Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fotos de la semana

On Wednesday after dinner Maria and I tagged along with Kelsey and we went to the social dance lab. There was an Uptown Funk dance routine! Excellent song choice.

Maria's brother is on the ballroom dance team. How cool is that?!

Flurries! I like that word. It's a good description of the baby snow we had a couple times this week. When you're a warm runner though (I'm just like my daddy), almost any weather is tank-top-and-arm-sleeve kind of weather.

Clouds are so beautiful.

As promised on my bucket list, here is a picture of my favorite tree. It's at Memorial Park on Center Street.

I couldn't resist climbing it even though I was mid-run and my hands were freezing.

I think I need new socks.

Good advice.

My locker in the locker room aka my second home.

I went to the grocery store with Mo, but didn't buy anything. Why? Well this week I had an "I'm an idiot" experience. It was not fun. Because of my failure to read and follow through with instructions correctly, I had to pay a $50 late fee to take a Spanish credit exam. FIFTY DOLLARS. Ugh, it still makes me angry at myself. Luckily my parents were very understanding. They comforted me with their wise words of wisdom: "Things like this happen sometimes," "no one is perfect," and "this too shall pass." Thanks, Mami! Thanks, Daddy! Anyway, because of that incident, I am being especially frugal and will survive on snack shack food, fuel card food, and food storage for as long as humanly possible.

They have candy at Macey's that is up for grabs at the checkout counter. I love it. Today I went with a mango lollipop even though my go-to is blueberry.

Mo: Do you take pictures of everything?
Me (takes a picture of Mo and the majestic U.S. flag waving in the wind): Yes!
But only of people, and places, and things I love.
So yes, I love taking lots and lots of pictures. That is the main reason I love having an iPhone.

I like pushing all the buttons (if that's what they're called) down. Luckily Mo didn't mind. At least I don't think she did...

Kristi captured one of my best moments from today. I hopped up onto the counter (my usual perch when I'm in the kitchen) and quickly realized that I should have looked before I leaped. It was pretty funny.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BYU Bucket List

(these are things I want to do while I am a BYU student living in Provo, UT)

Side note: I LOVE LISTS. To-do lists, grocery lists, things-I-love lists, song playlists, etc. They help make life better. More organized, more fun, and more fulfilling.

- means I still need to do it
*** means I've done it!

- run Timp
- buy chalk and write a message on the stairs south of campus
- have a picnic on top of the JFSB
- go country line dancing
- make a music video with my teammates
- take a picture from the top of the Lib. Square roof
- swing on the Mona rope swing
- drive the Alpine loop
- run 90 miles in one week over summer (just think about that for a minute...that is 15 miles every day for 6 days! I did it in HS, but not in college YET.)
- run 20 miles all at once on July 1st, 2015 with Kristi & co. (that's Kristi's birthday and we're gonna be 20!)
- road trip to CA
- do 10 pull-ups
- ride the ski lift at Sundance
- go to the puppy barn

I should have done this next part in a chronological order. But that would've taken a lot more time and effort than I have at the moment. So enjoy this jumbled mess!

***all-you-can-eat Kneader's French toast (I can put away 3 slices of French toast, easy.)
***sleepover in the locker room in the SF (Thank you, Ria!)
***drive a moped (well, sort of...I won't go into details on that embarrassing attempt)
***go rock-climbing and bouldering at the Quarry
***legit rock-climbing up Provo canyon
***feed the ducks at the duck pond
***go spelunking in an old mine (I nearly died. It was an exhausting, yet exhilarating adventure.)
***meet another girl named Monica (this happened yesterday! I was in the library and was looking for Danielle, a girl I was meeting with to work on a project together. I sat down next to this random girl and texted Danielle when suddenly, Tito (a former MTC co-worker) comes over. He looks at me, looks at the girl, and says, "Welcome to the Girls-named-Monica-who-know-Tito fan club. This is our first meeting..." Hahaha he is ridiculous and hilarious. So yeah! Her name was Monica too. And it was super random that she was meeting with Tito, and I happened to sit next to her. Crazy stuff. That was the first time I've met another Monica. She seemed nice.)
***survive a train yard adventure (I won't go into details about this one because I've been sworn to secrecy.)
***go to various BYU sports events (basketball, football, and volleyball games...I really should go to more games.)
***HAVE FUN at dance parties (this one is still ongoing thankfully)
***hike the Y
***watch a free movie in the SWKT (I saw Invictus on a date and this German Christmas movie with Mo.)


I didn't get to compete in this because I was broken, but Kristi & Kieran got 2nd place!!
***take a dance class (It was fun except for the part where I got a stress reaction in my left foot. But being injured made me appreciate running and being healthy even more. It was incredibly hard, but trials definitely make you stronger.)

***watch an adaptation of Pride & Prejudice in the HFAC (I cannot adequately express my happiness during that play. I was in heaven.)

                                        This is the van I drove!                                         
***run the pipe-line run (it's so cool! I did this when I worked as a coach at the BYU xc sports camp for kids. It was a BLAST! And it paid well. I definitely want to do this again.)

***go snowshoeing

This was BEFORE it went into the oven. So it expanded to an even greater size after baking.
***make a GIANT cinnamon roll (It. was. delicious.)

***drive a Rhino - so fun! (Riding in a rhino with a crazy driver - absolutely terrifying.) 

***make a ginormous 3D snowflake.

***stay up all night. This all-nighter was because I am so good at procrastinating.

***take a ceramics class at BYU. I loved it. I was in that ceramics room (room B-66 - its location is highly classified and restricted access) whenever I had a large chunk of free time. I can make stuff for HOURS.

***locate my favorite tree in Provo. This picture is actually not of my favorite tree. I'll have to remedy that sometime.

***girl's night with megabed. This was freshman year at Heritage.

***take out the trash IN STYLE. Ask my roomies, taking out the trash is the one job I do very consistently.

***take pictures along Carterville. This is our go-to run for workouts and regular runs too. Luckily it's a great route with spectacular scenery because we do it A LOT. Here are some Shetland ponies that we run past in the summer.

This is Em. She's wonderful.
***take an ice bath in the river along the pretty path. It felt really good.

***go to Color Me Mine. Best birthday EVER. Thanks, Rye!

***go to a demolition derby.

Riley thinks he's sooo handsome. Hence the framing of the blue steel look. It's a Thai thing.
***go kayaking down the Provo river.

***Tim Tam slam. A life-changing experience.

Check it!
***go to Chalk the Block at the Riverwoods and marvel at the amazing talent of others.

He doesn't scare me.
***make splatter/spray paint art masterpieces.

Ryan, me, Bernie! We were teammates at Cibola.
***take a picture with Ryan and Bernie on a traveling trip. This is at Wisconsin during XC season.

Jorgen and I were going for the Chesire cat look. We nailed it, if I do say so myself.
***carve a pumpkin

***go to a National Parks concert. Check. Times 3. One was an outdoor concert, one at Velour, and one in the Wilk.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Farewell, Love

I've had to read quite a bit of old poetry lately for ENG 291 (my least favorite class).
This is the first thing we've read that I've actually enjoyed. To be fair, I haven't actually read much for this class.
Buut...poems are short and I had to do a presentation on Sir Thomas Wyatt and I have to memorize a poem sooo...yeah.
Here's my favorite so far, a sonnet by Wyatt.

Farewell, Love
Farewell, Love, and all thy laws forever,
Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more;
Senec and Plato call me from thy lore,
To perfect wealth my wit for to endeavor.
In blind error when I did persever,
Thy sharp repulse, that pricketh aye* so sore,                *always
Hath taught me to set in trifles no store,*                       *value
And 'scape forth since liberty is lever.*                          *more pleasing, dearer
Therefore farewell, go trouble younger hearts,
And in me claim no more authority;
With idle youth go use thy property,*                              *do what you characteristically do
And thereon spend thy many brittle darts.*                      *arrows
For hitherto though I have lost all my time,
Me lusteth* no longer rotten boughs to climb.                 *I care

Doesn't that just warm your heart?
Yeah, not mine either. I just thought it was funny. No, that's not the right word...clever? relatable? (I mean, let's face it. Sometimes love stinks.) Well, it's something. And I'm gonna memorize it.

Completely unrelated side tangent:
I wore this shirt today and got so many questions and comments about it. I will remember never to wear it again unless I feel like talking. A lot. Well, more than usual, I mean.
I can see how it can catch the eye.

One guy just said he liked my shirt, but most people wanted to know why my shirt says this, so here's what I eventually whittled my explanation down to:
The first guy I dated was in a band (I'd point to the bottom) called the Genuine Gentlemen. And this (I'd point to the "KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON") was one of their songs.
Sometimes this would spark an interesting remark or two.

Anyway here's a longer explanation:
My first boyfriend, Scott, was the lead singer in a band. It was a clever advertising move for them to make this t-shirt. I talked to at least 7 people about the Genuine Gentlemen today. And the numbers would've probably increased had it not been cold outside.
Here's their song:

Scott was a genuine gentleman. He even wrote me a song. It's super cheesy and I am not posting it on here for anyone to listen to. 
Scott, if you ever read this: don't worry that I called your song cheesy. Girls like cheesy. 
He's on a mission now in Chile. His parents update his blog which I check every now and then to see how he's doing.
He gave me a rose after one of my races where I ran unattached.
I still have it. See, what did I tell you? Girls are cheesy. Plus I am also kind of a packrat. I treasure things with sentimental value and keep them for a looong time. This was the first rose I've ever received from a guy! 
You know what, I don't have to justify my weirdness to anyone. This is MY blog after all. So I'm just gonna embrace it.

Exhibit A:
My little pillow.
Some things, like this pillow I made in my Activity Day days, I will never throw out. I cross-stitched this thing when I was like 8 years old. Well, between 8 and 12...I can't remember. 
It used to say "I am a Child of God." I've had to fix it up a few times - adding new stuffing, resewing new fabric on the back, etc. I guess it's time I put some tender love and care into the front of it though.
It accompanies me on most of my trips so it's gone through a lot.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Why have I never thought of this?

Check out this little bird I saw on campus. Doesn't he look like he'd be a great friend?

He's just so cute and chubby.

The sky was on fiyah.

This is Mo. I want to be like her when I grow up.
(Too bad I can't replicate her Chewbacca noise.)
After a men's vball game with some teammates (BYU won!), Mo and I made cupcakes. It was a 2319 (red alert, junk food) kind of night. We also watched Cool Runnings, which is hilarious.

Mo, Kelsey, and I went to the mall and shopped a bit. I'm so proud of myself. I only bought what I had gone to the mall to get i.e. these two candles. Mo inspired me. I wanted my room to smell good like her's so we went to Bath & Body Works and these are the scents I selected. Can you tell I'm excited for summer?
Also, that's my angel in the middle. I think I got it for Christmas one year...I've had it forever. It lights up and changes colors and is just so soothing. I love it.

Thoughts from sacrament meeting:
Don't say, "No one understands me or what I'm going through."
Christ does.
He loves you and will help you as you come unto Him. Have faith to be healed and to become better.

Take time to ponder and listen. Especially as you study the scriptures and pray. 
He will answer.

We sang this hymn today. These lines in the last verse especially touched my heart.
"When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored."