Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I Wish I was a Balla'...

Tonight was seriously so much fun! Which is great because I really need some fun these days. The first thing I did tonight was go to Abe, Brent and Chris's intramural basketball game. They got totally worked. It was actually quite sad. But that's what happens when you're all freshman and your tallest player is only 5'11''. Ha I love my friends. One good news item was that I wasn't the only one who came to their game tonight.There were also 3 girls from our ward cheering the ABC Boys to bitter defeat: Ashley Garrett, Sarah Erickson (Abe's new...something), and Lindsay Oaks. Now I know I shouldn't be dishing on my friends' love lives but the Abe/Sarah thing is pretty interesting. Ha I'm such a gossip. I hope he doesn't read this because I'm pretty sure he would try to kill me. Anyways, after watching them get totally worked, (and subsequently getting interrogated by the girls on the sidelines - I didn't spill a single word), Chris left to go to a haunted house and the rest of us went back to the girls' apartment to watch the Jazz game. The Jazz won by like 20. Abe was very happy. And then the 6 of us, now joined by Ashley Alessi (another roommate), so 7 of us went out to play some basketball of our own. This basketball game was very important because it was practice for our tournament. The tournament needs some explanation. About a week ago, Abe, Brent and I happened to be down in the basement with Ashley, Ashley and Sarah, and decided to play a little 2-on-2 ping pong. Ashley Garrett and I won every game. We were basically amazing. So, we decided to start a 2-on-2 tournament doing a bunch of different stuff. Kind of like the Olympics but way more fun. Next up is basketball, which is why we were practicing. And my team will most likely lose the b-ball games to Brent and Sarah, but we already have ping pong under our belts, and since we won that event, at this moment in time Ashley and I are in 1st place. Go us! Anyways, we played 3 on 4 for literally two hours until it was almost one in the morning. Until some ducmb girl told us that the court actually closes at 10, so we technically shouldn't have been playing at all. But if they don't want people playing on the court, they should light up the sign or something because none of us saw it. It was seriously so much fun. Just what I needed. I love my friends. I'm more and more grateful for them every day.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tagged Like Grafitti

Karly tagged me.

4 Place's I've Lived
1. 38 Felt, Provo
2. Belmont House in STG
3. Murphy House in CTown
4. La Mirada House in CTown (my fav!)

4 Jobs I've Had
1. Tuacahn Ticket Agent
2. Seymour in Little Shop at Tuacahn (More work than any job)
3. I worked in a retirement community for like a day...
4. Full time BYU Cougar. It counts.

4 Favorite Desserts
1. Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili's. Ask Katie.
2. Orange Balls at Christmas
3. Cream Cheese Brownies
4. Golden Spoon

4 Favorite TV Shows (this is hard)
1. One Tree Hill
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Gilmore Girls
4. Heroes

4 Interesting Facts about Me
1. I was 10 weeks early, 1 lb. 10 oz. when I was born.
2. I was a dancer in High School Musical 2. Really.
3. I brought more clothes to BYU than most girls.
4. New music Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week.

4 People I'm tagging.
1. I don't know
2. 4 people with blogs
3. who haven't already been
4. tagged.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Looking Forward and Trying Not to Run Back

So, I haven't posted anything for about a half of a week because it's been partly a really boring half week and partly a really busy week. If that makes any sense. Basically up until the weekend was totally boring with nothing happening. And then the weekend came and I went home! Then things started picking up. That will be a seperate post. But yeah, so now I'm back to my boring Provo life with very few friends and very few fun times. But hey the semester is now halfway over! So that's something to look forward to. The End. Well, the Break Before New Year's. Hopefully by then I will have more than three friends from BYU. I keep telling myself it will happen one day. I am really excited though, because my three friends are going to come down to STG with me in December. Something to look forward to. Christmas also means I get to see Cami. And the Six will be reunited. Forever. Something to look forward to. L. Tom Perry is speaking at devotional tomorrow. Something to look forward to. My life is full of Something to Look Forward To's. Try to live in the present Glenn. Just Try.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Tragedy Called Friendship

Today I realized something funny. Top Friends on Facebook can be such an ego-booster or total ego-crusher. Seriously. Putting all your closest friends on your Top Friends is only the beginning. What if one of your best friends puts all your other friends on their Top Friends, but excludes you? Do you take that person off your Top Friends because obviously the Top Friendness is not reciprocated? And how do you react the next time you see that person on campus? Should you write on their Wall and confront them? Or maybe do it through text? And if they then put you on their Top Friends, did they really mean it or did they just do it to appease you? Social networking is so much drama. It's practically your very own personal soap opera. Why do we let our lives be controlled by such things?

Things I've Learned From College...

So it is October 24th. My 2 month anniversary of moving to Provo. 2 months ago was the hardest day of my life. And now, looking back on my two months as a college student:

1. If you live in the dorms, you never go to bed before midnight. Ever.
2. Some people's lives actually revolve around the game World of Warcraft.
2.5 You don't have to like your roommates, you just have to live with them.
3. You aren't required to be social in college.
4. However, you're still required to make new friends. Yeah...
5. Actually making friends isn't as hard as I worried it would be. At least 3 of them.
6. It only takes a couple months for your new friends to feel like best friends.
7. English teachers don't get any nicer after high school.
8. When in college, you don't have a TV. So you resort to watching TV online.
9. Except I don't have time for TV because I am always studying or doing homework.
10. You never have money. And suddenly $30 a week is alot. Did I really just say that?
11. Snow is evil. I want to live in an air-controlled, weatherless bubble for the rest of my life.
12. I really, really miss every thing about St. George that I said I hated. Except the curfew.
13. Actually, a curfew is a really good thing.
14. Because I am always seriously sleep deprived. Seriously.
15. Melting down because of homesickness at 2 in the morning is totally normal. For me.
16. I talk to my mom on the phone at least 12 times a day. And my gramma. Really.
17. I want to be a surgeon. I hate English. And Communications.
18. One of my best friend's middle names is L'asambakasenda. Straight out of Africa. Well, technically Canada.
19. I'm not the only one who sleeps with a stuffed animal. I think.
20. No one here has to know I sing. Reputations don't proceed you.
21. Doing stuff in Provo is just a way to pass the time in between the weekends I get to go home.
22. You finally realize how grateful you should have been for your best friends in high school.
23. Facebook is the bomb.
24. My day gets a whole lot better when I find free food.
25. I am not even remotely like 95% of the people living in my building.
26. You constantly want to rip out the vocal chords of every music major in your building who tries to show off. Or maybe that's just me.
27. I can love basketball without having to actually play it.
28. Chappelle's Show and Family Guy are actually kind of funny. I'm still not sold on Seinfeld.
29. Walking everywhere sucks. I really miss my car.
30. This whole starting over thing is kind of great.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Carnival Ride

Carrie Underwood's second album comes out today!!! This is probably my most anticipated album of the freaking year. What I've heard so far is amazing and figured it was a good enough excuse to post it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Time Flies...

Wow! I just realized today that I've been living on my own for 2 months on the 24th. And graduation was seriously 5 months ago. Seriously! My life has changed so much in such a short period of time. I feel like I'm so different in so many ways from who I was on graduation day. Then it dawns on me that it's almost November, and it's like "Where has all this time gone?" I have new friends, a new room, bed, classes, teachers, the list goes on and on. I really live in Provo. How crazy is that? My friends and acquaintances from high school are spread out literally all over the country. Karly finally met Brent for the first time last night. Like seriously for the first time since we started college! And she still hasn't met any of my other friends. Cami is at the other end of the United States and will probably never even meet them. How weird is that? And Millie was a year ago! Trent and Chelsea are in previews for Wizard, which Taylor, Kar, and I are going down to see this weekend. All of this is just baffling me. Life changes and we adapt. Lesson Learned.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Protecting Local Economies from Globalization is Harmful...WHAT?!?

So I'm supposed to write a rhetorical analysis on this article (Title above), and my question is this: how the heck am I supposed to write 4-6 pages on this crap when 1. the article is only 2.5 pages long, 2. i have no idea what the heck half the words on the page mean, much less the actual concepts he's talking about, and 3. my confidence in my writing ability has totally been shattered by a 30-something, Avatar-addicted grad student.... What am I supposed to do?

A Lot of Happenings...

A lot has happened since my very recent last post. First off, after my parents dropped me off on Friday, a bunch of my friends from high school called me to tell me they were up here for the weekend. And we went to a couple haunted houses. I swear to you parts of the Haunted Forest were some of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Especially the evil clowns and the blowtorch wielding demon devil. Yeah, I'm a total baby when it comes to that stuff. Then yesterday I played around all day with my parents, cousin Troy, and my best friend Taylor who came up to visit! It was seriously the best, just what I needed. We shopped around at the mall (my dad bought me a suit!), ate lunch (Spaghetti Factory, my fav.), went bowling (Tay bowled a 27. I love her.), ate dinner (the first Bajio's I've had since moving...YUM!), and went to a movie (The Game Plan. Cute Disney...Dad said it was "highly manipulative haha). OH, and you will never believe this! We were walking out of the movie and guess who was signing posters for his new movie in the lobby? CHRIS HEIMERDINGER!!! For all you who haven't obsessively read his books since 3rd grade, he writes the Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites series. I got an autograph and almost peed my pants! Then my parents had to leave. I put on a brave face but I was really sad to see them go. I miss them so much. After that, Tay and I met Karly and some of her new friends at Fat Cats and watched them bowl. It was better than doing nothing for the rest of the night. Oh yeah, when we were done, we walked outside INTO A BLIZZARD. Ok not really but it was snowing really heavily and I wanted to shoot myself. I don't have boots. Or gloves. I am going t0 die. At church this morning, fully decked out in my new apparel, I hastily avoided the melting snow missles plummeting from the trees. I swear they were specifically aiming for me and my new clothes. Walked into sacrament and guess who is speaking...Elder Tingey, senior president of the Seventy. Yeah. Wow. Welcome to BYU. He was actually there because he is Brent and Kendall's grandpa and Brent got ordained as an Elder today. So yeah, a ton has happened in the past couple of days, and this is really long but no one reads my blog anyways so it doesn't really matter.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The 5 Stages of Grief and Swagat Happiness

It's Parent's Weekend!! And the timing could not have been more perfect. This morning I got my first English paper back. Grad student beasty gave me a C+. I've never gotten a C on anything in my entire life. Natural to how seriously I take my work, a complete and total meltdown was soon happening. Like I didn't even make it back to my apartment before I collapsed in a mess of tears. I swear a big chunk of the grade is just because that woman does not like me. Anyways, after finally making it back to my apartment I called my parents, who were already on their way up here for a funfilled weekend. After letting them know of my serious devestation, I proceeded to lay in bed for about an hour and a half just crying. I forgot to clean my apartment or even shower. I stayed there until my wonderful, amazing, perfect cavalry arrived with a big box of chocolates and tons of great advice. I seriously love my parents. The talk with my dad definitely helped. And then we tried to burn my paper but were too lazy to start the fireplace and ask for permission and go through many laborous fire-starting tasks. After finishing the big emotional outburst, I have spent the rest of the day going through the 5 stages of grief. About an English paper. Yeah, I'm pathetic but I have a hard time letting something I consider that much of a personal blow go very easily. I'm currently in stage four (Denial). (Thank you Dr. Therapist I went to during my senior year, who obviously helped me so much that I can't remember your name, for helping me learn these stages.) I'm sure at some point in the night there will probably be a relapse back through grief, anger, more grief etc. but eventually I will hopefully reach stage 5 (Acceptance). Well, probably not but I can hope right?

The rest of the day was total fun with Mom and Dad. Love them. I took them on a very magical tour of campus, showed them all my favorite places while conveniently avoiding the Stairs of Death down to lower campus. We also shopped for groceries, a snow jacket (love it), got me a much needed haircut, and went to lunch and dinner. For dinner my dad let me pick - I think this was the first time in the history of the universe - and had to consult the OnStar lady to help us find a decent Indian restaurant. Which is how we ended up at Swagat on 700 West, my new favorite place. Let me tell you we tried chicken curry, lamb biryani (my fav.), chicken biryani, rose and mango lassi(s)?, roti, and parata. We never did get our garlic naan, but the dinner was amazing. Indian food is the newest addition to my favorite foods list.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Rather Perfect Afternoon

This afternoon was wonderful. After a relatively low-key day of classes (with only one condescending, villianizing remark from good old English grad student about my inability to read a chalkboard from six rows back),I decided I needed some serious detoxing. Therefore, I settled on the best and only real way I know how to detox: by spending a few hours with Lorelai, Rory, and the rest of my favorite Stars Hollow residents. That's right - a Gilmore Girls marathon. One 4-episode disk in all its witty, mile-a-minute bantering glory was then followed by a chapter of The Beautiful and Damned, a short nap, soup, hot chocolate, and yet another 4-episode binge. The only thing missing was a bubble bath. But if you looked at our bathtub and all the footness that goes on down there, that would basically explain my skippage of the bubbles...

A Night of Conclusions

Last night, I came to this conclusion: I may not have many close friends up here (like I can count them on one hand), but the friends I have are great. They are literally the one good thing up here for me. Just when I'm having the worst time on my own, and thinking I have absolutely no one at this whole university who actually cares about me and I'm ready to go home, I'm reminded of how much I'm blessed to have friends who aren't holier than thou Peter Priesthoods to make me feel better. Thank you ABC Boys.

Also, The Ringer is a freakin' hilarious movie. It's like I felt really bad for laughing throughout the entire thing, but it was just so funny!! And I don't think I could have really watched it with anyone else on campus and felt comfortable laughing so hard.

And, I'm so so so excited for Friday because my parents will be here and everything will be better!

And I'm just as excited for Sunday because Taylor will be here and I miss my best friend and everything will be perfect, and then I can hopefully be feeling better about this place and staying here.

Oh and it's raining again. Surprise. And thundering. I am deathly afraid of thunder.

Monday, October 15, 2007

G and A - Partners in Crime since 1989

I went home for honestly a few hours this weekend (left on Saturday afternoon, came home Sunday afternoon) to spend some time with Ade. In the 18 hours I was there, we were able to have more fun than I've had the entire time I've been at BYU. It was a blast. I love that we could be locked together in a dark, padded, 4x4 room and we would still be laughing our butts off.

We're gangstas...



Sneaky golf cart stealers...
Adrienne, you don't know it but that night helped me just as much as I meant for it to help you. I have been having such a difficult time being away at school, and I've gotten really down about everything. It's really so hard to be away from everyone. But, I'm so grateful to have you in my life. You are a constant, permanent support system that I have been needing a whole heck of a lot lately. It's so comforting to know that you are the one person I can always, always, ALWAYS count on for literally anything in the world. You know me better than anyone and you are my best friend.
I can't tell you readers how thankful I am that I am a part of my amazing family.

My New Favorite Playlist

Throw Me a Rope - KT Tunstall
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
The Heart of the Matter - India.Arie
Car Crash - Matt Nathanson
Scratch - Kendall Payne
Again and Again - Jewel
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Non-Believer - La Rocca
Only Fooling Myself - Kate Voegele
Dreaming With a Broken Heart - John Mayer
Speeding Cars - Imogen Heap
Rangers - A Fine Frenzy
I Don't Wanna Be Right - Chris Bryan
El Greco - Paula Cole
I Shall Believe - Sheryl Crow
Lie In The Sound - Trespassers William
It's My Mistake - Michelle Featherstone
Still Fighting It - Ben Folds
simple man - Amy Jo Johnson
Umbrella - Marie Digby

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Rain, Mr. Fitzgerald, and Chocolate Milk

It's raining in Provo. Not bad rain, just really steady drizzle. It's the kind of rain that you could just lay down in the grass and stay in forever. And there's tons of fog all over the mountains. Beautiful. I feel like i'm in Forks.

And I found a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned today. This is great news because it's literally the only Fitz I don't own and could never find it at any bookstore in St. George. The BYU bookstore is amazing. It has everything. Which is good because bookstores are quite possibly my favorite places on Earth.

Also, I am addicted to the creamery's chocolate milk. To die for. Thank you Karly for showing me the light.

Friday, October 12, 2007

MDT Ping Pong

So this week, I really find myself wanting to do MDT. I don't know why. Maybe it's just because I was trying to mentally find the strength to walk away from it. I don't really know the reason. All I know is that this week I really want to do it. What I hate is that my feelings towards MDT are constantly changing. It's like a game of ping pong. One second it's how I honestly want to spend the rest of my life and the next second I'm disregarding the previous feeling and ready to walk away from it forever. I feel very torn. But I really need to decide because if I want to do it I need to start preparing my audition. In the end, I think it really comes down to following my head or following my heart. But which one is the right path to follow?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mac Attack

My mom got a mac. Yeah. EXACTLY. I would actually use all the features on a mac. And i'm pretty sure my laptop is going to explode and die any day now. Ok maybe that's a bit of an overexaggeration but the huge crack in the screen can't be a good sign and it just gets bigger every day. It now reaches all the way across the screen. And I can't take my laptop to classes because the computer people told me it wouldnt be safe and it won't get as hurt if i just leave it at home. But how does that help me in class? I swear that was the entire point of me bringing a laptop to college. And a built in camera would be really nice because then I wouldnt have to scrounge up money I don't have for a webcam to talk to my parents on skype. And I would also be able to ichat with my best friends who are spread out by hundreds of miles because of graduation. That would be nice. Not that I'm jealous. So basically now my dad, mom, and adrienne all have macs. Cami, chelsea, karly, and taylor all have macs and i'm pretty sure trent will spring for one pretty soon. and as far as i can see, most of the BYU student population has a mac. Basically I just really want a mac. Don't get me wrong, I am really grateful I have my laptop. I'm just scared it is going to go to sleep one night and never wake up again. And I would lose all my music, pictures, documents, and basically my entire life. And macs are really wonderful. Case in point being that my wonderful, loving dad who I really love so much has been willing to get a brand new one for every other adult family member living in my house. Maybe I'll just have to waste all my imaginary, but soon to be real because I'm getting a job, money to buy one for myself. Yay for being an independent adult. Please pull through Santa.

Monday, October 8, 2007

One is Silver and the Other's Gold

One of the hardest things to keep in perspective in college is this:
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold.
Meet my "old" friends:

In sharp contrast, welcome to my "new" friends (accidentally minus Kendall):

Anyways, there is a definite difference. But it's always good to know that I can always depend on my 5 best friends from high school no matter where we all are. On the other hand, I'm starting to realize that I can depend on my new friends as well. So life is good, whether I'm quickly getting to know you or you know everything about me, I love my friends.

A Freezing, Fun Conference Weekend

This weekend I got to spend the weekend with my Gramma in Salt Lake City for General Conference. It was the first time I had ever been and it was amazing! We had so much fun and it was a really special conference. Henry B. Eyring was sustained as the new 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency (President Faust died last month), and Elder Quentin L. Cook was called as the newest Apostle. We got to hear both of them speak along with Elder David A. Bednar, President Hinckley and many other General Authorities.

Me and Grams, my best friend in the whole wide world! Along with being my personal best friend, she is also the best gramma in the world. So I kinda feel bad for the rest of the world because their grammas are simply not as wonderful and amazing as mine! I'm pretty dang lucky!

This is the Conference Center. I love this building! It's probably one of my favorites on Temple Square (even though it's not exactly on Temple Square, but that's beside the point...)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Hip, Hop, Hooray!!!

I found out today that I am one of the newest members of the BYU hip hop team! Almost 60 people auditioned and they took 25 (4 boys). So yeah, I am pretty dang excited about that. To celebrate, I took some hiphop looking pictures haha ya I'm pretty much a nerd.

Oh yeah, and my hood can totally zip up all the way!! Crazy, huh?