Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday!


Pretty sure Thursdays are pretty great.  Or at least this one :)
Here's why it's so wonderful:

  • Gorgeous sunny weather
  • Unexpected news
  • That unexpected news being super fabulous news that leaves you smiling the rest of the night
  • Sudden realizations
  • Pretty dark hair on my head (Thanks Eryka!)
  • Cafe Rio
  • Smiling
  • Awesome Aaron, Janie, Kylee, Sarah, Shayna, and Tyler distracting me from studying
  • Being distracted
  • No 7:30 class in the morning
Yep yep!  This last day of March is quite fabulous.  Now to be productive and learn a month's worth of chemistry in one night...wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

clean!!!!!

Yesterday I showed my room looking like THIS

 

But I just wanted to show that it can look like THIS
(notice the dates! I didn't take it 6 months ago!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Things That Make Me Happy :)

Sometimes I wish I was Oprah so I could give everyone my favorite things. BUT...I'm pretty sure no one could be Oprah except Oprah...plus I don't have her millions and some just aren't possible to give away, so you'll have to figure out how to get these on your own :) Now...in no particular order...here are the things that make me happy :)

pulling faces

Oscar

love

sea lions

trips/vacations

cooking

the quote board

old friends

new friends

my awesome comforter

my bird necklace

this blue mug

movies

my spider plant named Alfredo...except today his name is Spencer

my star blanket

my picture wall (and all the people on it)

technology
time that goes in order like 12:34 or 2:34

being messy

my roommates

making cupcakes


Things I'm too tired to find a picture for, but I still love:

laughter
cleaning
crepe parties
telling people they're my favorite
being other people's favorite
new clothes
my family
Aggie ice cream
music
learning new things
the gospel
staying up late
Xela sweats
thick rimmed glasses
flowers
dinosaurs
post-it notes
not doing homework.....

What makes YOU happy?!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

food, family, friends

So let's pretend my weekend started on Thursday for the sake of blogging :)

THURSDAY
On Thursday I started my day in Bountiful. Stephanie, Bailey, Eryka, my mom and I went to lunch together and then stopped by Dan and Eryka's apartment for a minute after. It's coming together really nicely. It's awesome to see how Eryka is able to change it from what it was originally. It's dated -- wood paneling, carpet that looks like it belongs in a church/school, stuff like that. Yet somehow it looks adorable. Kudos to Eryka.

Then I finished getting ready for the day and went to work. I love the people I work with. I didn't realize how much I missed work and the people from it until the last month or two. You may think I'm crazy, but I like my job. And I'm actually looking forward to next Saturday. All 10+ hours of it. AND I'm not being sarcastic.

Then I picked Sierra up and we drove to Logan. Sierra, Sarah, and I had a sleepover in our living room on our mattresses and watched a movie. It reminded me somewhat of junior high and high school when we would have sleepovers.

FRIDAY
I had the pleasure of attending class. And then I decided I should probably stay on campus until my homework was done since it was due by midnight and I knew I wouldn't do it if I went home. So by two I was headed home to my favorite house guest. Sierra and I went to lunch with some of her friends to Cafe Rio. Mmmm. Plus, free meal.Even better. My mom gave me like a thousand free meal cards when I moved up here...I'm hoping that wasn't my last one!


Then we came home. I was asked if I would take three of the boys (Aaron, Tyler, and Seth) from across the hall to Walmart. So I said "Sure! I have nothing better to do!" (because all my roommates had refused). But then, I convinced them to set foot in our apartment (they've been too scared for some reason) and so Sarah agreed to drive (that was the condition they had to meet in order for her to drive).

So we all piled into the suburban and drove to Walmart. They got their groceries and we went home. How eventful! Then we decided we should all get pizza. So we piled back into the suburban and drove down to Little Caesars...which is practically next to Walmart and then went to Walmart to buy drinks. (I've been to Walmart like 5 times this week...which is sad considering I don't think I've been up here 5 full days). Then we came back to our apartment and stuffed our faces with the pizza and free breadsticks. Garen and Kevin then joined us and all ten or so of us "smurfed."
And then came time to clean the sink. In fact, we cleaned two sinks. No, we did not grab our soap and water and wash everyone's dishes. We went to Angies! After devouring the sinks full of ice cream, oreos, reeses, carmel, bananas, and such, we headed over to the Logan Arthouse for the Antics! It was a little bit ridiculous of a wait. They had some concert before it started and it went like 20-25 minutes over...ridiculous! And then once it started it took the cast a little bit to get warmed up. I was worried since out of everyone who went with us, me and Shayna were the only ones to have ever watched them before. But they finally figured it out and became funny! Yay!

SATURDAY
Today is Saturday. Finally by like 1 or 2 Sierra and I loaded up my car. We stopped and got Aggie ice cream. We also went down to Gossners so she could grab some squeaky cheese and rootbeer milk.
Then we left the happy land of Logan. (We gave up the Festival of Colors idea. It didn't seem like it'd be as fun in the wet/cold and I didn't feel like waking up early...) I stayed in Bountiful until my Mama Llama came home (yes, that's a term of endearment). I figured I would be a good daughter instead of leaving before getting a chance to say hi, even though I'll be back Thursday.

I got up here and I get to the top of the stairs and one of the boys across the hall is grabbing the vacuum. He looks at me and asks "Do I know you?" "Yeah...we hung out last night." We decided it was my lack of glasses that was probably throwing him off. I thought it was pretty funny. :)

I attempted to watch the Bourne trilogy with Sarah and Janie once I got back up here. I couldn't/didn't try very hard to get into it, so when Kevin called me, I decided to be the awesome friend who went to buy him medicine and make him soup (which I kinda failed at. How hard can canned soup be?!) We talked for a while and watched some 30rock. And then when I got home, Sarah and Janie were still having their marathon. And so instead of joining them, I find myself on my computer.

And that, so far, is my weekend. Lovely, eh?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Chemistry

Chemistry. You have been oh so productive today. I haven't paid one speck of attention. Well except you keep mentioning Kc which I have no idea what you mean...well besides my initials. I have caught up on my blog stalking. I have sat on facebook. I have done everything possible to be unproductive. I attempted to take notes...but they made no sense so I gave up.

I need to be doing psychology homework too. Urgh. I'm just not in the mood. I want to go entertain Sarah and Sierra. (Sierra's visiting this weekend!) I need to talk to Kylee. She told me a story last night and I only remember part of it...so I need to re-hear it. And then I should probably hear the other side of the story from someone else before I feel too irritated with them. There's always two...or more sides to a story.

And this post is completely random. And makes no sense. But that's how my brain is working today. So you just have to deal with it :)

Oh! And Festival of Colors is tomorrow! The end.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

cuppycakes


Today was a cupcake day. I promised to make them...but I made them because I wanted to too. They don't look all that fabulous, but they were made. And made me happy. I took some over to my neighbors. They always make us treats, but we've yet to return the favor (until my awesomeness came along). I was just going to make boring cupcakes with generic sprinkles. But then I realized I had flower sprinkles! Happy spring!

After I settled down for bed last night, it was a thought-provoking night. I realized some things. And I felt better. Better than I have in a while. Hopefully what I realized will stick :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

untitled

So many of the days lately have been going by so fast. Where have the days gone? And not in the good kind of way where you are so involved in everything. Like right now it's 12:45. How did it get this late? What have I done all day? Almost nothing.

Way too many days have been like this lately. Oh well. Eventually, I'll be in the mood to do things again. Maybe if it would ever decide to be spring/summer that would help too. I miss things being green. And flowers.

Picture from here

Sunday, March 20, 2011

weekend

Weekend. Friday night was great. Me and the whole famdamily went to Joy Luck (minus Steph, but including Heather) plus Eryka's mom and step-dad. Haha I love how my family eats there so often that the owner knows my parents by name. Plus my family makes our orders complicated. I swear everyone has to change everything up. White rice instead of ham fried rice. A cheese wonton instead of a prawn. Salad with ranch. Salad with ranch on the side. Egg drop soup. Diet Coke. Diet Coke with lemon. Dr. Pepper. Water. But the 8 of us had fun. And the food was delicious. (p.s. the orange chicken is always the best...although others would beg to differ.)

Saturday. I went to work from 9-3ish. It was a lot of fun. I love the people I work with. I have a feeling this summer is going to be entertaining. I got my badge too...except now that I think about it, I'm not sure where it is. I hope that if I dig around I can find it...if not I'll get the joy of buying a new one before ever officially starting. Ugh. I hope I can find it!

After work, I went home. And I was pissed that my sisters weren't wearing the dresses we were supposed to for the Utah reception. But then I figured out how to make one of my favorite dresses match/coordinate with everyone else...and all was happy and well. It's not that I hated the original dress...but it's not necessarily what I would pick...although I think I'll still probably wear it here and there.

And then I curled my hair. And I finished doing whatever else I needed to do to get ready for the reception.

And then we went over to the reception center at 5. I made sure to wear heels. I wasn't going to be the midget sister in pictures. But, I'm not used to the heels I wore, so soon after pictures were over, I changed into flats that I had smartly remembered to bring and leave in my car. I know I'm a wimp...but the heels had served their purpose and the need for comfort took over.

The Bountiful reception was gorgeous. My mom did a wonderful job at planning it and making it look fabulous. She had all her fun friends help too. Leasa, Julie, Wendy, Diane, Sherri, and Patsy. They're all awesome! But around 7:30 or so Sierra came and saved me. I loved being there and all...but I never had anyone to be with consistently, so I felt kinda awkward. But me and Sierra escaped and went driving. And we came back and found out Sarah was there too, so we all got together and talked a while. And then we loaded up and went home. Well, I just supervised from the sidelines. I wasn't really all that helpful.

This morning we watched Dan and Eryka open all of their wedding presents. It was like Christmas! Well...Christmas, except that all the presents only had one set of names. And the stack was huge. But if I could pick anything to take, it'd probably be the basket of cards (as long as they were still filled with money/gift cards). :)

And then we just hung around the house all day. We ate yummy lasagna. My mom is a pro. And then we had more hanging out. I think I ended up hiding in my room watching Gilmore Girls. I ended up not feeling well pretty much all weekend, so it was nice to run away to my room that semi-blocked the noise.

I loved having Heather and Mari here. I love them a lot. I don't know the next time I'll see either of them...which is sad. I hope I can either take a road trip and visit Mari (except I don't know if I trust my car) or find a cheap plane ticket and go visit Heather. I need to find the time too. It would take a lot of coordinating of schedules...but it'd be possible...eventually.

But I should probably stop procrastinating my homework...here I come psychology....unwillingly.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thumper


Sometimes I think I need Thumper as my friend so he can educate me like he educated Bambi. "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Even if you are unhappy, you can usually figure out a nice way of phrasing it. But, sometimes you are careless and tired and just so frustrated/irritated you just let things slip from your lips/fingers/whatever means of communication you feel like using.

But thankfully, tomorrow is Friday, which means it's time to travel back to the happy land of Bountiful. Even though I was there today, I'm headed back. Heather is there. Mari is going to be there. Dan and Eryka will even be there...which is probably a good thing since it's their open house/reception thing going on on Saturday. Plus I have work. So money and family! Family is the awesome part though. They are tons of fun to be around. I haven't seen Mair and Heather in a while. Okay, Christmas. But still. And I don't know when I'll see them again. Hopefully soon.

But yes, always remember the admonition of Thumper (and his mom). Be nice or shut up.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

people

Some people are great. Some people are awful. Some are nice. Some are mean. There are so many adjectives to describe people. And the thing is, one adjective cannot describe a whole person. Each person has multiple words to describe them, sometimes even words that mean the complete opposite. One person can be so kind to someone and make them feel worthwhile, yet treat another like they don't mean anything, or worse.

Sometimes it takes being reminded by someone to remember the good qualities about yourself. Someone to sit and listen to you and watch you cry. After sitting and telling them how someone else makes you feel like you're not needed, like you're unwanted, that you're being taken for granted, that no matter how much you care and put forth an effort, it seems to go unnoticed. How you feel unimportant and the word "friend" is just merely a title. And then the person you are talking with (your awesome roommate) says you're funny. Me, funny? Yeah I questioned that. I'm really not that funny. And then she said "I don't know if you realize, but you're. . . . ." and then listed a whole slew of compliments. And I just sat there and shook my head because either I didn't know or I had forgotten. And I don't doubt her sincerity. Roommates are great.


Each of my roommates are so unique and I don't know what I would do if any one of them was someone different. Each one has a huge impact on me and teaches me different things. They teach me about the world, people, or even myself. I don't feel like I have to be anyone else except myself around them. They know when I'm sad. They know when I'm frustrated. They know when happy. They know what I need to hear and say it. They are five amazing girls. Next year is going to be so weird not having all of them around. And today it was put into perspective that I only have a month and a half left with us all together. Thankfully we'll live pretty close to each other...haha but not close enough!

I'm just glad I have more awesome people in my life than non-awesome people.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Unmotivated

Today was an unfabulous day. I did almost nothing. I'm still in the clothes I woke up in. In fact, I haven't stepped foot outside my apartment today, not even into the hallway. I stayed up late talking to different people. This included my roommate who helped me make sense of some of the thoughts that seemed to be piling up in my head. The pile seemed to be growing bigger and bigger and more tangled. It reminds me of a big mound of spaghetti with how tangled up it can get. Except they weren't like the noodles that are all slippery and able to separate easily from one another. And most of those thoughts just seem to keep piling up. Except today, I decided to just push them all to the back of my brain and just be apathetic about everything instead. Maybe not the best decision...but it's the one I made.

I woke up early...but decided to go back to sleep and got out of bed around 11. And then decided to eat a little bit of breakfast, even though I didn't feel all that well...but Cheerios seemed to improve that a little bit. Maybe because they're so cheery? (That's a poor excuse for a "dad joke.") And then I watched a few episodes of Gilmore Girls. I'm so behind compared to some of my roommates. Let's hope I can finish the series before school's out. My day has kinda just blurred together. Although I've been unmotivated all day, I haven't been unproductive. I started (and finished) my humanities take-home test...and I'm pretty sure I'll get a decent score. And I read my sociology book and did the reading response...so today hasn't been completely worthless!

I still feel apathetic and unmotivated. Hopefully sleep will change that. I need to go to my classes tomorrow. It's easier to miss one than it is to miss four.

Monday, March 14, 2011

California: Day 4

We woke up bright and early to get ready for the big day. Arriving at Eryka's house a little after 7 am, we hopped into the cars and headed towards the Sacramento temple.

Look at Dan's eyes! You can tell he cried :)
Here's Eryka's cute cupcake wedding cake!

Me and the groom! Dan is such an awesome kid. And he was sooo tired.


video

The adorable couple dancing to The Luckiest. I loved watching their faces. I know it sounds cheesy, but watching Dan was fun. I could see how much he loves Eryka just by the way he was looking at her.

Here's the cake! They were both nice though and fed it to each other politely...not shoving it in the other's face :)

And then, they made their escape through a tunnel of bubbles into the awaiting glorious Impala.
And then they lived happily ever after :)

California: Day 3

On Friday (the 11th) I hung out with Dan, Eryka, and Cathy. We ran random errands all morning, picking up napkins for the reception, taking Eryka's little sister lunch for her birthday, and eating French dip at Joe's. Then we went back to Eryka's house and Dan and I were supposed to do homework...and I was mildly successful. Dan just played on Google Translate making the computer say funny things. Finally, after we felt like we killed enough time, we went back to the hotel in hopes of Andersons, Thompsons, and Stephanie having already arrived...but they hadn't. They (Steve, I think) were pro at getting lost...

They didn't know when they were going to get there, so we headed over to the Jelly Belly factory without them. We got there and got a call saying they were pretty close, so we wandered
around the store part of the factory while waiting for them. I have to admit, the tour part was pretty boring. We were all tired and hungry. So we walked around watching videos and listening to our tour guide teaching us how Jelly Bellys are made.

After the tour we went and set up for the reception. Eryka's centerpieces really came together and were adorable. Then, since everyone was starving, we went to dinner. We headed over to Chevy's. I've decided I'm really not a huge fan of Mexican food, except for Cafe Rio. Our service was horrible. I wasn't a huge fan of my food, but at least it was edible. And it was tons of fun being with everyone. Then we went back to the hotel and crashed, knowing we had a long day ahead of us on Saturday.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

California: Day 2

So on the 10th me, my mom, and my dad were taken around San Francisco by Eryka's step-dad, Eden. Here are some pictures of the trip...

This is Bay Bridge. We went over it on our way into the city. I thought it looked cool.
This is Lombard Street. It's the crookedest street in the world (I think).
This is one of the random pictures of buildings in the city. I love the architecture and all the colors that are around the city.

This is Coit Tower. According to wikipedia...it was built in 1933 to help beautify the city. Eden knew a bunch of stuff about everything...but I forgot most of what he said about this.
That island off in the distance (behind the plant) is Alcatraz. It was kinda cloudy that day so that's probably one of my clearest pictures of it.

Ghirardelli Square. Mmmm. Just walking into the square smelled delicious. And then we went into the shop and bought a lot of chocolate.

My first bowl ever of clam chowder. I wasn't really expecting to like it. It was pretty fantastic. And the sourdough bread bowl made it so much better too! :)

This is the Bushman. He likes to hide behind his branches and jump out and scare people. He entertained me after eating lunch.
Here are some more boats. I like the yellow one.
This is at Bodin's. They make awesome animals out of bread. There were turtles, bears, alligators, and other cool stuff. But we were stuffed from lunch so we just looked.
That lady is making turtles out of bread dough.
Another street performer guy. He was painted in silver. But he was just setting up so I don't know what he was doing. We also saw some guy doing a magic show across the street earlier in the day.
At the Golden Gate Bridge with the folks! Love this picture :)

It's so tall!
It was sooo windy. Looking at mine and my mom's hair in this picture and the next. Sorry Dad, you don't have much hair to blow.

And then we stopped by the Oakland temple and took a few pictures. It started to rain at Golden Gate so we stayed in the car here.

Then we drove back. Me and my parents had a lazy night. I don't remember much of what we did. San Francisco took up most of the day. I remember we ate at a disgusting Dennys like 8 or 9 for dinner. And we called it a night pretty early. And that's Day 2!
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