run it.

i have run over 10 miles in the past four days.
(and that's including sunday which was my rest day).
and i feel GREAT.

i know i've been running for a few months now pretty consistently (at least much more consistently than I had been previously: 2-4 times a week now vs. the previous 1-2 times whenever-i-had-the-time-to-run) but in the past few weeks i've really started to rack up some mileage and feel the burn in my legs and (this weekend especially!) wake up with a craving to get out of my house and just RUN. and i love it!

i'm signed up to race my first race of the new year on the very first day of 2011 (first race on the 1st of january!) here in ohio and I'm also signing up to race my second race two weeks after that with ruth in utah (: and i just. want. to. sign. up. for. more!!

i fell asleep thinking about getting to go running first thing in the morning. and i'm sure as a consequence of that, i dreamt three specific dreams last night (at least three that i can remember).

1. i ran one 5k race that i signed up for but it was on some kind of dinky indoor track and i didn't realize that it was only for disabled people but they told me to run anyway and i finished first and after only a few minutes (obviously unrealistic, but awesome nonetheless), only to discover that I wanted to keep running.. so I ran right out of the place before even accepting any awards or anything.

2. i was signed up to run a race at nighttime with ruth so i was running around warming up waiting for her to pick me up and 11pm rolls by and i finally gave up waiting and figured i should call her so i ran upstairs to my room to get my phone and saw anna asleep and everyone else in my house asleep and (even though that's completely normal for everyone in my family to be asleep by then.. except maybe anna but she normally wouldn't even be in ohio, but whatever) then got so angry because no one was running around like i was so clearly the race had already started so i just took it upon myself to go out and run until i wasn't upset anymore about missing the race.

3. i was at this huge indoor arena/track with all of my testing center amigos that i work with. we were all warming up together for some intense battle-of-the-testing-centers race (don't ask me why..) and we all just ran and ran and ran to warm up and i don't remember the race ever happening but i remember running and talking to micaela (which is slightly odd because she doesn't particularly enjoy running, but i was in a dream so i'll take it) and jared and kelsey and it was so fun and we were all goofing around and wearing really ridiculous running outfits.

so basically..
i'm think i'm officially running obsessed.
and 2011 is (kind of like ruth!) going to be the year of many races..
from 5ks to (at least one!) marathon(s) and everything in between!


but it's a bit past eight and i've been itching to run while writing this entire post so.. later! (:



i am done with finals.
i got ANOTHER "A" on one of them in the testing center today.
..its only wednesday (finals run through friday.. aka i got them done early!)
and so i'm going to go on a quick rant before bed.

and as ridiculous as it might be that so many 'young singers' are 'breaking through,'
i am a huge greyson chance fan.
because (especially for a 12-year-old) he is actually talented.
no offense, justin bieber/willow smith/young pop stars galore, but this kid can sing AND he plays piano all on his own. his talent show performance went viral on youtube and if you watch the video, its hard to think he wouldn't get noticed sooner than later. ellen (love her) picked him and featured him on her show and then signed him to her new record label, and his new song/music video is so simple and real and actually quite good.

i don't care if his voice will change as soon as puberty hits. he's one of the good ones. and i am done with finals and in a stellar mood and i think he is GREAT. watch the vids and try to tell me you think otherwise.

slash.. i'm sure you could chalk it up to my having an incredibly musically gifted 12-year-old brother (with the piano, trumpet, voice, and just about a million other non-musical-related things, as well) and if anyone tried telling me his talent would mean 'nothing once he hits puberty..' i'd probably punch them in the face. because if you're really talented, it doesn't matter what age/height/disabilities/changes/etc. you have or go through. talent is talent. and although i'm a huge greyson chance fan.. i am an ASTRONOMICAL fan of daniel kron and all his millions of talents. and i cannot wait to see him in just under a week from now for christmas break! he is awesome. <3 little brother.

still need to do a birthday post but i work nine hours tomorrow so.. this weekend. for sure (:


the SECOND best day of my ever life.

remember this post? and how it was the best day of my ever life because i got an "A" in the testing center?

well LO AND BEHOLD, it's happened again! for my 50 question new testament test! and i am EXTREMELY stoked about it! (:
[disclaimer: this post and its previous one are not intended to be bragging. for the most part, anyway. i was just a terrible student last year and this is a huge improvement for me, as you'll see below. and it's my blog anyway so i can brag if i want to, right? (; ]

right before i went up to campus to take it i was talking to one of my roommates about how i needed to get at least an 88% on this test in order to get an "A" in the class overall (i know that may sound relatively simple, but my past two tests in this class i'd gotten an 82% and a 78%, so things weren't exactly looking promising).

BUT IT HAPPENED! i did even better than i could have possibly hoped! i guess hard work + studying + going to class + etc. really does pay off (imagine that!). 
my score is the 92% "Well done!" (:
right before i started taking this test, i remembered how last year i completely blew off my classes and homework- and especially my tests in the testing center. i would consider myself lucky if i walked out of there with a score that was higher than a "C."

but this year.. i'm going into taking tests planning to come out with a "B+" or "A-" and really seeing my hard work pay off. it's amazing how small changes (going to class, studying regularly, doing readings, etc.) can really make such a huge difference in the long run.

i feel like a whole new person. (:

p.s. tomorrow's the last day of classes! so sometime this weekend i'll write about my birthday this past saturday and how awesome it was (:


"carol llama."

the title really says it all..

BUT just in case you're confused, i'll explain a bit (:

so last year my roommate micaela and i hiked up to campus in the snow and freezing coldness with two boys we were good friends with to the law building because allegedly there were going to be llamas and allegedly we would be caroling with them and allegedly it was going to be a stellartastic time.

we were too late.
we got there and there were no signs of carolers. or llamas.

but this year we moved into a new ward and became friends with some new kiddos and it just so happens that they had heard of llama caroling, too!


not only had they heard of llama caroling.. nonono, one of their best friends from their freshman ward STARTED what is officially called "carol llama" their freshman year!!! so this year... i went llama caroling!

and... well, it's basically exactly what it says it is. we split up in groups of about 5-7 people per llama (there were about 15 llamas total) and we went around and sang christmas carols to people who would open their doors to us and then they'd freak out seeing a huge llama on their lawn and they'd give us canned food for the food bank. basically. awesome.

apparently it's a yearly occurrence, so you should come next year! they even had hot cocoa and donuts for the carolers. and llamas are actually pretty good listeners. and they make funny noises. when we were singing it almost sounded like they were humming along with us! ..sometimes.

and in case you're curious.. a couple of fun facts about llamas:
they're not as tame as they look.
they kick.
and spit.
and run away if you aren't careful.
and they can jump! kind of.
and they don't really like to be pet/touched/close to humans. or around loud noises. which is ironic because we (humans) were walking around with them (llamas) caroling (singing loudly - to even more humans).
oh, and they also are "better in pairs." that's what the guy in charge said, anyway. but it's true. they love being together and it really calms them down.. they kind of go crazy spastic and jumpy if they're left by themselves with just a bunch of college kids. 

anyway, here's some pictures of me with "dali llama." our group's other llama (because we're awesome and got two llamas!) was "llama queen." (: enjoy!

having a heart-to-heart conversation.
best. friends. forever. <3 + the provo temple in the background!

oh and p.s... in about 15 minutes i will no longer be a teenager. anymore. ever. forever.


november in review,

following in anna's footsteps and doing the 'describe-your-life-in-one-word-per-day' thing..

here's november!

working hard. overachieving. peaceful and free. starving. clean. frightful. self-control. stressful. success! romeo <3. zoned out. fresh start! don't stop. seriously, throat?! sir paul mccartney. don't stop x2. TOMS (: love me do. 4 months! lonely. hold me tight. early presents! blizzard? move it. thanks! minor relapse. numb. snow! happy face. here goes nothing..

and since i've been hanging out with him a bunch lately (in november!), i'll leave it to my favorite nephew baby D to introduce the next month:

it's time to move over, november..

it's time for the craziness of december/aunt sarah's birthday/CHRISTMAS! (:

now that's something to smile about (:
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