Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I watched the newest Psych episode last night. It was the one where BYU got there mention on the show that they won. The mention: two girls walking into a bar with Y shirts on and then going I buy some beers. Talk about ironic.

It was a good episode and also an interesting development. So go watch it!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

All my gpa dreams are coming true :) not a single C on my report card! Take that hard science classes!

Now to go celebrate... Out to breakfast with my family and then the shark reef!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I'm currently sporting the Frankenstein look.

that big dark spot looks super stitchy up close.

Other than that, today was fantastic. Every year over Christmas break we go and visit some of my dad's patients that don't have a lot of family to be with over the holidays. It is always a really neat experience, but this year was especially touching. We went to go visit one of his patients and assisted living and she was so grateful that we came. She almost started crying. It made me so happy. There are people every day that need attention, love, and maybe even some gifts. and we can reach out to them in the littlest ways. even a hug can mean so much to someone.

it's awesome.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve Eve

who's excited? me!

The last few days have been amazing.

lunch and shopping dates with my mom.

laying around all day because I have no homework to do.

wrapping gifts.

watching movies and playing games with my family every night.

cuddling with my dog.

I always have these silly little realizations. well, you know. The other day my brother asked me to help him put Christmas cards in envelopes. I was headed up to my computer to organize my iTunes library (yeah I have nothing better to do.) and then I thought suddenly that I should really help him with it. So I did for a few minutes. Maybe it wasn't really that important, but I had this thought that I should help him and that my computer would be there later. It was a really cool thing.

I also had a realization that no matter what happens next semester, life is going to be great. and fun. and exciting. and hard sometimes. but it will still be great.

Is it bad that one of my goals this Christmas break is to beat a video game?

Don't worry. I am also doing productive things like reading and making ornaments and do my dismay, cleaning. haha.

Friday, December 16, 2011

remember the reason.

remember the season and echo the reason.

I am so grateful for my personal Savior.

I would be nowhere without his Atonement and the plan of salvation put in place by him and my Heavenly Father.

I am so grateful that he gave his all and came to earth to help me become perfect one day.

Sometimes, I get discouraged and frustrated about the mistakes I have made. that others remember them and see my faults. but then I remember that I have a Savior who has promised that if I repent he will forget all my shortcomings and my faults and help me to become the person I am meant to be.

The gospel really is the greatest blessing of all and I love the joy it brings me.

I just love the inspiration and the peace it brings to my life.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Drama Queen 101

How to be a drama queen brought to you by the biggest drama queen there ever was:

1. moan every two minutes about how much boys suck

2. make every little pain seem like the worst thing ever

3. complain about how you have to do homework while you are doing fun things

4. talk about how your friends just like you for your food, money, etc...

5. mention many times that you are failing your classes, when you are, in fact, at least passing all of them.

6. repeat step 1 every day. several times. even when you have no reason to be doing it. you probably won't have any friends soon because they will be sick of you, but who cares really?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

studying all day

nothing like studying all day to fry your brain.
I'm going to relax a little by cooking up some delicious food
and having a little roommate Christmas party.
and then it is back to the books for me.

Here's what I am making tonight!

coconut chicken with sweet chili sauce

I can already guarantee that mine won't look as delicious as that picture. but hopefully it will taste just as good.

I was just watching this hilarious video my family made based o
n a crazy Tarzan song.

it makes me laugh when I watch the video my family made to this song and it gets me so excited to go home. I love my family.

not to mention beautiful sunny days!

and our huge Christmas tree that is going to look so beautiful.

Monday, December 12, 2011


I am so grateful for the many loving friends that I have.

Katie and Mayra deserve a shoutout for helping me feel a bit more normal :) even though I am still freaking stressed. haha

really though, I am so happy.

Friday, December 9, 2011


Last night, I had the best time ever at Walmart.

we tried pretty much every perfume/cologne they had to offer.

we stared at the candy for hours.

we took our blood pressure.

we laughed and all the "value packs" that weren't actually cheaper.

we smelled every type of candle you could ever imagine.

we looked at all the Christmas decorations.

we laughed at the college girl being pushed in a cart. (weird)

and then we came home and played gamecube. then we tried to break in to the pool and walk on the ice. but we couldn't.

now I have a lot to do. :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

the closing of another semester.

I just realized that I had a lot of cool experiences this semester. Okay, I always do, but I had a chance to get involved in so many things. I had a class with 10 other passionate and smart people studying to be science teachers. I taught 15 of the cutest kids science every week and they love me so much. I met so many new friends that taught me about life and helped me to learn more about myself.

We launched off hot air balloons today in Physical Science 276.
One of the most fun things we have done so far.
too bad they all landed on the roof.

All the kids were getting me to take crazy pictures.
this is Caroline.
She is quite the spunky little girl.
She quotes Kid History and Divine Comedy like crazy.
and it's so cute.

we got to pet turtles in science club.

This is Olivia.
She is a little bit quieter than Caroline.
but clearly still loves to have fun.

we also got to pet a snake.

we all had doughnuts afterward.
definitely the kids' favorite part.
they bought me this donut. so cute.

I got this note from one of the kids.
his mom does host the club, but still.
I love it.

bonus of the day.
my sister came and surprised me with Christmas cookies

Tomorrow is the last day of classes. Joy and happiness :)

Monday, December 5, 2011


um, how do people handle waiting? really? and not knowing if things are going to happen. It's really driving me crazy.

I'm just being a drama queen. typical. and it better stop soon or things are going to be interesting.

The funny part is that was all that was said during fast and testimony meeting. Learn to be patient and wait. Find joy in the journey. I'm going to work on that this week :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

No Shame.

I am always learning new things about life every semester. I think what Heavenly Father is trying to teach me this time around is that it's okay to ask for help when you need it. and it's okay to open up to other people.

I'm usually a pretty closed off person and I don't like to share my feelings. and I NEVER like to ask for help. but this semester I have seen that I feel so much better when I talk to other people about what I am upset about, what I need, or if something is bothering me. It helps so much.

I can't do everything on my own. It has taken me a long time to realize that it is perfectly fine to ask others if you need something. This semester has been pretty stressful with all my teaching hours, and one time I just could not get everything ready for science club that I needed to. (Wednesdays I am ridiculously busy.) I had no clue what to do so finally I just asked my roommate if she could help me prepare the stuff for science club since I would not get it done before class. and of course she said yes! so, it's good to let others know when you need help.

Learning this lesson really parallels with knowing that I cannot do anything without Christ. I have also learned this semester that I need Him in my life. He's the one that I tell everything to and he knows ALL my struggles. I think that Heavenly Father needs me to know that I need to depend on others more because I can't do it alone. It might have worked for awhile, but I will have trials where I will absolutely need the support of others, and most of all I need to depend on my Savior.

Here's a great quote that emphasizes this. It was on my kindness quote of the day calendar and I LOVE it.

"Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth." – George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

need a laugh?

I definitely do. I am so counting down the days until finals are OVER!!!

best part of the movie

The next blog post is going to make you laugh. but I am still working on that.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

science club

One of the best parts of my semester has been science club. Although it has been stressful to plan experiments for every week and try to keep these crazy fun kids paying attention for even a few minutes to learn science, I have so much fun when I am there!

these pictures show us using mentos to make diet coke spray everywhere, shooting off rockets, and learning about scientific observation and inference. We have also learned about surface tension, how quicksand works, and the force of gravity (making parachutes). The kids love to do the experiments, and they also love Bill Nye.

I am definitely going to miss not going next semester!

right now: Thanksgiving preparations are under way. It's going to be so delicious and it's so fun to have my aunt and uncle here. We are also having the missionaries over and apparently they are hilarious. It will be a fun day! Mostly, I have just been doing homework so I could get it out of the way and now I am giving myself some time to relax. I am hoping to hang out with some old friends this week too :)

and maybe get ahead on making flashcards for my last physics test and finals.

I love break!

Friday, November 18, 2011

perfect nights.

Every once in a while you just have one of those nights when life seems so perfect.

I got to cook delicious food.

I went to a dance that seemed lame but in the end I had a blast.

I had girl bonding with Mayra and we got to discuss boys (again) and I got some good advice.

It snowed. and it was gorgeous. and we had a snowball fight at the dance. so fun.

I am going to curl up in my bed and think about how fun tomorrow is going to be.

I am so excited to go home!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

another bites the dust.

yep, another one of my really good friends is engaged.

I can't handle this!

I am so happy for her but it just freaks me out!

needless to say, it made tonight interesting and fun!


I am so busy right now I might just have to fall off the face of the earth.

After that, there will be updates that include all the delicious food I have been making and my new work-out routine. and a freak-out post based on recent events.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I love my roommates because...

We have roommate prayer at night.

We hide creepy plastic rats in each others' drawers.

Katie and I had a fake fight yesterday over whose fault it was that the we blew the power in our apartment.

They are so happy and awesome.

Monday, November 7, 2011


there's nothing so great as falling asleep to your roommate playing guitar. and then you and all your roommates get in bed at 9:30.

or watching the fireside and eating a delicious "dinner" after Fast Sunday with awesome people.

or having weekly cocoa bean trips with your old roommate.

or getting to do lots of fun science experiments in your 276 class.

or starting the morning with exercise before class. and having a work-out buddy to do it with. and walking out to snow falling.

or having a sushi-making date tonight :)

or knowing that you have a book to read for history in 3 days and a physics test that you understand nothing for right around the corner!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

the weekend :)

This weekend was so fantastic! On Friday, I was moving and unpacking all night.

Well, most of the night. First after school, Katie and I made a cake to 212 to say goodbye. with all our little heads on the cake and a field of flowers and a little stream with fish (and sharks?) in it.
Then, we broke out the sparkling cider and celebrated my arrival. what followed was hours of sorting through all the mass chaos in my room.

After a little while, Katie, Sarah, and I went to the creamery for dinner. While we were there, I saw one of my kittens from Aspen Grove! and I was so excited!

Saturday was slightly fantastic as well. Katie and I made breakfast together (biscuits and gravy--I have been craving it hardcore since Aspen Grove is over) and Kristina was there and we all ate a roommate breakfast! It felt weird because I felt like afterwards I would just head back to 212 and go home, so I am still kind of getting used to not living there. let's just say that I go back and visit like 10 times a day. which I am totally okay with.

the rest of the day consisted of reading my history book that I am oh so behind in, playing gamecube with Hay Hay and Ash, napping, reading more of my book-- and then, another date? what? take note that I have beaten my goal of the semester for going on one date. It was a triple-ish date. we went to see a movie, cooked dinner, and played gamecube. oh, and getting shot by marshmallow guns on the way to my apartment and then retaliating with a squirt gun. I had a lot of fun!

The weekend was well-deserved after all the stress and frustration trying to move this week caused on top of all my schoolwork.

Today is Sunday. break the fast at 4:30. Boyd K. Packer at 6 :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I want you all to know that I am crazy and I don't know what I am doing with my life.

okay, that's a lie. I know what I am doing with my life but I am making crazy decisions on the fly.

I always said that if a spot opened up in 214, I would take it. well, one did. and it was in the room Anne was going to be in. so I am trying to switch into that contract today.

besides trying to switch into that contract today, I've got an essay due at five that I have yet to write, two physics homework assignments, and my reading for my temple class. then, I potentially have to move everything out today.

I know I can get it all done... I'm just stressed.

Thankfully I have great roommates that help me when I am stressed and take care of me.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Thomas S. Monson is coming tomorrow for devotional. really short notice but I am stoked. I will be heading to the Marriott Center to wait for a good seat as soon as I am awake and dressed.

I really want to post about all the fun things I did during Halloween, but I have lots of big projects due soon and a test coming up, so who knows if that will ever happen.

Let's just say my costume was awesome and the Harry Potter party was the best part of my weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Can I have yo numba?

I have found a new way to get boy's numbers.

actually, there's really no guarantee that it will work.

basically, it's called get rear-ended by attractive men. and then you get their phone number. plus, you know if they are a good person or not because if they stop to exchange information they obviously care.

by the way, mom, since you are reading this and I didn't tell you yet... yes, I did get rear-ended today. don't worry though. the car is fine :)

also, another reason why I love my Salvadorian roommate... she will listen to Spanish music with me in the car!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I love you mommy, i love you mommy, i love you mommy

Today in elementary school science club, I walked up to one of the girls in the club and asked her how she was doing with the experiment. She told me, "I have just one question."

I asked her what it was.

she said. "so guess. guess. guess guess. Time is running ou-out!"

I knew I had heard this phrase somewhere before. but I couldn't figure out where. Then it clicked. Kid History. She was quoting Kid History and it was the cutest thing ever.

made my day.


I have been up since 5:30 this morning. which was definitely not in the plans. seeing as how I went to bed at 12 and I really don't function well on 5 hours of sleep. whatever. It actually turned out quite nice though... I was able to read my scriptures in the morning and not have to eat breakfast while I was running out the door.

In other news... I am just living for the weekend right now. I am tired of being stressed with all these homework assignments and I am super excited for the fun that will happen this weekend (and the sleep that I will hopefully catch up on.)

Friday night = Harry Potter party. I already know what I am wearing. plus camping in the living room again possibly? :)

Saturday day = going to Tucano's for the first time :)
Saturday night = Halloween party. my costume is also (HOPEFULLY) going to be amazing.

oh, and yeah I have all this homework but it's clearly not important or stressing me out enough because I am just sitting here blogging.

Have a fantastic Wednesday everyone :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

part of my monday :)

my monday was fantastic and full of adventures.

got to hang out with my sister all morning. and miss all my classes.
she's fine (don't worry.)

my mom sent me a cute Halloween package. I love when she does that :)

I am now trying to do homework, but I am so tired.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

on a roll

I have been on a role with my blogging lately! maybe it's just that I don't want to do my homework. (I really don't want to right now.) or that I actually have fun things to blog about.

I am so excited for Halloween :)my pumpkin.
Halloween doughnuts!

this FHE group made newspaper costumes. I love the idea.

We went to go see Harry Potter 7 part 2 in the dollar theatre. I stayed awake the whole time and it was so good. I may have cried a little though. but it was amazing. and made me depressed all over again that Harry Potter was over :(

p.s. speaking of Halloween, my costume is going to be awesome. I just need to find everything I need!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

there's this pretty cool person.

Her name is Katie. and we have been partying it up lately. and I have been having a lot of fun.

Tonight, we watched Harry Potter 7 part 1 in prep for seeing part 2 in the dollar theatre tomorrow.
We are planning an apple party on Saturday.
We are crazy.
She is awesome.

Katie... plus a whole bunch of other people that I don't see much/never see anymore :(

the only homework I did today was a super easy online midterm. and it took me three times as long as I should have. whoops.

I ate way toooo much junk again today. double whoops.

but I exercised for the first time in like two weeks. double yay!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I love life.

I am so truly happy. This is why:

-being grateful for all my blessings
-reminding myself that grades don't define who I am
-feeling my Heavenly Father's love
-having wonderful friends that build me up and bring me joy
-my family
-learning and growing every day

Seriously, I know every other blog post is like this, but it is so great. Sometimes, it's important to just take a break, have some good girl talk, go to a Relief Society activity, and listen to some good music.

I also really miss Aspen Grove. especially working with five year olds all summer. they are just so cool. and hanging out with the trailer girls. and also everyone else up there too. and the beautiful mountains. and swimming in the morning. and not having to do homework. I always want to do other things during the summer, but then I remember how wonderful it is and I just want to go back!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Columbus Day Fun!

eason #95849 why I love my ward... the Columbus day boat sailing tradition. It's great fun and a good way to destress... or procrastinate on your homework.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


If you didn't already know, I have lost my cellphone. I have literally scoured my apartment from top to bottom with no luck. I went everywhere I was last night. I have pulled open every drawer, looked in every aspect of the couch, and other fun places.

I am frustrated. Where could it be?

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I bet my roommate five dollars that I could drink a tablespoon of evaporated milk. I earned five dollars last night.

and gagged because it was so disgusting. Don't drink evaporated milk straight.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


what I did tonight.

Today was quite a stressful day. Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong, did. I was feeling so stressed and I could not stop thinking about everything I had to do. Luckily, I got to go to ward temple night. It was just what I needed.

plus also, my roommate gave me her cupcake from Cocoa Bean cuz she knew I was having a bad day. so sweet. and my other roommate helped me with my prep for the science club because I had no time. I am truly so blessed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

picture overload

The best part about not blogging in months is that I have a lot to say. and a lot of pictures! Junior year has been awesome so far. I've taught chemistry (just tiny 5 minute lessons), gone on a lot of fun trips, and been crazy busy! I love life so much.

my awesome friend at school in Hawaii sent me these
goodies from the islands :) She is so sweet!
watching the Homecoming parade on my birthday. great fun :)

my friend Annette's wedding reception.
It was gorgeous and I can't believe she is married!

birthday presents from my mom :) so cute!
I kind of ran off to California and went to Disneyland
for fun Halloween times and seeing my best friend! It was so great :)

I got too excited because Rapunzel was in the parade.

I love these girls so much. I should just
transfer to Cal Lu.

best friend. we just ate pineapple whips.

Annette's bridal shower. For every bow on her,
she had to get a kiss from her fiance.

birthday flowers from my sweet mom and dad.

Fall is finally coming!

combined birthday party with my roomie :) she's great!

we now have a pet hamster. named Dimitri.

that's about it :) life is great! I will blog again soon... maybe.