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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 4

*WARNING this might be long... I think I have a lot on my mind or something, or I just talk a lot, take your pick*


After the new year, I had a list of things that I wanted to get in the habit of doing. Of course the list was long, but some of them had to do with my physical appearance.

#1- Making an effort in getting ready in the morning = hair, make up & cute outfit. Check.

#2- Start exercising again. Check.

#3- Whiten teeth again. Check.

#4- Start wearing my retainer again so my teeth to go back to being crooked…. Unchecked! I went to put them on again the other night and the bottom and top retainers DID NOT FIT! Uh oh! Has it been that long since I have worn them? I swear I have gone long periods of time before without wearing them and still have been able to put them on. They really will not fit at all anymore. Can I blame that on fillings? Umm…. Should I get new ones? Dang it!


In the past 5 months I have had an unusual amount of nightmares. I hate it, I wake up feeling terrible. Either people are making fun of me and making me want to cry, or people are chasing me and trying to kill me. Either way…. I wake up with my heart racing and feeling down. Does this happen to anyone else? I figure I am not normal. The only thing so far that I have found helps me is falling asleep to classical music. Any other ideas?


Every week during sacrament meeting (during the talks) I make origami cranes out of the programs. I have been doing this every week for the last few months. I make as many as I can from when the talks start to when they end. My speed has improved a lot over the months. There are a group of girls that sit next to me many Sunday’s that find it amusing. They can tell when I start to get low on paper and will hand me programs or whatever they can find to keep me going. Don’t worry, I still listen to the talks. In fact… I think it helps me to pay attention. Kind of like when I used to knit in my college classes. (my professors actually thought it was awesome because it was a “lost art”). Anyway… after I make as many as I can make, I leave them there for the next ward to find. I wonder if people in that ward wonder who makes the origami cranes every week. If I were to find those in church every week… I would think it was awesome. Maybe it is just me. This last week I made a flock out of 3 programs and half of a calendar. It was impressive. But I was caught. Later that night at ward prayer, the 1st counselor in the Bishopric came up to me and asked me if I was the one making the cranes in church. I confessed. He said he gathered them all up and handed them out. He thought they were neat. So I guess I wasn’t in trouble… but… I hope the next ward was not disappointed to not see any cranes that week. I am not giving up. I will make more next time. "An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family." So… really, I want a wish…. And the next ward should be honored that I am leaving them paper cranes, because I want them to get a wish too, and have a long happy life. Ha ha.


My good friend Rob has been in the ward as long as I have. In that time we have formed a couple traditions. We give each other bird hugs and we watch 80’s classic movies together. Recently we watched “The Dark Crystal”, “Willow” and “The Goonies”. It has been a couple of years when we started (took a year break because we were both dating someone) so we have decided to re-watch a couple, including “The Never Ending Story” which we watched on Monday after FHE. I loved this movie as a kid. Still love it. The music rocks! I remember pretending to ride around on Artax ( the horse) as a kid while I sang the awesome synthesizer tunes from the movie. I also love how dramatic Bastian is about reading the book. Well, towards the end of the movie, Bastian finds out in order to save Fantasia and the Childlike Empress, he has to give the Empress a new name. Earlier he says if he were to choose the new name, he already knew what he would pick, his mom’s name (his mom died) because supposedly she has a beautiful name. He just never says what it is. So when it comes time for him to yell out his chosen name to save Fantasia, my entire life and all the times I have watched this movie… I have never been able to figure out what name he calls out. This has always bugged me. I brought it up while we watched this part. Another friend that was there suggested that we just put the subtitles on to figure it out. DUH! Why did I never think of this before!? So we rewind the scene and put on the subtitles.

Me: “I have been waiting my whole life to know what name he calls out. I’m so excited”

**Movie continues**

Me: “Here it comes!!!”

** movie continues, Bastian yells out the name, at that point, the subtitles stop, and then continue after he is done yelling the name**

Me: “WHAT?!!! The people who put in the subtitles couldn't even understand it enough to put it in! I was so excited to finally find out. Guess I will never know.”

So Rob ends up on Google to search for the answer. Wikapedia gives us an answer. The name that he yells out is Moon Child. What? No way. This is the first time I don’t believe Wikapedia and look for a second opinion. Nate, another friend that stayed to watch the movie suggests looking up the screenplay. I google the screenplay of the movie. Found it. We go to the script for that part of the movie. Indeed… “Moon Child” is the name that he gives to the Childlike Empress to save Fantasia. I was disappointed. All I can say is…. His mother must have been a big time hippy.


6 comments:

Desiree said...

I'm sorry your retainers don't fit anymore. I never had braces, so I'm not sure what you should do.
I'm sorry you're still having nightmares. I'm glad the classical music is working. I know we've talked about it and I think you've tried all my other ideas...
That is so funny you and Rob are watching all old 80's movies. He's great. And that is the DUMBEST name they could've chosen for the name to be in "The Never Ending Story". It has been FOREVER since I've watched that but I always thought the child princess was so pretty and would wear necklaces on my forhead. :)

Katie H. said...

The story about the cranes was hilarious!

Dallas and Kirsten said...

I haven't been on blogger at all for the past few days and when I read your past few posts there were so many things I wanted to comment on!! This one is my favorite though and I just have to say that I LOVE the fact that you have been trying to figure out what the kid yells in Never Ending Story!! I had totally forgotten about that and also, had no clue what was yelled. Thanks for letting us know!
Also, I have nightmares ALL the TIME! I hate it, but my mom told me from a young age that those with the most creative minds have nightmares. She was probably just trying to make me feel better :) I still to this day have nightmares from Jurassic Park...nothing like the clicking of claws while raptors chase you around!!

jamie hixon said...

a) I didn't know about the connection between cranes and wish granting, cool. You probably have at least two wishes saved up already.
b) I taught myself to knit during general conference one year, and I felt like I could focus on the talks way more. Maybe something to do with women being good at multi-tasking?
c) The Neverending Story is such a Mills family classic. I would have never guessed "Moon Child" from what he yells.

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Nicole said...

Can you teach me how to make a paper crane so I can have a wish???? Prety please?