Sunday, April 09, 2006

Gone Preachin'

I'm gonna go live in the MTC on May 24th. After sufficient time there I will move to Hamburg, Germany for a year and some months.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

To Rob

You'll receive your 20 bucks in the mail and we are now brother and sister in name only. Perhaps if a professional so advises, I will give you a hug at some far-distant family reunion. But rest assured, it will be purely for show.

Friday, May 27, 2005

My Favorite Things

Here are some highlights from the last month of my life:

I have enjoyed constantly collecting garbage everywhere I go for one of my classes. Carrying bags full of trash is great icebreaker with strangers on the tube. "Yes, I would like your snickers rapper when you're done. Oh, by the way, would you like to join my church?"

The music played by aspiring artists in the metros of Paris was worth the trip. One man was playing Silent Night on the recorder and when he got to the tune of "sleep in heavenly peace" he would repeat it six or seven times before finishing the song. I always enjoy a good improvisational piece.

I loved punting on the Cam river in Cambridge. To have gotten a professional punter would have been expensive so we opted for a less than qualified but up to the challenge driver.

Watching Star Wars with the French was brilliant. I’m a better person for seeing a lightsaber battle with baguettes.

Figuring out what behaviours are acceptable in other cultures is always an adventure. I met a wonderfully feisty English woman at the park a few weeks ago when I started playing with her dog. It turns out the English like their pets not held by strangers and not forced down playground slides.

Of course, I love the art. Any friend to the animals is a friend of mine.

My ward is lovely. The Bishop loves the surprise testimony attack as well as the next Bishop but he takes it a step further. My name was printed in the program on Sunday as the first speaker. I told the bishop I wasn't given a topic and he assured me that neither had the other two BYU students who were speaking after me. He said I needn't worry as I only had to take 15-20 minutes.

The food here at the centre is a treat. Even when I'm not sure what
I'm eating there is always plenty of gravy to dowse it with.


Saturday, February 26, 2005

All Out of Teen Spirit

10 things I've never done at age 20

1. Had a boy girl party. I hear they're the coolest but they must be really evil what with all the boys and girls in the same room. Maybe when I'm thirty I'll throw a small mixer to see what all the malarkey is about.

2. Been fishing. There is a picture of me holding a fish at a lake in my scrapbook but I don't remember catching it and I'll bet it was staged. Hunting makes me sad but fish are ugly and don't have personalities so killing them doesn't bother me.

3. Seen Casablanca. I'm sure it's a great movie but I just haven't had the time. Of course, there are plenty of movies I have seen that I wish had been Casablanca. Some titles include; "Shazaam," "Kate and Leopold," "Microcosmos," "Speed 2: Cruise Control," "Spice World," and "Teen Wolf 3."

4. Been to a real concert. Pretty sad, huh? Wait, does Rockappella count? No, no it doesn't. I don't like to look at it as me having never been to a concert, rather as me being one of the biggest losers I know. Seriously, I have been to a Rockappella concert. I was twelve and it was the coolest thing I had done in my life up to that point. Sadly it probably still is.

5. Kissed a boy. I don't know why this is because I have really great lips. Maybe I should stop telling boys I've been to a Rockappella concert. Perhaps I should move that rockin' boy girl party I'm going to throw when I'm thirty up ten years. We are definitely going to play spin the bottle.

6. Been tunnel singing. This is not a regret, just and observation.

7. Been to Idaho. Of course, there are a lot of places I've never been but hasn't everyone been to Idaho? Never you mind. I have no desire to go there so no harm done. Let them have their "Gem State" and be done with it.

8. Sung Michael Jackson's "Ben" at a Karaoke party. I've always wanted to but it just never happens. Let's get on this. We are definitely doing Karaoke after spin the bottle.

9. Told an employer I was quitting. I could expand here but I have already lost too much respect with the whole never been kissed thing. Here's the deal. I'm not a flake I've just never gotten around to quitting at any of my previous jobs. Oh, I guess that makes me a flake. One big flaky never been kissed flake.

10. Gotten over the death of my first pet. She was a hooded rat and her death is undoubtedly the cause of my not doing most, if not all, of the above mentioned things. Wow, I feel terrible right now.


Saturday, January 22, 2005

Gag Me

Guess what happened to me today. You never will so I'll tell you.

In the laundry room of my apartment I talked to a guy in my ward who I had never spoken to before but had seen around school. After conversing for a few minutes I asked if he was MK's Music on my ITunes shared music list. He said that he wasn't but he wanted to know why I thought so. I said because he seemed like a Bjork type of guy. His laundry was still wet when he left.

I gagged on almost every call I took at work today. It was strange but as soon as I heard a voice on the other end, my eyes would roll back into my head and my tongue would stick out. This may seem trivial but giving out information while dry heaving is no easy task. The weird thing was I didn't feel sick before or after calls, just during. I can only guess this condition was brought on by the number of times I heard students use the word random when asking for phone numbers.

Between calls at work I filled the time by adding new captions to the pictures in my history textbook. While I was coloring wigs red, in "The Founding of WENDY'S," the words to the hymn "Have I Done Any Good?" came to my mind. I felt bad because I hadn't done any good in the world today and then I kept coloring.

There was no one in my apartment when I got home from work. This never happens. I didn't know what to do first, read journals, eat food or steal money. Of course, I would never do any of those things but my options were open. This summer I spent a month alone in my parents house and I was miserable. After living with my crazy roommate for a semester I think I'm ready for another go at isolation. Thanks, crazy roommate, for helping me realize I don't enjoy human interaction anymore.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Slap Hands

For Christmas I got a pair of safety glasses and I have started wearing them to school. Most of the people in my classes are LDS and are therefore trying to be kind to others. Here's the thing. Prior to this semester, my fellow classmates have rarely said anything beyond “could you move so my friend can sit here” or “What did we do last time in class?” Now almost every person I sit by starts up a conversation with me. At first I thought the newest batch of freshmen was being unusually chatty and then I realized it was the glasses. I have officially switched sides from a girl who is not cool enough to bother with, to a special girl who needs friendship and positive encouragement. The sad thing is that I’m okay with it. Really I am. I’m a project and I don’t mind because I have friends now. You heard me. I have friends now and it doesn’t bother me that they think I have problems. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a party to attend.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

I done ate me a black cat under a salty ladder

So I've had a bit of bad luck as of late.

1. Our car spun off the road coming down Provo Canyon killing two bald eagles.

2. My head went through my apartment wall leaving an expensive looking hole.

3. I was mugged on the street and all they took were my wisdom teeth.

4. Mice ate my "Babies First Christmas" ornament.

5. I told my boss off at work and now I'll never become homecoming queen, I mean a senior operator.

6. I didn't get accepted into my dad's study abroad

7. I wrote a letter to food telling it why we couldn't be friends anymore and it wrote back.

If anyone finds my teeth on Ebay, put in a good bid for me!