Thursday, December 10, 2009

Truly a geek moment.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known" -Carl
So walking through the snow, know I say that with the loosest meaning possible it was more like little flakes of dandruff, yesterday I had a geek moment. You know that scene in Empire Strikes Back after Luke has killed the wampa and is wandering in the blizzard? Yeah I felt like that yesterday with the staggering and the snow pelting me and all the while I was trying to keep my scarf over my face. the geek part is I thought of that scene!

Oh and an over view of Thanksgiving. It was pretty good. Gryffindor(Gryf) and I went to my house for a week and then went to her parents for two days.
We actually didn't get sick of each other the whole time. Though now it's starting to get like Gryffindor and Slytherin again. Oh well it's just finals I think... I hope.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas List

"A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely."
Pam Brown

So it has come to my attention that Christmas is coming up. Or the Yule of the year if that floats your boat. I have had several requests on what I want for this time of year. Well here you go.

Books:
When Souls Had Wings by Terryl Givens( I think)

CDs:
Awake by Skillet
I am not quite sure of the name of the new Within Temptation album. They have one that came out on the 30th called An Acoustic Night At The Theatre but I don't think it has their new single Utopia on it. So the cd that i want may not even be out yet.

Decorations:
So this is not your typical decorations. These are stickers for Charlie, my dear computer. You may have already seen that he has two; One that says "BYU-Idaho girl" and the other says "Collective Punishment hurts Everyone." Well my goal is to fill up the case with such stickers. Bands, political statements (the one I really want is the Coexist one that uses the symbols of different religions), things like that. Here is an example: http://www.skullcandy.com/shop/sticker-pack-1.html

What is really needed:
What is really needed though is money. I am a poor college student after all and I have bills I need to pay.

Well there you have it. A list for Christmas

Friday, November 06, 2009

Apologies

"I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience."
– R. Buckminster Fuller
Apologies are in order because it has come to my attention that I have not posted in the past five weeks. My bad.
Well my roommates and I get along great. There was a point where Nannette and I were secretly almost hating each other but now all is good. We laugh a lot, a lot now. It's so awesome.
To show how my apartment is like a mini family I have pictures. (if you want to see all of them go to facebook)





This is my favorite one bytheway just because it shows our house personalities so well
Yup that's right we were the houses from Harry Potter on the 30th of October. Liza(hufflepuff) knitted all the scarves and made the house crest badges we are wearing. She's just plain amazing.

For Halloween this is what I looked like:




Nannette did my hair and makeup. That woman is amazing! I was the Lady of the Forest by the way.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Job

“If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again.” ~ Groucho Marx

So Monday was my first day at my new job. "What is that job?" you might ask, "a model for the art department" I would reply.

So I leave my 12:45 class five minutes early so I can get to the Spori Building by 1:55, sign in, find the class room and get instructions from the teacher on what to do.

I arrive at the Spori at 1:50ish I go to the art office and clock in. I then start looking for classroom 360. I start to doubt that I have the right classroom so I pull out my computer and realize I'm looking for classroom 340. So logically I follow the numbers on the wall, only one problem 339 is down a hall and in a corner. No other doors around it, I start to panic since it's around 1:55 by now. I frantically go down another hall and can't find it so I go back to the art office and ask the student there, they give me a funny look and point to a door that is diagonal to the office. Oh hey 340. Hello looking stupid.
Anyway I go in and I am still the first model there, yeah! But right then the other three models ( all male mind you) walk in. The teacher, who coincidentally gave the talk at my first devotional evah at BYU-I, gives us direction to sit in any of the four chairs in the room. Thankfully the chairs are cushy.

The first thing the students do is draw me for five minutes, I move a little they draw that position, I move again blah blah for thirty minutes. Then said teacher gives an hour lecture on drawing eyes. I was getting paid to listen to art lessons, saweet!

Then I got back into cushy chair and had to sit still for about 50 minutes. I did it but I think I blinked to much but I couldn't help it sometimes. My neck hurt during and after but I'm proud I did it.
Oh and a few things I learned: My forehead is apparently a little to small to be a perfect measurement and I am fun to draw. Oi! You art person who reads my blog, yeah you with the pants! What makes a model or thing fun to draw? The students would not explain this to me, and I am highly curious.

Oh and I stayed still for an extra 15 minutes, so 65 minutes total, cause my group just kept drawing. I didn't really mind cause I don't have anything going on after 2 on monday/ wednesdays besides homework. They thought it was great and I thought it was great cause I got that much more money.

Tomorrow is 2 1 hour and a half drawings. I hope I can do it. I am so glad one of my roommates is trained in the art of massaging. Speaking of roommates I will talk and post video of them later when I compile the movie the way I want it to look.

Well gotta blaze!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yellowstone

"Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."
~ Gene Fowler

So Yellowstone was amazin. We got to see Old Faithful and some other geysers, not to mention we got pretty close to a couple bison and elk.

Yellowstone is really beautiful and I recommend going to anyone who loves the outdoors.







I took more, A LOT more, so if you would like to see them just tell me and we'll figure it out.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dear Mother

You were right, I need new shoes and I should have brought my basketball with me.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A day Late

"There are two kinds of writers. Those that make you think, and those that make you wonder."
~ Brian Aldiss

Sorry this is a day late, but I didn't read this until today.

Leap
By Brian Doyle
A couple leaped from the south tower, hand in hand. They reached for each other and their hands met and they jumped.

Jennifer Brickhouse saw them falling, hand in hand.

Many people jumped. Perhaps hundreds. No one knows. They struck the pavement with such force that there was a pink mist in the air.

The mayor reported the mist.

A kindergarten boy who saw people falling in flames told his teacher that the birds were on fire. She ran with him on her shoulders out of the ashes.

Tiffany Keeling saw fireballs falling that she later realized were people. Jennifer Griffin saw people falling and wept as she told the story. Niko Winstral saw people free-falling backwards with their hands out, like they were parachuting. Joe Duncan on his roof on Duane Street looked up and saw people jumping. Henry Weintraub saw people "leaping as they flew out." John Carson saw six people fall, "falling over themselves, falling, they were somersaulting." Steve Miller saw people jumping from a thousand feet in the air. Kirk Kjeldsen saw people flailing on the way down, people lining up and jumping, "too many people falling." Jane Tedder saw people leaping and the sight haunts her at night. Steve Tamas counted fourteen people jumping and then he stopped counting. Stuart DeHann saw one woman's dress billowing as she fell, and he saw a shirtless man falling end over end, and he too saw the couple leaping hand in hand.

Several pedestrians were killed by people falling from the sky. A fireman was killed by a body falling from the sky.

But he reached for her hand and she reached for his hand and they leaped out the window holding hands.

I try to whisper prayers for the sudden dead and the harrowed families of the dead and the screaming souls of the murderers but I keep coming back to his hand and her hand nestled in each other with such extraordinary ordinary succinct ancient naked stunning perfect simple ferocious love.

Their hands reaching and joining are the most powerful prayer I can imagine, the most eloquent, the most graceful. It is everything that we are capable of against horror and loss and death. It is what makes me believe that we are not craven fools and charlatans to believe in God, to believe that human beings have greatness and holiness within them like seeds that open only under great fires, to believe that some unimaginable essence of who we are persists past the dissolution of what we were, to believe against such evil hourly evidence that love is why we are here.

No one knows who they were: husband and wife, lovers, dear friends, colleagues, strangers thrown together at the window there at the lip of hell. Maybe they didn't even reach for each other consciously, maybe it was instinctive, a reflex, as they both decided at the same time to take two running steps and jump out the shattered window, but they did reach for each other, and they held on tight, and leaped, and fell endlessly into the smoking canyon, at two hundred miles an hour, falling so far and so fast that they would have blacked out before they hit the pavement near Liberty Street so hard that there was a pink mist in the air.

Jennifer Brickhouse saw them holding hands, and Stuart DeHann saw them holding hands, and I hold onto that.


Brian Doyle also wrote a poem like thing called Kaddish in a book called Grace Under Duress. I recommend trying to find it.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

First day

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
Jennie Jerome Churchill

So I will write about Yellowstone later but here is a quick tale about today.

My parents and I arrived got my key and moved me in. I unpacked all my things and put them away. Which was hard because there are three other roommates that have been living here for at least 1 semester already. I said goodbye to my parents and decided I should turn in the paper work so when the art department calls me to be their head model I could. Well I was going down the stairs that separate the main level from the bedrooms when I slipped. I sadly could not catch myself and I proceeded to slid down to the last stair. Luckily only one roommate was home, and she was busy doing things in the kitchen to see, though she did hear it. I do not think this is a good omen. Oh well cousin Allen is on his way over with the rest of my things, my bike I'm most especially looking forward to getting.

Well gotta blaze!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Things that make my heart smile

"Better to rely on one powerful king than on many little princes."
Jean de La Fontaine

So today I was driving around and I found some things that make my heart smile.
1) I passed some guys on motorcycles, they had awesome helmets on, sweet leather jackets, jeans, and one had the same black shoes I do! It made me feel cool because I now know my shoes, or kind of shoes, are riding a motorcycle, as I hope to do one day.

2) As I was waiting at BK to get some food LP came on, I switched the radio to see if any other good songs were on, and wouldn't you know it the same song was on another channel only a few seconds behind the first. I had fun switching back and forth between stations. When both stations had finished playing the song I switched to yet another station and the song was playing again!
That made me giggle but what made me really smile was when it happened with another song. I was driving to Volleyball, which was cancelled btw when Cobra Ship came on, I finished out the song and changed the channel when I found it playing again halfway through the song, yet not to my favorite part. I finished the song out and surfed the radio and found it playing again! It finished out right as I pulled into my garage.

3) This is going to sound stupid but I love finding really good videos of shows on you tube. It's amazing what people can do with some music and clips from tv shows. Though for every amazing vid there are five awful ones but thats what makes the amazing ones amazing!


My heart smiled today :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jam Pony

There is only one you... Don't you dare change just because you're outnumbered!
Charles Swindoll

So about two weeks back I got one of the bikes in the garage fixed, figured I could use it up at school. But before that I would have to start using it here so I didn't completely die on the hills of the Burg. Wednesday I rode it out to Institute and back. I had my sling bag, the one I got in Jerusalem and hardly go anywhere without, with me and as I sat waiting for a light to change I realized I could be working for Jam Pony! This is a very geeky thing to think and let me explain why.
Jam Pony is a bike delivery service set up in Seattle Washington in the year 2020, or thereabouts. America at this time has been a third world country for about 11 years because on June 1st, 2009 a terrorist group set off an electric pulse erasing all electronics, especially bank accounts.
Anyway, this is all from a tv show called "Dark Angel." It ran for two seasons back in the early 2000's. Basically your basic, ha ha, sci-fi show, thus geeky.
Here's the only video I could find that kinda showed Jam Pony, though it basically focuses on Max, or Jessica Alba.


I might put one together myself if I can figure out how. Anyway as I sat on that corner I realized how cool it would be to get a jacket, or hat, with the Jam Pony design on it... Geek I know.
So sorry about the two posts in two days thing, I just thought of this as I tried going to bed last night.
Well Gotta Blaze! (Now you know where I got that from)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A day

"Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them."
~ Louis Nizer

So several times I have sat down and tried to write a post about the Saboteur, but I just can't do it, even though my quote went so well with it. So just click on K lah's link and you can read about it there.

Yesterday I got to spend the day with my wonderful Niece and Sister, of course it was only one of many. As always it was a day full of fun and cuteness. Megan found out that I would let her use me as a slide so we did that for a while. And then she played with my hair. After lunch my sister gave Megan a brush so she could brush my hair. While brushing Megan said "Beautiful hair like Mulan!" she is so cute and adorable!!
I also love spending time with my sister, I learn so much talking to her.
Around 9:30 me and my mom went out to Deer Creek to watch the meteor shower. While driving up there was a lightning storm that would light up the next curve in the canyon. I really wish I would have had a camera with me. Anyway when we got up there we waited for a while and only saw a few, but one I did see was huge! We drove down the canyon again before midnight, mom's night vision isn't so good, but I'm still glad I got to go.

Oh and Da isn't going through chemo just yet, he was supposed to start on Tuesday of this week, somebody called and said that it just might be the low grade cancer that they found in the slides. Don't ask me for details, I only hear tidbits ha ha. Anyway it looks like West Yellowstone here we come!

Gotta blaze!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Secondhand Serenade and things

"If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life."
Cher

So last Saturday I went to the Secondhand Serenade concert out at Thanksgiving Point. It was so awesome! I met up with some friends that I hadn't seen in forever, oh and Mallory ha ha.
We got a pretty good spot so for the first two and a half bands we sat and looked over the crowed that had gathered around the stage. The first band, Single File, was okay. The next two, We Shot The Moon and Parachute, were amazing but the best of all was Secondhand Serenade.
Half way through Parachute's performance Mallory, her cousin, and I went to try out the crowd. It was hot and sweaty but worth it. The half hour wait between Parachute's and Secondhand's performance would have been better if we were sitting down, but slowly getting closer to the stage was worth it in the end.
I learned some interesting facts too, and you know me and my facts! Apparently SLC and Utah were the first to get behind Secondhand and make them big. Also Secondhand was only touring Utah this time. Also there is a new album by them coming out next year! I'm so excited because if the cd is anything like the song Secondhand played for us from it it'll be awesome! Oh and we were the first ones to hear it as well!
Another sweet thing was there was a thunderstorm behind the stage the whole time Secondhand was on. Oh and one more thing. After several songs, several meaning a lot, John said that we were about halfway through the show, played like two more and then finished up... Um excuse me? You said you would play a new song and two songs is not half a show. Apparently everyone else agreed with me and started to chant for an encore, then just one more song. Well John came back out and played one more. Then said, "I said two more if you guys were amazing. But since you're above amazing how bout three more songs?!" So he did. Wahoo! Did I mention my right ear was ringing for the next three days? It was so worth it.
Hey look pictures!

This was the banner that dropped down when they started to get the stage prepped for Seceondhand



This is the lead singer, John Vesely, of Secondhand and the driving force too. Notice how close I got. about five people and a little gap away from the stage!



Two of the guitarists. The one on the right could be Daughtry's twin. And the piano player is in the backround. I think the only member of the band I didn't get a picture of was the Drummer...oh well.



This was taken almost right after Secondhand finished performing. We fought our way through the crowed so we could get out fast. Look how faraway the stage is!

On Tuesday Brit and Jake, two people from my ward, had a fondue party with Brit's friend Andy, we also watched a lot of Avatar. I think 12 episodes. It was awesome. And now we have some pretty good inside jokes.

Friday Sharla had a pool party and that was way fun. I got to see a lot of friends from high school. Though as in sports, I like Sharla's pool but it does not like me. It attack my hand, foot and arm. Drawing blood on all accounts. But hey years of basketball prepared me for it ha ha.

Saturday Hols and I and a couple of other people went Laser tagging. It was tons of fun. My team won, as almost always. Next time I go I really need to find someone to run around with BEFORE I go instead of trying to in the middle of the game. Oh well it was still amazingly fun.
Afterward Hols and I went to half a movie and then went to a bonfire... well tried to Pj texted and said don't come cause the cops had. So instead Hols and I walked around BYU. That was tons of fun because it gave us a chance to talk and also to explore where she is going to live this fall.

Sunday was great because I finally feel like I'm not just sitting next to Chels and Mal and not talking to anyone, but I'm starting to talk to most people. Oh hey look I'm almost gone. This seems strangely like Winter semester ha ha.

This next part is not so anyone can feel sorry for me, or treat me differently. In fact I rather not talk about it. Thus keeping it to myself, mostly, for the past 8 months. This is only to tell why I might be moody on some days, or not being able to come to somethings.
My Da has cancer and is going to restart chemo soon.
Well that's it for now.
Gotta blaze!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Why, Hello.

"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." ~ Mahummad Ali.

So last Wednesday I got a text from Han, Sam is his real name and since I doubt he will ever find this I'm calling him that. It was the usual how are you text. Then as we talked he said he was on his way down to Provo for his family reunion. "Oh hey that's cool. Maybe we could meet up sometime during the week and a half your here." "Sweet."
And that was kinda the end of our texting for the day.
Jump of subjects: Friday I went hiking with Tory, a girl i've known since she moved here halfway through senior year. It was great both of us are semi out of shape so we didn't have speed through and kill ourselves. But I think I really hurt myself when I hiked Timp cause now when ever I do something strenuous i.e. go hiking, the muscles at the front of my pelvis hurt, and hurt for a while. Doctor said I just needed to stretch them, but I hope they get better by the time I start basketball next month. Anyway Rock Canyon is beautiful and isn't that hard of a hike and I highly recommend it.
Back to the main subject. Monday I was awakened by a phone call from a number I didn't recognize, "maybe it's Sonic giving me a job!" my still asleep brain thought.
"Hello this is Angela"
"...Hey this is Sam."
Oh Sam...not as good as Sonic calling to give me money but hey.
Basically he was calling to say 1. his phone died and he was using his brothers, and 2. He would be in Provo around 1130 dropping off his sister at EFY if I wanted to do something.
I said yes and he said he would call when they finally got there. And alas he knows me to well, he caught that I had just woken up.
I dropped off my dad around 1145 at work and wandered around the BYU bookstore for a bit. Then got a text from Sam that said they, his family, would be there in about 15 minutes, want to meet at the Eatery?
Eatery? I thought to myself, That better just be a funny way of saying Cougar Eat.
So I went and found myself a spot at the cougar eat and watched all the college students and EFY kids, was i ever that small?
Anyway I finally spotted Sam and went over to him, and we hugged... I'm sorry what? Hugged? Something we only did when saying goodbye to eachother at the end of winter semester cause Kim, and Jo hugged him first? But the thing was it wasn't awkward.
Anyway long story short his family came back from wherever they were and we had lunch together. I had already met his immediate family when they had come through the Burg on their way to Arizona one time and I really like his parents,but I also got to meet his Aunt and multiple cousins who where there for EFY.
Anyway then we went to play bowling, it was probably one of my worst games, but I did get a strike! Sam's brother Matt totally wasted us though. I had a blast, but I needed to leave to pick up Da from work, so Sam walked me to the car and i asked him to come to FHE.
Well come he did and FHE was a blast. I was already in a super good mood cause I had found out that a band I like is coming out with a new cd next month and FHE made it so much better.
We played food games that were amazing. I think my favorite was Russian Roulette with eggs. Basically you had three chances to either get a hard boiled egg or a raw one cracked over your head. Pretty much amazing stuff.
Afterwards we went to Hols house for a party. THough it was only Me, Pj, Hols, and Sam for most of the time he was there. That's okay though, meeting all my friends might have been a blow out experience for him.
His parents came to pick him up and we hugged again... I'm still not sure how I feel about that whole business. Anyway, all in all it was fun. I still can't believe he and Sea Bass are going into the MTC soon.
Oh and I kinda have a stalker now, not cool!
Well gotta Blaze!
Oh check the time of this post. Yeah that's right I've been up since 5:40 am! And all because I had a dream with the cast of Bones and some creepy bugs. It's a creepy feeling when you think cockroach like things with GIANT pincers are climbing all over you and your bed.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Change in look, kinda

"You either have to be first, best or different." - Loretta Lynn

So as you may have noticed I changed my blog a little bit. It now has music and a picture for a header. Tell me what you think of the picture, I edited it myself! ( Feedback really is wanted here so if you could that would be awesome)
If you wondering where the words come from check out my earlier post here.
So the picture isn't really a self-portrait in December but the idea makes my brain spark with ideas so that's that.

Oh did I mention I got bangs?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quicky

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction."
Blaise Pascal

Canada day and the fourth were amazing as always. On the fourth I got wonderful news too! I'm going to be an aunt again! My oldest sister is pregnant with her second! It's so exciting!
Thursday I went to the zoo with my two sisters and my niece. It was a lot of fun, we saw lots of different animals and it was awesome to see how niece reacted to them. It was also great to hang out with my sisters. I kinda felt like the odd one out cause I don't have a baby growing inside me but I figured that since I was the one mostly running after my niece it totally made up for it.

Saturday I hiked up Timp mountain. NOT A GOOD IDEA!!! I am so out of shape and that hike is for very in shape people. But I did make it to Emerald Lake! Plus I only am kinda sore and I have only one blister. So all in all it was good because I did not die.
I talked in church on Sunday and that almost did kill me. I have to find someway not to be so nervous when I get up in front of a lot of people.

Tonight was an awesomely fun dance FHE. We danced the night away with our awesome Dj Shay. We even got the bishop to dance with us! I also got to talk to some people I haven't seen in a long time. Also the Dustin clone was there, it kinda weirded me out at first cause I thought it was Dustin. But turns out he is still in Ukraine and this kid looks a ton like him.

And tonight I finally commented on Brittany's tattoos. I noticed them the second or third week I started going to this ward. At first I thought they might just be penned on cause Jo used to do that all the time. But the next week they were in the exact same spot and same shade of black so I figured they were permanent. Now for those that don't know me to well I love tattoos. I actually considered being a tattoo artist for a while in High School. So when I see them it gives my heart a little bit of joy. It sounds weird but it's just me.
Anyway I finally said how I like them, they are little stars on her wrist, and she said it meant a lot to her that I would say that. See she left the church for a bit but is back in full swing now and most people judge her cause of them. I think it's funny, we are a church that stresses forgiveness and repentance but we don't actually do it. People who have sinned sexually are labeled with that for the rest of the time they are in that ward or know those people, people who have tattoos are looked upon as sinners and are mostly known as the tattooed one.
An example is that Brittany brought a friend tonight who had a tattoo of the celtic trinity knot on his forearm. I was going to say something about it, how much I liked it basically, but didn't. I told Brittany that and she said I should have because a lot of people will just stare at it and not even pay attention to the fact that he has come back to the church. I know we are all human and we have our faults but not being able to see past stuff like this bugs me. Coexist and all that right?
Random ramble for the night.

Friday, July 03, 2009

The Burg

"If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained. My misery is your pleasure." - Kanye West

So Friday I hopped on a bus up to the Burg to surprise my old roommates and a few friends. I got there and boy did I get the reaction I wanted! Ely was in her room so I sorta just sauntered back there after saying hi to Shmegan, she having planned the event with me. Ely was studying so I bent down so I could see in between the bars on her bunk bed and said hullo.
She looked up, did a double take, jumped up, asked if I was real, asked if I was really there and then hugged me for a good two minutes and laughed the whole time doing it.
She then had to go to class so Shmegan and I went to see Jo. She had a great reaction too. Kim came by later and she had a great reaction too.
Mostly I walked around the gardens and took snap shots since everyone had class, homework, and tests. I did get to go to a really cool dance concert though. And Saturday night. Liz, Shmegan, Jo, Calli, and I went and played Wallyball and it was great!
Sunday Shmegan, LIz, Jo, Ely, and Jo's roommate all went to church together. It was way fun. Then Ely, Jo, and Jo's roommate walked me to the bus stop. I tripped on the way there and some how got twin cuts on my ankles. At the bus stop I said goodbye when I thought my bus had come and went to get on. SURPRISE! This is the drop off bus. You have to wait for your pick up bus.
Okay that's not bad......... 1 hour later the bus still hasn't come. SURPRISE! We lost the bus you were supposed to get on. Another is on it's way.
So the bus eventually gets there and I finally get home. It was a great weekend besides some roommate drama. But what can you do?


The new area that they have almost have finished in the gardens

The statue is either Hera or Athena... I can never decide... Oh and the building way in the backround is the Hinckley Building

A back shot of my favorite place of the gardens, The Greek/Roman section!

Me and Ely. We spent most of the time she was free together

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~ From a headstone in Ireland

I'm posting now and not after this weekend because I know that there will be so much to report on Monday and there is already so much.

A week ago I went to see Beauty and the Beast at an outside venue with my wonderful sister Lani. Can I just say the set design was amazing? Like freaking amazing. Amazing as in I wish I was that artistic and that clever? At first I was not sold on the idea, but as soon as I saw how the set was used I was excited. Here is a very lame attempt at explaining the set design. The west wing and Belle's room were set up the whole entire time, but what were they set up on? BOOKS! Huge books. There was about 4 under each "wing" with a staircase made of books in the middle. The genius part of the set design was that the books came out, opened up and became the sets! Talk about stories coming to life! There were books with different languages for titles, even an arabic titled "Kitab" meaning book. I think the most fitting title was Dante's Inferno which was used as Morese's prison in the Beast's castle. It was so sweet and I only wish I had the words to describe it better.
The acting was pretty good too, though I did have some qualms. I was afraid that Lumier would not live up to Ethan who played him in my high school's rendition but he did really well. Everyone kept there accents too. At first I was worried about Gaston because his voice was not as deep as you would expect but he made it work. Oh and Belle was really good. She sounded almost exactly like the broadway singer. The only part I didn't like her in was when she made Belle sound whiny when she didn't get to say goodbye to her father instead of distressed.
Oh and then there is Beast. I didn't like him... Okay so his makeup didn't help at all there. His face looked yellow and like a skull to me, his voice wasn't scary when he tried to yell just horse and high, it only sounded cool because of the effects they but on it. His acting was good though. But this is just me
All in all I would give this rendition an A-. Oh hey look<.< there's my theatre class coming out.
Jumping to Friday night I went to my first club ever! I was kinda disappointed but hey it's teenagers with hormones out the wazoo, whatcha gonna do?
It was pretty sweet though. It was a white out dance. Basically everything and everyone was in white so when the black lights turned on the place glowed. I went with some pretty cool people and laughed most of the time. Oh and I got hit on by some random dude before he got politely nocked away by the guys I was with. I also saw some of the popular girls from my high school and I can truly say now I'm glad I wasn't in that group.
Saturday I went to a water fight and that was pretty fun. Towards the end we played ultimate and it started to drizzle then it started to drizzle just a bit harder. We finished our game, I love nothing more than playing in the rain, and while Mal and I were driving home it started to rain buckets. The rain drops where huge! But as usual for utah weather it lasted for an hour or so.
That night Mal and I went to the Pike's house for a fun night of games. Who knew Jenga could be so fun? Me, Mal, and another girl played for an hour! Rach was going in and out of games because she was supervising the Ping Pong tourny. I played against, and lost, a guy named Brane. Pronounced Branay. This then led to a discussion between Mal and I how it may be cool for the parents to name their kid something off the wall but the kid has to explain their name over and over all of their lives. Brane had to explain his at least 5 times within an hour, and that's only what I overheard.
And this Monday night I went TPing my Bishop's house. It was cleaned up by the people in our FHE group but it was still way fun and worth it. Even if the Bishop's wife caught us in action. OH and did I mention He has PERFECT trees for this kinda thing?


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Helloooo Amanda

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up some place else." - Yogi Berra
Yesterday, Saturday the 13th, was a 9 stake single adult party at 5pm. The day started of really nice but around 2 pm it turned into a tropical storm. You may think I'm over stating things but the wind got pretty fast so the rain sounded like rocks hitting the windows. It lasted for about an hour and then totally cleared up. I mean you couldn't tell anything had happened expect from the smaller branches from trees everywhere. It was totally crazy!
Well around 5 I picked up Mal and we went to Lion's park for the party. It was alright, I mean I got to see some people I haven't seen in a year and talk to some old friends but the actual event was kinda lame. That is until me and Mal got an ultimate frisbee game going, then it just rocked. I made some pretty awesome catches too. On one i had my cell phone in hand trying to take a picture of the double rainbow, two in two days how cool is that, that appeared after a light sprinkling. Someone threw me the frisbee, I caught it and then threw it to a teammate in the end zone who also caught it one handed. Sweet huh? There was another one where I dived for it but just missed it, the roll I did was pretty sweet though. And then there was Mal's catches. On the first she dove sideways, skidded on her side getting grass burn, rolled and still caught it. That was pretty much amazing. And on the second one Brian caught the frisbee after it bounce off of the fence, threw it to Mal but first it bounced off a branch but she still caught it.
Oh and through the game I kept hearing "Amanda I'm open!" or "Here Amanda!" I didn't realize they were talking to me until an acquaintance from high school said that she had almost gone along with everyone and called me Amanda.... Um what? How did people get the idea my name was Amanda? Oh well its all good. I just told my team after that to call me any name and I most likely would respond. After all for two months of powderpuff practice I was called Sam. For a Month I was called Amber in the main office, and for 4 months after that I was called Amberla.
On the drive home Mal and I decided that I should just introduce myself as Amanda to the rest of the ward and see how long I could keep it up. Probably for a long time if I got the people I know in on it.
Well gotta blaze!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kelly Clarkson Concert

"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume." ~ Jean de Boufflers

A birthday gift from my parents was tickets to the Kelly Clarkson concert today. My sister's gift was to go with me.
I looked forward to this with great anticipation because 1) It would be my second concert, 2) time with my sister, and 3) it was Kelly Clarkson. That may sound dorky but hey, I like her music.
I was worried because this past week has been very rainy and the concert was in the baseball field at UVU. This morning it looked clear but as the day went on the cloud came and so did the rain. By the time I went to pick my sister up it was pouring rain and I think I hydroplaned once going through a deep puddle. It didn't let up as we headed back to UVU either.
My sister was a genius and brought ponchos and camping chairs while I brought umbrellas. We set up the chairs in line and were pretty comfortable in our protection while everyone had to stand in the rain. There was a group in front of us that was completely soaked cause they didn't have umbrellas. It did stop raining around 5:15 is though.
Once we were allowed into the park, a hour and a half of waiting in line, we found a good spot on the right of the stage, not to far back but not to close, if there is such a thing ha ha.
Then we waited for the pre shows to start. It was the final show of Utah's got talent. Basically it was something no one cared about but there was one good band that played. Then it was a lot of talking from the UVU people because the concert was celebrating UVUphoria, but everyone kinda just went for Kelly Clarkson.
After the UVU people finished talking it took another 30 minutes for Kelly Clarkson's people to set up the stage but when it started it was well worth it. When she first came out it started to drizzle again but the Sun was coming out in the west so a rainbow appeared over the stage and then another one showed up too, so she had a double rainbow over most of the show. How cool is that?! Not that she knew about it but it was cool for me and probably most of the audience. It did stop drizzling at some point in the show but I didn't really notice when it did. The important part is that the worst of the rain happened while we were in line =}
Kelly Clarkson is really good at connecting with the audience and being funny. When she was introducing "Never Again" she asked "Has someone you've been in a relationship with ever pissed you off? I have a microphone so I wrote about it =}" she just had some funny moments like that. Like at one point she couldn't hear anything in her ear pieces and said something to the effect of "Hold on I don't have ears... Well I have ears I just can't hear myself, and if I can't I'll suck" Just fun stuff. And she has an amazing voice! She played all her hit songs and a few others.
I think my favorite part of going to a live performance is that the artist can change the songs if they want to. It's not set in stone. Kelly Clarkson did that a lot but it made the songs new and exciting, and made me like some that I hadn't particularly liked before.
I'm really glad I got to go and spend time with my sister too. We had a blast and I hope we can do something like this again sometime soon.
Oh and I saw two of my FHE family there, and I saw some people I knew in High school. Random tid bit but thought you might like to know.

Songs Sung:
Walk Away
Behind These Hazel Eyes
Beautiful Disaster
Whyyawannabringmedown? (Yes that is how the title is spelled)
Because of You
How I feel
Never Again
If I can't Have You
Save You ( I'm Pretty Sure)
MIss Independent
Up To the Mountain
BreakAway
I do Not Hook Up
Since U Been Gone
My Life Would Suck Without You

I don't think I missed any but if I did sorry!

Friday, June 05, 2009

6:47 a girl was born

"Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story".

Yesterday I had a really good birthday. I woke up early and talked to my mom for a while. I dinked around on the computer for a while then got ready for the day.
At 11 Mom, Da, and I went to Los Harmonos for lunch. We were the first ones there and I'm pretty sure the only ones there for half an hour. It was great though.
Then at noon I took Holly's graduation present to her. When I gave it to her I believe the quote was "What's this? You can't be given me presents on your birthday" We then talked for a bit and then I headed home for a quickly thrown together birthday party with the friends.
See it was hobbled together because the family party that was planned for last night was cancelled due to the swine flu breakout in the MTC. How this is related? You may ask, "the answer is simple" I might reply. My brother works at the MTC as a programer and didn't want to take the chance that my dad might get it.
So the wednesday night I texted a few people and asked if they could come. The people that did come were Em, Hols, Will, PJ, and LJ.
It was a lot of fun. We went up the canyon to Bridal Veil Falls and played for a couple of hours. We kicked a soccer ball, threw a frisbee and football around, at the same time mind you, before Pj had to leave. The rest of us then proceeded up to the little pool of water at the base of the mountain. Will and LJ went up the rocks and river coming down the mountain to the base of the falls. Us girls stayed at the pool thinking the boys would be back soon. We were wrong however, because I got a phone call from Will, who know phones worked in the canyon, and asked if we were going to come up. It was kinda funny because at that moment we were heading to the trail that led up there, after a few minutes debate about whether we should leave the boys stranded in the mountains.
I told Will that we would be there soon by going up the trail, which he apparently didn't know existed. When we reached the base of the falls we took lots of pictures, then went back to my place for some treats before everyone went home. In the meantime we had come up with nicknames for the boys. PJ is Scooter because he has gotten one, to everyone's shock. LJ is SpiderMan because... well you'll see the picture and Will is Marine because he is going into the Marines.
I then ate dinner and went into the back room to relax before 6:47. This is the first year I actually knew what time I was born at so mom wanted to make it special by eating my cake then. When it was time mom called me into the kitchen and what a surprise I got! My whole family was sitting there! Apparently they had all come when i was sitting in the back, and they were all feeling well enough to come!
It was a wonderful day all in all and I'm glad I have the family I do!


Scooter trying to stop Marine from getting the football



Me, Hols, and Em


Scooter charging me and Spiderman looking confused


Bridal Veil Falls


Spiderman, Em, Hols, and Marine with Bridal Veil in the backround


Spiderman, Hols, Me, and Marine with Bridal Veil in the backround.


A shelf protected from the falls with beautiful flowers on it.


A tree trunk stuck on some rocks with water flowing over it. (at the base of the falls)


Spiderman, me and Marine


Spiderman, Em, Marine, and Hols on the gate between the parking lot and the start of the trail


Spiderman, Em, Marine, and me on the gate between the parking lot and the start of the trail


How LJ got the nickname Spiderman

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ode de Pillow

"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." – George Bernard Shaw

I have had a certain pillow officially since I was 4. Before that I would steal it off of my mother's bed until she was sick of that and gave it to me. I have slept with this pillow every night except when I am traveling(sometimes I bring it sometimes not) or camping.
It was my great grandmothers so not only has it seen most of my life it has seen greater. The two of us, the pillow and I, have been through a lot. It received multiple rips when I was younger because I hated how hot it got when it had a pillow case, so it usually went without one. These rips were repaired with tape until I finally took it to my mother and she sowed them shut. Now I keep two pillow cases on it because it still leaks feathers.
Well yesterday I went to the doctor and learned I have a small allergy to feathers. Hopefully this will clear up as I go through tests and treatments for other things. But that means for now my faithful friend of a pillow will no longer be there at night when I lay down to read and to sleep. Goodbye for a while friend.


And you thought this was going to be a birthday post didn't you? That comes tomorrow ;}

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Makes you think huh?

"Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
- Don Marquis

There has been something on my mind ever since I heard it mentioned up at school, and even more so when I hear someone else say something about it. This is not intended to offend in anyway and I'm sorry that I am not that skilled of a writer, this is just meant for you to start thinking about it.
The thought is that all things are spiritual matters, there is no "worldly" and "spiritual" things. It's all spiritual. When I first heard this I was taken back, especially since my science teacher said it, but as he continued to explain it started to make sense. We usually say that things of knowledge, like science, are secular knowledge, and things speaking of Christ and God as spiritual. But didn't God create it all? Couldn't, and why not, He use physics, laws of nature, and so forth to hold the universe together. Why not use math to create perfect proportions that humans find pleasing to the eye( this being the Golden Rule). And so on and so forth. Plus, this being a total Latter Day Saint view and can be ignored by others if wished, we are instructed to learn all that we can because it has been hinted that we will need it in the future.
As my teacher put a spin on the normal view it started to make sense. Sure we humans can pollute stuff so it's not really of the right spirit but if all was created by God through Christ why can't it all be spiritual?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Reviews

"Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters."
- William Shakespeare

This is a post about the new shows I've watched this past show season.

Castle:
A mystery writer follows a police officer because he claims she is his new muse. I only watched the first episode because it was Nathan Fillion, but after the first few minutes I really started to like it for being Castle. It breaks away from the usual genre of detective work because it not only has comedy but it focuses more on... I don't know. Solving the crime to help the people and not just to solve it. I guess that's a pretty lame description but that's what you're gonna get. Oh and the acting is done very well. Okay so maybe some of the characters are flat but they do a good job at what they do. RENEWED!!!!

Cupid:
This show is about a man who believes he is Cupid and he has to make 100 true love matches before he is allowed back on Mount Olympus. I loved the idea of this show, and am very sad it was cancelled. The characters were very loveable especially Trevor (the man who believes he was cupid). Though I can see why it was cancelled. The plot for every show was very predictable. Trevor makes match, match seems perfect, match splits, Trevor saves match and makes them realize it is true love. Though the over all plot ran deeper we will never see it develop.

Bones:
An anthropologist and accompanying lab help the FBI solve murders.
Though I came in at the 5th season I was not completely lost on what was going on. A plus for someone who can't find the rest of the series, though I haven't looked hard. The characters are intriguing and though the story line may becoming a little too out there with the cast it's still good. There is much humor in this and will mostly likely have you smiling at one point or another during the show. Especially with the interns they have. Oh Nigal, you give a person with random facts hope. Renewed for two seasons

Lie to Me:
People solve different cases presented to them by using the micro expressions that we all use but might not know about.
I really love this show. The characters are really likable and the acting is really good. The wit of the show is very... addicting is not the right work but something like that. I think my favorite part of watching this show was walking into the BYU-I library and seeing the micro facial expressions up on some of the walls with information from the show. Apparently I was not the only BUY-I student to watch and love Lie to Me. RENEWED!!!!

Dollhouse:
People sign over 5 years of their life and become "dolls." How? Their personalities are wiped from their neurons and placed on a back up drive. In this state they are innocent peaceful people. They are however sold for a time to people with enough money. They are given new personalities and sent off on an engagement, and then brought back and wiped once more.
I started watching this because it was Joss Whedon, but stayed because it was so intriguing. There was a twist at every corner. I did call that Millie was a doll though, after we found out that Victor was one. I also would have caught that Alpha was really Alpha if I had not been distracted when watching that particular episode, it was something he said. I am very happy that this has been renewed.

Fringe:
If you want to watch something that will give you the creeps after watching it, this is the show for you. It deals with science that is more on the edges of science, thus the name Fringe. This is not a show for the weak of stomach. I think the first 6 episodes there was always one scene, or more, where I had to turn away because of the gruesomeness of it. An example was one episode a guy got his had pulled into a machine, and you guessed it they didn't pull the camera away from it. It will also make you rethink the world around you. Oh and Spock was in the season finale! Not Spock from the new star trek but Spock the original...so I guess he is in the new star trek, but whatever. The acting is amazing, especially when you consider that 2+ of the cast are covering up their non American accent. Renewed

Harper's Island:
A show about murders that happen to a wedding party on an island off of the coast of Oregon.
This show is also one that is not for the weak of stomach, there is much gore in the killings. Such as the latest one where Richard was speared with a harpoon. Though it is easy to call when someone is about to die, some of the time, it is a good intrigue to guess who is behind the murders. Will it turn out that Wakefield, a man who is supposedly dead and killed 7 people 7 years earlier, really behind the murders or will it be JD the outcast of the family and who only wants attention. Or the british dude. I only accuse him because his girlfriend is into serial killers. The best part about this show that you know it's only a 1 season show.

Legend of the Seeker:
A show about a woods guide being pulled into a world of magic and becoming the Seeker of Truth. His duty is to defeat the evil in the land, which at this point is/was Rahl. He is accompanied by Kahlan a confessor, one who can by a single touch make someone totally and irrevocably devoted to her but also loosing who they were, and Zedd a wizard.
This is supposed to be the same style of show as Hercules and Xena, and you do get that feel. It is rather cheesy most of the time though does draw you in by the charm of the characters. The acting can be rather poor at times but over all it's good. If you have read the books don't expect the same story line. Think of it as a distant cousin that has sort of the same bone structure but still different and looks almost nothing like you. Also there is a lot more making out in the show than in the book, well the first book. I haven't started #2 yet. I would like to point something out here. In the season finale Richard was confessed. Yes he was also using the boxes of ordin and having an Ageal thrust into his back at the time but he was confessed! Something the writers seemed to have overlooked after they finally killed Rahl. The whole time after that happened and they were talking about new dangers I kept saying "And Richard was confessed!" They probably over looked his confession, and probably used that the boxes of ordin cancelled it out, so there will still be that forbidden love thing between him and Kahlan. Curse you writers. *grumblegrumblebookisbettermurmermurmber" Oh I guess for those that don't watch/read the books Kahlan and Richard can't show their love for each other because Kahlan might loose control of her power accidently and Richard would forget himself and focus solely on making Kahlan happy. Thus letting evil win so basically confessed Richard=bad. Well that's my rant/ review of Seeker Renewed.

Well gotta blaze

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
~ Leonard Cohen

I have thought of another birthday present: star wars the force unleashed for the ps2. Unless someone wants to buy an xbox 360 or a ps3 for me.

Yesterday I applied to work at the BYU bookstore, tomorrow I think I will finally apply to the Marvell's since I'm pretty sure Cowabunga bay is not going to call back.

Tomorrow is also Provo's legacy festival. Should be fun.

Well Gotta blaze

Monday, May 18, 2009

Should I be taking notes?

"Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will." ~Goethe

This week was interesting, well the weekend was.
Sadly there was no word from the interview people saying "Congratulations you now work for us!" I am giving them till Friday to call, if they don't I will call them, then continue looking for a job.
Saturday night was given to the adult session of stake conference. There were some very good talks about temples and there was a gorgeous sunset afterwards. The kind that makes me want to pick up my paint brushes again and gain the level needed to paint something like that.
Sunday morning I awoke a little before ten so I could get ready, not for stake conference, but for our stake's seminary graduation at 11. I still have a few friends here ha ha. It was a good meeting, afterwards I talked to Bounce about what she was going to do up at BYU-Idaho. She is a spring/fall child so we will be there at the same time for fall semester. Then I went and talked with Jess who will be going into the MTC on Wednesday. It's hard to believe that it's been three years since we had early morning seminary together. Then I talked to Sis. Larsen and headed home.
After a hour and a half wait I drove to the tabernacle for stake conference. Da and mom took grandma's car and sat in the parking lot to see if they could get reception with the transmitter they use to hear sacrament meeting as Da's immune system won't be strong enough for the general population until July or so, but seeing as the microphone didn't work for the first 10 minutes they left and waited for my notes to see what was said.
I sat in our customary seating and waited for the meeting to start. About ten minutes before Sis. Larsen came over and asked if I wanted to sit with her family. I said sure because sitting with people I knew was slightly better than sitting by myself. The talks were really good and I enjoyed it, though not the fact that the building was hotter than outside. But that only made it nice to walk outside after the meeting.
A quirk, I guess you could call it, I get from my parents is to wait away from the car for the traffic to die down and then go to the car and drive home. I chose to wait in the shade of a tree near the parking structure and read my Book of Mormon. As I sat there about three families in my home ward walk by and offered me a ride home if I needed it. It's good to know that I'm looked after =}
After that it was a two and a half hour wait until a couple of other friends' seminary graduation. That was a good meeting too, and it wasn't only because Hols sang a beautiful duet and Shar gave a wonderful talk.
It was a busy day for supposedly being a day of rest. ha ha
Oh I forgot to mention that Katherine from my elementary school days is getting married. I went to her bridal shower a week or so ago. It was good to have the old gang back together again. We haven't been like that for 5 years now? I think it's been that long.


OH and the whole reason this post was being written was to tell about FHE tonight. Basically it was a blast. There were card games played, a Jenga came that was a generic brand played, and a bunch of elementary style games that no matter how old you are that are just fun to play. I really like the people in my singles ward. Well the people that I've met.
Well that's enough for now, gotta blaze!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A short list

"What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers."
~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Since it is close to my birthday I thought I'd put a list up. Here it is:


CDs
Hotel Paper(the album)-Michelle Branch:
All I ever Wanted(the album)-Kelly Clarkson
Books
Specials By Scott Westerfeld

Edit: It seems i got a present early! My Da is so wonderful he read my mind and got iwork.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Jobs and a heart attack

“I write for the same reason I breathe — because if I didn’t, I would die.” -Isaac Asimov

Monday I got a call back for one of the jobs I applied too, I'm not going to say which one just incase that'll be a jinx. I was so wired from being nervous and excited, this being my first actual interview for a job, I stayed up till 5 in the morning.
I watched a few shows online that I had missed during the week, read, and had the living daylights scared out of me by my mother.
See I was sitting towards the edge of the bed I'm sleeping in till my room is finished. I had been staring at my computer screen for two hours so I could not see anything in the dark, I had my headphones in so I couldn't hear anything. I suddenly felt something push on the edge of the bed not far from me, I ignored it until I saw a shadow move against the light from the bathroom a few seconds later. Several things ran through my head: It's a murderer! Monster engineered by ZFT! A doll coming to kill me!
See when you watch shows like Harper's Island(a one season show about people getting killed on an island. There's more to the backround but that sums it up), Fringe (a show about science that's out there), and DollHouse ( a show where people become whoever the scientists want them to by implanting personalities) and the other murder mysteries I watch you can see why I thought this. Though I do believe my yelled reaction was "WHAT THE FRACK?" and I jumped about three feet in the air scaring both my poor mother who was just asking why I was up and my poor father sleeping a room over. This is a lesson: When you're daughter is on the computer at 4:30 in the morning just turn on the light and scare her that way please? Love ya mom!

Today I had the job interview. I sat in a cramped waiting area for thirty minutes with other applicants as they came and went. You could tell the high schoolers from the graduates because the high schoolers wore their everyday clothes and the graduates made an attempt to look nice.
I think my interview went well. I think that knowing ASL was a perk that caught his attention and the fact they need office people and oh hey I worked at an office for a school year! Hopefully I will get a call at the end of next week saying I'm hired. The one bad thing is the day I need off, the only day I need off the whole summer, is when this place might be opening. Talk about your bad timing right?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Texas Sunburn

"Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story."
- Don Snyder
This past week I have started to work out in the garden clearing out the weeds, mostly grass, to make way for the current and future plants. While working an hour each day I've acquired something I call the Texas sunburn.
On the first official day when I was visiting Nannie and Poopah for the summer in Texas we went to the beach, the three of us plus my two cousins. It was a Sunday so I stayed out of the water chasing sand crabs, collecting sea shells, and building things out of the sand while my cousins enjoyed the water. I apparently wasn't wearing a long enough shirt, because later that week when I slid off of the couch to sit on the floor part of my back hurt. When I went to go look in the mirror why I saw that on the small of my back I had a strip of sunburned skin where my shirt hadn't met my shorts.
So the same thing happened this week and that's why it's called a Texas Sunburn.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Job Hunting

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
Confucius

Job hunting is not fun. Filling out different applications with the same information over and over again is tiring. I thought that was what a resume was for, fill out all your information once, copy then send it to hundreds of places. I finally learned my High school's address though, to bad I won't need it for anything besides job applications!
Places I've applied:
Barnes and Noble
Good Earth (there was a math test that went with it, hope I did okay on it)
Cowabunga Bay (really hope I get a job here)
Macey's the grocery store
Dillard's

and a few other places that I can't remember at the moment.
Like my AF teacher said, this is the worst time to go out into the world to find a job, to bad I still need the money for school.

Good news is that I got to go work in the garden today, reconnected with the earth and all that ha ha.
Oh and I went to lazer assault for a friends birthday. I proudly say that I was number one once again =} Maybe I should apply to something that involves those skills, like a police officer, or the army or professional paintballer.... Paintballer it is! ha ha

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Semester

"Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story"
- Max Ehrman

So looking back at this semester, I think it was a great one. My grades aren't exactly where I wanted them to be but my life is. I found friends that I will have mostly likely for the next four years and hopefully after that as well. I grew intellectually, spiritually, and sadly physically (sadly because I grew from east to west instead of north to south).
There were so many crazy times that to tell all of them would take several days orally and would probably fill a book or two if I wrote them all down with definitive detail.
There were also times of trails and roommates wanting to maim, if not kill, each other but the important part was that we got through it all okay.
Here are some of my favorite pictures:










And just keep in mind, these are only a fraction of my favorites...... if some of them need explanation, just ask and I'll gladly explain what's going on or why it is my favorite.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Two down, two to go

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

So now I only have two finals left. My presentation went good I think, especially since everyone else in my group pretty much bs all their info. I finished the paper and hopefully it'll be good enough. The regular spanish test went a little bit better than usual but we will see what the final score is later.
My science test went really good I think. I felt really confided for a lot of the questions, especially the ones that went a long the lines of this:
You have half way through the test, good job! Remember don't change any answers unless you are sure you are wrong. Fill in the right answer (c)
A. incorrect
B. incorrect
C. correct
D. incorrect

I love my science teacher and am really sad to see him go because I won't be taking another one of his classes. He is a geology professor and since I'm just not that into rocks I don't think it's going to work out. Ha ha.

Oh and today the weather was sooo nice! It got up to around 55 degrees so me and my roomies went down to the stadium and laid out on the turf. It was so nice to get some sun, even though I now have the first sunburn of the year, it's not that bad. My roommate Kim got her arm burned, in a strip, and nothing else is red. I feel kinda bad, but oh well.
The sad thing about the end of the semester is knowing I won't see a lot of people ever again. Like a lot of people in my ward that I'm not good friends with but I say hi too. Or the people I look forward to talking to in my classes. Oh how I will miss my theater class. They always make me smile.
Well I should go study some more for my American Foundations final.
Gotta Blaze!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Short update

"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new." ~Samuel Johnson

Life is very stressful right now. I have never had to deal with finals before, not even last semester. This time I have to deal with 4. Two are for spanish, one I took and got a 97% on, one for American foundation, and the last is for Science foundations. Did I also mention I had a regular test in spanish, I have a ten page paper, and a group presentation due on monday? All for spanish. Why did I ever get it into my head that I HAD to take that class I'll never know.
Other than the stress from finals almost killing me, I'm doing good. The group (my roommates, next door, Sea Bass, and Nate) has been going to play wallyball a lot lately. It's so much fun! Though I come out every time with huge bruises on my wrists from it. I don't think I'm getting enough vitamin K.
I think it's sad that everyone becomes comfortable with each other just as the semester is ending. Like last night my FHE sister came over and talked to me for an hour and a half because she was just having a bad day and needed someone to talk to. And I'm finally getting to know other neighbors. But that just seems how life goes.
Conference today was amazing as usual and sparked good conversation in my apartment.
Well that's about it for now.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Random FB thing

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." ~ Aristotle

So there is this thing going around FB to make your own band/album/art for said album. Only in an interestingly fun way. Here are the instructions:
1. Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3. Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use Photoshop (or something like Picasa or picnik.com) to put it all together.

5. Post it to FB with this text in the "caption" or "comment" and TAG the friends to get them to join in.

Surprisingly it is WAY addictive. Here are four that I did for myself and helped other people do.

This one was mine, and the first I did. It turned out really cool


This was for Kat. I like this one the second best, which is funny because it is the second one I did.


This one was for Jordon. I didn't really like the color of the font because you can't read all of the Album's name very well, but Jordon did and that is all that matters.


This one was for Elysha and was semi hard to do because if one color of font worked in one area it wouldn't work in another and you can still kinda see that. But I really, really like the name.


I will probably post more later... If only graphic design was this easy I go into it as a major ha ha.

Monday, February 02, 2009

So much...

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

So much to tell so little time....
So I pretty much have the best roomies ever! We have so much fun together. Thursday we had a sleepover out in the living room.... Two couches pushed together is not enough room for four girls. Around 1 ish Jordon moved to the floor to make more room for the rest of us, Kim however missed that memo and stayed where she was. One one couch. So for the rest of the night me and Liz were one on couch smooshed together while Kim was spread out on the other. It was not a good night sleep wise, fun wise it was awesome.
Friday morning felt like a Saturday so we finally took some TMNT pictures. I only have one on my comp right now so I'll post more later.


That night we went to Bidolph for the game night. However we only stayed for 30 minutes because we were waiting for Elysha and Sea Bass to get back from their date, then we went sledding. Which as always was amazing, painful but amazing.
This time I only went for a few runs because I took the wrong gloves and they absorbed water like nothing else and then froze so mostly I had my hands in my coat and I took pictures and videos. This one is my favorite because of Kat at the end.

video

Turns out that when they hit the jump Kat's shoe went with Liz instead of staying with Kat. Oh and this was Kat's first time going sledding because she's from South Carolina. She had a blast. And the chick at the beginning talking? Yeah that's Kim, my roommate.
That night we had another sleep over in the living room. Don't worry we were smart this time and brought our mattresses out to sleep on. We woke up late on Saturday, sadly missing our kickboxing class. Basically we nothing the whole day... That is until Liz got back from IF with Deb. We watch the Truman Show and then Liz got the weirdest idea to have a pillow bumping fight..... It was random but fun.
Then around 9 pm we got a call from Kat saying that we should go to a hip hop dance. So we did. It was so much fun! I called sea bass and this is basically what I said to him:
"Don't ask questions. Meet us at the MC, bring as many people as you can and bring a dollar for each of them" That was Liz's Idea.
It turned out to be only him and Han but it was way fun. Afterwards we went to Micky D's with a bunch of Liz's friends we met at the dance. That was also a ton of fun. We even made it back for curfew.
Sunday we went to a Break the Fast with our relief society. It was so fun to talk to the girls in a relaxed setting.
Then the boys, Sea Bass and Han, came over to watch a tv show called Wipeout with Me, Liz, Kim, Jordon, Megan and Elysha. It was a lot of fun.
Oh and I'm on a volleyball team with Elysha, Liz, Maria, Kristy, Elisa, me and Breena. We might have not won any games yet but we have tons of fun, even if I always hurt myself somehow. Ha ha.
Well gotta blaze!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Boxers or Briefs?

"We shouldn't look for someone to complete us, but rather be complete in ourselves. Two complete people can still be one."
100th post wahoo!!!

Alright, a quick explanation of boxers or briefs. It's a lot like Apples to Apples. Only instead of having one card with one word on it you have a card with several phrases on it. The categories are: I am, I..., I want, I like, I don't, I have. Each card will have one of each category. There is a six sided dice that you roll and it will pick the category for you. You have a judge and those that place a card. Then the judge picks the funniest, that player gets a briefs token, and the most true, this player gets a briefs token. The first with 6 tokens wins.
It is a very fun game though there are some wow in a bad way lines. Most lines are funny though.

I went to the welcome back bash dance on saturday and had a blast. We even met some new friends. Im sure the dance would have been better if Liz was there but she was in Utah. Sunday was fun to because we had a potluck dinner and played, you guessed it, boxers or briefs. I like having activities every week. Our room has decided on having movie nights every friday because Liz and Kim brought so many . It's great.
Also last night was FHE with the ward it was a blast. We had name tags but we, my apartment, put the TMNT names because we decided they are cool and we will be them once we go to the store and get the appropriate colored fabric. I know we are strange but it's college. Only a few people got the joke and most just asked us our real names. It was nice because there was a ton of free pizza and we got to hang out some boys, mostly Han.
Then we had been back at the apartment for a few hours I got a text from Sea Bass that said he thought that Han was on the way over. He then explained that Han had left randomly, not so random I found out later, and Sea Bass didn't know anywhere else he would go.
So I texted Han and asked if he was okay, it being around 11:15 pm. He said he was on a walk because the boys had started to watch 300 in his room, I'm guessing it wasn't edited either. I texted Sea bass and asked what he was doing watching an R movie and he said don't worry about it. I texted back and told him I was going to worry, and he said he was doing laundry and he wasn't "really" watching it. I'm proud of Han for not watching and disappointed in the other boys for watching because I know of at least three scenes in there that are not suitable for pre missionaries or for any member.

To end on a good note my science teacher is awesome. He teaches exactly how I like to learn, through stories. And he taught in the Middle East for a few years before coming to the Y-I. Oh yeah, I think I'm going to like this semester a lot! Plus my roomies just rule.