Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Speaking of saying goodbye, me and Sue had a really sad goodbye to say today to our friend Mr. Dan Blackner. You may not know him, but that really is a shame, sort of like how it's a shame that he's moving back home and we may never see him again. He is such a great guy and Dan, if you're reading thing, we miss you already. :(
It really is way sad saying goodbye to people because they have to leave and there's nothing you can do about it. The world is too big and there are too many people in it. That's what I think. If there were less of us, we wouldn't all have to say goodbye so dang much. It's just a huge bummer. But, like everything else, goodbyes are a part of life and that's ok. Hopefully one of these days, I'll have to say goodbye to everyone so that I can go to Italy and use all that I've learned over the past two and half years. I better get something out of that painful experience.
I also just want to put a little plug in here at the end of my blog for the band Thriving Ivory. They are not amazing by any means, and the lead singer is a weirdie for sure, but the odd way in which he moves his mouth when he sings and his one of a kind crazy sounding voice have won me over. Watch the music video/listen to the song "Angels on the Moon". It's nuts. I love it.
Plug number two: Enya's new Christmas CD, "And Winter Came..." is a gem. I got it last night and I've already listened to it at least three times. Thank you, Sammy! :)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
On another note, we took roommate pictures on Sunday. They're a little dark, but since it's taken four months to get these, I'm just going to take what I can get. Other than them being a little dark though, I think they're pretty cute. I've got fantastic roommates. We also had our annual Christmas dinner last night at TGIFriday's and it was delicious and the company was wonderful of course.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Bad deal though. I had some car trouble this lovely morning, so I missed my first class, which is fine I suppose but means that I'll have to steal notes from someone because the final is very important to my grade, but that's ok too. No biggie. Just a little bit of a pain. The day has only gotten better though. I went to Italian and found out I didn't do so hot on the midterm, but that the final is going to be an oral exam, which is good news for those of us who suck at grammar on paper, but can stutter for twenty minutes and get a decent grade. So that's a good thing. Also, my other final is not comprehensive, thank goodness! So finals are not fun, but they're looking doable this semester so life isn't so bad after all. And if all goes well, not next Christmas, but the Christmas after, I will be graduated and finals free and have enough money to buy Christmas presents for all without feeling it too bad. We shall see though. As we all know, plans change.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I am grateful for my family, including extended family, even if I don't see any of them very often. It's nice to know there are people that love and care about me.
I am grateful for the gospel. I know that it's true and without it, I have no idea who I would be. My whole life has been built on the gospel and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I am grateful to be here at BYU where there is such a great atmosphere and thousands of people with the same beliefs and goals that I have. I have met some of the best people in the world here in Utah and am glad that I've ended up staying so long.
I am grateful for my friends. My roommates have always been wonderful and I really have lucked out in that aspect. College life would have been much much harder without them. I also have made some absolutely amazing friends throughout my life and don't know what I would have done without them.
I am grateful for an education. I have been able to do alot of things in life that wouldn't have been possible without the amazing opportunities for education that I have had and I can't wait to graduate and become a teacher so that I can hopefully have the same impact on other people's lives.
I am grateful for delicious food. There is something really great about eating a good meal that you really can't get from anything else, especially when it's home cooked deliciousness, which I have learned to appreciate even more being on my own and not being much of a cook.
I am grateful for my new car. I feel like it just sort of fell into my lap and everything worked out so that I could own it without being too much of a financial burden or slowing me down in school at all.
I am grateful for work. I have been employed somewhere for the past six years of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. I learned the value of work and the importance of earning what you have, and I have a wonderful sense of accomplishment because of it.
I am grateful for missionary work. I wanted to serve a mission and I'm sad that I won't be able to right now, but I'm grateful to all the incredible missionaries that teach me in the TRC. They are doing the Lord's work and I love knowing that they working as the Lord's instruments all over the world. I wish I could get all their names and addresses and write them throughout their missions to let them know that, but I'll just keep them in my prayers instead because that would be a bit much I think.
I am grateful for the mountains that I have the opportunity to live next to. They are absolutely gorgeous and I love that I can just look out my window and see them and that they are so close by so I can just go for a hike whenever I want.
I am grateful for my trials. I really am. They make me more sympathetic and understanding as well as teach me how to better live my life and again, I wouldn't be who I am today without them. I would probably still be incredibly immature (not to say I'm mature now, but I'm getting there slowly) and thoughtless had I not had trials in my life at all.
I am grateful for my hometeachers and visiting teachers. They are such wonderful examples to me of people trying to live the gospel and they do a great job of making me feel like they actually care about me and like they will be there for me if I need anything.
I am grateful for my piano. I love music and the fact that I just had a piano given to me by my amazing boss makes me so happy! I can just play that thing whenever I want to, and I get to listen to my talented roommates play as well and I love that too.
I am grateful for music in general. Man that stuff makes me happy and it's so theraputic. Who doesn't love music? I mean really.
I could probably go on for a few days about the things I'm grateful for, but I think I'll just stop there for now. Maybe I'll write more later since it is Thanksgiving time and expressing thanks is the thing to do.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
working out at Gold's Gym
my NEW CAR!!! (yes, that was what I was freaking out about in my last blog - stay tuned for details)
anything related to my new car (a.k.a. air fresheners, cds, and oil changes)
"Do you know?" (The Ping Pong Song) by Enrique Iglesias
figuring out how to get home for the holidays
graduating as quickly as possible (which seems to be April 2010)
Wish me luck on the test I'm about to take and am procrastinating studying for.. should be a toughie. British Literary History may be interesting but when you haven't done the reading, the tests are still no bueno. Good news though.. Madagascar 2 is out and I saw Mamma Mia for the second time this past weekend so as far as movies are concerned, life is good. Also, unfortunately for all of his fans, Brian was kicked off of the Pick Up Artist last night. Now he's out in the real world asking women just like me and you if they will pull his finger. It was close though, and luckily, the now even more adorable because he's been on a mission, Greg will be staying around for a while longer and we'll get to see him progress in his pick up artist ways. Good luck to all the gentlemen in their efforts.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Other than that, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! I love Halloween and I wish I wasn't working tonight so I could do something creepy, but if you love me enough, come to Los Hermanos and visit! Unfortunetly, I wouldn't be able to serve you tonight though because I'm working in the kitchen, but I would still love to see a friendly face... In fact.. I always love to see friendly faces at Los Hermanos. It totally makes my day or night so stop by anytime and I would be happy to bring you your chimichanga! That's about all I've got to say for now. Just wanted to pass some time and blogging seems about right for doing things like that.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Whilst I've been sick, my dear roommates have been angels to me instead of avoiding me like the plague and I'm grateful for them. Especially Sammy, who is always there for me when I need a little support. Love that girl. Anyway, just thought I'd give a little shout out to my ladies.
Life is good.. Men are that they might have joy. :)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
And then there's this man:
I have recently come to discover that while I thought I was a Master Pick-Up Artist, I was sadly mistaken. I've never been able to work a room quite like Mystery and Matador. Yeah, maybe I'll open up a set or two, but what does that matter when I can't manage to bounce with the guys I meet? Huh?
Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that I need to pick up my game. It's pretty rare that I'm actually feeling a guy and when I am, I just don't know what to do with myself. Really, it's just embarrassing. But anyway, I just wanted to give props to this love genius for doing what he does. He's my idol at the moment and I'm going to propose a female season for the Pick-Up Artist to VH1 because I think I could learn a lot from working with Mystery one on one.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Not the best in the world, but thanks to Erin and some photoshop skills, it's slightly better than it was. I guess the idea that you can't polish a turd is applicable here, but I like to think it's not quite that bad. Anyway, I submitted my papers to the bishop, so another week and they'll actually be sent in.. hopefully. I'm getting excited and I'm getting nervous.. but mostly excited. So I take that as a good sign. I'm also going into the TRC tomorrow morning for the first time, so I'm sure that will be good for me as well as interesting.
Other than that, life is really busy. I have pretty much no time this week that isn't already scheduled, which makes time go by quickly, but also doesn't make for much time to relax, which would be nice right about now. But that's ok. That's what school is I guess.
Something I was contemplating today on my way home from work.. this deep thought caused me to miss two calls and a voicemail when I could have easily heard them by the way.. is that I love some people a lot and I wish that I could somehow make their lives better. I know that there isn't anything I can say or do for some people, but I really wish I could without it being weird or whatever. Maybe I worry too much, but we all need help sometimes and I wish I was better at providing that help. I wish I could just make some people see how wonderful they are and what potential they have and how they deserve the best, but that can sometimes be impossible, and you really can't make anyone do anything if they don't want to. Anyway, I guess it's better that I have a desire to help people even when I can't than to be indifferent... or is it? I don't even know.
But I would like to take a moment to make a tribute to our young friend, Mr. Chris Brown. Sexy from the age of 14, he's just a charmer and you gotta give him props for that. I'll let him call me shorty and grab my hand any day. I maintain that he's a little bit of a punk, but boy can that kid dance. So in the legendary words of this prodigy (yep, I said it), "I think I'll say, 'Yo! I don't know your name, but excuse me miss. I saw you from across the room. And I gotta admit that you got my attention. You're making me wanna say, "Yo!"'"
Monday, September 8, 2008
Some other important events...
I climbed my first fence on Thursday night. It was incredible. I was terrified because I can really be a big baby sometimes, but Mallory, being the angel that she is, was patient with me and held my hand the whole way through. It really was a perfect ending to that day though. I had been pretty stressed out that day, feeling overwhelmed and tired about school and money.. the usual. So when me and Mallory went for a jog, I thought I would just do two miles (which is sadly more than I usually do since I never go running anymore) and call it a night. But when I started running on the track, all I could do was look up at the sky and the beautiful mountains and think about how life really isn't so bad. It felt so good to run so I just kept going and ran for four miles instead. That is some theraputic shiz.
Non sono molto bene con italiano. I also started my feared Italian 202 class last week. Scary stuff. It's gonna be a toughie for me. Good news though! The professor is really good and the people seem to be pretty nice so far, so life isn't so bad after all. And I must say I love the language. It's just learning it that kicks my butt.
I also got to go to my cousin's baby's blessing last Sunday and it was so good to see the family. I hadn't seen my cousins in years and it was great to spend some time with them. It was also amazing as usual to see my grandparents. After the blessing, we went to the park and had a bbq, after which I went home with about 17 pounds of beef, some jell-o salad-like dishes, cookies, and tomatos. Sometimes being the student in the family has it's advantages apparently.
Off to school I go.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
There I was, walking off the plane in the good old SLC airport feeling wicked confident. Soon I found that the Long Beach airport had lost my luggage. Optimism won, thank goodness, and I was excited to have my luggage dropped off at my new apartment. Onward we went to Provo. I arrived at my apartment alone with one bag full of hangers and jewelry and had to stay up until 3a.m. for the luggage guy to deliver my bag. I was feeling pretty lonely and sad.
But things got better. I lost two amazing roommates to marriage, housed a bunny, had plenty of unwelcome as well as welcome drama, met some fantastically amazing people, did the Christmas program, became the everlasting RS Secretary, and then last summer happened.
Ahhh.. last summer. A time of friendship, dating, pool basketball, drama and amazingly good times. I look back on that time with fondness. I think we all do.
Then Fall and Winter came around. I lost two wonderful roommates, Megan and Briahnna to Vienna and Davin and got three more amazing ones, Sammy, Susan, and Emily. Then things got a little sticky. I lost my honor, my money, and my schooling, and spent a lot of time working and trying to survive. But it wasn't all bad. I had a wonderful bishop, friends, and a boyfriend that helped me more than I deserved and there was a light at the end of the tunnel...
I got some sweet jobs and started saving some sweet money and had an incredible summer living the single life, getting back on my feet, and feeling pretty dang good about the way my life was turning out. I didn't mean to stay at the Riviera for so long, but I can't imagine the last two years without it. The people I've met and the things that have happened here have changed my life for the better and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Here's to the nights we felt alive. Here's to the tears we knew we'd cry. Here's to goodbye. Next Friday's gonna come too soon.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I am at this very moment watching our friend Shawn Johnson win a gold medal and I'm so glad she finally got one. She's adorable and her mom can't stop crying. It's really just great. Good old Olympics. I'm even getting a little teary eyed.
Anyway, I don't really have any really awesome stories to write about. No wedding plans or mission calls or anything to tell about. But on the other side of that, I also have no deaths or divorces or horrible news to tell about either, so I should count my blessings for that. And I am. I am so incredibly blessed in my life and I think life is a wonderful gift. I am reminded every day how great life is. Yes it's hard, but things get better and people everywhere are happy with what they've been given, no matter how difficult. I am happy with my life. Even though it's hard sometimes. I'm grateful that it's hard sometimes because without the hard times, I wouldn't even begin to know how to appreciate the good ones.
I think that's probably the most fitting way to start my blogging life. By letting you know that life is good and I love it. :)