Countdown to the final book of the Hunger Games!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 9-Something You're Proud of in the Past Few Days

I edited this. I love making things with my hands and being creative.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 8-Short Term Goals for the Month

I am absolutely terrible at making goals and planning things out. In fact, I always have to do things in little increments if I want to get anything done at all.

That being said, the only goals I've made so far this month are:

-Getting registered for classes and applying for financial aid for next semester before Wednesday

-Depositing my check tomorrow so I can pay rent on Wednesday

-Aaaaaaaand knowing all the songs in choir before I have to perform them ha ha ha. Probably a good goal right?

Yep. Look at me go.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 7-Biggest Impact

When I think about what's made the biggest impact on my life, I can't think of just one thing. So I picked three.

First, there's my family. I love all of these people more than life itself. They are my best friends, and it's their love and their examples that inspire me daily. I can't even express how very very grateful I am to know each and every single one of them and how much joy it brings me to think that I can be with them forever. I'm seriously so blessed.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I love it. Nothing shapes my decisions more than knowing that I am a child of God and that He loves me. Looking at life through the Gospel lens shows me a more beautiful world and life than I could ever imagine on my own. I know I would be a different, and much less happy person without the Gospel in my life.
Also, this is a picture of the Manti Temple, which is special in and of itself to me. This is the closest temple to Snow College. My experience at Snow is not something I would ever trade. I learned so much there, and that has nothing to do with the amount of college credits I earned. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for Ephraim and the people I met there.

Last, anyone who's known me well for about the last 5 years knows how much this guy here has affected me. I'm not sure why, he's still one of the weirdest people I know. But he is also one of the most beautiful souls I've ever met. We're not as close as we used to be, but I still refer to him as my best friend when I'm telling people about him. He changed my life when I was in high school because for the first time I felt like I could be myself, and that I was a person worth loving. Life will take us both down different paths, but I'll never forget the kindness he showed me, and I will always be praying for his happiness. Because he deserves it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 6-Favorite Superhero and Why

So, maybe I'm not blogging every day. Kinda like how I decided I would journal every single day this year. Oh man, not happening...

My favorite superhero is Batman. Of course, technically, he's not even "super" hero since he doesn't have any out-of-the ordinary powers--just a lot of money to buy some really sweet high-tech gadgets.

Anyway, at first, the real reason why Batman is my favorite superhero is just that he's plain cool. I mean, seriously, the guy wears a batsuit and swings between buildings every night, taking out bad guys. Really, he kicks as much butt as Superman and he's just a normal human being--well, one trained by ninjas with awesome technology, but still. Bruce Wayne may seem like a wealthy, bitter recluse by day, but at night, he's making life better for the city of Gotham. He has a dark past, but he uses that as his inspiration to make the world better.

I just remember watching Batman on Saturday mornings as a kid, even though I thought it was a boy thing, I still watched it, mostly because my older brother thought it was cool, and if Clayton thought something was cool, then it definitely was. I think that's still true. And now there's no doubt that when it comes to superhero movies, the absolute best one that's ever been made is The Dark Knight. No contest. The writing, the cinematography, the music, the acting (Heath Ledger made himself a legend as The Joker), and let's face it, Christian Bale is a hottie.

I have such a hard time ending these. Years of English classes tell me I should sum this all up and conclude it, but everything I write sounds like a lame conclusion for an English class. Stupid English classes. Why did I never learn to write a cool conclusion?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 5-A picture of a place you've been

This isn't a picture from our trip to DisneyWorld when I was 11, seeing how those pictures were taken pre-digital age, but I have been here and.......We're going there again in December!!! And I'm stoked beyond reason.

Ahh!!! DisneyWorld!!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 4-A Habit I Wish I Didn't Have

There are a lot of habits I wish I didn't have. But one in particular kind of messes with my life a lot, unfortunately. And that is that I am late everywhere to everything. I just have no concept of time, I guess, because I always think I have more time to get places than I do. This morning, for instance, I was meeting with an admissions counselor at BYU, and I had already decided I would work out first, then shower, then get ready to go. I've been out of cereal for the past week or so, so I didn't have to figure breakfast into my plan (which I hate), but even though I woke up just after 8 and my appointment wasn't until 10, I was still booking it in the frigid air with wet hair to BYU today. It was ridiculous. And I was really hoping to make a good impression.
The worst is when you show up late to church, and the bishop stands up at the podium and says how irreverent it is to show up late, and how that means you have no respect, and you know everyone's eyes are on you...and...yeah, it's no good.
I think, psychologically, this stems from the fact that I feel really awkward when I show up early to things, because I just don't know what to do with myself, sometimes. I mean, in some cases, I could socialize...but who really wants to do that, right? So, I end up trying to show up on time, right on the dot, and that never works out.

Maybe I should branch out and try to be social sometime, and then I'd always want to be early. Maybe.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 3-A little late...

So I know it says ONE picture, but I wanted to post a little more. First of all, my very best friends are members of my family, and since there's another post I'm supposed to make later that's another picture of me and my friends, I'm just gonna do friends right now. Of course, some family is still gonna show up... :)

This is a picture of Jessica Hagemeister, Landon Newton and I before we all left home. At this time, these two were my best friends. And whatever has happened between all of us since, I still have a lot of respect for the both of them. Jessica is on her mission in Croatia (which is so awesome), and Landon is at home working so he can go on his mission. I love him dearly. And he knows it ha ha.

These super awesome people are the people I went to San Diego with my freshman year at Snow College. In order, we have Michelle, Jesse, Steve, me, Jon, Angie, Trever, David, and Rachel. Steve, Jon, and David lived underneath me, and that always made me feel safe for some reason, knowing that they were there. They were just that awesome. Jon was one of my best friends, he's a real cool guy. And Jesse has really good taste in music and is one of the most upbeat people I know.

This is me with Kyle and Angie. Where do I even begin with these two? Angie is like the best thing that ever happened to me. She was my roommate at Snow, and I'm sure I would not have had half the good times at Snow that I had if she hadn't been there. We used to stay up super late talking, hang out with the boys, practice for our dance classes--one time we decided to learn some of the dances from Saturday's Warrior. She is happily married these days. Oh man, I miss that girl.

And then there's Kyle. I have so much respect for this guy. No matter what, I always know that if I talk to Kyle, he's gonna make me feel better about my life, because he's always so positive. And he's so fun, and I feel like I can just talk to him about anything. And most of all, he's such a good friend, not just to me, but to his other friends. Such a legit guy.

This was at my sister-in-law Malae's bachelorette party. In order, that's me, Malae, Shyanne (Malae's best friend), Jessica, Rachel, and Alexa. Words cannot describe how much I love Malae and how glad I am that she married my brother. Jessica is my cousin and was my roommate, and she's getting married pretty soon, which will be awesome. Rachel is my sister and I live with her and Alexa. I'm so glad that I'm living with those two girls, because it's basically a party all the time. I'm so grateful for the kind of friend that Alexa is to Rachel--she's the best.

Last, these are the people I've been hanging out with lately. That's me, Marcus, Michael, and Rachel. Marcus is so sweet and funny, and while Michael and I totally butt heads, I'm glad he's dating my sister because he's a really good guy, and he's tons of fun. Even when we're arguing he's kind of fun to argue with. My family is definitely gonna love him when he meets them this weekend.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 2-Blog Name

Ok, so I'm gonna make this one quick. But yeah, my blog is called Reading is Love because I love to read, and it makes me happy, and love makes me happy and so....yeah. I just wanted to write about books I read because I love to analyze them.

Yep. That's it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thirty Day Challenge: Day 1

So my lovely sister-in-law started this on her blog and I thought it would be fun. So, here goes.

Day 1-Recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

Day 2-The meaning behind your blog name

Day 3-A picture of you and your friends

Day 4-A habit that you wish you didn't have

Day 5-A picture of somewhere you've been to

Day 6-Favorite super hero and why

Day 7-A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you

Day 8-Short term goals for this month and when you'll accomplish them

Day 9-Something you're proud of in the past few days

Day 10-Songs you listen to when you're bored, happy, sad, mad, hyped

Day 11-Another picture of you and your friends

Day 12-How you found out about blogger and why you have one

Day 13-A letter to someone who has hurt you recently

Day 14-A picture of you and your family

Day 15-Put your ipod or shuffle on-first 10 songs that play

Day 16-Another picture of yourself

Day 17-Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

Day 18-Plans/dreams/goals you have

Day 19-Nicknames you have and why you have them

Day 20-Someone you see yourself marrying or being with in the future

Day 21-A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 22-What makes you different from everyone else

Day 23-Something you crave for a lot

Day 24-A letter to your parents

Day 25-What I would find in your bag

Day 26-What do you think about your friends

Day 27-Why you are doing this 30 day challenge

Day 28-A picture of you from last year and now how have you changed?

Day 29-In this past month, what have you learned?

Day 30-Your favorite song

So, I know, this is cheesy, but this is the newest thing in my life. His name is Marcus and he's pretty much the most adorable man ever.

Fifteen interesting things about me:

1. I had an extra tooth when I was a kid. It was just a baby tooth and when I lost it, there wasn't a new one in its place. Weird, right?

2. Sometimes, I'm sure I have insomnia because I just cannot fall asleep at night, even when I was younger. My mind is always racing.

3. I have always wanted to travel to London. I'm going to someday. For real.

4. I love to dress up in costumes. Which is why my job at Taylor Maid is perfect for me, because I get to dress up all the time, and not only that, but my costumes are actually legit. I will look for any excuse at all to wear a costume. I don't really know why, it's just really fun to me.

5. I have had 28 different roommates since I moved out of my house. And I can list all their names. Notice how many Amy/Aimees there have been: Angie, Makale, Terra, Jessica, Rachel D, Lauren, Nikki, Amy F, Judith, Destini, Amy, Laramie, Melissa, Aimee, Kendra, Nashelle, Winona, Makayla, Tiffany, Julie, Amy G, Lalitha, Rachelle, Caitlin, Cosette, Kira, Alexa, and my sister Rachel. Just think: that many girls have dealt with my messy tendencies. Well, I take that back because I was a clean freak when I lived with Judith, Destini and Amy.

6. I clean when I'm feeling really anxious and need something productive to do with my hands that doesn't take much thinking. Otherwise, I just don't bother ha ha. Hence why I cleaned so much when I lived in Creekside, because that was just not a good time of my life.

7. I really liked doing theatre when I was younger. I'd like to do more of it, but I don't really have that many opportunities right now. Shows I have done (onstage and backstage) are: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Schoolhouse Rock, Once on This Island, Les Miserables, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Honk!, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Into the Night, Pickle Chiffon Pie, Grease, A Lie of the Mind, and Aladdin. I also wrote two One-Acts and directed one of them. I miss theatre.

8. My favorite animal is a kangaroo.

9. I love Harry Potter. Really I do. It's weird, I know, but I really appreciate a well-structured story that is not only a good story, but can teach you good values. And I love finding themes in those stories, which is kind of what this blog is supposed to be about, if I wasn't such a slacker.

10. I am ridiculously attracted to men with Peter Pan complexes. Probably because I have one too deep down, and I love it when they bring that out in me.

11. I have never broken a bone. Knock on wood.

12. I miss people a lot when they're not in my life anymore. I just get really, really super attached. I blame my parents for being so loving all the time. Even if things didn't end well, I still miss them. Like my two best friends from middle school/high school, Kelsey and Tristan. I'm pretty sure they have no idea that I miss them or that they even still cross my mind.

13. I am a crier. I really cry a lot. Like it's weird for me to get through a whole week without crying at least once, and depending on what's going on in my life, sometimes it's weird to get through a whole day. It's not always because I'm sad, I cry a lot when I'm happy or I see something beautiful. Just whenever I'm filled with a lot of emotion, it all spills out.

14. I love singing! Singing feels as good to me as kissing--which feels really good, or crying--which also, surprising or not, feels really good. It's the same kind of release I feel like. I love it. I love it so much. There will be singing in my house when I get married and have children. It will be music all the time!

15. I hope to be a writer someday. It may even be someday soon. ;) We'll see.

Ok, it's past midnight, but this post is for November 3rd. I will blog again tomorrow. It'll be a great time.