Update and My Friend Brad, Part II.

So this post is going to cover a few things, about what's been going on in my life as well as stuff for next month. I'll start off though, by giving an update on my friend Brad, who I wrote about recently.  After his suicide scare, I panicked and begged to see him as soon as possible, and we made two dates: one, Friday, to catch up at a local Denny's, and Saturday to go to Utah's theme park, Lagoon.  Luckily Brad was up for hanging out both days, but of course I had to go behind his back and invite our mutual friend Jeff to Denny's.  Brad's face lit up when he saw Jeff stroll into the restaurant, and I was tickled to death.  None of us have been together since last September, so this was a thrill.

(Blame the sun for the bad lighting. My camera's flash can't compete.)

We chatted for hours, and ended up going to a nearby park to spend even more time together. It was a blast. I love these two guys.

The next day, Saturday (yesterday) I dragged Brad out to Lagoon and we rode rides ALL. DAY. LONG. We had a ton of fun.  I screamed on nearly every ride, which is surprising, because I normally don't...I guess it's just been awhile! My adrenaline was sky high.  Brad laughed hysterically at how scared I was.  We also rode the Skycoaster which was probably the scariest moment of my life; you're hoisted up...SLOWLY.....in a flight suit and after a signal, you pull your own rip cord and plummet to the ground at 80mph.  Attached to a bungie-like cord, you swing back and forth for awhile until you're lowered back to the safe, beautiful, wonderful ground.  I think I almost broke Brad's arm.  He, however, was laughing manically the whole time, so I guess that's good.

I even got him to smile once!! yipee!!

By the end of the day, we'd been pelted with rain, snow and hail, and we were both exhausted and cold, and extremely satisfied.  So ended our adventurous day.

Friends are great. Salt Lake City is great. Even spring rain is great. Roller coasters are great.  This outing definitely helped me expend a lot of the frustrated energy I've had all winter with being away from my friends and feeling so alone.  I feel even more ready to tackle this novel by summer's end.  But speaking of writing:

May is National Foster Care Month.  

I have thought a lot about things I can do to contribute, which is really difficult for me because of all the things I rush to meet head-on in life, talking about foster care and reliving those memories is not really at the top of the list.  Or anywhere close.  But in addition to volunteer activities, I thought it might be good (and healthy) for me to write a little about foster care.  Since I have no other real way to structure it, I decided to do a ten-day challenge with a foster care theme.  Probably, these entries won't be very pretty to read, but this is something that's been a huge part of my life, and I feel that it deserves to be talked about, despite my reluctance to do so.

So this is what I've put together.  Obviously a lot of people won't be able to write anything remotely relating to this: count yourself lucky.  Foster care is not something you want to cross off on your 'to-do' list.  Anyway, I've decided to dedicate a new page on this blog for the upcoming month and what it means to me, so I'll be working on that.  And speaking of working on my blog...

Do I want to change my blog background? 

I like the polka dots, but I'm also a fan of the damask.....I just can't choose which one suits the blog better.  Someone help.  Anyone help.


  1. While I love polka dots, I LOVE the other one!

    Can't wait to read what you write. As hard as it is for you, it's also good for you and of others who were in a similar situation to read!

    1. Thanks for your input!! I moved it back to the polka dots because I was insecure about the damask, but after sleeping on it I'm pretty sure that's the one I want, too. Haha.

      I'm hoping this will be a good thing....I guess we'll find out! I keep all that stuff closed away/bottled up so I'm excited/nervous to let it out.

  2. Why not rotate between the two? :) That way you can have both.

    I'm excited to see what you have to write. I'm sure some of it won't be "pretty to read" as you put it, but I adore your writings and am always excited to read them. Even if they aren't "pretty". :)

    1. I don't know the html whiz for that, but I might have to look into it!!! I am liking the damask though, seems to give it a slightly fancier look. And I do like pretending to be a fancy lady, lol.

      I'm so flattered...I'm glad you enjoy my writing! My foster care tale is exactly that; it's quite the 'tale'...so I'm sure it'll be entertaining. Or at least, I'll try to make it so.

    2. My boyfriend was a foster child for a while. His story isn't pretty either, but I don't care. I love the man he is today and I wouldn't have him any other way. :)