Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Say what?

Hello Friends! :)

I forgot to tell you some news!

I was called to be a Relief Society Teacher!

Ha here's how my facial expressions went when I found out:


Ha crazy right? I really am still in shock, not to mention completely terrified. But 14th Ward ladies I promise I will try my best, so bear with me as we embark on this journey.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Aca-scuse me?

Hello friends!!

I hope all of you doing absolutely splendid! So let's update you a little bit on the happenings in Jaynie Connor's life recently shall we?

For starters, I got my patriarchal blessing last Sunday!! Exciting stuff right? For those of you who do not know what that is you can check it out here, Patriarchal Blessings, but it was the best experience of my life so far and I am so glad that I was able to receive it. A lot of things were thrown in my trying to stop me from receiving this blessing though, which made it even more special when I was finally sitting in that chair. :)

So the story begins with me waking up for work on Saturday morning..... late. Ha terrific start for the day. So I get ready to go and me and my friend Ashley hop in the car. We fill up on gas, and get on the I-15. We get a little out of town and car makes a weird "erggghhhhh" sound, it stopped then didn't go again. Puzzled I look at Ash like, "did you hear that?" Everything looked fine so I kept driving, then a couple miles later the car makes high pitched squeaking noise and goes away. I was starting to get a little nervous. So I go to switch lanes and guess what? I have no more power steering. So my freak out level goes up a little bit, but not enough to stop driving. As we get to Parowan, my battery, ABS, and brake lights are now on. But, for some reason I keep driving. I make it all the way up to Brian Head, and believe me, with no power steering was quite a task. My shoulders and arms were sore. We finally make it to work and get a half day lesson.

Mom and Dad were in Panguitch so me, Ashley, and Christie, had planned to spend the night over there with them. We start the car, still no power steering, I just made a mental note to mention it to dad when we got into town that night. So we make it down the mountain to Pang. Mom's making dinner and we start to help, then I remember my steering so I mention it to my dad. He heads out to take a look. About five minutes later he heads in with my serpentine belt, which had completely snapped off. This is a huge problem, once your belt breaks supposedly your car is only supposed to run for two miles before your car shuts off completely or overheats and causes severe damage. Remember I heard the noise all the way back by Cedar, I had made it to Brian Head, AND Panguitch. Pretty impossible right?

So now we had a big problem, my car could not be driven. Which was a problem because me and Christie worked that next morning and the plan was for me to drive us there, then we would meet Ashley and my parents over in Cedar at 4:30 for my blessing. Now what? It was mentioned that I should cancel the blessing and just get it at another time, but I didn't want to do that. So Ashley came up with a plan, she offered to take my shift at work so that I could take my dads truck to Cedar and go buy a new belt, then return to Panguitch and fix the car, then make it in time for the blessing. Sounded pretty good right?

The next morning we headed out for Brian Head. So we're driving, and we get about half way there and some dear start to run across the road. I stop let them go by and start driving again, then out of no where, BOOM, I hit the straggler that was trying to catch up to the group.  I tried to angle the car at the last minute so the deer didn't come flying up over the hood. This is how I felt --->
I got out to inspect the damage, it had cracked my Dad's front grill and headlight, and another "grillish" thing. But all in all not too bad, it could have been much worse. All I could think was, "my dad's going to kill me." So we continued our ride up the mountain in pure silence. Me, being angry at the entire situation, and Ashley and Christie, absolutely mortified that I had just killed a deer.

I finally drop them off at work, and make my descent down to Cedar, I stop at Autozone grab me a new belt, fill up on gas then head back up the mountain. Turns out I wasn't scheduled for a lesson that day, which meant Ashley was just up there doing nothing, so I went and picked her up on my way back to Panguitch. We get to town and me and my dad start to put the belt on, we get it wound up the way it needs to and I start the car. The belt starts smoking. If you look to the left of your screen it might
help you to visualize what my face looked like. I turn the car off and we start to think of what could be wrong. We take the belt off, and it turns out the issue was my Idler pulley. Dad took it off and we looked inside and the ball bearings were squished and had been grinding against the side, there were also random pieces of scrap metal falling out as well. Great right? It's now 2:30 pm, so we call Autozone and they set aside a new idler pulley for us, we put on our Sunday best and load up in the car, it's now 3:00 pm. We get to Cedar at 4pm, Dad runs in grabs the pulley, we drive to my house to drop off Ashley, and go to the patriarchs home. We get there at exactly 4:31pm. We made it, I was there, everything was alright, and I was going to get this blessing. And I did :) And I loved every second of it.

 I am so grateful that I was able to receive it, even though all those things were thrown in my way.

Thanks for reading! Hope all is well!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I thought of a story!

   I thought of a story I forgot to tell you!

So I worked New Years Eve right? Well up in Brian Head on New Year's Eve they do this thing called a torch light parade. Now what that is, is employees will get bundled up and as soon as it starts to get dark will get on the chairlift carrying road flares, so the lift glows red. I got to be a part of that! So we ride all the way up to the top of Giant Steps and we are given two more road flares, and we strap in our boards, light up our flares and follow each other all the way down the mountain in kind of a zig zag, it was so cool! The whole mountain was glowing red. Of course it was freezing, at the top my bindings would barely click because they were so frozen. Truly an amazing experience. But thats not the story that I wanted to tell you! So while we were waiting to get on the lift to go up we were all just standing around, and while I zipped up my coat I laid my board down on the snow. Snow patrol was messing around with firecrackers and mini fireworks and I didn't pay any attention to them. So I'm just zipping up my coat and getting situated just in my own world and I hear a thud. So I look up to see a giant pile of fire crackers right smack in the center of my board between my bindings. I realize whats happening and quickly bend down to try and scoot them off but as I reach, they go off /: Naturally I let out a mournful "NOOOOOOO!". They eventually stop exploding and I get down to my board and attempt to shake them off, but theres ash and little shreds of red paper all over it /:, It's now dark so I really can't see it to see if its alright, my supervisors were not too happy about this incident and the patrol guy who threw the firecracker bomb was feeling pretty crappy, and offered to buy me a new board if it was burnt. I didn't make a big deal about it and continued on with my night. But the next morning when I got a good look at the board there were in fact 3 burns :(. So I guess what I'm trying to say is....... I got a new board :), and the guy paid for it! So stoked, I mean I am bummed to bid farewell to my other board, it is only a year old, but how can you not be stoked when theres a new board with your name on it?

Check it out :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I'm back!


Ha so I'd like to apologize for totally disappearing for the past few months, like seriously who does that? Ha any who, I'm still alive, I'm a little taller (crazy right), and a whole lot tanner, well my face is. 

Well in the couple months that I've been MIA lots of fun things have happened! But of course at this moment I can't think of any awesome stories for you to enjoy /:

Oh! I got hired as a Snowboard Instructor up here at Brian Head. It's pretty awesome, I get paid to teach people how to snowboard all day, which explains my extremely tan face. I've taught people of all ages! Ages 6-45 to be exact ha. I've started a new obsession with beanies, no seriously I own like 13,which my job is perfect for because I had to wear one everyday! I worked almost all of Winter Break and made a good hunk of money. But sadly, now that school has started I can only work weekends now /:. It was so strange to wake up Monday morning and not be able to throw on an old T-shirt, braid my hair and put on a beanie, and to wear jeans instead of snow pants. It was painful but I've adjusted. 

So yeah, I've started school again....yay! Ha my classes don't seem to be that bad so far, and I've taken a lot less music classes this semester. As much as I hate waking up for school and having to go, I'm so thankful that I can receive an education. I just love learning. As Gramp Ellenburg always said "Knowledge is power.", which is true and well right now I'm trying to get as much knowledge as I can handle.

There's snow here on the ground in Cedar, its been here for awhile. But it's starting to melt, ha which causes puddles, which freeze at night. And then in the morning when you're walking to class its like trying to walk across a hockey rink. I haven't gone down yet, luckily! (Knocks on wood)

Well internet friends, thats all that comes to mind right now /: I apologize for not being able to provide you with more entertainment from the Life of Jaynie Connor. I promise not to go missing for so long again.

Oh! Sadly, I had to say goodbye to my dear friend Chasen this weekend. I've mentioned Chase before, she's a counselor with me at Camp Lee. But she is studying abroad in Thailand this semester! WHICH IS TOTALLY FLIPPIN COOL RIGHT?!
But, any who, you should check out her page as she updates on the world of Thai!

I hope all is well out there! Farewell!