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Listen to Learn; Bonus Svithe!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
♦ 11/28/2006 10:34:00 PM 0 comments

Elder Russell M. Nelson
Ensign, May 1991, 22-23, 25


"When our youngest daugher was about four years of age, I came home from hospital duties quite late one evening. I found my dear wife to be very weary. I don't know why. She only had nine children underfoot all day. So I offered to get our four-year-old ready for bed. I began to give the orders: "Take off your clothes; hang them up; put on your pajamas; brush your teeth; say your prayers" and so on, commanding in a manner befitting a tough sergeant in the army. Suddenly she cocked her head to one side, looked at me with a wistful eye, and said, 'Daddy, do you own me?'"


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Post-Thanksgiving Svithe
Sunday, November 26, 2006
♦ 11/26/2006 07:05:00 PM 1 comments

50 well thought out things I am grateful for and a few no-brainers (in no particular order):
  1. Nice Highway Patrol men*
  2. Being alone today*
  3. Unreportable accidents*
  4. Mother's recovery*
  5. Mother's surgery not being more serious than it was*
  6. Break lights that work
  7. Christmas lights
  8. When my roommates actually take out the trash (not that they have for a LONG TIME)
  9. BYU's Counseling and Career Center
  10. Second and third and fourth chances
  11. Good movies that I can watch over and over again
  12. Good movies that I can't find anywhere but that I still have the memory of seeing
  13. Pirates 2 comes to DVD in 9 days
  14. Christmas music
  15. Christmas Trees
  16. Christmas smells
  17. Turkey
  18. Turkey left-overs
  19. Happy memories
  20. Chocolate
  21. My fish
  22. Biting kittens
  23. Old dogs
  24. Old friends
  25. New Friends
  26. Old friends I don't talk to anymore and haven't heard from in forever*
  27. Mail
  28. Pay day
  29. A long walk to campus
  30. Good weather conditions for driving
  31. Gasoline prices that are less than $2.35
  32. Theaters that are cheaper than the ones in "Happy" Valley
  33. I only have two more tests ALL SEMESTER (this includes finals)
  34. There are only two and a half weeks of classes left
  35. Fickle-free airbags
  36. Working lungs
  37. BYU beat the Utes yesterday
  38. Christmas Movies
  39. Not having anyone to be confused about
  40. Popcorn
  41. Polymer Clay
  42. Film
  43. Cameras that I have control over
  44. Crunchy leaves
  45. Babies
  46. Das Family (including extended)
  47. Finger and Toe nails and the appendages they stick to
  48. Meat I eat
  49. Books
  50. "Of all the things for which I feel grateful, one stands [above
    all the others]. That is a living testimony of Jesus Christ, the Son of
    the Almighty God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One. . . .

    "Jesus is my friend. He is my exemplar. He is my teacher. He is my healer. He is
    my leader. He is my Savior and my Redeemer. He is my God and my King.

    "Gratefully, and with love, I bear witness of these things."

    (Gordon B. Hinckley, "Come Listen to a Prophet's Voice: Gratitude," Friend, Nov. 2002, 3)
*Don't ask, you won't get answers.


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Svithe it again Baby
Monday, November 20, 2006
♦ 11/20/2006 12:43:00 AM 1 comments

Today there was a lot of talk about Testimony in church. I have no complaints on the subject matter. I know what I know, I believe what I believe, and I hope for so many things that may or may not be. But the bottom line is:

I'm imperfect. And I guess I just have to deal with this as a fact of life for me and the rest of the world. That's not really what's on my mind, though.

My home teachers came by tonight. I haven't had "wonderful" home teachers for like... two years now. Last time I had home teachers I trusted and enjoyed was the last time I lived here in the SBitBoM and one of them was a member of BACA (and if you can find this HT for me, I will love you forever). This morning, though, my roommates and I were fed breakfast at our HT's appartment. It was nice. And then they came over and taught us tonight (because breakfast really didn't have much in the way of spiritual thought to it after the prayer was said). We talked about testimony (again) and feeling the Spirit and the way the Spirit communicates with us. I had a few thoughts on the matter, mostly like how any language spoken by Man is incomplete, insufficient, and just plain can't communicate everything. However, the Lord's language is universal and perfect and, while we don't remember it any more (at least not to speak it), our spirits do and that is one reason why the Lord has given us His Spirit: to help us communicate with him and others.

One of my home teachers asked us right before they left if we have been able to feel the Spirit as of late because he wanted to make sure we are doing well in all aspects (you know, physical, emotional, yadda yadda yadda). I chose not to respond because... I don't know. Do you have any idea how frightening this is? I mean, it's not like I feel like the Spirit is not there, but I don't feel it, either. And I'm sure he really is there because I'm not doing anything (that I know of) that would keep him away. As much as I hate to fall back on the excuse, I think it's because depression does make it hard to feel much of anything (except depressed).

And on that note, please pardon my rant (or skip it):
Don't ever insinuate that someone is doing something wrong or negleting to do something period just because they are depressed. This is not always the case! I am so tired of hearing people say things like "If you just go out and serve others you won't be depressed" or "If you're obeying the commandments and doing everything you're supposed to you have no reason to be sad" when they have no concept of what clinical depression really is. Yes, service can help -to a certain degree. And, hello? Haven't you ever had a day when you just feel like crud even though you are reading your scriptures, saying your prayers, paying tithing, going to church and everything else? Sure, there isn't always a reason to feel bad; sometimes it just happens. Please, just get off my back about it and/or watch what you say when you're talking about something you don't understand.

End rant.

I'll attempt a gratitude journal before I leave town this week. So keep your eyes peeled like bananas so you can see all the... creative things I come up with.


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Dear Neighbors
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
♦ 11/15/2006 11:37:00 PM 0 comments

Dear Neighbors: up, down, and next door-
I apologize we were so loud tonight. We are practicing being crazy old spinster ladies, except I think that Dorothy won't be able to join in on the fun for the rest of her life because she had a date earlier tonight.


Nice to Meet You
Saturday, November 11, 2006
♦ 11/11/2006 06:31:00 PM 6 comments

I just met Kirby Heyborne. It's OK. I know you're jealous.


Torture and good stuff
Friday, November 10, 2006
♦ 11/10/2006 01:14:00 AM 0 comments

Someone in the Cluff keeps popping popcorn right around 1:00 pm while I'm at work. While I'm starving at work. When I'm wishing I had a lunch break at work. When I really, really just want some of that dang popcorn! Today was the third day in a row this week (of course, I only work three days a week, so that's not saying much). They did it to me last week, too, only in the morning time when I was starving because I hadn't had time for breakfast. I need to find this mysterious microwave so that I might bring my own popcorn and eat it in front of all my students! Muahahahahaha! (Yeah, I'm tired. Get over it.)

I went to Barnes and Noble tonight to buy a short story anthology. The guy who worked the Customer Service Desk didn't really know what he was doing. I asked him if they had "40 Short Stories; a Portable Anthology" in stock and he looked up POETRY anthologies on the computer. I know, I was watching. And then when I asked him to show me where they kept their SHORT STORY anthologies, he took be back to the poetry section, clear at the opposite end of the store. I thought about saying something, but I didn't want to make him feel stupid, so I just let him lead me in circles until he found what I was looking for. And then, while I was perusing the shelves, I noticed that B&N really need to do some serious re-organizing and get the erotic books out of the children's anthology section. Yeah. 'Nuff said.

I've got a dear friend from Santa Horhe's neighbor of near-fields coming up this weekend. She's going to get here tomorrow night and we're going to hang out Saturday while her "not-friend" takes a test to gain some language credits. We're going to go check out the bloated corpses, feed some ducks, and go shopping at the mall, stopping at her favorite resteraunt for lunch. I am so excited! Even if she did try to kill me last weekend, I can wait to see her again!

My roommate put up her Christmas tree and hung stockings the other night while listening to The Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrack.

It's supposedly going to SNOW on Saturday.

*Edit: sorry if you read this and were confused before I got to it this morning (November 10 at 11:30). Blogger started wigging out last night as I was typing it.

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The missing 36
Monday, November 06, 2006
♦ 11/06/2006 01:01:00 AM 0 comments

I found the missing 36%.

Your Vote Score: 67% Republican, 33% Democrat

While you don't always agree with the Republican party, it's a pretty good match for you.
Do be sure to research each candidate. A conservative Democrat or independent candidate might fit you better at times.
Should You Vote Republican or Democrat?


♦ 11/06/2006 12:43:00 AM 0 comments

Calling all Car Savvy People! The radio clock in my 2003 Ford Focus SE has suddenly turned against me. Last Friday when I left it at the airport, the time was displayed in 12 hour format. When I entered my car today at the airport, the time was displayed in the 24 hour format. Ie, at 4:17 pm it was telling me the time was 16:17. I do not like this. I do not know why it does this. According to the owner's manual, it is not supposed to be able to do this. Can you help? I'm going to ask the board, too, I just decided, but their answers always take at least four days.

Behold, the Muse


♦ 11/06/2006 12:38:00 AM 0 comments

Look at the beauty! The DETAIL! THE CLOSENESS OF IT ALL! And you wonder why I want a macro lens that costs over $1,000.

If I don't get this or something like unto it for Christmas, I think I'll just have to go out and blow a few months' worth of paychecks.

Behold, the Muse


♦ 11/06/2006 12:19:00 AM 0 comments

Dear Ol' Regi entered my life again. Yup. It's that time of the semester! Time to figure out what classes I'm going to take next semester. Hence Regi(stration). Here's what I've got mapped out: 6 classes totalling 16 credits, giving me room to drop 7 of said credits should I need to. I'm hoping to be able to hold on to a few more than 9, but with my record? Yeah, giving myself some cushion, just in case. Behold, THE SCHEDULE!! Please comment on professors if able. I'd like to be forewarned of any bad ones and, due to the current time, I've not got the energy to check out Thanks.

(Writing & Rhetoric) Malan, Adrianne Gard.

(Preparation for Marriage) Barlow, Brent Alvin.

(Family Finance) Israelsen, Craig Lam.*
MWF Repeat. May drop if I end up doing well after all.

(Living with Plants) Stevens, Mikel Ross.

(Landscape Design Graphics) Jolley, Greg V.

(The Doctrine & Covenants) Ostler, Craig James.*

*Have had these professor before

I tried to schedule it so I wouldn't have class on Fridays, but to no avail. I will, of course, be working again next semester, and that sort of takes up a big hunk of time. I've got it scheduled so I can work my full 20 hours, but probably I won't. I may also be unable to attend the lecture for that class unless Flora can work it to give me three credits for it again, in which circumstances I'll drop something to make my workload lighter. I might be adding a Fluff Class, too, if I can work my way into one. Of course, second time around Family Finance might not be too bad.

I know. All you graduated people are jealous that you can't be taking my courses. And you're jealous that you can't be one of my Floral Design students! Well, poo-poo on you!

Don't ask. I'm exhausted due to long travel hours to and from Santa Horhe this weekend. Again.
Behold, the Muse


'Tis the Season
Sunday, November 05, 2006
♦ 11/05/2006 12:22:00 AM 0 comments

In honor of the holiday season, I have added a new category on my sidebar. Check it out!* And, as an added bonus, I'll even let you know December 26 (at the latest) if said category has been shortened! Yea for you!

*No, this is not a plea for you to purchase me expensive gifts. Like I'm really that stupid.

Behold, the Muse

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Get out and vote! (or not.)
Friday, November 03, 2006
♦ 11/03/2006 11:17:00 PM 2 comments

I'm not voting this year because... I don't care to. What happens in Santa Horhe doesn't do much to or for me, and what happens in Cougar Town, well... whatever. However, in honor of the season:

You Are 4% Democrat

If you have anything in common with the Democrat party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch conservative, and nothing is going to change that!
How Democrat Are You?

You Are 60% Republican

You aren't a full fledged Republican yet, but it's probably the party that fits you best.
You probably consider yourself an independent Republican. You usually support the party, but you also think for yourself!
How Republican Are You?

If you can figure out what happened to the other 36%, would you mind letting me know? I feel incomplete.

Behold, the Muse


I think, therefore I am. And you are, too.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
♦ 11/02/2006 08:35:00 PM 1 comments

I just had a quick thought before I go back to working on my paper that is due tomorrow.

As much as I want to be perfect now, if I were, what would be the point of being? I mean, I wouldn't learn anything. Isn't that why we came to this earth anyway, to learn? So I can't be perfect yet. Not only is it impossible, but it would be pointless to BE.

OK. On to revising. See you later.

Behold, the Muse



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