Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Whole Decade?

Happy 10th Birthday Wade!
I love Wade so much.
I can hardly believe Wade is 10.
I remember when I was 10 & so excited to be in the "double digits."
Wade is a true lover of life.
He is always happy.
He makes me laugh.
He sings like there is no tomorrow.
His enthusiasm is contagious.
Happy Birthday Wade, I love you.
p.s. we went to Tyler's farewell today, he did a really good job. Look out Iowa!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Surprise!

On a whim, late last night i packed my bag with a few necessities.
I left A8 with Natalya in tow & we came back to Pleasant Grove.
I will now be here for Wade's Birthday & my cousin Tyler's Farewell.
Both take place tomorrow.
I would have been sad to miss this.
Needless to say when i walked through the door at 9:30 am my family was surprised to see me. 
On Saturday's i usually don't open my eyelids and arise until 11:00.
And that's when I am feeling ambitious.
That would explain my family's confused faces as I walked through the door.
Oh how i love surprises

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mommy Jeans

There's a new craze in A8.
What is this craze?
Mommy Jeans.
Natalya is all about it & does shows for me in Kelsey in our bathroom.
We find it quite oddly hilarious.
ask her about it the next time you see her.
Tonight I got unlimited pizza for 3 bucks. 
What a steal.
Then we went to a comedy routine.
It was pretty funny.
Some of our friends came over for a movie night.
We watched Hot Rod.
naturally.
Before Krista left Tal-Tal insisted that we have a quick photo op because we were all wearing the same shade of blue.
 
  
Thanks for cropping me out Tal.
 
aww friendship.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

So Many Giftcards...

...so much food...
...so little time...
There is nothing i love more than going to my 
P.O. Box during the day.
When i get even one thing I am happy.
Getting two things?
 Yep, I am pretty happy.
One of those things including a gift from someone who loves me? I am ecstatic.
(Don't mind my ugly bangs. They didn't feel the need to cooperate with me today.)
But Thank you so much Grandpa & Grandma!! You are the best! I love you guys. You know just how to make my day.
One bad & one good things about day:
Bad: I stepped into a slushy puddle & my right food was socked to the bone. I was stupid enough to repeat this maneuver 3 more times. How really cool & completely normal is that?
Good: A girl in my institute class led "We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet" in record 4/4 time. Someone missed the Young Women's activity where you learn how to lead music...
Anyone who knows me knows that I had a Snuggie obsession & Kenzie was kind enough to oblige my need & get me one for Christmas.  
(we still to make an album about that Kenz!)
What's my newest craze you ask? It's the PortaBook!
Please mom?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gamby Loat.

Ever have a time when you run out of words & don't know what to say?
Mary Poppins gave us the word: 
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
 Kelsey & I present the word:
Gamby Loat.
Use it in good health.
It was the phrase i tried to use when Natalya did her mommy jean dance that left me speechless.
This morning when i woke up, i was delusional.
I am sick which just adds to the confusion.
I hit snooze on my vibrating phone.
Then i freaked out because i couldn't get away from the "wall".
At least, without falling off the bed.
I was thrashing violently.
Then i came out of my unconscious state to find where my discomfort was coming from.

It would seem that at some point during the night i grabbed my math book & decided it would be a good idea to sleep with it at night.
And somehow i was stupid enough to think that algebra book was my bedroom wall.
 
  
After solving the wall mystery, this was the scene in the kitchen.
Pretty sure that garbage can didn't get THAT full from this morning.
You're welcome Core.
I can't wait for the Thank You gift that you will undoubtedly leave on my pillow thanking me for my hospitality.
 Now off to take my "bedroom wall" to my class at 2:30.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2-23-2010

Not too much to say today.
Other than it has been a good day & I am happy.
I like to laugh a lot.
But it is unfortunately time to go study.
Two midterms this week.
{I will do good, I will do good, I will do good...}
What do i do to get my mind off some stress?
Watch Lost.
Congratulations, Mom.
You got me addicted.
{TV shows on DVD hast got to be one of the greatest things.}

Monday, February 22, 2010

Success Continues

I know it is a little blurry. (I took it off my phone.)
That says that i got a 93% on my latest math test!
Yahoo!
I missed 4 & then got 2 bonus right.
You win some, you lose some.
Luckily, the math god's have decided to smile down on me for once.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

He's Been There Before

Today, Darren gave a talk on Missionary Work in Sacrament Meeting in our ward. He did a really good job. He included a poem called "He's Been There Before." I love this poem.

He's Been There Before
By, Troy Whittle 
The alarm rings at 6:30; I stumble to my feet
I grab my companion's bedding and pull off his sheet.
A groan fills the room. It's already time to arise?"
It seems like just a second ago I was able to shut my eyes.

The morning activities follow: study, prayer and such
When its time to leave the apartment, you feel haven't accomplished much
"We have a super day planned," my Companion says with a grin.
I lowly utter a faithless breath, Yea, if anyone lets us in.

With the word of God and my faithful Schwinn, we ride off in the street.
Prepared to face another day of humidity and heat
It's 9:30 in the evening, the day is almost through.
My companion and I are riding home, not accomplishing what we thought we'd do.

We ride up to the mail box hoping to receive a lot.
Only to look inside and hear my echo reverberate "AIRBOX"
We go up to our apartment; the day is now complete
the only thing to show for our work is a case of blistery feet

It's past 10:30 pm, my companion is fast asleep.
Silence engulfs me all about and I begin to weep
In the midst of sadness I kneel down to pray;
I need to talk to Father, but I'm not sure what to say.

"Oh Father," I begin, "What happened to us today?
I thought we'd teach somebody, but everyone was away
My hands, my aching hands worn, hurt and beat
If our area was any smaller,we'd have knocked on every street."

Why on missions are the days so much alike?
the only difference about today was the flat tire on my bike.
Will you send some cooler weather? the heat is killing me!
I sweat so bad, it gets in my eyes. Its very hard to see.

Why do I have to wear a helmet, isn't your protection enough?
People always laugh at me and call me stupid stuff.
Please send us investigators so I may give them what they lack;
I want to give them Book Of Mormon, the weight of them hurts my back."

And what about my Family? They don't have much to say.
I'm sick of not hearing from home day after day.
Oh Father,why am I here, Am I just wasting my time?
Sometimes I just want to go home, I'm sorry but that's on my mind.

My Companion, Heavenly Father, what are you giving me?
The way he rides his bicycle I don't know if he can even see!
Now you have it, I can't go on. I DON'T KNOW what to do!
That, my Father in Heaven, is the prayer I leave you."

My prayer now finished I stand up, then jump right into bed.
I need my feet for tomorrow; we have another long day ahead
Sleep starts to overtake me, I seem to drift away.
Then it sems a vision takes me to another time in another day.

I'm standing alone on the hill, the view is very nice.
A man walks towards me and says, My name is Jesus Christ."
Tears of joy well up inside, I fall down to His feet.
"Arise he states, follow me to the shade you and I need to speak."

My attention towrads my Saviour, total and complete
He says, "Your Mission is similar of what happened to me.
I understand how you feel, I know what your going through;
In fact, it would be fair to say I've felt the same as you.

"Even know how you felt when no one listened to you
At times I felt now quite sure what else that I could do.
I know you don't like to ride a bicycle for a car would be sweet.
Just remember the donkey I rode I was not equipped with 21 speed.

I understand you don't like sweating, in fact it's something to hate.
I remember when I sweat blood from every pore, " Oh, the agony was great.
I see you don't like your companion you would rather have someone else.
I once had a companion named Judas who sold my life for wealth.

It's hard to wear a helmet and have people make fun of you.
I remember when they put thorns in my head and called me King of the Jews.
So you feel burdened down by the weight of your pack.
I recall how heavy the cross was when they slammed it on my back."

Your hands hurt from tracking and knocking on doors all day
I guess when they pounded nails inro mine, I ache in a similar way.
It's hard not to hear from homr when your family was not there to see.
I lost communication on the cross and cried, "Father, why has though forsaken me?"

We have a lot in common, but there is a difference between us you see.
I endured to the end and finished my mission, so follow and do like me."
He embraced me with his arms, His light filled me with His love.
With tears in my eyes, I watched as he went back to the Father above.

I stood with awe and wonder when a beep rang in my head.
I listened and heard the alarm, when I realized I was in my bed.
My companion let's out a groan, "6:30 already, no way!"
I sat up and said. Come on, I'll even carry your scriptures today!"

No matter what we go through when we feel we can't take more,
Just stop and think about Jesus Christ, He's been there before.

This poem gets me really excited to serve a mission & complete it to the best of my ability, just like Christ.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

1/2's Adventures.

Thanks for your 1/2 birthday wishes. It is much appreciated & warmly accepted. 
So last night, Kelsey, Carli, their friend Mayu, Darren, & I went to West Side Story. The set was really incredible. The play... not so much. I was reminded of when i went & saw it during the summer with all my friends at the Scera. Luckily this was a step up...but only slightly.  

Darren & I made the Dean's List so we got to go watch a movie for free @ 11 o'clock with treats. We met up with some of our other friends & went & watched When in Rome. I had already seen it. It's predictable but cute & entertaining.  

Then we came back to A8 & watched Black Sheep with Kelsey. (love this movie. It is hilarious.)  I fell asleep sitting up. When does that ever happen?

Today, Kelsey & I woke up around noon. We made french toast & eggs for breakfast & then worked out with Jillian Michaels. It was INTENSE to say the least. 

OH and did i mention that Kelsey, Natalya & I have the apartment to ourselves this weekend? Yep. That has got to be the best news i have heard allllll month. It doesn't take much to make me happy. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

1/2 Time

I would just like to announce that it is my half birthday today.
I will post tomorrow about tonight's adventures. 
If you want, You can sing happy 1/2 to me.
TGIF!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oops.

So, there was a rumor there was free dinner & a relief society devotional at the institute. 
Natalya told kelsey & I about this rumor.
we thought it sounded like a good idea. 
free physical & not to mention spiritual enlightenment.
sounds like a winner situation to me.
Natalya asked Kelsey & I if we were going to wear skirts.
Kelsey & I didn't want to.
I mean for heck sakes! You would say
"Heck no techno" too!
We showed up at the Institute at 5:39.
We looked around.
Every single girl was in a skirt.
awesome.
So Kelsey & I ran home to change.
While we were away, Tal found out it was only for the 1st stake.
& we are in the second stake.
hmmm,whoops. that's awkward.
So then we ended up not going at all.
But then Natalya made us rice crispy treats.
Here's todays picture:
 
Nothing like sleeping all day & having your roommates picking up your various mog-pog items and putting them in a pile for you.
You're welcome. 
Now off to enjoy some Survior: Heros vs. Villians. Love it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm Confused...

...& losing my mind it would seem.
 
whats wrong with this picture?
Well it would seem i only put one earring in this morning.
I went to all my classes & no one told me the Captain Hook look is not in?
Thanks everyone. 
Second Example:
 Today we got out of choir a little early. 
I decided to hurry & use the ladies room.
I went to intro to dance & sat down. 
it was then i said:
"Uh-oh."
I had left my phone in the bathroom.
AWESOME.
So i ran there inconspicuously and there were a million stalls that were open.
But there was one that wasn't.
The one i had used.
What are the chances of that?
Apparently pretty high if your inititals are A.R.P.
So like a Creepster, I waited for that innocent girl to leave.
she finished her business & then exited the stall.
Like a ravenous animal i hurridly entered the stall, praying my phone was still there.
(that stall probably hasn't seen that much action since May '04.)
& it was. (a rousing chorus of thank goodness anyone?)
Thank you kind girl for not stealing it & leaving it on top of the t.p. dispenser.
Here's something i am still laughing about.
My institute teacher was teaching about
Spiritual ReBirth Yesterday.
He compared it to the natural process of childbirth.
 He stated that sometimes we aren't spiritually reborn because we are stuck in the birth canal.
I was the only one who laughed.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Valentines Gift.

I went & checked my P.O. Box today.
Getting mail is probably in one of my top 5 very favorite things.
My Grandpa & Grandma Gooch were nice enough to send me 4 giftcards to McDonalds & a nice card for Valentines Day.
Thank you so much!!! 
I love you guys.
Happy Tuesday.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Percy & Pizza on Presidents Day

As a family we went to the Early Bird showing of
Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief.
Everyone liked it (including mom & dad) except for Big S.
He wasn't shy about being vocal about how much he hated it either.
As we walked out of the theater, the pocket on my sweater fell off.
I loved that.
Almost as much as Spenc loved Perc.

But mom made pizza for dinner & it was yummy.
Yay for the past & future presidents so we can have this day off.
Time to go back to the apartment in the morn.
Wish me luck. :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day 2010

Oh Valentine's Day.
Today was Skyler's Farewell. 
It's faces like these that i am going to miss:
 
May the people of Florida love and appreciate you Skyler.  
 God Speed the Right.
 The Palmer family enjoyed their annual Valentine's Day dinner.
Here are a few of the shots:
 
After dinner we had to go around the table & say what we love about each family member. I told mom we should just say Ditto from last year & be done with it. Mom did not think this was funny. Jokester Dad however was quite original this year & stated that he loves most about me is how (and i quote) "Ashley can have as much fun as a drunk person without actually being intoxicated." Thanks dad. You are a sweetheart.
 After dinner on V-day we always roast marshmallows with tea lights.
 
and here are the group shots:
 
The boys in their matching Valentine's day gifts.
 
 
we had matching hair &
 
And El & Shell are just in their matchless love.
(Mom told Dad that one of the things she loves most about him is his "sexy feet" her words not mine. That is just sick.)
Happy Valentines Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday Review & Valentine's Eve.

Yesterday, I arrived home from school in quite the timely hour. I was pleased.
Kayloni & I had been planning for quite sometime to go to Costco & get hotdogs & churros.
So that is exactly what we did.
 
  
It was delicious.
Then we went to Dear John. I don't know what all the "hate hype" was about. I thought it was pretty good. Not your traditional love story. I liked that. 
 (I also love going to movies with Kayloni since I don't have to pay! Thanks Steve.)

So today, Katie, Heather, & Whitney were all up North visiting from Snow. We all went & saw Valentines Day. Not exactly my favorite but it was acceptable. 
After i went home only to find my brothers & sister with McDonalds gift cards in hand just begging & itching to go & spend them. (They all informed me that they were starving!!) so i took pity on them and we went.
 
There he is. Big S living up to his nickname.
 
Mckay.
 
Wade. 

Rachel.
 
Thanks Grandpa & Grandma Gooch! 
This was too much fun.
I wrapped up my Valentine's Eve fun by going with Kayloni to Costa & then we went & visited some folks (aka Kenzie) down at the Wyview while enjoying some YOZone. Yum Yum.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again.

 
Lookie what i found this morning as I went into my bathroom.
Is that underwear on showcase you ask?
Yes. Yes it is.
This isn't the first time this sort of thing has been on display either.
At least that's not my towel it is laying on.
It is time to go home.
As i laughed while taking a picture of this spectacle for some reason  
this song came to mind.
Yep, the underwear is back in the saddle again. 
See you on Monday night A8. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Why is today Thursday?

I am so ready for the WEEKEND!!! This has been the longest week ever. And i still have loads to do.
>Take a math test.
> Pack for coming home.
>finish some laundry.
>do homework.
A8 has been a disaster zone & I need to leave. So ready to see the fam & friends!
Last night Heather & I took a much needed break. I showed her the snow cone place.

And then we discovered we have even more things in common.
Golden Corral can die & burn were among the many things we discussed. haha.
Here is my goodbye roommate drama, hello weekend face:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Into the Font

The alarm beeped @ 5:30 am in Apartment A8. Kelsey & I laid & complained because we were so tired. Three of us arose 15 minutes later. We dazily put on our Sunday best. As we walked outside we were greeted by the bitter cold. We headed to our car @ 6:00 am & drove to the temples some 7 minutes away. We cried & tried to smooth talk the car into warming up faster. We drove up to the baptistry doors. 

Once inside the Manti Temple we were once again greeted. This time by sweet temple workers. We changed into our baptism suits. I love the spirit within the temple.  Once you are there, doing the work, it is so worth it. I love the spirit within the Manti Temple. I love the murals within that were painted by the pioneers.

We were done by 7:30. I informed Kelsey & Natalya that we would be having a quick photo op. outside the temple. Just call me Shelley Palmer.
 
  
  
Mom, aren't you proud? even though we had wet hair, no makeup & it was FREEZING outside we snapped a few shots. Just goes to show you, anything is possible.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Micro Expressions

I love my interpersonal communications class. I really can't say enough good things about it. I learn things every time that I feel are applicable and i can use everyday. 
I have always said that if i could have any super power it would be the ability to ready minds. Today we learned about something that brings me a little bit closer to my wish. I am talking about Micro Expressions. It's the tiny expressions we make that last about 1/15th of a second. When you have a fleeting thought there is an expression that goes along with it. Still confused as to what I am talking about? 
go here
In class we did the course that takes a little over an hour. The first time i took it i got a 69%. Then i went through the "training" & got 100%. It really is remarkable. I can't wait to use it on the people around me. watch out!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Give me a break...Literally.

I'm annoyed.
Annoyed because this isn't my problem, yet i am sucked into it.
I don't understand why some roommates feel the need to rebel.
Just choose to be good.
Why is that so hard?
I want to go home. 
P.s. I got a 94% on my first english college paper.
Yahoo for that!
But, shame on some of my roommates.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Leading a Congregation

So, my friend Angela is the chorister in our ward.
She asked me to lead the music this Sunday.
Of course i said yes.
The whole thing was a squabbling mess.
There was no organist.
The bishopric didn't have a list of the hymns.
So we just had Natalya play the piano.
And we used the previous ward's hymns.
As I led the first hymn (the infamous Choose the Right),
There was a boy that sat towards the back of the row that i had never seen before.
He wasn't all that bad looking either.
He kept smiling & winking at me.
It was creeping me out.
As a result of being creeped out i didn't even bear my testimony.
haha. sad, but true.
I was swift to leave sacrament meeting because i didn't want to talk to the creeper.
Hopefully he was just visiting.

A lovely weekend.

I spent most of my weekend with my childhood (& I am sure throughout adulthood) friend, Darren Walker.
Yesterday we went & got Snow Cones in Spring City.
They are absolutely DELICIOUS.
I LOVE SNOWCONES!!!!
Then we came back and played some pranks with (beef stew).
Today I worked on homework, went to the Snow College Basketball game with Darren, Kevin & his "friend" Mackell. 
We hung out at Darren's apartment after & I finished my homework.
Then Darren & I went to Warren's apartment and hung out with him & Steph.
It was way fun.
We each chewed 11 pieces of Bubblicious bubble gum.
My jaw hurt.
We watched the Jazz rise to victory against the Nuggets. 
"That magical 110 points..Thanks sports commentator."
We made fun of Kirelinko.
Then we watched Wolverine.
All in all a success.
The only thing that was not so fun was the fact that i really had to pee at Warren's.
But i felt awkward using his bathroom.
So i held it for 3 hours.
Such is the life of a lady.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Smack down

Yesterday I was exhausted. Today I am exhausted. It is a pattern apparently. Kelsey & I almost didn't go to yoga because we were so exhausted. We are so glad we decided to go though. 

I was assisting Kelsey in doing her hand stand. I told her to kick her dominant leg. She kicked a little too fast. She whacked me in the side of the head. I made a loud noise. We fell on our mats laughing. The class thinks we are weird. During final relaxation there was this crazy banjo song. Kelsey & I were playing our "air banjo's" &  we were so disruptive.

We went home & told Natalya of our wild yoga night. She then walked past me into our room. Somehow, she accidentally whacked me on the same side of the head Kelsey had previously hit me. It was hilarious. Then we were no longer exhausted because we had laughed so hard.

I am suffering from the repercussions of those whacks today. I am so tired I feel like a conductor smacked his train right into me. But, I volunteered at the Elementary School today & helped them with their craft. I drew lots and lots of hearts & helped them cut them out. Those kids are hilarious. Mrs. HEL-ston does not think they are funny. She yells & yells at them. It gave me a whopping headache. She tells me I am a whole lot more patient with them than she is. Some would take that as a compliment. She really isn't that hard to beat. haha.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Grateful

This morning was no good.
I woke up late.
Took a speedy fast shower, & didn't even have time for breakfast.
Two pimples on my forehead are so huge & i could draw a line in between them and create a linear function.
I couldn't decided what to wear.
Everything I tried on, I hated.
I pulled my headband out of the drawer & it snapped in half.
I walked to class in the cold & it was cancelled.
So then I went to the library.
I sat down at a computer & then i looked to my right.
There sat a boy.
So burned it made me want to cry.
His head, arms & hands were burned.
I tried not to stare.
I felt so bad for feeling bad for myself at all.
This boy, must get so sick of being judged & stared at all day.
And as he worked on his computer with his burned fingers he reminded me of a life lesson.
Life is never so bad as we think it is. Guaranteed.
I felt foolish for all my inward complaints.
And i was grateful for my life.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Saltwater Room

5 Reasons today was awesome: 
1. I drooled in English today while doodling. It got on my pants and on my chair between my legs. Luckily no one saw.
2. I got the funniest text of my life today. Thanks Pres. You should write a book of poetry.
3. On my half hour jog I fell on the ice. A bruised knee is definitely my scene.
4. I am learning daily how a certain room mate is getting crazier. patience?
5. On the plus side our quote wall is up & running... finally!
 
  
 Don't you love The Saltwater Room?
I know I do.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day

Punxtawney Phil saw his shadow.
Somehow this leads to the conclusion that there will be 6 more weeks of winter.
How awful.
There is a foot of snow still on Snow Garden's lawn.
Looks like it won't be melting until April.
Thanks a lot P.P.
 Last night Kelsey commented that sometimes she feels like 
"a jew in the holocaust."
It was hilarious. 
I am still laughing.
probably because i agree.
 
 Tonight's Yoga Theme?
All brown (including headbands) in honor of Groundhog Day.