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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Hockey is kinda super awesome.

Tonight was momentous. I went to my first ever hockey game, and it was marvelous. Seriously. I mean first off, who doesn't like a sport where fighting is allowed and the men have beards? But then it gets better. It's graceful and rough all at the same time. Their skating is so smooth and their movements are so quick. You looked away for a second and bam! Goal. You missed that one. Wham! Someone is in the penalty box. Should've been paying attention.

BYU has a hockey team. Who knew? Not many. Well, now you do thanks to this blog. What what! It's a club team and this semester I am part of a team assigned to do their social media. #stoked on so many levels. They play at the Peaks Ice Arena that was built for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The arena can hold 2,300 people but the extra seats aren't out all the time. The Zambonis are huge. Way bigger than Ice Palace's. Did you know that the ice is only 3/4 inches thick? I was told by multiple people that it would be really cold, so I wore a hat, scarf, mittens, brought an extra jacket, and two blankets. #prepared #bettersafethansorry

I don't know what's going on in these pictures or what happened where they had to reset. Puck off? I think the one in the middle is because there was a goal scored. I do know that BYU was down 2-0, tied it up, then was down again 3-2, tied it up again, #20 got a hat trick (!!!), and there was a goal in the last five seconds of the game because the goalie was out playing and not guarding the goal. The guy who shot it must have good aim. #slapshot





Winnas.

Other than being super stinky, I was told hockey players have a lot of shoulder injuries, which makes sense because they check each other a lot and get hit against the sides and what not. Fighting in college isn't allowed, but it's still a really physical sport. They fall down, get tripped, drop their stick, and have to get right back up. My brother and sister would not do well in hockey. #weakshoulders #lastpickformyhockeyteam

I used to go on field trips to Ice Palace, a local ice rink in Hawaii, the only ice rink on O'ahu, and used to think the red dots in the ice were blood from people whose fingers got cut off when they fell down. Makes sense right? If you fall down, someone will skate past you and slice your fingers off. I've already had one too many fingers shaved off. Not trying to lose another. It may not grow back another time. 

I had a great time. My hockey experience is off to a FANtastistic start.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kale

Tonight I cooked a snack. And a healthy one at that. Kale chips. Delicious and nutritious. Not to mention the easiest thing to make, just as long as you don't burn them in the end.

Start with organic kale because they're one twelfth of the dirty dozen. 
Little bugs were huddled on the stems. Try to wash them off. No, definitely wash them off. Then salad spin dry.Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. 
Bake at 325 degrees for twelve minutes.
Kale chip up folks. 
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bell Canyon

This past weekend I went on a hike with my friend Tigg to the first waterfall in Bell Canyon. 
Rough start. Strong finish.
 The trail is actually really pretty, but it's hard to realize that when you don't have enough oxygen in your lungs. There is a resovoir, huge rock mountains, a waterfall/stream, and a view of Salt Lake City. 



Special...

When it was over we went to Costco and ate. I had a slice of combo pizza, a turkey pesto sandwich, and a berry sundae. Then I went back the next day and had another slice of pizza and a chicken bake. 
All in all, the great outdoors are great.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pickin' Berries

Finally! I got to go berry picking! It has been on my "Summer Bucket List" for years, and for good reason. Berry picking was just as fun as I built it up to be. Hallelujah for +alicia yan for finding and taking me to McBride Briar Patch, making my dreams come true.

Raspberries are pretty dang thorny. If you go, you should definitely wear long pants and long sleeves. When you pick raspberries, if they are ripe, they come right off leaving this white cone-shaped middle. I have never seen raspberries still on the vine but they look exactly like their pictures! Those fruit snack package images are spot on.




Utah surely has beautiful skies.
The next door neighbors have reindeer, regular deer, goats, and sheep. They domesticate their animals by bottle feeding them while they are babies. When the reindeer are grown, they use them to pull sleighs. No joke, that's what the old man farmer told me. This little girl was feeding the animals leaves and flowers. I'm just glad her fingers didn't get bitten off.
I'm actually not sure what animal this is. I think it's a male goat, but it's eyes weren't square shaped, so I'm not completely sold on that answer. The old man farmer kept saying how beautiful he was.
The older couple that runs the patch have been farming in Utah for ten years. They had a few rows of strawberries and let me pick a few. Raspberry season will last all through fall until winter. I picked a pound of fruit which costed me $3. Alicia and Stan were more dedicated to the cause and picked a total of 5.5 pounds! 

Oh yeah, the old man gave us a piece of rope so we could tie the buckets around our waists so we could pick with two hands. Looks dumb, but works berry picking wonders.

That night, we made crepes with fresh raspberries and fresh whipped cream. Yumscrumdeeleeumpcious.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

It's a party, it's a party, it's a tea party.

Kaia is 6 years old! Both/all of my nieces have the same birthday. At least we could be with one of them on their birthday. This year Kaia had a tea party for 13 little munchkin girls.

Decorations
My sister made name cards for each girl and each food dish. We hung tool, tied bows, double-sticked tape, and hot-glue gunned all around the house.

 
Food
The really delicious part. Everything was mini!! It was dangerous because you think you're not eating that much and just picking, but 10 mini quiches plus 5 chocolate chip scones and 3 bundt cakes add up.
Mini-scone monster.
Parents/waiters served the girls tea and seconds for food. The girls went nutso for the "flour cookies" aka Russian Tea Cakes. 
Games
The first activity the girls did was to decorate their own tea party hat that they wore throughout the day.
After lunch, they played games based around a sugar cube. Honestly, I was decorating my own tea party hat and eating so I have no idea what they were doing. I heard shrieks of joy, so I'm sure they had fun. Di-C was the perfect game master.
My sister, our cousin Naomi, Kaia, and I played UNO after everyone left. Naomi won both times, Liz got second, and somehow, Kaia and I were left to battle it out. There is no mercy given to younger players. We're all out for the W, but I lost both games.

Boys
Three little boys attended the tea party. My nephew, brother of the birthday girl, and our two cousins, whose sister also attended. So I guess it was obligatory on their part. They had fun playing and had requested to eat their lunch at a "table with no women."
She finally learned how to wrap her legs around her carrier's legs so she is almost weightless. Whoohoo! The best way to carry and be carried.
It's not a tea party without a fancy shmancy hat.
The party planner and birthday girl.
The party was an endeavor, but it was beautiful and scrumptious. All's well that ends well. Until next year...
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