The inside scoop to the highs and lows of my life in 2009.
Most Surprising Moment
Jason proposing. I was not expecting it AT ALL!
Most Awkward Moment
Getting asked out on the Orbit. The bus was full, everyone was listening, and after I turned him down I still had to sit next to him until he got off. Horrible horrible horrible!
Moment of Relief
Reading the email that I got into the graphic design program. Whew!
I was driving with my friend Amber to Thatcher when her tire blew out. In between San Carlos and Bylas. On the reservation which NEVER has reception. But by the grace of God we had service and were able to make some phone calls to get help (thank you Gatwoods!). Once we got word that the Gatwoods would be coming to save us, we lost service. God was surely looking out for us!
Life Ain't Fair Moment
Being left-handed and having two semesters of calligraphy where the art is designed specifically for a right-handed person.
Caving to Trendiness Moment
Buying skinny jeans.
Throw Me Into a Weeklong Depression Moment
Jason telling me he's staying another year in Thatcher (his original plan was only a year at EA)
Most Embarrassing Moment
Driving over not just a curb but an entire divider when I was lost, tearing up one of my car belts in the process. And having to retell the story to my dad. And the mechanic at the car shop.
Most Exciting Work Moment
Discovering a rogue cockroach in the office with only four females working at the time. Lots of screaming, jumping, and shaking ensued. Good times.
Dearest to My Heart Moment
Seeing Jason be baptized. Hearing his testimony of how God has changed his life was such a powerful moment in both of our lives.
Feeling Like a Kid Again Moment
Flying kites with my family over the summer.
Gotta Love ASU Moment
While walking to my classroom with one of my classmates, a girl exited the bathroom in front of us. With her very short dress tucked up into her almost nonexistent underwear.
Gotta Love ASU Moment (Runner-up)
Sighting cat girl. She rides a bike and wears cat ears and a tail and needs her own theme song. Heck, her own tv show.
Most Memorable Orbit Bus Ride
Mix together one rocker emo guy with a guitar, one washed-up middle-aged guy who likes Nickleback and thinks he can sing, his chubby girlfriend with bleach blonde hair and tight clothes, and a homeless guy who is a huge fan of guitars, and what do you have? MAGIC.
Best Outfit on the Orbit Bus
Zebra print leggings. On a 20ish good-looking guy. I hope that the fact that it was April Fool's Day had something to do with it. Bold move, my man.
"You're a pretty girl" - Homeless blind man
Best Compliment (Runner-up)
"Your hair is weird!" - a 3 year old in my Sunday school class
Best Compliment (1st Runner-up)
"I like your face. You're pretty." - a 5 year old in my Sunday school class
Amount Spent on Printing at ASU
$165 (ASU is the only place I can keep track of because of my sun dollars, but I've spent probably twice as much at Kinkos, Office Max, and with my own printer)
Most Famous Person I've Shared Air With
Most Famous Person I've Shared Air With (Runner-up)
Best Accessory Purchase
Matching sweatbands for Jason and I. Can you say legit?
Most Played Album
Transatlanticism by Death Cab. They've released several albums after Transatlanticism but I always go back to it. From the classics "Title and Registration" and "Lack of Color"to the brilliant "Passenger Seat," Ben Gibbard sings to my soul. This album is like an old friend that always knows how to make me smile
Best New Album Purchase
Cannons by Phil Wickham. This man sings like an angel and I even had the privilege of hearing him sing in person. His lyrics are inspiring and make me think about God in a whole new way. "I see Your power in the moonlit night, where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright. We are amazed in the light of the stars, it's all proclaiming who you are. You're beautiful"
Best Free Album
Tie between Armistice by MuteMath and You Are My Sunshine by Copeland. Thank you Kellie on both accounts.
My Saving Grace Album
Tie between Speak for Yourself by Imogen Heap and Limbs and Branches by Jon Foreman. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I would walk into my drawing class at 7:30 in the morning and feel the panic rising up from my stomach. Then I would pop in my headphones and Jon Foreman would start singing the Lord's prayer. Breathe, breathe, it's going to be okay. After Limbs and Branches, Imogen would invite me to escape into her fantasy world, far far away from the terror of the drawing before me. I honest to goodness alternated between these two cds every class. Horray for a drawing teacher that lets us listen to music!
Best New Movie
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It didn't have much competition considering I've barely gone to the movies this year. But still, I was pleased with it and had a good time at the midnight showing. (Now that I have some free time I'm dying to see a few movies that I missed)
Best TV Show
So You Think You Can Dance (the summer one) aka the only show I followed this year.
Oops, on second thought, there were two other shows I followed: The Bachelorette and More to Love. Should I have admitted that? Probably not.
Saddest TV Show Cancellation
Pushing Daisies. RIP you wonderful, wonderful show
The blowout party for our beloved roommate Zac (Efron)
My mac book pro, aka my sweet baby (THANKS dad!)
Best New Friends
When I first moved here, I started going to Grace Community Church almost immediately. It's a larger church and I was hoping that getting connected would be easy. Basically, I was waiting for someone to walk up to me and say hey, come be a part of our group! I was scared to make the first move so I waited. Finally, after feeling very alone for a few months, God gave me the courage to actually do something about my loneliness. Very soon, one of the college group leaders was emailing me and then I was driving to his house for a small group meeting, shaking I was so nervous. It's so hard to be the new one in the group! But the group welcomed me with open arms and I've made some great friendships. It's so awesome to live out the gospel with my friends and grow closer to them as we grow closer to God. I know God gave me that experience of being so timid and lonely so now I can reach out to new people in the church because I know exactly how they feel!
Verse of the Year
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13 (NKJV). I've clung to this promise through the hardships of school. Jason was even sweet enough to buy me a wristband with "Philippians 4:13" on it. It's too big to wear but I keep it in my backpack to remind me.
Trying on size 18 shoes in California with Lyndee. My abs hurt for days afterwards from laughing so hard.
"I put lipstick on!" - Lyndee (at Zac's b-day party, had to be there)
Best Quote (Runner-up)
"Are you vet yet?" - Swedish man sitting in front of us on the Atlantis ride at Sea World
Best Quote (1st Runner-up)
"When I'm not dressing like a woman, I'm chasing a woman." - Crazy homeless man on the Orbit bus
Best Quote (2nd Runner-up)
"Good work. Now do more" - repeated incessantly by my VisCom teacher
My garmin gps. The number of times it's saved me are countless!
Best Technology (Runner-up)
Favorite Fashion Piece
Favorite New Blog
Favorite New Blog (Runner-up)
The Heavenly Man by Paul Hathaway. One word - inspiring!
Least Favorite Book
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. So depressing, and it got worse with each page.
Paradise Bakery (Thanks Lyndee for introducing us!)
Target (Will this every change? Probably not)
Cheers to 2009! It's been quite a year, but I'm looking forward to 2010 which will be an even bigger year. I will be a Mrs.! Woah!!
Happy New Year everyone! I'm glad you were a part of my life in 2009.