"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is BEAUTIFUL!!!" - Sophia Loren

"Come what may, and love it. I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it. As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial." - Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

"Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you. It is measured by the spirit with which you meet the problems of life." -Spencer W. Kimball

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." -Unknown

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Settling in

The last 5 or so days have been quite hectic. This last weekend I moved from apartment 25 to apartment 26 so my new room looked like a bomb went off but now everything is in it's proper place. I'm excited to be in my new place. It's not that far from the old one but it will be lots of fun this summer. For some reason it's a lot easier for me to ask my new roomies to take me places then the old ones. Weird...

Today was the official start of my internship. I just helped semi-organize the office and we had a little orientation. I think tomorrow I will start trying to contact families and make appointments for interviews. It will be exciting but scary when I acutally do an interview. I'll let you know how it goes when it comes around.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I'm going to start training for my second job doing data entry for one of my professors. Hopefully I'll be able to keep that job into the fall...we'll have to see what Dr. Walker says. Keep your fingers crossed for me though :)

I really like my life right now. Sure work is a little hard and stressful. But I like it and I really heart my roommates and I'm excited for this summer and all the things I'm going to learn. I think I'm going to experiment with some new recipes and bake some new things. I already tried something new on Sunday and it was really yummy. It was called Edith's Viva Chicken. It came out of the recipe book my mom got me from my home ward. It was so yummy! And the leftovers were/are great as well. If anyone wants to try it just let me know

Monday, April 20, 2009

Done and Done

That's how my life looks: done and done. I finished all my finals on Friday so right now I'm at a loss of what to do with my time. Starting to pack today to move into my new apartment would be kind of useless because I'm not really packing anything just piling things up to carry next door. I'll probably start making my piles in the living room on Wednesday and Thursday but until then I don't know what to do. My roommates all had their cleaning/move out checks today. 2 of them are staying in the same apartment and one is going home either tonight or tomorrow morning. It's sad to see people leave and move on but life is full of changes and that will never change.

So I'll probably fill my time with watching movies or something. I know. Not very productive or social but everyone around is busy taking finals. But by the end of the week things should be looking up. I get to move in with my new roommates on Friday and Saturday. They are some awesome girls and heart them so much. The only sad thing about that situation is that Jackie is leaving to never return to the land of Provo. Which is very sad. I'll miss her. Maybe one of these days I will have to take a road trip to visit her.

I've been missing my niece and Nicole since they went to California last week. I think this is the longest that I've gonna with out seeing them since Christmas. The two of us can hardly stand being apart for a week: what's gonna happen when we have to be real adults and don't live so close to each other? Maybe I'll just follow them around the country until I get married. That's kind of a creeper thought....

Well, anyways. I'm having a lazy time this week until my internship starts on the 28th. I'm excited for it. I can't wait. And I got my shirts that I'll wear for it. They are green and awesome. I also got a jacket. It's black with green lettering. If you want to see them you'll just have to ask because I don't feel like taking a picture of my clothes and uploading it here.

I love you all and I think you are awesome. Have an awesome summer if I don't see ya!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

No Words

Someone once told me "Life sucks and then you die." Lately that is how I have been feeling. There have been a lot of things just piling up lately that are stressing me out and make me want to cry. I'm almost to the point where I just want to give up. To name a few: I have to completely rework my fall schedule because the time of one ity bity class got changed, the stress of last minute projects and looming finals are eating away at me, I don't get enough sleep, it's cold, and some other things I won't go into. It's just crazy. I don't want to sound like I'm whining but I just needed to get that out.

I was doing a reading assignment today for my Forming Marital Relationships class and I ran across something that I found interesting. "As a bride, woman is more beautiful than as a maiden; as a mother she is more beautiful than as a bride; as a wife and mother she is a good word in season, and with the years she becomes more beautiful." I think it's interesting that the world is always telling people that aging is bad and have all the surgeries and use the creams to keep yourself looking younger. That quote from Soren Kierkegaard shows that women are more beautiful with age and I really like that. Funny story: today I was sitting in the JSB before my class started and I heard this girl talking on the phone and she said "I need to hurry up and get married before I'm a junior otherwise people will think I'm wierd." I seriously wanted to smack some sense into her. There is NOTHING wrong, I repeat for emphasis, NOTHING wrong with graduating college being single. I will probably do that. Some girls are just rediculous. I'm taking Kierkegaard's view: as I age I can only become more beautiful. That goes for all the rest of you out there. You girls are amazing and you will only become more amazing and beautiful as you get older.

One last thought from my reading: "Poor man, who must go out in the world to seek a daisy such as that and yet does not find it; poor man, who at most has a notion that his neighbor grows it; happy the married man who really knows how to rejoice in his thousandfold joy. If he finds this flower somewhere else than in his own yard, this flower that--just as that century plant is remarkable for blossoming only once every 100 years--has even more seldom rarity that it blossoms every day, and does not close at night--then he has the joy of telling at home what he hasw seen out in the world..."

Take it or leave it. Those are my musing of the day. Each of you is just as rare and beautiful as that flower. You blossom every day and don't close at night and that is why we are amazing.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Beginnings of April

This week has been super crazy busy for me so let me start at the beginning of the week. On April 1st (Wednesday) I presented some research that I have been working on all semester in a research conference at BYU. It was called the Student Mentored Research Conference that was funded by the Mary Lou Fulton Chair in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. It was way exciting! I worked on my research with another girl in my class, Allison, and our faculty mentor was Dr. Randal Day, PhD. Who works in the SFL department at BYU. Our project was on Sibling relationships, family connectedness, and prosocial behaviors. We hypothesized that family connectedness and prosocial would positively influence sibling relationships. We found that to be correct. But we also found that family connectedness influenced sibling relationships more then prosocial behaviors. That's a synopsis of our project. The conference lasted from 9-3 but we had a break from 12-1:30 for lunch. It was way nice and catered.

This weekend was General Conference as you probably know. A friend of mine found out last weekend that I'd never been to the Conference Center for conference so I went up to Salt Lake today (Sunday). I got to sit on the ground floor for this mornings session and it was so awesome!! It was so amazing to sit in the same room with Heavenly Father's prophets. Some people say they have a hard time paying attention even in the conference center but I was riveted the whole time. It was pretty much one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I totally want to go to Salt Lake in October but we'll see.