Sunday, January 25, 2009

Behold the Woman

Ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure to introduce you to....Pilar.

In some ways, this is a very fitting picture of her, she's regal, she's Spanish, and she's covered in fur. (with a matching purse, if you didn't notice)

In other ways, I'm looking forward to snapping more of a candid shot and introducing the REAL Pilar, the one I see every day. See you next week on "Sand in Your Eyes"!

(Click on the picture to enlarge)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Home Away From Home

I have labeled this photo, "Happy Camper." I really, really am.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Funeral

Ok. I know it's morbid. But this is completely hypothetical.

If I die within the next few years, I think I want this song played at my funeral! (Ok, maybe not seriously seriously, but maybe!)

The thing is, this is kind of a goofy song. Kind of weird. Like me. And not everyone gets it. But I do.

So I'm going to give you a play by play commentary on why this song is so awesome. Especially for my funeral.

"If I had my time again, I would do it all the same. And not change a single thing, even when I was to blame." I have done a lot of fun things, I would live my life the same way, and even though I made some mistakes, the theory is that you learn from them, and every experience is a part of your development. It's what makes you YOU.

"How I love to be your (wo)man, through the laughter and the tears." I love laughing til I cry and crying til I laugh, and to have THOSE kinds of experiences with friends and family are some of my favorite memories.

"Rush for a change of atmosphere" I'm the kind of girl who wants to experience every kind of scenery, situation, ATMOSPHERE. From moving to a different side of campus every year, to Moab and to Spain, I like to experience the different lives this world has to offer.

"I can't go on so I give in" Typical Sandra. "Gotta get myself right out of here."

Enter fun piano.

"Now I'm fully grown, and I know where it's at." From experience comes...knowledge. Taste the different atmospheres and you find your true home.

"Somehow I stayed thin, while the other guys got fat." That's just funny. (Plus, the drums are kickin it in the back)

"All the chances that are blown, and the times that I've been down" Another good line from another song: It's not always rainbows and butterflies, it's compromise that moves us along.

"I didn't get too high, kept my feet on the ground." One of my favorite quotes: Manage your expectations.

There are so many things going on in the back, piano, guitar, drums, it's so funky, I love it.

Enter funny Englishmen. First, the singer goes nuts, and he actually sounds like me, how I sing, in the car. Best line? "Mm, I wish I could sing like that."

Now the song changes. I love when songs change their feel halfway through. And this one even goes back. But life is like that, sometimes we whistle different tunes so to speak.

This part with the organ, can you feel the bounce in it? This is when the pall bearers start moving my casket, and they bounce to the beat as they carry me to the hearse. "A time to cry and a time to laugh." And by this part in the song, no one will be sad that I'm dead, they'll just be laughing and thinking, "Stupid hilarious Sandra, what the freak is this song?"

Then there's like, this 80's piano or something, I don't know... and it sounds like my soul is rising to heaven.

"And of all my friends, you been the best to me" This is to make everyone in the congregation feel like I'm grateful for them coming, and for those who are really close to me, each one of them will think that that line is for them, and they'll be right.

"Soon will be the day, when I repay you handsomely" Like, cause I'm an angel, now, get it? I'll send you a cute date, or shorten the line at the DMV, other little things that I can do from the beyond. And when something goes right in your day, you'll wonder if that was because I pulled a string for you with the Big Guy.

"Broken hearts are hearts 'll mend." This is for y'all to know that it's ok to be sad, but you'll get over it.

"But life just carries on, even when I'm not there."

Now, during the chorus, it sounds like a plane is taking off, this is my soul REALLY leaving and going to heaven (or the other place) as it says ,"Gotta get myself right outta here."

Cool, right?


Monday, January 12, 2009

Who on blogspot decided that every blogger is creative enough to think of a title for every post? Sheeshum.

This is Allyson making fun of my double thumbs up.'s a pic of the ice cream making room

They know me here.

Today is a good day!

I had class at 9, with Rebecca, we got our Spanish books (prepaid for), we got hot chocolate at Starbucks, checked out the local "Correos" (post office), had a grueling conversation class at 12:30, Pilar made us MAC AND CHEESE for lunch, and now we are doing homework.

Unfortunately, the internet is on and off so I could only upload 2 fotos for now, but I suppose I shouldn't subject you all to seeing my face over and over again anyways.

Oh, by the way, mi tarea consists of writing the plural form of about...10 words. Que dificil. I love study abroad.

We have religion class at 6, FHE at 7:30 (to which we invited our Holland-ian roommate, who has never heard of the Mormon church before, but has now listened to MoTab, seen The Best Two Years, and been to all 3 hours of church.)

Oh, and after that we may be purchasing tickets to Palma Mallorca??? It's an island below Spain we can visit on our free weekend on the 23rd and the flight would cost....30 dollars. We'll see.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Espana Uno

Well, folks, I made it. I was going to post the rest of my pics, but it takes forever to upload and I just ran out of time. Soon. Soon. Here is the unbelievable snow. And probably my favorite saying in Spanish, EVER! Excluding, of course, "a veces" y "tu cuerpo necesito dormir". Be good, you Americans! See you en Abril!