Saturday, December 30, 2006

"Walk Away"

Ode to Sadness

Sadness, scarab
with seven crippled feet,
spiderweb egg,
scramble-brained rat,
bitch's skeleton:
No entry here.
Don't come in.
Go away.
Go back
south with your umbrella,
go back
north with your serpent's teeth.
A poet lives here.
No sadness may
cross this threshold.
Through these windows
comes the breath of the world,
fresh red roses,
flags embroidered with
the victories of the people.
No.
No entry.
Flap
your bat's wings,
I will trample the feathers
that fall from your mantle,
I will sweep the bits and pieces
of your carcass to
the four corners of the wind,
I will wring your neck,
I will stitch your eyelids shut,
I will sew your shroud,
sadness, and bury your rodent bones
beneath the springtime of an apple tree.

Pablo Neruda

"Too Much Food"

Today I received these three text messages...

Dave: (ok well this text was a picture of In 'n Out Burger)

Peter: I just got done eating bla bla food.. It was so good.

Michele: I just ate crab legs... They were so good.

Okay, now does anybody else see anything wrong with this? Maybe I'm a little too obsessed with food, I don't know, but I'm glad my friends feel the need to share what they eat with me!

The sad thing is... I can't receive anymore of these amazing texts because my phone is out of commission for the time being.

I went snow shoeing today. Can I just say how amazing it was. There's nothing better than running straight down a mountain and rolling around in the snow. I think my legs are gonna be hurting tomorrow, but it was definitely worth the pain -- bring it on!

Anyways.. on our way back we stopped at Cafe Rio. I went to the bathroom and while I was doing my business my phone slipped out of my sweatshirt pocket. This about gave me heart attack. Think about it.. If your phone dropped into a public toilet would you get it out? It's an internal struggle because most likely the phone will be ruined, but what if you really like your phone and there's a chance it will dry and be okay? But then again, would you really want to hold a dropped-in-the-public-bathroom-phone to your face? Probably not. Luckily, my phone landed right in my pants not in the toilet. So after the life altering almost-drop-in-the-toilet I put my phone in the pocket of my snow pants to keep it safe. Little did I know there was snow in there and the stupid snow soaked my stupid phone. I'm hoping it dries out tonight, but who knows. Then what will I do? The stupid dot that they sneak into the stupid phones to detect water damage already turned red. Now, I'm just left with a water-logged phone....

Now you know I wouldn't have such an adventure without sharing some photos...





Friday, December 29, 2006

"These Photographs"

I was over at my aunt's yesterday. She had some old random pictures on her computer. I like to look at old pictures that I've never seen before. It forces memories on me and I remember things that I never would have without the pictures.

The pictures she had were of my graduation and the weekend after. I loved graduation day. I didn't think I would (but I figured I'd better go since I didn't go to high school graduation), but I did, and I don't even feel lame admitting it. I just got back from DC the night before, my entire fam was in town and right after graduation we headed up to Wyoming for a few days. It was this perfect weekend right before reality hit. I was returning from the best summer of my life to an ideal situation. If only life could always be so perfect...

Anyways.. here are some of the pics I swiped...




Thursday, December 28, 2006

"Closer"

The holidays really slow down the blogging. OOPS...

Today (along with every other day I've been home) has pretty much been the ideal day.

-- Slept in

-- Rocco woke me up

-- Went shopping

-- Lunch at soup kitchen

-- Crisp bean for dinner

-- Long bath

-- Hanging out with Olivia

-- Some alone time (haven't had that for recently -- but I'm not complaining don't worry)

Super low key, but simply amazing....

Here's my song of the moment.. This isn't a very good recording so get the real one... it's a goodie... I was comparing it to Ben Harper's Burn to Shine... Oh.. I love Ben!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Undeniable"

Saturday night Nici, Dave and I went up to Park City for the night.

We had a pretty typical Dave-Nici-Mel night -- dinner at one of our usuals, hot tubbing in the snow, massages, and watching movies. Pretty exciting, eh?





Monday, December 18, 2006

"This Year's Love"



Last year it was Bono; this year it's ME! Good job Time -- You're moving right along with my life.

Tending this year gave me a little extra time to spend nerding -- I got a MySpace, FaceBook, and a Blog, and there will be no going back. My celebrity lifestyle is an open book for you all!

"Dirty Haired Halo"

James is a big boy!

He got the first big cut, and I have to admit it's pretty cute (even though I'm a fan of the long hair).

Here are some before and after pics....

Friday, December 15, 2006

"Drunk"

It's my last night in the city -- I'm actually flying home tomorrow, and I'm so excited.

Today, the last week, the last two weeks have been amazing, and I'm kind of sad to be leaving, but I'm sure Utah will top all the fun off.

I just got an email from Nici with these pics...



The sacrificial burning of Nici's panties! Yes, it's surprising that there was no drinking this weekend up in the Uintahs. It's memories like this that make me want to move back to Utah as soon as I can. Spur of the moment camping trips don't really happen that often around here.

Oh Utah, here I come!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

"Ramble On"

I'm a dog lover.

This is my idea of an ideal dog:





This is not:




Today when I knocked on the door for my home visit I could hear a dog scratching at the door. The door was opened and the girl I was supposed to visit was trying to restrain her massive-assive pitbull. I'm not usually scared of dogs, but this dog really freaked me out. I just stood there, and the girl kept telling me to come in.

Umm... Honey are you sure your dog's okay?

Yes, yes, he's fine.

I think she could tell I was freaked out so she finally grabbed the dog by his collar and dragged him into another room and locked him there.

A pitbull, really? Why must you have them? Every time I see one I just think of it grabbing me by the neck and killing me. Stick with the little dogs people.

"Bruised"

Why does it seem like everybody I know has messed up relationships? It's true, and the truth sucks. I feel like it's making everybody I know not want to open up/date because we're all a bunch of freaks running around.

Here are just a few examples of the freakishness I'm talking about....

-- A friend starting dating a girl the day after she broke off her engagement. (The DAY AFTER, does anybody else see anything strange about this?)

-- We all know people in a "lingering relationship." I know I've even been guilty of this one. The breakup happens, but nothing really changes...

-- What about "hanging out" but not dating somebody for months and months at a time. Yep, I'm pretty sure most of my roommates had at least one of these last year. This relationship usually involves late night making out, and it usually lasts until one of the individuals involved finds some one to hang out with they actually like enough to be seen with while it's still light outside.

-- Then there's always the "we're just good friends." This happens when it's so obvious that one person wants way more than the other one. So the person who wants more is willing to drop anything for their "friend." The friend pretends to be oblivious to the other friend's feelings. This kind of strangeness has been known to last for years and years.

-- In NYC there's just a refusal on everybody's part to show interest in each other. I think it has something to do with the type of people who are around here, but it's kind of strange. I've never really been in a social situation quite like it.

Anyways... These are just a few examples of the strangeness, but I really know at least one person in each of the situations above...

I love this song, and it talks about the problems mentioned above...

FYI.. this version of the song is a little slow at first(I like the studio version better), but once Ben Folds starts rockin' out on the piano it's amazing.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

"Holiday"

The movie you must see this year to be happy...



I saw this last week, and I smiled so much my face hurt after... It's sad, but true.

I haven't talked to anybody who has seen this and not loved it.

AND... JUDE LAW IS HOT!

Go, flock to the theatres ladies!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Blue Eyes"



This is a picture of my eye. At first glance you may think I'm trying to look at a zit on my nose or that I'm trying to flirt with a cute boy across the room out of the corner of my eye, but you would be wrong. I'm actually looking straight ahead at you. How is this possible you wonder? It's something some people like to call party eyes. Yep, it's true, I'm cross-eyed.

For some reason three out of my parents' five children have this strange condition. When we were younger we all had big huge glasses (I wish I had an old family picture to put here -- They're pretty funny.), some of my brothers wore eye patches, and we were all big nerds.

The funny thing is I never realized how stupid my glasses looked until I was older. I thought the big black strap that went across the back of my head was cool. I can remember when I was younger everybody would always comment on how large my eyes were, and I thought I actually had these huge, abnormally large eyes. Then one day I realized that my glasses magnified my eyes by about five times they're normal size, and the bifocals in the lenses didn't really help with the cool factor.

I think my mom did a pretty great job of making us feel fine about wearing the huge glasses, the eye patches, the big black straps, and the foot braces (sucks for you Peter). Back in the day this comic strip was shown to kids to help them feel better about their party eyes.


Now, real nerds can just show their kids this picture (straight from Battlestar Galactica for all the non-nerds), and they'll instantly know how cool it is to wear an eye-patch.


Sometimes I still forget about my special condition, and when I talk to people without my contacts in I can tell they get pretty freaked out by my eyes. So heads up... if you can't tell where I'm looking, I've whipped out the party eyes, and I'm probably looking right at you. I'm tricksy like that!

"All I Want for Christmas"

The last couple weeks have been the best so far in the city. Christmas here really is a good time. We've been doing some fun Christmas stuff like the Nutcracker, Mama Z's cooking, Rockettes, concerts, and of course shopping shopping and more shopping.

Basically I'm too tired to write anymore.. So here are some pics of randomness ...













Monday, December 11, 2006

"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"


Top Ten Best Moments of Ward Girlies Holiday (note: not Christmas) Party:

1. "IT'S A ROOSTER!" Yep, Kelly actually cried when Jane opened up her white elephant... It was a toilet bowl cleaner shaped as a rooster. We all know Kelly bought it because she wants to clean with it herself (kind of like when Homer bought Marge a bowling ball).


2. The dessert war between Karen and Kristan... Girls, why does everything have to be a competition?

3. The Yule Log. It's essential for any successful holiday part.

4. The Bond Shirt -- Who wouldn't love a shirt with that sexy man?

5. The dumping of the bag of makeup. Yes, friends, ELF Makeup makes a great present (that's pretty much all it's good for).

6. The discussion of who would get the "Worlds Greatest Lover" trophy next.

7. Our lack of appropriate kitchen "tools." Our house really isn't equipped to host such events.

8. The fact that we didn't cleanup the mess for three days and our kitchen started to stink... We're slobs like that.

9. The photo session... Karen and Bryndee, WORK IT HONEY PIES!

10. NO BOYS! Oh wait, that's every night in NYC, but I think boys really would have ruined this night!

Here are some random pics from the night... Including the Bond Shirt decal...





Sunday, December 10, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

"Be Be Your Love"




Dear Steve Nash,

I want to be your love.

I went to the Zone tonight for dinner and watched you score 42 points, and I have to admit, I found it quite attractive. The way you took control of the floor and won the game for your team -- WOW, what a man you are! There's just something about a man in orange, it can't be beat. And that new haircut? Well, let's just say I've always considered myself a long-hair-liker, but your short hair sure is sexy. And those biceps, UM YEAH... that's what I'm takin' 'bout. From these pictures I found of you it seems you're also a humanitarian. I think you're pretty much the perfect man for me. In fact, if you joined the Mormon church I might consider marrying you.

Just something to think about...

Keep up the good work little friend! GO SUNS!




Thursday, December 07, 2006

"She Talks to Angels"

Tonight Michele, John, and I went down to Rockefeller to see the tree.

It was pretty fun, especially since John had a rental car. There's nothing like driving around NYC at midnight -- It's pretty exciting, especially around this time of year. The lights were pretty impressive.

We parked right in front Christie's where John informed me an original LDS Hymnal was sold today.

There's some pretty interesting Utah history involved with the book. I know some of the people affected by this story -- It's a pretty unbelievable one.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"Irreplaceable"

It seems that there's no point in eating fast food in New York. You can get good food on every block pretty easily without resorting to the evil that is fast food.

However, sometimes I miss it. Not that I'm the biggest fast food fan, but there's just something about driving through the window, getting your food, and driving away with your drink wedged between your legs, and greasy-bad-for-you-food in your hand! It can be a pretty rewarding moment. Unfortunately, I don't have a car here, so I just can't recreate that experience.

I work in East Harlem and the lack of food options is unbelievable. We've started to resort to Taco Bell about once a week for lunch. Now, I don't know if any of you have heard, but there was an E. Coli outbreak in New Jersey last week, and guess where people got it -- Yep, that's right Taco Bell.

It just happens that Jersey is pretty close to NYC, and I ate at Taco Bell on Friday -- CREEPY! So far no sings of the disease. Is this scare enough to keep me away from my 7-layer? NOPE. I mean, what's the chance that there will be another outbreak? 7-layer here I come!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"Extroardinary Machine"

I just finished my second of two final papers, and the third is almost done so I'm feeling pretty good about life in general.

Here are some random thoughts...

-- I got a blister on my heal on Sunday, stupid church shoes. I'm such a fan of wearing shoes for comfort, what was I thinking?

-- The man on Deal or No Deal last night took the deal, and I thought that's what he should have done, but I was wrong and so was he. He walked away with $60,000 and he could have easily had $200,000.

-- I made it through class without my mean teacher saying anything mean today (and I was even wearing my trusty Utah sweatshirt, I thought the would have really pissed her off). She actually liked some comment I made about a conversation I had with two women of color yesterday -- Yes, the brown-nosing works!

-- I saw a dog with three legs this weekend, as in, he only had three, because most dogs have three legs plus one, but this dog only had three -- two in back and one in front. It was quite the site and I had to laugh as he hopped on by.

-- My toenail fell off this weekend. It wasn't that big of a deal, in fact, I was excited when it happened because I knew it was coming, and I was getting excited for the new nail. I know I'm strange, but it seems like my nails fall off quite regularly. I think it has to do with all that ballet I used to do.

-- I went to lunch with two Mormons, a Jew, and a Catholic today, and we all got along quite well discussing the hatred we share of our mean teacher.

-- Oh ya, yesterday I learned that the NAACP banned the TV show Friends back in the day because there weren't enough African Americans in it. I thought that was kind of interesting, and I guess it is a well known fact within that the black community.

-- It's cold in the city, and I like that because sexy boys tend to wear sexy jackets when it's cold. I love myself a cute boy in a cute Patagonia -- That sex appeal really can't be beat.

-- I'm looking forward to a good episode of FNL tonight, and if you don't know what that is you're seriously missing out.

-- FINALLY... here's a little something to pressure men into having perfect bodies...

Monday, December 04, 2006

"Float On"

I hate waking up in the morning. I really really HATE IT. Because of this hatred I really can't remember the last time I woke up in time to actually get ready in the morning.

On of my roommates from last year would always tell me that I was the only person she knew who would actually leave the house five minutes after her alarm went off.


The other day I was talking with a girl in my class at school about what time we woke up in the morning.

Girl in class: I usually get up at 7:00 AM (for a 9:00 AM class).

My immediate reaction: WHY would you wakeup that early?

GIC (looking at me confused): Just to get ready for the day. I take a shower, eat breakfast, bla bla bla. What time do you get up?

Me: Mmmm... 8:30 AM and I leave by 8:40.

GIC: Are you kidding me bla bla bla..

Then the conversation continued on about my hygiene habits, which I won't discuss here in order to keep any friends who may be reading this.

Anyways, I was thinking about this conversation and whether or not I exaggerated how late I wake up in order to make it to class on time.

So, here is my typical morning minute by minute...

7:50 AM -- Alarm goes off, and I snooze.
8:00 AM -- Alarm goes off again, and I snooze again.
8:10 AM -- Get out of bed, put on contacts, change clothes, gather anything out of my room I will be taking in the morning.
8:13 -- Head to bathroom, brush teeth, put hair in pony tail.
8:18 -- Head to kitchen, grab water bottle and breakfast out of fridge.
8:20 -- Grab bag, and leave house.
8:25(If I miss this bus, I'm late to work, so missing is not an option) -- Catch bus.
8:50 -- Arrive at work.

Yes, it's true. I really leave the house ten minutes after I wake up. I'm a freak I know.

Friday, December 01, 2006

"99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall"

I'm bored.

It's 9:00 PM on a Friday night.

I'm at the library.

And I'm bored.

I'm supposed to be writing a paper, but I'm too cold, too tired, and too brain dead to do it.

It's times like these that there's always blogger to keep me entertained.

I realized that yesterday I wrote my 100th post. I can't believe I've found 100 stupid things to write about. I feel sorry for those of you who have read all 100.

Some of you may have noticed that all of my posts are named after songs, so to celebrate the 100th post I decided to do a top ten list of my favorite songs from the blog.

Here it goes...

1. "La Cienega" by Ryan Adams -- You can read about why I love this song on the recent post. It basically comes down to the fact that it's an older one with lot's of fun memories.

2. "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil -- So, this isn't my favorite Midnight Oil song, but I still love it. They're just a classic band with a good purpose. Their music has a lot of random moments tied up in it for me.

3. "With Arms Outstretched" by Rilo Kiley -- one of my favorite bands, one of my favorite songs... I don't think there's a better song for blasting in the car with the windows down. This song really reminds me of snowboarding too, and that's never a bad thing.

4. "Say You Miss Me" by Wilco -- I've been told I'm a sucker for sad songs. I think this is true, and this is one of the songs that got me through my move across the country. And who doesn't love a Wilco goody?

5. "Age of Consent" by New Order -- There's nothing like New Order to take you back to the days of the 80's. This song reminds me of dancing at Area 51, and that is definitely a good thing.

6. "Glory Bound" by Martin Sexton -- I think I could write a whole book on why I love this song, but I guess I will have to keep it short. Here's my most recent reason. Last week in Utah Heber played this song for Nici, Nat and me. He was singing it without holding anything back, we were all singing along, and I was dancing around -- The energy in the room was amazing, and that's what this song does for me!

7. "Closer to Fine" by Indigo Girls -- Basically my love of music began with the Indigo Girls. When I went to their concert this summer and they were as good as when I first saw them ten years ago, it was amazing and solidified, yet again, why I love them so much.

8. "Show Me a Little Shame" by Ben Harper -- Oh Benny Benny Boo Boo. Ben's music always remind me of watching the dancing computer screen back in 8th grade. My brother messed with an old, green computer monitor so that a line would dance along with the music. Ben Harper's slide guitar was the best thing to watch on the green screen, and I would listen to "Fight for Your Mind" over and over again just staring at the screen. I realize this song isn't on that album, but I can't listen to his music now without thinking about the green screen.

9. "Farmhouse" by Phish -- If you've ever been been to a Phish or Trey concert you'd understand why everyone who has is so obsessed. This is a great song, and my little niece is even obsessed with it. She always asks if we can listen to the crazy fish song. She's a little hippie in the making.

10. "Exitlude" by The Killers -- I have to say this album is so good. I just love it, and I love Brandon. He's bringing the sexy back with that mustache.


Do these songs do anything for any of you?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Let it Ride"

Last one, I promise.

"Come Pick Me Up"

Here's one more Ryan goodie -- I just couldn't help myself!

"La Cienega Just Smiled"

Do you have songs you always go back to and listen to over and over again?

This is definitely one of my favorites. I can still remember when my friend Jenna gave me this CD way back when we worked at good old Great Harvest. I fell in love with this song and Ryan Adams back then and now there are so many memories wrapped up in it.

Not much after that the song was on Felicity -- My favorite show ever (I'm a nerd I know), and what can I say, but the rest is history.

I hadn't listened to the song for a while until I went home last week, and Nici and I listened to it pretty much the entire weekend. Remember how I have a problem with repeat listening?

Anyways.. here's a live version.

"Beds are Burning" Part 3

Wow! Are any of you sick of this subject yet?

Here's an interesting article from a random john at Mormon Mentality:

A few years ago the good people of Utah voted down an initiative that would have allowed hotter radioactive waste to be brought into the state.

The company that encases such waste in glass before dumping it in the desert sported the doublespeak name of EnviroCare. It has since been purchased by Steve Creamer, who got rich by brining New Jersey garbage to Utah. Utahns might remember him from the SynCrete fiasco or the Quail Creek Dam failure. Most likely they’ve never heard of him though.

Upon purchasing EnviroCare Creamer came up with an equally appropriate new name for it: Energy Solutions. Then he went on a rather expensive PR blitz touting “Energy Solutions, we’re part of the solution!” This would seem a little odd to spend so much on advertising when the people seeing your ads aren’t your target market. The great majority of the waste processed at the Energy Solutions facility comes in from out of state. The company has no significant competition. So why the ads? Is Creamer just throwing his money away?

About ten days ago the Utah Jazz announced that the Delta Center, their home since moving from the Salt Palace in 1990, would now be called Energy Solutions Arena. Details were not made public, but it is assumed that the deal was in the $25 million range.

Again, why market to sports fans that have no interest in ever buying your product? Why not simply continue to operate quietly, vitrifying waste and dumping it in the desert for good money?

Given that Creamer is a screw up, but a rich one at that, I am assuming that he is not totally stupid. He didn’t buy the company and then blow millions on a PR campaign thinking that he would just process the types of waste he is processing right now. He wants to expand his market to more dangerous substances, and needs Utah law to be changed in order to do so.

I predict that in two years we will see another initiative to bring hotter waste into Utah. Many LDS heavy hitters including politicians and Larry Miller will support it. This time it will pass, and Creamer’s bet will have paid off.

Larry Miller has sold his building’s new name for money. Depending on your point of view he has either sold it to another businessman or to the devil.

Since criticism of this type is often met with charges that one needs more education on the subject I should add that I have been to the processing facility and seen the vitrification process. While I am not professionally qualified to comment on the technical details of the process, everyone else that took the tour with me was either a professor of chemical engineering or a phd candidate in the field. The came away unimpressed and with grave concerns about what came out the smoke stack that wasn’t being monitored for and with the temporary nature of the “solution”.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"Beds are Burning" Cont.

For those of you who are in Utah and care:


HEAL Utah To Rally At EnergySolutions Arena

The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah has organized a rally to urge Larry H. Miller to reconsider his decision to rename the Delta Center the “EnergySolutions Arena.”

The rally will take place at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the southeast corner of the EnergySolutions Arena.

According to a HEAL Utah press release, the rally was organized due to a concern that “Miler’s decision to sell the naming rights for the Delta Center to EnergySolutions brands Utah as the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.”

For more information on the rally, contact Vanessa Pierce at (801) 364-5110.