A.K.A The Author

"Human nature is our ultimate fault and our greatest strength."


It sits on the counter, still and glossy.

Strobe lights flash against the blue liquid, making it gleam.

A hand encases the glass, and with teeth bared, offers it to me.

“It’s Veleno.” The smile is infectious.

I don’t know what Veleno is, but I take it from the hand anyways.

I press the liquid to my lips and throw my head back, my eyes still on the stranger.

And as he pulls me close, my eyes begin to flutter shut.

My head is clouded, I’m falling, panicking.

The last thing I see is his smile, not infectious, but poisonous.

-AKA The Author


Why the Second-Half of Senior Year Sucks

Hey y’all, it’s been a little while…again. I just got back from a weekend trip to the college that I will most likely be attending in the fall.

We went on a campus tour and all of that fun stuff, and I think that I’ll really like living down there, even if it is warm most of the time.

But at the same time… I don’t really want to go to be completely honest. I got a full ride scholarship and my best friend is even going, but I’m so stressed right now that I don’t feel confident in any decision that I try to make.

My grandparents even live down there and offered to let me live with them for free, or I could pay for housing and room with Lauren (my best friend), but I have no idea what to do.

At this point my 18th birthday seems like something I’ll never make it to, let alone graduation, or the whole craziness of trying to plan my 3 week senior trip to Europe.

And I’m really not trying to complain, I’m so lucky to have parents taking me on that trip in the first place and it will be amazing, or to have the chance to even graduate and continue my education, let alone get a full ride scholarship.

But at the end of the day I don’t know how I’m supposed to choose.

Let me know if you have any ideas, I have a feeling I’ll be writing more about all of this soon.

Love y’all.

-Aspen AKA The Author

What I Accomplished in 2017

Hey y’all… Wow it’s been literally forever since I’ve written on here. The last post I wrote was about my trip to Disneyworld… over the summer. Now it’s winter break, my last winter break, specifically. There’s 151 days til graduation (not that anyone’s counting…) and I can’t believe that this was the last Christmas I’ll ever spend before I begin my life as an adult.

{Okay I’m still finishing this and now there’s only 129 days til graduation…)

Since I’ve been absent for half of the year, and VERY busy, I figured there was no better place to write down what I accomplished in 2017.

  1. I turned 17! I’ve actually really enjoyed it for some unknown reason, but I’ll be 18 in 79 days anyways.
  2. Like I already mentioned in my last post, I went to Nationals for HOSA with my best friend in Disneyworld!
  3. I am now HOSA President, VP of Spanish Club, and a member of seminary council which is a church thing.
  4. I got a car!! Yes you heard it, I now have my own mode of transportation, I really don’t know how I survived without it before now. Its a 2010 Mercury Mariner and it’s red which is just great- although to be honest the best part is the heated seats. 20170904_175939.jpg
  5. I left the country for the FIRST TIME EVER! My family went on a cruise to Mexico and I had a BLAST! My favorite part was probably zip-lining! 20171019_152758
  6. My new baby cousin, Chloe was born and I am OBSESSED guys. She is SO freaking cute, and we haven’t had a baby on that side of my family for 12 years! Snapchat-392073769.jpg
  7. One of my now best friends Hailee, joined our “main circle” I guess you could say, and I just couldn’t imagine life without her now!  20180115_150546.jpg
  8. I started (and finished) by Emergency Medical Technician class! It was by far one of the best experiences I’ve had in my entire life. I finished with the highest percentage in the class (116%) and I am actually really proud of myself. Plus I found something I LOVE!
  9. I rode a bike for the first time in about 8 months! I dislocated my knee over the summer while wake-surfing, and after months and months and months of physical therapy I was finally able to ride again this week, and I had no idea how much I missed it.
  10. I got into a few colleges, but especially the top 2 I had in mind! First was Dixie State, which I got a full ride scholarship to, but is 4 hours away, and next was the University of Utah which I’ve been dreaming about since I was little. Snapchat-929113129.jpg
  11. I was on the news, twice! (Well, both in Spanish and English). For my EMT class we had a day where the heavy rescue team brought all of their tools and we pretended that there had been a car crash and we had to treat patients while they tore the cars apart and it was seriously EPIC y’all. 20180105_124413.jpg




Well that’s it for now, it’s so weird to be writing a post and adding all the pictures and y’know all that blogging stuff. I hope y’all liked it!

And yeah.. that’s it (man this is so awkward, how did I used to end these things??)

-Aspen AKA The Author


Hey y’all! It’s been a crazy past few weeks, but they’ve also been super fun! Like 3 weeks ago, Lauren and I went to Disneyworld for HOSA Nationals.

Our flight didn’t land until 11:30 or so as far as I remember, but by the time we checked in and got into our hotel room it was 2 am, and we were starving. But everything was closed and since we couldn’t leave Disney property, we starved all night until 6:30 the next morning when Lauren and I woke up to head to Animal Kingdom.


First we went on the Safari, and it was really cool, all of the animals were really close up!


After that, we watched The Circle of Life, which is just a show about the Lion King and that was also really cool. The monkeys did an acrobatic routine that was really fun to watch!

We also went on a lot of the rides and our favorites by far were the Dinosaur and Everest, because it’s an actual roller coaster and I love heights.



We decided to hop over to Hollywood Studios that same day and went on a lot of the rides they had along with the Indiana Jones stunt show. We went on Star Tours like 3x in a row because it was air conditioned xD


To finish off the night we watched the Fantasmic show and it was awesome! It had fireworks and all the classic music, and they even set the lake on fire.

The next day we went to Epcot before opening ceremonies, and it ended up being our favorite park. All of the countries were so cool, and we loved the ride Soarin’. On the way back to the hotel we decided to take the monorail which ended up being a huge mistake and we got lost in Magic Kingdom somehow. On the bright side, we talked to one of the security guards who was from Scotland but knew about the rivalry between BYU and Utah and made us laugh even when we were freaking out.


After opening ceremonies we went to Magic Kingdom with out roommates for the extra magic hours and got to go on Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain with literally no line, it was great.


Thursday we had competition so afterwards we spent the day just chilling at the hotel and then headed over to Disney Springs, it was really fun to see something like that because we have places like that in Utah but the atmosphere was so different.

Friday, we made the insane decision to try and hit every single park in one day. We started with Magic Kingdom and breakfast at Be Our Guest (a really cool experience btw) It was blasted hot that day so waiting in line felt like forever, especially Splash Mountain because the wait was like an hour and a half, but that’s a classic and it was fun so it was worth it in the end. The mine train was also a really fun one. On the way out we grabbed an infamous Dole Whip and headed back to Hollywood.

In Hollywood we went straight for Tower of Terror which was one of my favorite rides, I love heights and the parts where your just free falling are sooo fun. Next we ran (almost literally) to Rockin’ Rollercoaster which was also super fun. it plays Aerosmith music and goes super fast.

Next on the list was Epcot, because we had a few more countries to see and presents to buy for our families. We found bracelets in China with the year of the snake (the year they were born) on them, and I got my dad a maraca and a hacky sack from Mexico. We also ended up getting ourselves matching carved rings in Mexico too that say “Laur” and “Asp”.


Finally we made it to Animal Kingdom, feeling half dead. I was seriously walking on my tip toes my feet hurt so bad. The whole reason we decided to hit all 4 parks again was to go on the Avatar ride in the new world Pandora that just barely opened. The whole entire section as SO COOl.  Since it was dark everything glowed, and all the lamps were black lights. The line itself took 2 hours, but thankfully we had this cute family with a 6 year old boy and his older sister to keep us busy the whooole time. He talked our ears off, but he was hilarious and it took my mind off my feet.

Throughout the line the whole thing was set up to look like a lab with an avatar in a chamber and everything, the ride was essentially you syncing up with an Avatar to ride a banshee and it was AMAZING. It was 4D and I would honestly go back just for that ride, I’m SO glad we decided to go back for it.


Saturday we slept in for so long and then went to the waterpark! They had some pretty good slides and the water was so nice because it was so hot. The wave pool was also really cool, but it was MASSIVE and we almost died a few times. I know I got hit in the head by some flying children for sure.

After closing ceremonies we headed back to the hotel to pack and Face time Ryann until 1 am, which was also really fun just to talk to her and have time to actually talk since everything wasn’t so busy.

We had to leave to the airport at 4 am so we only got 45 minutes of sleep, but it’s okay because we were all so ready to come home. It was funny how all of us said that we missed the mountains since Florida is so flat. I got some really cool pictures of the mountains as flew over them!

Ryann came to the airport with my mom to pick us up and brought us Beto’s breakfast burritos (basically pure heaven), chocolate milk, and flowers because she’s literally the best. She even stayed with me all day to repack since I left the next day for Red Cross camp.


I had so much fun and I’m SO thankful that I got to go, and that I got to do it with Lauren. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

I hope you’re having a great summer! Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

My Summer Bucket List!

Hey y’all! Since this is my last summer in high school *gasp* I decided that I might as well make it a good one, so here’s my summer bucket list! 

P.S. The pictures are from Lauren’s yard- we had a rose petal fight. 

  1. Do a bike race 
  2. Go to a drive-in movie 
  3. Go camping with my friends
  4. Make a photo album
  5. Go to the mill pond by my aunt’s house 
  6. Have A bonfire WITH all OF my SCHOOL papers
  7. Read “Jane Eyre” 
  8. //Amp up my blogging game //
  9. Leave notes in library books
  10.  Go zip lining
  11. Go on LoTs and LoTs of bike rides
  12. Play some good old foursquare and tether ball 
  13. Take my cousins to the splash pad 🙂
  14. Spend some nights playing {video games} with my brother 
  15. Dig up the time capsule I buried the summer before 10th grade….

I hope you liked my summer bucket list, I just got back from the spa (yeah, you heard that right, THE SPA) Amy took me for my birthday and we got massages and facials, and just let me say I was in heaven. Everything was so fancy and calming and smelt amazing. It was also a great way to recuperate from the bike race we did on Saturday! 

I did it with Amy, my mom, my aunt Julie, my cousin Sienna, and a bunch of other ladies. We decided to ride 40 miles and just keep it relaxed and fun which definitely worked. BUT the first 9 miles of the ride my mom was dying, (we were seriously going 9 miles an hour) and it was her first race and all but we were so confused as to why she was so tired. Come to find out, her back tire was rubbing the brake so bad that it wasn’t even moving. Now I have no idea how she even went as far as she did like that. 

 That’s enough of my rambling, comment down below something on your summer bucket list! 

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author 

//The Mountains Don’t Make Me Smile Anymore//

It rained today.

It came pouring down, hard against the roof of the car as I drove.

I turned off the radio so I could hear it pound as loud as I wanted to cry.

I ached for the tears to run down my face,

but there I sat, out of the storm, in the confinements of the drivers seat.

Watching, experiencing the emotion through a glass windshield.

I used to smile when I saw the mountains, because they reminded me of you,

just like the rain.

But today when I turned down my street and saw them there,

my heart sank.

It was just another rainstorm on another Sunday on another road in suburbia, USA

yet to me it was just another sign that the rest of the world will never stop even when I fall,

Even when it makes no sense for life to carry on at all.

So for now, I’ll drag myself along on scraped hands and knees until I can stand on my own two feet,

Taking the bad days and the good days one by one farther down this street.


The End is Near!!!

Hey y’all! It’s been awhile- I’ve been super disconnected from the blogging world as of late. Spring is always extremely busy, but it’s also when my mood starts to get better every day. The weather has been so warm- it’s basically summer already.

For my birthday, Easter, and spring break my family and Lauren’s went up to Bear Lake for the weekend and it was such a nice break. We just explored and went to Logan to this little zoo and got Aggie ice cream and just had a really chill trip.

Last night I went to see the opera Don Giovanni, and it was really good! The whole thing was in Italian, with English subtitles. The singing was beautiful and it is a darker comedy which I found hilarious. Plus who doesn’t love Mozart’s compositions?

Also, today I finished the Book of Mormon! That means I’ve read that, the Doctrine and Covenants, Old Testament, New Testament, and Pearl of Great Price. Which is a grand total of 89 books, and 1,587 chapters. ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN CHAPTERS PEOPLE.


My AP U.S. History test was last Friday, and I spent the whole month of April studying my butt off (we did at least 40 hours of studying. At least.) I don’t want to jinx anything, but the test itself went really well. The topic of the longest and hardest essay we have to write, was basically heaven sent.  I’m pretty sure the entire room breathed a sigh of relief when we saw the words “American Revolution”.

Now that the test is over, school is basically over. I have a few things left to do in some classes but for the most part we just watch movies or do nothing until the end of the year. Gotta love wasting time, but its all good because I like the social part of it.  PLUS it gives me time to plan for this summer and next year!

I’m not sure if I have mentioned it before on here, but I am on the seminary council for next school year. Seminary is the optional class we take for my religion at school, and every year the teachers and then other church leaders pray to pick a group of kids to be on council. This year there are 12 of us, and we have had 3 meetings so far. I already love all of them, they bring such a light to my life. I’m so excited to learn and grow from their testimonies and friendships. Plus the group chat is hilarious, and we all speak sarcasm.

The other thing I’m going to be involved in next year is HOSA (A club for future health professionals) council. I interviewed to be on council and decided to apply for President and Vice President, because why not, and ended up getting chosen to be president! ALSO, my good friend Emily is secretary, Hailee is historian, Lauren is treasurer, and Ryann is communications officer.  I am so pumped for us all to work together next year, but the girl who got chosen as VP is not happy about it. She thought she deserved to be President because she was on council last year. I understand where she’s coming from, but I hope it’ll all blow over by next year.

BUT before next year- I have the summer which is going to be a BLAST! Literally the day after school ends, I have the Little Red bike race and I am doing the 100 mile again (hopefully?)  The next weekend I will be in Lava Hot Springs, and 2 weeks later I will be leaving to FLORIDA WITH LAUREN FOR HOSA NATIONALS!! I’m so excited, we now actually have time to start studying and practicing for the competition, and I know it’s going to be a trip I remember for the rest of my life.

The only downside is that we fly back Sunday afternoon, and super early Monday- we leave for ANOTHER WEEK LONG TRIP. Well it’s actually a Leadership Development Camp with the Red Cross. So we’re going to be exhausted but it’ll be a blast.

Other than that I have an overnight adventure camp and girls camp, but there will be more on that later in the summer.

I’m hoping that I will be able to keep up with blogging this summer even if it is crazy- I’ve missed looking back on what I’ve done and having it for future reference.

I’m pretty sure the next post I do will be on the awesome planner I just bought- so stay tuned for that! Comment down below what your plans for summer are

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author




Brit Takes The U.S. Citizenship Test-

Hey y’all! A few weeks ago I had to take the U.S. citizenship test (the one given to immigrants) because it is now required to graduate. While looking at the basically pointless study guide, I was thinking that it could be funny to have someone not from the U.S. take the test.

And who would be better than one of you? Mit agreed to take the test on my behalf, (thanks again btw) so welcome to a british boys version of the U.S. citizenship test!

(The questions are normal, his answers are highlighted/ bolded, and mine are in italics)

1. What is the supreme law of the land? 

   a. The Declaration of Independence
   b. The Bill of Rights
   c. The Constitution 
   d. Executive Order 9066
One particular executive order doesn’t seem worthy of ‘supreme’ so I can rule that out. It’s the Constitution that Americans seem to bring up when anything regarding guns is mentioned, so that seems like a the right option. 
And you would be correct. I assumed you had at least heard of it, so good job.

2. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
   a. The Roosevelt Corollary
   b.  The Monroe Doctrine
   c. The Bill of Rights 
   d. The Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation seem to refer to something else, so it’s between the first three. The third sounds familiar. 
Wow, two for two. The Articles of Confederation was the first version of the Constitution that was a huge mess basically. The Roosevelt Corollary was an addition to the previous Monroe Doctrine states that the United States will intervene in conflicts between European countries and Latin American countries to enforce legitimate claims of the European powers. 
3.What is the “rule of law”?
Something that states that if several were to commit the same crime, they would be seen as equals in the eyes of the law.
I’m starting to think that you looked up the answers or something…. but yeah everyone is under control of the law, even ze President. 
4. Name one branch of the government
Congress? That sounds about right but maybe it belongs so something else that I don’t know. 
Good guess, Congress is something else although it does have to do with the legislative branch. There’s 3 branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial. 
5. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
“Self-government is real” I really have no idea about this one.
Hahaha, no. It’s “We the People” .  
6. What stops one branch from becoming too powerful?
   a. Checks and balances 
   b. Executive power
   c. A signed agreement from the head of each branch
Executive power makes it seem like a dictatorship, and I’m not sure if a signed agreement would work. 
Another one right. I really just kind of made up the other answers mostly. 
7. How many U.S. Senators are there?
   a. 35
   b. 100
   c. 50
   d. 25
One for every state sounds about right.
Close, but not quite. There’s two for every state so the answer is 100. 
8. How many voting members does the House of Representatives have?
   a. 100
   b. 435 
   c. 55
   d. 78
It’s much higher than the others.
I’m actually surprised you got this one right, but congrats. 
9. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
Donald J. Trump
10. Which is a cabinet-level position?
      a. Secretary of Immigration
      b. Secretary of Territories
      c. Secretary of Energy 
      d. Secretary of Architecture
I think it’s between a and c as they seem more serious. I don’t even know if a exists, so I’m going to go with c.
I thought for sure you would get this wrong, but you’re right! 
11. Under the Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
       a. To print money
       b. To declare war 
       c. To provide schooling and education
       d. To make treaties
It’s a pretty big deal and I’m not sure anyone else apart from the state could do this.
Nope, the states can’t declare war. This is a power of the federal government. 
12. What is one right only for U.S. citizens?
The right to bear arms.
I mean you’re  technically not completely wrong, but people that aren’t citizens technically can too in their own countries… the answer is to vote and/or run in a federal election. 
13. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
It was a declaration that stated that all citizens of the USA should be emancipated.
Again, not entirely wrong. The Emancipation Proclamation was declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and it freed all slaves in the Southern States. 
14. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
15. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
a. Only in times of war 
     b. Between the ages of 18-26
     c. Only when the president requires
C sounds a bit far-fetched (that the president alone decides you have to sign up to the army) if you have  and I don’t believe that every male citizen of the United States has to do military service.
The answer is actually b- between the ages of 18-26. And while every male is registered, it doesn’t mean that they will be drafted. That would only happen if there was a serious war and if  there weren’t enough volunteers. 
16. Who lived in America before the colonists arrived?
a. Native Americans/ American Indians
     b. Mexicans
     c. Spanish
This just seems right.
Right again. Native Americans in the correct term, but people say Indians all the time. 
17. What is one reason colonists came to America?
They thought it was India (hence ‘American Indians’ right?)
Ooh smart one, but you’re still wrong . That was how/why America was discovered. Colonists came for a few reasons, religious freedom, economic opportunity, freedom, etc. 
18. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
   a. Abraham Lincoln
   b. Eugene Debbs
   c. Alexander Hamilton
d. George Washington
He was the first President, so it would make sense.
Right again. Lincoln and Hamilton were presidents later on, and Eugene Debbs was a guy who broke a law and ran for President from prison. Pretty cool if you ask me. 
19. What are the 3 rights the Declaration of Independence outlines?
1. The USA has their own government. 
2. The government is to be elected by the people.
3. Colonists have to leave.
All good guesses but the answers are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson took John Locke’s natural rights and changed property to the pursuit of happiness because it can justify almost anything. 
20. What was the name of the war that split the U.S. from Britain?
The War of Independence.
Nope xD. It’s the Revolutionary War. Well at least here, do you guys call it that??? 
Okay, and just for fun… fill in the blanks of the Pledge of Allegiance.
I pledge allegiance to the government of the United States, and to the Constitution for which it stands, glorious Nation, under mountains of debt, indivisible with liberty and hamburgers for all.
I honestly think I might like your version better, my friends and I are all laughing.
The real pledge goes- I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 
Over all, Mit got 10/20 right which is exactly half! I hope you guys found this funny/ entertaining! How do you think you would have done?
Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

Goodbye 16

Hey y’all, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, tomorrow is my 17th birthday.

I currently have 55 minutes left of being 16. That’s crazy to me. T

hese past few years have been hectic but I’m glad to be where I am now. 

This is the year I learned what really hard trials can be, and what it takes to overcome them. I learned that the really difficult things can become really good things. 

I also learned that friendship is one of the most valuable things I posses. I am so exremely proud to call so many people my friends. You are what gets me through the hard things, you make life fun, and never fail to remind me of the beauty in others. 

And my family. Sometimes clueless, but always caring. Always willing to help me and support me in whatever I do. I wish I would have realized that earlier. My parents really do mean the world to me, and I’ve come to know how much they will do for me. And my pain in the butt little brother that I couldn’t live without. 

Horrible people are everywhere , but the world could never be a completely dark place when people like the ones I know exist. 

I’ve also had a renewed desire to do well in my schoolwork so that I can eventually become a doctor. Now it’s not just talk. It’s time to work, because my dreams start here. 

And as much as I complain about the massive loads of homework, I am very grateful for the educational opportunities I’ve been given. They are what will create the pathway to my future. 

I hope I’ll learn as much next year as I did this year. I hope I can stick to my faith with high spirits and know that everything will be okay. The hard times will pass. If I could give any advice to 17 year old me I’d say to take the work I do seriously, but to enjoy life and enjoy the people around me. 

I love all of you. Goodbye 16, hello 17. 

-Aspen AKA The Author 

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