Monday, October 19, 2009

The Daily Drive

This morning on my way to Provo I was very thankful that my car is in the shop. For the last week I have been driving Jon's car to school and today it made me feel so safe! There was a crazy lightning and thunder storm and at one point it flashed right above me and illuminated the whole interior of the car. I was a little frightened but mostly in awe.

Another thought that I had today that I wanted to share has to do with campus. On days when we teach in the school, I always end up parking in the Smith Field House parking lot. Some days I drive around for more than 15 minutes looking for a spot. On those extremely desperate days I will pull over and ask a pedestrian if he or she is walking to a car and if so, would a ride be a good exchange for the parking spot.
It was not until today that I realized how uber creepy and unsafe this really is. I do not know if the person getting in my car is a serial killer and for that matter, the person I am giving a ride to does not know whether or not I really need a parking spot or plan on kidnapping them. So much for Rape Hill being the scariest part of campus, the Smith Field House parking lot might be my least favorite place now. Where do you think the scariest part of your college campus was?

Oh the days I've spent at BYU, how I cannot wait for them to be OVER.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween is Almost Here!

In Jon's family it is a tradition to start the holiday season off by decorating like crazy for Halloween. My family was not quite as into Halloween, so we made a compromise and decorated a little. As you can see we are welcoming the fall to our home.

We also found these fun pumpkin smelly decorations at Bed Bath and Beyond. They replaced my wintery Snowbabies for the next few weeks.

We finally stowed our coffee table books inside the entertainment center and balanced out the vase from Thailand with a set of fall leaves.

David and Aimee found these ADORABLE pumpkin pedestals at Smith's. After we saw their Frankenstein and skeleton stands, we had to see if we could get a set also. Aimee and I went over and found these other two.

Since I am a girl, I got stuck with the witch stand, although the shape of my pumpkin does look cute as her head.

Jon got lucky and has the mummy. The pumpkin makes it look like a little kiddo.

David and Aimee hung out with us the same day we got the pumpkin holders. We had an awesome time and even attended a timeshare presentation. As compensation for the time we spent there we were each given a 3 day, 2 night stay in Las Vegas with airfare included. Pretty sweet deal, right? We also had the chance to play Plinko and win a gift card to Home Depot, Macey's, or Dillard's. There was also the chance for a 3 day trip or a cruise. I dropped the Plinko chip and WE WON A CRUISE! It was pretty surprising and rather exciting.

While hanging out with David and Aimee we started watching the BYU vs. SDSU game. Well, David watched, Aimee read a book, Jon took pictures and I....

Took a nap.

Now, just for your viewing pleasure, our fish. Above you can see our 4 tiger barbs. Below are the gouramis and a dalmation molly. We have 3 of each of those.

Fall has Arrived!

True to a Utah fall, it wouldn't be fall unless it snowed before the leaves changed. About two weeks ago, this is what I saw when I went to my car to leave for work. It looks like hail, but it really was snow, I promise.

The weekend after that snowy day Jon and I ventured up to Layton to visit J and J Nursery. Our friends Sara and Scott had been there a couple weeks before with their family and recommended that we go. Every Saturday during the month of October J and J allows guests to donate food for the local food bank and in exchange, the guests get a hayride and one pumpkin per person. We had a great time picking our pumpkins and think that we got two of the prettiest ones out there.
Here is Jon posing in front of the J and J sign as we waited for the tractor.

Cheesy smiles, I know, but it was a little chilly. They had a LOT of pumpkins.

Holding up our perfect pumpkins. Jon wanted a tall skinny one and I wanted a round one.