Monday, November 23, 2009

New Blog/Website

Obviously, I haven't really posted much here lately. Nikki does a such a good job at keeping everything we do up to date on her blog that I really haven't felt the need to duplicate it all. However, I have taken on a new project/endeavor, and have started a website and blog. It is baseball centered so I'm pretty sure it won't be of a lot of interest to most of the people that find this blog, but feel free to check it out if you want to see what I'm been interested in. The website is and there is also the TOBL blog at So come check out my little corner of the internet!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bad day fishing...

Just like they say, a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. We didn't catch many fish, but it was still fun to go ice fishing with Ben and Dale Saturday. I only caught one but that was more than Dale! Better luck next time.

100,000 Miles

On the way home from Vernal this last weekend the old black beast turned 100,000 miles. It's almost paid for too!

Obviously not my truck but same year and color.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gone Caching!

I've picked up a new hobby the last couple of weeks. Searching for geocaches. I bought a little handheld Garmin GPSr and started hunting. You can find the coordinates for caches online and enter them into your GPSr and it gets you pretty close. The containers can range in size from smaller than a film container to ammo cans and usually have a log to sign and small inexpensive items to trade. It is really fun and there are lots of caches around town and up the canyons. I even got Nikki up to Rock Canyon and we hiked around for a couple of hours. It is also nice because it gets me out of the house or office and moving after spending all day at my desk. I'm sad I won't be able to do as much since it will probably start snowing soon. I have started a couple of travel bugs. They are little dog tags that you can track online as people move them from cache to cache. I am taking the one I called The Dark Traveler to Hawaii with us to see if it can make it back to Orem sometime.
(Sidenote)I'm not the best about getting on here to add posts, but every once in a while I do. Plus I told Aunt Linda I would give her a shout out. HEY LINDA!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Heavy Metal and Bodies With No Skin

There are a few fun events coming up that I am pretty excited about. I have to mention Nikki's birthday coming up. That is always exciting because she enjoys it so much. Just a like little kid. (See, she even has me mentioning it a week before it happens).

Next, Ben called a couple of weeks ago to see if I wanted to go with him and Dale to the Metallica concert November 3rd. They are coming to Energy Solutions Arena and it should be pretty sweet. We got lower bowl seats off to the side of the stage. I'm sure they do a pretty awesome live show. Metallica's new album Death Magnetic just came out and it is really good as well. I'm glad they put together The Unforgiven III song and the video for The Day That Never Comes is intense. I can't wait to see the new stuff and the old stuff performed live.

Metallica has Down and The Sword opening for them. I haven't heard a lot of their music, but I have watched a little online and its not too bad. While on The Sword's web site, I did recognize one of their songs, Freya, from Guitar Hero. Check it out here.

The concert is in November, but in a couple of weeks Nikki and I are going to an exhibit in Salt Lake called Body Worlds. This exhibit is called Body Worlds 3 & The Story of the Heart and it is at The Leonardo. The show is actual bodies that have been donated by the people before they die. The bodies are preserved and displayed to show different systems of the body. Here is a description from their web site:

BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart is organized according to the major systems of the body. This includes: the locomotive system, nervous system, reproductive system, digestive system and cardiovascular system. The exhibit also features a special presentation on the heart, revealing through the lens of anatomy, cardiology, psychology and culture how this four-chambered muscle nourishes, regulates and sustains life. Through the life-like and dramatic poses of full-body specimens and detailed presentation of organs and body parts, guests gain profound insights into the structure and function of healthy and unhealthy bodies.

Blood and guts aren't my thing, but I think I can handle this. I heard of the exhibit a lot and have always thought it would be interesting to see. I'm glad Nikki was excited about going to it as well.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Always something to be done

I haven't written here for a while, so I better get back in the habit. Just a couple of things that we have been up to. We finally decided on a color to paint our house and are getting that done. (I'll put some pictures on later tonight if I get to it) The painting part isn't bad at all but scraping the old stuff off where it is peeling is kind of a pain. Whoever painted it last time apparently thought scraping old paint off was a waste of time. We chose a nice brown color that according to the Columbia historic home colors is called Palamino and we'll be using a white or off white trim. That job should be done(fingers crossed) before it gets too cold.

I have also been working on building a shed to keep all of our stuff in. It has kind of taken a back seat to getting the house painted so I have most of the foundation done and a floor that is framed. Andy and Lesa have been nice enough to help out and bought me doors and a cool window to go in the shed for my birthday back in July. I can't wait to get it done so we can store all of our stuff in there. It will be nice to get the bikes out of the other bedroom.

There are a couple of other things coming up in the next little while. Nikki's birthday is coming up on the first of October and she is getting ready to start celebrating it. Ever since I have known her, her birthday starts one week before the actual day and then it usually lasts another week where whatever she says goes because "its her birthday!". She probably reads this so no hints on what she's getting.
More happening as well, but I'll add more posts later about those.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I’m still recovering from this last weekend. My birthday was Wednesday, and it was one of the best ever. I think that every year , but it’s true. We had some cheesecake and went to Hancock after I got off work and opened a few presents. Pretty good birthday.

Included in my presents was my Mesquite Golf Pass. Scott from work and his buddy Aaron and I planned a trip to leave Thursday after work and play five rounds of golf in the next three days. The idea sounded crazy to me at first and got crazier as it played out.

We left Scott’s house and headed south after work Thursday. When we hit Kanosh, Aaron knew of a hot spring just off the freeway so we took an exit and drove through the country side to a little gated area. It was a really cool little hot spring in the middle of a field. We did some flips off the side and explored the abyss that supposedly has no bottom that has been found so far. After hanging out there for a bit, we rolled onward and got Mesquite where I got short tour of the town before we headed to Aaron’s parent’s house.

About six hours later the alarm went off and we headed to the Oasis Golf Club to play the Palmer Course at 7:00 AM. We finished that off around noon and played the Canyons Course an hour later. I was definitely getting my money’s worth by then. After the golf for the day we grabbed some awesome Mexican food at Los Lupes and crashed the pool at the Oasis for a bit. We burned the town and crashed late that night. I was dying thinking that I only had about five and a half hours before we would be getting up for another day of golf.

Up again at 5:30 to make the 6:30 tee time at Falcon Ridge. Scott used to work there when he was a younger man, and it was my favorite course. I hit some of my better shots in that round including a sixty foot putt to birdie the par three second hole. We finished there before noon and Scott scored us some killer parmesan chicken at the club house. They didn’t have it on the menu anymore, but he pulled some strings and it was worth it. One o’clock that afternoon we played the Casablanca course and that finished it off for us for the day. You would think we would crash early for the night, but no,no, we were troopers. A couple games of bowling and some craps and roulette carried into the wee hours again.

One more round at 6:30 Sunday was just enough to make you think twice before planning a trip like this again soon. I think we all felt the same way Aaron did when his driver slipped out his hands and flew about fifty feet during his practice swing on the fourth hole. Apparently we were getting a little tired. Although it was a lot of golf and it almost seemed like a chore by the end, it was awesome and I would definitely do it again as long as it isn’t in the next month or so.