Saturday, December 25, 2004

beautiful

beautiful home
beautiful snow
beautiful ward
beautiful family
beautiful friends

what a wonderful day to be alive

so lissa called me and apparently they got snow in their part of texas last night. poor sarah i'm sure she's upset. :) yeah so they haven't had snow since 1989 and it didn't stick on the ground that time, so it's pretty amazing what's going down for them right now.

i wish everyone the merriest of christmases!


*smooches*

Monday, December 20, 2004

quotes

"i used to have a secret admirer, in second grade. he always signed it "love your secret admirer, and then his name"
"oh did you ever find out who he was?"

"stop making nazi jokes. it offends the germans"
"why would the germans care?"

"i really like your belt! it freakin' has your name on it!"
"yeah... my dad got it made for me in some third world country"

so yeah...
my friends are brilliantly funny.
gotta love me.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

home

so...
i'm home
super weird huh?
but wonderful at the same time
but sad at the same time
so weird.
my room isn't my room anymore.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

sweet life

so aaron flew in yesterday to go to the mtc. it's been nice to see him here. weird because i'm supposed to be calling him "elder" or "elder mccullough" instead of aaron.
so robbie bullough, sam noble, and i picked him up from the airport. i tried to hug aaron because i forgot but luckily he was on his toes and shoved his hand out so i got the friendly missionary hand shake lol.
he looks so different with his hair short and parted. i can't remember how long ago he wore it like that... maybe eighth grade? but then he looks more mature too so he is starting to look like his dad so it's confusing. does he look old or young? lol :)
then robbie, reed, aaron, and i hung out. we were going to go to salt lake to look at everything on temple square, but that never worked out.
reed, aaron, and laura jakeman came over to my house for dinner. that was nice. we played some games. we tried to go to squaw peak (for the view of course!) but it was closed because of winter weather conditions on the twisty mountain road.
this morning aaron, robbie, chris jacobson and i went to the temple. aaron wasn't able to baptize me because he's already been set apart and they can't touch girls, but he'll be able to baptisms when he's in the mission field, just not in the temple doing proxy work. so aaron did robbie and chris did me. that was still alright though. it was cool to have a friend that is my age doing it. it was a really nice experience.
then we all ate breakfast together.
we're meeting back up together sometime before noon. reed, robbie, and i are going to pretend to be aaron's family and we're going to drop him off at the mtc and do all of those family missionary mtc things.
i've kind of been neglecting my finals while aaron has been here. but i still have time. i've already finished three and i only have four left, and one is just a written thing that i have to email.
i love living so close to the temple. i've been able to go four times already while i've been out here. i used to only be able to go twice a year! see, there are perks to utah
i'm so excited about being home soon! i am completely, utterly PSYCHED about seeing everyone again.

i love you all!

Thursday, December 9, 2004

could you cry a little?

so the guy that i like the most definitely does not like me back.
i thought he might but apparently he's just really nice.
he did flirt with me a bit but then he apologized to one of my friends to tell me that he was sorry so yeah... i thought that he was just being polite, but apparently he apologized because he just didn't want to lead me on.
hm.
sad story.

i'm still going to learn german though.

free free!

wootie toot and a woot scoot!
i totally just got home from my last class
all i have left is finals and then i'm free to be home!
i kind of wish that my dad hadn't purchased my plane tickets so early because i totally could be flying out of utah wednesday afternoon or evening, but alas my tickets don't take me home until saturday.
i'll get over it
i love everyone from home!!!

Monday, December 6, 2004

christmas devotional

people it was so awesome!
i sat next to elder ballard!
within nine seats of me in any direction were eyring, nelson, oaks, uchtdorf, bednar, holland, and hales.
i shook hands and was introduced to president hinkley's son, richard, bednar, and ballard.
i don't know where scott, perry, wirthlin, or packer were. they must have been sitting elsewhere.
i was so tired though! i kept almost dozing off but i couldn't let myself because i was sitting next to an apostle. however when the choir sang their song where the three verses began with either still, still, still and then sleep, sleep, sleep and then dream, dream, dream i tell you what it was brutal to stay awake.
i really like the talks that the first presidency gave though
elder ballard told me that i had a beautiful voice and that i should keep singing.
it was so cool they have a totally special glow
i felt so silly though because i was so excited to see them and wanted to meet them and shake their hands and got so excited about seeing them that you could definitely tell that i was not from utah!
richard hinkley knew eric boyce because he was his mission president so that was kind of fun
brother bednar and sister bednar went to purdue and went to the institute and their time their overlapped a bit of the time that my parents were there! how boss.
i had a lot of fun with dan - he's cool.
jacob jackson is talking to me again!

i only have:
four days of school
two reading days
one sunday
five days of finals
AND THEN I'M TOTALLY IN INDIANA!

shrek 2 holding out for a hero

this is melissa and my theme song right now

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need

[Chorus]
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life

Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

[Chorus]

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I would swear that there's someone somewhere
Watching me

Through the wind and the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood

[Chorus]

Saturday, December 4, 2004

harumpf

so i was reading a friend's thing online and they said (this was a guy by the way)

"ah, women... they make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."

just wondering how you boys and girls feel about that.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

boys

so i went on two dates over thanksgiving break. did i mention that already in here? last sunday i met a guy named dan. then randomly on monday his FHE group was combined with mine. he called me on tuesday and asked me to go ice skating with him, but i already had plans with reed, so i declined. he called me again on wednesday and asked me out again so i went on a date with him and his roommate and his roommate's fiancee. it was fun. we went to wal-mart, voted on a board game, bought it, went home, played it, and he cooked us chicken cordeun blu... or something that is spelled somewhat like that. it was great. he paid for everything, opened my door etc. he didn't have anywhere to go for thanksgiving so he went to thanksgiving dinner with one of my roommates. so i don't hear from him the next few days. on sunday i sing at ward prayer and then when i come home from school on monday there is a bouquet of pink lillies (my favorite flower and one of my favorite colors-but there is no way he could have known that) on my bed with a card asking me to accompany him to the Christmas Devotional in the conference center in SLC. he has tickets. so okay... i don't like him. i mean i think he's a great guy. i wouldn't mind getting to know him better but i would be content with doing it in a group setting. so i don't know whether he wants to get to know me in a more than friendly way or not, because usually guys don't give flowers to girls they're interested in as friends, but i'm not going to super analyze everything so i call reed and stephen for advice. reed says to be upfront with him and let him know that i like him, but as a friend, and stephen, lol, told me to keep dating him as long as he keeps giving me things (he was joking). so i call dan and tell him i would love to go as long as it was a friend thing, because i don't want to lead him on...
i'll keep you posted on how that goes...
i also found out that one of my seven crushes is 27. dang, he must think of me as his little sister. good thing i have six other crushes to fall back on right?
so i went to thanksgiving with the haynie's and it was great. i missed my family but it was nice to be with a family.
then i went skiing and it was super fun, i think i've already mentioned that
on saturday night, melissa and i went on a double date with taylor and christoph. we cooked them dinner and then went dancing in salt lake city. it was really fun. christoph is my largest crush. not in his size, but in the amount that i like him. he's like two or three years older, but he's kind of serious and smart. he studies all of the time, but he has a playful side that he lets out sometimes.
like i was sitting down resting my feet and these two high school girls came over and complimented me on my skirt and asked me where i had bought it. i told them it was some store in indiana and christoph came over and said "yeah i really like that skirt too. she wanted to wear a leather miniskirt, but i talked her out of it. it just wouldn't have been appropriate". so these girls are staring at me and i'm just like "yeah it's true, good thing i have him around for good fashion advice" or something like that and they walked away shocked and then one of them whispered to the other that if they had a leather miniskirt they would have wanted to wear it too.
so yeah maybe that doesn't sound funny to you, but it really is. he can just lie and make up some ridiculous story with a dead straight face.
it's great.
he's also fluent in english, german, and korean. he's spent most of his life living in europe and he's either half austrian or half german, i'm not sure.
he's reed's roommate.
basically he's a really cool guy. but i'm not going to ask him on anymore dates, because i don't want to reach the point where he has to reject me. and if he did not reject me (i guess i could say accept me) then i would freak and get scared and reject him, so what's the point?

single... that's me :)

Saturday, November 27, 2004

like skiing

so... today i went skiing and it was totally wahoo superb
it was scott (reed's big brother) reed and chris (reed's utah best friend)
we went to some slope called alta and it was really fun
i was a bit tipsy at the beginning, but the hangover wore off (or maybe there was no hangover and i just got used to skiing) and i didn't fall the last three times i went down so that was a success in my book.
i also had the privilege of treating my taste buds to the new found delight of
TAQUITOS!
i had no idea such a tasty treat was lurking in gas stations and supermarkets across america
seriously, do yourself a favor and go out and buy yourself a taquito today!
go right now
but yeah. they're great

i had a nice thanksgiving with the haynie family. oh wait maybe i wrote about this yesterday i can't remember
okay i love you all
smooches!
:p

Friday, November 26, 2004

how is it possible?

how is it possible to be so sick of being lonely and single and yet so petrified of being a couple? i guess i wouldn't mind being a couple, but i'm in utah and being a couple ends with an engagement ring, and that is what i'm petrified of.

how can someone let go of their self control enough to actually fall in love with someone else for forever?
what is love anyway?

happy thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

love actually

"you should always tell someone how you feel. i should have told her every day that i loved her, because she was perfect every day."

man... where do you find someone that thinks you're perfect even with all of your flaws?

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

signs

Did I read that sign right?

In an office:
TOILET OUT OF ORDER..... PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. ! WHY NOT BRING YOUR SPOUSE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR

Notice in a farmer's field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE , BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)

Monday, November 22, 2004

hmmmm

some interesting articles i found online...

Greatest Movie Quotes of all time?
http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20041118141409990008

Librarians want to jail people with overdue books
http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20041119103009990007

If you stole Jesus they'll give you beer if you return Him
http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20041118054109990003

Saturday, November 20, 2004

express dating

Get this! In Utah they have something called express dating! They did it at my stake dance last night. You could go into a different room and get a number stickered onto your shirt. Then you would cycle around with all of the other members of the opposite gender in the room and in about two minute periods you would talk to someone and then switch to the next person. You would just get to know each other and talk, then at the end you went and wrote down all of the numbers of the boys (or girls if you're a boy) that you thought were interesting or that you wanted to go on a real date with or that you just wanted to get to know better. Then they people told you their names and numbers. Where else but Utah?

They want us all to get married so bad!
Who the "they" is I'm not really sure.
But you guys should all listen to the Shrek 2 soundtrack.

So I am almost danced out. I went to a church dance last Saturday. On Wednesday I went to a country/swing dance. Last night I went to another church dance and tonight I'm going ballroom dancing. I love how much stuff there is to do here. There are always things going on, I'm sure all large colleges are like this, but it's so cool!
Like last night for example. I could have gone to watch two plays "The Bus Stop" or "The Taming of the Shrew" or I could have gone to the first home girl's basketball game or I could have gone to the Multinational Dance or the Latin dance or the World Fest Dance or my stake activity or I could have gone to the Silent Movie Night in the library or I could have walked to the dollar theater. then of course in the warm seasons there is even more to do because you can always just go hike up a mountain or wander through a cave or run through a water fall or go tubbing down the canyon. Like I never have an excuse for just sitting at home and not doing anything because there are so many things to do!

also, shout out to the posse for the cutest card i've ever seen.
i got it in the mail yesterday thanks girls you're the bestests!

Friday, November 19, 2004

dancing

dancing is definitely my favorite thing to do now. i love it. if any of you ever want to cha cha, waltz, foxtrot, triple swing, or polka PLEASE give me a call.
i would be ever so happy to dance with you!
i'm getting so excited
i have eleven school days left, two reading days, four days of exams and then i'm going to be home with my family and friends in wonderful flat indiana!

i ate dinner with reed tonight night at his apartment. it was kind of interesting. i mean he lives in the foreign language housing, with the german peeps so dinner was spoken entirely in... you guessed it. german. so yeah... the tacos were good. the people were pretty nice too. he has really cool roommates. he's a lucky man. i kind of wish that i lived in the portuguese house but then i don't know what i would do with my cat and i really like the ward i'm in.
we'll think on this.
i hope that everyone is having a nice day
and watching old movies from the 30s and 40s.
they're good stuff.
check 'em out
seriously
check 'em out

Monday, November 15, 2004

life as a musical

i love old movies.
i was talking to one of my friends the other day who i thought liked old movies, but they admitted to me yesterday that they don't really, they find them boring, they only watch them when they're watching them with me and then they like them because i like them so much and i make them interesting.
so i thought they liked them, but really they just always let me pick what we were watching. how funny.
seriously though, i just watched a cyd charisse and fred astaire movie, that was admittedly, a little stupid (it had a bad plot) but the dancing was so amazing that it didn't even matter. seriously i want to be able to do that.
of course this weekend was dancesport too so i've been watching a lot of live dancing too. i got to watch the U.S. Latin Dance Champions perform three numbers. man, Latin style dancing... it's the "sexiest" thing i've seen on my mormon campus. i was kind of surprised that we allow it, but hey it's latin right?
seriously samba, rumba, cha cha, pasadoble, waltz, quick step, tango, viennese waltz, foxtrot, triple swing, west coast swing, country line dancing, paleiro, mambo... i don't think i could ever get sick of watching it. and oh yeah the cabaret competition was the coolest thing i have ever seen in my life. they weren't dancing so much as defying gravity. you really have to wonder if the man is the strongest person in the world or if the girl doesn't weigh anything. also the girl obviously is not afraid of much because man wow. he's flinging her everywhere and lifting her so high in the air. it was amazing. okay we can all laugh at me because i honestly started crying during one of the numbers it was SO COOL.
i was totally feeling like the old woman in the vanessa williams and chayanne movie "Dance with Me" when she runs out onto the dance floor and yells "I WANNA DO THAT TOO" well that is so me. i wanna do that too.
some of the kids that were competing were i think the youngest were six year olds. there was a couple that couldn't have been older than 10 and they were amazing. they were so good and then in the next competition the girl's little sister was out there dancing with her partner and man she was even younger and just as amazing. i mean i'm a decade older and i will never be able to samba like that. i want to though. man dang.
i just wish i could step outside of my house one morning and everyone will be singing and dancing to the same song.
i think when i'm married i'm going to make one day where we have to speak in a foreign language when we talk to each other and another day where we have to sing everything that we say to each other. well we don't have to when we have company over, but besides then. of course my family may just fight back and not talk to each other on those days, but i can give it a try!
i love dancing.
there were some cool tshirts with quotes
"football isn't a contact sport. it's a collision sport. dancing is a contact sport"
"ginger rogers did everything that fred astaire could do, but backwards and in high heels"
"dancing is a short cut to happiness"
seriously ballroom dancing is BIG out here. the middle schools and high schools have teams that compete against each other. what i would have done to go to a school that had a partner dance team!!!
i love the world tonight!

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

so . . .

i'm so excited. i get to register for classes tomorrow! it's so great to be 19 1/2 years old and a freshman and not 25 and a third year senior. i tell you what those peeps are BURNT OUT from school but i'm still excited. there are so many classes i want to take next semester! there just really aren't enough hours in the day. well i guess it's also a problem that if i did it all next semester then i would be a freshman forever because there wouldn't be any classes left to take next year!
i'm thinking...
beginner jazz
social dance
latin dance
english
american heritage
book of mormon
church history 1845-present
portuguese
brazilian history
greek and roman mythology

so we'll see how many i'm actually allowed to do
oh yeah and there is some churchy leadership thing class that suzy wants me to take with her... that class too

SO BIZZARE MOMENT OF THE DAY:
so i get on the bus (not so weird right i do it every day at 7:20 in the morning) so the seats in the front are taken so i go sit in the back. i sit next to this guy that i don't know but it's the bus and there was an empty seat next to him, right. so right when i sit down he leans over and offers his hand to shake and says "hi michelle i'm scott" to this i'm not sure what to do so i shake his hand. see i love the name michelle, but it's usually only used when either someone doesn't know me or they've decided to call me michelle instead of mimi and i know that that particular person does that. so i'm thinking who is this guy? so i ask him um how do you know my name? he responds well i recognized your picture from the ward directory. i'm thinking... hmm either great memory or freaky right? then i think well hey i myself was flipping through it last night so i can't discriminate and hate on a guy that was doing the same thing i should just appreciate. ; ) so we talk the whole bus ride to campus and he's a nice guy. he asks me if i know who he or who any of his roommates are and honestly i had to say no. the only boys i know in my ward are my two home teachers and my FHE dad. the only time for getting to know each other is in relief society and the boys just don't make it in there. oh yeah i know the bishopric too but they're married. anyway so we're getting off the bus and he says "okay i have to be honest my roommates and i sat in front of you this sunday during sacrament and i thought you had a really nice voice" i'm thinking why is that something he has to confess or come clean with? but i just thank him for the compliment, say it was nice meeting him, and then walk to class.
bizzare, eh?

Friday, November 5, 2004

crapfully yours

okay sorry i've been browsing strongbad's emails a bit too much recently so i've got crap on the brain.

yeah so i'm sick. lissa was sick two sundays ago and then kyle was sick this sunday and i think i may have spent too much time with them and i forgot to take my vitamins all last week so it's been a bad combination. luckily today was a thursday. i can get sick on thursdays, tuesdays, and fridays without too much damage happening. mondays and wednesdays are out of the question though. i have too much stuff on those classes to miss. fridays i can miss because there is no biology, i have portuguese every single day so missing one day isn't that major and i can get the notes from music from ryan and the notes from pysch from suzy. thursdays and tuesdays are portuguese for the same reason and then my prophets class which i take at orem institute, it's not for credit and it doesn't count towards my GPA and i don't even get a grade in there, it's just for learning more about the prophets and having a class with melissa, but my teacher wrote the manual for my class so all i have to do is read the manual and i'll know what i missed (and it's an interesting manual so that's gravy) then i have book of mormon. the only dangerous thing about missing that is that attendance is part of your grade and sometimes there are pop quizzes, but you can miss two and not have it hurt your grade. on the plus side all of his notes, slides, and handouts are on his internet website so i get all of the information anyway. also today is the first time i've missed book of mormon and i'm really feeling like crap so i don't feel guilty about it.
it's not like i've been sitting around watching movies or anything. i've actually spent all day sleeping, eating, and working on my massive biology personal poster assignment on fruit breeding. i tell you what it's an exciting topic. in four generations from the same plum scientists can end up with yellow flesh or dark-red flesh, both with a dark-red skin. i mean i don't know how to mate plums like that... do you?

Monday, November 1, 2004

snow

so yeah the snow is sticking on the ground... def. getting colder

i totally miss my muncie friends right now

it was so dark and cloudy that i couldn't see the mountains so i could almost pretend that i was driving along I-69, but then i realized that i could see too many lights so it obviously was not indiana because even though i couldn't see the mountains it still was not flat. oh well. it is beautiful out here...

Saturday, October 30, 2004

one month anniversay!!!!!!!

hey today marks the one month anniversary of having a blog. my blog site has been looked at 400 times. i would like to thank viewers like you who made that possible.
lol. okay i'll admit it. when i first got a blog i would click on it and re-read what i had written just to make the numbers go up... but after that seriously it's all you guys
i love you guys
man i'm getting a little teary eyed here
i totally feel the love

okay. so i'm jamming out to michael jackson right now. the funny part is that i'm listening to it on my head phones so i'm just chillin' with my iBook and completely jamming.
it's an interesting visual.
i mean it must be or this many people wouldn't be staring at me. i like to do this in the library and seriously you draw looks when you're dancing sitting down to music that no one else can hear but i figure i don't have a boyfriend to embarass so i might as well please myself right? and myself is pleased by jamming
now i'm feeling the love with myself awww okay man you can tell it's the end of a really seriously long week because i'm starting to get a little weird.
okay i love everyone

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
may everyone have a visit from the Great Pumpkin (go read a Peanuts comic strip if you don't know what I'm talking about)
and for all of you homestarrunner.com peeps just keep waiting...decemberween will come eventually

i'm still wondering what happened to the goat in the black and white old school version of the hunchback of notre dame.
that director was amazing though. they made you think quasimodo was a monster, then they made you love him, then they turned him into a monster again but you love him now so you're all conflicted so you're like well he's not a monster because he was killing all of those people for the right reasons and then you wonder i mean is murder ever right? and then you're thinking even if it was wrong for him to murder all of those people can we really count a mentally handicapped person responsible or should we just pity him and realize that if he thinks you're going to hurt esmerelda he may kill you too? okay too much thinking whatever it's friday!!!!!!!!!!!

"i don't have to be me till monday" -emerson drive. great country song.

turkey vultures? anyone know what they are?

Friday, October 29, 2004

hunchback of notre dame

so yeah i went to the library movie archives thing with robbie to watch the movie and let me tell you what... you'll go through a range of emotions

i only have one question after watching it...
so what happened to the goat?

no seriously, it blows my mind the way that things used to happen and i can only imagine what people in a hundred years are going to be saying about us now.

i guess in retrospect i enjoyed it. i mean it made me think so you've got to love something that makes me do that.

SUCCESS STORY OF THE WEEK:
my first bio multiple choice test was a 53% (65% with the essay portion added in) and i decided that that was not cutting it for me. so i studied longer and got a 73% this time. wahoo! i can't wait until my essay portion is added in. the sky's the limit. how exciting.

so... yeah that was a good feeling.

thanks for the call jacob nicholas! sorry i missed it.
robbie thanks for going to the movie with me!

shout out to jacob jackson: i hope you're having a good day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

interesting facts

so i really am learning so much in my classes... i love it.
here are some interesting facts i learned in my human development class. it's so cool right now because my human development class and my general psychology class are both talking about adolescence so i get to hear it from two different teachers, with their different viewpoints, and of course the two different textbooks are interesting too.
anyway here they are

this was a study done by robin gilmour in 1988. some of these answers might seem weird to you like "i look for a man that has good abstract reasoning" but they're accumulative. she added what different people said and put them in the top ten categories, like she would put "hott" "cute" "pretty" "sexy" "beautiful" into "physically attractive" catch my drift? okay before you read these quickly think about what five or ten characteristics you want in your future partner, or current partner for some, or what you think your partner would like in you...

okay women on average look for these desirable qualities in their men:
1. a record of achievement
2. leadership qualities
3. skills at his job
4. earning potential
5. sense of humor
6. intellectual ability
7. attentiveness
8. common sense
9. athletic ability
10. good abstract reasoning

so we're thinking hmm women can be kind of shallow... then we see what the research brought up for the average man looking for desirable qualities in a woman:
1. physical attractiveness
2. ability in bed
3. warmth and affection
4. social skill
5. homemaking ability
6. dress sense
7. sensitivity to others' needs
8. good taste
9. moral perception
10. artistic creativity

i think it's funny that the guys threw "moral perception" there at the end.
so yeah these are just interesting facts to think about

a research done in 1979 by hill, rubin, and peplau discovered three more interesting facts:

*women are more likely to end the relationship
*rejected men tend to be lonelier, unhappier, and more depressed than rejected women
*rejected men find it harder than rejected women to accept the end of the relationship and manage to stay friends

and the third interesting fact of the day...
we were learning about rites of passage in traditional cultures, like boys becoming men and girls becoming women
well...
in kenya, some tribes have boys become men in an interesting way
boys aren't circumsized until they are sixteen years old and are given nothing to dull the pain
they are men if they bear it without making noise or indicating any pain or discomfort
it is then known about town how the boy (now man) was able to handle it...

yeah and i thought our dating rituals were painful.
that rite of passage definitely takes the cake
sorry boys...

so yeah think about these. wonder why rejected men get more depressed and women end relationships more... i mean would you have guessed that?
did the average qualities match up with yours?
it's just food for thought...

response papers

so we have to do all of these papers for pysch and it really is like "enough already"
but our most recent one was actually pretty interesting.
we got to interview our parents and grandparents about our parent's and our childhoods. then we were supposed to compare and contrast their childhoods with ours and then make a stance on the nature versus nurture debate. i have learned some very interesting things about my parents and about how they viewed me as a tot.
you should ask your parents and grandparents some questions. you'd be surprised what you find out.
;)

Monday, October 25, 2004

rain rain

...go away?

yeah so it has been raining so much out here! it has been raining every day since last monday.
okay that might not sound that amazing to some of my indiana friends, where during certain parts of the year it rains all the time and floods, but peeps
i'm in utah
we are in our fifth year of a drought out here
see i thought in droughts you like preserve water and stuff but people are using their sprinklers and not limiting showers or anything. anyone see "a cinderella story" with hilary duff? yeah i thought droughts were like that
but here is just means that it's really dry and we're still using water even though we don't really have it and every summer there are more and more parts of the lakes that are too shallow for us to water ski in.
so yeah and it's a desert here. who knew. it's like antarctica, it's a desert but there is snow which is water so you're thinking how is it a desert? it just means it gets a lot less rainfall
SO
the fact that it has rained every day for the past week is
BIZARRE
to say the least. :)
and it's wet
and i ride a bus and walk every where
so yeah i keep getting wet.
yeah
that was pretty much what this whole rant was leading up to...
i'm getting wet a lot.
okay yeah then
have a great day :)

Saturday, October 23, 2004

perfect

"Wouldn't life be perfect if...
sweatpants were sexy,
Monday mornings were fun,
junk food didn't make you fat,
girls didn't cause drama,
boys weren't so confusing,
nothing was regrettable,
you didn't have to lose the people you love,
friendships didn't fade,
and goodbye only meant til tomorrow..."
-Stolen from Teresa who stole it from Kara

Fall in love? I'd rather fall into chocolate.

Wait for the boy who pursues you, the one who will make an ordinary moment seem magical, the kind of boy who brings out the best in you and makes you want to be a better person, wait for the boy who will be your best friend, the person who will drop everything to be with you, wait for the boy who makes you smile like no other boy makes you smile and when he smiles you know he needs you, wait for the boy who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats and have no makeup on, but appreciates it when you get all dolled up for him, wait for the boy that won't give up on you..when the rest of the world has..wait for this boy... Stolen from Bri

everyone knows they're in love, by the way they dance... Stolen from Amy

I love you Courtney. Thanks for calling Stephen.

Friday, October 22, 2004

school bleahs

seriously.
i need a fall break or something.
we get less vacation than a hamster out here
well theoretically that can't be true. you can look at it two ways
either a hamster's entire life is a vacation because it doesn't have to do anything except sleep eat and other bodily functions and maybe run around a wheel if it gets bored or you can look at it in the other way and the hamster gets absolutely no vacation. it never gets a day off from being a hamster. it never gets to fly or lie out on a beach or jump through trees like a monkey. so yeah either way i lied.
but seriously peeps
two weeks for christmas?
no fall break?
no spring break?
thank goodness we get wednesday thursday and friday for thanksgiving, but that's in forever and we haven't had any vk since labor day. brutal people i'm telling you.
now of course you're telling me that i picked this college.
okay back off. i did it's true
and i will be grateful when my school ends the third week of april and i don't have to start school again until the first week of september. okay that's nice.
but still people gente
i am so sick of reading assignments exams essays papers the whole ball of wax. and i'm one of the weirdo kids that like school.
okay i need to stop whining and just go do my homework.
and stop skipping social things that i'm supposed to go to. i need to stop doing that.

oh yeah there is something i can't skip that right now i want to. my roommate's fiancee set me up on a blind date with one of his friends. some guy named peter that i've never met in my life. so totally blind. this could be exciting right? i've never gone on a blind date before...
yeeeeea i'll keep ya posted on that one. 8)

Thursday, October 21, 2004

loved

i seriously feel loved.
shout outs go to c work, stevo, and bri gurl
i love the emails and phone calls.
i miss you guys so much. i can't wait until christmas break.
i am so sad that i can't be home for thanksgiving.
i really want to see everyone again, but i guess that happens.

so yeah i feel loved by my friends, but i'm still seriously not feeling loved by one specific person. i guess it's okay since i don't have someone in mind for that specific person. there are so many amazing people here. i haven't honestly met someone that i don't like. i think that's because i don't live in a dorm though so i have a high control over who i see. i have crushes on seriously like ten guys. well not full fledged crushes, but everyone is just so cool!
so yeah i'm abounding in happiness right now
I LOVE ALL OF YOU!
*smooches*

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

aargh

so... i locked myself out of my house yesterday. there are five people that have keys to my house.
1. me
2. my roommate sarah
3. her fiancee jeff
4. my roommate melissa
5. her best friend who is not her boyfriend kyle

jeff and melissa were both at work
kyle and sarah were both in class

let me add that yesterday was the first day it got really cold. it rained and the top half of the mountains are covered in snow.
so yeah cold.
so sarah got done with her classes two hours after me but it was too cold to just sit on the porch because unfortunately all of my friends live on campus, not close enough for me to just go to and sit and wait.
so i started walking.
i walked all the way from my house to 900 South in OREM. it took me about an hour and a half. kyle found out and drove by and picked me up.
by then i was in a rush to make it to my next class. he fed me let me in to my house. by then i had missed my bus to class so he drove me. i was in such a rush when i switched my books from my morning classes to my afternoon classes that i still DIDN'T REMEMBER TO PUT MY KEY IN MY BACKPACK.
i'm an idiot.
i did however remember this time to grab a coat, scarf, gloves, and mittens.
bother.
luckily sarah and jeff were home when i got there that time so no more being locked out.

but yeah i have to go get ready to go to a emerson drive concert! yip yip I hope they play "I don't have to be me" and "I should be sleepin'" I really like those two songs. in fact i think they're the only songs of theirs that i know... :) love ya! smooches!

Monday, October 18, 2004

church

okay so sarah went to salt lake city to go to a missionary homecoming for one of her fiancee's old companions and it ended up being john bytheway's home ward and they sat right behind him in sacrament meeting.
melissa got scheduled to work.
so i needed a ride. my home teachers were able to take me and since they took me they offered to let me sit by them so i did.
it ended up being the sunday where instead of sunday school, relief society, and priesthood we have a two hour long chastity, morality, dating, and marriage talk.
i really would have prefered to be sitting next to my roomies for that one, but hey i know my home teachers a little bit better now. they're hilarious.
i met my visiting teachers today. ambrosia from hawaii and leigh from colorado. they're really nice. leigh and i are actually both on the enrichment meeting committee so i already knew her a little.
i wish i knew more people in my ward. i just don't know how to join their apartment complex friendships. they're all tight with the people that live near them. and i don't. i mean i have friends out here, but it would be nice to have more at church. i'll work on it... :)

Sunday, October 17, 2004

gossiping

why do people feel the need to ruin things?
you know in the movie mean girls where gretchen calls the blonde ditz plastic who's name starts with a k and asks her if she would want to know if someone said something bad about her and the other girl said no and then gretchen said well what if it was someone close to you and the other girl still says no?
well why did gretchen still have to tell her?
if they don't want to know then don't say it.
just don't talk about other people.
i am so sick of one of my friends telling me something and then another friend telling me something else and then me having to decide which friend i trust more and what the truth is and then having to deal with the fact that one of my friends is lying to me.

i hate lies. they're evil and they ruin people and relationships.

Friday, October 15, 2004

homosexuality and abortion

man. i am so confused. i always assumed that i would just vote for bush because i liked him, but i've been reading some stuff online and i realize that i don't really know anything about anything.
everyone is pushing people to vote but should i vote if i'm not an educated voter?
which would be worse?
i've always considered myself pro-life and against homosexual marriages. now i am wondering. after wading through a lot of reading on political views i'm not so sure about how i feel. i personally am not homosexual and i don't think that they should be able to get married, but just because i think that doesn't mean that everyone should be forced to think the way i think. it never occurred to me to think of it that way before.
i have friends that are homosexual and i love them but i hate seeing what being homosexual does to them. i don't think it's a happy, natural way to live. i love them but not what they're doing, and if someone thinks that's not possible, let me assure them that they're wrong, i mean it's just like loving a person but hating the ugly shirt they're wearing.
so i think that marriage should be between a man and a woman but i've decided that i don't think that my beliefs should be forced on others.
above all i think that we should have agency up until the point that we infringe upon someone else's agency in a way that could have been avoided.
i would then say that i think i've decided that gays and lesbians and bisexuals should be able to decide whom they want to marry, but they should not be allowed to adopt children.
all children should have the chance at having a mother and a father. i realize that many children are raised by a single "straight" parent, so you argue where is the mother and father there, but that is less avoidable. i'm not going to take someone's child away because their husband was abusive or their wife died. children should have the chance though, the opportunity and if they're adopted by two men or two women then they never have the chance. their agency is being taken away in a way that is avoidable.
now on abortion. i am pro-choice in the meaning that the choice should happen when the parents are having sex, not after the women is pregnant. the choice happens much before the pregnancy. if people are going to have sex then they should know that a very common consequence of that action is a child. they should not then be allowed to abort the child if it doesn't fit in their master plan. there are however occassions when abortions should be allowed, some rape cases for example, there was no choice there on the mother's part. none whatsoever. or if the mother and father want the child but it is so deformed that it will die shortly after birth and maybe hurt the mother during the birth, little chance things like that should be open for the mother and father to decide whether or not to have an abortion. people should be allowed to have the choice.
choices. freedom to make choices. that is what our country is built upon. if we take away the freedom to marry the person we love, will the freedom of following the religion we love be next?
of course i don't think murderers and the such should be allowed choice to do their evil deeds, because of course their agency should end when it infringes upon someone else's in a detrimental way. so there do need to be laws. for without laws there are no consequences. without consequences there are no incentives for doing wrong or right. with no reasons to do evil or good, evil and good cease to exist because there is no distinction between them.
what touchy subjects are being debated during this election.
i haven't even begun to touch the war subject.


on a happier note... i was able to talk to some friends from back home and that pretty much made my day. i only got to leave messages for bri and ems but c and chelle were able to talk to me. i love you girls!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

weekend

so amy's gone. *sniff*
it was wonderful being able to see my sister and Al. and of course, Anna and John came down for saturday and sunday too so that was great. i got to see a lot of people that i haven't seen in a while, some people as long as four years. that's the kind of cool thing about byu, all of the mormons i have known at some point from birth all eventually end up here. so then i get to see them again and be like "omg i was named after your mom" or "hey! i haven't seen you since i was five!" cool random things like that.
there were a few downsides to having amy and al here. it reminded me of all of the other people that i don't get to see anymore - those people being all of my wonderful amazing talented beautiful muncie friends. also i usually try to get to bed between 9 and 10:30 but amy is one of those college students that go to bed between like 1 and 2 a.m. (i think i'm the weirder college student) so i got less sleep, because where she and al slept was above my bedroom so i could hear them while i was trying to call asleep, also i didn't get much homework done because she was here and i was busy doing things with her.
i'm glad that i was able to spend time with her. :) and everyone else that i was able to see this weekend.
it was a nice weekend, if somewhat long

oh yeah other great news. i took my second psych exam yesterday. my first one i got a 54 and this time i got a 69! i am so close to getting a C. i only studied one additional hour too, so i think that if i study even more next time maybe i'll do even better... now that may sound obvious to most people but honestly some classes i can study for one hour or ten and i seriously always get the same grade. that's annoying.

courtney if you're reading this - i'm sorry that your weekend didn't turn out like you wanted it to. i love you!

Saturday, October 9, 2004

temple

so i finally made it to the temple to do baptisms. however it didn't quite work out as peacefully and wonderfully as i had planned.
it's a ward temple trip but when we showed up at 8:30 there were only about ten people there. that was understandable because a young man in my ward died last week and his funeral or viewing was this morning so most people in my ward were there.
so we go to the place to show your recommend, but apparently the baptistry has a separate place so we go downstairs and this old man cuts my recommend and puts it in a plastic sheath. that was weird. then they searched for our ward on the list and apparently who ever is in charge of planning these trips did everything (like put notes on every door in our ward) except for calling the temple and signing up for it. great. so the temple didn't know we were coming. so remember how i got there at 8:30? well i got done at 12:00. i only did six confirmations and one baptism and i could have sworn one of the people i did it for name was Robert Harry and my elbows came up once so i had to do it again. i cannot believe how many mormons there are here. out of control. three and a half hours. it wasn't even the peaceful feeling i usually get to experience either, because everything was so stressful for me for some reason.
then i picked up an ensgign to read while i waited and it was some random july 2003 issue, but it really seemed like two of the articles in that magazine were written for me. it was amazing. after that i felt great. God is amazing.
:)

Friday, October 8, 2004

food

i really need to start eating more. with homework and exams and papers and sleep and catching the bus, eating just seems to take the backseat. when i have time to eat i'm on campus and i don't want to spend money so then i say i'll cook something when i get home but then i get home and i'm too busy. i'm withering away. and being unhealthy. i need to start forcing myself aargh!

Thursday, October 7, 2004

dangerous chick flicks

seriously peeps. chick flicks are dangerous. hazardous to my health dangerous. i leave them just wanting to run out and find someone to snuggle with.
agh.
there are no guys in utah that i can snuggle with.
now the problem is apparent :)
of course if i were more open to meeting new people i suppose i could have made new guy friends by now that didn't have girlfriends. but i already have so many friends and they're wonderful people, they're in muncie, but they're amazing. i don't want to replace them. i suppose i could figure out a way to make new friends without replacing my old ones but that's confusing.
i'll just focus on getting enough sleep and doing my homework.

...still it would be nice to have someone to be with.

sometimes i want to have someone to fall asleep next to
and someone to laugh with
and someone to love me when i'm stupid
and someone who i can abide being around
and someone who doesn't make me wonder who they would rather be with
and someone who doesn't want me to be someone else unless that person is a better me
and someone who will just lie next to me with their arms around me
someone to fall asleep with and dream my dreams with and then wake up the next morning and spend my life living those dreams with that someone.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

marriage

my roommate got engaged last night.
nuff said.

drained

so... do ya ever feel drained?
okay here's the skivvy. i had an exam on friday. i had general conference all weekend. i had an exam on monday. i had an exam today and a rough draft of a paper due. i have two exams tomorrow and a paper due. i have a bass recital to go to on thursday and a quiz and a paper due on friday. but then
:) :)
my sister is flying in on saturday along with her best friend and my good friend allison, so things hopefully will be better in the world

lol my roommate came downstairs today and promised that she would try her best to not get too sucked into "sarah world" and get too self centered. she wants me to go dress shopping with her. i am excited about that
oh yeah and for all of my friends that aren't mormon, a head up on weddings here in byu... people meet get engaged and get married on an average around six months. it's not uncommon to hear about four months. people wonder why you're not engaged if it's longer than a year, it's kind of assumed that if it's longer than a year then something is wrong and needs to be fixed or you should just break up because it's not going to happen. it's crazy madness i tell you what. i mean sarah's boyfriend oops fiancee got off his mission this spring, they met while hiking up the mountain with friends and now this fall they're engaged. oh yeah i forgot to ask when the wedding date was... with a mormon - who knows.
i love all y'all

Monday, October 4, 2004

weekend

so yeah i survived. :)
suzy and i hung out friday night. we were dancing with my partner from my social dance class. we're trying to get him ready to test with me on wednesday for our foxtrot unit. he's not completely hopeless... i just wish he would lead. s-) next unit is cha cha and i'm super excited about that.
one of my best friends called and has gotten their mission call to ogden utah so i'm super excited about that. suzy and i were so pysched that we started screaming and dancing and pounding pillows. :p
saturday was the beginning of general conference. i watched the session with robbie. it was fun. i haven't seen him in a while he had four or five midterms last week so he was a little busy. we were going to go eat at applebee's during priesthood session, but it was way too busy so we just ordered a pizza and watched a movie instead lol. i started really missing my muncie friends too but then i talked to one of my best friends from muncie on the phone and he made me feel tons better.
sunday i watched the first session at the marble's house with sarah and her boyfriend (it was his house) and then the second session i watched at the roush's! valerie myers, rachel willian, angie sutton, stephanie baker, suzy boyce, and i rounded out the muncie party there. sam didn't know about it until too late, sarah was in SLC, reed was in bountiful and who knows where scott and ryan were. antisocial. we're working on them. ;)
i really enjoyed the prophet's talk during the sunday morning session. that was great. i really need to hear that because i was feeling a little down about the woman's role in the church. it made me feel much better.
this weekend has been a super up and down one emotionally. my roommates saw me cry for the first time when i was really sad saturday night. but i am feeling super great now so i'm glad that life goes on
i decided i give mandy too many cat treats and she is seriously in cat treat denial right now. poor baby... ben roush is soooooo much taller now. it was insane how much he's changed in less than a year. i can't believe he's only a sophomore.
my sister is going to be here in less than a week!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2004

success!

eureka!
okay so good mood.
i had a music exam two weeks ago and i got a 86% on it. needless to say i was not pleased, seriously, it was a music exam and i had studied for a really long time.
i decided to do better on the next one. i took it today and i totally got a 94%! so yeah i'm pleased. :p

i applied for an absentee ballot on monday. i mailed it on tuesday. i hope i made whenever the deadline is. i really want to vote. presidential elections are major. did anyone catch the debate last night? i heard like five minutes of it on the radio and then read a really crappy report of it in the newspaper today so i really didn't get much from it. i'm sure i could find it on the internet somewhere if i searched.

Friday, October 1, 2004

aargh death to buses

okay so lol. i have a meeting with the secound counsler in the bishopric at 6:30 at the church house. i figure that i should leave at 5:30 just in case the bus takes longer than i thought. on sunday's my roommates drive me to church so i've never really paid attention to where the church actually was. however i thought i had passed it on my bus before and i remember that there is a bus stop right in front of my churcfh so i think i'm golden good to go
or not.
yeah so i forgot that i'm utah. it was totally a different church building. sad. so i get off the bus because it's just getting further away from where i need to be and i start walking. unfortunately i don't know where i'm walking towards. i get out my cell phone and call kyle, maria, reed, linda, carolina, melissa, sarah j, sarah haynie, sarah homer, maria, and yeah no one knows the address or isn't home or whatever their reason. no one can help me.
so i'm wandering around in a town that i'm completely unfamiliar with and i have three exams next monday so i'm stressed out so i'm like crying when all of a sudden this man comes up behind me
FREAKED ME OUT
but apperently he was an nice man, not a freaky man, and he said "excuse me but are you looking for someone" i said no i'm looking for my church buildling. he asked me which ward i was in and i told him and he said oh it's half a block that way. i walked half a block and sure enough there it was!
so i'm half an hour early and i decide to sit on the stoops and study but then yeah half an hour passes and there are no cars in the parking lot and the doors are all locked... suspicious so i call the number that called me to set up this appointment but it was the roommate of the guy i wanted but he gave me the right number and he was surprised and said he would call the first counsler and lo and behold the meeting was supposed to be at the first counsler's house, not the chapel. unfortunately i didn't know where that was. so the guy and his roommate came and got me since it was their fault i was at the wrong place and then waited during my appointment and took me to campus for a concert at 7:30
oh yeah, i got a calling. i'm on the enrichment committee. wahoo. lol
so the concert was classical and jazz music played by a piano and clarinet. it was pretty. i had to go for my music class. i've decided that i like instrumental music better when it's either an amazingly good musician or a large orchestra. i'm still more of a vocal music person.
after the concert i studied with ryan for one of my exams, his girlfriend holly was there too. she's pretty cool.
so yeah i'm exhausted now from getting so emotionally stressed out by being lost and on foot.
maybe i should get a job and save money to buy a car...
i'll still get lost...
but at least i'll be driving.
night y'all

Thursday, September 30, 2004

bus stops

8) So yeah... man bus stops really are a kick in the pants. i mean usually they're fabulous because they are how i get places. however this is the second evening i have had to sit at the bus stop for 54 minutes waiting for the bus. tonight it was in the rain. all of the evening concerts on campus start at 7:30 and end a little bit after 9:00 because they never start on time. well my bus comes around 8:58 and in the evening it only comes every hour so i have to sit at the bus stop for almost an hour. i usually have a book with me so it's not that bad but i could be at home sleeping or doing homework or something useful. both of my roommates have cars too but i have to mooch rides off of them so much that i feel guilty about doing it all the time. bleah
in psych today we were talking about people with frontal lobe injuries (a kind of brain damage). we were discussing how they have problems with linking knowledge, emotions, and/or logic in decision making. the teacher asked the class what we base our decisions on. suzy dared me to raise my hand. so i informed the class of how i base who i date off of who won't let me not date them rather than the guy i like the most. so i use logic by dating the person that it's hardest to not date rather than emotions by figuring out who i like and dating that person. as soon as i said the word "date" there was dead silence (this is BYU...) and when i said my OLD dating philosophy all of these people just turned around and stared at me. it was funny. i can't believe i do things like that
like last sunday when sarah jackson was going to call this guy in my ward and impersonate me if i didn't call him. aargh. better me than her pretending to be me. who knows what she might have said. so yeah a girl answered and was like "hi this is jacob's phone" and i asked if i could talk to jacob and she said sure and then another girl's voice was on the phone and said "hello" so um yeah i hung up. it was so sixth grade. man. then of course being the technological era it is... he called back and i made up that we had a bad connection and got disconnected, but it was so unbelievable because i kept going on about it. then oh man someone told me to invite him for dinner so i invited him and his roommate over for dinner after general conference on sunday.
i never do that. i'm a super outgoing person, but usually only with those i know. aargh. this guy could be a serial killer or even more random my home teacher! i hope his rooommate is nice
only at byu...

favorite recent purchase: Hilary Duf's new CD "Hilary Duff" i'm lovin' it ;)