Monday, April 30, 2007

Last Friday

So on the way to campus today, McKay and I were talking about our crazy weekend, and we decided that the craziest was Friday, so I've decided to share my Friday with you.

First, we went to the temple in time for the 7:00am session. We hadn't been to the temple in a while. I was so happy! That session was proof that God will answer our silliest of prayers.

We then split up. I sat in the laundromat watching our clothes, while McKay did the grocery shopping. After all that was done, McKay took the car in for an oil change, and I folded laundry and knitted.

McKay then went to work. I went to the yarn store, promptly spent more than I planned on (but some of that yarn was for McKay!). Ok. Fine, only one skein was for McKay. I then go home and continue to knit.

At this point I'm almost done with McKay's socks, so I tell McKay that I'm going to go up to campus and bring the socks with, so he can show them to the guys at work.

So I start walking...and cause an accident! Ok. It's not really my fault the guy wasn't paying attention, but if I hadn't been there, it wouldn't have happened.

I'm at the corner of 100W and 800N. There isn't a crosswalk there, so I patiently wait for the cars to pass. One car sees me, stops and waves me across, so I start walking. About halfway across, BOOM! I see smoke and I'm pretty sure a car's engine just popped, but I see glass all over the street. You see, behind the car that waved me across was another car, patiently waiting, and behind THAT car there was another car which promptly rear-ended the second car. I kept walking towards school, but a couple of blocks later, I heard ambulances and police cars. I hope everyone was alright.

I then get to McKay's office and tell everyone the story. McKay starts showing off the socks to his boss and coworkers. When we get home, we go back to the yarn store for needles and head over to Bed, Bath, and Beyond for a gift card because we have a reception to go to that night.

Driving along University Parkway, we pull up next to...Carolyn and Scott! They've only had their car for less than a week, and we're already waving to them on the road. What strange luck.

So we go to the reception, eat some free food and leave after about an hour (we didn't know very many people there).

Upon arriving at our home again, Scott and Carolyn confirm plans for driving to Idaho the next day. I take it upon myself to get a library card at the Provo library, and check out books on tape for the trip. I found out later that Scott told Carolyn that sending me to the library was a bad idea, "she's going to get some femme-nazi book on tape." I didn't. I got The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Carolyn's favorite book of the Hitchhiker's Guide 5-book trilogy) and Queen of Sorcery by Eddings. I figured a sci-fi and a fantasy would go over well. And it did. I exceeded all expectations, when I presented the books on tape to the Duede's the next day. Mind you, the expectations were "some femme-nazi book on tape."

So the day was busy: we went to the temple, did our chores, visited a reception, went to the yarn shop (twice), plus I caused an accident and got a library card. My days can be quite productive when I don't have school!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Commencement

First, an apology. I went to Boise for a friend's wedding this weekend, so I didn't update. But now I am.

We have some pictures concerning commencement. Vice President Dick Cheney came to speak at the ceremony. Here is how everyone got ready:

Provo City put flags up along the streets.























Meanwhile, the College Democrats hosted a protest against Cheney's visit. This was funny because there were a few anti-Mormon protesters, too. I have no idea why they were there.



























Just thought that would be of interest. Like always, I'm not going to let you know how I feel about the whole matter. Politics are personal. My parents never EVER told us how they voted; I'm not even sure if they told each other. I like that. Politics get in the way of a good time.

But I did well in my two hardest classes! Guess who's going to commencement in August....

Oh Yeah! Me!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Project: Pigeon Hole

Now that finals are OVER, I have wonderful things to do. Project: Pigeon Hole is now in the works. I think the best thing about this is that I get to read and research all day about things I'd research on my own, and I can call it work! Well, okay. I don't get paid for this project...yet... Give me a year or so, probably more, and I'll see the monetary benefits (but of course, that's not why I'm doing it).

I've also gotten lots of errands done and I don't have class again until next week. This weekend we're going to Boise for Kay's wedding, so that'll be a nice break: getting away from Provo for a bit (and knitting in the car!) I don't have class until next Wednesday, which means Monday and Tuesday are more off-days for me. I've not had a break like this since...well, I guess Christmas.

Anyway, back to work! I wish I could give you all my happiness and energy right now.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

a quickie

Finals are consuming all my free time, but I don't want to leave you all hanging, so here's a quote that I read the other day that I enjoyed, and am utilizing it for my finals.

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." -Thomas Jefferson

He just had a way with words, don't you think? That Declaration of Independence: quality.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Ack!

So I'm very busy the next couple of weeks with finals and the Math GRE. Many apologies, but I probably won't post much between now and then. Maybe on the Sundays, since I won't be studying then. Sorry about that.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The signs of Spring

It's spring here and you can tell from the stormy clouds...


...tulips growing out of stumps and...


the twitterpation.
(name and telephone number covered for privacy)
I've got to get me one of those! McKay wasn't too keen on it, though.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Doing it as fast as I can

I NEED to finish this semester NOW.

"Okay," you say, "You have a week left and some take home finals (+ one in-class and one oral final); you're not going to die."

You're right, but when you're on the verge of doing something great, you want to get it started! I don't want to wait until finals are over, but if I start now, I'll slack off on my classes, and I can't do that, not when I'm so close to graduating.

What am I planning on doing? I've mentioned it and been bugged/asked about it around 8:16pm April 1st (I love you, Beth!). I'm still debating whether or not to make it public. I've told plenty of people, so if you know someone I see on a regular basis, they'll probably tell you.

I've set up a lot of my contacts for the project already and have decided on a starting place. I've been looking around though, and it's quite intimidating. It's going to be a life-long project, but which of the things really worth doing aren't life-long?

I've decided to give this project a code name: Pigeon Hole. I guess I can't give up my mathematical tendencies.

How's that to whet your appetite? Tee hee hee...

Monday, April 09, 2007

The Nostalgia of Marriage

Something in marriage brings out all the forgotten stories of my youth. It seems like every other day, I'm telling McKay a story or little tidbit from growing up. I really enjoy it, too, because I can remember things I wouldn't have otherwise.

So yesterday was Easter, which as a holiday, will bring up traditions and memories on its own. So here you can see us dying eggs. The cups in the pictures are the same ones my family used to dye eggs in when I was growing up. And by same, I mean literally. My parents gave me the dish set. It was kind of fun being able to use the same mugs.

But the story! You all want to hear the story that I remembered? Even if you don't, here it goes:

Once upon a time (I want to place this event sometime when I was in junior high), our family was too busy to dye eggs one Easter. We didn't buy a kit, we didn't buy extra eggs, we weren't going to do that at all. But, as a strange, traditional person, this did not sit well with me.
3-o'clock Sunday morning, my alarm wakes me up. I go down stairs as quietly as I can (this is a difficult feat for me; I'm quite the clumsy one, you can ask my family, and even McKay will vouch for that one). I find the food coloring and read the instructions. I need what?! Vinegar?! My family NEVER uses vinegar EVER. We do not have a lick of it in the house...except for some ancient apple cider vinegar in the basement, which I think is older than me. I don't know what apple cider vinegar is, let alone if I can use it in place of white vinegar. But I do anyway. I'm quiet coming out of the basement, and I reenter the kitchen, looking for my mom's Betty Crocker cookbook because I've never boiled eggs before. Pot. I need a pot. A big pot.
Big pot + at the bottom of the cabinet = BIG NOISE. I wait until I'm sure no one heard me and I precede to boil, cool, and dye the eggs. I put them in the fridge, clean everything up and go back to bed (around 3:45).

The family now wakes up around 7/8 in the morning, goes downstairs and starts to eat breakfast. I think it was Rick who noticed the eggs in the refrigerator. I act all excited, "Look! the Easter Bunny did come!" jumping up and down to hide my guilt. My mom thinks my dad did it and my dad thinks my mom did it (and DON'T get them started on who the Easter Bunny is, I think my father will carry that secret to his grave; it's a good thing we'll be resurrected, eh?)

So I let my family be puzzled at this occurrence, until that night when I confessed to my mom. It was probably the best Easter ever.

I could tell you the worst Easter ever, but I won't. Just know that our Easter bunny is very, VERY mean, and writes in green crayon. And tears our lettuce and carrots all out of our fridge and spreads them all around the kitchen if he doesn't get a treat left out for him.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Not again...

Spring just won't let us alone, will it?


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tax Addendum

So by 4 pm, I was all done with our taxes. It was a long wait, but I really didn't know what form to use for the K1. Anyway. We get tons of money back. I showed McKay how much we are getting back, and my mind is saying, "You can buy new dresses for the summer," but McKay says, "We could buy a computer!" No, McKay, no we can't. We don't have a place for another computer. We'll buy a new one when you graduate, love.

Death, Taxes, and Protests

(actually nothing about death)

I just think it's funny that this showed up on CNN.com. It's on the first page of the school paper, too. And the really funny part is that I didn't see it at all, even though it was right outside the building I have classes in. The key part about that sentence is that "I had classes" and the protest was over by the time I was done. I was actually invited to the protest of the protest put on the the College Republicans, but since I try to remain as politically neutral as possible and since Dick Cheney's visit to the school doesn't affect me (I'll hopefully be enjoying my days off during commencement) and since I had class, I chose to not go to either. Although I do love a good protest.

I'm sitting at the computers outside of BYU's accounting lab where they put together your taxes for free if you make less than $40,000. And since we do, I'm waiting. I just want to watch so next year I know what I'm doing. I've never dealt with a K-1 for before.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Spring!

Aren't our marigolds beautiful? I have thinned them out some, but I must have planted around 30 seeds in that little pot. They keep coming up!



Our okra is almost up, too. I'm very excited about the okra. McKay actually bought some frozen okra and we had okra in our vegetable soup Saturday. I had forgotten how much I love it. I'm really excited to eat our fresh ones!

Conference:

So my favorite talks:

All of Saturday morning's talks. Maybe it's because it was the first session, so I was paying special attention, but I got something out of each of those. Short recap of each:
Elder Richard G. Scott: Importance of prayer "I testify that our Father will always answer your prayers in the way and time that will be for your best eternal good."
Elder Jay E. Jensen: Importance of music and its power to invite the Spirit in our lives.
Elder John B. Dickson: Advised us to commit now to avoid falling in sin. I really liked this talk because it was very empowering. I felt very, "Yeah! I'm going to do that right now!"
Elder Jeffry R. Holland: Watching what we say to others. I need to work on this and keep my sarcasm to a minimum. "Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith and hope and charity...With such words, spoken under the influence of the Spirit, tears can be dried, hearts can be healed, lives can be elevated, hope can return, confidence can prevail."
Elder David A. Bednar: Parable of the pickle. I loved the parable of the pickle. I just love pickles. But it's message is good: you need to be cleansed and saturated with the Gospel as cucumbers need to be cleaned and saturated in the salt water to become pickles.
President Thomas S. Monson: President Monson spoke on death and the resurrection. "Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so."

During the Saturday Afternoon Session, the Tabernacle was re-dedicated, so many of the talks were about the Tabernacle and its history, but I like history, so I liked this session.
Favorite talks (all of them again):
Boyd K. Packer: Spoke of the Tabernacle's importance in Church history. I like history. Read this one!
Elder Earl C. Tingey: Compared the work of President Hinckley to Brigham Young. More history and loved it.
Bishop H. David Burton: More history of the Tabernacle.
Sister Bonnie D. Parkin: Emphasized gratitude. "Gratitude is a spirit-filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God. Through it we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things, which gladden our hears with their messages of God's love."
Elder Marlin K. Jensen: Remembrance and the use of "remember" in the scriptures.
President James E. Faust: History of the Tabernacle again!
President Thomas S. Monson: What the Tabernacle means to him.
President Gordon B. Hinckley: History and magnificence of the Tabernacle, also the dedicatory prayer.

Priesthood Session: I cleaned the house during these 2 hours, but McKay did say that there were about 50 football references and stories.

Sunday Morning Session:
President James E. Faust: Talked about the healing power of forgiveness. This is one of the best forgiveness talks I've ever heard. It made forgiveness seem more real for me. "If we can find forgiveness in our hears for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being."
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: He emphasized that "when a marriage is dead and beyond hope of resuscitation, it is needful to have a means to end it," but "for most marriage problems, the remedy is not divorce, but repentance." "Good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman. It only requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection." I like this one because I've been watching the attitudes of the young adult my age, at home and here at school. They feel that marriage is too limiting, but it's not really. You learn a lot about compromise and apology very quickly and become a better person.
Elder Neil L. Andersen: "It's true, isn't it? then what else matters?" A good talk for recommitting yourself to the Gospel.
Sister Vicki F. Matsumori: spoke to 1st generation members. This one led me to think a lot about my parents and what they did to join the Church and stay in the Church and raise us. Many kudos for them.
Elder Glen L. Pace: spoke about the Holy Ghost and how we feel the Spirit. "Once you feel it, you can never forget it." I liked this one a lot. I like feeling the Holy Ghost a lot, too.
Elder M. Russell Ballard: emphasised Bible study in our lives. I liked this one because it was encouraging for my attempt to read the Bible with McKay.
President Hinckley: Shared his testimony of the Godhead, Christ's atonement, Joseph Smith's First Vision, and the temple.

Sunday Afternoon Session:
Elder L. Tom Perry: He spoke on the Restoration and its history. I really enjoyed listening to this and imagining Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery being baptized and receiving the priesthood.
Elder Henry B. Eyring: Don't procrastinate in serving the Lord. "As hard as things are, they will be better tomorrow if members choose to serve the Lord today...they will feel the love of God and learn to love him more." I really liked this talk because there are some things I've been putting off and I should get on top of those as soon as possible.
Elder Gary J. Coleman: Spoke on how members of the Church are Christians and of the truths of the Gospel.
Brother Charles W. Dahlquist II: Spoke to the youth and young adults on being on the Lord's side.
Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi: Spoke on tithing and its commandment and blessings.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: The importance of the Atonement and grace of Christ in our lifves. "It is not repentance per se that saves man. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that saves us." He also spoke on how Satan tries to tell us that we are beyond repentance, but that this is not true. His exact words were "Satan is a liar!" Also, Elder Uchtdorf's English is getting much better. I hardly noticed his accent.
Elder Russell M. Nelson: Spoke on repentance and changing our lives. He also spoke on how we are dependent on the dead as they are on us.
President Hinckley: Gave his testimony and spoke to family members and reminded them to love one another. To husbands on wives: "They are your most precious possessions." To wives on husbands, we were told to pray for our husbands. To parents on children, "They are the coming generation who will bring honor to your name," and to speak to them kindly.

So I liked every talk. And you just read all of that. I suggest reading the May Ensign or Liahona when it comes out so you can get the whole talks! Very exciting!