Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
People have asked my why I chose to go to China to teach English and I never really had a strong answer. I kind of meandered my thoughts and told them I did it because I wanted to. This is the truth. I do want to do this with every fiber in my being. But why China? I have never been absolutely fond of Asians. Today I came to my conclusion. All of my best friends have left me to serve their church in a two-year mission. I never ruled that option out, but life has never been easy for me. I never plan out my future. I just take it one step at a time. The thought of a mission kind of freaked me out. So I found China Horizons and it felt right. My own mission. Serving the people in China for four months while receiving nothing in return. But will I receive nothing? Of course I will purchase hundreds of little souvenirs along the way that are super cheap and may not last too long, but is that it? I have a belief that I will grow beyond my years and become a man. I need to grow up. I may not always want to, but I need to. I need to find my calling in life. My niche. I am sure that four months living in a foreign country will help me guide a path in what I want to do with my life. The people in China are waiting for me, and I am waiting for them. You may think that four months, isn't that long, but I think it is just long enough. I am hoping that while in China I will learn to love myself. I hope to love everything about me. For when I love myself, I then can love another. I am not a firm believer in love. I may think it is wildy fanciful and often unrealistic. But that is the joy of life. Finding things out for your self. Maybe getting hurt in the end, but atleast you can learn something and take it with you in other relationships.
As you can see, I have a lot going on in my head while I sit on my bed and stare at my black suitcase half filled with random belongings. Tomorrow, I don't have to wake up at 7 am to go to work. I am no longer employed for the rest of the year. See you in January people. You will hopefully be hearing from me soon. On the other side of the world. Sorry for the random thoughts that are scattered about but these are my thoughts as I think them. No proof-reading necessary. Until next time . . .
SALT LAKE LONELY BOY
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I don't think I can really pull off hats, but I had to buy this one because I loved it soo much.
Next year, me and a couple of buddies are moving down here for the summer and working at the Pier. Helping Newports Finest.
Stopped in St. George to see a close family friend, Madison.
Little friend in the Tide pools.
While eating my Balboa Bar, I saw this poster with the autographs of the whole OC cast. I was a little starstruck just from their signatures. Summer Roberts is ma gurl.
Stopped at Diagon Alley. only kidding. This is a perfume shop. I love HP.
Longboarded every where.
When I am wealthy and have a family, I will knock on this beach house door and say, "I would like to buy this house. Name the price. Any price."
I am still finding sand all over.
R.I.P. Marissa Cooper.
See you soon, Newport Beach. I will miss you.
Salt Lake Lonely Boy.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Nalgene and Swedish Fish in front seat:check
digital and polaroid camera:check
nothing but swimsuits:check
I am gonna be gone for a cuppladays. I am off to Newport to chill with Seth Cohan, Summer Roberts, and Julie Cooper-Nichol. Don't be jealous. Why all of you guys are working, I'll be watching the U.S. Open for Surfing up at Huntington Beach.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
People are funny.
I have learned a few things lately that will definitely help me when I leave this country for four and a half months.
1. Trust no one, but yourself.
2. Not everybody will love you.
3. No matter where you go, you cannot run from certain emotions.
4. Music is always the best form of therapy.
5. Don't ever feel sorry for yourself. Pick your self up by the boots and keep trudging along.
6. People worry too much about being beautiful in life and they shouldn't because life in itself is beautiful.
7. Girl's tend to play too many mind games so I need to find myself a woman.
8. You can't please everybody no matter how hard you try.
9. Don't be too nice, because people will take advantage of you.
10. Try everything once. Then you can say if you really do or do not like it.
In case you can't tell, I have been thinking a lot lately about life, friends, family, school, and work. This whole living-in-China thing is really starting to sink in. (22 days until I am gone) I have to think about which school I am going to in the Spring right now. So I will either be an Aggie, or a Ute. I have a feeling everything will fall in to place as life goes on.
Chow Lo Mein
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I work with a few illegals who will remain anonymous due to legal issues. They are hilarious and don't speak a word of English. I took four years of it at Wasatch Junior and Skyline High and have picked up quite a bit because that is the only way to communicate with my co-workers. I wouldn't say I know a lot, but I can somewhat communicate with them.
Since they always listen to the Mexican Polka, I always ask them when they were going to take me dancing. (I didn't think they actually would . . ) Let's just say they took me way too soon.
So . . Rosa . . yes, Rosa . . called me and started speaking in Spanish at one million words per minute saying that her friends were going to go clubbing and that she wanted me to come. I felt bad so I agreed. I told her that I am not 21 yet and that I don't think I could go to many places. She said it was all good and to meet her downtown. As we get downtown, I realize that you must be 21 to go! I was freaking out, but Rosa and her friend weren't. We go up to the bouncer while Rosa winks and does her thang(yes. thang) and he asks for our id's. My heart races. My throat tightens. I wouldn't last a day in jail. (can you tell I'm an over-analyzer?) He looks at the id, looks at my baby face, down at the id, and hands it back to me and smiles. How in the hell did I just get in to a club?! The shock didn't wear off until we were leaving. Let's just say that Mexican's can dance for hours no matter how sweaty they become. It was fun. I kind of felt like it was a bad scene of Jersey Shore, but it was all good. I had fun. I wish I brought my camera, but I was scared for many reasons to bring it.
My hips don't lie.
Love you long time.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I've been a little busy. I'll be telling you what I have been up to once I get some time to upload some pictures and scan a few polaroids.
I HAVE SOME NEWS!!!!
I found out what city I am going to be living in for 4 months! (drum roll please)
So the population is a little over 2 million people and it is super close to a lot of fun area's! I really cannot wait! I wish I was leaving tomorrow. Now I have to figure out what I am going to pack! I leave August 15th! Let's live it up before I leave, eh?
Salt Lake Lonely Boy
Friday, June 11, 2010
or Justin Bieber's older brother.
or what Justin Bieber will look like in five years.
I have heard this from about 69 people.
ok . . about ten. but ten in one week! WTF! I don't see it and was kind of offended the first time my boss told me of this doppleganger.
I don't think so.
Salt Lake Lonely Boy
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
yeah . . tell me about it. As I watch the smiling faces, and diamond rings cover my fridge with that glossy embossed photo paper, the more I watch The O.C. and realize how pitiful life can be.
I recently went to one of my friend's receptions in Pepperwood that was simply beautiful. Very classy. Let's just say the bride's mom might be related to Jackie O, Oprah, or Michelle Obama. That kind of classy. I took a hot date, and got all styled up for my fourth reception in four weeks. (One a week isn't too bad I suppose.)
So any-who, as I leave, there was a basket filled with tissue paper in the shape of a flower that had some goodies inside. Me being a fat ass, I grab three or four of course. As I get in my car with my beautiful date, I open up this ball of tissue to discover these little black particles in the shape of rocks about the size of Willy Wonka's NERDS. I didn't know what they were so I shoved them all in my mouth. There was no taste, so I went on to the next bag . . . . still nothing. Then the next bag . . . nothing. I realize that maybe I should read what they say on them.
"Thanks for coming to our wedding and watching our love Bloom."
uhhh . . . I have no clue what they are. So when I get home, I show my mom the bag and she says, "Oh my gosh! How cute! They wrapped up wild flower seeds in this beautiful tissue paper! That is such a cute idea."
All those little seeds need is sunshine and Salt Lake is not getting much of that as of lately.
SL Lonely Boy
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Let's just say I was pretty emotional. I don't want to ruin it for anybody, but I have to wait 4 friggen months to find out if one of my favorite characters is still alive.
It's pretty sad how a television show can affect someone's mood.
Oh and I found out that I will be in China when Harry Potter 7 Part One comes out. I will go to the midnight showing (if they have one) by myself if I must.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Do you remember when I was in such a hurry I accidentally put my sisters contacts (which are -4.75 prescription) in my eyes instead of mine and everyone thought I had pink eye because my eyes were bright red for hours?
Or that one time when I get to work and my boss gives me a billion tasks to do in a five hour shift?
Or that other time when I had to stay an hour later because an old lady couldn't decide on what jeans fit her wrinkly thighs the best?
Or what about that time when I decided to walk to my dog and a bird just happened to shit on my arm?
Or maybe you'll remember that time one of my best friends flirted all night with a girl I've been digging for months?
Oh and what about the time my mom decided to do a load of laundry for me and stained a whole load with rust?
Well maybe you don't remember because that all happened today . . . .
Monday, April 26, 2010
~Be on "The Price Is Right"
~Go to the Ellen Degeneris or Jay Leno show.
~Longboard Lombardt Street in San Francisco.
~Go to the pool at least twice a week.
~Go camping at least once a month.
~Work 40 - 60 hours a week unless on vacation.
~Sell My car and purchase a new longboard.
~Save $$$ for China.
~At least one kiss in the rain.
~Find my glasses or purchase a new pair. (accio glasses . . .)
~Salt Flats Photoshoot.
~Sing and play my guitar for Rachel Kime.
~Wakeboard at least twice a month.
~Job shadow Dr. Owens, or Dr. Jackson.
~Volunteer at either the M.D. camp or a local hospital.
~Play at a park.
~Visit my friends in West Yellowstone and Newport Beach.
~Concerts, Concerts, Concerts.
~Run the Ragnar Relay from Logan to Park City.
~Party hardy and live life as a 20 year old.
Salt Lake Lonely Boy
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We ALL have them. I want my life to be full of achievements. But when? I have found myself saying, "Yeah . . . that would be way fun to move somewhere and make something of myself . . . ." But what exactly is stopping me? Yeah . . sure . . . money can put a little damper on things. . but I need to start working on achieving my dreams rather than sitting here talking/blogging about them. I need to do them before its too late because they always say that life flies by and to enjoy it while your young. Dream BIG Nothing's stopping you. S.L.L.B. picture via
I'm not talking about the dreams we have when we rest our almond shaped eyes. I am talking about dreams of life, love, and prosperity. Everyone has their own dreams.
I have always dreamt big. Really big. Maybe even too big (is that possible?)
Dreams differ from person to person. Some dreams may be easier to achieve than others, but they are still dreams nonetheless. I often have dreams that are bigger than life itself. Will I achieve them? I sure hope so
I want my life to be full of achievements.
But when? I have found myself saying, "Yeah . . . that would be way fun to move somewhere and make something of myself . . . ." But what exactly is stopping me? Yeah . . sure . . . money can put a little damper on things. . but I need to start working on achieving my dreams rather than sitting here talking/blogging about them. I need to do them before its too late because they always say that life flies by and to enjoy it while your young.
Dream BIG Nothing's stopping you. S.L.L.B. picture via
Nothing's stopping you. S.L.L.B. picture via
Sunday, April 18, 2010
So after my five mile hike up beautiful Millcreek Canyon with my friend Kristen, I decided to finish the night watching one of my favorite movies, Hitch.
Some of my favorite quotes come from that movie even though many of them are ridiculously cheesy.
Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.
Any guy can sweep any girl off her feet, he just needs the right broom.
Because that's what people do. They leap, and hope to God they can fly, because otherwise you just drop like a rock, wondering the whole way down, why in the hell did I jump? But here I am, Sarah, falling, and the only one that makes me feel like I can fly... is you.
Serena van der Woodsen . . I know you're out there. I'm looking for you.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Call/Text/E-Mail/BBM/Write me if you're interested.
Now don't you all go crazy. This is for a limited time only.
Unfamiliar with the term N.C.M.O.?? Talk to your local cougar(as in BYU cougar, not sexy old ladies) and they shall keep you informed.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Read it. I just hope they make the movie as good as the book. Like with good music, actors, and circus people.
(thanks kristen for lending me the book)
I need another book when I am done with this one. Suggestions?
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The only constant in this crazy world.
It often can leave me speechless how quickly and abrupt things can change.
I suppose I don't despise change or I'd still be that squirrelly little child with braces underneath those chunky cheeks, but whenever I stop to think about it, I am always left a little weary. Like I said, change can be a good thing, but it doesn't make it any easier. Much has changed for me since high school. I have some new awesome friends, which also means I only talk to a select few from Skyline. I work at a pretty cool place(not Einstein's)I am kind of figuring out what I am doing in school. My family has the most stability since my parent's divorce five years ago. As of lately, I have been indescribably happy.
The change that makes me bothersome is the change that has happened around me amongst some of my friends. Some are making choices in their lives that will forever change them. I am talking about the not-so-good choices. I guess all I can do is love them unconditionally and be there for them in times of need. Only recently have I realized how amazing my friends are. I have truly amazing people who inspire me to become the best Ryan Snow I can be. They support me no matter the mood I am in and what I desire for my future. They laugh at my non-comical jokes. They bring me ice cream when I'm having a down day. They take me out when I want to stay at home and read. I guess what I am trying to say is that my heart is full. I wish I could go around and thank every individual who has impacted me in some way, but I don't exactly know where I would stop.
for supporting me through change.
p.s. How awesome would it be to live in Seattle?
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
pictures via Natalie's blog.(i don't know how to do a friggen link)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
1. Getting warm from the steam of the dishwasher.
2. A new pair of jeans.
3. Fortune Cookies.
4. Seeing Shape-Up's on campus.
5. Getting commission off a $500 sale.
6. Adding music to my iPod.
7. Finishing the whole burrito at Cafe Rio.
8. Making new friends.
9. Watching Polaroids develop before your eyes.
10. "Extra Shot Mondays" and sometimes Tuesdays.
11. Paying it Forward.
12. Hanging with my cousins.
14. Beating Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart.
15. Going out to breakfast with friends.
16. Crossing things off a "To-Do" list.
17. Working hard for a good grade.
18. Getting a girl's number.
19. Banana Cream Pie and Samoa Cookies.
20. Rearranging my furniture.
21. Whitening my teeth.
22. Having sore muscles after working out.
23. Finishing off a gallon of milk.
24. Treating Little Rojita to a nice car wash.
25. Watching flowers bloom in the Spring.
pictures via flickr