Friday, April 30, 2010

"On a scale of 1 to 10...rate your pain."

...asked the nurse as Shawney wheeled me up to her in the emergency room. Slumped over in the wheelchair, with my head in between my knees, I lifted my head up a tad to make sure I groaned "NINE!!!!!!" louder than all of the other answers I was giving to her...and smiled inwardly. All I could think of was Brian Regan's Emergency Room sketch. Check out the video around 2:00 in.

Side note: I went in for pain caused by a kidney stone.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Goals (Posted for Accountability's Sake and Unrestrained Feedback)

  • Finish the Book of Mormon in Spanish by August 31
  • Go to the temple bimonthly
  • Always be working with and praying for an investigator
  • Four hours of practice every day (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon or night)
  • Get a B or higher in my English class
  • Volunteer at the MTC bimonthly
  • Facebook only on Sundays (unless I am managing an event)
  • Run 5 times a week
  • Go swimming at least twice a month (this is subject to incremental increase)
  • Cook dinner for a friend or friends once a month
  • Like a boy that likes me...and cook dinner for him more than once a month

A Letter From Los Angeles

I came home from campus today and found a letter from Hermana Dickson on my desk. Since we all love Eliza, I thought I'd post a part of it...

"Awhile ago we talked to a very old man walking down the street. He is a Holocaust survivor. His name is Abel. He said that museums and synagogues and organizations ask him to speak all the time, not just because he is a survivor, but now he is a WITNESS of what actually happened. There are some people or some countries that try to deny that the Holocaust even happened. Abel is a witness that it did happen.

I couldn't/haven't stopped thinking about him. I thought, "How can people deny or pretend to believe that this huge event didn't happen? How can communities so radically distort history or distort the truth?" Naturally my thoughts turn to the Savior. We have the Bible, with four different accounts of Jesus Christ, His life, His ministry, His death, and resurrection. Yet people believe what they want--that He was just a good leader, or that He was just a doctor, or that the Bible is just all a lie. The Book of Mormon even more clearly shows and testifies that Jesus is the Christ! He really did live and perform miracles and call twelve apostles and set up His church. He atoned for our sins, was crucified, and rose from the dead on the third day! I haven't seen Jesus, but I am a WITNESS that He is our Savior. I have felt His redeeming power when I repent. I have felt His love when I am sad. I have felt His spirit of goodness and calmness and that what I am reading is right as I study the scriptures. The spirit has testified to me of the truth, so now I testify to Los Angeles of this truth. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He is the Perfect Lamb. He is our advocate with the Father. He makes right all that is wrong in the world."

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hobbler Half-Marathon

I signed up for the Hobbler Half-Marathon which will take place in Springville on July 10, 2010. In the description it said it was a "gentle, downhill half-marathon" which I thought was perfect for a novice like me. I'm excited to go for it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Two "First-Time-Evers" on Two First Dates

1. For the first time ever, I played the Newlywed game...on a first date. Here are some of the questions that I had to answer:
  • "Does your husband put his shirt on head-first, or arms-first?"
  • "What is your husband's favorite dish that you make for him?"
  • "Where would your husband say you'd want to go on a second honeymoon?"
(Our answers actually matched up on #1 and #3.)

2. For the first time ever I went out with a man named Roger. When he was texting me to confirm plans for our date (which was a lovely bike ride along the Provo River Trail) Shawney told me I should reply, "Roger That."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surprising Sally

On the eve of Sally's birthday, we surprised her when she thought she was going over to Apt. 9 (Christian Pratt and Spencer Ruben's apartment) to cut Palmer's hair, as she usually does. During the party I thought to myself a couple times, "Poor, Palmer. He'll have to wait at least another week till he gets a haircut..." because the whole scheme stemmed from his genuine need for a haircut.

Shawney encouraged me to yell "SUPPLIES!" when Sally walked in, so I did. She covered her mouth in amazement because I don't think Apt. 9 had ever been so full (at least I had never seen it that full). About 40 people were in attendance...including distinguished guests such as our friendly School of Music percussionist David Hernandez.

The highlight of the party was Sally wacking at the Spiderman pinata...first with an ax, comparable to Gimli's, and afterwards a sword, comparable to Aragorn's (both provided by the Apt. 9 boys. I'd still like to know why the boys were equipped with such weapons...and how much they paid for them.) Once the pinata fell to the ground, she gripped the sword and pierced the dead pinata once and for all. It must have been a tribute to the LOTR scene when the blond girl, the one who has a crush on Aragorn for awhile, makes a triumphant kill, proving herself just as fit for war as a man might be, if not more.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Song That Sarah and I Like...For Obvious Reasons

Sarah Maria by James Taylor

Well the moon is in the ocean
And the stars are in the sky
And all that I can see
Is my sweet Maria's eyes
Sarah, Sarah Maria
Sarah Maria, ya, ya, ya, ya

Well, you know about the sugar cane
That comes from way down South
She's got one end in her hand
She's got one end in her mouth
Sarah, Sarah Maria
Sarah Maria, ya, ya, ya, ya

She took me out walking
to the corner of the world
Where everyone was a-talking
About such a pretty little girl
Sarah, Sarah Maria.
Sarah Maria, ya, ya, ya, ya

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Influential Bloggers

Just for the record, here is a short list of some of the bloggers who influenced me to start my own:

  • Camilla and Jarem Hallows (whose blog I most frequently visit)
  • Sarah Dickson (manager of her apartment's blog)
  • Sabrina Huyett (my MTC companion)
  • Boyd Johnson (one of my unfailing friends)

Thank you to all.