08 December 2009
03 December 2009
ASL 101 - Conversational ASL 1
DANCE 325 - Tap Dance Technique 1 (Intermediate Tap)
ELANG 350 - Basic Editing Skills
ELANG 351R- Editing Student Journals
LING 550 - Sociolinguistics
REL C 393R - LDS in Wartime
Seems crazy but I'm totally excited for next semester. I'm especially looking forward to ASL, tap, and sociolinguistics. I am taking socio with a good friend from my ward, a couple peeps from my Study Abroad and the professor for this course was my program director this summer! WE LOVE WENDY! It's gonna be good.
30 November 2009
- Howl's Moving Castle -DVD
- Glee Soundtracks Vol. 1 & 2
- IKEA Napkins and Napkin holder
- Waffle Iron
- Season pass to Hale Center Theater in Orem
Santa tends to give some repeat stocking stuffers every year so I had included a B&N gift card on my list knowing I would most likely be getting one anyway. Besides, I have a whole list of books I would LOVE to add to my personal library so a gift card seemed like a more efficient way to say "For Christmas I'd like to increase my vocabulary, expand my mind, and add to my personal library by buying books." I'm a sucker for IKEA napkins. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here. Aren't they amazing? I love them, a lot. For my 20th birthday, my mom gave me about a dozen packs. Best birthday gift EVER! I also have included on my list a season pass to Hale Center Theater in Orem. Their 2010 season is going to be incredible! I'm a theater nut and have been dying to see more shows lately. How could this gift be bad? It's culture! If you would like to see their 2010 season, click here. You may notice that "110 in the Shade" will be playing, starring Audra McDonald. Let me be clear: AUDRA MCDONALD IS COMING TO OREM!! She is a Broadway star and she's amazing. AMAZING!!!
So, that's what I would like for Christmas. Culture, books, and IKEA Napkins. Happy Christmas!
23 November 2009
These pictures make me laugh everytime I look at them.
20 November 2009
The rest of the day was as close to perfection as I can think. I spent the rest of the night with my friends Will, Courtney, Kelcy, and Matt who all were on my Study Abroad with me. In-N-Out opened in Orem so we HAD to eat there for dinner. We got there at about 5:30pm and here was the line.
The line moved fairly quickly and we booked it back to my place to eat up. I sent the above picture and a picture of my cheeseburger to my brother who is attending college in Hawaii. In response I received the two following messages: "You are so lucky." "I hate you." Might seem harsh, but those were the desired/sought-after responses. Love you, bud!
We then went to see BYU's production of "Children of Eden." You may not be familiar with this musical but I'm sure you already know the story line. Act 1: Creation/Fall/Cain-Abel. Know them? Genesis, anyone? Act 2: Noah's Ark. We sat on the very front row and had a blast! The music was incredible, the colors were vibrant, the dancing was fun, and the animals were friendly to say the least. And I know I probably shouldn't but I have a celebrity crush on Cain. He's on the right in the picture below. The song he sings, "Into the Wilderness," was one of my favorites. I know he's not a particularly good guy, but man, can he sing!
19 November 2009
17 November 2009
11 November 2009
This one is from May 2009.
This one is from July 2009 while I was on my Study Abroad. This pic was taken in Ireland.
This photo was taken in August 2009 at the end of my Study Abroad program. Here I am sitting on the bus, listening to my iPod, being bored. This happened a lot.
This one was taken October 2009 before I went to see the King's Singers in concert. Look how long my hair is compared to the first pic! AH! I love it!
09 November 2009
07 November 2009
9:00 am - Breakfast date with Erik
10:00 am - Latter-day Sounds Retreat/Practice/Lunch
12:30 pm - Tap Rehearsal
2:30 pm - Practice "Come Thou Fount" for tomorrow's Sacrament Meeting
4:00 pm - Finally get home. Check e-mail. Eat something.
5:00 pm - Errands: FIND TIGHTS. Muy importante.
7:00 pm - Tap Rehearsal Part II/Set-up for event
8:00 pm - How Can I Keep from Swingin' event for BYU Swing Kids Club
9:30 pm- PERFORM at event
10:45 pm - Clean-up event
11:30 pm - Bed. Seriously.
I have to say that this has been fabulous day. I look forward to the evening portion of this day and am so grateful that this week is OVER!! I had four exams, two performances, and two dates this week. It's been crazy but it all went well. The stresses of this week definitely took a toll on the "cleanliness" factor of our apartment and also strained the amount of patience I had. Luckily, I have three wonderful roommates who all love me enough to give me a big hug at the end of every day and help me to be a better person. I love you ladies!!
05 November 2009
29 October 2009
27 October 2009
The red hat is Mommy Kay's. Isn't it fabulous? I love it! And, the best thing, is that it is LEGIT. From back in the day! I love this hat.
This white hat is mine. I love it. A lot. I wish I had a trench-coat to go with it and then I could be Carmen Sandiego.
Here is the final product! The party was super fun and I can't wait for the vintage dance. Of course, I will be in MUCH different shoes for that event but everything else will be the same. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because I love an excuse to dress-up and do something crazy with my make-up. And buying a new dress wasn't too bad either.
21 October 2009
11 October 2009
10 October 2009
07 October 2009
She drove up, I drove down, and we met in the middle-ish!
Thanks for a great weekend Mom!!
He thinks he looks like a creeper in this picture, but I think it's precious.
From left to right: Will, me, Courtney, Janet, and Kelcy. I love them!!
John was my hometeacher over the summer and
Joseph is an extremely talented music composition major.
These guys are fabulous and wonderful examples to me.
Probably the best birthday I've ever had. Yay for being 21!!
22 September 2009
I joined a Community Choir here in P-town called Latter-day Sounds. We are a Christmas choir, bringing the joy of the Christmas season to our corner of Utah. This past Sunday was our first rehearsal and, let me tell you, we're already pretty fabulous. And that's with only five girls and a load of guys at our first go-round. Don't worry, there were two firesides going on that night so a lot of people were missing. Luckily, we have amazing directors and fabulous repertoire. I love Christmas music and I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to share my testimony of the Savior through music this upcoming season. If you are interested in attending our concert, it will be on Sunday, December 13. Details will be forthcoming. You can also check the blog for the choir here.
Happy singing and Happy Christmas!
11 September 2009
"What free time?"
"Join our book group!"
"I like books. Sure, why not?"
Moral of the story: I joined a book group! The first book we'll be reading is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. I'm very excited to be exposed to all sorts of different novels. Hip Hip for literary expansion!
28 August 2009
11 August 2009
"Writing can be terrifying for students in those vulnerable and insecure...years. This wasn't true for me--I've been shamelessly willing to put my thought on paper at the drop of a pencil for as long as I can remember--but for my old sixth-grade friend Rosamond, a blank page was almost as intimidating as the after-school dances the nuns forced us to attend a year of so later, with Buddy Holly blaring tinnily from a portable record player, the boys milling around (staring at their shoes, hands in pockets, snickering) on one side of the room, and the girls (making small-talk, each one wondering miserably why she wore that horrible skirt that makes her look fat and must be the reason no one is dancing with her) on the other. Rosamond says that, for her, writing was just that ghastly: when "How I Spent My Summer Vacation"-time came around, her hands went clammy and her mind went blank.
(This paragraph is the clincher) But diagramming--that was another world. The only thing that mattered was whether a sentence was diagrammed correctly, and that could be demonstrated to everyone's satisfaction by means of a few intersecting lines. It was a game; it wasn't about you. There was no room for opinion. You weren't being judged on the contents of your soul or the quality of your imagination. You weren't writing drivel, you weren't failing to do justice to an idea that gripped you, you weren't afraid of being too fanciful or too dry or too simple-minded--all you needed was accuracy. Brilliant diagramming, unlike brilliant writing, was something that could be learned."
I am no writer but I love to read and I love the English Language. I will diagram to my heart's content and love every straight lined moment. This book was fabulous and, actually, her writing reminded me very much of Mater's blentry writing. I love it!
27 July 2009
Monday: Sister Act the Musical
Tuesday: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and (Lion King or Chicago)
Wednesday: (Lion King or Chicago)
Thursday: Day trip to Canterbury and Battle
Friday: The 39 Steps
Saturday: The Mousetrap (Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad!)
and (Phantom of the Opera matinee)
Monday: Too Close to the Sun
Tuesday: A Winter's Tale
I'm so happy I could scream. By the end of this week I will have seen (for sure) 6 musicals and 6 plays. If I get to see Lion King, Chicago and Phantom that will be 9 musicals and 6 plays. I'm the luckiest girl in London!
26 July 2009
10 July 2009
After lunch, a bunch of us (picture and names below) went exploring the expansive grounds. We went through a beautiful forest that had some very interesting foliage. We even found some secret stone stairs!
We then headed to Ross Castle on the other side of the Killarney National Park. Our scenic, and lengthy, walk took us past Muckross Abby and through a busy section of town. An hour and forty minutes from when we started, we arrived at Ross Castle with VERY sore feet. We took a 30 minute break and then toured Ross Castle with some more people from our group. The castle was tiny and not very impressive. All of the Muckross group then waited an hour for the bus to take us to Killarney. Will, Kelsie, Dani and I went to some bookstores then ate dinner at the Humble Pie. I had shepherd's pie and it was delicious! They serve chips (french fries) with everything. Seriously.
Once we got back to the hostel most people went to bed. The boys wanted to play a game so some of us went downstairs to the Reading Room and we played "In the manner of the adverb." Basically, the person who is "it" leaves the room and everyone else picks an adverb. "It" comes back in and asks people to do something in the manner of the adverb. It was a blast! We were kinda loud and we laughed a lot. A girl from Australia, Marie, came in and joined us because she heard us laughing. After a long and very tiring day, that game was a perfect way to end our day.
The grounds looked like Jurassic Park with random wire fences and huge plants.
Our group headed to Gallarus Oratory which is a stone church from the 8th century. It looks like a beehive, doesn't it?
From there we went back to Dingle to pick up another girl in our program who had missed her flight. I took a picture of the pub I had dinner in last night and then Dani and I went exploring in the town. For lunch we all went to Inch Beach. It was my first time to the Atlantic Ocean! It was a pretty overcast day but we still ran around in the water, took lots of pictures, and had a good time.
Our bus driver, John, sings to us sometimes. He knows a lot of Irish songs that have been written about specific cities that we are visiting. I finally recorded him because he's so good! We drive A LOT. While driving through the various little towns I have been stuck by the cemetaries. This country is so much older than American and yet Ireland's cemetaries seem to be in better shape. The writing on the headstones looks so much clearer.
We took a short break at the Gap of Dunloe which is a gorgeous valley people can hike around in.
Our hostel tonight is located just outside Killarney and I've had the song "Christmas in Killarney" stuck in my head all day! Our group went into town for dinner and we ate at the Danny Mann pub because they had free wi-fi. My original room at the hostel was a no-go: the door wouldn't shut. So, they moved us into a TINY room but another room had empty beds so Dani, Rachel and I went into that room. This was the coolest looking building! We had a whole wing to ourselves so we played Twister and watched The Sword in the Stone. Well, other people watched The Sword in the Stone. After about 15 minutes I was falling asleep so I headed to bed. What a great day!
The pub where I had dinner. It's the blue and orange building.