October 28, 2008

The Beginning of The Madness

So the busy season officially started yesterday at the Sport Arena. It is crazy busy out there, with 16 (at last count) more adult teams registered for this session compared with the same session last year. 16 more teams = about 160 more people to deal with! (That's not counting the youth leagues, either.) Everyone has been really great about registering, now we just need to get people to pay up front. I actually really like the busy season out there because there is always something good to watch or important to get done or there is always someone interesting to talk to. Neil gets a little stressed because he ends up working 70+ hours a week, but in the end, he really loves his job. He is basically his own boss and he has done such a great job of organizing the place and making it better in general. However, I do have a disclaimer. There are two things that I absolutely HATE about the busy season out there. Number one, the snackbar. I could go on for hours about the dreaded snackbar, but I'll spare you the details. Trust me, it's really annoying. Anyway, on to the other thing I don't like about working at the arena in the winter. CHILDREN. I like children in general, don't get me wrong, but the arena is NOT a free baby-sitting service! I had to regulate last night because I caught a couple of little girls in the women's restroom swinging on the bathroom doors like a jungle gym. You could seriously hear it outside the restroom- Swing, Slam, Giggle. Repeat. I hate being the bad guy and telling them to stop doing stuff they know they shouldn't be doing in the first place. Oh, well... I guess it comes with the job. Good thing I get to play soccer too otherwise this might not be worth it!

October 21, 2008

Tagged- 8 Things

(Tagged by Crystal)
8 Things
8 T.V shows I love to watch:
1. The Office
2. Chuck
3. The Hills
4. Ugly Betty
5. Psych
6. Grey's Anatomy
7. Best Week Ever
8. What Not To Wear

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Cheesecake Factory
2. Fredrico's
3. Cafe Sabor
4. El Toro Viejo
5. Firehouse
6. Hamilton's
7. Logan's Heroes
8. Old Grist Mill

8 things that happened yesterday:
1. 3rd year anniversary
2. I worked
3. Re-registered to vote
4. Exercised- blah
5. Went to dinner
6. Got chocolates and roses
7. Watched Chuck and The Hills
8. Surfed the internet while at work

8 things I am looking forward to:
1. To never have to go to the dentist again
2. Being able to chew solid food again- dang dentist
3. Halloween
4. Crystals' baby shower
5. Thanksgiving
6. Decorating for Christmas
7. Playing soccer again after a week off
8. Summer

8 things I love about fall:
1. It reminds me of when I first got married and also when I met Neil
2. The leaves
3. Hot chocolate & candy
4. Family time
5. The smell of apples
6. Eating yummy soup
7. Decorating for fall
8. Wearing comfy and warm sweaters

8 things on my wish list:
1. For Neil to be able to come home from work at night before 10:00 pm
2. A six pack
3. My kitten to be able to live with me
4. An Audi
5. Lots of money with almost no work
6. For Crystal's baby to be born healthy & no complications
7. Happiness for my family and friends
8. A vacation

8 people I tag:
1. Neil (muahaha)
2. Sly
3. Sara
4. Jamie
5. Becky
6. Kami Macey
7. Alli
8. Leslie

October 19, 2008

Thriller

Neil, my mom, and I all had a chance to go watch the dance performance Thriller at the Kent Concert Hall on Friday night. My mom had never seen it before and we had such a great time! For those who don't know what Thriller is, it is a dance performance by Odyssey Dance Theater (they're based out of the Salt Lake area- check them out at http://www.odysseydance.com/). Before the show, they have a good number of the dancers who are dressed up like ghouls and zombies wandering around scaring people. We got there early enough to watch them chase people, stare at them creepily, climb seats and banisters, and generally be terrifying. (I only jumped once- I didn't know she was going to hiss at me!) The show starts off with a dance performed to the Michael Jackson song "Thriller" and it goes on from there. They have so many different dances, some funny and some a little creepy, but it is all so good. It kind of makes me wish I was more coordinated and that I could actually dance to a beat. (I'm good at the running man- does that count?) For those of you who have never seen Thriller, go see it sometime- they have shows all over the Wasatch Front and it is such a fun thing to do around Halloween that doesn't really involve being scared or cold.
"Jason Jam"One of the dancers before the show. She was freaky!This is the "Thriller" dance. I got this off their website, I don't have a camera that good!

October 16, 2008

Hanjie-Obsessed


Okay, so I am following my cousin Sara's plea of blogging about something new. To start with, this is going to be really random. Anyway, I bought a book at Borders the other day that I cannot put down! It is one of those logic puzzle books and it is way too fun. It's called Hanjie and it's a little like Sudoku, but better because I don't have to only look at numbers! Basically, there is a grid with numbers on the side and you color in the squares based on certain numbered criteria, and it totally makes a picture when you're finished! It's way better than Sudoku because I kind of feel like I'm coloring and I don't feel like I'm doing math at all. Plus, I am SO bad at Sudoku, I just don't get it. So, if you feel like doing logic puzzles, I would check these out!

October 10, 2008

Good Thing We Have Scalpers



So Kami and I went online and purchased our tickets for the first-ever Real Salt Lake game at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match was held October 9, against the New York Red Bulls. So we order our tickets and have them put at Will-Call so that we can simply pick them up when we get to the stadium.

Yesterday finally came, and we loaded our car and hit the road to Salt Lake. After a long hour and 45-minute drive, we finally pull up to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Kami and her mom jump out of the car and head for the ticket counter. I take the car and drive around, getting ready to pick them back up so we can go get some dinner before the game.

Suddenly, my phone rings. Kami is at the counter and they don't have our tickets. They weren't placed in an envelope, which was kind of strange, but we didn't think anything of it. After waiting a few minutes, they finally print the tickets. I am back to the spot to pick them up (with some lady telling me to move along), when they come running.

As we pull away, I notice something on the tickets. "Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas", in large, bold print on the front. No way! How could this happen? They gave us tickets for a game a week and a half later!

After some panic, we finally decide that we must have clicked something incorrectly on the website when we ordered the tickets. Instead of driving home again, we decide to take the risk and find some spare tickets to this game.

Thank heavens for Scalpers.

We found a guy with at least 20 spare tickets and we were able to pawn off our tickets onto him in exchange for some tickets to the New York game. Of course, at a price. But hey, the most important thing is that we got to see the game! RSL ended up tying the game, but it was still worth it to be there. Our seats weren't as good as the ones we had thought we purchased, but they are still better than any at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 

It was freezing cold, so good thing we got our hot chocolate before the game started because they apparently ran out halfway through the game. All in all, it was all completely worth it! Go RSL!

October 2, 2008

Tickets!


I am so excited! Kami and I snagged a pair of tickets to the Real Salt Lake home opener at the new Rio Tinto stadium! Our tickets are in one of the corners of the stadium, so maybe not the best view ever, but hey, all the seats have backs, so it can't be too bad there, right? I'm just excited because we get to see Real play on real grass at home and, at the same time, we get to see the amazing Juan Pablo Angel! Yay! Better mark October 9th on my calendar! Oh, wait, it's already marked.