12.31.08

i like to be forwarned when i'm about to go into a 3 hour movie. i was prepared for "Harry Potter" 1-5, i was prepared for "Lord of the Rings" 1-3. but "Flower Drum Song" when i was 11? no. and the latest, "Australia"? it could've been over after an hour and 20 minutes. it was a good movie, yes, but sooooooo loooooong. i kept having flash backs of the torture "Wall-E" ensued and the fear of bedsoars from sitting for so long.
one thing i will say though, cowboys just jumped up a notch on the attractive scale. mmm, mmm.

what's the big deal about New Years Eve? you stay up all night, get sick on all sorts of junk, and watch 4 hours of mediocre to really crappy television just to watch a shiny ball drop and confetti fly in front of the camera. the only thing that makes me want to keep watching is Ryan Seacrest. i mean, he's the best thing since Dick Clark, am i right?

i got new shoes. i like them. i probably like them more because i see them on other people who i think are cool. i never said i wasn't a non-conformist.

12.25.08

Because Thomas was sick and couldn't come
with us to Disneyland and California Adventure,
I recorded a couple of the rides for him. Here's
my favorite Disneyland ride, Big Thunder Mountain.

video video

And here's Matterhorn. It was kind of nerve racking
because I was watching my camera, not the track,
so I wasn't paying attention to where the turns were
or where the Abominable Snowman was.

Merry Christmas!


"It is good to be a child sometimes,
and never better than at Christmas,
when its mighty founder was a
child Himself."

- Charles Dickens

12.24.08

Some Quotes in Relation to My Thoughts Today:

"What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves."
--Paul Valery

"Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing."
--William Shakespeare

"When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet."
--Stanislaw J. Lec

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
--George Washington

12.19.08

Two Lists:

"Sorry, that's actually not my name..."
[names i've been called by mistake]
-Emily
-Christine
-Mary
-Eden
-Janet
-Catherine (they didn't know my sister's name was Catherine, weird!)
-Kelsey
-Deon
-Lizzy (they learned quickly that my name is only Lizzy according to my sisters, nephews and nieces. haha)

"Travelin' Woman"
[not that i've gone anywhere this year, but the way i've gotten no where has varied]
-car
-scooter
-motorcycle
-truck
-train
-plane
-bus
-12 passenger van
-6 passenger van
-golf cart
-bike

12.11.08

I ran across this article about how the Disney Channel characters are planning on spending Christmas (can you tell it's the last day of classes today and I'm already done with three of five classes for the semester?) Anyway, this was my favorite, of course.



What are your plans for the holidays?
Phineas: We try not to think too far in advance, but I'm sure presents will be involved ... And possibly a rocket powered sleigh of some kind.

Where will you celebrate the holidays?
Phineas: There's no better place than our back yard.

Do you and your family follow any traditions during the holidays?
Phineas: We try to make the absolute most out of every day of our winter vacation.

What is your favorite holiday dish?
Phineas: Ferb likes some weird British thing that Dad makes called "Tatties and Neeps."

Ferb: It's just potatoes and turnips.

Phineas: Like I said, weird.

What is your favorite holiday decoration?
Phineas: We'll let you know when we're done building it. Ferb could you hand me that socket wrench?

Do you have a favorite holiday song/movie?
Phineas: Favorite song would have to be "Deck the Halls," because it can so easily be taken to the extreme.

Do you have any special holiday memories?
Phineas: Any holiday memory is special. But there was that one Christmas dinner when Ferb told this joke that was so funny, Neeps came out of my nose. Or maybe it was Tatties.

What gifts do you hope to receive?
Phineas: If we say, then we might not get them. Were you trying to trick us, or did you just not know the rules?

What is the best gift you've ever received?
Phineas: Ferb and I got matching sweaters one year, that was pretty cool. Mom embroidered Perry in a Santa hat on both of them ... Oh, and Ferb got me an arc welder, but that was for Boxing Day.

If you could spend the holidays anywhere, where would you spend it and with whom?
Phineas: Well, I think Ferb and I would always spend it together with the rest of the family, here in Danville.

"Julia" -- by Limbeck

Something to help you realize how many good songs you have on your computer...

A. Put your iTunes on shuffle.
B.For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
C. Write down that song, no matter how silly it sounds.

1.IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Young Pilgrim
2.WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning
3.WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Constellations
4.HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
The Fix Is In
5.WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Cinderella
6.WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Knowing is Never Enough
7.WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Beowulf
8.WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Revolution
9.WHAT IS 2+2?
Bound to Fly
10.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
These Apples
11.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Out of My League -- (no joke, that's the one that came up. haha.)
12.WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
What Goes On
13.WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Down
14.WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Survivor
15.WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
That Time
16.WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR WEDDING?
Sunshine on my Shoulders
17.WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
The Vineyards
18.WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care
19.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
No Stopping Us
20.WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
21.HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Lovefool
22.WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Knock-Down Drag-Out
23.WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
A Long Time Coming
24.WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Michelle
25.WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Virginia
26.WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
My Life Story
27.DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Jesus of Man's Desire
28.IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
I Changed My Name
29.WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Nocturno
30.WHERE WILL YOU TRAVEL TO?
It Takes Two
31.WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Grapevine Fires
32.WHAT DO YOU OFTEN FIND YOURSELF WANTING TO YELL AT PEOPLE?
U16 Girls
33.WHAT DO YOU CALL YOURSELF?
I Did It All For You
34. WHAT DOES THE PERSON YOU LIKE THINK OF YOU?
Walking On The Moon
35. WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Julia

12.8.08

Today is my birthday, but I'm going to talk about Friday.

I went to work on Friday. I had to collect donations for the BYU Rock & Roll Club for the VH1 Save the Music fund. They had Guitar Hero set up to attract people. And it worked. But for some reason everyone that came over to play chose "Rock You Like a Hurricane." I swear, I heard that song 12 times in a row. And when it wasn't playing, the Clogging Club or something was blasting their bagpipe music. Let me tell you, whoever thought bagpipes were a good solo instrument were sorely mistaken. I was 2 minutes away from taking my cash box and smashing their stereo with it.

Also nearby was a UNICEF booth trying to get people to come to a benefit concert. It sounded like a good cause and all, but they've got to understand that people are sick of having fliers shoved at them from every direction. Plus, most don't have the money or time to go to a concert right before finals. But these people were ronchy. If someone didn't take a flier, even if they respectfully refused, they would start talking about the person, saying they were so inconsiderate and selfish. Then, in attempts to get people to take the fliers, they'd say, "If you don't go to this concert, you hate children! You are killing children!" They thought it was funny. I thought it was obnoxious and unattractive.

There was a girl who donated to the charity, but she was a marching band member--a clarinet player. She said, "I'm not a fan of guitars." I don't think we'd be friends.

Here at BYU, students are here for two reasons: to get an education (hopefully) and find a spouse. Any other reason they give you, which are rare indeed, are probably completely false. Don't believe them. I love learning, I think everyone knows that about me, so we won't discuss that. Plus, the topic of dating and the like is so much more interesting. As I was sitting at the booth collecting money on Friday, multitudes of people passed my view. With the girls, I looked at their hair, their accessories and their shoes and assessed what I liked about their style and I could consider copying (please, who really has a "unique" style? lies.) With the guys, I didn't care what they were wearing. I was looking at their faces, their smiles, their height and build and most importantly, their left hand. It's ridiculous, but so much fun. I feel like Pongo at the beginning of "101 Dalmations." He gazes out his window, analyzing those who pass and if they'd "fit" with him and Roger. It seemed all of them had something wrong and were easily crossed off the list of potentials. And so it is with me. But the longer I am here, the less picky I get with their looks and the longer my list of potentials gets, if even for a moment. Unfortunately, even with the adjustments I've made, it seems all those I could see myself with have a shiny object on their left hand (no, not an iPhone) or happen to be holding another's hand with their right hand. bogus. How did you do it, Pongo?

I was ordering prints of some pictures on Friday at the bookstore when I heard someone nearby say, "Hello Poulsbo!" I jerked up, looking for the source. He was addressing me, but I couldn't think of where exactly I knew him from, let alone his name. In a split second my brain made the connection-- curly hair, white teeth, short, Bainbridge Island, Allie Burt, stake dances--I now knew where I knew him from, he dated Allie Burt before his mission. But his name! Nothing. All that came to mind was, "Kermit." Indeed, that was our nickname for him, but it gave me no clues as to his real name. As the 3 seconds passed where in I could have smoothly covered up my memory lapse with a quick brain connection, my face skewed into an awkward grimace-smile and I was forced to admit I had no idea what his name was. "John, my name is John. And what's your name?" Whew, at least he forgot mine too. All awkwardness could have been put to bed then, but in attempt to make conversation, I chose to admit I had been thinking only of Kermit the Frog when he approached me. "Oh, ha ha.... Yeah, because I called Allie 'Miss Piggy....yeah..." And now what could I say? "Oh, yeah, Allie. She got married while you were on your mission and she's about to have 2 kids. How do you feel about that?" Luckily I shut my mouth before that came out and we said goodbye. I love those three second conversations. Just enough time to make a fool of myself.


Today I was walking to school. It was snowing. What an awful birthday present. But then it melted and all is well, so I am satisfied. I was walking along and I noticed a big purple blob on the sidewalk in my path. Because my bangs were obstructing my vision, it took me until I was standing over it to figure out that it was about a gallon of jam. I don't know what happened, but I laughed. Then I thought about the person whom the jam belonged to. Then I thought about if it had been my jam and if were the strawberry jam my mom makes. And THEN I thought, "Silly Elizabeth, it's not your jam, don't worry." And then I was fine.

12.5.08

I made a book for my friend Erin's birthday. Her and I share the same birthday. I think we're what Anne of Green Gables calls "kindred spirits." Anyway, I took pictures of the pages so I could have a copy of the masterpiece. ;o)


Once upon a time, in a far away land covered in fir trees and gray rain clouds, lived a lovely girl named Erin.
Erin was a saintly sort of girl, all the forest creatures loved her, and her smile made the sun burst through the clouds. But despite her usual pleasant disposition, she was lonely.
All her attempts to find a friend, a human friend, were thwarted by the evil witch of the forest, Elizabethsheba. She was a crazy woman, one we avoid speaking of. Let's continue.
But Elizabethsheba had to move away from home eventually, so she went to a land full of crazy people and nerdy boys where she was accepted. Erin was now free to find a friend--one that spoke English.
The very next day, while gathering herbal medicine for the poor, Erin met a handsome boy named Billy. He was strong, masculine, with curly blond locks that could heal any wound or illness.
Erin's animal friends could see where this was headed, and so they planned an attack! It was as brutal scene. But Erin and Billy conquered the furry feinds. But wait!...
Erin, lovely, perfect Erin, was wounded! One of the deer's antlers had pierced her arm. And as everyone knows, deer tip their antlers with poison. But never fear! Billy's hair was close at hand.
With his huge muscles and sensitive touch, Billy ground up a lock of his hair, mixed it with Kool-Aid and applied it to Erin's fatal wound. And suddenly, the wound was not fatal, for Erin was healed!!
And as Erin smiled, the sun broke through, Billy produced a ring and they were married. It was a lovely ceremony. Elizabethsheba came back to be her maid of honor. She combed her hair and everything.
[RIP Deer with Poison horns; RIP bird #1; RIP bird #2; RIP Rocky the Raccoon.]

12.4.08

Magazine Cover -- Draft #3

12.3.08

My friends Katie and Erik posted 100 random facts about themselves on their blog and I decided I wanted to too. I've actually been thinking about it lately, coming up with random facts about myself I hadn't noticed before. Even though I got that jump start, I think this'll be a work in progress. Here it goes:

1) I don't like socks. I take every opportunity not to wear them.
2) I had a deaf girl in my first grade class (well, she was actually in the class next door) and she had an interpreter signing for her all the time. When their class came to visit our class, I was fascinated and determined to learn ASL. I would do pretend sign when i was little and even acted deaf every once in a while. It took me 12 years after first grade to finally learn ASL for real.
3) I watch the Disney channel and love it.
4) I love High School Musical and the Jonas Brothers.
5) I think guys' hands and smiles are the most attractive parts of their bodies.
6) I have encountered only 2 people with severely annoying laughs, to the point that I don't like them because of it. Both were girls, both at BYU.
7) I have worn the same pants size since the summer before 8th grade.
8) My favorite color is green. But I also like red and purple a lot.
9) I do not own any red clothing. I do own one pair of red shoes.
10) The majority of my t-shirts are blue, green, gray and white.
11) I haven't missed a day of scripture study since September 2002.
12) I have filled around 25 journals.
13) I still do homework on Sunday. woops.
14) I love music, but I have a hard time sitting through orchestra concerts, or any shows without lyrics.
15) I watch three movies over and over again: Little Women, While You Were Sleeping and You've Got Mail. My roommates think those are the only ones i own.
16) Spandex leggings are my favorite thing in the world to wear.
17) I used to want to be just like Lindsey Lohan in "Freaky Friday."
18) Before I fell asleep when I was younger, I'd think about my dream room, dream day, dream boyfriend, etc. Then I found out Catherine would think about really cool adventure stories before she fell asleep and I felt like such a uncreative hack.
19) Sometimes I eat cookies just so I can drink milk.
20) I used to make a big bowl of vegetables for lunch just so I could use the Johnny's seasoning salt on them.
21) I don't ham, except shaved on sandwiches or the honey ham we have a Christmas.
22) I very rarely am in the mood for macaroni and cheese.
23) If I could be another race, I'd be half black and half white.
24) I've often thought I'd be a great dancer if I actually learned. I have a wicked sense of beat.
25) I hate clutter.
26) I'd rather clean the bathroom than the kitchen.
27) I organize stuff as a form of stress relief.
28) I despise the New York Yankees.
29) I am equally happy when it's pouring rain or when it's sunny.
30) I've been out of the country once--to Canada in 10th grade.
31) The best years of my life so far were 2004, 2005 and 2007.
32) I don't really want to be a journalist--I want to be a writer and a mom.
33) Even though I think UGG boots are pretty dang ugly, I think they can be cute at times and I own a pair of knock-offs.
34) I've been to New York City twice but never to Central Park or The Empire State Building.
35) I was not nearly as impressed by the Statue of Liberty as I thought I would be.
36) I often wonder why people are my friends.
37) I take showers at night.
38) I haven't painted my toe nails in probably 6 years. I only paint my fingernails every once in a while, and only with clear polish.
39) I don't own nail-polish remover.
40) If I'm tired at 9 p.m., I find something to do and stay up until at least 11:30 so as to not feel like I'm wasting my night with sleep. Haha.
41) The longest I've slept is 12 hours. It was the night before and day of Thanksgiving, 2004.
42) The longest I've stayed awake was 24 hours, flying to NYC with Deon and the boys.
43) My first crush was in kindergarten. His name was Dennis.
44) My first kiss was in kindergarten. His name was Scotty.
45) My second kiss was in the parking lot of Bagdad High School.
46) I am not a hopeless romantic. I thought I was, but I'm not. I like reading about it and watching movies involving it, but I'm not one myself.
47) My favorite food is green beans.
48) I would love to be a natural brunette.
49) My favorite part of Little Women is when Laurie gives Jo a hug when Beth is sick.
50) My family has been classified as a "non-touchy" group of people, but I enjoy physical contact immensely. (That sounded sort of strange, huh?)
51) My first calling in the church was YW pianist, then Beehive President.
52) I'd rather be too cold than too hot.
53) I have a fear of wide open spaces.
54) I fear suffocating--especially by drowning.
55) My favorite finger is the ring finger on my right hand.
56) I like to tell people I'm ambidextrous even though my left hand penmanship looks slightly better than a kindergartner's.
57) Even though I played lacrosse in high school and was on the state championship team, I cannot remember all the names of the positions, how many players are on the field at one time, or how long the game is timed for.
58) I won a throwing contest when I was 15 at a community carnival. I had the top speed for my age group. I didn't win anything though.
59) I was offered, like, $75 to a drawing I did in 8th grade. I refused the offer and look at the drawing now and think, "What was I thinking not getting rid of this?" and then I think, "What the heck was that guy thinking WANTING this?"
60) Freckles are attractive.
61) Wrinkles, smile lines, and crows feet are attractive.
62) My feet are a size 10.
63) I am 5'6" tall.
64) I had a cat growing up named Tigger. He was completely black. He was originally Catherine's cat, but when she didn't want to feed him one day, I said I would if I could have him. She agreed.
65) I had a card-shuffling contest with Thomas when I was 7. If I didn't shuffle perfectly, I would owe Thomas 10 cents for the rest of my life. According to him, my shuffle was not perfect. And according to me, I never agreed to the 10 cents for life deal. Ha!
66) I was a member of at least 4 clubs during elementary school, made up by friends and family--Galaxy Club, Jump Rope Club, Friendship Club (?) and another one that broke off of the Friendship Club when I disagreed with the direction they were going, as well as their code of ethics and play-time schedule.
67) During 3rd grade I played wall-ball every recess with Justin, Jason and Reese. I learned to swear then too.
68) During second grade recess, I was the mom, Jason was the dad and Justin was the kid. We played house in the big metal dome. Jason was a jerk. I think I divorced him.
69) In 5th grade we were combined with a 6th grade class. I was friends with the coolest 6th graders, had the nick-name of "Dan Druff" (not because of a scalp condition, but because other kids had nick-names of "Amanda Huginkiss" and "I.P. Freely") and was in a long feud with my best friend, Stevie, over whether or not I was going to be her friend, or the 6th graders. Some how I got both.
70) I tricked Stevie into believing my uncle worked with N'SYNC and I got to meet them all and get their autographs. She stopped believing me when she compared Lance's signiture with one in People Magazine.
71) Skinny pants are a crime. Those who wear them are just fooling themselves.
72) I sleep on my right side on top of my covers with a quilt.
73) I've been to DisneyLand twice but never been on "It's a Small World."
74) I would love to live in London or Seattle, in a rooftop flat/apartment.
75) I think the occasional whiff of the city (aka, cigarette smoke, gasoline, rain) is refreshing.
76) I've had several dreams about smoking.
77) If I could choose anything about the Word of Wisdom to break, I'd choose to drink. I don't know why, but I've always thought a bottle of wine at dinner looked classy. Beer? Not so much. Don't worry though, I hae no intentions of ever drinking.
78) I did not graduate from seminary. (I graduated from high school early).
79) I have the occasional impulse to pull the fire alarm in the Brimhall Building.
80) The most money I've ever spent at one time (actually had the money, no loans) was $1100, on my MacBook. Next in line was $900 on my scooter.
81) I love listening to people's stories and feel bad when I can't talk to someone for at least 20 minutes upon running into them on campus or in the store. This would explain why...
82) ... I hate small talk.
83) The only non-prime number I've had on my sport's jersey was 14, and that's because KJH didn't have a jersey with 13 on it. Other jersey numbers: 13, 17, 19.
84) I was the only girl on my t-ball team in first grade and they got me a special trophy with a girl batter on it.
85) My t-ball team's name was The Angels. (After the Anaheim Angels.)
86) I took 8 years of piano lessons and taught piano for about 5 months.
87) I've only had one job where I had an interview for it beforehand. All the others were given to me because of someone I knew. I've had two other job interviews but didn't get those jobs.
88) My hand can comfortably reach a 9 note span on the piano.
89) I am often told I look angry when I'm actually quite content, so I practice raising my eyebrows to avoid such confusion.
90) I've lived in 6 different apartments in Provo, but only 3 apartment complexes.
91) Old people ammuse me immensely. I plan on being the coolest old lady ever.
92) I used to steal change from my mom's purse in order to buy pencils from the pencil machine at Mt. View Elementary school.
93) The only time I got lunch detention, I skipped it and went to recess anyway and no one seemed to notice.
94) I dominated at POGS.
95) Me and my friends Helen and Tony (she was Korean, he was Indian, just as a side note) would play POGS and sing "Kumbaya, my lord, kumbaya" (sp?)
96) When we were little, I always made Catherine follow me down the stairs, she never got to go first. I also always got the last hit if we got in a "Gotcha Last" match. Always.
97) When I was 5 years old, I used to fake that I was hurt on the trampoline when we were playing "Dead Man" so that people would come close to me and see if I was ok. Then I'd tag them! haha!
98) I've never understood the big Utah hair thing. Why? Why?!
99) The first chapter book I ever read was a Bearstein Bears early reader book.
100) I used to go through my scriptures and mark random verses in red to make it look like I was a really good scriptorian.

Woo. There you go.