Tuesday, February 22, 2011

new hair + new food

I got muh hairs cut!

but its sooooo short!
well, for me it is. 
and it makes me sad.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on it, though,
so I must just not be used to it.
It'll grow on me I'm sure.

So what do you do when you get a new haircut?
Try new styles of course!
So I curled it.
[I also could have been avoiding homework]

I also have recently decided to eat healthy[er]. 
My whole life I've never been a fan of healthy stuff.
My mom said even as a baby I hated veggie baby foods.
But now I am beginning to like veggies and fruits!
So at the grocery store I bought:

Ok to you people that are actually good about eating healthy, this is nothing.
To me, this is a breakthrough!
And so far I've actually been eating it too!
Course I just bought it all yesterday.
Let's hope my health kick lasts. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

hello, brain

dear creative juices in my brain,

please start working. come up with an activity to teach similes and metaphors. you've been struggling too much. i have other homework to do too.




Friday, February 18, 2011

Waiting for Superman

I don’t normally suggest movies to people. In fact, I’ve never suggested a movie once on my blog.
I am suggesting one now.

"Waiting for Superman"

This movie should be seen by every single American citizen.
Don’t take the comment lightly, because I am not making it lightly.

Education in American is suffering. 
It’s a fact. 
But more than education as a whole…children are suffering. 
This is a quote from the movie:

“I want my kids to have a better life than me.”

The speaker was sweet Anthony, no more than 10 or 11 years old. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I never thought about my children when I was 10. I was never stressed about receiving a bad education, simply because I lived in the wrong place. I never even thought twice about my education. I simply went to school, came home, did my homework, knew someday I'd go to college and then get a career. Not every child in American has that opportunity.

Last summer I went to Africa as a volunteer. I will never take that experience back.
But before I left, I had no idea that my help was needed here in America just as well as in Africa.
This film is eye opening. I will say what I said before again.

Every American citizen needs to see this film.

I did not know a lot about this movie before I saw it, so I won’t tell you much. But I will tell you this-the public schools are not the problem. The system is the problem. The teachers are the problem. And, in my eyes, that problem still exists because of unions. Plain and simple. And the reason the teacher’s union is still there, even though it is failing children, is because it is the biggest contributor to political parties.

Keep that in mind.
Now that I’ve confused you with my rambling,
go watch the film and find out what I am talking about.
Become educated about education.
Because the education of America is what will determine America's future.
And maybe once the awareness is up, we can work together to find a solution.

“One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me ‘Superman’ did not exist…she thought I was crying because it’s like Santa Claus is not real. 
I was crying because no one was coming with enough power to save us.”

You can watch the trailer here
Or watch a short clip of why it is so very important here

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

my little brother is all grown up and saving....[insert place of mission here]!

My brother got his mission call!! It was quite the family get together when he opened it too. Todd and I live in the same apartment complex so the three of us (Ben, the new missionary, being the third) met over at Todd’s. And don’t even worry about it…we had three laptops with three different Skype’s going!

Laptop 1-Grandma, Mom, Dad, and Sam in Georgia. 
                Laptop 2- Steve and Heather in D.C.
                                  Laptop 3-Ben’s girlfriend Shannon.

Check out our set-up: (sorry for the bad photo quality, it was a cell pic):

Before Ben opened his call we had to do our tradition of going around and guessing where he would be sent to.

Grandma-Boise [she’s from there]
Dad-Thailand [he served there]
Mom-Brazil [sorry Mom actually they aren’t sending missionaries there because they can’t get visas haha]
Sam- Oregon or Ireland
Heather-Washington State
Steve- Upstate New York or England
Shannon- Bolivia
Logan (Todd's roommate)-Russia or Florida
Duncan (Ben’s roommate)-Germany
Ben- Wherever the Lord calls me [good answer…]
Me- Boise [just had a feeling…]
Todd- Alaska or South Africa

Let the opening begin!!

And now.

What you’ve all been waiting for.

My little brother has been called to gather Israel in the…


We are all very excited!
Here is his mission [plus us weird skypers on the side]:

Does anyone know any missionaries serving in this area? Or do you know anyone that lives in this area? Let me know!

Also. This is a screen shot that the Georgia Skypers took at some point during the night.
Don’t even ask what is going on. Because no one in this shot has a clue. 


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why I Have No Time To Blog

Monday: On campus for 12 hours. More homework at home.

Tuesday: Campus for 4 hours. Homework. Work for 5 hours. Homework.

Wednesday: Campus for 13 hours. Homework. A little break!

Thursday: Campus for 3 hours. Homework. Work for 5 hours. Homework.

Friday: Campus for 3 hours. Homework. Work for 3 hours. A little bit of peace...

Saturday: Professor’s house doing schoolwork for 3 hours [at9am]. Homework the rest of the day.

Average sleep per night: 6 hours.

You know what, though? I am happy! I have so many little things in my life that I choose to let be a bigger determinant in my happiness than my stress and busyness. 

  • My little brother bought me Subway for dinner. [Thank you, freshman meal plan!]
  • I took a break late on Wednesday night to chat with some wonderful friends. [JenKerr, SM, Bennett, and Tanner]
  •  The girls in my major help me to endure the three hour long classes and all the extra work. I love you all! [There are 18 of them so too many to list]
  •  I learned more about my internship starting in the fall. Scared out of my mind. But overly excited.
  •  My dearest friend Ahlin let me eat some of the wonderful pizza that she made.
  •  Early Saturday morning class is not fun, but I got to hold a snake!
  •  I take time each day to learn more about and communicate with my Father in Heaven, and He is definitely looking out for me.

Me holding a snake!
 [Ignore how I look. I chose sleep over getting ready]

Saturday, February 5, 2011

new and improved

I've been playing around with my blog design and layout the past couple of days. I really like what I've done with it so far! So if you only read this on an RSS feed, go to my blog and let me know what you think!

Also I have added a couple tabs at the top. The first is an explanation of why I chose my blog title. You can go to that here. The next is just a snapshot of my world travels, which is just about my most favorite thing to do. That is here.

Enjoy! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011


The walk to campus today went quickly. I walked with my lovely roommate and two very comical guys.
The cold doesn’t seem so bitter when you are laughing.

The three-hour class was typical. Yes, long for a class. But I’m used to long classes. I have three 3-hour classes a week.

Studying for my math test went well. Especially the part when I fell asleep for 15 minutes.

After studying for a while I realized I didn’t have my student ID. The testing center website said no ID, no test.

So the test will have to wait until Monday. I wasn’t that bummed to be honest. But ask me on Monday, I may say something else.
[Only after I walked all the way back home was I informed that I really didn’t need my card. Ha. Too late.]

I decided I could get some homework done in this newly found time I had.

That, or play guitar…which I ended up doing for an hour.

I love Fridays! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

science project

For my Science Methods course my professor wants us to be more familiar with invertebrate; not be squeamish, and know how we can use them in our future classroom. 

My group decided on meal worms. We picked them up yesterday and I am the lucky one that gets to have them first! I actually kind of like them (ok, you can start calling me weird now). I just like animals. Yeah, I know they're worms. But get past that. Just for two seconds while you read this post.

To document our observations my group has a blog, The Life of a Worm. You don't have to actually read that (unless for some reason you really like worms. or science.). That's just more FYI.  

So here are my new temporary pets:

I started naming them. and by "I", I mean my brother, Ben

Ike, Mike, Sike, Pike, Little Tyke....

[please don't let this scare you away from my blog. this will be the one and only time i post about them!]
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