Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chats in High Places

Russell and I have gone on quite a few hikes this summer. We've been up in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon and Millcreek Canyon. We also hiked Ensign Peak and are looking forward to climbing Timp when more snow melts.

Every time we hike, we have lots of time to talk. We share dreams, plans, ideas, and funny memories. I love that it's just me and him and nature.

On our recent hike of White Pine Lake, we got so far up that we were tromping through snow and ice. There was such a runoff that most of the trail was covered in water so our feet were muddy and wet and cold. Also I swallowed a whole Life Saver and fell down a lot. Amid my angry outbursts and tears (which Russell handled with kindness and understanding), we had some good conversation. We talked about the worst possible situation we could find ourselves in.

Here's mine: stuck in an elevator with Charlie Sheen and Michael Moore. Covered in a painful sunburn. The floor is littered with writhing snakes and I have no chapstick.

Here's Russell's: stuck in a fabric store. Pine needles and long hair constantly swiping across his face. There's no windows and it's sweating hot. Some giant Celtic woman is dancing around the aisles and playing the panflute.

After that, we started listing topics we always find hilarious:
The word "wet-nurse"
Brass instruments - especially the tuba and French horn
Poop jokes
Medieval times
Jar Jar Binks
Anything from What's Up Doc? or It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Dwight Schrute
Pets that have real people names like Adam or Megan or Trevor

There's lots more, but there was only so much time to for us to chitchat between my crying about the Life Saver lodged in my throat and swearing that I'd never climb a mountain again. I guess I can be a bit dramatic at times.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Couples Retreat

Last week, Russ and I had one of the best weekends ever at a friend's cabin at Bear Lake.

I seriously can't believe how much fun it was.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The City

Our apartment contract is up next month. 
Since we're not sure if we'll stay in the city, we decided to walk down the street and experience Temple Square. 
We felt sort of nerdy, but it turned out to be quite fun.

We ate at the Lion House Pantry and it was delicious.

We went to the top of the Church Office Building and enjoyed the view.

Then we went and took a tour of the Conference Center. 
Did you know there is a garden on the roof? I didn't.

We love Salt Lake City and although we were drenched in sweat as we walked around, we had a great time.