Friday, December 10, 2010

The Adventures of Sariah

Well it looks like I'm only slightly better at updating this than I am at updating my personal journal... which isn't saying anything good about my journal keep skills.

So a basic update:

I moved into a new place in Holladay (Yeah, I guess thats how they spell it) which I love and have great roommates. I basically have a whole basement to myself with my own bathroom and basically my own kitchen since my other roommate is here so rarely that I sometimes think I might forget what she looks like. I have an awesome roommate that goes with me to the ward things we have. There are 4 singles wards around that meet together for a lot of things so theres lots of activities goin on all the time.

I'm still working at the same place. I applied for another position in the company a month or a little more back. It was one I wouldn't like a whole lot but would pay more than what I make. It has really crappy hours though (2-10pm) and so I wouldnt get much of a life just when i've started to have one here in Utah. But they hired someone else for the position because she had an LSAC (Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor) who ended up not working out for the position. But even though I was really bummed at first that I didn't get it, I'm really glad now cause I am enjoying having a life and would probably not be happy if I had that position even if I were getting more money. So once again, I see that the Lord is looking out for me even if things seem to suck at first. :)

Other than that, I'm just glad to be going home this Christmas to see my family. Its been a year since I've been home and I miss it soooooooooooo much. I miss all my nieces and nephews who make me feel so loved and hanging out with my sisters who I miss terribly.

Yep, thats my life :) One big adventure...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The last six months in six minutes

WARNING: This may not take only six minutes to read... it was just a catchy title... if you read slow it might take you 10 minutes... or if you read fast, 3 minutes. I'm just sayin....yeah nevermind.

So its been about 6 months since I updated so I figured I probably should...

For the first few months of the year I was staying with my uncle and aunt Rick and Jennie. They were/are so good to me. I have been soooo appreciative of all the help they gave me while I searched desperately for a job after graduation. Things felt pretty grim for a while there. I never had to search so hard for a job... all of mine pretty much fell into my lap with little effort on my part, so this was tough. But I made it!

In mid-February, I got a job at Volunteers of America at one of their Detox facilities. It mostly serves low-income/homeless people. I really liked it at first but its started to wear on me for various reason. Some of which are bolstering my political opinions in quite strong ways. Another reason is that I have been working grave shift for the last 4 months which translates tooooooo... absolutely no chance for any kind of social life. Not like I would have a huge one had I been working days since I find it quite difficult to make friends in church settings and there were not many people at work that were very open to new friends... soooo such was life.

I also got a new car in March which has been very good to me. Its a blue 2005 Honda Civic and I got it for a very good price. The buying part was a nightmare but thanks to my wonderful Uncle and my amazing aunt Jennie who stood up for me to the very not-nice sales guy, everything worked out in the end.

Then I moved into an apartment in Bountiful with a few girls I hadn't met before (which turned out to be a disaster in the end, but the Lord had things prepared for my quick escape thank goodness!)

At the end of April, I got a call from a lady who had offered me an apartment before, but I took the one in Bountiful instead. She said she couldn't stop thinking about me and what I said I went to school for and had a job in. She owns a foster agency and wanted me to come work for her and move into one of her rental properties as part of the payment. It was heaven sent! I'd been wanting a second job to pay off my school loans quicker and neeeeded desperately to get out of the apartment I was in. So I'm working there now and have my old roommate and friend from Rexburg living with me! So life is wonderful.

I still don't have much time for a social life, but in a week, my shift goes to day shift and I can start trying to have a life and friends and all that fun stuff! ooooh the opportunities that await! I have already staked out my victims (who will soon become my friends dangit whether they like it or not!) :D I have been deprived of a social life for far too long and the stress of all work and no play is wearing on me.

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo thats life in a nutshell for the last 6 months!

Oh... and I have been proposed to numerous times. Unfortunately, most of them have been by people who are drunk or high.... wait... all of them have been actually. Dang!

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Adventure!

I didn't have much to say for this last month because all it has been is searching desperately for a job...any job... though one that is in my field would be preferable. I think I must have written a million cover letters, tweaked a million resumes and had interviews here and there... yeah, it was exciting. But luckily I've been blessed enough to have an awesome family willing to help out while I'm in that transitional state. At one point in time, I watched the movie Post Grad and became slightly depressed because, well lets face it, life isn't a movie and things don't just magically turn out perfectly.
But enough of the doom and gloom. I decided that I'd look into being a nanny/au pair! Plenty of job openings there! I talked to one family from Spain who really wanted me to go and I really wanted to go, but it turns out that going to Spain is a lot more difficult and time consuming to do. Among the hoops one must jump through, you must fly to California to apply for the VISA in person... and then a month or two later when they have accepted your application, you must fly BACK to California to pick it up in person. This is not counting the cost of also eventually flying to Spain. Yeah, it was a nice thought. It would have been an adventure, but it wasn't supposed to happen.
Then I ended up talking to a family in Pennsylvania who I made plans to fly there from the 10-13th of this month to see if I would be a good fit for their family. It sounded good and we had all the arrangements made and they paid for the plane tickets and then... the day before I'm supposed to leave, I get a call from one of the places I had applied to a month or so ago. I got the job!!!!!!!!!!!! Not only is this a job I really wanted, but its in my field! Helping people! Doing what I want to do! I was reallllly hoping for something in the social services and this one is working at Volunteers of America as a Recovery Assistant. I'm so happy and excited!
Oh, but then about the trip to Pennsylvania... I didn't know what to do at first cause I was supposed to leave the next day. The tickets were paid for and everything. But luckily, with all the big storms in Pennsylvania and NY and all that, the flights got canceled and they got their money back and so I explained everything to them and it all worked out great! YAY!
So the moral of the story is, job hunting sucks! But keep on going and eventually the misery will be over! HURRAY!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

So these last few weeks have been completely insane. I didn't spend one weekend at home since the beginning of November. I've been job searching like crazy, had a wedding to go to, had an interview in Salt Lake, met up with my old friend from Brazil Elisabete who is working in Park City this winter, then I had to deal with finals. Not so fun...
I had a phone interview yesterday with a company that I thought had forgotten me but I think I might have a chance to get this job so I'm really excited and it would be doing something I would really love to do! I'd be working at as a Recovery Assistant at a recovery center mostly with women and the children they bring with them while they are recovering. I really hope it works out so be praying for me. The lady who interviewed me said that she was going to send my resume on to the next staffing person so I'm hopeful!
I made it home to Eleasha and Brad's place and its so fun to be around all my nieces and nephews again (well, not all of them yet because Aviendha isn't here yet). It sucks that I can't really stick around longer. I have a flight back to Idaho Falls on the 29th and then I gotta figure out what I'll do from there. Who knows... Thats the dilemma that I'm in now. I have to find a job and a place to live pretty soon and then a car is next on the agenda. Oh the joys of real life.
It is a relief to be done with school for now though. No more stressing about homework and staying up till 2:30 to finish them. But now its a different kind of stress in life. Bring it on I say!
Thats it in my life I suppose... nothing terribly interesting... But I love this video so I'm going to put it here

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Conglomerate of silly stuff

So since there's not any big events going on in my life, this is just a compilation of little things that have happened or I've been thinking about lately.
I went to the doctors Tuesday (not the one doing the clinical trial but the regular doctor) and I told him that I had been taking herbs for a while and not taking the other insulin and he went off on all the things it could have been because of, like he couldn't believe it was actually the herbs working. It was funny but kind of sad that some people have their minds so made up and closed off to other things that could be helpful. Then the dietitian did the same thing. "Oh, its probably because your body was in a honeymoon period so you didn't need the insulin" "oh it might be because of the trial drugs" (which I didn't start until AFTER I stopped taking the insulin)... and so on.
I just got to witness my roommate on a date since her date came here to make dinner for them and it was so cute. I love being a spectator on the first or second date. You can see the awkwardness and the unsure looks and comments, its so cute! lol. She's got a third date set up already, lol, I'm so excited for her!
I'm still trying to find some kind of a job after I graduate. I've found a lot of potentials in Utah that I have to apply for. I never ever wanted to live in Utah, but considering the circumstances, that seems like the most viable option for now. Its somewhere close enough that I can afford to move and there are jobs available and a place close that I can go to for the doctors appointments. I have a couple friends thinking about coming there (if they can find jobs too) and so hopefully I'll be able to find a place to live with them.
Umm, I have a million things to do before the end of the semester and still find it hard to comprehend that Ill be graduating!!! Wow. Crazy how time flies.
My ward went on a temple trip to the Idaho Falls temple Thursday which was so great! It was an interesting feeling being in the place that my parents were sealed together. It really made me miss my mom and made me sad that I couldn't talk to her about when she got married. There's so many things I wanna know from her, but i guess I'll have to wait a while to ask her.
I just realized how much of a loser I am this semester, lol. All my roommates have been going out on dates and stuff and I do homework all the time. lol. Thats ok though, this semester has gone by so fast so far because I've just been going going going. I almost wish it would slow down so I feel like I have time to prepare for all the stuff to come.
I'm frustrated that the reason I didn't do so good on my last biology test was because I skipped a question on the bubble sheet and put all the next 4 or 5 answers in the wrong spot. Ugh! I went out of there thinking I knew most of the answers so I should have done well, but I looked at my score and it said otherwise. blah, but thats ok, i will just have to do good on the next couple tests and i can still get a good grade.
In my New Testament class, we talk a lot about all kinds of things but only half the time about the new testament itself which i find funny, but I still love the class. My teacher shows us a lot of videos and this was one of them i hadn't seen but really liked:

I love that they put in quotes from Elder Wirthlin's General Conference talk in Oct 2007- The Great Commandment. Its one of my favorites.

I've sold about $40 worth of jewelery so far but I have lots of work to do to get more stuff up and going with that whole thing.
I'm excited to go home this weekend for Thanksgiving and I'm taking my roommate Auda with me so I'm excited to show off my family. lol. I'm so proud of my super cute nieces and nephews! I did have a dream last night though that she met my dad and my dad was kindof rude and I was so embarrassed! But I don't think thats gonna happen... i hope that wont happen, lol. I know my dad wouldn't be intentionally rude.
My doctors bills are slowly adding up. they keep sending me more bills that i guess they've taken longer to process. I think I'm up to a little over $500 (BLAH!) so I will be working on paying that off when I get out of this Iceburg.
Its been snowing lately so i guess my prayer a couple blogs ago didn't work so well. Thats a shame :( I have to drive in the icy snowyness to my doctors appointments now which sucks. It scares me when I think of how fragile life is and how easily little mistakes on either mine or someone else's part can lead to something very bad. Aye! I need to move to florida. If I could afford the move, that would be my first choice in destinations when I graduate. I guess i have to work up to that though.
so thats about it for the silly stuff... nothing terribly exciting.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I vote vacation time...

So I just got done watching the CES Fireside where President Uchtdorf talked. It was sooooooooooo good. I recommend that all watch it even if they aren't a single young adult.,7341,395,00.html I just love Pres. Uchtdorf! He makes me laugh and he's so good at getting his message across!
Anyways, besides that, nothing too interesting going on... just trying to get over the stress of being half-way through the semester and knowing I have a million projects to get done before the end including two English projects which are oh so exciting. And I gotta teach my rat lots before the end but she doesn't get motivated easily and we cannot withhold food from her since she isn't fat enough yet... aye aye aye.
Oh, and I gotta start searching for and applying for jobs so I can start paying off loans and saving monies when I get done with la universidad. Yayness.
A couple of my roommates and I went out dancing at a party last night and ooooh boy, were there some hoooochies. It reminded me of mean girls where she's talking about Halloween being an excuse for girls to dress like sluts... yeah. Oh, and the guys too. lol. Gosh, It was so disappointing!!! There were girls there "dancing" or shall I say molesting, guys and I bet going to church today like nothing ever happened. Some guys with their shirts off doing something close to pole dancing in the was special. I think there were a lot of skanky high school girls looking to pick up college boys or something. But that wasn't the majority of the people, just enough that it was noticeable and sad. But it was fun dancing with my roommates :D Anywho, that was the fun of last night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oh there ain't no tubes in me...there ain't no tubes in me

There might be tubes in some of you dudes but there ain't no tubes in me!!! Yay!

So I started the trial thing last Monday and got done yesterday with all the infusions. I know I got the real stuff because I got massive headaches for a few days. Saturday was the worst but it got better pretty quick. They had to put a picc line in my arm so I could get infusions every day and not have to be poked every day. It was slightly painful to get in because I'm one of those people who need a LOT of numbing stuff for it to work really well (my dad reminded me of when I cut my foot open again and screamed bloody murder when they tried to stitch it up when I was a kid). So there were times it hurt a bit. At one point, they couldn't get the tube through a part of my vein under my shoulder so they tried to push it through and I watched on the X-ray as my vein was pushed down and man did that hurt. I just kept thinking "I don't think my vein is supposed to go there or bend that way." But they eventually got it through.
So now the infusions are done and I have to go for check ups every week for a few weeks to see how things are going. Yahoo!
Yesterday night, my roommates and I had a ward Halloween dance that we went to and all of us dressed up. It was kind of a lame dance overall, but it was fun dressing up and taking pictures. haha. There are some, if not all up on facebook. My roommate supplied my costume so that was nice cause I didn't have anything good.
So I'm taking a Human Biology class this semester and I'm shocked how much I love the class. I am completely amazed at how complicated it all is and how everything balances just right to allow us to life. Its just amazing. I just really cant see how there couldn't be a god. I just... am so amazed!!!! Its actually not hard for me like I thought it would be to understand the stuff either so thats good! I just love it... What a shock that is to me. lol.
On another note, I hate that its getting so cold and darker. I get rather depressed at this time of year. Florida sounds better and better as the days go on. I am 10 times happier in the summer generally than the winter. I just need sunlight and warmth. I think thats how I've been since I was really young because as long as I can remember, all my best memories are in the summer... except maybe holiday memories or playing in the show when I was really young, but even then there were short lived joys. I dunno why it is...but I'll tell you one thing, I will never live in Alaska and I don't think I could live in Seattle. But we shall see where I end up...
The next thing I need to do is figure out what I'm going to do when I graduate. Everything has become so complicated since all this medical health stuff happened. I guess right now I'm looking for a job and will go from there. I was thinking of staying another semester and going on the MesoAmerican tour that my BYU-I does where you spend 4 weeks or so in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala (I think those are the four). But I'm not sure. Its all up in the air right now so I guess I need lots of prayers. lol. *sigh* life is crazy.