Saturday, December 26, 2009

Things That Go BUMP In The Night... Kinda.

Caution: This entry may cause excessive laughing when visualized correctly… or not.

Imagine that you are in a deep slumber. You are so embedded (literally) in dream-land that when reality suddenly and unexpectedly wakes you, there is a slight amount of panic exuding from you. Imagine that this panic is expressed verbally, in the form of screaming… very loud screaming.

Let me paint the picture again for you…

It was approximately 6:20am and I was lying in my grandfather’s living room on a blow-up mattress. I had only gone to bed a few hours prior to the upcoming event, so I was pretty zonked. Suddenly, I woke up to deafening and excessive screams and make the uninformed decision that I should start yelling as well. Why do I make this decision?

Well, I somehow deducted in my limited, morning reasoning that there was an intruder in the house. Let me make things clear. There was no intruder. In case you were really worried right then, let me repeat that there was no intruder. However, upon hearing the screams coming from my left – Yes, those were screams coming from Derek and Cami, who were hugging in a tight ball on the couch – I stood up on my air mattress and began screaming “No! No! AHHHHH! No!” and flailing my arms around me.

I was attempting to perform combat on the intruder that I could not see, and let’s be honest… Had there actually been an intruder I would have been killed. There is no doubt. I might have gotten a good slap in there or something, but with limited vision and no real focus, they would have grabbed my arm and just stabbed me. Or, they might have just had a good laugh before getting off a shot. This isn’t meant to seem morbid. I mean, I’m positive that I was a pretty hilarious sight to behold. I looked like I was trying out for a musical and doing a horrible job – visually and vocally.

After a full minute of yelling and thrashing about, my dad came staggering into the living room and asking what was going on. Cami, Derek, and I stopped yelling and looked around a bit more – our eyes were finally starting to adjust – and all stammered, “I don’t know. Why are we screaming?”

Why were we screaming?

Well, I thought there MUST have been in intruder. Cami thought there MUST have been a raccoon. Um… Really, Cami? Haha! Derek, however, was the source of our sore throats as he woke up from some kind of funky dream, thought he saw something, and just started screaming. So, logically, we all started screaming… and some of us started flailing. I could use other verbs, but “flailing” is just so perfect for what I was doing.

At the time, we were all confused and pretty shaken up… Derek, Cami, and I didn’t go back to sleep actually. Now, here we are over twelve hours later and we can NOT stop laughing about it. It has to be one of my funniest memories. Perhaps this might not seem as funny to everyone reading this blog – according to my brother, no one else will care- but to me, this is one of my new favorite memories with Derek and Cami. It’s just so US. Classic.


Song of the Day: There are too many great songs to choose from right now! So… I will post two great songs to listen to and love. I would suggest that all of you check out Winterlove by Parachute – this video is featuring Will (the lead singer) from my HS class of 2004. Also, I am currently in LOVE with Pixie Lott’s entire CD! She;s a white chick with soul - love that. It’s hard to choose one song from the CD, so I’ll choose one that is the funnest for me to sing. I LOVE singing this one... Pixie Lott’s, Cry Me Out is posted below! ENJOY!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

God's Piece of Heaven on Earth... Hawaii!

How does one begin to convey the feelings that get when lying upon the beach, during the winter season at that, and feeling the sunset slowly overtake the sky? How does one describe the feeling of vast achievement at finding their way around an unknown city alone, and completing a trudge up a steep, slippery mud mountain? Along with that, how do you paint the picture of the waterfalls at the peak, and the feeling of utter satisfaction that you reached the top? How does someone share the knowledge that they have been given about a new place and sights, and express the overcoming joy they felt throughout their new journey?

Well… You blog.

Back in July, my brother was fortunate enough to find tickets to Honolulu, Hawaii for around $200 – I know… AMAZING. Well, even though him and his wife decided not to go, I jumped at the opportunity and quickly made some calls to see who might want to make to trip with me. Luckily, my classic travel buddy and friend, Sarina, was as gung-ho as I was about the idea of Hawaii over Thanksgiving break. Now here I am, months after booking the ticket, and reeling in the past weeks experiences in Hawaii. I have been very blessed and fortunate to be able to travel a lot in my life (and I’m only 24), and I must say that my favorite vacation was most certainly Hawaii. Not only was the sun magnificent, the island exceptionally beautiful, and the ocean exquisite, but the island also just carried a certain spirit… It was amazing.

So, let me begin by stating that this came at an opportune time. I was SO ready for a break, and with gearing up to head to Germany, I really wanted to get a tan. Haha! A tan is just not gonna happen in Germany – I’ve accepted my pale, glowing skin. My job has been really tough for me this year because of certain colleagues and student’s choices to be fairly misbehaved at times. It’s just been really stressful this entire year, and I was very thankful for a non-stressful trip.

Now, story time:

When I got off the plane in Hawaii, I was already thrilled by the nighttime air, and how warm it was… but something made it even better. When Sarina and I got to the car rental place, we expected to get an economy car…. But the girl at the front, Stephanie, saw the family before us trying to shove their stuff in the trunk of a convertible and told us that if they couldn’t get it to fit, we could take it. I stalled for time by going to the bathroom even though I didn’t have too, and when I came back they were just deciding that they needed a bigger vehicle. Haha! So, we got the convertible! However, when we were about to get in, Stephanie said, “Well, you could take that one…,” and pointed to her right. There sat a beautiful, bright-orange, Spyder Eclipse 2010…. Um – Yea, please! Haha… We’ll take two! Okay… just one will be fine.

Driving in Hawaii with a convertible = Heaven. Not having to pay the price for a convertible = Celestial Paradise! Haha… I don’t know that I could ever go to Hawaii again and not have a convertible – It was too awesome.

So, Thursday morning (Thanksgiving Day) we woke up around 9am and went straight to the beach. We were staying at the Ocean Resort Hotel, and were only a block from Waikiki Beach – so, it was really nice! We spent the morning soaking up the sunshine and playing the “I’m Thankful for…” game. That was great within its self:

“I’m thankful for sunshine…”

“I’m thankful for traveling…”

I’m thankful for Hawaii…”

“I’m thankful for brown boys…”

“I’m thankful for Michael Jackson…”

HAHA! Oh, how I love Sarina… The game continued on and was pretty classic.

After the game, we wondered around the International Market Place and ate in a tree house – kinda… haha! It was a little tree-house restaurant… with kinda nasty smoothies. Just sayin’… We then proceeded to reel in the joy/luck of our car and took a drive down the H-1, with no direction – just the wind in our hair and the knowledge that we had no time table to abide by.

That’s what I think I loved most about this trip… There were very few time tables we had to follow… For the majority of the trip we simply went with the moment on what we were going to do. We had lists of where we wanted to go while there, and then a basic outline on my cell phone calendar of where we might go on each day, but each night was when we really decided what the next day’s activities would be. As for the evening activities, we only planned ahead once… Otherwise, we just went with it each evening. Haha! I loved it.

Okay, so that night we got back in plenty of time to shower and then headed across the street to the Waikiki Marriott for the Thanksgiving Buffet Feast…. Um. AMAZING! Haha… It was seriously some of the best food I have ever had… a very satisfying meal. Haha! Yea… We were quite happy about it. We walked it off around the beach and then sat and listened to the Tiki Club’s performers – an outside restaurant connected to the hotel next to ours that had AWESOME live performers each night.

Friday we got a little lost…. Haha! We decided to head up to Shark’s Cove because it was a good snorkeling spot. Yea, not so much in winter, but that’s another story. Haha… Anyway, we took off to drive around the coast up to the NW side. Well, it turns out the TWO maps we had were not corrected and showed roads that didn’t exist. Yea… It got a bit interesting. It ended up getting us nice drove and view for the morning, but we didn’t get to Shark’s cove and the North Shore until late afternoon. Kinda crazy… At one point (the second way we tried that failed), we asked a lady in the neighborhood where to go. She said, “You Hollywood girls… what made you think you could drive through the mountains?!” Well, the map SAID we could and both SHOWED we could… It made sense. Haha! I explained the car was a real luck of the draw, and she didn’t buy that. Haha!

So, eventutally we got onto the right path and headed up the H-3 till we reached the Dole Plantation. With how long everything took to get there, we opted NOT to take the whole tour, so we toured around by ourselves a little bit and got our Dole Whips (AMAZING) and that was good enough for us. Finally, we got to Shark’s cove and I tried snorkeling for the first time! It was a bit of a bust – I only saw about ten cool fish – but I didn’t know that it was such a bust. Haha! I thought that was pretty cool until I went later in the week and saw how it was suppose to be. Lessons be taught: You can not go through the mountains in Hawaii, unless you’re going to Laie. Also, there is no need to go to Shark’s cove during the winter. However, Matsumoto’s Shaved Ice is there, and THAT was SOOOOO worth it! The best shaved ice ever! I did NOT eat it with the beans, but opted for the ice cream instead… Sorry.

(I was very proud of the picture above!)

Other highlights of the day were the cavernous sunset watch by Shark’s Cove (AMAZING), seeing the banana trees, driving with heater on and the top down, and our Michael Buble sing along to “Just Haven’t Met You Yet,” my theme song of the trip… and our triumphant poses during the trumpet part – haha! Classic.

Oh, AND we got stuck behind a parade on the way back to the hotel – like RIGHT behind the ending police cars – and people started taking our picture cause we were in a convertible. What the heck?! Haha… It was hilarious!

Saturday was a day I was really looking forward too, and it happened to be one of my most favorite things that I saw/went to on the island… The Polynesian Culture Center (PCC)! We had a friend hook us up with awesome tickets for really cheap and then Amber, a girl Sarina taught in the MTC who works there(who I simply adored!), drew us an amazing map of how to get to each show in one day and see everything. It was really cool! It was fun too because Sarina and I have no inhibitions about talking to people and got to know many of the workers through just saying hello (and cause they were all asking who was winning the BYU/Utah game and it somehow got out I was getting text updates from my dad of the score)! Everyone up by BYU (not just at PCC) was so warm and friendly… It’s just a different feel there. I was kind of in love with it! Haha…

Anyway, fun stories there… We went on a canoe ride and I told my “driver” that I wanted a flower for my hair… He told me to talk to the guy on the shore, so I told him the same thing… He walked over to the trees (too high for me) and picked me one. That simple action made my day – very thoughtful!

During the Canoe Show we were all scorching hot, but Sarina and I were still jammin’ out and the people on the boats kept givin’ us little “shout-outs/point-outs” when they went by cause we were lovin’ it. Haha! Then, when we were in “Tahiti Land,” as I call it, they asked for a volunteer to come up and show off some dance moves. It might surprises you, but I DID volunteer – haha! I was also chosen to go up – awesome. Well, they took the boys off and taught them stuff behind the scenes, but they don’t tell her anything because they have her model the different ways to wear a sarong, to which I asked the drummer on stage to “give me a beat” as I did my best America’s Next Top Model impression… classic. When the boys returned, they had one guy dance first and then I went… I asked my guy partner (a worker is paired with each person and does the actual, native dancing) what I should do, and he said, “Don’t follow me. Just do whatever and I’ll dance around you…” Um. Okay…

So, that’s what I did.

I started with attempting some hip shaking, followed by the “party-boy” move and lots of jumping around and shimmying actions. Haha! It was pretty stupid looking, but people went crazy and it was a lot of fun. I thought I would look even more stupid had I simply stood there. I think that I was right. Haha!

Anyway, this caused me to gain a headband made of dried banana leaves and flowers (very beautiful) and to be noticed by the other audience members and workers throughout the park. Haha! It made for some fun comments… My favorite was an old man telling me I could “work it” and “shake that.” Haha! Oh, how classic… It really was a good memory. I thought it was weird when those running that show talked to me after and said no one had ever been so animated during that… and that no one ever volunteers, when Sarina and I were both totally willing. When asked for volunteers, I say, why not?! Haha… The entire thing was fabulous really… The PCC was definitely a highlight of Hawaii for me!

To make it even better, I saw a little boy with a BYU shirt on when taking seats at the Tahitian show and said, “I like your shirt – you’re cheerin’ for the right team today!” The dad was like, “What’s the score?! Will you keep me updated?” Haha… Then his little daughter goes, “What’s your name? Is it Miss Linze…” It was one of the students from my school that I subbed for all the time in Kindergarten last year before I started full-time employment! It was so cute, cause she got so excited and her family was yelling, “Go Miss Linze!” while I was dancing – haha!

Sidenote: Upon return from the PCC, our car top wouldn’t close correctly without beeping at us each time we started to move. This was fairly annoying, and thus we took the car back on Sunday to exchange it. They weren’t happy about us taking another convertible, but we fought it and received the same car, in silver. Muy bien.

Oh, and just to plug it in there, we did go to see BYU-Hawaii campus and the temple grounds while we were up in Laie. When we got to the temple, one of the sister's serving there started talking to us about where Sarina and I met... It turns out that this sister (Sister Cutler) happened to also have attended the London Theater Study Abroad with our friend, Mitch, and had some connections to us. it's such a small world! We also has a GREAT discussion at the temple about family and the Book of Mormon... I truly know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that was reaffirmed there. I was filled with such strong conviction as I shared my testimony in the visitors center with Sister Cutler and Sarina. It made the day that much better... and I am SO thankful for those amazing experiences.

We got to our hotel pretty late on Saturday, so we slept in on Sunday till like 11am – it was fabulous. Haha! When we woke up, we had planned to do some hiking and nature walk stuff, but we decided to hit up Pearl Harbor instead. We figured that would actually be a great Sunday activity, remembering those who fought for our country and all that happened.

This was another highlight of the trip for me. I really love studying WWII and so everything hit really hard… We paid the $6 for the audio tour and it was the smartest thing we could have done – It gave SO much amazing information and insight to stories I would never have otherwise heard. I would recommend it to anyone going… and now I sound like their celebrity endorsement fliers. They should pay me. Haha! It was really just a GREAT way to spend the afternoon and learn so much… Oh, and that family from the school I work at was there again! Haha… The mom pulled up behind us in the car saying, “We’re stalking you!” Then, she jumped out and we got our tickets together for the tour – very fun and a SMALL world!

That night we walked around the International Market Place and did some browsing in preparation for bartering on Wednesday. We wanted to know what different places were charging and who we could barter the best with when we came back for our shopping session. Haha! I did barter a bit and got matching necklace and earring sets for me and Sarah, plus a flower to wear in my hair for the rest of my time there – haha!

We also ran into Wayne. Wayne was a local artist who puts on a show called “Art in Motion” and uses common home utensils, etc. and spray paint on poster board or canvas to create vivid masterpieces. I was in doubt at first, but his art was INSANE. He would do something with a fork and I would be like, “How did he just do that?!”

Monday was our “Swim w/ the Dolphins” adventure…. Except, there were no dolphins? Um, okay. Haha! We did scuba with a TON of amazing fish and saw a sea turtle, but no luck on the dolphins. They said it was always the luck of the draw to see if you see them, and that the day before they were golden. However, when we were talking to people back in town they enlightened us that it’s unusual to get a chance to swim with them cause they’re on the constant move. So, unless you go to a reserve spot, it’s not likely and is a bit of a scam. Haha…. Well, we did get a free underwater camera out of the whole thing and hopefully got some good pics – I just put it in to be developed last night.

Anyway, after the whole boating/scuba/swimming with the fish thing, we stayed by their local resort on the west side of the island and laid on the beach, took awesome jumping on the beach shots, and watched my FAVORITE sunset of the whole trip. It was good we chose Monday to head that way too because the rest of the island was experiencing rain storms, and oddly enough, we were the only side crystal clear. It was just a very relaxing day!

Sidenote: Funny moment… Sarina and I decided to build sand things on the beach. In other words, she built a sand snowman, and I built a sand turkey (kinda – it looked more like the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters…). Well, just as I finished the tide pulled in and hit my sand turkey, washing away a little chunk of it. Sarina, who was building hers about two feet in front of me said, “You built that WAY too close!” Two moments later, hers washed away and I responded with, “Girl, it’s cause you built that WAY too close!” Haha! We shared a good laugh at our demolished non-masterpieces, now floating away into the sea.

Tuesday we woke up around 8am and decided to go hike Diamond Head Crater Trail! I was excited to see the view from the crater top. The hike wasn’t bad either, but had a LOT of stairs at one point that caused me to exclaim, “I knew that hiking the RB steps at BYU was prepping me for something.” I felt accomplished after reaching the top, as I always do after hiking. I always start out with excitement, and about ten minutes in it turns to dread. Then, when I am nearing the top the excitement returns, and is accompanied with a feeling of accomplishment. This hike was no different – and the view from the top was fabulous! I got some great shots and I felt good after coming down.

Oh! I have to write about this little Asian lady and two traveling buddies who were taking pictures before we went onto the trail. I asked if they wanted me to take a picture of all three of them, and they obliged. Then, we asked if they would do the same thing and they excitedly said yes as well. Well, when we were getting ready, the oldest lady felt we were missing something, so she made Sarina hold her massive snow cone in our picture. Then, they jumped in and we had a little photo shoot with them on both cameras… In which they told us to give the “Happy Asian” in one picture. Hahs – It was CLASSIC! In the words of Sarina, we are somehow always making friends wherever we go! Haha…

That afternoon, Sarina was going scuba diving (she’s certified and everything!) and I wasn’t interested in that, so I took the car and did my own thing! Haha… I know, y’all think I’m crazy for not going scuba diving in Hawaii, but it just makes me too nervous and claustrophobic. I thought snorkeling was heaven, and I could do it every day, but even then I would have moments of panic… and that’s not a good thing when you’re scuba diving.

Anyway, I am proud to announce that I drove around Honolulu area and did NOT get lost! Haha… I was able to follow maps and navigate myself to Foster’s Botanical Gardens and the Monoa Falls Hike. Haha! It’s just a big deal because if any of you know me, you know I really suck at navigation usually cause I get distracted… but I did it all by my lonesome. Haha! Maybe that’s WHY I was not getting lost – cause I wasn’t allowed to be as distracted. Eh!

Anyway, the Botanical Gardens were gorgeous and it was fun to take a relaxing walk amidst beautiful flowers. I was really basking in the beauty, and then I got to Monoa Falls… OH MY WORD! The Monoa Falls Hike has to be in my top three favorite things in Hawaii. Driving there was pretty, but then when you got to the base, you could tell it was going to be like hiking through rainforest lands. That is exactly what it was! I was in SUCH a piece of paradise and it was nice to pace myself and run in some places, and saunter slowly in others. My surroundings were just magnificent and SO beautiful… I found my own little place of peace to think of whenever I am stressed.

When I got to the top of the hike (which was not that steep for the most part, but SO muddy!), I was rewarded with the most amazing waterfall! There were few other people on the hike, but some others near the top, so I had one of them take some pictures of my next to the waterfall. If it hadn’t have been so late, I would have climbed over the fence and gotten under it – just to say I did it! Haha…

Sidenote: My mom says that I know so many people that I know someone wherever I go. Now, aside from the family from Draper (I only knew the little girl technically), my mom was proved to be correct yet again… While on the hike, about 2/3 of the way in, I looked up at someone I was letting cross a narrow part of the path first, and it was a girl I went to HS with! She was a senior at my first HS when I was a freshman, and in band with me. I haven’t seen her since about 2001. Crazy… It really is a small world when you’re with me! Haha…

When I finished my glorious hike, I headed back to the hotel (beeped at the missionaries on the way!) to meet with Sarina, and we got cute and ready for our last night in Waikiki. We really fell in love with this outdoor grill & bar that played live music each night, and so we wanted to do more than listen to the music as we sat outside of the bar. It was “Tiki Tuesday” there, and they gave free valet parking… So, we drove a block to get the free valet parking too- haha! It was always a dream of mine (and Sarina’s) to drop the keys off to someone and walk away. We are so bizarre…

Anyway, dinner there was great and we got some virgin pina coladas to spice things up a bit – haha! We were going to go dancing, but we were tired from the day’s events walked around the beach and local area. It was the perfect, peaceful evening to a long and beautifully exhausting day.

The last day…. Wow. The trip seemed to fly by! I am going to make the last day writing short because this entry is already monster long. So, we woke up and headed to Hamunama Bay to snorkel and it was INCREDIBLE! It was seriously one of the most amazing beaches I have ever been on because of the way the reef shone through the water. The water was a perfect turquoise and blue, and the reef above and underneath was exquisite – no exaggeration either. It was SO fun snorkeling, but I noticed that I could NEVER scuba dive… I was still getting freaked out with the dark holes that were in the reef and would panic and start breathing crazy when something popped out suddenly. Haha! I just can’t handle those underwater surprises.

After that we headed back to the hotel to shower quickly and then head out to do last minute shopping, where we had the most hilarious time with this little Asian lady in the International Market who slapped our butts and grabbed our noses when we bargained “too low” for her tastes. Haha! It was quite the experience and we DID get a picture with our new friend. Haha… Afterwards, we got a final Dole Whip and ate in on the beach while watching the sunset and people-watching. That sunset was SO beautiful too, and the PERFECT ending to a fabulous trip.

After the sun had gone down, we took a few deep breaths, got in our incredibly beautiful car and drove to the airport for our flight. That was the hardest part… parting with the nice car. Haha! Just kidding… I can see how easily pride can seep in though with how many comments we got throughout the week about our rental car. The hardest part was actually getting onto the plane and saying goodbye. Sarina and I slept most of the way back, and then said our goodbyes at the LAX airport, and I flew home to low temperatures and little sunshine. * sigh *

It’s was all worth it. It was worth every second.

Out of all the places I have been, Hawaii was definitely my favorite vacation. I don’t count London because I lived there, but if I had to count that, it would be a complete toss-up. I really, truly fell IN LOVE with Hawaii. I’ll miss the islands…


Song of the Day: In honor of my Hawaii trip, and my personal standpoint on singledom being a positive thing, I must make the song, "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble! It's my attitude about my life right now, and caused MUCH laughter and smiles in Hawaii for Sarina and myself. Enjoy!!!

[HQ][MV]Michael Buble - Haven't Met You Yet - ดูคลิปทั้งหมด คลิกที่นี่

Monday, November 23, 2009

Latest Orb of Light Premier

Alright. I have held off writing this blog because I was being lazy and because I KNOW some people are going to roll their eyes and gripe that I am "wasting my time" writing about this... Though I know many of my friends feel the same way I do about the following topic - most do. Regardless, I made a decision - This is my blog. Thus, I will write about superfluous things from time to time, and that's okay with me... Haha!

So, what am I writing about? Oh, you know, the third biggest grosser in film. In its third day "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is still cookin' up the bacon. "New Moon" has made $140.7 million and $258.8 million worldwide. This is pretty incredible, especially considering the film opened outside of the summer. I have to say I'm not surprised because the books have grown into a world-wide phenomenon in a matter of a few years. Thus, for the movies to quickly expand their attraction comes as no surprise. Plus, the last one was SO poorly done and in comparison this one looked awesome... So people would naturally be drawn to check out how the story-line has improved through film.

Without any knowledge of how well the film did in theaters, I would still say that it was received in high-esteem by audiences around the world. (The poster picture to the left is in German in honor of my future German home! Haha...) I know that everyone in my theater walked out saying, "That was sooooo much better than the first movie!" We talked about how much better the script was (it was quite funny!) and how great the film looked - the cinematography and use of graphics were much better in this film. The acting improved drastically because the director was incredible - seriously, poor acting is half on the director. I learned that in my practicum... when my actors had some issues transferring their emotion to the audience and I knew it was my fault in the way I had directed them.

The relationship between Edward and Bella, as well as Jacob and Bella, was much more understandable in this film. It was depicted in a way that those who had not read the book could still understand and not simply think the characters were crazy, love-infested teenagers. Yea, it's more than that. This film made you invested more in the characters, and you felt the rising action... In the first "Twilight" film, the rising action, climax, etc seemed a bit disjointed. This one flowed nicely and was understandable to the viewer. I was VERY much appreciative of that.

I'm not saying that the film was perfect. Movies that are created with their story-lines being taken from books are always hard to perfect. Plus, you could always do something better I'm sure. However, for what it's worth, I would give this film a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars for staying true to the original content and how they depicted the story. I loved the way the film was done and I could watch this one over and over again... The last one was just painful to watch more than two or three times. I am a bit obsessed with the story, so yes, I bought the first movie. However, this one will be watched more than the other by FAR. I am somewhat bias, but still... I think most people would agree with me when I say, I am now a die-hard, twi-hard fan that can include the films into the Twilight Collection. I LOVED IT!!! Thank you, Chris Weitz (the director)!

If you saw it, let me know what you think... If you haven't seen it, give it a shot. I'd go with you again... really. It's that good.

Sidenote: It cannot go without mention that the young men in this film are also DELICIOUS eye-candy (see photos above). Go ahead - think I'm shallow. I'll take it... I'll also take them to look at any day.

Now, I am done with the review and have to state that I totally went to the midnight premier with some of my best friends and it was a BLAST! I love going to premier events and doing the cheesy stuff, like wearing a "New Moon" shirt or taking pics with the cardboard cut-out... Don't hate. I totally had a New Moon shirt on! Haha... It was cute too! Haha... Thus, I am including some sweet shots of me and the midnight crew (Chad, Emily, Kay, and me!) at the Provo Town Center Theater for the "New Moon" Premier on Thursday night!
I also DID go with Mini-Me to see some of the cast at the Fashion Place Mall last week - haha! Yeah, yeah... Scoff all you want, but it was a blast! Haha... Her are some shots from THAT adventure - We saw the Jamie Campbell Bower (who plays the vampire Casius of the Voultori, AND is the lead boy in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd") and Edi Gathegi (who plays the vampire, Laurent) - Plus, we saw and heard from Anya Marina, who sings one of the main songs, Satellite Heart, for the Soundtrack - which was the main reason I wanted to go. I met her and she was SUCH a gem! Enjoy!

Song of the Day: I have SOOOOO many to choose from! Oh, this is going to be hard... Okay. I chose one of John Mayer's song before, so I'll just say, check out the rest of his CD. Half of My Heart and Assassin are genius, and Edge of Desire is amazing.... The song I choose to put on here though will be Alicia Key's newest single, Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart. She performed this at the AMA's and I fell in LOVE with the song - She's amazing! ENJOY!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Perfectly, Incandescently, and Beautifully Lonely... and SO happy!

Um... I'm 24 now. I don't really feel any different, but apparently I'm suppose to. On the days surrounding, and the day of, my birthday I was asked by no less than twenty-five different individuals if I felt old. The exact question tended to be, "24! Wow... Don't you feel old now? That's a big age." Well, I'm sorry to disappoint everyone and report that I do NOT feel in the slightest bit old. I feel young, vibrant, and full of lives-experiences that I have laid out before me. This old woman is still fully kickin'!

My favorite moment was being told that someone had addressed my moving to Germany with, "That won't help her find a husband... and she's getting older." Hm. To this I ask the question, how does anyone know what will or will not help someone along the path to find their eternal soul-mate? I'm NOT expecting to find anyone over there -not in the slightest will that be a focus. However, the things I learn over there WILL allow me to be a better mother and spouse someday. I'm 100% positive that I will learn greater patience, love, understanding, and abilities to compromise. I guarantee I will figure out more fully who I am with each experience I am given. I never thought I would marry young... well, I did when I was five. That dream faded fast, as did my youth - I mean, I'm old now, right?

Sidenote: I hope people are catching the sarcasm and humor in this entry and know I actually think this whole way others have of thinking about age is funny.

I still feel SO young... I still am SO young. I have so much left to accomplish, and plenty of time to do so. I have SO much I want to experience before I settle down and have a family, or even go to Grad School. I feel like if I have really pondered and prayed about my choices, and I feel good about them, then I'm on the right path for me. My path has never been, nor do I believe that it will it ever be, traditional. I march to the beat of five drums at once, and I like it... I like being a bit oddly-functional (not dysfunctional) because it makes my life fun and exciting... but still on track with where I need to be. I'm not worried... Why is anyone else?

I'm not old. I'm not sad that I'm not married. I'm not worried. I'm not even searching or craving marriage, youth, or anything more right now... well, a bit more money would be nice. Haha... no, but seriously. :)

I am 24 years-old, single, and still deciding what exactly I am going to do with my life. I am happy! I'm doing more than alright and in the words of John Mayer, "I'm perfectly lonely. It's the way that I want it..."

... for now. Don't worry - unless you already are, then I'm sorry I am the cause of your sleepless nights. It's the way I want it to be until I find someone who changes my mind... becomes my forever best friend. I will eventually, but for now... This old woman is off to see the world and step into her own spotlight!


Song of the Day: This song is off of John Mayer's new album, Battle Studies. The song is called... Perfectly Lonely. Never saw THAT one coming, eh? Haha... Listen. Love it. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

- Stranded at the Airport -

Random Thoughts...
- I had some FUNNY flight attendants on my first flight... I love Southwest.

- Will we ever see Quinn out of a cheerleaders outfit? Yes, and she looks WAY cuter! If you don't know what mean, I am referring to someone on GLEE... :)

- Oh my word! I’m really moving to Germany – for a year! REALLY?!

- When I die, I don’t think that I want a viewing… I want people to keep the image of me alive inside of them as their last visual, and not of something cold. Sorry if this appears morbid, but I was thinking about this because I read a characters comment in a book I am reading and it was similar.

- Rihanna’s new song is called Russian Roulette, and I was thinking about people who actually play that game. I had a little day-dream moment where I imagined someone offering me 10,000,000 dollars to play the game, and pull the trigger. In my mini-vision, I looked at the person and said, “My life is too valuable to gamble with…” I wonder how many people really realize how powerful they are… how precious their life is? I don’t think many do until they have lost someone important, or almost lost their own life… but usually we forget again. It’s a vicious, self-cunning cycle.

Sidenote: I want to see the new movie "The Box," where James Marsden and Cameron Diaz are the parents and have to decide if they will press a button or not... If they do, they get a million dollars, but someone dies. In they don't.... I don't know! I was talking with Chance and Drew about the movie the other night and they said, "You wouldn't do it, Linze. You value people and a person's life too much." I'm grateful they think that way of me... :) I still really, REALLY wanna see the movie - haha! It comes out on my birthday.... hint hint.

Here I sit in the Denver airport, on my layover to Baltimore. I’m heading back to my “home” of the past; back to my roots… kinda. I never really had a set home growing up because I moved so much, but I definitely claim the East Coast as my home of homes. I graduated from High School in VA, and spent most of my younger years in Lancaster and Philadelphia, PA. It feels right to call the East Coast the place that raised me. I wonder where I will end up later in life. Where will I lay the roots for my children, and will I stay put or switch it up a bit here and there?

I in no way regret moving around a lot while I was younger. I talk about it quite often… I know a lot of people from the accumulated places I have been, and therefore, always seem to know someone wherever I am. I use to think that was only cause I lived in Utah till I saw a friend from HS in line at American Idol auditions, and then another on a plane ride last year. It just makes life full of constant, fun reunions. Also, I am much more accepting of other’s differences and more diverse in my way of thinking. I am open to trying new things and taking chances… I am all about change and growth because of that process.

I think it’s interesting how your childhood can shape you. The experiences you have when you are young form you into who you are today… I could definitely be better, but I thank the Lord above that my parents did a pretty good job raising me. I’m doing alright for myself right now, and it’s only gonna go up from here… I feel it. I feel the change that’s beginning with the decision to leave the country. I feel a new found bravery within myself and a new spout of confidence. I know that I can do amazing things, and if I really work, I will have those opportunities…

I have been given all the tools I need to accomplish & discover why I am here on this earth. I was sent here, at this time, for a reason… and we have all been equipped with the tools needed to determine what our individual purpose is… I have some theories. It’s time to start testing them, and stop re-writing them.

I think about my desires and what I want… it seems unorthodox. My desires seem uncommon for a young, single LDS girl. Who’s to say that Heavenly Father didn’t place those desires in my heart in the first place? They’ve been there since I can remember… serious. I don’t remember a time not wanting to chase big dreams and do big things. Hm.

He’s just sensitive to our use of agency… and he’s waiting for me to use mine in the correct way.


Song of the Day: Chris Brown's, Crawl. I am currently in love with this song... and no matter the past beef, I love Chris's music. Enjoy!

So we crawl, till we can walk again…

Then we run, until we’re strong enough to jump

Then we’ll fly until there is no wind… So let’s crawl.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Near To You... I'm Merely Made of Goo.

Have you ever been listening to a song and something just HIT you? It's like the lights have been turned on. It's like the floodgates have been opened and things are flowing again. That has happened to me numerous times, but yesterday things just clicked when I stumbled across a new (to me) song. The song:

A Fine Frenzy, Near To You

SIDENOTE: You know, I think I might be a hopeless romantic at heart. Yep, I'm pretty sure I'm made of GOO at the core.

Now, my brother had a smile laugh when I told him this song was a new-found favorite. He introduced A Fine Frenzy to me about three years ago and I shrugged as I said, "Yea, I like a song or two off the CD." Now, granted my tastes really have changed over the past few years - they are constantly shifting. Three years ago I would have sworn hip-hop was my favorite music... and though I still love it, I lean more toward the slow jams (R&B) or chill alternative/indie. Anyway, I came across this song on a website and decided to have a listen... What was I thinking two years ago?! If I wasn't such an idiot who didn't take the time to really listen to this album, I could have had this brilliant song in my life a few years earlier. Their whole CD is amazing... incredible. Yes, the song IS that good. Really.

It's obviously struck some chord in me because I'm blogging about it... I shall post the song and lyrics below - so get excited for my song of the day! Never saw that one coming, eh? Haha...

As I was listening to it, I had my emotional epiphanies and such (got a bit emotional outwardly as well... I know - shocking! It's okay, it was while I was alone...), but I also thoughts about the power that music really carries. There are so many times in my life that music has been the thing that brings it all together. There are so many songs that have created the plot to my story, or provided the solution to my problem. I think that music speaks to everyone, even those who aren't musical, but music hits us musicians with epic power. It really runs my emotions in so many ways... Music is the thing that teaches me most - hands down.

I hope that someday I can help someone in that same way... That I can bring that eye-opening, life-changing thought to someone else through a song. It's a liberating thought...


P.S. I'm off to DC on Tuesday for a week! I'll be sure to take tons of amazing pictures - perhaps some Phillie pennants hangin' in the windows... Haha!

Song of the Day: A Fine Frenzy, Near To You. Let's just put it out there, I got the song off a website that had "Songs that Remind me of Twilight/New Moon" listed. Laugh - go ahead. Roll your eyes and think the thoughts you're trying to hold back about me.... I really was looking that up so I could create a playlist to accompany the soundtrack. I can't listen the the same songs a thousand times over in a row... So, we finally come to it -The video sucks (I couldn't find any that WEREN'T word or Twilight - so, you're getting Twilight related...), but the lyrics are posted below and highlighted accordingly. I want to sing this song for something... soon. You won't regret listening to this - ENJOY!

He and I had something beautiful
But so dysfunctional, it couldn't last
I loved him so but I let him go
'Cause I knew he'd never love me back

Such pain as this
Shouldn't have to be experienced
I'm still reeling from the loss,
Still a little bit delirious

Near to you, I am healing
But it's taking so long
'Cause though he's gone
And you are wonderful
It's hard to move on
Yet, I'm better near to you.

You and I have something different
And I'm enjoying it cautiously
I'm battle scarred, I am working oh so hard
To get back to who I used to be

He's disappearing
Fading subtly
I'm so close to being yours
Won't you stay with me

Near to you, I am healing
But it's taking so long
'Cause though he's gone
And you are wonderful
It's hard to move on
Yet, I'm better near to you.

I only know that I am
Better where you are
I only know that I am
Better where you are
I only know that I belong
Where you are

Near to you, I am healing
But it's taking so long
Though he's gone
And you are wonderful
It's hard to move on

Near to you, I am healing
But it's taking so long
'Cause though he's gone
And you are wonderful
It's hard to move on
Yet, I'm better near to you.

Yet, I'm better near to you.

SIDENOTE: I haven't found "YOU" yet... but I'm already feeling better... :) You know, I think I might be a hopeless romantic at heart. Yep, I'm pretty sure I'm made of GOO at the core.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

So, I have a new job starting in January. I told my boss yesterday at work yesterday about it, so now I can officially post about it on here, on facebook, on twitter... all that jazz. What's the job, you ask? Well, I will be working as an Au Pair (like a nanny) for an LDS family with two little boys, ages 6 and 4. I will have to move in order to take the job, and it's not a close move either...

I will be moving to BONN, GERMANY!

Some of you may have heard this already, but to some it might be new news. I hope no one is offended about finding out about this via the internet... Sorry if this is the case. Things have been somewhat of a whirlwind since accepting the position. During the time I spent applying and interviewing, I felt that I should keep things somewhat DL for the sake of my current job and for my own personal hope. I did not want to get my hopes up and then have them shattered if I got attached to the idea. Thus, I prevented myself from any over-excitement... until now! Haha!

Sidenote: The pictures throughout this entry are of Bonn, Germany!

Now, I find my self BURSTING with excitement and planning everything around the idea that I will be gone for the entire year of 2010, living in Europe. Yep, this opportunity will land me in Germany for a whole year. At first, I was a bit apprehensive with this idea, but then I realized how short one year really is... Sarah has been gone for a year and a week, and that time has simply flown by. Plus, I lived in London for a little over two months in 2006, and I was alright. You get use to the cultural differences and get past the things that you miss. You learn to enjoy new things and let them temporarily replace the things from "home." I am so excited to discover when these things will be while I am living in Germany!

So, here are the highlights of the position:

1 - First things first... I get to care for two of the most adorable little boys ever! I have seen pictures and video, and heard plenty of stories, and they seem like great boys. I really love teaching the littler ones, and watching them grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually has to be one of the greatest rewards one can witness. Also, not only do the children seem awesome, but the parents (as crazy as their schedules are) seem down to earth. The mom works an a International Economist and for the UN University, and the father is a physician over there. So, I'd say I'm in good hands - and can have intelligent conversations with them, which I love. I really think that I will love and become a part of the family for the year.

2 - This is going to be an awesome learning experiences. I am beyond positive that I will learn more about the things that I want to do when I have children of my own. Subbing kindergarten for three weeks last year, taught me a lot about how to handle the problems of a young one, but this will be on a whole new level. I am sure that I will experience the highs and lows of childcare, and learn how to deal with both of those... growing in my own personal confidence along the way.

3 - Speaking of learning, I will also be able to learn a new language while I am there (German, in case anyone was wondering -haha!) and familiarize myself with a new culture. I love learning about people and how they live, and I love being submersed into new cultures. I like seeing different perspectives and I think you are able to see and understand them more fully in a different environment. I love being in new situations. I really like change... and this will be a good way for me to see how others think and live. I love seeing new things... What an awesome experience at the time as doing an awesome job!

4 - I get to help build the kingdom over in Germany... Europe can be a hard place to share the gospel, but I'm excited to be an example there and hopefully touch some people's lives for good. Bonn, the city I'll be living in apparently has three stakes there and a great single's ward. I'm stoked! I am SLIGHTLY nervous about not speaking fluent German and going to a ward over there.

5 -I get to live in EUROPE for a year, AND travel around with the family! The father is from Austria so they visit there each year, Switzerland, etc. I get 4 weeks paid vacation, so I am going to have some time to travel around Europe to a few places I desire to see - or travel with the family, which I am definitely all about. I love Europe, and living back over there (for those who don't know I did a study abroad and lived in London, England for a few months) will be AMAZING! I have really missed it.

6 - They are paying for everything... the flights, room & board, health care, German language lessons... I know, amazing, right? I was so stressed about money and taking care of myself, and now I feel like I can go do this job and not worry about Grad School costs until next year. Plus, then I can prep and study with some of my time to get ready for Grad School... or Acting School - whatever I chose! Haha... I feel very blessed to have this amazing job!

7 - I will be over there for virtually an entire year... I leave the first week of January and come back right before Christmas. I can still talk to everyone via Skype, facebook, email, snail mail, and sometimes phone. I know there will be some homesick moments while I am there, but I also know my mom and close friends will keep in close touch and send me things when needed. It's a long time, and yet not... I WANT to have that much time there to truly experience it.

Sidenote: There is SO much WWII history there, and y'all know how much I LOVE studying WWII! YES!!!

I really do feel blessed to have the opportunity... It kind of just fell in my lap and felt SO right. It was not my original intention for next year to leave the country for anything besides vacation, but here I am... having my own adventure!
If anyone reading this knows anything about Germany and suggestions on what I might want to take upon moving there, please let me know. I have done lots of research and spoken quite a bit with the family (and emailed the current Au Pair), and I have a good list put together, but still would appreciate other opinions. Here is some notes about Bonn, Germany and what is there:

From 1949 to 1990, Bonn (just South of Cologne) was the capital of West Germany. It is the 19th largest city in Germany. From 1990 to 1999, most German governmental institutions were located in Bonn. By 2000, the city lost its status as a seat of government, handing it magnanimously over to Berlin. Bonn remains a centrer of politics and administration, however. Bonn is the home of Ludwig Van Beethoven and UN University. Some of Bonn's twin-towns or sister-cities are Belfast in Ireland, Opole in Poland, Tel Aviv in Israel, Budafok in Hungary, and none other than Oxford in England.

I am SO excited about this opportunity and can not WAIT until I am on that plane to my new home - Willkommen Sie Deutschland!
(I KNEW how to write that one! Haha...)

Song of the Day: I am in LOVE with Benton Paul's new EP on ITunes! I have been a fan of his music since before he started blowing up, when we played together in a concert my sophomore year. He has a lot of talent and a LOT of drive - He's worked hard and deserves his success! His newly-released song, Moon is incredible... I am addicted. Check Benton Paul's song, Moon! EXCEPT, I can't find a video online... So, just look him up - You will NOT regret it! Enjoy! :)