Wednesday, November 23, 2011

something to be grateful for

In the spirit of Thanksgiving- gotta do the "grateful blog post". 
I am feeling incredibly blessed this year for all these fabulous things happening for me right now.

There are all these people around me who care about me and listen to my problems, scratch my back, and just are there for me when I need it most.

Also, I got a mission call. Where? Paris. No big deal. 
And all the people I love most were there to support me in opening it. 
(Shout out to my parents, Annie, Jason, Lisa, Marcie, Tanner, Grandma, Sallie, Julie, Natalie, Cameron and Nelsons- via skype)

I think I'm a little overwhelmed by blessings these days. What's a girl to do? 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


My blogging is slacking lately. Sorry Dad. But thought I should drop by to account for my happy life. 

Lately I've been the "smile as you fall asleep" kind of happy. Even though I hardly ever sleep or eat regular meals- I still find myself smiling as I'm walking across campus or driving in my car. 

Happy things are happening. My parents are sooooo close to being here. My mission call will be here before I can say "called to serve". I'm on the cusp of big things and I am just soaking it in as best as I can.

Now if I could just get my butt into gear and concentrate on school and do my laundry! Also, I should probably stop living off of chocolate covered cinnamon bears and diet coke.
Happy in Italy
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.  ~A.A. Milne

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

city life

Sometimes I just really miss living in a city. Provo is a charming little place but it just isn't a bustling, eccentric, exciting city.

I miss it most when I just want to stop on my way to work for a quick breakfast at the place right down the street (paul rhodes). Or I miss it when I take public transportation for special occasions rather than as a necessity. Or when I'm spending the evening on the Georgetown waterfront wishing that could be my nightly hang out. I hate driving everywhere rather than walking or having getting there be half the fun. I miss stopping by a market for that special treat you've been craving. Or just taking a trip to see a landmark just because it makes you feel at home for a little bit. I miss walking fast and not getting any grief for it. I miss sitting in that quiet place that the city keeps secret just to reflect for a minute.

It's safe to say I'm a city girl. I like getting lost in the crowd, maneuvering through the masses and feeling a part of something that is bigger than just me. Don't get me wrong, Provo is great and all but I'm just missing the city life.

A city according to Alec Baldwin: (yeah... alec baldwin)
has a symphony of diversity with a harmony that is entirely it's own,
where you can at once disappear, and be discovered,
where private isolation is part of the public trust

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

oh so loved

Well, since I've begun my announcing I have felt incredibly loved (see here) but I never could have anticipated getting even more love! What fabulous friends and family I have. 

There have been some:

shocked looks (I think my parents, Lisa and Marcie were the most shocked)
screams of delight
predictive statements ("I knew you would go!")
confused questions ("wait, really? I never would have thought")
loving e-mails
excited text messages
blog posts 1 2

I was extremely reluctant to share the news, for no particular reason, and even once I did, the reality set in and I was scared. But all the love is reassuring me of the feeling I had when I first made my decision. I'm doing the right thing, that's what I know for sure today.

Oh PS. my papers are officially in. As dad keeps saying, "let the waiting begin!"
the idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting- andy warhol