So, today on my lovely walk around a lake I was listening to music and a couple songs came on (I had it on shuffle) and they made me think of people in my life and it got me thinking about what songs make me think of what people. Now some people (such as loved ones, boys I’ve liked, etc. have more than one song– some people have dozens) but I thought I would write down like a main song that makes me think of certain people. This post could be very boring for other people but I decided it would be fun for me. And who knows you may have a song that makes me think of you. (I have decided to put a musical artist with a couple people-mainly family- that makes me think of you just overall- I will put these in parenthesis)

Me: Here With Me- Dido (Avril Lavigne)
Daddyboy- Everything I Do- Bryan Adams (Alabama)
Mom- Unexpected Song (Carpenters)
Renbeth: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now- Celion Dion (Tori Amos)
Juan: Little Black Back Pack- Stroke 9 (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead)
Best Friend: Pirates Gospel- Alele Diane (Ingrid Michaelson)
Little Ash: Cry- Faith Hill
Seanzie: Somebody Like You- Keith Urban
Louie: Amazing Grace
Nan J/Chelsea: Everywhere- Michelle Branch (Michelle Branch and Josh Groban)
Chelle Belle: Would You Go With Me- Josh Turner
Kesara and Beth: I Refuse- Sense Field
Punk- Smile- Uncle Kracker
Curt- Forever- Uncle Jesse and the Rippers
Elder Spears- On Fire- Switchfoot
Gemma- To Make You Feel My Love- Adele
Cole- Need to Be Next to You- Leigh Nash
Devin- In the End- Linkin Park

Next I want to put a couple combos . . .

Parents: Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go- Alabama
Siblings: A Whole New World and I Just Can’t Wait to be King- Disney
Juan and Little Ash: Girlfriend- Avril Lavigne
Gemma and Miller: Love Story- Taylor Swift

Okay that’s all for the moment. I am sure there are more. And as I said before there is usually more than one song with people. Those were just the main ones to come to mind.

New Years Resolutions … is there a point?

I mean let’s be honest … we all make them but do we ever keep them after the first week or month? This sounds super pessimistic but bear with me cause I actually do feel we need them. We probably just need them more often. New Years allows us to reflect on the year … see what we liked and what we didn’t like and it helps us to see what we want in the future. For instance, one of the most common New Years Eve goals is to lose weight, eat healthy and exercise regularly. There is always a new herd of members at a gym right at the beginning of the year. I’ve been one of those people. Then life happens and my regular workout turns into once a week if I’m lucky or one week in the month I do really well but there is no regular about it. However, because I made those goals in the first place great things have happened … allow me to explain. Last year around this time of year I lived by myself, I had just experienced a break up and I didn’t have any close friends nearby. I was very alone. However, I had a new urge to work out and be healthy. I decided to go to Zumba (the gym was a waste of money because I didn’t love going) so I invited Best Friend (who I didn’t know very well) to go with me. And now she is one of the closest friends I’ve ever had. Do we go to Zumba regularly anymore? No, we are lucky if we go once a month. But I built a friendship thanks to making a resolution to get out there.
I feel like resolutions give us opportunities. And if we are awesome enough to follow through with them we get deep satisfaction. And even if by the end of the year we didn’t keep to the goal maybe we met that one person, or read that one book, or painted that one drawing, or went on that one trip that has shaped us more than if we had decided to screw resolutions altogether and do nothing. The possibility and likely hood of failure should never stop you.
The last couple years my resolution has been “Be kind to yourself.” I got this idea from one of my favorite books, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I liked it because I felt that it encompassed everything I wanted to improve on physically, spiritually, socially, etc. But this year I think I would like to be more specific. I am keeping with my goal to be kind to myself but I’d like to make a list of ideas on how to do that. And maybe I won’t be completely successful but I feel like anything I actually do will be a success and it will force me to think about it and maybe try more.
How I will be kind to myself this year
1. Read one book per month (I got this idea from my sister who is amazing and has done a book a week goal the last couple years… I’m a slow reader but I also hate that I only read during the holiday break and summer. So instead of a book a week I am gonna try a book a month.)
2. I am going to work out twice a week (whether it is zumba, or taking a walk, or riding a bike, playing soccer or another sport etc.)
3. I am going to take a dance class and keep with it regularly.
4. I am going to try and write at least 1 letter per month (sounds weird but I suck at actually writing letters and I think it would be a good thing)
5. I am going to go on at least 6 dates this year. (This is my bold one. Ha.)
6. I am going to try and do the whole sugar only on weekends things.
7. I am going to keep a journal (and try to maybe write in it at least once a week).
8. Every week I am going to try a new recipe I have never done.
9. I am going to do my visiting teaching (ha ha … or try to really hard.)
10. I am going to take risks (whatever that means … I have been wanting to go to Vegas.)

Okay there is my list of ten things. I am sure there are other things but I figure I shouldn’t overdo it. And maybe instead of being an annual thing I should look over my list once a month and see how I am doing or see if there is something that needs more attention, etc. I don’t reflect as much as I think I should. I whine, complain, pity myself, etc. And I just think it is time I take my life more into my own hands than I have before. I need to stop waiting for it to all work out and make it all work out. With God’s help, of course. 🙂

Dr. Who

So, Punk convinced me that I needed to watch this popular BBC show called Dr. Who. Basically it is a series that has been around forever. There is this guy called The Doctor and he time travels and goes on adventures in the TARDIS (basically a time machine), saving the world, chillin’ with famous historical figures, gets in little scrapes, etc. It was a show that was early on in the 70s or 80s. I can’t recall but the BBC brought it back in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston playing the 9th doctor. That comment probably makes no sense to you if you have never seen the doctor. Allow me to explain just a bit. The doctor changes. In all, I believe there have been eleven doctors. It’s hard to explain but basically the main guy changes every few seasons. I’m addicted to the show. The first couple episodes seemed a little silly (more because of the special effects than anything- but let’s be fair … it was made in 2005). The point is the show is fun. The Doctor’s character is bizarre … mysterious and quirky. And sometimes he ticks me off and other times I just can’t help but smile. I’ve just finished the first season (2005) and I’m about to be introduced to a new doctor (Punk’s favorite– David Tennant). But I shall miss Christopher Eccleston so much. I find I get attached to people in shows … especially the main ones. At least I know Rose (his traveling buddy) will still be around. Anyway, it’s a delightful show and I wanted to say it.

One sweet weekend after the next . . .

Okay the last couple weekends have been pretty sweet so although I should probably be going to be bed because I have to go to work tomorrow . . . I’m totally just gonna write about the happy things in my life at the moment.
Last weekend (June 10th I think) Best Friend, Juan, and T-Rev (Juan’s friend and our new buddy) went camping. It was way good. The guys built the fire as Best Friend and I put up the tent and toilet seat( this may sound funny but really I am a genius). Then we ate our dinner of hot dogs and spiked jello . . . and by spiked I mean Best Friend put sprite in it. Oh and then it started raining. So we played Poo Head in the tent and I was never the poo head but the rest were. And then we melted smores and T-rev put a piece of chocolate in his jacket and it melted and then he put his phone it. Very funny. And then we started to discuss what we would do if a serial killer showed up at our tent. Juan said he would just take the hatchet and slam it into Best Friend (cause the killer wouldn’t expect that) but Best Friend she would throw herself into the fire before he could. So he switched to killed me with the hatchet sweet brother that he is and T-rev would just hold on tightly to the paper towel. Awe good times. Then Juan pulled out his guitar and we wrote a song together called the Big Bad Wolf is Not so Bad. I can’t remember all the lyrics but basically the wolf is singing about how he was simply looking for his pa and he got caught up in the pig mafia. Very exciting. Anyway, it started to rain again so we went to the tent and just listed our top fives for a bunch of stuff. I of course, fell asleep first being the old person I am. Then in the morning we made breakfast burritos. Then we went home and played soccer. The four of us were terribly exhausted and we ended up on the same team and lost because we were so so dead. Ha. But it was way fun. They we all went home, showered, napped (okay we didn’t all nap. I napped) and then we grabbed two more peeps and went to a Volleyball tournament in South Jordan. We were invited by a friend of mine. The whole trip was a blast. We won all but won game. I was really impressed with us. We also played Horse. It was seriously so much fun.
On Monday I went to visit my Chelle Belle and L. Lee in Rexburg. I love them so so much and I just wanted to hold L. Lee’s new baby girl forever. Campus has changed so much it is ridiculous. And yeah it was just all kinds pleasant. I miss them so much.
Moving on to this recent past weekend. Friday, the campers went to Seven Peaks. The four of us had a delightful time. I only got a little burned n my back. Daddyboy was proud of me. I posted pics on facebook if anyone is interested. We spent the whole day there . . . didn’t get back till nine. I was not as brave at Seven Peaks as I was at Lagoon. But as much as heights scare me . . . drowning scared me more. Sigh. It was great fun. The next day we played soccer again. And we rocked. I feel like I have gotten so much better. Oh yeah! Then in the evening Best Friend joined my family to go see a Real Salt Lake soccer game (Best Friend had never seen a professional game before). I saw an old freshman college friend there which was crazy. The ref was stupid and our guys weren’t playing super well so we tied. But it was fun. One of my favorite things was we had these four guys sitting behind us talking loudly. And one of my favorite things is they were talking about taxes and how they take out so much for single men and that they all just wanted to get married but girls just wouldn’t commit. I had to stop myself from laughing out loud. Anyway, the night was fantastic. Best Friend spent the night and in the morning we had pancakes and went to church together and it was just really good. Then we went to the parents house to celebrate Father’s Day, eat dinner and play games. I didn’t win any of the games. Sniff. I’m over it.
Next weekend may not be quite so great because Juan is leaving for Spain and I won’t see him in over a month which sucks cause he is my back up. The person I talk to/ chill with/ rant to/ complain to, etc. And Best Friend will be gone for the weekend. So my entire social life will be gone. Oh and my amazing Elanor (my choreographer) moved to Provo. Lame sauce all over. But at least the last two weekends have been beyond good.: )
PS. X-men First Class was a way good movie. : ) And Pretty Little Liars is back on again.

Some Really Good Things . . .

Okay so starting Wednesday this week has been really good. One, Best Friend and I planted a garden at our new house that we will be living in coming this fall. It is so great. And it turns out guys are living there over the summer. And they aren’t bad looking and we have to water frequently and needless to say I feel good about all three of these things. We also ate lemon bread and drank orange juice which was just great. I also have Best Friend watching Vampire Diaries and it’s so much fun to see her reactions and I just love having an excuse to watch all the episodes again. Good decision on Renbeth’s part to buy me the first season. Feel free to buy me the second one too, my darling sister. : ) Hee hee.
On Thursday I got thrown into chaperoning the Boys State Soccer Championship game being played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake. Now, I am like the biggest soccer fan ever and half the team are my old students but I was originally not gonna drive down to Salt Lake but then they needed a chaperone so I was just like “Okay, it should be me.” I got Best Friend to go with me., She had never seen a full soccer game played before in her life!!! Anyway, the whole thing was a blast, riding on the bus with the students, cheering with them. It turns out we were playing against Mountain View (the High School in which my cousins went to and some of my cousins still go to). Now I knew my cousins had went there but for some reason I forgot I still had cousins in there. And I totally didn’t realize one of my cousins was on the other team. (I’m actually way sad I didn’t see them). Anyway, the game was intense. No goal the first half. We scored right away in the second. But then less than ten minutes to the end the other team made a goal. And man they kept getting down near our goal. I was freaking out. See, I feel kind of parental towards all my students and these were my boys on the field. Very stressful. Best Friend was just loving all of it. We went into overtime and man was it all kinds crazy. But then GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL! That’s right we won. My kids are State Champs (It’s the first time ever for our soccer team). Holy cow I was so super proud. The cheering was intense. The bus ride home was louder than the ride there and it was like eleven at night. So happy. And it was nice cause near the end a woman behind me asked if I was Miss Freckles and when I confirmed she told me she was the mom of one of the boy’s on the team and that he spoke way highly of me and loved me as a teacher. Again happiness!

Well, Best Friend and I didn’t get home till closer to Midnight and we were both up again by six in the morning because I convinced her to help chaperone Lagoon Day for the seniors at our High School. (Yes Best Friend is amazing to let me drag her into all of these High School events. Ha ha). We spent the day hanging out with my history colleague Gordo. And oh my gosh we had a blast. Seriously. Now, here’s the thing . . . I am terrified of heights. Rollercoasters freak me out. I had only ever been to Lagoon once before and I refused to go on any really scary rides. I’m a chicken. Well, I decided to be brave. The three of us went on Wicked first thing. I decided that if I did the ride that looked the scariest to me nothing else would seem quite so bad. I was scared to death but I like to try new things. Gordo and Best Friend had to trap me into the line once we got there. Allow me to show you pictures of this ride.

It first shoots you out way up high and then just drops you and then you go on all these sideways turns and then it does this cork screw thing were you are upside down. I was screaming bloody murder through it all. Best Friend and Gordo just laughed. Said my face was hilarious. It’s good to know they think my “I am gonna die” face is so funny. Ha ha. Oh dear. Anyway, my whole body was shaking afterwards. But it was wise to do the scariest one first cause then I was mostly fine on the rest. (I am not sure I can ever go on the Wicked again) We went on the Colossus which you go in loops and so are upside down twice. I actually liked that one. I went on it again with my student Blake. This was nice cause I have had Blake as a student every year since I started teaching. It is crazy he is now graduating. Then we went on the Moustrap . . . not my favorite. Okay I won’t list all the ones we went on cause that would be boring. My favorite ride is the White Rollercoaster. Which is funny cause people say that one scares them the most cause it is so old and rickety. I love it. We went on it 3 times. : ) My other favorite was the Bambora (I think this is the right name– I called it like a million things while we were there). This one was a nice smooth roller coaster that played Beach music. Loved it. We did a couple water ones I enjoyed but the being wet after wasn’t as fun. My students were so cute wanting me to go on rides with them. Oh I went on the rocket. This one shoots you way up high super fast. I had to hold Best Friend and Gordo’s hands I was so scared. But I did it! The only two things I did not do was go on Wicked again and I did refuse to try the Samuri. Just looking at it made me want to hurl. I guess I didn’t do the ace flying one or the Spider but I had done those the first time I went to Lagoon. Oh here is one of my favorite quotes from Best Friend. We were watching as Gordo went on the ace flying ride and he looked so happy. I was all “I wish I had a camera.” And Best Friend got all excited and was like “My camera has a phone on it!” Love her! The day was awesome but I was exhausted. I have already been feeling under the weather and the late night before, and early morning, and intense rides and constant screaming had me pooped. When we got back Best Friend and I went to Village Inn with our gift cards we got for chaperoning the soccer game. Then we went home and watched some Vampire Diaries until Juan came and we watched Castle and a movie. Okay they watched the movie. I was out. But the whole day was great.
Oh and Zooey Deschanel is coming out with a new tv show I am excited for. It is called The New Girl. I will include a preview at the end of this post. Oh and today I get to play soccer and my old and new drama presidency is having a dinner tonight that I am pumped for. Good weekend. Yes. The only sad thing is Best Friend is leaving me to go to a family reunion. Sniff. But I am so pumped because she invited me to a different family reunion with just her fam at the end of July. They go camping for a week and I am kind of stoked about that alot. : ) I love her family and camping. Happiness!

Another Fan

I totally got Best Friend into the Vampire Diaries. Of course, it’s not hard to be hooked. She’s read the books. Which I have not. And it has been interesting to compare the two. I have decided I need to just read the books. I am sure it pretty different from the show with basic concepts the same. I am guessing this from the conversations Best Friend and I have. But I am thinking it is one of those things where you end up liking both. Anyway, I have decided that Vampire Diares (the book series) will be one of my first things to read over the summer break. Of course, I need to finish 1984 and this other book my colleague gave me to read . . . I can’t remember the name at the moment. The point is a lot of reading will have to be done. And I feel good about this. During the school year reading is not usually something I have a lot of time to do. And I’ll be honest . . . after a long day at work television shows are just appealing.
Last night was amazing. We had our first annual Oscars Night for my drama students. It was a huge success. Everyone was in formals and looked great. The awards went smoothly. I bought a new red dress that I just felt so pretty in. : ) I am gonna miss my seniors who are leaving.
I think I need to write something. I have all these scenes in my head but . . . I don’t know. I want to write but I also just don’t. I guess maybe I am tired of writing make believe. No . . . I don’t think its that. I think I am just in a rut. Something will come to me. It always does. Best Friend and I are writing a song together. It is fetching awesome.
Oh and today we played soccer. I love it so much. : ) Okay there is my little update.

Back to school … two more months

My spring break is over and I am back to the old routine … which includes stress and trying to get a million and one things done. Very exciting. I had the best weekend. I helped throw a surprise birthday party for Best Friend with her older sister (whom I shall call Audacious– hee hee Love Her!!!) and Punk. So I am totally in love with Best Friend’s and Punk’s family. They are just beyond delightful and I feel like I am with family when I am with them. Best Friend was super surprised (I got it on tape. Actually something when wrong with the camera but I had Best Friend act it out again and I got that on tape.) And we played a bunch of fun games, and ate yummy food (like chocolate cover strawberries which is really like my most favorite thing to put into my mouth that is sweet) and then we chilled in the hot tub. I didn’t go to bed until like … three in the morning. And anyone who knows me knows how totally insane this is for me. But it was so worth it. The next day we went to the singles branch … and I thought the Wellsville ward had been small … so so tiny. And I was so so dead. But it was still quite delightful. And then we went and took a nap and then Best Friend’s mom made the most delicious dinner (she’s kind of this brilliant chef–just saying– I’d put her up with my mom’s cooking and that is saying something because my mother’s cooking is my most favorite–ooh and Renbeth. I love Renbeth’s cooking too. Now I’m hungry). Then we had a responsible and safe race home. Punk was driving with his friend and I had Best Friend with me. Best Friend and I totally won. There were times I didn’t think we would but then we so did. (Insert Freckle hand thing). Holler! True … Punk will claim we didn’t win the entire thing based off a technicality but he is wrong. We just won. : ) No, really we did.
Anyway, today I went back to school. And I graded papers, and prepped for class, and took care of stuff to get ready for state competition this weekend. And I am so now ready for bed. But I’m actually gonna go dancing with Best Friend instead because that’s just more fun. Granted I won’t be able to stay out quite as late as we did last time.
PS My students loved the stage. I must say I am proud of Punk and myself on our hard work.

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