Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Around the house

Last week Jason and I replaced the lightbulbs in the stairwell of our apartment building. Um, you can see how much work I did compared to how much work he did (yes, I'm behind the camera):


Isn't he so talented? And cute?


We also got some carrots from our garden for dinner.


See this monster? Look how big it is compared to a normal carrot!


I think something in our soil makes mutant carrots. Or we're magic.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

For Lizi


This is Lizi. She is wonderful. She is one of my best friends.

Her birthday was last week, on the 22nd, and she turned 22. :)

And I forgot to call her.

I am a bad friend.

But Lizi is a good friend, and I love her. :) So this is for Lizi.


Lizi,

Remember freshman year, when we first met, and you thought I was quiet, and I thought you were Polish?

And this:


And these guys:


(And remember when Batman popped, and you hung the popped balloons from the light, and somehow it looked like dismemberment, and the subsequent kidnapping and funeral of Batman?)

And April Fools Day, and cleaning out the fridge at midnight, and changing our minds about our majors like eight times, and food, and Scarlet, and bunkbeds, and the incident involving glow sticks that came to be known as the "really bad idea," and the other incident involving washing hair & vaseline & ketchup & dish soap, and breakdowns, and talking, and helping and encouraging and loving each other.

And of course this and this and this. (Especially the last one.)

Lizi, I love you.


(And you are gorgeous.)

Happy birthday!


Signing up for Classes

So, yesterday I signed up for my last semester at BYU. Perhaps because it's my last chance to take classes here, I'm very restless about my schedule right now. I want to make sure I've taken everything I want to. And being here, at this point, I'm really glad I've taken a lot of optional classes along the way that I wanted to take - astronomy, animal restraint, world dance, my whole family life minor. This week I pretty much registered for everything I could think of, so right now I'm signed up for 10 classes and 16.5 credits.

The classes I'm signed up for that I'm required to take:
Evolutionary Biology (2 credits)
Evolutionary Biology Lab (1 credit)

A class I'm signed up for that I want to take and I'm required to take (unless I take statistics) but am a little bit intimidated by:
Wildlife Behavioral Ecology (3 credits)

Classes I'm signed up for that I definitely want to take:
Self-defense (0.5 credits)
Foundations of DAP (developmentally appropriate practices) (2 credits)
Food Preparation in the Home (2 credits)
Polynesian Dance (0.5 credits)

Classes I'm signed up for that I kind of want to take, but am considering changing:
Beginning Badminton (0.5 credits)
Infant Development in the Family (3 credits)
Beginning Piano (2 credits)

Another class I'm considering is Beginning Japanese (I took three years of Japanese in high school), but I'd have to drop at least one class and rearrange my schedule for it.

Any suggestions of what to take, what to change, or what to keep?

Jason won the bet


At the beginning of October, Jason and I had a discussion about when we predicted it would first snow here in Provo. Jason guess that it would snow by October 28th, I guess that it wouldn't snow until after Halloween.

Jason won.

Today it snowed. I looked out the window, and snowflakes were falling down around us. Well, "falling" isn't the right word. They moved towards the ground with the intensity of someone who has jumped off a high diving board and is heading toward the water. And now, as Jason and I get ready for bed, a layer of snow lies on the grass and trees outside.

My feet got cold from the suddenly chilly air. Here they are all bundled up against the cold weather:


Mmm. Sooo warm. And snuggly. mmmm. :) Do you know most of your body heat is lost through your head and your feet? So, if you are feeling cold, if you cover up those things first, you'll be significantly warmer! So, when I was cold yesterday: me + socks = me significantly warmer!

Oh, also, see the wreath on our door? I made it! Jill and I got together last week for a night of girl talk and making wreaths. It was so fun! And we were both very happy with our wreaths. Hers was so cute, too. It had all these pretty red and orange leaves and little berries. Crafts are so fun!



Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday

In primary (the class I attended as child in church) we used to sing a song that started off with the words "Saturday is a special day, it's the day we get ready for Sunday." It's kind of interesting, because the song is really saying that Saturday is only a special day because it precedes Sunday, a more special day. And that's true. Sunday is the day that we strive to focus the most on God, to worship him and to refocus our lives on him and his son Jesus Christ. We strive to make it a day of rest, a day of worship, a day of renewal, a day of family.

Every Sunday I want to start sharing with you something that brings hope to my life. Whether it's a quote from a prophet or apostle, talking to you about a favorite talk from general conference, or sharing one of these amazing videos with you, it'll be something that brings joy to my life and hopefully to yours, too.

Today I want to share this video with you. It's a story told by President Gordon B. Hinckley, who was a living prophet on the earth today and the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until he passed away in 2008. President Hinckley is one of my favorite people of all time. I feel like he is my old friend.

This story he tells makes me happy. The joy of service is incredible; when I serve others, I am filled with love, happiness, and satisfaction, and even hearing stories of service can bring happiness to people generations after they happen. When we learn to love and serve others, our lives are so much fuller, richer, and happier.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Books I love - The Giver


It's book time again! The book I want to talk to you about today is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

So, this book is awesome. (And a quick read, too, if you're not sure if you have time to read it.) The main character, Jonas, lives in a perfect society. Everything is well ordered, everyone is taught how to be a good, kind citizen, everyone is taught how to deal with their feelings productively, everyone is taught how to serve others. At the end of each year growing up, all the children go through a ceremony in which they symbolically grow up a little (they cut their hair, they recieve different clothes, they get their first bicycles, etc.) At the end of their twelfth year, all the children recieve the assignment of the career they will follow for the rest of their lives. These careers have been carefully selected by a council from the community whose job is to study the lives of each child and watch their temperament, interests, and talents. Everyone is perfectly suited to the job chosen for them.

When it comes time for Jonas and his friends to recieve their careers, something happens - the announcer skips over Jonas. This never happens. All of the children have a number, everything goes in the order of those numbers - except this time. The speaker saves Jonas til last, announcing to the community that Jonas has been chosen for the most important position in the community - the Receiver of Memory.

As Jonas is taught by the old Receiver of Memory, the Giver, who gives Jonas the memories of the past, he learns the history of what has been and the possibilities of what could be.

I love this book. It's so good. Reeeeaad it.

The Temple in September

Sometime last month, Jason and I got to go to the temple with our good friends Jill and Tommy and Becca and Trevor. It was a beautiful day, and it was so good to be able to go with them to such a beautiful and peaceful place.


Jason and I were able to look at the flowers when we first got to the temple. Everywhere you looked they were bursting - it was like fireworks made of flowers.


I found these crazy volcano flowers over on the side. They looked liked little volcanoes.


I love the temple, both inside and out.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Backwards left-handed on one foot

So on my birthday, I mentioned that Jason, Sydney, Alyse and I went bowling at the BYU bowling alley. Craziest. Game. Ever.


As we walked into the bowling alley, Alyse asked us if we had ever played skittle bowling. None of us had, so she explained it for us: when it's your turn to bowl, you draw a skittle from a bag. Whatever color you draw determines how you throw your ball that turn: backwards, left-handed, etcetera. We didn't have any skittles, but we still wanted to play, so we decided to all throw our balls a different way each turn.

For our first turns we all threw it normal, but it quickly dissolved into craziness after that. The second round was backwards, then left handed, then with our eyes closed, then kicking it, then with this weird metal thing we found. You get the idea.


We actually did surprisingly well. Jason and I both got spares on the one with our eyes closed, I got a spare on backwards, Alyse got a spare on something crazy, and Sydney got a spare backwards left-handed on one leg. All in all, we had ten spares between us in the game.



(This was the weird metal thing we found. It was actually the hardest.)


I don't know how to explain the one Jason is doing in the pictures below...we kind of had to hold the ball to our chest with our elbows, run at the pins, and then launch it (with no hands).



(Kicking the ball)


Dancing?

Backwards left-handed on one foot

Yata!