Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Take Your Pick

Day Sixteen: Nicknames you have and why.

I kind of have a lot of nicknames. Rather, I've had a lot of nicknames in my life. The most obvious one being Lindy. Here's the scoop on that one: My dad worked with a lady whose name was Andralynn and she went by Lindy. He really liked the sound of it, and my mom agreed, and voila, it became my name. My mom apparently had this thing about giving us nicknamable names: My brothers are Benjamin, Robert, and Matthew, with their obvious corresponding nicknames. My sister is RoChelle, and we call her Chelly. Then mine is Andralynn, and I've been called Lindy my whole life. It gets a wee bit confusing. Sometimes I wish I had just gone by Andralynn my whole life. So if you ever want to start calling me Andralynn, go right ahead.

Other nicknames I have had in my life are Andra, Android, Androidlynn, Androidlindy, Andralindy, Linny, Linny-Loo, Lindy-Loo-Hoo who is no more than two. Andy has been thrown around a few times. I had a friend in high school who called me Lynnandra. A friend in my ward persists in calling me Lindizzle. And I have had two people consistently call me Andralynn, and while that isn't technically a nickname, it feels like one because no one else calls me that. (And the fact that they were guys I was interested in [and I think returned the sentiment] made it all the better.)

Most of these nicknames have no reason behind them; they simply sounded funny to whoever was talking to me, so they got used. Not much more to it than that.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dream a Little Dream For Me

Day Fifteen: Plans/dreams/goals you have.

Well, that's not general at all, is it. I'm not even sure where to start.

I guess I can start with what has been on my mind the most lately, and that is marriage. Cliché, I know, but let's be honest: I'm 24 years old. I'm turning 25 this year, and I'm still single. I really do want a family. I want to meet someone who will be able and willing to deal with my particular brand of crazy, someone who will force his way into my bubble and convince me that I can allow someone into my life without being let down. I want a man who wants to have kids and wants to raise a family in the Church. I want a man who will love me for who I am and won't ask me to change for him. I want a man who makes me want to be a better person, who is my best friend and confidante.

That is my main dream right now, though that doesn't mean I don't have plenty of other dreams. I plan to move out of student housing (finally!) in August. I'll be moving in with a few other girls of my choosing, which will be awesome. We're going to have the awesomest apartment ever in existence, for the reals. The only thing that would be awesomer would be if Cora were living with us, but she's not. It's a shame.

Another dream/goal of mine is to work at a job that is at least closer to my dream job. Magazine editing, fiction editing . . . something along those lines. Wherever that may be. My current job is fine; I love the people I work with, and I very much like that I am so comfortable there. I know my job. I'm good at my job. But it's not where I want to stay the rest of my life. Eventually I will get an opportunity to go somewhere else, to expand my knowledge and my expertise. It will be hard, as change always is, but I'm excited for the day that it will be the right thing for me to move on. Whenever that day might be.

So there you have it: a couple of my long-term goals. I would write more, but I'm kind of in the middle of an episode of 24, and I'm a little distracted. Nerve gas is about to be released in a mall! Oh noes!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I don't have a choice, but I'd still choose you.

Day Fourteen: Someone you want to switch lives with for one day and why.

I would switch lives with Joy Williams, of the Civil Wars. For many, many reasons. First of all, she has an incredible singing voice that I would love to have, just for a day. She is also a phenomenal songwriter. And she has beautiful dresses. Those three things alone would be reason enough for me to want to switch lives with her.

To make the situation even sweeter, she tours all over the world with the Civil Wars, so she gets to see all sorts of amazing places and meet all sorts of amazing people. She also gets to sing her ridiculously awesome music in front of venues full of fans singing the songs she wrote. That's something that I have always wanted to experience—I want to know how it feels to have thousands upon thousands of people know and love my music.

And the icing on the cake is that Joy Williams sings with one John Paul White, whom I love. I love his voice. I love how he makes playing insane rhythms on the guitar look as easy as breathing. I love how he and Joy lean close when they sing. I love how seamlessly their voices blend. I love how you can't tell who has the harmony and who has the melody. Honest to goodness, I love every little thing about the Civil Wars, and being a part of that duo for a single day would be beyond my wildest dreams. So yeah, I would absolutely switch lives with Joy Williams for a day. It would be amazing.

PS: Thanks goes to Cora for giving me the idea of switching lives with Joy Williams. Cora knows me so well.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Day Thirteen: Another picture of yourself.

New Year's Eve, 2011. Brittany, Heather, and I were partying with some friends, and we had the best ratio ever: the three of us and seven guys. It was pretty sweet. We played charades, ate tons of food, and watched a movie. It was a super fun night. I love these girls. I love them so much, in fact, that I'm going to be living with them this fall. I can't wait. Our apartment is going to be the bomb dot com. Seriously. We're not going to get any sleep ever. It'll be awesome.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Shuffle Test

Day Twelve: Put your iPod on shuffle and post the first 10 songs that play.

This could get interesting. I have a lot of really random stuff on my iPod. Here goes nothin'. 
  1. "Ritual Dance" by Kaki King, August Rush soundtrack (Told you I had random crap on there.)
  2. "The Medallion Calls" by Klaus Badelt, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl soundtrack (I'm gonna start skipping songs if I get a bunch of instrumental.)
  3. "Down" (feat. Lil Wayne) by Jay Sean (I always skip this song. I don't even know why I still have it.)
  4. "The Dungeon" by Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland soundtrack
  5. "Every Day," Les Miserables soundtrack
  6. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam, Remember the Titans soundtrack (Holy soundtracks, Batman.)
  7. "Long Tall Sally" by the Beatles, Past Masters Volume 1 (Gotta have a Beatles song.)
  8. "A Moment With Me" by Harry Connick, Jr., Come By Me
  9. "Two Worlds" by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina, Tarzan soundtrack
  10. "The Violet Hour" by the Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
I will freely admit that I skipped a couple of songs. But that was because I kept getting songs from the same album. Thank you, shuffle, for not being as random as usual when I really want you to be.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Da Brown Fambily

Day Eleven: A picture of you and your family.

This is kind of an old picture (I mean really, look at my hair!), but it's our latest family photo, so it's getting posted. I truly have the greatest family on the planet. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Music is the best.

Day Nine: Songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad.

This is a hard one, since I like so much music. I get in different moods for different music regardless of my emotions. If I like music, I like music, and that's about it. But I'll give this a shot, based on my current music mood. Which means there's going to be a whole lot of Cold War Kids, Mumford & Sons, and the Civil Wars, since I've been listening to them nonstop lately.

Happy: "Marry Me" by Train, because that song just gives me warm fuzzies. So does "I've Got This Friend" by the Civil Wars. "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars also qualifies as a happy song. Then you can throw in stuff like "I've Just Seen a Face" by the Beatles and "Magic" by B.o.B. Oh, and I can't forget "Finally Begin" and "Broken Open" by Cold War kids.

Sad: "Poison & Wine" and "Falling" by the Civil Wars. "Roll Away Your Stone" and "The Cave" and "Thistle and Weeds" by Mumford & Sons. Okay, so basically all of Barton Hollow and Sigh No More qualify as good sad albums. Norah Jones is also a good sad artist, especially "Cold Cold Heart" and "I Don't Miss You At All." Also, can't forget songs like "Someone Like You" and "Turning Tables" by Adele.

Bored: Pretty much anything I can bust out at the top of my lungs. So all of 21 by Adele. "Barton Hollow" and "Birds of a Feather" by the Civil Wars. "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles. "Stoppin' the Love" and "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall. "As Long As You're Mine" from Wicked. "Come Home" by OneRepublic. Stuff like that.

Hyped: Pretty much anything by Sherwood, especially "Song In My Head," "Only Song," "Middle of the Night," and "You Are." They're jumping songs, so it's easy to get a lot of energy out with them. "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars. "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green. Anything super upbeat.

Mad: "Where Have You Been?" by Reel Big Fish. They say "Go to hell!" in every chorus, so it's a given as an angry song. "You Already Know" by Train. "Over You" by Daughtry. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. "Skip the Charades" by Cold War Kids. "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons. I may never actually sing the f-word in that song, but sometimes just hearing it is an emotional release. "Grenade" by Bruno Mars. Basically anything with an angry undertone that I can sing really loudly.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Woot for self-control!

Day Eight: Something you're proud of from the last few days.

Geez . . . something I'm proud of? That's a tough one. The first thing that pops into my mind is going to the gym. I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 this morning to go, which was something I was completely terrible at last week. However, that pride is somewhat tempered by the fact that I didn't go to the gym at all yesterday. Blast. But I guess there's no use dwelling on the past.

There is one other thing I'm proud of, I guess. I ordered some clothes on Gap.com last week because they had some of my favorite pants on sale. I got the package today, and unfortunately, two of the three pairs of pants that I bought didn't fit right. Even though they were all the exact same size. And two of them were the exact same style. This is exactly why I despise jeans shopping.

Anyway, I decided not to prolong things and I went to the mall to take the two pairs of ill-fitting jeans back. I went into Gap, returned my jeans, and walked right back out of the mall. I didn't even stop. Just because I got that $50 back on my credit card doesn't mean I have to go out and spend it. I'm pretty dang proud of that self-control, let me tell ya.

So that's . . . really boring, I know, but when you limit me to the past couple of days, I'm not left with many options.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Day Seven: Short-term goals for this month.

My number-one goal for this month is to make getting up at 6:30 to go to the gym a habit. I need to convince myself that I have to get up, because then I can have my whole evening to myself and I don't have to worry about not meeting my gym goal because something fun comes up. I'm sorry, but the gym isn't ever going to take precedence over doing fun things with my friends. If I remember that, getting up might not be so difficult.

Goal number two is to have more meaningful scripture study. I've been feeling more and more lately like I need to pay more attention to what I'm reading and actually write down the thoughts and insights I have. With how much I write in my journal, you wouldn't think that's difficult for me, but it is. Which is why I've decided that I'm going to make my regular day-to-day journal double as my spiritual journal. It should be anyway because I need to write down the spiritual experiences I have in my everyday life, but sometimes it doesn't work that way.

A third goal is to listen to conference talks while I get ready in the mornings. It's a perfect time to do it because I'm not doing anything else. I usually just listen to music, but if I switch to conference talks, I can listen to two a day. I used to be really good at it about a year ago, and it was so cool to see what things in my daily life reminded me of talks that I had listened to recently. It was a great way to listen to the counsel of the prophets again and to be reminded of the things that I need to work on.

A fourth goal is to get some quality one-on-one hang-out time with Der Junge. I tried on Friday, but he was hanging out with his roommate, who got invited along on our excursion. It's not a big deal, since his roommate is my friend too, but I really wanted to just hang out with Der Junge. That's proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. However, Der Junge let it slip that he has never seen any of the Indiana Jones movies (a travesty, I know!), so I promptly borrowed all three of them from my parents and I will force him to watch them with me. So maybe that will work in my favor one of these days.

So there you have it. My goals. I didn't realize I had so many.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Day Six: A photo of something/someone that has had the biggest impact on you.

There are so very many people and things that have had enormous impacts on me both for good and for ill. I have known absolutely amazing people throughout my life that have helped me learn and grow and become a better person. I have read books and watched movies that have completely changed my viewpoints on issues and have broadened my world. I have taken classes that have forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me how to live outside myself.

But today is Sunday, and I just taught a rather emotional Relief Society lesson about repentance and my Savior. Therefore, I think it appropriate to write about the person who has had the biggest impact on my life. That person is Jesus Christ. I believe with my whole heart that Christ is my Savior and that He died for me. He shed drops of blood from every pore so that I don't have to. If I but turn to him and use the Atonement in my everyday life, I won't have to face justice at the last day. The Savior will step in my place and be my advocate to the Father.

I honestly don't know where I would be without a knowledge of my Savior. There have been so many times in my life when I have felt completely lost and alone. When I have been confused and afraid. When I have been ashamed and humiliated. In each instance, the fact that I have a Savior who wants to hear all my concerns and fears has been an enormous comfort. I can't count how many times I have felt the love of my Savior and simply felt that everything will turn out okay. I have seen His tender mercies in my everyday life, and I can't say how much of a blessing that is.

The truth is that I never would have realized the importance of all the people and things that have impacted my life without the knowledge that a loving Savior and Heavenly Father are guiding my life. I have experienced things and gotten to know people for a reason. Everything always seems to work out when I trust in my Heavenly Father and I strive to do what He asks of me. No other person or thing could ever hope to have a bigger impact on my life.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Nana nana nana nana...BATMAN!

Day Five: Your favorite super hero and why.

I think Batman is freaking awesome, though that's mostly due to Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Batman's universe. I've never been a huge comic book fan, so most of my super hero knowledge comes from the big screen. I have to admit, though, that I love me some comic book movies. They are highly entertaining.

The main reason Batman is my favorite super hero is that the movies are insanely awesome. Christopher Nolan is seriously a genius. I love Christian Bale as Batman (no matter how annoying his Batman voice gets), I love Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, I love Michael Caine as Alfred, I love Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and I love, love, love Heath Ledger as the Joker. The Dark Knight Rises trailer gives me chills, and I cannot wait to see it. Tom Hardy as Bane is going to be sick. Throw in performances by Joseph Gordon-Leavitt and Marion Cotillard, and I'm in movie heaven (despite Anne Hathaway as Catwoman). Midnight showing here I come!

Another thing I like about Batman is that he's not a super hero in the super powers sense. He doesn't have any super powers. He's just a normal dude (albeit a very, very rich dude) who decided to take action in Gotham. It's kind of cool. And it brings up a lot of issues about society and about how societies view vigilantes who take the law into their own hands. Heroes like Superman and Spider-Man don't bring up quite the same issues. While they are technically vigilantes, they can do things no one else can do because they're "super." Batman just has loads of money and could have competition if another super rich vigilante decides to jump in the ring. It also means that the villains are more interesting because they don't have super powers either. They just want to take down Batman.

Basically, Batman is the coolest.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nauvoo: The City Beautiful

Day Four: A picture of somewhere you've been.

In case you were wondering, this awesome photo was taken by yours truly. I'm cool, I know.

Nauvoo, Illinois, is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I love this place. I love the history of it and the feelings it evokes in me. I love, love, love the temple. It's absolutely amazing. I have yet to go inside or to do any work there, but I will one day. (That wasn't even intended to mimic the song. I am good.)

I was eleven the first time I went to Nauvoo. I was with my parents as we drove across the country to take my grandparents their car. They were serving a mission in Kirtland, Ohio. My parents decided that if we were driving that far anyway, we might as well make it a big trip and hit all the major Church history sites. It was an absolutely incredible vacation for my eleven-year-old self. It was one of the single greatest testimony-building experiences I had ever had, and Nauvoo sat squarely in the middle of it. I was reading the sixth Work and the Glory book at the time, which happens to be set completely in Nauvoo. It really helped me visualize where things happened and what was going on at that time in Church history. That was where I first gained a testimony of Joseph Smith.

Another awesome thing about that trip was that we rolled into Nauvoo on the first Sunday in April, which is General Conference, of course. And it happened to be the conference when President Hinckley announced the rebuilding of the Nauvoo temple. It was pretty amazing.

I didn't get to go back to Nauvoo until seven years later, when my mom, my grandma, and I went to my cousin Dustin's high school graduation. I hadn't seen Cora, Dustin, Blake, and Robyn since the last time we had gone to Nauvoo, so it was super exciting to see them. Cora, Jamie, Robyn, Mom, Grandma, and I spent three days in Nauvoo during that trip, and finally seeing the temple was incredible. As you drive along the Mississippi River, the road takes a curve, and BAM! there's the temple. It seems to loom up out of nowhere. It's no wonder the Saints chose that spot for the House of the Lord.

I love Nauvoo. I love it so much. I want to go back, and I want to do baptisms in the temple. Heck, I'd love to get married in the Nauvoo temple, but unfortunately, all my family is in Utah, so that probably won't happen. 

I'm so grateful for the chances I have had to go to Nauvoo and to feel the incredible spirit of what the Saints left behind. It truly is the City Beautiful.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stress is the worst.

Day Three: A habit that you wish you didn't have.

I don't know if this qualifies as a habit, so much, but I stress. I stress a lot. I used to have such bad anxiety that I would wake up every morning with a terrible knot in my chest. It felt like it was squeezing all of the air out of my lungs. I was afraid of driving. I was afraid of going to college. I was afraid of starting a new job. It was a horrible, paralyzing feeling.

I have gotten much better as I've gotten older. Driving in particular no longer bugs me. That's probably because I've spent many months as the only one in my apartment with a car, so I've done a whole lotta driving in my time in Provo. But that's not the only thing I've grown more confident in. I think it's just a matter of growing up and figuring things out.

Unfortunately, I am still a worry wart. I worry about everything. Just because the anxiety isn't crippling doesn't mean it isn't there in some form or another. I frequently worry about things at work. I worry about moving out of my current apartment. I worry when I get new roommates. I worry about my church calling. (Well, sometimes. Not currently. My calling is awesome.) And most especially, I worry about guys. I worry about how I'm coming across. I worry about being too forward. I worry about not being forward enough. I worry about giving the wrong impression. I worry about everything when it comes to dating. It's awful.

I need to loosen up. I need to worry less. I need to be more open. I know all of these things. Unfortunately, acting on them and actually changing is much more easily said than done.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My friends are the best.

Day Two: A picture of you and your friends.

Honest to goodness, I have so many incredible friends that one picture wouldn't suffice. Heck, these three pictures don't suffice. So many awesome people are left out because I am horrible at taking pictures at social events.

My roommates are incredible and have become some of my very best friends. My other girlfriends in the ward (of which there are pretty much only two) have become such good friends that I'm hoping to live with them next year. And the guys in my life never cease to entertain me. If any combination of my guy friends are around, whatever is going on is almost guaranteed to be exciting.

Honestly, I am so grateful that I have met such amazing people the past few months. Here's hoping that in the next few months, I can meet even more amazing people and grow even closer with the people I've already integrated into my life.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blogging Challenge!

As mentioned in my last post, I want to be better at blogging. Since I've been having a hard time thinking of things to write about, I thought I would see what kind of blog challenges I could find. The main one I found was the same one I did the beginning of last year, and I wanted to have some different topics. So I combined a few of my favorites to come up with more than a month of posts. Woo hoo! Over a month of daily posts! Exciting, right?

So here it is, day one of my jerry-rigged blog challenge. We'll see how this goes.

Day One: A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

Christmas Eve 2011, wearing the paper crown from our English crackers.

Yay for lists! Anyone who reads my blog should know that I love lists. I've done this kind of list tons of times, but I'm always up for more. 
  1. Along the lines of loving lists, I recently bought a journal called Listography. It is composed solely of lists. I kind of love it.
  2. I have had a lifelong obsession with pens. I simply love good pens.
  3. I am crazy fickle when it comes to my hair. I chopped it off in May, and I've already decided I'm growing it out again. Give it a couple more months and it'll be a different color.
  4. I love makeup. A lot. I have a ridiculous amount of it, and somehow, I can't keep myself from buying more. Especially eye shadow.
  5. I have nine of the most amazing kids as my nieces and nephews. They're the best ever.
  6. The phrase "should have went" makes me want to kick a puppy. The past participle of "go" is "gone," not "went." The phrase is "should have gone."
  7. One of my greatest desires is to travel the world. I have yet to leave the continental U.S., and I am determined to change that sometime soon.
  8. I love singing duets. I have at least two, possibly three, that I can play on the guitar or the piano. All I need is a guy to sing them with.
  9. I like working out early in the morning. As difficult as it is to wake myself up at 6:30, it feels awesome to get going so early.
  10. I will name a daughter Eloise June. Whether my hustband likes it or not.
  11. I think boys are stupid. Yet somehow, I still want one.
  12. I love gum. I chew three or four pieces at work alone.
  13. I try to write in my journal daily. I have filled 11 journals in total, 4 or 5 of which have been in the last couple of years.
  14. I don't have a middle name. There aren't many names that flow well with Andralynn.
  15. When I was a kid, I hated mushrooms. I thought they were nasty. I now love them. Zupa's Wild Mushroom Bisque is my favorite soup. I also love Harmon's homemade cream of mushroom. It's funny how tastes develop.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A new year, a new me.

Or something along those lines.

Hey look, it's the obligatory resolutions post. Sure, I'm about two weeks late, but I'm close enough, right?

So my resolutions have been rather fluid for this year. I have goals, but I don't think I thought of any of them as resolutions, per se. There were just things I knew I wanted to do with my life, and I happened to be thinking about them at around New Year's. So I guess they qualify.

My main goal is one that has been on my mind for a few months now, and I am proud to say that I am going strong after two weeks. I decided that I wanted to switch back to 24 Hour Fitness (mostly because I detested going to Gold's) and buy a few personal training sessions (if not more). In the last two weeks, I have only missed a single day of going to the gym. (Not counting Sundays, of course.) I'm pretty proud of myself, and if the scale is any indication, I've actually made some progress. Awesome, no? I sure think so. I'm also rediscovering that I quite love hopping on the elliptical and just going for an hour. It feels super good. I also enjoy that the machine tells me I burn about 700 calories when I do that.

Another goal I've been kicking around is blogging more. I was supposed to blog about dating and all that jazz, but right after I decided to do that, I actually started having real dating experiences. Well, more like hanging out experiences, but there were actually guys (er . . . guy . . . [you know, Der Junge]) that I was interested in. And as soon as I started thinking about writing about actual people, I chickened out a wee bit. I was mostly just terrified that things would get back to Der Junge and that I would be mortified. A bit juvenile, it's true, but alas, I can't help myself.

Instead of writing about dating, I've compiled a couple of blogging challenges to create one big challenge that should cover about 45 days. I've been meaning to start it, but I swear the amount of free time I have has been severely diminished somehow. It's probably because I've been getting up at 6:30 (most days) to work out and not getting home from work until 6:00. Any social activities usually take up my extra free time. However, I will find time to fit blogging in!

A third goal is to finally change my boy situation. Yes, I'm saying it: I WANT A BOYFRIEND. At some point this year, I want to end my drought. It's been coming up on five years (wow, look at me divulge potentially embarrassing information!) since I've been in a real relationship, and you know what? That is plenty long. I'm ready for something more than hanging out and flirting. Unfortunately, I am not in complete control of this goal, and I honestly have no idea what more to do to help my cause (with Der Junge in particular, but I'm definitely open to other prospects).

And there you have it. My goals for this year. Well, the biggies, anyway. Here's hoping I can make 2012 freaking awesome.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Movies of 2011

Since I wrote a blog post for the books I read in 2011, I figured I should give the movies I watched the same courtesy. It kind of amazes me how much entertainment I consume throughout a year. I also like seeing which movies I watched multiple times. I'll definitely do this again for 2012. I'm looking forward to comparing the numbers.

  1. The King's Speech x2 (This movie is AMAZING. Everyone needs to go see it.)
  2. The Karate Kid
  3. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Hilariously awful, but Jake Gyllenhaal is hot so it was worth a watch.)
  4. Rear Window (I love me some Jimmy Stewart!)
  5. Inception x2
  6. Practical Magic
  7. Easy A x2 (so much funnier than I expected)
  8. The Switch (I loved this movie. I thought it was adorable. I just might have to buy it.)
  9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World x3
  10. Whip It
  11. Despicable Me
  12. Unstoppable
  13. Doubt
  14. Morning Glory 
  15. Arsenic and Old Lace
  16. Sweet Home Alabama
  17. To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch is fantastic.) 
  18. The Hudsucker Proxy (You know...for kids!)
  19. Driving Lessons (Kind of a weird movie, but Rupert Grint is adorable.)
  20. True Grit 
  21. Get Smart 
  22. That Thing You Do (I got the extended version from Netflix, and it was super fun.)
  23. 500 Days of Summer 
  24. Thor
  25. Equilibrium 
  26. The Village 
  27. Newsies 
  28. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 
  29. Star Trek 
  30. No Country for Old Men (The book was scarier than the movie. But the movie was still good.) 
  31. Red (Awesome, awesome movie. I need to own it.) 
  32. Two Weeks Notice 
  33. Super 8 x2 (Quite a good show. I would recommend it.) 
  34. The Incredibles
  35. Rescue Dawn
  36. Dumb and Dumber (Believe it or not, this was the first time I had watched this movie. And yes, I thought it was funny.)
  37. Speed (This movie was way cooler when I was 12.) 
  38. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (So. effing. good.)
  39. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  40. Windtalkers
  41. The Social Network
  42. Finding Neverland (I always seem to forget how absolutely perfect this movie is. It is phenomenal, and I love it so, so much.)
  43. The A-Team
  44. While You Were Sleeping x2
  45. Cowboys & Aliens (So much better than I expected.)
  46. Wild Target
  47. Source Code
  48. The Pacifier
  49. She's the Man
  50. Tangled
  51. Hitch
  52. Public Enemies
  53. G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra (This movie is TERRIBLE. Absolutely terrible. That is two hours of my life that I will never get back.)
  54. The Best Two Years 
  55. Tron: Legacy
  56. Captain America
  57. The Lion King (Still as good as it was when I was eight.)
  58. Young Frankenstein (A must for Halloween.)
  59. What Lies Beneath
  60. Warrior (This movie is kind of amazing. I absolutely loved it.)
  61. The Joseph Smith movie x2 (I cannot watch this without crying. It isn't possible.)
  62. The Dark Knight
  63. It's a Wonderful Life
  64. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows x2
  65. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  66. Return to Me
  67. Hard Day's Night

  1. 24 Season 1
  2. Bones Season 5
  3. 24 Season 2
  4. 24 Season 3
  5. That 70s Show Season 1
  6. Veronica Mars Season 1
  7. Veronica Mars Season 2
  8. Veronica Mars Season 3
  9. Scrubs Season 1
  10. Alias Season 1 
  11. Alias Season 2 (The cliffhangers in this show are going to kill me. Seriously.)
  12. Alias Season 3 
  13. Community Season 2 (I watched it live, so it wasn't all this year, but I figured I'd include it.) 
  14. Alias Season 4  
  15. Bones Season 6 (Watched live. Oh my gosh, that ending!) 
  16. Alias Season 5 (Finally! It felt like this series took forever to finish.) 
  17. Glee Season 2 (Watched live.) 
  18. Scrubs Season 2 
  19. Scrubs Season 3
  20. Scrubs Season 4
  21. Harper's Island (13 episodes of complete ridiculousness. 32 people die. Gruesome, but somehow also incredibly entertaining.)
  22. Scrubs Season 5
  23. So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 (watched live)
  24. Friday Night Lights Season 1 (This show is totally awesome.)
  25. Friday Night Lights Season 2 (I am completely in love with this show. It is absolutely amazing.)
  26. Friday Night Lights Season 3
  27. Friday Night Lights Season 4
  28. The Walking Dead Season 1 (Zombies everywhere!)
  29. Friday Night Lights Season 5 (I think this is my favorite TV show ever. I don't know anything that can beat it.)
  30. Firefly, including the movie Serenity (I can definitely see why this has such a cult following.)

The Books of 2011

Last year, I decided to start tracking every book I read as a page on this here blog. I really enjoyed it. It allowed me to give my gut reactions to the books, if I felt the need. Then I would go on to goodreads.com to write up my full review. (If you're on Goodreads, look me up! I love sharing book reviews. It's the best.)

I will start tracking the books of 2012 as soon as I finish my current read. I wonder if my new Kindle will make a difference in my total this year. Yeah, probably not.

One thing I feel the need to point out: only 5 of these 35 books were rereads. That is kind of amazing for me. I generally fall back on books that I already know and love when I need something new to read, but this year I was pretty good at finding new books, some of which were simply amazing and will someday fall into that reread category.

So, without further ado, here is the complete list of every book I read during 2011. Is it sad that I wish I had read more than 35 books?
  1. The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson (Such a good series! So many good twists and turns. I highly recommend it.)
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
  4. The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness
  5. Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness (I will gush and gush and gush about this series if you let me. Creatively written with beautiful imagery and ridiculous emotion. I absolutely loved these books.)
  6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (This took me ages to read, but it was a lovely book. I really enjoyed watching Francie Nolan grow up.)
  7. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak (This shows Zusak's personality so well. It's a simple, quick read, but it's got a lot of meaning behind it.) 
  8. Truth Will Prevail (The Work and the Glory #3) by Gerald N. Lund (This is a reread because I ran out of new things to read and everything I want to read is currently on hold at the library. Plus, I haven't read this series since I splurged and bought, like, all of them, so I'm working on that in between the new books I read. *End lengthy, unnecessary explanation.) 
  9. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
  10. These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner (This book broke my heart, in a very good way.)
  11. I Am Not a Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) by Dan Wells (Pretty creepy book. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but incredibly interesting.) 
  12. Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2) by Dan Wells (Creepier than the first, but also better.)
  13. The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce #2) by Alan Bradley 
  14. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle Day One) by Patrick Rothfuss (Super long, but really good, after I finally got into it.) 
  15. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (This book was so-so. Nothing spectacular.) 
  16. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (Another so-so book. I'm ready for something un-put-downable now.) 
  17. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (What a beautiful, heart-wrenching, and moving book.) 
  18. Chains (Seeds of America #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson (Anderson certainly knows how to create a voice for her characters.) 
  19. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark (This was okay, though Clark really isn't a great novelist. Storyteller, yes. Novelist, no. There is absolutely no imagery whatsoever.) 
  20. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan (Awesome continuation of Percy Jackson. Seriously can't wait for the next book, which I will end up buying.) 
  21. Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson (This was probably the most subtly terrifying book I've ever read.)
  22. The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle Day Two) by Patrick Rothfuss (Holy freaking long book, Batman! 994 pages. Whew.)
  23. Forge (Seeds of America #2) by Laurie Halse Anderson
  24. I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver #3) by Dan Wells (The ending of this book tore at my heart.)
  25. Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
  26. Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites (Tennis Shoes #1) by Chris Heimerdinger
  27. Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (Yes, this book is about faeries. But it's about the scary, medieval kind, not the Disney, Tinkerbell kind.)
  28. Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  29. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  30. Tennis Shoes: Gadiantons and the Silver Sword (Tennis Shoes #2) by Chris Heimerdinger
  31. Tennis Shoes: Feathered Serpent, Part 1 (Tennis Shoes #3) by Chris Heimerdinger
  32. The Underdog by Markus Zusak (Zusak is amazing. I just love his writing style.)
  33. Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak (I still love his writing style a whole bunch.)
  34. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan (Yay for the return of Percy! Definitely one of my most favorite characters ever.)
  35. The New World (Chaos Walking #0.5) by Patrick Ness (This is actually a short story, but I'll include it anyway. Because I can.)