Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CALIFORNIA... san francisco to be exact!

Let me begin with some backround smigins to note. The last time I went to San Francisco I was knee high to a grasshopper. I also find it important to inform you that I was on the verge of diabetic attack, that is to say I had to pee every 5.3 minutes, not to mention after everything i ate or drank. We didn't know that I was contracting the disease. I was nine years old.

So this Christmas my parents announced that we would be going to san francisco this next summer! Yay! We were all so excited! So the time came and we rented this baby for the drive.

15 passenger van. luxury baby! So all ten of us (baby tucker included) took off on the 12 hour drive!
A. mazing. Our family vacations spent in cars are always so entertaining. I wish there was some way to explain it to you readers, but alas unless you have taken part, you just cannot possibly know... Arguments, tired people, frustrated drivers, snacks, pillows, garbage, and a car full of very stubborn people. I love my family.
First it was to the jelly belly factory :) They made us wear these funny hats, even Tuck man. They let us sample lots of yummy beans... honey is a new one. tastes really good... and my favorite dr pepper jelly beans... oh my. yum. They also had those harry potter beans...gross.. they had centipede.. seriously i would not dare even eat one tiny little bean of that flavor. gag.
Here we all are at six flags! It was so much fun. Roller coasters and my family, they just go well together.
Oh and we cant forget the reason we are all here my parents. Loree and Brian, the most wonderful people in the entire world. All cheesiness aside. I am dead serious. If you know them, you know I speak the indisputable truth. 
awe love.
We went on a segway tour around san fran. It was soooo much fun! This was monday, the 7th my honey's 22nd birthday :) anyway they made us put on helmets and these funny vests, then taught us to ride them and we were off cruising down the streets of san francisco! Right in with the traffic. We with out a doubt looked ridiculous. All of these peope were filming us from the side of the streets and pointing. They were all just jealous. Id just like to mention, all of our machines had names. Steves was "sparkly vampire" I know this is probably in reference to the twilight saga... ick but steve is cute so I cant say im surprised. Even funnier my dads was "pirates have needs too" haha
Me and Stephen embracing this look and my Dad here riding his segway. He is so tight!
Here we all are minus my mom who has a bad knee and stayed at the hotel with my nephew Tucker. We got to go out on a pier and race around (a whopping 10 miles an hour! surprisingly way fun)  If you ever go to San Francisco you have to do this! It was so awesome!
After the adventure on the segways we went and ate at a little 50s diner in Ghiridelli square. You know what that means :) CHOCOLATE!
Jenn and I are the chocolate lovers out of the bunch!

Then we were off to Alcatraz! We took a boat over (obviously) the view from the boat was spectacular! We had an excellent tour of the prison. I learned so much! They had some of the cells set up so you could go inside and some that had items in them showing what it would have been like. The tour had some of the people who were guards and prisoners there talking about their experiences. There was a lot I didn't know about the history of the island and prison!
Here we are with the lovely island behind us!
And this is one of the cells we had the pleasure of entering. I have to say for being a prison I did like the green walls. but it would have been awful in there. This is actually a very large cell....
this is what most of them looked like...

There was a tiny stairway that went to an overlook and a beautiful garden! I dont know why but i didnt think id see these sorts of things on the island. Pretty cool!
Look how awesome the city looks!


The trees are beautiful! These pictures don't even come close to justifying the massive nature of these trees.
So you are thinking trees? really? Well these aren't just any trees, they are redwood trees. They are so beautiful! They are huge! As you can see with my nephew. It was so fun to hike through the woods. The smell...mmmm so good! Oh and I cant forget Tucker here eating some official Muir dirt. haha

We went and drove around Berkley and the campus where my dad went to law school! It is a pretty sweet little area with some amazing houses! I would love to live in some of the houses we saw. We stopped and ate at Zachary's pizza.. oh my gosh you haven't had pizza until you've had theres. Deep dish amazingness.. then being the Romriells we had to stop at at least one book store. Pegasus books right next door. Browsing in an old book store = heaven. (above) Here we are in front of the Oakland Temple! The landscaping is so beautiful! I have a pretty hilarious story id love to share with you personally about this trip to the temple grounds... no really you want to know... so ask and ill tell you ;) Anyway, you can go up on top of the temple and walk around the gardens up there, theres also an amazing view of San Francisco! Everything about this city is wonderful!

(check out this speed limit sign that was posted in front of the temple. So bizarre) 

So I guess I should have mentioned that the whole reason we went on this vacation. The Mary Webb exhibit. My mom LOVES Mary Webb, so we went to the Stanford library to check it out. Heres my mom in front of the sign. She is so cute! 
We went to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Old fashioned roller coasters on the beach! It was so much fun! Here we all are playin in on the beach
Ok i know that this is a little much but seriously he is so freakin cute and I could not pic one of these over the other. So here you go Tuck man the first time at the beach! I just love him!
So here are the rest of us playin on the beach. We built an amazing sand castle like old times!

Cali baby!

We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They had some pretty ginormous tanks with all sorts of fish and aquatic life. Ive never seen anything like it! And its right on the shore!

So Carmel. What a beautiful place! We went on the "17 mile drive" Its actually where they held the US Open this past week. There are some really weird houses up there. We stopped along the shoreline. the beach was beautiful! It was super windy! so when we got out of the car we were being blown away. 

This is the famous lone Cyprus tree along the drive.

We got here and decided to play in the huge waves. It was pretty scary at some points, but so much fun!

All of the siblings! we all ran from the gigantic waves on this beach! It was so much fun! We all got soaked.

My mom and her fav little boy Tucker chillin on the beach while we all play in the waves.

We went to the Grace Cathedral and walked the Labyrinth. The cathedral has a gorgeous rose window and stained glass windows running all down the sides. I love that sort of thing.. kinda nerdy i know. 
So on our way out we went to the Golden Gate Bridge! All of us kids decided we would make the journey across the entire thing. Its almost a mile long.. it was really fun! On the side we started it was super windy then by the time we got to the other side it was sweaty hot.

Here we are about to embark on our journey

My dad is the coolest, most amazing dad in the world!

They had these signs a couple of times along the way.. funny, but at the same time really sad! I cant imagine having the guts to try and jump off of this thing! it is freaky high!

Goodbye San Francisco!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ok so I'm a little bitter, maybe a bit angry too

Yesterday was the most ridiculous day I have experienced in a long time... So i'll start at the beginning. I got a speeding ticket. On mothers day. Lame. I know im not a mother but seriously cut a woman a break. Someday ill have screaming kids in the back of the car and maybe then someone will feel sorry for me and do me favor. It doesnt help that i look like a young teenager. (just a side note. While out to lunch, celebrating my brothers graduation, i get told Im the one that looks like i was graduating. Then later that same day the lady at costco mistakes me for a graduate as well. This is my life. Ya someday in life I will appreciate it. Today I do not and will not).

Anyway my ticket. It was at that absurd place in logan where the speed changes from 60 to 55 to 45 to 35 all in a matter of a minute. Stupid. If you live in logan you know what im talking about. If you don't I am sure you can imagine. Enough wining, so yesterday I decided I should probably finally take care of it before they charge me the 50 dollar late fee. My word these people like to collect. So I called on the phone to try and take care of it. I wanted to sign up for traffic school, that ridiculous excuse of a class where the cop just tells old stories. I mean ya it was kind of entertaining when I went, but seriously such a waste of time. So I call up the number on my ticket. "sorry m'am we cant do that for you over the phone." ok lady first of all, don't call me m'am, I hate it. Second of all, well, there is no second of all I just don't like being called m'am. So she tells me that I have to go down to the city justice court place.. (don't know the official term. sorry) So I drive down there, meanwhile dealing with logan drivers, logan rush, with a whole bunch of construction. Just lovely.

I go through the security gates and to the office where there are a congregation of 6 women at this desk.. just sitting there with nothing to do. I walk up to the girl and tell her what I want to do. "Oh sorry hun you can't do that here." (rage and fury building up in my face). I dont know which is worse, someone calling me m'am or hun. dispicable. So she tells me I have to go to the building with the gold dome. Ok seriously that is all the direction you have to offer me? She then proceeds to point at (or i suppose threw) the wall. So I thank her (grugdingly) and go on my merry way.

I then drive around trying to figure out what this "gold dome" place is. The only 2 places with any sort of gold topping are the tabernacle (I am pretty sure thats not the place that will be taking my money) and the visitors center... hm.. what to do. So I go into the building next to the visitors center because it looks like more of what im looking for. Im informed that I am, yet again, in the wrong place. So I stroll over to the visitors center and up to the 3rd floor. The girl at the desk informs me that she doesn't know what to do for me because the lady that usually takes care of this "stuff" is out sick. Again, lovely. Finally she gets some help. This lady tells me that I have to go print my driving record and get a copy of my citation, then come back, then pay 80 dollars to them, then go back to the first place I went and pay them 40 more dollars. Alrighty Ill just spend the rest of my day doing this.

So with gumption I head back out into traffic and over to the Drivers License Division. Oh yay! So I get there and the line is pretty much out the door. Great. So as I walk in there is this guy who asks me if he can borrow a pen. With confusion, as im seeing a million pens on the table right next to him, I give him one. weird? just wait. So he then proceeds to talk for the next 45 minutes. Straight. Mostly about his experiences on roller coasters. He just go back from Euro Disney... and I heard all about the matterhorn... and how when it first opened a man was decapitated on the ride... there were gorey details I will spare you. "this coaster, that coaster, you should go to this park and go on this coaster. Wow it was hard to just be nice and nod along, but I did. He was nice, just weird. So he turns around to go up to the desk when it is his turn.. Hes in a red sweat suit looking thing. Shorts I may add. All red, with a whole in the derriere. I could not help but laugh. So he goes and sits down. I finally get my printout. I had to pay 6 dollars. whatever. So as im looking it over I have two citations.

1. I hit a deer late one night and decided to call the cops to come take care of it. it was still alive, in the road. I figured it shouldnt have to suffer, or cause another accident. As a result I get issued a citation for a suspended license... what????  I find out that I have to fill out this form, since I am diabetic, and have my doctor analyze whether I am capable of driving once a year and send it in. It might help if I knew about this form or even got the form? Another point for the logan police. Thanks.

2. I got a citation for improper lookout in the accident I "caused." Still dont think it was my fault. The idiots in front of me were turning and all the sudden changed there mind and stopped so wam there I go into the back end of their car... anyway... so I cant even take the class.. Then I find out my license has been (denied) yet again for this paperwork from my doctor. I just cannot catch a break. I had already turned in the paper so I guess the DL people take there time when getting these things taken care of. "well we sent it to you the first of may" ok ya so I recieved it on may 20th and you expect me to be able to get it faxed to my doctor and have her fax it to you (over the weekend mind you) and back to you within 3 days. Perfect ill just go hop on my pheonix and get right on that! So I leave. That man in the red suit comes running out saying "what? your leaving?" oh gosh. Im trying to shake him off. He asks me if I work at a restaraunt in town... "nope no I don't work at all," I lied. Ok nice to meet you gotta go! Man it was just what i did not need. So I drive home, petrified of being pulled over again, with an expired license. Again. I get home, call and pay the darn ticket. DONE. Nope think again. My computer screen decides that it wont turn on. Hm yay for technology. And thanks Logan City for your convinient and efficient services.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nausiation on the fast food front

Something to note. I found my green metal straw! the excitement of this finding is more than you will ever know. There is a large and over sized smile on my face.

I also like to mention something that has bothered me for quite some time. I didn't really notice how much it bothered me until Steve started laughing at my comment as we passed this location the other day. It is trivial but i don't care. its worth noting. So there is a Taco Bell by my home in Sandy Utah. This Taco Bell decided to revamp its old and quite out of date store front. Good idea?.. think again. Every time I drive past this taco time i think to myself, those are not the colors I want to be seeing while I eat a *disgusting burrito. Bright orange, green, yellow..I understand they are festive and probably have some native meaning associated with the type of food served there. Please, you are a fast food restaurant. get some colors that don't make people want to puke at the thought of your food. (I suppose this could have something to do with my dislike for certain mexican foods.)

*I am not a big fan of mexican food. Mostly big nasty burritos filled with all sorts of crap mushed together. The thought of it just makes me twirl with nausiation. (I know its not a word. I like to make up words when there is lack of a better one)