Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fly Like An Eagle

I LOVE to fly.


It’s the holiday season and I know a lot of people are going to be and are traveling-including me.


A lot people are up in arms about the full-body scanners and the super invasive searches of your person. Now, obviously I don’t want some gross TSA worker’s hands all over me, so I’m not ever going to object of going through the full-body scanners. Secondly, okay their full body scanners, wish that wasn’t the way it had to be. Follow all the TSA rules and make it through the metal detectors properly and your chances of having to go through the full-body scan drop dramatically. I don’t care though if it keeps some psycho terrorist off my plane, rather any plane for that matter, and prevents it from slamming into any other buildings with people I know inside of them.


Controversies aside-I genuinely love just about everything about flying (especially when I don’t have to check any baggage). First off, I feel so legit strolling around with my backpack and little rolling suitcase getting around the airport (I’ve managed to never get lost, or miss a flight, in an airport and I have been to a lot. SLC, Cincinnati, Washington, DC, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Syracuse, Sea-Tac, Baltimore, Ramstien in Germany, and some more, I don’t know all the ones I’ve been too).


I like waiting at the terminal watching the TV or on my laptop drinking my favorite drinks from Starbucks and eating dinner during a layover. I like walking on the moving sidewalks (The first time I walked on one, when I stepped off-the dramatic speed change in my walking speed caused to almost trip and fall flat on my face, almost).


I love, love, love having a window seat, except when I have to pee mid-flight and have to climb awkwardly over people I do not know. Because when I have a window seat I get to look out the window! Watching the plane take-off and land is SO awesome. I just do not understand how we get these planes in flight and how we land them. So crazy. Like, really, it’s amazing. I love it, I love the feeling. It’s almost as good as a roller coaster. Everything all slowly getting smaller, cars smaller than hot wheels, the lights in little trails that lead off to the edge of the cities, the mountains look so cool (especially when there is snow on them) and then when you get above the clouds and the sky is bluer than you’ve ever seen it on the ground and the sun is brilliant. I love the flight attendants who bring me drinks and peanuts and sometimes plane-shaped crackers. Flying is simply the best. Sometimes getting on the plane is stressful, but once seated, it’s like so peaceful. It’s just pretty fun.


Flying across the Atlantic to Germany was THEEE longest flight of my life 3 years ago. But it was awesome-movies and plane food isn't that bad haha. Flying, it's just kind of classy. Even though I've never flown 1st class, I sure want to though! lol And I think it would be pretty awesome to learn to fly small planes, how sick would that be?


I love taking-off and landing, and I will never get tired of looking out the window.

Friday, November 19, 2010

You Know I'm Dead On

I would like to share with all of you some general advice. I know, who am I to dish out words of wisdom? I don't know, I just feel like I know what's up more often than I am running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. (Speaking of poultry, turkeys will drown themselves by looking up at the sky with their mouths...beaks...whatever open, hypnotized by falling rain. Hopefully you'll take these words of at least some wisdom and be smarter than your average turkey)

Wear sunscreen. Sunburns suck. I'm all about SPF 30. Don't go tanning so dang much-no one like an orange person who looks like leather when they're 30.

Be okay with some hypocrisy of others. Chances are, actually the fact is, you'll be a hypocrite at least once (a day) in your life before you kick the bucket.

Check the weather often-it changes don-cha-ya-know. Then you won't have to walk home in the pouring rain in shorts and flip flops, idiot.

Bikers-I don't want you in the street when I'm driving, I don't want you on the sidewalk when I'm walking. When there's no bike lane you're just unwanted, pay attention & get your hands out of your pockets. We're not in 5th grade anymore when being able to ride a bike with no hands meant you were King of the Street. I don't want to get hit and I don't want you denting my car.

Don't complain about being cold. Don't dress like an idiot, wear clothes appropriate to the season. Especially here at BYU. Please all you California (oh yes, I am stereotyping, but there are only a handful of Cali kids I actually enjoy being around) kids-shut it already. Buy a real coat, put on some gloves and hat and wrap that scarf around your mouth so we don't have to hear your whining and crying.

Everyone is prejudice, discriminatory, racist or intolerant of something and someone. Lets try not to cry about it so much. We can cry a little about it and get all up in arms about it a little, but lets try to come down from a level 10, to lets say, a level 6 and go from there. Don't say you're not either-we all know you're such a liar.

Don't debate with your friends unless you actually know what you're talking about and you're grown up enough to not take it personally and you're grown up enough to let others have their own opinions without getting all bent out of shape, insulted and offended. Besides, you're not going to change my opinion about anything and I'm most likely not going to change you're opinion about anything. It's a go nowhere conversation.

Uggs are ugly. It's practically their name. They are a crime against humanity when guys wear them. (Even if they we're invented for use by guy surfers to keep their feet warm. Thank you, Eric for that tidbit of trivia.)

Don't text someone you love them when it's the first time your telling them. Yeah, in person it could be awkward and bad, but still. Lets be real, did you really think that it was okay? This is why old people say our generation sucks.

Don't be an ass or a jerk or a bitch. One day, someone is just going to knock you out. And if it's not me, I'm for sure going to be the person whipping out their camera phone at lightening speed to document the great occasion and spreading it as far and wide as I can.

Pedestrians. Look both ways before you cross the street. We learned this once we learned to walk. And *news flash!* I can't see you stepping out between cars at night. I'm going to RUN you OVER. And you know what, I'm not going to feel that bad...unless I kill you, which is a possibility with how stupid you are.

It's really annoying when people text you, and then you reply and ask them a question and then____________they don't text you back for a million years. Yeah, don't do that.

Don't change and mess up plans. I will kill you. When things have been set don't call me at the last minute and completely destroy my schedule. Rude. I want to slap you upside the head; it's so maddening how inconvenient and stressed it makes me. And I know I am not alone in this

Try really hard to never ever lose your keys, or just forget them. Nothing will make me want to injure you more than a roommate pounding on the door and calling my cell phone at 3 in the morning when I'm dead asleep.

For the love of all that is good in this world-be. on. time.

Invest in a good watch, a good belt and a good baseball hat.....and an umbrella.

Peace out suckaas.
Try not to annoy people today.
That'd be great.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

People think a soul mate, success, cars, and bonuses will bring happiness when really....it's the other way around


Post Secret from the last two Sundays.

Probably my favorite from the last two weeks. So true, being a military kid myself, and moving around all the time-home is where your family is, home is where people who love you and care about are.







Love it.

So true.

Something I think we mostly forget this, when we really shouldn't.











This one almost made me cry.
















Do we notice when people are, in their own ways, crying for help?




























Sometimes I like to spend time by myself.
Even when I am lonely.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank a soldier today

Happy Veterans day to all that have, do and will serve.
We owe you so much.

Especially my grandfathers, great uncles,
Dad, brother, Uncles, cousins, and many
friends. I am so proud of you and all your
sacrifices, and love you so much.



This video makes me bawl, every time.


Home of the free because of the brave.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's burning my eyes!



Katherine Heigl (love) and Josh Duhamel, hate each other. Okay, their characters in their newest movie, Life As We Know It, hate each other, but because of their mutual best friends are forced to spend a lot of time, holidays, birthdays, etc. together. When their best friends are in a fatal car accident they are surprisingly named guardians of the orphaned daughter of their friends, Sophie. This move was so good. Granted, it's a romantic comedy (and a bit of drama thrown around) so obviously we all know what happens; but it had a MUCH different plot and story line I have never seen for a movie like this. Holly (Heigl) and 'Messer' (Duhamel) move into their dead best friends house to raise their daughter trying to live their own lives, raise a child together they do not know how to, pass Child Protective Services checks, date, dodge crazy & nosy neighbors, and not kill each other. It was funny, it was heartbreaking (I nearly cried), it was heartwarming (again, nearly cried-for anyone who knows me, we know that is such a rarity).
Familiar faces too, just to name a few> Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls), Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) and Steve Nash (it's Steve Nash, I mean he's a pro NBAer [don't worry, he does no acting, just ball playing]). Now, I really really enjoyed this movie-as I do with all Katherine Heigl movies (Killers, The Ugly Truth), as long as she continues to make movies I like it lessens the pain of her abandoning us in Grey's Anatomy (it doesn't make it ok, it just makes it more bearable). She is so funny and gorgeous and Josh Duhamel is so hott, lets be real.
I love their charcters. Holly is classy and smart and Messer is carefree (until. because of Sophie he's an insta-dad) and fun. There are so many funny parts and lines. It's a great story-so different than any we've seen before, while still keeping the classic romantic comedy cliches we so dearly love and crave. Love it. I want to see it again. Dollar theatre please! Go see it, really it's an all around, hits all the types of genres and craziness of real life. It's not the movie of the year, it's not a thought provoking, life changing movie. Take it for what it is supposed to be, entertaining and just go with the flow. Plus, the baby is pretty precious.


Babysitter: "I think you guys make a really cute couple..."

Holly: "She said the same thing about Taylor Swift and that twilight kid."


Speaking of Taylor Swift, her new

album, Speak Now (with bonus

tracks from Target) has been playing

basically 24/7 since I got it earlier this

weak. It is SOO FANTASTIC. T-Swift love.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it


eat. pray. love.

I liked it. Finding yourself, finding who you are and what you want. It's not super exciting, it's a chill movie and relaxing. There are some pretty humorous scenes and so many interesting characters and story lines, and Julia Roberts is amazing and gorgeous as usual. Roberts aka Liz Gilbert leaves a "perfect" life and marriage because she has lost her happiness and joy in life. Taking off around the world on a journey of self-enlightenment and fulfillment, she eats, prays and loves. I wish I could take a round-the-world trip and travel and do amazing things. How great would that be.


“A friend took me to the most amazing place the other day. It’s called the Augusteum. Octavian Augustus built it to house his remains. When the barbarians came they trashed it a long with everything else. The great Augustus, Rome’s first true great emperor. How could he have imagined that Rome, the whole world as far as he was concerned, would be in ruins. It’s one of the quietest, loneliest places in Rome. The city has grown up around it over the centuries. It feels like a precious wound, a heartbreak you won’t let go of because it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked at around to this place, at the chaos it has endured – the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way to build itself back up again. And I was reassured, maybe my life hasn’t been so chaotic, it’s just the world that is, and the real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”

Who am I? What do I want?

This post is a huge deal. It's my 50th.
Momentous occasion. Okay, not really...
but I'm pretending it is.



PS-It's election day....did you vote?
I did.
Go republicans.