Friday, July 23, 2010

The World's Largest Water Balloon Fight

1100 hours:
I leave home thinking today will be like any other day. I pick up my sister, and we head for what we thought would be a normal BYU activity. If only we knew how our lives were about to change.

1130 hours:
We sign up for what can only be described as the most epic water balloon battle this world has ever seen. We choose our colored shirts--realizing afterwards that the colors we have chosen decides our teams: they have pitted us against each other--sister against sister, friend against friend.

1131 hours:
The wait begins.

1136 hours:
I find members of my team and we separate, preparing for battle.

1137 hours:
Cosmo bumps into my friend on the way to the water station. Clearly he has forgotten he has no mouth hole. Water falls everywhere.

1200 hours:
We are given our weapons and commanded to form ranks. Stray balloons find their way across enemy lines. The fight is about to begin.

1215 hours:
I am hit. Hit again. All I see are balloons, flying through the air like happy grenades.

1218 hours:
There is a cry next to me. A boy has lost his glasses.

1218 hours and 30 seconds:
It's ok. They're not broken.

1223 hours:
The ammunition appears to be running out. My casualties are limited to water in my eye contact, smeared make up, and a very wet shirt. Overall, I am lucky to have suffered so little.

1225 hours:
The battle has finished. We have officially completed the world's largest water balloon fight ever.

See footage of the fight here:

We broke the world record by 25 participants and 1021 water balloons. And we all got free t-shirts.

You know how we do.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Hunger Games

Dear Reader,

Okay, if you haven't read (or haven't heard of) The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins--repent!

Only the first two books in the trilogy are out and literally ten minutes ago I finished reading Catching Fire, and the month and a half wait until Mockingjay is released (Aug. 24!) just might drive me insane. Suzanne Collins, you sure know how to tell a story (although I wish you would be a little more careful about where you put those commas).

Several people recommended that I read these books, and it wasn't until a friend said I could borrow hers that I decided to try them out. No one would tell me what they were about, though. Seriously, everyone I asked just said they were intense, and if I pressed them for more details, they would just say that they were hard to describe. In retrospect, I'm glad no one told me what was going to happen. It made me all the more disgusted at the world Collins writes about. Um...but disgusted in a good way. You should still read it. It's a great insight into humanity, government, and morality. I mean, what would you do if you were in Katniss' situation? I like to think that I could be brave...but I would probably be one of the first to die.

Intrigued? You should be be. Read it! But be's intense. :)