Thursday, January 31, 2008

Not for the Faint of Heart

I decided to shave before swimming today, which may have been a bad idea. I was cleaning the razor off with my thumb, and I slipped and hit the blade. I got a pretty nasty gash on my thumb that was bleeding like crazy. Don't worry: I didn't take any pictures of the actual wound, even though I would have liked to. But, I'm pretty proud of my bandaging job (which consists of toilet paper and medical tape). :)

Hmm, so now I'm not going swimming, but it's not yet 6 am and I don't have class until 9:30 am, and I'm fully awake. Why does it seem that I always have tons of time on my hands when I don't really need it?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Fun New Mexico Fact

Did you know that it can rain, hail, sleet, or even snow while there are blue skies and the sun is shining? Here's the proof. I took these pictures while walking to my dorm from institute. It started snowing pretty intensely (for New Mexico's standards), but the sun was nice and warm and there was plenty of blue sky. Sorry, but these pictures don't quite do our weather patterns justice; it's kinda hard to see both the snow and the sky.

Right now, there's only blue skies out, and the snow has stopped (about 15 minutes after it started). It did feel like 20 degrees outside, but now it feels like spring. Weird, eh?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Winter Storm!!!!

Here are some pics of the latest storm we had here in Albuquerque! These were taken around my dorm. The storm was bad enough to delay school for 2 hours, meaning that I don't go to class until 11 am. Ack! What am I going to do until then???

So, I have to ask myself, "Why delay school for this?" Maybe the roads are a bit icy. Maybe there's a ton of snow a couple blocks away that I didn't see. Or maybe we New Mexicans just don't know how to drive with a little dusting of snow on the road. Of course, I'm not complaining that school is delayed (well, maybe just a little). What's worse is that all of the public schools are actually closed. Weird, eh? But, I did have a good swim this morning. ;)

Monday, January 28, 2008

In Loving Memory of President Gordon B. Hinckley

Last night, one of my best friends called me to let me know that our beloved prophet had passed away. To tell you the truth, I'm a bit envious. I don't want to die, but when that time comes I just hope that I can be even half the man that President Hinckley was. His testimony was unshakable. His influence spanned across every continent. His was a life dedicated to service and to the building up of the Kingdom of God. Through all his earthly trials, he never lost his testimony or his sense of humor. I'm sure that President Hinckley continues to live and serve with his wife on the other side. God bless our prophet dear!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

2008 Klondike Derby

What?!?! Snow in New Mexico?!?! That's queraysi... There's only one explanation -- the 2008 Klondike Derby! Yeah! I must be crazy, but this is my 8th Klondike. It's nice being old enough to not actually participate in (or run) the event. Here are some pictures. If they look smoky, that's probably because they are. We had a really smoky fire.

A true child of the snow:

I was a witness of some child labor enforced by the senior patrol leader. He wanted these poor children to create a snow cave for him.

How was I supposed to know a big pile of snow was supposed to be a cave? It seemed like a nice place to hike through in my ninja outfit. I may have started a trend:

I don't think the senior patrol leader, Dillon (aka Baby D), was too pleased about his cave.

One of the great things about Klondikes is the food. We had smoked salmon on toasted buns with melted cheese and pure deliciousness. Brother Naegle had a specialty of dutch oven bacon, so we ate about 9 lbs of bacon last night and obtained a good pot-full of grease for fire-starters and for the pancakes in the morning:

Other gourmet camping specialties included toasted marshmallows, hot dogs, and bananas (with bacon, of course):

Some marshmallows were a little on the well-done side, but when has that ever stopped a real boy scout from eating anything?

The Naegle's are well-known for their pyromania/extreme fire-building skills. I thought we needed some nice pictures, but they don't give the fire-builders justice.

Dad and I slept in style. If anyone is wondering, don't worry. I was the firefighter; my dad got Rageddy Anne.

Of course, there are always models in my pictures. See if you can tell which of these young men represents the model and which represents an extra in a war movie set in the winter time:

I decided to deck myself out to stay warm. Believe me, it worked. Here are a few of my own model shots: