21 November 2010
29 October 2010
01 October 2010
BYU has got a lot of construction going on right now: by the McKay, the Clyde, and now across from the Bean Museum. Everyday I walk passed the construction next to the Bean Museum. BYU is building new dorms for Freshmen. That's a good thing, right? Well, on this particular day, I was minding my own business when I witnessed this heartbreak:
It's official. I received my Utah license in the mail and changed the plates on my car. I was waiting until my license came but once it did, I had no excuse.
It was really depressing to change the plates on my car. I know I am a novice frowner, but really. I was sad.
Now it takes me a while to find my car at BYU because everyone else is from Utah too. I'm still a California chick though! Promise!!
My dear friend Natalie got married at the beginning of August in California. Tyson and I were able to go to her open house here in Utah. It was great to see her and her parents again. I love them so much!
They had set up many round tables and on each table was a Betta fish in a glass vase. The fish were so beautiful but I was curious to know what Natalie's family was going to do with all the fish. So, I asked. They said they weren't sure. I asked if I could take one. I'm not sure if that was the wisest choice because not only did we leave the open house with a fish, we also left with a plastic box of about two dozen croissant sandwiches. You know, the ones with the grapes in them. Apparently, there was a ward camp out so a ton of people were gone aka LOTS OF FOOD. That's alright though. We took them back to Tyson's house and everyone chowed down.
For a while we kept Agatha in her glass vase from the open house. I decided she needed more space, so Tyson got her this aquarium and some plants; the blue rocks came with the original home vase. I know this isn't a stellar picture of her, but she is beautiful and I love having her. When I told my dad about her, he said, "You're like a real family now!" I guess Tyson and I weren't a real family until we got a fish. I think my parents still want to have me to have a baby asap so they can be grandparents. Oh, weird thought. GRANDparents. Once that happens, they'll be REALLY old.
27 September 2010
1) Decorating for Halloween. I know it's a little bit early, but we went to Deseret Industries and found some orange lights, eye lights that blink, and skeleton lights. I got some orange silk flowers to autumn-up my floral arrangement on our table. And Tyson bought himself a ninja costume.
2) Career Fair-ing. Last week, BYU hosted a huge engineering career fair. Dozens of companies came to recruit Chemical, Mechanical, and Computer Engineers. I snuck in and walked around with Tyson for a while. On Wednesday, we went to a dinner with some of the recruiters and I really enjoyed talking to them more personally. Since all the recruiters are BYU graduates, they were able to talk to us about the Church where they live, the neighborhoods, and the community. My favorite recruiter was a guy from Exxon Mobile who lives in Houston. I really liked what he had to say about the people he works with and the people in his ward. From what he was saying, I could definitely see myself being okay to live in Houston.
3) Swing Team-ing. Tyson and I auditioned for the Intermediate Swing Team last Saturday, and made the team! We're very excited. Tyson did team before his mission, but I've never done team before. Tuesday was our first practice, and it went pretty well. Tyson and I get to be partners and we're starting to work on some lifts and things which will be very sweet.
4) Choir Conducting. I am the new Ward Choir director. YAY!! This is my all-time favorite calling. Know what makes it even better? My dear friend, Steph (who moved into our ward with her hubby), is the choir pianist. YAY!! We're thrilled to be working together. I'm especially glad because they will be moving to Washington in June and I will miss them both dearly.
5) Latter-day Sounds Singing. I have been in Latter-day Sounds for two semesters; this is my third. Latter-day Sounds is a community choir, made up of BYU and UVU students. Anyone can join and we do two concerts a year: Christmas and Spring. Tyson is doing it with me this semester, which is sweet! Yesterday was our first rehearsal and the music we're doing is fabulous! Two people from my new ward are doing it too. Tyson and I recruited a lot of our friends so we're really excited to have another excuse to see our friends.
And of course we're still going to class and working. And Agatha continues to swim.
03 September 2010
27 August 2010
25 August 2010
27 July 2010
Happy Birthday, my love! The last eight months have been wonderful and I have loved every minute. Thank you for not giving up on me, for convincing your family to come to California for Christmas, for being courageous enough to pop the question in front of all our friends, for having big shoulders for me to cry on, for dancing with me, for surprising me, for marrying me, and for finding new ways everyday to make me laugh. You are my best friend and I love you more each and every day. Happy Birthday, Tyson! I love you!
14 July 2010
This picture shows (basically) what happened to my finger. Notice the box in the top left corner. Just add part of the bone to the tendon that has ruptured and voila! My injury.
Later on Thursday, we met with a hand specialist in Pasadena who said that I may have to have a pin put through my finger to keep the bones from healing incorrectly. Great. He also suggested that I have that surgery done in Utah so that I could have proper follow-up appointments. Still not too thrilled with the idea of a piece of metal being shoved through my bones, I agreed to meet with another specialist in Provo.
Tuesday morning (yesterday), I met with another specialist. He looked at my previous x-rays and wanted to take new ones to see if anything had changed in the past week. The new x-rays showed no movement and the doc advised me to not have the pin inserted. HOLLA! I was all for that news. The tried to fit me with a splint but none of the sizes fit. They were either too big or too small. The office made me an appointment for Thursday to meet with their physical therapist who would make me a custom splint. After leaving the doctor's office, my mom and I went back to my apartment to pick up my wedding dress because it needed to be cleaned. The office called and told me the therapist would meet with me today and I should come back right then. YAY! We hopped back in the car and got back to the doctor's office. The therapist fitted me with a custom splint and we had a great time chatting with the PA and the other patients. I have to wear this splint for the next eight weeks. I have another doctor's appointment on July 27 to re-x-ray (is that right?) my finger.
So, if you are coming to the wedding reception, be gentle if you shake my hand. HURRAY FOR NO PIN!! LONG LIVE THE SPLINT!!
26 June 2010
22 June 2010
Here is the first paragraph of this most promising mystery.
From the very beginning the Khalkis case struck a somber note. It began, as was peculiarly harmonious in the light of what was to come, with the death of an old man. The death of this old man wove its way, like a contrapuntal melody, through all the intricate measures of the death march that followed, in which the mournful strain of innocent mortality was conspicuously absent. In the end it swelled into a crescendo of orchestral guilt, a macabre dirge whose echoes rang in the ears of New York long after the last evil note had died away.
What fine, and beautiful usage of language! LOVE.
15 June 2010
"Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric humanoid alien known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his spacecraft, the TARDIS (an acronym for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and rights wrongs.
The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic and "illegal downloads".... It has received recognition from critics and the public as one of the finest British television programmes, including the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series in 2006, and five consecutive wins at the National Television Awards since 2005, in the Drama category.
The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. After an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production with a backdoor pilot in the form of a 1996 television film, the programme was relaunched in 2005, produced in-house by BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff....
The Doctor has been played by eleven actors. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, whereby the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality. Although each portrayal is different, and on occasion the various incarnations have even encountered one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same character."
There you have it. I love this show. I'm currently watching Season 2 with David Tennant as the Doctor. If you don't know who that is, he also played Barty Crouch, Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Remember? The crazy tongue guy. Anyways, this show is incredibly witty and I love that it includes a lot of world history in the science fiction stuff. Like last night I watched "The Girl in the Fireplace" from Season 2, in which a spaceship creates robots in order to steal Madame de Pompadour's brain. Know who that it? She was a member of the French court and official mistress of King Louis XV. She lived from 1721 to 1764. Awesome episode. Another one of my favorite episodes is from Season 4 where the Doctor and his travelling companion, Donna, go to the 1920's and meet Agatha Christie. No shock there why I loved it. If you have a spare moment, watch an episode. They are intriguing. I've heard that Netflix has all of the season available for streaming. Cheers!
Finals, work, get temple recommend from Bishop
Starting working from 7:30am-2pm, get temple recommend from Stake President
Wednesday, June 30
Chantel and Josh's wedding
Wednesday, July 7
Last dress fitting, pick up dress, drive to California
Thursday, July 8
Bridal Shower in California
Saturday, July 10
Receive my endowment and party at our Open House
Sunday, July 11
Drive back to Utah
Work, do bridals at some point, hang with my siblings and mom, stuff bags of candy for the reception in Bountiful
Friday, July 16
So really, if we can just get to Chantel and Josh's wedding, the time will fly by! The next two weeks will be interesting because I'll be working 7:30am-2pm and Tyson will be working 3pm-midnight which gives us one hour a day to talk. Awesome. Anyways, here's to the last thirty days. Masel Tov!
28 May 2010
20 May 2010
17 May 2010
06 May 2010
09 April 2010
1. Tyson. He has been a fantastic motivator, friend, and helper this semester. I'm grateful for his positive attitude, his incredible work habits, his ability to see right through my I'm fine's and know exactly what I need. Like yesterday. We hadn't been able to spend a lot of time together and he knew I was missing him. So when he came over last night, he brought me flowers. They are gorgeous! Yellow, white, and crimson roses that he choose himself. AH! I love them.
2. My family. I have seen my family more this semester than any other semester I've been away at school. My mom came up after Tyson and I got engaged to help me get a dress and do some other wedding stuff. Then, Tyson and I went to California for a long weekend just to play. It was awesome. Then, my grandpa got remarried so my family came back to Utah. That particular weekend I got to see all my aunts. Even my aunt who moved to Iowa! She used to live here and I miss seeing her and her family. My family has been a tremendous support during this semester. I have really relied on my parents' advice about married people stuff. Like housing. Sigh...that's been fun.
3. Tyson's family. I've always wondered if I would like my in-laws. I guess I had heard so many horror stories that I figured nobody liked their in-laws. However, I love Tyson's parents and all his siblings. They are wonderful. Tyson and I have spent many a weekend visiting his family and it's been great. They make me feel like I am a real part of their family. Even though my parents are far away, I know that I can also turn to Tyson's parents. I love them.
So, there you have it. What I am most grateful for. Only 98 more days until I get to marry Tyson! Yay!
05 April 2010
24 March 2010
19 March 2010
16 March 2010
*I described the dry mixture as a homogeneous solution because I could not think of another synonym for mixture and Tyson and Edwin (our friend who is also a chemical engineering major) decided that homogeneous solution was the perfect term. There you have it.
15 March 2010
Example: I love to dance, swing, and play piano. But not: I love dancing, to swim, and playing the piano.
Anyway, so we're discussing parallelism and my teacher pulls up some lyrics to I've Got Rhythm by George Gershwin. He then proceeds to ask "Okay, who'll sing it for us? Hmm? Anyone?" Of course, no one says anything. He keeps asking and it's clear that the lecture will not continue until someone gives in and sings the four lines up on the PowerPoint. So, from the back of the room, I bust out with "I've got rhythm, I've got music, I've got my man -- Who could ask for anything more?"
My teacher and peers applaud (my teacher out of enthusiasm, my peers from relief that they didn't have to sing in class) and then my teacher says "Your fiancé is a lucky man!" Awkward. But I love Brother Gardner. Sweet, old man.
If you are unfamiliar with the song, click here to see the original cast perform I've Got Rhythm from Crazy for You. The main character, Polly Baker, is played by Jodi Benson who also happens to be the voice of Ariel in Disney'sThe Little Mermaid.
13 March 2010
10 March 2010
1) Tyson has started to recover. He has been healed of his flu symptoms but the pneumonia is still hanging out in his lungs.
2) I am starting to feel the "end-of-semester" noose begin its ominous tightening. Suddenly, I have a hundred million things to do and not enough time or energy to get anything done. Therefore, my room has suffered. I've done my best to keep my stuff in check but it seems that no matter what I do, things stay relatively cluttered.
3) I came to the startling realization that I have been in school, straight, for almost two years now. I cannot express how sick of school I really am. This is absurd. My brain and body can't handle this for much longer. The good news is that I'm not going to do ANYTHING school related during summer term. I'm going to get married, travel to a foreign country, and work. That's it. NO SCHOOL. I only have spring term, fall semester, and winter semester left. I must keep motivating myself "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."
4) Tyson and I are still looking for a place to live in July. I sold my housing contract and I'm going to live with my grandparent's until I get married. That should be good because it will keep me from staying up too late, not focusing on my school work, and I'll be able to get all my laundry done. Yay! I'm so grateful that my grandparents are willing to let me live with them for a few months.
5) One year ago I was getting ready to attend my study abroad in the UK. And now I'm preparing to get married. Last year I would have never guessed that I'd be getting married this summer. I'm so excited!!
6) I'm super grateful that my future in-laws love me and that I love them. They are wonderful people and have really made me a part of their family. I appreciate their love and comfort and am thrilled to become a part of their family. My brothers and sisters-in-law are awesome too. Whenever Tyson and I go to his family's house for the weekend, we always have a great time playing games and being loud with his siblings. They're an amazing family and I'm so lucky to know them.
7) I still love editing.
8) ASL is a blast! I'm learning so much from that class and really enjoy my homework and practicing that I do. It's awesome getting my tests back with A's instead of the C's I was used to getting in my Spanish courses.
So there you have it. My 100th post. It's not amazing or anything but I felt that it needed some recognition.
04 March 2010
25 February 2010
But this post is about a new experience I've had this week: taking care of a sickie. I've never had to take care of anyone else but just myself. Then Tyson decided to contract some rare strand of the flu that nobody gets and the doctors can't treat. He'll just have to wait it out. Easy for them to say. They're not the ones who have to use a nebulizer, struggle to keep food down, and be in constant pain. Just wait it out. Psh.
Tyson's been a real sport about the whole thing. I'm convinced that he's going to die judging from the way he coughs, but Tyson says that I'm blowing things out of proportion. Mornings are the worst. Especially when he can't sleep. And it sucks that we're only engaged and not married because 1) the doctor can't give me any information and 2) I have to leave at midnight every night. I would feel loads better if I could just stay overnight and make sure he keeps breathing. That is my biggest concern: hack up a lung, stop breathing...fin. See? Pretty dismal outlook.
The good news is that I'm not missing too much school and all my professors are very understanding. Most of Tyson's professors are being helpful but his math professor isn't going to accept any of Tyson's late work (Boo! Hiss!)
Mostly I wish I were Madam Pomfrey (of the Harry Potter fame) so that I could magic Tyson back to health. Masel tov!
05 February 2010
01 February 2010
1) Got a wedding dress.
2) Got a temple dress.
3) Got a new digital camera.
4) Went to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
5) Booked our reception venue.
6) Saw the Bountiful Temple where Tyson and I are getting married.
7) Attended the Bridal Festival and got all sorts of free, fun stuff.
8) Ate lunch/dinner at the Mayan
9) Went swing dancing
10) My mom and Tyson came to church with me.
11) Went to my Aunt Robin's for dinner.
So, there you go. This was my weekend. I will NOT be posting pics of my dress because Tyson really wants to see it and I won't let him. Ha. But other pics will be in the next post.
29 January 2010
27 January 2010
26 January 2010
22 January 2010
20 January 2010
15 January 2010
11 January 2010
- I survived Fall 2009 semester!! Right after I did all of my finals in three days, I headed back to California for Christmas.
- Christmas was fantastic! I got to spend a lot of time with my family and we even did some new touristy things like taking a tour of Warner Brothers Studios.
- Tyson's family went on vacation to California for Christmas so I partied with them for a few days too. They are so much fun! It was great to get to know them.
- Winter 2010 semester began January 4. I'm looking forward to this new semester and am very excited for my courses.
- I am now a Home Evening Coordinator for my ward aka FHE Mom. My group partner is one of my best friends in my ward. We're going to have a great time!
- I participated in a Community Choir last semester and have been selected as the Soprano Section leader for this upcoming semester. I'm honored to have the position and anticipate wonderful things from the girls in my section.