Monday, December 19, 2011
That's pretty good!
I think my favorite thing about this first year together was being able to learn more about each other; our personalities, our interests, our embarrassing stories from middle school, etc. I love and admire Jordan EVEN MORE than I did a year ago, and I know that those feelings will only grow stronger with time.
On a less cheesy note, I GET TO TALK TO MY BROTHER ON CHRISTMAS VIA SKYPE YAAAAAAAAAAAY. I'm excited to see his adorable little face. Look at it. So cute.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
And these are things I'm excited about:
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
That's my sweet little sister, Alexa, holding Grace (my cousin's daughter). Among other family events, there was a 50th anniversary party for my grandparents on Saturday. As was expected, Grace was the most popular person who attended.
Monday, August 8, 2011
And a festive Scrabble board that really has nothing to do with the dinosaur date.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Anyway, as I sat on the floor of the bathroom, I entertained myself by trying to figure out where middle C was and to memorize it. It so happened that I knew a song in the key of C that started with C, so it was pretty easy to find. I was incredibly pleased with myself for figuring it out, since I could add C to my list of...(now) two notes that I've memorized. I've also memorized A.
The reason I was able to do this is that I have good pitch memory, meaning that if I hear a song enough times, I "memorize" what it sounds like and I know which key it's in by ear. (I hope that makes sense. This isn't to say that I can exclaim, "Oh, that's in A minor!" when I hear a random song...unless I happen to know that the song is in A minor somehow). This strange gift is great for singing a cappella. It's also awful for listening to people a cappella, because I know when they're singing it in the wrong key.
So my life goal now is to train myself to have perfect pitch, if that's the correct technical term for it. I feel like it would be great to expand my weird talent even further, don't you?
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
- "The Little Drummer Boy"
- "The Reason" by Hoobastank
- "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
- "Wherever, Whenever" by Shakira
- "Breaking the Habit" by Linkin Park
- "Teardrops on My Guitar" by Taylor Swift
- "The Reason" by Hoobastank (I had it stuck in my head on two completely separate occasions)
- "Ich Bin Dein Gummibär" ("I Am a Gummy Bear" in German)
- "Bedrock Anthem" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
- "Photograph" by Nickelback (I have spared you the official video; this one is probably
- Probably the worst of all: "Pieces of Me" by Ashlee Simpson
Monday, June 6, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Finals are in a week and a half. I've written six papers and taken ten tests so far this term, with two and four left, respectively. I suppose that sounds pretty [redacted] awful, but when you consider the fact that I'm only taking Spanish 105 and ELang 529 (?... I still don't know), that none of the papers have been longer than three pages, and that all the tests have been for Spanish and haven't taken longer than 30 minutes, it isn't all that bad.
I have nothing else for you, so go look at this adorable blog.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
But seriously, think how cool it would be if the world worked like it does in video games! First off, no one would be afraid of heights, since usually you could just fall as far as you want without any damage (or even constant acceleration due to gravity). Worst case scenario: you might lose half of your life meter and wobble vertically for a few seconds, but that's okay--just grab a few coins and you're back to full life!
Getting up long flights of stairs would be much easier. You could just wall jump all the way up (although some people are certainly better at that than others). Some people would just be able to hold their breath and fly the whole way up.
Jealous of the athletic abilities of Jimmer? Just inhale him and then swallow, and suddenly you've inherited his abilities! Tired of waiting in traffic? Just grab a feather and you can jump over everyone else (although only the older generation have access to the feather--younger drivers will have to be content with the golden mushroom or some other way of getting ahead). And if your kids are acting up, you can just grab them with your tongue and turn them into eggs for a while!
On the other hand, I guess there would be come drawbacks if life were like a video game. First off, you'd always have to worry about Peppy coming in over the communicator telling you to do a barrel roll when you don't want to, not to mention having to save him and Slippy all the time. But at least Falco would be pretty cool to have around. If you had a girlfriend who happened to be royalty, you would probably spend most of your life trying to rescue her from some creepy turlte/dinosaur/dragon with spikes on his shell, relying mostly on his own stupidity (placing bombs conveniently near where he's waiting to fight you, standing on a bridge that is easily destroyed by the axe he left at the end, or butt-pounding himself through the floor) to defeat him. And if your girlfriend wasn't royalty, she would probably be more likely to hang out in one spot and never move, providing musical instruments, healing powers, "save spots," or some other semi-useful item, but not her love and attention that you really wanted.
Speaking of save spots, I think that might just be the best thing about life being like a video game. Of course, the older generations would be out of luck, but our generation would be able to push themselves beyond their normal comfort zone (or even past their physical limits), then just revert back to their last save spot if things don't work out. Think about how well that would work on midterm exams! Of course, some people would have to go all the way back home each time they started their game, but plenty of people would be able to save whenever and wherever they wanted!
Well, there are plenty of other awesome things that would happen if life were like a video game. I think my favorite would be Pokémon. But in the end, I think things would get pretty chaotic. Not to mention the confusion when some people die multiple times and just reappear at the entrance to the same room they died in. Some people would even be able to loot their own corpses. That would probably be just a little disturbing. Maybe it's better that life isn't like a video game. Sometimes, though, I just really want to throw a vegetable at that annoying kid who asks stupid questions in class.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
My Spanish class forces me to do cultural activities every now and then, to help me become a more well-rounded person, I guess. Jordan and I decided to go to El Salvador Restaurante yesterday, because they apparently had a legendary food I needed to try, and I figured, Hey! Food=culture. Good plan!
So we went to this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant, and man. The atmosphere was sweet. Half the tables were legit booths, and the other half were the kind of cheap white tables you put on your patio.There were El Salvadorian decorations plastering the walls, in a weird-but-charming way, and the owner's kid/nephew/cousin was sitting in the corner, wearing an apron and coloring.
We ordered our food from a woman who spoke rapid-fire Spanish. I mostly understood what she was saying, and gave really good two- to three-word answers to her questions. All the while, I questioned myself: Was anything I learned in Spanish real? Do I sound like a total and complete idiot right now? Is anything I'm saying coherent or remotely grammatically correct, or am I just stringing together unrelated words in an unforgivable Spanish accent?
Apparently we did all right, because our food got to us, and I was so excited to devour it. We order "pupusas," which is Spanish for "a corn tortilla injected with the most delicious cheese, meat, and vegetables you've ever had in your mouth before." It also came with this shredded cabbage stuff that had been...marinated...in sauce. It was a lot better than it sounds.
After our happy mealtime, we got home, and within a half hour, my stomach said, "Dria. You made a bad choice today." And it proceeded to violently surrender its contents.
I suppose this means I had food poisoning. I was, in fact, food poisoned. Can you say it like that? Should it be hyphenated? I've never really understood what the term means. When people say, "Dude, yesterday sucked. I got food poisoning," do they really mean, "Yesterday I went to a shady 'authentic' restaurant and had the most amazing food ever, which I later threw up and now I never want to think about that place again, ever"?
Perhaps I'll never know what that phrase means, or if I was finally able to be an unwilling participant. I do know that I deserve extra credit on that Spanish assignment.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
That is, not until NOW. Dria almost spilled the beans in her last post, but we still weren't sure whether it was true or not. Now, however, it has been verified to be 100% true.
We're going to have a baby!!!
I'm seriously so excited! We both love babies, and now we finally get to have one of our own. I think moving into a ward with 70-80 babies under the age of 2 was what really made us decide to have our own baby now. We had been talking about it for a while, but we finally feel like we're ready to accept this big responsibility.
Of course I'm nervous about what this will mean for us as a family. I'm going to have to be even more of a responsible adult now that I'm going to be a father. I can't describe all of the feelings and thoughts that are going through my head. It's crazy! But I'm excited and happy; I know we're going to have a wonderful experience with our first baby. And in eight more months, we'll be able to share tons of cute baby photos for everyone to comment on and enjoy.
Now we just have to figure out what to name the baby! (And whether it's a boy or a girl, of course!)
Monday, March 14, 2011
Totally kidding, we're not planning on babying it up anytime soon. But seriously, our blogging has been lacking lately. Buhhhh
Sometimes? We see this guy walking across campus who reads Star Wars fanfic books while he walks. They all have words like "Battle" or "Prophecy" or "Destiny" or "Planet" in the title. Jordan and I decided that it would be really easy to make cash on the side writing Star Wars fanfic. Except we might get the physics wrong, or the laws of the Jedi Order wrong or something.
Yeah...I got nothing. I love you.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Isn't it encouraging that even though we're grown ups, we don't have to act like it all the time?