Last night for FHE we split into three teams and did a photo scavenger hunt. There was a list of between 20 and 30 items, locations, and/or actions to take pictures of. Just a few of my favorites were:
Someone riding in a shopping cart (this kid was a great sport!)
A couple kissing (The reason I love this one so much is that, technically, the assignment was a couple making out, but that was a bit too much to ask while they were ring shopping! Wouldn't you agree?)
A human pyramid. We were driving by the park and noticed one of the other groups from our ward, so we coerced them into doing this for us. What a great group of people! Thanks guys!!
Tonight I got to see 4 of my favorite Massachusetts people. Steve, Elise, Franklin, and Lilly came came down to see Lori and I and took us out to dinner (thanks a bunch, guys!). We had a marvelous time catching up and it was wonderful to see them.
If you happen to be in Utah - come see us! We'd love to see you!
Every time I sit down to blog, one of two things happens. 1) Everything that I want to write about all of a sudden either doesn’t make sense or doesn’t seem worth sharing/recording, or 2) I totally forget what I had planned to write about. I also love how right before I moved from Boston I said that my blog was going to have more substance and be worth reading. Well, I have decided to truly try to tackle that. I have also decided that I will record whatever I feel like recording because, well, it’s my blog. (I also think I may have said that before, but it must be worth repeating if it keeps coming up. That or I’m trying to convince myself…)
Some fun things that we have been doing here lately…Lori and I went to Lagoon on July 5th because we were both off work due to the fourth of July holiday. We went with two friends and we had a blast. I went on almost every single roller coaster, which is crazy because I’m not usually an adrenaline junky. Some of my favorites were the Rocket, Wicked, Colussus, and the Spider. Lori even conquered her fears and tackled a few! Lagoon also offers this great deal called bounceback. You can return to the park within 10 days for only $10! You better believe we took full advantage of it. We went back the following Saturday with another friend. We didn’t do as many rides, but we picked a few of our favorites, hung out for a few hours, and then headed home.
I found out that I must not pay very close attention to detail. I got an email on July 7th informing me that my jury duty for July 8th had been cancelled. What?!?!? I knew that I was called for Jury duty back in March and I postponed it because we were moving. I also figured that when I received the next notice, I could just tell them that I no longer lived in the state. Well, there was no second notice and I could have been in some serious trouble (what is the punishment for missing jury duty??). I must say, though, that I would have loved to have had a reason to be in Boston, even if it was for Jury Duty.
I’ve become really quite social. I’m really figuring out a lot about me and I love it. I’m also trying a lot more things that I wouldn’t do normally. I recently found out that I’m not half bad at Ultimate Frisbee. I am by no means good at it, and the people I was playing with weren’t too competitive, but it was a lot of fun. Because of my back (and a dislike of sports in general), I don’t usually attempt things like this, but I found out that I really do like it! Another thing on the list of things I’ve recently tried is elk jerky. I couldn’t look at it for too long before I made myself sick at the thought of it, but it really wasn’t that bad!
I have also recently rediscovered my love for the game of Monopoly. Some friends and I have started playing the past few nights. We play for an hour or so and leave it set up on the floor so we can finish it later. We have restarted the game once or twice because we had people leave and/or join, but it has been an absolute blast. It does have a down side because everyone I play with loves to stay up late and I am not tolerating it very well. I just don’t do well without sleep. Oh well, that’s what the weekend is for, right?
1. Learn to make French croissants 2. Ride in a hot air balloon 3. Visit NYC 4. Make all recipes in Josi Kilpack's Culinary Mystery Series 5. Visit Mackinac Island, MI 6. Read the standard works cover to cover 7. Visit Pike Place Market in Washington state 8. Learn to play the guitar 9. Graduate from college with a degree 10. Go deep sea fishing 11. Walk 500 miles in one year 12. Participate in a humanitarian service project 13. See the Northern Lights 14. Adopt a child(ren) 15. Attend General Conference in person 16. Drive in all 50 states 17. Take a pottery class (or other craft) 18. Learn how to can/preserve food 19. Get something published 20. Learn to play chess
21. Try standup paddleboarding
22. Take a completely spontaneous trip
23. Grow my hair long and donate it
24. Plan a menu for a restaurant...possibly open it. 25. Marry my best friend 26. Live in a big city
27. Have a food fight
28. Stay out all night star gazing 29. Test drive a car I could never buy 30. Be kissed in the rain 31. Get a passport 32. Attend a Brian Regan show 33. Learn to change the oil on my car 34. Eat no chocolate for 1 month 35. Visit the Sacred Grove 36. Ride a train long distance 37. Wish on a shooting star 38. Grow a small garden 39. Attend a midnight movie premier 40. Find a cure for my hiccups
41. Learn ASL
42. Go on a cruise 43. See the Eiffel Tower 44. Ride a motorcycle 45. Spend the night on the beach 46. Donate blood
47. Ride a segway
48. Take a dance class
49. Pet a shark or sting ray
50. Cut down a Christmas tree 51. Own a baby grand piano 52. Attend the filming of a TV show
53. Ride in a taxi cab
54. Eat at a DD&D featured restaurant
55. Run a 5k 56. Ride a horse
*Bold items = complete
There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. -Nelson Mandela
The Lord knows who we really are, what we really think, what we really do, and who we really are becoming. -David A. Bednar