December 5, 2010

Well

Today after listening to Elder Uchtdorf's talk during the 1st Presidency Christmas broadcast Dad told us he had never read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"!
I felt it best to give him easy access to the story here. This one's for you Dad. :)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
By Dr. Seuss

Every Who
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot...

But the Grinch,
Who lived just North of Who-ville,
Did NOT!

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be that his head wasn't screwed on quite right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

But,
Whatever the reason,
His heart or his shoes,
He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath
Was busy now, hanging a mistleoe wreath.

"And they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer.
"Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his grinch fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find a way to keep Christmas from coming!"
For, tomorrow, he knew...

...All the Who girls and boys
Would wake up bright and early. They'd rush for their toys!
And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!
That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!

Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast.
And they'd feast! And they'd feast!
And they'd FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
They would start on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast-beast
Which was something the Grinch couldn't stand in the least!

And THEN
They'd do something he liked least of all!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Would stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing!

They'd sing! And they'd sing!
AND they'd SING! SING! SING! SING!
And the more the Grinch thought of the Who-Christmas-Sing
The more the Grinch thought, "I must stop this whole thing!
"Why for fifty-three years I've put up with it now!
I MUST stop Christmas from coming!
...But HOW?"

Then he got an idea!
An awful idea!
THE GRINCH
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!

"I know just what to do!" The Grinch Laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
And he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Grinchy trick!
"With this coat and this hat, I'll look just like Saint Nick!"

"All I need is a reindeer..."
The Grinch looked around.
But since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch...?
No! The Grinch simply said,
"If I can't find a reindeer, I'll make one instead!"
So he called his dog Max. Then he took some red thread
And he tied a big horn on top of his head.

THEN
He loaded some bags
And some old empty sacks
On a ramshakle sleigh
And he hitched up old Max.

Then the Grinch said, "Giddyap!"
And the sleigh started down
Toward the homes where the Whos
Lay a-snooze in their town.

All their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air.
All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care
When he came to the first house in the square.
"This is stop number one," The old Grinchy Claus hissed
And he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist.

Then he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch.
But if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.
He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
Then he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue
Where the little Who stockings all hung in a row.
"These stockings," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"

Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
Around the whole room, and he took every present!
Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums!
Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!

Then he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos' feast!
He took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast!
He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash.
Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!

Then he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee.
"And NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will stuff up the tree!"

And the Grinch grabbed the tree, and he started to shove
When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!
Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two.

The Grinch had been caught by this little Who daughter
Who'd got out of bed for a cup of cold water.
She stared at the Grinch and said, "Santy Claus, why,
"Why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?"

But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Santy Claus lied,
"There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side.
"So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear.
"I'll fix it up there. Then I'll bring it back here."

And his fib fooled the child. Then he patted her head
And he got her a drink and he sent he to bed.
And when Cindy-Lou Who went to bed with her cup,
HE went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up!

Then the last thing he took
Was the log for their fire.
Then he went up the chimney himself, the old liar.
On their walls he left nothing but hooks, and some wire.

And the one speck of food
The he left in the house
Was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.


Then
He did the same thing
To the other Whos' houses

Leaving crumbs
Much too small
For the other Whos' mouses!

It was quarter past dawn...
All the Whos, still a-bed
All the Whos, still a-snooze
When he packed up his sled,
Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!
The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!

Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mount Crumpit,
He rode to the tiptop to dump it!
"Pooh-pooh to the Whos!" he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
"They're finding out now that no Christmas is coming!
"They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
"The all the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry BOO-HOO!"

"That's a noise," grinned the Grinch,
"That I simply must hear!"
So he paused. And the Grinch put a hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow...

But the sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared down at Who-ville!
The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!
IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

And what happened then...?
Well...in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he...

...HE HIMSELF...!
The Grinch carved the roast beast!

December 1, 2010

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

There isn't actually much about Halloween in this post, David just happens to be wearing his Halloween costume in this picture.



Lyle agreed to arm wrestle him but then he came out in his SPIDERMAN COSTUME. Boy, Lyle sure was scared then.

Thanksgiving:

We played games, like Heroclix


and Carcassonne.




We took naps





and fed the chickens.





We broke our kitchen utensils



and ate good food.


We talked


and took fuzzy pictures of each other talking. Oh wait, that was just me.
We cleaned dishes too but there are no pictures of that. I know, you're just heartbroken. Maybe next year!
It was a blast, and so fun to see John and Jenny & Co. whom we don't see too often!
Mind, I'm still waiting to meet the newest Parker baby. I can't believe I didn't go with Mom and Dad in October. I thought I was going to have a job, phhhbbbt.


Anyway.

Remember how last year I tried to do a "25 Days of Christmas" project? And then... I wasn't that faithful to it? Well. I had a request, to start it again.
And who am I to disappoint my audience?

Me. That's who.
I'm not going to try the project again, BUT I just can't leave Christmas alone, so I will be posting many things about Christmas, they just won't have a structure.
Shall we kick off now on this first day of December??

I love this movie, "A Muppet Christmas Carol". Netflix really needs get on this.

November 23, 2010

New Blog

Since I never finished the "Personal Progress" program while I was in Young Women, I'm doing it now as a leader.

aaaand...

I'm blogging about it.
Delayed Progress

November 22, 2010

Matchmaking

Jonah: Cleo you know how you're the youngest?
Me: Yes
Jonah: Well, when Gweg get's off his mission you should mawwy him because he's the youngest too.


hmmm... I never thought about it like that before.

You're right, Lyle...



It must just be Judy and me.

November 21, 2010

In Conclusion...

I'm really glad this is my family.

November 9, 2010

Yeeeeeah!

http://www.bustedtees.com/leglamp?utm_medium=emailED&utm_source=110910&utm_campaign=LegLamp

November 8, 2010

Apostate Californian

Today I was talking to one of my wonderful sisters-in-law on the phone and she told me they had three inches of snow in Rexburg... and I told her I missed the snow! And I meant it!
The worst part of the snow for me was that I whenever I got home the bottom of the legs on my jeans would be wet, and it wasn't really that bad. I loved the way the city looked in clean fresh snow, it was beautiful.



Love it.




I also love being a goof.



and I love this girl. She's wonderful.




and oh so lovely, this is one of my favorite pictures.



For the record though, I do not miss the wind.

November 3, 2010

You guys!

I wasn't going to post anything about Pioneer Woman's site either but I would just feel terrible about leaving you out of the loop. :)

Weekend Giveaway

October 31, 2010

The thing is...

when someone would ask "What are you going to do with Communications after school?" I could simply say, "Oh something with advertising." This despite the fact that I really didn't know what I was going to do with it, and "advertising" is a little broad. Meh, no one really cared. Same with psychology.
"Oh really you're thinking about a major in psychology, huh? What do you want to do with that?"
"Oh I was thinking some kind of family or child therapy."
"Oh neat, yeah you can do a lot with psychology!"
"I know! It's great!"

But you know what? If you want to do something worthwhile with psychology you have to go to GRAD SCHOOL. I don't want to go to grad school.

I mean, I'm not ruling it out, if I find that I need to go to grad school, okay. I will suck up and do it and hope I'm not in too much debt by the end of it.
And that I'm still on good enough terms with the idea of "school" to send my children to one.

Animal science majors need grad school a little less than psychology majors, and I would be totally stoked to manage a barn. CALL ME CRAZY.

The fact of the matter is... When people say "Animal science?? What do you want to do with THAT?", (not sure if that was even close to proper punctuation just there) I say, "Well... weeeellll.... I don't know... I just, sort of, want to learn about it..." I guess I could say, "Well I want to spend my time as a barn manager or teaching kids to ride horses because quite frankly I don't want to be the main source of income in my household but I realize that life really doesn't turn out the way we hope it does especially where money is concerned so could you please stop freaking me out about the fact that my future is uncertain? Thanks. I will take what I can get. Please don't encourage me to change my major AGAIN."

I don't say that though, because I know people don't mean to freak me out. Or, I hope they don't. I would be out of breath by the time I finished anyway, who wants that?
Not me.

Dear supportive family who are the main readers of my blog, aside from a few select friends whom (was that correct use of the word "whom"?) I appreciate:
Thank you for letting me vent. I promise the next post on here won't have anything about horses or cows or animal science.

Love, me.

Happy Halloween!

October 22, 2010

Too Much?

I went through some of The Pioneer Woman's (I never know whether to call her Ree Drummond or The Pioneer Woman. I mean, Ree Drummond is her name but I don't know her. Awkward) flickr and... I have lots of horse pictures in my favorites now. I think maybe I have another problem. Horses and shopping. WATCH OUT! IT'S CONTAGIOUS! Maybe.





Horses covered in snow, so beautiful. Even before she photoshops them, I'm sure.
She had another camera giveaway today. I'm going to win it this time, I know it. 50,000 people but I'M gonna get that camera.

I think it's probably a good thing so many people enter her giveaways because otherwise I would think "Hey I can win this one!" and then I would be crushed when I didn't. I'm dramatic like that.

Isis would like me to mention that while I'm having fun following this website, she has spent the last couple days napping on the couch, rug, chair, table, etc... Poor cat, it's hard to play outside when it's raining.

October 20, 2010

I mean...

look at those arms. Is it just me?

October 19, 2010

Sauce.

As in, LAME sauce.

I was supposed to go work down at the stables at 1 today, but S* wasn't there, just the workers who clean out the horses stalls and give them food. I asked them when they thought S* would get there but I think most of them don't speak very much English. One of the guys said probably in about an hour.
So... at like 2:15 another woman showed up and I asked her if she thought S* would be coming in today and she said probably not because it rained yesterday so the arenas were closed and there wouldn't be any lessons. ughhh so lame! She called him and left him a message so hopefully he'll call me. I should have made her give me his cell number. baaha

I spent my hour walking around trying to make friends with the horses. I think if I were a horse at that stable I would be bored out of my MIND. They sure act like it.
My favorite so far is a big black one they keep in an outside stall, although it's covered. He doesn't have a name plaque but he was pretty friendly. Seriously so big though, I would think he's tall enough to be a draft horse but I don't actually know anything about horses anyway.

Well, better luck next time!

October 15, 2010

Update

I spent three hours at the stables today, grooming horses and cleaning plaque/hay off the bits on the bridles. While S* was telling me how to clean the bits he told me if I didn't want to do it because I thought it was gross, I didn't have to. Do the other student volunteers tell him they aren't going to do stuff because it's gross?? It made me wonder, for sure.

I did it even though I thought it was gross. I loved it. Although I think the bridles were rather more tangled up when I put them back. Oops. I'll have to ask about the proper way to do it next time.
Anyway. It was fun! I hope they need me longer next time.

Also, black horses with dandruff. Not that attractive.

Just sayin'.

October 14, 2010

Guess What

I had pretty much given up on finding a job so I went down to the stables near our house to see if they had any volunteer openings. I was told that they had more student volunteers than they really needed, but most of them were back in school so they didn't have the flexibility that I had. I was hopeful, but after a week I hadn't gotten a call so I was getting read to start taking the babysitting jobs in the ward.

Well. Today I got a call from the stables. I'm going in tomorrow. I am so excited! Seriously, I'm so happy about this.


ALSO I had registered to vote twice at the DMV last fall but I had never gotten my mail ballots, so this fall Mom picked up a mail-in registration form for me and I sent it in. I got my ballot today. Third time's the charm I suppose.
Take that, DMV.

October 9, 2010


Today my hair met some chemicals.

For the first time. It was streaked with a beautiful red/copper color. I do believe in a few weeks the rest of my hair will go the same way, I'm just getting used to the color for now. Pictures soon. :)

October 6, 2010

aaaah



Aren't they SO CUTE??

Anyway. Sometimes I stress about my weekly one-page essays in this online class I'm taking. Then I submit mine and go to read my classmates' and remember that my essays are usually way better than theirs. Is that terrible? It's a nice relieving feeling.

September 28, 2010

"Divine Ignorance"

A friend of mine posted this article on facebook.

If you want to take the test yourself you can do it here:
http://features.pewforum.org/quiz/us-religious-knowledge/

Take the test first because some of the questions are given in the article.


(AP/CBS) A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.

Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn't know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.

More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.

"We're a nation of religious illiterates," Boston University Professor Stephen Prothero told CBS News chief national correspondent Byron Pitts. "We have a lot of people who really love Jesus, but don't know much about him. We have a lot of people who believe and hope that the Bible is the word of God but they don't really bother to read it."

The survey released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life aimed to test a broad range of religious knowledge, including understanding of the Bible, core teachings of different faiths and major figures in religious history. The U.S. is one of the most religious countries in the developed world, especially compared to largely secular Western Europe, but faith leaders and educators have long lamented that Americans still know relatively little about religion.

Greg Smith, who co-authored the survey, told Pitts, "the three groups that really come out on top of this survey are atheists and agnostics, Jews along with Mormons." Smith added, "at the bottom are mainline Protestants, Catholics and those who describe their religion as just nothing in particular."

Respondents to the survey were asked 32 questions with a range of difficulty, including whether they could name the Islamic holy book and the first book of the Bible, or say what century the Mormon religion was founded. On average, participants in the survey answered correctly overall for half of the survey questions.

Atheists and agnostics scored highest, with an average of 21 correct answers, while Jews and Mormons followed with about 20 accurate responses. Protestants overall averaged 16 correct answers, while Catholics followed with a score of about 15.

Not surprisingly, those who said they attended worship at least once a week and considered religion important in their lives often performed better on the overall survey. However, level of education was the best predictor of religious knowledge. The top-performing groups on the survey still came out ahead even when controlling for how much schooling they had completed.

On questions about Christianity, Mormons scored the highest, with an average of about eight correct answers out of 12, followed by white evangelicals, with an average of just over seven correct answers. Jews, along with atheists and agnostics, knew the most about other faiths, such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. Less than half of Americans know that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist, and less than four in 10 know that Vishnu and Shiva are part of Hinduism.

The study also found that many Americans don't understand constitutional restrictions on religion in public schools. While a majority know that public school teachers cannot lead classes in prayer, less than a quarter know that the U.S. Supreme Court has clearly stated that teachers can read from the Bible as an example of literature.

"Many Americans think the constitutional restrictions on religion in public schools are tighter than they really are," Pew researchers wrote.

Reverand Nancy Lane, associate pastor at Roswell United Methodist Church in Atlanta told Pitts that faith without knowledge can be dangerous. "Somehow we have diluted down the Gospel message where people have become more takers than mutual givers," Lane said.

The survey of 3,412 people, conducted between May and June of this year, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, while the margins of error for individual religious groups was higher.

September 23, 2010

Clinically Diagnosed



I have a problem.



I just like to shop. Too much.



I had a roommate last semester who also liked to shop too much, we were good friends.



Is it still called "window shopping" if it's online?

Represent, yo.


I miss her, and lots of other people and things that are currently in Idaho.

Kruger, for instance.


He's pretty cool.

September 11, 2010

“Dark as is this hour, there is shining through the heavy overcast of fear and anger the solemn and wonderful image of the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace, the exemplar of universal love, and it is to Him that we look in these circumstances. It was He who gave His life that all might enjoy eternal life”
- Gordon B Hinckley in an address given on September 11, 2001

September 8, 2010

My parents:

Dad: Hey Carla come sit down, "The Simpsons" is on.
Mom: ...

Happy 37th anniversary to my parents! :)

August 17, 2010

New Dress a Day

Some of these aren't really that cute to me even after she takes them in... a cool idea though.

http://newdressaday.wordpress.com/

July 18, 2010

The Race

Today in sacrament one of them men giving his talk used this poem. He recited it from memory, pretty impressive huh. Anyway... it's a good one...

The Race
"Quit, give up, you're beaten"
They shout at you and plead
"There's just too much against you
This time you can't succeed".

And as I start to hang my head
In front of failures face
My downward fall is broken by
The memory of a race

And hope refills my weakened will
As I recall that scene
Or just the thought of that short race
Rejuvenates my being

Childrens race, young boys
Young men, how I remember well
Excitement sure, but also fear
It wasn't hard to tell

They all lined up so full of hope
Each thought to win that race
Or tie for first, or if not that
At least take second place

The fathers watched from off the side
Each cheering for his son
And each boy hoped to show his dad
That he could be the one

The whistle blew and off they went
Young hearts and hopes afire
To win and be the hero there
Was each young boys desire

And one boy in particular
Whose dad was in the crowd
Was running near the lead and thought
"My dad will be so proud"

But as they speeded down the field
Across a shallow dip
The little boy who thought to win
Lost his step and slipped

Trying hard to catch himself
With hands flew out to brace
And amid the laughter of the crowd
He fell flat on his face

But as he fell his dad stood up
And showed his anxious face
Which to the boy so clearly said
"Get up and win the race"

He quickly rose, no damage done
Behind a bit that's all
And ran with all his night and mind
To make up for the fall

So anxious to restore himself
To catch up and to win
His mind went faster than his legs
He slipped and fell again

He wised then that he had quit before
With only one disgrace
"I'm hopeless as a runner now
I shouldn't try to race"

But in the laughing crowd he searched
And found his fathers face
That steady look which said again
"Get up and win the race"

So up he jumped to try again
Ten yards behind the last
If I'm going to gain those yards he though
I've got to move real fast

Exerting everything he had
He regained eight or ten
But trying hard to catch the lead
He slipped and fell again

Defeat, he lay there silently
A tear dropped from his eye
There's no sense running anymore
Three strikes, I'm out, why try?

The will to rise had disappeared
All hope had fled away
So far behind so error prone
A loser all the way

"I've lost, so what", he thought
I'll live with my disgrace
But then he thought about his dad
Whom soon he'd have to face

"Get up" the echo sounded low
"Get up" and take your place
You were not meant for failure here
"Get up", and win the race

With borrowed will "Get up" it said
"You haven't lost at all"
For winning is no more than this
To rise each time you fall

So up he rose to run once more
And with a new commit
He resolved, that win or lose
At least he shouldn't quit

So far behind the others now
The most he'd ever been
Still he'd give it all he had
And run as though to win

Three times he'd fallen, stumbling
Three times he'd rose again
Too far behind to hope to win
He still ran to the end

They cheered the winning runner
As he crossed the line first place
Head high and proud and happy
No falling, no disgrace

But when the fallen youngster
Crossed the line, last place
The crowd gave him the greater cheer
For finishing the race

And even though he came in last
With head bent low, unproud
You would have thought he'd won the race
To listen to the crowd

And to his dad he sadly said
"I didn't do too well"
"To me you won", his father said
"You rose each time you fell"

by D. H. Groberg

July 16, 2010

Why is it...

That our primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, but we see in colors of red, GREEN, and blue?

June 25, 2010

Today

in my Origins of the Universe class we learned that once the liquid iron in the core of the earth cools down sufficiently, the earth will lose its magnetic field and then solar winds from the sun will blow away our atmosphere.

Guys! Why is everyone so worried about global warming?!

June 19, 2010

Birthday Wishes


...from my Utah family. Thanks everyone!

May 25, 2010

Oh yeah...

AND

Today in my horsemanship class we started learning how to jump. Yeah. Totally stoked.

Just want everyone to know...

I got a 92% on my first Psych test. Then my professor curved it and I got a 100%. :)

May 14, 2010

I think this is so beautiful. Mack Wilberg wrote an arrangement of it for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, though I'm not sure if it was originally written to music or as a poem. If any of you know of a solo/duet arrangement you should send it my way. :)



Let peace then still the strife,
The loneliness and grief,
Come heal the piercing silence of passing.
And sweet familiar strains,
The voices lost in death,
Arise in songs of hope everlasting.
Then let the voices roll
As waves upon the sea;
Come forth and break upon us, refreshing.

And barren coves be filled -
O'er flow with reverie!
Let mem'ry salve as Gilead's caressing.
And though the balm be spread,
Let tender rifts remain
That breaking hearts not yield to forgetting.
For hearts rent wide at death,
Unfolded to our dead,
Hear singing from beyond sunlight's setting.

Then sing, beloved ones,
Reach o'er the summer sea.
Pour forth thy boundless love for us living!
Sweep into ev'ry soul,
Make music of our tears,
Turn all our songs to joy and thanksgiving!
And when we silent pass,
From far across the sea
Let praises ring for life's wond'rous blessing.

Then sing ye living souls!
Sing generations past,
Swell high the tide of life, us refreshing!
Sing forth as with one voice,
Bear silent grief away,
Resound with peace and hope everlasting!
And all who wait and sing,
Sing on from earth and heav'n
And make our crossing forth joyful passing!

I got it authorized!

Woo!

And hey, everyone else was changing their layout. People keep asking me what I'm going to do when I'm not a teenager anymore, about my blog title. I was thinking I would just call it Post-Teenage Insights, but I don't know. How does "Cleo in Wonderland" sound? I feel like that's an overused blog title but I can't think of anyone I actually know that uses it...

May 13, 2010

Speck

is the name of my hopefully permanent horse in my Basic Horsemanship class. He doesn't like to listen to me very much, but it's okay. We're working on it. This is my favorite class this semester, for sure. Which is kind of funny because it's not actually worth any credits...

Anyway. I found out recently that it's only a block class. Yeah. Bummer. I looked up the Basic Horsemanship II classes, but there were only two that were open during the second block. One of them was full, and the other was during a time when I already have a class scheduled.

Okay okay, guess what. I checked again today and the one that is open during a free period for me has an open seat!! Woooooo!!! The site told me I had to get authorization (probably because I'm still taking the Basic Horsemanship I class right now) so I emailed him. Hopefully he'll add me in time. :)

May 8, 2010

Better

I went on another date with Rodger last night. We saw a show from The Society on campus. Oh my goodness. It was so fun.

I'm kind of excited about this.


Anyway. I'm going to go do my art homework now so I can watch Pride and Prejudice tonight my roommates. :)

May 5, 2010

Sometimes when you PMS

everything about life is terrible.
And sometimes you think your roommate is so annoying.
And sometimes you aren't excited for that date you are going on anymore.
And sometimes you get upset when you're talking to your friend and he hasn't IMed you in 5 minutes.
And sometimes you miss your old roommate really bad.


So basically, what you do is you don't stay up until 12:30, but if you had to, then you go to bed as soon as possible and pray that you are a more rational human being the next day.

May 1, 2010

Weird

I'm going on a date tonight with a guy who's first name is Rodger, and middle name is Lyle.

April 1, 2010

Okay

Is it just me, or have all the comments Lyle has been posting on the blogs lately been really nice and sentimental? Something's fishy...

March 15, 2010

Sunday

Daylight Savings Time is really not that awesome when you have church at 8:15 in the morning.

But hey guess what I finally got my temple recommend! I'm gonna go with the ward tomorrow to do baptisms at 5:45 in the morning...

This is all practice for next semester when I have a class at 7:45 every morning right?

March 12, 2010

So I'm taking

an "Origins of the Universe" class next semester. I could take it at 3:15... Or I could take it at 7:45 in the morning but with a teacher I already know I really like.

Thoughts?

March 9, 2010

I really

don't know what I want to do with my life. Most people, when I tell them this, say, "Oh, that's okay. You have time to figure it out, most people start college not really knowing what they want to pursue." But guys! I really feel like everyone here already knows! And I'm really feeling kind of stressed because students here are always talking about how they hate the Foundations courses because they don't have any application to that particular students major. My professors have talked about the credit cap so many times in my classes I feel like I'm going to hit it next semester!

Really though, I have no idea. I don't even really know what I like to do. In general. I was thinking about it today and realized that I really like people. Even when they're being idiots. I like being around people. I like listening to them, I like making them laugh. I like figuring them out, and I hate to admit it but I'm sure most of you know this already, I thrive on attention from other people.

Where am I supposed to take this? I was thinking about doing therapy before I started here at Idaho. Should I go back to it?

March 1, 2010

You guys!

I just asked a boy on a double date.


He said yes.


It was SO SCARY! aaaahhh...






p.s. he's 23

Waffle

So, in case you haven't already heard, Waffle, my cat, died last Monday. My mom called me on Tuesday to tell me he was missing, and on Wednesday to tell me the Humane Society had been called to pick up a dead cat on the same day he went missing. The cat was found near our house and had the same coloring as Waffle so we are positive it's him. I was really sad that night and Nicole and Deanna were so good to sit with me while I was bawling about it, and my siblings have been calling to see how I feel. I'm still sad when I think about it but I haven't found myself thinking about it too much lately. I've been away from home for a while so I've already been missing him for a while, and I'm used to the feeling. Waffle was pretty much the most amazing cat I've ever seen and I know that we will probably never find another one quite like him.

Nicole told me he was in kitty heaven. I told her he probably wasn't. haha.


Can I just say that this is the second time Heavenly Father has sent me an amazing roommate? Deanna was definitely the person I needed in the summer when I was still getting used to being away from my family and dealing with my homesickness. Nicole is someone it's hard to imagine me ever having problems with as a roommate. We're comfortable with each other's habits and find it very easy to talk to each other. I feel like she's become a really great friend to me and I'm going to miss her a lot when she leaves in the spring. I think we've both helped each other this semester.

February 23, 2010

Question

For the BYU kids.

Do people sing a lot of Sally DeFord music for special numbers in sacrament? I want to sing her arrangement of "How Can I Keep from Singing" but not if it has been done a lot... you know? We actually haven't had any musical numbers in our sacrament this semester (not that I know of, but there have been a couple times when I went to other wards) except for one the ward choir did last week.


Also, Mom called me today and told me that Waffle has been missing since yesterday morning. This makes me sad. :(

February 20, 2010

February 13, 2010

I think

I should get some whitening strips for my teeth. Do you guys have any you would recommend? :)

February 12, 2010

Laundry

I did laundry today.


...Hooray?

Basically I very strongly dislike the washers here at Royal Crest because this is the second time my clothes have gotten soap spots all over them! How do I get these things out? Should I use OxiClean?

February 10, 2010

Under Where?

So I haven't had cash to do my laundry, and I just barely found out that there's an ATM on campus last night (it was late, I didn't want to go), so for the past two nights I have hand washed a pair of underwear for me to wear the next day. I know, gross, weird, and let's hope not too many attractive guys are reading this.

Anyway, today I went in the bathroom to blow dry the pair I am currently wearing and I was in there for a couple minutes when my roommate goes, "Are you blow-drying your panties??" So funny! I thought so, anyway.

I think maybe I'll go get some cash today.

February 8, 2010

Waffle

As I was just coming home from my class I was passing by one of the construction sites and I looked over and saw a cat sitting on a pile of planks just inside the fence. It kinda startled me. Actually I said "oh my gosh!" out loud but it's okay, I don't think anyone heard me, haha.

Anyway, it was orange. I wanted to stop with it for a second really bad but I didn't. You know, 'cuz it could've had rabies.

...Or something.

...

Can someone please send me Waffle in a box?

February 5, 2010

I read over that last post and thought "Wow, that sounds kind of depressing." It wasn't supposed to... Life is good guys.

Lame

Today I passed someone I met in the summer and we both said hi, but I could tell he didn't remember my name, and I didn't remember his. Oh well.

Also, sometimes when I'm walking people will smile at me and I won't smile back simply because I don't react fast enough (yeah, I'm slow. Get over yourself.). It makes me feel bad, because I know that when I smile at someone and they don't smile back I feel awkward. Oh well.

Today we moved from a study of the universe in my Science Foundations class to atomic structure and matter. I'm kind of bummed out. It was pretty interesting stuff. Oh well.

This new "Hey, Soul Sister" song by Train is really good. I'm sure it'll be completely outplayed soon but for now I really like it.

January 29, 2010

Onion Rings

So, last night, my neighbors, with whom I spend more time than my own roommates, started a grease fire in their apartment. Yeah, I was there, it was crazy. It IS crazy!

But everyone is safe, and most of the girls' personal belongings are okay too, aside from the plates and things like that. They were making onion rings and when they turned the heat off the oil it just combusted... Then Natalie used the fire extinguisher. Oops.

So basically they're homeless for like a week.

And the story... spread like wildfire... I know, that's a terrible thing to say, but I asked Deanna if it was okay before I typed it. She said yes.



Also, last night I told a boy who comments on all of my statuses on facebook to stop doing it, because people were starting to ask me who he was. Usually if I ever message him he messages me right back, but last night he didn't. I think I hurt his feelings.

Happy Birthday Ella!

January 27, 2010

Overheard: BYU-I Status

Zach: We get our Ensigns and leave them on the coffee table.
Bro. Rowe: Hot chocolate table, let's be PC here.

Stellarium

My Science Foundations teacher showed this program to us today in class. It seemed like something that would be fun for my nephews... And, you know, for me.
http://www.stellarium.org/

p.s. Today I stuck a plastic plate in the oven, and when I realized I had, (8 minutes later) I said a bad word. In front of my neighbors. Oops.

January 22, 2010

Guess What




My niece is a gangster.

January 20, 2010

Today

I had snowflakes on my lashes. It's actually not as romantic as they make it sound. In fact it's pretty annoying.

Yesterday my flannel jeans shrank in the drier. A lot. Like really, a lot. But they're still big on me. =/

And can I just say that I LOVE having my two brothers and my sister here?? It's awesome.

January 14, 2010

Sometimes

it's a little frustrating to be in a school with so many married couples. Like when my Science Foundations teacher puts me into a group with one of the most attractive men I have ever seen, and I find out he's married.


Caption: Band of death





...I guess I better get used to it. =/