Sunday, June 28, 2009

Church and Things

Well, I got sustained and set apart for my calling today as the Enrichment Committee Leader.

I am extremely excited. I was so grateful for the blessing my bishop gave me to set me apart. One of the most poignant parts was where he blessed me with the ability to listen to the suggestions of others, to communicate my thoughts and concerns, and also to be able to connect with and love those whom I am serving.

I have been thinking a lot lately about... well... myself. haha. I've been thinking about my tendencies regarding people and relationships. In general, I find that I have very little tolerance and patience for people, when I deal with them on a mass kind of basis. But one thing I do know is that once I have spent time with people, spoken with them, learned about them, and joked with them, is that I come to love them more than I ever thought I could. I need to get rid of the former part, where my initial disliking for people takes over, and let the better part of me take over--the part that knows how to love and accept people fully, faults and all.

This calling will be an amazing opportunity for me to develop this gift or ability to be a good friend to people. Where much is given, much is required, and I believe that part of my purpose in life is to be a friend to the Lord's children. He has told me so.

For those unfamiliar with the purpose of Relief Society Enrichment activities, my bishop summed it up and said that it is to help the women in the ward to "come unto Christ." This is a very humbling calling for me in that I am not sure how qualified I am to help women do this when I myself am still learning how to come unto Christ. But I am so thankful for the opportunity and so excited to serve, and I know that by doing this, I will be able to come unto Christ as well.

The church handbook also describes Enrichment like this: "Enrichment activities are less structured than home, family, and personal enrichment meetings and bring together sisters who have common needs, interests, or circumstances. The activities should offer a safe, relaxed, and engaging environment where sisters learn and share ways to strengthen homes, families, and individuals."

Some activities suggested on the Enrichment Survey include things like scrapbooking, girls' night, bowling, emergency preparation, and self-defense. This is a wide array of possibilities and not even 10% of the ideas.

I keep wanting to say how excited and grateful I am for this calling. So that will be the last time! I'm hoping that if any of you who read my blog have any ideas, you'll share them with me! Leave comments, even anonymously, if you'd like, with fun activity ideas or just letting me know what activities you have participated in and enjoyed. I'd really appreciate it!

I was considering doing a 53rd Ward Relief Society Enrichment blog, just to post announcements, leave room for ideas, and to post pictures and things from activities to commemorate the events. Is that a good idea? I'd like some feedback.

Just in case any of you were interested, I got an A- in Polynesian dance and an A in bowling. :)

Leave comments and suggest your hearts out! Thank you!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Progress is My Fave!

I'm sure if you know me in person, or if you read my blog regularly, you know that progress is my goal in life. I love checklists and I love writing things down that I have done so that I feel like I've gotten somewhere.

This is so excessive that Rachel bought me a Listography book for my birthday, to list everything that ever existed in my brain.

Today on my blog I am listing my progress at the gym. For many of you, weight loss is the goal. For me, health and fitness is the goal. My weight is difficult to change. It has stayed the same since high school, which I am grateful for. I'd rather not be a weight fluctuater. I am a firm believer that if someone takes care of him/herself, exercises, eats well and not in excess, they can be healthy and fit no matter how big or small or muscular or thin they are. That is true attractiveness.

So I go to the gym four or five days a week, doing either 30 minutes or 60 minutes of cardio per day. I've had to step this up recently, increasing my resistance. This lets me know I have progressed because my usual settings were too easy for me. I'd rather feel like I pushed myself.

Yesterday on the elliptical (it was a 60 min. day), I was burning about 15 calories per minute. I was able to burn 100 calories every seven minutes. Therefore, I burned 800 calories in 56 minutes. And I burned 900 by the time I was finished cooling down (about 64 minutes). I also "ellipted" 8.5 miles in that time.

I've been thinking about testing my running skills, since I think I've built up pretty good endurance on the elliptical. However, the treadmill scares me half to death, and going for a run is just not part of my routine. Still, maybe I'll brave it for a few minutes, or change up my routine.

Anyway, I'm excited that my body has progressed so much in so little time. Maybe I don't have washboard abs. And maybe I have more than 3% body fat, but you know what? I'm in shape. I don't care what the magazine models say.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Old Lyrics

I just now decided that sexual innuendos in old music are much better than in modern music.

Exhibit A: "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band (which I have so thoughtfully added to my playlist on the right, for your convenience).

He sings:
"You're the cutest thing
That I ever did see
I really love your peaches
Want to shake your tree."

haha. It makes me laugh. Better than raunchy modern music though.

I am wearing a dress today to celebrate the sunshine. It is supposed to be in the 80s most of the week (90 tomorrow), including Saturday. So I am excited to get my tan on, finally!

Nothing new... Work, gym, institute (Tues), read, watch movies, watch TV, sleep, repeat. Life's good though! :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Good Day

In an effort to recognize the hand of the Lord in my life, I'm going to write this blog.

Things were a bit rough the last week or two, especially Saturday, where I seemed to have reached my limit. I bombed my Spanish Praxis (which I studied for for over a month), had a traumatic dream, and went to get Red Mango after work, where they told me that their Original flavor machine was broken. Fantastic.

I made an effort to really set things right on Sunday and was immediately blessed for my efforts, so I need to share them. These might seem like insignificant little things, but they matter to me, and they've made my day great, so I should share.

I received a calling I am very excited about. More on this later. But I really am excited and so humbled!

I did really well on my written dance final today. I already know the future. It says, "A." I also got to leave as soon as I was finished which means I got out of dance early.

I started a bowling game off with a spare and two strikes. That was exciting.

I returned a book which was late and should have accrued three dollars in late fees on it. Much to my surprise, the fee hadn't yet processed by the time I returned it, so I had no fee! Cash stays mine, BYU Library! Thanks!

I went to Big! Lots, which everyone knows is one of my favorite places to be. I got a card for my daddy and also a 10 pc Farberware cooking set for $60. Silver. With straining lids. Score! I am excited. Maybe I'll cook more now.

I also bought some fabulous lavender scented dryer sheets which are fragrant enough to fill my room with their lusciousness. My room seriously smells so good!

I went to the gym for an hour where I lifted and did some refreshing cardio. I need to increase my weights that I'm lifting though--I'm not sore enough. This is good news!

I got my new cell phone! (Thanks, Parents! I was charging mine every twelve hours--got a little sick of it.) My new one is a freaking champ.


Samsung Rant in my favorite color. Sweeeeet!

I activated it successfully. Then I got my contacts transferred.

While doing this, I was able to see my old friend Rheanna who used to live at Crestwood and who works at Sprint. It was so good to talk to her.

I then went to the mall to get an Invisishield on my phone to protect it from the wear and tear which it will endure in my purse. It is now protected and permanently new-looking. While waiting for the shield to be put on, I did a little shopping. I was rather unsuccessful. I tried on clothes at Vanity and Deb. Nothing worked out very well. So I made myself feel better by purchasing some See's Nuts and Chews with my University Mall gift certificate from my birthday. And wouldn't you know it? I received my change in CASH! Woot. I'll still use it at the mall for clothes though. But still! See's AND cash? Cha-ching!

Then at the mall I received a text from Brianne asking if I had eaten. We decided to use our buy one get one free entree coupon at Friday's. We then went to her house where we hung out and watched the most boring episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 ever. But it was still fun trying to figure out playlist width settings and whatnot. I always have fun with Brianne--good conversations, never silence.

Beyond these small material pleasures, I've been greatly blessed by an amazing bishop and amazing and supportive professors in my program. I am so excited that things are going in the right direction for me and will do everything I can to continue moving forward. This includes reading scriptures daily to prepare for institute. OK, so I slacked Wed-Sat last week, but I will be prepared by class time tomorrow night.

I have been very humbled by the blessings that have come so immediately to me when I do not deserve them. I'll take what I can get, though! I am so grateful for the gospel and the atonement in my life. Where would I be without my Savior?

Life is good. :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Unfair

OK, so really, I think I've made a genuine and consistent effort to remain positive on my blog and in life in general. But I need to complain for a moment...

Starting menstruation before the prescribed time is incredibly frustrating. A week early? I mean, really. That's twice in three weeks, you know. I'm not sure a body can take so much loss. And it's rather tortuous.

Grrr. Go away.

Hysterectomy, please!

A Simple and Beautiful Plea

2 Nephi 4:31

O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?

What amazing and simple things to ask for. I've asked for that last one, and have received that kind of help. He is amazing.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cool Things

I've been watching a lot of movies lately, as usual. I rented five movies last week and watched four of them. I'll watch the fifth today (Milk).

I watched Be Kind, Rewind; Frost/Nixon; He's Just Not That Into You; and Personal Effects.

I also watched Breakfast at Tiffany's--thanks Brianne! And I watched French Kiss and Life as a House. Wow, that is a lot of movies in a week. And yet I feel like I stay pretty busy outside of that.

Gene Simmons Family Jewels season premiere was last night, which makes me happy. I was having withdrawals. Geez, like I need another show. I consistently and regularly watch So You Think You Can Dance, Jon & Kate Plus 8, and Dog the Bounty Hunter. When Little People, Big World is in season, I watch that, too. Before SYTYCD, I watch American Idol consistently. And in commercial breaks from my regular shows, I watch What Not to Wear, and Intervention. The TV watching is getting a bit out of control. I should be planning units and lessons, and I will, as soon as I get a better idea of what is expected of me. Besides, I like my shows.

Today in bowling class I got some practice at keeping score. I officially understand score keeping now. I had a vague idea of how it worked before, but now I can do it all by myself. Exciting, huh?

Also, I went to get some chips out of the vending machine at work. I work on the third floor, and vending is in the basement. I took the (really really slow) elevator down and realized that I was five cents short because the price went up again. I was only slightly bugged that I had to go all the way back up to get more money. My patience paid off because after heading back up, getting a nickel, and going back down, I put the money in and retrieved my chips. But I saw something else at the bottom of that vending machine! I got a free pack of crumb donuts with my chip purchase. I can handle two for one if it takes a couple trips on an elevator. Yeah! Free breakfast for tomorrow.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

This is SO Important!

I don't know how many blog readers I have, and I wouldn't want to flatter myself by over estimating. But for the few who do read it, please consider clicking this link!:

http://www.one.org/us/waterfortheworld/index.html?rc=wftwtaf


It's a petition to ask your senators to cosponsor the Water for the World Act of 2009 (S.624), which will help bring first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation to a hundred million of the world's poorest people.

This is something I've always felt very strongly about. Bringing clean water to people would solve so, so many problems!

Please click here and add your voice!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Some Submissions for Your Approval

1. Listen to the first song on my playlist. I heard it the other day at the bowling alley and somehow remembered that it was from the movie Once which I had not yet seen. I have since watched this movie and fallen in love with its music. This song is amazing, simply put. Listen, love, comment. Stat.

2. People at the airport baggage claim: Stand ten feet back. Yes, TEN FEET. You heard me right. This way, everyone can get a fair view of the conveyor belt, see their bag, and walk up to get it when it's their turn. When you are just dying to stand by the belt, expecting that your bag will come first, there's no doubt that someone who's waiting patiently behind you and the other 14 anxious people will have to shove his or her way through because their bag came out before yours. Imagine that. So back the freak off, and walk up to get your bag when you see it. Sensible? Not to the masses... Consider, agree, comment. Stat.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Go California!

2 Nephi 1:7 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever. (emphasis added)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Good for Review

I reviewed my results from a personality test today which I took quite a while ago (sometime last year). If you want to read the whole thing, it's here.

This part is so accurate it's funny:

As an ISFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you takes things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system.

So is this:

ISFJs have a rich inner world that is not usually obvious to observers. They constantly take in information about people and situations that is personally important to them, and store it away. This tremendous store of information is usually startlingly accurate, because the ISFJ has an exceptional memory about things that are important to their value systems. It would not be uncommon for the ISFJ to remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after the event occurred, if the situation made an impression on the ISFJ.

This is funny too, in a good way:

The ISFJ has an extremely well-developed sense of space, function, and aesthetic appeal. For that reason, they're likely to have beautifully furnished, functional homes. They make extremely good interior decorators. This special ability, combined with their sensitivity to other's feelings and desires, makes them very likely to be great gift-givers - finding the right gift which will be truly appreciated by the recipient.

This is accurate and not funny:

ISFJs need positive feedback from others. In the absence of positive feedback, or in the face of criticism, the ISFJ gets discouraged, and may even become depressed. When down on themselves or under great stress, the ISFJ begins to imagine all of the things that might go critically wrong in their life. They have strong feelings of inadequacy, and become convinced that "everything is all wrong", or "I can't do anything right".

I was originally going to say maybe I should re-take the test, but I'm thinking not a lot has changed with me.