oh. my. goodness. today was CRAZY! (my today, not people with normal schedules today)
so i woke up around 3 and talked to one of my roommates for a bit. she left and i called mom. she had to go and i was all alone. with no one to talk any sense into me, i sent a text to hottie mchothot. i asked him if he wanted to go out for ice cream. he said he was busy until after fhe and asked if we could do it then. i said yes and told him to let me know when he was done with everything. well folks, tonight was a first for me. the first time i ever got stood up. that's right, he stood me up. i looked freaking cute tonight too! i'm not too upset though. see, his birthday is tomorrow, 6/6/06, so i figure that as the spawn of satan he really had an obligation to stand me up.
don't worry though, i got cheered up. i'm gonna be laughing for the next week.ok, so i was playing games on yahoo and i end up playing with this guy who decides to start talking to me, but he's obviously having trouble with his english. so i asked him in spanish if he only speaks spanish and he said yes. so we were talking in spanish, having a nice conversation, very friendly. he's an old guy with a wife and kids and stuff. so i asked him if we could e-mail and he could help me with my spanish and he said yes and we exchanged e-mail addresses. after playing for a while, he left to go to bed. this is where it gets good. a couple hours later, he comes back on and sends me like 4 invitations to a private table so i go and he starts asking me all these weird questions. here's the conversation from what i can remember, only in english:
him: are you happy to be with me?
me: i don't understand
him: do you like talking to me?
me: yeah, it's fun
him: is that all?
me: no, you're nice
him: is that all?
me: i don't understand, why are you asking me this?
him: because we have to have a relationship on the internet
me: we can be friends on the internet
him: no more than friends?
me: because you're in argentina, you're old, you're married, and you have kids
him: what if i say i love you?
me: you don't know me
him: that's not important
me: yes, it's very important
him: why do you want to send me e-mail?
me: to practice my spanish
him: is that all?
him: i have a wife!
me: okay, you don't want to e-mail then?
him: she would get very mad if i e-mailed another woman
me: we don't have to e-mail
him: do you know who i am?
him/her: i'm his wife!
so yeah, that was freaking hilarious. she told me i'm not allowed to talk to him anymore and if he tries to play games with me on yahoo i have to say no and she gave me her email address so that she could help me with my spanish instead. freaking hilarious, i tell you! i haven't stopped laughing! and i don't think i will soon!
goodness gracious, i've had an interesting day! so a couple of weeks ago i went to play volleyball with my ward which they started doing as a weekly thing. there was a guy there with some other people who was REALLY good looking and funny! and he got major points for being a movie-quoter. he quoted the muppets even! anyway, i tried not to think too much about it because i was focusing on a mission. i keep being reminded that marriage is more important for a girl my age, but i wanted to marry josh so i just wasn't gonna think about it yet. well, josh sent me a "dear jane" a couple days ago. so now i'm back to trying to be a part of the dating scene so that i can say my priorities are where they should be. so i didn't play volleyball last week cuz one of my intramural teams had a game, but i played again tonight. and yes, thank goodness, he was there. he would also frequently look in my direction and use friendly teasing(we were on opposing teams). we got kicked off the court we were on by some youth conference people. most of my ward was playing on the court we still had, and hottie mchothot was just tossing a volleyball with some of his friends. so i kinda just stayed close and before long he tossed the ball to me and i was part of their little circle. he continued to flirt with me, which gave me that attractive feeling that i've really been needing for a long time. once he almost dove on top of me and then he was like "that would've been funny" and i said "i know you wanna get close to me, but gosh!" and he said "hey, whatever it takes" and i said "you don't have to be violent to do it" and he said something about "it depends on how you like it" so yeah. major hardcore flirting. so as he and his friends were getting ready to go, he was kinda asking some questions about me, but none of them were about my phone number! i was totally almost like "so are you gonna ask for my number or what?" but one of his friends was like hovering, waiting for him. ugh!
so after he left i asked one of the guys in my ward how creepy it would be if a girl talked to him and then looked him up on stalkernet(BYU directory). he said he actually got a girlfriend that way...so i did it! i found his cell phone number and i sent him a text message. here's how the conversation went:
me: i hope you like girls who are forward
him: sure, but who is this?
me: oh come on! volleyball?
him: oh right! but how'd you get this number?
him: know what the bible says about magic and sorcery?
me: i have a feeling i will soon
him: fire and brimstone
me: be grateful. you'll have company(that referred to him saying he was going to hell during vollyball)
him: yes indeed, good point
me: so you haven't mentioned a girlfriend yet
him:yeah i'm kinda unsure on that subject, as of monday, a coworker and i have been spending some time together, but i don't know where its going.
me: well, it's always a good idea to keep your options open
him: oh absolutely, especially when you're unsure of the game plan
me: so i'm assuming you're busy all weekend?
him: this weekend probably, i work saturday so that cuts into other things i might enjoy doing
me: what about right now?
him: waiting for somebody to drop some music off, wanna come over?
me: love to, i'll call in a few minutes for directions
so i went to his apartment! oh my gosh, i'm insane! but it actually went REALLY well. he kind of invited me to play volleyball on tuesday with his friends(mine only play on thursday) and he said we'll definitely talk again. oh my gosh, he's so hot! and he's way cool too. i mean, i've learned my lesson on going for looks alone.
so anyway, just a little while ago something at work started beeping and it sounded like something was gonna explode. i had to call and wake up my boss. he told me to just turn off some stuff and not worry about it. so i'm getting paid to do nothing again. i have the best job ever.
so you'd think that since i'm ALWAYS up at 4:30 in the morning, i wouldn't be all tired and giddy at that time. WRONG-O!
i was looking online at some LDS music and i saw one cd that had me giggling for at least five minutes. it was called "LDS super hits of the 80s" HA!!! I'm laughing again just thinking about it!
i was at the byu bookstores website looking at this stuff and i saw a link for games so i played one. it was a game where you try to make field goals by kicking a red bird with a u of u symbol on it! isn't that freaking hilarious?
ahem, i just had to share.
well today was completely awesome. I slept a LOT which doesn't happen real often, so that was pretty darn exciting. then i went and hung out with one of my friends and watched a couple episodes of gilmore girls. i totally want to be lorelai, and i think we actually have some similarities. then i went and got some food at hogi yogi. they didn't have what i wanted, but what i got was still good. plus the hogi yogi i went to is also attached to a doughnut place so i got a maple bar. i love maple bars. then i went to my kickball game. oh, i'm on an intramural kickball team. and soccer. and ultimate frisbee. and i play volleyball with my ward once a week when games don't conflict. the teams i'm on are mostly people in my ward. anyway, kickball is the one team we have that's actually good. and we're REALLY good! tonight i believe we won 23-14. i made like a zillion catches and there was only one time i was up that i didn't make it home so i'm feeling pretty good about myself. i also flirted a little with a guy on the other team who i called "kansas" cuz that's what it said on his shorts. he left with a girl, so i'm assuming he's taken which actually makes me feel better cuz i wouldn't have wanted to date him anyway. i have a mission and josh to think about. speaking of which, my friend from when i was in diapers just got her mission call! she's going to manchester, england. i have to admit i'm pretty jealous. first, because she got her call and i haven't been able to start filling out my papers and second, because she's going outside the country and i already know i can't do that. at least i still have a chance of getting to learn another language. i dunno how much chinese they speak in england. there's also like five girls i went to china with who are either on missions or have received their calls. it's driving me crazy! i want to go so bad! i think this is one of those crazy things i'm supposed to learn from or something. what? patience? who needs it? so yeah, patience is probably the personality trait i'm most lacking. and just so you know, there isn't a mood thingy for impatient. which actually probly doesn't matter cuz i didn't start feeling that way till i started writing this and i'll probly stop thinking about it not long after i'm done. i'm actually pretty happy with where i am right now. i have a great relationship with the Lord. it could still use some work, but it's getting there. i've started talking to Him on my way to work. it's weird. i've never really done anything like that before. but it's great, because i can just talk and talk and He listens and doesn't interrupt or anything. i wasn't ever very good at just talking to Him because i wanted someone to be there to console me, i guess. but i've learned a lot recently. i've grown a lot. i'm really grateful for all that i've been blessed with, even if i don't always appreciate it. i know now that God is there no matter what. and just because he won't be there to physically give you a hug doesn't mean he won't help you feel better. sometimes all you need to do is talk. and He's always there, just waiting to listen.
wow! I totally didn't expect to get three comments! especially that quickly...suddenly i feel very powerful...or like i actually have friends or something. well...i don't really have anything to update right now. i was just really surprised to see the comments. i still don't know who told me to update though...the world may never know.
well, i've had one request(if you can call it that) to update my live journal. seeing as how that's one more than i ever expected, i thought i would comply even though i don't know who the request was from.
so...what's new...well, gosh...a lot, cuz it's been so long since i've written. i'm currently preparing to go on a mission. i haven't started filling out my papers or anything yet, but i've talked to the bishop and the process should start in a few weeks. a couple of months ago i was practically engaged to someone who now thinks i'm completely psycho. literally. he's just always had a pretty simple and stable life and it freaked him out that mine is like the exact opposite. i have to change my major yet again because i was majoring in international relations most recently. i thought this was a nice way of combining what i want to do with what my mom wants me to do so everyone would be happy. unfortunately, i learned last semester that i hate politics with an unbridled passion. therefore, i'll be in school until i'm at least 80 years old because i can never make up my mind.
right now i have a job where i scan microfilm from midnight till 8 am. you wouldn't think that microfilm needs to be scanned in the middle of the night, but you'd be wrong. the company i work for doesn't have many scanning machines, so they want the ones they have to be running all the time. that's where i come in. but recently(tonight for example) we've been so far ahead that they actually WANT me to just sit here and do nothing while they pay me for it. it's great! i've also decided i'm in love with my ex-boyfriend. he's on a mission right now, and if all goes according to plan he should only get back a few months before i do.
umm...i finally bought a swimsuit...and i got a shirt with yoshi on it too! i found out that two other girls in my ward bought the same shirt at different times so i made them wear it to the ward social we had on saturday and we took pictures. oh! i was sick for like a month! it was awful, i had to go to the emergency room twice and they never found out what was wrong with me. i'm all better now though, so it's all good.
i think that's enough for now. i don't know if this thing is actually worth updating. tell ya what. if i get 3 comments from 3 different people, i'll update again. deal? deal.
so it's been a while since i've updated, but i don't think it matters too much. i mean, no one actually reads this thing. (no one being like 3 people) but i guess i'm updating for myself, since i'm way better at this than actual journal-writing.
so i've been back from china for about two weeks now. i went to glendale and stayed with eileen and victoria for a while. i got to see a bunch of friends from high school and i had a really good time. i also got my haircut. then alethea and athena came down and we all went to disneyland. also way fun! then i stayed with the sister set of twins for a few days and picked up most of the stuff i left there to bring up to utah, where i am now. i saw my mom a bit and we actually got along pretty well. i won't say i like steve, but i'm learning not to hate him. i'm getting a lot better at not holding grudges and even not getting mad in the first place. there's definitely still room for improvement though. anyway, i'm in utah now. it's pretty cool here. i've met some really nice people and one of the girls next door grew up in the same stake as josh. oh yeah, i've been talking to josh a lot again. we're pretty good friends, i think. it's kinda weird since we never did the friend thing before we dated, but it's really good. he's gonna be a leader at a boy scout camp for the next couple months though. anyway, the people here are way awesome. especially the girl who knows josh! her name is cassie and she's way cute.
she told me about institute tonight so i got to go to that. it was really good and the teacher is really funny. he said a lot that really made me think. and he gave a scripture reference that called the temple "exceeding magnifical" how cool is that? i think it was in 1 Chronicles 22...
oh yeah, i'm living with my grandma and dad right now, but dad will be moving out in a couple months. i'm trying to find a job, but...ugh, i hate job hunting more than anything. it'll work out though! eventually.
so i'm going back to the states tomorrow. i'm trying to be excited, but i'm just not. i have to leave my kids, start my life all over, and i recently hurt someone i really care about very badly. i feel like a complete loser. i still have to do the progress reports for my kids and a bunch more stuff. ugh, hopefully that burrito will cheer me up.
okay, so about the other kid i visited...i'm a little scatter-brained right now, so this probly won't be the whole story...
the kid for this visit was jim. again, i went with richelle and jennifer. we were told it would be really far away but the mini-bus only charged us 30 kwai so we knew it wouldn't be too bad. then the mini-bus couldn't find the place. that was fun. it really was, actually! luckily, we had the phone number for the place we were going. the driver called and apparently was told to leave us at a gas station where the family would come get us. so we were waiting at this gas station when a guy on a moped comes up and calls a cab for us. he seemed like a nice chinese guy trying to help out the stupid americans, so we tried to politely tell him we didn't want the cab and that we were waiting for someone. richelle showed him the address for where we were going and he laughed and pointed to himself. i had only seen the kid's mom before! how was i supposed to know who this guy was?
so we got there and they gave us lots of fruit and we met jim's uncles and grandparents and aunt and baby cousin who he totally adores. we took lots of pictures, as did the family. what was weird was that his dad wasn't there and he lived with his mom's grandparents instead of his dad's. this led me to believe that his parents are separated. richelle...has a problem with putting two and two together sometimes and kept asking about the dad. all they ever said was that he is in beijing.
they took us out to eat and we actually had GOOD chinese chinese food! and it wasn't even scary! then they brought us back and they gave us a ton more fruit and jim had us watch some tom and jerry with him. it was nice cuz there's not much language so we could all understand it. until a dog started talking in english. then jim got up and pushed a button and the dog started speaking chinese. jim looked at me, shrugged, and sat back down. he's SO cute! we left a little while later.
then this morning someone knocked on my door. as beth went to answer it, i thought "go away!" then i kept hearing my name so i kinda got up and asked what was going on and beth said one of my students named tim wanted me to go to his house. i have two tims and i didn't really want to go to the house of either one. then i went to the door and saw that it wasn't tim! it was zach! i love zach! he can wake me up any day! he held up a key and said "teacha, come to my house!" zach played in richelle's room while the rest of us got ready. richelle didn't come this time but the teacher brandon did. when we got to his house(oh yeah, his mom teaches here so he lives on campus), his mom wasn't there. this concerned us, so we tried to get him to come back to our place. it took a while, but we got him to agree to come after we watched some video he was putting in. then his mom came home and didn't look remotely surprised and gave us peaches. we felt a lot more comfortable then and we watched two episodes of ultra man with zach who was much more entertaining. then we watched some show about biker mice till we left so we could eat lunch. anyway, it was way fun!
so apparently mom got the return trip just cuz it was cheaper to go round trip than one way. so my little sister tells me because, big surprise, i still haven't heard from my mom. whatever.
so today and yesterday i got to do the funnest thing! i visited the families of a couple of my students! it was so much fun and so awesome to see what life is really like for chinese people. it was also really interesting cuz none of the parents spoke english and the two kids we visited are not exactly the best english speakers in the class. they're way cute though!
so yesterday we went to brandon's house. he lived with his mom, dad, grandma and grandpa which is really normal around here. it was in a really small apartment that pretty much almost all americans would probly refuse to live in. his mom is like 8 months pregnant(it was really cute to see brandon hug his mom's big belly and when she said something to him one time, he told us the baby was kicking!) so we knew they were pretty well off cuz they were finding a way to have more than one kid and we had a fairly clear view of their bathroom which had a western toilet! brandon seemed kinda weird when we first got there. i don't think he understood why in the world his teachers were at his house. but once his mommy came out of the back room, he was his lovable self.(he's the same kid who offered me a chair and started massaging my back on the first day of teaching) we brought a big sticker of america that had all the states on it and showed them which states we were from(i went with richelle and jennifer) and they thought it was pretty cool. we also gave them a bag of treats and a souvenir spoon from idaho the jennifer doesn't even know why she had. brandon really liked the chocolate AND he liked the spoon and immediately started using it to eat the half of the watermelon that hadn't been cut and served yet. SO cute! then they told him to ask us if we wanted more so he held it up and said "watermelon!" we said "yeah, watermelon!" he said "eat it, no eat it?" heehee. they also took us out to eat at this place with a whole in the table where they but the pot to cook your food. it was...scary. there was this broth in the pot and the first thing in there was chicken. sounds okay, right? well, it was black. and it wasn't like...the meat part of the chicken. there was feet and liver and all sorts of fun stuff. i guess there was meat too. then they brought live shrimp and just dumped it all in the same pot. again, kinda scary. they were still staring at us while we ate them. they just kept bringing more and more stuff and putting it all in the same pot! i guess it wasn't real scary after the shrimp though. anyway, it was lots of fun and of course i took lots of pictures.
the other visit was way fun too and i definitely need to write about it. but not now, cuz i'm tired.