Friday, July 13, 2007

Various July Activies

Another month is almost half way through and that means that school is drawing ever closer. But let us dwell on happier things. Or more amusing at least.
First of all let me tell you about my "I-think-it-may-have-been-a-date" with my friend's roommate. Tuesday we went wake boarding and everyone was staying on the lake till dark. I didn't want to stay that long so I was planning on leaving early and my friend's roommate asked if he could get a ride because he needed to be back at his apartment by 8. So we're driving from Newton to Logan and I had Wincing the Night Away by the Shins playing. I heard him doing that delay hum people do when they are pretending to know the song playing. I had a guess as to what he was up to so I asked him if he knew who The Shins were. He said he didn't know them by name, but if these guys were The Shins, he'd heard a lot of their stuff. Which is oddly strange since you kind of have to know The Shins by name to hear a lot of their stuff. They aren't the most well-known band (although they're for sure in my favorite 3). To shorten the story a bit I'll just give you the gist of the dialog. "Aren't these the guys that sing Message in a Bottle?" "I don't think so..." He then started singing Sting's Message in a Bottle. "Nope, that's Sting." Honestly! Even if you don't know who The Shins OR Sting are, it's practically impossible to get them mixed up! Anyway, coming back into Logan he asked if I wanted to go to Quizno's really quickly - his treat. I thought sure, free food, why not. But then he acted as if it was a date. Opening the door, asking me about myself, trying to make me laugh, talking himself up... it was kind of interesting. I asked a friend about it later that night and he said, "yep. I'm pretty sure that kid snuck in a date." I feel used.
Last Saturday I went tubing down the canal up Logan Canyon with some friends. It was the first time I had been down that one and as I sat down in my tube at the beginning I flipped over backwards, hit the back of my head against the rocks at the bottom, and did a complete backwards somersault in the water. But not all the way in since it's about 2 1/2 feet deep. But the rest was amazingly fun. We're going again this Saturday and a few more guys are coming with us. I'm pretty excited about them coming cause they are freakin hilarious. I've been hanging out with them lately and they always make for good times.
Other activities... still looking for a job which sucks a pickle. Trying to remember to do my church calling (Second Counselor in the Relief Society - totally unprepared for that). And wasting my days away reading Lord of the Rings and trying to decide what to do with my life. When I worked 30 hours a week I enjoyed being bored but now that I don't work at all... I'm ready for a change. Maybe that's why I died my hair burgundy last night. Oh. I also saw the midnight showing of Harry Potter. I went with a group of 23 I think but only sat with 3 others in the second row. Those who got there before us didn't do a good job of saving seats. Before the movie started this kid from the USU Bookstore was having us play a Harry Potter trivia question game and my friend and I were about ready to shoot him in the leg.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Days Off

So let me tell you a story. This happened exactly a week ago today. I got fired. First time ever. But it's ok cause I really wasn't that good at the job anyway (which, oddly enough is why I got fired). I guess I'm just not cut out for the scientific/saudering computer boards business. Lots of places are hiring and I've been applying all week so it's all good. I actually had an interview this morning and all the guy told me on the phone was that it was on the second floor of the clock tower in Logan. He didn't tell me the name of the company or anything. I got there and the only office on the second floor was closed and I had left the paper with his phone number at my apartment. I also got a call from Smith's Marketplace but I'll probably have to turn that down because they'll make me work on Sundays and that's not something I'm willing to do. There is one on campus job that I really hope I get. It's with the Education department and the job is temporary. It'll end after fall semester which is perfect for me since I'll be going to DC for an internship anyway. Plus it's $8 an hour so not too bad at all. That's what I was making at my last job. So yeah. I'm not too worried. I'm just bored from sitting at home for the past week. I tried to donate plasma the other day but you need a good vein in both arms and I only have a good one in my left arm. Lame. Oh well though. C'est la vive.

Monday, June 25, 2007

It's June!

So I'm very much aware of the fact that I'm the only person that visits this site. Consequently, I haven't added anything for over a month. However, I decided that it's a bit like a journal and since I've been slacking off in that area lately, I'll keep going with this. Although I have no idea how often the posts will be. Oh well.
I am officially very not much a fan of Sean Hannity. Not that I ever was. I'm just forced to listen to his radio show now. In the production room where I work KSL 1160 is the only radio station we get and when my boss is working back there with me he likes to have the radio on so I get to listen to Mr. Hannity 3 hours a day. I get quite upset at him probably more often than is healthy. And I'm not super liberal either. Maybe for Utah I am, but out in the world I'd probably be considered a moderate. And yet still I agree with pretty much nothing he says. Some day I'll email him and vent all of my frustrations. The happy thing is when my boss isn't back there I can turn the radio off.
(Now this really is turning into a journal). For family home evening tonight our ward went up Logan canyon and had a bonfire. It was funny cause first we went up green canyon but there was a car that had rolled over so the caravan of about 13 cars all headed up to second dam. That was all full so again the caravan took off and ended up just past third dam. It was a fun little treasure hunt. Power D did an awesome job of coordinating. Very happy occasion - the guy I have a slight crush on was there and I totally talked to him. Big accomplishment because in addition to being ridiculously shy, I'm an 8th grader when it comes to liking guys so I don't really talk to them if we're not already friends. But I talked to him tonight so I'll have at least that to tell Krista when she gets back up here from her month long vacation at home. My job was to have a story for her when she got back. Granted, talking to him once isn't quite a story, but it's better than nothing! You can tell how insecure I am about this by the fact that I haven't typed out his name even though I really am the only one who reads this. Oh the frustrations of being a 13 year old trapped in a 20 year old body when it comes to liking boys...

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Done and Done

This morning at 9:30 was my last final and I am completely thrilled. I'm sitting at work right now waiting for it to be 5 so I can go home and sleep or read a book I want or even just sit outside doing nothing. I'll probably start moving into my new apartment too. But the complete joy that comes with being done with school is awesome. I'm switching up my jobs on Monday too and I'm happy for that as well. I'll miss where I work now, but it'll be nice to have a change. And of course, to make more than $6.50...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Finals Woes

Finals are steadily approaching and as they get nearer and nearer, students (of course including me) are getting less and less sleep. The library is open till midnight and the computer lab in the TSC (taggert student center) is open 24 hours. I have been taking advantage of those two facts the last two days and will continue to do so. My paper hasn't progressed yet, but I've got just about all of the research done. Plus my professor (thank goodness!) gave us an extension till next Wednesday. Happy, happy day. But I need to get it done before then because the final I'm most worried about is on Wednesday as well. My goal is to have this paper done by Sunday at the latest so I can still have time to study for that final. Plus find a couple hours for my other two which are on Monday and Tuesday. But this one on Wednesday is going to be nasty to study for. We'll have some short answers/fill in the blanks and maybe 3 long essays on the exam. My professor gave us a study guide for the essays the other day and there are 11 potential questions on there. 11! So I'm going to stop writing on blogs and researching and writing my paper.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Supid Paper

School is getting ready to end and that means major papers for me. One got finished yesterday (good riddance), but I've still got a few more. 2 one pagers (those will take about 3 minutes each), 1 three to five pagers (that will be a bit more difficult, maybe an hour or two), and one 10 pager. Ug. I had a topic all ready and articles I was going to look at, but then I realized that I really have not enough interest in the topic to do a research paper on it. The topic was implications for the US if China were to rise to a great economic and military power. At this point in my life, I don't have a whole lot of interest in military affairs. I'm more of a human rights person. That's why I changed my topic to the validity of China's claims on Tibet. I've always liked researching Tibet, but right now I'm just not excited for any of it. The paper is due on Friday and I have only barely begun the research. Sigh. This should prove to be interesting...

Friday, April 20, 2007

House Seat for DC

Yesterday was a great day for citizens of the District of Colombia. The House passed a bill giving DC's representative a voting seat. One problem - it may not have enough votes to pass in the Senate. The way the bill would work (as I understand it) is one new seat would go to DC and one new seat would go to Utah to balance out the new Democratic vote. 437 House seats would exist until the 2010 census when the total number would go back to 435 and the seats would just be rearranged according to population like it is every 10 years. (Just FYI, Utah will get a new seat in 2010 if they don't get one with this bill).
So why all the controversy? Why is it going to be hard to pass in the Senate? Frankly, I don't know. Those who oppose the bill are arguing that the Constitution only allows for the states to have representation in Congress. Granted, that is what the Constitution says: "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature." But it's not like the Constitution hasn't been radically changed before...
"The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand"
Utah has one representative for about every 820,000 people.
"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons." Other persons of course referring to slaves.
So why can't we amend the Constitution to let the District of Colombia have a voting seat? After all, the census estimates 550,521 live in DC as of 2005 while the same year it was estimated that Wyoming had a population of only 509,294. How is it that over 550,000 of citizens of the United States don't have a voice in Congress? Some argue that the founders of this nation didn't intend for DC to have representation because it isn't a state or part of a state (let's ignore the fact that DC wasn't established when the country was founded). But my personal belief is that is was the intention of the founders to make sure everyone had a voice in Congress. That's the whole point of a Representative Democracy. By not giving DC a voting seat we'd be going against one of the most fundamental principles this great nation was founded on.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


It's snowing crazy a lot outside right now. And I didn't bring a coat to campus today. Sad stories. So here's a question I just want to throw out there into the void. How is it that guys who are way super tight (as in if they weren't straight they'd be partners tight) don't write each other on missions? I write all of them, they all write me, so how come they don't write each other? Or even have each other's addresses? This just completely confuses me.
Another sad story. Last weekend I went to Trolley Square with my brother, sister, and their spouses. I got a necklace and 2 bracelets that were 50% off (but still it cost $20). The super cute green bracelet broke when I was putting my backpack on, and I lost the black bracelet somewhere at my parent's house, my friend's car, or a random church. So basically I paid $20 for a necklace that is cute, but I would never have paid $20 for.

Monday, April 16, 2007

My latest crack pot idea

Still at work and still nothing to do so more blogging. But here's my latest crack pot idea that I've been trying to make happen. I was going to try to do this summer, but it will probably have to be next. But I REALLY want to go to somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa and do some volunteer work there for a month or so. I figure since that's what I want to do with my life I might as well get an early start. The reason it isn't happening this summer is because it's more expensive than I thought. The cheapest program for 4 weeks that I could find is more than $1000 and I'd still have to get a plane ticket. C'est la vive.


Hello to everyone reading this blog. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with this yet, but probably a lot of it will be venting frustrations of a political nature. We'll just see where it goes...