Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
So here are some happy things.
1. We moved into our first apartment today! It was really exciting when we first got there after checking in. The bedrooms are gigantic and the entertainment center isn't big enough for our tv, so we'll see what happens with that. :) I'm also going to try and take some pictures tonight when we go back over so I'll post those when I do.
2. All my stuff is moved, and a very good percentage of Mike's is! The stuff we're taking today, anyway. He's not actually moving in until after the wedding (fancy that) so we have to leave some of his things here.
3. I get to have one more sleepover with Megan and Jennie before W-Day! They're staying with me in my new apartment tomorrow, 1) because I love them oodles and 2) because then I won't have to sleep there by myself. :)
4. My family is coming on Thursday! I'm so excited! They're going to be staying at our apartment with me and it's going to be fantastic amounts of fun.
5. Lindsey is also coming on Thursday! I probably won't get to go to the airport to pick her up but that's because I'll have to get some things done in the morning so I can play in the afternoon. And playing in the afternoon is great! Especially when Lindsey comes all the way from Maryland for my wedding. It will be the funnest of times.
6. I have found myself talking like Lili in the last little while. Exhibit A: "It will be the funnest of times." That might be silly but it is also happy because Lili is hilarious. :)
7. Things are definitely coming together for the weekend. We got the girl who did Dafni and Brandon's engagement pictures to do some wedding day pictures for us, and I'm pretty excited because she's ridiculously cheap and I LOVED the pictures she did for Dafni.
Well that's it for now! I'm going to get back to some packing. Wish me luck that I don't get any serious injuries! (I'm already covered in bruises and scrapes. Very nice for the wedding. :P)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I was trying to see if maybe I could just stay a day late at Belmont and then move in early at LaGrande (which is what we wanted to do anyway, because our check-in day is Tuesday and it'd be easier to do it on a weekend). However. LaGrande won't know if we can move in early until Saturday, which is not super helpful, because that would be when we wanted to do it. And Belmont won't let us stay past Thursday unless we get all of our stuff out and sleep on the floor Thursday night. Well, having somewhere to sleep wasn't ever the problem, it was where to put my stuff--and since there is clearly no other choice, what I'm going to have to do is put as much of my stuff as I can into my car and Mike's and then put the rest of it at his brother's house or somewhere.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Now here's the thing. I don't really consider myself a prude. In fact, on some issues there are many who would call me liberal. I don't necessarily agree with them, but I do consider myself pretty open minded, and I don't think most people would argue with that.
That said, I feel like this movie does nothing but feed teenagers deceptive and even destructive information about life, and that is why I had no desire to see it. Examples:
--Juno gets pregnant, and her parents don't freak out. Yes, I think their reaction is admirable. But I also think it is, for the most part, very unrealistic. If that's what they see in movies, then what are teenagers going to think about their own parents, who probably wouldn't react that way? They'll think 1) that they don't want to talk to their parents about it because they know they won't respond so kindly, and 2) that their parents are unreasonable and don't understand them at all. Not healthy, considering how prone teenagers already are to that kind of thinking.
--The only people in the movie who show disapproval of teenage pregnancy are portrayed very negatively (namely, the kids at her high school, who look at her funny, and the nurse who does the ultrasound, who is a snot and gets absolutely trounced by the stepmom). Everyone else just accepts it without skipping a beat. So, just as I suspected, yet another movie that portrays teen pregnancy positively.
--Juno and her boyfriend are together at the end, and they talk about their relationship in really, really adult terms. Call me whatever you want, but teenagers already have a tendency to think that their life in high school is IT, and I don't approve of encouraging them in that ridiculousness. Sixteen-year-olds do not generally make it together, especially these days. You know what happened to the guy I liked at that age? A couple years ago he got drunk, drove a 4-wheeler into a tree, and died. People change a LOT after high school. None of you would believe it if you could have known me back then. I didn't talk. I had panic attacks when people talked to me, or when I was called on in class. It's just ridiculous to be talking about true love and being together forever when you're that age. But of course teenagers do it, so it bothers me even more that movies encourage it. They don't need help to be thinking like this, what they need is to hang on until they grow up and see what the world is really like.
I know there are some teenagers who would not be affected by movies like this. Yeah, there are some who have their heads on straight. But you know what, I hate to say it, but those are a very lucky few. I'm just really dreading the point where I'll have to deal with this as a parent, because I have no idea how to do it, and I only wish I didn't already know that it'll be even harder by then.
Friday, April 18, 2008
2. I tried to copy and paste the text of the article like I did the John McCain one, but for some reason Blogger is just not cooperating with me. I think it may have something to do with Safari, because I'm doing this in Firefox now and it's working fine, but that makes me sad because I really like Safari.
(AND here's an update already: the issue is not just with Blogger and Safari, it just happened in Firefox too. Stupid Blogger.)
I can't figure out what is causing this ridiculousness, and I'd probably get too frustrated trying to explain it properly, so suffice it to say that trying to copy and paste something in Blogger has gotten ridiculously difficult for me and I don't like it one bit.
That's all! :)
Ooh except no it's not. My bridal shower's tomorrow and I'm really excited! And also this means that I'm getting married in 15 days (really 14 now because I don't count the current day and technically it's Friday now :D). I'm so excited! I'm not really even nervous, I just can't wait for it to be over. No more wedding planning! That will be one of the best parts! Okay probably not really. But still.
Okay, now that's really all. I'm going to bed so goodnight.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
By winning back unhappy GOP voters, McCain makes it a raceBy ALAN FRAM and TREVOR TOMPSON, Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are no longer underdogs in the race for the White House. To pull that off, John McCain has attracted disgruntled GOP voters, independents and even some moderate Democrats who shunned his party last fall.
Partly thanks to an increasingly likable image, the Republican presidential candidate has pulled even with the two Democrats still brawling for their party's nomination, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll released Thursday. Just five months ago — before either party had winnowed its field — the survey showed people preferred sending an unnamed Democrat over a Republican to the White House by 13 percentage points.
Also helping the Arizona senator close the gap: Peoples' opinions of Hillary Rodham Clinton have soured slightly, while their views of Barack Obama have improved though less impressively than McCain's.
The survey suggests that those switching to McCain are largely attuned to his personal qualities and McCain may be benefiting as the two Democrats snipe at each other during their prolonged nomination fight.
David Mason of Richmond, Va., is typical of the voters McCain has gained since last November, when the 46-year-old personal trainer was undecided. Mason calls himself an independent and voted in 2004 for President Bush, whom he considers a strong leader but a disappointment due to the "no-win situation" in Iraq.
"It's not that I'm that much in favor of McCain, it's the other two are turning me off," Mason said of Clinton and Obama, the senators from New York and Illinois, in explaining his move toward McCain. As for the Republican's experiences as a Vietnam War prisoner and in the Senate, Mason said, "All he's been through is an asset."
By tracking the same group of roughly 2,000 people throughout the campaign, the AP-Yahoo poll can gauge how individual views are evolving. What's clear is that some Republican-leaning voters who backed Bush in 2004 but lost enthusiasm for him are returning to the GOP fold _ along with a smaller but significant number of Democrats who have come to dislike their party's two contenders.
The findings of the survey, conducted by Knowledge Networks, provide a preview of one of this fall's battlegrounds. Though some unhappy Republicans will doubtless stay with McCain, both groups are teeming with centrist swing voters who will be targeted by both parties.
The poll shows that McCain's appeal has grown since November by more than the Democrats' has dwindled. McCain gets about 10 percentage points more now than a generic Republican candidate got last fall; Obama and Clinton get about 5 points less than a nameless Democrat got then.
Underlining McCain's burgeoning popularity, in November about four in 10 considered McCain likeable, decisive, strong and honest while about half do now. Obama is seen as more likeable and stronger now but his numbers for honesty and decisiveness have remained flat, while Clinton's scores for likeability and honesty have dropped slightly.
"You can't trust Hillary and Obama's too young," said Pauline Holsinger, 60, a janitorial worker in Pensacola, Fla., now backing McCain who preferred an unnamed Democrat last fall. "I like him better, he's more knowledgeable about the war" in Iraq.
Voters at this stage in a campaign commonly focus more on candidates' personal qualities. That usually changes as the general election approaches and they pay more attention to issues and partisan loyalty — meaning that McCain's prospects could fade at a time when the public is deeply unhappy with the war, the staggering economy and Bush.
For now, more than one in 10 who weren't backing the unnamed Republican candidate in last November's survey are supporting McCain, a shift partly offset by a smaller number of former undecideds now embracing Obama or Clinton. Of those now backing McCain, about one-third did not support the generic GOP candidate last November.
Among people who have moved toward McCain, about two-thirds are discontented Bush voters, with many calling themselves independents but leaning Republican.
About half of this group say they are conservative, yet their views on issues are more moderate than many in the party, with some opposing the war in Iraq. They have favorable but not intensely enthusiastic views of McCain _ for example, two-thirds find him likeable while far fewer find him compassionate or refreshing.
"He's known, he's a veteran," said David Tucker, a retired Air Force technician from Alexandria, La., and Bush voter who was undecided last November but has ruled out Obama and Clinton. "I understand him better."
Around a third of the voters newly supporting McCain lean Democratic and mostly backed Democrat John Kerry in 2004. They are moderates who disapprove of Bush and the war in Iraq, but find McCain likeable, much more so than they did last November.
Many McCain-backing Democrats express one consistent concern about McCain — his age.
"Let's face it, we're not getting any younger," said retired accountant Sheldon Rothman of Queens, N.Y., who like McCain is 71. "There are too many imponderables when you get to that age, especially with the stress of the presidency."
Whether those now switching to McCain will stay that way once the Democrats choose a candidate is what the fall campaign will be about.
"McCain has a history of doing well with independent voters," said GOP pollster David Winston. He said voters' preference for an unnamed Democratic candidate but McCain's strong performance against Obama and Clinton means "Democrats have an advantage their candidates are not taking advantage of."
Democratic pollster Alan Secrest said the contrasting numbers mean that while the voters' overall mood favors Democrats, they are still taking the measure of Clinton and Obama.
"The Democrats will have to earn their way this fall," he said.
The AP-Yahoo survey of 1,844 adults was conducted from April 2-14 and had an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. Included were interviews with 863 Democrats, for whom the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3.3 points, and 668 Republicans, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 points.
The poll was conducted over the Internet by Knowledge Networks, which initially contacted people using traditional telephone polling methods and followed with online interviews. People chosen for the study who had no Internet access were given it for free.
— AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.
2. Your gangsta name (fave ice cream flavour, favourite type of shoe): Coffee Flip Flops (probably one of the silliest things I've ever heard)
3. Your Native American name (favourite colour, favourite animal): Green Dog
4. Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born): Kayla Mesa
5. Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name): Gifmi or, in two weeks: Shomi
6. Superhero name (2nd favourite colour, favourite drink): Blue Raspberry Lemonade (?)
7. NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers): Jacob Gerald
8. Stripper name (the name of your favourite perfume/cologne/scent, favourite candy): Pink (or Lucky) Almond Joy (or Skittles)
10. TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter): I can't remember her last name. :( We'll go with sixth grade, and the options are Ratcliffe Richardson or Smith Springville
11. Spy name (your favourite season/holiday, flower): Autumn Daisy
12. Cartoon name: (favourite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now): Strawberry Sweater
13. Hippie name (What you ate for breakfast, your favourite tree): Granola Bar Weeping Willow
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
2. Um... that's all. I guess my siblings call me Moira sometimes.
3. And my roommates call me Mirimuffin. But not as much as they used to.
Three things you are wearing right now:
1. The cute sweater I bought at Papaya for Dafni's wedding
2. Yellow capri pajama pants
3. A blanket, because I am freakin cold.
Three of your favorite things to do:
1. Be with my family and friends, especially playing games
2. Sing/play music in a group, especially with my family
Three things you want very badly at the moment:
1. To be married already
2. For it to be hot enough for me to start laying out, instead of randomly snowing
3. To be able to buy a piano
Three favorite pets you have had/have:
1. Just Cookie, we haven't had very many pets and all the others were crazy.
2. But I do like Mike's cats, Houdini and Nilla (yes, like the wafers).
3. I generally don't like cats though. I'm definitely a dog person.
Three things you did last night:
1. Flew back to Utah from Texas by way of Arizona
2. Posted an angry blog
3. Found out my suitcase was lost in Phoenix
Three things you ate today:
1. An amazing sandwich Amanda made for me because she is amazing
2. Amazing chicken, potatoes, and salad that Mike's mom made, and it was so amazing
3. Chicken ramen
Three people you last talked to:
3. Bethany (I spent almost 4 hours there tonight when I was just supposed to be delivering an invitation. It was fantastic.)
Three longest car rides:
1. UGH the one I just made with Mike from Utah to Texas. It was awful. 23 hours of muchly boring landscape.
2. Wylie, Texas to Mesa, Arizona (about the same length as the drive from Wylie to Provo, I think)
3. Provo to St. George for In-N-0ut (but we will do it :D)
Three favorite holidays:
Three favorite beverages:
2. Raspberry lemonade
3. Jamba Juice Strawberry Surf Rider