Monday, June 29, 2009

I Kinda Miss

computer game treasure cove Pictures, Images and Photos

Especially the stars that danced all the time.

Another great computer game.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I promised Jon we could try and make our own invites before we just went and purchased them from my friends mom's friend. It took me about 2 days of searching but I have finally found something I like. The only thing is that part of my ideal plan includes the use of brown envelopes, which unless I can find them on ebay for way cheap, will add an extra 80$ to the cost.

So I keep telling myself I don't need brown envelopes. I don't need brown envelopes. But I need brown envelopes.

Oh dear. What is a girl to do???

Secretly I Wish I could Buy A Pair

I had a random thought pop into my head this morning and thought for indulgence sake I would blog about it. I actually don't remember specifically what the thought was about except for that it had something to do with Jean Boutiques, designer or high-end jeans, and some articles I had once read about them. I feel lame for blogging about something life will probably never allow me to partake of, but because of how much it intrigues me I am going to do it anyways. In fact, it intrigues me so much I was going to buy a pair as a present to myself for graduation last year, but then I forgot or something. Darn it.

First of all as I talk about this keep in mind that I'm talking about jeans that can cost from 150$ to 600$ and up. Imagine spending that much on a pair of jeans? (150 is manageable but I would assume the medium price to be much higher). The articles I read talked to a few people who had said they used to think the idea of spending so much money on jeans was ridiculous. But once they bought one pair they couldn't stop. They loved the jeans, the comfort and style they offered, and had to have more. They had pairs for the day time, pairs of the evening time, and pairs for relaxing around the house.

Imagine the people that shop for them. Many have lots of money so the shops have to cater to them. Thus they have have Jean Boutiques. Nice interiors, good customer service, and perhaps even wine while you make your decision. But if your a new be on the fence, not sure if jeans are worth that much, do not be surprised if your told to leave and come back when you will let yourself indulge in this high quality denim. Who wants to give free wine to those that wont end up buying anyways?

One type of jean popular at these high end stores is called raw denim. Raw denim is denim that is not distressed at all nor torn in any fashion. It is often not washed before leaving the factory, left in its pure after dying form, and thus the shrinkage has not occurred before they are sold. This often making purchasing raw denim, especially Japanese raw denim, complicated for newbies.

What stuck with me the most from the news article, that applies to raw denim, was that some people do not like to wash their jeans for many months (close to 6) because it helps them keep their shape and fit down the road. But of course you can't be wearing smelly jeans, especially if your wearing high end denim. So to keep out the smell and to keep them semi clean, they store them in the freezer at times. This helps eliminate the order without forcing them to wash their jeans. This idea to me was not only slightly gross but also slightly fascinating and slightly ingenious.

I have heard that another reason that raw denim is not to be washed is because it does not allow for the fading that many wearers want. People don't want a fading caused by the dye being washed out. They want a fading due to wearing in the jeans or they wanted their "own unique and natural fading." Wikipedia had the following to say to help your understanding:

Much of the appeal of dry denim lies in the fact that with time the fabric will fade in a manner similar to factory distressed denim. With dry denim, however, such fading is affected by the body of the person who wears the jeans and the activities of their daily life. This creates what many enthusiasts feel to be a more natural, unique look than pre-distressed denim

Now this may seem extreme, not washing a pair of jeans for months but keep in mind two things. First, many raw denim wearers spend lots of money on their jeans and I too would treat my jeans differently if I spent hundreds of dollars on them. Secondly, they bought raw jeans because of their great look and the fascination with the fading. I would not worry about putting your jeans in the freezer, unless you've got a stench that you just can't get out, if you don't wear raw denim.

If you want to read more on the subject and want some great tips for when you next buy some raw denim, I found this blog that goes into a quite detailed explination.

Now in case your wondering, not all high-end are raw denim (just like all raw denim is not high-end). Just like normal jeans, you can buy them distressed. Just look at this short blog entry by David Friedman. I bet many people start out spending hundreds of dollars on jeans because they want nice raw jeans and scoff at the idea of spending that money on distressed jeans. But just like David, something probably always convinces them to accept the idea of spending hundreds on distressed jeans. And I think I too could easily accept it.

In fact, I'm not going to lie. I want a pair of high end jeans, especially a pair of raw jeans. I want a pair real bad. But I know that I will probably never own a pair of said jeans so for now I am going to stick to looking at them googly eyed. I will dream of how good they would look on me, how good they would feel, how cool it would be to put my jeans in the freezer. I promise though, I will not ask or beg for a pair, at least not any time soon. At least not until I learn how to bargain shop for these jeans.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You Already Knew That???

I hate when you get so excited about something you learned so you go and tell everyone and come to find out your the only one that never knew it.

I was reading beauty tips on RealSimple.Com and learned that you are not to use conditioner on all your hair. Just on the tips, or from the ear down. It makes your hair less flat and wont give you that greasy look.

How was I the only one that never knew this? Was I once told it and just forgot??? Answer me people!

There are stupid questions
And I am usually the one that asks them....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I have to give a shout out to Logan whose birthday was on Sunday. She is another of my best friends. I love her because shes funny. She never ceases to make me laugh with her witty comments. I even like it when she makes fun of me because its just so hilarious. I love her because she always makes me feel good about myself by telling me I do and will look good. I love her because she keeps me company on facebook chat. I love her because she does research for me sometimes. I love her because she is willing to fly to the east coast to chill with me. I love her because she threatens to beat up guys for me. I love her because she speaks "liz," even if they don't teach it at the Sterling Learning Annex like she told me they did. I love her because she's nice and fun and cute and has great style. I love her because there is nothing not to love about her.

So happy birthday from Sunday Logan and I can't wait tell August when we get to go on the road trip of the century together.

Oh No Not Another Wedding Blog

News : I am back to planning my wedding. Jon and I have finally picked a date and are getting married in October. Yay! I have already done tons of research & already have a dress so hopefully I can keep myself from going nuts in the next few months. But I doubt it. Too many decisions to be made still.

I like modern and classic things. I like planning with the seasons. I want everything, yet nothing, as hard as it may be. And I want my wedding reception style to follow this. And I want a very informal yet nice reception (in otherwords lots of food...I love food).

As we don't want to spend much more than 3000 (minus my dress and possibly photography) we are trying to do as much as we can with little. So far we think my families friend will be making the food (just gotta confirm that) so that should save us at least 400$ if we shop correctly. We are also going to attempt to make our own invitations before we buy them. Who knows whats going to happen though so I will have to let you know the outcome of this. And I found a tiara I like for only 30$ which though it may seem like a lot, is the best price Ive found yet for what I like. Just gotta purchase it in the next few days. So far so good. I will probably not share all my wedding decisions with you but probably a lot of them as they usually excite me.

I love reading the blogs of "eco-friendly brides." I disagree with most of their politics but have nothing against the fact that they are trying to save money and recycle. Plus they seem like fun people. And I have found lots of good ideas already. This cake stand being one of them. One of my favorite blogs to get ideas from had a 2000 dollar budget. EEK! I also adore this wedding. I'll share more later.

Well in the next few months, I am going to try and blog about my life as usual, but the wedding might semi take this over as it will become my life for the next 3 1/2 months.

I'm sure I'll enjoy your wedding despite not enjoying any other wedding I've ever been to
This is how kind of how I feel about receptions. I don't enjoy most. But so be it. Ill be married an probably wont even care about my reception.

Wish Me Luck!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

You Are Validated

I have a great friend in Utah who shared this video with me a while ago. I finally got around to watching it and am happy not only that he shared it with me but that I took the time to watch it. How much better would the world be if we all smiled everyday and if we gave other people a reason to smile.

"You are great! You are Amazing!" Now Don't Forget It.

Asian this, Asian that, Asian Asian Asian....

For anybody who may not know yet, my sister Laura is obsessed with Asian everything. Asian guys, Asian bands, Asian movies, and even beginning to like Asian food. But this obsession means I have seen my fair share of Asian Dramas. Some are not too bad, but many are just strange. Asian humor anyone?

The other day she shared this video with me and it made me laugh. So in honor of Laura, her graduation coming up, and her Asian obsession, here is the video she loves.

A little side note: I used to be obsessed with Asian boys and am obsessed with Asian food, but my obsession was nothing compared to hers.

Happy Day, Happy Weekend, Happy Everything

Happy Wedding Day Scott and Brooke Baxter.

Happy last day of school kids and teachers.

Happy spaghetti day because that's what I had for lunch and it was delicious.

Happy weekend to everyone.

Welcome home Christopher from your mission.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Things I am Thinking About


Paying off my debt

Finding a new job in the near future

Perhaps continuing my education in some form

Any more decisions I am forgetting about or things I should be thinking about?

Oh yeah....when should I have that BBQ I wanted to have.....

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Hair Sucks....

That's what I think at least one every 5 months and its time again. I need a change. The only problem is I need to resist a drastic change because I don't want to deal with it for a wedding. So for now I need a hair cut that looks cute and is a bit of a change but not drastic.

As of today two people, probably the only two people that read my blog, have told me to get bangs. But bangs scare me bad. What if they look bad? What if I can't style them? What if they don't cover my big forehead at all? What if????? So I need your help. Tell me what you think I should do with my hair. I am thinking something more medium length, not too short....

And if no one responds than I guess I will leave it up to the hair gods....and whoever gets the joy of cutting my hair and it will be your fault I am ugly.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

100 Books

Who knows where this list originated from but I am bored so I'm taking full advantage. Supposedly the BBC assumes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books on this list. How many have you read?

1) Bold those you have read.
2) Star the ones you loved.*
3) Italicize those you plan on reading.
4) Underline those you have partially read (series) or gave the OCT (Old College Try)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown*
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White -Wilkie Collins*
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - I own the books so I have to
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - Hate this book
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett- love this movie
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker - Almost had to read this in school. Luckily we ran out of time.
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White - can't remember
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint (I could be making this up but but I feel like I have read it before)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Toole
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I put very few of these as my favorites because most of these I really did enjoy. I put a star by those I really really loved.

Monday, June 8, 2009


I went on a quick road trip to South Carolina this weekend. For all who don't live out here, it is about a 9-10 hr road trip so for a weekend trip thats a ways to go. But my uncle asked us to come down this weekend so my mom and sister and I did. I ended up having a lot of fun. We got to make a quick trip to the beach, that had way warmer water than Virginia Beach and we got to see my Aunt and Uncle and cousin Tiffany. Oh and Tiffany's fiance Chris. Hes one of the nicest guys ever and hes way cute so I am soo happy for her.

Highlights from the road trip:

-listening to oldies, John Denver, and church music with my mom.
-all the quotes from the road trip that made us laugh but that we will never remember
-when my mom called the burger king cute.
-when my mom wouldn't let us open the door or window at the motel for fear we would get raped.
-seeing Tiffany again. It had been far to long and I love her so much.
-driving 80-90 miles per hours in my dads Honda. I no longer love my car as much after driving his car. Its so nice.
-having to drive aggressively to get places faster.
-my mom checking out all the cars. There were some nice ones Id have to admit.
-the black dude at the gas station (story for another time)
-seeing my mom enjoy the water at the beach so much. I had no clue she loved the waves so much.
-all the times we got lost.
-all the sweet houses and scenery in South Caroline.
-the weather and how it would rain one second and stop another second (it never rained for very long so we didn't have to plan our schedules around it). how you could see it raining over the ocean. how it would rain when it was sunny.
-the guy who taught Sunday school who looked like General Lee. When Jon is old he needs to grow facial hair like that dude. So attractive.

Keeping ourselves entertained on the long drive.

Another great moment from our trip : This statue. It made all of us do a double take multiple times.

The Beach!!!

This is the best picture I could take while driving and it just doesn't do the place justice but parts of South Carolina is soo pretty.

My mom taking a much needed rest.

I have one special thank you to give out : mom thank you for all the entertainment you provided on this trip. I learned so much about you on this trip. But as our uncle says "your the same old JoAnn."

Friday, June 5, 2009

More Randomness

I took this quiz in like 10 mins so not all the answers may be right.

100 Fun Questions Survey from

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? - Doesnt matter anymore
Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? - yes
Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? - depends on how they are when i go to bed
Have you ever stolen a street sign before? - no
Do you like to use post-it notes? - yes
Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? - yes
Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? - big bear
Do you have freckles? - no
Do you always smile for pictures? - almost or else i look ugly
What is your biggest pet peeve? - people not going through with their plans
Do you ever count your steps when you walk? - no
Have you ever peed in the woods? - no
What about pooped in the woods? - no
Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing? - yes
Do you chew your pens and pencils? - yes
How many people have you slept with this week? - 0
What size is your bed? - king
What is your Song of the week? - none
Is it okay for guys to wear pink? - yes
Do you still watch cartoons? - no
Whats your least favorite movie? - hills have eyes
Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? - in my church's yard
What do you drink with dinner? - water or milk
What do you dip a chicken nugget in? - bbq sauce or ketchup
What is your favorite food? - too many favorites
What movies could you watch over and over and still love? - not sure
Last person you kissed/kissed you? - jon
Were you ever a boy/girl scout? - no
Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? - no
When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? - a few weeks ago
Can you change the oil on a car? - no
Ever gotten a speeding ticket? - no
Ran out of gas? - no
Favorite kind of sandwich? - steak and cheese
Best thing to eat for breakfast? - bagels
What is your usual bedtime? - midnight
Are you lazy? - yes
When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? - indian, power ranger
What is your Chinese astrological sign? - forget
How many languages can you speak? - 1/2 of one
Do you have any magazine subscriptions? - yes
Which are better legos or lincoln logs? - hard decision
Are you stubborn? - yes
Who is better...Leno or Letterman? - dont care
Ever watch soap operas? - no
Afraid of heights? - sometimes
Sing in the car? - yes
Dance in the shower? - yes
Dance in the car? - no
Ever used a gun? - yes
Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? - family pictures a few years back
Do you think musicals are cheesy? - yes
Is Christmas stressful? - no
Ever eat a pierogi? - a what?
Favorite type of fruit pie? - apple
Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? - fire fighters, archeologist, cop, fbi agent (still do)
Do you believe in ghosts? - yes
Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? - yes
Take a vitamin daily? - no
Wear slippers? - yes
Wear a bath robe? - yes
What do you wear to bed? - tshirt and some sort of pants or shorts
First concert? - n sync
Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? - wal mart
Nike or Adidas? - nike
Cheetos Or Fritos? - cheetos
Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? - peanuts
Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? - no
Ever take dance lessons? - yes
Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? - nope
Can you curl your tongue? - no
Ever won a spelling bee? - no
Have you ever cried because you were so happy? - eh hard to say
Own any record albums? - no
Own a record player? - no
Regularly burn incense? - no
Ever been in love? - yes
Who would you like to see in concert? - u2
What was the last concert you saw? - toad the wetsprocket
Hot tea or cold tea? - neiether
Tea or coffee? - neither
Sugar or snickerdoodles? - snickerdoodles
Can you swim well? - yes
Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? - yes
Are you patient? - no
DJ or band, at a wedding? - dj
Ever won a contest? - yes
Ever have plastic surgery? - no
Which are better black or green olives? - neither
Can you knit or crochet? - no
Best room for a fireplace? - living room
Do you want to get married? - yes
If married, how long have you been married? - na
Who was your HS crush? - too many to name
Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? - no
Do you have kids? - no
Do you want kids? - yes
Whats your favorite color? - yellow right now
Do you miss anyone right now? - yes jon
Did you watch, Next Great American Band on FOX? - no

2 More Things I Want!!!

1. Small Hymn book
2. Something to hook my phone up to my car to play music

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Random Thoughts Just Spew From My Brain Sometimes

Yesterday I randomly wanted to make something. So I decided that I would try and make these chocolate chip cookies I got the recipe for once. They were a bit of a complicated recipe because the consistency and the cook time was suppose to allow them to be super soft. Taking cookies out of the oven before they are done scares me though. But they came out looking like cookies but by the time I made them I did not want to eat them.

That's another problem of mine.
I like to cook sometimes but I don't like to eat what I cook. Not because its not good because according to others my cooking isn't too bad. I think it mainly has to do with the food not being up to my expectations, plus by the time I finish cooking I don't want to eat.

Anyways my mom and Jon tried one and said they were pretty good. Finally at 11 last night I tried one. Not bad if I may say so myself. I took a complicated recipe, changed it some, and they still turned out. Now I just have a bunch of cookies I can't eat so hopefully my family eats them. I cant eat them all because the amount of sugar I partake of has significantly decreased. And in addition to the cookies, I went after work to find the new skittles that have two flavors in one, because I just had to try them. They are sooo good but now I have cookies and skittles to deal with. Eating the skittles sparingly and making others eat the cookies seems to be the key to my problems so does anybody want some cookies? Its nice to not want so much sugar now.

Can't you just sense the crazy good flavor
they have? I think I'll eat a few right now.

Another thing that has been on my mind is about patience, charity, family, and happiness. This has been on my mind more multiple reasons. First I have days were I get completely depresses for a while. I feel alone, I don't want to do anything by myself to try and make myself feel better, nor do I want to talk about it. I have been more sensitive to those moods since I have been home from college and they really bother me and concern me. Usually I am somewhat tired and something slight triggers me into the downward spiral. Luckily they don't often last more than a day. The second thing is that I have been able to watch and experience how my family and my situations differ from those of other people a lot in the last half year. Finally I have noticed my general lack of patience with many things in life.

I am struggling writing this because I want to give examples and stories to illustrate how I feel but I know that there is a point where my privacy and more importantly others privacy is more important than illustrating a point. So without giving you any specifics just trust me on the above.

The reason I bring up the family situation is probably with my general lack of patience and sometimes lack of understanding towards others, even when I know I have no right to feel that way. I hate feeling impatience, unkind, annoyed, depressed. I am constantly trying to figure out ways not to be, how to get out of the moods quicker, and how to be more patient. But the only solution I have come to yet is that I simply need to continue to find ways to partake of the gospel. I need to read my scriptures more. Pray more. Seek help from the Lord to strengthen me and empower me so that I may get past my weaknesses. I need to better myself that I may feel worthy to ask for the gift of Charity that I may be more patient, more loving, more kind. And along with all that I need to make lifestyle changes, small as they may be. I need to be open to what the Lord tells me I need to change to fix. I need to be more active towards the gospel as it is the only solution I have yet to find. And I know for a fact it will help me if I but gain a strong and unwavering faith in the gospel, in my Lord Jesus Christ, and in my Heavenly Father. And if I but turn to him in my times of weakness instead of trying to handle it on my own and turning to him afterward.

Finally I feel like I either need to make some drastic change in my life or be open to some drastic change. I have not figured it out yet. I do know that I have time so I do not need to rush to figure this out. But I do need to make sure I take the opportunity to ponder, pray, and fast, and not just forget about it. Otherwise life will just float past me. On the other hand, time will only tell what happens in my life I guess.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Quick Weekend Update Splashed With A Bit Of Humor

I found this funny. And this one too.

This weekend was a rather good but busy one. Friday, Jon and I went and saw Star Trek at the Imax. As I am not at all versed in the old series, some of the movie went over my head but I still really enjoyed it and would watch it again.

Saturday we got up bright and early and hiked Old Rag with Scott and Brooke! I had my doubts about the hike because I heard it was hard, and those doubts only strengthened when they said half of it was uphill and that you had to climb over rocks. I am not going to lie I was scared to go on the hike. Scared it would kick my butt. In the end I made it and it ended up being easier to go uphill than downhill. Usually downhill is way easy for me but this time my legs hurt so bad going down and the constant thumping on the ground only made the pain worse. Plus it was 4.5 miles of going downhill. Uphill was also long, and the fake outs of reaching our destination were not cool, but the rocks were actually fun to climb through, over, and under. I much enjoyed the rock climbing part of it. I also enjoyed the gorgeous view from the look out points and the top. So beautiful with all the green trees below. We ran into a Young Womens group preparing for their long hike this summer. Luckily they let us through because they were going pretty slow but it was funny running into them. Good Luck Girls!!! In the end my legs hurt really bad the rest of the evening and into Sunday and Monday but hiking the 10+ miles was totally worth it and I would consider doing it again.

I look horrible as I am wearing a boy sweater b/c it was cold and my
glasses because something is wrong with my eyes. So please excuse me.

Afterward we had a few hours free before friends came over to watch Taken. I made Jon and my sister fettuccine Alfredo with salad and Wegmans rolls as the sides. All of the food was pretty good but I ate way too much.

Sunday we had a full day of Church, a class after church, family dinner, and a quick trip to the temple. I am thankful for many things from that day. I am thankful for all those who prepared talks and lessons and from the spirit that we were able to feel. I am thankful for my dad and the steak, sausage, corn and tomato/cucumber/onion salad he made. All of it was very good and made for delicious leftovers. I am thankful that Jon and I had a chance to go and just sit on temple grounds and do some studying. I need to remember that I can partake of the temple without going inside and hope I can go more often. Hopefully next time it wont be so windy and cold.