Friday, April 29, 2011

Change It Up - Tanning


Disclaimer: Before reading this post, I want you all to raise your right hand and repeat after me, "I, [insert name here], will not give Torrie a hard time for taking on this challenge. I know that she was perfectly knowledgeable about the future consequences before going to below-mentioned location and that she does not need to hear any more lectures because Matt already did his share and then some."

Okay, now that that's over with, I will try to keep my comments justifying myself to a minimum.

Confession: I have never been to a tanning bed. Ever. And I didn't think I would ever even see one live, up close, and in person...until I was trotting out the door to have my bridals taken and heard my brother Carter say, "Nice tan line, Torts." I laughed it off and mostly brushed the comment aside, until we got our pictures back and I saw that every picture of my back had an impressive farmer's tan line etched right above my dress. So what's a girl to do? The line had taken me a year and a half of drowning in the El Salvador sun and heat to get, and I knew it would not go easily. I considered doing a sunless tanning lotion at home, but I was worried about the possibility of streaks, not to mention the fact that I can't stand the smell. I considered doing a spray tan, but I had one too many people (or like ten too many people) tell me not to risk it, citing the fact that I didn't want to look like a carrot on my wedding day.

So I decided to do it--to go against all my sun-protection morals and just go for it. With Matt's solid disapproval sitting like a dumbbell in my stomach, I drove over to The Rage salon. With my free tanning session coupon clenched in my nervous fist, I walked in the door with palm trees painted on it and saw three girls with distinct tanning-goggle lines sizing me up.

"Uh, I've never been in here before, or really any tanning salon, but uh, I have this coupon and I'm getting married next week and I need to get rid of this line..."

The curly-haired brunette looked at me sympathetically as she handed me a clipboard so I could fill out my information. I tried not to listen too hard when they started talking with each other about how going to FHE was like extra credit...if you missed church, you could just make it to Monday night's activity. Needless to say, I was probably trying too hard not to look too scared after that.

The brunette with the goggle lines started to fill me in on the different tanning beds available, citing which ones used more UVA rays and which ones provided the deepest tans. All I could think was, "Where is the lightning that will strike me down for killing myself off slowly, one fake UVA ray at a time?"

She recommended that I go to the third bed she listed, because it was the least likely to burn me. She also suggested that I go in for only 3 minutes after sizing up my snowdrop skin and light eyes. I swallowed hard, then said, "Let's go for 4."

Go big or go home.

Luckily one of the workers took compassion on me and showed me how everything worked (and mentioned that I needed to close the top of the bed over myself, which I probably wouldn't have thought to do). As I looked at the towel and goggles lying on the glass machine and heard the 90s music blaring through the loudspeakers just above me, I had one last, panicked thought: "It's not too late to get out."

But the worker shut me in the closet-like room, and I proceeded to gingerly strip down to my underwear and make my way awkwardly onto the rounded surface. Positioning myself and taking a deep breath (just in case it would be my last), I pulled the top over me and lay in my glass coffin, waiting to see the light.

Even with my goggles on, I saw the lights burst on, beaming from one end of the bed to the other. I swear I saw green and pink rays shooting up the sides, and I thought, "Is this thing gonna EAT me?!" It was the closest experience I've ever had to being abducted by aliens, and I dreamed of soaring off in my UFO to a far-away galaxy where there were no tan lines and where everyone gets by on extra credit religious practices.

Since I was paranoid that the parts that touched the machine would get more burnt, I lifted up my arms and legs, giving myself a killer ab workout while I slowly baked in the coffin-sized UFO. And before I knew it, the lights all went out and I felt a breeze of cold air chill my pink skin. Slowly rolling out of the bed, I peeked my face into the mirror, expecting to be horrified by swelling blisters and even worse tan lines. But I saw nothing...just my own, bemused expression looking back at me.

The brunette assured me that it would show up more as time went on. But as of now, two days later, I have maybe changed one shade and I still have my tan line.

Oh well. It was cool chillin' with the UFOs and aliens while it lasted.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Here's What's Cooking...Choc. Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Remember how Matt and I have that terrible habit of trying out new recipes really late at night, when we really should be getting to bed at an early hour to prepare ourselves for early morning classes? Well, the Monday blues struck again, and we were in sore need of something scrumptious and totally fattening (since we've both been on-and-off dieting to get into shape for the wedding). Matt has always been a die-hard fan of cheesecake and I crave cookie dough 6 days out of 7, so this recipe seemed the perfect blend of our two biggest cravings.

Although I know the photos below aren't the greatest, don't judge the cheesecake by those--this recipe really is incredibly rich, sweet, and satisfying: even Matt generally had to stop at just one slice!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

1-3/4 cups crushed chocolate chips cookies or chocolate wafer crumbs (I used the generic brand of Chips Ahoy! cookies and they worked great)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling:
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened (we used the 33% less fat kind, which still tasted delicious--you didn't even miss the extra calories)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream (I used reduced fat sour cream too)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie Dough:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided

In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. pan (my note: make sure it's a springfoam pan, because we used a regular one and it totally overflowed). Place pan on a baking sheet; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Add sour cream and vanilla; beat just until blended. Pour over crust; set aside.

In another mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add water and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips. Drop dough be teaspoonfuls over filling, gently pushing dough below surface (dough should be completely covered by filling). Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.

Remove sides of pan. Sprinkle with remaining chips. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 12-14 servings (that is a true yield, if the pieces are small, which you will want them to be)


The spoonfuls of cookie dough before they got pressed into the filling


Warning: this cheesecake is INCREDIBLY good. And probably just a little bit fattening (okay, probably a lot-of-bit fattening). So be prepared to share with everyone :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Checked Out

I have officially (officially!) checked out mentally from school. Well, almost anyway. I hardly have anything left to do, but these last few assignments just aren't motivating me very well to get started on them...I've never been so ready for school to end and just want to get married already.

For example, right now I SHOULD be working on a paper that I need to have finished by 5:00 this afternoon (and my schedule is pretty much full until then). But instead of working on it, I'm dabbling about here on blogger and just twiddling my thumbs.

I'm so done with this school business. College, I never realized you'd take so long. Five years and counting...

P.S. Only a week and a half before this becomes a reality... :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Engagement Photos

You know, I realized I never posted any of our engagement photos on here. Now, I'm sure that many of you have seen them already, but we absolutely just LOVED how they turned out. My friend Chelsee Hanna did such an amazing job. So here are just a few of our favorites (get ready for massive picture overload, because I have so many favorites):





















Photo Walk - Death/Life

Matt and I realized yesterday (during a rare break in our stressful lives) that we haven't been on a photo walk in a really long time. The hope of spring blossoms and bright blooms was enough to make us postpone a much-needed nap and head out into the great outdoors in search of the latest displays of earthly beauty. Unfortunately, the walk ended up being somewhat of a failure...we couldn't hardly find any trees in blossom in the two locations we went to, and our theme of life/death seemed to have more death than life in it. However, we did find a few scenes worthy of capturing on camera. If I remember correctly, all of the photos I'm including were taken by Matt (I didn't get any particularly good ones). Hope you enjoy!!

I particularly like this one below--I wish my camera lens was better at focusing though so we could have captured this tulip that was poking up miraculously amidst a tightly-bound bramble.






Here's to spring, which seems to *finally* be on its way! (kinda)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Change It Up - A Different Kind of Date Night

Before anything else, Happy Easter everyone! I'm grateful for the fact that we all have a Savior, even Jesus Christ, who died and was resurrected so that we might all live again. As we heard today in our stake conference, 'If it weren't for Easter, there wouldn't be a Christmas.' So very true!

This week's Change It Up wasn't originally planned to be such but I think it worked rather well as one, considering that it broke up the routine and helped me get at least a centimeter closer to the kind of person I want to be. Since getting engaged, Matt and I have had very little time (or money) to go out on cool dates like we used to--when we first started dating again after my mission, Matt took me to the zoo, to the State Fair, to art shows, and to all sorts of fun stuff because we had all the time and money in the world. Or so we thought. I mean, we still have a blast together (and better yet, we're together almost all the time now), but I'll admit, our dating life has been overtaken by wedding appointments and homework obligations. So this last weekend, I thought we might change it up a bit. We still don't have a lot of money, but Logan is always offering tons of free activities (especially for students), and this weekend I found the perfect one--an author night sponsored by the Logan Library.

Now, you'd think since I've always loved writing and reading that I would have been to scads of author nights and traveled long distances to hear some of my best beloved writers spill their secrets. The truth is that the few times I've heard "real" authors speak is through school-sponsored activities, almost always in high school. Additionally, I have lacked motivation to do writing of any kind after my mission, so I was hoping that hearing the passion of other writers might re-awaken my own.

So hand in hand we went to the Logan Library's Author Night on Friday, to hear a panel of authors which included: Allie Condie (author of Matched), James Dashner (author of the Jimmy Fincher saga), Jessica Day George (author of the Dragon Slippers series), Shannon Hale (author of Goose Girl), and Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven series). So basically, five of the most popular young adult authors were all coming together in one location to talk about their writing and do a free book signing. And did I mentioned the event was free?

Matt and I both enjoy writing; Matt's even written a novel. So we both really enjoyed this panel--the authors were entertaining, witty, and inspiring (without even trying too hard to be). Something I really liked that was said, in response to the question, "How do you get the ideas for your books?" was this: "Just live the life you've always wanted to live, and it will go from there." Sometimes I think that my life is so ordinary that I would have no idea where to even begin a novel. But hearing about these writers' very ordinary lives (and being incredibly impressed that Shannon Hale, who gave birth to twins not too long ago and has two other children, has not let up on her writing at all), I fet like it was time for me to pick it up again. It was time for me to shut off the voice that tells me I have nothing extraordinary to say and just start writing. Because you know what? Even if it's not extraordinary writing, it's still extraordinary that I took the time to do it. And I'll accept that. For now.


Change It Up Successful? Yes. Both Matt and I had a lovely time doing something non-wedding-related and something that re-sparked the passion for writing in both of us. Oh, and the fact that we got Aggie ice cream afterwards didn't hurt either :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Manipulation

Today I taught my second full-time lesson of this semester, which was focused around The Merchant of Venice. I took a different spin on the usual ways to approach character motivation and discussed with the class the manipulative behaviors of one of the main characters. We talked about why the character might have chosen to be maniupulative and what could have been a better strategy to get what she wanted. Then I had them fill out the following inventory, checking yes or no by the behaviors they had or had not done in the past year.

If you're curious, get out a pen and paper and see how manipulative you are:


___ yes ___ no ( 1) Play the victim

___ yes ___ no ( 2) Play the martyr

___ yes ___ no ( 3) Act helpless

___ yes ___ no ( 4) Play stupid

___ yes ___ no ( 5) Act incompetent

___ yes ___ no ( 6) Act angry

___ yes ___ no ( 7) Throw temper tantrums

___ yes ___ no ( 8) Say "anything you want" when you don't mean it

___ yes ___ no ( 9) Act compliant when you don't want to

___ yes ___ no (10) Lie about how you feel

___ yes ___ no (11) Act lost

___ yes ___ no (12) Act suicidal

___ yes ___ no (13) Act hopeless and pathetic

___ yes ___ no (14) Act depressed

___ yes ___ no (15) Act befuddled or confused

___ yes ___ no (16) Tell stories or fabrications

___ yes ___ no (17) Use hyperbole or exaggeration to build up problems

___ yes ___ no (18) Act as a "wedge" between people keeping them divided against one another

___ yes ___ no (19) Act judgmental or shame people

___ yes ___ no (20) Use guilt trips

___ yes ___ no (21) Use ridicule

___ yes ___ no (22) "Cry wolf"

___ yes ___ no (23) "Looking good" for the other

___ yes ___ no (24) People pleasing

___ yes ___ no (25) Passive aggressiveness

___ yes ___ no (26) Act hurt or wounded

___ yes ___ no (27) Act ignored or forgotten

___ yes ___ no (28) Act unloved or uncared for

___ yes ___ no (29) Blame others for your problems

___ yes ___ no (30) Kiss up

___ yes ___ no (31) Act overly solicitous

___ yes ___ no (32) Ingratiate yourself with others

___ yes ___ no (33) Exaggerated sincerity

___ yes ___ no (34) Overly charming

___ yes ___ no (35) Act "out of it"

___ yes ___ no (36) Act "sorry" for your bad behaviors

___ yes ___ no (37) Insincere promising of change or reformation of behaviors

___ yes ___ no (38) Act as if you don't have value or worth

___ yes ___ no (39) Keep everybody upset to keep focus off you

___ yes ___ no (40) Keep people around you in competitive relationships


We talked about how there are healthier ways to get what you wanted, including talking openly and honestly about your feelings and why you're feeling the way that you are and doing a lot of self-reflection to discover why you manipulate people (since after this list, it should be pretty apparent that everyone does it).

One thing that surprised me though was that my classmates said that manipulation is not always a bad thing and that it is sometimes necessary to get what you want or to help another person. Would you agree with them?


For more information, see http://www.livestrong.com/article/15065-eliminating-manipulation/

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Here's What's Cooking...Chicken Pot Pie

Matt and I have a terrible habit of getting really hungry around 10:11 p.m. and wanting more than a bowl of cereal or a sandwich. So last night, we decided to try out a new recipe, something that we haven't gotten around to doing for a couple months because of how crazy our schedules have been (and because we're in a dinner group and rarely have to make dinner for ourselves).

This chicken potpie recipe is scrumptious--we found it in my favorite cookbook of all time--Taste of Home's Prize Winning Recipes, 2007 (SO worth the $10 I spent on it). Seriously, this cookbook is worth finding on eBay and getting for yourself, because I've never made something out of it that I didn't absolutely adore.

The recipe is pretty straightforward; the only change I would suggest is making sure to roll the bottom pastry out even larger than it recommends so it for sure covers your dish all the way around the bottom and sides. This only took us about an hour to make, but it would take a lot less if the chicken were pre-cooked and cubed; all in all, with pre-cut chicken, you could prepare and bake the entire thing in about 45 minutes.

Old-Fashioned Chicken Potpie
Submitted by Marilyn Hockey, Lisle, Ontario


1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups water
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

Pastry:
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1/3 cup cold butter

In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in water, milk, and bouillon. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in chicken and vegetables; set aside.

For pastry, combine flour and celery seed in a bowl. Cut in cream cheese and butter until crumbly. Work mixture by hand until dough forms a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll two-thirds of dough into a 12-in. square. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish. Pour filling into crust. Roll remaining dough into 9-in. square; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.

Bake at 425 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Yield: 6 servings (and that's a true yield--even Matt didn't take much more than one serving at a time because it was so darn satisfying)

My rating: 5 Stars

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coveting the Past

While looking for photos to put on the wedding video, I came across this picture taken on the first day of my sophomore year in high school. Was I ever really that skinny?!

I just have one question: Could the past lend me that body for just one day while I get married and then I'll go back to the losing-weight battle?

Pretty please?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Change It Up Challenge - The Biggest Loser

Okay, I'll admit it--this week's Change It Up started as a bit of a joke...you see, I was reading Mara's blog the other day and came across her comment that she cries during The Biggest Loser every week. Now, I will admit, I maybe might have made fun of her a little bit (sorry Mara--you know I love you!), because I was wondering how on earth a show about losing weight could make someone so emotional.

I am now repentant.

I put on The Biggest Loser at the beginning of the week just to see what it was all about, hardly planning on getting all the way through one episode, much less multiple. What actually ended up happening was that I got sucked in to the emotion and the drama and the sheer victory of it all--the sweat, the tears, the camaraderie, the sacrifice--and Matt was sucked in right along with me. We started out watching Week 14's episode, then decided that we just had to start from Week 1 and see the season from the beginning. We are now on Week 7. Considering that each episode is two hours long, that is a LOT of t.v. to watch in one week. Especially when you're taking 18 credits and working two jobs. I must be out of my mind.

The show has been highly motivating for me, actually--as anyone who is a regular reader of my blog can probably figure out, I have been struggling to lose some mission weight ever since getting back to the States in August. I have half-heartedly tried everything from doing exercise videos every day to cutting down on portions, but I still can't drop the final 8 pounds. You see, I've discovered something these past few months when it comes to weight loss--I can be a bit of a quitter sometimes when I don't see results as fast as I want. And also, I LOVE food. I mean, more than I even thought I loved it. So the show, despite taking away time from homework and about every other meaningful activity (except cuddling), has given me a little extra dose of motivation every day to keep on going in my meager attempts at weight loss. Matt and I went to the gym twice this week and I did my usual yoga class routine twice this week as well. Although I'm not seeing any difference on the scale (probably because it seems that no matter how hard I try, I just can't bring myself to cut down too much on sugar or cheese), I know that I FEEL a lot better: I have a healthy body that is generally full of a lot of energy to propel me through all the strenuous tasks I put myself through daily. I also am pretty dang tough for a girl: it might be a little too early to tell, but there is a very real possibility I could beat my benching max of all time next week. Details to follow.

Change It Up Challenge Successful? Yes. Maybe a little TOO successful, even...

Oh, and if anyone is wondering, I probably would have cried myself during an episode or two if Matt hadn't been right next to me...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Little Victories


Today in my yoga class, my instructor started out by talking about the concept of vulnerability and how she wanted us to apply the concept in our class today. Usually I don't pay too much attention to the little blips she says at the beginning of each class because I find many of them a little too New-Agey for me, but today's really hit home; she talked about how all of us are born completely vulnerable and only begin to put up a shell when we find our expectations not met in some way by the world. We put up walls when we are disappointed, rejected, or hurt by others, which in turn prevents us in some measure from further pain but also from a fulness of joy.

I've had a really hard time after my mission in some ways, and even with the passing of time, I still have yet to feel that I'm back up to the confidence I felt before my mission or as a missionary. I realized today that I'd made many attempts to put up some kind of shell since getting home since I found myself spiritually and physically attacked from all sides. But those shells haven't been too effective, because I'm about in the most vulnerable position I could find myself in right now--I'm getting married. And to let someone in--anyone in--those walls have got to come down in some way. I think that much of the frustration I've felt is because I'm trying to not let myself become vulnerable while getting closer to someone, and that just doesn't work. So the end result is basically that I end up punishing myself for everything external that happens to me.

I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else. But anyway, to make a long story longer, I felt myself becoming overwhelmingly sad in my yoga class today, and as a result, I couldn't do one of the poses that I physically should be strong enough and flexible enough to do. I was basically doing the exact opposite of what the instructor was trying to teach us, which only frustrated me more. It was a hard class today, and I came away feeling very frustrated with myself.

And then I realized something. A very small something, but still something---I've been focusing so much on all that is not perfect in my performance in life that I'm basically not allowing even myself to get closer to myself--I've felt for awhile that I wasn't worthy of that kind of attention, even from me. That's why I think Matt is so wonderful because he can see past all of that--he can see me, even when I can't.

So today, I'm going to "learn to get by on little victories." Some little victories from this week:

*As the photo above attests (sort of), I can now touch my nose to my knee in a leg stretch. I can also almost fold my body entirely in half while standing up.

*I got a 59/60 on a midterm that I was a little worried about

*I went to the gym last night and found I was able to bench signicantly more than I could even just a few weeks ago

*I haven't missed a day of reading my scriptures this whole year so far (I consider that a pretty big victory, actually)

*I started a new book last night (finally)

*I've applied for two jobs in the past week

*I've walked to campus twice instead of taking the bus this week

There might be a few more, but I feel a little bit better. Of course, a big part of me still said inwardly, "Well yeah, but you didn't...", but I won't go there. A little victory.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Change It Up Challenge - Subway's Meatball Marinara Sub

I used to pride myself on being the person who tries a new entree with every trip to the same restaurant--I don't know if I just got to the point where I had tried everything at all my favorite restaurants or if I had just gotten myself into a same-food stalemate, but I stopped trying new things for awhile. But not today. No sir! I made an impulsive decision during an awkward lesson on homosexuality in my psych class today to text Matt and suggest we make a super-quick Subway date during the hour I had between class and work. So we braved the blizzard to find the nearest Subway and satisfy my need for a homework-less, awkward-less hour in my day.

Upon arriving, I was tempted to go for one of my tried and true favorites like the cold cut trio or pastrami, but I decided to go all crazy and order something I'd never tried before: the Meatball Marinara sub. The real dilemma was what to put on it though--I think I annoyed the kid working there a bit with my pesky questions of what most people put on a sub like that and whether certain things would taste good on it or not. I ended up going pretty simple--provolone cheese and olives on the side with a little oregano and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Especially considering the chilly weather outside, the hot toasted sub tasted pretty good darn scrumptious.

As far as a review goes, the bites were most delicious that included a perfectly mixed combo of meatball, olives, cheese, and marinara: those were the bites that would tempt me to order this meatball sub the next time I saw the first lacy snowflake ruining all my hopes of spring. However, every other bite seemed to consist of sauce, bread, and olives only--not the greatest combination to satisfy my ravenous appetite which had been steadily at work since 10:00 this morning. Nevertheless, I found the sub a perfectly lovely way to warm me up on a cold wintry day in April. The only way it could have been better would have been with a Dr. Pepper on the side and a slice of cheesecake to round it off :).

Change It Up Successful? Yes--my appetite was satisfied, my palate refreshed by a new flavor, and my motivation to try new things has been renewed.

Oh, and P.S. Only one month 'til I get married :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I'm Having a Hard Time Deciding...

So I've been trying to decide forever between these two photos as to which I should have blown up to an 8 X 10 for the reception. Our photographer will blow up four altogether, and we've chosen the other three. This last one was the one we decided will focus more on me, but I can't decide if I want one that showcases the dress in its entirety, or if I want one that I just think is a better picture overall.

Which do you all vote on?


Our First Apartment

We did it! Matt and I signed the contract to rent our first apartment together. And I love it--it's a two-bedroom townhouse-style place with hardwood floors downstairs and washer and dryer hookups. AND IT HAS A DISHWASHER. I have lived this whole last school year without a dishwasher, and I feel like I've died and gone to heaven with the thought that I won't have to wash dishes by hand anymore.

I can't wait to move all our stuff in and make the place "ours."

Now May 7th needs to just come already...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday

Although this is arguably the worst song ever recorded, I have been hearing it on every corner of campus. For anyone who doesn't know the big deal about this song, 13-year-old Rebecca Black wanted to make a music video. So what does she do? She has her parents shell out a whole bunch of money to a professional music video-making company so that they can produce what they guaranteed would become an instant hit. Well, the song has gotten over 70 million hits on Youtube, and Rebecca Black has been interviewed on various shows, including The Today Show and Jay Leno. Although many parodies have come out, my favorite has to be Conan O'Brien's "Thursday" video.

For your, er, viewing entertainment this lovely April Fool's Day, check out the two videos below:

(Warning: This song WILL be stuck in your head all weekend long. Guaranteed.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0


Happy Friday!!
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