Friday, December 31, 2010

Out with the old, in with the NEW!!!!

First off, shout out to Stephanie for the new header and layout! Thank you SOOO much!

Well, here it is! The last day of 2010. I can't believe this day is actually here! I've been thinking a lot the last few days about many of the experiences I had this year, different lessons learned and such.

Now I could go on and on with all the things that I learned this year, but I really don't know where to even start! So I will just say that the most important thing that I really came to believe this year was this phrase, Everything happens for a reason. It really does. I've always heard that phrase tossed around like a salad, but this year I truly came to believe it.

I kinda feel that I've about a million and one learning experiences, and now, I'm ready to take on what 2011 might bring.

Let's hope that it brings good things!!! A job? Good money? Love??! Laughter? Happiness? Good friendships?! Fun times? Yes I hope for all these things.

Also...I love music. This might be embarrassing for me to admit, but the other day I was driving alone, and a great song came on, and I turned it up so loud that I couldn't hear my self sing at the top of my lungs. It was a great moment. So here's a fun music video of the top 25 pop hits of 2010, all mixed together. Love it.

And I'll finish with this.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Deep thoughts over the fire...

First of of today, I am now officially facebook friends with David Archuleta. This makes today monumental.
I just got back from a bonfire with some friends. Have you ever noticed how when your sitting there, looking into the flame, you can't help but contemplate your life??? It happens to me every time.
So what was the topic of my thoughts tonight? The past year...2010, and um how it's a few short days from being OVER. I have mixed feelings about it.

But I'm mostly happy it's over, grateful for the MANY lessons learned, and excited for the upcoming year. But seriously, as I sat there and thought of the many lessons learned this year, tons of memories of different experiences and different people came to mind. I realised how much I learned about: Heartbreak, true happiness, old friendships, new friendships, myself, my faith, my dreams, and change. I know we all experience this kind of stuff, and around this time of the year we all start thinking about how we want to change our lives and stuff.

I will be graduating in 4 months, and people keep asking me..."So what are your plans after you graduate?". Can I just say, I really hate this question. Because after I tell people "I'm not exactly sure yet." They all look at me and laugh, like I've wasted the last four years of my college experience. Truth is, I think it's OK to now know exactly where you want to go with your life after you graduate. Maybe I just think that to make myself feel better...either way, it works for me. Y'all wanna know my plans? Hahaha, I wanna go to Alaska and make some money this summer and after that? Who knows. We'll cross that bridge when it gets here.

So...what direction will this year take me? I am pretty excited to find out.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas time is here :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas with their families! Texas has been treating me well with all its shopping, and warmth, and time with family and friends. Happy Christmas Eve Y'all!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

David Archuleta is my future husband.

After a long and tiresome finals week, I am home in Texas for the holidays!!! This weekend was one of the most amazing weekends I've had all semester! I had the amazing opportunity to attend the dedication of the new BYU-Idaho Center, and the re-dedication of the Manwaring center. We were privileged to hear from President Eyering, Elder Bednar, and Elder Nelson. The choir and orchestra preformed my most favorite hymn ever, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing", and it seriously gave me the chills.

I also had the opportunity to go down to Utah with my roommate Alyssa. We got to Salt Lake and decided to go stand in the standby line for tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert in the Conference center, featuring the one and only DAVID ARCHULETA!!!!! There were about 150 people in front of us in line by the time we got there, but we decided to stick it out and see what happened. The workers kept coming down and telling us how slim our chances were of getting in. Then all the sudden, this cute little old couple came to our section on the line, they said they had 4 tickets they were willing to give away. I told them I only needed 2 tickets, and they gave them to me! Alyssa and I were shocked by how amazing our seats were!!! We were nearly all the way down on the floor level. And the concert was amazing, David Archuleta just doesn't know it yet, but we're so getting married one day.

Afterwards we went to see the lights on temple square for the first time in our lives. It was breathtaking for sure.

Seriously, I love the temple.

And I saw this video last year, and I just had to share. Gets me every time. I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow, Finals, and lots of Caffeine

So...We've been playing in the snow QUITE a bit lately. But I'm OK with it because...well helloo...I practically live in a snow globe, so mine as well make the most of it right?! Right.

In other news, it is finals week, and of course it is stressful. I have realised how very grateful I am for caffeine! Also, I just got set apart as the 2ND counselor in the Relief Society. I'm pretty excited to serve in this calling, also kind of nervous, but I know this will be a great opportunity.

I had a neat experience on Sunday, I was getting a blessing being set apart for this new calling, and my testimony was strengthened so much through the comforting words spoken. There were some things that were said that were a direct comfort to me in ways that the Bishop and his counselor probably had no idea about. So...pretty much, I'm grateful for the power of the priesthood and the amazing gospel that I have been blessed to have in my life.

OH. And Steph, I'm so excited for our scooter gang and our future scootering adventures all around the world. Hahaha.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My most embarrassing moment.

Last night my roommates and I decided to go on a midnight run to the gas station to stock up on caffeine for the rest of the week. My roommate told me she'd call me when they were outside so I could just run outside the apartment and jump in the car. WELL...the phone rang...and she told me to come out. SO. I assumed they were sitting out there waiting. I ran out of the apartment, saw a black car sitting out there with the lights on. Ran up to it, pulled on the handle of the back door. It was locked. I looked into the front seat...and the window rolled down. It was some random person that I didn't even know. She politely said "I think you have the wrong car?". I WAS SOOOOO EMBARRASSED!!! Of course my roommate and my friends pulled up just in time to see the whole thing happen. They sat there and laughed at me as I walked away from the other car.

What a night it was. ALSO...I almost managed to burn down my apartment earlier last night. I think I'm loosing my mind or something.

But that's why I went to the gas station and came away with a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew ($1), and a few cans of Monster ($1.50 each). This week should be oh so fun. Then I'm off to Texas for the holidays (Priceless).

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wheat thins and sugar cookies

Today I took my friend Aubrey down to the shuttle bus to send her back to Texas. I had a great great time with her here, but managed to get way behind in all my homework. So why am I sitting here blogging? Because I don't know where to start with homework, so I figured this was a good place to start.

This song currently is on repeat , I'm not sure why, I just love it at the moment. I'm hoping it'll motivate me to work on school stuff.

I generally feel pretty lazy today, very lazy actually. My roommate and I are just sitting here eating frosted sugar cookies, and wheat thins.

Also, I read something about summer jobs in Alaska in the Scroll today. My roommate Alyssa and I are strongly considering doing it. I don't have any other plans, and I've never been to it makes perfect sense right?! haha.

I'm headed back to Texas in 11 days for the Christmas break!!! I'm excited, but I honestly think I'm just way more excited to be done with this semester. 17 credits is way too much, never again. Luckily, winter semester will be full of fun classes and WAY less stress!! yay!!

OK I believe I'm done rambling now. Peace out.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A learning lesson FOR SURE.

So last night, I was out in the snow running around with my friends Aubrey and Kelan. We were attempting to push each other down in the snow and random stuff like that. When all the sudden Aubrey was flinging the snow off her hands...and BAM her ring was gone. It just happens to be a REALLY nice, expensive ring. So here we are standing in about 3 feet of soft fresh snow, and the ring is nowhere to be seen. So the three of us start looking...and we keep looking for about 15 minutes. We all started to lose hope, I know I was for sure. When all the sudden, Kelan says "I know this maybe might sound really cheesy, but maybe we should pray?". We all decided he was right, so we stood there in the snow, right in front of my apartment, circled up while he said a little prayer.

Literally 30 seconds after he said amen, he found the ring. Buried in about 3 feet of snow in one of our footprints.

I know it was just a little ring, and just a tiny experience, but I was blown away by it. We were all so blown away that we just stood there, kinda in shock. I'm such a sap now days, and I had to fight back the tears. haha. But yes...lesson learned for the day for me kinda went a little like this "Melissa, you already know this, but hello...prayer works. Don't forget."

Thursday, December 2, 2010


My best friend Aubrey is coming to visit me TODAY!!!! I'm beyond excited. She'll be here for 5 days and it's going to be SO SO SO fun. I don't think she's ever experienced real snow, aside from the fake snow in Texas, so she is about to be blown away. For real. Because this snow, is just absolutely out of control.

Anyways, I'm starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed due to the many deadlines for school in the next two weeks. If only I can get through the last of this semester, next semester will be pretty simple, and then......GRADUATION!!! Woohoo. 5 months. Then what? Who even knows.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm feeling grateful.

I didn't get a chance to write on Thanksgiving, but after being able to spend the last week at home, I have a heart full of gratitude.

I'm grateful for

  • A loving relationship with my amazing mother.
  • My best friend Aubrey.
  • The Gospel. Can I just expound on that for a second? This week really opened up my eyes to how very important the gospel is to me. I think sometimes it's easy to become so busy with our lives that we forget or lose sight of the blessings that come to us everyday from our loving Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. I'm grateful to know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and is willing to help me and guide me in everything. I honestly do not know what direction my life would be going in without the knowledge that I have been blessed with of this true Gospel.
  • The opportunity to attend BYU-Idaho.
  • The amazing friends that have come into my life in the last four years as a result of being here in Idaho. There have been many that have touched and changed my life for the better.
  • Right now, an apartment that has heat, and a nice comfortable bed to sleep on. Haha. But seriously...

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving Break!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It feels like summer... in Texas it feels like summer. Everyday I've been here, it's been 80 degrees or warmer. Pure Heaven!

I have a roommate who is still up in Rexburg, and has to spend the whole week there alone. So sad. But look at this picture, I've never EVER seen it like this outside our apartment. This is right by the staircase looking out to the parking lot. It scares me because it's only fall!!!! AHHHH what am I gonna do.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm excited because...


I'm pretty excited to see my best friend ever...Aubrey. A huge bummer though is that she's going to Florida and will be gone pretty much the whole time I'm home. I'll get to see her less than a day before I head back to school.

I'm the oldest of four kids, and my little brother Sam is probably the only other sibling that will be there, good thing he's my favorite.

I'm heading out tomorrow...good thing because my roommates are in some SERIOUS need of a break from each other. 2 out of the 6 of us were NOT involved in the yelling fest that took place tonight, I'm proud to say I was one of the 2. They call me Switzerland.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving Break!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nobody is gonna ruin my Thanksgiving Feast!

So in my International Health class, my professor wants us to experience what it'd be like to live on a week's amount of food rations that a person living in a refugee camp in Africa would have. So of course he wants us to experience this the week of Thanksgiving. Let me just share with you the following ingredients that we will be allowed for the next 7 days.

8.5 cups flour (wheat or can mix and match)
1.33 cups beans
1 cup rice
1 cup butter (two sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 eggs

And that is it...for the whole week.
Sorry dear professor, but I'm going to Texas and I will not be abiding by this food ration crap.

Speaking of Texas...I'm beginning to have mixed feelings about going home. Things on the home front are a little stressful and I'm hoping that this vacation goes well.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mac N Cheese

Tonight...I start blogging again. Once upon a time I used to be really good at this, and I did it all the time, and I loved it. I can't remember why I stopped so long ago...but I figured I'd come back, change up the page, and start over. So here we go.

I just got home from campus an hour ago...I've seriously got to stop having such a committed relationship with the library.

I came home starving...went straight to the pantry to look for something wonderful to eat. And the first thing I spotted was a box of Mac N Cheese. Decision made. So I sit here now, blogging to you, whoever you might be, and eating a wonderful box of Mac N Cheese. Not the most healthy, not the most enjoyable. But it works. My "college kid" diet is in some serious need of change.

The only thing getting me through this week is the knowledge that I will be going home for Thanksgiving this weekend. It'll be the first time I've enjoyed this holiday with my family in like 4 years, so ya, I'm stoked. PLUS...the idea of getting out of this little town is so exciting.

Actually...the idea of this semester kinda almost being over is FANTASTIC!

Ok my mind is now blank. Till next time, Y'all take care!
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