Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday Thoughts

Wednesday thoughts..... Wednesday thoughts.... When I'm on vacation I don't have as many thoughts as I usually do. And I'm afraid if I go on and on about my vacation you'll hate me since I was just on vacation a few weeks ago. I feel very spoiled lately.

But as long as you promise not to be mad about this, I'll tell you that I'm having a fabulous vacation. I only have one full day left but I'm trying not to focus on that. Do you want to hear about some things I've done? I'm assuming you do since you're reading this, but I've been wrong before. Here are a few things that stand out from this trip:

Arches National Park
- I know I already talked about this in a previous post but I absolutely loved that park. And Moab, the town nearby, is adorable - with lots of cute shops and restaurants. Emily and I camped in Moab, if you call staying in a cabin camping, and we had a campfire too. And in the spirit of totally roughing it, we also saw Inception, which I thought lived up to the hype. And is it just me, or is that guy from 3rd Rock from the Sun really cute all of the sudden?

Time with friends - I love my friends who live out here. I wish I could get them all to move back to Michigan but since that's not possible, I am totally ok coming here and spending time with them in Utah.

The outdoors - now you know I love the outdoors in Michigan. I love it so much I would marry it, in fact. But now that I've done some hikes in Utah and seen some more of the scenery here, I think it's gorgeous here too. I've been to Utah many times in the past but this is the first time I've truly enjoyed the mountains.

Eating at restaurants we don't have in Michigan: I had some "awesome sauce" at Wingers, some taco salad at Cafe Rio, some Jamba Juice, and I took your advice and got some root beer at The Brick Oven. I know they brew it themselves but there Emily wasn't convinced. She kept saying, "this is some good A&W!" But it really was good. I mean, I like A&W so either way...

Blind dates - what is not fun about blind dates? Tell me that. But truly, my attitude going into blind dates is always: you can survive this. And that's not to say I have low expectations for the guys, it's just that I get so nervous about it. But I've had some good ones out here so maybe my mantra will change.

: So, here's what happened. I was climbing up the side of an arch when I saw a huge snake - a rattler. So I scrambled away and tripped over the edge. That's when this happened (the picture is blurry enough and the scrape is healed enough that hopefully this doesn't gross you out when you're trying to eat or something):

Ok, the truth is I did get hurt goofing around at Arches, but it was in a much lamer way.

So those are a few highlights. There's so much else I could say but I'll leave it at that. As I mentioned before, I'm sad my vacation is ending. Good thing Michigan holds many good things too!

Happy Wednesday!


Katherine said...

I'm glad that you're having so much fun! I've had fun living vicariously through your pictures. It's making me appreciate the Utah mountains a little more, too!

And I really do hear thee about the 3rd Rock kid. I'll admit I had a little celebrity crush on him during his later 3rd Rock days, but I didn't expect him to turn into quite such a hottie! I saw some pictures of him in Entertainment Weekly and didn't believe it was him at first! Uh, anyway...

Hope your last day goes well! And thanks for making me ill with the bruise/scrape photo! :P'''''

opticwalrus said...

What did you think of the awesome sauce? I probably hyped it up too much for you, but I'm seriously addicted to it and have my mom send me bottles of it when I'm living out of Utah.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Brian, you didn't hype it up ENOUGH! I had the creamy kind and it was so good. I went with Amy and we took pictures for you. I would send them to you but I don't want you to know what I did this summer ;)

Emily said...

I can't believe your arm. I feel extra bad now. Sorry I made you trip over the edge of that arch (or jump off that rock). I hope it heals soon.

It's been really fun hanging out in Utah. I hope you come back soon. The mountains, the root beer, the other beer, the pool, and the desert will all miss you.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Emily! "The other beer"?? Haha!! For the record people, I did not consume any alcohol.

And don't feel bad about my arm - it wasn't your fault!

Linda said...

I remember being impressed with the majesty of the mountains in Utah and breathtaking landscapes. I'm glad you had fun and glad that you are coming back. We can take you up to Porcupine Mountain, but it won't measure up.

Heather said...

Utah...back away from my sister real slowly and no one gets hurt...or else... I can see your sneaky little ways of trying to lure her to move there...well you ain't foolin nobody. She's left her heart in michigan and that's that. Tough cookies and good day to you....I said good day!

Glad your having a good vacation. Just remember, your favorite sisters birthday is monday so none of this, " I 'accidentally' missed my plane and have to stay longer", business. Lol. Miss you!

The Lady Girl said...

Ah, Joseph Gordon Leavitt. He def. is hotter than his 3rd Rock counterpart.