Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Should Have Paid More Attention in Chemistry

When people ask me what I have become since I have grown up, I will undoubtedly reply "a chemist."  I recently took a job with a great little company in Ogden.  When I say recently, I mean recent enough that I'm trying to remember all the things I learned in Chemistry and am trying to apply them all.  This picture isn't the lab I work in currently, it is a picture I took a couple of months ago of the lab I did research in at the Y.  In this lab we did cancer research, in the lab I work in currently, I analyze the mineral content of compounds.  I'm lucky to have a great job and look forward to learning even more about the periodic table!  

Here's a fun little picture that I took right by the President's Circle up at the U.  If you look carefully, you can see some familiar buildings in the reflection of this light.  I don't know if this is the Talmage building in the reflection, but I think it is interesting that both BYU and the U share a common building.  I didn't walk up close to it to see if it was James E. or not, but we'll call it close enough.  Campus is really pretty right now with the trees painted different colors.  

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturdays in Fall

Before it was taken down, we were able to get out on the trampoline.  I watched my nephews while their parents were attending a funeral.  As you can see, we had a pretty good times.  You can say that it was a pretty good Fall Saturday.    

Here's Finn showing his jump on the tramp.  He would only jump under the condition that his brothers would sit down and stay still.  Only then would he venture into the middle and jump maybe a foot or less into the air.  He liked it and for the most part, his brothers complied.

This last picture is my failed attempt to get the four together to have a group "brothers" picture.  Well, as you can see, it didn't go over that well.  I had to bride Esplan with a piece of candy to even get on the tramp, and even then he wouldn't look at the camera.  I think I did successfully catch 4 out of 4 kids with an unhappy face in this picture.  Not bad if I say so myself.  I have a new respect for professional photographers that can get kids to comply to their pleadings.   It didn't work for me, I should just stick with what I'm good at.  Like trying to figure why gas prices in Utah are at $3.40 still while Texas is sitting at a fat $2.60!  That is outrageous and complaining about gas prices reminds me of the beginning of the summer talking about it with my roommate Richard.  

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wasatch Range

A panoramic image of the familiar Wasatch Range in Salt Lake.  This is another picture taken from No Name Park.  It is a welcoming sight.  I remember seeing this range coming back from my mission in California.  I always like looking at these mountains heading down to Provo after a nice weekend at my parents house.  I'm sure it won't be a very welcoming sight to the Cougar's football team after coming back from Ft. Worth with a juicy 'L' on their shoulders.  Anyway, either way you look at it, they are beautiful mountains that deserve attention and appreciation.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Park with No Name

Just west of my little place, I found a park that didn't have a name.  Maybe it did, and I just went in the wrong place, either way I took my camera to see if I could take some pictures.  This towering plant was hanging out by the Cattails.  

And this is to keep my readers happy with a picture of me every once in a while.  I'm just taking a break, sitting on a nice little dock over looking more of a marsh than a pond.  There was water down there either way.  

Monday, October 13, 2008

Who Would Have Thought

Who would have thought that Burt Brother's Tires has wireless!  I'm here getting my tire fixed and saw a sign on the wall that said "Wifi Hotspot" and I said "time to update my blog."  This picture was taken on the way up to Snowbasin.  It was snowing, but not enough for the resort to be happy, I think.  I went with my parents and had lunch up in the lounge.  It was a very impressive place.  I haven't been there since before the Olympics and I can tell you that they did some serious remodeling for the world in 2001.  You'll have to check my parent's blog for some more pictures of the trip.  There is a really good one of the two of them! 

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Here It Comes

With my formal goodbye of good weather, the winter snow came in with haste. When I looked out the window this morning, I saw a winter wonderland. Like I've said before, snow before the new year is a much welcomed sight. Here's a picture showing the light blanket of snow which Morgan got this morning.

You don't a get a change of leaf colors and snow very often. Usually Mother Nature is pretty good at getting ready for winter by shedding her tree's leaves before the snow came, but not this time. On the news, the weatherman said that snow is common by November 4th. Taking that information, you can say that this was a little early.

This is a picture of me playing in the snow. It was fun while it lasted, but I got pretty cold and had to run inside to get warm. The shoes that I was wearing filled with snow after each bounce, so at the end of my little winter-jump, my feet were ice-packed. 
Also, as you can see from the 
picture, this is not your usual jumping on the tramp, but is what we call Extreme Jumping.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Goodbye Summer (Warm Weather)

For all the good times that were had this summer, I say farewell.  Don't go too far because we'll be having them again next.  Here is a picture containing a couple from my visit this summer of my niece Hayley.  She is such a cute girl and I thought this little arrangement took nicely to her.  I hope I'll be seeing my Texas siblings (which are half of them) soon!  I sure have a good time each time I go out there.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Looking to the Mountains

Here is a picture of Mount Olympus from my apartment.  As you can see, it is a pretty prominent peak in the Salt Lake valley.  My new apartment is in Holladay and is turning out to be a nice little place.  I have two roommates whom I roomed with down at the Y.  For the most part, we don't really see each other much at all.  I guess that is how life is sometimes.   

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mount Olympus

Last week I hiked up Mount Olympus in Salt Lake City.  It was a good little hike.  Actually, it wasn't that little.  The hike is a little more challenging that I was anticipating, however I ended up having a fine time.  I didn't make it to the very top where you can look over to see Downtown because the last little bit required mere mountain climbing techniques.  I think if someone was with my I probably would have done it, but being alone I decided to take a few pictures of where I was and head back.  

Here I am, near the top.  You can see the Salt Lake valley behind me.  To the left of the picture would be Mount Timpanogos with a great view of the back side of the Wasatch range.  

For the most part, the trees hadn't changed colors yet, but there was a little section near the top that had some beautiful color.  This picture and the first picture were taken in that section.  It was very beautiful and steadily steep at the same time climbing up through that grove of trees.  I recommend the hike, not as an easy little dusk hike, however.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Looking at Fall

 The weather this weekend has been turning a pretty cold.  This is a picture taken from the Morgan South Cementary looking west over the valley.  

This is another picture of the valley I took a couple of weeks ago.  This is going up towards Deep Creek looking west still.  The colors on the mountains can be seen a little more.  

Here is one last picture.  I like the yellow contrast against the old wood posts of the fence.  It's a beautiful time of year and I thought that I would share a few of the things that I've seen.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Aggie Country

Last night, we went up to the BYU in Logan. It was a fun game to be at and I always love going to Logan. I don't know if the Aggie fans were happy to have all us cougars up there on their turf, in fact I know that a lot of them didn't like us. My roommate prepared me by telling me that Aggie fans hate BYU just as much as the Utes, and I had a hard time believing him. I came to find out that a few definately do! They should have been ashamed of themselves that the cougar fans cheered just as loud as they did for their aggies.
The game didn't go as well as my dad, and a lot of the Cougar nation would have hoped. Oh well, the first quarter was great anyway.

This is my Dad, Aunt, Uncle, and cousin that goes to Utah State. It's funny, I have a shirt that says that same thing, but is for BYU. I'll always like Utah State and for more reasons than just because I have roots there. My grandpa went to school there. It was a great night, great company, and a good game.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Old Firetrucks

A firefighter can be put into the category of Noble Professions because of the work they do every day. I’ve always like them. I even spent a summer with a few helping them lay brick on their off days. Sometimes in the word today, good and noble professions get a bad wrap by a handful of extremists. For example, the modern world of medicine has lengthened the average life span by leaps and bounds, and the infant mortality rate is down by a very large percent. Yet for some reasons there are a few out there getting rich selling books like “What Doctors Don’t Tell You;” they’re making it sound like the whole medical profession is out to get you. I can go on about this but it suffices to say that doctors, being scientifically grounded, will support any alternative method of medicine that enhances health and well-being if there is sufficient data (not testimonials) to back up the claims. Police officers are another example. The vast majority of them act altruistically for the benefit of the society, but those rubbing too close to the law will be the first to speak out on their flaws. I guess what I’m trying to say is: firefighters don’t get a bad rap like other good professions. There are no books written about what firefighters won’t tell you, or how there are alternative methods to putting out fires and saving lives.

I guess I could say something about the pictures. There are some old fire engines parked (maybe for good) in back of the fire station. The old fashioned and antique look is what drove me to them. In Photoshop, I applied the Orton Technique to make the pictures look like they flashbacks in your mind from a yonder year. I guess they look a little better. Here’s a thanks to all the volunteers and employees that make the Morgan County and City Fire Department alive and running.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Up on the Range

In the mountains of Morgan, we took a drive. We all piled into the back of the pick-up truck and headed on up. It was a very pretty evening. The trees are colorful and the weather just a little bit on the chilly side. I found a tree whose trunk meandered its way up in the air. I thought it was intriguing, so naturally I took a picture of it.

Naturally, Esplan was a little worried. I don't think he'd ever experienced anything like this in his life. Out of a car seat and into the mountains he goes.

Michael and his glowing countenance. When we got up to a nice canyon, we roasted some hotdogs and marshmallows. I can't think of a better meal. I spent what seemed like hours roasting a dog to its perfect color and temperature just to lose it in the dirt walking over to get a bun. If there wasn't as much cow manure than dirt on the ground, I probably would have bucked up and ate it; but I thought that a little food for the critters wouldn't hurt.