Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mission blog

So... I'm going on a mission!  Check out my mission blog here ----> linkety link link

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

It's a well-known fact that I only write on this blog when I'm avoiding something important.  Usually it's finals or homework, but today it's not.  You know why???

Because I'm GRADUATING!  And that means that the final I took this morning was my final final of my undergraduate career.  To be honest, I am a little sad inside.  I've loved my time in college and I can't wait to start back up again with graduate school.  But there are other things that must transpire first.  We'll talk about those things later.

But for now, since I'm practicing avoidance behavior (avoiding packing and cleaning my apartment before I move out), let's do a blog post!  Since it's Thursday, I'll do an Awkward and Awesome post.

AWKWARD:

  • Slipping and almost falling flat on my back while coming home from the testing center today.  What did I slip on?  A plum, of course.
  • Me muttering to myself (literally out loud) and writing in the air with my finger while taking my Chinese exam today.  It helps me remember the tones, ok?!?
  • People seeing my completely empty fridge.  A girl in my apartment complex needed to store some wedding food in my fridge, so she came over and there was a liiiiiiittle awkward moment when I opened the fridge door and it was absolutely empty inside except for a few bottles of jam and mustard.  I'm not starving and I'm not poor, I PROMISE.  I'm just moving out of my house!
  • Cleaning my former roommate's bedroom and finding an old Cafe Rio cup half-filled with... something.  She moved out several weeks ago.  Eeew.
  • My cap and gown.  The little hat is so weird!  And just like in high school, the tassel keeps getting stuck in my eyelashes.
  • The guy distributing caps and gowns and free alumni t-shirts.  "So what size are you?" He looks me up and down and says, "Wait, I think I know......"  That's not creepy at all, sir.  I ALWAYS appreciate it when complete strangers overtly make assessments of my body.  Thankssomuch!
AWESOME:
  • I'm graduating!  That's kind of awesome!
  • The fact that when people say, "Wow, you're graduating!  So what are you going to do next?" I can say, "I'm going to Disneyland!"  Because I AM going to Disneyland!
  • I totally quit my job last week.  I am free.  So free.  So happy.  So glad to be rid of orange hats and angry strangers yelling at me on the phone.
  • While this week has been the busiest of my life, it has been one of the best because I've had a chance to hang out with some of my very best friends.  My friends are the Nutella on my crepe of life.
  • Vanilla coffee creamer + almond milk.  WowwWWwwwW.
  • This photographer and her awesome projects. (Clickety click the link and seeeeee.)
  • Pretty much a lot of things are awesome right now.  Good job for being awesome, life!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I heart Google calendar.




Sometimes I feel a little surprised when I realize that my life doesn't feel as orderly as it looks here, so neatly arranged in colorful boxes.  Oh well.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today's bright spot

Today was long.

I had a midterm at 8 this morning.  It was my Chinese 101 speaking midterm and I was beyond nervous.  I was so nervous I woke up quite sick.  Thankfully, the midterm went very well, and I even had extra time to finish my homework for my next class.

After class I went to work.  I was recently promoted/demoted/reassigned/misplaced into a new position at my work.  Switching jobs is always extremely tough for me.  Today was baptism by fire at work.  I was super stressed out, enough so that my supervisor kept trying to feed me cookies to calm me down.

Somehow that was not helpful for me.

I ended up staying at work for 2 extra hours just trying to finish everything up.  And somehow the extra $18.00 for my efforts does not seem at all worth it.

When I got home I was prepared to head straight for the books, because I have to take my Chinese 101 written midterm tomorrow at 8. I'm not ready for the test.  And by the time I got home, I wasn't even ready to study for the test because I was so drained.

But, thank goodness, a dear friend of mine called right as I was about to lose my mind.  We talked for less than 15 minutes.  It was a short conversation, but it was a real conversation.  It amazes me how that one conversation, no matter how short, was the best part of my day.  I feel better about that conversation than I do about the extra cash I made or the good grade I got on my midterm.  This proves the point that life has been trying to teach me for a while now: successful relationships are the only successes that really count in the long term.  I am so glad this is the case, because I'd rather occupy myself with cultivating healthy, fulfilling relationships with friends, family, God, and myself than worry about anything else.  Moments like that phone conversation can bring meaning to an otherwise dismal day.

By the way, you should watch this.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer '11. It has begun.

Summer. Hug it. Love it. Kiss it. Hold it close and cherish it, because it's finally HERE. *crazy dance*

This summer is going to be interesting for me. It's already been one of many goodbyes, and I know more goodbyes are waiting in the near future. I'll be saying goodbye to a lot of friends, to my ward here in Provo, to my undergraduate career, etc. All of this goodbye-ing has made me realize that TIME really is precious, as cheesy as that sounds, and I don't want to let any time go to waste, no matter where I'm at in life.

So. I've decided that this summer is going to be one of pushing myself. I've long been the type of person who is AFRAID of doing things that I'm not good at, or that I've never tried before. I've recognized lately that this isn't how I want to live my life. I need to get over myself and see that OF COURSE I'm not going to be perfect at everything I try. I don't HAVE to be perfect. So I'm not going to let that fear of not being perfect hold me back from having good experiences. This summer will involve a lot of stretching and straining for my personality, my spirit, my body, and my mind. I'm excited!

So. One thing that I've been afraid of for a long time is BUYING NEW CLOTHES. I'm always nervous to try out new fashions, or even to try on clothes at all because I get frustrated really easily when I feel like I don't look "cute enough." I feel like I've been in a clothing rut for a good... 5 years. It's time to change that. So... to motivate me to try new things in the fashion department, I am entering an outfit contest being put on by my very dear friend Kailee at An Outfit a Day Keeps the Fashion Police Away.  <--Click the links to see Kailee's adorable awesomeness!!  Yaaaay contest!  CLICK THE BUTTON!
 

 I won't lie, this is going to be challenging for me.  If you click the button, you'll see that the theme is going to require lots of creativity, especially for someone like me who tends to wear the same colors (black, blue, grey, and other neutrals) allllll the time.  I'll keep you updated on what I enter.  And YOU should all enter too!  You can win a gift card to Forever 21!  Doooo it, you know you wanna!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Success story

I would just like to announce that it has been TWO WEEKS since I have bitten my nails. I feel... like a champion. And this proves that I do have SOME willpower. I'm taking this as a good sign for my future.

**commence victory dancing**