Thursday, December 30, 2010
1. Figure out what I want to do with my life ha ha
2. Keep off the weight I have lost and lose just a little more
3. Work extra, extra hard at my calling
4. Stop checking facebook all the time-what a waste of my life :)
5. Get straight A's
Also, I will say that I had a great Christmas. It was so nice having my sister and her family here from Indiana and I'll be sad when they have to go back. Little kids just make life so funny. I'm also looking forward to tomorrow because . . . IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Other favorites include these: the Hunger Games, Persuasion, and if I had to pick a favorite (besides Harry Potter) it would be Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I love this book beyond belief. The main character is so strong and amazing to me. I don't even know how to describe how much I love it.
I will also mention this book called Nightlight. It's a parody of Twilight (which means they're pretty much making fun of it) and oh my goodness. I have never laughed so hard while reading a book in my entire life.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
We (me and this alleged fiance/husband) would get marreid at the Ogden Temple in April or May. The colors would be light pink and light blue. Tulips would definitely be involved somehow. Then there would be the necessary pictures and what not. Then a really nice luncheon/dinner with all of our beloved close friends and family. I would want the dinner to either be like pasta with yummy rolls or maybe pizza ha ha. The dessert would be cupcakes that have little pink or blue flowers on the frosting (am I going into too much detail?) But that is just the beginning of the party. I would not really want to have a formal reception with like a line. After the dinner there would be dancing--lots of dancing. I would play all my favorite songs and everyone would be having the most spectacular time. There would be a really nice photographer taking lots of pictures of us and our friends and fam. After the dance we would cut the cake (which my Aunt Carol would make), throw the bouquet/garter, and then we would swoop off for our honeymoon to either an Italian villa or Wizarding World in Florida ha ha. That is my dream wedding. I guess. Ha ha
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
In all seriousnes, this is a challenging question that I've been asked many times lately. Why does this question specify a first date? Why can't it just be any date?
Anyway, I guess I'll give it a shot. First of all, the guy I'm going with on this "perfect" date is someone I actually like. Someone I am excited to go with, someone I want to get to know better, and someone i can flirt uncontrollably with ;) He picks me up and is the perfect gentlemen throughout the entire date. He opens the door for me and just treats me nicely. I guess we'd go to a restaurant. Probably Firehouse, Applebees, or some kind of pizza place (like Tony's). Then we would do some kind of wicked fun activity that would allow us to have a good time together and just be ourselves. Like bowling, ice skating, etc. Then we'd go back to a comfy couch to watch a good movie and . . . dare I say it . . . cuddle or maybe even hold hands! Sorry, I'll try not to get PG here. And at the end of the night I'm just glad I was able to spend time with this guy. With the end of this perfect date comes the desire to ahve another perfect date with him.
If you have any input on what makes a "perfect" date, please let me know because the more I think about this the more I worry that my idea of a perfect date is actually pretty lame.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Since this day has hardly even begun I'll talk about my day yesterday. My mom was sick so I stayed home with her and we watched Anne of Green Gables ha ha ha ha. We love Gilbert. Then last night I went with my family to Firehouse. We were celebrating Shelby getting her Masters degree. I am so proud of her! It amazes me what she has accomplished with her life and this was a great achievement for her. Plus it meant we got to go to Firehouse. We love that place. The breadsticks and desserts are the best (and the pasta is pretty dang good as well). We had a lot of fun with the whole family (except for my sister and her husband and kids)!!!
After the dinner I went with my sisters Linda and Shelby to a little party thing. We played Apples to Apples and the Beatles Rock Band. It was a fun day!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Day 1-A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was
Day 2-A photo of something you ate today
Day 3-Your idea of the perfect first date
Day 4-Your favorite photograph of your best friends
Day 5-A photo of yourself two years ago
Day 6-A photo of an animal you'd love to keep as a pet
Day 7-Your dream wedding
Day 8-A song to match your modd
Day 9-A photo of the item you last purchased
Day 10-A photo of your favorite place to eat
Day 11-What's in your makeup bag?
Day 12-A photograph of the town you live in
Day 13-Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14-A TV you're currently addicted to
Day 15-Something you don't leave the hosue without
Day 16-Your celebrity crush
Day 17-A photo of you and your family
Day 18-Something you crave a lot
Day 19-Another picture of yourself
Day 20-The meaning behind your blog name
Day 21-A photo of something that makes you happy
Day 22-A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 23-15 facts about you
Day 24-A photo of something that means a lot to you
Day 25-What's in your purse?
Day 26-A photo of somewhere you've been to
Day 27-A picture of you last year and how have you changed since then?
Day 28-Your favorite movie
Day 29-Something you could never get tired of doing
Day 30-A photograph of yourself today+three good things that have happened in the past
Wish me luck!
Monday, November 22, 2010
You're great. It's awesome that we are all there together working out and staying fit. Truly. But please, please could you stop talking during the cool down part of the work out? I understand that we are all girls and we like to talk. I know how therapeutic talking can be. But the cool down is also therapeutic. It is one of the few chances in my days to clear my mind and that is harder to do when all I can hear is you gossiping right next to me. Sometimes I can't even hear the instructor say which part of the body to stretch next. There's a reason why she puts on soothing music and turns off the lights. So that we can cool down and meditate and what not. NOT so that we can talk loudly about so and so from the ward who really dropped the ball on the primary program. I love you ladies but could you please keep it to yourself until after the class is over???
Had to get that out there. Even though I know none of you read this blog.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Just a few days ago for my abnormal psych class I had read about Ted Bundy. There's a creeper if there ever was one. So I was sitting downstairs thinking I was home alone, trying to study. But then I heard someone moving around upstairs. First, I try to tell myself I'm just imagining it. Then I called my sister to see if it's her. She doesn't answer so I knew she was at work. When I heard the footsteps again I knew I had to go upstairs and investigate. I dialed 911 on my phone and had my thumb over the send button—just waiting for a sign of the intruder. I crept silently up the stairs and peeked around the doorways before I went through them.
Then I hear, "Maurie, are you home?"
"MOM?! You scared the crap out of me!"
Turns out she'd stayed home from work because she was sick. But when you've just read about Ted Bundy your imagination goes to the worst. My mom also told me the next time I think there's an intruder, I should bring one of my brother's golf clubs upstairs with me when I go to investigate. Thanks for the tip, Mom! Haha
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Please be as good to me as October was. It was a pretty good month and I don't envy you. October left some pretty big shoes to fill. In fact, I'm pretty worried that December is going to overshadow you. But are you going to let October and December do that to you, November? NO! Show the world that you can indeed be awesome! Sure some people think that the only thing you have to offer is Thanksgiving and even that is being ignored for the bigger Christmas holiday but I think you have plenty to offer! Don't let the commercialism get you down.
Okay, I'll stop talking to inanimate things that can't talk back. Sorry I didn't ever update in October. I was too busy having fun. Plus I didn't really have much to say. I'm not even sure I have anything to say now but I'm typing anyway. I am loving life. It is challenging sometimes but it is great. This semester is almost over. Then I'll go in the spring and then I will be done. It is kind of weird to have so many possiblities before me with the coming year. But that is a post for another day.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I think you are going to be an awesome month. I wish you would just hurry up and get here. It's going to be busy, but fun. First, I am going to a new singles ward and there are tons of activities going on. Plus, this weekend is General Conference. One of my best friends is getting married and I actually enjoy weddings. Then the next day is an overnighter thing with previously mentioned ward. The day we get back from the overnighter I am going to a Kirby Heyborne concert at my gang member's house. Then there is all the Halloween fesitivities going on. The institute dance, the ward Halloween party, then the family party. Yes, October, you might be a great month for me.
I don't know why I have been making blog posts as letters to things that cannot write me back (I just wrote one to the world) but there it is.
Also, in case you are wondering, I am actually not liking this semester very much. I have no motivation to do my homework. I dislike all but one of my classes. But it is ALMOST half way over.
Friday, September 10, 2010
What do you guys think?
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Life sometimes has weird occurrances or coincidences. For example, on Saturday September 4, 2010 there is a funeral, a birthday, and a wedding. All in one day! There are probably countless of other important things happening in other people's lives. But how often do those three things happen on the same day? Isn't it just . . . weird? Celebrating a life, a birth, and a union all in one day. Life continues forward no matter what happens. Life is one eternal round, it seems. We never know when a stranger will turn into a lover, or when a friend will die. But we keep on living, keep taking chances.
This is some advice for all of us (especially me): don't let one moment pass you by.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
On a different note, I had to change the background of my blog because the other one was going to disappear or something. Grrr. I really liked that other one too. Ah, well. Just one of those things I guess.
And as a funny insight, today at the gym my instructor kept slowing down the music and it made Beyonce sound like Cher. It gave me a little chuckle.
P.S. Go and see Knight and Day.
Oh, and I had an awesome Burn Notice dream last night. Good stuff.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
For those of you "out there" who have had the unfortunate "pleasure" to have family members or loved ones move away, you can sympathize with me when I say that it just sucks. I recently had a sister, brother-in-law, and an adorable niece and nephew move far, far away. And I do not like it. I know they moved out there for a reason and there wasn't anything I could do about it, but I miss them a lot. And I also know that the rest of my family misses them a lot and it's hard to see them all so sad about it. I miss my niece waking me up in the morning when she slept over. I miss my loveable Benny Boy's smile. I miss talking to my sister and brother. So whoever said parting is such sweet sorrow didn't know jack! Well, actually it's nice to say goodbye to the people you don't much care for. But it's when you do care that it makes so much more sorrowful than sweet.
On a different note, three weeks and then summer semester will be over and I will be that much closer to a degree. It's so close, I can smell it. And that smell kind of scares me. Who knows where I will be in one year from now?!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
And it is the simple pleasures like that which make life all the more enjoyable. Go find yourself a Peeta the Pelican.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
So I have a song stuck in my head that is further proof of my extreme dork-ness. Or nerd-ness. (I always get those two mixed up.) It's a song from the commentary on Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog. Oh, Nathan Fillion, your dulcet tones make me . . . happy. (Lame adjective, Maurie.) Anyway, it's a pretty fun song. "I'm better, better than Neil. In so many ways it's hard to conceal. Look at his smallness, compared to my tallness. My porcelain dollness." Another song that has been stuck in my head lately includes Bulletproof by La Roux. I even have a dance to go with it. Catch me in the right mood when that song is playing and there is no stopping my 'mazing moves. Watch out, world.
As a note of interest concerning my last post, I've been watching the third season of Burn Notice. Woot! It is both funny ("MichaelheartsDiego" you heard about that? Now I'm embarrassed), with amazing action, and even touching/tender moments (Fiona is not my past). If you haven't taken my advice yet and started watching, get on that. If any of you are even reading this. Whoever "you" are.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I watch a lot of TV. Probably more than I should. But they just keep making these great shows and I get hooked. But I'm going to focus on the "crime-fighting" shows that I watch. Or the "murder mystery" ones. I don't know what they are exactly. Anyway, it seems like lately lots of characters are anti-gun. It's kind of sweet in a way. For example: Mr. Monk from Monk doesn't carry a gun; Shawn Spencer from Psych-I don't think I've ever seen him hold a gun except to take it away from someone. He for sure doesn't carry one; Patrick Jane from The Mentalist definitely doesn't like guns. Even though he fires one at the end of the season one finale. So it's somewhat common for characters to not really like guns, right? Which is what makes the character Fiona from Burn Notice so incredibly refreshing and delightful. She is the poster girl for the NRA. As Michael Westen describes her in the opening credits, she is "trigger happy." Fiona is just awesome. She would rather shoot first and ask questions later. She's feisty and, dang I'm gonna say it again, she's AWESOME! If you haven't watched Burn Notice, check it out.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Four hours of amazing-ness! Oh, Mr. Knightley. "Mmm. Yes. Now."
I also want to read the fourth installment of the Percy Jackson series.I had a hard time getting into these books. I thought the first one was so predictable I don't know why I read the second one. But I did and at the very end, I got hit by a curve ball. So, me thinks, "Perhaps I misjudged it." I read the third book. It was even better than the second which was even better than the first! I hope this continues all through the fourth and fifth books. Yes, sometimes it feels like a total rip off of Harry Potter, (Percy has black hair AND green eyes? Really?! At least he doesn't wear glasses) but it can be quirky and unique. So I'm excited to see how it all ends.
Also, I plan on going to the gym, to all the exercise classes that I've missed because of night school classes. Basic step, abs and buns, yoga. Ah. Who thought I would be a person actually excited to go to the gym? But I am!
There are several other books I plan on reading. The Hunger Games, maybe Jane Eyre again. I even hope to have an Office marathon. It's going to be a great week. Peace out, mis amigos.
Friday, March 26, 2010
As an English major, there are times when I get English Major Syndrome. This is something I termed and diagnosed in myself. It usually occurs about half-way through a semester. Here are some symptoms I have found:
- Wanting to pick up whatever monstrous volume I am currently studying, pound it against my head, and scream, "I DON'T CARE WHAT THIS GUY WAS REALLY TRYING TO SAY!" Or, "WHY COULDN'T SHE JUST SAY WHAT SHE WANTED TO SAY?!" Sometimes it gets really annoying trying to find "hidden" and "deep" meanings in texts you care absolutely nothing for. Then again, other times it can be really cool when you find something and suddenly it all clicks and there is peace and goodness in the world. Like when I read the short story, "The Cove." At first, I was unprepared for the direction the story took. Then when I reached the end an idea formed in my head. "Oh my gosh! The realtor is a serial killer! It all makes sense now!" (Then I thought, "Eeeww. What a creepy dude.") That was a good day.
Then you read something like Henry James and the world isn't so peaceful and good anymore.
- Wishing I could duct tape certain people's mouths shut because I don't want to hear their opinion on every little thing. So what if you think Mark Twain's ending of Huckleberry Finn sucked? I don't care! So what if The Jungle reminds you of the time your daughter was trying to date someone? I. Don't. Care. And I don't feel the need to apologize for my own comments because I don't comment enough to get on people's nerves. So ha!
- Finding literary concepts in everyday life. For example, I was watching a movie. Quite content and forgetting about my English problems when boom, bam, literary theories came into my head. "Oh, but if we deconstructed it then it could have this meaning. Or if we looked at this from a Marxist perspective, it has the biggest totalization effect EVER!" Sometimes I feel like literary theory has ruined my life.
The cure for English Major Syndrome? I'm still looking for that.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Once Upon a Time, there was a family that lived in the woods. The mother and father had two children. Their names were Hansel and Gretel. Hansel and Gretel were spoiled children. They ate all the food their mother made then demanded more. She tried to satiate their appetites, but the more she cooked the more they wanted. And they wanted sweets too.
One day, the mother died. And after an acceptable mourning period, the father remarried. This woman though, would not give in to Hansel and Gretel's outrageous demands. She tried in vain to make them eat healthy and to exercise as they were both quite overweight. She would send them walking through the woods with a basket of a small portion of wheat bread and cheese for lunch. Hansel and Gretel were by then accustomed to sweets so they thought the bread and cheese were disgusting. So they would take it piece by piece and leave it on the forest floor on their daily walks. This also proved helpful in finding their way home.
Hansel and Gretel heard a story about a house made entirely out of candy in the forest. So naturally they wanted to devour it. When they went on their walks they would often search for this house but without success. One day though, they found a house made out of vegetables and saw an old, but nice looking lady tending the large garden. This woman saw them and demanded that they stay with her until they learned how to eat healthy. She locked them up and forced them to eat fruits and vegetables day in and day out. Hansel and Gretel hated her for it. So they devised a plan.
When the old woman was tending the large fire, Gretel ate through her celery prison and pushed the poor old woman into the fire. Hansel could not force himself to eat the disgusting celery so Gretel found the key and let him out. They then ran all the way home!
Over their time imprisoned, they had lost a lot of weight because of the strict diet the woman had them on. Their step mother was very pleased with their looks, but they were still rotten inside. So when they were arrested for the old woman's death, neither she, nor their father, were very sorry for it. And they all lived happily ever after.
So it's kind of silly, but that's the point. It made me laugh in my head when I thought about it.