Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Provo River

It was fun. Go float it. Tell your friends.

Monday, June 29, 2009

An idea

My friend Christin wrote a great blog post about therapy a little while ago. She shared some of her experience with therapy, and then talked about her opinion of therapy and the bad wrap that it generally gets. I loved her analogy in the second paragraph, where she says that when you say you're going to the doctor, no one assumes that you're dying. But when you say you're going to a therapist, some people assume that you're crazy! That is just not true. I have to agree with Christin saying that seeking help for stress or other emotional issues means that you are emotionally healthy. If there are things going on in your life that need fixing, and you don't know how to do it on your own, a therapist can be an objective person who can give you great advice. So, for those of you who may be thinking about therapy, please give it a try. It might help you change your life.

June 6th, 2009

On June 6th, 2009, Dave and I saw a low-flying airplane above the city of Orem, Utah.

I thought I would just let that sink in there for a minute, and give you time to wonder, "Why is she talking about this?" Well, it wasn't just flying low. It was descending. And it wasn't even close to the Provo airport, which was the closest airport. Also, it wasn't a little plane. It was probably an Airbus, or something bigger. Dave and I pulled over to watch it, because we were both afraid that it was going to crash in a residential area of Orem.

We saw it slowly continue to lose elevation, and then eventually start to turn towards the mountains. It got turned all the way around, and (still flying very low) headed back to Salt Lake, where I'm assuming it landed safely. I searched and couldn't find any news about a plane crashing while trying to return to the Salt Lake airport. If any of you have heard anything about this, I'm curious about why they turned around and I haven't been able to find anything to satisfy my curiosity!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

An even closer to Excellent Weekend!

Merry is back from New York (thank goodness), and we are finally getting around to planning our wedding (okay, we did a lot of stuff right when we got engaged but then interest in registries, invitations, cakes, and other sundry things started to wane, I mean, when you've got three whole months, what's the worry?) It was a good thing we got as much done at the beginning of our engagement as we did, otherwise this next month and a half would be really stressful (as it is, things are just plain stressful, kind of like the difference between regular and super size). On top of all the wedding (not to be confused with weeding, which is tedious rather than just stressful) stuff, I've got a final on Monday dealing with the 1st and 14th Amendments. Much like the alchemists of medieval fame, I must find a way to turn 50 pages of decidedly lead-like notes into some kind of academic gold, not particularly likely.

The good news is that the weather has finally decided to get its act together and act like summer. Being in love in the spring time was great, neither of us had ever smooched in the rain and this spring, whether we wanted to or not, we smooched in the rain...repeatedly. It (I put "it" here because it sounds downright unscientific to say "the sky") rained every day for an entire month (for those of you who protest that you distinctly remember sunny days in May I am sorry to inform you that you misremember, probably caused by all that alchemy!). The upshot of all this that I'm taking a break from studying and Merry's taking a break from her crazy work schedule to float the Provo River on Saturday. Here are the pictures of what it will be like:

The Provo River

For those of you who do not recognize this portion of the Provo River, you just need to take the "hard core water falls" fork in the river. I'm pretty sure there's a sign.

Our Boat (or at least one similar to ours)

This is an inflatable (or as the boat snobs call them,
semi-rigid) raft, we will also be in an inflatable raft.

Friday, June 12, 2009

An Almost Most Excellent Weekend

This coming weekend should be pretty good! I am excited for a road trip that I have planned. That’s right! Road trip!

But first, a little background. Emily Heaton is moving from Provo to New York this weekend. Her husband has been out there working since the end of April, while she was taking classes this spring term. And now she’s going to join him. After the summer of working, they will move to Georgia, where Benjamin just got accepted to go to school. That’s also where Emily will have their first baby! It’s due just a couple weeks after school starts, so they’ve got a busy end of the summer planned!

Anyway, Emily is driving out to New York so that they can have their car, which is here in Utah, and she invited me to road trip it with her. I think this is an absolutely fabulous idea! Emily is one of my favorite people, and once she moves to NY and GA, I probably won’t see her very frequently. This road trip is a great chance to have some fun with her before we live across the country from each other!

It’s also going to be very fun because of the places we’ll go on the trip. First of all, Emily and I go way back. We were mission companions 3 times during our 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We started out in a historic city for our church, Nauvoo, Illinois, and we were companions there for several months. Then, during the winter, we were both sent to Greeley, Colorado to serve part of our mission there. We were roommates there with a couple other sisters, and then we were companions for the last half of our 7 months there. And when we went back to Nauvoo to finish our missions, we were companions again for about a month and we were roommates most of the time that we weren't companions. So we share a lot of history.

And we get to visit both Greeley and Nauvoo on our way to New York! One of the sisters that we served with in Greeley, Melissa Atwood (now Ferguson), still lives in Greeley, and she and her husband Pat are going to host us for one night in Greeley. Then we'll drive to Nauvoo, and stay there for a night. I am so happy that I finally get to return to the cities where I served as a missionary. It's been 2 and 1/2 years since I came home from my mission! I will be taking lots of pictures, and journaling a lot, and just loving the experience.

The only down side to this (which prevents it from being an Absolutely Most Excellent Weekend) is that I will miss Dave! The weekends are the time that we get to see each other the most, and it's hard to give that up. It is amazing to me how much I miss him during the day, just want to be around him, and love chatting with him while we're apart. We must be in love, or something! We do things to help us get through the long week when we can't spend a lot of time together. This week, we met halfway between our two houses, and went on a two-hour date. We went to the temple and then wandered around Ikea. Yeah, maybe not the most romantic, but it was satisfying because I was with Dave. So, that will be the only hitch to my weekend. Can't I just pack him up in my suitcase and bring him with me?

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Little Bragging

Dave recently got his grades back for his most recent semester of law school. I've been kind of nervous about his grades, because I wanted him to do well. I was also nervous that if he didn't do as well as he wanted, it would mean that I had been too much of a distraction to him.

Well, when he got his grades back, we were both pleasantly surprised! He did better than he thought he would. For those of you who don't know, his grades for each class are based on either the test at the end of the semester or one paper turned in a little bit before the end of the semester. And, of course, when your grades are based on one relatively short performance, it's easy to think that you're going to do very poorly. By the end of the semester Dave was tired of studying, and just tired! So we were both very happy with the grades that he received.

Then, today, Dave found out something else that is really exciting. He received a couple of awards for his performance in two of his classes this semester! In one class he got the CALI award for receiving the highest score in the course, and in another class he got the COL award for the best all around performance. Isn't he amazing!?

Okay, no more bragging about my fiance. I don't want him to get a big head! But I will say that together we are quite the handsome couple. These are a few of our engagement pictures. We got them taken a few weeks ago, and we're working on making our invitations now. I'm so happy!

Okay, I can't help bragging about him a little bit! Isn't he cute?