Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December 12

Well, what can I say, my life is made up of school and work. I have applied for housing at BYU and I am working on scholarships. Meghan is visiting and finals are next week.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November 20

Well, today is a relaxing day at school. I don't have a first period, I am a Teachers Assistant in my second period, in my third period we are watching a movie, and in fourth we are dissecting a heart. All in all, I have had worse days. I am working again which is good, I finally proved to my boss that my allergies were under control (he gave me two weeks off because of the onset of allergy season). I have a new boss (I now have three that I see on a regular basis) who is pretty cool.

I have been having a blast with little Mada. She can turn on the charm just as well as Arwen and I am almost helpless against it. She loves it when I do "magic" tricks and when I chase her around the house.

I am finally reading the last harry potter book. Somebody had spoiled the end for me so it took me a while to start reading. The person who ruined it now owes me a ride home from work for life. (Not really, but you get my point). It is really good and that is all I am going to say.

I have been elected president of my High School Book Club and after we read the book (Tenderness) we will see the movie. It was a very interesting book, about a serial killer and an obsessive compulsive girl who once she gets a fixation on somebody, she has to meet them and it goes from there. I would never suggest it for our book club but it was still good.

Mom is home and josh and I couldn't be happier. We went to Plern last night to celebrate and since the vegetarian spring rolls weren't in high demand I got most of them to myself (they are my favorite). I am tutoring now (I get $15 an hour) but I have this week off. I get $45 dollars a week when I tutor and it is great to be able to help people. The cool thing is, all the kids are willing to learn. I give them an assignment and they do it. I am working at the pool tomorrow night but I have Thursday and Friday off which is good. Oiy, I just got the hiccups so I will end this post now. I love you all.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Most of you have probably heard

Most of you have most likely heard, but just in case I am posting it. I got accepted to BYU Provo and I am so excited. I am going summer semester. Now all I have to do is finish high school and get scholarships.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Help

Can everybody e-mail me their blog addresses? I want to put the links on my site but I don't have the info or the know how

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Good News

All of the paper work for college is complete! Now I just have to wait 4 weeks for Provo (six weeks for Hawaii and Idaho) to let me know whether or not I am accepted. It feels so good to have everything in and done! Also, our dissection of the cat muscles is done, next we move on to a lamb's brain after some book work. It sounds gross but it is really interesting.

I have to make a poster supporting a candidate for president and I think that I am going to do Ron Paul just for fun. He seems to be popular among the youth (the AP class youth anyway) and it will be really easy to put a positive spin on him. However, thanks to journalism, I can put a positive spin on anybody. Well, actually I learned that in AP World history when we had to write a Pro Stalin essay...anyway I am rambling.

I really want to get into BYU Provo, I applied to the summer semester so I think I have shot. Just think, in eight months I will be graduated and preparing for BYU. It is strange how time flies. Senior year is just dragging by but that is to be expected I guess. I am almost done! Anyway, all for now.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Update

So everything for BYU has been submitted except for the seminary recommendation and my high school transcript. As it turns out, my teacher sent in the Seminary thing but the place hadn't sent it until yesterday, just my luck. Home has been interesting, we all miss dad but he'll come back from Texas next week. We are dissecting cats in anatomy and I have until tomorrow to skin mine. I won't go into detail on that however. This Friday I am working the Brentwood Aquatic Center's second annual pumpkin patch so I get my normal shift back thank heavens.
Government is killing me but I'll get through it. I am counting the days until BYU gets my college info and they can accept me (heaven willing). I have applied to all three and either way I'll just be happy to get in.
For Halloween I will be a vampire and so will josh. It should be fun especially because the ward is putting on a Halloween party the night before so I get to wear my costume a lot. Other than that, not much has been happening. Love you all.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Senior Pictures


To anybody who wants a copy of my senior pictures just let me know. I ordered two different poses, one in the year book drape and the other in a background of my choosing. I'll scan and post the two soon, but just leave a comment if you want one.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Finals

Well, as the title suggests, I have finals this week. Tomorrow I have no first period final and TA. Friday I have a mock AP test where I show up and get an A (we all thought our teacher was kidding, he has NEVER done this) and anything extra we get on the test counts as extra credit. I was 1.5 percent away from not having to take my anatomy final, but I blew it at the last second and have to take it now (in my class, if you have an A, you don't have to take the final). Oh well, there is always next term and believe me, I will get an A. So, that is pretty much finals week.

Other news now. I am having a huge writers block for my college essay and I only have a little over two weeks to start it. Well, that is all for now. I will write more after finals.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

September 19


Well, I took the ACT's again on Saturday and I am hoping that I got a better score. I actually finished within the time allotted for math and science and I checked over everything that I did for English. Little Austin and Jack were over this weekend and I loved spending time with them. Jack is such a sweetheart and his older brother is the same. Our chickens have started to lay eggs. Yesterday dad found a brown speckled egg in the hen house. Things are going to be very fun with the chickens from now on. Emily visited this weekend and then again on Tuesday to pick up the kittens. Also yesterday my classmates and I filmed our questions to submit to CNN Youtube and hopefully they will be asked to the republican candidates. Well, that is all for now! Love you all.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September 4


I know, it's been a while since I updated. This weekend was a little crazy. I tried to apply to BYU but it is not time to apply to the summer/fall semester, but I got a lot done anyway. I spent Saturday night and Sunday with Michael and Heidi. Little Austin refused to go to bed on Saturday. He would not lay down unless I sat up and when I finally could lay down he didn't want me to leave. I tickled the little guy's back and for two hours he would go, "belly tickle, back tickle." It was the cutest thing ever. Turns out the poor little guy was sick and he threw up before church. Michael took him home and Heidi went to young women's with me (There were more leaders than girls but I didn't have to conduct so YAY!) The laurels are doing a camp out this Friday and the only way I can go is if I get a ride home with one of the girls who works in the morning because guess what? I work at eight in the morning. I know it sounds like I am complaining, but this weekend was very fun. Oh, on Saturday little Austin embarrassed me by calling my boyfriend "uncle?" He laughed but still, it was a little embarrassing. I have quite a busy day today. Fourth period I have a test on every part of every bone in the body. Basically my teacher lays out bones, puts stickers on certain parts, and we have twenty seconds to identify them and write them down. The test will take about an hour today. Well, I am off to study, wish me luck!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Update

Hello everybody. School has started again and thanks to the lovely people at Heritage (picture those words dripping with sarcasm) I don't have a math class this year, so I have to take one at the LMC center in Brentwood. I recently got a raise at work but I had to give up cross country for that. What I am going to do is take time off for sports and then try to run with them because I love running and I want to see if I can do it. Right now things are okay. I am stressed about applying for college because I have to figure out how to send my ACT scores into BYU because the people didn't send them in and yes, I put down the college codes but there was some sort of error. My job sucks and I hate my boss and he scheduled me on the day that I have senior pictures. So I have to change my availability (I will only be working one day a week, none during sports) and get Monday off.

I am only in two real classes this term. AP Government and Anatomy Physiology. These classes are challenging and stimulating, not to mention fun. Since we have block scheduling but Government and Econ still take a full year to do, we get more done and have time to have class discussions which usually end up with us laughing at political debates. It is amusing watching candidates twist simple questions around so that they look good to the average person. Hillary Clinton is very funny. Anyway, My TA period just started. Love you all.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

July 24

Okay, my full summer will be posted when school starts because they have a faster internet connection. I got my ACT scores back, 27 cumulative, so I am going to take them again. My bosses are blind jerks and don't recognize the work that I do. They think that I don't take initiative when I get everybody to pull in the lane lines, everyone to start cleaning up, and remind the male guards to do bathroom checks after I have checked the girls bathroom. I clean up the guard room, am one of the leaders at inservice especially when we are doing scenarios, have never gotten below and "exceeds" on my audits, always have a proper uniform, am never late to work, come in when I am sick if nobody can cover for me, enforce the rules, and more. People have gone to my bosses and said how much they appreciated how I made difficult situations bearable (usually their kids mess up and instead of being rude, I politely explain things to the parents on why I gave the kids a time out and then ask the parent if they are okay with my action.) But no, when I was evaluated, the guard who treats us all like crap just listed me as average on quite a few things.


Oh, and get this, Devin, my manager, thinks I am too young for a senior guard position. When I was hired, there was a sixteen year old senior guard. Even his boss said I wasn't too young but noooooo, Devin doesn't believe him. On the bright side, Mac, Devins boss, promised me that I would be a senior guard by the end of the year and I got a raise, effective next week. I'll write more later

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Finals

I AM DONE! I AM DONE! I AM DONE WITH FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am now officially a senior in high school. I AM DONE! Now I just have to change from AP Calculus to Stats because that is what I need for my history major and all will be well with the world. Also I get to do community service, my goal is a hundred hours. Well, love to all of you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

May 29

Yeah, not much has been happening, basically work and school. I do need help on an English assignment, due on Thursday, if any of you have suggestions, it would be helpful.

It is a mock college application essay. The question that BYU had was "What sets you apart from other applicants based on unique educational or life experiences, personal or family circumstances and or achievements."

Considering that my life has been pretty much ordinary, I need help on what to write about.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

May

Well, I haven't yet figured out how to make the pictures smaller, pixel wise. But I do have pictures...I promise. Prom was last night and it was amazing. I went in a limo with my friends and all of their jaws dropped when I walked into the room with my dress. They played some swing dancing songs so I started to dance with my friend Michael. The end of the song came and people started to clap. Apparently, according to some strangers, Mike and I were dancing very well, so people just gathered in a circle around us. The food was amazing and my friends rocked. I'll write more when I figure out the picture thing.

Monday, April 30, 2007

April 30

Hey, how do you guys make pictures smaller, pixel wise? I have pictures I want to post, but it takes too long. Anyway, not much has happened. I was set apart as the laurel president yesterday and went to a presidency meeting. May is going to be a busy month for me in the laurels, school, and work. Sleep will be a blessing.

Anyway, on Saturday I worked an eight hour shift, my boss bought us all Pizza. Three of us were sick and four people called in sick. There is something going around the pool. I thought mine was because of allergies but I guess I was wrong. Hm...let me see...anything else...nope. School is great, I have a ton of friends and I get bored to death in my AP psych class. Well, see ya

Sunday, April 22, 2007

April...something

Hey, nothing much has been happening. I am going to go to Junior Prom in two weeks. We celebrated my 17th birthday and that is pretty much it.

Oh, I am not friends with Ethan anymore. Apparently he stopped acting like my friend because he doesn't have a crush on me anymore (I haven't liked him for a while by the way) and he still tried to control my life as in the people I hung out with (he doesn't get along with my friends, therefore he thinks they are jerks because who wouldn't get along with him? Note the sarcasm) and he even tried to tell me what classes to take, which college I should go to and more. Anyway, too much stuff had happened, so I think I will stick with my Antioch friends. Well, all from here.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

March 25

Hey.
This week was great. I worked every day this week, except for yesterday and today because my bosses know that I won't work on Sunday. Anyway, two really cool things happened this week. The first happened on Tuesday. It was cloudy and cold so there was absolutely nobody at the pool (except for 2 girls), so one of my bosses asked two of us to help out with the life guard certification class. Basically, me and Brianna (who sadly doesn't work there anymore) demonstrated all of the rescues that they were practicing. I spent a lot of time at the bottom of the 13 foot deep end waiting for people to practice rescuing me. There was this woman in her late 40's who didn't have a partner, so I offered to be her partner. After the class was over I asked my bosses for something to do since I wasn't on the rotation. I had just changed into dry clothes when my boss boss, the guy who hired me, called me into his office.
To clear something up, my boss never calls regular guards into his office for anything good so I was a little nervous. Anyway, I sit down and my boss tells me what a great guard I am. My mouth dropped (not really). He told me that I was one of his best if not his best life guards. He said that I was great at handeling costomers and that whenever he and my other bosses did inspections of the guards, that I always got an exceeds. He then told me that he is going to put me up for an evaluation in June so that I can get a pay raise and that he admired my leadership qualities and is looking at me for possible promotion. My friend Shelby told me some of that stuff, but to hear it from the man who hired me...I did a happy dance when I got home.
Yesterday Dad, Josh, and I went to SF and Berkely. We spent the day having fun. We got chocolate and dad saw some valentines goodies, so he got mom a heart box. I paid for dad and josh to get their names painted in that cool style and next time I am going to get one for mom. We walked all around the college campus and telegraph avenue. I bought this amazing CD on the warf in one of Pier 39's second story shops. It's called the sounds of Yosemite and it is some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Anyway, that's all from here. I love you all.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

March 17

OK, so, another week has gone by. This week I had finals and like the great student that I am...I put in a total of zero study hours, unless you count the time that I spent in class studying (I studied in all my classes for physics...). Anyway, I passed my psychology final and I was able to keep my grade in physics. I set the curve on the AP English test (we have had three like it...I set the curve on all of them. Although I don't tell my scores, everyone else shares theirs, so it is pretty obvious that the highest grade belongs to the only person not sharing). I can't even call my ceramics final a final because I basically took a vocabulary test and finished a project. I work ten out of the 14 days I have off from school and on Friday, the senior guard didn't show up. So, Brandi (a co-worker) and I got to do our jobs and the job of a senior guard. It was actually kind of fun. People didn't show up for a while, so she got to tan, and when people came, I got to swimming while she guarded. It was a perfect day, so when it was my turn to watch the pool, I didn't even mind being wet. Anyway, that is all for this week.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

March 11

Hello family.
This week hasn't been very exciting I am afraid. Yesterday we had a lifeguarding inservice and I got to be the spinal victim. Unfortunately, I was the only person in that group who knew what to do. The people kept asking me yes or no questions which we are not supposed to do so that the person does not move the head, my face was submerged under water several times, oh, and instead of adjusting the back board, they adjusted the victim. Rather than be mad, I was impressed that I remembered what to do.
It turns out that one of the senior guards is quitting this summer, so a position may be opened. My friend shelby, a senior guard, told me that I am one of the people they may consider for promotion. However, I am not getting my hopes up because I have only been working there since June and I am the second youngest life guard there. I love my job and I get paid well, so I won't be mad if senior members get promoted. Thanks to Shelby, I know my hard work is noticed. I am of the mind that they are paying me to do a job, so I do it to the full extent of my abilities. I love it there and I am very happy I decided to have that for a job.
I have decided to go to Junior prom. I won't have a date and my friend Sarah Mort probably will have a date, but she said she would want to go with me rather than with "some guy." I think that will change. Everyone is telling me that I should go with my friend Matt, but not only would that incite more rumors, but he is not mormon and I have a strict policy of only dating mormons, even if it is just a casual date. Ethan and I are having a little trouble with our friendship, and have been since December. Things are only going to get worse in April when he turns 16, so I'm glad that he is going to the Liberty Junior Prom rather than the Heritage one. I would rather have him as a friend than anything else...but he is under a lot of pressure and I don't want to add to it.
I got nominated for girls state, but I didn't make the final cut. My English teacher loves me and I haven't gotten less than 100% on all tests and essays. (I set the curve every time, he is kind enough not to mention it to the class, but they know anyway. They like the fact that I don't brag about it and instead of being mean, they ask me for tips and they ask me for help ocassionally.) Physics is killing me, but it is a hard class. I am debating whether to go into Calculus or Stats next year. With this new scheduel (four new classes each term) I have to take Calc and AP calc because they are combined. I am going to take AP English 4, AP Government and Economy, and Anatomy and Physiology. I may not take that though because Ethan will be in the class and he treats everything like a compitition. He brags that he always scored higher than I did on essays in AP European History and AP World History. It's like he doesn't want me to be better than him. I am glad that I have the friends that I do now. They accept me for who I am, not who I pretend to be. Anyway, this is a long weekly so I'll end by saying I love you all!

Family

OK, none of those poems are new and I had to retype them by hand since I don't have Internet access on my laptop. Some of my other poems are depressing and many are very personal, so I am a little hesitant about posting them. OK, very hesitant. I will try to post more and I am going to post some story beginnings that I have written. I am seeing which idea will lend itself to becoming a book, so I will post and see what you all think. Today, I'll just post a weekly.

Secret Bottle

Amidst the tasseled undergrowth,
Through the caves and beneath the trees,
Out to the stormy shore I walked,
And then one day, I came upon a bottle.

It was very plain, brown in color,
With a soft brown cork to keep out the water.
It had no label, nor a brand
Save for the scratches of the sea.
This strangeness intrigued me and gave my cold fingers life
As I eagerly began to loose the cork.

Inside was a small piece of parchment,
Yellow with age and tied with a leather cord.
It seemed so plain, so simple,
But then I unraveled it and read that which was written.

The words were sweet as they curled around my heart;
The welcoming flood of joy quenched my parched soul.
My stomach was empty, but my heart was full,
My spirit soared like an eagle in flight,
And my eyes became the waterfalls.

When my eyes had finished treasuring the words
I slipped the parchment into the bottle and sent it on its way.
Since that day I have always known,
I didn't find that bottle, it found me.

The stones of Sin (I lost the original)

Along the road of life I walk
A stranger seeking my way home.
I strive to stay on the path,
But often I alone must stray.

The stones of sin are cast at me,
Striving to waylay my course.
I often run away from the road,
Only to find myself caught in the thorns.

I tear and strain against the brambles,
My struggles all in vain.
They rip against my hair and skin,
My clothes become tangled,
My body seeps deeper into the mires.
The mud strives to overtake me,
My mouth struggles to find the air.
My tears fall in vain, and I almost surrender my soul to death.

Then, out of the darkness and fog,
I see a light that banishes all darkness.
Then hope springs up inside my heart,
My brother is looking for me.
A hand tears through the brambles
And grips my dying soul.
I escape from my dark prison,
And follow him back to the light.

The road is hard and it takes all that I have,
But I never stop following him.
When I fall, he catches me and pulls me up the mountain.
Finally I reach the path,
Cleansed from the troubles that I faced.

My brother goes along his way,
But he left behind our father's guiding light.
Now I have a companion to walk along the road of life,
My father and brother forever staying with me.
And while the stones of Satan are thrown, I do not waver
For I have the Kings of Heaven and Earth on my side.l

Youth

Youth
Youth is a raging sea
A silent breath among the waves,
Ever changing, ever ceasing
Youth is the footsteps along the shore
Washed away by time, forever more

Youth is the sea cliffs that defy the ocean's commands
But as the mighty cliffs, youth is worn away into wisdom.
Slowly, silently, soon to be forgotten.
Youth is a silent wish, cast unto the sky.

Youth is a Sea Gull
Protected by it's elders,
Never knowing its strength.
Youth is ignorance,
Youth never knows its own potential
Until forced to spread its wings and fly.

Youth is time,
Forever changing, forever questioning.
Exceedingly strange, yet exceedingly normal
Very complicated, yet strangely simple.
Youth is a moment, forever to be forgotten by the young
And forever to be remembered by all.