Thursday, December 30, 2010

"My life is complete!"

Three words: Harry Potter Exhibition.
This was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The Exhibition is traveling around the world and (supposedly) only stops in three cities in the U.S. The staff are also traveling with the exhibit and I think they have been traveling for a year now. We went up to Seattle to see it at the Pacific Science Center. We got to see costumes used in the movies, props, character's wands... It was amazing! We got to pull up mandrakes and throw quaffles into goals. The attention to detail for these movies is really impressive. I actually read the O.W.L. test and a quiz given by Professor Lockheart. The bulletin board in the Gryffindor Common Room has real flyers and ads. I got to sit in Hagrid's chair, and let me tell you, that thing is HUGE! This exhibit was fantastic and easily one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Days After Christmas

Jessica and I both got very exciting presents from Tanner this year. I got a Momo toy and Jessica got an Appa! (For those of you who are confused, those are creatures from Avatar: the Last Aibender.) Murry keeps trying to get them, so they have to stay out of reach. Dad thinks they are creepy, mostly because of Momo's eyes, but Appa does have six legs...whatever. We like them.

Another exciting present is the fact that we are going to head up to Seattle tomorrow to go see a Harry Potter exhibit! We are all pretty excited. We will see it tomorrow and then head to our cousins who I haven't seen in quite a while. It'll be very fun!

I gave mom tickets to go see Tangled this week. And our family is going to go see the new Narnia movie. And then Numbers Dinner on New Years Eve of course. So, as you can see, this week will be a very exciting one! Some people say the days after Christmas are depressing, I say Keep Celebrating!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dec 16 2010

Today is December sixteenth two thousand and ten.
Today is the day I am done with my fall semester of Sophmore year at Brigham Young University.
Today is the day before I go home to Tualatin, Oregon for a slightly-longer-than-two-week break.
Today is the day my parents were married.
Today is a very good day.
Today also marks the half way mark.
I love TODAY.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Disney's newest movie, Tangled, swept me off my feet! It was one of the cutest Disney movies ever! The villian wasn't nearly as creepy as the voo-doo guy in Princess and the Frog, and the songs were as fun as Mulan songs. The characters were fun, especially Rapunzel's side kick, Pascal. The story line was creative and not too cheesy. I was able to predict the climax, but I still thought it was well done and cute. I highly recommend this movie to everyone, no matter what age. I can now say I have a favorite Disney Princess - Rapunzel was that amazing! haha, and we have a cute feature in common...two, actually! What a great way to spend a Friday!

Monday, November 15, 2010


When I was thirteen, I thought I was mature and capable. Now, some of you may be laughing at this, thinking "13? Please, that is so young!" But think back to when you were 13 - 13 means Middle School, Young Women's, babysitting, mutual on week nights, band concerts, school plays, sports, and a ton more. We all thought of ourselves as quite grown-up at 13; and yes, we had a lot more growing up to do, but we had come a long way already.
If you look around at the world today, 13 is changing. From the world's point of view, 13 means PG-13 movies. That right there is a scary thought. Even at 19, I don't watch all PG-13 movies, and frankly, I don't want to. Today on Facebook (a FB at 13? It used to be a college site!) a 13-year-old girl I know asked people not to swear around her in her Facebook status. Now, I think that is a very mature thing to ask, and publicly posting it as her status takes courage. But then one of her school-friends started commenting and saying that she couldn't "control her swearing" and that swearing showed maturity because it was a "good way to get your anger out." After that comment, this girl's status became a heated conversation. Her friends and relatives (all young) started commenting on how the swearing girl was being immature and how swearing shows a "lack of intelligence." I totally agree with this last sentence. It was neat to see people band together against swearing (even if Facebook isn't the best place for it). Then someone pointed out that swearing girl was only 13 and how sad it was that her language was already corrupted. Even though I think that 13-year-olds should not be treated like little kids, I also feel sad that a 13-year-old has already fallen into the horrible habit of swearing.
Yes, let's treat 13-year-olds as older than kids, but at the same time, it is not the age for losing innocence. Thank you, to the girl I know and all her friends and family for standing up for their standards! And swearing girl, you are why 13-year-olds are still treated like little kids.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

I was wandering through the Juvenile section of the library here on campus and I came across one of the best trilogies I have ever read. The fist book is called The Looking Glass Wars, followed by Seeing Redd, and the trilogy concludes with Arch Enemy. Beddor's books are loosely based off Alice in Wonderland, but almost all the details are unique. Wonderland is a world separate from earth, but there is no rabbit hole connecting the two, rather there is a puddle to pool connection. Princess Alyss is heir to the throne when her evil and banished Aunt Redd attacks Wondertropolis to take back what is "rightfully hers." The books follow Alyss as she gets lost on earth for 13 years and has to potentially return to Wonderland to bring White Imagination back to conquer Redd and her Black Imagination followers. Alyss has some quirky friends including an albino tutor, a General who can split himself into two, and a Milliner with a deadly top hat who stand by her side through all the craziness in Wonderland. I was amazed with how creative Beddor was with this trilogy. His ideas and writing are extremely impressive. Sometimes he plays with words, which shows his knowledge as a writer. I highly recommended these books to anyone.
My favorite quote from this whole series: "but what, I ask you, is imagination if not the potential for betterment?" (Arch Enemy, 365).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Melia Memories

Today is Melia's birthday! She is one of the best cousins anyone cold have! Ever since I can remember, I've been playing and having fun with Melia (and Desiree of course, but who is the post about?). We've gone on horse rides with Grandpa Nels, dealt with being seated at the kid's table at Thanksgiving, and played Yahtzee behind Grandma's porch swing. We've been spooked by a porcupine, slept in a Teepee, and driven jeeps around our Grandparent's driveway. But I think my favorite memories are going to see Madagascar 2 (just the 3 of us, me, Melia, and Desiree!) and going to Maui with Grandma and Grandpa. Melia and I were snorkeling in Maui and came face to face with an eel! And we saw a crab scuttle across the sand. It was a great trip and I am glad I got to spend it with one of my best friends!

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'll Be On The Other End

On Saturday I went to the Provo City Library for their first ever Teen Book Fest. It was a fantastic experience! They had a bunch of authors there and the main one was Scott Westerfeld, the author of the Uglies series, all the way from New York City. I got a books signed by Scott Westerfeld, Jessica Day George, and Nathan Hale (an illustrator). I also got a free book! It was so neat to be surrounded by other teenagers who have a passion for reading! It was a fabulous way to spend my Saturday! And in the future, I will be the one on the other side of the table.
Advice from a real live author: "Write at the same time everyday; make it a habit." -Scott Westerfeld

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Megan, the actor.

My friend is in a directing class this semester and she had to direct a scene of her choice and pick inexperienced actors. She picked a scene from an old children's version of Cinderella. She asked me to be Cinderella's talking cat, Ashes. At first, I wasn't so sure because I have never really acted before and I can't memorize anything to save my life! But I agreed to do it after seeing the script. It turned out to be a ton of fun! It was fun to just get into character and be a cat for a while. My other friend was Cinderella, so it was fun to work with her. And it was fun to meet our Prince Charming (if I ever run into him on campus, that's what I'll call him!). Our whole group had a blast during rehearsals and our acting skills all improved - at least a little.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Book Review: Spellwright by Blake Charlton

Blake Charlton is dyslexic. He was able to overcome it by reading fantasy novels in seventh grade. That inspired him to write. Spellwright is his first novel, and it is an outstanding one. It follows the story of a cacographer, the equivalent of a dyslexic wizard - he misspells spells left and right. He ends up becoming part of a major prophecy even though a few years before it was determined that he was not the one the prophecy spoke of. This novel was very well thought out and I was very impressed. It was very unique and creative. It was a bit obvious that this is Charlton's fist novel, but he has more to follow and I am sure his writing will only improve. He plays with words a lot, which I enjoy. It was fun to read a completely brand new fantasy novel.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Review: The Tree House by Doug Thayer

This semester I am in a Latter-Day Saint Literature class. We just finished reading The Tree House by Doug Thayer. It is a novel about a Mormon boy named Harris who grew up in Provo, Utah. It is a coming-of-age novel and follows Harris as he grows up, goes through high school, serves a mission, and gets drafted to fight in Korea during the Korean War. At the beginning of the book, Harris has normal worries that any teenage boy would have, like getting a job so he can earn money to buy a car when he turns sixteen so he can take girls on dates. Harris also goes through dozens of trials that are hard for some of us to imagine coping with, but at the same time he has some trials that many Latter-Day Saints go through, like gaining a testimony. The book is divided into sections starting with Harris' young life in Provo, then following him on his mission to Germany right after World War II, then to Korea to fight in the trenches, and at the end it wraps back to Provo, Utah. The writing style of this book is unique; Thayer writes mostly in short, choppy sentences, kind of like a young man would think. I personally enjoyed Thayer's writing style. The Tree House was not a particularly exciting novel, but I feel like it had good messages and ideas. I enjoyed the section about his mission, but the part about Korea was hard for me to get through. Overall, I think this book is one that most Latter-Day Saints should read.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

poofy hair and Converse

The other night, my roommate and I went to a UVU Institute Halloween dance. Nikki, my roommate, goes to UVU. We decided to dress up all 80's. It was really fun! We googled 80's stuff and referenced the Cosby Show for some fashion advice. We cut old t-shirts so they would be off-the-shoulder and we wore lots of eye shadow. We were able to improvise leg warmers by wearing tall socks over our skinny jeans. The dance was a lot of fun and basically Nikki and I looked awesome. :)

"what do I do? oh, I just get paid to stand in stairwells..."

Today I worked at the stadium for the football game. This other girl and I were putting napkins and spoons in all the Loges (the boxes where fancy people sit). There are two floors of Loges. We were trying to go up a floor so we could finish, but we got locked in the stairwell! We weren't in there very long, but it was kind of ridiculous. Luckily, the girl I was with had a different girl's number who also works at Catering, and luckily we had our cell phones. So she called the other girl who then radioed our Captain, who then came to rescue us. So today I got paid to stand in a stairwell.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Goodbye Summer

Utah has decided to ditch summer. I dislike this decision. This week it's been rainy and very cloudy and we've had some thunder and lightning. Now, I'm excited about the rain because I'm an Oregonian, but I will miss sitting outside in the sun. And Utah seems to have the shortest fall possible. Last year, it seemed to jump from summer to winter, and I'm hoping it'll be bit different this year. But at least I work inside for football games this year, so I won't freeze during work. Mt. Timp has snow, so the rest of the mountains will follow soon. Goodbye Summer! I'll miss you!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back at BYU as a SOPHMORE

Yup, true story. I am now a Sophmore at BYU! I'm living in an apartment that's about 17 minutes from the middle of campus. I still work at BYU Catering and I'm still an English major. My roommates are great and classes aren't so bad either. I've gotten tons of goofy injuries and it's only been one week! I smooshed my hand between a door and a cart at Catering and it got scratched up and bruised. Then I scraped my hand - the same one- on my wall while trying to make my bed. And then just today, I scraped my basket across my leg by accident and now I have a big old ugly scratch. It's apparently the year for getting beat up but hopefully we won't have a repeat of the Dishwasher Incident! I would LOVE to get some letters! Here's my address:
1565 N University Ave. Lodge #159
Provo, UT 84604

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

This was another one of those books I just happened upon at the public library. I am always interested in anything to do with princesses and the cover of this book was intriguing.

Princess of the Midnight Ball is a spin off of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. I am not familiar with this fairy tale at all and apparently there are multiple variations. Anyways, in this young adult novel, twelve royal sisters are forced to dance for a horribly wicked king - King Under Stone who is no longer human. Every night, they must travel down an enchanted staircase into a world that is below ours. This world is full of darkness and strange creatures that resemble humans. King Under Stone plans for the princesses to marry his twelve sons and when their children have children, they will be able to once again move about in the real world and survive in sunlight. But Galen, a young soldier-turned-gardner shows up and has some tricks up his sleeve. Of course, good triumphs over evil.
I was pleased to discover that Jessica Day George is LDS. She attended BYU and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. I thought she did a fantastic job with this novel. It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down. Her writing was impressive and the details she gave were fantastic. (She didn't go overboard though; it was not like Anne of Green Gables.) The story was obviously well thought out and this is a novel that is good for almost any age (I am 19 and loved it, and I passed it on to my sister who is 13 and I'm sure she'll enjoy it too). I would definitely put Princess of the Midnight Ball right next to Ella Enchanted and Goose Girl on my book shelf, no questions asked.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Murry :)

Murry has grown a lot since December. Now he likes to run around outside and play keep-away with sticks. We love little Murry !

Book Review: Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

One of my favorite things to do is to go to the public library and pick out random books. I read the back or the flap, and if it sounds interesting, then I check it out. I like to pick out books that aren't popular. Last week, I came home with Fairy Tale. I like books that have mythical aspects so I decided to give this one a try.
Fairy Tale is about a girl named Morgan and her boyfriend Cameron. Right before their shared 16th birthday, a rather odd kid named Pip shows up and announces that Cameron is really a fairy prince and has to cross over to the fairy world at midnight of his sixteenth birthday to take his rightful place as Fairy King. Cameron and Morgan do not want to be separated, but Cameron's magical fairy powers are slowly starting to appear and he looks less like a human each day, which means he can no longer live in the regular human world. It's the biggest trial of Morgan's life.
I was not overly impressed with this novel. The story line was pretty good, but it seemed like a shallow sort of book. Kinda fluffy. And compared to the other Fairy/Magic/Mythical novels out there, it wasn't very original or outstanding; I was able to predict the ending. Balog works as a magazine writer, and I think this was her first novel. Personally, I hope her magazine writing is better than her novel writing.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Aang, meet my friend, Foofoo-Cuddly-Poops."

"Water, Earth, Fire, Air.
"Long ago, the Four Nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar - master of all four elements - could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years past and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an Airbender named Aang. And although his Airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world."
Jessica and I have become huge Avatar: The Last Airbender fans. We have seen every episode in order and we went to see the movie together. She gave me Book 3 (season 3) for my birthday and we went together to buy our t-shirts, which is also when I bought Book 1. We highly recommend the show to everyone. During each episode, we pick out one funny quote and that goes up as my Facebook status for the day. Some of our favorite quotes are these:
"Do you want to go Penguin Sledding with me?!"
"I don't think my parents want me dancing in caves..."
"We are in enemy territory; these are enemy birds!"
"Aang, meet my friend, Foofoo-Cuddly-Poops."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

about a dozen trips to Safeway...

This year the Mitton's ended up on the Oregon Coast for our family reunion. Mitton family reunions are always an adventure. One year we had a Mitton's in The Mountains reunion in Colorado where almost everyone got the flu. Another year, we congregated around Mt. Hood and had a Root Beer tasting competition. We've gone on hikes, eaten at Mo's, and of course, at each reunion there is a contribution night.
This year we went on a hike that had a suspension bridge.

There were also some Tide Pool excursions.

It was a very fun reunion. I know I was sad to see every family go back home to their corresponding states. One thing we'll remember about this Mitton Family Reunion? The trips to Safeway. I think in one night, there were five trips to Safeway, all made by different people. And everyone failed to get me lollipops. But Todd did get his Chips Ahoy! :)

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

It took a couple of practices, lots of costume planning, and one dress rehearsal. And the Scott Mitton family's rendition of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything rocked your socks off! We had a blast singing it, especially since we had costumes!
And good luck to Allie, who really is going to Boston in the fall!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Book Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I have read more books than I could ever count. Since I read so much, and read so many good books, it's hard to pick 'favorites'. But The Host by Stephenie Meyer is defnitely on my list of Favorite Books.
Once again, Stephenie Meyer bombards the reader with crazy creativity. The Host is her only adult novel so far. It follows the story of a Soul named Wanderer who inhabits the human body of a woman named Melanie. Souls must have a Host Body in order to survive. Wanderer has lived on more planets and in more species than almost any other Soul, and is therefore a bit of a celebrity within her species. But as she inhabits Melanie's body, she makes some friends that should technically be her enemies.
The Host is a very well written book. It has much better character depth, development, and plot line compared to the Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer is able to change how you feel about certain characters, which in my opinion, shows fantastic writing skills. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

the attack of the ants

Due to lack of dry weather, the Mitton home has been attacked by ants. Thankfully, the Mitton's were able to retaliate quickly and have stood their ground against the horrible foe of tiny insects. The Mitton's have now switched the status quo and they are on the offensive. The ants numbers are slowly depleting. They have suffered drownings, squashings, and vacuumings. The ants are still fighting, though. Their numbers are way down, but they know when to attack and where. And sometimes when the Mitton's walk away from doing the dishes, an enemy ant will hitch a ride and travel with them until the Mitton notices and immediately kills the sneaky ant. The battle is still going, but hopefully the Mitton's will claim their victory soon.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice

they called them crazy when they started out
said 17 to young to know what loves about
they've been together 58 years now
thats crazy

he brought home 67 bucks a week
bought a little two bedroom house on maple street
where she blessed him with 6 more mouths to feed
thats crazy
just ask him how he did it
he'll say pull up a seat
it'll only take a minute to tell you everything

be a best friend
tell the truth
over use i love you
go to work
do your best
don't out smart your common sense
never let your prayin knees get lazy
and love like crazy

they called him crazy when he quit his job
sellin' home computers - boy they'll never take off
well he sold his one man shop to microsoft
and they paid like crazy

just ask him how he made it
he'll tell you faith and sweat
and the heart of a faithful woman who never let him forget

be a best friend
tell the truth
over use i love you
go to work
do your best
don't out smart your common sense
never let your prayin knees get lazy
and love like crazy
always treat your woman like a lady
never get to old to call her baby
never let your prayin knees get lazy
and love like crazy

they called him crazy when they started out
they've been together 58 years now
ain't that crazy

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Book Review: Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras
Those are the titles of Scott Westerfeld's New York Times best-selling series. It started out as a trilogy - all of the first three books even say "trilogy" on their covers. But then he wrote a fourth. Quick funny story about that: My dad and I were going to Border's and he says, "Do you think there's going to be another book in that Uglies series you like?" And I said, "No, Dad, it's a trilogy." Then we stepped foot into Border's and I cam face to face with a giant poster announcing Westerfeld's fourth book, Extras. Great timing. haha.
Anyways, the series takes place in the future. Humanity as we know it has be wiped out and a new way of life has appeared. Instead of having classes based on wealth, stereotypes, and beauty, everyone becomes Pretty at age 16. That's right, on your 16th birthday you go in for the Operation: they give you new skin, puff up your lips, and make you all around pretty based on the decisions of the Pretty Committee, the group of officials who decide what Pretty means and how far you can go with the operation. So basically, the series follows the story of a girl named Tally. Uglies starts about two months before Tally's 16th birthday and all she wants is to be Pretty. But her whole life gets messed with and twisted around as she learns the real secrets to being Pretty, and that sometimes, the people in charge need to have someone stand in their way.
Extras, the fourth book in the series, is written from a girl named Aya's point of view, and to her Tally is mostly a legend. But Aya goes through just as many adventures as Tally and gets to meet the legend along the way.
These books are really well written and full of amazing ideas. Westerfeld has come up with a stunningly creative story line. The whole series is hard to put down and you will have to fight the temptation to read under the covers with a flashlight at night. I highly recommend this series to anyone.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

naps are a necessity...when you're 4

Last week I babysat my cousins for the whole week. The biggest thing I learned? Four year olds CANNOT miss their naps! The day he missed his nap, we had more meltdowns than I can count! Meltdown over who made the salad: "I want to make the salad!" "Do you know how to make salad?" "No." oh dear. Meltdown over playing catch. Meltdown over going through the gate. Meltdown over getting in the car. Meltdowns left and right. So word of advice: Make sure the four year old you are watching takes a nap!

Monday, April 26, 2010

From mountains to trees

Well, its over. I have officially finished my first year at BYU. I've been living in Utah for the last 10 months and the contrast between there and Oregon is so drastic! Its no greener here than normal, but it seems incredibly green compared to the browns of Utah. Driving home, the sky seemed really low because there were no mountains. That doesn't happen here though because the trees are so tall. I like being home with the fam and my home ward and Murry, but I'm missing all my BYU friends. At the end of summer term and fall semester, we weren't really saying goodbye, it was just "see you in two weeks." Now its goodbye for either a few months or two plus years. Its kind of sad - endings are never that fun. Well, hello summer and goodbye school. See you in the fall.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Book Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale

This book is one of Shannon Hale's adult novels. Austenland is about a girl named Jane who is obsessed with Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Jane's great Aunt pays for Jane to go to Europe to Pembrook Park - a place that is pretty much Jane Austen's world come to life. So Jane spends three weeks in this "Austenland" and discovers a lot about her self and a bit about Jane Austen. I liked this book as a novel, but as a Shannon Hale book, I was a bit disappointed. Shannon Hale has written fantastic books for a younger audience (like Princess Academy and Goose Girl). Those books are extremely cute and 100 percent clean. I am very impressed with them. Austenland, on the other hand, is written for adults, so of course there will be more to it. But I was disappointed with some of what Hale wrote because she has these other books that are so enchanting, and I felt like she sort of lowered her standards. But it was a good novel, and I thought it was a clever plot line.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

when Raul attacks

On Tuesday I was working in the sixth floor dish room. Apparently the dishwasher has major issues but no one bothered to tell me and I've never used it when I pushed it up to pull out dishes (it opens up and down like a garage door) the door went up quickly and apparently got off its tracks. When I tried to pull it back down to close it, the door flew down and hit me in the head. My crew lead yelled "are you ok?" from around a corner. At first i thought I was fine so I said I was ok. Then blood started streaming down my face and dripping onto my clothes. So I said "actually I think I'm bleeding." She took one look at me and screamed. Then we rushed to the 3rd floor kitchen where the 'in charge' girl was. They kinda wiped up my bloody face and the BYU EMS came. They put Neosporin on the gash/cut and then drove me to the ER. The doctor in the ER gave me 10 stitches. I have to got to the BYU health place on Tuesday the 13th to get the stitches out. It's not sore and I feel fine. It was very exciting though.

Monday, April 5, 2010

a poem titled Dear Mailbox

Dear Mailbox,

Please have a letter,
Inside you today.
You've been empty so long -
It's hard to say.

Please have a letter,
With an address I know.
And a stamp in the corner,
And a little "xo."

Please have a letter,
That's signed "miss you."
I could use a smile,
And it'd be something new.

Thank you, mailbox.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

my Memory is out to get Me

Today is Tuesday. I have a test in English 293 today. My plan had been to study for it over the weekend and on Monday so that by today I would feel ready. Apparently, my memory had a different plan. I completely forgot all about the test. It was 11:30 Monday night when my memory decided to let me know that I had a test the next day. Of course over the weekend I remembered other homework and less important things that I needed to do, but this big test failed to come forward. So today I got up early and I've been studying for this test non-stop. Surprisingly, I feel pretty good about it. I think I'll do ok. Wish me luck!
And memory, please don't do this again. Thanks.

Monday, March 15, 2010

the benefits of Catering

I work at BYU Catering. My pay is ridiculous. Basically nothing. One of my Captains pointed out that we get paid better in food than money. After work/on break, we can eat leftover food. That means chicken or steak or ham or salmon, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls, fruit, and dessert! The best desserts are the cake and peach cobbler. Sometimes the food we eat costs up to $15+ a plate! We also get to know the codes to locked-to-normal-people doors in the WILK. And we get to ride in and operate the big equipment elevators. One other benefit is sometimes we get to take things home. Last time I worked, the Closer had a bouquet of yellow daffodils. She said, "who wants these?" Who do you think got them? ME! I love yellow flowers and those happy flowers made a long day at work totally worth it...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

hello Saturday

In case anyone was wondering, my friend is going to Riverside, California, English speaking. He reports to the MTC in July. He will be an hour and 15 minutes away from Jordan if you drive it.
Utah decided to be Canada yesterday. It snowed a ton in the morning and then the top turned into ice, so last night it was all crunchy ice-snow. Not very fun to play with. Snow angels were quite tricky.
It's Tanner's birthday today! Happy Birthday Tanner! He's turning 15 - and taking his permit test today. So exciting!
Saturday is here so it's a day for laziness and fun (at least for a college student). Today's agenda: see New Moon at the dollar theater, go to a Volleyball game, and go to a luau. Aloha Saturday!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


There's nothing better than fun weather and a breeze going through your room to make you smile! It's been sunny and rainy today and I love both! The smell of rain is heavenly. And turning in a paper and getting an A on a Book of Mormon quiz definitely help the smiling. It's been a good day and my friend getting his mission call makes it even better! He's waiting to open it till tonight - who knows where he's going???
sMiLE :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Real Life Lion King

(shown to me by a friend)
"Everything the light touches..."

Fedoras and Top Hats. plus some Boas

Notice to all guys out there:
Fedoras are legendary. So are top hats. Obviously, it would be seen as odd if you just wore a top hat around for kicks. But to some sort of college dance? DO IT. That would be epic.
On to feather boas. Every girl should own a feather boa. Forget flowers that die after a week, I would love to get a feather boa. That would last. Feather boas are just amazing.

Those are just some random thoughts from today's too-long-fedora-hunt. It ended in a fail. But we did discover a fantastic dollar store, so...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Alie and the Sisterz in Suits

On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Helaman Halls had a talent show. A group of friends and I particiapated. We were the group Alie and the Sisterz in Suits. Alie changed the lyrics to the song "I Need a Hero" and it became "I Need and RM". So Alie sang and 3 other friends and I were back-up dancers. The back-up dancers wore white button-up shirts and ties. It was tons of fun! And guess who won first place?! WE DID! We got two coupons each for a free scoop of Creamery ice cream and Helaman Halls t-shirts. We had a blast and we're all a little bummed that it's over. If you have a Facebook, go to my page to watch the video! It's called "I Need an RM".

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


This is late to posting, but whatever.
For Christmas we got a puppy! It took as all day to agree on a name. We finally picked Murry. He's a morkie (a maltese/yorkie).

Friday, January 8, 2010


This semester I am taking ASL 101. That's right, I'm learning sign language. On day one, I learned how to ask "how are you?" and how to respond. I can count to ten and I know the whole alphabet. I can now ask what school someone goes to, ask if they are a student or teacher and answer those questions. I can ask all the 'wh' questions and say "I know", "I don't know", and "I forget". I can ask if someone is deaf and let them know that I can speak. I really enjoy this class. For the hour and 40 mins that I have it, no one in the room speaks. My teacher is not deaf and he can speak, but we spend the whole class in silence, only communicating through sign language. I love ASL. This is going to be my faorite class this semester.