Wednesday, April 28, 2010

i'm here, i'm here . . .

okay ladies, here's the thing...

i've been waiting for some blogging inspiration for the ol' shanty blog, and i NEED MY PICTURES! it's just not the same without pictures! but alas, they are all at my parents' house in sunny california. however, i will be there within two months and then i will have them again... and after that there will be no stopping me! i will be on a roll. i promise.

so until then i will do what i can do. without shanty pictures.

do you girls remember when the old spori burned down? i believe it was halloween night, 2000. am i right? remember how crazy that was? it lit up the whole town and the next day some classes were cancelled because of the smoke.

or the time we woke up to the smiley face up on the back of the stadium bleachers? and we couldn't figure out how anyone got it up there? (i totally have a picture of that and i would insert it here, but . . . dang it.)

or do you ladies remember dave moss? and how he requested a visiting teacher? and angela volunteered to be his v.t. and sometimes some of us would go? he was totally serious about it too. weird, weird guy. yet, strangely, i had a crush on him. i believe he was from iowa.

oh, and does anyone remember how dan weatherspoon was our fhe brother and now he's marci's husband?!!


for someone to blog again.
c'mon.... do it. do it.
{cough, cough. robin..... cough.}

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

if not for these girls...

i would have never been a shanty girl.

so, even though this isn't technically a "shanty" memory, it's the reason i lived there.

here you see the pre-mission picture, recreated...

remember when...

robin sent us all that email that was like "chip, chop... get to work. blog! let's do this. here's your assignment. now go. do. blog." and then we haven't see a blog post from her, like ever...

robin. blog.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thanks to Lara...I can post a picture of one, of the many fabulous memories of the Shanty. 
This was after I moved out and I would come and visit, obviouly I wasn't ready to let go of the Shanty.
You were all too kind and let me come and play with you.
Thank you.

The memory: Christmas at the Shanty! Sleeping under the tree, eating yummy, gooey bread (made by Cindy) in the morning, opening presents, snuggling all day in pj's.
I couldn't ask for better memories of college.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I, too, have been thinking...and thinking...and trying to get to the computer...and I just can't settle on a single memory. So here it is: Kirsten's Current Favorite Memory List in no particular order:
  • sitting around the front windows in the dark like bandits waiting for Robin to come home from a date and give us a "show" on the front porch when he dropped her off. Marci and I sat on Cindy's bed.
  • Lara. Mandee. "Milk" mustaches. And them trying to decide whether or not to primp that night before boys came over to give me a blessing.
  • journal parties with Mana.
  • and the We Love Mana party.
  • gluing quarters to the sidewalk--the ultimate lunch time entertainment.
  • thinking of lunch--Andi listening to the same CD every day at lunch.
  • screaming fests. a personal fav is when Jenny got engaged and it was the one night ever someone came to check if a boy was over past curfew.
  • 10 little Indians for Halloween.
  • sharing a birthday with Roo.
  • early morning scriptures.
  • and temple trips.
  • and the early morning "no more white scrubs" party for Ashli--including turning off her alarm clock.
  • all the Shantresses sitting in the front row of Gospel Doctrine while I struggled to teach.
  • Jumping on the couches with Katrina.
  • and her "dancing" birthday party--the polka and swing.
  • 1 pan of brownies. lots of forks. plenty of room around the table.
  • Hyrum banging on the door and running away (and all screaming "HYRUM!!!")
  • the white boards.
  • all of us crying while we watched Charley at the cheap theater and looking over to see that Mana was fast asleep.

I agree with Cindy--we need another reunion!

Monday, April 12, 2010

saturday extravaganza.

i had the ultimate mental battle over what my favorite shanty memory was. seeing as how i had two shanty experiences {2000/2001 and 2003/2004}, the sophomore year cloud date put up a valiant fight against my junior year's saturday adventures.

in the end, saturday extravaganza won... mostly because i have previously scanned photos. although, if i may plug the cloud date - that was the original transform-the-living-room date... it hailed in the gossimer and twinkle light concept that changed our world forever. the decorations were perfectly simple... we made the biggest mess in the kitchen... and the ever-eligible pete gallant was my date. so, there.

back to it. my favorite shanty memory: saturday extravaganzas.
the rules:
1. make a list of everything fun to do within a 3 hour radius of home base.
2. cram in as much fun as you can. strategically, of course.
2. it occurred every saturday. duh.
3. leave the house promptly at 10 a.m. if you have a test to take, a study group to attend, or a hair appointment in idaho falls, plan accordingly.
4. bring boys.
5. and a good mix tape.
6. document your every move.

for example:

distance from rexburg: 122 miles/2 hrs 25 mins.
boys: jake curtis, tim robbins, and the brown brothers.

exhibit: a t rex named sue.
distance from rexburg: 30 minutes.
boys: same. except, they brought girls along. don't know why they thought that was going to be acceptable to us, but 7 years later... whatever.

perhaps the ultimate saturday extravaganza:

distance from rexburg: 123 miles/ 2 hrs. 44 mins.
boys: same, same, same, minus jake curtis... and grant wilson.

hey, remember the "caucasian dancing" shirt tim robbins sported? classic.

oh, and then there's a whole other worthwhile post that i could create that should be called "all the times we tried to get aubry to recreate in the snow"

this time:

43987548763524987 mile cross country ski trek through mesa falls
distance from rexburg: 38 miles/ 57 mins.
boys: wes morris, some other guy i remember being realllllly nice, bradley tew, reuben grothaus, tim robbins

i s'pose the moral of the story could be -

we lived in a great place and we did fun things.
all. the. time.

we're cute.

just got all of my pictures from the wedding and thought i would share a few to add to the 'best of shanty reunion 2010'.

so glad travis and i (or eh, LB and PJ) could sponsor such a great event :)

now can we PLEASE have another shanty reunion sometime soon? i didn't get my fill!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

run forrest, run!

i love to run...didn't always. many of us shantresses run too. robin has a big race coming up this summer. the woman is an animal. just had baby #4 and will be doing the wasatch back in june!
runner's world magazine had a fabulous article in january of this year about running "rules."
it's long...but seriously. it's all true. my friend lori got hit by a car when we were running together one morning.'s all true.
if you have some extra time, read the article and GO ROBIN!
article: rulestorunby

Sunday, April 4, 2010

To my peeps

I hope everyone has a good Easter weekend with their peeps!

a little taste

ahhh... that was some good diet coke from mcdonalds...

don't mind my extreme shrieking. i thought lara had caught the bouquet and it wasn't until i moved my camera that i noticed she'd given it away. that lara.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hear ye Hear ye

Does anyone have anything good to say?