Tuesday, October 30, 2012

life lately according to this old sony cyber-shot

it snowed last week and then promptly became balmy warm over the next few days. typical Provo.

Phil and Dane at H&M trying on sweet vests.

we were a russian gymnast couple for halloween - I am Nastia and Phil is my coach, Serge.

we celebrated four months of marriage happiness today at Spicy Corea. kimchi isn't as bad as I thought it was especially considering that I haven't eaten it since a particularly traumatic experience with it when I was 9.

weekend adventures: CA

two weekends ag0 we drove home to california.
it felt like a mini vacation in the midst of this draining semester.

we attended my brother's wedding, the baptism of his wife the next day, 
dinner with the entire family (including all those beautiful nieces and nephew),
and then we began our trip home sunday morning.

around 1pm we were cruising through the desert near Baker, California. if you try and search for Baker on a map you will see that it's in the area of Nowhereville, USA. There is a giant thermometer there as well as a Greek restaurant  Besides that, there is nothing except cacti and lots of sand. And, of course, it is at this point on the trip that our sweet Sentra (who just turned 250,000 miles old) decided suddenly that it wanted a brand new alternator and hated the old one. We (and when I say "we" I mean "I" since Phil and Kristina were dozing off at the exciting moment) navigated the lifeless Sentra to the side of the road and sat in a daze for a second as trucks wizzed by. Then we got all savvy smart and called AAA. A very nice tow truck man came, hefted the beast onto the truck and carted us off to Las Vegas, a mere 80 miles further down the road. However, the AAA bundle we have only provides 7 free miles of tow. After that it is $8 per mile. You just do that math and figure out how much that little voyage cost. Ouch.

However, when we arrived in Vegas we started counting our blessings. Not only was there a mechanic shop open (on Sunday, people -- this was definitely not Provo, Utah and we were thankful) but they were also not busy. So, we rolled right in when we arrived and were out about an hour later. It did cost another pretty penny, but all was smooth on the ride back. We were safe, we had been well-served (and they, well-compensated), and by 11 that night we were back home and in our beds. If that's not a Visa card commercial right there, then I don't what else could be.

All in all, it was a memorable weekend. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

this day one year ago

Phil and I went on our first date.
It was a Swedish film and, boy, was it strange.
But we laughed our way through it and then Phil drove me home.
It was simple, yet so important.
We didn't know then what we know now, but October 14th was the start to something

who would have guessed that:

 would lead to:

Thursday, October 11, 2012


A few weekends ago, the canyon provided one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on in a while (besides the Zion Narrows adventure back in August). And, speaking of beautiful, look at these lovely, inspiring women I went with, one of which (Kristin) was my women's lit professor last fall. I am taking another class from her in the winter for my final senior English course. She is a such a rock star teacher and friend. Although, we decided tentatively that we'll need to re-assume the the more formal "student-teacher relationship" come January.

 "After that," she said, "we can be friends again." :]

I am surrounded by some majorly kindred spirits around these parts.
(Photo taken by dear Michelle!)