Sunday, March 30, 2008

Lucky Number 13

Ok so a very interesting thing just happened to me. I just came back to my room after watching a movie with the gang and some new friends. I walked in, sat down and was checking my email when my Buddhist roommate asked me these questions: "What does 'We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things' mean? What is the admonition of Paul? For about 5 seconds I couldn't think of what to say and had a little trouble processing that, after three months of silence, he was asking me a question about the church. And then my brain started furiously trying to remember anything I had ever learned about the admonition of Paul. Saying a silent prayer that there would be something written in the margin, I opened my scriptures to the Articles of Faith. Thankfully, due to some year of EFY or seminary, I had scrawled Phil. 4:8 next to the verse. It took a minute for me to explain as best I could, and I'm not even sure I explained it exactly right, but I did my best and he seemed to understand. I am so grateful that the scriptures helped me answer his question because when he asked it I literally had NO idea what the answer was. Thank you EFY counselor or seminary teacher or whoever felt compelled to explain that to me once and have me write the reference in my scriptures. Totally sweet mission prep.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

College Pizza Party

Tonight was an adventure. On a quickly decided whim, I went up to Salt Lake with Karly, Megan, Stephanie Abraham, and Karly's new friend Colette Covey for the BYU/Utah Gymnastics meet. After stopping at a Maverick for some amazing frozen yogurt, we met up with Eric Freckleton, a friend from DHS who goes to the U now. The meet was tons of fun. Maddie did good, not her best but good. We lost but that was expected. I was really shocked at how many people were there though. Over 15,000 people came to watch the meet! At BYU there are like on average 2,000. After the meet, Eric and Jared Golden took us to this awesome pizza place called The Pie and let me just tell you it was exactly what I imagined college life would be like. The place just had a totally "collegey" vibe to it. I swear, straight out of a movie. The pizza was so greasy but so amazing. I tucked away almost 4 pieces and I'm totally not a pizza person. Basically just a night of good food, good memories, great friends. It was honestly one of the funnest nights I have had this semester without the "Entourage." We sat around and talked/ate for maybe a couple hours and then decided to call it a night. I loved it. It's just funny that you can get to be such better friends with people after you graduate. I'm still trying to figure out why Eric Freckleton and I weren't best friends in high school.


Also, as a side note, after this night, I'm considering looking into the U for when I come back from my mission. Because seriously, it's like I always forget how much I love Salt Lake. It's like one of my favorite cities. I loved the feel of the campus while we were there, and the college part of town in general. I don't know, maybe the "seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake" to quote my fave Disney movie. But it wouldn't hurt to look right?

Friday, March 28, 2008

1 Down, 5 to Go

Last night, one of my best friends, Andy Gonzalez (center) got his mission call! He has been called to serve in the Bolivia, Santa Cruz mission. He reports June 24th to the Provo MTC. So proud of him! It was way cool because he is the first one out of all of us to get his call. (We're all really young.) Chris is supposed to get his possibly next week and I will get mine hopefully before school is out. And can I just say how much I love this picture? It's the first picture we've ever taken of all 7 of us (not in Dani's little sisters' dress-up clothes haha.)

Dreaming Wide Awake

Ok for those of you who really know me, you know that my favorite type of music is contemporary musical theater. Thanks to Chelsea, I have recently discovered an up-and-coming composer from New York named Scott Alan. Earlier this year, he released his first collection of songs, Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan. Now, I have been dying to get this album for months. And thanks to the Easter Bunny, I finally have it! The whole thing is amazing and I am completely addicted to this man's music. So much of it is filled with uplifting, good messages, and the vocalists he uses on the album are a literal Who's-Who of Broadway. However, all of this is not why I wanted to blog about. In addition to all his other work, Scott has also recently begun to work pretty extensively with my absolute favorite vocalist, Natalie Weiss. (Also a Chelsea-find. What would I do without this girl?) Earlier this week, they recorded a new song for the Limited Edition re-release of Dreaming Wide Awake. It's called "The Distance You Have Come" and after this crazy, emotional year of college, I immediately connected with this song. I think everyone needs to remember this once in a while. Go to scottalan.net to listen to the complete recording and a bunch of his other stuff! Here are the lyrics:
The Distance You Have Come

I don't know where tomorrow finds me
The only thing I know is where I'm standing now.
In this life, there's never been a guarantee
Which seems to be the only guarantee I've found.
But keep your eyes upon the road
Keep driving
It won't be long until you see
A sign that says that you're arriving.

And when you reach that day
When you conquered what's behind you
Don't forget the fight it took to get you here.
And when you reach the top
Of the mountain you've been climbing
Don't forget the distance you have come.


It's hard when no one tells you if you're
winning
But just remind yourself how far that you've already
come.
And some days you may feel that there is no
ending
But if you give up now, you'll never know if you could
have won.
Keep your eyes upon the road
Keep driving
It won't be long until you see
A sign that says that you're arriving


And when that day has come
When you've conquered what's behind you
Don't forget the moments that have come before
And when you reach that place
When you're miles from where you started
Don't forget the distance you have come.

And there'll be days when the weight of the world will
bind you
And you're wondering if the world really needs
you

But keep on goin', keep on driving
Cuz the sign ahead will soon be behind you.


And when you reach that day
When you've conquered what's behind you
Don't forget the fight it took to get you here.
And when you reach the top
Of the mountain you've been climbing
Don't forget the distance you have come.


And when that day has come
When you've conquered what's behind you
Don't forget the moments that have come before.
And when you reach that place
When you're miles from where you started
Don't forget the distance...
Don't forget the distance...


Don't forget the distance you have come.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sharing(?) a Living Space

Now that I'm done with the hardest Chemistry homework I've ever done, I want to take a few minutes to blog. The above is a picture of my lovely apartment. Now here's the thing: I took this picture right after my parents left, when no one but me had moved in yet. Little did I know that after over 7 months of living with five other roommates, this picture would pretty much still sum up the feel of my apartment. I have finally come to terms with the fact that I have been placed in the most unusual, absurd living situation ever. I live with 5 roommates. But you wouldn't know it by coming to my apartment. You walk in the front door and rarely see anything but three closed doors. There is no interaction between roommates. There is no laughter or funny quote wall filled with inside jokes from a schoolyear of living together. My roommate Van and I don't really talk. The only time he even acknowledges me is when he doesn't understand a word/concept in English and needs an explanation. He's been at BYU for almost three months and I still know virtually nothing about him. Yet we share a bedroom... I can literally go a full week (from Monday night to Monday night for FHE) without seeing one of my roommates in particular. Because he does nothing but sit in his room and play World of Warcraft. I'm not being judgemental, I'm just observing that this is the strangest situation. It has made me vow to never live with strangers ever again. So it's a good thing I already have a pretty solid idea of who I will be living with when I get back. Thank goodness. Many other apartments in my ward became fast friends, immediately clicking and finding common interests. Unfortunately, I haven't really found any common interests with any of my roommates this year. It's not that we don't get along. We just have nothing in common. Or maybe they all do and I just don't know about it. Maybe the parties are happening when I'm not there. But with only one month left, I don't think I will ever find out.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I Want the Good Times Back

I was looking through a bunch of old pictures the other day and came across these pictures from Les Miserables at Tuacahn in 2005. Looking back, this was by far one of the most impactful experiences I was blessed to have in high school. That summer, I was an excited, freshly driver's-licensed 16 year old who was so ecstatic to be a part of this inaugural program at Tuacahn. I walked away from that show with some amazing friends, countless fun memories, knowledge, experience, and an increased love of performing. It really taught me how to use my talents to reach out and serve other people. And I continued learning and trying to exercise this concept throughout high school under Mr. Saxton. My experience with musical theater in high school was truly life-changing. I don't know what I would have done those 3 years without it. It makes me realize how grateful I am for people like Mr. Saxton, Mrs. Snow, Jan, Andy, and all the other amazing, amazing people who directed me and guided me during those times in my life. They truly helped shape my passion, and made me strive to be a better person. I wish I could just build a time machine and go back to that time in my life. It's been really hard to go from having it be such a huge part of my life for 3 years to having it virtually not exist for me here at BYU. It's been literally 14 months since I've auditioned for a show and almost a year (CRAZY) since I did Little Shop. I honestly think that might be one of the reasons I've been having such a difficult time lately. It's like I don't have that release or escape or whatever you want to call it anymore, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement, so it's just school and stress and nose to the grindstone all the time. I miss this!












Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dream Come True

Today my best friend Chelsea Wilson was accepted into the University of Michigan Musical Theater Program, the top program in the country!!!! Chelsea, I am SO proud of you and I am honored to call you my friend. I told you that you were destined for greatness and now you're on your way! No one deserves this, or has worked harder for, this day than you. Never lose the light you have inside you. This girl is going to change the world.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wish You Were

Another post about missing my high school friends. But only because I found the perfect song and have to post it.

Wish You Were
Gone away
Are the golden days
They're just a page
In my diary
Memories that follow me
Like a shadow, now
And I'm dreaming
And I've seen you act
and I know all the facts
I'm still with the person you are
And it ain't hard to see
Who you are underneath
But I'm still in love with who I know you are
I wish you were here.
-Kate Voegele

Let's Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah

This weekend, 2/3 of the band will be reunited. That's right folks, I found out yesterday that my dear friends Chelsea and Taylor are coming up to Provo for the weekend!! Which means I will get to have a couple of precious, much-needed days with them and Karly. Plus, they couldn't have picked a better weekend to visit. Friday night there is a BSU (Black Student Union) Dance, which are always the highlight of my month, and Enchanted is playing all weekend in the Varsity Theater! It is going to be so much fun!!! There is only one other thing, well two actually, that could make this weekend even better - Cami and Trent, but unfortunately, that's not possible. I'm really looking forward to this weekend though. I miss my friends. Tay and I were talking the other day and we came to the conclusion that we can all survive pretty well independently from each other, but eventually it just gets to the point where we literally NEED to be together and kind of recharge. Seriously, the time has come. I can't wait for this weekend!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Fun Spring Weekend

Spring is finally here! At least for now...there's always a chance it could snow, but I'm trying to think positive! Friday night I decided to do something a little out of the ordinary and went to the BYU gymnastics meet with Brent, Abe, Chris, and Kelsey. After watching the meet, gymnastics is basically my new favorite sport. I always loved watching it at the Olympics, but watching it in person is a completely different experience! And to top off the fun, we very closely beat SUU! (Sorry Tay haha!) I spent most of Saturday with Maddie. She was hosting a recruit for the night and enlisted my help in entertaining the girl. After ice cream at the Creamery, we ended up watching Stick It (yet another gymnastics reference). Oh, I also had stake conference Saturday night, which I totally forgot about, plus Abe was speaking, so I ended up returning my Last Five Years tickets. Bummer!!! After conference, Kendall, Andy, and Abe went to Kaysville for a farewell, which effectively cut us in 1/2. Sunday brought more stake conference, singing in the choir for the big session, dinner with Chris, Brent, Kelsey and her roommates (Thank you for feeding us!) a surprise birthday party for Kelsey, and watching Hairspray with Maddie, Brent, Abe, Chris, and Dani. Ok everyone knows that this movie is one of my all-time favorites and I've seen it so many times I know the whole thing by heart, but this time was a whole new experience. Watching it with Brent was probably the funniest thing I've ever done. He liked the movie way more than he would admit once it was over. Good weekend. And a new week begins.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Being Grateful


For the past few days, I've basically done nothing but miserably wallow and think about how ready I am for this semester to be over and to be back home. All I could think about was how much I missed my friends from high school and the comfort of St. George and how everyone and everything up here just didn't measure up. Every picture and song made me homesick for my comfort zone. However, after reading a post from a dear friend's blog (I love you!) and having a MUCH-needed homework-free, study-less night with the boys, I came to the conclusion that I should just be grateful for this time in my life because it's almost over and I will only have memories to look back on.

Like the Trace Adkins song says (Thanks Karly by the way!):
You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this...






Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Don't Wait for Someone to Tell You It's Too Late Cuz These Are the Best Days






Let's Make the Best of Tonight. Here Comes the Rest of Our Lives...
-"Best Days" by Graham Colton
I Miss You Guys.





Saturday, March 1, 2008

Me and My Gang

After almost 7 months, here's a peek at my life, my friends, and my little world in Provo...



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