Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sometimes I feel out of my league

I positively love serving in the Young Women organization. I love being with the girls as they develop their testimonies, make important decisions, and grow closer to God. I have loved the moments where by virtue of the unique experiences that Heavenly Father has given to me, I have been the voice they needed to hear. It is amazing to me to look back at my life and see how struggles I have had, or trials I have experienced, have resulted in my being able to give the kind of counsel a young woman has needed to hear. It has been humbling to see the way the Lord has shaped me for his work. Not in an "I am so awesome" kind of way - more of a "God can take someone as flawed as me and accomplish something important."

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 owe my sanity to....



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

Random moments from the past week

Wow, has it really been over a week since I blogged here? I'm slacking. Well, I think it will be fun to see if I can do a week in review (i.e. see if I can remember something from everyday last week).

  • 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.
Alright, now you're up to speed on me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My coworkers understand me

In stark contrast to my usual jeans and sweater routine (my office has a relaxed dress code), I showed up at work today wearing a suit. Upon seeing me, one of my coworkers proclaimed, "You look nice today. It's laundry day, isn't it?"

:) My coworkers know me well.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Random bits of domestic advice

Of course, these are all hypothetical, because I am a domestic expert. I wouldn't have done these in the past two weeks. Really.
  • 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.
Alright, we are all a little wiser now.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Tagged: Nearest book

I've been tagged by Pretty Mahana! Here are the rules:

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.

I tag:
1. Lisa
2. Suzanne
3. Elissa
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

Maybe it is just me...

... but I think it is a bit ironic that my supervisor wants me to pick out the wine list for an upcoming reception. I'm not sure the Mormon girl is the best choice. I'm just saying.

:) Now I know how Ken Jennings felt on Jeopardy. Let's hope wikipedia doesn't lie to me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

For You Twilight Lovers Out There

I stumbled across some hilarious posts written by a very funny man about husbands trying to compete with Edward and Jacob of Twilight glory. If you've read Twilight, you'll get a kick out of them. I think the funniest thing is that you can tell he actually read the books. Enjoy!

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

Taxes!

Filing taxes is fun when you're a starving student. It is like getting paid fabulously for filling out paperwork. Best paying job I've ever had!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Announcing Erin's LDS women's history blog!

Eat your heart out, Elder Ballard: For my divine nature value project (I'm doing my personal progress along with the girls), I have started an LDS women's history blog. I can't explain how excited I am about doing this. The goal is that every day of women's history month, I will post a feature on an LDS woman (past or present) that has influenced/inspired me. I have loved, loved, loved doing this project. There are so many marvelous women out there that can teach us so much. This project has also given me a strong testimony of the value of journals/records. :) Women are kind of sparse in the scriptures, and the records that these women have kept have given me models for daughter of God I can become. I hope the records I keep will be able to inspire women the way these women have inspired me.

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!