Wednesday, February 29, 2012

El Cheapo 2012

     Imagine a date, the theme of which was being cheap.  Add to that a school-sponsored dance and a whole lot of fun people and you've pretty much got El Cheapo.

     Our group consisted of Beno and Alyssa; Micheal and Kristen; Josh and Megan; Parker and Jennifer; Simon and Emily; and Nate and Emily.  Oh, and, of course, Yours Truly.  Could it be more ideal?

     I asked Kelsey Herdman who just so happens to be a fantastic girl and a great friend.

     To my relief she said, "yes!"

Pix below:

Josh, Parker, Jennifer, and I with the tricked-out "El Cheapo-mobile."
     We began with some fantastic chalk-art competitions at Kiwanas Park.  The drawings included sketches of Y Mountain (or in our case a pirate ship... whoops), fruit drawings, sketches of dates, and finally a great work of group-art.
Yes, we did, indeed, decorate a sidewalk big time.
Our group creation...
     Next, we headed to the Provo City Library for a surprise book hunt.  Each couple was given a checklist and tried to find the thickest, largest, or most colorful books.  We then compared results at the end of the time limit.
Yes, we found some pretty sweet books including David Bowie and Dinosaurs.
This is during the competition.  We didn't win any of the contests, but we most definitely found the coolest books.
     We then headed to a park.  On the way there, we found a cooler sitting on the side of the road with just the perfect amount of Cup-o-Noodles and french bread for dinner (thank you fairy godmother).  Micheal happened to have a camp stove in the trunk of his car.  While the water heated in the pavilion, we played a couple of intense rounds of capture the flag.  Then we enjoyed a dinner of Ramen, French bread, cider, and brownies.
The noodles were very warming in the chilly night air.  Did I mention that this was a candlelight supper?
Me in steam.
     And lastly, we headed to the dance.
3 Girls enjoying El Cheapo.

Andrew pulling an amazing improv. dance move.
     I am rarely one to really enjoy dances.  Even if I do enjoy one I rarely feel any desire to stay longer than 30 minutes.  This one, however, was fantastic.  We had so much fun that we stayed until the very end.  Afterwards we headed to Micheal's place for ice cream sundaes.  I spent a grand total of $2.05 on dinner for my date and myself.  I've been on good dates, but this one might just take the cake!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Birthdays, Eagles, Homework, and... Werewolves?

     It's been a long time.  My excuse, when my ambitious self told me to go and post and I refused, was that I didn't have anything fun or interesting to say/post.  But, looking back on it, a lot has happened so I'll just try to hit a few highlights.  Plus, I'll be changing my blog's background just for this post.

1st off: my birthday!
     I had, as usual, an awesome birthday.  I love birthdays in part for the presents, but also for the time that I get to spend with the fam.

I requested a dinner of Avos Benedict (Eggs Benedict with avocados).  Needless to say, it was excellent.
And, naturally, the blowing of the candles (what did I wish for)?
Excellent fun, and even Grandma and Grandpa came down from SLC for the event.

2nd: Mother's birthday (January is a great month).

Another fantastic birthday meal of cheese fondue.
3rd: The kitchen.

The rumors are true: our kitchen is being redone.  Notice, however, that this didn't stop us from making fantastic kebabs.
4th: Eagles all.

Yes, you can believe your eyes.  This is an Eagle court of honor.  These guys worked hard to earn the highest award in scouting: the Eagle.  Great job guys!

This is a shirt that was given to Grandma for her great mentoring.  She truly supported and helped them to achieve this high honor.
5th: Andrew's homework.

Math homework.

Luckily, my niece comes over at 4:00 most days to keep me in line.
6th: Oh dear!

 That's right folks, the rumors are horribly true.  Werewolves are stalking the streets of Provo.  Not to worry though, Yours Truly is doing well, and is perhaps even a bit more handsome than usual (scar, please stay).

Next Time: El Cheapo.