Monday, November 26, 2012

Simply Good

Today was a good day- I thought I'd just let you know.
I didn't think that I was going to say that earlier today during school, as I was trying not to fall asleep.
For some reason going to bed at 7 o'clock last night didn't re-energize me this morning, and during french, I legitimately thought I was going to fall out of my desk, face first, and faint of exhaustion.
I'll let you in on a detail: I didn't!! Yay for that, right?

Let me tell you what made today good. It's nothing special, really, but I feel it good to share.

First, Seminary. Seminary is just good- it has a simple spirit if invited in, and the day really does go better when I'm receptive and teachable. Today, the lesson really taught me a lot about myself and gave me a head on what I needed my attitude to be for the day.

Second, a little bit the same as the first. . . I was asked to share a New Testiment story about one of the miracles of Jesus in an upcoming seminary assembly. Today was the first meeting, and even though the way I am to present the story isn't my cup of tea or in anyway my area of expertise (my creative writing skills really lack), it will be good. Sometimes it's time to be stretched, and, I guess, this is one of the ways that my Father wants to stretch me. It'll take time and preparation and prayer and thought and trust, but I know I'll come out a better person. It will give me ground in an area that at the moment I'm struggling with, and it gave me direction to go- something to focus on. I guess, ultimately, the meeting today taught me that there's a plan out there in the big scheme of things, and I play my part in it. This is a small part, but a part nonetheless, and it's going to teach and develop me in a way that I know I'll come to thank later. 

Third, my homework was easy today, and that's saying something because math was on the agenda. I got my homework done in a matter of an hour and a half, and that feels good. It leaves me time to do the things I want. Just a little tender mercy, I guess.

Fourth, Pandora is just a great, great thing. Specifically, the acoustic guitar station on Pandora is wonderful, and I've been listening to it for the past little while. So calm, so peaceful, so good. 

Today, the simple things made me happy, And, as I think about it, the simple things are always what make me feel happy. So, just a little advice from me if you want it, go do something simple- listen to a good song, read an article or short story that makes you happy, change your attitude just a little to be positive (and for me, the best way to do that is read my scriptures), simplify your day as much as you can to lighten your mind. It works- and it is good. It feels oh, so good!

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Sydney Thompson- a friend (:- showed me Macklemore this past weekend. I honestly really love him. Except for maybe Thrift Shop. . . However, the one below is probably my favorite.

Apologies for the colorful language and touchy subject- he has a deeper meaning.

In Light of the Holiday

 Thanksgiving is such a grand holiday, so I better start out by saying that I'm grateful for it. . . And food. (: I am so, so, so very grateful for food because believe it or not, I'd die with out it. But seriously. My family and I, along with our family friend Sydney Thompson, went to my Aunt Julie's house. Julie, honestly, is the best cook I know. My mom, on the other hand, is the best pie maker I know. My mouth is just watering from thinking about her pecan pie- so good! It was also good to spend the day with family, so I'm just going to say I'm grateful for them too. Who else would I have crazy dance parties with? Which, those dance parties, I'm grateful for because they burn the tons of calories I intake (I love food, remember?). . . I should probably still run, which I need to do. . . Anyway! This Thanksgiving was such a good one, as it always is.

 At about 9, my neighbor Kimberly called me asking if I'd be her partner in Black Friday shopping- she was leaving at 11:30.
"Oh, sure," I told her.
By 11, I had finished watching Inception and was so tired. I laid in my bed trying not to fall asleep; waiting for 11:30. I don't know how I woke up to it, but when Kimberly texted me that she was outside, I woke up, got my shoes on, and headed out the door. Nonetheless, I was so out of it (The next day, I was trying to remember some of the things I told Kimberly, and I couldn't. Um, yeah, hoping it wasn't too embarrassing). Anyway, the only place Kimberly wanted to go was Jo-Ann's, but when we got there, not a single car was in the parking lot.
"I thought it opened at midnight," Kimberly said.
Searching her phone, we found that it actually opened at 6am the next morning or I guess that morning. . . . A little put out, and kind of humored, we decided we would try Kohl's. After getting there and seeing the enormous, snaked line and the police control, we decided that Black Friday wasn't worth it, and we headed home. Despite, our slightly failed attempt to take on rare deals, I got a great night's sleep that night. (:

In light of the Thanksgiving Break, it's been absolutely fantastic. I've done nothing but read this book, and let me tell you- it's amazing! So, please, to whomever is reading this, read it!!

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving, and is continuing to have an equally great Thanksgiving Break; I officially welcome us all to the most wonderful time of the year. And Christmas music. (:

A Little Surprise

When I got home Tuesday night, I sighed with relief because it was over. And then I realized it was over. . . Just a few weeks previous, Aunt Lisa had texted me telling her plan about Kayley's 21st birthday party she intended to have be a surprise. She wanted my help with the decorations, and I was thrilled by the invitation! With a meeting beforehand deciding the whats of the party, a Saturday afternoon filled with tissue paper puff balls (and, thanks to Lisa, delicious treats that were honestly to die for), and a Monday night spent cutting, gluing, and crafting a very large Happy Birthday sign, Kayley's surprise party turned into a success. . . . a very cute success- if I do say so myself.

 Most of the decorating goes to my mom and my cousin Megan. I got to Noah's late, and so by the time of my arrival, the tables were already set up. They did a fabulous job! Also, a tribute to my cousin's band: Old Port & the Religious Enforcers. They're really good, so you should like them too. (:

Happy 21st, Kayley! Hope it was the biggest surprise you've ever dreamed of. (:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Misplaced Might Be Found

Today, as I was cleaning my room, a liquid thought ran through my brain.

"Hey, Sid, your camera cord is in the jewelry box," it said.

So I looked, and lo and behold there it was! Later, as I was vacuuming and pondering on this strange, strange occurrence, I decided that my mind is made up of two psyches (we're not going to go as far as two personalities, but it might be debatable) and the lesser known did this.

Honestly, of all the places to put my camera cord it was in the decorative jewelry box where, as you can see, I put the broken or misplaced knickknacks. And, better yet, I put it not on the top level of the box where it's plain and simple to find- no, I put it below where there was no possible way in anything that I was even going to think of looking there. Besides, of course, randomly when I was cleaning my room.

This was a strange find. Momentous, yes, because now I can add pictures along with my stories, but still very strange. For future reference, my cord will be in my bedside table. . . that is, of course, if I move it which is possible. At this point, we never know.

Monday, November 19, 2012

You Gotta Get Up and Try


This song really is amazing. Life is hard, people are selfish, and conflict happens. . . It's just a matter of getting up and moving forward that determines how positive and successful your life is going to be.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mormon Helping Hands

"And now I say unto you, when ye have done it unto these the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The History of My Life Thus Far: In Pictures. . . Maybe a Few Words Too.

My lovely friend and across the street neighbor Lexie wanted to have a nice dinner with her and her boyfriend, so I told her I would cater and decorate. This was the end result. I think it looked lovely. (: Here's my new plan, too: I'm not a huge fan of the whole high school/school dance dating right now, but I do like to make food. So, I want to start my own amateurish catering business. If you or someone you know wants to have their dinner date catered, give them my name or shoot me a call or message on facebook! (:
Mr. Caveman. . . A night where boys embraced their true narcissistic nature, because let's be real, they're more vain than girls. (: It was fun, nonetheless, in the most non-funny way. Also, the above pictures are a few of my wonderful friends. Sarah makes the best faces, and Jade and Megan just are all around adorable. 
Congratulations to Lynsey for getting married!!!

Oh, and I got pied in the face. Checked that one off of the bucket list finally!!! I recommend it to everybody. (: