Thursday, December 22, 2011

A List

I wrote this post in March of 2010, almost 2 years ago. I know that it's only the beginning of winter, but I already feel this way again:
I miss the summer.

1. Warm air
2. Hiking
3. Swimming
4. Watermelon
5. No school, no homework!!
6. Roadtrips
7. Ice cream for a reason
8. Popsicles, again with reason
9. I can read whatever I want.
10. Outdoor movies :-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

This Magic Moment

"It is time for us all to decide who we are."
-Les Miserables, "The ABC Cafe"

I will probably hate it soon, but the most exciting part about gearing up for graduation right now is the commencement of my search for a job.

"There is magic in the air this season, magic everywhere!"
-The Muppets' Christmas Carol

In a few short months, I will begin a new life away from the nursery known as BYU. I will be a real adult! With a job and everything! I know it's a little early to be counting chickens, but when else should I enjoy the excitement of future possibilities other than now?

And who knows what the new school year will bring me, or where it will take me! I Jean-Luc Piccard, exploring a strange new world of new life, new civilization. I am boldly going where I have not gone before. Perhaps it is not the final frontier, but it is new to me, and that makes it exciting, shiny, and full of glittering possibilities. (Gleaming? Glowing? Radiant? No, it would be ....Radiating... that can't be right.).

More immediately I am getting ready to student teach. Part of me is nervous to do this new thing, but another part of me is just really excited to finally do what I have been preparing to do this whole time I've been in the English teaching program. I know that it will be different from anything I've done before . . . but I still look forward to it!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Goblin Valley

Jordan and I spontaneously decided to go to Goblin Valley a few Saturdays ago.
Gassing up!
When we went over this one pass, there was torrential snow storm. We were about to turn around and go back when suddenly, it stopped! We stopped and took a picture behind us (above) in which you can see the raging snow, and another in front of us (below), in which you can see sun and completely clear skies. Amazing!

...and the sky just got bluer....
We felt like tourists in the state we both have lived in for years: "Utah" in Provo is NOT the same as "Utah" like this!
Doesn't it look like every Star Trek "away mission" ever?

It was windy.... just look at his hair! (but don't look at mine!)
We saw cowboys! (but we didn't get a picture). They were real, live cowboys!
Almost to Green River, our final destination.
We found a melon stand. Water melons for $1? Yes, please!
This melon stand was established in memory of Jace Vetere, a high school senior who died in a tragic motorcycle accident.
We ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner at different diners. It was a lot of fun!
Lunch diner...
These people love melons.

At Denny's for dinner!
Jordan couldn't finish his pancakes, so he tried to hide the leftover bits of the first pancake underneath the totally untouched second pancake. I don't think it worked...

Goblin valley! When we got there, the park ranger told us that we could walk anywhere in the valley, climb the goblins, whatever we wanted! So we did. What a cool place!

These goblins were so weird. Love it.
It sort of felt like being in a science fiction movie.

Can you see the Goblin faces?
We had a very fun day, full of adventure and photography. This sunset looks pretty, doesn't it?