Monday, January 31, 2011

Music Challenge-05

A Song That Reminds You of Someone. . . . . Black Tar Mary-Lindsay Mitchell

This is my awesome older sister Lindsay. She wrote this song and put together this great music video. It is about a dirty cop, and dealing drugs and I think its very well done, but I might be biased. She's always had a creative streak that I have admired and envied.

Runners Up:
You're Just to Good to Be True-Franki Valley and the 4 Seasons (Erin)
When I think about Angels-Jamie O'Neal (Mandy)
Come on Eileen. .Dixie's Midnight Runners (Tyler)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Music Challenge-04

A Song That Makes You Sad- Where've You Been?-Kathy Mattea

Today I think I am going to have to pick 2 songs. Where've You Been is an old song that I have known for at least 12 years, maybe longer. This was a song I learned at my singing lessons. Not that I really understood what the song was about when I was 7 or 8, but I do know that I am older. It's definitely one that will make you tear up a little.

Why-Rascal Flatts
I think this song is beautiful. It's about a sensitive subject that might hit close to home for some who have lost loved ones too early. It'll definitely make you want to cry.

Runners Up:
I'll Forget You-Scarlet Pimpernel Soundtrack
I'll Wait For You-Joe Nichols
So It Goes-Billy Joel
Here Comes Goodbye-Rascal Flatts.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Music Challenge-03

A Song That Makes You Happy. . . . . . Come So Far (Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Elijah Kelly, Queen Latifah)

There's really no explanation necessary after you listen to this song. It's fast, upbeat, and it just makes you smile. The great voices are also a plus.

Come So Far-Hair Spray Movie Soundtrack

Runners UP
Why Don't We Just Dance-Josh Turner
Beautiful Soul-Jesse McCartney

Friday, January 28, 2011

Music Challenge-02

Your Least Favorite Song. . . . . Needle in the Hay-Elliott Smith

There are not a lot of songs that I will flat out say I really don't like/maybe hate this song. I do feel that way about this song however. First of all, there is not range to the melody and its slightly boring. Its also slightly creepy and unsettling with Smith's raspy come hither voice.

Runners Up:
Love Games-Lady Gaga
She Thinks My Tractors Sexy-Kenny Chesney
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk-Trace Adkins

Music Challenge-01

What is Your Favorite Song. . . . The Winner Takes it All-ABBA

This is a very difficult question and its hard to single out just one particular song. I love so many of them and I gave this quite a bit of thought before deciding. If you think about how many great bands there have been even in the last 30 or 40 years and how much music has been produced, picking one favorite song is a monumental task. If you ask me my favorite song on any normal day you'd have to narrow it down to a certain genre or even an artist, and then I might be able to pick one. But since I am only allowed one choice, it is going to have to be ABBA. I am not sure if this is my absolute number one favorite song but it is definitely one of them

I love ABBA but their music videos are a little horrendous. So don't mind that visual part so much as the actual song. This song is a little depressing but a little cathartic. It's empowering but at the same time a little dark. Not only is it sweet and beautiful, it also has the haunting, heart wrenching tragic aspect that makes it so great.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Scared Silly

So we now have a brand new customer at the Bank, and we'ere all just super happy and excited about it, NOT. As "W" opened up his account he was bearing his testimony and crying and ended up singing a song to our Customer Service people. While these might not be inherently bad, there's a socially appropriate time and place to do such things.

Then W came up to my window. He wanted a roll of the new Abraham Lincoln gold dollars. He was very particular and basically warned me not to touch the gold, just the paper. Then he asked me to check for half dollars, or any other “unusual money.” By unusual I’m pretty sure he means collectible or uncirculated. He told me if anything “unusual” came in our shipment that I should hold on to it and that he would be back. I told him I would keep an eye out for anything interesting. Then, he turned and looked at me and said “ if you don’t believe me, just look into my eyes.” He then removed the sunglasses he had been wearing and proceeded to stare me down. He had that serious thoughtful look that David Caruso gives on CSI Miami. You know the look, where he delivers some quip that is supposed to be witty or ironic, and he removes his sunglasses as the sun sets behind him and the opening credits roll.

After he was done with that, W asked me not to call the cops on him. I told him that was silly and that there was no reason whatsoever to do that. He continued to tell me that just the night before, for no explicable reason according to him, two people at Wal-Mart called the cops on him because they believed him to be dangerous. The police arrived and escorted the 2 individuals to their car and detained W for an hour. Can you say scary?

Needless to say, I have never met someone who has ever made me feel that uncomfortable. We were already just to do whatever he asked and get him to leave the building as soon as possible. Personally I think its time to invest in some pepper spray.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Catch a Ride Home.

So we have a customer at the bank that we see on a pretty regular basis. "K" is about my age and he got married last year. K's dad is also one the branch manager's at the bank where I work. We all know K but the most time i have spent with him is maybe a minute while I am cashing a check or something.

So Friday I got a call right before closing. It is K. He and his wife were at the grocery store across the street and their car broke down. He was wondering if i was headed toward Pleasant Grove and if I could take them home. I asked them if they knew what was wrong with their car. K said, it could be a whole lot of different things. They went into the grocery store and when they came out with their groceries and the car just wouldn't start. K said he called his Dad to give them a ride but he couldn't get a hold of him. I was thinking "that's grand, but how is the lady at the bank, i.e me, the next logical person on your list to call. Isn't there a friend you can call?" I mean we are really not even friends. We're definitely not close at all.

I was a little upset about the whole situation, but I am glad I did my good deed for the month and earned my self some "brownie points."

Monday, January 10, 2011

I love my Family

My family is full of smart and calculating people, and I love them. For example, A week or two before Christmas Adrienne entered a contest and won a new Ipod touch. I told her that she needed to win one for me. Or, better yet, since she got my name for Christmas I could just take the Ipod in place of whatever she had given me for Christmas. Her response was simply “rude.” Adrienne said that she was willing to sell the Ipod, but that she would wait until she actually got it to find out how many GBs it was and how much she wanted to ask for it. That was all fair enough.

Today, I get a text message and this is how the conversation went.

Adrienne: I got the Ipod, It 32 Gb. How much is it worth to u?

Me: I’d say $50.00, but I’m willing to bargain. ( Keep in mind that she won the Ipod and paid nothing for it)

Adrienne: U realize that if u got it at Best Buy ud pay 299.

Me: Yes, but any money that you actually get would just be profit, right?

Adrienne: umm, yes.

Me: Well, how much do you want for it?

Adrienne: I’ll keep you posted.

Then my brother Jordan pipes in with his own text message to moi

Jordan: If yo Adrienne texts you make sure you lowball her if you make an offer on the ipod. . .she might make an auction out of us.

Adrienne's tough, the dirty rotten scoundrel. At least Jordan and are looking out for each other right? Or are we?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


This year has been a crazy year and it went by so fast.

~We had some additions to the family. Georgia May and Isaac were born.

~I attempted to integrate myself into the sports world and get involved with the Super Bowl.

~Winter Olympics in Canada.

~I saw Michael Buble in Concert

~The Whole Family was together for Father's Day (including the McClures, the Bireleys, and the Boehms). We had a great time except Bianca broke her Ankle.

~The whole family came together again from Grandpa Lynn's funeral.

~The Summer, especially July was, was insane at the Crook Bed and Breakfast. The Madson's moved back from Connecticut and were staying at our house. I was sleeping there, and Jordan was in his room for a weekend. Frank and Jamie were staying in my apartment in Provo. Adrienne and her kids and Erin and Bianca were sleeping in the basement. Some on mattresses on the floor. Lacey and her girls stayed for a week or two. My dad's Aunt Erma also slept over to visit Grandpa while he was in the hospital.

~After spending practically a whole month together, and right after Adrienne and the kids went home, I went with the Mitchell's to visit them in Denver. Erin and Karl had car problems and missed their Anniversary weekend in St. Louis but joined us in Denver where we all promptly caught the plague. I was fine until the day I flew home. It is not a pleasant experience throwing up on an airplane.

~My Cousin Mandy got married.

~I took the GRE twice. Once in August (did alright) and again in November (rocked it).

~I finally got to see Olivia Irish Dance at her competition. She is great.

~I played in a quartet at a Wedding.

~Saw Scarlett Pimpernel and the Drowsy Chaperon on stage.

~Attended my first BYU football game (since I've been in College). I went to only one other game when I was very little.

~I saw the Judds in Concert.

~Saw David Archuleta sing with the Tabernacle Choir.

~Most importantly, I graduated from BYU. Yahoo!!!!
This Year. . .
I have learned that the gospel is truly important in my life and I honestly don't know what kind of person I would be with out.

I have learned that actually acting as Christ would, and following his example, and loving without judgement is very hard.

I have found more confidence and realized that I like who I am.

I love my munckins to death. They make me laugh and smile all of the time. I wished they all lived close by.

Blokus makes me angry, and not myself. I'm like the Hulk or something.


Looking forward to in 2011

New Harry Potter Movie, duh!

Party with Panache (thanks MJ)

Footloose (and I am still waiting on the Wicked cast)

Getting Healthier

Sticking to my BOM schedule

Finishing my Bucket List.

Baby Henry

Finding out Where I am going to Graduate School.