Thursday, December 17, 2009
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
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
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.)
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
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
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
(Washington Post, 2 June 1990, p. 2)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
New baby elephant and mommyHomemade bread (by Janel) to starve off starvation during our zoo escapades
(click to enlarge, I promise it'll be worth it)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Elder Holland's full talk
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
-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
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
Cast your votes on your favorite (taking into account that lighting and sunspots and such can be adjusted):
#10 (after 3 hours of posing...)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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
Saturday, August 15, 2009
flowers atop the Conference Center
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
A few weeks ago someone washed my car, inside and out.
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
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
Love Story (Taylor Swift) Meets Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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 :)
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 :)
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
2. I don't read any other magazines ... kind of pathetic, I know. but I don't really care so it's all good :)
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
4. sarah w
9. anyone who wants to be tagged
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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
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
Friday, April 17, 2009
then and there.
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.)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
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!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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.