Sunday, March 27, 2011

Holi Festival

The Holi Festival of Colors is a Spring Religious Festival for the Hindus, but anyone and everyone is invited to come and participate in celebrating the beginning of Spring. Holi Festival is celebrated at the end of the winter season. At the festival it is tradition to throw colored chalk in the air, resembling the life and colors that begin to bloom in the Springtime.

At the Holi Festival they also celebrate variety and diversity. What if everyone in the world was a carbon-copy of us? What if we all looked the same, dressed the same, had the same social status, spoke the same, and were completely and totally the same? Life would be ridiculously boring. The world is so exciting because of all the different cultures and people who live in it. So we should embrace the diversity in the world and in our lives amongst the people we meet daily. It's okay to be different.

A huge festival is thrown every year at the temple in Spanish Fork. Last year Brittany and I went to the festival. We had so much fun at the festival last year that we promised each other we would go again this year.

This past weekend Brittany, Elise Vander Does and I went to the Holi Festival of Colors 2011! We drove to my home in Riverton on Friday night. On Saturday we woke up bright and early and drove to Spanish Fork for the festival! We made a stop in Provo to pick up some of Elise's friends who are students at BYU.

We had a blast at the festival! The people in our group were Brittany, Elise, Taylor Harrison, Tyler Chancellor, Colton Grange, Kenneth O' Donnell and myself. It was such a fun group! We arrived at the festival grounds at around ten thirty in the morning. We walked up to the temple to by chalk powder. And then we let the good times begin! :)

(This is our "Before" picture)

People at the festival throw chalk constantly throughout the day, but every two hours they have a countdown and everyone throws their colors at the same time... they count from 10 down to 1. And the affect is amazing. It looks something like this:

I was in the middle of that! Pretty.
Google photo of the cloud :)

So we threw some of our chalk at each other and waited for the countdown to begin. During the two hours between each countdown they have a live Hindu band, booths with Hindu paraphernalia that you can purchase, and other entertainment. This year because of the weather there were also mudslide races... I opted out of that game ;) I wanted to be pretty with colors, not muddy and wet and brown. But the crowds were HUGE, and the fun was nonstop!

Overlooking all the festival-goers

Finally the leader on the stage was getting ready for the first countdown of the day. He set a few rules, and highly encouraged chalk-throwing, dancing, and crowd-surfing. Then the countdown began and the colors went flying! Throughout the day we got more and more colorful.

Before the first countdown
After the first countdown

The girls!

Partyin' with the crowd!
I ran into a few friends while I was there!
Me and Tom Nelson

I'mma Cheeser!

For the first countdown of the day we timidly hung around the edge of 'the cloud' and threw our chalk. After the first countdown we braved the crowd of people and got right into the thick of things! It was awesome :)
Being with four freshman guys from BYU, you can only imagine some of the crazy things they wanted to try. Soon enough, they were trying to persuade Elise to surf the crowd. When she said no (smart girl), they started to persuade ME to surf the crowd. What?! Lie down and trust a bunch of strangers to pass me over their heads and set me safely on the ground up at the front? No way.

But then I looked at Taylor and Colton, who had already been crowd surfing... and they had turned out just fine. There were four cute guys egging me on, I couldn't resist. So they hoisted me up above their heads (me squealing the whole time) and I was passed along the masses!

It was SO FUN!

Now if anyone knows me, I am usually not the girl to do something like crowd surfing. I like partyin' and I like dancing and having a good time... but I'm kind of a sissy. In fact, I would probably be about the last girl to go crowd surfing. So I'mma teeny bit proud of myself. (We can ignore the fact that they had to persuade me for a couple minutes to actually go for it) I went crowd surfing! It was like the scene at the end of Rat Race. ;) haha. Huzzah for being brave! Gotta live a little, right? ;) And no worries, I was passed all the way to the front and set safely on my feet.

I didn't get a shot of me surfing... kinda difficult.
So here's a visual, courtesy of Google ;)

After I was safely back on the ground I reconnected with my group and we danced and partied it up until the next countdown/cloud. We jammed out to the live band (The lyrics were only A LITTLE repetitive, Hare Krishna! being the theme of every. song.) and we watched out for incoming surfers.

Then it was time for the second countdown. The second cloud was INSANE because we were right in the middle of the crowd. When the guy on the mic said "ONE!" and the colors flew threw the air, my surroundings were all bright purple. I could barely see the outline of Colton and Brittany on either side of me. I was inhaling ridiculous amounts of powder as I screamed in excitement. But it was radical!! :)
Shortly after the second countdown Colton led our group out of the crowd, and after a couple of pictures we made our way back to the van for some lunch!
Girls after picture
Guys after picture

We popped open the back of the van and enjoyed rainbow cheese and turkey chalk sandwiches ;) But we had already inhaled so much chalk anyway, it didn't really make a difference. And of course, more pictures were taken at the van.
I don't know how Elise kept her teeth so white... :/
Second-time festival goers!

And then we drove back home! We stopped in Provo so the guys could shower, and then we all went to Riverton. The boys played Wii so the girls could get clean. We played Just Dance, had a little Mario Kart competition, and raved about the festival. Mom made us chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, beans, and chips and salsa. After dinner we played BS (I took third!) and just had fun visiting and getting to know each other. After one last Mario Kart competition, it was back to Provo to drop the boys off at their apartment. After we said our goodbyes, we returned to Riverton and spent the night at Brittany's house.

All in all, it was a fabulous day! I think Festival of Colors is going to be a great tradition. I  made new friends, got really messy, ate great food, went crowd surfing, made a lot of inside jokes, and I'm pretty sure I still have colors stained in my hair! But it was SO worth it.

Thanks everyone for making Festival of Colors 2011 a fun day! And Hare Krishna! ;)
Group picture after the second cloud. What a great time!

Friday, March 25, 2011

no coincidence.


So I'm kind of obsessed with quotes. I post many on my blog, and I have a notebook with over seventy pages of quotes in it that I've collected over the last three years.

For Christmas last year my parents gave me the book "Inspiration, 365 Days A Year", and inside it's filled with the most gorgeous pictures and inspirational quotes. There is a quote for every day of the year. I love it. The book sits on my bed up by my pillows and every morning I flip to the current date and read my "quote of the day"

Today's quote,

"When you believe and think "I can," you activate your motivation, commitment, confidence, concentration and excitement - all of which relate directly to achievement."
-Dr. Jerry Lynch

Today I have Theatre Juries. This audition comes around once a year for every Weber State theatre student. The audition (along with the progress I've made the past school year) determine a few very important things. Juries help to determine whether I make the Musical Theatre Major, whether I make it into the Acting II class, and most importantly if I keep my Theatre Tuition Waiver.

Sometimes when I read my quote in the morning, I am amazed at how perfectly it applies to my life in that moment. I get pretty nervous for auditions sometimes... and I just need to remember to tell myself that I can succeed. I've practiced, I've prayed, I've prepared... and I am ready to go to this audition. After doing what I can, I simply leave the rest in Heavenly Father's hands... and I know everything will fall into place the way it's supposed to happen.

So everything's okay. Because I can! :) Life is wonderful. Bring it on, Juries!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

If you're a bird, I'm a bird

Today I watched The Notebook.

 
I hope one day I find a man loves me as much as Noah loves Allie.

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's what you've given me. That's what I hope to give to you forever. I love you."

-Noah, "The Notebook"



What a great day.
...And tomorrow I have juries. Wish me luck!
Goodnight, world. Much love.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

P.S.

... Ignore the fact that I wrote two posts today;


The first, centered around the fact that I want to get into shape.
The second... about eating a whole bowl of no-bake cookies.

(Shifty eyes) This whole being healthy thing
Is definitely going to take a lot more effort than I thought. ;)

Much Love
xoxo

No-Bake Soup.

Britt and I were lounging around at home
when I got that too-familiar sensation called
The sweet tooth.

We were both craving chocolate
and so we whipped up some no-bake cookies
(the kind with peanut butter in them, of course)
We filled two pans with gobs of thick chocolatey goodness

This is when we realized we didn't have any more pans for the cookies,
and we had a lot of chocolate left in the pot on the stove.

The result??

Well... with two masterminds like Brittany and myself,
We just decided to dish out the rest into two bowls
And eat it warm from the stove!
Healthy, right??
But I mean... stuff like that just can't go to waste!
So we sat on the couch, played Donkey Kong on the Nintendo
And enjoyed our No-Bake Cookie Soup with a large glass of milk.


...that's a lot of chocolate to eat in one sitting.
And you can bet we enjoyed every last bite!

My muscles feel like Jell-O


I feel extremely out of shape these days. I'm not in any shows or any classes that keep me physically fit. I've been trying to eat healthier... and some days I'm more successful than others. The biggest problem is that I've been wanting to exercise; but I don't want to pay the money to take dance classes and I really don't feel comfortable by myself at the gym. I'm not a runner... and it's too cold to bike or swim or hike. So in an attempt to fix this problem, I decided to join the Zumba fad. For a while now I have been wanting to see what all the excitement was about. I went to a free Zumba class that's offered at UV. By myself. On a whim. "What the heck?" I figured. "Why not?"

And holy cow did I get a workout! It was so much FUN! The instructor was so awesome and energetic, and everyone just had fun and let loose! Sometimes I looked a little silly... but nobody cared! It was very liberating :) Today I have that wonderful sore-muscles feeling that you get after a good workout. And because I was working so hard I drank two big water bottles throughout the evening! It felt GREAT to get off my lazy butt and exercise!

Once school lets out I'm planning on taking classes regularly.
That's how much fun it was. :)
I can't wait to feel fit again!

Friday, March 18, 2011

I want...



spring.
summer.
warm weather.
no school.
summer job.
riverton.
warm evenings.
green grass.
sprinklers.
fresh fruit.
home.
bright colors.
shorts.
romance.
corn on the cob.
summer blouses.
longer days.
sun.
starry skies.
blue skies.
warm rain.
flowers.
summer reading.
change.
friends.
family.


There are certain signs that just scream summertime. I love that. I love the little reminders that tell me to just hold on, because Spring/Summer are coming. It gets me through that last stretch of the winter chill. Some of these signs may be daylights savings, birds chirping in the morning, the smell of freshly mowed grass, rainstorms instead of snowstorms, or daffodils blooming in mom's garden (because they're always the first to say hello from beneath the soil)

Another sign is when mom says she's barbecuing hamburgers for dinner. Like tonight. There's just something about the smell of meat on the grill, smoke billowing up from the back porch... that reminds me of Summer. We don't barbecue much when it's freezing outside or when it's snowing. Just doesn't work out. :) and tonight when Mom said she was barbecuing hamburgers for dinner... my mouth started watering and my little heart ached for Summertime.


2 days until Spring Break is over.
35 days until school is let out.
And the weather just keeps getting warmer (knock on wood)
:)


I can't wait!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Midway To Heaven



I really want to see this movie. I think it looks so cute!
I guess I'm just in the mood for a clean, cheesy, romantic flick :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Excuse Me, Ma'am

Interestingly happy things always seem to happen at Smith's Marketplace. Yes, the local grocery store, of all places.
(Remember my redbox encounter at Smith's back in January?)

Well today I took a short trip to Smith's to purchase some groceries... and the store was really crowded so I had to wait in line for the self-checkout. I took my place in line behind a guy who looked about my age, maybe a couple of years older. (I know. Boys. But of course you knew where this story was headed, right?) The line slowly inched forward until only the two of us remained waiting. He was next in line for the checkout desk, but when the customer before the two of us was finished at the checkout he politely gestured for me to cut ahead of him and check out first.

"Are you sure?" I asked in return, clutching my eggs and milk in my hands.

"Yes, of course." He replied courteously.

So I thanked him and proceeded to the checkout desk and started ringing up my few items. Shortly after I began this process, the checkout desk next to mine became vacant and so he stood to next to me ringing up his items. We both bagged and paid for our groceries in silence.

Naturally, as the story is bound to go, we finished at the same time and exited the store. He walked a short distance away from me and we both made our way through the parking lot in the pouring rain. Ironically enough our cars were parked almost next to each other towards the back of the parking lot. I finally approached my car and pressed the unlock button on my key when I heard his voice speak out;

"Excuse me, Ma'am" He said. I looked up in surprise, squinting at him through the slanting rain.

"Yes?" I answered back with a smile. I took him in more closely and noticed he wasn't much taller than I. He was wearing shorts (despite the rain) and sporting a baseball cap. He was a cute guy... not to mention an obvious gentleman after his polite gesture back at the checkout desk. And I'm pretty sure I had never been called "Ma'am" before, either... which was kind of a peculiar title for a college-aged girl, but I thought it was kinda cute. 
Yep. Definite gentleman. :)
But what he said next surprised me the most.

"I just wanted to let you know, that you're really very pretty."

I'm sure I was blushing, although nobody would be able to tell through the heavy rain. Without knowing what to respond I simply said "Ohhh, thank you so much!" hoping that he would give me his name, or at least ask me my own.

But no. Maybe it was because he didn't want me to stand in the rain, maybe HE didn't want to stand in the rain, maybe it was because he was embarrassed, or maybe he simply meant to give me a compliment and leave it at that... but after my reply he walked away and I climbed into my car.

I am flattered. I don't think I've ever had a complete stranger tell me I'm pretty, or beautiful, or cute... or anything. I've had random people compliment a certain part of my outfit like, "cute hat" or "cute scarf" but it isn't the same as the compliment I recieved today. His simple reaching out and giving a sincere compliment made my entire day.

I've never thought I was the kind of girl who was extraordinarily pretty. Before you think I sound whiny or shallow, let me elaborate. I'm not meaning to be self-depricating. I would never go so far as to say that I'm ugly or anything! I'm completely happy with who I am and what I look like. I just never thought of myself as the kind of girl who would attract attention from passerby or from strangers in a grocery store. Usually I'm not the girl who enters a room and causes all heads to turn :) Especially on days like today. I was wearing a long-sleeved plain brown shirt, jeans, and tan boots. I wasn't dressed up or wearing hardly any makeup. I had made a long walk in the rain and my hair was wavy and slightly frizzy, so my bangs were swept back underneath a brown headband- revealing my large freckly forehead. It was one of those moments where I hardly felt like I was looking decent.

What's more- the guy wasn't a creeper. Or he didn't seem like one, at least. He was hansdsome and normal and a gentleman. And I didn't know him from Adam. And he picked me out of the crowd and told me that I am pretty. He probably has no idea how happy he made me feel. :) it doesn't even matter that I will never see him again or that I didn't get his name... (although that might have been a bonus) but just recieving a genuine compliment such as his was so uplifting.

People like that are some of the most wonderful humans. The people who go out of their way to say something kind to others. The ones who actually mean it. The people who are confident and positive (very different than prideful or cocky). The ones who give a simple smile and color the whole world. :)

I want to be someone who is like that. Because of his confidence and his kindness I wanted to be more kind. And because of his kindness I actually felt pretty the rest of the day. It didn't matter that my hair was dampened from the rain, that I wasn't dressed up, that I have big feet, that I have dirty-brown hair, or that I have freckles splattered across my face. I didn't care. I had confidence and nothing else mattered.

I guess that's what it comes down to. Confidence. The confidence in ourselves and the confidence to uplift those around us. Maybe to anyone else this is just a silly story. But it made me smile and it gave me confidence in myself. It's moments like these that I want to remember. So I consider it blog-worthy.
Funny, how such a simple event can mean so much. Sometimes the smallest moments in our lives leave the greatest impact or the sweetest memories.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who am I not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Chocolate Mug Cake.

INGREDIENTS:
1 large coffee mug
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A splash of vanilla extract


Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes
(You may have to cook it more or less... depending on the microwave)
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT!

My mom found this recipe and sent it to me in an email when I first moved out. I had totally forgotten about it until recently, when I was having a major sweet-tooth and craving something chocolatey. So I tried making it tonight... and it was scrumptious! It's a delicious treat if you love chocolate cake and you don't want to take the time to make a large cake for multiple people.

Not only is it delicious, but it's simple and easy to make. Not time consuming at all :) It's a perfect little one-serving instant dessert, especially for a college student like me. Sometimes we all need a sweet lil' somethin' somethin' for our tummies. :) Bonapetite!

okay, let's breathe.

So as Sunday is coming to a close (oh wait, it's technically already over) I'm beginning to realize how insanely busy this week is going to be. It seems that after midterm the tasks I have to accomplish grow and grow and become increasingly more and more tedious.

This week I have to...

Take a math test. I hate math tests, they really stress me out. Last time I took a math test in 1030 I got a 94% which is a big accomplishment for me. I'm pretty sure the last time I got a 94% on any math test was in ninth grade. I also have a group math project that we've started this month. It's something about statistics... pretty much I have to go and interview a bunch of people on campus and collect data and do some calculations... exciting right?

Take a Political Science Quiz. These usually aren't very time consuming. But Quizzes and tests always tend to be stressful. I'm also in the process of completing 20 hours of community involvement for my political science class... 20 hours (as I'm sure you can tell) is quite the time commitment for a student as busy as I am. But slowly I am finding time to complete hours randomly here and there. We have an opportunity to complete like, seven hours this Wednesday... but the event is the same time as my math test. So I'm gonna be finding other ways to complete my community involvement project.

Fill out an Intent to Vacate Form. Yeah I know... I've almost made it a year living on my own. Weird! Anyway, It's already time to fill out forms and prepare to move out of UV. I've loved my time here, but I'm ready to move out. I am not planning on coming back to UV either. It's been a great place to live during my first year in college, but it's not worth the cost of rent. So I'm preparing to move out of UV and to live at home for the Summer. Then I'll be living somewhere else in Ogden next semester! Details coming soon.

Job Applications. Summer is approaching ever nearer, and I need a Summer job. Please note my lack of enthusiasm. (joke) I'm actually really excited to have a Summer job. I want to earn my OWN money so I can feel like an adult and feel accomplished; however the process of finding a job is never an easy one. (Especially with the economy these days. It's so easy to blame things on the economy, right?) This week I need to type up a resume for a recent job opening I discovered. I'm sure I'll have several more resumes and cover letters I'll need to compile in the near future. If anyone hears of some place that's hiring, let me know! :)

Auditions. Ah yes, a very familiar and often occurence in my life. I'm preparing to audition for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at The Hale Centre Theatre. This means researching the show and preparing an audition song. Singing at auditions always makes me so nervous! Stressful, but worth it. I'm also waiting for the results of the auditions I attended last week for the One-Acts at Weber State University. I went to auditions, and then callbacks, and I have to read for a director once more on Tuesday. Hopefully the cast list will be posted soon. Wish me luck!

Character Analysis Assignment. I'm enrolled in Acting 1- or more commonly known as "Baby Acting" and we were just assigned our final scenes for the semester. I was assigned an awesome scene from a play called Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire and I have a great acting partner named Blake Merriam. This Tuesday I have to memorize half of my script and complete a several-page Character Analysis paper. I'm excited to get to work on this assignment though. We're going to nail it with this scene!

The Lion In Winter. We still have six performances left (Come see the show while you can!) and the run keeps me busy during the evenings. This means less time to accomplish all of the tasks listed above. It's alright though... not only is the run a ton of fun (hey that rhymed!) but the show is also giving me one practicum for this semester. I have to dedicate at least 90 hours a semester to the Theatre Department to keep my tuition waiver. Which brings me to my next topic...

Juries. (dun dun dun... scary music) Juries are probably what's got me stressing the most, although the upper-classmen keep questioning my anxiety towards the event. See, Juries are like an audition... but Juries determine whether I make it into the Musical Theatre Deparment/Major AND they determine whether I get to keep my tuition waiver for next semester. There's a lot hanging over my head. I have to create a resume and turn it in this Friday. Then I must prepare a three-minute audition (Two songs and a monologue) to show the board of professors in the department. They suggest we audition with material that we have used throughout the year to show what we have learned in our classes.

Luckily Juries are the day after Spring Break so I'll have the whole week to practice and prepare for the audition. Unfortunately Juries are the day after Spring Break so I will spend the entire week worrying and losing sleep over the audition.

Heavy sigh. :)
Moving on. Last but not least...

Church Performance. It always happens that a member of the bishopric asks you for something at the most inconvenient of times. Good ol' Brother Beauss tapped me on the shoulder today in chuch and asked me if I would be willing to sing a musical number next week. It's really hard to refuse the request of a member of the bishopric... no idea why. So now I have to find a musical number to sing, I have to practice the song, AND (hardest of all) I need to find an accompanist. I sure do miss having my friend Matt Baxter around... he was my go-to pianist. Thanks a lot for leaving on a mission, Matt. ;)

This is definitely not the end to my list of things to do. Although now that I write this all down I realize that I've definitely had busier and crazier weeks in my life. So it's okay, I can breathe. But anyway, rather than droning on and on about my list of to-do's and boring whoever may be reading this (you poor unfortunate person) I'm going to catch some zzz's and brace myself for the week ahead!

Just to think... One more week and then Lion in Winter is over and it's Spring Break. Theat means it's daylight savings time which means spring and warm weather and the sun stays up longer.  That means I get to go home for a week. That means a week of no classes. Hooray! So let's kick this week in the butt!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Let's do this!
Much love :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Lion In Winter


I'm involved in another show that is up and running!
The Lion In Winter opens and performs
March 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12
At Weber State University
Directed by the wonderful Tracy Callahan

This time, I'm working on crew.
Props/grips run crew.
Basically I'm the one in black who moves set and props
On and off the stage inbetween scenes.
It's been a fun challenge to work on a crew
And it's a great show! You should really come see it. :)
The story and cast are amazing, you won't regret it!
Break-a-leg everyone!