Sunday, December 27, 2009


All winter long I've been boasting about my perfect immune system... Well... I've finally been smitten down. It's less fun to get sick when you already have work off. I had these big plans. Emily (E-scream)owns the whole Anne of Green Gables collection and I've been eyeing them for months. But I've decided to hold off until a "sick day". Guess what, for months I've had perfect health. Then during my 2 week break from work, guess what? I got sick! That's what I get for taking a sip of Michelle's (the Incident) DMD. So now I'm trying to decide. Do I watch? Or wait?

Friday, October 30, 2009


Wha?? I hear taco bell is giving away free black Jack tacos tomorrow for Halloween! Like I needed one more thing to persuade me to eat at taco bell!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Now That I Got My New IPHONE.

Just so you know, you may be hearing from my blog more now that I got my new IPHONE. I just realized how easy it is to post on my blog from my new IPHONE. I can sit in the comforts of my bed and post on my blog with my new IPHONE. It's pretty great. I don't have to go searching for my computer, wherever it may be. I can just sit in my bed and use my new IPHONE. It's great. Maybe you haven't heard, but I recently got a new IPHONE and it's improving my life in every possible way. In fact, every day I learn some way my life can be improved by my new IPHONE. And I guess blogging with greater frequency may be one of those benefits (or maybe it'll burden you more. Especially those of you not important enough to live your life to the fullest with your new IPHONE. )
I wonder if this technically makes me even lazier than Michelle. She definitely has the drive and desire to get out of bed and locate her computer. For me, it's just not worth it. I might go look for that computer every few days. She's much more ambitious than I am. But I guess it's typically more than a few inches from her lazy fingertips anyway. Sounds like maybe she could use a new IPHONE.


A few years back, when I was a post teen, I loved to go to billions of concerts. My mom was so baffled by this and she would tell me, "honey, why don't you just buy their tape?" So aggravated I'd reply, "mom! Get off my back! They don't even sell tapes anymore!"
Well, last night my mom proved me wrong. I went to a little concert and they were selling tapes on the merch table. And I bought one. But maybe I got the last laugh because I went to the concert AND bought the tape.
Either way, I'm way excited. I love tapes. They're probably the most hearty and durable music storage device. I know the sound maybe isn't the greatest, and I think I've lost my touch when it comes to rewinding and fastforwarding. But man, you can have a tape in your pocket without its case, and you're fine. You can leave your tape sitting on the dash of your unlocked truck and no one tries to steal it. Try and top that, iPod and cd.
One more thing, I really love making mix tapes. It's so much more involvement. Especially mix tapes from records. There's something special about such an act of deliberate inefficiency. But still, I love making them. If anyone still even owns a tape player, besides me, maybe I'll make you a mix tape. (if I like you enough.) Just let me know.

Friday, October 16, 2009


I measured and weighed my students because they had no idea what they were in American numbers. It was really cute. I thought they'd be embarrassed to step on the scale. But nope. They were so excited. They lined up and I helped them read their weight.

Oh, and also, I have this kind of loud and lively, chubby Iraqi student and everyday she comes in the class and pokes me and whispers in a breathy voice "barbie". I'm not totally sure how I feel about it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Is What Happened In Church A Couple of Weeks Ago...

The girl who was speaking said this:

"A few years ago my parents had a little Spanish girl living with them. She was from Mexico."

Why did that happen? If a girl is from Mexico, is she not a Mexican?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I wrote this really long awesome post about the OC, and somehow it didn't publish. I just don't have the heart nor the energy to write it again. Sorry. Maybe I will. Soon.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I Found Love

At the library. One of my favorite places in SLC to find new loves. (Others include Liberty Park & bus stop). I was looking for a book when out popped Markus, my new love. He approached me like this:

Markus: Whoa! Do you see that? Look at that. Have you seen that?

He was pointing down at my foot.

Me: My scar on my ankle? Yeah, I've seen that.
Markus: Wow. I have the same scar!

(Shows me his scar. Proceeds to tell me that he was the #2 college football player something something last year, but now can't play because of his calcium deposits in his ankle).

Markus: You got calcium deposits in your ankle like me.
Me: No, it's from an accident. Not calcium deposits.
Markus: Yeah, just like me. Calcium deposits.
Me: No, I broke bones. It's not from calcium deposits.
Markus: Yeah, me too. Calcium deposits.
(I give up).
Me: Yep. Same.
Markus: Can I touch it? Can I take a picture of it?

Of course. Of course.

Me: Do you like scars?
Markus (bewildered, awed): Huh? Wow. How did you know that? Wow. How did you know I like scars? Wow. I just moved to Salt Lake. Anything fun to do here?

(I try telling him places to go, like dance clubs since that's usually what I think people mean when they ask questions like that. I can tell he's not listening to one word I say.)

Markus: Wow. That's amazing. Wow... Wow...
Me: What? The Hotel, yeah. It's great.
Markus: You got the most beautiful eyes I ever seen. Wow. I can't believe it. They're all green and yellow. Wow. I want to draw your picture.

(He pulls out his portfolio with his art in it. Really awesome eagle drawing done with ballpoint pen and candle wax. WISH I had cash with me).

Me: Beautiful. I love your art.
Markus: You want to have mixed babies with me? They're the most beautiful babies...

And that's the moment I KNEW I had found love.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Summer Of Fun

My summer of fun is over. OVER.
The End.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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But This Is My Favorite Thing:

If I Could Punch A Movie In The Face,

It'd have to be 500 Days of Summer.

Sorry, everyone.

More To Love...

You know what's really depressing?

The fat bachelor.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer Update

I know many of you have been worried about how I've been spending my time this summer. "Oh, lady, you'll get SOOO bored without work," you say. But let me tell you, it's not true. This summer has been fabulous so far. I have done most of those things on my list. Some of them daily. And me and my upstairs neighbor even bought us a planner so we could organize adventure.
Things accomplished:
-camping a LOT: check
-fires: check
-golden girls: check
-going in the mountains: check
-the drive in: check
-making friends with a deer: check
-riding my bike: check
-swimming almost every day: check
-studying Genesis: check
-reading tons of stuff: check
-going to the park: check
-cooking food: check
-baseball games: check

There are still things I need to do, but haven't yet:
-go to morgan (greatest mountain town just off the wasatch front)
-swim in the great salt lake (my spiritual home. please don't call it gross)
-go to see shakespeare
-the bizarro water park in sandy (or is it Draper?)
-dress up as a pioneer and go hiking
-swim more, camp more, drive in more
-i've only watched a couple episodes of murder, she wrote :(

So that's my status. If you want to do activities with me before I'm back to the grindstone, there's still some time.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Nathaniel, please come visit me.
Think about all the times I've come to visit you in Seattle.

Love, Elin

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

You Should Be Happy I'm Still Alive...

That is, if you were ever happy that I was alive to begin with. I came the 2nd closest to dying that I've ever come in my life yesterday! My friend and I were crossing the street when we were walking to the Smith's so my friend could buy fancy sauce. Some distracted dude was turning left and did NOT see us. He was looking down at something and was accelerating, heading closer & closer to us. It was our turn to cross. We even had the walker picture & the chirping. My friend had to pull me out of the way even though she's not very strong. Last second he looked up and swerved. Lucky for that. Or I would have been a squished piece of meat.

This Weekend...

We went camping this weekend at Arches and we saw a monkey face in the stone. I'm sure it was some sort of a sign. But maybe I think everything is a sign. It was really fun. But it's seldom that I don't have a great deal of fun in the desert. In our lovely, lovely deseret.

We also got tattoos. They were pretty great. If you can't tell, mine was some sort of glittery anchor and Chris's was some sort of freaky-eag.

Remember, I can do this any weekend, or any day. I'm unemployed and always one phone call away from adventure!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I Decided That I...

Need to get with the program and take more pictures and post more pictures all over the internets. People probably have no clue how awesome my life is and that's sad. This is one of my favorite awesome things I've done lately. This camping trip was way fun and if you weren't there, you missed out.

My other favorite thing was today. I went on a little hike all by myself up Millcreek canyon and it was BEEE-yeautiful. Since it's been raining so much lately it was so verdant and lush up there. I felt like I was in Hawaii (but I haven't been to Hawaii for a way long time, so I'm probably way off on this one). Maybe if I go back there again soon (like maybe tomorrow) maybe I'll take a picture in that place and post it and everyone can see how beautiful and green Utah mountains can be in the early summertime. I also think I kinda made friends with a cute little deer. I saw a deer crossing the trail ahead of me. We both stopped and stared at each other for a while. And then I'd walk a bit and she'd walk a bit. Then we'd stop and stare at each other again for a while. Then I'd walk and she started following me. I felt like maybe she wanted to tell me something. And then this loud couple came up the trail and the big dumb loud boyfriend yelled and pointed at the deer and my deer friend bolted. I guess maybe it wasn't a super stable friendship anyway if she takes off the second something like that happens. But it was really cute while it lasted.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Guess What I Am?

Hoonless. That's what. ;(

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Gift

Yesterday my teeny, tiny, Vietnamese Buddhist nun student brought me another gift. (She's brought me such gifts in the past as the White Diamonds collection by Elizabeth Taylor). This was just a small gift. In a ziplock bag she had 2 fruit-flavored jello snack packs, a spoon, 2 mini snickers, and a granola bar. Melt my heart.

With Marsha As My Witness...

A bird pooped on my butt yesterday in the park.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I feel the need to make a disclaimer after my last post. I will NOT be held responsible for you quitting your job. If you choose to do so, you must accept full responsibility for your decision. I will NOT be funding you over the summer. I WILL, however, significantly increase the level of fun you may be having. But those are the only promises I make. If you're looking for a bailout, call the government. I hear they're handing those out. I happen to have a job wherein summer work was optional, so clearly I opted out. If that option is also available to you, clearly you should opt out. But quit responsibly.

Also I thought of some other possible activities:
-baseball games
-responsible campfires
-demolition derbies
-sewing our own swimwear
-morning movies
-looking at the stars
-that new bizarro water park right off the freeway in Sandy

Let me know if you're interested.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This Summer...

I've decided not to work. I know, I know. In this economy it seems so ungrateful to turn down my employment opportunity, but really I'm so stoked to sit around and do nothing. I'm trying to get others to join me. Turn down work. Decline. Thanks, but no thanks. What good is that job doing you? Will your fancy job sit with you by the pool and sip on slurpees? Doubtful. But you know who will? Me.
Now I realize that most of you are pretty responsible, and I commend you for that. So if you're not dedicated to experimenting with laziness, I have thought of another alternative. I'll give you the option of signing up for a day to hang out with me. You can take off a day and we can plan an activity to do together (you know you have way more vacay days than you'll ever use). That way I'll feel like less of a loser for doing nothing in the summer and you will have a chance to relax.
I'm going out of town a lot this summer, so there won't actually be too many days to sign up for, and they're filling up fast.
There are some standard activities you can choose from:
-going to the mountains
-drive in
-watching the golden girls
-watching murder, she wrote
-liberty land
-going to the park
I think those are all the standard options. If you have another idea, you may submit it for approval.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My Students Are Still Cute...

The other day I was helping a student with a paragraph he was writing. His spoken English is really pretty good, but his reading and writing are pretty low. I got to a word I couldn't make out. It was "ebritink". Turns out it was supposed to be "everything". So cute.

Friday, May 1, 2009


Everyone needs to CHILL THE FREAK OUT ABOUT SWINE FLU! Especially you, NPR.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Just To Make My Motivations Public,

I'm going to tell you all what I'm going to do with my life once I finally get all my crap done. And you can hold me to it. Or try to keep me from it, if you're that sort of person.
1) Blog my every move and photoblogument it so my life seems WAY awesome online.
2) Read SO MANY books!!
3) Do art with pisces (et. al)
4) Sew stuff!
5) Do nice things for all of my friends (who live in my building, or at least visit regularly)
6) Dispose of that squished, wet, dead mouse once and for all.
7) Clothe the naked.
8) COOK!!!
9) Go to the library for FUN!!!
10) Go for many walks
11) And bike rides
12) Make an effort to be more fashionable
13) Talk to people more instead of only communicating indirectly through my blog, which I seldom post on.
14) Find someone to help me do my taxes!!
15) Get way buff.
16) Go to the mountains
17) Make jeans
18) Make juice in the juicer
19) Visit many lands
20) Have a FIRE!!!
21) Sit and watch a movie without trying to do tons of other stuff at the same time. (I'm way bad at this)
22) Force people to hang out with me who keep resisting.
23) Force CK to bake me more goods.
24) Force Michelle and others to resume "adventures in fitness"
25) Force Brian & Kelli to let me come visit them.
26) Force Nathaniel to let me come visit him again.
27) Think of more things to force people to do.
I just need to get all this done. And then... And then.... And THEN!!

Do You Want To

Hear something cute? Today one of my students told me that he had a dream that I saved his life. It was really adorable to hear him tell the story. I guess he was falling off a cliff and a reached down and grabbed him by the finger tips and was able to pull him up. I love how strong he thinks I am (subconsciously).

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Oh, Guess What?

It's suddenly March again. Do you know what that means? It's pissy-pisces time again. So if you don't feel like getting off the sofa right now, or you find yourself crying all the time, or you want to sit around and talk about feelings or reincarnation, it may be due to the fact that it's pisces time again.

Last year I think the only sign I paid tribute to was pisces (besides my native gemini, of course), and I think maybe it's because pisces is the most pity-able sign. These are the sun's underdogs. These are lazy and mysterious people. I don't normally get along with them. I like industry, hard work, and openness.

Yet it is possible for me to get along with these dreamers. I think last March I pointed out the same thing--we get along artistically. So this year I've decided to pitch pisces season as, "Do Art With A Pisces". I think everyone should try it and see how it goes. Pick a few pisceans. See if you can get them off the couch and stop crying long enough to make an art together. It might really be worth it!

So Weird

In the whole many years I've lived in my apartment I've never seen any mouse or any sign of any mouse neither in my house, nor in my yard. But in the past couple of weeks I keep seeing these teeny, tiny squished dead mice on our sidewalks in front of our apartment. I think some of the 29+ cats who live in our 1/8 block radius have been finding a baby nest of mice recently and killing them and presenting their tiny dead bodies to us as some sort of sick gift. Seriously, I don't understand how it is that a mouse would even dare to pretend to survive in our neighborhood. Anywhere you stand, there's at least one cat within 5 feet of you. Well, these mice didn't make it very far into this world. These little dead bodies are so tiny. You think it's a shriveled little leaf, but really it's a tiny little dead mouse body. I stepped on one the other night and it was SICK! I screamed. I don't want anyone's dead flesh underfoot. Anyway, Lee & Lisa are getting a cat too. She'll be in good company. And probably Michelle will let it into her window at night to cuddle with her as she does with all so-tro cats.

Ok, Ok...

I lied to you all recently. I haven't been doing yoga. I went once and I was all fired up to start going regularly again. But then the next Tuesday I went to a Jazz game (box seats), and ever since then I've never thought of it. And I haven't been doing anything fun or non-productive lately. The poor internet has been so neglected by me. I've been way too busy for anything other than being super busy. Anyway, let's all hang out in like a month. Okay? Or if anyone is interested in a library hang out, I'm down. And internet, I still love you and I want to rekindle our relationship when I have a bit more time. I'm okay being on your back burner if you're okay being on mine. Anyway, love you all. Sorry if I've mislead you into thinking I'm doing awesome stuff.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wait, I'm Confused...

I heard on the radio this morning that George W & Laura Bush were going to have coffee with the Obamas before the Inauguration. BUT, I thought the Bushes were Mormon, right? Maybe they just said coffee, but really they meant hot cocoa, right?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

There's Only 5 Elephants Left!!!

There's only 5 elephants left!! Out of the many, many that I made, only 5 remain. So maybe you should get one? While they're still hot. I should post pictures on here, I guess, for those of you who live far away or those of you who don't actually talk to me. But you do read my blog. Ha! Busted.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

You Know What's Really Good?

Yoga classes. You know what's even better than yoga classes? Free yoga classes. You know what else is good? Friends. Even better? Friends who tell you about free yoga classes. Even when they are flaky friends who don't show up to the events they invite you to. (Jk! sheesh.) Thank you to friends. Thank you to yoga. Especially that yoga which I do not need to pay for.
Everyone come next week.
If you want to.
And all the weeks.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I Miss Everyone

Is everyone else stuck frozen in their houses? I feel like I can't/shouldn't go anywhere in this weather or it'd be irresponsible. So I just stay at home with Michelle all the time. And we cook. And I've watched some pretty good movies. And I guess sometimes (once) we walk over to the anarchy house to watch casey's brother band play. But that house is more like the PLANarchy house. They have schedules on the walls and a detailed labeled library... But I feel like it'd be foolish to really leave my house. And I've been missing lots of people recently. Does anyone want to cyber hang? Or maybe everyone I know should just move into my building already (those of you who haven't yet). Or maybe we should just wait for a little bit of thaw? Anyway, I'm way excited to see some people some day.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lookin Fine in 2009

My New Year's Resolution this year is for people at Walmart to no longer think I'm pregnant. Man, like I needed one more reason to hate that place.
We'll see how it goes!