Saturday, August 29, 2009

All Set!

School starts on
I can't say that I'm ready but at least I'm prepared. My schedule is all set, my room is unpacked, my books have been purchased, my voice lessons have finally been scheduled, and I feel prepared. Whether or not I feel ready is another story. My roommate, Mariah and I attended a film premiere for several short BYU films, and saw many BYU theatre students there. We returned, completely stressed out with the pressures of the program weighing us down, feeling completely un-prepared for the coming semester, major-wise. It's been seriously so fun seeing friends from last year, and playing around Provo with them. Here are some pictures of my most recent adventures, and of my tiny tiny room.
Our new home!! In the Colon(y)

We are SO excited to move in!
Unpacking proves to be a challenge...
When you get the smallest room, and it's smaller than your dorm room from freshman year.
But we have hangers!

Oh well! School here I come!!!!


Remember when school started it was just the start of another school year, not the start of another life? College is weird.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Okay, so mostly I'm just writing this here on my blog so I'll feel more accountable, and really stick to this challenge. My roommate, Mariah and I have decided to give ourselves a challenge to go without sugar until Thanksgiving. We are going to try and be generally healthy in what we eat, but we really want to see if we can go without sugar. We split a celebratory orange roll tonight for our last hurrah. She being very steadfast and determined will probably do way better than I, who am forgetful and flighty. Hopefully she'll give me a hard time if I cheat or forget! Starting tomorrow! We can do it!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Ok, I know that I've been posting a lot of Youtube videos lately, but hey, it's my blog, and I'll do what I want! So, in case you didn't know, I'm completely obsessed with So You Think You Can Dance. Completely. The finale of this season did several recap dances from former seasons including this GEM! Wade Robson is a choreographic genius. I love him. He's in my top five favorite favorite choreographers on the show (Mia, Sonyah (I love her mohawk), Tabitha & Napoleon, and Tyce)
This song is strange, crazy and completely addictive. Seriously. I downloaded the song, and I cannot stop listening to it.
Enjoy! (well enjoy before Youtube takes it down for breaking copyright laws)

Also, once that beat starts bang banging, I cannot stop myself doing that zombie dance like they do down the's really a sight to see.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Old, but fun!

This is from Coffee House Cabaret my senior year!  It was actually my 18th birthday.  I collaborated with my friends' band and we gathered up a few others.  I think it turned out pretty well.  (Besides my awkwardness, and lack of idea what to do with my arms haha)

Saturday, August 15, 2009


This makes me cry every time I watch it.  I've never seen a dance where every every movement is so literal and so clear in defining the emotions of the subject portrayed.  Every movement makes perfect sense, and it is just heart wrenching and brilliant.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This really is awesome. really.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Laugh Echo

I'm loathe to post something new on my blog, because that means Ian's amazing post won't be the first thing everyone sees. And I love it. But this is just too good not to share. When I'm feeling down or sad, or bored, I simply watch this baby, and immediately laugh until I cry. Every time. Without fail. I don't know, maybe I'm just immature, but most of my friends seem to love it as much as I do. Hopefully you will too.
This Video causes SEVERE laugh-echo effects.  After viewing, you might find it replaying in your head, and have the wild and violent urge to laugh out loud in many inappropriate times and places, such as during a prayer in sacrament meeting, or during a class.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another post from Guest Blogger, Ian Hansen.

Heidi L. Smith is currently in sunny California, and I am still in Hamden. For 3 days. Then I head to Provo to get my MTC on. But before I depart, I am pleased to venture into the blogosphere.

I was at first reluctant to accept Heidi's invitation to write on her blog. But slowly, the inviting turned to forceful asking, the forceful asking to threats, the threats to teary-eyed apologies, the apologies to worshipful pleading on bended knee. I finally decided to oblige the poor girl and grace her blog with this appearance.

Actually she just texted me her password and said hey feel like doing a blog? And I was down with the idea. But I like to think Heidi was on bended knee while she texted me.

I thought I might just explain how I came to know Heidi. Seeing as this is her blog, I doubt anyone reading this knows who I am. My name is Ian, and I met Heidi this summer here in Hamden. Actually, I had seen her a thousand times at BYU. I sang in the Men's Chorus this past school year, and Heidi (whom I did not know at the time) came multiple times a week to watch rehearsal. My roommate (also in Men's Chorus) often talked about that cute red haired girl who always sat in the corner. Heidi and I never actually met though.

And then the end of the semester came. I was headed "home" to wait out the long 3.5 months til my mission. I had graduated high school in my hometown, Duluth Minnesota. But my dad had just gotten a new job. So as I headed off for my first year of college, my family headed off to Hamden. I was not looking forward to the summer: working multiple jobs, and having all my friends back in Duluth.

It was in this spirit of downtroddenness ( confirms that this word exists) that I went church that first Sunday. I walked into the chapel, and saw that red haired girl. I thought of doing a Tiger Woods fist pump to celebrate. I didn't. But my mood changed a bit (a lot). I don't think even Heidi knows this next bit: I spent all of sacrament meeting and gospel doctrine thinking about how I would talk to her. I knew, of course, that I couldn't be like "hey I'm Ian you sat in Men's Chorus sometimes and watched us rehearse and me and my roommate thought you were attractive so hey", so I decided to pull the "wow you look familiar" thing, and then gradually let us figure out how I had seen her a million times. So I did just that after Gospel doctrine, slowly allowing the "where have I seen you" conversation to get to rehearsal, knowing full well that that was where I had seen her.

Needless to say, I felt good. But then a mist of wimpyness descended upon me, and did not lift until I finally sent her a very dorky Facebook message asking her on a date. So we ended up going out for ice cream (after our families had dinner together). As I was driving her home from getting ice cream where we had talked until it closed, I said "hey, I don't really feel like taking you home." Heidi said let's go hang on the playground of my old school. So we did. That first night, we talked til 1am on the playground. I had never clicked with someone like I did with Heidi.

For the next 2.5 months or so, Heidi and I hung out every single day. We both had jobs, but we worked around them. We hung out every single day, and I never once got tired of her. When we both had days off, we would hang out all day. When we both worked, we would hang when we were done, til one of us was falling asleep (or my angry mother would call). I'm pretty amazed she was cool with hangin' so much. I don't have the best of personalities. But I'm glad she was cool with it. I benefited so much from it.

You guys all know how awesome Heidi is. I've only known her for 3 or so months, but she is one of my favorite people. I leave on Wednesday to spend the next 2 years in the southern end of Chile. I will miss Heidi a lot. But I am so glad I was able to meet her.

Thanks for an incredible summer, Heidi.


P.S. Heidi's password is really embarrassing. Make sure to ask her what it is, she will be thrilled.