Thursday, June 30, 2011

June Festivities

This year June was filled with festivities, family, friends, and fun. Earlier in the month the Snow family gathered in Moab to celebrate Rachel’s (Charley’s sister) wedding. Rachel and her husband Kevin actually got married last August in civil ceremony, but do some unfortunate circumstances could not celebrate with us until this month.

We all gathered in a beautiful (and enormous) cabin in the La Sal Mountains just outside of Moab. The 6 bedroom cabin was fully equipped with a game room, hot tub, 6 full bathrooms, all with soaking tubs, and gorgeous sweeping views of the Southern Utah landscape. (Oh, and did I mention the candy buffet?) In addition to attending a beautiful reception/dinner for Rachel and Kevin, we spent the weekend hiking in Arches Nation Park, playing games, and eating yummy food. It was a lovely weekend and I really enjoyed the quality time with my new family.

Last weekend was my birthday (I turned 28 for the 8th time) and Charley and I celebrated by having a big crowd come over for a BBQ. Charley cooked his famous BBQ ribs and I bake a beautiful coconut lime cake. Fun was had by all.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Did I Forget To Turn Off My Invisibility Shield…Or Are You Just an Asshole?

I just want to take a minute to share a story of extreme rudeness I experienced yesterday. Let’s all take this as a reminder that we are not the center of the universe and other people's time, feelings, etc. are just as important as our own. Let’s all share kindness, common courtesy, and empathy with our fellow humans.

Yesterday, after several hours working in the yard, Charley and I decided to take a break to take the dogs to the dog park. On the way to the dog park we stopped at Maggie Moo’s for some ice cream. I ran in while Charley waited in the car with the dogs.

Inside the store, there was only one person behind the counter, and one group of people ahead of me in line a woman with her grandmother and her 3 small children. I waited behind them for a while as the kid behind the counter fixed each of their orders. While I waited another woman came in with her husband and baby. The husband took the baby out to the patio and the woman wondered around the store for a minute or two before stepping in front of me in line. At first I was not concerned. I assumed she was just trying to view all the flavors in the case, and I figured she knew I was there first so we wouldn’t have any issues. But when the kid behind the counter said, “Can I help who was next?” she jumped in a started to order. Um…what?! I don’t think so!!

I said “Excuse me, I was here before you.”

Then she said, “You were? I don’t think so, I’ve been waiting here for a while.”

“No, I saw you come in, I was here first. You walked right by me,” I couldn’t believe her nerve. I even had to move out of her way when she walked by me. There was no way she hadn’t seen me standing there.

Then the kid behind the counter looked at her and said, “You where here first?” I know he knew I was there first, but he was just a teenager and probably didn’t know how to handle the situation.

The woman said, “Yeah, I’ve been waiting right behind them for a while,” pointing the other woman who had been in front of me in line.

The other woman then came to my rescue and said, “No, she was here before you,” pointing to me, “She’s next.”

The line jumper responded with, “Oh…I didn’t see you.”

It wasn’t till later that I realized she hadn’t even apologized for her bad behavior, but on my way out of the store I made sure to thank the women who backed me up.

I realize ice cream shop line jumping may not be as serious as some of our society’s problems, but it just goes to show how you self-centered we’ve become. Small incidences like this are happening all the time and I think we each need to take responsibility in changing that. It can only make the world a better place.

Okay, I’ll get off my soap box now. Thanks for listening.

Oh, and by the way, the pretzel ice cream at Maggie Moo's is magical.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm an Urban Farmer!

Last weekend after weeks of unseasonably cool weather and rain, Charley and I finally got my tomatoes planted. For the last few weeks, between rainstorms, Charley has been working on building me this amazing raised garden bed (he calls it the Taj Johannal):

As you can see, it’s gorgeous…constructed of redwood and complete with surrounding brick patio (which isn’t quite done yet, but it's pretty close). Last weekend I helped him lay some of the bricks and install a drip irrigation system before planting the leggy, gangly tomato plants I’ve been attempting to keep alive indoors. We don’t get very much direct sunlight in our house so it’s been a challenge keeping them healthy…only time will tell if being outside will improve there condition. But there’s always tomato plants at Home Depot, so they’re easily replace, I suppose.

I also planted zucchini, patty pan squash and beet seeds. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the squash plants mature in time to harvest before the first frost.