Thursday, October 14, 2010

life's an hourglass

Okay class, raise your hand if you've ever had a weird, random, even frightening dream that seemed totally realistic...

all of you? i guess i should've known.

Marsha Norman once said...
"Dreams are illustrations...from the book your soul is writing about you."

that sounds all nice and inspiring and lovey...but oh my goodness. if this is true I am in serious trouble.

They say that your dreams are supposed to mean something..or tell you something about yourself..or summarize the main things that have been on your mind recently. Well if that's true, then can someone please explain to me why most of my dreams lately revolve around 5 seemingly random and unrelated things:

1. India and indian people

I pretty much have the whole spectrum of dreams in this category..marrying old indian guys, scary indian guys chasing me, living in india, painting scenes from india etc.

2. strange combination animals (like catdog..but weirder)

these just keep coming back! And its not just the rabbit/dogs either. I've seen everything from an owl/monkey to a llama/anteater. strange...very very strange.
3. my brother, scott

Its pretty much always the same with this guy. in one way or another..its usually me seeing him for the first time after he gets home. Sometimes realistic, sometimes just really unusual.

4. babies

the other night I had a dream that I was riding my bike with a baby on a seat strapped to the back of it..and after like an hour of biking i thought maybe I should look back and check on it and it had totally fallen off. I pretty much felt horrible. However, the next night i had a babysitting dream where i was singing Celine Dion to the baby and that was much much better. :)

5. mace

I've both sprayed mace and eaten mace in my dreams. Seriously...someone actually convinced me to spray it on my pasta at a restaurant. oddly the dream it didn't really make the pasta taste any different. I'm just going to assume that in real life..that would not be the case.

I mean..really? I wake up almost every day wondering what the heck is wrong with my brain.
If anyone sees any correlation in these..let me know.

What kind of weird dreams do you have? They're always really entertaining to hear about. They always remind me how much we have in our brains that we don' t really think about that often that sometimes finds its way into our heads as we sleep.

Till next time!!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Don't let me fall

First of all---last night was awesome.

Kickin' it with Iyaz, B.O.B. and Jason Derulo

The concert definitely re-ignited my love for hip hop/ dance- type music and muscular black guys who can dance really well... just sayin.

emma, mikyn, and i
definitely worth humbling ourselves enough to show our faces at UVU ;)

now for part two...

Something today reminded me of all the little random things I really want to do in my life. I feel like everyone should have a list like this. Mine grows and shrinks, gets lost, and completely changes all the time..but i thought it would be interesting to include just a few of my current future aspirations..however trivial they are..just for the fun of it:)

1. Set foot on the BYU football field legally for a legit reason
2. learn how to play harmonica well enough to be able to improvise
3. win an essay contest
4. come within 10 feet of an actual owl in the wild
5. Visit Athens
6. be an extra in a movie
7. go vegetarian for at least 1 month
8. write a song and perform it in from of at least 20 people
9. learn the art of fung shui
10. Be flexible enough to do the splits all 3 ways
11. Complete a triathlon
12. learn how to back flip on the trampoline
13. participate in a humanitarian project
And now I will leave you with some B.O.B. lyrics

If you asked me whats on my mind you probably won’t believe it
Cause if life was one big pool I’d be in the deep end
So I play my role and never ever speak it
Like a secret
And all the while you just just to figure me out
But you can’t see past my shades


Monday, October 11, 2010

genius for now...

Random Good Things:

1. We actually won our homecoming game on saturday!
2. I got A's on both tests I took within the past 4 days
3. hiking the y tonight

Random Pretty things:

I see these little things everywhere..and occasionally i pick them up and make wishes on them. Cheesy?

weird sweater..but i'd totally wear it :)

Random post that didn't really make sense..but thought i'd at least post something!!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Just keep your head above..

Seeing as today is homecoming..I figured i'd show a little school pride for a sec :)

So maybe we're having a terrible football season..but I still love my school and am quite happy to be goin here. love the cougs:)

So anyways, the continuing rain and dropping temperatures has put me in SUCH a fall mood:) With all the cute sweaters, changing leaves, yummy food, PUMPKINS, football, wind, and other fall-specific things, the season never ever seems long enough. So this year I'm gonna savor it..squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of it before its gone for another whole year.

If there's anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, it probably has something to do with fall. That's what I say. (see what i did there?)

not sure why..but ingrid michaelson always reminds me of fall

I wish you were here.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

The world through my eyes tonight

Sometimes pictures say more...

went to this festival last year..except the one in the picture is actually in India

8 Months till I get my brother back!

Sweet Dreams


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

oh the things I do for endorphins

I love exercise. Its fun and empowering and makes people feel and look good. This is nothing new..i've appreciated it for pretty much my whole life and always attempt to incorporate it into my schedule as much as I can. However, over the past 24 hours, I've experienced some pretty new stuff that I can't say I've really dealt with before.

Fitness adventure part one: yoga

Call me crazy, but before tuesday night at 9:00 I had never been to a yoga class. Sure, I'd done plenty of tapes/ DVDs and I may have done a few moves at various dance classes, but i'd never actually attended a legit yoga class. What made me decide to attend one the other night, i'm not really sure...but I arrived at the gym without much of a plan, saw happy-looking people walking into the group fitness room and decided that I should probably join in.

At first, I thought I blended in pretty nicely. I was wearing similar workout clothes as the other people in the class, I quickly took off my shoes before anyone noticed I was the only one wearing them, I even got lucky and found where they kept the mats without looking totally clueless. But, as we got started, it became pretty apparent to me the differences between 'regulars' and me, the epitome of beginner. Maybe it was the instructor's voice. I seemed to be the only one who thought it was funny. Or maybe it was my horrendous flexibility. I mean it was bad. It was probably just the fact that, while everyone else looked calm and peaceful, I looked like i was being forced into some kind of sadistic game of twister.

I think it was this pose that really got me. I mean look at it!

Okay okay, so I wasn't really THAT horrible. With time, I got used to the funky poses, my flexibility got better, and i got used to Angie's silly hypnotist voice. Not only that, but I actually started to like it. I mean I was truly enjoying it. As pitiful as I must have looked to everyone else, I felt graceful and more in tune with my body. Enough to say that my first yoga experience was a good one, and I'd go back tonight if I could! For all those out there afraid of yoga like I kind of was, give it a might surprise yourself at how much you love it.

Fitness Adventure Part Two: Early Morning Spin
After my positive experience with the yoga class, I was determined to go to that spin class I'd been wanting to go to. I went to spin classes that I loved all summer and couldn't wait to get back at the new gym. only problem? The class starts at 6:00 AM. Now, the ones I went to back home started at 5:30 so its not like the getting up early was the hard part. It wasn't even the fact that spin classes really wear you out. No, what was holding me back from going was the fact that I have to ride my bike over there..and as you know, its still pitch black at 5:45 when I'd be heading over. However, like I said, I felt empowered. If I could fold my body into a pretzel and hold it for 3 minutes, I could make the trip over in the dark super early.

So, I went to bed a little early last night, laid out the clothes i wanted to wear, and set my alarm. I'll admit, when the alarm went off, I seriously considered going back to sleep. But something made me just get up and do it despite the fact that I could barely think. When I started to head out the door, I noticed something. Is that BYU being obsessive about the grass again or is it....nope. it was raining. Not wimpy rain either. Legit umbrella-worthy rain. I think this is the part where not being able to think straight kinda came to my advantage. I decided to just go for it. I wiped off my soaking wet bike seat..hopped on and headed out.

I guess I had expected it, but I didn't really realize until then just how dark it really is at 5:45. All of the streets looked kinda like this:

You're probably thinking..."wow I can't even really tell what that picture is of." I think I've made my point.

I had a bike light thing but it was no match for the cloudy, rainy, barely-lit streets I was biking through. I was pretty cautious, but decided that I'd already started out and turning back would just lead to regret. Just as I got over my initial fear and allowed my mind to wander to other things, something very unfortunate happened. Out of nowhere, a huge trash can just appeared right in front of me. ( it didn't really appear...i just couldn't see it until i was right in front of it). Anyways, I attempted to swerve a little bit..but I ended up completely side-swiping the whole thing..causing a very loud noise and a heck of a lot of pain in my poor little crushed fingers that had been out on the handlebars. Rattled and a whole lot more awake than I had been seconds before, I told myself to breathe and to do everything in my power not to think of scary movies or crazy things you hear on the news. Seriously, that never helps.

Well, needless to say, I finally made it to my class, soaking wet and a little freaked out. But luckily, it was totally worth it. I was really surprised at how many other early-morning cyclists were at the class..the room was jam-packed. All-in-all, another positive experience.

I guess you could probably pity me right now for being so dedicated, yet so pathetic at my recent fitness endeavors. But whats life without a little adventure? Plus, now I have cool stories to tell people later and TWO new classes that i'm going to enjoy going to in the near future. Life is good.

Till Next time!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Dream Jobs on a Rainy Day

Rainy Monday in Provo Utah...
It's often days like today when I think of things I'd rather be doing instead of studying and writing papers. Sometimes my mind drifts to the beach or somewhere relaxing like that. Sometimes i simply fantasize about what i wish i could be studying/writing about instead. When you really think about kinda stinks that we all have to go to work or to school almost every day and subject ourselves to things we don't really want to do. sure we get money for it..or knowledge or whatever..but wouldn't it be cool if we could all do what we want AND get paid for it? Well, for that reason I'm about to blow your mind with my list of dream jobs. No worries..these are pretty much all semi-realistic. Whether or not i actually obtain one of them is still to be seen..

1. book organizer/customer helper at quaint book store

Okay so yes I am revealing a little bit of a nerdy side. But don't you think it would be fun to just flip through books all day, be super friendly to happy little book worms who come in, and discover books that I wouldn't have otherwise? Sounds awesome to me!

2. Any type of job at Great Harvest Bread Co.

So maybe this job would be terrible for my waistline. But their bread is SO good. And it seems like you could learn some cool bread making skills. Plus, its relatively small and cute and probably smells so dang good all the time.

3. Actor who only plays dead people

I know this sounds totally weird, but hear me out. I'm terrible at acting..but I think it would be totally fun to be in a movie. If i played someone who died, all I'd have to do is lay there with cool makeup on. Plus I'd get paid to do it, meet famous people, and get to see myself in a movie. Heck, depending on the plot, I could end up being a main character without even really doing anything.

4. Cake Decorator

Although this job could get pretty hectic and even stressful sometimes with demanding clients and deficits in creative juices, but i think it would be so fun to design/make cool cakes of different shapes/colors/designs. It seems like there are limitless possibilities to the types you could make. (and get paid for it)

5. kickboxing instructor

I've always loved kickboxing so much and I think it would be really fun to have a class to teach even just at a local gym. Its fun and totally stress relieving and great exercise. Plus I always feel so B.A. and I know other people would love it too.

6. Room Designer at Ikea

Ikea is just about the coolest place ever. Plus I love design and furniture and stuff like that. It would be so fun coming up with new ways to arrange the display rooms in Ikea and using all of their cool modern stuff. Seems like it would be so fun and i'd probably end up with such a cool house of my own with all that practice!

7. Travel Blogger

well, as you know, I totally love blogging. some people actually get paid to blog about their vacations around the world. if that's not a win win situation i have no clue what is! There are so many places I'd love to go..and if I could write about them and get paid to go there..I'd be such a happy girl.

Well, i'm currently an unemployed student. But there are tons of cool jobs I'd love to have in my future. Maybe if I could at least achieve one of these, i'd be pretty content. I guess you have to have something to motivate you to do well in school. Till next time :)