Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Ok so I went to the doctor this morning.
Basically (he thinks) I have some ligament-patellar mobility issues.
It all moves around too much which is causing some possible ligament damage.
There's also a chance, based on where and how much it hurts, that I have some meniscus damage.
I'll be starting physical therapy for a couple of weeks on Monday, and then we'll go from there.

Ready for the funniest/most ironic part?

So one of the two times I hurt my knee pretty bad five years ago was at EFY, here at the USU campus.
As I'm sitting there, waiting for my appointment, a girl walks in the door who looks vaguely familiar.
She checks in, says her name...
Yep, she was in my EFY group that year.
The EFY that led to me sitting in that chair.

So anyway.
I'll keep y'all posted as the drama unfolds.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time Well Spent

Every other Tuesday I attend the River Heights City Council meeting.
(No, it is not very much like the Gilmore Girls town meetings.)
To get to these meetings, I ride the bus.
It's far enough away that the bus only stops there once every hour. 
I thought that would be a problem.
I was sure I'd just have to sit around awkwardly for 45 minutes until the meeting started.
Today, however, I discovered I was wrong.
I got of the bus and saw a most glorious sight.
Next door to the city building...

with SWINGS!
In case you've forgotten, I LOVE swings.

So I spent a half hour
watching people play tennis
and enjoying the sunshine.

The only problem was that the swinging hurt my knee.
But the good news is I'm going to the doctor for that in the morning!
So I had to pump the swing using only my right leg.
Using only one leg makes you swing crooked.
Oh well. 

I still loved every second of it. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Letters

Dear dinner,
You were delicious. 
Go me!

Dear boys in my ward, 
Thank you for being so great.
There is NOTHING more attractive than watching you bless & pass the Sacrament
and bear your Priesthood worthily.
I just wish I could remember all your names.
I can't wait for the ward menu list to come out.

Dear Brad Paisley,
Thanks for yet another amazing show. 
You're great.

Dear Darius Rucker,
thanks for playing some of your classic Hootie songs.
Love them. 

Dear Boy,
I really am sorry.
This week has been long and rough,
(for you too I'm sure)
but as the days go on,
I'm becoming more and more ok with it
and realizing that it was what I needed to do.
It was what He needed me to do.
I hope you're ok.

Dear Cowboys (and Cardinals),
Thanks for finally showing up.
It feels good to win, huh?

Dear Fall,
Welcome to Logan.
I love the crispness in the air in the mornings and evenings.
I can't wait to step on crunchy leaves.

Dear School,
Is it time for a break yet?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Response: Student Athletes

A friend of mine recently posted a blog about student (or in her words "student" with the quotes) athletes and how she thinks they don't deserve the scholarships they're given.

I must say that I disagree with her.

I actually had a discussion about this this week with one of USU's student athletes, and these were some of the points we made.

How are they not earning their scholarships? They have GPAs to keep just like the rest of us with scholarships. And it's harder for them because they are balancing so much.

Brady Jardine and Matt Formisano (two of the Aggie basketball players) told me that they sat down and did the math- they make about $3.20 an hour for the time they spend and the things they do. Between weights in the morning, practices, and mandatory time with tutors, they are putting a lot into earning what they get.

Yeah, sure, they get all-expense paid trips to places, but for the most part they get there, play their game, and then come home. Hawaii games are the only exception, they usually get one extra day. Football is the one I'm most informed on, but unless the game ends after midnight, they are on a plane within a couple hours after the game ends. It's not really a vacation for them.

These students (with out the "") do a  lot for the university. The truth is, athletics have a big say in the recognition of a university. It is the most well-known and most visible information. Even if our teams don't win all the time, we need these people to make a good image for us and our institution, and I think ours do a great job of that.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

True Success

"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others."
-Fred Rogers

Lessons to Learn

I love going country dancing. Most of you know that. However, some people need to learn a few things about the culture that is dancing.

1.    Great for you for trying to learn the line dances. Yes, us in the front row are the people to watch and learn from. However, if after the second or third time through it, if you still haven't gotten the hang of it, you should probably get out of the way. Also, don't act like it's our fault when you run into us.

2.    Girls, just because you're tall, skinny, and wear Daisy Dukes and boots, doesn't actually give you automatic dancing ability. A lot of times you're kind of flailing around looking pretty ridiculous. Calm it down a little, k?

3.    Stay close to the wall. Don't stand in big clumps in the middle of the dance floor.

Deal? Pretty sure I had a couple more, so I'll add them when I remember them.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I find it ironic
 that the song 
that reminded me of us at the beginning 
and the song 
that is helping me be ok now 
have the same title.

 It's like the people in the TV world knew I would need this week...


This sexy man... 

struttin' his stuff on this wonderful show... 


These beautiful boys...

serenading me on... 

and then comes
(the most epic of all the days)

Yup. All in one night. 

And then comes

Where I'll be seeing this man...

for what may or may not be the third time live...
Not only him, but with these guys...


      I'm I going to have a good week?
You better believe it. 


Today I...

Cleaned my room. Like REALLY cleaned.

I went for a run. Well, tried to run, but the knee hurts.

I ate Chinese food. You can't beat tiny spicy chicken.

I went dancing.

I loved the last part of FHE where we all sang "Love is Spoken Here."

However, I also broke up with the boyfriend.
It kind of sucked.
But it needed to be done.
I think we both took it pretty well.

I'm not going to wallow.
I'm going to go to bed and wake up tomorrow.
Life moves on.
I'm going to be ok.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My very favorite scripture?

Look unto me in 
every thought;
doubt not,
 fear not
(D&C 6:36)

This is what kept me going today

You Should Know

These are some things you should probably know about me...

When I'm splurging on calories I go for Dr. Pepper and Sour Patch Watermelons.

I love the smell of clean laundry.

I keep things bottled up. When I am stressed or overwhelmed I keep it all inside. I'm not good at venting. I just need time and I'll be ok.

I am the queen of procrastination.

The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. 
My birthday is second place (only 36 days!)

I am terrible at making decisions.
I brush my teeth at least 4 times a day.
I love Batman. But the Spiderman fruit snacks are my favorite. 

I probably could cook, I just choose not to.

I'm kind of obsessed with the History Channel.

I don't care how much money I make or anything like that, I just want to be happy and do something I love.

I love Grey's Anatomy and Glee.

If I married a celebrity, it would be Matthew Morrison or McDreamy

I still have my blanket and teddy bear from when I was a baby, and yes, I still sleep with them. 

I need music or some sort of noise to sleep.

I think steak and mashed potatoes are my favorite food. 

When I run, I don't think about anything. 

I wish I had more time to just read or play the piano

I'm all about learning from trials and mistakes. 

Friday, September 17, 2010


My friend Jon did this and I thought it was a cool idea, so I decided to give it a shot... 

The rules: Don't take too long to think about it - choose fifteen albums you've heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. (These aren't favorite albums, necessarily, just the fifteen that will always stick with you.) 

Cartel- Chroma
Yellowcard- Ocean Avenue
Brad Paisley- American Saturday Night/5th Gear
Rascal Flatts- Feel's Like Today
Blink-182- Blink-182
Jimmy Eat World- Bleed American
Journey- Greatest Hits
Lady Antebellum- Lady Antebellum
Carole King & James Taylor- Live at the Troubador
Angels & Airwaves- We Don't Need to Whisper
Moulin Rouge soundtrack
Dashboard Confessional- Swiss Army Romance
Keith Urban- Be Here/Defying GravityBilly Joel- The Essential Billy JoelDoobie Brothers- Best of the Doobies

All great albums... They all have memories associated with them, mostly good ones. I've heard a lot of the songs live which made me love them even more. :) 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Alright, enough of this Negative Nancy/Debbie Downer crap.

I love
my campus.
It's beautiful.

I love
this sudden rainstorm.

I love
knowing people.
I can't walk anywhere without saying hi to someone.
It makes me feel good.

I love
the Dr. Pepper and Sour Patch Watermelons in my hand.

I love
that he cares about me and just wants me to be happy.

I love
the Aggies.
And football season.

I love
learning HTML/CSS.
Even though I feel like a super-nerd.

I love
watching Friends while I do homework.

I love
country dancing.

I love
running at the Fieldhouse.
I don't have to think about anything.
I just run.

I love
when just the right song comes up on my iPod.

I love

There. Much better.
Now I just need to feel much better.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Yes, I know hate is a strong word... But here are some things I'm kind of hating right now...

I hate
that my one professor is not at all sympathetic.
No where in the course description did it say how much outside of class work would be involved.
We have to cover one of the cities in the valley. City council meetings, festivals, etc.
Sounds fun right?
Well when you are already super busy in the evenings...
And when you don't have a car, or people willing to relinquish their car for two evenings a month...
It makes it a lot less fun.
And we have field trips.
Lots of them.
During class time.
Guess what, lady? We all have class right after yours...
And she doesn't seem to understand the predicament.

I hate
that this whole relationship thing terrifies me.
I'm new at this.
I don't know what I'm doing.
I go in phases.
All the time.
I think it's going too fast.
But it's fun.
We have a good time.
I love being able to say "yes, I'm dating someone."
At the same time, being completely committed to one person kind of makes me anxious.
But maybe because it's still so new?
Dad says to be patient.
It will all work out.

I hate
that I never see my best friend anymore.
We don't live in the same house.
We're both super busy.
We both have boys.
There are times I have things to tell her, but texting won't do it justice.
But by the time I see her, it's irrelevant or I've forgotten what it was.

I hate
that I don't have cable.
It's not like I'm home that often, but I miss Sports Center and football games.
And all my shows that will be starting back up in the next couple of weeks.

I hate
that I hate all of this.

I hate
that I'm already so stressed out.

I'm hoping this is just one of those Monday kind of moods... The gym usually makes me feel better, at least clears my mind. I think I'll go there now. Thanks for letting me vent.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


The other day I finally broke down and bought one of these babies.

I have this weird thing for water bottles. I love getting new ones. And I've wanted this spout/straw kind forever and they were finally WAY on sale at Al's. 8 bucks for this!!

It's funny though, this bottle makes me drink so much more water! I've always been good at drinking a lot, usually going through two 32-ounce bottles a day. This one is only 25 ounces, but I've been drinking four or five of them every day! At first I thought it was just me and it wasn't anything different, but then today one of my friends said she got one and had noticed the same thing! I'm not sure what it is... I guess it just takes that much less effort to drink that makes it easier and gives more motivation? Not exactly sure...

But anyway.
The moral of the story is that I love this bottle.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Show Me

And this...

is why I love being an Aggie.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fear Itself

Fear is a funny thing. 
I'm not someone who is often afraid, but the last few days have given me quite a few things to think and worry about.

They changed our ward boundaries up again. 
Anyone who knows me knows I love the 47th ward.
It's more than a ward, it's a family.
Well we're back in the old ward that we did not love. 
That terrifies me.

Tonight I went in for the typical "Get to know you interview" with the bishop.
It turned into one of those get a calling kind of meetings.
It's something I'm very unfamiliar with.
Very new territory. 
It terrifies me.

And then there's the boy...
Things are going very well, don't you worry.
It's just still very new to me. 
But I love it.
It scares me, but it's a good kind of fear :)

"We gain strength and courage, and confidence by each experience
in which we really stop to look fear in the face.
We must do that which we think we cannot."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

"Courage is not the absence of fear, 
but rather the judgment that 
something else is more important than fear."
-Ambrose Redmoon