Friday, October 31, 2008

God listens

Today is Halloween. October 31st. I've been a little upset that it hasn't gotten cold yet. I know that when it does get cold, I'll be wishing for these days when it's in the upper 60s in the afternoon, but I still want it to start snowing. I've been a bit puzzled as to why I'm finding myself in Rexburg at the end of October still only wearing a sweatshirt (if even that) when I go outside. Well, yesterday Heather answered that for me.

On campus we're expanding a lot. The school is growing rapidly, so they're building a couple new buildings. They're in the process of building a huge auditorium that's large enough to hold the entire student body. I'm pretty excited for it, since it's going to be really neat.

Now, what does this have to do with the weather? The roof is not complete. If the roof is not complete before it snows, construction will be delayed until after the winter when the snow melts. In order to continue building, the fauculty has been praying to dely the snow. Thus far, we've only had one weekend of snow and it didn't stick. One more week of sunshine will enable the construction workers to complete the roof of the new auditorium and thus enabling them to continue construction through the Winter.

How awesome is that? Going this long without snow is practically unheard of, but the prayers of the staff have held the Rexburg snow at bay.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I just want to shower

This week our apartment manager replaced the shower heads in our showers. The old ones worked pretty well. Actually, they worked really well. The kind of shower heads that have the right amount of pressure and are all around really awesome. I can shower in fifteen minutes.
So, these new shower heads. The water pressure is fine, I don't mind it. However, the shower head itself it about an inch wide, letting out about a six inch circle of water. If I'm sneaky and turn to the side, I can almost rinse my whole shoulder. My showers are now cold, since the bathroom doesn't heat up anymore, and I can only get a few inches of my skin under the water. My showers are also about ten minutes longer than before, since it takes forever to rinse anything.
I'm going to go to the office and demand the old shower heads back. We're paying for it, we might as well get our money's worth!

Edit:: Tonight is cleaning checks. We found the old shower heads in the trash. Can you say BOMB?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Where's the snow?

With the exception of Mother's Weekend (sorry, Mom and Miriam) we haven't had any snow. It's the last few days of October and the forecast says it'll be up in the 60s all week. What's happening here? This is Rexburg! I feel like I lied to all my friends who have just started here when I told them that it starts snowing in September and doesn't stop until June.

Last year it snowed in September and a few times in October. It finally stuck the weekend I went to Provo (would have been two weekends ago) and we had snow the rest of the semester. I want that again. I want it to be freezing outside. I want to have reason to stay inside and snuggle up with a blanket and hot chocolate to do homework all day. I think I just need more motivation to do my homework...

Edit:: I ODed on halloween candy yesterday. It was awesome. I'm so excited for this week.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Yesterday may have been one of the longest days of my life. starting off such a long day on a horrible emotional note didn't help the fact that my cold is getting worse every day and I didn't get enough sleep that night.

The drive to Felt was long and filled with country music provided by Joel. I have to admit, as much as I've warmed up to a few country songs presented to me by Randi, I still don't care for the genre one bit. Once we got into Felt we followed the signs to where the field was. It was eventful, since we got to go off roading through several fields which included going up two very very steep hills. It reminded me of going off roading last Fall with Michael, Elliott, and Heather.

It took a while for everyone to show up and to get the camera set up, so we were all standing around in our costumes feeling freezing for the longest time. I have a million little burs burried in my sweatpants from wearing them for less than an hour out of the whole day. I just washed them, too.

Once we started doing takes of the first dance, we realized that the ground we were dancing on was full of sink holes. Every couple of feet you'd take a step and your whole shoe would fall into a hole. Us girls were wearing character heels and I was pretty terrified of accidentally stepping in a sink hole while dancing and twisting my ankle. Luckily we managed to go the whole day without any injuries. The first dance took several takes, since we weren't big enough or Nathan (my partner) kept getting cut out of the frame. We had to film this one part where we're all standing in a big V pointing back towards a small cabin over and over again. The camera man had to run through following the cowboy who was supposed to be having this dream about us, so we had to do it multipul times until they got a good running take. One time, the camera man didn't run straight through the V and he ran smack into me, since I was on the end. Not gonna lie, it really hurt. He smashed my foot. But, in the end, we got all the takes from all the different angles done and we moved on to the next dance. That one was a whole lot easier and it only took about two or three takes from each camera angle.

After a big long break, we all got to go down into a ravine at sunset and wrap the cowboy up in a blanket then carry him out of the ravine to the cabin. The girls ended up not carrying him, we just followed behind. I have NO idea how those guys managed to carry him all the way up that hill without dropping him. We followed behind and it was hard enough to walk on our own without tripping over sick holes and brush.

It was a long day. It was fun and I'm glad I did it, but it was really long. My film debut and final performance. I don't have the patience for being a film actress.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fall Formal

This weekend Heather and Eryn decided to go to Utah. I would have gone with them, but tomorrow I'll be filming that movie I mentioned in a previous post. I gave them the okay to go this week instead of next week, since we want to be in town for Halloween.
I've been getting sick of the past few days, so I planned on staying home tonight to just do homework, watch movies, and OD on orange juice and cold medicine. Instead, I ended up getting asked to go to Fall Formal with Brock Talbot, from the Thousand Oaks 1st ward. He's in my dance class this semester (because I got him to add after the first day, just for fun) and now we're determined to be dancing feinds so we can raid a stake dance when we go home to show off our snazzy moves. Thus far, we're totally kickin'.
Over all, I'm really glad I decided to go to the dance. It was really fun and it was just awesome to get out of the apartment and do something crazy and awesome.

Edit:: Brock has Jimmy Neutron hair. How awesome is that?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Movie Star

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am a movie star. Well, not really, but I am going to be in a short film destined to be show at several film festivals. A few weeks ago in my dance class my teacher announced that a friend of hers' husband is directing a short film he's going to use to break into the film industry. For this film they need fourteen dancers to do a western-ish line dance. I volunteered along with a couple other people from my class and last Saturday we went out to a house (a house with a HUGE dance studio built inside it, I might add) in the outskirts of Rexburg to learn the dance. It's really silly and we're supposed to be overly animated (we're part of a dream sequence), mix in the insanely unattractive frilly dresses and plaid shirts, it's quite a scene. All the same, I'm excited. This Saturday will be spent on location in Felt, Idaho in the middle of nowhere where there isn't even a bathroom unless you drive for a while. Yes, I'm thrilled. Oh, it's almost probably going to be snowing. And freezing. So excited.

Edit::Girls jump to conclusions so quickly. Really, now? Ridiculous.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Tonight a few guys from my FHE group decided to come over and do homework since they can't focus in their own apartment. It worked well for quite a while, actually. There were only three of us in the front room and it was silent and we got a lot done. Then two more guys came over and then Eryn came over and everything went downhill. I can't focus on my homework at all. Every time I pick up my phone to text Eryn a secret that the boys can't hear, Alex gives me the look of death and tells me to do my work.
I'll do it before I go to bed. It'll be nice reading to close the day with. Until then, I'll just be ridiculous and not productive. I love life.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Blonde, a Brunette, and a Redhead

So, I'm part of a trio. It consists of myself, Eryn Tupper, and Heather Kunz. We're the best ever.
On Friday night we decided to drive out to Idaho Falls to go play around the 24 hour walmart. We ended up staying in Walmart until about 3 in the morning. Then we went to Denny's until almost 4. It was one of the best nights I've had in a long time. I love those girls.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I stole this from Randi, who got it from Heather

The Favorites, Have-You-Evers.. and Last Times! Oh, the variety!

What is your favorite..

gum: Probably the orange fruity trident. It's really tasty...

restaurant: Ever? La Super Rica!

drink: Water. I adore water.

season: Probably Fall. I love it when the weather changes from hot to cool and crisp. I like the idea of everything from the previous seasons fall away. It's like the ending before a new beginning.

type of weather: When there's a slight chill to the air and you need a light coat, but the sun is out and the sky is blue and the trees are bright fall colors...

emotion: A good mixture of happy and giddy. It makes things better.

thing to do on a half day: Take a nap then go see friends!

late-night activity: Spontaneous events. Movies. Giggling. Random trips.

sport: Dance. It is a sport.

city: Hmmm...Florence, Santander, Thousand Oaks, Rexburg, and Salt Lake City. I couldn't decide.

store: I seem to find almost everything I want at Target. How weird is that?

When was the last time you..

cried: Eh, last weekend. It was dumb.

played a sport: If you count dance(and I do), yesterday.

laughed: Moments ago.

hugged someone: Moments ago I half hugged Heather when Shelly and I called her into my room to sit on my bed with us

kissed someone: It was a while ago.

felt depressed: Over summer semester. It hit me hard.

felt elated: Coming back to Rexburg. The best feeling ever!

felt overworked: Last week...?

faked sick: It's been a long time since I faked it. I can't even remember

lied: Probably recently. Oh wait, last night. =(

What was the last..

word you said: ...I can't remember. I mumbled something to Shelly (who is sleeping on my bed) but I can't remember what it was)

thing you ate: Waffles! p.s. Randi, Arby's is nasty.

song you listened to: Free Falling by Tom Petty. It came on Pandora

thing you drank: Waterrrr

place you went to: Class, Class, The Kimball, HOME

movie you saw: In theaters? I think it was...the Dark Knight...? Or Mama Mia. Tomorrow I'm going to see Walle!

movie you rented: ummm...The Other Boleyn Girl.

concert you attended: Love You Long Time in the summer.

Who was the last person you..

hugged: Heatherrrr!

cried over: Um. I don't remember...weirdddd!

kissed: Whoever knows it, knows it.

danced with: Nathan from my dance class.

shared a secret with: probably Heather or Eryn

had a sleepover with: HEATHER!!

called: Hernan. We went bowling!

went to a movie with: Carly

saw: Shelly

were angry with: Last night I sort of pretended to be super angry with Alex...

couldn't take your eyes off of: Who knows.

obsessed over: Hahaha, it's been a while. I think I've grown up

Have you ever..

danced in the rain: I really love dancing in the rain

kissed someone: Indeed I have

done drugs: Never. Yay me!

drank alcohol: I've had the opportunity to, but I never have

slept around: oh, alllll the time. Psssssssssssh.

partied 'til the sun came up: True!

had a movie marathon: Yep. Lots of fun, but I felt lazy...

gone too far on a dare: Not that I can recall...

spun until you were immensely dizzy: hahaha, plenty of times

taken a survey quite like this before: I used to do them all the time on my myspace page.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mother's Weekend

This weekend the school hosted an event called Mother's Weekend. They hosted dinners and seminars as well as several other events for mothers and students to attend. I'm really lucky because my mother, along with my sister and nephew, got to come out and visit. However, I think the school having mother's weekend was just an excuse for them to come visit. We didn't attend a single event at the school, in fact Mom was only in Rexburg for a few hours while we had breakfast with Andrew (who was here visiting friends). We just wanted to get together and talk. So we did. It was awesome.

My mother and my sister are two of my very best friends. I love them so very much.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fact: Idaho is beautiful

Having lived in Southern California all of my life, I've practically got California pride and love flowing through my viens. I love the very suburban area my family lives in, the beach that is so close, the city, the coast, the mountains, everything. It's absolutely gorgeous.
Last fall when I first came to Idaho, I cringed at the flat land and the mountains far off on the horizon and the fields of potatos surrounding Rexburg. I thought to myself, "Why did I pick Idaho?". Now, after having been here for a year, I know why. It's beautiful. It's different from California, but it's beautiful in a different, more rural kind of way. I love it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

50 Cosas

I'm following a trend, thanks to Randi and Heather.

1. I love cats. If I had to choose between a cat and a dog, I would almost always choose a cat (unless the cat were really unattractive. I'm shallow that way).

2. Sometimes I feel like Cinderella when people ask me to borrow a pair of my shoes. I have lots of shoes and they're all really cute and I wouldn't mind if someone borrowed a pair. However, my feet are tiny. No one ever fits into my shoes so no one borrows them.

3. I'm not sure why or when this came on, but I'm drawn to any article of clothing that is green. I absolutely adore green clothes. Sometimes it looks like I'm growing grass in my closet...or something.

4. I find it fascinating that snow sparkles. My Californian nativeness shows through.

5. I like having a lot of siblings, but I really like that there are only two girls. The two of us are very close with our mother and we get to have lunches together and they get to come visit me. It wouldn't be so special if there were more of us.

6. I sleep on my stomach. I don't know why, but if I don't sleep on my stomach, I don't sleep soundly.

7. I can't sleep if the door is open. I hate having the door open. I also don't like lights. I like it to be as dark as possible when I sleep.

8. I've always been a fan of the Dodgers, by default, but this past season I got really into it. I love baseball. I really really love baseball. And the Dodgers.

9. I LOVE spanish. I love listening to it and learning it and speaking it and everything about it. I just wish I had better ability to speak...

10. Am I really only on ten? Lame. I've recently discovered that I like dresses. A lot. I really like pretty dresses. They're so much better than skirts.

11. I don't like sharing a room. I like having my room be the place I can retreat to when I need some time to myself. It's a safety zone and I want it to be mine.

12. I can't stand when someone is upset with me. It's kind of a bad thing because then I end up letting people walk all over me or I bend over backwards to make them comfortable when that tears me apart just as much as having them be upset with me. It's weird, I know.

13. Lee Pace and John Cusack. My celebrity crushes. I'd marry either in a heartbeat.

14. I never hit the snooze button. Ever. It's the button of death.

15. If I'm going to do something that scares me or makes me nervous, I will allow myself to backdown until I tell myself that I'm doing it. Once I've told myself this, backing down is no longer an option.

16. I played the harp for over five years. I still love it and want to continue, but life in college and with the BYU-Idaho track system, it's not really something that would work out. This makes me really sad.

17. I admit it, I played with Barbies until I was thirteen. I had an obscene amount of dolls, clothes, shoes, and kitchen appliances.

18. I have white hair. My purple hair is no longer purple. It's white and I kind of like it...

19. I like dancing. Ballroom and latin. I enjoy it all. I'm also very proud of my hip action when I dance the cha cha.

20. I own a guitar but I don't play. Someone needs to teach me...

21. I've discovered that when I'm really nervous and standing in high heels, my knee caps moves. A lot. It's weird and it makes me wonder if people are looking at my knees and if they can see my knee cap jumping up and down.

22. Caesar Salad or wraps or anything like that is my favorite. I love it. A lot.

23. You know the Twilight books? I've read them all, some of them several times. I hate those books. I can't stand those books. Honestly, what is the big deal with those books? They're not written well and the characters are beyond annoying.

24. I like to paint my nails with several coats of nail polish...and then peel it off the next day. What a waste.

25. I like to sleep with heavy blankets. Really heavy blankets. If it's thin or light, I don't feel secure and sleepy.

27. Back when I was younger (probably around twelve. Sometime near the Adam days) I decided I really loved penguins. I don't love them as much as I did, but I've kept all my penguin stuffed animals. I think I have close to twenty. Maybe more. I love them.

28. In high school I used to wear my beach sarongs over my jeans. I thought it was really trendy. I'm afraid I was wrong.

29. Pretty much all my dark looks dark eyes, dark hair, thick eyebrows, things like that) come from my italian heritage.

30. I love acting. I've been in countless plays as countless types of characters. I've mastered a cockney accent, a posh british accent, and a new york accent (while speaking shakespeare). I've played everything from a man, Nick Bottom, in mid summer night's dream to a doremouse in The Wizard from Wonderland. I love it. And Onstage kissing isn't as hard as I thought it would be.

31. I am exactly five foot two. I like it. I can wear four inch heels and I'm still shorter than most guys. I don't have to duck when walking by the tree on the sidewalk next to Heritage Manor. Life is good.

32. Out of my public school years, I only have three yearbooks. From my sophomore to senior years in high school, I got into the yearbook around ten times. I'm proud of this. It's exciting.

33. Before my parents sent me to Spain the summer before my senior year, I was terrified of doing things without someone there with me. I didn't really want to go. In fact, I threw fits and I cried and screamed and cried some more about having to go. Going was one of the best things I've ever done. It's really shaped me to be the person I am today.

34. I like chips and salsa, but I'm not big on the chunks of salsa. I'd rather just dip the chip in enough to get covered in the juice then just eat that. I don't know why.

35. I adore cooking. I love it when my mom has me make dinner or help out and there's some instruction I don't understand and she tells me what it means and she tells me how to do it just right. Working with my mother in the kitchen is what has motivated me to work towards culinary school.

36. I bought some red jelly shoes at Ross, because they were cheap and pretty cute and really of comfortable. I have fallen in love with them. I would wear them everywhere if they weren't falling apart already...

37. If I weren't going to have a family and be a stay at home mother, I'd definitely put in the time and work to major in Forensic Anthropology. That would be BOMB.

38. I have very strong opinions regarding love and relationships and such. Because of this I become easily sickened by silly couples. I think I judge too harshly when two people who are dating tell each other they love each other. Sometimes I think that it's not my place to say if they're in love or not, but really, I secretly always think I know if they are or not.

39. I love writing in my journal. It's like an obsession...or an addiction. I'm almost done with my 21st journal. I hope one day to publish them and be the next hit teen novelist. Then I think about the things I've written and I wonder if I want to follow through with that death wish. I write about ridiculous things (everything).

40. I like costumes and Halloween and Fall and hot apple cider. To me, all these things fit hand in hand, like they're best friends. I'm so excited for this time of year.

41. The most rebelious things I've brought myself to actually do would be dying part of my hair purple and riding on a motorcycle. They're not big things, but for me they're pretty huge. I like being obedient.

42. I cannot wait to be a mother. Sometimes when I see little children I want to find the nearest single, temple worthy guy and drag him to the Rexburg temple and marry him. I want a family. It's exciting!

43. In a sort of weird way, I look forward to fire season in California. I love the smell that's in the air and the eerie look of the smoke covering the sun.

44. Although I find Idaho to be rather bland and boring, I love Rexburg and BYU-Idaho. I think people under estimate what an awesome school this is. It's on a completely different level than BYU-Provo but it's neither better nor worse. It's smaller so they way things go down is different. I love it so very much.

45. When my 20 year reunion comes around, I hope I have the most children because I want to get a prize or award of some sort. It would be fun. I probably won't even go, but still.

46. I never thought my mom was right when in high school she told me that I'd make my best friends ever in college. Now that I'm here, I've found that she was completely right. The people I've met here are beyond anything I've every had. I love and cherish these friendships so much.

47. My electronics get names. They're almost always male. Lloyd the computer. Bruce the new Hard drive (RIP Lloyd), Jack the Car. Something about these things just seem masculine.

48. When I was around five, my dad wrote me a blank check (he wrote all over the back of it, too, but I still thought I could use it) so I put it in an empty peanut butter jar and burried it in the backyard. Now matter how many times I searched that flower bed, I never found it again.

49. I love scary movies. They terrify me, but I love watching them. It's weird but fun.

50. When I was young I got lost in the grocery store. An employee found me and brought me over to the bakery while they paged my mom over the intercom. I got a cookie with big sprinkles on it. Now when I see those cookies in the bakery, I think of how incredibly tasty that one was and I wish I was young enough to get lost again.

Fifty things about me. =)