Archive for February, 2006

Twenty-three is the age to be!

Happy Birthday, Miles! Everyone raise your chocolate milk and butcher knives in his honor.

The best jokes in the world

New Comedy Bytes shirt It all started my first summer as a counselor at camp in Okoboji, the summer of 2004. It continued to the summer of 2005. We’d get massive amounts of laffy taffy pieces, the kind that have jokes written on them. Well some of us, mostly me, found it entertaining to read them…a lot. With my simple-mindedness, I often was able to guess the answers correctly or similarly. I thought I should go into joke writing. I guess it was a good career choice to not do that.

Most of these laffy taffy jokes are a bit on the ridiculous side, some even pushing the edge on appropriateness. I remember receiving bug-eyes from Heather when I read the following joke aloud: What do you call a crack in a window? –A pain in the glass. However, my all-time favorite laffy taffy joke in the world ever, is one I still tell people which is responded with minutes of hilariousness. Here it is: Why was the tomato blushing? –Because he saw the salad dressing. I’ll pause here for you to recoup from your laughter.


So Miles and I bought laffy taffy on Friday to consume while we watched Multiplicity. I thought maybe I had passed my laffy taffy enjoyment stage. Boy was I wrong. Back to my gigglesome-self, I laughed and laughed. Miles said he didn’t think any less of me because of this, but I think he was unpleasantly surprised at my horrible taste in jokes. I’ve decided to collect the wrappers and make some kind of art piece with them. I had to teach Miles how to open them without ripping it so that I can use them with my art. Turns out, I can’t open them without ripping it.

Marissa with new big screen tv Miles and I ate out with my parents and sister yesterday at Perkins in Sioux Falls. We’re broke now because among other large purchases, they bought a 57″ big screen TV. I think they just wanted to impress Miles when we travel to Iowa this coming weekend. Oh, the things my family will do for approval. ;)

I also got new shoes, thanks to Dad. They’re very comfortable, and it feels like I am walking on pillows. What a wonderful feeling.

When Miles and I came back from Sioux Falls, we rented the movies About a Boy and Raising Helen. We watched the first one last night, and will probably watch the second today sometime. We’ve been in a big movie renting frenzy since we finished all of the Arrested Development episodes. I’d imagine we’ll rewatch all of those sometime in the near future as well. I definitely am not opposed to that.

I’m at KJAM now, doing the DJ thing or something. I had Bible Basics, How well do you know your Bible? trivia this morning and received callers live on the air for the first time. It was exhilirating, which seems extremely lame now that I type it out. So…have a good one. Folks.

I wish I had a bloody British accent

At the Senate meeting Wednesday, I announced my plans for not running for another year. It felt nice to get it out there so they know. I think a couple expected me to be running for an office, but….they were wrong. That night I had a floor program which was a movie night. We watched Elizabethtown. Well, I didn’t really. I was in the room, but I had so much writing to do for two classes that I did that instead of watch the movie. So I can’t give a review on it. There were 6 girls from my floor in the room…which is what I expected. I would have to say it was even successful…which is sad for less than 1/5 of my floor participating.

Miles and I rented Love Actually and Multiplicity last night. I had not given Love Actually a fair chance when I first watched it two summers ago. I only gave it 10 minutes and I wasn’t in the right mood for a romantic movie. Miles really liked it when he saw it, so I gave it another go. Turns out, I really enjoyed the movie. And I was glad that I saw it, technically for the first time, with him. He has never seen Multiplicity, and I thought it was very funny. Especially the 4th Michael Keaton character. We’ll watch that sometime between now and Thursday.

I received my Comedy Bytes embroidered shirt today; it looks awesome! I’m pretty excited. It’s a blue and black bowling shirt, with my name embroidered on the left side above the pocket, “Comedy Bytes Improv” embroidered on the right sleeve, and DSU’s logo on the left sleeve. Miles and I put ours on and we instantly felt professional. Miles described the moment as, “I feel like we know what we’re doing.” Which is funny…because with improv, we rarely know what we’re doing…! Anyway, thanks to Dr. Knowlton, we will look good onstage.

The casting was announced today for the two spring plays. Miles was cast in the role I expected him to be, which is a good fit. I was cast in both plays, as characters I didn’t audition as. But Sue knows me pretty well and how I act, or nact as some would say. So I trust her judgement. I’m a little disappointed I was cast in both productions, just because my time for rehearsing is so limited…but I’ll be OK. It’s only for one month. And March should be my least busiest month.

I will be updating my bulletin board this weekend, so hopefully I’ll get a picture taken before my next post. Sorry this one doesn’t have any eyecandy along with it.

Go Bison(s)!

NDSU vs SDSUI had a busy week, I’m pretty sure of it. But I can’t remember a thing from it. I do know, however, that I will be cutting down on my extracurriculars after this semester. I’m feeling the effects of stress, which influence how good of a night’s sleep I get, which influences how my body functions. Mainly, I see the effects in my face. Also, I would like to try-out for the spring play, but I can’t find more than one night in the week where I could attend a rehearsal.

I’ll be taking some more in-depth project-based classes next year, which will not leave me much elbow room. I only have two project-based classes this semester, as opposed to five this coming fall. Things I will no longer be involved with: SIFE (I can never make the meetings anyway), Student Senate (although I like it, I always leave the meetings frustrated and stressed), Hall Council (by default as an RA, I shouldn’t even be on it this year), and Student Ambassadors (I just don’t have the time anymore to give tours). What will be left in my extra curriculars will be RA, Drama Club, Intervarsity, Comedy Bytes (still undecided), band (undecided; a class may interfere with it), and my two off-campus jobs: KJAM and Daktronics. It may also free up some time if I wanted to be involved in a fall theatrical production, other than Comedy Bytes.

From this week, I DO remember a few things. Miles and I have finished Season two and most of Season three of Arrested Development. I didn’t work at KJAM after Tuesday night. I am working on an advertising project for Daktronics. And I give a presentation on Tuesday for Composition.

Last night, I joined Miles and a lot of his family and friends at an NDSU vs. SDSU men’s basketball game. Miles’ uncle, Tim Miles, is the head coach for the Bison. It was a fun time, but I felt like I was in what my friend Heather calls “sensory overload”. Last year, Daktronics installed a bunch of video/ad/scoreboard products in the Frost Arena, and I got to view it for the first time. There’s one on the floor by the scorers’ table, the centerhang with foursides of instant replay and other things, and above the crowd is a long panel of video stuff. I do really know the technical terms for these products, but I don’t think it’s OK to type them out. There were also scoreboards with SDSU athletes’ pictures filtered on them. Sometimes the SNL Christopher Walken sketch would come up on the centerhang and when he says, “the prescription is more cowbell,” the SDSU crowd goes nuts with their cowbells. Headache city. Although the Bison ended up losing by two, it really was a good time, even though Bryce was there. David sends dirty text messages. Miles let someone other than the two of us take a picture of us, thanks to Sue. We got asked to go on a double-date by Miles’ grandpa. Check out Miles’ pictures of the night here. I also was informed how tricksy I was with my sarcastic post last week. I guess lots of people thought I was serious. I don’t know if this means I’m really good at sarcasm or extremely horrible at it.

At Mass this morning, there was a cute kid in front of us. He had binoculars with him and kept looking around. It was so adorable. He would look at his dad through them and start giggling. I think I’m starting to get over my “I want to steal little kids” stage and entering a “I think that kid is cute” stage. It’s probably safer.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…

Hopefully you have all realized that my last post was completely sarcastic. I had a great weekend and look forward to future endeavors with Bryce and Lindsey. *thumbs up*

Valentine's Day I had a busy Valentine’s Day. (No, not The Honorable’s special day, sillies.) It was full of laughter and love and pain and African drums and tears and a guitar. Intrigued? You should be.

I went to Web Publishing II, where I was informed that there was no class. I was so excited, since this was the second day in a row that my 1st class of the day had been canceled. I came back to work on an assignment for the class and felt horribly sick. I was in so much pain that it was hard to walk. But I made it to my 11:00 class where Miles and I had an emailed conversation and decided to have lunch together afterward. We ate while the Kudzida cultural musical performance occurred, which seemed highly out of place for the day and location. Miles surprised me with some candy turtles his mom bought while we were in Big Stone City. Awwwwwh!

Miles' poem We headed to my room, where he had earlier placed on my door a CD case and a sheet of paper turned around. I was very surprised to see it. They were two CDs he had made for me. The paper actually had a poem on it that Miles had written for me. It was very sweet and romantic and it made me tear up! I need to figure out where to display it yet. He also created a desktop wallpaper to go along with it.

All of the above paragraph happened in a matter of five minutes because I had to meet up with Lisa and Ben and David to deliver Love Out Loud cards from the Drama Club. We delivered about 15 in two hours; it was a lot of fun, especially when we delivered to DSU faculty. I had my guitar and played chords and soft songs while the others read the Valentines. David got two LOL cards from Chuck Norris, Tony and Miles, believe it or not. And Miles got one from Chuck Norris’ lover, David, which is gross. We delivered his while he was in class. He got two, the other being from me. I was too chicken to read it to him myself though, so I just played the guitar while Ben read it. The most awkward delivery was to a mechanic in the body shop. All of his mechanic buddies were cat calling at him and laughing at him. When we left David said, “Someone’s going to get beat tonight.” True story.

Miles' favorite thing in the world I went to visit Miles at the library while he tutored. There he read me the LOL card he made for me. Enjoyable? Of course. Ridiculous? Nothing less. I also gave him one of his gifts, Season 2 of Arrested Development. Dad, if you’re lucky, maybe he can be coaxed into bringing it to Hawarden when we visit! He had no clue he was getting it. Even though when he’d say, “I think I’m going to buy Season Two of AD” I would respond with, “I think it would be best if you didn’t.” He never saw it coming. Then I went to class. I skipped band because I didn’t feel well and lied down in my room. Miles came to visit when he got off work and we went to eat at Common Grounds. We decided we weren’t impressed with the new location and atmosphere of the place. But it was still a great dinner and a wonderful time with Miles. I went to work at KJAM – because I’m dumb and never asked for it off. Then Miles and I broke in the first two episodes of his gift.

Check out Miles’ Valentine’s day pictures here. I received valentines from fellow RA Megan, Emry President Crystal, and friends Danielle/Carrie/Kensi/Sara. I gave none. I’m a horrible friend.

Biggest news from yesterday, friends Bob Davidson and Holly Smith got engaged! When she showed me the ring in class, I screamed and then started crying and laughing. – A typical response from me. I’m very excited for them. Cheers!