PUERTO RICO, AY AY AY

The all-caps “ay ay ay” version of the name of this U.S. territory is, in fact, the only way I know how to pronounce it. Visiting it didn’t change that in the slightest. And if you’re wondering, yes, I did have “Despacito” stuck in my head the entire trip.

We went to PR in June to pick up my little brother, the famous frequenter of Firehouse Subs, Elder Tyler Glazier. I could tell you that seeing my little brother after 2 years was the best part, but . . . I guess that would be true. HOWEVER, PUERTO RICO, AY AY AY was incredibly beautiful and extremely fun. Despite being so sweaty from the humidity and heat that we thought about carrying buckets to wring out our shirts into, we would go back in a heartbeat.

Now I’m sure you’re all thinking, “just be quiet and show us the pics,” which is exactly what I was thinking.

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HELLOOOO TROPICAL PARADISE
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Just out for my morning jog, no biggie
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Mom *had* to take a picture of the giant avocado in the grocery store and we’re like ??? 1/5 stars; not amused
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The only rain forest under the National Forest Service
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WOW
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wow! giant leaf!
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Look at that fam back together wow
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Giant TREES in El Yunque National Rainforest
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Surprise, my name is actually Jane, hello, nice to meet you
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I am one with the trees the trees and I are one
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Super adventurers + super photogenic mom
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When mom tells us to act natural and not pose for photos ???

 

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TOWER!
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Actual real-life street in real life
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PR beaches at night – 17 thumbs WAAAAY up
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Walking the streets of Old San Juan

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Castillo San Cristobal
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Waiting for our airport shuttle in the RAIN! We had great weather until this very moment so I guess you could say we are extremely blessed indeed
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Flight got *super* delayed at JFK on the way home . . . we spent the entire night there, moving from place to place, etc. we tried to get some sleep anyway . . . this photo illustrates how resourceful my parents are lol

I also made one of my greatest Snapchat stories of all time. Luckily I saved it for later as well:

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Nothing like a warm greeting from your elder brother at the airport
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Six-month photo update: cool vs. uncool

The predicament of being a fun-loving quasi-adult who also tries to upkeep a blog is that the more blog-worthy events you have in your life, the busier you probably are, and the less time you have for actually updating your blog. So, my dear people of the Internet, I hope you’re ready for an EXTREMELY wild ride through everything cool/uncool that’s happened to me in the past 6 months.

  1. Cool: This view of BYU campus in the winter. As much as I complain about school, I really do enjoy my walks home (probably because school is over, but you know).1.jpg
  2. Cool: Women’s Chorus! I had an actual fan club at our winter concert and I have never felt so famous.

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    Signs read “SPORTS AND MUSIC” and “AUBSTER THE LOBSTER”
  3. Cool: my little sis is a basketball STAR! / Uncool: her team lost in the state semi-finals. This picture captures my pride in her overall and her (silly) desire to not be photographed after crying over a loss (just kidding. I get it. I guess I’m just a mean sister). 5.jpg
  4. Not only cool, but AMAZINGLY, INCREDIBLY COOL: I got to sing in General Conference! The women of BYU Women’s Chorus, Concert Chorus, and BYU Singers, plus some alumni, were invited to sing for the General Women’s Session. I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited about any musical performance in my life. Here are the 3 songs we sang (if you look on “I Feel My Savior’s Love,” you’ll see me!):


 

5. Cool: I GOT TO THE END OF THE COOKIE DOUGH AND THERE WAS THE PERFECT NUMBER OF COOKIES TO FILL UP THE COOKIE SHEET. I HAVE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN.

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6. Cool: I ran a half marathon! My friend FORCED me to sign up with her (when I say “forced,” I mean she invited me and I immediately was like “yeah, OK, why not?” without thinking about what I was really getting myself into).

Uncool: I got sick a week before the race. I also had finals right before that, and final projects and papers etc. right before that. My training did not quite go according to plan, and judging by the severe discomfort I felt in my legs and feet for the next two days, I have now learned what not to do right before a half marathon.

 

I only have pictures of myself in this position because I actually couldn’t stand in any other position for about 19 weeks.

7. Uncool: my fabulous roommate left me. Cool: she left me because she got married! My other “roomies” (none of whom actually live with me, but all of whom I see more than my actual roommates) and I decided to head out to San Diego for the wedding, and, obviously, we saw Celine Dion’s show in Vegas on the way back. (We had already been talking about seeing Celine for *WEEKS* and having an excuse to head that direction was like manna from Heaven). These pictures are only a few treasures from the gold mine of gems obtained on this trip.

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Wow, what a fabulous group of fabulous people
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Stumbled across a mariachi band doing classic rock covers in Old San Diego. They didn’t know *any* of my requests and it was extremely awkwward.
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THE BRIDE
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We got to the reception a little too early and it was at this park with a little lake all around so naturally the best thing to do while we waited was rent a paddle boat. It was relaxing and enjoyable until this happened . . . we got attacked by a VERY angry mother goose. I no longer trust birds. Never will.
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Potato Chip Rock! A fun, quick hike. I highly recommend it.

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The treasure trove of Baker, CA: The Alien Jerky Store.
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Modeling my “Celine is Queen” shirt at the top of the Stratosphere in Vegas (and despite popular opinion, NO it does NOT say “Celine is queer,” thank you very much). We had our own shirts made . . . saved us each about $35 and also I’m pretty sure we have never been more proud of anything in our lives. I even drew that crown on. In paint (as in, the “editing” program I used when I was 7 to doodle). Yeah.

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You see that nice little wall behind us? Yes, we were in the very, extreme, absolute, BACK ROW. And did we care? Not at all.

8. Uncool: when my dad took me, my sister, and one of my brothers fishing on Memorial Day, we caught NOTHING (nothing we could keep, that is. We did not, as my father always reminds us, get skunked. We just couldn’t keep the species we caught).

Cool: I now have this picture of my sister. 27.jpg

And this one of us.

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9. Cool: I somehow (it’s a long story) ended up on a Ragnar (if you don’t know what this is: read here) team sponsored by the University of Utah MBA program, meaning I got to do the Wasatch Back Ragnar for free! Who knew depriving yourself of sleep and running 200 miles collectively would be so much FUN?

Uncool: I had to wear University of Utah t-shirts. (I say this, but in reality, they are nice shirts and my teammates were really chill people. I guess I can’t profess to have a true BYU hatred of the U. Not that I ever did, and I only cried a little (lol jk) putting the red shirt on for the first time).

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Shelby gets #1 fan/friend award. She drove me up to Logan, was the team volunteer, and hung out the rest of the time to wait for us to finish. 19 thumbs waaay up.
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I should have known I would run into someone I knew. WENDY! And about 7 others, hah. Just didn’t mange to get pics with them.

And there you have it: a haphazard, incomplete catch-up on the happenings of my ill-documented recent life. There’s more where this came from (my brain, so we would hope there’s more).