Friday, November 21, 2008

Meet me in the club, it's going down!

What happens at Logan's only club on a Wednesday night? Mass pandemonium. You do your duty and shake your booty. Club NY, DJ Juan, Womanizer, Raffle Drawings, Mist stuff, and all to support African children. Doesn't get much better than that. We all won prizes, I got a free pita, and me and chel won VIP passes to the club, so clubbin life here we come! I would consider this night among one of my favorite dancing experiences. We owned that place. And now comes the dance hangover, and severe paralysis.

Also one more huge event of the night.. me and natalie had our first fight.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Today in History

Once upon a time i was a history buff. Like obsessed, borderline fanatical about history, history buff. Today I looked at the date and realized that today was the day that President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the military cemetery at Gettysburg and delivered one of the most memorable speeches in history.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

That's right, straight from memory. It's not the whole address I realize, but I never memorized past this because people usually cut me off right here and don't allow me to continue on. Shout out to Abe, Lindsay, and Mayor Quimby. Recitations will be occurring all day. All are invited to share in this tribute to history.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Summer Fling

Summer does something to people. The sunshine releases endorphins and makes people happy and giddy to the max, perfect conditions for a short, intense love connection. Maybe it was the heat of the sun, or maybe it was meant to be, but this summer I found myself more in love than I have ever been. This summer I gave my heart to Trooper(or also known by his pet name, Troop) Who is Trooper? The most beautiful shiny red beach cruiser you'll ever see. Trooper actually belongs to my besto, Kya, but she allowed me to use him the whole summer and into the school year to cart my sorry A around. Troop and I spent every day together, and got to know each other real quick. We went everywhere together, and went through all the lows and highs of life (or just bumps in the street) Troop took better care of me than any other fling I've ever had, we had a rocky start due to a few loose screws but after a little tune up, we were able to move on and never look back. Now as the freezing rains and snows begin, Troop has been retired to the garage. Sometimes when I come home I look into the garage and there he is, almost pouting in the dark, cold and all alone. A wise friend once told me, "absence makes the heart grow fonder". How true that is, you really don't realize how much you loved, until it's taken away and then there you are, left feeling completely stupid for taking it for granted. Break ups are the worst, but they have to come, we went into it knowing it would have to end someday, but I just didn't know how sad I would be when it finally did. Now it's just up to me and the ole' legs to get me around. Thanks to Troop for always being there when I needed him, for getting me to school, work, the bank, the store, and for all the relaxing cruises down main, and also for the new found muscle definition in the quads. Today Troop and I will take (most likely) our last ride this afternoon. I already miss him.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It must be the holidays! You always know its Christmas time when the LaCognata house has been turned into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Peg makes homemade, hand dipped chocolates every year at Christmas. It's what we give away as the neighborhood gift, the size of the box you get depends on how much we like the family. When I walked into the kitchen this weekend there was chocolate strewn throughout the whole place-bowls and big blocks of white, dark and milk chocolate everywhere. There were candy thermometers, marble blocks, candy cups, and all kinds of tools to make sure everything is done to perfection. I think most people would be surprised by how much of science candy making really is. If the chocolate is not the exact temperature the chocolate will turn "white" as they call and the batch is ruined. Believe me, you don't wanna be around when a batch goes wrong, or be the one responsible for changing the temperature in the room, by keeping a door open or what have you.
Since it is such an art, my mom usually only lets us kids help with stuff that is really hard to mess up. Like dipping pretzels, or dipping and rolling toffee in nuts, as seen in this wonderful picture of us forever ago. (this isn't posed, we really are that happy to helping) Chocolate making is a tradition in the family, my grandma still makes chocolates every single year, and now my mom (despite her promising every single year that she will never make them again, she always does.) , and I hope to continue this tradition in my own family.
These are just some of the chocolates she has made thus far.. Hopefully you've been good enough to us this year to at least make it on the "small box" list, if not, there's not much you can do now... now you just have to wait to find out what we really think of you!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Whats up, Brazil, Whats up?!

What's up, Brazil, What's up! Chelsea jump on it, jump on it!

Sister Chelsea Anne Beecher has been called to the Porto Allegre South Brazil!

Celebrations included dancing to the song entitled "Brazil" by Vengaboys.

Chel practicing for the many pointing pictures taken at the MTC.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

As the coldness approaches we've been trying to fit in as much outdoors as we can. This has included several slacklining excursions. I love it, expecially(just for nat and collin) in the fall with leaves blowing all around.

Three lines of different heights and tensions =jungle gym (oops, broke my equation rule!)

Saving Daylight.

It all started at midnight. Midnight mayhem, we called it. We were out to celebrate the and cherish daylight saving(s) while we still have it. Rumor has it that the whole concept of daylight savings is being phased out slowly..our children will probably never know what the term even means. Another rumor says that the clocks technically do not turn until 2 a.m., but we celebrated a little early, from midnight to well..midnight. That hour almost didn't even count, so we figured we could do whatever we wanted and it wouldn't even count. All you need to know is that it was mayhem. I am going to miss daylight saving so bad!