Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It seems absolutely surreal to me that I have attended my last class as a BYU Undergraduate student...my dad will be here in less than a week and shortly thereafter, we'll be headed to Alabama. Crazy, huh?
I've lived here for so long--I have so many people here that I love...it's a little scary to be moving away and leaving it all behind. I do, however, hope to be able to visit again soon.
p.s. And, yes, life really is as simple as it is portrayed the movie. ;)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
What does being an adult really mean? I mean, I've technically been an adult since I was 18...but have I?
I've experienced lots of things for only having lived 25 years: I've done my share of traveling--I've been to Canada, France, Germany and I've lived in Mexico and the Philippines. I've learned lots of life lessons from the people I've met in these places. I've spent 18 months living the Law of Consecration--something I didn't think I'd ever get to experience. I've seen what poverty can do to people and how having nothing generally increases one's capacity to love and have faith in God. I've studied at one of the best universities in the nation for many years now. I've studied the humanities, both in English and Spanish. I've studied the physical sciences along with lots of general studies classes. And you know what I've learned? The more I learn, the less I know.
I've lived away from home, essentially, for 6 years. I've learned to live with countless roommates--some I've loved and some that taught me patience and charity. I've had my heart broken several times and I learned that it never fully heals, but each crack left on the heart has special memories etched into it and I wouldn't erase those for anything.
I've learned that sometimes you're born into a family, sometimes you're adopted into one, and sometimes you create one, but you can love each equally. I've learned that life moves on--it flies forward at a steady pace and you can embrace the changes that come and allow yourself to experience new things and grow (no matter how painful that may be) or you can hold on to the past and stunt your opportunities for development.
I've learned that no one can put you down without your permission. This was a hard lesson for me to learn and I still struggle with it. But when I forget or get down, I have a loving Heavely Father who reminds me. You can fly and you can make a difference. All it takes is initiative and vision. Just do it.
I've learned that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is worth any sacrifice. This is the truth and it will roll forward unto all the end of the earth. If ever there was a cause worth supporting, even unto death, it's this one. And our message is simple: You are a child of God. He loves you. He has provided a way for you to return to live with Him. And it's simple: learn His commandments and obey them.
I know there is so much to learn, and I look forward to that adventure. But as I begin to close another chapter in my book of life, I stand here grateful for what I've learned and anxious about what's to come and excited that I get to have new experiences.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
- a natural number following 24 and preceding 26
- the 2oth anniversary of my kindergarten year
- silver anniversary
- min. age of candidate for the House of Representatives
- the size of a full roster on a major league baseball team
- 1/4 of a U.S. dollar
- quarter of a century
- Mussolini takes over Italy
- the New Yorker magazine is first published
- F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatesby
- U.S. turmoils over Darwin's theory of evolution
- Hitler published Mein Kampf
- double decker busses are introduced in London
- Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke are born
- "The Phantom of the Opera" opened at movie theaters
- Earl Wise invented the potato chip
For me, 25 is
- being 5 more than 20, and not feeling it
- an age I thought that I'd never reach
- time to graduate from BYU and close this chapter of my life
- start a new chapter of life in Alabama
On a happier note, the Christmas season makes me smile. And I welcome anything that can make me do that these days. :)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The 4 Mirabal sisters were born into a middle-class family in the Dominican Republic in the 1920s and 30s. Their education coincided with the rise of the cruel dictator, Rafael Trujillo. Minerva went on to study law although her rejection of Trujillos romantic advances kept her from being able to practice law.
All of the sisters eventually married and raised families. However, Minerva and her husband Manolo were highly involved in risky underground revolutionary activity in overthrowing Trujillo and before long Maria Teresa, Patria, their husbands and Patria's oldest son, Nelson were involved. Their activities led them to prison, torture chambers, and eventually death.
Dede survived. A sole sister left to tell the stories of her 3 sisters who helped undermind Trujillo's regime and in their martyrdom, became symbols of freedom and liberty. Their code names in the underground were Las Mariposas (The Butterflies) and they are still remembered and respected today.
Today, November 25, 2008 marks the 48th anniversary of the murder of the Maribal sisters. Here's to their memory. !Viva las Mariposas!
P.s. The book by Julia Alvarez is incredible and gives you the historical facts while leaving you with a sense that you were really able to get to know each sister individually.
Monday, November 24, 2008
"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion;"
President Wilkey tied this particular quote to a story about envy. Then we discussed envy in relation to spiritual gifts and how it usually leads to ingratitude for the gifts we've been given. My friend was teaching a lesson to her Young Women about individual worth and she wrote the ingredients needed to make a cake on individual ziploc baggies. Then she filled each baggie with 1/2 c. flour. She handed out the bags and instructed the girls to make a cake. Get the picture? :)
"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events."
In a world where we all rely on what others think of us, we place too much emphasis on their opinion. I would put forth: Trust your instincts. We are all sons and daughters of Heavenly Father and we have notions and inspired greatness within us all--we just need to tap into our resources.
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world."
While we are warned not to rely solely upon our own knowledge, we are only instructed to rely on that of God and His anointed servants. We do not need to listen to the world--we can all become agents for good, once we've figured out what "good" is. Go forth in intelligence and might. Be a force for good in this world. We all have a responsibility and a calling to make the world a better place. Don't listen to anyone who says you can't...because God and I say you can.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- Over 22 million people have died from AIDS.
- Over 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 74% of these infected people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- By the year 2010, five countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, India, and Russia) with 40% of the world's population will add 50 to 74 million infected people to the worldwide pool of HIV disease.
- There are 14,000 new infections every day.
- HIV/AIDS is a "disease of young people" with half of the 5 million new infections each year occurring among people ages 15-24.
- The UN estimates that, currently, there are 14 million AIDS orphans and that by 2010 there will be 25 million.
Until There's A Cure:
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I still love my Cougs, but there's no denying that they messed this game up. Royally.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
So, someone-who-shall-not-be-named heard buzzing from their grill when they decided to clean it after the winter. They decided to let a flea bomb loose under it and just see what happened. when they returned a few minutes later, this is what they saw:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It's NOT just an old wives' tale...medical studies show that SMALL amounts of dark chocolate* can be healthy. It's not healthy to just binge on chocolate claiming that it's good for you...but, the antioxidants found in dark chocolate have been proven to reduce blood pressure.
Ladies, the next time you feel guilty for indulging yourself--don't. It's all about staying healthy, right? ;)
*health benefits are only present in dark chocolate...white and milk chocolate remain, as always, only delicious. :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1. springing back; rebounding.
2. returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
3. recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I'm having a love affair.........
....with yellow cake.
I like it hot, cold, fresh, left-over and most definitely without any frosting.
Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.
Just plain old yellow cake from a box.
That's it. :)
Life's full of CONTRADICTIONS:
I don't drink a lot of soda, but I can't live without my Diet Coke.
My closest relative lives in Alabama, but I have people here I care for more than life itself.
I don't like watching tv, but I never miss Grey's Anatomy.
I don't really like reptiles, but I love Scheherazade.
When I'm busy, I want more time alone, but when I'm alone, I want someone to be with.
I like trusting people, but I don't appreciate being taken for granted.
And I trust God's timing, but there are days when accepting that is the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
I know I'm quirky, I mean, I love Children's books, Scrubs and burning candles.........
.......and I often wonder if there is any other person on this planet who can appreciate these things as I do and love me in spite of my quirkiness.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!
I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!
'On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi'
He screamed at the pairs!
They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note-
IF YOU DON'T WANT SOCIALISM
GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
- playing cards and eating popcorn (with candy corn) with my family at my grandma's house on friday nights.
- making plum jelly; or homemade dill pickles
- devouring stolen jars of frozen blackberries from the freezer (sorry, grandma ;)
- visiting granny and having her teach me that a woman should always have some "mad money" tucked away.
- fishing with my dad when I was three and catching more fish than he did. :)
- being taken out of school randomly as a child because my parents impulsively decided to spend the week vacationing at the beach.
- riding horses on Saturday mornings and being so cold that I would run inside my aunt's house and run cold water over my toes until I could feel them again. lol.
- poking snuff and bread down the chickens' throats to help them lay better (where do you get memories like this these days).
- just playing in the creek that runs behind our house.
- being barefoot.
- riding the tractor with dad.
- shopping with mom after school just because.
- picking fresh blackberries, then explaining that we had eaten them and couldn't make cobbler after all... :D
Growing up in a small town on land was a great experience. I wouldn't wish to subject any child to having to grow up in the city. Now before I offend anyone, let me say that I've known some incredible people who were raised in the city and I love them much. As my aunt would say, 'different strokes for different folks.'
On a different note, public voting happens tomorrow and I urge everyone to take part in it. TAKE THE TIME. Don't be too busy. Don't say you don't care or that it doesn't affect YOU. It does. Take responsibility for being american and do your civic duty by voting. I'm not going to express my views in my own words here since I've found a couple of blogs that express my beliefs very eloquently. I invite you to read the recent posts here and here. If you have any strong opinions that you wish to express about what you've read, please comment on my blog and NOT on theirs; unless, of course, you wish to leave a positive comment, then feel free. ;)
*I will soon be posting pictures of what I was for Halloween, as I'm very proud of it. I just need to finagle getting the pictures from my friend's camera.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
May we all take the paths that best suit us and never regret our decisions.
Friday, October 31, 2008
While slicing some cheese for his children, a father in western P.E.I. recently uncovered a dead mouse in the middle of the block.
"This would have been the very last thing I would have expected to find… in a block of cheese, which I buy every time I do groceries," Deborah Atkinson of Miscouche, just west of Summerside, said of her husband's discovery.
He made the unpleasant discovery a few cuts later.
"Obviously he cuts it in little squares because our children are three and four," said Atkinson.
"He kind of got to just about the middle and as he cut, he noticed what looked like fur."
He immediately took the cheese, a few pieces already gone, from the children. They hadn't eaten any of the cheese from near the mouse, and they didn't get sick.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Listen and be amazed.
Monday, October 27, 2008
"Smile! Attitude is contagious!" -Bob Moawad
"When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others." -Zig Ziglar
Carpe Lunae - Seize this Monday!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We passed our cleaning checks.
I got into the club where they played for FREE.
I got to visit Julie and Ryan. Just gotta love those guys.
We had lunch at an amazing Asian place called Thaifoon.
We got a free dessert. It was called the Banana Roll and consisted of a banana and cream cheese roll deep fried, then rolled in cinnamon/sugar and served over cream with caramel, strawberries, and ice cream.
We watched the fountains at Gateway Olympic Plaza dance to music. It reminded me of the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta and, to a much less grandiose scale, the dancing fountains of the Bellagio.
I put highlights in my hair for the first time. It is more blonde than I had planned on, but I think it looks really good.
I went to my friend Siri's farewell talk. Germany will be lucky to have her.
I found a ride to Texas for Thanksgiving, so I can see my Rachel one more time before I relocate.
God is good. Life isn't always what we think it should be and we sometimes get dealt cards that we would rather not have to play, but as Elder Wirthlin reminded us, we just need to learn to say "come what may" and then love it. Perspective is everything.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Today was no exception. It snowed briefly this morning, and I love nothing more than the first snowfall of the year (except maybe Spring when I can bask in the sun for the first time of the year :)
The month is amber,
Gold, and brown.
Blue ghosts of smoke
Float through the town.
And maples turn
a fiery red.
The stars are slits
In a black cat's eye
Before she spits.
And pirates armed
With paper bags.
On safety pins,
Go haunt a night
Of pumpkin grins.
**update: I woke up today and it's as if my body just wanted to be better. So, I'm still a little sore, but I'm up and moving and feel 200% better today.