Thursday, May 30, 2013

It was a good day.

Now, I don't normally do this type of thing... Don't get me wrong--I'd love to do it all the time, but my body would hate me. So I won't do that. Yesterday, a bunch of friends and I hiked up to Timp Caves, and boy was it a great time.

I woke up at the butt-crack of dawn to get a good breakfast in my system, since I had been sick for like two weeks now, I figured I'd do what I could to get some good nutrition. Ty came over a little later and we chilled with my brotatochip for a bit before heading to meet up with the gang. Gabe, Tina, Haelly, and some of Haelly's friends were all ready and waiting--so of course we made them wait longer as we got us some food.
Okay, now we can go, guys.

After driving around and getting lost, we finally got to the park. We paid our dues and took one last potty break before enduring the next couple of long hours ahead. But don't worry; we had plenty of entertainment. His name is Gabe Anderson. What a trip. He almost died three time. No big deal. He climbed across this massive arch at one point and scratched up his legs pretty bad. But hey, he's a bro, so it ain't no thang but a chicken wang, mamacita.

We finally made it to the top and got to tour the caves. It was pretty cool I guess. I wasn't really in awe, but it was definitely pretty nifty. My favorite part of the whole tour though, was when our guide turned all of the lights off in the cave so we could experience what it was like for the founder, and after it was quiet for a second, Christina cracked us all up by saying in an eerie voice, "my preccciioouusss". Classic.

We finished the tour, ate our sack lunches, and hiked back down. Brett and Tyler were a trip to walk down with. Oh how I just love them both.

I don't remember what happened after that. I'm going to go ahead and assume that we drove home, because here I am, sitting on my bed, writing this post. Yeah. We definitely drove home.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

You're worth more than Gold!

Well world, it's that time of year again... the 2012-2013 dance season has come to an end. But I am oh so proud. So proud of my job. So proud of the work I do. So proud of my boss. So proud of my students. I took on a massive load this year--ten dance classes a week is not what I had in mind for this year, but I wouldn't change any second of it. I have made so many improvements--in my students, my teachings, and myself.

The recital was so great. I was so excited for each and every performance! I'm sure the people around me got sick of me screaming after all of my girls performed, but hey, like I said; I'm very proud. This year, I got to perform with my oldest class--it was so fantastic! Words cannot express what I feel when I dance. Especially when its with my students.

Studio K is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. I can't wait for next season!!! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Errand of Angels

This is a short one.

Ever since President Monson announced the new age requirement for missionaries, I've been tossing the idea around about serving a mission. I've mostly been against it. "I've got other things to do", "I'm too far behind in school", "It's not something I feel I need to do"... excuse after excuse. But today, I am so inspired...

One of my very good friends, Boston, gave her farewell talk today in her home ward. I only showed up because I was supporting her and all that good stuff. I wasn't looking for any spiritual insight or anything, but the Lord wanted me to hear something special. I couldn't even tell you what Boston's talk was about, but I remember feeling a distinct prompting that this is something I should strongly consider.

And so there it is. Come next summer, I will be referred to as "Sister Yance" for a period of 18 months.

Thank you so much, Sister Walch. Give 'em Heaven.

Let the guessing begin!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

It's Been a While

Hello Internet! Wow how time flies! I can't even count how many times I've said "Man, I need to post on my Blog!" Here's the low-down on all things Lauren these last few months:

Clearly, I didn't even come close to crossing everything off of my bucket list this past summer. So I've just decided to morph it into a bucket list for my life; for fun.

Being back in Utah has been alright. Nothing much to complain about, really. (Notice how I said "nothing much"--we'll get to that soon.) Not even two days from getting back to Utah in August, I got a call informing me that my sweet Grandma had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was so hard to believe that I just would not accept it. To me, it didn't happen. But fast-forward a few months, and there I was, crying like a newborn baby all alone in my bedroom one night. I had finally came to reality that my Grandma was/is sick--and I am so far away to do anything to help but pray. It's still a little hard to believe because my Grandma has always been the crazy, young, care-free woman that takes us to Six Flags every summer, goes swimming with us, and back in the day, she traveled from Texas to Alabama and back  again at least 3-4 times a year to see dance recitals, baseball games, and every major event in between. Why her? What a bust. Stupid stupid..

Oh, so you want to know how school is going? Hahaha, let me let you in on a little secret: Utah Valley University's registration/student services department(s) are the WORST. I applied for residency after living here for one year-got a Utah Drivers License, Voter's Registration, letters from employers, all of it-and it got denied because I went home for the summer. So they want me to pay out-of-state tuition? Uh-uh. Screwww that. So my solution? Just take some online classes through my previous community college so I'm still getting credit, but don't have to pay back my student loans yet. Genius? Why yes, I am. I knocked out Biology and Marriage and the Family last semester, and am currently one test away from being done with History 2!

Teaching at the studio has bee a hassle, I'll be completely honest. Last year I taught three classes (age 10-11, 6 and 7) once a week. This year I teach 10 classes (hip hop 1 & 2, advanced technique, tap, 3 yrs, 5 yrs, 6 yrs, 7 yrs, 9-10 yrs, and 12 and up) three nights a week in total. At first I was so ecstatic, and I honestly still am, but a lot of the time, the younger classes get so out of hand, I just can't controll them all at once. I think one time I pulled out an entire patch of hair during my 5 year old class. I have 11 of them all at once! My older classes are really improving though--my 7 year olds (who are the same 6 year olds I had last year) did their leaps PERFECTLY this past week; what a feeling!! I'm sure all of the girls in each of my class will finish the season splendidly; because, let's be honest- they have the greatest dance teacher on this planet. No matter the stress level, this will always be my favorite job.

Speaking of jobs, Best Buy has been quite the scene lately. We had two people leave: our moblie rep and one of the managers. That opened up two positions, so two people from the store moved into those, which opened up two more spots, and more and more, and it was just this huge chain reaction! I was ready to move up in the company, so I applied for the Mobile Lead position. I've been with Best Buy for nearly two years, and I know my department backwards and forwards. So who got the Lead spot? Drum roll, please! ................... NOT ME! They gave the LEAD position to someone who has never worked a day in mobile.. love and respect the guy, but really? After that? We lost two part-timers. And just this past Friday, lost our manager. So here I am, a simple part-time employee, having to train with the help of only two other mobile kids (yes, there are only three of us left), 4 transfers (who all came from the computers department), and 4 brand new employees, and on top of that, a new manager. Awesome. No where in my job description does it say that I have to deal with all of that, but I guess if I want to move up by summer or so, I'm gonna have to fake it all and just deal with it... wish me luck. There's my rant on that.

Just barely a week ago, I took up a sort-of third job. Ever heard of Advocare? I had been hearing things about it for almost a year, and how people were losing weight, and keeping it off, so I finally decided I would try it out. I signed up to be a distributor and got an automatic 20% off, and got all my supplies for my 24 day challenge! I just started Friday, March 8 and two days later, I've already lost 5 pounds. I will most definitely post more about this adventure as the challenge goes on. And I didn't even do this on purpose, but guess what my 24th day is? EASTER SUNDAY!! WOOO!!! I'll be home then for a week, and celebrate my success and favorite holiday with my family! How fun!

So there's the spill. Here's to hoping that I'll be more consistent with my bloggy blog from now on (haha yeah right)