Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wrote this yesterday...but my dad unplucked the wireless, so i'm posting it today.

So today I am in Sioux City, IA at my grandmothers house. It is fun but occasionally it can be a bit boring, however the good thing about family vacations is that all three of us siblings are forced to spend time together, not that we don't want to normally but usually I am at school, or Lexi is at Tech crew or band, or Mikayla is working. Anyway, I went upstairs this afternoon and turned on the TV. Avalon High was coming on on the Disney channel. I was really excited, I loved that book when I was in Middle school and was excited to see the movie. So I decided to sit and watch it. I noticed some differences right away. First of all the main characters name is Ellie, in the movie is was changed to Ally. Also, there was an added character who was supposed to be the "Merlin" of the movie. Ok no big deal. Then Lex came upstairs and watched it with me and I got to explain the King Arthur legend to her, or at least the love triangle, and the lady of the lake portions. Then Mikayla came upstairs and says that she has read the book as well, so the three of us are upstairs watching the movie, and then the last 5 minutes of the movie came.... sorry if this is spoiling the movie for you but I need to explain the ending so you understand my anger/disappointment. In the book, ELLIE ends up being the lady of the lake who gives the sword to WILL who is the reincarnated King Arthur. It also had the love triangle between LANCE and JENN, will's best friend and girlfriend. At the end of the book WILL had to fight MARCO (Mordred) and was guided to victory by his literature teacher who was supposed to be the "merlinesque" character. Then there is the movie... So at the end of the movie ALLY ends up being the reincarnated king Arthur who has to fight the literature teacher who ends up being Mordred. WTF. that makes no sense. That would mean that Ally was dating Jenn or at least Lance and then they cheated on her with each other.... Lance or Jenn would have to be Ally's best friend... the book made sense...but the movie just tried to give you a twist, but the twist completely messes up the whole legend. Moral of the story...great book read sucks!

So, Mikayla and I just listed all the reasons that the Disney movie version didn't make any sense. This is not the first time that disney channel has messed up books by "trying" to make them into movies. I now know not to be very happy when books I like are turned into movies by Disney Channel! 

You know, for the first time, I really miss my apartment and my roommate and of course Chris. I am excited for my classes and I just feel like going back to school. Of course, it's just conflicting because when I'm in Vermillion I just want to get coffee with Courtney and Charisse and hang out with my momma, but when I'm home I just wanna be back in my apartment. Sadness!


Took a break and played Scattergories with my family... Funny answers

Words associated with Exercising: Letter W: My dads answer: "Wow, This Sucks"
Black Things: Letter G: My answer gangs
Toys: Letter W: Mikayla's answer: Wacky String...the second cousin of Silly String.

Pretty sure that Scattergories is now the favorite game of my family gatherings. 

Monday, December 20, 2010


It's been a while...sorry! I've been on blogger like everyday for the past 3 weeks but haven't had the time or inspiration to write anything. I've had little thoughts here and there but nothing that was worth a whole blog post.

#1: Dear Dumb South Dakota Drivers,
               The left lane is not for you to drive right next to someone... the left lane is for PASSING. Also, that thingy on the left of the steering wheel goes up and down, it's called a blinker...if you are planning on changing lanes, or turning left or right...USE IT!!! Dumb asses! Insert picture of a blinker.

#2: I went to the Macy's Santaland exhibit yesterday with Charisse and my sister, Lexi. It was pretty fun. It was set up to represent a day in the life of an elf. Pretty sad actually, they have to get up at 5:30 in the morning. Yucky! The stuffed toy of the year was a smurf with smurf finger puppets, so naturally I had to buy it for Alexa. Then we went to Applebees. It was nice to spend time with Lex and Charisse.

#3: Today was my first day back at work, it was nice. I love coming back because I always feel so missed. There wasn't an overload of new information and all the walls were still where they were when I left...for now. :) I wish that I could have had some more hours scheduled for the vacation but it's hard because there are 5 receptionists working there right now.

#4: I've read some really good books lately, Matched and Paranormalcy. You should check them out if you are looking for something good to read. I need to find something new now because the weather is horrible, complete whiteout, and I have a feeling that I will be inside for a while. Unless I break out the snowmobile and ride it to caribou which sounds like fun.

#5: I think that is all I've got for today, sad I know, it's a wimpy blog post but I'm sick of staring at a computer screen.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Background

Check out my new background for my laptop...It's dorky but I love it. I know I've been blogging about books a lot lately but that was for Charisse and Courtney. This is just because I think it is cool...cause I'm a nerd. I'm almost done with the book Revolution and I need to decide what to read next. Blah

Monday, November 15, 2010

This is for Charisse

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish. 

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?Read and Loved 

16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.

There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart. 

After her sister Athena's tragic death, it's obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA — a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach — the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after — seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister's untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.
Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star…
Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.
The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.
Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Timesbestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister’s boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something much more.
But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael’s gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, with the male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.
Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future. 

Addy knows there's so much more to life than what she has. She must be destined for more than being a maid to an eccentric elderly man. And so when she finds a mysterious contraption in the gentleman's study, of course she steps inside. Of course she bumps into the wrong button. Suddenly Addy is in medieval England, mistaken for the young woman betrothed to the lord of the nearby manor. It's destiny. But is it home? And will she ever find her way back to her own time? Will she want to, once she's met the shy, handsome falconer's apprentice? 

Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .

From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings.

But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir.
Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's A- ME

Flash Mario Games


These are a few books that are coming out this next year that I'm sooo excited for... This post is mainly for me so I remember them, but also for a couple of my friends who love books just as much as I do. 

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her sister as a siren, the highest calling a mermaid can have. But when her sister runs away to the mainland, reportedly to elope with a human, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her.
Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily through the streets of New Sweeling. There, she will come upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood - Alandare, a boy, now a man, who belongs to a winged race of people. Together, Esmerine and Alandare put aside their differences to find her sister, and in the process discover a love that cannot be bound by land, sea, or air.

The summer of 1889 is the one between childhood and womanhood for Amelia van den Broek—and thankfully, she’s not spending it at home in rural Maine. She’s been sent to Baltimore to stay with her stylish cousin, Zora, who will show her all the pleasures of city life and help her find a suitable man to marry.

With diversions ranging from archery in the park to dazzling balls and hints of forbidden romance, Victorian Baltimore is more exciting than Amelia imagined. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. Newly dubbed "Maine’s Own Mystic", Amelia is suddenly quite in demand.

However, her attraction to Nathaniel, an artist who is decidedly outside of Zora's circle, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. And while she has no trouble seeing the futures of others, she cannot predict whether Nathaniel will remain in hers.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

When Jill finds a rusty sword tip on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued—and little expects it will transport her through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Will a dark enchantment, salty kisses, and a duel with an evil pirate captain leave her stranded in the eighteenth century forever?

Drawing on piratical lore and historical fact, Carrie Vaughn creates a vivid world of swaying masts and swelling seas, where blood magic overrules the laws of nature, romance is in the air, and death can come at the single slip of a sword.

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.

Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul. 

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got here.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?

A story of dark secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction.

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn’t, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love—again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.

Then Lexi meets Cole. Against her better judgment, she finds herself opening up again, falling in love when she knows she shouldn’t. But when she’s offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

In Ripple, Mandy Hubbard spins a sea-ravaged tale of melancholy beauty, and the choices one girl makes between land and waves, love and freedom, her future—and her heart.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Let us read some Dear Letters

Dear humans who put coats 
and sweaters on cats and dogs,

It's called fur.
Sincerely, cats and dogs

Dear Teacher,
Please tell me how I answered the 
opinion based question wrong.
Sincerely, Not sure you know what opinion 

Dear Muffins,
It's not that you're not one of us. 
It's just that you're the ugly ones.
Sincerely, Cupcakes.

Dear 0,
You really let yourself go.
Sincerely, 8.

Dear Fork,
I understand that we haven't spoken since 
I ran away with dish, but I thought you
 should know that you have a son.
 His name is spork. He has your hair.
Sincerely, Spoon.

Dear crunchy leaves,
Please don't take this personally, 
but I'm going out of my way
 to crush you.
Sincerely, Anonymous.

Dear Power Strip,
Sincerely, Wall Socket.

Dear the 3rd grade,
We don't actually use cursive.
Sincerely, a college student.

Dear Cedric Diggory,
Vampires don't sparkle.
 20 points from Hufflepuff!
Sincerely, Snape.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hodge-Podge of Word Puke

Fridays are wonderful! Who doesn't like Fridays?? I love them... this is why:

Every Friday morning Chris has class and I do not, So I go sit in the muc, read or study for about 15 minutes, and then I call Courtney. We talk for about 10 mins depending on when her class starts. Then I call Charisse and since she doesn't have classes on Friday I talk to her until my class starts. It is always nice to get to talk to both of your best friends in the same morning. :)

Friday means I have the whole weekend to do homework, rather than just an evening. Fridays I can read for FUN. (strange concept these days) I have bought approximately 23 new books this semester and have gotten to read a grand total of 2. Lame.My TO READ book list is higher than it has ever been, and my time to read is the shortest.

FRIDAY IS SUPERNATURAL! I love this show so much. I've watched it since the night if premiered after Gilmore Girls all those years ago. I love the way that the show is written, i love Sam and deans relationship, and I love the supernatural aspects it has. (duh) I also really love that it's a show that Chris, Kayla, Ashley, Laura and I all love. Even if we don't always get to watch it together. After 6 years of this show, I finally have people that I can bounce ideas off of, or discuss what episodes we like or didn't, or what we think is going to happen. I really like that we all have that show in common.

Ok done raving about Fridays,

Eventually I have to make my way up to Sioux Falls. Last week Kayla, Ashley, and I went to Color Me Mine for a girl's day and painted plates. They are supposed to be done tomorrow after 2. I'm excited, I've always wanted to go to a place like that and paint something, they are just on the other side of the cities and so I never am able to make it to that side of town. I just hope my plate turned out. I'm excited.

This week was crazy....let me rephrase...the past 2 days has been crazy. 4 tests and a paper in the past 2 days. French Test yesterday morning...SO HARD. Astronomy Test ... EH. Grammar Test ...rather simple actually. And Last but not least History... EH. The history test wouldn't be hard at all if Bucklin didn't try to trick you in like every question. He has 2 answer options that are really similar or he'll work the question so it's a double negative. CONFUSING. Then I have a paper due by midnight today, I'm not quite done with that one yet but I can pound those out pretty quickly.

Sorry that it's kind of a boring blog today, but I had to post a Christmas video anyway so i figured i would just write whatever was on my mind...that just ended up being a hodge-podge of word puke.

7 weeks until Christmas

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mid-term= Never-ending list of things to do

Well, It's that time of the year... SOOO much going on all at once.
1. Finishing up Mid-term papers (a Jillion to go)
2. Going through the daunting task of trying to organize next semesters course schedule. Naturally it is Always impossible to get all the classes you want because of different conflicts.
3. I always manage to hurt myself this time of year...Last year broken finger...This year Bum ankle...
4. Everyone is really sick...My grandma, my grandpa and my dad. It's just an ever present worry in my already tiring and strained day.
5. Christmas is coming. Both wonderful and sad. Wonderful because I love the month from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Shopping in those packed malls with all the decorations, sales, and Santa clauses' is the greatest experience. HOWEVER, I always want to spoil the crap out my family and friends...but this year I'm broke. Depressing.
6. Deciding on what to do this upcoming summer. I know it's a semester away but it's something that needs to be planned very early. I could go to Paris for a study trip (expensive) but it would finish up my French Minor, OR I could get a job at a summer camp (looks great on resume) or I can stay at my Salon where I get good hours, make good money and love the people I work with, but I might have to get a second job because of the number of people that now work there.
7. Meetings, Meetings, Meetings. Meetings for mid-term papers. Meetings for advisor check-ups, (in 2 departments), Meetings for Trips. AWW!
8. Choir concert next week.
9. Trying to figure out what I want for Christmas...parents, grandparents keep e-mailing

So first I'm going to talk about number 2. I had a meeting with my new English advisor today and we discussed some of my course options for next semester. I was really interested in the recently added Shakespeare class, so after my meeting with said Advisor, I walked down to Dr. Farabee's office. (she's teaching the course) We started by talking about the course and then she mentioned a study tour that she is running over spring break this year. It's a study tour to Staunton, VA. We would work at the local playhouse. (a replica of Shakespeare's) During the day we get to sit in on rehearsals, sit in on lectures, and get to join workshops with the directors and actors. In the evenings, we attend a different show that the playhouse puts on. It's approx. 2000 dollars for the 2 credit hours, plane tickets, hotel for 8 nights, breakfasts, 2 formal dinners, bus fair, and 5 tickets to the performances. You know how amazing this tour would look on my resume, I would love to teach Shakespeare in a high school environment. So excited!

So back tracking a little bit and talking about number 1. It took me 8 hours!!!!! to write my history paper. I think i'm losing my edge. ha just kidding. It was just a lot of things that needed to be included and I didn't want it to sound like I was just going through a check-list. (which i was doing) So I spent about 30-45 mins on each paragraph and about 2 hours going through all the reviews that we needed to incorporate and trying to figure out what I wanted to include. Then it took me FOREVER to get the stupid format the way that it was supposed to be...Word can be so frustrating when it doesn't do what you want it to.

Ok I think I'm done rambling for the day...I feel like I complain a lot in this blog... oh well what's new. Til next time. Below is a lovely Rudolph the Red-Rose Reindeer to celebrate only 9 weeks until Christmas. :) Enjoy! It's my favorite.

9 Weeks 'Til Christmas

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's the Little Things in Life...

I am a happy camper! Why am I a happy camper you ask? There I was sitting in my French class dreading having to go to grammar, for no particular reason other than the lack of interest in the subject. After class, Chris picked me up (nice!) and drove me to my apartment. This is where we usually eat lunch together but evidently he didn't sleep very well last night to he is napping. Anyway, back to my story, While Chris is snoozing away I decide to go check my e-mail and make a few of them myself. I go into my mailbox and I see a lovely e-mail from my grammar teacher telling me that class is canceled today. YIPPEE! I did a nice little dance. (This is where I would insert either a picture of me really happy, or a little cartoon dancing, however Blogger is telling me that I can't upload anything until 5. So a happy face will just have to suffice.) :)  I usually hate Tuesdays but now it's only 12ish and I'm already done with my classes for the day. I now have all day to work on papers, read, watch tv, and do homework. Mostly, just work on papers though. It's a tad unfortunate but at least now I have more time than I anticipated. Just a little happy news that I felt the need to document.


Friday, October 8, 2010

I Miss You!

Today I got a very rare treat. I got to talk to Courtney for more than 10 minutes and I got to talk to Charisse for more than 30 mins! My two best friends in the world! According to World Bank,the world has 6,697,254,041 people. Of those 6.7 billion odd people, 307,006,550 of them are from the United States...legally. Either way, that is a lot of people. Of those 3.1 million people in this country (legally) Courtney and Charisse are 2 of the 3 people (other than family) that I love more than anything in the world. SO... getting to talk to both of them in one morning is a very rare thing with our hectic collegiate schedules. Court lives about 45 mins from our hometown SO, it's not a super rare thing when she's home, but Charisse doesn't make it home incredibly often and she told me that she is home today. She is going to the Chaska vs. Chanhassen football game tonight, and I just got really REALLY really homesick.

Sometimes I don't even realize how much I miss those two, until I talk to them. Sitting with Charisse and Courtney at a football game in our hometown, at our old high school sounds like the best possible way to spend my Friday night. If i had a car, I promise you the second choir was over I would be in it and on my way home. BUT as I do not have a car, (or money) I am stuck in South Dakota. Chris offered to take me home this weekend already in light of some unfortunate news from my house, BUT I know that he only really asks for me and he doesn't actually want to go to the cities. He is busy and I don't want to contribute to him falling behind on any of his school work. He's already stressed enough as it is. Plus I don't know how much fun he would have at my high school football game with Charisse and Courtney. I know that he likes them, but when the three of us girls get together, we go into crazy speak and it's almost impossible to keep up because we jump around from subject to subject so fast. I'm not saying he wouldn't be able to keep up, I just don't think he would enjoy himself very much, I'm sure he would just worry about when he is planning on getting his work done. Which I don't fault him for at all. He does offer to let me take his car too, but then that's just more mileage on his car and less oil. I just wish I had my own car so I could drive myself home and go to the game with my girls without having to inconvenience him.

OK back to CBC, I LOVE that college hasn't changed our relationships. I still talk to Courtney practically everyday and we are still the first to know every important detail of each others lives. I love that! I wouldn't change that for the world. Court is my Soul best friend. hehe. She really is my rock on so many levels. It's good to always have one constant in all walks of life. No matter what I've gone through in the past 6 years really, she's been there. Family issues, Boy issues, School issues, heartbreaks, emotional weaknesses, college, and just the days where I need someone to just sit and read next to me without saying anything. She's been there. I love that Courtney and I still know that no matter what the other person says, we don't judge because we just KNOW. I love that there is NO doubt in our minds as to who is going to be our Maid of Honor in our wedding. I love that our friendship has survived since middle school and only gotten stronger as the days go by.

Then there's Charisse, seriously I was kind of creeped out when I met her. We look nothing alike (we actually are pretty opposite on that) but we are SOOO similar every other way that it's creepy. We love the same books (generally) we have the same life goals, the same values, we both love to sing, act and dance. I think throughout our ENTIRE senior year we only had 1 class that we didn't have together between Yearbook, Choir, Gov't, and Shakespeare. Then there was the musical and cheerleading on top of that. We were inseparable and I really thought that eventually we'd get sick of each other. Nope! Not at all. Of all of my friends, Charisse is hands down most like a sister to me. So alike in someways, but so different in others. It's actually surprising at how many people though we were fraternal twins, or cousins or something. Now that we're in college we obviously don't get to spend as much time together but I love that even when we can't see or talk to each other as often as we'd like, the moment we reconnect it's exactly the same.

I love my best friends, and I miss you both SOO much. I can't wait until we get to have another CBC night!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just Tired

In need of a Vacation.
Want to go see a show
Miss my Best Friend, Court.
Sick of conjugating French Verbs
Want to spend a whole Saturday Reading.
Want a weekend where I can relax not run around
Just want to be in Chaska, Chanhassen , of Eden Prairie
Longing for Thanksgiving: Macy's Day Parade, Turkey, Relaxation
Just want to spend a day at Barnes and Noble drinking coffee and reading.
Ready to be done with first semester but only half way done: UGH
Want to lay in my bed all day long or at least sleep until noon.
Miss waking up at 7:30 and love that I am going to work.
HATE working at Barnes and Noble: SO BORING!
Miss not having to time manage for papers or tests.
Miss my little sisters high school drama rants.
Miss my mom's mashed potatoes.
Need a Vacation, Badly!
Very Stressed.
Very Broke.

Monday, October 4, 2010

11 weeks 'til Christmas


I finished it...

Now I have to wait until next summer to know what happens next.

The only thing worse than this, is when I actually finish the series. It's a strange feeling, it's satisfying, but sad. Closing the book is literally like closing the last page on that chapter of my life. It's depressing in a way, but where one chapter closes another this sense, another book opens. Evidently I'm on an angel kick so I've picked up Halo. I have a couple other ones that I really want to read but they either have too similar of a plot or the same character names as Fallen and I don't want to get them confused. One being Ann Brashares My Name is Memory. Now the similarities in these  two stories are uncanny.

Fallen: Two star crossed lovers trying to be together through many lives. Book takes place in the current life where something has changed and there is a possibility that the cycle will end.

My name is memory-  Two star crossed lovers trying to be together through many lives. Book takes place in the current life where something has changed and there is a possibility that the cycle will end.

Fallen- Boy remembers all the past lives, Girl doesn't

My Name is Memory- Boy remembers all the past lives, Girl doesn't

Character names:
Fallen- Lucinda (Luce) and Daniel

My Name is Memory- Lucy and Daniel

Now that is just a little too coincidental, don't ya think.I do. Now you can see why i'm hesitant to start My Name is Memory, when I've already read Fallen. They do have some big differences too though, Fallen deals with Fallen angels while I assume that the other does not. Tonight I am looking forward to sitting on the couch cuddled up in a blanket, watching the 31 days of Halloween on abc and doing my French homework.

Bon Nuit Tout Le Monde!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Homework...Not Reading...Homework! Homework!

The year: 2010, the Day: September 29th.

So many books start like that and I've always thought it was kind of I started my blog with it. :) SOOOO much to do and absolutely NO motivation so do any of it. I want to cuddle up in my bed with my blanket, my boy, and my book. (Torment, see previous blogs) HOWEVER, I have to do my grammar homework and I should probably practice that song I have to sing this weekend, or ya know...clean my mess of a room. BUT like I said...NO motivations so I'll probably just do my grammar homework and watch supernatural...oh and read my book. :)

I get to see my family this weekend! Morgan is getting married and so obviously the family is coming down. My mom told me that Dex got that job in Nebraska. So they are moving in a month. I couldn't imagine just uprooting and leaving all my friends, my family, and my job to a different state. That would be really hard for me, I hope that Morgan is ok with it because I'm sure she is pretty stressed right now with all the last minute details of the wedding.Good thing I've been planning my wedding since I was 14. :) It will be lovely, I just need a million dollars and I'll be all set and ready. (Don't worry, I'm not getting married for at least 4 years)

So I started Torment, I'm on chapter 1. I'm trying really hard to go VERY slow, but I'll give it until about chapter 5 before I can't put it down. This is really a horrible week for you to finish this book Lauren Kate... It's D-Days now, and I have a wedding this weekend AND next week is mid-terms. I have ZERO time to read, and if I do then it is time that I should be spending studying for my Grammar, History, French and Astronomy tests, or writing my Comp paper. I have the worst discipline ever. That's always been a problem, If I want something I buy it/get it. If i don't want to do something I don't do it. Hopefully this is something that I can deal with or that it doesn't apply to important things. Well I'm gonna go read... I mean DO MY HOMEWORK. :)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

12 weeks til Chrismas

Favorite Show, Favorite Episode, Favorite Scene

Starting the Day Right with Starbucks and Books

The day has come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My book, Torment, has finally be published. Ok so it's not MY book per say... it's Lauren Kate's book...but I now have my copy of said book. This is where I get to make you all feel sad because your boyfriend is so not as cool as mine. Right after my french class today, Chris drove me to Sioux City, first to Starbucks so I could get a proper breakfast, which includes a Black Forest Ham artisan sandwich (wonderful Starbucks sandwiches pictured below...makes your mouth water),
 and a Venti Black Unsweetened Iced Tea. (Which is a really long fancy way of saying Really Big Ice Tea. After Starbucks he drove me to Barnes and Noble, where I got to buy (woohoo) Torment which I have been waiting for all summer. Then we drove back to Vermillion so I could make my 2 o'clock class. He really is such an amazing boyfriend, I couldn't ask for more. :)

 Now i'm sitting in my room staring at the book which is sitting just to my right of the laptop. It is a lovely cover.
Isn't it pretty? Anyway, I'm sitting staring at this lovely cover and like I am with every other book series that I love...I don't know if I should start it. That would mean that I would have to wait a YEAR before the next book (Passions) comes out. You know how long a YEAR is???? I haven't even known Chris for a YEAR, so that means I have to wait longer than a the amount of time we've been dating to read the next book. Do you see my debacle? However, If I don't read it now, then it'll be sitting on my shelf taunting me. I'll start reading it soon but I'm not too excited about this YEAR I have to wait. 

So I've decided to venture back to my childhood and play Pokemon... before you judge...It is actually a pretty fun game, and my deck is a fire damage so it's pretty strong. It's a lot of fun, and while Chris and I are both really competitive and fight every time we play, it is something that we both like to do together, which is cool. The plan for the rest of the night is simple: Beat Kayla at Pokemon, Watch Glee (Britney, Brittany episode so excited), Do French Homework, Finish Grammar Homework, Meet up with Laura at the FA so I can work on the song for the wedding. ( I can't wait until Sunday) 

If you actually made it this far, (and read every word) I'm impressed, If you skimmed and got the basics that is still a lot of skimming but I'm not quite as impressed. Either way, I'm done rambling and about to go whoop some ass with my Charzard. 

:) B