Saturday, August 30, 2008

Yes, I live at home

It's a little rough admitting to the blogging world that I moved back home after graduating from college. Yes, I have a degree and yes, I still don't know what to do with my life. And while there is a certain adjustment that comes with moving back home after living away for four years, there are also some perks that you just can't find anywhere else. And I'm not just talking about the free rent.



-Since there are still the younger kids around, I have an unlimited supply of Snack Pack pudding, Capri Sun, fruit snacks, and Kool Aid at my fingertips. It does not get much better than that.


-Going through my old things I have come across my past phases of life including my troll collection (I even found my old troll Christmas stocking which is kind of scary looking) and comic books from when I decided I wanted to read them but only bought them from the 10 cent box. For some reason these finds have brought immediate joy to my life.


-I have an excess amount of time for blogging. Notice the recent influx.


-While I have become the designated cab driver for the youngins, this also means I have been able to keep up to date with my rap music addiction; the downside is that I don't think anyone can look cool listening to Snoop Dogg in a Mini-Van.


-I am resurrecting old hobbies including knitting and scrapbooking! I am so crafty. Who knew?


-There is a certain emotion that resurfaces every time I run into someone from my past here at home. Usually awkward conversation ensues...this is just something you can't find anywhere else.


-My Grandparents live only a short distance away. They used to be kinda scary to visit, but now they're at the funny stage of old-ness.


-There is a washer/dryer that I can use anytime...for free!


(The biggest downside to living at home: All these stupid pets my family has acquired. The most recent additions (joining our two annoying dogs) are two kittens that can look cute, but are probably more obnoxious than the dogs. I may not have a heart, but I just can't stand these animals. They do not benefit my life. I want them gone.)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Alaska?

McCain and Palin...

Palin? Sarah Palin?

I've never heard of her either.

But her bio is something amazing...

Sarah Palin
Born: February 11, 1964, Sandpoint, Idaho
Education: B.S., University of Idaho, 1987
Elected offices: Wasilla, Alaska, City Council member, 1992-1996
Wasilla mayor, 1996-2002
Elected governor of Alaska, 2006
Professional career: Television sports reporter, 1987-89; co-owner, commercial fishing operation, 1988-2007; owner, snow machine, watercraft and all-terrain vehicle business, 1994-97; chairwoman, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-2004.
Married: To Todd Palin; five children. The oldest, Track, serves in the U.S. Army; the youngest, Trig, has Down syndrome.
Sources: Almanac of American Politics, CNN

From this brief introduction, CNN gives us the most important background information we could ask for...I mean, our VP needs to have experience with snow machines, watercrafts, and all-terrain vehicles. Also, our VP needs to name her children things like Trig.



PS. Are Alaskans even allowed to vote? I always thought Puerto Rico was the 50th state...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Oh Heavens

I realize this might be a little much, but I saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 last night (yeah, so what?) and I think I fell in love. Seriously.

Meet Jesse Williams.





Love. There are no other words.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Also...

I can't wait until Saturday.
BYU vs. Northern Iowa
I love my Cougs.

Nothing happens to me anymore


I just finished reading the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and I absolutely enjoyed it.

It is narrated by the main character, Jacob Jankowski, from his Assisted Living Center as he retells the story of his life in the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth (aka the circus) during the Great Depression. He stumbles upon the show after leaving home and soon enough he becomes the shows veternarian and shakes up the hierarchy of the circus employees (performers above the workmen), often disrupting the usual goings-on of the crew. During his involvement with the circus, he has quite an array of experiences and develops strong bonds with his bunkmate Kinko (a little person clown), a drunk named Camel, Rosie (an elephant), and his boss's wife Marlena (who is married to August who is a complete b&#$*).


I thought Gruen made her characters come alive and I was thoroughly amused by the storyline. It delves into the complexity of human (and animal) relationships and how sometimes the rules have to be broken.


I'd recommend it; just keep in mind there is some scandalous behavior...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mamma Mia!


Here is my first and probably only blog dedicated to a specific movie. Call it a review if you will. I finally just went and saw Mamma Mia! with my parents and let me tell you, this was worth the wait. For all you suckers who refused to see it with me whilst I was in Provo: BIG MISTAKE.


This film was cast brilliantly; I don't care how many people have said that this was an embarassment for Pierce Brosnan...it was simply fabulous. Meryl Streep was hilarious, and the timing of the cast was impeccable. I must say that my favorite actress was Julie Walters, who played one of Meryl's best friends in the film and who, in my opinion, stole the show. It kept me laughing the entire time, along with both my parents (yes, my dad says he even wants to buy this when it comes out on DVD). Anyways, this film revolves around Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who is about to get married when she decides she needs to know who her dad is before she can tie the knot. From reading her mom's (Meryl Streep) journal, she narrows her search down to three men and invites each one of them to her wedding. This results in humorous interactions between the three men, the three men and Meryl, and everyone else in the town.


It was made to be cheesy and I embraced every ounce of cheese it brought to the table. You should too.


Oh, and so I look more official this movie was directed by Phyllida Lloyd (ever heard of her? Me neither) and it got a whopping 54% on rottentomatoes.com!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

One Last Thing...

Meet Joe Biden.


I admit it.

I have a random, funny, politician, old-man crush on Senator Joe Biden.

I first noticed him on his short lived bid for Presidency at the Democratic debates, and I knew I couldn't resist his charm, his wit, and his awkwardly thinning hair.


We also have very similar forehead shapes.




Tribute to the Cougs

As I sit here pondering the beauty of BYU Football, I only have fond memories of the past four years and being able to sit in the stadium with good friends, illegal beverages, and the team I support. I decided to post some of the best memories in my tribute to the Cougs and to the Cougar Crazies:
-Tailgate music courtesy of the Rock always getting us pumped and ready for the games
-Becky's amazing treats honoring the Cougs
-Yelling things out at the opposing team that might not always have been 'appropriate'
-Blue paint
-Rain games
-Blue paint and rain games together
-The phrase "Break their bones!!" (thanks WoW)
-The team
-The stadium
-The Cougar Roar (Elliot's rendition is a personal fave)
-Attention from the Press for being the best tailgaters ever
-The text-messaging fiasco 07
-Road trips to away games
-Bonding with Dan the Man's family in Vegas
-Being "too mean" according to the Events staff
-Citrus Drop/Mountain Dew
-Getting dirty looks from other Coug fans for our dedication to cheering
-Meeting a guy named Steve my freshman year during one of the games and running into this Steve on the plane yesterday
-Stalking football players
-The giddyness of hearing Bronco speak live
-Dog piles after touchdowns
-Chugging contests
-Looking around the stadium and being proud to be a Cougar
-The Helmet
-Getting in arguments with strangers at Costco about the greatness of the Cougs
-Hating everyone and everything associated with the Utes
-Waking up early on a Saturday and being ok with it
-Rides to the stadium in the back of the truck
-Free food vouchers
-Awkward looking sunburns from random face paint
-Good gaming the team as they left the stadium after the games
-Spending countless hours with awesome friends supporting the game and team we love
-Watching the Cougs destroy the Utes
-Watching the Cougs any time, any day, against any team
I'll miss being there this season...
GO COUGS!!!!

Lit Flicks Challenge


I am finally getting around to posting and committing myself to the Lit Flicks Challenge, hosted by both Blake and his sister Jessica. They are working together to bridge the gap between film and books, and I am more than excited to participate. The rules are listed on both their websites and I encourage everyone else to join in on the fun. I'm trying to figure out what books and movies I want to read and watch, and I will make sure to post them as soon as I decide.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cher-ing


Ok everyone (all three of you).


I want to see Cher in Vegas. Hopefully in September.


I realize it's a little expensive, but I want all of you to know it would be totally worth it.


Think about it.


(This was inspired by Janna. And the fact that Cher just came onto my itunes...How can you not love her?)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Indigo is my favorite color

The evening started classy with a nice meal from the one and only.

We chatted with ChaCha guides before this man walked out on stage...

WE LOVE JAMES TAYLOR!!!


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Rah Rah Rah

Rise, all loyal Cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
You will fight, day or night, rain or snow.
Loyal, strong, and true
Wear the white and blue.
While we sing, get set to spring.
Come on, Cougars, it's up to you!

Rise and shout, the Cougars are out,
along the trail to fame and glory.
Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out,
As you unfold your vict'ry story.
On you go to vanquish the foe
for Alma Mater's sons and daughters.
As we join in song in praise of you our faith is strong.
We'll raise our colors high in the blue,
And cheer our Cougars of BYU.
Rah Rah Rah Rah Rah
Rah Rah Rah Rah Rah
GOOOOOOOO COUGARS!!!
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This is a completely true and factual story: Two nights ago I seriously dreamt about BYU football the entire night. It was like the utlimate Cougar 'Best-of' video you could ask for, reeling through my mind non-stop until I woke up to me actually and literally singing the "Rah Rah Rah Rah Rah's".
Kickoff couldn't come soon enough.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Recent Obsession Flair-ups

You know how there are some things that you love so much and you experience these things a ton but then after awhile they just seem to fade out? But then some time passes and you almost rediscover these things with new eyes and obsess over them again almost worse than the first time?
This has recently happened to me with a few things. They include:

Elton John

Tater Tots
Seinfeld
Showering


Grape Juice

Thats it.

PS: (Did you know?!) Thanks to Dare-bear-stare for helping me learn that my own Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the U.S. at 53 square miles! Props to Denver yet again!

Dear Blockbuster


Thank you.



You have given me hours of fun with Blake. We peruse your aisles of movies frequently and always seem to come out with a winner.



Ok, I guess not always winners. I'm still sorry about License to Wed, Blake.



But I'm not sorry about our most recent viewing of De battre mon coeur s'est arrĂȘtĂ©. It was spectacular. (Find out more on Blake's excellent movie review website)



The time spent in your store is sometimes just as enjoyable as the movies that come out of it. My favorite game to play is to see who has viewed the most movies in a specific area. I usually lose, but I lose at everything, so it's alright.



BB, you also have rekindled an old friendship with Nephi, your steadfast employee. He needs a haircut. Let him know.



Love,

The girl who sang along to your screens playing HSM on Tuesday.