Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Save money when you fly

By using Yapta.

I can't wait until I get a chance to use this! I only wish I had found it before the holidays. The scoop? You put your flight plans into and they watch the flights for you, alerting you when the prices drop.

So then you buy your tickets, and the next day, the price drops again. Don't be distraught! Yapta gets you a voucher or refund from the airline. Can it get better than this? I submit that it cannot!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

In Awe of Isaac

The singles ward we go to had a tailgate party before the Thursday-night TCU game a couple of weeks ago. They had a competition for best poster for "Brother Taylor." I'm so sad we had to miss it! Isaac of course wasn't able to attend because of game prep, and I was in class right up until the game started. I wish they had taken pictures! One group of girls knew that at least I would want to see their poster so they saved it for us! Another boy had painted Isaac's number on his chest and back, and even 3 days later, the dye from the paint still hadn't washed off. He showed us the remnants at Ward Prayer that night.

CSU Game

These pictures are posted way after the fact, but I still wanted to put them up anyway. This was the CSU game back on Nov. 3rd. Isaac played kickoff and punt return, and at the very end, he got in as running back too! Of course the only pictures I snapped were from a distance, and you can't even make him out on here. You'll just have to trust me that he's in there :) The first pic is him on the sidelines and the next two are him on the field. I was too involved in the game when he was in at the end, I didn't even think of taking pictures then. Ugh! Ho hum. Here's a couple of me and the folks as well.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

These are the essentials to my having a happy Thanksgiving.

1) The savory cheese ball hors d’oeuvre, anticipatory of the feast.

2) Moist turkey

3) Ample cranberry relish atop my turkey, but only if it's my mom's... and if it isn't then I may not eat it.

4) Creamy mashed potatoes accompanied by little or no gravy

5) Sweet potatoes--no marshmellows, yes brown-sugary heaven topping

6) Green bean casserole. This may be my single favorite part.

7) Stuffing. Stuffing with sauteed apples, celery, and onion mixed in.

8) A fat piece of pumpkin pie with real whipping cream.

These are the reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday :)

Shut up!

So whenever you read interviews with famous people, or in my case--BYU football players, you always see that they ask the question, "So what's your pet peeve?" Most people give pretty lame, ambigious answers like, "arrogant people" or "flaky girls." Well I've finally pinpointed my biggest pet peeve, so if I'm ever interviewed this is what you'll read/hear me say--"People who talk or text during a movie. Talking is LOUD and texting is BRIGHT. Both types of people should die by my gouging their eyes out." :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

BYU vs. Wyoming

Isaac is headed to Laramie, WY, today for the BYU vs. Wyoming game tomorrow. He's looking forward to a very exciting night on the town with the other players.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Go Green

Here's my plug for being environmentally friendly. A use for some old t-shirts: make reusable grocery bags. Now I'm pretty self-confident and don't mind too much what people think, but I don't know if I would ever be brave enough to bring these with me to the grocery store and demand the sackers use them. It'd be way cool though. But I wouldn't use the cliche I Love NY shirt. I found the idea at

They Taste Good to Her

It's been about a year (give or take) since I've posted so I thought I'd post a poem or two from my favorite poet, William Carlos Williams.

"This is Just to Say"

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

"To a Poor Old Woman"

Munching a plum on
the street a paper bag
of them in her hand

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by
the way she gives herself
to the one half
sucked out in her hand

a solace of ripe plums
seeming to fill the air
They taste good to her

Friday, November 2, 2007


What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups begin October 1, 2007. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.