Thursday, September 27, 2012

That one time J fell off his bike into an intersection. . .

J ROCKS. Let me tell you why.

We just got new bikes. They are beautiful and magnificent and we don't leave them outside because that would be Stupid with a capital S!

J loves himself some upgrades, so he bought clipless bike pedals and cleats. (if you haven't tried the magic called clipless pedals, you are missing out on some fine action.)

So back to cleats and clip ins. He got them all adjusted, nice and tight. He then decided to ride to the bike store and get his bike oiled or something. SO. There is J. Pumping his legs on that bike so hard because with clips you get speed pulling up the pedal! He is going so so so fast. I'm behind him on my bike, on my way to school . . . oh no. The green light turned yellow. We start braking. I stop. J doesn't. And then he and his whole. entire. grown. man. self and bike included fall over onto the road!!!! He couldn't release from the clips and since the light was red, he couldn't balance on two tires while staying in one spot and he literally fell over!

I laughed so hard. I can't even tell you how much I was crying from laughing. There we were, in front of city hall and the car rental place, J trying to get up from the asphalt. It was one of the best things my eyes will ever see. Jake was able to unclip once he hit the ground so he was picking himself up. He is so cool because he was laughing harder than me! And people were just staring at us. . . there were probably thinking something about how mean I am for not helping him, but it was just one of those things that happens so fast that there's no point in trying to help!

Nevertheless, J was able to get himself fixed up. Turns out, his actual cleat hookup was too loose, so he tightened that up and has been fine ever since.

I took a mental picture of that.

PS. I love him.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rivals on Cherry Street.

J and I have neighbors that dislike us. We don't understand why, but we also seem to have a rivalry. It's really fine; we could care less, but today things got a little crazier than normal!
I was riding my bike home from school. Usually I'll get home around 6:30pm, but today I didn't get out until 7:30. The problem with this is that Flagstaff has these weird street lights that don't shine bright because of the observatory. The other problem with this it that it's completely blacked out on some streets leading in to our apartment.
There I was. Cruising down the pitch black street. No cars were coming so my bike reflector wasn't useful. I thought to myself aloud, "I hope no one shoots out from the library parking lot right now because that would hurt!" The library is right by our house and has a horrible view of the street so we live in constant fear that we're going to get hit right there. Alas, no cars were there since it was so late. I sighed in relief because I made it to the American Legion. They were having a party. . . like always, but I saw no lights! "Hooray!" I thought! I've made it home and then


The neighbors that dislike us were in their car, lights off and mere inches from hitting me! I kid you not! Oh my gosh. I've never been mad at them before, but I imagined a few scenes in my head: 1. I jump off my bike and start hitting their car with my 30 pound backpack and helmet and yelling SLOW DOWN! You are in a parking lot! There's no reason to speed! and 2. They actually hit me (just enough for my bike and me to fall and get scraped). Luckily, neither of these things occurred. In fact, the only thing that happened was me giving them the most evil look I could but it was dark so they probably didn't see it anyway! I mean, how could you with your lights off in Flagstaff!?

*edit* I DID have a bike light on my bicicelta, they just didn't see that either! And it was flashing and everything.

 This has brought our rivalry to a new level!

In other news, J and I are getting our pictures taken! When we got married, we decided we'd do pictures on the even year anniversaries and go places for the odds. We didn't have time in the summer, but now we do and we are  I am so so so so excited. Sarah tends to help us look better than we normally do . . .

I love this picture of us.  We got stuck in a rainstorm after church.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

As of late. . .

J and I both finished our summer sessions at NAU! I've now decided that summer classes are the way to go because they are so fast that you don't have time to forget and they are surprisingly well-paced!

We both earned the grades we worked hard for, so we celebrated with a mini trip to Mesa. It was so nice to be able to not wake up at the crack of dawn to study and even nicer to not fall asleep with textbooks on your mind!

While we were there, we went to see my grandma. She is awesome. We took her out on Sunday for some hot fudge sundaes! It was so fun because she recently got 17 (I think that's right??) stitches on her arm and it's all bandaged up, but she wanted to show us her arm! J and I were both telling her "NOOOO" so she finally gave up on showing us and told us we were scaredy cats! I think I choked on my sundae laughing when she said that! Anyhoo, my grandma is best.

After our stay in Mesa, we were visited by Jake's parents and one sister. It was definitely a treat because we hardly see them. The boys went to look at dental offices while we watched "The Phantom of the Opera." We all gathered again for lunch and then they left. We all definitely had a good time.

Since then, school has started up. J is taking his final semester of math, along with molecular biology, genetics, physics, and something else I just can't think of. I'm in general pathology and I'm not going to lie. . . it is scary! Holy cow. We only meet once a week and on the first day of class, students were already throwing around terms like hypoxia, granulation deposition and I just know that the class might kick my booty.

I started working at Flag High School as an assistant coach for the swim team! It's so fun and exhausting! Yesterday we ha our first meet. I'm used to having public pools on every corner, but here we have two pools. . . and both are indoors. So, if you can, imagine a number of high schoolers, extremely supportive parents and an indoor pool-- what do you get!?  Me with a ringing in my ears, scratchy voice and really tired feet! I really love it!

We also went up to Show-Low for a day to visit my sister and her husband. She's in beauty school and needed to get some things done for graduation so I was able to get a facial and some scalp massages and treatments! It was fun to be back in a beauty school and talk to little ladies getting their hair set for church!

Oh my gosh. I cannot forget to tell of the magicalness that joined our family. So we were gifted a vacuum and it was a lovely friend to us. One day I said to J, "I cannot wait until that thing explodes so I can get an Oreck!" He retorted and said he would only purchase a Dyson, but I pshaw-ed that thought right away. Not even two days after the conversation, guess what??!! Our vacuum had an emotional breakdown and stopped working! Less exciting than an explosion, but I'll take what I can get! We immediately went shopping. J was searching for the Dyson, and I was on a quest for my Oreck. It all came down to the fact that my grandparents and parents both have Orecks, and J's parents have a Dyson and I hate it. . . it wasn't a competition at all! So we got the Oreck and my house has never had better clean-carpet-lines. You know what I'm talking about.