Thursday, July 29, 2010

pioneer day weekend

Day 1- Friday
Hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon, shopping at a consignment store for outdoors equipment, thrift stores, and the Spanish Fork rodeo.

Hotdogs and soda? Who ARE we??

They were free. Don't judge.

Day 2: Speedy Spaniard 10k and Taste of the Valley!
Why does no one ever remind me that I don't even like running? That's what I was thinking as we were getting ready to start. And during the first 4 miles. But then afterwards, I only remember finishing and feeling accomplished and sign up for another race.

Don't mess.

We were proud of our times.  I was 177th place! I don't think I passed a single person. I guess 177 people passed me. But I did beat the other 523 people, so there.

My mom found a couple classmates from her Spanish Fork High School days. They dominated the 55+ age group. Go Dons!

Beau watched safely from the sidelines.

Then, Taste of the Valley.

Several local restaurants had booths set up with samples. $10 bought you a ticket to visit each booth. The samples were fairly large and we so should have split a ticket. We were throwing away good food because we were just too full! Even Beau was refusing samples.

Day 3:

Well, nothing exciting on day 3 of pioneer weekend. We did take this random picture though, including this shirt I got at Wandering Wardrobe (my favorite consignment store ever).

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Once upon a time, just a few months ago, I decided I wanted to get into cycling. So I bought an old but solid road bike. Bluie and I went from West Jordan to the Bingham Copper mines, the Salt Lake Temple, and to work every day. Beau wanted to join the fun, so we got him an even older and less solid bike for way cheap on KSL and great fun was had. We got a little carried away at the REI tent sale and got ourselves bike shorts, cycle shoes, and other accessories to make us feel more legit.

But of course, we started itching for newer, nicer bikes, and after scouring KSL with much patience (not really) we both upgraded. So, for a week or so we owned 4 road bikes while we were in the process of selling Bluie and Goldie. Both old bikes went to a nice couple who was a few months behind us and were just getting in to cycling as well and wanted something to get around with.

So to really feel initiated in the cycling scene, we did our first cycling race yesterday!
The Tour de Donut is a 3 laps at 7 miles each race where contestants can eat as many donuts as they want between laps 1&2 and 2&3. Each donut consumed takes three minutes off your total time.

Just before the start. This pictures also shows the cute argyle jersey I was envying.
As you can probably guess, I didn't eat any donuts but Beau enjoyed 6 total. The race was SO fun and we can't wait to do another. I beat Beau by a few minutes, but that's just because he stopped to eat. :)

I didn't realize my face got so red in the heat...

Update: After checking the results, Beau placed 15th in his age group and I placed 12th. Note that these are ranked by net time, including the donut consumption. The winner ate 25 donuts for a net time of 13 seconds.

These guys decided to dress up?

Oh, and as promised, the table I painted!

This was our kitchen table that was left for us in our Provo apartment. It was a plain basic table from Ikea, and I had visions of painting it. So we took it with us to West Jordan, and now we have a colorful computer desk.  I went to Home Depot and picked out 5 pretty colors without really matching them together, and started putting down painting tape at varying widths and no particular order of color. It was fun. and took a long time.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the Dickson-Parks union.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


My sister Page has a great little vinyl business for home decor.  Originally I didn't think I would have much use for vinyl projects, as I'm not a huge fan of the stickered writing on the wall. BUT there are so many other ways you can decorate with vinyl! And it's very inexpensive, so cheap people like me do okay.

I LOVE this poster that Page made for us for Christmas.

Also, as a side note, directly above our stove is a mirror (as seen below).

What the heck am I supposed to do with a mirror above the stove?? Any suggestions?

This was a wedding gift from Page.  It's a 12x12 floor, with the date of our wedding underneath. It helps me remember if we got married on the 27th or 28th because I get mixed up sometimes.

These flower tiles were the first project I did myself.  Page mailed me the stickers, and I put them on the 6x6 tiles myself. It was surprisingly easy and I quite like this bathroom decor. 

And this has nothing to do with vinyl but I thought this mirror was pretty sweet. 75% off at the Tai Pan tent sale YES.

Coming up in future blog posts: Why we currently own 4 road bikes and all about the table I'm painting!