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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Question #136

Q: What is your favorite Saturday activity?

A: Growing up, we used to do our chores on Saturday. My mom made us each a little apron and with a list of things to do in one pocket and a candy in the other pocket to eat when we were done (and we actually waited). I'm glad my parents taught me the importance of cleaning growing up because TOO many people don't clean now as adults. It amazes me actually. We also washed the cars on Saturday and dumped the trash to the dumpster down the street. That was fun for us because we would all hang off the van. My dad was the coolest to let us do that. My favorite place to sit on the van was backwards on the tire on the back holding on to the rails on top of the van.

Now, I would say my favorite thing to do on Saturday is sleep in. I love sleeping. I also love being productive and getting things done that I need to get done what ever that may be, but also have time to relax and even better if I get to fit something fun in too... like a hike or some sort of adventure... but that doesn't always happen, so I'm happy with sleeping in. It's the little things in life when you get older. ha ha.

Question #135

Q: What's your favorite thing to do in the summertime? Why?

A: Growing up I LOVED having sleepovers with my friends, catching Blue Belly Lizards and frogs and tad poles in the creek. I loved my friends and I loved animals and I loved being outside exploring. I still do. Now... I would say I love being outside. Summer isn't quite the same because I have to work all year round, but when I get the chance I love to go travel, go on road trips and hikes and explore and enjoy the sunshine and outdoors.

Question #134

Q: Who was my favorite Jr. High School Teacher?

A: This one is a little harder for me. Obviously you don't spend the same amount of time with Jr. High teachers as you do with your elementary teachers. I remember loving my English class with Ms. Nelson. I also loved Mr. Pate for Woodshop. I liked Ms. Carr enough for Art that I took her class for two years. Mr. Winn was a pretty awesome Science teacher. I'm impressed with myself that I even remember all of my teachers names. Ha ha

Question #133

Q: What is your favorite YW value?

A: My favorite Young Women's Value has always been and will always be Individual Worth. It has always had special meaning to me because I felt like it took me a while to find mine. Now that I have found my individual worth and know how important it has been to me, it is easy for me to recognize people that don't have it and how much it would help them to realize their individual worth. It took me a while, but once I figured out my worth, I became a lot more confident which opened a lot of doors for me and made me happier overall.

Question #132

Q: Who was your favorite elementary school teacher?

A: I liked a lot of my teachers, but I would have to say my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Gans. Not only did I love her as a teacher because she was so nice and fun, but we also lived in the same neighborhood, so I think she had a special place in her heart for me. Which made us have a special little bond.

Question #131

Q: What is your favorite ice cream? Why?

A: That is so hard because I have a lot of favorites. General favorites are chocolate and mint and chocolate and peanut butter. I just love those flavor combos! If I'm getting a pint of ice cream, I go for the mint cookies and cream. YUM! I just love ice cream though. When I was eating a lot of Gelato in Italy, my favorite was always Nutella or Chocolate Hazelnut.

Question #130

Q: If you could buy your own car, what would it be and why? What color?

A: If you would have asked me this as a teenager, I don't know if I would have had an answer for you. I don't think I really thought about or cared too much about cars. I couldn't drive, so what did I care? Once I could drive, I was just happy to have a car to drive, so I still didn't care. I could have told you what colors I liked. For a while I loved the silver cars.

Now that I am an adult, I actually just bought my first car. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted because I never really had looked into cars and researched them much before. After a few months of researching, I bought a car that I love. I bought a 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. I love the way it looks inside and out. It's a charcoal gray and it has leather seats that are heated, it has a sun roof, blue tooth and backup camera and all the bells and whistles. It's awesome and gets amazing gas mileage and has a great sound system and it drives so smooth and quite. I could go on and on. I love my car and I'm glad I took my time and shopped around and sound something that I really love because I pretty much signed my life away when I bought the car and I'm going to be driving it for a LONG time. :)

Question #129

Q: What is your favorite flavor of chewing gum?

A: Anything that is Minty flavored. When I am chewing gum, I want my mouth to feel refreshed... which mint does. Not as much into cinnamon or fruit chewing gum. MINT! :)

Question #128

Q: Do you wish you had more sisters or brothers? Why?

A: I am perfectly content with my brother and sisters. However, I did always wonder what it would be like to have an older brother or a younger sister instead of being the younger sister. I think that is normal to think especially when you see your friends with their siblings or your cousins and their siblings. Even if I did have an older brother or a younger sister, each family is so different, it is hard to say what it would be like. All I know is what I know from my family and my upbringing and experiences. I love my family.

Question #127

Q: If you could watch a video over and over, what would it be and why? What's it about?

A: Video? Like on YouTube? I don't know. There are a lot of great video's out there. TV show, I would have to say "Alias" or "An Idiot Abroad". Alias is a show about the CIA undercover stuff that I love and have watched several times all of the way through. An Idiot Abroad is a reality TV show about a British guy that is sent around the world and he hates traveling and being out of his comfort zone. It's hilarious. I never get tired of watching it. Back in middle school I would have told you Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and X-Files. Ha ha.

As for movies, back then I probably would have told you Labyrinth. I was obsessed with that movie. ha ha. I still like it, but now I would have to say "Hot Rod" or "Nacho Libre". Both are hilarious and quotable movies. Hot Rod is about a guy who wants to be a stunt man but stinks at it, but tries to raise money for his step dad's heart surgery. Nacho Libre is about a guy that lives at a Monastery and doesn't feel accepted and becomes a fighter to feel important and gets money for the orphans. They are both stupid... but so stupid they are funny. Kind of like Idiot Abroad. I guess I like that sort of thing ha ha.

Question #126

Q: Tell about your best Halloween costume ever.

A: I'm trying to think of what I would have answered as a teenager because I feel like all of my best costumes have been since I was an adult. There was this one year that me and my sister Jamie and our neighbor friend all dressed up like punks that costume was ok... but the cool part about it was that instead of saying trick or treat at the houses, we did a little rap about being a punk. I remember it was fun and everyone loved it because it was different and we were cute kids thinking we were cute and cleaver. ha ha.

As an adult, I have had some pretty epic Halloween costumes. My first epic one was when I dressed as Queen Amildala from the later Star Wars and I dressed up with my friends Aaron and Shawntelle. We were a big hit when we walked around IV in Santa Barbara. Lots of people wanted to take their picture with us. We later wore those same costumes to the Star Wars Episode II premier. Another great costume was when I dressed up as Mary Poppins and my friend Wes dressed up as Bert. One of my favorites is when me and my roommate Megan and our friends Rich and Jason all dressed up like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Those costumes also probably took the most work. Our other roommate, Sarah, even dressed up as April O'Niel. This wasn't for Halloween, but it was totally epic, I got a bunch of my friends to dress up with me as different Mario Kart characters and go race Go-Karts  at Boondocks. I was Toad. Anyway... I LOVE dressing up!

Question #125

Q: What food would I like to try? Why?

A: I can't think of anything particular that I want to try that I haven't. I guess I just want to try anything and everything foreign. I love trying food from other countries to see how different they eat from us and if I have been missing out and amazing food all of my life. I love to experience new cultures and that is part of it.

Question #124

Q: What is your favorite candy bar?

A: Twix. It has been for a long time. My next favorite after Twix would be Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. YUM!

Question #123

Q: What does my bedroom look like? Do I share a room? What do I like best about my room?

A: Growing up, I shared a room until I was in Jr. High. I went through different phases of who I shared a room with. I remember sharing a room with Jamie & Lori and we had bunk beds. I also shared a room with Chad for a while. I shared with Jamie. I went through different phases with what my room looked like. I can tell you that it was always clean and my bed was always made and I loved collecting stuff, so I had lots of stuffed animals and different toys.

NOW... I have my own room. I love my room. It's small, but it is cozy and cute. I have a queen size bed with gray bedding and cute pillows, a little chandelier that hangs over my bed, a small closet that I wish was a big walk in closet for all the clothes and shoes I have. I'm in the basement, but there isn't a lot of light, but I have gray curtains that cover the closet and sides of the window and a white curtain with lights behind it that are in front of the window. It's very pretty at night. Besides that... there is just a little night stand and a dresser and a cute full size mirror that I made and all my accessories. Oh... I also painted the wall in back of my bed a teal color. I love it. I love the colors and girly and cozy feel to my room. Decorating is so fun for me and it takes some work and some money, but then I get to enjoy it for a long time.

Question #122

Q: Do you eat in the kitchen or dining room? Does everyone have a special seat?

A: Growing up, we ALWAYS ate at the kitchen table together. We never ate in the living room or dining room. It was one of the only times that we were all together as a family to talk once we got older and became more busy and we formed the habit when we were younger, because that was always the way it was. I'm really thankful for that now (not that I ever had a problem with it) because it really helped us bond and communicate. I know SO many people that just plant themselves in front of the tv. I sometimes do that now just because that is where my roommates are and I want to be with them.

I don't remember having special seats, but my parents were usually at the heads of the table.

Question #121

Q: Have I ever done Baptisms for the dead? What did I think and feel about it?

A: Yes! Many times. As a youth, we went once a year to the LA temple. It was an all day trip, but it made it that much more special. I remember the first time I went to do it being nervous about how it worked and just being in the temple for the first time... but of course it was a really neat experience and something I got to experience with my close friends. As an adult, when I moved to Utah I started going more often since I now lived so close to a temple. At first I just went with friends... but then I started going by myself and I went just about every Wednesday night for 2 years. It got to the point where all the people that worked there knew me by name and would wonder why I wasn't there when I didn't show up and would always say "see you next week" when I came. I loved it. When I decided to get endowed, a little part of me was sad that I wouldn't get to do baptisms anymore and see all those people. It holds a special place in my heart, but it was time for me to progress and receive more blessings in the temple.

Question #120

Q: Did you have an imaginary friend when you were growing up?

A: I honestly don't remember having an imaginary friend. I know I did pretend a lot with dolls and stuffed animals and would talk out stories and such. I also would pretend a lot with friends, but I don't think I ever had an imaginary friend. I also used to talk to animals and snails like they were my friends. ha ha. You do funny things when you are a kid.

Question #119

Q: What is my most favorite book and author?

A: Answering this question as a teenager, I would have told you "The Hobbit" by J.R. Tolkin. I still love that book, it will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first novel I ever read and fell in love with the story. I was never a really big reader. I'm still not. However, that will always be one of my favorites. Since then... in my adult years, I fell in love with the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and the Hunger Games books. Both series were SO good to the point where I couldn't put the books down. That is saying a lot for me since I am not a big reader. ha ha. I wish I gave myself more time to read, but I always have so many other things I want to do. Oh well, maybe one day.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Question #118

Q: What food will I never eat? Why?

A: I don't think there is anything that I wouldn't try once. You can't say you don't like it if you don't try it. I mean... I have even eaten a beetle in Costa Rica. It tasted like black pepper. Yeah... I'm adventurous or something like that....

Question #117

Q: What musical instrument do you with you could play?

A: So I can play the piano ok and play guitar ok... but I always wished that I could play the harp. It is such a beautiful instrument. Maybe one day....

Question #116

Q: What's the best thing I have ever done with my life?

A: That is a hard question to answer. I think one of the best things I have done with my life is travel the world. It has brought me so many friends, knowledge and joy. So many memories and cool experiences as well.

Question #115

Q: Was there any place in your house where you felt cozy?

A: I always loved getting a blanket a curling up over one of the heater vents on the floor around the house. I would get all warm and relax or take a short nap. Loved it.

Question #114

Q: What is your favorite hymn?

A: That is hard because there are so many beautiful hymns. I love Our Savior's Love, Each Life That Touches Ours for Good and Be Still my Soul.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Question #113

Q: Write down your favorite scripture story?

A: My favorite scripture story has always been Joseph, Jacobs son. Maybe it is because they turned it into the most fantastic musical that I love and it catchy and helps me remember the story better than almost any other scripture story. As I have gotten older, it is more than that though. I think it is very easy to get discouraged about trials in our life. It's sometimes hard to think that other people have it worse than you because you are the one going through the trial and it is hard. That is why we call them trials. The story of Joseph is amazing to me because just when you think things couldn't have gotten worse for Joseph... they do. They get worse and worse and worse and no matter what happens, he keeps a good attitude and makes the best out of each situation. That is SO easier said than done and sometimes I really wish I could be more like that. Because he was so faithful and made the best out of crappy situations, he was blessed in the end and it all worked out... I think that is true for all of us. Eventually something is going to work out. It may not be what you had in mind, but most of the time what the Lord has in store for us is better what we plan for ourselves. You just don't know it until you get there. We just have to have faith in his plan for us. That has always been hard for me because I am such a planner and want to have control over my circumstances... but I am always working on it and the story of Joseph is a good example and a good reminder to me.

Question #112

Q: How was your name chosen? Are you named after anyone?

A: I am not named after anyone. My parents just liked the name Tracy. However, my middle name, Jean, is a family middle name on both sides of my family. So that is where that came from.

Question #111

Q: Tell about the last time you laughed so hard that it made you cry.

A: I feel like this story is one of those that is only funny if you were there.... but every time I think about it or tell someone about this story, it makes me laugh so hard that I cry.

So back in 2004 when I lived at the Riviera... for FHE we had a white elephant gift exchange. Honestly, I don't remember what I brought for that gift exchange, but I do remember what my neighbor and good friend (still good friend to this day) brought as her white elephant gifts. Monica had forgotten to get something... so before we headed over to FHE she looked around her house to see what she could wrap up and bring.

 I always loved Monica's sense of humor. We always had so much fun playing together because she was just so fun. We did the most random things together. One day we wanted revenge on some guys in our ward... so we made Tuna Bombs. What a tuna bombs you ask? They were something we made up. Water balloons that we put canned tuna and syrup in before filling them with water. Then we let them sit for several days to get real stinky... then we threw them at the guys door... so it was leave a smell that we hoped would linger. We ended up not using all of them and Monica kept them for later. So they were sitting around for at least a month or so. Monica saw those and decided to wrap them up as one of her gifts. Who wouldn't want Tuna Bombs right? HA! She decides she will wrap one more gift.

One weekend, Monica and I got sick of all the drama with friends, so we decided to run away and camp in the mountains somewhere random. On our little run away camp out, we found a baby garden snake. Monica falls in love with it and decides to bring it home with us even though she knew her roommates would freak out. I remember when her roommates found out because I heard the scream next door. Well... Monica thought it would be funny to wrap up Bubba the snake as her other white elephant gift. So she did. She loved that snake and I couldn't believe she would just give him away. I think she just wrapped him in a box... I don't think it was even his normal cage. I'm sure she knew she would get him back.

So off we went to the FHE white elephant gift exchange party. I was excited to see who ended up with Monica's gifts and how they would react to them. I mean... you never know what you are going to get with white elephant gifts... but whoever picked her gift was going to get quite the surprise. Our friend Sean (who happened to have a really great sense of humor) picked her gift. Monica and I just smiled at each other and snickered as he started to open the first box. He unwrapped and opened the first gift and his nose wrinkled up and said "ewww... what is that smell?" and Monica and I just busted up laughed. We then explained Tuna Bombs to him. Monica was proud of her invention and acted like he was lucky to receive such a gift because what a great weapon of revenge it was. He set it aside hoping the second gift would be better. He opened the box and his face was priceless. "I hate snakes" Sean says while he looks at Bubba crawling at the bottom of the box.

Needless to say, Monica went home with both of her own gifts that she brought to the party and wasn't sad about it. We both had a good laugh. That was a normal day in the life with Monica. I miss those days. That will always be the funniest white elephant gift exchange that I have ever attended.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Question #110

Q: What is your idea of a perfect friend?

A: I guess all of the things that I described about Lolly. Someone who is there for you, truly cares about you. Is there through the good and the bad. Forgiving and understanding. Loves to laugh and have fun and play. Someone that gives as much back as much as you give to the friendship. Someone who thinks about you when you aren't around. Someone that would do just about anything for you. Someone that helps lift you up and makes you want to be a better person. Just to name a few. I'm lucky to have a lot of those types of friends in my life.

Question #109

Q: Who is my best friend? What is she/he like?

A: I'm trying to think of who I would have said my best friend was in Jr. High. I would have either said Kate Gamble. We would hang out after school and we wore the BFF matching necklaces. Or I would have said Violet and Cody because we had our "silly club" and hung out all the time. I'm not sure.

Who I would say now though...... hands down Lolly... but I have many close friends. Brad, Nate and Steve would also be my best friends. Even though they are all married and have kids, they have never forgotten about me and we all still get together and keep in touch and go to each others weddings and they are there for me no matter what. That is what best friends are right?

Lolly though... she goes above and beyond. She taught me everything I know about fashion and decorating. She has kept in touch regularly even after she got married and had kids. I was even a bridesmaid for her wedding. She always sends me a birthday and Christmas gift and calls and texts to check up on me. She knows the most about my dating life more than any of my friends. We visit each other at least once a year... usually more. The list goes on and on. I know for a fact that if I really need to talk to a friend or need advice or an opinion. She will always be there for me and me for her. That is a true friend and I am lucky to have her as one of my best friends.