Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Everday I'm shufflin'

I TOLD YOU. I told you today would be a better day. I got to sleep in since I didn't have class until 10, which of course makes for the start of a good day. My classes were good and I had a vey productive day.

Unfortunately I can't tell you just how productive. It is top secret. But all will be revealed tomorrow, on Caroline's birthday. I can tell you this much, tonight I made oreo balls and Caroline and I had a jam sesh. The girl from the book (Eve's friend) came over to return my sweatpants she had borrowed and when she walked in there was some major jamming going on. Oh the good times in 2118. I'm going to miss this place.

Only really I'm only going to partially miss this place. I am really super excited to get an apartment next year. Then I can cook and eat whatever I want. Mmmm so ready. I really really really hope I get into this one certain complex. The problem is the contracts go on sale super late, so if I don't get in I'm not sure what I'll do. But I will get in. I already decided.

Hmm...what else happened today? Nothing really exciting. I finished my paper that is due tomorrow and did a lot of homework. Those things are so time consuming and give me nothing to write about in my blog. I guess I could talk in code to my mom. Let's see if you understand this mom: a certain someone was civil today. That was good, I guess. Actually I don't really care. Haha, isn't that awful? OH! and mom, I wrote the date I come home on my calendar! That makes it pretty legit. It is official, I will be home at the end of April. No worries.

Tomorrow I have to work, but...it's Wednesday! Which means mission calls! Several of my friends are expecting their's tomorrow and I am super excited to hand them their mission calls. Best part of my job.

This was seriously the lamest blog post ever. Sorry. I just didn't have much to say today. Luckily this blog isn't graded on content :) Well, back to the books.

PEACE.

Monday, January 30, 2012

'cause you had a bad day

It was bound to happen. I hadn't had a bad day in a very long time. Life has been pretty smooth sailing lately. But today was a bad day. No, not all of today was bad. There was a lot of good. But today I am being pessimistic. I am fully aware that I could change my attitude and think of all the positives of today instead of focusing on the negative. Maybe I just want to have a pity party today. Anyway, I am classifying today as a bad day.


This morning I had a writing class at 8 o'clock. The bad news about 8 o'clock classes is that if you mess up in that class it puts you in a sour mood all day. We had 5 short take home quizzes due today. Nothing hard. Together they were worth 50 points. I completely forgot about them. When I say I completely forgot, I really did completely forget. It's not even like I was procrastinating. I just forgot they even existed. I was able to scribble out a few answers and manage to get 22 points.  If I was choosing to think positively, at least I was able to get some points.

Now, keep in mind that I am not the type of person to just let these kind of things go. I cried once because I ran a red light. I cried because I dropped a bowl and it broke. It was a big yellow bowl. That was in elementary and I don't think I got over it until my mom used a similar looking yellow bowl for my Easter basket one year. I wasn't upset because I particularly liked the bowl, I just felt like I let someone (the bowl?) down. Disclaimer: I did not cry in class this morning, just so everyone is aware. I can forgive other people, but it is so much harder to forgive myself. I let me down today. And me is pretty important to me.

If I was choosing to be positive about this situation, at least I have this blog to bring my grade up. That's why I'm writing in the blog so early this evening. I didn't want to forget. Plus I think I needed to vent before I finish the res of my homework.

Other stressors this week include a paper due Wednesday, Book of Mormon quiz, Bio test, child development paper, lots of reading, catch up in art class, and apartment shopping. Oh, and work and having a life. That too.

I looked at some apartments today. I found the one. I want it so bad. Unfortunately, it is hard to get into. People camp out a week before contracts go on sale just to get a spot. I will be camping out. It will be cold, but if I'm being positive, I found one I like at a good price - worth it. People were so nice while we were out looking. If the office wasn't open, people would just let us into their apartments to look around. I went into so many random people's apartments today. They were all so friendly and helpful. Only in Provo...

Today was a crazy day. School, work, apartment hunting, dinner, home teaching, and now tons of homework. No break. Maybe I'll make time for Once Upon a Time before bed to destress myself, but even that is looking doubtful. It is okay though. Tomorrow will be better. I will forgive myself and do better tomorrow.

And since I'm deciding to be positive, I am thankful for bad days because they make the good days that much better.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Growing Up

Today was pretty spectacular. Church was fabulous. I always love fast and testimony meeting. Aside from the many, many wonderful blessings that come from fasting, I think I would fast solely to get to listen to my friends share their testimonies. I always feel so uplifted by the things they say. It's nice to have your greatest examples be your closest friends. I love BYU.

After church we had a floor meeting about off campus housing. Things are getting crazy. I have to make so many difficult decisions in such a short amount of time. On one hand, it is super exciting and I feel like such a grown up. On the other hand, I am terrified to be making such life changing decisions. I've mostly been looking at apartments online, but tomorrow just might be the big day: the day I venture out and look at apartments in person.

Thankfully I was able to eat a big bowl of ice cream at dinner to drown all my apartment choosing fears. Ice cream solves pretty much every problem. Except obesity.

This evening my ward had a fireside about temples. It was super good. I learned a lot about symbols on/in the temple that I never knew before. Temples are so rich in symbolism and I am excited and eager to learn more. I can't wait for the day when I get to go through the temple and receive my endowments -and be sealed to my eternal companion. The future is so exciting! And terrifyingly near. But for now I will just do my best to prepare and not worry about what the future holds.

Growing up is an interesting thing. When you're in kindergarten, the fifth graders seem so old. When you're in fifth grade, junior high schoolers are the old ones. And in junior high the high schoolers are the big kids. Now I am the ultimate big kid. College kid. So when will I start to feel like a big kid? Will I be 50 years old and still waiting to feel like a grown up? I guess in some ways I do feel grown up. Like with looking at apartments. But mostly I feel like a little school girl who is playing dress up and this is all just make believe. But this isn't make believe. This is my life. And the decisions I make right now will affect the rest of my life eternity. It's a bit intimidating. And really exciting.

Here's to 2012: the year I will sign a contract for my first apartment, turn 20, and maybe finally feel like a big kid (HA! Who am I kidding? I'll always be 12.)

Hey Mom!

Hey Mom! Guess what? I don't think you're the only one that reads my blog. Several times this weekend I've said something and someone has said "oh yeah I saw that on your blog". SCOREEEE!

Anyway, today was pretty chill. I slept in, did some homework, bought some groceries and then went to work. I can't think of any funny stories from today. I know Caroline said something super funny, I just can't remember at the moment.

After work I was soooo hungry (since I worked through dinner) but I waited until 10 to eat so that I could have french toast. The Creamery doesn't serve breakfast food until 10. I'm pretty much a french toast addict. It's just so good.

When my tummy was finally full, we had a movie night in the mez. Sometimes it's nice to just chill with the girls :) We had a splendid time. Although I think we probably should have started earlier because I am tired.

Fifteen minutes of blogging feels like a really long time when you want to go to sleep. Just in case you were wondering. Especially when I don't have any fantastic stories. Lame.

Oh! I know something exciting. I might get to babysit my favorite twins ever for a weekend this summer! Their mommy called me today and we talked about it. I hope it all works out because I love those little girls so much. I used to watch them when they were little, and now they're getting so big! I haven't seen them in a long time since they moved out of state...and then I moved across the country, but I might get to fly in for a visit this summer. Super excited!

What else...uhh we found an apartment complex we want to go look at for next year. I have a good feeling about it. I think it might be the one. But we shall see.

Dang this fifteen minutes is taking forever! I seriously have nothing left to say. I met the student body president's brother today. And..I missed the basketball game since I was working. Uhh..yeap. That was my day.

Okay, I give up. I think it's been 15 minutes. ish.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

High School?

In some ways, today felt like high school. Not in a bad "I hate high school way" just in a...well, high school way. For one, my backpack was super heavy. I rarely ever have a heavy backpack these days. All I really need for class is paper, pen, and my i-clicker. But today I had to bring an extra notebook, heavy textbook, and my laptop. I didn't want to go home before I was finished with everything on campus, including studying for and taking a test, so I had to lug everything around with me all day.

The next thing that made today seem like high school was this video:
Yes, this is what we watched in my biology class today to learn about global warming. Five episodes. It was lovely. I also went to a bio extra credit thing which was a total joke. I played on pinterest and got bonus. Also lovely.

Later this afternoon Chase invited a bunch of people over to hear about this business opportunity. It was an interesting presentation, and I wish him the best of luck. Megan was interested in the opportunity and wanted to ask some questions, so we stayed after. My tummy was soooooo hungry, but I patiently waited. And by patiently waited I mean I started to climb all over the furniture playing lava. You know, the game where the carpet is lava. It entertained me for quite some time.

Finally we went to dinner. There was delicious french toast. Made my night. We saw some guys from our ward in the Cannon and eventually suckered them into hanging out with us. We ended up just sitting around talking and the boys played a little pool. It was a nice, chill evening.

Sometimes I wonder about my friends. It is Friday night. And what do my friends talk about? Smart people things: calculus, gravity, anatomy. Haha, gotta love it. Quote of the night: "I'm trying to orient my carpals" -Thomas. It is a bit ridiculous that things like that are said in a "normal" conversation, but I absolutely love it.

By the end of the night I was exhausted. I am about to fall asleep just writing this post. We left the boys' dorms at about 1:30. Thomas and Joe walked us home (without even wearing jackets...crazy kids). Such gentlemen.

Today was another good day. I like that every day seems to be a good day. Sometimes I think there are all these things wrong with my life, but when I step back everything seems pretty perfect. I like where I'm at, and I love where I'm going. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for my life. He knows me so much better than I know myself. I am continually amazed at how things seem to work out perfectly if I just put my faith in Him.

2:30 = time to sleep.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

12 a.m.

I went to bed fairly early last night. Before eleven. Caroline was still awake, but I passed out like a rock. You know how sometimes in the night you roll over and check the time just to see how much longer you get to sleep? Well, I rolled over and it was 12:10. I flipped out. It was 12:10! I had missed class. I never sleep in that late. Ever. If I hurried I could still make it to child development. I'm sure I could get the notes from Book of Mormon from Cami or Ashley. I sat up in bed, and Caroline looked at me like I was crazy. That's when I realized...it was 12 a.m. not p.m. It wasn't noon. It was midnight. No worries folks, I didn't miss class. I still had a full night's sleep ahead of me. It was a very stressful situation, but it was just a false alarm. Silly sleepy Lisa.

Today I had Book of Mormon, staff meeting at work, Child Development, lunch with Mary and Elementary Art.  My classes were all good. I'll spare you the details about child development, although it is my favorite class and oh so very interesting. I feel like that class is preparing me to be a good mommy, which of course is my life dream. Oh, remember that child development paper I wrote all in one day since I'm such a good procrastinator? BRAG MOMENT: I got a 100%. I am pretty stoked. Seriously I was one of THREE people to get a 100%. I am feeling on top of the world right about now. Lunch with Mary was delightful. We went to Blue Line Deli. Art class was fabulous. I glazed the little pot/bowl thing I made last week. I will post pictures when it is completed.

Other than that, the day was pretty average. Busy. Normal. Tomorrow I have to take my child development test and go to some biology thing in the library on top of my regular classes. But at least I don't have to work. I'm looking forward to a fun weekend!

Complaint for the day season: winter makes my back hurt. The cold makes me very tense. I have to remind myself to relax because I notice I walk around with my muscles tensed because I'm cold. It is absolutely terrible! Caroline gave me a massage and I put some arnica on, but this winter business has got to end soon. Well, actually that makes it sound like this is a miserable winter. It really isn't. The cold isn't near as bad as I thought it would be. I just need to learn to not be so tense. That's my goal for the winter. Before I graduate, I will master not tensing up in the cold.

Time to sleep. Hopefully I don't have another 12 a.m. scare. Goodnight!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twelve

Twelve. The number of mission calls I was able to personally hand to young men today. I love working the Wednesday shift.  When I got to work this morning there was a fat stack of mission calls. Cory had already called them all and told them to come pick up their mission calls, but I went through the stack and texted the ones whose numbers I had. Handing these guys their mission calls quite literally made my day. Their excitement was radiant. Where else in the world do you get to see 19 year old boys almost explode with joy when you hand them a white envelope containing the name of the place they will be serving the Lord for the next 2 years? I have the best job in the entire world.

There was still a good number of mission calls left to be picked up at the end of my shift, but I am glad I was able to at least give everyone I knew their mission calls. Ryder will be serving in Frankfurt, Germany. Tim will be serving in Panama City, Panama. Nick will be serving in Lima, Peru (East). And I'm not sure yet about where Jared will be serving (still waiting to hear). I am so proud of all my friends who have decided to serve missions! They amaze me.

Word has gotten out that I work at the desk on Wednesdays. Everyone wants me to text them the second I see their mission call. I am so excited that I get to play a small part in all the excitement! Wednesdays are going to be really good days.

The rest of my day seems pretty insignificant after I already told you about the most exciting part, but because I know you (Mom) want to know it all anyway, I will tell you.

Instead of having writing class today we had one on one conferences with Carolyn to discuss our papers. It was nice and quick. I just finished making some changes, and I think its a pretty decent paper. Bio was good, funny as usual. Prof. Smith makes everything a joke.

After work I took a walk to the temple. I had to spend an hour in nature for my art class, but sitting still was just too boring. And cold. When I got back I did my sketchbook and then went to dinner with Megan. We sat with this guy from Columbia and boy oh boy was he hilarious. Megan said something grammatically incorrect (like "her fell" or something along those lines) and he said "Do you speak English?" Hahahahahaha it was SO funny.

I consider today a pretty fantastic day. I still have a lot to do, but sometimes it doesn't matter how much you accomplish but what you accomplish. I have to say, if all I accomplished today was handing out mission calls, I would call it a success.

Best. Job. Ever.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rain Makers makin' it rain

Sleep is good. So good. I slept a lot last night. Good, deep, wonderful sleep. It was fantastic. You would think that would mean I'm not tired, but I am. I even took a nap today too! Just a quick lil baby one, but still. I'm looking forward to bedtime. Which will probably be super soon, haha.

This morning I had Book of Mormon class. Then there was a campus forum, but I didn't go. Instead I cleaned my room for cleaning checks. Then I went to child development. Best class ever. I really feel like I learn things that apply to my life in that class. I am definitely keeping my notes from that class forever. Seriously. I even got them spiral bound and I take such good notes. After child development I went to the bookstore to buy a few things and then headed off to the writing lab. For my first paper in writing 150 it is a requirement that I take my paper to the writing lab at least once. It was helpful, I guess. The tutor lady had some good points. Tomorrow I have a meeting with Carolyn (the grad student who teaches my class) and we'll get to talk about my paper. I feel like that will be more helpful.

Dinner. Dinner here is a social event. I love it. But tonight, I felt peer pressured. Now, I am not one to give in to peer pressure. Trust me. If you knew me in high school, you know I do not give in. But it is a lot harder to say no when you really want to do the thing you are being pressured into doing. We sat at the tall table tonight. A table with stool like chairs. Higher than all the rest. It is a wonderful table for seeing people, but tonight sitting at the table came with a dare: stand on the table. For some reason this was a really attractive dare. I so badly wanted to stand on the table. I was a lil chicken though, too. I mean, there were a LOT of people around, and I was scared I would get kicked out. I was almost on the table. Really. It was going to happen. But, round of applause, I didn't give in to peer pressure. I made a waffle in celebration of my strength to resist peer pressure even when dared to do something that sounds appealing.

After dinner I did some homework, but then Tara talked me into going to an intermural basketball game. Okay, so I didn't need much convincing. I don't like doing schoolwork. Our friends, the Rain Makers totally dominated. I kept score. Yes, me. They had to teach me, but I did SUPER well. Best score keeper ever right here. Of course there were 3 people keeping score, but I still think I made an important contribution. It made me feel athletic. Even though I wasn't playing.

Note: I don't like how snow/ice falls out of trees when the wind blows. No Mom, nothing dangerous, just annoying.

Monday, January 23, 2012

One of those days...

I'm not sure exactly what "one of those days" means, but today was definitely one of those days. I am very sleepy (thus writing this blog post before 10 p.m., a rare happening). I didn't go to bed until a little after 1 a.m., and I had an 8 a.m. class. But oh no I couldn't even sleep until my alarm went off. I woke up at 5 something feeling completely awful and couldn't get back to sleep. Finally I got out of bed, but it took everything I had to make myself go to class this morning. I felt like death. I even took medicine which, if you know me, you know I never take medicine so that should tell you how bad it was.

I'm glad I went to class though. I ended up feeling better pretty quickly. Plus we had lots of i-clicker quizzes in biology, so I would have been sad if I missed out on those points. No, not sad. Stressed. Let's face it, that's just how I am. I am an over achiever. It happens.

After my classes I headed to work. It was a super busy day and I had to learn some new things. I was going a little crazy, but mostly I just love my job. I get to see sooooo many people. The only bad news is I have to work with sassy pants Quinn. Just kidding, I don't mind working with him. But he is...well, he's Quinn. He hacked my facebook today. And then he posted a picture of a lemur on my wall. I do not look like a lemur!!!!!

When I got off work it was laundry time. I seriously never do my laundry. My laundry basket was overflowing. I couldn't even carry it down the stairs, so I had to drag it. But the good news is now all my clothes are nice and clean.

We saw Steve (the guy we stole the tray from at dinner one night) at the Cannon tonight and made him sit with us. Good ole Steve. AND THEY HAD THE CINNAMON BUTTER. I love it when they have the cinnamon butter. So I made myself a delicious waffle with cinnamon butter for dinner. Mmmmm.

Tonight I was a rebel. I skipped familyhomeevening (I wrote it as one word for Mercy). Now, ordinarily I would not do such a thing. BUT, fhe was outside tonight. Playing in the snow. I just couldn't handle it. I'm a weenie baby. I feel a little less like a rebel though because when I went to get my towels out of the dryer I ran into another fhe group who was writing James (my former home teacher) letters since he is on his mission now.  So I joined them for a bit.

The most exciting part of my day? Once Upon A Time. Best show ever. I literally almost died watching it tonight. Ahhhhhhhh!!! I just don't know what to think. I don't understand how the whole Snow White/Prince Charming thing can possibly work out. If he leaves his wife, I'll be mad. If he doesn't get with Snow, I'll be mad. I just can't be pleased.

Yes, today has been one of those days. And I love it.

Don't Slip

Another wonderful day :) I seriously love my life. I woke up this morning and made the treacherous walk to church. Icy. Uphill. Luckily I was wearing the super cute boots my mom sent me so I was pretty stable, but I have this fear of being the girl that falls. I can almost guarantee it will happen at some point this winter.

I got to church and sat next to Greta. She's one of my faves. I gave opening prayer in sacrament meeting and Derek (my fhe dad) said my name in his talk, so basically I'm famous. The big excitement during church was that the chorister passed out while leading on the songs. She was fine though, no worries. It was a blood sugar thing.

Sunday school was an adventure. I'm pretty sure telling Thomas (the Sunday school president) that Cameron and I kind of planned on winging it was a bad idea. The entire Sunday school presidency along with the bishop and 1st counselor all sat in on the class! Cameron hadn't even read over the lesson, so I just kind of went with it. It actually went pretty well. Bishop even said he enjoyed it :) scorreeee!

I wasn't supposed to have to work today, but Hilary got the flu and no one else could take her shift so I went in last minute to cover for her. It was a pretty slow day, but I got a lot accomplished. I got some digits, haha and an invite to some guys' dorms in Heritage (they have kitchens) so we can cook dinner. That was about as exciting as it got though. I was pretty deathly bored, but then Thomas and Easton came to visit. They're real pals.

Ward prayer was fantastic, as usual. I love my ward family. We stayed and talked for awhile, but everyone knew we couldn't stay as late as we have in the past. I learned to flex and we did some arm wrestling. Just the norm, haha.

After everyone left, Megan and I walked with Cooper to the Cannon. We were in his jacket (because it is ridiculously soft) and some girl walked by and said *cough*polygamist*cough*. It was SOOOOOO funny. We went to mess with Quinn and I learned that evidently I look like a lemur.

Then I had a wonderful conversation with Megan. We have the most interesting conversations ever. I really love that kid.

I LOVE MY LIFE.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rain, Slush, Snow

Favorite part about Saturdays: sleeping in. So lovely. When I finally got out of bed I had a kind of lazy morning. I did some school work and got ready for work. Then I worked for most of the day. Luckily I was able to get some school work done when work had slow times. But it was actually busier than I expected.

After work we went to a dance. It was just so so. Parts were good. Then I got stepped on...again. That tends to ruin dances for me, haha. This time wasn't so bad. Just a little scrape on my heel. But it hurts. Or I'm just a weenie. Or a mixture of both.

Oooh! I got a package today from mommy :) It was fantastic. A perfect box. Everyone always gets jealous of my awesome boxes. It had heart attacking supplies and boots along with various other suprises. It makes me so excited to heart attack people next month!

The weather today is ick. It was raining when I went to work, but then it turned to snow. Unfortunantly since it had rained so much the sidewalks are covered in an icky slush. I don't like it. I just know I'm going to be the kid that slips and falls a million times this winter. Welcome to my life, haha.

Oh my goodness, I seriously can't think about anything else that happened today. I kind of feel like it was just an average day with nothing really interesting. But it was a good day. Maybe this post feels so short because I slept half the day. That's probably it. And I'm still tired so I'll probably go to bed soon.

AHHHHHH....15 minutes. I have to write for at least 15 minutes. lalalallalallalalla

Last night Megan sent me a text that almost brought me to tears. She is the best friend a girl could ask for. She helps me see myself. Not the me that can be found in the mirror, but the me that is inside. I am so blessed to have such amazing friends.

I guess the topic of friendship has been on my mind a lot. What friendship means. Why some friends stick around while other leave. This is my favorite answer. A poem called A Reason, a Season, Or a Lifetime:

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or
a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you
will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is
usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have
come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you
with guidance and support, to aid you physically,
emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a
godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason
you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an
inconvenient time, this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realise is that our need has been met, our
desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you
sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON . . .
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount
of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things
you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the
person, and put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life. It is said
that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

I am thankful for all the people in my life. All my friends, past and present. For some reason you were placed in my life. And if it is just for a reason or a season, that is okay. We will learn from each other and life will go on. But for my lifetime friends, thank you. Thank you for being my friend. I love you.

Whoops!

Woke up late this morning. Whoops! Must have been really tired because I didn't hear my alarm or Caroline's (and her alarm goes off for like an hour). Luckily I heard her getting ready and got out of bed with about 20-30 minutes before my first class started. So I hurried to class looking like a hot mess. But I made it in time! That is the good news.

Today I had writing and biology. I don't really remember much so either I was half-asleep or classes were boring. Or both. Then after class I met up with Charly to get my id card back. We ended up going to breakfast and chatting about our life. It was good.

Finally I went home and showered. I hate not showering in the morning. I felt gross. But I guess it's my fault for not waking up on time.

This afternoon I was coming back upstairs from heating up my lunch when MacKenzie (my RA) invited me to come over and watch the Maury show. She said we needed to get our black people fix since we are a little black deprived out here in Utah. Kenzie cracks me up.

After that I went back to my room to do a little school work before heading off to dinner and then to the men's volleyball game. The game was super intense, but I had to leave early to go to work. Quinn talked me into covering for him for an hour and a half. Lucky duck. But working actually wasn't that bad.

It was a pretty slow night. And after the game was over Thomas came to visit and eventually Megan, Carine, and Greta showed up...with ice cream. It was fantastic. They waited for me to get off and then we played. Mostly we just talked. I've decided that's probably my alltime favorite thing to do: talk to people. I love having conversations. I love learning about people. It is my FAVORITE.

Overall, I consider today an A+ day. Which is saying something seeing as I woke up so late.

I really like where I'm at in life. I like my friends. I like school. I like who I am becoming. I like starting over. Things that were once important to me are quickly fading from important, to sort of important, to almost non-existent. Life changes and I think that is good. I am learning and growing each day. I don't have it all figured out just yet, but I have faith that things are going according to His plan.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lalala Life is Good

Happiness is a choice. I chose to have a good day today, and it worked. However, there are little things throughout the course of the day that cannot be explained by anything other than a loving Heavenly Father who is aware of His daughter. Today I was overwhelmed with how aware He is of me. He knows me. He knows my needs. He loves me.

I woke up rested and in a good mood. I didn't have class until 10 so I was able to sleep in a bit. Then I was off to Book of Mormon. It was amazing how much of today's lesson applied directly to things going on in my life. I'm convinced that lesson was meant entirely for me.

After BOM, I went to a staff meeting at work. We went over the normal work stuff, but then we had a really interesting activity. We were given 5 strips each of 4 different colors of paper. On the purple papers we wrote our top 5 most important possessions, green was activities, blue concepts or beliefs, and yellow was people. Then Jay told a story. As the story went along, we had to gradually give up some of our papers. By the end, we only had 3 papers left. It was actually really hard to give up things you cared strongly about, even though it was just a simple activity. It showed what truly matters most. I ended up with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, my mom and dad, and eternal families. It was interesting to see where my priorities really are among things I feel strongly about. At the end of the meeting we were given a special challenge. The challenge includes thinking about someone other than yourself and praying for them by name. That's when I realized how focused on me I've been lately. I am so thankful Heavenly Father saw that and gave me the kick in the butt I needed to help me focus on others. What a great blessing!

After the meeting I had child development class. Even that class incorporated spiritual quotes today that uplifted my soul. Such a good day. But then we had to watch THREE live birth videos...yuck. Best form of birth control ever invented. I'll spare you the details.

I met up with Megan, Caroline, and Chase for lunch at the Cougareat after class and we had a jolly ole time. Then we went to the Housing Fair. There are so many options! Choosing where to live is a bit overwhelming.

I started my new elementary art class today. It is wonderful. The teacher's name is Jethro, so that automatically makes it fantastic. Today we were given clay and told to make anything we wanted. That's when I learned: nothing has changed since 1st grade. My skill level is the same...or worse. I was struggling. Eventually I ended up with a lopsided bowl thing. With my name etched into it. I'll post pictures when it is complete. Which will be like a month since we have to wait for it to dry, bake, cool, glaze, fire again...lots of steps.

Work. After class I had work. It was super good though. Pretty much a party. Kathryn worked with me and I saw like a bijillion people. Thomas left what looked like super sketchy candy on the desk when I was busy. So then I saw the candy and was pretty sure I was being poisoned. But no worries, it was just Thomas not a creeper. And so far, I'm not dead so I guess he wasn't poisoning me. So much else happened at work too, but I'm getting sleepy so I think I'll cut this short.

When I got home I realized I needed to print something for my 8 o'clock class. But then I remembered I had let Charly borrow my card for the rove so I couldn't print! Megan came to the rescue and let me use her printer. True friend right there.

End of stories.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I am tired.

It is 9:30 and I am about to drop dead I am so tired. It looks like I will be going to bed veryyy soon. Last night/this morning was (hopefully) my last rove. Definitely my last scheduled rove, so unless I have to cover for someone, I AM DONE. Okay, so I know I only did it twice, and it really isn't even that bad, but I still like knowing I don't have to do it anymore.

If I could just nap, the day after my rove it would be a breeze, but of course I couldn't fall asleep. I laid in bed for an hour trying and then got frustrated at my lack of productivity so I got out of bed and did some school work. Mostly reading for child development since that is my favorite homework. It scares the crap out of me learning about some of the things that can go wrong, but it also talks about the good things and makes me so excited for the future.

It's crazy that "the future" is getting so close. I mean, not like this year close, but still...its getting scary close. I still feel like I'm in high school, maybe even junior high. College kids always looked so old, but I feel so young. I wonder if every age feels this way. I wonder if I'll be sitting in a rocking chair when I'm 80 feeling like a BYU freshman.

I think a lot about the future on days like this. Days where nothing bad has happened, but I'm just in a cruddy mood. I'm sure its just the lack of sleep. Actually, today was pretty great now that I think about it. But my attitude wasn't. Again, I need sleeeeeep.

I had writing and bio today. Biology is actually suprisingly good. I thought I would hate it since I'm not a science gal, but Professor Smith is way cool. Sometimes that class feels like elementary school. Today we did that experiment where you see how many drops of water you can get on a penny. We were talking about the properties of water. Prof. Smith made the joke that if you see a drowned fat person you know it was murder because fat floats. That guy is hilarious. Makes my day.

After a long day, dinner tonight was exactly what I needed. Not the actual food. The company. I seriously have the greatest friends in the entire world. They make me laugh. They listen. They care. We were literally at dinner for three hours. But I needed every second of those three hours. I don't know why I was so blessed with the friends Heavenly Father placed in my life this year. He knew what I needed more than I did. He continues to show me every day that He is aware of me. He loves me. And that is what matters most.

Tomorrow is going to be a good day.

Decision made.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blah

It is dangerous to blog this early in the evening. It is only 7 o'clock. So much more could happen tonight, but I guess if anything exciting happens it will just have to go in tomorrow's post.

Today started out with my Book of Mormon class. I really like my professor. He is so funny and he really knows his stuff. I feel like I'm going to learn a lot in that class and have my testimony strengthened tremendously. At the end of class he always says "Go your way and sin no more" haha, I love it.

After Book of Mormon class I went to the campus devotional. This week it was Sister Julie B. Beck, general Relief Society president. It never ceases to amaze me how many cool opportunities BYU provides me. Where else could you go to college and have an hour a week blocked out to hear inspiring talks from such spiritual giants?

When devotional was over, I hurried off to child development class to turn in my paper. Note to self: do not be too devestated if you get a bad grade, you probably deserve it for procrastinating. It feels good to have the paper out of my hands. There's no use stressing about it now. Class was sooooo interesting. It always is. I love learning about things that will actually affect my life. Today we talked about conception and twins and different genetic disorders. Sometimes that class really scares me because I learn about all the things that can go wrong, but knowledge is power. I am glad I am heading into the future fully equipped with the knowledge I need.

Finally I was able to go back to the dorm and do some homework. Funnnnnnn. I took a little nap, too. I needed to prepare for the rove tonight. Luckily, this should be my last rove unless I need to cover for someone. AND, I don't even have to go alone tonight. This won't be so bad. But boy, oh boy will I be tired tomorrow. I won't get off work until 2 a.m. and I have class at 8. At least it won't be a weekly thing now :)

As you can probably tell, these past two days have been kind of boring. I mean, they've been really busy, but I am lacking in the FUN department. This has got to stop. I need some funny stories. Hopefully tomorrow will be full of random fun. The sleep deprivation will probably help everything seem hilarious.

Back to the books.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I knew I would regret procrastinating

MLK Jr. Day = no school. YES! And it's a good thing too because I had to write an entire paper today (due tomorrow). Procrastination is such an evil thing. But I knew what I was getting myself into when I put it off so long. I knew the day would come and it would be miserable. But I guess I should start with the beginning of the day...

No school, but I still had to set an alarm. I went on a double-date this morning to a delicious bakery called Kneaders. They have the best french toast ever. It is thick and cinnamony and delicious. So good. We had a lot of fun, stuffed our faces, and avoided a robot attack on the way home (only in Provo...). But unfortunately, I couldn't continue to put off my paper much after breakfast.

When I got back Caroline was still sleeping (she was out super late) but I went straight to work on my child development paper. Yuck. I am not a fan of writing papers. Especially all in one day, but I did it. I only got distracted by facebook a couple times. Well, and I took a break to watch Once Upon A Time, but I think I deserved a break.

Speaking of Once Upon A Time, OH MY GOSH! I hate how they answer zero of my questions and make me ask a million more each episode! But I guess that's part of what makes it such a good show. Love ittttttttt.

Anyways, eventually my brain almost exploded from a lack of fun. I needed some serious human interaction and to have a good laugh. Luckily Megan came to the rescue. We went to dinner hoping to see a ton of people, but the Cannon was relatively low key tonight. We did run into Steve (remember the guy whose tray we stole?) but he was leaving as we were coming in. Eventually we had some friends join us, and we ended up having a good time. Then Megan had to be a party pooper and go back and do laundry. I was going to do homework, but instead I went to MacKenzie's room and watched The Help. Such a good movie. I loved it.

Tomorrow is going to be a kind of crazy day. I will be super busy all day and then I have to rove at night. Luckily I won't be roving alone since Jordan and the girl taking over my shift (I'm switching to Jordan's shift) will be joining me. It is quite possible I will never have to rove alone. SCORE! But I'll still have to be up late tomorrow, so it is bedtime.

Goodnight.

I like Sundays

Sundays are great. I woke up and went to church. The talks in Sacrament meeting were fantastic. The Sunday school lesson was fantastic. The relief society lesson was fantastic. Basically, church was just really good. It usually is though.

After church we went straight to the Cannon to eat. It was a good day. Why? Because they had two of my top three favorite ice cream flavors. It was spectacular. I always look forward to the all you can eat ice cream bar on Sundays.

Quinn did put a bit of a damper on the meal though. It's hard to enjoy your ice cream when someone is giving you death glares. He had to cover the 10-2a.m. shift someone asked me to cover at work. Not really my problem, but I felt bad. He was just kidding though. He doesn't really hate me. And also it's not really my fault that he had to work.

I was late to ward prayer (I had to work until 9) but at least I made it in time for the prayer. Plus I was there for all the socializing afterwards. I really really really love my ward. The people are so fantastic. The more I get to know them, the more I love them. We have the weirdest, randomess, craziest conversations. I love it. I absolutely love it.

Overall, it has been a wonderful day. But then again, most days are wonderful. I am so blessed. Yes, school gets stressful and throwing a job into the mix scares me a bit. There are a lot of things going on in my life, but life is good. It is so good. Sometimes I don't fully appreciate all the good things in life. The little things that make life great. Friends. Food. Ice cream. Nice weather. Cute clothes. Smiles. Hugs. Warm showers. Christmas lights. Brownies. A wonderful job. Prayer. A living prophet. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Scriptures. BYU. Backpacks. Earrings. Pens. Lists. Lotion. Laughter. Music. Sunsets. The list could go on forever.

I could probably continue to go on and on about my day (I tend to always have more to say), but I think it's time for bed. Breakfast date in the morning. Then 6-page paper...gross.

Life is good.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Procrastination: best friend now, enemy later

Today was quite splendid. I managed to procrastinate writing a 6-page paper thats due Tuesday. I'm sure I'll hate that I put it off so long on Monday, but hey it happens. But it's not like I put off the paper to sit in my jammies all day. I had an otherwise productive day.

I slept in this morning. It was glorious. My body needed the rest oh so much. I woke up and made myself a delicious bowl of Cap'n Crunch. Then I decided I needed to clean my room before writing my paper. So I did...mostly. I got distracted by online shopping a couple times. I did eventually read the information about my paper and all the research. Basically all thats left is to actually write the darn thing.

Remember the boy who asked for my number at the Creamery yesterday? Connor? Juice boy? Well, we went to the BYU men's basketball game together today. It was a lot of fun. He's a nice guy and BYU won, duh. Unfortunately the halftime show wasn't near as great as last time's old women dancing karate performance.

After the game we got ice cream and ran into a bunch of my friends. They were going to watch a movie and invited us to come along. Connor invited his roommate/cousin, Parker, to come watch the movie with us as well. We had a blast. But we never ended up watching a movie because we couldn't get the projector to work. Lame.

Eventually we ended up in the lobby of our building just talking and laughing. Sometimes those are the best nights. Nothing but sitting and talking. Bonding. Carine and Easton both bailed when the movie didn't work, but they really missed out. Megan, Caroline, Thomas, Devin, Connor, Parker and I really had a ton of fun. Or at least I did.

Life is beautiful.
Especially when it is winter in Utah and I didn't even have to wear a coat today. SCORE.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I rock the dark circles

I am sleepy. Very sleepy. What made me think waiting to write this blog until 1 o'clock was a good idea? Okay, I write most of my blog entries late, but normally I'm not so sleep deprived.

Last night I trained for the roving part of my new job. I was out until 2 a.m. It wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be. I was all bundled up so it wasn't terribly cold. And we had some action. We had to radio the cops (not for anything big, the lock on a door was broken and we needed someone to fix it). But I can see where the rove would be a lot less fun if you were alone (which I would be normally). BUT I might not have to do the rove shift afterall. I might get to switch to a desk only position. I would lose about $0.20 an hour and have to move one of my classes (just an art class) to a different day, but I think the sleep benefits would be well worth it.

After I got off work, I went home and slept...for a few hours at least. Then I had class from 8-10. In my writing class we discussed the difference between hanging out and going on dates. In biology we discussed the definition of life. So much more complex than you would think. But my professor is hilarious. He just might convince me not to hate science. After class it was back to work for 5 busy hours. But I like my job. I get to see a ton of people, and it's kind of fun. It just might be a job I keep for the rest of my student career :)

After work I had planned on taking a nap, but I was too tired to nap. Weird, but true. I went to dinner with Caroline and then we walked to her brother's apartment. He let us borrow the car for a quick trip to the mall and Wal*Mart. Then we hurried back to see a Divine Comedy show. It was absolutely hilarious. I love BYU comedy. Clean and pee-your-pants-funny. After the show everyone wanted to do something, but I could feel that I was about to crash. Obviously I didn't let the crash stop me from having fun though. We didn't really do anything, but it was still a good night. We talked to people in the Cannon for awhile. We finally met the awesome breakdancer we've been wanting to talk to. Then we went to the Creamery to hang out.

Oh the Creamery. I sat at the counter (even though I didn't actually order anything) and talked to the workers. I had to get to know the new kids since shifts changed this semester. One of the new workers was Meg. She was nice. I learned all about her relationship and even ended up writing her boyfriend a note on a napkin. He needs to get baptised and marry her in the temple. I alluded to such in the napkin. And by alluded I mean I said "get baptised". That will be the most important napkin of his life. At one point Meg (the worker not my friend Megan) was trying to tell this boy he had forgotten his free juice. I'm loud, so I got his attention and told him about his juice. He was very thankful. In fact, awhile later he came back and asked for my number. Moral of the story: never let a man forget his free orange juice.

When the Creamery closed I came back to the dorms and talked with Megan and Carine until I just couldn't stay awake anymore. We always have the best conversations. I love those girls. But now I think I'm going to listen to my body and sleep. Sleep a LOT.

I rocked the dark circles under my eyes today.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Buzz and Woody

Caroline colored beautiful pictures of Buzz and Woody from Toy Story and put them on our door.
They are absolutely my favorite. I love coming home to such a pretty door. And they really describe us. We are very different, but we are very good friend. Just like Buzz and Woody. Woody is a little more country, whereas Buzz is from outerspace (California is kind of like space...I mean some of the people look like aliens). Buzz has a rock hard body and is super strong. Woody is really floppy and weak. I'm telling ya, the writers of Toy Story were talking about me and Caroline.

Today I had Book of Mormon and Child Development class. Child Development is probably one of my favorite classes. It's not easy, but it is extremely interesting. And sometimes a little scary. I don't like thinking about all the things that can go wrong, but I like being aware so that I will know how to handle the situation should that be what life has in store for me. Today we watched a heart breaking video about Romanian orphanages for children labeled "irrecoverable".  The conditions are almost unfathomable. There have been improvements since the video was made, but there are still terrible conditions in similar orphanages around the world. It breaks my heart.

We had a staff meeting at work today. Tonight I train on the rove. I think I'm really going to enjoy my job. Minus the lack of sleep. That will be an adjustment. Tomorrow will be a really crazy day. I have work until 2 a.m., class from 8-10 a.m. tomorrow, work from 10:30-3:30, shopping, then Divine Comedy.

Wooooh college!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Termites, Haircuts, New Job, and LOTS of Reading

When I woke up this morning, I expected today to be a pretty average day. Oh Lisa, when will you ever learn? Life never has "average" days. Each day is an adventure.

Writing class went fairly normal, minus the 3 kids who were in the wrong classroom and didn't realize it...even after the teacher began teaching (seriously how didn't they know what their professor looks like?). And it's not like it's a big class either. There are only like 15 of us in that class. Silly kids. But mostly it was just a normal class. Then I went to bio. Professor Smith said we were going to be doing an experiment with termites. I thought for sure he would perform an experiment and we would all watch (there are 300 kids in the class and we sit in those itty bitty baby chairs with the fold up desks). But no. We got into small groups and were handed a container with LIVE termites. They were creepy crawly and I was not a fan. Somehow my desk got voted termite desk (of course) so I had to sit veryyyy close to the little creatures. Oh and it gets better. We had to take them out of the container and watch them run around GROSS. Luckily, I avoided touching them or really doing anything except squealing. I insisted that the guy sitting next to me do all the dirty work, afterall that's what boys are for, right? Such a traumatizing class period.

After class I went to work for some training on the desk. I worked for 5 hours, which really took away almost all of today's study time. I think I'm really going to enjoy my job though once I get into the routine. All my co-workers seem nice and the job itself isn't too terribly complex. Yay for being a responsible adult!

I really did plan on doing school work after I got off work, but then Megan showed up at my door with scissors. That girl is so crazy. She decided she wanted her hair chopped off. Not just a trim, a major cut.
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A true sign of friendship, Megan let me make the first cut. I knew she was going to get a lot cut off, so we were just playing around being silly. It reminded me of cutting my Barbies' hair when I was little. I let Caroline take over when it was time to get serious. She's a bit more experienced than I am. It turned out great :) Caroline is very talented. And Megan is very brave.

After all that craziness, we were hungry. So, no studying before dinner. But after dinner I hit the books. And aside from a 5 minutes ecclesiastical endorsement interview, I haven't stopped until I decided to write today's blog post. This is homework after all. But tomorrow is a SUPER busy day and I still have a lot to do.

Today was full of new experiences. Each day is a learning adventure.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Life is Crazy, Life is Good

This week is crazy busy, so I wanted to be especially productive today. Without driving myself insane. For the most part: mission accomplished. I still have a loooooong list of "to-do's", but I feel good about all that I got done today. I only had two classes today, but I also watched the campus devotional, went to the employment office to get cleared for student employment, did all my reading for tomorrow's classes (and some of Thursday's too!), did my laundry, discovered a delicious new place to eat in the Cougareat, got all my stickers for Geek Week and even found time to have a much needed conversation with my lovely roomie. We both needed to spill our feelings on various life issues. It's amazing that only a few months ago I thought I would never get along with Caroline and now she is one of my very best friends. She is such a good listener and always tells me what I need to hear, whether I want to hear it or not. Heavenly Father definitely had a hand in placing us in the same room. He knew I would need a friend like Caroline this year more than ever.

My life is about to get even more crazy. I start training for my new job tomorrow. I am excited to have some income, but also a bit worried about how I will balance it all. I know I can do it though. Seeking employment after deciding not to work last semester was a bit scary, but I prayed about it and I know it is the right thing. This will be good for me.

It is a bit overwhelming that I already have a paper due in a week and another not long after. I also have countless hours of reading, several quizzes, and various other projects. I don't rememberthe beginning of last semester being quite so hectic! But I love it. I really do. BYU is amazing. Today at the devotional President and Sister Samuelson talked about the things they love about BYU. It reminded me of all the wonderful blessings I receive by attending this great university. I am so blessed.

Today in my child development class I learned an interesting fact. The average 4 year old asks approximately 400 questions each day. Most of these questions are "why?". I think the average 19 year old asks just as many "why?" questions, just not out loud. There is always an answer to why. We may not always see the answer clearly, but it is there. Sometimes we just have to put our hand in the Lord's and let Him lead us one step at a time.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lisa is spelled F-A-T-E

What a day. I am absolutely exhausted...and still not finished with homework. After going to bed after midnight last night, I had an early class today. Yuck. At least tomorrow I get to sleep in a bit. But I guess I should get used to staying up late because (drum roll please) I got a job. The job works with my class schedule, but it will require me to work late a couple nights a week. One night a week until 2 a.m. YIKES! And I'll have to brave the cold. But it will be worth it. I think it's the right thing to do. I don't want any more debt than is absolutely necessary for my education.

In other news, LSU is currently losing the national championship game. They better pull through and magically win because I didn't befriend the attractive guy sitting next to me in bio all because he wasn't cheering for LSU. It will be tragic if we don't win after I passed up an opportunity like that.

Oh! I started a new class today. Art for elementary teachers. I'm not very artsy, but I think the class will be wonderful. Today we had to sit across from one of our classmates and draw them....without looking at the paper. Then we had to draw a picture upside down to draw with the right side of our brains. My artwork turned out...interesting. We somehow got onto the subject of lions in that class and the teacher freaked out and said we had to watch this youtube video about Christian the lion. It was actually really neat. I want a pet lion. Although really I've always wanted a white tiger, not a lion.

Once Upon A Time today (yes, I know I'm a day late but I have to wait for it to come on Hulu) was amazing as always. I love that show. I just don't see how everything will work out. I'm addicted.

Now for the best part of the day. You know those notes from "fate" I left all over campus with my friends' numbers on them? Well, one of those notes scored Megan a date tomorrow night with a super hott RM. She owes me big time. Especially if they get married. I'm so winning the bet. You're welcome, Megan.

Another great day in the life of Lisa.

Sunday at the Y

Sundays at BYU are great. Especially fast Sundays. I really, really, really love food so it's kind of amazing how much I love fast Sundays, but I do. There is never a long awkward pause between testimonies in my ward. Instead there is a line of 18-19 year olds anxiously awaiting to share the truths that they know. Back home it was a rare occassion that someone under the age of 25 bore their testimony. It is absolutely wonderful to be in a place where people my age are eager to share their testimony with others. Most of the guys in my ward are preparing to serve missions. Many have already gotten their calls. Well get ready World, because some AWESOME missionaries are about to be unleashed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is absolutely true. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Church is led by a true and living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I don't know these things because someone told me. I know because I prayed about it. Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. He loves us. He knows us.

Now, as I said, I love food. But today's meal was a bit of a fail. The steak in the Cannon was red. Gross. I like my meat good and dead. However, there was Creamery ice cream so that saved the day. Who needs a real meal when there is unlimited ice cream? YUM!

But getting back to church, church was really good today. Of course Sacrament meeting was good with all of the amazing testimonies. I taught Sunday school today...alone. My teaching partner moved off campus this semester. The lesson went pretty well, but I am excited to have a new partner next time I teach. My new teaching partner's name is Cameron and he seems really cool. Kjersten taught Relief Society. It was a way good lesson. Overrall, successful day at church.

Caroline's brother, James, came over during visiting hours today. I met the rest of her family over Thanksgiving break, but James was on his mission so it was my first time meeting him. He reminded me so much of he and Caroline's dad. It was great. I think a couple girls in the hall are already in love with him.

Ward prayer tonight was awesome, as usual. Ashton got to tell her engagement story and show off the rock. After ward prayer I stayed in the lobby and socialized for a lot longer than I realized. Oops. I guess my 8 a.m. class will be real fun tomorrow. We had a lot of fun though. We debated whether or not guys and girls can be "just friends". Then we played never have I ever and kiss marry kill. Good times.

Sundays are refreshing. Now it's time to sleep so I'll be ready to tackle this week head on.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Oh Provo...

I forgot how unique weekends in Provo can be. It has been quite the weekend. Only at BYU can you spend a Friday night at an event with dancing, inflatable obstacle courses, super hero cape decorating and speed dating. Now, I did not go to this event with the intention of participating in the speed dating. I just wanted to get my groove on. BUT THEN... Megan and I were walking into the dance and some guys running the speed dating begged us to sign up. They said there weren't enough girls signed up, so they were having to turn boys away. So we did. We signed up. Life experience right? No, we are not desperate. We did not go into this thinking we were really going to meet anyone. It was a joke. Unfortunately, I don't think the males participating in the speed dating thought it was funny. They were serious. It was an interesting experience. One I do not wish to ever experience again. I mean, it gets a little monotonous answering the same basic questions every 2 minutes. Lesson learned: speed dating just isn't my thing.

After we ditched that event, we ran into these guys we had bumped into about a million times that night. I'm sure they thought we were stalking them, but I promise we were not. They were entertaining themselves by putting walkie talkies into trees and bushes and scaring people when they walked by. It was hilarious. We stayed outside talking to them until it was just too cold.

I guess the cold weather should have been a good warning, but I was suprised to see a blanket of snow when I woke up this morning. I thought about taking a picture to post, but then I remembered that the snow is COLD and I didn't particularly want to go outside just to take a picture. My roomie (Caroline) left early this morning to go skiing, so I had the room to myself. Which means I stayed in bed almost all day.

When I eventually got out of bed I met up with Meg and went to the BYU men's basketball game (okay, that's a  bit of an exaggeration...I got out of bed earlier). The student section was packed. Luckily we saw some friends and were able to sit with them. The absolute best part of the entire basketball game was the half time show. BEST HALF TIME SHOW EVER. Hands down.
50-96 year old women dressed in karate outfits dancing. Oh yes, it was amazing. I tried to upload the video I took, but I couldn't get it to work. Maybe I'll put it on facebook tomorrow. One of the grandmas did the splits! Megan is convinced that the wrinkles in the old woman's skin allow her to stretch better. You go grandma!

After the game we went to the Cannon Center (dorm cafeteria) to eat. Thomas ate with us and we bonded over what Megan and I thought was deep conversation. Thomas thought it was superficial. You win some, you lose some. We were sitting at a 4 person table, but it was just the 3 of us. Behind us there was a guy sitting all by his lonesome. When he got up to get more food, I told Megan to grab his tray and put it at our table. You gotta love Meg. She did it. In her rush to not get caught stealing this guy's tray, she spilled his chocolate milk all over our table and my phone. Smooth. Then he came back. He sat down at his now tray-less table with his bowl of cereal. Megan ran away embarrassed. Eventually I decided I should probably explain the situation. I went over and sat at his table and began explaining. Megan must have been worried I would say something embarrassing because she magically reappeared. We then invited Steve (that's his name by the way) to join us at our table. After all, we did have his tray. Steve was very nice. We bonded. He invited us to steal his tray anytime we want.

After that adventure Megan and I were in the mood to have random fun. We didn't have any ideas though, so we had to turn to Google. The idea we found most appealing? Stick blueberries up your nose and shoot them to see who can go further. Well, we didn't have blueberries. But we did have Skittles and M&Ms. The world smelled a little fruity after that. Taste the rainbow? Smell the rainbow.

Of course shooting candy out of our noses didn't entertain us for long. No worries though, we came up with another idea. We got a group of friends together and went to the library to write notes and leave them in books for people to find. We almost got kicked out of the library before we even got in. Evidently we looked suspicious. Whatever security man. After promising we wouldn't play games he allowed us to go to the "no shh" zone. After writing tons of funny notes and notes with our friends' phone numbers on them we decided there were too many to hide in just the library. Megan, Greta, and I set off to hide some in the Tanner building. I had written my roomates number on a notecard and placed it in an envelope that said To: you From: fate. Well, fate didn't take long. Less than an hour after I hid the card a boy named Andrew found it and called! Maybe it really was fate. I'll keep you posted.

BYU weekends. What a life.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lil Baby Blog

I've been thinking about starting a blog for quite some time, but I was always "too busy". Then this morning in my writing class I learned I could do a daily blog for extra credit. Being the over achiever that I am, of course I decided I could make time for a blog. Extra credit is good motivation to do just about anything.

So, it's the begginning of the semester. It's going to be a good one. I can feel it. Well, I could  feel it. The first two days of the semester were quite "warm". I even went outside without a coat (which is a big deal for a Louisiana gal adjusting to winter in Utah). But today is cold. In the twenties. Not lovin' it. However, the free hot chocolate stands around campus made walking to class a little more bearable. And my classes aren't miserable...at least not yet. Yes, it will be a good semester. In case the warmer weather and free hot chocolate weren't enough foreshadowing, I also found one of the hidden envelopes around campus with a coupon for 2 free ice creams! I mean, I'm not exactly sure I can bring myself to eat ice cream in this weather, but I like free things.

Bring it winter semester. I'm ready.