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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


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 :)

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p.s. that's yogurt

Wednesday, March 18, 2009



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


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!

Maren :)


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.