Monday, September 20, 2010

The Post wherein I, Rebekah, get offered a job

True story!!
I always work 32 hours a week. Monday-Thursday, 11pm-7am. But lately I've been helping out my breakfast lady coworkers by picking up at least 1 breakfast shift a week as well. So, this past Saturday I woke up at 5:30am to get to work by 6:30 (on our one bicycle of course!) to work the Saturday morning breakfast shift.
Towards the end of my shift as I'm starting to clean up, a lady whom I had noticed eating breakfast earlier came up and asked me if I was a BYU student. When I replied in the affirmative she asked if I would be interested in a second part-time job! She explained to me that she and her husband are property owners of a condo in Provo and were looking for a new property manager to collect the rent and do the cleaning check once a month. They had watched me working that morning and noticed that I was (in her words) "quick, efficient, friendly and conscientious" and that exhibited qualities that they were looking for in a new manager. The husband had also come over by this time and affirmed that I seemed to be good at my job, and they were thrilled to ask if I had any interest. I told them a little about myself and went ahead and wrote down my information figuring that it couldn't hurt to have them consider me! We chatted a little bit and they headed out saying that they would further consider me and we would be in touch.
After they left I went back to my cleaning and related the story to my current manager, Ben. I saw the couple out in the parking lot, loading up their car and giving every impression that they were leaving.
Just then, they walked back in the lobby and approached me.
"We've been thinking it over, and we just really feel like you are the person we are supposed to hire. We'd like to offer you a job as our property manager!" Aiee! I happily accepted the position, and then they said they wished they had someone like me working at their company in Seattle, and if Steven  and I ever move there, I can consider myself employed!! AHHHH!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, TAH DAH!! I have the PERFECT second job!!! I am the property manager of a BYU approved off-campus Women's housing condo in Provo! WHEEEEE!!!


So this one time (because it actually happened before the road trip but I forgot to post about it...) Steven and I (well mostly me) REALLY wanted to go camping. So we borrowed a tent and sleeping bags from the Lindsley parents, bought some rations, and headed up Hobble Creek Canyon. Unfortunately this was the last weekend of the summer, so everyone else had had the exact same idea and all 3 campgrounds were full. Being adventurous and wanting to fulfill our outdoor desires, Steven and I decided to ignore a "DAY USE ONLY" sign, and set up camp off the road at one of the daytime fire pit locations along the road. It was about 10pm by the time we found a spot, but the brilliant full moon lit everything up beautifully. Steven set up the sent and I got a fire going, and soon enough we were happily roasting hot dogs for our dinner. 
And just then...up pull the State Troopers and their big old cop car. 
True story.
Steven gets up to greet them, aaaaand, I keep turning my hot dog. Two cops get out and start over to us with their flashlights. 
Cop: (shining the light over us) "How you guys doing tonight? You guys doing alright?"
Me: (Still on the ground) "If we really have to leave can we at least finish our hot dogs first?"
Cop: "So you guys know this is a day use only site?"
Me: "Yes, we saw that, but we decided to  be blatantly disobedient and camp here anyway because all the campgrounds are full." 
Cop: (Surprised) "Well at least you're honest!"
Me: "Disobedient, but honest."
Cop: (Thinking to himself and looking at the other cop) "...all full huh..."
Steven: "Yeah, we drove all the way up to [third campground] and they all said 'campground full'."
Me: "But we're not drinking, we're not doing drugs....and we're married!"
Cop: (Chuckling) "Well, tell you guys what...if you are sure to put out your campfire all the way, you guys can go ahead and crash out here tonight and we won't bother ya." 

There was a bit more dialog after that, consisting of us being really excited and me offering them hot dogs.
Also, they told us that for future reference if you take the dirt road that's up even past Balsam, you can camp anywhere and there are no rules or curfews. Awesome!! So that is our cool camping story of how we made friends with the cops and ended up having the best camping spot EVER because we were all by ourselves, and by a river, and total awesome privacy. 
Me being super excited that the cops were cool cats
After the cops left we ate our hot dogs and treats and talked by the fire until about midnight. Then, after putting out the flames (safety first!) we climbed into our warm comfy tent to read our marriage relations book and listen to the crickets and the wind and the sound of the creek singing. It was wonderful. 
Us in the tent!
In the morning we ate some yummy pop-tarts and apple juice!
Morning picture.

And then followed the best picture of my entire life, wherein I was eating a poptart. 

Behold: Natural Ugliness!! :D
I have now attempted to put in on every possible website I am affiliated with, because it is simply TOO epic to be hidden. BAH HA HA! I laugh hysterically every time I see this gem. 
After I got somewhat put together, we went exploring! 

It was a beautiful day in the mountains
Steven found some Lamb's Ear plants and knew just what to do with them!

Hee hee hee! 
Then I decided to take a dip in the creek!

It was a great adventure and we LOVE CAMPING!!

Kids, don't try this at home. 

Road Tripping!!

Labor day weekend 2010 Steven and I piled in "Big Blue" the family van, and headed for CA for my oldest sister Jennifer's baby's blessing. Wow that was a long sentence.
Thanks to my amazing job, we were able to stay two nights in Vegas as well! Marriott is my hero that way.
The car was filled with my mom driving, my 13 year old sister Melissa in shot-gun (not fair...), my older sister and look-alike sister Jessica and Steven and I switching it up in the back seats. Jess's boyfriend Miles was going to come too...but didn't want to pay for his own hotel room. We left about 5pm Friday evening and spirits were high! Hooray road trips!
Steven was such a good sport throughout the whole weekend. I really don't know what got into him that made him so happy and agreeable, but somehow he didn't go crazy spending over 24 hours in a car with me and two sisters and my mom for a whole weekend. He was AMAZING. Definitely giant brownie points. 
It took us until about midnight Nevada time to make it to our hotel that night, and it was so nice to be there! Marriott's are all smoke-free, and I don't know about the siblings, but Steven and I had a GORGEOUS hotel room! It was nice to have all the hot water we wanted as well, because at our apartment our water tank is REALLY small, and we'll run out if we flush the toilet while showering. haha.
I settled right down and helped myself to some late night TV (something else we don't get at home) and Steven  used the free internet to do some homework!
The next morning we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and then all took a dip in the hotel pool which was surrounded by palm trees! 
After that we were off on the road again. 
As we were passing through Nevada into California, we kept seeing these giant billboards for "Alien Fresh Jerky-FREE SAMPLES". We'd see one almost every mile, and finally we decided that we would have to check it out. 
Soon enough we reached Baker California, home of the world's largest thermometer, AND Alien Fresh Jerky.    
Epic win. 
Alien baby in the backseat
We all went inside to get some free samples, and also got to experience the crazy cookyness of all the alien paraphernalia.
Alien on the roof that waves at you
"Space Troopers" parked in the parking lot

Aliens driving the "Space Trooper" taxi
Then, inside the building...
An Alien fortune teller!

It was quite the adventure. 
Then we continued on, finally making it to San Diego!! It was the first time I was seeing my new nephew Cory! Yay!! And Steven got to spend some more time being an uncle with our nephew Jason. :) We had a family pizza picnic at a park and everyone played on the playground. :) 
That night Jess and Elizabeth stayed with Jen and Matt, and Steven and I and Mom AND Dad (who had joined us from Oregon) spent the night at my uncle Rulon's house. Steven and I got this sweet room with mirrors down the full length of one wall. ... 'Nuff said! :D
The next day was Sunday; the big event! Cory's baby blessing was lovely, followed by an interesting sacrament/testimony meeting, followed by the best dinner of our lives hosted by Jennifer's in-laws, the Neals! Their was BBQ chicken, salads, fresh fruits, sparkling cider, veggies, and the BEST ROLLS OF OUR LIVES!!!! Yummm! I think I ate 6. 
Also on Sunday we caught a quick half hour at the beach.

Then, back on the road we went! This time we attempted to use my laptop to watch a movie, but this poor thing only stays on about an hour if it's not plugged in, and even less time when it's trying to play a movie...but we were still amused for the time being as we watched "The Testaments" in Russian, which ended up being a very good call on Jessica's part, because Korihor is even freakier when he's speaking in Russian. :D 
This particular evening we took Steven's patience to a whole new level when we introduced him to some of my family favorite road trip games. 
1. The "What if" game where-in someone chooses someone else and asks, "If (person) could...(insert three totally random things) which would they choose?" And then the person has to think about it until they know which one they would choose and when they've got it, we all guess, and then they tell us which it was.
Ex: Jessica says, "If Rebekah could wake up tomorrow with 1. A moustache that grows back every day even if she shaves it, 2. Being enormously fat, so fat that she can't get through the door, or 3. Bald and not allowed to wear a wig, which would she choose?" 
or, I said, "If Mom had to 1. Have a snakes body  from the waist down, 2. Live in a bathtub for the rest of her life or 3. Be inside a giant plastic bubble, which would she choose?" 

It's a way fun game, and we played it for like two hours. 

Second fun game that Steven  was introduced to was a singing game. Someone starts singing a song and then they stop on a random word in the song and then someone else has to think of a song that has the same word that they  stopped on in it. 
Ex: "I like to look for RAINBOWS..." ... "Someday we'll find it, the RAINBOW connections, the lovers the dreamers and ME..." "very very popular like ME..." continuing on for...oh...probably another good two hours. hahaha. Sorry Steven. :) But, again, he was such a good sport about it, and even participated quite favorite being when the word was "Man" and suddenly Steven belted out, "I am just a man!!!" From Josh Groban. :D haha. I love Steven.
Finally, about 1am Sunday night after driving back and forth on the Las Vegas Strip, we arrived at our final hotel. 
Monday it was back to Utah with one quick stop at the Cheese factory so Jessica could buy some squeaky cheese. Gross. 
It was a super fun weekend and we really enjoyed spending so much quality time with our family and each other without having to worry about work or school or laundry or dishes. It was a nice break. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Of Ponds and Party Vans...

About a month ago, on August 6th, Rebekah and I embarked on a fun and exciting trip to Burraston Ponds with friends!  Old Springville High buddies such as Camille Bradford, Jordan Allen, Melissa Griffin, Tyler Huff, Regina Eichenauer (from Germany) and others traveled down with us for a fun canoeing and swimming trip.  Although it was a bit windy that day, we all decided we wanted to go anyway, and it turned out to be a blast.  When we finally arrived at the pretty ponds, we set up our food on blankets and took the canoes out across the pond.  For Rebekah and me, it was kinda romantic being on the water on a canoe together.  :)  Then we ate some yummy food ('cause we were Hungry), and watched people jumping from ropes in the trees into the water!  I jumped into the water too, though it was scarier to climb the tree than to jump off!  After it got dark and we eventually found all the run-away canoes and packed up, we headed for home.  In Melissa's big party-disco van, we listened to old radio favorites from the 80's and 90's and jammed out in the van!  Wheeeee!  Here are some more pictures to illustrate the trip:

Me swinging into the water!
Here I am trying to climb back out....

Yay for Canoeing Trips!

Good Things to Come

A very good message for everyone. :)