Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sooomething Random

I clicked on this link on Lindsey's blog. It's an ad for a house that's for sale in her neighborhood. If you click on the link and scroll down until you get to the red letters that are right under the description of the house, you will see what I thought was funny.

Request Even More Information

Have you ever seen it put that way? I haven't--it sounds like they're saying "we've already given you all the information you could possibly want, but if for some reason, you crazy kid, you feel like you need EVEN MORE INFORMATION, well, click here and we'll see what we can come up with, but don't be surprised if it's not very interesting because really, we're totally not kidding, we told you all the good stuff already."

Just a thought. I like sharing things that made me smile. :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I. Am. So. Tired.

Today is moving day. Mike and I moved all my stuff from his house to our new apartment, and now we're working on his. (Well, scratch that--I'm working on his while he helps his dad with a backyard project. I don't love that his dad asked him to do that, because frankly we're getting married in 4 days and we already have quite enough to do. But oh well.) Anyway my back is killing me from moving things, so I am taking a break to blog. Also because I haven't blogged in a little while.

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

speed test

(but not a very good one. I don't think it's quite accurate to just test how fast we type random words, because it's harder to type words in a sentence, and in what scenario would you ever be typing just random words? but it's still fun to see. :))

104 words

Speed test

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Some Things

1. Thank you all for being amazing. I like to be reminded that I have fantastic friends. :)

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.

2. I would just like to say that What Not to Wear and 10 Years Younger are my favorite things to watch during the day. Megan and I have developed a tiny tradition over the last couple weeks, since school has been out, wherein we watch What Not to Wear at ten followed by (give or take) two episodes of 10 Years Younger. Anyway. We're not sure why it's so easy to get addicted to these makeover shows--we just know we love watching them.

3. Exercising is supposed to give you energy but it mostly just makes me tired. I want to go to sleep now.

4. Apparently my stomach has shrunk. I just ate two bites of a strawberry, one scrambled egg, and one piece of toast and I feel really uncomfortably full. Not awesome.

5. Mike has been sick and that is not awesome. On the one hand, he didn't go to work today, which means he can help me move. On the other hand, he's sick, so his usefulness is a little limited. But on the other hand, we're getting married in ten days, so I pretty much don't care about anything else. :)

6. Megan and I celebrated our anniversary last night. We didn't do it the normal way (watching My Man Godfrey, the movie that brought us together three years ago), because we had started watching Stepmom with our roommates and that didn't even end until 1:30, but it was still fun. Also Megan's been working on a slide show of The Hottest Thing Since Soup and we watched parts of it last night, so there was still reminiscing and celebration of us. Also, I have discovered that I really like Stepmom. I'd seen it before, but it was a long time ago and I didn't remember much about it. Anyway. Good movie.

7. And now, off to pack! I am trying to be all ready tonight so that I can just wake up tomorrow and hang out and clean until our check-out at 1:00. So that is all for the moment.

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Freaking Out Blog

I've been holding off the panic for the last week now, but it keeps getting harder. I keep finding out things like my contract here expires six days before my new one starts. What do I do in the interim? Why can't the apartment complexes here be a little more in sync with each other? Does it really make sense to have people floating around in limbo for a week? I'm sure I can extend one contract or the other, but I don't have money for this. I have a wedding to pay for and I don't have money for that either. I'm dieting to fit into my dress because right now I don't, and also it really has to be cleaned because Dafni's bouquet got crap all over it and I really hope it comes out because I have no other options. Mike's relatives keep asking questions that I don't know how to answer and they are really persistent and I understand that they want to know but I am just going crazy trying to get everything figured out and it doesn't help when they're grilling me for details and then I feel even more pressured to get it all worked out just so I can give them answers already. I have a paper to finish that was due last Monday but I couldn't write it because I was in Texas going crazy with Dafni's wedding so I'm turning it in tomorrow at the final but it's not ready yet and the final is at 7 am. Speaking of which, I have a final at 7 am, and I wanted to go to bed super early but I'm sure not going to be able to because I am now writing a freaking out blog instead of working on my paper, which is probably the worst paper I've ever written but I just can't really care at this point because I have to get it done. I have a thousand things to do this week and the worst part of it is that I can hardly pinpoint all the things I need to do. I've made lists and written things in my planner and I know there are so many things to do but I just can't seem to get a handle on all of them. Probably because they're not things that have to be done on specific days, so it's a matter of which things I can get to and when, and that makes it stressful for me because I can't plan it all out. We're not getting married in the temple right now, we're having a civil marriage first and going through the temple later, and the only part about it that bothers me is telling people. So for everyone we haven't told yet, and I don't even know who that is anymore, now you know. At least I'll be done with finals by the time I have to deal with stupid moving out, so that's a good thing. I guess I'll be cramming everything into my car again like last time and then sleeping at Mike's parents' house for a few nights until we can move into our new apartment. Which pretty much sucked, but oh well, what is there to do about it? And I guess I know everything will all work out. I've been doing really well at not panicking, but there are just some moments every now and then where it slips and I don't know how any of it is going to happen. (Funny how the last panic moment I had was on Friday, and it seems like forever ago but it totally wasn't, but it felt like it because I had a thousand things to do during that time.) Ugh and I am SO COLD all of the time. I'm wearing leggings and shorts and I'm under my blanket with my warm laptop on my lap but my legs are still freezing. I'll probably be really hot when I try to sleep though. I haven't slept well in weeks. I have stupid dreams about being caught in tornados and smoking cigarettes in a raft in the middle of the ocean with my mom and being held prisoner on a big ship that gets taken over by the Chinese and all kinds of ridiculous things. I wake up with my neck or my ribs or my head hurting, and I wake up a lot in the hours between 4 am and whenever my alarm is set. I wake up feeling physically awful and then it takes me a while to be able to get going. I am really dreading my final tomorrow morning. Not that it will be difficult, because it won't, but I'm not excited about waking up that freaking early and going to campus and everything. I'm sick of school and not knowing when I'll be done. I'm also sick of not living with Mike and it's a really good thing that we're down to less than two weeks now because probably the happiest day of my life will be the day when I don't have to plan this cursed wedding anymore. Of course I'm exaggerating because I am very excited for my wedding, but I would be so much more excited if I just had all the money I wanted, because then I would have nothing to worry about. I'd have paid someone to plan it for me, probably, and I'd just get whatever I wanted for the reception and be done with it. Freaking money. Also I really wish my mom were here to help me plan and deal with things. It's really hard to do all of this without her. Okay I am so tired now and I can't go to sleep because I have to finish the last page of my paper so I'm going to do that now and get to sleep as soon as I can. I know things will work out somehow, I just need to freak out every now and then to get it out of my system. So there we go, I'm done. Any bets on how long it'll be before the next one?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Just to Clarify...

The difference between the way I see Juno and the way other people seem to see it is a matter of reality. Yeah, I think they did it well in the movie. I think it would be great if that's how it always went. The parents were great, Juno was great, everyone was very mature and handled it well.

I just don't think that's reality. I think the attitudes in that movie are a little more Hollywood than real life, and I think that it's bad for teenagers to expect Hollywood when what they get is real life.

Sure, there are some real parents who react the way hers did. But I don't think most parents do. Yeah, there are some 16 year old girls who are very mature, who know who they are and do what they feel is right regardless of the consequences or what others will say. But most of them aren't like that. No, they're not stupid. But their perceptions of life are very, very skewed.

And I wish I could say, well, it's just a movie, it doesn't matter. That IS what I would say if I was talking about people our age. My thoughts on life aren't remotely affected by movies like this. I'm also not a teenager. And six years ago, when I was 16, watching this movie would have been a completely different experience for me. So I'm talking about what the movie says to teenagers, not what it says to us. We're adults. We know a few things about life. We're not influenced by silly movies. Teenagers are. And those silly movies are directed toward them.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Movie Review

And now some thoughts on Juno, the movie we watched last night. I didn't love it. Actually, I don't think I can say I liked the movie at all. I did love a few of the characters--Juno, her stepmom (Allison Janney), Jennifer Garner's amazing character (she does the part so well and it's so different from other things she's done). But aside from that, the movie was exactly what I expected it to be.

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 in
formation 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 un
reasonable 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 negativel
y (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

Something Ridiculous.

1. Obama superdelegates have their 'sisterhood' questioned

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

Election Update

By winning back unhappy GOP voters, McCain makes it a race

By 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.

I am on a posting spree!

1. Your rock star name (first pet, current car): Lady Corolla (haha I kinda like it!)

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

I Have Writers' Block

I'm supposed to be writing a paper, but I'm completely stuck. I've been working on it on and off all day, and I have a grand total of three lines that I don't even like. I'm required to quote from certain books, so I have quotes picked out that I know I want to use; and I always start my works cited page right at the beginning so I don't have to go back and do it after I've been writing the paper for hours; but that's basically the extent of what I have. What's silly is that it's even a personal essay, not research or anything, which means I can write however I want.

And so, for the time being I am left with only one option, which I shall allow my good friend Oscar Wilde to explain (in the voice of Rupert Everett, of course).

"After some consideration... with so much to do, there's only one thing to be done. There comes a time in every son's life when he must, indeed, follow his father's advice. I shall go to bed at once."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Charlie bit me!

Hahahahaha what a retarded little kid. He sticks his finger right in Charlie's mouth! And look how gigantic this baby is! Does anyone else see like a 50-year-old construction worker when they hear the name Charlie, and not this baby?

Gifford Look-alike Meter

I did it again because I thought that last one was weird--only 7 percent? Really? Everyone always says I look like my mom, not my dad. So anyway, I tried a different picture, and the difference is not significant. Maybe I really do look more like my dad than I thought. Strange.

Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Ancestors - Dynasty

Who Knew Sprouts Could Be Nostalgic?

So here's something sad...

I was actually looking through people's blogs for one of these things to fill out, because I wanted to put something new and not controversial on my blog. So yay for Christine and whoever tagged her! :)

Three names you go by:

1. Miri
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
3. Read

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:
1. Megan
2. Amanda
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:
1. Christmas
2. Thanksgiving
3. Hannukah

Three favorite beverages:

1. Water
2. Raspberry lemonade
3. Jamba Juice Strawberry Surf Rider

Ahh it's over already, I wasn't ready for it to be. I wonder if I can find anything else to add to it.

Yay for freaking Myspace! I never even look at that anymore but I know there is always someone posting a bulletin with one of these things, and it did not fail me! So here we go. And it's a really long one. And also it is apparently a made-for-Myspace one, so I'll just adapt some of the questions so they make sense.

How much older than you is the first person on your top?
(It's Mike) and he's not older than me, he's a little less than two years younger than me.

Will you talk to the person you like on the phone tonight?
No because he is sleeping. But I talked to him earlier when he was awake.

Do you own a computer?
No, I've filled this out via telephone. (that is the response of the girl I got this from, and I thought it was funny so I'm leaving it. My real answer is yes, I have a laptop.)

Why is your myspace song what it is?
My Myspace song is "Ladies' Choice" from
Hairspray and it is my song because I love it and it's a very upbeat song, which fits my current layout.

Who was your last call from?

What woke you up this morning?
My alarm. And feeling kind of crappy.

Your current relationship status?
Engaged and anxious to be done with the wedding. Also happy.

What is your current mood?

What color shirt are you wearing?
Black tank top with big red and white flowers on it.

Are you crazy?
Hmm. Perhaps, based on the premise of this post. But even so, this is a silly question.

What was the highlight of your week?
Being at home all the past week was fantastic, but the highlight was definitely the post-wedding-reception dance party we had at my house on Saturday night after Dafni and Brandon's reception. Most fun I've had with my family I think probably ever.

Whose car were you in last?
Mine, and Mike's before that.

What are you listening to?
Nothing, Megan and I are in the living room on our computers with no music or tv or anything on. It's kind of weird, now that I think about it. I guess I'm listening to the clock and the sound of my own typing.

How long is your hair?
Getting longer! A little past my shoulders when it's straight. Probably pretty close to my shoulders curly.

Last thing you ate?
The amazing sandwich Amanda made me. It had turkey, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sprouts, and we ate honey dijon chips with it. So good.

What was the last thing you drank?

Are you happy right now?
Yes yes

What's the last thing someone said to you?
"Miri I'm sending you an invitation to join my mob." -Megan

Who can you open up to easily of the opposite sex?

What color are your eyes?

Last person you hugged?
Amanda or Bethany, I can't remember which.

If you could have something right now, what would it be?
Some freakin' Teriyaki Stix. or Hibachi San, spicy honey chicken. Mmmm. I'm craving meat lately, which is super weird for me. Yesterday I waited 7 1/2 agonizing hours to get steak and potatoes.

Who do you most look like in your family?
I don't even know anymore. In high school people thought Talia and I were twins, but now people keep getting me confused with Dafni. It's kinda weird.

Did you have a dream last night?
Yeah and I remember it being super weird, but I can't remember what it was.

What were you doing at 11:30 last night?
Watching The Guardian with Mike. Good movie, even though I hate Ashton Kutcher, but it was very long.

Are you left handed?

What's for dinner tonight?
Chicken, potatoes, and salad. It was so good.

What is the last thing you thought about?
Um... probably the answer to the question right before this one.

Do you wake up cranky?
Quite often. I think it's because of my mattress, which is very crappy. I usually wake up with back pain and a headache.

If an ex said he hates you, you say?
That seems like an appropriate healthy response. Have a great day. (That was also Jessica's response, but I like it. Probably what I would have said is... Oh well, his loss.)

Would you curse in front of your parents?
Nope. They get upset when I say "pissed."

What is your current annoyance?
Um... I'm going to say how cold I am. Why is it still trying to be winter? I don't appreciate it.

Do you like drama?
What a retarded question.

What kind of camera do you have?
One that I stole from Mike. I don't know what kind it is, but I do know that I'm pretty sure we left it in Texas. I bet Dafni stole it.

Last time you were on a boat and where?
Goodness. I guess a couple years ago at a ward activity where we went out on the lake in someone's boat.

Do you take daily vitamins or medication?
Yeah I do.

Where is your computer located?
On my lap

What was the last item you bought?
Hot chocolate at Barnes & Noble

Last time you used a coupon?
I can't remember

Are you afraid of roller coasters?
Maybe. I don't like them, so I haven't been on many. I think I'm usually scared at the top.

If your best friend told you they were moving, you would..?
Depends on where they were moving and why. I'd probably be very sad if I wasn't going to see her very often.

Would you rather go to a party or out of town?
Out of town. I'm not big into parties.

Apple Bottom Jeans or Hollister gift card?
I don't know what Apple Bottom Jeans is/are.

Do you think you're stupid?
No. I think I do the best with what I have, and basically I am awesome.

Do you wear anything with skulls?
Hahahaha the pants I'm wearing right now actually have a small pink skull on the butt. Which is funny, 1) because my mom gave them to me, 2) because they're bright yellow, and 3) because I'm fairly certain they're yoga pants.

What is your school mascot?

At what age do you want to be married?:

Is divorce an option?
Not once I'm married.

What color is your luggage?
Bright blue

Where and when did you last go on vacation?
Went to Texas for Dafni's wedding last week, but I don't know if that counts as a vacation since we were running around like crazy the whole time. If it doesn't, the last one was Bear Lake with Mike's family last July.

Where is your mom right now?
At home in Dallas.

What are you supposed to be doing right now?
Sleeping. Writing a paper. Preparing my portfolio. Sleeping.

Are you slowly drifting away from someone close?
I have some, but it comes and goes in phases.

How is life going for you right now?
Pretty good. It's a very stressful time for me, with the wedding and finals and just getting Dafni's wedding out of the way, but I'm learning some very good things that are helping me get through it all in one piece.

When was the last time you held someone’s hand?
I don't think Mike and I actually held hands tonight, so probably last night on the way home from the airport.

Last text message in your inbox?

What did you respond?
Nothing, it was the end of a conversation.

What is the next concert you're going to?
I don't know. I wanted to go to My Chemical Romance, but they were in Utah the one weekend that Mike and I were in Texas. I also wanted to go to the Used, but they'll be playing on the night my family gets here right before the wedding, so we won't be going to that either.
Maybe Panic at the Disco on June 4... Maybe John Mayer and Colbie Caillat on July 21... Really the one I'm waiting for is the next Muse concert.

Can you play guitar hero?
Yeah. I can beat everything really well on medium, and I'm starting to do okay on hard. I rarely play though, so my progress is slow.

Do you prefer warm or cold weather?

Is any part of your body sore?
Not really. My stomach is growling and my nose hurts from having to blow it all day.

What is the last movie you watched in theaters?
Hmm... Vantage Point maybe? We keep trying to go see Be Kind Rewind, but we haven't yet.

What do you currently hear right now?
Even less than before. Megan just left the living room to go to bed.

What do you currently smell like?
Pink from Victoria's Secret

would you rather watch football or baseball?

Missing someone right now?
I usually miss Mike when I'm not with him. I also miss my family.

What's the strangest fact about you?
Um... I don't know how to pick one.

When is the last time you hung out with your #1 top friend and for how long?
My number one top friend is Mike, so tonight. For a few hours.

Do you feel like dancing?
Not right now, I am le tired.

How much money do you have on you?
More than usual, since people gave us some early wedding presents at Dafni's reception.

Do you sleep naked?

Is there someone on your mind that shouldn't be?
That shouldn't be? No... I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to think about whoever it is I am thinking about.

Do you burn easily in the sun?
Nope, I have too much of my mom's olive complexion.

What made you happy today?
Having a lot of fun hanging out with Mike. Anna watching Hairspray while we were on the computer. Getting my lost luggage delivered to me by a very friendly airport guy. Hanging out with Amanda and Bethany for almost 4 hours. Reading Lindsey's blog and laughing a lot.

Who were the last people you ate lunch with?
My family in Texas

Where did your last hug take place?
Bethany and Amanda's apartment, saying goodnight

Did you cry today?
I laugh cried when I was reading Lindsey's "Remember 'Remember When'" post on her blog.

Plans for today?
Um, it's 3:30 in the morning, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to sleep after I finish this. If by today you mean tomorrow, though, I'm not even sure what my plans are. I'm supposed to be going to the Crandall Printing Museum... getting our guest book printed... finding Mike a tux... sending an invitation to Ryan on his mission... writing a letter to Mandy... doing my exercise video... I'd really like to go to yoga, since I haven't been in a while... writing my paper and putting my portfolio together... getting some stuff put together for the garage sale this weekend... delivering Christine's bridal shower invitation to her... putting away some clothes in my room... and the list goes on, though I can't think of any more right now. This is due to the fact that I'm starting to doze off, so I hope this survey is almost finished.

Who do you love more than anything?
Mike, my family, my roommates

Are you where you thought you would be at this point in your life?
I'm not sure. I know in high school I thought I'd be single until I was at least 24, but my perspective definitely changed on that. I'm not where I thought I'd be with school, but I don't care about that anymore.

What's your ideal career?
Magazine editor, particularly freelance.

are you happy with the choices you've made?
Mostly, yes. And I am willing to accept all the choices I've made, even if I would change them now.

Wow. Holy long survey batman. I'm so sleepy now! Goodnight.

something funny for a change

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Rant of My Own.

I'm really frustrated right now.

I'm not even sure where to begin, really. I've basically been declared the enemy by people I consider friends, and for nothing more than expressing a different opinion. I think more than anything what I feel now is hurt, because I feel like this all started out very polite and even friendly, and now it's turned into thinly veiled--or not veiled at all--accusations specifically directed toward me.

It doesn't bother me that these people have made comments I don't agree with, and used the statements of General Authorities to back them up. Very few things actually are absolute truth, leaving most things in the gospel up to individual interpretation. The single biggest thing I have learned in my last few years of college is that people are entitled to their own opinions, no matter what they are, and to voice them even if they are in the minority. In fact, I've recently come to enjoy a little political or philosophical debate, because I find it very interesting and enlightening.

This, however, has not been enlightening. It has been volatile, hurtful, accusatory, and unreasonable. I don't even know what to say anymore--nothing I ever said about the situation was mean or spiteful, it was simply an expression of a different opinion. (And you know what, while I'm thinking about it--if someone doesn't want people responding to his thoughts, he writes them in a journal, not on the internet. Good criminy.) I admit there were a couple times when, in talking to someone else about the situation, I used a couple adjectives I might not have used to the person's face. But quite frankly, that would have only been out of politeness, because I still think they are true--and even more now, after I've seen the way they reacted toward me.

If someone chooses to think that I am attacking him personally because I express a different opinion about a sensitive subject, well, that's just silly of him, and I can't do anything about it. All I can say is, you should know better.

I just can't believe that we aren't mature enough yet--even at our collective age, and after having been through years of what was supposed to be a time of great learning--that we aren't capable of having a conversation about a sensitive subject without people turning themselves into martyrs and making personal, self-righteous attacks on anyone who disagrees.

And more than anything I am hurt that my friends have so willingly relegated me to "the other side." For all your crusading and preaching, that's a pretty freaking un-Christlike attitude.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

6 Year Old Sexual Harassment?

I saw an article in the Washington Post today about this. A six year old boy smacked the butt of a little girl on the playground, and the school responded by calling the police and giving the kid a record.
The guy who wrote the online article included a lot of people's comments in the article, which were really interesting to read--some people think that the administrators of the school are morons, some think that this is a result of ridiculous parents who freak out about everything and put the administrators in a position to react like this when anything happens, some think it's the boy's parents fault, that they're not doing their job. One person even said something about "zero tolerance."
I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it, and I can't really decide because I don't know more about the situation. My first instinct was to say that six year olds aren't even capable of sexually harassing someone, and the kid probably had no idea what he was doing. (Which I think was probably the case in this situation.) But I don't think I can say generally that I believe six year olds aren't capable of sexual harassment. I worked at a day care in south Provo that took care of mostly kids from pretty crappy families, and I met some six year olds who could have been capable of it. They were mean, vulgar, and crass--just like their parents--and they did not act like six year olds should act.
So anyway. Those are my thoughts. You can read the story here if you want; it's pretty interesting, especially the readers' comments.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This is the kind of thing I hate.

Why should this convince me to vote for McCain? Thousands of people
have served in the military, and they're not all running for office with that
as their platform. Give me a break already.