Monday, December 22, 2008

Dance Pictures






Here are the dance pictures I talked about last entry. I thought they were funny, but they've been creating a bit of a stir on facebook...guess people just aren't used to seeing this side of me :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Three Papers Down, One to Go

Usually I like to wait until I have photos to post, but I figured it's been long enough since I updated...

So it's finals week. Again. I think this is the only time I ever hate being an English major--I'm up to my ears in papers and research and printouts! Or at least I was. I actually have gotten most of my stuff done, with the exception of one essay revision I should be working on right now. But considering I've worked on a paper (or two) every single day for the past two weeks or so, I think I'm entitled to a break. Last night I finished the essay that was causing me the most grief--a 6-8 page research paper for my African Lit class, where I had to incorporate five analytical essays on Ngugi Wa Thiong'o's Weep Not, Child into my own analysis of the novel. I'm a little bit proud of it, actually; it turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I attribute that to the fact that I carved out an hour yesterday morning for scripture study. Funny how much better life goes when I start my day off right like that!

Work's keeping me super busy this week; seemingly all the athletes have procrastinated their studying for their finals until this week, so I'm pretty much tripling my hours this week . . . plus my other job kicks in this week, too. Luckily finals only last one week, otherwise I think I would go mad from all the busy-ness. But, despite the stress, I somehow managed to find the time to start creating a second blog. It's something I've been wanting to do for awhile, and I needed a break Saturday from writing an essay on Mark Twain's Puddn'head Wilson, so I created a blog called "Soul in Symmetry." Basically it's going to be a collection of things I find inspiring or beautiful or thought-provoking. My whole life I've been a collector of words: my notebooks, my planner, my grocery receipts all have scribbled-down phrases (either from my own head or others') that I find interesting, confusing, fascinating, or worthwhile. When I move home this Friday, I'll have a lot more time to start adding to it, so you should all check it out: .

I fulfilled a random life goal last week. I've always had a secret desire to enter and win a dance competition. I didn't think it would ever happen (has anyone SEEN me try to dance?!), but all these ballroom lessons with Manuel must have paid off, because him and I won first place in the cha-cha competition at a holiday celebration held at Club New York. True, there was only like, 15 other couples, but most of them were in various dance classes, so I was still proud of us :) I meant to post that little tidbit with all these pictures Liz took of Manuel and I dancing in my apartment, but I don't have a card reader here, so those will have to wait until next post. (Warning: after seeing those pictures, you probably will never think of me the same way again. True story).

I still haven't sold my contract, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Mom reminded me that Heavenly Father blesses us with the things we need, and that He'll be especially mindful of my situation (seeing as how I need to sell my contract because I'll be devoting 18 months of my life to further along His work). I know that she is right, and so I'm not really worried. I feel confident I'll be able to sell it somehow.

As I prepare to move back home again and thrust myself into full-on preparation for my mission, a part of me is a bit sad--Logan and USU have been my home for the past three and a half years, and many of the happiest times in my life have been up here. It is strange to be saying goodbye to it all for almost two years. But time will fly, as it always does, and I'll be back here before I know it, stressed out and everything!

Well, I'd best stop putting off my last essay. I just have to keep telling myself that after this, I am a FREE WOMAN!!! Woo hoo!
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