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Adventures of the Week 10/25/15

Everything goes up in flames.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic when I say everything went up in flames. It was actually just a bag of popcorn. However, I was really super tired that day. All I wanted to do was curl up on my couch with a nice bag of popcorn and watch Japanese drama (I found out there’s a second season of Mischievous Kiss!).  But our house has a sketch microwave. Not just sketch. It is straight up evil. And the microwave was so determined to ruin my night of relaxation that it set my bag of popcorn on fire. Like actually on fire.

I know what you’re thinking. Kyra, I’m sure you just left the popcorn in too long. After all, microwaves are generally very friendly as far as appliances go (not like toaster friendly, but friendly). Wrong! The popcorn wasn’t even in the microwave long enough to start popping when it caught fire. At any rate that happened and so I just quit and went to bed and didn’t even watch any Mischievous Kiss 2.

Burned popcorn. What it looks like...

Burned popcorn. What it looks like…

What it feels like.

What it feels like.

I’m exceptionally good at walking in heels.

Once upon a time there was a long series of miscommunications that resulted in me and my roommate making a 26 minute trek to church. Because my logic is often warped, I decided it would somehow be easier to walk that distance in heels than to go upstairs and change into a pair of flats.

Things were progressing nicely when we came across a sign that said the sidewalk was closed ahead. And we just assumed it was lying, because when is the sidewalk really ever closed? But this one was actually closed for a reason that had to do with the sidewalk actually not being there and just a bunch of gravel and loose dirt instead. But the important part of this story is that my roommate and I are totally rebels who walk on closed sidewalks.

Some football games are more interesting than others.

Yesterday I went to the last BYU football game that I will ever go to as a student. Which is a little weird, as I’ve only ever missed one home game in the six years I’ve lived here. It was nice that we won, but the game wasn’t exactly a nail biter. I’m not going to say that the game was boring but…

  • We were so far ahead that we put in our third-string quarterback to get him some playing time. And then we put in our fourth-string, because why not.
  • One of the highlights of the game was a reviewed call where we turned on “Keep Your Head Up” and sang it to the other team.
  • We started cheering when the opposing team got a touchdown because good for them. And then subsequently blocked the extra point kick.

My musical horizons are broader than I expected.

My photography major roommate was doing this assignment where she had to make an album cover for the Ramones. So she was playing some of their music for inspiration and “I Wanna be Sedated” came on. Apparently I know the song because I was able to sing along. I’m not really sure why I knew the words, because I don’t actually listen to punk rock songs about drugs very often, I don’t think. My best guess is that the song was on my dad’s workout playlist, which a very eclectic compilation of music that he likes to play really loudly.

Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “One night he wakes, strange look on his face. Pauses, then says ‘You’re my best friend.’ And you knew what it was. He is in love.”

“And I won’t be far from where you are if ever you should call. You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all. But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you, this is what I have to do.” Where I Stood, Missy Higgins

“I know beyond a doubt my heart will lead me there soon. We’ll meet beyond the shore. We’ll kiss just as before. Happy we’ll be beyond the sea and never again I’ll go sailing.” Beyond the Sea Bobby Darrin

“You keep seeing double with the wrong one. And you can’t see I love you. You can’t see she doesn’t. But you just keep holding on.” There’s Your Trouble, Dixie Chicks

Adventures of the Week 10/18/15

A graphic representation of a Japanese drama

This week I finished watching my very first ever Japanese drama. I have to say, I really loved it in all it’s outrageous glory. The series is called イタズラなKISS ~Love in Tokyo. In English, that would be Mischievous Kiss. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? For those of you who have never experienced a Japanese drama, I’ve made the following graphs to help you better understand what it is like.

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Also this chart:

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So yeah. If you can get over the fact that the premise is kind of silly (A meteor destroys the main character’s house so she has to go live with her father’s best friend, who she somehow never realized was actually the father of the man she’s in love with) and also that most of the plot is silly, it’s really very enjoyable. I’m not being sarcastic. I love this show. I mean, look how kawaii (cute) it is:

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I love bread

Or should I say I loaf bread? I am about to let you in on one of the best kept secrets of Provo. There is a bakery that is closed on Sundays, and because they’re closed Sundays everything is half-off on Saturday nights. And if you hang around long enough they’ll give you bread. As you can see, we’re all very excited about it.

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I’m pretty sure I did things this week other than watch Japanese drama and eat bread. But I’m kinda getting sick and I can’t really remember any of it. Actually, 7 of the 9 people in my house have been really sick this weekend. Which is too many. So I’m going to call it quits on this blog post and disinfect my entire house and hope that I don’t get any sicker than I already am.

Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “In the middle of the night waking from this dream, I wanna feel you by my side standing next to me.”

Other lyrics I like this week:

“Hey baby look at me go from zero to hero. You better take it from a geek like me. Well I can save you from unoriginal dum-dums.” Geek in the Pink, Jason Mraz

“But she used to have a carefree mind of her own and a devilish look in her eye. Saying ‘You can call me anything you like, but my name is Veronica.'” Veronica, Elvis Costello

“Cause honey your soul could never grow old. It’s evergreen. And baby your smile’s forever in my mind and memory.” Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Adventures of the Week 10/11/15

In which I get really angry about cleaning checks

As fair warning, this will be a rant. Feel free to skip to the next section if you do not want to hear the tirade.

Cleaning checks are always inconvenient. Always. I do like that the house gets cleaned well once a month. Except I think that in a normal household, chores should be spaced out. Like one day you do the vacuuming and another day you do the dusting or whatever. Rather than cleaning literally EVERYTHING in one day.

This is the story how I spent seven hours cleaning on Monday and still failed cleaning checks. Excuse me, but do I look like I’m somebody who has seven hours to devote to cleaning? Because I assure you, I am not. I’m a reasonably clean person, and I don’t mind really stringent cleaning for checkouts. But seven hours for one mid-semester cleaning check feels a little like overkill. I also had an issue called the bathroom sink broke and was leaking everywhere and it’s really hard to clean the bathroom with the sink is broken and leaking everywhere. Because the cleaning check wasn’t already painful enough.

Also, the managers didn’t even come to check when they said they were going to. Instead they showed up as we were trying to socialize. Which I think is incredibly disrespectful of my time. And then I failed because I didn’t use magic eraser on the bathtub. So I walked to the store the next day (which I didn’t have time to do, but whatever) and bought a magic eraser so I could get the bathtub clean for re-check. At which point it was discovered that actually the bathtub is just discolored because it’s probably 50 years old.

Shawarma is great. BYU’s third string quarterback, not so much.

I went with some other grad students to eat shawarma. Because we obviously had nothing more productive to do. Actually we just needed a break from the more productive things. And then there was the football game this weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game that we won that was more painful to watch. But, hey. We won. So yay!

I should not play poker.

Friday I went to a swanky mocktail party. It was cool. Like Gatsby cool, but without multiple deaths. People were all dressed up and drinking really yummy drinks. We played some Texas Hold ‘Em. I was really bad at it.

I took a selfie before I left and my sister said it’s her new favorite picture of me, so I guess I’ll include it here.

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Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “It’s a roller coaster kind of rush. And I never knew I could feel that much, and that’s the way I loved you.”

“Lately I’ve been I’ve been losing sleep. Thinking about the things that we could be.” Counting Stars, One Republic

“And I wonder if you’ll always, always, always be blue. Or if someday, you will find someone who loves you. Oh, Little Miss Blue tell you what I’m gonna do. If you’ll give me a chance, if you’ll just give me a chance I’ll really love you.” Little Miss Blue, Dion

“When I’m tired and thinking cold, I hide in my music, forget the day. And dream of a girl I used to know I closed my eyes and she slipped away.” More Than a Feeling, Boston

Adventures of the Week 10/4/15

My thoughts are a little scattered this week, so I’m going to be using bullet points, rather than my normal format.

  • I’ve been into bubble gum lately, so I bought some last time I was at the store. It was really disappointing though because it didn’t taste very good or blow very big bubbles. Also it’s stickier than normal gum and mostly makes a mess of everything.
  • I sort of semi-intentionally ended up with a tub of fried rice. It’s that college student, can’t-turn-down-free-food mentality. I’m hoping my roommates eat some of it because I don’t like it that much. Like my homemade fried rice is better.
  • Last night I watched Footloose for the first time. It was great. I also watched Legally Blonde for the first time. I think it is my new favorite chick flick.
  • My whole boy band discovery adventure was going well until I encountered Boys II Men. And I just…What the?
  • I made myself a playlist of 00s music. I hadn’t thought of myself as a particularly angsty teenager, but my music would suggest that I was.
  • I discovered J Drama. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s a lot like anime. Except live action. MIND BLOWN. In other news, I think I accidentally became sort of otaku.
  • The genitive case isn’t so bad. If you read last week’s post, you know I was sort of freaking out about it.
  • I spontaneously bought a kimono. Because I could, I guess. I make strange life choices when I’m tired.
This is a picture of me holding my copy of the journal that published my article on women in comics. It's kinda cool.

This is a picture of me holding my copy of the journal that published my article on women in comics. It’s kinda cool.

Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “Your name has echoed through my mind and I just think you should, think you should know that nothing safe is worth the drive.”

Other lyrics I like this week:

“It’s my own desire. It’s my own remorse. Help me to decide. Help me make the most of freedom and of pleasure. Nothing ever lasts forever.” Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears

“I thought I’d forget you, but I guess I forgot to. And lately I’ve been too confused to think. When I reach for someone new. It’s like I’m touching you.” I Can Still Feel You, Collin Raye

“Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken? Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong. Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance, five-hour phone conversation? The best soy latte that you ever had and me.” Drops of Jupiter, Train