Sunday, October 26, 2008

Getting to know me...getting to know all about me...

1. I went to five elementary schools.
2. I broke my wrist when I was five after roller skating across a ramp I built...
3. I LOVE Disney princesses...yes, they are on my sheets, and my pillow, and my calendar, and my tupperware. Don't laugh -- it's cool.
4. My favorite candy = the mellowcreme pumpkins that only come at Halloween
5. I love musicals.
6. I love lima beans.
7. My favorite state is Tennesse.
8. I used to collect rubber ducks -- I have eighty something in boxes at home...somewhere.
9. I am terrified of foxes and sharks. And heights.
10. I hate elevators -- I'd rather take the stairs.
11. Macaroni and cheese and peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese happen to be my favorite foods. No, I never did grow out of them.
12. Milk and chocolate are just plain gross. and cherries. yuck.
13. I hate cold. I love summer. Why did God create snow?
14. I can go past 180 degrees in my right and left splits. No, it's not painful.
15. I've worn glasses since I was five.
16. I broke my big toe and had a boot and crutches for six weeks.
17. I dance on pointe (on the tips of my toes) and I call it fun.
18. I am paler than everyone I've ever met.
19. I played wallball and ate cheetos by a lake we hiked to on my first date. Probably one of the best I've ever been on.
20. I was the girls' wallball champion in fifth grade. I beat a bunch of the boys too.
21. Favorite flower= tulips!
22. I love Chinese food!
23. First kiss: in a park by a lake...I see a pattern here?
24. My clothes rarely match.
25. I've donated my hair to locks of love twice.
26. favorite princess: cinderella
27. I used to hide in the bathroom and read all night long because I hated to put down a book I was reading.
28. I don't believe in dinosaurs.
29. favorite scripture: Omni 1:26
30. I bruise VERY easily.
31. I have a scar from when I was 10 and making pancakes. The pan slipped off the counter and I caught it -- reflex gone bad. It's still there. I guess I'll never forget to not touch hot pans.
32. I can't stand it when people make noise when they spit.
33. I can't grow my fingernails long and HATE fake fingernails.
34. I always keep my toenails painted.
35. I love to teach dance.
36. I have a hot pink digital camera.
37. I met my best friend Hollie when I was seven -- and we've been best friends ever since.
38. I've done a handstand on the great wall of China.
39. I've been seranaded to by a Chinese man.
40. I've eaten pig's ear -- GROSS. I don't recommend it.
41. To entertain myself while at the orthodontist I would make up stories about getting abducted by terrorists and living in Afghanistan.
42. I was homeschooled for four years.
43. I was private schooled for a year.
44. I was public shooled for eight years.
45. Somehow I ended up with a scholarship to BYU...
46. I love softball and baseball.
47. I can't throw a football. It's terrible.
48. I know I'm a dancer, but when I try to kick a soccer ball I miss...really.
49. I love Disney movies.
50. I never watch t.v. I don't have any idea what plays on any night of the week.
51. I can't sit down for more than about fifteen minutes without getting very, very bored.
52. I'm allergic to penecillin and ceclor -- the only antibiotic I can take is Zithromax
53. I've been to Disney world three times.
54. I sang in the Basilica San Marcos in Venice.
55. I sang for President George W. Bush at the white house with my choir. We got background checked by the FBI and got to wear badges that said "talent". I thought it was something.
56. I've never stayed out all night.
57. I've never seen Titanic.
58. I love polka dots.
59. I like to go rock climbing.
60. I climb an average of 250 stairs every day.
61. I hate mountains -- they make me feel claustrophobic.
62. I'm constantly cold.
63. I love swimming and jumping on trampolines.
64. I've played piano since I was three and taught since I was thirteen.
65. I love wearing hats but do not look good in them.
66. I decorate in pink and orange. Period. Are there any other colors?
67. My favorite position in softball is catcher.
68. My sisters are the cutest things on the planet! (well, that's kind of about me)
69. I've worked on nine different campaigns. And had lots of people yell at me.
70. I work at Subway...and LOVE it. I guess making sandwiches brings me joy.
71. I'm terrified of dying my hair.
72. I was in an earthquake this summer that was a 7.5 on the richter scale. If the ground shakes beneath me I freak out. Royally.
73. My first car was a bright yellow truck. It had no air conditioning.
74. My truck would die randomly while I was driving. As in the engine would turn off.
75. The radio would only work at speeds of 40 mph or higher.
76. The driver's seat would not move and I could BARELY reach the gas pedal. And if it said you were in drive you were really in 2nd. If it said you were in neutral you were really in drive...weird. Needless to say, people could not borrow my vehicle without a crash course.
77. My boyfriend threw a softball at my so hard that I missed it and it broke the fence -- about twenty feet behind me. He's really not violent... I promise.
78. I choose water over every other drink. Even at breakfast.
79. I love oatmeal.
80. I like writing in pencils better than pens.
81. I wore a poodle skirt to school one day in eighth grade. because I could. And it was the fiftieth day of school.
82. I played the bassoon in middle school band.
83. I like eating leftovers cold. For breakfast.
84. Peanut butter goes well on everything. That includes spaghetti noodles.
85. I used to bite my brother when we'd get in fights. I was always bigger than him (he's two years older) and still am. I always won.
86. I got every single try-it badge as a Brownie girl scout.
87. I've repelled off a 200-foot cliff.
88. I like singing at obnoxiously loud levels and playing the piano for fun.
89. My sister and I have competitions to see who can keep a straight face the longest. Believe it or not, I always win.
90. I can't wait to graduate!!! In 1 1/2 years...and counting.
91. I look forward the most to raising my own kids.
92. I make an excellent pound cake and sugar cookies. My roommates always complain I'm making them fat... but hey, I can't eat it all!
93. I've gone on three different dates (with three different boys) in one day: including breakfast in Nashville, a movie in Collierville (suburb of Memphis), and a dance in Memphis. And I was the girlfriend of the guy in bad.
94. Tennessee BBQ is the only BBQ worth eating. With banana pudding...yum!
95. I used to run laps in my backyard because I wasn't allowed to go running by myself -- all the while waiting for the guy I liked to call me... As he did every night.
96. I owned a vending machine business in high school. It paid for my whole first year of college.
97. The first time I ate a habanero sausage with cheese I squirted cheese on my boyfriends' parents' kitchen curtains. Yep. I'm that cool. I never eat spaghetti with a white shirt on and rare is the meal that I make it through without spilling on myself. My mom asks if there's a hole in my lip.
98. The first time I met Clayton I kept wondering why this incredibly attractive young man kept watching me and was really hoping that he would come talk to me. He did, so I guess he made all my wildest dreams come true... :)
99. I'm incredibly good at breaking up with guys, but incredibly bad at making the break-up last.
100. I love a man named Clayton and he makes me smile every day! He also told me to do this... but it was fun, so i guess it was worth it.

I'm so glad when Daddy comes to Provo?

Isn't it wonderful how your daddy can just make you feel good? My Dad came up to Provo this weekend and I got to spend the whole weekend with him! YAY! It was so wonderful to see him and just enjoy each other's company. You never really miss your family until you can't see them. Families, I think, are taken for granted all the time. Provo gets pretty lonely on occasion, and I don't really have ANY family out here, so it's great to see them when I can. I was having a few problems with my parents and my dad came out here and listened to me and smoothed a lot of things out. I was just so sure that I would get disowned or something terrible, but I should have known better. Dad told me I was silly to think so, because he loves me way more than that. Sometimes I guess I just overreact.

So, in that context, food for thought: Matthew 7:9-11 "Or what man is there of you whom if his son asks bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish will he give him a serpent? If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"

Sometimes I just hate to ask for things, even if I need them, because I want to be independent and responsible and self-sufficient. However, I really wanted to do a couple things and my dad was able to pay for it so we could do something special. It was really neat. Now then, if my dad, who isn't exactly a money tree, was able to drive me up to Salt Lake to go see a Body Worlds exhibit (very very cool, by the way), then how much can Heavenly Father do for me, if I'll just ask? Interesting thought. Also, something I'm definitely trying to learn this year: if it seems like nobody else is there, Jesus Christ is with you every step of the way.

So, even though my dad cannot come up every weekend, I can receive blessings every day from my Heavenly Father. One of those happened to be my dad coming to spend the weekend with me! Now I've got to catch up on my homework that I didn't do on Saturday... :-)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Leaves are falling all around

This weekend my best friend Hollie drove the seventeen hours from Stillwater, OK, to Provo, UT. That is commitment... :-) On Saturday we drove up the canyon to see the leaves change. I was told it was something that I HAD to see. So, I took the opportunity to go. We spent about three hours up there and saw all the wonder and beauty of the fall. As much as I hate the fall, because it signifies that winter and cold are coming, the foliage is beautiful. There was a little bit of the first snowfall on the ground as well! I just couldn't help but think..."what a wonderful world!" What a creation. The Earth is amazing. What is even more amazing is knowing that the earth is not God's greatest creation; that award goes to the human body! Sometimes I have trouble thinking why I would want my body with me forever and ever. However, learning about how magnificent it really is helps me to take care of it better.

There have been so many times in my life that I've seen something in nature that simply took my breath away. Then I think about how many times I see people who do the same. To follow Jesus' example of loving everyone, I've got to learn how to not judge others -- especially by their appearance, because, the human body is just as magnificent as Niagra Falls. Jesus sent out his gospel to every human being on the planet. That gives me the example to love everybody equally. And I'm working on it.

On a second note, I'm learning what an intriguing thing the mind is. It controls your body and your emotions. In dance I've been learning how my attitude affects my movement quality. If I have confidence, I'm able to do things that I can't do otherwise.

This complex body we have is all interconnected, and the health of body, mind, and spirit affect it, just like pollution, weather, and wildlife affect nature.

ABC's about me!

About me A to Z

A. Attached or Single? attached
B. Best Friend? Hollie
C. Cake or Pie? on my birthday, cake, on pie night, pie
D. Day of choice? April 15th, it's not too hot and not too cold, all you need is a light jacket!
E. Essential Item? my cell phone
F. Favorite Color? pink
G. Gummy Bears or Worms? gummy sister can sing you the theme song
H. Hometown? well, wherever I choose it to be :-)
I. Indulgence? ice cream
J. January or July? july...who likes january?
K. Kids? absolutely none
L. Life is Not Complete Without? my sisters
M. Marriage Date? ask me next year
N. Number of Brothers and Sisters? 3 wonderful sisters and a brother, all blonde
O. Oranges or Apples? Apples
P. Phobias? foxes and losing my scholarship
Q. Favorite Quotes? "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no impact on society." Mark Twain
R. Reasons to smile? Clayton, Hollie, Taylor, Mariah, Rory, Kylie, Heather, Faith
S. Season of choice? Summer. I don't need a jacket.
T. Tags? too bad I don't know any
U. Unknown Fact about me? I hate bologna.
V. Vegetable? sugar snap peas. of course.
W. Worst Habit? talking on the phone for too long
X. Xray or Ultrasound? Neither. They're both uncomfortable.
Y. Your Favorite Food? anything free that's not chocolate or spinach
Z. Zodiac Sign? Taurus

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

The past couple weeks have been INSANE! I've had projects and tests and extra hours at work and my new calling in the Relief Society Presidency at church. I just haven't had much time to sleep and relax. Friday I got this randomly terrible back pain while at work and by Saturday most of the back pain was gone, but my stomach started hurting terribly. Five days later, it still hurts. And the doctor has no clue. Awesome. It's hard to dance when your stomach is in pain...

However, when it rains it pours and I'm just adding new experiences to my repertoire. I was reading in St Matthew 6 and really enjoyed verses 28-30 and 33. I decided to try and apply it to my life. I'm just trying really hard to trust that God will provide. He definitely did this morning when I was terrified that I would fail my history test. Somehow He knows exactly how to help us. I just need to give up all the trust I have in my own performance skills, and sometimes that is hard. Not that I think I can do a better job, but it's simply easier when you're in control. You can blame yourself if and when you mess up.

To make a long story short, even with my unidentifiable stomach pain, it's been a good week. I've been able to really push myself and see how far I can go. And more importantly, I'm learning to trust in someone bigger than myself.