Thursday, May 29, 2008

My New Set of Wheels

Good news world! Are you ready for it?... Okay, well, you may have noticed a new face on the streets of Orem and Provo, riding like those hard core cyclists. It's because...I got a new bike!!!! (notice the FOUR exclamation marks. That means I'm really excited). It's been pretty fun riding to work yesterday and today. I get here a little sweaty (the hills are killer to weaklings like me...I'll get there soon) and everyone at work thinks I'm a little crazy. I love it. I've decided to be consistent with my current standing of not caring what other people think about my strange tendencies, and so, will continue riding. Don't worry, I don't wear spandex...yet. Come on! I've only had this bike for 3 days now!

Watch out Lance Armstrong.

*note: to those of you who are wondering about my overuse of ellipsis... Don't worry about it. I'm just trying to build suspense.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Burnt taste buds

My boss/new best friend Sharon bought me some extremely hot hot chocolate today that was very tasty (well, at least I assume so. I couldn't really taste it) and very hot. After burning my taste buds off (the reason I couldn't really taste it), I began musing about the mysteries of life, the universe, and why we do things that we know will hurt us. Why do I drink hot chocolate, even when it is so hot that I can't taste anything else for a week? Maybe it's the same reason I go to the dentist. As Calvin's (as in Calvin and Hobbes) dad said, "Calvin, go do something you hate. Being miserable builds character."
Maybe it's the same reason I love running so much. No. Running isn't miserable.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Amidst my extremely busy work schedule today, I somehow found time to observe the back of a bottle of hand sanitizer. Check out these active ingredients:
Ethyl Alcohol 62%, Water (agua), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol,... the list continues.
Good thing water is added in both English and Spanish. And as active as water is, it sounds even more threatening when labled as "agua." I also think it's pretty funny that "agua" is the only Spanish word on the whole bottle. I can just picture someone who only speaks Spanish, trying to figure out what the contents of this bottle are, and the only word this person can understand is "agua." What if this person just thought it was blue water and drank the whole bottle? Someone really should figure out a solution for all my monolingual friends.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Impulse Shopping

I've been meaning to write about this for a while, and for some reason, I haven't yet. So, the other day, I was sitting at work, and came across a website for the Hobble Creek half marathon in August. My heart did a little flutter, and I got all giddy inside. Then the doubts arose and something like the world wide debates ensued. I'm not quite sure which shoulder really housed the devil, and which was the angel. However, I am fairly sure that the one labeled "angel" was raised by Santa Clause.

angel on my shoulder: register now!! yay!

devil on my other shoulder: no way! You don't know anything about this race and you're not even going to perform very well. Settle for mediocrity.

aoms: you're amazing! woohoo!

domos: You really shouldn't impulse shop.

aoms: It's not impulse! It's inspiration!

domos: Whatever. Just remember when running mile 11 in the race, and you're cursing yourself for registering, I warned you.

aoms: Ho, ho ho!

Well, the infamous "aoms" won and $33 later, I'm committed to running the race. I am actually super excited. Not only do I really love running generally, but I am excited for the challenge of another long race. The best part, is that I got Barney to register too! Yay!! Call me crazy, Don't worry. I already know. I am.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ode to spring

Oh how I love the spring in the air,
The flowers and birdies and love everywhere.
I love how the tops of the jeeps are removed,
And the picnics and hick-trips to get in the groove.
First ankles, then calves, then knees start to show
Except that my whiteness sends memories of snow.
All of the world seems a little more fresh
Especially the Bajio’s that does harm to your breath.
And children from Provo to American Fark
Are happily poisoning pigeons in the park.
School time is over and hope is returning
For all who would rather be frolicking and turning
And though the desire is strong in my heart
I’m sitting at a desk, unable to part
And so I say to all my favorite amigos
Enjoy the sunshine for me! Tonight I have to close.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Continuing Education

So, today at work I learned something new. Thank you Turns out, polar bear mothers gain 400 lbs during pregnancy and if they don’t, their bodies reabsorb their fetus. Weird. All I’ve got to say, is that I’m really glad that my mama isn’t a Polar Bear because I’m positive she didn’t gain that much weight and who knows where I would be! I’d probably just be some absorbed piece of tissue somewhere and not any kind of twinkle in anyone’s eye.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Home again, home again

Well, I'm home from my trip to Chicago. It was pretty fun and an extremely good experience. My favorite line from the plane ride home was from the guy next to me who I will call Bruno.

Bruno: How long is the flight?
Mary: About 3 hours
Bruno: Is that with or without the time change

At that point, I had no idea what to say so I just tried to change the subject as quickly as possible so he wouldn't notice that my face was turning red and I was coughing/laughing.
Mary: so...How about them Cubs? ...

Anyway, it was pretty funny. We actually had several extremely funny moments. Dianey face hopefully will post a collection of our funny lines and Freudian slips. Okay, I can't resist. Here's one of my favorites:

Jason (our oldest brother): "Throwing up on yourself right before an amputation is definitely on my bottom 15."

My family is so cool. Some of the highlights from the trip were the Sears Tower, Art Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, eating lots of Mexican Food, church in Spanish, Chicago Pizza, and much more.

Family. Isn't it about...time. I love it