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I. Hate. Mondays. Really, I do. It doesn't help that my grades look dang bad. 3 Fs and a C+. Not my finest moment. Also, I had to give a 7 minute presentation on the Kennedy-Nixon debates in History today. Today was a bad day.
The one redeeming quality of the day? Los Hermanos, my favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Sorry for being a downer. On the bright side, climbing tomorrow!
Sometimes, it's nice to have a day where you accomplish very little and have way too much fun doing so. Because my life wasn't that exciting today, I decided to make a list of my top 5 passions, in no particular order.
Passion #1: Baseball
I love baseball. I don't play, although I played many years of little league as a pitcher. I love to watch baseball, whether on TV or at an actual ball park. I love to play catch with my dad or anyone else who has an arm and can chuck a half-descent throw. In fact, a couple hours of today was spent watching a college ballgame. The other night I ran a book back to the library and stopped at the little league fields to watch an inning of a game. I love it!
Passion #2: Rock Climbing
This one should come as no surprise if you've visited my blog before. I spend way too much time thinking about, dreaming about, and researching about rock climbing. Oh, and actually going and doing it of course! There are few things in life as rewarding as reaching a top of a really hard wall.
Passion #3: Exploring
I have always been one of those kids that wanted to keep going and see what was behind the next corner. I love to go out and just hike around to discover cool things pretty much everywhere I go. From caves to lakes to cities, you can count on me to discover something awesome!
Passion #4: Photography
Exploring and photography go hand in hand. How am I supposed to show people the cool places I've explored? Pictures, duh! While I don't have a DSLR, I borrow my mother's quite often to go and find something cool to photograph. Now that I have a Nexus 5, photography has become much easier and much more impromptu.
Passion #5: Music
I've mentioned my love of music before. This one is a big one for me. I can't remember a day in my life without music. I love to listen to anything (besides country). Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, the Head and the Heart, the Killers, Of Monsters and Men, Panic! At the Disco, and I could go on!
One of my dreams that I've had since I first learned of the existence of record players and vinyl LPs was to own one myself and have vinyl records of all my favorite bands. This dream is more-than-likely going to come to fruition at the end of this month. My neighbor's landlord pays me to mow his lawn during the summer, and at the end of April I will receive my first check. The money I make from that along with some that I have saved is enough to purchase a beginner's turntable and 3 vinyls. I am really excited to start playing some records!
Yesterday was one really busy day.
My Bishop asks the Priest's quorum (boys from 16 to 18 years old) to deliver Jamba juices to people in our ward having a hard time. We deliver them once a week, and yesterday was the day. I got home from school and went with Sam to take Jambas to 7 people. It took quite a while because sick people like company. Once we were done doing that, the priests and I went to a brother in our ward's place to do some yard work. I got to drive the truck and yank out tree stumps with a towing chain! It was actually a really fun time.
Afterwords, our priest's quorum adviser took us to Farr's Fresh to get ice cream. Once I got home, I made a presentation on the Kennedy-Nixon Debates of 1960 for US History. I finished that up at about 11:30 and then went to sleep. What a day!
Eureka! I've found it!
I may or may not be addicted to this super fun game I found today. The game is called "a dark room" with no caps. The game is a village management game that uses your imagination to create images through a story. The game's interface is beautifully simple and never once displays an image. Just text inside text boxes. Yet, the game manages to be one of my favorite browser-based games ever.
Let me warn you. Once you begin playing "a dark room", you will be wanting to continue managing your village. I had to pry myself away from my village to type this post. Give it a shot! Assuming you have a little time on your hands.
I know what you're thinking. There has been a lot of rock climbing posts in the past couple of weeks. But believe me, variety is on its merry way. I got to climb up Rock Canyon with one of my friends, Sam. He is a Chinese exchange student, although he is quick to tell you he's not Chinese but rather from Hong Kong. My family has been really close with him since he moved into our neighbor's house in the summer of 2013. He is a blast to climb with and be around. He's always making fun of his broken English. What a kid.
I think that this is one of only 2 pictures on this blog that you can really see me in. There I am. Shirtless and all. Notice the tan-line on my neck? Yeah, hence the shirtless part. I've been trying to shake that tan-line for about a week. A couple more shirtless climbing endeavors and my mission will be accomplished!
Spring has sprung! This was quite a pleasant surprise to run into on an approach to a slab. When we turned the corner and saw the beautiful tunnel of trees, Sam and I both gasped and pulled out our phones to take a picture. There's incredible beauty everywhere, you just have to venture outside and find it.
Tomorrow I have the opportunity to slough first period to go listen to an engineer talk about hydro power. That doesn't sound to exciting, but it sure beats presenting a menu in Spanish class! I heard that she buys old appliances from a thrift store and lets us take them apart on the benches in the wood shop. I'm looking forward to it!
I apologize for being gone for so long. I spent last weekend in Lake Powell as an adult leader with the Teacher's quorum. Our leader has a time share on a really nice houseboat in Bullfrog Marina that we had the opportunity to stay in. We had a really good time fishing and playing in the 55 degrees water. Brr, but fun!
The water was beautifully smooth, and it was killing us that the water was too cold to wake board or water ski. We had tons of fun, though, and I was extremely thankful to be able to go.
The drive is a little over four hours from Orem to Bullfrog, but we were so early in the spring that there was hardly anybody there. We had pretty much free reign over the entire North end of the lake. Hopefully I'm able to go again this summer!
Rock Canyon expedition part 2! This time with a friend from my old neighborhood. We climbed from 3 o'clock to 8 tonight. It was a blast. And also, for the sake of my image, I am not a hunchback as this picture suggests. He took the picture right as I was doing a weird move and I look kind of deformed.
There has been a lot of climbing going on lately, but tomorrow will be a break day. Tomorrow I meet with the youth group of my ward to play Badminton. Hopefully I will get some Calligraphy on here soon, maybe even tomorrow! You don't know what's going to happen, do you? ;)