"I can go the distance," said Herc.

"I can go the distance," said Herc.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm breaking a resolution as I write this

My last post was about one of my New Year's Resolutions--to eat my way through all the fruit in the produce section. Some may call this endeavor foolhardy, but I am doing my best to live up to the challenge. Here's a look at how I'm doing on some of my other resolutions:

Here are some of my resolutions for the year 2011:
1. Try all the fruits that are in the produce section.--Slowly working on that one. I've done coconut (not a fruit but it was so darn interesting I had to try one), tamarind--Does soda count?, oranges, apples, limes, kiwis... every time I buy a mango I fail to eat it before it goes bad.

2. Learn to drive stick shift.--In the process. I've had three lessons!
3. Figure out where I want to intern.--Stalled. 
4. Go to the gym at least once a week.--Failed so far. It's turned into Do Something Physical At Least Once A Week.

5. Go on a road trip.--Success! Spring Break.

6. Always be reading a book.--Pretty good so far, except I'd like to read the books faster. I think my boss would appreciate it if I returned the demo books back faster.
7. Go to bed by 12:30 on normal nights. (That one may take a little patience and work)--I'm failing as I write this. It's almost 3 in the morning.
8. Do the 365 pictures thing.--Failed. I couldn't even finish the 30 days thing.
9. Go out of my way to be friendly to people.--Not sure??
10. Blog more.--Ha! I'm getting better. Especially since it's part of my job. 

Summer Resolutions:
  1. Learn to longboard.--Doing great! I need to go out more, though.
  2. Read one article a week from the conference Ensign.--I was doing good... now I'm not.
  3. Make new friends.--Check!
  4. Hike every week.--This goes along with #4 on the previous list.
  5. Go to a concert.--Does the Beach Boys count?
Rats. I need to go to bed or I'll fall asleep during the Beach Boys concert. Nighty night.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Years Resolution: Kiwi!

I forgot to mention--I am slowly progressing in my New Year's Resolution to eat my way through the fruit section at the grocery store. Here's Amber and me a couple of weeks ago with kiwi. Playing some pretty sweet Fruit Ninja on the iPad got me in the mood to eat fruit--or more like slash it with a samurai sword. But, since we didn't have Dad's sword handy, I settled with a simple kitchen knife. And I didn't get a piercing in the process. Boo-yah. 

Work, window watching, emo punk rock, and James Patterson

This morning I woke up... before I put on my make-up... I said a little prayer for you............

(Forever, and ever, you'll stay in my heart!!!)

Actually I woke up and while there was some of that, it didn't quite sound like a scene out of "My Best Friend's Wedding." I was in the middle of my delectable breakfast of chocolate frosted flakes, sitting on my bed in my room with my newspaper because the living room was already occupied, when I got a text asking if I'll come in early and work part of the day shift. Well, coming in a few hours early isn't so bad, so I hustled out of there and off to work.

I spent a delightfully busy morning selling books and chatting with customers about how wonderful they are (Not the customers--the books.). The interesting thing about working at a bookstore is there are periods where it's intensely busy, and periods where it's so slow I swear the clock ticks backwards. 

Now I'm sitting listening to the canned emo "I hate you" rock that only Avril Lavigne can sing. My window is open--I wonder if my neighbor across the way, whose window faces mine, can hear it and if he's gone crazy yet and started cursing my name. I have not heard or seen much of him since the day I moved in, when I heard some pretty good music playing from his window. What does he do all day? Seriously. The only other recent sign of life has been his light that was on at about 5 a.m. the other day, when I stayed up all night cleaning my room. (Which reminds me, I should clean it again.) I only noticed his light because I had to pull my window ALL THE WAY OPEN and bring up the blinds because that Lysol stuff I sprayed under my mattress cover made me want to pass out. I don't care what the manufacturers say: it's that floral scent that suffocates the germs, not the antibacterial additives.

Tonight's been rather peaceful. I'm listening to some music that sounds like it came out of a video game--and according to the album name, it did. I have no idea where it came from. My music list is like that. I read an entire book tonight, and I am so proud of myself. I have not done that in a long time because I barely get the time to anymore. It's a demo from work that won't be out until October: "The Christmas Wedding" by James Patterson (and Richard DiLallo, who probably did not get enough credit for his contribution.). It's my first James Patterson novel, and I must say I was impressed. It was cute, sweet, and has just enough mystery to get you through to the end and yet still have you say, "Aha! I told you so."

Well, this blog has probably gone on too long, and we may have lost Kathy by now. She informed me the other day that my posts are just a little too long. At least they're more frequent than some people I could mention. ;)

I don't know why, but I just got this intense urge to watch Beauty and the Beast, especially the final scene. I can't stay up too much longer because I've got to go get my glasses fixed in the morning because someone helped break them last weekend. Not that they wouldn't have broke eventually. :)

Well, dear people, have a good night. Remember to eat plenty of chocolate and get lots of rest. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Choices, choices, choices.

I stood in the middle of a road that split
Standing on tiptoe to try see the end of it.
But one path was overgrown and crooked-looking too,
The other was narrow and had a dark hollow it went through.

Which way should I go, when I can't see the end?
The leaves on the ground were dancing in the wind.
Logically, I reasoned, one path leads to good,
And logically, I realized, one leads to bad.
But both paths are frightening and mysterious to me,
If only at these paths the end I could see.

So I took one step forward
--And two steps back--
Three steps forward,
 Bathed in confidence I lack.
Which path to choose?
Mr. Frost took the one less traveled.
And the narrower, though its way is dim,
The way is guided by a smooth polished limb.

So I took the narrow, and held my breath,
Stepping into the dark,
With that limb for a guide,
My gaze straight forward,
Never looking to one side.

And that has made all the difference.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Grateful to know who I am

I found this video when I started procrastinating while preparing my lesson for tomorrow. (Hey, if it's procrastinating at least it was to look for wholesome music.)

I am grateful for what I know: I am a daughter of God. He is my Heavenly Father, and I love Him. I know that every single person on this planet is a child of God. I wish every person could understand this, because He loves us and wants us to know Him so that we may follow the right path to return to His presence.

I know what I know, and I will not deny it.

I know that Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son in a grove of trees in the spring of 1820. I know that he received the Golden Plates, an ancient record, and he translated them with the gift and power of God. I feel the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life, and it manifests itself stronger when I am doing what is right. I know that I must keep the commandments of my Father in order to return to live with Him forever.

I have a testimony of temples, and the marvelous work that is done there. I sustain Thomas S. Monson as the president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that all the men who held the office of president of the church previous to him were also called of God, and their words stand as a witness for the restoration of Jesus Christ's church upon this earth.

I know what I know, and I will never deny it. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He beckons all of us to follow Him.

I didn't mean for this to turn into the bearing of my testimony, but I guess it was time. The leaders of the Church encourage the members to use the mediums available that we are comfortable with to share the good news.

I love this Gospel; I don't like the thought of what I'd be without it. Please, take the time to consider where your life is right now. Is there something missing? Do you have a desire to change? You can. The first step is to try.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I get by with a little help from my friends

It's such a nice feeling to finally have a group of friends that I can call my family away from home.

I got really good at being a loner this year, believe it or not. Oh, I've been social, but just skimming the surface. This past year has been so busy and hectic that I have not been able to make the time to cultivate friendships that are close, and then this summer happened, and now I have time to do that. I find myself actually texting friends to say hi, seeking them out to do random stuff, and trying to be there when I'm supposed to be. I have not completely come out of the shell I've wrapped myself up in, but I'm coming out of it more and more. It's a nice feeling. So, my friends (old and new), here's to you. Here's to the great times we've had and the even better ones ahead. I may not always be the most reliable person, but I'm trying.