Thursday, December 17, 2009

One left, and one year ago

One final left. (I saved the hardest for last. Wise, I know.)

Reminiscing:
This day last year was the day before I left for Jerusalem. What a night (it was one of the worst days of my life). Take two finals, rush home, pack my stuff, do my cleaning check**, check out of the apartment, pack what I needed for four months in the Middle East. I ended up not sleeping that night. And I missed my flight the next morning.

Thankfully, Dec. 17, 2009 has been MUCH calmer, for which I am extremely grateful.

**correction: I realized after I wrote this post that my heaven-sent roommate K-bob did my cleaning check that day. I didn't clean a square inch of the apartment. Kristen Zimmerman (now Skidmore) did it all. And during finals too. May she be blessed forever.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

5:2

this ratio just keeps getting better. I'm on the home stretch

And then...

And then there were four finals (done).
And then there were three finals (left).
And then there were two (days to take them).
And then there will be one (happy husband).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

three to four

Dear Professors,
I'll only get married once.
To my coursework it certainly was a hindrance
And I know my scores portray me as a dunce.
Not getting C's is my preference
(after all, learning is of the essence)
And I tried. Whaddayathunks?

Monday, December 14, 2009

two down, five to go

I'm going to keep a running total of my finals. And I'm going to update the world of cyber space via this lovely blog.

bragging rights...I don't have them. yet.

I have 6 finals this week. :( I just took one. :)

And the fire alarm in the library just started going off. GAH!!!! Someone is going to die. (and it's not me, and it's not anyone by fire in the library either, I'm pretty sure.)

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Update: I miscounted. Let's make that 7 finals. (good thing none of them are math-related or I'd be in real trouble)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This talk is worth your time.

Last night I read this talk by President Eyring for one of my classes (my last reading assignment of the year!!). It was the perfect thing to end the semester on. He gave this talk, entitled "The Family," in a CES Fireside November 5, 1995, and reading it had a powerful impact for good on me. Anyone who needs a pick-me-up, a bit of heavenly perspective, or loves the family and the proclamation will want to read this sometime. I strongly encourage it when you have a few minutes.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Oh the Joys of Being a Student

This is pretty much how I feel right about now. (except I probably wouldn't go so far as to use the verb "hate")



Except, I'm not being forced to go to public school. I'm putting myself through this torture of my own free will. Why??

I'm so glad for finals week. ... To be over. :)

Louisiana here we (almost) come!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Words from Washington

"Fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House but on what happens inside your house."

--Barbara Bush

(Washington Post, 2 June 1990, p. 2)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Advice

As many of you know, I'm getting married on Friday. (woo!) Having never been married, I do not consider myself an expert in the field. So this is an open blog post. Any advice, suggestions, thoughts, or anything else you have regarding marriage are welcome and appreciated - and thanks to blogger, you can leave it easily in the form of a comment! (ps - It's not hard to leave a comment, you know. You can even leave it anonymously if you desire to remain unnamed.)

While there are no guarantees that I will take your advice, I'm nevertheless looking forward to hearing your thoughts, whether you are married or single or whatever. :) I need all the help I can get, after all...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

as she looked upon her children:

"You are the trip I did not take;
You are the pearls I cannot buy;
You are my blue Italian lake;
You are my piece of foreign sky."

--Anne Campbell

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our Greatest Gift and Greatest Joy

"Your personal knowledge of God is not only the greatest gift you will ever give, but it will bring you the greatest joy you will ever have."

--Elder Robert D. Hales

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fun at the Zoo


New baby elephant and mommyHomemade bread (by Janel) to starve off starvation during our zoo escapades
Lily

Liza's favorite animal
Liza's favorite mommy

Corey wants to marry me why? :)
Sage busting out dance moves for Eliza ... and the porcupine ... ?
the best part about the zoo
a closer look
(I told Sage to look scared)
lookalike contest?
Eliza
Sage and large gorilla friend

gorilla fun, with crazy child on my left
(click to enlarge, I promise it'll be worth it)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. '[N]or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man [or woman or child] upon the face thereof to be saved.' On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal."

Elder Holland's full talk

The Ride

Some days he climbs. It's hard work, but he makes considerable progress, feels satisfaction, that he has something to show.

Some days he coasts. These days are easy. Envied and sorely desired in the midst of the climb. But, ultimately, boring.

Other days he goes off-roading, intentionally. Days like this don't happen very often.

Still other days he careens down the road, all the world a wobbly blur around him. Forgotten faces, bubble sheets, golden trees on fire, phone calls - all demand attention amongst the whirpool of colors, noises, and smells threatening to engulf him. And the steering wheel has taken a holiday.


Monday, October 12, 2009

help

-Although the engagement photos may suggest otherwise, I do in fact need a haircut.

-Said haircut needs to be in the next week or two so it doesn't look like I got butchered the day before the wedding.

-I don't have a ton of money to spend on a haircut. ( ie, $30 seems like a lot.)

-However, I think I am willing to spend a little more than usual on a haircut in order to eliminate worry or self-consciousness on Nov. 20th.

-But: I haven't been completely satisfied with the past few haircuts I have gotten in different salons. (mostly because I'm not willing to spend a fortune on product or an hour fixing the hair itself)

-Thus, I am not willing to spend $30 if it is going to be disappointing again.

-So...I'm asking for your help. (many of you have offered to help, here I am cashing in.) If you know of anyone who cuts hair well, isn't too expensive, can get me in quick, will help me get a style that doesn't require a pound of product, is in the Provo/Orem area, and with whom I won't be risking my life - or wedding pictures - with, please let me know. Grazie.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I have a BOMBDIGGITY support system! Boo ya.

We've found a temple, a date, a place to live, a wedding dress, engagement photos, colors, and now bridesmaids' dresses. Huzzah! And, thanks to Aunt Ruth, we'll have a quilt for our bed. Now for a bed itself... :)

Next up: Choose my favorite photo for the invites (verrry hard), select invitation style, compile guest lists, get addresses, finalize photographer, decide on flowers, figure out insurance details, and pick pictures and music for wedding video.

And, try not to fail 16 credits worth of classes while I'm at it. And make time for personal enrichment and time with the Lord. And prepare for the temple. And be a good roommate. And a good fiance. And sister. And friend. And daughter. And visiting teacher. And cousin. And employee (I'm getting pressure at work to put in more hours). And stranger. Oh, and sleep occasionally and maybe even exercise every once in a blue moon.

It seems as if November 20th is barreling toward me, yet crawling at the same time. To all of you whose plates I have let crash to the ground during this slightly insane time of my life, please accept my apology. I certainly am trying! And I am (and will continue to be) so grateful to all who have helped, are helping, will help, and have simply offered to help. And to those of you who don't hold grudges. :)

ps, If you'd like an invite and I haven't pestered you for your address already, please leave it in a comment or call me or send it to me in an email! Love to all! :)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Too Many Choices

We have approximately 337 pictures to choose from for our invitations. Mom is such a pro photographer that she was able to make us look (deceivingly) good in not only one photo but many! Thanks so much, Mom!! (even though it makes our - my - job exceptionally difficult...) Here's a sneak preview to what you may be receiving in the mail in a few weeks.

Cast your votes on your favorite (taking into account that lighting and sunspots and such can be adjusted):


#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6#7
#8
#9
#10 (after 3 hours of posing...)
#11
#12#13
#14
(ok, not really... but the photographer deserves to make it in at least one photo :)

Quite the photo shoot, no? And a heartfelt thanks to Tahitian Noni and Provo Canyon (near Squaw Peak) for providing the beautiful backdrop scenery!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

ahem.

Name: Corey Heath Bennett

Place: Provo Temple

What: Marriage for time and all eternity!!!

(Date & Time: TBA)

Monday, August 31, 2009

school

bring it on. throw everything you've got at me. i am ready for the challenge.

boo ya.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

four firsts

today I:

1. Used a paper shredder for the first time in my life

2. Used an ATM machine for the first time in my life (I know, I should get out more. but isn't it kind of cool? :)

3. Cooked a meatloaf pattie in a 9x13 (and splattered it all over the clean oven) ... for the first time in my life (and hopefully the last)

4. Ate Cranberry Almond Crunch for the first time in over a year, thanks to Kim, who knows of my love for afore mentioned cereal, and her big heart

Thursday, August 20, 2009

a truth.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

-Washington Irving

Saturday, August 15, 2009

call me rosie

I'm claiming a brag/whine moment. (This is my blog, after all, and as such I have inherent rights.) I worked approximately 12 hours and 35 minutes today at three different jobs. It was a looooong day and I just barely got home. Technically, it should have been a 13 1/2 hr day but I absolutely could not find my keys this morning when I went to leave for work at 9 am. So, after much searching, a prayer, and more searching, I finally found them an hour later - on my roommate's desk - and no clue how they got there... Only 2 more Fridays (after today) like this one! Huzzah! Yes, it's true, I put in my two weeks for both Terra Mia jobs (office and restaurant). It certainly is liberating when you take actions that involve being true to yourself. And, you know you've either been away from school too long or you've had an undesirable job - or both - when you're looking forward to putting in 12 hour days of studying. Ha! Well, I just have more appreciation for school now. :)

Picture of the Day

flowers atop the Conference Center

Thursday, August 13, 2009

i love to see the temple!


I'll go inside someday



I'll covenant with my Father


I'll promise to obey

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Press Forward Saints!

"Our responsibility is not trivial; it is not by chance that we are who we are; the keeping of our covenants in these days of destiny will be a badge of honor throughout all the eternities."

--Neil L. Andersen, “Come unto Him,” Ensign, May 2009, 80

Sunday, July 19, 2009

R.A.O.K.

Random Acts of Kindness. A nice little acronym. Perhaps R.A.O.K. will become my new motto.

A few weeks ago someone washed my car, inside and out.

Wow.

Not only had it been on my list of things to do since I've been back from Jerusalem, but the sad state of Baby Blue had become increasingly bothersome to me. But - not quite enough for me to buckle down and wash it. And vacuum it. And wipe the dust off the inside dashboard from when I leave the windows down. And collect the leaves, old receipts, half-empty waterbottles and balled-up napkins from underfoot.

To Whom It May Concern: Thanks for leaving the glaring absence of a note! If the kind soul who saw my need and filled it reads my blog, then please accept my heartfelt thanks and appreciation. You increased my optimism of the human race in general. You make me want to do just such things for other people. You are a great example of the Savior and what He would do if He were here. Thank you!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

currently

Current time and place: 12:09 am on a Saturday night, sitting on the couch in my tidy living room (cleaning checks this morning and company tonight)

Current mood: blogging mood. also contemplative.

Current state: contacts dry and sticking to my eyes, pajamas are all the way under my pillow in the other room, mellow Jim Brickman music playing on the laptop, getting sleepier with every word

(only a few of my many) Current thoughts: There's nothing in this world quite like piano music. And band naps. My cousin Stephen went through the temple today. Tomorrow I'm going to hear him speak in church. It will be the second week in a row I've gone to the E7 ward, and the third time I'll have been in the church building in two weeks. Weird since I don't usually go back. I hear people socializing outside my apartment in the fishbowl. Too tired to go out, but I can hear their conversations. So I get the gossip without actually participating... Exhaustion is threatening to overtake me, but I really want to blog. Plus I can maybe get a nap tomorrow. My Sundays are less busy than they used to be.

Current calling: Compassionate Service Leader. I love it. Mom totally called it, too. I was at home and said, "So, guess what my new calling is?" She thought for a moment and said, Compassionate Service?" Mother's intutition I guess! Wow. I hope I can do a good job. It's not too overwhelming in a singles' ward, and we only have 2 new girls moving into our Relief Society for summer term. I think we'll be able to take care of them. :)

Current job: So I have a new assignment at Terra Mia. I work some hours in the office doing random jobs for them. Basically I do whatever they need me to do. Example: the other day at work I wrote a writeup for a newsletter, mailed some bills, called a printing company to verify the printing of a bunch of business cards, and learned how to do web writing (it's going to be fairly difficult for me). Anyway, I think that's how most days will be - random projects and miscellaneous tasks and such. But, it's nice that I'll be doing more than just ringing up pizzas and pastas and salads and telling people sorry we don't have a kids menu yet and rolling silverware and getting sent home early because there aren't enough customers to make it worthwhile to have me there. (On the plus side, employees get unlimited gelato samples.)

Here's the paragraph I wrote for the newsletter (I hope no one at Kids on the Move is bothered that it's on my blog before they've sent out their newsletter. The way I see it, it's good publicity for them, right?). I'm (geekily) pretty proud of it. I wrote it from scratch (if that makes sense), and my boss seemed fairly pleased with it and didn't tell me to rewrite the whole thing, just had me edit and change some things. I do enjoy writing. In fact, it made me want to blog more. Anyway, for kicks, here's the write-up, and maybe it'll help you get a better idea of the place where I'm hanging out these days.

Are you hungry for some authentic Italian cuisine, but not looking forward to the wait that comes with a regular full service restaurant? Then Terra Mia Ristorante is the place for you – where authentic, Italian pizzas, pastas, and salads are served in a “just-in time” experience – generally around 5 minutes, all freshly made when you order!

Terra Mia, located across from the new Cinemark Theater by Orem’s University Mall, officially opened its doors last month on May 20th. Since then, residents of the area have been delighted to discover the flavors and aromas of Naples, Italy in our own Orem, Utah. With a wide variety of traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, as well as flavorful pastas and salads, Terra Mia provides guests with a healthier dining alternative. The experience is highlighted by our wood-burning oven, imported directly from Italy, that will cook your freshly-made pizza in about 45 seconds! And don’t forget to save room for dessert; the refreshing gelato is made on-site daily... But beware – you just might never settle for “normal” ice cream again!

Whether you’re looking for lunch, dinner, or dessert, Terra Mia has something for you. Stop by anytime between 11 am and 11 pm to experience the cuisine of Naples! As a friend of Kids on the Move, from July 1 – July 8, Terra Mia will donate 10% of the ticket total for anyone who comes in and mentions they were sent by KOTM!

Terra Mia Ristorante
1050 S 750 E
Orem, UT 84097
terramiaonline.com (the website is still a work in progress...and will be bomb awesome when we're done with it)

Monday, June 15, 2009

nice.

I am obsessed with this duet arranged by Jon Schmidt for piano and cello. If the two songs are already familiar to you, you'll probably like it. If not, well, whatev.

Love Story (Taylor Swift) Meets Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

thanks maggie

eight things i am looking forward to
1. Yellowstone trip next week!
2. wearing my new shorts
3. downloading pictures from my camera
4. knowing everyone's name in my ward
5. making bread on a regular basis this summer
6. vacuuming my car
7. making pie tonight!!!
8. blogging more often :)

eight things i did yesterday
1. cooked for dinner group
2. learned how to make salsa
3. slept in dreadfully late
4. fed my sister's fish
5. played the piano at Institute
6. felt homesick for Jerusalem
7. began the monolithic task of cleaning my room
8. ate a few too many samples of gelato at work :)

eight things i wish i could do
1. speak Spanish fluently. gah.
2. remember details about people. like their name, for starters.
3. go back to Jerusalem (not permanently), see Istanbul on the way
4. improvise on the piano
5. have a job I really love
6. be the favorite aunt
7. get into bed at a reasonable hour
8. download pictures from the past month from my camera but it won't work :(

eight magazines i like
1. Conference issue of the Ensign!
2. I don't read any other magazines ... kind of pathetic, I know. but I don't really care so it's all good :)

eight things on my wishlist
1. a laptop. ha, yeah right.
2. skydiving???
3. a magic fairy to clean my room
4. all my siblings and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews back in Provo
5. a kitchen aid
6. a scooter?
7. a fridge all to myself
8. that I didn't ever have to take showers or shave my legs

eight bloggers i am tagging - no pressure now
1. kim
2. becca
3. heather
4. sarah w
5. amanda
6. katie
7. natalie
8. camille
9. anyone who wants to be tagged

Thursday, May 14, 2009

feel the love

I love my family.
I love Provo in the spring.
I love feeling productive and active.
I love sleeping. I also love sleeping in my own bed, but it's not a requirement for an exceptional sleep.
I love new callings.
I love my 5 nieces and 2 nephews and the new one (gender TBA) on the way.
I love serving others.
I love Mt. Timpanogos. Talk about gorgeous these days.
I love catching up with friends.
I love progressing and feeling like I'm becoming more like the Savior.
I love the satisfaction of taking a great picture.
I love reading a good book.
I love the House of the Lord.
I love feeling happy.
I love being home.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

til we meet


The Call
Regina Spektor

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry

I'll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You'll come back
When it's over
No need to say good bye

You'll come back
When it's over
No need to say good bye

Now we're back to the beginning
It's just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can't feel it too
Doesn't mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
'Til they're before your eyes

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Emmaus



Heather, Dad, and me reenacting the road to Emmaus scene...don't we look legit in our levis and everything??

Friday, April 17, 2009

hope you've got a camera nearby

here are the rules:
once you're tagged, you must take your picture right
then and there.

no editing.
no changing clothes.
no adding makeup (Rich, this includes you.)
that's right, we wanna see the real you.

take 1

...oops


take 2

...that's better. not that Kim doesn't have a beautiful neck,
but her face is pretty cute too :)


If you read this, consider yourself tagged. (ha I wonder how many of you will actually do this. one? two? maybe more, considering it's finals and no one wants to do what they're supposed to be doing... he he.)

no title needed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

jerusalem fun

what a good lookin bunch


the first glimpse of the sun during the Easter sunrise service on Mt. Scopus


During Passover, which ends tomorrow, the Jews aren't allowed to eat anything with leaven in it. And they mean business. Enforced obedience - in Jewish grocery stores they literally cover up merchandise that is against the rules for the 8 leaven-less days of the holiday. (It doesn't matter if you aren't Jewish. You still can't buy it. In fact, one of my friends tried to buy a certain kind of chocolate before we leave. Turns out this chocolate was banned for the week of Passover! (leaven...?) The shopkeeper took pity on this obviously non-Jew and snuck her into the back and sold some under the counter while no one was looking!!!) Anyway, check this out - in this grocery store they completely blockaded the cereal/cracker etc aisle with a plastic sheet and stacked toilet paper in front of it (what, in case I get an urge to buy crackers I might get distracted with the rolls of TP??) Ha!


Rules? huh, what? (he always was the rebellious one..)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

it's crunch time

I'm writing a paper that's due tomorrow for my Ancient Near Eastern Studies class. Now, I enjoy writing - for my blog. Creative writing is fun, especially because I do it when I feel like it and I don't do it when I don't feel like it. On the other hand, I do not enjoy writing papers. They stress me out. I never feel like I have anything to say. I do not feel original. I cannot collect my thoughts. I often discover my thesis is pointless (or that I don't have one) and have to start over. I usually procrastinate them until the last minute. All these combine to give me a negative, sinking feeling whenever I discover I have to write a paper. (Miraculously, I didn't have to write a single one last semester! Heaven on earth. But of course I didn't become a better writer because of it.)

Anyway, here's the paragraph that I'm proudest of at the moment - if only the entire paper were like it! (I even read it aloud to Heather. I think she thinks I'm a little weird but I know she loves me in spite of it. :)

The temple was central to Israelite culture as well. The Lord gave very specific instructions to Moses as to how the tabernacle should be constructed and the ordinances and procedures conducted therein. Later Solomon built a magnificent, expensive temple; Israelite culture basically revolved around this house of the Lord. Men were commanded to go to Jerusalem to the temple for the major feasts at least three times a year, if possible. Under the Law of Moses there were also three types of sacrifices which were offered in the temple: sin offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings. Israelite culture revolved around the temple and the temple in turn elevated Israelite culture. According to class lecture, the building of the temple in Jerusalem elevated Israelite society to the level of Egypt and other temple-building societies. Simply put, the temple was an integral part of life. With this backdrop, it is no wonder that the Jews were devastated when the temple was plundered by Nebuchadnezzar II, ecstatic when Cyrus sent them back and encouraged them to rebuild the temple, and enraged when Antiochus IV later replaced the temple with a gymnasium in 167 BC.

Monday, April 13, 2009

He is not here: for he is risen



Come, see the place where the Lord lay.