Sunday, December 31, 2006

TOP TEN 35 of 2006

Last year, I choose to tell you my top 15. But since this was such a busy and exciting year, I thought I would do 35 since so much has happened. I was originally going to post 20, but so much has happened, I couldn't get rid of the good stuff.

35- Explaining Why...?!
34- Where Are the Celebrities?
33- The $159 Hack
32- I Couldn't Wait Any Longer
31- Oh, You Are Leaving Salt Lake, Huh...? Well Here Is A Ticket
30- Good Morning! You Are About To Call In Sick... ~Hot Pocket~
29- I'll Say, "Let It Snow"
28- Napoleon Dynamite Festival 2006 (Pt. 3)
Napoleon Dynamite Festival 2006 (Pt. 2)
Napoleon Dynamite Festival 2006 (Pt. 1)
25- First Page to Pass 100 Hits A Day
24- Bright Light City Gonna Set My Soul / Gonna Set My Soul On Fire
23- ...That's Christmas Tree in German
22- Deck This House!
21- Someone Must Have A Bumper Fetish
20- From This To This...
19- "I Was Cleaning A Dish, I Heard It and I Came Out..." - Dane Cook
18- The Time of My Life!
17- Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy... Busy!
16- Moab 2006, Part 3... Plus Idaho
Moab 2006, Part 2
Moab 2006, Part 1
13- Goodbye Super Saver!!! Whoo Hoo!!!
12- Whoo-Hoo!!!
11- Goodbye Salt Lake
10- Suspended Because of $1
9- I Can See! It's Beautiful!
8- My Fun Weekend
7- Six Years Later... I Was Finally Able To Apologize
6- Yes, It's Official
5- "And After All This Time, You're Still The One I Love..." - Shania Twain
"And Our Lives Are Forever Changed / We Will Never Be the Same" - The Smashing Pumpkins
"Yes, It's Real Love..." - The Beatles
Four Days In Heaven
1- Happy Holidays, From The Sharich's...

There you have it. So until next year...

(Updated on January 22, 2018 21:46 MST)
(Updated on February 7, 2006 @ 14:17 MST)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Throughout the Holidays - Part III

(I am going to allow everyone to catch up on what has happened to me recently since I have been too busy to do so. This way, I can start next year with next year's news. So you better have a good 15 minutes to read this...)

Sunday (12/24)
On Sunday morning, I woke up pretty early (5AM, less than 5 hours of sleep). So I got up and headed to Kohl's to buy Rachel a mixer for Christmas. I originally told her that we should just have our rings engraved like we wanted to do after we got married back in September (but we never got around to it because we were dealing with the mess in the basement) and a to get each other a $30 gift. Well, since T.J. was up, he went with me to Kohl's. But they were not open (yet the website said it would be), so we headed over to CompUSA to also buy a iPod for one of her presents. Hey, I love her so much (plus it's going to come in handy after the 5th month of pregnancy)!

After buying the iPod, we headed back over to Kohl's to get the mixer. We came home and my mom was now up. We told her what I just purchased and she comes to tell me that my family had also purchased a mixer for her too. Geez! So instead of returning the mixer already, I wrapped the mixer, as well as the iPod before Rachel woke up. This way, after she opened them on Christmas day, she could choose which one she wanted (mine was white, theirs was black).

Since I had been up late the night before (midnight), and woken up early, I needed to go back to bed to catch up on sleep. After waking up a few hours later, I got up and got ready to go out to return some clothes Rachel purchased online to the store in the Gateway Plaza Mall. Returned the clothes and then headed over to Super Saver to say Hi to everyone and to show them the picture of the twins. It was a good thing I did it then because they were not going to be open this year on Christmas Day like past years. Since it was getting close to 6, I left Super Saver and headed back to my parents house to pick up Rachel so we could head over to my grandparents house for their Christmas Eve party.

We arrived shortly after, we ate dinner, good old spaghetti (oh yeah!) and meatballs (none for me though, thanks). After eating, we started to open presents. We do white elephant, and this year I picked something I shouldn't have. I open the package and first saw a bottle of BBQ sauce. It didn't bother me, but I continue to open my present to find gift certificates to Snider's Brothers Meats. Oh, everyone had a good laugh. Well, my mom "stole" my gift and I took my grandpa's, a Chevron car and a $40 gift card. After gifts, Annie played Christmas tunes with her violin. After she played, I stood up and said that we have a couple more gifts for my grandparents to open.


Since my dad was on call, he was paged and so my family left just in time around the party was ending. So before midnight, I was manually working on HTML code to post on both Rachel and my MySpace bulletins to tell everyone that we are expecting. After posting the bulletins after midnight, I finally went to bed.

Monday (12/25)
I can't remember if I woke up myself, or if I was woken up by someone else, but what ever the case was, we started to open presents. Rachel and I shared gifts that were given to us by my family. Normally, this would have made me mad if I was kid. But since I am now an adult, it doesn't bother me because I was happier giving and watching her open her gifts.

My brother received a printer/scanner/coffee machine (just kidding on the last thing) and just so he could start doing damage right away, I started hooking up the printer and installed the software. Well, my family made breakfast and shortly after I got showered and dressed. Then, so in order to get Rachel home in time before she had to be to work, we left Salt Lake around 10AM. Pulled into St. George around 2:30PM and since we had a little time to spare, we stopped off at her mom's to see everyone. We headed home; she got ready for work while I unpacked. I tried to clean/straighten up the house while she was at work, but around 6PM I crashed. I wanted to take a small nap, but was woken to the sound of Rachel getting home. Still tired, she and I just went to bed.

And that was my... our holiday.

Tuesday (12/26)
We were awoken to the carpet company calling, saying that they needed our address and that they would be over soon. We got up and Rachel started to choose the songs she wanted on her iPod while the carpet man did his job. Around 2PM, I had to leave for work and didn't get home until 10PM. Rachel's mother and one of her sister's came over to help move stuff back downstairs while I was at work, so we now have space again. Oh, earlier in the day, when the guy was installing the new carpet, the cable company was working on making it possible so we could now watch Cable TV. SWEET!

Wednesday (12/27)
I had Wednesday off, so I did chores while Rachel was at work. Since my car has been covered in salt from traveling to and from Salt Lake twice, I finally took my car to be washed. While I was drying it off (around 10PM), I heard, "Help! Help!" At first, I thought Ginger (our dog) was attacking someone nearby since she was out running around. Turns out, some jerk mugged someone walking home from Lin's. I got a description of the vehicle, and the guy who was attacked (who lives in our complex) got a description of the attacker. He called 911 and I later got to talk to Rachel (lol). Well, after talking to the officer and filling out a statement, I drove over to my work and had them find the receipt of what this guy bought. We found it and grabbed the stuff the guy got away with. I was going to pay for it (around $12 in groceries), but my work said they would do it as a donation since the guy is a regular shopper. I drove home and then walked over to his place and gave him the stuff.

Thursday (12/28)
On Thursday morning, I woke up and shortly after, a detective called me to tell me he spotted a vehicle that matched my description. So I got ready and he picked me up to see if it was the vehicle. It wasn't, so he dropped me back off. Rachel and I then drove over to Lowe's to get a new closet rack since our other one is now in the complex's garbage bin. Got back in time to get ready for work.

After getting off of work, I was suppose to head straight home because Rachel's father (my father-in-law) was in town. But as I am getting in my car, he pulls up with Rachel's sister (they spent the afternoon/evening together). Shook his hand and called him "Sir". He said that I didn't need to call him that. LoL.

Drove back home and talked with him and Rachel's sister for a little while. Then Rachel started asking me by text message what make the suspect's car was. So I went online really quick and saw a match with the MAZDA5. So I took a screenshot and quickly (yet crapfully) drew what the sticker/custom paint job looked like on this vehicle. I e-mailed that to her and she was showing everyone at her work. Everyone thought I was so awesome for doing this. LoL.

Well, I had to get to bed because I had to be up at 6AM to be to work at 7AM.

Friday (12/29)
I went to work and came home to see that Rachel's dad had removed the cabinets above the stove and was in the process of installing the microwave that Rachel and I received as a wedding gift. Sweet!

Since I was hungry from working, I heated up a meal that Rachel made the other day and started to write yesterday's blog and all of this blog, up until the last sentence (I'm starting to write this part of the entry now on Saturday). So, finally exhausted from a long day, I went downstairs and took a power nap while Rachel and her dad went to Lowe's. Rachel came back and started to get ready for work before someone she had talked to earlier called and said that they would work for her. So Rachel had the evening off and so we decided to go to dinner with her dad and her sister. (For those of you trying to keep track, she has two sisters. The one in town is going to school up north and the other lives in Las Vegas.)

We went to dinner and then afterwards, I drove over to Best Buy alone (I had to use my gift card) and then over to Walmart, while the three of them went over to Hollywood Video and picked out some movies. We met back here and started to watch Arthur. After the movie, Rachel's sister went home (back to her mom's) while Rachel, her dad and I, stayed up and talked for a bit before calling it a night.

(Updated on March 9, 2007 @ 20:22 MST)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Throughout the Holidays - Part II

On Saturday (12/23), Rachel and I finally woke up and left around 2PM. I originally wanted to be out of St. George by noon, but what can you do?

We finally made it to Nephi around 5:30 so that we could tell my grandparents the good news. We talked with them for about 30 minutes (catching up on life) before we finally told them that we are expecting twins. After that, we headed back out. But we stopped in Payson to fill up on gas and to get a few things at Wal-Mart. My mom called but I never answered so I called her back. She called to tell me that the family was heading up to my other grandparents house to make strudel. So plans had changed from how I originally was going to tell my family. We would have to wait to tell them after we left from making strudel.

Back on the road again, we finally made it into Salt Lake and then stopped into CompUSA to pick up the license plate frames Tristyn helped me order from FastSign. They said, "My grandkids are cuter than yours...". After arriving to my parents' house, Rachel quickly wrapped the two pictures and license plate frame. We then headed up to make strudel, but left around 10PM. We finally had my mom open her birthday presents.


Sorry about Snickers barking in the video, but it has been a while since I have been around her to remember that she will react like that. LoL.

We then gave my parents their Christmas gift, Norton AntiVirus 2007, so I could start working on installing it before we left Salt Lake. It was a good thing I started to install it then because it took me a good while before it was finally installed. They didn't make it easy to install this year without having to jump through hoops to get it going.

(Updated on March 9, 2008 @ 20:00 MST)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Throughout the Holidays - Part I

On Friday (12/22), I had to be to work at 7AM. This stunk because I had just arrived home from work on Thursday at 10PM. So not only was I tired from little sleep, I was exhausted that day because this was the weekend before Christmas and aisle 4 (the cooking aisle) was constantly running out of things. So by the time I finally got of work, I went home and I took an hour nap. I was only able to take an hour long nap because Rachel and I were supposed to be at her mother's house for her Holiday family party/dinner. So after only sleeping for an hour, I woke up, dressed nicely and headed over there just in time to start eating. Normally, I would have eaten something small before I go anywhere, but I am so glad I didn't this time.

The appetizer was clam chowder (or as Rachel said one time and what we have called it ever since, "Cham Clowder"). Normally, I am full after eating a bowl of any soup, but that was just the beginning. The main course was tilapia, rice pilaf and green beans. By this time of finishing the fish and rice, I couldn't take any more. But oh no, here comes dessert. I was almost crying (pretending to) because I couldn't eat anymore. Next was a desert called bumbleberry pie and ice cream. I was only able to eat a little bit of this because I was so full from the meal. Had I only had one dish, not both, I could have finished this dessert.

After dessert, we sat around talking because we were waiting for Heidi and Josh (Rachel's sister and her boyfriend) to get into town. Apparently trying to get out of Las Vegas (where they live) wasn't an easy task as they thought it would be this time. So they finally arrived and we were going to let them eat now since they got here. But also, Rachel's grandmother and aunt came to this dinner and they were going to head out since the remainder of the party was for the children now.

We told them to hang on a second because we want Rachel's mom to open her gift before they left. You can watch the video now... Oh! Watch it on the smallest window you can. I was really nervous and so my hands were shaking while I was recording with my digital camera. So if you watch it with a large window or full screen, you may get motion sickness.


So after all the excitement had calmed down, we finally let Josh and Heidi eat. After they ate, we finally got to open presents. I received a mousepad (except mine says "Las Vegas" on it, not "Orlando" as pictured in this link) and a hoodie from Margaritaville and a $25 gift card to Best Buy. After opening presents, we played a couple rounds of Scattergories and then we called it a night because it was 11PM.

Part II will be posted in a couple of days. I am finally going to meet my father-in-law for the first time and so I will be busy helping him get Rachel and my closet back area together.

Updated on March 9, 2008 @ 19:50 MST

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Holidays, From The Sharich's...

Are you ready for your gift?

On 12th of this month, Rachel took a "quiz" and it came up positive. That means Rachel and I are going to be parents.

The day we found out (and the week after), we may have told some of you that we were expecting (like co-workers), but not all of you (family members). This was because that if you knew a family member to either of us, we didn't want to tell them until just recently... You know, as a very big Christmas surprise. So please don't take it personally if we didn't tell you as soon as we found out. Plus, do you know how hard it is to pretend to your parents/family that nothing is going on? Very hard.

I hope you enjoyed your gift... Now here is your bonus Christmas gift...

On Tuesday, the 19th (the day after the flooding in our basement), Rachel went in to have an ultrasound of the baby (because she was not feeling well). After her doctor visit, she came into my work and showed me the picture of the scan and said "This is a baby..." (circling with her finger the black oval on the left). I said, "Awww....". Then she added, "...And this is a baby" (circling with her finger the black oval on the right). I looked up at her with such surprise. It turns out that in the scan that we are expecting twins. Can you believe this???!!!

As soon as she told me this, I was showing everyone at my work the picture of the ultrasound. Having a baby is a normal thing to me because anyone who can... can. But to find out that you are having twins... 1 in 32.

Well, as for when the babies are due, we have been told August 7th or 8th, 2007. However, Rachel and I believe that it will be a later date, mid to late August. When we were planning on only having one child, we were going to wait until the child was born to find out the sex of the child. Now that we are expecting twins, we have agreed that we are going to need to know so that we can get things set up around here (clothes, accessories, etc.)

As for our "Two-Year" plan so I could go back to school. Well, I've waited this long to go back to school since I graduated high school, I don't think that college will be going away in the next few years. But I do plan on going back, even if I have to wait a couple more years.

Oh yeah, Happy Holidays from all of us...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy... Busy!

That title is supposed to be said in the way of "For The Love Of Money" by the O'Jays. The opening lyrics go, "Money, Money, Money, Money... Money!"

Anyways, about our flooding ordeal...

On Monday, as you read below/earlier, Rachel came inside to find the house flooded. Luckily, a co-worker of hers (who just had the exact same problem happen at his residence not too long ago) came over immediately after she discovered the mess and helped Rachel find the waters shut-off lever under our house. Rachel and I (as I was told by someone...) originally thought that in order to turn off our water, we had to turn off the water to 20+ homes as well. But anyways, they shut off the water and so that meant we had no running water for the time being. Just like the power going out at my parents' house, you never realize how much you rely on running water when you really need it.

After shutting off the water and calling me, she called the disaster company to come over and see about the damages. After calling them, she called and hired a plumber to come out the next day as well to find and fix the pipe. Well, (as I wrote below) I was thinking that Monday was Tuesday and that the next day (Wednesday), I had to be up by 6 AM to be to work by 7. Oops! However, we did have to be up before 8AM Tuesday morning to move furniture upstairs so they could do what ever they needed to do downstairs.

The disaster company sent someone over and he said it was a good thing that we sucked up most of the water. He also said that we are going to need to replace the carpet and padding underneath. However, since we have a $1,000 deductible on our house insurance for any occurrence like this, Rachel and I have decided that it would be wise not to get the insurance company involved in paying for this. This is because it may cost less than that $1,000 deductible to pay for new carpet and anything else to finally fix this mess. And since we are going to be re-placing the carpet to our room, Rachel wants to just replacing the carpet to the stair way down to our room as well.

The plumber came over Tuesday morning as well (while the disaster company guy was doing his job), found and then fixed the broken pipe. So right now we have a small hole in our closet ceiling so that he could get access to that pipe.

So, since Tuesday morning, we have had giant fans constantly running downstairs to dry the carpet and the area/wall where the pipe burst. We have also moved everything (except our bed and the box frame) from our bedroom to the main or top level of our house. Right now, I have the drawers to our dressers surrounding me in the computer room/den. Luckily, on Sunday, we decided to the clean out the other bedroom that is upstairs and set up the bed that Rachel had before we got a new one after we got married. So we have been sleeping on the bed for two nights now. I can't wait to get this whole mess taken care of and the house put back to normal. Oy!

I'll Say, "Let It Snow"

Remember how I said it started snowing the other night but nothing stuck to the ground long enough so we could see it? (Around our house, I mean...)

Well, when Rachel and I were getting up to move stuff upstairs Tuesday morning, she let the dog out front and saw this. This is proof that it does snow down here in St. George.

Monday, December 18, 2006

SOB!!!

I started my first day as Grocery today. It is much busier than being a cashier. But that is not where I am headed with this story...

Around 4PM, Rachel calls my work and says, "We have a problem here." Apparently (my theory here), since it has been so cold outside for St. George, one of the pipes in or outside (mostly inside somehow) burst. So, half of our bedroom and all of the bathroom and laundry room was flooded. So after she called, I went up to the front of the store and rented a Rug Doctor so that Rachel could stop by and pick it up to start sucking up water.

I just got home from a busy day (people wanting this and that... GRRR!!!) and now I have to deal with this mess. She has sucked up most of the water, but I need to carry all of our dresser drawers upstairs since they (the insurance) is going to most likely pay for new carpet and carpet padding underneath.

As for what is to about to happen, I will let you know in the future. But this may not get completely taken care up until after Christmas. And with us heading up to Salt Lake on Saturday, do you see why I don't like the holidays.

I want to go-over what I have wrote above and possibly add more or add a photo, but since I have to be back at work at 7AM tomorrow morning, I need to get as much as I can carried upstairs.

A Pleasant Evening

Yesterday (Sunday), evening, Rachel's sister, mom, aunt and grandmother, were planning on seeing the Southern Utah Heritage Choir perform at the Dixie State College. They invited Rachel and I to come along, so we did. It was alright, but had I gone with someone other than Rachel, I would have been bored out of my mind (because I am not into seeing that stuff).

Around half way through the performance, this lady was singing a solo piece and was sounding really terrible to both Rachel and I (she could sing high parts, but sometimes the note were just off a little). Every so often, Rachel would squeeze my hand in a gesture of "pain" and every time she would do that, I would start laughing. I told her that had she kept doing that, I would have eventually got us or myself into trouble.

Well, after that was over, Rachel and I, went over to her mother's house to have hot chocolate with her mom and her sister. We stayed and talked for a few hours before we finally got around to leaving.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

It's Snowing!!!

Okay, if I were still living in Salt Lake, this would not be very big news (unless you were the 10 O'clock news and you had footage of people who had slid off the road...)... But I am now in St. George and according to Rachel, this is the first time it has snowed since she was in high school (um... 8 to 10 years ago).

My manager walked into the store and said that it was snowing, so all the cashiers ran outside to see it snow flakes come down every so often. Then by the time I got off of work and while Rachel and I were getting something to eat and Alberto's (YUM!), it was snowing even harder. She says it was hail, but trust me hun, that was snow. It was not ice form, it was still soft and would melt very easily...

Oh, for the love of-- Someone from up in Salt Lake, back me up here!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Some-thin, Some-thin...

First, like I said last week, Rachel and I drove up to Nephi/Salt Lake so we could go to my mom's family Christmas party.

We had to leave early Friday morning because I had a doctor appointment that afternoon. After the doctor appointment, Rachel and I went over to T-Mobile and purchased new phones. I guess you can call this our big Christmas gift.

After that, we drove back to my parents house to visit with my mom (since she just got off of work) before my family drove down to Nephi that night. After they left, we ordered pizza and had our dinner. Since someone in Salt Lake wanted their oil changed... I won't say who.... Oh, who am I kidding. She doesn't read this blog anymore. Since Tristyn needed her oil changed, I did that in exchange for all her music that she has (mostly country) to copy/paste to one of my hard drives.

Well, since I woke up around 5AM Friday morning (was not feeling well), Rachel made me lay down around 11PM and I just crashed.

Rachel then woke me up around 8AM on Saturday morning. We drove back down to Nephi so we could help out with getting the party ready. Around noon, the party started and both Rachel and I got a bunch of "Congrats", but the big embarrassing part was after we ate lunch and open presents, they made Rachel and I stand in front of everyone and made me introduce her to my family. I mean, I can handle crowds, especially a family crowd, I just have to know what to say or else my mouth/throat gets dry (just like in job interviews).

Anyways, we drove back that night after the party and then headed back home on Sunday afternoon. However, from Nephi to a little north of Cedar City, we had to drive through a crazy snow storm. Not fun at all.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

How Sweet Is This?!

After this years Napoleon Dynamite Festival, because of the very low turn out (400-500 people compared to the 6000 people in 2005), I was thinking that was it for the festivals in Preston.

Well, I kept in touch with Marilyn Demke (mother of Brian Demke, ND impersonator) since this years festival and she has been pushing Preston's Chamber of Commerce to hold another festival when they were planning on not to hold another festival in 2007.

Well, it turns out she pushed hard enough and she sent me an e-mail on Tuesday stating that Preston has decided to hold another festival come next July 6th & 7th... Yesssss!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

...That's Christmas Tree in German

On Monday night, early Tuesday morning, Rachel and I decided to put up our Christmas tree. It's a plastic tree that Rachel received from her mother this year since her mother decided that it was time that she would purchase a brand new one. However, while working on sprucing it up and making it look like it had not been in a box and matted down (to make it look more like a real tree), my hands started itching. I knew it was from the tree, but I thought that from the previous years of dust settling on it and that is what was causing me to itch. You know, no biggie. Just wash my hands off and continue to work on the tree.

However, about 30 to 45 minutes into doing this, I guess I had rubbed and touched around my eyes. This started to cause my eyes to become red (bloodshot), very irritated and started to sting. Normally, I can just wash around my eyes with water to get whatever I had touched or came in contact with, off of my skin, and to make it so things do not get worse. That did not help me this time. So by the time I finally told Rachel I was going to take a shower, I looked like I had been smoking marijuana and maybe a little crack too because my eyes were beyond bloodshot and around my eyes were so red and started to look swollen.

I took some Benadryl and headed for the shower. After coming out, I remember hearing (at an earlier date) that Rachel's mom had a cat awhile back. [Note: Cats are on the top list of things I am very allergic to.] I didn't know if it had been before, during or after the Christmas tree had been set up. Come to find out that she had the cat during the holidays and that the cat may have crawled in and around the inside of the tree. Hence, this is why I had the allergic reaction.

I have cleaned out some dusty computers in my time and had a much smaller reaction than this, but because this one was so bad, I basically had to go lay down in bed with a cool wash cloth over my eyes because I could not open my eyes long enough to focus on anything else.

Well, while I was laying down, listening to my iPod since there was nothing else to do while I was wide awake in bed, Rachel finished up with what she could do early this morning. After she woke up from sleeping, she finished up on putting the lights and other decorations in our living room.

The funny thing is, I guess I had an allergic reaction to a real tree many years ago (so says my mother), so we have always had a fake tree at my parents house throughout the years. Rachel bought a real 3 foot tree to see if I would have a reaction to it (which I have not) because she prefers real over fake (I do too, but that is in another area... lol), yet I ended up having a reaction to the fake tree instead.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Deck This House!

Although I have placed Christmas lights on my parents and grandparents houses in the past years, this is the first time that I have placed Christmas lights on my very own first house. Oh sure, I placed lights on the railings at Santa Fe (for those of you who don't know, I lived in an apartment from September to December 2000), but this is something completely different.

The first picture is the picture I took around 3PM on Sunday afternoon (along with Rachel to the right cleaning out the bushes), and picture on the bottom is what the lights look like at dusk. I started placing the lights up at the opposite side corner (which is not seen) all the way around to the half-way mark on the house, which is the part you see it lit in the bottom picture. I have Tuesday off, so I feel like it, and I am not too busy, I may try to finish placing the lights all the way around the roof of the house.

Rachel had lights strung up in the backyards along the house and fence. I just tore them down tonight so I can put new ones up when I finish putting up the lights on the house on Tuesday.

I originally wanted to post this entry on Sunday night, but the internet is down at my place. So here I am at the library, posting this there.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I Just Wanted to Say...



I just want to say thanks for:
...another fun year on this blog. Oh, and thanks for replying to my previous blog-- I will keep it going...

...the support from everyone for Rachel and my choice to join hands in marriage...

...my health, even though I don't know how I have made it through 10 years of being a vegetarian this coming December...

...all my family and friends (and pets too) -- You make me who I am...

...everything I take for granted in life...

...my beautiful wife Rachel.

Monday, November 20, 2006

One Too Many Trees

Well, we finally did something Rachel has wanted to do. Just kidding. We have done things she has wanted to do, but this is something bigger. We went to the Jubilee of Trees here in St. George.

One of the trees that was being auctioned was one that was created by Rachel's mothers work (Dixie Regional Medical Center Nursery). Yes, the life size children's play house next to it was also auctioned off with the tree. Rachel says, according to her mother, it was auctioned off for over $10,000.

And if you look closely at the picture below, the tree to the left was the Star Wars tree. Yes, that is Yoda on top (lol).

Friday, November 17, 2006

Should I Go On...?

Quick question... Is anyone still reading this blog?

I need to know if it is worth it to write my blog anymore. I know I have a counter at the bottom, but that is page view counter, it doesn't tell me who is actually visiting this site. I do love writing this blog, but if no one is visiting, it's not worth my time. I need at least 5 people (yes, small number) to actually contact me and tell me that you still read this.

I'll give this thing a few days before I give my final decision.

Updated on November 18, 2006 @ 14:55 MST

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I Was Cleaning A Dish, I Heard It and I Came Out..." - Dane Cook

Actually, here is the story.

I had just got off of work and was on my way to Wal-Mart to get some hooks for our bedroom. I'm pulling up to the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Dixie Dr., right next to my work. I'm heading east and barely pull up to the intersection when I hear *BOOM*. I look over at the middle of the intersection and I see that this small truck that was trying to turn left, had hit a car that was going straight. So I get out my cell phone and dial 911. As I'm doing this, I think I better pull over because we are probably going to be needing assistance here. But as I am trying to turn out of traffic, the accident truck takes off and I just booked it through the intersection even though the light was still red on me. Yes, I made sure the coast was clear. Another truck who saw this also took off after the truck, but thanks to my cars' speed, I was able to pass the truck chasing the accident truck and was able to keep up with the accident truck. Had the other truck tried to follow the accident truck, the guy could have gotten away.

So, the guy who was in the truck that was just in the accident was trying to ditch me by going around in circles through out neighborhood nearby and by turning out his headlights. Still, my car kept up and I was able to catch up to him before he finally got out of his truck and took off on foot. When he got out of his truck and took off, he was heading towards my vehicle and so for my safety, I drove forward a little bit before I realized what he was doing. So I backed up and tried to see if I could see him. But I couldn't.

Well, the guy left his truck there and I had to stay there so when the officers arrived, they could get my statement and could take it from there. Turns out the vehicle was not registered and the guy got away. So the vehicle was going to be impounded. I asked about the other person and they said they were okay, but the vehicle was unable to move or start.

That was my Saturday night... Fun, huh?

Date Night

After how long, especially of how long since Rachel and I have been married, we finally went bowling early Saturday morning down in Mesquite, Nevada. We both enjoy bowling and we have never been able to go bowling together at the local bowling alley near our house because we both work evenings.

Well, we didn't plan on going down there to go bowling ahead of time. I was counting down my register and it hit me that Mesquite has 24-hour bowling on weekends, we should go out and do that instead of sitting around and watch another episode of LOST (something we have been doing recently). Since she was okay with that and when we both arrived home from work around 12:30AM, we got ready and then headed down there. On the way down Rachel was playing with my iPod. I've been wanting to get her one, but I knew she wouldn't enjoy it like I would. However, after she was able to listen to music of hers that I was able to rip into my computer (from her damaged CD's) and then upload them onto my iPod, she was able to listen to them for the first time in years. So she fell in love with the iPod. Sweet!

We played three games while down there and it was really fun. Rachel is a good bowler too. Sorry, but I forgot to bring my camera or camera phone inside until it was too late, so there are no pictures of this event.

After bowling, we went to the Chuck Wagon restaurant to get something to eat. We were in there for over an hour before we were finally handed our check. After our meal, I tried my luck at a couple of slots. But once again, I didn't get lucky like that one night I was playing there. After walking away after playing $15, Rachel and I headed and arrived back home around 5AM.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Bright Light City Gonna Set My Soul / Gonna Set My Soul On Fire

On Monday, after my dentist appointment that I had scheduled from last week, since Rachel and I had it off we decided to drive down to Las Vegas. We drove down for a couple of reasons.

First, Saturday was our 8 week anniversary since getting married, so we originally planned to drive to Mesquite and have dinner, go bowling and maybe go see a movie that night. However, she forgot and took a job babysitting an officers 7-month old child. They paid her by giving her a gift card to Red Lobster, so I thought we could go to the one in Vegas. To tell you the truth, it was okay that she forgot because I have not been feeling well lately and needed to go see a doctor as soon as I got off of work on Saturday evening. I'm starting to feel better encase you were wondering. So it was kind of a good thing that we didn't go down to Mesquite on Saturday night in the first place. And don't worry, I'm not mad at her because she forgot, but rather glad that things turned out like they did.

The second reason we drove down to Las Vegas is because that I read the headline in the SL Tribune on Sunday that after 48 years the Stardust Hotel and Casino would be closing (as of today 11/1). So we thought we would check it out before they closed it up for good to build the next/new casino in its place. But before we stopped at Stardust, I told Rachel that I had a surprise for her when we got into Las Vegas. I told her this when she got home from baby sitting Saturday night. So she was telling everyone that I had a surprise for her and she could not figure out what it was. Well, as you can see in the picture, she enjoys In-N-Out Burger, so I took her there as her surprise.

Well, she and a butt-load of other people enjoy this place too because I mean this place was packed! I was able to eat some French fries as my lunch/meal, because as you can see in this picture from Wikipedia, they don't have a very big menu. But the fries were really good since they were freshly cut and then cooked instead of the basic frozen and then cooked brands that other fast foods prepare.

After lunch, we tried to find the Sahara Ave. on the back streets instead of trying to get back onto the freeway and get off the Sahara Ave. freeway exit. Well, after driving much further north and then west than what I was planning, I decided to head back east towards I-15 and drive south until we got to the exit. We found the CompUSA and another In-N-Out burger joint. So the next time we need to go to CompUSA in Vegas, we can stop at this In-N-Out burger instead of driving all over again.

After CompUSA, we drove over to Fremont Street. However, since it was still daytime (not quite evening/dusk), they never put on a show. So the next time that we visit Vegas in the evening, some time in the future, we will have to check it out again. On the way to and from Fremont Street, we had to pass the chapel where Rachel and I were married. It was kind of odd doing that, but it did bring back some good memories from nearly two months ago.

Oh, and speaking about horror movies on my blog entry on the 31sth (yesterday), I could see that they used Freemont Street as to where they filmed the Vegas parts of the film The Stand... Well, before they put that lighted dome over the street.

Well, after leaving Fremont Street, we drove over to the Stardust Hotel and Casino. However, it is right next to CircusCircus. On our honeymoon, while we were walking the strip, we actually walked though there to cool off. I was thinking this place was much further down the strip. So all I did was play a little and then bought a $1 players chip as to say I have something from there.

Then, after leaving Stardust, we decided to go over to her sisters place to relax for a little while before we went to dinner. So Rachel and I were in traffic for a good thirty minutes trying to drive down The Strip. We finally got onto Flamingo Ave. and headed over to her sisters place. Since the three of us were hungry, we decided to go to dinner at Red Lobster. I finally tried crab legs and lobster for the first time in my life. I like the crab legs, but there was not enough meat in them to order it from them again. The lobster, well, it's just over rated. Well, half way through the meal, Heidi's (Rachel's sister) boyfriend got off of work. We went to dinner without him because he had to fast (we would have waited, but that is like eating in front of a homeless person and saying, "Even though it is front of you, you can't have it"). He drove over to Red Lobster and we chatted for a while before we headed back over to their place. So while at their place, I helped work on his computer while Rachel and Heidi chatted about stuff. When we asked what they were talking about, I was like, "La la la la la la la... I'm not listening... La la la la la...". You know, women stuff...

Well, around midnight, we finally headed for home. On the way home, I was thinking about what Rachel and I had talked about while we driving in the car alone earlier. We were starting to get into some serious talking with one another. We never raised our voices, but just got into stuff that probably has been on our minds for a while. Well, on the way home, I realized that it was caused by this new medicine that I am taking. The doctor said that anyone with ADD reacts to this differently than any normal person. It is almost as if I was getting temperamental, but I was not seeing or trying to head that way. It was just happening. So I had to apologize to her, for anything I said earlier that may have upset her. She slept the whole way home because she had to be up early yesterday (Tuesday 10/31) morning. We finally made it home and we just crashed.

And for those of you wondering... No, we did not stop in at Margaritaville. I would have mentioned had we done so. We drove past it while driving on the strip, but we did not go in.

As for when our next fun road trip will be, who knows? We have driven up to Salt Lake and down to Vegas on such short notice that I don't have time to sit down and tell you that we are going to do stuff like that. But if something big were to happen, I'll try to let you know. And the next big road trip that I can think of is when we plan to drive up to Salt Lake on Christmas Eve... Oh, and my mothers family Christmas party in Nephi, we will be going to that too in December.

Updated on November 1, 2006 @ 14:27 MST

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mr. Murooka... HELP!

Okay, since sometime last week (let's say, since Monday the 16th) I have supposedly been able to have an internet connection. But for some odd reason, I was not being able to connect. The first time, it was because of something outside not being properly connected. After about an hour, it disconnected. So I tried calling the tech line... but they were no use. So I went back into the cable company building and scheduled an appointment to have someone come out again. Well, the night before they were suppose to come out and fix it, it starts working again. I get home later that day that the guy was suppose to come out, and it is not working again. Sigh.

So after Rachel and I got back from driving up to Salt Lake this weekend (like I said, I couldn't post anything since my internet was down), I decided to go buy a new co-ax cable and try that. And, viola! So I now have the internet and if anyone wants to write me e-mail or post comments on my MySpace page (so I can check it and approve the comments right away), and you can even chat with me if I have done all my chores around the house and there is nothing to do.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Looking For My Lost Shaker of Salt...

Well, it has been over one week since I have moved down to St. George (and six weeks since I have been married). I am still getting use to it down here, but there are some things that are going to take me a while to get use to. For example, where I lived at in Salt Lake, I use to be able to drive and with in a short time, I was on the freeway to go where ever I go when I needed to go great distances away. Here, I have to take the main roads to where ever it is I want to go. But don't worry, hopefully in a month or two, I'll be use to doing that.

I still don't have an internet connection, but I will very soon (if they can get it working right). I guess it's been kind of nice NOT to have internet. I have been busy getting the small, yet important stuff, done. Like what? Well, I finally got a job last week. It's at a grocery store near by my house called Lin's, so I could walk to it if I needed to. It may not be a glamorous job, or it may not pay top dollar like at Super Saver, but it will help bring in some money while I continue to look for something better after the holidays or sometime into the next year (that is if things don't appear to be working out at this job).

What have I been up to? Well, on Thursday, I found out that Rachel and I were going to join other family members (of hers) for dinner down in Las Vegas. We were originally going to head down on Friday night to have dinner that night, but there was a change in plans and we ended up going down on Saturday night. We first went to dinner at the Olive Garden. Then afterwards Rachel and I went to Margaritaville with one of her sisters.


Bit of advice, only have the 5 O'clock Hurricane if you don't plan on driving later. Thank goodness I ate earlier or it would have hit me a lot harder. We were originally planning on checking out The Fremont Street Experience, but by the time we were done with Margaritaville, it was close to 11PM (12 AM MST). Since we were not staying the night in Vegas, we had to head home before both of us fell asleep. I drove half way and Rachel drove the other half way home... but we made it. Next time, if we stay longer, I'm not going to take chances and we will end up staying the night.

Hopefully I'll have an internet connection by the end of this week (if there is a loving God!), that way you can read more blog entries here and that I will be able to reply to anyone who e-mails me. Until next time, peace!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Oh, You Are Leaving Salt Lake, Huh...? Well Here Is A Ticket

That is right! Before I even reached 106th South, near the South Town Mall, I was pulled over for doing 83 in a 65. Stupid cop. Well, he placed it on the ticket as 74 so it will be a lower fine. Bah!!!

Well, I am now in St. George. Things are going well for those of you wondering. Let's see what else I can tell you. Oh, in case you are wondering, I am at the library writing this blog. I haven't used the computers in the library for YEARS!! So I only have a short time to write this entry before my time frame on the computer expires.

Today is Tuesday, and so far, Rachel and I have accomplished a lot of things in the two and a half days that we have been together while down here. I've unpacked all that I can. The other stuff that I need to unpack is my computer stuff. I waiting to place that in the room upstairs. It's too crowded in our bedroom for a computer desk and other stuff. Monday afternoon, my parents came up from Mesquite (where they were staying while they were down here) to take us shopping at Costco. That helped us out in purchasing a few bulk items that we needed. Then, later that evening, Rachel's mother, grandmother (and later her aunt who arrived after desert) had dinner with my folks, as well as Rachel and I. (Sorry if anything is misspelled or grammar or anything, but I am writing this blog the hard way. I'll fix things later when we get an internet connection at my house.)

On Monday, Rachel and I went and received our new drivers license. My parents were going to meet us at Rachel and my house before they headed back home, but since we were waiting at the Drivers license building for so long, they called and said that they were just going to head back. Well, after getting our drivers licenses', we later visited her mom's house so I could use the internet there to fill out job applications online. After that, we went to Target and purchased new clothes for me. Rachel, I bet, is still excited that we have new clothes for me. lol.

Today, I stopped off at a grocery store near our house and it looks like I have a job there. I'm going to keep looking, but if nothing better is offered, then I will take it for now. I have some other things to do today with Rachel before we call it a day. So I am going to end this entry for today here.

So, please know that I am doing okay and that things are going great down here. I'm still learning my way around here (it's definitely not like Salt Lake) and still trying to learn the lingo... For example, instead of saying 1st South like you would in Salt Lake, it's 100 South here... (Shudder). So that is going to be a hard habit to break.

Until next time, hit me up to let me know how you are doing too... and Peace out!

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Goodbye Salt Lake

After 26 years as my hometown, I must bid farewell to Salt Lake City.

"Time flies when you're having fun..." - OMC

To everyone, I will never forget you. Heck, most of you I know from here are on my MySpace profile (so hopefully I will not lose contact with you). And for those of you wondering, yes, I will be back to visit my family that live here in Salt Lake. As for when ... who knows? Most likely around the holidays.

Everyone is welcome to stop in and say Hi to me if you are ever in or passing by St. George. Just give me a heads up incase I am scheduled to work or I am out and about with Rachel... (You can tell me you will be in town by e-mail for the moment. That is, until I get a cell phone in the future.)

My next blog entry could be either later today, tomorrow, in a few days
or sometime next week. It all depends on when I get settled and when I get to a computer with a connection.

Peace!

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Goodbye Super Saver!!! Whoo Hoo!!!

Well, yesterday was my last day at work. Yes, it was sad to know that I will never be working there again, but I guess it's a good thing because I do need to move on. To also point out, this is the first job where I have given and worked my two-weeks.

Well, around 8:30 PM, my manager told me to come pick up my cash loan from her in the office instead of her bringing it to me (like they normally do). So I fell for it and come to find out she and a few other employees had a cake for me. And as for the bottom picture, that is just a pose. We found a knife, plates and forks later on. That is just way too much icing for me to take in. Ugh!

I had another blog entry ready to be posted for today, but this came up and I thought I would share. I'll post it after I get settled in St. George.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Quick Catch Up...

Let's see... First off, thanks to anyone who came back to this site to check on things, or to see if I had actually written anything. It was kind of nice not stressing out over what to write about while trying to get ready for the big move. So, what can I tell you to catch you up about what has happened while I was away from the blog.


- I canceled the URL, 'slcblogger.com'. So it's 'ryansharich.com' from now on... or the long version 'ryan.tech-tonics.com';

- Rachel came up from 22nd to the 25th.

- Rachel and I bought a new mattress on that Saturday (23rd) which my parents agreed to help pay some of as their gift to us. Then on Sunday morning (24th) my grandparents surprised both Rachel and I by saying that they are going to buy us a new kitchen oven! Both aunts on my dad's side are going in on a new microwave as our wedding gift. How sweet is that?

- I got to talk to my new father-in-law over the phone when he came up for Heidi's (my sister-in-law) birthday on Monday the 25th. There is a good chance that I will finally get to meet him face to face sometime in mid October.

- I took Rachel to Hard Rock Cafe here in Salt Lake on Sunday (24th) night. We ordered nachos and... well, for those of you who have seen Napoleon Dynamite, you know that scene where Uncle Rico and Kip are at Big J's and the first thing that happens to Uncle Rico is fry sauce falls on his arm. He then looks around to make sure that no one saw this, then wipes it off with napkin... Okay, well, while bringing a nacho chip to my mouth, something fell off of the nacho and onto my arm. So, I did the first thing that came to mind, I looked back and forth to make sure no one saw this and then wiped it off with a napkin. Rachel saw this and started to laugh and then I started to laugh because she knew where this was from. So then she starts folding her arms like she was flexing like Uncle Rico was doing afterwards in the movie. We just kept laughing and couldn't stop. If you can't picture this in your mind, or I haven't showed you what I did (by reenacting it), I guess it would have had to of been one of those things that you had to of been there to of seen to make it funny...

- For those of you wondering and those that keep asking, my last day at work is the 6th (that is this Friday). As for if there will be a party or something...? I really don't know. It depends on when I get off of work and if I am in the mood.

- My family bought Rachel and I a photo album. So on Sunday (24th) she and I placed all the wedding pictures we had printed at Walgreen's in the book (because our Kodak printer dock wouldn't print them). Later Monday evening, we were able to print the before and after pictures on my parents new printer dock.

- I packed up most of my stuff that was in my room that I need to pack up before Rachel came up this last time. The other stuff (my clothes, computer stuff, computer desk and anything else) will be packed up on Saturday (October 7th).

- My phone will be turned off Monday night... So those of you trying to call me, my number will no longer be in service. If you want my new number to my own personal cell phone when I move down to St. George, wait a month. I want to at least know I have a job before I go out and spend money on something that I could afford by then. So if you want to contact me, you can do so by the contact page on this website, MySpace or by e-mail.

- Rachel decided to come up again this weekend (9/29-10/1) before the big move. It's really hard when you are newlyweds and you are apart for such a long time. I guess we didn't see this part being so hard for us before we got married. But it's all good. I have one more week of work and then I am off to St. George.



... Remember, after I move down there on the 8th, it may be a while before I post something again. It may take one day to a couple of weeks before the precious cable internet is activated. That is, if we do go ahead and order an internet package.

Good Morning! You Are About To Call In Sick... ~Hot Pocket~

On Saturday night, I was able to go see and meet Jim Gaffigan at Kingsbury Hall. Tristyn and I bought tickets a few months before Rachel and I started talking again and way before we even thought about getting married...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Snow On The Mountain

If you don't understand the title, I'm using the music lyric, "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.

Well, it looks like it jumped from summer to winter over night. I took this photo on the way to work of the foothills above the Avenues near downtown Salt Lake. I know this is not the best photo, but you have too look at the mountain tops to realize what I'm trying to show you.

Until October...

Until I have an internet connection down in St. George, this is going to be my last blog entry for this month, and for the first little while in October... So I am calling it for this month.

Why? ... Well, I had something already written out (it was bad), I am going to put this the easy way, so I know that you will come back in October and continue reading my blog. I'm getting very stressed out. With everything going on in every aspect of my life, my mind and body is being worn out. So in order to focus more on the important things that I need to do and take care of before I finally pack up and go, I'm going to end the month of September right here.

Be sure to wear your jacket (read the blog below) and don't take rides from strangers! Peace...

See you next month from St. George...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

One Week...

Well, it has actually been more than one week since I have actually sat down and told you what I have done exciting since getting married ... other than then the weekend we were married. Not much has happened, but I'll try to fill you in since you may have noticed my blog has been bare for this month.

That week that Rachel and I were married (Sept. 3-9), I had to gone over to a few relatives homes that live near by and tell them that I got married. Had a big talk with my parents about everything that has happened. I have also been working a lot more, but still not as much as I would like to.

Rachel came up last weekend (Sept. 8-11) to meet and visit with my household family on Friday. On Saturday, she and I took my wedding ring back and exchanged it for ring that is one size smaller and that now fits my finger much better. After that, we then drove up to Peach Days in Brigham City and I showed Rachel what it is now like to be part of my family. Nothing bad, just showed her what we like to do for fun during the summer months. There were a few relatives that were at the car show and I introduced Rachel to them. Turns out, they already knew about me getting married because they found out on my website. They were looking for information about Peach Days online and saw my page with pictures from last years Peach Days event, went to the main page of the photos and saw the link to the pictures for Rachel and my wedding day. It still amazes me who visits this site now.

Well, after looking at only some of the cars (sorry, I forgot my camera in the car when we got up there... So there are no pictures), Rachel and I then drove up to Logan to visit and for me to meet her other sister. We found her place and talked for about an hour before we took off again and I then took Rachel to Mis Amores in Preston, Idaho. After dinner, we drove back to Salt Lake and that was it for that night.

On Sunday, we had family over and visited with them before Rachel and I had to pack up and leave. We decided to go out to Wendover for the night to continue our honeymoon... lol. It was nice, except the room was just too much for us to enjoy in one night. Oh, and no... I played some of the machines, but I did not win anything big like in Mesquite.

On Monday, we drove back home and once arriving back into Salt Lake, we started looking for things we needed on this list we made. We were looking for blank wedding announcement cards so we can mail them to family members around the country so they know that Rachel and I are now married. We figured out what we wanted to write on the cards, but when you are stressing about the lack of time to spend with your wife before she has to head out, things get ugly. Anyways, I finally sent out the letters yesterday. If you want a letter, just e-mail me your address. We have 40 more letters that we can send to people.

I can't remember anything else exciting that has happened this week. I have been bringing empty boxes home from work to pack stuff up that is in my room. I just know that when I get it all down to St. George, more than half of it is going to be given away or thrown away. Don't need that much junk in a small house. I'll keep personal sentimental items, but stuff that I save just because, no need to keep it any more. But I am basically just packing everything up in boxes and I am going to have to go through everything and sort it all out when I get down there. It may take a good while for me to do that.

Oh, in case you haven't checked out the new site, go to www.ryan-rachel.com to see pictures and the video to our wedding. I know I mentioned something earlier this week, but for those of you who have not seen the site, now is the time. This has been another project I worked on this week. Oh, and the pictures of Before and After the wedding are posted as well.

I also had to buy a new cell phone this week because I had a stress temper the other night and I threw my old one. Someone I know ticked me off and I couldn't take it anymore. Well, because of my temper, I'm out $100 and all my pictures, phone number and text are lost on that old phone... Unless they can transfer, somehow, all the data off that phone onto the new phone...? So anyone reading this, make sure you e-mail me your phone numbers if you would like me to stay in contact with you after I move. I may have your info already, but just in case... yeah... Better safe than sorry.

And that is all I have been up to. I'm still packing, and will be until I am ready to leave. So please bare with me as my blog remains boring for the time being. If you have something to help make my blog interesting, send it my way... I will post it.

Well, off to bed have a busy day of...... packing more stuff up before I head off to work this evening.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"Come Monday" - Jimmy Buffett

I'm sure that some of you have some questions about Rachel and I doing what we did. Well, I have posted below as many questions as I can think of, many of which I have already been asked by people in the flesh. If you have a question that is not posted or answered, find the link below in this blog entry that says "e-mail me", click it and end me your question or questions. I'll be glad to post them in a future blog entry.


Who, When and Where were you married?
- I married Rachel McBride on September 2, 2006. We were married in Las Vegas, NV at a small chapel called Sweetheart's Chapel. Our witnesses were Rachel's youngest sister Heidi, and her boyfriend Joshua.


How long have you known her? Where/How did you meet each other?
- Rachel and I have known each other for 8 years now. We meet each other on the internet 8 years ago, back when we were seniors in high school. We dated for a while back then, but never officially met back then. We finally met face to face back in 2003.


So where are the two of you going to live?
- St. George, Utah.


So when are you moving down there?
- My last day of work will be around the first of October, so after that I will be loading up the U-Haul on next day and be on my way.


Were you saying that you were going to go back to school???
- Yes, I was planning on going back to school at the SLCC this winter or this coming spring, but things have now changed. However, there are two colleges down there to get an education. I will eventually go back as soon as I know that we can afford it.


Do you have a job ready for when you move down there?
- No I do not. Before the thought of getting married occurred, I was planning on leaving my job (that I have now in Salt Lake) pretty soon anyways and finding something better. So, after my two-weeks are up (my last day will be September 30th), I plan on using up my vacation hours that I have earned, to help pay the bills while I look for a new job...


What is the address to where you are moving to?
- Sorry, but I am not going to post that information here on the blog openly. If I know you really well, contact me and ask me for the address. It's nice to receive a letter in the mail.


Is tech-tonics.com, ryansharich.com and any other website you own going to be pulled, taken down or removed?
- No. As long as I pay Yahoo! for my server space, all the websites will remain up. So, if you personally know me here in Salt Lake and would like to see what I am up to while living in St. George, you are welcome to visit this site whenever you wish. However, now being a married man, I will try to limit my blog entries (as well as computer usage time) so I can spend more time with my beautiful wife Rachel. Now, the only way I would pull tech-tonics.com, is if we were really low on financial funds, but I hope I never see the day when I have to tell everyone that I am pulling the site. You have to do what you have to do. But like I said before, all the sites will remain up after I move.


Is this blog going to go away or stop?
- No. I will continue to work on my blog, but A) around the time that I move down there, I may not have an internet connection until a later date. So if you don't hear from me right away at first, it's because of that reason. B) Now that I am married, the blog may slow down a bit because I did this blog in the first place because I had a lot of free time of my hands when I was single. Now that I am married, life and things as I know it are going to change, and me having free/spare time is one of those things. But I promise to keep this blog up so you know what I am up to, and to know that I have finally made it in life...


Do you love her?
- You better believe I do... She is my world. She makes me want to be a better person, even though she says I am perfect. We get along great and we can talk for hours about nothing... which can be helpful since we are now starting to grow older (lol). I know that we are meant to be with one another... (Deep sigh...)


Is there a web site for the two of you?
- You better believe it! We registered the web address on Sunday. We registered "ryan-rachel.com" since "ryanandrachel.com" was already taken. So check it out...


Why are the wedding photos not up yet?
- I have been very busy with work, my personal life, my family life and my time with Rachel, and trying to tie up any loose ends while up here in Salt Lake. But do not worry; the pictures will be up soon. I have decided to post them on the web address above instead of on my Photo's page here (well, for the time being). As for the photos that I took before and after the wedding, I will post those on the photos page.


What about your fascination with Napoleon Dynamite? Are you going to drive from St. George to visit Preston anymore?
- LoL. I still like the movie, but like everyone else in life; I enjoy it, but I don't spend my whole life revolving around a movie. I only posted my Napoleon Dynamite site so people from far away could see the famous locations of Preston and look at pictures from the fun times I had up at both of the Napoleon Dynamite Festivals. ... "Will I drive up there?" ...Probably not. From St. George to Preston, that is 411 miles. Right now, Rachel and I only plan on driving up to Salt Lake to visit family as much as we can. I don't have any ambition right now to drive up to SLC, then later while we are in Salt Lake to up and go to Idaho on the whim. However, Rachel does have a family member in Logan, so if we go and visit her, who knows...? But for now, I've had my fun, and it's time to give that a rest.


Like I said before, if you have a question, feel free to ask me... Someone may be wondering the exact same question.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Sorry, folks. It has been a very busy weekend. I have been introducing family members to Rachel, and spending some personal time with Rachel as well. That is why I have not posted anything like I promise. I am writing this to let you know that I am alive and to let you know that I will sit down later tonight at work on posting the wedding pictures (as well as before and after pictures).

As for those questions I promised to post today, I decided to hold of on posting because today is 5th anniversary of 9/11. So I thought it would be nice to honor today by waiting at least one day. Also about the questions, I need to work on them some more before I post them tomorrow.

So I will see you later. Peace!

Friday, September 8, 2006

"And After All This Time, You're Still The One I Love..." - Shania Twain

Part four of four...

Well, the next morning, early Sunday morning, I was awoken by something and I found my phone saying that it had a message that I had to upload to view. It was from my bank, and the message was not successfully coming through. So I was panicked, thinking I had already run out of money in my bank account... Well, I later found out (on Monday afternoon) that something I was charged for on Friday was refunded back into my account (the reason for the text message), and then it was charged back out from my account again... Gosh!

I was able to get back to sleep and then we both woke up around 10AM. We got ready to go back out on the town to get something to eat for breakfast, even thought it was noon. We found an IHOP, gave our name and waited for a few minutes to be seated. Once we had been seated, we had to wait at least an hour to get our food. OH! And while we were waiting, it just kept getting hotter and hotter in the building, and they did not turn on the AC or a single fan to help circulate air throughout the building... Oy! So if you ever visit the IHOP on The Strip, go before 11AM, before the sun starts really coming though the windows...

After breakfast, we traveled for 30 minutes south in Rachel's truck along The Strip, only to travel one block-- That is how busy it was this past weekend, because of it being Labor Day Weekend. So I pull into and parked in the CircusCircus covered parking lot. Yay! Shade! We walked through CircusCircus and checked out a few gift shops to buy some souvenirs for my other family members. After finding a few souvenirs for them (and a cool one for us), we walked to the front of the building and then walked onto The Strip. We walked south for a block, checking out other hotel/casinos/gift shops. We finally found where to get one of those long drink bottles with slush drink in it... I've always wanted one of those (next time, I'm going to get one with something added to it). After walking in the heat for more than an hour, we were ready to call it a day in Vegas. So, we walked back to CircusCircus and got back in the truck. Before we could head home, we had to find a gas station so we could make it home. Found one near the freeway off/on ramp exit, and filled up the truck. After doing that, we drove home listening to the CD I made for Rachel.

I know I have said this to Rachel, but did you know that St. George to Las Vegas (one way) is the same distance as Salt Lake to Preston, Idaho (one way)? To Las Vegas, it seems that you arrive there much faster because you don't have to drive slowly through a small town (Logan, UT) to get to the place you want to get to. Anyways, we arrived home in the early part of Sunday evening and we both just crashed from (driving and heat) exhaustion. After a couple hours of rest, we woke up and Rachel made us dinner. I still need to make her dinner one of these nights... We sat down, ate dinner and watched a movie. After that, we got ready for bed.

On Monday morning, we woke up and Rachel made me those egg pancakes again. Those are really good! After breakfast, we got ready to go visit Rachel's mom. So we drove over to her mom's house, told her the good news and we showed her the pictures that were on the CD. After viewing the pictures, her mom and Rachel called a few people to tell them the good news. After the phone calls, we all drove over to Rachel's grandmothers house and told the news. We told her and she was in shock for a little bit. We sat down and talked to her grandmother about what our plans are in the coming weeks, before she had to get up and leave to go to lunch with some friends. So, after we said goodbye, Rachel and I drove over and returned most of the stuff (socks, tie, etc.) I bought from Wal-Mart the other night, mainly because I didn't use any of it like I was planning on to. Stopped at Walgreens, did the same thing, and then went to Rachel's house before I had to leave. I'll spare you the details about how we just laid there holding one another while we waited for my laundry to finish drying (lol)... Well, after my clothes were dry, I packed up my stuff and loaded up my car. I kissed my wife goodbye for the time being, and headed home. You don't know how badly I wanted to turn back, but I know that if I did do that, it would have been even harder for her to deal with me leaving later that evening if I did something like that.

So I drove home with the window down (because I still do not have A/C) and listened to Jimmy Buffett (lol) most of the way home. Around Nephi, once again, I was stuck in traffic for about 30 minutes. I finally made it home and that is when I finally told my parents. They were upset at first, but since there is nothing we can do now to change any of this, it's slowly sinking in. I know that one day that they will know I did okay when Rachel and I celebrate our 1st, 2nd ... 25th (actually, any) wedding anniversary. Rachel and I may have done things differently than what most normal people do, but we are not normal, and I know that she and I will have the greatest time of our lives...

Well, that was my wedding weekend. I'm still working on posting pictures, and coming up soon next week, there will be a few answers to the questions that you may be pondering. But since today is Friday, Rachel is coming up for the weekend later tonight. We have plans to do stuff together, so I may post one of the questions I had you ask me earlier, but that is to let you know that I am still here and so that I know that you will check the site. So the big Q&A entry will be sometime next week. Until then... Peace out!

Thursday, September 7, 2006

The Video...

Like I promised you, here is the video of Rachel and I getting married. And yes, I have her permission to post this video on here.

This video is just shy of 11 minutes in length, so make sure you have some time to sit and watch it... Oh, and turn your volume down REALLY low before you start to watch it. When the video starts, then you can slowly turn it up... You'll see why when you watch it.

I haven't watched this compressed version, so if there is anything wrong with it, please let me know ASAP! You may notice some short pauses while the audio is still going, but that is normal... Peace!

(WMV / 652 seconds / 3663 KB) (Right-click here to download the video clip)

"And Our Lives Are Forever Changed / We Will Never Be the Same" - The Smashing Pumpkins

Part three... Saturday, 5PM to Midnight

After getting something to eat at Margaritaville, we drove back to the motel room where we both got cleaned up and ready to head to the chapel. However, I forgot my dress shoes. I left they by the front door at her house so I wouldn't forget them... errr, me. So... I had to wear the basic shoes I had been wearing all day as my dress shoes. Nice, huh? We found the place, and for those of you interested, it's called Sweetheart's Chapel. Very small place, but it was nice for what we wanted to pay for a small wedding. We were scheduled to start the wedding at 8PM, but we invited Rachel's sister and her boyfriend to the wedding, so they could be our witnesses. They were a running a little late, but I guess it was a good thing that they were running late too. Because, had we started on time, the video of the ceremony would have had the sounds of sirens going by in the back ground. That wouldn't have been good.

So we started the ceremony around 8:10 or 8:15. I don't know how long the ceremony lasted, because since I was so nervous, time stood still. Then, when it came time for the exchanging of the rings, the minister accidentally gave me my ring to put on her finger, and vice versa. Oops! Well, after we exchanged our vows, gave each other a passionate kiss as husband and wife, and as soon as the minister and photographer left the room, I was like, "Hurry, lets switch them". So we did and it felt better to know that we had the right rings on each others hand.

Well, after the photographer took all the pictures (which are posted here), he set up his laptop and two chairs for us to sit down and let us look and choose the pictures we wanted. Our package that we paid for, we were given 4 photos. But since we were the last couple to tie the knot that night, the owner of the chapel wanted to get out of there so she could go home (she said she lived 45 minutes away). Normally, any picture after the original 4 that we were suppose to get in the package is $20 each. So, since he didn't want to argue with her, he said that would give us all the pictures he had taken for $200. That's the price of 10 additional photos, wherein, here he took 57 photos. The chapel owner figured it out on a calculator to see how much we would have paid for all of the pictures at $20 a pop and she said it would have cost us $1300! (NOTE: It would have cost us $1060, not $1300.) Not arguing, I took that deal, because who wants just 4 pictures of their wedding day?

Well, we took our pictures and the video, marriage certificate and anything else we brought with us to the chapel back to Rachel's truck. We told Rachel's sister and boyfriend that we would like them to join us for drinks at the Hard Rock Casino. Since we didn't know where Hard Rock was, we had them lead the way since they live in Vegas. When we got there, we found a parking spot on level 2 and they found one on 4. They met us back at level 2, and when we opened the doors to enter the building, guess who was playing over the PA? ... SUBLIME! I was loving this moment. I just got married to a very, very, very... beautiful woman, and my favorite music band was playing on the over head radio... It couldn't get better, right? I say Nay nay...

About half way from the parking garage doors to the casino/lounge where we ordered drinks, I found the holy grail of Sublime memorabilia. The only picture that really came out of that was the one with Rachel and I (thank goodness for sisters taking pictures). (If you think this was it for the good news, double nay nay...)

After sitting, talking and sipping drinks for about an hour, we got up and left the lounge. Both us guys tried our lucks on the slots. As for me, I placed one dollar in a $1 machine, and won $5... So I immediately cashed out and claimed my money. Can't get a better story than saying you won money on your wedding day. lol. We then stopped in the gift shop and I picked up a few souvenirs for me and my bro (as for the other family members, don't worry... I didn't forget about them).

We said our goodbye's to Rachel's sister and boyfriend (for now), told them thank you for coming to our wedding and having some drinks with us, and then Rachel and I drove back to our room. That entire moment for the drive back to the motel, will be etched in my brain forever... It was one of those perfect moments that you don't want to end....... (Sigh)

Coming up next... The Honeymoon!

Updated on September 7, 2006 @ 02:19 MST

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

"Yes, It's Real Love..." - The Beatles

Now part two, with what happened this past weekend....

Saturday...

We woke up around 10AM and got ready to leave for a little vacation (even thought I was already on vacation). We were heading down to Las Vegas. And by those two words, and if you have probably guessed by now... Yes, it's true; Rachel and I were planning to elope.

Patience, I know you may have questions, but please let me finish my story. I will get to questions at a later time...

Okay, so before we drove from St. George to Vegas, we had to stop and exchange the size of my ring, and the width of both our rings so we could have them engraved at a later date. Then, after we finally arriving in Vegas, we found our motel, the "HoJo" (Howard Johnson). Since it was still too early to check in to our room, we decided to go and get our marriage license. We had to wait in line for about an hour and a half because there were many other couples already there waiting to get their licenses too. It's a good thing we did this now in September, not around St. Valentine's Day. Oh, a word of advice before I move on... If you decide to elope or get married in Vegas, I really recommend picking your chapel or church before you get your license. The chapels hire people to approach you and see if you have a place that you are getting married at, and they pester you like pop-up ads on a computer. The whole time, I'm thinking of the Chappelle's Show clip where he is imagining what the internet would be if it were a real place. Then later, he punches a couple of guys and says, "Spam blocker, bitch!". That is what I wanted to do to these guys... But it was my wedding day, and I didn't want my fiancé using our wedding money to be bailing me out of jail, so I didn't. lol

After waiting in line, we finally got our license and then headed back to the motel to check in. We were able to check in and we unpacked our stuff. By this time from traveling, waiting in line and unpacking, we were hungry. I suggested Wendy's, but we couldn't find one while heading north along Las Vegas Blvd. ("The Strip"). So I turned around and headed south along The Strip and it took us so freaking long because of the traffic and that people crossing the streets were taking their sweet time. Very frustrating! Half way into The Strip, Rachel pointed out a Margaritaville that was built into The Flamingo. I'm a Jimmy Buffett fan, so I had to. We found a place to park and walked over to Margaritaville. We reserved a table with our name, and then were looking at stuff in the gift shop. Our little buzzer thing started going off, so I never was able to purchase any souvenirs from there. I will have to do it next time we visit Vegas. We both ordered a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and shared a margarita. Oh boy, did we feel the tequila. Luckily, we sobered up (lol) and after lunch, headed back to the room. === Oh!!! If any of you out there got a text message from me around 5 or 6 PM (depending on where you live), it's because it was 5 o'clock (5PM) in Margaritaville, and that song "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" came on...

Coming up next, what happened right before, during and after the wedding...

Updated on September 7, 2006 @ 11:10 MST