January 20, 2010
It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
Even though this is a childrens book, written for 9-12 year-olds, I found the book extremely entertaining and hilarious. It brought me back to my junior high years and the perspective I had at that age. The main character's take on life is unique and quirky, leaving you wanting more. Pictures are interwoven throughout the book which adds as the punch line in many of the stories. It is definately a book I would pick up if you have an hour to spare and be entertained.
January 19, 2010
Today I was going through my daily blogs and I came upon my sister in-law's blog post. She took this picture while waiting in line to get gas at Costco in California. I absolutely love this picture and California. My dream is to someday live in Southern California. I love the weather, the beach, the palm trees, and the atmosphere.
This Saturday Pat and I are headed west to Northern California, to live with my parents to save up for our next adventure (who knows what they will be). Even though it is not Southern California, I am happy to leave the dead scenery and the snow behind. Pat and I are going way out of our way to bring his motorcycle (we bought a truck to drive it out there! haha) so we can enjoy all that California has to offer.
Hopefully the sacrifices we are making now will someday lead us to my dream of living in the paradise you see above.
January 11, 2010
When I was on Temple Square I met a friend of a friend, Mark Hednegren. He is a amazing photographer and took some pictures of me. When I got home from my mission he interviewed me for a photographic film he was making. The audio that you hear is me answering different questions Mark asked me. It's funny to hear my voice fluctuations because I called the Temple Square accent. All the missionaries on temple square talk like it. I tried so hard not to fall into it and thought I had escaped, however, now I can easily hear that I did not succeed.
Here are some pictures that he took:
I don't know if you have seen this book around, but it seemed to be everywhere, so I decided to give it a try.
The Wednesday Letters is the story of Jack and Laurel. Married 39 years, the Coopers lived a good life and appear to have had a near-perfect relationship. Then one night, with his wife cradled in his arms, and before Jack takes his last breath, he scribbles his final "Wednesday Letter."
When their three adult children arrive to arrange the funeral, they discover boxes and boxes full of love letters that their father wrote to their mother on every single Wednesday. As they begin to open and read the letters, the children uncover unimaginable adventures and the shocking truth about their past.
Right from the start I could tell that this book was going to be hard for me to finish due to the writing style. It is very reminiscent of Nicolas Sparks, who many people love; however, his lines and descriptions are a little cheesy for me. It was the same with this author, Jason Wright; his writing style is very simplistic and corny.
Another down side was that I felt the plot did not get interesting until very late in the story.
The story is about a couple who was very much in love. On their wedding day the husband promises to write a letter to his wife every week. He keeps his promise and through his letters we discover a story which was unknown to their children and almost everyone they knew. The reader discovers that this seemingly perfect couple endured many hardships. These hardships almost tore them apart, however, both writing and reading the weekly letter most definitely kept them together. This concept was very endearing to me.
The best part of the book was finishing it. This is not for the reason that you think. As you finish the book and turn to the last page, and envelope is pasted on the back cover. Inside the envelope there is a "hand-written" letter, just like the ones you have been reading about the entire book. It really brought the book to life as I was able to physically handle, open and read a letter written by one of the main characters. At first I thought this was a cheesy addition, however, surprisingly enough I really enjoyed becoming a part of the story through this silly gimmick.
January 10, 2010
January 8, 2010
Three Wolf Moon shirt, Acid Wash Jeans, and Reebok Pump shoes. Scarily enough, everything except the shoes has become of part of Pat's everyday attire.
Alex Kirry was so funny when working with the Hawk. There was a time when they tried to simulate the Hawk actually attacking Kirry. They put some meat on Alex Kirrys chest and had the hawk fly over and eat it. The Hawk's owner was unsure of what the Hawk would do, it being a wild animal and all, so he gave strict instructions to Kiry to cover his eyes, so the hawk would not gauge them out.
January 7, 2010
I was in utter shock when I saw how Pat answered these questions, because I realized my husband is a genius. I have always known he was super creative, but didn't know he was a creative genius.
Amazingly enough, Pat did not get the internship. I don't understand it, but there must be a reason beyond what we can see now.
Take a look...
What are the most important and least important letters of the alphabet? Defend your choices.
Clearly, the most important letters of the alphabet are those that highlight the skill and bravery of our country's highly decorated skywriting pilots.
It's well known throughout skywriting guilds that only the best and bravest skywriters use the wicked "Double Back Letters." These are letters that can only be completed by turning the aircraft around for the finishing strike through. In skywriting, these letters divide the weak from the strong, the brave from the cowardly.
The dreaded "H" is perhaps the deadliest "Double Back Letter," of them all. Year to date, three pilots have died trying to cross the "H" on messages like, "Happy Birthday" or "Have a Nice Day."
Therefore, it is no surprise the least important letters in the alphabet are those that do not cause the pilot to turn back around to complete the letter. No one has ever died writing, "LOL."
Of all the clothes I own, my most beloved piece is...
...my "Three Wolves Howling at the Moon" T-shirt. It is by far my most beloved piece of clothing, for on those days I wear that shirt, my masculinity is somehow increased. I feel as if the majestic powers on the shirt, both depicted and actual, fuse with my soul during use.
Tell us your life story. Use six words.
"Has anyone told you you're weird?"
Which is your favorite finger and why?
My favorite finger is my right pointer finger because once I accidentally ripped some of it off.
Afterwords, at the hospital, a doctor replaced the missing portion with skin from my knuckle. However, no one has told my knuckle skin that it is now finger tip skin and that it doesn't need to keep growing hair.
- My hairy finger comes in handy when I need a toothbrush, especially while camping.
- I can grip walls like Spiderman.
- It frightens little children.
What is the longest period of time you've gone without sleep, and what was the reason?
Once I volunteered at a Red Cross shelter during a hurricane. I was assigned to guard the doors to the gym to ensure that old people did not escape and get blown away into the storm. I went two nights without sleep. I can happily report that the hurricane came and went and no old people were lost or hurt on my watch.
Use the space below to write a one-sentence sad story.
Jurassic Park was just a movie.
What insect do you like the best? Why?
The insects I like the best are lightning bugs because they defy all science and reason. Every other insect has evolved to camouflage itself from predators. This is not the case with the lightning bug, its a bug that actually glows in the dark. It's basically saying, "Hey I'm over here natural predators and scientists, why don't you kill me and/or experiment on me?"
What gets your vote for the most egregious grammatical mistake in a popular song lyric?
I vote for "Baby Got Back." Obviously, it should be corrected to,"This voluptuous female has a backside larger than most other women."
Of the last century, which is your favorite decade? Explain
Of the last century, my favorite decade was the 1940s. I know what you're thinking, "Who would like the 1940s--that's the decade a world war took place?" Sure, if you focus on death then perhaps the 1940s might not rank very high on your list. However, I choose to focus on life, and in 1945 life conquered over death.
On a small farm in Fruta Colorado a farmer was decapitating some chickens in the yard before lunch. Sometime later he noticed one of the decapitated chickens was still running around the yard like a chicken with its head cut off.
The next morning the chicken had survived the night without its head. The chicken would later become known as "Miracle Mike, the Headless Chicken." Mike lived for 18 months until a seed got caught in his feed hole and died.
To my knowledge this has not happened in another decade since, and until it does, the 1940s will always hold a special place in my heart.
Write a Limerick about any superhero
John Wayne made his name in Maine,
Although that was not his terrain.
He enjoyed lobsters,
Unfortunately with mobsters.
John Wayne made his grave in Maine.
If you owned a thoroughbred racehorse, what would you name it?
Like Such As In South Africa And The Iraq, Everywhere Like Such As
What is your favorite time on a clock?
Undoubtedly, my favorite time on a clock is from my childhood. As a boy I use to play "Hot Lava" at my grandma's house, and my best jump was from the counter onto her grandfather clock.
What is your favorite dessert?
Answer the following question: You might not be a redneck if..
...the mural on your motor home is painted by a professional.
In the space below, write instructions for tying a shoelace.
Grab your shoes.
Sit in a chair near a computer.
Type this into your address bar:
January 6, 2010
Surprisingly, it was a lot of fun and not stressful at all. I have a super long way to go in photography, but it is always nice to practice, especially with such nice and fun people!