Friday, January 30, 2009

My New Office

This is a picture of my computer...on the fridge. The only place I get internet. I just stand on a chair and get on everyone's nerves who tries to get food. You know, I'm not really sure how I found out I could get interent up there...I just had a feeling, and I was right.

99 TO GO

I can't believe it's already 8:00pm. I've had a full week of snow days, and have gotten a lot of work done. My goal is to be so caught up that every afternoon I'll only go to the library to work on stuff for an hour, and then have entire evenings free. (The thought of this makes my heart happy)

Today is a very special day to me. Today is the '99 days until graduation' mark. 13 more weeks of student teaching to go. I feel like after I graduate I can finally stop thinking about graduation! It will be great!

So, something kind of exciting happened today. Don't know if I should share yet...Well, a lady from a museum I've wanted to work for got back with me today. She said they have part-time positions open for the fall...doing what I really want to do! (teach art in an after school program) and she said to send in my resume. I really think I want to do this. I have a lot of reasons to leave the area, but oddly I just don't want to. I'm going to follow my heart, and my heart says "Umm, slightly undecided, but a plan is starting to form" and "I wish sugar was good for me".

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

HAPPY 3rd and 4th SNOW DAY!

This is the best snow day ever! The flakes are HUGE! I love it! Yesterday was pretty amazing too. After everyone got back from sledding we were planning on going over to a friend’s house for dinner. Well, the roads were so bad and half the people were already at our house that the guys who were throwing the dinner agreed to make it here! It was great! The house was packed, and to show our appreciation we made it “Happy Eddie Day!” (Eddie was whose house we were supposed to go to).

GREAT NEWS!!! I just got another phone call! NO SCHOOL TOMORROW! I can’t stop dancing! Apparently power is out around P-town too, so come on over! Plenty of power here. Happy Snow Days everyone!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Exsnows Me?

Too AWESOME!!! I got ANOTHER snow day today! And get this!!! I’ve got ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW!!! When I got in my car I felt like I was in a cave with all the snow on it. I only went to my car to get sleds for my roommates (which I forgot I took out of my trunk, and put them behind my dresser this summer). I’m lame, and don’t feel like getting out of my p.j.s today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go sledding, on my OTHER snow day. I’ve been up since 4:30am, because I wanted to get some things done before school started, and I’ve been working on them here and there throughout the day. But my routine usually consists of:

1st making a plan of what needs to get done.

2nd realizing that I’m hungry.

3rd making something so I’m not hungry anymore.

4th eating until I’m sick, because I don’t want to get hungry again while I’m working.

5th getting tired from eating so much.

6th napping.

7th waking up.

8th realizing I have things to do.

9th realizing that I’m hungry again.

10th repeat steps 1-10.

I honestly have gotten some work done today though, so don’t worry mom (I know you called Miranda this morning to check and see if I was being productive or not).

And when I asked if anyone had anything they thought “wow! Mallory would be perfect for this!”, I was referring to careers, or something long term. Sorry Bek. I’ve kind of got a surplus of summer job opportunities. Another one just came up this morning matter of fact. I wish the right decision was just so blatant that it smacked me in the face. Well, maybe I’d prefer a more “Hello Mallory. Nice to see you. Why, yes. This is your perfect destiny. Right this way.”

Monday, January 26, 2009

5 8s

Here is what I'm sure you've all be waiting for! 5 sets of 8 things...Well, as many as I could think of...

8 Favorite TV Shows:
1.The Office!
2. I don’t really watch enough to care about much else…

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Slept
2. Church
3. Ate
4. Talked to friends and family
5. Read
6. Napped
7. Ate
8. Slept (Sundays are the best)

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. GRADUATION (surprising, I know)
2. Thursdays to watch The Office
3. 2:30pm (When school lets out)
4. Saturdays
5. Dinner
6. Long weekends
7. Feb. 14th (Covers most of the top: it’s a Saturday, long weekend, and I’m sure I’m going to eat dinner. And who knows. Some episodes of the Office might be watched.)
8. The next crazy adventure that comes my way

8 Favorite Restaurants
1. I don’t eat out much. (I like to cook)

8 Things on My Wish List
1. A stinking diploma
2. A great job, or some awesome opportunity
3. More snow days
4. Unlimited free time
5. A house out in the country
6. Hmm, I’m out of things to wish for.

I have an extreme case of senioritis, if you haven’t been about to tell. I think I’m going to have a party in a few days to celebrate the 100 days until graduation mark. Man! I really have a problem. Homework time!

Flakes; Keep-o-Fallin'

I woke up this morning to my call ringtone at 5:30am. I was like “hmm, I didn’t mean to set my alarm to that”. I looked at my phone in confusion, and pressed the End button. Then I later heard my voicemail tone. It was my co-op teacher saying “happy first snow day!” I was thinking that "hey! Now I’ve got a full day to do more homework" and I rolled over to think about everything I would get done…and then I fell asleep until 8am. Miranda woke me up to tell me something (she confuses me a lot most mornings), and then asked if I wanted to go workout. I said YES. She went out to the car to clean it off, and then I went outside to say NO. I decided to go straight to the library, and start on school assignments. Obviously it’s been 4 hours, and I’m still not getting anything done.

One of my friends I worked with a couple summers ago emailed me yesterday to see if I wanted to be their Handiland Director (arts and crafts) at a camp in CA. I kind of just emailed him to say I would. So, I guess now I have plans for the summer. This is an exciting thought. PS- If anyone, ANYONE knows of anywhere, ANYWHERE that might need an art teacher let me know! (Or if there is some other opportunity you think “wow, Mallory would be perfect for this!” I’m really game for anything.)

Did I mention it’s a snow day? :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Own Kind of Beautiful

There was a Chinese New Year Celebration at the university yesterday. Dr. V asked those who went on the China trip to go. There was no question in my mind on if I was going or not. There was a free dinner after. Well, while there they had presentations and Dr. V comes up out of nowhere and asks us to speak on our experiences. I love those spontaneous moments when you’re asked to speak in public. It wasn’t too bad, and I ate a lot of food. It was great.

I just got an email from my mom with Mormonad videos. I have the “Be Your Own Kind of BEAUTIFUL” in my room. You got to love The New Era.

For one of the presentations they wanted pictures for a slideshow. While looking through some I found one I forgot all about. We were meeting with some important people at the sister school, and they were very generous. But this picture reminds me a little of that Mormonad.
If you can’t tell, the glasses are filled with beer, and my lonely glass of orange juice. It doesn’t get any different when you get older. There will always be times when you have to be different. It could even be when having dinner with √©lite Chinese men and having to use gestures and try to sign “No beer. Anything else?”. I went home last night to an empty house after turning down an invite to a typical college party, and it made me think. So many people do the same things. The same self destructive things. I love my friends and family. Although I don’t get the see them very often, I know they are doing things to make them different. Things that make them beautiful.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Think of Nothing Else...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Can I Breathe Yet?

For some reason I thought things would be smoother not having to go to work every day. NOPE. Not this semester. It’s only been 3 days, and I’m already worn out. And there are only signs of things getting much busier. Maybe I will take this summer off to recuperate. One thing I can’t wait to do is go see Chirstyn in DC! Christyn, you have no idea how much I want to see you! We will talk about this moving to DC biz when I get there. Hmmm…Adventure Ideas are starting to come….

Spring:
Washington D.C.
New York City
Summer:
Utah
Catalina Island
Ecuador
Tennessee
Pennsylvania
Fall:
Wherever the wind sends me….

If any of these places appear to be your residents or place of previous occupancies, most likely they are. Expect me to crash/travel with you during the designated time. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Time to Move

For crying out loud! It's cold! It's been raining so much, that it's hard to get out of bed. Finally some flurries are flying sideways here.

I don't know how many I told I was going to make up my mind Dec. 22nd on what on what I was going to do with myself after graduation, but that really didn't happen. I'm more undecided than I was before. I have what I want to happen, but that just isn't feeling right. And we all know how things really end up. Last time I made plans for my future they disappeared from under me, and something much better unfolded. I'm hoping something similar happens (without the heartbreak), and I'll figure something out soon. I've been really thinking about going back to this this summer: That was the good life. As for right now I'm just down here at freezing school, getting ready for hopefully my last semester. New goal for 2009: Not blog about what I should do with life, and live. I've done a pretty good job with just living, but lately I've been doing more thinking. Just thinking doesn't get me anywhere. Time to move (maybe figuratively, maybe literally).

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Let the New Year Begin!

Is it just me, or does this guy look like he's smiling?
It was promised, and it has been delivered. Jen and I have started posting on our new blog,
It needs some sprucing, but it’s getting there. We decided everyday to write about something we found new, and loved. It’s kind of neat to think that everyday we are going to take a couple minutes to acknowledge something new in our lives. If anyone is interested in joining, let me know. It’s fun to appreciate the small things.

The first day of 2009 turned out to be a good one, indeed. My friends Cody and Jen went with me to the Newport Aquarium, which was fun. When we got there some of my friends from SSU happened to be there, too. That was neat to see them. After an edifying time at the aquarium, we went to the Omnimax! That is one of my favorite things on earth to do. Only now I want to go rafting down a river...again...real bad.


Yes, it would be the New Year…

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hope it was a good one for you all. I hung out at home with family and friends. It is only fitting to do a quick recap of 2008, and go over what I hope to accomplish in 2009.

2008
-2 new nephews came into the family
-London trip
-ROAD TRIP with Whitney (Kirtland, Penn State, Scranton!, Hershey, Amish Country, Giant Basket…)
-White Water Rafting
-China
-Passed the PraxisII
-I’m sure tons of other things I can’t think of right now

2009
-Learn portion control
-Cute down on sweets
-Exercise at least 3x a wk
-Go on at least one great adventure
-Not skip a day of reading the Book of Mormon (including while on vacation)
-GRADUATE (129 days)
-Transition into a new life

It's going to be a great year...