Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Things I Love

In no particular order:
  • flip flops
  • chap stick (also known as lip chap)
  • fresh cookies
  • naps
  • feeding people
  • real Christmas trees
  • MUSIC
  • professional hair care products
  • yoga pants
  • my camera
  • kites
  • Harry Potter
  • tulips
  • Walt and Disneyland
  • the Gap
  • the idea of living in Europe some day
  • peace and quiet
  • my lappy
  • action and war movies
  • Thomas S. Monson
  • my new aluminum water bottle
  • heavenly bodies
  • brushing my teeth
  • significant bodies of water and port cities
  • traveling
  • doing laundry
  • sweater vests and/or argyle
  • pillows
  • kitchen gadgets
  • classier things
  • California
That'll do for now

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WHAT THE CRAP!

Can't a girl get a little peace and quiet?! Or how about some privacy?!

Being in school and not having a house or apartment of my own is beginning to wear thin on me. Today I had the HUGEST urge to sit alone in a quiet room and it took me half an hour to find one and even then, I have to be out of here at midnight. Now, this post is not a complaint against my roommate or anything. She's fabulous and I definitely get the chance to spend time in our room alone. It's just that, living in a dormitory, there's always someone walking by our door, talking loudly outside our window (We might be on the second floor, and you might be whispering, but guess what? We can still hear you tell your friend how pissed off you are that Honor Code kicked you out of school and wont refund your tuition, or how you're hoping that cute girl in your ward is at FHE. And yes that does mean we hear you kissing at night. You sound sloppy...you might want to work on that.) or even coming into our room to give us fliers and ask us to join the Tahitian club. Even when I'm alone, I'm not really alone.

Now, anyone who knows me knows I'm a relatively social person. I love hanging out and making people laugh, but I also like to hear myself think. Being alone allows me to relax, to not be so stimulated. It also affords with with the opportunity to fully concentrate. I don't need absolute quiet or seclusion to effectively study. I just need to not be bothered, and all of the idiots running around outside my room bother me. There's no one I'm targeting, and I live around some great girls, my patience has just ran out for obnoxious 19 year old boys screaming as they ride by on their long boards, and 17 year old girls who can't stop telling their friends how awesome they are and how they totally need to go to the beach together.

To all of you who won't stop talking outside of my apartment: BE QUIET and go talk on the benches ACROSS THE STREET. Oh, and STOP yelling! I admit it; the older I get, the crankier I get, but is it too much to ask people to behave like responsible adults. NO I do NOT want to go to a club, another bon fire, or a "party" at your friend's house. It's 1 o'clock. Go home and go to bed. I don't know about you, but I have stuff to do in the morning.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I <3 HI

There are moments when living here (La'ie, HI) makes me want to blow my brains out, but there are also moments where living here makes me so utterly happy. Luckily the later occurs much more often than the first. One of those moments happy moments was finding a tiny gecko in my room. While having wild creatures occupying the same space as you isn't always an ideal situation, I really don't mind the geckos. They are harmless, disease free (as far as I'm aware), and they eat bugs. I like lizards WAY more that I like insects and arachnids. HANDS DOWN. Plus, this little gecko is so cute.

Doesn't that tiny thing just melt your heart?

The first time I saw him in our room I just left him. I figured he'd eat the ants that are everywhere and grow up big and strong so he could graduate up the food chain and begin eating things like roaches. However a couple of days later I almost crushed him with my trash can so I decided it was best to let him go outside. It was very fun to catch him and, as you can see, was kind enough to have his photo taken.

As for today, I went to the beach. I know, I know: "Enough about the beach already! Not everyone is as warm as you!", but it's really the only thing to do here besides rent movies or go to the game center. If you want to do anything else you have to either beg for a ride or hop on the bus.
So yeah, I went to the beach today with a friend and we played with my camera. I have a Canon SD 1100 that I'm still kind of learning how to use. It's nothin' fancy, but it can do some awesome stuff for a point n' shoot. He has a Canon and he's been through the manual for his so he was showing me how to use the digital macro settings and what not. It was fun. Here are some of the photos we took.

The Digital Macro setting

The Color Accent setting
As you can see, green is the only color in the photo; everything else is in black and white.

Those are just a few of the features we messed with. Better than the camera was the beautiful day. It was nice to be outside and to enjoy the world around me. I even flew my butterfly kite (I'm really sad I didn't photograph it)! Silly, I know, but not being able to hang out outside was something I missed very much in VA. The sun was out, the breeze was blowing and I found a huge cowry shell. I'm lovin' life.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

I confess...

...my life is really boring.
Other than school starting not much has happened here in Hawaii, or, as the locals say, Hawai'i. However, I have found out what my mystery class was and have been forced to make another change to my schedule.
My mystery class is not as exciting as I hoped it would be. It's simply an extension of my course on assessment (SPED 386). The assessment course covers basic in classroom assessment and is combined with the elementary and secondary education students. To cover the SPED specific tests (diagnostic tests and such) we have an additional section that will meet for about seven weeks. I'm sad that it's not some cool special topic like art therapy in SPED or something, but I'm happy that it's not a semester-long course.
The change to my schedule was the dropping of Doctrine & Covenants. The course didn't have enough students enrolled and so the University dropped it. This means I had to frantically find another misc. class to fill the time slot. Religion courses are my best bet because they are relatively light. Just daily reading and some tests here and there. The only other religion course I hadn't taken offered at that time was the second section of New Testament with Bro. Weber. I ran over to the room and sat in for the first day. What he requires is CRAZY for a two credit class. He requires us to read the readings twice (the second time in another translation) which isn't so bad except he also requires us to answer and turn in at the beginning of class a rather lengthy study guide. We're talking 2 pages of questions per reading, and that's not even including the answers. Reluctantly I signed up. I don't know to much about the second half, and it's the exact same time slot... I'm definitely disappoint about D&C but I'm excited to learn more about the New Testament.

As for big events in my life this week, there hasn't been any. Well, I did get REALLY cranky in Psychology on Wed. Like so cranky that it stuck until I watched the Office on Friday. I should have posted while I was cranky. I say the funniest junk when I'm in a foul mood. But let's talk about the Office. I think that was the funniest episode of the season! Who's with me? The duel killed me, Dwight's song made me laugh so hard I watched the episode a second time just to hear it again, and Jim's collecting of Dwight's various weapons what the perfect ongoing joke.
Props to the writer. The show hasn't been that funny since the time Jim dressed up like Dwight. Keep up the good work!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Amen

"The important thing in life is to try to live and do the best you can. We done had it bad. Let us help give our children a better life, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren. Let's try to give them a better life than we had. But anyway, just keep the good work going, is all I say."
-- James "Little Man" Presley

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ouch

I just spent 444 dollars on books (vomit), and I don't even get to take my intro to sculpture class. I am not happy about it.

This semester I'm taking:
REL 325H Doctrine & Covenants II
IDS 316H The American Civil War
PSYC 321 Organizational Behavior
EDU 300 Educational Psychology
EDU 306 Assistive Technology in the Classroom
SPED 386 Educational Assessment in Special Education
SPED 414R-02 Special Topics in Education (aka my mystery class; I'll find out what it is when I go)

Why do I get the feeling this semester is going to kick my trash (and not in a good way)?

On a brighter note, I'm officially off the campus meal plan, and my graduation date has been pushed back to June 2010.
Freakin' get me outta here!

Friday, January 2, 2009

A Jolly Holiday!



So I had this wonderfully detailed post typed out for you all...and then I somehow managed to accidentally delete it. Boo!
Sadly I'm not really feelin' like typing it out again so a briefer version of my break is going to be posted.
  • We (the sister and I) begin house sitting for friends of our families and they allow us to utilize their vehicle. SUCH A BLESSING.
  • Camille flew into LAX Dec. 23 and has decided she will be attending BYUH. Life is good.
  • Christmas!! This includes cooking all day, pie baking, presents from Italy, new pajamas, and a puzzle that was made by idiots (but a FANTASTIC challenge).
  • Beth, Brad and Madi come to visit the 26th and I go on a walk that disables my ability to breath (courtesy of frigid, moist air, steep hills, and, most importantly, the altitude difference).
  • Brit flew into Long Beach Dec. 28 and life is better.
  • I attend Fifth Ward that day instead of singles and avoid "Crazy Mike."
  • Chilling, dance parties, and music exchanges ensue and life is the best.
  • A little trip to the beach in Oceanside and Valkyrie (good movie, in spite of Tom Cruise).
  • New Years Eve! My besties and I make a delicious dinner. The menu: fresh fruit with marshmallow cream cheese dip, lemon pancakes with sweetened sour cream, quiche lorainne, and ciabatta toast with artichoke spread and mozzarella cheese. I, with the help of my dear Brit, designed the menu and then the trifecta executed the flavor explosion.
  • Really funny baloons
  • Camille decides to go to Provo, but I'm really happy she's really happy.
  • The Rose Parade is NOT rebroadcasted and I'm PISSED!
  • Pedicures, and Anne joins us for dinner at BJ's ... PIZOOKIE
  • Talking until 12:30 with Holli and the Suz about how fricken crazy my family is. SO FUNNY!
Now I'm headed back. I'm sitting on the airport floor. I've been here for about an hour because my flight has been delayed and my butt hurts but it's okay because they're boarding now. I fricken can't believe I'm already getting on a plane back to Hawaii. LAME!