Thursday, November 27, 2008
1. My family
2. The gospel (this is all encompassing)
3. My friends
8. Modern health advances
9. Indoor plumbing
10. Education and opportunities
12. My car, Tessie
13. Contact Lenses
16. Baking (they are different)
22. Jane Austen
23. James Bond
24. The Beatles
25. Cute Shoes
26. Rainy Days
28. Unexpected songs on the radio
30. Prismacolor colored pencils
32. Coupons and deals
35. My sewing machine
37. My plaid shoes (even though they are falling apart)
38. The Clash
39. Lip Stain
40. Sweet Potatoes
41. Manual Transmissions
43. Picture messages that allow me to keep up on Avery's progression
46. Chap stick
47. The Bartimaeus Trilogy
48. Funny blogs
49. Smart people
Due to time constraints I'm going to stop with 50.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I tried to get a better picture of the envelope but it was harder than I anticipated. I'm going to start on January 5th and I'll finish in December 2011. It seems like a long way off but I'm sure it will go by quickly. I'm so grateful to the many people who have made this possible. I am so unbelievably fortunate! I'm really looking forward to moving and finally experiencing the whole college away from home experience.
Oh dear... Hair grows, right?
Friday, November 7, 2008
Monday: I spent the day doing homework and working. Not too strange.
Tuesday: Not only did it snow but I drove up to Weber twice, all in the name of my patriotic duty. I'm so glad that I voted. I'm pretty sure that I giggled a little out loud. I've noticed that I do that, it's something I'm working on. Unfortunately I had a set back at school and for about 24 hours I thought that my chances of graduating were out the window (Midterms are VERY important.)
Wednesday: I had a bit of a realization, I'm down to mere WEEKS at Weber. I made a cool hooter-hider for Hil. Although I had instructions, I didn't follow them so it took a lot longer to make it. It turned out.
Thursday: I turned in my midterm, with a penalty of some kind. A lesson to everyone-keep an iron grip on EVERYTHING. Yeah, it's vague. I went to the temple after work with my ward and it was wonderful. I'm really going to miss my kickin' ward. They are fantastic.
Friday: Apart from receiving a very reassuring e-mail concerning Utah State, I spent the morning watching: The Office, Life on Mars, and 30 Rock. It was fantastic (ooh, I already used that word) it was splendid.
My favorite moment from 30 Rock:
Kenneth: "Oh I don't believe in hypothetical situations, Mr. Donaghy. That's like lying to your brain."
Which brings me to Life on Mars. I was fully prepared to hate this show because I loved the original so much. Here's how they stack up, character-wise.
First up, the battle for Sam Tyler.
Sorry Harvey Keitel, but Phil Glenister will ALWAYS be Gene Hunt. He's guv. No contest. (And apparently not very many words either.)
The Annie throw-down:
Not only did the US writers totally change Annie's last name (from Cartwright to Norris) but they also totally changed the character. Annie Norris is much more intellectual and ballsy than Annie Cartwright who was more sympathetic and girl-friendish towards Sam. It's a bit of a toss up here. The UK Annie seemed much more emotionally invested while USA Annie is more logical, especially when talking to Sam about his theories. I was fully prepared to hate Gretchen Mol because I was under the impression that she was a terrible actress whereas I hadn't ever heard of Liz White.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This is an idea I got from my friend Dave. The basic idea as he puts it is "what albums would you want if you were stranded on a desert island that just happens to have a stereo and electricity but still no way to contact anyone for help".
There are a few rules that he decided to make:
• Only one album from each artist (forcing you to make some tough choices).
• No greatest hits or compilations of any kind (that would be cheating).
• Limit the list to 10.
• Ignore the iPod factor since it essentially makes this list obsolete. It's not about the technology anyway, it's about the music! Plus "Desert Island Discs" sounds a lot snappier than "Desert Island Playlist."
This has been REALLY hard for me because I love music. Here it goes, with great difficulty.
10. I figured it would be easiest to pick something for Sunday first. This CD was a favorite before my mission and my friend Kari gave it to me for my birthday. It is a good mix of songs and I love almost every track of this CD. Plus it reminds me of my mission and that is usually good.
9. Kind of in the same vein as the MoTab, my favorite classical album. Technically this is a compilation but I think it can be an exception because Camille Saint-Saens SO did not make albums as we know now. I adore the piano concerto #4 on the second disc and when you pair that with the Danse Macabre and carnival of the animals on disc one and you've got it made!
8. This is my absolute favorite No Doubt album. Unfortunately this is about where things started to get difficult. Seriously, only ten albums?
7. I bought this album last year and thought,"Where have you been all of my life???" I listened to it solidly for about, oh, a month. It was sort of out of control. I think everyone needs a little New York with a shot of London on every desert island. Plus, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Mick Ronson? Classic.
6. Sondre Lerche is probably my favorite singer of today (as opposed to what, of the future?) He's from Norway and he is sort of random. Although I love all of his albums, this one won for the following reasons:
-A great combination of "rainy day songs," old school crooning, and covers of songs by Elvis Costello AND Cole Porter. It is quite a trick.
5. Choosing between Bowie albums was harder than choosing between Beatles albums ONLY because Bowie has a more albums (and styles) to choose from. I chose this one because it is the only Bowie album that I can listen to all the way through without skipping songs. I almost chose "Live at Santa Monica" but it is technically a compilation. "Station to Station" is great because it's Bowie at his best (even though he was probably on cocaine for most of it.) Any how, as far as personas go you don't get any cooler than The Thin White Duke.
4. This album makes me sad because it was the Beatle's last one recorded ('Let It Be' was released later even though it was recorded before.) I love this album even though it marks the end of the Beatles. "Carry That Weight" into "The End" could almost bring me to tears, depending on my mood and the time of the month.
3. I have to have The Clash on my desert island. I chose this based on the ratio of fantastic songs to not so fantastic songs. Even though there are two songs that I never listen to (they did some f-bombing) I don't think I could be angry without "Career Opportunities" to help vent some of that.
2. I just couldn't have only one Beatles album on here. I just couldn't do it. This one has too many fantastic songs; "If I Fell," "Things We Said Today," and "I'll Be Back."
1. Flight of the Conchords. Just in case the desert island isn't a funny place. These guys are hilarious.
The runners up:
This wasn't even the tip of the iceburg. I hate choosing.
Although I don't hate choosing when it comes to voting! I'm so excited that Barack Obama was elected!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The documentary was actually a follow up to one called "Painted Babies," and it gave updates on two girls that had been featured in the original documentary. It was interesting to see how many commonalities there were between the "pageant" moms and grandmothers. They were (for the most part) fat, southern, and loud. I wonder if there is some sort of criteria for the women who put their daughters in these things. Of the two girls that were profiled only one continued to compete in the pageant circuit. She wasn't overly pretty nor was she any good at singing. However, she was VERY good at doing that horrid fake smile where you look like you are just clenching your teeth while not squinting your eyes. Ugh-lee! She was also bleach blonde and had a "healthy" orange glow. The other girl had removed herself from that environment and seemed to have a more realistic idea about life. She was also blonde but lacked the complexion of an old school Oompa Loompa.
Not to be outdone, BBC America has been showing documentaries on ALL sorts of strange subjects. The weirdest has been "My Fake Baby."
Yes, "My Fake Baby." It covered the "re-born" trend in the doll world. Apparently there are women who treat incredibly life-like dolls as though they were alive. Dressing them, changing their diapers, washing them, pushing them in prams (hey, it's England,) and "feeding" them fabric softener because it looks like milk. It was just wacky. I'm not going to discount the talent that some of the women have that make these dolls but to treat an inanimate object as though it was alive? I'd have to say it's pretty near crazy.
And now for something completely different:
Offers up some cool promo codes for on-line shopping. All you do is type in the name of a store and then a list of possible codes will appear. I used it to get a 10 day supply of bareMinerals Foundation on Sephora.com.
Also of note, on http://www.sephora.com you can join the Beauty Insider club for free. It promises perks such as deluxe samples, reward points (one point for each dollar spent,) and a gift on your birthday. I love make up so this could be the start of a very bad thing.