Fortune Cookie Friday Double Dose

I missed last week (I did crack open a fortune, I just didn’t post it), so here is a double dose this week.
Does this mean I am the squeaky wheel, or that I SHOULD Be the squeaky wheel? And is asking that question considered “squeaking?” Sometimes I just need things spelled out for me, ok.
Wait, what? You have faith in me? That’s awesome! Who are you? Are you watching me? Have you been following me? Should I be worried? I mean, I appreciate the sentiment and everything, but at the outset, this is a little creepy. Let’s skip the pleasantries and motivational speeches and stick with you telling me about all of the great things that I’ve got coming. Is that a deal, Fortune Cookie Man? Thanks.

Fortune Cookie Friday

Here is today’s fortune:
I’m not sure exactly how to take this. Is it a warning against peer pressure? Is it a message to encourage me to get a mentor? And what is the stance on dancing with wolves? Does that somehow fit into this picture? The fortune cookie writer may be the only one who ever really knows the answers to these deep and complex questions.

Getting the Boot

So, there was one major item on the Summer Fun Bucket Book that I was not able to complete. And lest you think I’m a total and complete failure, I have a good reason. Please, let me explain.

One of the big things on the list was to run a half marathon. I have been talking about doing this for a couple of years now but just haven’t made it happen. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I hate running. Well, this summer I finally started to get in my running groove. I still didn’t like it very much, but it was tolerable, and I was plugging away. Then, one day, “The Incident” happened.

I was out running one night (Mom, if you’re looking at this, that should read “I was out running in broad daylight with lots of people around me.”) and I was feeling great about it. The furthest distance I’d ever been before without stopping was just over five miles. Tonight, my goal was to go six.

When I hit six miles I noticed my leg was hurting a bit, but I was feeling pretty good overall, so I kept going, and going, and going. In the end I ran more than 7 miles! A seriously big deal for me. I could have gone further, but at that point my leg was really hurting so I decided to stop.

Fast forward two weeks . . . my leg is still killing me and the race is less than a week away. I get talked into going to see a doctor. The diagnosis, a stress fracture in the middle of my leg. The treatment, wearing a giant boot for three weeks. Awesome.

So, I ended up having to skip the race. Kind of a sad day. But I am determined to conquer it one day!

Summer 2010

I don’t know if you know this, but summer is gone. With that being said, I think it’s finally time to close out the rest of the posts about the Summer Fun Bucket Book. I hate getting behind in posting because that means I only skim over each event. That’s probably something which you readers are grateful for. So, here’s some more of what happened in the Summer of 2010:

A few of us went to see an outdoor movie at the State Capitol. A bigger group of us also went again a few weeks later. (The next time I try to take a self portrait, will somebody please stop me? Thank you in advance.)

Chad Meeks, Paul Hales, Me, and Josh Wilson

Last Thanksgiving I bought a boating trip with the Bishop at our ward service auction. We finally got out and took advantage of a beautiful August day. The trip got off to a rough start when not five minutes after we got the boat on the lake a wakeboard (still zipped in its case) flew up and hit the Bishop’s daughter and split her head open. We sat on the lake for awhile while Sister Crosland drove up to get her. After hundreds of stitches, she was good as new. As for the rest of us, we had a good time just hanging out on the water.

Paul Hales, Bishop Crosland, Me, Rebekah Brough, and Josh Wilson
Over Labor Day weekend I went to Bear Lake for the first time (sorry, no pics) and then up to a condo in Park City with friends. The condo was right on Main Street and it just so happens that Park City has its Miners Day celebration . . . which includes a parade!
Scott Garduno, Sharley Thayne, Jacque Uresk, Jessica Foust, Josh Wilson, Justin Davies, Paul Hales, and Me

 Maybe Chad is right. Maybe I do need to lose a little bit of weight.

There was a group of guys from a fitness club that were flipping this giant tractor tire down the entire parade route. We were near the end and they looked pretty tired, so I offered to help. “Sure guys, no problem, I’ll help you.”

We took a trip to the State Fair. Mostly so I could eat another funnel cake. Mmmmm, funnel cake.

Me, Paul Hales, and Jessica Foust 

Jacque Uresk, Jessica Foust, and Quade Reynolds

Checkmarks for the Summer Fun Bucket Book: Outdoor movie; boating