Life Lately

I know I made a brief list for my last post, but there are so many things on my mind that I couldn’t possibly write about each one without boring you out of your mind. So here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

  • Did you ever read the jokes in the back of Reader’s Digest? I did. To this day I consider those cheesy jokes the source of my sparkling wit. Those and my dad’s lame ones, of course.
  • Pändo is basically my favorite band, and I got to sing with them. Twice. Booyah.
  • I find great fulfillment in what I consider to be intellectual conversations. I’m sure most of the things I say make me seem dumber than a fence post, but talking out my thoughts and ideas with someone who is willing to talk with me is a great feeling. Also, what is the IQ of a fence post?
  • Life is short.
  • Sometimes your best friends get married. But even if and when they do, you’ll still be best friends and take ridiculous pictures by the duck pond to relive the good ole days.
  • You may not be taking classes, but life is still busy. So busy the only time you have to write a blog post about our thoughts is 1:20 in the morning.
  • Great hair days.
  • John Williams is the man. I had a dream the other night that I was being chased by a dinosaur in Jurassic Park, but John Williams’ music started playing and the dinosaur was so mesmerized by the beautiful music, I was able to domesticate him and ride him around without him eating me.
  •  Music, huh? And literature. And history. And art. And just…life. Excuse me for love bursting all over the place here.
  • Heritage. From both your ancestors and even the people who have had a big influence on your life. I am surrounded by so many wonderful people. Love burst again.
  • Sometimes you take really good pictures with your really good friends. But then you make it your profile picture on Facebook and all of a sudden everyone thinks you’re dating. Oops. But just to demonstrate:
Like I was just supposed to NOT make this my profile picture??
  • Being a responsible adult is hard work. But if you go to Wendy’s late at night to get dinner in the form of your favorite fries because you forgot to eat, it can be fun, too.
  • Commuting to work.
  • Reading the General Conference issue of the Ensign is amazing. This is my most recent favorite, and even though it’s to the priesthood holders, I think we can learn a lot from our roles in our Father’s kingdom.
  • Why do the British spell it favourite? Or colour? Don’t their spellings make them seem even more pretentious?
  • America!
  • Parallel structure and this post’s complete lack of anything resembling it.
  • We never had a season they like to call Spring in Arizona, and I have just been loving the beautiful weather and green mountains. Mmm.
  • Gilbert Blythe and the rule that bosom friends can hold hands whether their husbands are out of town or not.
I’ll take one to go, please.

I already have a bosom friend, though, but thanks for asking.

  • Piles of laundry
  • How much I love education. I recently sat through a teacher training for a private school. Like, on my own. And, like, I kind of wanted to be there. Voluntarily. And I thought it was really interesting. I think I must be in the right major–yay!
  • This post was supposed to be short.
  • Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. But sometimes that’s ok, and life is even better than you could have imagined it. Thanks Heaven for that. And I do.


This makes me happy.

Only thing better than an Arizona sunset? An Arizona sunset with a nearly-completed Gilbert temple in the foreground.

Arizona Centennial Day

I’m boycotting Valentine’s Day again this year in favor of:
Arizona’s Centennial!

Some reasons I love Arizona:

Grand Canyon Scenery

Oh…and I don’t have a boyfriend. That may have something to do with my boycott.

But I LOVE Arizona! Happy 100!


I’m about to head off on this grand adventure. I will be touring exotic destinations, meeting actual Spaniards, making tons of new friends, and having the time of my life. Before I started this crazy madness, though, I took a quick pitstop at the place I love most in the entire world.

#3103 on Cullumber Street in a beautiful town called Gilbert.

I love being home. I love walking in from the garage and hearing my lovely and obnoxious dog absolutely squealing out of excitement. I love smelling the fresh cleanliness that my apartment can never seem to achieve, no matter how hard I scrub the kitchen floor. I love being surrounded by my family members and getting big hugs the minute we are reunited. I love the corner spot on our sectional, and love the wrestling match that ensues when I get there first. I love having a fridge and pantry full of food I can only dream about on my starving-student budget. I love the green trees lining my street and the tremendous growth they’ve experienced since I left last. I love my little porch swing, and I love my late-night chats on my parents’ bed.

Every time I kneel down to pray when I’m home (by the bottom bunk in Andie’s room, which is something I, admittedly, don’t love) I cannot fully express to my Heavenly Father how grateful I am to be at the place I love the most with the people I adore. I can’t put it into words, but I feel like MoTab put it the best–Home has a special kind of feeling.

February 14th

I happen to love February 14th. It’s a day when I wake up, jump out of bed, and rush to get my day started because there is so much celebrating to do! What, you may ask, makes this day so special? Let me tell you.

It’s Arizona Statehood Day!

Anyone who has talked to me for an extended period of time knows that I LOVE my home state of AZ. I love the weather, I love the people, I love my neighborhood and ward, and I love being home with my family. So when I remembered today that I have a reason to celebrate the creation of my favorite state, I went ahead and celebrated! The rest of the campus was celebrating too–We had heart shaped cookies in Spanish class (to represent our love for Arizona), we sang “Love One Another” for our opening song in Church History (because we love Arizona and it loves us), and everyone was wearing either pink or red, an obvious reference to the red stripes on the Arizona flag. See? Arizona is just the greatest. 🙂