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A symphony of sound

31 Oct

What a great weekend. Other than the fact that I didn’t get anything done and I’m stuck with a mountain of homework this Monday… so worth it.

Friday: Bought a new computer. Still on the fence about it. I might take it back. Nightmare Before Christmas with the roommates.

Saturday: Slept in. Bread pudding for lunch. Dinner in Chinatown and the new Footloose with my roommate Jaime and fellow SLAIS-er Lindsay. Amazing that we found a restaurant that was open and didn’t get mugged on the street while searching for one. The movie was excellent. Just the right mix of modern updates with the classic 80s dance movie feel. Loved it.

Sunday: Found out that they give away free Cobbs bread at church every Sunday. For those of you not in Vancouver, Cobbs is a super delicious bakery in town. I’m not sure how I’ve been going to this ward for 2 months and never heard about it. It’s definitely an added incentive to go to church. I scored loaves of whole wheat and french bread and an assortment of rolls/buns.

I also saw Jack’s Mannequin with a school buddy. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of their best shows I’ve been to. Definitely in the top two of the 5 or 6 times I’ve seen them. As always, Andrew McMahon was ah-mazing. He just has such a presence on stage. The venue was awesome too. The Vogue is a beautiful old theater, with great acoustics and comfortable seats. I’m also a sucker for a good neon sign.

The opening bands Lady Danville and Allen Stone were SUPERĀ  impressive as well. Lady Danville was very chill and folksy. Who can resist a singer who can play the ukelele and harmonica at the same time? Definitely not me. The band took this picture of the crowd from the stage and posted it on facebook. Allen Stone was a last minute replacement for The Academy Is… who were supposed to play, but left the tour when they broke up like 3 weeks ago. Lucky me because Allen Stone was awesome. Imagine the powerful soul voices of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin combined with the lyrical skills of the best of the 70s singer-songwriters. Got that? Now picture all that talent wrapped up in a skinny, long haired white kid with energy for days. That’s what Allen Stone brought to the stage. It seriously blew me away. He also led the crowd in an acoustic rendition of The Bare Necessities. I couldn’t get enough. Check him out.

You can kind of see me in the back right corner

So, as I now sit in the computer lab at school, facing a LONG day of work, I think you’ll all agree that my slacker weekend was most definitely worth it.

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#119-127

20 May

119. Homemade strawberry freezer jam. My first jam attempt was a huge success.

120. This amazingly easy and delicious bread recipe. Also a huge success. Homemade wheat bread in about 30 minutes. You can’t beat it.

121. I found out the YSA ward in Vancouver has a housing coordinator. Hopefully that will make my house hunting much less stressful come July.

122. Biscuists and gravy with fried chicken on top at The Bayleaf Cafe.

123. Molly’s giant bathtub. It’s deep enough to cover my whole body with water. So nice.

124. My friend Rachel got a job in San Francisco. I am super excited for her new adventure, and super excited to go visit her.

125. Old Project Runway marathons on Style Network. They are how I’ve been passing the time every morning this week before work.

126. Having parents who are willing to loan you money so you don’t have to pay 6.8% interest on federal student loans.

127. Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. I can’t get enough of that song.

There will be more later, but that’s all I’ve got for today.

#57-68

9 Mar

So much to report on lately. First I’ll update my list, and then maybe post about what’s been going on lately. Also, I realized my counting is off somehow, so I’m adjusting šŸ˜‰

57. I leave for London in 2 days! Honestly I CANNOT wait. I can’t decide what I’m more excited about: visiting new places or seeing old friends.

58. The first ingredient in Goldfish Crackers is “smiles”. That makes me smile.

59. I can FINALLY apply for the fellowship at Simmons College I’ve been wanting for the past year. Keep your fingers crossed.

60. Old professors that are still willing to help me out. I spent almost an hour with an old Comm professor the other day working on my resume and cover letter.

61. Alton Brown’s lemon curd recipe. Every time I make it I remember why it’s the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten.

62. Getting together with old friends. A couple weeks ago I had lunch with all the girls from high school and today I had lunch with some other high school friends. It’s so fun to catch up and realize that even the guys you thought would never grow up eventually do.

63. Book club. The first meeting was a smashing success. More on that later.

64. My nephew Blake. On Sunday he performed a “rock show” for us. All I can say is that I think I see the next Eddie Van Halen. Videos will be posted.

65. Joshua Radin. He’s my new musical love. Well I’ve always loved his music, but after attending his concert last week I am in love with him personally. If he asked me to marry him tomorrow I would totally say yes. Also, he decorated the stage at his show with lamps. How cool is that. (I really like lamps.) Here’s a little snippet of the show for your viewing pleasure.

66. Molly nearly got into a brawl at the Joshua Radin concert. If you watched the link above, you may notice that it’s perhaps the most mellow concert in the history of live music. Lucky for us she’s a big pansy and backed down ASAP when the angry girl in question tried to pick a fight. 100% HI-LARIOUS.

67. Smart cookie ice cream sandwiches. A giant scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two homemade cookies of your choice. For $3 you can’t get a better treat.

68. Pandora radio. It fills all the empty hours with musical love.

I didnā€™t know it was possible to get kicked out of a bar in Thailandā€¦!

11 Aug

Today the entire Mirror Foundation flooded. It poured all morning, and within a few hours, this is what the walking path looked like. There are 3 steps to the bridge that are under water.



Last Saturday we did karaoke at a bar in town. Unfortunately, the fun didn’t last long because we got kicked out of the bar. A volunteer had bought a few bottles of whiskey for everyone, and by about 11:00 everyone was pretty smashed.

Alex singing Radiohead’s Creep with Mike on the drums.
Steph and Britt
Sam, Britt, Kaitlyn, Aaron, and Adrienne

Mike rocking out on the drums.
Dancing at R&B bar.

Party at P’Noi’s. Everyone usually shows up there on Saturday nights for a barbeque, but this week it seemed like an especially large crowd because of all the new volunteers.

The clock tower in Chiang Rai changes color every night at 8:00. This isn’t a great picture, but it’s really beautiful.
All of us crammed into a songtow on our way to Big C.
Riding on top of the songtow. You can’t tell, but we’re actually sitting on the roof of the truck. It was really fun, but we had to dodge branches the whole time.