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Apr 29, 2012

Recent Life Observations

1. Andrew Llyod Weber wrote a musical about cats that no one talks about anymore.
Youtube makes 1,057 videos about cats every month* that get posted all over.
You were born too soon, Andy. Too soon.

2. Every thing sounds sexier in a Latin language. Most the songs are about the passion and pain that comes from love anyway. 

3. Songs about breakups are the most popular.

3a. My general anger comes out best when I put new words to an already popular song about breakups.

4. It doesn't matter if it's a subject matter I love, I will still procrastinate. Grounding myself to the couch isn't helping me get things done. I have wrote a song, am currently writing this and catching up with pen pals when I need to be writing for my screenwriting class. I'm the worst. 

5. For some reason Halo by Beyonce makes me more emotional than almost any other song. Yes, that does mean I listened to it on repeat while at work. 

6. I am either the worst or best at making decisions. Usually I am better if I am making somebody else's decision. 

7. Turns out when you love the world it loves you right back.

8. Coming back from a mission means the only people you know in your classes are the TAs.

9. Chat is more useful than Skype when talking with foreigners because you can look up words you don't know before you respond. 

10. Summertime brings out the wild animal and/or 6 year old in everyone.

*made up statistic

Apr 28, 2012

Ever had an experience where you are thinking something and someone around you says that very thing or you read about an idea you've been contemplating on the internet or someone has the same idea as you.

Whenever that happens to me I feel like I control the universe...Just a little bit.

Apr 25, 2012

provo adventures.

How could I even begin to catch you up on the madness that has been my return to Provo?

Well, it's been in one word: magical.

Starting with a mission reunion and then showing up in Babetta's basement with some of my very favorite people and hilarious stories being shared. 

Provo, I was so glad to get out of here two years ago but you've made me fall in love with you all over again. 

I am just so darn lucky all the time. It must be luck after all because I did nothing to deserve all the things that have landed in my lap...

Like coming into town and less than a week later meeting with a talented writer/director and pitching a capstone that got approved with flying colors (I can only assume colors were flying). 

Staying with the Kellys who are just the best and a nonstop party. 

Staying with Diana who is also the best and has the greatest ward of all time that I got immediately adopted into, including awesome roommates and roommate's boyfriend who is far too nice to me and a complimentary latin lover to accompany me to Sunday school classes, haha. 

The Fake Celine Dion concert.

Not being in school along with Babzy and eating sugar and pizza all the days long. Both of us changing direction wordlessly to find the source of the cotton candy we saw someone with. 

New friends that feel like I've known them forever.

Going to see a John Wayne movie at the Orem Library where the only other people in attendance were an old man with a tattoo and a middle-aged woman. Followed by eating Indian food in a deserted restaurant. 

Countless other movie adventures. The Vow. Titanic. and other movies that ended up being more emotionally compromising than I would have guessed. 

Reconnecting with my all-time favorite professor. Music video. 

Sitting in the sun in my self-appointed office and running into all kinds of people I haven't seen for years.

E. actually being awake at 5am when I needed her. Sleeping in her nook. 
"Who is sleeping at our house?" "I dunno, someone with glasses and good hair." "oh, that's Ren."

Three separate people thinking my name is Lindsey.

Poolside production meetings. 

Sleeping around. That is, couch surfing and actually being kind of good at it. 

Getting a job producing for the library production unit. i.e. the best on campus job ever.

Capstone film premieres of my incredibly talented friends.

Almost learning how to make credits.

A couple trips to Salt Lake and back.

and that's not even the half of it. But I should be in bed -3 hours ago.

I just got my MacBook Pro, so you can expect more updates, now that they don't have to come from my phone. :)

Apr 6, 2012

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

— Gabrielle Roth

It is very clear what the cures for heartache are.

Apr 3, 2012

"How Single Are You?"

Last night I was at a just-post-college aged social occasion with a friend of mine (do you see it? football on the TV, pool table, Dr. Pepper and bean dip...). Besides her, I was meeting everyone else for the first time. 

This guy comes up and after brief "hi. where are you from?" he goes, "So, how single are you?"

My first thought was, "that's a new one."

But, the more I started thinking about it, the more I thought what a good question it is to ask someone.

The other day, I was reading an article about people who have tried to date girls/guys with "a missionary" (they have someone on a mission who they still are committed to in some fashion) or someone who is otherwise "hung up" on an ex/secret crush/etc. It's hard, because by facebook standards a person might very well be "single"in writing but are they single in their hearts and mind? It's not always a question with a yes or no answer. 

So, for example. If you are crushing hardcore after someone who will never like you back, you are 79% single.

If it's complicated with someone, you could say you are 50% single.

If you are spending all your time with the same person and kissing on weekends but still have that inkling of doubt about the commitment level, you are 5.7% single. 

Gone on two dates with the same person and feel like it could go somewhere? 68% single. 
Producing a student film? 23% single.
Married? You are -800% single. 

It's not the worst system, really. You'd have a better idea what you are getting yourself into. 

April Fool's

Sometimes when you are a jerk, you figure out who your true friends are...

I woke up Sunday with the desire to pull a hilarious prank on someone. But it wasn't until about 10pm that I came up with an idea. Someone else had posted about packing up and leaving where they were currently living and then I thought of this. I figured since so many things had been posted that day no one would really believe it, boy was I wrong...the injustice followed.

Email from CES admissions. I guess I didn't get re-accepted to BYU...what should I do with my life now? I'm already back in Provo, bad timing.

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  • Austin Craig likes this.

    • Petition that shiz! Its good you are here, you can come in this week and meet with admissions/ or a counselor.
      Sunday at 9:47pm · 

    •  what? baloney!!!!
      Sunday at 9:49pm · 

    • If you are here, you can actively work to getting that revoked. For now, I'd find a job.
      Sunday at 9:49pm · 

    •  I can't imagine that they would do that! You left to go on a mission,
      Sunday at 9:49pm · 

    • Lauren Laws I know right! Because a return missionary half way through the program is somehow not cool enough to come back!
      Sunday at 9:49pm · 

    • That's cray.
      Sunday at 9:51pm · 

    •  mind=blown. I love you girl. Let me know if you need anything.
      Sunday at 9:51pm · 

    • Lauren Laws But who really graduates in film anyway?
      Sunday at 9:54pm ·  ·  1
    • That's bonkers
      Sunday at 9:55pm · 

    •  Unbelievable. You can stay with us as long as you need to.
      Sunday at 10:06pm ·  ·  1

    •  Petition. It's got to be an over site.

    •  where you are staying? can we hang out since i'm leaving soon and stuff? and definitely petition it.

    •  Are you for real?

    • That's awful Lauren D: I'm sure, like everyone else said, it's a mistake or that you can get it overruled. It's probably better to be back there so you can talk to people face to face

    • They must be April-fooling' ya. Che schiffo!

    • WHAT? Did you not defer properly or something? How does this happen??

    • you can always come back to Italy.

    •  ‎"Welcome to Northern Lights Theatre Pub, this is Chris, how can I help you?"

    •  Defy the system! Success without a degree!

    •  What?! I'm sorry to hear, Lauren! I would definitely petition... you gotta finish!
    • That's crazy! Storm into the admissions office demanding to talk to someone. It's got to be an oversight on their part. They can't deny you once you were already in and halfway through your major.
    • What? That's crazy! And really lame. On the other hand, welcome to Provo!
      23 hours ago · 
    •  I didn't even know that could happen! I am sorry! Petition it!
      22 hours ago · 

    • oh my goodness! That is crazy!!! Go to Idaho!!!
      22 hours ago · 

    • You have to get re-accepted? Why?
      22 hours ago · 

    •  Just move to LA then. They don't really care here and since you're not technically graduated you can do all sorts of internships.
      22 hours ago ·  ·  1

    • Lauren Laws You are all so sweet and supportive which makes me feel awful because..it's an April Fool's joke.
      15 hours ago ·  ·  1

With the help of phones that automatically get updates I (along with my team) was going through and deleting all the comments that said, "April Fool's!" Which, there were surprisingly only a few. 

So then I feel bad, because I find out how many people, including people I haven't seen in AGES but still have on facebook, really care. And I deceived you all, for my own pleasure. 

I even got texts, calls, emails.

"What is going on? Do you need a place to stay? What are you going to do?" 

"That's ridiculous, I am so sorry."

"What happened?"

etc. etc. 

So, I get teased on a regular basis for my catch phrase, "people like me." 

me: everyone has talents
G: what's yours?
me: people like me.

but seriously...
I feel so darn loved. Glad to know you've all got my back. 
Say what you will about humanity, there are a lot of great people in the world.