Thursday, December 31, 2009

Adventure 2- Sun Moon Lake

Yesterday, New Years Eve day, I went to the largest natural lake in Taiwan called Sun Moon Lake. The previous teachers were still here and one of the mom's came out to travel with her daughter. So me, another new teacher, one of the old teachers, her mom, and one of the student's dad went to the lake. The dad, George, took us all over the lake. We took a boat tour, which we understand nothing that was said, obviously since it was in Mandarin. But it was so beautiful. Unfortunately, it was rainy and very foggy but it was still amazing. Taiwan has some great landscaping, once out of the cities.

In the center of the lake there is an island, called Lalu. It is a sacred island that people can on go on. There are floating gardens and walkways around the island for tourists.
Arial view of the island
There is something cool and interesting about the white deer, but I don't remember what it is. I'll find out eventually.

Mountains from the boat.
This is how they fish
I absolutely loved the water. It was a gorgeous color, sort of an aqua. Not the green and brown that you see in the states.

Next we went up to a Buddhist temple that was located along the side of the lake. Above it was one of the tallest Pagoda's. The Pagoda, temple, island and the most expensive hotel in Taiwan ($600 USD a night) are all in a straight line. Inside the temple they have a way to tell your fortune. There are a bunch of sticks in a container and you pick them all up and shake them and drop them. Which ever one is the highest, you take it and that is your fortune. Each stick has characters on it and you find the fortune to match the characters. I have the paper, I just have no clue what it says!
The year of the rabbit! 1987
If you ever find yourself in an Asian country, NEVER leave your chopsticks straight up in the rice. It is because of this, they place in-scents straight up in the grain in honor of the dead.

At one of the Aboriginal towns along the river there was a ton of shopping and souvenir places. This is the main thing that stuck out to me.

We hiked up to the Pagoda, well really we just walked stairs but that is hiking in Taiwan. Once we got to the top, since it was so foggy, and the ground consisted of small white pebbles it looked like snow.
Unfortunately we could not go up into the Pagoda because of the earthquake in November, but it was still beautiful.
I am not sure the real purpose of this big drum, but it is fun to jump up and bang on it!

The end of the day, we went to the biggest Buddha in Taiwan, in my city Changhua.
Me and Buddha
The back of Buddha. I thought this was hilarious, windows in the back of Buddha

Overall scene

Me and my new boyfriend

And here is a view of Changhua

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Adventure Number 1- Tokyo

I left for Taiwan yesterday morning. I was excited and nervous for the upcoming events. I think I was more nervous about flying than acutally being in Taiwan. First leg of the flight, Baltimore to Minneapolis, went smoothly. In Minneapolis my flight to Tokyo was delayed for three hours, thus making me miss my flight to Taipei. Now I have to spend the night in Tokyo, well I guess I should say I get to spend the night. Unfortunately I am in a airport hotel and it was 8 pm by the time I stepped outside after getting off the plane, figuring out my flight schedule and going through customs, so I will not actually get to see Tokyo really, but it is on my passport saying I was here!!

Luckily the airline arranged the flight for me to get to Taipei so I did not have to worry about that hassle. A lot of people on the flight missed their connections. The hotel is very accommodating, and I got $10 meal voucher in Minneapolis, $25 off my next flight with Delta, and dinner and breakfast at the hotel. It sucks that this happened because I was suppose to meet up with the rest of my group in Tokyo and go on to Taipei with them so the school could pick us up all at the same time, but now I have be picked up alone and taking to the school alone.

Needless to say, this is for sure the first of many adventures that I will have. I am still not sure what possessed me to actually do this, but once I get the Taiwan and figure things out I think I will find out.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I found out on Friday that I got accepted to teach english in Taiwan! I will leave the last week of December and will be gone for 6 months. But who knows, maybe I will like it and stay for a full year. There is nothing holding me back, so I am going to take advantage and live my life the way I want to. And maybe learn Mandarin while I am there.

I will be teaching Changhua, Taiwan. What is in Changhua you ask?

A huge Buddha statue

Thursday, October 1, 2009


There are two things that are crazy about this post.

1. It is the second post of the day. And when you only post every other week or so, it is exciting to post twice in one day... and it be like minutes after each other.

2. I was going through random blogs... just hitting next blog button at the top of the page and I came across this blog...

Now what is crazy about it is that it is of Farm Country. At Thanksgiving Point! Which is where I do my internship. I was just at Farm Country yesterday, for the first time since being at my internship for 5 weeks. It got me really excited to know about the place this lady was blogging. Now I don't know if the "next blog" button is based out of where you live or whatever, or if it is completely random. I hope it is random because it makes this finding so much cooler!

My Life

I have always been one to hate talking about myself. I love listening to others and hearing their stories. I just have always felt that I have nothing exciting to talk about my own life. Who wants to know what I did this morning or what I encountered. Now there are exceptions, if something totally bizarre happens or I had a really bad day and needed to vent to a friend I would. But lately, I have noticed myself talking more and more about me. I have been trying to figure out why the shift. First, I think to myself, "I hope I am not talking to much, and boring this poor person." Second, is what I am saying really that important that I hear myself tell people over and over (not to the same person, but to different people).

What am I telling people... the answer to the almighty questions "What are you doing when you graduate?" and every variation of that question. (Abby, I am right there with you). But, it is slightly exciting to have something to tell them. "I might be teaching English in Taiwan for 6 months to a year starting in Jan." The might be part is because i STILL don't know.

But I am sure when I graduate and figure out what I am doing... or have nothing to do because the economy still sucks... I will go back to not talking about myself and dreading to meet new people because that means... I have to talk about myself.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Last week was the longest week of my life. I can't believe school start just last monday.

I started my internship at Thanksgiving Point. I am in the public events department and I am loving it. It was a long week with my normal 20 hours a week plus 20 hours over the weekend for events, but the great thing is that I am sure that this is what I want to do. Although I had no part in planning any of the events that I worked this weekend, I enjoyed the day of part.

Classes this semester will be quite interesting. My capstone class will be time consuming but good, seeing as I love my group! I have my last 3 generals and one comms elective this semester: upper english, new testament, and media and world religions. I did not get my job back at Marriott but based on this past week, I don't have time for work.

Below are some pictures of the Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, where I spent all of my time this weekend.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Road Trip

I have driven from MD to Utah 5 complete times. I am currently on number 6, but this time I am completely on my own. No one else in the car and no caravans. Most of the trips I have been the sole driver so driving the whole time is not hard, but having no one around during breaks or meals is a little different. I wanted to do this trip on my own and I don't regret it, but I know now that it is not fun to have to ask for one at a restaurant for dinner :( Oh well.

My trip has been easy and problem free (knock on wood). I spent a few hours this morning walking around Chicago, my future place of residence. I am determined to live there for at least some time in the near future. I waled around Navy Pier and then walked to Millennium park and Grant Park. It was beautiful and very relaxing. And I even got sun, even though it is a square on my neck, i'll take what I can get.

I made new friends this summer that I didn't expect. Some that I will be able to see at school and some I won't. But I am so grateful to them for making my summer worthwhile. I don't think they know how much I needed them, I guess I should tell them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I got a message from my roommate Brittani this morning, via facebook, asking if I wanted to do a triathlon in October with her and a friend. She is the only person that has been able to convince/get me to commit to doing something completely foreign to me... half marathon (which unfortunately all our group was hurt and couldn't run), teaching english in Taiwan and now a triathlon in Lake Powell.

Earlier this summer I talked about wanting to do a triathlon and then put it to the back of my mind. Well, leave it to Brittani to bring this up and spike my interest again. So here I am, looking up training programs for triathlons, wishing I have been running more since I got home.

Hopefully this will get to be my view while swimming.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


On my drive back to the east coast this summer I left my beloved water bottled in a hotel. I believe it was in Kansas City, MO. For the past month I have been without it. I don't know how I made it through because I had that thing with me all the time before. But good news, I finally found a place in Annapolis that sells them and I got another one. Whoo hoo

Oh and...
a. I move back to Annapolis on Mon. So happy to be going home. 
b. I started filling out my application for Taiwan.
c. I am looking at schools for psychology. I just have no idea where I want to go. 


Lately I have been dying to go one a trip to a tropical place. Hawaii or the Caribbean I don't care but I just want to go there. Ugh, I wish I could just run away.

Wakiki Beach, Hawaii

Some place in the Caribbean

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  Leo F. Buscaglia

Well today I was at Target getting some random things. I was browsing through the home section, my favorite section of all, and this guy stops and gets my attention. He said he saw me earlier and just wanted to tell me that I had a great smile. Well being the smooth person as I am, I just stand there say thank you and have no clue what else to saw. He introduced himself, I think his name was Robert but to be honest I don't remember. I was not really paying attention just was flattered that he came up to me to compliment me. Needless to say, I'm not very good at the whole meet new people, them compliment me and start up small talk with them. But I was still flattered and quite happy with myself after he left. I definitely needed something like that to change this pesky, horrible mood I have been in lately.  It is not very often that something like that happens to me and when I does I am a little out of my element

UPDATE on my life!!!

Well lately I have been considering moving back home for the rest of the summer. I am currently in Alexandria living with my sister and working at Ouback. But I am making basically no money at Outback and need to make more money than what I am right now. So I am planning on going back to work at Mike's Crab House near Annapolis, as long as they will let me come back and have a spot available. I am looking forward to laying by the pool with Allie, seeing friends from high school and just relaxing. I am still going to take it easy this summer and enjoy my last real summer.

Also, I am still contemplating grad school, in psychology, so that means... 
a. I have to start looking into colleges, again!
b. I might have to take more classes that will fulfill some requirements for a psychology masters
c. I have to start studying for the GRE


For a long time I have loved Vera Bradley. It has been an east coast thing so when I moved out to Utah I forgot how much I loved it. Now that I am home I have resurfaced my affection for it. I just hope my bank account can handle this! 

Monday, June 1, 2009


I am trying to decided if i want to go to Taiwan and teach english for  six months. I have no plans for when I graduate in december and this would start at the very beginning of january. I would get paid plus have rent, airfare and food stipend provided. It sounds like an awesome deal but I am nervous about going there to teach english and not know the other language at all. I have to decide soon because I have to put in my application soon. Let me know what you think! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Last Day of Work

Tonight was my last night at the Marriott. I am going home for the summer and cannot be more excited.

It was the best and worst night of work for me. 

The bad... I almost passed out 4 different times. It was bad. I kept trying to be okay but every time it would kick me in the butt and remind me how feeble I am. 

The good... President Monson was at the banquet I served!!!! I did not get to meet him. My manager gave strict instructions not to make ourselves obvious to him and get his att
ention. So I was a good worker and did what I was told. But I still got to listen to him talk about printing, which was his profession before he became an apostle. It was so great, excepts all those almost passouts were right before and during his speech. But it was still amazing to be in such proximity. 

All in all, a great night that I will not forget :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Instead of studying for my finance test, I decided to start packing. Looking back on that decision, I should have just studied! I knew I had alot of stuff, but man do I have a lot of stuff!!! It is the never ending mission to get all my stuff packed up.

I am pretty sure if it wasn't for my roommate and I sharing a moving truck and my dad coming out to help me move my car would look like this driving across country...

Classic I know! But I think you are really underestimating how much stuff I have. I have a shopping problem. At least I know about it, but unfortunately I am not doing anything about. Let's just hope I find a man that can handle my "retail therapy." :)

Oh, and another fun kicker of the day. I found out that the girl I was going to live with wants to have her friend live in our apartment next year too. Great, fantastic, except it is a ONE bedroom apartment that is actually meant for a married couple. Her grandma owns the apartment so she stays there. Rent is wayyyyy cheap, but I don't know if I can handle sharing a room with a total of 3 occupants! 


I came across this on my friend's blog and I just had to post it.

A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to Dad. With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.

Dear Dad:

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it's not only the passion. Dad she's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She deserves it. Don't worry Dad. I'm 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.

your son Adam

PS: Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's
house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life
than a report card. It's in my center desk drawer.
I love you.

Call me when it's safe to come hom

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Love life

There are times that I take for granted the amazingness that I have in my life. And then there are times when I am humbled to remember why I am here. 

The end of semester is time for teachers and TA's to get their last word in. Normally it is advice for our futures within the realm of the subject they teach. But at BYU it is so much more. Not only do I get the advice from concerned mentors, advice learned through their mistakes or observations, but we get counsel on topics such as humanitarian aid, service, love, the Gospel. Two specific times this week have I learned of the importance of the individual in the overall plan of this life. The need to give to others. "To comfort those who stand in need of comfort." Stewards over the land, and our brothers and sisters. 

It is times like these that I am grateful to be at BYU. To appreciate all that is given to me; the knowledge, the love, the companionship and most importantly the Spirit. Never have I been happy for snow in April. It covers the mountains, my car, the grass, everything. But after my test review, and after the words of my TA expressing her belief in the need to help one another, I can not deny that something as beautiful as the mountains covered in snow can be horrible. Yes, I like the warm more, but I get to appreciate all that my Heavenly Father has created. 

In that moment, I knew without a doubt, that everything will be ok. Finals will come and go like they always do. I will stress, I will study, I will pass. Maybe not quite as well as I wanted, but it won't kill me. Life will go on. My life is so uncertain with each passing minute that it worries me. What will I be doing this summer? Next fall? In December when I graduate? All uncertain and open to anything and everything. But none of that matters. I know why I am here. I know who I am and who I want to be, though not completely the same at this moment. Things will be ok. NO, they will be great! They will be exactly how they are suppose to be and it will be amazing. Because I know where I am ultimately going. 

More importantly, I know there are others that are in greater need than me. People in third world countries that live off of a dollar a day, people struggling with internal problems, medical problems. There are so many that make my problems seems miniscule. There will always be a reason to put off service or help. But there will not always be enough time to say "I'll do it tomorrow." Do it now. Just do it. 

It is times like these, that I mentally bow down and thank everyone that has helped me. My family, my friends, my teachers, strangers that influence me. I thank every one of you. 

Sorry, I don't normally go on such a rant, but I felt strongly about this right now and had to express it. 

Monday, April 13, 2009


I came to the realization earlier this week that I have taken a trip every semester that I have been at BYU... Chicago, Florida, Norfolk and Vegas. Seeing as next semester is my last semester and my 22nd birthday in October I have decided to go to...
Wakiki Beach, Hawaii :)

I think I will be there for about a week and will get a sweet deal from Marriott, man do I love working there :)
I am really looking forward to it and think it may be the best time of my life, that is until I go to Italy 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Media within our lives

The following is an oral history project I did for a class this semester. I interviewed one of my mom's best friend's since she lives in Utah. It was so great to sit down and talk with her and to hear stories of her past. She has had and survived 3 different kinds of cancers (it might be 2) and has lost some of her memory, but some of the things she told me were very interesting. I especially love to hear stories about her and her husband Bill.

This is Carolyn. I must say, once a southern bell, always a southern bell. 

Interviewer: Susan Williams

Interviewee: Carolyn Drees

Location: Carolyn Drees’ house in American Fork, Utah

Date: March 13, 2009


Carolyn: It was so new uh the thing that my grandparents had was a record player; it had to be back in the early 30s. They had one of Bing Crosby’s first records that he made and uh we had um a lot of things like that where the big stars got their early start and uh by the time I was 5 years old, music was a big thing. My two older sisters took music and I think, uh until I could I read, they would teach me the songs to all the popular songs of the day and I can still remember to the time when I was 5 years old and we used to listen to programs on the radio the music by people like Paul Whiteman, who was one of the most familiar and still is one of the most famous orchestra leader at the time. It wasn’t a hobbs earnal orchestra but a dance orchestra. And uh we didn’t have, I think I mentioned, we got our first telephone back around that same time and uh I don’t know if this will be of any interest but uh I think it’s interesting thinking back on it, when we moved into the area of south Atlanta, we moved into an area that had never been populated before. My grandfather was a builder and he built the house for him and across the street he built a house for my mother, who was his daughter. And that’s where I was born and that’s where all of these things in the family played a role, but the city of Atlanta was suppose to incorporate the area. It’s not more than about 5 miles outside the city of Atlanta so, but uh the plans were that this area would be taken in as part of Atlanta and uh so when we lived there, my parents lived there for 13 years and we never did get roads. They were just scraped roads with big road equipment and the county chain gang would go out there and wipe the debris off the road. They weren’t more than trails. But the whole time we lived there, and I was 7 years old when we moved, and they hadn’t got to paving the roads yet. So um we had gotten electricity sometime when I was very small but I can’t remember when that was. But I can remember when we got the telephone and for a while there was the party line, you probably know about the party line. It was where 2 or 3 people had the same telephone number and uh usually you would have a phone call that your neighbors would listen to and oh, you can’t be interested in this.

Susan: Oh don’t worry about it, what did you do when TV came out?

Carolyn: I went over oh, that was after I was married, I was married in the last day of 1947 and so in ’48, TV became famous, but not everybody had one. And I wasn’t particularly interested in it from that stand point because I liked to read and to study and I didn’t know anything about the people that starred on TV. Anyway, so um my first experience with TV was in an apartment house in Chicago, well it wasn’t exactly in Chicago it was a mile or 2 away from the Midway airport where my husband worked. There was one family in a four family duplex that had a TV and so uh, the folks living underneath us kept that turned up all the time because you would just hear all this noise and clapping going on. But we actually didn’t have a TV until we moved to Denver and Holly was born, Lynn was 2 was when we got our first TV and uh, oh I didn’t get hooked on it like a lot of people did because I liked to listen to historical programs, things like that, that would be boring to most other people. I liked serious music and uh, I liked good swing, that sort of thing and there wasn’t a lot of that on at the time. Uh, I remember the elections starting back with Franklin Roosevelt and uh my dad was not a democrat and he was living in Chicago at the time. His work kept him away from the general home most of the time, he was moving to different places all the time. I remember the first time I voted was when I was married. Bill and I were living in Chicago and I voted for, someone that didn’t get it. I had the tendency to be more accepting of things from the, have you been taking a nap have you (Directed towards her dog)? Oh this can’t be interesting for you.

Susan: Me? No it is. I love learning and hearing stories about people and their experiences and stuff.

Just quick random question, did they do a lot of advertizing for the war through the radio?

Carolyn: For the war?

Susan: Yeah for the war.

Carolyn: Yeah, oh yeah everything was uh was pertaining to different people, the broadcasters at the time were stationed at different places overseas and there were constant programs and everyone was glued to the radio and then the TV afterwards.

I’m not making must sense right now, am I?

Susan: No you’re fine. Was there any big event that you remember from, I don’t know, I’m trying to think, was specific media you were interested in, maybe papers did you read that a lot?

Carolyn: There were only two local papers in Atlanta when I lived there and grew up. And let’s see, I suppose that I was too busy studying when I was in high school to read the newspaper, because I wasn’t somebody that could open a book and have a photogenic memory and remember everything on the page; I was up till 2 or 3 in the morning, but I did glance through the papers because there were interesting things in the paper. I remember when I was small and the Lindenburgs baby was stolen. That was interesting to people all over the world. It was a long time before they found someone who did it, or they thought did it, but it turned out it wasn’t the one that did it but he knew the person that did. I didn’t get to many movies because they didn’t have that many movies in neighborhoods at the time where you could get to, and not everybody, not every single person had two cars. My mother, who learned to drive when she was about 16, said my grandfather never did forget that. Mother said that when he was teaching her to drive and she was at the wheel anytime for a long time after she had learned to drive, he kept the passenger side door open so he could jump out any time she made a mistake and anyway. I’m not being very helpful, Susan.

Susan: No you are fine, I am trying to think of something that will jog your memory

Carolyn: When World War 2 broke out I was in high school and I can remember when the, uh pearl harbor happened, my dad had the radio on early one Sunday when that happened and shortly after that there were a number of boys that I knew in my high school that joined and there was one of four brothers who were in, who got in the navy, they weren’t the famous ones that got killed in action but two of them from my high school and several others lost their lives and I can remember a boy named Robert Crow that I sort of, well my parents didn’t let me date, but I had a soft spot for Robert but, he didn’t know I was even alive, and he was killed in the beginning of the war because he was flying and they didn’t have a very long time to learn how to fly like we do now, sometimes it was two weeks to the month and then they were out on their own and of course the airplanes were not like they are now.

Carolyn: One thing about uh radio too, as well as I can remember, I can’t remember they had commercials.

Susan: Like they do now, every other song they have a commercial.

Carolyn: Oh no, I can remember when I was married they had regular commercials, but when you got a radio program on, you got a radio program…I can remember a lot of orchestra conductors, some of those people are around now, I’m glad they are, because I’m not as old as they are.

Susan: When did you start, uh, what am I trying to think of, I just lost it, I do the same thing as you, I can’t remember it.

Carolyn: My memory has been gone for the last probably 6 months, but I remember everything about my background. I remember the people I have met, the friends I have, which weren’t many, my mother didn’t want me to play with anyone because she didn’t want me to learn anything ugly from them.

Susan: What did you say about when radio came out, what happened?

Carolyn: Well I was wondering how come it took them so long for it too come. I thought we were we were really fortunate to have that. I used to lay on the floor in the living room and listen to everything that was on. I still remember now all the programs that were on.

Susan: What kind of programs were on?

Carolyn: Like I said, Paul Whiteman was a very famous song writer and wrote for orchestras so I remember his music and I remember Amos and Andy, they were two guys that did black face comedy; they were hilarious. And I remember major bosse, who had the amateur show he honestly had people on there trying to sing and do whatever they did and they were lucky if he didn’t give them the gong before they were finished. Later on we had the entrance of the soap operas that made big hits for a long time. You could never get too much of the soap operas you had to hear how they got out of all their problems and they lasted for 30 or 40 years. And we used to listen to some of the news reports, I didn’t care much about them but my parents did.

Susan: You said something about history stuff. You said you liked to listen to history programs

Carolyn: Yes, but I can’t think of what the title of the program was but uh they were, I can remember especially it was on Sunday they would spread the whole foundation for what the story was going to be like, what it would be. They would talk about some long dead kings or talk about people who had special powers to do certain things and uh, and I used to love to listen to musical programs because I have always loved music.


Friday, March 6, 2009


Lately I have been thinking about the different types of relationships I have in my life. I can't help but realize that I do not have any strong connection to anyone out here in Utah. Sure I have my roommates, social friends, school friends, church friends, but where are my run-to-when-I-am-super-down-but-can't-explain-why friends? In VA and MD I had a core group of friends that I could always turn to when I needed them. Here I tried that, but they all got married! So now they all have hubbies and I barely get to see them let alone vent to them. And not many people really know me here. Part of this is my fault, I have not tried very hard in making friends here. I always get shy and not many people will take the time to really get to know me. 
Tonight I listened to You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban. I would always listen/interpretive dance that song with my best friend. But here, I have maybe 2 or 3 people I could do that with. And only one is not married! People are so caught up with things going on in their own life that I do not feel like they have time to really get to know who I am, not who the surface susan is. 
I continue to tell myself, wait until I graduate and move away, then things will improve, but will they? Will I learn how to open myself up to people enough to create a solid bond? I desperately want to get out of the bubble of provo/ happy valley, but I do not know if that will improve my situation. 
Bottom line, I just want someone I can sit down with and talk to for hours without even realizing how long it has been. Talk to someone on a more personal basis without trying sugar coat things or worry about them judging me. I guess this is why I have a blog, to do this and not feel like I am impeding on anyone. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Why I go to college

In class today we talked about personal finance. Investment was a big topic. It was brought up right at the end that ladies should not rely on their husband and not be able to support themselves. He told of someone that holds a respectable calling in the church that is cheating on his wife. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? If I was the wife, I am pretty sure he would not be able to walk and/or have kids ever again in this life! But the point was made that we, women, should be able to support ourselves if the time comes. One of my biggest pet peeves is to hear that a girl is here at BYU just to find a husband. Why spend thousands of dollars if you are not going to use it? And what happens if your hubby isn't who is was when you were married. I am not about to sit back and let myself be walked on in that situation. I am a strong believer that you should not be totally dependent on any human because they are faulty and do not follow through with everything they say they will. Well, there is my cynical side for you! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


In high school my friends would love to go coning! You take a construction cone and put it on someones lawn. Well last semester I "borrowed" a BYU police cone and had it in my trunk. Friday night me, brittani and beth decided to make use of it! It was a spontaneous activity, which i love more than anything. We coned good old Josh! I was way into, maybe a little bit more than the others. If we weren't on asphalt i would have done a 007 roll. We were putting the cone in front of his apartment and we forgot to be quiet. We knew he was not home, but his roommates were. Needless to say Rob opened the door and I screamed like a little girl, jumped up and started running down the hall (i saw taken earlier that day so I blame the jumpiness on that) 

Friday, February 20, 2009

What to do in Provo

There are many times I ask myself what the crap is there to do in Utah? Well, it seems every time I always end up finding something to do. 
Valentine's weekend was a fun filled weekend, which included a no-boys-allowed tent! 

Ben Kweller Concert at the Depot in Salt Lake. I love hanging out with my Marylanders :) It makes me so happy. 

 Hot tubbing with the girl's on valentine's day <3 
Tent and movie came afterwards. I normally hate valentine's day, but it was so amazing to spend it with friends and just act stupid, and be a girl!!! 
Imagine this: its sunday after church and its naptime, you start to think about sleeping in your bed, but just then you remember... you have a fort in your living room calling your name. Needless to say, my favorite sunday naps are the ones in my forts! 

I strongly believe in the whole rest on sundays because when else do you get to just lounge around, be with friends, have no worries in the world, and know that its what you are suppose to do on that day and you don't feel bad about neglecting your homework. But once you have to think about mon., it starts to go down hill :(

This weekend, will be just as much fun, and more to come later! 

Friday, February 6, 2009

So Grateful

This week at work we have a group called "Ski for Light" and many of them are blind, disabled and some are even blind and deaf. I cannot begin to tell you how eye opening this week has been for me. No matter how stressed, angry, sad, depressed or anything other not happy emotion, I still have all 5 of my basic senses. But even with there disadvantages, on the whole they are some of the nicest people I have met. You can imagine how they can be bitter towards life, but they are not. They embrace it, they GO SKIING!!!! I don't even do that! It is wonderful to see the strengths that some people have.

On another note, I can't wait for them to leave. I work tonight, tomorrow morning, tomorrow night till 11 and then Sunday morning at 3AM!!! AHHH its crazy. But all in all it is wonderful.

I am grateful for seeing so many sights... these are two of my favorites... Sunset, Number 1 time!!!!!

Lightning Storms, Utah does not have them, but Maryland, oh so wonderful!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


So I will admit, I found out about this by eavesdropping on someone else's conversation yesterday, but the phrase "Why Mormon Girls Stay Single" is going to catch, a single mormons attention! So I went to look at it, and I personally found it entertaining. My roommates didn't like it too much. 
They use church acronyms... and I can't figure out two of them so if someone knows them, please let me know... C.S.L. and W.M.L.

Check it out--

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fun Times

I got a phone call earlier today from Nicki saying she needed my help. She was helping another friend with a photography assignment for class. He was taking bridals in a studio and she was to be the bride. She said "you know I can't zip the dress up by myself!" So naturally I went with her. We got there about an hour late, and didn't start for another 45 min. after that. But it was so funny to watch because they were totally posed! I hate posed photos. They both said how much it was not there style, but he had to do it according to the assignment. There were times that I just laughed because, and Nicki I love you, but she is not good at serious faces! And some of the serious ones she half looked tough and half crazy! But she was gorgeous, like always! And total feat... She fit in her wedding dress!!!! Not many brides can say that after 6 months! YAY! 

Here's us on her wedding day. Love you Nicki!

Friday, January 23, 2009

BYU Basketball

I have learned to appreciate college basketball. I started out at a school that had no football, so our love was basketball. Homecoming and all major sporting events were basketball. And it helped that we were good... GO ODU! (I'm still a monarch at heart) 

But now that I have football my basketball attendance has dropped slightly. But thanks to Nicki, and the fact that she goes to see Nate cheer helps me get back in the spirit. Last night's game was intense. We were doing so good, but like true BYU nature, we CHOKED! UGH why?? why? why? Oh well. I was a way intense and good game.

And even funnier story... Me, Nicki, and Nate were coming up the elevator from the ground floor and were with all the UNLV basketball players. One guy (mind you a tall guy) randomly says "I need a shower".. well the smart allelic that I am debated within myself whether or not to comment on it... well my sassy side came I and I looked up at him and said "Yeah you do." The expressions on his and his teammates faces were priceless! Totally priceless. 

I finally took pictures for once. They aren't amazing but there are with amazing people. And please note the glasses and dark hair. I re-invented myself. I am growing up and realizing that I am so I am starting to think about what will look good as a professional. Let me know if you like it. 

My bestest. Love you <3 
And my favorite married friends. 

Friday, January 16, 2009

Winter Adventures

This past Saturday some friends and I went snowshoeing! It was quite an adventure. None of us had gone before, but it was a total blast.

This is the view from further up the mountain. How beautiful is it! I know I hate on Utah a lot but I can't deny how gorgeous this sight it. It is not water and beach but it has its own beauty. 
The girls and our snowshoes on! Getting them on was an experience all on its own.
We tried to hike up to a big waterfall, but took the wrong path. But we still found a waterfall. Some people said to keep walking up and there would be a "small" waterfall. They we not kidding when they said small. But it was still pretty. 
There was a lot of falling involved. But never try to push someone down, because they normally take you down with them. Brittani found out the hard way!