Sunday, December 26, 2010

Momma I'm a Big Girl Now

So I went on my first business trip a couple weekends ago to Cincinnati. I had to get trained in a program my school uses, so I went there for 4 days. I was very nervous, because this was my first time going on an airplane by myself, and I was going to be on my own in a big city. I got on my airplane and to my hotel without any problems, but once I got to my hotel room, I realized that I was completely by myself, starving, and had no idea what I was doing.

So after calling my mom to figure out my itinerary for the next day, I went to the lobby, asked if there was someplace close where I could grab something to eat. She gave me a map, and so I went over to Chipotle. I have been to Chipotle once in my life, and I remember it being pretty good, but it was nothing compared to Cafe Rio/Costa Vida. But I have to admit, their guacamole was da best.
So for the rest of the night, I sat in my big, huge bed eating chips and guacamole, watching my big screen TV. It wasn't too bad.
Oh, and the view from my window was amazing. Just take a look.
The next morning, I woke up at 6:30 (which is 4:30 Utah time) and went to register and eat breakfast. I went sat down at a table with a lady sitting at it. We started talking, and I found out she was a principal at a school in Memphis. Some of her group started to come to breakfast, and joined in on the conversation. We found out that half of us were actually in the same workshop. So out of the hundreds of tables I could've sat at, I ended up sitting by the people who I was going to be working closely with for the next 3 days. I know someone was watching out for me. :)

The workshop was pretty good. It kinda made me feel like a bad teacher sometimes, because I definitely take the easy way out on some things. But I figure this is my first year, so I don't have to do everything perfectly yet.

On Saturday afternoon, I went to the Freedom Center to see the Underground Railroad museum. It was really interesting, and I loved learning more about that time period. One story was absolutely amazing. A man, I think his name was Henry "Box" Brown, was a slave, and to escape, he shipped himself in a box to the north. The box was about 2'x2'x3'. Think about how small of a crate that is. This man was 5'10" and 200 lbs, and it said he was in the crate for roughly 27 hours, and was upside down for much of it. I can't even imagine being in a situation where shipping yourself in a tiny box would seem like a better situation than you're in. It was so amazing to learn more about it.

That night, they had some Christmas fun at the park across from my hotel. They had Santa rappelling from Macy's and fireworks after. It was pouring rain on Saturday, so I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but they still did it. It was so much fun to watch!
On Sunday, after the workshop, I ended up going around with the ladies I met from Memphis. First, let me say, that these ladies were hilarious... and African-American, which makes them even more hilarious. We went on the Holly Jolly Trolley (the only thing that made it Holly Jolly was the fact that they were playing Christmas music and they gave us a mini candy cane when we came on). It took us around the block, so we decided to go around to some stores and do some window shopping. We went to Saks Fifth Avenue ($600 for shoes on sale?) and Tiffany's. It was fun to gawk at the incredible sales prices.

On Monday, we had a morning workshop, and then I headed home! It was a pretty scary experience, but I ended up having a lot more fun than I thought I would. I guess being a grown-up isn't all bad.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm Just a Kid

So lately, I feel like this comic has totally described my life:

I feel like I've been dealing with things that are way beyond my maturity level.

For instance, meeting with a financial consultant to discuss my retirement plan, dealing with a class of 26 eight year olds, or, most recently, this...


I was driving home from work, and it was one of the longest days ever. I had to take the long way home because of a traffic accident. I was driving along, and before I knew it, the car in front of me stopped, so I slammed on my breaks, and sighed a breath of relief because I barely missed hitting that car. But just when I thought all was well, I felt a big THUD on my car, and the result is pictured above.

Luckily, his insurance agency got a hold of me the next day, and I got my car in for the repairs just a couple of days later. I'm driving around a rental car right now until my other car is fixed. I consider myself very lucky that only my car got hurt, and that it has been so smooth working out my repairs.

Sometimes I wish that I could go back to my life a few years ago when I had a lot less responsibility, but then I look at how much money I have, and I guess there are some perks to being an adult.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

As most of you know, the most-anticipated day of my year is only 4 days away.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is coming out.

So to celebrate, my family had a Harry Potter day today. We had a Harry Potter feast, a Harry Potter movie marathon (we made it through the 4th movie), and read Harry Potter 7 in preparation for Friday.

For dinner, we wanted to make Harry Potter food, so I found this website that listed every food that they ate in the books. So our main course was pork chops, roast potatoes, peas, biscuits, and, of course, butterbeer (which they ate at Hogwarts).

For our appetizer, we had french onion soup, because Kreacher makes that dish for Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the 7th book.

And for dessert, we ate trifle.

I was in charge of making the butterbeer. I found a recipe online that looked good, so we decided to try it. I ran into a few bumps along the way, like not having vanilla extract or a candy thermometer, but I had good substitutions.
(If you can't tell, it's a meat thermometer.)

It took kind of a long time to make, but it was sooooo worth it. The butterbeer was very delicious.



It was a very fun day full of Harry, Ron, Hermione, good food and drinks, and family. And I will definitely update you on how the 7th movie is. I can't wait!

Here's the recipe for you to try:

Butterbeer

Time to make: 1 hour

Servings: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy cream (divided into 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
  • Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda
Directions:

Step 1: In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar and water. Over Medium heat, bring to a gentle boil, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240F on a candy thermometer.

Step 2: Stir in the butter, cider vinegar, and 1/2 cup of the heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice (to taste). Place in refrigerator until cool.

Step 4: In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until thickened.

To Serve: divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, and then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How Do You Sleep?

The answer is not enough.

I'm tired, unmotivated, and ready for a break.

All I want is to sleep in and have my class be good for just one day.

Is that too much to ask?

Oh, and this made me smile.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ABC, Easy as 123

Okay, it's ridiculous how long it's been since I've last posted, but I have good reasons:

1) My laptop broke. Yes, I do have a desktop at home, but it just feels weird blogging on a different computer than my laptop. So, thanks to my brother's friend, I have a fully functioning laptop that I can now blog on.

2) I got a teaching job. Which means the only free time I have goes to sleeping and reading books.

So this year, I thought I would be substitute teaching. I had tried getting teaching jobs, but it was super hard, and I was not having any luck. So I signed up for substitute teaching, and told myself it was going to be great.

Well, it wasn't. Substituting is hard. I have to orient myself with the classroom and a full-day's worth of lessons in a half hour, then teach these kids I've never met before, who don't even care about following my directions. Every day I substituted I just wished for my own classroom.

Well, I had a few opportunities to try for a teaching job after school had started. The thought of trying to set up a classroom and catching up on teaching these kids at the same time made me want to throw up. So I immediately turned them down.

Then, I get a text from one of my good friends from BYU saying that there was a 2nd grade opening at her school, and she wanted to know if I wanted her to recommend me for the job. And for some odd reason, I heard myself saying yes.

I'm not sure what I was thinking, but it just felt right.

So that Monday I sent in my resume, Tuesday they called me for an interview, Wednesday I went to the school to teach a lesson and interview, Wednesday evening they told me I got the job, and Thursday I was in the classroom shadowing the teacher.

I had two days of shadowing and then the classroom was mine. Let me tell you, that first week was hard. It was hard getting the students to realize that I was now the teacher, and it didn't matter how Mrs. Norris used to do things.

It was hard to learn all of the different programs our school uses, and what they were supposed to look like in my classroom.

It was hard getting to know what worked and what didn't work for managing specific kids in my class.

But I was definitely blessed with some cuties in my class that made the past several weeks easy, and even sometimes fun. :)

This past week has been hard and upsetting, what with some parental issues, but it has also showed me that the principal I work for is very supportive and so are the other teachers. Some days I daydream about substituting, and being able to go home without worrying about my class. But I really am grateful for this job, and I have some great students in my class that make it worth coming to school every day.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Naaaa Hemeshnaaa Hababeesheebobo

The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies, and it has been for most of my life. I love the music, the characters, the story, everything about it.
So of course one of my dreams was to see the Broadway Lion King.

Well, for Christmas last year, that dream came true. My aunt got me, my mom, Heidi, Ian, and my cousins tickets to see the Lion King.

I don't know if I have ever been so excited.

I had to wait 8 long months, and believe me, I was thinking about it frequently.
Finally, August came, and it was time.
Heidi and I decided to make awesome Lion King shirts, which, let me tell you, were a pain to make, but they turned out cute anyway.

So we went to Salt Lake and I was so excited, I could hardly handle it.

Then, the play started. The curtains started to raise, and the first note of "Circle of Life" started. It was just Rafiki onstage, and there was fog all around.
I had goosebumps all over my body. Seriously, "Circle of Life" is a powerful song, and when it's being sung live, it's even more amazing.

Then, the classic red sun that is in Lion King begins to rise, and all the animals start coming out, and they are seriously the most amazing costumes I've ever seen. There are giraffes that are people walking on 4 stilts, and there's a life-size elephant the walks up onto the stage.

Then Pride Rock comes out with Mufasa, Sarabi, and Rafiki with baby Simba, and as Rafiki lifts Simba into the air, I'm on the verge of tears.

The rest of the play did not disappoint. Timon and Pumbaa have been my favorite Disney characters since I was little, and when they came out, I just wanted to run onstage and give them a hug. They were perfect, and they're costumes were awesome.

Other high points were the songs "He Lives in You", "Shadowlands", "Endless Night", the wildebeest stampede, and when Simba became king.
It was definitely the best play I've ever seen, and probably the best Christmas present I've ever received.

Thanks again, Sue!

Monday, August 16, 2010

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

Don't you just love it when you've been planning something for weeks, and it turns out completely different than you expected? :)

That was my week a couple weeks ago.
But let me start from the beginning.

Heather and I always go on some sort of trip each summer. We've been to California, Denver, Jackson Hole, Mexico, and Las Vegas, just to name a few.

This year we were planning on going to Montana to visit some friends, but due to scheduling conflicts, ended up not being able to go. So instead, we thought it would be awesome to go to Moab. Heather had never been to Arches, and I had only been once. We both love camping and hiking, so it seemed like the perfect trip.

We were planning to go Wednesday through Saturday. The day before, we realized it might be better to go Thursday, because we weren't going to leave until later on Wednesday. Through a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, we decided to go on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Heather woke up feeling sick.
Uh oh, not a good sign.

We still planned on going Thursday, hoping for the best. So I packed, and went to bed, ready for our adventure the next day. I wake up to a text from Heather asking me if I'm awake. She calls me, sounding even more sick, and we decide not to go. So instead of just making it a boring day, Heidi and I pack up all of our movies and games and head over to the Boogert's. Heather, Bryn, Heidi, and I spent the day watching Princess and the Frog, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and 27 Dresses, and playing Disney Trivia, while eating some of our camping snacks. It ended up being a great day. :)

So we decide to go on Friday with a few additional guests (my mom, Julie, and Meika), and we hoped Heather would be feeling good enough to go. We ended up going at 12:00 so my mom could go. We pack up (which was no easy feat), and get on the road, thinking life was great.

Twenty minutes from Price, the Excursion breaks down. Luckily, we get a hold of Kent, and he comes to save the day, except for the fact that he's in Provo, and needs to get the part for the car. So we're stuck on the side of the road for 2 hours.

But we make the best of it by playing games and eating PB&Js.Kent comes and fixes the car in 10 minutes, and then we have to make a decision. Do we still want to go to Moab? We have to leave by 1:00 the next day, so it would be a really short trip. We decide it would be worth it and go.

As we're driving to Moab, it's raining off and on, and by the time we get there, the clouds are dark and hanging low, so it looked like the chance of rain was 100%. This is where we wondered if we should just stay in a motel for the night.

We decided to just chance it. So we find our campsite (which was beautiful by the way) and get started cooking dinner and setting up the tent. Only there's one problem. The tent we brought is practically ancient and you have to put metal rods together with the same color sticker, and we have no idea how to set it up. So we put our heads together, and just started experimenting. Finally, with Bryn, Heidi, and my good pole-holding skills, and Heather's good logical-thinking skills, we had an 8-man tent all put together.



Then we sat around our "campfire", which was really just coals, and talked and played games until our food was ready. And let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS. We had cowboy 'taters, with chicken and peach cobbler. Yum.

While we were sitting around, we looked up at the sky and noticed the many stars.

Wait, stars? That means there are no clouds.
No clouds means no rain.

That's right folks, it did NOT rain, even though it looked like those little droplets were inevitable.

So we went to bed, and we decided to wake up really early the next morning so we could have plenty of time to hike. So I set my alarm on my phone for 5:45 and we were deciding which alarm ringtone to wake up to. I was scrolling through and I find one called "Shiny Day" and thought, "This would be an awesome song to wake up to." We start playing it, and believe me, it was awesome. I made the suggestion that when we wake up, we should start dancing to it. Everyone agreed, but I didn't think anyone was going to be dancing at 5:45 in the morning.
So everyone settled down to go to sleep while Heidi, Bryn, Heather, and I played with glow sticks for an hour.

In the morning, my phone went off to the awesome song. I immediately sat up to start dancing, and I look around, and everyone else in the tent also was dancing. It was the most awesome sight I have ever seen. And it definitely did help me wake up.
This is an example of what it looked like (although when it actually happened we were in our sleeping bags in our tent).


So we got up, ate breakfast, and took down camp. We all really wanted to hike to Delicate Arch, so that's where we headed. I had only been to Arches once before in my life, and let me tell you, it is beautiful. If you've never been there before, it is somewhere you should go before you die.So I've had this dream of getting a jumping picture under the arch. So once we got to the top, I shared my dream with the others, and they all thought it was a great idea. But here's the problem with jumping pictures: You all have to be very coordinated with jumping, plus you need a good photographer who knows exactly when to take the picture.

So that means +10 tries with no successful results.

In almost every picture we have half of us jumping with the other half on the ground. Other people wanted to get pictures under the arch, so we decided to give it a break. Well, Meika was taking a picture for one family, and the guy said that he got a picture of us all in the air, and he'd email her the picture. It was awesome. I just love that he was supporting us in our "jump in the air picture" cause.

After we hiked delicate arch, we were all pretty tired from getting up so early, so we drove around Arches for a while, and then drove home. We had a good time sleeping, eating, and playing the question game with each other.

All in all, it was a great vacation.
Not what I was expecting, but great all the same.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Da Daa Da Da Daa Da Daaa Daaa

Today, I would like to wish a very happy birthday to one of my favorite boys in the entire world.

I met him when I was in fifth grade, on Christmas Day in fact, and we've been close ever since.

I remember when I first met him, I was a little unsure about it, but in less than 2 minutes, I knew we were going to be together forever.

Over these past ten years, we have grown closer and closer and closer. We've laughed together and cried together. I've been there through all of his struggles, and he has supported me through mine.

I haven't seen him in a while, but we do have a date on November 19th that I've been looking forward to for a very long time.

Now, let's see if I can find a good picture of us together...






Ah, there we go.

Harry, happy 30th.
I love you, man.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Let's Get Physical

I have recently decided that I need to be more healthy. I have been lazier than normal this summer, and I have now decided that I need to take better care of myself (and maybe lose a few pounds while I'm at it.)

Now, I don't believe in totally getting rid of soda and candy out of my diet. I mean, if I am going to make it through a hard day, I'm not going to be doing it without a Diet Coke and some M&Ms. So I'm taking small steps. I am going to make one healthy goal, and then add a new healthy goal each week, and eventually I will be the healthiest person on the planet.

Okay, not really.

And every day that I complete my goals, I am going to reward myself. My current reward is a Diet Coke, but that's not very healthy so I may have to rethink this.

My goal this week is to exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week. I am doing things like running, biking, pilates, and hiking. If I do the same thing each day I end up getting bored in about 3 weeks and quitting, so variety is the key, my friends.

Well, wish me luck. I'm gonna need it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I Went to the Doctor and the Doctor Said...

Last Monday I had an appointment at the doctor to see what they were going to do to fix my brain.

So I printed off a million pages of paperwork and spent about an hour filling them out.

I went to the doctor, and had to wait in the waiting room for about 30 or 40 minutes.

Then I got to see the doctor. (Which actually wasn't even really the doctor. He was the nurse practitioner. The real doctor was out of town.)

He asked me all of these questions that I already filled out 6 times on the paperwork, then told me he thought it would be best not to do anything, but he wants to check with the doctor to make sure that is the best decision.

Thank you doctor's office for making me spend time and money on that decision.




(By the way, he called back. I'm going to get an MRI the last week of July, just to make sure things are looking okay. That's the brain update for now.)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Here are the things I'm loving right now:

1) Harry Potter 7.

AAAAAA!!!! I can't even think about it without getting butterflies in my stomach and tears in my eyes. I mean, look at this poster:

How can that not give you chills?
I mean, Hogwarts is on fire.

Only 135 more days.

2) Reading

This summer I have been able to catch up on A LOT of reading. Basically everything I wanted to read the last three years of college, and never had time for.
Plus, I just found out the book I've been waiting for at the library has just come in. I don't even know why I'm writing this blog and not at the library devouring it.

3) Arrested Development

I've been watching it almost every night before I go to bed, and this is one of the few TV shows that makes me laugh out loud. Hard.

Seriously, Gob is one of my favorite characters of all time.
4) Family Time

With this weekend being Independence Day weekend, I was lucky enough to spend time with both the Case and the Scott families. I had so much fun this weekend, and I really am blessed with such great family.

One of my favorite things I did this weekend was go through pictures from my Grandma and Grandpa's house. It was so much fun to go through all of these old pictures and just laugh with my mom and aunts.

I just love that I can have a good time and laugh my head off with my family whether we're going to the farmer's market, laying on a blanket playing Don't Eat Pete, going swimming in my aunt's pool, eating gigantic cupcakes, or just sitting around coming up with clues for my mom's Beehive activity.

5) The 3rd Glee soundtrack and "Battlefield" by Jordin Sparks

I got a free iTunes gift card, and these are what I bought. I love both of them with all my heart.

I mean, the part where Jordin sings,
"You better go and get your armor."
Aaa, chills.

Anyway, I'm going to go to the library and get me some books.

Happy reading. :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Do the Hospital Bed Crawl

To start out with, if you know the song that my post title belongs to, good for you. Give yourself a pat on the back.

If you don't, check out The Hush Sound. They're a great band.


Wow. If this past week has taught me anything, it is that life is full of surprises, and you never know what is going to come next.

Before we get into the actual story, I'll take you to a couple of days before all of the exciting stuff happened. I was reading in my scriptures in Mosiah 23: 20-22. Here's what it says:

And it came to pass that they did multiply and prosper exceedingly in the land of Helam...
...Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day. Yea, and thus it was with this people.

After I read that, I compared that to my life. I had been pretty stressed out lately thinking about jobs and being a teacher, but had really turned to the Lord to help me. I felt some peace in my life again, and as I read that, I wondered if I was given a trial if I would react the same way as these people did.

Well, I guess Heavenly Father was wondering the same thing.

On Wednesday, I woke up with an awful headache. I had a migraine about a year and a half ago, and I thought that's what this was. I took some Excedrin, but 30 minutes later it hadn't gone away. I called my mom, and she told me to take some prescription migraine medicine, which made my migraine go away last time. I took it, and it still didn't help. My head was hurting so bad that I just couldn't handle it.

So my mom came home early from work and took me to the doctor. Of course, by the time we got to the doctor my head was hurting less than it had all day. Well, the doctor did some tests, gave me a shot, and my headache was going away. I was extremely happy, and she gave us another shot just in case.

So I went home, and took a nap. Two hours later I woke up with my headache back with full force. My mom gave me the other shot, but it didn't do anything. Now it was time for the hospital.

When we got to the hospital, they put me on an IV (which I hate, it was almost worse than the headache) and gave me some medicine to make my headache go away. I started feeling a lot better. They told me I should also have a CT scan, just in case.

So they whisked me down the hall and gave me a CT scan, and then we had to wait for the results. This was the worst part of the hospital. My IV was bugging me to death, and the medicine they gave me was making me feel completely uncomfortable. Finally, the doctor came back and told us the news. They found something in my brain. Because it was a CT scan, they couldn't be sure about what it was, but he mentioned a few things it could be and one of them was a tumor.

Now, I should have felt scared to death right now. I could possibly have a brain tumor. But I was strangely calm. At the time I thought it might have been because of the drugs, but looking back, it was definitely Heavenly Father comforting me. I felt totally at peace, and I knew everything was going to be okay.

Well, then he said they were going to ship me off to Utah Valley Hospital to have an MRI. And he said they had to take me in an ambulance.

The ambulance came, and by now, I was feeling completely fine, which made for an awkward ride. They had to wheel me out in a stretcher, and I had to just lay there in the back with two guys who were about my age for fifteen minutes. I felt a little dumb.

Anyway, so I finally got to Utah Valley, and they wheeled me inside (and almost dropped me coming out of the ambulance). They took me into the ER, and I had to do some more waiting. While we were waiting for me to get the MRI, Richie and Jason came and gave me a blessing. It was awesome, and I'm so thankful for the priesthood. It was very comforting, and although it didn't say that this trial would all be taken away, it just gave me peace, and I knew that I was going to be okay, no matter what happened.

They finally took me to do the MRI, and it really wasn't too bad. I just closed my eyes the whole time, and it was fine. No claustrophobia here.

Well, I came back to the hospital room, and we waited again for the results. My doctor came in, and told us he had relatively good news. (What does that mean, anyway? Relatively good news? Is it good or bad? I mean, come on.) Anyway, he said I have something called AVM. (I don't remember what it stands for. You can look it up if you want.) But what it is is that I have veins and arteries in my brain that have formed a clump. It started bleeding, which is what caused the headache.

So they sent me home, and on Friday I was scheduled for an angiogram. This is where they go through my femoral artery in my leg and shoot dye into my arteries/veins in my brain so they can see it more clearly.

The part that I was most nervous about was the IV. But I had a great nurse and the IV felt fine. Much better than the first time. They gave me some anti-anxiety drugs and pain killers, and then they cut my artery open. They couldn't put me completely asleep, because when they took the pictures I had to stay completely still.


It took about an hour for the procedure and then I had to stay 2 more hours keeping my leg completely straight so my leg didn't start bleeding or anything. Everything went perfectly.

So now I have an appointment for July 12th to talk with the doctor about what we're going to do to fix it, and I've just been being lazy with a sore leg.

I just wanted to say thanks for all the visits, emails, facebooks, phone calls, and texts. I have some great family and friends in my life. :)

Now I'm feeling great, and my head hasn't bothered me since Wednesday, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
As in the words of Hagrid, "What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Money, Money, Money, Must be Funny in a Rich Man's World

First order of business:

Toy Story 3 is great. I loved it. And yes, I shed a tear. Everyone should see it.

Second order of business:

Everyone should watch the trailer for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Pay close attention to the one second where William Moseley is in it. Ah, he melts my heart.

Okay, now on to the main part of my post. This past month I have been laying around my house, reading lots of books, scrapbooking, watching the Bachelorette, and basically just laying around. It's been fun, but I've also felt a little useless. I had been looking for jobs, but not actively. Just this past week I realized if I don't get a job soon, I'm going to have no money in the fall, which means I won't be able to move out, and might not be able to make my car payments.

So this week I have been job searching like no other. I think I've applied for 10+ jobs in the past two days. I swear, if I have to write down my previous jobs and references one more time I might go insane.

I've applied to places from Subway, to a corn stand, to a yogurt shop, and seriously, if a college graduate can't get a job at one of these places, then where can I get a job?

So if anyone knows of some place that is hiring, or can give me a good word anywhere, it would be much appreciated.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

You've Got Me Hypnotized, So Mesmerized

Today I met David Archuleta.


He did a book signing at the Orem Deseret Book, and so naturally, Heidi and I were there. The signing started at 12:00. Heidi and I knew there were going to be a lot of people there, so we got there at 8:00.

Yup, 4 hours early.
When we arrived, there were already about 50 people in line, but it wasn't too bad. For the next four hours, we finished the books that we were reading, started reading David Archuleta's book, played cards, listened to the iPod, ate $1.00 cinnamon rolls and BYU chocolate milk, and baked in the sun.
Surprisingly enough, the 4 hours passed super quickly. It seemed like we were only out there for an hour.

The Deseret Book workers started coming around, telling us some rules about the signing. They were passing around post-it notes, where you had to write your name and stick it in your book so David could quickly sign it. They also said that he could only sign one name in the book.

Problem.
Heidi and I only bought one book. Our first thought was to just put both of our names on the post-it, and let him choose which name to write.

But then we came up with the plan of all plans. We should combine our names to make one name. Of course. It was perfect.
So we wrote down Heidijen on the post-it.
David finally came out and sang a couple of songs for us. First, he sang "Crush" and accompanied himself on the piano. Let me tell you, it was beautiful. Just watch for yourself.

Told you.

Then he sang an a cappella version of "Lean on Me" which was also beautiful.So then he goes inside, the Deseret Book workers tell us a few more rules (no photography - psh) and we get to go in.

This is when Heidi and I realize we have no idea what we're going to say when we meet him. We decided that we were for sure going to introduce ourselves by saying "Hi, I'm Heidi," and "Hi, I'm Jen." We figured this would probably sort out any confusion he had with the post-it note. Heidi really wanted to tell him she likes singing too, and I just wanted to get a good picture of him. Don't worry, I did.

The groups ahead of us were having normal conversations with David, so I wasn't too nervous about it being awkward or anything when it was our turn. We finally get up to the table, and hand him the book. We both say "Hi," and he takes a look at the post-it, and says, "Heidijen?"

We couldn't help it. Heidi and I just started laughing. At this point, I'm sure he thought we were crazy.

He started writing our name, and then asked us, "What's so funny?"

I don't know what happened. My brain shut off. All common sense left me. It was like something took over my body.

Instead of saying something normal, like, "Oh, we're just really excited to see you." We said something abnormal: "They told us you could only write one name in the book, so we decided to combine our names to make Heidijen." All the meanwhile David is looking at us like we were lunatics. His response? "...okay."

What was really awkward was that he didn't know about the 1 name rule. Meaning, we could have written Heidi and Jen and he would have signed it like that. Also meaning, he thought we were crazy.

It hit us how weird we sounded, so we took our book, said "Thanks," and got out of that store as fast as humanly possible. We couldn't stop laughing. We had waited for 4 hours to embarrass ourselves in front of David Archuleta for 30 seconds.

The best part, though, was that we had told him we combined our names before he actually wrote our name down.

But he still wrote Heidijen.

So, was meeting David Archuleta what I thought it would be?

No. It was not.

Would I change it?

Not for anything. It was absolutely perfect.

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's a Party in the U.S.A.

I can't wait for this movie:





I can't wait for this place:




And I can't wait for this book:



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet

One of my all-time favorite things to do is go to movies.yahoo.com and watch new previews. It's fantastic.

So this morning I went to go look at the new trailers, and there was one called 8: The Mormon Proposition. (At least I think that's what it was called.) I wasn't sure if I should watch it, because I knew it would probably just make me angry, but I watched it anyway.

It was awful. It was all about how Mormons hate homosexuals and blah blah blah. They totally and completely misconstrued Latter-Day Saints to make us seem positively evil.

But the absolute worst part was when they attacked President Thomas S. Monson. They took quotes from talks completely out of context and make him seem like a villain. It broke my heart. I loved President Monson so much. I have no doubt he is a Prophet of God and that he receives divine revelation for our church. He is an absolutely amazing man, and I am truly grateful for what he does for our church.

Watching this made me feel angry, hurt, and a little bit discouraged. Here's just one more thing to make people judge the church. I felt like I couldn't do anything about it, and that Satan is going to just keep getting into the hearts of more and more people. So, I went to the scriptures. I just started reading in Mosiah, where King Noah is ruling over the people. Because of this king, his people become more and more wicked. But then Abinadi comes. He's just one man, but he still comes to preach to all of these people. It seems a little hopeless, right? But it's not, because he has the Lord on his side. And when you are on the Lord's side, you are always going to be on the winning team. Reading this helped me feel loads better, and it helped me remember to keep having faith, and keep doing what I need to do to stay on the Lord's side. That's how we can overcome evil. We need to stay strong, and spread His gospel to as many people as we can. We need to keep listening to the Prophet, and support him in his divine calling.

Heavenly Father is in control of everything, and it will work out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pomp and Circumstance

I'm graduating.

It's weird. I'm excited, but at the same time, there's nothing I would like to do more than stay in college. I know, I'm a lunatic, but I love college. (Now, I might be saying this just because I'm not worrying about finals right now.) But I love being on campus and going to classes and seeing my friends every day. It's fantastic.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have taken more "fun" classes, and not focused so much on the classes I needed, but then I realized, just because I'm done with classes doesn't mean I have to be done with learning new things. I can still take classes, even if they aren't college classes.

So my new goal is to take at least one class each year, starting this year with cake decorating. I'm excited.

I'm picking up my cap and gown tomorrow. Wowza.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Wish That This Was The Day After Today

So I have to tell you about today.

Every night I set my alarm clock, and I usually can't go to sleep until I double check that I've set my clock to the right time. I also have an internal alarm clock, and I wake up before my alarm even goes off, so I usually don't have a problem with waking up late.

Except for today.

I woke myself up, as usual, and checked the clock, expecting it to be about 6:00, so I'd have time to sleep in a few more minutes. I look at the clock, and it says 7:21.

I have to be at school at 7:30.

It took me a few minutes to realize the situation I'm in, but then I jump out of bed and start throwing some clothes on. I put mascara, shoes, and deodorant on simultaneously, grab my bag and run out the door without making a lunch. Thank heavens it was pizza day at school today.

I got to school at 7:35. I know, I'm good, right? :)

Needless to say, I was completely scatterbrained all day, and I'm still not sure if my lessons even made sense. After school, I went to the store to get treats for my class tomorrow, then I went home and started thinking of an art project to do tomorrow. I finally come up with one, and I figure I need to do a model, but I don't have crayons, which is a vital part of the project. I also don't have an iron; another vital part. Also, I have to turn in a portfolio tomorrow, and realize I don't have a folder to put it in. So I go back to the store to get crayons and a folder, and give my home teachers a call to see if they have an iron.

I get home and start putting together my portfolio on the computer, go to print it, and realize I am out of printer paper. I have to turn my portfolio in tomorrow at 5:00, I get out of school at 4:00, so there's no way I can get paper and print it tomorrow.

So I'm back at the store. Again.

By this time, I am tired and annoyed. I print out my portfolio, my home teacher comes by with the iron (home teachers are the greatest), and I start working on the art project. It's not turning out the way I want it to, and I realize it's because in the past I have done it on tissue paper. And guess what? I don't have any tissue paper.

So I go to the store for the fourth time in one day.

I leave my apartment, and lock my door, just to realize that I left my keys inside, both for my car and the house. So I have to climb through my roommate's window in the pitch black. Now I go to the store, and I'm pretty sure I have a sliver in my bum.

I finally come home, get my pajamas on, turn on High School Musical 3, and work on the art project. It still isn't working out the way I want it to, but by this point, I'm beyond caring. Plus, Zac Efron has definitely released some of my stress.

So then I decide to blog about my day. So I type this huge long post, and as I'm going to read through it again, I accidentally delete it, and that's when it decides to autosave. So I had to write this entire post again.

Now it's 12:30, and I'm going to bed.

Oh, and did I mention tomorrow is my last day of student teaching? I thought this day would never come.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

That one? But you've read it twice!

I love reading.

I love getting caught up in stories, meeting interesting characters, and seeing a complicated story line slowly unfold itself. I love crying and laughing in books, and forgetting about the world around me whether it be for two minutes, two hours, or two days. :)

Lately, all I have been wanting to do is read. Seriously, my one wish right now (besides going on a road trip, which I have had an insane craving for lately) would be to go to the library, pick out a bunch of new books I haven't read, and spend the entire day in a comfy chair reading away my worries. In my brother's Aeropostale sweats.

But I can't. Because I'm still in college. I have a pile of lesson plans to do, as well as applying for jobs and such.

But what is great about teaching is I can share my love of books with my students. Currently, we are reading Fablehaven. Today, I was reading it to the class, and I just have to tell you about my experience.

Now, my class is generally well-behaved. But, like most elementary classes, they can get out of hand. Today wasn't too bad, but near the end of the day I had a hard time keeping their attention for more than a few minutes. So, for the last ten minutes of school, I pulled out Fablehaven and started reading. Some of the kids were restless in the beginning, doodling or writing, and squirming in their seats. But as I continued reading, they slowly stopped squirming and started listening, until the entire class was totally transfixed on the story. Twenty-three students were absolutely silent for the rest of the class period, totally engaged in what I was saying.

It was so incredibly cute. I would look up from my reading to see 23 pairs of wide eyes staring at me, just eating up every word coming out of my mouth. Seriously, I don't think I've ever had a lesson where I have had every student's attention, but this book did it in less than five minutes. This author created a story that could get these class full of 9 year-olds to be totally glued to every word I say.

Like I said before,

I love reading.

Friday, February 26, 2010

I Gotta Get My, Get My Head in the Game

I have a lot going through my head right now. So I'm just going to spill it all out. Here it goes...

The Teacher Work Sample is awful. It is the most time-consuming assignment ever created, yet I don't have very much motivation to do it. I can't get myself to realize that it is due in three days, and I still have lots to do on it. I love being with my family, cousins, aunts, and uncles. I have the greatest family in the entire world, and I would love to spend every second with them. It also makes me miss my grandma and grandpa. A lot. I wish I was a little bit more outgoing, and that I would go out on more dates. I'm tired of not getting asked out, yet I don't really know how to change that. I am who I am, and hopefully someday I'll find a guy who appreciates that. I am so happy to be done with 6th grade, but I'm going to miss my kids so much. I love good hugs. I'm really nervous to go to a new class, but it feels refreshing to be able to just start all over. I'm scared not knowing where I'm going to be next year. Finding a job is not going to be easy, and I'm not looking forward to going through the job-hunting process. I wish I had time to read more. Sometimes I wish I could stay in college another two years. I love college. I love being on campus, the huge crowds, going to class, even... dare I say it... the testing center and the anxiety you feel as you're walking down the stairs to look at your grade on the screen.

Oh, and did I mention I hate the Teacher Work Sample?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I'm So Excited. I Just Can't Hide It.

Tomorrow is my last day in 6th grade.

Seriously, I never thought this day would come. At the beginning of January, this day seemed like it was light years away. I would look through my planner and daydream about this day.

Now that I look back, it really has gone by quickly... but that is not saying that it was easy. These past two months have probably been the hardest, most challenging, energy-draining months of my life so far. I want to say that I've learned so much from them, and even though they were awful to go through, and that I grew so much.

But I can't.

I'm still energy-drained, completely exhausted, and I have no desire to even think about the past two months.

So maybe, in the coming months I'll realize how this experience has helped me grow, but as for right now all I can say is... I'm almost done.

Yes.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday is a Special Day...

Everyone have that song stuck in their head now?

Good.

I have a love/hate relationship with Saturdays. I absolutely love them because it means no getting up early, staying in pj's as long as you want, and not having to go to school for 8 1/2 hours. So you think I would be able to just relax, but no, I can't. When I try to read a book or watch a TV show, I always have this pit in my stomach, because I know I should be planning lessons or working on my Teacher Work Sample.

It sucks.

But on the up side, I only have four days left.

As Donald Zinkoff would say it... "YAHOO!"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ooh Child, Things Are Gonna Get Easier

Sorry about talking about student teaching in every post, but this is my life at the present, and so it's all I have to talk about. I talked with my CFA (a mentor teacher of sorts, who is in charge of placing me with my cooperating teacher (the mentor teacher who shares their classroom with me)) and I have my new placement for next block. Now, this is just tentative, but I'm 95% sure it will work out. I am going to be in third grade, which I am so excited about.
I was really nervous about my teacher, just because I haven't had the greatest experience this block. I have reason to be anxious, right? Anyway, so I talked with my CFA, and she told me that my new teacher is super nice, way easy-going, and very up-to-date on her teaching technique and style.

Basically, this is exactly what I was hoping for.

After being in this classroom with a teacher who is a little stuck in her rut, and a little hard to work with, it feels great that I am going to be with a teacher who incorporates new ideas into her classroom, and is super nice. I hope she really is as nice as my CFA says.

Anywho, I'm just really excited, and hopefully I'll be getting a better experience this next time.

Au Revior

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Good Things in Life

As you know, school has been tough.

Well, I figured a way to help me not feel so down about it is to think of all the good things that have been in my life for the past three weeks, to help me think more positively.

So, here it goes:
  • Eating chips and homemade salsa
  • Finding songs in 3/4 and waltzing in the basement with my sister
  • My wonderful, amazing student ward and ward conference
  • Taking pictures, eating Wendy's chicken nuggets, laughing, and watching Mamma Mia with Jared.
  • Getting caught up in a good book.
  • The mysterious windshield scraper (For those of you who don't know, for two days someone woke up early and scraped my windshield for me. I don't know who it was, but I am eternally grateful.)
  • Talking and laughing with my cousin.
  • Being the "manager" of The Big Lebowski's
  • Laughing about how stupid the girls on the Bachelor are with my roommates
  • Getting $130 in the mail
  • Diet Coke
  • Going to sleep at 10:00 at night
Well, adios amigos!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Poetry

You probably got excited by the title of this post, and thought I was going to spew out some profound, meaningful free verse or something.

Well, sorry, I'm not. :)

Instead, I'm going to tell you more about... STUDENT TEACHING! Because basically, that's what my life is about right now.

We're working on poetry in my class, and we just learned about Tankas (pronounced like the toy cars). For those of you who don't know what these are, they are just like Haikus, but with two additional lines. So in the first line, there need to be 5 syllables, 7 in the second line, 5 in the third line, 7 in the fourth line, and 7 in the fifth line.

I was walking around, helping the students out, when one girl in my class shows me the poem she wrote:

Miss Scott
She is beautiful
She picks mystery students
Is a great teacher
Has great advice for children
Has brown hair and bright blue eyes

Pretty cute, right?

I guess student teaching won't be as bad as I thought it would be.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Need a Haircut

So, ever since school has started this semester, I have felt totally lame. I have to get up earlier than I have gotten up in who knows how many years, and then be at school for 8 1/2 hours straight. It totally wipes me out, so by the time I get home from school, all I want to do is... well, I want to do nothing.

So I do nothing things like go on Facebook or watch the Bachelor.

Then, I still have to plan lessons, so I spend the rest of the night doing that. By the time I'm done planning lessons, I'm even more tired, so I go to bed.

This has been my life for the past 2 weeks. Sounds like fun, huh?

So I just feel a little lame that I never go out and do anything, or call people to hang out, or leave my apartment except to go to school. So, if you haven't seen me in the past couple of weeks, this is why. I guess I just felt like I needed to explain myself a little.

I finally figured out how I am going to fix this "feeling lame" problem.

I'm going to get a haircut. Yup, that will solve everything.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Student Teaching... dun dun dun

I started student teaching last Monday.

I was really nervous. I was especially nervous that I would have a hard class and a hard teacher.

When I actually got to class... well, let's just say that it was worse than I expected. My teacher didn't even introduce me when I came in, and then when she finally did introduce me, she got my name wrong. I know, I know, it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but when I already felt like I wasn't wanted in the classroom, it made me feel crummy.

Well, in the days following things didn't get much better. I felt like I couldn't talk to my teacher, the students in my class didn't like me or care I was even there, and I did not my teacher's teaching style. Oh, and to top it all off, she didn't have any consequences in her classroom. I was just wondering how I was ever going to make it through two months in that classroom.

It's been a week and a half now, and things have gotten a little better...
I still don't like the way the classroom is run, but I can talk to my teacher a little bit better now.
The kids actually know my name... and sometimes even talk to me. :)
I did really great on my first observation... I'm pretty sure I made a good first impression.

I'm still not loving it, and it's really hard, but the important thing is that it is getting better...even though it is only a little bit. I figured out that I am just so used to younger kids who automatically love you the minute you step into the classroom. I think I really love to teach younger grades better, and I'm excited that I get to be able to do that. But, for now, I'll try to have a good attitude, and just hope for the best.

Wish me luck. :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mission Accomplished

It has been my goal ever since I started at BYU to get a 4.0 just for one semester. I have never gotten one, and the previous semester was my last chance, because with student teaching, it's pass or fail. I was taking 18 credits and working, so I didn't have high hopes.

As I did assignments throughout the semester, I realized that I would not be getting straight A's. I was missing too much on certain assignments to possibly get any A's in some of my classes. So, last week, I went to check my grades.

I got a 4.0.

It was amazing. I have no idea how how it happened, or how it was even possible, but I did it. And I really don't mean to brag with this post, I guess my point is to show that miracles do happen. :)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Years!

Well, first off, Happy New Years everyone! I decided it might be fun if I come up with 9 favorite memories from 2009. So after looking back at pictures throughout the year, here's what I came up with. (Just a note, these aren't in any specific order.)

1. Disneyland
This summer Heidi, Ian, Richie, my Dad, and I took a road trip to Disneyland. We drove all the way to California squished in a Honda Civic, but we made it fun.

We spent 5 days going on Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Soarin' Over California, and Toy Story Mania, meeting a few characters along the way. Love you Woody. :)Oh ya, and don't forget about the glow sticks. You can't go to Disneyland without bringing glow sticks. :)

2. My first experience teaching

Last March was the first time I had ever been in a classroom as a teacher. I was in 2nd grade, and I loved every second of it... well, almost every second of it. :) I remember being terrified, but I had a great class that made me laugh every day, and it made me fall in love with teaching. I didn't have any pictures of me in the classroom, so here's a picture of me and some good friends I made in my classes with our BYU chocolate milk. It helped us get through the day.

3. My first surprise party
I turned 21 this year, and my mom and sister threw me a surprise party. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out surprises, but I had no idea this one was coming. After we went out to dinner, we went back to my house, and it was unusually dark. I turned on the lights, and all of my friends and family jumped out! My mom also asked all of them to give me a children's book for a present, so I got a huge stack of them! It was a really fun birthday that I'll never forget. :)Oh ya, and I had an awesome Harry Potter cake. We can't forget about that.

4. Maine Roadtrip
I had the amazing experience of driving across the country from Utah to Maine with my roommates/cousin this summer. The first day we drove around 14 hours and got to Iowa, and stayed at our dear friend, Jenny's, house. Other stops we made on the way to Maine were Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New Jersey (the only night of the whole 2 week trip we had to stay in a hotel). Once we got to Maine we had a lot of fun eating lobster, going bowling, playing at a lake, going to the beach, losing cameras at lighthouses, and eating peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. I also got to see my roommate open her mission call to Romania. We also went to Boston and visited the temple and some historic sites. It was such a fun vacation that I'll never forget!

5. Friends coming home from missions
This year was the year that my friends stopped leaving on missions, and started coming home. It was fun to see them again and go to all of their homecomings. It's been really fun having them home! Some of my friends that came home were Austin,
Kyle, Eric,Tyler (this picture is from his farewell, I was in California for his homecoming),and Jared (this too, is from his farewell, I just didn't take any pictures at his homecoming).
It's been good having you back!

6. Camping trip in Ephraim
On the 24th of July, my mom, Ian, and I didn't have any real plans. Heidi was at EFY in Ephraim, and we had to pick her up the next day, so my mom randomly suggests that we drive down to Ephraim, and camp out in the car. So, of course, we did it! We grabbed some blankets, pillows, pj's, cards, and a portable gas oven, and hit the road. First, we bought graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, because you can't go camping without s'mores. Then we just drove until we found a canyon.
As we were trying to find a spot, we drove into someone else's campsite. We thought the road we took would lead us somewhere else, but it was a dead end. So we were trying to turn around, while the family was just staring at us wondering what the heck we were doing. Needless to say, I was mortified. Then, to make matters worse, a man started walking towards our car. I slid down as low as possible into my seat, just hoping he'd turn around. But he just walked right up to our car, asked us if we needed a spot to stay in, and told us we were more than welcome to stay.
So, we parked the car and got out our little stove to start cooking marshmallows on.
Then, again to my embarrassment, the man came up to our car again. I quickly stashed our oven under the blankets, and he asked us if we needed help setting up our tent, and invited us to roast marshmallows on their fire. We explained that we were just going to sleep in our car, and thanked him. After he came over a couple more times to invite us over, we decided to go. We sat around their fire, roasted marshmallows, and got to know the family. We ended up discovering that my mom was best friends with a girl in their family. It's a small world.
After a while, we called in a night, and curled up in the back of the car to go to sleep. It was such a fun trip, and we had a great time. :)

7. Road trip to Idaho
Okay, so, there's no use in hiding it. I like the Jonas Brothers. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a crazy, lunatic, psycho girl that follows their every movie. I just like listening to their music. Okay, I admitted it, let's move on.
So my mom and sister went to Girl's Camp in Idaho this year. Lucky coincidence, the Jonas Brothers were doing a concert the day after Girl's Camp ended. So, my mom told us that we could go. But what this meant was that I had to drive to Idaho by myself. I wasn't very nervous, but it was an adventure getting started. First, I had to leave at about 5 in the morning. Well, the night before I stayed at the Bushman's until 1 in the morning... and I hadn't packed yet. So, I packed at about 1:30 in the morning. I woke up and left, while it was still dark outside. Well, as I was driving away from my house, my mom calls and tells me to make sure the tires are okay. So, I pulled over on the side of the road and checked the tires. The rest of the trip went smoothly. I had to get myself a McGriddle to keep me going. My McGriddle and my iPod were the things that carried me through the trip. Well, I made it to Idaho without any troubles... except for getting lost once. My mom, sister and I had a great time going to Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls, going shopping, getting lost, watching Michael Jackson news, eating at Chili's, and, of course, the Jonas Brothers concert.

Oh ya, and I won the lottery.

8. Making a music video
My sister, my cousin, and I wrote a song about the fourth of July. It goes something like this:
Oh my, oh my, it's the fourth of July.
I like the fourth of July.
I like to eat pie.
While the fireworks fly.

Ya. We're good.

Well, 9 years later, we have made a music video of one of our songs. We made it about one of our best songs, "Can You See the Ketchup Stain?" written about a true story. After about 2 hours of filming, and 5 hours of editing (with a pizza break somewhere in there) this is the final product.







9. St. George Trip

My mom, Heidi, Ian, and I went to St. George this summer to see one of our favorite plays, Aida, and hike Zion's.


As always, we had a lot of fun, small adventures on the way. For example, we went to Chili's and didn't finish our food, but we were going to Aida right after, and since it was a bazillion degrees outside, our food would go bad. So, we asked for another container, downed our lemonade, and filled it with ice as an impromptu cooler. And yes, it did keep our food cold.

We also had a free continental breakfast from our hotel. Now, one valuable thing I have learned in life is that continental breakfast does not always mean the same thing. Sometimes it means all you can eat waffles, sausage, and cranberry juice, while other times... well, it means juice and a biscuit.

2009 was a fantastic year, and I can't wait to see what new adventures come in 2010! Cheerio darlings!