Thursday, January 19, 2012

Here Puppy!

Lately, I have been fantasizing about dogs... I always ask Mom and Dad when they are going to get a new dog, and it sounds like it might never happen. But that's ok! Because I have recently made a discovery (I've been making quite a bit of these since I moved away)... I can just get a dog! But not for a long while.

After going on that hike a couple weeks ago to the hot springs, I have been itching to get outside more. I go to school, and work my tail end off. So when I get the occasional day off, or I have a few hours to spare, I just want to go outside. However: I just finished reading the autobiography about the man that went hiking alone in the Canyonlands, and got his arm stuck behind a rock, and he had to cut it off in order to survive, and it's made me so paranoid. Every time I think about going for a hike, I'm convinced I might get eaten by a mountain lion, or I'll fall down a cliff, or hit my head and drown in a river. As much as I don't like it, the buddy system really is the most important rule! If Holly didn't have a boyfriend, or if that said boyfriend didn't have a serious foot/tendon injury, I'd drag them along with me. So you see my predicament? Well I have thought of a solution:

I'll get one of these! Is that not the prettiest dog you have ever seen? And yes, I have thought about all the hair, but I'm going to be around a lot of hair for a living, so I better get used to it. That's what lint rollers are for.

Or how about one of these? I know that labs are good, reliable dogs. And I've always wanted a chocolate. So so so pretty.

I'd say it's safe to go hiking with a dog. Another plus? Dogs move at your pace (or a faster, I suppose). Another thing that I have never liked about the buddy system when it comes to hiking, sometimes, I just want to hike by myself. I don't have to worry about talking or keeping up a conversation. It's just me, and it's nice and quiet. I can move at my own pace, stop and take pictures when I want, and turn around when I've gone far enough. Solo hiking is the best, and that is definitely one of the things I miss most about Philmont. There really was no other choice. Sometimes you had to go by yourself, and it. was. awesome.

So yes, a dog as a hiking buddy is perfect. They move at your pace, they are smart, and they have helped people out of sticky situations before.
More than just that though, I am a little worried about moving by myself some place that I have never been to. I have absolutely loved having my sister here with me, and I will be so sad when we don't get to live together anymore. That is why I need a dog! I need have some friend while I'm up there!

So here's the plan: I will finish school. My plan is to move to Seattle after school, get an internship maybe? I'll also have to get another job. I'll save save save, live like a pauper, and then maybe ... 3... 4... 5 years later? Get a dog? I guess it all depends on how much money I have, and how busy I am, where I live...

It's going to be a long time, but this is definitely going to happen. I am dead set on it. I think I'll add it to my bucket list: "Get my very own dog."

In the mean time... I guess my scenic drives will have to suffice.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fifth Water Hot Springs

Today was different. I got a day off of work :) After talking to a friend who is a frequent visitor of the Hot Springs in Spanish Fork, I decided to go check them out.

The trail was absolutely beautiful. If it weren't for the cold, I might be able to live in Utah forever.

The closer I got to the actual hot pots, the murkier the water got.

It took me about 2 hours to get to the hot springs, and I probably spent about 30 or so minutes actually in the water. It wasn't as great as I thought it would be. A lot of the other pots were taken, and since I was by myself, I didn't want to just hop right in with a bunch of people that I didn't know. So I settled for a secluded spot behind a big rock, right next to a waterfall. The springs right next to the waterfall are some of the hottest, and I could definitely tell.
The waterfall was cold, and but the springs were scalding, and you'd think combined that they would make the perfect temperature, but instead all I got were rushes of cold water, and then scalding. I had to constantly swish my arms around trying to mix the two, and keep the water temp even. Then I had to get out into the freezing air and get into my clothes keeping everything dry, and I was covered in mud and I smelled like sulfur. Maybe I'll wait until the summer to do it again, and this time, I'll go with a group :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Break :)

Christmas break was wonderful. Dad surprised us all by showing up a day and a half early, so it was nice to get to spend some extra time with him :)

The lights on Temple Square were an absolute must see. They are gorgeous!

Of course we also had to make a stop to In-N-Out (even though I don't eat the meat ha ha ha).
I am so so so grateful that they got to come up and visit. I have missed my parents so much! I miss Mom's singing, and Dad's jokes. I am hoping that I can make a trip home in May. I can't wait to see them again!

A break from school was nice, but I must admit that I was very excited to go back. I love my Aveda friends. They make me laugh everyday. I really am lucky to be going to school with these girls! You'd think that 9am-7pm, 3 days a week would be enough, but we love hanging out outside of school.
And finally, probably the best news all week... I got a new job! I don't think I have ever felt relief like this before! I couldn't stand my other job, and I came very close to quitting before I'd even had my first official day. All my friends and family kept telling me to stick with it until I found something else, and to be quite honest, I don't know how much longer I would have stayed with it, but I held on for 2 weeks! And then, by some miracle, I got another job!

It's at a place called Culver's, which is based out of Wisconsin. It's a mix between fast food, and sit down, kind of like Fuddruckers. I just keep getting lucky! I love the people, and I love the work! I'm on my feet all day, helping other people, talking with people, and I'm not doing anything that has to do with computers! It's awesome!

Well I hope that's enough for an update. I really will try to get better at that... :)