Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

We watched the new Sherlock Holmes movie last night- which was pretty good. The thing I can't stand about Sherlock Holmes stories though is that you can't ever guess the end, which takes out so much of the fun. The Prestige I loved because right at the end I put it all together on my own and I felt so dang smart!

But what I did love was the fact that Jude Law was in it. I feel justified thinking that Jude Law is cute knowing that he looks so much like Cam... Proof:

Don't get hung up on the coloring- that's just an inside/outside lighting issue- but seriously, you can't argue with the hairline.

And poor Jude has to be in the movies because Cam is way to busy here with me.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer made it!

The part of summer that Cam has been waiting for since we left Provo finally made it here last week. His family's annual trip to loon lake. I don't feel like I need to try to say anything witty here, because I think the pictures stand alone.
Cam pointed out no pictures of me were included- which isn't true. I included the first on specifically so you would know I was there. I even wakeboarded... it just so happens that the three pictures that I've seen that prove it were unflattering to say the least. As long as I am the blogger here, I get to write history the way I want to.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hold on to your fanny pack

Today my family went white water rafting again, this time my seven-year-old brother came along... dressed in an oversized wetsuit with aqua-socks, sunglasses rubber banded to his head, a hat and a fanny pack. The worst part is I have no pictures.

As soon as we hit the first wave and he ducked into the middle of the boat, his fanny pack came unclipped and ended up in the boat. Well, I knew he didn't want to loose his fanny pack, so the next time we were about to hit a wave I told him, "hold on to your fanny pack."

Well on our biggest rapid of the day we hit it a little off, and the boat completely flipped and we all fell out. We were all tossed down the river, Cam grabbed Nate as they went over a bunch of rocks but we all ended up on the side of the river. Everyone's drinks and sunscreen were lost to the river, but somehow that fanny pack was still there sitting in the bottom of the boat.

Turns out you can't lose a fanny pack.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


So my brother got married two weeks ago, and we had the reception last night. I could try to be humble, but I think it's better to be honest- the best part was this:
My first wedding cake ever! AND it didn't taste that bad. Next time I get a chance I'll post my awesome marshmallow fondant recipe. The reception also included great moments such as this:
And Cam did a great job of taking artistic photos of my mother's fantastic decorating:
The bride and groom were there too...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Parallel Parking

Did you know that it's possible for a person to get a driver's license without knowing how to parallel park? In fact, you can fail both parallel parking and backing around a corner and as long as you do everything else right, you're good to go. Sad but true.

The unfortunate thing is that while these failures may get by most of the time, the one time that it is actually required of them, they may have a situation similar to mine only yesterday...

I had a job interview in downtown Portland at 3pm. I headed over there about 1:30, just to make sure I was prepared so that any and all possible things could go wrong and I would still be on time.

I got to the building at about 1:45 and realized the most horrific thing... no parking lot. I spent the next 5 minutes circling every building within a three block radius looking for a lot, but to no avail. What I did find was one slightly oversized parallel parking spot... great. While I do know that the proper way to use these spots is to pull forward and then back in, I can never remember how that works, so I tried to go head first (then back up, then go forward etc.) but after trying that strategy twice, I decided to circle the block again.

Several blocks away I found an empty row of one hour parking where I decided to pull over for awhile, and hope that the street parking landscape would change in 15 minutes. It didn't. I called Cam to try to talk me through parallel parking on the phone, but he didn't answer.

Finally, I found a slightly larger open spot. This time I was able to nose in (then back up, then forward, then back, then straighten out) and may or may not have been close enough to the curb, but I didn't stick out as much as the utility van in front of me, so I felt good about it.

I got my things together, read over some notes, and walked into my interview 10 minutes early. Success!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


We got to my parent's house last night, which means that this morning began as most mornings do at my house... with a lightsaber fight.

Yes, Face and I are both using the lightsaber iPod app (the source of the cool sound effects). Yes you can still use the force when your lightsaber is an iPod.

The fight ended when Face took Nato's blue lightsaber because that actually couldn't occur while she was being lifted with the force, and thus created a tear in the time space continuum so it became time to get ready for church.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Coast to Coast

Just a week after dabbling our toes in the Atlantic, we headed out to the Oregon Coast with Cam's family for the 4th.

It was absolutely spectacular out on the beach with fireworks going on in all directions. It was also ridiculously windy and chilly despite the fire we had. The group next to us built a giant trench that they sat in with their fire, covered by a tarp-- which made me nervous given the size of the children I saw going inside the smoke-trapping oven.

The people on the other side of us put on a great show of rockets and fountains, made more exciting by the fact they were trying to light fireworks with one hand while holding their beer with the other. My favorite were the ones that droop like a weeping willow.

The next morning Cam was up early and went out beach combing- he found a nice pocketknife with the initial M (or perhaps W) on it and talked to all the guys with metal detectors about the weather and other interesting things. When I eventually made it to the beach, I checked out the oven- which still was warm and had buried embers but no charred children. I promptly set to work remodeling it into a sand castle.

In the meantime Cam found a live clam. We decided it should be cooked, so Cam used a stick to hold it over the fire, and then used his "new" knife to pry the clam from the shell. By the time he was done with it, it was so sand covered and shredded to pieces that no one would eat it, so it was fed to a seagull who swallowed it whole.

However I did end up with a fantastically in-tact seashell, which I'm thinking may become either my new soap dish or jewelry box.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Been there, done that?

So we made it to Ohio and Brandon's wedding went with only one hitch (theirs). I'll post pictures as soon as I get them.

But our trip is now officially over, and there's just one little matter that needs to be settled...
Here's the map of the states we've been to- pretty impressive given the fact that before this trip I had never been to a state east of Colorado. Perhaps the greatest regret of my life thus far is that I didn't make it to Rhode Island while I was less than an hour away in Boston. I'm also bummed that I don't get to count Pennsylvania, because the highway we drove on followed the New Jersey border even though I could see Pennsylvania the whole time.

However, you may notice that I am claiming Missouri. Cameron says I can't count it, I definitely feel like I should be able to. Here's the story:

So on our flight home we had a layover in Kansas City, Missouri. We landed, and discovered that to get to our next plane, we had to leave the terminal and take a bus to the other terminal. Now, normally I would never count a layover as having been to a state, but we actually left the terminal and went OUTSIDE and took a bus and met the Missourian bus driver. Cameron says that still doesn't count (mostly I think he's bitter that he was there 2 years and I was there 1 hour and they both count).

What do you think?

(For the record, it was neither hot nor sticky in Missouri the whole time I was there... I don't know what he's been complaining about).