Monday, October 31, 2005

Somewhere between the *procrastination* and the homework..
and the
incessant forwards and the friendships and the calls to each other complaining about <3*.:*crushes*:.*<3!! Somewhere between the phone calls to old friends and the "I miss you's", the "I love you's" and the "What are we doing tonight's?" And somewhere
between all of the changing and growing... somewhere between the classes and the skipping classes...and the StUdYiNg for TeStS...And the PRETENDING to *StUdY* for ~TeStS~.. And the downright NOT StUdYiNg for TeStS... I forgot--I forgot what ScHooL was all about. Somewhere between all the appointments and starbucks coffees, and Diet Mt. Dew's... paying bills and then not paying bills...Making plans then breaking plans... Appearing, Disappearing, then reappearing...I forgot--I forgot what it was like to cry. I forgot that pretending to be happy doesn't make you happy... And that pretending to be SmArT doesn't make you smart .. I forgot that you can't just forget the past in fear of the FUTURE... I forgot that you can't control falling in .:.LoVe.:.<3.. And that you can't make yourself fall in *LoVe*<3.... I learned that I can LOVE... I learned that it's okay to MEsS UP.... And it's okay to ask for HELP!!!.. And it's okay to feel like crap... I learned it's okay to cOmPLaiN and wHINe to all your friends for a whole day........ I learned that sometimes the things you want most you just can't have. I learned that the greatest thing about HiGh ScHOoL and CoLLeGe and the working world isn't the parties or the DRiNKiNG or the hookups... It's the *FrIeNdShIpS*, which means taking chances. I learned that sometimes the things we want to forget are the things which we most need to talk about... I learned that time and can heal all things... I learned that just when you think it can't get worse- it does... but w/ the love and support of friends-you survive... I've learned that when you start feeling BaD about L O S I N G touch - those that you've lost touch w/ are feeling the same way...I learned that letters from friends are the most important things.And that sending cards to your friends makes you feel better. But, basically, I just learned that my friends........ Both o l d and new..... Are the most important people to me in the world. AND.......without them, I wouldn't be who I am today.....

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Great Stuff

This whole daylight savings thing really throws me off!
With all the computer surfing I do, I've come across a lot of great little quotes, sayings, etc. I thought I'd share just a few with you.

"Pick her up & pretend you're going to throw her in the pool.. she'll scream & fight you but secretly, she'll love it. Hold her hand while you talk. Hold her hand while you drive. Just hold her hand. Look her in the eyes when you talk to her. Protect her. Tell her stupid jokes. Tickle her, even if she says stop. Slow dance with her. When she gets mad at you, tell her you love her. Let her fall asleep in your arms. Get her mad, then kiss her. Tease her. Let her tease you back. Stay up with her when shes sick. Kiss her forehead. Let her wear your clothes. Kiss her in the rain. And when you fall in love with her, tell her."

Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, Who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep. Wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, Who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, Who holds your hand in front of his friends, Who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup, The one who always reminds you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have you. The one who turns to his friends and says "That's her."

"A woman's heart must be hidden in Christ that a man will have to seek the Lord to find it."

"God never denies us our hearts desire, except to give us something BETTER."
-elisabeth elliot-

"Someday someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked with anyone else."

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Its official, I am now a West Des Moinesite! I have moved from Nashua at last!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Part 10 of Girls of 220 East 9th Series


As sad as I am to see it, this is the final part to the Girls of 220 East 9th Series. While our legacy will live on, this series must come to a close. Through this series, you have been introduced to the girls, met the past housemates and frequent guests, been given a slight taste of Adagio's flavor, and have taken a walk with me through part of my college years. You have only seen a glimpse into the wonderful world that is 220 East 9th but I hope that I have done that glimpse justice. You will never fully know the impact that 220 has had on my life, nor will I ever really understand how blessed I was to have lived in that house with so many great girls. I can't say enough about each of them. Our lives are forever intertwined and I can't wait to see what the future holds for each girl of 220. Only God knows what He has planned for each one of us and it is exciting to take that next step. Our journey does not end here but continues on to a new place. Whether we all live near each other or across the country, a piece of 220 remains in all of us. And so, we will always be connected. It is my hope that future generations will come to appreciate the place that we all once called home, and with that said, may 220 live on forever!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Part 9 of Girls of 220 East 9th Series
Adagio: Season 1

I'm sure everyone enjoyed the pictures from this past season of Adagio. Now I would like to take you back to the very first Adagio performance. Let me remind you that the original members consisted of Hayley, Jane, Jill, Katie, Lindsay, and Brooke. Mind you, it was our first performance for an audience so the costumes were sub-par, however, I can not say the same for the dance. We were stellar!

The show began with an impromptu special occasion speech given by Hayley Nixon (then Slater). The opener was performed by Hayley Nixon (then Slater), Jane Harrison, Jill Trost, Lindsay Myers, and Brooke Shepley. The openin song was taken from a popular dance movie known as Center Stage. Much of Adagio's beginning inspiration came from this movie. The song was entitled We're Dancin.

The second dance was performed by Katie Chiaramonte (then Jones) and Jill Trost. It was a hip hop rendition to the song Blowin Me Up by JC Chasez. Props used in this dance were the ever so popular trucker hats made famous by Iowa boy Ashton Kutcher.

The third dance was performed by Hayley Nixon (then Slater) and Jane Harrison. It was an intreptive lyrical number to Aerosmith's Janie's Got a Gun. Props used for this dance included Mardi Gras beads adorned around the wrists for that extra shake!

The fourth dance was performed by Jane Harrison and Lindsay Myers. The number was a pop/hip hop dance to Britney Spear's song featuring Madonna entitled Me Against the Music. Props for this dance included tight jeans and a dominating attitude.

The finale was performed by all 6 members of Adagio. The performance was done to the song Everlasting Love by Gloria Estefan. Props used included unique head pieces crafted out of tissue paper.

The videography for the performace was done by the Jones family and the photography was done by various audience members. We would like to thank our fans and everyone who made the first season of Adagio possible. Without you, the show would still go on but we wouldn't have received near as many praises!

Disclaimer: I must make a note that many of the tricks and dance moves performed by Adagio are for highly skilled dancers and should not be attempted without a member of Adagio present. Adagio is not responsible for any injury caused to oneself while trying to perform like Adagio because afterall, there is only one Adagio.
Part 8 of Girls of 220 East 9th Series

Now that you have been introduced to the current members of the company, let me extend to you an invitation to our next performance. A date has not been set but as I stated previously, we are highly skilled dancers and need little time for preparation. I decided to make Adagio a 2-part blog because I wanted to introduce the members before sharing pictures with you. Without each member, Adagio would not exist so I wanted to dedicate and entire blog to the members. Now that you feel like you know us, enjoy looking at the photographs from the various shows. I will use as little description as possible when explaining the photo because we in Adagio feel that our dances are best understood through personal interpretation. I do not want to put feelings or emotions in your head but would rather have you look at the picture, imagine the song, and decide for your self what the meaning is. With that said, enjoy!
The pictures below are from the Adagio:Unleashed concert.

Above: Hayley Nixon provided the commentary for the introduction. It was spoken/performed to the song Hope by Twista ft. Faith Evans.

Above are pictures of the opening number. The performers included Jane Harrison, Lindsay Myers, Hayley Nixon, Brooke Shepley, and Jill Trost. The song was Mo Money, Mo Problems by Mase ft. Notorious BIG.

Above: The second number was a dance performed by Hayley Nixon and Jill Trost. The props used included silk scarves and cowboy hats. It was a lyrical performed to the song I Would Do Anything For Love by Meatloaf.

Above: The third piece was performed by Lindsay Myers and Brooke Shepley. It was a rhythmic number performed with ribbon dancers. The song was Lost In Your Eyes by Debbie Gibson.

Above: The fourth installment was a Senior Spotlight Dance performed by Jane Harrison, Hayley Nixon, and Jill Trost. The props used were common household folding chairs. They performed a hip hop rendition to the song Creep by TLC.

Above: The Finale was performed by Jane Harrison, Hayley Nixon, Brooke Shepley, and Jill Trost. Due to injury, Lindsay Myers was unable to perform. The finale was performed to the song I Believe by Yolanda Adams. The final performance was inspired by the movie Honey.

All of the costumes were inspired by various genres. Each member designed their costume to fit there personality. A special thanks goes out to the following people:
Drew Anderson: sets; Nikki and Cassie: videography and music; our sponsors: Nestle Waters, BET, and Danskin; and most importantly, our fans for their continued support. Without you, well we'd still perform but we wouldn't have as much fun without an audience. DVD's are available of this performance.

FYI: Adagio Unleashed was performed on the night of Beth Agrimson's birthday so shout out to Beth, HOLLA!
ps. stay tuned for pictures from the first Adagio recital.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Part 7 of Girls of 220 East 9th Series

Company Bios (as told by Hayley Slater-Nixon)

Jane E. Harrison: Born in Lithuania, Jane spent most of her spare time hunting wild hog, but she has always had a strong love for dance. She has been an avid dancer since childhood but moved to the states 4 years ago to further pursue her dancing dreams and hog infatuation. Jane now works as a part time hog farmer and dancer for Adagio Co. Jane specializes in lyrical ballet and modern dance. She wishes to thank all of the members of her family back home for spending the money they got from sell their cow as funding for her plane ticket to the USA so she could chase her dreams.

Lindsay K. Myers: Lindsay was homeless for all of her adolescent and young adult life living on the mean streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was under the bridge of El Sueno Street where Lindsay led an after school dance program for homeless children. While filming the movie Evita in 1995, Madonna saw Lindsay dancing with the children. It was then that Madonna invited Lindsay back to the states in order to be a back up dancer for her "Who's That Girl" tour. After dancing for Madonna for 6 years, Lindsay became a member of Adagio Company and receives much less fame. Lindsay sends out her love to the children on the street. Lindsay's specialty is Salsa Dancing.

Brooke N. Shepley: Brooke was found by a Disney Cruise Line boat off the shore of St. Thomas Island where she was being raised by a family of seagulls. The captain of the ship picked her up and made her one of his own. Brooke was trained to be a cruise "show girl" from a young age. She performed nightly for the passengers. On a stormy day, the cruise ship that Brooke had called home for so many years crashed into a giant iceberg. Though many died, Brooke survived. She swam many miles to the U.S. coast where she hitchhiked her way to Iowa to become a member of the team. Brooke is a well-rounded show dancer. She wishes to thank Ma and Pa Seagull.

Hayley M. Nixon: Hayley is a native Indigenous Aboriginal from Australia. She got her start dancing as a young mate as she was called to perform a variety of tribal dances. While a koala bear poacher was hunting near Hayley's tribal grounds, he mistook her for a koala as she was climbing a tree. Hayley was knocked out cold by his slingshot and fell to the ground. Afraid to face the leader of the aboriginies, the poacher snuck her back to the states with him in his luggage in 1994. Hayley was adopted by the family. When they realized her talent for dance, the adoptive family sent her to the University of Northern Iowa, infamous for its dance program. It was at this time she joined the Adagio Company. Hayley gives an "eoisdho ahooeif ahofhoa oogilw" shout out to her aboriginal mates back in Australia. Hayley has a knack for lyrical and hip hop but is most posed in tribal dancing.

Jill A. Trost: Jill started out on the slippery slope as a young child. At the age of 13, she was arrested and sent to spend 5 years in a Juvenile Detention Center for robbing a liquor store and hijacking a car. Jill made the most of her time in the cell where she danced for hours on end day after day. Jill even taught some of the other inmates a little bit of her "flava." Upon her early release for good behavior, Jill was able to get out of juvie at the age of 17. It was then that she joined a gang but never got caught for any of the gang crimes she may or may not have committed. Jill loves hip hop dancing and is an African American. She dated the Notorious BIG after he initiated her into his East coast gang years ago. This was the start of Jill's brush with fame as she can be seen as a back up dancer in the video "Hypnotize." After Biggy's unfortunate death, Jill decided to further her education at UNI. She is still an active gang member. Jill would like to say "every step I take, every move I make, I'll be missin you!"

This is an introduction to the worderful dance company that is Adagio. Adagio is an elite dance group comprised of 5 members who are skilled in a variety of dance styles and genres. The bios that you just read, compliments of Hayley Nixon, are of the current members of Adagio. Katie Chiaramonte was a past member of Adagio but was unable to remain active in Adagio because she got married and moved out! Currently to date, Adagio has held two concerts, has professional photographs available for autograph signing, and also has a DVD out featuring both performances. Adagio choreographs their own dances incorporating a variety of dance styles and music of all types. Adagio is currently taking reservations for parties, concerts, sweet sixteens, etc. They do ask that you give them one weeks notice in advance as to allow them enough time to prepare something new and fresh. Pictures of both recitals will be included in later parts of the Girls of 220 East 9th Series. Adagio is not accepting new members, EVER!
A fun little game for you to enjoy!

Can you find 16 books of the Bible in the following article?

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu, kept people looking so hard for the facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you, Yes there will be some real easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will
quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea, so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books in the Bible in this story.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Part 6 of Girls of 220 East 9th Series

Random Guests/Past Housemates

220 has gone through it's share of housemates, parties, events, and concerts that I thought I would use this entry as a time to introduce you to some of the many who have passed through the doors of 220. While we've held many activities, switched rooms, crafted projects, etc. many people besides the girls of 220 have been involved in such things.

I'll first start with past roommates. We moved into 220 during our sophomore year of college and so began the various roommates and guests entering and exiting through the front door of 220. When we first moved into 220 East 9th, the roommates consisted of Katie Chiaramonte (then, Jones), Betsy Cibula (then McGovern), Jane Harrison, Hayley Nixon (then Slater), and me, Jill T (then Jill T). As stated before, Betsy was my roommate freshman year and we met Hayl and Jane through Betsy's bible study. Katie lived 2 floors above Betsy and I in good ole Hagemann Hall. While that year seems like a distant memory, we had some great times readjusting to living situations and laughing our heads off. Betsy was always on the phone, Katie was always with Jane or Tony, and Hayl and I were up to no good. While that was a fun year, I think it's also fair to say that that year was also the year with the most fights and arguments. I can remember one particular fight over salad dressing and things being thrown in the garbage. Nevertheless, we got past it all and are much more mature people because of it! haha Betsy moved out after our sophomore year. She is now married and resides in Grimes, Iowa.

Our junior year, the roommates consisted of Katie Chiaramonte (then Jones), Jane Harrison, Lindsay Myer
s, Hayley Nixon (then Slater), Brooke Shepley, and Jill T. We found this year to be much more conducive and one of the most memorable. From this year in 220, Adagio was formed! We had oh so much fun doing the most random things and thinking we were the funniest people on Earth. Katie moved out after our junior year. She is now married and lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Our senior year is definitely the most memorable as far as the girls involved go. First semester, the roommates consisted of Hayley Nixon (then Slater), Beth Bowers (then Anderson), Jane Harrison, Lindsay Myers, Brooke Shepley, and Jill T. Since most of us were very comfortable with the surroundings of 220 already, it took no time to get back into the swing of things once school began. We were off to a flying start with fun games, crazy stories, hilarious moments, and random sayings. Beth moved out after 1st semester. She is now married and I believe lives in Boone, Iowa. The 5 of us finished out the year in 220. That was a semester that we will never forgot!

Let me next introduce you to our friends known as "the guys." Michael Nixon, Buddy Rigotti, Doug Peterson, Matt Pisney, and Brandon Larson would all be considered in this group (with the possibility of random tangents to go off from here). Each has visited 220 on many occasions. I first met them way back when during my freshman year of college. Instead of going through the infamous story that we all have come to know and love, I will just say that it was fate that we would all become friends. We spent almost every weekend hanging out with the guys and a day didn't go by that we didn't talk to at least one of them. Hayley and Michael soon started dating so we saw even more of Michael. After Buddy, Matt, and Doug graduated, Michael and Brandon moved in with some new roommates and a new group of guy friends developed. Drew, Denny, Paul, John, Craig, and Cassidy all came into the picture. I'd known Denny and Drew since my freshman year but we decided to hang out more. We had some interesting and hilarious times going over to their place and hanging out. After Michael and most of his friends graduated, our senior year was left to find that group we could call "the guys." Hayl, Beth, and I found comic relief and fun times in Drew and Denny and the rest of their roommates. While no group can ever replace the original "guys" who we will love forever, we have had some fun memories with so many fellas.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Slater sisters were often guests at 220. We had some funny times chasing Carson around the house, keeping tabs on Brittany, and listening to Reagan sing to Britney Spears. We had some great dance parties, interesting dinners, and some fun sleep overs. After every time they left, you would have sworn a tornado wripped through our house. They are awesome sisters and we always enjoyed their visits for 4 sister weekend. I also wanted to give a shout out to Kilra. Lindsay was in big brothers/big sisters and Kilra would visit once in a while. Always good times when Kil was in town!

And how can I forget dear, sweet, Beth Agrimson. Our senior year she became like a 6th roommate. She often found residence and comfort within the walls of 220 and made herself at home. We always hung out together and did various activities. Our senior year we played Intramural basketball for "the Lightning!" Our team was made up of Jill, Hayl, Beth, Denny, Drew, and Matt Peterson (doug's younger brother) I wouldn't go as far as saying we were dominating but we sure had a lot of fun. Drew and Denny were there to witness Hayls invention of the animal game at the OP, as were the rest of their roommates. They were so great to us and we had some good times.

Many other people passed through the doors of 220 but those I have listed are of most significance. We thank each and every one of you for visiting our humble abode and wish that you would return. Without you, our college experience would have been less interesting so we thank you for your friendship.