Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Flat Tires are Fun!

Xan and I had to be out of Xan's apartment by 8pm on the 26th of August. We got up early and started packing the car to take a load of his things to store at his grandma's house in Payson. On the freeway driving there we ran over a nail that quickly let all the air out. So, we pulled off the free way and put the spare tire on.


Xan's car keeps the spare tire under the car itself so we got to wind it down to swap the flat out.


I had fun winding it back up. We were all prepared to replace both back tires since you normally have to do both so the car stays balanced (or something like that) but THANKFULLY we found a place that plugged the hole and we only lost about 3 hours in total from this detour on our schedule. :) It saved us a lot of money, too....

So, we got moved out successfully and are currently staying in a hotel in Springville for a week. I'm still working on learning Icelandic. I'm hoping now that we are going to be living in the same place for longer than 4 days that I might get a more solid study schedule going. So far, I've memorized the first article of faith. Xan and I went over every word and discussed the grammar. It took forever but it sure helped out my lessons from my books. :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pictures!

I found my camera, batteries, and computer transfer cord so now I can add some pictures of what I've been up to.
Xan and I went swimming the 13th of August. Aaron, Brandon and Jenya joined us.

Xan taught me how to dive, too.



I'm hoping to get better during my long stay in Iceland. There are lots of pools there to help me out as well as an endless supply of hot geothermal hot tubs. :) The other hobby that I'm learning to keep me busy in Iceland is Chinese knotting to make necklaces. I finished a necklace and bracelet today.


It takes some patience but looks cool. Of course, buying cool beads and hooks help.



I only know how to do button knots so far but soon I'll be able to do stuff like this:




It's a fun hobby. ;)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Life has been an adventure these last few weeks. I finished my last day at my job, got checked out of my apartment, had my computer shut down and had to get it fixed, finished wedding preparations, and got married. There were more times than I could count that I felt all hell was breaking loose to work against me but Xan and I made it through and life has slowed down since our busy Saturday.

Xan and I are now in the process of extreme house hopping. :) We have already relocated for the third time and expect to relocate two or three times more before settling in Iceland. We spent one night in The Invited Inn in Midway. Fantastic Bed and Breakfast. If anyone is looking for a nice, relaxing night... that is a great place. Our bathroom had a double jetted tub, steam shower, and sauna. The breakfast was phenomenal. It was a beautiful German pancake with an apple/chicken sausage. Then we stayed at Xan's granparents timeshare in Eden (east of Ogden). We were there for about four days. We went to Cherry Hill with Xan's family, spent time in the resort's pool, and enjoyed my first barbeque meal (meaning that I actually did the grilling). :) We are currently at Xan's studio apartment in Springville where he has been living for the past year. We only can stay here until the 26th of September which will be the end of Xan's contract. It's a bit straining and annoying to be moving around so much but married life is worth it. I love being able to see Xan more than just a couple times a week.

The Olympics have been fantastic to watch. I've mainly had the chance to watch swimming, gymnastics, and track. I've been able to fit a few other events like the women's beach volleyball final, or Argentina vs. USA men's basketball but what I have seen has been incredible. Xan has been keeping much better track of all the events and results. He is suspicious of the Chinese doping for all the strength events like gymnastics or weight lifting. I'm curious to hear how the investigation goes with that Chinese girl who won all the women's gymnastic events. Xan and I both feel really bad for her. While coaches/government people might have pulled some strings they shouldn't have, we don't think she had a clue that she wasn't supposed to compete. She'll lose a lot of face for something that probably wasn't her fault if she is younger than sixteen.

Well, Xan and I have a ton of unstructured time. We don't have jobs or school until Iceland. We are hoping to get our Visas and get out of here by mid September if not sooner so don't be strangers. Give us a call.