I don't have a specific house that I want. I have ideas though. Firstly, I would rather have a small house with a huge yard than the other way around. I want a comfy sized house. I want a library in that house. The walls of the library are going to be glass, or at least just have the ceiling glass. When it rains, snows, whatever the weather, I want to be able to curl up on a comfy couch with my book and be able to hear and see the rain fall on that ceiling. Watch the lightning or snow falling. There'll probably be a fireplace in there too because come on, who doesn't love falling asleep in front of a fire? I want open rooms though, rooms that meld into each other. I want a music room with sound proof walls so I can play the piano at any hour of the day without bothering people.
But that's basically all I've really thought about though for my dream house.
Can you guess?
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand of course. Well, okay I have a handful of books that are in my top, so lets say this is one of my favorite books.
Would you like some quotes? Done.
"Here are my rules: what can be done with one substance must never be done with another. No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it's made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A man doesn't borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it."
"Well, have I taught you anything? I'll tell you: I've taught you a great deal and nothing. No one can teach you anything, not at the core, at the source of it. What you're doing- it's yours not mine, I can only teach you to do it better. I can give you the means, but the aim- the aim's your own."
"When you see a man casting pearls without getting even a pork chop in return- it is not against the swine that you feel indignation. It is against the man who valued his pearls so little that he was willing to fling them into the muck and to let them become the occasion for a whole concert of grunting, transcribed by the court stenographer."
So I'm living away from home right now and the only pictures I have are the ones on my laptop. Which means I have basically no pictures from when I was a kid. Except I found this one! Welcome to 1999, Goblin Valley. I'm 8 years old and Heather is 10 and sporting overalls.
This was taken in April 2010. It took us a while to find that dang rock and make sure it was the right one. Too bad our angle is different from the first picture we took 11 years earlier.
My Favorite Movie
I was introduced to this movie near the end of 2008 by my dad, who has extremely similar tastes in movies as I do. We seem to favor a different flavor of movies and this is definitely one of them. You either love this movie, or you hate it, and those that hate it, don't really understand what they're watching or the background to making this movie. I think that's one of the reasons why I love this film so much, it's because everyone was against the film maker, no one would fund him so he sold almost everything except his house. He's had this story line in his head for 16 years and when his friend found the perfect little girl for the part, he started filming. Every place that's in this film, is real. He traveled to over 20 countries. Gorgeous cinematography.
If you grew up playing "make believe", inserting yourself into these fictional stories, you'll see all the connections in this movie.
If you watch this and don't like it, don't tell me.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was simplistic but had so much to offer. And if a book has quotes that are worth writing down, I love it that much more. Here's some of the goodness.
"They didn't know O.J. Simpson. They didn't know anyone involved in the case. Yet they gave up days and weeks of their lives, addicted to someone else's drama."
"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. They way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving other, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
"If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward."
"There are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don't respect the other person, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don't know how to compromise, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can't talk openly about what goes on between you, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don't have a common set of values in life, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike."
"And the biggest one of those values?"
"Your belief in the importance of your marriage."
I would just like to start off by saying that I love that I'm in Rexburg for this winter semester. I know, slightly ridiculous considering the weather we have here. But this is competing for my favorite semester up here and it's only been a week but it's definitely in the competition.
I love that I'm living in a house, well the basement really. There's a little lean-to shack on the side that leads down to my "apartment". There's 6 girls living upstairs, and 8 of us downstairs. Yup 8 and I love it.
I honestly lucked out this semester. I moved in knowing no one. I didn't know anyone I would be living with or anyone in the ward. But these girls just fit me so well.
Firstly they play games. Card games. Group games. Farkle. Pretty much anything. I feel like the majority of my nights here so far have involved some game or another. The guys that we've been hanging out with love the games too. It's fantastic. I don't think I've ever really lived with people who liked pulling out 5 crowns, or farkle, or egyptian ratscrew, to name a few.
Secondly we are all musically talented. I think all of us play the piano, 2 of the girls are music majors and sing in the vocal union choir, and the rest of us just love singing so there's music going on in this household.
Thirdly, a lovely number of us know and love broadway music. Especially my roommate. Can you see my joy here? When have I ever lived with anyone else who likes listening to broadway music besides my family? Never. Until now.
Fourthly we just all have so much fun with each other. We've gotten past the introductions where you try to seem like a normal, cool person and now we're in the this-is-exactly-how-weird-I-am-and-you-get-to-live-with-me phase which is hysterical.
I think my ward is going to be really good too. People seem outgoing and one of my roommies is a Sunday school teacher! She taught an amazing lesson on Sunday. I'm excited for her lessons.
I love that there are 8 of us. There's always someone to do something with, and we all like a lot of the same things. It's been neat finding time to bond with each of the girls and trying to really get to know them.
Again I think that being up here is so good for me right now. There's a lot to learn from these girls and my surroundings; night classes, online, tutoring. I just hope I can keep on top of everything. This is the first semester where I've had to specifically find time to do homework instead of being social with roommates or friends. I love it.
So I feel like I remember writing down new years resolutions but they are no where to be found. Nothing on my blog or journal for both 2009 and 2010. I have apparently been slacking on the point of making resolutions, which is to know what they are and see how you've done throughout the year. So a resolution for this new year, is to keep track of the actual resolutions I make, take notice of them throughout the year, and see how I've done when the year is up.
It's strange that 2010 is gone and done with. So many things happened and I changed so much. It's even interesting to note that the beginning and the end of the year I dated the same person. Both times I learned something new. It's funny how people affect your life. There's so much you can learn from people if you let yourself. Why does it take big, hard events in order for us to learn something and grow? I want to work on always learning from people, always growing and improving myself from the daily little things. I want to be someone that people can look at, and then want to improve some aspect of themselves. I hope I can always take notice of the little things and appreciate them. I hope to always be able to take a step back and see the grand design, the overall picture. I hope I can always be a loving person. I hope I can always be grateful.