Saturday, December 29, 2012

What I Got For Christmas

I'm a nerd. Not the "I saw the Hunger Games movie" kind of nerd. The "I can answer random trivia questions about Harry Potter like it's an autobiography" kind of nerd. And this Christmas I got visual proof of my nerdiness:
My Star Wars candy dispenser(from Carly)

My Hobbit collectible cup(from the theater) and trading cards(from Denny's) 

The complete 8-film collection of Harry Potter(from Santa) and a chocolate frog from the Harry Potter  studio in London(from Danielle)

A Parks and Rec T-shirt(from Rochelle)

My Les Miserables ticket(from the Christmas showing), 25th Anniversary Concert on DVD, and the soundtrack from the film that I've already listened to for hours on Spotify
Basically I am feeling overwhelmingly nerdy and I love it! So I thought I'd share.
That's all.

Friday, December 14, 2012


I know a lot of people have been talking about this but I felt like writing down my thoughts on the horrible events that have happened in Connecticut and China.

I had so many thoughts running through my head, like "How sad" and "What kind of sick monster would do such things"... honestly I was heartbroken.

And then I started thinking about how scary this is... I am an Elementary Ed major and one day I will be working in an elementary school and I started thinking about how hard it would be to have that happen. Not because I'm scared for my own safety, but because I will be responsible for students just like those who were needlessly attacked today.

Then I got to thinking about how one day I will be a mother and how hard it would be to send your child off to school, just like every other day, and to never see them again....

I've been trying to think of something that we as a country needed to learn from these events... but all I can think is that this is tragic...

That's all.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Today was a long day

Bad Things that Happened:
#1) I had to wake up at 6 am. I haven't woken up that early in months and last time I did it was to go to Disneyland!
#2) I didn't go to Disneyland. I went to finals. I had three and due to lack of sleep I was not as focused as I would have liked... hopefully I did ok anyways.
#3) I had to return my Autoharp. So that's tragic.
#4) I had a minor emotional breakdown... I sat down in a meeting, was asked how I was doing, and immediately started crying... it was very embarrassing.

Things that Made the Bad Things Not so Bad:
#1) One of my finals was a project presentation and my teacher didn't collect any projects EXCEPT for mine! She loved it so much she wanted to keep it in her office. Also I got 100%!
#2) My roommates. Sure they are weirdos, but I sure love them!
#3) I came home for the night and my mom made me dinner and my dad made me dessert and I am currently cuddling with my puppy... I love being home :)
#4) I met with my bishop to start my missions papers.... hooray!

That's all.

Wait! Look at this horrible Christmas card Maddie made for us.
We Dowds are a classy people.

Friday, December 7, 2012

I Just Want a Chili Dog

Today I was grumpy.

Sometimes when Dowds are simultaneously angry and hungry we get what we like to call "Hangry".

After a long, frustrating day I was getting pretty hangry so I decided to make myself a chili dog.


While trying to open the can of chili I cut my finger... really bad.
It was bleeding a lot so Erika put a band-aid on me...
but it bled through the band-aid...
for about ten minutes.

Then Megan came home (she's very medically savvy) and she said I might need stitches.....

...but then she put on a butterfly bandage and it stopped!
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So I''m not dying... but I feel like an idiot. Particularly this idiot...

...especially since I didn't even end up having a chili dog!
Ugh, I hate finals week!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


This is an Autoharp. At the beginning of this semester I was assigned to learn 10 children's songs on the Autoharp for my Music class (music for elementary teachers). At first I was not too excited because I am not very good with instruments... they take a lot of work and dedication and I am not good at those. However, I quickly fell in love with the Autoharp because it is essentially the world's easiest instrument (not counting the kazoo or triangle).
I am basically just like this crazy old lady....
I went far and above the 10 songs assigned; I currently have 100+ songs bookmarked that I can play. I play and sing all day long Georgiana style (P&P reference).

Unfortunately this semester is almost over... meaning my Autoharp must be returned. Which is making me very, very sad. 

The end :(

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Waste of Time?

Last night instead of being productive I found this tumblr:

It's literally just a bunch of photos of awesome famous people hanging out with other awesome famous people. I am weirdly obsessed. Here are some of my favorites:
Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly

Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn

Eleanor Roosevelt and Shirley Temple

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin

John Travolta and Princess Diana

Louis Armstrong and Grace Kelly

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire

Hugh Heffner and Doris Day (and a puppy)

Frank Sinatra and JFK

The cast of the original Star Wars trilogy

Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith

The Rat Pack

Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire
I'm not really sure why I love this so much... but I do :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Quick Responses

So this evening LaChelle (my roommate) and I were having a discussion about how neither of us is ready to be married and how crazy it is that so many people our age are.  After the conversation ended I continued to think about it.  I just kept thinking in my head, "Would it be so bad to never get married?  I could just be single forever and adopt foreign babies and it'll be great!"  Now, none of these thoughts were really all that serious, but apparently I needed to be set right because as I was reading my scriptures I came across Hebrews 13:4 which says, "Marriage is honourable in all."

Isn't it great how the scriptures have so many answers for us?  I wasn't even looking for an answer or praying about this, and yet it was obviously something that I needed to be hear.

The church is true, the scriptures are true, and Heavenly Father sure loves us.

That's all.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I voted!

I won't tell you who for, but I will tell you I was sorely tempted to write-in Leslie Knope for every office
Catch Your Dream!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm Thoroughly Depressed

So a few months ago I downloaded a Sudoku app on my phone with 300 games on 5 levels of difficulty, so a total of 1500 levels. And it has been a personal goal of mine to finish every single game. Today I finished the last level!!!!! I was SO excited and proud and then... I realize that the game has been updated and the first 900 games have been swapped out with new ones.... I get to start again. I am so determined to finish this!!!!
 I shall conquer this, I shall! (name that movie)

Oh well, here's something to make everyone feel better:

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's a Jungle Out There

So here's a quick rundown of my day:

Slept in until 10:00 and was going to shower and work on some homework...
...but then I noticed my open Netflix tab so I watched 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' instead.

After that I got ready and went to my History class where I was planning on taking notes...
...but saw that my unfinished assignment was open on my desktop so I decided to work on that.

After that I decided I had to come home and work on my paper, but first I needed to cook some food.
When I went in the kitchen I noticed how full the sink was, so I did the dishes...
...and the next thing I know I'm scrubbing all my kitchen appliances with a toothbrush while watching (and singing along to) Les Miserables.

Does this happen to normal people or just me?

I feel like a weird combination of Monk and Dug the dog.....

Sidenote: Rochelle just called an told me she whistled twice. That brings the grand total up to two times! We're all very proud of what she's accomplished!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

So... I'm Not the Best Listener

You may be thinking to yourself, "I wonder what conversation is like between Nicole and her roommate."
Well here's a snippet of our conversation from last night:

LaChelle (my roommate): I hurt right here. [Points to lower abdomen] I wonder why.
Nicole: Baby?!?! Baby! You’re pregnant?!?! You slut!
LaChelle: No, I was at…
Nicole: …the lady doctor?
LaChelle: No! We went to the trampoline place…
Nicole: ….Doesn’t that make it hard to do it? If you’re bouncing around?
LaChelle: No!!! To jump on the tramp….
Nicole: …. LaChelle! Don’t call yourself a tramp!
Nicole: So… no baby?

Then we danced to Gangam Style and went to bed.
The end.

P.S. I found this gem today
berry break 1 Take a BERRY Break (40 photos)
It made me laugh so hard as did this.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Really Want a Cup of Cider!

You know those little notices on your food that say 'Refrigerate After Opening'?
They look like this
Well did you know that if you don't refrigerate, let's say, your big jug of apple cider that it can mold?
Cause it can.
And mine did.
And it was nasty.... and green.... and dross. 

But I learned my lesson! If you buy a big jug of apple cider drink it all in one day! No way it's going to mold that fast!

Please enjoy this video which expresses how I felt at finding that my food was uncharacteristically green.
I know it's dreen... but what else is about it?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I Have Serious Problems

My friend's Facebook status:
I have never fully undrstood why girls think a guys sleepy voice is sexy...?!?

My initial reaction:
Horrified reaction
I am a grammar Nazi and consequently HATE when people misspell things, especially when they proceed to post it on the Internet for everyone to see.

However, this Facebook post didn't really catch my attention for this particular reason. 

The real reason this caught my eye (and warranted a blog post) was because of this comment:
And you never will. You're not a girl hun.

Catch the comma error? 
It should be, "And you never will. You're not a girl, hun."
Due to the lack of a comma, however, this image popped into my mind:

That's right: A girl Hun.

Am I taking my grammar issues a little too far?  Perhaps.

Am I really taking my grammar issues too far?  Yes, I probably am.

Did you check this whole post for spelling and/or grammar mistakes?  You bet your sweet bippy you did!

Was this whole post really just a distraction from doing my homework?  Yes.

Are these videos also great distractions?  YES! Enjoy!

                                                                        Did I just feel a thumb?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I Will Never Forget This General Conference

     This was a Conference I will never forget.  I took my eleven year old cousin Lizzie to the Saturday morning session.  I invited her a couple of weeks ago and I think we've both been looking forward to it.  So we left early Saturday morning and we parked in Sandy and rode the Trax up to Salt Lake.
Liz was really excited to ride the train
     As we walked to the Conference Center, we encountered some people who were yelling out Anti-Mormon messages and wielding their derogatory signs.  Liz had a really hard time understanding why they had to come to our temple and our General Conference and say these hurtful things to us, and while I also don't fully understand, we talked about how everyone is allowed to go out and state their opinions.  The most relatable example I could think of was our missionaries; missionaries go around and spread the message that they believe in, sometimes in places where they are not wanted, just like the men yelling at us at Temple Square.  I also explained to her, that they aren't really doing any harm, standing on the corner, preaching what they think is true, because we were about to have the opportunity to listen to our Prophet teach us what we know is right.  Well, it was kind of an intense discussion, and I'm hoping I said the right thing to her.... I guess we'll see.  
     Anyway, we went to the Saturday morning session and it was so good.  I loved the talk and the music, but I was slightly distracted thinking about President Monson's announcement about missionaries.  After he announced those changes I literally started bawling hysterically, I think that I freaked Lizzie out, not to mention the old lady behind me who started rubbing my back and gave me a tissue.... slightly awkward.  But it was very emotional for me.  I know that everyone is talking about this right now, but I feel like this announcement, for me at least, was life-changing.  I'm still not 100% sure what I am planning on doing with this information, but I know that this was an answer to my prayers.
     Between sessions Lizzie and I went to City Creek to do some window-shopping (and some real shopping) and we were both a little dazzled by how large it is.  I have nothing against malls or shopping or anything like that, but as I was walking through it, the words "great" and "spacious" and "building" kept running through my mind.... just saying.
     After City Creek we walked through Temple Square and then we stopped and sang with the youth who line the sidewalk during Conference weekend.
Singing with the youth
It was Lizzie's idea to stop, but I really loved it.  It was one more experience to make the weekend unforgettable.  We watched the afternoon session at my great-aunt (so Lizzie's great-great-aunt) Willie; she fed us, gave us gifts, and let me sleep (I was really tired, so don't judge too harshly).
     Once Conference was over we headed over to the Trax station and got on the train to head home.  Lizzie wasn't feeling great so she laid down across from me and I just sat there staring at the other passengers.  There was this guy with long blonde hair and a cigarette tucked behind his ear, playing with his toddler, and I was watching them thinking about all the things I've learned about how troubled home situations produce troubled children.  While kind of lost in thought about this, Lizzie sat up very suddenly and threw up on me.

So that happened.

     It really wasn't that bad.  I mean it was, but.... anyway.  She was feeling better after that, and she had very successfully avoided getting any puke on herself.  Meanwhile, it was running down my legs and pooling into my shoes.... that was graphic, but I feel better letting that out.  While I was sitting there in Liz's puke, cigarette guy pulled out some baby wipes and handed them to me.  Around me was a nice looking young woman, a man in a nice business suit, and two older ladies in their Sunday best.  And out of all those people, the only one who helped or offered any words of sympathy was cigarette guy, who thirty seconds before I had been judging.  While I did not enjoy being thrown-up on, I think that this lesson was a good one for me to learn.
     So after the rest of the twenty minute ride, the Trax driver (conductor?) let me use the staff bathroom to clean up.  Then we drove for another thirty minutes back to my house, got cleaned up, and drove Lizzie home.

It was a Conference weekend I will never forget.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cute Kids

So I spent my evening watching my cousin Kellie's kids.
Emma, Joe, Lizzie, Dan, and Savvy
It's not the hardest job since they are really good kids and they live in a neighborhood where they can run around and play with all the other kids. So I was just casually sitting in their living room with the door open, keeping an eye on everyone when Emma (who I think is 3) comes running in crying. I scoop her up and give her a big hug, and wait for her to tell me what's wrong, but she doesn't say a thing. After about three minutes of her snuggling me I finally asked what happened and she says, with a big smile, "I got sad, but your hug made me happy!" and then she runs back out to play.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Doppelgangers! (That's right, more than one)

I am currently in History 201 with these two ladies
Unfortunately, they don't bring that sugary goodness to class :(
As you could probably guess.... it's kind of boring. So we get into all sorts of shenanigans.
I like paint....

...Julayne likes lemurs, but no other primates.... ????

Brought to you by Madeline Greenhalgh
So today while in class (which we are in as I write this post) we noticed something very interesting...
...very interesting indeed

This is our history professor, Brother Davis.....
... and this is the boss from the Incredibles.
And this is the actor he is based on, Robert Stanton.

Which leads us to....


Weird right?

 But definitely more interesting than the Neolithic time period (which I'm not sure is what we are talking about... this post has captured my attention, as well as the attention of Maddie and Julayne.... oh well)