Friday, February 25, 2011


Remember that guy I used to write about? The one I was completely in love with until he turned into a jerk and broke my heart? Yep, that's the one.

Well a couple weeks ago he wrote me an apology note. I guess the words were really sweet but I knew he didn't mean it. Later he promised he'd give me an apology in person.

I know you're all ahead of me... He never did. I never said anything else to him. I didn't care much and figured that was the end of him.

Today, out of nowhere, he said, "The reason why I am not giving you a in person apology is because I don't know what I'm supposed to apologize for."

I shook my head, at first having no reaction at all. I had everything and  absolutely nothing to say at the same time. In my moment of shock, my fingers set the keyboard aflame typing back a big long list of things he could apologize before. I finally ended, "I don't know about you, but I think this deserves a pretty sincere apology."

I guess it was pretty harsh... but I'm glad I got it out.

Now we'll just have to sit back and see if I actually get an apology.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Today is just one of those days.

My mind keeps coming up with reasons to be upset. Random reasons that have nothing to do with anything, but for one reason or another, I just don't feel like myself today.
I want to be left alone, but at the same time be with people. I want to relive good memories, but at the same time forget my past altogether.

I'm not sure if I need a hug or a slap in the face.

When I think about it, I have so many wonderful things I could be thinking about right now. Actually, I don't even know what I'm thinking about at all. All I know is that this foul mood I'm in isn't normal.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Trajedy and a Few of my Quirks

It all started with an art project.
A "Visual Puzzle", to be precise. Meaning a maze.
For my maze I drew a giraffe, the maze leading around the spots. I was proud of my giraffe, it being one of the best animals I've ever drawn. I turned it in with pride, content with the finished product.
The next day we had a group critique. Meaning a bunch of kids that are really good at drawing tell you what's good and bad about your work. Which is fine, but they suggested I put in a background. I schemed blending colors to make a soft, single-tone background, but my art teacher said it would be cool to have a little African tree or something instead.

I then set off on my quest. I printed pictures of African trees and got to work. The next thing I knew I had a scraggly tree on top of a bunch of scribbles representing grass and a few blue streaks for the sky. It. Was. Ruined. My eyes twitched and everything ran in slow motion.
Janell came and sat by me, offering help. She started fixing the tree by adding organic lines and more shades of green than were already there. And I watched her careful strokes I began to tear up.
(FACT: When I'm really frustrated, I cry. I hate it, but it's true.)
"It was the best thing I've ever drawn until I ruined it by adding a stupid background I didn't even want," I sniffled and dodged into the bathroom to blow my nose.

Janell taught me new techniques as she guided me through the fixing of my background disaster. After a while I just needed to lay down.
(FACT: When I'm really stressed out, I lay on my back somewhere on the floor. For some reason it's always the floor. . .)
My eyes felt dry so I closed them and attempted to clear my mind. A few moments later when I was calm enough, I had one last art lesson with my beloved sister before heading off to my basement bedroom to fully relax.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sick of Being Sick

I somehow managed to maintain a hideous cold for about a week.
Day after day I'd blow my nose about every two minutes. Day after day I went to school and would empty my nose every hour and a half because I was too embarassed to blow it in class. Day after day I returned home with rash-like dry skin on my nose from the school tissues that are actually sandpaper in disguise.

The routine was getting a bit dreary.

On Thursday night I had one of those days where one little thing happens and everything in life comes crashing down on you. I sat on the couch facing my mother who rocked my niece in the rocking chair. I randomly started crying for not any particular reason which is where the picture above comes from. . . that was probably less than twenty minutes worth of tissues. My nose was having a spazz attack.
I ranted on to my mother about the woes of life and all of the people I miss. At the end I sputtered, "Mom... I'm sick of being sick!"

The next week we had planned to have solo auditions in choir... I couldn't sing for my life and began to panic. Each day of choir I crossed my fingers, hoping and almost praying we wouldn't give out all the solos. Things worked out and the solo try-outs are still being procrastinated as we speak.

Today was a day of glory and not once during the school day did I need to blow my nose. It was a miricle and I'm looking forward to the weekend.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My First Stake Dance

Lights flashed. My heart pounded to the beat of the music as I stepped into the crazily lit cultural hall. It was my first stake dance and I had no idea what to expect.

My friends and I found a place on the dance floor and started moving. "This is no place to be embarrassed," my friend urged. Soon I was jumping, tapping, and dancing more than I have in all the years of my life combined.

The music calmed and the DJ announced to get with a partner for a slow dance. Mr friend pushed me away, "Go find someone," she said with a smile.
"Wha--wh... I don't know what to do!" I turned around, took about two steps, and there he was. My first dance. Our eyes locked and we both came together.
"What's your name?" he asked as we positioned, his hand placed on my waist and mine on his shoulder.
We joined hands, "Tessa. What's yours?"
"Colton," he answered and began to ask me more questions. I did the same and we briefly got to know each other. The song ended and I thanked him, beaming.

I found my friends again and we all shared our experiences with our dance partners. After every slow song there were a bunch of more upbeat songs where we'd have a party and watch some guys break dancing.
After a while there were more slow dances and I danced with two more boys, getting into the routine of talking to them while we were dancing.

When the fourth slow dance started my friend shoved me into a very unexpected partner. Someone who I had known since second grade, who had the same birthday as me, and who was about a foot shorter than me. The conversation was awkward and he answered everything with "Yeah." In the middle of the song the DJ announced to quickly grab a new partner who was next to you. My new partner was the complete opposite-- I had never met him before, he was three years older than me, and probably a foot and a half taller than me. It was quite the transition, but my new partner provided for a much more interesting conversation.

My friends and I hung out until 11:00 when the dance ended and we all went home.
When I walked into the house, my legs ached and my heart still beat steadily to an imaginary song. I soon crawled into bed, still smiling, and impatient to do it all again.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Flirting" at Stake Conference

I stood on the balcony of the American Fork Tabernacle for stake conference, studying the crowd.

"I know her, and her, and him, and her..." My little neighbor stood beside me, pointing out all of the people she knew. My eyes followed her finger, and almost skimmed over someone I hadn't seen since last May--Riley. Riley had been my buddy ever since elementary school, but transfered at the end of last year to a charter school.

I swear I almost choked on my spit when I first saw him. It hadn't even occured to me he would be there. I practically tumbled down the stairs, speed walked down the aisle, and sat down right next to him. "Riley!"
He smiled back, "At first I didn't recognize you."
His voice was so much deeper! "Well, time sure changes people," I remarked with a nod.

We continued to talk for about half an hour. I didn't want it to end, knowing I wouldn't see him for months afterward. He's always been shy but really seemed to open up to me. We laughed and exchanged stories about school until Braden signaled for me. "I better go," I frowned as I stood up.
He beamed at me with a warm goodbye and I took one last look at him before trotting up the stairs.

I sat down with my family. My dad turned to me, "We just wanted to know where you were, you still have five minutes to flirt with that boy."
I chuckled at the thought. "Naw, I'm pretty sure I wasn't flirting with him." I then told my mother all about my conversation with Riley, and you could tell she was half ignoring me. I opened up my notebook and wrote down the experience, complete with illustrations.

I'm actually kind of excited for next stake conference...