Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Best Weekend

This has been the best weekend I've had in a long time. On Friday we went to the Slam Dunk competition, which was awesome! After that there was a dance which was really fun. We left early though, just 'cause my roomies wanted to go bowling with some of our FHE brothers. I went to Biddulph since I really didn't want to bowl. Besides, they were nearing the end of a Lord of the Rings marathon... I wouldn't have missed watching Return of the King just to go hang out!

Today was soooo much fun. At one o'clock me and my roomie, Amber, went to the field to watch a football game between the third-floor and second-floor of Biddulph. It was fun to watch and really warm out, until my shoes got snow in them. I went home a bit early since I couldn't feel my toes. That's what I get for wearing clogs in the snow. I'm glad I did come home early though 'cause Seth called and asked if I wanted to play some ball. We met at the Hart with his roomie, Bryson and played some pick-up games with some other guys there. That was a lot of fun, especially since I haven't seen Seth or Bryson for like a week now. Seth has been down in Utah. (Just for the record, the first game we played was the first time I have ever been on a winning team against White. I didn't make any of my many shots, but I did make some UNBELIEVABLE assists! My passing's getting better.)

After that we got ready for the Sadie Hawkins. It was so much fun! Chris went as a greaser and I went as a socsh. My roomie, Angela was the only other girl from my room to dress 50's. She got this HUGE wig from a production of Hairspray she was in, and wore that. Josh, her date, also went as a greaser. They had slicked-back hair, combs in their jean pockets, and white shirts from the "Boys" section in Wal-Mart. They wanted to make sure they were nice and tight. It was hillarious. We went to Craigos with our whole entorage, and us girls got pizza for the guys. While we were eating, Ang, Josh, Chris, and I decided we needed names. Angela was MariJane, Josh was Frankie, I was SandraDee and Chris was (of course) Danny. We got so used to calling each other by them, that Angela almost didn't know who someone was talking about when they said, "Josh". It was so fun.

The best thing was, we all had excellent dates. They were all so fun. I am so glad I went with Chris. He is an amazing dancer. I taught him a couple of things, but for the most part, he was teaching me. He's really energetic, even though he was exhausted from playing wheelchair basketball, a football game, and then dancing all night. He was a great date. I couldn't have asked for anyone better.

Don't worry, Mum, even though I had a great time, as of right now I'm not engaged to a Yankee's fan.

Friday, February 24, 2006

A Good Day

Okay, so next week will be my 8th week in school. So, it's been an awesome 7 weeks! Here are some stuff I will remember from the first half of my first semester here at BYU-Idaho!


"Four" - a jazz quartet. That was awesome. My professor (though mostly blind) is an excellent musician!

The Natelie McMaster concert. That was so much fun! Tom went with me, and I couldn't have had more fun with anyone else (except maybe my dad). She's an awesome fiddler!

The 24-hour film festival. My friends made a video for it. (The themes were first date, dream, or last chance.) It was so good. Tom filmed it; Chris was the main character; Jason, Tom, Chris, and Big Josh were the producers and editors. I think that's everyone. Guess what, THEY WON! I was so proud of them. It was really good. They better make me a copy.

Watching the USA pummel Canada in hockey was fun. It was cold, so I only saw part of it, but there's nothing to keep you warm like chanting "U-S-A" with a ton of other people at 10:30 at night. I didn't have a coat or anything, just my hoodie on, but I was surprised at how long I stood out there and didn't even feel the freeze. There were Canadians there too, but I feel bad for them now. The final score: USA = 5, Canada = 2. Ouch.

The devotionals are excellent. My favorite so far was given by a member of the 1st Quarm of the 70. I can't remember his name, but it was on Joseph's last few months before his martyrdom. I have always had a special place in my heart for the Prophet, but I have never felt more for him than during this devotional.

Schooling Noah at pool.

Schooling Tom at pool.

The Soweto concert last night was amazing! From South Africa, these people are awesome! It was so much fun. Very good performers!


I lucked out in my roommates! They're all really cool. We have a lot of fun together. We've only had one spat in 7 weeks, and it wasn't a big one. Six girls in this small of a space, that's a freaking miracle! There's also my neighbor, Emily, who basically lives here. She's a lot of fun, and completely crazy! Within the first day we all had an inside joke. Two days later, we had 2 more.

I also have some great friends from Biddulph (the guys dorms). Shane, also called PIP, basically lives in my apartment as well. If he could spend then night outside our door he probably would. PIP stands for Pretty in Pink; it was the first color we saw him wearing.

Then there are guys like Blake, who is just full of it, but is a lot of fun. Noah, who you can only explain as quite a character. He is completely insane and knows it. If Noah is around, you are sure to have a good time. Chris is a flirt, but a good guy. He's getting ready to serve his mission in Romania! I am so excited for him! Josh (not the big edition) is so fun, and hillariously funny. Tom, Jason, and Dylon, (aka the Tri-force... don't ask) can be explained in three words: quirky and hillarious. There's Stewart, who is just rediculous, and Mambo (or German) who is always thinking of what other people want, and how to sneak salt onto Chris's deserts. The list goes on and on, and everyone is a lot of fun. They keep you on your toes, I'll tell ya that much!

It's been a blast. Hard at times, and somewhat stressful, but a lot of fun. I am having such a good day today. I SCORED on my biology test! At least I think so, it was mainly on photosynthesis and I was AMAZING! It is so beautiful out. Bright and sunny and just gorgeous! It's like spring. I can feel it coming on. You know, I love cold weather. It's hard to find something more pure and beautiful than sparkling snow, or more peaceful and reverent than softly falling snow in the woods. But it is a very glorious thing when the sun begins to shine again. One of my favorite things is when the sunlight paints everything a golden color. It mainly happens in the afternoons and makes me remember things. Like I should make a bunch of water balloons and just start a war with my brothers and Scooby. Or go climbing up the tree out in front of Colleen's house over the stream we used to catch newts in. Or go play baseball in Stevie Smith's field. Or race around Walls St. and Davis Ln. on our bikes. Or play street hockey outside Lloyd's. Or jump ramps on our blades. Okay, enough reminiscing. But it's fun.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hush the Hype!

Really, I don't see what the big deal is about Valentine's Day! Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I don't like it; I love it! What I don't get are all those people out there that are just sulking around, feeling sorry for themselves because they don't have a "sweetheart". Who cares?! You didn't have one yesterday, and you made it! You may not have had one over New Years, when everyone is making out as they count down in their heads; you're still alive! For goodness sakes people! Get over it!

I was over at Seth's house yesterday, and on their white board it reads: "Happy (?) Valentine's Day! AKA Single's Awareness Day." I had never even heard of "Single's Awareness Day." My friend said it was probably because I had never been single on Valentine's Day. To tell you the truth, I've never had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day! Not even a date! I'm not trying to get you to feel sorry for me, I'm just stating a fact, and ya know what, I'm alive, happy, and full of love!

I never really realized what a big deal it is for single people on Valentine's Day. I mean, just hanging out with my friends today, they would not stop talking about "how depressing it all is." I just rolled my eyes and tried to explain to them that it is not a holiday designed by the candy and card companies, it is not any more a commercial gimmick than Christmas is. It is rather a day dedicated to the celebration of the love we have for one another. It was never designed to be strictly for couples. I have received a Valentine's Day gift from my parents ever since I can remember. I have always wished all of my beloved friends happy Valentine's Day. I give out more hugs and kisses to my family and friends. Believe it or not, all those relationships are based on love too. Why do we forget them, and focus strictly on the thought of how alone we are? That is not what St. Valentine stood for. Good grief! I know that and I'm not even Catholic!