Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ToDaY. ToDaY iS tHe DaY!

So tOdAy was the day I have been waiting for since, oh, let's see, wEek OnE in PrOvO. From my very fIrSt CoUpLe WeEkS into EfY, and throughout the wHoLe sUmMeR, I wanted to be a Bc for eFy. My first SiX sEsSsIoNs that I did, I sWoRe that my gOaL was to be a bC in PrOvO ( I mean, not every team gets to carry around wAlKiEs; and some of their cHaSe dOwN sToRiEs.. DaNg!) . It wasn't til the end of the summer when I worked my last tWo WeEkS, which were both in ReXbUrG that my plans changed a bit. That was where I decided I wanted to work as a bC on the ReXbUrG tEaM. The people I met during the tHrEe WeEkS I worked in ReXbUrG have undoubtedly become some of my aBsOlUtE bEsT fRiEnDs! There is no doubt on my mind that I was meant to meet all of them for a reason.

I'm going to go just a little of subject for just a second, but don't even worry! I promise I'll get back! When I was first hired as a CoUnSeLoR, I was never scheduled any weeks in ReXbUrG. I had tWo weeks in PrOvO, OnE in SlC, and tWo in CeDaR cItY. That was it. In fact, when I signed up, I signed up for pretty much everywhere in the WeStErN sTaTeS except for IdAhO cause I really didn't want to work there. At the end of week TwO in PrOvO, JoN and JiLl were telling us in BuSiNeSs MtG that they needed counselors in DiLlOn, MoNtAnA and BoIsE, IdAhO. By then all I wanted to be doing was working EfY. So I signed up.
FoUr DaYs later, I was down in St GeOrGe packing up my stuff, getting ready to move back to OrEm, when I got a PhOnE cAlL from the EfY oFfIcE offering me a week in BoIsE. They had just left a VoIcEmAiL, and I still wasn't sure if I wanted to do it. So I didn't call them back until the next morning after I had talked to my mom. I was definitely going to take it!

By the time I got ahold of them, they said that all the spots in BoIsE were full, but they did have a spot in ReXbUrG they needed to fill; so I took it! Before I knew it, I was riding up to ReXbUrG with HeAtHeR hAnSen and KrIsTiN hUmPhReY. HeAtHeR I had known from my weeks in PrOvO, but KrIsTiN I had only seen, we'd never talked or anything.

That first week in ReXbUrG was a little strange. A new pLaCe, new pEoPle. Total I knew fOuR pEoPlE, and rEcOgNiZeD one other. I just didn't know where from. Aside from HeAtHeR and KrIsTiN, I knew AnDy BrAsHeR and AmBeRlyN HuTcHiNgS. BrEnNoN mOoRe, one of the HeAlTh CoUnSeLoRs, was the one I recognized, but not well enough to ever really talk to. All fIvE of us had worked PrOvO.
I met loads of new people that week, and had a pretty good time; but I was having some major PrOvO withdrawls. Both me and KrIsTiN were. After the FrIdAy NiGhT dAnCe, both of us, who were Co's that week, were doing cOuNsElOr LiNe Up in the parking lot, and all we did was complain about how much better pRoVo was. The next morning we got to know some of the other people on the bC tEaM a little better, but by then it was to late. We were done in rExBuRg.
Obviously GoD knew that I needed to build stronger friendships with the people that were up in ReXbUrG, because FiVe WeEkS and TwO sEsSiOnS later, NaTe WoRtHeN, the CoOrDiNaToR up in ReXbUrG called me up and offered me week SiX! I was eCsTaTiC! Then in the middle of week sIx, he had another spot open up for week SeVeN; the week that KrIsTiN would be coming up for! Could life had been any better? It was during those two weeks that I really started to develop my fRiEnDsHiP with the people who are now some of my greatest friends! BrAdEn GrEeN, sPeNcEr DaHl, KaSeY bUtLeR, RiLeY wOrThEn, AlEx PiZzA, ScOtTy B; none of them had been there the first week I was there. NaTaLiE bLiSs, LyNdI bUcHaNaN, DaNi LeWiS, HeAtHeR tOdD, BrEnNoN mOoRe, NaTe WoRtHen, BrAd BeAuFoRt, SaRa WaLkEr, TiA hAmMoNd, BrYcE eVaNs; they were all there, but I wasn't very good friends with any of them. I knew who they were, and talked to some of them occasionally, but that was about it. And KrIsTiN and HeAtHeR; we would have never been the great friends we are now had we not gone up there together. What if I had never worked in ReXbUrG?? The fOuR mOnThS of my life would have been completely different! This here slideshow, is just a handful of the things I have done with my friends from the BuRg since those last TwO wEeKs. I am so glad I got the chance to rEdEeM myself!

But to get back to where I was originally going with this, on OcToBeR fIrSt I signed up to be a bC in ReXbUrG; a few days later I scheduled my interview, and on NoVeMbEr 7th, mE, AlEx and KrIsTiN went in for our interview. It's been about tWo and a hAlf weeks since then, and today I found out that I didn't make the cut for this year. But ya know what, I really wasn't all that sad about it. I'm actually sUpEr ExCiTeD to be a cOuNsElOr again! I can't wait to have that oNe on OnE with the YoUtH, to get to work with different cO-cOuNsElOrS every week, and to be back at the BuRg with all my fRiEnDs! With all the things I have been hearing about next year, cHaNgEs that are being made, the people who are being hired, there is no doubt that EfY 2o09 is going to one of the gReAtEsT yEaRs YeT!

Monday, November 24, 2008

TaG yOu'rE iT!

Alrighty fOlKs! Here's another one! ChElSeA tagged me, so lets get to it!

8 favorite TV shows:
1- CSI
2- ThE oFfIcE
3- SuRvIvOr
4- The BiGgEsT lOsEr
5-  ER
6- AmAzInG rAcE
7- TrAdInG sPaCeS
8- ExTrEmE mAkEoVeR hOmE eDiTiOn

8 books you’d recommend:
1- The OtHeR sIdE of DaRk
2- TeNnIs ShOeS aMoNg the NePhItEs
3- BoOk of MoRmOn
4- 7 HaBiTs for HiGhLy EfFeCtIvE tEeNs
5- The DiArY of AnNe FrAnK
6- The GiVeR
7- JoUrNaLs
8- do ScRaPbOoKs count? :)

8 things that happened yesterday:
1-I slept in cause I was to sick to go to church :(
2- Watch a movie on Tv about RiTcHiE v something..
3- Had a BbQ bEeF sAnDwIcH my dad made
4- Watched way to many episodes of SuRvIvOr
5- Sat in the warm tUb..
6- Made some ChIcKeN nOoDlE sOuP
7-Took some NyQuIl
8-Sipped some HoT cOCoA

8 things to LOOK FORWARD TO:
2- The end of the SeMeStEr!
3- All my fRiEnDs being home for the HoLiDaYs
4- CiNnAmOn RoAsTeD aLmOnDs :)
5- EfY next sUmMeR
6- Another trip to DiSnEyLaNd
7- The FuTuRe in general!
8-Next SeMeStEr!

8 things on MY WISH list:
1- A nIkOn DiGiTaL cAmErA
2- A pLaNe tIcKeT i could use over and over to aNyWhErE i WaNt
3- WiNtEr ClOtHeS.. I seem to be lacking since moving from sT.gEoRgE
4- To live in an aPt again
5- more get togethers with FaMiLy
6- HaIr DyE! I'm so ready to color again
7- PuRsEs.. PuRsEs and more PuRsEs!
8- More TiMe in the DaY

8 things I LOVE ABOUT Fall:
1- Drives up PrOvO cAnYoN
2- ThE cOlOrS
3- the CoZy FeElInG
4- WaRm DaYs and CoOl NiGhTs
5- HoT cOcOa
6- GeTtInG rEaDy for the HoLiDaYs
7- JuMpInG in LeAveS
8- Spending time with FrIeNdS and FaMiLy

8 people I Tag:
1- MoNiCa BeAdLe
2- TiFfAnY cOrReA
3- JuLiE iVeRsOn
4- KrIsTiN hUmPhReY
5- ErIkA mOuRiTsEn
6- MoRgAn MuLlInEr
7- AmY dAvIs
8- IvY nIeLsEn

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WhErE oN eArTh DiD tHe SeMeStEr Go?!?!

Really? Are we really this close to the end of the sEmEsTeR already?? I don't know what happened, but this semester has fLoWn! Granted there are parts that haven't, but as far as classes and stuff like that, wHaT oN eArTh HaPpEnEd?! And because I'm only in class twice a week, that means I have a grand total of... are you ready for this?? FiVe ScHoOl DaYs left! Then it's FiNaLs WeEk! But can I just tell you about my finals week?? DrAwInG.. nOnE... 2D dEsIgN... nOnE... PhOtO... NoNe... GrApHiC dEsIgN... NoNe... and ArT hIsToRy... yEs.. but she cut off 7 of the 27 slides we have to know, and 1 of 2 essays because our class average went up so much on the second test we took. Basically, I am lOvInG the aRt DePaRtMeNt right now! So all in all, FiNaLs InCluDeD, I have SiX dAyS of sChOoL! ThAnKsGiViNg is in eIgHt DaYs, and the last day of finals at uVu is a month from today!

I swear time goes by faster and faster the older you get.. and I'm only nInEtEeN! 

Monday, November 17, 2008

UnO, dOs, TrEs!

Alrighty TiFf!! :D

3 of my recent favorite purchases:
1. my NeW pHoNe!
2. ChRiStMaS pReSeNtS :)
3. ByU v. UsC wOmEnS sOcCeR tIcKeT

3 favorite movies:
1. TiTaNiC
2. ThE rInG
3. JuSt LiKe HeAvEn

3 things I haven't done yet:
1. my GrApHiC dEsIgN hOmEwOrK
2. FoLdEd My LaUnDrY
3. OrGaNiZeD all my KeEpSaKeS

3 things I can't live without:
1. my FrIeNdS!
2. my PhOnE
3. eFy :) haha

3 of my favorite dishes:
1. BaKeD sPaGhEtTi
2. PoRk BuRrItO from CaFe RiO
3. PoRk SaLaD from CoStA vIdA

3 of my favorite TV shows:
1. CsI (only the VeGaS one.. I don't care for the others)
2. ThE oFfIcE
3. BiGgEsT lOsEr (yes yes my family is addicted)

3 of the last places I've traveled:
1. ReXbUrG
2. ArChEs
3. CaLiFoRnIa

3 of my favorite treats:
1. ChOcOlAtE tRiFlE
2. anything else with BrOwNiEs!
3. ChOcOlAtE :D (a definite ChOcOhOlIc!)

3 things I'd buy if money weren't an issue:
1. a super nice PrOfEsSiOnAl DiGiTaL cAmErA
2. everything i'd need for some SuPeR fUn RoAdTrIpS!
3. a BeAcH hOuSe

3 people I tag:
1. JuLiAnNe MuRdOcH
2. AmY dAvIs
3. AlEx PiZzA

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SpOnTaNeOuS cOulD jUsT bE mY mIdDlE nAmE!

Well since today all I did was work and study for my ever so awesome ArT hIsToRy TeSt (**that was sarcastic for those of you who couldn't tell ;) **), I have officially decided to write about fRiDaY instead!

FrIdAy NoVeMbEr 7, 2o08

I'm not even gonna lie, I feel pretty good about fRiDaY! I got so much done! YaY :) I woke up and immedietely ran the fItTiNg RoOm Key (that I accidentally swiped from wOrK the night before) back to work; then ran to WaLmArT in AF (cause they were the only place that would print my pIcS! It's a LoNg, BoRiNg StOrY), and made it back in time for lUnCh with KrIsTiN and AlEx @ cOsTa ViDa (which is DeLiCiOuS by the way!!) before we all went to our Bc InTeRvIeW. All before 1! 
The only thing we had planned that day was 1)LuNcH before our InTeRvIeW, 2)OuR inTeRvIeW, and 3)Picking up BrAd from the AiRpOrT around mIdNiGhT. That was it. But this is what ended up happening!

1) After our interview we decided to go to StArBuCkS for some HoT cOcOa. It was fReEzInG outside!!!


We were only there for a good hour or so! I guess we are easily entertained by ourselves.. and the other crazy people that go into sTaRbUcKs.. haha 

2) What usually happens when tHrEe GiRlS get together, no boys around?? To the MaLl!

3) Then Alex had to go to her aPt to get ready for a bLiNd DaTe, so we went with her to her place, while mE and KrIsTiN tried to decide what to do. We knew we had to go t o SaLt LaKe to grab BrAd at some point that nIgHt.. and NaTe was up there working for the night.. so wHaT tHe HeCk? Why not hit SaLt LaKe a little early?! We just didn't know what we would do once we got there.. and this is when it gets good!

So we are sitting there in AlEx'S aPt when all of a sudden NaTe calls. We told him we would call when we got up there to come visit him, so why would he be calling now? hmm.. and that is when he tells us that he won some tickets to the JoN mClAuGhLiN cOnCeRt off the RaDiO, and since he had to work he couldn't use them :( Me and KrIsTiN were StOkEd!!! Neither one of us were really familiar with him (I had like two of his songs on my IpOd), but HeCk, it was a FrEe CoNcErT!! Before we knew it, we were headed to SlC!

We just had to figure out how to get the tickets from NaTe, cause we were already running late. He had to go drop a couple of the other tickets off in LeHi, but we wouldn't make it there in time, and he had to get back to work. But that would mean we would have to go all the way to the SaLt PaLaCe and then back to MuRrAy.. what to do..?

That's when the next call came from NaTe. He told us that he had left the tickets with a cAsHiEr at the MaVeRiCk in LeHi. What the rAnDoM?? haha :)

FiNaLlY we were able to get the fReE tickets that NaTe wOn off the rAdIo, from the rAnDoM cAsHiEr, in lItTlE lEhI to the cOnCeRt for a sInGeR we weren't even very familiar with. SpOnTaNeItY at it's best :D

4) The cOnCeRt was AmAzInG! BeNtOn PaUl, the other aRtIsT is always pHeNoMeNaL! I'd seen him before, but had no idea he was playing at this show!  

And JoN mClAuGhLiN.. WoW!! He is AmAzInG!!!  I can't get the video to load, but he is definitely worth watching! ps. one of his songs is in the playlist down at the bottom ;)

        PiCs from the CoNcErT

5) After that, me and KrIsTiN took off to go visit NaTe! We were just goingto say hI and then go to the AiRpOrT, but NaTe just so happened to get off work while we were on our way over, so we were just going to go pick him up and head out! When we got there though, NaTe was nowhere to be found.. and we couldn't get a hold of him... 
We sat in KrIsTiN's car for a little bit, and then decided to go to the other side of the building. While we were parked there, I tried calling NaTe again, but somehow ended up calling my other friend BrEnNoN. **I think i mixed up the SpEeD dIaL** Lets just say I was super confused when he answered! haha. Like 10 seconds after he answered this homeless guy kept telling us to roll down our window.. that thoroughly freaked us out! Two girls.. alone.. in SLC.. after dark.. it was creepy. So I told BrEnNoN, who was bowling with his friends in HaWaIi, to stay on the phone!! (not that he could have done anything anyways.. haha) We were finally able to drive off, and after about ten more minutes we just decided to go in and look for NaTe. Finally we found him and we were off to the AiRpOrT! 

6) First of all you have to understand that when ever me and KrIsTiN are together, we get lost. Every single time! No matter what! So of course we go the wrong way to the airport. We were already late, but luckily NaTe got us turned around and we pulled up right as BrAd came out. PhEw!

7) And then we all decided to go to DeNnY's! Late nights at DeNnY's with fRiEnDs is always crazy! haha. We pulled up and there were 4 cop cars searching some vehicle; we went in anyways. :) They never told us what had happened but our waitress said they have at least one fight there every night! There is always a cop on duty just sitting in their parking lot! Crazy huh?! But we had a lot, a lot of fun!! 

And that there is the end of a FaBuLoUs FrIdAy!

Monday, November 10, 2008

WhElP.. LiFe NeVeR sEeMs To Go As PlAnNeD dOEs It

GoInG bAcK tO...

ThUrSdAy NoV. 6, 2o08  

Earlier in the day, I spent all sorts of time talking to my cOuNsElOr up at UtAh StATe; trying to figure out cLaSsEs, ScHoLaRsHiPs, the PhOtO pRoGrAm, all that fun stuff. But nothing seemed to be working out. If I went up there, that meant aDjUsTiNg to a whole nEw ArT hIsTorY tEaChEr (definitely not something I wanted to do again). The only way I could get a TrAnSfEr ScHoLaRsHiP was if I made the TrAnSfEr in the FaLl (last time I checked, JaNuArY wasn't in the FaLl.. just a hunch..haha). Anf the PhOtO pRoGrAm.. yeah it most definitely sounded more like an ArT hIsToRy MaJoR.. not PhOtO. It had like sIx ArT hIsToRy ClAsSeS and tHrEe PhOtO cLaSsEs! UvU was the opposite; I'm definitely more of a HaNdS oN learner! 
So the decision sounds pretty oBvIoUs right? WrOnG! I still really wanted to go to UtAh StAtE! On top of all the things I already listed, I had no idea where I was going to live, and I would have had to take out a $4,500 lOaN (bAd iDeA)! But I was ready to do it! That is how badly I wanted to go there!  I wanted to go where some of my other friends were; and I wanted it BaD!!! 

Back to ThUrSdAy.. so after a few phone calls with my cOuNsElOr, and some long talks with my MoM; I was not feeling good about UtAh StAtE.. but I didn't know how I was going to tell my friends! Deep down, I knew I couldn't go there, but I couldn't bring myself to believe it. I cOuLd StIlL mAkE iT wOrK, rIGhT?!
By the time I had to go to work, I knew exactly what I had to do. I needed to stay here; and for the most part, I was OkAy with that. I just had one sMaLl pRoBlEm still.. I didn't know how I was going to break the news to my friends. My head was mEsS my whole sHiFt. I knew that as soon as I got off work, I had to call one of my friends to tell him what I'd decided; and as much as I didn't want to break the news, I gave in and dId It. And he said eXaCtLy what I needed to hear! 
The next morning, I told a lot of my other friends, and they all were very supportive. I absolutely LoVe them all! It's amazing to me how things just seem to fall into place. Just when you think you have hit the end of your trail with no where else to go, another one that is even better seems to be laid out right in front of you. I couldn't have asked for things to go any better :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

HoOrAy FoR fIvE dAy WeEkEnDs!!

Ok, so it's been a little while since I posted anything on here. So here are some of the things that went on this week! (I don't have the pictures on my computer yet, but once they are I'll add them too!

To start off the week, my FaMiLy and I (minus DaD :( ) decided to take a SuNdAy DrIvE up PrOvO cAnYoN. I absolutely LoVe FaLl! Especially up here where there are more mOuNtAiNs. St GeOrGe was great, but FaLl up here definitely takes it!

On ThUrSdAy, I spent a good chunk of the day making ChOcOlAtE tRiFlE.  Now I'm not any incredible cook, but this desert is AmAzInG!!!! If you 

haven't ever had it, it's a must! Just click right here for the recipe! And one more thing; it's always a hit!! People who have been there when I've made it before keep begging for more. So this time I made it for a HaLlOwEeN pArTy and it was a hit once more! So for everyone out there, once you've tested this out, let me know what you think!

Later that day, I went up to LoGaN with two of my fRiEnDs, DoNnY and JiLl. Every other ThUrSdAy our friend DrU puts together a DiNnEr for the EfY cOuNsElOrS that are living up there.  We definitely don't go every
 time, but when we do.. LiFe Is GoOd
 :D I got to see a lot of fRiEnDs, and even had time to go visit my old rOoMmAtE eMiLy (which I didn't get to do last time since I didn't do the driving). Even after that, I still had time to go visit one of my sUpEr GoOd fRiEnDs, KrIsTy. 
It was FaBuLoUs :D Then around ElEvEn ThIrTy, we headed back to OrEm. 

Now for HaLlOwEeN!!! Last night was so much fun! TiA came down from ReXbUrG and had an AmAzInG mUrDeR mYsTeRy DiNnEr put together!! She made the whole thing up herself and in was OuTsTaNdInG! We were running through that house! It was such a great night!! 

Other than that, it was a typical work and school week. So all in all, this weekend was an A+!