Friday, June 25, 2010

funny videos!!! yay!!!

Well, here we go. The funny videos you've all been waiting for! Well, you probably haven't been waiting for them, since I just barely decided to put some on, but, well, y'know. Here goes:

My cousin posted this one on his Facebook forever ago.

Say vhut! Whuut?

Aww! 2 cute!

Just... indescribable. Stupid would probably be the word.

This one is funny, but extremely annoying.

Ciao! I'm off to Evanston to see a bunch of people I haven't seen since I was, like, 2!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fathers! Yay!

Happy Fathers Day! This is my tribute post to dads. Here's 10 great things about my dad:
  1. He's goofy, and he has a great sense of humor
  2. He knows how to factor equations, something I still don't know how to do
  3. He loves Mom
  4. He loves my brothers and sisters
  5. He loves me
  6. He is my one and only source for classic rock information.
  7. He speaks Spanish (Something I wish I could do)
  8. He's a teacher
  9. He just gets it
  10. He's my dad!!
What are 10 great things about your dad? Ciao!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hoo, boy.

That's my new expression. You like it? yeah, i know. i'm turning into a hick. oh vell. :D Check it out! i'm a transylvanian hick@! yay! wow, i must be really tired to be this random. i have a parade tomorrow. if you are anywhere near PG, come and watch! it will be amazing!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

All-around Update

I read through my blog posts today, and I realize that I didn't mention a few important things, so here goes:
  • I got hired as an Auditorium Techie next year. I get to work lights/sound on all auditorium-related activities. I usually don't get paid, but if I'm working a rental, like some dance company's performing there, then I get paid minimum wage.
  • I am volunteering at the Timpanogos Caves this summer. I get to go up and trail tour groups, just to make sure nobody touches stuff. Of course, I can't help to bump my head a few times on the cave ceilings, but y'know, it's a work in progress.
  • If you live in/close to/are visiting Pleasant Grove, come and see the Strawberry Days Parade! It's at 10 am, it runs along 200 S., Main, and Center. Just sit where you see other people sitting! It's going to be amazing!
  • I got a cavity fixed today. My cheek was numb for about 3 hours. Crazy, huh? Yeah, I know. Not really.
  • If you live in my ward and you need a babysitter, just give me a call! Seriously, though, I need money, and I don't have time for a full-time job.

Book Review: The Princess Bride

So, I mentioned before that I'm reading multiple books at a time, since The Sword of Shannara is so long. I recently finished "The Princess Bride". I'm sorry to say this, but the book was better than the movie. It always is, right? I'm sorry to say it because I really, really, really like the movie. Best movie ever made. They stuck to the storyline, I'll admit, which makes it a good film, but they left out/altered some crucial parts.
  1. Prince Humperdink's Zoo of Death. In the movie, it's just a torture chamber. In the book, it's this 5 level underground zoo where Prince Humperdink keeps the animals he captures, so he can hunt them when he likes. Creepy, but cool.
  2. Buttercup's declaration of love to Westly. In the movie, she slowly falls in love with him. In the book, the Count and Countess visit, and the Countess starts flirting with Westly. Buttercup gets possessive, and goes to Westley's "hovel", and proclaims her love for him. That does not, I repeat, does not happen in the movie.
  3. The Fire Swamp doesn't come out in the forest, like it does in the movie. It comes out by the shore.
  4. They don't mention the name of Westly's ship in the movie. In the books, it's named the Revenge.
Well, that's pretty much it. Comment if you have any more comparisons!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Marching Band

Marching Band.... where do I begin? Here's a typical schedule....

Warmups, 15-30 min.
Sectionals, 30 min. - 1 hr.
Rehearsal/Check for memorization- 30 min.
Stretches- 5-10 min.
Marching Practice- 1 1/2 hrs. - 2 hrs.

That's pretty much it.... oh well. I'm pretty sore, because in addition to marching, I have to ride my bike there and back. I'm getting used to it though, that's good.

Oh! My bike story today....
So, I was biking home, right? I was walking my bike uphill, and then I decided to start riding it again. So, I push off. In little less than, say, 30 sec., I heard a pop, then a hiss, and all of a sudden it got really hard to pedal. I had no idea why. So, I pull over, and my tire's flat. I called my mom to come pick me up, and we came home. We went to a free movie (Clash of the Titans- an amazing movie!) at the Water Gardens (Thanks, Bro. & Sis. Daniels!), and Dad came home from class. Then, he went to do visits.
When he finally got back from visits, (we were back by then), he took a look at the bike. It turns out that the valve had been torn from the inner tube, leaving this gaping hole. Me, being my awesome genius self, deduced this myself. And they doubted me...
So, we went and picked up a new inner tube. It cost ten bucks, because it's one of those cool ones that seals itself if it gets punctured. Dad tried to convince me to pay for it, but I said, "No way, Jose. You want to get an expensive one, get it yourself." Yeah... Anyway, that was pretty much it.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Demon King/The Bad Queen Book Reviews

I'm reading several different books at a time, because the complications of due dates and such. So, here's 2 books I've recently finished.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Chima is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She has great description and prose, and she great ideas. Her stories come to life with action and adventure, but they have added depth with descriptions and relationships. Anyways, The Demon King is about 2 key characters, Hans Alister, a reformed thief, and Princess Raisa ana’Marianna, a princess who is locked up like a bird in a cage, but yearns to be free, like the legendary Hanalea, a fierce warrior queen, who defeated the Demon King hundreds of years before. These 2 characters meet only briefly, but the effect is instantaneous- and dangerous. It sets in motion a war that the two will only barely be able to comprehend.

Rated PG, for action, violence, and graphic detailsThe Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer was an okay book. It's about Marie-Antoinette and her life in the palace at Versailles in France. There are definitely some bad and un-virtuous themes in here. It goes into somewhat-great detail of her "relationship" with her husband, and much talk of harlots, mistresses, etc. I would not recommend this book. The story is wonderful, and historically accurate, but that doesn't make any excuse for the themes and the way in which this book portrays them.
Rated: PG-13 for inappropriate themes, etc.


1st Week of June!

Well, here goes: the 1st week of June.

Sorry I've been gone so long, but I've been so busy... so, enjoy my wrap-up

Sunday: Even though it wasn't Memorial Day, we went out and put flowers on graves. Need I say anymore? Oh, and I (tried) to start reading "The Secret Garden" to the little girls, but it didn't go too well.

Monday: Memorial Day. We didn't actually put flowers on graves that day, since we did it on Sunday, but instead we left for Moab. For those who don't live in Utah, Moab is the best thing since the Colonel's Fried Chicken. To me. For now. We did some hiking in Arches. We hiked The Windows, Turret Arch, and Double Arch(es). Then, we went and checked into the house we were renting. That was pretty much our first day.

Tuesday: We woke up early (for me) and hiked the Fiery Furnace. This is considered the hardest hike in all of Arches. There's no trail, and it requires a lot of jumping, scrambling up and down rocks, and squeezing into small spaces, but totally worth it. It's AMAZING!!!! If you go, you can totally tell why it's called the Fiery Furnace. Anyway, after we did the Fiery Furnace, we went and we picked up the kids and went to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint and the Wolfe Ranch. After, all the kids wanted to go home, so they did, but Josh, Ethan, and I went with Grandma and Grandpa Steele & my Uncle Peter and my Aunt Mary, and we did Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, and Landscape Arch. So pretty! It's gorgeous.

Wednesday: Well, after waking up and having breakfast, we packed up and left the house in Moab. But, before we came home, we decided to do some more exploring around the area. We went to Dead Horse Point (Have you heard that story? So sad.), and we drove around a bit through Canyonlands. We did a very short but exhausting hike to the Salt Dome, and we picnicked near one of the viewpoints for Canyonlands. It's all so gorgeous down there! And, after a 4 hour drive, we were home and I went to Mutual and we made Virtue wood blocks. They turned out purdy-ful. :D

Thursday: This day wasn't as exciting as most of the days this week. We had dentist's appointments, but that was about it. I have one small cavity, but they think it can wait until I have my braces off to fix it.

Friday: Not much happened today, either. Price and Josh got their physicals for Scout Camp, and Mom and Dad explored Parade of Homes. Whoop-de-doo.

Saturday: Ethan's Birthday! Boy, nothin' beats having a bunch of nine-year-olds run around your house trashing everything. Oh well. We went to the dollar store to buy Ethan cheapo presents. I got him a little stuffed tiger that remarkably looks like a miniature Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes. While we were at the dollar store, we saw some people setting up for a safety event thingy. This big ol' motorcycle dude had a B.A.C.A. jacket on, and Price said "Dad, what's B.A.C.A.?" Dad replied, "Bikers Against Child Abuse, Price." Price, still confused, said "What that?" Dad, being the goofy dad that he is, replied "Basically, if I slap you around out there, then a bunch of big biker dudes will come and slap me around." *eyeroll* Well, it was right on the money, at any rate.

Sunday(again): Which is today. In Sunday School, les garçons étaient des imbéciles. Que pourrais-je faire avec cela ? Absolutely nothing, I tell you. Oh, well. I got pretty upset, but I'm over it now. I need to learn to control my flapping mouth.


P.S.: To anybody playing the License Plate Game, we have 40 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, 2 foreign countries (France and Brazil), and about a billion U.S. Governments. HAHAHAHA!!!! National Parks are the best places to go to play, I think.