Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thoughts

The past couple of weeks I have done some thinking. I've randomly listed some of the things I have thought about, been reminded of, realized, or remembered. This isn't going to be a very cohesive post, and I won't be offended if no one reads it. I just wanted to get it down in writing, for my own benefit. Thanks for bearing the brunt of my random whims.

-I have a LOT of stuff. And even more junk.

-Digging through D.I. piles can be a lot of fun. And you can rake in some pretty sweet stuff.

-I have been extremely blessed with great roommates, both this year and last. I didn't realize how much I loved those girls I shared Bowen 11 with until they were all gone. And my new roommates--I don't know them too well yet, but it's going to be great as well. Things happen for a reason.

-Beautiful weather makes the whole day seem better, even if you're in a grouchy mood.

-It's amazing how much birthdays and other holidays/celebrations mean to Carolyn. If you get a sec, she would love a call today to wish her a happy 45th.

-Daffodils and tulips go extremely well together.

-Facebook isn't all it's cracked up to be. Although don't get me wrong, it is fun and a nice distraction. However, I still prefer blogging. Facebook is fairly similar to blogging except all the aspects of blogging that I love so much (i.e. productivity and creativity) have been taken out.

-Heavenly Father didn't have to make flowers and pollinating trees smell good. But He did, and I am very grateful for that. Whoever planted those plum trees inside the walkway in Monticello was inspired.

-You can't curl your hair with five hot curlers. Especially if your hair isn't naturally curly.

-Maybe I'll change my name to something starting with a K to fit the trend... So far I've had eight roommates at college, and five of them have names that start with the letter K: Katie, Kristen, Keilani, Kyla, and Katie (again).

-I LOVE being able to walk into any computer lab on campus and basically choose whichever computer I so desire. Lines for computers? what are those?

-I think I could really get into plants and flowers. I have three little plants in my room, and soon I'll have two big potted plants in the living room (courtesy of Cosette). I'm not exactly sure what it is, but I think it makes the apartment seem less like a box and more like a home. Maybe my next hobby will be botany and gardening...? Then again, I'm sporadic enough at blogging, so maybe I should just stick with this.

-Being alone is nice sometimes, but being lonely stinks.

-It really stinks to be going to school while everyone else is playing and enjoying the first few days of summer and doing things with their lives. But at least I'm taking fun classes and staying busy. Kind of. Actually, I need to get a job but I don't know where. But I need to be able to spend money in Jerusalem and not feel guilty about it, so I really need to work somewhere. However, I will never work in the food industry again. Period. (Okay, don't quote me on that one, but I definitely don't want to do it anytime soon.)

-I couldn't do this life without sisters. Period.

-Family is indispensable. I know it is the fundamental unit of society and of heaven for a reason. In my opinion, part of being happy is feeling loved, needed, and a sense of belonging. A good family provides all of these things and more. That reminds me of the movie I watched last night with my roommates called The Bucket List. These two old men find out they are going to die within the year, and they make a list of things they want to do before they "kick the bucket." One of the guys has a wife and family, but the other one has focused on money his entire life and when he gets sick, there's no one to come visit him in the hospital. His ginormous bank account can't bring him the joy and comfort that he needs. It just made an impression on me on how essential it is to feel a connection to those around us. That's what really matters. Now I am reminded of one year in Girls' Camp when the Relief Society presidency came up and sang this song about how Relief Society is a worldwide organization and you'll never be left alone. At the time all I was thinking was "What you mean is, you can never get away from it..." and pretty much dreading the day I moved into the old women's organization. But now I think I realize a little more how comforting it can be to find the church wherever you are or move to. It's not quite so intimidating and scary because you know you'll find common ground in the gospel.

-One thing they said in the movie was that a man is measured not by how much he accomplished or how much money he earned but by how others measure themselves to him. How much of an impact are we having on other people? I think a lot--most--of the time, we will never know. But we just have to keep pressing forward and we will be blessed.

-I'm going to miss Danielle and Adam and Jacob and Cindy when they leave. I already miss them. And I miss Kristen and Katie and Lauren and Melissa and Amanda (even though she lives downstairs) and Ryan and Jonathan and all of my other friends that have left and that are moving on with their lives.

-Change. It's what it is, and it's never going to go away. Get used to it.

-My favorite song this week is "What A Wonderful World" sung by Louis Armstrong.
Here are the lyrics (and the music is on the playlist on the right):

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

(George Weiss / Bob Thiele)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin' hands, sayin' "How do you do?"
They're really saying "I love you"

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

Although it may be tinged with sorrow and sadness at times, it really is a wonderful world. And I do indeed have a wonderful life.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

woot woot, uh huhhhh, it's my birthday, oh yeah!

I just finished my last final and I'm FREE! YAY!
That is, until next Tuesday when I start school again. But I'm not going to think about that! I'm free for a couple of days! And to celebrate,
I'M GOING TO THE ZOO with JACOB (nephew) and DANIELLE (sister)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't worry, I'll update this blog and post pictures of our fun times.

Oh my galoshes it feels so good to be done.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Doncha love being sick.

I have officially drunk forty-eight ounces of orange juice today.

Let's just say I know exactly which bathrooms on BYU campus are the cleanest, have the best smelling soap, and never have a line.

Monday, April 14, 2008

C'mon, everyone's doing it!

It's "spread-the-manure" time! Everybody grab a shovel!


No takers?

Well, you're all crazy. I'll do anything to get out of these dratted finals. (and my Spanish essay. and extra credit discussion questions. and taxes. and scholarship essays. and my oral Spanish exam.) Or at least not have to study for them anymore. For anyone who's interested, please talk to Kristen's grandpa, happy resident farmer of the renowned town of Firth, Idaho. I'm sure he'd love to meet friends and family of his granddaughter's supposedly non-heathenistic roommate, as long as his cow farm gets manurized. For some reason all this talk of the beauty of nature reminds me of Tess... Mrs. Durham would be proud of me.

What's my problem? You know you've been sitting and studying too long when you start making connections with everyday life to Tess of the d'Urbervilles! What is the world coming to! Aaagggh! Deep breath. In. Out. In. Out.

Meh, that breathing stuff is just a bunch of bogus. Where are my noseplugs, I'm outta here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

ComD, Here I Come!

It's official:

I am a Communication Disorders major.

Bring it on.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Crisco, Anyone?

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Remind me why I'm looking forward to motherhood???

Who am I kidding...I know perfectly well why. Just read Janel and Danielle's blogs, and Elder Ballard's talk from conference yesterday. And the Proclamation on the Family.


Man, sometimes I just want to drop out of school and get married so I can have kids and play with them all day. (K-bob, you and I both...) But, alas! I must study for finals. I guess I'll just have to wait for a few years until I have the opportunity to deal with Crisco-like excitements.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Morir de frío

I swear it's like five degrees in this library.

Or maybe my thyroid doesn't work.

Ah, that must be it. Either way, I'm freezing my buns off and feel like whining because I can't focus but I must because my Spanish final exam is in two hours and I cannot flunk it.

Es una lástima que legwarmers no están de moda estos días.(Although, if Carrie Underwood can get away with it, maybe I can too...?)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Meat Market

I know I swore it would never happen, but...

I'm getting married!!!!

I know, shocking. I promised myself it wouldn't happen this soon, but as much as I don't want to admit it, Shelton was right. Shelton, aka the satanic chemistry teacher at Timpview as well as the 2nd counselor in Janel, Danielle, and Becca's ward's bishopric, won the bet. At the Senior Honors Night right before graduation he looked me in the eye and prophesied menacingly, "Give it two years and you'll be in the my ward."

Well, what can I say? Things just move so fast here at BYU! I only met him last week but we really are in love and I can't stop thinking about him and I love him and he loves me and we love each other and we know we were positively destined for each other. He is the One. So what if I only lasted a mere eleven months. If it's right, it's right. And if it's love, it's love. And he's just nine years older than me and there's no need to freak out because--let's be honest--age doesn't matter in the eternities, does it.

Now, we haven't set a date or figured out what temple we're getting married in or what our colors are or where we're registered, so please don't ask yet. (I'm sure we'll have that all figured out by next week, though.)

Carrot cake, anyone?