Remember when ...

I thought this:

was from him:

But it was really from him:

Wow. At least that wasn't awkward for any of the parties involved! :)

So, let it be said that, I am extremely grateful for him:

for being so stinkin', insanely thoughtful and for this:

And, I'm extremely thankful for him:

for the 101 + reasons he's already aware of. :)

Again, I am sooo pleased no awkwardness was involved in this entire process.


P.S. These photographs might incline one to believe that EFY counselors are not normal. And I want it to be known that ... it's true. We're not. :) But in the same breath, we sure know how to have fun!! :)


Those filthy beasts are at it again!

Matt Lauer nearly collides with deer while biking
March 24, 2009

NEW YORK - A deer got the best of Matt Lauer. The 51-year-old "Today" show host separated his shoulder while bicycling on Long Island over the weekend when he slammed on his brakes to avoid a deer and went flying ...


The FBs will not be satisfied until they take us all out - one by one! I cannot help but think of the following song:

Gaston: The Beast will make off with your children.
Mob: {Gasp!}
Gaston: He'll come after them in the night.
Gaston: We're not safe till his head is mounted on my wall! I say we kill the Beast!
Mob: Kill him!
Man I: We're not safe until he's dead!
Man II: He'll come stalking us at night!
Woman: Set to sacrifice our children to his monstrous appetite!
Man III: He'll wreak havoc on our village if we let him wander free!
Gaston: So it's time to take some action, boys - it's time to follow me!

Through the mist
Through the woods
Through the darkness and the shadows
It's a nightmare but it's one exciting ride
Say a prayer
Then we're there
At the drawbridge of a castle
And there's something truly terrible inside
It's a beast
He's got fangs
Razor sharp ones
Massive paws
Killer claws for the feast
Hear him roar
See him foam
But we're not coming home
'Til he's dead
Good and dead
Kill the Beast!

Sure, some details need to be worked out {fangs, foaming, etc.}, but the point remains: WE NEED TO KILL THE BEASTS! {Oh, and put their heads on Gaston's wall!}

All this time we've been worried about the economy, the terrorists, and whatever else have you that would bring down our civilization when all along ... IT'S THE DEER!



Five golden stars to all who read the lyrics of the song.

Five golden stars to all who actually sang ALONG with the lyrics.


Mindy and the dump ...

Remember how last week I went here?

Remember how that sign should actually read, "RENO ... the biggest DUMP in the world?" Seriously. That sign ... is probably the coolest thing in Reno.

But remember how my entire family is obsessed with USU basketball so we went to the biggest dump in the world to watch our Aggies accomplish this?

That's right, we were conference and tournament champs! Word. But naturally, I have many, many more thoughts to share on my trip than that. So, ladies and gentlemen, buckle up your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

First, the car ride there. Remember how the drive to Reno is the worst.drive.in.the.world? Pure desolation. 

You pass two towns the entire eight hour drive. Two. However, in the middle of this pure desolation, on the side of the interstate is this ...

Remember how, I don't get it ??? Crazy-funky artwork on the side of the road? I repeat: I ... I don't get it. I wish it provided entertainment on the horrific drive. But, no. Just confusion.

Anyway ... The ride continued to Wendover where we stopped for lunch. Remember how Wendover is a dump too? These are our thoughts on the meal that was provided for us ...

A friend texted me right after I had ate lunch. I told him I had just ate the worst meal of my life. He asked what it was. And I said, "Poo. It might as well have been poo." No lie. Remember how this was the day I wish I was bulimic?

Then there was the ...

Remember how I saw this billboard for the Mustang Ranch on my way to Reno and I thought, "World famous? I've never heard of it. Maybe Brady* has. She likes horses."? Remember how at dinner later than night I told my family if we were bored during the day before games that maybe we could check out Mustang Ranch, apparently some super-cool horse facility? Remember how my family mocked me for not knowing it was something else?

Remember how it got really annoying how I kept typing, "Remember how ..." on my blog? Yeah, I'll stop. :)

Our hotel was connected with two others, and between them all the teams' players were staying. So the hotels decked out in WAC team paraphernalia. I got really excited and wanted a picture.

Yeah, my sister couldn't get me and the Utah State banner to fit. Right after this photo was taken a man, who is a complete stranger to me, comes up to me and says, "I want my picture taken!" I say, "With the Utah State banner?" He says, "No! With you!"

I ask him his name. He says James. I say, "Well, okay, James. We can take a picture together - but just don't touch me okay?" James agrees and ...

This is when I say, "James, this is YOU TOUCHING ME." Awkward.

The following day USU played Fresno State in the WAC tournament quarterfinals. Needless to say, USU won (85-68). With such a dominating win, not much to report with the actual game. However, the FSU cheer squad had a unique addition.

A baton twirler {she actually performed at half time and when it comes to baton twirling, she's amazing!}. But really? You have the complete unison of the cheer squad {with uniforms, dances, all moves, etc.} and then a random baton twirler? It.just.didn't.quite.work. But nice try, Fresno.

The brother and the sister after the win. :)

The following day at breakfast I decided to take up beer drinking.

The before and after shots. Mmm... Cervesa. Okay, it was apple juice.

With the little sister, still at breakfast. We ate breakfast at the same little cafe every day in our hotel. I had one small frustration with it ... I could not receive cell phone service while in the restaurant.

On this particular day, we had sat in a new area of the restaurant and while our waitress was serving us our food, my cell phone made a little noise, informing me I had received a text. I was super excited to receive service, read the text and immediately tried to respond. Naturally, the reception went out. Totally focused on my phone the waitress asks, "Is there anything else I can get you?" And in perfect-horrible Mindy timing I yell at my phone, "The service here is HORRIBLE!"

Oops, oops, oops! My parents informed me afterwards that the waitress pulled a sad face and walked away. Oops. {10 gold stars if you have any stupid stories like unto this one that make me feel better.}:)

As if that wasn't bad enough, I broke the law.

Basketball game that night, against the feisty New Mexico State Aggies ... Don't worry, we won 71-70 with a shot made with three seconds left. Intense of all intenseness. Yup.

Too bad they cleared the score off right as we took the picture. Oh, well. :) {If you are still with me at this point, 20 golden stars to you! And if you can tell me who shot the game winning shot, 20 more!}

The following day before the game we were able to see some interesting things ... I refer to this section as:


A movie titled, "The God of Hell" ... Uhm, I am pretty sure that's Satan. But, whatev. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to go watch it.

And then, also a favorite, only in Reno ...

Yup. An establishment called, "Filthy McNasty's." Wow. Nice.

Before the championship game against Nevada, we went to dinner. I wouldn't say my family are picky eaters, we're not. However, we know what we like and what we don't like. Each order was definitely unique and the waitress, Marie, made mention of hoping she got it all right.

When she brought the food out to us she double-checked to make sure everything was right. When we informed her it was she said, and I quote word for word, "One gold star for Marie."

Yes, Marie! One gold star for you! {I don't know that man ordering, I just had to get a photo of Marie.}

So, to the game it was. Utah State University Aggies against the University of Nevada -Reno Wolf pack on their own home court for the WAC championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Dun, dun, dun!

One of my favorite parts of the night was a performance by the Nevada cheer squad. I dare you to not pay attention to the male cheerleader in front. 

Now, before we go on, it's time for a little lesson on Reno, Nevada. I read an article about two years ago about Reno. The city has more rapists per capita than anywhere else in the nation. One in every 15 males in Reno, Nevada are sex offenders. Soooo, with that statistic in mind, here is a photo of the Nevada fans ...

Kinda like find Waldo?? ;)

Poor little Nevada fan ... Doesn't understand the concept between number one and number two.

And then, my new favorite cheer ever.

A few more photos after the win ...

All in all, a fantastic trip! Yes, Reno is a DUMP, but Aggie basketball made it worth it!

* Brady is my roommate who does like horses. She did not know what the Mustang Ranch is. DO YOU?


USU went on to play Marquette in the NCAA yesterday. We put up a tough fight and lost by one. :( Sigh. Seven more months until USU basketball season starts up again. My sentiments exactly, Stew. :(


Uhm, hi ...

1. I am still alive.

2. In the past three days I have been asked, "How was Reno??" about a bazillion times. Each time I have answered, "Reno is a DUMP. But USU basketball was amazing!!" WAC conference and tournament champs. Word. We're going dancin! My thoughts on Reno and the WAC tournament will appear on this blog by week's end {opposed to someone elses'??}.

3. I am still in love with my new layout! Thanks again, Ali!

4. I will be updating golden stars when I update the blog. IDEA: I am thinking of "resetting" everyone's gold stars annually {in April, the birthday of my blog}. The person with the most gold stars for the year would get a section dedicated to their honor on the right-hand column. Since it is almost April, I would offer many gold star opportunities throughout the next couple of weeks to help you all out. Good idea or bad idea? Let me know and I will give you 20 golden stars. :)

5. For the past year I have been obsessed with finding the perfect toothpaste. Ladies and gentlemen, I found it last night. The most amazingly FRESH-POW! in the entire universe! I am not quite sure if I have ever been happier in my life ... Yes, over a tube of toothpaste. Thank you, Crest! Mmm!
6. That's all for now. The end. :)


That, my friend, is illegal ...

* It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
* Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
* It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.

* Moose may not be viewed from an airplane.
* It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
* While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.
* It is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose. {Evidently, they don't play around when it comes to their Moose in Alaska!}

* When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possess (Bet ya wish you knew where your machete was now, don'tcha?).

* A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.
* An ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders {Ah-ha, this answers one of the questions in "OMGosh! I totally heart tags!"}
* It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.

* Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.

* No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
* In Chico, CA a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.
* Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
* In San Fransico, it is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear. {I actually think this one is a really, really good idea.}

* Throwing missiles at cars is illegal. {Really? That's too bad.}

* Couches may not be placed on outside porches. {This is how we eliminate white trash, folks!}

* In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce. {And if not, it is a .... ?}

* You aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands.

* No person shall change clothes in his or her vehicle. {Really? I do this all the time.}

* If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

* It is illegal to sell your children.
*Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
*It is considered an offense to shower naked.

* No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

* All citizens must own a rake.
* Goldfish may not be given away to entice someone to enter a game of bingo. {That's how every game of Bingo begins for me.}

* Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.

* It is unlawful for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.

* Residents may not fish from a giraffe's back {And you'd get on top of its back ... how?}.
* You may not fish on a camel's back.
* A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face.

* Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.

* Bowling is forbidden {Thank you!}.

* The value of Pi is 3.

* Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.

* A man with a mustache may never kiss a woman in public.

* One-armed piano players must perform for free.
* Within the city limits, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.

* If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.

* No one may wear a bee in their hat.

* One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.

* It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

* Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault.

* Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.

* After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up. {THANK YOU, MAINE!}

* It's illegal to take a lion to the movies.

* Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

* It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.

* A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.

* Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.

* It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.

* Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited.

* In Purdy, dancing is strictly prohibited. {Mike will understand why I think this is the best thing EVER!}

* Worrying squirrels will not be tolerated.

* It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

* In Elko, everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.

* In Reno, it is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk. {Naturally, I will be doing this when I go there next week}.

New Hampshire
* You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

New Jersey
* It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder.

* You may not slurp your soup.

New Mexico
* Idiots may not vote {This is extremely unfortunate for the NMSU men's basketball team}.

New York
* Citizens may not greet each other by "putting one's thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers".

* The penalty for jumping off a building is death {Exactly}.
* New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.

North Carolina
* It's against the law to sing off key.

* Bingo games may not last over five hours unless it is held at a fair.

North Dakota
* It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on. {Daniel James!}

* Breast feeding is not allowed in public. {I support this!!! Just ask me about my USU basketball game experiences! Ugh! Got milk?}

Oklahoma {where the wind comes ... somethin', somethin' ... This is me, singing off-key, but that's okay because I am not in Illinois!}
* Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car. {Another good one!}
* Until 2006 it was illegal to have a tattoo.

* A door on a car may not be left open longer than is necessary.

* Ice cream may not be eaten on Sundays. {Never, never moving there!}

* It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. {I believe this is an excellent idea!}

* It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
* You may not sing in the bathtub.

Rhode Island
* No one may bite off another's leg. {But arms are okay?}

* One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left {This actually could be fun}.

South Carolina
* By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place. {Hmm ... this should be nationwide. And curse you Jason Mesnick!!}

* It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide. {Oh, okay. What?}

South Dakota
* If there are more than five Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.

* It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.

* No Christian parent may require their children to pick up trash from the highway on Easter day. {How dare they even consider it?}

* It is legal to gather and consume roadkill.
* It is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date. {Good for Tennessee!}

* It is illegal to sell one's eye.

* A program has been created in the state that attempts to control the weather. {Anyone else find it ironic that Texas would be the state that thinks they can control the weather?}
* A recently passed anti-crime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed. {Forsurely one of my favorites.}
* It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

* It is illegal not to drink milk. {As it should be! I drink three gallons a week. Seriously.}

* It is considered an offense to hunt whales. {Yes, in UTAH.}
* In Logan, women may not swear.
* In Provo, throwing a snowball can result in a $50 fine.

* Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

* Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween. {Worst state ever!}

* It is illegal to tickle women.

* All lollipops are banned.

* It is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich.
* It is illegal to display a hypnotized or allegedly hypnotized person in a store window.

West Virginia
* Any person who commits adultery shall be fined at least twenty dollars.

* No member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service. {This actually could be a good thing, especially considering the joke I heard in Sacrament last week!}

Wisconsin {They have serious issues with butter!}
* As people used to smuggle it in from Illinois, all yellow butter substitute is banned.
* At one time, margarine was illegal.
* Margarine may not be substituted for butter in restaurants unless it is requested by the customer.

* All new buildings that cost over $100,000 to build must have %1 of funds spent on art work for the building.

* You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.

If you read through all of this, five gold stars for you. Word.
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