Friday, February 29, 2008

Some fun for Friday

I thought the name "beehive" was ridiculous, but it is a big step up from "Mi-kan-wees," which is the name the LDS church used for 12 and 13 year old girls in 1929. I really want to know where that came from. I just stumbled upon this Deseret News article, listing LDS church terms no longer in use. :) It made me feel old that I remember being called some of the things on the list. Let me tell you, my 11-year-old self did not appreciate being called a "Merry Miss." Really, I would love to be a fly on the wall in the meeting where a lot of these names were picked out.

What is your favorite outdated LDS church term?

Monday, February 25, 2008

:) Because Rob hasn't gotten home yet, and I need to gloat!

Not only did I just ACE my exam, but I aced it under the following circumstances:
  • 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!
I'm going to go celebrate my awesomeness by making some herbal tea, changing into pajamas, and watching TV.

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

Some signs I'm too obsessed with the elections...

I thought you might be amused by some of the dreams I've been having recently. I think they say I have been spending too much time following the primaries. And too much time studying, now that I think about it.
  • 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?
So it's a little weird that I'm dreaming about a major contender for our next President making me breakfast...

Friday, February 15, 2008

A little love

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

Why yes, I am a music snob, but I want you to join me!

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

Holiday Cheer

I'm getting really excited for an upcoming holiday. But it isn't the one you expect. Despite being the world's cheesiest newlywed, it isn't Valentines Day, although that will be fun. The holiday I'm obsessing over is women's history month. It is really ridiculous how excited I am about it. I can't stop thinking about how I'm going to celebrate. The thing I'm most excited about is that my stake asked me to do a presentation on a woman in LDS history for our stake enrichment (how cool is it that the Relief Society's birthday is during women's history month?). I hate public speaking, and I can't wait to do this. I'm obsessing over who to highlight - so many good choices! Any recommendations? I love women's history stories. For my divine nature value project (I'm working on my personal progress along with the girls), I'm considering doing either a blog or a compilation of LDS women (past and present) that have influenced me. I'm big on not deviating far from the manuals, but I find myself wanting to toss the book and do a "life and teachings of RS general presidents" lesson (don't worry, I'll be good). But an FHE lesson (or several) will be coming, rest assured.

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

What Beehives Feel Good About

Sorry, this was just too funny.

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

Flip Flops

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.