Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ten Things I Learned My First Year of College

1. College is my element. If I was in Avatar: the Last Airbender, I would be a Collegebender 2. Making friends in your classes is worth breaking any social norm 3. Always sit in the T-zone 4. Leave the wallet, take the lunch box 5. Guys like compliments too 6. Embrace tradition, become a True Aggie  7. Never pass up a free meal 8. Grades are like a box of chocolates... 9. If dating was fun, no one would get married   10. You must notice in order to become noticed 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pranks For Mandy

I once happened upon a plastic crab. It was quite realistic and for this reason it was also a little creepy. Any way I thought it would be funny to strategically place this little guy in random places in Mandy's room so on occasion she would happen upon this silly crab. This was a delightful pass time, and Mandy would sometimes slip the crab into my room. But eventually this little crab was forgotten on my shelf. 

One a particularly boring day I picked up this crab and an awful, wonderful idea entered my brain. I took some string and some tape and went into Mandy's room. I took the crab and placed it on top of the finish boards above the door inside her bathroom and taped the opposite end of the string to the door. The object of my design was when Mandy opened her door to her bathroom the string would yank the crab from it's perch and swing toward Mandy's face. Being a shorty pants I called on John for some help. We tested it a couple of times and satisfied with our work we left and largely forgot about our little trap. 

That night, I sat in the family room below Mandy's enjoying an episode of Cake Boss. To my pure joy, and utter delight I hear this coming from Mandy's room;
It had worked. My evil plan had worked! Laughter shook my frame as I stumbled over to the balcony to ask her what the problem was. 
"I just got a crab to the face. Thats what's wrong!"
This small victory was very sweet.

A few weeks later, I read this delightful story of this girl who was texting her boyfriend during her boring English class. She tells him how board she is and settles in for more class. No more than five minutes later her boyfriend comes bursting into the classroom and screams "Troll! Troll in the dungeon!" and collapses on the floor. She ends this hilarious situational comedy with a moral; "Marry him. He's the chosen one."

I was inspired by this story. It made me crave a man with so much spontaneity. It also inspired my next prank.

Me and John were returning home from a party on a Sunday night and were discussing this funny anecdote. We concocted this plan and I challenged John to carry out the deed. We walk into the house, it was about 11:30pm and John was starting to have second thoughts. 
"I don't know, Stephy. I'm going to wake up the parents too."
"John, it's up to you but it's now or never."
He squares his jaw and says,
"Let's do it."

We crept up to the landing of the stair case. I look at John and he looks back at me. We nod at each other and I flip on the video camera. John bounds down the dimly lit hallway making a terrible racket. He bursts into Mandy's room and screams, "TROLL, TROLL IN THE DUNGEON! I thought you oughta know." and collapses on Mandy's floor. Mandy's head pops off her pillow in surprise and she calls out a few unintelligible words as both me and John fall in to fits of laughter. Mother comes into the hall trying to figure out what's going on because we woke up the whole house. But her efforts were to no avail me and John were fit to be tied. Mandy was not pleased and pushed us out into the hall forth with. It was extremely funny and still brings a smile to my face. 

Mandy threatens to prank us back and I do understand I deserve it but I believe it was worth it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's a Trap!

Monday 1:30; 5-8 page persuasive essay due on Wednesday. I can do this. I've got like, at least three hours to work on it. That's an incredibly large amount of time.
I foolishly think this to myself as I sit down in front of a computer in the Merrill-Cazier Library. As usual I open my gmail account to create a document that I can edit at home or otherwise. Uh-oh, I have three new emails. One is from my boss asking me to fill out a back ground sheet for the new website they're making for the ropes course. I create my profile for the "Meet our Facilitators" page and I'm sure to include my Degree of Special Distinction in the National Forensics League. (Totally inapplicable, but dang it if I'm not going milk those shiny stickers for all they're worth.) With that done I feel ready to buckle down and get a writin'. Huh, thirty minutes have past, better get going.
I open my research I've done for the paper to decide what i'm going to use and what i'm going to ignore. As I read, I find a quote that I think will warrant my claim nicel-Holy cow, it is gorgeous out side. The sun reflects so nicely off that building, and my my, that tree has flaming red leaves. Hey, that girl has a back pack just like Rachelle used to have. Boy, I miss Rachelle. I should send her an email. click. Dear Rachelle, Here I am, writing a paper in the library...Wait, Paper.
My eye darts to the tiny clock in the corner of the screen. 2:30! Okay, Stephanie its time to get writing. 5-8 pages. click. Experiential learning is the most effective method for adults because adults learn differently from children and adolescents. The difference derives from...I am interrupted by my vibrating phone, indicating I just received a text message. Greatful for a break from my homework I snatch it from my pocket. Darn, its just from Facebook. Hum, Brittney Anderson just added me as a friend. Who is that? click,
Its safe to assume what happened after this. Its now 4:37, exactly one and a half sentences have been written for my paper, and I am writing a blog. It is interesting to see the progression of my procrastination. I've tried to come up with all these excuses as to why I didn't get anything accomplished. My head is just not in it today. I've got writers block. (I actually don't believe in writers block, I think it is just a universal excuse to procrastinate) I am so burned out. Its Monday for crying out loud. There was an earthquake, a fire, A TERRIBLE FLOOD! But the reason is the simply that I get distracted easily when I'm doing something I don't want to do. Heck, lets be real. I just don't want to do it.
I have actually been doing quite well in the procrastination department up to this point. But we all slip into our old habits sometimes. I am no exception.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Date Night

Date night

The door bell rang and I shook off the vacant expression on my face. I got out of my chair and tried to compose myself before I answered the door.

My bother and I were just in a heated discussion about country music. Lately, he has fallen victim to the brass guitar and deep drawl "charm". He has taken it upon himself to convert us 'music haters' to the likes of Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood. With in a fifteen minute conversation I was referred to as close-minded, prejudiced, disrespectful, anti-patriotic, a hypocrite, ignorant, and stubborn.

It isn't as if I can't appreciate country music as a legitimate music genre. Country artists can be great musicians, many can sing well, many can play multiple instruments. The lyrics can be adorable and promote values like patriotism, family, hard work, and true grit. I can appreciate that. But there is, just like any genre, poopy songs with skanky lyrics that would make a grown man blush. I feel just fine with preferring not to listen to that particular music. John, I will stick to my music, you can keep the country.

Flustered over the heated exchanges with my brother, I fluff my hair, pinch my cheeks and carefully place a smile on my face.

"Hi, Carlos!" My smile freezes as I bring my voice down to a more convincing decibel.

"Hi. Your house is amazing." states Carlos.

I sigh and quickly usher him in give him a quick tour and usher him out. All the while John was in the kitchen snickering because he knew the state of my emotions better than Carlos.

He opens the car door for me (I actually waited for him to yell 'contact!' [insert explanation here]) we pull out of the drive way and the conversation flows nicely.

I interrupt this this blog post for breaking news:
My step grandpa just tired to set me up with his grandson. "He needs a wife just like you." I told him I don't think any one could handle being married to me. "why? Are you too high maintainence?" chuckles grandpa. I said, No, I'm just really self-centered. He coughs, "Oh, well I guess you still have a few years."

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.

Carlos tells me that we are going to be meeting up with Richard and Tracy and going to the batting cages. I played softball for the young women's team when I was twelve. I was mediocre at best, I haven't played since. This last summer I went to a singles ward softball tournament, had my friend Allyson teach me how to throw again. I held my own pretty good outfield, but then I went up to bat. I hit only one ball all night and it ricocheted off the bat and clocked me in the chin. A softball to the face can really do a number on your self esteem.

As we pulled in, I recounted my experience, or lack thereof, with batting. He brushes me off and tells me I'll do fine. He hands me the shortest bat there and takes me to the cage labeled 'slow pitch softball'. I grit my teeth and stuff my head into the moth-eaten foam lining of the helmet and enter the cage.

I let the first pitch past me, to get a feel for the speed. By the fourth, I feel like I was ready climb down from the chain link and take a swing. First swing, nothing. Second swing, WACK! Heavens to Betsy, I hit one! I squeek with glee and square up for the next pitch. POP! Two in a row? This is too good. By the end of the outing I had out hit my date.

I didn't know I had it in me. I was like some batting prodigy. What if I had started out young? I could have been hitting the big time (pun intended). This could have been my destiny! ...Nah...I don't think I would have liked it as much. I don't think I would change my experiences for anything. Even for the chance at the big time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We are back, We are back.

I almost forgot about my Blog. maybe I should write more religiously. any who i dont really know what else to say besides the fact that i'm back and now you can do more on my blog then just listen to my awesome playlist.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Yes i had my first Debate tournament ever. Portia douglas, it was pretty intense and i think we might have won one round...maybe... well it doesn't matter because we did pretty good for the freshest of novice's in open rounds with a case two days old. i will be sure to post my results maybe if i feel like it because if your reading this it probably means that you are spending to much time on the internet just like me. so let me give you some so i dont really know how to do that with out sounding hypocritical. but yes debate is fun, i really like PF but im not sure if i like next months topic i mean it might be fun but Social Networking?!?! i dont know how they come up with these topics but it doesn't matter because me and Josh will dominate any way.