Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Legend of the Jegging.

So apparently the new fad is jeggings. And the second they came out, I was in adament protest against them, saying how ridiculous they were. Can you not decide between leggings or jeans? You have to have both at once? Isn't that a little selfish? Well just last weekend I bought the most adorable boots ever.. only to find that it is SO tough to try to tuck regular jeans into them.. talk about a pain in the butt. So who is a proud owner of 2 pairs of jeggings? Me. Super cheap at target, quite a great investment. It's totally hypocritical, I know.. I just can't express the comfort of having a mega stretchy pant. In honor of me owning jeggings, I thought I'd put in a video of one of my favorite people... Conan O'Brian. This cracks me up.


Gotta love a man in jeggings.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air!

Well, in light of the recent events that have been going on lately, I thought I'd just share a little bit about our new suite mate, Kelly! I've been on a big list making kick lately, so I'm going to put top 10 reasons why Jasmyn and I love Kelly.

1. She is just so hilarious. I LOVE having her come in and tell us stories about what happened to her that day.
2. She openly embraces her awkwardness. It makes for some really good times.
3. She tells me she loves me and writes nice things on my facebook wall! (Selfish Holly really likes that one.)
4. She cheers me on while I pack at night. Most people don't think I can fight a giant mountain of clothes into a tiny suitcase, but she truly believes in me.
5. She is obsessed with weddings, very similar to moi. She's already got it all worked out in her mind, and I think it is so adorable.
6. She is a nudey model. Okay just kidding, it's with a bathing suit on. But she's a figure model for the art department at BYU, and I just think it's a super cool thing.
7. She expects me to kiss her goodbye when I leave on trips.
8. She brings such a positive attitude into the dorm. It's fun knowing that she's got such nice things to say, and that she is so kind and thoughtful.
9. She is so careful to not say bad things about people. I really respect that, and it helps with my goal to say nicer things about others.
10. If these reasons weren't enough for you to like her already, I've got one picture that will sum it all up for you.
 

So there you have it folks: The Best Suite Mate EVER. Kelly Danielle Rogers.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Kittens Inspired by Kittens.

So during my time away from Facebok, I found myself on YouTube quite a bit looking at hilarious videos. I came across so many different funny videos! So this post is about some of the cutest little kids on the internet. The first one is an adorable little girl dancing to the song "All About Your Heart" by Mindy Gledhill. You might recognize it from the video that was made about Stephanie Neilson. I think she is just so so sweet doing her little dance. I'm really bad at the computer.. so just click that little link and enjoy.
All About Your Heart- Mindy Gledhill- ft. Fiona Brawley


The next video is so cute to me. It's the sweetest little girl and she is SO excited about life. I reallly really enjoy it. And sometimes I watch it when I get a little down sometimes.
Jessica's Daily Affirmations


And for our last video today, Kittens Inspired by Kittens. I think this is absolutely HILARIOUS. I've watched it about a billion times. It just cracks me up.
Kittens Inspired by Kittens

Sunday, December 5, 2010

FaceInHole: Christmas Edition!

FaceInHole.com.. probably one of the most entertaining sites ever created. Earlier in the semester, the roommates and I would spend hours at a time on this site making the most ridiculous pictures. The premise is that there are pictures and you put a picture of yourself in the hole on the picture.. thus inserting yourself. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so the post today is going to be all of the pictures I did during my holiday fever today! Yes, I am aware that some of these don't even make any sense at all. I like to challenge myself to find the most ridiculous ones.. example: the one where I'm floating next to the tree.








Happy Holidays from FaceInHole.com!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Rules of Black Friday

I know it's a few days after Black Friday, but I decided it was a better idea to post this after the actual day. That way, not everyone would know our incredible tricks to making the most of this excellent shopping holiday. I figure by the time next Black Friday rolls around, you will have forgotten about this, and we will dominate you in the shopping experience. So here we have it: the set of rules that my mom has taught me, and I will teach. I'm documenting these for posterity.

1. You HAVE to get there early. There is no thrill of shopping without knowing you spent time dedicated to waiting for it. It's rude to show up late and expect the same deals as those who froze their buns to the early morning cement for that $1.96 Bourne Identity movie.

2. Either eat before or after the shopping, not during it. Want to make a pitstop at Jamba Juice or Starbucks on the way? NO. It forces you to either take up a free hand that could be used for digging, or limits your ability to haphazardly throw things into the cart because you could spill your beverage. This year, we tried something new.. cadbury eggs in a ziplock bag, just incase you need a little sugar rush. But DO NOT give one person the bag to carry the whole day, it is best to divide them into little ziplocks for each individual. The chances of finding the designated bag holder are slim, and it takes their hands away too.

3. Plan your trips to the bathroom wisely. There is no worse feeling than knowing that you are missing out on the $3 toaster because you couldn't contain your number 2. My mom actually wore depends this year to help herself out on that one. JOKING. She didn't. But if you really really can't control yourself, it may not be that bad of an idea.

4. Prioritize! The ads the night before are crucial to know what stores you are going to, and to what doorbuster you would like to find first! (doorbuster: an incredible deal that is usually on the first few pages of the ad. you WILL have to fight someone to get these.) Which is more important- the $10 mixed pajama set? Or the $40 Disney Barbie set?! It might help to have other people there to help you. Which brings me to my next point.

5. Team Members. Black Friday shopping alone? Not as easy. Ever heard the term "divide and conquer"? Because it more or less is crucial for a strong shopping experience. My mom had kids for 2 reasons: chores and Black Friday. Where would she be without Callie to sprint to the men's section to grab some flannels? Or me to run with Kassie to find Toy Story 3? I'm thinking I'm going to make some jerseys for next year. Also, I want to start a website for people who must shop alone. They'll be able to rent team members for maximum deals.

6. Dress for Success. Picture this: it's 1:30 in the morning in Palm Springs.. somewhere in the 40's temperature wise. You have to wait outside Kohl's for an hour and a half, but you know once you get inside it will be mega warm due to running people and lack of personal space. Layering is key. Only wear jackets that you can easily remove without messing up the hair-do and you can tie around your waist. This goes back to the having free hands situation. Also, throwing it in the cart is a dangerous move. It might be tossed to the wayside to accommodate for slippers and Wii games. It might help you feel more powerful to hear some power music in the background. Such suggestions include 7 Nation Army by the White Stripes, Eye of the Tiger, and maybe some 50 Cent to get in touch with your inner thug while you shop. Might help you fight people if you need to.

7. Utilize maps. This year, Target put up maps of the store with keys to the doorbusters and what not. GENIUS. Why is this so important? We shopping in Palm Springs this year, which means we were unfamiliar with the store layout. Although we went the day before on a reconnaissance mission (that is not a joke), it's not easy to memorize a new Target. Maps are key.

Well there you have it! Happy deal shopping! Thanks to my mommy for properly instructing me in the ways of Black Friday shopping. Woohoo.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Palm Espringys!

Palm Springs! (aka Palm Espringys) This is how the day usually goes: Wake up (typically early thanks to my mom singing for us to wake up), eat some breakfast, head to the pool and sit in the 100 degree weather for as long as we can tolerate, come inside, shower and get dressed, head out to dinner, late night hot tub run. But this year, things are just different. The main difference is that it is about 60 degrees here during the day at 50 degrees at night. Pleasant?! I THINK NOT. So our little daily schedules have changed, usually involving hanging out inside and watching way too much DisneyChannel (thanks Cal).

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm going to pick some things that I was thankful for today.
1. Racist jokes. Yeah, I said it. I like that kind of humor. People like to giggle silently and act like they're secretly offended, but then when we lay in bed at night and review our day, we remember the racist joke and how funny it was. Well guess what. I laugh in the moment too. I love racist jokes. Tonight at Hibachi (yumm) our chef was cracking racist jokes all night. So so funny.

2. Towels. My mom is a pool junkie, so she forces us out to the pool even when it's 60 degrees. She lured me with a smoothie, and at that point I didn't stand a chance. So i headed out. It was super cold, so I made a little cover for myself out of towel. 5 of them, to be more specific. At one point I wanted to roll over, so Kassafrass was kind enough to put the towels on me while I was laying on my stomach. Also, she touched my feet. EW.

3. Christmas songs with my name in them. OH WAIT. I actually hate that. So let's scratch that off my list.

The Actual 3. Just Dance 2! So fun. We've spent the whole night playing.. it's very funny. My goal for this game is to somehow convince my dad to do it. One day, maybe.

4. Aveda Shampoo! Seriously the best smell ever. I'm all over it. I make everyone smell my hair. Except Callie thinks it smells bad, if you were wondering. I looooove it!

5. Neon Sports Bras. Yes, I am thankful for them. They're SO cute! I'm not sure who decided they were so cute, but I'm excited for finding them.

6. Facebook. I'm a facebook stalker, but I'm pretty open about it. Chances are I stalk you! It's just so fun to know what's going on with people, because I'm nosy about it. But I think it's socially acceptable (or at least MORE socially acceptable) if I am open about it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Home Is Where the Heart Is.

I'm home!! This Thanksgiving, I'm giving thanks for Thanksgiving. That's right. Giving thanks for the actual holiday. Why? Because without it I wouldn't be sitting in the Starbucks at Beach and Chapman, waiting for my brother to finish his Kumon. (by the way: the smell of starbucks makes me SO happy.. downside: you literally smell like this for the rest of the day.) There are very few things that do it for me quite like California does.

In other news, I got a job! Ever heard of the text company ChaCha? Well if you haven't: this is how it works. You send any question you have to 242-242. You can ask anything from movie times, to relationship advice, to what a turduckin is if you're not sure. (turduckin: a duck stuffed inside of a chicken, stuffed inside of a turkey. yum.) ChaCha has a couple thousand people looking up answers on their computers, and they text the response back to you. Well guess what! I'm officially a question-answerer! It's super fun! It's not the highest paying job, but the fact that I get to work from my computer whenever I want trumps that.

You know when people always say that you are just like your mom? And it's not always the best thing? Well recently I've decided to start documenting all of the things that I do that are like my mom.. and while some people might be bothered by it, I found it to be a rather humorous list. So here we go:

1. I plan my entire Christmas gift-giving list by mid November. It's on a spreadsheet on my computer- don't you dare try to look it up and find out what it says, though. One year I snuck onto my mom's computer and looked at the list- it wasn't a great idea. Mom found out, all hell broke loose, and ever since I don't open up ANYTHING on my mom's computer, assuming she lets me touch it.

2. I get extremely excited when the bag I'm checking to fly only weighs 46 pounds, because then I know I can shop for up to 4 pounds of things and still make it on safely when I fly back.

3. I was secretly excited to go with her to pick out a table display for the Christmas party at Church.

4. After about 12 pm, everything gets about 10 times funnier. The only difference between me and my mom is, this happens to her sometime around 8 pm. Okay maybe 9, but definitely by 9 pm.

5. I tell myself I'm just going to run into Target for a few minutes, and walk out an hour later with at least 2 things I didn't plan on buying.

6. The other day I dropped the phrase "In your true heart of hearts." This one is the only one on the list that discourages me.. my mom likes to use that phrase, but I hate it with a firey burning passion. And now I'm casually saying it.

7. I care just as much about how the present is wrapped as what is inside it. I want a bow that is flat on the bottom, and coordinates nicely with the mega cute wrapping paper.

Well what can I say, I am my mother's daughter.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Language of Room 3111.

A few days ago Jasmyn and I were laughing about all of the ridiculous things we say. She stopped for a second and then asked, "I wonder if people who had just learned English would be able to understand what we say. We talk so different from how we are supposed to!" (Deep, I know.) So then I thought.. I wonder if people who have spoken English their entire lives would be able to understand what we say! So today I'm going to write a little conversation so you can see how we talk.. and then you can try to decode it if you'd like. But I'll translate it for you a little below it. Here we go. Welcome to a day in the life:

J: goodmorning!
H: holla hollaaa.
J: girl i just wanted to sleep in but i had to go to tops -_- we're going to go to bed early tonight. fo real.
H: that sucks.. i slept through stats... again. (fart) YUP. he he.
J: i was in a fight with Henry this morning.
H: fo real?!
J: yeah.. abso the worst.
H: totes bagotes.. we need a new one for sursies.
J: srsly. so will you be home tonight around 5?
H: probsies.. if not i'll put a magnet in.
J: coo. so what are you doing today?
H: idk.. probs just class and then the libs til dinner. and then i'll just head to the wilk and watch some of my high class tv til then. thug lyfe.
J: adorbs.. i'll probs just go to the libs and take some dry froo with me to eat. VAMPY DIARIES TONIGHT! do you know when the lala is?
H: the basketball game?
J: yup.
H: um... 7? 6? 8? i'm not fasho on that. so that's dumb.
J: you are really dumb. fo real. teeheee. just kidding just kidding just kidding.
H: k well imma go to geog.. deuces.
J: seeya beez!


And this is how the conversation would go with anyone else:
J: Goodmorning!
H: Oh, Good morning!
J: I really wanted to sleep in, but I had to go volunteer for American Heritage.
H: That sucks, I didn't go to class as usual. (flatulence) Excuse me!
J: The toilet wasn't working this morning.
H: Really?!
J: Yeah, absolutely the worst.
H: Totally.. we need a new one for sure.
J: Seriously. So will you be home tonight around 5? Because I haven't been able to find my keys in 2 weeks so I'm implying that I'll need you to be there to let me in.
H: Probably, if not I'll leave a magnet in the door or something. Or I'll forget and you'll just have to go through Hannah and Cora's.
J: Cool. So what are you doing today?
H: I'm not sure.. probably just class and then go to the library til dinner. And then I'll just head to the CougarEat and watch Bad Girls Club til I come back. I'm cool like that.
J: How cute. I'll probably just go to the library and take some dried fruit with me to eat. Vampire Diaries is on tonight! Do you know when the thing is?
H: The basketball game?
J: Yeah.
H: Um.. 7?6?8? I'm not really sure.. sorry.
J: You are really dumb. Fo real. (in reference to the video of the Lincoln Park Rapist). Teehee. Just kidding just kidding just kidding (in reference to SNL, must be said in a quiet voice at least 3 times).
H: Well I'm late for Geography. Peace.
J: Bye BFF! (beez can either mean b*tch or best friend.. the one being called the beez gets to decide. It's the rules.)

So there you have it. The real way to hold conversation if you want to fit in with us. Just sayin, better start studying that language.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Poost.

This post is dedicated to my hot mama and her "partner" (in crime, I hope) Laura Bro. That's because it's all about pranks related to bathroom item number 2. That's right, poop. Viewer discretion is advised.

I used to follow a blog called Mormon Bachelor Pad. It is written by a few guys that live in Utah, and just goes over their ridiculous makeout escapades and what not, pretty funny. They served their missions in Ireland, and once there was an entire post about POOST. You might be asking yourself, what is poost?! Well let me explain. Excuse my not lady-like vocab here. You take a pringles can, take care of your fecal matter in the can, put an address on it, and send it to someone. Usually an enemy, or something along those lines. 2 business days later, they get a package and feel excited to open it, only to discover your lovely present to them. Mail in Ireland is called post. Post + Poop = Poost. The idea of doing this has always just cracked me up when it comes to mind, in fact as I typed that last little bit I was smiling in a way that I'm sure was weirding out some of the innocent library attendees. I told my roommates about the idea of poost.. immediately looking towards the pringles can on Jasmyn's shelf. Very funny. But there is no way you will ever receive poost from me, that's just yucky.

The next item was discovered a few weeks ago when my mom and Laura were visiting my dorm while in town. Laura used the bathroom, and then we left for a movie. On the way there I got a call from Hannah, wondering why the heck there was poop on the floor and barf in the shower. I panicked for a minute, then remembered hearing Dane tell me about some fake poop that his mom had put in Ellis's bed one day. They had gotten us good! Needless to say, the poop has been a hit. We pass it back and forth, hiding it in random places until people find it and are grossed out. I'm pretty sure it's just hanging out on the bathroom sink right now... should be interesting to see how that goes over during the cleaning check on Tuesday!

Well, I think that's all I can share (in honor of preserving some sort of lady-like qualities). And if fake poop shows up around your house... blame my mother!! Happy poosting!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Long Time No Post!

Well, I just kept telling myself I would post when I had some extra time, and before I realized it, Kristi Sexton was reminding me that I hadn't posted in almost a month! So it's time to catch up. I'm going to go with my top 10 favorite things I've done in the last month to make it so great :] There are in no specific order.. I'm just posting as it comes to me.


1. Disneyland! I went home for Pedro's baptism, and I got to take a few hours on Friday afternoon to head to Disneyland with my mommy. It was SO fun! I just love it. The atmosphere and everything! The lines were incredibly short and we got to do all of the rides we wanted, which was awesome for such a beautiful day. Loved it!







2. Decorating for Christmas! Why yes, it is November 13th. Why yes, our room IS decorated for Christmas :) We took a trip to Wal-Mart to get some cute little decorations, and put them up immediately! It is just so adorable and cheery in here now. We rationalized doing it right now because we won't be here for a week at the end of the month for Thanksgiving, and we won't be here for all of Christmas.. so we needed to see the decor for a month of time and this was the easiest way to do that. Now I just need to gather up my Christmas music selection!


3. Mail! This week was such a great week for mail. As you may recall, I don't get a whole lot of mail, and there are very few things that make me happier than getting letters. The first one came from my sweet cousin Adam (thanks Cherri, too!). It was the most adorable thing, I showed it to every girl I saw on the way to my dorm. He's written BYU on the paper in blue crayon, and it's absolutely adorable. And if things couldn't get any better, I got an awesome package from the ever thoughtful and sweet Dane Brodowski. I loved it! It was just so so sweet. I really appreciated it! Such a great mail week.








4. This one goes out to my adorable zebra Scentsy. I didn't pack it when I came up for college the first time, so when I came back from going home, I made sure to bring it. It's the best! Our dorm smells phenomenal the vast majority of the time (except for a few times... teehee) and we get lots of compliments on it. Plus it's not going to light the place on fire when we forget to turn it off when we leave, which happens quite a bit.








5. BYU Basketball started! I'm so so happy! We went to the game last night, and it was super duper fun. They gave out free shirts to the first 1000 people (I think that was the number), but there weren't shirts on our seats. A guy that we went with ran down to the lower seats and grabbed a bunch, so we all got one! We smoked Fresno State (or Fre-snot as Starlee and I referred to it), and had a blast. Kind of an awkward moment- there were guys sitting behind us but I wanted to stand on the seat to be able to see better, so I turned around to ask him. I couldn't get it attention, so not thinking I more or less laid my hand on his stomach. He looked alarmed.. but I was able to stand on the seat so no bigs.

6. Pedro got baptized! I didn't get to see him very much, which was a huge bummer, but I loved being there to see him get baptized. It was an awesome blessing. I had to bail out immediately to make my flight so I didn't get to talk to him (tear for sure), but it was great to go home and see everyone, along with seeing him make such a great decision. I am so glad that I was able to support him. I love you Pedro! (gfl's for sure.)










7. The Great Major Debate. This has commonly become known in our dorm as the "major of the day," due to the fact that I change what I decide that I want to major in on a daily basis. But I think I've finally found one that I feel so excited about- it seems to be sticking! I hope it'll last more than just these few days though.. haha. So what is the major? (My mom is so happy about this.) History Education.. and then heading on to Law School! I'm so excited for the challenge. I've just got to get to the department center to talk to the advisors and get it all declared. Excited? Yes.

8. The recent collection of old school pictures that have been shared on facebook. Kassie Sminn started the craze, and I have LOVED looking at all of the old pictures of us. I got a nice little collection of them from Dane in my package the other day, and they are just adorable. I wasn't always the cutest kid......... but the memories in them just make me smile so much. So cute!




9. The Relief Society meeting I got the privilege of going to at 8am on a Saturday morning. NOT. The meeting itself wasn't fun, but we had some good times at it I'd say. Played some MASH, learned the incredible skill of text bombing, and got a sweet back scratch courtesy of Ashley Andersen. The meeting really wasn't too beneficial.... not really applicable for us. But as bitter as I was the whole time (which Starlee and Ashley can no doubt attest to), it was not too shabby.


10. My 2nd Geography Exam! I failed the first one (at least that's what I think 50% means....) and it really fired me up to do much better on the 2nd one. I worked really hard on everything between the 2 tests and went into the test with a C instead of the D I had earned. I studied so hard for weeks on end, and just took the test on Thursday. Result- total domination. I owned that test! I won't get my score for a few weeks because the TA's have to grade 300 entirely written tests before they release the scores.. but I feel so great about it. I can do it!

So there we have it. An awesome month :) Also, I'm going to go back to writing this a lot more regularly.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It is my Pleasure to Introduce...


Anthony the Fridge! I think he felt kind of neglected after the post about Henry the Toilet, and that's why he's decided to act up to get some attention. You might be asking yourself, "What could a refrigerator possibly do to act up?!" Well let me show you. Why yes, those are half gallons of milk with the lid off. Why yes, we are holding them upside down without lids on. But why, then, are they not spilling? Because they are FROZEN. That's right. 2 half gallon solid containers of milk. All I wanted was some cereal, but now all I have are 2 huge milk popsicles. Which probably wouldn't taste as delicious as you might think it sounds. We turned down the temperature after that, but we just can't seem to find a happy temperature for it. Either our food doesn't freeze or everything that gets relatively close to it turns into a huge ice block.

In other news, my mom isn't doing very well right now. She just found out she has Bell's Palsy, which more or less means that half of her face is paralyzed for a few weeks until the muscles stop freaking out. She's already requested that we minimize the pirate jokes, but sometimes I just can't help myself. Last night we decided to make a video for her to possibly ease the pain, featuring "Everything She Wants" by her all time favorite- Wham! A little blast from the past for you all. Feel better soon!
video

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Sweet Smell of Sulfur.

Last night was quite the adventure for me. I was all set for a lovely night of the gym and a paper (quite a rowdy Saturday night, I know), when Shelby tagged me in a post on facebook. And that's when I saw the link to the Hot Springs. About 10 minutes later, we were heading over to Budge to go get Will (we designated him the body guard). It took him about 4 trips up to his room to be ready.. in this order: First trip, needed a towel. Second trip, needed Advil and a jacket. Third trip, forgot his towel when he came back and needed to go get it. Fourth trip, forgot his pretzels. Next we stopped at a Texaco for some gas, since Chevron costs too much. Then onward to Wal-Mart to grab some flashlights, which turned out to be our best investment, but the line to check out was just short of 14 million people long.. so it ended up taking longer than we thought.

Then we started on the drive to the hot springs. It was about a half hour drive, and we spent a little bit of it sure we were going the completely wrong way. We finally got to the turn off, and waved down some guys to make sure we were on the right road. I started freaking out about the fact that there were most likely 230 rapists hiding all over the place, just waiting for innocent college students to go on a late night hike so they could grab them. I voiced my opinions to everyone, and that's when Will decided to ease my worries with list after list of the ways that they could hide and trick us so that they could get us. It really made me feel safe about where we were. We got out of the car, and started following a big group of guys through the forest to the hot springs. It was an hour walk, which was super cold but it was pleasant. I'm pretty sure Will was shocked about our topics of conversation, but I decided it was best for him to really get to know us while we were in the middle of the woods when he couldn't really run away. We finally made it to the springs, and it was FREEZING standing in just a swimsuit while we got into the little pools. The first one we got in was luke warm, and that was a bust til we moved to a lower one which was muuch warmer. After we had done some lateral thinking puzzles (yeah, so maybe that does sound nerdy), we decided it was time to leave. I was the first one to get out and walk over to our things, and for some reason I thought one of the pools was flat ground.. probably because the color of it was a milky white which kind of looked like the ground.. and I full on fell into the pool. It was funny, til my foot hurt and when I got home my foot was cut and my sock was kinda bloody. Yuck. On the way back we were all starving, so we made a nice little pit stop at McD's for a late night snack. It was a super fun trip! It was much better than being productive and writing my paper like I was supposed to do. Looks like I'll just have more work to do today.. worth it!

Church today was great, it was a good sacrament meeting. Cora spoke, and she did a great job! Then Sunday School, which was better than usual, and Relief Society. I love love love Relief Society. It's fun to just be with a bunch of girls.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I eat the awkwardness.

Thursday! And you know what that means? Tomorrow is Friday! Superior deductive reasoning, I know, I get that a lot. I'm so excited for my family to get here tomorrow night! I've missed Callie and Grantypoo.

Today has been rather eventful. English class, reading, power nap. I had a review session for Geography, and I thought it was at 7 but apparently it was at 6. So I completely missed it, which is bad news for the test tomorrow. Perhaps I'll just beg skinny kid for his notes tomorrow.. seems to work out pretty well for me.

In other news, I'm addicted to Desperate Housewives. If anyone has seasons 3, 4, and 5 on DVD, I am begging you to send them to me. I'll pay for the postage. They only have 1, 2, 6, and 7 on Hulu and that's a killer.

Jasmyn and I had a pretty intense conversation about R.Patts tonight (Robert Pattinson) and whether he is hot or not. (correct answer: NOT.) But if you feel differently, feel free to voice the opinion. We also covered the merits of awkwardness, and how crucial and fun it is to have awkwardness in day-to-day life. To quote her: "I eat the awkwardness. I had it for breakfast this morning." It's basically my new favorite line. Also, we've decided to adopt snogging into our normal conversation. So join us in this cause. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Parking Booth from Hell.

Well it feels like it's been a little while since I've posted. This weekend was SO fun. Dane was here for conference, and it was so great to see him again! We had a ton of fun partying. I loved seeing Kandice, Britt, Eugene, Kellie, Brad, and all the other wonderful people that I don't see very much! Friday was Jasmyn's birthday, so Hannah and I ran to WalMart and got some super cute birthday decorations for the room. She got some legit flowers from her family, and our room still smells like them. I LOVE it! On Saturday we went to in-n-out, which was nice since I was definitely having some withdrawals. And despite what Shelby says, I don't think it's cheating on California to eat it in Utah. Although the experience wasn't exactly the same. Sunday was conference, and then I took Dane too the airport. And now for the story of the parking pass.

So there I was, at the SLC airport to drop off Dane. I parked the car and walked in. Before we parked you had to stick a debit/credit card into a machine so that it marks when you get there, or just get a little ticket and pay with cash. I didn't have any cash on me (remember that for later) so I used my debit card. Took Dane inside, said goodbye, came back out, got in the car, headed to the exit. Got to the exit. Put my debit card in the machine to leave.. and it says INVALID. again. and again. and again. I'm not sure how many times I put my card in there, but it just kept rejecting me. By now, there's a line of about 7 cars behind me waiting for the idiot at the front to work the machine right. I push customer support, and the guy tells me I'm just going to have to go to a cash line so that an attendant can help me. So then they have to send someone to back out all 7 of the cars so the idiot (me) can get to a cash line. So then I get to a cash line, and someone else at the front is having an issue, so they have to back out all of us to move to a different line. By now, I've been in line for a half hour which sucks because they charge in 10 minute increments. I finally get to the front of the cash line, and find that the attendant doesn't speak English in a very fluent manner, which is always a sign that things are going to go super smooth. He takes the card, swipes it, and it continually doesn't work. He then proceeds to tell me that they need some sort of ID, and, being the genius I am, I realized that I had left my drivers license at home on my desk. I didn't think it'd be a big deal, so I gave him my BYU ID card. Turns out that wasn't good enough. He then asks me if the car is stolen, and if there is any way that I can prove that it isn't.. which is awesome since it isn't even my car. It's Shelley's. At this point I'm so so frustrated I just start crying, which is freaking him out big time. He calls a supervisor to come help out, and then supervisor then tells me that if they can't get the card to work and they can't find my car on the video tape of people coming in, I would have to pay the maximum fee for the day and an extra fee for ticket loss. Which totals up to $48. THAT I DON'T HAVE. They try to play the tapes to find my car, and they stop working about 3 minutes before I claimed that I had arrived. Which was awesome. Next, they tell me that I have used a different card. That's right, tell, not ask, which I find especially humorous since my debit card is the only card I have that would work on the machine. What did they think I was swiping? My H&M gift card? And then I got angry. I mean really really angry. There was no way I was paying the stupid $48 because their little machine wasn't working. So I told them that, and it turned into an argument including me saying "Well then I guess I'm going to live in a parking structure for the rest of my life because I'm not paying your stupid fee." Holly Smith = Captain Maturity. By some small miracle I look down and saw a 10 dollar bill on the ground, quite possibly Shelley's, quite possibly the answer to my prayers. With all of the time that I had spent sitting there arguing and being accused of stealing a car and attempting to use another card that I don't have, my parking fee had totaled to exactly 10 dollars. Which I payed, and left. Angry. Very very Angry.

So there you have it. Moral of the story: Don't use your debit card. Just take the dang ticket and pay with cash. Or you'll sit there for an hour crying to a man who speaks no English. What an enlightening experience.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Also, I'm more talented than you.

Tuesday! This week is creeping by. Speaking of creepers, Hannah, Jasmyn and I had a super fun time last night. I fixed a dress that was too short into a super cute shirt, using the bottom half of the dress as a do-rag. Getting in touch with my inner thug, as usual. Jasmyn came back about (what felt like) 7 hours later, even though it was only a few.. and we spent the rest of the night facebooking people and giggling about ridiculous things. Next thing we knew it was 2:45 in the morning and we were still awake. It caused for a somewhat slow morning on my side.

I had my first experience with the testing center yesterday! I was about 10 minutes into my Book of Mormon test and some kid decides it'll be a great idea to enter the testing center after not showering for roughly 2 years (I'm pretty sure that's against honor code...) and sit right in front of me. This is how my thought process went: Nephi... Lehi... HE SMELLS.... tree of life... EWWWW.... and it came to pass.... I'M GOING TO HURL. So needless to say, I picked up my test and moved a few rows over, which surprisingly enough solved the problem. I thought I'd need at least a 7 to 8 chair radius to survive. But I got an 89% on my first stats test! Wooo!

I LOVE GLEE. I'll admit it, I'm a complete gleek. But I just can't help it. Especially with Britney Spears being on there tonight, holy 90's flashback. Loved it. The girl who plays Brittany the Cheerio on the show just makes my day. I love how she just talks about her superior talent the whole show. Cracked me up. So, naturally, it's turned into a Britney Spears bumpin party in our room for the night. Its the cleaning soundtrack.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Henry the 8th

Well I guess this story requires some background information. Our toilet has been broken since the 2nd day we were here. Somehow along the way he was named Henry. It took 2 and a half weeks for Mr. Maintenance to come fix the toilet.. and we were SO relieved that it finally worked properly. Well guess what. It broke again. And Mr. Maintenance is too busy to show up. I told Hannah that we probably just need a Henry the 2nd to fix this, but as she was so kind to point out, "I think Henry the 8th would be more appropriate. I think he could handle a lot." Excellent observation.

This weekend has been so fun! Friday night we went out to dinner with Jasmyn's rich Uncle Bob. We've been mowing down on chocolate cake ever since. if you've never had the chocolate cake from PF Chang's, now is the time to get up off the computer and go get some. But share it with someone, or you will end up eating it all. And successfully gaining the freshman 15. Hannah and I went up with Brian Ballard to Salt Lake after that, which was definitely an adventure. Nothing like walking around for an hour on Temple Square trying to find a Denny's.

Saturday was a mellow day, homework, lunch with Dad and Dave, and Verizon Store. OH, and watching BYU lose a football game. Which seems to be a recurring theme of their season. Dinner at Outback after with Dave, Shelley, Dave, Dad, Kellie, Hannah, Jasmyn, Shelby, Cora, and me. It was a party for sursies. After much debate, we ended up going to a dance party at some random Pirate place behind the mall. SO FUN. I'm so GLAD that we went, even though I was definitely the biggest protester. Good times.

Well, this weekend was a sweet success. Only one more week til conference! I'm seriously starting a countdown, so excited to see Dane again. Plus Leah, Sam, and Pedro :]

Friday, September 24, 2010

TGIF.

HURRAY FOR THE WEEKEND. Seriously. Except maybe I'd be more excited if I actually had some plans. Hannah and I went to Macey's today to get some groceries to make dinner for Shelley tonight.. that was an adventure. We didn't have the recipe for the salad dressing we wanted, so I spent about 15 minutes on the phone trying to find it.. luckily I remembered my wonderful aunt Kari, and she had it. Lucky me! So now it's just killing some time until I go over to their house to cook.

I got geography notes today! The guy that sits next to me caved easy. My little plan worked, and now I'm not going to fail that test. Hallelujah. Turns out that class isn't that bad if I just pay attention.. who would have thought?! Went to lunch with Dave and Dad at Hickory Kist, and also sickly little Shelley. Poor kid. Her insurance costs more now, but is still a marginal cost compared to the real world, if you were wondering.

Yesterday afternoon- amazing! We went to the farmers market as the RS Presidency, and Emily Matthews came too. Seriously the most delicious raspberries and peaches EVER. They were soo awesome, I've been enjoying them all day. Then, I went to in-n-out with MaCall, MMM, followed by a fantastic WalMart trip. We spent about 20 minutes picking out nail polish colors, and also spilling nail polish remover all over the floor. Super funny. Next, on to the house to watch some Gossip Girl and paint our nails. it was bananas. My dad and Dave came and picked me up, then we went to iHop. Keep in mind, it was midnight by this point. There were some cute little 30 year old losers dressed up as knights (it was actually rather gross), and then the creepy old waitress hit on dave nonstop. As usual. Well, that's about it, dinner time!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

should have trusted the weather man.

Last night, Jasmyn and I were casually discussing the weather while I was looking at my clothes, and we were shocked that it said there would be thunderstorms. I mean come on, why would it randomly rain in the middle of the day when the rest of the week has been in the 70s and 80s? Well guess who looked like a fool? ME. As I walked out of my mission prep class today, sure enough it was pouring rain. Convenient, since I didn't have any means of covering myself. Numb fingers, soaked sweater, soggy feet. Enough said. My geography class today was a nightmare, my friend Spencer and I realized that we'd need all of the class notes for the test... which we have NOT been taking. So we're devising a plan for getting one, most likely including convincing the little nerdy kid that always sits by me to cough them up. It's because I'm such a good student, I know.

My new gray heels came in the mail today!! It's love. I've been wearing them all day long. Even while I was laying on the ground doing my arm exercises. Hannah was kind enough to document it for me. A rather embarrassing picture, if I do say so myself. I talked to my mommy on the phone for a while today, on the plus side everything at home is going smooth as butter, and life couldn't be any better! I'm glad to know that things are just going so perfect for her right now. It still feels weird for it to be a Wednesday night, but to not have a YW activity to go to! But I think tonight calls for a sub-zero run. If you haven't been there, it's a definite MUST. Delicious ice cream, made when you get there! Phenomenal.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

..and then I caved.


Well, here it goes. It seemed like as soon as we left home, all my close friends got into the blogging scene. I just kept resisting, since I figured my life is far too boring to read about. And yet here I am. So I guess I'll just give an update on what's going on these days. I'm currently at BYU in Utah, and I LOVE it. Great roommates, fun classes, awesome experience. I can't imagine that I'd ever thought of going anywhere else. I miss my family SO much, but luckily my dad comes up for every home football game (why yes, he DOES bleed blue), so I get the pleasure of seeing him and his random guest every few weeks. It's a nice little treat. He'll be up here Thursday with uncle Dave! It's going to be so so fun. Im excited for the weekend. Now all I have to do is survive. Yesterday I went on a major wallet cleaning out raid, and ended up using all of my gift cards to do some online shopping. It was refreshing. I'm so excited to get all of my packages!! I just want real mail these days. It's so upsetting to open my mail thing every day to get nothing but the occasional flyer about scandinavian studies or safety week. So if you're ever feeling bored, feel free to jot off a note, stick some trash in an envelope, forward some junk mail, ANYTHING to give me that little adrenaline rush when I open my box and see something!