Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Let the games begin!

Yesterday was my first day back at ASU, and I think it went pretty well. I've changed my class schedule a bajillion times this semester, so I'll do a run-down on my classes, for those of you who haven't heard the latest changes. On Monday and Wednesday mornings, Chris and I drive out to the Downtown campus for BIS 301, a fast-track, eight-week course that runs into the end of October. When that one is done, we start up BIS 302 (same days, same time, same teacher). We're also taking another eight-week course together online, ARS 300--Introduction to Art. Then, I'm taking two more online classes, ENG 301--Writing for Professions--and ENH 380--Ents, Orcs, & Hobbits: Tolkien's Vikings in Middle-earth. While it looks like I'm going to be reading a LOT this semester, I think I'm going to enjoy all of my classes.

I am disappointed, though, because I was planning on taking two classes at the Institute this semester, but I ended up dropping them. I'm not on the main campus at all this semester, and Chris was going to have to make a bunch of extra trips to get me to my classes (I hate being a burden to anyone). It was going to be way inconvenient for him, and after seeing the syllabi for my classes, I decided it was going to be too much with my work load. I hated having to make this decision. I'd been looking forward to these classes all summer. There's always next semester, though...

Anywho, I'm super excited for tomorrow afternoon!! I get to don my Hallmark apron again for the first time in almost 3 months!!! I just hope that I'll remember how to do everything, haha, especially as we're having a huge visit. Ahhh!! Prayers, please!! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

How you gonna have a dream come true?

Yesterday was a really good day for me. First, I got my stitches out!! *happy dance* No more crazy hair-do, and goodbye to the globs and globs of Vaseline getting stuck in the crazy hair-do! Then, my new cell phone arrived in the mail, the Motorola W755. And I am absolutely positively in love with it, mostly for one reason: it's PURPLE!!!! Finally, I finished reading Twilight. Oh my goodness. Nothing could ever replace my obsession with Harry Potter, but I must say that this comes pretty close. And that's saying a lot.

Sooo...school starts in 4 days. While I'm excited about my new classes and a new semester, it feels kinda weird to think that this will be my last year at ASU. I'll definitely be happy to get my bachelor's degree and to start something new and different, but I don't even know yet what I want to do with the rest of my life. Right now, I'm looking at either getting my Master's in Library Science from UNC at Chapel Hill, or possibly going to Mesa Community College for their library science and technology programs. I've also thought about taking a break from school for a bit and working full-time. I don't know...

Sometimes, it bothers me that I don't know what I want to do yet, and I have less than a year to decide where I should start. The first question out of most people's mouths when they find out how I went to school is, "Oh, so you're going to be either a doctor or a lawyer, right?" NO!! I guess this is just me worrying about my future again. I know that everything will work out if I put my relationship with Heavenly Father first...I just need to work a little harder at putting my absolute, complete trust in Him and His plan.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Witty Wednesday!

"I came to a clear conclusion, and it is a universal one: To live, to stuggle, to be in love with life--in love with all life holds, joyful or sorrowful--is fulfillment. The fulness of life is open to all of us."
--Betty Smith

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's my funday.

Sorry I haven't posted anything for a few days. I've been devouring Twilight. And it is AMAZING!!!! I cannot wait to get started on New Moon!!

Edward: "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb..."
Me: *dies*

On a completely different note, I didn't make it to church today, because I pretty much look like Frankenstein's bride. To try to make up for missing church, I read some articles in the conference issue of the Ensign (thanks again, Madison!!) and played some hymns on the piano. And that's pretty much been my day...that and Twilight.

I know I've talked about church stuff quite a bit since I started blogging. For those of you who don't know, I am not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've been learning about the Church since I was 15 years old, and I've been looking at it more seriously since January. So I guess you could say that I'm a "friend" of the Church, haha.

Love y'all!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Witty Wednesday!

I love quotes. Like, lovelovelovelovelove them. As a result, I've decided to try something a little different. Every Wednesday, whenever I am able to write a new post, I will post a quote that has spoken to me in some way. The quotes may or may not be entirely witty. However, they will certainly have special meaning to me, and I hope that they will inspire y'all, as well! And so we begin...

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
--Proverbs 3:5-6

Those who know me best probably see me as the biggest worry wart in the entire history of worry warts. Seriously. I worry about anything and everything. School. Work. School. Career. School. Dating. School. Friends...the list goes on and on and on.

Earlier this afternoon, I had to have a mole on my hairline removed. I'd had two removed before, so I had an idea of what the procedure was going to be like, but I'd passed out on one of them. Of course, that episode was going through my head all day up until I went to the clinic...just what I needed. Once I got settled and everything, though, it was no biggie, and now I'm sitting here wondering why in the world I was so anxious about that little procedure!!

Sorry, that probably isn't the best real-life example, haha, but hopefully y'all see where I'm going with this! Just like the doctors who stitched me back up today, Heavenly Father knows what He's doing up there. I just have to learn to put my trust in Him. My mom always says that half of the things we worry about never even happen, and I'm starting to think that's true...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The results are in...

...and they stand as follows:

Introduction to Shakespeare -- A-
Literatures of the United States, 1860 to Present -- A+
Survey of English Literature -- A+


Monday, August 11, 2008

"Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation."

I'm really glad I made myself go to church yesterday. There was a lot of drama last week, and my whole week was pretty much made up of "blue" days. I found myself questioning my beliefs and what I stand for, so I really wasn't in the mood for church. When I was sitting in the sacrament meeting yesterday afternoon, though, I felt genuinely happy. I can't even tell you how great that felt after trying to wear a cheerful face all week for my parents, haha! Just being there with people who share the same standards that I've set for myself gave me this great feeling, and I've been encouraged to stay on track. The talks, the music, the Sunday school lesson...I hope this doesn't sound egotistical, but it seemed like everything was speaking directly to me about what I have been struggling with lately, telling me not to worry, and that no matter what happens, as long as I try to do what I feel is right, everything will work out.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
--Philippians 4:8

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Enjoying some R&R...

Oh my goodness, it feels sosososo nice to be done with summer school!!! The last two weeks were especially insane, but I'm finally done, woohoo!!! "Celebrate good times, come on!!" haha, ok, I'm done with the singing, too. Now I get to sit and wait for my grades to come in...yikes!!

Seriously, though, it feels so nice not to have to worry about homework and due dates. For one thing, I'm starting to play the piano more. When my mom, Chris, and I quit playing in the handbell choir at our old church last year, I ended up putting my music on the back burner and focusing instead on work and school. I decided to buy some new sheet music a couple of weeks ago, and one book that I'm really excited about is a collection of simplified LDS hymns. I love being able to play (and recognize!) some of the music I sing at church on Sundays! It feels great to think that I am learning to play the piano again, and I'm feeding my soul at the same time, haha!

For me, I think the best part about being done with school--I get to read something that isn't on a syllabus!! I finished up The Last Battle (amazing, amazing book), so that means I have FINALLY finished reading The Chronicles of Narnia, which I started right around my birthday in June. C. S. Lewis is now one of my favorite authors, and I regret not having read the series earlier. *sigh* So many books, so little time. After hearing some of my friends rave about Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, I've decided to give it a shot. I confess that I was a little hesitant about trying it at first, as I don't normally enjoy the sappy stuff. And it has vampires, which is another thing that I tend to avoid in literature. So far, all I can say is this: Mr. Darcy...you've got competition.

Friday, August 8, 2008

First blog!!

So I've finally done it...I've created a blog. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be as addicting as it sounds, or else my GPA might suffer...not cool, haha!

I should probably start out by telling y'all a bit about myself. I am 19 years old. I'm a senior at Arizona State University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in English Literature and Religious Studies. I'm not real sure about what I want to do when I'm done with school, but I'm trying to go with the flow and take things as they come. I live in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my parents, my younger brother, Chris, and our four cats. I am the sales and marketing assistant for my brother's website development and design agency, Workmotive, and I am also "on call" at Hallmark. I've lived in Arizona since I was 7 years old, but as I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, I like to consider myself a Southern girl (no accent, though *sigh*). I am a Christian, and my faith is the most important part of my life, hands down. I l-o-v-e to read, and I count bookstores and libraries among my favorite places. My family and friends are absolutely the most amazing people on the face of this planet!! Without them, I would be nothing.

Well, I think that's good for a first post. I hope my life is interesting enough to deserve a blog...if not, that's ok, I like how my life is going anyway, haha! Have a great day!!