Saturday, September 28, 2013

A day at the Goon

In the Jensen family
you haven't experienced Fall in Utah 
until you have been to Frightmares at Lagoon.
We go every year 
and it's always a fun, new adventure!

This year was particularly special,
because my dad was in town!
 My dad and I had a similar tradition 
that we have had a hard time keeping up on since I moved to Utah. 
We used to go to Knotts Scary Farm every year. 
So it was PERFECT to be able to have him here!

Well known fact: the dad has always been pretty terrified of rides
He has ventured out of his comfort zone a few times here and there
but it usually doesn't end too well. 
This time we decided that he should try out the SWINGS
They were my favorite when I was little. 
He did!
And he enjoyed them! 

With the night
comes the ghouls and goblins
haunting the streets of Lagoon. 
This is the part my dad has been waiting for....
Him and I switch roles. 
Now I am the one walking around in fear. 

The only bummer about coming to these theme park events
is that they are usually so crowded,
which makes for really long lines,
which means you have to be very selective with what rides/haunted houses you choose. 
You can't make em all!

Best Vampire ever!
If there are going to be long lines,
 at least they entertain... I mean TERRIFY you,
while you wait

We only made it into two of the haunted houses
but that is just fine with me...
 I think that is about all I could handle anyway. 
I am such a chicken!

Until next year Fightmares....

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Thanks to this super fun, and generous bestie, 
double fisting it below...
I was able to see MUSE at the Energy Solutions Arena!
Ames had an extra ticket
so she invited me and then refused to let me pay her anything!
I just love her. 

Not really double fisting it.... just holding for others. Ha! It was a weeknight ;)
But I HAD to post this because it may be the only evidence of my chipped tooth!
I just look like the biggest Redneck Idiot in this photo. 

Pretty cool shot from the stairs above
we were down in the crowd. 

The opening band for Muse
was called 
Cage the Elephant 

They are really good!
but a little crazy, insane.
As you can see, he ripped his shirt off 
and crowd surfed. 

Here is one of their popular songs...

Now for the moment we've all been waiting for....

The truth is...
I have never been a Muse fan. 
I actually couldn't have told you what songs 
were theirs before this show. 

I have also never been so completely blown away 
and surprised by a show before. 
It was one of the most entertaining, and exciting concerts I have ever been to!
It was a non-stop color, picture, light show
Hence, the abundance of photos that follow. 
I couldn't cut any of them. 
Way too cool!

Millions of little tv's that are constantly changing. 
Lazer, light beams shooting everywhere!

Below is one of my favorite photos of the night
This is the audience holding all of their phones out. 
I have never seen anything like it. 
So beautiful!

Best show I never planned to go to!! 
Thanks Ames!

Lets end with some vintage Muse....

Supermassive Black Hole - 2006

Monday, September 16, 2013

Don't mess with the Tundranator

I chipped my tooth.
It's right in the very front,
smack dab on the worst tooth possible.
The tooth that is already crooked and sticking out. 
Makes sense.
It was definitely in need of some more attention. 

How did I chip this tooth,
someone may ask.

Oh, you know, just the ordinary way...
Tundra and I were playing 
and we swung our heads at the perfect time
and smacked teeth. 
His tooth won. 

But it all started a long time ago,
one day in my mom's old pool in Hemet,
I was doing a back flip underwater and I smashed my tooth,
this very same tooth,
on the bottom of the pool.
It didn't chip then, but it did crack. 

So when Tundra's tooth hit,
I think it was already really weak. 
So it just sort of shattered. 
It's a small chip but still pretty noticeable.
And I cannot stop touching it with my tongue!

Luckily it is fixable. 

Wow... I look great. Only pic I have.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Farm animals, Ferris wheels, and Fried Food! What else do you need??

Being that the Fair is one of my favorite places to be,
I am sad to say that I nearly missed it this year. 
Thanks to my lovely besties, Kris and Jer, 
we made it just in time and spent a few hours 
playing in the sun and eating the monstrosities that are "fair food"
Trust me, I mean no disrespect....
 if anyone has been to any sort of fair, carnival, festival... etc.. with me,
they would know that I am the queen of the "fair food" world!
I love it all!! 
And I will try ANYTHING. 

In fact... here is Jer eating a deep fried Snickers...
Disappointing to say the least. 
We should have stuck with deep fried Oreo's or Coke. 

Kris got to fulfill her life long dream 
of wearing an animal balloon hat!
Elephant of course!

Bucket list item... check!
Can't go to a fair without the famous Corn on the Cob!
My fave!
Gotta have a corn dog! 
And no matter how fried-fooded out you are... you can't skip the Indian Fry Bread! 

Although I do love going to the fair multiple times during the season
I think we did pretty well with the time we had.
Next year I will make sure to get a night trip in too. 
There are few things as energizing and uplifting as the lights and music of a fair in the summer

Saturday, September 14, 2013


What follows is basically going to have nothing at all to do with the Lab BBQ
in which I have titled this post. 
We did in fact take these photos at the place where the bbq was held,
but this mini hike that we took with Tundra 
was much more exciting than the actual bbq. 

Derek was sort of in charge of planning this bbq
so he found a really fun picnic table area
just up Little Cottonwood Canyon
We were there a bit before anyone had arrived so we wandered off
and played a little fetch with Tun. 

He's my little Braveheart

Tundra is a little crazy when it comes to sticks.... He loves em'

Friday, September 13, 2013

Three Birthdays at the Snowbird Lodge

As you know, 
I did the paintball thing for Der's B-day this year
But of course,
we also had to do something of his choosing...
something a little less planned out,
and something a little more comfortable

We got a room up at Snowbird...
which is seeming to be a new Birthday tradition for Derek. 
We invited a bunch of friends 
and just played all night. 

I made and brought one of Derek's favorite cakes...

Funny thing...
Turns out there were 3 Birthdays among us that night
Kyle's, Dan's, and Derek's!
So Derek was a good boy
and decided to share the love

This is what he got in return.....

I think we all know,
Derek is not one to take something like that and not dish it back. 
He's a team player!

Poor Kyle.... was a little more reluctant. 

That was our entertainment for the night...

We went out and walked around a bit...

but then we came back and crashed....

The morning came
and we all gazed at the gorgeous view 
in desperate need of coffee and pancakes. 

These fatties polished off the rest of the 7 layer dip I made, for breakfast!

This squirrel entertained us for much longer than it should have.

Then we went to the hot tub 
for a morning dip.

As per the original plan, 
we had to go check out Oktoberfest
even though it was nearly a rain storm outside. 

Drenched and sad.... 
Had to have another Brat!

Of course it starts clearing up the second we head home