Happy Hiking!

Tonight, Reuben and I went hiking in Provo Canyon. It was great.

I didn't do a whole lot today.  Did some invites, then went to lunch with co-workers, then watched the office with Janette.  I like low-key days.  I need more of these.  I may be lamenting the fact that I decided to teach summer school.  Silly Alice.

A Random List for the last of the month:
1.  This list thing was hard.
2.  I like hiking.
3. I also like Reuben.
4. I may or may not get more and more nervous as the wedding approaches.
5.  I just want to sleep in tomorrow and not get up and run.
6.  I just got done watching Sister Wives.  True confession.
7.  Storage Wars is a little less embarrassing to watch.
8.  I am 35 years old.
9.  Reuben is 33 years old.
10.  I at one time thought I would never get married.
11.  I ate oat meal for breakfast this morning.
12.  The last thing I ate today was frozen yogurt with kit kat and cookie dough.
13.  If I could never gain weight, I think I could possibly live on cheeseburgers and fries.
14.  I really wish I could get over my Diet Coke addiction.
15.  I love sports, especially baseball.
16.  I have a scar from laughing too hard at Kristin Chenoweth and falling off a chair last summer.
17.  I think my sister laughed harder than me when I fell off the chair.
18.  I am so excited to have my sister and mom come out to Utah for the wedding.
19.  I want to go to Fenway park before I die.  And I do believe I will plan all my future family vacations around ballparks.  True confession.
20.  I love almond butter.
21.  I am a picture taking fool.
22.  Reuben does not like to pose for pictures and sometimes makes really weird faces when having his picture taken.
23.  I like the way Reuben laughs about little boy humor things.  Like poop and farts.
24.  I have a Diamondback bike.  And a Gary Fischer in Wisconsin.
25.  I could use a million dollars.
26.  I would go back and get a masters in Journalism if money and time weren't a factor.
27.  I am missing playing softball with my wonderful teammates this summer.
28.  I hate bridal showers, just sayin'!
29.  I would watch baseball everyday if I could.
30.  I would work for free, but needs the money for rent and food.
31.  I am  extremely lazy this week.


30. That was a good year.

Hi kids.  How are things?  Are you sick of my silly postings yet?  Don't tell anybody, but I am getting a little sick of writing lists.  I do like positing everyday though.  It is a good way for me to later come back and remember what I have done in my life.  I forget everything by the way.

Today was a nice day.  I woke up early for a Dr. appointment(okay so that wasn't my favorite), then exercised and got a few things done at home, then went to a minor league baseball game up in Salt Lake and sat in a suite, then went to a meeting for the bike collective(they are helping with activities for my lifetime activity summer school class) and then just hung out at home watching basketball and baseball on TV.  Good stuff.

Reuben and I were supposed to hang together tonight, but he has been feeling a bit sick.  Some sort of cold is probably the culprit.  I feel bad for him and actually was quite disappointed that I wouldn't be seeing him tonight.  That is a good sign.  We should probably get married!

Been working on invites for the wedding.  I am sick of writing addresses but as I have been writing the addresses of close friends, I am getting more and more excited to celebrate with these wonderful people.  Thanks to all of you who are so good to me and supportive.  I truly am surrounded by amazing peeps.

So here is the list so I can go to my bed and read a book, because I don't have to be awake in the morning.  Take that!  Summer break rocks.

30 movies on my movie shelf(this is not all of them and they are not in my favorites order!):
1.  12 Men of Christmas
2.  27 Dresses
3.  A League of Their Own.
4.  The Accidental Husband
5.  As Good as it Gets
6.  Aspen Extreme
7.  The Bachelor
8.  Chicago
9.  Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
10.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
11.  Dan in Real Life
12.  Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
13.  Electra
14.  Enchanted
15.  Fever Pitch
16.  Hitch
17.  The Holiday
18.  Freaky Friday
19.  Grumpier Old Men
20.  Ghostbusters
21.  Hush
22.  iRobot
23.  Major League
24.  Mean Girls
25.  Muppets from Space
26.  A Lot Like Love
27.  Misfits
28.  Elizabethtown
29.  The Prince and Me
30.  Scoop

Watch some of these movies.  They are good.  Skip the Lindsay Lohan ones.  I don't know why I thought she was good at one time!  She's not.



This list for today is 29 quotable quotes from The Avengers:
1.  "I'm gonna put you on hold."  Natasha, The Black Widow.  She then goes on to beat the crud out of four guys.
2.  Natasha Romanoff: [discussing attacking Loki] They're basically gods. 
Steve Rogers: Ma'am, there's only one God, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that. 
3.  Nick Fury: We have no quarrel with your people. 
Loki: An ant has no quarrel with a boot. 
4.  Tony Stark: Phil? Uh, his first name is Agent. 
5.  Tony Stark: [to Captain America] You might have missed a couple things, y'know, doing time as a Capsicle.
6.  Tony Stark: [to Bruce Banner] You really have got a lid on it, haven't you? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed? 
7.  Steve Rogers: Are you nuts? 
Tony Stark: Jury's out. 
8.  Bruce Banner: I got low! I didn't see an end, so I put a bullet in my mouth... and the other guy spit it out! 
9.  Tony Stark: [regaining consciousness] What just happened? Please tell me nobody kissed me. 
Steve Rogers: We won. 
Tony Stark: All right, hey! All right good job guys. Let's just not come in tomorrow; let's just take a day. 
10.  Natasha Romanoff: [tied up in a chair being interrogated by Russians, getting a call] I'm working. 
11.  Jarvis: [Thor has just thrown a thunderbolt on Iron Man] Power to four-hundred percent capacity. 
Tony Stark: How about that? 
12.  Bruce Banner: Thanks, but the last time I was in New York I kind of broke... Harlem. 
13.  Thor: You have no idea what you're dealing with. 
Tony Stark: Shakespeare in The Park? Doth mother know you weareth her drapes? 
14.  Agent Phil Coulson: You're at 114 Solenski Plaza, 3rd floor. We have an F22 exactly 8 miles out. Put the woman on the phone or I will blow up the block before you can make the lobby. 
15.  Tony Stark: What's the stat, Rogers? 
Steve Rogers: [looks at the Helicarrier tech] It seems to be powered by some sort of electricity! 
Tony Stark: ...well, you're not wrong. 
16.  Thor: You people are so pathetic and untrustworthy! 
Nick Fury: Hey, did WE come to YOUR world and blow stuff up? 
17.  The Other: Humans... they are not the cowering wretches we were promised! They are unruly, and so cannot be ruled! To challenge them, is to court death. 
18.  Tony Stark: You know, I've got a cluster of shrapnel, trying every second to crawl its way into my heart. 
[Stark points at the mini-arc reactor in his chest]
19.  Tony Stark: [to Thor] No hard feelings Point Break, you've got a mean swing. 
20.  Tony Stark: Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster. 
21.  Steve Rogers: Is everything a joke to you? 
Tony Stark: Funny things are. 
22.  Nick Fury: I still believe in heroes. 
23.  Bruce Banner: We're not a team. We're a time-bomb! 
24.  Steve Rogers: Stark, we need a plan of attack! 
Tony Stark: I have a plan: attack! 
25.  Steve Rogers: Doctor Banner, now might be a perfect time for you to get angry. 
Bruce Banner: Oh, well, that's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry. 
26. Captain America: Go on put on the suit lets go a couple rounds. [to Iron Man]
27.  Thor: We're not finished yet.
  1. Tony Stark/Iron Man: And then shawarma after.
  2. 28.  Bruce Banner/The Hulk: Did I hurt anybody?
  3. Security Guard: There's nobody around here to get hurt... You did scare the hell out of some pigeons though.
  4. 29.  Thor: Brother, listen to me... [gets blown away by Iron Man]
  5. Loki: I'm listening.

Nice day off.  Stuffed invitations, got measured for the dress, went to Weight Watchers, and then dinner, yogurt and a movie.  Good times.


Holy Jambalaya, Batman!

Happy Memorial Day.  Well, it is probably the day after for those of you reading. I hope you had a great day whatever you did.  I was able to travel with Reuben to Ogden to celebrate the day with the Cajun side of the family from his Dad's side.  It was a good time.  We went up early so that Reuben could make the Jambalaya.  It was delicious.  Reuben's Dad calls himself The Jambalaya King of the West and Reuben is his first apprentice.  I think Reuben is at least The Jambalaya Prince of the West because that stuff on the left below was amazing.  The gumbo that is on the right was mighty tasty as well.
Reuben's "engagement" ring.  He always complains that he is engaged too and doesn't get to wear a ring.  I found this one in the weight room and decided it would fit his finger and that I should give it to him.  He loves it!
I helped a bit.  With Reuben and nephew Isaac.
I LOVE my future Father-in-Law.  He is a man of great stories and it was very touching to hear him talk about his parents and uncle at a cemetery in Salt Lake today.
Reuben working his jambalaya magic!  Yum!  What a stud!
It was fun to hang out with the family and to eat amazing food.  I also enjoyed going to a few cemeteries with the Ficklins and honoring their ancestors.  A great day.  The weather was great as well. Love it.
I need an easy list today, so here are the 28 first addressed invites I wrote today:
1.  Tomers
2.  Hanceys
3.  Peaslee
4.  Evans
5.  Dortons
6.  Loocks
7.  Gedeborgs
8.  Palmers
9.  Telfords
10.  Wolfords
11.  Arnolds
12.  Sextons
13.  Overlys
14.  Toones
15.  Montagues
16.  Pipes
17.  Mcbain
18.  Bakers
19.  Stevens
20.  Slade
21.  Ossmens
22. Holbrook
23.  Jensens
24.  Ungritch
25.  Ferguson
26.  Wignall
27.  Bazzell
28.  Douglas


27 Things You Hear from the Nephews.

Good day.  Taught last lesson for my ward in Relief Society.  For those of you who may not be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Relief Society is one the largest Women's organizations.  Basically, we gather together as women and discuss Gospel Principles.  It is one of my favorite hours of the week and some of my best friends, I have met in these weekly one hour meetings.

I also was able to go with Reuben up to Morgan and Derek's for dinner.  It was YUMMY as always(thanks Morgan, you are truly superwoman!).  The boys were fun as always, which is demonstrated by some of the things they said today:
1.  "Come with me," as Spencer took me by the hand and led me outside.
2.  "It's my spy stuff," Spencer while holding a baby monitor and plastic coupon organizer.
3.  "What doe the turkey say to the bus?  Gobble, Gobble,"  Henry telling a joke.
4.  "It matches Spencer's plate," Oliver while being handed a new fork after dropping his on the ground.
5.  "Spencer stole my pen," Oliver angrily.
6.  "I want Smarties," Oliver, who had missed eating said Smarties because he fell asleep before getting the package open.
7.  "Mine has a kickstand," Henry on his bike.  He is so grown up.
8.  "Wanna see my new tricks with my new pedals?," Henry.  Pedals make all the difference sometimes.
9.  "You're notebook owl is just like the owl on your belt," Spencer remembering my owl belt.
10.  "That sure is a little notebook, Alice," Henry.  He really wanted to have my notebook.  It's fancy and made out of medal.  It also is spring loaded to open when you take the pen out of the side.
11.  "Because I falled," Oliver on his newly skinned knees.
12.  "Rah, Rah," Can't remember which boy.
13.  "I have a potty..." Spencer singing a silly song after being inspired by "Uncle Reuben."
14.  "Hey Reuben, will you play with us?," They love Reuben.
15.  "No more Soccer," Spencer as he stole the ball from Ezra and I.
16.  "Hey Reuben, Know where I'm going tomorrow? South America."  Henry has big plans for the holiday.
17.  "Hey Reuben, know where I am gonna go tomorrow?  Las Vegas...then to Japan and then where I am gonna go tomorrow!"  Spencer on his big travel plans tomorrow.  A bit more complicated than Henry's plan.
18.  "Big humongous bubble truck."  Henry explaining how he would get clean in a bubble world.
19.  "Then you'd get clean."  Spencer on the bubble truck.
20.  "Now you have to take a bubble shower!"  Henry explaining to Reuben how grown ups actually don't take bubble baths.
21.  "Whatever they got." Henry on what he will eat at Red Robin with the gift card he was lugging around.
22.  "I can't use it until I am big like my dad."  Henry expounding on the gift card.
23.  "I do in my piggy bank."  Spencer after Reuben had asked him if he had a bank account.
24.  "Tell me the truth." Henry after feeling like he was not getting the full truth.
25.  "Hey, Reuben Alice." Henry.  Apparently, we will not have our own identity after marriage.
26.  "Why did the rooster, pig, and duck cross the road on motorcycles?" Henry with a new joke.
27.  "So they can get to the piggy bank."  Henry after a thinking pause.

I sure do love these kiddos.  Glad I got to see them today.
Ezra pointing to a bird on the wire.
Checking out Henry's bike.
Kicking the ball.  He's good at it.  He will be the athlete.
Uncle Reuben sharing some wisdom.


26 Best Songs.

Hi all.  Today was a good day.  Saturdays are definitely special.  Cleaned the room to make room for the massive bed that Reuben and I bought yesterday.  Half of the room in now taken up by the bed.  Who needs space for clothes or other stuff in our room anyway.  It is a GREAT bed.  I am excited to sleep on it tonight.

We also hit the movie Journey 2.  It was cute and cheesy.  Reuben and I like cheesy.

Tonight I went to Rock Band with the friends.  It was fun.  I also sat and talked with the host for about an hour after. I should be sleeping because I have to ready a lesson for Relief Society tomorrow, sigh.

Here is the list of the day.  I have already visited my favorite albums but here are songs you should download.  (It was fun to go through my iTunes library!):
1.  "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)," by Kelly Clarkson.  Very inspirational.
2.  "Best for Last," by Adele.  Adele is a good bet on any song but this is my favorite.  Very Jazzy.
3.  "Rock Lobster," by The B-52s.  It is just silly.
4.  "Charlie Brown," by Coldplay.  It is just so good.
5.  "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That," by Dolly Parton.  I love her.  This is a good song!
6.  "Devil in Disguise" by Elvis Presley. I love Elvis.  I think we'd be friends if I had the chance to know him.
7.  "Escapade," by Janet Jackson.  I love Janet.  She rocks.  It brings back good memories.
8.  "Long Slow Slide" by Jewel.  It just has so much alliteration it should be illegal!
9.  "Sarah," by Jill and Kate.  It is a song about a girl who knows how to live.
10.  "Dream Chaser," by The Judds.  They were the first concert I ever went to and hold a special place in my music heart.
11.  "Summertime," by Kenny Chesney.  It is totally a description of me this time of year.
12.  "I was Here," by Kristin Chenoweth.  Yep this cute little lady has a country album out.  This song is a how to live song too!
13.  "Speechless," by Lady Gaga.  This song is written to her dad and how he wasn't going to have surgery to save his life and she answered his denial by saying she would not sing anymore if he allowed himself to suffer and die.  Very touching.
14.  "Desperation," by Miranda Lambert.  I just love the ease of this song.  She has a very smooth voice.
15.  "Here We Go Again," by Paramore.  I love this band.
16.  "My Wish," by Rascal Flatts.  My former principal dedicated this song to the seniors one year and I love the message.
17.  "100 Miles from Memphis," by Sheryl Crow.  Jazzy goodness.
18.  "These Are Days," Sugarland.  A reminder to stop and enjoy the moments.
19.  "Fearless," Taylor Swift.  She is so talented for such a young lady.
20.  "You're Easy on the Eyes," Terri Clark.  I have known some guys like this.
21.  "Live Like You Were Dying," Tim McGraw.  A reminder to do things now and not waste your life.
22.  "Empire State of Mind," by Jay Z and Alicia Keys.  It just makes me want to move to New York City.
23.  "Country Strong," Gwyneth Paltrow.  Yep, she can sing!
24.  "The Best," Tina Turner.  I often quote this song to people!
25.  "Message in a Bottle," The Police.  I just love this band.
26.  "Impossible," Kelly Clarkson.  I like all her music but this one is the song I use to remind myself that I can do anything if I just try.  It is very appropriate that this list both starts and ends with a Kelly Clarkson song.  I sure do love her!

A few pics from the last few days.
Rosanna Golfing at work!  This is what we do after school is over! :)
Reuben Securing the bed.
Me playing the biggest crane game ever!
Laser Tag


25 of my Hats.

Hats off to the 25th of the month and the last day of school.  It was a great day.  Seriously, I LOVE my administration at my school.  They rock.  One of them got me three sets of golf clubs to use for summer school.  One of which he encouraged me to take home and use.  My principal made me feel awesome at my checkout.  She really is a positive leader.  I really wish my co-workers would see past the hard times of change and realize that she is getting the vision of our school and is on our side.  She rocks.

I also got the printing of the invites completed tonight so the next week will be filled with filling envelopes and writing addresses.  Crazy stuff.

Reuben and I also went shopping for a new bed.  We found a good one and it was on sale thanks to Memorial Day weekend, so I was happy.  I guess I'll get a new bed in the next few days.  Awesome.

Here are 25 of my hats.  Reuben mentioned that I have the biggest hat collection of a girl.  He thinks I probably collect hats like girls collect shoes.  So silly.

1.  Grey LA Dodger hat.  Bought at Lids in Wisconsin Dells.  It is just different looking.  I think I may have five Dodger hats.  I sure do love my Dodgers.
2.  Walmart Bejeweled Hat.  Bought for six bucks this week.  I feel like I need more girly hats.
3.  Colorado Rockies.  Bought at game.  It is my hiking hat.
4.  Roots Girly hat.  Bought in Park City with Jane.
5.  Knit green hat.  Mom bought it for me in Park City at a really cool consignment shop.
6.  Two cowgirl hats. One is my seester's from our road trip a few years back.  VERY good times.
7.  San Francisco Giants.  Bought at AT&T Ballpark.  Hate the Giants but love the memory.
8.  Packer Hat.  Four of them.  Favorite is the pink one but it is getting worn out.
9.  Angels Beanie.  Got for free at Angel Stadium with Marla.  She's a peach.
10.  Chicago Cubs.  Bought across the street from Wrigley.
11.  Chicago White Sox.  Not as cool as Cubs, but still great memories with Uncle Jim and Cousin Adam!
12.  Yellowstone Bright Turquoise.  Friend Kathy bought for me.  She's sweet.
13.  Milwaukee Brewers hats.  Two of them.  I like the classic one better.
14.  Purple Visor.  For hot running.
15.  ADC.  For American Dynatec Corp.  Softball team original sponsor.
16.  Hodag Hat. Given to me by my dear friend Jim, who is no longer with us.  I miss him and how smart he was.
17.  Bike Helmet.  It counts.  It's blue and protects my melon when I ride to work.
18.  IHS Hat.  Free and support for our school.
19.  New York Mets.  Bought across the street from Yankee Stadium.  I also have a Mets NYFD hat from when I was there just after 911.
20.  Green Bay Packer Yellow Beanie.  I love running with it on in the cold.
21.  Team Ficklin.  Was made for the engagement pics.
22.  Salt Lake Olympics 2002.  I was there!
23.  Happy Bunny.  I love that bunny.
24.  UCLA.  I wanted to go there.
25. Idaho from a dear friend from Ricks College.

I fell asleep while writing this.  One of the numbers was going to be vvvvvv.  I better sleep some.



24 reasons you should elope.

1.  Invitations
2.  Pictures
3.  Address gathering
4.  Expectations of registering
5.  Money
6.  Stressballness
7.  Getting a dress
8.  Shopping
9.  Getting help to set up/run reception
10.  Coordinating
11.  Stuffing envelopes
12.  It's really not about you anyway
13.  Different opinions
14.  Addressing Envelopes
15.  Licking Envelopes
16.  Trying not to forget anybody
17.  It'd be done NOW
18.  Laziness
19.  Don't have to try to make EVERYONE happy
20.  No Deadlines
21.  It's a surprise.  Everybody likes surprises, right?
22.  Easier
23.  Get more sleep
24.  You don't feel like you're in charge of everything

Don't get me wrong.  It will be nice to see everybody at my receptions, but it is sure a lot of work to get planned.

Boondocks with the kiddos today.  Laser Tag was the highlight.  The huge crane game was another.  I didn't win, though.  Batting cage was nice too.  It helps blow off a little steam.

Reuben took me to Indian tonight.  He rocks.  I love that food.

Now off to sleep. Yep, before eleven.  Go me!


Graduation Day!

23 Things I wish I had known when I graduated from high school:
1.  Those popular people aren't anything to worry about.  They are just people too.
2.  Friends who seem so important don't often stay important.
3.  Dating is completely lame and seriously your heart will mend and that boy will seems very, very idiotic in the future.
4.  Words can hurt.
5.  The world doesn't revolve around you.
6.  Your parents are pretty much right all the time.
7.  Fighting with Dad is totally not worth it.
8.  Family is MOST important.
9.  Sports won't pay bills.
10.  Saving money is smart and makes life easier.
11.  Credit is stupid.
12.  Communication skills are very important.
13.  Read more.  It's important.
14.  Tell people you love them everyday.
15.  Be grateful for everything you have.
16.  Most of the things you want are not anything you actually need.
17.  Buy stock in Apple.
18.  Don't be exclusive.  Include everybody.
19.  Open doors for people, say hi and serve whenever you get a chance.
20.  Talk to strangers.  You can learn a lot from them.
21.  Learn to swim.
22.  Eat less. Move more.
23.  Home is where the heart is.

Graduation day.  It was awesome.  My new principal made it happen at a new venue and it was gorgeous.  I should have taken pictures.  I don't know why I am not as emotionally attached to the kiddos this year.  I love them, but they aren't everything.

We also had yearbook signing.  It was a blast.  Snow cones, popcorn and soda.  Great stuff.  Oh and it was fun to have the kids sign my book.

Reuben is a trooper.  He came to graduation and had to sit in the crowd with me on the stand.  I feel like I am not getting much Reuben time.  He said he got to look at me all night so it was enough.  Cute huh?

Better sleep.


22 Things overheard or said today.

1. Just close your eyes.

2. Get out of my class now.

3. No we cannot play volleyball.

4. Put it on the Beatles station.

5. I've been dumped.

6. Are you excited to get married?

7. Do you kiss your boyfriend?

8. Everybody on my team is wearing blue.

9. Is he always tired? Does he have red blood shot eyes?

10. My pants are coming off over here.

11. I have an excuse.

12. THC

13. Come on it's the last week!

13. Don't bring Reuben there isn't enough food.

14. Are you going to be here next year Alice?

15. So she can look better.

16. I like your hoodie Alice!

17. You're failing. Just kidding.

18. Alice where are you going over break?

19. Just go to Walmart.

20.  Have you seen Decoded?

21.  Shut it.

22.  Thank you.

A month from today I get married.  Crazy and wonderful.

Good day. Senior banquet.  Crazy to think Graduation is tomorrow.  Where did this school year go?

Tired.  Better sleep.  Love yas!


And then I fished.

Today was tough. Those kids are getting a little bit crazy. It was nice to head fishing with my guy. I didn't realize how lucky I am. Okay, so I have realized how lucky but the list of awesome things about Reuben just keeps getting longer. I am glad I have a guy who likes to fish. That is awesome. I caught the first fish of the season. Now the pressure is off, right.

21 one things I shouldn't say but I do:
1. Today I told a kid, "If you are going to have a bad attitude and not do the work this last week, just stay home."
2. I told a former student after her saying that babies aren't too expensive because she was on Medicaid and WIC, "Why should it be somebody else's job to take care of my kids?"
3. "I am not traditional and very particular in my old age," after my future mother in law suggest I register somewhere just because that is the thing to do.
4. "Retard" I say it a lot. And yes seester, I know it's not right.
5. "What the hell?" Right in front of a student after school!
6. "Shut it" to Sharri. All. The. Time.
7. "bastards" sometime to invading earwigs in my house. Sometimes
Directed at students.
8. "You're face will freeze that way". To one of my special Ed kids. I got a smart comment back and I totally deserved it.
9. "400" after being asked how many laps for warm up in PE.
10.  "I just threw your bobber into the lake."  It may take Reuben 20 years to get my sarcasm.  He is very literal.
11.  "I hope it isn't a symbol of our relationship," to Reuben after he mentioned that some flowers he gave me were wilting.  Again...too literal!
12.  "Are you F-ing kidding me?" To a lot of people about various things.
13.  "Zip it" to students quite often.
14.  "Get in your time machine and come to school and do your work." To students.
15.  "Nothing will fall off." In support of kids waiting until they are married to have sex.
16.  "Just sayin'"  I say it a lot and it really doesn't excuse things like: "You really going to wear that to the movies, just sayin'"
17.  "You're losing points."  Sometimes I don't mean it.
18.  "Weight Training is not a spectator sport."  Sometimes they need to spot each other.
19.  "Stop it."  Actually, I quite like that one.
20.  "Eat Less, Move More."  It's that easy but sometimes I even forget.
21.  "What do you want from me?"

Enjoying the beauty. 
Looking for crawfish
First catch of the season
I live in a pretty place
On the way to the spot
Baiting the line


Twenty Things I'll Miss about School in a Week...

1.  Weight training everyday.
2.  Talks with Sharri after school as I grade in the front office.
3.  Silly Student remarks.
4.  Punishing kids with the running of laps.
5.  Bagel Fridays.
6.  Countdown Chains.
7.  Chats with Julie.
8.  Playing sports with my PE classes.
9.  Tyler in my 7th hour.  Angel kid.
10.  Lunch with my co-workers and friends.
11.  Central Air.  It's going to get hot for this Wisconsin girl.
12.  A reason to ride my bike for ten minutes there and ten minutes back.
13.  My office.  Especially now that it is clean!
14.  Saying hey to kids in the halls.  It makes my day to make faces at them and get them to laugh or smile.
15.  Jackie talking to me in the library when I make copies.
16.  My aides in my two PE classes.  Very classy guys and fun to talk with.
17.  Matt in my 2nd hour.  He chants to his aides about how many laps he has completed.
18.  iHeart Radio in weights class.  I don't know if it will be the same when I just play it at home.
19.  My coworkers.  Kristi especially because she is not coming back.
20.  The regularity.

The end.  The solar eclipse was fun to watch today.  Reuben looks pretty sexy in eclipse goggles, no?

Cool Shot of Eclipse


19 Thingsto Do and Eat in Provo, Utah.

At the Blaze Game
Hi all.  This has been one excellent weekend.  Today I hiked, got glasses to view the solar eclipse tomorrow, ate a wonderful burger, and watched an arena football game.  All of this happened after I slept until 10:30.  Now that is my kind of Saturday!

19 Things to do and eat in(and around) Provo, Utah. (I was going to write 19 things I need to remember but I forgot! :)
1.  Sammy's-Their pie shakes rock.
2. Hike Y Mountain, Rock Canyon, and Dry Canyon.
3.  See Bridal Veil Falls in the Canyon
4.  Ride the Heber Creeper
5.  Bike the Provo River Trail
6.  Eat at Burger Supreme
7.  Eat at Sensous sandwich
8.  Fish the Provo River Trail
9.  Get a cookie, cupcake and cake bite from The Sweet Tooth Fairy.
10. Spend a day at Independence High School.  It will change your life.
11.  Watch an Orem Owlz game.
12.  Watch a Utah Blaze game.
13.  Go to the dinosaur museum at BYU.
14.  Go to the Provo City Library.  Very cool building.
15.  Go to the Bean Museum.  Lots of creepy stuffed animals.
16.  Eat at Bombay House.  Wonderful Indian food.
17.  Get something from The Provo Bakery.  They have amazing donuts!
18.  Go to the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival.  It happens over Labor Day weekend and awesome storytellers come from all over the world.
19.  Have a BBQ dinner on my porch.


Can you spot the deer in this pic? 
Can you spot the two gliders in this photo?

At the Y on Y mountain

Can you spot the lizard in this pic?


18 Reasons I love the weekends...

1.  Sleeping in has to be the first one.
2.  No dealing with kids who say: "What?  We have to work in here today?"
3.  Reading
4.  Sleeping on my couch.
5.  Sleeping in.
6.  Going to a Utah Blaze game tomorrow night.
7.  Hanging out with Reuben.
8.  Sleeping in.
9.  Being lazy
10.  Not having anything to do.
11.  Getting a longer run in.
12.  Sleeping in.
13.  No meetings.
14.  My house is a quiet place.
15.  Falling asleep while blogging.
16.  Sleeping in.
17.  Burgers and Fries.
18.  Sleeping in.

The lists are getting harder. Maybe I better write them down during the day.  Sleeping in is really important and deserves more than one spot on the list.  Just sayin'!


Dunk Tank Thursday.

This whole blogging everyday is exhausting.  If you didn't get the chance to see my dunk tank experience, see it here.

Good day.  Cleaned the office.  The day went quickly.  Got dunked in a dunk tank.  Ate cotton candy.  Got exercise in for the first day all week.  Spent time with Reuben, who fixed my car window, and hung my new plant that he bought me yesterday.  I am truly spoiled!

17 of My Favorite Places(with some fun links!):
1.  On my couch, in front of my TV.
2.  The top of Y Mountain.
3.  Perch Lake.
4.  Pat's Tavern in Rhinelander, WI on the patio.
5.  Crosscountry also on the patio, also in Rhinelander.
6.  My parents porch.
7.  Stonehenge.
8.  Inside the temple.
9.  Provo River Trail.
10.  Sunnyvale Softball Complex, Wausau, WI. (Here is where my wedding celebration will be on July 7th!)
11.  Sam's Pizza, Wausau, WI.
12.  The Koehne Farm, Little Suamico, WI
13.  Aunt Linda's, Green Bay, WI.
14.  A movie theatre watching a good flick.
15.  Washburn Bike Trail, Rhinelander, WI.
16.  Buckingham Palace and many other castles in the UK(not that a palace is a castle).
17.  My bed.  And now I am off to it.

Flowers I gave a friend last week. Grocery store flowers rock!

Hanging plant Reuben bought me.  So sweet!

Dunk tank!

My desk is blue.  Who would have known?


Sweet Sixteen

Hey, it's the sweet sixteenth of the month.  What fun did you have today?  Eat any sweets?  I had cake and Mambas.

Here are Sixteen Sweet Things about Alice, which you may or may not have already known:
1.  Alice sometimes throws away food because she will eat it all if she doesn't.  Today it was M&Ms.
2.  Alice is addicted to Twitter and People Magazine.  She is a celebrity nut.
3.  Alice loves sports.  She is very excited about baseball season and the NBA Playoffs right now.
4.  Alice is right handed.
5.  Alice accidentally drank out of a coworkers water bottle today because she thought it was hers.
6.  Alice is a ball baby and is very sensitive at times and cries.
7.  Alice plays first base when playing softball.
8.  Alice is 5'9" tall.
9.  Alice will be dunked in a dunk tank tomorrow at school.
10.  Alice is superstitious.  She often thinks Packer games are going bad because she is watching.
11.  Alice loves burgers and fries.
12.  Alice has a bazillion hooded sweatshirts(Alice also likes to use bazillion at least once in each of her posts lately.  Who knows why?)
13.  Alice Rocks at Guitar Hero.
14.  Alice loves cool sayings and has many t-shirts with silly things on them.  Her favorite is the T-Rex one that says: "T-Rex hates push-ups."
15.  Alice loves to fish but doesn't like to keep fish because then she would have to gut them.(She is also very happy to soon have a new husband that will probably do the gutting for her!)
16.  Alice will have a new Yorkie dog in her life after being married and Reno is growing on her, but she also thinks she will have to do both some puppy training and owner training.

Well, that is all I got for tonight.  Need to get to sleep.



Payday is a very special day.

...especially when you forget to check your bank account and overdraft. Thank heavens for the line of credit that bailed me out! Whew!

Here is the list of the day and then I must be off to sleep:
15 things in the room with me now:
1. My TV with Inside the NBA on in the background.
2. Laptop ready to quickly check Facebook before sleeping. (I really want to invest in Facebook. Any comments/thoughts about that?)
3. My running shoes. I did put them on in hopes of getting a run in earlier. It was more important to chat with my seester!
4. Huge exercise ball. I need to be better about my knee exercises.
5. My Guitar Hero guitars and drums.
6. Green Bay Packet lamp and gnome.
7. My blanket that my grandma made. I often am chilly.
8. My journal.
9. A glass of water.
10. A bazillion remotes.
11. Piles of papers to sort through. Still looking for the time to get to it.
12. My scriptures. I need to make more time for reading and meditation.
13. Movies galore.
14. Kisstixx. His and her Chapstick. They are pretty cool. All Reuben's idea!
15. Baseball Easter basket. I think it will be the money collector at my reception. P.S. We are not registering and really want cash. I guess that isn't proper etiquette to include in invitations so I am putting it out there here. Hope it's not offensive.

Have a great day. Cheers.


Some days!

Today was tough. I was tired and that isn't ever good. The kids are crazy and I don't know if we can survive two more weeks of their squirrelly ways.

Went for a bike ride with Sharri and then dinner and fishing with Reuben. It was a good stress relief. I think this while planning a wedding thing is nutzo! I should have eloped.

That is it for today.
14 things I want to do this summer:
1. Sleep in
2. Edit the novels.
3. Read a gazillion books.
4. Fish lots
5. Not see students.
6. Lose 6 pounds.
7. Get married.
8. Get organized.
9. Have a fun summer school session.
10. Hike lots.
11. Play with the nephews and take them on dates.
12. Index thousands of names from the censuses.
13. Watch lots of baseball.
14. Watch lots of movies.


Happy Mothers Day.

In celebrations of Mothers Day Here is a list of 13 things about Sue(my mother) that I love:

1.  She gave birth to me.  That is so not easy.  Just ask MBC!  I am so glad I got to be the "surprise" my parents never thought they would have.
2.  She has a big heart.  She is truly interested in all people and loves big.
3.  She loves talking to strangers.  She can literally have a conversation with anyone.  Every time we fly somewhere, she has a new friend on the flight for a few hours.  Amazing.
4.  She laughs so hard that she cries sometimes.
5.  She falls asleep in front of the TV lots.  I do this too these days.
6.  She puts up with my dad.  He can be a grumpy old man sometimes but she sticks with him!
7.  She makes up names for things.  Remember the movie Forrest Gump?  Yeah, she asked me if I wanted to see that "Grump" movie.
8.  She is amazingly smart about everything.  I always go to her for advice about finances and other stuff.
9.  She dances all. the. time.  She doesn't care who is watching or if she looks silly.  She just does it.  I need to be that confident.
10.  She is planning one heck of a party for my wedding reception in Wisconsin.  If you are around Wausau on July 7th...you should come! :)
11.  She loves to have fun and gets out a lot.  She even likes concerts.  We had a blast at Kelly Clarkson in New York City and at Jewel in Milwaukee.
12.  She is sensitive and cries sometimes.  I think it is a big brave thing to be able to do that.
13.  She loves me always.  No matter how silly or how far I move away, she still loves and cares about me.  She also makes the best chili and lasagna.  I guess that was really the 14th.

Here are some pics from today:
In American Fork Canyon.  Reuben took me up there after dinner with his family.

Us.  We need to have Reuben go to smile camp.  He needs to get used to my constant photo taking.  It is still cute thought, isn't it?

Reuben made this card for me today at church.  I joked with him about me being a "Future Mother of America."  It's kinda like being a Future Farmer of America but different.  FMA.

I saw the next three pics on the wall at the Ficklin house.  Isn't my future husband a stud? 
And Pious. 

This is the smile I am looking for!  LOVE IT!