Thursday, May 3, 2012

On Top of the World

I had been waiting for this night for months. I discovered Imagine Dragons through a co-worker and fell in love. The band comes to the Provo area frequently, but I always seemed to miss them. Every time I would search for shows on the internet, they would already be sold out! Eventually, I found a show a month in advance and got my ticket that very second!
The day finally came and I was ever so excited. Matika picked me up around 6 and we sped all the way to Salt Lake! We made it just in time to get to see the start of show. Sooner than we had liked, actually. There were two openers, and I swear they took fifty hours to get set up and play. They weren't that bad at all, I was just irritated and anxious to see Imagine Dragons! 
Soon, but not soon enough, the lights in the venue went out and... enter Imagine Dragons!!
The band opened with "Round and Round", one of my favorite songs. Throughout the night, they played "Demons", "On Top of the World", "America", "Tokyo", "It's Time", "Amsterdam", "My Fault", and one of the greatest performances ever, "Radioactive"! There's a part in the recorded song where Dan, the lead singer takes in this huge gasp of air and then lets it out. So all the fans sang along up until this part and everyone in the room was completely silent. It was so cool because you could hear a pen drop, and that's not something you usually experience at concerts. 
After every other song, the band members would express how awesome it was to be in Utah, because we always give them so much love. One thing that Dan said that stood out was when he commented on how impressed he was that they were singing a lot of their older songs, and all of us new each and every word. That one got a huge round of applause. 

To be honest, I don't remember what the last song they played was, but it was pretty intense. During the last little bit, Dan jumped into the crowd and surfed for a little bit. It was funny how the second he did it, the fans all tried to rush forward as far as they could, just to be able to participate. 
The lights went out again and the band left the stage. For about three minutes after that, all the fans were chanting "ONE MORE SONG!" over and over and over until they came back out. It sure was a fantastic performance.
I was so happy to be able to attend such an even because not only do I love these guys so much, but one day, I know they will be HUGE and I will be able to say "I loved them first". 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sweet Summertime.


There are 122 days of summer. I intend to make the best of them. So I've created a bucket list specifically for Summer 2012! At least two a day, everyday, with a smile on my face.
  1. Have a Harry Potter marathon
  2. Have a paint fight
  3. Go on an early-morning run every other day
  4. Spend the day in a hammock
  5. Have a whole day reserved just for video games and siblings
  6. Catch a firefly
  7. Make friendship bracelets Done. 6/17
  8. Schlitterbahn
  9. Write a letter to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
  10. Go bowling
  11. Go out for mini golf
  12. Go ziplining
  13. Cover my street in chalk drawings 7/9
  14. Swimming as often as humanly possible
  15. Go hiking
  16. Shop till I drop Done. 6/29
  17. Underwater kiss
  18. Finger paint
  19. Go to a concert Done. 5/1 [Imagine Dragons]
  20. Eat healthy, exercise, be happy
  21. Carve initials in a tree
  22. Watch the sunrise
  23. Watch the sunset
  24. Give out free hugs
  25. Watch a thunderstorm 7/26
  26. Wish on a shooting star I don't remember when, but I know I already did this one..
  27. Spend a day on a sailboat
  28. Sleep under the stars 5/25
  29. Put a secret in a balloon and let it fly away
  30. Plank (even if by 2012 it’s old) Planking ftw
  31. Become friends with a stranger  Done. As of 5/22, Valerie is my new bestie!
  32. Water balloon fight
  33. Build a sand castle
  34. Go rock climbing
  35. Roll down a big hill
  36. Water gun fight
  37. Dress up like super heroes
  38. Fly a kite
  39. Watch a Fireworks show 7/4
  40. Have a picnic
  41. Go dancing in the rain
  42. Get a henna tattoo
  43. Chase the ice cream truck
  44. Go roller-skating 7/12
  45. Go 24 hours without sleep
  46. Make a music video Done. 6/29 Team SoMo for the winnn!!!
  47. Scary movie marathon
  48. Blow bubbles 7/18
  49. Meet a celebrity
  50. Solve a rubik’s cube
  51. Make a home movie
  52. Create a summer mixlist
  53. Play tag in the morning
  54. Tell a stranger they’re hot
  55. Volunteer at a local animal shelter
  56. Have a golf cart race.
  57. Have a silly string fight
  58. Take a picture doing everything on my bucket list
  59. Leave a note on a stranger’s car
  60. Ride in a hot air balloon
  61. Be a ‘yes’ girl for a day
  62. Six Flags 7/17
  63. Learn how to play guitar
  64. Fill up an entire coloring book
  65. Superglue a quarter to the ground and watch as people try to pick it up
  66. Run a 5k Done. 4/28 [Color Me Rad!]
  67. Write a letter to a soldier overseas
  68. Bake a batch of cupcakes – super cute cupcakes
  69. Buy a bouquet of flowers and give them to mom 7/12
  70. Jump into a pool fully clothed 7/25
  71. Throw someone into a pool fully clothed 7/25
  72. Record a video blog for a week and then post it on Youtube
  73. Take pictures in a photobooth 7/16
  74. Stay in relatively good shape
  75. TP a house
  76. Buy a star and name it after yourself
  77. Have the greatest birthday EVER
  78. Road trip
  79. Camping with my best friends
  80. Record a song in a recording studio
  81. Buy a car
  82. Host a dance clinic In the process as of 6/14!
  83. Go to the temple with my family
  84. Be someone's role model
  85. Take my mom and sister to the spa
  86. Make a pool full of Jello. And swim in it
  87. Have a lemonade stand
  88. Make a mudslide
  89. Make a living room fort
  90. Have the most intense scavenger hunt ever
  91. Go paint balling for the first time
  92. Movie hop all day
  93. Send a message in a bottle
  94. Kiss in the rain
  95. Make Candy Apples with Emily <3
  96. Food fight
  97. Drive in movie
  98. Canoeing
  99. Sleep in a tree house
  100. Tie dye underwear
  101. River Walk
  102. Pay for the person behind me in the drive thru
  103. Eat Panera twice in a month (since there aren't any in Utah) Done! I've gone 4 times in June!!
  104. Increase my nail polish collection by 110%
  105. Buy a bunch of useless beauty products
  106. Water balloon volleyball
  107. Have a dainty, all girls tea party
  108. Build a house of cards
  109. Baby sit the same kiddos I used to before college Done! 6/23
  110. Go fishing
  111. Learn to grill
  112. Visit a zoo
  113. Have a car wash race
  114. Dallas Museum of Art
  115. Dye my hair a crazy color
  116. Make a pvc periscope 
  117. Make Mountain Dew paint
  118. Make Rock Candy
  119. Zero Gravity
  120. Make a Hula Hoop Rug
  121. Saran-wrap someone's car
  122. Make a time capsule
  123. Chinese fire drill
  124. Strawberry picking
  125. Visit an aquarium
  126. Hop scotch 7/9
  127. Make pickles
  128. Have an Iron Chef America contest
  129. Spend the night under the stars in a truck bed full of blankets and pillows
  130. Be the first in line to see Spiderman
  131. Have Skylar teach me Karate
  132. Have an 80's movie marathon
  133. Make a best friend out of a not-so-close one Done. Marlen is even gonna be my new roomie!
  134. Reunite with my cousins
  135. Make a Summer 2012 scrapbook
  136. Have an old school "field day"
  137. Annual all girls back to school sleep over
  138. Shop at every thrift store I see
  139. Refurbish a piece of furniture
  140. Make a dress
  141. Celebrate National Dance Day
  142. Write a letter to all of my elementary school teachers
  143. Master using chopsticks Done! I'm not sure of the exact date, but I've got the hang of it!
  144. Increase my jewelry collection by 100%
  145. Convince a current friend to move in with me Done! [Refer to #133]
  146. Get a perfectly flat stomach
  147. Texas Rangers
  148. Ice Skating
  149. Go shooting
  150. Have a N64 day with Ryan
  151. IKEA
  152. Floating lanterns on my 19
  153. Play "light as a feather, stiff as a board"
  154. Buy a James Avery ring
  155. Jump into the water off a rope swing
  156. Make a Country Summer playlist
  157. Have the greatest summer EVER.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hold On.

So for about three months now, I have ben counting down the days until the auditions for So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. I hadn't really planned on auditioning until after I graduated, but I figured if the opportunity presented itself, I should take it. So I did. 
So just one week before the audition, I finally talked my friend, Matika, into auditioning with me (scooorrrreeeee)! So we made a plan to have a sleep over the night before and head up to Salt Lake early the next morning; and that's just what we did. 
We got up at 5:20 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (except we didn't get out of bed until 5:30). We took about 45 minutes to get ourselves dolled up with make up, sweet hair-do's and whatnot. We grabbed some toast and headed out the door! The anticipation was killing the both of us! Once we got into downtown Salt Lake, we stopped at Subway for our lunch, the zooooommmeeddd over to the Capitol Theatre! We drove by the line and were incredibly surprised by the lack of dancers. We got there around 7:30 and stood at the back of the line, thinking that we were going to be the dead last ones.. boy were we wrong. 
Not very long after that, we moved quickly around the corner and started getting some camera action! The camera guys ran by, telling us to cheer as the cameras came around, and just act like we were having a complete blast.. which we were!! I also got to be in a few other shots where I did aerials with four other girls, then a tumbling sequence by myself, and the infamous "welcome to Salt Lake City!!" scene. It was all quite a blast. Loooovveeeddd it. All while this filming was happening, Cat Deeley came out and interacted with the dancers. She was super close to my section of the line, but didn't quite make it. BUT I was able to snag a quick shot of her (and you aren't supposed to... ooops)!
(Cat's in the Red Coat!)
FINALLY, at like 9:30 (not 8:00 like the website says), the doors opened, and we got to go in and get registered and settled. We had to go through security, then get our numbers and turn in papers, then once you enter the actual theatre, an attendant asked "what will you be dancing today?" to which I responded "contemporary". The theatre was set up into three different sections: 1-Hip Hop, 2-Contemporary, 3-Jazz/Specialty. So I went to sit in the corresponding section, and waited for everyone to be seated. 
Once everyone was in and seated, the producer came on stage and spoke to us for a good 15 minutes or so, and then brought out our other two judges, Courtney Galiano and Robert Roldan. And of course, since we were in his home town, Tadd Gadduang also made an appearance. The three of them all talked to us and gave us tips and whatnot. Simon Fuller then explained to us the process of the audition, then it all began. 
So basically, this was the set up. Within their chosen genres, the dancers were split up into groups of ten, and they lined up on stage accordingly. The judges would then choose a song at random (fit for the genre, of course), and each dancer had between 30 seconds to a minute to give it everything--by improvising. At the end of number 10's solo, the dancers all lined up and were given their moments of truth. It was either: A-Golden Ticket (to go on to the portion that is actually what you see on television), B-Stick Around (you probably did well, but not your best; they want to see more), or C-Thank You, See You Next Season (pretty self-explanatory). The three genres took turns going on stage- hip hop, then contemporary, then jazz. My group didn't go until around 2:30. A girl counted us off and told us to go stand in the back of the auditorium, then move our way up to the side of the stage, and then finally to take our places on the stage. I was number 8, so I had a little bit of time to warm up to the music. However, my group got completely screwed over with the music choice. Every contemporary group before us had a really strong, intense and powerful song. Not us; we danced to "A New Day Has Come" by Celine Dion.. really..? It was whatever though. Right before my time, I said the names of all my family members in my head, then gave it my everything. Leaps, turns, allusions, tumbling, I even looked all the judges dead in the eyes--something not everyone did. My forty seconds were up, and I was content with what I had done. Granted, it wasn't my best, but I did pretty well. We all lined up to hear our results and hopefully get our tickets. To our surprise, the judges were disappointed in all of us. He told us all to stay and give it another shot. I was in shock because I had pulled from the pain I was feeling with missing my family, and even from the pain I remembered feeling during a break-up. I looked the judges straight in the face I showed them who I was. Total stake through the heart. I took it as a second chance to do even BETTER. So I sat back down, ate my Subway and some candy, got amped up and got in the zone. I plugged in my ipod and prayed that they would pick a better song this time. I got up to throw away my trash and to go to the bathroom (by the way, pee count for today: 10 times!). I was the only one in the bathroom, so being the goof I am, I danced around the bathroom and just got a little loosened up. On my way back in, guess who I met? Amber Williams from last season! She made it to Vegas, but only stayed for a few days. I told her how brilliant and amazing and just plain adorable she was. She introduced herself and asked about me, and I told her. Gahh. Love her. 
So eventually it was time to give it another go. This time though, there was no line up, you danced and they either said "come get your ticket" or "thank you very much; Next" and went straight to the next person. This time, I was number 3. I went out there and once again gave it everything. But to my disappointment, I didn;t receive a ticket. Honestly, it hurt me a lot to hear that. I mean, here I was, dancing in front of two incredible dancers, who I strongly love and admire, and either one or both of them had given me a "no" both times (out of the three judges, you have to get either two or three yeses to get the ticket). I blew it off and went home. 
After a while of thinking, though, I was glad I didn't make it. I mean hey, I'm only 18, it's my first year at college, away from my family... I've got so much more to live for! Heck, even before I auditioned, I told my mom that I wouldn't care too much if I didn't make it. Everything happens for a reason! All in all, I had a complete BLAST! I am so glad I went because I now know the process, and can really BRING IT next year! 
So as I was preparing, months before the audition, I searched the internet a million times to find out how it really went, so here is me, giving that to somebody else! Some pointers for future dancers: 

  • You DO NOT have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to get in line. I arrived just thirty minutes til they were supposed to open the door, and I was in the middle of the line by the time the doors did open. However, if you want to be a part of the camera action, get there around 7ish.
  • When you get in the auditorium, sit in all the seats that have been left empty up front! They eventually tell you to squish together, and trust me, you WANT to be one of the first to perform. Towards the end  of the groups, I think they just got bored of seeing the same thing over and over, so you really don't want to risk being one of the clones. 
  • Bring food with you! I don't suggest leaving the building at all. It's better to stay and watch just in case the judges throw out some advice. 
  • Wear your hair down! The judges seemed to pick a lot more girls who wore theirs down. I think it gave the performance more flair and character with hair flying all over the place. 
  • Go with what you KNOW is your strong place. I regret choosing contemporary as my genre. So many times, I remember thinking that I should move over to jazz, but I never did. Had I gone with my instincts, I could be performing my kick butt solo in front of Nigel and Mary. 
  • SMILE. There is nothing the judges love more than confidence. Plain as that. 
  • Have fun! This was a great experience, and I would do it tomorrow and the next day and forever. Participate in all the camera stuff, and dance parties, and even the silly sing alongs that go on in the auditorium. You definitely won't regret that. 
  • Parents, friends, and all others who ARE NOT auditioning are not allowed in the building at all, so make sure they're prepared to wait for you for 12 hours. 
  • If you have an urge to do something, DO IT. I kept telling Matika that I wanted to get my picture taken with Amber, but I never did. And now I wish I had. I did get to meet her, but I would have loved to have something to remember the moment by. Same with me moving over to jazz. I could be on a different path right now! Make sure you have no regrets!
  • DANCE YOUR ACE OFF! Don't hold back anything! Yeah the music might not fit what you do, but you have to make it. Do all your best tricks and everything. You've got nothing to lose. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

9-5

Eeevvvveeerrrryybody knows this logo. One of the greatest electronics stores ever. And after having worked there for seven months now, I have come to the conclusion that it is probably one of the greatest places to work too. Not because it's just a spectacular place and they've got everything going for them (trust me, they don't), but because of the people. I've worked at two different stores, and the personalities of the people that they hire are what makes it the best. I am always excited to go to work. I always have so much fun. It's inevitable!! Never would I ever have pictured myself working here. But I am so grateful that I never got the jobs at Old Navy or Rue 21 or any other place like that. I cannot imagine working with a bunch of chatty, gossiping, backstabbing girls. Blech. Instead, I prefer working with people like Brandon, Ethan, Jon (even though he isn't there anymore--sad), Christian, and Becca! These are the funniest people I have ever met in my entire life. And there's a reason Christian, my manager, never schedules me with Brandon... we cause too much chaos :o Aside from that, Best Buy has been a super huge blessing in my life. Some of my favorite memories originated right there in that store. And I intend to have millions more!