Sunday, October 26, 2008

I Honestly Love You

The title of the blog will make sense later. The questions below are some that we often may wonder, but what better way to answer them then with music. A friend of mine posted this on her blog and demanded that I do it to. Thanks Lindz, this provided some much needed amusement in Delta.

Here are the Rules-
1. Put Your iTunes, Windows Media Player, MP3 Player, or whatever on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
"Hello" David Cook

How would you describe yourself?
"Any Day Now" Missy Higgins (anyone read Leo the Late Bloomer?)

What do you like in a guy/girl?
"Home of the Blues" Johnny Cash (hmm, ok)

How do you feel today?
"Golden Girl" Dan Wilson (today and EVERYDAY)

What is your life’s purpose?
"Carmel Apple Eating Contest" Jack Christianson (this thing knows me too well)

What is your motto?
"The Fear You Won't Fall" Joshua Radin (and how!)
What do your friends think of you?

What do you think of your parents?
"I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" Chicago

What do you think about very often?
"How Great Thou Art" MOTAB

What is 2 + 2?
"Ganges A Go-Go" Bombay the Hard Way

What do you think of your best friend?
"It's Over Now" Colm Wilkinson (how tragic)

What do you think of the person you like?
"Too Soon" eastmountainsouth (bad timing?)

What is your life story?
"A Very Nice Prince" Into the Woods

What do you want to be when you grow up?
"The Last Dance" Frank Sinatra

What do you think of when you see the person you like?
"The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down" Winnie the Pooh

What will you dance to at your wedding?
"Be Be Your Love" Rachael Yamagata

What will they play at your funeral?
"Hotel Song" Regina Spektor (it will be quite the funeral)

What is your hobby/interest?
"You and I Both" Jason Mraz (yes please)

What is your biggest fear?
"Alone" Ben Harper

What is your biggest secret?
"Clarity" John Mayer (cause really i just seem unclear?)

What do you think of your friends?
"Never Let Go" Josh Groban (really, don't. i mean that)

What will you post this as?
"I Honestly Love You" Olivia Newton-John (PERFECT!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Happiest Fall Break On Earth

The Happiest Fall Break on Earth started a week ago Wednesday. We left work just before noon and after 9 hours in the car,4 In N Out cheeseburgers, and 1 presidential debate, we pulled into Costa Mesa. We rolled down the car windows and took in the fresh, ocean-kissed, California air. With a beginning like this, the vacation was destined to be a success.

The next morning we woke early and headed for the Happiest Place on Earth. We parked in the Pinocchio lot and walked past a plethora of vans and SUVs that had also made the trip from Utah. In case you were wondering, UEA stands for Utahans Enter Anaheim. Our excitement mounted as we boarded the tram that took us toward Disneyland at a thrilling 14 miles an hour.

We got inside about 15 minutes before rope drop, and let me tell you friends, the second that rope dropped, the magic began. I am serious about the magic part. Somehow, whenever I am there everything falls into place. Magic happens.

Within the first 3 hours we were there we had ridden every ride in Critter Country, New Orleans Square, Adventureland and Frontierland. We got a VIP reservation at the Blue Bayou (when it was already booked for the next three days) AND we met Jack Sparrow!

The most magical moment for me was running into an old friend. Eight years ago my sister and I were at Disneyland celebrating her graduation from college and my graduation from high school. One day we went to Fantasyland and rode the tea cups, while we were there we thought it would be fun to get our picture in the Mad Hatter's hut. To achieve our goals we decided to get our picture taken with the ride operator. He was really nice and our picture turned out adorable. The ride operator's name was Rigo. We got a kick out of that. The next day, our brother went of to get some food and my sister and I embraced our freedom and ran over to Fantasyland (somehow it wasn't my 23 year old brother's favorite spot) Anyway, the park was slow that day and my sister and I were on our own. We could do whatever we wanted!! We went on the Snow White ride and the ride operator was Rigo! When we came out there was no one waiting to get on so we asked Rigo if we could go again. He sent us through 7 or 8 times in a row and we loved it every time. Being the geeks that we are, we shouted "Hooray for Rigo and hooray for the Snow White ride!" when we came out. A good time was had by all. At some point Rigo explained to us that his real name was not Rigo. It was actually Mickey, but - as it was the same name as a certain mouse - he had a different name on his name tag. We were all fast friends by the end of the morning.

My sister and I still laugh about that day and I think of it every time I go on the Snow White ride. Well, On our second day at the park Hali and I went to ride the Snow White ride and the ride operator looked extremely familiar. I glanced at his name tag and saw that it said "Mickey". "What is your last name?" I asked him. He looked at me and sardonically replied, "Mouse." I am sure that he thought I was just some cheeky guest making fun of his name. "No, seriously, what is your last name? I think I know you." It was Rigo. He said he remembered us, I seriously doubt that, but it was amazing that eight years later, on the same ride, I ran into my most favorite ride operator ever.

Thanks Mickey, for a very unexpected surprise!

Of course, Disney magic wasn't the only magic we experienced on the trip. Saturday night Hali and I headed up to Hollywood to see Wicked. It was my second time seeing the show and I loved it just as much, if not more than last time. P.S. Hollywood is everything fame and fortune are. When professionally displayed, it is all glitz and glamor, but when you are there and you see how it really is, it is one massive train wreck. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our evening. Besides the show, my favorite moment was when we were walking to find some food and passed a group of people that included a couple of guys that were conversing by freestyle rapping. It is moments like that when I truly treasure my life.

No trip to California would be complete without a trip to the beach and a teeny, tiny sunburn. And you know, the amazing thing is, after 3 days of adventure and 18 hours int he car - I still love my workmates. What luck. Oh, and it is possible that I got an annual pass to Disneyland. Anyone want to go back?

It could always be worse...

Feeling blue? Thinking that no one could be worse off than you? Well, read on my friend, and (unless you are actually one of the people mentioned below) give yourself a pat on the back for not being cited in The Daily Universe Police Beat.

The first entry is the WINNER. Yup, winner, winner chicken dinner. I hope she never lives this one down:

"A female resident of Wymount Terrace called in a suspicious phone call in which a man made statements with the intent of hypnotizing the student. The student said she does not remember most of the conversation, but remembers she called him her master. Police say it is virtually impossible to hypnotize someone over the phone."

Maybe I will try to hypnotize you over my blog.

Do you feel prone to do my bidding?? Do you want to call me master??

The rest are bonus. Happy reading.

Sept. 30: Female students in Helaman Halls complained about a man in a gorilla suit attempting to scare students near the Cannon Center. When police arrived, there was no sign of either the complainant or the gorilla. Students complained again early Oct. 3 about a man in a gorilla mask. The gorilla has not yet been identified.

Oct. 8: Police received a call reporting a masked female near the Harris Fine Arts Center who was scaring individuals.

Oct. 9: A BYU Bookstore employee reported a male student who stole a 50-cent candy bar. Police issued a misdemeanor citation for retail theft.

Oct. 11: A person riding a motor scooter hit a female student in the crosswalk at 450 East and 1430 North. She was on her way to the football game. The student was checked by the paramedics at the scene and released.

Oct. 11: A 27-year-old former BYU student was causing a disturbance at the football game by spitting on people. He was arrested and escorted from the stadium after refusing to comply with police orders, detained and released, but banned from the university for 72 hours. No charges were found.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Disney Place

2 days left. It has been two years since I have been to Disneyland, and the gap is closing ever so quickly. In 2 teeny, tiny little days I will be standing at the gates of the Magic Kingdom. The paper count down chain that has been up in our office since the end of June has come to an end.

Now, some of you may be asking, 2 years Jennica? Really? And I will reply to you both yes AND no. I have actually been to Disneyworld and Disney Paris this year, but does that really count? As much as I love Disney anywhere in the world, it is only truly home in Anaheim. Every place holds it's own charm, but I am a purist. Disneyland gets extra magic points because, not only was it the beginning for the Disney theme park conglomerate, but it was also the beginning for me.

The first time I went to Disneyland I was about 5 years old. We went on a special trip, just me, my older sister and my parents. We left the boys and the baby behind and we headed down south. After 7 hours or so in our big, orange, Chrysler New Yorker, we reached Disneyland. And that was where it began, and thankfully, still continues.

So, here are some highlights of my life at Disneyland:

When I went the first time we got Mickey Mouse ears and then got the mouse ears pierced with Minnie Mouse earrings.

5 fabulous days when my older sister graduated high school. It was our first official family vacation since we had moved to Utah 4 years prior. My best friend from California just happened to be there as well.

A magical trip with my father when I was 17. It was the first time I had seen him in 7 years. It was also my first time staying in the Disneyland Hotel and my first time eating sushi AND the first time I had an annual pass.

Living in the car for a week with my older sister and brother to celebrate my high school graduation, my sister's college graduation and for my brother to get lasik in Hollywood. We enjoyed sneaking into the Disneyland Hotel pool to "shower".

Sitting on the balcony of the Disney Art Gallery to watch Fantasmic!

Having an annual pass and being able to go to the Disney California Adventure park before it opened.

Having single rider passes on that same trip and bypassing the Soarin' line that was 3 hours long. As we walked past the line one if the kids exclaimed, "Wow, they must know Walt Disney!"

Being in the Disneyland parade over and over again!

Taking Disneyland by storm with the Dorsey girls a week before my mission and dancing with the Disney characters at our FOREVER long lunch.

Standing under the castle every time I go and listening to Jiminy Cricket sing "When You Wish Upon a Star" and knowing that dreams really can come true.

Second star to the right and straight on till morning. I'll be there soon!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I Would Like to Thank the Little People...

I Love Your Blog Award

Courtesy of Hali...

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Where is your significant other? Waiting
3. Your hair color? Red
4. Your mother? MOVING!
5. Your father? MIA
6. Your favorite thing? Music
7. Your dream last night? Work
8. Your dream/goal? Family
9. The room you're in? Apartment
10. Your hobby? Creativity
11. Your fear? Grief
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Coast
13. Where were you last night? Sleepy Hollow
14. What you're not? Finished
15. One of your wish-list items? Lover
16. Where you grew up? Home
17. The last thing you ate? icecream
18. What are you wearing? Clothes
19. Your TV? off
20.Your pet? NONE!
21. Your computer? on
22. Your mood? Content
23. Missing someone? Sure
24. Your car? Sammy
25. Something you're not wearing? Burka
26. Favorite store? GAP
27. Your summer? Thrilling
28. Love someone? Waiting
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? KLONOPIN

I award the following people with the "I love your blog award" and in so doing tag them to complete the above questions with one word answers.
Ari, Erin, Whit, Lindsay, Heather. The End.