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.

11 comments:

janel said...

I hope your sister sentimentality has to do with our sentimental moments over raw meat last night. And I agree with your list. All of it.

Danielle said...

What a great post. And, I feel all teary about the nice things you said about us. I'm going to miss you too, and Jacob will miss you a ton (he's still talking about the zoo incessantly!! Let's go again). And do you want a little potted pansy I have? It's dying under my care.

Kimberly said...

I know what you mean about hot curlers! I keep thinking I just need to get the hang of them and then everytime I get brave and try again my hair comes out looking like something out of the eighties. I guess some of us just weren't made for electric curlers!

Katya said...

I love that song too, Suzy. And I really miss you and all the other Bowen 11 girls a lot...being home is great, but...we had a lot of fun in that little apartment...:)

Courtney said...

Suz,I feel like you read my mind.

Courtney said...

He actually doesn't leave till the 14th...so two more weeks. I miss Jonathan too!

Kristen said...

You make me smile! :-)

Beetle said...

As far as a job goes, Motel 8 is hiring! If you want a medical skill, any senior care center will probably hire you on the spot. They make you work a lot of hours, so then you earn money AND don't have time to spend it. But, you might have to take care of a diarrhea man like I did. . .

Heather said...

A-freaking-men, especially the part about not being able to live without sisters. I claim Suzy as my sister!

L. said...

I liked your thoughtful ramblings. I also think "what a wonderful world" with family connections and the other sweet joys of life. --Mom

Becca said...

Suzy,
I can't ever think of good stuff for blog posts, so here it is:
i love suzy! you're right about it being a wonderful world, that's for sure.