In my last post I said it wouldn't be long before we passed Kansas and Ohio State in the rankings. Well, it's 5 hours later and GUESS WHAT WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Um... We rock.

So BYU is making a run for best college basketball team in the country, all thanks to Jimmer Fredette, of course. :D In the past few weeks we've been ranked at 6th, but as of today, ladies and gentlemen, WE ARE 3RD IN THE NATION!!!!!!

Here's a little proof.

Stick THAT in your juice box and suck it.

It won't be long before we put Ohio State and Kansas in their places, that's for sure. AMERICA, PREPARE TO BE JIMMERED!!!!!!!

The Carpenters - Close To You

Fashion vs. Poverty

As I was walking back from my Portuguese 102 class, I happened to be following a certain somebody (no, I'm not being coy; I honestly don't know the guy) who was wearing neon pink duct tape pants. When I saw this, I began thinking to myself, "Is this guy so desperately in need of a pair of pants that he would spend countless hours MAKING a pair from duct tape? Or is he just desperate for attention? Perchance he just really wants to start a trend..." I honestly couldn't come up with a possible explanation as to why this freak of fashion nature had occurred.

In all honesty, I wish I could show you these pants. Normally, Google doesn't let me down. However, my request did seem a bit outlandish. This is the very best I could come up with:

Now just imagine that in neon pink...

And here was the other question I was contemplating: why PINK? I mean, sure, if you're gonna make a very flashy fashion statement, I suppose it would make sense to go all out. But honestly, in my opinion, it would've been better if he had chosen neon green, or yellow, or orange, or ANY OTHER COLOR THAT WOULDN'T SUGGEST HE'S FLAMBOYANTLY GAY.

That was my rant for the day. Thanks for listening. :)

A little something that made my day.

Or my week. Or my life. Regardless, a happy event marked my life last week.

Radiohead released a new album.

Bow before...

Granted, it's a lil one. Only got 8 tracks, but they're quality. Radiohead is true to their sound, and that sound is fabulous. My dear friend Kylan described this album as a cross between their albums "Amnesiac" and "Hail To The Thief." I'll agree with this, they certainly don't follow the classic song structure like they did in "Creep", "Karma Police" or "Electioneering." You get a simple, honest sound with simple, honest lyrics. I especially love the more acoustic tracks, "Codex" and "Give Up The Ghost."

To make things even better (as if that were even possible), they've also released their first music video off this album. Gotta love Thom Yorke's dancing. :)

Ladies and gentlemen, "Lotus Flower."


For The First Time - The Script

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we're gunna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Saying things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
We're smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time

The misfortunes of humanity

Today was the 4th anniversary of my dad's death. In honor of his memory, I got up early this morning and placed roses on most of the benches around Helaman Halls. I was joined by 4 of my friends (3 Ashley's and a Jordan). It was a great experience.

However, as I walked back from my first class, I found that many of my sweet roses had been taken. I was completely upset by this. I still am, really. I mean, I made a special effort to tie tags to each of the roses, asking explicitly not to touch them or move them. I wanted to yell at someone. Unfortunately, I don't know who the thief is.

However, regardless of that, today was still about my dad. He was the best dad I could've ever asked for. I love him and I miss him deeply. I wish for a lot of things, but more than anything else I wish that he had never gotten sick and died. But alas, such are the misfortunes of humanity.

David Woodard Carraway
 Born October 29, 1958
Died February 17, 2007

[Carraway used to be spelled with only one R.]

From my first night at home...

When I went home for Christmas on December 18th, I spent the first night hanging out with my 'lil sister and watching her awesome acrobatics. Not only did I watch her awesome acrobatics, though, but I filmed them as well. That night was when I started experimenting with video edits and cool settings and the like. The result was this:

Yeah, it's a little rusty, definitely not my best work. But I had a fantastic time making this video and learning about all the awesome things I did not know I could do on iMovie. Also, I'm quite proud of the timing of the video with regards to the music. Surprisingly, that didn't happen on purpose, but I'm quite really happy with the way it turned out. And, let's be honest, people, my sister is just plain adorable. :)

Also featured in the video, aside from my sister, Hannah, is my best friend Stephanie. My brother Brandon also makes a brief cameo. :)
Music credits go to Florence + The Machine, "Dog Days Are Over."

It's about that time...

... when people start slacking on their New Years resolutions. In past years, I have been no exception to this trend. However, I am determined not to let that happen to me this year. I've tried to think of ways to keep myself motivated, and I came up with a little list. I'll share it now. :)

1. Set easily attainable goals. Aim low. Don't try to overload yourself now. Often times I've been determined to lose weight really fast and so I'd tell myself to run 5 miles every day. Who was I kidding?? I couldn't run hardly a mile to save my life.

*Edit: Don't MAKE YOURSELF bonk. :D

When you set your goals too high and then find that you can't achieve them, it's easy to feel down on yourself and give up. Start out with something easy. For now, I'll push myself to run a mile each day. Once that becomes easy for me, I can work my way up.

2. Tell everyone you know. The more people who know about it, the more likely you won't want to let them down. I always tell my closest friends I'm planning on working out, and they always check up on me to make sure I'm not slacking. My roommate is especially zealous in keeping me on track. Whenever I go for the desserts or seconds at the Cannon Center, I often get this face from her:

She WISHES she was as cool as the Rock.

When you've got your friends pushing you, it's hard to slack. You may even want to get people to PHYSICALLY push you to attain your goals. I've had people pull me up out of bed or away from my desk to get me to move. Do what you have to. It will be worth it.

3. Reward yourself. Remember when you were in 2nd grade and your teacher would give you a gold star if you got something right? 

I loved getting those gold stars. It gave me such a good feeling. Guess what? Not much has changed since 2nd grade! It's always good to have a little incentive to follow your resolutions. If you lose those 10 pounds and you drop that dress size, go buy yourself a dress in your new size! 
For me, though, losing those 10 pounds would be reward enough. :)

The Sky and the Moon and the Stars and the..

You make me feel like I can touch the stars.

When I'm with you,
I can reach out and grab hold of the moon.
Your love is as infinite as the dark blue night sky,
and as beautiful as the stars that fill it.
You are the man on the moon,
and I am the little girl, standing on solid Earth,
waving at you every night.
I only see you for a brief time, since you only shine with the moon,
but it's better than anything that goes on in my day.
Without you, I'd have no place for my heart to stay.
You're a castle to hold my love
and a sand box full of mystery
with an element of surprise.
You're everything good in my life
and everything I need.
You bring me smiles with your one smile.
Your smile is as contagious as the flu -
I catch it every time I lay eyes on you.
There's really no words that can describe this feeling..
other than sweetie, I LOVE YOU.

Happy Valentines Day, everyone.

The fruit of my soul

Yes, I know, this is like my 4th post today. But I honestly just found the most beautiful creation known to mankind.

Behold, the fruit ukes.

These ukulele's come in three scrumptious flavors. :D

It would be completely impossible to feel sad whilst playing a fruit. Call me crazy, but I found these 'lil bad larry's on the Kala ukulele website, where my own dear ukulele was purchased from, and I absolutely fell in love. How could I not??? These are precious!!

My birthday is in August. You know what to get me. ;)

My mommy loves me!!!

Look what showed up in the mail today!!

Totally made my day <3

Love you mommy!

Cheesy cheesy

I'm not usually one to be cheesy. But lately I've been writing a lot of poetry, and I wrote a poem about the kind of man I want to end up with someday. Seeing as it's Valentine's Day, I decided it would be a good time to share this poem. Enjoy!

I Want

I want
The kind of man who
Will be driving past a mountain
And pull over
Just to find out if he
Can climb it.

Or by a brilliant floral meadow
And pick out the brightest
Of the brights,
Just for me.

I want
The kind of man who
Will sleep with
His arms around me,
Who will pause from
His busy important day just
To pull me close
And smell my hair,

Or to just watch me
And wonder what
I am thinking at that very

I want
His hands to be
Big and strong,
Able to build and repair
A home, or a heart

But also gentle hands,
That skate over my skin
At night,
And hold the little ones
As they fuss
But they know from his
Hands that
Their daddy loves them.

I want
The kind of man who will
Test my limits and
Push my buttons until
I can't take it anymore.
But I can't
Stay mad because
He never lets me forget how
Crazy I am about him.

I want
A man who watches
The world around him,
Sees what others cannot
And always strives to
Find out more,
Because he knows
There is no end.

He will always
Push me to try new
Things that scare me
But I know I can
Trust him
And so I try them anyway.

I want
A man who will
Call home every day
Twelve times or more
To find out
How I'm doing
What I'm doing
And to never let me forget
How crazy he is about me.

I want
A man who
Will get angry sometimes,
If only so he can always
Be reminded of
How much a meant to him
And he to me.

And if he has to leave me
For a day, or a week,
Or forever,
That he won't say
But simply
And resolutely
See you later.

[Insert cheesy love quote here.]

Other Sugestions

Meu top de musicas que esperancosamente queria postar por aqui: :)

Break your little heart – All Time Low
Happy together - Turtles
Last Train Home – Ryan Star
I got you – Leona Lewis
L.O.V.E. – Michael Buble
Be my valentine – Svetlana Loboda
Have you really loved a woman – Bryan Adams
Endless Love – Lionel Richie; Diana Ross
Somebody to love - Queen
Close to you - ?
Hey love – Jason Mraz
What would love do now
Don't go breaking my heart - Elton John
Toxic valentine - ?
Secret valentine – We The Kings
Accidentally in love – Counting Crows
Love is hard – James Morrisson
Broken Hearted Girl - Beyonce
Love Today - Mika
Friday I’m, in love – The Cure
One Love - Sara Tavares
Love Like Crazy - ?
I was born to love you – Freddie Mercury
Sorry seems to be the hardest word – Elton John
Bleeding love – Leona Lewis
If It's Love - Train
You’re Love It's Just a Lie – Simple Plan
Lover, lover, lover – Lee Bryce
She will be loved – Maroon 5
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
(E muitas outras… muitas muitas)

Eu recomendo. Feliz Dia de São Valentim! :)
Cyan. XOXO

Ryan Star - Last Train Home

You haven't changed
Stand in the light
I need to see you
Uncover my eyes

The tears coming down
Making lines on your face
One for each year, now
That you've been away

We were only kids, we ran like water
Your dad said, "Stay away from my daughter"
The sun was coming down
When I said, "Can't you just believe?"

And if you wait for me
I'll be the light in the dark if you lose your way
And if you wait for me
I'll be your voice when you don't know what to say

I'll be your shelter, I'll be your fate
I'll be forever, wait for me
I'll be the last train
I'll be the last train home

You were a storm
It blew us away
I wouldn't leave you
But you couldn't stay

We were only kids, we ran like water
Your dad said, "Stay away from my daughter"
The sun was coming down
When I said, "Can't you just believe?"

And if you wait for me
I'll be the light in the dark if you lose your way
And if you wait for me
I'll be your voice when you don't know what to say

I'll be your shelter, I'll be your fate
I'll be forever, wait for me
I'll be the last train
I'll be the last train home

We were only kids, we ran like water
I told your dad, "I love your daughter"
The sun was coming down
When I said, "Hallie just believe"

And if you wait for me
I'll be the light in the dark if you lose your way
And if you wait for me
I'll be your voice when you don't know what to say

I'll be your shelter, I'll be your fate
I'll be forever, wait for me
I'll be the last train
I'll be the last train
Hold on to love and wait for me

I'll be the last train
I'll be the last train home
I'll be the last train
I'll be your last train home

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are

Oh, her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they're not shinin'
Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her tryin'
She's so beautiful
And I tell her everyday

Yeah, I know, I know when I compliment her, she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so sad to think that she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me do I look okay?
I say

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

Her lips, her lips, I could kiss them all day if she'd let me
Her laugh her laugh, she hates but I think it's so sexy
She's so beautiful
And I tell her everyday

Oh, you know, you know, you know I'd never ask you to change
If perfect's what you're searching for, then just stay the same
So don't even bother asking if you look okay
You know I'll say

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

The way you are
The way you are
Girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are, yeah

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Picture perfect memories
Scattered all around the floor
Reaching for the phone 'cause
I can't fight it anymore

And I wonder if I
Ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one
I'm all alone
And I need you now
Said I wouldn't call
But I've lost all control
And I need you now

And I don't know how
I can do without
I just need you now

Another shot of whiskey
Can't stop looking at the door
Wishing you'd come sweeping
In the way you did before

And I wonder if I
Ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one
I'm a little drunk
And I need you now
Said I wouldn't call
But I've lost all control
And I need you now

And I don't know how
I can do without
I just need you now

Whoa, whoa
Guess I'd rather hurt
Than feel nothing at all

It's a quarter after one
I'm all alone
And I need you now
And I said I wouldn't call
But I'm a little drunk
And I need you now

And I don't know how
I can do without
I just need you now
I just need you now

Oh baby, I need you now

Leona Lewis - I Got You

A place to crash, I got you
No need to ask, I got you
Just get on the phone, I got you
Come and pick you up if I have to

What's weird about it is we're right at the end
I'm mad about it, just figured it out in my head
I'm proud to say I got you

Go ahead and say goodbye, I'll be alright
Go ahead and make me cry, I'll be alright
And when you need a place to run to
For better, for worse I got you, I got you

Ain't falling apart or bitter
Let's be bigger than that and remember
The cooling outdoor when you're all alone
Won't survive it, no drama, no need for a show
Just wanna say I got you

Go ahead and say goodbye, I'll be alright
Go ahead and make me cry, I'll be alright
And when you need a place to run to
For better, for worse I got you

Go ahead and say goodbye, I'll be alright
Go ahead and make me cry, I'll be alright
And when you need a place to run to
For better, for worse, I got you

'Cause this is love and life
And nothing we can both control
And if it don't feel right
You're not losing me by letting me know

Go ahead and say goodbye, I'll be alright
Go ahead and make me cry, I'll be alright
And when you need a place to run to
For better, for worse I got you

Go ahead and say goodbye, I'll be alright
Go ahead and make me cry, I'll be alright
And when you need a place to run to
For better, for worse I got you

A place to crash, I got you
No need to ask, I got you

Dia de São Valentim

14 de Fevereiro, uma data que qualquer um conheça. Dia de São Valentim, dia do santo padroeiro dos apaixonados. Normalmente é nesse dia que as pessoas encontram uma "desculpa" para expressar os seus sentimentos e demonstrar carinho, amor, amizade e muito mais, enviando uns aos outros os mais variados presentinhos.
A lenda conta que São Valentim era um bispo do séc. III d.C. do Império Romano de Cláudio II. Na época, os casamentos foram proibidos por lei, por pensarem que os soldados estariam mais motivados se não tivessem uma "distracção". Porém Valentim continuava a casar pessoas em segredo, desafiando as autoridades. Quando descoberto, Valentim foi preso e recebeu uma sentença de morte. Em seus tempos de prisão, continuava a receber cartas e flores dos apaixonados, que diziam ainda acreditar no amor, e não só como também passou a receber visitas da filha do carcereiro, por sua vez cega. Valentim e a jovem acabaram apaixonando-se até que um dia milagrosamente ela recupera a sua visão. Deixaram de ver-se, mas ela continuava a receber cartas dele sempre assinadas com “Do teu Valentim”, o que se tornou uma tradição até hoje. São Valentim foi enforcado a 14 de Fevereiro e reconhecido como santo depois de souberem do seu milagre. Desde então foi uma festa religiosa e pagã que predomina ainda no dia de hoje. Também há outras histórias que dizem que a data apenas se coincidia com o banquete de Lupercalis (15 de Fevereiro), uma antiga festa romana.

Happy Single's Awareness Day

Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly one of those cynical people who hate everything to do with Valentine's Day. In general, I think the whole concept of Valentine's Day is nice. But when it comes to me and my true attitude on Valentine's Day, I really can't can't help feeling low and a little bitter.

I've never had a real Valentine. Sure, I'd jokingly be my best friends Valentines, but Valentine's Day is about real love. And guess what. I've never been down that road before. Not for lack of trying, of course. :P I look forward to the day when I can feel like Taylor and Taylor as they're portrayed in the aptly named movie, "Valentine's Day."

They're so cute! Why did they ever break up?

But hey, I try my hardest not to be too bitter about anything. I will make this day about loving everybody. In the words of Jackie Deshannon, put a little love in your heart. :D

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all.

The Soul's Oblivion

I want to cry.
So much.
There's way too much going on in my mind.
I'm having way too much internal conflict.

I can't do it.
I can't.
I can tell myself I can,
and I can motivate myself to do so..
I can't.
I can't do it.
I'm sorry.
I can't.

What am I doing?
What is this?
I have no reason.
I thought I had a reason.
I don't.
Why am I doing this?
To be honest,
I don't know.

I know that part of the reason I'm doing it
is because I'm trying not to hurt other people,
but honestly,
it's to the point where I'm hurting myself.
Not something I wanna be doing.
I've been enduring it,
but there's no reason for it.
I can't do it.
I don't want to do it.
I need to breathe.
I haven't had time to breathe.
I need it.
I can't think straight.
I can't see straight.
I don't know what I'm doing..

What AM I doing?
I don't know.
There's too many questions invading my mind.
I don't know what I'm supposed to do.
I can't handle this.
I can't answer any of my own questions.
I don't want these questions.
These questions shouldn't be here.
I shouldn't be where I am right now.

I'm not who I used to be.
I'm not what I want to be.
I'm not who I want to be.

I want to be who I used to be.
I want to be who I am.

But right now,
I don't know where that me is.
That side of me.. she's hidden.
Covered in dust.
I can't see her.
I don't know where she went.
I want her back.
I want myself back.
I want back the simple care-free life I once had.

What I want is
for all my questions to go away.
All my troubles.
All my worries.
I want to light them on fire and feel the heat of them burning
and smell the smoke in the air.
I want them to vanish like a puff of smoke.
Be gone.

Troubles, be gone.
Please, be gone.

This isn't what I want.

I thought it's what I wanted..
but I'll tell you right now.
Crying is not what I wanted.
This is not what I planned for.

Somebody save me...
no one can save me.

I've dug myself in such a rut.
Days like these make me feel that there's no way out of this oblivion..

Rebirth of a Death

Friendship - diminish. Diminish, diminish.
As soon as it started; it started - just started.
It's like I'm being punished - punished and punished.
For the rebirth of a friendship - it's friendship, just friendship.
How could this happen? It always happens to happen - to me.
As soon as it started it ends like it ended - it's ending so quickly, oh please tell me you see.
Well, do you see? It's killing me, see? Killing me slowly - but it's still killing me.
It worked out so perfect - so prefect indeed. So perfect it might not have been real, but purely a dream.
But now? It's dying. As fast as it came.
For not, it's dying; it's dying... again.

Marionette - Kazoo - Guitar

"I Wanna Be Loved By You",Marilyn Monroe


So I mentioned briefly in my last post that I'm required to create a poster for my Bio class that illustrates photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and then explain it to 10 people and have them sign my poster. Well, I got my poster done, and I explained it to 10 people, mostly just stopping them in the hallway... ("Umm yes I know you're naked cuz you just got out of the shower but can you spare 3 minutes and learn about Biology??") Dear sweet Holly was the last person I explained it to, and she was by far the most entertaining. :D

M - "So then the sugar molecule undergoes glycolysis, which uses up 2 ATP - "
H - "What's ATP?"
M - "Energy."
*momentary pause* Holly starts jumping excitedly around the hall -

Not to mention the fantastic expressions she made whilst listening to my lecture. They ranged from fascinated to excited to frightened/disturbed.

And then my personal favorite moment.

M - "So the plant cell opens up and lets in light and water for energy. Photoooo-SYNTHESIS!!! It's like plant food!"
H - "Wait wait wait!! So then could a cell be like, bulimic?? And be like 'Photooooo-BLECH!!!!!'"

Holly, I just love you so much. <3

My busy week of death.

Professors are really good at the concept of "bad timing." Back in middle school, the teachers would collaborate to make sure that the tests for each subject were evenly spaced so the poor baby students wouldn't get overwhelmed.

College is a whole different world. Professors don't give a crap if you're too busy to study for your American Heritage test. They assume you know how to budget your time wisely ("What time? I have no time!") and they throw whatever the heck they want at you.

Cut to me studying until 2 am every night for my first Bio test (keep in mind that science has never even come CLOSE to being my thing), all the while hoping that I can just wing it on my Portuguese and French tests and NOT fail.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce my temporary male counterpart:

The expression is pretty spot-on as well...

Here's a little insight into the insaneness I'm going through at the moment:

Monday: Take Bio 100 test. Postpone til tomorrow to study some more.

Tuesday: SLEEP IN! (hallelujah) Immediately after classes, take French test. Go home, study more, take Bio 100 test at 8:30 PM.

Wednesday: Breathe. Study for Portuguese test. Go to an extra Portuguese conversation lab. 

Thursday: 9:07 - take French speaking test. Go to classes. Come home and realize that I have to make a Bio poster on cell respiration. Throw that together. 11:00 pm - remember that American Heritage essay is due tomorrow. Work on that til 1 and then pass out.

Friday: Spend every spare moment finishing American Heritage paper. Turn in Bio poster, turn in American Heritage paper. After classes, take Portuguese test.

And then I don't even get the weekend off. I've gotta study for my American Heritage test that's on Monday. So there. Can you tell I'm ready to bury myself in my blankets and hide until the end of finals week?

Não gosto.

Fevereiro... um mês difícil, e curto.

Seria tao simples se eu nao tivesse constrangimentos com o dia de sao valentim. Fevereiro até podia ser um dos meus melhores meses de escolha. Porem tenho de me sucumbir á sociedade e viver o mes do amor em silencio antes que deem cabo de mim.
Bom, fui isolada da web ultimamente e nao pude actualizar-me devidamente. Mas irei dar o maximo para postar quando puder e sugerir musicas que poderao dar um clima melhor para o mes. Por agora deixo-vos um music video para que nao digam que já nao me preocupo :P porque na verdade sinto falta do meu blog. :)
A blogger, Cyan

Awesome tunage

My dear friend Emma inspires me in so many ways. She was part of the reason I even started this blog. And so here's another idea I'm stealing/borrowing from her: music infliction. :)
If I were to do it exactly how Emma does, then every month on the 8th day, I would make a list of ten of my most recently acquired, favorite jams. I'm not sure yet if it will be a monthly occurrence, or just sporadic. But as for right now, here's a list of my ten favorite songs.

1. Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?) -- Dixie Chicks

There is no good reason I should have to be so alone.
I'm smothered by this emptiness, Lord I wish I was made of stone.
Like a fool, I led my soul to love, and it paid me back in change.
God help me, am I the only one who's ever felt this way?

2. Into Yesterday -- Sugar Ray

Like the ocean needs the moon to take the tides away,
All we need's a little time to chase the blues away.
Sun is out and it feels like it's always gonna stay.
Let this last forever. Turn tomorrow into yesterday.

3. Land of A Million Drums -- OutKast

In the land of a million drums
There is always something going on, on...
If you can't locate your thought off
Might as well go on take your dead home, home...

4. Letterbomb -- Green Day

It's not over til you're underground
It's not over before it's too late
The city's burning
It's not my burden
It's not over before it's too late

5. The Big Bang -- Rock Mafia

The big big bang
The reason I'm alive
When all the stars collide
In this universe inside

6. Teenagers -- Hayley Williams

 Well how was I to know
That what we carved in stone
Would be so temporary?
Why must we all make sense
Of what just won't make sense?
For once, I'm just gonna live.

7. Speechless -- Lady GaGa

I can't believe what you said to me
Last night, we were alone.
You threw your hands up.
Baby, you gave up, you gave up.

8. Merry Happy -- Kate Nash

Dancin' at disco's, eatin' cheese on toast
Yeah you make me merry, make me
Very very happy but
You obviously, you didn't wanna stick around,
So I learnt from you.

9. Howlin' For You -- The Black Keys

Can't you see?
Little girl's got a hold on me like glue
Baby, I'm howlin' for you

10. All I Wanted -- Paramore

I could follow you to the beginning
Just to relive the start
And maybe then we'd remember to slow down
At all of our favorite parts.
All I wanted was you.

Always there.

You're in the air I breathe.
You're everywhere around me.
Every time I turn my head,
every time I close my eyes,
you're always right there
in the front of my mind.

You're implanted in my memories, your smell I cannot rid.
You're implanted in my heart, your place that you did dig.

Nothing can replace you - no one, no way, no how.
Nothing can replace you - your smile, your laugh or frown.

Your eyes, oh how they catch my eye;
Your breathing takes my breath away,
Your hands looking so lonely without mine;
Your hips without their sway.

And at this point, there's nothing more,
no actions - do or say.
And at this point, it's up to time
and chance to lead the way.

Livin' the life

Looking back on this weekend, I realized I am LIVING THE LIFE. (Hence the title of this post.) My friends and I, we do whatever the heck we want. It's a beautiful thing.

Friday night started out with Sierra, Katie, Kylan, Jordan and myself grabbing some delicious dinner at Costa Vida (and getting discounts for being students at BYU!!!) Deeeeeeeeelish! Then after taking a couple silly pictures in the photo booth at Fat Cats, we began our night of party hopping. We started out the night with a dance party at Kylan and my French professors apartment (which also counted as a cultural activity for our class). We spent a good solid hour there, jamming out to some awesome mixes thrown together by our French prof. Then after that, all of us (INCLUDING our French prof) headed over to Studio 600. It's impossible not to feel awesome when you just walk up and show the bouncers the text-message invite, and you're in. Loved it. :)

Didn't take long to dance my poor legs off, and then Kylan and I headed back to Helaman Halls to just chill for a while. Nothing like some good company and apple beer to finish off the night.

Saturday was easy-going (which is exactly how I like my Saturdays), and I got a bunch of stuff done (*cough* tons of laundry *cough*). Then, after dinner with some of my favorite people (Kylan, Jordan and Ashley), we called Holly up and went on an impromptu shopping trip to T.J. Maxx. 'Twas a beautiful thing. To make the evening even better, we made a stop to the Malt Shoppe (no, that wasn't supposed to rhyme...), and then went up to Y Mountain and watched The Dark Knight in the back of Holly's car. All in all, a fantastic way to spend a Saturday night.

The cherry on top of this lovely weekend was the Relief Society fireside for my stake, at which we had the privilege to listen to Sister Julie B. Beck, the General Relief Society president, speak to us and answer our questions. In case you've never heard her before, Julie Beck is an awesome speaker. She doesn't dress her talks up with complicated topics and absurdly big, fancy words. She is very plain and simple in her talks, making it easy-peasy to grasp her message. She also jokes around a fair amount, which brings a good level of humor into the meetings she speaks at.

Add in the fact that I totally cleaned up my entire half of my shared room today (which was desperately needed), and you could easily say I had a peachy weekend.

So at this very moment, I'm feeling quite a bit like this:

Lets hope I don't wake up tomorrow morning (Mondaysssss.... yuck) feeling any less than aforementioned happiness level.

Restaurant: A

Aroma Cafe.
What kind of food is it?: Mediterranean food. 

Description of the restaurant:6 small indoor tables. Ranging from 3 seats to 6.
Outdoor seating in a cute little patio with flower pots.

They ranged from $6 for a kebab and mini salad, to $24 for a combo plate (which included beef patties, kebabs, and shish kebabs).
Drinks averaged at $3
Desserts at about $5

There was only one waitress, who was also working the counter. The service was kinda slow because of this, but not incredibly slow, considering as there was only one chef.

It was mostly an older crowd.
There was nice music playing in the background.

My order:
I ordered a shish kebab, which came with a small Greek salad, and a cappuccino.
The food was good and the cappuccino was nice and strong. They were small portion sizes, but just enough to fill someone up. There was also warm bread served, which was very tasty.

There was a cute little shopping corner, which had imported products from Bulgaria and places in that area. There was tea, chocolates, crackers, pickles, sugar cubes, and other native foods of Bulgaria.

Do I recommended this restaurant?:

I'd say yes, but only if you're looking for a little not-well-known place to eat and talk.
It was a small, quite little restaurant that I'm guessing usually has mostly the same people.
It was a nice experience overall. 

Fake A Smile

 No One Needs To Know

Faking a smile is so easy to do,
especially when no one can see you through.
Saying you're tired usually does the trick,
especially when you're sly and can think real quick.
Nobody needs to know,
and you're considered conceited if you let it show -
that although you sound happy as you say "hello",
you're really at an all time low;
so far away from the accepted status quo.

Baby, it's cold outside...

THAT'S certainly an understatement.

For about the past week or so, Provo, Utah has gotten a string of really nice days. I only had to wear a sweatshirt. And for a January in Utah, that's really warm. Cut to yesterday, and as I mentioned before, it was in the single digits around 6:30 am. Throughout the entire day, it never got above 20 degrees, AND it was windy. Yay.

Today it's not windy, but according to the questionably trustworthy Weather.com, it's 15 degrees outside.  But wait, it gets better. By 9:00 tonight it'll be 7 degrees. If there was an enormous amount of snow on the ground, then maybe I wouldn't be so peeved at this weather. But no, all there is to see is a bunch of bare foliage and dead grass. :P

Ladies and gentleman, in case you haven't already figured it out, I DO NOT LIKE THE COLD.

Ice ice baby...

If you need me, I'll be hibernating in my dorm room until finals week.

My first apartment???

Hahaha no, I'm still living in the dorms. BUT I did get up at 6:30 this morning (which is technically yesterday morning considering the fact that it's past midnight now...) to walk a mile and half through the freezing cold/most dangerous part of campus to sign a housing contract for next year.

NOTE: Rape Hill does not feel any safer at 6:30 am than it does at 11 pm. Just in case you were wondering.

"For your safety, do not walk alone in this area after dark..."
Dun Dun DUNNNN!!!!!

Luckily, I wasn't walking on Rape Hill alone. I had some of the coolest people with me: Katie, Allison and Rohmee. (FUTURE ROOMIES!)

And so we arrived, and people were literally camping out just outside the office. We went in, were handed contracts, took 15 minutes to fill them out, and then waited until 10 am to actually turn them in (and then pay ridiculous sums of money just to reassure the people we really wanted to live there... "Uh, yeah, dude. I definitely don't want to live here, which is exactly why I got up at an absurd hour of the morning to walk here in 8 degree weather and sign your contract. DURRRRRP!!!") But hey, I can live peacefully knowing I've got the awesomest living situation there is for next year.

Except not... because it really doesn't get any better than Helaman Halls. :)


Here we go.
I told my parents about something I had read somewhere.
It involves going to places to eat..
but here's the thing - the names of the restaurant that you eat at have to be in alphabetical order.
So basically, we're gunna eat our way through the alphabet.
Whenever we go out to dinner from this point on (until our challenge is finished),
hopefully it'll be in line with where we currently are in the alphabet.
This isn't a 26 day challenge since we don't eat out every day/night,
but there should be 26 different restaurants involved.
I'm really excited because I think it will be a great way to experience different cultures' foods and decorations (inside or outside the restaurant).
I'm going to make a post for each restaurant we go to.
Since just saying the name is lame,
I'm also going to give my review on the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. I'll mention things I did or didn't like, whether or not I recommended it, and other little tips or comments.

I've never really done reviews like this before
because, well, I'm pretty un-opinionated.
I don't think it's fair to judge things just from one experience,
but I'll try my best to be as brutally honest as possible.

Let the games begin!