Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Now I'm back in school- taking less hours this semester than last, which I hope will be nice, but my classes seem to be more demanding and that still puts me at school from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on Tuesdays. I'm sure I'll be fine though. Actually, this past weekend, even with school, work, church, and Parker, I've felt like I've had a lot of time-- so that's nice. Apart from my life, my friends' weddings seem to be a huge emphasis currently. Rebecca's wedding (January 2, 2009) was so fun and perfect for her. I'm a bridesmaid for both Sara Whipperman soon-to-be Davis (March 12) and Ashton Monson soon-to-be Jensen (May 8). And I'm so excited for them both! It's interesting to see the differences in the bride stress level because Sara's wedding has been more rushed while Ashton has been engaged forever already, but, regardless of stressors, they're both very happy. I also have my suspicions (confirmed or otherwise) about my brother. But we'll leave it at that for now.
Life is good- really good.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
No, Barack Obama didn't win my vote, but that doesn't mean I wasn't considering him for a time. During the primary election I probably would have even voted for him over John McCain. (Oh, what would my parents think if they only knew that?!) Like many other voters though, I am more conservative that either candidate was.
Regardless of who I voted for or my political views, I do think the hype about the race thing is blown out of proportion. Yes, absolutely it is historically significant and motivating that the United States of America has finally elected our first black President. One day, one election, one man however, does not mean that suddenly the world as we know it has changed and we have overcome racism. The accomplishment does not lie in the fact that a black man was elected; he (and other African Americans) were on the ballot. Doesn't that immense success count for something? It certainly should.
To say that after one election racism has been defeated is absurd. Obama himself said his victory is not the change- it is the chance for change. What wise words those were. When there's a chance for something, it means there's a chance for something else too. A chance for increased division and discrimination with the increased focus in regards to race, perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I want there to be equal opportunity for men and women of every race. But I do not want the color of their skin-- black, white, brown, yellow, green, or purple-- to be the emphasis.
The next President of the United States is more than just a black man- he is a human being. Nothings "changed." Time will tell if it does.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The following is a list of EXCITING, BIG things that have happened as of late:
- The week before Fall Break I had four tests (and several papers, but thats a trivial detail).... the good news though? I aced them all! Wahoo.
- I FINALLY bought a car. I drove my '98 Mazda Millenia S home last week. Classy, right? The car had great reviews for older cars though and I paid cash so that was nice. Unfortunately the check engine light came on the other day so I'll have to look into that, but for now it still drives!
- Andrew's soccer team won Regionals so they get to play Nationals (AGAIN) in California this summer. My Dad wants me to audition for Disneyland next summer so they can have just one big trip. Views?
- Andrew also has his Court of Honor tonight! It's about freakin time. Good job Mom.
- Adam turned eight on October 19th so he's getting baptized on Saturday, November 1st. My mom asked him who he wanted to baptize him and he said he didn't know because he has soo many choices. I guess with a Dad and four older brothers who could all do it, its gotta be pretty tough. He's excited though
- My amazing, beautiful, hilarious, love-her-to-bits-and-pieces cousin Rebecca Naylor called me the other day and left a great message. "you are so beaut-a-ful to meeeeeeee. Helllloo there! Okay you are weyrd. Well La-ci! I was just calling to catch up on things, see how your life is, hows school, what job you got, how's your house, any boys, no boys? Girls rock. So, umm... I'm engaged. Uh, call me back. Okay, bye" Rather anticlimatic for such big news. I seriously screamed when I listened to her message. She's getting married January 2nd and I'm so happy for her. Strange my little cousin is getting married, but even when we were little people thought she was older. She's always been taller. She'll be the most incredible wife out there. Dallin Homer is a lucky man.
- My best friend, Sara, is doing a study abroad in England this semester so, without long distant cell phones, we've become master emailers. But the other day her boyfriend, Taylor called and let me borrow his mac so I could talk to her face-to-face (kinda) via ichat. Thanks Taylor! It was good to see her cute face and hear the tone of voice in the conversation.
- Just this very day I gained an appreciation for the Singles Ward. I went to my family ward Primary program today (which was excellent), but I don't think I've visited that ward without at least one person, usually more, asking me if I'm dating anyone seriously and wanting to line me up. Which, you know, is fine and everything... but ugh. I'm glad it's not like that at the Singles Ward because we are all in the same boat, more or less.
Alright, that list kind of strayed. So maybe its more just a list of things I've thought about lately. Or something. I don't know. It's just a list of Fall updates. By the way, I love Fall! There's little better than Fall. With good friends. And Canyons. Love Utah.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It's been good to be home... really good. But it makes everything seem so weird. Kind of like my summer of adventure never really happened and perhaps I just imagined it because not much changed. At the same time, so much changed. I have friends getting married left and right (or so it seems) and I couldn't be more excited for them, but it solidifies the changes life brings. And, lets be honest, some part of me is jealous. Just because they don't have to date anymore. Ugh. Oh well, that is an adventure to enjoy all on it's own, I suppose.
I've stayed busy at home playing with Matt, car shopping, dominating job interviews, and hiking (sort of). I train Monday-Wednesday to be a Peer Advisor at the U and Thursday-Saturday to be a Abnormal Behavior Analysis (ABA) Instructor. Then, all of the sudden, school starts again... so here I am, back in real life. When push comes to shove, though, not even playing the part in a Fairy Tale can beat home sweet home.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
And as holds true for most things, the end always seems to make me reflect on the experience.
What an experience it has been! I know I've been really bad at blogging (I totally warned I would be), but I really have loved it. I've learned a lot and grown more into the woman I want to be ultimately. I've simultaneously met friends who I will truly miss and created moments I won't forget.
Some of the most memorable in the past week or two include the 3 year old little girl who had to forfeit her ziplock baggy of pacifiers over to Cinderella so she could be a true Princess. The lessons were short, but she also learned to twirl and curtsey quite nicely. (My mom liked this moment lots too since I had a fettish for binkies myself... it was rare I didn't have three in my mouth at one time- or so my mom says.) Also memorable was that guy who grabbed me because he needed a kissing picture with a Princess. Of course I pulled away and referenced Prince Charming, but that was the first time anybody had actually grabbed me. Of course there's other moments- like the note from the Princess so grateful for the balloons I put in her room before I invited her to dinner (parents are great), and Victoria who spoke Spanish to all my Princess friends 100 mph, and didn't mind at all that we were replying in English, and Bailey from Scotland.... oh Bailey. Bailey is the sweetest boy ever and seriously the biggest Disney fan alive. His family comes from Scotland every year for six weeks so he can go through the Character lines over and over again. And he is so thankful to his parents- it's amazing. One day his hair was spikey so he ran up to me explaining, "CindaRAILa, yo Ugh-ly STEPsistas, AnaSTAJa and Druzella said I should BASH me HEAD inta ya! (laughing hysterically) They're soo fonny! They CRACK me up!! (continued laughing)" He really is a sweetheart. The other night, Princess Aurora said something along the lines of how he needs to come back in ten years and work for Disney (he could be a Prince-- he is very handsome) and he got soo excited and said, "Then I could GO thru the Princess Line EV'RY day!"
Anyway... thats long enough for now. Mostly the point of this is that I really have loved being at Walt Disney World. Chances are slim I'll come back because it's not too practical (though I did audition and get fitted for a new Disney friend named Rosetta-- check her out online-- and that would be awesome to experience), but either way, this summer has been a good opportunity. Now I'm eager to get back home to my family and friends who I love and miss so much and to start the next of life's adventures!