august 2016

bye summer! see ya!

august, what a month. most excitingly, i moved! into my own place! honestly it is the best thing ever. i’d like to thank my previous crappy landlord for prompting my soul search for a new apartment, my ward facebook page for the kickass listing i was able to nab, and my angelic boyfriend for letting me bum at his house for two weeks and clog his shower with lots of my hair. (isn’t being in a relationship fun??)

the first part of the month was spent basically going to the pool, refinishing furniture for my new place, cooking, and trying not to fall asleep in my car on my commute home after work. fun!

and then i moved and the second half of the month was spent plotting how i was going to fit all my stuff in a tiny apartment. tyler and i were able to put our heads together and brave ikea, install shelves (ok that was just tyler), and spend lots of money! all in the name of adulthood! really though, it is great. one of my favorite things has been having a PATIO SET! that is rickety and questionably put together, but fun to eat at, since i don’t have a kitchen table, and because dining al fresco is my JAM.

i worked a lot of weekends (womp) but we did manage to have fun. one weekend we went to southern utah with tyler’s family to dirt bike and hang out. and i fulfilled all of tyler’s girlfriend dreams by riding a dirt bike and not falling off immediately. we did some rooftop yoga, hung more shelves, ate superrrrr fresh peaches, got matching toothbrushes, made a lot of mexican food, and more.

it was a good month. it was a great summer! kinda maybe the best? anyway, here’s more disjointed photos, ENJOY!

july 2016

another month of working weird hours and squeezing in a little bit of fun times. it really pleases me that most of the photos i took this month were outside.

a bunch of fun stuff happened this month! tyler and i actually had the 4th off (PRAISE!) so we hiked up near big cottonwood, walked around silver lake with every other resident of salt lake county, bbq-ed (kinda. but he made pretty bomb potato salad, so it counts), and shared a pint of ben and jerrys while we watched fireworks from the capitol lawn. it was the best fourth.

then, mom and kourtni came to town! sunburns ensued due to white skin and pool days, lots of eating favorite things, and hiking…. which resulted in us taking off our shirts? i don’t know. we can’t be tamed. it was awesome.

and then! i went to boise to see the fam on one of my 4 day off stretches. we refinished bathroom cabinets, rode bikes, and jumped in the lake. boise in the summer is a dream.

and back to hiking! i conned tyler into hiking to lake blanche with me (sorry). it was so beautiful up there! i recommend highly. another day britni and i hiked to dog lake in the same canyon, and yeah, it is safe to say i have an obsession with that place.

aaaaaand the greatest thing that happened in july? i moved out of my apartment! no longer do i live with 11 other girls! NOW I LIVE ALONE!!!! my new place fell into my lap one day when i was feeling pretty distraught about the whole housing situation, and so while this place isn’t exactly perfect on paper, it is perfect because it is MINE! STAY TUNED ON MORE ABOUT THAT!

anyway, here’s the pics to prove the fun. summer, never leave. (but on second thought, like you can totally leave because i’m kinda stoked on winter this year? more on that later)

june

ok, honestly all the good photos from this month have their own posts. i do have some stragglers, though. june was really great. it has been so nice to have a summer that is just SUMMER instead of school-laden or dread-laden-because-of-impending-school. i got to travel to santa barbara to see tyler, we went to canada and clocked over 36 hours driving over 5 days, and more. so i’ve been doing things! working! cooking! hiking! looking like a mom at costco! here’s some pics to peruse; have fun, kids.

the great canadian rockies

it is a good thing things have worked out with tyler and me, because after maybe one month of dating we decided we should take a trip together. maybe it was his way of gauging my interest. you’ll have to ask him. all i know, is that without much trepidation i blurted out LAKE LOUISE and the next thing i knew we were googling pictures and booking places to stay. i shoulda known then that i’d found my travel partner for life. we had such an amazing time. i mean, maybe being in one of the most beautiful places in the world had something to do with it, but it was so great- perfect, really.

we started our canadian journey on thursday, stopped to sleep, and arrived in calgary on friday. what a place! neither of us had ever been to canada before, so i was just drinking it up. i mean, maybe canada isn’t really that foreign, but even the smallest things made me squeal and point. the highway signs are so polite! the accents are so real! the people are so… ordinary! we spent the night in calgary, which could be a post in and of itself, but i’ll refrain.

on saturday morning we drove a few hours to banff national park. the weather was a little cold, rainy, and foggy, but we made the best of it, and quite honestly, the cool weather was kind of a nice change from what we had been getting back home… but yeah, we were cold and wet most of the time. i felt like the prodigal son returning to his down coat, but ya know. warmth and comfort. we got lunch in banff, saw lake louise with the other million asian tourist groups, and, not going to lie, after both of those stops, i was feeling a little deflated because my expectations were so great and the reality was so.. touristy. but, after a scenic drive on the icefields parkway and us accidentally happening upon peyto lake, i was all euphoric over banff again. it is so beautiful! that night we camped at tunnel mountain and the sun didn’t set until 10:30 pm. yep. it was sort of the perfect day

on sunday we woke up to beautiful weather. we packed a million jackets, a lot of water, and enough trail mix for an entire boy scout troupe, and headed to castle mountain to hike. we did about 18 kilometers straight uphill punctuated by smallish reprieves through rain and gigantic puddles. and it was awesome. all six hours! the rest of the night was spent along scenic byways and perfecting jiffy pop over an open flame.

on monday morning we packed up, ate at the quintessential canadian fast food stop, tim horton’s, grabbed some real cadbury chocolate (thanks, england), hit up another poutine joint in lethbridge on our way out of canada, and spent the next sixteen hours together driving back to utah. honestly, i couldn’t have imagined a better trip. can’t wait for more just like this, kimball!

 

 

a trip to santa barbara

the long story is that tyler was going out of town for two weeks, and that was going to be too long so he told me to come visit him in california.

the short story is that it wasn’t even a question, i just bought a ticket and went.

santa barbara was a dream. like…. we are moving there. everything is pretty. everyone is pretty. there is abundant mexican food and seafood and damn, did i mention that it is pretty? also, having a super hot local tour guide who knows everything and everywhere to go doesn’t hurt. not one bit. not at all.

tuesday was spent in LA traffic and staring at the COAST because that drive for the last hour is a dream. on wednesday we drove around in the thing, tyler fulfilling my request for views of the city so i could see everything. that was sandwiched between two graduations, being rowdy and using airhorns (then getting them confiscated). on thursday we ate breakfast on the pier, hung around the harbor, hit up the beach for some rays wearing matching migrant hats, oohed and ahhed at the sunset, ate fish tacos, and drove way up into the hills to see the city from afar. and then on friday we begrudgingly left paradise… and broke the a/c outside of las vegas (then tyler fixed it). and look! here’s the pics to prove it.

it was probably the perfect trip ever and i think i’m in love? weird. but good. so good.

outer banks, nc

duck beach this year was a raving success! i didn’t plan on going originally because i was living across the country, but because i was having increased FOMO, i bought a cheap plane ticket one night and the rest is history. i was so happy to be with all these friends of mine once again. still trying to figure out how to move them back to utah, one by one.

24 hours in boise for payton’s graduation

the title says it all! the baby ball graduated from high school, and i wasn’t going to miss that for the world, even though the ceremony was sandwiched between two night shifts. cue best boyfriend ever awarded to tyler for driving me to boise and back in one day- it was totally worth it to see payton saunter across that stage!  it seems like just yesterday we were sharing bunk beds and i was making him cry. now he is a high school graduate and can do calculus. i love you, little patey! (sorry not sorry but you’ll always just be little patey to me!)