Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Planet Earth!

There's a TV series you all need to see. It's called Planet Earth and it was put together by the BBC and is out on DVD now. I've been hearing about it a lot for the last six months or so and finally sat down and watched it a few nights ago. OH WOW. It's amazing! I've only seen the first one ("Pole to Pole") but I've never seen any more stunning images of God's creation. You should all go out to your local Blockbuster (or movie rental dealio) and rent a disc. Go do it!

As a side note, I'm officially getting paid for my internship starting Monday! I'd signed on to work without pay for the whole semester so this is pretty exciting. And I filled out my tax forms all by myself today... with a double-check email to Dad to make sure I had done it right. :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

It Must be Monday/Katie Came to Chi

I hope it's not going to be one of those days... Within an hour and a half this morning, I ate it on the sidewalk and then lost my grip on my tray in Saga and shattered a mug on the floor. Oh Wow. I hope I got it all out of the way...

The good news: Katie and I had a great weekend! We went into the city this weekend (Christa came with us) and hit the Field Museum, Art Institute, and Millennium Park. In addition to Sue (the T-Rex) we got to see an exhibit about Pacific Islands - including a view of Hawaii from above... sweet! We consumed spam and rice, Chicago hot dogs, and Chicago pizza. It was back-to-back good times. I'd also like to say that I drove her to and from the airport without getting lost... thank you very much. And, here for your enjoyment, are pictures!

Friday, February 22, 2008


1. katie is coming tomorrow!!
2. i fell again on the ice... not as bad this time, though.
3. i finished adjusting all 234 maps for the study bible today! woo!!
4. the lunar eclipse last night was sweet. i hope it occurred in hawaii, too. i'm not really sure how it works...

Monday, February 18, 2008

i feel accomplished...

First of all, I feel accomplished because I'm famous. Well, sort of. College Union put on a concert last Friday night featuring 'Iron and Wine.' The event was written up in 'Relevant Magazine' and look who is famous now... me! Scroll down to the first picture. You'll see half of my face peeking out next to the other girl, who happens to be my friend Ashley. Woo!

Secondly, I have officially been skiing. Woo! I went on Saturday with my friend Dave (who was a ski instructor in high school) to Four Lakes in Lisle, Illinois. When people ask where I went I like to tell them LisleORADO, but most aren't buying it... :) It was a really great experience and even though the hill was pretty small it was a good place to learn. I fell a few times... half of them were when going up the rope-tow, since the hill wasn't really tall enough for a chair lift. Needless to say, it was SUPER FUN and... my body hurts a lot. But it was worth it! You'll also note that I did indeed take a picture of my feet IN SKIS! Haha, of course! You didn't doubt me, did you?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's a Dangerous (Snowy/Icy) World

So I fell for the first time all winter tonight. It snowed a few inches more and i slipped on the ice/snow/hill and landed on my okole. (For those of you unfamiliar with the Hawaiian language, that means I fell on my posterior...) It hurt a lot. It's a dangerous place, this snowy land. The End.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

I'm a stand-up comedian?

You'll never believe this, but I'll tell you anyway.
Tonight we (College Union) hosted "Air Jam," a lip-syncing, air guitar contest. As hosts, we were responsible for getting the acts on and off stage, setting up props, and announcing each act. Close to the end of the show, the next act was missing a person and they pleaded with us to stall. So Courtney comes back stage and says, "Ashley, go tell jokes." So I went on stage.

Yes, I'm serious.

I got out there, in front of 800+ people and realized my worst nightmare/greatest dream had been realized. I was so nervous.
"Um, they want me to tell jokes," was what I started out with. Then with hands shaking, I began with the first joke to pop in my head - one I made up last weekend.

"What did the hand say to the mitten? Will you be my glover?" Then they booed. (Don't worry, I'm used to the negative responses; it didn't faze me.)

"Knock Knock."
"Who's there?" they all responded in 800 person unison.
"Britney Spears"
"Britney Spears who?"
"Knock Knock"
"Who's there?"
"Oops, I did it again." This time they laughed and cheered.

I cut my losses and walked off stage. What a hilarious moment. I can't believe I did that. Most hilarious story of the week... maybe the month. Last semester my photography professor (with an equally bad sense of humor) asked me what I'd do if someone told me to get on a stage and tell jokes. Well, I guess now I know, right?

Monday, February 4, 2008

I can see clearly now...

I have new glasses! Woo! I really like them and, in the tradition of my eighth grade pair, I've worn them pretty much every day so far (until the new-ness wears off and I'll wear them for necessity). :) Maybe too much thought went into that... I don't know. Anyway so per the parental requests, I'm putting up pictures.

ALSO, I just got back from Ottawa (Illinois not Canada, silly) and got to see the ACTUAL SITE of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Oh, how wonderful history is. :) There's also a picture of my making $20 for eating a humongous bite of delicious homemade, chocolate cake. And there's a picture of me and some of my art friends when we went into the city to see some art exhibits. The one behind us is "Paintings Below Zero" which is a 100 foot mural in Millenium Park of colored ice. It looked like really cold stained glass.

Enjoy the pictures! Yay better internet in the Student Activities Office!