Monday, November 29, 2010

Everything going my way

The break from school is now over and it's crunch time.
Luckily all my professors have been very agreeable and have extended several paper deadlines.
Saints, all of them. Well, at least this proves they are all human beings. Whatever the case, it is very much appreciated.
The subsequent effects of the past few inclement weather days has also produced reduced stress and has increased the legitimacy of excuses.
Thank you Mother Nature.
Also, I saw my paycheck from work. I got like 94 bucks for just writing emails and talking about my summer in Jordan.
Not too shabby. I gonna buy some groceries.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bang Bang

Thanksgiving means eating and then spending the rest of the day watching movies. I showed The Brothers Bloom to my papa. He thinks its weird but he loves the little details strategically placed in every scene. I just love looking at Adrien Brody and I aspire to be just like Bang Bang when I grow up.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Inclement weather

Hayley, thanks for letting me crash on your couch last night!
I hate driving in blizzard-like conditions and am not happy about the ominous preview to Northern Utah winter elements I received last night. I realize that it wasn't that bad but I am not even a good driver in the best possible weather conditions. So, I was glad I didn't have to attempt a suicide mission back to Provo at 11 at night. I was glad I got to spend some time with hayley even though during that time I got lost in the snow, was a brat to one of her fellow Relief Society presidency member, and I appeared a little flustered and erratic to your friends and room mates.

Things that were great about last night:
1. I got to see hayley's classy face.
2. I ate delicious pie.....and some gross burnt pie in attempt to form a peace treaty with that girl I was rude to in the bathroom.
3. I snuggled with Hayley during She's Just Not That Into You.
4. I saw hayley's new and improved apartment decor. (Your pictures are gorgeous!) I think of Don Quixote every time I see your windmill photo.
5. Slept on a semi-comfy couch and listened to hay talk about cereal at 8 in the morning.

I am content. I hope that I will be able to spend some more quality time with hay soon.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Coming down to the wire

I have been working my tail off trying to get the information out on the Jordan Internship for this summer. Now truth be told, I have not been the greatest advertiser but my unorthodox methods have proven sufficient( I mostly wait for people to ask me about it). I have talked to about 15 kids about the opportunity. The boss man says we can only take 6-8. I thought I was doing great. I was meeting with kids every day, setting up appointments, and emailing like a stay at home mom who just discovered chain mail.

Well, the deadline for applications is Friday and guess how many future developers of the world have actually put the effort into getting their applications done? Two, dos, إتنين, duex, dois, две.......!!!!!
I have sent out email reminders and I am hoping people are just good ol' fashion procrastinators. All I can do is sit and update the web page. Unfortunately, I have not met with any prospective interns like the ideal young man above but I have met with some good eggs. Hopefully, a boy like this will wander into the office sometime tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tis the season......

The Turkey Day feast is not even in its tupper ware( in fact, the turkey has yet to be bought for my family's feast) and the 24/7 Christmas music station is up and blaring.

Where did this semester go?

It is almost Christmas but that does not mean I am not going to take my sweet time finishing this semester. I have way to much to do for it to be the end already. I am hoping that my mom puts up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. I love to untangle all the lights. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment that is unmatched by any other task.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Numb Days

I was cooped up in the house all day yesterday.
It was just one of those lethargic days.
I hate those days that pass by so fast. The days where you did nothing but not in a therapeutic way. The days where you just go numb and the hours of the day tick-tock there way down to nothing.

I remedied this feeling of no feeling by walking. I have developed an affinity for taking walks. This isn't very logical given the season it is but the weather does not inhibit me.

I am convinced walking can solve any problem. Some problems take longer walks but eventually tangled thoughts become untangled and restless legs become tired in a good way.

I think I have found a cure for my numb days.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pretty little things

Bon jour mon amour!
I saw these delicate sweets on Gossip Girl this week and am now on the hunt for macaroons.
Macaroons of today have come a long way from our parent's generation of sweets. These little morsels come in a variety of colors and flavors. I have been perusing recipes and I am thinking of trying some of the different styles out.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Living is Learning

This might be the cheesiest post in the world but I was thinking about this topic and well the purpose of this blog is for me to channel my randomness into something productive and less socially awkward.

Here we go.

Kids say the darndest things, right?

Well, the other day I was in Costco and I heard this little boy ask his dad what this word( that is escaping my may have been perservative) meant and it got me thinking about my study of Arabic. The studying of other languages allows people to return to their once child-like curiosity of new words and meanings. I have been feeling kind of down and out with my Arabic studies. I have the greatest room mates and they are always teaching me the best stuff to say in Arabic but I can't help but feel my averageness kick in from time to time.

I want to be great at Arabic right now and it is hard for me to swallow the reality that with every new verb, grammatical concept, and cultural idiom I learn, I discover how much I really don't know. I think self-discouraging habits are what keep many from completing Arabic and consequently sucker people into giving up. My good friend Sami al-Jamal is one of these kids. Fact: Arabic is hard.
Fact: The pressure of actually making to the study abroad almost makes you want to puke.
Fact: Arabic is an obstacle like any other and it is completely mental.

I want to achieve and I want Sami to achieve. We both just need to start believing in ourselves.

Sami, stay in Arabic! Go to Egypt. Please.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


The resemblance between Zira from Planet of the Apes and Micheal Fielding's character Naboo from the hit Brit tv comedy The Mighty Boosh is eerily uncanny. I mean come on. What adds to the familiarity during the show is Naboo is followed around by his trusty sidekick primate. The show is great. I love British shows and this Boosh takes the cake.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oh the monotony

What do you do when every blog you look at seems to be blogging about all the same things?
What if your blog is one of those blogs?
I guess blogging is not an original idea and should not be expected to be anything new and cutting edge.
I kind of feel like Natalie Portman in the movie Garden State in this capacity.
So, How might you remedy this monotonous situation?
Well, whenever Natalie's character feels unoriginal she tries to do something completely original so that she can feel unique again.
I like what the poster above says. I can just see this hanging in a high school near student's lockers and students after reading this swear under their breath and walk away with disdain. Who thinks of this stuff?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Casimir Pulaski Day

This last Monday, I saw Mr. Sufjan Stevens perform in Salt Lake and it was utterly fantastic. He is incredibly charismatic, eccentric, and the most handsomest young man ever! I enjoyed the show immensely but was disappointed by Sufjan's non-playing of Casimir Pulaski. Do not mistake me by any means.....the show was glorious and he did satisfy me with his collaborative show of new and old songs. The opportunity to hear Age od Adz live warmed me up more to the idea of his new futuristic sound. Sufjan was everything and more I thought he would be.

Anyways, I claim Casimir Pulaski to be my favorite song yet I uncharacteristically never googled information about the song. I was fickling around on today and found a live recording of my beloved song and Sufjan told me all I need to know about the song. Casimir Pulaski was a famous general in the civil war and every year the state of Illinois recognizes this great man and does not hold school the first Monday of every March out of respect. Just thought I would share this little factoid with you all. Sorry to everyone who knew this already. I am behind the times.