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Floral Design
Saturday, August 29, 2009
♦ 8/29/2009 10:52:00 PM 0 comments

Remember how I quit working for Disney so that I could go to Floral Design School? Well, mostly the class was a waste of time and money (I learned squat-diddly* the first two weeks and only how to weave different things out of grass the last week), but it did at least show me that I would never want to do flowers as a Have To (aka full-time Job), but that I'd rather keep it as a hobby/on the side type of thing. Also, there were some fun people in the class, so that wasn't all bad, either.

Anyway, pictures** from FDS.

*BYU's Begining Floral Design course is way, way better in terms of quality and quantity learning. You at least get living flowers for every arrangement at BYU, and you also learn the names to all the products you are working with.

**Worst Lighting Setup in the WORLD. Just sayin'.


♦ 8/29/2009 11:37:00 AM 0 comments

So, I was attempting to sort through the 50 million pictures on my computer that needs sorting when I realized, hey! I haven't blogged about this yet! Or this! Or this?! Whoa. I've really neglected my blog. I'm sorry, blog. I'd promise to do better, but I'm not sure that I will, so I'm not going to make that promise.

Instead I'll just try to catch you up to speed. With a lot of pictures. A LOT of pictures. This should be exciting! Especially considering the following: I have a folder in my Pictures folder titled "To Organize." Within that folder are 26 sub-folders. There are 2.49 MB of files in total. I don't even know how many pictures that is, but, to me, that is a lot of MB. This is a daunting task that will probably take a few days (weeks, maybe months... hopefully not years) to sort out. And possibly several blog posts (we'll have to see about that).

Case in point, here is a beautiful picture of the leaves changing colors up in the mountains that I took last year in September from my car on the way back up to Provo after spending a weekend at home.
Considering the fact that I was driving on the freeway at the same time I was taking a picture, I think it looks pretty darn good. Also, apparently it was stormy.

As you may remember, once upon a time Lola broke down in the middle of nowhere California and we were stranded on the freeway for nearly 3 hours. When I got to the hotel, I immediately wanted to shower because I was hot and gross. The soap made me laugh:

In case you can't read the soap wrapper clearly, it says "Thanks for trusting HGI with your Big Day!" (HGI= Hilton Garden Inn) (Also, I highly recommend staying there if you are ever, for some unfortunate reason, in Victorville, CA, as they were very friendly, even if breakfast wasn't free.)

And then there was this other fun time where my sister and I went to San Diego for a few days when I was still living in California but had nothing to do with my life because class was over and I wasn't moving to Utah yet. We spent a few hours at SeaWorld (but I didn't take any interesting pictures there) and then went to the beach the first day. The interesting pictures come from the San Diego Zoo, though, which I thought had some amusing signs.

"Please do not annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, harass, heckle, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize, or ruffle the animals." (I wanted to get this sign for Chilly so she could have it for her desk at work, but my financial funds are rather lacking.)

These Animals BITE!

"Your wish for luck is very dangerous for the ducks."

There were also black bears kissing
And cute Koala bears sleeping.
It is hard to take very many pictures of animals at the zoo due to the cage bars getting in the way. Annoying, but there you have it.

However, not an animal, but a cool statue that I liked titled "Rest on the Flight into Egypt" by Donal Hord. Don't ask me where Joseph is, because I don't know, but I kind of want a smaller one of these for my home.
More later, but it's been more than an hour since I first started this post, and I need a break!


Sunday, August 23, 2009
♦ 8/23/2009 07:47:00 PM 0 comments

My family kind of cracks me up. Just sayin'. And by "my family," I mean my dad's family. Which, I guess, they're my family too. For which I'm grateful because they make life more interesting for me.

If I come back to Utah with an accent and really bad grammar, it's because I've been listening to too many of my relatives talk too much. Which, actually, they have really interesting stories, so it's not at all a bad thing. Also, I already know that sometimes I have an accent (and I've pinned it down to my dad's side of the family already- I just forget about it sometimes), and guests at Disney would occasionally point it out to me and then accuse me of being from Canada. As I've said before, so, you know. No news there.

And then there was this one funny time where we came home from church today to find that Leonard (the nice cat who doesn't maul me) had peed all over his number one nemesis' bed. And I should say temporary bed. My cousin is sleeping on an air mattress down in the dining room while we are visiting so that we can use his bed. And, out of all the beds Leonard could have peed on, he chose the air mattress. Granted, it was probably easier to pee downstairs than upstairs, but of all the places to pee. An air mattress? I think I was in cahoots for about an hour after we got home, just because I thought it was so funny. I still think it's funny. When Dad was telling Mom about it on the phone, I started laughing again. Oh mans. Sorry, Cousin.

Sort of.

Ok, not really, but thanks for the entertainment.

And then there was this other fun time when we went to visit my aunt and uncle. My aunt hasn't been doing very well health-wise lately, but we hope that she gets better because, despite how odd she can be, she is still my aunt and I still love her. And isn't that just the way it works? Anyway, they've got this adorable little cat (although everyone else kept saying how utterly not-cute she is; I think she's cute), and she kind of fell in love with me. If I didn't have a Drawly waiting for me at home, I may have wanted to take Critter with us. She slept on my lap basically the whole time we were there, and she talks a lot, just like Drawly does. Only Critter is short-haired, female, and Calico, and Drawly is none of those things. Obviously. Especially not the female part, even though he's not exactly fully male anymore, either.

And then Grandma handed me a book tonight that used to be Dad's. It's called "From First Date to Eternal Mate," and it's from the 70's. Dad says he got Mom, so apparently it, in theory, works. Whatever it is that the theory is. I have no idea. I almost want to read it just because books like that make me laugh, but Grandma, are you trying to tell me something? Maybe give it to The Sister first, because she is older.

I have no idea what we are doing tomorrow, but there's this cemetery in Jamestown (hometown of Lucille Ball!) where there is apparently a statue of a lady who is/used to be (there was an argument about this in the car on the way to church, and I'm not sure what the final verdict was) a wedding dress, and I want to take pictures of her. Also, I love cemeteries.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009
♦ 8/22/2009 07:49:00 PM 3 comments

I'm currently on vacation, but in the spirit of trying to not procrastinate to the very last minute, I am here blogging for your opinions.

A week from this coming Tuesday (which would make it September 1st), I have a second interview for this one job that I've recently applied for. (This is the same job for which I never read the job description.) I'm 'posed to have a 10 minute presentation prepared, but problem is, I have no idea what do to my presentation on? So your ideas, tips, and suggestions would be much appreciated at this time.

As I have been instructed: The presentation can be on the subject of your choosing but must be structured so that it teaches us something. All items necessary for your presentation must be provided by you.

You will have access to a white-board and a projector that can be linked into your laptop if you might need them.


Monsoon Season?
Friday, August 21, 2009
♦ 8/21/2009 10:55:00 PM 0 comments

I haven't seen rain since March. It rained in CA the week the Trifecta took the road trip to UT, so I missed that storm, and apparently it rained in UT the week after when I was back in CA.

Now there seems to be a pretty good chance of rain this week. Only guess who won't be here? That's right! Me! I tell you what, if it rains while I'm gone, I may not be happy. Even if "rain" ends up meaning "thunderstorm but no moisture," I will not be happy to have missed that.

Meanwhile, I'm off to Vegas in the wee hours of morning to catch a flight to the beautiful state of New York, where I and my father and sister will be residing for the next week (Mom is staying home to enjoy the peace of living with no cats- they are staying at the vet's- and to get some R&R).

And now, I should sleep. Because, while I'm sure I'll sleep most of the 7+ hours of travel tomorrow, I know it won't be the most restful sleep on earth, and I'd like to enjoy sleeping in my bed while I can.

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My Life According to Nickel Creek
Sunday, August 16, 2009
♦ 8/16/2009 11:00:00 PM 1 comments

I saw this on Tib's blog, and it looked entertaining enough, so I thought I'd jump on the band wagon (ha. Get it? "Band" wagon? Oh mans. I'm funny). I would have done a different Artist, but I only have two that I know really well, so... Wee! Also, we have learned that I really need to organize the music on my computer again.

My Life According to...

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "my life according to (band name)"

Pick your Artist:
Nickel Creek

Describe yourself:
Ode to a Butterfly

How do you feel:
Beauty and the Mess

Describe where you currently live:
In the House of Tom Bombadil

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Pastures New

Your favorite form of transportation:
Brand New Sidewalk

Your best friend:
Cukoo's Nest

You and your best friend are:

What's the weather like:
Green and Gray

Favorite time of day:
Smoothie Song

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
Out of the Woods

What is life to you:
Seven Wonders

Your relationship:

Your fear:
I Should've Known Better

What is the best advice you have to give:
Why Should the Fire Die?

Thought for the Day:
When in Rome

How I would like to die:
Tomorrow is a Long Time

My soul's present condition:
Can't Complain

My motto:
Hanging By a Thread

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♦ 8/16/2009 09:13:00 PM 0 comments

For those of you who are wondering, the Temple was absolutely beautiful. Also overwhelming, but I hear that's "normal."

Anyway, my Branch President and his wife came up from California and were there, too. After the session, my parents took us (BP, Sister BP, and Rochelle, because she's an extension of my family and was there, too) to lunch at Panda Garden. BP ordered some Japanese Teriyaki Beef dish that also came with a small salad and some California Sushi rolls. On the plate was a big green glob of something, as well as some ginger.

There is no way I can possibly tell this story and do it justice. You kind of had to be there to get the full effect. I really wish we'd gotten a picture of his face! BP picked up the green glob with his fork, kind of stared at it for a minute, said something along the lines of "I wonder what this is?" and proceeded to put it in his mouth. Those of you familiar with Japanese cuisine probably can appreciate this even better than I can, and you probably could have warned him that taking a whole mouthful was a Bad Idea. BP's eyes went HUGE and he sort of gagged. For a moment, it looked like he was going to vomit, or pass out, or both. My family (and Rochelle) all started laughing because his facial expression was so positively amazing. I mean, he looked like he was going to explode! Sister BP kept asking him if he was OK. Finally he swallowed and commented that we could probably see steam coming from his eyes, and was that hot!

When the waitress came by, we asked her what the now completely devoured green substance was. "It's like hot mustard," she said. "Only in Japanese we call it Wasabi. You ate the whole thing at once?! Most people eat it with their sushi..."

BP, Sister BP, thank you for coming to support me. And for coming to lunch and entertaining us. Also, now I know what wasabi looks like, so now I know what it is I want to avoid.

Going to the Temple
Friday, August 14, 2009
♦ 8/14/2009 12:20:00 PM 2 comments

Where I'll be when this posts:

But, don't worry, I'm not getting married.

Purpose of Temples (click here)

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Bed time Meme
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
♦ 8/12/2009 11:14:00 PM 1 comments

I know. I haven't blogged in weeks, which makes me a bad person. Sorry. I hope you will forgive me, especially since this isn't even a real blog post tonight. Hopefully sometime very soon I will give you something worth reading about. But not tonight.

1. Do you always answer your phone?
I actually hardly ever answer my phone.

2. Its four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
Must be someone pretty amazing, because I have texting blocked on my phone.

3. If you could change your eye color what would it be?
Maybe darker, but I wouldn't change the color.

4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?
I don't even like Sonic?

5. Do you own a digital camera?
I own two! Plus the one in my phone.

6. Have you ever had a pet fish?
Yes, and then my cousin killed him (on accident). That was a sad, sad day.

7. Favorite Christmas song(s):
Carol of the Bells, but also Silent Night.

8. What's on your wish list for your birthday?
My birthday is a long time away. Also, I don't specifically have a birthday wish list. Instead I have an all-year wishlist (and if you want to see it/buy something off of it for me, you can email me and I'll send you the link).

9. Can you do push ups?
No, because, oddly, my elbows don't bend right. I got yelled at in middle school for doing them wrong when I'm physically incapable of doing them correctly.

10. Can you do a chin up?
No. I am too weak for that one.

11. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
I am neutral towards the future right now. Which is good, because I don't even know what is going on next week.

12. Do you have any saved texts?
Remember how I don't have text? That would be weird and somewhat magical of me to have saved ones.

13. Ever been in a car wreck?
Not yet, thank goodness, but we did discover that someone backed into Lola. Poor Lola. She is having a rough month.

14. Do you have an accent?
I don't think so? But someone did ask me, while I was working at Disney, if I am originally from Canada, because apparently they thought I sounded like a Canook.

15. What is the last song to make you cry?
The only song that has ever made me cry was "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good," and that was when we sang it and my Grandma's funeral.

16.Plans tonight?
I am going to bed after this, so no.

17. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
Haven't we all? (If you haven't yet, count yourself lucky)

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday
I only bought one thing yesterday: Drawly's new collar. Which, btw, is also the only thing I've purchased all week that is not food.

19. Have you ever been given roses?

20. Current worry?
Where is my watch?

21. Current hate right now?

22. Met someone who changed your life?
There have been several people that have changed my life.

23. How will you bring in the New Year?
Probably by sleeping through it. That's usually the way it goes.

24. What song represents you?
This question I cannot answer when I am tired.

25. Name three people who might complete this?
Umm... I have no idea. Probably nobody, and I'm OK with that.

26. Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
No, I don't think so. The past is not something that I want to repeat.

27. Have you ever dated someone longer than a year?

28. Does anyone love you?
I would hope that a lot of people do, especially my fammy and friends.

29. Ever had someone sing to you?
A few times in my life.

30. When did you last cry?
This morning when I was watching yet another sad Korean drama.

31. Do you like to cuddle?
With my cat.

32. Have you held hands with anyone today?
No. That would be weird of me.

33. Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
I'd say they're spread pretty evenly across the board.

34. Do you like pulpy orange juice?
Not particularly. Some pulp is OK, but I prefer no pulp. If I wanted to eat my OJ, I'd peel an orange.



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