Monday, March 24, 2008

Things I Have Learned...

Things I have learned on my recent trip to Utah, in no particular order:
- I can stuff an entire Hostess SnoBall in my mouth
- Sometimes a friend just needs a hug
- Fudge brownies also help
- Sometimes it is best to TRY the flavor of the day before ordering it
- A cherry tomato when properly forked, can squirt a very long distance and cover a large area of a shirt
- My sister's taxes were easy to do
- My friend's taxes were not
- Chocolate + Caramel = Happy Girl
- "Enchanted" is a funny movie
- Technology can be impressive
- Bryce Canyon was named after Ebenezer Bryce
- When asked about the canyon, Ebenezer's only comment was, "It's a hell of a place to lose a cow."
- Even after 11 years...Ruby's Inn is still one of the greatest places to visit
- Monica L. is my Guitar Hero
- I can still hike 6 miles through the desert and still want to do more
- Even General Authorities have a special reverence for the office of Patriarch
- It takes a very special man to be called as a Patriarch
- My Uncle Bob is a very special man
- My Nephew Jake is easily thrown around a pool
- He will keep coming back for more
- He is an awesome kid
- My Niece Gabby is no longer a baby girl...or even a toddler.
- She can read very well
- My Nephew Alex can reconnect vital parts of a computer, mess things around in the system, and then pull the parts back out so it appears he was never there
- He is 2
- Even though he won't admit it, my Uncle Karl would prefer to be with his family in Southern Utah than "working" in Hawaii
- Hot Tub Suction units certainly do suck
- "Hickeys" left over from hot tub suction units, don't go away quickly
- My Aunt, for one brief moment, actually thought I had gotten a large tattoo on my back
- I probably won't let her forget that
- Even Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award winners sometimes forget to "Be Prepared"
- My Uncle David is the quietest sleeper I have ever roomed with
- He also goes to bed really early
- My cousin Whitney doesn't like it when I win at cards
- I win at cards a lot...even games I have never played before
- In the game, "President/Scum", I prefer to be President
- The California Highway Patrol is hiring
- No, I didn't get a speeding ticket
- No, I didn't get pulled over
- Having a movie play in your car can be distracting...unless it is a boring movie
- Veggie Tales movies aren't boring
- My Cousin Jamie makes some REALLY delicious cupcakes
- The Easter Bunny found me in Southern Utah and was VERY generous
- Henrieville is still one of my most favorite places on Earth
- Calf Creek Falls is worth the hike
- Cinnamon Granola bars taste better than Peanut Butter ones
- Spanish is a useful language to know
- Russian isn't very useful
- You can run into Russians from Moscow at a gas station in Baker, CA.
- Volkswagen recommends that all cars year 98 and newer should be using synthetic oil
- Synthetic oil is expensive
- My parents are wonderful
- So is the rest of my family
- My sister is dating a pretty cool guy
- My Cousin Esther still looks too young to be a college Grad, a wife and a mother
- My Cousin Ruth needs a 10-Key
- My Aunt Sandy dresses very hip
- My Aunt Marilyn puts her grandchildren's sun protection above her own
- My Brother-in-Law Erik still amazes me with his knowledge and selection of music
- The common denominator of all my failed relationships is me
- Communication is vital
- So is Honesty
- There are some amazing young women in this world
- No matter how many times I read it, the Book of Mormon still has something to offer
- Wal-Mart brand socks make your feet stink
- So does hiking 6 miles
- Water baseball and basketball are fun
- Speedo Home Runs are hilarious
- My Aunt Carol is a Saint
- So are all my aunts
- When it comes to Girl Scout Cookies, there is one very distinct favorite
- Peanut Butter Sandwich is not that favorite
- Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry Chocolate isn't very good
- Jackson Hole Huckleberry Soda is
- Sometimes waiters forget your drinks
- But they still make a killer salsa
- There are two sides to EVERY story
- My Grandpa was an interesting character
- My Grandma has earned a Sainthood and a Fast Pass to the Celestial Kingdom
- A little progress in the right direction is a good thing
- Egg Salad Sandwiches from gas stations shouldn't use sweet pickles
- Most girls like chocolate...unless it is used to remind them of their age...even when they are younger than you
- Some people automatically revert to being mean and sarcastic when they see you for the first time in several years
- They are still happy to see you though
- Habanero Hot Sauce is stinking hot
- Even though they are old enough to vote, my roommates still struggle with aim and toilets
- Most people younger than me can play video games better than me
- Over 18 Easter Egg Hunts are fun
- It's important to watch where you step when running on asphalt
- The Church is still true...even in small towns
- I really do have the greatest family (immediate and extended) that anyone could ever hope for
- This includes everyone who married into the family too.


Smiley Family said...

GREAT post Zach!! It was such a wonderful weekend, just what the doctor ordered. It was also so wonderful to see you and visit with you. You should have stayed for the luncheon on Sunday, it was DELICIOUS! Make sure to let us know when you are coming to town next so we can have a cousin get-together.

P.S. Glad you liked the cupcake :)

rsheedy said...

Yay! I'm sooo glad you were able to join us. I'm also sorry we didn't get to hang out more. But still, it was good to see you! And we'll definitely have to do this again next year. :)

Craig Lifferth said...

I agree! I love peanut butter cookies from the girl scouts. Dr. Pepper Cherry chocolate is nasty! Lets hope its stays a limited edition because its nasty! 18 and over easter egg hunts are great, and some times a little dirty with a few punches and trips. Overall, a great trip and I enjoyed it a lot. Oh about your roommates missing the toilets, that could have been Daren before we left. Sorry about that!

The Lund Five said...

That was a great post Zach! It really summed up the great weekend at Ruby's Inn. I agree with Jamie, you should have stayed for the Sunday Lunch. It was very good! Hope to see you again soon.

All About M.E.('s) said...

Ahhhh, fun times! It was so good to see you and we all hope you come back to tah really soon. Did your hot tub hickey go away finally? That thing was HUGE!

Mandy said...

I sent you an email asking for details about your weekend before I read this. I should have known to look here first. It sounds like a whirlwind of a week. Glad you had a great time...but please come back soon my brownies are gone.

Erica said...

Wow! Like I told Jamie and Monica...I wish I were a part of the Lifferth clan. You guys seem to have some AWESOME get togethers, and I heard about the fall! :o) And did Moni beat you at Guitar Hero?

Yelyah's Corner said...

A couple other things...
- Raven's adapt to their environment.
- Sometimes you know things an hour into it.
- Never have someone who can't swim or who is not athletic on your baseball team!

You will have to tell all your family thanks for entertaining me!

Nathan and Esther said...

It was so good to see you zach! I'm glad you were able to make it. Hopefully my 'youthful' looks will come in handy when I'm 45...maybe then i will look like a college grad!

Daren Lifferth said...

oh zach you ROCK

The Carter Family: said...

Hey, Zach! We were cracking up when we realized that you didn't like Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry Chocolate either! We bought a whole case thinking it would be good, boy were we WRONG! Thank goodness we brought it to the retreat and left it on the table so everybody else could have their fair share too! Thanks for drinking up! Anyways, it was fun to see and visit with you! And I'm sorry my tax help never made it to your in-box!!

Monica said...

I'm glad I can be a hero at something. Ruth is already challenging me for next year, so I better keep practicing. A certain aunt of yours so sarcastically praised my guitar hero "talent". I ensured her I had many talents and then I challenged her. She didn't take it. Oh well. :)

Gretch said...

Wow, that is a lot of things to learn. You won't have to learn anything for quite awhile... Glad you had fun. Sad I missed it!!

You'll have to fill me in on the "holes".

Mandy said...

So I was actually working and I had to look into the different Intelligent Agencies. I found this, and I thought to myself, self this would be a perfect job for Zachary: Intelligence analyst writing intelligence reports on Russian strategic nuclear forces. Doesn't that sound exciting?


Great lessons learned!! It was fun to see you and hang out - we'll be sure to send more of that yummy dr. p your way!!!

whitney said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post...let's just say it's been a long week.

I don't mind when you win at cards, but you just win SO STINKIN' MUCH! It's friggin' unbelievable! I commend you in your many card-playing talents. :P

As for the hickey-in Gretchen's defense, it totally did look like a tatoo at first glance.

It was so much fun hanging out with you. You're easily one of the funnest people I know. I'm glad our vacations so conveniently coincided.

Alma said...

'I really do have the greatest family (immediate and extended) that anyone could ever hope for'

Does that include those of us not married into the family but still have a family "connection" going back several generations?

What do you mean Russian isn't useful?! I tell people off all the time and don't get in trouble!