Here’s a tip: Do not come home after being away for months and decide to deep clean and de-clothe your closet. It will cause you nothing but grief, I assure you. I came home to realize that I have way more than I need, SO I did what any logical person would do; I started to clean my room and get rid of all the things I didn’t need. It was going great, until I stopped halfway through and decided that I was bored. My room has been in a constant state of disarray for the last 5 days. I’ve stepped on the same earring 3 times because I am simply too lazy to move it. Welcome to my life, everyone. Exciting, isn’t it?

Fun fact: I have worn the same 2 flannels for the last 2 weeks. I have no desire to wear anything else because clearly I have given up on my life and am going to go the way of the underpass bum. But really, flannels are awesome and they hide a little bit of that holiday fluff that I’m sure we’ve all acquired 🙂

GO BUY SOME FLANNELS EVERYONE

Over and out,

Queen Anne

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Here’s me wearing one flannel at the airport in Hawaii. Fascinating.

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Here’s me and my sweet cute mama in my second Costco flannel. Incredible.

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“Is that your sister?”

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What’s that? The costco flannel AGAIN? Daring.

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Last but not least, the costco flannel, featuring my dear cousin Harrison on Christmas

home for le holidays

Well, ya filthy animals, I made it home. 2 weeks ago. I’m a little behind on the times here in the blogging world.

I am so incredibly happy to be home. I haven’t been up in Utah since JULY. The last time I attended my ward here was for my best friends mission farewell. That blows my MIND. I wish that I could tell you that my whole life has changed and that I was on the brink of some incredible discovery. I am not. I’m still 19 and I still have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I’m going to UVU this January and majoring in legal studies. I sure hope this works in my favor, because if it doesn’t, I really will have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I’m really excited to start studying, as crazy as that sounds. Legal stuff interests me. We’ll see how I feel at the end of the semester.

I wish that I could tell you that my room is spotless and my car is clean and I’m completely unpacked and that I have 0 blemishes and that my hair is perfectly blonde all the time. None of this is real life. My room is a mess, my car is filthy, my suitcases are laying open in the middle of my floor (see what I mean about mess?), my face is having a panic attack because of the dry air, AND I look like I just stepped out of a trailer park somewhere in the depths of trash-ville. I wish that I was sitting in my cute bed with my perfect room sipping on some delightful hot chocolate, BUT I am not. Life isn’t perfect. Whatever.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and we got to spend it with my cousins and aunt and uncle. It was of course, the best Christmas. I don’t really understand, however, how the great and joyous occasion of our Savior’s birth was turned into a season of selfishness and pointless gift giving. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE PRESENTS. Who doesn’t? But I feel that as I get older, the focus is less and less on what our loving Savior did for us, and more on what we get under the tree and how fast we can instagram it. We can’t lose sight of the reason for the season. My dad and I were reading some passages from the Christmas story, and my dad stated that his favorite scripture was John 3:16. Please read it and contemplate how beautiful it is. Christmas is more than unwrapping that new technological device that’s under the tree.

I love being home, and I cannot wait to see what this next school year brings! Next Christmas, all of my friends will be home from their missions. CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF!!

Over and out,

Queen Anne

Classical

It’s currently 11:44 on November 19th, 2014. I’m laying in my nice box spring bed, listening to the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. I just finished writing a paper for my Marriage and Eternal Families class, and I decided I have not written enough in the last couple months. Maybe it’s the classical music boosting my brain function; I’m not sure. So, welcome to the blog that I’ve written on 3 times, maybe.

I’m in Hawaii, as you all know. I’ve been here for about 3 months now? And I am very ready to go home. Don’t get me wrong – I love it here. I LOVE HAWAII. But a word of caution to those who wish to live here – living here is incredibly different from visiting here. I can assume that it’s like that wherever you go; Utah is the same way. Visiting is just so different, because you just get a little taste of what it’s like – you don’t really get all the details and stresses. Hawaii is this way. You come to visit and it’s absolute paradise. You come to live, and it’s lost a little bit of it’s magic. Especially when school is involved.

Since I have been on a hiatus, as usual, I suppose I will fill you in.

Having a car rocks, but if I had known what I know now, I wouldn’t have spent so much money on it. The parking situation here is out of control; too many cars, not enough people willing to let others park on their property. There are 3 of us in the house that have vehicles, and there are barely 2 parking spots at the house. We used to park down the street, but the owners of one of the houses decided to be so sweet and block it off. That was a real treat. So, now it’s each man for himself when it comes to parking. It’s become interesting.

Next, my landlord. OH MY LANDLORD. She has just been a real peach to deal with. Again, had I known what I know now, I wouldn’t have moved into this house. We have gone through so much junk that it’s now comical. From things breaking with no solution, to unanswered texts, to almost being charged for a leak that we had nothing to deal with. It’s been a roller coaster with many stops at the housing office in between. Our house also had the opportunity to be infested with bed bugs. That was a disaster in itself.

Classes are good. My hardest is accounting, but if I concentrate, I can make it through. I’m taking Hawaiian Studies, Local Communities, Biology, Religion, and of course Accounting. It’s not too hard – but it’s college, which means I want to procrastinate everything that I do. Somehow I’ve managed to gain weight during this semester, but hopefully it will all shed off in the next 3 weeks so I am not dubbed “Sweet Spirit” when I get off the plane in Phoenix.

IF any of you are wondering, NO i am not dating anyone, and NO I have not gone on any dates. There’s that.

My friends here are great. I spend most of my time with the people that live in my house. There are 19 of us in here. Brennen, Bailey, Emily, Katie, Kate, Taylor, Alyssa, Emily, and Kelsie are who I spend the majority of my time with. I’m so thankful that we all get along, because it would be a completely different experience if we didn’t. We have so much fun together – I’m going to miss them!

That leads me to my next and probably final topic. I came out here with the intent to stay 2 semesters. Hence the car, and living off campus. But, about a month ago, I started having a crisis. I wasn’t really wanting to be out here anymore, and I had no direction or knowledge as to where I was going. I felt obligated to stay, but I had no desire. I prayed and fasted, but I wasn’t really getting an answer, or so I thought. I asked Brennen, a boy who lives downstairs, if he could give me a priesthood blessing. It was UNREAL. I have such a strong testimony of blessings. They have never let me down! (more about that here) During this blessing, I felt that I needed to go back to Provo. I don’t know why. Maybe to be near my family, maybe my future man is down there (wishful thinking). But that’s the feeling I got. I felt as if I needed to apply to BYU Provo, because that’s where I needed to be. So, I did. I applied, and long story short, I was not accepted for the winter semester. I am not sad about not getting accepted; I have never EVER wanted to attend BYU Provo in all my years. But, I was upset because I thought that’s what heavenly father wanted me to do. I was SO sure that that’s where I needed to be, but maybe now is not the time for me to be there. So, for now, I am going home for good at the end of this semester. I’ll live at home and attend UVU, and apply for BYU for either the summer or the next fall. I’m not sure what will happen, but I know Heavenly Father is looking out for me no matter what. He will make the way known.

Hawaii has been good to me, and I love it. I will miss it SO much, but I am excited to go home. Life is crazy.

A radical rainbow over turtle bay - North Shore

A radical rainbow over turtle bay – North Shore

Hawaiian sunsets never disappoint

Hawaiian sunsets never disappoint

Easily the best bakery I've been to out here - Liliha Bakery on Nimitz Highway

Easily the best bakery I’ve been to out here – Liliha Bakery on Nimitz Highway

Sharks Cove, North Shore

Sharks Cove, North Shore

Angels Ice Cream, peanut butter cup of course!

Angels Ice Cream, peanut butter cup of course!

Bailey, Brennen, Me

Bailey, Brennen, Me

LaniKai beach and some serious cuties

LaniKai beach and some serious cuties

Bailey and I at Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu. Those drink are non alcoholic, I swear

Bailey and I at Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu. Those drink are non alcoholic, I swear

My good cousin Mary came out to visit - and we were just blossoming

My good cousin Mary came out to visit – and we were just blossoming

Dole-ing it with Mary

Dole-ing it with Mary

Pearl Harbor, always a tear jerker

Pearl Harbor, always a tear jerker

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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On the drive back from Kailua, incredible.

On the drive back from Kailua, incredible.

North Shore beaches are the bomb

North Shore beaches are the bomb

Kate and I at JImmy Buffets. We were dying to eat. LOL

Kate and I at JImmy Buffets. We were dying to eat. LOL

Zombies on Halloween, Honlulu

Zombies on Halloween, Honlulu

Sunset beach, North shore

Sunset beach, North shore

Could it be, another sunset?

Could it be, another sunset?

Another sunset, SURPRISE

Another sunset, SURPRISE

Sunsets man

Sunsets man

Cool tide watch for all the waves I don't know how to surf, and an even cooler sea glass ring from Haleiwa.

Cool tide watch for all the waves I don’t know how to surf, and an even cooler sea glass ring from Haleiwa.

The Kahuku High School semi-finals football game. We lost 13-10, but it was the funnest and most high energy game I've ever attended

The Kahuku High School semi-finals football game. We lost 13-10, but it was the funnest and most high energy game I’ve ever attended

Bailey, Katie, Brennen, Me. I apparently was the only one who got the extra cute face memo

Bailey, Katie, Brennen, Me. I apparently was the only one who got the extra cute face memo

Pure happiness - so many good memories associated with this

Pure happiness – so many good memories associated with this

Overposting all over the place

Did you know that it’s possible to be in Hawaii for over 24 hours and not even step foot on the beach or put a toe in the water? Because I did it. I really did it and I am not proud of it. I did, however, accomplish the following things

1. I drove to my favorite side-of-the-road fruit stand and got the best pineapple in the whole world. Please do yourself a favor and get fresh fruit whenever you have a chance. You’ll meet really cute little old women who sell ziploc bags with 3 pieces of fruit in them for almost 5 dollars a bag. But, you will have the most delicious, juicy, and sweet fruit that you have ever had in your life. 

2. We went to into the depths of hell aka town aka Waikiki and did a bit of shopping. A bit of shopping and a whole lot of walking. The walking payed off; I ended up getting some hella cute clothes. More island advice: when you visit the beautiful island of Oahu, please please PLEASE do not spend more than one day in Waikiki. There are so many more beautiful things on every other part of the island. Go to the west side and go to the Dole factory; go up to the North Shore and see the amazing beaches. SEE THE REST OF THE ISLAND.

3. On the North Shore, near Laie, there’s a rad little restaurant called North Shore Tacos. Can you guess what they have that’s delicious? TACOS. Can you even believe it? Their tacos are the bomb, it’s true. But they have a lot of other food as well – salads, super large burritos, lots of good fattening food. I highly suggest a visit if you’re ever in the area.

4. Whenever we visit, we go up to Ted’s bakery near Sunset beach for some delicious pie. This place is famous and for a very nice reason. Their baked goods are insanely delicious and very very sweet. There’s always a little crowd, but there’s also always good cold pie in the fridge. I took a little trip and may or may not have made off with 5 slices of cake and a whole pie.  We love the Peach Bavarian Cream Pie, the Chantilly Cake, the Dream Cake, the Carrot Cake, and the Pumpkin Cream cake. All of the stuff. We love all of the stuff. Eat the pie.

5. Did you know that Korean dramas are just that – dramatic. That’s all that we’ve been able to watch on our little box tv.

So I’ve gone through my first 24 hours without seeing a beach, but I did each my weight in tacos and cake. I enjoyed my evening listening to the Common Kings and driving up the North Shore. I sure am glad to be back.

 

Don’t kiss boys and don’t let anyone be mean to you.

Queen Anne

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Aloha from O’ahu

Despite my greatest fears and my flight anxiety, we landed safely in Hawaii. We even landed an hour before schedule – how about that? We sat behind a couple who had never been to the islands before, and they were coming to get MARRIED. Yeah, it’s a little cliche, but whatever. Many years of happiness to them and their paradise wedding. 

SO, we got off the plane and did what any logical family would do right after landing on a tropical island – we bought a car. I’ll spare you the gory details, but what would have been a 30 minute transaction (had the dealer done their job) turned into an hour and half deal. Papa Holds was none to happy. But, nonetheless, we are now sporting around in a new stripped down, manual transmission Jetta, and I have no complaints. My parents rock – and for that I am very grateful.

Post car fiasco, we decided to do the second thing that anyone does in tropical paradise – shop at an insanely crowded mall with cultures from all over the world. (This is very sarcastic. DO NOT GO SHOPPING AT ANY TIME WHEN YOU ARE ON A TROPICAL ISLAND. YOU WILL REGRET IT.) Yes we are insane, and yes we just wanted to beat the evening traffic. Is that so wrong? Anyways, I digress. We shopped for a couple hours and grabbed a bite at the oh-so-Hawaiian California Pizza Kitchen. I got a backpack (exciting) and maybe a couple more swimsuits. I can sense you judging me. Please stop.

By the time we got to the rental condo, it was already past 9:30 Hawaiian Time, meaning that it was 12:30 Arizona time. Being the wimpy people we are, we all zonked out as soon as we got into bed. A good nights rest is a great thing people.

I’m currently keeping you updated from a porch overlooking the Turtle Bay Golf course. It’s 73 degrees and the sun is shining. I am so happy to be back. I’ve already gotten 4 bug bites. That might be a new record.

I’ll eat some Ted’s Pie for you all and think of you while I’m roasting my skin on the beach.

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Pre-Flight Photo in the very classy Airport parking structure

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Jettin in my Jetta, airplane hair and all

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The people in this photo appear to be happier than they actually are

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Okay, but how beautiful is this place?

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Seriously people Wowie

Welcome welcome

Well folks, here we are at yet another new blog. Please hold the applause and please don’t go too cray-z. I’m trying this whole “wordpress” thing out just for a change of scenery. Don’t get too anxious.

You know the usual white girl blog routine – post too much about my personal life and talk about myself more than I should. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in the right place.

I head out to Hawaii tomorrow. TOMORROW. ?????????? is how I’m feeling. It’s my last day at the office, and it doesn’t even feel like I won’t be here anymore. It feels like I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and drive into Prescott and sit in the window,but PSYCH I’m not. I’m waking up at the crack of dawn to get on plane and fly over the ocean back to the motherland. 

🙂 🙂 🙂 I can’t tell if those are genuine smiling faces or sarcastic and anxious almost-ready-to-vomit faces. Pick the one you like best and roll with it. 

The weirdest thing is that in 24 hours, I will be getting ready to land on Oahu. That blows my mind. It also makes me feel a little bit of anxiety because I hate flying SO MUCH. I’m hoping to just pop a zquill and call it good.

Until next time on the new blog,

Queen Anne