Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Here's What's New

Okay, so I know it's been like 74,382,947,389,234 years since I've blogged - maybe not quite, but I'm sure it's seemed like it to you. ;-) Just to be sure you don't miss anything in my life that you are so interest in, here's what's new:

Doug's at it Again

It's Business

Canada Geese

My Cat is Almost as Spoiled as I Am

Taking Back the Backyard

Am I Really a 'Runner'

You Can Take the Girl Out of the Ghetto...

Thar's Gold in dem der Hills!

Pool!

I would advise reading them in order, you know, for the full effect. And blogging marathon - over!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pool!

Dillon and I had a deal that when I finished the back yard, I could buy a pool. As the time drug on and the weeding proved to take a lot longer than planned, I added an "or" clause to our deal. I said if the backyard was done OR it hits 100 degrees outside, whichever is first. Well, they both came the same day, so, on Saturday, Dillon and I went and got my pool.





Well, I think it was about 20 - 25 minutes until it was ready for water. Not nearly as unrealistic as I thought.


The instructions said to smooth out the bottom one more time before when there was about an inch in the bottom. Well it was more like 2" when I started, and I found the most effective way to really get the bottom smooth was to push one way with my hands while pushing the opposite with my feet. I swear, I wonder how I can't see these things coming. Well, my first belly-flop in my new pool was with only inches of water.


It took so much longer to fill than I expected. I really didn't know what to expect though.



It was 9 hours total to fill. By the next day, it was all ready for action! It was only in the high 70's and really windy most of the day Sunday, but I couldn't resist! I had to swim!



What pool day is complete without a floaty?


I wanted my phone and camera out there with me just in case a mood struck, but I know how clumsy I am, so I used some precautions.


Needless to say, I spilled my drink... Do'h! It was outside the pool thought. I guess that was better than in.

I loved playing in my new pool! I wasn't in there 5 minutes before max started trying to climb up the ladder to get to me.


How could I resist. I spent a little time trying to teach him to use the ladder. Then I figured that was enough of ladder-training for that day and it was time to swim. So I picked him up and carried him in. I put him in the water then finished down the inside of the ladder. Before I could grab him again, he had swum to the edge and was trying to get out. I grabbed him and pulled him back in. I tried to get him to settle down and enjoy the water but he wouldn't, so not long after I put him in, I took him back out. He was still pretty interested in what I was doing and would pop his cute little head up every once in a while after he got out.



About 1/2 hour or so later, I bumped into the side of the pool and noticed the inflatable ring was not nearly as inflated as it was before. So yeah, I managed to break my pool before it was 24 hours old. I think when I pulled Max off the side is what did it. Or sometime when he was scrambling to try to get out. Regardless, there was a slash about 3mm long and 1mm wide.

I patched it and hopefully it will hold. Otherwise, I just may cry. And a maybe even more sad reality is that I am not convinced that I shouldn't give Max another swimming lesson sometime.

Thar's Gold in dem der Hills!

I found turquoise in our back yard today!


I've been hoeing the land (I know, I know... grow up!) back there to make it more level for my pool and I came across one.


Then I started looking for it and found all eight of these, I'd say, within 15 minutes of finding the first.


How cool is that?!

You Can Take the Girl Out of the Ghetto...

So Cevin popped my office "chair" (exercise ball) probably 3 months ago - or more. Due to nothing other than me procrastinating going out and getting a new chair, this has been what I have been using since.


It's just as comfortable as it looks. If you can't tell, it's two paper boxes with one of those 80's fold-out-bed chairs. They aren't the same size, so I was forever drooping on one side or the other.

It's like rickety-ass-ghetto is in my DNA or something. Why did I sit on this stupid thing for so long? It was so cumbersome and inefficient. I would like to think that I just got busy with life and when I left "work" I forgot about it, but I am not sure.

Anyway, I got a chair.


Dang! I wish you town folk woulda tol me bout these hur chur thingies a long times ago. They's nifty with they wheelie thingies an all...

Am I Really a 'Runner'

I bought my first running shoes about 4 1/2 years ago - yeah, I've been blogging for a bit - and I just barely wore them out. I don't think they are supposed to last that long. Granted, I am thrilled that they did, but it begs the question, "Can I really call myself a 'runner'?" Although I still think that they were the BEST running shoes ever made, I am not sure they would have lasted a "real" runner this long. Who knows?


I took really good care of my shoes. I only wore them running, and they still look pretty good. But the grid cushions wore out.

I got a really good deal on my new shoes, but I will miss my old ones a lot. I LOVE the colors and look of my old shoes. And I have so many clothes that match - I know, I'm a lame girl.


My new shoes seem to be working well, but I just don't like the look of them as well. Luckily that's not the point.


Out with the old; in with the new, I guess.

Taking Back the Backyard

So this backyard thing has been a crazy project. In the beginning I was hell-bent on doing the entire thing by myself. I didn't want to spend money for someone to do it or even to buy a weed-whacker. Needless to say, my progress was slow.






Then, I got a week-whacker.


I am not sure why I was so adamant that I do the entire thing by hand. I guess I figured an able-bodied person ought to. I don't really know. I do know that I didn't want to spend money on anything though. Dillon's dad gave us his week-whacker to use. Otherwise, I am afraid I would still be pulling.



Another reason I am so grateful for the weed-whacker is because I wouldn't have put my pool up until it the back yard was done, and it's been hot

My Cat is Almost as Spoiled as I Am

I got Cevin a new cat tree last week. Her other one was a floor to ceiling one, but our ceilings are too high here. So she's been sort of doing without. So I figured it was time and I found a really cute one at Costco for a great price.

At first I wondered if she liked it.



But then it was clear that she would.




Canada Geese (Yes, I said Canada Geese)

A really smart guy I know likes to correct the errors of my ways. I've always called them Canadian Geese, but that's not correct. Even though it sounds odd and I get funny looks when I say it, I like to be correct if I know better, so I will talk about the Canada Goose.

Actually, Canada Geese, a few in particular. A few weeks ago, I noticed a pair hanging around on of the lake community lakes a few blocks from my house. It wasn't too long after that I noticed they had babies - three little, adorably cute goslings.

I got around to taking their picture three or four days later and, I swear, they doubled in size from that time. But they were still cute.



I was at my dad's land in Idaho early May and he had about 12 or 13 Canada Geese on his land. He's built boxes for them and a lot of them nest there. There were three or four nests this year and one of the mommy geese stole all the babies from all the nests. So now she has 9 goslings, and the others have none! (She's may just be worse than Octo-Mom!)

It's Business

So the weekend of Doug's wedding, I told Paul and Emily that I was going to be in Salt Lake that next weekend on business. Paul thought that was hilarious and still makes fun of me about it. I'm really not sure the amusement. Maybe, since he's never had a real job, thought I was talking about poo - not sure.

Anyway, the next weekend I was up to SLC for work. It was great to be back in the office, even though I was cramped up in a conference room most of the time.

My new boss, Brent, hooked me up with an awesome suite at a hotel just down the road from my work. There was a full kitchen.


A cute, cozy living area.


An entertainment center that you could see through to the bedroom. And if you felt like watching TV from the super soft king bed instead...


...you could just flip the TV around and you were all set. I thought it was cool.


The bed was so nice and comfy.


Cute mini-double doors to the bathroom.


I could have stayed there a month or more and been just fine. Not to mention the eggs, sausage, and stuffed crepes I got for breakfast the next morning - part of the complementary continental breakfast.

My friend from work, Salote, came by with her son, Alama, and went for a swim Thursday night. Then we went and played volleyball with another friend from work, Ese. It was fun! Her ward was so nice to let me play. I sucked compared to them but had a ball.

Here's Alama with his new goggles. I wonder if he is flipping me off on purpose...


After work on Friday, I had a bit of time before my flight, so I went over to Bills. I arrived before anyone else got home, so I got some pics of his new back yard. I was impressed.


Bills new pool also has an automatic pool cover - nice!



I meant to get more of this amazing action, but I had a total lame moment and must have accidentally stopped the video short. Then when I thought I stopped it, I actually started recording again and have footage of my nostrils, the sky, and various other things it captured while swinging from my wrist, complete with random blabberings from me and my family
(but mostly me)

Eventually the whole family got home and it was great to see them. My mom and Paul also met me over there. It was good to catch up with them have them laugh at me trying to go down Bill's water slide.

Since it was only 55 degrees in SLC that day, I didn't think I would be swimming, but Bill has his pool heated to a cozy 85. It was warmer to be in the pool. And if I didn't feel that was quite warm enough, I could go jump in his hot tub that he kept and a steamy 108. Ahhhhhh.

My favorite part of his awesome pool setup was the water slide. It's a quick ride! For some reason, I felt it imperative that I master a cannon ball off the slide. I kept flying out of "formation" around the last turn, but finally "nailed" it.