Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Finished . . .

Well everyone, Blogging's been great, but when you don't post for a month, you know its starting to fizzle. I do like the layout of facebook though . . . .

Either way, I think I'm going to stop wasting my time checking this blog, so you should probably do the same. Maybe I'll start back up, and I surely won't delete it (I have way too many great posts here . . . .) but as for now, Contemplation Synopsis is retiring.

Thanks for reading! See you on facebook. . . . :D

Monday, November 03, 2008

This just about sums it up...

My friend showed me this quote, and its pretty much how I feel:

Blogging: never before have so many with so little to say said so much to so few.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hmmm, who to tag

I see Mishy's idea behind this! She's tagging me cuz I havn't posted to my blog for so long. . . . heh heh, well, here's the 4th picture in the 4th picture folder on my computer:

This is a picture of my sister Lizzish, or Willow, or whatever else she likes to be called. :) I'm I have it becuase I like the memories from Scout Camp that it brings, and also that she cares for me. Awww how precious.

Anyways, now I tag ANYONE who reads my blog! *evil laugh

Monday, October 06, 2008


Anyways, the job search is up. I have a new job, and I'm very happy with it. I work for a security manufacturing company called JMC Global. Its pretty freakin' sweet. I start this week! :D YAY! *jumping for joy My life isn't so bad!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Money Hungry

Recently, I've been really money hungry. I need to start saving for a rainy day (or my mission, probably both) :D Anyways, I've basically decided I need a new job. Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Weird day

Today. was. weird.

Like my facebook status said: Maybe I should leave this place . . . .

Monday, September 08, 2008


I'm so excited, because today, my grandpa from Germany is coming. He hasn't seen our house for almost 9 years, no joke. He'll be here for 20 days, and its going to be so much fun. :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ummmmm . . . . .

So basically, life is too crazy and busy to try and upkeep this blog. If there is anything more coming, it is strictly per chance, (and Steve did tell me that . . . haha, inside joke) ANYways, good luck to everyone, and keep reading. :) Take care everyone!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Camp Maple Dell

Eventually one of these days, I want to post a nice long post about Camp Maple Dell, what I do there, and why I work there . . . .

Monday, July 28, 2008

Just a Test

Facebook makes it much easier to upload many photos at once, so I think I'll continue my adventure on Facebook if their "share this album with a public link" button actually works. Here's a tribute to me, lemme know if you can see the pictures!

Friday, July 25, 2008


*sigh, Well the past few days, I was able to go and visit my beloved Camp Maple Dell and spend some time with the staff (and scouts) there this week. Going back for even 2 days made me totally see what I missed out on, and now I'm a bit depressed that I couldn't/didn't go back this summer. It's such an amazing experience! Now, I'm a Knot Demi-God, and I'm glad I got to see my friends, but I came now and now I'm really nostalgic. I don't really know how I'm feeling. Happy? Sad? Grateful? Wishful? Tired? Excited? I have no clue. At least I'll get to go up for the last week of camp, as a real staffer. :) That is still two weeks away though, and anything can change in that time. :P Anyways, I just had to get this down on something, I'm really okay, I just don't know how I am feeling.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

I had to . . .

*laughing . . . . well, to cure my boredom today, I decided to create a Facebook profile for myself (finally!!) so yeah, you can find me now on facebook too, if you'd like. More pics to come soon too! Don't worry Jenna :)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Germany (Austria) Part 2

After spending a few days in Munich, by ourselves, we had the chance to ride the train for a few hours over to Austria. It was an interesting train ride, involving passport mix-ups and much frightenedness. . . .

We made it to Austria fine, here are the pics:

These are a few (of many) of me being seriously and honestly lost in the Austria train station. I was also a bit nervous too. . . .

Europe gas prices! Now before you start whining about how high our prices are, remember that they have liters instead of gallons, and the the Euro is about 1.7 times the US Dollar. Can't do the math? Gas is about $8/gallon over there. . . .

The placard in front of Mozart's birth house. It was a bit unbelievable that he was born there, since it had just been freshly painted and remodeled.
Chane . . . defiling someone's grave. . . we aren't sure who. . .

Castle scenery

No comment . . .

A funny ad we found. Well, I found. And well, I thought was funny . . . Be glad I didn't photo some (many) of the others that we came across on our journey.

And with that concludes our day-trip to Austria, and we return home to Germany . . . Until next post! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Germany, Part I

I'm not sure how many parts are gonna be in this series. . . I guess just enough for me to get lotsa pictures in, so we'll start with part 1, the trip over, and Munich , Germany. Prepare for photos.

Our flight left at 7:00 in the morning, which means you get to the airport at 5 in the morning, which means we got up at 4 in the morning. :) Me and Chane didn't really sleep . . . . Notice the glazed eyes on McKay.

Chane's glazed, but excited eyes . . .

After the flight to Atlanta, we had a few hours layover, and found this cool art exhibit that had animals made out of random "junk objects." Here is McKay petting the horse . . . (or so it seems...)

Our "perfect" aisle seat for the journey over the Atlantic. . . and into tomorrow...

The colors of the sunset were AMAZING as we flew over the ocean . . . my camera doesn't do it justice (plus the guy at that seat thought I was photoing him . . . *bites tongue)

We stayed in Munich for 4 days, and were all by ourselves. Over the course of the whole trip, we all got pretty good at just "bumming around," which is actually more fun than it looks.

Notice how clean the underground is . . . .

Funny story here: McKay's first encounter with "bubbleless" German folk. He was sitting alone when the college-age guys decided to join him.

Bumming around, and being tired all at the same time.

They have cool playgrounds. . . this thing was HUGE!!

Our first "Real German Meal" which ended up being kindof confusing and a bit of culture shock. Ask my why sometime. :)

The view from an old church we went up in the tower.

Our teenie hostel room (not even hotel) :) I dunno how many times I had to slap Chane to keep him awake . . . sorry 'bout that Chane.

View of the Olympic Park

For all those girls (and boys) who are obsessed with the Stephanie Meyer series Twilight, yes, they do have them in Germany. The book art is a bet better there too I think . . .

Chaner on his bike, during Lenny's FREE Bike tour!
Our tour guide, who was quite crude, but still very good. He was an American: spoke perfect English.

This China tower is supposedly, like, the most famous beer garden in the world. Don't worry, we had Currywurst and French fries, no beer. :)

McKay fell asleep . . . need I say more . . . ?

The river goes fast enough that they have guys come and surf on it!!

We came across a really cool (HUGE) museum called the Deutches Museum, and its the biggest I've ever been in. Our tour guide said that if you were to spend one minute at every single exhibit in this museum, it would take you 33 days to see everything . . . . I wish we'd had more than 4 hours in there. . . .

A water attraction/eye candy at the museum.

This is a cross section of the main support cable that holds up the Golden Gate Bridge. The diameter was THIS BIG!!! *holds out his hands as far as they can go. I'm not even joking, it was as wide as my arm span.

This instrument was a prototype "Clarinet-Sax." Its a clarinet body, with sax keys and pads to fit . . . kinda weird. I wonder what it sounds like.

I was drooling ALL OVER this one. I'm not 100% sure, but rather 80% sure that these saxophone are some of (if not) the very first makes and prototypes of saxophones ever. When I went to look at the stamp (brand) they all said Adolphe Sax (who was the inventor of the saxophone. . . . ) So I was basically freaking out.

The museum was so big, they had full size ships, sailboats, and even sailplanes!

More bumming around, this time on some funky out, outside a pretty "official looking" government building. :S

And thus ends our journey in Munich. ( I think) Next post will be our day trip to Austria! Hopefully I can get these done a lot sooner so that peeps can see what I actually did . . . .

Anyways, thanks for reading, and keep(ing) checking back . . . blah blah blah
I'll stop typing now and hit Publish Post. . .

Friday, June 20, 2008

Reading Blogs. . .

I think that rather than spending so much time reading blogs . . . I'll spend more time actually posting on mine. Or maybe doing something more productive. Why do I read blogs? *shrug

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Germany Trip

I am supposed to write a long blog about my Germany Trip, with photos included, but when I look at the 700+ pics I have on my computer . . . that task seems too daunting. . . . :S:S:S Hopefully I'll get around to doing something :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A sad loss. . . .

Although the Swiss team played very well last night, the turks still beat us. . . . :( it ended two to one, band the turks got their last point in the third minute of overtime. Oh well! I really am American, and not Swiss . . . ;) anyways, today we hung out at the Basel zoo, and now we are waiting for train to Geneva, where my uncle lives. More posts coming . . .take care!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

As of this moment. . . .

Right now I am caught up in sea of red. . . . of course, as everyone knows, I am in Basel, Switzerland right now, and as most of you dont know, its the European Cup right now and Basel is a host city (we just found out . . . . ) so upon our arrival, we were greeted by many cheers, and drunk people singing ¨olay¨ and waving the country flags of switzerland and turkey..... we decided to join in, so we bought hats for the team we wished to support, and walked around a bit with the swiss people (but didnt drink . . . dont worry . . . ) as of right now, we are winning the game with one point, but its raining cats and dogs, (and swiss frogs, (franks) ) long story . . . . and the field is practically flooded. So thats all im willing to type on this terrible keyboard. .. . for now . . . we will see what comes next.

And, girlfriends of my mom. . . pictures will come. . . soon . . . I promise . . . as soon as I get home hopefully.

Take care everyone!! More updates to come!!!

Friday, June 06, 2008

At home . . . Sortof

Today was our first 'day' in Grafenhausen, with my dad's family. Tody we went to EuropaPark, which is basically the German Disneyland. Google it someday. . . its really cool. My Opa has a ladyfriend named Ingrid, and shes really cool. This is the happiest I have ever seen my grandpa . . .ever. Its very nice to see him so happy, espeicially since the time my grandma died two years ago. You know, it seems like it was only last month since I was here, lowering Oma into the ground, but it really was two years ago. We ate some authentic German food today, and then Rik came so that we could go shopping. The store has like all different Axe deodorant smells! None of them are the same, so it was crazy!! :D Now, we are sitting at his house, listening to classical music, and playing with his Sphinx cats, who are ugly, but have cute personalities. I think I bought about $140 worth of goodies today . . . which isnt near enough . . . :( oh well, we'll just have to see wont we. :D well, I am tired now . . . we'll go to sleep soon . . . :) *hugs

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

An Interesting Day

Today was an adventure day, filled with many one-liners and adventures. It was our day-trip to Austria, and the first 'mishap' was the fact that both McKay and I forgot to grab our passports before we got on the train. . . so we've been worried all day that we wouldn't be let back into Germany. Thats the ULTRA watered down version, since I'm in an internet cafe where I only have a few mintues to type. . . . so yeah. . . we ran around Austria, saw some cool castles, ate Chinese food, saw Motzarts (I'm tired okay??!) house and yeah . . . I'll post more detail later . . . Take care! Tschüs!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

1 minute left

I have one munite left to wrie a blog about Germany on this internet cafe computer. Germany is amazing!! I am safe and having a great time! I have to go how *hugs to everyone!!! :D:D:D:D:D

Saturday, May 31, 2008


Well readers, I am officially graduated from high school, which means that I am done with this VERY long chapter of my life, the very bane of my existence for the past 12 years. Maybe I'll post pictures later, but as for now, I'm leaving to Germany tomorrow, so you're lucky you're getting a post. :) Anyways . . . I just wanted to take some time and go through my memories (or whatever is left of them) through my schooling career.

All I remember was the "electric chair" which was where you were sent if you were naughty. I also remember that for some reason, I thought Velcro was poisonous.

1st Grade:
Half of my first grade was spent at Truman Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri. I remember that school being just as big as my high school, and my teacher's name was Miss Carlock. Weird. I also had weird friends, and we'd build big contraptions during indoor recess when it would rain outside. Then we came home to Utah, and I had Mrs. Kruitmoes. I remember writing all the numbers to 1000 and drawing dinosaurs out of numbers.

2nd Grade:
I don't really remember second grade. I think my teacher was Mrs. Clegg, and I think I remember getting the chicken pox and thinking I was gonna die. I also remember her reading us "the Bailey School Kids" stories.

3rd Grade:
I lived in Bogota, Columbia for a lot of 3rd grade, and was homeschooled, but when I was at school Mrs. Alsthrom was my teacher. I remember getting surgery on my eardrums, having amazing hearing and throwing a fit when all the kids laughed at me because I lost my spot in four-square. I also remember the class rat getting a tumor on its neck while it was at my house and us having to bury it when it died. My teacher also had this cool dog that was huge, and his name was Prince.

4th Grade & 5th Grade:
I can't really remember either of these. All I remember was that I had Mrs. Kruitmoes again, and that Mrs. B had a pet hedgehog that everyone loved because he was so cool.

6th Grade:
My teacher was Miss Crego, and she was freakin' awesome!! We did so many cool things in that class, including the school musical (Into the Woods. . . the junior edition), Colonial Fair, Medieval Fair, learning Italian, listening to music, etc. Just lots of cool stuff. I also remember making friends with Kevin Rodriguez, and Geoff Jakeman. At one point in the year, us three had a praying mantis for a pet, that we were sad when it died. . . . randomness. :)

Woot woot!! I'm halfway through this post!!!!
Continuing on:

7th Grade:
Junior High!! Woot! I was playing the clarinet, and taking 7 classes a day. I remember I got really sick in 7th grade, and had to have 2 surgeries in the same month. I also learned how to do the Rubiks Cube! Which is still cool now-a-days. I had a co-ed PE class, where I actually started to notice (and like) girls. There was a particular one that caught my eye, but I thought she didn't even know me.

8th Grade:
Switched to the saxophone! I'm glad I did too . . . :) hehehe I don't remember much of 8th grade.

9th Grade:
I remember I liked Audra. . . a lot. . . too much. Looking back, I also realize what a egotistical little 9th grader I was . . . hahaha, strange year, the 9th grade.

10th Grade:
I was now in high school, playing in both the top bands with mostly seniors. yeah! 10th grade was great fun. Thats about it, that I want to write for 10th grade.

11th grade:
I turned 16, and was able to date. And I took that girl who I liked in 7th grade on a few dates. The bands only got better, etc. etc. I don't feel like writing much for this grade either, since its when I started my blog.

12th Grade:
You all know whats been happening this year since I've been pretty good on my blog, posting stuffs. So yeah.

AND NOW I"M GRADUATED, and leaving to Germany in less than 30 hours!!! HOORAYYY!! I'm gonna miss my friends and family, but I'll try to keep in touch with my blog and e-mails, ish. . .
Good luck and take care everyone!!! :D

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I'll I'm gonna say is that I hate cops. . . . simple as that. I think the world would be a better place if there were less of them, and that law-abiding citizens like me would still turn out just fine.

I don't understand that while stores are being robbed, buildings are being vandalized, and people are being abused, raped and killed and yet, cops are simply out to give friggin' parking citations. Don't they have anything better to do? Oh wait . . . , I need to put that in statement form: They have EVERYTHING better to do. Maybe, instead of giving out tickets, you could catch those punks who think they can spray paint on buildings, or abuse their friends and family. Then you might actually be able to stand back, look at your work, and say "A job well done." But until you are actually helping the people who need help, stay away from me!

Psh! Violation 11 my freaking butt. I'm gonna appeal this one, because its absolutely ridiculous. I just hope that it won't be a waste of my time . . . since this system is so screwed up anyways, that it doesn't even work.

Well, I'm pretty much done venting with what acceptable to say online . . . .

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Today, I went into an "Academic Adviser," becuase I had a registration hold on my record, and the only way to get rid of them is to change your major through that specific person. I went in, and she took my hold off, told me what classes I should be taking and sent me on my way.

Let me tell you:

I AM SO EXCITED FOR COLLEGE!! ITS REALLY HAPPENING!!! AND I DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING!!!! (sorry, gotta boast my pride a little bit, especially now, since I need a bit of an ego boost. . . )

I drove out of that place just grinning . . . knowing that I'm a great kid! No matter what ANYONE says!

Haha, thats all . . . . I'm just excited . . .


Monday, May 26, 2008

Only days . . . and counting. . . .

Hello Friends, Family, and random readers,

2 days left of finals, 1 day at Lagoon, Graduation, one day at work, and then I'll be on my way to Germany!!! I don't think this post, or even this blog can contain my excitement. I can't believe that in less than a week, I'll be leaving this country, with two of my best buddies, and we'll be unleashed into Munich, Germany to try and survive there. I don't speak fluent German, but enough to (hopefully) get us around. It'll be fun!!! AHHHH!!! I'm so excited.

Sometimes, I wish that leaving this country behind would take some of my problems and drama away, and maybe it will . . . .but I don't know, it sounds too close to wishful thinking for me . . . . I guess I'm just tired of being walked all over and not treated right.

And random thought, I'm so excited to go on the FREE BIKE TOUR!!!! And to ride on a fast train . . . I've never done that before. Man, there's so much I could talk about . . . but I don't want to take my thunder for later.

Well, there's a post for you . . . hope you're happy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Only until Friday . . .

Last night, Mom and I had a really long, but great conversation, about many MANY things. She asked me if I'd commit myself this week, to the last week of school and really focus and finish out strong, and in order to do that I'd need to implement some changes to my schedule. I agree with her. She said its only for this week though, only the next four days. So, I'm going to get serious, I might even seem distant (to some of you) and my texting, chat, and play time curfew is 9:00, so that I can be in bed by 10. I need to finish out this year strong, and I'm going to. Thanks for understanding . . . .

Monday, May 19, 2008

Yeah . . . .

Ummmm what a semi-bummer Monday for such an AWESOME weekend! I think last Sunday (yesterday) was probably my favorite Sunday EVER!!! Woot woot! But yeah . . . Sometimes, I wish my mind wasn't such a wishful thinker. . . :P

Sunday, May 18, 2008

One down, two to go

After my talk in sacrament meeting today, Bro. Ko'kohnen (my home teaching companion) reminded me that we were going home teaching this afternoon, and that I was teaching the lesson. Oh joy! ;) So now, I'm preparing a "lesson" and then I'll speak once more tonight at graduation, as you already know. Yay! for being busy! It keeps my mind off other things . . . .

A busy week ahead

If I can make it though this one week, then I'll be pretty much set. Pretty much. So anyways, Today I am giving two talks in church, one at Sacrament meeting, and one at Seminary Graduation (which is so weird that I'm graduating Seminary . . . does that mean I'm Seminary Valedictorian? ) Anyways, I have three band concerts this week, I have to edit a film for the Seminary, I'll have to work, AND on top of it all, I'm trying to learn German before I go to Germany in about two weeks. I want to just stop, and be lazy, and do nothing, but if I do that, my grades will slip, and the graduation I've been working so hard to achieve could possibly get lost. All I need to do is pass math . . . . . ANYways. . . here's just a little rant. Thanks for reading. have a nice Sabbath! :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Photo Shoot!!

So the other day, Mom "hired" Jenna, this lady who lives on my block, to take my senior pictures. We did some really fun stuff, and I love how the pictures turned out. I guess I'm supposed to say something about posting these online, that they are, like, her's or something. So yeah, thanks Jenna! You make me look so great! Pure Genius! :)

Santo means "Saint" (look it up! I dare ya!)

I like this one . . . its pretty cool.

These last two are probably my favorite:

I'll be billing Levi-Strauss for their new Jean Advertisement. . . .

So yeah . . . what else can you say?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

AP Test

Well, in but a few hours, I will be entering the testing room to take the AP Psychology test. I'm not really scared, nervous, anxious, etc. but actually relaxed. I feel like I've been adequately prepared (I scored a 5 on one of the practice tests! woot!) but at the same time, I'm wondering if I should do some last minute studying or not. I don't really know John Piaget's stages of child development, nor Erik Erickson's theories. I can't remember what chemicals do what in the brain, nor do I remember what the hippocampus does. . . :S oh well. I guess I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope I'll do as well as I did on the practice test. *crosses fingers. I can do this! I am prepared! I am AP!!! (And that was one of the cheeziest things I've ever said. Oh wow!) Well, I'm off now. Take care!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

May 10th, 2008

My last "formal dance" in high school was a success. I really had a great time, even though I spent most of the day with sophomores. Our day date was probably the shortest I've been on, but it was also a really great time. First we went to Classic Skating, skated around for a while, and then played some DDR (AHHH!! Too many notes appeared at once!!!) and then we swung by Jamba Juice. Chelsea, I think you ended up with the energy boost, because I surely didn't! :)

We dropped the girls off to get themselves ready, and I spent the next 3 hours doing basically nothing. Haha, I love that part of formal dances, while the girls are getting all fancy, guys don't really do anything. It's always fun.

Then we picked them up to take pictures. We were there at about 5:15, and there was NO ONE there!! It was so weird/cool to just get our pictures taken so fast. Then we drove down to Provo, to eat at one of my favorite Japanese restaurants: Tepanyaki.

The food was amazing, need I say more?

We got out of Tepanyaki REALLY early (earlier than we planned) and there was still about an hour before the dance would even start, so I suggested we stop at my house. So we did. My mom had my dad take about a million photos of us, which was fun, and (this is really weird, and totally NOT planned) we were ALL wearing green. After the photos, we vegetated on the couches while playing Super Smash Bros. in our formal wear. It was a blast.

(Sorry the lighting is a bit weird, my dad's camera takes three pictures at a time, each with a different light setting, which makes the picture a lot easier to work with in the photo editor. I just directly uploaded these, without playing with them at all in iPhoto.)

We left my house and went to the dance, which was really fun. Ya know, the whole dancing thing, loud music, friends, etc. They had an iMac there, with photo booth installed, so we took some silly pictures. *giggle yay for computer effects.

After the dance, we remember that Kim had locked her keys in her car, so after trying to unlock it by cell phone, we called the cops to come do it manually. By the time that was done, it was about midnight, but we still decided to stop at Krispy Kreme for doughnuts. After ordering the man asked, "Will that be all of this doughnut transaction?" and we drove forward and asked him if this was the "portal of goodness." Turns out it was, because he gave us our doughtnuts for free since we were a prom group! woot woot! Then we took the ladies home. And I drove the Mercedes home feeling pretty good about my "Senior Prom," to which I took a sophomore cheerleader. Weird. Cool, but weird. Anyways, I had a great time, and can't wait to see our professional photos! Thanks again everyone for making Prom a great time!