Until Now

I guess maybe you’d like to know what happened between the end of September and now. Ok, I realize that you probably don’t actually want to know, but I am on the road to becoming a better blogger, and while I hate “catch up” blogs, I always feel like I can’t begin blogging from where I am until I’ve blogged about what has happened since my last post. A little anal retentive? Probably. Deal with it. Here goes:
September 25th: Penna Powers Brian Haynes (PPBH) 25th Anniversary Party
My work had a big anniversary party to celebrate 25 years of being in business. The party had a rock star theme so we all got dressed up in our best rock star outfits which included puffy painting the shirts the company had given us. That’s right, nothing says “rock star” like a t-shirt with glittery puffy paint on it. If AC DC could see me now. Here’s what the getting ready process looked like for me . . .
My friend Machel was on hair and makeup duty. It’s right up her alley. First order of business – crimp my hair. Yeah, I haven’t done that since the sixth grade. Ever since this day Machel has been convinced that crimped hair is my perfect look. Um, thanks?

Next up – spray the living daylights out of my hair to make it stay put. I think we single-handedly destroyed the ozone layer in one night. It was for a good cause though.

The finished product. Thanks Melanie G. for taking this perfect picture complete with a blinging earring.

With the perfect look completed I had to show it off in a photo shoot. Oh yeah, who’s hot? Yikes!

Machel, Vanessa, Jane, Lauren, Melanie G., and me, a few of the PPBH girls showing off our new looks.

The party was a success. Here’s a shot from the end of the night. One of us is still sober. I guess we’re officially friends who cuddle. I was just as surprised as anyone.

September 26th: University 13th Ward Golf Scramble

The ward had a golf scramble the morning after my work party. At the last minute I opted to wash out my crimped hair. I thought it might frighten the ward members and any small children I may encounter if I didn’t. Take a good look at this group . . . you’ll see some of these faces later.
October: Ward FHE Pumpkin Carving
Recognize anyone? You’ll probably be seeing more of these two faces in the future.

November 26th: Thanksgiving
The entire family got together at my sister Laurie’s house for Thanksgiving. It’s a fun time and a rare occasion that we are all able to get together.

December: Ward FHE Gingerbread House Decorating
I think I should probably steer clear of building houses in the future. My house is on the left and doesn’t look all that great. It’s ok though, I’m sure I have other talents. I’ll let you know when I figure out what those are.

Yay! I think that’s all for the catching up. Now to become a better blogger . . . I’ll keep working on it.

The Birthday Countdown Revisited

Now that you know what my birthday festivities consisted of, I thought you should know what my pre-birthday was like. Remember my ambition to do something exciting every day before my birthday? I called it 30 days before 30. Well, here are some of the things I did:

WARNING: some of the things may seem lame, but the idea was to just do something out of my daily routine, exciting or not. So don’t judge. That’s all I’m asking.
8/20: Stayed up late to watch my new movie “Singin‘ in the Rain”
8/21: Went to the Relief Society Retreat
8/22: Bought new running shoes
8/23: Drank a rootbeer (I had sworn off soda for awhile)
8/24: Rode a horse
8/28: Went to a movie (Julie and Julia)
8/29: Got a frozen hot chocolate from a local chocolate shop run by little people (Hatch’s)
8/30: Made Freezer jam
8/31: Watched an movie outside
9/1: Made picture frames
9/2: Went out to dinner (Biaggi’s = yum!)
9/4: Went to see a punk band in Provo
9/5: Went to the temple
9/6: Had dinner at a friend’s house
9/7: Cleaned my house (I said don’t judge)
9/8: Went shopping in Park City
9/9: Had dessert at a restaurant I’d never been to (Sego Lily Cafe)
9/11: Went to a party
9/12: Went to the Greek Festival
9/13: Went to a party
9/14: Ran
9/17: Went on a date
So, I didn’t quite make it to 30 things, but 22 isn’t bad. I’m sure I did fun things on the other days too. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions. There are still some things I would like to do from that list. If all else fails, I can use them for next year’s 31 before 31.

Remember When . . .

Remember when I had a birthday in September? Well, here’s a recap of all of the birthday festivities:


That’s right, the big three-oh. The day before my birthday I went to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen with a bunch of my coworkers.

The morning of my birthday was spent standing in line for free Boyz II Men concert tickets. We sat out in a parking lot for a couple of hours to score the 42 tickets we needed.

We ended up with a huge group. This is a few of us before the concert. Notice my custom-made birthday shirt that says “Puma on the Prowl.” I learned just before my birthday that a 30-something girl who dates 20-something guys is called a puma. That’s right, bring it on!


This is my favorite video because you can just hear everyone screaming and singing along. That’s how the entire concert was — a bunch of people my age-ish reliving their middle school days. So fun!
For the encore my friend, Jerusha and I rushed the stage. We were so close. Jerusha even touched one of them. Oh, to be so lucky.

I don’t know what it is about this little coin pushing game at the fair, but I LOVE IT! Sadly, it wasn’t a very successful night at the machines. Still, the carnie made sure I walked away with a birthday prize of a necklace and a dirty stuffed animal. Um, thanks?

No trip to the fair would be complete without a funnel cake. Hey! Why’s Jerusha eating MY funnel cake?

I decided I want to learn to play the guitar, so I went and picked up this beauty and signed up for lessons. I have no idea if it’s a good guitar or not, I just bought it because it was pretty. Sadly, I’m not a rock star yet. I am working on it though.

In the tradition of so many of my birthdays, a few of us went to Red Robin so I could claim my free birthday burger. I love that place. However, we did have a repeat of last year with no one in the restaurant and slower than slow service. I think our waitress was also playing the role of hostess, bar tender, bus boy, cook, and dishwasher.

I guess it’s a new birthday tradition to take a picture trying to ride the carousel horse. See, this is what happens when the service is bad and we are left to ourselves for too long.

Just to clarify, by “No Wait” they mean “30 minutes or more when there are no other customers in the restaurant.”

It was a great day with a lot of great memories. Maybe 30 won’t be so bad after all.