Thursday, December 20
Friday, December 7
The first day we went on a Segway tour of the city.
The second day we had Thanksgiving dinner.
The third day we went to the morning market and Georgetown then we saw August Rush.
The fourth day we went to Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial and all the other major sites.
The fifth day we went to the Smithsonian museums.
This an original poster for the feminist movement during war times.
The sixth day we went home.
Trip Highlight: One of the coolest things about Capitol Hill was this bookstore. Books were piled everywhere, even in the bathroom.
Wednesday, November 21
So Gina's roommate Michelle and her date Lucas doubled with me and Dave. (I couldn't remember his first name the entire date...) Lucas drove. He left the car on and left to walk up to Michelle's apartment. Well Dave had the brilliant idea to move the car so Lucas would be "so confused." So he moved it to the underground parking lot. It took a few minutes, and Lucas' face was not happy.
We went to Color me Mine, basically my favorite place in Utah that doesn't have food. They have ceramic plates, cups, bowl, figurines, toothbrush holders - anything you can think of, they probably have. Well you take this ceramic item and you paint it. Then a few days later you pick it up after they have fired the paint so it is pretty.
Lucas insisted that he and Michelle get the same large dinner plates together. Michelle asked "well what are we going to do with them?" and he said "I was thinking we could make dinner together and use these plates." This was all in Portuguese by the way, they kept speaking to each other in that language to flirt. They are so cute!
I picked a cup and taped a geometric design then painted the shapes between the tape using bright colors. Dave picked a football. the football is cut in half to serve as a container. Well on the inside, he painted his 3rd favorite football team's colors and letter on one side, his 2nd favorite football team's colors and letter on the other side, and a blue "Y" on the outside. It turned out pretty cool, considering.
He sang a couple of the songs that were playing, and we are not talking about quiet, sing-along singing. We are talking about loud, performance singing, adding his own dynamics and notes singing.
And after Lucas, Michelle and I were done, he was being OCD about every little spot (I told him the glaze would melt over and even it out) but we waited 20 minutes regardless. And I was in love with the employee there. He complimented my cup and had the coolest shoes.
After all the spots were accounted for on Dave's football, we decided to go to Mimi's for Hot Cocoa. After we were seated and they gave us the bread, I took the whole un-cut loaf and cut a slice off in a reckless and crazy way. It took a while because the crust was hard and crispy and crumbs flew everywhere. Dave was behind his menu and did not see, which made it more satisfying - just the cute couple and me, laughing...at me.
I leaned over to Dave and said "I haven't eaten dinner, so I am going to get some soup. I can pay for myself." The answer I wanted was not what I got. I wanted him to insist that he pay, act like what I just said was outlandish. But he was fine with it. So I spent $9 on soup and hot chocolate. Idiot.
So he ordered Pecan Pie, told us about a lady in his mission that served pig brains to him without telling him, and made everyone try the pecan pie, which did not look appetizing nor did anyone want more sugar after their hot cocoa.
Then we drove home, me first. He walked from the car to the sidewalk and stopped 20 feet away from my house as I approached my door. I was kind of confused, but I walked back to him and said thanks and he gave me a short hug. Hey, I would prefer a sidewalk scene, thank you dave bass.
How come everyone is hooking up? How can I hook up? Where do I find the hookers? (The guys that will hook up with you)
Monday, November 19
A couple weeks ago, his roommate approached me and asked if I would set him up with my sister's best friend Michelle. So I said, why don't we double and you set me up. So I described his roommate Isaac without using his name when he asked what kind of guy I wanted him to set me up with. And he said he knew who he would set me up with and it turned out to NOT be Isaac. His name is Dave Bass and he looks like a woman with short hair. But that is not his fault. He is also crazy. And that is his fault. So I am going on a double date with a guy in my ward, my sister's friend, and Dave Bass. Wish me Luck!
Tuesday, November 13
When we arrived in our Condo and discovered the fridge to be empty, we went to the grocery store. I wanted cheese puffs, but no one else did. So we had to fight about it to get what I wanted.
She is kind of hiding it, but Alyson is holding a Diet Dr Pepper in her left arm. When my Aunt Renae saw that we had it, she was kind of appalled. Which made it so much more fun to drink. We stayed up pretty late and found some shot glasses in the cupboard. Boy what a burning sensation--drinking a shot of that in one gulp.
Monday, November 12
I am sick. coming down with something. I looked down my throat this morning and there were spots of blisters all over the back of my throat. My dentist wrote me a prescription for antibiotics for a mouth sore I had 3 weeks ago and I was like "I am not taking antibiotics for that lil thing!" So if this gets really bad and doesn't leave me alone come Washington DC time, I have no choice but to take antibiotics.
This weekend was good because my family is in town for Alyson's farewell. She is going on a mission. I will really miss her. It is going to be hard to have one less real friend in my life. I only have a handful of those. I will dedicate an entire post to her after she leaves, because I don't miss people and things until they are gone. and it hits me like a brick wall that they are gone.
This week is going to be the hardest week of this semester and then finals will come and that will beat me even harder. So I guess I am taking this week to prepare for a hard beating. Why will it be a hard week hallie? you may ask. well I have 2 research papers (a total of 20 pages) and 2 tests. And all this ward stuff. parties, FHE, sleepovers, and a temple trip to Manti. I am really excited, but why during the hardest week of the semester? WHY?
It's okay. It's alright. I am sure I will still pass my classes and that is all that matters. Oh and if I learn something too. Because I am not paying for the degree, I am paying to learn. mmhm.
Monday, November 5
Friday, November 2
Thursday, November 1
Monday, October 29
Then my roommate came home with her date who I have a fragment of a crush on and I talked to them about how much fun they had together.
Saturday I cut my bangs too short. So embarrassing. Then I watched Holley cut Katherine's Hair and it looks good and Holley fixed my bangs so they look semi-presentable.
Later that evening Kath, Veda, and I got a 10 lb pumpkin and carved 3 different faces on it. Mine was happy, Veda's was angry, and Katherine's was sad. We rotate it each night.
After pumpkins a bunch of us went to Humor-U Comedy--a stand-up comedy show. The majority of it was pretty hilarious!
Last night we had a scone party which was better than the last one because we didn't have to slave in the kitchen to feed the millions of people in our house. It was more low key and I was able to talk to my friends.
sooo that's that.
Thursday, October 25
Well I had leave to give my brother something and guess what was on my back tire? a BOOT. No, not a witch's boot or Santa's black boot. A sickly orange metal constricting BOOT.
It was two minutes before I came out that he put it on there. So if my brother had called me 3 minutes earlier I wouldn't have gotten it! I called the idiot dispatcher and waited 45 minutes for someone to come get this boot off--for a $50 fee.
While I was waiting, I decided that I would lie. I decided that the person who parked their car in the closest spot had moved my scooter from their spot because there were not other available spaces. I decided a lie is worth $50--that I would lie to win $50, why not lie to get out of paying $50? I started crying then. And I knew I couldn't lie. That I would be blessed for paying the $50 and not lying.
The boot man came and stayed in his truck while he got my information. I was barely able to tell him my phone number because i was crying. He finally took the BOOT off and waited to let me leave first. but my scooter wouldn't start. so i rolled the scooter down to the parking garage because i didn't want to be anywhere near the boot man and I wanted to park it correctly before he put another boot on it. but it still wouldn't start. The tow man left and I was pretty frustrated. A few minutes of pointless effort in kick starting the scooter, the boot man came back. he asked if I needed help and I said "It won't start." He told me that he had a dirt bike and would try to start it. Sure enough he forcefully kick started it and it worked. I was doing the kick start wrong the whole time!
I am just glad he came back. Yes I was embarrassed and I never wanted to see him again, but he was nice enough to think about me and help me. Don't you hate it when police officers and other enforcers are nice? yeah me too.
Wednesday, October 24
Tuesday, October 23
Oh man. Thank you so much, JK. and I don't mean "just kidding," I mean the author, JK Rowling. OK yeah I am kidding too. This kind of ruins Harry Potter for me.
But hey, thank goodness she announced this AFTER I read the series...
actually wait - I have to read these books to my children as an elementary school teacher! I am going to LOVE that. no, no I am not.
No offense Dumbledore, but just think - you and Minerva McGonagall could have had the most awesome secret relationship!
read more on this here
Oh, I am talking about Pet Peeve #1 and #2.
The word "sweet" and ":)"
Here is where I used a smiley face:
:) (mmm feels so good)
Here is where I used "sweet" in my formally hated context:
Thursday, October 18
Alright, I am no longer angry! Let's talk about my TRIP!
A week ago today at this very hour I was in the beautiful state of California. We stayed in a house just 3 blocks off the beach. Here is a picture of the beach.
It was at this very beach in the cave at the very bottom of this picture where I found a HUMONGOUS crab! and at the very end of the beach at the top left hand corner I found ANOTHER CRAB! I just started digging in the sand because I saw a lil divet. I hit something hard so I dug around the hard surface, expecting a clam. but it MOVED. And it stood up and started walking sideways with it's lil snapper trying to duel me. hehe I really loved that crab I have a picture of me and him but THE OWNER OF THAT PICTURE IS ANNOYING. so maybe I will get it and when I do I will put it up here.
I started digging a large hole right at the edge of where the tide ended and put my feet in it and waves crashed on me as I stood there in that large hole and soon I was buried in the sand. it felt so good against my feet. and my sister almost pushed me over which would have broken my legs in half.
That night the father of the girl I went with took us out to the CRAB COOKER.
The Crab Cooker is MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT. There is CRAB there to eat. so good. and her daddy paid for all of us! I had the KING CRAB KILLER CLAWS!!! so rich and succulent.
Then we drove around for an hour because we got lost. and that is okay!
Then we found what we were looking for: fashion island. This place is posh. We went to juicy couture where a t-shirt was $150. I didn't buy it though. and anthropology was so beautiful.
We arrived at the park at the time it opened: 8 am and left at the time it closed: midnight. 16 hours PACKED with so much fun. My favorite ride was SPACE MOUNTAIN!! I laughed hysterically the entire ride! It is inside and really dark with stars and planets all around you! You have no idea where you are going and I love that feeling!
We also went to California Adventure where my 2nd and 3rd and 4th favorite rides are:
2. Soarin over California - you are sitting in mid air in the middle of a half a globe screen so it feels like you are flying. they show great sites of California and they spray scents to go along with it. like flying over the citrus trees smells sooo good like oranges.
3. California Screamin: a wicked crazy fast outside rollercoaster
4. Tower of Terror: just like it sounds
I also took the Disney character test--which compares you to every character disney has ever had--and I am DOT from "A Bug's Life" hehe cute huh? I am so cute. jk
We placed a reservation for the Pirates of the Caribbean Restaurant "Blue Bayou" a couple months ago, so we got to eat there. SOOO romantic...if only I had a man there. and 40 dolla dolla a plate too! yeah I had crab again. You can never have too much crab!
I really love Disneyland. I didn't want to leave.
On our way out, it was raining and the sidewalks were slick, so I started trying to slide on them. My soles were too rugged so every time I would try to slide I would trip and in my naturally ungraceful way would stumble back to a proper stance. Well unbeknown to me, a couple was watching me and remarked "She's DRUNK!"
With all the strength I had left I replied "I'M SOBER!!!"
And that was Disneyland.
Wednesday, October 17
Monday, October 15
We got there Thursday at 1:00 and went to the BEACH. I saw a divet in the snow, so I started digging and thought i hit a seashell. So I dug some more and it MOVED! It was a CRAB! So beautiful.
Monday, October 8
Thursday, October 4
Tuesday, October 2
So last night I had to go to the parent's home and sleep there alone. because the dog needed to be let out and because i needed to study.
Well I went downstairs to turn off the space heater my gramma left on and guess who I saw in the basement living room after turning on the light? A HUMONGOUS HOBO SPIDER!
So I was really scared. Because I was all alone. usually with someone there with me I can act tough and get rid of it. but this one was really large! like as big as a silver dollar NO I AM NOT EXAGGERATING!
So I called my dad to ask where the space heater was and casually said there was a really big spider. He said I should step on it. Oh, right, and let it jump away as I put my foot down--then in my confused state allow it to climb up my pants and KILL me? So he said to throw a book on him--a large book. So I retrieved a phone book from upstairs and slowly moved my head around the corner. BAM! HE WAS STILL THERE. But the phone book was not heavy enough. a phone book would only give him a back scratch.
So I took a gander at my surroundings and saw a box of a dozen 16-ounce cans of tomatoes. Mmmmmhm! just what I needed. I stood outside the door of the living room, 10 feet away from my predator. The box in my hands started shaking from my fright. If there was a full grown man-eating murderer in that same spot I would have been more calm. So I counted to three and threw the box of cans from where I stood. The box slammed onto the spider and bounced back. he was SMASHED to BITS. So I told him, I said "who's the dead one now?" and jumped up and down in celebration.
Wednesday, September 26
Monday, September 17
Exceptional? Isn't that WORSE than "fair" or "poor?" Like: "hey, this looks awesome EXCEPT you really messed up the whole story"
That makes sense. It was great--excepting an attribute--which made it exceptional.
I have always thought this term was NOT a compliment.
Then today I looked long and hard at the word, decided to read a definition, then firmly told myself: "okay, this word does not mean that." And so I had to change because I was wrong.
This made me think of Camille Cleverly, and I wondered if Elizabeth Smart helped search for Camille.
Then I thought of their last names: Smart and Cleverly.
All I am saying is that if your last name is Wise, you better watch out. You are next.
Saturday, September 15
We became roommates and I still recall the smell of our room, your smell. It was kind of a musky fall scent, and I will never forget it. When I think of that room I think of waking up in the middle of the night with those red and black elder bugs crawling on me.
We broke up with our beloved boyfriends and listened to break-up songs together on our front porch. That was our crucial bonding moment as friends. I looked up to your for being so strong and so independent. You are a smart girl and I wanted to be like you. (still do, girl--you are going to change the world!)
It's been a year now and you are going away. We talked on google chat and I sometimes look at our conversations and they make me laugh. I will miss your face and your scrunched-up frusterated/sillybilly look that you make sometimes haha
Have fun in england! Love you!
Thursday, September 6
And just barely I was bumping my head against the corner of the elevator on my way back to the office and 5 inches from my face hiding behind the railing was a spider...a big spider with strips meaning it was a HOBO
So I told my supervisor and asked if I should call the custodian of the bldg (because something like this was not in my job description)
Then I was like "no, I can kill this spider"
So I went to the custodial closet and retrieved a long pole with a duster at the end
And my supervisor supervised me as I poked the spider
And it jumped down and ran really fast toward another corner and I yelled (not remembering to be professional) "HE'S STILL ALIVE, HE'S RUNNING FAST!" so my supervisor stepped on him Real good with her shoe and I yelled, "YOU GOT HIM! HE'S DEAD!!"
And some random lady I've never seen before walked by and was like "It's just a spider? gosh."
But that was exciting
oh and the pole broke in half because that spider needed to go no matter what sacrifice was made.
So I put the broken pole/duster back in the custodial closet with a note that said "Sorry we broke your pole, it was used to kill a spider. <3, B-202"
Tuesday, September 4
It will be a good year.
I have yet to go to the rest of my classes, but the first two were a HIT!
Goals for this semester:
- Talk to someone in each class everyday--whether it be the same person or move around and meet new people.
- Do every single reading assignment
- Go to every single class
- Complete every single assignment
- Stick to my hot hal cause and go down two sizes
- Stop making fun of people
- Stop saying things without thinking (atleast don't do it so frequently--like Sunday night my roommate and the guy she recently started dating were standing up to leave and I asked "so are you guys off to bed?" I meant are each of them, separately, going off to bed to SLEEP. Then later I was talking about how I liked the decorations in our living room except that jar full of sand and seashells and that we needed to throw that out the window...yeah...the owner of that jar, my roommate, was sitting right next to me. I didn't think it was her's!)
Thursday, August 30
Thursday, August 23
Well as I was setting out the food and milk, I remembered that we had a half gallon of orange juice in our office refrigerator. I wanted orange juice more than I wanted chocolate milk. So I got the orange juice out and observed the expiration date which was a little smudged near the bottom, but it looked like it said 8/29/07. So I removed the lid and started pouring when i realized "oh yeah, I need to shake this up to get the best taste" So I closed the lid back on and shook it shook it shook it! I barely started unscrewing the lid when it hissed--like a soda would. So I went over to the trash, which is located between a cubicle wall and a shelf full of books and folders. Orange juice was pouring down the sides of the jug, so i put it over the trash as I unscrewed the entire lid and KA BOOM! orange juice exploded everywhere! Anything within a 3 feet diameter was covered--including three shelves of books and the entire wall on the opposite side...not to mention the orange and white striped jacket I am wearing.
Well I got a rag from the custodial room and got it cleaned up, looks just fine now. So I sighed in relief as I poured what was left after the explosion into my cup. Got my dough nut and sunk into my chair...finally! I took a big swig of the orange juice and my mouth was filled with the most repulsive, sour, and fizzy liquid. I spit it out, more orange juice flying everywhere (not on me this time) and threw the jug and my full cup away.
Yep, the date said 6/29/07. Gross.
Friday, August 17
My friends warned me about you:
reeking with American Eagle and pooka shell necklaces.
Things I want to remember about this place:
- The person I was before (normal) and the who I am now (psycho)
- How my relief society teacher looked like my first blind date...and I couldn't look at her.
- The flowers I found on the brink of death and so I watered them and now they are beautiful
- I Capture the Castle movie in the lounge
- The fact that I ate a total of 3 meals there
- My ruthless bros before hoes roommate (and in some cases bros before boyfriend)
- The pool
- The red lips shaped soap bar
- The time where I said the opening prayer for sacrament meeting: After the opening hymn I forgot that I was supposed to pray so I just sat there...then I remembered and said "OH!" kind of loud. On my way toward the podium I forgot to be graceful so I walked in my infamous "gestapo" way and stumbled to the front. During the prayer I got mixed up and forgot it was morning so I said "we're thankful for this morni-afternoo-morning..." and everyone busted out laughing.
Thursday, August 9
Jobs I've had:
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Seven Peaks (for one day)
- Sandal Salesperson for a mall kiosk
- Michaels Arts and Crafts
- BYU-Idaho Custodial
- Kneaders Bakery and Cafe
- Inbound Sales rep
- Administrative Assistant for Dish Network
- Receptionist for Student Academic and Advisement Services at BYU
- All the Harry Potter Movies
- Love, Actually
- What About Bob?
- Any Jane Austen Movies (sense & sensibility, emma, p&p)
- Disney Classics
- Provo, UT
- Orem, UT
- Rexburg, ID
- Glendale, AZ
- Hannah Montana (seriously)
- The Office
- So You Think You Can Dance
- CRAB LEGS
- Seafood mmmm
- Cream Cheese Chicken
- by the ocean
- Anywhere foreign
- watching a sun set
- reading a book
- all of the above at the same time
Wednesday, August 8
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 1
I love my cousins.
Cousins always laugh at me. They think I am funny. I love when people laugh at me. Even when they are laughing AT me. Because it's not my sense of humor, it's my embarrassing way of saying and doing things.
Cousins always love you. They don't live with you for prolonged periods of time and you don't have to see them everyday of your life, so that makes their visits extra special.
I feel completely comfortable around cousins. Not usually the older ones because they think I am annoying. But when they aren't around I can really let loose and be crazy and usually people laugh.
Friday, July 27
The word sweet should only be used to describe the antonym of sour and the synonym for someone who is nice.
Anyone found using this word in another context will likely be wearing a pukka shell necklace.
Nothing against Emily.
It's just a pet peeve, if you say it like that I will still love you.