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Sunday, August 15, 2010

That Good Feeling You Get Until You Realize You Messed It Up

Depressing title? Ehh, I know. Here's the story in a nutshell.
There's this site called Teen Ink, it's where teens (much like myself) post their stories, photos, poems, etc. Shaina is the one who got me hooked on it. I have pictures up there and I've submitted a short story and a few poems. Anyways, I got an email saying my story had been accepted. This made my day! I was so happy. So I go on the page to admire its beauty, right, and guess what I see. I submitted my version with all of my edits in it (edits in parentheses like this). Well, this did not make me happy at all. The good feeling was gone and I was so mad at myself for making a mistake like that. One of my friends said it was fine and that I could just tell people to ignore them, but I can't. Being the perfectionist I am I HAD to resubmit the story without the correction comments in it. That so did not make me happy. Then to make matters worse the site uploaded the wrong photo. WHAT THE HECK?! So now I have two stories that are the same and two photos with the same titles. Why am I so stupid sometimes? That got me thinking though, we all make mistakes, right? I mean some there's nothing we can do about them, but others we can.
Today at BYD we watched a Mormon Message video about a man and how he lost his wife and three of his children to a drunk teenage driver. He talked about the loneliness and grief he felt for them, but how he was thankful for his two sons that survived. Then he said how early on he decided if he were ever to lose someone to a drunk driver that he would let go and forgive. The man forgave the drunk teenage and told him that he should let go and move on with his life as well.
Now, submitting an edited version of a story doesn't seem like a big deal, but I think I just need to move on from it. Like a lot of things in life we just need to accept what happened and move on. The quote "forgive and forget" comes to mind and I think there's some truth to that. We don't want to just forgive if we don't really mean it, and I don't think just forgetting about things makes anything better. I think we do need to truly forgive and not forget, but remember how this experience strengthened us.

Okay, so I don't know why I went all deep there. Haha. This past week was filled with band camp funness. Why yes, I am the type of nerd who actually enjoys band camp for the most part. This week I have band and choir camp and then school starts! Ehhh, I'm looking forward to seeing my friends, but I'm not too sure about the school aspect. Maybe if my teachers are good I'll enjoy it more. That's about all really. There is more I could possibly talk about, but I don't want to bore you.

Oh, and here's a link to my short story "Escaping Fate"!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Why We Should Not Go to Disney All Day Then the Beach

I find that each time I try to keep this at a week I keep pushing it back a little more. This time the reason I pushed it back wasn't because I didn't feel like writing it, it was because I was gone for like the whole day.
Monday was Disney day! We went to celebrate Bethany's fifteenth birthday! We got to go to all four parks! One time I almost did this, but my friend Carlyn didn't want to continue through the entrance of Animal Kingdom so we got back on the bus and left.
The first park was Animal Kingdom. But before we even got in the ticket lady wouldn't let Carlyn in with a ticket I gave her, she said it was "expired". The thing was that we had special employee tickets that NEVER expire, so I was trying to explain this to her and she's like "No, it's expired. Go to Guest Relations if you think otherwise." Whatever lady. So while trying to calm Carlyn down I had to act all happy and talk to the lady at the window. Luckily she was super nice. It turns out the ticket was older than the park itself. I didn't even know that was possible... Long story short she printed me a new ticket and all was well. We went on Everest and I rode it Single Rider for the first time ever! I got to talk with my British accent and the people though I came from across the pond. Then my friends dragged me onto Dinosaur, my least favorite ride EVER. I opened my eyes through most of it, but refused to at the end. Why the heck would I want to look at something that wants to eat me?!
MGM (I refuse to call it Hollywood Studios) was next. While walking back to ride that new Toy Story ride a guy recognized my shirt (Kingdom Hearts!) and we had a little conversation. He worked there so it was all good. He made my day! Toy Story was so much freaking fun, even if I do fail at it. Then I saw Devin and I got to find out where he's going for his mission! I think I got him in trouble though because I was talking to him, so I quickly ran away. Now, I know everybody goes to MGM to ride Rockin' Rollercoast and Tower of Terror. It's a known fact. So we get to Rockin' Rollercoaster and find it's closed down. WHAT?! Yea, it broke or something. So Kierstyn, Bethany, Kathleen, and Kim left to go ride The Great Movie Ride while Carlyn and I stubbornly waited for the ride to open. Well, after an hour or so of waiting we headed over to Tower of Terror. At first the wait was like over an hour, but now it was only twenty minutes. So, we go in and we're just about to enter that movie part when they are like "Sorry, the ride is experiencing technical difficulties. We don't know when it will reopen." WHAT?!?!?! That's it, I'm done with MGM. We walk out of the line and got to yell the ride was broken to everybody. Then, because we both are kind of stubborn (me more than her) we walked back to Rockin' Rollercoaster to find it opened up two minutes after we left....Yea, okay, whatever. So we just went in the single rider line, determined to ride one good ride. Well, we got in and all was good. I was even in a picture that the tourist I rode with bought! YAY!
After that park we went to Epcot. Not much happened there. We just rode Test Track then Carlyn and I rode the "intense" version of the ride. Yea, it was so "intense" that we could take pictures and text in it. Oh well, still fun.
Now comes the best park, MAGIC KINGDOM! I was determined to ride Splash Mountain, I made everyone wait in the long ride. And then I got to sit in the front row! WHOO! So much fun. I got so wet. Then they wanted to ride Big Thunder Mountain. It didn't matter to me, I was happy I got to ride my all time favorite ride. After that Bethany wanted to watch the fireworks show, but Kierstyn, Kim, Carlyn, and I didn't want to, we wanted to ride Splash Mountain again. So Bethany watched the show with Kathleen while we rode Splash Mountain two more times. Yea, then Carlyn and I got our Mickey icecreams and I drove us home.
Now onto Tuesday! (I promise I won't make this long.)
I got to go to Daytona with one of my BFFs, Shaina! The water was trying to pull us out and push us over. It was so strong! We decided to take a nice little break in the pool of the condos we were vising my mom's friend at. We talked A LOT and I got a lovely sunburn on my left arm and my nose. Then I drove us to Wendy's where the lady was rude and almost didn't give me my free frosty! Then for the rest of the day we talked with British accents! Shaina was being Watson and I was being Sherlock Holmes. I think people actually thought we were from England. Anyways, there was an emergency but it wasn't a murder mystery and we left out badges at home so we weren't allowed to investigate. :/
I've had an amazing two days! I'm just trying to squeeze it all in before band camp starts next week! Sorry this one was kind of long a journalish.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!

Why yes, that is a quote from Despicable Me. I went to see it yesterday with my sister and I really liked it. It was such a cute movie, though I have to say that Angus (AKA Fluffy Unicorn Girl) made the movie. She was just so dang cute!

I think that I shall update this thing every week. Fair enough, right? Yea, right.
Nothing much has happened over the last week. I went to band camp, came home, did pointless stuff, went to bed and then repeated. Fun, right? Ehhhhh, maybe. Sometimes I wanted nothing more than to quit and go home but other times, call me strange and psycho, but I actually wanted to be there.

Thursday at church the Young Women got together and just hung out while we painted each other's nails (Shaina and I both fail at painting my nails). Then on Friday I got to spend the afternoon with Sheri hanging out at the towncenter and after that I crashed my best friend Carlyn's house. If you thought I couldn't possibly do anymore in one day I could, I went to a swimming party and Alexa's. Saturday there was a church dance that was kind of lame seeing as no one really danced and people left early. The only thing that made the dance worth going to was the lovely conversation I got to have with Savannah. I love her! (:

That's it basically. Tomorrow I'm going shopping with Savannah and then Carlyn is spending the night. Then Monday is DISNEY DAY! That's right, I go to Disney and I still think it's cool.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Inspiring? Probably not.

So, I was looking at Shaina's facebook profile like any normal friend would do and I decided to click on her blog link. Well, I see that she hasn't posted in way over a month so I decided to inspire her. Yea, this won't be much of inspiration but oh well. I tried, right?

For my first blog I have no idea what I want to put. A summary of the summer would be way too long, but there's not much to tell about today. Can some blog posts be short? I'm gonna go with yes, yes they can.

To lengthen this post a tad I will mention highlights of my summer. That sounds fair enough. Okay, so there was Trek, Girls Camp, EFY, and right now band camp. I think out of all of these my favorite would have to be EFY. Shout out to the best group ever, the Punishers. That was by far the best week of my very young life. If y'all are reading this and you're elidgeable to go I suggest you go. It's worth it all, the price and the sacrafice of a week. The friendships you make and the growth in your testimony of the gospel are the amazing things that you get for going. So go, okay?
Hmmm, band camp. Well, today was only the first day so not much to say about that. Is it going to be an amazing marching season? I believe so. The opener sounds awesome. I just can't wait! X: The Journey. (:

I think that's all I have to say at the moment sadly. There's a review of my summer so far. Exciting, isn't it?