Monday, November 24, 2008
Tonight, instead of watching ESPN at Nate's like they always do, we decided to play Mario Kart Wii! It's just like normal Mario Kart, but with cooler graphics and a different controller. And they have different types of cars you can choose from. I always chose the dirtbike. It was the coolest one and went the fastest. I really liked it because we ended up playing it for like three hours. So worth it though because I won!!
So anyone that knows me knows that I write a lot of missionaries. The past few letters I had received had pictures in them. I felt bad because I hadn't sent them any in return, so today I went to Wal-Mart and ordered pictures with the computer. They make ordering pictures a piece of cake. It was actually kind of fun. I put my memory card in the slot, chose which pictures I wanted and vouila! they were ordered! Technology is amazing!!
Friday Night!!! This night was super fun and I'll tell you why. First, I finished my last test today! Four tests in one week is like finals week but you still have to go to class so it was worse! I was ready to never study again and party hard. So tonight, I went Ice Skating for the first time in Logan! I went with Nate, his roommates, and a bunch of his friends that are now my friends! I forgot how much fun ice skating is. I felt like I was in Middle School again, and I didn't even care! We played tag, and got the hockey puck taken away from us. One of the best nights ever!!:)
This picture is quite the attractive one if I say so myself!
Tonight was an exciting night! I watched a Warren Miller movie entitled "Children of Winter" and got a pass to canyons for 17 bucks! For those of you who don't know who Warren Miller is, don't feel bad. I didn't know who he was until that night. Warren Miller makes these wicked awesome snowboarding/skiing videos for a living. I don't know how he gets the footage, but he does an incredible job! Some of the people he filmed would go off a jump and fly for like a hundred feet before landing!! It made me want to go snowboarding SO bad! Since then, it hasn't snowed yet! Bring it on winter... Bring it on!
Today was the end of three or four major tests this week, and since I didn't have to study till Thursday, Nate took me out to get some ice cream. At first we wanted to go to Casper's Ice cream Parlor, because that stuff is amazing!! But unfortunately, they were closed. Then, we decided to go to Wendy's and get frosty's. Once again, they were closed. Almost giving up hope, we resorted to Lee's marketplace where I bought my first cup of Aggie Ice Cream! Let me tell you that stuff is heavenly! I mean, our school is pretty awesome, but the ice cream our school makes is like the cherry on top. (Except I don't really like cherries, so we'll say it was the whip cream on the ice cream. Oh now I see why they use "cherry". It flows a lot smoother than "whip cream")
Today I voted for our next world leader. Seeing as I live in Utah, a mostly republican state, you can take a guess at who I voted for. It was kind of a neat experience. I went into the church where the polling booths were located, got my card, and voted for our next president, and a lot of other people a know nothing about. All I can say is that "I'm proud to be an American" and " I voted!"
Normally I shun people who use the elevator instead of the stairs. ( I'm kidding). But today I needed to go to the fourth floor in the Engineering Building to make calls and felt really lazy, so today, i took the elevator in the Engineering Building to the fourth floor. Some feat huh? Man my life is boring...
"what did you do today Lauren?"
"oh... I just took the elevator to the fourth floor"
"cool...(She must not get out that much...)"
The exciting new thing that happened today had nothing to do with me, but I'm going to count it anyways. We had a brand new member move into our ward. His name is Tony Fuentez and he is an awesome kid!! I'm glad he found the gospel. It truly blesses lives! I promise, I wouldn't have been able to get all of my homework done without it.
I am a member of the society of women engineers or SWE for short. Every month we do a couple different activities. Today, we did a really fun one that took all day long. I learned how to blow glass and make marbles and beads out of it. Now I'm sure that sounds "super exciting" to all you non-engineers, but as for me, I loved it! First you start out with a piece of glass that looks like a solid straw. Then you put it under the flame and watch it get soft. From there, you can mold it into whatever you'd like. The trick is that you need to keep the glass hot at all times or else it will shatter and harden. It's harder than it looks, trust me. That's probably why I was there for a good 7 hours of my saturday. This picture is not what my beads looked like at all, but they are pretty intricate. Someday I'll be able to make them like this. Ha! Who am I kidding?
That's right everyone. I didn't dress up for Halloween. For those of you who are avid blog readers, you will know that a lot of chunks of my hair broke off at the last Halloween Party I went to. It's slowly growing back, but I was too worried to rat it again in fear that it would break off again. So I just went to apartment 16 and they entertained me with "shake face" pictures. What are shake pictures you ask? You get in front of a camera and shake your face as hard as you can until the picture is taken. Sound effects are greatly encouraged... I'll just show you some pictures of the infamous shake face.
Colin was the best at it!! :)
Well, the title of this blog says it all. I made pumpkin seeds. Keep in mind, I had to call my mom multiple times to get the recipe right. It's not even that hard. It's hard for someone like me who can't even make packaged cookies turn out... not like that happened...
Guess which one's mine? Man I'm such a nerd...
With the spirit of Halloween in mind, we decided to carve pumpkins before they went moldy and gross. The evening started out semi normal, but then turned into crazy chaos. It was a lot of fun though. WAY better than sleeping. Boy was I tired the next day... It was worth it though. Excellent way to roommate bond!
The city of North Logan put on what's called the "Pumpkin Walk". I had heard that it was good. So Tonight Nate took me to see it. This place is perfect to take little kids to. I felt like me and Nate were the only ones without kids. The best part? There was a line to see these pumpkins. A line!! I couldn't believe it! And if you went out of line, the chance that you would run over a small child was huge! So even though I was scared to kill these small kids, the pumpkin walk turned out to be pretty cool. It was amazing what people do with a little extra time. These pictures are just a few of my favorite ones. My other favorite one was a Mo-Tab pumpkin display. I don't know but they just have a special place in my heart...It might be because of Ms. Hatch..
This one is my favorite. They did a really good job with all three characters, the Joker, Two-face, and Batman in the background.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Today was our ward Halloween Party!! All of us were excited about it since the day we had heard about it. We had the best costumes too. We all dressed up as Harry Potter Characters with Katy as Harry, Allie as Hagrid, Kaelyn as Dobby the house elf, Kim as Ron Weasley, Emily as Hermione, and yours truly as Professor Trewlany. We should have won the costume contest. Just look at the pics. Not that i'm still bitter about it... Bitterness never was happiness. At the party, we ate spaghetti and had a cake walk, decorated sugar cookies and judged for the best costume there. The apartment that won was a box of crayons. They all fit into a "crayola" box and even had matching flip flops to match their crayon color. It was pretty cute. After being a little bitter about losing, we all forgot about it and took some more pictures (we're girls... what did you expect) All in all, it was a memorable Halloween Party. More exciting than my actual halloween. The only downside was that a lot of my hair broke off and now is in the sink drain. It's kind of sad. We curled my hair and crimped it using a TON of hairspray. and then to top it off, we ratted the crap out of it. The next day in the shower, it just started to break off. So on the right side of my head under my ear, my hair is about three inches long :( Note to self: never rat my hair like that again...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Today church was definitely not three hours. Church was eight hours long today. Ok, not really. but I was at the church for eight hours. Let me explain: church and 1-4. At four was our linger longer, soup bowls and halloween candy. After linger longer was stake choir at 5:00. After choir we had a fireside about Proposition 8. After fireside was ward prayer, where our apartment spotlighted the boys in 14. After ward prayer, I could have gone to ward choir, but I was sick of being at the church! (That sounds horrible!) So I went home, and my home teachers came over. I couldn't focus because my other three roommates were having a "wand duel" in honor of our Harry Potter costumes. So they were casting spells while our hometeachers were trying to invite the spirit in. It sorta worked out, but my roommates were too funny! I'm pretty sure Heavenly Father's giving me a sign that it's bad to do homework on sundays. There's no time! My Sunday was busier than my weekday. Now I have an idea of how much time a bishopric sacrifices for us.
Our ward Halloween party is on Monday, so we had to get our halloween costumes. What better place to get ugly costumes then at DI? So that's what we did. Our apartment is going to dress up as Harry Potter Characters. Katy is Harry, Emily is Hermione, Kim is Ron, Kaelyn is Dobby, and I will be Professor Trewlany. I'm so stoked!! I got the best costume at DI. Nasty brown dress and ugly grandma DI blanket. Oh yeah baby!! We're even going to rat my hair like crazy!
Those of you who don't know what indexing is, let me try to explain. Your ward gets everyone together and stays up way late eating pizza and cookies and you index 50 or so names. Indexing is a program, I believe it's church related, but this program has a really old handwritten sheet that tells about each family. It's written in really faded and old cursive writing, and our job is to decipher those names and type them out, so the head people can read it and they can do whatever they do with it. Our ward turnout wasn't so hot because they did it on homecoming weekend and half of our ward either went home or to homecoming. I myself did 40 names. It took a good hour or more. But it was a good cause and I had fun.
But not as much fun as Ryan's party was. Ryan is Nate's roommate and his dad lives about 2 minutes away from here. So we went over there and partied it up like crazy! The first thing I noticed was all the Coke memorabilia. So many Coke things! Coke glasses, nightlights, posters, figurines and more!! The other cool thing about his house was that it was set up like a movie theatre. Movie posters were hanging up on all of the walls and they had any game imaginable. Pool, ping pong, Foosball, two wiis, guitar hero, a chocolate fountain, live entertainment from the guitar and piano. It was such an awesome party! I would definitely do it again!
I was sitting in my apartment doing homework, when all of the sudden I got a text asking me if I could cut Nate's hair. Now I, having grown up with only girls, had no idea what boys' hair was like, let alone cut it. But he had me convinced (I plead brainwashing) to do it. So I went over to their apartment and cut Nate's hair! Not gonna lie, it was one of the most stressful things I've ever done in my life, and believe me, stress is what my life is about with my major. Luckily he didn't care what it looked like, he just wanted it evened out. I tried my best, but managed to make the back look really choppy. His roommates laughed at it. Now I know one thing: Never cut a person's hair with only the razor and no width separater. That's where I messed up. Oopsie!!
The picture is kind of like what I used. Intimidating huh?
I normally have been a big fan of Old Main Hill. It has provided me with some crazy fun adventures, such as covering myself with butter and using the hill as a slip-n-slide, or ice blocking down it in hopes of not crashing to my death. Well today, it definitely wasn't my favorite because boot camp was held there at 6:30 this morning. Our warm up alone was twice up the stairs and back. We also had a competition to see how many times we could run up Old Main Hill. We sprinted up it twice, did lunges uphill, I can go on... So basically I ran up Old Main Hill 20 times! Man am I going to be sore! Me and Old Main Hill are no longer friends!
I know I post many new workouts I do. They really are all new. Today's new workout I like to call power body sculpting with Kerry. Pretty rough workout. My abs were sore the next day. Sometimes I feel like an idiot when I go to these things. All the other girls used to dance or wear actual workout clothes when there i was in my shorts and t shirt. I am an awkward workout person. Well now that I've accepted that, I can continue to look awkward but be in great shape! Take that dancers!!! HA!
I like playing the guitar. I'm no guitar hero (even though I rock at that game) but I like learning new songs to play. Being bored on a Sunday put me in a "I want to learn a new song" mood. So today I learned how to play "Hotel California" on the guitar. I really like that song and like it even more now that I can play it.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The best thing about going home is that I never get anything school related done. Today I did get a lot of things done. I helped my mom dry apples and can grape juice and grape jelly. My mom is a trooper because doing that all day long can be super boring. Boring but hey, we've got a lot of food now. And delicious grape juice!!! Those apples are amazing too!
Today, another one of my friends tied the knot. I went home for the weekend and went to Julia Law's wedding reception. Her and Megan were the closest, but since Megs is on a mission, I filled in as a Berrett representative. Julia and Matt were married in the Logan, Utah temple today. She looked gorgeous and so happy in her beautiful white dress. Welp, another lucky guy has another beautiful princess:)
I have always wanted to take a spinning class. There's a class 2 times a week at the gym so this morning I took the spinning class. Let me just say that I hate spinning now. First of all, you're not moving anywhere, just sitting stationary on a bike. Then the instructor's like, "Ok now we're going to kill you with this workout. That's something I want to hear. I've always wondered what it would be like to die young... My least favorite part about it was when we would "go up a hill" All we did was increase our resistance by turning the knob up one notch. I hated that part. I decided I can't push myself that hard. Give me a workout that's fun. Oh and another thing. When we would "sprint" my feet would come out of the pedals and I'd almost kill myself. It was the scariest workout of my life.
Today for boot camp, it was cardio day. This means running. We met down by the Logan River Golf Course at 6:30 in the morning and I ran the course in pitch black. Some parts along the way, I was sure I was either going to die or get mugged by some creepo that camps out on that road. Either way, It's not something I like to do when the sun's still down...