September 30, 2005

Books to Read

Here is a LONG list of books I intend to read sometime in my life. If you have any good ones to recomend, please comment.

□ Little Women By Louisa M. Alcott
□ Heidi By Johanna Spyri
□ The First Four Years By Laura Ingalls Wilder
□ By the Shores of Silver Lake By Laura Ingalls Wilder
□ These Happy Golden Years By Laura Ingalls Wilder
□ Little Town on the Prairie By Laura Ingalls Wilder
□ Little House on the Prairie By Laura Ingalls Wilder
□ Farmer Boy By Laura Ingalls Wilder
□ The First World War By Hew Strachan
□ Eldest By Christopher Paolini
□ The First Ladies By The White House Historical Association
□ Over the Rainbow: Tales of Fantasy and Imagination By Multiple Authors
□ Traditional Fairy Tales By Multiple Authors
□ A Sacred Duty By Ester Rashand and Richard Wilkins
□ Left Back By Diane Ravitch
□ Hope
□ I Walked to Zion By Susan Arrington Madsen
□ Growing Up In Zion By Susan Arrington Madsen
□ Coming From the Light By Sarah Hinze
□ Standing for Something By Gordon B. Hinckley
□ Lighten Up By Chieko N. Okazaki
□ Opening the Seven Seals By Richard D. Draper
□ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Lewis Stevenson
□ The Way Things Ought to Be By Rush Limbaugh
□ All Quiet on the Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque
□ Tales of The Alhambra By Washington Irving
□ Embraced by the Light By Betty J. Eadie
□ The Social Fabric By John H. Cary and Julius Weinberg
□ The Work and the Glory: Pillar of Light By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: Like a Fire is Burning By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: 3 By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: 4 By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: A Season of Joy By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: Praise to the Man By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: No Unhallowed Hand By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: So Great a Cause By Gerald N. Lund
□ The Work and the Glory: All is Well By Gerald N. Lund
□ Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
□ Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
□ Emma By Jane Austen
□ Northanger Abbey By Jane Austen
□ Persuasion By Jane Austen
□ Lady Susan By Jane Austen
□ Being Enough By Chieko N. Okazaki
□ Salt: A World History By Mark Kurlansky
□ A Patriot’s History of the United States By Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
□ Treason By Ann Coulter
□ The Case for Democracy Natan Sharansky
□ Jane Austen: A Life Claire Tomalin
□ Six Easy Pieces Richard P. Feynman
□ The Federalist Papers By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Day
□ What Every American Should Know About American History By Dr. Alan Axelrod and Charles Phillips
□ Our Heritage: A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
□ The Mormon Book of Lists By Jay A. Parry and Larry E. Morris
□ Undaunted Courage By Stephen E. Ambrose
□ Prelude to Glory: Our Sacred Honor By Ron Carter
□ The History of England By Jane Austen
□ The Right Man By David Frum
□ Treachery By Bill Gertz
□ Peace Kills By P.J. O’Rourke
□ Jane and the Genius of the Place By Stephanie Barron
□ What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew By Daniel Pool
□ Men in Black By Mark R. Levin
□ The Wild Blue By Stephen Ambrose
□ To America By Stephen E. Ambrose
□ Patriarch By Richard Norton Smith
□ Sherlock Holmes Detective Stories By A. Conan Doyle
□ The Children’s Story By James Clavell
□ In Their Own Words: Women and the Story of Nauvoo By Carol Cornwall Madsen
□ Rediscovering the Book of Mormon Edited By: John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne
□ Wonderful Me! By Verna Swan Johnson
□ The Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need By Dave Barry
□ Band of Brothers By Stephen E. Ambrose
□ Citizen Soldiers By Stephen E. Ambrose
□ The Final Days Barbara Olson
□ Saints at War By Robert C Freeman and Dennis A. Wright
□ First Strike By Jack Cashill and James Sanders
□ Visual Explanations By Edward R. Tufte
□ The Visual Display of Quantitative Information By Edward R. Tufte
□ Envisioning Information By Edward R. Tufte
□ Mormon Doctrine By Bruce R. McConkie
□ 1984 By George Orwell
□ Animal Farm By George Orwell
□ Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
□ Jesus the Christ By James E. Talmage

September 15, 2005

The Past Few Days

I am so exhausted. I have barely enough strength left to breath let alone go to ballet tonight. It’s also my first night of pointe…and I have a new teacher. I am also a little sore from Tuesday’s ballet class and yesterday’s circuit in aerobics.

Seminary also started this week, and boy am I glad to be back. I’m in the sophomore class now (obviously), which meets in the Primary room. My teachers are Brother and Sister Fowler and they seem like they are going to be great teachers. Tomorrow, though, Sister Vakrai will be substituting for my class. It will be great to have her be our teacher for a day. This year we are studying the Book of Mormon. I am really excited for it too.

On the very first day of seminary, Sister Fowler asked us how many days it took to read the new Harry Potter book. The answers came in anywhere from a couple of days to a week and a half. She then told us that is the Book of Mormon were bound like an ordinary book, that means without the index or footnotes, that is would be less that 300 pages long. Far shorter that many of the Harry Potter books and any other volume of scripture, other than the Pearl of Great Price. This really stuck with me. I’ve always known it to be short, but I never thought about it like that. I am definitely going to finish it by the end of the year. I am in 2 Nephi right now, and there is a lot in there worth reading. With my family, we are at the very beginning of Helaman. The last part of Alma was so inspiring. Moroni was so young (25) and yet he had such great courage and faith in the Lord.

11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;

12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.

13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood.

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

That is from Alma, chapter 48. Chapters 59 though 60 are also worth checking out.

So, I guess I pretty much like school. The halls seem worse than they did last year and that stinks, but Josie and I are cooking up a pretty sweet plan. I only saw what I think is HB once and it was this morning when Josie and I were hanging out in the commons. I think I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to two people. I still need info though. Jackie said Nathan was friends with him, but he has no clue who we’re talking about. Maybe a candy bar will refresh his memory…or maybe I should just ask the kids what their names are. I could probably also ask Andre or Laura. They probably know him or have seen him around.

Right now I am downloading the new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trailer. The new one came out today. Yes!

Well, tomorrow is our first half-day Friday. Most of my teachers have already told us that we will get plenty of free time tomorrow and we are only doing toning in aerobics. After school sometime, I am going over to Chelsea’s to hang out. I probably won’t stay the night though due to my extreme tiredness and already soreness. On Saturday I have a dance too. I still need to talk to Jamie and see if she is coming. She says she lives a few blocks away from the Church so I don’t know if I’m picking her up or not.

I had a bad dream last night…I’ve never had a dream with my friends and other people I know from school in it before. Too bad the first one has to be so horrible.

Over and Out Folks,

“The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if out spontaneous cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there. To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear. If we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon folds its tent like an Arab and silently steals away.”
-William James

September 8, 2005

Fisrt Day of School

I guess I didn’t post my first day of school “review” yesterday, so here it goes:

1. Language Arts w/ Goldhammer: Blag! I don’t like language arts enough as it is. Now I have to be in there with all of the people who are snobs in a popular way. This time, they aren’t even right, most of the time. All we did was finish sentences to make them apply to us. At least Curtis, from my math class is there. Maybe he’ll be funny…or maybe he’s nothing without Randall.

2. Biology w/ Phillips: I like science class, so I didn’t hate it. Thomas, Owen and Rachel are in there, and Courtney was, but she switched out.

3. Aerobics and Conditioning w/ McCormick: Mrs. McCormick seems really nice and I can’t wait for class. The only problem for me is that we only get six minutes to change, and my next class in math, in far away land.

4. Geometry w/ Ipsen: I was really excited to have Mrs. Ipsen’s class again. I have Lindsey in there with me so it’s really cool. However it’s almost hart breaking how like every other class it is. No witty comments from Curtis, Adam (Randall) or Justin. Our class is split, so that we go to class for a bit, go to lunch and come back. It’s pretty cool.

- Lunch: Lunch is fun. Lindsey and I can pretty much do whatever we want now, but I have a feeling we are going to get very bored without anyone from first lunch to talk to. Luckly both of the Chelseas are there (even though Chelsea R always ditches us). Philippe also has our lunch, along with Nathan (Jackie’s brother), and a few other freshman I know.

5. French II w/ Chambers: It’s still the same teacher I had last year, except she got married. Alysha, Courtney, and Owen are in there along with lots of the other kids from our class (Victoria was in my unit at camp when I was a little first year.). Lucas, from my traffic safety class is also I there. I didn’t even know he took French. Sadly no Melissa and no…well…I’m not going to go there.

6. Art w/ Heidemin: I really messed up that spelling, I bet. The class is okay. At first I thought I was the youngest in there, except for Andre, but it turns out the girl next to me is also in 10th grade. She seems fairly nice.

Well that’s pretty much all. I am kind of glad school is back in, because I get to see my friends, but next week is going to be a disaster. Babysitting, ballet and seminary start all in one week. I’m feeling faint all ready.

September 7, 2005

It Came Upon a FWD:

This is a sparkling new idea for a chain of non-pretentious Utah restaurants. The name of these restaurants: The Steak Center ("Where There's Never a Dry, Boring Meat-ing!"). Each Steak Center will have one enormous dining area with basketball hoops at either end, and folding metal chairs and long tables covered in plastic tablecloths.

The main menu items will be the Porterhouse Rockwell Steak, the Primary Rib and the Poor Wayfaring Pan of Beef, garnished with Parsley P. Pratt, but we'll also have, when it's in season, Eliza R. Snow crab, and a whole line of "And It Came to Pasta", including Kraft Moroni &Cheese.

Additionally, we'll have breakfast items, including Pearl of Puffed Rice and Frosted Minivans, as well as Adam-ondi-Omelettes, and "In Our Lovely Desserts", including Fast Sundaes, Gadianton Cobbler and the sinful Laman Meringue Pie. The waiters will be 12 and 13 year-old boys wearing white shirts and their fathers' ties, and at the end of the night, the customers will be asked to help fold up the chairs and tables and vacuum the floor.

Franchises are selling fast...

September 6, 2005

Some Days

I have had quite the past couple of days! On Sunday we went to my Aunt Adrian’s and Uncle Adam’s ward for my cousin, Rylee’s, baby blessing. After that, we went to my Aunt Shannon’s house for refreshments, dinner, and games. It was lots of fun.

Yesterday, we went shopping, and not quite all day as we had planned. Luckily, I found three pairs of pants, that fit, at our first stop. Good ol’, trusty Old Navy! Next we went to PetCo for fish tank cleaning stuff, then to Mervyns. At Mervyns, I bought a grey suit, and the top has pink pin stripes and pink on the inside. The pants need to be hemmed, but I can’t wait to wear it to school! After this we went to Staples, and Blue Sierra where my sister got a new guppy, which she named Skipper. This only took a few hours, which is good because I can’t handle much more.

Today was “Wildcat Day,” at school. It’s when we do all of our registration, get our lockers and have our pictures taken. It was okay, I guess. The first line was long but after a while it got moving. Everyone I tried to say hi to didn’t respond, well most everyone. I ended up waving to Jordan, and Courtney and talking to Melissa. It turns out that Melissa’s locker is near mine, in the language hall. It also turns out that I am only a few away from Steve’s. We’ll just have to see how that will work out.

When we got home, I was rushing to do my chore, so I could get on the computer, and I broke a huge casserole dish. I felt bad because we use it a lot. Then I felt worse because it got in the dishwasher (the broken pieces) and I didn’t want to break that too. I got a small cut that hurts a lot, but that’s nothing to what could have happened!

It seemed like lots of people grew over the summer except my closest friends. That’s pretty sad; my non-growing self must be having an effect on them.

All for now,

PS: What the heck is a participation fee, and why does anybody have to pay that at school? Participation in what?

September 1, 2005

Nerdy Me

I was looking at the service that John Train uses to do his podcasts and it’s $5 a month for a weekly 30 minute broadcast (which is what I think I would want to do). I think it would be so cool to do that. My Mom also recommended an internet radio broadcasting website that she listened to the “Mom Show” on. I haven’t looked at that yet.
I think it would be so cool to have a show of some sort. I don’t know if any of my friends would be interested, but I could always get Arianne to do it with me if they weren’t. If I got doing the show with a few people, than we could split the cost…hmm…that sounds cool. And if we did it weekly we could get together every Friday or Saturday and record it.
Well that’s my rant for the day,