Saturday, March 29, 2008

March 28... Downward Dog Into Chattarunga

After Old McDonald's lecture on
Chopins Rubatos: What We Know, What We Don't Know, And Why We Should
me and Cailie decided we were feeling quite ambitious. So, we headed on over to her place to do a bit of Yoga Booty Ballet. This funky routine features some meditating, crazy ape arm waving, a killer section with weights and a squeezy ball, a backdrop of fields and rivers, and a man in the back playing the bongo drums. It was probably one of the craziest workout videos I've ever done, and I loved it! It kicked my butt.

The another new thing: I heard my first quintet live. It was Robert McDonald and the Fry Street Quartet. It was amazing.... the did Brahms and it was so so beautiful.

OH yeah, almost forgot! You guys know those chocolate bar things they have at the Dairy that are like $1.35 for a little thing of chocolate? Aggie Bars or something to that effect? I finally got to try one of those, it has caramel in the middle, and it's delicious. Not quite worth that much money, but hey, it was delicious chocolate! :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

March 27... All This Trouble For A Little Fat Man In A Red Suit

Today I met Cailie's best friend Josh Lohner. He is awesome! We found a circular wheeled thing and I rode down the FA building ramp on it for the first time. It was quite a rush! We also got tattoos of jungle animals. I got a sloth hanging from my collarbone. Plus we all sat down together (me Cailie Mark and Josh) and watched Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. It is super bomdigular movie, I am not kidding. It's really old and hilariously funny. Lots of new things and fun adventures for sure!!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 26... More Adventures of course!

Today I used the copy place at the TSC to fax something for the first time. It was a bit intimidating, because I had no idea what I was doing, and there were people everywhere... but I am master of the technology!! Heck Yes.

I also attended my first ever master classes with Robert MacDonald... and to be honest, they bored me. His voice was a bit monotone and tedious. However, I did learn a lot of new things.

I also went to Brandon Lee's concert, and afterwards, Mark took me and Cailie on a tour of Logan. I saw a few new things: MOP (Makeout Point, of course), and the Willow Creek Zoo. A very successful and adventurous evening.

Sidenote: What the H is up with all this crappy weather in Logan??? It's been raining and now it's snowing. I hate the winter.

March 25... Bragging Rights

I had one of my first students EVER play in a recital today. His name is David Alder, he's very smart, and he played The Wild Colt, by Faber. I was so proud of him and myself for this accomplishment! It went good, except for the fact that they called it the Wild Cat on the program... haha!

I also experimented asking a guy on a date for the first time... Ha. It didn't quite go as well as I thought, but it was probably my own fault. How do guys ever get up the guts to do it? I'll never get it...

Monday, March 24, 2008

March 24... Sucky Day.

Today was the lamest day ever. I was really sick so I couldn't really think of new things to do... however, my car has never broken the ignition before... I guess that could count... I don't know. Too angry and depressed to think about it.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

March 23... How do they do it??

Today's new thing was standing on top of a moving four wheeler. And let me tell you, with my cousin Brad driving, this was no walk in the park. He actually drove it so fast that I almost fell off! But no worries, I am still alive and well.

Also done today: during the long hour at Chevron while my tires were changed, me and my dad got each other tattoos. So I now have a tattoo of a showgirl on my arm. I hope you're happy, father. I also took the trip from St. George to Logan today, with only 2 stops. Ugh, it was the longest car ride ever.

March 22... The place you must look, Hard it is

Today I took the long drive with my father down to Hurricane, to spend Easter with my family. On the way there, I experienced some very strange things... My dad drove in the car with me with no shirt on. That was slightly uncomfortable. Then I asked him how I was conceived, and found out other information that was not known: about birth control pills, how to try and have a boy instead of a girl, all these awkward topics. It was a very informative trip.

Once we got there, we decided to have the first ever Easter Egg Hunt- IN THE DARK. Yeah, they were lazy, and by the time the eggs were filled, it was evening. But that never stopped the Johnsons, they went right out there and hid those eggs. There was one, a black bean, that had a twenty dollar bill- the kids stayed out for over an hour trying to find it. My dad, being the clever dude he is, wrote them a little riddle to help them figure it out... unfortunately, my camera is misplaced yet again, so I will post a picture of this riddle once I find it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

March 21... For Time And All Eternity

Today I played the piano at my first Friend's Wedding since graduation. That's right, Rheanna Thomson was the first to go. The reception was in a beautiful place, but I had to sit at that dang piano for over 3 hours... It was a weird circumstance to see one of the people I used to always hang out with leave the single group and venture into unexplored territory. I wish them both every happiness. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to take it) none of us girls got the bouquet, so it looks like it'll be another year of the single life for me!

Also done: I licked an ice sculpture of a Disney Castle. Pictures to come soon :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March 20... In Darkness There Is Light

Today's new thing was inspired by Easy C and Kablamo's story of their roommate (and reminded of my Lindsey Buck). I took a shower in the dark. I had to put a towel under the door to really be accurate. And it was kinda relaxing to be honest. Just the sounds of the water and the quiet darkness... plus I was getting squeaky clean in the process. Shaving was a bit of a stumbling block, however. But I'm thinkin this might have to start being a tradition... don't believe me? Try it for yourself, you'll like it! :)

Sorry, no picture :P

March 19... Sitting, watching, curling FREEZE

Today, me and Cailie's new thing of the day was just little, but something we've wanted to do since we moved to Logan. In the courtyard of the FA building, there are strange pieces of art. One of these is two red circular things of metal. Together, they make the perfect place to sit in the sun and read or sleep or just relax. So, today we thought the weather would be nice enough to try.

Well, it was fun to sit in the art. But the sun decided to hide behind the clouds, so it got a bit chilly. However, we stayed for a while and wrote a haiku...

Red Circular Things
Sitting, Watching, Curling FREEZE
Let Us Melt Away

Not bad for a freshly made haiku, eh?? :)

March 18... The Night Of Adventure

Ok, so I previously mentioned Mark Allsop. This dude is so cool it's ridiculous. He came and stole us from the FA building for the night, and we had a crazy night of adventures.

First of all, we decided to explore the Kent Concert Hall in search of the infamous Piano Cave. Though I can't tell you the specific locations of this place, I can tell you it involves climbing a lot of scary ladders and going across sketchy boards in the dark. We ventured up quite a ways and sat for a while, telling secrets, while my injured toe bled... (I hit it against a metal bar) This leads up to another new thing: I put my foot in that bathroom sink for the first time. Gag.

Then we decided to go for a tour to the Skyline Restraunt on the top of the TSC building. This was pretty awesome, cause it was just the three of us alone. Mark made us Aggie Nut Rolls, which are ice cream balls rolled in nuts and covered in chocolate and caramel sauce. They were SO delicious.

Then we met up with some of his friends and played Catch Phrase. It was so much fun... plus we met this guy whose name was Wooley, and he had the creepiest/funniest facial expressions ever. We had a pretty good laugh over that dude.

All in all, a very very very very fun night... and chock full of new experiences!!!

March 17... Happy Green Day!

Today was St. Patricks day... one of my favorites. I know I did something pretty cool on this day, but it's not really coming to mind. However, I did do a few new things that are little...

I met Mark Allsop for the first time. What a cool dude.

I accompanied in a private lesson for the first time. (That was a bit intimidating...)

I celebrated the year anniversary of Prom Night with Mike. (How many times is he going to jump???? Haha love you Mike.)

March 16... English, please?

Today, me and my family attended our first Thai baptism. My grandpa has been married to a Thai woman for a little over a year now, and her brother decided to be baptised into the LDS faith this Sunday. So our little white bread family gathered together some food and went right on over to the Thai/Laotion Ward. And it was quite an adventure.

Many of the members do not speak english, so half of the talks were in Thai. This was interesting, because my family doesn't speak Thai. Haha... so we just hung tight for a bit and pretended to understand what was being said. The baptism went well, and it was a very neat experience. The food was delicious- I tried a bunch of weird food I've never tried, including bacon-covered shrimp. Yes, this was definitely not your everyday family get-together.

March 15... Being An Altruist

I had barely been home for two hours when my cousin Elise called me and asked me to go to dinner with her. I immediately agreed and drove to pick her up. As we were leaving, her mom remarked: "I hope you don't get stuck with beans and rice again this time." I was taken aback, and very confused. Elise then explained the agenda for our night. We were attending the annual BYU Hunger Banquet, a dinner designed to raise awareness of world hunger and how we can make a difference.

When we got there, we were assigned a position. Upper class got to sit at tables with nice dinners. Middle class got chairs and pizza. And us, along with over 60% of the population, were Lower Class. This means we got to crouch on the floor and share a plate of rice and beans between five or six of us. We got to hear speeches and watch a few cultural dances/drumming/singing skits. It was very educational and exciting. After attending this dinner, I feel like I can really make a difference in the world somehow, by helping others or just being an altruist.

Mother Theresa said: "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

I really believe this to be true, and I know that we can all help by being aware, by not being selfish, and not being afraid. And this banquet was a big eye-opener to the truth I already knew.

March 14... Are We There Yet?

Today Ray let me sample some of his Cap'n Crunch Shake. It tasted just like it. It was quite delicious.

We also took another tour through Vegas. I've been here plenty of times, but I've never ridden the escalators on one foot. Me and Kelsey had a bunch of different ways to ride the escalators, and it made for some interesting times and strange looks.

We went out of Arizona today... sad day.

March 13... Spiritual Thursday

I woke up and started my new things early: I ate my scrambled eggs with salsa for the first time. It was so yummy! More so than I thought it would be.

After eating, we decided to take a trip to the Mesa, AZ temple. I have never seen it in real life, and it's gorgeous. It's really flat, and it's got beautiful palm trees and flowers leading up to it. They also have a very cool visitors center with a picture exhibit of Christ. My favorite one is a picture of Him walking into the ocean. It was a very spiritual experience and a blessing to be able to remember Him.

Later that night, we returned to the temple grounds to see the one and only Easter Pageant. This is located to the side of the temple. They have a stage, hundreds of cast members, and it's about an hour and a half long. It was very cool to see though! While waiting, I used Ray's phone to get onto Facebook- also a new thing for the day!

Then came my favorite experience of the entire trip. A few people from the other group told us that they were going to go tire rolling. What is this, you may ask? Well, somehow, these crazy hoodlums had gotten hold of a gigantic tractor tire, and they were planning on riding it down a hill in a park by the freeway. So, immediately, we split into two groups... the lame-o's that went bowling, and the cool people who rolled down in the tire :)

I have never experienced anything like that in my life.

They had the tire completely full of padding, so it was quite comfortable. After much persuasion, I got Ray to go down with me. I got in with my back facing the hill, and him facing forwards. This was a bad life choice for Ray, because being in the back is less scary. We laid on opposite sides of the wall of the tire, and held on to each others hands for dear life. They pushed us, and we were off! (A bit wobbly too, they later added) It was like being in a rollercoaster, only ten times more fun. Ray started making a funny noise towards the end, and I guess he sorta was passing out or getting sick or something, but I just kept laughing and laughing until I couldn't breathe. When the tire finally stopped, I just sat there kinda disoriented for a few seconds, and realized that Ray was coming down to fall on top of me. At that exact moment, Andy grabbed him and pulled him to the grass, and I stumbled out. We lay there for a minute or so, just laughing and taking it all in. I remember feeling completely triumphant and exhilirated. Me and Ray will always have that moment to share to ourselves... the day we conquered the tire. By the picture, you'd think we were about to pee our pants.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March 12... Having Fun.. Arizona Style!

Today was full of lots of super awesome things. We went boating (tubing, to be more specific) in a lake with cactuses all around us :) (Too bad the boat broke down...) We also went horseback riding in the Hasting's ranch. It was so fun! It was really peaceful just sitting on the fence in the evening breeze. I also tried my first calf roping, around the ankles this time. This is so tricky! You have to be very quick and precise, or else the calf will kick and get out. Luckily, this was a fake one so I didn't have to worry. I can't believe how fast these people are at this kind of stuff...
One last thing. I fed a horse a pellet for the first time. When you do this, you're supposed to stick your lips out and the horse kisses you... so I kissed my first horse!!!!!
This horsey loves my camo hat!

After the fun day, we drove right on over to Bahama Buck's for some special shaved ice. When I asked the boy in charge what his favorite flavor was, he replied "Pickle Juice." I didn't believe him, or that it could taste good, so we asked for samples. We all took a shot of it, and it was probably one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. Vegetables are NOT meant to be dessert. BAD LIFE CHOICE. However, my real shaved ice was raspberries and cream, and it was positively delicious :)

Monday, March 17, 2008

March 11... On To Arizona!

... And what an adventure that was. We took the long trip to Arizona, stopping in Vegas for a few hours to tour the city and shop. I began to notice my gum getting stiff and flavorless, and suddenly had the bright idea to just get rid of it. Not only that, but to put it somewhere public. I have always looked down on those stupid kids who stick their gum under the table, but in the words of the most awesome Tommy O'Dell, "Don't knock it till you try it." Plus, I figured that Vegas was already dirty enough to begin with. So at the opportune moment, I ran up to a fence and stuck my lil piece of gum right on the tip. I had to convince Ray to come back to take a picture, and ran away wildly, because a man was there to witness the whole thing. It sure was crazy.

If you ever come back to Vegas, look my gum up, eh? :)

The rest of the trip was spent driving to Gilbert, Arizona. On the way we stumbled upon (literally, we didn't know we'd be passing through) the one and only... Hoover Dam! What a cool place. They are building a new bridge and it looks like the shiz. Awesome pic, and we didn't even have to get out of the car for this one, baby.

When we finally reached our destination, THE HASTINGS (Spencer Hasting's local family mansion, equipped with ranch, basketball hoop, and winding staircase) we were thrilled to be there. The house was so nice, and the group we were with was awesome. We spent the night playing games and hanging out, and I tried my first ever lasso'ing! One of the guys there knew how to lasso, and he had a fake calf to practice on. Though I looked incredibly stupid, I still gave it a try and felt like a total retard trying to do it. Maybe one day I'll be able to lasso random men to me, but until then, i'll stick to fake animals :P

Sunday, March 16, 2008

March 10... Spring Break Begins

To really get a full idea of the things I did this week, we must set the background. First, the characters of the story.
Pictured below is Me, Kelsey, Ray, Eric, Andy, and Andrus.

Together we make....


Today we spent our first official day of Spring Break, in sunny St. George. We woke up fairly late, and went lookin for stuff to do. We found the game shuffleboard, which is way fun and laid back. I have never played this before, and it's pretty intense. Here is a cool picture of me playing it, we seriously played it for like an hour and a half.

Also done today: I put my sandwich in the oven to crisp and melt it. It was quite delicious! Plus when we went to Wal Mart, I bought a glow in the dark tattoo, it's a pirate ship. Yay for spring break...

March 9... Way Too Much Fun To Be Havin On A Saturday Night.

I did probably one of the most lame things I've ever done on a weekend tonight, which was watching japenese game shows on youtube with my little sister. HUMAN TETRIS. Which was hilarious, if I might add. And I don't know how to add youtube videos, but here is the link. It's pretty fantastic.

So I was pretty bored and tired, and I fell asleep. The next thing I know, it's two in the morning, and Tommy is calling me wanting to play. So we got some hot chocolate, and talked for a while. As he's driving me home, he stops in my church parking lot. I ask him what we're doing, and he says, "Your new thing of the day. We're going dancing in the parking lot."

So we blasted some good clubbin music and starting dancing. It was really crazy fun, until the cops showed up... Apparently we were being a bit too loud..? Hahaha! It was really funny, cause they pulled up as we were in the car about to leave. They proceeded to tell us that no one wanted to hear our hoodlum music, what the h**** were we doing, where did we live, blah blah blah... The whole time I was just busting up. If you are an avid reader of my blog or know me well, you know I love to break the law. I was about to ask the cop for his name, so he could be officially named in my blog, but Tommy strongly encouraged me not to. My favorite part about this whole ordeal was when another cop showed up and shined a way bright flashlight through my window at my face. I was was freaked out that he was standing there, so I said, "Hello." and he just kept burning my eyes with his dang flashlight. It was probably one of my favorite cop experiences. I love breaking the law.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

March 8... Boredom and a Sharpie Marker

Today me and Mel went to the one and only UFN show. Ok, this wasn't the only show I'd seen, I'd been to one in their early early stages. However, this time while we were waiting, we had access to a sharpie. One thing led to another, and soon Mel had decided to tattoo my leg. So there you folks have it, an entire ankle to knee tattoo on my left leg. And I have no idea how it's coming off.

Friday, March 7, 2008

March 7... We're Goin Down, Down...

Today, early in the wee morning, I did something absolutely crazy. After watching Nick and his crazy jumping around on the rails in our dorm, I decided to try it. I'm not afraid of heights, but for some reason those rails scare me... so I took it upon me to give it a valiant try.

Slidin' Down The Rails of Jones Hall.

I started on the fourth floor and made my way DOWN... down... down... down... I almost fell off a few times (my butt didn't quite fit...)... but I MADE IT! That seriously was one of the most triumphant feelings I have had since I took this challenge, because it was something that truly scared me, but I did it anyways. Ah, victory is sweet.

March 6... Chicken Go Pop..?

This is an action shot.

Today I met Easy C and Kablamo for the first time. We tried to go out for sushi, but they were closed so we went to Arby's. I have been to Arby's many a time, but never ordered
Chicken Poppers
(For some reason, I thought it was a type of sandwich.) Yeah. Definitely NOT a sandwich. These lil chicken guys were all sittin in a cup with a lid, kinda like a salad mcshaker. No one had ever had them, so I was the guinea pig. I put ranch and honey mustard sauce in it and shook away. Surprisingly, this wasn't bad. The sauce made my chicken poppers a bit soggy, but they tasted delicious :) I don't really see the point in this, because it takes like 2 seconds to dip chicken in sauce as it is... but all in all, a very creative idea. I give it a 8 1/2 out of 10!
Cailie only eats the curly ones...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

March 5... Get To Know Me?

I've been tagged by my cool awesome spectacular Aunt, which I think means that I'm supposed to fill this out. So, in honor of me sleeping through all my classes and still wasting my time, here goes nothin...

1. Jobs I've Had:
*Elementary "Sweeper" (In other words, vaccuming, taking out humungous bags of trash, cleaning the sinks, riding the golf carts over small jumps, being flirted with by a bunch of 16 year olds... and getting paid minimum wage for all of it!)

*Target Cashier (wow, that was a good time... not. Sidenote: First job I ever quit on my own.)

*Cartridge World Employee/Cartridge Filler Extraordinaire (The best job ever! I love ink so much! haha jk. This job description includes: blushing with Brad a lot, wanting to kill myself with toner, falling madly in love with a Bosnian, having a sexually harassing boss, ink splatters to the face, crazy customers, and a great massage chair.)

*Honks $1.05 (enough said.)

*Aeropostale (I hate folding pants. But hey, I got asked out on a date while working there, so there was a few good times..)

*TC Masonry (I am currently employed as my dad's secretary. My mom claims I sold my soul to the devil. I am starting to agree.)

2. ALL the places I have lived:
Murray, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
South Jordan, Utah
Logan, Utah

3. Four Movies That I Love:
*The Scarlet Pimpernel
*Fight Club
*Beauty And The Beast

4. Four Favorite Foods:
Water Chesnuts

5. Four Weird Things About Me:
There are a ton of weird things about me.
*I sleep with socks on every night
*I hate hot showers, they make me sick
*I think about chord progressions when I hear songs these days
*I can't feel awkard. ever.

6. Four Favorite TV Shows:
Gummi Bears (but I don't think it exists anymore...)
Mystery Diagnosis
Music Videos

7. Four Places I Would Love to Go:

Ahem. Ok. Now that that is over, here is a cool picture of me and my piano major friends at the formal institute dance. Moving on...

Today I slipped for the first time in Logan on the ice. I wasn't looking forward to this, becuase I usually have one nasty slip a year, and I thouht I'd get away from it this year... Unfortunately, getting into Steve's car, I went down, and went down hard. I didn't want anyone to see, but it hurt pretty badly, my leg feels so sore. I am a wimp...

Also done today- I went to my first Ward Basketball Game (We are the eighth ward) It was pretty cool, we lost, but that's not what the game is all about, am I right? I also attended my first organized meeting with boys and girls, where we asked each other questions. It was very honest and quite informative. But I'll still never understand boys. Or girls. I know how that sounds, but I feel like that sometimes... maybe one day I'll find somewhere I fit in. Judging by the above picture, probably not with the asians :)

March 4... Singin In The Rain...?

Today's new thing was inspired by Cailie's awesome umbrella. We decided to walk to class underneath this lovely umbrella. Why is this strange, you ask? Well, it wasn't snowing. Or raining. Or anything, really. We just took a lovely stroll down campus underneath this blue beauty. And I gotta say, it was quite enjoyable. And hey, if it did decided to rain, we'd be the first ones to stay dry.

March 3.... Fuscia and Polka Dots

In honor of Wasserman Festival 2008, today's new thing was seeing Steven Hough give a master class. This awesome dude is from England, and a very funny man indeed. He wore a fuscia shirt with a black and white polka dot tie, and had a silly little accent. But the class itself was not silly- was informative and his comments were interesting. Yay for British men with funny wardrobes!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

March 2... Puzzling

Today I was determined to solve the famous Rubick's Cube. With some help from Youtube, Keegan, Todd, and Austin, I finally figured out the first step. However, that is as far as I got. Maybe one day I will solve it. With practice, and a lot of dedication, hopefully that day will be soon. For now, getting the first step down will suffice.

March 1... The Color of Rain

Today I went to a master class with the famous Mr. Faber (author of Faber and Faber Piano Adventures). He played a piece by Debussey that got me thinking: I wanted to watercolor. So, tonight, Cailie showed me the trick. I painted six different squares, and they weren't fabulous, but not as bad as I thought... Definitely a good life choice! :)