December 22, 2009

Missionaries

I found this video from Mormons Made Simple a few weeks ago:




I thought it was very cute.


Right now, most of the boys I met at school last year and a few others that I know, are preparing to serve or severing missions. My cousin, Thomas, is in Paraguay, along with many of the guys from my on campus ward last year. My good pal, Gary, is in Texas and my friend Matt is serving in Utah for a little while before he heads out to Belgium. They are all doing well and enjoying their time in the Lord’s service (all while staying very busy). I won’t see or talk to any of them on the phone until 2011, and I miss them, but know that they are all doing the right thing.


December 12, 2009

Keeping You Safe

I check the mail every day. Often, about 1/5 of the time, we get mail for the people who lived here before us. One young lady, neglected to give the post office her forwarding address, instead giving us her new address to write on each piece of her mail that comes our way (because we are nice enough to keep doing it). With the others, I just write wrong address and toss it back into the outbox.


Yesterday, we got something a little more special. When I saw that it wasn’t for me or one of my roommates I left it on the counter to deal with later. A couple hours later, one of my roommates, Kristen, told me to give it another look…this time flipping it over and holding it up to the light. Thinking that the poor girl had just gotten a speeding ticket or in an accident, I hadn’t thought about her getting a letter from Salt Lake’s district attorney. Turns out it’s not so innocent after all. Her crime? Two felony charges, one of forgery and one of identity fraud. There is also another name in there, so I don’t know if that’s who she defrauded or an accomplice or something.


It was pretty impressive. I would say that maybe she is just a witness but we are under the sneaking suspicion that she was evicted or got out of here in a hurry based on how much stuff someone left in our apartment when they moved out.


While justice appears to be the loser in this battle, you can sleep soundly knowing that iTunes will never let you down when it comes to keeping you safe from profanity.


While I was making sure that I have every worthwhile children’s song in the world (which I do), I saw this. Do you see anything wrong with this picture?



staredout

December 9, 2009

No Two Schools Are Exactly Alike

But all three of the BYUs and LDS Business College are almost exactly alike. While Provo’s new found 0 degree weather is making it more like its Rexburg contemporary, that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s more of a cultural issue.


I got an advertisement on FaceBook recently telling me to check out a series called “Business at the BC” made by a group of students from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. While it does have some real commercial elements to it, overall it has a really funny plot, hilarious characters and many things I can relate to as a BYU student. If you are a BYU or LDS BC student, alumni or aspiring student, check it out. It’s very well done. They are on FaceBook at the LDS Business College Alumni & Students page and on YouTube.


December 4, 2009

NBC: Don’t Get Too Crazy Now!

*Spoiler Alert*
If you haven’t watched NBC’s 12-03-09 episodes yet…do not read!
(Unless you don’t mind…then go ahead.)



When Thursday’s episode of Community started I was a little worried about where it would go. After all, a television show about an STD fair at a community college could go anywhere. I was glad when it turned out to be a perfect parody of government run health programs (this becomes clear as the fair falls apart and things get crazy). On top of all of that, I really liked the scene where the girls get in trouble for trying to break into the dean’s office.



Check out the clip below (maybe not with kids in the room). Annie makes some good points.





Not only is that hippy counselor just like a councilor in real life (making a big deal out of non-issues) but Annie is right. Widespread STDs didn’t just fall out of the sky one day, our post 1950s culture helped them reach every country and community around the world.



If more than a million abortions are performed year after year, and teen births are once again on the rise, anyone can see that middle and high school health programs are obviously not helping. While some people blame abstinence only education, I have never heard of a public school that holds to those ideals.



I also thought it was interesting that the same evening featured an episode of “Parks and Recreation” that was anti-strip clubs, a “30 Rock” where Tracy Jordan is trying to convince his wife let them have another child, and on a more different note, an episode of “The Office” where, no matter how disappointed the students were about not getting their tuition paid, at least they graduated from high school.



While it may not have been NBC’s funniest night (though there were still plenty of laughs), it was a refreshing change from their usual left driven quips.



In other good news: Amanda Knox was finally found guilty of murdering her roommate in ‘07. Say what you will about the problems with the Italian legal system (that’s why you should only commit crimes in the US, I guess) but as soon as they released the information about the perverted stories on her MySpace page, and began discussing the nature of the crime, which were shockingly similar, I believed she was guilty.


Youtube & You

This past year I’ve started subscribing to a lot of conservative vlggers on Youtube. Now, I can get my fill of FilmCow, Neil Cicierega and DaxFlame while watching true conservatives get a chance to go over recent news and provide their opinions. Often, I trade these videos with a couple of my friends, but I want to make sure everyone knows about these guys. So here…we….go…



Steven Crowder


I first heard about Steven when he released his undercover video documenting the ills of socialized healthcare in Canada and I’ve been hooked ever since. He provides his viewers with sketch-like comedy combined with normal vlog type footage (him talking). When it comes to his videos, I have too many favorites to list. You will just have to check him out for yourself.





Veritas Visuals



Subscribe to this channel and you will get the first looks at every new ACORN video that is released. That’s right. This channel belongs to everyone’s favorite pimp. Not only will you be able to see longer versions of the videos than they play on the news, but you will also be able to find a few other editorials done by James O’Keefe. Because each of these videos is so special, you will be able to check out a montage video below.





Live Action Films



If you like uncover videos, then you will love Live Action Films. They are working to not only reveal the injustices of abortion but the corruption of Planned Parenthood as well. They are working hard to promote an understanding of life and alternative options while furthering the anti-abortion debate.





How the World Works


This is straight up video blogging about political news stories from Lee Doren. He makes regular videos in which he discusses news as well as the occasional refute of liberal youtubers. He has also made a rebuttal for the now world renowned “Story of Stuff.” I recommend you check that out for sure! The only weird thing is that he looks and talks like my Pearl of Great Price professor…it must be his non-evil twin.




Those are the main channels that I wanted to direct people to. However, if you have time, check out Bureaucrash and JDLaporte001. They’ve also got some great videos. If you have any favorites that I didn’t mention here, feel free to leave a comment. I would love to check out some others.


December 3, 2009

A Major Award

So this post has taken me a long time to get to because I’ve been busy and not at the top of my game.

A few months ago I entered a drawing on one of my favorite blogs, So About What I Said, and I WON!


I was so excited to get the package. Everything was wrapped up so cutely!

But I know what you are wondering…what did you win? I won…


No…not dark circles under my eyes…bows! They are really cute, and handmade by Olivia Reyes.


The package included two smaller bows (as seen on my head), one big bow (which I couldn’t take a picture of on myself, sadly), all of which I was expecting, as well as…





Three matching scrunches! I wanted to take a picture of them on myself as well, but had the same problem as the large bow, in that I would need a little help with that.

So sorry about the crummy pictures. They don’t do the prize justice. However, Olivia has much better pictures of the things she makes, in her etsy shop. Make sure you check it out!


Also be sure to check out Melissa Blake’s blog!


November 13, 2009

I Speak English

But I’m pretty sure that the person who made this flyer doesn’t.

I undercitand that mixin’ up ur foniks is phun onse in a wyle…

But come on!

November 3, 2009

Pirate Dances

As you are all well aware, Saturday was Halloween. I had spent a couple weeks working on my costume and at 5 pm I still had absolutely nothing to do. So I got my costume on, and my makeup done and headed out to my Grandparents’ house to see if there was anything going on.

When I got there, they were just finishing up dinner, so I showed them my costume, and then we went out to see my uncle’s in-law’s house. They really go all out. They decorate with a bunch of spooky robotics and control them as they watch people go through the back yard. We then went over to my Aunt Melanie’s house (where I was able to trick one of my cousins who didn’t recognize me into giving me some candy). We went over to the Jones’ haunted house again, and then my cousin, who had been feeling sick and had nothing to do, suggested that we go to a dance. Once we got back to her house, she put on a costume and we went out.

Our overall plan was to go to the dance at Pirate Island, in Orem. Just to make sure we wound up at a dance, however, we stopped at a new dancing place in Spanish Fork that was closed, and by my apartment for directions to The Loft, just in case.

We arrived, paid, and went inside. The room we were in wasn’t very big, but it worked for the amount of people. It still smelled like food (it is a restaurant, after all), and there were not as many people as you would think (or maybe there were, I guess depends on the person). Any way, we started dancing and soon realized that we were pretty much the only normal people in there. There seemed to be a lot of raunchy younger girls who made it past the door (where they were not checking IDs), plenty of Roman soldiers, and several older married couples. I should also mention that there were some dads there keeping an eye on their kids (even though it had to be the most non-threatening environment I’ve ever been in). You could tell they weren’t just creepers by how embarrassed their kids were when they would talk to them. Awkward…

At one point, this boy came over and started dancing with us, which was cracking us up, at his expense. He pretty much left for good after he asked us if we went to school, and then asked me if I go to high school. Poor kid didn’t know what hit him.

There were two couples that were using the opportunity to practice their ballroom dancing skills. This was pretty impressive, especially since I’ve never seen anyone do actual salsa dancing to Shakira, or an waltz to rap music.

Perhaps my favorite was the guy dressed as Pinocchio. He was a kind of floofy, flamboyant version, with a frilly shirt and a glittery scarf on his head. When he took of his nose because it was bothering him, I overheard him say to his friend, “Well, now I just look like a pervert.” I thought that was hilarious.

In short, no matter how weird it was, it was still lots of fun. I got to do some people watching and hang out with my cousin. Plus, the food and soda was included in the price. Can you say, endless breadsticks? Also, I think I’ll have to go there sometime to eat. I’ve heard some of the food is really good, and my roommate said it was like a Rainforest Cafe with Pirates. So I’m game.

November 1, 2009

All Hallows' Eve

For Halloween this year, I decided to make my own costume. I started thinking of the idea a few months ago, but only started working on it last weekend. What was my costume idea? Lady Gaga, of course. I say of course because she was easily the most popular costume for girls, this year.

Here is how it tuned out:

Originally, I was only going to wear the leggings as I was driving, but when I stepped outside and realized how cold it was, I knew I wouldn’t be taking them off. But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. Shall we talk about how I made my duct tape skirt? Or how about you watch it instead?

The main thing I would like to point out is that the Gorilla tape I used smells awful! Don’t sleep with it in your room, whatever you do.

This video makes me wish I had recorded the making of my Jones Soda Box or my Iron Man Dreamcast, as I had originally planned. The thing is, those projects actually took time and presented many challenges. So as cool as my duct tape skirt is, and as much as some bizarre, Lady Gaga obsessed Youtube users seem to like this video, it is easily my least favorite project. Plus what am I supposed to do with it now? I plan on maybe keeping it in my trunk (I have 0 storage space) until Purim, which is the next time I’d need a costume.

October 26, 2009

Life in the Sidebar

Anyone who is a member of FaceBook will understand how I feel about this topic. No this isn’t going to be a rant about the ever changing news feed, this is about the advertisements that appear on the right hand side of the page. Let’s start out with one of my favorites.

 

This is a bit of a old one, as far as internet ads go. I’m guessing that they are holding the guy that’s supposed to be constipated…but that elderly man in front looks awful suspicious.

Here we have the ad for a classic MySpace game turned FaceBook app. I think it speaks for itself. Luckily, I left my old life of crime for one on the farm.

I’m pretty sure this one is the worst. I’ve seen a lot of girls in my classes who get this one too. It’s just plain creepy. Look at that guy…his beard…his baldness. Ach!

And just knowing that there are so many more. I respect FaceBook for wanting to make money, but come on. Can’t we have a little class?

To end, I have one set of ads that will appeal to anyone.

ads

How ironic.

October 16, 2009

Blame it on the Photoshop

I’ve seen this posted by several people on FaceBook:

There are so many campaigns going around these days about the evils of skinny models and Photoshop happy photo editors dominating the fashion market. I think it’s all ridiculous. Some people think I’m just taking the side of businesses in this debate, but I think that that is the only reasonable side to take in this argument, and here’s why…

1. People are over thinking modeling.

You aren’t supposed to look at a model and say, “That person is so beautiful! I want to look just like them.” You are supposed to say, “Would you look at that skirt? I’d totally buy that!” They are mannequins that can actively walk and pose. That is their job. While there are strict dietary guidelines, these women and men have bodies that naturally have unique proportions suitable for showing off clothing. Most people will never be as slender or as tall as some of these people, but that’s life.

2. Magazines and ads should be allowed to alter photos all they want.

Altering images of human form to emphasize the features that the culture finds most desirable is not new. Many ancient sculptures and cave paintings, from societies that struggled to find food and fight famine, portray obese gods and goddesses. Different societies around the world developed styles that emphasized proportions that were certainly impossible or at least very uncommon. Remember the Mayans and the ancient Egyptians? While photography and computer editing have only recently become available, how are the alterations made any different from those portrayed by ancient artists?

3. Size 8 is plus size.

People put up a rumpus about how size 6 and 8 are normal and those women shouldn’t be called plus size models. Well, logic tells us that 6 > 2 (The average size of a female model runs between 0 and 4). So in that sense, 6 is a bigger (or plus) size. It is certainly still a healthy size for some women, so it’s not that they are saying the women are too fat…just that they do not meet the average size of female models or a good percentage of women who are also in the 00-4 range.

Now that I’m done counter complaining, I’ll offer what I think a good solution would be. Learning. That’s it. I don’t think it matters how many images of skinny or larger women the media crams into a girl’s head, they need to learn what they should look like. Girls should be encouraged to eat healthy and taught how to exercise effectively. They should learn about a variety of healthy body types and be encouraged to figure out how much they are meant to weigh (and by that I mean really…none of this BMI business). Girls should learn at a young age how to take care of themselves. Many people think the answer to this problem is to simply accept yourself as you are. While I agree that we should learn to love the bodies we were given, why should we continue to accept the abuse this allows for? We should love ourselves, but continue to strive for our own best form. Overeating and sedentary lifestyles are just as big of problems (if not bigger) in the United States as eating disorders. We shouldn’t try to persuade the people suffering from any of these problems to replace one for the other. People with eating disorders should learn healthy ways to deal with their stress and manage their weight just as overweight people should.

In the end we cannot force people to take care of their bodies or live in a healthy way (no matter what Congress thinks). It’s up to them, but shouldn’t they at least have the tools to understand how to care for themselves? Magazines and runway models aren’t the problem. The problems are parents that don’t get involved and schools that waste valuable time in health classes explaining for the twentieth time how dangerous smoking is or how birth control can be used. Everyone already knows those things, so can we please move on to something that will actually help? 

Photos from here, here and here.

October 15, 2009

The Land Down Under

A few weeks ago, a young lady, who was my neighbor while I was living in the dorms on campus, tagged me and my old roommate in this picture.



This is my old dorm’s door. Good ol’ 15A. What you are seeing (or what you would be seeing if I didn’t blur it out) are the names of the people living there now. Like the neighboring dorm last year (F. Smith), Wells has decided on a United Nations sort of theme…and 15A is Australia.


Don’t quite get the significance? That’s okay.


Last year in my ward, there was a guy who never really fit in. He was from Australia. Over the course of the year, he hit on nearly every girl in our ward, coming out entirely empty handed. Did that deter him? No. He continued his attempt to simultaneously court every single girl in our ward at the same time. Others who weren’t in our ward might have said, “Oh, how flattering!” …But not us. It is hard, after all, to take someone seriously when they like every girl they see. Of course, I think he had a special place in his heart for Caitlin, my roommate, because he would come over at about the same time every day, and even wait in the lobby if she “wasn’t home.”


As if Australia doesn’t get enough bad press as it is…


video


I just can’t take Australia seriously anymore.

October 11, 2009

Slightly Blasphemous, Infinitely Entertaining

I doubt that I’ve ever really made this clear, but I absolutely hate going on dates. I don’t get asked on many, but when I do I usually turn them down. This may seem rude, but I like the fact that the best date I’ve ever been on was with a quiet-talker that I felt bad about saying no to. If I were to ever go on a date that was…say…enjoyable, I might become more optimistic and that would destroy my entire personality. At any rate, never are there too many guys hurt by this because usually they can catch on that I would rather sit alone and watch “America’s Most Wanted” than play Ultimate Frisbee or go on a video scavenger hunt.

That being said, there are times that I do like people and wish they would ask me on a date, but I cannot risk letting my guard down in case the wrong person thinks to ask me. Lately, I’ve been thinking up ways to tell guys like this (or just one in particular) that I care. It’s a good thing I’ve spent all my life hating on dating, cause now I can only think up nerdy and way awkward things to do.

After weeks of thinking about what to do, I finally hit on something while I was on the phone with my sister.

This is an LDS pass along card. As you can see, the couple on the front is in love. Maybe they are married, or maybe they are just in the middle of taking a cheesy engagement picture.

I decided that this could be used not just as an invitation to learn more about families in the Church, in case your person of interest is not LDS, but as an invitation to learn more about you.

Perfect! Now all you have to do is actually give it to the guy! Sadly, as funny as I think this idea is (and as much as it would kill me if someone gave me a card like this)  your typical BYU student would either think it was creepy (which is understandable if they don’t have a sense of humor) or serious…in which case you better not answer you phone for a few days.

This isn’t quirky enough for you? Want to creep your wannabe boyfriend out even more? Try personalizing the front of the card…

Okay, now that might be a little too creepy…you may want to save that one for a DTR.

October 8, 2009

La Femme

I made this collage while I was watching this weeks episode of “The Office” (which was wonderful by the way).

© Hillary Pulsipher

La Femme

I didn’t have anything in mind before I started. I just sat down with a stack of old fashion magazines and started cutting. I like how it turned out.

October 5, 2009

Happy One Year Noniversary!

After a restless night and a rough weekend, I was excited to wake up and see this reminder on my white board.

No, not one of the many TV listings (channel 5 at 7 pm) but October 5! To anyone else, it was probably just a normal day, but to me it was much more. October 5th is my noniversary…and this is my first one. It’s easy to remember because it’s always around the same time as LDS General Conference!

What is a noniversary, you ask? Well, it’s when a lady like me has been single for a whole year. No boyfriends, no dates, nothing. Such an occasion is often overlooked by young ladies at BYU, let alone celebrated.

It started out with getting dressed.

 

I bet you’re wondering the same thing I did…black leotard or normal clothes? It was a challenging decision, but in the end, I decided to pass on the leotard and go for a cozy sweatshirt and jeans that had bleach stains on them. After all, what real single lady wears a black leotard?

The next decision: what would my theme song be fore the day? I could have gone with something like “Single Ladies” or “Hot N’ Cold” but in the end “Knock ‘Em Out” by Lily Allen was the winner.

So, I went to some classes, but then, as soon as I had a break, I let myself really start to party. I went down to 7-11 and got myself a…

                          

DOMO SLURPEE!

It was the best treat I could have imagined for such a special occasion! I got my favorite mix of piƱa colada and banana along with some special berry Domo flavor. I can still taste the excellence!

After another class, I rushed home to eat a delicious BBQ chicken and provolone sandwich that I had gotten at the Twilight student store. Because I had been watching a BYU game on Friday, I had missed “Dollhouse.” Thanks to some Hulu, I was able to watch it while I ate my sandwich and drank a tall glass of chocolate milk. Mmmm…

To make my day even better, I got a letter from my buddy Gary who is serving a mission for the LDS church in Texas. Sure, I can barely read his handwriting, but letters are always the best.

To finish off the day, I kept a strong societal tradition.

I lit something on fire, stuck it in a pastry, and blew it out.

Who could ask for a better day?

Well, until next year, stay single…maybe. I guess that may be a little presumptuous.

October 4, 2009

William A. Pulsipher

Between the late hours of Friday, October 2 and the earliest hours of Saturday, October 3, 2009, my Uncle Bill passed away. He had a sudden heart attack from which paramedics were unable to revive him.

Even though it is sad to lose someone who we all saw nearly every holiday, and while I know his family misses him dearly, I can’t help but think he’s in good company. My Aunt Laurie (his younger sister) passed away a number of years ago due to cancer and my Grandpa Pulsipher (whom I’ve never met) died even before that.

We’ll miss you, Uncle Bill!

My Dad also wrote a special post about my uncle. Read it here.

October 1, 2009

A Delicious Delicacy

Do you enjoy canned meats?

Do you enjoy carbohydrates?

If you said yes to both of those questions, you may want to try this:

Corned Beef Hash Burritos!

1. Fry up some corned beef hash in a skillet. This takes a while, but you can do the whole can at once and put what you don’t eat in the fridge for a quick microwave meal later.

2. Heat a tortilla up, either in the microwave for 30 seconds or on one of the burners…or however you want to do it.

3. Add some grated cheese to the tortilla. I used cheddar and it was wonderful, but I’m sure other types would be good too.

4. Add the hot corned beef and roll the tortilla up.

5. Let the cheese melt for a few seconds, and enjoy!

September 29, 2009

When in Provo…

BYU’s humiliating defeat by Florida State University is old news and I hate to reopen the wound by bringing it up again, however…

 

The Sunday after the game, I went for a walk around campus. Chalk notes like this were scrawled in several different places. The scripture reference, Doctrine and Covenants 123:13 reads:

Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven…

I don’t really know what this has to do with the game, but the rest of the section tells us that whoever wrote this was very passionate about what had happened.

This one has a special message for Max Hall…

Oh Provo…what are we going to do with you.

September 25, 2009

Ceci n’est pas une femme.

As all of the BYUers, UVUers and Beauty Schoolers settle in for another school year, one question remains. Where will they party? Well, seeing as Provo law seems to demand that all music stop at midnight, whether it’s bothering someone or not, it appears they will have to go to The Loft! Everyone has been getting flyers for it throughout the past month.

While I was staring at this flyer, trying to make sense of it I saw a couple problems.

1. Ladies Night!

Woohoo! Eevery Wednesday night is ladies night but wait…a 2 for 1 coupon? In my experience with ladies nights (which is basically the commercials I’ve heard on Seattle radio stations) they are FREE for ladies. Not only are they free, but women get like half price drinks and food…or something like that. Isn’t the logic that if they can get more girls to come, more guys will come too? So shouldn’t they be able to get in free all night and not just for the first half hour as their site says?

2. 80s Night

There is nothing girls like to do more than put on really weird clothes and makeup and say that they look like they are from the 80s. A simple “Family Ties” and “ALF” marathon could teach you that. Then again, you could dress like Madonna, but I’m pretty sure the dress code (which another flyer told me was “strictly enforced”) wouldn’t let you. Want some more accurate ideas?

 

3. The Person in the Yellow Pants

Is it just me or is that a man? Does “she” know that ladies night is going to cost her anyway?

man

September 23, 2009

A Little Something for the Believers

I don’t like Kanye West, and I never have. The best thing about him is that he is so easy to make fun of, it’s super funny when he is made fun of, and unlike some stars, he seems to get mad about every thing that everyone says about him.

By: Me

September 22, 2009

What’s In A Meme

While I was on FaceBook yesterday, I was pleased to see a quiz going around my friends that would determine which Mount Si High School staff member I was most like. There were only five results (how did they narrow it down?) but it was still fun. In response to this quiz, others wanted to create quizzes with other teachers. While I was trying to help them figure out teachers (it’s amazing how much you forget when you don’t see them every day…and when you have a head injury), I stumbled across this little gem:

Thanks for uploading Russell Millard!

Now that you’ve watched that, would you say it deserves to be a meme? I think it does. I mean, I posted it on FaceBook, then everyone else started posting it and it went from about 40 to 180 views in one day. Sure, I don’t think it’s the next Zero Wing, or Daft Hands, but it could be the next What You Know About Math for sure, if it tries hard enough. However, I do think it needs a catchier title.



Also, if you are an "All Your Base" type of person, check out the live action video HERE. This was done by guys I went to high school with.

September 14, 2009

Like A Whirlpool, It Never Ends

For those of you not familiar with your oldies music, that is “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe. That is also how my head has felt for the past week and a half. For a long time I thought it was just dehydration or left over sickness from before I got my wisdom teeth out. I was wrong.

Lets take a look back at this past week. While I had felt nausea and headaches increasing for some time, this past week I started to notice some things that were…odd. It started when I could no longer read street signs. Not the big speed limit ones, but the small ones with the actual streets on them (a vital thing to be able to see when you have little clue of where you are). Reading signs displayed on the wall was also difficult sometimes. Most of the time it was just after working out, so I chalked it up to being hungry. The next thing I noticed, was the gradual decline of my parking a driving skill. As the week went on, I began parking more and more crooked. I would get out of my car and just stare. I was sure I had done it perfectly. On Saturday, I was parked pretty much at a 45 degree angle from the curb…in a spot that should have been 90. I also began slowing down at green lights, taking turns a little crazier than I normally would have and just generally not doing as well. The more I tried harder to do better, the worse it got.

Skip to today.

This morning I woke up and I was just fine. I had decided to wake up a little early so I could take my time getting ready and getting to class, but soon I began to feel an all too familiar feeling. By the time I opened the door to leave, I felt like I had just gotten off of the a teacup ride. I drove to school and called a doctor’s office to see if I could get an appointment for Tuesday or Thursday, but no. They were booked for five months (even the doctor who had just started). I decided I couldn’t wait any more and went to the ER.

This was very helpful. Sure, my care wasn’t quite as immediate as when I went to the ER previously, but I was only in the waiting room for about seven minutes. I got an awesome bracelet, and I even got to choose what color of gauze I received after the nurse took some blood (I chose pink).

I blurred the info out, but it’s embossed and everything!

I was able to watch TV, but a crazy long lasting storm warning started scrolling across the screen and it made me a little sick, so I fell asleep. I should also mention that I had a CAT scan at some point (and I didn’t even have to walk to the room to get it).

The final diagnosis is that I’ve had a concussion and that I’m still healing, which the doctor said could take a few more weeks to a few months. I got some medication to help with my nausea (or “our nausea”) as well as a referral to a concussion clinic that I have an appointment at on Thursday.

Other highlights of the day include:

When I got back out to my car after the ER visit was over, the parking spot next to me was full of vomit. It grossed me out, but I figured, at least I’ve got it better than that guy! My phone died right as I tried to take a picture, so you have all been spared the horror.

When I came out of Albertsons (obviously looking like I had just been to the hospital, complete with bracelet, gauze arm, and a generally frazzled appearance) a bum asked me for change. I said, “No I don’t have any change!” I’m not even kidding. It kind of reminded me of how much “Intervention” I’ve been watching lately…but it’s weirder when they are asking you for money.

That was my day today. By the way, this got left out. The concussion is from when I hit my head about a month ago.

Okay, now I’m done.

September 13, 2009

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

You forgot something!

Imagine, you are walking down the card and magazine isle at the store looking for the most obnoxious music card when the latest issue of “Martha Stewart Living” catches your eye. “What the what? No pants!?!” you think to yourself. Then you realize that she is just wearing skin colored (er…peach?) pants. (Or does she have khaki skin?)

The only thing creepier are her covers for Halloween issues.

August 30, 2009

A Little Jones Never Hurt Nobody

I have so many blog posts to catch up on and a lot to post about, but don’t expect super long posts anytime soon. I just moved into my apartment in Provo and start classes tomorrow.

As many of you know, I like Jones Soda. It’s delicious, it’s pretty and will give you a sugar buzz like nothing else. Last year, I would drink Jones all of the time, putting most of the empty bottles in my window so I could see them whenever I passed by outside. At the end of the year, I had TONS of bottles. I was too sad to get rid of them so I took them all home in a wooden box I had been using as my TV stand. I then had the idea for the following project…

This is the box I got from D.I. It had a weird piece of carpet inside of it, had the names of two girls on the outside, was covered in chipped drab paint and had very ugly hardware.

First, I took off the hinges and handle (with the help of my Dad) and sanded down the paint while filling some of the smaller holes in the wood with putty. I also had a hole drilled in the back to make it easier to store my Dreamcast or other future electronics inside.

Next, I painted the whole box black. I gave it plenty of coats so it would be thick and rich.

After the paint was dry, I Mod-Podged old Jones Soda labels onto the front. For those interested in using Jones Soda labels in a project of your own, I recommend using a box cutter to get them off of the bottle. I’ve tried many things and cutting one slice on either side of the glued edges (the glue is very strong) works the best.

After I was done applying the labels, I Mod-Podged over the top of all of the labels then finished off the entire box with clear spray paint enamel to make it shiny and protect the surfaces, and added lovely new hinges and a modern handle. Here is the final result:

Lovely!

August 22, 2009

My Favorite Breakfast

One disclaimer before you check out what’s below: While I love to work out, I am not a healthy eater. What you are about to see is NOT a healthy breakfast and I advise that young children leave the room.

Now…

This is my favorite breakfast:

Mmm…double chocolate toast. A delectable blend of foreign chocolate toppings on a warm, toasted piece of wheat bread. I know what you’re thinking. How did I make something so delicious? It’s a simple equation, really.

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Heaven!

What’s better is that I’m one of those people that likes to read the cereal box. Because of Venz, I don’t have to miss out on that experience just because I’m eating toast.

I’m going to miss this while I’m at school. Perhaps I’ll ask for some for my birthday.

August 21, 2009

Wisdom Teeth? Who needs ‘em?

Yesterday afternoon, I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I had planned on either never getting them taken out (because they are just fine) or getting them out later. However, the dentist discovered a painless cavity and suggested that we either get it filled or pulled.

The actual procedure was more or less the best part. I wasn’t put to sleep but had local anesthetic and laughing gas (nitrous oxide). The laughing gas was awful because it felt the same as “coming to” after passing out, which is not only very painful in your hands and feet, but also made me panic. It worked well when I wasn’t hyperventilating and in the end the whole appointment only lasted about half an hour and I got out with no stitches or swelling. 

Sadly, that’s only part one.

Day one on my pain medication was just fine. I felt super tired but didn’t have any pain. Today was a different story, though. I threw up several times trying to eat my high-fat food that would help keep the Vicodin down and ended up losing the fight. Now I’m using ibuprofen and trying to sleep off the remainder of the Vicodin. It’s for the best. I’m much too busy to not be able to do things like drive, take care of myself and concentrate (or best of all, eat).

I’m quite bored and sick of being sick (I started off the week with nausea and puking). It’ll be a nice change of pace in a couple of days when I feel better.

August 14, 2009

Three Musicals for People Who Love America

I was thinking yesterday, while I was driving around listening to my musicals mix CD, that this would be good to post. These will be three musicals that I think are the most relevant right now. They may not be the most patriotic (but go ahead and watch “1776” anyway, because it’s awesome), but they mean the most right now.

1. Evita

This excellent musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber catalogues events in the life of Eva Peron and the transformation that turned Argentina into a socialist nation. Why is this important? Not only is the actual transformation similar to what we are facing today, but the people were blinded by their love for Eva, the a rags to riches, government representative. This is not only like Barrack Obama (who’s image was created only to be worshiped by the public) but also much like the acceptance of regular Hollywood stars acting like they have any reason to be involved in politics.

2. Newsies

Sure this story is about a bunch of children living in poverty who create a union to get enough money to eat, but it’s still an inspiring message. Jack (Christian Bale) is working to earn enough money to move out west and become a cowboy, and all of the boys are hardworking, not asking for extra, just enough to get by. This is relatable because of the idea that the boys don’t want to be reliant on others and it is all about fighting for what you believe in. When the odds are against you, you will be able to find others who believe the same thing as you and work together to change the system (government healthcare, stimulus and rights crunching federal laws).

3. Les Miserables

This is the moving story of revolution in France against an oppressive government. The people wanted more freedom (this is back when the French still valued it) and they wanted it now. They were even willing to go to war for it. The musical is full of stories about different types of people and how they come together throughout life, but the underlying story is one of freedom and that no matter how difficult the fight is, it will be worthwhile.

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