Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Me: "I don't know."
Mom: "Guess what she had in her mouth when I came home."
Me: "Umm . . . her Christmas present?"
Me: "Why'd you leave it where she could get it?"
Mom: "It was in a cardboard box!"
Mom: "Who knew she'd get it?"
Me: "I did! That's why I guessed it."
Mom: "She shredded the box."
Me: "I can't believe you left it where she could get it."
Mom: "She was really proud of herself, prancing around with a reindeer in her mouth."
What you have to understand about this to get the full gist is that this dog is surrounded by boxes. We move so much, she is really used to it, and she never touches anything. But when my mom brought that box in from the mail the yesterday and then left it where she could reach it, she got into it. She has this uncanny, yet irritating, and also adorable way of knowing whenever we have a toy even if it is new and hidden. She is so cute. But now she doesn't get a gift on Christmas. Jacoba does. She's a good dog and left her new tug toy alone.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Happy birthday, Jesus, It's that time of year
All the lights on the tree say Christmas time is near
Another year's behind us, You helped us make it through
So happy birthday Jesus, this song is just for You
We all get so hung up, on material things
At times it seems like we forget what Christmas really means
It should be thanks we're giving, that's why I wrote this tune
Happy birthday, Jesus, this song is just for You
There's a gift for everyone but You underneath the tree
No it's not much, but I hope You like this song to you from me
Happy birthday, Jesus, that's why I wrote this tune
So happy birthday, Jesus, my song is just for You
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I heard the song The Rebel Jesus for the first time today. Jackson Browne clearly states in the song that he is "heathen" and a "pagan." A listen to the lyrics however shows that he is being sarcastic- kind of- he really doesn't believe in Jesus Christ in the Christian, Savior of the World sense- he is apparently a believer in the "social gospel" (so maybe satirical is a better word)- but he does believe that all of us who profess to be Christians are doing kind of bad job of living like the Savior.
Jesus came to the world to help the poor, the downtrodden, and the helpless. For those of us who do believe He is the Savior, we have a responsibility, as followers of Jesus Christ, to help them too- at all times but especially, especially, at this time of year when we celebrate His birth.
This Christmas season, it is my prayer that we all remember Christ and choose to serve those to whom He would pay the most attention were He here. I know I at least have much to learn from the Savior's example.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Good advice! I bought my niece a series of books that I absolutely adore and I hope she falls in love with them too. I also hope we get some time to start reading them together before we head home (we're only going to be in Oregon from the 24th-29th, not very long). I can't wait for Christmas and am super excited to spend it with family.
Monday, December 7, 2009
For some reason that I really can't explain, I really felt the Spirit when reading this today. I am grateful for the tender mercies the Lord gives to me in allowing me to feel Him confirming the truthfulness of the gospel. I am grateful for the sacrifice our Savior made on our behalf and for His Father and ours allowing Him to do so.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
2. My cell phone
3. The Scriptures
5. The Ensign
6. Chickens in the Road (truly hilarious, you should go to her website and follow her directions to vote)
7. Colored pencils
8. My niece and nephew
9. Christmas music (enjoy my new playlist!)
11. Hot chocolate
12. People that support me in everything I try to do
13. My camera that allows me to capture special moments
14. Facebook that lets me see the special moments other people manage to capture that I don't
15. Good literature
16. The time to read
17. A love of cooking
18. Good people
20. Expressions of love that others give me
21. Opportunities to express my love for others
22. hydrogen peroxide (I have a strange obsession with pouring it on open wounds and watching it "fizz")
24. A living prophet
25. Heavenly Father
26. Jesus Christ
On an unrelated note, once again it is difficult to read old posts due to my new layout, so just highlight the text to be able to see it.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Read it here.
No offense to any smokers out there- that is your choice and you have the right to make it. But that's the point- it is your choice. I know most people, including smokers, agree with this and it's the few who don't that make it in the news, but I'm so disappointed in the juries who award money for this.
OKAY, I'm totally cheating because I am grateful for these six people all for the same reason: helping me run my research tonight for four loooonnnnggggggg hours. We're manipulating our independent variables trying to figure out if we can make the placebo effect stronger depending on certain things we try, which I'm intentionally being vague about. We should know soon how our data turned out.
7. Booyoon, my coworker who covered at my desk for me today so I could have the afternoon off, since I knew I had four hours of research to run.
8. Contacts. I don't like wearing glasses in the heat.
9. Glasses. Haha. Not having them, and being forced to wear my contacts as soon as I got up and until I went to bed was getting really old after like ten years. I'm relieved when I can take my contacts out at night.
10. My well equipped desk in my apartment. Most students out here aren't as well prepared as I am.
11. All the great educational resources I have available to me here.
12. That laundry at the school is only $1.50/wash & dry instead of like $10/wash & dry at the shopping center.
13. That my new haircut didn't turn out like the last one that might have made me a little paranoid. That's saying a lot too- I am very much one of those "it's just hair!" type of people, so if I was nervous, it must have been bad . . .
14. The smell of rain.
15. The smell of fire. I love it when they're burning something over at the PCC.
16. Jesus Christ. I know I already mentioned Him. But He will be on my list every day for the rest of my life.
Being grateful is great.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1. Veterans like both my grandfathers and my dad.
2. My doggies, Cami and Jacoba.
3. My temporary doggies: Beverly, Cascade, Phantom, Patriot, and Megan.
5. My boss who is kind and generous. I forgive her for the times she gets snappy. Her job can be stressful.
6. Trans Siberian Orchestra- some of my most favorite Christmas music.
7. Christmas music in general. I know, I know. I gave into early. It is not yet Thanksgiving. But I won't listen to it loudly until then.
8. My first 4H leader who's name I don't even remember.
9-11 ran away.
1. My Patriarchal blessing.
2. That in a month I'll be able to go to the Temple whenever I want without buying a plane ticket.
5. Other blogs.
6. Camp Bloomfield.
7. Camp Bloomfield staff.
8. Camp Bloomfield puppies.
9. Leather leashes.
11. Electric outlets.
12. Homemade bread.
1. Ryan & Irene.
2. My education.
3. That things always manage to work out.
4. My ingenious cardboard box under the bed idea.
5. The wind.
7. My bug-bite meds- a clear winner!
8. Harry Potter.
10. How could I leave out Wicked?
11. Gordon B. Hinckley.
13. Relief Society. Seriously this time.
1. My computer.
3. Okay, all Mexican food.
4. Cold Stone.
5. Bend, Oregon.
6. Mr. Harris.
7. Mrs. Cardiff.
8. Mr. Lund.
9. Dove ice cream that I just discovered this week.
10. Homemade salsa.
11. Homegrown tomatoes that I can just eat by themselves.
12. My cozy apartment.
1. Hot chocolate.
2. Big, cute mugs.
3. Disney. Love it. Too much.
4. That my room smells good.
5. The great deal I found on a rental condo and paid for yesterday that will allow both my mom, my sister, Stephanie, and me to stay in the same place rather than broken up into three places.
6. Q-tips. :)
7. Bath and Body Works.
8. Hand sanitizer. Deja vu again.
9. Surge protectors.
10. My newly found flashlight! If there's a power outage, I'm prepared. Again.
11. My three hole punch.
And finally, today.
2. The great talks given today.
3. The really cute boy that spoke last. Too bad he's engaged.
4. Oh My Gosh! The super hot boy that stopped at our Stake service project car-wash yesterday. That is a member and goes to BYUH. Since his ward didn't tell him about the car wash, clearly he comes from an inactive ward. I should have invited him to Church with me. I would have sat next to him. I could have made that sacrifice. You know, for the Lord.
5. The dart game my mom gave me for Easter. It helped me to find my long missing flashlight.
7. The chicken tacos I'm going to have for dinner tonight.
8. My nice clean section of the fridge.
9. A&W root beer. It's recently become my drink of choice.
10. Job Offers!
12. Vizsla people (Judy).
13. The Holiday season. What could be better?
14. The Sabbath.
15. Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
2) The amazing new Christmas music I bought on iTunes today.
3) The job (paid eight month internship) I got offered at Disneyland today.
4) The knowledge that the Lord will help me, within the time frame I've been allowed, make the right decision on whether or not I should take said job.
6) Shawna (I love you!).
7) The wonderful A&W root beer sitting on my desk right now.
8) The reassurance I have that even if it rains and rains and rains and floods this weekend like is anticipated, I'm prepared.
9) Did I already tell you how amazing psychology students are? I'm grateful for all my "major" friends.
10) That Jessica is going with me to the New Moon release so I will not be the only one going with the sole purpose of making fun of the whole thing. Okay, maybe that's not my sole purpose. I really do like the series, A WHOLE LOT, but seriously the movies are terrible. I've never before in my life repeat watched a movie with such bad acting.
Monday, November 9, 2009
2) The Bishop. I know I already said I'm grateful for him a few days ago, but I'm thankful again. Or still. We had a great FHE at his house tonight.
3) My cell phone that lets me easily stay in touch with my family.
5) That I'm still caught up on schoolwork!
6) My hilarious Educational Psychology class. We are so much fun!
7) My fan. It's great.
8) That my new slippers are not too slippery (for all you mainlanders, in Hawaii, "slippers" refers to flip-flops).
9) Faithful examples of the kind of woman I want to become, from Sister Tueller (Bishop's wife).
I have an amazing life.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
2) General Conference. I just got my conference issue of the Ensign this week (did I already say I was grateful for this 'cause I'm kinda feeling some deja vu . . . ) and began digging in last night. I always love re-reading the talks over and over again and finding new meaning. This issue is a little more special than normal because I was as sick as a dog conference weekend last month and I slept through most of it, so for many of the talks, this is my first exposure. I decided from now on, rather than just highlighting, I'm also going to write three things, right there inside the magazine, on each article, that I can do to apply the teachings from each of the leaders of the Church. I think this will bring me many more blessings than simply reading and trying once in awhile to remember what I read will. Taking action is always a good thing.
3) That things at home are going better.
4) Relief Society. Okay, honestly, I might have had a "I'm bitter towards RS" moment today, so this is my attempt at one of those "live like you believe" things. If I publicly express my gratitude for RS maybe I'll get back to my normal state, which is gratitude, much faster. I really do love RS, just not for an hour or two today. I love it that the Lord has provided us with an organization to help us grow together as women in the gospel.
5) My toothbrush. Maybe if I publicly declare how happy I am with my toothbrush, the batteries will maintain some sense of loyalty and decide to hold out until I'm able to make it to Walmart again.
6) The cute earrings I wore today. I bought them back in June and wore them for the first time today. I really like them. "Mahalo, Target."
7) Monk. Such a good, clean show.
8) That I am feeling well-rested for the first time in weeks. How fantastic is that?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
1) I am grateful that when I prayed feverently yesterday that I would be able to focus on my schoolwork all day today and that the Lord would help me to ignore distractions, that He did. I got a lot done today and I am sooo grateful.
2) I am grateful that my mom paid $4,000 for my braces when she could have paid for her own instead.
3) I am grateful for a clean apartment.
4) I am grateful for an amazing bishop.
5) I am grateful for the opportunity to relax with fun friends on stressful days.
6) I am grateful that at a time when buying "local" has become important to me, ways to do so in my community have really opened up.
7) I am grateful for my many, many different colors of highlighters. They help me to stay organized.
This has been fun but I'm definitely starting to run out of "unordinary" things to be grateful for. This list is going to be getting much more typical and ordinary.
Have a great Sabbath.
Friday, November 6, 2009
This has been one crazy week. Some really good things have happened and it's also been one of the most stressful weeks I can ever remember. I don't think I've actually ever cried while taking a test before, and I totally did tonight while I was failing my social psychology midterm.
But I am still grateful:
1. It's the weekend! Yay. Now I have, from this point, 28 hours and 15 minutes to sit in my room and do homework and not have to worry about interruptions from work, classes, and teachers trying to assign more to the pile.
2. For Tillamook Cheese in Hawaii (I'm trying really hard to eat locally, but I allow myself this splurge, purchasing cheese shipped from the mainland- I'm pretty sure all our cheese, at least at our grocery store out here, is shipped from the mainland anyways).
3. For the great mentors I have at this University.
4. That the Hale will be pretty quiet tonight. Or at least until a bunch of love-drunk and infatuation high girls return from the Fall Ball.
5. Our surprisingly fantastic library on campus that allows me to escape from reality for a bit once in awhile.
6. Is it lame to say "the weekend" again. Probably- okay then- my two copies of the General Conference issue of the Ensign that just arrived this week and I can start studying this Sunday. I'm particularly excited because I was really, really sick Conference weekend and I missed a lot of it, so this will be my first exposure to some of these talks.
Now, to get to my remaining 28 hours and 8 minutes for homework . . .
Thursday, November 5, 2009
1. My coworkers, especially JiNah, Anna, and Rachelle since they are the ones I sit with.
3. My computer. It has truly been a lifesaver. I am so glad I was able to afford it.
4. A roommate who is very much "go-with-the-flow" and puts up with my opinionated inflexibility.
5. The cooler weather.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I ran a psychology experiment today. I have two teammates that help, but we also had three other people come help. I'm grateful for Thomas, Kazumi, and Cory. They made it go so much faster. They willingly gave their time to come help with a project that they did not have to do. I appreciate their Christlike examples of service.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the research teams. Though they might stress me out a lot, not a lot of undergraduate students have these research opportunities, especially at such a small university. I'm grateful that I was prompted to go to school at BYUH because I am receiving an excellent education.
I am grateful for my family. They stress me out too! But I love them. My mom is having a really tough time right now and I desperately wish I could be home with her.
I am grateful for prayer. Sometimes, even when I don't perceive an answer, just knowing the Lord is listening is what gets me through. How lucky I am to know that my Heavenly Father is aware of every petition I make and of every grateful thought I have. I love what Abraham Lincoln said: "I have been driven many times to my knees by an overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go." That's how stressed I am now. I am grateful for a God who loves and listens.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Okay, I know it doesn't look very rainy but it is. It's not as bright as this picture makes it look.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I work on three research teams here at school, doing marketing research for the Polynesian Cultural Center (my role there is pretty laid back, just data collection, not analyzing), the Student Development Center (I'm in charge of an "occasion-setting" project- how does the therapist set-the-occasion for a relationship between a student who is working through academic issues, and the student's professor(s) and an ethnic specific student development project looking at whether retention rates of Polynesian students improve when they are placed in an academic skills class specific to their ethnicity- I actually presented this at a regional conference earlier this year and am hoping to present at a national conference next May). Finally, I lead a team as part of my stats profs "personal lab."
One of the six projects I'm currently working on is pure lit review which is a little unusual for us since we do empirical, quantitative research, so it's new territory for me. I'm writing a paper on cultural views of science and how different people around the world view science and research in different ways. I just found out on Monday that Dr. Miller wants to talk about this project with some PhDs from Purdue on Tuesday. And I have to have a PowerPoint for them.
Did I mention I'm currently working on six projects for this team- me and my two team-mates? We have a ton to do so when we were given this deadline, do you know how much writing I had done for this project. That's right- none. Thank heavens I had done most of the reading! Though I'm still trying to do some more.
Anyhow, since Monday, I've been getting up at 5:30-6 am and staying up till 11-11:30 at night. Now, that might not seem too unusual for a college student (it is for me), but what is unusual is that I have been working constantly! Except for this blog and when I'm at work, where I also have a few minutes to blog and get on facebook.
So I'm kinda going crazy. I'm in science, culture, journal article, PowerPoint, APA overload. And I think it might be making me lose my mind. I'll be glad when this is done. I'm going to try to finish by mid-Friday afternoon to submit to my "boss"- he supervises all the team leads and we'll discuss and make improvements Saturday (well, he will- I'm going to the Kona temple) and Monday.
Pictures of my night follow. I'm getting a little loopy.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Aloha au iā 'oe, Hawai'i.
Monday, October 26, 2009
So funny story from a fireside tonight (a fireside is kind of like an informal church meeting; it's not church but similar-ish). Elder Ritchie (he's here on a mission, that's why he's called "Elder"; he's a "senior" missionary, meaning he is married and he and his wife are serving together) was our fireside speaker. He told about a fast and testimony meeting (in the LDS church we refer to the first Sunday of every month as "fast" sunday; we abstain from food and beverages for 24 hours and pray for a specific need or blessing for ourselves and/or others; we also have a testimony meeting in church, where rather then the two or three scheduled speakers, anyone is free to get up and bear their testimony- we also use the word "testimony" a little different then the rest of the Christian world does) where his then seven year old son brought along a few seven years old friends. They had never been to an LDS chuch before, but one of them quickly got into the spirit of things and before they knew it he had walked up to the stand. When it was his turn to bear his testimony, the Ritchies were praying for him that it would be a positive experience for him, but as he wrapped up, it was clear he wasn't sure exactly how to finish (it is normal to conclude by saying something like, "in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen"), so he paused for a moment and then said, "Holy Moses, Amen!"
Thursday, October 8, 2009
So, if you're trying to decide what to get me for Christmas, well ya know. And if that seems a little expensive for a Christmas gift, don't forget- I graduate in December too!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
That being said, when it comes to the films, Taylor Lautner is so much more attractive than Robert Pattinson that it's ridiculous.
Gosh is he attractive. And, unfortunately, far, far too young for me.
Robert (aka Edward)
He just doesn't do it for me. And he's supposed to be the most gorgeous guy walking the planet!
If they were gonna go with Harry Potter stars for Twilight, my vote would have been for Sean Biggerstaff who played Oliver Wood and didn't get nearly enough screen time.
I should be a casting director . . .
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So why am I so busy? I'm supposed to have senioritis right now. I'm not supposed to be slaving over papers and projects in all my free time and falling asleep over my homework at my desk.
Someone, somewhere, got this wrong!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wouldn't it be incredible to live right across the street from the Temple? The blessings found in the Temple of God are amazing. I pray that everyone that hopes to be able to enter House of God will either set their life straight or keep it that way so that they can receive the blessings found there.
Monday, September 7, 2009
After our adventures at Disneyland, Sea World, and everywhere else all over southern California, we headed to camp for a weeks worth of staff training. When you've been there three years, training can be kinda boring, but I suppose I learn new things anyways.
In the dining hall:Whale "playing:"
Me looking strange as usual:
We also went to a Dodger game. I didn't realize how much I knew about baseball until I had to explain the game and everything that was happening to group of blind kids. The game was an incredible amount of fun.
Our last session of camp was Family Camp #2. It's pretty much like the first except even more laid back. Our arts and crafts activities were a combination of my favorites from the summer and what we had left over. The last day, the wall people, Elphie and Hercules left the burma bridge open for me to try. When I got there and saw how high I had to climb just to get up (really, only about 8-10 feet), I almost wimped out. Then I did wimp out while I was climbing. And then Elph and Herc made me feel guilty because they had waited for me. So I did it again and got on the bridge this time. I didn't make it very far- it WAS SOOOO SCARY! But I'm glad I got to try it. My favorite part- when I was walking backwards to get back (because I was afraid that if I turned around I would fall off- not that I'm afraid of falling off- I'm afraid of trying to get back on if I fall) and screaming: "WHY DO THE KIDS LIKE THIS?!?!?!!"
I mentioned on my blog forever ago that Memorial Day weekend I was going to San Francisco for the APS (Association of Psychological Science) conference. Well I did and it was fun. It was a great experience to be there with so many good scientists. There's an article on the school newspaper site that kind of explains what I did while there.
My last week and a half at school were uber stressful. I was sick to my stomach the whole time but I managed to pull off my "almost 4.o" again- just one A-! So lame. Classes ended on June 3 and I flew to Utah to meet Lindsey on the 4th, got there on the 5th. We hung out Friday and on Saturday packed the car and waited until her roommate, Lacy, got off work, then drove to Lindsey's parent's house. Lindsey went to a friend's wedding reception and then we went on a nice walk around the neighborhood. Lindsey knows every single freakin' person in her neighborhood and what they do in church.
The next day we went to the Los Angeles Temple. It is gorgeous. It is old and therefore throughout the temple ceremony you travel to different rooms for the different presentations. The murals on the walls are gorgeous!