life's an awkward journey we all have to go through, so we might as well entertain others as we do it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Joys of Guernsey


{I love this book so much!}

Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? No? Well you should. Because this book is a treasure.

The plot is fantastic, the writing is crafted from two genuine artists, and the lessons this book teaches are priceless.

The book suggests that “there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers" (Guernsey), but I know this is true. I've seen it with nearly every book I've read.

For example, there was a really funny instance the other day with my kindred spirit and bosom friend that drives a car named Stacy.

I was at her house, sitting on her bed glancing over her bookshelves as is habit every time I'm over, when I noticed a unique copy of the first Nancy Drew book. I owned a copy just like it, and have another quite similar to it. I picked the book up off her shelf, stating that I thought the book was once mine (seeing as how it got donated to D.I. by my mother). She told me that she had bought it from D.I. (as is custom between the two of us -- we both love buying used books for a steal from Deseret Industries), as I flipped open the front cover. Inside was a note my mother had written in the book when she used to own it, before giving it to me, before donating it to D.I., before Kelsey bought it.

The funny thing is that I had been thinking about how my mom had donated several books of mine to D.I. a while ago, and I was wondering what had happened to all of them earlier that day as I was cleaning my room (an ongoing, never-ending process) before heading over to Kelsey's. Of all the people that peruse Deseret Industries' shelves every day, she happened to buy this book (which was donated over two years ago by the way), which found its way back to me.

Guernsey was right-- books DO have secret homing devices. Everyone ends up with the books they were meant to read. It's never by accident.

I love these magical instances in my life, proving the wonders of how the world works and the magical instances that happen every day for us to enjoy. It really helps you gain an appreciation for life and its treasures.

This book truly is for all of us who love reading -- and I mean LOVE it.

Here's a link to fantastic quotes from the book, that can give you a taste of its many wonders:

Please go out and read this book -- it will change your life (for the better!).

Peace Like A River, and many happy hours of getting lost in a world of wonder whilst curled up in a comfy nook

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Ongoing Sleep Crisis

So . . . for the past two weeks or so (roughly), I have felt such chronic fatigue.

(FYI, while typing this I'm reading it all in an English accent in my head. Just thought I'd let you all know, 'cause I think it's kind of funny.)

Last week I missed every day of early morning seminary due to sleeping in . . . Same case this week. I'm sure they all think I've gone inactive or something. *Sigh.*

I think I am going to blame it all on stress. End of term, homework assignments, dance, movie premieres, hanging out with friends, having to bail on said friends, feeling even more guilty . . . It's been a rough week. 

I feel really tired when I wake up, I get to school, feel fine for a little bit, and then I'm exhausted again. It's never-ending. I just hope it ends soon, because I would like to feel like a normal person again. That would be grand. 

Moral of the story: (um . . .) Don't procrastinate or put things off, and make sure you talk and communicate and don't try to figure problems out on your own. 

My poor aching brain. 

Be nice to your body folks, 'cause it's the only one you get.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Luck O' The Irish

Top o' the mornin' to ya, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

(Okay, so I know it's not morning anymore, but still... I had to say it.)

Anyway, I hope you all have had a fantastic day! And I hope you remembered to wear your green, otherwise you should have gotten a few pinches today! (wink, wink)

Honestly, this is one of my favorite holidays. Yeah, we don't give gifts, but that may be one of the reasons I like it most. I love the Irish culture and tradition, and it might help that I do Irish Step Dancing, so this holiday is always a busy one for me. :)

This year the Shelley Irish Dance Company (SIDC), which I am a proud member of, went to five different elementary schools yesterday and performed during assemblies. It was a lot of fun, and totally worth the sore feet and legs. In fact, it's one of the best feelings in the world. I love Irish Dance, and I always will. I like to joke that I'm going to be a crazy old lady doing jigs in her nineties and embarrassing her grandchildren because they'll have a crazy gramma.

But I'm okay with that!

Do you have any fun St. Pat's traditions? Any fond or funny memories?


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

So my best friend is visiting from Tennessee, and even though we've been far away from each other, we're still so alike that it's scary. I've loved the Local Natives for a while now, and yesterday I discovered that she's a fan too! Guys, you don't know how awesome this is. It's fantastic!

So, in celebratory awe, I'm writing a post about it because I think more people should know who the Local Natives are. They're a band of the Indie/Rock style, and I definitely recommend that everyone go listen to them. Just give them a try.

Here's the list of songs on their CD Gorilla Manor:

1. Wide Eyes*
2. Airplanes*
3. Sun Hands*
4. World News*
5. Shape Shifter
6. Camera Talk*
7. Cards & Quarters
8. Warning Sign*
9. Who Knows Who Cares
10. Cubism Dream*
11. Stranger Things*
12. Sticky Thread

*my favorites

Create a playlist for them on Pandora. Look them up on YouTube. Go check them out on iTunes, heck, get their songs however you can. Because they're worth listening to, and I promise you won't be disappointed. (Granted, you won't be disappointed if you enjoy this style of music. might.)

Ah! I can't express to you guys just how excited I am! This is awesome! :D

I hope you all have a fabulous day, and for any best friends you haven't seen in a while...give them a call. Write them a letter. Text them. Facebook them. Make sure they're doing okay. Because best friends are something you don't want to lose, and they'll always be there for you -- even if they don't live anywhere near you.


Monday, March 5, 2012


If you are a dreamer, come in, 
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. 
Come in! 
Come in! 

-Shel Silverstein