aren't used to the altitude.  Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and supportive hiking boots or shoes.  Bring enough water to last you about 2 hours, and bring a sack dinner to eat when we get up to the caves.  The view of the canyon from the caves is definitely worth the climb.

If anyone wants to go hiking this summer and would like a companion please contact me!  Saturdays are my best time and I generally like to start very early so I get back to Logan in time to work and run errands.  I really want to get in Old Juniper, White Pine, and Crimson Trail again this year...but I'm up for just about any trail in the valley.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pre-Birthday Weekend Road Trip

So remember that post last week about the cell phone number I didn't recognize?  My friend from that post met me at my house in Logan on Friday after I got off of work, loaded up my car with my pack and my dog and all of Keri-Anne's kit and we drove to Jackson, WY for the weekend.

We headed up through Logan Canyon and stopped at La Beau's in Laketown for dinner and milkshakes and a chat.  Then we moseyed our way up the highway around the lake towards Jackson.  We ran into my former cousin-in-law Russ up in Montpelier in a random happy coincidence, it was good to see him again if only for a minute or two.

In a rural mountainous area about an hour or so outside of Jackson we came across a truck pulling 2 rafts on a trailer.  I figured my karma needed a boost since a bird committed suicide under the front of my car a few minutes earlier, so we stopped to see if we could help.  Turns out the truck had just stopped working and they couldn't get any cell phone receptions.  The husband stayed with the truck and his wife and her niece rode with us into Alpine where we dropped them off with another member of their group.

We made it into Jackson about midnight and spent the night in my parents' condo in Creekside Village.  We each claimed our rooms and went straight to bed.  We both slept in and I got up around 9am and took Molly for a run on the wonderful Jackson town trails, we took the Flat Creek section and headed West and made it to the high school and back.

After the run Keri-Anne and I changed into our swimsuits and shorts and grabbed a late breakfast at Bubba's then headed over to Mad River to check in for the white water trip Keri-Anne had signed us up for.  I've rafted on the river before but it has been YEARS, I was very excited to get back on the water.  They bussed us down to the boat ramp in the canyon and we were assigned Nate as our river guide.

There are a couple long calm stretches between rapids on the Snake river where we were allowed to play "wheel of fortune" or voluntarily jump out and swim for a while, I took advantage of both areas and really enjoyed it.  The river is very cold and the first time takes your breath away but it is addicting and the second time was even better.  When we got out at the last boat ramp I was sad that it was over, I really could have spent all day on the water.

To see photos of our raft at the Lunch Counter rapid just click on the following link, if you look closely you can see a surfer in the background of a couple of our photos, Lunch Counter creates a standing wave and there were several surfers there riding it.

Sorry but those are the only photos you'll see of this trip.  I was too busy relaxing, having fun, and just enjoying the weekend to even think of fishing my camera out and taking shots.

After we got back to the condo and got cleaned up we headed out to the village and rode the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.  The sky was clear and you could see forever in every direction.  The temperature at the base of the tram was about 84F the temperature at the top of the mountain was about 60F.  We ate brown sugar/butter waffles at Corbet's Cabin for dinner and enjoyed the altitude buzz, then finished the small climb to the very top and took in the views before heading back down.

After we got back to town we took in the main street shoot out and then headed back to the condo and had a quiet movie night before turning in.  This morning involved the rough task of sleeping in again, and taking Molly for another beautiful jog along Flat Creek.  Then it was church at 11, followed by tidying up the condo and then the drive back to Logan, this time Via Soda Springs/Preston route.  Back in Logan, Keri-Anne packed up her Prius and headed back to one piece, mostly the same color she arrived in, and hopefully content with a most excellent weekend.  We didn't even have to call anyone to come bail us out of jail, so I'm chalking this weekend up as a win.

For some strange reason a quote from the TV show M*A*S*H kept playing in my head all weekend "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice", sometimes you just have to take the plunge.  It was a brilliant weekend and I am so happy it all came together.  A HUGE thank you to Keri-Anne for everything, you are awesome and I love you to pieces.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

All The Pretty

Dear Kim,

Thanks for all the pretty on my desk at work, beautiful things really do make my day go by faster.  Please get back in the glass studio soon and make more.  Also, get yourself an etsy shop or ebay shop so you can sell it.  Now if only you could do something about the music selection in the office here so I don't need to invent ear bleach.


PS - How's that search going?  Remember my list of qualification...I trust you to do the impossible.

Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm planning on seeing what kind of trouble I can get into in Jackson this weekend with Keri-Anne and next weekend in L.A. with Nicole and Sandee (and if I'm lucky Kim, what's your schedule like that Friday uh scratch that, Saturday, Kim?).  Cordie, can't wait to find a way to meet up with you a terrorize the town, you need to get your butt to SLC so we can go shoot the 50 cal at Get Some Guns.  For all my friends...

PS - If anyone in the Cache Valley area wants to do stairs at old main or go hiking, drop me a line, I'm always up for it after work.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Secret To Comedy... TIMING!

So the pity party was in full swing here, pathetic, I know.

Then I get a text from a phone number I didn't recognize.  Not unusual, for a while a girl was giving my phone number out to people as her fake number so she wouldn't have to talk to them, I was used to it by now.  But this text was timed perfectly to kick my butt out of the pity party house.

Most of the time I roll my eyes, sigh, and reply with a "Who are you trying to reach?  I think you have the wrong number".  Sometimes I like to play with them a little bit.  Today was a day that I needed to be silly so I played with the Cell Number I Didn't Recognize (CNIDR).  It went something like this...

CNIDR: Not sure this is you....But my phone says it is....I'm desperate to do something and I thought make a weekend of it? Road trip where shall we go? Youfigure that out while I'm on the road.  Need to know ur in before I come get you so decide in the next 20 mins k!  GO! oh and don't say no!

Me: I vote for anywhere but here and let's not ever come back, ok? In fact do you know any travelling circuses, we should fake our deaths and join one of those and then live happily ever after off the grid among the carnie folk. Let's do it!

CNIDR: Hahahahaha ok I'm packing up!  What time do done at work?

Me: 6pm, I'll be the one on the corner in the zebra striped pants and hot pink cowboy hat.  We should get a gift for our future carnie folk family, do you think they'd like pemican?  Or maybe some nice potpourri...I hear elephants can get smelly.

CNIDR: You are messing with my mind woman.  But I am leaving now so you better be ready.

Me: But I'm not a that a problem? don't tell me you want me to get the sex change operation now after I got my deposit back!

CNIDR: Sigh, who is this?

Me: Seriously though, 2 things, #1 I'm worried about your safety, arrive alive don't text and drive, and #2 I really am a woman but probably not the woman you are looking for...ok I lied, three things, #3 thanks for giving me a smile, I really neeeded some silliness today, I didn't mean to string you along but it has been a bad week and I got to pretend life was fun again for 5 minutes, thanks.


So at that point I told them who I was and they told me who they were...turns out that it is my lovely friend who might not want me to publicly out her after that conversation so we'll just say she's a really good sport and leave it at that.  I didn't recognize her number since the one in my phone was 5 years old and from when she lived in Utah.  Probably a good thing it wasn't a stranger, who knows how they would have taken that.

We're totally road tripping next weekend, yes it is on like donkey kong.  Now all I have to do is find some zebra striped pants and a hot pink cowboy hat.

Long Time No See

So it has been almost 2 months since my last post.  And almost 4 months since I gave up trying to blog seriously.  If anyone still reads this I'm sorry if you keep coming back to this virtual wasteland, dead blogs are sad.  I keep thinking I'll start posting again when I feel better, but who knows when that will be. 

My birthday is June 27th, I'll be turning 33.  I read an article earlier this year saying that a study has shown that the happiest year of life is supposed to be your 33rd, sorry but I'm feeling gyped at the moment.

So pre birthday assessment of life: divorced (wedding rings still for sale), working 1 full time dead end desk job, working 1 part time cleaning job, working 1 part time massage therapist job, working 1 part time food prep job, own 1 house (still for sale), own 1 '97 chevy lumina, no children, 1 psycho dog, 2 chinchillas, have a grand total debt of $102k, no savings, no retirement, no degree, no major health problems, no hobbies, 25 pounds overweight, out of shape, have 2 great parents, have 6 great siblings and 6 great siblings in law, have 13 wonderful nieces and nephews, no social life, no ambition, 1 desperately needed weekend birthday trip planned to L.A. to stay with a friend and see War Horse.

What is it Monty Python says?  Always look on the bright side of life?  Only lately it seems more like "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition".  *sigh* So is the cliche true, "It's always darkest before the dawn"?  I'm a little lost right now, a little lonely, and a lot of weird and internally messed up.  I've tried to stay positive and keep the negative at bay...honestly some days it isn't worth getting out of bed but I do it anyway.

Who knows maybe after my birthday things will pick up, maybe it will be lucky 33 after all.