Thursday, November 30, 2006

My Teeth!

Ack! Getting ready to get my wisdom teeth out tomorrow. Really don't want to, I'm sort of attached to them. But I'm being forced to. The bright side of this situation is that I may get rid of this perma-headache I've had for the last couple of years. My oral surgeon thinks it's being caused by my four wonderful, impacted teeth. Here's to hoping.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Salt Lake City Favorites

The Christmas lights on temple square have had me thinking about all the things I love in Salt Lake. Thought I'd actually make a list of my favorite things that I get to enjoy while living here. Here's my top ten in no particular order.

1) Everything outdoors. In the summer there's so many places to go biking, camping, hiking that it's out of control. In the winter (brrrrr...) there's always skiing.

2) Cocoa Cafe. 300 E. 900 S. One of my favorite places to go and do homework or read a book by their very toasty fireplace.

3) The downtown library. I could write an entire series of blogs on everything in the library that I love from the children's section to the overlook at the top of the building to the art gallery on the 4th floor.

4) Cathedral of the Madeleine. Gotta love those bells (You know you love them Ben).

5) Memory Grove/City Creek Canyon.

6) Temple Square. The tabernacle, the temple, and of course, the Christmas lights.

7) The waterfall up Big Cottenwood Canyon.

8) Abravanel Hall. Ummm...hello. The symphony. Need I say more?

9) The Gallery Stroll every 3rd Friday of the month.

10) The Farmers Market every weekend during the summer at Pioneer Park.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Ah, it's Christmas Time!

As much as I feel like living in Salt Lake is sucking the life out of me, I really do love Salt Lake City. There are so many things here that I love. The lights on temple square every Christmas are hands down one of my favorite things here. And now that I live just down the street, I get to see them every time I walk out of my house. Lovely! And I don't have to worry about crazy down town parking if I want to go see them because, hey, I can walk. Took some pictures last night and I really liked this one. The tree still has some leaves on it, so it looks especially red.

Also, on a completely different note, this is Jill, me, and Danny hanging out on Mars. We're supposed to be lost (that's why no one is looking at the camera) and clearly I didn't read the sign that said to stay on the trail. Whoops...

And Jill, Sam, and Danny on the moon:

And for the especially good news of the day - I went to talk to the Chemistry Undergraduate Secretary today and I found out that I do not have to take my senior comprehensive tests next week. Instead I'm scheduled to take them after finals. And she's letting me take them in a different order than most people take them in. I'm taking the Physical and Analytical ones the first day followed by the Inorganic and Organic ones. This is good because I'll probably need that extra time studying for the organic test. But to ease my fears, she said if I happen to fail it, I can take it again. So no worries.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


I need to move. I feel like I'm suffocating.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Word Play or A Dry Plow or Ward Ploy or Day Prowl or Yard Plow or Pal Wordy

So I have just recently the movie Word Play which is a documentary about people who do cross word puzzles and Will Shortz the editor of the New York Times cross word puzzle. This movie has inspired me to make two new life goals (besides marry Jon Stewart who apparently loves cross word puzzles):

1) Make a smart, creative cross word puzzle of my own. Sounds easy, but I think it'll be quite difficult. Especially difficult to make a good one.

2) Make my own documentary. Or mocumentary. Or maybe both.

Feeling seriously inspired.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Aversion to My Winter Coat

It was so cold this morning that I finally had to break down and dig my winter coat out from underneath my bed. Every year I try to put it off until I'm so cold that I'm completely numb and have no other choice. Like if I don't put on a coat it won't actually be winter. I realize this is completely illogical. But it makes me feel better. And colder I suppose.

Anyway, I pulled out my coat and threw on one of my favorite scarves (knitted crimson red with tassles) before I headed out the door to my classes. As I was walking to my car I thrust my hands into my pockets to combat the cold and to my surprise there was stuff left in my pockets from last year. I pulled the goods out to examine them and found two very pleasant surprises. The first was a very wrinkled dollar bill (love finding money!) and the second was a folded paper towel. Written on the top of the paper towel were three question marks and on the inside was written "A love note." It was an old note left in my pocket by Marie last year when I was having a hard day.

I love finding good stuff in my pockets when winter starts! Maybe next year I won't put off pulling my winter coat out for so long...

Friday, November 10, 2006

I'm weak!

As graduation draws nearer and nearer I keep having thoughts about things I would like to do before December 15. I realized as I was studying last night that I have never once pulled an all-nighter while in college. Not ever. How is that even possible? I'm a major procrastinator and college is supposed to be full of late night/early morning studying. So I decided that I would try to pull one last night for my test this morning. How hard could it be? I know plenty of people who do them all the time. Not to mention it'd give me plenty of time to solidify the my knowledge of boron and group theory. It went swimmingly until about 3:30 when I sort of collapsed. I'm weak, it's true. I have no idea how people can go without sleep. I don't think it's physically possible for me. All I can say is it's a good thing I zonked out on my floor since I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to pull myself out of my warm bed at 7:00 this morning.

On a completely different note, I finally read "The Giver" by Lois Lowry yesterday. Most people end up reading it sometime in their growing up years, but somehow I missed it. It was an absolutely beautiful book. There were a few little things I didn't like in it, but I think it makes it onto my favorite books list. Even though it's technically a children's book, it has very deep themes running through it that can be enjoyed by any adult reader. Definately one of those stories that you can't stop thinking about after you read it.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Forgot one!

Forgot this one. Lizzie and my dog Baerli.

Pictures of Siblings

My little sis just sent me some fantastic pictures of my siblings and I from years ago. Top one has Nathan, Steven (my uncle), myself (that is one sweet headband), and Lizzie.

This one is Lizzie, Nathan, and Jared.

Lizzie and I. I must say that my hair has absolutely never looked better than in this picture. I have got to bring back this look. I'll get right on that...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Laurence Christopher Freaks Out

My bike (Laurence Christopher) decided to compeltely freak out today while I was riding the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. First I popped a tire (the third in 9 days!!!), then my chain went crazy, and then my brakes/back wheel decided to spaz. All in all, it wasn't the best day for biking. Luckily, I still got a decent ride in, but I'm going to have to take my bike in to get it looked at. Not too happy about that...