Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A horrible feeling...

Have you ever lost something and have no idea what happened to it? On Christmas Eve morning, Brynn had asked me for some cash for the day. I went to my wallet and grabbed her some. I sorted my bills and know that I put $11 back in. I can't remember what I did with the other $90. I was planning on using the money later in the day. I can't remember if I put it in my pocket, my bag, set it down in somewhere in the house, or if it fell out while I was at the store. I think what is driving me crazy is having no idea where it is. Yes, it is a lot of money, but where in the world could it have gone. I had it with, so I thought.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


For those of you who truly know me, you will know that I look for deals. I guess that is what makes shopping fun. I think I got it from my father. He and I would go look for scout uniforms for me and my siblings to use at camp. We would hit the DI's from Rwxburg-Preston to even Richfield once (note, we would stop in when driving though, not just drive to Rexburg or Richfield to shop). I think the most impressive find was a 1910's boy scout belt I found in a bin at the Preston DI. I was rummaging to find some sort of scout item and found it. It had a black buckle on it and thought it wasn't worth anything. I asked my dad if it was something he wanted. "Yes", he exclaimed! It was only 25 cents. Through the years I have found some pretty good things at the store and now online. I will just go through a few finds the last few months.
Lowe Alpine Backpacker backpack. $35.01 on ebay. I was just looking around one day on ebay and found it. I had Nathan track it for a few hours. I wasn't going to buy, but at the last second I bought it. The back is twenty years old, but is brand new. I even smells like it just came out of the plastic.

Oreck Vacuums $10 and $8. While living up in Rexburg I would visit the store, and look for deals. One day I found an Oreck vacuum that worked great and had a number of extra new bags. I bought that and then a few month later while taking a break from homework during field camp I stopped in again. They had another one. I bought it as well. I gave one to my mother who has had terrible luck since with vacuums since her Panasonic red vacuum died 18 years ago. She really likes the weight and quality of the Oreck.

Bread pans $3 My sister Alisa asked me to find her some bread pans at the DI. I thought this would be an ease find. No! I guess once you buy a bread pan you keep it forever, or every one else in the world goes to DI to look for them. They are kind of expensive I discovered. They are $15 at Macy's and at Bed Bath and Beyond. Last Saturday I found 3 of them and a muffin tin. They ranged from 75 cents-$1.50. When I went to purchase them the cashier looked that the first one and then the rest and priced each at the 75 cent price.

CLothes. I do look at the DI for some clothes, but I am a bit more picky on this one. The reason why is most of the time I can find new clothes for the same price or just a bit more. I really like Banana Republic, J-Crew, and Gap. I discovered if I shop around and wait sometimes that I can get clothes for a lot less. Example, I love Gap jeans. They are durable and the cut it great. I will never pay full price for most clothes. The last pair I bought were $23. That is pretty good since most jeans are at least $30.
I do like to shop, but It is for the hunt. I like finding great deals more than the actual shopping part. Also, I like to go with Brynn. I know she likes to shop and I like to help her find good deals. I think I am rubbing off on her a little bit. She has always like good deals as well, but I have noticed she will hold off more and buy later.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


After field camp, I needed to stay near Rexburg and finish up part of my research project before GSA in the Fall. It just so happened that it was our turn at the cabin. We were there for a while, and had a lot of fun boating, doing work projects, and going into Yellowstone. I also met some new friends, the Wilcox's. They are from New York. This trip was a great stroll down memory lane. I watch Yogi Bear. This time on a new iPad (very cool). Here are just a few pictures from the events mentioned above.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Last day

I am taking a five minute break from my poster and reflecting on the past 7 weeks. I think one word can do the job. Amazing! I have had a lot of fun out in the field doing real geology work. We have had some bad weather, but we have been blessed with some good. I really enjoyed working with my classmates and figuring out what is going on geologically. We may not have figured it all out, but I has been fun piecing together the puzzle.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Field Camp: Week 6. 7 Coming up

Our last week of field camp, in the field, has come and gone. It was a good week. I was able to get a lot done and at the end I was starting to feel all those times going up and down on the talus fields. It was a great experience doing real geology. Our professors were great. They helped us when we needed them, and were very supportive of us. This past week, while near "mystery hill" in my area I heard what sounded like a large cat, then I heard a large animal come hurrying down through the bush. I'm pretty sure it was a bobcat. I was a litter nervous. I was out of radio contact and no one was around. I just made my way back to the van and met up with Jason and David. We went into a couple of copper mines. One was in my area, and the other was up in Gilmore, ID, an hour drive north from our mapping area.
Here are some events from field camp.
Book Cliffs in Southern Utah, Showers, 100 degree weather the first week, rain and some snow in Gros Ventre. A bear in Gros Ventre, ez ups blew on top of each other, rain and ticks in Fall Creek, new canopy, cows, rain in the beaverheads for the first time in 6 years of field camp, running down talus and filming it, arrow heads, 4 flat tires (3 on the red Chevrolet Express, one on the silver Ford van), 1952 Buick find, Mines, synclines, and thrust, Copper Mtn. summited, and Meadow Lake.
Field Camp has been great! I asked my friend Chris Sant, some advice about field camp. He told me to be positive and to have fun. Our group did that. We have had a great time. We have until Wednesday to finish our posters and to print them for Thursday. I have loved my time up here. I have been able to do a lot with some good friends Adam, Jason, Ryan, Steve, and Patrick. We have either gone to Applebee's, G's Dairy, or Taco Bell at the end of each week. The Demolition Derby, four wheeling in the Jeep, and just hanging out.
The most difficult thing for me this semester has been being away from Brynn. She has been so good to not complain about me being gone and being very supportive. She did get a trip to California though, since I was gone.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Field Camp: Weeks Four-Five

We are down to our last week in the field. I can't believe that it has gone by so fast. We have spent the last two weeks in the Beaverhead Mountains in Eastern Idaho. It is nothing like what I thought it was going to be like. I have been working with some great people the last two weeks. Patrick, David, and Jason have been a great help. It makes me feel good that even our professors have trouble with understanding what is going on. It is not a clear yes, no type of science. I am reminded what Bro. Peck told us one day in Chemistry 105. Science is not an exact thing. There is some things that are variable in it. Being out in the field has made me in awe of a great creator, who used science to create this beautiful earth.
I do miss Brynn and am grateful for her support for me during this time.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Field Camp: Week Three

This week was spent in the Caribou National Forest. We measured sections on Monday and Tuesday. We had rain on Tuesday morning from about 8-10 am. Then a nice clear day. We started mapping the area on Wednesday and rapped up on Thursday. It was quite the adventure between no restrooms, misquotes, ticks, cows, and the heat. Overall a great week. To answer some questions about week one in the the Book Cliffs, no that was not Nine Mile Canyon, it was near Thompson Canyon.
Week two was spent in the Gros Ventre area near Jackson Hole, WY. We measured section on Monday and Tuesday and divided up into groups to map two areas. We had afternoon thundershowers, and a lot of rain. A great area to spend the week.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Field Camp Week One: Done

Week one is done. The Book Cliffs in South-Central Utah were amazing! It was great understand something that I have seen many times and have things click. When we left Rexburg it was around 50 degrees and raining. When we were down there the next day it was just over 100 degrees. Just a great time!

Next week it is suppose to snow in the Gros Venture range where we will spend week two.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


It begins on Monday, Field Camp. After a few years of hearing all the Geology batches ahead of me mention it. I get to experience it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

One of those days...

Day started out good. I do feel that I am in a drought. I have not really found a lot of items at DI or thrift stores lately. I went to a favorite place to find treasures, and I did. I found a Kodak Brownie camera. I have been looking for one for awhile now. One problem, it was already sold. I saw the gentleman claim his prize. I did find some milk glass and got a good deal on some bike racks this week. Next, Brynn found this letter box up in Seattle, but we didn't get it. I called when we got back and they still had and sent me a picture of it and some more info. We were going to buy it, but need to work out some shipping items. It sold the day after I sent the info. That is life for you. Life is good though. Just disappointing when things don't work out the way you had hoped.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


One of the best days of my life was April 14, 2010. The days following were some of the most relaxing in the great city of Seattle.