Saturday, February 21, 2009

I'm 22

In spite of the fact that I had my camera with me, I got no pictures on my 22nd birthday.

Age is such a weird thing. It's like you never feel older, but when you think of everything you've done, learned, experienced, how you've grown, who you've met, you realize you are a very different (and hopefully better) person than you were a year ago.

I'm not so sure if I am better than a year ago. I might be in some ways. I know I'm better than I was two years ago! That's an encouraging thought.

In any case, this last birthday (11 days ago) was a very different one for me. Someone very important to me was not there like he had been for two birthdays previous... That is a long time to know someone.

But those who love me tried to make it a good birthday for me anyway! And it was.

I received lots and lots of messages, wall posts, and comments online wishing me a happy birthday.

In the morning I had a class at 8 o'clock. My friend Brianne stood up when class was over and handed me a package of Caramel Ghirardelli chocolates and Dove Promise chocolates and a huge bottle of Pepsi (because she recalled my saying I like Pepsi better than Coke)... She remembered my birthday which I had mentioned in passing a week or two before. It was a small gesture, but it meant so much to me that she remembered!

I went to work and my boss/friend Tracy walked in carrying a bag of Dove chocolates with almonds and a twelve pack of Vanilla Coke Zero because she knows I like it. Another cute gesture on her part, remembering my birthday when I hadn't even mentioned it.

I got home that evening and had three red balloons and a "Happy Birthday" balloon attached to my nightstand from my roommate/friend Cara. It was a very fun surprise.

Rachel, Cara, Amber, my mom, and I went to Carrabba's for dinner. Cody came too after his class. He brought me a cute card and a soy wax candle. Amber brought me some Pear body butter from Victoria's Secret, foaming Coconut Lime Verbena soap and peppermint lip gloss from Bath and Body Works. Thanks you guys :)

Dinner was mouthwateringly good. My mom came back to our apartment where Rachel had a card made for me with an iTunes gift card in it. She had also bought me a delicious cake from Cold Stone. So good. Cara got me a card and a Target gift card. I love Target. If I could marry a store, it would be Target. And if I participated in polyandry, I'd also marry Big! Lots.

My grandma gave me a card with a $50 gift certificate to the mall. That was way too much, and I completely wasn't expecting that at all. But I am excited to get myself a new outfit or two.

I also got some cards from Allyn, Kristina, and my grandpa Mike.

My mom got me some Simple shoes which are super comfortable--even though they're not as cute as my slip-ons ;) They're eco-friendly. That makes me happy. She also got me some new pajama pants, some socks, and a pen that annoyingly sings the BYU fight song. haha. She is funny.

A couple other random updates... My grandpa has officially started chemo, so if you can remember him in your prayers, that would be great. If you could keep me in your prayers too, that would also be appreciated. I've had a pretty rough, emotional, and confusing month and a half or so--partly my own fault, but we live and learn, right?

For those who don't know, I did sign up for both bowling and Polynesian dance for the spring.

And my aunt April just had a super cute baby.

Some "best things":

1. In-N-Out is coming to Draper. Though I don't imagine that I'll be driving 30 minutes to wait 2 hours for food with the rest of northern Utah. I'll just get my fill when I go home.

2. I think I am heading home on a road trip for a few days with Rachel when this semester is over. That would be a fun thing to look forward to.

3. I'm also excited for Rachel's birthday. I got her some fun presents and am excited to give them to her.

4. And I'm grateful for the sunshine and melting snow outside.

5. I did a good job cutting my bangs today which makes me feel slightly more attractive.

6. My new favorite website is Goodreads. It's helping me connect with people and keep track of the books I need to read. Believe you me, there are a lot.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Charlie Brown-jun

That is how the Japanese say "Charlie Brown." Just watch Kill Bill if you don't believe me.

Several weeks ago, I went to a yummy restaurant in Salt Lake with some friends. It's called the Lone Star Taqueria. I'd send you to a website if I had any luck finding one for their restaurant. But we heard about this place on a show on the Food Network. It was delicious.

Shortly after this meal, we went to the mall. One of the first stores we encountered when we walked into the mall was the Asian Gift shop.

On display were some darling bamboo and banzai trees. I couldn't resist.

I bought myself a little lucky banzai and named him Charles.

Darling, isn't it?

Look how small it is. If any of you are unfamiliar with the smallness of my hands, they're about six inches in length from the bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Vainest Blog I'll Ever Write

I'll apologize ahead of time for the appearance of vanity in this post...

I just need an opinion. Should I cut my hair again, or keep growing it out (and perhaps just do the same style as when it was short)...?

Here are some pictures. Long first.

And short...

Thoughts? Comments? Is it dumb that I'm even asking? Say so.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ether 6

It's funny how different scriptures stand out to you at different times.

Tonight I particularly appreciated verses 2 through 12 of Ether 6.

I think it's interesting and worth noting that the Jaredites put their faith in the Lord to carry them to a new land. The Lord "caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land."

But just because they were moving forward, because the Lord was pushing them forward, doesn't mean it was easy. "They were many times buried in the depths of the sea," but "when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them." And the Lord "did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters." And "the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters." They stayed faithful and praised the Lord and arrived to the promised land after almost a year on the sea. And when they arrived "they shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them."

I've gone through a lot of crap in my young life. Every time, I have wound up thanking the Lord for helping me through and for giving me better than what I thought I wanted.

The Lord is pushing me with a furious wind to the place that I need to be in. But that doesn't make the journey easy. I feel like I'm getting thrashed around by the sea as the Jaredites were.

I need to have their kind of faith and praise him in this really difficult process. I'm finding it very hard to trust in His will and endure this pain. But I will try to trust as they did. And I, too, will thank the Lord for His tender mercies to me, even if I can't see them right now.