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!