Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Anyways, I'm very, very excited about this, and very, very grateful that Rob has been so supportive of me along the way.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Rob and Pretty Mahana's husband decided to have male bonding time while their wives were out. After our group went out for dessert, Pretty Mahana called the boys to let them know we were on our way back. Their response: "Rob and I read the crucial scene from the book where Edward takes his shirt off, so we're ready to discuss the movie when you come back!" The funny thing is they actually had! Too funny.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
So imagine my surprise when I attended our ward's recent primary program, and it was completely reverent. The kids knew the words to the songs. They obviously wrote their statements themselves (sunbeams saying "I know God gave me talents because I am good at cartwheels, and that makes me happy!"). Everyone stood up on time and sat down on time. Shoot, a ten-year-old even did some of the accompaniment! There was absolutely no moment when a parent would have wanted to sink low in their chair in embarassment. It was flawless. I didn't know that happened - did I enter the Twilight zone? Anyways, I know that if we stay in the ward, my girl will be well cared for in this primary.
So, since I didn't get to laugh at this program, does anyone have a funny primary program moment to share?
Friday, November 14, 2008
So that's our little girl. Normally the 3D ultrasound isn't my thing, but it was free & and at our usual hospital, so we figured why not? She was very, very mellow during this ultrasound, but it wasn't too surprising because she seems to be a pretty mellow kid - she doesn't seem to kick or move around very much in general (although she was sure moving after the very loud Native American dance & drumming performance we had at my office earlier this week!). It was really peaceful & fun just to watch her resting, and she looked very comfortable. I also liked seeing some common trends from last time - she still likes to keep her hands near her face, for example. The new discovery was getting to see her face more. I think she definitely has Rob's mouth.
So anyways, that's our girl!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
But for once, my addiction has paid off! My company sent out a "diversity week" quiz, and offered a "prize" to the first three people who could answer the quesitons on it. I assumed this would be some sort of cloth grocery bag with the company name on it left over from environmental week, but hey, I was waiting for someone to call me back, so I took 3 minutes and looked them up. But guess who won a pair of movie tickets? ME! So courtesy of my google addiction, Rob and I are going to get a free date night (which we should definitely take advantage of before we need to worry about babysitters - yikes!). Does anyone have any suggestions on what we should go see?
Friday, November 7, 2008
That said, this statement has started to make me cringe because I hear it most frequently in combination with correlations between modern and historical circumstances that don't quite work. I often find problems we face oversimplified and distorted to compare them to past experiences, and once that correllation is made, many people stop examining the current circumstance because they've already made up their mind about these historical events. But while there are similarities, there are also differences that need to be explored. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are not the same as the nazi party or communism, or each other for that matter. The gay marriage movements are not the same as the civil rights movements. The conflict in Darfur is not the same as the Holocaust, nor are the current threats against Israel. Is there relevant insight to be gained from these historic events? Of course. But should they be responded to in the same way? Not necessarily, because there are other factors at play. Certainly we want the perspective that comes from these past events, but we can't just look at the past to make decisions about the future - we need to look at the present circumstances and present motivations of others as well.
*climbs off soapbox*
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
- When grabbing leftovers out of the fridge for lunch, I managed to mistake week-old baked potatoes for taco meat (which I discovered when I arrived at the office). Not so good for stuffing into crunchy taco shells and smothering in salsa.
- Complaining that the commercial break is lasting forever, only to have Rob inform me that this is the very first commercial of this break, and I'd forgotten that the program had been on 20 second earlier.
- I managed to run some important paperwork through the washing machine. And then the drier. I still maintain that they fell into the laundry basket, and there's no way I could have known it was in there, but still.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Rob started his new permanent position with a different company, and things seem to be going well so far. We feel very, very grateful that things have worked out, and there was no employment gap when his internship ended. It is also a little weird to feel somewhat settled (although we are considering moving to an apartment closer to where we both work, so not completely settled). I feel like most of my life, I've known I'd be moving in a matter of time. First it was military life, then it was knowing I wanted to go out-of-state for college, then going off to grad school, then going out into the job market. But now Rob & I have absolutely no reason to leave the area, and I'm not used to that. I mean, I'm sure he'll change companies at some point before he retires, everyone does, but we could very easily be living in DC for the rest of our lives. Weird, but a good thing!
I was able to squeeze in visits from two of my good friends this past week, and it was great to see them. I love living somewhere that people go for business. No one goes to Indiana on business, but people I know come here all the time for work, and it is GREAT! I went to the temple with one of my former roommates, and had a high school friend over for dinner & board games. I hadn't seen either of them for years, and it made me very happy to catch up.
I've started showing, and can I just say, I love it? Everyone complains about feeling like a whale or something, but there are a lot of perks about looking pregnant. You know how I said no one gives up their seat on the metro? Oh, people give me their seats all the time now. People offer to help me carry things. Very nice. And people also complain about maternity clothes, but can I just say I love my secret fit belly pants? They are so darn comfortable, I feel like I get to wear my pajamas to work. So nice. Or maybe I'm just excited that I'm finally GAINING weight, where I was just losing it for the first few months.
I celebrated finishing comps by finally giving in and finishing the Twilight series. I don't want to give anything away for people that haven't read it, so I'll keep my comments vague. I'll just say my hormonal pregnantness made reading it a weird experience, but I did enjoy the book, and was very satisfied with how the series ended.
OK, enough randomness, and back to NORMAL, NON-COMPS RELATED HOMEWORK!!! Life is very, very good.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Oh well, power is back now at least.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
5 years ago I:
1. Lived in London!
2. Was about to leave on a trip to the Lake District and Scotland.
3. Was being followed around by this kid named Rob that I was worried had a crush on me or something (luckily for me in the long run, he did!).
4. Got to see all kinds of fabulous art, history, and theater on a regular basis.
5. Decided I wanted to go to graduate school.
5 things on today's "to do" list:
1. Write first draft of archives paper
2. Write first draft of YA Lit paper
3. Study for Comps
4. Call a friend for her birthday
5. Eat as much as I can keep down (yes, that is a goal - darn food aversions)
5 snacks I enjoy:
1. McVitties Carmel Digestives!
2. Popcorn with a whole lot of butter
3. Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked
4. Cinnabons (especially because they make me think of my aunt Flossie)
5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Pay off student loans…
2. Save most of it for practical things (house payments, college fund, etc)
3. Make some donations to my favorite social causes
4. Stay at home with my little girl instead of working
5 places I have lived:
Five jobs I have had:
1. Law firm librarian
2. Staff of intern coordinating program
3. Faculty secretary
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Second, ultrasounds are amazing. Aside from the really full bladder part of it. But I wish I had words to communicate how truly amazing it is to see your child, and realize that you haven't just had a chronic case of the flu. It was amazing to see her move around, to see that she loves to keep her hands up by her face, and see her perfect little heart working away. This ultrasound has brought the reality of her arrival home in a way nothing else has. I just can't stop thinking about her, and I can't wait to watch her discover the world and develop her personality.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
- I found a fabulous recipe for blueberry pancakes. I've already made them twice (and have the batter made up to do it again tomorrow morning). Yum!
- When I told my coworkers that I'm expecting, one of them offered to knit me a baby sweater, and brought in patterns for me to look at that same afternoon. I love librarians.
- We were finally assigned home teachers, and they came by. Really nice guys.
- I got free french fries at McDonalds. Given, it was because the guy behind the counter said "good afternoon, sir," when I came up, and he felt so bad he apologized for 2 minutes straight and gave me my food for free. And then I got hit on 30 minutes later on the bus (first time that's happened here). What a weird afternoon. But anyways, free french fries!
- I got an unexpected card in the mail from my aunt in CA. It is always nice to know someone is thinking of you.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- I can't count the number of times I've burned myself on an iron or hot glue gun at Enrichment. Probably every time I've been handed one.
- I managed to glue a substantial amount of glitter to someone's table one time. And I'd even put down newspaper to prevent that. I'm still not sure how I manged it, and she never did completely get rid of it (sorry Heidi!).
- I made a pretty good cut on my finger with an exacto knife on glass etching night. :) No trips to the hospital, but it was memorable enough that for the rest of the evening, one of the young kids in attendance walked around declaring, "OUCH, I'm bleeding!"
- Knowing my track record, on beanbag-making night, my enrichment leader steered me clear of the scissors, irons, needles, and sewing machines and asked me to fill the beanbags with beans and hand them to the sewers. Seems easy enough. I managed to spill an entire plastic bag of beans on the floor not once. Not twice. But three times. So coordinated.
Friday, September 5, 2008
My lunch break used to be my prime blogging time. But my desk is out in the collection, so I can't exactly close the door, and it feels unprofessional to have blogger open where everyone can see it, even if I'm off the clock.
Reason #4: I'm in DC.
If I get off work early, it is just too tempting to run over to the National Portrait Gallery.
Reason #3: Too much homework.
I'm trying to wrap up my degree by the end of the year, so I've had a killer homework load, and will have a killer homework load until mid-December. Yuck.
Reason #2: No camera cable.
We never did find our camera cable after we moved, so I can't post my pictures. There have been several interesting things that I've wanted to blog about, but I keep telling myself that it would be better to wait until I find the cable. And then I don't, so I never blog.
Reason #1: Pregnancy zaps your energy.
That's right. This is my blogging announcement that I'm expecting. I'm due in early February. It is really exciting and terrifying all at the same time (full post on that later), but the timing is perfect, and I'm really excited to move onto this new phase in my life. No regrets at all. But morning sickness is not conducive to blogging. Actually, sitting in front of the television and trying not to barf is about the only thing conducive to morning sickness. I've been very, very lucky in that my morning sickness hits in the evening, so it hasn't interfered with my work schedule. But by the time I've finished work and homework, my body is done for the day, and the only thing left I can handle is watching Scrubs re-runs. Not only do I not have energy to blog, but I'm too tired to do something interesting I can blog about.
Well, now that my secret is out (a.k.a. "I've finally called my immediate relatives whose phone number I can locate") , expect some pregnancy-themed posts, because this is a funny time, and I think it will make for some funny posts that many of you can relate to.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Normally I find this amusing, but there are times when it is inconvenient. There are a whole lot of non-profit organizations in the DC area. This means that there are frequently interns standing on street corners near my office trying to talk to you about world hunger/saving the polar bears/
Saturday, August 23, 2008
One of my favorite forms of entertainment on long flights is the Sky Mall magazine. I love thumbing through the pages of quirky, odd, and dramatically over-priced items. I love thinking about the kind of people who look at this magazine and say, "wow, now I know just what my younger sister needs for her birthday: a voice-activated R2-D2 model! I'm picking up the phone as soon as I get off this flight!" I know they have to work because they've been in business for as long as I can remember, but it has always seemed odd to me.
Well, without further ado, the winners are:
Tackiest: Basho the Sumo Wrestler Table
The table top is even glass for "views from any angle." I don't think I'd want to see any angles of this.
Yard decoration you'd least like to see in your neighbor's yard: Big Foot Garden Sculpture
It definitely is a conversation piece, no doubt about that.
Funniest: Edge Baking Pan
I guess this would be useful if you come from a family where everybody likes the edges, but really, have you ever known a group of people where no one is a middle-of-the-pan person? Still, it made me laugh.
Most disgusting: Indoor Dog Restroom
Yeah, nothing to add here. Maybe less disgusting than the alternative?
Creepiest: Tracking Key
Advertised this way: "Is my teenager speeding? Where is my spouse going? Where are my employees driving?" Maybe I'll change my mind when I have teenagers, but this just screams "lawsuit" to me (maybe because I work at a law firm?).
Anyways, what are some of your favorite tacky products you've come across?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
- Synchronized Diving
- Water Polo
- Beach Volleyball
- Whitewater canoe
- Equestrian (that one was really boring. I kept waiting for it to get interesting, and it never did)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
1 - I am irrationally grossed out by animals without legs (worms, leeches, fish I have to touch). Especially worms. Yuck. But not snakes. Snakes are really cool. I know it makes no sense.
2 - I don't really get into sports on TV, but I love the Summer Olympics. All of it, even the "boring stuff." I even get completely sucked into those really long races that last 25 minutes.
3 - I don't wear a watch. I tell people it is because I used to play water polo and hated taking it on and off all the time, but the truth is it is because I get irrationally upset when things run late (work, church, etc), and I've discovered I'm happier just not knowing what time it is.
4 - I hate reality TV, but I keep finding myself watching "So you think you can dance." Oh look, and it is on right now. How did I end up on that channel?
5 - The thing at my current job that I am worst at is the most menial, mindless aspect of my job: putting spine labels on new books. I can't put them on straight for the life of me.
6 - I've never been to Canada, but I'm kind of obsessed with it. I really want to go visit it.
Friday, July 25, 2008
And if that isn't enough good news, Cristie and her family are moving to Baltimore next month! I'm so excited to see more of them.
And to add even more good news, my class will be DONE in 10 days! In case you were wondering, it is a bad idea to take a doctoral level class dealing with the law as a masters student during an abbreviated summer session. Ugh. But I will be a more diligent blogger after it is over, primarily because I will actually have something more to blog about than patron behavior court cases (in case you were wondering, going barefoot in the library is not protected by your first amendment right to free speech - yes, someone actually sued a library for that).
OK, back to anti-circumvention legislation!
Monday, July 14, 2008
While Miss Independent was in town, we got her (and her friend Alex) all to ourselves for a day when we took a road trip down to Staunton, the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, and all-around charming small town in the Shenandoah Valley. I grew up singing the song about Shenandoah, so it was fun to be able to picture the area.
First, we went to Wright's Dairy Rite, an old-fashioned diner. I thought it was a lot of fun - we even had to use the phone provided at the table to order our food. Miss Independent got her food served to her in a car, and I love this picture of her.
Friday, July 11, 2008
The tourists may not know the unspoken rules of the metro, but they are thoughtful in a way the locals are not. My favorite is when middle-aged men offer their seats to women that are standing. Locals never give up their seats, at least in my experience. I've even seen old men with canes get on the train, and the people sitting in the chairs marked "federal regulations require these seats be given to the elderly and disabled" won't budge. But tourists will do it, just for the sake of being nice. And they are really grateful, too. If you give them directions, or trade seats with their 5 year old so they can sit together, they make you feel like you just handed them a winning lottery ticket or something. Anyways, I know I'm in the minority, but I find them very refreshing.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
So I work at a well-respected law firm, and I have to admit, I like working for self-important people. Not because it strokes my ego, but because you get a lot of perks when working for "important people." We get fed all the time. Not leftovers like my last job, but my firm has days at least twice a week where it feeds all its employees good stuff to keep its important people happy. Oh, and we have random meetings (which I get paid to attend) frequently where important people's friends come and talk about themselves, give us free copies of their books, and feed us fabulous lunches. Interesting meetings, mind you, but still, they don't really have anything to do with my employment. Love it.
OK, back to homework. I promise I'll write a real post one of these days!
Friday, June 13, 2008
I'm loving being in a city, even with the metro problems that have been going on all week (at least I've got to read a lot!). I swung by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History after work one day to revisit the dinosaurs that I loved as a kid. They were fun to see, although things were a lot more crowded in there than I remembered them being. Still cool, though. But even though the dinosaurs were fun, my favorite thing I saw there was the bones of these crazy-huge ice age ground sloths. I had no idea sloths could be 20 feet tall! Anyways, sloths are one of those animals, along with goats & tapirs, that I find inexplicably funny, so seeing an enormous one was fun.
Yeah, that's all I've got. Back to homework!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
- I know, I know, they're not the same kind of mountains as the Rockies, but I absolutely fell in love with the Appalachians. They're so green and rolling, and just have these adorable towns sprinkled throughout them.
- Someday I'll learn that scheduling a job interview for the day I arrive in a new city is not the best idea (but my interview went fine - it was just a little crazy getting there!).
- I think I'm going to really love living here. I really feel energized when I'm in a city.
- Pretty Mahana's baby is adorable. I'm just saying.
- Walkie Talkies are worth their weight in gold when you're driving separate vehicles cross-country.
- I didn't realize how much I missed living in a city with an alt-rock station.
Monday, May 26, 2008
- Lots of gracious offers for help loading the U-Haul! I am extremely, extremely grateful for that.
- A wonderful good-bye bash at my job that left me feeling very appreciated and valued. I've said it before, but I really do feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such thoughtful, grateful, and fun people.
- A very fun dinner and game night with Elissa and her family.
- :( My last lesson with my Miamaids.
- Getting a good long phone conversation with my friend Miss Independent, who will probably be in the DC area sometime this summer!
This will be my last post until we are in DC. Wish me luck!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
- Tuesday: Rob and I road tripped with our friend Leslie to Turkey Run State Park for some fun hiking. It had rained recently, so Sugar Creek's water levels were higher than usual, and we enjoyed trying to hike its canyons while staying dry (which we did with varying degrees of success, Rob being the only completely successful one). Pictures will be coming soon.
- Wednesday: We attended our friend Cora's 60th birthday party, and found a subletter for our apartment!
- Thursday: I attended the end-of-year orchestra concert of one of my miamaids. I loved it, and I am really, really going to miss the girls when I move.
- Friday: One of our friends put on their annual "chocolate fest," and we enjoyed the chocolate fountain, watched "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and said even more goodbyes to people.
- Saturday: The miamaids went to a nearby lake to pick up trash, which they loved. Who knew picking up endless beer bottles could be so much fun (and I don't mean that sarcastically)?
- Sunday: Our ward continued its time honored tradition of stressing out people that are about to move even more by asking them to speak in church. That said, Rob and I enjoyed doing it. The highlight of my day was one of my Miamaids giving me a goodbye present and one of the sweetest cards I have ever received. I am really going to miss these girls...
Monday, May 12, 2008
I've learned my town is a completely different town during the day. There is no wait in the express line at Walmart. I can get 5 of the 6 washers at my complex's laundry room simultaneously (and not upset people in the process). There's less traffic. It's like a magical time when everything is just waiting to assist me. Except the gym I usually go to, which apparently closes for a few hours in the afternoon (who knew?). Anyways, I can get so much done with those extra four hours, and I feel crazy productive right now.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sadly, not mine. But Rob's graduation was this weekend! I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work. I should also add that I really understand now why family members get so upset when the graduate won't walk. :) Because dang it, I worked hard to help put him through, and I feel like I earned it too! Lucky for me, Rob did walk, and I loved getting to celebrate his accomplishments.
My parents came to town for Rob's graduation, and it was wonderful and incredibly relaxing to have them here. Our new family trend is to spend our vacation time sleeping in, eating fabulous food, doing a little shopping here and there, and just catching up. That's what I call a vacation!
Young Womanhood Recognition!
I was a slacker teenager in this regard, but I just redeemed myself by finishing my personal progress and earning my Young Womanhood Recognition! I got to do a lot of interesting and meaningful goals as a part of it, and I'm grateful I had the opportunity.
Finding out we're moving!
We finally worked out all the administrative red tape for Rob's internship, and we'll be moving to DC at the end of this month. Which means I'll be a stress case in the mean time trying to figure out where to live, where I'm going to work, etc, etc. But we're really excited, and really grateful for this opportunity.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My fabulous sister-in-law Kathryn sent me a year's subscription to Better Homes and Gardens, and I'm loving it. I spent Saturday turning its pages and dreaming of Portobello Mushroom Curry with Green Rice, and maybe someday having matching furniture and a yard. I think my mom is going to pass out when she learns I read Better Homes and Gardens. Anyways, after reading it, I've been on a domestic rampage for several days. I deep cleaned my living room, tied baby quilts with the teenagers, and tried cooking with some new ingredients. In the process, I had some questions come up that I've never had to consider before. Among them:
- What is the proper method for peeling a butternut squash? (for fun, I'm including a picture of me looking perplexed by this. Oh, and I'd already chopped off a chunk of it - it previously was a normal-shaped squash).
- Why do we dry Ancho chilies if we're just going to rehydrate them again?
- Can a newborn get a poison ivy infection if one of the girls tying it had a poison ivy rash? And for that matter, why didn't the girl ask about it until we'd finished tying it?
Yeah, I don't have much to talk about. Anyways, for fun, here's a picture of one of the quilts (before sewing the edges). It is tough to see, but it has monkeys and says "I love bananas."
Monday, April 21, 2008
You guys have all heard me rave about my husband enough on this blog, so I'll keep it short. Rob's birthday is today, and I'm really excited to have a chance to just let him know how much I appreciate him. I love being with him, and I think the feeling is mutual - he even likes to be with me so much that I haven't been able to sneak away from him to buy his birthday present yet because he's wanted to come along every time! Even when I told him I was going to go clothes shopping (I was sure that one would work, but at least I got a new shirt out of it!). I'm so lucky to be married to a guy that is so kind, smart, fun, motivated, grateful, spiritual, thoughtful, supportive ... need I go on? I really didn't know people as wonderful as him existed, and I don't know how I got lucky enough to marry him. Happy birthday Rob!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
So the activity with the teenagers last night was a little out of my comfort zone. Prom is coming up, so they did a hair/makeup/nails night to try out ideas for the dance. :) And don't worry - I was not the one giving them advice. That would be terrifying and comical all at once. I'd planned to just kind of hide in a corner and maybe break out a nail file, but then I noticed that one of the girls wasn't really being included in the other girls' conversation, and came up with an idea to make her feel appreciated. I asked her if she could do my nails because I'm awful at it. It was a great opportunity to get some one on one time with her, and I'm glad I did it. She's a cool girl, and I like talking to her. :) But now my nails are bright red, and it confuses me. But hey, although it is more feminine than I am used to being, at least I get to think about a new friend I'm making every time I look at my nails!
Monday, April 14, 2008
I don't even know where to start with a tribute to my brother. I love that we have had such a good relationship. We've really only had one fight that we can remember, and it lasted 20 seconds and was the result of sleep-deprivation on the way to 5:50am seminary (he still teases me about it, though). Growing up, we had similar interests that allowed us to spend time together - we'd play Ninja Turtles together, watched the same shows, and both participated in marching band. We even got along with similar people - he stays in better touch with most of my high school friends than I do!
Brendan is the kind of person who recognizes good opportunities and good deals. He is really proactive, and always seems to be able to come up with something interesting to do. He's great to travel with for that reason - I loved our "sibling road trip" to attend our cousin's graduation, and the times we met up in Denver and Seattle after I left for college. He has a great sense of humor. He's completely himself, and doesn't know how to be phony, and it is really refreshing to be around.
Happy birthday, Brendan!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I've been tagged by Lisa!
Me from A to Z...
A--Attached or Single? Very, very attached.
B--Best friend? Rob
C--Cake or Pie? Pie.
D--Day of Choice? Saturday – I get to sleep in, relax, go on day trips, take care of those projects that have been nagging at me, etc.
E--Essential Item? :) Google. I can’t handle not knowing whatever random thing me or someone in my office thinks up.
F--Favorite Color? I don’t really do favorites. But I’ve been really into brown recently.
G--Gummy bears or worms?
I--Indulgence(s)? Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked, a good book, Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Cider.
J--January or July? Hmm, if there’s air conditioning, July. If there isn’t air conditioning, January.
L--Life is incomplete without? Rob (yeah, cheesy newlywed).
M--Marriage date? December 17, 2005
N--Number of siblings? 2
P--Phobias or fears? Hmm ... I didn’t think I was afraid of heights until I tried to hike to Angel’s Landing at
R--Reason to Smile? When I come home from a busy day and find that Rob has done the laundry/dishes/cooking/etc, which happens often.
S- Season? Fall is lovely, and perfect for hiking, so that’s my vote. But it is tough to beat the fact that in the winter, everything I’m allergic to dies (except for cats).
T--Tag 5 people? Whoever is in the mood.
U--Unknown Fact? Goats crack me up. I can’t explain it, but they are so goofy, I just laugh every time I see one.
V--Very Favorite Store? Borders, or just about any bookstore (yes, I’m a nerd).
W-Worst habit? Total political junkie. I can’t help myself.
X--X-ray or ultrasound? Um, X-ray?
Y--Your favorite food? McVities Caramel Digestives. Yum!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
When I lived in Utah for awhile, I discovered that there is a whole world out there of General Conference traditions. I remember being invited over for "Gordon and pancakes," participating in "ladies night out" during priesthood session, and that some people take shots of ginger ale or sparkling cider every time a speaker says "brothers and sisters!" I'm intrigued by this concept, and love that it gives families and friends a tradition to look forward to associated with Conference. I want to learn more about them.
Currently, Rob and I's traditions consist of watching the Saturday sessions on my computer while doing the "General Conference Snuggle." We do a potluck dinner with friends on Saturday night, and then the men go off to Priesthood session, and we girls sit around talking about politics and women's roles. Sunday, we usually get fed up with the constant freezing up on our laptop's connection, and go watch conference with friends.
What are your conference traditions?
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
My job is not glamorous, and it can be frustrating at times. But I work with truly wonderful people. My bosses are grateful, thoughtful, and kind, and I'm grateful to be among the few that can say this. A recent example of their wonderfulness is that I recently wrapped up a huge and stressful project for one of my bosses. This morning, she brought me in the stack of candy pictured above. And this is just one example of the many times they have done thoughtful things like this. I'm grateful to work in such a good environment.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
But sometimes I find the responsibility terrifying. It must be how parents feel. I feel so inadequate in my work with the girls sometimes. The girls trust me so much. I love that they are comfortable coming to me with their deep doctrinal questions. They even come to me with questions and doubts I would have been too embarrassed to admit to anyone I was struggling with when I was 12. :) But sometimes I find myself wondering where the adult is for them to talk to, and realize it is me! I want so much to be able to give them the right answer, to say the words that will make everything right. It is overwhelming to remember individuals that have been prompted to say the right thing at the right time that changed the course of my life, and realize I need to be that kind of person. It is also scary to realize that while my words can tide them over and shape their view, at the end of the day, they will have to find their own answers, and turn to the Lord for the guidance they need. It is odd to feel so responsible and unimportant at the same time. But I'm grateful for the opportunity to help how I can.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I have been doing very, very mindless tasks at work the past 2 days. But the good news is that they are so mindless, I can listen to other things while I do them. So I've been listening to Spanish podcasts, which is fun for me. I took several semesters of Spanish in college, and I read it fairly well, but I never got good at speaking it. I'd love to be able to use my Spanish in day-to-day circumstances, so this a great way for me to improve my skills, and not let my vocab get rusty.
Hooray for the internet!
Friday, March 21, 2008
- Thursday, we had a barbecue with some friends, and reveled in the fact it was warm enough to do so.
- Friday, the YW sleepover was canceled last minute, so Rob and I enjoyed some relaxed time at home.
- Saturday, we attended the tail end of some of our friends' Star Wars Marathon. The whole time, I couldn't get this Divine Comedy parody of a mormonad out of my mind:
- Sunday, I only had one girl in my class, and it was an interesting discussion. The lesson was on extended families, and both of us have some less-than-ideal extended family situations we're dealing right now. I wish I had been more prepared for the discussion to turn that way, and wish that the lesson had discussed how to strengthen problematic family relationships, but I was able to level with her, and if nothing else let her know she's not alone. I also won cool points with her for liking the band Iron & Wine (I can certainly use them!).
- Monday, for FHE, Rob and I read President Hinckley's address in the Ensign, published posthumously. It was wonderful to hear more of his words - I wasn't expecting that.
- Tuesday, the YW activity I organized went well. Several of the girls actually remembered to bring accounts of women they admired, and they were highly respectful to the woman who came to teach them about interior design. I was thrilled.
- On Wednesday, after a crazy and frustrating day, I came home to find that Rob had cleaned our kitchen. Isn't he marvelous?
- Thursday, I did a presentation on Jane Manning for our Stake Relief Society celebration of women in the church, and enjoyed the accounts other women shared. I also attended a oral argument with the State Court of Appeals about a murder case. Very different experiences. The oral argument was interesting because on the appeal level, it fascinates me how little the murder itself is discussed. You hear about jury misconduct, court rules, and impermissible evidence.
- Today, I exercised for the first time in several weeks.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
:) My coworkers know me well.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- Burning plastic smells bad. It may even make your whole apartment smell bad. Especially plastic burning in an oven at, oh, let's say 350 degrees. In theory, of course.
- Pasta dishes work out better when you remember to boil water to cook the noodles in. I know you may be tempted to just make the sauce, I mean, that is enough to concentrate on as is, but you'll get out the door much more quickly if you make the noodles before you plan to serve the dinner. I also don't recommend doing this twice in the same week.
Friday, March 7, 2008
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next five sentences.
5. Tag five people.
This is a really fun tag. Unfortunately, I'm taking a break from legal research, so my closest book is "Sports Law," by Schubert, Smith & Trentadue. Sorry about that. Here's the excerpt:
"Just twenty years ago, most professional athletes negotiated their own contracts. The thought of having an agent was foreign to clubs and athletes alike. But over the past few years agents have had an ever-increasing role in professional athletics. The primary reason for the rising influence and role of agents is that professional team franchises have turned sports into a profitable industry, and athletes can now demand increased compensation for their participation. In less than two decades, athletes have seen their salaries rise from the thousands into the millions of dollars."
:) Just be grateful I wasn't working in the tax law area.
4. Keli (just post in the comments if you're still working on your blog)
5. Anyone else who feels so inclined (if you don't have a blog, you can just post in the comments)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
:) Now I know how Ken Jennings felt on Jeopardy. Let's hope wikipedia doesn't lie to me.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The Twilight Series for Dummies (and totally desperate mormon guys). **SPOILER ALERT: Some plot details of book 2 are discussed **
The Cold Hard Truth About Edward from Twilight. **SPOILER ALERT .... but for Lost, not for Twilight. If you haven't watched the Lost season 3 finale, and don't want the ending ruined, don't read this post **
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Oh, and I'm still obsessing about what woman to talk about in my presentation for stake enrichment later this month, so if you see a good candidate, let me know!
Friday, February 29, 2008
What is your favorite outdated LDS church term?
Monday, February 25, 2008
- I've been sick the past several days
- Since I've been sick, I've been too exhausted to study for the exam
- Despite still being sick, I had to work a half day today before taking my exam because I was up against a deadline
- I had to stand on a sheet of ice in the cold for 15 minutes waiting for my tardy, tardy bus to take me to work
- AND I was one of the first ones finished!
And yes, I'm aware this is a boring post. All my creative blogging energy has been going into the LDS women's history blog I'm doing for women's history month (more info coming soon!). But if you came here looking for amusement, I don't want to leave you disappointed. I'm including a shot of my favorite finalist for the "Pimp my bookcart" contest by Unshelved. His name is Oloch. Can you see me making a high school book shelver push one of those around someday?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
- Michelle Obama was telling my class about how infinitely superior the Code of Federal Regulations is to the Federal Register in performing legal research.
- Rob told me that he was officially supporting John McCain. He really thought I should too, although he wouldn't be mad if I still wanted to support Obama.
- Barack and Michelle Obama were staying the night at my apartment while they were in my town campaigning. When I woke up the next morning, they'd made a really big, really nice hot breakfast for Rob and I. Aren't they so nice?
Friday, February 15, 2008
In spirit with Valentines Day, I should have posted this article, where the fabulous Elder Jensen, on invitation of the first presidency, encourages the Utah State Legislature to use more compassion in the way they discuss the immigration issue, and to remember immigrants are children of God. Now that's an appropriate Valentines Day post - encouraging a little more love and understanding.
:) And if Valentines Day made you sick of love, and you want to see some hate, you can read the comments. Dang, it is scary. Can I just say that these people demonstrated why Elder Jensen needed to make the comments he did? Regardless of how you think immigration reform should occur, hatred like that has no place in the dialogue.
Happy Valentines Day (belated)!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I'll admit to being a bit of a music snob. I take pride in the fact that I've never heard "Soldier Boy" (which the teenagers think means I'm totally out of touch). I love artists with powerful and meaningful lyrics, and having lived in Omaha for awhile, I have a soft spot for indie artists. I'm currently on a folk/acoustic kick, which isn't exactly top-40 material.
That said, I hate music snobs that only like music that no one else likes, solely because no one else likes them. I dated a boy for awhile that was really into Fountains of Wayne. Then "Stacey's mom" made it big, and he suddenly hated them, ranted about how they "sold out," and no longer liked the music they wrote before they "sold out." People in Omaha were even worse. They'd pick out an obscure band that sounded like a cat jumping around on an electric guitar, with random yelling in the background, and follow them religiously, all because no one else knew about them, and it was their own little secret. So dumb. Sorry, you're letting your music tastes be dictated by a certain kind of image you want to portray - how is that any better?
Ingrid Michaelson is an indie artist that I've been following for a long time. She's been starting to get some national air play, which makes me really happy. She makes great music, and I'd love for her to have a wider audience. But there are also people that are mad that she "sold out," and have stopped listening to her. Um, her music didn't change. It's still the same song it was a month ago - now it is just on VH1. If she'd changed her sound, that would be one thing, but just because other people like her music doesn't mean she sold out. It seems so dumb to be angry that an artist you like is becoming successful.
I just realized this is a weird Valentines Day Post. *Climbs off soapbox.* Happy Valentines Day everyone!
Monday, February 11, 2008
I've always loved women's history month, but it is approaching mania this year. I just love having this opportunity to celebrate the fabulous women that have influenced me.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
For my combined lesson on Sunday, I started by passing out pencils and paper, having the girls number 1-8 down the side, and then we did a word association game to introduce the idea that our surroundings influence our mood and ability to feel the spirit (words like temple, messy, smile, loud, etc). Which was a mistake because the Miamaids spent the rest of the lesson doodling and not listening to me (never give a Miamaid a pencil). Anyways, after they did the list, I asked a few of them to read their list, and then talk about which words gave them positive feelings. It was going about how I planned until our youngest Beehive did hers. She'd meant to say "I felt good about temple and six" (as in number 6 on the list), but that's not what came out. You guessed it. She got her vowel wrong and it sounded like "I felt good about temple and s*x." And she didn't even notice she'd said it. My jaw dropped for a split second, but I recovered quickly with a "yes, number 6 gave me positive feelings too" and just pushed right into the next lesson point before the other girls had a chance to respond - their eyes just kind of bugged out for a little while. :) Our YW secretary wasn't so lucky - she just cracked up in the back row. But I managed to keep the lesson together, which I'm very proud of.
:) So, I learned that 6th graders have positive feelings about all kinds of interesting things.
Friday, February 1, 2008
I'm such a political junkie. I've been fascinated by the debates this past week, and the media coverage that surrounds it.
I've noticed that in recent years, being branded a "flip flopper" is political death. Candidates in both parties do all in their power to apply it to their label because they know it works - their candidate is instantly diminished in the public's eye. But is being a flip flopper really such a bad thing? I think it depends on how you flip flop.
You all know that I'm no lover of Romney, but I think it is unfortunate that he has taken the brunt of this "flip flop" phobia. Yes, to my chagrin (and my liking in some issues), he changed many of his opinions from earlier times, but they have stayed consistent since he has postured what his stand will be as President. I don't think that's flip flopping. I think that is reviewing the current state of the issues, reviewing what the U.S. population is looking for, and taking a stand. If he were saying one thing to Wall Street and another to evangelicals, that would be one thing, but I think his actions as President are abundantly clear.
The world is a changing place, and I consider it a strength for a leader to recognize these changes and adjust policy accordingly. I also think it is a strength for a leader to be able to admit they are wrong, and make changes.
And personally, so what if they are changing their opinion to appease the public, as long as they act on that changed opinion? I consider it a plus that an individual is willing to put aside their own wants to do what is best for the people they are serving.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
So do you think this technique will work when Rob goes to DC next month? The days he's gone, I'm really busy, so I don't need to fill my time - although if something cancels, a Spiderman marathon might be in order :). But I think I am going to have to follow my parents' lead and make delicious and wildly unhealthy food an upside of his absence. Last time Rob left for a trip, I ate nothing but ramen because I felt too lazy to cook for myself (and I was moping). But this time, I think I'm going to bulk up on ingredients to make those dinners that I love, but I never make because Rob thinks they are so fatty, we might as well be eating ice cream for dinner (hmm...there's another idea!). :) And if it all comes down to it, maybe I'll have to try dinosaur shaped pancakes.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I thought I would be devastated when President Hinckley passed away, but surprisingly, I've been overcome with feelings of peace, and of gratitude for the man he was and the service he gave. So I just wanted to take a few paragraphs and talk about what his service has meant to me personally.
President Hinckley has been the prophet as long as I've really been aware of what a prophet was. I remember going to college and not even understanding that the four sessions of general conference were different (I thought they just played the same thing at four different times to accommodate everyone's schedule - I know, clueless). I remember sitting down in the basement of my community-living style college dorm to truly watch general conference for the first time, and being blown away by the warmth and wisdom of the men and women that lead our church, and especially President Gordon B. Hinckley. I eagerly watched the remaining sessions of conference, and have looked forward to it ever since.
I remember my sophomore year of college, President Hinckley came to campus to set apart the new President of BYU. I had a class right before the start of the meeting, and I knew the seats in the auditorium would be full by the time class got out, so I talked my professor into canceling class that morning so we could be in the same room as the prophet. I remember the joy and the spirit I felt as the congregation spontaneously broke into singing "We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet," and when he waved in the direction of my part of the audience. I had no doubt of the love he has for the saints, and his role as the Lord's servant.
I have loved listening to him speak to the members. He truly had a gift for encouraging people to be better. He demanded a lot of the members of the church, but he never made me feel discouraged or incapable of doing the things he requested. Listening to him made me want to be better, and made me feel empowered to do hard things.
I loved listening to him talk about the importance and power of the women in the church. I've struggled many times over the years with the way local priesthood leaders have treated the women in their congregations, but I have never doubted the love the Lord has for me as a woman when I hear President Hinckley speak, and I have always wanted to achieve the vision he has had for the women in the church.
It has been incredible watching him reach out to the world, and reach out to the members. It is amazing to me the respect he commands from the individuals he interacts with, whether it is an interview on a major news station, or leaders of communities or nations.
I am so grateful for his constant and enthusiastic service over the years. The changes he has instituted have been remarkable. Of course I will miss him, but I am just so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from this wonderful servant of the Lord.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Last night, we worked on a skit they are doing to introduce the theme of our big annual activity: "Stand steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works." The girls had a lot of really good, funny ideas, and it will be a great skit. However, I really wonder where on earth some of the ideas came from. The idea that takes the cake:
They want to teach "Bom the smoking dog" not to smoke by teaching it about the word of wisdom. I kid you not. Oh, and I should mention that Bom is a smoking, talking dog. Originally, they were going to be teaching a girl that is walking her dog about the scriptures, and then they decided the dog would want to learn too, and then they decided it should be a smoking dog that they help to make good decisions, and then the girl kind of faded into the background. They're pretty attached to this idea - I haven't been able to steer them from it yet (we'll see how this turns out).
Hooray for Beehives - I love their enthusiasm, their willingness to be silly, and how comfortable they are being themselves.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Growing up, my professional ambition consisted of being a mother. I remember playing MASH with my friends in elementary school, and being at a loss for what to put for the second and third options for the “career” category. However, I never wanted to play with baby dolls. My poor mother saved her Cabbage Patch Dolls to share with her daughters (and I was her only girl), and I could care less about them.
As I hit my teenage years, through various forms of personal revelation in my life, I understood that being a stay-at-home mom would not always be doable for me, and that there would be times in my life when my family would depend on the income I could bring in. I braced myself to this truth, and put on a tough face about my need to study hard and my ability to find fulfillment in the work force. But deep down, I didn’t buy it. Even at that young age, I knew that my true fulfillment would be in the home (and I should note this was always personal for me – I recognized that different women would need different things to find fulfillment). When I pictured myself in an adult capacity, I pictured myself teaching my 3 year old to read basic words, talking to my 8 year old about the importance of baptism, attending my 7th grader’s band concerts, and listening to my teenagers as they talked about colleges, majors, and the opposite sex. Interestingly enough, I never pictured myself holding a baby.
As a married woman, I’m very excited to start my family. I have a strong belief in the value of mothers, and I can’t wait to have the opportunities to teach my children about love, service, education, the world, etc. I want to be there as they discover their interests, develop their unique personalities, and grow into the women and men they will become.
But honestly, I still can’t picture myself with a baby. I’ve never been the type to coo over newborns, or get excited about tiny baby shoes. Babies don’t fit naturally into my arms – I always feel awkward. I don’t know how to make my friends’ babies stop crying, and I’m not good at amusing them. I just don’t possess the affection towards and common sense about babies that most females I know do.
Sometimes I wonder if I can handle it. I’ve legitimately wondered if I should adopt 3 year olds and go from there. I worry about being able to bond with a baby. I worry about not being able to retain anything I’ve ever learned about caring for babies – I swear I have a mental block about it. But I firmly believe in the value of motherhood, and I am working to develop my faith that if this is a work my Heavenly Father wants me to do, He’ll equip me with at least adequate skills to keep a baby alive and relatively neurosis-free until they are old enough for me to interact with them in a way that I possess talents for.