Tuesday, June 30, 2009

lessons of the day...

1) Well behaved women rarely make history.
2) Don't take yourself too seriously.
3) There are some movies that really do get better EVERY time you watch them.
These lessons are lessons that I learn regularly. One day they may actually stick.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

for Elizabeth...

when I was a junior and still trying to decide whether I really-REALLY wanted to be an English major, I had a neighbor who actually had a degree in creative writing. I remember talking to her about what happens post graduation and what to do with the degree. she mentioned the fact that one morning she woke up and found herself deconstructing her cereal box and decided that she needed to move on. I had a similar experience today. so I work for a psychologist. sometimes he needs a little prodding. I've learned that there a few things that work: mountain dew, almond joy, origami notes, and recently I've learned that REECE's PUFFS is also found on that list. my REECE's PUFFS experience is limited. I think I've had it once...maybe twice and that was years ago. for the most part, I don't eat sugared cereals, but for some reason today left me craving REECE's PUFFS. I stopped on my way home and bought myself a box. this is what I found on the box.
18 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 18: (apparently their target audience is not the 20 something single white female.) well then, let's see how I measure up.
1. Ride the world's biggest rollercoaster: I've been to lagoon, disneyland, six flags, and driven I-80 through wyoming.
2. Bungee Jump! repelling is the closest I've tried.
3. Score the winning goal/basket: I answered one question at the lit wit knowledge bowl. pretty sure the answer was either bill watterson or calvin & hobbes.
4. Win an award, trophy or prize: I went to the regional spelling bee in 6th grade.
5. Learn an instrument: piano, trombone (it's been YEARS!), and dabbled with the nose flute.
6. Go backstage at a gig. I worked backstage in junior high. it's where I learned to carry a gun.
7. Meet your idol. most of them are dead, but I did have my picture taken with elder bednar and published in the church news.
8. Play a part in your favorite TV show. TV? eh. I'm trying to live a life that's novel worthy.
9. Meet someone with your own name. rumor has it there are about 20 of us in the world. I do, however, have an alcoholic beverage that shares my name.
10. Make a discovery: I brined a turkey once. it was INCREDIBLE and a complete accident.
11. Get away with the perfect practical joke: due to potential repercussions, I avoid prank wars. that does not mean that I don't have ideas collected in my memory bank. ask me sometime...
12. Own a pointless collection. I keep a lot of random trivia in my head. there are always the "flying cow" stories. I do collect postcards. someday I intend to visit ALL of those places.
13. Invent a word that makes it into the dictionary. I'd like to think that I really could do that, really. I would have to argue though, that there are MANY ridiculously cool words in the dictionary that people don't use anyway.
14. Conquer your biggest fear. well...I learned spanish. I lived in a world without mountains. I learned to love the great outdoors. still haven't mastered that whole talking to boys thing...
15. Raise money for charity. I helped build a house in south america.
16. Pass your driving test the first time. check. done and done.
17. Complete a road trip coast to coast: I've dipped my feet in the ocean at both coasts. I've driven at LEAST half way across the country multiple times. (see number 1.)
18. Reach 18 years of age - yes!!! I'd like to add the sub-text on this one as well: Embrace old age. yup. done that too. I'm even graying to prove it.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank general mills for reminding me that I am old. ha! hardly. I refuse to get old. I would like to thank them for reminding me that I still have a lot to do with my life. done and done.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


i have a brother-in-law-in-law. his sister married my brother. i'd like to publically thank him for saving me from myself during this wonderful experience that i'd like to hope is just a 24 hour flu bug. last time i saw him i told him i wanted a new hobby, foreign films. he ever so graciously obliged and so far he's hooked me up with spirited away, the grand illusion, and children of heaven-all of which i consider a worthy investment of my time. they've made my hours of R&R bearable. thanks again.

Monday, June 15, 2009

can this ever be a good thing to hear?

roommate says: you're going to be really grossed out when i really get a boyfriend.

and as an afterthought...the jury is still out on the trip decision.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

it's a poll.

i just had one friend come back from hawaii; my roommate just got back from the bahammas; different friend left yesterday for mexico; and different different friend is going to aruba later this week. it's official. i feel left out. i have two questions:
1) where am i going?
2) who is going with me?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

5 things I learned at the zoo.

1) Elephants have knee caps in their back legs, but not their front.
2) 46 year-old-monkeys are still considered the dominant male even if they can barely walk because of arthritis.
3) The gestational period of a giraffe is 457 days.
4) Camels can go up to 6 months without drinking water, and no-they do not carry water in their humps.
5) Parrots live 70-80 years and will only attach themselves to ONE human.
I know...who really cares? Don't you worry...all this has been filed away in my ridiculously useless information file in my memory bank, right next to the number of packages of kool aid it would take to fill Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

December 5, 2005

In high school I watched OUR TOWN in my AP English class. I was fascinated by the concept of a 'techie' play and LOVED the set (or lack thereof). While I loved the minimalistic set, I also loved the basic themes of living in the moment and appreciating the present like the past. Today I learned the real value behind the advice given to Emily when she was told to choose any old day. Today I found a paper dated December 5, 2005. For some reason that triggered December 5, 2005 in my life...fascinating day. I was on my mission in Camino Real, Rahue, X Region, Chile. Rahue was just across the river from Osorno and for Christmas every year the mission used the 2 zones to make up a Christmas choir for an outdoor concert in the Plaza. December 5 was the day I found out about it. The Zone Leaders called us and told us we had a meeting at the Stake Center in Osorno at 10:00. When we showed up, the Elders were singing scales and being broken up into parts. The Hermanas weren't so numerous and had previous musical history so they divided themselves accordingly. I, however, was told to sit down at the piano. I was given a list of 20 Christmas songs with an inquiry as to which songs I could and could not play. Yes, I was the pianist. I was the only one in the city that could play the piano. Ha. That's right. Let's just say that day was the beginning of a three week whirlwind which found me at the church practicing in every spare minute. I loved it. It was hard and I was busy, but it was a fulfilling feeling. I was doing good. No, not well. I was doing good things that changed the lives of those around me for the better. Hopefully, I can keep up the trend everyday...not just in December of 2005.

Monday, June 1, 2009

On gardening...

There's an old song that says:
"There's only two things that money can't buy
That's true love and home grown tomatoes"
I propose we add home grown strawberries to the
list. i've had 6 this year.