Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Last one

I think this is going to be my last post for a while seeing as though I enter the MTC tomorrow morning.

So... wish me luck! The next 18 months are going to be good, and hard, but mostly good.
I know you won't miss this blog too much seeing as though I post about once a month.

And, as any missionary will request... write me! Not just the first month, but all 18 of them.

Sister Harris

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Upon further inspection...

To begin, today I had my missionary shower... like a bridal or baby shower. It was wonderful. Honestly, the women in my ward are so amazing and so generous. I received more gifts than I have probably my last 5 Christmas Days and Birthdays combined. That aside, it was a great little party so I thought I would upload a couple pictures!

Opening gifts... footies!

Obviously enthused guests

More gifts!

Party People

Next... I was searching through some pictures that my mom has saved on the computer. I decided to upload some of my favorites! You might notice that many of these are taken by you, yes, you, my wonderful friends, and she saves them as her own on the computer! Ha, she is great.

Kenny's face... ahhh haha

This beauty is labeled: Katie- roasted and toasted. fml.

um, k, bye.

Monday, October 18, 2010


This movie is my new favorite movie. I saw it with Kaylie, LJ, and Shipley a while back. Last night my dad and I rented it. He fell asleep and I fell in love all over again.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

An Analytical Approach to Justin Bieber's My World 2.0

Recently I have become ill with what some are calling "Bieber Fever". It has plagued me, and in consequence all those around me because of my need to listen to Justin Bieber all day, everyday. On my drive to work today I was feeling especially sick, and therefore started analyzing the masterpiece known as "My World 2.0". This blog will not discuss every song, just the finer pieces.
The album begins with the song "Baby", ft. Ludacris. This song and its accompanying dance are favorites of many. Baby is a strong way to begin an album as it is a hit single, very catchy and relatable. The only negative thing that can be said about this song is that although the music video for Baby is the number one most viewed video on youtube, it has more dislikes than likes.
Justin then transitions into "Somebody to Love". This is his second single from the album, and a strong one at that. Somebody to Love is both catchy and easy to dance to. As the young kids say, it makes one want to 'get down'. Although I enjoy the album version of this song, I prefer the remix with Usher.
"Stuck in the Moment", track three, compares the love Bieber feels for a girl with the love of history's most famous couples. These include Romeo and Juliet, Bonnie and Clyde, Adam and Eve, and my personal favorite, Sonny and Cher. The way he cleverly includes "I got you baby", when referring to Sonny and Cher, is something that will no doubt be remembered for ages. The song initially made zero impression on me as it follows two of the album's stronger pieces, but since then has become a personal favorite.
We will quickly discuss "U Smile", the fourth track. Other than the blatant disregard for proper spelling of the word 'you', U Smile is an enjoyable enough song and is Bieber's next single.
Now it is appropriate to skip down to "Eenie Meenie". This song features Sean Kingston, well known for singing "Beautiful Girls". Kingston begins the song with the lyrics "She's indecisive, she can't decide". I am unsure as to why he didn't continue with the rest of the song in this manner. The next lyric, instead of "She keeps on looking, from left to right", should have been something along the lines of "She keeps on looking, her eyes keep scanning." Some other catchy phrases they could have included in the song are things such as, She is beautiful, she has appealing features; I hugged her, we embraced... things of that nature. Next time Sean and Justin should check in with me before finalizing an album. The duo is strong on this track and it is engaging to the ears. The use of "eenie meenie miney moe" is clever and takes most of us back to our childhood, a period of great joy. This is a very enjoyable song and possibly my favorite on the album.
Well, that is all I have in my analytical approach to Justin Bieber's My World 2.0. I hope this reading experience was pleasureable to you and that you will listen to My World 2.0 to form your own opinions on the album. Next Week Backstreet Boys Millennium will be analyzed. I am anticipating this will be on Rolling Stone Magazine's website, as they will undoubtedly read this article.
Farewell world.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Mitten

Thus far I have been home in the mitten for just over a week. Michigan! Oh, how I rave about you when I am at school and with my friends. Do you disappoint me?

This morning I went for a run. It was only 64 out, so I ran in a long sleeve shirt. Fall. The smell of fall. You can imagine it if you try. Falling leaves, spice donuts, apple cider. These are a few of my favorite things. Fall was the dominant smell on my run. The cider mill less than a mile from my house helped this smell to prevail.

Cider mill, apple orchard, hayride, renaissance festival, cabin up north. Activities that I haven't had in my life for 3 years. Being 2,000 miles away makes it inconvenient to head over to Parmenters or Erwin's Orchards.


Being away from my friends, my family for the past 3 years, that is hard. Their lives continue and my life is kind of on a stand still until November. DQ, home, DQ, home. Repeat. Mission!

I miss school. I honestly never, ever, thought I would say that. Get me in that biochem class! I want to learn from the likes of Steven G. Wood. Football games! I envy all 64,045 patrons of the Washington game. Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah... go cougars! I annoy John when I sing the fight song at work. "No more singing tonight."

Here I sit at the DQ, jamming out to Justin Bieber, not scared of my work security because they need me. I'm a shift leader. My sweatshirt: "Give me all your ice cream and nobody gets hurt!" Story of my life.

I told Mr. Neubert that I was scared of getting sick of Michigan in my two months out here.
"Well, that could happen. Two months is a long time. Do you still have friends out there?"
No, no I don't. My father is my friend and Sam wants to be my friend. I can play with them, and I am satisfied with that.

So, I dedicate this post to the mitten. I dedicate this post to my goal of rereading Harry Potter and Hunger Games before my mission.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Dear Sister Harris,

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission...
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Missionary. After months of indecision and worry, I have my mission call. I am serving in Temple Square. Temple Square! How great is that?

I feel as though some people may feel disappointed for me. "You can go anywhere in the world and you're serving 40 minutes from where you live now?" Yes, yes I am. Many, many emotions have crossed my mind since I opened my call. Disappointment is not one of them. I am so happy. I will have the opportunity to share my testimony with so many people! While at Temple Square I won't have the opportunity to teach the lessons to people and watch them from start to baptism, but that is fine. I want the opportunity to make a good impression. Maybe when people have more experiences with the Church, they will remember the Spirit at Temple Square and the sister missionary that shared with them her conversion story. I have always known that I can be a powerful tool in the Lord's hand. Now, I am beginning to realize how he intends to use me.

Today I talked to my parents on the phone about my call. They heard me open it last night and haven't heard much since. It was amazing to hear what they had to say about it. They were so excited, and so relived. They spoke of how the Lord had chosen me for this mission for myself, but also for them. I know that is true. We had a great conversation and they want to drive me out to the MTC in November. Nothing would make me happier. I want to show them where I will be and where I have been for the past 3 years. It will be strange for me to not talk to my father everyday on the phone. But, I know that my letters will bring a special spirit to their lives and that spirit will talk to them everyday.

This Church is love. This Church is true. This Church is Christ's. I am so honored to have been called to be a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Much love,
Sister Harris

Welcome world, to my mission:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today is the day

Dear World,

I have turned in my papers to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

My call is here today.

I always said that I would open my call immediately with only my family on the phone.... Well, my best friends out here are my family as well, and therefore I want them to be here.
So, tonight at 5-5:30, my best friends are coming over and I am opening my mission call.
Stand by to hear as to where I'm going!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

to CB

Hey Claire,

You're getting married on Saturday and I get to be your maid of honor.

I luh you.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

He's Home

Mckay is home! He flew into Bakersfield last night after two years away on a mission. He called me a half hour after being released and we talked for a while. It is reassuring to know that some relationships will stay the same even after you have been apart for so long. Things weren't awkward at all, just good.
For the two years he was away I wrote him about once a month... the last couple months about once every week or two. I didn't get many letters in return, so it felt like I was just writing in a journal or something. It was still comforting knowing someone who cares was reading them, but sometimes I forgot that I was writing to him at all. Yesterday when we spoke it was nice that he knew the things that had happened in my life, I didn't have to update him on a lot of events or feelings. That was so nice.

Eloquence is not my forte and therefore a couple pictures from his mission will suffice.

It makes me excited for my mission.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Honestly one of the worst things I have seen in quite a while:

Monday, June 14, 2010


I am my father's daughter...
I sit and watch History Channel. Ice Road Truckers on some days, Hippies today.

Hippies. "If I lived in a decade it would be the 60s for sure. I would definitely be a hippie." Hm, is this what I actually believe? I like the Beatles, Steppenwolf, Mamas and the Papas, Jefferson Airplane. LSD? Free sex everywhere? Not really my scene... And kind of a necessity in the life of a hippie.
Peace and love. Utopia, communion through nature. Sounds ideal. Why can't that be achieved? As this documentary of the sixties progresses that idealism of the Hippie movement loses its flare. "A lot happened and people got burnt out by the end of it."
The hippies faded away.

Would I have been a hippie? My father was 18 in 1966; he wasn't a hippie. I am my father's daughter after all.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Heart of Alene

Being with these girls is like a breath of fresh air. I just feel totally alive, especially after not seeing them for a while. I am reminded of the reunion in the Heart of Alene.

Happiness. That is what I feel with you.

Bach-e-lor-ette party. Good thing we have two of those this summer.

"We be best friends", said Shan.

Hey... Kay and Beech and Kenj and CB. I love you. K? Deal with it.

Just a reminder of mine and Claire's superiority.

And Kaylie... you still owe me one Hannah Montana alarm clock.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I passed!!!! I passed!!!!! I paaaaaassssssssssssseeeeeeeeddddddd!!!

So, leading up to tonight has been quite a crazy adventure.
  • MMbio 241 8 page lab writeup due Wednesday
  • MMbio 241 final Wednesday
  • Crazy parasitology lab test on Friday
  • Cell bio final due Tuesday
  • Cell bio midterm Tuesday
  • Ochem homework due Tuesday
  • Polynesian dance final Tuesday

So, it's done.

Annnnnnnnnnnddddd... I passed!!!! I passed my cell bio test!! Not only did I pass, but I got a 69%. Yes, that is a D+... which is nearly a C-.... which is passing for sure.

I think I'll pull off a B- in this class. I am so pleased.

Now..... Just my Ochem final Friday at 7AM... NBD?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The rest of my life can't compare to this night.
And only the heartaches have given me sight.
They bring me to you.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

to do

I need to remind myself quite often to not judge so quickly, and off of such stupid stuff as well.
Remember that girl that Gay held hands with? Well, I called her today and she came over and I cried to her and she listened. She helped me so much. I had felt so strong before and realized that I wasn't, I was hurting. She helped me figure out that hurt and figure out how to feel better. I felt a little resentment towards her when he chose her; when he chose her over me. But, now I love her. I do.

So, Katie, please don't hate on people so easily. You will probably end up loving them.

And the reason I was crying had nothing to do with Gay, please give me a little more credit than to think that.

Annnnnnnnnnd. Good pictureFacebook request by my mom with annotations by Jenna.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's gonna be an expensive summer

This summer I am supposed to be saving up to go on a mission... welp, that's not gonna work out well.
You see... two of my best friends are getting married. Unfortunately neither is getting married in Utah.

1:Erin just got engaged. She is getting married in June in the Detroit Temple. It's crazy to me that I introduced Erin to the Church and she is going through the Temple before me. I am so jealous, but so so so so so happy and proud of her for making this decision. So, I guess I am going home for a weekend in June! Hopefully it is a weekend after finals and possibly between spring and summer semesters, so I don't go crazy!

Claire got engaged on her birthing day. She is getting married July 10th in the Seattle Temple. So, I get to go to Seattle for a weekend and see her!

Who needs this 'till death do we part' stuff? When I get married I am going to do as these girls are and it will last forever!

So, let's see... that's around $500 spent on plane tickets. So, a little more than a month out on the mish? I guess they'll have to send me home a month early!

On a side note... the boy I talked to on Christmas, he gets home July 1st. That's a little over 3 months away. Three months ago I was starting this semester! It's gone by so fast.

Annnnnnnnnnnnd I am living with this girl this summer:

An interesting summer awaits.

Monday, March 22, 2010

I'm naked

It's my office hours. Dr. Grose, Steve and I are looking at some failed experiments. I see the lights before I hear the sound. The fire alarm goes off. Annoyed, we grab a couple things and get ready to leave the building. Should I really bring my cell phone? Might as well... but my backpack is far too heavy to bring outside if I am going to bring it back up really quick. Last time the alarm went off we were outside for 10 minutes total.
Outside the grass feels good as we lay in it and eat our lunch. I'm wearing a skirt today and the sun feels great on my white legs. Soon, a girl who needs help in the class I ta for comes up and we instruct her on the materials in the upcoming test. I realize that I should be preparing for my review tonight, but there will be time to do that once we get back in the building.
30 minutes pass. 45. 1 hour. When are we going back in?
A man walks by carrying pink signs and he tapes them to the doors of the building. What do the signs say? Someone go look at the signs.
"Building closed for rest of the day. 03/22/10"


All my stuff is in there. We devise a plan to get back in. All the professors left their laptops and car keys and glasses. Surely they will let the professors back in to grab their stuff. No go. No one is allowed in.

So, here I sit in the LRC. It is stuffy and packed. I have to prepare a review that is going to suck, I can feel it. I have no backpack, no chemistry book, no notebook. I feel naked. Now I understand why Ian walked around campus with an empty backpack. Don't worry that I'm giving a presentation tomorrow in Parasitology and have two tests as well.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Harry Potter

Tonight I went to a Harry Potter dance! It was a preference dance, so I chose Ryan and we went.
I competed in the Harry Potter trivia contest. Remember last summer when I won?

Well... at this dance there was a trivia contest. And....... guess who won. Please don't guess, you know it was me. I'm a bad winner, I know it. So, this was a good night.

The "Competition"


The winner plus Ryan.

Freak. This was a good night.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dear Gay,
If you are going to hold hands with someone else... I would appreciate it if you don't text and chat with me the next day.

Much love,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tonight I am with Erin

Tonight I am with Erin. We are sitting on my bed talking. Erin is one of my best friends.
Tonight I am in Michigan. This is my life right now. Michigan, Erin, Dad, Here. In 8 hours I will be on my way to Utah. But, tonight Erin and I sit on my bed. This is happiness.