Blizzard

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white-out!

The snow from the West has finally reached Utah Valley, and at 3 o-clock today, BYU campus was closed.  The last message I got said the basketball game was still on…but pretty positive it’s been post-poned by now.  Luckily most classes were finished by 3, and lots of people were already packing up to leave for home.  Flights have been canceled, though a few students still treked to Salt Lake as soon as possible.  I’ve made it safe, and so did a sister of mine, but let’s hope everyone else made it too.

Let’s get ready for a white Thanksgiving.  I think I just might be signing off for the next few days, unless I feel the urge to write about Creamery Ice Cream…it’s pretty amazing, just saying. 

-Sariah

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Rival Week

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Yep, they're wrapped and ready. Let's beat those Utes!

It’s rival week at BYU and they’ve covered all the statues in plastic wrap.  I hear it’s to deter pranks from University of Utah (U of U).  The big BYU vs. U of U football game is this Saturday and I’m sure lots of people are excited.  I’m not a big football fan, but don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the sport, I just like basketball a little more, and I’m a wimp when it comes to hanging out in the cold on metal bleachers for 3 hours.  No, I prefer 2 1/2 hours of “B! Y! U! COUGARS!” “AIR BALL” and “YOU’VE GOT SWATTED” just a little more.

In other news, classes end for the Thanksgiving break tomorrow, and by 5 PM I’ll be out of here and on my way home.  Only two more weeks of classes after turkey day and then it’s Finals and Christmas.  I’m sooo ready for a break.

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Dear Stranger

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Sal and I were working in the WILK today, when a table busser found a bunch of notes stashed in a plexiglas flyer holder on the table.  She handed two of them to me and I stuck them in my pocket for later.  In the office we pulled out the notes and found 2 letters addressed “Dear Stranger” and “Dear 1st and 2nd Strangers”.  The busser must have kept one because we only had letters from the 1st and 3rd strangers.  I read them aloud:

Letter #1

“Tomorrow I’m going to see Harry Potter which seemed like a good idea at the time, but now my roommate wants us to get in line at 3 pm, which is a bit extreme if you ask me. And that doesn’t give me any time to get into my costume or do my homework or buy candy. Plus, standing in the cold for NINE HOURS doesn’t really appeal to me.”

Letter #2

“Well, the 2nd stranger was right-this is very exciting to me. Actually, it’s made my day. So, 1st stranger, even if it isn’t going to work out with your boyfriend, I’m still glad you dated him because it led to him being a goob which led to you writing an anonymous letter which led to me reading it and getting all excited. I’m a romantic you see, so things like secret letter writing really floats my boat.”

These are only excerpts, I was going to type the rest, but they’re pretty long.  The first letter references dating troubles and Harry Potter, while the second talks about “Strangers #1 and #2”, responds to the dating troubles, and predicts the third stranger:

“Next stranger: I’m guessing you’re a senior majoring in biology, hoping to get in to Med School. Blonde, 5′ 10″, and secretly in love with Taylor Swift music.  And you have a dog.”

My favorite quote from letter #2 reads:

“To the 2nd stranger: I’m am thoroughly glad I sat by you. I actually hesitated to do so because you were writing a letter and I thought about how horrible I would feel if I spilled my water on it. Also, I must admit that I peeked and saw “Dear Stranger” written on the top and I was instantly curious. I could hardly believe my eyes when you left it behind with the label “Read Me”.”

Maybe I should leave a “Dear Stranger”.

-Sariah

ps-BYU beat Utah State in basketball last night. Loved it. GO COUGS!!

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Synthesis and Combos

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Central Avenue Jazz Festival

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Good morning Susan.  They put up stockings in the window of the corner market today; The South End Market.  The BYU jazz big band, Synthesis, is playing tonight, and I only wish that I could go.  They’re fantastic and full of talented musicians.

I’ve been working on a story lately about a jazz combo from BYU.  They auditioned and got into a Jazz Academy for this summer, 5 of them total.  One plays the sax and violin even.  I wish they had a name so I could call them by it, as opposed to the jazz combo, but they’ll figure one out eventually, and I’ll let you know when it happens.

BYU has several jazz bands and a combo program where students create combos, practice twice a week and then come together each Friday to listen to each other play.  They cover any kind of jazz they like, and just sitting in on a Friday session is like going to a world class concert.  Love it.  I listened to some of my friends play a little while ago, and really really wish I could listen to Synthesis tonight.

I don’t know, there’s just something incredible about jazz: The rhythm of the bass, drums, and piano, that sax in the background, trumpets, and vocals here and there.  Ah, so good.  There was a little group playing in the Wilk today during lunch time.  Piano, bass, drums, and a trumpet.  I really don’t know what I’d do without jazz.

You can check out the jazz combo that got into the academy on BYU Weekly this coming Sunday.  Oh and here’s last week’s episode, I think I promised it in a previous post, yeah the one on True Blue Tuesdays, the story’s at the end:

http://www.byutv.org/watch/173-524

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Golden leaves and sprinklets of snow

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You thought I’d never post…ok so I’m totally late for “today” seeing how it’s already tomorrow; but I do have a couple thoughts on Brigham Young college living before heading off to bed:

When I think back on today, I remember walking to class, writing a paper in the early morning, answering a questionnaire, more class, a statistics lab, dinner, and work.  Yep, a pretty basic day.  Nothing too exciting.  Though I did enjoy ice cream at the end of FHE: Family Home Evening, but I think I’ll wait for another day to go into that topic.

I’d have to say the best part of today was walking home in a silent night.  The trees’ leaves shone gold in the light of the street lamps and the air was chilled.  Small sprinklets of rain fell on my face and I noticed that the clouds were the perfect shape and consistency for snow, it just wasn’t cold enough.  You come to know what snow clouds look like after living here for a year or so.  You also come to love autumn leaves and learn what it’s like to play in them; since North Western leaves are usually full of slimy slugs.  It was a good walk home, and I liked how silent it was.  Provo’s a pretty quiet college town once you hit 10 PM.

-Sariah

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Cell-reception

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The definite upside of hanging out in the JFSB basement though, is leaving: not only because you've been in there forever, but also the endless amount of little text message and voicemail beeps that bleep all out of your precious little communication device as you climb up the stairs and into the real world.

Did we beat those Fresno Bulldogs last night?  Heck yes we did!!  The game was great and I was happy.  The breakdancer half-time show was even more exciting, and we all ate ice cream afterwards to celebrate, or more just because we like ice cream…

Apparently there was a boy scout jubilee on campus today, which explains why the sidewalks and corners were scattered with kids in uniform-cute.  I personally spent most of the day in the dungeons of the JFSB (Joseph Fielding Smith Building) working.  If there’s one thing everyone knows about the basement of the JFSB, it’s that cell-reception is hardly a possibility.  Maybe if you’re stand on the West side by an elevator, or just beside the doors to the East, but anywhere else and your phone is in “power save” mode; which is very practical for the phone, but definitely impractical for receiving calls and messages.

The definite upside of hanging out in the JFSB basement though, is leaving: not only because you’ve been in there forever, but also the endless amount of little text message and voicemail beeps that bleep all out of your precious little communication device as you climb up the stairs and into the real world.

On the other hand, downsides equal entering the JFSB basement when it’s light outside, and leaving when it’s dark…talk about depressing.  One sunny Saturday, practically wasted.

-Sariah

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BYU basketball homegame opener. YES!

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It's going to be awesome.

BYU basketball is amazing, and a season only comes once a year…though that’s probably why they call it a season.  The homegame opener is TONITE, and I’m totally stoked.  Got a bunch of free tickets from a booth in the WILK this afternoon, after I changed my facebook profile and status of course, to advertise for the game, but hey, there’s few sports I jump up and down for, and basketball’s one of them.  I mean Cougar athletics are always a blast, but basketball’s what really gets me pumped.  Tonight’s a whiteout game, which means that everyone’s going to be wearing white.  I just love the energy of 22,700 people all packed into one arena.  The music, the cheers, the rattling of keys-and we better hear some of THAT by the end of tonight.  You’re going down Fresno!!  You’re going DOWN!

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BYU Silly Bands and True Blue Tuesdays

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BYU silly bands -they're out of this world

Sometimes you really suck at accounting, or you just haven’t been studying.  But all in all you’ve got to remember that you did get into BYU, and college period, which, in the words of my roommate means, “you don’t suck at school”.  OK, OK, you’re right Janie, and on the upside dinner last night, turned out awesome.  I’m in this thing called a dinner group.  It’s pretty sweet.  There’s 12 of us and we get together every night, Monday through Thurs to share in the goodness of home-cooked meals.  I love it cause I don’t have to cook every night, and I get to hang with some friends before diving back into the books-diving? right…at least that’s my intention.

As far as BYU Silly Bands and True Blue Tuesdays go though, yesterday, wait, the day before…was True Blue Tuesday.  It’s this new event that comes up every Tuesday.  The idea behind it is getting students to show their spirit every week on campus.  For sure we all dress up for Football and basketball games, but what about just for fun?  Out of our in-conquerable cougar blue spirit?

So they give out a prize every Tuesday to students in blue.  This week’s prize was a BYU Silly Band.  You know those crazy rubber bracelets all the kids are wearing these days?  That’s right, they made one that says, “BYU”.  I did a story on it for BYU Weekly this week.  Check it out this coming Sunday on BYUTV!

-Sariah

Find the True Blue Tuesdays story here: http://www.byutv.org/watch/173-524

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Accounting test, woot!

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Good morning cousin Susan!  I’ll definitely post again, but I just wanna say that BYU, like most other universities, requires homework, and tests, and lots of reading.  It’s super interesting, but sometimes you get really tired at 2 in the morning and fall asleep.  But I’m awake now and getting ready for one more midterm: Accounting.  Wish me luck.

Coming soon: BYU silly bands…

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Elder Ballard’s fireside

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It snowed for a little bit today and I was excited, but cold.  This Sunday was a CES (LDS Church Education System) fireside with Elder Ballard.  One of the greatest blessings that come with going to BYU, or living in or near Provo at least, is the opportunity to physically attend CES firesides in the BYU Marriott Center.  They happen every few months or so and are often given by an apostle of the Lord.  It’s just super neat to sit in the their presence and to hear their words.

Elder Ballard spoke about preparing today to serve as leaders of the church in the future, within any capacity.  The calls will come and we can’t help if we aren’t prepared.  You can learn more for yourself by watching the broadcast here:  http://lds.org/video/ces/index.html?lang=english.

CES firesides are Sunday meetings for Young Single and Married adults within the LDS church.  Anyone of course can listen in.  They usually include a special musical number by a choir or another performer in the beginning, and are then followed by a talk or sermon by an LDS leader.

It was a great experience and I’m glad that I went!

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