Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vine Lovin'

I just needed to let everyone know how much I love Vine. Yes, you read that right. I'm still using Vine. I'm actually looking at and enjoying it more than Instagram. I hardly ever post, but I browse it all day. It's replaced my YouTube browsing. It's all of the hilarity and creativeness of the YouTube community condensed into 6 seconds. No ads, no "never gonna give you up", no top comments, no music videos. The 6 second limit forces creativity and tends to be the perfect comedic timing. It's created a very clever and artistic, comedic community. Just look at these:

Original Poster: Jordan Burt
This is my favorite Vine poster. Many of you will recognize the scenery. He's a Provo resident.

Original Poster: Marcus Johns
Marcus is probably the most popular user on Vine. He seems busy now, but his earlier stuff was hilarious. Even if he were just to make vines of clouds from here on out, he'd still have his million followers.

Original Poster: Bo Burnham
This one never gets old.

Original Poster: Princess Lauren
This is a teenager with a well-adjusted sense of humor.

Original Poster: Kc James
He and Jordan Burt make a great team.

Original Poster: Landon Moss
Another one of my favorite users. 

Original Poster: Chloe Fey
Apparently this one made the rounds among Junior High Kids through one of those "Best of Vine" Facebook pages (you all should just get the app instead of liking those pages so we can still get funny videos like this; descending the soapbox now...) This is still hilarious though. Probably the only funny face video that made me hurt myself from laughter.

Original Poster: Jackson Holland
This is the one that got me hooked.

Original Poster: AYZEE
This took forever to film.

Some users (some are listed above) I'd recommend:

Jordan Burt
Marcus Johns
Landon Moss*
Simone Shepherd*
Kc James
Princess Lauren
Liane V
Trey Kennedy
Jerry Purpdrank
Brittany Furlan*
Jerome Jarre
Eric Dunn*
Curtis Lepore
Trampwall Sam
Michael Lopriore*
Meagan Cignoli
Bo Burnham*
    *Strong language. Sensitive readers, steer clear.

    That should keep you busy. #savevine.

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    July 10, 2012

    A year ago today:

    "During the lesson he talked about how he 「人と長く付き合えない」(can't have lasting relationships with people) and how that's the source of his psychological issues. That really sent an arrow through my heart. I think I had, actually still, very much have that problem. I can't let go. My dad sent me a picture of *names withheld* , gag. But beside the point, it really made me miss my life before the mission and nearly put me into mourning thinking about how things simply won't be the same when I get back. I can't deny that it makes me sad. I know that if I let Christ be my friend, I'll always be guided to the people I need to be around, I just really am sad that there have to be goodbyes. Enough. Head up, move forward. There are many many angels that have brought me this far and it's too late to turn back and chase them now. I just pray that they won't fade away." 

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    So, my body changes shape like nobody's business. I've come to realize that even though I can always make healthier choices (and I'm always trying to) a huge part of this fluctuation is beyond what I can control. And I'm okay with that. I'd rather look good as opposed to bloaty, but I think I'm grown up enough to be able to not let my physical appearance bear any weight (ha) on my self-esteem.

    My real issue? Clothing. Here's just some perspective. Towards the end of my mission (the picture above on the right) I couldn't find a belt tight enough to keep my pants on. My clothes all fit like parachutes but I was okay with it because I knew I would be going home soon and would be throwing most of them away because they were so worn out. When I went back to Tokyo in November, I went shopping with my Grandma and was truly unaware of what my pant size was. Obviously, I was going to need a new wardrobe in that I wasn't wearing white shirts and slacks everyday anymore. I came home with two pairs of jeans at waist size 29. 

    I haven't really bought pants since then until last week. I picked up a pair of shorts and decided to be generous with myself. I bought them in a 32 waist, my size before I left on my mission. I was pretty sure I had gained weight and needed to compensate for that (I'm guessing my jeans have kind of stretched with me because I can still fit into them comfortably). Long story short: I haven't worn them. 5 inches in 9 months ya'll. But just you wait, I bet in a month or so I'll be able to slap those things on no problem. 

    This didn't really have a punchline. Just some monologue that's been happening as I've been cleaning out and organizing some images on my computer. Move along.