Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Windy day

Today was very windy. I thought it was very nice, until I was riding my bike home uphill against the wind. Then I didn't like it as much. Fall is drawing to an end unfortunately. Although this means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are closer, it also means riding the bus and no longer riding my bike. But after today's experience I'm a little more okay with this.
Next week my Mom is coming to visit me and that will be absolutely lovely. She is bringing me food that is too expensive for me to buy here (She buys it in bulk and I don't have the space to do that) and we will have a girls weekend. I'm very excited about this, it's been a long time since I've seen her. It would be even more amazing if I saw my whole family but I'll be seeing them for Thanksgiving so I believe I will survive.
So I have a new goal. But I must explain the background story before I tell you what it is. This last weekend I went with one of my roommates to a family pumpkin carving thingie. It was lots of fun, we helped the younger kids make corn husk dolls and carved the pumpkin you can see on your right. But honestly, the best part was the free dinner. I love it when I don't have to cook. And part of this dinner was butternut squash soup. I fell in love with this orange, creamy deliciousness. So my new goal is to hunt down some butternut squash (if you saw the grocery store I have access to you would understand why I said "hunt" instead of "buy") and try a recipe. I meant to ask for the recipe last weekend but I forgot, and I figure there are so many recipes online I can find one for myself. Ah the glories of the internet. And besides that, I think the squash is a cool color. Orange is just.... fun. Unless its an ugly shade, then its gross.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Counting Stars

... is the book I finished earlier today. It's by Michele Paige Holmes, and was a very enjoyable read. She did a wonderful job creating realistic characters and in a very real setting. I really related to the main character in her romanticness. If you don't want to cry, don't read this book. It has a few very sad moments, but its all forgiven in the very sweet moments.
The only thing I didn't like was the last page. I would have been okay if she'd left out the whole last chapter, but I can see why she did. But the last page, specifically the last two paragraphs. I feel like the story just.... ends. I'm not sure if this is her version of a cliff hanger or if there was something implied that I just wasn't getting. Which, this does happen to me occasionally. I like to have things spelled out and sometimes miss implied things. I'm very straight forward like that. And actually, the whole side plot that the chapter ends with I don't find terribly necessary. There are whole sections that, while interesting and a good read, should just be part of a separate book. The character this side story focuses on is important to the story, but not so much that we really needed so much side stuff. He could have just told the main character what he had been up to for the past year instead of having us live it with him. Sometimes this is a very good thing. In this story I thought it was unnecessary.
But I really do like this book. I am recommending it to all those romancy, chick-flick lovers out there. This story has all the elements of a good chick flick but is so much better. It's not just happily ever after, but about working towards that, showing all the rough patches along the way. I love how realistic the story is in that aspect. So please, if you have time for a 300 (ish) page book, enjoy a good read.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October begins with a bang

I bet your wondering what that bang is. General Conference, of course! It was fantastic. So fantastic that I don't exactly know what I can say about it. The Spirit was strong and time flew as I listened to the righteous leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For the Sunday sessions I went to my aunts house. Her son/my cousin picked me up on his motorcycle. I fully enjoyed this.

We ate lots of yummy food and I helped make a delicious Oreo dessert. You know, one of those treats that's horribly fattening but tastes so good you don't really care? Yep, it was that good. Not that I'm generally very concerned about how bad something is for me.
This week we've had the first turn for cold weather. It's been raining for the last two days. Yesterday I had to ride my bike home in the rain, which wasn't very fun. But I felt fortunate compared to the people who had to walk home without a jacket or umbrella. When they passed my apartment I felt awful, and if I'd had hot chocolate I would have made up a quick batch and ran some out to the poor souls.
So to avoid the bikey-rainyness (yes, I just made up a cool word) I got a ride from my roommate this morning and I'll walk home tonight. And I brought an umbrella. The only thing wrong with this picture is that my best friend isn't walking home with me too. And that I don't have rain boots. I've decided these would be a good thing to have. I am hoping to one day soon fulfill this dream of mine.

And tonight, I am buying hot chocolate. Its pretty much my all time favorite part of cold weather. It makes all the yuckiness less yucky.
Which, speaking of new words, I just made up another one. I decided I needed something besides roommate-cousin to call my roommate-cousin. So from now on (if I can remember) I will be calling her roomizn. I enjoy this, very much.
Oh, and I promise to post about the next book I read. It might be a while, I haven't done much beyond school work and Hulu lovin' (aka watch useless tv shows) for a while. Generally when I have free time I'm too exhausted to do much else.
Have a good day! Hope you don't get stuck in some nasty weather.