Friday, February 20, 2009

What I did while I was in Utah...

I had this past week off of school, so I went to Provo, Utah to visit my little sis, who is a loner right now because her husband is in Boot Camp for the Navy Engineering Corps.

This is what I did...

1. traveled twelve hours: left Buffalo at 6:00 a.m., stopped in Cleveland, stopped again in Las Vegas, arrived in SLC at 4:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. EST.) It was a long day! Luckily, my dad's flight from Denver arrived half an hour later, and he had a carry-on bag stocked with his famous homemade Cowboy Cookies and Grandma's homemade Sugar Cookies. That made me feel better.

2. subjected my poor father to hours of girl talk with my little sister. (He came to town to see us and slept on an air mattress in the front room.)

3. jogged my old route in Provo with my dad and marveled at the beautiful mountains I took for granted while I lived here.

4. went for dinner and ice cream with my best friend from high school, Lizzy, and her adorable daughter, Worth. (Lizzy is 8 months pregnant with her second.)

It looks like Worth enjoyed the Leatherbys hot fudge almost as much as I did!

5. ate at all my old favorites: Cafe Rio (3.5 times), Leatherbys, Smart Cookie (2 times), J-Dawgs, and Bombay House.

6. groaned in my bed at night due to perpetual indigestion (see # 5)

7. celebrated my little sissy's 22nd birthday with a girls night to Confessions of a Shopaholic and then a Cadbury mini-eggs, brownie, cookie, and hot fudge feast.

I don't know why her shirt looks 80s metallic in this photo. It was actually striped and very cute.

8. gained 5 pounds (see #5 and #7)

9. announced the Hogar del Nino Project in 10 Therapeutic Recreation classes at BYU, worked one Internship Fair, and gave one Info Session to recruit volunteers and promote the program. Found several good applicants.

10. saw my siblings-in-law kick some butt in a BYU intramural tennis doubles match. (Those Nielsons are great tennis players!) Went to dinner with them afterwards...I love them.

11. shared Cafe Rio salads with two of my very best friends from college, Tia and Becky. I have to say, if this is possible, the company was even better than the food.

12. taught my little sister how to make homemade tomato soup and homemade bread. (See February 13th blog post entitled "As it turns out...")

13. poured hydrogen peroxide in my ears at 2 a.m. to watch it bubble. (It's amazing what stupid things seem funny that late at night with my sister, her sister-in-law, and my sister-in-law...I swear we are all adults.)

14. slept in until 11 a.m. (See #13) and then went to breakfast with one of my favorite people in the world, Heather Balli.

15. traveled 10 hours back home to the Buff. Amazingly, I had no flight delays on any leg of my trip. That truly might be a miracle.

What I did not do while I was in Utah:

1. grade any of the 115 research papers that I lugged along with me. (I was just sure I would have time to grade them all.) Oh well!


  1. Cafe Rio 3.5 times!! Way to represent, Rachel! That's my girl! Glad you had fun.

  2. That sounds like SUCH a fun trip! Way more fun-filled than your St. Louis trip last year...sorry! I love that you took your papers but never got to them...used to be the story of my life. I finally just stopped taking them! :) Your trip here in April will be the best, though, b/c Little Cal will be squirming in your arms through most of it! CUTEST!!! By the did you go to Rio 3.5 times? .5???

  3. Rachel! I am so happy to hear that you got to come to Utah, but I'm sad Annie and I didn't get to see you while you were here. Did you know that we are roommates now? Anyway, it sounds like your trip was amazing. I'm so glad you got to see your family and take a little break. :)

  4. I was glad to hear that you were away, and not sick. When you missed church two weeks in a row, I was worried. Taylor and I love the Bombay house! We need to go out to Indian food togther! Does Ryan like it too? We went to Tandoori's this past week but we want to try the restaurant on Elmwood- we hear they have a great lunch buffet.

  5. Hey I thought Leatherby's closed down. Where is it located?

  6. How fun!! you asked about how I know who is looking at my blog. Well...I don't know exactly who is checking us out but I put a visitor map and a live traffic feed on my blog. The visitor map just tells me where in the world people are looking at our blog and the live traffic feed tells me how they got to our blog...from other people's blogs, google us, etc. You can click on the map and see the town where it was viewed and the day and time. Anyway we've had LOTS of weird hits from other countries for a while now so we decided it's about time we make it private because of all the stuff we post about our little guy. Anyway if you have any more questions let me know.


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