Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Being the Braggart that I Am...

P means passing, just in case you wanted to know. It's a pass/fail class.

My cumulative GPA is now a 3.60. Let's see if dance and bowling will improve that at all, shall we? ;) Dancing my way to a higher GPA.

Chocolate Teeth

In case any of you wondered... It's really difficult to brush your teeth after eating Cocoa Puffs.

I got a wild urge for them several weeks ago and bought some. So now I eat them once in a while for breakfast. Then I can't get them out of my teeth before running out the door.

Cocoa Puffs: 1
Teeth: 0

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Checklist and Review

I need to go to bed, mostly because I am sick. And I didn't get enough sleep last night, especially after losing an hour coming back from CA.

So just so I feel accomplished... I'd like to do my checklist for today. I got up, I went to bowling class, and I left after the "business" was taken care of (the teacher left it up to us, and I am sick), and I tried to get a locker. But we can't get them till Thursday. I need a locker to keep my ball and shoes so I don't have to lug them every day.

After that, I grabbed a Jamba with some daily vitamin boost again, trying to beat this stupid sickness. I met with the principal of the school I'll be at, as well as my mentoring teacher for next year. She was super enthusiastic and fun. :) I am excited. I guess I'll be teaching eighth grade, which is a little bit difficult for me because of how unfamiliar I am with it. I like seventh grade a lot. Oh well.

After that I was going to go to work, but I had to go to sleep for a couple hours. I am still trying to defeat this sickness. It is painful. More on that in a bit. I got up and went to Polynesian dance class. Wow. Even in 20 minutes I was sweating. I am out. of. shape. Seriously. But I learned a lot already. It was great. I am excited for BOTH classes because both seem like they'll be really fun and laid back which is exactly what I wanted. After class I took a movie back to Blockbuster and rented a few, including Last Chance Harvey; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; The Doors; and Life Aquatic. Then I came home for a while, and I soon after got pizza for me and Brianne, and we watched Last Chance Harvey. Didn't love it.

I also had a reschedule an appointment that I had for Friday. And I had to reschedule an appointment I had tonight. And I watched American Idol. Adam Lambert is amazing. Period. I also got Red Mango. It was yummy.

OK so it was a long day. Let's recap my trip, just for my own memories, since I'm a terrible journal keeper. I figure these things are fun.

Day 1, Mom picked me up in her cute little summer dress. :) I had some crazy experiences at the airport, including Suzette who wanted to be my friend while we waited for our luggage, Shorty McShortShort who joined in the conversation, and Jigga #27 who spruced it all up by cursing about the possibility of lost luggage. I wanted to get out of there ASAP.

Also, I got my seat pulled on twice on the plane by Bernadette while I was trying to sleep. I guess she couldn't stand up without making my head experience an earthquake. Anyways. I got home, hung out for a bit. I got my Easter basket which was darling. Jared had picked a shirt out for me with a tomato and a ketchup bottle, and the tomato is saying, "This is so messed up." It's random, but so cute. Dad came home to see me, and then I got ready to go to the beach. I got my friend Justin, and we went for the day. :)

Goofball didn't even bring his own towel. And he forgot the key to his beach house. Alzheimer's, much? ;) But it was OK cuz I brought lots of water. And a huge towel. I got burnt that day, but after a good night's sleep it turned in to a freaking sweet tan. You should see. I'm Hawaiian like that. Oh, we also went to BJ's. I should've taken a picture. It was delicious, but the service was pretty disappointing. We walked around Main Street a bit, too. Delightful, really. It was hot outside, with barely any breeze, which was an odd thing at the beach.

It was interesting being back in California. I'm used to sheltered Utah where F bombs are rarely dropped. Much too frequent in Cal, actually, and I'm not used to it anymore. Oh well.

Then we drove home, and I showered and watched Idol with my parents. It was awesome, of course.

Day 2, Dad took me, Jake, and Jared to breakfast at B&J's. I bought Jared some flip flops for the beach, and some chips. Then we went home, packed an ice chest, and Christmas and Ashleigh came with us to the beach. It was COLD and cloudy! It was sad. But the best tans come on overcast days.

They buried Jared in the sand. Yeah. And my tan was reinforced.

We took a long time to get home because of traffic. Then I got ready and went to Chipotle with Justin. It was good. Not as good as I had heard it was, but good. We went to Best Buy, and I purchased Blow and Harold and Maude for $5 a piece! I was so excited. I love Best Buy. A lot. Then we got Cold Stone because... I have to have dessert ;) and we watched Punch Drunk Love. So, so weird. But awesome! Then Slumdog Millionaire--again. I love it.

Day 3, Thursday. Just kinda hung out at the house. Took pictures like this:

And videos like this:

Oh, that dog got his hair shaved cuz he was so matted. But my cat. He's such a stud. Look at that guy, beating up a dog. Awesome.

I got a hair cut from Tanya. I was super happy with it, cuz she kept it long and just gave me some layers.

So I also took Jake out driving in my El Camino. A little frightening, but I'm not much of a panicker.

He wasn't so bad. ;) I gave him some good tips. I remember struggling a lot, too, so I was patient.

Then I got ready for... HOTEL CAFE! Oh man. It was so sweet. Took mama's car, got Justin, and headed out. I didn't get lost, either. I didn't take any pictures, really. It was so dark inside, and no one else was taking pictures, so I didn't want everyone to look at me.

Opening band was Freddy and Francine. Guys, they were so much fun! Go and listen to them. So awesome!

Then it was Ernie Halter. He had some sweet songs. Like ones that I really connected with a lot personally/emotionally.

Then it was Elizabeth and the Catapult. OK, if nothing else, listen to Taller Children. It's gonna be their radio hit, guaranteed. The singer is a combo of Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple. She was so, so great. And her drummer and guitarist looked like Geico cavemen. Just sayin. They were great. It was SUCH a fun night. The atmosphere is so mellow and awesome, and smoke free. I loved it. Going again, next time I'm down. I love LA so much.

We went to Denny's. It was fun. I like getting the sampler. Cheese sticks, chicken strips, onion rings? Sounds like fried fatty deliciousness to me. Yep.

(Day 4) OK, next day was Friday. I woke up way too late and was not happy about it at all. I hate wasting the day. But Justin and I went to see The Soloist. It was pretty good. Not as good as I anticipated. But good. Then we went to Casa del Rey.

I noticed my ElCo was a little low on gas, and I was going to get gas after eating. Then I forgot. Yeah. I forgot. Most cars on empty mean, "Hey, you've got a while left, but just so you know, I'm on empty." Not my Blue. She's like, "Hey, I'm empty. No, seriously. I am empty." Except there is no light to remind me. So I got on the on ramp from the 57 to the 210 east, and the meter was on, lucky for me. This means that it was stop and go traffic. This means that my car died. On the on ramp. In California. Where helpful Mormons are not in abundance.

Did I mention my phone had died during the movie? It dies every day, less than 24 hour battery life. And did I mention that Justin had forgotten his? Good. Great. Grand. So I sat in the car while he ran down the hill and jumped a fence to find a phone to call my mom to call AAA to bring me gas.

Two people asked if I needed help. The two kids who pulled over both had dead cell phones too. haha. Lucky for me. Oh well. Thanks to Justin and madre, AAA came and solved the problem--my forgetfulness. Yeah. I can't believe I'm putting this on my blog. But we're all retarded at heart, right?

So I got back home where my cousin Jason and his dad Mark were waiting for me so we could go to the Angels game.

Due to some directional incapability on my mom's part plus my no-gas delay, we missed an inning and a half. Then we got slaughtered. 8 to 3 against the Mariners. It was really sad. But I had such a fun time talking to my cousin. It was so great.

Aren't we cute? I know.

Mom bought me a bunch of stuff... Surprised? No, you're not. I got a new rally monkey, a bathing suit?, undies, a cute bag, and some other things I think. Also, she bought me Ruby's fries and a chocolate shake. The shake was AMAZINGLY good. Highly recommend it next time you're on the pier in Huntington Beach, which is lovely, by the way.

A little out of place, but it was such a cool picture that I just wanted to post it :)

So then I went and stole Justin's music. And fell in love with Arcade Fire. I'm a little behind on the uptake, I know. I had heard that Wake Up song (on my playlist to the right) before, and LOVED it. Then I made the connection. Listened to the whole album on the way home. So good!

P.S. I love "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon. K? Great song. And I am so sad that Indie 103 died :(

Day 5: Saturday morning I woke up around 10 and did not feel good. I told my dad this. He took me for a ride on his huge bike anyway. And we got lunch at this Mexican place in Pomona or something. It was good. But I was getting chills.

I got home and laid down on the couch about 1:30. I didn't wake up until 4. By that time it was too late to go to Kristina's birthday party thing. And I couldn't lift my head up because it felt like it weighed fifty pounds. I slept the rest of the day till 8 or so. I couldn't eat Mom's dinner. It just didn't sound good. I was in a lot of pain. My ears were hurting deeply, my glands were swollen in my neck, and it just was not fun. So she made me some soup. An hour later, I felt SO much better. It was a miracle. *Addendum* I have to say how great my family was to me while I was sick. My mom took care of me, buying me tissue and checking on me. My brother Jared got me water a lot, and brought me dinner. Jason came to hug me and tell me that he hopes I feel better. Dad asked if he could get me anything, and he opened windows when I started to get hot. Everyone just pitched in to help me feel better, and it was so cute, and I felt so loved. I love my fam.

(Day 6) But the next day, Sunday I woke up still feeling really yucky. I tried to make Kristina a cake and still give her somewhat of a birthday since I couldn't come. But I was still hurting a lot, terrible headache, super drowsy, and just generally not good at all. I was not fun company for her. I spent the rest of Sunday after she left hanging with my fam, watching Stardust, helping Mom a little bit with dinner... I packed up a little bit, did some laundry, and got to bed somewhat early. Dinner was so great. Mushroom soup and corn bread. Delicious. Thanks Mom.

Obviously, I got home yesterday. Rachel picked me up from the airport at 3ish. I got my car and all that good stuff, went to Wal Mart to get some stuff and basic groceries...

I got home to find out that I failed cleaning checks, due to really ridiculous reasons. 1. The fridge. I spent 30 minutes cleaning it. I even took out the shelves to clean them. Not sure what was "not clean" about it at ALL, and the lady in the office couldn't tell me. Nope. 2. Vacuum. Also spent several minutes vacuuming my room. Keep in mind I had to clean like six days before they could actually check. 3. Closet. Funny, since they didn't include that in the list of things to clean. When I asked the office, she said the bunny had gotten bedding on the floor. That's great, but um... I was out of town, so I couldn't clean it up, durh?

So they charged me $5 for re-checks on Monday morning (which obviously I wasn't here for), and then $25 for the thirty minutes they spent doing "fridge, vacuum, closet." Thanks guys, I'm sure 30 minutes of cleaning was really necessary for 10 pieces of pine bedding in my closet, an already clean fridge, and an already vacuumed room. That's great. I like dropping $30, because I make it so easily. Wow. I am writing a letter to the higher manager, pretty soon. This is a little ridiculous, especially since I told them I'd be out of town. How is that even fair? K. Lived here for 3.5 years, I could use some mercy, please.

And I already told y'all about my day today in classes and sleeping/recovery. I need to go try and do more of that, since I've written yet another novel without meaning to. I'm sure I'll find all sorts of typos when I go back through it. I am glad to be back in my own bed though, and in some fun classes! Tomorrow I get to go to class, work, the bank, and the bookstore to buy a packet for dance. Maybe I'll go see He's Just Not that Into You, or Coraline. Alone. I like going alone. :) I also like sleeping.

Peace out.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Positive Post

I need to do a three best things because I haven't included it in a blog for a while. I probably will have more than 3.

1. The weather in Utah today. 64° and sunny. I. love. it.

2. VACATION. I get to go home soon, and I have a full agenda which includes the beach, a concert, and In-N-Out, amongst other things. Ohh yeahhh....

3. Time. I get time at work (when I finish coding) to read, read, read! Anything I want! And seeing as I have, oh, 130 books on my "to read" list, I'd say I've got my work cut out for me. I'm going to go check some out in a couple hours right before my final that I can read on the plane and at the airport tomorrow. I need something light or something beautiful, so I'm considering:
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

4. Student status. I'm still a student for another year. I get to take bowling and dance this spring. I am super excited for these! Hopefully I'll become a bowling pro.

5. New make-up. I am a Mark rep, and I have to say I believe in my products, ladies and gents. I just got some amazing foundation, some cute eye shadows, great concealer, and other fabulous things.

6. The change in plans. I got taken out of Mt. Nebo Junior High because they lost a full-time position, so I'm going back to Centennial Middle as an intern. Yay for 5 minute drives to work instead of 20! I am so grateful for the extra time this will give me. It makes the gym before work look increasingly possible.

7. Institute. I registered for a Book of Mormon class for the summer. This will be a nice addition to my schedule on Tuesday evenings as Wednesday and Thursdays will be spent on my couch with the talents of the dancers on So You Think You Can Dance. I am excited for BOTH institute and SYTYCD! :)

8. Cleaning checks. OK, so they suck really bad. But they force me to live in a clean apartment, which I enjoy.

9. The internet. I printed out my boarding pass today for my flight tomorrow. Not sure I'd care too much for life without the internet. I can live without automated faucets, but I cannot live without the web.

10. Money. I'm getting my car worked on right now. She's 19 years old, and a champion. But she needs lots of fixin' up--tail lights out, horn not working (this is a travesty for Janae the aggressive driver), etc. Labor and parts will not be cheap on this guy, even with student discounts, so I'm grateful that I can pay for it, even if I do have to work a LOT to make it happen.

I'm a Checklist Girl

The only things in the way of me and California:

-Cleaning for cleaning checks
-One more final
-Car safety/emissions (and registration)
-Return a movie
-Return books to the school library
-Print boarding pass
-A plane ride

That means that from this list, I have
-Written a 1-page perception paper
-Done a ten minute presentation on Franklin
-Written an 8-page paper on Little No Horse and Mister Pip
-Written a 1-page outline of the above paper and presented it at the final
-Fixed my unit plan, assessment, rubrics, rationale, goals, and three lesson plans, and submitted them electronically
-Written a 1600 word paper for my teaching reading final, and taken the oral final

And today I have:
-Finished a 15-page paper including works cited for my 495 class
-Written my 1-page final, and submitted this and the above electronically
-Finished parts B, C, and D of my Teacher Work Sample

Um, yep. I'm pretty awesome. ;)

Do you hear that? The waves... They're calling me...

Friday, April 17, 2009

More Blockbuster Blunders


And here I thought I had to worry about stepping in gum.

Guess I have to worry about grabbing it, too.

32. Trash. I very much appreciate your throwing your trash away. I would also very much appreciate you throwing your trash away in a trash can, and not in a container filled with video case locks. If there's a trash bag in it, it's a trash can. If not, it's not.

Something to Inspire You

I'd embed it if I could, but it's disabled.

Go watch it.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Really, Though?

So I spoke too soon. Just when I said, "I'm so grateful I didn't get sick all semester so I could just focus on school..." my body was like, "OK, I'm done now." Then I got sick. I thought it was allergies because I was constantly sneezing, had itchy eyes, and had to keep blowing my nose.

The next day, after rain and snow, my "allergies" didn't go away. Then a headache kicked in. Then the glands in my neck started swelling, and my neck started to stiffen.

But I refuse to acknowledge this as a full-fledged sickness. I took an Emergen-C last night, and got myself a Berry Topper with daily vitamin boost this morning. Berries are full of anti-oxidants, and the Berry Topper also has strawberries, bananas, yogurt (cultures are good!), soymilk, and granola. Daily vitamin boost has:

Needless to say, I am mentally combating this guy because I refuse to be sick when I come home next week.

I tried, also, to spend a little bit more time on my makeup today so that I look cute and not sick. Just another way for me to deny this yuckiness.

I need to say that I've never hated snow more in my life than I do right now. I wasn't anticipating snow yesterday, so I wore my regular slip on shoes. I guess BYU wasn't anticipating it either because they apparently refused to scrape the sidewalks which were full of sopping sleet. It was a treacherous walk back to my car yesterday from the JFSB. Took about fifteen minutes or more, and for more than half the walk, I had about an inch of water in my shoes. My socks were soaked, I couldn't feel my toes, and the bottom of my jeans was soaked about 5 inches up. It was horrendous. I'm sure it encouraged my sickness forward.

So this morning after trying to look cute and whatnot, I start walking to work along the sidewalk which is lined by trees... Trees with branches being weighed down by snow... Apparently I walked under one of them when he was waiting for the opportune moment, because he dumped about two pounds of snow right on my head. Do you realize the precision of that timing, guys? There was no one behind me or in front of me. Had I maybe done a random hop, skip, and a jump, it would have missed me. But no, right when I walked under it, the tree released his load. Snow was on my Berry Topper. Snow was in my hair. Snow was on my shirt. And snow was on my jeans. It was also down the back of my coat.

Had I been walking behind me, I'd have laughed and laughed. But since I wasn't, it wasn't funny.

Thanks, tree. Thanks, Utah weather. I appreciate this prolonged misery.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm Not Ashamed

I love Dog the Bounty Hunter.

It provides me endless (contrived) suspenseful entertainment.

Thanks, Dog, for keeping those Hawaii streets clean.

Own It

Hey guys,

Own the comments that you leave on my blog.

Even after you've deleted the comment, I've already received an email with the content of the comment.

Just so everyone knows...

Now for a fun movie quote...

"Now, Deborah, don't be bitter. I'm sure with your ever-growing number of self-mutilating appendages and your new neo-Nazi haircut, the boys will come a-runnin'!"

Name that movie.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blog Nostalgia

I particularly enjoyed this post to Blockbuster customers who drive me nuts.

I added a couple more to the bottom there. Almost two years at this place has me a little less frustrated by morons than before.

Now I mostly get upset at the mean customers.

In any case, it was a fun blog, I thought.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Photos

A Peek into My Dresser

OK, so, I have a cute mom. I love her. And she loves me.

She likes to show this love (and demonstrate her thoughtfulness) by buying things for me.

I've noticed a trend in all of this frequent gift-giving of my mom's.

It started with comfy shorts and potential gym gear...

Then when she saw something else I could wear around the house... She couldn't resist the urge. Especially when it has an Angels logo on it.

Many moons ago, I had a thing for Snoopy. So she bought me these pajama pants.

For Christmas in 2007, I received these lovely, comfy pajamas...

Yes, red satin. There is a long sleeved shirt to go with this.

For Christmas in 2008, I received some nice Victoria's Secret pajamas...

These came with a matching shirt and slippers.

Come my birthday, two months later... She couldn't help but buy me these...

I get lots of Valentine's things for my birthday. Not only are they red and covered in hearts, they came complete with pockets AND a hole in the crotch, for those late night bathroom trips.

But wait! She couldn't stop. So in April she came across these!

So I am pretty sure that my mother has me set for life both in the Angels gear department, as well as the sleep gear department.

I'll be able to wear a different pair every night. My ever-rotating pajama wardrobe.

Thanks, Mom! ;)

Happy Easter!

My Savior lives.

And what a beautiful day this turned out to be. The rains were here for too long, and they're gone in time for Easter.

I'm so grateful for the atonement and the gospel in my life.

I stole this video from Bri's blog. But I loved this talk during conference. I love Elder Holland.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Just Checking

My hurr is gettin' long.

A little cheesy, I know. But I had to check!

Dove Promises Shmomises

My Dove Promise yesterday said...

"Dare to love completely."


Good thing I do not trust in your wisdom, Dove.

You silly candy, you.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Word of the Day

Abysmal: extremely or hopelessly bad or severe.

My life for the next week or two will seem to me abysmal.

By Tomorrow:
One-page perception paper (will do this afternoon)
10-minute presentation on the self-making rhetoric of Benjamin Franklin (will do all day today)
Read The Talmud and the Internet (check)
One-page journal entry (check)
One-page fact-based paper (check)

By Monday the 13th:
Read Uncommon Reader
15-page paper on the self-making rhetoric of Benjamin Franklin (possibly due the 20th)

By Tuesday the 14th:
Fix unit plan, rationale, and goals
Fix assessment and rubric for unit plan
Three complete lesson plans

By Wednesday the 15th:
8-12 page term paper on sainthood in postmodern novels Mister Pip and The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

By the 20th:
Finished Teacher Work Sample (parts B, C, and D), uploaded to Livetext


Teaching Reading: Take-home written essay. Turn in the 17th. Participate in class discussion about other concepts.

Rhetoric and Identity Politics: Written response on ethics and identity on the 20th.

Teaching English: Some sort of extensive written final (20th).

Postmodern Lit: Present 8-12 page paper to a group (15th).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I just got made fun of by TAMN.

Although, when I was contemplating making my blog private, it wasn't a threat for validation. It was something I really was considering.

I decided I'd rather change the blog back to its lighter and less personal roots than go through the hassle of emailing people to tell them I posted a new blog.

Hopefully it's working, and I'm coming off as a sane and stable girl.

Although my last post about wanting Moonwalker to come out on DVD probably made you question...


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

DVD Release Party

I need for Michael Jackson's Moonwalker to be released on DVD.


My ghetto-recorded VHS tape is wearing thin.

My Fun California Trip

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things...

Of ships and shoes and sealing wax,

and California flings!

Here is my itinerary.

Day 1, April 21: Fly in to Ontario at 10 AM. That's right, I need an early start.

Spend the day at the beach with my favorite people. That means you. Whoever wants to come. Justin and I are going for sure, and maybe Jason will want to come con su novia or something... But that's where I'm headed on Day 1 and staying. I need to be brown, and I need to hear the waves, and I need to feel the sand between my toes.

Spend the evening with my family, especially my daddy :)

Day 2, April 22: Beach again? I originally scheduled incorrectly, so this day is free. Maybe fishing with Dad? Lunch with someone?

Day 3, April 23: Possibly lunch with Ashley? Or another day at the beach while consuming lunch.

In the evening Allyn, Justin, and I are headed to Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles to see Elizabeth and the Catapult. Why? Because all the cool kids are doing it.

Day 4, April 24: Early afternoon movie with Greg? Which movie? The Soloist.

5:30ish, leave for the Angels game with my favorite second cousin, Jason, and mis padres. It's against the Mariners, and it's Big Bang Friday! Yay for fireworks.

Check out these seats, yo!

Section 212, terrace view. Row H, aisle seats.

Movie with Justin after? Who knows?

Day 5, April 25: A day wandering the Newport Beach Temple with my little brothers and my mom... Possibly Justin? It's beautiful, and what better way to spend a Saturday?

That evening I will spend at a get-together thing with my friend Kristina.

Day 6, April 26: Church and a day at home with the family. Hopefully a delicious dinner prepared by my mother's talented hands. Maybe I can hang with someone else this day? Allyn? Amber?

Day 7, April 27: Leave Ontario airport at 10:30 AM, get back to Salt Lake at 3 PM.

I am excited for this rather fast break.

Now for the hard part:

A presentation, two more papers, three lesson plans, a fixed unit plan, a fixed assessment, and three finals (the fourth one isn't actually a final).

Let's do this!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Three Things

One... When I leave Utah someday, and believe me, I will...

There are some things I will miss.

Two... I went to Saturday morning session of (LDS) General Conference. It was my first time actually attending at the conference center. This is a zoomed in picture from where I was.

Three... I have a cute cousin. His name is Tyce. Say hi, Tyce.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Love is late night trips to McDonald's or Beto's after closing Blockbuster at midnight.

Also, I bit my tongue hard enough to make it bleed.

Sure made my Vanilla Coke Zero taste different.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool's

So Utah was like, "Happy Springtime, guys!"

Then it was like, "April Fool's!"

Thanks, Utah.