Friday, December 10, 2010

Press Forward Having a Perfect Brightness of Hope

I'm just very, very grateful for my life this morning. I hope you are too. It is a wonderful day to be alive. I challenge you to find something good about this day. (I promise you can. Even if you're having the worst day of your life.) Today is our chance, right now, to use our agency and become who we must become.

I've been reading the Book of Revelation. Oddly enough, I love it. I love thinking about the 2nd Coming and all the wonderful things that will happen then and before then. And just think of it - we're seeing many of those miracles come to pass! I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for the privilege of living in the last dispensation and preparing the earth for when the Savior comes again. Sure, lots of awful things are happening during this, the seventh seal, and unfortunately they will just get worse. John tells us that before the Savior comes, and during the seventh seal, there will be many calamities and natural disasters, men shall seek death and shall not find it, and mankind in general will still not repent (Rev. 9:20). And many other terrible things will happen.

BUT. We know who wins in the end. We know who will save us - if we live up to the promises we have made and continue to make. Jesus Christ, the Almighty, Faithful and True, the bright and morning star (Rev. 1:8, 19:11, 22:16). Just make sure you're fighting for the right side, and definitely don't be caught sitting on the fence post trying to decide who you're for - that's akin to standing in no-man's land during a crossfire: no one is going to protect you. This is not a time to be lukewarm, people! The Lord says that he'd rather us be hot or cold rather than lukewarm. The penalty for lukewarm-ness? He'll spew us out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16). Pretty vivid imagery. I don't know about you, but that scripture makes me want to keep my covenants.

Just five days ago, in the 1st Presidency Christmas Devotional, President Uchtdorf admonished us to "Look steadfastly for His coming." He continued,
Our work is to prepare ourselves and the world for the coming of the Messiah in glory... Let us look forward to that blessed day when the King of Kings descends with a shout, takes away death, dries up tears, and ushers in a new era of peace, joy and learning. ...[I]t seems to me that [the Christmas season] should also be a time of looking to the future. Let us look forward. Let us prepare for that blessed day when He will come again... And may we look steadfastly forward to that blessed day when the resurrected Christ will walk the earth again as our our Lord, our King, and our blessed Savior. (click here to watch the full talk)
On this tenth day of December two thousand ten, I declare that I look forward to the return of the Savior to the earth. As Joshua of old, I proclaim that "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15). I challenge you to carefully examine your life, then do the same.

Merry Christmas to you all. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chicken is on sale

If you're low on chicken (boneless skinless), you should stock up at Provo's Buy Low by Saturday. It's on sale for $1.39/lb! What a steal.

(Heather, you can get a ride with me so you don't have to bother parking when you come back. :)

And as long as you're there, you might as well hit up the other sales. Click here to see more of their sales this week.

The Opera and A Birthday

Corey as the 2nd Priest
(no photography allowed during the performance unfortunately)

Here he is as the 2nd Man in Armor
Can you see his smiling face??? (look close)
Good job Corey!!!! And thanks to all who came and supported him - including 1 parent, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers-in-law! We wish his family lived closer so they could have come too.


For my 22nd birthday, which was a great bday by the way, Corey and I went for a walk on the Provo River Trail. After my nap, of course.
Sisters Becca and Janel made me a special S pizza
(and of course Sage and Suzy had to have an S picture together :)
and a delicious!!! hippo cake. For those pictures, go here. :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ow

I just accidentally scratched my eye. Ouch.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

This is a shout out to how cool my husband is

Come see Corey in Mozart's Magic Flute put on by BYU! Performances start next Saturday and run for a week (excluding Sunday and Monday). Corey actually has two different smaller roles.

Oct 16, 20, 22: 2nd Man in Armor
Oct 19, 21, 23: 2nd Priest

With the 2nd Man in Armor role, he doesn't come out until the end of the opera - so don't leave early! It'll be worth the wait because he has a cool costume and gets to sing 3 songs (not solos unfortunately). But, you won't be able to see his actual face b/c he'll have a mask. :(

With the 2nd Priest, he makes his appearance earlier in the play, and has dialogue lines (i.e. just him speaking). This is nice because you can see his face (and know that you're looking at him!) and hear him individually speaking. Unfortunately with this one he only has one song. But this role has him (as you may guess from the title) as a spiritual leader - which if any of you know anything about Corey, well, it fits him perfectly.

They are practicing a TON (3-6 every day this week, 1-5 this Saturday, and 3-7 next week and then performances at night). Tickets are a leetle expensive (sorry) but remember that I did warn you to save your pennies in this post!

We'd love to see you there! Thanks for all your support.

PS - Operas are good places to go on dates. Corey and I held my hand for the first time during BYU's 2008 opera, Don Giovanni. :) Thanks to my home teacher Dave Stevenson for giving us tickets at the last minute. :)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Breaking a Social Norm

Have you ever seen anyone riding a bike with a backpack strapped onto their chest and a guitar strapped on their back? Well, you would have been able to check this one off your bucket list if you had driven down 700 East today about 9:45 am.

I had to ride bowlegged because the backpack banged against my knees as I pedaled. I was quite a sight to behold! Then (of course), my waterbottle fell out of the netting pocket on the side of my backpack and banged on the ground. Luckily a nice girl picked it up for me so I didn't have to get off my bike to get it (which would have been quite the ordeal). Ha ha ha. I did get some weird looks from other people walking to school.

Up until a year or two ago I would have died of embarrassment from doing this. I did feel like the man in this painting (except on a bike).
"The Burden of the Responsible Man" by James Christensen

In fact, I almost got off and just walked my bike but I decided to stick it out and ride - plus I didn't want to be late for class. The thing that really kept me pedaling one rotation after another, though, was the phrase, "It doesn't matter what other people think, it doesn't matter what other people think." And it worked - because it's true! :) At the stop light two girls made a comment about how much stuff I had (I wouldn't let myself even imagine what they were thinking). I told them it was my goal just to get to school without dying. :) And I did.

Although I can now check doing this whole bike off my bucket list, I don't think I'll be doing it on a regular basis. I'll stick to walking to school on Mondays and Wednesdays when I've got that guitar class.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Laziness.

I've read a lot of blog posts recently but have been too lazy to come up with my own.
So you know. But all you bloggers out there, keep it up! ... so I have something to do in my spare (or not-so-spare) time.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Campus.is.so.stinkin.crowded.and.crazy.

-Gone were the days where I could ponder and meditate as I walked from class to class.
-Alas.
-It's fun to see friends who have disappeared for the summer though.
-I'll be posting some pictures from the summer soon. I finally put them on the computer.
-I'm glad Heather moved into the dorms!! So fun and I hope she has a great year.
-Corey and I are taking both Statistics and a Joseph Smith class taught by Susan Easton Black together. Should be fun!
-The apples on the tree are getting bigger.
-Corey's book list spilled onto a 3rd page. Never a good sign. Hopefully we don't have to buy them all...
-Our garden is flourishing. I picked a cucumber today.
-After thirty years, my parents are officially empty-nesters. Good thing we just finished the addition onto the kitchen. (And by we I mean everyone who helped, ie not me.)
-My bike's front tire is kinda flat, so I walked to school this afternoon. Normally I never have time to.
-On the last day of my two-week summer break (Friday), I got up on the wakeboard for the first time!!!! Pictures coming.
-I love having a visiting teacher who comes regularly. I'm actually going to shadow her mother-in-law who is an SLP (speech-language pathologist) at an elementary school in Springville next week.
-My sister Krista is having a baby BOY!!! Huzzah!
-The tenants are almost all moved in (at last). Now we just need to cart away the junk that we pulled out of the houses from previous tenants. We did inherit some convenient stuff, though. :)
-I'm looking for a job on campus.
-I have two canker sores. One is quite large and hurts a loooot. The other one also hurts a lot, but it's smaller. Corey tries to get me to put on the numbing stuff but it stings so I don't like to.
-Corey started Magic Flute rehearsals on Saturday!
-Becca makes good banana cream pie, Kim takes us to the Cannon Center a lot, Danielle calls for help on Primary lessons, Heather gets fun callings, Krista calls and asks when we're having a baby, Janel makes me feel good about managing the house of renters. And Rich...well to be completely honest, I haven't heard from him since the reunion. But Rich has surprised everyone with dang good cooking skills and a marinade recipe that I'm really wanting to try.
I love my siblings.
-The end.

(PS - This post is dedicated to Aunt Carolyn.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Walmart, here I come.

Please enjoy the lovely view and peaceful neighborhoods as you drive. And the severe lack of stoplights. Not only is this route faster than University Parkway, it is much more pleasing on nerves and on brake pads. You won't regret it!

Head west on Bulldog Avenue. Go through the light on 500 W/State Street. The road turns into Columbia Lane; continue through next stop light (Grandview Lane) and up the hill.

At the first roundabout, turn left onto 1700 N.

Go through the second roundabout (road turns into 1730 N).

Go straight through the third roundabout.

When you come to the 2-way stop at 2100 W, go straight through (now labelled 1700 N). It's a smaller road; the fields on your right and llamas on your left will prove it. J

Continue on this road. It will eventually curve to the right and you’ll be driving parallel with the freeway. Go for a mile or two.

Then, WHABANG! Walmart!

*Feel free to spend a little extra at Walmart to reward yourself for braving the new route and for the abundance of good feelings you still have toward others (ie lack of road rage from avoiding Parkway). And for saving on gas. It's totally worth it, I'm telling you!

*If you don't totally believe me and want to try out the route via google maps, type in "columbia lane, provo, ut." I won't be offended. :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Better than BYU's New Spice parody.

So. BYU's New Spice parody, "Study like a scholar, scholar" is exceedingly clever and fun and cool. (Click here to see it.) And everyone is obsessed with it, as they should be. :) Make sure you've seen the original Old Spice commercial "The man your man could smell like" (Smell like a man, man) first, though, or it won't be nearly as funny.

But. Forget Old (or new) Spice.

This
is
better.

The NEW lds.org!!!!!

This site is sweet. Check it out. I dare you. I have it on reliable information that this is going to be completely up-and-running very quickly. Right now it's just the beta version and a lot of features aren't available yet, but it's still sweet. I love the Church!!!

Visit beta.lds.org and prepare to be swept away. :) :)

My favorite features so far: a new search engine!!!!, a study notebook which will allow you to highlight and make electronic notes on Conference talks and save your work, the new Directory format under "Tools," and "beta-maps.lds.org" which lets you see where people in your ward live. (The maps don't work right now but I got in a few days ago.)

For those of you who take me up on the invitation to check it out, I'd love to hear what you're most excited about. (aka comment.) I'm sure the Church would also appreciate your feedback, too. (There is a feedback button at the bottom of each page of the website.)

Home Sweet Library

I love BYU's library, especially in the summer. Hundreds of empty computers to choose from. Countless vacant chairs at totally empty tables to pick from. And, it's quiet. No waiting in lines in the bathroom or to check out books. No traipsing to different floors after searching unsuccessfully for an empty table or cubicle. Also, the couches in the bathroom are usually vacant! So if I want to sleep, I can. :) (Note: I have never slept in a BYU bathroom, but I'd like to some day before I graduate.) Anyway, the library is just nice. The atmosphere of learning and productivity is a good influence on me. The view as you walk out from the main floor is beautiful. In short, I love hanging out in this library. (Especially when I'm not frantically working on some assignment.) :)

PLUS: They filmed THIS here this summer!!! (see next post if you're confused)

Random note: This weekend is the first official Keith and Linda Wilson family reunion. HUZZAH!!! Let the games begin!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Flies and Flyswatters

So yesterday we had dinner...and it got more than a little smoky, thanks to some overheated oil. :) We opened the door and the windows and turned on fans and hoped it would clear out soon. It did, but it also cleared in a fly or two. Or seven.

I detest houseflies. BLEGH. Especially, as I have learned recently, ones that whiz around the kitchen or my ears (or both). They really bug me (no pun intended), and I've seriously had to pray to not get mad at everyone and everything when the pesky flies are at it again. Anyway, Corey killed six of them -- with my hotpad!! (We don't have a flyswatter.) However, one eluded him. And it's been whizzing around our house for the past 21 or 22 hours. I know, nasty. But, finally, I was able to corner him, and I just smacked him to his death. With a rolled-up newspaper, not a hotpad, might I add.

So, yeah. I'm cool. Go us. This was kind of a lame post.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So long, farewell

I recently finished a final and left the classroom, walking slowly to the library. I felt a weird mix of emotions, none of which were happy. What the? I realized that I was actually sad about this class ending.

This does not happen to me. Usually I'm ecstatic, or just plain relieved that I survived the course. However, this semester I have absolutely loved taking my first American Sign Language class (ASL101). I've learned about a language and culture that fascinates me, and that I am itching to know more about. One of the reasons this class was so fabulous was because of my teacher. Marlene Malm is an incredible Deaf woman who has inspired me. I really do love her. I relished in the smaller class and the more intimate atmosphere. Also in a professor who knows me by name and is invested in her teaching. We had class Mon - Thu for an hour and a half, so we got to know each other pretty well. She has the cutest sense of style. :) And best of all, I feel like I'm better equipped to be a kingdom builder. Boo ya. :)

The other class I took this semester, Western Humanities 201 (antiquity to Renaissance), was great as well. I'd say I enjoyed the 202 class (Renaissance to present) that I took this past Winter semester more, but 201 was great as well. I read stuff by Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle for the first time in my life. We also read Virgil's Aeneid, Dante's Divine Comedy, and Homer's The Odyssey (I understood a lot more this time than when I had to read it in 10th grade!). Okay, all those books makes me sound really impressive, but we actually only read excerpts. Still. I probably never would have read some of these classics on my own (I still don't understand why some of them are labeled classics!), and I probably won't read most of them again. But I feel more educated and cultured and informed about the history of Western thought.

Also, I have a triumph to announce. I actually went in to this professor and disputed a couple of grades on some assignments I felt were graded unfairly. (This is a big deal. I've never done that before!) And, she gave me back some points! Huzzah! If I have any advice for incoming college students (Hez), I would tell them that professors are much less scary and intimidating when you talk to them alone, in their office. So take advantage of it. Even if you're scared (I was) and have to say a lot of prayers before you go in (I did) and even if you're afraid they'll just think you're a point-monger who slacks off until the last day of the semester (I did), think Nike. Just do it. And sometimes they even have candy, too. :)

On a sour note, I just checked my book list for this next semester, and the BYU Bookstore estimates that I will fork over no less than $289.10 for books this semester (if I buy them all new). I'm only taking 6 credits, people!!! Sheesh!! I'll have to take out a student loan to pay for these books. Either that or buy them all used and tattered and falling apart off the internet, and have them arrive halfway through the six-week semester. (I'm leaning toward the latter.) Maybe I'll start up a personal collection basket and send it around church this coming week. I think our bishop would go for that...after all, he was my high school chemistry teacher! :) I'm sure I could pull some strings...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Spam

Yesterday I happened to look at my spam folder in my email account. I had no less than 834 spam messages!! All arrived within the last 30 days!! Yeesh! Gmail does a great job of catching spam (and they even delete unread spam messages after 30 days), for which I am exceedingly grateful. I promptly deleted all the messages.

Today I noticed that I have 19 new messages in the spam folder. What?! In a mere 15 hours? I opened the folder to delete them while making sure I wasn't blocking emails from someone I know. Amongst attempts to woo me to many disgusting websites, one in particular caught my eye.

Sender: me (huh? I have no idea how I'm sending spam to myself without knowing it...)
Subject Line: Reminder for Mr. Suzysnoozy. 80% lowered prices all week. having...

Mr. Suzysnoozy, huh? :)

Delete.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Introduction to the Doctrine & Covenants

You always hear the Introduction to the Book of Mormon quoted, especially the "most correct of any book" and the "keystone of our religion" parts.

I don't remember the last time I heard someone quote from the Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants (officially titled "Explanatory Introduction"; Click here to read it in full). Since I've reread it recently, I've included some parts that impressed me.
(And I'll be legit and say, "Underlines added.")

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"Although most of the sections are directed to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the messages, warnings, and exhortations are for the benefit of all mankind, and contain an invitation to all people everywhere to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to them for their temporal well-being and their everlasting salvation."

"These sacred revelations were received in answer to prayer, in times of need, and came out of real-life situations involving real people."

"In the revelations ... the testimony that is given of Jesus Christ--his divinity, his majesty, his perfection, his love, and his redeeming power--makes this book of great value to the human family and of more worth than the riches of the whole earth."

The Explanatory Introduction also lists some of the doctrines of the gospel that are set forth in the D&C:
  • nature of the Godhead
  • origin of man
  • reality of Satan
  • purpose of mortality
  • necessity for obedience
  • need for repentance
  • workings of the Holy Spirit
  • ordinances and performances that pertain to salvation
  • destiny of the earth
  • future conditions of man after the resurrection and the judgment
  • eternity of the marriage relationship
  • eternal nature of the family

And from the Testimony of the Twelve Apostles to the Truth of the Book of Doctrine and Covenants (I didn't even realize there was such a thing!):

"We, therefore, feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of the earth, that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost shed forth upon us, that these commandments were given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for all men and are verily true."

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The doctrines expounded upon in these sacred revelations have touched my life to the core in ways that I don't think I have fully appreciated throughout my life.

Happy Friday. :)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Warning: This is not a motivational post.

So I have to write a decent-sized paper today (right now, to be exact). 5-7 pages for my Humanities class, and it's due tomorrow. And right now I have a 92.3% in the class, so I need to do pretty well on this paper if I want an A since there's just this and the final exam left to contribute to our grades.

In spite of that knowledge, however, suddenly I "have" to check my email, go through my inbox to categorize emails and sort them into folders, answer Relief Society emails, check Google Reader again to see if anyone has posted in the last ten minutes, login to Facebook, check random people's blogs, text my husband, login to Blackboard to see what my grades are, etc. etc. etc. If I had a twitter I'd probably get on that, too. What's the weather going to be like tomorrow? Or I haven't checked our online bank account balance in a few days.... and if I were at home I'd go into the kitchen and open the fridge.

It's a little frightening when no matter how hard you attempt to motivate yourself you can't seem to do what you need to do when you really need to do what you need to do.

(Insert long sigh here.)

It's gonna be a long day and a long night and a long next day.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

We've Got An Announcement!

(And it does not have the word "baby" in it.)

Try to guess the big news by putting together the following picture clues:




Have you guessed it yet?

The news is:

(drumroll please...)

Corey auditioned for and received a role in BYU's Fall Opera!!! He will be the 2nd Man in Armor in Mozart's Magic Flute. Performance dates are October 16, 19-23. Mark your calendars and save your pennies cause you won't want to miss it!

Congrats Corey!


this photo gives you an idea of what greatness and glory you can expect from the performance, + some great music
pretend this is the 2nd Man in Armor

Thursday, June 03, 2010

When was the last time you read it?

Occasionally, a few in the Church let the justified caveat about the Bible—“as far as it is translated correctly” [A of F 1:8] —diminish their exultation over the New Testament. Inaccuracy of some translating must not, however, diminish our appreciation for the powerful testimony and ample historicity of the New Testament.

--Neal A. Maxwell

Just a plug for this incredible book of scripture.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

11 Things You Might Not Know About Corey Bennett

Recently I came up with this little write-up for our Criddle Family Newsletter (my mom's side). We were spotlighted (if that's a word?) on the front page! of the five or six page "book" crammed full of cousin/family news that my cousin Tearsa puts together twice a year. Enjoy.

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Meet the In-Laws: Corey Bennett
by Suzy (Wilson) Bennett

I thought the ever-growing Criddle melting pot could use a little more southern spice...so I recruited (and married!) a southern gent named Corey Bennett. :)

Eleven Things You Might Not Know About Corey Bennett

1. "Y'all" is a legitimate word and should be used at least once in every sentence.

2. College football is practically a religion in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please don't call during a Louisiana State University football game.

3. Before college, he was in the cast of Oliver and Oklahoma!, and played roles as Bert in Mary Poppins and Arab in West Side Story.

4. He served his mission in the France Toulouse Mission (southern France) and speaks that language of love mighty well!

5. If you haven't eaten anything with Tony Chachere's spice seasoning, you haven't lived.

6. He recently switched his major at BYU from business to music (vocal emphasis) with a business minor.

7. He is currently serving as the Elders' Quorum President in our family ward and loves it.

8. The Princess and the Frog, set in New Orleans, recently became his favorite Disney movie - an incredibly accurate representation of Southern culture! (Suzy: "I had more fun watching Corey watch the movie than actually watching the movie itself! He was laughing his head off the whole time. Corey: "I felt like the whole movie was an inside joke with myself!!!")

9. He and Grandmother Criddle served as Provo Temple workers at the same time, and Corey continues to enjoy this calling.

10. He is a wonderful spouse and treats me as a true southern gentleman would. When we're together, it's a rare door that I open for myself!

11. Corey has a great memory for people and names and is doing very well with remembering all the many Criddle cousins and aunts and uncles!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Barbeque

After a day of class and studying, I am really looking forward to the barbeque we're having with Becca and Jordan tonight. Perfect BBQ weather, a freshly cut and edged lawn (thanks to Corey), burgers Louisiana-style, tasty pasta salad, and great company. What more could I want?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Losing stuff.

Huzzah for honest people and for the BYU Lost and Found!! Some time last week I left my two ASL textbooks on campus, and some kind soul (bless them) turned them into the Lost and Found. I don't even know where I left them (!) but I am extremely grateful that I was able to get them back, and promptly at that, in spite of my name not being written in them. And, unfortunately, this isn't even the first time in the past 2 months I've graced the BYU Lost and Found with my presence! On March 24, I received an email with this as the subject: "From BYU Lost and Found -- PLEASE READ!!" Boy was that email an answer to prayer - someone had turned in my school binder with notes and projects in it (I don't know where I left that either). I am seriously so spacey sometimes. It is very, very fortunate that I live in a place where people are generally honest and generally don't take things that aren't theirs. Corey very rarely misplaces things (no fair). It seems like I'm destined to lose something and everything.

Supporting Evidence (the list kept getting longer and longer as I kept typing!!)

We have yet to make a copy of the key to Corey's car. (It has been on my to-do list for months. Don't judge.) The lack of multiple keys is annoying sometimes, but it just requires a bit more coordination of schedules, planning, and passing around of the key. Corey has admitted to me that when he takes the key off his key ring and gives it to me, he's always a little wary and worried that he'll never see it again (and therefore the car will be useless). And I can't blame him. I'll forget about the key and leave it in the bottom of my bag or in my coat pocket.

I go to school without my textbook, I leave things at my family's, I leave jackets at parties, etc etc etc.

One time in high school I had no clue where my wallet was for 5 or 6 months. Then one day I found it - in the backseat of my car. (he he)

Last summer, I lost my keys the week before I moved out of Monticello Apts and couldn't find them so I had to pay a $50 key replacement fee! Boo. I never found that set of keys.

I've lost my driver's license, social security card, my BYU ID, and my jump drive multiple times. One time I found my jump drive in my makeup/cosmetic bag with all my hair stuff. ???

Once Dad was giving a fireside up at Aspen Grove, and my sister Becca and I went up to play a musical number. I didn't realize until we pulled into the driveway to our home that I had left my flute on a picnic table back at Aspen Grove. My only consolation was that since Becca had her permit she was able to get another hour or so of night driving in for her driving hours...

A couple weeks ago Corey, Kim, and I went up to Sandy for a Jerusalem reunion at one of the service missionary couple's home. I forgot my jacket and my camera there. Luckily, Angie, who hadn't left yet, was kind enough to bring them back safely for me.

One time last fall when I was engaged I looked down and my ring wasn't on my finger. My stomach dropped. I searched, Corey searched, two or three of my roommates searched, and we eventually found it - in my box of Jerusalem souveneirs. We promptly got it resized (I haven't lost it since :).

I used to misplace my temple recommend all the time until Corey kindly suggested to me that if I ALWAYS kept it in my wallet, I'd never not have it. (Unless I lost my wallet, which is entirely possible and has happened many times before.) Always keeping your recommend in your wallet sounds so easy and logical...I guess it's just too easy... Since making it one of my New Year's Resolutions to keep it in my wallet, I haven't misplaced it once this year! (Except for when I've lost my wallet, which doesn't count.) I'm pretty sure that's a record streak, thanks to Corey's logical influence. :)

I'm really grateful Corey decided to marry me even though I lose stuff all the time. I can easily imagine that it would be pretty annoying having to ask, "Where was the last place you saw it?" and "When was the last time you used it?" multiple times a week. What a gent - and an extremely patient one at that.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spotlight

Wow, third post in one day. I'm on a roll.

This past Sunday I was the spotlight(ed sister?) in Relief Society. These are the nice things they had to say about me. :)

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Suzy was born and raised in Provo, Utah and is the sixth of eight children. She loves to take naps, blog, bake, get good deals, send out mass emails to the Relief Society, go on walks, and serve. She is currently attending BYU. She is going to summer school this summer because admittedly, she would rather do that than work. :)

Suzy has been married for five months to her husband Corey. They met in a singles ward and lived in the same apartment complex. Corey is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and served his mission in Toulouse France. He loves to sing and we all had the privilege of hearing him in sacrament meeting a few weeks ago! He is also currently attending BYU.


Corey and Suzy have been in the ward since November 2009.
Suzy is serving as the Relief Society secretary and does such a wonderful job! She is very grateful for the friends that she has made in this ward, particularly in the Relief Society. We love having the Bennetts in the ward with us!


In All Thy Ways

I debated posting this post, just because I don't want to sound like (or be) a bragger. But, this is something that means a lot to me, and I think most people who read this blog hope to receive a general update with what's happening in my life.

I just checked my grades from Winter 2010 and ...

... 4.0!!!!

Boom baby! This hasn't happened since freshman year, the semester that I took Career Exploration and two "Intro to ___" classes. :) Let's just say another Wendy's run for a couple of Frostys may be in order. Or maybe we'll "just" hit up Baskin Robbins (see previous post). And, I would be completely in the wrong if I did not acknowledge the active involvement of the Lord in my life, and gratitude for a loving and extremely supportive husband who put up with breakdowns, continually stressed-out and grumpy me, and those all-nighters I unfortunately pulled. And a family who loves me and gives me food and makes me dinner and leaves me muffins when I'm uber stressed-out. And friends who don't mind that I forget to call or email them back.

It all works out.

"In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths"
--Proverbs 3:6

Lastly, I realize that this is a blessing from heaven (and from my professors). I also realize that there have been other semesters where I've tried harder and been more dedicated to my schoolwork, and haven't come out with these kind of grades. I'm not exactly sure why this semester it turned out the way it did. I still procrastinated, stressed, and worried. I still said prayers in the Testing Center before beginning all my exams. I still slacked off in some, many, yes, all of my classes. Perhaps the Lord knew I'd need a little booster before tackling an entire spring and summer chock-full of more textbooks and studying. Or, maybe my brain capacity is increasing extremely rapidly. Maybe my faith has grown in ways that I haven't even been consciously aware of.

Whatever the reason(s), I'm grateful. I hope I can learn from this experience what I'm supposed to learn. (Even though grades are posted I'm still not done learning - no, I'll never be! Kind of an extremely exciting thought.) Okay, I'm done. For now. :)

seis meses

As of today, I'm closer to turning 22 than I am to turning 21 (absolute-value-speaking). If that makes any sense.

aka,
Happy Half Birthday! to Amy Nielsen (1.5 yrs) and to me (21 1/2 yrs). :)

What to do to celebrate? Studying sounds good...I actually am really loving Spring term this year (more on that later, perhaps). Huzzah for school!

ps - in celebration of Amy's half birthday, I hear there's a 31 cent scoop night at Baskin Robbins tonight from 5-10pm. :) Enjoy

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stinky.

I am in a computer lab on campus, and I smell stinky feet. (They're not mine.)

It's hard enough to focus on studying as it is. Come on people.


post script - 6:44 pm: It still smells, and I noticed the guy next to me has bare feet! The culprit. He's also the same one that's been playing computer games and watching movies online since I sat down next to him around 4 pm. I think it's time for him to leave (my nares) in peace and do something more productive. Like, possibly, wash his feet and throw out those sandals.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

French Bread

I made French Bread today. :) Thanks to Krista for the yum yum recipe. It's supposed to be quick and easy...but it did take me a while. Hopefully with time I'll get faster...cause I'm definitely going to be making it again!


After Corey's first bite he said, "This reminds me of my mission. This tastes wonderful, Suzy! You've outdone yourself again....Is there anything you can't do??" Let's just say...ultimate compliment...especially considering he served in France...French Bread...huzzah!


(I tried to make the pictures look glamorous, but hey, it's a flat-ish looking loaf of bread and I can't disguise it.)



If you care, here is the recipe.

French Bread

3 c. flour
2 Tbsp yeast
2 c. water
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt


Egg wash:
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
Whisk together and brush over bread.

Put water in mixer. Dissolve yeast. Add other ingredients. Mix well. Continue adding additional flour until the dough cleans the side of the bowl. Knead 2-4 minutes. Divide in half--if making loaves. Using oil, roll out dough into a 9X13 rectangle. [Not too flat.] Roll the long way, tucking ends under. [Skipped this step...b/c I didn't really know what it meant..] Sprinkle pan with cornmeal. [I didn't have any so I just sprayed the pan.] Place loaf on top of cornmeal and using a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits on top of loaf every 1 ½ to 2 inches. [This makes it look fancy and legit. :) ] Brush with egg wash. Let rise until double approx 20-30 min. Bake 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until brown.

Then...DEVOUR.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

a Monsonian trait

Last night I discovered (to my joy and surprise) that I can wiggle my right ear while keeping the left stationary!!! (The ability to wiggle both at the same time is old news.)

What's more, I found out that Corey can wiggle his ears too! It's settled, then, we really are meant for each other. Our kids are going to be so talented.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

quotes from the Head TA during the review for the final exam

- [walks in 5 or 6 minutes late to at least 50-75 waiting students] "sorry I'm late guys"
- "sorry, I'm really spacey today"
- "I'm sure you all already know this" [skips to the next slide]
- Student: "Um, I think we covered this in our last exam. Is it going to be on the final too? [the final is not comprehensive for this class] TA: "What? Oh, um, you're right... [under her breath] This is the review from last semester. Ok, ignore all that stuff. [Clicks to next slide]
- rushes through a lengthy problem with five parts and says, "Any questions? it's all on Blackboard. Okay, next slide, these are good definitions to know too, [next slide] ..."
- "Guys, I haven't seen the test. I just want you to know that. I don't have it so I can't give questions away."

I decided not to grace her with my presence anymore and took off. I really wanted to hear the President and Sister Bateman speak to our Stake RS tonight anyway. :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mr. Disposal

The smell was pretty pervasive. Whenever we'd walk in the door, it hit us like a soft, warm blast of putrescence. Not overpowering but definitely there. Nasty. It was a combination of what smelled like old socks and wet towels and rotting food and stale air (only two of our five basement windows open).

So, Saturday we took apart the house. We picked up clothes, folded laundry, and put away random junk. We moved the furniture and vaccumed the entire house. We took out the mini fridge that has been sitting empty (and unplugged might I add) next to the desk for...(dare I say it?)...3 entire months... I switched candles on the candle warmer and left the door open to air out the pukey-smelling Bennett Residence. We took out the trash, Corey cleaned the tub (a couple days earlier he pulled out a ton of long stringy hair out of the shower drain...who could that belong too??), I wiped out part of the fridge and we threw away old food.

But it still smelled. After washing some dishes I ran the garbage disposal as an afterthought (something I forget to do on a regular basis). Nothing happened. Just a low, soft hum.


Hmm. Had I found our problem? My macho husband dove in with bare hands...after which he required little to no persuasion to don a surgical glove I had left over from my Anatomy class. Plunge after plunge into that dark abyss in the sink proved very revealing! Five minutes later we had quite the collection, including but not limited to: most of a strawberry, black and jellified, chunks of rotting chicken; stringy who-knows-what; and lots of little black and green untochables that looked like they could have come from last month's school lunch.

May I mention one thing here. My mom brought us some strawberries about 3 to 4 weeks ago. Okay, moving on.

Disgusted but proud at our courage to brave the Pit of Rotting Food, we immediately turned on the water and flipped the disposal switch, anticipating the loud roar and clanking to immediately fill the house.

Hummmm, the disposal replied quietly.

No, really? Come on! We dug all that nastiness out of there for nothing? Really, Mr. Disposal. You'd think you'd be overjoyed to suddenly be able to breathe, having been (unbeknownst to us) forced to be nestled up to a decaying strawberry for the past 4 weeks.

Suddenly a scene flashed into my mind. It was a snapshot from this past December. My dad, sprawled out on my inlaws kitchen floor, was fixing their garbage disposal with a small little tool that looks like a screwdriver but has five or six sides instead of two. I also remembered him saying it was really simple to fix a disposal, sometimes you just have to give it a nudge or two. Like a quarter-turn. My mind was racing. I ran to the desk where I keep the tools Mom gave me (for lack of a better place) for my bridal shower. I grabbed a screwdriver, opened the cupboard door underneath the sink, and stuck my head in. Unfortunately, the screwdriver was too small to do anything, so I ran back and grabbed the biggest screwdriver of the set, crossing my fingers the whole time.

Interruption: For those of you who have never closely examined the device taking up half the space under your sink, here is a picture of the underside of a garbage disposal.

Ignore the Reset Button, just pay attention to the white arrow pointing to the hole. This hole is the important part.

I stuck the screwdriver up the hole and tried to turn, it didn't budge. I tried turning it the other direction. Nothing. So I rolled up my sleeves (figuratively speaking) and showed that disposal who's boss.

I yanked it a quarter turn (90 degrees, that is), jumped up, turned the water on, flipped that switch, and --

I never thought the roar of a garbage disposal would be so heavenly. I kind of wanted to let it run for at least a couple of minutes just to revel in my joy. Instead, we decided to treat ourselves to Frostys at Wendy's. It was a wonderful end to the evening.


Funny, the simple pleasures we find in life (and I'm not talking about Frostys). I'm convinced it is directly connected to living providently and learning to act for ourselves instead of being acted upon. Thaks to my parents for both enabling us (Dad through teaching and Mom through the tools) to conquer the garbage disposal.

(D&C 58) (2 Ne 2)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

yum

I'm eating pretzels and chocolate chips for breakfast. Yum. :)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Family Finance. Best. Class. Ever.

So I'm up late studying for a Family Finance exam I have to take tomorrow morning. (It's kind of depressing staying up late studying as a married person because you know your husband is sleeping in there without you. Hmph.) Anyway, when this happens for other classes, about this time of night I start calling the teacher names & muttering threats under my breath & getting really annoyed at them for giving their students a midterm that we actually have to study for....

However, I'm not doing that tonight because Dr. Craig Israelson ROCKS. If any of you have the option of taking his class (SFL 260), or auditing it, or even just sitting in on one class period, it is TOTALLY worth your time. Highly, highly, highly, highly recommended by me. This guy is hilarious, knows his stuff, ties in gospel principles like few teachers I've had, and everything we talk about is applicable to real life. And even though the class is so popular that he teaches it in the huge SWKT auditorium, it is one of my top two classes this semester and probably one of my top five at BYU.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it. Well it's not. :)

This is the stuff we talk about:
Record Keeping
Budgeting
Credit/Loans
Taxes
Life Insurance
Health/Auto/etc. Insurance
Housing - how to buy your own house

At first glance it seems like it could be a really boring class. But no. That is far, far, far from the truth. And in actuality, I didn't really know much about any of those topics, and now I feel like I am a much more prepared citizen and wife. If you're recently married or engaged or single take this class. Dr. Israelson is an incredible teacher. So there. Except his tests - especially the 2nd midterm - are hard, so I need to study now. But...I rocked the last one. :)

So yeah. SFL 260. Ask anyone else who's taken it, and you'll get the same response. They all know what I mean.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

untitled

I've got a craving to blog.
But don't have anything to say.
Maybe I'll turn into a frog.
Maybe I'll eat some hay.
My brain feels like a log.
(sigh.)
I'll try this another day.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our trip to Louisiana

One of my favorite places in Baton Rouge.



Beautiful LSU campus

Corey's grandma, "Mommie" at our LA wedding reception. She is a sweetheart and we stayed at her house one night.

One of my all-time favorite signs. Never pronounce it with an "O" down there or you'll be shot...

Corey, his two sisters, Codey and Chelsey, and I spent one day in New Orleans together. My first ever visit to an aquarium! It was incredible! Who knew (among other things) that the male seahorse is the one that gives birth?? We were able to pet a shark and a sting ray, which was very cool (and slimy).
(Codey, Chelsey, me, Corey)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

One Eternal Round

"The divine delight in what seems to us to be mere repetition is one clue to the sublime character of God. Since we must, at times, accept what appears to us to be routine, repeated experiences, we too, if we try, can find fresh meaning and fresh joy in the repeated experiences. God's course is one eternal round but it is not one monotonous round. God is never bored, for one who has perfect love is never bored. There is always so much to notice, so much to do, so many ways to help, so many possibilities to pursue."
--Neal A. Maxwell (A More Excellent Way, p. 84-85)

It kind of puts a new light on, well, going to the temple, for example. Or going to church. Or studying my scriptures. Or being a student.

I can do this. :)

Friday, February 05, 2010

the eleventh hour... or rather, the twelfth (ha)

I just wrote my thesis and intro paragraph for a 6 1/2 page paper that is due in 11 1/2 hours. (and I'm celebrating my remarkable progress by posting. :)

If you know me well, you may know that papers stress me out almost like nothing else. I have been very fortunate that my major doesn't require any papers. Like, ever. But, alas. GEs. They will be the death of me. (or at least their papers will be.)

On the bright side, I got a 92% on my Finance exam yesterday! And when I got to the Testing Center today, the line was only down the stairs and almost going out the front doors. As opposed to when I left, there were people were standing in line (in the freezing cold, might I add) all the way to the Brimhall Building. They must have waited in line for over an hour. And it's not even finals week.

The weekend will bring a welcome and much-needed respite. :)

Another bright side: I feel so lucky to have such an incredibly caring husband. I don't know how much fun it is to be married to a continual stress-case, but he still seems to like being married.

Okay, back to the grindstone. If only I had Chelsie's knack at writing kick-trash papers. :) As it is, I have to rely upon my not-so-awesome ability (or lack thereof) to spew out some intelligent stuff about Hamlet in an organized manner.

In spite of it all, I am surprisingly hopeful! (Maybe I should blog more often..)

p.s. we are driving a Lexus for the weekend. you know, everyone's doing it. (promise, this is not a joke.)

Monday, February 01, 2010

Summer School :)

I'm signing up for classes this spring and summer, and I have a couple extra credits I need to take. Any recommendations for classes? I haven't taken a whole lot of "fun" classes recently. The thought that I can this summer is pretty exciting.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

if only...

From: University Communications
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Subject: [*] Classes in Clyde Building canceled today
To: EVERYONE@listserv.byu.edu


Because of a power outage all classes in the Clyde Building will be canceled today, Jan. 28 2010.

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From: Struggling Student
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:05 am
Subject: Please
To: Power Plant Guy

Dear Sir,
It was very kind of you to give such an unexpected gift to those students in the Clyde Building today. Can you help me out and schedule power outages in the McKay and the Library today as well? It would be much appreciated. You are such a Good Samaritain, or you will be, if you follow through with this.