Monday, May 31, 2010

The Paradox?

George Carlin
(1937- )

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less.
We buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive to fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up tired, read too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love to seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to our life, not life to our years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are times of fast food and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just delete...
Remember—spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember—say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Remember to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Give time to love, give time to speak!
And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Picking Up a Poodle Named Gideon

This dog named Gideon followed me while I was running. It took me awhile to realize he was lost, but when I did, I brought him all the way home from University Avenue to get him some water and take care of him till his owner came to pick him up. Lots of people must have thought he was my dog, because I called out his name several times to make him stay with me, and because he was running alongside me for at least 2 miles.



Friday, May 21, 2010

Advice from Elder Busche

Copying Camilla with Numbers

440. Number of pages I have left in the Spanish Book of Mormon
91. The grade I got on my last English project
13. Number of miles I ran this week
3. Number of loved ones/friends who had birthdays this week
2. Current number of roommates
0. Number of regrets I have from downloading and using Google Chrome last Tuesday

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Taken From "6 Events" by Stephen R. Covey

"I believe if we will learn to love people, it will optimize their growth. It won't guarantee it, because all people have their agency. But it increases the likelihood of their development. Listen to what people are saying with their hearts. Receive them to yourself. Don't be so quick to rush in with your teachings. You really can't influence people until they feel they have influence with you. Most people don't listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. So listen with the intent to understand. Once you understand, then you can teach, because you have received the person yourself, and now you can share of yourself with the person."

Rental Car Upgrade

As I was coming home from Grandma's a couple weeks ago, I got rear-ended while stopped at a red light. So while the Honda's been getting fixed, I've been driving a rental car around. However, Enterprise called me yesterday saying that I'd need to switch rental cars because the one I was using needed new stickers. Here is my new rental car--a Dodge Charger.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Emails from Sister Marsing

Sister Marsing was my last companion on the mission. When I was with her she got permission from President Vieira to write me emails when I'd be home. Here is a thread of our emails back and forth, starting with Sister Marsing's:

Hey boss!

How are you? How is everything going and what are you up to these days? I miss you tons but things are going great here on the mish. I finally got myself a Brazilian companion...wahoo! You won't believe it...I got dengue fever last transfer, it was crazy but definitely an experience. So how come I haven't received a wedding invitation yet? What are you doing at BYU if you are not dating? You have to remember to give the boys a chance there, lol. I have to go but I miss you and love you tons!

Love, Sister Marsing
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Boss,

Your email made my day. You know how I'm just kind of slow at life in general? Like, in art class in elementary school, I was ALWAYS the last kid to be finishing up the painting or whatever. So on Monday morning, I was taking forever on this English paper, and trying to get it done in time for my class, and I looked at my inbox and saw you had written me. So I'm like "woohoo!" and got all happy inside.

You're hilarious by the way..."what are you doing at BYU if you're not dating??" hahahaha...beats me! In fact, I was planning on going home for the summer but the Lord didn't want me to...so I'm just trusting in the Lord, and loving life. I'm taking two classes this spring so that I can graduate next April, and I'll be teaching piano lessons during the summer. And you won't be getting a wedding invitation from me for awhile...I'd have to LIKE someone for that to happen! I went to a Brazilian wedding reception and talked to the grandma of the bride. She was like "voce nao eh casada?" [You're not married?] I'm like, "nao." She goes, "Nossa...os homens aqui sao cegos." [Wow, the guys here are blind.] I love Brazilians.

So dengue fever? I'm so sorry! I'm glad you're better now. What area were you in? What area are you in now? How is the mission doing?

Let me know what you want me to send you! Love you tons, too.

Maria
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There hasn't been anything too crazy happening on the mission that I can think of right now, but at the end of June President Vieira will be leaving and we will be getting a new president. Things are going good though, and I am having a lot of fun. You are going to be staying in Utah for the summer...you are crazy but maybe your prince charming will show up. I think I will have to write a letter to the Dean of the school...we got some real problems at BYU if you're not dating. I also love Brazilians and I think the old grandma was right...the guys there must be blind. Maybe you will have to come back to Brazil to find your eternal companion. That is cool that you will be teaching lessons. You will do awesome. I was thinking maybe you should specialize in teaching single young men. That would be quite an advertisement. Really though, you will do great and don't worry about getting married...you are way too young for it, anyways. I also think that I would have to be there to see it so maybe that is why you haven't found the right one yet. I will have to help you when I get back...I am looking forward to being godmother to at least 1 of your 8 kids. How is school going? I cant believe you will graduate next April...that is so cool. How is the dungeon treating you? Are you practicing a lot? Well, I have to go but it was good to hear from you...don't be too hard on the guys.

Love you!

Sister Marsing

Only in Utah

On Sunday morning, I wanted to call my bishop's wife, Sister Vail. After flipping through the ward directory, I found her number and dialed it. Unfortunately it rang and rang until I got the answering machine of someone that definitely wasn't Sister Vail. So I double-checked the number and realized I had dialed two numbers incorrectly. Less than a minute later, I received a text from the number I had dialed saying, "Who is this?" The little angel on my shoulder said, "Oh, this will be a great opportunity to reply cheerfully in case the person is irritated that they got a call from an unknown number on a Sunday morning." Then the little devil on my shoulder interrupted and said, "No, don't be obnoxious...just reply with something short like, "sorry wrong number." Regrettably, I followed the little devil and texted the person back with "sorry wrong number." Almost immediately, I received a text back and this is what it looked like: "Oh! no problem :) Good Sunday!"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Love Language Test Online

So my good friend Michelle Page and her boyfriend recently took the love language test online. I had no idea it was online. (If I had known, I would have taken it years ago!)

Here are my results. If you'd like to take it, there's a link at the bottom.

The Five Love Languages

My Primary Love Language is Quality Time

My Detailed Results:
Quality Time: 9
Words of Affirmation: 8
Acts of Service: 7
Physical Touch: 6
Receiving Gifts: 0

About this quiz

Unhappiness in relationships is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. It can be helpful to know what language you speak and what language those around you speak.

Tag 3 people so they can find out what their love language is.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Blast from the Past

Upon writing the date "May 2, 2010" at the top of my letter to Hermana Dickson today, I was astounded at what my memory recalled--that today is the birthday of Sarah's formerly, most-beloved beanie baby...Pugsley. I guess now I know how obsessed I really was with beanie babies. Sarah, do you still have Pugsley?

And just to see if my memory had recalled correctly (and to humor myself), I googled Pugsley. Sure enough, his birthday was May 2, 1996. If my math is accurate, it has been 14 years since my obsession with beanie babies.

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