Mary Kay: Awesome or Awful???

I received a call a little over a month ago informing me that I won a drawing through David's Bridal. I was so excited! SO many things ran through my mind about what I won: a gift certificate, a massage, something amazing!!! When the caller finally got to the part about telling me what I had one, she told me I won a facial and a day of pampering! Not only that, but I could bring up to 4 friends and I won a $25-$50 certificate. When I asked what the money could be used for, she said "Mary Kay." I thought "Ok, whatever. No big." So, we scheduled our appointment and whatnot.
So, I drove back up to Salt Lake with two of my friends to this appointment. We got there and had no idea where to go. So, I called the consultant, but she didn't answer her phone. Finally, we figured out where to go. We then had about 4 different ladies asking us what we were doing there and who we were waiting for. We told them the consultant's name and they had no idea where she was. After 25 minutes of waiting for this lady that clearly wasn't going to show up, another woman came in and said "I have an appointment with another lady, but you are welcome to join us." We didn't want to show and get nothing out of it, so we decided to stay. OH MY GOSH. We spent the next 2 1/2 hours listening to this poor woman talking about a million different products and trying to convince us we were unhealthy and ugly without them. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. I didn't know that the "facial" I had won was talking and sampling various cleansers and lotions for your face. And what happened to my DAY of pampering? And my $25?!
Therefore, I came to this conclusion: Mary Kay is evil and David's Bridal is dumb for supporting them. I don't really care how great they say their products are or if they are even any good because it was just a completely awkward mess and I didn't receive what I was told I won. I know I'm being a brat, but hey! I have no problem sticking with what I already use! They, at least, haven't let me down yet!!!
Here's Kami, me, and Cami trying to keep a happy face on during this boring lecture.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Hola blogger buds. So, today is my birthday. I realized, "Wow, I'm old! What have I been doing with my life?" Then it occurred to me that there has been LOTS that's happened in the last 19 years. So no worries.
Anyways, here's a good story. So, on Friday morning, I was convinced I was going to be alone this weekend because my roommate went home, one of my good friends went to his girlfriend's house this weekend, and my other besties were just busy this weekend. So, I was kinda freaking out because who wants to spend the weekend of their birthday alone?! Nobody! Well, my besties Stevie knew I was a little down and so she took me out shopping (cuz that always cheers me up.) Anyways, so after shopping, Whitney and Stevie both took me to Winger's for dinner and then we went to their apartment to watch "Confessions of a Shopaholic". In the middle of the movie, Stevie made the comment that she wanted me to give her a massage. I was totally down with that. But then she asked if we could go back to my building to pick up some lotions and oils. So, we headed back to my dorm. When I opened my door, I gasped! My room was completely decorated in birthday decorations! Balloons all over the floor, streamers hanging from the ceiling, confetti all over my bed, etc. At first, I figured that the RAs must have done it because nobody else would have a key to my locked room. It was just then when I noticed a bouquet of carnations, my favorite flower, on my pillow. I merely glanced at the card and realized, "This is Jacob's hand writing!" Then, I turned around and BAM! There he was!!! He went literally 100 miles out of his way to make my birthday special! I was touched!
We spent the rest of that evening together. We watched "Shall We Dance" and when the movie was over, we actually slow danced together ourselves. It was, needless to say, a tender moment. :) Saturday was amazing as well. Jacob and I hung out most of the day and then he took me up to Wood Hill for a drive and just to talk and have fun. When we got back to my building, there was a surprise party waiting for me! Ah, it was so awesome!!!
Its been such a great weekend because of Jacob. I feel so blessed to have a great friend like him! Nobody has ever done so much for me for my birthday. Yay!!
My room all decorated and festive

My yummy birthday cake! (Thanks Rouie!!!)

Flowers for me!! My favorite!!!

Me and Jacob :)

Happiness With a Side of Struggles

Well, I'm coming to the close of my 3rd week back at school. I've had some low points, but I've also had some great times as well. The last three weeks have been such an emotional roller coaster for me that I basically just feel like numb now.
The closest thing I can relate my experience this year so far to is white-water rafting. When you're on the river, there are some beautiful moments. The water is calm and you feel so relaxed....but when you least expect it, the water speeds up and gets all crazy. Yeah, that explains everything pretty well. Its been very rough for me, I'm not gonna lie. I'm just not like a lot of the girls I live with. They have some VERY different interests than I do. We have different personalities, life styles, and things like that which makes it more difficult to make close friends. Luckily, I still have Whitney, Stevie, Ashley, and Chris or else I'd be in BIG trouble. Its just hard because I felt SO comfortable last year and made tons of friends very quickly....but its the very opposite this year. My expectations were higher, I guess, and maybe that's why I've been struggling so much. I battle with loneliness daily and I feel homesick ALL THE TIME, especially not knowing exactly how Emmy is doing all the time. I dunno, its just very hard for me. I feel like I'm in a pretty fragile state.
Ok, enough of the pity party. No more complaining. There are some really great things this year! I take alot of my stress out in my AMAZING aerobics class. I love it SO much!!! I can just work all my stress out and I come out of that class feeling regeneraded, ready to take on the world. Another thing I like alot this year is my ward. I love my bishopric and their wives so so SO much! I wouldn't be who I am today without them and their love and influence. They are so amazing. I also really like my classes. I am taking a Dance in Culture class and I think it is such a blast! It makes me miss dancing more than anything, but it just motivates me to get back in shape and to maybe take a dance class next semester.
My number one favorite thing about being back though is without a doubt my institute class. When I'm in that class, I feel better than anywhere else in this city. I just automatically feel happy and I honestly feel like I am meant to be in that class, and that's really weird for me cuz I've never felt that way about stuff like that. I was struggling with why I'm even back here, what with my classes all being cut and such, but I honestly believe that I'm here for institute this year. Awesome, right?!
Well, I'll try to keep everyone updated better. I don't really every know what to write on here, but whatever. Its MY blog, I'll write whatever I want. :)

Peace out, home slice!