Friday, May 23, 2008

Calvin and Hobbes

This is for my mom, who probably would have done the same thing.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Girly girl

So anyone who knows me also knows that I'm just not the girly girl type. Let me illustrate:

1) Once when I was in high school we had a YW's activity that involved makeup, hairstyling, photo-taking, need I say more? What made it worse is that some of the leaders were REALLY looking forward to dolling me up and kept trying to lure me to the torture chamber. Luckily I had a leader who similarly felt like a fish out of water (shout out to Sis. Rosenkrantz!). So when the other leaders weren't looking Sis. R, Melissa Cowles, and I left and went to the park to play catch. It was a great night.

2) I wore the same dress to church every week during middle school. The same one.

3) A couple of months ago I decided to get new shoulder pads for hockey instead of a new skirt :)

4) I didn't start wearing makeup until I was a senior in high school and even then my mom had to use her powers of persuasion.


(Just take a look at the shirts we're wearing. Start 'em early I say!)

Anyway, in my attempt to avoid all things girly, #1 on the list was this:

Ugh, every female on the planet earth has either read the book or watched the 6 hour version of it. Now I like chick movies, don't get me wrong, but it's like I always thought this one was just going too far. It's the ultimate chick flick. The epitome of girlyness. It's like The Godfather for women, EVERYONE knows it. My mom didn't watch it either though so I was spared for the first 18 years of my life. In college, I was the girl that ran from the room when it started playing hoping to not get infected by all the flowery language and love that I wasn't seeing any of. I held it up as a badge of honor that I could claim never to have watched it. That was me, until this...

It's only 2 1/2 hours so I gave it a chance and against every anti-girly girl feeling of my heart - I LOVED it! It's so good. I've seen it probably 6 or 7 times now (should I have admitted that?). Elizabeth Bennett is exactly my kind of girl. She's funny. She's witty. She's stubborn. She doesn't take any crap. AND, she gets the man! Yesss! Now, the only problem is that this is just one more movie to help me fantasize about some unrealistic man. To quote another classic chick flick, "[My] problem is [I] don't want to be in love, [I] want to be in love in a movie." Yep, that's me.

Anyway, I'm in the middle of the book now. Great. I highly, highly recommend this to my fellow anti-girly girls. Just give it a chance will ya?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

She Devil

So over Christmas I finally got a car. And not just any car...a Mercedes-Benz!! The kind of car that almost makes you stick your nose in the air and say in a stuffy voice, "Shall we take the Benz?" My brother appropriately named the car She Devil because...well... I don't know. But I'm ok with it as long as its not some kind of sly characterization of the driver. And if it is...

Anyhoo, here are some pics of my sweet ride!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dad's sports advice

So my dad's pretty much awesome! Now, he's awesome for too many reasons to name, but when it comes to sports here are just a few... He was always so supportive of me, he coached my basketball teams, he was always willing to go out and play catch ( and that includes my attempts at pitching which sometimes involved hard shots to his shins. Sorry dad.), etc., etc. But the #1 reason my dad is amazing is that he gave me the two greatest pieces of sports advice I ever got.

These may not seem like anything special, but the way he said it has stuck with me through all these years of playing sports, and has helped me to always play my best. Here is some Mike Mathews sports wisdom:

1) Have a short memory. If you make a good play, forget about it. And especially if you make a bad play, forget about it. I'm the queen of making a bad play and letting it ruin the whole rest of the game, but my dad's advice has helped me get over that and on with the game.

2) No matter what...hustle. ANYONE can hustle their tail off. Even if you're having the worst game of your life, hustle, and you'll make things happen. You'll cause turnovers for the other team, you'll lift your team and make them want to work hard, and you can leave the game knowing you did your best. This especially is something I've never forgotten and let me tell works!

These are also applicable to life in general. When we do something well, we can't get caught thinking we're better than others. Remember, we are dependent on God for everything we have. On the other hand, when we make mistakes we can't get down on ourselves and be overcome with feelings of low self worth. We need to pick ourselves back up and work hard. Work hard at whatever you do and you'll make good things happen.

Thanks dad!

The new love of my life...

As much as everyone would want it to be, no, it's not a's HOCKEY! I started playing ice hockey last year and I've loved every minute of it. It is seriously the funnest thing ever! A lot of people wonder why I didn't play sports in college, and maybe they're disappointed in me, but I'm glad I didn't. I have had so many opportunities that I never would have had if my life was consumed with college sports. For one, I would have had to concentrate on just one sport, which if anyone knows me, it just ain't happening. I'm an equal opportunity athlete - at one point in college I was on 4 intramural teams (ultimate frisbee, football, soccer, basketball) and a hockey team. It...was...aaaawesome!! Anyway, I never thought in a million years that I would be able to start playing a sport like hockey at age 21. But I did! I started with one summer of beginners coed league and now I'm on a women's team called SheROX. Here's a picture of my team...

(Back Row L-R: Jimmy (Coach), Diana, Jen, Lindsay, Becky, Jess, Megan, Kelsey, Anthony (Coach), Front Row L-R: Meghan, Kellie, Dina (Bean), Dayna, Katie)

At the beginning of April we played in the Ogden Ice Breaker Tournament and took 2nd place! Not bad for a first year team with only 7 or so games under our belt. One of my favorite parts of the tournament was when my friend Melissa and I combined for a goal. I had the assist and she put it on the board! (I may have a video later). But my favorite part of the tournament and the biggest surprise for me was when I was given the team MVP award! Here are some pictures...

I play Center for the team which is perfect because it's similar to positions I've played in other sports. It's kind of a play maker position, and you also have to be everywhere on the ice which is my speciality :) My goal this year is to work on my shot and become a mad goal scorer! If you want to talk to me get ready to talk hockey because right now it's my favorite subject! Go SheROX!!

Playing catch up

Well there have been a few changes in my life in the recent past which definitely merit posting so I might need to play a few rounds of catch up. (Ugh. This was my problem with writing in my journal before.) DANG! I can't escape it!! Well, here it goes anyway.

Birth of a Blog

So I thought starting a blog would be pretty cool because I thought it would be a kind of techno savvy, really fun, type of journal writing, but there was just one problem for me - what's the point of doing it if you can't save it forever? Right? Well then I learned about an amazing thing called blog books. Check it out. Dang! Why didn't I think of that? So this new info sealed the deal on my decision to start a blog.

Now about the problem of my life being boring and no one wanting to read about it...hmmm...can't help you there. So if you want it, I will provide you with another means of procrastination and time wasting. Happy blog surfing!!