Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years

So Christmas time has come and gone once again. I missed having a Christmas tree so Jose (Rodolfo) and I made one together and had the others in the apartment write their names on the ornaments. I like our little tree :D It makes me happy inside.

So I'm back in Jackson once again and it is pretty much the same, but its amazing how different the atmosphere is with the different people. Its great though, I love it. I really love all these new people (mostly from Brazil) that are here and love the feel of everything. A couple of the Brazilians have been coming to church and the activities and enjoy them so that's really cool. A bunch of us are going to the ward overnight New Years party today where we will snowmobile into a cabin and play in the snow. It should be really exciting. Not too much else has been going on so I'll leave it at that. :D I hope everyone is having an awesome New Years

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas memories

5 Favorite Christmas songs:(singers, groups)
1) Transiberian Orchestra: A Mad Russians Christmas
2) Transiberian Orchestra: Carol of the Bells

3) Sarah McLaughlin's Christmas cd
4) All the funny christmas songs like South Parks version of Oh Holy Night
5)All other pretty Christmas music, like Gailyn, I love Christmas music

5 Favorite Christmas Movies:

1) Muppets Christmas Carol
2) Micky's Christmas Carol
3) The Shop Around the Corner
4) The Santa Clause
5)While You Were Sleeping (Its kindof Christmas :D)

5 Favorite Christmas Treats:

1) Pumpkin Pie
2) Cheesecake
3) chips and dip
4) All other pies
5) French Toast with Strawberries and whip

5 Favorite Christmas Memories

1) Staying up all night with Maranda till Dad or Mom put the stocking stuffers in and then waiting a little longer before we snuck out to get them while Maranda would tell me stories of hearing Santa's sleigh bells. haha. Good times.

2) When I got a giant bear for Christmas that at the time was as big as me. I loved that bear.

3) Opening Grandma's presents on Christmas Eve

4) In general, just turning off the lights and having the tree lit and laying on the couches around Christmas time watching the lights and listening to the music that went along with it that most of the girls hated but I liked.

5) Eating Waffles with strawberries and whip for breakfast

Friday, December 12, 2008

Free at last...Free at last

Alas, the end of the semester has come. I made it out alive. I must say, I am quite impressed with that accomplishment. I had my last final this morning and spent the rest of the day cleaning and packing. Tomorrow I head back to Jackson O.O Can you believe the year has gone by so fast? Apparently business in Jackson is SUPER slow and my store has a ton of people working there... so they are cutting back everyone's hours. I can't afford to go the whole season not working full time so please pray for more snow (at least in Jackson, cause I understand if you don't want it where you are). So here are some highlights (dunno if that really is a good description, of the past semester:
  • Had an amazing experience in my internship at the Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony and really came to love the girls. I'll keep praying for them.
  • Spent almost every weekend doing homework and studying
  • Had at least one test (usually two, sometimes three or four) every week
  • Only had time to hang out with people other than my roommates or my sisters seven or so times and most of those was with my friend Ray
  • Wanted to kick my teachers in the shins and run away
  • Had emotional rollar coasters
  • Pulled or tore a neck muscle then passed the bathroom of all the fun places to pass out (this was this Monday)
  • Missed having Chinese food almost every day of the week that I was spoiled with the last two semesters
  • Had wonderful roommates that I love but they were just as busy as me (how sad)
  • Passed all my 18 credits (thank goodness)
  • Went home for a much needed break for Thanksgiving
So thats my super not so exciting semester. Its going to be sad leaving my roommate Chandalar who I stay up and talk to all the time. She's graduating in April right before I get back :( Thats the sad part of things like this... *Sigh* Wish me luck traveling tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


So it was pointed out to me (thank you Joel :) ) that this did not come from David Letterman, which is cool and all, but I keep it because the message is the same no matter the originator.

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.'
'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?'

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'


So apparently I've been "tagged" and so I kind of feel guilty not doing it so here we go:

Rules: Answer the questions with one word and one word only

Where is your cell phone? desk
Where is your significant other? :(
Your Hair color? brownishred
Your favorite thing? sleep
Your Dream last night? Dunno
Your dream/goal? Happiness
The room you are in? bedroom
Your Hobby? learning
Your Fear? sadness
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Family
Where were you last night? Twilight
What you're not? feeling
One of you wish list Items? debt-free
Where you grew up? Spokane
Last thing you did? babysat
What are you wearing? PJs
Your TV? Gailyn's
Your pet? missed
Your Computer? Lappy <3
Your mood? somatoformish
Missing someone? Yes:(
Your car? Pedro
Something you are not wearing? jewlery
Favorite store? Food
Your summer? happy
Love someone? forever
Your favorite color? neon-green
When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
When is the last time you cried? November

So I cheated on the color one... but I stand by my results.
And I suppose if I have to "tag" someone, I'd say Lee, Eleasha and Gailyn...if you want and um...don't have a life for a few minutes and feel a strange urge that is...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Still so busy!

So I just gotta get through this week and I have somewhat of a break. I'm so happy!!!! I should be studying for my Abnormal Psych test right now but I figured I'll just leave a couple things I found (one someone else found but the other I got off of the first) that are really cool. Hopefully sometimes soon I can really put something interesting about me in here but for now I'll just share these.

The first ones a more uplifting and the other is more of a "get your act together" type of thing, haha, but I figured they both serve their great purposes to lift and inspire and urge us to be ever working and not becoming complacent. Anywho, ta da!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sad sad day

I think I shall cry for the fate of this country. It not only makes me sad that Obama is president because of who is he and what he stands for... but it also makes me terribly sad that the people of this country VOTED for a guy like this... its really something that makes me sick to my stomach and makes me want to cry. Prepare for the last days guys because it sure ain't headed uphill, that's for sure. What a sad sad day. Is it a sin if me and my roommates hope he dies before his inauguration? My roommate is praying for that... I dunno if thats bad or not. What do you think? haha.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm gonna die

So even though I'm insanely busy lately, I have a few minutes before class that I figure I might as well update my little life story just in case anyone is slightly interested.
So I feel like I'm going to die because I have 4 tests within a 3 or 4 day span (3 if you don't count Sunday). And worst of all, one of these is my class that has THE hardest tests. The last test for my Abnormal Psych class I studied for 7 hours and got just over 90%.... 7 hours! I have never had to study that much for a test ever! I suppose it "prepares me for graduate school". At least this is what I'm told by my teacher. I can't not like my teacher though cause he's such a nice guy and he reminds me of Uncle Rick. haha. So I still really enjoy the class, but it just really stresses me out. Ironically enough, the chapters we are testing on are about Stress and Anxiety and the health consequences of them. *sigh* Life's ironies make me giggle... and then sometimes cry. haha. So I have that and I have another psychology test, a spanish test (luckily thats easy for me) and a statistics test. With those on my plate plus the regular homework, I feel like I should go curl up under a rock and die. But alas, I shall conquer! I just keep prayin a lot to get through this week...successfully.
I'm shocked that the semester has gone by so quickly. We are already half-way through! I couldn't be more happy because I'm ready to put statistics and 7 hour study days behind me for a while. Sadly, I cannot say too much about my social life because as of right now, I don't really have one. I basically only get to talk to José (I should start calling him Rodo since thats what he prefers everyone calls him) and my roommates. I try to hang out with Tekara at least once a week though and we have fun. She spent the night this last weekend and we make this DELICIOUS pumpkin bread (I even substituted stuff like xylotol for sugar, Mom would be so proud!) and it turned out. I made my roommates try it and they liked it too so it was exciting. I've had this strange urge this semester that I haven't had since I was very young to just cook and I want to can applesauce and make my own jam and all this strange stuff that I wouldn't have thought twice about last semester. Maybe I'm being prepared, haha, who knows? Anyways, thats about the extent of whats goin on. Now I must scurry of to la clase de español a aprender. Woohoo!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In case you missed it.

I don't know if any of you guys watched the church broadcast, and maybe all of you did, but if not, here it is. I really liked it and I hope everyone gets a chance to see it. I think this speaks to not only the issue at hand with Proposition 8 but with the degredation of morality at large and how far things are going around us. How "normal" things have become and how numb people have become to these type of things. I really love people who have chosen to live gay/lesbian lifestyles and its not about hating them. Many have shot harsh and pointed comments at those who have opposed Gay marriage calling those who support Prop. 8 as being discriminative, prejudice, and hateful people. The fact is that there are many effects that this will have on not only California, but all over since California does set the precedence. This video explains some of those effects and there are also some other websites I would recommend (they will be posted after the video link). If you know people in California, I suggest you do your best to help them understand the impact this will have on their own families now and in the future. (a couple from Mass. who have experienced the affects of legal gay marriage in their family)

So thats my shpeal about that... and now just for a little interesting thing:
Last night I had a dream that I didn't think about really till a couple hours ago. I was in California (I'm pretty sure I was in San Fransisco) and it got bombed. I looked up at the building I was close to that was the only one standing and realized it was the Temple and the people in it were fine. There were some survivors scattered around the city trying to escape but the most distinctive thing I remember was looking at the Temple and it being the only building left. I'm not saying it was super meaningful to everyone or not, but it feels meaningful to me.
Anyways I hope everyone else is doing well! I'm surviving the semester but hanging on by a thread with how crazy it is. Ill do an about me update soon. Take care!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

It snows... i cry

Its snowing outside... a little piece of me has just died. Why couldn't it wait till like... November at least. *sigh* Rexburg oh Rexburg, why must you torture me so?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Just hanging onto sanity

So I realize its been a while since I posted anything but I have literally been going non-stop since school started day one! Its insane! I can't wait till this semester is over. I feel like its almost impossible to have any real social life outside of my roommates and my boyfriend but I love them so its not unbearable or anything.
My internship takes up almost all of my Tuesdays and Thursdays but I love it. I have it at the Juvenile Corrections Center in St. Anthony, ID which is just like 20 minutes from Rexburg. I'm with a group of girls and I love them already. Its been a great experience so far and I can't wait to learn more and watch these girls grow and learn. It makes me so excited when I see some progress even the slightest bit and I just love it. Its amazing how much you can care about people you just barely know. But its great. I really love it! Its also interesting because the guy who is in charge of the internship is teach us interns about different psychological testing and we get to try them out. We also get to take some ourselves! I just got my personality test back tomorrow and I must say it was pretty accurate! Its fun cause I love taking those silly quizzes online but this is actually legit (well unless you talk to certain professionals who say they are useless which I disagree with). Its been so interesting.
My stats class... oooh my. I thought I was going to fail, but last saturday, I had this dawning where I finally understood everything from the last section. It just came in one big swoop after almost crying cause I couldn't get it. Thank goodness that dawning came before the first test (which is Friday). I was freaked but I think I can get through this with an ok grade! My Abnormal Psych class.... OOOOH man. REALLY hard tests. I haven't gotten that low of a grade ever. Thankfully with the curve that the teacher gave I got just enough to get a B on it. I'm gonna have to work my butt of big time in that class and I don't even know if thats enough to get an A with his tests. His questions are very unclear so I have to try and figure out how to interpret his questions or something. Wish me luck with that. haha. The rest of classes are good and all. Its just sooo busy this semester. So busy.
I'm so excited for General Conference. Every time it comes around I just feel so recharged and just full of hope and strength. I love it. Its so powerful!
Well I wish there was more to tell but thats pretty much all thats been goin on. Just counting down the weeks for this semester to end. 10 weeks left and one of those is Thanksgiving week so only 9!!!!! Then I will have a little party. Woooo! too bad it wont get easier from here. hahaha! How sad.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Back to school. dun dun DUN.

So here I sit in my new old ghettoish apartment that I actually quite like. The biggest problem is the florescent lights in the vanity area that would make even a super model look like she should wear a bag over her head. This is why a mirror in my room is crucial for my self esteem. Rexburg is just as I left it but colder. I'm not too happy about that aspect. I also am not too happy about how much books cost. I hate spending $400ish dollars on books. I really hope I get at least half of that back when I sell em back at the end of the semester.
I miss being at Eleasha's house though. I felt like an assistant mommy when I was there and it was fun hanging out with my sister and really getting to know her better. It was also so fun to be around Jarrin and Keeley and kiss on Sawyer all the time. The spit up all over my shirt was worth it cause Sawyer is so incredibly kissable and yummy.
So school starts Monday. This should be terribly exciting. I'm hoping this semester will be fun and go by quick but the unknown still makes me nervous. I guess thats why I want school to get going so that its not unknown anymore. So thats about it. Hopefully life will be a lot more "spicey" in a few days especially after I start my internship. woohoo!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

crazy life, cool art

One week before my summer is officially over and I return to school. This wouldn't be sooo bad except for the fact that this is the semester where I take the dreaded math class. Not just math, but Stats. I am HORRIBLE with word problems, which is basically ALL what stats is. I will need as much luck as I can this semester. I'm excited in a way though with all the new this semester. New apartment, new routine, new hair (Eleasha and I colored it last week and its now a dark purply-red. We were going for more red, and hopefully thats what it will turn to, but as of now its still a little more purply), new roommates (though I will really miss my fun Chinese roommates and the endless chinese food *sigh*), a new internship. All kinds of exciting newness, but new means leaving behind the old which I really liked too. Such is life I guess. It will also be sad to leave Eleasha's place.
Eleasha and I had a fun girls night out last night. It was so fun! We went to dinner and went to see House Bunny (which is really funny) and had a lot of time to talk. Its so fun when sisters all get up to that certain age where you can relate to each other despite the age difference and really realize how alike you are. I love that my sisters are my friends. I feel so lucky!
So theres this artist who goes around doing sidewalk art and he is AMAZING!!! You all should go and see it. The web site that has some of his stuff is:
Its really amazing! I wish I had a cool talent like that! Anywho, I'm excited, nervous, apprehensive, worried, and curious at the same time for this coming semester. I just hope the weather stays warm for a long time since we haven't had much of a real summer. I say the weather at least owes it to us to stay mildly warm for a longer period of time since it didn't get very hot this summer for long.
Life is funny.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Back to Pullman

So for the past week or so I have been back to Pullman visiting. It has been an adventure... some days. Most of the time I've felt the extreme of lazy, but I did get to go to the bank and visit a few of my old co-workers earlier today at Wamizzle (aka Washington Mutual). Since this IS a college town, the turnover rate at the bank is soooo high. Through the two years I worked there, 11 people left and about 8 or 9 of those where people who had come after I had started working there. So when I went back I only knew three people there from before, but they were happy to see me so it was fun! I also went out to ice cream with Tekara and my friend Kate's mom who is like my second mom. While I was living here, I spent half of my time at Kate's house and her parents pretty much adopted me. It was because of her mom that I finished my personal progress. Her sisters are like my sisters and her dad was the one to fix up my car and stuff for me. I love them so much! My second family. :D. So we talked and had ice cream and it was fun. I go back to Eleashas to stay for the remainder of my break on Wednesday and I saw goodbye to Pullman once again for a long time. Probably wont be back again till next summer. Its been fun seeing a few of the people I love here. Its always kind of sad when you leave somewhere to think of the people you have to leave behind, but I guess such is life, huh? So thats life right now. Nothing toooo terribly exciting.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Good sisterly times

So Tekara, Eleasha and I went shopping today and had a little too much fun with hats and glasses and these are the results of it. All in all a good time. More pictures of our fun day to follow. lol.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fun Memories

here is another tag.. I think this one will be the most fun for me... This is a tag for everyone who reads this.. Have fun!

1. Add a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember.

2. Next, re-post these instructions on you blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assumer you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments. I can't wait to see what people remember about me!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day of Dancing!

So I realize its been a while since I've updated, but really, theres not a whole lot to tell. Its been a lot of homework, school, sleep and just a few other things scattered between. One more week of school left and its getting kind of intense. Luckily I only have two finals left and one is a take home. The only problem with the take home is that it will probably end up being six pages again....not double spaced. I guess thats what I get for wanting to go to college. :) And I'm tryin to learn the last chapter of Español which is proving to be muy deficil porque tenemos solo tres días a aprender todo de la capitulo! (we only had 3 days to learn all of the chapter). Usually we have a week and a half... but since our semesters are so short, they had to cram the last chapter in 3 days before the final! So thats alllll kinds of fun! Its a good thing for me that I have a spanish speaking novio to help me.
So about the title. I was in a beginning social dance class this semester and today we had our final event thing. Two actually. The first was a dance competition where you could choose to do either waltz or cha cha. I did the cha cha and out of maybe 100 couples, my partner and I got 4th place!!!! I was surprised. I knew we were pretty good but I didn't expect to get past the second round. So imagine my surprise when we get to the top 8! Then I don't work well under pressure so I messed up a step. After that, I thought for sure we'd only get 8th, but we got 4th!!!! I still delightfully surprised! Then I came home and did homework for a while and went back to another dance thing where we had groups that we had to perform in. I did the waltz and then stayed there to dance a while. Its been a fun semester of dancing and I really hope to have another dance class next semester.
Also, it looks like I'm going to have an internship this fall and also looks like I'll be going back to Jackson this next winter. Yay! lol.
Um... I think thats about the extent of the excitement in my life. Soon enough I shall be back home and staying with Eleasha and Brad for seven weeks. Yay for me! maybe not for them... lol. We shall see. Hopefully they wont hate me by the time I leave.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Soooo funny

My spanish teacher showed this to me today and i laughed so hard i cried so i thought i'd share it with everyone else who reads this.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


So I figure its been a while since I updated so I might as well do it. I feel pretty good today. Besides being slightly tired cause I went to the temple today earlyish this morning (early being 8:30 hahaha) It was nice though. I'm really happy I went this morning. I feel really good I think because this semester my testimony has grown even more and I really understand things that I never really fully got before. I thought I understood them before but now I see them more clearly. Things parents and church leaders say to you over and over that as a kid you think they don't see it as clearly as you do... or you think that theres exceptions all over that they are overlooking... but the things that I learned are things that are so incredibly simple and we are told every single day. I know this is vague and I guess I mean it to be that way because I've learned so much that its hard to put a finger on just one thing. I think the thing I've most learned this semester is how incredibly important humility is. To me, its up next to charity. It seems like pretty much everything hangs on those two things. Success and happiness depend on those. Its been a really good time to grow for me and I love it. Its been hard at times this semester, but I've grown so much.
Anywho, I found this video on youtube and thought it was cool so Im putting it on here:

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pictures of Jackson times

So I figured since Eleasha wanted some pictures up, I'd show you all some of my fun in Jackson.

So above are the people at the end of my time in Jackson. I love em a ton but it was really hard not being with those that I started out with. in the back left is Nong (Thai) and Ariel (here at BYUI with me) and Rung (other Thai). From is Rebecca (only knew her a week or so before i left), Maggie, and the guy next to me is Juan (from Ecuador). Fun people!

This above is Jose. Everyone else he knows calls him Rodo since his middleish name is Rodolfo and he hated the name Jose, but since I called him that, everyone at work did too. muahahaha! We dated for three weeks before he left to go back to Peru and are still doing the long (LONG) distance thing. He's an AMAZING guy. Super sweet and funny and fun to be around and talk to. I got him that shirt for his birthday,lol. We are both rather nerdy. and he got me the llama hat cause those hats came from Peru and so do... LLAMAS! I teased him all the time about riding llamas. lol. anyways, next...
Amanda was my roommate for most of the time in Jackson. She and I got along pretty much right away and decided we are kindred spirits! She's great fun and even if i'm tired, she can hold the conversation with little effort on my part which is good sometimes! lol. she's back in Brazil now but shes going to come visit i hope within the next year. she wont be back working in jackson though cause this part of med school she is in is a lot of work.

These are the AMAZING girls that I started with. Us four hung out all the time and got really close. I love them soooo much. Catalina in the front is from Colombia and she's so funny. She has a very spicy personality but is so sweet. lol. and Elisabete in the back in the green is soooooooooo sweet and genuine. one of the most genuinely kind and loveable person I know. She was my roommate after Amanda left and we had a lot of fun our last days together since she and i were the last to leave. she left a week before me. She lives in southern Brazil in a more rural part.

My time in Jackson was surprisingly one of the greatest in my life because I met 5 of the most amazing people ever that i just love so much. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I really love them and miss them so much. I learned so many things about myself and others by getting views from all over. all i can say is SOOOOOOO amazing!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Thank goodness for Prayer

So things have been really hard this week. I wont go into detail but its been one of the hardest times for me. I also realized that I just could not handle 19 credits this semester. There was one class that was just soooo hard. It was the sensation and perception one. Its all scientifical and such and I really am not quick at understanding science and so I felt like out of the 20 things each chapter we needed to know for our test that was this week, I knew maybe 5 out of each. I knew I wouldn't do well in the class since I had so many other classes I also had to focus on, so I dropped it. Now with 16 credits, school is a lot easier to get through. But life isn't so much. But overall I have gotten through it pretty well considering how I am feeling. All thanks to praying like there was no tomorrow. I think I am more grateful for the gospel right now than almost any other time because without it right now, I would feel about a million times worse, but with it, I can smile during the day and leave my burdens behind for a while so I can get through another school day. Its amazing to me what the Lord can do for you when you let him. I never understood the scripture more that says "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" Matt 11: 30. One minute I can feel like I just can't get through the day without crying and the next I feel hope and strength beyond what I could imagine. Its absolutely amazing. I just wanted to share that. And don't worry about me because though times are tough now for me, I have the greatest help I could imagine getting and I'll get through this no matter if it goes how I wish or not because I trust that whatever happens is the will of the one who knows whats best for all.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Not a whole lot to tell, but update none the less

So as another way to procrastinate that which I must do, I decided I feel a need to update all who are interested on my happenings.
So I am back in Rexburg and it feels pretty good for the most part I think. I thought I would be living with all my old Chinese roommates again, but one got an internship in N.Y. so there is a new girl. This girl seems pretty nice but her boyfriend is over alllllllll the time and it drives me crazy. And they are always attached at the lips so its slightly awkward. But I guess she seems nice when she doesn't have a boy attached to her face. We are all taking turns making dinner again which means LOTS OF CHINESE FOR FOR ME! Woo! I love Chinese food and love eating with chopsticks.
I'm taking 19 credits (7 classes) this semester, which may or may not be the death of me. And I am applying for a job at Melaleuca. With all that on my plate... I don't know how exciting this semester will be, but I'm determined to finish school without debt. So far I only owe $1300 or so from last semester.
I love school though. The homework part not so much, but I love going to classes. I was telling my roommate before that the more I learn, even about psychology and things like that, the more my testimony grows. It just amazes me. I wish I could express how incredible it is to be sitting in a class and learn about something that most people probably don't relate to the gospel and suddenly some gospel principle that you thought you understood before has a whole new meaning thats much more profound and explains so much more than you dreamed of.
Anyways, I'm taking a dance class, Book of Mormon (second half), Old Testament (second half), Sensation and Perception, Juvenile Delinquency, Counseling Therapy, and Spanish. In other words, lots and lots and lots of reading.
Still haven't gotten around to getting an appointment to go sell my blood (not really, its plasma), but I plan on doing that as well. The things poor college students do. If I get the job, which I really hope I can get, and also donate plasma, I think I can get through this semester without using any loan money AND pay off all of last semesters debt. Wish me luck and pray for me please cause I'm going to need a LOT of extra strength and help this semester physically and emotionally but I'm determined to do it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Yay! I feel liked a kid again... but i hated being the person that was tagged

So I guess this means I get to answer some fun little questions. I know everyone is DYING to know my intimate feelings on things such as snack foods and such, so without further ado... here we go!

5 things on my to do list:
~meet w/ my academic councilor
~learn spanish really well
~stop procrastinating
~have an interesting/fun life this semester
~make it to south america to go backpacking

5 snacks i love:
~Potato chips w/guacamole
~pretzels and cream cheese
~cheddar jack cheezits
~pita bread w/hummas and eggplant at The Whitehouse (yummm)

5 things I will never wear again
~Washington Mutual uniform
~clown pants (the kind that have huge hips and suck in at the feet
~pants that also act as a bra (you know what i mean)
~short shirts

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire
~donate a lot to charities and such or set up my own charitable foundation helping a cause
~save a lot
~invest a lot
~help my family with anything they needed while letting them still take care of themselves
~buy a house

5 of my favorite toys...nostalgic
~a big stuffed bear that used to be bigger than me that sister Mason took and lost :(
~"the rock" as Maranda and I called it... it wasnt a toy really but it was kind of to us...just a big
rock in our backyard...
~barbies (just to dress em up and make houses... we never really played much with em)
~waterbaby (that maranda drew on with a red marker cause she was mean and jealous)
~the couch cushions (to make cool forts that we quickly destroyed as soon as dad pulled up)

annnnd since i dont have five people that no one else has... I'm the dead link. I'm sorry :) kind of.... or maybe not... hmm.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Its All Over

So here I sit... on the couch... waiting. For what you ask? For Carisa and Tim to come and get me with my mounds and mounds of junk that I felt I HAD to have in Jackson, half of which I never even looked at. I think that has to be one of my biggest problems. I am the worst pack rat you have ever seen. Not only do I keep every single thing (including receipts from years ago...don't ask me why) but I feel like just MAYBE I will need it once for some really random and unexpected event. Why throw this cute little blue ribbon away, I might have some crazy desire someday to make some cute little homemade gift in all my spare time for someone who happens to love the color light blue and collects ribbons. Why would I throw away a priceless treasure such as this? It seems ridiculous at the time. Then a couple years later when I'm going through my stuff (or when I have to pack everything up and move again) I take it out and force myself to just let it go. This is only successful half of the time and therefore I still have tons of junk that I have convinced myself is necessary or will be in the near future. So as a result, packing and unpacking are my least favorite things because I know I will have to drag all this somewhat useless crap to and from the car when I know in my mind its all for nothing because I wont use half of it and it will eventually be thrown away. Why must I burden myself so?
So anyways, here I will continue waiting till Carisa and Time arrive and say "wow, you got a lot of crap for only being here 4 months."

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sad Times

I wish I could make this all fun or at least funny, but right now I'm rather sad. All of the amazing people I started with are officially all gone. I think thats the hardest part of living somewhere like this with all the people from all over the world that come to work here. All the greatest people you meet are from the opposite side of the world. Its not like they are a state away where you can take a road trip to visit them.
My last Brazilian friend, Elisabete, left Friday morning. I drove her to the bus stop and cried as she drove away. Not only was it saying goodbye to her (she's absolutely amazing and funny and sweet), but it was like saying goodbye and ending this chapter in life that I've learned and grown so much from.
Overall though, I'm so so so grateful for this experience that I've had and I really hope I can get the internship next year and have at least a few of the people I love come back for at least one last season together.
I'm going to be getting ahold of someone tomorrow that works at the CV Ranch where I'm going to see if I can get an internship. They kind of mentor emotionally handicapped kids. One of the girls in my ward works there and I was asking her about it when I first found out she worked there and it sounds really interesting. I'm sure it would be very challenging and I'll need the spirit with me a lot to help me know what to do, but I really think I could learn a ton and grow a lot even spiritually from working there. I'm crossing my fingers and hope you are praying for me cause I'm definitely hoping and praying it all works out.
So this next weekend I head back to school which in a way I'm really excited about. In a crazy way I'm kind of nervous though because now that everyone I got close to here is gone, I feel like I don't belong here anymore and with that, I feel like maybe I'll feel like I don't belong in Rexburg anymore and what would I do then? Cause usually I trust my feelings about those type of things because I see where trusting my feelings has led me and I know its the spirit telling me where its best to be... so what would I do if I don't belong in Rexburg anymore? I know its silly cause I love Rexburg and I love school and I'm going to finish school, but man, its still a silly fear somewhere deep inside me. I'm a tad crazy, this I know, cause my roommates told me everyday while I was here. lol. But what can you do?
Oh, and random side note. The DAY that Elisabete left, I started packing (since I dont think I have a day off till the day I leave) and I hear the phone ring. Its this girl asking for direction to our place because surprise to me, she's moving in. And she's moving in with me! The same day Elisabete left. It was kind of sad. She's really nice and from Rexburg as well. Her name is Sarah and oddly enough has the same initials as me. She's my replacement here I guess. lol. I dunno... anyways, thats it for me. I'm just going to go eat my pringles and cry in the corner now cause Woe is me! lol. Ciao

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Crazy people

Working at the bank, I decided a long time ago that the general population are not the brightest stars in the sky. And I realized that people get mean when it comes to money... But now working where I do now, I have decided
1) Crazy people and weird people travel in packs (I'm not sure if this is a survival technique or if they have some sort of chemical that draws them together) and
2) people loose their minds on vacation.
One specific instance I will refer to in regard to number one happened today. Some lady came into the store and spent more than 40 minutes looking around and PUTTING ON everything she wanted. Then when she got to the register, she commenced in taking each thing off and stating why she was buying it and talking to anyone who would listen about why it was a good deal as if trying to convince herself and others that she was making a fantastic financial investment. Her and her friend then stayed another 20 minutes after the other found a jewlery box on sale that was too good of a deal to pass up. The problem was there was only one of the boxes that both wanted. The clothes lady was upset at the box lady for taking the only box that had a butterfly on it and got mad at her for saying that it was such a good sale too loud and thats why the other boxes were gone (there was maybe one other person in the store besides them and the employees). At this point I was extremely happy that I was not at the register .
The second one I have come to realize because some people buy THE dumbest things. They will spend over $100 on meaningless useless trinkets! buying bags full of rocks and 20 key chains and then 15 other useless things and then the best part is when they look shocked that its over $100 dollars. Their eyes go wide and they say "how?" and I explain that 40 little nicknacks that cost $5 each comes out to a tad over $100 and they buy it all anyways. Most of the time. But its really annoying when the looked shocked and say "oh, well then, I don't want any of it!" and stalk away in an awful tissy like we should have said "oh well since you bought soooo much CRAP, we'll give you 50% off it all out of the kind generous goodness of our hearts." So then we are left to put back all the useless crap. Its great fun.
But I think working here has reaffirmed my original theory... the general population's intelligence level may have gone up in some areas, but common sense wise, I fear for my species.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

First time

So apparently this is the "new cool thing" of the family. I guess if everyone jumped off a cliff, I might too... if its my family. Call me a sucker...
Where to start. I guess I'll start with a basic update.
Right now, I am in Jackson Hole, Wy but will be leaving in a couple weeks to return to BYU-Idaho. I am thoroughly excited about that because I happen to be a nerd who loves school... at least college here. But alas, I am still working in Jackson at a big touristy shop called Jackson Trading Company.
Its been an amazing experience here and I've met some of the greatest people here. I lived most of the time with four Brazilian girls and one girl from Colombia. Two of the Brazilian girls and the one from Colombia and I are good friends, but only one of them is left with me. I learned a lot about South American culture and even picked up a little Portuguese... a tiny itty bit. I also started dating a guy from Peru named Jose. He's back in Peru now which I am very sad about, but we are keeping in touch. I'll be back next year if I get an internship here. I also got made a manager at the store which was nice because that means $1 raise! Woohoo!
So thats really my life currently in a nutshell.