Sunday, August 30


// dear screenplay,
i have made a little progress on you. literally, a little. like a page. and i'm still lost as to what to put in between that and the ending. can you make yourself a little easier to write? thanks.
not love,
your slave.

// dear long dresses,
i wish i could pull you off. like in a casual setting. but i simply cannot. which is not fun, because i found a really cute one of you at target. maybe i should take a risk and buy you? just please be long enough for my long legs.
your fan.

// dearest ernest hemingway,
why did you write "a farewell to arms"? it really isn't a good book. war novels are no fun to read, don't you know that?
sincerely, the poor girl that has to read your book for honors english.

// dear farmville,
no one on facebook appreciates you flooding their news feed. please cease to exist, you are a dumb game.
without any love,
a girl who just wants to read her friend's status updates and stuff.

// dear, dear heat wave,
really now? over 100 degrees? where do you think you are, palm springs? this is orange county. go away. no one wants you here. you are going to make my disneyland visit miserable. if you'd be so kind as to back off tomorrow, i'd love it. thanks.

// dear new black tank top,
i like you.
your #1 fan.

// dear new skirt,
i like you more.
your #1 fan.

// dear disney's "send it on,"
i am ashamed to like you, yet i cannot help jamming to your environmentally friendly tune. thank you for existing.
- your secret lover

// dear school,
you can stay away longer if you want...
one of your captives.

Monday, August 24

an update on roxanne.

warning: her story does not have a happy ending.
melissa and i could not find the receipt for PetSmart, so we decided to set her free in the RSM wilderness.

we are aware that we basically killed her.
but we figured, hey, if we returned her to PetSmart, they would feed her to the snakes anyway. so we thought we'd give her an exciting life and let her explore the wild and learn to be a nature mouse.

we filmed her release. i'll try to get that for you. it's a gem of a video.

well, i guess i should say RIP roxanne. because chances are high that she was eaten or died due to her lack of food-gathering knowledge. poor thing. but that's the circle of life!

this is difficult.

i am writing a screenplay right now for a film class i'm taking...
goodness gracious.
it's so hard.
i would like to hereby commend people who can write fiction.
i am not good at imagining a story and thinking of different plot lines and characters and conflicts.
i have a general concept, and know how i want my movie to end, but beyond that...i have no idea.

i started writing today, and only got through less than half of a page when i got stuck and couldn't think of where to go next. please wish me luck. lots and lots of it. and for some brilliant inspiration to pop into my little head.


Thursday, August 20

a tale of one mouse.

so today melissa and i bought a mouse,
and her name is roxanne.
she is white with black spots.
she was $6.99 at petsmart.
we bought her and her berry yogurt bites on whim.
so we came home and, after reading up on mouse care
on wikipedia, put her in a large plastic bin,
complete with water, 5 cheerios, a cup to burrow in,
and some newspaper and paper towel to shred up
for her entertainment.

the website also said that females should be bought in trios,
or else they'll die from lonliness.

she's boring and leaps away when we try to pick her up.
so, seeing as she has a 14 day return policy,
we're probably going to return her so we don't kill her.
our plan was to give her to someone.
we chose larson.
but now that we think about it,
what would he do with her?
she would lead a much happier life back in her little cage
at petsmart.

so long, roxanne. it's been fun.

Monday, August 17

cabin 4 CD.

here we are, in all our glory on date night.

tessa heather jill steph noelle bre lauren ashley katie rachel!

post number 701

that's so weird to say.

here are some ojai pictures!
my cabin was not a fan of picture taking, so i only have a few.

we were fans, however, of gettin' serious for the rec games.

surf lessons!

date night.

here is my date, cory tomlinson.
please take note of the organic bark-leaf-rubber-band-corsage he made me.

one of my favorite people- alyssaaaaaaa!
maddie and i being lucy and mr. tumnus.
brilliant, we know.
the talent show!
please embrace my costume and my minnie mouse backpack i have had since i was 4,

aaand there you have it!

Friday, August 14

it started at the bench and it ended at the tree....

i just returned from a week at the lovely camp ojai with saddleback!
it was absolutely phenomenal.
by far, best camp experience ever.
and guess what time it is now?
list time!
my favorite things about camp.
here we go.
1. the girls in my cabin (4 CD, holla back)! stephanie was our leader, and then there was me, r. styff, lauren, katie, jill, ashley, bre, noelle, and tessa. judgements that i had had of some people before completely went away when we all got to know each other. we had so much fun talking until 3 AM and not participating in cabin cleanups and laughing and going ziplining and having looong cabin time. we all became really good friends, which is just wonderful.

2. the speaker. goodness gracious. josh riebock. he looks like tarzan, jesus, jason mraz, and many other people. each of his talks radically changed every single person at camp. he is an engaging, hilarious, and powerful speaker. the things he told us will change the way i live out my faith for the rest of my life.

3. the staff. this was one thing i loved about ojai as opposed to hume- the camp is smaller, so all of the staff actually build relationships with you. they are all so so great!

4. the rec games. nuff said. they were genius.

5. beach day! we all went down to ventura state beach for the day. some of us from my cabin cleverly brought our sleeping bags with the knowledge that the nighttime was freezing. and how wise we were. i was super tired, so i basically slept on the beach in my sleeping bag for the whole free regrets. after that we had dinner and then worship/talk from josh. it was lovely.

6. i learned to surf. i stood up like 3 times. and fell all three times. but now i know what to do!

7. date night/camp's got talent/dance party. i commend you, ojai. this final night of camp was comprised of a bark/leaf/rubber band corsage, the best 80's costume i have ever compiled, failing around as a backup dancer for the hoedown throwdown, getting sentimental while watching the camp video, and dancing until 2 AM, which included watching the speaker take alyssa's and my dance move and utilize it for 10 minutes. success.

this is a short little list but i think you get the picture that ojai was phenom to the max. i will provide pictures for you all when i receive them.

what would you like for dinner? a hot pocket or, a hot pocket?

i got my license in the mail.

it ain't cute.
but whose is?

Sunday, August 2

oh what?!

so i just learned that my family is departing for lake las vegas in an hour?

aaand we're going to a criss angel show?

that's alright with me i guess...

see you on wednesday!

Saturday, August 1

here's to happiness, part 2.

i have already done this, but hey, a lot of things strike my fancy.

my list of 10 (more) things that make me terribly happy:
1. long hair
2. finding a song you can play on repeat and not get tired of
3. coloring with colored pencils
4. when people pleasantly surprise you
5. french music
6. singing in the car by myself
7. avocados
8. seeing dads be cute with their kids
9. white nail polish
10. conquering awkward moments

i am 4 posts away from post #700.

goodness, have i really been rambling on this thing for that long?
well i would just like to share with the 5 of you that still read my blog that having a license is absolutely wonderful.
i have only driven alone twice...but those 2 times were pure bliss. and just knowing that i can drive myself anywhere i want is so great.

the first time i drove by myself was the 1 mile to melissa's house. i got in my mom's car and started driving out of my neighborhood, and i'm not gonna lie...i thought i was really cool. melissa was sitting on her doorstep when i pulled up, and she screamed and we sat in the driveway for a while talking about how great it was that i was a free woman.

then i drove a whole 5 minutes to RSM town hall for a surprise birthday party. and then i drove home. i felt like i was doing something wrong the whole i was not allowed to be on the roads. BUT I WAS.

and then today i drove myself to and from church. gosh this is great. my life begins now, complete with jangly keys.