Tuesday, September 9, 2008

turn and face the strange

I saw a moose today. I'd say it was my first but my first moose was a small calf (?) (when I say small I mean the size of an elk) while in transit between Sherbrooke and Drummondville, two city-sized towns in the Eastern Townships in the fine province of Quebec, Canada. Anyway, Billy and I (Billy's my roommate) saw the moose at the start of tonight's impromptu fishing expedition, right as we were pulling up to our fishing spot. The moose hurried into the brush before I could whip out my phone for a pic. Oh, and we didn't catch anything.

Besides running into awesome wildlife, my first week back at school has been marked by a few other milestones:

*I don't eat sugar. I've tried for years and years and years to cut back. It's never worked. I'm the kind guy that can't eat just one cookie; I have to eat them till they're gone. Limiting myself has always been easier said than done. So instead of limiting, I'm eliminating. I had two bouts of no sugar over the summer, each lasting two weeks or more, and it was surprisingly easy. What I like about it most is how amazing fruit tastes; grapes, apples, peaches, and pineapple never tasted so good.

*I changed my name. My roommate Dan, er, I mean Alan, and I decided to go by our middle names (mine's Lewis). We're in a brand new apartment complex and, therefore, in a brand new ward, so why not? It's something I pulled every now and then in high school and lately I've been wanting to give it a try. On Sunday, Alan and I went out to meet some of the girls in our ward . . . it's was pretty funny because we kept forgetting we had changed our names . . . but it's no big deal because most of them probably forgot them anyway.

*I can make bread. When I was home in AZ for a bit during the summer I had my madre show me how to make bread. I've always enjoyed baking, but I had never tried bread. It's pretty fun, if you're into that sort of thing. Nowadays I guess people have their fancy mixers (we have one at home) that knead the dough, but it's actually quite enjoyable and therapeutic to do it yourself by hand. Plus, homemade bread is at least a million times better than anything store-bought and probably healthier (no preservatives).

*I study. OK, so it might be a little early to claim this one but I'm off to a good start, or at least a better start than most semesters. Today I stayed in the library for about three hours to work on tax homework. I rarely do that for routine homework. To study for a test or work on a project, maybe, but rarely for the day-in, day-out stuff.

*I'm running again. This isn't that big of a deal because running is always something I come back to. I ran periodically when I was home in the summer because it's just too hot to do it consistently, especially when it would have been the only thing getting me up in the morning. My goal now is to not take a break--I won't have to "come back" to it because I won't have stopped doing it.


  1. It's good to have you back, Lewis. It's been a while - I haven't seen you since Miss Tuzwanni's Mythology class in high school.

  2. Lewis. I like it. I can't promise I'll remember to call you it every time.

    That's a list of healthy milestones. Way to be. That sugar thing makes me jealous. I just finished a Kit Kat bar. For reals.

  3. Myke! I didn't know you had a blog.We miss you! I hope you are doing well.

  4. Man, I miss Miss Tizlooloo. What a babe. A smokin' babe.

    Trev, don't worry about calling me Lewis.

  5. myke lewis.

    you bake bread now? you are seriously a catch.

  6. Lewis...( I think it fits you well)
    You've never been to Mesa Falls?? I think its only an hour away, you should go! The drive is really pretty, especially right now cause I bet the leaves are changing.

    I actually have a friend there right now and she's been bugging me to come visit her. Devyn's sister Amanda just moved to Utah so we're thinking of doing a snowboard trip sometime before December. Maybe we'll come visit for a couple days! That would be fun, we'll let ya konw!

    I think you really should come to Alaska next year. Seriously, you'll see at least 2 moose everyday, and you'll can catch fish everyday too. Think about it :)

  7. Do you think Miss Tizorno still lives at home? It's not delivery....it's Tizorno.

  8. Myke Lewis Olsen:

    I saw my first moose this summer! She was old and shaggy and looked like a dirt rug was on her back. She was just chillin in the river out by the golf course in Rexburg. It was really cool. My dad was with me and he was really excited too, being from an island and all.

    Also coincidentally enough, I have picked up bread making. I forget if we have talked about this or not. I made Amish White bread today actually. It was awesome. My favorite part? Punching the dough after it rises. :)

  9. I don't think we've discussed bread making, but I remember you running up to get it out of the oven when you were at Kari's the other day.

  10. ch ch ch changes...ooh look out you rock n' rollers...