Thursday, December 13, 2012

We're Just Two Lost Souls Swimming In A Fish Bowl

I can't believe I've kept this lil guy alive for 6 months. That's a personal record for me as far as fish go. I was the kid that always ended killing her fish somehow, so keeping my Chester guy alive has been pretty cool. He's a fun fish. Which is weird to say because fish are super boring, but I sure do like him. Believe it or not, he's actually kind of loud for a fish. I feel like he has character. How many people can say their fish has character?? That's right. Just crazy people like me.

Since I'm a loser, I like to celebrate my month anniversaries with him. Yesterday was our half year mark. We watch fish shows together to celebrate.

Anyways, I'll end this pointless blog entry with a video that I find amusing. Up to 1:05 is my life. Pretty funny how much I can relate. Enjoy.



Saturday, December 8, 2012

That's What Christmas Means To Me, My Love

Some things I like about Christmas:
 
 
 
 
 
Oh my gracious how this year has flown by! Can you believe how close it is to being over? I can't.
 
I started celebrating Christmas a bit earlier this year. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I already had my tree up. My tree is adorable! I went and bought myself an itty bitty one along with a stocking and some Christmas lights for my room. I couldn't help but get festive as soon as I brought it home. Take a look!
 
Isn't it cute? I love it.
 
I'm also extremely happy that I'm COMPLETELY done with my Christmas shopping! Yay! I've been done for a couple of weeks. I wanted to get it done early so I could mail all the gifts that I bought for everyone home. But man it feels good to be done already.
 
Speaking of home... I can't wait to visit! The only down side is that I'm taking a train home. It takes 35 hours to get home by train. I'll be leaving Chicago in the afternoon on the 21st of December and arriving in Utah on the 22nd at 11pm. It's going to be a looooong trip. 70 hours on a train round trip. Yippee. It'll be worth it though!
 
Here, take a look at a neat snowman I found in downtown Naperville
 
 
 
They have 18 of these all throughout the downtown area. Ladybug and I went searching for all of them and she insisted on taking a picture of every single one. This one was my favorite though. They had some pretty cool ones. It was fun to look for them all. Ladybug and I had a good time.
 
Also, I just want to add how AWESOME Chicago looks all decorated for the holidays. Especially at night! Some buildings have red and green lights on them. A lot of buildings have GIANT Christmas trees in their lobbies. Willis Tower has one of the biggest trees I've ever seen. All of the store window displays are cute and festive, there's ice skating at Millennium Park, it's all just so cute and different than what I'm used to! Next time I go to Chicago I'll try and snap some pictures of it so you guys can see what I'm talking about. It's truly an amazing sight.
 
Anyhow, I can't wait to be home for 2 whole weeks! I'll be seeing you all very soon!
 


Jeff's Gotta Solo!

First of all, let me say happy half year mark to me!
My close family members back home had a bet going for how long I would last out here, and I have officially beat them all. Pay up, losers!
 
Anyways, to celebrate my 6 months here, I decided to go to the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert. I also splurged a little and bought a ticket for an AMAZING seat. I was the first row off the floor level off to the left of the stage. I was A LOT closer than I thought I was going to be. Best concert seat I've ever had.


 Being as close as I was, it was really hard to contain my excitement. I was at the concert alone, so I was sitting there smiling like an idiot. I wanted so badly for my brother and dad to be there! I was really close to where the guitar and bass players would go stand, and I could see their facial expressions. I looked so dumb laughing by myself at their little faces they'd make or whatever to make people laugh. I was surrounded by a TON of old people too. Pretty sure I was the only one even getting into the music, or at least showing I was into it. It was awkward when I'd get excited over something and I'd stand up and cheer and everyone would look at me like I was psycho.

 
 The first half of the TSO concert is always a little Christmas story they do. Then the second half of their show is just them completely rocking out. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I could see the band members' sweat, spit, and hear them when they yelled without a microphone. I've never enjoyed myself so much at a concert alone before. I'm so happy I got the seat I did.
 
 
Although I was surrounded by the smell of Old Spice and got a bit motion sick, I had a great time tonight.
 
Here's a little video so you can see how awesome it was to be sitting where I was. I'm not sure if the sound works on it, but turn your volume down just in case if you watch it.
 
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