Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 28, 29: 2012

December 28, 2012: Falling Asleep While Reading Books

December 29, 2012: Pretty Girls with Pretty Eyes Who Have Birthdays And Who Are Also A Great Friend Who Maybe One Day You Will Marry But Maybe Not Really But Really Who Knows What Could Happen In The Future Not Me.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 26, 27: 2012

December 26: Late presents

December 27: Les Miserables (and crying like a baby through almost the whole thing)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December 24, 25: 2012

December 24: Short, cute, adorable, friendly, spunky, funny friends who visit you at work for a lot longer than they planned on

December 25: Sentimentality

Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 20, 21, 22, 23, 2012

December 20: Miscommunications That Make Life Better for Everyone

December 21: Vegas Weddings

December 22: Wendy's Chicken Sandwiches

December 23: Christmas Trees

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012: Pretty Girls Behind the Cash Register

There are days when you go to order a sandwich from a fast-food joint, and instead stumble your way through seven different kinds of mumbling while trying to make yourself focus on something besides the very pretty girl behind the register who is very kindly trying to understand what you're saying and who you know you would probably get along with fantastically if you could actually make yourself talk to her, but you also know she's probably older than you by enough years to make it slightly awkward if you were to ever talk to her outside of a buying-food-from-her situation, and then the next thing you know you're sitting at a table waiting for your sandwich to come.
And then when it does, it's the wrong sandwich.
But you don't mind. Because a really pretty, nameless girl handed it to you. And life is good.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 12, 13, 2012

December 12: Restaurants that play music I like

December 13: Magicians

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 10, 11, 2012

December 10: "Jury duty!"

December 11: People Who Play With My Hair

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 9, 2012: Beautiful Rooms

Sometimes you walk into a place, and just have to take a moment to let the beauty of it all sink in.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December 6, 7, 8, 2012

December 6: Phone Calls Bearing Good News


December 7: Being Too Busy to Think


December 8: Couches That Get Lighter And Darker When You Rub Something Across Them


Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 5, 2012: Life of Pi

This movie changed my life.

Some people think it's boring and nothing but two hours of cool special effects, but the symbolism through the whole story, especially at the end was incredibly insightful. Watching Pi's story made me think of my own life, and things I have to do and face.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 2, 2012: Spontaneous Writing Buddies

"Hey, want to write a book with me?"

I love hearing those words.

December 1, 2012: Long Days Spent with Friends

I spent upwards of 16 hours with the same group of people.
And it was absolutely amazing.
I'm so grateful for the fantastic friends I have, and for the time I get to spend with them.

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012: Ballet Teachers


They can be a li'l bit scary sometimes.

But they teach you to dance nice. And such.

November 29, 2012: Trying a Soda for the First Time

You know those times when you see a soda sitting there and you say to yourself "Hey, I've never had that kind of soda before!" and you try it and it's delicious and you fall in love with it?

Yes.

Butterscotch root beer.

YUM.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012: School Pictures

"Give me your most awkward, embarrassing smile on three.
Ready? One, two, THREE!"

Click.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012: My Sister That Isn't Really My Sister

I talked to her toda at length. We made lots of funny noises at each other.
She's really great.
I wuv her.

November 24, 2012: MusicalPal

I have a friend. I'm going to call him Musical Pal.
He and I are writing a musical. It's fantastic.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012: Sugar in the Morning


Sometimes, it's all that can keep you going.

November 18, 2012: Growing Up

There are things that happen to people that prove that people are getting older.

While most days I try to abstain from aging, there are a few times I've been grateful for my growing level of maturity.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16, 2012: Good Customers

The ones that leave before closing time, don't leave a huge mess, and ask for help when they need it, rather than complaining because they can't figure something out on their own. The ones who don't get mad when you don't carry an item they're looking for. The ones that smile back at you, and allow the magic of childhood to once again come into their life.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012: Random texts from friends

That moment when your phone goes off and it's a text from someone that you weren't expecting.

But it still a wonderful, lovely surprise.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012: My November Miracle

I'm in a band. Don't bother asking me what band, because we don't have a name yet, and we just started.


BUT

Today, during our first practice, we suddenly came across hundreds of dollars in the form of music equipment that we were free to use and keep.

It was a wonderful thing.

I'm grateful for it.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 7, 2012: Stupid Movies

They may be a pain, but sometimes you just need to waste two hours to feel okay about life.

November 8, 2012: That moment when...

Your neck has needed to pop for over an hour, and it finally does.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 11, 2012: Over-sized sweaters

I'm grateful for friends who lend me their sweaters that turn out to be much to large for my small body. But snuggled up in them in my bed at night just feels like happy and home :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012: Voice Mails

Especially the ones that give you really, really good news.

November 5, 2012: Comfy sweat pants

The ones with pockets that are fuzzy inside and feel like a warm hug just when you've gotten out of the shower.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 2, 3, 4, 2012

November 2, 2012:

The wondering faces of children


November 3, 2012:

Suddenly doing something right that you kept doing wrong


November 4, 2012:

Time spent alone

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 1, 2012: Novels

It's hard to really appreciate a book until you try to write one.

NaNoWriMo, I will conquer you!

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 25-29, 2012

October 25: Seat warmers.

October 26: Caution tape

October 27: Tails on cars

October 28: An understanding hand

October 29: PISD: Pre-Interview Stress Disorder

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012: Sincere Compliments

When you're at work and after you've been running around for the last six hours, your boss stops you just to say, "Great work. You're doing so good."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 24, 2012: Online Classes

Generally I greet the term "online class" with bitterment and total sadness.

But in tonights case, my views of online classes was completely turned around.

That was because my online class turned my day around completely.

For our assignment, students were supposed to reply to a video I had made.
I sat on my bed listening to strangers complimenting me, and saying things like "You're doing so great!" or "You're going to go so far!"
People whom I've never met, who said these things after a three minute video, somehow knew they were the words that I needed to hear right at that exact moment.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 22, 23, 24, 2012

22: Power Outages

23: Road Signs

24: Blindfolded-Pudding-Feeding-Contests

Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 21, 2012: Firesides

If you ever want to feel the Spirit, go to an AU! fireside.

October 20, 202: Pumpkin Guts

Slimy.
Seedy.
Gross.
They bring people together.
In pies.
In cookies.
In pumpkins.

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012: Walks to Nowhere

When you can just take a walk with a good friend, headed nowhere, talking about anything and everything, life is good.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 18, 2012: Sterotypes

Specifically the opportunity I have right now to break them. I see them constantly, and I love seeing the change in people's hearts when they realize a stereotype is not true.

October 17 & 18, 2012: Best Friends and Babies

October 17, 2012:

Best friends

October 18, 2012:

Babies

October 18, 2012: Forgiving School Internet Access Systems

Lehi High School's internet access system is pretty strict. If a website has anything even resembling something like a game or any adult content or anything the school wouldn't want students to see or do, it gives you a lovely blue screen explaining that the website you are trying to open could not be accessed because it is classified as ... and then it lists, adult, games, forums, etcetera.Sometimes, though, people figure out how to sneak through that filter via google search for obscure gaming engine sites. It's sort of exciting when this happens. If you do find one, the school technicians send you a memo asking that you stay on-task and then block your internet access all together. But... For about ten minutes, it lets you play. They allow you for ten minutes of distracted enjoyment before they demand you return to your work.

I'm grateful for those sweet ten minutes of tetris.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012: Free Samples

That moment when you're at Costco and they have free Teriyaki chicken AND hot cookies so naturally you circle past them at least five times hoping that if you adopt a different accent they won't get as mad?
Yep, those are the best kinds of moments.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October 16, 2012: Basses

Some men can sing LOW.

October 16, 2012: Good friends

Those friends who have your back. Who come up to you when you're eating dinner and ask about your day and give you a back rub because they can see your stressed out.
And they clean up your dirty dishes for you because you have somewhere to run to.
And they let you borrow their chemistry book so you can do you homework.
And they help you with you homework when you're having a hard time doing it.
And they give you hugs.
And they make you laugh and smile.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012: Spoonerisms

Why jump in puddles, when you can pump in juddles?

Why drink out of a little bottle, when you can drink out of a bittle lottle?

Why slam a door, when you can dam a sloor?

Why go fishing, when you can fo gishing?


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012: Dry Cleaners

Not that I go to them very often. I just appreciate what they do for mankind.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2012

October 3: Rocket fuel cookies

October 4: Four straight hours of Disney music

October 5: Hamlet Aftershock

October 6: The warmth of defeat

October 7: Cabins

October 8: The Baker

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012: Little Talks

Note: "Little" is a relative term.

But talks during which you actually talk.
Those are nice.

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012: People Who Take Your Place As A Dishwasher

In case you didn't know.
I really, really don't like doing dishes.
At all.

But today, when I was going to be doing so many dishes I wanted to explode, a lovely friend of mine stepped in and let me do something else.

It made me so happy.

Thank you, friend.

P.S.
I know I capitalized the title of this post wrong.
Get over it.
Love you all!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Septemeber 27, 2012: Lyrics That Don't Make Much Sense

Sometimes something can be grammatically correct, and still make no sense whatsoever. Sometimes songs do that. And usually it makes for a terrible song. But every once in a while a really good song comes up in my life that is like that.

September 27, 2012: Pictures

They are a wonderful way to let out ones creative side.

Or to help one remember family, friends, and beautiful memories.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012: Rocks

Grey, lumpy, heavy things that are just begging to be used in almost every object lesson.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 25, 2012: Time Spent Talking

Too often, I go to a friend's house wanting to watch a movie, or playing a game.
Rarely do I go and just talk.
It can be quite refreshing to do so.

September 24, 2012: After School Rehearsals

STUFF CAN GET DONE!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012: Finding Things Early

There's an album that isn't due to be coming out in the US until tomorrow.
But I found it today.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012: Chairs

Today, I was up and about, walking, dancing, running, standing, and dancing and standing and walking for almost twelve hours straight.
Chairs.
How have I never realized how beautiful chairs are?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012: Twenty Dollars

Once upon a time, there was a knight who went on a crazy awesome adventure, battled mosters, slew dozens of rocks, and saved three hundred people.
Then he found twenty dollars.
The end.

September 20, 2012: Oatmeal with brown sugar

The  perfect thing to soothe a sore throat when one is ill.

Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012: Tuna

Fish. The only fish I am willing to eat on a somewhat regular basis.

September 16, 2012: Resumes

They're actually kind of a pain.
But you know. I'm grateful for them anyway.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012: Unnaturally Large Headgear

Today, I wore a hat that made me taller by two or three feet. It also made it hard to see, hear, and dance.

Yay for being the Nutcracker!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012: Car Heaters

It's early in the morning, and your fingers are freezing. As you drive down the canyon, you yearn for it.

The car heater.

As the engine warms up, you flip the switch, but it's cold air blowing in your face, and you flinch.

The car heater.

Eventually, you begin to feel heat, gratefully you turn the heater to full and bask in its soul-warming flow.

The car heater.

September 12, 2012: S'mores

Sugar, sugar, and sugar combined to make... sugar.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012: Dust in the Air

When you start coughing.
When your mouth is dry.
When your eyes sting.
When tiny particles of dust are clogging up your senses and making you angsty.
You're living life.

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012: Kind Police Officers

Today, I drove to rehearsal, parked, turned off my car, grabbed my binder, locked the car doors, and went to rehearsal, accidentally leaving my keys in the cup holder.

Fast forward.

Six or seven hours later, I'm frantically searching through a phone book, trying to find the phone number for the nearest police station.

I find it.

I borrow a friend's cell phone.

I call them.

I explain the situation to them:
My car is parked behind the SCERA theatre, and my keys are locked in it. Could somebody please come help me?

I give them all my personal information.

I wait.

And wait.

And watch as a police car drives into the wrong parking lot.

My friend hands me her cell phone.

The lady tells me that the police officer can't find my car.

I tell her the police officer is in the wrong parking lot.

She tells me she'll tell the police officer that.

I wait again.

The police officer finally comes to the right place.

He looked like a slightly intimidating, but not too scary kind of police officer.

And then he asked me to sign a paper that said I wouldn't hold him responsible if he damaged my car.

And suddenly, I was terrified.

What if this man has me sign the paper, then pulls out a baseball bat and destroys my windshield?

What if he dropped eighteen bowling balls on my poor little vehicle?

What if he calls it NAMES!?

I hesitantly signed the paper.

Then he did some cool stuff with a weird yellow thing and a three-foot long little rod thing.

And he unlocked my doors.

He told me to have a nice night.

Then he got back in his car.

As I drove away, I couldn't help but think "Thank you, kind police officer, for not dropping bowling balls on my car.  I don't think I would have been able to handle that."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 9, 2012: Awesome Playing Cards

... And the people who create them.

[INSERT BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR LANCE MILLER HERE]

(Lance Miller created some really awesome decks.)

((Like these ones:))


Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012: Conveyor Belt Toasters


I didn't know they existed before. But they rock.

September 7, 2012: Gummy Bears

Despite (un)popular belief, it is, in fact, possible to have too many gummy bears.
But that doesn't mean you can't love them until you hit that point.

Friday, September 7, 2012

September 6, 2012: Cousins

Sometimes you see them frequently, sometimes you see them less frequently. But you're related to them, and can be yourself around them. Monkeys.

September 5, 2012: Road Trips

Sitting in a car for hours on end can be a wonderful way to not be in school.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 4, 2012: Music Store People Who Know What They're Doing

Today, I visited two music stores, looking for the same thing.

At the first store, the experience went kind of like this:

Me: "Hi, do you have [CERTAIN SHEET MUSIC]?"

Employee: "Ummmm. If we do, it'll be over here.... Yeah, I'm not seeing it. Oh, wait. Is this it? I think this is it."

Me: "No, that's not the right one."

Employee: "Huh. Well... Um..."

(This continued on for a little while, and he wasn't a new employee. He also asked his co-workers, who all had almost exactly the same reaction)


The second store experience went like this:

Me: "Hi, do you have [CERTAIN SHEET MUSIC]? Oh! It's right here."

Employee: "No, that's not the one you're looking for. That's the cut version that people use for auditions. If you want the whole thing, it's right over here."

Me: "Oh, wow! Thanks."


Thanks, employee I don't know.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September 3, 2012: Jumper Cables

Sometimes, cars have troubles and refuse to start like they should.
Thats when jumper cables save your booty.

September 3, 2012: Fuzzy Towels

For those moments when you hop out of the shower in the wee hours of the morning and need something fuzzy.... stat!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

September 2, 2012: Tin Whistles

Irish music is great. And glorious. And beautiful. And wouldn't be complete without a tin whistle or two.

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012: Dirt.

It's brown.
And messy.
And it nourishes stuff.
And the stuff it nourishes nourish us.

IT'S THE CIIIIRCLE OF LIIIIFE!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012: Trampoline Parks

Imagine a big room, full of trampolines.

You can bounce, fall, jump, flip, and badoing all you want.

Now, imagine that there are two such rooms.

One full of dodgeballs.

Now, imagine an area with foam pits next to the trampolines for the sake of doing awesome stunts.

I was there today.

And it was beautiful.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012: Surprise Dinners

It's nice to find out someone already made you delicious food to consume when you announce you're hungry.

August 26, 2012: Laptop cases

There are so many lovely things one laptop provides, but without the case, how are we supposed to enjoy them if the laptop is damaged?

August 25, 2012:True Love

I went to a wedding ceremony and reception today, and was struck by the fact that true love can, in fact, exist.
Just like in Princess Bride.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012: Swings

Take three side-by-side swings, rotate them a bit, lie down, and voila!
Insta-bed.
Somewhat more comfortable than gravel.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012: Surprise Visits

Going somewhere where you aren't expected can result in:

People screaming and hugging you.

OR

People attempting to kill you, as seen in many an action movie.

Lucky for me, today was an encounter of the first kind.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012: Second Chances

Getting to try something over again is always good.
Even if you totally mess it up.

Monday, August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012: Glowsticks

Selling glowsticks to the masses as a fundraiser raised a good amount of money (for a tour I'm planning on going on... kind of a long story, but expensive and totally worth it), but mostly, it gave me a great opportunity to meet people and get to know a specific few people much better.
I love people.
I don't know if I've ever said that before on this blog.
But I do.
I really, really, really love people.

Anyway. Yes. Glowsticks. Good for money, for bonding, and for awesome.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August 19, 2012: Car Chargers

When a battery is low,
Where to go?
To the car! To the car!
Drive, and charge!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 18, 2012: Theatre People

When one is a theatre person, one views life a little differently. 
One is less afraid of being embarrassed. 
One is more inclined to suddenly burst into song, dance, and spontaneous monologuing.

One is also less inclined to think other people odd for doing these things.

One also begins to enjoy the company of other such theatre people.

Friday, August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012: Dr. Orange Beer

Mixing various sodas is kind of a passion of mine.

I'm grateful for tonight's brew:
Dr. P, Orange Fanta, and Root beer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August 16, 2012: Impromptu Sleepovers


Sometimes they happen.


August 15, 2012: Microphones & Color Discrepencies

The two are one and the same, as far as this post is concerned.
I consider it false advertising.
But it was alright.
Because it was fun, eh?
Recording one's voice can be an entertaining venture.

August 15, 2012: Notebooks

A place where one can write.
Their feelings.
Their thoughts.
Or simply just draw a picture.

For me, it helps me think, and process information to be able to have it all down in front of me, for me to review whenever I like.

Monday, August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012: Candy You Love for No Apparent Reason

I don't really care for coconut all that much.
Cream is alright.
Almonds? Please. 

But there are these candy ball things that are a combination of the three, and I love them.

That's all.

August 13, 2012: Scanners

Printers can scan things too. It's a little miracle.

Got it on paper?

Get it on your computer.

Nifty little things, scanners are...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

August 10, 2012: "Mutilate the Bodies"

There is a card game by name of Munchkin.
It's ridiculous. I love it.
This post is dedicated to my favorite card in the whole thing.
Mutilate the Bodies.
It lets you gain a level.
Which is nice.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 8,2012: Dressing up

I love being able to put on a fancy dress and curl my hair.

For no reason other than it being for pure enjoyment and fun.

August 8, 2012: Kayaks

I've never really understood the difference between different kinds of small watercraft.
But today I went down a river in what I was told was a kayak. And I had loads of fun.
I never capsized. Bam.

Still. I enjoyed it, and I'm grateful for the experience.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012: TV Show Marathons

Today, I watched roughly 15 episodes of a show in which a 12-year old boy repeatedly outsmarts and outfights adults by blowing wind at them.
It was immensely enjoyable.

Monday, August 6, 2012

August 6, 2012: Pain

I have no words to express why on Earth I'm grateful for pain.
But I am.
Maybe one day I'll find a way to show you how I could appreciate something so... not enjoyable.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August 5, 2012: The Ability to Express One's Amusement Through Laughter

I mean, like, what if when we thought something was funny, we just said, "That's so funny!"? That isn't a very effective way to express amusement. Like if you're in a crowd and a speaker said something entertaining? Can you imagine a crowd of hundreds all, collectively, saying, "That's so funny!" All together but at different times? No. It's an ugly sound.

Also, some people have entertaining laughs, giving cause for more joyous laughter.

... Also, laughter is so very good for you and your friends. It's a wonderful thing.

August 5, 2012: Permanent Markers

When you want something to last.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 4, 2012: Phone Calls from China

I will admit, this is the first time that I've had this experience.
But it was wonderful.

A good friend of mine whom we'll call Theodore has been in China for the past five-ish weeks. It's been strange without him here, but I've gotten mostly used to it, methinks.

Anyhow. He called me this morning, and we talked until he ran out of international minutes to use.
It was quite a good conversation.

Thank you, Theodore, for that wonderful conversation via telephone.

August 3, 2012: Crunchy, Delicious Apples

A little bit tart, but not overwhelmingly so.
Beautiful, stickerless outside.
YUM.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012: Complete and Utter Lack of Productivity

Sometimes a person just needs a day to do absolutely nothing worth doing for as long as possible.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012: Chess

It's nerdy.
And it's fun.
And that's all I have to say at the moment.

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012: Proprioception

Proprioception is the body's ability to sense where it is in space.


This is what allows you to be able to give yourself a high five with your eyes closed.


This is what allows you to catch something you knocked over/dropped before it hits the ground.

Proprioception.



Tell your friends.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 29, 2012: Fruity Drinks

Grape juice, apple juice, orange juice, cran-apple juice, juice, juice, juice.
YUM.

July 29, 2012: Fuzzy warm blankets

Because even on summer days, your feet can still get cold.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 28, 2010: Natural Teachers

Some people teach, even when they don't mean to.
And those people are the people that I really learn from. The ones who don't even know they're teaching, sometimes.

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012: New Dances

More specifically, Hip-Hop.
I had my first taste of it today, and oh my dear Splinda Rapuccinni, that was fun.

July 27, 2012: High messy buns

They are perfect for the hot summer days when you are too lazy to make any sort of effort to look good.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012: Sticky Hands

When a kid is messy, sticky, and otherwise adorable, it's just cute and nice and happy and stuff.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012: Glockenspiels

Many a good song has been made great by the presence of the joyous sounds of a glockenspiel.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012- Hugs

They really are the greatest thing on the planet.

Ever.

July 24, 2012: Beautiful Music Surprises

"Surely, there is no way that this song could be made better than it already is," I thought.

I thought wrong.

The Boxer, by Simon and Garfunkel, was just redone and was at least equalled, if not improved by a small smidgen.

This my friends/readers, is what I am grateful for today.

Yes. It did bring tears to my eyes the first, second, third, and fourth times I heard it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012: Unorganized Stacks of Paper

Part of the fun of being a generally unorganized person is trying to organize things.
When one is going through a stack of completely unrelated pieces of paper, it's much more fun and enjoyable than if one is going through a stack of papers that all have to do with the same boring problem/subject/thing.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22, 2012: Realizations

You know those moments when you suddenly realize something that should have been completely obvious to you, but wasn't?
And as soon as you figure it out, it changes the way you live?

Yes.

Those are good moments.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21, 2012: Kinda Sunny Days (Happy Girl)

Those days where you sit outside with your laptop and it's kinda sunny but there's some clouds so you're not too hot, but it's not overcast, so you don't feel gloomy inside.

You feel just right.

July 21, 2012: Good Neighbors

There is a story behind this post.
But I won't tell it.
Not because I want to be annoying or enigmatic, but because it's personal.

Let's just say bad things can happen to good people, and it's at those times when people like me gain respect for those who shine through as examples of good men.

Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012: Kind Bank Tellers

Today I went to the bank.
By myself.
For the first time.

And I had absolutely no clue what I was doing.

Luckily, the bank teller lady was very nice and helped me through the whole process. I am ever so appreciative of this woman's overflowing helpful attitude and generosity.

Thank you, bank teller lady.
I owe you one.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

July 19, 2012: People Who Decline

Today, I got to thinking. If everyone went to everything they were invited to, life would be nothing short of utterly insane.
Thank you, everyone who has told me no over the years.
I really appreciate it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012: Spacecraft

The fact that mankind has the capability of going to space is kind of insane.
And incredibly awesome.

One of the best things I ever did as a youngster was go to Space Camp in Kansas.
This place is wonderful.

If ever you're on a road trip and you happen to be driving through whatever area it's in, go to the museum they've got. Because they have everything.

The museum takes you through the journey the human race went through to end up in space. It starts in WWII, with missiles the Germans had started to use.
It goes through the Cold War, through the Space Race, and into the moon landing.

They have Apollo 13. THE Apollo 13.
Not some replica. The real deal.

They have the Mercury Bell, which was lost at the bottom of the ocean for years.

They have rocket ships.

Oh, and they have one of these babies sitting in the lobby.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012: Free Food

"Ugh, I can't finish this."
"Instead of throwing it away, why don't you give it to me?"
"Okay. Here."
"Thanks. OMNOMNOMNOMNOM..."

Food, my friends, is wonderful.

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012: Crazy, Televised Driving

It's both fun to watch in movies and the like, and a joy to do in the imaginary realm of video games.
It can be quite funny, sometimes. I especially enjoy watching English people drive on the wrong side of the road, so I can chortle quietly to myself and say "Oh, those silly British people. They drive on the wrong side of the road."

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15, 2012: Notes (iPhone app)

The next time you steal someone's iPhone, instead of being a dork with it, leave them a nice surprise in Notes.
I promise it'll make you feel good, and it'll make them happy too, probably. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 14, 2012: Ranch Dressing

Delicious.

And I have it to thank for helping me end up with the best friend anyone could have.
But this post isn't about her.
That will come later.

Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012: Forgiveness

People can do really dumb things. Things that hurt other people.

I've done dumb things.

But there's one dumb thing in particular that still haunts me.

The person who I hurt, however, has forgiven me.

And I cannot even begin to describe to you how appreciative I am of that.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012: Nights Off

People have things to do.
People have work, school, and everything else in the world to occupy their time and drive them insane (slowly, and over time).
Every once in a while, people need to take a break.

YOU.
Take a break.
And leave your cell phone, iPod, etc. BEHIND YOU.
For one night.
It'll be nice.

Believe me.

I'm grateful for nights off. They keep me sane.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 10-11, 2012: Pomegranates, Driver Licenses

July 10:
Delicious, messy, seedy, juicy, yummy....

July 11:
FREEDOM!
AND SAFETY! AND THE CAPABILITY TO SING AS LOUDLY AS YOU WANT WITHOUT JUDGMENT!

July 11, 2012: Sunglasses

Not only are they a stylish accessory, but they are also used as a mirror, or simply something to cover your retina's to prevent them from burning out.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 8, 2012: Staple Removers

To be quite honest, I was rather frightened the first time I saw a staple remover.
It looked dangerous.
Scary.

But after a little bit of time, I realized just how useful they can be.

Which is very useful. On really random days.

Other days, they're completely useless.

But I'm still grateful for them, because if I didn't have the on the days I needed them, I would be in a bind.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7, 2012: Pearls

A boring grain of sand goes from being a nuisance to being a beautiful nuisance.

I'm sure there's a good lesson in there somewhere, for which I am very grateful.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012: Cowboys

They may have atrocious accents.
They may listen to country music.
They may wear interesting hats.

But...

They play guitar real good.
They wear some dern good-looking boots.
And they are great when stuck in musicals.


Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2, 2012: Popcorn

It's crunchy, it's buttery, it's delicious, and it's ridiculously unhealthy.
What's not to love about popcorn?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 1, 2012: Honesty

Life is so much easier to live when one is open and honest about who they are.
I really appreciate the times in my life when my friends have been truthful with me about their lives, and what they think of what I've been doing.
That's all I'm going to say for now.
Because, honestly, I'm quite hungry at the moment and would like to get something in my stomach before I start getting grumpy.
Love you all, my dear readers (if there indeed any readers)!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June 30, 2012: New Old Cars

Today, my family replaced our previous vehicle with a used car that is very, very much like a car we once owned.
It's scaring me a little bit, actually. It makes me feel like I'm seven again.

However, I am grateful for this new vehicle. It will get me places.

And make me feel even more like a little kid.

Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012: The Green, Mean... Driving Machine?

My family's car died today.
It was green.
It was mean.
It was indeed a driving machine.
And it got scrapped for $211.

It has been our mode of transportation for the past eight years, and it will be missed.

Thanks for getting me places, O dead vehicle.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012: Classical Music

Lots of people don't appreciate it anymore.
I was one of them, once. Briefly.
When I was a wee, naked baby.
But I learned as I grew.
Classical music is a beautiful thing.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012: Short People

I like feeling tall.
Although there are times that I miss being a shorty.
But instead of being bitter about my height, I will simply give thanks for the short people I know.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012: Popsicles

Cold and delicious.
Perfect for a summer day.
Yes.
That's all.
Goodbye.
This post is over now.

June 25, 2012: Crazy Awesome Accents

I will one day marry a girl, and I really hope she has an accent. 
Irish, preferably.
Because and Irish accent is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Also.
Brave is a very good movie.
You should see it.
They have accents.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24, 2012: Sunscreen

It's nice to not get sunburned.

It's not so nice to be thinking this after you've forgotten how nice it is to not get sunburned.

In the future, I will remember you, sunscreen.

Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012: Hot Baths


When your body is annoyed and mad and upset and in pain, take a hot bath.

It helps.

June 21, 2012: Mr. Kennington

Normally, with this blog, I do not name people. I normally remain intentionally vague about identities and such things.
Today is different. Today I am blogging about a specific person that I want everyone on the planet to know about.

Mr. Kennington.

This man is one of the most wonderful people I have had the good fortune to meet in my life.
The previous headmaster of my previous high school, I only really spoke with him a few times. But he knew who I was. He always asked about how I was doing, and I could always tell that he genuinely cared.

He also, with the help of my tenth grade English teacher, helped me learn to love Shakespeare's works. No one loves Shakespeare as much Mr. K. I can't even fathom the idea of a person more passionate about the Bard than Justin Kennington. His passion is inspiring. It allowed curiosity to build in the minds of students (particularly mine), making us wonder how. How can a simple playwright born hundreds of years ago whose words are often harder to understand than an ogre talking in his sleep be all that wonderful?

I don't know how to answer that question. It still doesn't quite make sense to me. But I have learned to love Shakespeare regardless.


Words, words, words...

I seem to be rambling a bit. Allow me to try and get back on track.



Mr. K.


Great man.


I was very sorry to hear he had been let go.
  
I wonder what on Earth could have made the Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy school board think that the man who gave their school identity and spirit; the man who did more personally to help that school become the great place it was, was no longer needed.

Mr. Kennington, you remain in my prayers.

You convinced me to attend the school you were headmaster of, where I made numerous friends and learned to think, as well memorize.

You inspired me to read the works of the Bard, and my life has forever been changed because of it.

You helped me get into theatre, the world in which I now refuse to leave on most days.

I am and always will be grateful for you and the impact you had on my life.

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012: Highly-Functioning Sociopaths

In case you couldn't tell from the title of this post, I just watched the first episode of BBC's Sherlock.

Me gusta.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012: Dead Characters

Beloved, hated, of meh-quality, or merely there for dramatic effect, good stories include a death somewhere.
Despite the tears that are often shed because of their untimely (and yet so very timely, generally) demises, I am grateful for the fact them, for their deaths, and for the normally fictional lives they led before they met the tall man wearing black.

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012: Printers

They... print stuff.
And, consequently, can be the source/cause/aid/friend/enemy in many an adventure.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

June 17, 2012: Latin Roots

While talking to someone today, I made up a word.
And it was a real word.
And I felt smart.
I told my friend how I felt. She asked for a speech.
So I wrote the following:

Once, I wasn't smart. I was an ignorant child, just like many of you are now. 

But then, one day, I had a teacher who was different. I had a teacher who was excited about life.

A teacher who taught us all a person ever needs to know in life - Latin roots.

I know. I know. You're probably all thinking "Wait! What about math, and history, and all those other 

things that teachers say are important?"

To those of you thinking that, I have this to say:

Your teachers are lying to you.

Math?

Please. Numbers do nothing for you, aside from buying candy at the local grocery store.

But Latin roots... Those are the biggies.

They give you such freedom, such confidence in life, that you will start doing big things.

Things like making up a word for a situation, and finding out later that the word already existed, that 

the word meant what you meant it to mean, and that you used it correctly.

Latin roots, my friends. Latin roots.

If you can sound smart, people around you will think you are smart.

And if you are surrounded by people who think you are smart, you ARE smart.

Thank you.


And that was that.


Also, it's my birthday.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012: Pointe Shoes

Mostly, I'm grateful I don't have to wear them.

They are pretty, though.

Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012: Hollywood Super-Star, Shia LaBeouf

He has robot friends.
He has robot enemies.
Robots surround him.
He's SHIA LABEOUF!

Penguins?

SHIA LABEOUF!

More robots?

SHIA LABEOUF!

Actual cannibal, Shia LaBeouf!

---

... Don't ask.

June 15, 2012: Proper Technique

There are some tasks one may perform in very nearly any manner and the job will get done exactly as efficiently as if they hade done it the way it was taught to them.

There are some tasks that can also be performed in very nearly any manner and the job will get done, just not quite as well or as efficiently as if the person did it the way they were taught to.

And then there are some things that must be done exactly the right way or else it might be just off, or else completely wrong.

Typing is one of the second. Apparently, upon learning the proper technique of something you thought you already knew, you actually get to start completely over again. I went from about 60 to 65 wpm to... about 20.

Learn the proper technique the first time.

It's worth it.

I'm serious.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012: Partner Dances

From ballet to ballroom, dancing with another person is always exciting, entertaining, and totally worth the time spent learning.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012: Cuteness

Not hotness, not sexiness, not any of that-ness.

Cuteness.

Cute people are just so adorably lovable that one can't help but want to always be their friend forever.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012: Goats

There's something about them that's undeniably adorable. Especially when they're babies.

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012: Slippers

The dancing kind, the just-got-out-of-bed kind, and any other kinds that might come to mind.
They help your feet out in various ways, whether it's keeping them warm or protected from harm.
Thanks, slippers.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 10, 2012: Old Books

You open it, and you can hear its bones creaking. Your finger comes away from the cover with a coating of dust. You breathe in, and you smell history.
This book has seen a lot over the years. It's been through presidents, wars, and natural disasters. It's seen marriages, moved houses, and helped stop tears.
This book has its own life story. A story that will never be shared.

June 9, 2012: IT people.

They have to go through so much.
People don't appreciate them nearly enough.
So thank you, IT people. Thank you.

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012: Trains

Chugh-a-chug-a-chug-a-chug-a-CHOO-CHOO!

Basically, I like trains.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 7, 2012: Stand-up Comedians

They make me laugh.
Hard.

June 7, 2012: Summer School

This might seem odd.
And it's probably an unpopular opinion.
But I am currently sitting in a computer lab at Lehi High School, and I'm glad I'm here. Becaaaauuuse....

Summer school means I have fewer classes to take during the school year.
It also means I'm not sitting at home, enduring insufferable boredom and sitting in front of my computer at home, being COMPLETELY unproductive.

Also, my medication does things to me.

GOOD things...

But things no less.

I'm done now. I hope you enjoyed your insight to my uh.. Personal life? I'm not sure what that would be considered.

I'm rambling. Sorry. I'm actually done now.

'Cause I'm at summer school. (x

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012: Salsa Cookies



Don't let the awkward thumbnail put you off. This video is quite, quite entertaining.

June 5, 2012: The Little Dipper

Sometimes I go stargazing. And I can't find the little dipper.
Because I can't see it, I search for a long time.
This keeps me outside in the beauty of nature, looking at stars for a long time.
Stars are wonderful things.
I don't know where this post is going, really. So I think I'll just end it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012: Bacon-Flavored Popcorn

I've never had the stuff.
But I'm still grateful for it.
Mostly because it was the reason I ended up with a great friend.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3, 2012: Irish Bands

Combine music (one of the greatest things imaginable) and Irish accents (another one of the most fantastical things that could possibly be thought up), and you get pure fantastic.
It's true.

June 2, 2012: Little Lights

Ones you can hold, and juggle, and stick in your friends' hair.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012: Forcefields of Awesomeness

Starting with waking up, my day hasn't been too wonderful.
I barely had time to put something and scarf down something barely resembling breakfast before I was taken off to band practice.

Note: By "band practice," I mean a few of my friends and myself sitting around and trying to make music happen, generally without much success.

Headache.

Being told I wasn't going to be able to see a friend I was really hoping to see.

Just little things like that have all stacked up and made me a little grumpster.

Then I got home.
And I see my nephews playing around with some toys I don't remember ever knowing about in my life.
Then one of them turns to the other and says "You are no match for my forcefield of AWESOMENESS!"
I had to smile.
And then my day started looking a bit brighter.


The end.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012: Corny Movies

Everybody has seen at least a few.
They're wonderful things to bond over. When you watch a corny, or cheesy movie with someone you automatically have a hundred thousand (not a billion) private jokes with that person.
It's beautiful.

May 29, 2012: Dogs

Not all dogs.
The little ones that don't bark too much that like to cuddle.

If I ever get a dog, I want one like that.
They're nice.

Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012: Change

I'm not talking about things changing from one thing to another.
I'm not talking about Obama.
I'm talking about pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
The loose coins you have in your pocket or purse that cling, clang, jingle, and ping.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

(ASL) May 27, 2012: Harmonicas

They're small, portable, easy to play, and occasionally headache inducing.

May, 27, 2012: Journals

They're like a good friend you can tell all of your secrets to that will never, ever, EVER spill ANY of them to ANYONE.

Unless, you know, someone finds it and decides to read it.

In that case.. you're toast.

... Hide it well.

But they're so great! Right? =D

Friday, May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012: Towels

May 25.
Towel Day.
You're probably a little bit curious. Please, allow me to explain.
There once was a man by the name of Douglas Adams. He was brilliant.
He wrote a story entitled The HitchHikers' Guide to the Galaxy. And it's brilliant.
Douglas passed away in the year 2001. Every May 25, people all over the universe celebrate Towel Day, honoring the stories Adams wrote, and by doing so, him.

On Towel Day, people are encouraged to bring a towel with them, everywhere they go.
Although I have yet to leave my house today, I have been doing so.

You may be wondering. How is wearing a towel celebrating the life of a genius?

Well, in his books, there is a lengthy explanation of why towels are the most useful thing an intergalactic hitchhiker could have.

Would you like to read it?

Here you go:


 "A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on thedesert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with."


So, there you have it.
Towels truly are wonderful, useful things.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012: Adventures

They happen, sometimes.
Actually, they happen a lot.
We just fail to notice them a bit too frequently.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012: Air

Today, I went on my first SCUBA dive. The instructor of the course was taking each student and showing them how to deal with different situations that may arise on a dive.
At one point he said "Now, I'm going to turn off your tank, and you'll know what it feels like to run out of air."
I thought that sounded like an adventure. I watched my pressure gauge go farther and farther down as he cranked the tank's air valve shut.
And then suddenly, my lungs refused to inflate.
I tried and I tried, and nothing happened.
That is probably one of the scariest things I have ever experienced.
I have never been properly grateful for air before today.
I love breathing.