Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Serendipity

Tomorrow I'm heading out for a little vacation. The circumstances of this vacation aren't all that interesting, but those of a vacation about six months ago are, and those circumstances are the reason that I'm going on this one tomorrow. So, I'll fill you in on the back story.

Until last March, I had lived with the same roommate for 8 or 9 years. We'll call her Henrietta. Henrietta had a very good friend/sometime boyfriend for about the same amount of time. We'll call him Pedro.

One day, about a year ago, Henrietta informed me that the following April, she would be attending a conference in Orlando. Pedro was living in Alabama at the time, and Henrietta suggested to me that perhaps she and I and Theo (my boyfriend at the time) should go to Orlando together, meet up with Pedro, and the four of us could have a great time playing with Mickey Mouse and his friends. I was all for it. I waited a bit to tell Theo though, for reasons that I can't really explain.

Well, fast forward to last November. Henrietta and Pedro break up, this time for good. No longer is a cozy little double date in Orlando looking like such a great idea. So, Theo is summarily un-invited to Orlando (not a big deal since he never really knew that he was invited in the first place). Instead, Henrietta concocts an even better idea. Why not make it a girl trip? So, she calls two other friends of ours, Camilla and Ilsa, and invite them along. As it turns out, Ilsa works at the same place as Henrietta, and she arranges to attend the conference as well.

So, we're all set. Fast forward to last February. Theo and I break up. It's agony. There are tears and trials and pain, but it's all for the best (for both of us). Meanwhile, Pedro calls Henrietta from Alabama, and tells her that he can't live without her, that every moment he breathes causes him pain and suffering all because she is no longer in his life. Perhaps that might have been a slight exaggeration. Within a few weeks, Pedro and Henrietta are engaged. Suddenly, Henrietta has no desire to go to Orlando, or anywhere else except for Alabama.

So, long story short, Ilsa, Camilla, and I all go to Orlando on a trip that Henrietta arranged and planned for us. We have an absolute ball! We learn that we are GREAT traveling companions! It's heaven!!

And that is how it just so happens that tomorrow I'm leaving for San Diego. Ilsa has a conference for her work there, and Camilla and I are going to mooch off her hotel and play play play.

Isn't it nice when things turn out even better than you planned them?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A list of things I was going to do before the summer of 2006 was over

I wrote up (most of) this list last May, and spent the summer checking things off. The entries in color are those that I've completed. As to the rest, maybe I'll start a "things do to before Christmas" list. Or, maybe not.
  • Go to Lagoon (an amusement park just North of Salt Lake City)
  • Learn the "Andante Spinato" by Chopin (I'm sure working on it!)
  • Watch an episode of "The Twilight Zone"
  • Go Camping
  • Go to Old Ephraim's Grave (the gravesite of the biggest bear ever found or killed)
  • Walk around Mantua Lake
  • Plant a garden and eat at least one thing out of it
  • La experiencia secreta
  • Eat Dutch Oven Food three times
  • Learn five new guitar songs
  • Go to Denver (where I have a brother, a sister-in-law, two nieces and a nephew)
  • Go to Grand Junction (where I have a sister, a brother-in-law, one niece and one nephew)
  • Teach a lesson in Relief Society
  • Attend Black & White Days in Richmond, Utah (it's basically a celebration of the dairy cow)
  • Attend the wedding of the decade
  • Meet 10 new people and remember their names (I only got four)
  • Play Frisbee or catch with a dog
  • Fly a Kite
  • Go Geocaching
  • Make "Mormon tiramisu" (Mormons don't drink coffee or alcohol. I found a recipe that used Pero and apple juice. It worked pretty well)
  • Sing "America the Beautiful" for a bunch of veterans and golfers (this is one of those things I added to the list after I did it. I was asked to sing for the American Legion Memorial Day Program)
  • Learn to make
  • --a new dessert
  • --a new main dish
  • --a new salad
  • Attend the temple 12 times (weddings don't count)
  • La segunda experiencia secreta
  • Learn a song from "Wicked"
  • Sing and play (on the piano) "Simple Gifts" without noticeable mistakes
  • Go on dates with three guys I've never been out with before
  • Crochet two afghans
  • Host an ethnic food party
  • See a moose in the wild
  • Do something out of my comfort zone
  • Watch "The Wizard of Oz", while listening to Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
  • Survive a root canal
  • See a silent movie in a theater
  • Drink Mate (pronounced "MAH-tay"-an herb drink, mostly from South America)
  • Watch "American graffiti"
  • See a rattlesnake in the wild
  • Witness the baptism of a friend
  • See and hug every member of my immediate family
  • Attend the Shakespearean Festival

Not a bad summer, huh?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A walk in the mountains

Well, it's been a fun and busy couple of days. Work has been going well. It seems that there's always plenty to do, which makes the day go by more quickly. That's always nice.

Last night I went hiking with a friend of mine in the canyon above my home. It was just beautiful. The leaves are just starting to change, and I imagine in a week or so they will be just gorgeous. In two weeks or so, they'll be gone, and we'll be headed into winter with a vengeance. Oh well. The hike was nice. We left about 4:30, drove for about an hour, hiked for an hour an a half, and I got home around 8:30 p.m. Since it was so late when we left, it got kind of cold there on the mountain, but the views were worth the pain. My friend is a professional photographer (you can see his work at the following website: http://www.pikastreetphotography.com/), and so we did some stopping here and there for him to take photos. Although I enjoy taking a picture now and then, I'm strictly an amateur, so it was fun to be with someone with an eye for that sort of thing. I was able to see the area from a different vantage point than I ever have before--which was a treat.

Tonight should be kind of basic. I'll be teaching a few voice lessons, like I do every Tuesday, and then I have some visiting teaching to do. After that my home teachers are coming over. So, nothing too exciting, but plenty of social interaction. That's nice.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Second time ever

So, you just have to wonder--is the next entry in this little blog going to be titled, "Third time ever"? What about the next one after that? Will it be "Fourth time ever"? And really, how bad would it be to have a post that says "Seven-hundred and twenty-third time ever"? Would that be just too unbearable?

What will I do? It's all a mystery. Again, time will tell.

Life is good for me. I have a great job that I love. I have a great (and pretty big) family, but none of them live close enough to me that they are able to effectively run my life for me. They pretty much leave that to me, thank you very much, and are willing to give me advice when I ask for it, and for the most part, keep pretty quiet when I don't. How many people have that blessing, huh? And then, I'm surrounded by friends, co-workers, and other associates that I really quite enjoy.

I don't have television reception. Where I live, you pretty much can't get it unless you have cable or dish network or whatever, and I'm not home enough to feel like paying the money to have the TV sit dark all the time. Besides, there is a lot of junk on TV that frankly doesn't interest me all that much.

But, I DO like The Amazing Race, HGTV, American Idol, and (I hate to admit it!) America's Next Top Model. I also think I might like Dancing with the Stars, and Celebrity Duets, but I've never seen either, so I don't know for sure. Luckily for me, my good friend Tayneshia is more of a TV fan than me, and she has TiVo. Bless her, she's been recording some of the shows I've asked for, and tonight we're going to have a night of television. What could be better? Girl talk, quality(?) entertainment, a little bit of crocheting (did I mention that I crochet--oh yeah baby, do I ever!) Heck, I might even be able to round up a bit of chocolate for the occasion. Good times.

And I think that's quite enough for today.

Friday, September 08, 2006

First time ever

So, Last night I read an article in Reader's Digest about the i-media revolution, and blogging, and i-pods, and DVR's and a bunch of other stuff, and I decided that perhaps I would try a little bit of blogging on my own. So, I checked out blogger.com, and here I am. I don't have too much to say at this point, and I'll be honest, I'm a bit tentative about the whole blog thing in general. So, we'll see what happens from here I guess.

Hasta,

Charlotte
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