Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family Pictures

Today, my family had pictures taken. For the first time in over 3 years. I don't know if you people realize what that means. It means many things.

  1. This is the first official family picture we've had since before my mother was even pregnant with my youngest sister.
  2. The last family picture we had taken (besides the self-timer for the Christmas card) was when I was a senior in high school.
  3. 3 of my siblings have passed my in height since then.
  4. And everyone looks a lot older.

Taking picture was really fun. My family is awesome. After we got a few good ones (Do you realize how hard it is to get 10 people sitting still and smiling at the same time, especially when one is an 8-year-old, always grumpy boy and another is a 2-year-old crazy girl?), Elizabeth, Rebecca and I took some fun ones. Like Charley's Angels. And "DON'T EAT REBECCA!" pictures. And then my mom wanted some of just me so that she can hang one up in the girl's hall that's more recent than 3 years. And then I made my mom pose for some that were just her. HAHA! It was lots of fun. I can't wait to see them. Hopefully soon. I'll put some up when I get them.

Also, while we're talking about pictures, I think I want to redo my blog layout. I still do love Custard Cremes and Milk and Tintagel, but I want to switch things up for the new year. 2010 is a-comin' and I just feel the need for a new layout. We'll see what I can finangle. Or however you spell that word.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


People I miss in my life:
  • Lisa
  • Chip (these two we're in the same town and I miss them. LAME.)
  • Tysha (I saw her today and I miss being her friend all the time like in high school)
  • Sterling James Mason
  • Garin
  • Scott
  • Christine
  • JENN
  • Sarah Lutz
  • Lila
  • Jessie Hawkes
  • Katelyn
  • Tracy
  • Megan Botts
  • John Bennion
  • Rick Duerden
  • Annelise
  • Tiffany
  • um...basically anyone from England

People I am glad are in my life right now, and by that I mean, that I have been seeing and/or talking to a lot:

  • Family
  • Lindsey
  • Chip
  • Sarah Snow

Um. People. I love you.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas

Today my family went caroling around to people in our neighborhood. The new older couple who lives on the kind-of-corner in the newest house on the road mistook my brother Matt (almost 18, senior in HS, 7ish inches taller than me, etc.) for my boyfriend. AWKWARD.

But other than that, today's been great. Hannah puts presents right old the tree where they go and says, "Merry Christmas!" although it comes out more like "*some indistinguisable sound* mis-mes!" I went to Winco with Matt, and we had to call Mom like 20 times to clarify her list or because we couldn't find anything, and we bought 12 gallons of milk and it felt like I was home. It is amazing how much food my family goes through. I suppose that's what happens when you 1) have 10 people, 1 of which is a teenage boy and 2) it's Christmas time. Seriously. In my family's 3rd trip to the grocery store, I spent about the same amount that I do in about a month down at school. Of course, I don't really eat at school for multiple reasons, but still. Anyway. Last night I went Christmas shopping with my best mate and visited Chip at work at Target and then met her at Coldstone after her shift was over, and then Linds and I watched Star Trek. I've been spending the past couple days making cookies with my siblings, wrapping presents, convincing kids they can wait the last day before Christmas to open them, and as the presents have been piling under the tree sneaking my first peak at what all is under there. I just love Christmas. It's beautiful in every way. Mostly because of the gospel and my family. For example, Christmas tags under our tree read: "To: Mom. From: Leroy?", "To: Hannah Idaho. From: Michael Scott", "To: Mafoo. From: RAM." "To: Elizabdhgaklthqwtyklq. From: Pinky the Elf." It's fabulous. Lots of laughs, lots of love. :)

Now I need to go decorate cookies for Santa. But Merry Christmas! Remember that we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and that He lives and loves us.

Silent Night, Holy Night.
Son of God, Love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of Redeeming Grace.
Christ, the Savior, is Born!
Christ, the Savior, is Born!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wind like Scotland and Helvellyn

Sometimes the wind howling around my house sounds like a bunch of boys at a football game or attempting to scream a war chant or something. It makes me laugh. Silly wind.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A New Disney Classic

That is what the Princess and the Frog is. This means a lot, coming from me. I AM easily pleased, but I went into this movie having fairly low expectations and was just completely blown away. I sat there mesmerized, and with the exception of a few parts, I felt like I was watching one of the Disney movies I grew up with. The animation was stunning, the dialogue funny, the music great. I have to admit I was very hesitant, and there were still a couple parts that didn't quite do it for me (like how during the first full song Tiana sings in the "restaraunt" it went to the weird animation. I like that blocky animation sometimes, but it just wasn't right at that moment for me). But I just sat there in awe, feeling like I was watching Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Little Mermaid, and all the Disney movies I grew up watching. We (meaning Lindsey, Chip, and Kristine) laughed lots and thoroughly enjoyed it. Exceeded my expectations and hopes. Princess and the Frog bypasses movies like Lilo and Stitch, the movies that are good, but not great, not true Disney, and takes its place among the movies that take your breath away, make you laugh, make you want to get up and dance and can quote forever.

Bravo, Disney, Bravo.

P.S. I didn't mean for this to sound so movie review-esque. But it kinda did. That last line sort of did me in that way. But oh well. It's true. I liked it. Lots. :D

Friday, December 18, 2009


I love Idaho with all my heart. Those who know me know this. Yet, it's been weird the past few times coming home. I've wanted to, it just has felt...different. More so than it did freshman year. Last year, coming home for break was fabulous, but last year was rough. After England, it just kinda was, but then again, it was summer, and I had yet to spend a summer not in Twin Falls.

The drive home always seems to get shorter and shorter. I love that drive. Usually the last hour from right before Burley until I get home takes ages, but it didn't this time. I found out that I got my job up at the Humanities Reference Desk in the HBLL somewhere around Snowville though, so pretty sure that sped up the last two hours of the drive.

As soon as I got home, I rushed out the door to Becca's choir concert for...Robert Stuart MIDDLE SCHOOL? Yeah. My semi-beloved junior high (because, really, anyone who loved junior high is CRAZY) is now a middle school. Oh what a trap of hormones. Listening to a choir of 6th and 7th graders, where all the boy's voices hadn't changed and where my sister was the tallest one, made me miss REAL choir though. And Marc, because his mom was accompanying. Sigh. Then we went to Matt's voice recital. Tess was accompanying lots of pieces and I saw Lori and right as we walked in Teagan had just finished singing. So I kind of got to see the Savages, but since we came late and they left early...not so much. I MISS THEM. I miss being part of their family, almost. And I miss Justine and I miss my best friend and just talking with him all the time and just being Garin's best friend. During the whole recital, the only thing I could think of was 3 years ago in that same Methodist church downtown sitting with his family because mine couldn't come after having gone Christmas shopping with him. It was snowy and icy and the roads (espcially Pole Line) were terrible and my feet were so cold, and I was sick and so me singing Ave Maria didn't really work out until the second verse, but we just sat and doodled on the program together and "talked" aka wrote conversations on the program during the recital.

That is the Twin Falls I miss. The Twin Falls with one high school, and being part of two fantastic choirs, and fun nights with my friends. With the guys on all missions and everyone scattered around and short times at home, that doesn't really happen anymore. I come home to see my family, and so it is home, because I'm living in my home, but Provo is home too. In fact, Provo is probably more home than Twin now. I still love Twin. Seeing the temple from across the canyon or anywhere in town still sends shivers up my spine. My house is still home. The canyon still makes me smile. But driving around town just doesn't feel right anymore. I just don't belong here.

I drive past the high school and think "Hey, I used to go there. I miss AP English and choir" but at the same's not my school anymore. I drive past all these spots and think "Oh, that was the one place this happened" but more often than not I think, "Whoa! Where did that go?" Or "Since when has that been there?" Driving past Wal-Mart and Walgreen's and the new high school and hospital there along Pole Line-Washington area still freaks me out. The light on Falls at the entrance to CSI always throws me for a loop. Now Pole Line up to the entrance to my complex is closed, and in a year or two even that won't be the same. They're taking my home town and turning it into somewhere I don't really know. I guess I should understand--I've changed so much in the past 3 years. It is only reasonable that Twin should have changed too. But still...the Twin of now is not the Twin I grew up in, that I left for college from. It's not really my home, even though it's my home town. The only thing that makes it home is my family.

But one thing tonight made me feel like Twin Falls was actually home. I met Lisa, Sergei, my old roomie and wonderful friend, whatever you want to call her, at Shari's. It was quick. She's crazy busy and everything, but we needed to see each other, because she's been in London-not-Provo for the past 4 months and I'm jealous because every day a part of me just yearns for London slash England slash the UK in general. Anyway. But sitting there at Shari's, a place where I spent many nights--after Jive things with people like Risa and Tysh, with Lindsey and Kristine once, a couple times with Garin, with Camille and Brittany and Alli and Lindsey after prom, with Nicole and Jill and Garin. (I guess that's what happens when it's the only place open that late). I sat there, with one of my best friends from high school and after, in one of the places that I think of when I think of Twin. It was like a bridge. It was a synthesis (JOHN BENNION WORD) of my high school self and my new self. I don't know if that makes sense. But sitting in that booth with Lisa, even though so much has happened and changed both inside and around us in the past couple years and we were talking about college and England and things we could never have imagined a couple years was like Twin Falls was Twin Falls again.

That doesn't really make sense. And it probably sounds like I don't like Twin anymore. Which isn't true. I love it and it will always be home. But at the same time, it just isn't the same, it's not how I always think of Twin. I mean, most of my siblings won't go to the same high school I did. They won't have my same teachers, won't remember a Twin Falls before Wal-Mart and before the Pole Line road construction and before the temple and before all these changes. And not that all of them have been bad. It's just...weird.

And I realized that my post title doesn't have much to do with my post. Lisa=Sergei. Rachel=Boris. We are Russian Hitmen. And that did come up. And I am soooooo grateful that I got to see that wonderful lady. I just kind of got carried away with the feeling that I don't really belong in Twin Falls anymore. BUT. Boris + Sergei = feeling like Twin is still home.

The end.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Finals: The End

This semester is officially over. Just my final with John Bennion left. But that doesn't count because we're going to his house to make and eat pizza. Yeah. I just sent him my portfolio for Creative Writing. Now just cleaning and packing is left. Home (family, Chip, Lisa, et al.) tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Finals Week: Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.

I'm sitting in the No-Shh Zone, texting 2 different people and waiting for a phone call, after taking my Brit Lit final. I think I rocked it. I don't think I did as well as I did on the past two tests, because some of the multiple choice were tricky, but I only feel like I missed a few. We also got our keyword essays back. I did so much better than I thought I did.

Can I just say I love easy finals? Michele just posted about how she hates long finals because they're so draining. I have to say that I am SO grateful that a) my D&C final was about 100% easier than I was expecting it to be and took me 10 minutes and that b) my 292 final was also fairly easy and only took me 30 minutes and involved no short answer/essay, just passage ID and matching and multiple choice based off passages and concepts. And c) that now I only have German and my portfolio for John Bennion to worry about. Beautiful.

It's only Tuesday and we're halfway done, my friends. ETA in Twin: Thursday, um...we'll say 4 p.m. Just 48 hours. CRAZY.

Monday, December 14, 2009


It's that time of year again. Although, the weather is about a million times warmer than it was last week. Not that I'm complaining. :)

So here I am, in Periodicals, which is super crowded, but still pleasantly quiet, studying for my D&C final that I want to take later today. And I realized something:

I AM NOT STRESSED OUT. I am probably the least stressed out I've been all semester. Here's why.

All of my huge papers, projects, whatever, were all due by last Wednesday. Except for my portfolio for JB, but we're counting that as a final. I only have 4 finals. And one doesn't really count. It is sending my portfolio to John Bennion and then going to his house to eat pizza for a couple hours. Really? Truly. Then my D&C is not in the make-shift religion testing center in the Wilk, but rather on Blackboard. And my Brit Lit and Deutsch finals are scheduled, in class. Only really worried about German. But that means, essentially I have a final a day, plus extra time to clean and pack, able to get home Thursday afternoon, and no dealing with super long lines or ANY form of the testing center, whether in the Testing Center itself, the Wilk, or the JSB.

Can you say easiest finals week EVER?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Happy List

  • Going to the temple
  • Breakfast with Mare
  • Job interviews you feel like you did well on
  • Being done with the semester except for finals
  • My D&C professor
  • Watching Harry Potter movies in German
  • Chocolate
  • TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress"
  • Chilling on my couch
  • Letters from missionaries (with pictures)
  • Shopping with Heather, Kris, and Christine
  • My Grandmas
  • White shirts and blue heels
  • Looking good just because you want to
  • Staying up until 2 a.m. talking with Izzy and then deciding I should probably take her home and then spending 15 minutes getting my car unstuck from the snow outside my complex at 2 a.m. haha
  • Sleeping in
  • BONES!!!!!
  • Glee (and how the finale made me miss Jive like none other)
  • I'm going to the MoTab concert tomorrow night
  • Lisa in about a week
  • I went to England. Sheesh. I'm so happy about that, even if I too would kill a man to be at Loch Lomond (which is not in England, but Scotland. You know what I mean) right now. Okay. Not seriously. But seriously.
  • Toilet Paper
  • Talking with Chip on Gchat

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Really, BYU?

Not-hypothetical situation:
Half an hour ago in the library, hundreds and hundreds of BYU students sat studying for finals. Then, the fire alarm goes off. Where I was sitting in periodicals, everyone looks up, exasperated. "Really? Really? A fire drill?"

1) It's 10:20 at night! What the crap
2) There was already a firedrill in the library today.
3) It's finals. Ugh.
4) All the other buildings on campus close at 11. So everyone who moved from the library to other buildings gets kicked out in 5 minutes. And the library won't re-open for another 20 minutes.


This is utterly ridiculous.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Right now I am at the point that I very often get to around this part of the year. I know and fully realize that tomorrow I have a Deutsch oral exam that I am not prepared for because I don't know vocab and a 900-word writing assignment about Christ and the Atonement in the D&C due in, well, D&C. And that I think I'm supposed to be workshopping in JB's class on Wednesday and don't have ANYTHING and that also on Wednesday I have another paper in 292 due that I haven't even started or really thought about and a Duetsch dictionary to do sometime before Thursday.

But instead, I'm not stressed out, because life is wonderful. And when I'm not stressed out it's hard to focus and concentrate on homework. Instead, I'm just sitting in the library thinking about:
  • the 5 great missionaries I just sent letters off to
  • freshman year parties down here in these very seats in Periodicals
  • The fact that it's snowing and it makes me smile and sing Christmas songs and go sledding and have snowball fights
  • A cute boy who makes me smile for no reason in particular
  • How my scarf is from Scotland and does not match my shirt at all
  • How much I love Christmas and Christmas lights
  • Last night, and how wonderful it was talking with these ladies whom I love so much, and seeing Christmas lights and drinking homemade hot chocolate and eating homemade peppermint bark and listening to the First Presidency speak about Christ and Christmas and singing Silent Night
  • Jenn and not judging and just laughing at each other and how I want to go to Berlin with her and will miss her and whistling with her
  • the job interview I have on Thursday for working at the Humanities Reference Desk in the library next semester
:D <--This is me right now. And it is making it very hard to do this --> @_@ (which is studying, haha). But I really need to start thinking now.

News of the day:

  1. It's snowing! A couple reasons this is exciting: it wasn't snowing in the mountains when I drove back to Provo from Twin. Most people think of me and the snow as mortal enemies, but I love it when it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas aka NOW.
  1. CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS! After cutting the tree last week, having it up in the house this weekend, and the First Presidency Christmas devotional on Temple Square with some of my best friends and hot chocolate and peppermint bark and Christmas lights and Christmas carols last is officially Christmas season.
  1. My brother got baptized on Saturday and I got to be there and it was exciting.
  1. If Bentley can make it to soccer on Wednesday--no matter how late--he passes the class. This is epic. We have been religiously following the tale of Bentley and his soccer class in Writing with John Bennion.
  1. School is crazy crazy and I should be stressed out, but I'm not and I'm still deciding whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.
Yes, I realize those are all number 1. Also, can I just tell you how excited am I to go to Special Collections for 292 today? I love Special Collections and I love literature and so therefore this class period equals awesome. The end.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hit Head Here.

I am having one of those days where I feel like this:

And where I really need one of these:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009