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Thursday, December 17, 2009

If I had facebook...

My status would be: 'I am about ready to rip my eyeballs from my socket and suck on them as if they were gobstoppers.'

I honestly understand my mother now. I can't believe she has been able to sit around for the past 8 weeks while her foot has been healing. I AM SO BORED. Needless to say, if you check up on me in a few years, I will probably be working, having kids (depending on when you call), working on my practice, going to school, doing stuff at church...yadayada. Anyways, I am going home tomorrow and look forward to helping with the house/hanging around there.

Other facebook status's and quotes from this quarter:

"Half of me is ashamed that I have to use an umbrella, the other half of me is really glad that I don't have a cold because of that decision."

"You'll have plenty of time to have your heart ripped out like your brother's"- name that movie!

"A spork, and a true love is all you ever need in life, and an electric blanket"

"It's a child's vest" - Maggie Brown

"Remember who you are. (now in high pitched voice) And kisses are speciallllll!"

"Make magic happen!" -Jon Cox

"What would I do if I had to marry one of you and kill one you? That's a really hard decision" (Laura and I are still waiting on that one, although I think I give up because she is so ahead of me in the rankings, plus I think she already won)

"MDF!" (in annoying high pitched valley girl voice)

"Let's just drive up these stairs"

"Maren! You look like a girl today!" ... "Thanks, Devin" ... "Maren, you know, it's surprising but today you look like a girl today too"... "Thanks, Brother White!"

All I have to say is that this quarter has changed my life. done.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Post #100

Finals? Anyone, anyone?

I am really excited to go home for Christmas. I think it will be really fun to get back into a different circle of friends and see my family again. Apparently it's really icy/snowy up there and I am excited. Maybe I won't be able to get home. That would be sad.

I feel like a bear, once winter hits I pretty much just want to eat, all. the. time. That's never good for me but I deal. Option one: nap. Option two: eat. Option three: continue studying. How about all three? Can't I have my cake and eat it too?

Basically this quarter = me feeling like I never study/studied enough and trying to be social. I feel like I have a good enough grounding here that I can scale back the social events and get a job and study more but don't worry I won't crawl into a social hole. I will make time for fun.

Alright enough chatting, I need to go study more/eat/sleep.

My mind is so scattered. Sorry!

love, Maren :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving :)

This is what I have been doing all weekend, in between spending time with relatives and people who should be my relatives.what more do I have to be thankful for?

Hope you all enjoyed eating your brains out like I did!

love Maren :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's sad when...

Your life is ruled by these symbols....=happy day! =sad day and I don't understand why...

Other than that, I am loving school and everything in life.

:) = me most of the time.

Well I am heading off to bed now. sorry I'm lame and don't update you all enough...

Maren :)

p.s. yes, Mike and I are still dating...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


(Sorry this picture is lamely small)
Ok, a quick update... yes UW is beautiful. So, while I'm in a good mood I decided that I needed to let everyone know how I am doing. Let's be honest, the first few weeks were... rough. Needless to say, I am now settling into my routine and getting back into the mindset of doing homework and 'just get it done so you can go to bed' land. If you were to really be standing right where this picture is taken, you would be just the to right of a building in which I have my music class. It is the music building... Shocking, I know! The quad doesn't look like this right now. The cherry blossoms have all gone into hibernation and are now resting warmly unlike anyone else on campus. Today is actually rained and I was excited. It's a good thing I live in Washington!

My ward is really great. I've found some wonderful people to spend my time with and now I am in the process of the configuring my life to be what I want... I just need the right balance of school and social life and hopefully a job soon. Bottom line is that I am definitely starting to get the hang of life and yes I will have my rough days but mostly I just shove it all into the depths of my prefrontal cortex and hope that my brain will never reach that section of my filing cabinets.

Ok. I have stalled enough. Back to homework...I'm a geek, Give me a call sometime.

love Maren :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

What We Love About Kristine!



October 11, 2009 is a verrrrrrry big birthday in Kristine's life.
Here's a few things that we looooove about Kristine: (Not in any specific order)

She married Alex! (We were a little worried about that one. . .) Actually we've realized we need to worry about all our kids. We're so happy she's a voluntary member of the Booth family.

For what ever reason she's gotten in the car, boat, airplane, car, boat, airplane. . .more than once.

She's the internet queen. She can find anything online, did you know that Windex takes out red nail polish from couches? and anyone's blog can be found (so beware)?

She uses a hair pick when she drives...I had never seen that before and thought it was cool and tried to use it... needless to say that she is the only one to be able to successfully pull it off...

She's very organized, has a job, and always a wipe in hand (does she shower her baby with wipes...only time will tell). . .some might call her obsessive, we call her hygienic.

She talks to old and young alike, is extremely thoughtful, a good snuggler and flamingo sleeper. (Sophie)

We love that she makes board games more exciting for the whole family.

She appreciates middle of the night food runs and the bodily results.

She loves to GeoCache and even in scary places where there might be cougars (Cornwall Park ;)).

She loves both chick flicks and guy movies with snacks of course.

Although she's not adventurous in food, she let us suck her into Thai food...mwahahaha.

She let us come on her honeymoon! (This might show a little insanity, but we appreciate her budgetmindedness. . . )

And finally, she can flash her baby blues, and beautiful smile even after squeezing out another adorable Miller/Booth!

YOUR THE BOMB KRISTINE!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!WE ADORE YOU!!!!! (you don't even understand how much!)













Saturday, September 26, 2009

I love Robert Alexander Booth because...

He makes Kristine tell me funny stories about pregnancy.

He has apparently very large arms and hands much like his Uncle Austin and Great-Grandpa Wally.

His extremely dark hair and hairline are just like his Father Alex... which is weird that he's a dad.

He makes Alex and Kristine so cute as they fuss about him and what he's doing.

He's smart little boy who doesn't like his cold hard bassinet but much prefers his mother's warm soft arms (he's like his father and mother... always looking for comfort).

Anyways, I must be leaving. I'm trying to move today down to my apartment but we're not sure if I can get in today. Just in case anyone didn't know, Mom, within 1/2 an hour of Kristine going into labor, had a fiasco with the ladder painting the house and broke her foot and ankle... so now she's looking for a doctor to perform the ankle surgery.

It's pretty much been a typical Booth week...

Well we love you and hope that everything is going well with all of you.

Signing off,

Auntie M!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sympathy post

So... I know that sounds like I have something to sympathize with someone about but really it just means that I feel bad and have decided to post something. But really, nothing super exciting has been happening and really I just haven't had much to write about. I had a reality check yesterday about how I actually have to start getting ready for school now and how I don't have that much time... but that's ok. School is going to be fun.

wow... I don't have anything to say. I still have a job which is quite exciting :[]. I am starting to help Mom paint the little house gray... although everyone thinks it looks like a periwinkle purple. It will be interesting.

Well I better go to bed...if anything exciting happens, I will keep you posted.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

18ism's

When my mother turned 18 as her family was sitting down at the dinner table to eat a good ol dinner of stuffed green peppers (yum) she turned to her parents and emphatically expressed that she DID NOT like stuffed green peppers nor had she ever liked them nor would she ever eat them again. Needless to say that we as a family don't really eat green peppers. Ever.

When Alex, the oldest brother, turned 18 (or a few months later) on Christmas Eve as we were setting up for a big Booth-like party with a bagillion people, Alex turns to my mother (the cruise director) and says "I hate decorating for Christmas, I think all this materialism is stupid and when I have a house I am never decorating for Christmas and I am done with the whole family Christmas thing"... Love you too Alex!

When Austin turned 18, he had already had a few freakouts that there wasn't anything too crazy. Yaay Austin?

So, when I turned 18, or a few days before, I couldn't take it anymore and confessed that I really DON'T like fairs. And it may have just been a momentary freak, I may have just been having a system overload but it's mostly true. Fairs (at least the rides) are dirty and hot and whenever I go my friends DEMAND that I go on EVERY ride... grrr.

So as I have turned 18 now, I am looking forward to a new life. School is going to be great but I won't lie I am nervous. I also won't lie that I am excited to be able to govern my own time although my parents have been EXTREMELY willing to let me pretty much do what I need/want. :) yeaay!

So as part of my THANK YOU everyone! here are pictures of before and after :



I'm out!

oh p.s. next post (and when I'm not so lazy) I will post pictures of my new (and AMAZING) wool coat- Thank you Gail!- AND my new 'bubble-yum meets wonder bread- dress!

:) Night!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

revamp

That's what I need to do with everything. My wardrobe, my bedroom (as in cleaning it), myself (inside and out)... pretty much everything. The good news is I will have a new start at UW. I've decided (years ago) that August is one of the most depressing months because you have to start thinking about school and since I get older this month I always think about the next year of my life and the things I have to do and the new responsibilities that I will have. It always makes me sad :(
Then people start school shopping and you start the battle of thinking about trying to be cool again... that never really works.

well I need to go write down my to do list.

what a bummer of a post... sorry!

love Maren :)

p.s. I am actually really happy...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yellowjackets

Can anyone tell me why there are yellowjackets in my house? (I'm not talking about the kind you wear)

Can anyone tell me why my clothes stick to me when I drive in my black car?

can ANYONE tell me why fresh beans from the garden and eggsalad sandwiches are an amazing dinner?

can anyone tell ME whyI have nothing cool to write about? haha- did you get that? Cool... it's really hot here and there isn't anything 'cool' to write about :) I crack myself up.

Well I have to say that since I started working day shift and since I started being a part of my ward and going to activities, talking to people and even taking the initiative and planning activities with a friend, I am much more stimulated. It's amazing how much socializing helps one not go crazy. I mean Grant and Aileen were fun to joke around with but it also got late and boring and I started feeling guilty about not focusing on work. I am however sad that I have to be at work at 8, which, I know, is late but I have to get up at 6:45 to get there on time and that is not late. Well I am going to lay on the couch until my hometeachers get here. Chances are, I will lay down and they will pull in the driveway... that's just how it works!

love you all...

maren :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Oh Hallmark

I think I should write a Hallmark movie... it would be too easy. All you need is someone in some kind of pickle, a love interest in which the two who are in love must overcome all odds to be able to be together and one person on the side who fixes it all. The last scene consists of the love interest being resolved and the person in a pickle being rewarded with money or land. I think I win!

well well. Now that I am super tired and frustrated I'm going to bed. Dad beat me to it (He's snoring on the couch :))

Love maren :)

p.s. previews of Wonder Bread meets Bubble yum coming soon!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

bahahahahaha

Ok, quickly before I start making my dress, hello world, it's nice to see you all.

If you haven't checked out my cousin's blog today, you might want to. Her blog is 'Oh hey' if you just scroll down and click on the right side bar. It made my day, it might make yours!

Working 8's are annoying, but more annoying is falling asleep every time I try to read my scriptures. GRRRRRR oh well, I will get myself into a rhythm, I've already had a really good suggestion about that.

Institute is great!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! 26 years and counting... isn't that very exciting?

k, I am going to start cutting out my dress, it is going to be excruciatingly cute, although maybe not on me, but on the hanger!

love Maren :)

p.s. I am in serious need of socializing so if you need to hang out during the day or even just to talk on the phone, I am TOTALLY open to that...

:[]

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hello Beautiful sunny day!

Today, I went on a walk. It started with me a Sophie walking at a normal pace with both dogs and ended with me tempted to call mom or dad to come pick us up. I was literally dragging Cody. He is old and that is really sad. So we've decided that he is only allowed to go on half walks... sad! Mom and I have decided that it will be really sad when he leaves us because it will be the end of an era. He is the last living thing that we have of New York. Ok, I guess you COULD count Alex, Austin and Sophie... but still you know what I mean. I am listening to a book on tape called 'Fire of the Covenant'. It's about the Willie and Martin handcart companies and there is a fictional story wound in it. It makes me really happy. Sadly it's not on the iPod, so I can't take it to work. That's probably a good thing since if it was, I would be really absorbed in it and I don't know if I would be able to concentrate, which is kind of important...

I really want to work on my 3 quilts that I have to finish before I move away. It hit me yesterday while I was at work that in a little less that 3 months I will be moving away from my family- like, they won't be at my house when I come home from school. And I will have to feed myself and I will realize how much my parents do for me... AAAAAGHHHH. I'm so scared/excited. It's kind of cool to know that it is now my turn. I just hope that I will know what to do... I guess I'll have to get a social life. What is that?

My computer speakers are freaking out. You know how as soon as you sign the contract that says that you buy the house, the houses value goes down? Does that happen with computers too? Or do computers just become outdated immediately?

Well, I guess I better get back to my book. I work nights now so if you would like to hang out in the morning give me a call!

Love Maren :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Yes please....
No Thank You!

I would just like to say that I am done with school now and I am signing off of homework for the summer. I definitely spent the day doing pretty much whatever I wanted. And today that was cut out clothes for school (that I will later sew together) and copy and super cute dress pattern that I plan on wearing to church tomorrow.

Now I must get my beauty sleep (pppfffftttt like it'll help...), gotta keep myself lookin' good for when a man like that walks into my life .... hehe

night!

Maren :)


Thursday, June 11, 2009

it official

I am now officially a college student. Someone reminded me of that today. Now that I'm graduated from high school, I'm a college student. I am also a college student who only has 1 more week of school left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's really exciting. Sleeping sounds like a good thing. So right when I was typing 'sounds', I accidentally typed sownds. Yeah, I'm a college student.

last day of seminary tomorrow... and I will not cry.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ok, yes, I may have graduated high school today... so what?

Well I have two more weeks of school that's what! grrrrrrr. But I'm ok with that. Two extra weeks of school in exchange for two years of school paid for... I think I can deal.

I must confess, I only wanted to cry once... it was weird too. When we were walking in it KIND of hit me and I realized that even though I'm not as close to all of these people, they are still my people. These are the people that represent my class. Good news is that in the end (at least I think) we will not be responsible for each other... Pretty much other than that I am not too sad. I'm ready to move on. Granted, it still hasn't hit me but I don't think it really will for a while. The speakers were ok. The first and last were the best. The first one talked about the difference between average and extraordinary and how the difference between average and failure is the same as the difference between average and extraordinary. It was great. It made me really excited to try for med school. I cannot wait for the day when I graduate med school... that will be an emotional one for sure. Sure, I have put blood sweat and tears into getting thus far but I know that that was just the training session. What's about to hit me is nothing compared to what I've experienced! The good news is that I am super excited for it. You know how when you watch movies or watch older siblings or older friends and first you think that they are so old and cool and mature and next you think that you will never be old and cool and mature like them and you wish your life away. Well today, I am that person who is "old, cool and mature." I gotta tell ya, I definitely don't feel old, cool, and mature. I feel like I've always felt, still young. But I need to enjoy this time. This is my time to learn how to be the best I can be. As President Monson says, the days of preparation are over. My training is over, it's almost time to be who I'm going to be. I just hope that I will be acceptable to society but mostly the Lord. And on that note:

I would like to thank everybody for all the support that they give/have given me. I know I say thanks a lot but honestly, you don't understand how much even just a smile helps. I appreciate everything and anything that anyone has ever done for me. I know that I have so much to do and so much more to go, but I couldn't have gotten this far without a) my parents, b) my siblings- seriously I wouldn't be anyone without the laughter I have had from them, the fights, the tender moments, the shared testimonies. One time I remember Alex coming up to my bedroom and telling me to read the Book of Mormon. Being the smart alec I was, I went and read the actual Book - of- Mormon. Don't worry I went back and started at the beginning... Thanks you guys... I have enjoyed EVERY minute. c) my friends- since we have moved a few times in my life, my friends have moved in and out however, I consider so many people my friends that in reality, the free world has helped me be who I am.

Senior Year has been one of much reflection. I don't really know why but this year I have reflected a lot on the things that I have done and the things that other people have done for me and I can't express enough how grateful I am. I can't do it justice... so...

In other news:

I got to go on a bike ride today, that was great. It was so refreshing and it kept me happy :) we like happy!

Quotes of the week: "I'm like a vampire, I have to be invited to come in." Oh Riley- I love listening to you speak to customers!
"Don't feed Ozzy. He has Diahrrea. Don't touch the towel in the family room." Gotta love dogs. Gotta love Kristin Booth!

Well I'm tired and I have A LOT to do tomorrow so goodnight!

Thank you to everyone.

oh- ps- those hats are really ugly, Cool effect but you can't make anyone look good in them. "lets put a square piece of cardboard on their heads and hang strings off of 'em. That'll look real good!"

I'm gonna drag her on over to Oak street, you can pick her up there... :)

Goodnight!

Maren :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I promise I am not being neglectful on purpose...

Well maybe a little. How could you want to sit inside on your computer in Bellingham weather like this.

So I most definitely have been sitting outside in the grass all week and I most definitely have a weird rash on my arm along with some weird bug bites. I think all the pollen is getting to me. Or maybe it's the hayfever or maybe it's the freshly cut grass. Whatever it is, I would like to now kindly ask for it to leave. I don't want to look all red and rashy for graduation... although who will remember and it will be covered up by the robes.

I do have to say, one of the benefits of being in choir for so long is being used to the ugly random robes... It will be just a concert... We're even singing!

Ok. I'm really tired now though and want to go to bed. I just felt really bad for not writing anything. It is supposed to rain this weekend here or next week, maybe, just maybe, then I will catch you all up on what's been going on...

Guess you'll just have to keep watching to find out huh?!

:[]

Love you all!!!

Thanks for your love and support and attention.

Maren :)


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hello!!!

Hi, How are you all?... well, that's all I have time for.

Maren :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

I <3 Excel

Excel is my new best friend. It does everything I ask it to, just how I ask it to. Who needs a boyfriend when I can have excel? Excel I <3 you.

Maren :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

hey ya'll

So while I was gone, I became Texan... weird huh?

How is it going? Today I am in Portland with SQHS choir using my friends computer. I will soon be in my own room taking a shower and do possibly a little bit of homework. My friend Krystal's computer is mine except touch screen and smaller. These people are great. I think that you will get more of an explanation of my time here when I get back Saturday or Sunday but I also am having fun. Today we went to Seaside, Oregon. Who can not LOVE sandy beaches in the NW?
I DON'T KNOW BECAUSE I LOVE THEM. If anyone wants to make me happy, take me to a sandy beach and let me play around without shoes on... hehehe

Let's see, what else is going on... The TV in my room is playing the weirdest thing ever! It's like people wearing medieval clothes running around and doing weird things... One of the guys looks like Snape.

I think that I am going to go take a shower now... and sleep and do some homework. ok... I love you all.

please have a good night and give me a ring if you're bored...

Maren :)



Sunday, May 10, 2009

For those who care (a.k.a. Kristine)

Here are my senior prom pics. I went with Tim Hoyt, which was really fun. We definitely went to Olive Garden and made masks for the masquerade theme out of kids menus, crayons and our straws. Tim asked the hostess for a stapler and we stapled the straws to the menus. Then we went to Mallards where I got Peanut Butter ice cream and Tim got nasty rose flavored. It most definitely tasted like really strong perfume. And it got stronger in your mouth. My hair was done impromtu but Rhea! Thanks Rhea!
I think I look crazed. Maybe I am.... you tell me!

On the deck...


The dance was ok. We mostly sat on the deck and waited for people to come out to us because it was pretty hot in there. It was at the Bellwether in the restaurant. It was really pretty. The dance itself was not something I was willing to dance to... but other than that it was really good to see all of my friends, which was the ultimate goal. We ended us leaving at 11:10 I think. Much earlier than anyone there. The biggest surprise and happy thing of the night was that Aaron Doud and Melanie Pierce (both friends of mine) won Prom King and Queen. They are totally underdogs and there were a ton of more popular people there but I was sooooo happy for them. What a great memory.
My dress was compliments of Gail Hildebrand and my closet. Yaay for using resources. I also used Mom's jewelry box and quickly made the starfish necklace. It was great and I'm wearing it right now.

I do have to admit though the best part of the whole night was being able to come home and talk to my parents guilt free and know that I have fun and was safe and would wake up in the morning still absolutely worthy to enter the Temple. I definitely wanted to cry and some of the things I was seeeing at the dance and some of those pictures are forever burned in my mind but I am completely worthy. Which I owe to my Mom because she is an awesome mother and taught me the gospel. The sad thing about the dance was that if those people had the gospel they wouldn't have to look for happiness in another mortal being like themselves. Don't get me wrong, spouses and family are pure joy ( wink wink... or so they say bahahaha, but seriously, they can be) but they were looking for happiness and fun in the wrong place...

I love my MOM. I would not be who I am without her and my Dad teaching me the gospel and instilling in me that knowledge and love for it. I know that not everyone has that in their parents, my Mom didn't. So I am grateful for this opportunity.

I love you all. Good night. Hope you enjoy the pictures.


Love Maren :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

4 Places to go, 3 Drivers and only 2 cars...

That poses a slight problem. Any suggestions? I have a choir thingy, Mom has to be at the stake center, Dad: the Institute and Sophie the YMCA... this is funny. I am totally willing to ride my bike down the hill to the concert thingy, but I might have told someone I could give them a ride. Oh by the way, Cabaret Concert at the Northshore Church on Marine Drive by my house, you have to pay but I guess it's going to be really good... I actually haven't heard as many of the numbers as I should have. Although the ones I did hear were amazing. The proceeds go to SQHS Concert choir... but please don't feel like you have to come. Just a suggestion if you're bored tomorrow. oh yeah, 7 pm.

So I am definitely going to be an aunt to DA DA DA DA DUH a NEPHEW. My family and I looked at names today. Unfortunately, we really have no say. I guess I'll just have to wait to name my children... I may already have a few names picked out, but maybe not.

Well, my first day of work was good. I do however think that I am getting a cold. That's not very good. So I'm going to go to bed.

goodnight!

Maren :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Oh Hey!

First of all, I would like to say that Elder Bednar's talk at the CES fireside was INTENSE. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone watch it. It was so good.

I kind of feel like I dropped off the face of the earth this weekend, which was nice. I must say that I am soo blessed and if I ever complain to you or anything of that nature you have my permission to slap me nicely or to get up in my face and remind me that I am selfish and stupid. I have just been sooo blessed this weekend, last week, this week (I know, it's only Monday)... I am grateful and should be even more grateful.

I'm tired so I think I am going to go hit the hay. Guess what?! Tomorrow I find out if I'm having a niece or a nephew or both! Wouldn't twins be great! Although now that I say that I will have them and hate it.... oops. I also start my new job... wish me luck.

Sleep tight! I'm going to hunker down here, it's getting windy... :0 oh no....

I love you, sorry this blog was boring. I don't have any great stories to share. Well we did almost lose Cody this weekend at the cabin. We were walking up to see the sink hole in the road and he didn't see us turn so he went straight while we turned. We walked all the way home looking for him and then we hopped in the car and found him oober confused in the middle of the now dark road... that was scary, we all thought he was a goner. let's put it this way, no more night walks without a leash for Cody. We almost lost the boat too. The little boat got flipped over in the sand and buried in a foot of sand, we lost the oars :( The big boat was anchored but drifted 1/2 mile down the cove because the wind was so bad. It took on a lot of water. Sunday morning we got it out safely first thing and now everythings good. It was scary though. That windstorm was intense... Chip did NOT like it.

Well goodnight for real!

love Maren :)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why hello all!

I feel like my titles are never clever enough... oh well. Deal with it. That's the kind of the mood I've been in today. That's not very good... I know. I'm getting better. Maybe I need to eat something healthier than mac'n cheese and cheez-its. I cannot explain my apparent craving for fake cheese today. "It's not me talking, it's a scientific fact, girls can't beat boys, it's as simple as that." if you can name that movie I will give you something next time I see you (you name it), which, again, could be in a long time. That was a really random quote.

I've decided to be brave like Matt and post a picture of me from the sock hop. The downfall is that I wasn't actually at the sock hop when these pictures were taken...

I cannot explain to you why I look... stupid or why Sophie looks depressed. I guess you will have to make up a story to yourself of why that is.

"He's so handsome and rugged and chiseled and great!"- can you guess what movie I may or may not be watching right now...

I am really excited because today was Thursday and now that it is over I can be done with school. I guess I have a class tomorrow but it's pretty low-key and I am so sick of my Tuesday/Thursday classes. Well actually only one. Have you ever just been so fed up with a class that you feel like telling everyone in it to just... nevermind. It's been annoying. But I have to say that honestly this has been the only class for my whole first two years of college that I have felt this way. I feel like 1/21 is a pretty good ratio. I like the teacher... I guess I should've known when I signed up for it. Oh well... I'm almost done anyways.

ok I should stop bugging you all with my complaining. On the flip side: it was oober sunny today :[] that makes me soooo happy. I also get to go to the cabin this weekend. What is better than S. Whidbey in May.

Ok. who can believe it is already May? NOT ME! I only have 5 more weeks until I granulate! So ridiculous... what to do what to do.

So today on Becca's blog i read that she's not allowed to wear flip-flops anymore. ok, that is so depressing. I think I would cry... although I hate my feet so it wouldn't matter as much for me.

Ok.

I LOVE you all and wish that I had more time to travel around and visit you. Call me sometime and I will try to hang out.

have a wonderful night!

Maren :)

p.s. soak in as much vitamin d as you can, like i've said before... I am soooooooo deficient.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Writer's block

So it has been one week since Austin left, again... weird. How many missionaries can you say that about? How many missionaries do you want to say that about? The house is kind of empty and boring and now I am dying. I've been coughing like a fiend, my mother gave up finally and bought me cough medicine. I slept pretty much all day yesterday. My mean family took pictures of me too. I look like a vampire, maybe one day I'll post one. But they are kind of bad. i really do look disgusting.

...

I think the title says it all, goodnight!

love Maren :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

from chippy

Dear Austin,

I know that you probably know that I prayed you home. And I even was able to extend your stay by 4 days, but I want you home! Nobody pays attention to me here. I know that Maren takes me with her to Seminary sometimes and in the car I totally get loved by Liz. I even get a walk at least once a day... but YOU are the only one that I love. I want YOU to take me home with you, but we have to take the chickens with us. Maren's bed is pretty warm although whenever she tries to get comfortable or stretch out her legs she kicks me. IT'S SO ANNOYING!

I heard that my...cousin is making him/herself known to the world. I sure hope that when he/she is born that I still get LOTS of attention. well, I'm hungry so now I'm gonna go sleep cause I already got fed. It will keep my mind off my stomach.

Love, Chip

Monday, April 20, 2009

CAN YOU BELIEVE?

This gorgeous weather is making me so happy. Here is what is it like in Bellingham:
Well who wants to be inside on a day like today? not me...
see you later! gonna go catch some vitamin D because I am deficient... as is everyone in Bellingham :)

Maren :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

We've found Chip a new hobby

Staring at the chickens. my computer is totally freaking out! So I need to turn it off.
I LOVE my biology class. I have to say that even though I am probably procrastinating on my projects... I LOVE doing the research. Today I was researching for my MRSA project and came across some really nasty pictures. All I can say is that I am SO glad that I don't have any skin problems anymore. Click here if you would like to see the nastiest picture that I found. I must warn you that IT IS DISGUSTING, so you have been warned... If you get nauseous at all, DO NOT LOOK! I am getting really excited to get into med school and help people get over these sicknesses. It's weird how much I love this stuff all of a sudden!

Anyways. I better go. My computer is sad and I have to sew.

goodnight!

Love Maren

p.s. DON'T GET MRSA, you will be sad! Believe me :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

News of the day is....

Can anyone take a guess?















No, Hans did not propose. That's weird. And, he's orange. I try to stay away from fake bakers....


"On Friday, I will be here! My mind is so fried I don't even know what to say, that's all I have to say." p.s. that's Chile in case anyone couldn't see that.
I drove up from school and Sophie comes running out of the house and tell me "Austin is leaving on Thursday!" I am very sad but, it needs to happen. My mother has long been wanting a mute button. She is sad, especially since he leaves and then I leave. It will just be Her and Dad and Sophie. She thinks it will be quiet but I don't think so. I must admit, it has been absolutely amazing to have him home. I will miss his constant commentary in my life and will miss how he can make me pretty much pee my pants talking about snakes and bones. But quite honestly, it's time for all of us to move on.

Well, Goodnight!

Maren :)

So now I get to say a little bit, I can't say that I have loved being at home, but I can say that I wouldn't go back and change my experience. There have been days when i banged my head against the wall and wished that it had never happened. I definetely had a few days when I asked why to the heavens and raised my fist in anger, but I know that it was all for a purpose that i will probably never fully comprehend. I can say that God lives and that I was able to renew friendships and develop some new ones while I have been home....I cannot deny that God's hand has been in this whole thing from the minute that my mission president called me on the phone in Santiago and told me I was going home. I guess if I had to really say anything about the whole thing it would be that you can be doing everything right and then you wake up one day and you're on fire........GI JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I get to go back, but it still boggles my mind that in a few days I will be wearing a plaque again and speaking spanish and walking through the streets of Santiago talking to people about the Gospel. I am returning to the same mission but it will not be the same, at least not everything.

P.S. Nobody want to know what to do wit de busrida!

Monday, April 13, 2009

My new Boyfriend. Well...

I've had him since Christmas, I just chose to tell you all about him now. Actually I just met him a couple days ago. Would you like to meet him?Meet Hans! The only bummer is:

He has weak ankles. And, he and Austin don't really get along:
And that is why:


Austin fed him to the dog.

Here, I'll actually let you meet him. Better yet, I will let him introduce himself:





That is all.

Maren :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Today was a goooooood day. That is all.

Just kidding. I just need to say that the past couple of days have been...

fattening.
Not really. I just feel really fat right now because my Easter feast was extraordinary. I still haven't been able to finish the strawberry shortcake that my mother made. It is so good. I can't really tell you, you have to try it. My family was gone for a few days while they went to the cabin and fixed all of the plumbing. I must say, it was great. I know that I should be lonely, but it was great to do my homework when I wanted to and hang out with people when I wanted to. I know that not every quarter in school will be like this. In fact, NO quarter will ever be like this because I will have to be working and doing LOTS of homework. But it was great while it lasted.

Easter church was really good. The talks were AAAmazing. I am so impressed by all of the speakers. I see so much potential in the singles ward. The problem is that I don't think many of them see it. I don't know how to fix that, but I guess that is not necessarily my job. To top that off, all of these friends that I haven't seen in a LONG time showed up. I was ecstatic. You have no idea. I probably looked crazy by the look on my face. Oh man. I was sooo happy. Anyways. Now I am trying to digest my food from dinner so that I can finish my dessert.

I hope we all remember the real meaning of Easter. It is hard to forget sometimes. The Atonement is the whole reason we are living. It is the only way we will be able to return to our Heavenly Father. Without it we would be lost and unhappy and not able to feel the peace.

I love the Gospel, I know the Church is true.

Maren :)

p.s. on a lighter note, I got a water bottle for Easter, did anybody else get anything fun?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hate is a strong word

But valid. I think we overuse it sometimes. So right now I am sitting on this wonderful pillow that Kristine MADE me take home :) with me and thinking about the ironies of life. I hate science. It has pretty much always bothered me or given me bad grades or I have not been able to grasp whatever it is. Yet I want to be a doctor.... I hope you see where this is going. Why would she want to be a doctor if science is so frustrating to her? Funny thing is, my science ACT scores were better than my math scores... by A LOT. And since the science portion is last I pretty much guessed on the last couple sections... SO. What does this have to do with irony. Probably nothing. I am taking biology as you all have seen but I have to admit I thought I would hate. I LOVE IT! I start geeking out about the dumbest things and just love it. Oh man... it's crazy. When did the switch turn on? the English class that I thought I would love? Hate it. Ok. Hate is a very strong word since it is only the second day but let's just say that the subject matter is different than I expected. But it will be eye opeing... hehe

I just wanted to inform you all that I have gotten another email notice of a 2nd assualt incident at the UW Seattle campus. Just wanted to calm anyone's fears about me going there. I'm sure I will be fine... I hope... I 'll just sleep with a knife under my pillow. That's assuming that I will have a place to put my pillow. :)

I have to apologize for this post sounding sarcastic and like I am unhappy. To clear that up, I am happy. I'm content. Yes there are storms coming, I guess we are in the middle of a storm, but I feel peace. This quarter is going to be good. Only 9 more weeks until I can leave SQHS and move on with my life. Only 10 more weeks until I graduate with my associates...assuming that I pass my classes, which I plan on doing.

So today I came home from school and the grocery store and went into the garage to do the chickens. In the morning I had filled the food dish thingy with food which, by the way, they were very excited to get to eat. When I came home, they had kicked the dish FULL of wood chip so that they couldn't get to the food. While I was cleaning out their stuipidity, one of the chickens decided to attempt his great escape. Luckily his wings weren't strong enough. Even though chickens are kind of stupid and the pecking doesn't hurt (yet) they are kind of fun to pick up. I can see why people like them. However, in observing Sophie with these beasties, I have come to realize that she is the 4-H girl and I am the city girl. I think I just look so awkward trying to make nice with chickens. Yeah, it doesn't really fit my style.

I should stop boring you all. I need to eat and do homework... yes!

Love you all

Maren :)

p.s. I am really sorry for boring you people. Sometimes I just feel like writing...I guess that's what a personal journal is for

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

so what's new?



Classes, that's what.

Mom is surly. Austin and I are irreverant. Sophie is reading Calvin and Hobbes. Dad is on the computer. Pretty much nothing has changed. Oh, the weather was beautiful. I sat on a blanket on the grass and read some homework.

I guess that's all. Oh, THIS is why I love my family:
Yes, that is a raccoon on my head...so what?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I have always observed that vacations are wonderful. Most times you feel like you've been able to do everything that you wanted and/or didn't do anything that you didn't want to. That's how this vacation has been. Reentry is always painful but then I always observe that coming home is a wonderful thing. Back in my own bed. Using my own toilet, shower and car. I know these things are trivial and random but I do so love being home.

I have to admit though that getting myself out of Bellingham was a necessity. I experienced MUCH Booth humor and have lost at least 2 or 3 pounds from laughing so much. Sometimes you just need to roll around on da flo a little bit. By the way I came back a gangsta or should I say wangsta. Fo SHo!

Just kidding. Well actually Austin and I did come back different than when we started. I am apparently now a wangsta and he is Jamaican. Although I think anyone from Kingston might protest ;)

But really. I did spend a ridiculous amount of time on the floor this week. My WHOLE family cracks me up. I even got to wear a raccoon on my head. :) And I heard stories about my cousin catching, killing and skinning a skunk. He is 11. They went into the forest. By themselves. No parental supervision. I really LOVE them. The 14 year old looks 18 and is HUGE. He is a football player I think and is definitely going to be (if he isn't already) a Lady Killer. The 15 year old that looks like Kirstin Dunst always amazes me with her poise and beauty and always looks at least 3 years older than she is. I could go on all night about how my family is amazing and cracks me up. But I won't bore you anymore. I am so content and wouldn't want another family for the world. They are THE BEST (despite all of our craziness).

Chippy did pee when we came home, but we strategically called him outside when we came home so that he wouldn't pee all over us. That would be gross and we wanted to avoid that happening a second time.

I am happy to be home. I do not regret leaving. I do not regret anything that happened there. I am ready for spring quarter. My life is changing and I think that I will be ready for it when it does.

Signing off.

Maren :)

p.s. The Church is true. Pray about it and you'll know! As far as I've seen it's the only place that i have felt that assurance that my family will be together forever. And I KNOW that they will and all can be!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Conference...and happy week

So this week I was able to get my scholarship application in AND I finished my online BYU health class that I had to do to graduate from high school. Now, all I have to do to finish the first stage of my education is pass the last 15 credits that I have. YAAY!!! I am sooo excited. So this week has been very productive good. Today we were privileged to go to the first session of conference at the conference center. Even though I had to wake up really early to go, it was a really good session. I got to Bex! Yaay. I know that she wanted me to stay for a while but I have been VERY cranky and mean today so it was probably a good thing that I didn't stay. Anyways. Conference was really good. Although I definitely fell asleep for a good portion of second session :(

Well maybe tomorrow will be better.

Maren :)

p.s. that was literally 30 seconds ago so if you're curious about what I'm doing, thats all.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Black and Tan: A crime of Fashion

"I beg you pardon? My name is black, his name is Tan... I can't believe you just made that assumption. You should be ashamed of yourself and your family."

"you don't remember where you were this afternoon?"
"No, it was yellow and boring. just write down that it was lame. I do like that jacket, somewhere a transient is shivering in the night."

"I'd rather shower with a bear."

"Dude, you thought I was gonna have trouble fitting in. I have this shirt, this shirt, this shirt and these are my exact Kenneth Coles and that picture of my mom parasailing in Montego bay?! You moved me in here?"
"dude we got lucky, they just threw somebody out. Now, help me set up the clapper"

"Hey guys whats up?"
"Initiation that's what. Give me your best shot. bleh"

"did you accomplish anything last night besides selling me out for vacant head?"

"sweet, let's call the chief and get paid!"

"Wow, she's really planting one on him huh?"


I am so excited because in a few short hours, and maybe already, Becca and I will only be 1/2 an hour apart. :[]

well. Now someone else needs to computer. I LOVE PSYCH. It makes me happy. Sometimes I wish I could be like him. You know, conscienceless and able to lie and have fun. I'm a TERRIBLE lier. I guess thats a good thing.

goodnight.

maren :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cryfest

So guess what I did today...we cried, the whole family.

that's all I have for you.

I'm exhausted.

goodnight


Maren :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Welcome to...

The dork code roomDon't I look so thoughtful? Or maybe it's boredom? Or maybe it's my-brother-is-crazy?

anyways. I did have a ton of fun today at BYU. As much as people think that it is boring, I really wasn't that bored. I was tired because I didn't get a nap but that doesn't mean I was bored. Granted, I would not choose to go into physics... I also have never taken a physics class so I can't say much. I will make Alex pay you ten bucks if any of you guys can tell me and/or him what the equation is and/or how to solve it. Pretty much all day I was like... What? although I did understand the part about derivatives. I felt so accomplished. ok well now I have to go away. As much as I am addicted to the internet, this is my vacation and I like to not be on as much. As soon as school happens however I will be right back on...

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!

Love Maren :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

grrrrrrrrrr

That's pretty much how I feel right now. I want to leave NOW. I want to be with Alex and Kristine NOW. I want to be asleep NOW. I want to be done with my schooling career NOW.

And NOW you are all thinking, "yeah, well I want a river of chocolate flowing through my house with money trees growing on the banks next to it, but I won't get that either now will I?"

And NOW I say back to you... let's run away and eat food because we all know that "food makes everything better" (name that movie). Kristine- that Thai food looks deviiiine! I want it to be Friday NOW (next Friday). Are you guys sensing a theme?

On the positive side, I am very happy that I am finished with my classes. It has been extremely relaxing. I came home from choir and took a nap on the couch. It was wonderful. I couldn't even keep my eyes open. At noon I went to Whatcom and helped with new student orientation. That was good. They didn't really need our help until around 3 pm at which time I gave a tour, only a half hour which is REALLY hard to do. I know it is a really small campus but it takes 10 minutes alone to walk across the street and then you have to talk about each building... I'm not complaining, just explaining. So from 2-3 I learned how to play "Family Business." If you have ever played "Bang" the Italian card game where you are assigned characters and you have to kill the correct character before they kill you, then you will like "Family Business." It's pretty much the same concept, which makes sense because it is made by the same company, however instead of being assigned specific characters, you are a mob. As in, I was the "Purple Gang" a mob at sometime in the history of the US. It's tricky because you have to make friends but then know when to stab them in the back to win. AKA I think Kristine and Alex would be good at this game... :)

ok. time for Maren to quit being on the computer.

Sweet Dreams!

Maren :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Booth Family Humor here I come!

I am finally finished with finals and now I am sitting on my couch writing a blog on my computer that I have not been on for three days. The weird thing is, I haven't had any withdrawals like I thought I would. It has been really peaceful and I haven't had a headache... well ok. I had one when I had been studying history for three hours. All in all, it was a really good quarter. The more and more I embed myself in the school and try to get to know my classmates, the more I enjoy my school experience. I guess all that talk about getting involved in your school actually has value. And now I am giving tours the week that I come back from vaca!! yess. And I get paid. I am so glad that they wanted me to help.

I am so excited to go to Alex and Kristine's. I can't wait to go to classes at BYU. I can't wait to talk to some Booth's. I miss Booth's. I miss Booth humor. You know why? Because all Booth's get each other. We all have the same humorous stories with different names inserted and we all sit for hours and talk about the crazy stupid things that we do and that people do to us. Oh man I can't wait. Maybe I'll run into some Hoyts down there... or Beccas or Jeffs. It's time for me to get out of the city for a while. Going to the cabin would even be sufficient...

oh man... i think I am on a cloud right now...

I am getting excited for the future. It is going to be REALLY scary but I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me. Yaay future!!

Ok, well I am having a really hard time typing today... I think that my brain has stopped working...

love Maren :)

catch you on the hopefully warmer side of Utah!! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hi, Fireman!

Have you ever had writer's block?

Well to start out, I have to point out that Paul Ellsworth gave a really good talk in church and I believe that he is going to be a heck of a missionary. I see so many guys in the single's ward that are going to be impressive missionaries, they just need to get out there. So there's my little plug.
I am also going to post a scripture that I found particularly inspiring this week. 1 Nephi 14:14 and then hop on over to 1 Nephi 15:24. All I can say is that during these particularly hard times in the world and specifically in my life, knowing that the Lord has given us scriptures that will keep the power of the devil from overtaking us makes me have hope. I know that in my life there are so many things that I can improve on and scripture reading is one of them. With a promise like that though, I don't know why I starve myself. My spirit is hungry but instead of feeding it I starve it even more... isn't that horrible logic? Have you ever been able to see exactly where you are going and what your goal is? Have you ever been able to catch a glimpse of your life's purpose and your life's ultimate goal? I don't feel like I can describe that glimpse, but I can tell you that when I am allowed to see that, I become so much more focused on trying to do what's right. Unfortunately, that eternal perspective doesn't come very often.

I guess I'll get off my soapbox now. How was your Sunday? Any good stories? All of the talks and lessons that I had were really good and made me think about stuff.

This is a really church-y post. I think I am going to go write in my journal, which is probably where I should've written all of this in the first place but I guess you guys get to see into my head a little bit. The more that I learn about myself the more I feel like I have so much to work on. But, I guess that's life and that's why we have the scriptures and the Atonement.

Ok, really I'm done now!

LOve Maren :)

p.s. I cannot wait for Spring Break and seeing people. :) I'm sorry that I have been SO busy and haven't had/made time for anyone or anything...

:[]

Friday, March 20, 2009

2 Down, 3 to go

I am sooo glad it is Friday. Now I can take a nap.

bottom line, the Lord loves me and all of you too.

Now I need to go eat.

Love Maren :)

for your viewing pleasure...
p.s. that's yogurt

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

...

Hey!

shout-out to everyone.


I have nothing further to say here.

I know, this is HORRIBLE...oh well

Maren :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Only the nastiest story I have ever heard...

welll, not the nastiest but still.

"so today I bit my boyfriend's neck and I felt something squirt into my mouth. When I stopped to look at what it was, I found out that it was a pimple that had popped in my mouth"

That was something that my friend at school was looking at on his computer. It's some blog or something where people put stories on about how their day was bad. That pretty much made me absolutely disgusted. So, moral of the story is, don't bite people's necks. (you know who I'm talking to)

uuuuhhhhh, it still makes me cringe!

well, i gotta go to bed and/or do homework.


love Maren :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I'm bored soooo

I guess I'll finish my story. So where were we... Oh yeah, New Jersey. So we pull up to the Hotel and it DOES NOT match the picture that my mother got on the internet. The thing is practically falling off the cliffside, the rooms are not totally disgustingly dirty but the rooms were green and purple. Sitting down on the bed or going to the bathroom was one of the hardest things that I had to do. Surprisingly my mom was able to do all of that relatively well (I know, it surprised me to). The guy at the counter was sitting behind bullet-proof glass with a movie theater ticket hole dispenser thing-y to complete any transactions that needed to. The "continental breakfast" was one of those apple/orange juice dispensers and bananas; which wouldn't be bad except that it was in the main lobby which was only about 4 feet wide. So then my mom decided to look at the room and see how horrible it was and then we could truly assess how bad the situation was. Once we got back in the car to talk about our decision (and of course, we prayed about it...) I BEGGED my mother, "mom, please, I will pay half if we don't have to stay here!" My mom just started laughing, I guess she knew it was pretty bad because I wouldn't just throw my money around. I hate spending money... needless to say, we did not stay there. Oh and then there was the car that absolutely freaked out. The electrical stuff went wacky. It stole my mom's cd, it locked her out of the car at a scary gas station where we were filling up the "empty" gas tank, it only took about 2 gallons. It was the freakiest thing ever...

ok. I'm not bored anymore and actually I am really tired so I am heading to bed.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Love Maren :)

p.s. Alex and Kristine and Kristin, it was so good to talk to you, I am so excited to come down soon!!

:)

Some will Win, Some will Lose...

Do you realize that the titles of these blog posts are most likely the thing that I am thinking about right at the time of writing. This is probably going to be a really random post. Just the little things that I am thinking about. Right now my Dad is reading to us Jesus The Christ by James E Talmage. We have been exiled into my bedroom because my Mom's visiting teachers are here. It's kind of fun being banished in my bedroom. So last night I went to the Hoyt's house to hang out and actually go to a play. Unfortunately, the play was sold out... however we went to dinner with the Hoyt's (Thanks Hoyts!), and then hung out. It was super fun. I needed it. And then, I did a really girly thing, I asked Heidizzle to paint my nails... I know, What was I thinking. I just totally had this girly brain fart. I really liked the color though so that's why I did it. To make me even more girly, my mom bought me and Sophie a hairdryer and straightener. It's horrible. But I guess I am a girl so, it's a good thing. This post is really random. I don't have much to say... We are going to skype Alex and Kristine right now.

Do you want to see a picture of Austin's foot? By the way, he is fine. The surgery went really well. He has had no pain, and no nausea. He thinks that they cut a nerve in his foot, maybe they did. But Doctor Booth thinks that he is a really lucky patient.

Alex and Kristine are fine. We even got to talk to Kristin, who I LOVE by the way. I miss Booth family humor. Luckily I only have to wait 10 more days and get through 6 more finals. YESS... this weekend has been really relaxing. I did some homework but I didn't have as much as previous weekends. So, somehow we got a meat slicer. I think it is pretty sweet that we have that now because my mom has been slicing everything that she can find in our fridge. You know my mother, the name of it is meat slicer but really it is the cabbage-carrot-meat-anything else that can be sliced- slicer. So now we have a bunch of bags of sliced up food that my mom had fun with today. It was funny. You know my mom... if a little vitamin c is good for you, then a lot is even better for you.

I'm really tired, however, I have to admit that springing forward this year wasn't as bad as previous years. I went to bed at 11:00 (aka 12:00), and that was really good. I woke up and was kind of tired but it was just like a normal day instead of waking up an hour earlier than being used to. I know that that was last week, I'm just saying that this year it was fine. Going to WA D.C. this summer however was not fine. It was horrible because not only was it 3 hours earlier than our bodies were used to but we had to wake up early on top of that. It gets so hot in the summer that we had to get up at like 6 to eat and get ready so we could walk around D.C. before it got super hot. That trip was really fun but it was tiring. I think my favorite part about D.C. was watching the new Joseph Smith movie at the Temple visitor's center. That is a movie that I would like to see again. I think I will have to go when we are in Utah for spring break. The part about D.C. that was not church-y that I liked was definitely not the Holocaust Museum. You could ask my mother, I told her that it was a horrible thing that she was making me do by going in there. I have to admit though that it is something that I feel every person needs to see. The worst part is the glass hallway that goes up really high that is just filled the shoes of the victims. yeah I know, it was horrible. But I got her back by making her go to the 9/11 museum. I think that was my favorite museum... well maybe not. But still it was really good. I don't think I have a favorite. But anyways, it was really horrible because in that museum they have artifacts and the worst one is the plane window that had been melted and bent. And they play little movies and sound clips of all the phone calls and news stories. One side of the wall is empty and then as the museum progresses the wall accumulates "Lost" posters. They all have pictures of loved ones that people haven't found yet or they just want to make sure are still alive. I have to admit, it was pretty horrible.

My favorite part of the trip was sleeping in the Benjamin Franklin room on the bed that was as old as Benjamin himself. I'm pretty sure that it was the same bed that Benny himself slept on before he died. Mom and I were sharing that bed while Sophie slept on the twin bed next to us. Eventually Mom realized that the twin bed was more comfrotable and kicked Soph out to get some sleep. It was funny. The ceiling was so low. It there had been a fire, we would've died because we were on the top floor of one of those cute old homes that is like 3 feet wide and 40 feet tall. The hotel itself was really cute... like I said, "Philadelphia is a cute town." I got a lot of flack for that one. Apparently you can't call a town with a lot of crime cute. I think two of my fondest memories were a). walking around the town of Philly and seeing historical houses with signs about people dying of yellow fever here a long time ago and who they were. I think my mom and I were still cringing from that one being the germ freaks that we are. Oh and also probably because she decided to listen to a book on tape about the yellow fever epidemic that hit Philly. After that trip she was stripped of her rights to choose books on tape. It's always either war or nasty epidemics and corny love stories... b). Running literally around the corner from the pub where we got the most amazing French dip sandwiches to our hotel (yes the Benny Franklin one) in the rain. Now right now you are thinking, you live in Washington, whats a little rain to you? In Washington it rains but it rains all the time. On the east coast, when it rains, it rains like you have never seen it before. We even ordered dessert and more drinks to avoid the rain for five more minutes hoping it would pass. So we literally RUN around the corner to the hotel and we were SOAKED through. My underwear was wet... it was funny. The puddles in the street were at least up to our ankles. Then there was the New Jersey hotel. We had had this wonderful day at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and New York City and then we pull up to our hotel for the night... um yeah no! there was NO WAY I was staying at that place.

but for now I am done talking. I am hungry and I need to eat something...

I love you all and hope you weren't too bored by my random anecdotal blog..

Love Maren :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The stages of Awkwardosis

Ok, here you go. Before I go back to finishing that huge project I have, I decided, with the help of my drooly assistant (just kidding he's not drooling) to clarify the stages of awkwardness and then I plan on commenting on a few other little details..


Stage 1: Awkward- Patient's breathing levels are normal, heart rate is normal with little to no outward signs of mental trauma.


Stage 2: Awkwaard- Patient's breathing levels still normal, heart rate is slightly raised with slight eyebrow raise indicating that patient is beginning to leave comfort zone


Stage 3: Aawkwaaard- Patient's breathing levels have increased resembling mild hyperventilation, heart rate has begun to pound in patient's chest. Comfort zone has been completely breached and patient has arrived at a new mental level of shock and fear.


Stage 4 (danger zone): AAAwKwaaaard- Patient has begun hyperventilation; with each passing minute, mental trauma is wiping away brain cells resulting in permanent brain damage. Patient begins to exhibit shell shock common of combat soldiers. Patient MUST seek medical care immediately in order to reverse adverse effects of said traumatic situation (trip to Mallard's may reduce symptoms and slow spread of trauma).

*note: if symptoms persist or reoccur, remove patient from awkward situations and arrange consultation with a clown.*


Kristine- I still think of the night when I went to Jack in the Box and ate a bacon cheeseburger with a shake and fries. It still makes me happy. Love Austin...

I miss geocaching! Oh man, that was super fun. I wonder if they have any at UW. You guys might have to come down during the spring with the baby and find out.

By the way, it is BEAUTIFUL here today in Bellingham. I think it is about 50 degrees!

ok, back to work!!

love Maren :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

FORE!!

So I am posting this right now because I have class as 5:30 and I need to eat something.

I guess I have not much to say except that I have been crazy busy and I am sorry that my blog is REALLY boring. If only, if only, the woodpecker sighed, the bark on the trees was as soft as the sky...

sorry. I am really random and movie quotes are something that I am good at pulling out of my hat. Although i must admit that Austin is probably better. Now if any of you can name that movie, I will be very impressed. Or maybe I just live in a hole and don't think that any of you get out much.... hmmmm

Today I took a math test and I don't think it went very well, however, I am extremely grateful that I was calm about it because my friend sitting next to me was so nervous. He even emailed me after class to make sure that he got one of the problems right... poor kid. Little does he know that he is sooo much better off than I am. Oh well. I guess we'll see tomorrow how I did. Which reminds me, I have to go to class..

Love you all and have a wonderful night! Remember, they (those people who say a lot of things (name that reference! I dare you)) can't take away your life... and in the end, there are more important things... most of the time. I guess it depends on what you are dealing with..


AHHH brain dump!
sorry.

Maren :)

O_o

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What a day!

SO, today. yeah... what a good one. I guess that when you don't do enough homework over the course of the quarter you have to make it up someday. For the record, I did do quite a lot of work this week. Well today I worked hard and now I have a headache. Which is quite a feat because I didn't start getting headaches until my senior year. I think that's ironic... Isn't senior supposed to be the fun one.

Oh, just so you don't all think that I hate my life, or that this year hasn't been fun, I really do love my life. This year, as I predicted, is fun so far. I love learning to deal with stress but sometimes, i am tired and done. Not to say that I am done or tired right now. I'm babbling. sorry. I just am trying to say that I know that the Lord has blessed me so much and I have nothing to complain about.

Ok. so we are watching "the Bachelor." It's an old movie with Chris O'Donnell and Rene Zellweger. I's actually quite hillarious and charming.

Ok. Yeah. I gotta go.

Love you all,
Maren :[]

I kind of want some chips, but i don't because my headache will get worse...

k really. I am gonna do some more homework. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Oberon Winley

Fell into the water and for five minutes his colleagues yelled at him. Like that's really going to help. (movie... if you can name it, I'll... give you a hug the next time I see you... which could be a long time)

Tonight for Young Women's we had a dessert competition. The Laurels made Julia Mumford's chocolate trifle which is TO-DIE-FOR. Even ask my mother who cannot eat chocolate. If you would like the recipe let me know and I will ask Julia. Tom, her husband was mad at me because he is also in Young Mens and had to come up with a dessert too but I thought of it two weeks before him. hahaha, the power of thought. Sometimes I love being witty... well whenever I can be :)

I'm at that point in my schooling where I have so much to do but I can't remember the urgency of it until it is too late. So now I have to remember that all of my homework is urgent. The question is, which way do I prioritize them?

So my new glasses are really fun, but I have to use them a lot at night now. The new contacts do not like my eyes as long as the other kind did. But, the point of the story is that my eyelashes hit the lenses if they are too close to my face and so I have to wear them like a granny. So I either feel like a huge nerd or a granny. Yaay! I do love being able to see though.

Ok, I must go to bed now or do hw. I think bed sounds like a better idea. I hate wanting to stay up late yet having to wake up so early... Kristine you know what I'm talkin about!!!

Ok really. Goodnight!

Love Maren :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Quick, Quick quick

little shout out to all my Australia fans!!!

:):):)::):):):):):):):):):):)):):)

Don't feel bad if you haven't been able to procure it, I am sitting here in my bedroom on my bed listening to everyone else watch it upstairs. Stupid homework. :(

But rest assured that I will be watching it on Friday evening (at least I think I'm invited) if you would like to come let me know :)

Ok, as much as I really want to talk to you all (and you know that I do, like really it's been one of those days) I need to get to homework.

Love Maren :)

p.s. even though I'm "doing" homework, you can call ;)

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Werewolf is alive!!!

So, if you read Alex and Kristine's blog you'll know that Alex and Kristine's werewolf baby is alive. We've decided that it will be a werewolf because both Alex and K have really dark hair. It's a good thing!

So I should be doing homework and I am about to go do that.

Tomorrow, Australia comes out and I will own it.

ok. back to hw~

love Maren :)>

haha my smiley face has a goatee!! :)>

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Laura, her name was Laura

That was a random quote from the movie JUST LIKE HEAVEN. Good movie.

GUESS WHAT???!!! AUSTRALIA comes out on Tuesday!! I am soooooooooooooooo excited. The only thing is, we have to get it cleaned up before we can buy it. Oh my goodness, that is such a good movie. I think that it is my favorite at this point.

Living right next to an airport I see a lot of airplanes flying in an out. A few minutes ago I looked out my window and what did I see? Popcorn popping on the apricot tree. Spring had brought me such a nice surprise. Popcorn popping right before my eyes. I could take an armful and make a treat, a popcorn ball that would smell so sweet. It wasn't really so, but it seemed to me, popcorn popping on an apricot tree. ok sorry, I had to. Really, I saw an airplane flying out of Bellingham and I decided that I wanted to run away. Sometimes I am content and ready to live my normal life and sometimes I want to be at my Grandma's house in Seattle and sometimes, I just want to be away. I think you all know what i'm talking about. So today, its actually a mix between wanting to be away and being content. I have a lot to do but I know that it will all be ok in the end. In the end, all the stuff that I deal with on a daily basis will not actually matter.

Ok enough complaining or being weird or whatever. I must go eat or watch a movie or write a letter or something. :)

don't you love how confused I am?

Love you all always and I hope you know that (even the people that I don't actually know who read this blog, thanks for reading!)

love Mar3n :)

Trust in the Lord and he will never lead you astray.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Where's Maren?


I bet you can't guess where I am right NOW?!

My new future home. The UW institute building. So far the trip has been somewhat successful. 1. eat lunch- check. That has been accomplished. 2. Find Jason a wife- uncheck. I showed him who she was, but they were never introduced. I guess that just means that he will have to come here for school. 3. Tour UW campus- check. I even went to the scholarship office, too bad I am a white female... there is nothing for me.

So anyways, now Jason and I are just going to chillout here until I decide to call Jenna or she calls me or something and then go eat dinner and hang out. I figure that I can get some homework done while I'm here. Well, maybe once I put this computer away. Computers are really bad for me. Their addictive, if i open it and start looking at stuff early on in the day, I will never get off. I just jump from site to site waiting for something to happen. So that's why I have to limit myself to getting on only in the afternoon or after some amount of my homework is done. And seeing as how I haven't done any homework yet, I need to get off the computer.

Ok, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! And for anyone calling me and giving me good news about their life (you know who you are) I am so excited for you. This is going to be a good year, like I said at the beginning of it.

Ciao!!! or bye, or see you later.

love you all

Maren :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Anxiousness and Snow

It's snowing here! Yaay, who woulda thunk that it would snow here this week. It was like 50 degrees yesterday. Ok, i really need to go do some homework. I know this is a super lame post but i have a busy night.

However, i did take a power nap today which was WONDERFUL...

like amazing.

I'll talk to you later!

Maren :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Guess what?


I totally got new glasses today. Aren't they cute?

Austin said that they look like Twilight on glasses. Lame Austin.

p.s. Matt, your blog won't let me comment....

I have a lot of homework to do now. I have NO desire to do it and I am really distracted today. I woke up in a REALLY weird mood. Like super weird. So if I seem off, it's not you at all, it's all me.

But on the plus side, the Lord loves me because I got an 'A' on the history test that I was worried about all last week!! How does that happen!!

Ok well, hopefully I will see you all really soon.

Love Maren :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

You know whats amazing?

Grilled Turkey and cheese on super healthy bread and roasted red pepper tomato soup.

You know what's even better?

Being done with midterms...

YES. I survived!!!

Now, to finish up all of my unfinished ends. Making cookies to finish bribes. yaay.

I hope you all have a really good weekend.

I'm sure that you'll hear from me again this weekend.

love Maren

ps What kind of things make you happy?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

meltdowns


today i have had more than two meltdowns today. Maren keeps saying it's puberty but i don't believe her. i feel like everybody's mad at me in some way. ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

YAAY

YAAY for Faith.

1/2 of my big assignment is done!

I really need to go to bed. I will kick myself in the morning for this one.

so, here goes.

here is a poem that I had to write last year for English. I just decided today that I needed to put it on here. Don't make fun of my primitive (to say the least) poetic abilities...

p.s. I am putting myself on the line here.

My Family
Beginning with two, no three, now four!
How did six enter into our door?
Four children two dogs, then one now three
How did we allow this insanity?
A moment of weakness welcomed these friends
It has only just begun, it will never end.
Can we add one more to this tight little bunch?
I’ll take her, I love her, we can all scrunch!
I made a mistake by adding that one
Not on her character, she is way fun
But the two must go and start and zoo of their own
With three left at home and three on four legs
And such a small space being home was the dregs
But not without laughter and stitches at our side
The winter was not too bad to abide
Sometimes though, one has to grow up
Was that a tear I saw? Or just a hiccup?
How sad was that day when “he” went away
Only to call on the occasional Holiday
With despair in our heart we pulled away from the gate
Only a minute later to predict his soul mate
Things change when you’re building a house
The new had not been inhabited by even a mouse
Well actually a cat made our new home its burrow
With mush persuasion and tuna our brows did furrow
But let’s get back on track
After installing a few clothes racks
We moved into our beautiful new box
Not wanting to scratch it like a fox
Sadly the time comes when three becomes two
Gladly I did not have that job to do
The moment I realized was extremely bittersweet
But honestly now it has been a treat
Family life has been all I’ve ever known
Through its ups and downs I have grown
In and out, up and down, ebb and flow, cut and grow
Families are sweet and I love mine to death
I hope one day all will experience my living breath.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Round 4

I'm going to change the game a little bit. I don't want to give in to Matt's "you must win... I'll delete the post so you can win..."

So now....

15 reasons why you should start dating Jason Huggins

1. because you will get free meals
2. because he is healthy looking
3. he has a car
4. he is the EQP
5. he's half Asian
6. he's pretty chill
7. he's in school
8. he has no social life and needs one
9. he has scholarships
10. he went to Japan on his mission
11. he is hygienically inclined
12. when you say jump, he jumps high
13. he know how to play chess
14. he has free time in the evenings (definitely available)
15. he can help people with their homework

HA,

now we are up-ing the ante. Poor Jason, but let's be honest he asked for it when he suggested this ridiculous game.


Tonight I made the best pie (toot toot!) yes, that was me tooting my own horn. I am amazed that it turned out so well. Yesterday I went on a date (gasp! i know) and it was really fun. We ate and then went to an improv theatre which was...... interesting. It was funny at times but all I can say is that Matt owes me. But the best part was when during the last skit thingy they asked for someone who was on a date to come up and play a game. So they re-enacted their first date and if the guy did something that would really happen, the girl would ring the bell and if he did something that wouldn't happen she would blow the clown horn. Same with the girl actress. So then they fast fowarded to a year and a half later to going to the Upfront. The actor guy started acting like he was going to propose and then he said, "I think that you can do this much better" to the actual guy. So then he kneeled down and started to propose to her and luckily she said yes. But it was great. The moment that we all realized that he was actually going to propose, the oos and aaahs started. It was super cute. I can't even explain to you how ridiculously amazing it is to be able see someone get proposed to. But, like I told Matt, I would be soooo ticked if someone embarrased me like that. Oh man, it would be a very bad thing.

well...

we are watching the Father of the Bride. I love it. I can't wait to see what my dad does whenever I get married. I'm pretty sure that my mother will have to talk him off the edge. It will be funny to watch, unless it makes me sad. But hopefully it will be good. (yeah owen!!!) jk. don't ask. that was just a shout out to my family. ok well. i am going to go read more blogs and/or watch the movie.

love you all!

Maren :)

p.s. I would love to. but I have to be able to do my homework. :)