04 December 2007

Tagged

I've been tagged by Lauren so here I will be disclosing 6 facts or habits about myself.

1) I have never felt so perfectly complete as when I am dancing. There is something that I can't explain but I feel more myself then any other time when I am dancing and it is so powerful that I know I'll never stop.

2) I lived in London for 2 months this summer and it is my favorite place in the entire world! I did so many amazing things and had the best experiences! I can hardly wait to go back!

3) I count stairs. This is a fairly weird habit, but I have to count the stairs as I'm walking up them. I started this when I was a kid so I would know how many stairs I had gone up or down in my house and I wouldn't fall if I was carrying something, but it is now something I do because I can't stop myself. I also count the number of steps I take between cracks in the sidewalk and if at all possible, I won't step on a crack.

4) I am a theatre major and I've been working on film more recently. Last spring I worked on a student film that Kirby Heyborne was in. That was a blast and he is actually a very funny, nice person. Not at all like all of those other famous people I've worked with...

5) Music is my life. I couldn't live without music and I wouldn't want to. I love to sing as well as listen to most any music. Not so much with the country or rap music, but mostly anything else.

6) I love shoes! I love shoes! I love shoes! I have (at last count) 60 some pair of shoes and I absolutely adore them! I have a weakness for shoes and vintage hats. I just can't help myself, I have to buy them. Oh, and did I mention? I love shoes!!!

Now that I've done this I want to tag Amy and Chris so if they would be so kind as to take the time to do this I would greatly appreciate it.

21 November 2007

What a weekend!

This last weekend was so much fun! I went to Salt Lake City for two main purposes. My sister and I had our combined Birthday party (yes, my birthday is in June, but we have a combined Birthday party in the winter and another big party in the summer. It just makes things more fun that way, but I digress). The other reason is that we had our first snowboarding lesson on Saturday afternoon. There wasn't much snow, but that didn't dampen our spirits any (more on that later).
Friday evening we did the last of our shopping and went to the musical at our old High School. Damn Yankees and it was surprisingly good for a High School musical. The kid playing Mr. Applegate (the devil for those of you who don't know the show) was hands down just amazing! I was quite pleased and, I'll admit it, I was surprised. You don't usually get that kind of talent in a person that young.
Saturday was crazy! Kim and I headed up to Snowbird where we were going to have our snowboarding lesson. On arriving we found that sadly, 95% of the other students didn't even come to my armpits. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that there were a few parents there to take the course as well. Also, when I said that there wasn't very much snow I was being generous. There was only really about 12 square feet of snow that we spent most of the day on. There was plenty of mud though! I was actually ok that we didn't go onto the mountian much because my lats and arms were sore enough as it was.



My sister and I before our lesson


On the snow patch


I spent a lot of the day doing this


Look at me and my bad self!

That evening we had our masquerade ball! It was fabulous! We had tons of fun playing charades and running around in formal gowns eating tons of chocolate dipped sweets! Everything came together beautifully and by the time everyone left at 2.30 am we were about ready to collapse. All in all, it was an amazingly fun weekend!


Happy Birthday to us!


Fun with charades


The group at the end of the night

15 November 2007

My life

It's been five months since I've blogged on this site and I think I'm going to start again. I will be trying to get new blogs up here farily regularly so that those of you who are interested can stay up with what's going on in my life. I don't know if anyone will read this at first, but I'm hoping that people will eventually. I really need a place where I can put my thoughts and get some feedback and this is as good a place as any. So I will be on here much more often from now on and I hope you will be here with me. Thanks!

~Tiffany~

13 June 2007

More pictures from London!


Beautiful Gardens!

High Tea!

Platform 9 3/4

The Discus Thrower

The London Eye

10 June 2007

Cheers from London!

This week has been probably the most low key week I’ve had since I’ve been here. I am getting really great at navigating myself around this city! I am even getting so good at the tube system that I don’t always have to look at the map to know where I want to go. I can just get on and get myself there! I’m even getting the traffic rules figured out. In Paris it was easy as a pedestrian you had one job. Don’t die. If there is a motorized vehicle of any kind coming in your direction MOVE (green light or not and sometimes on the sidewalk even!). Here it is a bit more organized, so it makes it more necessary to figure out the rules. Now that I’m getting it all figured out it’s kind of depressing that I’m going to be leaving so soon.
Wednesday I really just did things around my flat. I came back from class and just ended up staying around here because I was so exhausted from running constantly and it was so cold! The beginning of the week was really freezing and rainy so it was pretty miserable going out and doing things. I got things together on the computer and I took a nap. That’s pretty well all I did.
Thursday I went to the British museum. It is fantastic! I love it and I am most definitely going back because I got kicked out before I finished looking at everything I wanted to look at. I really loved the Egyptian area (you’re all stunned, I know) and the European art area. It was fantastic! Because it closed earlier than I expected but not really early enough for me to go do anything else before I had to meet my class for our show that night, I decided to go find platform 9 ¾ (from Harry Potter) at Kings Cross station. I found the platform without much difficulty, but when I went to go back I took the wrong way out and I ended up walking all the way around the station (which is quite large) and walking through a somewhat dodgy area of town. I was really glad when there was another lady walking my way and asked me for directions. I didn’t know where it was she was going, but we helped each other find our destinations. It was really nice! That night we went to a Midsummer Nights Dream. I was very impressed! I really liked how they cast and costumed it! I would be more than happy to tell anyone who wants to know more about it how it was done, but for the rest of you just know that it was beautifully done!
Friday I had a massive homework date. I had let my big papers build up and I needed to get caught up on those. I felt really accomplished by the end of it though because I got it all done! That night was a blast though. I went to a pub with some of the other girls and we watched the football (American Soccer) game between England and Brazil. It was so amazing! The game itself was really great. Both teams played really well and the crowd was so much fun! Some of them were really drunk, but mostly they were in control of themselves. It was so cool when England scored the first goal! The whole pub burst out in one mass cheer! It was so amazing to be a part of that! It was really intense for the last little bit because Brazil was coming back strongly then in the last minute they scored as well! It was ok though, because it was not one of the in season games. After that we went to a church dance for the young single adults. That was so much fun as well!
Saturday I went to Portobello market. It was fun even though I got myself sort of lost at some points. I went all up and down the street and found that if I went back up the side streets as well it was so much bigger than I though it would be. I tried to get some sun while I was out there, but alas, in London it is nearly impossible to get a tan even on a sunny day. After my shopping adventures, I went back and rested a while before we went to The Merchant of Venice. I think it was performed well, I just don’t really like the show itself. The costumes really didn’t do it for me either. They were not really my thing. I don’t know why though.
Sunday was amazing. We had Stake conference and Elder Eyring and President Hinckley were the featured speakers. They spoke by broadcast to all of the church members in the UK and Ireland. It was amazing because 1) I could understand all of what was being said because it was in English and 2) It was so sweet to hear President Hinckley speak to the British and Irish church members. You could totally tell that he loves them so much! It was very touching. After church a group of us went with the singles ward and had a picnic. Then some of us went on a walk around by Big Ben and Westminster up toward St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was a nice Sunday walk. I left the group early and came back to finish up some things before I went to bed and the crazy thing is that on my way back I think I saw Orlando Bloom. It was strange and it all happened so fast that I’m not totally sure, but it is completely possible. I saw this random guy in my peripheral vision and I smiled just a ‘hi how are you’ smile, then as I was looking at him I realized that I was pretty sure I knew him from somewhere and I saw a Pirates of the Caribbean poster just up the street and looked back at him. By this time I’m pretty sure I was giving him one of the strangest looks ever and as I passed him I just kind of looked back at him in a daze. Not as glamorous as I had hoped that our first meeting would be, but that’s just how life goes I guess.
Monday we had class and I went with a couple of my friends to a pampering session and photo shoot. It was part of a package we bought a while ago and it was way fun! We had our hair and makeup done and then our nails done. After that we had a massive photo shoot! It was way fun getting all dressed up and having people fuss over you. It was a very, very long day though. We were there from 1.30 to 8.30. We got Turkish food on the way home and it was wonderful! On my way home I went grocery shopping. I really needed food, but more importantly I was out of chocolate, so it was necessary to get that taken care of.
Tuesday I went to the British Library and saw the Magna Carta, the original folio of Shakespeare’s plays, various illuminated manuscripts, journals of da Vinci, Darwin, etc, and a Beatles display of original papers that they put their lyrics and such on which was totally cool! I really liked that display because they had things you don’t ever see! A napkin with lyrics sketched out on it, records of theirs, pictures, etc. It was awesome! I spent a couple of hours that afternoon looking for the Fashion and Textiles museum and wandering around aimlessly. It was on a random back road so it was somewhat difficult to find anyway, and it was closed for refurbishing. I was sad, but none the less I asked an older lady with hot pink hair and teal eye shadow for directions to the underground. Crazy enough pink hair got me there too! We went to Cymbeline that night. It was probably my favorite of the Shakespearean plays we have seen on this trip. It was very well performed and it was designed impeccably! It was done in a 1950s style and it was done beautifully!
Well, that’s about all for the week. I am getting ready to come home so I’m getting in all the last minute things I haven’t done yet. It is amazing and I still love it here! I hope that all is well in all of your lives at home. By way of interest, I was asked to do the costume design for Julius Caesar this summer when I get home. I am very excited for it and I will keep you all updated on that as it comes along! I love you all tons and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

I'm a 90s kid for sure!

So I read this and it made me laugh through nearly the whole thing, so I'm putting it up here and hoping that other people get a kick out of it as well. It's not a regular blog, but I liked it so here it is.

You're a 90's kid if:

You can finish this [ice ice _ _ _ _ ]

You remember watching:
-Doug
-Ren & Stimpy
-Pinky and the Brain
-AAAAAAAH Real Monsters!
-Rockos modern Life.

You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!"

You just cant resist finishing this . . . "Iiiiiiin west philidelphia born and raised . . ."

You remember:
-TGIF
-Step by Step
-Family Matters
-Dinosaurs
-Boy Meets World
-Sabrina The Teenage Witch

You remember when it was actually worth getting up early
on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.

You remember reading "Goosebumps"

You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.

You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence . . . not

when everything was settled by:
-rock paper scissors or
-bubble gum bubble gum in a dish or
-inky pinky ponky daddy had a donkey
- ennie meanie miney moe.

when cops and robbers was a daily activity.

when we played Hide and go seek until our legs grew numb.

when we used to obey our parents

You used to listen to the radio all day long just to record your FAVORITE song of ALL time.

"Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?" was both a game and a TV game show.

Captain Planet. He's a Hero.

You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green ranger, were meant to be together. ♥

You remember when Super Nintendos and Sega Genisis became popular.

You always wanted to send in a tape to America's Funniest Home Videos . . . but never taped anything funny.

You remember watching Home Alone 1, 2 , and 3 . . . and tried to pull the pranks on "intruders"

You remember watching:
-The Magic School Bus
-Wishbone
-Reading Rainbow on PBS.

You remember when Yo-Yos were cool.

You remember those Where's Waldo books.

You remember eating Warheads.

You remember watching:
-the 1st Batman
-Aladdin
-Ninja Turtles
-3 Ninjas movies.

You remember Ring Pops.

You remember drinking Surge, and Tang.

If you remember when every thing was "da BOMB!"

When they made the new lunchables so that you could make pizza AND tacos.

You remember boom boxes vs. cd players.

Making those little paper fortune cookie things, and then predicting your life with them.

You played and/or collected "Pogs" :)

You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet, or Nano and brought it everywhere.

. . . Furbies.

You haven't always had a computer, and it was cool to have the internet.

And Windows 95 was the best.

You watched the original cartoons of Rugrats, Power Rangers, and Ninja Turtles.

Michael Jordan was a king.

YIKES pencils and erasers were the stuff!

All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand.

You remember when the new Beanie Babies and Talking Elmo were always sold out

You collected those Beanie Babies.

Carebears

Gak was the coolest stuff invented.

Lambchop's song never ended.

The old dollar bills.

Silver dollars, which were cool to have.

You remember a time before the WB.

You collected all the Troll dolls

If you even know what an original walkman is.

You remember wanting to sit on the orange Nickelodeon couch.

You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

You know the Macarena by heart.

"Talk to the hand" . . . enough said

You always said, "Then why don't you marry it!"

You went to McDonald's to play in the playplace.

You remember playing on merry go rounds at the playground.


Before the MySpace frenzy . . .

Before the Internet & text messaging . . .

Before Sidekicks & iPods . . .

Before MIKE JONES . . .

Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX . . .

Before Spongebob . . .

Back when you put off the 5 hours of homework you had every night.

When light up sneakers were cool.

When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.

When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing.

When we recorded stuff on VCRs.

When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off of our walkman.

When checking out drawing books and that one book about the rainbow fish from the library was THE cool thing to do.

You had slap bracelets!

Way back.

Before we realized all this would eventually disappear.

Who would have thought you'd miss the 90's so much!!!!!

05 June 2007

Four weeks down...

I can hardly believe that my time here is going so fast. It doesn’t seem like I’ve been here that long, but it’s true. When people start asking me what’s new I’m saying nothing but then I realize that everything is new and I’m just getting used to it! Crazy! So I’m going to start this week off with my Paris trip! What an amazing experience! The weather there was so nice even if Paris itself was a little bit on the insane side with the traffic (we found out that the traffic lights are actually optional as long as they stay a meter away from the pedestrians), the crazy metro system where nothing is really labeled, and the fact that I only know about 7 French words. That last one is entirely my own fault, but none the less, it contributed to the insanity.
Wednesday morning we woke up at 3.50 so that we would have the time to get 12 people and all of their luggage to the train station for our 5.30 train. That was quite the experience. Thankfully by the time our bus came we had everyone, their bags, and passports. Some people only had to run back for things twice! Some of us, to remain unnamed, remembered everything the first time. We didn’t have to wait very long when we got to the station before we boarded the Eurostar, and then we were off! The Chunnel was kind of disappointing. I thought we would at least see the water approaching then go under it or something, but all of a sudden we just went into a tunnel and then after a little while I realized that this must be it. It is just like a regular tunnel and when you come out of it you are in a new country. When we arrived we went and bought our metro passes and went on to start on our fun! We all bought these museum passes so that we could have admission to tons of museums and monuments. It made everything there so much less expensive! We went first to the Arc de’ Triomphe. It is huge! Huge and we climbed all the crazy steps! (Photo #1) You walk up a massive spiral staircase and when you get to the top you realize that your thighs have felt like fire for the last several minutes. The view from the top was amazing though! You could see all of the main attractions and it was so pretty! After that we went to the Louvre. It was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been! We only got through two of the floors that day and we were only able to do that because all of the labels on things were in French so we didn’t stop to read them. The Venus de Milo is so much more beautiful in person. It was almost an emotional experience to see her. (Photo #2) There was also a real mummy, sarcophagi everywhere, and part of a tomb (kind of like in the Met)! That was awesome! The French crown jewels are on display there and let me tell you they are fantastic! I’m sure I could find some occasion to wear them. No problem! We went to dinner at a little Italian place that night and watched football (soccer) on French television! It was so much fun getting into the game with all of the people there! It was kind of like a party! When it started to get dark we got back on the metro and somehow navigated ourselves back to the Eiffel Tower. It is spectacular at night! So cool! It’s all lit up and it sparkles on the hour! (Photos #3 & #4)
Thursday morning we realized that it was rather problematic having 4 of us trying to use the shower and bathroom when that is the only place where there is a mirror so I had a genius moment and went onto the balcony and used the reflection in the window to do my hair! Thursday was Eiffel Tower day! We climbed 700 steps up and 700 back down again! Yeah! Fire thighs! It was really pretty from up there and we took a lot of pictures! We went to Napoleon’s tomb. It’s one thing to write your own epitaph, but he built a huge monument to himself! Hmmm… it was way pretty though! Notre Dame was next on the list and it was fantastic! It is enormous and it has the most beautiful stained glass windows! We climbed to the top of that one too! More spiral staircases. Seriously, I think that every building here has one and I’m pretty sure I climbed them all! We went to a monument for the French citizens who died in concentration camps. It was beautiful! They had a crystal for each French person who had died in a camp during that time. We then went to the Mussee de’ Orsay. It is another art museum that takes up where the Louvre leaves off. The most amazing thing about it is that they don’t care if you take photos. I have photos of original Monet, Picasso, and other fabulous impressionist artists! It was way cool! That night we went and saw the Louvre and the Arc lit up for the night. It was so awesome!
Friday we went to Versailles. I think that was my favorite part of the trip. The palace was very pretty, but the grounds were the real attraction! (Photo #5) The gardens are spectacular and the little peasant village that Marie Antoinette had constructed was so charming! I didn’t know it, but she had her sheep perfumed. Wow, it’s no wonder the people hated her. If I knew she had all of that and perfumed sheep while I was starving to death I’d be pretty ticked off too! (Photo #6) We wandered through the gardens for a while then we decided to have lunch under a tree and rent some bicycles. We rode around the gardens for an hour before we took them back and went up to the palace again. On the way back we fell asleep and nearly missed our stop. The evening was for catching up on museums that we had not finished. First we went back to the Orsay because it closed earlier, then we went back to the Louvre. We went through the Reubens room and we saw the Mona Lisa. She kind of made me sad because she looked just like she does in the books. I thought she would be more magnificent, but I didn’t really think she was. Maybe if she hadn’t been ten feet away and behind glass, who knows? When we finished there we took the train to meet the rest of the group and as we got there we saw our train waiting so we decided to run for it but I slipped/tripped on the last step and went flying into the train. I landed it, but Lisa and everyone else on the train looked at me like I was insane. She was so funny, she said ‘we weren’t in that big of a hurry’ so I told her, ‘I know, I fell.’ It is now what we refer to as the flying leap since that is what it looked like. That was also the night we nearly got lost in the red light district.
Saturday we were all so exhausted from our marathon of Paris that we just tied up loose ends. We went out to the Moulin Rouge that morning (Photo #7) then we went to the Pantheon which is a giant tomb and catacombs for the famous French people who want to be buried there. Victor Hugo is there, Marie and Pierre Curie, Voltaire, and tons of others. It’s pretty amazing! After that we did some shopping and just relaxed for most of the day which was good because I’m pretty sure that all of our feet were dieing! By the time it was time to leave for our train I was really ready to leave. You can only take so much of not being able to speak any of the language and still want to be there. On the train I did my homework and when we got back I checked my email and went to bed.
Sunday was a welcome relief from all of the running around I’d been doing the last few days. I was in the nursery so I just got to play all day. I didn’t have to understand Spanish for that! I also listened to Hunchback of Norte Dame and watched the Da Vinci code after church! I just couldn’t help myself!
Monday was class again. It felt like forever since I had been in class. I met with one of my teachers and then came back to do some letter writing and other things around here. A group of us went to Hamlet (the Kenneth Branagh version) at the BFI and it was amazing! He is a genius! Four hours of Hamlet and Kenneth Brahagh. *Sigh* I went to the grocery store and got a couple of things I had run out of then realized that it was a bank holiday so I couldn’t do anything with my Euros since all of the exchange places were closed!
Tuesday wasn’t that horribly exciting either. I did laundry in the morning and went to the Victoria & Albert museum in the afternoon. They have an amazing fashion gallery showcasing clothing since the 1700s! That night our group went to a play called Big White Fog. It was fairly well done. The American accents were a little bit strange though. I guess that’s what they think when they hear us try to do British accents.
Well that’s really it my friends! I love Paris but I’m excited to be back here. Love you all tons!

Paris Photos


Photo #1

Photo #2

Photo #3

Photo #4

Photo #5

Photo #6

Photo #7

30 May 2007

Picture update


Kensington Palace

Royal Albert Hall


Buckingham Palace!

29 May 2007

Excitement around every turn!

It’s been rather a long time since I’ve posted anything, but you’ll have to forgive me. I was in Paris last week. More about that later though… Just so that you don’t get bogged down, I’ll be posting it in 2 segments. So now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Ladies and Gentlemen, without any further adieu, my week.
Thursday morning (May 17) an electrician arrived quite early in the morning to fix the light switch that my flatmate had tried to destroy with her wet umbrella. I was exhausted so I fully slept through him fixing it! (Mom, it’s a good thing you vacuumed under my crib when I was little. Now I can sleep through anything!) When I woke up I got ready and went out to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is an amazing building! We didn’t really get to go into it because it is expensive, but I went into one of the chapels and looked around as far as I could. We got our pictures out on the steps of St. Paul’s and then we went to the Old Bailey. It is a really cool old justice building. I think it is something like an old court house. The sculptures on the outside of it are insanely cool though! I also went to the OXO building tonight. They have a small gallery where they have an exhibit of marine photos right now. I went with one of my friends to her ward youth activity tonight. They were learning BSL (British Sign Language) which is nothing like ASL. There are a few things that are the same/similar, but overall it is nothing alike in the least! I was struggling with the alphabet even.
Friday was fun, but not too eventful. I went to Covent Gardens with two of my friends and we looked through all these little markets and shops. Then we split up and went to a nut shop (most wonderful chocolate covered nuts ever!) and to take a picture I forgot to take before. We went home for dinner then we went to a play with the group. Kindertransport is about a little Jewish girl in WWII who is sent out of Germany to live in England with a host family until things get better. It is quite a sad play and the character, The Ratcatcher, is really quite scary! That’s about all that happened Friday, but like I said, it was a pretty chill day.
Saturday I went shopping, a favorite past time here in London, on Kensington High Street. I found a really cute bag, but no clothes I really liked. In the afternoon we had a matinee of Three Sisters. It had several strikes against it. 1) it is a rather boring play in my opinion, 2) it was a matinee, 3) it was 3+ hours long 4) it was in Russian. I don’t speak Russian just in case any of you were misinformed. It was really hard for me to stay awake during that play, but in the second act something was dripping along the back of the stage and that kept me awake looking for where the drip was coming from. Good times! The poor stage crew was going crazy trying to fix it and after the show people were down there surveying it and getting after others to get it fixed! It was pretty fantastic! There was a baptism in my branch that night so the few of us who are in that branch went to that, then I spent the evening getting things together and playing around with my friends.
Sunday was the first time in a long time that I understood anything that was said in church. The stake Patriarch and his wife came and spoke to us and they are English! Well, she’s English, he’s Scottish. I was in the Primary helping with the music today and it was pretty cool to be with the little kids. They are way cute! I went to a service at St. Paul’s that was not a usual service. I was hoping it was going to be a mass, but I’ll have to go back another time for that.
Monday was class in the morning before high tea in the afternoon. It was really fun! We had tea and scones which was fantastic! The tea was wonderful and the scones were divine! I thought it was really fun because it is kind of a social event so it takes a couple of hours, but the girls I was with were anxious to get out of there. Kind of sad I think. I went back and did some homework and such so that I could stay caught up, then some of us went back to see A Matter of Life and Death again. I was so happy! Peter lived! He is the main character and his living or dieing depends on the flip of a coin. They actually flip a coin in the show that tells which ending they will do! It is amazing! I liked it better when he died, but I was glad to see how they did it when they have him live.
Tuesday was our midterm. Gross! I don’t approve of tests and I think that we should all just not do them anymore and everyone gets A’s. Yes, that is my new philosophy, but no one asked me for my opinion. Oh well. I spent the day pretty much getting ready to go to Paris Wednesday. I packed, cleaned, and made sure I had my passport and money situation taken care of. I went to bed at 9.45 because I had to wake up at 3.50 AM to leave for the station. Yuck!

Well, that was pretty much the week! Thanks for tuning in. I'll be putting up this last weeks events tomorrow then I'll be back on track. Ciao!

16 May 2007

Another week in the life of me!

Well it’s hard to believe that another week has come and gone again. I still feel, in some ways, like I’ve just arrived here. In others though, I feel like I’ve been here all my life. I really feel like I’m beginning to get the hang of living here and I know as soon as I figure everything out (the tube, the money, the streets, the rain…) it will be time for me to leave and I know I won’t want to. This is so amazing!!! I love it here! Honestly, there is no where I would rather be right now then here.
Thursday was amazing! I don’t think I have ever had so much sensory input in one day before! We had a tour of the National Theatre. It is spectacular! All of the stages and how they individually work is phenomenal! They all work in a slightly different way too. One has a trap door, one has a rotating stage, and in the third the stage and the seating can all be rearranged so that the stage/audience size changes! Amazing! I found it completely fascinating to see how the “backstage” of a professional theatre works. After the tour we saw The Reporter. It was kind of…Meh. I fell asleep for part of it to be completely honest. I wasn’t moved by it, in all honesty it bored me, and I was tired. What can I say? I kind of made up for it that night though because I went with three of the other girls from the program and we saw Les Misérables. It was such a beautiful show! I was in amazement! I knew the story and I knew the music so I was prepared for it, but the staging and the staging was really cool! It did kind of bother me though that they were mixing time periods with their costume choices. That was really quite awkward I thought. Of course, I was the only one who noticed though.
On Friday, we got up early to go out and see the changing of the guard. It is quite the ceremony if you can get there early enough to have a view by the gates. We were way across the street though so I only saw the street procession and their little bit. When we had finished there we caught the tube and we went off to Camden Town and Portobello Road for some shopping! It is this great little bohemian place! We got the most amazing crapes there too! I got some great little things in some antique shops along there (No I’m not telling what it is! Some of them are gifts! Nosey…) and some fresh fruit. On the way back I hit the grocery market and then I came home.
Saturday was interesting. We went on a country “walk.” Everyone lies when they take me on hikes. I’m done believing people when they say something is a walk because yeah, it was pretty much awful! It was muddy and cold and windy and toward the beginning there was this hill. Not too high, but it was one of the most steep hills I’ve ever hiked. My knee killed me all the way up and down. I was not a happy camper. Even though the countryside was beautiful, because of the miserable way we had to get there in my opinion it was really not worth it. Especially after I found out that we could have gotten to all of the beautiful sites on flat ground as well!!!! LAME! When we got back I took it upon myself to wash my clothes in the bathtub. It was a great theory! The washing part went fine, but the drying part… Not so much effective.
Sunday was a better time then last week, but it was still interesting to need translation for all of the meetings. After church all of the BYU students went and chatted with the Branch President and we will be getting some kind of assignment for the next several weeks. It will be exciting! That’s for sure! (More information to come as it is available!) My laundry still wasn’t dry on Sunday so I resigned myself to go find a washer and drier on Monday.
We had classes Monday morning so after that one of the girls in my flat and I went and did our laundry together. It made it more affordable though (still about $9.00). During this time I set up a blog site for the family! Hooray! I’m really quite excited and feeling quite accomplished! The best part about doing my laundry in a real laundry setting is that it was DRY when I was done! Hooray for dry, non-smelly clothing! (Just for the record, nothing ever truly dries out here. It is always raining so it is always wet and humid. Just a note.) That night one of the Bishops from a surrounding area came and talked to us for an hour or so. He was a little kid during WWII and he was sent away during the Blitz bombing. It was really cool hearing him tell about the things he lived through and how it really was around here back then.
Tuesday was pretty amazing! In the morning I got some homework done and then I cleaned up and my flatmate and I went to the Tate Modern. It is a modern art gallery that is spectacular! I loved it! Not all modern art is my style, but some is really cool! They have Picasso, Monet, Pollock, Warhol, and Rodin. It was amazing! Some of the art is so moving! Monet’s water lilies, for example were so fabulous and in real life it is so much better! And Rodin’s The Kiss statue is one of the most moving pieces of art that I think I’ve ever seen. I don’t know of a more beautiful representation of gentle, tender, true love. I fell in love with something I had never known was inside of me before. I think it was a hope of what I can have someday. As a side note, on the way to the gallery I fell down some stairs. It was kind of awkward and wounded only my pride, but be way careful here. It rains and things get slippery, then you fall. On the way to our show that night Cabrina and I stopped and went on a tour of the Rose theatre. What a waste of money! It’s a good thing I only paid 5.50 for it! I would have been quite cross otherwise. I was anyway, so it was definitely good it wasn’t more! We didn’t even really get to see the real foundations though because it is covered with sand and water so to preserve it. Bummer! We went and saw the show Landscape With Weapon. It was really quite good! I was able to see it in a much different light then when I read it. All of the emotion was different. Much better in performance! When I got home, I had to finish my homework and I didn’t get to bed until 3:15 AM! Always an interesting time to go to bed when you have to get up in the morning and be productive.
Today was one of the more amazing days. I had class this morning and I was able to really give some cool insight into the costumes of the time. I always feel good about myself when I can help someone to learn something they find interesting. Then I took care of things around the flat. I tried to take up time as much as I could to see if we got some hot water back this evening, but I finally resigned myself to take a 40 degree shower. Never a good idea. I went out tonight with some of the girls and we first went to curry at this great Indian place then we went and saw Marry Poppins! There are no words to describe how perfect it was! It made me feel like I haven’t felt since I was a kid. There was something so magical about it! It was such a spectacle but it was so beautiful! It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen! I really have never seen a set work the way that one did, the costumes were breathtaking, and the magical parts were seamless! The performance was Practically Perfect in Every Way! Even though I am so curious how they did certain things (pulling the objects from her bag, etc) I don’t think I really want to know. I just want to be able to keep the magic of it forever. It really is just like when you are a kid and Disneyland seems to be the most magical place on the planet and I just never want to loose that. It was amazing! My flatmate quite nearly started our flat on fire tonight! She got home and hung her umbrella to dry above the electrical switch and it started sparking and smoking and everything! YIKES!!!! I was totally scared it was going to electrocute someone! The voltage over here is way higher and it was being really scary so we had the RA kill the breaker to the room and they are sending over an electrician in the morning. Good times with almost dieing! And that is another week in the life of me!

New London Pictures!


The view from the window of my flat.

It's a Washette! It's French! It didn't work!

Sitting in an 1100s toilet. Thought provoking.

Buckingham square with my flatmate!

How now brown cow?

On the tube!

Elementary my Dear Watson!

10 May 2007

The First Week!

Wow! This week has been extremely full! I’ve just done and seen so many fantastic things! On Thursday things were much better because I had slept for several hours and I was feeling much, much less delusional. We had our first classes that morning and got the general sense of what the term is going to be. Not a whole lot of work and a TON of playing! Sounds like my kind of semester! After our classes my flatmate and I went exploring! It was fantastic! We found this awesome little place called High Kensington. It is a shopping district (way out of my student price range for the most part but it is so much fun!) that is quite long actually. Higher class shops and all. After that we made a giant loop back through Kensington Gardens. That is probably the most beautiful park I have ever been through or seen anywhere in my whole life! Lucky for me it is right across the street from my flat! I would love to live in this area some day. It is so fantastic! We went to St. Mary’s Abbot which is a nice little church. Old and beautiful, but humble and not too pretentious.
Friday we had more class which was a bit tough because we had just had class and I was still trying to get my bearings straight. After class I went out on my own to Kensington park and read for a little while. It was such a nice sunny day and it was too windy to read, so I tucked all of my stuff under me (so none of it could be stolen!) and fell asleep for a little while instead. That night we went to see Othello at the Globe. It was really fabulous, but we stood for 3 hours and 45 minutes plus! WOW! We were in the yard as the ‘groundlings’ (yes, college students = peasants, don’t worry) but the show was so amazing that it was totally worth it! I couldn’t have had a better place for it though. Front and center stage! No one to block my view at all! YES! We didn’t get back until well after midnight here so we were all dead and passed not long after we got back.
Saturday morning we went on a walk around London to see the famous Shakespearean sites (as well as some random others) then we went to a great little open market. One of the most fun things we saw was the site where Nancy was killed by Sykes in Oliver. On the way back we had to stop at the National Theatre and buy some of our play texts (also our texts for one of the classes) and I found the most beautiful masquerade mask! That night I went to the market with one of my other flatmates where I got some berries, a knee brace, and dark chocolate. Not a better combination to be found anywhere! Their fruit is the best here and absolutely nothing I’ve found can compare to their chocolate (Well, other European chocolate can hold its own as well).
Sunday was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I went to church in a little branch that is all Spanish and Portuguese speaking. I didn’t understand anything that was being said, but the spirit was so strong there! I was able to have one of the other girls there who served a Spanish speaking mission translate for me for most of it, but there were parts where I just didn’t know what was going on. It was very different being the minority and not being able to understand the meetings. It was so tender though when a little family was blessing their baby. It was the daddy and two members of the bishopric. It was so humble and sweet. It was tough though because by the end of Sunday School I had a headache from trying to concentrate so hard to understand anything! In Relief Society we had a lesson on reverence and it was so moving that I actually was almost moved to tears. These people are so humble and good. It was sort of funny though. One sister made the comment that ‘the BYU students are being so reverent and they don’t even understand what is being said, and look at the example we are setting for them!’ It was funny to me though, because I was thinking to myself ‘yeah, we’re being so reverent because we can’t understand what is being said and we’re too afraid to say anything.’ We got Spanish Books of Mormon though and I’m going to try to read through it with the help of Lisa (the girl who served a Spanish speaking mission) and my English BOM. We’ll see how that all works out.
Monday we finally got into the schedule we are going to be on this term. We had class and I was fairly bored so I was working on my screen saver. It was pretty awesome because I clicked on one image that I thought was a picture and low and behold. Not a picture but a video clip of me doing the Tango and it was playing for the benefit of the whole class. Luckily I was able to get it off after about 1.5 seconds though. Oh, and it finally rained on us. Not too much, just a little introduction to the rain. Actually that’s a lie. I was pretty much soaked from the knees down. My flatmate and I went with one of the other girls to the Sherlock Holmes museum on 221 Baker street just like in the books! It was a riot to get there though! We took a wrong turn off of the tube station and ended up wandering through the streets for a while. It was a bank holiday though so there weren’t that many people to ask for directions even. So apparently Sherlock Holmes was a real person and he did actually address Watson as My Dear Dr. Watson. What a kick! Our director took us on a walk around Kensington park and showed us the monuments and such. Good times! OOH! I also learned that I LOVE Indian food. I wasn’t sure about it before, but now I know of its goodness and that I will never go back to not eating it again.
Tuesday I finally got to sleep in a bit. Not too much mind you because there is just too much to do to waste all day in bed, but enough to make for a welcome change. When Cabrina and I finally got up we ran come errands and went to the London Museum. It has the history of London from before it was… well… London through the current times. Unfortunately it was only open through Medieval though because of renovations. =( As a side note, I had really odd dreams about the Bubonic plague and people trying to steal my purse that night. On our way back we stopped in a thrift shop and I got the most fabulous things! I got a vintage trench coat in salmon (which I found out today isn’t waterproof) and a silk bag and scarf. Not too expensive either! I am way stoked about it! That night I did my homework and researched for class and went to bed. Not too much else really.
Today was another exciting day! Class was interesting because I was part of the group that was presenting which was a fun experience. Then I came home and wrote some letters, did some housekeeping, ate, and I was off again. I decided to go out shopping/exploring by myself. In one of the shops one of the owners had the most darling puppy named Lucy. She was so sweet!!! The shopping trip turned into somewhat of a fiasco because it was raining and not the kind of rain I’m used to in Utah. When it rains here it really rains! I unfortunately left my umbrella home (USA home) so I was drenched! I was quite a sight to behold! I didn’t really get anything, but I looked at some neat shops! On my way back I decided to stop at Starbucks and get a banana nut muffin and a hazelnut hot chocolate. That didn’t work out quite as I had planned. I grabbed my stuff and ran back to the flat. On the way back I realized that I had not actually gotten my hot chocolate, but instead a cappuccino and it was lukewarm at best. I realized that I do not like coffee like I used to either. So when I came home I looked like a wet cocker spaniel and I didn’t have my hot chocolate. I felt rather let down. However after a good blow dry of the hair and a change of clothes I felt much better. We saw one of the most visually fabulous shows I’ve ever seen in my life tonight! It is called A Matter of Life and Death. I would try to explain the plot, but it is insane! It’s about a pilot in WWII who cheats death and falls in love with the radio operator who is listening to the line when he bails out of his plane without a parachute. He has a trial to appeal his death and it is really so confusing at times, but it was so amazing to watch! I may go back and see it again so I can get more from it.
That’s really about all for the week. I have managed to have two men blow me kisses, one be checking me out all the way to class this morning (so says one of the girls in the program who was watching me walk there) and I sat on a British mans lap on the bus today. I would say for one week I’m doing fairly well.

05 May 2007

London Pictures!

Ok, so I realize I've been slacking off in my picture posting so here are a few for you!


Me on a bridge crossing the Thames


Tower Bridge


The Old Globe Theatre


Me inside the theatre


Sitting on the Ferryman's seat


Scene from Oliver where Nancy is killed


Our Bidet! All of the water closets in our flat have them!

I hope you are all having a marvelous day! Cheerio!

03 May 2007

I've arrived at last!


I’m here! Hooray!!! London is such a fantastic place! It is just like every other huge city in that it is busy, it is kind of dirty (ok, maybe a lot dirty), and there are all kinds of crazy people everywhere. The only real main difference I can see is that 1) they drive on the wrong side of the road, and 2) it’s older than other big cities I’ve been to. Ok, so wow! I was awake for 32+ hours straight yesterday! (Ok, I managed to sleep for a little while on the plane from NYC to London, but let’s be honest people. Airplane sleep doesn’t count.) We have done so many things the last couple of days!
I left for the Salt Lake airport at about 5:40 Monday morning and my flight left at 8:30. I was a little upset with the situation because I had reserved a window seat and I ended up in the aisle. Not really that big of a deal, but it sure seemed like a crisis at the time. We arrived in NYC at JFK airport almost an hour early so we had nearly 4 hours to kill. I just mainly messed around on my computer, as were most of the other girls there. All of a sudden we realized that there was a pigeon flying loose in the waiting area of the airport. This is an all enclosed airport, as many of you know, so it was highly unusual for a pigeon to be inside. That was a bit of excitement. We met up with some other girls and we all went out on that flight to London. Here I had a window seat! I was so stoked! We took off and settled in. Just then they announced dinner. Wow! I haven’t had real food on an airplane for a very, very, very long time. It was actually good too! Not the best mind you, but we enjoyed it. After that I was able to kind of sleep for a little while. I woke up to a cranked neck and stiff back, but after only having had 1 hour and 45 minutes of sleep the night before, I wasn’t complaining about the little sleep I did get! They even fed us breakfast! A hot bagel and cream cheese with preserves and a banana. It was quite good actually.
As we were flying into Gatwick airport, the country below us was some of the most beautiful I had ever seen! I couldn’t believe that it was real! I don’t think I have ever seen that much green in that way before. You could even see the sheep grazing in the fields. It was exquisite! When we got in we went through customs, which was a breeze for me, and collected our baggage. I know you are all going to be surprised when I tell you that I was, yet again, self appointed group leader. It turned out pretty well. I navigated us through the airport and got everyone onto the train to take us into London. The Gatwick Express! When we got out we caught a taxi to our flats and got in. First we had to go get our Oyster passes. That’s the tube pass. Then we went on a mini tour of where our facilities are and where we will be having class. Great. When we finally got back from that I got a chance to take a shower. It was fantastic… Well, fantastic as soon as I quit freezing/scalding myself because I couldn’t get the temperature right. I went and saw a Chiropractor today and she was really quite nice. I also went and wandered around the city a bit. Rode the tube, and had a quite good time! I’ve had a rather difficult time keeping myself awake today and now that I can go to bed I’m so very, very happy! I went out to a little deli tonight and then I bought a new adapter for my computer. It seems that mine didn’t come with an essential bit of equipment…THE PRONGS THAT ARE COMPATABLE WITH UK PLUGS!!! I am so annoyed with that! No matter though! I am here in London and I am going to have a simply marvelous time! I have a fantastic flatmate, wonderful new friends, and 2 whole months in an amazing city! I can’t wait!!!


Now if I can only figure out when to cross the streets and how the money works…..

01 May 2007

JFK international airport

I'm sitting here at JFK just burning time before my connection to Gatwick. The last flight could definately have been worse, but it was no picnic... I didn't feel well and I had been reassigned to a different seat from my original window seat. Not good. I've never thrown up on a plane and I don't intend for today to be my first time. I need to get some information on my next flight though because 7 hours of non-window flying is not going to be a wise situation... More to come later.

25 April 2007

To all of my friends!

I am starting this blog because I know that some of my friends don't have myspace so they don't see my blogs there. I will be posting things on here periodically and I'll try to keep it up so check back often and see what I'm up to in my adventures this summer!

 
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